Weekend Recap: The Need To Be Busy

newport beach, itsy bitsy indulgences {A warm, warm weekend}

Having been out of town the past two weekends, having a low-key few days was just what we needed… We had all been sick over the past couple of weeks, and Harper’s lingered a little longer over the weekend (a runny nose and two top teeth cutting through). So, with the exception of a quick lunch and a Sunday morning breakfast, we stayed relatively low-key. There was a lot of bbq-ing, some wine sipping, and much needed rest… I even allowed myself a quick nap on Saturday afternoon….

I’m typically not one to be able to sit still very long. The thought of parking myself on the couch for an entire afternoon makes me quite anxious. To me, doing nothing is a waste of time. Yet, I’m beginning to realize that rest is actually much more than ” doing nothing.” It’s a chance to recharge, to give my body a break. This reality became blaringly obvious to me this past week. It was 8pm, I had completed my to-do list for the day… Harper was down, and I began wondering what I needed to do (you know, that little mental checklist we all go through… or maybe that’s just me). When I couldn’t come up with anything, I created something (!!!!). Instead of taking time to read the book I started back in May (and still haven’t gotten past page 20….), I decided that the stack of papers sitting on the table needed to be sorted…. what? I realized that so often I get caught up in the need to be busy… if I’m not doing, then I’m wasting. It’s something I am trying to be more cognizant of…. maybe even scheduling in a little downtime during the day (even if it’s only 20-30 minutes). After that unexpected catnap on Saturday afternoon I felt recharged…. and ready for that glass of wine (insert wink face emoji here). That being said, I guess you know what I’ll be working on this week! Have a good one friends!

fall blooms, itsy bitsy indulgences{The prettiest fall bouquet}

cucina enoteca, itsy bitsy indulgences

cucina enoteca, itsy bitsy indulgences {Finally got back to one of our favorite spots, Cucina Enoteca}

pressed juicery, itsy bitsy indulgences {Vitality shots…. to negate the weekend’s indulgences}

cafe lucca, itsy bitsy indulgences {This gal knows a good thing when she sees it….}


It felt so good to be home this weekend… we kept the indulgences low(er) and got in some good workouts. Since I’m going to be in a bathing suit for a whole week I decided to work on the bum and did this quick circuit (which I created when I was pregnant) at the end of a Saturday run.

We’re heading to Ojai this weekend and when we return, we have one day to prepare for Hawaii. That being said, I’ve been doing a lot of on-line perusing to see what I want to take with me….

We’re planning on hiking in Ojai and I found so many cute workout pieces. I think these mesh leggings are pretty fab, and I love this varsity cropped tee. This blush tank is a great staple and I’ll for sure be bringing along my favorite high waisted leggings. Oh… and I wish it was cold enough to wear this pom pom beanie

For the flight to Hawaii, I’m really liking this one piece jumpsuit… it looks nursing friendly, so we will see… I think it will be great for the fall months too with a chunky cardigan and sneakers. I also like this oversized tee or this white side split tunic (love the hemline). For our actual time in Hawaii, I think this off the shoulder sweater would be great for watching an evening sunset (mai tai in hand, of course). I like that I can wear it with shorts on the trip, but then easily transition it with jeans and over the knee boots for cooler temps. I am also debating between these two tunics, both of which will also be perfect for fall layering. I own both in lighter colors, but I’m liking this lace tunic in black and this floral tunic in black as well. I’d likely pair them with some shorts on the trip, or even as a basic cover-up…. or possibly belt them with my favorite belt. I’m also considering purchasing this striped button down dress for an evening sunset…. I like that it seems lightweight, but that it is also long-sleeved… again, a piece that I can wear after the trip as well (oh, and nursing friendly).

For Ojai, I’m considering a lace camisole. I’m debating between this wine colored one (but it comes in two other colors), this black option (again, more color options), and this feminine cream colored one. I love that they can be super casual during the day with a pair of distressed jeans and slides… and then tossing on a chunky knit for the cooler evening temps.

Now, back to fall…. I am eyeing a new pair of booties. I think this calf high tassel version is beautiful (saw them in store and they were even prettier), love these studded booties, as well as this block heel pair (because this pair just isn’t quite in the budget….), and this low heel bootie is a great everyday option (I’m loving the taupe color). A few other tops that I think are pretty fabulous include this black and white striped high low one, this grey high-low v-neck knit, and this fluffy nude cardigan (looks so cozy).

And, for little miss, I picked up this striped dress and printed tunic.


  1. Melissa says:

    Hi! We are also taking a vacation but sans baby. Any other outfits suggestions for a beach vacation?

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      Yes! So many great options out there! I’m loving this dress (http://bit.ly/2d3RZuH), and I bought these linen pants for our last trip to Hawaii and they’re on sale right now (http://bit.ly/2d3S4hV). I love these linen shorts (http://bit.ly/2dpaNj1) and this basic cover-up is simple, but I think you could also transform it for an evening look by adding a lightweight slip underneath it (http://bit.ly/2d3SQeF). My favorite bolero straw hat is on sale and I love it in the black, but own it in the grey (http://bit.ly/2dpcbCp) and I’m bringing along this striped off the shoulder romper (http://bit.ly/2dpcbCp) and maxi off the shoulder dress (http://bit.ly/2d3TpoJ). I also like this blue maxi dress as well (http://bit.ly/2dpcLjJ). A lot of people ask me about Shein.com. Most of the items are good quality (I will only feature items that are) and shipping takes about 1.5 weeks. I hope that helps, and that you have such a wonderful time just you and your hubby!

      • Melissa says:

        Thanks so much for this! How does sizing run on Shein?

        • Shannon Pulsifer says:

          Oversized or one size items tend to be large, but when you can choose a size, they tend to run pretty TTS. I try to check reviews, or check the measurements. Hope that helps!

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