A Few of My Favorite Things

Our Favorite Valentine’s Day Cards

February 12th, 2015

Waited until the last minute to buy your Valentine’s cards? No worries! We collected some of our favorite cards to say I love you in a way that fits is so you. You can pick these up at a local shop just in time for Valentine’s Day! Check out some of our favorite cards from our favorite designers below.


Find out what stores in your area hold your favorite designer by checking the stock lists below, so you can pick up a card before Saturday.

1. Emily McDowell  2. Hello!Lucky  3. Pei Design  4. Rifle Paper Company

XX Leigh-Taylor

A Gift Package for a New Mom.

May 16th, 2014

I would say that I am sorry that I haven’t posted on the blog in a while but I’m not. Not one bit. I’ve been hanging with my little guy! Both of my guys! And when Xander has been snoozing {in one of his mandatory in the crib // bassinet //  not my arms snoozes} I have been writing thank you notes. Lots of them! Our friends & family have been overwhelmingly wonderful to us. And the big scare I gave folks post partum, pre release back into the wild made people even more kind. If that is even possible. On top of that? Paul’s office sent out a birth announcement email. How do you thank people you haven’t met for a Tiffany & Co piggy bank? I mean, I’m queen of the thank-you notes {Paul is what I would call the opposite of the king of thank-you notes, but in all seriousness he does have an immensely thankful heart} but I still find the notes to folks I haven’t met a little tough. Whatever, I am grateful. In every sense of the word.


Fine! I just had to share one of the packages we {I} got in the mail.

In the midst of all of the hoopla new moms are still on the mend. And while they’re still getting it all back together {literally} they’re up in the middle of the night for hours on end, their boobs are growing to rival two ripe cantaloupes, and there is a … I’m not even going to talk about the other stuff. I received such a treat of a package for me! from a sweet friend here in NYC and couldn’t help but share the concept. I will, no doubt, be throwing together something similar for the next mom-to-be in my life.

I put together a visual for a bit of a guide and included links below:


1. People & In Style Magazines, I’m fairly confident you know where to purchase magazines …

Breast feeding takes a long time. Ellen is only on for an hour a day. {Yes, yes I am on Netflix.}

2. Kleenex Pocket Pack, Target {available at most drug stores}

Hormone saver.

3. Garnier Skin Renew Anti Dark Circle Eye Roller, Target {available at most drug stores}

I’m not entirely sure these need an explanation but it has to do with that whole “sleep” thing.

4.  glam it on, Essie Sleek Stick Nail Appliques

NYC manis have not been happening.These have saved the day!

5. Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate & Coconut Easter Eggs {Obviously for Easter time}, Amazon {available at most drug stores}

If these need an explanation you should probably be punched for being too dense. JUST KIDDING!!! But seriously. Who doesn’t need chocolate?

This was awesome to get in the mail as a new mom. Sustenance. And, kind of just a big mail hug.

Thank you, LJ!!

XX Leigh-Taylor

A Few of My Favorite Things: Round 3.

April 11th, 2014


1. Sip Sip Tumbler with Straw, Ban.do

Again with the water. This whole breast feeding apparently dehydrates you so I’m drinking all kinds of water {with Crystal Light squeeze flavor}. These tumblers make it so much more fun. Because, well, drinking out of a straw makes drinking water that much better. If it isn’t a wine glass, I’m cool with these.

2. Ahoy Match Box, Pink Olive

I love candles. I’m especially fond of them these days as our vents are blowing up the Mexican food smell from the apartment below and the cigarettes from the apartment above {sick.}. Instead of having to go back and forth to the kitchen to find a lighter or matches, and thus totally forgetting what I went to the kitchen for initially {pregnancy brain does not go away automatically, unfortunately} I want a box of matches to just stick by the candles. I love this dressed up version for the summer. {I smell a DIY!} We also got white magnets to go over the vents, but until we cut them the candles will do.

3. eos Ultra Moisturizing Vanilla Bliss Shaving Cream, evolution of smooth

Growing up my mom always used Barbasol as her shaving cream. Like, the man version. Completely unexpected considering the false eyelashes & Chanel foundation. But alas, it is true. Anyways, I typically just get the Target Up & Up brand {going out on a limb I think it is a step up from the Barbasol} but my mother in law had this shaving cream in the guest shower when we were in Naples for Thanksgiving and I was taken. My legs never felt razor burn-y nor did they get scale-y this winter and I attribute much of that to this moisture rich shaving cream. It is most definitely worth the extra 100 pennies.

*Note: I know eos is sold by many retailers, including Target!

4. Gold/ Silver Perspex Personalized Clear Clutch, MNO.LOGIE

Born and raised in the South and attending the University of Virginia I am more than familiar with a good monogram // personalized everything. So it is no surprise that I am pseudo-obsessed with this personalized perspex clutch. A little more New York chic than the monogrammed Vera Bradley I was toting around in high school {don’t worry, I still have those Vera Bradley bags …}. Best part? You can change the interior pouch out for another color or pattern. I’m pretty into this white petal insert. {If you’re considering getting this for me Paul my personalization could maybe read something along the lines of: Belongs to Xander’s Mom.}.  <– Don’t worry, he doesn’t read this. Ha.

5. La Vie en Rose Nail Polish, Deborah Lippmann

After wearing Essie Wicked and OPI Lincoln Park After Dark for about, uh, the last 7 months I am so ready for a nice fresh spring color. And while I love Essie Fiji I’m not quite ready to get that agressive yet. I have fallen in love with Deborah Lippmann’s spring color, La Vie en Rose. It is just enough to not be neutral. I’m not normally a shimmer girl {I do like the glitter flecks, but not the shimmer} but this color is perfection.

XX Leigh-Taylor

a few of my favorite things: round 2.

March 28th, 2014


1. Glass Water Bottle, BKR

I’ve been trying to be much better about not refilling and drinking out of the same plastic water bottle. At least not too many times. Paul has been pretty adamant about working on it. Lucky for me, when I took the Blogshop class this past October we got one of these glass water bottle beauties in our swag bag. I love the colors & designs and they are super easy to clean. You may want one. Or two.

2. The Chambray Hey Hey Bow Bracelet, Etsy Shop Kaitlin Kendall Design

I am such a sucker for bows. And chambray. And glitter. This bracelet is kind of self-explanatory.

3. Women’s Camo Surplus Jackets, Old Navy

Not that I’ve been able to wear normal clothes for, like, 6 months at this point, but that hasn’t stopped my wandering eyeballs. I really, really like this cute camo jacket from Old Navy. It is the perfect weight for spring {well, not the spring we’ve seen so far in NYC but here’s to hoping} and would be so cute paired with everything from cut-offs and a hoodie to a girly sundress. So, it’s on my list.

4. Rose Birch Cube, Blooms by Heinau

These roses are what’s up. I love fresh flowers. They instantly brighten any room. These flowers are real but go through some sort of process {explained here} that allows them to stay alive for 6 months. They even smell. Good, that is. Like real roses.

5. Tarot Deck Candle 8 oz, Catbird

Most people love Catbird for their neat rings that slide right over the knuckle. I don’t even know what you call those trendy things. But they sure are cute. As for me, I’m obsessed with these candles. They are so unique in scent and don’t leave Paul pretending to cough in response to a waxy floral explosion when he gets home from work. Win win, people. I love this Campfire one, too. OH! And they come in smaller sizes as well.

Hopefully I’m not pregnant anymore next time I post. Fingers, toes, and eyeballs crossed. If you could do the same, that would be rad. Have a great weekend, y’all!

XX Leigh-Taylor