cornflake dreams.

2.10.2016

life lately.

Loving: Mondays!! H switched to a four-day work schedule, so now he has Mondays off! I'm loving our three-day weekends together. We spent this past Monday walking around downtown, shopping and having lunch (and cupcakes!) It was fun to get out of the house and soak up the sunshine (especially now that it's getting colder).

Watching/Listening: Downton Abbey's final season (sad!) + listening to the Masterpiece Podcast -- the interviews with the cast are so interesting and I love the commentary after every episode.
Shopping for baby: Jellycats! Vi loves these sweet, soft stuffed animals. She charmed her dad into buying another one on Monday :) And I took advantage of some great sales over at Gap + Old Navy and bought Vi a few things -- including this adorable shift dress, a bright pink cardigan (under $10!), flutter-sleeve bubble dress, and a white eyelet dress.


Shopping for me: mama needs some new jeans! I stopped by Madewell on Monday and I am loving their 9" high riser skinny skinny jeans! I'm going back this weekend and taking advantage of their #bluejeansgogreen program -- donate a pair of your old jeans (any brand) and they'll give you $20 off a new pair (in stores). The old jeans will be used as installation in housing projects across the country. 
Eating: Puppy Chow Chex Mix! I made a batch over the weekend and it's already gone. It was H's first time having it (crazy right?!)...he was a big fan. I think it's time to try a few new recipes!
Planning: Things to do for visitors! My aunt and her five (!!) kids are visiting next month for Spring Break. So I'm trying to figure out fun and budget-friendly ideas that kids in the 10 - 16 year old range will like to do. I'm just hoping it'll be warm enough to go to the beach, Waterfront Park and the Battery. Locals if you have any other ideas, please share!

-xo-
Jillian

2.05.2016

baby girl spring favorites.

Shopping for baby clothes can be tricky. Violet is still wearing some of her 6-9 month onesies, but most of her pants are looking like short capris these days :) So I think it's time to start shopping around for some new clothes in the 12-month size range. I am loving Gap and Old Navy's new Spring collection:
baby girl spring clothes

pleated trench coat - I wish Gap made this coat in my size! / pink stripe top - stripes, embroidery AND scallops?! yes. please. / these ruffle trim chambray shorts would be perfect for spring and summer. / i'm loving the floral print on these spring blossom leggings. / now that Vi is taking some steps (!!) I want to buy allll the dresses (since walking in a dress seems much easier for babies than crawling in one) -- I love this pink pleated flutter dress and cherry blossom flutter dress / and every little lady needs a "wear with everything" navy cardigan.

Have a great weekend! 
-xo-
Jillian

1.29.2016

friday five.

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with ChristinaApril, and Natasha today to share five things:
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ONE: I really liked this article that outlines what all those little labels on your beauty products mean. With my newfound knowledge I realized about 90% of the things in my makeup bag are wayyy past their expiration date...whomp whomp :( 
TWO: I've been thinking about Podcasts lately. I haven't really listened to any (with the exception of Serial and This American Life). I'm taking notes from this and this list of Podcasts that all women should watch including Gilmore Guys. The show is hosted by two guys, one who has watched Gilmore Girls before and one who never has, dissecting the episodes and talking to people involved with the show...just another way to keep the gilmore love going.
THREE: Have you heard about Barbie's new shape? After almost 60 years Barbie is finally introducing dolls that have more realistic petite, tall, and curvy bodies. I grew up playing with Barbies and I'm happy about the change. Hopefully giving little girls (and boys) the opportunity to play with a variety of dolls will discourage extreme and unattainable beauty standards. A variety of dolls could also encourage more self acceptance, and awareness that beauty comes in different shapes and sizes.
FOUR: Baby Gap is having a big sale and I bought Vi an adorable coat for next winter (at more than half off!). Now I'm resisting the urge to buy all the heart things...
FIVE: When we visited Magnolia Plantation this week it made me want to visit other plantations in the area -- this is a great list of the top ten to visit.

Have a great weekend!
-xo-
Jillian

1.27.2016

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens - Charleston, SC.

We visited Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on Monday. The Plantation was founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, and it covers over 450 acres. There are six different tour options -- including the main Plantation House, a Nature Train, Rice Field Boat Tour, former slave cabins, a Zoo and Nature Center, and the Audubon Swamp Garden.

But since we were limited with time before Violet's next nap, we focused on the gardens. Magnolia's public gardens are the oldest in America, they first opened to visitors in 1870. We had a great time walking around the grounds and looking at the bridges, the 100 year old cypress trees by the lake, the bamboo forest, and a small Biblical Garden. We also saw lots of pink, red, and white Camellias during our walk -- there are over 20,000 (!!) Camellias in the gardens. I want to come back later this Spring to see the Azaleas in bloom-- they are my favorite.

Overall the plantation was baby + stroller friendly -- we were able to walk around with our BOB stroller, with the exception of the main house and some of the smaller bridges. The bathrooms were clean and there was a changing table. And there was a small cafe on site with great lunch and snack options.
Visit Magnolia Plantation & Gardens: 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. Magnolia is offering a half price promotion for general admission with this coupon, until the end of January (locals take advantage of the deal and visit! It's going to be gorgeous this weekend.)

1.25.2016

on my wish list.

It's been awhile since I've done a wish list post. Here are the things that have been hanging out in my shopping bag, begging me to take them home:

single felt flower headband for Violet - these adorable little headbands are under $10!

drapey long sleeve tee - as if I don't have enough long sleeve shirts, but I like the bold cobalt color.

perfect-fit scoopneck tee - the perfect tee to wear with a pair of cute flare jeans.

rebecca minkoff large suki crossbody bag - this is a nice alternative to a pricier bag I've wanted for years.

rebecca minkoff regan crossbody bag - another good crossbody option.

kate spade new york jillian dress for Violet - I LOVE this sweet little dress.. but I don't love the price. Hopefully it goes on sale (this is another cute and more affordable option).

marc fisher LTD crystal tassel sandals - These sandals would look great with jeans or a dress! They make me wish I had a tropical vacation booked for Spring.

midnight blue felt bow headband for Violet - another cute felt headband, this one is under $5.

hatha bra - I love the abstract inkblot print on this sports bra! I also like that it has convertible straps so you can have options beyond just racerback.

What's on your wish list?
-xo-
Jillian

1.22.2016

friday five.

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with ChristinaApril, and Natasha today to share five things:
ONE: I've been craving Mexican food like crazy lately... sounds like the perfect time to try some new healthy recipes!
TWO: I have recently developed some wrinkles around my eyes (aka sleep-deprived-first-time-mom-smile-lines). So I'm looking for some serious eye cream, and considering buying one of these: Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Eye CreamPatricia Wexler M.d. Dermatology Intensive 3-in-1, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair EyeKiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment or Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Eye ConcentrateBut I'd love to hear your favorites!
THREE: I finally finished watching the entire series of Gilmore Girls last week. I liked how the series ended but I'm sad it's over. I really hope the rumored revival comes on soon. (Also I couldn't stop thinking about how real life Rory married Pete from Mad Men!) In the meantime I started season 4 of VEEP.
FOUR: Violet still loves story time, which makes me SO happy. She helps turn the book pages -- cutest thing ever. And she is all about her interactive "touch and feel" books. She received new books for Christmas (and they don't drive me batty to read over and over again): The Gruffalo, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?The Little Girl Who Lost Her NameShe also loves her LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic BasketStacking Rings, and First Blocks Shape Sorter set.
FIVE: I finished Mindy Kaling's new book Why Not Me and I really liked it. Next up on my reading list: The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. / The Marriage of Opposites / The Martian / The Royal We


Have a great weekend! And to all of my East Coast friends, stay safe during the winter storm.
-xo-
Jillian

1.19.2016

minted first birthday invitation picks.

Violet's first birthday is less than two months away! I was originally going to keep her birthday celebration small with some donuts and trip to the park since we don't have any family nearby. But then I got sucked into Pinterest and figured why not throw a party -- it is her first birthday after all! That and I love any excuse to make (and eat!) appetizers and desserts. It will also be nice to have our Charleston friends over and have the grandparents visit. So now I need to pick an invitation. Minted has so many cute children's invitation options it's hard to pick a favorite!:

Which option is your favorite? 
-xo-
Jillian