Monday, December 31, 2012

Here's to 2012!











{Shirt: J.Crew (sim - in red) / Skirt: Banana Republic (old) / Coat: J.Crew (sold out!) / Necklace: Banana Republic / Booties: J.Crew / Hat: Italian souvenir! / Gloves: Wilson Leather}



2012 was an amazingly eventful year with so many memories to look back on and cherish forever:

I finished 3 years of intense Jewish text study!

David and I became parents to our sweet baby boy, Yishaya Chaniel and have been soaking up moment we can :)

I became a stay-at-home-mom which I never expected to love...but I do! It is definitely a lot of work, but it's extremely rewarding.

I started blogging again after a looong hiatus, and it has made me incredibly happy.


and...


D and I have some exciting news that we aren't quite ready to reveal so stay tuned for 2013 :)

Here's to 2013 being the best year yet, filled with health, happiness and endless blessing! 

Last, but certainly not least, thanks so much to all of you for reading my little blog and sharing in a piece of my life. I know it sounds cheesy but I really do value each and every one of you more than you know :)

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Israel and Rome!

 *Photo-heavy Post*

 Israel :)

Chanukkah in the Old City of Jerusalem

Huuuge torch menorah right by the Kotel (Western Wall)

Love all the different menorahs at the Kotel


in love with this face :)

Micah (my brother), my dad and the Mesader Kedushin (wedding officiant) .
Special Father-Son moment :)
The Ketubah (Jewish marriage contract), rings and my brother's tallis (prayer shawl).


Sapir, my gorgeous new sister-in-law, putting on her veil made by my mom.
Micah being led to veil Sapir with her father (left) and ours.
Sharing a special moment at the badeken (veiling ceremony).
Reciting a special 'bride's prayer' after being veiled.
Sapir being led down the aisle by her mom (left) and ours (right).

Truly stunning!

Officially MARRIED!!!! Love you guys :)
Sisters!
Dancing the night away!
My dad praying at the Kotel (Western Wall) for the very first time.

Rome :) 

St. Peter's Basilica 
The dome of St. Peter's Basilica



Sistine Chapel

Colosseum

From the inside

Yishai slept through most of the tour :)

Trevi Fountain at night.
Street performers in Piazza Navona at night :)
Yishai playing in the hotel room.



We are finally over our nasty case of jetlag and exhaustion, but we really weren't complaining since we just came back from an amazing vacation in ISRAEL and ROME!! To say that it was phenomenal doesn't even begin to do it justice! This is definitely a long overdue post.

We went to Israel for my little brother's wedding and it was just amazing. To see the look on his face during the ceremony made my night; when he put that ring on Sapir's finger he looked happier than I have ever seen him look. Mazel tov Micah and Sapir!! We wish you all the happiness in the world :) Also, sorry Sapir, while you did look gorgeous Yishai definitely stole the show a bit!

Being in Jerusalem over Chanukkah is an amazing experience. Everyone in the Old City lights their menorah outside in order to fulfill the commandment of publicizing the miracle of Chanukkah, and walking the narrow streets lit by an increasing number of candles each night was nothing short of magical. David's cousins so graciously hosted us for the week which was awesome considering they live steps from the Kotel! On Shabbos Yishai was having trouble sleeping so around 2 AM we took a family walk to the Kotel; it was an experience we will probably never have again. Aside from us there were probably 5 other people outside; it was pretty awe inspiring to be one of the only people standing at such a holy spot.

After the wedding and some quality family time complete with touring, David and I parted with my family and flew to Rome. We spent four days sightseeing and eating our way through the city...so.much.fun!!

Travelling with a 9 month old definitely had its challenges! Yishai did not sleep on either of the flights to Israel but despite the lack of sleep was a really good sport. We called the airline ahead of time and got a bassinet seat: major life saver! He sat in it almost the whole flight and flirted with the flight attendants as they walked by...soo cute :) I stupidly checked all of the toys in the stroller and we quickly learned that it is amazing what can be considered a 'toy' in a pinch. Plastic water bottle, cups, trays from the meals...as long as it held his attention it was fair game! Also, let me just say, if I could hug the inventor of the Baby Bjorn, believe me, he or she would get a big 'ol bear hug. Seriously that thing is amazing...worth.every.penny! I wore him everywhere and definitely got my workout carry 18+ lbs for hours at a time...helped me justify my (over)indulgences in Rome. (You mean to tell me you're not supposed to eat gelati every day? ;) )

It's hard to believe our whirlwind trip is over (and in a way I have to pinch myself that it even happened since we are left with only amazing memories and photos that we will treasure always!) We definitely had the time of our lives and the travel bug bit us even harder now...can't wait for our next adventure!

Monday, December 24, 2012

On Being Real







{Shirt: Banana Republic / Sweater: J.Crew Factory / Skirt: GAP / Shoes: Banana Republic (similar) / 
Hat: Thrifted / Necklace: Gifted}



Armed with an appreciation that some outfits work better in theory than in actuality, I decided to post this outfit. I don't think there's anything wrong with it per se, except for the discrepancy between my original vision and the photos (and maybe that it looks like I have no eyes!). 

In an effort to not be one of those fashion bloggers who don't post outfits they're not thrilled with, or post ones they didn't actually 'wear', except to pose for photos, I do post (albeit, sometimes hesitantly) outfits that I might not be thrilled with or love how they came out. 

I think part of the point of being a personal style blogger and documenting day-in-and-day-out-outfits is that some days you feel like a million bucks when you step out the door and somedays ya' just gotta get dressed and go, not quite feeling like the best version of yourself. Well here is my real life not-quite-the-best-version -- but definitely the real version!

Here's to tomorrow looking up:)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Holiday Windows at Bergdorfs

So smiley all day despite almost no nap!

Love candy canes...and those little eyes peeking over the side!


Gorgeous even during the day


Ah-maz-ing!

Such phenomenal details like the braided feathers on the right!

Love the reflection of the buildings

Only pic of the Men's Store windows...we were all getting hungry:)

Night / Day

COOLEST Heels EVER! Now only if I could walk in them... (yeah, right! that's what's preventing me from owning them!)

Some snaps from inside

So incredible!


Last Sunday, David, Yishai and I went into the city to go see the amazing window displays at Bergdorf Goodmans. Breathtakingly beautiful and with such exquisite details that can only come from an inordinate amount of time, they did not disappoint! It was so fun to see the windows during the daytime and again once it was dark as we were leaving the store.

Yishai was definitely overwhelmed by all of the people, sights and sounds, but he was definitely a trooper and we even got to have a romantic make-up birthday dinner (D's birthday dinner was originally planned for the Sunday of Hurricane Sandy). 

To accomodate our stroller and a highchair for the little guy, we were seated by the kitchen entrance and watching Yishai greet every person who entered or exited the kitchen was hysterical! He would even lean in his highchair and try to peer into the kitchen before the doors closed.

It was such perfect Sunday family time and a definite NY bucket list activity! Thanks, D, I love you!