friday link love

Guess what today is??? It's my 26th birthday!  Now 26, not a very exciting age.  Just that much closer to 30 I suppose - although admittedly, I'm pretty excited about getting to 30. I mean, I have a husband, a baby, and a few dogs.  At this point, I'm thinking that I've already kind of let my twenties down a bit.  I usually go to bed around 9 pm, for crying out loud.  Shame on this twenty-something. 

But not today!  Today, I'm gonna act my age, because we have left the baby with my parents for TWO WHOLE DAYS.  We're off to Chicago for shopping, wine drinking, dinner-dating, and a wedding.  I'm gonna wear dresses that aren't functional for nursing and carry a teeny tiny purse.  I'm also probably going to do some dancing to very cheesy wedding band songs, and I sure do hope they play "SHOUT!" (Come on, you know you love it.  Weddings are the best.)  

But even if it's not, why don't you just party like it's your birthday this weekend, okay?  Because summer's almost over, and we all need to make the most of it.  Pep talk, finished.  

Here are this week's favorite links!  

Do you ever wonder what people who are constantly late are thinking?  

In case you're having a low key weekend in, here is a list of the best romantic comedies.  

Sonnet James has the last few of their summer dresses on sale - fall pre-orders open Monday!

How your name affects your success.  

The state of our house has been really stressing me out lately, so we're going to attempt a cleaning schedule.  Wish us luck!  

Got any recommendations for a great breakfast in Chicago?  We're already going here for dinner.  

Attempting to make this my motto right now.  


get me dressed/saturday night bbq

Saturday evening our friends decided to throw an impromptu bbq, which was awesome because Darrell & I had no sitter planned, and it's always easier for us to bring Claire with us to a friend's private home.  Not so easy?  Getting dressed for the night.  I think I spent 30 minutes tearing my closet apart, because so far summer has been really mild & I've been able to stay more covered up; Saturday it was over 100 degrees!  After convincing my husband I'd totally lost it, I managed to pull together this incredibly basic but comfy outfit, which is actually a dress I deemed too bare on top combined with a simple black tee.  On a side note, why do all the clothes you used to think were downright conservative suddenly seem too short, too tight, too revealing once you become a mom?  

Since this style post isn't too instructive, I thought I'd better tell you about the cocktail I'm drinking.  It's a super refreshing low calorie sipper that's perfect for this late summer heat wave.  

Strawberry Basil Prosecco

1 bottle prosecco
15-ish strawberries
10 basil leaves

In a blender or food processor, combine the strawberries and basil until pureed.  Mix together the puree & prosecco, and add to the top several "smacked" basil leaves (clap the leaves between your hands to release the flavor!)  When pouring for guests, serve over ice.  


cardigans for autumn

Summer seems to have finally shown up in St. Louis, right around the time when we're all totally over the heat and ready to be shopping for fall clothes.  Personally, I cannot wait until my daily outfit can be some approximation of this: 

As much as I'd like to say I was super excited about the latest in avant-garde fashion for fall, I am just SO ABSOLUTELY NOT.  I want cozy, boring, cute, easy to wear.  Sundresses are all well and good, but lately my options are limited to all things mom-friendly (read: nursing friendly), which has basically resulted in my wearing a Sonnet James dress every.  single.  day.  And I love those dresses (LOVE!) but I think their constant rotation has become somewhat of an assault to my husband's eyeballs.  

So in the interest of optimism and maybe some wishful thinking that the universe will listen and lower the temps to highs in the 70s, here is a little round-up of my favorite cardigans for this fall.  

clockwise from top left: 

Now, does anyone want to buy #7 for me?  Because I'm pretty sure if I owned that beauty I'd start wearing it tomorrow, 100% humidity and all.  


stl spotlight/nebula coworking

I'm excited to kick off a new series I'm calling STL spotlight.  Our city has so many amazing restaurants, family activities, parks, and more.  Even if you're not from St. Louis, I hope you'll enjoy reading about our visits to these favorite destinations.  Today, I'm sharing a little bit about the co-working space I recently started working at!

As a person who has worked at home for a few years now, I'll admit that I was nervous about how having a baby would shake things up.  I knew that I wouldn't get anything done if I tried to stay home with Claire, and I hated almost every daycare I toured (also, daycare is CRAZY expensive.)  Luckily, we were fortunate enough to find a babysitter that we really love.  I didn't want to be constantly over her shoulder though, so towards the end of my maternity leave I looked into finding a co-working space.

(all photographs of Nebula by Corey Lucas, see his portfolio here!)

I have to admit, so far I've REALLY loved it.  Working at Nebula is kind of like studying at the library in college - it's a cooler than average space with lots of like-minded folks typing away on Mac books.  Mostly creatives, lots of freelancers, and there's always a pot of coffee at the ready.  You can work at a large table or a multitude of desks, and on a set of big white leather couches.  Music is always playing on vinyl from an old record cabinet they've installed, and if you need to take a break or hit refresh on your creative reserves, there are pool & pinball machines.  Since it's located on Cherokee Street (arguably the coolest neighborhood in St. Louis right now) there's a row of great restaurants and coffee shops nearby, and it makes for a great starting point for a lunchtime run.  Sometimes it can be hard to get much done at our apartment with Claire to distract me (she's just too cute to ignore) so I've even used it as a place to get blogging done on the weekends.  I can't recommend it enough to anyone who works at home and has been looking to get out of the house more.  The memberships are insanely reasonable (like, $50/month) and I've really benefited so much from working there!  


date night in + baby k'tan

Ask anyone with a baby that likes to be held - sometimes you need a little help.  Claire is a wonderful baby in general, but she's not a big fan of hanging out solo!  I've worn her most of the day for almost her entire life, and it's made a huge difference in my ability to stay cool & calm, even when my baby needs to be held close.  

For a date night at home to feel as relaxing as possible, we enlisted the help of our new Baby K'tan.  I've never met a baby carrier I didn't like, but this one might be at the top of my list for baby wearing newbies.  It's virtually foolproof to put on, and crazy soft & comfortable for wearing around the house all night.  This is the carrier I ALWAYS pack in the diaper bag when Claire is visiting her grandparents, because they don't need to know any wrapping techniques or sling positions to use it.  You can see how easy it is to put on here.  

It's always nice to be able to kiss your baby's head and snuggle while you're still getting stuff done.  (Also, that's a babywearing tip in general.  Baby should always be close enough to kiss, and if you can't, they're too low in the carrier!)  

We made our favorite pizza for dinner, my knock-off version of Motorino's brussels sprout pizza, and shared a special bottle of wine that we'd been saving for a celebratory occasion.  What were we celebrating?  I'll be sharing that next week!  

All in all, a perfect night with my loves.  

(ps - I received my Baby K'tan courtesy of Little Britches in Mt. Vernon, IL.  All opinions in this post are my own, of course.  To look into getting your own wrap, you can check out Little Britches Facebook Page here!