Q: My baby’s first birthday!
A: Happy birthday, baby! In terms of gifts, I shared some favorites for littles under two here. At around a year, my son was obsessed with this light up dump truck (the music will haunt you, but he truly loved it), these magnetic toys, and of course board books. The lift the flap ones are great, especially Dear Zoo and any of the Spot ones. My daughter started getting really into Little People at around a year, too — just the right size for little fists. Musical instruments and Honey Stick crayons are also great for supervised play at this age. Bath toys are also always a great gift for this age — keep them busy in that tub! My children liked sets like this waterproof book and floaties, squirt toys, and of course these cups. Micro also loves these Greentoys boats in the bath!
For birthday outfits — mini has worn the birthday dresses/outfits from Proper Peony, Bella Bliss, and TBBC over the years. I have her wear them to other birthday parties after! Eliza James and Sal E Pimenta also have cute birthday options.
Q: Winter coats on sale!
A: Smart gal — this is definitely the time to buy, as so many fab pieces are marked way down. Here are a few favorite discounted outerwear finds:
COLLARED FAUX FUR — VERY MARGO TENENBAUM…I HAVE SOMETHING SIMILAR THAT IS PERFECT FOR WEARING OVER LONG FORMAL DRESSES IN THE WINTER, OR THROWING ON WITH JEANS TO DRESS THINGS UP
THIS HALF-SHERPA-HALF-QUILTED EVERLANE (ON SALE FOR UNDER $75)
DRAMATIC WOOL COLLAR COAT — JUST FAB
LOVE THE COLLAR ON THIS QUILTED STAND STUDIO (60% OFF!)
THIS ISABEL MARANT SHACKET HAS BEEN SUPER TRENDY THE PAST FEW SEASONS
Less dead-of-winter and more transitional (all on sale): this SEA I’ve been drooling over for two seasons, this quilted and belted lilac, this lined Barbour, this quilted J. Crew, this Ganni – love all the details, and this mixed media Veronica Beard.
Q: Bump and big boob friendly blue summer dress for family photos — and outfit for my two year old girl.
A: Yay! I shared a bunch of beauties that might work here, but a few that jump out at me given your expectations —
For your little one — this blue floral Luli and Me (don’t be afraid to mix prints!), this Jacadi or this one, this Feltman Brothers, this Sal E Pimenta (or this similar one on super sale — note that this brand runs small), or this striped La Coqueta, or this one! And then there’s this super classic Bailey Brothers!
Q: Inspo to go back to my business casual office. Tops and great shoes to wear with jeans so I can still blend with the kids in the office a little while also showing I’m a grown up.
A: I like the idea of striped tees with high-waisted white denim — throw on a blazer if you need to impress, and pair with delicate layered gold jewelry (like this and this) to add polish. A few other great blouses/tops I love to pair with your favorite jeans…
DOEN’S JANE BLOUSE — MY SISTER OWNS THIS IN SEVERAL COLORS AND PAIRS WITH HIGH WAISTED DENIM AND CELINE ESPADRILLES…100 100 100
Q: Classic everyday staples.
STRIPED LA LIGNE SWEATERS — IN WARMER MONTHS, I THROW AROUND MY SHOULDERS MORE FOR DECOR AND A TAD OF ADDED WARMTH
NAVY FISHERMAN SWEATER — MINE IS VERY OLD J. CREW BUT THIS IS SIMILAR; I WOULD TAKE A MEN’S SMALL BECAUSE I LIKE TO WEAR OVERSIZED WITH WHITE JEANS
Q: Cute raincoat for my toddler.
Q: Affordable boys shorts for day camp that aren’t ugly.
Q: Comfortable staples for travel – flights, Paris, Croatia in August – that limit sun exposure.
A: OO fabulous! Maybe double down on the gauze trend — cool/airy but offers coverage! — with a set like this shirt with these shorts paired with your favorite trendy sneaks, leather slides, or espadrilles. I also love these linen sets (also come in pants variations) from Casa Raki — I would pair with espadrilles or leather slides. Or pair gauze pants or linen pants with some lightweight striped tees. A packable hat like this or this will also help! I feel like a Celine trio crossbody is the ideal accompaniment to this chic European travel vibe!
P.S. Travel essentials here.
Q: A more structured canvas bucket style hat.
A: Business and Pleasure has a great one — I own in this stripe. I also love the patterned ones from Lack of Color. This fringe-edged neutral is also a great versatile option. I prefer the bucket styles with a little bit of a longer brim — more feminine? — but J. Crew’s shorter-brimmed option has been super popular this season. H&M also has some inexpensive takes on this trend.
Q: A really loud, fun pair of shorts.
A: I love these by Juliet Dunn — currently 20% off! My sister owns some of Zimmermann’s floral ones and they are SO CHIC IRL. Love this. More great shorts here. This inexpensive pair from H&M is also super fun.