Wednesday, September 17, 2014

raffa's toddler room plans

I am thinking about making some updates to Raffa's room to transition it to a toddler room. It'll still be a while until we convert his crib to a toddler bed, but since I enjoy planning out rooms, the process of thinking about what I might do it part of the fun for me. As you may remember from the various nursery revisions, I can be a little fickle and I have to lay out things, change them up, and see it all come together over time until I finally have a space I am happy with. So you can consider this the first version of Raffa's toddler room, because I am certain I will come up with some variations before I implement a final plan.


crib/toddler bed // Babyletto Hudson Crib with toddler conversion

lamp // Blu Dot Stilt Lamp

chair // Hans J. Wegner Shell Chair

mobile // Calder style black mobile

pillow // Scout & Whistle Geometric Black and White Wool Pillow

ottoman // Room & Board Otto Pouf in Dilcrest Spa

artwork // made by me

skateboard as art // Salt Surfboard in Mint

bookshelves // IKEA

creatures on bookshelf // Finkelstein Center toys

nightlight // Owly Shadow Puppets "Love You" nightlight

blanket // Happy French Gang natural cotton blanket in mint with neon green stitching

sheets // Land of Nod Field Guide sheet set

vintage Turkish Kilim rug // "Cricket" rug from Amber Interiors

Monday, September 15, 2014

kane is one // birthday invitations, cake topper, banner, food cards

Inspired by Raffa's first birthday invitations, Tarika had me customize the invitations for Kane's first birthday party in San Francisco. In addition to invitations and return address labels, Tarika had me do some food table cards, a template for a banner, and a super duper cute cake topper.

It looks like this birthday party came together perfectly, and I love being a part of a special even such as a little one's first birthday party. My paper goods were beautifully complimented by the Golden Gate Bridge backdrop, and I would say they were over shadowed by the way-too-cute birthday boy!
Thanks, Tarika, for allowing me to share the photos from Kane's big day!

Sunday, September 14, 2014


a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014

photo taken september 14, 2014 // Denver, Colorado

All three of us have been sick this past week. We are finally on the tail end of this nasty cold, which I really got the worst of. Better me than Raffa, but it has disrupted sleep for all of us. Disrupted sleep is something we aren't used to, so it has been extra difficult. 

Being sick slowed Raffa down just a tiny bit, which was nice because I got a little bit of cuddle time. We have been doing a little extra reading and even a little Sesame Street watching, and during both I steal cuddles.

Read about The 52 Project and why I am participating here.

See all photos in this series here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

jeans for fall

I am really ready for fall, cooler weather (but still warm, not too cold) and fall fashion. I have been living in shorts all summer and so now I am more than ready for some jeans. I have three staple denim styles for fall this year - black skinny jeans, ripped skinny jeans, and boyfriend jeans - and I have purchased one pair of each in addition to the pairs I have from last year (they'll transition over to this year).
I love Rag & Bone's Skinny Soft Rock with Holes ... this pair of black skinny jeans are so flattering and so soft and stretchy. I wish all my skinny jeans could be this soft and stretchy - seriously. I have a couple of favorites for a distressed skinny, but I purchased the 7 for All Mankind HW Skinny in Absolute Heritage 2. The HW Skinny has a great amount of stretch to them and is a true skinny (narrows to an 8" opening at ankle; I dislike "skinny" jeans that are loose at the ankles!). Lastly, for my boyfriend jean, I am in love with the Citizens of Humanity Corey Jean in Bourbon. I have this jean in two washes, and this style is hands-down the cutest boyfriend jean I have found in a long, long time; and I have been looking for a long time.

The cuteness for fall jeans doesn't stop there, shop more of my picks below and on my "shop my closet" page. {The widget below may not show up in all browsers or emails, so if you don't see anything below, head to the shop my closet page to see more jeans for fall.}

Sunday, September 7, 2014


a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014

photo taken september 1, 2014 // Denver, Colorado

Not shown in this photo, Raffa got two black eyes this week. He fell face first into our marble coffee table and like there was a bullseye was between his eyes he hit the corner of the table between his eyes. It was quite the traumatic experience (for me), he recovered quite quickly although he looked like a Star Trek character for a couple days which then turned in to double black eyes. He doesn't quite look like himself, but luckily it's purely cosmetic and doesn't seem to bother him. I suppose I should get used to it, too ... I am a mom to a boy, and an independent, adventurous one at that!

Read about The 52 Project and why I am participating here.

See all photos in this series here.

Friday, September 5, 2014

mociun beautiful rings

I am absolutely in love with the rings by Mociun. They are amazingly gorgeous from the custom gemstone clusters to the simple bands. Personally, I am most in love with the half round wedding band, the etched pattern band, and the spike ring. But, if I had my pick, I would probably get one custom gemstone cluster ring and one simple band. I also love these stacked ring looks that Mociun posts in Instagram! Isn't Mociun's work just gorgeous?!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

union station in denver

Union Station Denver a day at union station in Denver
I was feeling a little worn out over the weekend; late nights working, early morning runs, and chasing after Raffa in between have been leaving me feeling a little drained. I was in the mood to hang around the house, which we did quite a bit of and it was lovely. Raffa was content to play around the house and with a few walks, errands, and excursions in between, it allowed me to relax, at least a little or as much as a mama of a toddler can relax.

Our excursions took us to Union Station. John and I had gone to Stoic & Genuine, a seafood restaurant there for our 7th anniversary dinner and had been wanting to go back to explore more. The holiday weekend was the perfect opportunity to take Raffa and check it out. We actually went Sunday and Monday, too, so that we could fully explore this newly restored and renovated architectural and historic treasure.
Union Station in Denver lobby
Pigtrain Coffee at Union Station in Denver
Milkbox Ice Creamery ice cream at Union Station in Denver

On Sunday, we walked around and checked everything out. We got some coffee and some ice cream. We went to the Tattered Cover newstand and got a dog magazine to look at (Raffa's pick).

reading a magazine at Union Station