Budget Friendly Leopard Maxi

Above: H&M Maxi (H&M currently has 30% off online right now!/similar maxi available via TopShop), Zara sandals, Etoile Isabel Marant wrap (way old), Jerome Dreyfuss Carlos tote


Adventures in post baby dressing. It necessitates some shopping. Your maternity clothes are too big. Your normal clothes are too small. So make like goldilocks and good luck finding something that is just right, for right now.

For the in between, I have turned to H&M and Zara. I don't want to go fast fashion, but I also don't want to invest in anything that might not fit in a few months. This maxi is a great H&M score for the right now, 'me'. It rang in under $20.00 and feels like a totally luxe material, though, you know it isn't. I'll take the warmer weather we have enjoyed this month if it means I can scrape by wearing maxis and sandals a little longer. This will also look great layered up with a chunky sweater and some boots, no?

Other adventures in post baby-ness. I took the plunge and signed up with a trainer for a few months. If success in sessions is measured in pain, then today must have been an off the charts successful. I am laying off the diary as well, doctors orders! Our lady D has a cow's milk allergy. This has been a blessing and a curse. It has jump started a health kick for me, exploring a dairy free life but it has also left me wondering what else to eat besides fruits and veggies. Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook has been a pretty interesting resource but I am on the look out for new ideas and new recipes. Help!

At least non of my cocktails involve dairy products......


Build a Better Bar Cart: Drink it! Ginger Bubbly Cocktail Recipe

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Cooking with baby is possible, I swear. The dishes have been a bit simpler, the time invested is minimal, but the results still delicious. When you are cooking under the gun (or fear of baby waking), fresh and quality ingredients will always treat you right.

I whipped up this cocktail to welcome friends and accompany a dinner of gourmet Chinese take out. No seriously, it is a farm fresh, father son take out business that is local!

What goes with anything? Champagne.

How to add a little excitement? Some ginger. 

Making the simple syrup will set you back about 10 minutes. The rest is cake. 


Ginger Bubbly


Crystallized ginger cubes

Champagne, Cremant, Prosecco any sparkling beverage will do


Fresh, thinly sliced ginger


Boil 1:1 ratio of sugar and water, with thinly sliced ginger on the stove top, until sugar is dissolved. Let steep 10-15 minutes. Strain and pour into a jar for storage (keeps up to 1 week).

Place crystallized ginger on a cocktail pick and drop in glass. Pour 2 teaspoons ginger simple syrup into glass. Top with sparkling beverage of your choice and swirl for dramatic effect.

A votre sante!


For more cocktails and ideas:

Build a Better Bar Cart

Build a Better Bar Cart: Stock it

Build a Better Bar Cart: Drink it! Maple Bourbon Cider

Build a Better Bar Cart: Ginger and Mint Simple Syrup

Build a Better Bar Cart: Drink it! Fall in a Champagne Flute

Build a Better Bar Cart: Drink it! Sicilian Cowboy

Build a Better Bar Cart: Brewing Bitters

Build a Better Bar Cart: Drink it! Ginger Slipper

Build a Better Bar Cart: Drink it! Cranberry Spice Cocktail

Build a Better Bar Cart: Lavender Honey Simple Syrup


Hermes the App: Silk Knots

Images: Hermes/iTunes


My iPhone just got a little chicer, a little more refined......with the intro of some Hermes.

The iconic house has gone high tech, with the ultimate guide to scarf ties. Unconventional to classic, they walk the studious scarf wearer through 26 different looks.

Learn to tie six distinct knots with video guides, or use the 20 different knot cards, each with step by step instructions to create your own version.

New knots to be added each season, as well as the latest collections to shop, mais oui. Check out and download the app here.