Veronica Beard F/W 2013

Images: Veronica Beard


My fall shopping list, heavy on pretty much everything Veronica Beard: tweed, trenches, texture.....

I was lucky enough to catch this season's collection in NYC in February (post on Veronica Beard presentation here) and now I am trying to figure out what exactly I should buy.

Maybe time for the ultimate VB investment piece? The blazer? Or, go off season and pick up these fabulous print pants from the spring/summer line? I am still obsessed with them and think they would transition well into fall with a blazer, no?

Either way, I'll be checking out the collection in person at Viola Lovely's newest locale, in the South End. They are the only local spot to carry the up and coming brand. Set to open this month, my fall fashion shopping is waiting on baited breath, thinking of all the Nonoo, Veronica Beard, Jerome Dreyfuss and Isabel Marant goodness to come.


Dressing the Baby Bump: 37 Weeks, Maxed Out Maternity Style

Above: Asos Maxi (way old, though this version is a stunner!), J Crew Sandals, Jerome Dreyfuss Carlos bag, Super glasses


The refrain is the same, hot, nothing fits, swollen, and now heartburn from hell; I am maxed out mentally, physically, and closet-ally. Like satan himself is in my stomach pushing acid up with his pitchfork to torture me. More likely, my precious baby-to-be is leaning on my stomach at an awkward angle. Well, space is limited, afterall. I guess that is what I get for having had such an easy time of pregnancy up until this point.

I *think* I finally have some respite from my week long bout with heartburn, courtesy of an Rx from my doc. Keep your fingers crossed it continues to work. The one benefit, I have actually jump started my post baby, well back to normal, diet, since I am relegated to the land of yogurt, fruit, and thoroughly dull snacks that are unlikely to produce acid. How is this even legal when the CSA dumped 5.5 lbs of tomato, acid, goodness on me this week? I raise my fist to the sky and dare to ask: how much tomato sauce can one woman prep and freeze? I'm sure I'll be thankful for all the frozen goods in the weeks to come.

This dress is another non maternity fave, which you may remember from the days before I had 30 excess lbs of baby goodness protruding from my midsection, ok, ok, maybe a few padded the bottom as well (full post here, from last summer). 

I also have to thank BeStyled, the new blow dry bar at The Street in Chestnut Hill for a lovely afternoon of pampering. They let me rest my weary feet, washed out my locks, and styled them to perfection, note results above. Theresa and all the staff there were the sweetest. If you have not tried a blow out my friends, what are you waiting for? It was just what the doctor ordered (heartburn RX aside) for this weary mama, TLC for the tresses, for the price of a manicure/pedicure. 



Baby Nursery Renovation: Blossoms in Orange and Green & Maternity Shots

Images: Jessica Delaney Photography



Baby MPCC nursery reveal!

Finally, ready for baby arrival and use. Now if baby Z would just hurry up....She would be most welcome. 

Husband and I wanted to create a space that was cozy, bright, full of character, combined old with the new, and not heavy on the girlie-girlie. Easy to OD on pink and princess motif.

I laugh every time I see the commercial for True Value, touting the importance of a nursery paint color. Especially since the jarring color is oddly similar to what we chose. I guess we'll see if baby approves (check out the commercial here). 


This & That:

Crib, dresser, bedding, change table, bassinet, pretty much anything and everything via Giggle. We were lucky enough to happen upon our local outpost's closing sale (only the local shop was closing, Giggle is still alive and well). The only way I would have talked husband into Dwell studio's crib and change table set, 50% off! We were also registered there, so I am grateful for all our friends and family who filled in the missing pieces.


Crib, Toybins & Dresser: Dwell Studio

Carpet, Wood Sidetable, Lamp & Curtains: Homegoods

Shelves & Sheepskin: IKEA

Glider: Land of Nod In Greek Key print of course, homage to husband's mother land.

Mobile: Custom order from Sheep Creek Needlecraft They are artists in felt. Captured the likeness of Kiki and Ty exactly. Far and away my favourite item in the entire nursery.

Bassinet: Monte Design Ninna Nanna

Prints: Sycamore Street Press I got handy and framed the prints myself (LOVE Framers Workshop in Brookline), in addition to getting a pastel my grandmother did (of moi!) re-framed.

Floral Chair: Skinner Auction House

Wood Shelves: West Elm

Mini-Ghost Chair: Kartell Husband swears this is being sold as soon as bebe outgrows it. But it's so stinking cute!


I was lucky to work with local photgrapher Jessica Delaney on shots of the nursery and some baby bump pics. She is a delight personally and professionaly, be sure to check out her site and work!