Tuesday, October 8, 2013

on autumnal cuteness.

i mean, seriously. the sleep deprivation is TOTALLY worth that smile. no contest.

Friday, October 4, 2013

on a "new mother" uniform.

so, i fully intended this post to be about my upcoming closet purge and how i am focusing on certain key pieces as a new mother.

but first, i'd like to rant about this article from huggies. yes, huggies. the diaper company. the diaper company is telling women how to look 10 pounds lighter.

there is nothing wrong with wanting to "lose the baby weight." i can understand wanting to tone up your body after giving birth. trust me, i am counting down the days until i am medically cleared for exercise. but something about a DIAPER COMPANY telling women to hide their bodies ["hide heaviness in your lower half"] after the miracle those same bodies just performed really raises my hackles.

i feel as though there should be a t-shirt for post-partum women that says [to play on the chanukkah phrase] "a great miracle happened here" over the belly.


assuming that the little lion cub is cooperative, i plan on camping out in my closet with an iced tea so that i can streamline my morning clothing choices. perhaps it's a consequence of life in private schools, but i find that having a uniform is positively liberating.

right now i am living in full jersey skirts like these from asos and tank-tops under a sharp, fashionable hoodie or easy cardigan.

don't forget some of your maternity clothes when planning a new mother uniform - hatch dresses can be worn before, during, and after pregnancy, and they are architectural, interesting, and most of all, MACHINE WASHABLE. 

rocking a hatch soiree dress at 39+ weeks pregnant.

i am also obsessed with my black bensimon shoes. it's easier to schlep the baby in his ring sling when i'm wearing firmer footwear than mere flip-flops.

in sum: there's no reason you can't manage style and new motherhood. i think it just takes some more careful planning and wardrobe structure. want proof beyond my mere assertions? check out alltumbledown. she owns it. OWNS it.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

on new cosmetic routines.

easy color.

1. stila cosmetics CC cream
2. lipstick queen "hello sailor!"
4. yves saint laurent rouge pur couture in fuschia dore

i think one of the things i've realized as a new mother [HE HAS ARRIVED! and he's too cute for words or photos] is that taking 5-10 minutes to put myself together in the morning makes me feel so much better - more human, really, and less like a walking burp rag or pacifier [even though i actually enjoy being both of those things]. 

the products above are what i use to put myself together quickly, with a pop of color and enough polish to be presentable for any occasion. and if you are wondering if i have absolutely lost my mind, what with the blue lip gloss and all, i implore you to give it a whirl before you write it off completely. it's the best swipe of raspberry gloss i have ever found, and it is a permanent fixture in my diaper bag! 

Monday, August 19, 2013

french lentils.

oh. my. goodness.

i am currently hiding out upstairs, so that i don't hover over these lentils and slowly but surely consume the entire pot.

i really have no other words.

the magic of beef bacon + aromatic vegetables. 

french lentils.

1 1/2 cups dry beluga lentils
2 small purple onions or 1 large purple onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1/2 pound of beef bacon [i used thickly cut bacon from grow and behold meats], diced
6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard
salt to taste
black pepper to taste

1. cook the beluga lentils according to package instructions. drain and set aside.

2. dice the onions, carrots, and beef bacon.

3. add all to a heavy-bottomed pot set over low, low heat. cook until the fat from the bacon starts to render and the bacon is cooked through. it won't necessarily get crispy, but that's okay. we're after the flavor, people. good fats = good flavor.

4. once the fat is rendered and the bacon is cooked through, add the lentils and mix.

5. in a bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar and dijon mustard. drizzle dressing over the lentils and stir to combine.

6. salt and pepper to taste.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

fapitzed favorites: on blue lipstick.

i promise i have not lost my mind.

lipstick queen's "hello sailor" is the perfect addition to a no-muss, no-fuss makeup routine. i tend toward a pretty consistent "5-minute face:" tinted moisturizer/bb cream, eyeliner, brows, blush, and a simple lip balm. done.

in spring, i started to look for a good lipstick or lip gloss that would moisturize but give a hint - HINT being the operative term - of color. i tried the fresh lip balms sold at sephora. strike. out. too much pigment, a less-than-smooth application, and the colors didn't mesh well with my pallid skin tone.

now that autumn is nearly upon us, i have FINALLY found my perfect lip product, and i shall not stray. i am currently fighting the urge to stock up and buy 27 of them to get me through the next year...