MY NEWBORN ESSENTIALS

posted by Elshane on Jun 22 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

They say 12 weeks is that threshold of pain... (sorry, I mean pleasure...) or whatever that sweet spot is that you call life with a newborn! It's the time when it all just starts making sense. It's the time when you can breathe a little more, sleep a little more, and shed a little more advice on your newfound territory of expertise. Oh, and become utterly obsessed with your baby! Hi Sunday! Mommy loves you!

As a blogger and influencer, I'm fortunate enough to celebrate Christmas nearly every single day, as a new box of something shiny gets delivered at my doorstep on the regular. The theme over the past few months has been baby products, and I have accepted all with open arms. That does not mean, however, that all baby products are created equal.

As someone who has received an arm and a leg of products, I feel I have an extra advantage on advising what is best and most necessary for you, your tot, and your wallet!

Here's my round up of my daily go-to's, and why...

The Pout Pout Fish Book.  This is my favorite book to read to Sunday. It's the story of a fish with a pout, or as the 2016 urban dictionary so appropriately calls it, a "resting bitch face." Disclaimer: at the end of the book, it's required that you shower your little tot with kisses... a win, win!

Lulujo Swaddling Blankets. These perfectly printed blankets are so much more than just a swaddle (considering I don't even use these to swaddle-- scroll down the page to see why). But, they're a must! I keep 2-3 on hand at all times. They turn into over the shoulder burp cloths, over the legs vomit protectors, spit up cloths, stroller blankets, stroller sun protectors, and rug protectors. Oh, and about 10 other things, as well. 

MUV Baby Stroller + Car Seat Package. MUV is a European company and this click-on, click-off contraption has proved "European" in every way possible.

The car seat is smaller than other car seats, which means it's lighter, easier to carry, and more handy to fit inbetween small restaurant booths. The stroller is as easy to fold as 1-2-3, and it drives like a European car. Oh, and it has a built in cooler... which I may or may not use for wine. I mean milk bottles! I mean wine.

Babyganics Stain Remover Spray. Babyganics baby products in general are my go-to's. (Shout out to the hand sanitizer, baby wipes, and bath shampoo and body wash!) But in particular, I find myself using their stain remover every.single.day. Whoever told me to buy beautiful furniture and rugs for a baby room obviously has never had a baby!

Babies spit up, throw up, projectile vomit, and pee all over the place at all hours of the day. Main targets? Your beautiful rug and glider chair. I keep a bottle of stain remover spray hidden behind our glider chair for easy spray access on impact. Baby in one arm, spray bottle in the other.

And guess what wipes up the mess (with my remaining 3rd arm)? Whatever handy Lulujo swaddle blanket is in near vicinity. Truth. 

Baby Brezza Formula Pro formula mixer. My greatest accomplishment in life is discovering this Baby Brezza Formula Pro. I can shout it from the rooftops! I stopped breastfeeding after 2 months and making formula on the fly leaves bottles filled with gas bubbles and babies filled with extra, extra, extra (as if there's not already enough) vomit and spit up. Houston, we had a problem. 

Sunday's belly was getting so upset from my DIY formula shaking... until I discovered this formula maker. My husband and I call it the "coffee Keurig" for babies. With the press of one button, this gem of technology perfectly mixes the powder formula and filtered water ratio into a bottle with NO gas bubbles left behind.

It was a game-changer for Sunday's belly problems. Doctor approved!!

SwaddleMe Velcro swaddles. Do not go into labor without owning a package of these. You'll thank me later.

Ok, fine, I'll tell you why now. At the hospital, swaddling looks so easy. The nurses wrap your little tot in the tightest, smallest burrito that lasts for hours. They teach you to make the perfect swaddle-- and you're confident that you'll get the hang of it when you're on your own, until...

You get home from the hospital and realize that no normal human alive can make a swaddle as good as those nurses. In comes the SwaddleMe, a swaddle with Velcro that secures your tot into the perfectly spicy burrito that s/he is destined to be.

 

Aquaphor. It's the special sauce. My baby nurse turned me on to this magical item. It's an "everything" cream for babies. Literally. Everything. Daily uses include: 

Cover her bum bum in it between diaper changes. (Replaces the need for diaper rash cream.)

Massage her body with it after nightly bath time. (Replaces the need for baby body lotion.)

Lather her neck in it between feeds to avoid rashes from milk dribble. (Replaces the need for constant washing and explaining a sudden neck pimple breakout to your husband.)

Spike up her perfect Mohawk hair with it in the mornings. (Replaces her need for daily salon appointments...hehe)

Spread a dabble on my lips when I'm reminded that my lips have been chapped all day. (Hey, mom's need love, too!)

It's an everything lotion! I go through one huge tub every two weeks... 

BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light. Weighing in at 13 lbs, this pop-up tent-like contraption is perfect for naps or playtime on the run. Starting at just a few weeks old, we were toting Sunday around town on the weekends from friend's BBQs to pool parties with our travel crib in tow. It allows us to be mobile with her, while respecting all of her needs. 

FridaBaby Windi gas and colic reliever. There are those dreaded moments when your baby is crying and you've gone through the entire "why babies cry" checklist so many times, to no success.

My Windi is one of those items I keep handy on my changing table for when Sunday is a little fussy and I know gas is to blame. Instead of dosing her up with tummy-soothing medicine, I prefer this natural route of "stickin' it to her"... ummm... literally.

It's a disposable plastic contraption that naturally relieves gas from a baby by sticking a (super safe) mini tube in your tot's bum bum to expedite the gas release. It makes you feel like a true hero when you hear that whistle blow! (You'll know what I mean when it happens to you...)

Boppy Tummy Time Pillow. Tummy time is a daily necessity for little tots. This handy Boppy pillow makes tummy time a lot more fun for Sunday because it provides her with a natural prop to propel the tummy time activity.

Bonus uses? I lay this pillow against my legs and have Sunday sit against it. I also use it to prop up her upper body on my changing table mid-feed if there's a diaper situation, instead of laying her flat, so that her milk stays down in her belly. 

Oh hey... I spy another Lulujo swaddle blanket. This time used as a floor cover. :)

Please leave a comment if you've tried any of these products, if you plan on trying something, or if you suggest a new product! Would love to hear your feedback!

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URBAN COWGIRL

posted by Elshane on Jun 20 2016, under Fashion

Haven't grabbed for a basic white tee in so long... now I'm craving them more than ever! This look started with the idea of a detailed top to complete the lewk-- first I tried a printed silk blouse buttoned and tucked, then a printed boxy crop top, then a cropped light sweater. Nothing felt right.

The anti-me spied a boxy, short white tee in my closet... folded perfectly (and probably dusty from lack of wear), and grabbed for it. It felt so plain, so wrong, so... ordinary!!

Once I tried it on, I realized why it's so important to invest in great white tees. Sometimes they are the perfect missing piece to the puzzle! She stole my heart.

 

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LOUNGING WITH LADY

posted by Elshane on Jun 15 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

I'm a total minimalist when it comes to baby products. We live in a small, but perfectly curated house in Los Angeles, so the idea of our decor being compromised by brightly colored plastic baby objects is an all-out nightmare to me.

Along came the BabyBjorn Bouncer Mini, my new favorite "third arm" for my 'lil Sunday. Its sleek and chic shape is not even remotely the reason why I love it so much! It's coined the #EatSleepPlay chair, as it ergonomically sits on two adjustable legs that allow for both a lounge position (that Sunday is shown in, here), and also a more vertical position to eat in for when she's a few months older!

But for now, we spend our time in our living room...me on my uncluttered couch (with my labradoodle Homer), and Sunday in her bouncy chair. The chair enables a natural, no batteries required bounce whenever Sunday moves-- almost like a mini trampoline effect. As the days go by, she has learned that the more she moves in the chair, the more fun she has (bounce, bounce, bounce)! Otherwise, if she sits still...she doses off... {Check plus!}

The overhead toy contraption (sold separately) is easily removable, and the chair is super safe and light as a feather.  Happy baby AND happy mama!

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ALL AMERICAN CLASSIC

posted by Elshane on Jun 13 2016, under Fashion

You can blame it on the five year stint I've done living in Los Angeles. Two simple words-- denim shorts-- they had me at hello {California}!

It's a staple wardrobe necessity here in Cali; the perfectly lived-in denim cut-offs are found at the top of the denim pile of everyone from a freshly Bat Mitzvah'd 13 year old, to a freshly manicured 55 year old CEO...and everyone smack in between {like ME!} Always have been, always will be One Teaspoon's biggest denim fan. Guarantee you'll find your perfect pair by shopping their wide selection of perfectly lived-in styles here. 

They're designed by an Aussie chick who knows whats up. She designs to make your legs look super slim by creating extra wide leg holes, often times cuffed at the hem, like my pair here!

Throw on some red lipstick and a breezy top to complete that effortless LA vibe. It's as simple as that... 

 

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DENIM AND TWEED

posted by Elshane on Jun 6 2016, under Fashion

It may not be June 20th yet, but it's definitely summer in my books! To me, summer is all about casual denim, open toes, and extra frizzy-chic hair (yupppp-- embrace that fro). It's a glass of rosé after work while the sun is still out, a bright red lip sitting against tanned skin with no other makeup, and a Tuesday afternoon beach daydream. It's concerts, movies, and extra long strolls!

Actually, strapping on these Tevas for this look gave me a major flashback to years past at summer music festivals. With Bonnoroo coming up, I'm definitely feeling the FOMO a bit.

The only music festival I'll be seeing this summer is starring this new band called, "The Crying Sundays". It's a fabulous one woman show and she defies the odds of success for such young talent! Only 2 months old. Hehehe..... 

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GONE GLAMPING

posted by Elshane on Jun 1 2016, under Fashion

Has anyone else heard the term "glamping", or is that one of those things that falls into this ridiculous "that's so LA "category, as well? {Cue: all previous Coachella posts...}

Glamping is camping for, well... chicks like me. It's glam camping, and it's that time you leave your flashlight and bug zapper behind. Out with the tents, and in with luxe hotels and couture in the center of nature.

I took a trip up to Big Sur, California and wandered through the insanely impressive redwood forest in what only seemed fitting... a head to toe sheer Pucci lewk. It just felt right.

Big Sur is a rugged stretch of Cali's central coast by Carmel, positioned between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, known for jagged cliffs, tight windy mountain roads, and state parks tucked in the endless redwood forest. We spent the day exploring town-- quaint luncheonettes and mom and pop shops along the bluffs-- and took in the breathtaking drive. 

Plus, I had my handy camping backpack (yup, this bite sized Christian Louboutin leather and beaded beauty) to store all of my glamping essentials... like my cell phone, lip gloss, and room key. ;)

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BABY ON BOARD

posted by Elshane on May 24 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

Isn't one of the best parts of having a baby being able to tote them around like the hottest new accessory in town? I couldn't WAIT to bust out my Tokidoki Lillebaby carrier once my lil Sunday was born!

I will admit, when it arrived in the mail at first, my husband was like, "Really Elshane? You had to get this one? You couldn't just get a black one like everyone else?"

I mean... does that question even require a response? NO!

The truth is, he's grown to love it just as much as me. He used it last weekend as we walked around Beverly Hills and got "mad props" from other dads and chic women everywhere. But what else did he expect? When you're toting the coolest baby carrier around with the hottest tot in town, you just gotta give that good ol' nod and smile every time. ;)

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STIRR'N'UP FOR SPRING

posted by Elshane on May 18 2016, under Fashion

Cheers to the women who wear the pants!

Those absolutely unique, eye-catching, head-turning pants, that is!!

Take these McGuire pants that give life to both the top and bottom leg with the help of fringe and stirrups! Best worn with simple white like this off the shoulder top and some killer heels, it's impossible to not look effortless and cool for a night out with the crew!

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