• Life

    Hello and Holiday Stress

    It’s been a while! I hate offering excuses like “I’ve been busy” or “I just haven’t had any ideas”–but, well, I’ve been busy and haven’t had many ideas over the last month. I’ve been working on grant applications and fundraising letters for work and that’s taken pretty much everything out of me. Add to that my son’s new accomplishments in crawling and eating and, well, I haven’t had much time! I seriously cannot believe it’s Thanksgiving next week. I barely ordered our pies from Youngs Farm in time! I’m eager to celebrate my son’s first Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I’m definitely behind in my Christmas shopping this year. I like…

  • Style

    My Wardrobe Needs This Fall

    After going down to the basement a few weekends ago and dragging up all of my sweaters and other fall clothes, I've come up with a list of my must-haves for the season. Some of these items are newcomers on this list, but others are simply replacements for things that no longer fit (everything is WAY too big for me now, sadly!) or those that need to be retired for the weekend. For instance, my all-time FAVORITE cashmere sweater now, sadly, has several moth holes in it, and I'm not quite sure how that happened! The worst thing is that it doesn't appear that they are still available. Anyway, here's…

  • How to Organize Your Bar
    Food

    How to Organize Your Bar

    One of the things I miss the most about my house in DC is the way my best friend Tricia and I decorated the library and organized our bar cart. (The other things I miss are: the sound of the bells from the National Cathedral, the quick walk to our neighborhood Whole Foods, sadly closed now!, and our great neighbors.) We had everything you needed for any of our go-to cocktails, and every day when we got home from work we would make one and relax. It was a nice way to end the day and transition from work to home life. After careful study, we finally came up with…

  • First Anniversary
    Life,  Style

    Anniversaries

    My first anniversary of my wedding is fast approaching (we were married on October 7th), and I am so looking forward to celebrating! We haven’t made any big plans yet, but I have already shopped for my husband. The traditional first anniversary gift is paper and its traditional colors (this was new to me) are silver and gold. My husband is a writer, so this was an easy one! I found a beautiful notebook from Smythson Bond Street and had it embossed with his initials in gold. It will fit easily in his pocket and he can carry it around everywhere. I also ordered a fountain pen to go with…

  • Baby Halloween Costumes
    Parenting

    Cute Baby Halloween Costumes

    All right, I know this post is a bit early, but I like to prepare in advance for everything! I’m on the hunt for a cute Halloween costume for my son–I have so many from when I was little that my Grandma made me, including the bee outfit, above–but they are all too big for him right now. So, for now, I’m trying to decide between the below baby Halloween costumes: I’m dying over this Max costume from Where the Wild Things Are. It’s so cute and perfect–that book is a classic and it would be a great choice! A classic and cute pumpkin outfit is great for a low-key Halloween…