Barefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeCOAT: Maje (Sold out similar here) // JEANS: Anine Bing // OVERSIZED SCARF: ASOS (Sold out similar here) // SUNNIES: Illest Eva // BOOTS: Sorels // DAVID – JEANS: J Brand // COAT: Gap // SHOES: UGGS // WATCH: Fitbit // ATTICUS – BEAR SUIT: Gap

The other week we decided to go explore Central Park and see Bow Bridge! It was all fun and games and smiles until we had got Atticus squared away in his sleeping bag in the stroller and were headed home and Atticus sort of had a freak out along the way! He doesn’t have them often but he wouldn’t stop crying no matter what we did and I knew he wouldn’t stop until I breastfed him but it was sooo cold out and we were still a hefty amount of blocks away so we power walked to Shake Shack. When we arrived there was of course a line to get a table (which I didn’t think about) and David was outside with Chauncey while Atticus was still crying which was kind of causing a scene.. so I was pretty stressed.. A mom sitting at a table with two girls could tell I was flustered and said she was leaving and gave me her seat which was so nice of her because I don’t think they were actually ready to leave quite yet. As much “mom shaming” as I have experienced on social media and out and about NYC, I love meeting moms who just get it and want to help anyone in the same boat. Anyone who I meet that has a baby even around the same age as Atticus I instantly want to be best friends with them! I wish all moms would just help each other out and judge less. That is my ideal world 🙂 I am still mentally thanking that mom who gave us her seat!

On another note, I just filmed a tutorial for this hair style which I am excited to share (once I finally get a sec to edit it!) it is how to “fake” a crown and/or milkmaid braid – because lets be honest, crown braids are HARD and my arms can never stay up for that long and milkmaid braids sometimes look funky haha so this is a good alternative.

I got these Illest Eva sunglasses recently and David and I both love them! I don’t have any white sunglasses and I had got them for a beach vacation coming up but thought they went with my outfit that day. I sort of have a sunglass obsession and recently lost a pair (my favorite pair, RIP) of Karen Walker sunglasses and I was so bummed about it I told myself I wasn’t going to buy another pair until I wore all the ones I already have at least twice. Then I bought these not even realizing it – I HAVE A PROBLEM!!!!

Have a good day! xox

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  1. Please post this hair tutorial! I have been wondering how you do it since this one picture you posted like forever ago! It’s so freaking cute!!

  2. I absolutely love your blog and your instagram! I definitely have hair envy! Haha I just wanted to say how much I agree with you about mom’s needing to stick together and stop jugging each other! My son is four months old tomorrow and it’s nuts to see how much other mom’s judge one another! I never realized it until having my baby boy. I’ve gotta ask what are some of Atticus’ favourite toys? I’m always looking for advice on fun toys for babies! 🙂

  3. Ugh it makes me so sad to read about you having a hard time with other moms telling you you are doing something wrong ! I watch Atticus on snap chat and trust me he seems like the happiest most loved baby I have ever seen! It makes me even want to be a better mom to my own kids ! So don’t worry Amber you are an amazing mother don’t let anyone get to you ! You deserve all the love !

  4. That story about mom shaming makes me so sad. I don’t have kids, but I can only imagine how hard it is, especially being a first time mother. Aren’t women supposed to support each other, not tear each other down? That lady that gave up her seat warms my heart!
    and I totally know how you feel about losing your favourite sunglasses. I recently lost my favourite pair of Michael Kors sunglasses, but I’m still convincing myself that they are somewhere buried in my room. My Target sunglasses will do for now!

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

  5. It look so romantic on photos but I bet it is pretty darn cold lol- even in Florida we are right now in the 50s- I don´t even want to know how it is in NYC lol! 😉

  6. I don’t know how anyone could “mom shame” you! It is clear that you are a passionate about being a good mom and wife and it definitely shines through in your posts!! Keep doing you! I love reading!

    <3 <3

    Kristen

  7. Love it! Atticus always seems like the happiest little sunshine, I’m borderline amazed he has freak outs 😛
    I love seeing your happy little family. We are the same age and I just think its so cool to see someone do what you do. You are a huge inspiration to me!

    Much love!!

    Brittany

    northofbloom.com

  8. I love your faux milkmaid braid! It’s such a pretty updo especially with the wispy face-framing tendrils! my shopping obsession usually revolves around clothes, but it has just recently expanded to encompass accessories too! I’m all about sun protection, but it’s so hard for me to find sunglasses that compliment my face shape, and I can’t get over how it takes the makeup off the bridge of my nose….hmmm it’s a love hate relationship!

    xoxo hails.
    haileyanela.blogspot.com

  9. I love reading these! You’re an inspiration!

    Will you be doing your camera gear blog post soon?

    I remember you mentioning it and I (and many others I’m sure) are so looking forward to it! 🙂 best wishes!

  10. I feel you on the mom judgement! I wish people were as nice as that sweet lady that gave you her seat! You’re an amazing & beautiful mom. You inspire me to step up my overall mom uniform ( lululemon on lululemon) to something more glamorous. Keep doing what you’re doing!

  11. Does David like his fit bit? I’ve been thinking about getting my husband one for his birthday, but I don’t know anyone who has one!

  12. Mom shaming SERIOUSLY I hear ya. I really don’t get it either…it’s not like there’s ANY one woman out there who has all the flawless answers right.
    I think you’re doing great…in fact watching you w/your little man inspires me to embrace being a mom even more 😀
    xo
    thejoifullife.com

  13. Anything that has to do with new mommies, I cry! I have a 5 month old son, Gael and a 2.5 year old daughter, Penelope. I love the knowing look other moms give. The supportive look of, I too know what it feels like when you are on your way into a store and your child decides to throw a fit in the middle of the street. Anyway, I saw this link on a friends Facebook page, I am sure you have seen it but I laughed and cried and just in case you haven’t seen it, here it is – It sums up pretty well how judgmental we can me, but in the end we are doing the best for our babies!!!! http://www.scarymommy.com/that-time-i-cried-over-a-formula-commercial/. It is a formula commercial but you wouldn’t know that at all.

    You are my first and only blogger that I follow, almost obsessively 🙂 You are doing great things and love all your posts! I make my friends check out your clothes and your hair styles! 🙂 My husband isn’t a fan so much, because you also put a dent in our account!

    Veronica

  14. i just tried to post a comment and it didn’t post, agh!

    but basically i am nervous for when that happens to me! like, my baby doesn’t stop crying. we babysat my niece and she seriously cried for so long and wouldn’t stop we had to have her parents come get her, haha! everyone says it’s different when it’s your own baby, but i hear stories from friends where they’re like, “_____ wouldn’t stop crying so” and it makes me nervous haha!

    you’re lucky you moved to nyc though, because if you were in utah probably no one would have even batted and eye, because they would all be busy with their 7 kids! haha!

  15. I absolutely love your hair! And Amber from all I have seen you seem to be an amazing mom and you know what is best for your sweet baby boy 🙂 Don’t let other moms out there get you down. I feel like I have been told over and over again what I “have” to do with my child, and I’ve realized that it just doesn’t matter what other people say or think as long as I feel that I am doing my very best 🙂

    Rachel
    Blonde with a Chanse

  16. Your whole outfit is so pretty and it matches the snow 🙂 and love Atticus as always (those rosy cheeks and nose haha)
    I couldn’t agree with you more about your ideal world — just love , no hate, no judgement! maybe one day! we just keep believing it will happen! ha!
    And then as I read more and read more… i saw RIP to your favorite sunglasses and right away in my head I was like…NO way! NO way! those Karen Walkers are super nice and they fit you so well…. 🙁 (sorry I didnt mean to bring back bad memories) the ones you got are so pretty too and so happy you found a new favorite already 🙂 stay warm!!!

  17. I look forward to reading your blog everyday Amber! You have been an incredible inspiration to me when it comes to being a mommy – you are a happy, traveling, stylish, fit, successful, and godly mommy with a happy husband and a beautiful happy baby. Thank you for being so transparent on your blog and sharing both your successes and your frustrations. You are wonderful !

  18. OMG! I love this whole outfit and love the sunnies, I’m in C’Ville, VA and it’s freezing here and you look so cozy. Love the post. It really hurts my heart that anyone would say anything negative regarding you being a mother or how you parent or do things. Baby A is the happiest baby because he is so loved. If you ever have a problem with “those” moms or peeps send them to me i’ll let them have it……haha…..your an awesome mommy!!!!!!!! xoxo

  19. Lovely post as always! I totally understand your mommy situation I have a 5 month old as well as a 3 year old. It’s definitely not always easy but, they really are a joy and blessing from God. Hang in there, you seem like such a wonderful and loving mother. In all your posts Atticus is always smiling. That’s a great sign that you’re doing an amazing job! 🙂