Black on Black (on Black)

An all-black ensemble is a go-to for me. In fact, I used to wear so much black that is was kind of an issue, ha. 

On Wednesday, I paired a simple black tee with an inexpensive boyfriend cardigan and a leopard-textured pencil skirt from Ann Taylor that I've owned for years.
tee- target  |  skirt-  ann taylor (similar)  |  cardigan- old navy  |  shoes- nordstrom  |  
necklace- tinytags, ℅ 
I need to re-iterate my love for this boyfriend cardigan. It's good quality (not super thin) and has a great shape and weight to it. It's also super long (I'm wearing a small) and comes in petite and tall sizes.

Do you like to wear black? I definitely go through phases where it's all I want to wear---remember my days of black tights, every day of winter? Oh boy


Have a great week--- it's almost Friday!

Oh Baby! Target Updates up & up Baby Line

A few weeks ago, I shared some of my favorite items from Target's up & up line, which I've been using for a couple of years now.
 
I learned recently that up & up was launching a newly-updated line of baby products. I have already been so pleased with the quality of their other personal care products that I was excited to be able to test out their diapers and wipes.
 
up & up's diapers are made of cotton and include elemental chlorine-free fluff. The new ones that just hit stores Step. 28th have a cotton-enhanced dryness layer. Several of my friends actually recommended Target's store brand diapers to me before, so I was eager to check out the updated ones which promised to be soft and have great absorbency. 
They're meant to keep your baby comfortable, which is key when you're all over the place with a busy, walking (running), and climbing toddler.
 
We do a lot of activities on weekends (like our recent trips to the zoo), so we need a diaper that's going to last through all of that excitement!
 
I just love Harper's leopard-print pantsand speaking of prints, up & up's diapers have a cute blue and green dot print on them. We were pleased with the quality of the diapers and had no leaks. I also think they're a little thinner than the ones we typically use which is nice--- and they're certainly less expensive (bonus!)
For wipes, I chose the sensitive skin ones because I like to use products that are unscented on Harper's skin (they're also hypoallergenic!) The wipes have botanic fibers blended with cotton so they're soft and durable. They're also alcohol-free so you can use them on your child's face and hands. I like to use wipes for pretty much everything, so it's nice when they're dual-purpose. 
 
Baby wipes---not just for diaper changes, but some of life's messier moments
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Think Pink!

Happy Monday! Thank you to everyone who joined the 14-day plank challenge! Today was day one and I'm already seeing lots of check-ins on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks to Marion for hosting!

Today I looked into my closet and selected my beloved j.crew no. 2 pencil skirt in the hot pink color and paired it with a simple black and white micro stripe crew neck shirt. Lately I've been really drawn to neutrals, but I was craving something a little more fun.
skirt- j.crew (old, more colors here // 25% off with code TGIFALL)  |  shirt- banana republic (similar, similar)  |  shoes- nine west  |  necklace- dolceave, ℅  |  watch- daniel wellington, ℅ USE CODE "veronikasblushing" for 15% off of your purchase  |  
bracelet- groopdealz, ℅  |  bag- tory burch 
I noticed that J.Crew isn't doing a ton of brights this season…I really miss all of their candy-colored wool coats and of course these pencil skirts. Maybe they'll infuse some brights into the spring collections. There's something refreshing about a bright wool coat in the wintertime. Maybe next season…
Have a great week!

PS...
Speaking of pink- as you know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and if you purchase a Plum Pretty Sugar item in Pink Love Poppy over $50, you will receive a free "Hello Pretty" tote. 15 % of purchase will also be donated to Susan G. Komen. 
Enter YOUAREPRETTY14 at checkout*
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Our Weekend + Recent Buys + 14-Day Plank Challenge

Today was a really fun day. I woke up feeling a little anxious because I wasn't sure if Harper would be in pain or really bruised, but her upper lip area actually looked way better than the day before and though the swelling was still present on the inside of her upper lip, but the outside looked good, considering how hard the fall was.

We ended up going through with our plans to go to the Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival at the Nature Discovery Center. My in-laws joined us and we had a great time walking the grounds and playing at the park.

Can you believe Harper actually kept her sunglasses on for some of the time we were there? I think it's the longest she's ever worn them. I'm trying to get her to wear her babiators more often so she's used to them when we go to the Bahamas. By the way, babiators have a warranty--- if you break or lose them within a year of having them, they replace them for free (you just pay $5.95 shipping). Harper's broke a couple of months ago (we would have tried to fix them but the second lens was MIA) and they sent us a new pair right away.
Harper's favorite thing lately is the slide. Since the weather has cooled down a little (in the 70's or 80's instead of the 90's, ha) we have taken evening walks most nights and she loves going to the park. She can slide down all by herself now and keeps saying "more more" because she wants to go again and again.  So it was no surprise when she beelined for the slide at the nature center today.
Anytime she sees pumpkins, she wants to carry them or sit on them...
She loved that smiling scarecrow…we had to jump around just to get her to look at the camera for this shot...
 The perfect size to carry around...
After visiting the Nature Discovery Center, we took my in-laws to Local Foods. We eat there all the time but they had never been. I always get the crunchy chicken sandwich and postole soup. I've tried a lot of the sides and some salads too. It's all delicious food made with ingredients that are locally sourced. 
When we got home, I used my Zoku popsickle molds to make blueberry/raspberry yogurt popsicles for Harper. I used plain, 2% fage yogurt and blended it with blueberries and raspberries. I really love this kit--- it's really easy to use and the popsicles are a good size. I can already tell Harper will love them because I gave her the leftover mix from the blender and she licked the bowl clean.
If you follow me on instagram, you probably already saw my new Daniel Wellington watch. I'm obsessed! From the rose gold, to the simple and elegant watch face, to the navy and pink band, it's just gorgeous. I can't wait to show it to you with some outfits. Daniel Wellington is offering all of my readers a 15% off discount using the code "veronikasblushing" at checkout, if you're in the market for a new watch!
Last weekend, I purchased some new beauty items at Ulta, and I forgot to share them!

I also have to share these adorable bows Mary from Ryan & Wren sent to me last week:
They're perfect for fall and very well made. Ryan & Wren is one of the first Etsy shops I ever ordered bows from and I just love the styles she offers.

Before I wrap-up, I want to invite you all to join me for a 14-day plank challenge with Marion from Marionberry Style. I will be doing check-ins on Instagram and you can join the group's Facebook page hereIf you're already fit, no worries, because Marion will be posting an advanced schedule + moves each day to follow. You have 20 seconds on Monday, right? Join me!
I hope you had a wonderful Sunday! Thank you for all of your comments on yesterday's post here on on IG. It was a very scary moment as a first time parent and I'm grateful for everyone who sent good wishes to Harper.

FTC Disclaimer: I was sent the Daniel Wellington watch and the two hair bows from Ryan & Wren as gifts. These are my honest opinions about the products and no additional monetary compensation was provided. All other items mentioned were purchased with my own money.
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