Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Currently Craving No. 5

Currently Craving No. 5





So...I'm going to file (almost) all of these lovlies under
#yeahright #agirlcandream #champagnetastebeerbudget!

Ok, now that we got that out of the way, let's discuss:

This spring I am really into accessories.

I think as my style has evolved I'm learning the importance of having really great basics on repeat and the power great accessories have to elevate and change those 'basic' looks.

Neutral flats with flair go with everything and can elevate a casual look or ground a dressier ensemble.

Whether structured or slouchy, seasonally hued (seriously crushing on mint) or a perennially classic color, a great bag can be a show-stopper!

A great pair of shades is the perfect spring/summer statement accessory. While I'm definitely favoring large tortoise shell options, those pink aviators are a fun twist on a classic shape.

A great piece of statement jewelry can transform any look and this spring's options do not disappoint! Not the statement-making type? Small details can pack a big sartorial punch. Try classic pieces in pastel hues or a dainty gold bangle with a fun bow detail.

What are you currently craving for spring?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Stripes and Solids

{Shirt (also love this one) / Skirt: Kosher Casual - old (sim) / Necklace: Gift from my sister! (same - in blue) / Bag (love this one in Pantone's color of the season!) / Shoes: J.Crew - sold out (save, spend, splurge, cool pump version) / Sunnies} has been craaaazy busy lately, but thank g-d so many amazing things have been happening!

It's been over a month now, but in a lot of ways it still doesn't feel quite real yet...D and I BOUGHT A HOUSE!
We are so excited to be able to take this next step in our lives together, one that we have been dreaming about since we got married.
I'm looking forward to expanding my love of DIY to include larger home projects :) Compared to our previous apartments, I feel like I'm now living in my very own castle with my two princes, my princess and my knight in shining armour...thanks, D, for continuing to make my dreams come true - time and time again!

We finally had Y's 2nd birthday party and it was a blast! More to come about that :) of Thursday, Y and N have a new cousin!!! A huge Mazal Tov to D's oldest brother, L and our SIL, A, on the birth of a beautiful baby girl, Tamar Chenyah Esther (Adeline Grace)! We can't wait to meet her and shower her with love and kisses :)

I'll leave you with one last (unrelated) thought:
With one week until Pesach (Passover) for all who celebrate, I just wanted to share the following thought (credited to Rebbitzen Kigel - my shalom bayis mentor):

"Dust is not chametz (grain products) and your husband is not the korban Pesach (sacrifice).  Spring cleaning is not cleaning for Pesach. If you have questions, consult your husband and/or the Rav. If doing "extra" cleaning is going to cause you to yell at your family, you're doing the wrong thing. And try to remember that while we're removing the chametz from our homes, we need to be simultaneously removing the gaiva (arrogance) from our souls."
I definitely think it's important to keep these concepts in the forefront of our minds as we go into this last week of cleaning/kashering/cooking, etc. It's easy to get caught up in the stressors of this holiday and I this is great perspective of what we should really be focusing on. 

Let's make this next week a great one!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

We Have a Winner!! Happy Birthday, Yishai! Let's Celebrate with A Giveaway!!! (Giveaway Closed)

We have a winner:
Congrats to Pamela C.!
Pamela, be on the lookout for an email coming your way :)
Thanks to everyone who participated!

It's kinda hard for me to believe that today, at 6:37 AM, my Yishai turned two. He came into this world very quickly and he hasn't slowed down since! These past two years, while definitely the hardest, have been the most amazing, rewarding, adventurous, love-filled years of my life and I owe so much of it to the little guy who gave me the title, "mommy".
Yishai, while I have had said every stage you've reached has been my favorite to date, you're pretty darn near perfect at two!

You are such a happy kid and while you're a bit of a dare devil at times it's pretty impressive because your coordination at two has far surpassed mine. Right now. I wish I was kidding. 
Your smile alone lights up a room and don't get me started on your contagious belly laugh - it's just about the funniest thing ever!
These days, not only do I constantly have to be careful what I say, I have to watch how I say it - somehow at two you have such mature inflection and comedic timing and are 'parroting' everything. We are full-fledged into spelling words around you. You can count to ten and spell your name, call Keppie - "Boppie", Nafi is still just "baby", 'basketball' has 8-10 syllables (buda-buda-buda-buda-ball!), ABCs is your favorite song, you always sleep with Ari (stuffed lion), Shoali (fox), Leo (leopard), Snuggles (security blanket) and a handful of pacis (that now get shared with your animals - too cute!). 

Your sense of empathy with Keppie is incredible and you are very protective of your brother in a way that just makes my heart melt. Post-bris, your very first nickname was 'Yishai-Pie' and you have definitely made these past two years the sweetest years of our lives.

Yishai, may you always have a sense of adventure for life and enjoy learning as much as you do now. And always know that Mommy and Tati love you, always and forever, no matter what!
Happy 2nd Birthday, Yishai!

Anyways enough sappy, mushy stuff for one post!

In honor of Yishai's birthday let's do a giveaway!

Have y'all heard of Freshly Picked moccasins? They are seriously the.cutest.mocs.ever, plus the story behind them is super inspirational:
"Susan Petersen started making baby moccasins in 2009 after becoming frustrated by the lack of well-designed baby shoes. Using her second child, Gus, as a mocc-tester, and a bag of scrap leather she picked up at a yard sale, she began experimenting with designs. Working at her kitchen table, on a shoestring budget, Susan persisted through some disastrous attempts until she had created a pair of moccasins that not only looked adorable on Gus’ chubby little feet, but stayed on his feet as well." 
(Taken from their website)
As a mom of two boys, I love that these moccasins come in amazing, bright, vibrant colors for boys as well as girls. So many colors! And they are constantly adding new colors and designs all the time.

Photo credit: Freshly Picked

I had seen these adorable mocs on several blogs that I follow and was seriously in love, but honestly, I worried about how well they would hold up to my

After speaking with the lovely people at Freshly Picked, they generously sent me two pairs of moccasins - one for Yishai and one for Nafi - Thank You, Freshly Picked!

They arrived a few days later and even the packaging was so sweet - I'm sad I forgot to take a picture of it, but it's evident that this company takes pride in even the smallest details.

^^mid-fall - so graceful! he definitely doesn't get that from me :)^^

Yishai is loving his new "yoos"! He's worn them everywhere, from playing ball to picking strawberries to going for long walks and they have held up so well.

Yes, even without a hard sole, they can be worn outside - pretty cool, right?! After a few wears they molded to his feet so you know which foot they go on (they come uni-foot. Is that even a word? Well, it is now!) They have a great sizing guide and Yishai's fit perfectly.

The only thing (and it was more funny to me than anything else - but I could see someone not finding it so) was that after the first couple wears his feet were blue! I put socks on him the next few times until they were more broken in and after that they were fine.

 ^^he's gonna be a heartreaker - toddler ladies, watch out :)^^

^^that look up there - that's pure, unadulterated joy while playing ball! 1/2 a second later it came back down and hit him squarely in the face. gravity, kid - we all gotta learn that lesson sometime :)^^

 ^^yishai is wearing Limited Edition Sapphire Leather^^

^^these moments...I wish time could've stood still for just a little while longer.^^

^^where did the past 3 months go?? my baby's huge!^^

^^nafi is wearing the Limited Edition Cobalt Suede^^

^^thanks for the lion chair, aunt dani! yishai has since claimed this one for himself and nafi now has the giraffe :)^^

Nafi's moccasins were a bit big (I got the smallest size) but I love that he'll be able to wear them for a while. Both boys have gotten tons of compliments on them and I love that they are so different from everything else out there in stores!

Now for the FUN part:

Freshly Picked, being the awesome company that they are, has generously offered to gift a pair of moccasins to one lucky Modestly Fashioned reader! 

If you don't have kids, these would be such a cute gift for a niece, nephew, grandkid, friend's kid's birthday, baby shower gift, etc!

You can enter using the rafflecopter widget below - the winner will be chosen at random on March 14th and will be able to choose the color and size of their preference :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck - and thanks, Freshly Picked!!

Giveaway open only to  US readers - but Freshly Picked does ship internationally.

Full Disclosure: I was gifted these moccasins for free but all opinions are my own. I would never write about a company that I didn't truly feel passionate about. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Modestly Fashioned.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fav Beauty Buys

Fav Beauty Buys


I think I've finally found my signature scent! I love that it is a bright, fresh scent that's a little sweet but not overly floral.

While most days I reach for #6, on the days when I have another extra minute to get ready I love this lipstick/stain/gloss combo! It's definitely neutral enough to wear everyday and lasts a really long time.

This is my go-to dramatic lip. It lasts forever and feels like you're not even wearing anything. The matte finish is classic and timeless.

I use this on my brow bone, cheek bones and insides of my eye and instantly look more awake. Good for those days when your face could use an extra pick-me-up. Tip: Blend with fingers for a more natural glow.

An airy, delicate scent that is light enough for everyday and perfect for special occasions.

I wear this tinted chapstick + SPF everyday! It has a great sheer tint and I love that my lips are protected from the sun as well.

What don't I use this stuff for?! During pregnancy I used it twice a day on my baby belly to keep my skin soft and hydrated. Now I use it for dry skin, the occasional blemish/dark spot, my hair after a shower to add shine, and my wigs for shine and to tame flyaways. 

This mascara is! No exaggeration. I often can't be bothered to curl my lashes (who has time?!) and this mascara makes my lashes super long and adds a bit of curl as well - two thumbs up in my book :) My only wish is that it would come in a waterproof version. Since I live in south florida, this is a 'winter' mascara only. Nobody wants to see the hot mess of this mascara in the SoFla me.

Care to share your fav beauty buys?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Definitely a 'Car Guy'

For the duration of this post just picture me as Marisa Tomei in 'My Cousin Vinny' :)

For as long as my siblings and I can remember, my dad has been rebuilding antique (American) cars. We basically grew up with car parts littering the garage, room...dining room get the picture. My brother and father used to go to junkyards, buy the stripping rights to cars and come home with as much stuff as they could fit in our minivan. His first project was a 1965 gold Corsa Corvair with which my brother and I would eventually learn to drive a stick shift. 
Unfortunately for me, I offhandedly called my dad's second car purchase - a 1964 black Monza Spyder Corvair - a "piece of junk" when he first brought it home...a poor choice of words that I am still paying for to this day. (I'm not joking. He brought it up two weeks ago. It's been two decades, dad - can we just let it go?) In my defense, it was kinda an eyesore - a rusted, dilapidated hunk of steel on wheels. However, my dad rebuilt that car over a period of years into a prize winning (many, many times over) beauty. Once I got my license, my dad and I spent many Saturdays driving our cars to antique car shows - my car being an extremely rare 1991 Buick Reatta gifted to me once I got some driving experience under my belt. Not your typical father-daughter bonding but I enjoyed every minute of it. Also, it's just fun seeing the look of disbelief on guy friends' faces when they discover I can 'talk cars' - so thanks, dad!

^^because you have to wear your carroll shelby shirt for your shelby cobra photoshoot :)^^ 

My dad always talked about his ever-evolving "dream list" of cars to own, which were to eventually be housed in his self-designed "Garage Mahal" (think scaled-back Jay Leno style) and while I only remember some of them (a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe, 1957 T-bird F-bird, Plymouth Superbird), we knew, above all others, it was my dad's dream to build a 427 Shelby Cobra Kit Car. He talked about that car all.the.time. As of two months ago my dad's dream became finally a reality and I think it's safe to say he's found a new assistant :)

I think the only thing that makes my dad's dream come true more exciting for him is passing down his love of cars to his grandsons in the process. And that makes me even more excited for him :)

^^I think it's safe to say Yishai's definitely a 'car guy'!^^

I love you, dad, and seeing how much Yishai adores you pretty much makes my heart burst into a million pieces!

^^Oh hey, mom!^^

Yishai, Nafi, D and I hope you enjoy every moment of your dream come true! You deserve it :)