09.25.2017

Weekend Recap || Hawaii

(Hawaii sunsets are my favorite…)

We arrived home yesterday, in late afternoon, and immediately attempted to settle into our routine…. from quickly unpacking, making a healthy dinner, and preparing for the week ahead… As we settled into the evening, we couldn’t help but reflect on the past few days, and how long ago they seem (I guess that’s what traveling with a toddler will do for you….). TJ worked the first couple days of the trip, so it was just Harper and me… and if you follow along on instagram, you’ll know that I shared some of my thoughts about life with a toddler at this stage, in particular, traveling with them…. at this age, the highs are so good and lows are so bad…. and this trip wasn’t any different. An enjoyable morning walk gone awry when little miss no longer wanted to run after birds, instead having me carry her back the remaining mile (I’m shocked my arms aren’t more toned after this trip!)…. or, when the ever miss independent didn’t want to wear her floaties in the pool, cue toddler tantrum. I remember at one point thinking, “Was this a mistake??” Yet, with all of life, I realized I needed to move with the flow and take the good with the bad… release on the relaxing and “perfect” trip I had envisioned. All that to say, I welcomed the day TJ was done with work (Friday) and we were able to spend time together as a family. 

We started our stay at the Marriott Ocean Club in Ko’Olina, and then moved to The Four Seasons Ko’Olina for the last two nights. I highly recommend both hotels…. both incredibly kid friendly, beautiful accommodations, and located on their own secluded beach coves… perfect for little ones to frolic in the ocean. If you’re staying for an extended amount of time, I love the Marriott because they have full kitchens and BBQ, which cuts down on the need to go out and eat for every meal (saves money, and you can eat a little healthier that way too). If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your boo, I recommend The Four Seasons. Their adult’s only pool in incredibly serene and tranquil… and the sunset from their infinity pool is absolutely epic. 

And while we had our fair share of toddler moments, Hawaii is one of those spots that it’s hard to not enjoy yourself in… (I’ll take a challenging day with little miss in paradise over one at home) there is simply something in the air. It’s easy to make wonderful memories, tire out the toddler in the pool (I think Harper spent a collective 4-5 hours swimming and splashing around….), and you’re never at a loss for activities (from active to lounging…. you’re pretty much covered). I always find myself able to relax a little more in Hawaii, but haven’t quite yet figured out how to bottle up that feeling and bring it home with me. Yet, I guess that’s why vacation is so special… if you had that feeling all the time, vacations wouldn’t hold as much meaning. I hope you all have a great week friends! xx

(Casual for a long day of travel…. joggers, sweatshirt)

(When the first mai tai has you feeling pretty good…. top)

(Evening swims….)

(She was a fish the entire trip…..)

(Vacation life wardrobe…. suit)

(My little sidekick…. Harper’s Romper, similar maxi dress)

(Toes in the sand… mai tai in hand…. thermal)

(Life is short, just dig in….)

(We sipped a little bubbly, and enjoyed these gorgeous views, while little miss napped…. dress)

(We watched the sunset from this point the last two evenings… so beautiful! sweater)

(No shortage of indulging on this trip…..)

(Two peas in a pod….)

(The last night… it’s never easy… but we finally got our family photo! my dress)

(4:30am wake-up call… no make-up and favorite comfies… joggers, sweatshirt)
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So… that was an indulgent few days. I’ll be following these meals this week and heading to the store with this grocery list in hand! Time to get back on track.

I wasn’t on my computer much the past week, so when I sat down tonight, I decided to check some of my favorite stores for their new arrivals. So many great options! With it officially being fall (and a heat wave set to hit again… I missed the cold weather) I have my eye on all things cool weather (well, transitional at least). A few favorite I stumbled across include this pretty little lightweight blush bomber, asymmetrical flounce hem sweatshirt dress (super cute with sneakers), holey sweatshirt, tissue knit longline cardigan (in khaki), heartbreaker tee (so cute!), and this cute sweatshirt with celestial embroidery. This white knit, blush knit (love the lengths on both of them), and this short sleeve hoodie are great everyday options too.  I’m also obsessed with this gorgeous oversized chenille stripe pullover , oversized cozy pullover, and this blouson cardigan in blush. If temps ever get cold enough, I’m loving this long knit sweater jacket.

For a date night with TJ, I’m obsessed with this blush velvet shirtdress (which could also be worn open as a top layer for a casual day), sequin top, and this smocked swiss dot top in blush.

05.04.2017

San Jose Del Cabo || Favorite Spots + What I Wore

We returned from our trip in the late afternoon yesterday…. little miss missed all her naps (so, you can image how the evening went….), and I couldn’t help but reflect back on the fun we had these past few days. It was nice to take some extended time, just the three of us, in a place we had never all been together. We saw it through Harper’s eyes… as she delighted in the pool time and was mesmerized by the culture. 

 We stayed at Cabo Azul, in the San Jose Del Cabo area (not Cabo San Lucas….) and I would highly recommend this spot. The staff is friendly, the grounds are beautiful, and the rooms are spacious and gorgeously appointed. There isn’t a bad spot at the pool, and there are tons of lounge options on the beach if you desire. The one caveat is that you can’t swim in the ocean due to the strong rip-tides (but we preferred the pool with little miss…. and the swim up bar….). We also really liked that our room had a full kitchen. We headed to the local market (there is a Walmart + a Costco where you can buy food) and stocked up on fruits, some veggies, shrimp, and eggs…. so we could make most of our breakfasts every day. It lent itself to a slower morning….. 

We spent most of our time out by the pool… little miss was basically a fish, which allowed us plenty of outside time. We ate tacos for lunch, enjoyed happy hour margaritas, and headed out for some delicious food in the evenings. I’ve listed my recommendations below, as I’ve had several requests. I hope you love them just as much as I did…. 

 All of our time was in the San Jose Del Cabo area, which is a quaint little town, safe, with lots of quintessential Mexican flare. In the evenings, it’s fun to head to the Old Town area where they have music and sidewalk art shows…. the little shops are great places to pick up some cute textiles, or souvenirs, and the restaurants in the area are delicious. It’s even a great spot to head down to during the day, as they have art galleries, wine tasting (!!), and little popsicle shops…… 

Javier’s: This spot was at our hotel, and the same restaurant is local in Newport Beach. It’s always delicious, so we opted to eat here the first night. We sat out on their spacious outdoor patio and watched the sun set and the waves crash on the shore. 

Jazmin’s: An authentic, and adorable, Mexican food joint adorned with colorful textiles and papel picado flags (my personal favorite). TJ loved their molé and I was incredibly satisfied with my shrimp fajitas. We chose to sit on their street side patio and watch the local hustle and bustle. 

La Dolce: I was hesitant to eat Italian food south of the border, but this spot was delicious. The staff was accommodating and friendly…. and we had a guitarist serenade Harper (who immediately became shy….). We all indulged in full blown pasta dishes…. and their rosé was a refreshing change from all the margaritas we had been sipping on. 

Flora Farm: We’d visited this spot several times before, for both dinner and brunch, and had to revisit. It never fails to disappoint. The food is fresh, organic, and grown right on the farm. You can taste the freshness in all the menu choices…. such as lemon ricotta pancakes, fresh herb scramble… oh, and their craft cocktails are not to be missed…. and neither are their fresh donuts and ice cream stand. Enjoy outdoor music during brunch and dinner. It’s a kid friendly spot too. 

Taqueria Guacamayas: I was hesitant on this one… as if was out of the way from our hotel and the Old Town area. Let me tell you though, it was authentic, cute, and worth the 30 minute wait (since we arrived way before it opened). Totally worth it. 

La Lupita: I really wanted to visit this spot, but, unfortunately, it was closed for lunch the day we attempted (so, if you want to visit… it’s dinner only). It’s on the same street as all the gorgeous papel picado signs and the decor is just as colorful. I heard amazing things about the food…. so we’ll just have to go back soon so we can dine there. 

One activity I wished we had been able to take part in was an evening horseback ride. We saw people doing it in front of the hotel and it looked so fun…. next time! 

You can see my previous Cabo recap here… where I share a few other favorite spots…. more in the Cabo side of town. 

(Top | Shorts | Hat)

(Night one, we ate at Javier’s and then finished with a little sand castle making….)

(My dress | Harper’s Jumpsuit | Jellies)

(Brunch at Flora Farm is always a must….. (TJ’s top | Shorts)

(Tunic (can be worn as a regular top with shorts/jeans) | Sandals | Tote | Harper’s Romper)

(We enjoyed long days by the pool with our little fish… my suit, TJ’s suit)

(One of my favorite spots was Jazmin’s… loved all the colorful decor and textiles…. super casual in this top + shorts combo)

(Cut-offs + make-up less were my favorite parts of this trip…. top, shorts)

(Bathing suit (multiple color options, runs small) | Shorts | Caftan | Harper’s Top)

(My favorite evenings were the ones spent in the Old Town San Juan area… the festive music and color streets made for such a fun ambiance…. top, earrings in pink)

(Authentic street tacos from Guacamayas + a breezy romper (3 color options))

(Roaming the streets in Old Town…. tank (on sale), bralette,  Harper’s seer sucker outfit)

(Traveling in comfort…. shorts, top)

12.12.2016

Weekend Recap // Los Olivos + Parents Gone Wild….

{Our first night away… to say it was fun would be an understatement…}

Knowing that we had this fun getaway scheduled for this past weekend made getting through the long week much easier. After a rough start to the morning on Saturday (a rock fell off a cliff in a rock slide area and hit our passenger side window…. really?! What are the odds!…), we arrived in Santa Barbara for a delicious breakfast to regroup and put a plan together for the rest of the day… we decided that the window could easily be fixed, everyone was okay, and to take full advantage of our day/night together…

So, we naturally hit up our favorite spots… moving seamlessly from one place to the next… and even though we had the best of intentions to sleep in on Sunday morning, we naturally woke up at the usual time. It was fun to get away, to be only responsible for each other, and enjoy a few meals and drinks at our on leisure…. We laughed, had light conversation… some serious conversation…. sipped a little lot of wine, ate until I had to unbutton my top button…. and pretty much acted as if it was 2015 BC (before child….)…..

Yet, we naturally couldn’t wait to get back to see little miss at the end of the trip. Amidst conversation of life, we always found small ways that she would make her way into the topic…. her little personality, the chaos that typically ensues around bath time…. all reminders of how blessed we are to be able to come home to her and our little life.

I hope you all had a great weekend with those you love…. here’s to a great week ahead!!

{Stopped by one of our favorite breakfast spots in Santa Barbara on our way up.}

{Gorgeous fall colors…. at the start of winter…}

{We bought a bottle, and enjoyed a nice lunch, at Lincourt Winery… sweater, mules, sunglasses}

{We enjoyed a drizzly morning walk along the streets of Solvang / coat (c/o), leggingssneakers}

{Completed the trip with breakfast at The Shop Cafe + Booch on draft}
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Stay tuned later this week for a delicious cookie recipe… and hoping to provide you with a video of a recent favorite workout!

In preparation for a few posts, and as well as this weekend’s trip, I found some pieces that I thought I’d share with you… as always some new favorite basics include this rose colored braided detail pullover, french terry stripe pullover, cowl neck sweater poncho, oversize fleece tee (I love both colors), this sweater tank (which would layer perfectly with a leather or suede jacket), charcoal turtleneck sweater, black and white stripe cold shoulder top, and this loose fitting cold shoulder top. I also like this hooded sweatshirt dress. My eyes have been on these black overalls for a couple of seasons now…. so maybe now is as good a time as ever!?

I added these textured black mules and black espadrilles to my Christmas list… as well as these ear cuffs (I love how dainty they are, while still making a statement).

I’ve shared my gift guides for the little tike, woman, and man in your life…. so if you’re looking for a few stocking stuffer ideas, I found a few good ones, all under $50 (or just some smaller gifts for friends!). I think these gold stacking rings are gorgeous, this adorable pommed beanie, floral planner, the art of shaving kit, micro-striped socks for him, adorable gingham bow for little miss, and little fleece booties (so cute for a boy or girl!).

11.21.2016

Weekend Recap: Deer Valley + Weekend Wishlist

deer valley, itsy itsy indulgences {Happy hour s’mores…. um, yes please!}

As a child, I have so many fond memories of playing in the snow at my family’s cabin in the local mountains. Naturally when Harper was born, I knew it was a memory I wanted to create with her as well. So, when I was writing this post on cold weather destinations, I immediately fell in love with Park City. I envisioned blankets of snow covering the ground, making s’mores by the fire pit, and playing in the snow with little miss. And while the snow wasn’t necessarily covering the ground (okay, there were large patches here and there) it was certainly a trip full of memories and one I will never forget. I feel profoundly blessed that we were able to take this trip…. and while we didn’t do anything big, it was nice to just relax, without an agenda, just the three of us.

As we go into this week of Thanksgiving I am reminded of all the blessings surrounding me. I easily get caught up in all the pit falls that I think are common to everyone…. comparison (pretty much the thief of any joy) and frustration when things don’t go as planned. And while I believe thanks should be given all throughout the year, I do feel it more intensely this week. That being said, TJ and I are going into this week looking for small ways to give back the blessings we have been given. With all that being said, I thank you all for your support in this first year journey of motherhood and hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

s'mores bar, itsy bitsy indulgences

deer valley, itsy bitsy indulgences {The s’mores bar was ah-mazing at The Montage!}

deer valley, itsy bitsy indulgences {My little snow bunny (Harper’s beanie, My Beanie, Harper’s Pants, Harper’s Jacket, My Jacket, Harper’s Booties)}

deer valley, itsy bitsy indulgences {Would a trip really be complete without a little champagne with my love?  (sweater, boots, thermal, beanie, Tj’s Jacket}}

deer vallet, itsy bitsy indulgences {Such a gorgeous place on Earth}

deer valley, itsy bitsy indulgences {Pizza delivered…. with a little one, this is how we roll (pizza from Park City Pizza Co.}

deer valley, itsy bitsy indulgences {This girl loved the snow…. was mesmerized by it!}

deer valley, itsy bitsy indulgences

deer valley, itsy bitsy indulgences

deer valley, itsy bitsy indulgences

itsy bitsy indulgences

itsy bitsy indulgences {We made do with what little snow there was… and got in our Christmas card photo!}

deer valley, itsy bitsy indulgences{A little Bailey’s + Hot Coco to end the trip.}

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I honestly can’t believe that Thanksgiving is in three short days. If you’re looking for a delicious breakfast for that morning, we typically make these cinnamon rolls on every winter holiday! They’re definitely an indulgences…. but, stay tuned this week as I’ll be sharing a dairy free chia seed pudding recipe.

As we approach the season of festivities, I have a few items that I am looking at for some fun events we have. I love this red off the shoulder top, velvet boxed top, red tunic dress, and velvet cami. I also love these coated skinny jeans and think that they go well with any festive top (especially when paired with an amazing pair of heels). I feel as if all these pieces can be worn long after the holidays as well, which is always important to me!

I am also still loving the lace up trend, particularly when it’s on cozy sweaters. I think they are perfect for everyday life, but the detailing allows them to be dressed up as well. I’m currently loving this forest green one, this navy ribbed option, a cream pull over, and this lightweight option that comes in cream and olive green. I’m also loving sweater dresses (usually paired with sneakers) as a casual options. My current favorites include this oversized grey turtleneck option (just purchased it) and this black v-neck option which is similar to one I purchased last year. A few other everyday basics that I think are pretty great include this insulated bomber jacket, oversized plaid top, slouchy bell sleeved sweater (looks so cozy!), simple henley top (great for layering, or for a mild day), gorgeous v-neck sweater (seriously eyeing this one), and this cable knit hooded sweatshirt (so versatile and comfortable). I also love these slides (and think I’ll be adding them to my Christmas list!).

10.25.2016

A Perfect Fall Sweater + My Top 4 Cold Weather Destinations

pinot lightweight sweater, itsy bitsy indulgences

Well, wanderlust has struck again. It never takes long… typically after a couple weeks of being home, the bug takes over. Yet, without any plans to pack up and go anytime soon, I’m satisfying this urge by daydreaming (although, this is probably just exacerbating it….). I’ve been perusing pinterest and instagram, lusting over locales that are covered in fall colors, waiting for their first blanket of snow. I thought I’d share my short list, of cold weather destinations, that I am dying to visit… in case you’re looking to head somewhere soon!

1. Lake Tahoe, CA: This is a recent destination that I’ve been wanting to visit. I’d love to take Harper to the snow, lace up a pair of ice skates, take a spin around the ice rink at Northstar Ski Resort, and sip hot coco around a fire pit. A  half day on the slopes wouldn’t be too shabby either…. There are so many lodging options, from cozy hotels to cabin rentals… It would be a great family spot.

2. Deer Valley, Utah:  This is currently at the top of my short list. From all the photos I have seen, it looks like a quintessential winter wonderland. If I could plan the perfect trip, it would be to stay at The Montage, enjoy some pinot (or champagne… either will be just fine) by the in room fireplace…. and roast s’mores at the outdoor fire pit. I mean, does it really get any better than that?? I also think the main street looks so cute!

3: Portland, Oregon: The last time I was in Oregon was for a friend’s wedding, and I wished we had more time to explore. It’s been on my list for a while now. A few of the reasons why? Well, for starters, I’d love to do a little wine tasting of the Oregon Pinot’s. I’ve heard the SE Wine Collective is a pretty great spot to do so. I know TJ would love to try out some of the local beer brews as well. A long run along the river would be on my list, immediately followed by a trip to Salt + Straw…. oh, and I’d probably not be one to pass up a doughnut from Voodoo (I’m just saying….).

4. Seattle, WA: So, while I know I wouldn’t get the snow… I would probably get rain (right??). The last time I was there (again, for a wedding), it was too short. This time, I would love to take our time and enjoy in all the sights. Meandering through Pike Place Market, with a chai tea latte in hand, sounds quite delightful to me!

Annnnd, of course, with all that cold weather traveling, you’d want the attire to be just right to keep you toasty. Don’t worry, I got you covered. This sweater is all sorts of cozy (serious.). When I first ordered it I thought it might be itchy… nope. Actually, it’s something I’d happily sleep in (it’s a tad too nice for that though). It’s roomy enough to fit a long sleeve tee underneath (if the temps are that cold)… but can also, comfortably, be layered underneath a coat. The color is gorgeous for fall and pairs nicely with so many different hues (olive, camel, black, tan, grey….). A few other favorites in my beloved Pinot color include this bell sleeved tunic sweater, a gorgeous midi cardigan, a cowl neck tunic, simple long sleeved v-neck sweater, and this ribbed poncho.

Happy travels (or wanderlusting….).

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{Outfit Details || Sweater (4 color options, I’m wearing XS) | Jeans (distressed on my own) | Mules (TTS), I would also pair it with these booties | Purse | Hat | Sunglasses}

lightweight fall sweater, itsy bitsy indulgences

pinot lightweight sweater, itsy bitsy indulgences

lightweight fall sweater, itsy bitsy indulgences

floppy fall fedora, itsy bitsy indulgences

lightweight fall sweater, itsy bitsy indulgences
lightweight fall sweater, itsy bitsy indulgences

lightweight fall sweater, itsy bitsy indulgences

turtleneck sweater, itsy bitsy indulgences

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lightweight fall sweater, itsy bitsy indulgences

lightweight fall sweater, itsy bitsy indulgences

10.21.2016

Oahu Recap + A Few Tips For Traveling With A Baby

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences

When we were trying to decide where to go for TJ’s birthday, we threw out a few ideas. Cabo was on the top of it for a while, but we threw it out the window when we started to think about taking a baby down there. We eventually decided that a return trip to Hawaii would be the best option. The summer months had been busy, and we were looking for a place where we could disconnect, reconnect, and enjoy a little relaxation. Having been to Kauai at the beginning of the summer (recap here), and having rather inclement weather, we were hoping for sunny skies, lots of pool + ocean time, and mai tais at sunset. All of which we happily enjoyed.

What we weren’t expecting, was that little miss would have a harder time adjusting than the previous trip. The first morning was to be expected… and she greeted us at 4:30am, ready to conquer the day. We made light of the situation, and figured that, since we were up, we might as well catch a sunrise. Yet, as the days moved on we continued to have rough evenings. She was teething, not napping, and having difficulties sleeping at night. TJ and I had two options. We could be frustrated or roll with the situation  (we chose the latter)…

I’ve been asked so many times for travel advice when bringing a baby in tow. My biggest advice is to be flexible and adjust your expectations. If you can do those two things, you’ll have a great time. What do I mean? Well, before little miss started joining us on our adventures, TJ and I would do whatever we wanted… sleep in, go on long hikes, make late dinner reservations, stay up until whatever hour we wanted… you get the drift. We knew that when we started to bring Harper, that would all go out the window…. and we were okay with that. When we go on trips, we know that we will still be on a schedule, and that we will need to stick to her usual bedtime. So, instead, we opt for fun breakfasts + lunches, and focus much of our attention on daytime activities. Given that, I thought I would share some of the highlights from this trip, as well as some of my top tips for traveling with a little one (you can see my first travel advice post here).

1. Flexibility, Lower Expectations: Please, I beg you, do not go into the trip expecting to do everything that you want, when you want,  and seamlessly. You. Will. Be. Disappointed. Instead, try to be flexible. Example?  I am big on having Harper nap in her crib, yet, when I realized she was not having it, we decided to take a day trip to The North Shore. We knew she would sleep in the carseat, so it ended up being a spur of the moment win-win situation.

2. When The Baby Goes Down, Have Some Fun: One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is “What do you do when she goes down, where do you put her?” Well… where we put her depends on the floor plan of the room. If there isn’t a hallway where the pack and play can go while we are up, then we place her in the bathroom… it’s nice and dark for her, and we can keep a light on for us. Once she is down, we have fun! If we haven’t eaten yet, we get take out and eat it in the corner of the room… sometimes the lights are out, sometimes they are on (that all depends on where little miss is sleeping). We open a bottle of wine, and just enjoy ourselves. It’s not ideal, but we’ve come to look forward to this time of the night. It’s all about that flexibility and lowering expectations.

3. Traveling On The Plane: The last time I gave tips, Harper wasn’t mobile. She was perfectly content sitting on our laps. Not the case on our trips to Boston or Hawaii. Which makes the flight a little more complicated. The best thing we did was bring our baby carrier. When she started to get feisty, TJ would put it on and walk around with her… sometimes he ended up in the back of the plane chatting with the flight attendants (who graciously gave him a beer….). It seemed to calm her down, and often put her to sleep. If you have a mobile baby, don’t forget this!

4. Schedule: I’ve been asked if I follow Harper’s schedule on vacation. Once again, this comes back to point #1. I follow it, but I am flexible… I mean, who wants to sit in the room the entire vacation? I know that her afternoon nap is the most important, so we typically have her take the morning nap while we are out and about exploring. It’s worked for us on the past few trips, so I imagine we will continue if we go anywhere soon.

I hope these tips help! We have always loved traveling, and promised ourselves we wouldn’t stop when Harper was born. It’s not always easy (actually, it’s not easy), but it’s worth it…. Now onto the recap (you can find all outfit details at the end of this post)…

mai tai moana surfrider, itsy bitsy indulgences

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences

diamond head sunset, itsy bitsy indulgences

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences {We landed in enough time to enjoy a half day. Once we got situated, we headed down to the Moana Surfrider Banyan Bar (we stayed there). It is situated right on the water, and they have the best Mai Tais (no joke). After, we headed over to Rum Fire to watch the sunset, listen to some music, and eat an early dinner.}

sandy beach, itsy bitsy indulgences

sandy beach, itsy bitsy indulgences

sandy beach, itsy bitsy indulgences

sandy beach sunrise, itsy bitsy indulgences

sandy beach sunrise, itsy bitsy indulgences

sandy beach sunrise, itsy bitsy indulgences

sandy beach sunrise, itsy bitsy indulgences

sandy beach sunrise, itsy bitsy indulgences

sandy beach sunrise, itsy bitsy indulgences

sandy beach sunrise, itsy bitsy indulgences

sandy beach sunrise, itsy bitsy indulgences

sandy beach sunrise, itsy bitsy indulgences

sandy beach sunrise, itsy bitsy indulgences

arvo oahu, itsy bitsy indulgences

arvo oahu, itsy bitsy indulgences

arvo oahu, itsy bitsy indulgenes

arvo oahu, itsy bitsy indulgences

arvo oahu, itsy bitsy indulgences

arvo oahu, itsy bitsy indulgences

arvo oahu, itsy bitsy indulgences {The morning Harper decided to wake us up at 4:30am was actually TJ’s birthday. So, we headed to Sandy Beach, located on the East side of the island, to catch the sunrise. It was absolutely spectacular. After, we headed to Arvo for some delicious toast. It’s the cutest spot, and a must see if you’re visiting.}

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences {After, we headed back to the hotel for some ocean and pool time with our little fish. Each evening we enjoyed what we playfully called Mai Tai Time (MTT)… which was around 5pm. We would watch the sunset, and stay a few minutes after before heading up to get Harper ready for bed. This night we enjoyed take out from Sansei Sushi (so so good).}

egghead oahu, itsy bitsy indulgences

egghead oahu, itsy bitsy indulgences

egghead oahu, itsy bitsy indulgences

egghead oahu, itsy bitsy indulgences {The next morning we headed to Egghead Cafe. We walked there for our morning workout, and Harper napped on the walk back. This place has a robust menu… and we just had to order the pancake sampler. I mean, how do you not??}

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences {Most of our afternoons were spent in a little cabana we rented. It made having Harper at the pool with us easier. We didn’t have to worry about the sun, since it was shaded, and she was able to crawl around on the cushions… it was also an excellent spot for her to nap on my chest. We enjoyed most of our sunset views from this spot too.}

diamond head acai bowl, itsy bitsy indulgences

north shore, itsy bitsy indulgences

north shore, itsy bitsy indulgences

north shore tacos, itsy bitsy indulgences

moana surfrider, itsy bitsy indulgences

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences {After a particularly rough night of sleep (I believe we had an 11pm wake up with her screaming), we decided to grab an acai bowl at Diamond Head Cove Health Bar… and then made a spontaneous choice to head to North Shore for the day. We figured that Harper could sleep in the car, and we could enjoy seeing a different part of the island. The tacos + quesadilla at North Shore Tacos were delicious. If we had spent a little more time there, we would have checked out all the shrimp food trucks they have (#NextTime). This side of the island is absolutely gorgeous, and so different than Waikiki. We couldn’t have been happier we made this choice!}

moana surfrider, itsy bitsy indulgences

heavenly oahu, itsy bitsy indulgences

heavenly, itsy bitsy indulgences

heavenly oahu, itsy bitsy indulgences

diamond head at sunset, itsy bitsy indulgences

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences

oahu recap, itsy bitsy indulgences {On our last full day, we headed to Heavenly for breakfast. We were looking for something a little healthier, and they had some good options. After, we parked ourselves in the little cabana, and stayed there until well after Mai Tai Time. After Harper went down for the evening, we enjoyed take out from the most delicious Thai spot- Siam Square.}

If you’re heading to Oahu baby-less, check out this post I did when TJ and I went several years ago.

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{Outfit Details || Charcoal Peplum Tank | Denim Shorts | Stripe Coverup | Slouchy Off The Shoulder Sweater | Tan + Black Straw Hat}

10.10.2016

Weekend Recap: Hawaii Snippets

sandy beach oahu, itsy bitsy indulgences {An early morning sunrise… compliments of little miss still being on CA time}

I’m always sad when a trip comes and goes. I get used to vacation life. Being off schedule (I am such a routined individual), not really knowing what’s going on in the world… eating whatever I want…. drinking whatever I want…. and not wearing make-up or brushing my hair… it’s not a bad way to spend a few days. So, naturally, as we packed up our suitcases today, I started to tear up (I’m emotional like that….). I love being with my little family…. there were challenging moments that naturally accompany traveling with a baby (like the fact that Harper was teething the entire time…)…but there is just something about tackling them in a place where you have no agenda, and no other cares, that makes it a little easier.

Yet, at the same time, as much as I love going off the grid, I am looking forward to getting back into a routine. We’ve been traveling on and off for the past 8 weeks and to be honest, I’m looking forward to staying home for a while. Back to clean eating, consistently working out, nap schedules, and easy weekends. So, as I sit and type this at 12am (it was a late night flight for us) I am setting my weekly intention to be getting back into a groove and routine at home. I hope you all have a good one (oh, and a full Hawaii recap will be up in the next week or so.)!

mai tai moana surfrider, itsy bitsy indulgences {The first Mai Tais of the trip. Always the best.}

diamond head cove acai bowl, itsy bitsy indulgences {Morning walk for some delicious acai bowls}

north shore fish tacos, itsy bitsy indulgences {Tacos on the North Shore did not disappoint.}

waikiki oahu, itsy bitsy indulgences

waikiki beach, itsy bitsy indulgences

oahu sunset, itsy bitsy indulgences {We pretty much camped out until well past sunset taking in the cooling temps and ocean air}

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So, I pretty much threw caution to the wind and ate (and drank) whatever I wanted. Needless to say, I am looking forward to getting back into a routine of clean eating and working out. I’m planning on following this meal plan pretty closely for the next week.

While I pretty much spent the weekend shoeless, makeup-less, and in cut-offs + a bathing suit…. I plan on getting back into my regular basics. I am currently coveting this side slit tee, blush ruffle jersey sweatshirt (which also comes in grey), a basic boatneck striped tee, and this mesh insert long sleeve tee (which comes in several color options). I also think this lightweight poncho is a chic, throw-on-and-go layering option (it comes in multiple colors too, but I’m leaning towards grey). Another excellent layering option is a thermal top…. and I’m loving this cozy option (just purchased it) or this striped one. There are also so many new cozy cardigan options out there. A few of my recent favorites include this oversized one in fawn and this grey fringed option. I also think this cream colored high low sweater is gorgeous. If you’re looking for something a little more lightweight, this sweater tank is a great option.

I recently had to retire my calf print flats and am in the market for a new pair. I think this loafer is gorgeous and I love this little matching bootie for little miss. I’d likely pair those loafers with these olive green jeans or this black pair of distressed jeans (the raw hem on these beauties is amazing… and one I don’t think I could replicate on my own).

As we enter into the holiday season, I get excited for the festive dressing. I just recently saw this gorgeous black lace top and this sequin blouse…. both would be perfect for any occasion.

I also went into Madewell the other day and their pieces for fall are perfect. I have my eye on this fringe jacket, this cream tassel cardigan (such a great layering option), plaid shirtdress (would likely pair with my favorite sneakers), and this black bell sleeve blouse.

09.19.2016

Weekend Recap

rose champagne, itsy bitsy indulgences{A little rosé cheers to the dress}

What. A. Weekend. One of those where you look back feeling blessed and fulfilled… and exhausted at the same time. It started with a little wedding dress shopping for my sister with my mom and Harper… which resulted in a stunning choice and a little rosé to celebrate. TJ and I welcomed the weekend in our usual fashion…. a little take out, vino, music, and comfy clothes on the couch (we get real crazy over here….).  Saturday morning I went wedding venue scouting with my sister and mom,  prepared for our trip up North, and we had a mellow night bbq-ing at home… and then Sunday morning we work up bright and early to head to Sonoma and Sacramento. To say it was busy would be an understatement….

It’s funny. When life is super busy, I wish things would slow down. When life slows down, I wish it would pick up. When it’s hot, I inevitably wish it was cold… when I have short hair, I wish it was longer… you get the drift. It’s something I work on… being more present in the moment and cherishing where I am. It’s not always easy, but I try… and it’s something I am committing myself to as we embark upon this new week. Being present in each moment… good, or bad (as in… we have a flight home with little miss on Tuesday… insert wink face emoji.). Have a good one friends!!

pressed freeze, itsy bitsy indulgences {Would a weekend really be complete without this goodness??}

weekend recap, itsy bitsy indulgences{My little travel companion}

domaine carneros, itsy bitsy indulgences

domaine carneros, itsy bitsy indulgences{A little champagne sipping with my partner in crime while little miss was fast asleep}

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We have so many fun trips coming up in the next few weeks, so I’m on the hunt for items that will be comfortable for traveling. I always love a good striped top (it’s always chic and comfortable) and have my eye on this oversized option (I own it in another color as well), this v-neck long sleeve one, and this black and white version. I’m also loving sweatshirts right now… I bought this one and am thinking about this oversized grey option as well. I also think casual tops are great options for those long travel days. I’m looking at this simple wine colored peplum tee, side slide sweater tee, grey v-neck sweater, and this long sleeve stripe top. I also love this oatmeal colored dolman top…. it comes in several color options and I think the shape is beautifully relaxed. These layering piece are also great for traveling… when you’re going in and out of temperatures they’re the perfect pieces to toss on and pull off. This knit vest is very versatile, a vintage white open front cardigan is a great neutral, this lightweight drapey trench is super chic, and I recently purchased this super soft fringe open front cardigan.

I’m also loving the feminine touch of flutter and bell sleeves. I recently purchased this pretty white one, but I also think this blush option, merlot color, and pale lilac are gorgeous for fall.

A few other pieces I think are perfect for fall include this beautiful distressed sweater, these frayed hem jeans, and this button front plaid top. Oh, and I also bought these platform sneakers…. #obsessed.

Annnnd, for little miss… how adorable is this little bomber jacket? These textured pants are too cute, and these floral leggings are a great transitional piece.

09.16.2016

Boston Recap

Boston recap, itsy bitsy indulgences

This Boston trip was one of my favorites. As I wrote in yesterday’s post, neither of us had ever been, so it was a true adventure. As we began planning the trip, most of my anxiety centered around the flight with Harper. The last few times we had flown with her, she was so young, not making too much noise, and slept pretty much the entire flight. This time around she had a set of lungs on her like none other, and I was worried the screams would occur too frequently (we had agreed that we would buy those sitting around us a round of drinks if necessary… our condolences if you will). To my surprise, she slept a better portion of the flight there…. but the flight home was a different story… and a different post on traveling with a little one…. to come soon, I promise. All of that aside though, we thoroughly enjoyed the city of Boston. As we sat reflecting on the trip, we talked about how many different and fun areas there were, how we always felt safe, and about how friendly people were in general. We received so many different recommendations from people, but because we were only there for an extended weekend, couldn’t visit every spot (more reason to go back soon). Yet, I couldn’t have been happier with the places we stayed, and the places we visited! We started our weekend by staying at The Nine-0.

dig inn, itsy bitsy indulgences

digg inn boston, itsy bitsy indulgences

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fenway park, itsy bitsy indulgencesAfter getting in fairly late on Friday evening (9:30 was when we arrived to the hotel), we put Harper down (which wasn’t as smooth as we had hoped, but she eventually settled in), ordered room service + a glass of wine, and then headed to bed. We were pretty exhausted and wanted to get a good start to our Saturday morning. When we woke up, we decided that we would walk to breakfast through some of the gorgeous gardens that everyone had suggested. They were absolutely gorgeous. So serene and peaceful. We opted to have breakfast at Digg Inn. The spot was delicious, nutritious, and somewhere I would visit again. After lunch, we walked over to Fenway Park… something that was on TJ’s list of “must sees.” It was a nice walk, and a great way to see another part of the city. After we walked around the park we headed back to the hotel to freshen up for the rest of the day….

lobster rolls, itsy bitsy indulgences

lobster rolls, itsy bitsy indulgences

lobster rolls, itsy bitsy indulgences

lobster rolls, itsy bitsy indulgences

lobster rolls, itsy bitsy indulgences

lobster rolls, itsy bitsy indulgenes

lobster rolls, itsy bitsy indulgences We decided that lobster rolls and crab cakes were on the menu for lunch (I mean, we’d already hit our 10,000 steps for the day, so this was the logical option). We dined at James Hook + Co and it was delish. My favorite part of the entire meal was the crab cake. So. Good.

boston recap, itsy bitsy indulgences

boston recap, itsy bitsy indulgences

boston recap, itsy bitsy indulgences Post lunch, it started to rain, unexpectedly, so we took cover in some random building. After it passed, we headed over to The Envoy Hotel where we checked out their rooftop terrace (it wasn’t open for drinks yet… sad face…). I highly recommend this spot for excellent views and good cocktails (so I’ve heard). (My tank | Hat | Jeans}

north end boston, itsy bitsy indulgences

north end boston, itsy bitsy indulgences

north end boston, itsy bitsy indulgences

north end, boston

boston, itsy bitsy indulgences

boston, itsy bitsy indulgences

boston, itsy bitsy indulgences We were craving pizza for dinner, so we walked over to The North End (also referred to as Little Italy, I believe). We were initially going to dine at Regina’s Pizza, as we had heard great things about it. Yet, when we arrived, the line was too long for us to wait with little miss so we decided to just walk and find a different spot (reluctantly). We stumbled upon Scopa and it was amazing. I had the potato pizza + pinot… which was pretty much as delicious as it sounds. It was a small little spot, great for people watching, and a friendly staff. I highly recommend. Afterwards we enjoyed the evening walk back to the hotel, put little miss to bed, and enjoyed some champagne in the dark (…. we had to have the lights out for her)…. different but still fun.

taste boston, itsy bitsy indulgences

taste boston, itsy bitsy indulgences

beacon hill, itsy bitsy indulgences

beacon hill, itsy bitsy indulgences Sunday morning we woke up and headed to the Beacon Hill area for breakfast. This was one of my favorite areas of the trip, and I wish we had been able to spend more time there. We walked into The Paramount, and the menu looked amazing. It was just too crowded with all of the crap we had! So, we walked a little further and settled on Tatte. I loved the feel of the place…. bright and airy. We ordered a pastry to split…. as well as our own meals, and enjoyed sitting on their outside patio.

boston commons, itsy bitsy indulgences

boston commans, itsy bitsy indulgences

boston commons, itsy bitsy indulgences

boston commons, itsy bitsy indulgences After, we headed into the Boston Public Gardens so we could feed the ducks with Harper and she could see the little duckling statues. It was too cute and she was so curious. If we’d had more time, a picnic would have been fun.

boston public marketWe also made a quick stop at the Boston Public Market for some Kombucha on tap…. and TJ picked up some local beers. They were also making apple cider donuts… I didn’t get any, but kinda wish I had!

cambridge, itsy bitsy indulgences

cambridge, itsy bitsy indulgences

harvard square, itsy bitsy indulgences We then packed up and headed to a the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge for the remainder of the trip. The hotel had a stunning view of the Boston skyline, and a great location on the Charles River. I also loved the size of the room, as it could accommodate all of Harper’s belongings, and leave plenty of extra room. Once we got settled, we headed to Harvard Square where we showed Harper her future college (just kidding….), had a little bit of Mexican food at Felipe’s, and walked around…. we were back at the hotel in time for Harper’s afternoon nap, where we took naps too. (My Jacket | Tank | Shoes}

charles river, itsy bitsy indulgences

boston sunset, itsy bitsy indulgencesWe went back and forth between heading to Art Bar or Alden + Harlow for dinner. We opted for Art Bar since it was in the hotel (if we’d had one more night we would have visited the other), had a great view (probably slightly better than the food….), and we were pretty tired at that point. We sat outside and enjoyed the views of the skyline. After, we headed up with a beverage and watched the sunset from our room.

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I wish we had one extra day as there were a few spots that I would have loved to visit (food wise)… yet, overall it was a great family trip. There were some challenging moments with Harper sleeping wise, yet they were experiences that helped us learn for the future (and I’ll be sure to share in a later post). For those of you who live in Boston….. you sure have a fun, and beautiful, city!! Have a great weekend everyone!!

09.12.2016

Weekend Recap: Boston

boston, itsy bitsy indulgences {5 hours with little miss…. comfy attire required. (sweater, travel bag)}

After a long 5 hour flight, we touched down in Bean-town and have one last full day to enjoy this city (so, I apologize that this will likely be a shorter than usual post). We’ve been exploring all day, everyday, and have loved every second of it. While traveling with little miss isn’t always easy, it is certainly worth it. While Harper was napping in the room the other day, TJ and I relaxed with a glass of champagne. Between sipping and taking in the view from our room, we decided that, although traveling is so different than it was pre-parenthood, it’s so worth it to have these memories with our little family. So, in that light, here’s to making the most of our last day… making memories…. and making it through the 6 hours (!!!) flight home with a squirmy little bébé! Prayers welcome (insert wink face emoji here)!

boston commons, itsy bitsy indulgences {A morning walk through the commons to breakfast}

dig inn, itsy bitsy indulgences {Such a yummy breakfast at Dig Inn}

fenway park, itsy bitsy indulgences {TJ’s one request… a visit to Fenway Park}

lobster rolls, itsy bitsy indulgences {Lobster, lobster rolls, + crab cakes…. true Boston lunch}

pizza + pinot, itsy bitsy indulgences {Pizza + Pinot…. pretty much scarfed down…. notice little miss in the background??}

boston sunset, itsy bitsy indulgences {Rosé + a gorgeous sunset}

I always love getting a chance to eat new foods and indulge a little when on vacation, but in all honesty, I love returning home and getting back into a clean eating rhythm… which is exactly what will start on Tuesday morning. I’m looking forward to making this sweet potato crust pizza (I’ve made it before and the crust is amazing), as well as some of my favorite oatmeal bake (super quick and easy for those rushed mornings).

My little sister got engaged over the weekend! We have so many fun upcoming celebrations over the next several months, but the one coming up quickly will be her engagement party. I’m looking for a dress that will be able to be worn dressy and casual. I found this gorgeous floral maxi (would likely pair it with a leather jacket), long-sleeve floral midi, and this cut-out geometric print dress.

We’ve recently booked a few more trips over the next several weeks, and the most recent one is to Napa and Sacramento at the end of next weekend. I purchased this fringe open front cardigan for the cooler evenings, and this gorgeous mustard yellow dress (I don’t like how the model wears it though…) for a day of wine tasting. I’ll likely pair the cardigan with my favorite lace tunic.

With all the traveling we’re doing, I’m looking for clothes that are chic, yet comfortable, to wear en route. I purchased this mauve colored sweatshirt for this recent trip and it is so comfortable, that I’m looking at a few other options. I love this distressed sweatshirt, this striped lace-up cutie, as well as this burnout option (comes in so many cute colors and a great price point). When we head to Hawaii at the beginning of October, I think this short sleeve sweatshirt will be a great option (although, I’ll probably wear it waaaay before October.). I’m also in the market for a new pair of sneakers for all this traveling. I love this olive colored option…. but also this pink and grey pair, velvet mauve option, and velcro version.

I also recently purchased this camo tee… it’s super comfy and a perfect everyday option. A few other pieces that I am loving include this lace inset cami (love it dressed up or down), mauve colored cross front sweater (can you tell I’m having a mauve moment), and this amber color cable knit sweater (love the distressed detailing).