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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!


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

3 of My Favorite Glasses Frames

I am always asked about where my glasses come from, and the answer is all over, I LOVE glasses and am actually thankful that my vision is not 20/20 so I can indulge! I will be sharing some glasses retailers that are my favorite to shop at, and wanted to start with Bonlook! Here's 3 of my favorite frames from their site - I love that they collaborate with bloggers, and usually these blogger collections are my favorite to wear! 

These frames are all from JagLever's collection with Bonlook, which is truly a piece of my own heart. All of the frames are quirky enough, but still totally wearable, and the fall/winter vibes are strong. 

These frames have such a darling plaid detail on top!

These are my go-to shape for eyeglasses - thick and round! I also love the plaid detailing on them to add a little bit of something extra. 

Hope these inspire you to try some new fun glasses shapes! I have tons more to share soon! 

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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:

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!

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. 

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!

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!

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 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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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hudson's 3 Month Update + Favorite Products

Pardon my french, but holy shit my baby is 3 months old! I have so many emotions about this - one being that I am so excited to see him every step of the way realizing he has HANDS and that they WORK or being able to hold his head up, but two that I am also so sad that he's growing up and it's happening so quickly. Guys, I love being a mom. I was so nervous that I wasn't motherly, but this job is now my favorite thing I've ever done in life. I totally get why people do it again and again, it is worth every sleepless night, every pregnancy pain, every hard moment. He is amazing, he is perfect, i love him so much that I can't say it enough times or steal enough smiles from his squishy, perfect, sweet face. He makes getting up every morning so much more exciting.

BABY UPDATE: This month Hudson has changed a ton! He's suddenly so big (I think close to 15 lbs) so it's harder to carry him around all day, but luckily he now is okay with playing alone on his play mat. He went to bed one night around 11 weeks, and woke up a new dude - he realized he can hold rattles, and use his fingers, and his hands hypnotize him! That also came with some negatives, like sleep regression which he went through around 12 weeks. We had a few nights of no sleep when we had to retrain him to fall asleep on his own without the swaddle, because he rejected it. I would rub his hair and put my hand on his chest so he knew I was there until he fell asleep, and a few days in he seemed to catch on.

I am still exclusively breastfeeding him, and some nights he still wakes at 4:30AM to eat, but it's been working out well. There's some days where I worry if my supply is too low, but am holding off on supplementing for now until it really seems to be an issue. His favorite thing is bath time, so I think he's going to be a surfer like his dad!

MAMA UPDATE: This month I've felt much much better. I had a lot of help from my mom and my mother-in-law while we were in Florida, and that made everything a little bit easier. Matt and I took our first night out away from Hudson to go to a wedding, and it was really fun (although I cried once, not going to lie). I am back in a regular workout routine, and back to my pre-pregnancy size which feels really good.

Some hurdles I've been working toward- I feel so motherly and into my baby that it's really hard to find time for Matt and I to focus on us. I don't feel sexy, I feel motherly, and that is hard to face right now. I'm sure other mamas must feel the same, and I'm thinking once I stop breastfeeding that maybe this will go away. Also, we finally found a daycare for Hudson which I am really relieved about, but of course sad about too. I feel really comfortable bringing him there, but I'm also obviously watching my maternity leave days dwindle away, and am feeling a bit sad about that.

Here's a list of some of his favorite products to play with/ use from 2-3 months of age:

1. Pacifier clips: Discovering these changed my world. I was so tired of picking up the pacifier from the ground when he spit it out, and these made that problem instantly go away! They're now our best friend.

2. HALO Sleepsack: We moved to this sleepsack once Hudson started to reject his SwaddleMe swaddle. I love that it allows us to leave his arms out, so he is still somewhat secure to help with the startle reflex, but his arms are free to move around. It also stays on well through the night, so I don't have to worry about any loose blankets in his crib.

3. Grip Rattle: I picked up this basic rattle at Babies R Us and he LOVES them! They're so easy to hold onto, which is great for those first few weeks when he's using his hands.

4. Mustela shampoo: We've been using this at bath time every night to help with Hudson's craddle cap. It works great!

5. Toy Carrier Bar: Once Hudson began to look around and use his hands, he seemed super bored in his carseat, so I bought him this toy. It's been such a lifesaver for car rides, and he never gets tired of the light up kitty!

6. Safari Smiles bouncer: This is one of the most affordable and useful toys we've purchased. I said I wouldn't be one of those moms who has loud, bright and ugly baby toys all over my home, but this one has served such a great purpose. It's so portable, so I bring it room to room as I move around the house, and it keeps him entertained for a long time.

I'll make sure to update again at 4 months, and please feel free to leave any questions you may have in the comments!

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