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Break the Bank! {These diaper bags are worth it!}

Why is it so hard to find a good diaper bag?  You can carry an oversized handbag and be fine, but those pockets designed specifically for changing pads and bottles are just so darn nice to have! And, it’s not like we can all be like Rachel Zoe and have Alexander McQueen send us our very own diaper bag. And let’s face it, a trendy diaper bag can come with a high price tag.

But let’s admire these pricey pieces anyway…

Lots of famous ladies carry this Not Rational leather bag.

Gretel Bag Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

And then there’s Prada

Prada Baby Bag available at Bergdorf Goodman

I always like a Burberry bag.

Burberry Hobo bag available at Neiman Marcus

Or we could all be like Gwyneth and carry this Kelly Hermes bag as a diaper bag

Just remember, pricey isn’t always better! And really, why break the bank when there are babies to spend on?

On the more (kind of) affordable side, there are still some good options….

I love this bag from Longchamp, which I think could totally could work as a diaper bag!

Cosmos bag in Distressed Leather

Cosmos bag in Distressed Leather

Storksak bags are great and usually reasonable. This one is actually on sale right now for $80.00

Emily Canvas Bag

Oh, Charlie! How I love you! (The Charlie bag from Timi Leslie).

Project Nursery, Charlie bag by Timi and Leslie pinned via Alison Koenig

Better yet, design your own bag with Deyitta on Etsy

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The Pregnant Lady Rules!

I have always loved etiquette.  When we were little, my sister and I both did cotillion and something called promenade where we had to learn good manners (and how to dance)!  I adored every minute. So, when a friend recently had a status update on her Facebook page about her desire for people to keep their comments to themselves as they related to her looking tired, sick or oh-so-pregnant, I decided I should post about pregnancy etiquette!   Here is my short list of what to say and not say as it relates to pregnant (or not so pregnant) ladies.  Feel free to comment and add your own.

Found on Pinterest via The Daybookblog.com

1. NEVER EVER ask a woman if she is pregnant. Even if she looks clearly pregnant to you, wait for her to mention it. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

2. If she IS pregnant, don’t say something like, “Wow, are you sure you are not having twins?”

3. Also don’t say, “You look so sick/tired/swollen/overweight.” Really any adjectives other than beautiful and glowing are not needed.

4. Never inquire about how much weight she has gained.

5. Unless you are related, even if she is pregnant, never tell a woman an outfit makes her look pregnant.

6.  If a pregnant lady needs a seat or a hand, give it to her.

7. If a pregnant lady tells you what she plans to name her baby, do not make ANY negative comments or facial expressions, even if it is the most ridiculous name you have ever heard.

8. Don’t tell your pregnant friends, neighbors or strangers every or any pregnancy horror stories you know.  The world is scary enough.

9. Don’t go on and on about how kids ruin a marriage or take away all freedom.  The truth is, having a baby can be very romantic and there is something called a baby sitter.

10.  You really don’t have to give unsolicited parenting advice.  If she wants your opinion, she will ask.

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Nursery Design 101

I have been wanting to write this post for quite some time. I will say first I learned most of my knowledge of decorating from my sister, my friends Linda and Carlyn, and the Domino Book of Style.  I am definitely not trained in design and therefore no expert, but here are my tips. Feel free to comment and add your own.

1.  Start collecting photos and ideas of design elements that are meaningful to you, that you love and are inspired by.  I use an actual binder but pinterest is another great way to do this.  It’s so fun to research the web, blogs, magazines and other friends brains to get ideas!

2. If possible, find some kind of focal or design point (or points) that you want to work around. This can be a particular color palette, textile, painting or piece of furniture (etc.). For me, when we started working on Gray’s nursery, it was a particular picture my sister-in-law painted and a fabric I fell in love with. It’s okay to plan your nursery in a style/palette that is similar to the rest of your house.  You don’t have to have the typical “themed” nursery.  Think about your particular style…are your more traditional, modern, cozy, bohemian, elegant, eclectic, etc?  Do you want to include these elements in your nursery? I love the idea of having a piece of art that you just love become your main focus of the design scheme.

Kim Schuessler painting available at pryorfineart.com

(Like if we ever have a girl, I already know I will want an adorable Kim Schuessler painting for her room!)

3. Make a plan-a floor plan and a furniture plan.  There are only a few necessities for a nursery, namely a crib and some form of changing table. And then there are the niceties, like a plush glider, dresser, rug, etc.  You need to know what you need and have room for in the space.

4. Set a budget. You don’t want to fall in love with a crazy expensive piece of furniture or a Madeline Weinrib textile if they are out of your budget.  For our nursery, we were on a pretty tight budget.  BUT you can be creative. For instance, I always wanted the Stokke crib. I loved that it was oval and different from anything I had ever seen.  So, I found one that had been used once and was discounted.  Also, when walking in to my (most) favorite baby boutique, I noticed they had a staged a nursery with matelasse curtains.  They looked something like this:

Picture from lilsugar.com

Then, I remembered my mom had some from our old guest room. They were in great shape and worked perfectly!  I honestly took a million shortcuts to save money, most of the furniture was from IKEA (great place for kids furniture) and I really think the room turned out great!

5. Think about  your color palette. (It doesn’t have to be pink, blue or yellow). Is there a specific color range you want or need to used based on any design elements you have picked out?  Or is there some flexibility?  It may be a good idea to start collecting paint samples and samples of textiles, fabric swatches etc. Include these in your design binder. Also, think about textures.  (Especially in the case of a rug, you don’t want something hard like seagrass).

6.  Narrow down your options. Make a list of the pieces you want keep based on your floor plan and budget.  See how all your choices come together. Think about important elements you might be missing.  Remember, things like lighting and storage are important in a nursery. (Babies seriously require A LOT of storage.  Baskets might be your new best friend!)

From DecorPad.com via AbsolutelyBeautifulthings.blogspot.com

7. Get to work!   You may even need to give yourself a time line.  I totally had nesting fever from 20 weeks on, but its a good idea to have things ready by week 32 or so. Remember, if you have to order something, it can take upwards of 6 weeks!  (like in the case of our glider!)

Happy Designing!

**Be sure to double-check safety guidelines as you plan your nursery. For instance, better not to put your crib in front of a window.  Also, did you know doctors are now recommending you NOT use a crib bumper?

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Birthday Bliss

Happy Friday!  My sweet Gray is turning ONE in just a few more months.  So, I have been thinking a lot about birthday parties.  Here are some ideas I just love from Pinterest and the blog world:

Surprise your little one with a room full of balloons on his or her day!

From Sweet Home Style via Pinterest

Or how about a balloon themed party?

From Hostess with the Mostess via Pinterest

Just pretty and sweet!

From Enjoy Cupcakes via Pinterest

A little lamb birthday

From Hostess with the Mostess via Pinterest

A precious birthday hat (worn by my sweet niece)

Available on Etsy

A birthday Banner

Available on Etsy

And of course, a smash cake!

Found on Lil Sugar

Can’t wait to share Gray’s first birthday with you! Until then, I will be trying not to go overboard!  For other ideas, check out these posts on a Superman party and a Farm themed party!

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Holiday Traditions {Guest Post}

Hello Style Stork readers!  I’m Jessica, and I write over at Learning Love’s Life about my family, our adventures, and lessons learned along the way.   This will be our first Christmas as a little family of three, and I can’t wait to begin some special and fun family traditions as Dylan grows.  Thanks to my favorite addiction, Pinterest, the possibilities for all ages are never-ending.

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Making Christmas cookies: thinking of a new holiday theme every year, the more imaginative the better, gives all of us an opportunity to show off our creative skills with a great, sugary reward at the end

Christmas countdowns: I can’t think of anything else that will help increase the kiddo’s anticipation than by creating an advent calendar full of daily surprises

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Having their own tree: this activity provides hours of entertainment for kids to decorate and redecorate their felt Christmas tree to their little hearts’ content

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A book a day: wrapping 25 books to put under the tree and starting December 1st, having the kids pick which one to open and read together that day.  Included in this list would have to be some of my favorite childhood classics like ‘A Night Before Christmas’ to share with them

Stocking picture: this is just adorable… and a clever way to measure growth through the years

Ribbon door barrier: on Christmas morning when the kids get ready to stampede toward their presents under the tree, they’ll have to break through Santa’s enclosure (just crepe paper!)  first

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Either way, I have a feeling that the holidays are going to be that much more fulfilling now that we get to plan activities with a little one in mind to carry for years to come.  Thanks for having me Style Stork.  Have a merry Christmas everyone!

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Happy (late) Thanksgiving! Hope yours was full of joy with family and friends, ours sure was!  Of course, I am most Thankful for these guys:

  (Picture by Michelle Marie Photography)

The only thing is, I kind of find myself wanting a vacation from our vacation!  Cannot believe there is just one more day left of our break!  Why does time fly so fast?

Anyhow, I think I have mentioned before how much I love LOVE the blog A Cup of Jo by Joanna Goddard. I mean, she is just so cool and inspiring!  Especially when she talks about motherhood and her son. It is a must read if you are soon to have a baby, or if you live in NYC ,or if you are female and under the age of 80!  I especially adore the design of her little man’s nursery, and because she is so nice, she said I could share it with all of you!  This is just a teaser, so check out the full post here.

Seriously, how cute is this?  The sailboat mobile had me at first glance! Plus, I think the crib is from Wal-Mart.

Have a lovely rest of the weekend! Stay tuned for winner of first give-away.

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November 26, 2011 · 7:33 pm

Pinterest Love

From Traditional Home

From Decor Pad

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On Paper

There are so many reasons for paper, a new little one included!  From shower invites, to birth announcements, to thank you notes, to birthday party invitations, the list goes on and on!

Check out these ideas from Dodeline Design.  You will love, love, love the products and the blog.


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Super First Birthday


The first birthday party is a HUGE deal. I know several mom’s who spend months planning. While I think the first party for your little one is a big deal, its important not to go too overboard.  (I mean, think of all the pressure to top last years’ birthday party each year…a girl could go broke doing that)!  Well, a couple of weeks ago we went to the most adorable SUPERMAN themed party for my nephew Rees and I think it was the ideal first party.  My very talented sister in-law planned it perfectly:  outdoors on a beautiful day in Nashville, plenty of activities for all the kids, AND the perfect party favor…

The birthday boy and his mom

Smash cake for the birthday boy (a must have)!

Handmade Superhero photo op!

And my favorite part, handmade superhero capes for all the kids!

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Real Nursery: Eleanor Frances

When my sister was pregnant, she chose to let the sex of her baby be a surprise.  To suit her gender neutral nursery she chose colors like orange and lime green.  She also chose fun textiles that were neither too masculine or feminine.

Mix a modern crib with a soft rug. A custom piece of art makes for an eye catching center piece and focal point for your design.

If you go with a custom textile you can coordinate your bumper with your changing pad without being too theme oriented.

A glider from Four Seasons with cute orange piping and a sweet little bird lamp makes the room complete.

You can add a personal touch by including a “family tree.”  These are all Eleanor’s family members when they were babies!

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