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Uniform: Pullover Sweaters, Flat Booties & Long Necklaces


As I get older, I find myself gravitating back to the same styles and silhouettes. I’ll always love fashion trends, but I’m developing some go-to looks and choosing to invest there instead. I’ll still branch out for events or a night out, but my everyday uniform is becoming more predictable. I’m starting this “Uniform” series to share with you the cuts and styles that I keep coming back to in my closet.

Pullover Sweaters for FallAre you as ready to embrace the comfort of fall as I am? If so, these soft pullover knits will keep you warm and cozy all season. I’m choosing solid neutrals with that perfect, effortless drape and slight oversize cut. Since I’m in Dallas, I love all the short-sleeve options I am seeing this year. These sweaters look great with your trusty skinny pants, whether it’s denim, cords or a bold leather legging!

No. 1  Darcia cashmere sweater from Club Monaco, $349
No. 2  Walley short sleeve sweater from Marc by Marc Jacobs, $358
No. 3  Boyfriend sweater from Gap, $59.95
No. 4  Cecile cashmere v-neck sweater from Equipment, $278
No. 5  Alpaca oversized sweater from Cuyana, $160
No. 6  Rowhouse sweater from Madewell, $59.99 on final sale

Flat booties for FallNow onto shoes. My new life as a mom has sent all my heels to the back of the closet. Heartbreaking, I know. This fall, my casual-dressy shoe option is a leather or suede flat bootie. They look great with those skinny pants, but also match up well with a flowy dress or skirt.

No. 1  Hoxton boot from Joie, $380
No. 2  Petty boot from Sam Edelman, $129.95
No. 3  Milan boot from Matisse, $129
No. 4  Horrigan boot from H by Hudson, $285
No. 5  Arrow bootie from Matt Bernson, $319
No. 6  Salem boot from MICHAEL Michael Kors, $198

Long necklaces for FallAnd because a solid sweater, jeans and casual boots can get a little boring, I’m kicking it up with some long necklaces. I always love a good tassel, but any modern metal pendant will do for me. Here are some of my favs:

No. 1  Bullet tassel necklace by Lele Sadoughi, $175
No. 2  Holding pattern necklace from Madewell, $35
No. 3  Knotted dumorite & tassel necklace from Gold & Gray, $295
No. 4  Antarctica ring pendant from BaubleBar, $36
No. 5  Metal fringe pendant necklace from Sam Edelman, $100
No. 6  Radiant pendant necklace from Lulu Frost, $180

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Trend Spotted: Teepee Play Tents


If you follow any moms on Pinterest, I have no doubt that you’ve noticed this prominent trend. Teepees (or tipis..?) are finding their way into stylish playrooms and magazine-worthy one year photo shoots left and right. And honestly, I’m not surprised. Kids love curling up in small spaces! As I child I made a fort in my closet and I would spend hours in there playing, reading…being all kinds of mysterious. Teepees are the ideal design-friendly play tent. Go ahead, call “bandwagon”, but we’re jumping on. Beckett’s getting her own teepee for her first birthday in January!

Kid's teepee playroom inspiration by Binti Home #tipi #teepee

photography by Souraya Hassan of Binti Home for Kid&Coe featuring a Vilac Indian Teepee

Kid's teepee playroom inspiration by The Cross Design #tipi #teepee

The Cross Design

Kid's teepee playroom inspiration DIY on Cup of Jo #tipi #teepee #diy

Kendra Smoot for Cup of Jo featuring a teepee DIY

Kid's teepee playroom inspiration by Design Scouting #tipi #teepee

Abbey Nova of Design Scouting on Cup of Jo featuring old Land of Nod teepee

Kid's teepee playroom inspiration by House Inhabit #tipi #teepee #etsy

Kristin Rogers Photography featuring a House Inhabit teepee

Kid's teepee playroom inspiration by House Inhabit #tipi #teepee #etsy

Jessica Kraus of House Inhabit on A Beautiful Mess featuring a House Inhabit teepee

Kid's lace teepee playroom inspiration by Johnna Holmgren #tipi #teepee

Johnna Holmgren

Kid's teepee playroom inspiration by Jute #tipi #teepee

Jute Interior Design

Kid's DIY teepee playroom inspiration by MerryThought #tipi #teepee #diy

Marla Michau from MerryThought featuring a teepee DIY

Kid's teepee playroom inspiration by MiniWilla #tipi #teepee

MiniWilla

Kid's Land of Nod teepee playroom inspiration by Oh Joy! #tipi #teepee #landofnod

Joy Cho of Oh Joy! featuring Land of Nod’s A Teepee to Call Your Own

Kid's teepee playroom inspiration by Ore Studios #tipi #teepee

Ore Studios

Kid's teepee playroom inspiration by Rikshaw Design #tipi #teepee

Catherine Benson of Rikshaw Design

Kid's teepee playroom inspiration by Sara Bederman #tipi #teepee

Sara Bederman Interior Design

Kid's teepee playroom inspiration #tipi #teepee

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Kourtney Kardashian's piano room #tipi #teepee

Jeff Andrews Design (this is Kourtney Kardashian’s home in InStyle Magazine) featuring a Parkdale Teepee Company teepee

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9 Fall Sweaters for Little Boys


Modern Eve's favorite Fall sweaters for baby boys
Even though I have a daughter, I still find myself swooning over baby boy clothing. There’s nothing more precious than masculine style shrunk down to a mini size. When it comes to little boys, I love a modern, all-american style. In the Fall, you can’t beat the look of a cozy knit paired with blue jeans. Here are my favorite sweaters for baby and toddler boys this season. Clearly I have a thing for stripes, shawl collars and button-down cardigans.

No. 1  Marled toggle front sweater from Old Navy, $24.94
No. 2  Striped sweater from Gymboree, $32.95
No. 3  Fine-knit cotton sweater from H&M, $14.95
No. 4  Varsity cardigan from Joe Fresh, $19
No. 5  Zig zag cardi from Seed Heritage, AUD$49.95
No. 6  Shawl collar cardigan from Crazy8, $19.88
No. 7  Cotton-cashmere baseball sweater from J.Crew Baby, $36
No. 8  Striped cashmere sweater from Jacadi Paris, $79
No. 9  Striped zebra knitted cardigan from Paul Smith Junior, $95

 

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9 Infant and Toddler Dresses for Fall


Modern's Eve Favorite Fall Dresses for Baby Girls
The kids are back to school and the fall activities have begun. It’s time to trade in the flip flops and linen fabrics for booties and layered knits. But since temperatures here in Texas are still hovering in the 80’s and 90’s, I’m looking to fall dresses to help make the transition. Floral graphics, large buffalo checks, soft denim and mixed fabrics are my favorite trends found on these tiny frocks. Each of these would be perfect for that photo shoot at the pumpkin patch, don’t you think?

No. 1  Sateen polka dot dress from Carter’s, $24
No. 2  Adelheid eyelet baby dress by Tea Collection, $29.50
No. 3  “The Uniform Dress” by Duchess & Lion, $98
No. 4  Mixed-media stripe dress by Gap, $26.95
No. 5  Mixed fabrics lace dress by Zara, $35.90
No. 6  Abigail dress by Pink Chicken, $64
No. 7  Long sleeve dress from Egg Baby, $60
No. 8  Pretty collar jersey dress by Mini Boden, $32
No. 9  Watercolor floral dress from Anthem of the Ants, $84

 

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Newborn Essentials: 3-6 Months


Newborn Essentials (3-6 Months) by Modern Eve

Today, I’m rounding up our favorite newborn essentials for three to six months. It’s hard to believe that that time has already come and passed!

No. 1) My first few months with a newborn were spent mostly at home. You can imagine, once she got a little older and it wasn’t as much a risk to expose her to potential germs, I was itching to get out and about. Beckett enjoys her stroller, but she LOVES when I wear her in the ERGO. I usually wear her in the hip position and she is constantly looking around, taking everything in. She’s secure, being close to mommy, but my hands are free to shop, eat or look up something up on my phone. I use it all the time while running errands, especially at the grocery store. Note: I have the ERGObaby Original Baby Carrier, but I would have gotten the ERGObaby Four Position 360 had it been available.

No. 2) When it comes to toys, I favor quality items in (mostly) natural materials. I have a serious aversion to loud, tacky plastic things that fall apart easily. Also, less is more in this department. Beckett mostly plays with one or two items at a time and I rotate through a small, curated collection of teethers, rattles, books and stuffed animals. Her favorite is Sophie the Giraffe and mine is Skwish (is doubles as a sculpture object on my bookcase!)

No. 3) I only recently discovered this brilliant book series, Indestructibles, but I wish I had a while ago. These books are water-proof, tear-resistant and extremely durable, making them the perfect infant book, since everything (everything!) goes in my daughter’s mouth. Honestly, these books put board books to shame. They’re also extremely light, making them ideal to carry in your diaper bag or for travel.

No. 4) Since Beckett was in this stage during the height of summer, a great sunhat and safe, mineral-based sunscreen was definitely one of our top essentials.

No. 5) Going for walks is one of my favorite activities to do with other new moms and their littles. On nice days, we’ll head over the Arboretum or White Rock Lake and when it’s 100+ degrees, Northpark Center is a great air-conditioned alternative. I have been so happy with my UPPAbaby Vista. It strolls effortlessly, even over uneven sidewalks, and it’s easy to rotate Beckett from forward- to rear-facing, depending on her mood. It also has a large storage basket (compared to some of my friend’s strollers), which has come in very handy on long shopping trips and picnics.

No. 6) It makes me sad that Beckett has outgrown this little wooden activity gym from PlanToys. I have such sweet memories of watching her kicking at the toys, learning to reach, and smiling at her reflection in the mirror. It’s a simple version, compared to options you’ll see at a big box retailer, but I think it’s beautiful; and Beckett didn’t seem to miss the plush jungle-themed toys or battery-operated melodies. And, I certainly didn’t.

No. 7) Around five and half months, we started solid foods, but even before then, this highchair was one of Beckett’s regular hanging-out spots. She loved being at our level, instead of down on the floor or in a baby swing. She was easily entertained by watching me cook or do the dishes and around five months we started including her at the dinner table. She loved watching us eat and it seemed to encourage a healthy curiosity and interest in food. She wasn’t sitting up great until recently, but the Boon Flair has five-point harness that kept her safely seated from about two months.

No. 8) Okay, I am letting you all in on my little secret…Ebay. Download the app, start a search, filter the results and save it! This is specifically great for baby clothes, since they’re usually not worn very much, but now I am also starting to look for toys and other products. Beware, it’s addicting.

 

I’d love to hear what items you found helpful during this stage! Please leave a comment below.

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