A* to* Z

"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." -Coco Chanel

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Dust Off Those Ol’ Paint Brushes

Well, it’s been nearly 9 months since my little Arlowe was born but now I’m back and I can afford some time to tend to my other baby, A to Z.  The old saying “time flies when you’re having fun” is absolutely true but time also flies when you’re sleep deprived and can’t remember if you brushed your teeth today.  Lowe is a bundle of fun, loves to smile and seems to be learning something new every single day. Her current party tricks include rolling over, sitting up on her own, waiving hello and good-bye to strangers, babbling and refusing to let mommy put a diaper on.  She is determined to crawl but still can’t figure out how just quite yet but baby proofing is definitely in the very near future.  Our life living in our one bedroom apartment in San Francisco came to a close in February as we started tripping over rattles and teething toys so we decided to leave the Golden city and move about 40 minutes south to the Peninsula to be closer to my husband’s work and have more room for our little explorer to spread her wings.  Lowe now has a proper nursery instead of her city-chic nookery that served her and us so well for that time.

A dream of mine I’ve always had was to paint a mural in my baby’s nursery. Although I didn’t get to actually paint this mural I did paint some art to hang in Arlowe’s nursery.  My inspiration was to keep with her Pottery Barn Kids quilt theme made up of tiny birds, butterflies, owls and trees.  I dusted off my paint brushes, brought out my old acrylic paints and with three blank canvases mommy’s paintings are now hanging proudly on baby’s wall. 

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Designing Baby Z’s Nookery

Living in the beautiful city of San Francisco absolutely has its benefits like the amazing landscapes, unbelievable restaurants, eclectic people and plentiful amounts of culture.  The biggest downfall though is rent.  Paying rent in San Francisco, which is more than most mortgages in many parts of the nation, for very little space is all par for the course.  For those like me who are starting a family while living in small quarters and don’t want to sacrifice having a nursery for your precious little one, just get creative with the space you do have.  My husband and I have designed our baby’s nursery in the nook of our living room…introducing our nookery!

Since we have a one bedroom apartment our little darling will be sleeping (or possibly lack thereof) in our bedroom but we have designed a separate space for her for play and practical time.  We fortunately have a pretty big living room, at least by SF standards, with lots of windows and natural light so it helps to create a more open and spacious feel.  Half of our living room still remains our hang out area with our oversized sectional sofa, coffee table and TV while the other half, we moved out our desk, bookshelf and some other miscellaneous furniture that we weren’t necessary using regularly.  Once we purged the old, in with the new.  We moved in a changing table, dresser and glider and add to that some cute and comfy touches like a shag rug, baby swing and a basket full of toys and you have yourself a cute little nookery.  Oh and don’t forget the very cute and customizable wall decals I found on Esty to match our owl/bird theme.

PIctures are included below!

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Thanks to my creative coworkers for the cute theme for my baby shower at work!

Thanks to my creative coworkers for the cute theme for my baby shower at work!

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"How to Talk to Little Girls"

I just read an article a friend posted on Facebook called “How to Talk to Little Girls”.  Of course this article caught my attention since I have baby on the brain and we are expecting a little girl early August.  The author of this article revealed some frightening statistics about young girls quoting ”fifteen to eighteen percent of girls under twelve now wear mascara, eyeliner and lipstick regularly; eating disorders are up and self-esteem is down; and twenty-five percent of young American women would rather win America’s next top model than the Nobel Peace Prize.   

My blog and much of my life is focused around beauty so hearing these statistics about what our young women in today’s world are going through is very alarming.  Although I’m an advocate of beauty products and cosmetics for women I don’t want this to be misconstrued with the artificial element of one’s appearance and that a woman looking beautiful is more important than her being smart.  My philosophy is that of cause and effect and is strongly based on one’s self-esteem.  The cause is that if you (YOU being the operative word) feel like you look good, the effect is that you feel good on the inside. 

Beauty, much like art is subjective.  What I consider to be beautiful, another may not.  Beauty doesn’t mean being rail thin, tall, blonde and perfectly coiffed.  Beauty rather is someone who portrays confidence in their own skin, someone who can laugh at themselves when the time calls for it, someone who isn’t afraid to stand up straight and smile, someone with conviction and someone who has a voice and doesn’t hold back from using it.  If putting on some lipstick or trying out some new eye liner for a special evening helps you stand up a little straighter, well then I’m on board and more power to you.

Here’s the link to the article: 
http://latinafatale.com/2011/07/21/how-to-talk-to-little-girls/