{last minute gift guide} for the gal in your life…

gift guide

I admit, this is more of a personal wish list, but thought it could be of use to any of you still shopping around.

With only seven days until Christmas, you may still be able to get your hands on many of these items, either online or in stores.  I like the idea of giving {and receiving} gifts that are personal and also seen as little luxuries that can brighten any day.

Here are the details:

Clinique lip gloss ‘Air Kiss’ $15 at Sephora; Bare Minerals Makeup Palette with Gold Clutch $30 at Sephora;  Personalized Stationery $15 at Shutterfly; Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch $295; Personalized iPhone Case $39 at Shutterfly; Mini Measuring Tapes $10 at Kate’s Paperie; Vintage Cakes book $15 and Decorate Workshop book $18 via Amazon Personalized Acrylic Tray $55 via Mark and Graham; Gemstone Ring $39 at Banana Republic; Olene Fragrance by Diptyque Paris $88; Amazing Grace Gift Set by Philosophy $39.50 at Sephora; Pink Pocket Planner $15 via Amazon; Gold Bow Double-Belt $28 at Banana Republic; Beaded Geometric Belt $55 at Calypso St Barth; Swarovski Vintage Rose Pen $34.

{Happy Shopping!}


~the sweetest mami~

{one haute mama}

Last week, I returned to work with the sad realization that I had nothing to wear to suit my {new mama} status.  I needed clothes that would support my days of nursing Lucas at home and pumping milk on the go.  I have been lucky enough to work in a place that supports my breast feeding goals.  I had my office window covered and even got a small fridge in my private office, so I could store the milk I pump during the day.  I also ordered a hands-free busier bra to wear while pumping so I could now keep working while I pumped.

Only one obstacle remained–my current wardrobe was not very nursing-friendly.  I now needed tops and dresses I could pull down, lift up, pull aside, or unbutton easily.  I went on a small shopping spree with a budget of $200 and came home with 7 new pieces that I think will get me through work days and weekends for a while.  This was easy once I discovered the MNG by Mango collection at JC Penney.  Every item I purchased was under $50 and I got a 20% discount too!  The collection features many items that can easily transition between work and the weekend.

I wanted to share my new wardrobe here for other new mamas.  Here’s what I wore to work today, featuring a new blouse.  Since summer dress code in my office is casual, I paired it with dark denim jeans by Banana Republic and jazzed it all up with a gold links bracelet and a gold bee pendant necklace from my days of selling Stella & Dot.  You can’t really see my shoes, but I’m wearing strappy metallic heels that are actually very comfortable.

MNG Blouse $40

Hoping I’ve inspired other haute mamas!

{Happy shopping!}

~the sweetest mami~