Category: Baby/Motherhood

OUR NYC NURSERY ON THE FLY

posted by Elshane on Aug 13 2018, under Baby/Motherhood

 

So we moved to NYC in a flash and I was determined to create a nursery for Sunday that felt warm and inviting, as if she never left Los Angeles. I knew that this NYC apartment was temporary for us, since we'll be back in LA in no time, so I was on a serious budget, but I didn't want to sacrifice style.

I styled my nursery around this palm printed peel on/peel off (like a sticker) wallpaper to remind our family of our life in Los Angeles that we love so much. The rest of the decor was up for grabs...

I stumbled upon Hutch.com, a home decor site that allows you to visualize your space as you decorate it with items from their site. Since their database of inventory spans from all of our fan-favorite home decor sites, from Pottery Barn and West Elm, to Wayfair, Serena & Lily, and beyond, I was able to search items by price and style to fit my needs.

Here's how it works...

 

 

I found this dreamy orange rug that I thought would compliment my palm printed wallpaper perfectly. Then I played around with different cribs--  I surprised even myself when I ended up choosing this light wooden crib. Once I saw virtually how well it sat on top of the orange rug, I knew it was my best choice. 

Funny thing is, if I were shopping in a store and didn't first see the virtual layout of this room, I never would have picked the wooden crib to go with the orange rug. Hutch.com made me realize how important it is to virtually see a layout of a space before you make big decisions.

 

 

The apartment we rented came fully furnished, so this white daybed was already in the room. If I were designing the room from scratch, I wouldn't have chosen to add this piece of furniture, but it's proven to be an incredible lounge space for Sunday and I to lay on and read together every night. 

 

 

The closets in the apartment were designed for adults-- beautiful, ample hanging space-- but that leaves so much wasted space when storing tiny kids clothing! I purchased these fun plastic drawers to store all of Sunday's foldables, which allowed for maximum usage of the closet space.

 

 

Now that I look at it, I definitely was subconsciously inspired to choose that orange rug because of the incredible orange light fixture that came with the room! If I could, I'd run away with this light fixture and never come back! It's so fabulous and really adds an element of individuality to the space. 

 

 

Most importantly, Sunday absolutely loves her room. She loves her crib (is it ok if I keep her sleeping in one until she's 10?) and she loves the juxtaposition of color and good vibes. 

I hope it reminds her of Los Angeles the way it does for me. 

It seems that a slab of wallpaper, a crib, some throw pillows, and a few baskets can really go a long way for a "nursery on the fly"! 

With love from NYC, XO

 

** You can shop all of my decor pieces in my shop the look section below! **

 

Photography by Cameron Mirza

 

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CASUAL AND COLORFUL

posted by Elshane on Oct 25 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

 

Sprinkle a little color into your everyday routine! That's easy for me to say-- try standing inside my closet to pull for something black. You may find a few pairs of black socks and... and... and.... ?!

A little color can go a long way. Take this playdate that Sunday and I had, for example. I think half the fun of our playdate was chasing around all of the colors of our very own rainbow. It's certainly enough to make someone smile.

Next time you're in a wardrobe rut, reach for color. Happiness approved!

 

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GIRL POWER

posted by Elshane on Sep 19 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

 

What an interesting moment we are at in history; a time where it's more important than ever to teach our children about gender, equality, acceptance, and love. A friend of mine started making these incredibly inspiring baby tanks that you can custom make for your little tot. 

Sunday wears hers loud and proud, and it reminds me of how loud and proud I am of my own Jewish roots...

Custom make your own tank through my SHOP THE LOOK link below! xo

 

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PIMP MY RIDE

posted by Elshane on Aug 21 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

Sunday's moving on up in this world! Who knew being a baby was so luxurious? I sure didn't...

This Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Max Nomad Collection car seat is like sitting on a super cumulonimbus cloud-- you know, the floating cotton candy of the sky. Well imagine sitting in one in your car...

And... why don't they make cumulonimbus cloud car seats for adults? I could have used one all summer for all of the road trips I have been on.

Ok, enough of the dreamy fantasy. Here are the facts:  It’s the only premium convertible car seat that offers a first-class ride from 5-85 pounds and premium innovations that make it easier to get your child in and out of the seat. As a fully-functioning rear and forward-facing seat, both stages benefit from the safer side impact protection provided by Air Protect® technology which protects your child where it’s needed most, around the head. Plus, keeping the Pria 85 Max clean is simple. The seat pad unsnaps and removes easily over the frame. No need to remove the base, ever!

So, like I said... when will they start making one for adults!? ;)

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BABY'S NEWEST PLAY ROOM

posted by Elshane on Aug 3 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

When us mommy's look for toys for baby, we look to hit all the senses, right? A fuzzy stuffed animal that moves his head and giggles, a wooden train that pieces together with a choo choo on top. 

Well, what if your best toys were hiding in your very own closet? Sometimes when Sunday and I are getting stir crazy and we don't want to/can't go outside, we lock ourselves in my closet and get WILD.

I show her the fuzzy fur coats, the spiky sequin tops, and all of the colors of the rainbow. She opens and closes my accessories drawers, she takes clothes off the hangers, and she "cleans up" when we're done. (You know... putting all of the clothes in one pile at the corner of the closet!)

Point is, it's a great way to spend 20 minutes of time. Plus, it's a great way to revive that silver sequin dress that you haven't worn in years... ;)

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TRAVELING WITH A TODDLER

posted by Elshane on Jul 26 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

Traveling with a toddler? It's not easy, no matter how you slice it.

The flight is a nightmare (they just want to run the aisles when the seat belt sign is on). The packing is insane (day diapers, night diapers, snacks, cute outfits, spill-able outfits).

And then there's the "stuff"... the stroller, the car seat, the lovie blanket, the sound machine. 

Now that Sunday's walking running, having an "SUV" stroller as I call them (think Bugaboo Cam, UppaBaby Vista, Baby City Mini), is completely unnecessary. They're bulky, they don't fit through narrow spaces, and they're so heavy to lug around.

So here it is... I found the most incredible "umbrella" stroller-- as you can see it folds up to the size of a bread crumb... and it even has a shoulder strap so you can carry it around (it weighs 13 lbs, as opposed to my 24 lb Bugaboo)! It's absolutely the perfect travel essential.

So there you have it. Yet another necessity to add to your ever-growing baby list!

 

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BABY'S CLOSET TOUR

posted by Elshane on Jun 12 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

Breaking News: Sunday and I played dress up... again. ;)

Sometimes toys are overrated.. and emptying your kid's closet while jumping and playing and throwing clothing in the air is where the party's at, instead. 

Ok, the truth is we did this for our Fashion Mama's Cribs photo shoot...and we had a very willing participant on hand to clean up the mess. But I do recommend this. There's something very exciting about creating chaos in the midst of beauty. 

Note to self: Sunday likes my vintage Chanel layered necklaces a little too much. One more tug and the entire pearl strand would have covered the nursery floor. I think I'll save that necklace for adult-only time moving forward. I'm sure Sunday will appreciate this later in life, when the necklaces get passed down to her! :)

Photography by @howlandrose for Fashion Mama's Cribs

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THE CHASE: MOMMY AND ME STYLE

posted by Elshane on May 31 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

Can you see the sweat beads dripping down my face? It's the result of chasing a wild yellow squiggly toddler around my dining room. Man... it doesn't get easier!

I'm so excited to share this shoot, as well as so many more looks, from an in depth interview I did with Fashion Mamas.

I've included snippets of the interview in this blog post, but to read the entire interview (it's awesome and filled with tons of photos), you can scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link!

 

******* Read the full interview HERE! ********

Photographs by Jacky Mitrius @howlandrose

Interview by Nara Walker @DeerPath

 

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