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Brooklyn Clothing Life Shopping

Hershel backpack – I received this at my family’s secret Santa exchange over Christmas, and have liked using it in place of my usual diaper bag.

Facebook moms group – there’s a fabulous group here in Brooklyn and it has been SOO helpful for getting info.

Bon Iver – the best mellow background music for winter, cooking, wine-drinking and such.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara – I got this as a free sample at Sephora and like that it makes my lashes look longer.

Hot yoga – I treated myself to two classes at two different studios this month and enjoyed the warmth and me-time.  I’ve always taken yoga at whatever gym I belong to, so I don’t think I’ve ever tried a true hot yoga studio.

Your comments – I was wondering if anyone was still out there and I’ve absolutely loved re-engaging and reading all of your thoughts recently! Thank you!

Blondo boots & booties – Matt got me these waterproof riding boots for my birthday, and I got these waterproof booties when mine got destroyed from rain and snow.  I’m really loving this brand, and both pairs are lined with extra warm material.

Nordstrom Rack – I’m sure there are awesome boutiques around here, but I haven’t discovered them yet and probably can’t afford them.  For the few items I’ve needed to buy since moving (warm socks, warm leggings, a bra, jeans), I’ve loved the prices and selection at the Rack. The Brooklyn one is pretty empty and is really clean and organized. Also, there is no Nordstrom in NYC!!

  • Kat
    January 22, 2018 at 11:14 am

    OMG HOT YOGA. I never did it before babies and really it is the best retreat. You can workout if you want or just savasana in peace.

    • Laura
      January 22, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      I love the choice!

  • Mary Livesay
    January 22, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Hot yoga is such a treat! Ever go to the desert? If so, treat yourself to an outdoor hot yoga session – the air is so dry it is really nice to lay on a mat on the dirt or grass and let the sun bake you while you do your shivasana.

    • Laura
      January 22, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      That sounds amazing!!

  • amanda
    January 22, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Long time reader! Looking forward to your NYC adventures!

    • Laura
      January 23, 2018 at 2:45 pm


  • E
    January 22, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Nordstrom on 57th in manhattan opens this year! Consider yourself lucky!

    • Laura
      January 23, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Wonderful news!

  • Melissa
    January 23, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Definitely still out here! Thanks for keeping up your posts, especially now you’re in NYC! I lived there for 6 years and miss it like crazy. Hang in there, it’ll be April soon… Spring makes every second of the 5-month winter sooo worth it 🙂

    • Laura
      January 23, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks! I sure hope so!

  • Kerry
    January 23, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Longtime reader and NYC resident and second that nordstroms is opening this year on 57th and Broadway!!

    For a date night check out syndicated bar and kitchen (it’s a dine in movie theater) in Bushwick.

    • Laura
      January 23, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Very exciting! Thanks for the recommendation

  • Maggie
    January 23, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Yes, we are still here and cheering you on. I moved 10 times ( 2 foreign country, 8 different states )
    In 30 years, the first few are the hardest. You will be successful and you will be helping the next newbie. Enjoy your Mom’s group, your hot yoga and those darling boots.

    • Laura
      January 23, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks so much! Wow – 10 times is crazy. You must be a pro!

  • Deb
    January 23, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Long time reader, I am really enjoying your adventures in New York.

    • Laura
      January 23, 2018 at 2:41 pm


  • Louise A Olafsson
    January 23, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Long time reader. Fun to follow you and your cute family!

    • Laura
      January 23, 2018 at 2:41 pm


  • andrea
    January 23, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Nordstrom is coming to NYC – maybe later this year -or early next?

    • Laura
      January 23, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      That’s what a few others have just told me – can’t believe there’s not one here already!

  • Liz
    January 23, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Love reading your blog, your sister’s and your Mom’s! Visited NYC for the first time in my earl 50’s, fell in love and am convinced if I had visited in my 20’s, I would have made it my home! I can live vicariously through you! Thanks!

  • Ashley
    January 24, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Loving more posts! Also love the booties!

  • Angela
    January 24, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Did you get the bootie size in your regular shoe or sneaker? I always get a size larger for sneakers.

    • Laura
      January 24, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      Some of the reviews said to buy them a half-size up, and then I did that and they were too big! Ordered my true size and they fit great

  • Molly
    January 24, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Just wanted to be sure and comment to say both cross country moves with kids and East Coast winters are so tough and you are handling both really well! Also really appreciated your post about work-I am so in my head about the same type of decision and honestly felt like I got to process with you:) On that topic, I’ve actually done all three (work full time with kids, stay at home full time and work part time) and I honestly think there is no perfect option-they all have pros and trade offs-but you have to do what is best for you at that time (which might change over time.) Being open to such fundamental change is not really in my nature but has led to some pretty great experiences and opportunities.

    • Laura
      January 24, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      So glad I was able to help you process. And I think you’re right, there’s no easy answer – what’s best will likely change over time and that’s ok! I’m just so future oriented that I feel pressure to figure it out ASAP.

  • shelly
    January 25, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    love that you are blogging more- it’s been great hearing your honest perspective on being home with your daughter, moving to support your husband’s career, etc. thanks for sharing!

  • A
    January 25, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Am really loving your blog since you moved! Always checked in before, just never commented.

    • Laura
      January 25, 2018 at 3:25 pm


  • Catherine Beach
    January 28, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Omg, puhlease go shop local in Brooklyn! There’s Catbird (owned by Phoebe Cates from Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Steven Alan, one of the oldest, most vintage Free People stores is on Smith st, OAK NYC, O.N.A., and the Brooklyn Flea is amazing for vintage… the list goes on! Trust.

    • Laura
      January 28, 2018 at 11:39 am

      Thanks for the recs!!