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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!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Denim + Suede


Sezane does it again! I am wearing them head-to-toe, minus the vintage boots that are the perfect shade of brown! I realized I haven't been sharing as many outfit posts over here, please let me know if you miss seeing them and would want to see more!

I cannot wait to wear this suede coat regularly once it's a bit warmer out. The dress is sold out in denim, but I linked it below in other colors!






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Thursday, February 16, 2017

How I Lost The Baby Weight + My Pregnancy Workout Routine (tons of before + after pics!)


So I guess I'm about to be one of THOSE people who shares their weight loss journey. But after getting lots of questions, and also lots of people who think that my pregnancy weight just magically disappeared, I decided to share my story to inspire those of you preggo ladies out there! To be honest, my pregnancy weight DID just fall off, but it isn't because of "genetics" or because I am "lucky" it's because I worked really freaking hard! My "weight loss journey" began from the day I became pregnant!! Here's what I did during pregnancy and postpartum:

*The nutrition aspect of this post is not super detailed because I ate totally differently week-to-week! Sorry I didn't record my meals in more detail, but some days I was ravenous, and others not super hungry so it just varied a lot. 

1st Trimester Workouts:

This photo was taken at 16 weeks, which in my opinion is the worst stage of pregnancy! You feel super bloated and chunky, without any signs of a cute bump. During the first trimester, I didn't alter my workouts at all! I did some form of cardio 5 days a week for 30 minutes, and my weeks usually looked something like this:

Workouts:
Monday: 30 minute run + arm workout either using free weights (up to 10 lbs) or using the machines at the gym

Tuesday: 30 minute run + leg workout (squats or workouts on the mat)

Wednesday: 30 minute elliptical

Thursday: 30 minute run + arm workout either using free weights (up to 10 lbs) or using the machines at the gym

Friday: 30 minute run + leg workout (squats or workouts on the mat)

Weekends off, sometimes I would add a 6th day if I was feeling exhausted, because the cardio always made me feel energized!

Nutrition:
During my entire first trimester I ate AWFUL. Mostly mexican food, bagels, tons of carbs. If I ever did pregnancy again, I would definitely not do this (but then again, you do what you do to get by). Regardless of exercising, I gained the most weight early on from poor eating.

2nd Trimester Workouts:
During my 2nd trimester I continued to workout 5 days a week! I toned down the running when it began to make my pelvic floor sore, and I stopped any floor exercises that required me to lay flat on my back. I also made sure any weights I lifted were under 10lbs, and that I didn't strain myself. 

Workouts:
Monday: 30 minute elliptical + arm workout either using free weights (up to 10 lbs) or using the machines at the gym

Tuesday: 15 minute run + 15 minute elliptical + leg workout (squats or workouts on the mat)

Wednesday: 30 minute elliptical

Thursday: 15 minute run + 15 minute elliptical + arm workout either using free weights (up to 10 lbs) or using the machines at the gym

Friday: 30 minute elliptical + leg workout (squats or workouts on the mat)

Weekends off!

Nutrition:
During my second trimester, I really watched the scale & what I ate after having such a bad first trimester eating wise! I think I actually toned up my arms and legs while pregnant during this trimester, even though my belly continued to grow, just by eating well! I generally had 2 eggs for breakfast, yogurt for lunch, some healthy snacks in between lunch and dinner such as almonds or oranges and then a small dinner because of heartburn. 

3rd Trimester Workouts:

These were snapped at 8.5 months pregnant, and still in the gym every day! You can do it ladies!! I kid you not, I worked out until the week I gave birth. Yes, some days my lungs didn't properly breath and I cramped up and quit after 10 minutes, but I made sure to get my booty to the gym and do something almost every day. Here's the routine I loosely followed toward the end of pregnancy. I completely stopped running in this trimester. 

Monday: 15 minute elliptical + 15 minutes walking uphill at an incline of 11.5 at 3.3 mph + arm workouts with 5 lbs weights.

Tuesday: 15 minute elliptical + 15 minutes walking uphill at an incline of 11.5 at 3.3 mph

Wednesday: 30 minute elliptical

Thursday: 15 minute elliptical + 15 minutes walking uphill at an incline of 11.5 at 3.3 mph + arm workouts with 5 lbs weights.

Friday: 30 minute elliptical

Weekends off!

Nutrition:
During my third trimester I was so uncomfortable and my heartburn was so bad that I didn't have too much of an appetite. I did cheat and eat a lot of sweets in the last month or so, but in general I ate a heavy breakfast (oatmeal and eggs) and lunch (usually a muffin from the local coffee shop) and skipped dinner, so that I would sleep better at night.

Postpartum Weight Loss/Excercise:

Sharing these isn't necessarily glamorous, but I wanted to share them to show you guys who are pregnant that you will slowly turn back into yourself again! I was really discouraged when I came home from the hospital and realized I only lost 12 lbs - and my baby was 9! But, 2 weeks later I was only 1lb up from my pre-pregnancy weight. Yup, I ended up losing 5 lbs after the entire ordeal. What did I do? Here's more deets:

Weeks 1-6 PP: All I did was breastfeed! I ate mostly whatever I wanted in moderation, and I nursed the days away.

Weeks 6+: Right when I got the okay, I started working out again! I began slow, by running 12 minute miles and spending most days on the elliptical. I stopped running as much as I did pre-pregnancy, because A. it makes me sore still in my pelvis and B. I realized that the elliptical allows me to workout for longer and more often! Now my weekly workouts look like this

Monday: 30 minutes on the elliptical
Tuesday: Fitness Blender arm workout at home
Wednesday: 30 minute run
Thursday: Fitness Blender leg workout
Friday: 30 minutes on the elliptical. 

I have so much more to say on this topic, and I feel super passionate about it, so please ask any other questions you may have and I can always share more! 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

3 Year Anniversary


So it's really been three years since our wedding! As cheesy as it sounds, last week on 'This Is Us' they mentioned the little things that may go unnoticed that make a marriage continue to be happy and loving, and it struck a chord. The success isn't in the grand gestures so much as in those small little things that make life run smoother, that make me feel like I have a partner who is there to back me up. Here's a few of my favorite things that matt does (maybe he thinks I don't realize, but i do!)

- Every morning, he makes pour over coffee and leaves me a cup. Usually it's cold by the time I get to it, but it's always there waiting for me.

- When we're out and about, he always takes care of putting the baby into the carseat, and putting the stroller in the trunk. It just makes me feel taken care of,

- He takes care of our taxes!! Which I am SO bad at, so it's great to know someone who knows what they're doing is there to help. 

- He literally makes this blog work, because he is always willing to take pictures, and as the years go on we've learned how to be a better team as business partners. 

- He waits to watch John Oliver with me. 

- When we travel, he always makes sure that we have the most important things that I always forget - toothbrushes, phone chargers and deodorant!

- He researches things to do on trips. I'm one of those people who will show up in a place with nothing to do and nowhere to go, but because of Matt, we always have a plan and know the coolest things to see and do!

So basically, he holds it together for us. He's the family glue! and we're so so lucky to have him! 

(Here's my post on 2 years of marriage)




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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

NYC Staycation


Even though I opt to skip NYFW (because let's be honest, you'd rather see professional photos of the shows on Style.com than on here) I do enjoy mingling at some events and staying overnight in the city! We stayed at the W Hotel Downtown, and I am not going to lie, I did NOT want to leave. It made me deeply consider getting rid of most of my possessions to move into a studio apartment with a view, but then Matt reminded me about the amount of shoes I own, and the fact that we do love Long Beach NY. BUT staycations are underrated, and I now realize how incredible it is to stay in the city, even if just for a weekend here and there!

We popped into a breakfast at the Bloglovin' offices, and stopped by United By Blue in Nolita, which is definitely worth a visit if you're in the city.












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Monday, February 13, 2017

Around The House


I realized that I share tons of photos of our home on instagram, but hardly ever dedicate posts to it on the blog here! So this year I am going to make more of an effort to share my [little] home updates over here! Last year we spent most of our time renovating our kitchen, and I slowly transformed our bedroom into one of my favorite spots in the house - it is SO cozy! Here's some peeks!

In the next few months I'm going to update the living room a bit, and add some finishing touches on our kitchen. I also want to make a small playroom space for Hudson somewhere, and I am trying to figure out where it fits in to our small space! More updates to come...








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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

3 Things I Make Time For As A New Mom W/ Cluse


The truth is, it's hard to not be our own worst critics. Before I had Hudson, there were days where I could not find a single thing to wear, and I just stood there looking at myself thinking about how I wish certain parts of me were "better" or "different." Maybe I am insecure (okay, I am!) but I think most of us feel that way sometimes. BUT after having Hudson, this all actually got a little bit better. On the days where I am bothered by my lack of abs, or my inability to find time to complete my to-do list or to pick an outfit that I love, I just think "Well, I made a person, so it's okay!" and I have a new love for my imperfect body and all that it has succeeded in. My new motto is "Be Kind To Yourself" and I've been trying to practice it and speak nicely to myself every day.

That being said, there's a few things that I make sure to do that make me feel more like myself pre-baby. It's important for me to love myself, and to feel comfortable in my own skin, because I want Hudson to grow up loving who he is and feeling good about himself.


1. Eat a healthy breakfast: This one is so important, because it's easy to forget about myself when I am working around the clock caring for Hudson, but I've made it a priority to make the breakfast we snapped pictures of every morning. It's super easy - a scoop of plain greek yogurt, some chopped up strawberries, a pinch of granola and some honey! It's sweet the way I like it, but healthy enough. I eat it every single morning, even if it's with a baby in one arm while standing and rocking! 

2. Get in a workout a few times a week: This one is SO important for me, as I used to exercise every day before being pregnant and during pregnancy. It's hard to let go a little bit, but I've made it a priority to get at least 3 days in per week. Some days I simply do home workouts through "Fitness Blender" on YouTube for 30 minutes. They're just as hard, and I can complete them right in the house with Hudson by my side!



3. GET DRESSED & splurge on ME sometimes! This one is so important! When I was pregnant, everything was all about Hudson, as it should be! I was so excited to shop for him, and decorate his room, and sometimes that made me forget about myself in the mixture! It's so important to make the time to dress myself, and splurge on little things that make me happy, like this stunning velvet CLUSE gift set that makes me feel extra femme and pretty. If I am out and something catches my eye, I splurge (within reason, of course) because we all deserve to treat ourselves sometimes! 

These are a few things that keep me happy, and loving myself! What do you do to keep yourself happy?? 



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