we asked Annie Dean, etiquette blogger and new mum (she just gave birth to her son, Jack, last week), to share her tips for a blissful pregnancy—even in the thick of summer—and her very first baby wishlist. (you’ll see she even threw in a few things for herself!)
Hometown & current home
Redding, Connecticut. Now, New York City.Occupation
Corporate lawyer by day, founder and author of etiquette and entertaining site Annie Dean
by night.How did the idea for your blog come about?
I wanted to create a beautiful place on the Internet where people could explore some of the traditional values of homemaking and etiquette. My grandmother is this wonderfully elegant woman who drove me crazy as a child with barbaric rules, like rehearsed handshakes and standing when an adult walked into the room. As I got older, I realized how uncommon those values were, even though our generation is very intrigued by reconnecting with tradition.
Any style mantras you abide by?
Every year I’m more convinced that simple is better.So much of the fun of having a little one is all the shopping—what kinds of things have you gravitated toward as you’ve baby-shopped?
Stripes! There is something about having a baby boy that makes you stripe crazy. What are some favorite baby lines you’ve come across?
I love, love the J.Crew baby collaborations. We’ve scooped up the J.Crew assortment of Nature Baby®
and Petit Bateau®
by the drawer full. Bonpoint
is an extravagance that we’ve allowed ourselves a few beautiful woven pieces from. I love Roberta Roller Rabbit
pajamas and baby quilts (we plan to use ours as an attractive alternative to foam blocks). And every baby needs a crewcuts cashmere sweater
—at least that’s what I told my husband, Peter.Recent cravings? (We had to ask…)
Watermelon, silk pajamas (it’s easier to flip over in bed!), cold, cold water and my husband’s button-downs (just about nothing else fits at this point!).How have you kept cool this summer?
During the heat wave all I did was nap in front of the AC. Other than that, the ocean, an endless supply of cold water, and lately, Peter has been very kind to give me icy footbaths in our big mixing bowl. It feels amazing and it’s helpful because I can’t reach my feet!You live downtown, close to the J.Crew offices, what are some of your favorite local spots?
1. The bar at il Buco
for kale Caesar salads and the pasta special.
2. Gin & tonics and teriyaki sliders at Bohemian
3. Cuban sandwiches at Café Habana
4. Knickknacks at John Derian
5. Iced coffee and croissants at Lafayette
6. Monday Sundaes at Big Gay Ice Cream Shop
—they’re worth the wait!