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I'm Steffy, and I live in my favorite place on earth, Long Beach NY with my two loves & our dachshund. In this space we share our adventures around NY, cozy days at home and tons of outfits! Grab a cup of coffee and lets get to know each other!


Monday, January 16, 2017

My favorite high waisted jeans// Miami Beach

I have such a tough time finding the perfect pair of high waisted denim (don't we all?!) I have a small waist, with hips so they usually either make me look wide, or fit awkwardly. When I found this pair, I felt like they were heaven sent! Let's just say I am having to hold myself back from buying every single style that Urban Outfitters comes out with. I've worn them most days on this trip, and don't plan on stopping anytime soon!

Also... when you see a VW bus, it's pretty much an obligation to snap a photo!

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ocean Drive, Miami

It feels so good to throw on my old favorites, these overalls! They were my go-to staple when I lived in Florida, and years later they're still so easy to throw on. Having a baby totally strips my time to myself in the morning, so I've learned to minimize my wardrobe and make it easy to grab my favorite staples.

In my opinion, everyone should have a good pair of overalls! I've linked some of my favorites that are currently for sale below...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hudson's 2 Month Update

Can you believe Hudson is 2 months old?! Me either... It is 100% true what they say, the first few weeks fly by in a sleep deprived, baby roll filled haze and then it slowly gets easier and easier. As much as I can't wait for Hudson to talk and walk and become a person, I am also slightly sad seeing him grow out of being that tiny little newborn that I once knew for a split second.

BABY UPDATE: Hudson finally started sleeping through the night at exactly 8 weeks old! There's still some nights where he wakes up around 4AM for a nighttime feed, but most of the time that isn't the norm. It's such a nice change from around 5/6 weeks when he would scream and cry for hours every night we tried putting him to bed. Aside from the weight gain (he's 12.4 lbs!) I think our technique of feeding him extra at night from a pumped bottle has been working. This way I get to see exactly how much he is eating before bed.

He also has incredible head strength, and is almost holding his head up! I think in the next week he will flip over, because I keep finding him in his crib sleeping on his side. We started to bathe him in the sink, not his infant tub, and he loves being under the warm water. He gets really quiet and wide-eyed. 

He 100% knows who his parents are now, and he smiles the most heart melting smile at me every time he catches my eye. I swear he's laughed once or twice, but I think the real true laughs are coming any day now! In the past two weeks he's started paying more attention to his mobiles and toys, and even swats at them with his hands.

We are currently working on figuring out his nap schedule, and getting him down for naps easier. He doesn't like to be sleeping, and fights me all day on going back to bed until he gets grumpy. Hopefully in the next few weeks he'll learn how to lay down for naps and stay asleep in longer stretches during the day.

MAMA UPDATE: I am starting to feel more confident and secure in my role. I am not going to lie, the first few weeks and especially my first few days alone with Hudson, I felt a loss of self, and reality did really sink in that life would never ever be the same. I don't think too many mamas talk about this, but it is a big change to wake up and wait hand and foot on a baby versus taking time to groom yourself and watch Netflix and be selfish. It's a BIG adjustment, and took a lot of getting used to.

That being said, I feel good now, like I really understand my baby and was meant to meet him in this lifetime. I started exercising again at 6 weeks (running with the stroller) and that feels great. I was back down to my pre-pregnancy weight pretty quickly, but my body feels different and much weaker and flabbier, so I am working to rebuild muscle. I am still sore in my pelvic area when I workout or walk for long stretches, so I am trying to take it slowly. I am still breastfeeding exclusively, and plan on doing so for at least another month.

One of the biggest changes for me this month is my urge to protect Hudson has increased. I am less afraid in the middle of the night about him not breathing and all of those first few weeks fears, but now I am thinking about other things like how I don't want just anybody to hold my baby, or feeling confident that if he is upset, I am the person who can help him. I didn't feel like this in the very beginning because I didn't know what to do with a baby and everything was so new. It's a good and a bad thing, because I don't want to be overprotective or anxiety ridden, but I want to have just the right amount of these things!

Anyway, please leave any tips for month 3 in the comments! Xo! 

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Miami Beach Photos + Guide

Matt and I lived in Miami for four years before moving to NY. We spent 1.5 of those years in Coral Gables, 1/2 a year in Downtown Miami and the other 2 years living on South Beach! It has been fun being able to revisit all of our old favorite spots, and I realized I never wrote a post about said spots! I am happily going to share some of our favorite things to do, and I'll make sure to break it up into different locations around Miami, since things are pretty spread out around here! First up... South Beach!

1. 11th Street diner: This diner is super retro and authentic, not to mention everything is delicious on the menu! Make sure to end your meal with a sundae - it's worth it. 

2. Shepherd Artisan Coffee: Located on Collins, this place is great if you're staying on Ocean. They have adorable outdoor seating (shown below) and delicious coffee.

3. Panther Coffee: Some of the best coffee in Miami, and we prefer the South Beach location because of the seating and beautiful natural light. We walked here with Hudson one day (pictures below!)

4. Books N Books: One of the only spots on Lincoln road worth stopping into for a light bite and a coffee! They have an incredible book selection, and magazines you can browse while drinking your cup of joe.

Shepherds on Collins

Books N Books outdoor seating 

Panther Coffee shop

1. Juice and Java: If you're looking for a salad or a smoothie, this is your spot!

2. Suviche: Never a let down for a delicious Peruvian and sushi dinner or lunch!

3. Macchialina: Delicious homemade pasta that you won't regret stuffing your face with!

4. Las Olas: The most authentic Cuban food on the beach

1. Take a stroll on Ocean and check out all of the awesome Art Deco hotels / rent a bike and bike around.

2. Walk on Lincoln Road for some shopping.

3. Espanola Way is beautiful at dusk, but try not to go on a weekend because it gets super busy

4. Have a picnic on South Beach and snap pictures in front of a lifeguard tower!

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Florida New Years!

We finally made it to Florida! We spent our New Years Eve at our best friends home - they live in the woods of a gorgeous state park in Jensen Beach, Florida. We sat around a bonfire, and were in bed by 12:01 after playing a game of Yahtzee... are we old?! haha. I think we are...

I'll be sharing more photos from Miami soon! Xo

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 - The Unpublished Moments & Thoughts

Matt is constantly shooting film photos on top of the digital photos we shoot for the blog, so I thought it would be fun to share some unedited moments from 2016 to wrap up the year. 

I spent the vast majority of this year pregnant, and even with the discomforts and my total dislike for being pregnant, this has hands-down been my best year ever. No doubt about it. After so many years of changes and job switches and moves and feeling unsettled, it was the first year where a lot of things stayed the same over here. I continued to work my full-time job at letgo, we lived in the same home that we moved into in October of 2015, and I continued to blog over here.

Most of my energy was put into reading about the tiny person I was growing, and making sure that I stayed healthy. I physically feel great, and mentally I feel really really changed in a good way. This year took my world, and turned it emotionally upside down (I guess becoming a mom does that to us!) My heart grew 1,000 different sizes, and suddenly the world looks completely different. I truly can't think about my life, and life in general without tearing up. The universe is a beautiful and ugly place, but it's been really good to us in 2016. It's been a hard year for women, politics and the world around us, but I still believe and have hope for the good in the world. 

Which brings me to this - Thank you for being so good to me, and to my family, all of you out there who read here and care. You all make the world better, and I am forever grateful for your continued support throughout the years. I couldn't be where I am in my life if it wasn't for this blog, or for you. 

I was telling Matt yesterday how wild it is that the year Hudson was born is ending. I was born in 1987, and while I don't know much about that year, or even where my parents were on their first New Years Eve as parents, it's a year that I mention thousands of times. It's funny to think that Hudson will live his life sharing that he was born in the year 2016. He'll maybe wonder where his parents were on his first New Years when he has a baby someday and starts to think about those things. 

I am so happy and thankful to tell him that we're with our two best friends in the world, and that we are content and lucky and that life is sweet. I love you guys, have a wonderful night and be safe. See you in 2017!

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