With another Fourth of July behind us, I have to pause and laugh at how uncool I’ve become over the years. Let me rephrase that: My coolness is like an inverted bell curve. It was high before kids, it dipped at ludicrous speed when my kids were infants, and now it’s back on the rise as they’re getting older ๐Ÿ˜‰

Before I hadย kids I would glare at my husband on the Fourth of July like:ย All you bought were snakes and sparklers?! Get the f— out of here and go buy something illegal.

Then my daughter was born and she was a whole four months old for her first Fourth of July and I was like: Dearย God I hope all the neighbors just have snakes this year. View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Orange Layered Dress

Ellie’s Dress | Ellie & June
My Dress | Ellie & June

It’s full blown summer here in New England and can I just pause and say how beautiful the evenings are here?! Gosh I love summer ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I wanted to share this season’s most comfortable dress from the shop. For real people. Go naked underneath (joking… a little). These Soludos shoes I’m wearing are the most comfortable flats on the planet and I have every intention of returning to the store and buying about five more pairs. In fact, I did you the service of linking to some of my favorites at the end of the post!

Ellie’s gorgeous embroidered dress is in stock and on sale! Lastly, this wallet I’m holding is my full-time wallet; we’re actually out of stock in the shop but you can buy it directly from Bali Elf here ๐Ÿ™‚ Bali Elf was one of the first designers I sourced from and everything is handmade in Bali – you guys, each piece is absolutely stunning!

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Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Positive Affirmations Daughter

Today I’m sharing a set of positive affirmations I say with my daughter every day, whenever there is a quiet moment between her and me.

I always pictured myself exclusively as a boy mom. I’m crude, a little too brash at times; so I sort of envisioned myself corralling a little family of wrestlers. I’ll never forget the moments and days that followed after I learned that we were having a girl. I literally couldn’t picture in my head being a girl mom (I know, totally ridiculous). Fast forward to today, and the relationship that we have together is the most sacred thing to me. Yes, I have a son, and I love both of my kids beyond any capacity I envisioned I could; but there is an extra important responsibility I feel that I have with my daughter. Perhaps I’ll dive into more detail about this in another post sometime ๐Ÿ™‚

So here we are. My little girl is now in pre-school, and I’m finding it just as important now (as it will be in the future) to remind her that it all starts within. Her relationship with herself will always be a top priority of mine, and it’s my job to foster that relationship from the very beginning. So without further ado, these are the list of things we say today to get off on the right foot. Enjoy!

Confession: After we’re finished, I sometimes go over them again with “We” instead of “I”. Mama needs reminded too ๐Ÿ˜‰


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Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Wall Street Journal in Brief

If I had a dollar for every time I couldn’t get to my morning paper, my retirement fund would be the least of my concerns. Sometimes I just look at the paper folded on my kitchen counter and remember a time I actually got to it almost every day. Those days are gone.

Alas, I got to the business section this morning and now I’m bringing it to you in summary form because you probably don’t have time for that shiz!! Enjoy and hopefully you’ll learn something random about a company you use every day ๐Ÿ™‚ View Post