Love U Madly’s Next Chapter: It’s All About Violet Andie

Violet

I am thrilled to share that our Violet Andie made her world debut on September 7th at 3:14am!

Labor was laborious, but relatively fast. Amazingly, a few days later the hospital sent us home and told us to go be parents. The first week, we pretty much just stared at her. “I love us,” Dean said as we both got a bit weepy staring at our precious baby girl.

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I instantly loved my little Violet more than I thought possible. I love her little lips, her soft skin, her sweet I-just-made-a-poop-smile. Sure, I’m exhausted. My boobs seem to be the focus of most conversations in and out of our home, invited and uninvited, with closest friends and total strangers. Most days I consider myself lucky if I shower and change out yesterday’s PJs by 10 pm. But, I’m obsessed with every of her 7 pound 12 ounces (and growing!).

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All this, quite honestly, I expected.

What surprised me? How much I love my husband even more madly. He is a rockstar partner who cleans the breast pumps, enthusiastically changes diapers, and manages to seem sincere when he tells me I look incredible with spit up in my hair and milk leaking down my stomach.

We are a family. I love us.

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My Celeb Moment & The Golden Globes

I had a bit of a celeb moment yesterday and it almost completely passed us by unnoticed. My hub and I were on the cover of the Boston Globe Magazine for their wedding issue. It was most exciting because it was not only a total surprise, but they also chose a photo that so perfectly embodies how I felt that day. Colossally happy.

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Then my Sunday only got better. I made dulce de leche chocolate chip cookie bars (recipe to come this week) and got ready for the Golden Globes. I love Awards season. I get to sit in my bathrobe in front of the TV shoveling pasta in my mouth, while yelling at the TV… oh my god, she’s amazingoh no, that’s a worst dressed lister for sure

Here are some of my favorite looks of the night.

Sex Pot Katherine McPhee (please tell me what is going on with her sandals? i see no toe strap):

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I love Kerry Washington, Scandal, and this dress (not certain about length though):

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She had a baby 4 (four!!) weeks ago. Come on, Claire:

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Watch out, Leggy Longoria:

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My girl, Anne Hathaway:

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The back of Julianna Margulies’s dress was so stunning, but I can’t find a pic. Front is gorgeous too:

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Love Adele and loved her acceptance speech:

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Who were your favorites?

Can’t wait for the Oscars! 

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My New Favorite Gift: Pinch in a Pouch

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I have a favorite new gift and I just have to share it with you. It was gifted to me recently and I could not get over it. It has everything a girl might need “in a pinch,” all in the tiniest of tiny pouch making it the perfect stocking stuffer or shoot-i-forgot-to-get-you-something-and-now-i’m-seeing-you Hanukkah gift.

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The Minimergency Kit (for her) contains… hairspray, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear elastics, mending kit, double-sided tape, stain remover, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, tampon, breath freshener, dental floss, and an adhesive bandages ALL IN A 3 INCH POUCH! I know it’s crazy. The kit for Moms has all that plus crayons, a thermometer, caffeine gum, sanitizer wipes etc. And there is a great one for guys too with all those weird things they like: lint remover, shoe shine wipes, and styptic pencils (don’t worry, i had no idea what a styptic pencil was either but apparently it’s for razor nicks, minor cuts etc – it’s a guy thing!)

 

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 Yes, I’m just a little bit obsessed with these. And, no, this is not paid advertising – I just think it’s the best thing ever.

Find them here: For Her, For Him, For Mom, For Labor & Delivery, For Mother of the Groom

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A Fashionable Walk Through The Woods

We’re hurricane-prepared. Sure, we’ve got our flashlights and water ready, but more importantly a fresh batch of fudge brownies with peanut butter frosting (recipe to come, i promise).

Hurricane Sandy will most likely be the end of the gorgeous orange, red, and yellow foliage – but fortunately, I have loads of pictures to share with you today. I was thrilled when asked to style a perfect cable sweater from the Chaps for Kohls line and had the most colorful backdrop in New England last weekend. This fall, cozy sweaters are on my must-have list. I like to pair them with leggings and boots, or even with a long flowy skirt.

Check out my sweater and boots at Kohl’s (on sale here! and here!)

What’s keeping you warm this season?

** Photos thanks to Love Them Madly **

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My Favorite Red Carpet Moments at the Emmys

Last night was the Emmy’s and as per usual, I had many conversations with my television screen.

Here are some of my favorite looks of the night.

Pretty sure my favorite bling of the night was Emily Van Camp’s Van Cleef diamond bow bracelet. And her J. Mendel dress was pretty gorgeous too.

 

Best legs of the night: Heidi Klum is saying a big curse word to Seal with this dress!(I’m not sure about the matchy matchy shoes and earrings though.. and I think one slit would have been sufficient)

 

Actually might be my favorite dress of the night (looked better on TV than photographed): Leslie Mann in an off-the-runway Naeem Khan from the 2013 collection .

 

Oh, Padma… you are too beautiful in this Monique Lhuillier orange gown.

 

Zooey Deschanel had a major princess moment in Reem Acra

 

Julie Bowen in an electric yellow Monique Lhuillier mermaid dress.

 

January Jones in Zac Posen. Ok, I did not like this on TV, but it photographed well. I really didn’t like her hair and make-up, but that’s just my dont-know-anything-about-anything opinion.

 

Morena Bacccarin.. still looking for who made this dress, but she is STUNNING in it! Thank god for double sided tape!

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