Wednesday
Jul312013

Bebe Shower Ideas, From the Luxe & Lovely to Mom Approved

 

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Post baby shower, I realize more than ever how much I am relying on the sage advice of friends who have gone before....into the brave new world of mommyhood. I sincerely thank the moms at my shower who contributed the items they found most helpful- like the Cloud B Constellation Night Light, Baby Dee Dee Sleep Nest, Classical Baby, and all the thoughtful books and goodies!

I know Miss baby Z is going to be a reader, just like her mama.  I can't wait to dive into This is Paris, Bonsoir Lune, and all the classical board books from Baby Lit; Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, Dracula.....and then some day to the classics themselves.

A few things here I may, may have purchased myself. You can file them under totally irreverent and fun (a la the petit Starck chair). Keeping it (un)real for husband. I also purchased the Warhol fabric set, only to have the Mr. draw the line of sensibility in the proverbial sand. It was expensive. And we did already have a fabric set for the stroller, though in my defense, black was purchased before we knew the sex of the baby.....and that she would of course, prefer abstract Warhol flowers.  My baby has artistic sensibilities in the womb damn it! But return the set I did. 

Then there are the luxe items that people might gift for fun- I quite often am guilty of this offense myself. Items you know, no sensible parent would ever buy for a baby. Like the Hermes bracelet (yes, Hermes makes baby bracelets, who knew?!), anything from chic French brand Bon Point (which someone was lovely enough to gift to me), or maybe even something for mom when shower time rolls around. I ear marked a few diaper bags that would make fun gift ideas and I love these Lulu Frost X J Crew rings- imagine a set of rings that make up baby's birth date stacked?

Do you have any go-to gifts you love for baby showers? This article from the WSJ: Guide to Baby Shower Gifting, has a ton of creative, unique, and totally thoughtful gift ideas.

Anything you recieved that you can't live without? Share!

 

1. Bugaboo Andy Warhol Fabric Set

2. Baby DeeDee Sleep Nest

3. Bon Point Onesies

4. Starck Mini-Ghost Chair

5. Lulu Frost X J Crew Gold Number Ring

6. Jonathan Adler Kissing Giraffe Pillow

7. Storksak Color Block Diaper Bag

8. This is Paris

9. Hermes Baby Pavana Bracelet

10. Cloud B Twilight Constellation Light

11. Babycare Wool Rug

12. J Crew Collection Cashmere Sweater

13. Romeo & Juliet Board Book 

14. Babydeken Personalized Blanket

15. Bonsoir Lune

16. Classical Baby

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Jul302013

Dressing the Bump: 34 Weeks Pregnant in Persifor

Above: Persifor Winpenny dress on Tobago (also in Tobago, the Kilpatrick dress), Hermes Evelyne (spectacular husband's post baby gift to me....which arrived early, though we are still waiting on baby!), Super Ciccio glasses, J Crew sandals (old!), this season's pick, necklace, made by my mother!

 

I'm finally far enough in my pregnancy to wear this fabulous Persifor Winpenny dress, in the fantastically tropical Tobago print. I bought this gorgeous number way back in September of last year, in a size large, anticipating it would be perfect for late pregnancy, summertime, heat wave, needs.

I was correct in my assessment. It is actually miraculously cool and doesn't wrinkle. I have the damnedest time with dresses always wrinkling around the bump when I sit. Nary a problem to be found with this fabric. I find myself wishing I got the medium, but I love this print so much that I'll probably have it taken in post pregnancy (my plan of action for favorite maternity wardrobe pieces). Since I rarely bought 'maternity' clothes, just went a size or two up, a few nips and tucks in the larger sized articles will make for even more wear once I have shed the baby weight. 

I am eager to get active though, I confess I have no idea if I'll be able to find the time, or the motivation once I have a bundle of joy pulling at me to stay home. I have been eagerly watching the bru-ha-ha, and subsequent call to boycott, OK's cover story of Kate Middleton's plan to shed the baby weight. Not even a week home and they were speculating over her pounds lost. Give the girl a break! And a week with her new baby! You just know Kim K is in hiding, chained to Tracy Anderson, subsisting on carrots, waiting for her big post baby-body reveal. How has the woman not gone outside?! Though I can't blame her for wanting to wow, after the press scrutiny she endured.

My new post baby-body role model? The wonderfully curvy, and frank Kristen Bell, who is slated to appear on the cover of Redbook soon, 15 lbs of baby weight to shed and everything. Someone's gotta keep it real. Hallelujah.

 

Image: The Cut

 

 

Friday
Jul262013

Ginger, Lemon & Blueberry Scones

 

A personal favourite of mine from Flour (Joanne Chang's bakery)....the lemon ginger scones. I am a scone fanatic anyways, so I make it my personal mission to sample all varieties from around town. No seriously, I can't pass a scone without buying it and sampling.

Needless to say, Ms. Chang's scones are tops. I usually stock up when I am downtown and freeze some for future consumption. I am a secret scone hoarder. I decided to do the same with a home baked batch, cook some up, and freeze a few to enjoy later on.

I adapted the recipe below, from the invaluable Flour cookbook. Note, liberal use of blueberries as my main addition!

Went for a round shape this batch, though I typically cut the scones into the triangle shape. Another option, make them a bit more free form and plop them onto the sheet with a spoon- I love the rustic, imperfect look. All options are equally tasty, MPCC baked, tested and approved!

If you want an extra treat serve them up with some clotted cream and jam. Seriously indulgent and seriously delicious.

Ingredients:

2 3/4 cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

pinch salt

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger

2 tablespoons lemon zest

1 3/4 stick butter cold butter cut into medium cubes

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 eggs

1 cup blueberries

Granulated muscovado sugar for topping (I ran out and used regular granulated sugar, though muscovado is a great splurge!)

 

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Using mixer, blend flour, baking powder, soda, ground ginger, salt, sugar, ginger, and lemon zest on low until combined. Scatter butter in and mix for 30 seconds, until butter is in small grape size pieces. Add blueberries.

In a separate bowl, whisk buttermilk, cream, and egg. Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients on low speed until just combined. It's OK if loose flour is still on the bottom.

Gather dough from mixer and mold in hands (on a floured surface) until it starts to come together (add in any loose flour). Using a floured roller, roll out about 1 inch thick. Cut out circles with either a cookie cutter, or top of a cup! Re-roll any scraps to make more- end result about 10.

Place on a baking sheet 2-3 inches apart. Brush with a whisked egg and sprinkle with large granules of muscovado sugar.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until just golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. And serve!

If you are interested in some devonshire cream, it's much easier to make than you probably thought.

I followed this devonshire cream recipe.