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Fall

Closet Staple: Madewell Boots

Beauty + FashionHailey Andresen4 Comments

I've been wearing the same heeled black ankle boots for years. I didn't realize just how bad the heels had been worn down until I had a fresh new pair to compare them to. To be totally honest after seeing the two side by side I'm surprised I couldn't feel how uneven they were - that's how bad it was. Haha. So with the cold weather finally here I figured I deserved the upgrade. These Madewell boots go with just about everything in my closet, which I am all about. As Brooklynites there's no room for excess so the more I can wear these with the better. 

Has anyone else gutted their closet since becoming a mother? I went through a huge closet purge before we moved to New York and it seems like every few months since I just keep getting rid of more and more. I used to hold on to items I might wear down the line, but of course never did and didn't really love. I'm certainly not a textbook minimalist by any stretch, but it feels so nice to get rid of what I don't need and open my closet doors to find items I want to wear. It's taken close to two years to really get there, but I'm glad I've held out and have made thoughtful purchases rather than snagging anything I could find in my price range. Anyone who lives or has visited Phoenix knows the trap that is called Last Chance. When everything is $5 it makes it hard to say no. Haha. 

PS. Madewell is hosting a #wellheeled #contest for a $2000 shopping spree, two pairs of boots and a handful of other goodies. Swing by their site to learn more!

Photography by Amy Frances. Clothing provided by NicoNico. Boots by Madewell

 

Fall with My Little Guy

Brooklyn, MotherhoodHailey Andresen2 Comments

 

Last week I swear when we went to bed it was summer and the next morning we woke up to a fall breeze. Just like that the seasons made a switch overnight. We might be going a little overboard since it's just in the sixties, but it feels nice to turn the AC off, open the windows and add an extra layer of clothing. I'm such a sucker for this season. It's in these moments that I think to myself, "Oh, you're such a mom." All I've wanted to do this past week is make pie, drink warm drinks, make our home extra cozy, and go for long walks with Owen to soak up this weather. Last winter I primarily wore Owen since he was just a newborn, and well, it just seemed easier.

Times have definitely changed. Now that he's a year old (and twenty two pounds) I find myself leaning more and more on the stroller for our outings. We cycled through a few before landing on just the right one for our family, but I have to say the Cameleon3 Elements from Bugaboo kind of knocked it out of the park right away for us. The moment I brought it down the stairs and started pushing Owen I might have said to myself out loud (like a crazy person), "This is so nice." Honestly though, it's an incredibly smooth ride for both myself and Owen and has proven to be beneficial as we stroll through the city and the park. The park is the perfect location for a stroll with my new Bugaboo Cameleon³ Elements since the designer drew inspiration from nature when designing this stroller. The Bugaboo Cameleon³ Elements features a new soft-to-the-touch herringbone fabric on the bassinet, seat and sun canopy, which has a natural-style and unrefined texture.

The small wheels swivel to help you navigate through smaller spaces (hello any NYC market or really any establishment) and the larger wheels make trekking through rougher terrain more efficient. It’s these features that allow us to move freely and allow Owen to explore the world. Bugaboo strollers are an investment and my only regret is that we didn't make the jump to Bugaboo sooner. Bugaboo strollers are designed to carry your little one from the time they're born through their toddler years. Bugaboo turns burdens into blessings through unexpected, yet useful features found in all of their strollers such as the option to have them face forward or out which is a feature we haven't had with any of our previous strollers. Owen likes to see the world so I had him out this particular day. Watching the world through his eyes is just about the greatest thing. My Cameleon³ Elements is definitely the one for me and I’m ready to take it with me everywhere!

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Brussel Sprouts

Food + DrinkHailey AndresenComment

Greenbean casserole is my least favorite Thanksgiving dish, and although I'll still be making it this year, I thought that this might be the perfect alternative dish for anyone else who feels the same. It's essentially made up of three of my favorite things. Brussels sprouts, bacon and balsamic. What's not to love? Unfortunately this one won't be making it to my table this year. Mostly because it's best straight out of the oven, and in this tiny kitchen of mine I'm going to need to reserve all oven space for the turkey the day of. That being said, if you have one of those amazing kitchens I'm currently envying right now with the double oven action you should make this one happen. I promise you won't regret it. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint of brussel sprouts, halved 
  • 2 thick cut slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic, reduced

Instructions:

  • Set oven to 350 degrees
  • Halve your brussel sprouts, chop your bacon and spread across your baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Mix in olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the bacon is crispy and the brussel sprouts are golden brown.
  • Reduce balsamic, drizzle and serve immediately.

Photography by Amy Frances.