Q & A with Alicia Coppola

13 Dec

Recently, I had the pleasure of catching up with one of my favorite people – actress Alicia Coppola, whom you may have seen on CSI,  Jericho, Common Law, or The Nine Lives of Chloe King, among others. I met Alicia several years ago at an event in LA – she has long been a fan of LP shoes, and I have adored both her work as an actress and her warm personality. Alicia has it all…. a career, a family, and stunning style. She makes it all look so easy, but she also looks fabulous while doing it. ;-)  A perfect example of this is when she tweeted me from her spin class the other day…you have to love multi-taskers! Alicia is just a beautiful person inside and out. This talented (and funny!) woman & mother has a big heart, and she’s an amazing role model for others to look up to. I am so excited to share her Q & A with you all, which includes all of her fabulous wisdom :)

 

Photo by Lisa Franchot

 Biography

Name: Alicia Coppola

DOB: April 12, 1968

Residence: Los Angeles

Husband: Anthony Michael Jones (an actor writer and producer)

Children: Mila Roselena (Age: 10 ), Esmé Marlena (Age: 4) and Greta Helena (Age: 2 )

 

Q & A With Alisha

How long have you been acting?

I have been acting since I was a senior in college. So that would be five years now ;)

 

What projects are you currently working on?

Laundry, lifting my ass at YAS Silverlake Spin Class, researching new and exciting lunches for my girls, and finding the next fantastic role that is meant for me: the role that I have been preparing all this time to play.

 

What do you love most about acting?

Alicia starred as on The Nine Lives of Chloe King

I am completely fulfilled on set. I am a very creative and emotional woman. I remember growing up trying to find an outlet for this. I went from Ballet, to Art, to Clarinet, Sax, Flute, Piano, Writing…you name it, just to find my bliss: that which would use all of me. When I immerse myself into a character, I feel I am at times, using all the best of me and at others, using all the worst of me, but at all times, I am using every part of me and that is everything. That experience and the joy of sharing it with another actor is my church.

 

What do you like the least?

The inconsistency. The instability of an artist’s life is difficult. I have chosen this path for myself. Actually, however, sometimes I do believe an Artist’s way is chosen for them…I know I am too well educated to have chosen a life that is so fraught with this instability. (I was studying to become a lawyer in college and somehow ended up on MTV in Lycra! There was an intersection, and I guess I took a right instead of a left. God was in those details.)

In times of struggle, I never wonder if the path I am on is correct for me, I wonder only if it is correct for my children. The insecurity, both financial and at times geographical, isn’t fair to them. They didn’t choose this for themselves. But, I also know  that they see me, their mother, doing something I love and am passionate about, so I hope they have learned to go after what it is that makes them happy. They have also learned a lesson in persistence: They have seen me brush myself off after being knocked down. That is good for them. Their daddy and I have always told them “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.” Perseverance vs. Instability… I guess it all balances out.

 

Alicia as "Mimi" with Skeet Ulrich on the set of Jericho

What project sticks with you the most? Why?

Jericho stands out to me the most, as it seemed both in hindsight and while filming, that I was experiencing a working environment that had every possible positive element; it was the Perfect Storm of Greatness. This is as rare and as wonderful as a Unicorn.

 

What role would you say you’re best known for?

Of all the work I have done, I think I am most well known for my role of Dr. Susan Hillridge on one episode of CSI. I have no idea why, but people LOVE that role and recall my work from that.

 

Alicia at an Emmy party in Los Angeles. Source: Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment)

 What’s the side of you that the public never sees?

 I don’t know that there is a side to me that is hidden. I am a private person, but I am a person. As such, in my daily life, anyone who comes into contact with me is going to see it all: good, bad, ugly, pretty. It’s all good.

 

The Five Things You Can’t Live Without Are…Anthony, Mila, Esmé, Greta and my sparkly Acrylic Nails. (I know…very 80’s! Who cares, I love’em!)

 

You’re a big fan of Lindsay Phillips shoes. What drew  you to the LP Lifestyle?

The ease and fun of LP Lifestyle is the attraction. I am also attracted to anyone who has an idea and runs with it. Anybody can have an idea; it is, however, the rare few who turn that idea into something. As it is said, all things come from thought. Lindsay had a great thought, which turned into an incredible business: A shoe that can reinvent itself with the change of a jewel. God Bless you, Lindsay!

One of the reasons Alicia adores LP: "When you are running on empty and you are so tired that you get dressed with one eye open to take your kids to school and look down and realize you have two different shoes on but because they are LP Ballet Flats, you still look cute!

What are your favorite LP products?

I own upwards of 8 pairs of LP Ballet Flats, 1 pair of LP Flip Flops and the LP Wedge. I absolutely LOVE these shoes. I adore Ballet Flats and LP Ballets are not only the most comfortable I have ever worn, but also the little detachable Jewels are divine! I love anything that sparkles and glitters (see afore mentioned nails! ;) ) and these Jewels give me the opportunity to try different styles and colors. It’s like having multiple pairs of shoes. Also, I feel like I have jewelry on my feet and that alone makes me happy.

 

What advice can you offer to women who are eager to pursue their passions, but for whatever reason are held back?

Be brave. In times where I have been feeling frightened, stressed or as my manager and friend, Leslie calls it “utsy,” I have found that just showing up is half the battle. Just show up and be brave. That’s it.

 

With three daughters, a husband and an acting career, your life must get pretty hectic! Can you give newer moms about balancing it all?

Alicia with her beautiful family. Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America

1. Don’t try to “balance it all.” It cannot be done. The scale will always tilt more to one way or the other. The trick, I think, is to have it tilt to both ways equally.

2. Try not to take it all so seriously. If I think about women in the 1700’s with 10 kids and no washing machine, I realize we all have it pretty damn good.

3. Be good to your husband.Don’t ever forget him in the quotidian chaos of Mommy hood. Remember, it was just the two of you before there was anyone else.

4. It’s not your job to be your child’s friend. It is your job to make other people want to be their friend.

5. Be nice to yourself. Take it easy on yourself. You are doing all you can, the best way you can. No guilt and no “should-ing” on yourself is allowed.

6. Devote some time to physical exercise: It’s good for your body, your spirit and your mind.

7. Wine is your friend. Now I am going to try to take my own advice!

 

What kind of projects do you see yourself working on in the future?

I have been working towards an amazing goal for the past few years since Jericho ended. I have had two of my three girls since then and have changed and grown in more ways than I can say. Being a mother to 3 little girls has altered me, and I am a better woman for them and all the better of an actress because of them. My amazing goal is to find the role that will allow me to explore and challenge myself and tell the stories I feel I have grown to tell. Something that scares me. Having said that, I would kill to do a role that requires the stuff of an awesome Action Heroine, be a BOND Girl, star in a remarkable Cable Series either making people laugh or cry, whichever (I can do it all), reprise my role in the 3rd installment of National Treasure, sell my book “seeking grace”, continue developing my collection of therapeutic undergarments, and raise my girls. That’s not too much is it?

 

 

 

LP Fall Fashion Guide: Festive Holiday Looks

6 Dec

December is finally upon us…with holiday events approaching, don’t get so caught up in the seasonal rush that you forget about what you’re going to wear! Whether you’re keeping it casual or dressy, I’ve featured chic holiday must-haves  for all of you!

Many of my looks this week feature black leather – from leggings to leather-trimmed dresses.  Leather can definitely feel like a splurge, but you’ll wear it a lot because it’s so classic! Even better – black leather is very slimming, so don’t pass it up thinking that you have to be model-thin to pull it off. And for my eco girls, there are plenty of vegan leather styles available!

My favorite LP shoes  for this month are definitely  our fun-filled Liz Black Glitter (Bling in a Box),  the flirty Black Peep  Toe Courtney, and the ever-classic  Black Suede Alex.  These shoes are all extremely versatile, so you can pair them with just about anything. And don’t forget the snaps! We have a wide variety of festive snaps, all under 20 dollars. If you purchase Liz, you already have two additional sets of snaps to work with – what could be more fabulous?? Happy Holidays to you all – here’s to putting a special sparkle into someone’s eye ;)

(PS: Don’t forget to remind your special someone that LP snaps and scarves make  great stocking stuffers and Hanukkah gifts!)

 

LP Fal Fashion Guide 2012 - Casual Gatherings

 

LP Fal Fashion Guide 2012 - Holiday Happenings

 

LP Fal Fashion Guide 2012 - New Year's Eve

Forever 21 peplum top
forever21.com

Vince sequin skirt
theoutnet.com

Courtney Black Wedge
lindsay-phillips.com

Alex Black Suede Heels
lindsay-phillips.com

Black handbag
lindsay-phillips.com

Wide belt
shopbop.com

Eve Snap Ornament
lindsay-phillips.com

Bardot Snap
lindsay-phillips.com

Fall Fashion Guide 2012

29 Nov

If you’ve already treated yourself to a pair of Alex pumps, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the versatility of these charming heels that literally go with everything from dresses to leggings. While I know you all love wearing your Alex pumps to the office, don’t forget to pair her with your jeans as well. Flared, boot-cut, straight-legged, skinny – whatever jeans you love, Alex adds a unique vintage flair…perfect for your weekend and date-night looks!

This week, I show you how to wear Alex with a variety of outfits – the possibilities are literally endless with this shoe, which is why I was so thrilled to launch her this season!

 

LP Fall Fashion Guide 2012 - Alex (Black)

 LP Fall Fashion Guide 2012 – Alex (Black) by lindsay-phillips-switchflops featuring Alex Black Suede Heel

 

Alex in black suede has been really popular this season and it isn’t hard to see why! Every fa”shoe”nista out there knows the value of the staple black pump – and this one is such a great choice for the fall/winter season. If you’re into colored tights, you can have a LOT of fun with this shoe – pink, yellow, green, red – you name it, this Alex will rock it! Printed dresses are also in this season, so don’t forget to pair a funky dress or blouse with her either :)

 

LP Fall Fashion Guide 2012 - Alex (In Gray Flannel)

 LP Fall Fashion Guide 2012 – Alex (In Gray Flannel) by lindsay-phillips-switchflops featuring Alex in Gray Flannel

The winter season always makes me think of cozy flannel  textures– so what better way to warm your toes than Alex in Gray Flannel? I was super excited to launch this particular shoe because not only is this texture is so unique for footwear, but let’s face it, ladies – Gray is the new black!  Alex in gray is a really fun alternative to your traditional black heels – wear her at work with practically anything! If you like more of a monochromatic look, you’ll love this Alex with charcoal or gray-hued tights, but as with Alex in black suede, don’t be afraid to go for brighter-colored tights, depending on your outfit. I LOVE gray flannel Alex with jeans  too!

 

LP Fall Fashion Guide 2012 - Alex in Purple Tweed

 LP Fall Fashion Guide 2012 (Alex Purple) by lindsay-phillips-switchflops featuring Alex in Purple Tweed

 

Purple Tweed Alex is hands down one of my favorite shoes of the season.  Violet is such a great, feminine fall color and the combination of violet and tweed is completely irresistible! Fashionistas of all ages know that purple is a power color in every sense of the word – not only does it get attention, but it goes with nearly everything and  looks great on everyone.  Alex in purple tweed will really provide that pop of color you’re going for. In the office, pair her with trouser pants, skirts and dark tights, or even sheath & sweater dresses. She’s that versatile! And of course, what a great way to add a little va va voom to your favorite pair of jeans.

With the winter chill, don’t forget about scarves! I just love the colorful and cozy design of our LP scarves to add even more warmth to your outfits. I paired Alex with our new Berry Splash Blue Scarf, as well as our Firefly Scarf in purple (made to look tweed, though  it’s actually a smooth, soft texture), but those are just a few looks.  LP scarves come in a variety of fun, vivid colors and textures that are hard to find elsewhere!

KAOS wrap top
yoox.com

H & M Top
$24 - hm.com

Aqua short skirt
bloomingdales.com

Knit tights
ralphlauren.com

Alex in Purple Tweed Heels
lindsay-phillips.com

Amrita Singh Bangles
amritasingh.com

Blue Scarf
lindsay-phillips.com

Firefly Purple Scarf
lindsay-phillips.com

Dolan Tweed jacket
scoopnyc.com

Spanx tights
bergdorfgoodman.com

Alex Gray Flannel Heel
lindsay-phillips.com

Gray Flannel Handbag
lindsay-phillips.com

Kate Spade earrings
piperlime.gap.com

Bangle Bracelet
lorisshoes.com

Snakeskin Print Dress
thelimited.com

H & M Cardigan
$40 - hm.com

Banana Republic trench coat
bananarepublic.gap.com

Leggings
thelimited.com

Opaque tights
ralphlauren.com

Alex Black Suede Heels
lindsay-phillips.com

Stella & Dot jewelry
stelladot.com

Firefly Purple Scarf
lindsay-phillips.com

Marlena Snap
lindsay-phillips.com

LP’s Holiday Gift Guide

21 Nov

It’s that time of year again – the smells of cinnamon & pine, everything covered in beautiful lights, family coming into town, and of course all of the wonderful recipes incorporating pumpkin,  peppermint, and chocolate. Only one thing can ruin this beautiful time – Stress!

For many women, the holidays nearly always mean racing around to find the perfect gifts to make everyone’s holiday, well…perfect. We get so frazzled trying to cook, gift, and trim everything to perfection that we forget to just take a breath of crisp air and enjoy! Shopping for gifts can be especially frustrating– a far cry from visions sugar plums ;) But don’t complicate something that should be fun!

In my opinion, the key to keeping everyone happy (and surprised) is to select gifts for loved ones that they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves – think funky accessories, gourmet treats, uniquely colored or designed tops, or fun shoes. Below is a list of my favorite gifts this holiday season, with ideas for nearly everyone on your list. And don’t forget about YOU :)

 

1. Alex and Ani Bracelets. I love all bangels and these are the perfect gifts for family members or friends. A girl can never have too many stackable pieces.

 


2. Holiday Stickers from Ashley Brooke Designs. All of my packages will be wrapped and stamped with these adorable stickers….I love Ashley’s creative, fun spirit.

 

 

3. Kate Spade Jewelbar Round Studs. I am loving these fun earrings from Kate Spade – they are super adorable!!

 

 

4. Southern Tide Gingham Sports Shirts. All the men in my life will be getting these fabulous shirts. They fit so well and I love all the great colors! ;-)

 

5. Liz Glitter in a box, which includes two additional pairs of snaps, is one of my most favorite gifts to give around the holidays. They’re so fun for New Years Eve, date nights, and girls’ night out!

 

 

6. LP Coverlets and Pareos - the perfect gift for all of my beach beauties! And all under $40 at Lindsay-Phillips.com :)

 

 

7. Swanson Vineyards 2010 Pinot Grigio…my favorite wine choice for my ladies who love to enjoy life!

 

8. Don’t forget that Etsy.com now has gift cards! Who does not LOVE this site!?!?

 

9. Trina Turk Disco Ball Ring. Talk about a statement ring! Why not live life large?!?!

 

 

LP’s Fall Fashion Guide: Thanksgiving Gatherings

15 Nov

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, but you don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe to look as fabulous as the Thanksgiving spread. Use what you have – and that includes your favorite LP shoes! This week’s fashion guide shows you how to pair your favorite fall LP shoes with wardrobe staples you already own. It’s a lot easier on your sanity and wallet to treat yourself to a new scarf or top than to run out and buy an entirely new outfit. If you’ve got a nice pair of dark wash jeans, an autumn-hued top or dress, or a basic black dress, you’re halfway there!

Thanksgiving Look # 1 - Dressed-Up Jeans

If you’re looking for a laid-back-yet-stylish look, consider pairing dark wash stretch jeans with trendy, comfy flats like Kate (shown above in tan python). Add a festive-colored blouse with a pair of  jewel tone earrings and an eye-catching scarf & voila! Understated chic.

Peasant blouse
anthropologie.com

Tan Python Kate Snap Shoes
lindsay-phillips.com

Stella & Dot Earrings
stelladot.com

Tiloo Blue Scarf
lindsay-phillips.com

Felicity Snap
lindsay-phillips.com
Thanksgiving Look # 2 - Glammed-Up LBD

If your Thanksgiving celebration calls for a bit more  pizzazz, you don’t have to spend a fortune to look glamorous. Put that little black dress hanging in the back of your closet to work! With a sparkly cardigan and fun pair of heels like the Alex (shown above in black suede) you’ll be the life of the party! And don’t forget that the LP Jupiter bags (shown above in black) feature interchangeable snaps, so you can match your LP bag to every occasion!

Alex Heel Black Suede Shoes
lindsay-phillips.com

Jupiter Black Handbag
lindsay-phillips.com

Kathleen Snap
lindsay-phillips.com
Thanksgiving Look # 3 - Modern Dress with Gold Accents


This ensemble is a perfect example of how a dress can be chic AND practical! Choose a dress style with a little give so you can stuff yourself in comfort. I love this rayon dress from BCBG – perfect for climates where Thanksgivings tend to be much warmer! Complete your look with gold-toned accessories and a pair of ballet flats (like the Liz) adorned with a funky snap.


Nova Snap Snap Ornament
lindsay-phillips.com

 

Behind the Scenes: Burcham’s First Photo Shoot

8 Nov

We had to have some shots on the beach - one of our favorite places on earth :)

Baby photos are something that nearly every new mom looks forward to. To forever capture the image of your newborn in his or her first few weeks of life, and to share those images with loved ones – there’s almost no better feeling. I am just beyond thrilled to be sharing these photos with all of you! But more importantly, as a new mom with a lot of prior photo shoot experience, I wanted to pass what I have learned on to you :)

Amy was truly a baby whisperer!

 

Tip #1 Find the Right Photographer and Book in Advance

Friend’s recommendations are always useful, but don’t forget about Facebook or Blogs – that’s how I found Amy Robertson. I was so looking forward to working with her after seeing her work. Be aware, though, that a good photographer is busy, busy, busy. You may need to book months in advance.

For most people, it can be tough to "see" what the photographer sees, so go with an open mind.

Tip #2 Be Prepared

Photo shoots are always long days filled with hard work, persistence, perfect lighting, and a WHOLE lot of patience ;) Bring snacks, lots of water, diapers, burp cloths, and your creative design spirit.

Tip #3 Be Open-Minded

I wasn’t sure how it would all work out with our 5lb baby boy as the center of the action, as opposed to models and LP shoes, but I went in with an open mind. I wanted it to be a fun and memorable experience for me and my husband, so I knew that trying to be a control freak – which sometimes we women can tend to do – would interfere with the simple joys of this special day. After having seen Amy’s work via social media, I knew that I would wind up with fabulous shots, so it was best to let her do her job. And by the way, she was amazing…a total baby whisperer.

A photo shoot is all about perfect lighting, patience, and trust in your photographer.

Tip #4 Know Your “Big Picture”

While I was open-minded, I knew what I didn’t want, so I explained to Amy that I like clean simple lines without frills. We decided to choose our colors – neutrals and navy -which is the same color scheme as Burcham’s room. We also took a few props that had special meaning for us. So there are definitely ways to be prepared for baby photography sessions, but in my opinion, it’s about balance. Give the photographer a “big picture” to work with, but allow her to use her brilliant creativity :)

Instead of freaking out about details that most likely won't matter, enjoy the moment. Here, Amy Robertson takes a break to pose with her newest fan :)

Tip #5 Enjoy It

If you so choose, these precious moments are something you will always cherish. Consider taking your own camera and capturing “behind the scenes” for your baby’s scrapbook. Get friendly with the photographer, since you’re there for so long. Working with Amy and getting to know her was one of my favorite parts of the day. To watch her work her magic with Burcham and position him…indescribable. And when I saw my husband holding Burcham in the palm of his hand….It just melted my heart. That’s why tip 3 is so important – don’t focus too much on controlling the situation at the expense of just “living” the beautiful moments. I can honestly say I loved every minute of this experience.

Tip #6 Pass it on

Help your mom friends by giving them great tips and referrals - they're invaluable! By the way, here's one of my favs.....it's just priceless :)

As I have quickly learned in the past few weeks, you can never have enough help and good tips. That’s why it was so important for me to share my experiences with you, and why I hope you’ll share your own experiences with new moms in your circle. Also, don’t be afraid to brag about your photographer if you were amazed with his or her work. Honestly, I wish I could have done a three day shoot with Amy. She was that talented, and I am thrilled to recommend her to loved ones and LP fans in the Orlando area. In fact, I’ve left her website and Facebook information below.

 

The end result of Amy's amazing patience and creative eye.

 

I just love this one of Burcham and Cosmo. This wine bin, compliments of my dad, is one of the props I brought along.

 

Here is one of our outside shots. Love the pops of color from these buoys!

 

This one just melts my heart...

Amy Robertson’s website: http://www.amyrobertsonphotography.com/.
You can also find her on Facebook .

Must-Have Flats

1 Nov

Kate in Tan Python

Hello, dear readers! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to continue to put together these fashion blogs! As busy as I am with the baby, fashion is ALWAYS something I’m willing to make time for :)

This week, I want to explore the functionality behind a good pair of flats. We ladies love our heels, so flats often don’t get the adulation that their more statuesque cousins do. But let’s be honest – heels just aren’t always practical – especially when you’re working and running around. There’s a reason that flats are almost always in the “wardrobe staples” lists that the fashion magazines publish year after year. Do you have a pair you love?

When shopping for the perfect flat, it’s essential to look for something comfortable and professional, yet chic enough that you won’t feel dowdy. I am convinced that the old saying, “You are how you dress” is so true – when you feel well-dressed and stylish, that confidence exudes in everything you do.

You also want to look for a flat that will work great with trouser pants, skirts, dresses, leggings AND jeans. I mention the latter because think of all the times you want to wear jeans, but the occasion calls for more than sneakers. There are SO many great flats out there that just won’t work with all of the above. Strongly consider a peep-toe flat when shopping. Here’s the reason – a peep-toe shoe functions through 3 of the 4 seasons (all if you live in warmer climate). You’ll be wearing your peep-toe flats with shorts in the summer, trouser pants at work in the fall, and capris in the spring. It’s difficult to get the same versatility from a closed-toe shoe.

Kate is one of my favs – she’s one of the few pairs of flats out there that look so great with everything – including jeans and shorts! The peep-toe gives her a subtle flirty feel (not to mention you can show off that pedicure!) and I LOVE her python texture , which gives her the trendy, chic factor we all love – and yet she’s a flat! Plus, as I mentioned above, you’ll wear her three, if not four, seasons. If you already have Kate from a previous season, particularly in tan or black, consider updating her for fall with some of our latest snaps of the season. Pair your black Kate’s with the Joelle snap, or even something more vibrant like Marlena – depending on your look for the day. Paola and Adrianna will easily update your tan Kate’s from last spring. Just remember, keep it simple and keep it fun!


Old Navy crew tee
oldnavy.gap.com

Kate Tan Python Flats
lindsay-phillips.com

LP Flannel Handbag
lindsay-phillips.com

Knit hat
greatlookz.com

Coconut Cove Blue Scarf
lindsay-phillips.com

 

Dress
forever21.com

620 Super Skinny J Brand
jbrandjeans.com

Kate Black Python Flat
lindsay-phillips.com

Kate Spade handbag
couture.zappos.com

Stella & Dot Bracelet
stelladot.com

LP Firefly Scarf in Brown
lindsay-phillips.com

LP Firefly Scarf in Purple
lindsay-phillips.com

 

Behind the Scenes of LP’s Pregnancy

25 Oct

 

Me @ 33 Weeks

How was your pregnancy overall?

I was incredibly blessed. My pregnancy was very easy. I did not know that I was pregnant for 7 or 8 weeks, so I think that sometimes not knowing can be easier on your mind in the very beginning. I have also had a lot going on with work, so I did not have much free time to think about being pregnant!

Me and Brantley, anxiously awaiting the birth. Little did we know, it would only be a few weeks after this photo was taken!

 

Did you have any weird cravings?  Yes, watermelon….There were a few days where I ate an entire watermelon! 

You look so fabulous – how did you stay in such good shape during this pregnancy?         Thank you, I felt huge! I am a big runner, so  I ran until I was 24 weeks and physically could not run anymore. I also went to my routine workout classes 3 times a week still when I was in town. They modified my routine to fit my pregnancy, but I still got a bit of a workout in. Also, I still believe that just because you are pregnant does not mean you have to over indulge. Yes, you might want dessert….but it is necessary every night!!

 

Thankful for some "me and baby" time after all of that traveling!

Your pregnancy was kind of a whirlwind. How so?

I was pretty busy during the entire pregnancy. When I found out I was pregnant, it was in the middle of my crazy busy season, and near the end of my pregnancy, it was my big show season…I wanted to try to get as much done as possible before the baby came. My philosophy is and was to keep on moving.

                                                          What was it like traveling so much during pregnancy?

Traveling has become such a big part of my life that it did not bother me at all. It was only tough when I had to fly to Vegas which was a 4 1/2 hour flight….My back started to hurt, but other than that it was okay. I was officially not allowed to leave Florida past my 34th week. It is kind of strange not having to travel…

I was so excited to share this special day with my best friend, who flew in from New York.

My adorable invitations, designed by Ashley Brooke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How was your shower? What were your favorite moments?

My shower was fabulous. I am truly blessed to have so many amazing people in my life. My best friend flew in from NYC, so it was  fun to spend time with her. Also, my mother-in-law threw the shower and her speech to me was so sweet! This baby was already loved before he even arrived…

Me with Burcham's two very excited grandmothers at the shower :)

Is Burcham the first grandchild?

Yes, this is the first grandchild for both my parents and my husband’s parents. My husband is also an only child….So this baby is already a young prince!

What did you do to prepare for the baby?

I just took everything a day at a time. I was very relaxed about the process. I picked out everything for the baby’s room in one day with my mom. When you’re busy like I am, time is limited!!! It’s all about multitasking, making a decision, and moving forward.  

The baby was due in November, so when you went into labor 5 weeks early, did you realize that’s what it was?

No! Not at all. Actually it is a funny story. I was sitting at my desk working and finishing up some e-mails. It was around 4′ish on Friday, and I all of the sudden started peeing (or what I thought it was) at my desk. So, I changed….Then about 2 minutes later it stated again. I was nervous because we were planning on going over to our friends for dinner and there is no way I could have gone because I could not control the peeing! I then skyped my husband and told him what was going on. He said, “Oh my god, call the doctor –  I think your water broke!” I told him he was crazy because I was 5 weeks out. So I called the doctor and she said either one two things had happened: My amniotic fluid has started to leak or my water had broken. She asked if I was having contractions, which I was not. She then told me to pack up and head to the hospital.  I live in Orlando, and I was planning on having the baby in Clearwater, where I am from. I wanted my doctor who I have been going to for years to deliver the baby.  So we jumped in the car right around rush hour and headed to the hospital two hours away….

Just moments after his birth...

How was your labor?

It was very fast and not that bad. We got to the hospital at 8:30pm . I started having contractions around 1:30 am had an epidural at 3:19 and delivered the baby the next morning at 9:54 in the morning. What a whirlwind!

What did you think when you first heard him cry?   It was an amazing feeling, although he was 5 weeks early, so it was not a typical cry. More like a light cry. I got to hold him for a few seconds and then they had to take him to the NICU right away…

 

Our beautiful boy in NICU

You guys named him Burcham. So unique! Is that a family name?

Yes, my husband is named after his great grandfather Brantley Burcham, so we thought it was fitting. 

What was the most difficult aspect of his birth?

The fact that he was in the NICU for 5 days. Not being like many of the other moms in the hospital where the baby gets to be right next to you. It was weird because I was in the hospital, but not right next to the baby.

 

I was thrilled to take him home for the first time!

You must have been overjoyed when you were able to take him home!

 It was such an amazing feeling when Burcham was released from the NICU. I was so happy. The feeling of being able to hold your baby without wires attached to a monitor was amazing. Just to be able to have the baby right next to me was a huge blessing. We brought him home on October 18th, which was our 4th anniversary. We could not have asked for a better anniversary present.

Talk about your husband’s support throughout this process.                                                                                                                                                                                        My husband has been amazing throughout this entire journey. We are both taking everything a day at time. He is loving it and doing a great job helping me out, and he is incredible with the baby.

First stroller ride...We couldn't be more happy :)

 

How are you guys doing with sleep?

We are doing okay. A bit sleep deprived, but that is normal. My family has helped me with the night shifts, which is awesome. Plus, I am still working some during the day….It is a big balancing act. 

 

Cosmo greets Burcham.

What have been your favorite moments so far?

Just holding him and giving him kisses. Honestly, I just love watching him. It is my favorite thing to do.

Are you breast-feeding?

Yes, I am. It is pretty cool to be able to personally provide for my little one. My scarves have become pretty handy, since I can fashionably cover myself with them when others are around :)

Do you plan on working as much? How will you balance the baby and work?

Yes, I received some great advice the other day that I am really going to follow: You can either live your life around your kids, or you can have your kids live your life. I am going to do my best to have my kids live my life. It might be a hectic and busy life, but we will make it work somehow! So I will be working just as much and more involved than ever, while still being a hands-on mom.

Grandma Liz and the baby boy :)

 

How do you plan on balancing work and baby?

My philosophy, as with the pregnancy, is just to take it a day at a time…It is not healthy for anyone to get stressed out. People make it work every day, so there is no reason I can’t. I am excited to be enter into a new phase of my life! I am also excited to be a younger mom. I always thought I would wait until I was a little older to have kids. I just hope I can be a cool and hip mom!!!

 

Baby's first walk on the beach!

What is your advice to working mothers?

It is all about time management, being organized, and having an optimistic attitude. Make the glass half full even when you are exhausted.

 

 

 

 

Fall Fashion Guide

18 Oct

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Fall Fashion 2012 (Oct 18) by lindsay-phillips-switchflops

In this Fall Fashion Guide, I’m  featuring both weekend AND office looks that work for everyone. Many women of all ages have shared that they would love to look more “vogue” but fear that they will either stand out too much or look silly. Fashion should leave you feeling confident, not worried! These fashion guides are designed with ALL of you in mind – classic looks with trendy trimmings :) 

I also know that many of you would love to wear LP shoes to the office, but your bosses may not approve of sandals. And this Florida girl knows that sandals just aren’t an option right now for many of you even if you could get away with them! So what’s a gal to do? Wedges – like the LP Courtney Peep Toe Wedge in tan or black python – are a huge fall staple that you can pair with jeans, skirts, and dresses alike! The Courtney is classic enough to be  office savvy, yet the python texture gives her a little edge. Even  better, you can pair Courtney with so many different outfits – she’s great for both work and play! And if you don’t care for the wedge, consider a flat style, like our peep toe Kate), which pairs equally well with all of these looks!

You most likely have a few neutral skirts, leggings,  and lightweight sweaters hanging in your closet that you can spice up with the right scarves, jewelry, and shoes. And I know you all have favorite, go-to jeans! Speaking of jeans –  if you’ve given up on finding the perfect skinny jeans for your shape, wedge shoes (and flats, like Kate)  pair just as well with straight-leg or boot-cut jeans.

Just remember: move your fall staples to the front of your closet, treat yourself to a new scarf or two, and find some neutral, autumn-chic wedges. Happy styling  :)


Topshop knit sweater
nordstrom.com

V neck tunic
alloy.com

Cardigan
tillys.com

Allsaint Jeans
allsaints.com

Old Navy pencil skirt
oldnavy.gap.com

Leggings
kohls.com

Hermès enamel bangle
usa.hermes.com

Kate Spade Bracelet Set
bloomingdales.com

Stella Hoop Earrings
stelladot.com

Firefly Pumpkin Scarf
lindsay-phillips.com

Coconut Cove Scarf Pink/Orange
lindsay-phillips.com

Morning Star Purple/Blue Scarf
lindsay-phillips.com

Marlena Snap
lindsay-phillips.com

LP Weekly Style Guide

14 Oct

Fill your closet with autumn staples that will get you through the fickle fall weather, like basic tees (off-the-shoulder are still fun), jeans, and cardigans. Roll up a favorite pair of jeans on a warmer day to highlight a great pair of wedge sandals like the Nicole. And consider using scarves and straps & snaps as your pop of color. They’re affordable and fashion savvy! xoxo

Weekly Style Guide Oct 14

Karen Millen Cardigan
karenmillen.com

J Brand Jeans
matchesfashion.com

Kate Spade Bangle
endless.com

Esmeralda Tan Scarf
lindsay-phillips.com

New! Nicole Wedge Black Patent
lindsay-phillips.com

Maddie Strap
lindsay-phillips.com