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Easy DIY: Monogrammed Tote Bag


SEE LARK! | Easy DIY: Monogrammed Tote Bag

My little guy started daycare earlier this month.  Along with the trauma of a first-time mother leaving her child in the care of others, there was also the need to pack necessities (e.g., diapers, bottles, spare clothes) on a daily  basis.  I wanted a tote bag that would read “boy” and be easy to distinguish from all the other baby bags, but I also wanted something true to my aesthetic.  Tired of seeing so many personalized Nantucket / Martha’s Vineyard style tote bags in Times New Roman font, I decided to create my own personalized “edgy” tote bag.  Given that I rarely have free time for projects, this one was a real quick DIY…like five minutes quick.

SEE LARK! | Easy DIY: Monogrammed Tote Bag

Step 1. Find a tote bag that you love and iron-on letters.  I am in love with Baggu’s duck canvas bags.  I purchased one in black for A, but have the leopard version for me.

SEE LARK! | Easy DIY: Monogrammed Tote Bag

Step 2. Cut out the desired letters. I went with a single letter monogram given the size (three inches), but you could easily do full initials or spell out a name with smaller fonts.

SEE LARK! | Easy DIY: Monogrammed Tote Bag

Step 3. Place the letter in the desired spot, make sure it’s leveled and centered.

SEE LARK! | Easy DIY: Monogrammed Tote Bag

Step 4. Iron on the letter(s) based on the instructions provided.  Most will have you iron with a wool setting, firmly pressing on top and on the backside.

SEE LARK! | Easy DIY: Monogrammed Tote Bag

Step 5. Let it cool and then slowly peel off the plastic backing to reveal the finished product.

SEE LARK! | Easy DIY: Monogrammed Tote

Utility Player

SEE LARK! | Utility Player

An anorak or utility-style jacket is a great piece for Spring since it provides just enough warmth on a windy day. I scored this beauty on Poshmark a couple of months ago but haven’t had the chance to wear it until this weekend. I made a minor modification with the built-in belt.  It actually belongs on the bottom with a few threads sewn in to keep it in tact.  Since I couldn’t imagine myself wearing a belt (or let it hang unbelted) that low, I snipped it free and brought up to the waist.  It’s perfect with jeans and slacks, but I also think it would look great with a midi or maxi- length dress. Read more

Eat. Shop. Do.

SEE LARK! | Eat. Shop. Do.

OH thank goodness it’s Friday! We have some friends in town and a group of us are going out to dinner tonight.  Is it sad that we have been texting about it and looking forward to going out sans kiddos?  To top it off, it’s going to be sunny and warm, perfect for a picnic. Hope you have a great weekend! Read more

The Benefits of Shopper’s Block

SEE LARK! | The Benefits of Shopper's Block I made an interesting observation last week.  While perusing Shop Bop during their Friends and Family event, I couldn’t find one thing that I wanted to buy.  Not. One. Thing. (Don’t you love how writing one word with a period is a thing now?)  The sales are compelling but I can’t seem to justify the spend.  Thoughts like “I already own a black jersey dress” or “I have red pumps, do I really need a second pair?” kept popping into my head.  Then I made another realization, I hadn’t bought any new clothes for myself in over a month.  Could I have possibly already owned “everything”? I was a little sad since I consider online shopping a sport. However, other than saving money, there are major benefits to a bout of Shopper’s Block.  Here’s five of them. Read more

Old Is New

SEE LARK! | Old Is New

It’s been awhile since my last outfit post.  The frigid weather and my preference for sweatpants during winter time was not a pretty sight.  Dare I say that Spring has finally arrived in DC and so has the return of most of my pre-baby wardrobe.  I was excited to be able to put on my favorite black denim and v-neck tee.  It will be interesting to see what becomes part of the rotation now that I strive for simple and quick looks (hence chopping of my locks!). Read more

Eat. Shop. Do.

SEE LARK! | Eat. Shop. Do.

I survived my first two weeks back to work.  It’s been tough since I miss A dearly plus hubby’s work requires multiple days away from home at a time.  Therefore, in the evenings I am a “single” mom trying to spend time with A and put him to bed (and getting him to STAY asleep), clean and prep for the next day, and somehow find time for me to eat. At first, I just wanted to feel sorry for myself.  But I realized I needed to look at it as a huge accomplishment and shout from the rooftops “We survived the week without incident!”  Each day, my respect for mothers and parents in general increases exponentially.  Fortunately, the family unit comes back together for the weekend and rumor has it, sunny warmer weather is too. Read more

How To Style Kicks

I love high heels and practically lived in them until recently. Let’s face it, city living plus bumpy sidewalks equals aching feet. Factor in a new baby and I have come to terms that flats, specifically sneakers, are probably a good idea. I had always felt that sneakers were too sporty to wear outside of the gym until I figured out a few tricks for making them look more polished.  Here are some key pieces that can up the style notch to your kicks. Read more

High Low Sun Shade

SEE LARK! | High Low Sun Shade

With the change in weather (although Mother Nature was not kind to us this weekend) comes spending time outdoors. We have a third floor patio that has been neglected in the past and I would like to use the space more often this year. The house has a modern aesthetic with very little shade from the sun. I have been in love with this Design Within Reach mid-century sunshade for years but could not justify the $1500+ price tag. I was therefore elated to see CB2 offer a very similar design for $349. This is a no-brainer decision!

Q + A With Fit Fab Mommy

One of the great benefits of blogging is the people you meet through the experience. I met Melissa of Fit Fab Mommy when she reached out to me to do a post about becoming a new mom. First, I was completely flattered because I am just winging it on most all days. Secondly, I was greatly appreciative of the advice and anecdotes she shared with me about when she first became a parent. I instantly felt at ease and Melissa was totally relatable.

It’s hard being a new mom and hopefully what I have learned thus far can help others. Check out the Q + A here!

Ten Things Accomplished During Maternity Leave

SEE LARK! | Ten Things Accomplished While On Maternity Leave

This expression about sums up my feelings about leaving my little one next week when I return to work. I am looking forward to having adult conversations, drinking a cup of coffee without interruption, and wearing something other than jeans; however, my heart aches to not see this face until the end of the day. As I look back at my first four months as a mother, I see an increasing level of confidence in me to care for him while giving him independence to learn new things. For the not-so-serious side of becoming a new parent, here are ten things I proudly accomplished while on leave. Read more


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