a book for parker | when i wake up

Board Book // J.Crew T-Shirt, Madewell Overalls

When Joanna Liu reached out to me asking if she could gift her book, When I Wake Up, to my little nephew, Parker, describing it as Kate Spade-like - quirky, colorful, and sophisticated - I thought "ummm yes, please! This sounds right up my alley, as well as Parker's!" Haha! Parker loves to read- it's probably one of his favorite things, and this book has found a permanent space in his little library. Since receiving it, he requests it and asks to have it read to him 4 or 5 times in a row.

Joanna is a philosophy major and designed the book as a sleep aid for her own daughter. The story and pictures promise fun things to look forward to tomorrow after a good night's sleep. The pictures are so fun and colorful, and Parker has had so much fun pointing out the things he loves. 

Including baking a cake, so as the exceptional aunt I am, I obliged. Scroll for more!

White T-Shirt

We did a very loose (and baby approved) version of this Southern Living recipe. We took a basic white cake mix and substituted whole milk for water and added two teaspoons of vanilla extract. Then we took three crazy colors of vanilla frosting to make our cake as colorful as the illustrations in When I Wake Up. It was a really fun and easy activity to do, and the cake was Parker approved. πŸ‘

Thank you, Joanna, for the beautiful book. It has found a place on our bookshelf and in our hearts. ❀️

If you are interested in this whimsical little book, you can find it here

victoria sport

Victoria's Secret Sweatshirt, Nike Tennis Skirt, Nike Sneakers

I got this sweatshirt over the weekend, and I think it's so cute. I've literally always been really drawn to graphic sweatshirts (here, here, here, here, here) and sweaters (here, here). I have no idea why- I just think they're cute and fun. And I love the boxy cut of this one. 

We shot these photos last weekend, and the weather was INCREDIBLE. It was in the 60s which is unheard of in February in the Midwest. We'd actually been playing for awhile when we took these photos so my makeup looks a bit smudgy, but I kind of like it! 😜


Miss Selfridge Dress via Von Maur, Rebecca Minkoff Bag (previously here), Aldo Shoes (previously here), Kat Von D Lipstick in Lolita

Sneaking in this little LBD before velvet becomes seasonally inappropriate (and with the current 60 degree temps in Cincinnati, I'm hoping that's soon!) I got this dress from one of my favs, Von Maur, around the holidays. Lots of pictures of the back of this one because that's where the party is at! 😜

another slouchy sweater

Free People Sweater, Free People Bodysuit (similar), Levi's Jeans, Marc Jacobs Bag, Steve Madden Booties (previously here), Lips - MAC Lip Liner in Hip 'N' Happy, MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup

I love a slouchy, white, off the shoulder sweater (remember this one styled here, here, here?) and Free People does the best. I've worn this one out and about (like here for brunch yesterday) or cuddled up at home with boy shorts and a book. 

Today is my Monday 😩 I had such a great holiday weekend- it's always hard to go back to work but at least it's a short week!