Hi, I am mary. I think style encompasses more than just the clothes you see. The way one walks, talks,stands, and most importantly, the confidence all create style. I am no fashion expert. I am learning and evolving more everyday as Happily Grey grows in its own way.
I’m A L W A Y S on the hunt for something new to do with my hair – a fun alternative to get me out of slump of same-old, something special for a night out with friends or a date night with Mad :). I teamed up with my friend and stylist Kristen Carbine to try out some summer looks.
A few takeaways – texture is KEY!! In all three of these looks, it was really important to create good body and some natural looking wave. For me, I try not to work against the summer heat and humidity, but instead choose looks that will play nicely with the weather ;).
Also, HAIR ACCESSORIES!!! We had a blast trying out different hair clips with each style – and every clip makes a statement – sassy, bold and sweet :). Be sure and tell me your fave!!
Welcome to the world Navy James Lee, 7lbs 1oz, 19 in. We’ve had a few weeks of healing from some unexpected bumps but we’re all happy and healthy and that’s more than we could ask for.
That said, not much went according to our birth plan. It all started Wednesday night after a 5 mile walk that evening. I contracted all through the night and into the morning. It was so intense that I got up in the middle of the night to clean from 1-3am…hoping the motion would provide relief. At 6am that morning, I had some very abnormal bleeding (much more than typical bleeding towards the end) and I knew it was time to go to the hospital. I woke Mad, we grabbed the bags, kissed the pups and we were off!
We went through triage quickly, and after being put on a monitor, discovered Navy James’ heart rate was variable with a lot of decels. After talking with my doctor, we decided it was best to go ahead and induce and take Navy James – given the abnormal bleeding and her heart rate.
Little did we know that was only the beginning 😉
What followed was a 24 hour labor with little progression – I never dilated past a 5. Even after 18hrs on a max Pitocin dosage.
After multiple bedside interventions, including an intrauterine catheter and 14hrs on the Pitocin drip the pain was unbearable so I chose to have an epidural. This was not a part of my original birth plan, but with little progression and no response to other measures, we hoped the epidural would relax my body.
Meanwhile, Navy’s heart rate was not tolerating the labor, and even more so the longer we went. She had multiple runs of 80-90 for several minutes (a typical baby heart rate ranges from 120-140bpm), however would pop back up as they put oxygen on and decreased my Pitocin. Also to add— my epidural wasn’t working on my right side; l was still in a moderate amount of pain.
At 4am Navy’s HR dropped to 70 for 8mins and didn’t respond to the nurses interventions. My doctor came in and we urgently went to the O.R. for an emergency c-section where we discovered Navy’s body and neck were both wrapped multiple times in her umbilical cord. This prevented her from descending through the birth canal, and was also affecting her heart rate with each contraction.
Ultimately not much went as planned, especially a c-section. The second night we were home it finally hit me. Talking through it with Mad helped. Ultimately I’m so grateful for an amazing team of nurses, incredible doctor (Dr. Donna Crowe), and my doula (Liz Whip) that helped get our baby girl here healthy and safe.
The whole process taught me it’s great to prepare AND to go in with an open-mind. So much is out of your control.
Taking Navy James home from the hospital felt like we were stealing – how could we be so lucky to leave with something so precious!?!
Mad and I have been treasuring these moments with our little lady these past couple of weeks. They have been priceless and even sweeter than we could have imagined. Thank you for all of the love and support – it really does mean so much. Answering a few specific questions you guys asked below!
Designing our home was seriously one of my FAVORITE things.
It’s everything I love about fashion –layers, texture, pops of color, expression, movement…But knowing ultimately that this would be the place that Mad and I would raise our family meant every detail took on a whole new meaning.
I wanted to give you a close up look at some of our home accents – starting with faucets!! We used Brizo throughout the house. I love the sleek design that makes every room – kitchen to bathroom – feel next level. Let me know what you think!!
How is summer ALREADY here!?!?! I feel like I blinked and spring was over. As it gets hotter, the bump gets bigger and the dress gets smaller ;). I’m obsessed with anything bright, airy and playful for this time of year – and this Summer Nights Striped Top from Free People is the whole trifecta.
Last month friends and family hosted the most BEAUTIFUL baby shower at Restoration Hardware in Nashville to celebrate our sweet girl. Mad and I are totally overwhelmed by all of the love and support that has been shown, and can’t say thank you enough to the people who made that day so memorable – and to Restoration Hardware for making it absolutely STUNNING. Shower of my dreams :).
Sharing a few of my favorite pics with you from that day. Every detail – from the food to the decorations – was everything I could have hoped for. Feeling such gratitude. Now all we need is for baby girl to get here – and SOON!!!
It’s been almost two years, and I still love reminiscing this day.
Our wedding really was one of the best days for both Mad and me – having all of our family and friends together in one place was something we’ll always hold onto. Your questions made me feel like I got to re-live it all over again :).
FINALLY! Time to start sharing interior details with you guys, and it feels S O good! Making this house a home has been a longer process than expected, but worth every second of the wait!
Your first peek – the kitchen! This is such special space to me, one of the most important in the house . . . There are few things things I love more than a house full of family and friends, making conversation over a yummy meal. With the open concept of our home, the kitchen sits at the center and is the natural gathering place. I wanted it to be beautiful yet functional, spacious and inviting.
My interior team did just that. Final touches made it unique to us! The pegboard above the counter top is one of my favorite details… The wood is the perfect warm accent to the high contrast combo of black marble and white walls. With simplistic design, this juxtaposition really transforms the space. It also allows beautiful kitchen gadgets to be displayed artistically, than hide in a cabinet!
My favorite part- the custom spice-rack!
Every cook needs a one, and April (literally) dreamt this up for us! She transformed the stove hood, a common and necessary component of every kitchen, into something completely different! It’s the total focal point of the room now, like a tiny gallery wall or display. She also used little cork bottles to hold all of the spices! It’s the little details that make such a huge difference! Functional, yet unique.
Speaking of functional… One of my favorite add-ons in the kitchen is this leather-strapped hanging bar hung between our windows. It’s an achievable, easy fix and totally usable! I love when beautiful design meets your every day needs.
From bobby pins to barrettes, headbands to bows, hair accessories are everywhere right now and I’m a BIG fan. A small statement with big impact . . .it’s a chance to push a look further. Accessories have a way of defining an outfit, because final touches often matter most. Lately I’ve been experimenting – I feel strong when I layer metallics, glam when I go for pearlsor crystals, and retro when I frame my face with classic clips.
HG Tip- Placement is everything and don’t overthink it.