Happy Monday, friends! Sometimes it’s nice to start the workweek with a hefty dose of pure prettiness, isn’t it? Lately I’ve been loving the contrast of humble kraft paper with sleek black, especially when it’s tied up into a classic, feminine bow. Trés chic, non? It definitely speaks to the francophile in me (see bottom right image of always-elegant Sofia Coppola gazing across the Seine, and you’ll see what I mean.) Nothing like a little wanderlust to kickoff a Monday morning, and although it’s not quite as glamorous a destination, I’m counting the days until the team and I head to Salt Lake City for Alt Summit this Wednesday to hang out with some of my fave blogger pals on the planet. It’s always a fun time to catch up with old friends around the country, as well as make lots of new ones. The one thing I haven’t really mentioned here (mainly because I can’t think about it without getting teary) is that I have to leave Phoebe for the first time. Even though I know she’s in great hands with Adam and her grandparents, I’m a little terrified of how I’m going to deal. I mean, right now when I leave her for just a few hours, I’m always dying to get back and pick her up. So how in the world am I going to survive being away from her for 3 days? All you moms out there: any thoughts/tips/advice to share? How did you guys handle leaving your babies for the first time to go out of town? I’d love to hear any words of wisdom because I’m in a bit of a panic!  

*images: {row 1} gen kay via dustjacket attic, via this is glamorous, house of brinson {row 2} jelly toast, plurabelle calligraphy {row 3} in haus press, call me cupcake, hey look, art of baking {row 4} free to be lea, chris court for donna hay via dustjacket attic, sofia coppola for vogue paris.

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Comments (15)
  1. 1
    Naomi A January 21, 2013 at 6:31 am

    These monochromatic Mondays are my favorite feature!

    The Occasional Indulgence

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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} January 21, 2013 at 7:37 am

    I felt the same way when my boys were younger! I never wanted to leave them. But she will be in great hands and you should go there and enjoy yourself! And make sure to take lots of pictures for us! XO Happy Monday!

    • Camille Styles January 21, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Thanks Desiree – I know you’re right… I need to change my attitude and look at it as a welcome time to get refreshed!!

  3. 3
    classiq January 21, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Such an inspiring pairing, Camille.

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    Kristina January 21, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I have two little ones that I rarely ever leave for an extended amount of time so I completely understand how you feel! I have found that sending pictures and doing FaceTime really, really helps me feel like I can be two places at once. I would be plagued with Mommy guilt for leaving but after stealing away for a quick video chat my nerves would be more at ease. Best of luck and have tons of fun on your trip! Your little one is going to have a blast and be in excellent hands. In fact, a little daddy-daughter bonding is always a good thing 🙂

    • Camille Styles January 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      That’s true – and Adam is actually not nervous about keeping her at all, which makes me feel much better. What would we do without FaceTime??! Thanks Kristina.

  5. 5
    Sarah [Sarah The Architect] January 21, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Love this color palette!

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    Chelsea January 21, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Gorgeous palette. I am so sad I am missing Alt this year! Have a blast and know that Phoebe is in good hands. You will come back energized and happy and that will all transfer to her. xo

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    Tamara January 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I still hate leaving my, not so little ones behind, when I work! I love,your blog, so does my youngest who is 14.

    • Camille Styles January 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Aww, thank you Tamara! That’s so great to hear! xo

  8. 8
    Molly January 23, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Send her on over to Auntie!

  9. 9
    Sasha January 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I always felt this way when I left my son with his dad but it always made me feel better when he would text me a message like: “he ate well or we’re at the aquarium or he’s sleeping”. I know that he’s in good hands but even my bf asks about him when I’m home with him. So, don’t feel bad. It’s normal to feel this way. Sending messages or hearing about how baby is doing will only make you feel better and less worried even if you know she’s in good hands 🙂

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    Lisa C. January 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    It is not easy but, you’ll be ehhh ok… once you return. 🙂

    I’m soon to be an empty nester – trust me – you’ll miss them forever.

    When you are missing her the most – remember this thought (as it is in your heart I am certain)…this time away is “Daddy time” … dearly precious time for every girl and Dad.

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    liz January 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Trust she will be perfect, allowing her to bond further with her Dad. Take the time to reconnect with yourself. Just a little time apart teaches healthy independence. Have a great trip.