The Black Bib

… In Real Life

I can’t remember which came first, The Black Bib the site or The Black Bib… the bib. Either way, I am so beyond thrilled to be writing this post that The Black Bib, product has finally launched! When I started this site not only was it a place that I wanted to create beautiful content to share but always knew that I wanted to have a piece of it that all of you could actually hold in your hands. I’ve been simultaneously working on both for the past year and a half.

When I had Isla, I found it so difficult to find cool pieces that were either black, or leather or other lux materials, that I love to mix into my own wardrobe. While I understand it’s totally impractical, I still wanted it for those impractical dressing moments. The fancy brunch, or going out with friends and having a bite. I wished I could put a bib on her that was as cute as the outfit she had on underneath. I had my own black leather bomber that I lived in, why couldn’t she have the same…

My inspiration from design, to packaging all came from the amazingly chic New York City moms I encounter every day. The designers, the editors, the bloggers, the stay at home rockstars… all of them that understand even though having children is almost always a literal mess, there is no reason to not look good while living it.

I hope you love The Black Bib as much as I have loved designing it for you!

xo, Jas

The TBB 2018 Holiday Guide

Holiday Shopping is not as stressful when you’re prepared with a few ideas, but when you actually start shopping even more ideas start to pop up. Here is a round up of inspiration to give you a head start! Keep checking back for lots more as I add new things throughout the month!

 

Your Home

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Decor is just another piece of the holiday hustle and bustle. From a great tree, lights, and holiday cards all the way to the packaging and wrap. I know, I know… coordinating wrap is a little overboard but taking the time to make the presentation look extra special is half of the excitement of the gift itself!

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Your Family

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Matching or not, the best and coziest pajamas come out for the holiday season. We (ok me.) love wearing ours even after the holidays all year round!

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Your Bestie

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The absolute best part of holiday shopping is finding those perfect gems for your bestie, your sister and of course…. yourself! These are just a few things I’m buying up for my girls and adding to my own wishlist (or to my cart!)

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Your Work Wife

 
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I know you reeeeallly want to just grab a starbucks giftcard and call it a day…. but I promise these options are so much better and will show you gave way more thought into something special. All of these options are under $50!

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Your Host

The perfect host almost always is the hardest to buy for. Go the extra mile and instead of bringing a bottle of wine, pick up one of these special gifts to love well after the party is over.

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How to Set the Prettiest Thanksgiving Table

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My first year hosting thanksgiving was overwhelming to say the least. Growing up with holiday’s that in my mind were perfect and full of all the right magical details, I felt like it would be close to impossible to even compete. After a few deep breaths and a trip to HomeGoods I was re-energized and inspired. I decided to do fall but with my own beach-y aesthetic to fit in with the decor of our beach house (where we hosted!). I made sure to fill the table with lots of textures like raffia place mats (so affordable!), bark coasters and fresh berries. Then I added a little bit of edge and holiday sparkle with some stripes, gold metal flatware and copper blocks for serving dishes. The only thing left to do was throw in a few mini pumpkins and a giant turkey to get the full effect.

Check out the rest of the table below, and some of my favorite things that I’ll be buying for this year’s table scape!

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Make Your Own Bow Frame

I knew I could probably buy a really cute bow frame to clip all of Isla’s new bows from Etsy or something but I was in one of those moods that I just needed it right that second and did not want to wait. So I decided to quickly make one of my own. I just made up how I thought it should be done and voila! It took me less than 20 minutes and turned out so cute!

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Breakfast in 1 Minute: Easy On the Go Muffins for Slow Moving Mornings

I am not a morning person. So when my toddler wakes up screaming “EAT!” while I’m still trying to open my eyes it’s not easy. These breakfast muffin recipes have saved me in the mornings and all it takes is a little extra prep time in the beginning of the week. There are so many recipes on Pinterest but these few are my favorites. Check out how I prep them (screaming toddler included) and just how easy it is to make. Your welcome.

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My Ultimate Travel Essentials

I’ve been traveling quite a lot lately, and traveling alone with a toddler is no joke. I’ve got it down to a science now but only with the help of some pretty amazing travel gear. Below are my favorite pieces to shop (plus a few extras) but first let me tell you why each one is so great…

When I’m alone I have to be as minimal as possible so my diaper bag turns into my carry on. I love using a chic one like this Jem & Bea below. Keeping organized is crucial for storing toys, plane tickets and a wallet. This silk pouch not only keeps it all separate and safe but it has a strap that turns into a cross body evening bag once I’m at my destination. It’s 1 less thing to pack. The BabyZen Yoyo Stroller is my life saver. I can fold it with one hand and put it on the belt through security and then quickly pop Isla back in to stroll to our gate. Best of all, I fold it up right before we board and I can store it with my bags in the overhead bins. It’s my absolute favorite travel piece and probably my number 1 recommended registry item! I love a cute but leak proof sippie cup, and cannot live without the mommy hook for any extra bags that I don’t have a hand for. A light blanket if the plane gets chilly and a book of stickers for easy entertainment really take up minimal space so they’re must haves. The final touch is a chic but comfortable airport look. Sneakers and Cashmere joggers are current favs right now.

Traveling with kids can be daunting but I promise even with 1 or 2 of these essentials and a good game plan it’s not only doable but can be enjoyable! Safe Travels!

 
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  1. Pouch, Gold No. 8 | 2. Light Blanket, Aden & Anais | 3. Travel Pack Wipes, Parasol | 5. Sticker Book, Target |4. Sippy Cup, Smilo| 6. Carry On Diaper Bag, Jem & Bea | 7. Stroller, Baby Zen Yoyo

TAO Chicago Grand Opening

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The Look

I was so busy I didn’t have time to really plan out the perfect opening night look. The only thing I knew I wanted, was some sparkle. I found this perfect sequin slip dress from Fleur du Mal and had it shipped directly to Chicago, praying it would work when it arrived. And it did! The best part… the sequins were navy. Which made it that much better!

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The Crew

Our friends and family all flew to Chicago to support and celebrate with us. A lot of pizza, shopping and glitzy nights were had!

 

How I Turned a Guest Room into a Playroom..... in One Afternoon

I love that our beach house gives us so much free space that we don't have in New York. I felt like we weren't using it the best when we had an extra guest room so I decided to turn it into a playroom for Isla and her friends. I didn't want to spend a ton of money and wanted to use big furniture pieces that we already had. Watch our transformation in just one after noon and shop below to get the look!

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Summer Corn Salad

Last days of summer are coming to an end but if there's one thing I'm still not sick of it's fresh sweet summer corn! My mom makes the best grilled corn salad and I've been copying it and making it on repeat all summer. Take a look at how quick and easy you can whip this one up!

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Ingredients: 

5-6 Ears of Fresh Corn (I love the pre-packaged to save time), 1 Yellow Onion, 1 Package of Grape Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, White Vinegar, EVOO & Sugar

Everything You Need for the Prettiest Summer Tablescape

The best part about entertaining is the set up. I love dreaming up the menu, the florals, the cocktails etc. I always find if you create the perfect table scape you can literally serve potato chips and it will be chic. It's all about the presentation! The list is short and sweet so to make things easy here are my top picks for the perfect summer table scape!

1. Place Settings: A place mat adds a burst of color or in this case lots of texture to an already pretty neutral table. I like round ones for right under the plate so it doesn't take up too much room on the table!

2. Napkins: Another chance to add pattern, texture, or play with color! These tie die cloth napkins are a current favorite of mine.

3. Flatware: I love to use gold flatware. It's affordable at so many places and makes everything look a little bit fancier with that added shine. As an alternative to metal I also love bamboo flatware for more texture. 

4. Florals: Something simple and seasonal always works. This time just a pop of greenery was all I really needed. I love to have something big that makes a statement but not tall so guests can still see across the table.

5. Candles: A fancy candle can go a long way. Spending a little more money on something that will last long and smell delicious will be well worth it! 

6. Light Bites: A Summer Table Scape is not complete without light seasonal bites that are satisfying but not too heavy in the summer heat. Lobster rolls and a pasta salad are my favorites!

7. Rosé: A light summer cocktail is refreshing and keeps the dinner party going! Not only do I love the taste but I like the color a rosé gives to the table. Of course I always have additional drink options in the kitchen too!

 



The Perfect Way To Welcome

Your House Guests

I have so much fun when it comes to preparing to host some house guests. I like to put together a little "Welcome Amenity" for when they arrive. It usually includes a local snack and maybe another small treat of some sort. Take a look at how I put it all together and what I always include to make it just perfect!


Father's Day Shopping Ideas & Inspiration

Shopping for a Father's day gift does not have to be that difficult. Whether you plan for weeks, always do a personalized super creative gift, or you're the type to run around the day before.... there are plenty of ideas that he will adore. There's the rustic dad, the chic dad, the fancy dad, the surfer dude dad, and  even the sporty dad, that could all use a gift from our round up below. So pour some wine, get cozy with your computer on the couch and get to shopping! You're Welcome.

 
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For Your Baby Daddy

...the guy's guy who collects sneakers like they're Louboutin's and appreciate's good style.


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1. Humidor 

2. Boardshorts, J.Crew 

3. Sneaker Wipes, Jason Markk 

4. Carry On Bag, InCase

5. Airpods, Apple

6. Slip On Sneakers, Vans

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For Your Daddy

... The guy who can fix just about anything, loves to fish and almost always loses his glasses.


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1. Beard Oil, Tom Ford

2. Gym Care Kit, Men's Society

3. Fully Loaded Bucket, Yeti

4. Portable Grill, Uncommon Goods

5. Travel Kit, Filson

6. Lifestyle Roll, This is Ground

7. Sunglasses, Rayban

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WELCOME 

TO THE BLACK BIB

Hi! My name is Jasmine. I’m a New Yorker and a new(ish) mom to my 16 month old daughter, Isla. Given my obsession with glasses, braces and a pink cast full of signatures in elementary school… I think my 10 year old self always knew I’d become an Accessories Editor way before anyone. Now, I’m a Fashion Editor by day, and mommy by... well all around the clock. My life is a crazy mix of high/low, glamorous and sometimes pretty gross.  I’m just starting to go on first Mommy dates, and still love dancing on a banquette as much as I did in when I moved here. There are times I find 10 outfits that are the same price as the irresistible pair of MaryJane’s I have to save like 3 Barney’s gift cards to buy. 
The Black Bib is all about that mix. The perfect pair of heels, mastering a weekend getaway with your friends, a one of a kind stroller canopy, and finding all of those gems in between. Here, you can binge away on styling videos, shoppable shoots, curated pieces, and endless inspiration.
I hope you relate, I hope you laugh and I hope you shop your little heart out….  because even if you get barfed on everyday or you may just be a little terror yourself, you still need to have fun and look good while doing it! 
Just Wear a Bib. 
xx

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Combine in a Large Bowl: 2 3/4 Cups of Oats, 1 Cup Raw Almonds,1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes, 1/3 Cup Raw Pepitas, 1 Tbsp Salt 

Melt in a Small Saucepan on the Stovetop Until Dissolved:1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar, 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup, 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil

         Pour Wet Ingredients into Dry Ingredients and toss all together. Bake at 300 Degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.


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First Post Baby Vacation

Coming back to life after months on no sleep! 

 The first vacation post baby is a big deal. Coordinating sitters, schedules, and your own nerves is enough to make you want to cancel the trip. But I promise it is SO worth it! While it's important to get some much needed time with your partner, it's also just as important to get in time with your friends and get re-acquainted with your pre-baby self.  Post Pardom hormones are no joke and I personally had a really hard time adjusting to my new relationships with all of my friends. Would we ever do all of the fun things we did before? Were the crazy trips and late nights just over? Was I an outsider now that my priorities were about sleep training and not a new brunch spot to check out?  Our trip to the Greek Islands with our crew was one of the most memorable trips to date. Each one of us all navigating new moments in our lives... new babies, new relationships, monumental birthdays, break ups and make ups.  Even though the excuse to get us 1/2 way around the world was a 30th birthday, it was so much more than that. I found that I haven't changed, I'm just a more enhanced version of my pre-baby self. And no matter where everyone else's lives are taking them, they're still there too. All of that, with a gorgeous backdrop, good food and a few bottles of wine and you can't go wrong. I know it's a lot, and hard to leave, but take the trip. Trust me.

The first vacation post baby is a big deal. Coordinating sitters, schedules, and your own nerves is enough to make you want to cancel the trip. But I promise it is SO worth it! While it's important to get some much needed time with your partner, it's also just as important to get in time with your friends and get re-acquainted with your pre-baby self.  Post Pardom hormones are no joke and I personally had a really hard time adjusting to my new relationships with all of my friends. Would we ever do all of the fun things we did before? Were the crazy trips and late nights just over? Was I an outsider now that my priorities were about sleep training and not a new brunch spot to check out?

Our trip to the Greek Islands with our crew was one of the most memorable trips to date. Each one of us all navigating new moments in our lives... new babies, new relationships, monumental birthdays, break ups and make ups.  Even though the excuse to get us 1/2 way around the world was a 30th birthday, it was so much more than that. I found that I haven't changed, I'm just a more enhanced version of my pre-baby self. And no matter where everyone else's lives are taking them, they're still there too. All of that, with a gorgeous backdrop, good food and a few bottles of wine and you can't go wrong. I know it's a lot, and hard to leave, but take the trip. Trust me.


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HOW TO DIY CUSTOM SOAP BOTTLES

I like to leave a good impression on my guests so when we moved into our beach house this summer I wanted to have a few extra special touches. I designed my own soap labels & had them printed on water proof sticky paper with a shop I found on Etsy. I used funny sayings like "Salty Hair, & Sometimes You Do Care" and "Body Wash: For Your Sandy Coconuts". Once that was done I literally just had to stick them onto empty bottles I ordered here and fill them with soap. Such minimal effort, but so many compliments!  


Seven Steps to Be The Perfect Hostess

I love entertaining. Going on Pinterest and pulling out my inner Martha Stewart somehow soothes me. I prefer small gatherings over big ragers. Mostly because it's way more manageable but also because I won't be nervous about our place getting trashed. When I have people over I try to make it special, fun, and memorable.

Whether you love entertaining or it's just not your thing, here are a few of my easy tricks to look like you have it all together!


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The Easiest Chocolate Avocado Pops

Combine in a Blender: 2 Ripe Avocados, 3/4 Cup non dairy unsweetened milk, 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup,1/2 Cup Cacao Powder, 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract, A Pinch of Salt 

Pour: all ingredients into popsicle molds and place in freezer until completely frozen

Recipe Courtesy of Eating By Elaine via Pinterest