Eat Drink & Be Mary


DDT [Aug.30]

Welcome to a new week of Delicious Dish Tuesday, where we share our recipes and ask you to share YOUR awesome recipes with us!  Last week we had some delicious looking recipes shared, I love finding all these new recipes to add to my "to-do" list.  This past week my favorite recipe was shared by Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet.

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Floral Kimono

I know I've been yapping on here a lot about how I've been dreaming of Fall weather and all the fashion that comes with it.  But the truth is these scolding hot temps are here to stay (for several more weeks).  So I might as well embrace it right?  

floral kimono c/o ROMWE
mrs necklace | Showered With Design
tassel earings c/o Happiness Boutique
Black Romper | Rue21 (old)
sunglasses | Urban Outfitters (similar)
sandals | Target

not sure what happened here with the lighting on my face, but it shows off the kimono well...oh well...

This kimono is perfect for summer with the floral pattern and the fact that its sheer.  I love layering, and the light weight makes it possible during this hot weather.  

There are two things that will sell me on a piece of clothing.  1. It's a great deal.  2. It's easy to wear and match.

This kimono is from and is under $12 (#1 - check).  I've ordered more than a handful of items from them (see here and here) and have loved them all.  My number one tip for this site?  Check the measurements they put for each item.

And as for number two, I love that you can wear this kimono for several different occasions.  I wore this outfit for our first wedding anniversary dinner to a local Japanese steakhouse, and it was perfect since the restaurant is usually on the warmer side due to them cooking table side.  And I already have plans to wear it over a maxi dress to work.  #2 - check.

So now that we've got that squared away, I'm off to start my third week of teaching this school year.  Y'all this year is flying by so far (ask me again, in November how I feel).  And tonight we are having an open house so I'll be there for 12 hours....send ALL. THE. CAFFEINE.

Happy Monday y'all.  Have any of y'all shopped at Romwe before?  What are your Summer closet staples?

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A Gift Basket For the First Time Mom

Right now I'm in the "all my friends are getting engaged-married-have babies" stage of life.  And y'all I'm loving it.  It is so so fun to celebrate with your friends during these big changes.  Not to mention weddings are so much fun and nothing beats holding a newborn baby.  
As I've gotten older I've realized one of my favorite ways to show love is through gifts.  And with several people (read: more than six) with a baby on the way, I'm preparing to shower them with love.
A while ago I wrote this post on how to create a gift basket for newly engaged friend.

One of my best friends recently announced she was pregnant (and I got to take their pictures), eek!  And while I can't wait for the little babe to get here, I've already started preparing to pamper my new mama friend and the baby with a gift basket.

Things I included in my "First Time Mama" Gift Basket: 
{pick and choose items from this list to easily put together your own basket}

Box / Target

Mom Life Tee / LINDSxoPRESSES Etsy shop
The cuteness factor is like off the charts with this tee, not to mention it's loose fit (hello, post-baby bod) and super soft.  
Also, Lindsay the brains behind the etsy shop was so kind to share a code BEMARY with y'all to get free shipping.  Y' not miss out on this.  Whether its for yourself or a friend, this shirt is something that belongs in your (or their) closet.

Navy Floral Covered Goods multi-use nursing cover
picture via The Covered Goods website

4-in-1 Nursing Cover / Covered Goods
Something for mom and baby, and seriously super chic.  I have heard moms rave about these all over the internet.  And it doesn't surprise me at all now that I've received one in the mail seeing as they're not only cute (coming in 8 different patterns) but they're also really useful. 

And by useful I mean it can be used as a nursing cover (and I love you don't have to worry about whether she's making the decision to breastfeed or not because...).  It also transforms into a cover for the carseat.  Blocking out all those germs and wandering hands about to touch your baby in the middle of Walmart.  Then as your little babe continues to grow you can also use it to cover the grocery cart seat..y'all they've thought it all through.

Onesies / There are so many routes to go here, especially if you have a cricut.  My suggestions?
+something mom likes (ie: the "latte" onesie above or dance etc)
+something that includes the dad: whether its a nod to his profession, his favorite sports team or a "daddy's little buddy" onesie
+ practically anything from Carters (anyone else getting all the heart eyes looking at their tiny little clothes lately?)
Keep in mind a lot of babies don't fit into newborn clothes for long, if at all, and keep in mind about what size they'll be in for different seasons / holidays / etc.
Pacifers / cute and functional..enough said.
Coffee Mug / A fun little twist on the "I woke up like this" trend (see the version I own in this post), and so perfect for mom life.  I mean a little humor never hurt.
Other Ideas Depending on the Gender of the Baby:
Headbands: here here and here
This adorable (and on sale for less than $10) Romper
Personalized Baby Stats Bracelet (such a cute gift for after the baby is born)
Baby Booties / Moccasins 

This "basket" is a celebration gift perfect for that new mama in your life.  Focusing on all the fun, cute stuff they are about to embrace along with mixing in (cute) practical items as well.  
What would you add?  I have plenty more baskets to make and would love your suggestions!  What are your favorite products in this basket?  Do you love giving gift baskets?  I'd love to check out any posts you have regarding giving gifts.
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Hello, Herringbone

Yesterday I shared my Fall Wardrobe Wishlist (and my full blown obsession with all things Fall), and today the obsession continues.  As much as I love the sunny weather of Summer (and the suntans that come with) and Summer vacation (le duh!), Fall truly has my heart.

Bring on the PSL, the booties, the half-top knot, and the vests.  

Being from the mountains I am a sucker for a cute vest, and I can't wait to start wearing some vests this year.  All be it, it may be well into December before it'll be cold enough.  So when I spotted this vest on Hello Pink Boutique, I instantly knew I needed it this Fall.  

Y'all so dang cute.  

And I love wearing a vest over a dress.  Anyone else?

Herringbone Vest c/o Hello Pink Boutique, dress | Lundy's Boutique (old), peep toe booties | Rack Room, Triangular Statement Earrings c/o Happiness Boutique (use code eatdrink-andbemary for 10% off orders over $21), sunglasses | Urban Outfitters

Now I'm off to dream of those PSL because while the Fall temps. are far off, I'm sure Starbucks will be coming out with the world's best latte before we know it.  

Now, what are your closet staples for Fall?  Are you a sucker for a vest?  

Disclaimer: I was sent items in this post to review, but the opinions and words are mine.

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