02.28.2017

Resort Wear + My Top Four Resort Spots In California

It’s around this time of year that the cooler temps and weekly rainstorms get old, and I start daydreaming of warm weather destinations…. and when those daydreams turn into reality, it’s an even better situation…

With our anniversary in a mere two weeks, and Harper set to have her staycation with Nana and Grand-daddy, TJ and I will be heading down to San Diego for the weekend (our tradition), to one of our favorite resorts. Of course, we’re dreaming of an extended vacation in warmer weather, with our entire family, but this will definitely satiate the appetite for some sun, relaxation, and cocktail sipping….

And with a resort vacation on the horizon… and hoping future trips as well…. I’ve been on the hunt for some fun resort items to pack in my suitcase. The LOFT has been a go-to for their classic, colorful, and resort perfect attire. Their pieces are at the perfect price point (under $100) and excellent quality. I recently snagged this scalloped one piece, and got a little bold barring my belly in the cutest ruffle two-piece. Both provide the coverage I’m looking for, and help me feel confident while walking from pool, to lounge chair….. I also love this black and white romper, striped open back sweatshirt (the ties are adorable), this wide brimmed hat, and adorable straw tote to take me from pool to cocktail sipping.

Oh, and just n case you’re heading to California anytime soon, I decided to share with you my four favorite resort towns….

San Diego: The options are pretty much limitless here. Excellent restaurants, gorgeous beaches, beautiful hiking spots. I could go on and on….

Santa Barbara: I have a soft spot in my heart for this beautiful coastal town in California. I grew up visiting it every summer with my family and some close family friends, and have loved visiting with our little family too. Similar to San Diego, but much smaller, it has a sleepy town feel, while still having delicious restaurants and some of the most beautiful stretches of beach in California.

Palm Springs: I’d say it’s sunny here 80% of the year. Which is why we get out there 3-4xs a year. They  have several different resort areas, all offering you the ultimate in rest and relaxation. There are luxurious resorts, hip and trendy resorts, and kid friendly resorts too.

Catalina: This tiny little island off the Southern California coast is absolutely gorgeous. The water is pristine, the streets are tiny… reminiscent of European beach towns…. and there are plenty of water and land activities to engage in…. a quick boat ride from one of the local harbors can get you there in under 2 hours.

Happy traveling friends (and happy shopping for your attire too…..)!
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{Outfit Details // Cover-up Pants (skirt version here)| Blue Scalloped Suit | Orange Swim Top/Bottom (on sale!) | Pink Sweater (I sized up to M for slouchy fit) | Sunglasses (such a great price!) | Clutch | Necklace}



Thank you to LOFT for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions expressed are my honest thoughts and reflections. 

02.23.2017

Dressing For Date Night + The 12 Year Memory

Thanks to Facebook memories, I was pleasantly greeted with a twelve year old memory the other morning. One of my 21 year old self, TJ’s 23 year old self, before we headed out for our first date. #Babies. As we laughed at the image, it took me back to that evening and those feelings that surrounded it…..

I remember getting ready in my room, my college room-mates prepping for their evenings out as well…. there was a hustle around the house as we all swapped items and tried to decide what to wear. Looking back on the photo, I recall wanting to look classy and chic…. pulled together, yet feminine. So, I settled on a favorite black silk button-up top, some layered gold accessories, a pair of pink kitten heels (cuter than they sound….. I think….), and my favorite jeans (hmmmmmm…… not much has changed I’d say…..)….

When TJ came to the door to pick me up, I remember feeling giddy inside…. but also confident. We ended up heading out to dinner and drinks (well, 3 Long Island Iced Teas to be exact….. don’t really remember what I ate for dinner though….) and meeting up with friends after. It was a fun evening…. obviously…. because here we are, 12 years later…. and not much has changed….

I still wear jeans out to anything and everything…. we still enjoy getting cocktails (although, to be honest, I haven’t had a Long Island in years…..)…. we still enjoy date nights…. and I still love the way he compliments me when he sees what I’m wearing…

All that to say, we’re celebrating our anniversary in a few weeks by heading out of town for a weekend. Alone. Which means there will be a couple of evenings out, and I’m already thinking about them. When I saw this off the shoulder, ruffle sleeve sweater, I thought it was the perfect night out sweater. Classy. Fun. Chic.  All the same qualities that I looked for in a date night outfit twelve years ago….. something to feel comfortable and confident in. I love the classic white, the femininty the ruffles add, and the fact that it’s a lightweight sweater… no need for a jacket to cover up the best part…. I’m sure I’ll be packing items like this for our weekend away…..

A few other ruffle sweaters that I have my eye on include this grey option, with the cutest ruffles circling the shoulder, this pretty pink one, with ruffles on the shoulder and wrists, sleeveless sweater version (so classy), and this slouchy mauve colored one, with cascading ruffles down the sleeves.
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{Outfit Details // Sweater (wearing XS) | Jeans | Mules | Sunglasses | Necklace | Initial Necklace | Bag (cheaper option here)}

02.22.2017

Everyday Dressing Elevated // My Favorite White Tees

The white tee. Perfect for those days when you just don’t care… don’t have time… or just want to look casual and chic. Yet, I argue that in order to do it with style, the hubs or boyfriend’s Hanes v-neck undershirt might not be the way to go (trust me, I tried it in college, and I would prefer to just burn those photos please…oh, and I actually bought those on my own…. they weren’t actually borrowed….)…. So, today, I’ve rounded up my favorite white tees for looking fab in a pinch and pulled together on the daily in one of the most basic wardrobe staples that exists…..

DOLMAN SLEEVES

I love this option as an alternative to the basic v/crew necklines. The arms add a little femininity…. and in this particular tee, it’s oversized enough to slouch ever so slightly off the shoulder (kind of like a two for one….). This option can be dressed up or down, and is versatile enough for pretty much any occasion (even lounging around the house….). It’s easy to move in, hangs nicely, and is figure flattering. In the summer months, wear it with your favorite denim shorts, straw fedora, and blush slides.

{Outfit Details // Top (so soft!) | Jeans | Necklace | Sunglasses | Bag}

TIE FRONT TEE 

Huge fan of the tie front look over here… do it to my oversized tunics all the time…. so it only seemed natural to add this white tee to my collection. It’s pre knotted (saves me a few seconds…. and I’ll take whatever I can get….), which gives off an effortless look…. and also makes it a little more fitted than the other options here. I like it solo with my favorite pair of high waisted jeans…. or layered underneath my utility jacket…. since you can still see the tie, it adds a dimension of texture……

{Top (ordered XS) | Jacket (ordered XS)}

HENLEY TANK 

One of my favs…. love the slouchy nature of the tank, the button front option, and how it layers perfectly under pretty much any pieces. Pair it with a lace bralette for an added touch of femininity…. and layer it under your favorite chunky knit for a casual day…. or dress it up with a motto/suede jacket. Really, the options are limitless with this choice…. oh, and you can also knot the front of this one too…..

{Tank (several color options, ordered xs) | Cardigan | Jeans | Purse}

Oh the basic v-neck. Every gal needs it in her closet. I recommend picking one that is slightly oversized to give you that slouchy, effortless look (which was only achieved by trying on several different options…..). I was drawn to the rolled sleeves of this one, and it’s made of the softest fabric….. In my opinion, the best tees are a blend of cotton, rayon, and polyester… it seems to be the magic trifecta in creating the perfect v-neck….. Another tee that I own, but in black, is this option (it’s a similar fit to the first tee I featured).

{Tee (ordered XS) | Bralette | Jacket (ordered XS) | Bag}

Some of my other favorites also include this ruffle sleeve option and peplum version. I own both, and they are the perfect compliment to any outfit!

02.19.2017

The Best Of President’s Day Sales (And My Favorite Items I Personally Own)

I hope you’re all having a wonderful, extended weekend, with those you love. I’m interrupting your weekend with a few of the best President’s Day Sales… including some of my personal favorite items that are currently on major sale! We’re heading up to LA this morning to take Harper to the LA Zoo, and then stay the night at a favorite hotel… so I’ll share my Weekend Recap Tuesday morning! Have a great Monday off friends!
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Banana Republic is currently having 40% off, and I snagged this bell sleeved utility jacket yesterday and have my eye on this faux wrap top…..

LOFT has some super cute items right now too, all of which are 40% off….. I have this side button pullover in the peach color (I sized up to a M, as it is a more fitted sweater), this incredibly soft (like, on of the softest items I own) zip-up (featured above), as well as this chambray romper for warmer weather (it’s raining here…. but it was too cute to pass up….)…..

One of my favorite ruffle tier tops is currently on sale from Anthropologie…..

And, of course Nordstrom has some of my all time favorites currently marked down…. like this super soft and flattering v-neck sweater (I own in cream and black), this peplum button-up thermal (I own in grey), scoop neck thermal (which I own in taupe + black…. size up for length, I bought a S), my all time favorite oversized cardigan is on sale too…. as is the prettiest coral color dress (featured here) if you’re looking ahead to spring. This faux drape wrap sweater, which I love wearing everywhere, is on sale in the black and grey (I own it in black)….. as well as this grey crop that I wear when I do my yoga videos at home…… lastly, my all time favorite pullover is on sale too (I sized up to a M for an oversized fit)…..

A few items that I have my eye on include this ruffle pullover, side tie stripe tee (so perfect for spring…. layered under a trench or lightweight cardigan), side knotted long sleeve tee (I like the mauve/taupe-ish color option), and this mesh tee for working out in (the grey color is so cute!).

02.16.2017

Everyday Elevated // Dressing In A Pinch: The Asymmetrical Tee

Well, the other morning (or, should I say, day) was nothing short of interesting (those days always make for a good story though, right??)…..

It started with Harper and I heading out for our morning walk to the park, at which point I dropped my phone, yet again, and the screen separated from the actual phone…. essentially making the screen black (mind you, this was after dropping it the previous day and shattering the screen). This pretty much rendered my phone useless…. since I couldn’t even access the pass code to unlock the dang thing….

Then, as I was scurrying around to get ready (little miss had already awaken from her nap…) I noticed I had left a bottle of nail polish within reach of tiny hands. The two of us noticed this simultaneously and as I reached to take it away, she quickly reached for it too, which spelled spilled disaster. Nail polish bottle shattered all over white bathroom. Coral nail polish to be exact. Imagine my excitement at that mess…..

By that time, I had about 10 minutes to get ready if I wanted to do anything before lunch…. so, I reached for a tee (like I always do when I’m in a bind). Before you stop reading, hear me out. While I love a great basic v-neck, I’ve been finding new shapes to add to my t-shirt collection. My current favorite being the asymmetrical hem…. it’s a little different, adds good shape to a very basic item, and in the right material hangs in all the right places. It’s another one of those items that you can grab when you’re in a hurry and still look like you put a ton of effort into getting ready. When in a neutral color, like this super soft favorite, you’re in even better luck…..

A few favorites include the one I’m wearing today (obviously), as well as this asymmetrical tank version (in white…. looks like it hangs in such a cute way), dolman lightweight long sleeve tee (in several options, but I like the java), and this v-neck top in blush.

Disclaimer: If you spot any coral nail polish on my ankles, I apologize in advance. Additionally, the day was so crazy, that by the time we got around to snapping pictures of the outfit, I was so tired I forgot to take the cardigan off to get a picture of the tee. Oooops. Sorry! 
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{Outfit Details // Top (comes in 4 colors, excellent price, TTS, wearing XS) | Cardigan | Jeans | Mules | Necklace | Bag | Sunglasses}


02.14.2017

Valentine’s Day Fail // Sleeveless Sweater

Well, poor planning on my part here. I mean, Valentine’s Day, and I’m in a grey toned outfit. Probably could have done something blush themed…. and then thought I could have done something to honor the man in my life…. and then I realized that I dropped the ball there too…. and so, here we are, with today’s post, completely not V-day themed….

In all honesty, we’re having a simple holiday over here…. we’ve arranged for little miss to head over to my parent’s house in the morning…. and TJ and I are heading out to a SoulCycle Spin class and breakfast date. Which, for me, is pretty ideal. Then we’ll have a simple family dinner and celebrate our family love…. nothing over the top, simple, and special…

Which is exactly what this outfit is (ok, and pretty much every other outfit I post….). A favorite trend of mine over the past several seasons has been the sleeveless open knit sweater (my favorite from last season can be seen here). It’s a simple grab and go option that is perfect layered underneath your favorite jacket, or by itself when the temps warm up (or when you head inside). This grey option pairs with pretty much any denim you have in your closet…. grey jeans for a little grey x grey action, white denim,  and your tried and true blue jeans. Wear to coffee with a girlfriend, or out to happy hour with your main squeeze or girlfriends (just toss on your favorite heels)…..

A few other options that I am currently loving include this v-neck sweater, gorgeous white option, sand colored asymmetrical sweater, and this gorgeous tunic splurge worthy one.
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{Outfit Details // Sweater (comes in ivory too, wearing S, runs TTS) | Bralette | Jacket (comes in several colors, currently on sale, runs TTS, wearing XS) | Mules | Jeans (similar) | Sunglasses | Purse (less expensive option) | Necklace}

02.09.2017

Backless + White // Easy Breezy Weekend Attire

A few weekends ago, TJ and I decided to be completely spontaneous. Our weekends typically start with a little wine, a little music, some take-out, and deciding what we want to do with the next two days.That particular Friday evening, we couldn’t decide what we felt like doing the next day, so we chose to just wing it the next morning. This is typically not like me, at all…. but it felt kinda liberating…. so I went with it.We agreed that we both wanted two things from the next day: a good workout and to eat some DG food. With that, we went to bed….

Fast forward (literally… I mean, why does sleep go by so quickly… or maybe that’s just because we have a baby???) to 7:30am…. still didn’t know what we wanted to do, but decided that after little miss’ morning nap we’d head to LA… always a good option when you’re wanting some good food….

And, while there were a lot of uncertainties for the day, one thing I knew for sure. This top, well, it was a must. I bought it back in the middle of December… I guess I was thinking warm weather already (after wishing for cold weather for so long). It was a gorgeous day… temps in the low 70’s and it was just begging to be worn…. and while it’s another white top (my other favorite here), the tiny details make it so much more than that…. the open back and ruffle hem make it perfect for day or night. An all white look, as seen here, for a day with the family… or paired with a pair of black jeans and a pair of studded booties (hello gorgeous… added to cart now….) for an edgier evening out. It’s a not so basic basic that’s perfect for any occasion (well, maybe not a formal work environment…..).

Oh… we ended up deciding to dine at Au Fudge…. the best spot in LA if you have a little one in tow!
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(Outfit Details // Top (wearing XS, comes in 5 color options) | Bralette | Cardigan (wearing XS, runs TTS, multiple color options) | Jeans | Mules | Bag | Necklace | Sunglasses)

02.07.2017

One Shoulder // Spring Trends

While I know we are in the dead of winter (we had quite the stormy weather yesterday), to me, anytime after January is the start of spring. It’s around this time that I welcome sporadic warmer days in between the cooler, rainy ones. Where I happily whip out my favorite tanks and layer them under my winter cardigans… where I start to think of warmer weather destinations to visit…. and where my shopping cart begins to fill up with spring trends….

When I was in high school, the spaghetti strap trend was huge… and then we moved onto the strapless trend in the college years (thank goodness those photos are all archived….). Post graduation, I really can’t remember… since I was in grad school and all I did was study….

I like to think that one of my favorite upcoming trends for spring, the one shoulder top, is slightly more refined (although, who knows, maybe I’ll look back and cringe someday…. or maybe Harper will look at my photos and ask “What were you thinking mom??”….). Why am I loving it?? Well, for starters, it’s easier to move around in than the off the shoulder trend (although, don’t get me wrong, I’m still loving this one too….), feminine, and can be dressed up or down. I imagine wearing it with my favorite cut-offs in the summer months, and with my tried and true jeans now. I recently purchased this chambray option,  as well as this super soft striped one, and plan to wear both on many warmer spring and summer days…. and layered under my favorite cardigans while the cooler temps linger a bit longer…..

A few other off the shoulder options that I am loving right now include this this striped option (a completely different look than this one today), this black ruffle top (would be chic paired with black denim), this white one (which comes in black too), and this grey ribbed option for cooler temps.
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{Outfit Details // Top (wearing a S) | Cardigan (wearing XS) | Jeans (similar) | Mules | Bag | Necklace | Rings}

02.03.2017

My Favorite Neutral Makeup Items

I’ve never been one for extreme make-up. I’ve been known to cry a few times after getting my makeup done for a high school dance (way to ruin it even more, right?) because it was a little too over the top for my taste…. I was the girl who put concealer on my lips to dampen the redness (wait, I still do that), and I’m always afraid of looking like a vampire when I try to do a “smoky eye.” All that being said, I’ve learned a thing or two over the years about what works and what doesn’t. I’m by no stretch of the imagination a beauty expert…. but I would say that I know a thing or to about the “natural” look. I’ve always been of the mindset that 90% of the time makeup is there to enhance your natural features… and that looking like you’re not wearing any typically garners more compliments than when I’ve put a ton of effort into it. Go figure. So, today I thought I would share with you a few of my recent favorites in the neutral department, just in case you’re looking to mix a few new ones into your regular beauty routine.

Lips:

 1. MAC Satin in VIVA GLAM II: When I finally graduated myself from lips that pretty much blended into my skin (so, pretty much looked like I had no lips at all) I opted for a hot pink (I believe the color was Pink Poodle… by MAC…. you get the picture….), because that would be a natural choice, right? Anyway, thankfully that’s over with (and has been for about 7 years….) I opted for more neutral lip shades…. a balance between completely bare and hot pink (again, balance, balance, balance….). As of late, this has been my go-to. Adds just the right amount of color to my face without going overboard.

2. Lip Pencil WHIRL: I’ve avoided lip liners for years. Yet, I’ve changed my mind recently and have concluded that, when done right, they can help plump up the lips. This color is neutral enough to pair with a lot of different shades (especially the last one mentioned here).

3. MAC Tinted Lipglass in MYTH: Again, another option that is neutral enough to pair with any shade. You can’t go wrong with it.

4. NARS lipstick ROSECLIFF: This has a little more pigment than Viva Glam, but it still adds a nice touch of color to my face. I love how smooth it is…. and there isn’t a taste to it (like so many MAC lipsticks have). I mentioned it in yesterday’s post too.

Cheeks + Eyes:

1. Laura Mercier WINTER BLOOM: I wanted a color in between Spiced Cider (my go-to for the cooler months) and Rose Petal (my favorite for summer)…. and Winter Bloom seemed to be the answer. I love Laura Mercier blushes…. they’re highly pigmented, so a little goes a long ways. This particular color pairs perfectly with the above mentioned lip colors too (I specifically requested that!).

2. Laura Mercier Eye Stick: I’ve been using these for a little over a year, and have shared them a few times before, but they’re worth mentioning again. I love Rose Gold and Sugar Frost as simple eye brightening shades. I put them in the corner of my eyes to look instantly more awake (I mean, why would I need that???….), and also love them as a brow highlighter. Sometimes all I use is a little bit of mascara and these colors and I’m out the door.

Nail Colors:

You can see that I wear these a lot… I mean, they have nail polish all over them. Regardless, they are my go-to shades. I love that they don’t clash with anything I am wearing, and the infinite shine products last much longer than regular polish… with an extra little bit of shine too. My favorite colors are OPI Alpine Snow, OPI Infinite Shine You’re Blushing Again (the color I am wearing here), OPI Infinite Shine It Never Ends, and OPI Infinite Shine Steel Waters Run Deep…. by the way, am I the only one who loves nail polish color names?? (ring)

02.02.2017

My Top 12 Items Every Gal Should Have In Her Closet

Whenever I closet purge, I am always left with the items that essential to my daily dressing…. it’s kind of how I am able to take inventory and figure out what’s working for me in my current state. This past weekend was no exception…. when I was done, I took a look around and discovered a trend…. everyday items, neutral colors, grab-and-go chic…. everything that makes my everyday wardrobe look pulled together. Today I shared my “Top 10 Everyday Items Every Gal Should Have In Her Closet” with Rank + Style, but thought that I would share them with you too (….I added two more here!!… I just couldn’t let them not make the list) in case you’re looking to streamline and make everyday dressing easy (I mean, who wouldn’t???)…..

1. TULA Eye Revitalizer: I’ve always had dark circles under my eyes…. so, I can’t really blame that one on parenthood (I blame it on horrible allergies). Yet, this stuff is pretty amazing. It has botox-like peptides which are meant to target fine lines, and it’s applied with a metal applicator that instantly cools the area…. and de-puffs t00. I recommend applying, and then waiting a good 10-15 minutes before applying make-up (or your under-eye concealer won’t look right).

2. Slip On Mules: I know, I know. I share these all the time. Seriously though, you will not regret having these in your closet. They are the easiest throw on and go pair of shoes…. can be dressed up and down… they’re incredibly comfortable, an excellent price point, and made well. They can easily transition to spring… and even well into summer with a cute sundress or cut-offs.

3. Transitional Suede Jacket: I love adding texture to an outfit with a suede jacket. They’re sleek + chic…. top it over a cami or thermal, paired with your favorite denim, and you’re good to go. I own this one  in navy blue (post here) but the camel color is gorgeous too (I’ve seen it in person).

4. Oversized Aviators: If you don’t trust me on the TULA product, you’ll need these (insert wink face). Just kidding. I’ve always loved aviators (until I dropped mine and they scratched so much I couldn’t see through them)… then I stumbled across this gold pair and fell in love (TJ said I look straight out of the movie “Blow…”, regardless, I love them….). They pretty much go with anything. I love this pair too (and they’ve been sitting in my “bag” for weeks). You can see them here.

5. Lightweight Duster Cardigan: I’ve been loving this trend for the past few seasons, especially for the Southern California winters and spring. Another easy throw on and go option for those rushed mornings. It’s also a nice change from cardigans that hit at the hip… I can’t wait to wear this one with my favorite denim shorts and cami in the spring. This option comes in so many gorgeous colors… I’m considering the beige. Post here.

6. Nude Lip Color: I’m planning a post tomorrow on some of my favorite neutral make-up items, but I think every gal needs a go-to nude lip color to apply on the go.

7. Wide Brimmed Hat: In another moment of self disclosure, sometimes a good dry shampoo + a wide brimmed hat are all that will work for my 5 days post shampoo hair. This was my favorite from last year, and continues to be a favorite as the temps fluctuate.

8. Slouchy Basic Tee: I mean, is there anything better than a tee that you can throw on and look effortlessly cool wearing? Didn’t think so. I have several of these, and I swear, they’re lifesavers in a pinch. Toss an oversized cardigan or utility jacket on over them and you’re ready in less than 30 seconds. My other all time favorite includes this deep v-neck option (such an excellent price).

9. Open Knit Pullover: I have been a fan of open knits for years… I love that they can be worn seamlessly across all seasons with simple layering tricks. My current favorites hanging in my closet include this nude option (just got it), this blue one (paired with my favorite denim jeans), and this beige one that I’ve been wearing for months (and is currently on sale… size up 2 if you want it to be a slouchy fit). You can see the post here.

10. Bell Sleeve Top: For me, personally, these are the perfect way to make an ordinary tee look special. I own about four, and rotate them all on the regular. You can pretty much wear them anywhere… work, lunch, date night, play date (especially the pink one I linked), brunch…. Toss one of these on and you’ll instantly look like you spent more than 1 minute planning out your outfit. I own this white one, grey tee, and black one… and I have my eye on this cozy fleece top, just have to decide which color). You can see the latest post with the white one here.

11. Distressed High Waisted Black Jeans: I swear by these. I wear them all the time. I actually bought them several years ago, when high waisted was coming back in style… and missed them so much when I was in my third trimester. They hug in all the right places and you can wear them across all seasons… just toss on your favorite white cami, open toed camel slides (or gold!), and above mentioned wide brimmed hat and your good for an evening out, sipping a little rosé fireside.

12. Gold Accessories: I think a simple gold bracelet, necklace, ring, or pair of earrings can bring any outfit together. I often find myself wearing my favorite basic tee + jeans, and tossing on one of my favorite gold accessories… it makes it all feel complete. I shared my favorite accessories in this post, but some of my go-to’s on a daily basis includes this crescent pendant necklace, gold collar necklace, stackable gold rings (I wear one on my thumb), and this simple bangle.