Vacation Style || Swimsuits + Cover-Ups

The last time TJ and I headed to Palm Springs in the middle of winter it poured rain the entire time, and was freezing. We basically holed up on the room during the days, watching movies (I remember “The Cutting Edge” being one of them….) and taking naps. That was a very long time ago. So, when we booked this trip, I was initially wary about the weather. While I didn’t need the summer temps of the desert, I certainly wasn’t looking for a repeat of the last winter desert trip. We ended up lucking out with very mild temperatures (think high 70’s) which made relaxing outside very pleasant. All that to say, I diligently tracked the weather forecast the week ahead in an attempt to pack accordingly…

I ended up deciding that a few lightweight spring knits (like this gorgeous mauve one and fringe lace option), favorite cut-offs from last year, distressed jeans, and a pretty eyelet top would be perfect for evenings spent fireside. For the daytime, I bought this stripe asymmetrical suit and knotted cutout suit (Solid + Stripe makes some of my all time fav suits….)… perfect for days at the pool…. and this gorgeous kimono cover-up and floral embroidered one (which I’ve had for several years) would be great throw-on-and-go choices for a cover-up. I also tossed in this multi functional longline cardigan… perfect for a cooler pool day, and easily transitions into the evening hours. Annnnd, of course, Soludos makes some of my favorite vacation shoes… and this tasseled option wasn’t an exception. All items were great for no agenda + no make-up days at the pool…. and a then happy hour by the fire…..

A few other beautiful items that are great for a spring getaway include my favorite sweatshirt in mauve, beautiful navy + floral robe dress, and this super cute stripe skirt + top set. I also love this beautiful blush romper…. can easily act as a cover-up and then an evening piece tpp (with a light washed denim jacket)….. as well as this stripe midi dress and stripe ruffle neck dress. I guess I’d say the key to dressing on vacation is to keep it simple, casual, and effortless…..

(Outfit Details || Cover-up | ShortsSuit (sized up 1) | Stripe Suit | Blush Cover-Up | Sandals (come in lots of colors) | Hat | Tote | Sunglasses)



Mixing + Matching || My Favorite Go-To Pieces

After TJ and I returned home from our morning spin + breakfast date yesterday I needed to get ready quickly to take little miss out and about. I was going on 5 days of unwashed hair (and, after the spin class it probably could have used a wash….), and had about 30 minutes to get ready and out. So, I sprayed my hair with this dry shampoo, texturizing spray, tossed in some of this powder, and threw my hair up in a half top knot… tossed on some of my regular go-tos (who am I kidding, I just grabbed the same outfit I’d worn the past 3 days….)…. and out the door we headed….

Each season I discover my go-to pieces for when I’m getting dressed in a pinch (which, in all honesty, happens more often than not #ToddlerLife). This cozy oversized cardigan, and a few henley tees have been those pieces for the past few months. They’re all in neutral colors, so mixing and matching them makes it super simple…. and the outfit ends up looking completely different. It’s always nice when you can easily “shop your closet” and create new, and different, outfits from pieces you already own. So, today I decided to share with you a few of those personal favorites hanging in my closet (or shoved into a drawer….)….

Ribbed Henley: (currently on sale) I have this one in three colors (black, rose, and white) and love wearing them with joggers, jeans, or leggings. It runs small, so size up!

Thermal Henley: An all time favorite that I’ve chatted about a lot recently…. but the flow-y body gives it a feminine feel, and the oversized fit makes it easy to lounge in too. I wore it in yesterday’s post.

Joggers: I own these in gray and blush… they’re super comfortable and fit my short legs perfectly. Toss on a denim jacket or cozy cardigan (like the one in today’s post) for a super casual, off duty, look.

Oversized Henley Tee: Obsessed with this top…. I shared it styled here, and it can easily be worn with leggings for a super casual weekend, or weekday, look.

Casual Stripe Tee: Such an easy piece to have in your closet…. so simply to pair with jeans or joggers.

Denim Jacket: Slightly distressed, slightly oversized…. I’ve had it since last year and it’s a piece I reach for over and over again.

Distressed Jeans: While I have 3-4 pairs I keep on regular rotation, this stretchy pair in an easy one to wear on the daily…. meaning I can easily sit on the ground with little miss….

Basic White Kicks: These have been my favorite for over a year now… they’re like walking on clouds and go with everything. I also own in the black glitter.

Easy Mule: I got these back in December and wear them all the time for days when I want something other than plain white kicks. They’re comfortable enough for everyday wear, and I love white for spring!

Utility Jacket: Grabbed this one, with the cute flare sleeve detail, a few weeks ago and have worn it tons since. It’s such a great lightweight layer for the spring months (and when CA was basically in summer, it was great). It’s currently on major sale too.

Waffle Knit Sweater: I grabbed this one, when it was temporarily on sale, a few weeks ago in the blush color and it’s so soft. Seriously such an easy option to toss on with jeans, joggers, and cut-offs.

Filling your closet with great basic staples will always make getting ready a cinch…. and allow you to create so many different outfit combinations with the pieces you already own!

(Outfit Details || Cardigan | Top | Jeans | Mules | Sunglasses | Evil Eye Necklace | Bag)


Everyday Living || At Home Date Nights… 5 Ways To Make Them Special…..

With Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, it got me thinking about our past “love day” celebrations. TJ + I had our first real date on Valentine’s Day (13 years ago….). We went out to a favorite spot, right on the beach, and had tacos + drinks….. and then there was the weekend 9 years ago, when he proposed. We had a relatively “fancy” V-day celebration that year (obviously). Yet, for the most part, we tend the keep the day relatively low key. Annnd, since becoming parents, have become much more selective as to how we spend our time away from little miss (usually a morning workout and brunch, as opposed to a weekly evening out….). Yet, we still value spending evenings at home fully engaged and present with one another. All that to say, we’ve really worked to hone in and make date nights at home equally as special as date nights out…. and thought we’d share with you the five ways we do so….

1. Make It Fun: Just because you’re at home that doesn’t mean you can’t have just as much fun as when you’re out and about. Decide what you want to do…. cook a meal together in the kitchen… or order out from your favorite spot…. have a movie marathon with sweet treats…. or play some of your favorite games together (we’re huge fans of “Heads Up…”)…. For TJ and I, we love to cook, so deciding on a cuisine and whipping it up together is a great opportunity to bond….. we pick a Pandora station (something along the lines of John Mayer…. Coldplay….) and listen to it on this speaker system (have had it for years, it’s a great investment), grab a bottle of wine, and relax. It can be as elaborate, or mellow, as you like…….

2. Electronics Away: I think one of the reasons why date nights are so important is because it gives you an opportunity to disconnect and focus on each other. Yet, when you’re at home, it’s easy to fall into the everyday temptations to pick up your phone, look something up on your computer, etc…. Put. Them. Away. As in, put them in a different room. Be intentional, and an at home date night can be equally as connecting as getting out of the house.

3. Dress Up: I know, I know, seems kind of counterintuitive to “dress up” when you’re staying in, but it can make such a difference. Think about it, you get all dolled up for an evening out, why not put a little thought into an at home evening too? Pick some cozy loungewear and it’ll feel a little more special. TJ’s loungewear was needing a little pick me up, so he snagged this super soft striped top and lounge pant combo… and loved these slippers (the perfect pair to wear around the house in warmer temps as well). He also got these comfy lounge shorts as we make the transition into spring. Nordstrom has such a great selection of casual, and comfortable, loungewear options for men. A few other favorites include this beige v-neck tee + lounge pants combination, two toned raglan t-shirt, stripe pima cotton tee with this pullover and these black lounge shorts. I picked up this stripe pajama set, and love that the pieces can be mixed and matched with other loungewear I own (and the top can easily be worn with jeans).

4. Special Pieces: I remember when I registered for those “special” entertainment items, people told me I would never have an occasion to use them. Well… I recommend pulling them out for those date nights at home. Special wine glasses (like these rose colored ones), plates, and your favorite candle can all make it feel just a little more special and add to the ambiance.

5. Make It A Little Different: Ok, so if it seems like it will still just feel like a regular old night at home, do something a littler different. Usually hang out on the couch? Take it to the bedroom (not in that way….)…. but, seriously. TJ and I spend most of our weekend nights lounging on the couch, so sometimes when we have an at home date night, we do what we do on vacation…. sip the vino in our room. For some odd reason, it always makes it feel like we’re actually away.

Date nights are all about making effort to spend time with the one you love…. so, if getting out isn’t always an option, put some effort into it at home. I promise you’ll have just as much fun!

(Outfit Details || TJ’s Top | TJ’s Pants | TJ’s Slippers | My Pajama Set | My Cardigan | Glasses (similar))

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post


Everyday Dressing || Spring Sweaters

So, Tj was gone at the beginning of this week… meaning I flew solo…. and while there weren’t any major incidents like the last time (remember the lip and head accident???) it’s always nice to have a partner to do the parenthood thing with…. and little miss didn’t let him rest long…. she asserted her independence at the park and pretty much insisted on walking Captain the entire way home #PickYourBattles….

All that to say, I haven’t put on make-up, washed my hair, or really worn anything other than leggings and an oversized sweatshirt in two days…. so, I guess you could say I’m currently craving an outing…. something pulled together… and some “me time….” Which, is exactly what I’ll be getting this afternoon when I actually put on make-up, do my hair, toss on these jeans, and head out the door for an afternoon catch up with my girlfriend…. no kiddos = uninterrupted conversation!

I picked up this super soft, faux wrap sweater last weekend on a trip to the mall with the family. The drapey fit had me sold the minute I tossed it on (no time to try on at the store, it was an at home try on session for this momma)… and I fully plan on maximizing its wear throughout the transitional months by pairing it with these adorable ruffle shorts , denim shorts, or ruffled denim skirt (I’m obsessed with this one… it’s currently on my wish-list). It would also easily layer underneath my favorite utility jacket or pair perfectly with these joggers for an off duty, super casual feel.  Dressed up, or down, it’s a great Spring closet staple!

A few other favorite spring sweaters include this super soft cardigan, waffle knit pullover, crochet sweater, and this cute lace-up option.

(Outfit Details || Sweater (also comes in a rose color) | Jeans (here, and an identical option here) | Mules (other great colors) | Sunglasses | Long Necklace | Cross Cuff | Ball Cuff | Beaded Bracelet | Purse)


Wardrobe Remix || Favorite Body-Con + Chunky Cardigan

I was recently looking through old photos, specifically, the last trip TJ and I took to Europe, right before I found out I was pregnant with Harper. I remember so much from that trip….wine, good food, awesome memories…. but I also vividly recall lugging around a 60 pound suitcase across 3 countries. Yes, it was ridiculous. Mainly because I ended up wearing a few items, mixed and matched, over and over again for two weeks. I saw my favorite blush fedora, black stripe turtleneck, black skinny jeans, flared jeans, trench coat, and black silk button-up repurposed in almost every photo.

 I recently started a hashtag on instagram called #IBIremix. I think it’s so important to be able to wear items in your closet multiple ways… what’s the point of owning it if it only has one purpose (except for those “special items….”). That being said, enter today’s outfit. It’s a super basic transitional look (since CA has decided to skip winter all together….) wearing my all time favorite body-con dress + cozy cardigan that I’ve worn so many times over the past couple of months (shared it in my “favorites” post). It’s a super basic look, perfect for a brunch, lunch with friends, or an afternoon spent shopping (probably not so appropriate for a toddler play date….). You can wear the dress with a denim jacket (styled here), suede jacket, over the knee boots, booties, a utility vest, or solo on a warm summer day. The cardigan easily pairs with jeans, denim shorts, a dress, and lounging around the house….

When your wardrobe mainly consists of items that mix + match, you ultimately double it without having to purchase more!

(Outfit Details || Dress (comes in several colors, also own in gray) | Cardigan | Sneakers | Sunglasses | Necklace | Beaded Bracelet | Cuff Bracelet | Bag)


Everyday Dressing || DIY Raw Hem Tutorial + The Best Light Wash Denim

About a year ago, one of my best girlfriends and I headed up to LA for a night away. Just the two of us. No schedules. We started the morning with a spin class, followed by a mimosa brunch, and then headed out for a little shopping. Top on her list was a pair of high waisted, light wash, denim jeans for the spring season. I had just purchased this pair (that I’m still obsessed with), so I was more of an onlooker in her quest to find the perfect pair. Yet, this season, I joined her… and went on the search for a hug in alllll the right places light wash denim. Since I’d had success with Levi’s jeans in the past (two of my favorites are from them, they fit like a glove), I decided to give this pair a chance. From the moment I put them on, I was sold. They have a slight stretch, are high waisted, and hug in the perfect spots. Oh, and they have no distressing to them… I mean, who have I become??…..

But, in an attempt not to disappoint you, I’ve added my own touch of distressing by cutting the hem…. like I do with all my jeans, since I’m so short. I recently had a request on how to create the look, so you can find a short, and very simple, DIY tutorial for creating the raw hem on any of your jeans below in the video…..

I love pairing this pair with a cute mule, like these super comfortable white ones. I recently purchased this adorable blush pair and can’t wait to see how they look together (Jeffrey Campbell has some super cute mules for Spring….)…..

In that light, I guess I can successfully cross off light wash denim + cute mules on my spring list!

(Outfit Details || Jeans + more sizes here (I bought my regular size, there is some slight stretch to them) | Top (comes in several color options) | Mules | Sunglasses | Crescent Necklace | Evil Eye Necklace | Beaded Bracelet | Cuff)


Everyday Dressing || Defining Your Style

I received this question, about two weeks ago….

“Have you ever done a post on how you paired down your clothes to fit your particular style? I have never seen your closet, but I love how all of your clothing seems to follow a particular scheme (in color and style). You favor the same type of look, over and over again, switching up the details a bit. I love how it always looks like “you.” And I’d love to know how you came to your own “style” and how you resist all the other pretty things out there!”

I touched on it in Friday’s Q+A post, but realize that I didn’t fully answer the question. Along with most of my life, my wardrobe drastically shifted when I became pregnant and had little miss. When I was dressing for an ever growing bump, I have to become much more strategic about what I was wearing. I didn’t want to purchase an entirely new wardrobe, that I wouldn’t wear in a couple of months, so I began to shift more towards neutrals, basics, and accessorizing for my daily looks. A basic bodycon dress layered under a utility vest (both items I could wear post pregnancy), or an oversized sweater and leggings for the cooler months…. I learned to repurpose my items, and grew to look at each new piece of clothing differently…. and to ask myself the same basic questions…..

Can I dress it up and down with a few basic accessory swaps?
Can I wear it with several pieces, that I already own, in my closet?
Does the cost per wear match the item? 
(essentially, am I splurging on a super trendy item that I’ll get one season’s worth of wear out of??… or is it a bag, pair of shoes, or denim that I’ll wear over the years….??)

Then, when little miss arrived, getting dressed in a hurry, and being practical and comfortable became necessary. So, when I purged my closet a few months after she was born, I gave away the clothing that didn’t fit the “wear several times” category, and built up from there. I found myself gravitating towards neutral colors, with a casual feel to them…. and knew that if my wardrobe consisted mainly of those pieces, I’d be able to easily weave in “pretty” items… such as a fun red top, glitter kicks, pom pom espadrilles, and a fun graphic print sweatshirt….

I also began to really hone in on what I felt most comfortable wearing… I’ve always been a jeans and a tee kinda gal, so naturally this because the base to work from….. and I invested in some simple accessories, like my favorite pieces of gold jewelry that I can layer with almost anything to “dress” it up a little…. and try to avoid trends that just don’t “feel” like me….

Piece that can get me from point A to B, effortlessly, on a daily basis fill my closet…. and all these pieces featured in today’s post do just that. They fit the 3 questions I always ask myself, and I have already worn each of them multiple ways. The jacket (styled for work) is super cute layered over a ruffled bodysuit with my fav cut-offs… and the tee pairs perfectly with jeans or shorts… under a cardigan or solo. And, of course, I’m wearing my gold accessories that I pretty much wear on the daily…..

So, I guess in a nutshell, I was going for when I purged my closet a couple of years ago, was a laid back, casual, style.

(Outfit Details || Jacket | Tee | Jeans | Slides | Sunglasses | Long Necklace | Beaded Bracelet | Crossover Cuff | Sphere Cuff Bracelet)


Couple’s Style || 5 Ways We’ve Changed Over The Years……

When my younger sister was getting married this past summer, TJ and I went out to lunch with her right before the bachelorette party (we affectionately called our little trio the “3 BFFs”). We were chatting about marriage, and both told her that over the years, the two of them will change, to change together, and to embrace it…. I mean, the only certainty in life is change…. so, while we can resist it, it’s inevitable. All that to say, this past weekend TJ and I were comically listing the ways we have changed…..

1. Bedtime: We now race into bed by 9:30pm…. we used to go out at 9:30pm…. and come home at 2am… now, if we have a wake up at 2am, it’s from a little munchkin in the room next door.

2. Beverages: Um, 14 years ago, white zin was our rosé of choice. Enough said.

3. Style: Welllll, TJ always had great style, buuuut was just a little rough around the edges. I remember on one of our first shopping trips together, he fell in love with a bootcut pair of 7 For All Mankind jeans (in fact he just gave them away) and he was sold. Over the years, he’s refined his style. He likes pieces, as do I, that he can wear dressed up, or down, and in several different ways. His favorite denim fits like a glove and in darker washes easily transitions to a business casual meeting. He opts for slim fitting dress shirts, like this patterned one, that easily transitions between seasons (paired with shorts in the summer), and occasions (date night, business casual work meeting, or even paired with sneakers for a casual date day). A few other favorite tops include this slim fit henley, 7 Diamonds shirts (favorite from the line), and James Perse basic tees.  Nordstrom was, and continues to be, his go to for his evolving style since they literally have items for all ages, occasions, and styles.

4. Arguments: They used to be able to last as long as we wanted…. now? We don’t have time for long arguments, we need each other to survive parenthood. #Kidding #SortOf

5. Dates: We used to head out with elaborate plans, that lasted hours upon end. Now, morning dates are our jam, and if we do an evening date, we prefer to be back home by 8 so we can resume our cozy spots on the couch, joggers for TJ + myself, and a glass of vino in hand. #WereWild

And, while I say this all with a comical tone, I seriously wouldn’t have it any other way…. because, when we embrace change, it can sometimes lead to some of the best parts of life.

(Outfit Details || TJ’s Shirt | TJ’s Jeans | TJ’s Coat (same brand) | TJ’s Shoes (other colors) | TJ’s Belt | TJ’s Socks | My Jacket | My Top | My Jeans | My Flats)

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. 


Everyday Dressing || Comfy Kicks + High Waisted Leggings

I’m not a spontaneous person. I’m a planner. I like to be prepared. In the summer months, if we have a beach day, I like to prep snacks and lunches, pack up the bags, and put the towels + toys in the car the evening before. So, I’m not really sure what came over me yesterday morning when I decided, on a whim, to take Harper, by myself, to Disneyland. I guess this weekend’s past trip gave me a little boost of confidence….

I asked people on stories if they thought I was “brave” or just plain “cray.” The response was mixed. You see, Harper is a runner. As in “don’t even try to make me stand in that line, my legs need to move” kind of toddler. So, the thought of being three quarters of the way through a line and having her bolt, without help, made me kinda nervous…. In the end, she did great. We had a few running instances, but all in all, I can’t complain… and she took a long afternoon nap… even better…..

So, given my new found sense of spontaneity, and my toddler who just loves to move her legs, I needed toss on something comfortable + practical, in a hurry. As always, I reached for my go-to basic black leggings (added benefit because they’re high waisted) and distressed denim jacket as a top layer. I knew my feet needed something comfortable, so I tossed on these new kicks… and let me tell you, they’re 100% in the comfort department. Buuuut, I wouldn’t expect anything less from them, since they’re UGG. Which, up until recently, I honestly didn’t know made everyday sneaks. Nordstrom has a great selection of their sneaker line and I love this perforated pair (comes in tons of colors, but the quartz color is my fav) and cute little slip on pair. They also have a wide selection of UGG’s cozy wear that can easily be worn with above mentioned shoes. A few that I have my eye on include this zip hoodie (which is a great transitional piece) or this basic black pullover, paired with these gray leggings.

I was just glad I had them in my closet for my solo Disney adventure with little miss…. I mean, the last thing people needed to see was a mom running, after her toddler, with a limp because of shoes that give her a blister……

(Outfit Details || Sneakers (come in gold too) | Leggings | Pullover (comes in 3 color options) | Denim Jacket | Hat | Gold BraceletBag)

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post


Family Style || Traveling With A Toddler

As I’ve mentioned several times this week, we headed up to the Solvang/Los Olivos area this past weekend…. it’s a place we visit several times a year, yet, we’ve been going at this same time for the past several years (when Harper was just a little one…). And while traveling with a toddler isn’t for the faint of heart, it’s for sure doable if you modify your expectations and go in with a game plan…. and it really can be a wonderful time had by all. So, today, TJ and I decided to share a few tips and tricks we’ve gleaned along the way…. just in case you’re looking to make that trek with your little tike(s)……

1. Look At The Room: Before traveling as parents, TJ and I never really examined the layout of a room…. I mean, we literally study the floor plan and square footage now. Harper goes down at 7pm… and naps for about 2 hours in the afternoon… so being hotel bound during those hours makes it critical that the room is family friendly. When possible (on the pocketbook) we book a large suite, that way, Harper can be in one area sleeping, and we can have our evening too. If not, we make sure there is an outdoor sitting area (patio or balcony), or start her off in the bathroom (if it’s large enough… and yes, we walk out to the lobby restroom if we need to… you gotta do what you gotta do….) and move her out when we go to bed.

2. Plan You Day: We don’t “wing” a day anymore. That’s typically a recipe for disaster. So, we take some time in the morning to loosely lay out what the day will look like (I use the term loosely since there are so many unpredictable variables with a toddler…). If we’re somewhere more “adult” oriented, like last weekend’s wine tasting adventures, we try to incorporate a fun “kid” friendly activity in the morning (i.e. Ostrich Land USA… okay, maybe that was for me too….) and then tasting spots that are open and allow her space to run around.

3. Dress Accordingly: I have to laugh here… our suitcases look slightly different now than they did several years ago… but we’re not mad about it. Since we have an extra traveler adding to the luggage load, one of us has to pack smarter (…. and can you guess who that has to be??….). While I still toss in loads of unnecessary things,  TJ has become much more practical in his packing. He opts for pieces that transition well between day and night, toddler activity to adult activity, and cold to warm. It makes him pretty much up for anything. For this past trip, he packed this slim fitting puffer vest which was perfect for walking to breakfast and coffee in the morning (when temps were in the 40’s)… he layered it over this lightweight stripe sweater which was the perfect solo piece when the temps warmed. He always brings a pair of the Paige Transcend jeans with him everywhere he goes…. a work trip or vacation with the family.  The fit is so perfect that they look dressy enough for a business casual meeting, and casual enough for a day running around after little miss. Nordstrom has the widest selection of Paige jeans for men, with a variety of color options, making it easy to find the right pair for whatever occasion. A few other layering options he brought include this super soft fleece pullover, half zip sweater, slim fit henley (one of his favorite ways to layer), and this casual button-up shirt (this one comes with us everywhere). He also brings these joggers (styled here) for lounging in the room after little miss goes down.

4. Snacks + Activities: We are loaded up with both when we travel…. her favorite snacks, novel toys, and an iPad when all else fails…. it’s the only way we’ve survived the long drives and flights.

5. Extra Time: Everything takes more time with a toddler. Plan accordingly. We leave an extra 30 minutes for the airport, knowing we might have to change a diaper, deal with a melt down, and unload/check-in our abnormal amount of luggage. Also, we highly recommend wearing your little one in a carrier(it they’re still small enough) through security lines…. saves a lot of stress. Trust me.

6. Relax, Have Patience, Lower Expectations: It won’t be perfect. You’ll loose your patience with each other now and again (we do)…. and don’t expect things to be like they are/were when you travel/ed solo. If you can remember all three of those things, I promise you’ll have a good time…. you’ll eventually laugh at the stressful moments….all while making memories with your entire family.

(Outfit Details || TJ’s Pullover | TJ’s Vest | TJ’s Jeans | TJ’s Shoes | TJ’s Hat | My Pullover | My Jeans | My Shoes | My Bag | Sunglasses | Harper’s Jeans | Harper’s Jacket | Harper’s Shoes)

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.