10.10.2017

Fall Trend || Couple’s Style Activewear

When TJ and I first started dating, back in college, we discovered how much fun we had together working out. We’d head out for a morning hike at Torrey Pines (we went to school in San Diego), hike for about an hour and a half, and then head out to a brunch (mimosas optional….). As our relationship progressed, so too did our love of working out together. Over the years, we’ve trained for, and run, multiple half marathons, hiked mountains in Yosemite (which, I highly recommend if you’re up for a good challenge), and rode our bikes from Angel’s Stadium in Anaheim to Oceanside in San Diego (a 65 mile bike ride… we took the train back and enjoyed a celebratory libation…). Needless to say, fitness has been a core component to our relationship over the past 13 years….

So, when little miss arrived, we had to get creative as to how we could keep that part of our marriage alive and active. We decided that most of our dates would be “fitness” related…. a morning spin class (followed by brunch), a hike or bike-ride. A couple of hours, just the two of us, tackling a challenge together, getting through it, and then enjoying a relaxing breakfast. And while we do enjoy getting dolled up for a “date night” there is something about choosing a challenge together, accomplishing it, and high five-ing at the end that makes us feel like a team…. not just in that venture, but together in life (I know, that sounds so cliché, but it’s so true)….

And while our activities haven’t changed much over the years, what we’ve worn has, especially for TJ. An old fraternity shirt and some basketball shorts used to be the norm, but over the past few years he’s “upped” his wardrobe in the work-out aspect… and since we often head out to eat after our work-out dates, he needs something that can easily transition between both activities. When we were in Nordstrom last weekend, exchanging a birthday gift he received, he couldn’t help but leave with a few items from their great selection. He’s always been a fan of Adidas Originals, and Nordstrom has a pretty robust selection from the line (for women too). He snagged these track pants and hoodie… both perfect for a hike, run, and then a casual brunch…. or a day of travel and lounging (as I speak, he’s wearing it on the couch watching the playoffs…). He was also in desperate need of a new pair of running kicks, and when he tried this pair on at my parent’s house (my dad owns them too), he was sold on the comfort, and of course, style. A few other favorites for that work-out/transitional look include a few pieces from the men’s Zella line (one of my favorite’s for women’s workout clothing….priced well for excellent quality), include this half zip pullover (perfect to toss on after a sweat session), performance tee (which he absolutely loves for our spin classes),  knit hooded jacket (great for casual living), and these fleece shorts (with compression shorts underneath). This Adidas pullover and hat combo (his hat collection holds its own…) made it’s way home with us as well.

So, I guess all that’s changed over the past 13 years is that we do it with a little more style….
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(Outfit Details || TJ’s Pants (2 color options) | TJ’s Sweatshirt (comes in 3 colors) | TJ’s Shoes | TJ’s socks | Sunglasses | My Sweatshirt | Tee | Capris | Shoes | Sunglasses)

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. 

10.09.2017

Weekend Recap || Paying It Forward + A Few Sale Favorites

(Just waiting for the fall temps to accompany all these fall decorations…)

 Since the tragedy in Las Vegas, TJ and I have had several conversations about the ways we want to try and change the world Harper will grow up in. While there were some very obvious ways that we chatted about, one way that kept coming up was the idea of “paying it forward….”

When I graduated from college, part of the closing comments was a quote from Desmond TuTu which read, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Since, those words have always been with me. I used it as the theme for my graduate school application essay, and have always felt that doing a random act of kindness here and there goes a long way….

TJ shared with me that he had actually started doing it throughout the week… small gestures, such as paying for the person after him in the Starbuck’s drive through… and putting a few extra dollars on a gift card at a coffee shop and leaving it for the barista to use for the next few customers. I’ve had someone do the same for me, and I remember feeling overwhelmed by the small act of kindness. I found myself remembering it throughout the day, and “paying it forward” myself….

I guess I share this because we never really know the magnitude of our actions on an individual, both positive and negative. Those very small acts of kindness can have a profound impact on someone’s life…. and when those add up, hopefully it can make for a softer world for little miss and all her little friends out there. So, as we head into the week ahead, our little family does so with the intent of paying it forward in small ways. Have a good one friends! xx

(A flutter sleeve top to weather the heat wave…)

(Patio goals at a favorite breakfast spot- Juice Served Here)

(Favorite post-spin breakfast…. garden avocado toast… always with a runny egg….)

(Saturday morning spin dates….)

(Harper’s baptism…. she lived up to her firecracker personality during it… you know what I mean if you saw the instastories! my dress, my booties, Harper’s dress)
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This weekend ended up being fairly indulgent, with all the celebrations we had, so it’s back to clean eating and working out this week. Tone It Up is starting a 21 day fall challenge, would love to know if any of you are doing it too?? We also had a delicious brunch on Sunday after Harper’s baptism and my mom made this “skinny” pumpkin bread (without the pepitas)… it was seriously so good. Not one piece was left.

I didn’t even realize that today was Columbus Day…. and with that, some pretty good sales! Abercrombie is having 40% off the entire store. A few pieces that I am loving include this long sleeve shirt dress (in the mauve color), short marled cardigan, sleeveless suede dress (obsessed with this style for fall…), puff sleeve sweater, cable sweater dress, and this velvet tee.

LOFT is also having a huge sale and some of my favorites are included like this ribbed grey sweater (size up for it to fit like it does on the model, it runs small), ruffled sleeve sweatshirt, sleeveless coatigan (one of my favorite pieces for fall), and this longline open cardigan in white. 

And one last good sale is at J.Crew… everything is currently 30% off. I’m in love with this graphic sweatshirt, lace-up tunic sweatshirt, and this oversized v-neck sweater (in the rust color… so gorgeous for fall).

Some other favorite items I have my eye on, but that aren’t on sale, include this furry hooded jacket, slouchy pullover, sleeveless turtleneck sweater (great for those transitional fall days), hooded duster cardigan, cable knit pullover (just got it and love it!), gorgeous cabled off the shoulder sweater, and this basic pullover knit (which comes in several color options, I bought in a couple to decide which I like best). Oh, and how gorgeous is this velvet cami?

I also have my eye on a new pair of booties… and this navy pair is at the top of my list.

10.06.2017

Favorite Products Of The Month || Healthy Living, Beauty, Fashion

Happy Friday friends! I hope you all have something fun planned this weekend… we’re celebrating TJ’s birthday all weekend, with Harper’s baptism on Sunday. Looking forward to the celebrations! I hope you all have a good one with those you love. Today I’m sharing all my favorite products from the past month…. with some favorite pumpkin inspired food picks. Hope you love them as much as I do…….


FOOD/WELLNESS: 

1. Pumpkin Rx Bar: I’ll admit, some of their flavors are not the best, so I was skeptical when I saw this seasonal option sitting out at Trader Joe’s. Yet, when I opened it for my afternoon snack, it was like biting into a piece of pumpkin bread. I was sold immediately… now, how can I stock up on them so I can enjoy year round??

2. Wild Friends Pumpkin Peanut Butter: Notice a small theme? I stumbled across this jar of goodness when I was at Mother’s Market the other day. Of course, when I got home, I immediately gave it a taste test. You can most definitely taste the pumpkin…. I think it would be great on a banana as an afternoon snack, in these pumpkin bars, and in this smoothie.

3. Primal Kitchen Green Goddess Dressing: I mentioned this line of dressing in my last favorite products round-up, but since discovered this flavor and I’m obsessed. My favorite way to enjoy it is lightly massaged into a good kale salad. Reminds me of a favorite salad that I order at a health food spot.

4. Krave Beef Jerkey: When I’m craving something different for an afternoon snack, I’ve been reaching for this stuff lately (and really got into it in Hawaii). They have tons of different flavors and they’re a hit with TJ too.

Beauty: 

1. Amika Nourishing Hair Mask: My hair has been super brittle and dry lately due to the changes I’ve been working on with it (color-wise) so I knew I needed a heavier conditioner to repair it. This one works. I typically leave it in for about 5 minutes, while I finish in the shower, and then rinse. It leaves my hair incredibly soft and silky, and since I’ve started using it, I’ve noticed that my hair looks, and feels, stronger.

2. ENJOY Shampoo: When I wash my hair, I first use a purple shampoo, and then I follow it up with this one, which I recently started using after a visit to the salon. I love the way it smells, and how soft it leaves my hair.

3. OPI Infinite Shine Nail Laquer: I had been using their color polishes, without the other two steps, for over a year and was happy with how much longer the polish lasted than regular ones. So, I decided to give the entire set a try when I was looking for a new fall hue and have to stay the stuff works pretty well. It consists of a base, color, and then a top coat. The combination definitely lasts longer than a regular set of polish, which I need. They also have some amazing fall shades.

4. Doterra Tea Tree Oil: When we returned from Hawaii, my chin was breaking out and it was recommended that I try some tea tree essential oil (with a charcoal mask). The stuff worked, and the break out subsided within a few days, naturally. Highly recommend to have on hand!

FASHION:

1. Graphic Tee: Having a moment with graphic tees, and this one is in my top 3 (band tee, and this floral one being up there too). I love it lounging around the house, or tossing it on with distressed jeans for a day out. I featured a DIY distressing tutorial for it here.

2. Perforated Bootie: These booties are super comfortable, and I love the perforated details. They’re an easy throw on and go option to wear with jeans, jean shorts (for those of us living in an endless summer), and with a casual dress. They come in several color options, but I own them in the olive color.

3. Duster Cardigan: This length is one of my favorites (you can see how I styled it here, with the tee above). It’s so soft, and comes in several different colors. I can’t wait to layer it with scarves (favorite, and softest, from last year) + beanies when it gets cold enough, but for now, it easily pairs with a simple tank and jeans for a casual day.

4. Velvet Dress/Top: I ended up purchasing this (and I’ve mentioned it a lot on the blog) for TJ’s birthday dinner last night and loved it… I paired it with flat mules, and plan on wearing it later this weekend as a top layer over a tank and shorts. Or, when the temps cool, with OTK boots and an oversized cardigan. It’s a two-for-one if you ask me, and velvet is the texture of the season.

5. Lace-Up Sweater: The grommet detailing on this sweater is perfect for fall… and it’s super comfortable too. I wear it lounging, out and about with jeans or joggers, and traveled home from Hawaii in it. The price is right, and I can’t wait to layer it under a coat and with scarves in the winter.

6. Lace-Up Sweatshirt: If you’re looking for a super soft, post workout, sweatshirt, then this one is for you. It’s perfect to take you from sweat sesh to brunch (like I do on our Saturday morning spin dates)… or simply relax on the couch with a glass of vino and comfy joggers.

7. Velvet Bag: I bought this at the Shopbop sale and wasn’t sure if I was going to keep it. Yet, I ended up wearing it a few days after it arrived and fell in love. Like I said, velvet is the texture of the season, and I love the floral fall colors. You can use it as a clutch, or wear it cross body, and it surprisingly goes with a lot of different outfits (see here).

8. Floral Pants: So, these were sent to me, and I didn’t like them at first and was going to send them back (I only share things I love). Yet, I gave them a try, and ended up really liking them (TJ did too). You can see them styled here. They’re loose and flowy, and the pant style is huge for fall. You can pair them with a pretty chunky knit, or as I did with this moto jacket…. or, be bold and pair it with a band tee.

9. BodyCon Dress: I own this in the grey color (bought it when I was pregnant) and when I saw this color option (terracotta) I was sold. It’s the perfect color for fall. I’ve worn it with a blush cardigan and denim jacket… but it will easily pair with booties and OTK boots when temps cool down.

10. Mesh Crops: My favorite crops by far to workout in…. they hug in all the right places and just feel so good on. They’re also easy to move around in. They aren’t cheap, but very well made… and a good investment if you love working-out.

 

10.05.2017

Fall Layering || Longline Denim Jacket

Fall has been teasing us in Southern California. We had one day this week, wedged between consecutive days of temps in the 80’s… and this weekend, when we’re supposed to be visiting a pumpkin patch, it’s going to be in the 90’s (nothing like a little sweat dripping down your forehead to get you into the fall spirit….). All that to say, when fall does decide to grace us with her cool presence, you can bet outfits like the one here today will be worn on the regular. My ideal fall outfit involves comfortable layers, easy to transition from indoor to outdoor… and to move about with ease.

One item that I can’t get enough of as of late is the denim jacket. I’ve loved them since elementary school (same wash denim on denim, NBD), tied them around my waist religiously in high school, and now wear them as a simple throw-on-and-go layer when I’m heading out the door. The longline version caught my eye at the beginning of the season, specifically this one. I styled it here for a more “weekend” look, with my favorite comfy pullover, but it can easily be dressed up with my favorite black jeans, basic white v-neck, some gold jewelry, and faux fur mules…..

A few other denim jackets that I am loving include this embellished pearl option, as well as this one (and this is an excellent budget friendly version). I’m also a huge fan of embroidery and bought one during the Anniversary Sale… yet, I’ve had my eye on this particular one for a couple of months…. and this one is cute too.

(Outfit Details || Jacket (c/o) | Pullover (more sizes here) | Leggings | Shoes (also love these) | Sunglasses | Bag)

10.04.2017

Wellness Wednesday || Being Present

I initially had a different post scheduled for today. Yet, I felt pulled to write about something different in light of the recent tragedy in Vegas…..

I woke up frustrated Monday morning because I’ve been having issues with my daily newsletter sending out at the regularly scheduled time. So, I laced up my shoes and headed out the door for my typical morning run. When I returned, TJ asked if I’d heard the news about Vegas. I hadn’t yet, so he gave me some of the headline details. I thought to myself, “You can’t be serious. Again?” I immediately turned on the news and couldn’t believe what I was seeing, and hearing (we went to bed earlier on Sunday, so this was the first we were both hearing of it). The stories were, at the risk of sounding cliché, heartbreaking… and then to hear about acquaintances who were at the event was even more chilling. I went about my day, impacted, but not yet emotional about what had happened….

Until this morning (or, Tuesday morning). As I played with Harper at the park, and we swung together on the swings, the magnitude of the tragedy sank in…. people’s sons, daughters, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, and grandchildren, taken in an utterly senseless act of violence. Not only that, but the horror and trauma for those injured and/or at the event. I hugged her tighter, and kissed her little curly haired head. It scares me to think about the world I am leaving Harper with…. and I began to wonder how I would address these issues with her as she gets older. Then I remembered this quote I had seen, a couple years back, when the Paris shootings had happened….

“When I was a little boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers, you will always find people who are helping.'” Mr. Rogers

And while I know my conversations with her won’t stop at that, I hope they can begin with it…. a gentle reminder that there is always more good in the world than evil.

The shooting in Las Vegas certainly put into perspective the trivial frustration I experienced that morning… a minor blog glitch… in relation to what others were waking up to. A reminder that we have to make the most of the time we have with those we love. To disconnect and be more present… which, in all honesty, can be much easier said than done. So, I took some time to reflect today and to find areas where I could improve my ability to “just be” with those that matter the most…..

1. Put away the phone. I know this sounds so basic, but for me, so much of what I do is tied to some avenue of social media. So, I go a step further and utilize stimulus control. If my phone isn’t around, I can’t look at it. That means putting it in another room when TJ and I are relaxing on the couch and during dinner…. leaving it tucked in the bottom of the stroller when Harper and I are at the park (except for the occasional photo when she’s being too cute….). It’s the same thing I do with sweets… if they’re in the house, I’ll eat them… so I simply don’t buy them. If the phone is within an arms distance, I’ll look, so I put it away.

2. Be Intentional. When I wake up in the morning, I always have the best plans to do x, y, + z with Harper… but then life happens. I do know that if I was a little more intentional with saying, “This can wait….” that I would be  be more present. One of my old supervisors was such a wonderful example of this. She always told me that “not everything has to be dealt with immediately,” and I always felt her presence when we were meeting together. I guess it boils down to prioritizing and being cognizant when you’re in the moment…

3. Focus On The Now. Simply put. Being present means focusing on the moment. I’m so often thinking about what needs to get done within the next several hours that I miss the moment. I intentionally did this with Harper today, and I can tell you it felt so different than usual. I know it’s not always possible, life happens, but it’s something I want to be much more aware of.

While I know I won’t ever be perfect in all three areas, it’s my hope that by becoming more aware I we be more mindful.

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(Outfit Details || Cardigan (black + cream here), Jeans, Top,  Sunglasses)

10.03.2017

Shoes To Take You From Point A to Point B In Style || Top 5 Ways We Maximize Our Efficiency Throughout The Day

Thank you to Zappos for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. 

Sometimes, when the alarm goes off, I think to myself, “Do I really want to start the day?” Yet, I also know that, at the end of the day, there is nothing more rewarding than to sit back and feel as though what I set out to do was accomplished (well, there are more rewarding things in life, of course, but you catch my drift…). With TJ and I both working from home… and my primary daily focus on little miss… it seems as though we’ve had to make adjustments to ensure we are efficient, and effective, throughout the day. So, we’ve put together our Top 5 ways that we increase our efficiency throughout the day…. in an earnest attempt to tackle that every growing “to-do” list. It’s not always perfect, but it’s certainly helped us feel more accomplished when our heads hit the pillow.

1. Schedule Yourself: Both of us agree, without a sense of structure to our days, things get a little hectic. We  wake up at the same time daily, schedule in our workouts around the other’s day…. I have my “work hours” scheduled when Harper is down for her nap, and then again in the early evening when TJ is able to help out with little miss for another hour or so. TJ schedules his calls and meetings while I am out and about with Harper. We have dinner scheduled, Harper’s bedtime scheduled, and a little downtime worked in there as well. While it’s not always seamless, it really helps us move about the day effectively.

2. Dress Accordingly:  If I’ve learned anything since juggling multiple roles, it’s that dressing appropriately makes life so much easier. In these transitional fall days, where mornings and evenings are cooler than the afternoons, I’ve learned that layers are critical. A warm layer for the mornings and evenings, and a lightweight piece underneath, allows me to move seamlessly from one activity to the next without waisting valuable time changing….

And, while the layers I wear are important, the kicks I wear on my feet are almost more critical. Both TJ and I need shoes that can take us throughout the day, whatever that might entail, effortlessly. Since no two days are the same for us, we’ve come to rely on shoes that are practical, yet stylish, incredibly comfortable, and, of course, versatile. Enter the Rockport Total Motion Trixie Shootie (for me) and the Rockport Wynstin Chukka (for TJ) both part of the Rockport collection from Zappos. The his and her pair are perfect for that work/life balance that we both strive to achieve. Since our work environments permit us to be relatively flexible as to what we wear throughout the day, the shoes allow us to toss them on an know that we will be prepared for anything…. an impromptu video conference call for TJ, or a last minute happy hour with girlfriends for me (likely much needed after a full day with little miss….). We are essentially assured that we can make it from point A to point B in style.

3. Make A List, Prioritize, Cross It Off: I swear by this method. It’s the only way I can keep myself organized throughout the day. The night before, I take 5-10 minutes to think about what needs to be done the following day. Then, I prioritize them in order of importance and create a loose schedule as to when each will be attended to.

4. Weigh Out The Opportunity Cost: If there is one thing I remember from my Econ AP class in high school, it was the concept of opportunity cost. I apply it to my entire life. In a nutshell, time is money, and in my world, time is incredibly valuable, something you can never get back. Therefor, I utilize services that help our family to be increasingly efficient… from same day delivery grocery services, to shopping at on-line retailers who can provide me with the same items found in store…. without me having to load up the car, drive to the store, unload the car, and then drive home (any on-the-go, I-wear-multiple-hats woman knows what I am talking about….). When I was ordering these shoes, it was my first time shopping at Zappos, and I was hugely impressed with the ease of navigating their site, and how quickly I received my items: next day, with no extra charge. Please + Thank You. And, in light of the tragedy, and senseless violence, that took place in Las Vegas on Sunday evening, Zappos will match up to $1 million in purchases to the victims. Shopping with a cause is always up my ally.

5. Team Work: For TJ and me, part of being efficient doesn’t mean operating as a one man show. It just can’t happen that way. So, we rely on one another to help out. I ask for help and TJ asks for help. If I can’t pick up a forgotten ingredient for dinner, often TJ can do so on the way home from a meeting. We delegate based on strengths… and work together on others. Regardless, team work helps the day feel more accomplished.

I’d love to know what you do to increase your efficiency throughout the day too!

10.02.2017

Weekend Recap || Take A Walk

(Welcoming October….)

After a seemingly never ending week (aren’t they always like that after vacation), the weekend was more than welcomed with a glass of vino…. and after a sleepless Friday night (little miss was teething) we seemed to fall into a groove with our normal Saturday morning spin and breakfast date. We met up with family Saturday evening, and called it an early night, hitting the sheets before 10pm (#GettingOld or #ParentLife??). When we woke up Sunday morning, we had every intention of making it to church, but found ourselves relishing in the rest from a full night sleep and a little miss who was willing to snuggle in bed (she’s usually ready and rearing to go the moment we get her from the crib). After we realized we stayed in our pajamas a little too long, we debated whether or not we wanted to workout. We ended up deciding on a long walk for coffee…..

TJ and I always have some of our best conversations on a walk (and for that matter, some of my best conversations with family and friends too….). It was on the walk back that we started talking a little more about the future direction of our family (namely, where we want to move) and how we want that to look…. how will it match with our values and what we hope for our little family. At the end of the walk, we had a few things figured out, and TJ remarked, “Well, that was a walk well spent….”

Which got me thinking… sometimes all you need is a new environment to gain a new perspective. So, that’s my intention this week. If at any point I feel stuck, feel in a rut, or as if I need a little inspo, I’m going to change my environment… whether that’s working from a coffee shop (as opposed to the table)…. or going to a new park with little miss… sometimes a new environment gives you a new take on life. With that, here’s to a week of welcoming new perspectives… Have a good one friends! xx

(She thinks they’re all balls…. until they get smashed… my jacket, her jacket)

(Back to our spin + avocado toast Saturday morning dates)

(Toss on this casual outfit for a housewarming party for my sister + brother in law… cardigan, cami, jeans, short crescent necklace)

(A little take-out sushi to close out Saturday night….)

(Little miss wasn’t sleeping through the night for the past week… teething we think… so we moved a little slower Sunday after the first full night in several days…. thermal, joggers)

(Morning walk for some caffeine… and to let someone exert a little energy….)

(This comfy ribbed tunic for a few afternoon errands and football….)
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It felt good to get back on a regular work-out/eating routine this past week. We made my favorite fall soup last night, and I’m thinking about making this carnitas recipe for Tuesday night… just set it and forget it… my favorite.

Not sure if it’s the new season, or if it’s because October is officially here, but there have been so many great new items in stores lately! I’m obsessed with this gorgeous waffle knit sweater in a terra cotta color, blouson sleeve sweater in the prettiest teal color, rosetta v-neck cardigan (love the rose details), gathered sleeve hoodie (such a great “is it fall or is it summer” item), and this beautiful chenille deep blue lace up sweater.

A few of my favorite items from last year that were recently re-stocked include this super soft fringe scarf, cozy ribbed oversized sweater (white + black), and this lightweight open back pullover (I have in pink).

TJ’s birthday is this Thursday and we’re heading out to a nice dinner, just the two of us. I’ve had my eye on this little velvet dress and I’m thinking it might be perfect for the evening. I mentioned this last week, but I could also wear it unbuttoned, over a white cami and jeans, for a more casual look too. I also love this wrap front sweater, cranberry colored wrap top, as well as this wrap jacket.

Asos also has some super cute, and well priced, items for fall. I love this mauve oversized v-neck sweater, wrap back sweater, blush lounge tie sleeve topoff the shoulder slouchy sweater, and this lattice back chunky cardigan.

We also have Harper’s baptism this coming weekend, and I’m considering this pretty little floral ruffle tiered dress or this floral midi dress, layered with a suede jacket.

09.29.2017

Lightweight Anoraks x2 || Fall Family Bucket List

Growing up, I always loved this time of the year. Our house was decorated in a festive way, there were lots of holiday celebrations, selecting my Halloween costume, and we took part in fun family traditions. When I became a mom, I knew I wanted to make this time of year just as special for our little family. While Harper was a little too young to fully enjoy all the special traditions and moments of the season last year, I can’t wait to see her interact and engage with them this year. It’s quite possibly one of the things I am most excited about for my favorite time of the year… her little reactions at new experiences. And with these new traditions, a new wardrobe is always helpful…. it’s time to put away her little jellies, bloomers, and sundresses and look for warmer fall items, like jackets, closed toe shoes, and sweaters. As always, Nordstrom has some of my favorites for this season from adorable little joggers to practical and functional shoes, I’ve definitely snagged several pieces for little miss this season….

A few of my favorites for her have to be this anorak coat (I couldn’t resist matching her in my own lightweight version…). It’s incredibly soft, and will go with anything… and appears to be easily washable (a key with any piece of kiddo clothing). Perfect for an evening stroll through a cute little pumpkin patch…. and this little floral dress  (the perfect fall colors) will pair perfectly over tights or jeggings (Harper owns these and they’re super soft) when the temps warrant it. I also recently discovered Native Shoes (thanks to my cousin-in-law) and love them….as does Harper. They are easy to clean and she moves around in them so well… they come in so many different color options so they’re perfect for little guys too. I also adore these floral joggers, grey cardigan, fleece pullover + legging combo, and this sweatshirt dress. Annnd, a few items for the little guy in your life (since the majority of my friends have boys….) include this stripe hooded henley, cozy jogger pants, thermal hoodie jacket, hooded flannel shirt, and this adorable camo vest.

And, because no one wants to be dressed up with no place to go, I’ve included my short family bucket list for the next few weeks. Sometimes I feel like I create such lofty lists and only get to a fraction of them. So, this time around, I’ve condensed it to my “must-do” activities!

1. Partake in all the pumpkin patch activities: petting zoo, tracker ride, pony rides, corn mazes…
2. Make a healthy pumpkin muffin recipe the whole family will like
3. Take Harper to see the Halloween decorations at Disneyland… they’re supposed to be amazing
4. Come up with a fun “family” themed costume idea. The idea of “rockstars” came to mind this afternoon (thanks so my mom)
5. Have a family pumpkin carving afternoon… complete with cider + soup.
6. Go to our family cabin in the local mountains to enjoy the fall foliage
7. Apple Picking (this is always on my list… I’ve yet to do it…)

Happy weekend friends! Enjoy your weekend!
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(Outfit Details || My Dress | My Jacket | My Shoes | Sunglasses | Harper’s Dress (big girl) | Harper’s Jacket (Toddler/Bigger Girl sizes) | Harper’s Shoes (so many color options here))

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post

09.28.2017

Work Wear To Weekend Wear || The Most Versatile Trouser Pant

I remember when I was first starting my career. I made a “must have” list of the clothing items I needed. A well fitting pair of pants was at the top of the list. A pair that could take me from client sessions, to happy hour with friends, to a casual weekend outing with TJ. The pair needed to have a little stretch, be neutral in color, and have that “on-duty-off-duty” feel to them with a few small outfit swaps to create the shift. When I found the pair, I snagged them in two color options. They lasted me several years, and I wore those puppies into the ground.

That first pair came from LOFT. They were petite friendly for my short legs, and the stretch was just right to make them comfortable for any occassion. So, when I was in search of a classic trouser cut pant, I knew exactly where to start. I was immediately sold when I stumbled across this grey crop pair in the “slim pants” category (I tend to prefer this fit for my frame). The stretch smoothes any “soft” areas I may have (especially after that relatively indulgent Hawaii trip) and the cut is modern and stylish… essentially making them versatile enough for any occassion. I can wear them to run errands, work at a coffee shop, out to a happy hour with friends, and to lunch with my mom and sister. With a few easy changes here and there, they easily work for that “on-duty-off-duty” requirement I have for my wardrobe.

For a simple everyday look, this cami pairs perfectly with them, as the two together create a neutral base to go “on duty” or “off duty” seamlessly. For a more office friendly look, toss on this chenille cardigan (seriously soft as butter) or this ribbed open cardigan. For a more “off duty” feel my new obsession is this sleeveless coatigan. Super soft, and can easily layer over a basic long sleeve tee in the cooler fall weather. Or, if you’re needing a dressier option to pair with the pants, try this stripe ruffle trim blouse. Either way, as long as you have the pant, you can’t go wrong.
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(Outfit 1 Details || Pants (wearing 0P) | Camisole | Vest (comes in 3 color options) | Shoes (similar))
(Outfit 2 Details || Cardigan (also comes in blush))

Thank you to LOFT for sponsoring this post. 

09.27.2017

Wellness Wednesday || Gut Health + Probiotics

Before little miss was born, I struggled with stomach issues. Not for years, but for about the year prior to becoming pregnant. I had horrible cramping and often felt nauseas… and this was frequently accompanied by anxiety and sadness… and horrible fatigue (one day I literally couldn’t move… I thought I was pregnant). All of these things were not normal for me, and I was very aware of it. I went to visit my GP and she ran through the regular questions…. which I knew weren’t going to get me where I needed to be. I didn’t have a bug and I didn’t pick up a parasite on a recent travel… I had a feeling it was something much more complicated than that. She had me get an ultrasound (which I had a feeling wouldn’t show anything) which came back completely clean. At that point she basically told me there wasn’t much else she could do. Thank you… I guess…. So, I went to an acupuncturist. She had a lot of different ideas, made me shift a few things in my diet (no dairy, no chicken, no beans….), and after a few months I started to feel better.

All that to say, over the past few years, I’ve become so interested in “gut health.” I knew that my stomach issues weren’t simply a “stomach” problem that could be fixed with a prescription. That they were more complicated than that, and a bunch of different changes needed to occur. I’m no expert here, and what I know is based on surface level research, but there is a huge gut-brain connection that is rarely talked about…. which would explain a lot of the anxiety and sadness that I felt back then. In all my research, what I’ve come to realize is that a healthy gut is largely tied to a healthy individual (both mind and body). One of the best ways to balance out the gut is to take a daily probiotic (something I used to do, but haven’t done in over a year… and I can feel it). Probiotics are healthy bacteria that work to balance your digestive tract and benefit your overall well-being. This means easier food digestion, more energy, and glowing skin. If your body doesn’t have enough probiotics you can experience skin problems, digestive difficulties, autoimmune disorders, and frequent cold and flus (you can read more about probiotics benefits here).

So, when TULA (one of my favorite skin care lines) came out with their own probiotic line, and challenged me to try it out for 30 days, I said “Why not? I have nothing to lose.” So, that’s just what I am doing, and would love for you all to join me too. Taking a daily probiotic can lead to less bloating, better digestion, more energy, and better skin… and I know I could benefit from that for sure. Something else I do on a daily basis to increase probiotics in my system is drink a bottle of Kombucha a day. I have noticed a huge difference in doing that as well, so I am hoping that re-introducing the daily probiotic will help too. I’ll be reporting back to you in a month as to if I felt any changes or not. Would love for you to join along!

If you’re interested in joining along with me, check out the line here!
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(Outfit Details || Joggers | Pullover | Probiotics (use code SHANNON15 for 15% off))