Ok, the first rule of motherhood...don't promise something you can't deliver, ugh! I promised many of the readers over on CasaCullen that I'd have Nash's birth story up today. But I'm just no able to get the post up. I just feel the need to take this second week off and enjoy my baby and my visiting family. I can guarantee RWD will be live and kickin' it again in one week, so pop back by then and we'll back to our regularly scheduled programming on all sites!
Thank you RWD readers for being so awesome and always checking out the site and leaving such great comments. I'm so blessed to have such a strong readership on RWD and I love that we all adore fashon and beauty so much! I just had to tell you, this week being Thanksgiving and all, how thankful I am for you!
Much love, Morgan
Here's a snippet from the post that I wrote over on CasaCullen today:
As we get used to life with baby, we're so enjoying every single second and are amazed by the daily changes and milestones. Y'all, I can't even believe the love we feel for this little man. This evening, at 7:46pm, he'll actually be one week old. Seems hard to believe it has already been a week because it has literally flown by. We are really overwhelmed by how much we love and adore him.
I still just NEED this week to just get used to everything and prepare myself to not only juggle motherhood but also blogging and the wonderful clients I have on board too. I've realized my most important job is mothering this tiny little man and that is such a gorgeous and empowering feeling. Please just be patient as we figure it out and I promise to be totally honest about any changes to the site, etc...but I don't foresee any, just a break right now! Truly, these two weeks of 'maternity leave' are exactly what this family needs.
We can't wait to share his birth story next week and even some really great DIY projects we've tackled for his nursery recently too. Below I wanted to share some of my most favorite pics so far from our week with him. We've already had so many amazing moments and truthfully the time in the hospital and our first few days at home were just shy of magical.
I already have some of my family in town to celebrate his birth, meet him and also enjoy Thanksgiving week. CasaCullen will be overflowing with love, blessing and Thanksgiving fun this week. I feel so lucky to have almost my entire family here around me. We hope your turkey week is just as blessed and we're sending warm energy your way. We are so thankful for our readers and all that they bring to our lives. So...thankful...for...you! Hugs and we'll be back on Monday!
A Few of My Favorite First Week Moments:
Really truly holding him for the FIRST TIME! I loved when they laid him on my chest and I just looked into his big bluish grey blinking eyes and just said, 'You're my baby and I've so wanted to meet you!' He was super calm, very alert and just stared at me. It was magical. This was after they got him all cleaned up but I just had no idea the love rush I'd experience when I first met him. My Nash.
Of course there is something so special about the fact that Nash is a mini-Walt. I mean, right down to hair color, features and yep, even his toes. It's hilarious! I love seeing my two men together because it's just like Walt and his Mini-Me. This is a good shot of his sweet ginger, peach-fuzz hair...and I'm completely bonkers in love with it. I don't even care if it changes, but for now...I'm hooked!
Heading home from the hospital. It was actually a really blissful and surreal stay. We delivered a smaller hospital in Austin and I kid you not, it was like staying at a hotel. Two words: complimentary massage! I'm not kidding you, all new Moms are given a complimentary massage. Yep, LOVED IT!
This was literally only 10 minutes after Nash and Zola met. Zola immediately took on the protective big sister role and has been by our side ever since. She's super curious, loves to kiss his head and fingers and is wagging her tail more everyday. The first few days were a little rough and we were getting concerned but Zola has turned a corner and is slowly getting back to her great puppy self. She and Nash are going to be the best buds ever!
And finally, at his first pediatrician visit. Is this one relaxed baby or what? I think he looks like the Priceline gnome in this pic, ha! Plus I love how comfortable, secure, safe and completely at ease he is in his Daddy's arms. Magical...completely and utterly, magical!
I adore the look of knee high boots (well, any boots for that matter) and socks. We all work so hard to tuck our jeans into our socks or don the perfect boot socks under our jeans that it's high time we put that notion to rest and just sport the socks, hanging out! How easy is that? Pair them with your favorite summer dresses and throw a cardigan and belt around the whole look. Or better yet, throw on tights and wool shorts for a super cute fall/winter look. Love...this...look!
Shop our hand selected top 19 boot scootin' picks below, all under $100 for this season! Also, check out these adorable real life women sporting their best boot/socks styles too!
(Or view the boots online HERE)
Yep, even I'm a huge fan of a fancy lady-like apron. Please tell me you watch RHOBH? I die when those gals hire in a chef, have everything prepared and put on an apron to green their guests. Ummm, hello...you're not fooling anyone! HILARIOUS! Anyways, back to my post...I love aprons.
I only have two but I always feel like a mini-Martha when I prance around the house donning either of them. I got this adorable version for Christmas (excuse the wrinkles, it was just un-wrapped) and I also have one that a dear friend gave me that says, "Mrs. Cullen" on it. Which, by the way, numerous men in my family have been known to sport while cooking/grilling over the holidays. One word: hilarious!
Do you own an apron? Do you wear it? I agree, it's pseudo Mad Men sprinkled with a bit of June Cleaver thrown in for good measure. But as the holidays are quickly approaching, what better way to preserve that adorable cocktail dress of new cashmere sweater than covering it up with a good apron. Serve those apps and pass out red wine with ease knowing your wardrobe is covered...in an apron. Check out the adorable hand picked aprons that we are totally ga-ga over. All are under $50 so scoop one up and sport your all season long!
A show-stopping metallic piece better be in your fashion donning repertoire this fall/winter. Whether you opt for it in blazer form, a fancy party dress or just sparkly Dorothy kicks...make sure to invest in one mood making metallic stat. Glittery metallics really do steal the show and are attention grabbers so if you're aiming to be noticed, this is a sure-fire way to get there! Check out the gorgeous celebs that have stepped out recently in the look and shop our hand-picked selection (all under $100) of 15 gorgeous pieces too, way below!
How they wear it:
Andie Mac Dowell
Sarah Jessica Parker
15 Great Metallic Pieces Under $100:
(Or view the pieces online HERE)
You know how much I love hearing from our readers and also a challenge. So today's Reader Request combines both of those worlds but I'm certain it's a post we'll all find helpful. Leslee F is in dire need of a wardrobe upgrade as she transitions from stay-at-home Mom to working woman. This is what I recently heard from Leslee via email:
Ok RunwayDaily, I need advice.
You're the first person I thought of when I went 'google-ing' fashion advice. I don't know how to start- basically I am about to start a new career (in a few months full-time) as a 4th grade Montessori teacher and have no wardrobe to speak of.
This is my first time as a full-time working woman and I'm already becoming stressed on my looks. I'm coming to you for advice on possible looks, pieces, stores, styles, fittings...etc. I have a few months, so there is no hurry, but financially I know I am taking on a big project and want to be smart about it. I'm not sure where to begin, but a lot of help is needed. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Thanks and take care of that baby maker! Leslee
So naturally, before getting to today's goodies, we're going to take a trip down memory lane. I dug back into the depths of some former posts and wanted to share some highlights and I think everyone should go back and read through. Even I'm checking them out because you can never have too many reminders of classic stye. These will be super beneficial for Leslee as she navigates all those sale racks and figures out what her working woman look really is.
Here are a few posts I think Leslee will garner some info on collecting those classic wardrobe staples that will give her wardrobe a solid base:
So Miss Leslee, there's a supreme start on getting those classic working/life wardrobe staples into your hands before you start your new teaching job. Now, onto the good stuff. We think looking at other real women is a great way to increase awareness on fashion choices and emulate looks. We've hand-picked these 5 looks below, along with adding some trust style advice, to get you going.
Way below, you'll find an assortment of hand picked pieces that are all under $100 and provide a one-stop shoping platform to your ease. Leslee, we can't wait ot hear how your new job goes and how your dressing style progresses after all this information has sunk in. Hope we helped!
Advice: Dark wash cuffed jeans, a collared shirt and ballet flats should all be a staples in your wardrobe. Add one of fall/winter's fierce jackets and you have a great ensemble for the fall through spring months.
Advice: A neutral colored maxi skirt will provide the coverage you need for a teaching job but also be a fashion forward piece that you can sport year round. Pair it with a blazer and slouchy T for instant chic.
Advice: We love the idea of pairing neutrals together all year long. Opt for that perfect fitting pair of slacks (maybe even opt to have them tailored to perfection) and sport it with your fave heels and sweater. In the spring/summer months, you can switch out the sweater for a scoop neck T.
Advice: Black pants and a blue blazer are always a chic and timeless look. You can pair it with your favorite striped shirt and comfy heels. Also opt for bold accessories that stand out since this is such a monochromatic and classic look.
Advice: Teacher's don't need to look stuffy and corporate, opt for color...bright, fun color. We love the mix in this look but pair those cuffed dark wash jeans and striped shirt with a bold pair of flats and bright cardigan.
10 KEY LAYERING PIECES FOR YOUR TEACHING WARDROBE:
Check out more of our Reader Request posts HERE.
So I'm hook, line, sinker...head over heels in love with Pinterest. Ok, that might be taking it a bit too far but I'm absolutely smitten and now have to watch the time so I don't waste my life away over there, just pinning away. We're pinning under CasaCullen but have recently started a fashion board HERE. We intend to grab great looks from all over the internet to share with our readers and today marks a first Pinterest inspiration post.
We love/adore so many of these real life ensembles. Focusing mainly on fall/winter dressing right now, I've pulled some seriously smashing looks that will compel us all to step outside of our comfort zone and don something daring and different. And just like yesterday's long layering post HERE, it's also great to scour through some eye-catching imagery (below) to remind you about pairing that sweater with those jeans and this scarf. We all need a fashion nudge so hopefully today's post inspires you and also gets you over on Pinterest to check out our newest addiction crush.