Be encouraged, draw inspiration, and walk with me through the highs and lows of motherhood. Gold and Graphite is a space to experience a real-life perspective of fashion and design by a passion-driven, stay-at-home mom of four. Here you can discover new fashion essentials and outfit ideas, as well as find tips and tricks to design your home and create a beautiful space to welcome your family and friends.
I went nearly a year without shopping for anything outside of a couple maternity tees, sweats that fit my pregnant body and fresh nursing bras. When it came time to pick up a few new things for my postpartum body, I leaned into my usual wardrobe rules: Whatever I add to my closet has to […]
Last week, O and I loaded up the car (as we often do) for a road trip to Chicago. I was born and raised in Chicago, I started fashion school in Chicago, O and I had our first date in Chicago-something about pulling up in that city will always feel like home. We were in […]
It’s here it’s here! Spoiler, this is the exact intro of this year’s Spring version of the Momiform because I meant what I said, you know? This is the post I get messages about the most throughout the year and certainly the single post that gets the most traffic. I absolutely love spending time to […]
Friends, hear me, it is NOT Fall. Do not let your favorite stores fool you with the lies that their “Fall collection” has landed. It hasn’t. If you, like me, have a budget you stick to when it comes to shopping for clothing, you don’t want to fall prey to overspending on clothes that don’t […]
On Monday June 26th, 38 weeks pregnant, I woke up ready to meal prep to have a stash of freezer meals to enjoy once baby arrived. My sisters showed up at 10am to help me in the kitchen and I made a note that despite a couple weeks of prodromal labor and every day feeling […]
It feels a bit extreme to call this a Babymoon because we were only away for two nights, but LISTEN–a kid-free trip is a kid-free trip and it was everything we needed and more. You know how I feel about a great hotel, friends, and the Lake Austin Resort and Spa might make my top […]
Welp, we’re officially in mid-May. If I were going off our original timeline, we’re five months behind schedule. If I go off our second timeline, we’re two months from move in (HA!) And if I keep my eye on the prize–a.k.a the third and current timeline, we’re six or seven months our from moving in. […]
Mother’s Day is RIGHT around the corner, friends! I’m very proud to say the thing I’m known for most is curating a gift guide so this is the time of year I really come to life. I’ve made a gift guide for everyone on your list—the fancy one, the homebody hostess, the green thumb, the […]
As a non-toxic makeup and skincare lover, my typical one stop shop is always Credo. The problem is, Credo only has one sale a year (!) and I need to restock more frequently than that. If you also love clean, non-toxic products but don’t love the price tag, you’ve come to the right place. Here […]
In November of 2021, I shared the news that we had bought a home in this post. This YouTube video gives a sneak peak of the work we had cut out for us and the plan moving forward. Here, a year and a half later, we’re still a long ways out from completion and y’all, […]
If you’ve kept up with my pregnancy podcast, you’ll know that I’m a few weeks away from my third trimester. Now seems like as good a time as any to share the things that singlehandedly carried my through my fifth pregnancy for my fourth baby earthside, right?
Every other Wednesday, I post a podcast episode about my pregnancy to my Substack and every single Friday morning, I send out a newsletter to the gold standard. Each email includes an essay, some photos, recommendations and a bonus item. This is the very best work I do on a week to week basis and […]
A couple weeks ago, my sisters and I woke up to alarms we had set for 3am. We had slept over our sister’s house so we were tiptoeing around the kitchen and bathrooms in the middle-of-the-night haze to pop in contacts and pack up coolers. It was the morning of our 12 hour drive to […]
I announced this news in my newsletter weeks ago, but realized it’s only right to finally share it here. We are expecting our fourth baby this summer and truly could not be more excited. You can read the announcement here, listen to the podcast on how we went from not being allowed to get pregnant […]
You read that right. I figured every single content creator will be telling you to get candles and scarves and bubble bath for the women on your list. And they’re right. But I just wanted to do something a little bit different this year and make a gift guide based off of my exact wish […]
My ‘Gift Guide for Him’ is the guide I’m most known for and that brings me immense joy. I absolutely love finding that perfect thing for O (here’s a post with his favorite gifts from years back–he still uses all of those items to this day) and the fact that some of your husband’s/boyfriend’s/dad’s/brother’s favorite […]
I figured the very tail end of September makes for the perfect time to give a Life Lately update, and if you’re unfamiliar, this is my replacement for Instagram Stories since deleting the app in January. It’s meant to document the insignificant moments that don’t warrant an update, but really do tell the story of […]
(click above to shop exact items)It’s here, friends! I do a Momiform roundup a few times a year and the amount of you who have reached out saying you were waiting to shop until it was released made me feel absolutely giddy. As a former stylist, helping women feel confident in their purchases is one […]
It’s been a while since I did a purchase roundup so we’re back with a bit of a beefy one. I considered the first three months of the year a “spending freeze” so there wasn’t much to report there, but if you want to keep up with my ten monthly favorites every month and what […]
I know I’ll want this journal to look back on in years to come. The week we couldn’t get a bar of cell service to save our lives, wifi didn’t exist, tears flowed in worship and laughs snapped our ribs. The first time we rode horses as a family, where our children tasted sweet independence […]
If you saw the first edition of this, you know it was born out of the idea that I miss sharing random and simple things on Instagram stories. Many of these things make it into my Friday newsletters, but some aren’t worthy of a blog post (I’m lookin’ at you, vegan nutella) but they’re worth […]
If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know how much I love me a gift guide. You also know I have a bit of a thing for men’s gift guides especially because these are the ones that seem to stump us the most. I receive questions on gift ideas for husbands, […]
Y’all, I’m going to be honest and say my Substack is the very best of what I do. Join thousands of other women around the world and receive this little Friday morning delight every single week straight to your inbox. My most personal writing, my favorite listens, reads, watches and finds every week and everything from fashion, interior design, family and travel are now all in one place. Plus, I have a full season of the good as gold podcast where I share my pregnancy from conception to birth with zero filter. Sign up for the gold standard today!
(UPDATE- CLICK HERE FOR THE 2023 VERSION!) It’s that time again, friends. The Late Spring/Early Summer Momiform Guide is HERE! If you’re unfamiliar with what these Momiform guides are, I pull together the pieces that will make a season of getting dressed a no brainer. I call it “The Momiform” because while you absolutely don’t […]
This past weekend, we made the trip to Round Top Antique Fair for the first time and friends, it did not disappoint. If you’re unfamiliar with the Fair, it’s a bi-annual event where people come from all over the world to buy and sell antiques. This is, capital A, B and D ‘A Big Deal’ […]
First things first: no, I am not pregnant. I know I’m off Instagram and have been open about desiring to be pregnant but it’s not time just yet. This post is a result of multiple emails asking for my pregnancy wardrobe favorites and, ultimately, my sister looking in my eyes and saying, “Jill. You NEED […]
A wife, mother of four, writer, and artist with a degree in fashion merchandising. Each day brings with it its own unique challenges as I learn to balance my passions and talents while raising my babies and being a present wife to my incredible husband. I draw inspiration from my mother who managed to make the world around her beautiful in every way despite the daily chaos of raising seven kids at home. Gold and Graphite is an outlet to share those attempts and achievements of sharing what I love to inspire and encourage my little corner of the internet.