Trunk Club Try-On May 2019

Happy Monday! So excited to share another round of try-ons. Today, I’m sharing my Nordstrom Trunk Club. My stylist sent me a bunch of new on-trend favorite pieces to check out. Some were total hits and some were major misses (for me), but it’s always fun to try on new things. Whatever you love, you keep and whatever you don’t, you just send back! You have a chance to review the trunk before it ships and you can also let your stylist know about specific items you may desire. There is a $25 styling fee, but you can use it as credit if you purchase anything from the trunk. So here we go!

The first outfit was a win for me. I own the mom jeans (Target), and decided to style them with this breezy button up, cotton jacket and leather espadrille slip-ons from the Trunk. Loving this casual look! Comfortable and also nursing friendly.

Madewell Surplus Cotton Jacket

Halogen White Leather Espadrille Mule

Treasure & Bond Breezy Striped Boyfriend Shirt

 

I’ve been seeing these button down dresses everywhere, and I LOVED this chambray version from Madewell. Very comfy and loved the pockets as well! The back straps criss-cross in the back as well which was a nice added touch. And of course, also nursing friendly.

Madewell Button Front Chambray Tank Dress 

 

This was called a utility jacket, but it felt more like a shirt. It was super lightweight, but definitely really comfortable and soft! The striped tee underneath was comfy and great as a basic tee!

Treasure & Bond Utility Jacket

Madewell Striped Pocket Tee

 

I also loved this button down thread dress from Madewell. This is an XS, the material was super comfy, and it fit well! These nude suede slip on sandals by Halogen were also great. The heel is a good height where it doesn’t hurt your foot and bonus: it’s currently marked down!

Madewell Texture & Thread Front Button Dress

Halogen Slide Sandal

 

I got majorly excited when I saw this white denim jacket in the trunk! I don’t own anything like it, and it seems like a great spring and summer staple! Bonus: it’s really soft and comfortable as well. I think I’m keeping this one.

Kut from the Kloth White Denim Jacket

 

The dress hugged me in the wrong places and was a little too loose up top, but I like the print, and would make a sexy date night dress! Just not a great fit for me.

Leith Wrap Mini Dress

 

I loved this button down dress when I pulled it out of the box, but it ultimately didn’t work for me. The buttons in the chest area pulled too much and you could see right through the holes to my bra which wasn’t flattering. Super bummed, because I loved the color, pockets, and fit of the rest of the dress. Shame the buttons were weird!

Hinge Button Front Midi Dress

 

This dress was really cute online, and I wanted to love it, but the material wrinkles really easily, and it was not flattering on my body at all. I LOVE the color, but between the wrinkles, the fact that it hugged me in all the wrong places and since it’s not nursing friendly, it’s just not gonna work for me.

Something Navy Flirty Mini Dress

 

Definitely keeping this black bralette from Free People. Perfect to wear under those summer tanks or shirts where your bra peeks out, because it has such pretty detail you don’t mind showing it! Perfect summer staple.

Free People Bralette

 

This simple rose bangle was also included in the Trunk inscribed with “Stop and smell the roses.” Classic and chic. Goes with anything. Keeping this for sure.

Kate Spade Rose Bangle

 

I liked the idea and style of this top, but for the price, I didn’t think it was worth it. It was a little short and a little sheer. It was okay, but I didn’t love it.

Madewell Woodland Floral Smocked Waist Top

 

This top was a little large and didn’t really do me any favors. Loved the print, but not the fit. Just kinda made me look wider than normal.

Madewell Striped Peasant Top

 

Thinking my stylist doesn’t really understand the “mom bod” going on right now. Haha. The color of this top was pretty, but way too low cut for me. I spend a lot of days at the playground with my kids and unless I’m nursing my baby, I don’t really want my boobs hanging out, ya know? So this was a no-go, but I felt like striking a pose anyway. ūüėČ

Hinge Button Front V-Neck Top (similar)

FYI – jeans and shoes are mine and I linked them here:

Zara High Waist Black Jeans (similar)

Chinese Laundry Carnival Sandal

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And that’s it for my May Trunk Club Try-on! I need to send back what I don’t want today, so if you have any suggestions for what I should keep and what I should return, PLEASE let me know!!!

I have the full try-on behind-the scenes posted in my Instagram Stories so feel free to check that out as well. All the items are linked here in case you want to purchase them (I do receive a teeny tiny commission if you use my link, so THANK YOU for using it – it helps me to continue doing these types of try-ons!) OR sign up and get your own personal stylist to have a trunk delivered to your door! I love a good package, and the fact that I don’t even have to leave my house or bring children with me shopping is clutch!

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Hope you guys had a great weekend! We celebrated my nephew’s 1st Birthday, Knox was Baptized into the Catholic Church, and my boys made my mom and I breakfast in bed down in Maryland! The boys were seriously so super sweet to me all day, and we had a wonderful weekend celebrating lots of great things! I was also able to keep up my workouts while away and got in a sweat sesh with my mama!

Back in Brooklyn today and it’s a gloomy, rainy one here, but going to make the most of it! New clothes always help. ūüėČ

Make it a great week everyone!

XO,

Gina

End of Summer

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Romper: Target (similar here) РAlso love this long-sleeved one for early fall / Sandals: Call it Spring / Sunglasses: Brickyard Buffalo / Pendant: antique heirloom / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelets: Tory Burch, Stella & Sparkle, Guilty Jean

Ahhhh, yesterday was the first day of fall, and while I do love all things pumpkin, I am sad to see the summer come to an official end. We had a great summer complete with lots of traveling and adventures, and this romper sure got a lot of play from the lake in the Poconos, to the playgrounds of Brooklyn, to the streets of Nashville in Tennessee, to the Jersey Shore in Cape May, down to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Our first full summer as a family of four was a success! Can’t believe it’s over. We will remember it fondly, but part of me is excited to break out the boots and crush some pumpkin spice lattes. ūüėČ

Happy Fall + Happy Weekend!

XO,

Gina

Color Block Bikini

Splurge v. Steal

Last summer, I was exercising and working hard, but let’s be honest…I had a big ole prego belly! ūüėČ

While I didn’t imagine being in a bikini only 6 months post-childbirth, my company reward trip to the Caribbean is coming up in just a couple weeks! I suppose I could rock a one piece (and you know I could find a vintage style one I’d adore!), but I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little bit excited to own all this hard work I have put in each day for these past few months!

I have had my eye on some color block bikinis, but wouldn’t you know, most of them have sold out. Here are two still available that I am deciding between! I LOVE the colors on this one by PILYQ, but it’s a little cheeky if ya know what I mean, and it’s $75. The other has a little more coverage and is $27 from Missguided, but the colors aren’t quite as fun!

What do you think? Make the splurge? Or grab that steal?

Happy Friday everyone!!

XO,

Gina

Pattern Mixing

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Striped Top: H&M Рsimilar here and here / Floral Skater Skirt: H&M Рsimilar / Sparkly Flats: Nine West / Heart Tote: ban.do / Sunglasses: Vintage Kenneth Cole / Watch: Michael Kors / Necklace: Barami / Lip: MAC Snob / Nails: Essie Sexy Divide 

Here is the last of my summer outfit posts, and it’s definitely feeling like fall now. ¬†To keep wearing these pieces into the new season, you could always throw on a pair of tights under the skirt or a blazer over the top. ¬†I am very into getting as much use as possible out of every article of clothing in my closet for as long as I can! ¬†I love the idea of pattern mixing, and I think it works as long as you stay in a similar color palette. ¬†Stripes and florals are two of my favorites, so why not mix them together?

This past weekend, we took Nico to the pumpkin patch, and my what a difference from last year to this year! ¬†He was so excited about the orange “balls” as he called them, and was crawling all around the patch exploring. ¬†We drove out to Stakey’s Farm on the North Fork of Long Island for pumpkin picking, apple cider donuts, and a corn maze. ¬†We also stopped off a Briermere Farm for apples and a raspberry creme pie. ¬†One way to get me to embrace the colder weather is certainly through my stomach.

Hope you are all having a great week so far!

XO,

Gina

Strawberry Sunshine

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On me РDress: ModCloth / Shoes (1): ALDO / Shoes (2): Carrini via Hautelook / Sunnies: Amazon / Bracelet: Baublebar / Watch: Michael Kors / Lip: Lancome Red Haute

On Nico – Shirt: Carter’s / Shorts: Quad Seven

I scored this dress on sale from ModCloth at the beginning of August, and I love that it can work both for summer and fall.  I dig the retro/vintage feel of the dress in terms of the silhouette as well as the strawberry floral print.  It instantly puts me in a good mood!  I wore this a couple weeks ago for a family day in the neighborhood, and then changed my shoes for a long walk to the Prospect Park carousel and zoo.  As you can tell, Nico was a big fan of the carousel!

I am feeling SO MUCH better this week. ¬†Thank you for all your thoughts and well wishes from my last post. ¬†It definitely helped! ¬†Looking forward to a busy week of catch up, and I’m planning to get outside as much as humanly possible!

XO,

Gina

Porch Swing

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On me: Top: J. Crew / Tank: J. Crew (available in other colors) – also similar here / Shorts: J. Crew (available in other colors here and here) / Sandals: Sam Edelman (sold out, but many color choices here) / Sunnies: Francesca’s (similar) / Necklace: Baublebar (similar) / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelets: Henri Bendel, Baublebar, Stella & Sparkle / Earrings: ALDO / Lip: Lancome Red Haute

On Nico: Bathing Suit Top & Trunks Set: Carter’s

Feeling nostalgic today from our vacation to the Outer Banks. ¬†If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already noticed I’m protesting my post-vacation blues. ¬†The photos above show some of my most favorite times in the OBX. ¬†Doing. ¬†Absolutely. ¬†Nothing. ¬†Relaxation in it’s purest form. ¬†There’s just something about a porch swing at sunset that immediately resets my zen. ¬†After a long day in the hot sun, taking walks and building sandcastles, it feels great to come back to the cottage, have a nice shower, and climb into the porch swing and just sway. ¬†Feeling the breeze as the sun drops down below the horizon brings an immediate feeling of calm and a sense of peacefulness that I haven’t been able to really recreate anywhere else but here. ¬†Sometimes I will even bring a book into the swing and get lost into some other dream world. ¬†This year, I brought Nico onto the swing with me, and for a kid who otherwise at this age is squirmy and adventurous, I was mildly surprised with his ability to just snuggle and relax with me on the swing for awhile. ¬†It was as if he was silently saying, “Oh hey Mom, yeah I could get the hang of this relax in the porch swing thing.” ¬†I’m lucky that my little one still does love to snuggle with me often‚Ķusually at night before bedtime. ¬†But as he approaches his first birthday and becomes more independent, I start to see him squiggle away from me more and more as he explores the world around him. ¬†It makes me sad, but at the same time I know he has to grow. ¬†Part of me wants to cling and keep him small forever though and that part of me is going to soak up every moment I can while he is still little enough to be wrapped in my arms cuddling on the porch swing.

XO,

Gina

{Style Envy} Rompin’ Around + Turning Thirty

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On Brianna – Romper: Forever 21 / Sandals: Michael Kors / Necklaces: Forever 21

Introducing my beautiful niece, Brianna. ¬†You may remember a few posts way back when from my Style Envy segments with Marisa and Alex. ¬†Every now and then I like to showcase someone else’s style rather than my own, and Brianna was looking so adorable in this romper while we were on vacation in Cape May that I just had to snap some photos at the beach. ¬†Rompers made a small come back last summer, and they are still¬†in full force this season. ¬†It’s so nice to only think about one piece. ¬†No need to worry about which top is going to go with which bottom. ¬†Matchy matchy tops and bottoms have also been a trend this season, so why not just buy one piece and call it a day? ¬†Of course, everyone’s main complaint about rompers is the ever-annoying hassle of going to the bathroom, but in my opinion, it’s no big deal to suck it up for a day for the sake of fashion. ¬†That’s what we women do, right?

Onto my niece…Bri is one of those people with a natural easy-going attitude. ¬†She’s always down for an adventure, for trying fun new things, and she’s a total pleasure to be around. ¬†Throughout the week whenever someone would make a suggestion about something fun to do, she was always up for it. ¬†No matter how weird to crazy the activity, she was always excited to partake. ¬†Want to go play skee-ball at the arcade?¬†¬†Yup. ¬†Want to go for a walk?¬†¬†Yup. ¬†Want to take photos on the beach?¬†¬†Yup. ¬†Want to go get ice cream?¬†¬†Yup. ¬†Want to go on a four-person family bike?¬† Yup. ¬†She reminds me of my husband (her uncle) never wanting to sit around. ¬†Always go go go‚Ķthey might miss something or won’t be able to enjoy the most out of their vacation if they are relaxing too much. ¬†We had a blast hanging out at the beach, and I only wish she and my sister-in-law could have stayed longer!

On a final note, I turned 30 over the weekend. ¬†That’s right THIRTY. ¬†Holy crap. ¬†Where does the time go? ¬†I remember when I used to think thirty was so old. ¬†It’s crazy how much I have grown and changed in the last decade. ¬†Met Zack, graduated college, moved to New York City, got into the animation/advertising industry, partied my ass off, traveled, got married, moved to Brooklyn, slowed down, had a baby, and now I’m a mom of an almost 1-year-old. ¬†My twenties were a lot of fun indeed. ¬†As scary as 30 sounds, I do admit, I am excited to embrace this new decade with the¬†clarity, responsibility, and self-awareness that I did not always exhibit in my twenties. ¬†Sure occasionally I know¬†I will miss my carefree days, but my life is all about my family and closest friends right now, and I couldn’t be happier.

Special thanks to my husband for planning an amazing 30th surprise weekend for me complete with Six Flags, a fancy dinner, a night on the town, and finished with a beach day.  I am a lucky lady.

Hope you are all having a great week!

XO,

Gina

Summer Sunlight

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Dress: Boxing Kitten for Urban Outfitters (old) / Neon Sandals: Dolce Vita Рsimilar / Crossbody Bag: T.J. Maxx / Necklace: Guilty Jean / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelet: Baublebar / Lip: Lancome Fuchsia Clutch / Nails: Essie Marshmallow / Toes: Essie Bachelorette Bash

Summer sunlight peeking through the trees as the sun is starting to set. ¬†Probably my favorite moment of the day. ¬†The magic hour brings me a peaceful calm. ¬†It strange how only a few years ago, the sun going down was a symbol of the start of my evening. ¬†It meant that it was time to start prepping to get ready for a night on the town with my man or the girls. ¬†I’ve always been a night owl, and I lived for summer nights exploring New York City. ¬†Dressing up, hair, make-up, the whole sha-bing.

Nowadays, the sunset usually¬†represents quiet for me. ¬†Time to reflect on the adventures from the day, give the baby a bath, put him to bed, and then enjoy dinner with my husband and maybe even a glass of wine. ¬†This particular evening, however, we were on family vacation which meant Bubbe and Pop Pop were eager to babysit. ¬†So after Nico’s bedtime, my husband and I were able to go out on our own little adventure. ¬†We started by taking these photos and others in the summer sunlight. ¬†We walked around Cape May, and had a delicious romantic dinner for two at Louisa’s. ¬†I guess we realized how little we get out after 8pm these days, and so we didn’t want the night to end. ¬†We walked around in the moonlight, shared a kiss under the stars (or two), and played video games and skee-ball at the arcade until close. ¬†We felt like two teenagers running around on a summer night. ¬†Yes, things have changed. ¬†Instead of closing down bars, we are closing down arcades at a family beach town. ¬†Instead of going to sleep at 4am, I am waking up at 6am.

But I’m okay with that.

Hope you are all having a great week so far!

XO,

Gina

Floral Fit & Flare

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I’m tiny, yet curvy (even more so now post baby), so the classic fit & flare has always been a favorite silhouette of mine. ¬†I found this Pim & Larkin floral beauty on sale via Piperlime, and I had to snag it for wedding season. ¬†Unfortunately, this one is sold out, but they have other gorgeous options as well. ¬†I¬†particularly love the two black and white striped fit & flare options you’ll see on this page.

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Dress: Pim & Larkin via Piperlime Рsold out, but love their other options here /  Shoes: Sole Society / Clutch: Express / Shades: ModCloth / Bracelet & Earrings Set: Gifted / Lip: Lancome Fuchsia Clutch (discontinued РWannabe is similar)

I apologize for falling off the world (wide web) these past few weeks. ¬†It’s just that it’s summer time, and I have been having way to much fun enjoying it rather than writing¬†about it. ¬†I’ve been taking photos along the way, but I’ve been too busy to bother with editing and uploading. ¬†Sorry, not sorry. These were taken back on our trip to Rock Hall, MD. ¬†We were on our way to the rehearsal dinner, and we passed a drive-through wildlife refuge. ¬†There was no question, we had to turn back around and take a peek. ¬†We saw a hawk, baby deer, a few more birds and a gorgeous landscape which turned out to be a beautiful back drop for a photo op as well.

This summer has been epic for road travel.  Who would have thought we could handle this many adventures as a family of three?  I have to say, Nico is taking these road trips like a champ and he seems to enjoy every new place we take him.  I have so much to share from the rest of Rock Hall, Cape May, and Rehoboth, and I promise I will give it my best effort, but I have to warn you we have the North Fork, Deep Creek Lake, and the OBX on the horizon!

Hope you all are enjoying your summer as much as I am.

XO,

Gina

Love, Lori Michelle

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Aside from the amazing Mother’s Day gift that I received from my husband and son, I also received¬†an¬†incredible mommy necklace made especially for me by Lori¬†of Love, Lori Michelle. ¬†She worked with me to custom design the necklace I am wearing in this post, and we chose a heart with an “N” cut out in the corner for my little Nico. ¬†Lori is a digital artist and designer whose work with 3D models inspired her to create 3D printed jewelry. ¬†Most of her early designs were created as birthday or wedding gifts for friends, and she prides herself on her custom one-of-a-kind designs. ¬†Her silver and stainless steel pieces are both beautiful and original, and I’m so happy to be the recipient of such a wonderful gift!

What is 3D printing you ask? ¬†Lori describes the printing process here if you’d like to read on.

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Custom Necklace: c/o Love, Lori Michelle / Dress: F21 Рsimilar / Sandals: Sam Edelman Рred sold out, but many color choices here / Heart Sunnies: Amazon Рsuper sale! / Heart Striped Tote: Ban.do / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelet: Stella and Sparkle / Earrings: ALDO / Lip: Lancome Red Haute / Toes: Essie Lights

On Nico – Oxford Button Up Bodysuit: Baby GAP / Shorts: Crazy 8 / Fedora: Old Navy –¬†similar¬†/ Stroller: Uppababy Vista

My 1st Mother’s Day was absolutely everything I could have asked for and more. ¬†Nico woke up an hour later than his normal time babbling “Mama Mama” in his crib to awake me from slumber. ¬†A whole extra hour to sleep in? ¬†That never happens! ¬†And saying Mama? ¬†First time ever! ¬†What better way to wake up on my first Mother’s day huh?

We ate breakfast together at home, and then headed outside as it was a perfect, sunny, beautiful day sans humidity. ¬†Naturally the beach was calling our name!¬† Although it wasn’t quite bathing suit and ocean weather, it was a perfect day for walking around Coney Island. ¬†It was just before tourist season, so it wasn’t too crowded. ¬†We had delicious pizza at the new Grimaldi’s (which is super family friendly by the way), and we took a long walk on the boardwalk and out on the pier. ¬†We watched people on the rides, got ice cream cones, and even played a little ski ball. ¬†The best part was watching Nico’s face as he saw people the Cyclone¬†for the first time. ¬†I’m guessing he was thinking: 1) What is that, and 2) That looks awesome! ¬†I love seeing him experience things for the first time, and I admit I even got a little teary.

We are headed off to New Hampshire this morning for the Memorial Day holiday.  If you want to follow our adventures, you can catch me on Instagram!

XO,

Gina