Mom Must-Haves: Lindsay Reveals Her Mommy Survival Tools

16 Oct

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As a mom, it’s really easy to become overwhelmed by all of the products available these days….kind of ironic, considering they’re supposed to help simplify our lives! As my grandmother told me the other day while we were sitting at my sister-in law’s shower… “Oh dear, what they have now for babies is unbelievable. We did not have any of these items when your mother was born!”

It really made me think about all of the items I’ve been told to buy the past few years. And guess what? You really don’t need everything they tell you. ;-) This was only even more apparent to me when I went into the baby store a few months ago, and I was amazed at how much has even changed in 2 years! Through trial and error, I’ve quickly figured out what REALLY helps and is worth the space it takes up ;). Here is my list of absolute necessities. Obviously every baby is different, but even after my second time around, all of these items have made my list again.

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1. mamaRoo Swing! – This swing makes me and my babies feel like we have won the lotto. Both of my boys have adored this swing, and I don’t know what I would do without it. It has become like a second home for both of them.

2. Orbit Infant Car Seat – This is the most amazing care seat and stroller system for infants. It twists, making it easy to strap the baby into the seat. The entire car seat even comes off and you can place it right on to the stroller, so hauling a baby around so much easier!

3. BOB Double Stroller- This is a huge yes for us. I am a runner and both the kids love this stroller. It is a bit big but perfect for strolling in the neighborhood because it just maneuvers so well, and each of the boys feels like he has his own stroller space.

4. Prince Lionheart Premium Wipes Warmer – my boys LOVE this. They hate being wiped without a warm wipe. I guess you can say I am spoiling them a bit, but they have also not peed on me because the warm wipe helps with this…It’s a win win for both of us. ;-)

5. Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets- We have like 30 of these. They are just the best, and if you want a baby to sleep, well, they need to be swaddled.

6. Dr. Brown’s Bottles- These are great for babies that have gas, which I have found is pretty much all the babies I have known.

7. GumDrop Pacifiers- The BEST binkies!

8. Gerber Baby Booties – These are a new find…Actually a gift. I put these on Michael at night and they help keep him comfortable throughout the night. (Bonus – they are really cute!).

9. Mustela Hydra Bebe Lotion- The best baby body lotion on the market – hands down.

10. Calendula Face Cream by Weleda- For those who know me, I am all about face products, and this is the greatest face cream out there for babies…. So I am starting my boys young!

 

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11. Vicks Babyrub Soothing Aroma Ointment- The absolute best before nighttime. This keeps big brother’s germs away…Or at least it mentally does for me ;) Plus it smells good. Just a little dab.

12. The Windi- The best thing on the market for gas. It’s a European-made catheter that helps with constipation, gas, etc. I know it is hard to imagine, but both my boys have been saved by this amazing creation.

13. Boppy Changing Table Mats- These prevent you from having to switch out the changing pad every time, as gross things DO happen on the changing table!

14. SoundSpa Lullaby by Homedic- The best sound machine ever, and it also has a little projection that shows the cow jumping over the moon. My 2 year old now can’t live without this feature.

15. Angel Care Infant Bath- So so awesome. I wish I would have discovered this for Burch. It lets the water go through easily, but I leave it submerged in a little tub water.

16. Fisher Price Kick & Play Piano Gym- We tried about five different mats and this is by far the favorite.….Such a brilliant design! The piano key pad is awesome. He actually plays it.

17. Dr. Brown Bottle Warmer- An instant bottle heater so you don’t need to boil water. (Because who has time for that??)

18. Gerber Baby Washcloths – These are the best…they’re super light and we also use them for burp cloths. I sure do love anything with multi-uses!

19. Comfortable mom shoes to wear in the middle of the night- the LP Karina- this slip on sneaker-style ballet flat is perfect for not stubbing your toe when you are out of it! And it has a little tread, so you can chase toddlers during the day and still be a fashionable super mom ;)

20. The Desoto Scarf- This is a great way to cover up while breast feed, keeping you comfortable (and fashionable) in public all the times. My personal favorite is the black and pink option.

 

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Fall 2014 Fashion Trends

25 Sep

liz_blue_crackle_metallic_bench Pumpkin lattes, rich, vibrant colors, new patterns & textures – fall is definitely here! No one gets more geared up about new seasonal trends than Lindsay, who knows all the hot fashion trends months in advance, thanks to her trips to NYC and trendy design team. If you want to look trend on this fall, you don’t need a whole wardrobe overhaul. Lindsay’s sharing her favorite fall fashion tips, so you can look amazing on any budget and hectic schedule (even you, busy moms!).
 

LP’s Fall Shopping List…

061914_shot162_004_a 1. New jeans – I like to start off the fall season with a nice jeans update. Right now I am a big fan or AG and J Brand jeans – skinny jeans. Definitely on my wish list this fall are a pair of beige/ off white jeans. I think they look really fresh in the fall & winter time.
 

2. White cords – like these from Calypso St. Barth. I just love white in the winter time…although I do wear white 24/7. I think the old “no white after Labor Day” rule is just that – old. I say if you love white, incorporate it!

Screenshot 2014-09-23 11.13.20 3. A fun puffer vest from J.Crew. With these, I usually wear light, loose sweaters or oxford shirts. I tend to add accessories to make it fun. Forever 21 has some awesome statement necklaces right now.

 

 
 
 
 
Screenshot 2014-09-23 11.14.00 4. A trendy Tracy Negoshian team spirit dress.

 

 

5.Short booties…. LP ones of course. They’re a great low heel, so you can wear them anywhere, and I love the suede texture that pairs with anything from jeans & cords to even dresses with tights.

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Anything that you’re transitioning from spring to fall time?

In Florida, we don’t really have a transition time, but when it gets chilly here in the winter, I do tend to pair lighter sweaters over my more warm-weather fun tops…and that’s something that you can do in the autumn in more Northern climates as well. I also love adding fun short sleeve vests over my normal outfits for some added warmth and texture.

 

kelli_grey What are your favorite shades this season?

Yes…Greys are in really in along with deep cobalt blues. That’s why I was so excited about introducing our new snap shoes –Charlotte Grey, Karina Grey, Kelli Grey, Blue Metallic Crackle Liz, and Royal Blue Tracy – into the mix. I am also loving the deep, bright jewel tone fall colors that are out…they have a memorable & luxurious “feel” to them – what a great way to make a fashion impression!

 

Lindsay_cover Prints are more popular this season than ever before. How do you go about choosing the right ones?

Prints are definitely in, and they’re a huge part of my wardrobe, since I love color and vibrance. I usually go with a full printed dress or a printed accent. I love wearing a printed dress in the fall with fun tights and nice boots.

I would say to anyone who has a little printphobia – don’t be afraid to rock the prints! Life is too short for just solids, and prints are a great way to break up your outfit/make a statement. Choose smaller prints to start out with (but I do promise you’ll be hooked!) Also – try patterned tunics with solid leggings (or even vice versa – you don’t have to go full-blown pattern to enjoy this fun, funky look).

 

linda_with_balloons Sixties dresses are also huge. Which switchflops do you especially love to see paired with them?

Yes – I love that these dresses are re-emerging. They’re feminine yet edgy. You can’t go wrong with any of our flats like Liz or even pointed-toe Charlotte. The stacked Linda wedge looks amazing with these dresses as well.

cuff_with_coffee What accessories are you incorporating this fall?

Gold is huge and is only going to get stronger. You can even see this trend happening in home décor. Many people are going gold over silver again. It’s always fun to add a gold necklace (or two), bangles paired with our new Chloe Cuff, and of course a little gold shoe bling to pull it all together.

 

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Feet, Meet Karina – The Ballet Flat “Sneaker”

11 Sep

Sneakers – they’re no longer just for the gym! Gracing fashion runways everywhere this season, even Chanel is embracing this fun (and comfy) look. We’re super excited to finally introduce our sportier flat that we’ve had on the design wishlist for a while. Designed for ladies on the go, Karina offers all the sturdiness and support of a sneaker, while looking trendy and stylish with your skirts, leggings, and jeans. Finally – the “sneaker” you can add snaps to!

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We’ve heard all kinds of consistently great “feetback” from LP fans who have already fallen in love with this versatile, patent leather flat. As women, we should always be sharing fashion tips and anything that makes our lives easier.  So without further adieu, here’s the top 5 reasons you’ll love Karina

 

#1 – Sneaker in a Ballet Flat Disguise…

She looks like a ballet flat with a slight heel, but with her sturdier sole and bottom tread, Karina is designed to wear and act like a sneaker! If Liz feels like a slipper, Karina is her more adventurous cousin that can handle puddles, a little mud, or an afternoon at the park.

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#2 – Plush Cushioning

Karina is a surprisingly plush shoe, with a cushioned feel that’s very similar to Liz but with additional cushioning at the arch and heel for better comfort and support.

 

#3 – Accommodates Most Foot Types…

Karina offers a slightly wider cut to accommodate most feet, while her elasticized stitching at the top of the shoe gives a more custom fit. Whether you have wider feet, higher arches, or narrower heel, Karina forms to your feet for a super comfortable fit.

 

#4 – Slip-on and Go….

There’s a reason we miss our flip flops when the weather gets cooler – they’re easy! No laces, bunched up anklet socks, or tucking in our heels. That’s where Karina really shines – her slip on style makes her a great on-the-go alternative. Slip her on as you dash out the door to work, yoga, or your kiddo’s play date but still feel like you’re wearing a plush sneaker with a sturdier sole.

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#5 – Versatile & Feminine

There’s no doubt her sole gives her a little bit more of a sportier side, but Karina is still an incredibly feminine shoe without the clunkiness of other sturdier slip-on alternatives. Wear her to the office (and you’ll love doing so, especially if you’re on your feet a lot) or pair her with jeans for your Saturday afternoon at the coffee shop, zoo, or wherever your weekends take you. Add a bow (like the Blanche snap), some funky charm (like the Vivian snap), some flower power, or even a little rhinestone bling (like Braelynn) – like the cat woman of shoes, Karina takes on the world while still looking like one chic diva.

Karina comes in classic black or a fun, trendy grey, each with a matching diamond-shaped snap. Find her here!

Scroll Down to see some of our favorite fall snap pairings with Karina!

Karina Black with Vivian Snap.

Karina Black with Vivian Snap.

Karina Grey with Elyse snap.

Karina Grey with Elyse snap.

Karina Black with Blanche snap.

Karina Black with Blanche snap.

Karina Grey with Braelynn snap.

Karina Grey with Braelynn snap.

Special Delivery: Lindsay Welcomes Baby #2!

28 Aug

When it comes to embracing all that life has to offer, this entrepreneur, fashionista, wife, and mom is unstoppable. Just HOW does she do it? We sat down with Lindsay to hear all about her most recent adventure: Baby Boy Number 2. Scroll down t0 read all about Lindsay’s newest blessing and pics from Baby Michael’s first shoot!

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Where were you when you started going into labor with Baby Michael? Were you surprised?

One blessing was that I was at home when the contractions started;-) However, I was very surprised that they came so early – just like with Burcham!

 

What’s the story behind his name?

Honestly, Michael  wasn’t even on on our name list! With that being said, though, Brantley and I are big fans of naming the baby once he’s born. When this one came, he had dark hair and looked like a Muscato, so we just thought that Michael (which is Brantley’s father’s name)  fit . We love using family names – It is very sentimental and meaningful to us. In fact, Lawson, his middle name, is also a long standing family name on my husband’s side. So that’s pretty neat – a lot of history there;-)

 

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What’s it like balancing now with two? What’s your advice to new moms or new moms of 2?

It’s a juggle, but a fun juggle. You have to be very organized and know when to say no. It’s a lot of multitasking, but I have found that if you are mentally prepared you can handle it. As long as you know what your priorities are, it is like anything else in life….You take care of the priorities first.

I have also learned to let some things go. I am a perfectionist, but the truth is the toys are just going to be in the living room. I don’t let it bother me. Another piece of advice I would have is don’t say no to help! Having help & family around the first couple of months truly makes a difference – it’s something I embrace as a mother.

 

What have your go-to’s been these past six weeks as a busy mom with a toddler and a newborn?

Haha…my Medela hospital pump that I am renting, my morning coffee, and my massive water jug. Cannot stress enough the importance of morning caffeine followed by water throughout the day, which keeps me hydrated and refreshed.

 

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With running a business, managing a household, and carrying for a newborn and a toddler…How do you take time for yourself during the week?

My husband and I make it a priority to do date night once a week. It’s important to get out. I’m also running again, which is my mental release.

 

How are Burcham and Cosmo doing with their new brother?

Surprisingly, they are both doing really well with the baby! Burch has not skipped a beat and wants to help and Cosmo adores this baby and sits next to him all day.

 

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Any surprises with this baby?

Nope – I’m just happy that he is healthy. ;-) He is a super sweet baby and is gaining weight like crazy.

 

Where was Michael’s photoshoot? Any challenges or surprises?

At our house. We were lucky enough to convince Amy to come shoot Michael even though she is semi-retired. She is just so sweet and talented. I could not think of using anyone else. The shoot went great, minus the fact that the house has to be really hot during newborn sessions. We were in the Florida hot zone and all sweating during the shoot lol.

 

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Overall, what’s it like being a mom of 2?

I LOVE it and could not picture my life any other way. I especially love having 2 boys. Boys are just so sweet, fun, and active which totally goes with my personality!

 

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Welcome to the world, Baby Michael! Born 6/29/14…

Do you have any advice for Lindsay or new moms? Share in the comments below!

 

Behind the Scenes: LP Fall ’14 Fashion Shoot

24 Jul

I’m  so excited to bring you a few sneak peeks at our upcoming fall line which is just around the corner!! This year, we shot at a public park in Belleair Florida known as the bluffs -  it’s basically a cliff that sits on the ocean and is lined with oak trees that are hundreds of years old. I love the history behind it; way back in the day Native Americans used to live here because of the cliff on the water… it was considered protected land. It is truly an amazing and special place and really spectacular backdrop for our fall shoes & accessories!

photo(73) {Our model shows off the Tracy Cap Toe, our newest ballet flat style that features a classic mixture of suede and patent!! Coming soon…}

The theme this year is Shades of Fall, which I just love. It is all about CHANGE….Summer is coming to an end and fall is upon us. It’s time to transition into autumn and embrace change. After all….A pumpkin latte does sound pretty good…

 

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Speaking of autumn time and crisper weather,  it was actually a cold March day during our shoot, which is not normal for Florida!! The model was freezing the entire time,  so it was a full time job keeping her warm. Oh – and this was the first time that we’ve ever done part of a photo shoot in a canoe….It was quite something! The model had to be lifted into the canoe to make sure she did not get any mud on her feet (or her pretty switchflops).

 

photo(75)_edited-1 {Our model gets ready to pose with another new style – the Linda Stacked Wedge -  which is modeled after the Liz, but with a 2″ wedge.}

We have a great team that we work with, so our photo shoots are always pretty fun overall. Everyone always laughs at me, but we are notorious for having good food for lunch. When you are working from 5-9 on site, good food keeps everyone happy. ;-)

 

photo(78) {Halloween and Thanksgiving Snaps & Straps…coming soon to an LP Retailer near you!}

This year, we’re expanding the LP snaps & strap collection to include Halloween and Thanksgiving! We’re  super excited about this….Our theme straps/snaps are a huge fit with fans because they’re so fun and such a unique way to sport your holiday spirit…

 

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It is not our biggest fall season, but it’s pretty close! We’re bringing fans a really nice variety – there’s truly something (and then some) for everyone.  I’m especially excited about launching our new cuff – we’re going to be introducing two different chunky metal bracelet cuffs (gold & silver) with a really glam signature snap that can be removed and replaced with any other snap!! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably already seen me wearing it! I think it’s going to be huge because it’s so eye-catching and fun! And of course, then we have our boots! So there’s a lot to look forward to. Stay tuned…LP Fall ’14 launches next month!!