Currently Wearing: Spring Shoes

I’m currently 29 weeks pregnant which means I’ve been exclusively shopping for shoes, handbags and accessories. I recently stocked up on some comfortable spring/summer shoes that will help me get to the end of my pregnancy in style.

Currently Wearing: Spring Shoes       Soludos Classic Stripe Espadrilles // Silver Birkenstocks // Splendid Congo Sandal

If you are looking to update your spring and summer wardrobe, now is the time. Shopbop (and Eastdane) is currently having their big annual friends and family sale! Save 25% site wide – including sale items.

What: 25% off site wide sale

Where: Shopbop.com & Eastdane.com

When: Shopbop.com - April 15th-17th & Eastdane.com - April 15th-19th

Code: INTHEFAMILY14

Spring Beauty Update

With spring finally here, there’s no better time to update a few items in your cosmetic bag. Add a few makeup items and new perfume and some fun hair ties and you are ready for a fresh new start. Check out my favorite products below. Which ones are you favorites?

Layers of Meaning: Spring Beauty Update

THE COSMETIC BAG
Marc by Marc Jacobs

THE MAKEUP
Nars Duo Eyeshadow in China Seas
Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge in Baby Pink
Laura Mercier Tinted Mosturizer
Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Indiscretion 
Tarte Cheek Stain In Fearless  

Benefit The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine

THE FRAGRANCE 
Dolce & Gabbana Dolce

THE HAIR ACCESSORIES
Sephora Ribbon Hair Ties

The New Hello Jack Blog!

Have you visited my baby/kids/family blog lately? Hello Jack  got a makeover recently and I’m loving it’s new look. If you haven’t, please stop by and see all the changes we’ve made. Let me know what you think! Oh and while you are there, don’t forget to enter our UncommonGoods giveaway for a chance to win a $50 gift card to their site – good luck!

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Arthur and Livingston + Pantone’s 2014 Spring Colors

“Designers take a modern twist on the traditional for spring 2014 by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful equilibrium. Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad, and strong, confident women, designers use color to refresh, revive and defy conventional wisdom.”

Arthur and Livingston’s gorgeous must have statement necklaces and accessories are available in this season’s brightest Pantone colors. Check out a round-up of my current favorites below.

Arthur LivingstonMangel // Barclay 
Miami
// Harrison

How to Choose the Right Furniture for Your Home

If you’ve recently moved into a new property or are considering replacing some of your existing furniture, it’s important to choose carefully. We often fall in love with pieces of furniture without considering their practicality or how well they will work in a particular room. Think about how a piece of furniture will add to a room’s aesthetic before you purchase to avoid ending up with mismatched furnishings that look more ‘jumble sale’ than ‘boho chic’.

Solid Construction
Never buy furniture that feels light or flimsy. Particleboard, pasteboard and light aluminium frames are usually an indicator of poor quality. If you buy cheaply made furniture it’s likely that you’ll have to replace it quickly and spend more money in the long run. Choose furniture that feels solid and heavy, with a wooden frame. It’s always best to choose wood for staples pieces like kitchen tables and chest of drawers. Oak furnishings like those available from Fortune Woods are particularly a particularly sturdy and long-lasting choice. When it comes to buying soft furnishings like armchairs and sofas, remember to try them out in store to make sure that they are comfortable. You won’t get the wear out of pieces that are uncomfortable or impractical.

Check the Finish
Always look at the finish on a piece of furniture carefully before buying it. A high quality finish will allow a piece of furniture to look pleasing for many years to come. Conversely, antique finds or furniture picked up for cheap at car boot sales can be given a new lease of light with a fresh finish or coat of paint. You can match disparate pieces of furniture for a more cohesive look by painting them the same colour, and wooden furniture can be painted white for a feminine makeover or black for a modern twist. It’s important to consider how much use an upholstered piece of furniture will get and whether it’s worth going for a slightly darker colour of fabric to hide wear and stains.

Shape and Silhouette
Ask yourself whether the shape of the piece stand the test of time before you commit to buying it. Furniture is a personal investment and says a lot about you and your home. You should always go for items that you’re sure you won’t become tired of or grow out of as the years go on. Trendy shapes and patterns are better suited to room accessories, as they can be altered more cheaply and easily. However, this doesn’t mean that you should sacrifice personality. A little bit of unconventionality in furniture is a great quality and will allow your furniture to really reflect your personal style.

Disclosure: This is a guest post by Vickie Harrison. I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255