BARBOUR JACKET + SUEDE BOOTS

If there’s one thing every girl needs to survive fall in style (and every guy for that matter), it’s a Barbour jacket. Lightweight enough for a cool breeze but easy to add layers underneath on cold winter days, it’s an outerwear investment that you’ll wear dozens of times each season. Because the silhouette is less slimming than a dress coat or trench, I like to pair mine with skinny jeans (these equestrian leggings would be perfect too) and tall boots. P.S. I’m on the lookout for a new pair of leather riding boots if anyone has any recs!

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jacket (also available here)  //  sweater  //  jeans  //  boots  //  sunglasses

A few notes on sizing… For the jacket, I wear the US size 2 / UK size 6. And if you order this sweater one size up from your usual size (e.g. a small instead of the extra small), it will no joke be the comfiest item of clothing you own. And in case you were on the fence about a Barbour jacket, here’s another genius part of adding one to your outerwear collection: if you live somewhere with extra chilly winters, you can also order a zip-in liner for added warmth!

OUTFIT: BARBOUR JACKET

I don’t know how I grew up on the east coast without a Barbour jacket but now that I have one, I completely understand what all the fuss is about. We’ve officially reached the point in the season where you’d have to be insane to leave your apartment sans jacket, gloves, scarf, hat, boots, two pairs of socks, etc. What I’m loving about my new Barbour is that the silhouette is pretty tailored on the outside (and much warmer than my beloved field jacket) but leaves ample room for layering underneath and pairs well with all my existing winter accoutrements.

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Club Monaco pom pom hat (similar)  //  Navy Barbour Beadnell wax jacket ℅ Tuckernuck  //  Annabel Ingall small Isabella tote  //  BDG jeans  //  J.Crew Rory ankle boots

Bundle up, babes! This is just the beginning…

*Photos by Anabella Veress

FRIDAY Q&A: MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR WEDDING, BABY GEAR WE DIDN’T LOVE, MY FAVORITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS, AND MORE

Happy Friday! It felt so good to get back into a routine this week. I don’t know if it’s the new year or the fact that Teddy’s now three months and sleeping 7-8 hours a night, but I am feeling super invigorated about what this year has in store. This weekend we have a couples’ baby shower for our friends Shelly and James and I can’t wait to celebrate them and see friends in town and from Bucknell where we all met. Two of my girlfriends also had baby boys in 2019 and three more are having baby boys in early 2020 and I’m just so excited to love on all of them! Teddy will be so lucky to have a built-in crew. 🙂 I hope you all have a great one!

1. Any baby gear that surprised you that you needed or didn’t need? I’ll be a first time mom in April!

Congratulations! I shared our favorite baby products so far in this post and still stand by all of those recommendations! The only thing I can think of that didn’t work for us was this bassinet which we initially had in our bedroom. We wound up transitioning him to the crib in his nursery at five weeks and have all been sleeping better ever since! I now wish I hadn’t spent the money on a bassinet, but of course we couldn’t have known that set-up wasn’t ideal for us without trying it first. And maybe a future baby of ours will love it? I know lots of parents swear by having the baby in their room so I think there’s a good deal of trial and error when it comes to baby gear!

2. I would love to know your daytime and sleep schedule with Teddy! 

You can see our current schedule at three months in this post!

3. Other than Africa, what’s been your favorite vacation to date?

Growing up, we had a family goal to see all fifty states together (I think we got to 38 before I went off to college?) and my siblings and I have so many fun memories and inside jokes from road tripping all over the United States together. With Will, it’s hard to pick between France for his 30th birthday or Australia right after we found out I was pregnant!

4. How did you get on a breastfeeding schedule with Teddy instead of allowing him to eat on demand?

I fed him on demand for the first couple weeks and started introducing a schedule around two weeks once we’d gotten the green light from our pediatrician that he was gaining weight. At that point I started feeding him every three hours for a total of eight times a day. You can see our schedules at one month, two months, and three months if that’s helpful! We’re not rigid about it but having target feeding times was a really helpful framework in those first few weeks.

5. I’m going back to work after baby and really sad about it. Any tips on how to deal with it?

I’m so sorry. This is something I’m really struggling with as well even though I work from home and I definitely don’t have all the answers! Right now I’m squeezing as much as I can into his naptimes and asking my parents to babysit when I really need to get something done, which is a luxury I don’t take for granted! If you’re headed back to an office, I would just try to focus on having the highest quality time together (whether that’s feeding, playing, going for walks, whatever is most meaningful to you) to make up for the quantity of time you probably shared together on your maternity leave. I try to remind myself that my siblings and I benefited from having a mom who worked full-time and that my career success will benefit Teddy in so many ways, but some days are harder than others. I’m rooting for you!

6. What was your wedding song with Will? And your absolute favorite thing about your wedding?

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. We took way more dance lessons than was probably necessary and I think I blacked out our actual first dance because I was so nervous, but I still love the song and play it for Teddy during the day! You can see a glimpse of it in our wedding video (five minute version here and twenty minute version here). My favorite thing about our wedding was just how personal it was. It was such a gift to have all our family and friends in one place for one weekend and to get to share our favorite Nantucket traditions with all of them. We had our rehearsal dinner where my parents had had theirs 31 years prior, had our welcome party in my parents’ backyard with a food truck from the restaurant where my siblings and cousins all worked, got married in the same chapel as my parents where my Grandy and her friends had needlepointed the kneelers, and had our reception at the restaurant where my mom worked summers as a teenager… Every place had such personal history and meaning and I think that made it all the more special! (You can read more about what Nantucket means to me in this post!)

7. My son is turning thirty. Any suggestions for a meaningful but not over-the-top gift?

What’s something he would love but might not buy for himself? The first thing that came to mind is something like a Barbour jacket, an investment piece that will last him for years and never go out of style. Alternatively, I’d come up with a fun experience the two of you can share to commemorate the occasion, whether that’s tickets to a sporting event or a gift certificate to his favorite restaurant. I shared a list of 40 experience gift ideas here! 

8. Did you have a lot of heartburn because of Teddy’s hair? Or is that an old wives’ tale?

It must be an old wives’ tale because I never had heartburn but I had more than enough nausea and vomiting to make up for it! (You can read about my first trimester with hyperemesis here.)

9. As a new mom, how do you dress while nursing?

I’m fortunate to work from home and so many days are spent in pajamas or workout clothes. It’s not ideal for making me feel productive but when I’m being spit up on multiple times a day, it really is the easiest for right now. When we’re out and about, I wear one of my favorite button-downs and bring this nursing cover (which doubles as a car seat cover) so I can feed him on the go. 

10. Which Instagram accounts do you like most?

The people whose stories I watch most often lately are @kellyinthecity, @lemonstripes, @lizadams, and @purejoyhome — all moms with kiddos a little older than Teddy who also share fun home and fashion stuff too. I also love @jenniferlake (truly one the kindest people I’ve ever known), @bornonfifth (a new-to-me blogger with killer style and a baby on the way), and @caitlingeierfisher (just love the way she dresses her precious little ones). Would love to know your favorites in the comments!

50 GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM

On the heels of last week’s 65 gift ideas for her, here are my favorite gifts for the men in your life! I’ve found myself gifting the same items to my husband, dad, brothers, father-in-law, etc. over the years so I consider this list the best of the best. Many of these will be on sale come Black Friday and Cyber Monday (if they aren’t already!) so bookmark this post for when you start shopping later this week. My goal is to have our holiday shopping just about finished this time next week but we shall see!

Apple AirPods, $139

To be honest I hardly remember what my husband looks like without these in all the time. 😉

 

 

23andMe DNA test, $99

Will and I just did the 23andMe health and ancestry tests and the results were fascinating! Now I’m dying for the rest of my family to do them so we can compare results.

Smathers & Branson needlepoint baseball cap, $35

A cute baseball cap on and off the court.

Barbour jacket, $400

Exactly the kind of investment piece I love to score during a sitewide sale. 🙌🏼

Mark & Graham leather briefcase, $299

Will desperately needs a new briefcase — how handsome is this one?

Nike sneakers, $120

Workout motivation for the year ahead.

Spikeball set, $59

Will and my brothers are obsessed with bringing this game to the beach on Nantucket. We even have a photo of them playing the morning of our wedding!

J.Crew half-zip sweater, $98

A classic style that looks great on guys of all ages.

Ray-Ban clubmasters, $153

My dad, brothers, and husband all wear these — I swear they’re flattering on everyone!

Ugg slippers, $109

The kind of thing he’ll say he’d never wear… until he tries them on.

Yeti wheeled cooler, $399

The ultimate cooler for beach days, tailgates, and beyond.

Smathers & Branson needlepoint key fob, $28

An upgrade for his car keys.

Mark & Graham monogrammed wallet, $89

I gave this to Will a couple years ago and it’s held up beautifully.

Allbirds sneakers, $95

Comfy, moisture-wicking, and machine-washable.

Polo Ralph Lauren cable-knit cashmere sweater, $398

The best splurge-worthy sweater, ideally in a color you’ll want to steal. 😉

Smathers & Branson needlepoint card case, $109

A personalized piece he’ll use for years.

Apple watch, $384 and Apple watch strap, $149

Will just got an Apple watch and is obsessed with using it to track activity and sleep. I like this brown leather band way better than the black rubber!

Mark & Graham travel pouch, $39

A good-looking dopp kit that won’t break the bank. I ordered the green for my brother Camden!

J.Crew leather gloves with cashmere lining, $98

A luxe gift any dad or father-in-law will appreciate.

Catch Phrase, $10

One of our family’s go-to games and a winning pick for secret Santa or yankee swap.

J.Crew blackwatch flannel pajamas, $98

So comfy he’ll want to change on Christmas morning.

Yeti tumbler, $29

How Will drinks coffee on his commute.

J.Crew cashmere scarf, $98

A welcome addition to his winter wardrobe.

Vineyard Vines gingham shirt, $98

The shirt Will and my brothers wore on our wedding day!

Jack Mason watch, $275

A handsome timepiece that looks pricier than it is.

Rumble Roller foam roller, $54

A must in any fitness regimen.

Polo Ralph Lauren swim trunks, $69

A good gift for anyone with a warm weather trip on the horizon.

Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, $80

Will’s preferred weekend kicks.

Hydro Flask water bottle, $44

My new favorite water bottle, perfect for commutes and workouts alike.

Vineyard Vines fleece vest, $128

A soon-to-be everyday staple.

Huffy bike, $149

My dad or either of my brothers would be thrilled with a new bike for Nantucket.

Mark & Graham wallet with tile tracking, $80

A genius gift for anyone who’s constantly losing their wallet.

Patagonia quilted fleece pullover, $149

An easy layering piece in a fun color combo.

Nest learning thermostat, $219

Will installed Nest in our house in Dallas a few years back and has been dying to get them set up in our new house so he would be thrilled to open this on Christmas morning. Apparently the technology has gotten even more impressive since we last had them!


Etsy custom needlepoint belt canvas, $82

I finally finished Will’s needlepoint belt (I need to photograph the finished product but you can see it in progress here!) and it’s hands down the best gift I’ve ever given him (even if it took me over a year from start to finish, oops!). I would love to make one for my dad at some point! This shop is great at customizing canvases to your exact specifications — they even took a photo of our dog Rory and painted it onto the canvas so it would look exactly like him!

Smathers & Branson needlepoint belt, $175

A classic pick if you’re not up for making your own.

Yeti mug, $25

A gift any coffee drinker will appreciate.

Amazon Echo, $99

We use ours daily to get the weather, play music, and listen to audio books.

Custom corn hole set, $199

I ordered the red and blue version for the Fourth of July last year and it was a big hit.

Nordstrom penny loafers, $89

Will’s everyday commuter shoe. You can’t beat this price!

Polo Ralph Lauren elbow patch sweater, $198

A sweater he’ll hold onto for years.

Samsung Frame TV, $898 with custom white frame, $125

I’m not one to get excited about a TV, but I’m kind of obsessed with the custom white frame option on this one. Perhaps a worthy splurge when we redo our kitchen/family room next year?

J.Crew leather weekender, $498

A luxury gift for any guy on the extra nice list this year.

Juniper Books Harry Potter Ravenclaw collection, $275

Will and I are almost finished with the sixth Harry Potter audiobook (they are a dream if you haven’t listened yet!) and he would flip for these special edition book sets. Wouldn’t they be amazing in his new office?

L.L. Bean boots, $139

Because classics are classics for a reason.

Polo Ralph Lauren pajama pants, $44

The kind of thing he’s happy to have and wouldn’t buy himself.

Nantucket Print Shop Land Rover print, $225

A framed print of every guy’s dream car.

iRobot Roomba vacuum, $244

Will’s parents gave us a Roomba several Christmases ago and I don’t know how we ever lived without it.

Polo Ralph Lauren baseball cap, $39

Every guy should own at least one.

Sperry boat shoes, $95

A gift that looks equally good on your grandfather and your little brother.

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MY PICKS FROM THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

Happy Friday! I’m extra excited for this weekend on Nantucket because both my parents’ and my Grandy’s house are filled with family in town for Grandy’s 92nd birthday celebrations! I wanted to take a quick moment to round up a very small handful of the best deals from the Nordstrom anniversary sale that started today. I know people go crazy over this sale but I really try not to go overboard with it — it’s a great time to score fall items at a discount, yes, but you should never buy anything you don’t love or need just because it’s on sale! Here is a super edited list of what I think are the best investment pieces for fall, plus a few deals on some of my favorite beauty and skincare products. I hope this helps you cut through the clutter and score one or two things you really love!

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1. The Barbour jacket. I like both the olive waxed jacket and the navy quilted style included in the sale. Will and I both live in our Barbour jackets for several months out of the year and you can’t beat the quality or the timeless look. I already have a navy waxed Barbour that I love but if you’re looking for a great deal on a piece you’ll have forever, this olive one is my top pick!

2. A classic trench. I also already have a trench coat I love, but this $99 one is a no-brainer if you don’t own one yet.

3. Diptyque candle set. These candles never go on sale so this is a fun way to try out new scents at a discount. I ordered several to have on hand for hostess gifts!

4. Natori feathers bra. I’ve gotten rid of almost all my other bras because I love this one so much. Love an excuse to stock up when they’re on sale!

5. Hanky Panky thongs. Ditto the above — these are pretty much the only underwear I own and it’s rare to find them at a discount so I ordered a bunch.

6. Moonlight pajamas. I bought a set of these during last year’s sale and they are crazy soft. Just stocked up on two more pairs to wear in the delivery room and postpartum! They also come in a short sleeve version if that’s what you prefer.

7. Zella workout leggings. There’s no such thing as too many black workout leggings and Zella makes some of the best.

8. La Mer gift set. My favorite moisturizer on the planet and a chance to try out two additional products at the price of the moisturizer alone.

9. Neulash. I’m eager to get back on the Neulash train postpartum. This 2-for-1 deal will last me well into 2020.

10. Revitabrow. I used this briefly last fall before getting pregnant and it made my eyebrows grow crazy fast. If you’re looking to grow yours out or fill in any patchiness, this is a great price!

11. St. Tropez self-tanner. My g0-to self-tanner in a highly discounted jumbo size! I apply it with the St. Tropez mitt.

12. Ugg slippers. My favorite house shoes and what I’ll be bringing to the delivery room come September!

13. 1901 penny loafers for men. Will lives in these loafers that I bought him a couple summers ago — they’re a great deal at full price but the sale price is insane so I ordered him another tan leather pair as well as a pair in brown suede.

14. Also of note: these affordable cashmere sweatersthis J.Crew blazer, these Jo Malone candles, and this Rebecca Taylor blazer.

P.S. You need to have a Nordstrom credit card in order to shop the sale today, but it will open to non-cardholders next Friday, July 19!

P.P.S. Also bought this baby Patagonia jacket… swoon!

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