December 30, 2013

Baby's First Christmas


The holidays just came and went way too fast!  I have to say that this Christmas was the best Christmas to date!  Yes, Lucas enjoyed the wrapping paper way more than any gift he received but it even more than the gift part of the holidays, I so enjoyed time with family.  All of my sisters were in town so Lucas was very spoiled by all the love and gifts!  My house literally looks like a toy store and I'm trying to calm my OCD self down.  Mother of a little boy here so I'm sure there will be even more clutter the older he gets...but I wouldn't have it any other way.






December 18, 2013

Checkered Grids


Christmas is just one whole week away and I couldn't be more thrilled.  Luckily, I did almost 95% of my Christmas shopping on Amazon.com and barely had to spend time in the stores.  Score!  This holiday season has been so special because of the obvious that it's Lucas' first Christmas but also because all my sisters will be in town.  Lucas also went to his first playdate on Sunday which was so fun.  We took a group photo of all the babies together which was probably the cutest thing I've ever seen!  Lucas, of course, wanted to grab other babies, and, as a first time mom, this mortified me.  Thankfully, no babies were harmed :-)

Sweater: Loft {similar}  /  Dress worn as shirt: Old Navy {similar}  /  Skirt: GAP  /  Shoes: Stuart Weitzman  /  Jewelry: Pearls (Tiffany) {similar}, "L" Necklace (Jane.com) {similar}


December 13, 2013

The Men Behind Dainty & Decadent


Today is a very special day - it is the day my husband has allowed me to put pictures of him on my blog!  He's shy, you see, so it is rare to get an okay from him.  I guess he can't ever say no when it's pictures with our little guy.  When I saw these ties on flash sale at Jane.com from The Littlest Prince Couture I knew I had to have them for my guys.  I hope they realize that it will be my personal goal to dress them alike for as long as I can.  

I love these photos because you can clearly see how much they love each other.  Lucas LOVES his daddy!  Whenever he's in the room, Lucas follows him with his eyes everywhere he goes.  Lucas loves playing with his daddy's ties and always yanks them down when daddy gives him a kiss. My heart is definitely full with these guys in my life.

And now, without further ado, the men behind Dainty & Decadent...






December 11, 2013

Houndstooth and Stripes


Hmm, now looking at these photos, this dress is a wee a lot on the short side.  For me to be comfortable, dresses and skirts have to be exactly at the knee length.  I will sometimes wear tights for dresses, like this one, where it's almost at the knee.  Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, Florida is back to the warm weather so tights are not an option right now.  I'm hoping for cooler temperatures so that, you know, it feels like winter time.  

Sweater: Loft  /  Dress: Target  /  Shoes: Nine West  /  Bag: Chanel  /  Necklace: Eve's Addiction


December 9, 2013

Fancy Tweed


Admittedly, I have not purchased very many pieces of clothes for myself in a reeeaalllyy long time.  I could probably count on one hand the things I have bought myself since probably May of this year.  Not to continue to complain about the baby weight, but I refuse to buy new clothes until I work the weight off.  Otherwise, I know myself, and will get too comfortable.  I digress.  Cyber Monday rolls around and the influx of sales emails roll into my inbox.  I caved and perused J.Crew Factory online when I spotted this most perfect tweed skirt.   Even though I said I would not buy any new clothes until I can fit in my old ones, I just. had. to.  I don't own any tweed skirts and, ugh, it makes me feel oh so fancy!  My next goal will be to find more fancy feeling clothes.  I'm not sure what that is yet but feeling fancy is just, well, fancy.

Shirt: Banana Republic  /  Skirt: J.Crew Factory  /  Shoes: Sole Society  /  Handbag: Coach  


December 6, 2013

Thanksgiving Day Family Pictures


Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we took family pictures with my parents and sisters.  My little sister picked out the cutest little suit from H&M for Lucas to wear.  I couldn't stand the cuteness!  As for what I was going to wear, I was stumped.  Not to keep playing my little violin, but my old clothes are still not fitting like they did pre-pregnancy so I'm limited with options.  The day before we took these pictures, I saw this picture on Tara from Mix and Match Fashion's instagram and knew it was what I would wear.  Thanks, Tara!

My little dapper man was just as handsome as ever as he obviously channeled his inner Justin Timberlake with his suit and tie.  He loves his aunts so much.  Melisa makes him LAUGH so hard that his body shakes.  And he loves staring at Adriana then giving her a coy smile.  He thinks she's pretty :-)

If you are like me and have trouble thinking of what to wear in the mornings, there's an awesome new website called The Style Up.  After you sign up, you will receive one email each day with an outfit inspiration that matches what your local weather will be that day.  Isn't that so cool?!  The lovely team over at The Style Up recently featured me on their blog here.  I love getting my Style Up emails each night and they are such a big help!






On me: J Crew Plaid Shirt, J Crew Cardi, Stuart Weitzman Capsize shoes


December 4, 2013

Leopard Blues


It's been a couple months since I've worn my Chanel bag, or any other handbag that isn't a diaper bag.  Since I was going to work, I felt safe enough to take it out again.  The thought of putting a dirty diaper or bottle in my nice bags drives me nuts.  My husband told me that when he bought me my LV Neverfull last year for Christmas, he and the saleswoman got to talking about my pregnancy.  She told him that the Neverfull would make the perfect diaper bag.  Um, noooooo.

Sweater: Ann Taylor  /  Shirt: Loft  /  Skirt: Loft  /  Shoes: Target  /  Handbag: Chanel


December 2, 2013

What Would You Wear to See Santa?


I obviously did not put much thought into what I would wear on Sunday's visit with Santa but Lucas...oh, Lucas was fancy...


Those eyes melt my heart!  Yes, they really are that blue and he gets it (and everything else) from his daddy.  My husband is celebrating his 31st birthday today!  On Sunday, we went to visit Santa and it was just as magical as I had imagined.  My parents and sister met us to visit Santa which definitely helped cheer him up.  Lucas cut some teeth this weekend and started feeling more tired than usual.  Having family there not only was special since it was Lucas' first time sitting on Santa's lap but they helped make him giggly.  I loved his outfit so we went outside to snap a few (or hundred) photos to remember this special day.





In case you were wondering (because I know you were!), here's what Santa wore:


I also finished more holiday decorating and made a new chalkboard message:



November 28, 2013

Thankful

It should come to no surprise what I am most thankful of this year...my sweet baby boy, Lucas.  I am so thankful for his existence, health, and love.  I am thankful for my family and especially for my husband.  My entire family has been so supportive and loving.  I am incredibly thankful to have such an amazing husband and an even more incredible father.  He is truly a rockstar and together, we have a pretty amazing life.  I am also thankful for those of you that read my blog.  Your comments and emails bring a smile to my face and warm my heart.  Happy Thanksgiving!



November 25, 2013

The No Ugly Sweater Party

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It's finally cold enough to wear sweaters and I've hit sweater fever.  It's also nice that sweater season has come during a time that I need to hide a lot some of my baby weight!  WIN!  


November 22, 2013

Our Christmas Wish List

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Dear Santa, 

Lucas and I have been very good this year.  We would love to see all some of these items under our Christmas tree this year!

Love,

Maria and Lucas

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November 20, 2013

Navy, Black, and Polka Dots


Isn't it hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week?  This year is just flying by!  The most amazing year of my life is almost at its end.  Christmas is my favorite holiday so I've started decorating already!  I posted some of my holiday decorating photos on my instagram account a week or two ago.  

Coincidentally, my little sister produced her very first Saturday Night Live segment about the very subject of decorating/celebrating the holidays before Thanksgiving!  It was such a hilarious piece!  We are so very proud of my baby sis for doing an amazing job.  Here's the link to the video:  Saturday Night Live - Mr. Senior.  Let me know what you think after you watch it!

Blazer: JCP  /  Shirt: J. Crew Factory {Similar}  /  Skirt: Loft  /  Shoes: Target     
Necklace: J.Crew {Similar}  /  Handbag: Louis Vuitton


November 18, 2013

Four Months Old


My baby is 4 months old today!  He has been so much fun this month.  Lucas has been so interactive.  He loves smiling and laughing with people which, of course, melts my heart!  He's very into toys, chewing on his fingers, and rolling around.  He discovered how to spit and blow raspberries and he does this all.the.time.  We read to him at night and although he does not understand, he's very interested in all the colors on the pages.  

Since he was little, one song would soothe him to sleep (Lennon and Maisy "Hey Ho").  Don't ask me how or why this song puts him in a trance, it just does.  My sister played this a bunch when he was little and, to this day, he still loves it.  He doesn't cry a lot but when he's cranky, we randomly put on Disney's Mickey's Clubhouse and he was mesmerized.  So...yes, at 4 months old, we let him watch A LITTLE television. 

We love how interactive he is with us and smiles when he sees us when we pick him up in the afternoons.  I'm definitely still having a hard time being away from him during the day while I'm at work.  I'm hoping it gets a little easier.  We love this little man so much!










November 14, 2013

Cooler Days


It's cold outside!  Like really cold outside and I couldn't be more happy!  I started a new running routine and set a goal to run the next 5k in my area.  I've been loving my outdoor runs in the cooler weather and fall foliage.  I think if I set a goal, I'm more likely to keep up with the routine.  I'm still not fitting in most of my pre-pregnancy clothes and, honestly, it depresses me so I like that I am now motivated to do something about it.  Speaking of working out, Dunkin Donuts stopped making pumpkin spice donuts...blasphemy.


Sweater: Banana Republic  /  Shirt: Banana Republic  /  Pants: TJ Maxx  /  Shoes: Target  /  Bag: Coach


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