5 Qs with Jenée


5 Qs with Jenée
Name: Jenée Naquin Neighborhood: South Slope, Brooklyn Occupation: Handbag designer turned Director of Operations at 1 Atelier & creator of Baby’s Sex: Surprise!!! I think it's a girl but everyone else thinks it's a boy. How would you describe your pregnant style? In the very beginning when everything started to stretch I found it difficult to be excited to dress. I just wanted comfortable clothing which is usually no fun. But as most of the growing pains subsided and the bump became noticeable I loved accentuating it and showing it which means very fitted clothing. I think my dress code may have become even sexier as I now where everything very fitted!! Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy? As the proportions started to change I definitely noticed some of my go to styles and accessories not working anymore. For instance I love little scarves on the neck in summer instead if a necklace. Though accentuating a slender neck made me look like some kind of funky Tim Burton character all off balance with this ballooning belly. Same goes for racer back tank tops that make the middle look even bigger (and funnier) and busy prints. Though, some of my man repeller, baggy butt, cool sweat-style pants, which my husband does in fact hate, actually now fits my also growing derrière. My husband now likes how fitted they are! So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy? How many conversations I have with literally every single person in New York City about this bump from the check out girls at my lunch spots to the sanitation workers on my street, and passengers on elevators. It reminds me daily what a sweet and special time this is in a woman's life. I had many fears going into pregnancy like stretch marks, lethargy, weight gain and my career. I did not realize how charming pregnancy could be. What’s been your favorite pregnancy piece or brand to show off your bump? I haven't bought many new things because most of my clothes are stretchy so I've made it work. It's been fun to discover dresses that I've had for a few years and had grown tired of come to life again with my new physique. For instance I have this vintage navy dress that ties in the front. Now I love this feature because it's cute to tie the bump up like a present. Though I have purchased a few new maternity essentials like the BellaBand by Ingrid & Isabel which has been great for keeping this major outee belly button under control! What NYC experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby? I think it will be when the baby is old enough to go for a bike ride. I fell in love with my husband following him around Brooklyn and Manhattan on a bike. He taught me to bike defensively and where every pothole is. It's such a freeing experience and the best way to tour any city. I look forward to being a family who bikes. Jenée is wearing: This Society of LES dress was one of those old dresses which I had tired of and found new life with the bump. I bought it on a trip to Chicago a few years ago while in the Gold Coast neighborhood. (Similar style) The Fiorentini + Baker boots are a new purchase from ERIC (my fave shoe store in Park Slope). They are more comfortable than sneakers. I plan on wearing them every day this winter--great mom boot: super comfy and super stylish.

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Photography by Jonica Moore Studio. Shot on location at Home.coming in Brooklyn.

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


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Sorry, you can’t meet our baby yet

Thank you for understanding. ❤️

In just over three weeks, we will become parents. From then on, our hearts will live outside of our bodies. We will finally understand what everyone tells you about bringing a child into the world.

Lately, the range of emotions and hormones has left me feeling nothing short of my new favorite mom word, "hormotional." I'm sure that's normal though, and something most people start to feel as everything suddenly becomes real.

Our bags are mostly packed, diaper bag ready, and birth plan in place. Now it's essentially a waiting game. We're finishing up our online childbirth classes which I must say are quite informational and sometimes entertaining. But in between the waiting and the classes, we've had to think about how we're going to handle life after baby's birth.

I don't mean thinking and planning about the lack of sleep, feeding schedule, or just the overall changes a new baby is going to bring. I'm talking about how we're going to handle excited family members and friends who've waited just as long as we have to meet our child. That sentence sounds so bizarre, right? How we're going to handle family and friends? That sentence shouldn't even have to exist.

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This viral post about the 4th trimester is exactly what new mamas need right now

"We are alone. Together. You are surrounded all the other mothers who are navigating this tender time in isolation. You are held by all of us who have walked the path before you and who know how much you must be hurting. You are wrapped in the warm embrace of mama earth, as she too settles into this time of slowness and healing."

Artist and teacher Catie Atkinson at Spirit y Sol recently shared a beautiful drawing of a new mom crying on a couch—leaking breasts, newborn baby, pile of laundry and what we can only assume is cold coffee, included. Everything about the image is so real and raw to me—from the soft stomach to the nursing bra and the juxtaposition of the happy wallpaper to the palpable vulnerability of the mother—I can almost feel the couch underneath me. I can feel the exhaustion deep in this woman's bones.

My heart feels the ache of loneliness right alongside hers. Because I remember. I remember the confusion and uncertainty and love and messy beauty of the fourth trimester so well. After all, it's etched in our minds and bodies forever.

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