Archives for February 2011

  Greece Memories

Happy Valentines Day!! Here’s a look back at the most romantic place we’ve ever been…

Almost 3 years ago, hubbie and I planned a dream vacation to Santorini, Greece. It was meant to be our last hurrah before starting a family. Flights booked, hotels reserved, and lists composed of things to do and places to eat…I could hardly wait. And then 2 months before departure, A was unexpectedly conceived! So, instead of a last hurrah, it turned out to be our very first family trip.

We stopped in Athens for just 1 night to do 2 things.

1. See the Parthenon.

Side note: Do not wear a dress and cute sandals when visiting the Parthenon. We may look fine in this picture but we have just hiked up a steep, perilous (in my shoes, yes!) trail for 40 minutes in 95 degree heat.One of those “What was I thinking??” moments..
To The Max dress (to be sold in my shop soon!), Urban Outfitters belt, Old Navy sandals, Gucci bag

2. Get handmade sandals at Melissinos Art

Here is Pantelis, hard at work on my sandals! His father made sandals for Jackie-O and the Beatles!! I blogged about it

We arrived by ferry to Santorini late at night. We got to our room to find welcome drinks and dessert on our balcony. Of course, hubbie drank both while I stared longingly.
The next morning, we woke up and took in the beautiful view! This is the Anastasis Apartments in Santorini. This family run, boutique hotel really goes above and beyond. From sitting down with us to tell us which tours/restaurants were scams and which were bargains, to the fresh peaches picked that morning served unexpectedly while we’re laying out, to the impeccably maintained grounds, it was truly magical! We’ve had friends honeymoon there after us and they agreed that this is the most incredible place they’ve stayed as well.

Breakfast served on our balcony.

The view at the infinity pool. Best place to watch the extraordinary Santorini sunset.


Walking around Fira
Joie dress, Melissinos Art sandals, Gucci bag

After reading tons of reviews, we tracked down Lucky’s Souvlaki. Truly the best gyros EVER! I’m embarrassed to say how many times we went back.
In Oia for dinner
Old Navy top, Theory shorts, Tom Ford sunglasses, Gucci bag

Taken before leaving for dinner on our last night in Santorini. It was so magical and we were truly so sad to be leaving. We are all about visiting new places but we’re in agreement that this is the one place we would definitely return to.
Dolce Vita dress, Old Navy shoes

Where would you go on a dream vacation? Or what’s the best vacation you ever went on?

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Winter White Challenge

Aritzia lace top, Target gingham shirt, American Eagle fur vest, J Brand jeans, Pour La Victoire boots, Chloe handbag, J.Crew, Hermes & Club Monaco bracelets
I busted out my white jeans as part of Carrie’s Winter White Challenge at her blog, This Free Bird. I think all those so called fashion rules (i.e. no white after labor day) are a bit silly. As long as you can make it look good and it’s functional, anything goes! 

To go with my white denim, I layered my gingham shirt over a delicate lace top and threw the faux fur vest over it. I added a structured bag and some boots and I was good to go.

What do you think? Would you wear your white denim in the winter?

What do you do all day??

As a stay at home mom, I get asked “So..what do you do all day?” a lot. So, here’s a peek into our daily life.
Most mornings are filled up with some class or another. Here we are at art.
Here she is at soccer. She also does gymnastics and was in dance in the fall.

After classes in the AM, we go home for lunch and a nap. Then, we spend the afternoon either running errands (grocery shopping shown here) or…

going to an indoor playground (since it’s too cold to go to the park) or…

cooking dinner with mommy or…

hanging with pals at a playdate.

Luckily, I know a good number of stay at home moms and have a few good girlfriends (w/o kids) that are willing and able to hang out with us. I end up seeing a friend at least 4 out of 5 days, whether it’s a playdate or lunch with my girlfriends and I’m soo thankful for them! These friendships are key to me enjoying (LOVING) being a stay at home mom. 

So, if you’re a stay at home mom, what do you do all day??

A Look & A Dish

On Mommy: Aritzia floral tank & sweatshirt, J brand jeans, Pour La Victoire boots, Louis Vuitton bag, Hermes & J.Crew bracelets, Cartier watch

On A: Target polka dot sweater, DKNY jeggings, Old Navy boots

Chicken Marsala Pasta
My friend, T’s recipe featuring portobella mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and lots of heavy cream. It’s super hearty and perfectly appropriate for a cozy night in on a cold winter day. If anyone wants the recipe, leave me your email address!

While walking on the icy sidewalk yesterday, I fell while holding A for the 2nd time. We were both okay but there was a serious casualty: my favorite Joe’s ponte pants (shown here)! I’ve really had it with this freezing weather. I’ve been feeling uninspired to dress up with all the ice and snow piled up outside and all I seem to look forward to is food. Sadly, this has led to my annual winter weight gain. 
Does anyone else gain weight around this time each year? Any tips for staying active and inspired despite this horrible weather?

And we’re back!

Chicago was hit with a LEGEN..wait for it..DARY blizzard this week. Here’s what the outside of our condo looked like afterward. Our internet was also in and out for the last couple of days, which explains the lack of posts this week.

The day of the blizzard, all schools and work were canceled. So, hubbie, A and I were home bound the entire day! Luckily, I had stocked up on groceries so we spent the day cooking, eating and just spending time together. Truthfully, I really enjoyed our family time!

For breakfast, hubbie whipped up this sausage, egg and veggie skillet. Yumm-o!

A got heart shaped turkey sandwiches with cucumber and hummus for lunch. We were still stuffed from the skillet.

For dinner, I tried out a recipe for Soy Braised Ginger Chicken from the Week of Menus blog. The recipe was super easy and not to toot my own horn (toot toot) but it was delicious! If you haven’t tried making Korean food at home, start here. Easy and really tasty!

Then, when the snow finally stopped coming down, we took A outside for some fun in the snow! She loved it after being cooped up all day!

I’m still smiling here after getting pushed into a huge mountain of snow by the hubbs. My entire right side was soaked but at least A got a huge laugh out of it.

Were any of you stranded at home? How did you spend your day?