A Lovely Little Summer Afternoon…

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” -Henry James

As the early afternoons of summer get underway, Little Lovely and I are settling into a new routine with a little less structure and a little more time for fun. At 21 months old, Eloise is a busy toddler with plenty of energy and curiosity, so I’m constantly on the lookout for outings and activities to keep us both happy.

Of course the pool is a popular destination (in fact, the first thing Eloise asks about when she wakes up lately is if we’re going to the pool). We’re lucky that our local pool has a designated baby pool that is the perfect size for Eloise to play with her toys and splash around with friends. She’s also quite fond of the snack bar.Our city is fortunate to be home to Riverbanks Zoo, considered one of the best zoos in the country, and last year we purchased a family membership making it a go-to for a #zooplaydate. Right now Eloise gets excited to feed the giraffes and visit some of the animals we read about in one of her favorite books, Pat the Zoo.On rainy days, a trip to the children’s section of our local library branch is a good spot to color, play and peruse books.

Another indoor option we are planning is to catch a family flick at Regal Cinemas as part of its #SummerMovieExpress. Starting this week, participating theaters will show popular kids’ movies at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for $1, and proceeds go towards the Will Rogers Institute. 

For something a little out of the box try family “happy hour” at River Rat Brewery. The outdoor space features a playhouse, toys and games for all ages. There is a relaxed vibe, and the summer menu now includes Prosecco and popsicles from King of Pops. đźŤľ


A Lovely First School Year…

School’s out for summer! Last week, Eloise finished the 1’s class at her nursery school, Kilbourne Park, marking the end of a wonderful year. While this might not count as true school, she gained many new skills this year – from music to arts and crafts, Gymboree, playing on the playground and of course making new friends.

{First day of 1’s, August 2016, A Lovely First Day of School}

It’s remarkable to compare her first and last day of school pictures. Eloise could not yet walk or talk and was so nervous when we left her in the classroom on her first day, and now she’s a full fledged toddler asking to wear a bracelet with her  Prim & Proper dress and walk into the classroom on her own. I’m so thankful to her teachers for helping her develop this year and am so proud of the little girl she is growing into each day.

Happy summer!


A Lovely Little Gingham…

Although there is some debate of where the fabric originated gingham made its way to Europe in the 17th century from Dutch colonizing Malaysia. In fact, the word is derived from the Mayla “genngang” meaning striped. The lightweight yet durable fabric was first produced in stripe and later adapted to the check pattern we know today. 

Many countries claim ties to the textile. In England and later colonial America, gingham began to represent the rustic countryside and was used widely for household tablecloths, aprons and clothing. During the Industrial Age, gingham was manufactured in the U.S. and even became a symbol of patriotism- especially in blue/red/white checks. 

Some memorable characters have worn the fabric well, including my favorite heroine, Dorothy Gale, on her way to Oz. Bridgette Bardot notably donned a pink gingham wedding dress in the 1960’s sparking a fashion craze.

I associate the delicate checks with summertime and have added a few pretty pieces to mine and baby’s wardrobes this season. 


Marco&Lizzy pink pique popover set // Petit Bebe pink gingham bubble by Anavini // J.Crew ruffle hem silk top (50% off final sale today with code: SHOPFAST) // Derby top by CollynRaye // J.Crew Factory gingham shell top