Date Night With Two Tickets

I've mentioned before how hard it's been to raise Henry out in PA with no friends or family anywhere nearby (though luckily it's not quite as hard as some people have it!).  Henry's grandmas are doing their best to make it easier on us though- B's mom comes out every couple of weeks to keep Henry out of daycare for a couple of days to save us some money (daycare is CRAZY expensive, am I right?!).  And my mom comes once a month to let B and I have a date night.  This weekend was our date night and if you follow me on Instagram, you would've seen that it was one great night.

We started our night in Pittsburgh with a sightseeing cruise on the Gateway Clipper, the city's ferry company.  We've seen all of these places before but hadn't heard too much of the history behind them so it was fun for us.  The not fun part?  When we got detoured for a half hour because of a severely drunk passenger who kept passing out.  Our ship had to dock near Heinz Field so an ambulance could come get her.  At least there was beer.

After that we took our time walking back to the other side of the city to our hotel.  We laughed and joked and took stupid pictures.  Pittsburgh is such a pedestrian friendly city and no matter where you're walking along the river, the views are insane.  Aside from Venice, I'm not sure if I've ever seen a more beautiful city.

We took our time at the hotel and then wandered around the city looking for dinner around 9:00.  This was also about the time that everyone that had been at the Pirates game were ALSO out looking for dinner so our options became limited unless we wanted to wait an hour+.  We didn't.  We finally settled on dinner at Six Penn which turned out to be such a good choice.

By the time we were done with dinner it was close to 11 and because we're old and have lost our ability to party, we decided we had done enough drinking and made our way back to our hotel to have cheesecake in bed.  And because we were given two full beds instead of one King like we had reserved, we ended up sleeping in separate beds at my request.  A bed ALL to myself where I could stretch out and not listen to anyone snoring in my ear?  Heaven.  Until B's phone went off at 6:45 a.m. and now we're divorced.

I also want to take a second to talk about this outfit because what would this post be without an outfit recap?  I complained in front of my closet for a good 20 minutes before we left because I didn't know what I wanted to wear.  I wanted to be comfortable because I knew we'd be doing a ton of walking, but I recently went through a closet purge and all of my "nicer" clothes are work clothes.  So eventually I put on destructed skinny jeans (Old Navy), and this shirt I got at J.Crew years ago and I was like "oh yeah, this is me".  It's nothing special, but it easily defines my style- classic with a slight edge.

I actually planned my outfit around this purse that I had been dying to use.  Amanda from Two Tickets sent it to me awhile ago and I fell in love with it immediately.  The super clean lines, plus black and white mixed with mint is so my style.  AND, it can be used three ways thanks to the removable strap.  The long strap makes it so you can wear it cross body style (which I did most of the day so my hands were free for holding), but you can also hold it as a top handle tote bag, AND it folds down to carry as sort of a European oversize clutch that all the kids are doing these days.  Aside from how beautiful her construction is, I love how roomy it is!  I had a spare pair of shoes, a sweater, my iPad, my wallet, sunglasses, and keys all in here and I still had room!  I'm excited to use it for toting around my laptop for work.  By the way, if you're a Holl & Lane reader, you might just find a coupon from Amanda to use on one of her bags.  I promise you, you won't regret it.  (Click here to see her shop.)

So, that was our date night.  I know I say this every time we have a date, but I'm so glad we have the opportunity to reconnect and remember why we're married in the first place.  B truly is my best friend and to have some time hanging with him in this city that we love so much is so priceless to me.

Wardrobe Staples

You guys, I recently discovered something about shopping that I wanted to share with you.  Stop me if you heard it before.  Only buy things that you really love.  Novel idea, right?  I also realized recently that if you spend a bit more money you'll get better quality.  (I know, I'm shocking the hell out of you right now.)  With these new mantras in mind, I've been focusing on buying wardrobe staples that will not only last me for years but will be able to mix and match with the rest of my closet.  I thought I'd share with you my favorite pieces- and it's no accident that a lot of them come from the same stores. wardrobestaples_leopardwedgesskinnyjeans

Zara sweater  // American Eagle tee // Old Navy jeans Banana Republic wedges (similar), Michael Kors bag

My new favorite sweater comes from Zara, it has a fun drape to the neck, and is nice and long and warm enough when layered for winter, and cool enough for the spring.  This striped tee is insanely soft and comfortable, and these jeans I've mentioned about 1 billion times already.  The wedges I've had for a few years now and are hands down the most frequently worn shoes in my closet (which is why the "fur" is getting a bit worn down.  Finally, the Michael Kors bag is a fairly recent splurge that makes me feel ladylike and can carry all of my essentials.

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Loft denim jacket // Loft white jeans // Loft tee // Old Navy quilted sneakers (similar) New York & Co bag (similar) // Loft sunglasses (similar)

A denim jacket, loose fitting white denim, a simple graphic tee, and quilted sneakers isn't groundbreaking fashion formula, but holy cow does it feel good on.  It's perfect for the weekends and I feel like a "hip mom".  (Does calling myself a hip mom automatically disqualify me from being a hip mom?)

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Loft striped cardigan // J.Crew blouse // J.Crew trousers Loft wedges (similar) // Charlotte Russe necklace (similar)

These black bootie wedges were more than I normally spend on shoes, but now the cost per wear has to be in the negative values because I've worn them SO much.  Second only to those leopard wedges above, these shoes are in my constant rotation.  And this look is one of my favorites for work- it's comfortable but still professional, and something about the striped cardigan and pearls makes me feel ladylike.

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J.Crew Factory sweater (similar) // J.Crew Factory scarf (similar) // American Eagle denim (similar) J.Crew Factory flats // Old Navy bag (similar)

This sweater feels like a fancy sweatshirt, these jeans are ones I've had for years, and these flats make the whole outfit feel a little dressier.  This is another one of those that I love for the weekends because it looks like I actually tried, even though there isn't a whole lot of trying when it comes to this look.

 

So now, your turn- what are yourwardrobe staples?

 

 

I Call This One "Casual Mom"

SHOP THE POST Jacket // Sweater (similar) // Jeans // Shoes // Scarf (similar)

Even if I can't be considered a fashion blogger anymore, I still like to look good- even if it's just for a casual stroll around Pittsburgh with my boys.  That's exactly what we did on Sunday.  The weather was perfect, the colors were gorgeous and it was exactly the kind of day that we'd been needing.  No stress, just the three of us, and our adopted city.

By the way?  This sweater is from Dollar General, too.  Can't stop, won't stop.

New Shoes & Hair, Same Baby

New York & Co. cardigan | J.Crew tank | Gap skirt | Forever 21 shoes

So, I went and got my hair done, and totally chickened out on the short hair I was talking to you guys about.  But, BUT, I did get 3 inches cut off, and went significantly darker.  However, it's supposed to be more ombre than it is, so I'm going back on Wednesday night to get it fixed a bit.  It's not any easier for me to manage because there is just. so. much.  But I do like it for now, though I'm sure in about a week I'll be missing my longer hair.

Now, let's talk about these shoes.  I'm in love with them because they're hot, because they were inexpensive, and because they're comfortable.  And I think you should all buy them.

Finally, that baby.  Sometimes I look at him and just want to squeal because he's just so cute.  And then he smiles at me and my heart explodes into a million pieces.  Who knew having a baby would be so great?  (Oh, right, all of you who told me for years to have one.)