DIY Welcome Baby Basket

Gift baskets have become my new obsession.  They’re a creative and thoughtful way to celebrate any occasion.  There are plenty of sites out there that sell pre-made gift baskets, but making your own is not only more cost-effective but it is infinitely more personal.

A family friend recently gave birth to a little girl, so I created this basket of goodies to welcome little Jane into the world.  First I purchased an adorable hamper that would serve as my “gift bag” and also repurpose to hold toys, diapers, etc. in the baby nursery.  To the basket I added:  light-weight swaddling blankets, bibs, hair accessories, a couple cute outfits and velvet baby hangers.

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Here are a few suggestions to get you started on your own basket:

  • A basket, obviously! I love this Pottery Barn Pink Harper Chevron Pop Up Tote.
  • These aden + anais Bamboo Muslin Swaddlers are so light and comfy.
  • Velvet hangers ensure tiny outfits won’t slip.
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Let’s Talk Leather

Leather is a major trend this fall season and I couldn’t be more excited, especially since faux leather is no longer a fashion faux pas.  It’s not only animal friendly, but also budget conscious.  Incorporating leather is a great way to add edge and flirty fun to your wardrobe.  You can dress it up for a night on the town or tone it down for the office.  This season marks the appearance of leather skirts, shirts, dresses and boots, which are incredible pieces to mix and match for dinner and drinks.  We also see pops of leather trim on sheaths and pencil skirts to add oomph to work outfits.  And of course we cannot overlook the timeless leather jacket.  Ranging in style from a chic biker-chick crop or a longer more classic interpretation, a jacket is a phenomenal way to leather up your look without a drastic overhaul.  My personal favorite is the leather legging.  Whether you are looking for leather, faux leather or denim textured to look like leather, leggings are the must have accessory for the season.  Pair them with boots, flats or your favorite stilettos and you have a flattering, on trend look for any occasion.

Try these MICHAEL Michael Kors Faux-Leather leggings:

Or for a cheaper alternative the Kardashian Kollection for Sears has this option:

For leather textured denim, Ann Taylor LOFT has an affordable pair:

Quilted Jacket from Zara

I just bought this incredible quilted jacket from Zara.  It has a removable fur collar and is a hunter green color with brown suede trim and elbow patches.

I’ve been obsessively checking the weather and praying for it to turn cold enough to wear this little baby!

 

Cruising the Mediterranean

For the next two weeks I will be cruising the coasts of France, Italy and Spain in style. One of my closest girlfriends has organized the trip for five of us to celebrate our college graduations.

The first week finds us boarding a private yacht in Nice, France.  We’ve already created a tentative itinerary but once we embark we are able to choose each destination as we travel.  Our floating mansion is called Desamis B and she boasts five luxurious cabins, fully stocked bars, lounging decks, a hot tub and a full staff including a world class chef to attend to our every need.  If I don’t make it back it’s not because I’m lost at sea, but rather because I will have discovered my permanent home on Desamis.

If we somehow manage to leave this beautiful yacht our second week will find us filing up the gangplank of the Regent Seven Seas Mariner, a boutique cruise ship catering to a mere 700 guests.

Obviously the cruise ship has a set itinerary so I can safely say we will be visiting the following cities:

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Marseille (Provence), France
  • St. Tropez, France
  • Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Florence, Italy
  • Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy
  • Sorrento/ Capri, Italy
  • Rome, Italy