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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

Wanted: A New Look

SEE LARK! | Wanted: A New Look

Apologies for going MIA last week.  We took the little one for a mini-vacay (which turned out to be more work than vacation) and then I caught a cold…boo!  Anyways, this is my last week of maternity leave and I am quickly realizing I need to say goodbye to the top knot I have been sporting for the past four months (wow how time flies) and re-assemble my work wardrobe. I have been thinking about changing up my hair and yes, it may have been influenced by my binge-watching of House of Cards.  I want to be bold enough to go for an edgy pixie cut like Robin Wright.  The key word is ‘want’ not sure if I have the guts to pull the trigger, or the scissors in this situation. Have you ever sported a pixie? If so, any words of advice? Read more

Eat. Shop. Do.

We received eight inches of snow today and daylight savings starts in two days for the US. The juxtaposition of these two events seems odd. I am hopeful that with the time change we’ll start to see signs of Spring. Here’s to a warmer (relatively speaking) weekend and getting out of the house. #stircrazy Read more

Eye On Etsy

SEE LARK! | Eye On Etsy

This edition of Eye on Etsy is a bit all over the map – in a good way.  I have my eye on pants for A to a cool moto jacket art print.  While we are at it, lets talk about this “vintage text message” note card.  Totally adorable!  What catches your eye? Read more

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

It seems like every year when winter comes along, I can’t stop complaining about the weather. Mentally, I don’t associate March with sleet and freezing rain…ugh.  Needless to say it has left me a little less than enthused to get dressed.  My post on How to Wear Color was a good mental pick-me-up and I am pleased to learn that it has also made IFB’s weekly roundup.  In addition to my tips on wearing color, these top 20 posts of the week also adds inspiration.  I particularly like Inexpensive Chic’s How to Dress Stylishly in the Extreme Cold and Ginger Side of Life’s How to Get That Perfect Bun.  Happy Reading!

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Eat. Shop. Do.

SEE LARK! | Eat. Shop. Do.

Wish me luck as I take a mini road trip with A to visit a dear college friend for her baby shower. We are only going to be gone for a day while hubby holds down the fort but I am concerned I won’t have enough trunk space for all the stuff I need for him.  I swore I wouldn’t haul a lot of stuff once I had a kid but seriously, it all seems essential! Regardless, it will be nice to get outside of the Beltway even if only for a short time. Read more

Product Love: Jo Malone

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I am not a huge “perfume” person but I stumbled upon a fragrance that I just can’t resist. While dabbling in new beauty products, I received a sample of Jo Malone’s English Pear and Freesia. It has a warm, fruity, and neutral scent appropriate for any (or lack thereof) occasion. After using up the sample, I promptly bought a full bottle of this universally appealing smell. Read more

Escaping Winter

SEE LARK! | Escaping Winter

This past weekend we had more snow. Add to that some sleet and rain and it would make anyone cry ‘uncle’.  We booked our first family mini-vacation to South Florida and I couldn’t be more excited to get away from the cold.  Granted it won’t be a scorcher, but should be warm enough to get some rays by a pool.  Here’s what I have in mind for me and A.  Any of you also planning a retreat from the cold?   Read more

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