07.25.2016

Weekend Recap: Santa Ynez

dos carlitos santa ynez, itsy bitsy indulgences {Kicked off the weekend with some margaritas at Dos Carlitos in Santa Ynez}

“If it were meant to be controlled, it would have come with a remote.”

I saw this Friday afternoon and couldn’t help but feel its resonation. So often in my life, I find that I become anxious because I can’t control certain situations…. anyone else? Yet, life didn’t come with a remote control, and therefore, it is not meant to be controlled at a moments notice. Part of life is about experiencing its many ups, and in turn, its downs. After spending a wonderful weekend up in the Santa Barbara wine region with my family to celebrate my sister’s birthday, I can’t help but be keep this quote in mind as I go into the work week. My goal for this week is to take each moment as it comes, and remember that each situation that comes across my path is meant to teach me something, not for me to control or try to change. So, here’s to a week of letting life come and experiencing it for all it is worth.

weekend recap los olivos, itsy bitsy indulgences{Kicking off the hot weekend- dress}

itsy bitsy indukgences {Celebrating Allison’s birthday}


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{Mornings on the porch}

itsy bitsy indulgences {Love these sweet words from Saarloos & Sons…. btw excellent grenache blanc}

itsy bitsy indulgences {Festive bubbles with my momma and sis while TJ had Harper}

los olivos, itsy bitsy indulgences{Post blow out love with my little miss- cardigan, tee}

doggy door los olivos, itsy bitsy indulgences

doggy door {Check out the Doggy Door if you’re in the Los Olivos area for some gourmet dogs….}

itsy bitsy indulgences{Nothing like family….}

itsy bitsy indulgences {Tastes all around}

Once again, a weekend full of indulgences follows by a week of balance. I am for sure making this smoothie and salad combo to get me back on track.

I’ve included a few more Nordstrom sale finds below (all except one)….

So, it was incredibly hot out in Los Olives this weekend so I lived in this little tank, as well as this open back tank, and when the temps dropped, I threw on this oversized cardigan and cold shoulder sweater. I also loved wearing this little white dress (which is very nursing friendly, trust me, I know), and this white cross front tank (not on sale, but a great price) which I wore with this bralette (not featured on Friday’s post). I also love this floral top (cutest cross front and sleeves) for those days that are just too hot to move.

While I love so many items from the Nordstrom sale, sometimes it’s hard to envision wearing the fall pieces in the middle of summer. Some options that I think are great for summer wearing include this plaid button up, striped turtleneck tee, and this open front cardigan for cooler summer nights (all with a pair of denim shorts). I also love these cargo pants when paired with a tank as an alternative to jeans. I also think this lightweight chambray top is a great option with cut offs (for a double denim dose), and this white bell sleeve top and striped dolman top are great options for those breezy summer evenings. Other excellent options are this white peasant top (with denim shorts… again) and this sleeveless knit cotton tunic… all excellent for summer evenings. I also think a great suede jacket can be nicely paired with a tank and denim shorts. I love this navy blue option, as well as this cropped motto version.

07.18.2016

Weekend Recap: Palm Springs + Nordstrom Sale

la quinta resort, itsy bitsy indulgences{Bougainvillea everywhere}

I captioned my Sunday evening instagram photo this: “It was a good weekend: we ate good eats, drank good dranks, didn’t care too much about wearing shoes or washing hair, and relaxed a little too.” And that’s pretty much how our weekend retreat to Palm Springs played out. We went into the weekend craving no agenda, and we committed ourselves to doing nothing. We left the resort once, to pick up a few groceries, and enjoyed lounging by the pool, grabbing margaritas, and cooking in with good wine and conversation. While the weeks can get chaotic, with things to do and places to be, it’s always nice to be able to recharge over the weekend. And in light of all the horrible news in the world lately, it is nice to be reminded of the blessings I have right in front of me. I hope you all have a great week!

itsy bitsy indulgences, palm springs weekend{I just love her little leg rolls (my tank (Nordstrom sale find), shorts)}

adobe grill, itsy bitsy indulgences

adobe grill, itsy bitsy indulgences

itsy bitsy indulgences {First margarita in 15 months…. So. Good.}

la quinta resort, itsy bitsy indulgences{Wide brimmed hat + new doll…. pool time ready}

vanessa leone hat, itsy bitsy indulgences

itsy bitsy indulgences {My little fish…. (hat)}

moet ice, itsy bitsy indulgences

veuve cliquet glasses, itsy bitsy indulgences {When little miss goes down for a nap….}

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itsy bitsy indulgences {Feel so blessed for this little family (dress)}

It’s back to clean eating + working out after those margaritas, chips, and other various indulgences. I’m thinking of mixing things up a little bit by doing this bum workout. TJ and I are also starting an experiment by drinking Kombucha everyday for the next 14 days. We’ve heard about how amazing it is for gut health, so we’re going to try it out… I’ll report back and let you know!

I also thought I would share with you a few more products that I think are pretty great from the Nordstrom Sale:

Dresses: I bought this white dress, and absolutely love it for these summer days and think it would transition beautifully into fall when paired with this camel leather jacket. I also think this blouson floral print dress is a great summer and fall option… especially when paired with a these cute booties (which come in a few color options). I bought a plaid dress last year and lived in it… so I think this option would be great for fall, and I love it paired with these over the knee boots (which I own and love from last year). I also own this dress (wore it while I was pregnant and still love it) and it’s a great basic that can be dressed up or down (size up for a looser feel). Dress it up with these over the knee boots (a great dupe for the Stuart Weitzman pair) or down with these stylish kicks and this leather vest. I also think this dress is a great option for a dressy summer event, love the relaxed nature of this striped lace up shirtdress, and think this eggplant body con dress is an excellent versatile option.

Loungewear: I love, love comfortable loungewear. One of my favorite things is blasting the air, getting cozy with a blanket, and sipping on a glass of wine (wine not optional). I bought a few pieces from the sale to do exactly what I just laid out… like these cozy shorts and jogger pants (which I already own from last year… I bought them right after Harper was born). I also bought these slippers… since I think it is finally time to retire my 7 year old pair of uggs. This cardigan is perfect for a cold fall evening, bundled up by the fireplace (which I know is kind of hard to imagine in the middle of summer…). So, if you can’t imagine that, this adorable printed robe is a great option (also so cute as a gift to bridesmaids for any of you recently engaged ladies out there!).

Other Favorites (think tops, sweaters, and bags): I have always had a love for open back pieces and my favorite top from last year is back in some pretty fabulous color options (size down, as it runs large). I also think this tank version is great for these warm summer temps. This oversized grey sweater is gorgeous, and I think this lace up sweater and crossover sweater are great options for casual fall days… especially when paired with these jeans (I snagged these as they were on the top of my list). This saddle bag in rust is beautiful for fall and is a perfect everyday option. Lastly, this basic striped top and lace up back top are favorite basics.

Baby Products: My favorite nail trimmer for those little newborn nails is on sale, as is Harper’s favorite chew toy. If you’re looking for a stylish diaper bag, I think this backpack version is a great option and an excellent price point. I’m obsessed with these woven moccasins (little man option here) and Harper has these glitzy kicks in silver, but I love the gold color. Annnnd, if you’re looking for a great carseat, I own this one, love it, and it is marked down significantly.

I’ll be sharing my favorite workout options (there are some great ones) on Wednesday… so stay tuned.

07.01.2016

Traveling With A Baby: My 5 Tips

traveling with a baby, itsy bitsy indulgences {Outfit Details || Shorts | Tank (great versatile tank, multiple colors) | Hat | Sunglasses | Weekend Bag/Carrier (c/o) | Sandals (currently 50% off!)}

Traveling: something TJ and I used to be able to do so effortlessly. I remember one morning waking up, and TJ had booked a trip to Santa Barbara, in the middle of the night, and asked me if I could be ready to go in an hour. I said “No, give me an extra 15 minutes.” I threw some a ton of clothes in a bag and off we went. Now? Um, I don’t think so.

Yet, traveling was something that we promised each other we would continue to do with Harper. So, before she was born, we booked our first trip timed when she would be 6 weeks old. Each week we told each other that there was no way we would be able to travel with a 6 week old… yet, around the 5 week mark, we decided that we were just going to go. And go we did. I’ll never forget packing for that first trip (which you can read about here) and how many different times TJ had to go back and forth between the car and our condo to load everything. I remember buying dry ice to keep my pre-frozen milk, well, frozen. It was a lot of work, but so worth it…. so much so, we decided to graduate ourselves to a plane flight. Which carried with it a whole new adventure… security lines, checking items at the gate… it certainly was an ordeal… but we then graduated ourselves yet again to a trip to Hawaii. Needless to say, little miss adds an added layer. All that being said, I thought I would share a few tips I have gathered along the way in case you too are looking to take that first trip with a little one.

1. Start Packing Early: I start making a list of what I need for myself, as well as Harper, at least 3 days before we depart. I don’t leave packing the actual bags for the night before either. I’ve found that the morning before is the best time to pack bags in case there is something I left off the list and remember in the process of packing (mom brain precludes me from remembering everything… it’s worse than pregnancy brain… just the other day I couldn’t remember how old I was….).

2. The Right Luggage Helps: On our first few trips, TJ and Harper ended up sharing a suit case for the sake of space. While it worked, it ended up being more of a hassle. Their items got mixed up… those little socks of hers ended up in TJ’s shoes… only to be found upon return (not much help when you’re looking for them at bedtime…). The past few trips we have taken, I’ve used this travel bag and cosmetics case to carry Harper’s items. It’s roomy enough to hold all her clothing items (which rivals mine), diapers, baby monitor, a couple of books + toys, and a few swaddles. The cosmetic case is excellent to carry her lotions, vitamin D drops, bathing soap, and little extras. These items worked for our road trips. If you’re flying I recommend consolidating as we did initially. I highly recommend travel bags for your carseat and strollers. I use the UPPAbaby stroller carrier (which has wheels, which, trust me, is a lifesaver when you’re navigating the airport) and this carseat carrier (which we stuffed the bumbo seat in as well). The carseat carrier is massive, and I get a chuckle every time TJ wears it (he’s a good sport). I used a smaller diaper bag for the plane so it could easily under the seat. We also brought her swaddle on the plane (in case she needed it to soothe) as well as the baby carrier (which we ultimately did not use, but I felt better knowing we had it).

3. Gate Check: Gate check, gate check, gate check. Car seat and strollers fly free, and I highly recommend gate checking them. The stroller helps in navigating the airport, as you don’t have to hold the little one, and you can use the underside as a carrier for other items. It’s a slight hassle when going through security, but that doesn’t outweigh its benefits.

4. In Flight: All the advice I received was true: have the little one sucking on something during take off and landing. I chose to nurse, but I have a friend who opted to bottle feed. If Harper was sleeping, I followed the advice to not wake her up, and she appeared unaffected by any shift in cabin pressure. I think my biggest fear would be that she would become fussy and bother others on the plane. En route to Hawaii we had a rough 45 minutes, at which point TJ stood up and hung out at the back of the plane with the flight attendants (and Harper of course)…. who were incredibly friendly and didn’t mind him hanging back there with her (in fact, they offered him a beer…). At the end of the flight, several people came up to me and said, “We didn’t even know she was on the flight….” which lead me to believe the fussiness wasn’t as bad as I was making it out to be. We brought some simple toys for Harper to play with, but mainly had to entertain her on our own… songs and naps seemed to be what worked for us.

5. Dress: When traveling with a little one, wear something comfortable. Think sandals or slip on sneakers… going through security isn’t easy with all that extra baggage and the last thing you want to worry about is removing complicated shoes. I wore a sweater, instead of a jacket, so that I wouldn’t have to remove that either. I also made sure to bring a few extra plastic baggies in case of a blow-out, and some extra clothes for Harper.

That’s it! Again, I’m no expert, and most of this advice was passed down to me. Once we started traveling, we made our own personal tweaks along the way and found out what worked best for us. Happy traveling!

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traveling with a baby, itsy bitsy indulgences

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traveling with a baby, petunia pickle weekend bag, itsy bitsy indulgences

traveling with a baby, petunia pickle , itsy bitsy indulgences

traveling with a baby, itsy bitsy indulgences

traveling with a baby, itsy bitsy indulgences

traveling with a baby, itsy bitsy indulgences

06.27.2016

Weekend Recap: Palm Springs

itsy bitsy indulgences, palm springs{Little miss’ first desert experience (dress)}

A couple of weeks ago, after Hawaii, wanderlust hit TJ and me pretty hard. So, we decided it was time to make our first summer trip out to the desert… and introduce Harper to a place we love so much. Having visited the Palm Springs area for the past 11 years of our “couple” relationship, we were eager to see how we would be able to integrate her into past traditions, while creating new ones as a family of three. It’s not always an easy process, as the past experiences were special, and it is sometimes hard to veer from what you know and expect. Yet, as the weekend commenced, we found it easy to create new traditions, while still maintaining and respecting our past memories. When we headed to breakfast on Sunday morning, we laughed as we looked around the room. First, we were the only ones with a little one in tow. Literally. Second, we were likely the only ones not nursing a hangover… which, in all honesty, would have been us 3 years ago. And that right there is the quintessential progression of life…. and you have a few choices. You can either live in the past and yearn for it, or you can move forward, thankful for all you have been blessed with, and integrate the past with the present. The latter has been what has worked for us… and what we will continue to do. So…. in that light, here is to a week of honoring the past, bringing pieces of it to the present, and living life to the fullest.

palm springs, itsy bitsy indulgences {A Paloma cocktail to cool down in the triple digit heat}

palm springs, itsy bitsy indulgences {Palms for days}

palm springs rose, itsy bitsy indulgences {A little rosé to kick off the weekend}

baby style, itsy bitsy indulgences{Just chillin’ in her new suit}

palm sprigs aerial tram, itsy bitsy indulgences

palm springs, itsy bitsy indulgences {Took the aerial tram up to the top… and I just love me those little roles}

ace hotel, itsy bitsy indulgences

palm springs, itsy bitsy indulgences

ace hotel palm springs, itsy bitsy indulgences {Best breakfast at The Ace Hotel… and loving the decor}

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I seriously can’t believe that the 4th of July is this coming weekend! Last year we made these delicious chocolate covered bananas… which I’m seriously considering bringing to a few bbqs.  I’m also contemplating making this black bean salsa, or these sweet potato nachos, for a get together with a few friends.

I finally decided on my outfits for this coming weekend. I purchased this red and white striped dress, and plan on pairing it with these slides and my favorite denim jacket for the cooler evenings. I also snatched these white denim shorts and striped red and white tank… you can never go wrong with that combo.

I’ve been in the market for a new pair of platform kicks. I’m vacillating between these white espadrilles, this tan pair, and this neutral textured pair. I love the little bit of added height they give, while still being incredibly functional and stylish.

We have a few bbqs on the calendar this weekend and I can’t wait. So, in addition to the outfits above, I’m going to be bringing this lightweight roll sleeve sweater, cotton sweater, and blue and white striped flutter sleeve top. I’m also loving these fringe sandals, which are on major sale. I’m also eyeing a few floral dresses, perfect when paired with some sandals for a casual evening with friends. My favorites are this racerback maxi, cold shoulder white floral number, and this halter swing dress.

Even though it’s hotter than you know what right now, I’m still loving summer denim… and these three pieces are all under $100… a good black pair of cropped raw hemmed jeans, basic blue cropped jeans, and a great pair of distressed skinnies… I always love pairing summer denim with a good tank and sandals.

06.10.2016

Kauai Recap

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

Hawaii has always been a special place for me. I was fortunate enough to spend many family vacations there growing up, and celebrated my one year wedding anniversary with TJ in the islands as well. It only made sense that Harper’s first “big” trip would be there as well. This trip was actually conceived before Harper was even born. It was a lazy Sunday afternoon by my parent’s pool and we were all chatting about how much fun our last trip, as a family, was to Oahu. By the end of the day, a date had been picked, a hotel booked, and plane flights on hold. The thought of having a little one in tow, and the impact that might have, was only a small little thought in my mind.

Seven months later, it was time to get ready to go…. and those small little thoughts I had months ago, were now at the forefront of my mind. How was I going to work in naps and feedings and enjoyment and relaxation? How different would this trip be from trips past? 6 hours, on a flight with a 5 month old?… how the heck was that going to look? I knew I couldn’t really prepare for those variables, as the only way to get the answers would be to go through with it all, and learn as we go. I promised myself I would be flexible, and take it all as it came. With the exception of a small rough 40 minutes on the flight, Harper did amazing. She slept, nursed, played (well laughed in our laps and smiled at anyone and everyone who walked up to her), and bounced back between me, TJ, my sister, mom, and dad.

For me, the most challenging part was the napping and nursing. I spoke about it briefly here, but it took some adjusting. I learned to be flexible and got better about asking for help. I was with a village of people, so the responsibility did not rest solely with me. The thing is though, everyone wanted to help. From taking Harper up for her evening catnap so TJ and I could enjoy some time by ourselves, to taking her for a morning walk so Allison and I could get in a workout on the beach… everyone contributed. Would I say it was as relaxing as trips past? No. Was that okay, to be expected? Of course. It’s how our life is changing, it’s how it is evolving, and to move with it, instead of against it, actually creates a more fulfilling life. I can’t wait to show Harper these photos some day… as it was a trip I will never forget, and one she will never remember (and I mean that in the most loving way!).

I’ve been asked about a few of my favorite spots, so I’ll share some here. When we go to Hawaii, we typically stay at a Marriott time share in Poipu (that is, when we go to Kauai) so that we have access to larger rooms, kitchens, and bar-b-ques. We make a Costco run for the week, and pick up items for eating and drinking (you know… wine, champagne, beer… oh, and water too) and spend most of the evenings not rushing around to get ready, but relaxing and bbqing. We take the mentality that tropical vacations have “NA” days- No Agenda. It’s what we have found works for us! We stayed in Poipu, and if the weather had been a little sunnier would have ventured over to Princeville for the day. So, all my recommendations are Poipu based.

That being said, we for sure had our favorites from this trip:

Pizzetta: I was craving pizza for some reason, and this pizza was delicious. They have gluten free options, and a relatively robust menu. I highly recommend it.

Dolphin Sushi: What better place to have fresh sushi than in Hawaii, right? They weren’t the friendliest people, but the sushi was amazing. So many different rolls to choose from and it was all incredibly fresh and tasty.

Brennecke’s: This was within walking distance of our hotel, so it was a great option for lunch, and cocktails. They also have a deli downstairs if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, and the beach across from it has beautiful views. The kalua pork tacos are absolutely delicious.

Kalapaki Joe’s: Another delicious taco spot… not the most glamorous, but for good tacos, I don’t mind at all. I opted for the fresh fish tacos and they were spot on.

Living Foods Market: We went here daily. Either for breakfast, or for a poke bowl at lunch. See more below.

The Fresh Shave: You. Must. Go. Here. The best fresh shave ice and the cutest concept. See all my photos below.

Kauai Grand Hyatt: The best Mai Tai. If you like that kind of thing.

The Beach House: Excellent views for catching a sunset!

Koloa Fish Market: The last couple of times we have been to Hawaii we have purchased all of our fresh fish to BBQ here. The fish is whatever they catch that morning, so you can rest assured it is incredibly fresh (they also have poke). They open at 10am, and if you want the best selection you should be there at 9:55am. They also only take cash, just an FYI.

Rum Fire: Another great spot for a Mai Tai (again, if that’s your thing) and spectacular sunset views.

poipu beach, itsy bitsy indulgences

poipu guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {Poncho, Hat, Harper’s Coverup, Harper’s Suit, Harper’s Sunnies}

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {Love this little sign}

itsy bitsy indulgences {She loved falling asleep on Nana after splashing in the pool}

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {Happy hour mai tais, blue hawaiis, pina coladas….}

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {Shorts | Suit | Sandals | Tote}

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kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {We loved walking to pick up fish tacos (or kalua pork tacos) almost daily}

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {We walked to Living Foods Market almost daily for breakfast and sometimes lunch. They have an amazing juice bar with acai bowls, as well as mouthwatering lemon ricotta pancakes… and a breakfast pizza (oh, and they have french toast too….). Their poke bowls are incredibly fresh, and we opted for those a couple days of the week for lunch. They also carried the Kauai Juice Co. Kombucha. It was some of the best I have ever tasted (literally). I’m hoping they can ship me some! My favorite flavor was the blood orange.}

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {Hawaii is known for its shave ice… and The Fresh Shave is shave ice elevated. It’s this small food truck that moves between several different spots on Kauai (check out their locations). They have gourmet flavor options… think chai tea, cookies and cream, acai. It’s some serious deliciousness and I wished we had been able to go back another time!}

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {On my list was catching a sunrise. We drove out to some rocks that overlook Shipwreck Beach in Poipu and it did not disappoint. We saw a gorgeous sunrise, a whale that was breeching, and enjoyed just being together. If you get the chance, do this! We left Harper in my parent’s room so that we could sneak out at 5:15am. Coverup}

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itsy bitsy indulgences, kauai guide

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

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kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {One of my favorite evenings was when TJ and I took a bottle of champagne down to the beach to watch the sunset (Harper stayed up a little past her bedtime here)… it was a tradition we used to do when it was just the two of us and we couldn’t let it pass this time around. This particular evening’s sunset was absolutely spectacular and it was a moment I will always remember. For me, it was the moment when I realized our previous life together can fit with this current life, albeit slightly different. I also think this is one of the prettiest spots to catch a sunset. It is a small strand of beach nestled between the Marriott Hotel + The Sheraton Hotel. The sand is soft and the views are amazing. Outfit Detail: Top | Shorts | Sandals}

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kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {We opted for a morning walk to Spouting Horn (and got majorly rained on… but it was kinda fun). It was a 6 mile roundtrip walk, and the sights were gorgeous. From brightly colored foliage to gorgeous beaches and small falls, it was well worth it. Spouting horn isn’t necessarily somewhere you are going to spend hours, but catching a few spouts of water is pretty cool. There are some botanical gardens on the way, and if we had planned things out more, it would have been fun to check it out.}

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kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {So, I first went to Hawaii with my family when I was 12 years old. We took a family photo in this exact same spot. When we returned to Kauai many years later (12 years later to be exact, when I was 24) we took another family photo in this exact same spot. Both of those photos are in picture frames at my parent’s house… so it was only natural that we returned to this same spot to snap another one with two new additions to our family. We had planned to take this photo on Thursday evening the entire week (you know, we’d be tanner then…) and as we were walking to the location it started to pour rain, so we hid under an awning at a park. The minute it let up we quickly hurried to the spot and found the first couple that walked by and asked them to snap our photo (hence the semi disjointed look of the picture). The minute after the photo was taken, it started to rain again… which is never good when you’re wearing all white. Needless to say, it was meaningful to my parents, and hopefully we will snap a few photos there again as Harper and our family continues to grow.}

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {The fresh fruit on the island is unbelievable!}

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {Allison and I enjoyed a morning run with gorgeous views}

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {Another gorgeous evening watching a sunset. Off the shoulder top}

itsy bitsy indulgences, kauai guide{Suit, Pants, Sandals, Harper’s Suit}

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kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {Dress | Harper’s Romper}

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {Top | Hat | Harper’s Suit}

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {Snuggles with Grand-daddy}

kauai guide, itsy bitsy indulgences {We spent the last evening enjoying happy hour and watching the sunset on our favorite beach… then headed back up to the room for one last family BBQ. It was a wonderful close to a wonderful trip.}

06.02.2016

Hawaiian Sunrise

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When we were planning out what we wanted to do in Hawaii, not many things made it on the list. We were looking forward to having an agenda free trip, full of relaxation and seeing how the days would unfold. Yet, my one request was that we could go watch a sunrise…. an early wake-up call, yes, but something I had always wanted to do. So a few mornings in, TJ and I dropped off Harper in my parent’s room, and headed out to Shipwreck Beach at 4:45am and enjoyed a little alone time. It really was one of the more spectacular sights I have seen, and being up that early with TJ was a special moment I will always remember.

So much goes in to planning a vacation, and it can be so hard to know the right items to bring for the activities you want to do. When I was pulling together outfits, I couldn’t help but scour the swimwear collection from Anthropologie. They have such a robust and beautiful selection, that I had a difficult time narrowing down the items I wanted to take. I opted for this tassel cover-up for its effortless nature, and I love the cut-out detail of the one-piece… perfect for this momma. And the tote, well, its colors speak for itself. Other items I am loving include these beach pants, this lace front floral maillot, and this embroidered top. They are all beautiful pieces to take you seamlessly from a day at the pool to a happy hour sipping mai tais. Those are the perfect pieces if you ask me.

{Outfit Details || Cover-up: c/o Anthropologie | Beach Bag: c/o Anthropologie | Bathing Suit: c/o Anthropologie | Hat: Anthropologie (similar)}

anthropology swim, itsy bitsy indulgences

anthropology swim, itsy bitsy indulgences

anthropology swim, itsy bitsy indulgences

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anthropology swim, itsy bitsy indulgences

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anthropology swim, itsy bitsy indulgences

anthropology swim, itsy bitsy indulgences

kauai sunrise, itsy bitsy indulgences

anthropology swim, itsybitsy indulgences

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anthropologie swim, itsy bitsy indulgences

anthropology swim, itsy bitsy indulgences

05.30.2016

Weekend Recap

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After a 6 hour flight with a 5 month old, we made it safely to Hawaii! It took a few days for all of us to settle into a routine in a new place, but I think it’s safe to say that its been successful. We’ve enjoyed long walks and workouts in the morning (more to come this week), lazy days by the pool (as lazy as they can really get with a baby), delicious food (and cocktails of course), beautiful sunsets, and amazing family time. It’s crazy how much time and effort goes into planning a vacation, and how once you are there all that stress simply melts away. I’ve been very cognizant of being mindful and in the moment with each experience, as I know Saturday will come so quickly and I will end up wondering where the time went! I hope you all are having an amazing, long, weekend with those you love! Happy Memorial Day!

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itsy bitsy indulgences {The Fresh Shave Ice…. a MUST see if you’re in Kauai}

You can follow along via snapchat (@shanpulsiferiBi) or instagram for more Hawaii fun…and I’ll be sharing a post on my Kauai favorites in the next coming weeks!

I’ve been keeping up with BBG on this trip (along with long walks) and compiled my own beach workout to come later this week!

I posted about the best Memorial Day Sales on Saturday, check it out in case you missed it!

A few extra items that ended up in my shopping cart over the weekend include this gorgeous cover-up (Nordstrom has a pretty great selection of swimwear and cover-ups currently on sale!) and this romper cover-up (which could be worn out to dinner, or to a brunch as well.). I lived in this dress when I was pregnant, and I am considering buying it in black too (since the one I have is striped). I’m loving this boho swing dress for a casual day date, this gorgeous floral skirt (worn with a side tied tank), this lace trim halter top, and this stripe pocket tank. This pair of rose gold and tortoise shell sunnies are pretty amazing, rose gold stackable midi rings which are perfect for a basic jeans and a tee kind of day), and these denim platform wedges are pretty fabulous too!

A few items I’ve been living in since coming to Hawaii include this simple maxi dress (I also wear it all the time at home… perfect for anything.), these beach cover-up pants, and this sweater (with shorts) for relaxing evenings bbqing. This white lace up tank has been the perfect throw on and go with my favorite denim shorts and flip flops.

05.20.2016

Parisian Reflections + Galeries Lafayette Giveaway

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It’s never been a secret that I have a love affair with traveling the world. I love the feeling of being in a far off place, with people I love, and getting lost in the culture and feel of a new location. One place that has always had a piece of my heart is Paris (you can find the most recent trip here). My first visit to Paris was 14 years ago when I studied abroad for a summer in France. The stay in Paris was short, 5 hours at most, and left me with an insatiable desire to return.

Knowing that desire within me, my grandmother (and grandfather’s) gift for my high school graduation was a trip to Paris. I was beside myself with excitement…. and knew that I had the best tour guide around, since my grandmother had been numerous times before. As we prepared for our journey, she sent over brochures and suggestions, asking me what I wanted to do. A Seine dinner cruise was atop of that list…. along with a visit to the Eiffel Tower (a given, I know), and of course shopping…. something both my grandmother and I knew how to do well.

I went into the trip knowing exactly what I was looking for on those long shopping days. I wanted a Burberry bucket hat, and my grandmother knew just the place. She took me to Galeries Lafayette, and it’s there that I scooped up my souvenir for the trip.

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On our previous trips, Galeries Lafayette has always been a stop for additional Paris necessities, and over the years, I have narrowed down the essentials for a Parisian getaway. A chic pair of flats for walking the cobblestone streets is absolutely necessary, as is a cross body bag, to leave you hands free to snap all the photos you want and eat all the crepes your heart desires. Simple gold accessories to dress up any ensemble, and a wide brimmed hat for sipping a little rosé on The Seine as the sun sets (we did this and it was magical).

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Today I’ve teamed up with Galeries Lafayette to give one reader the chance to win 500Euro for their next visit to the Paris Haussmann store. It’s simple to enter! All you have to do is:

1. Follow @GaleriesLafayette + @itsybitsyindulgences on instagram
2. Tag 2 friends who would love this opportunity in the comments section of the photo (which will be up at 6am PST)
3. Winner will be drawn on June 11th

Official Entry Rules

Good luck to everyone!!

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In partnership with Galleries Lafayette

04.22.2016

Sonoma Recap

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This past weekend we headed up to Sonoma for a little rest, relaxation, and vino. We’ve been up there so many times before, pre-baby days, with my family and just the two of us, that we were interested to see what it would be like with a little one in tow. We went back and forth as to where we wanted to stay for the weekend (3 nights to be exact)… did we want to stay at one of our favorite hotels (last seen here) or did we want to rent a house (something we have had success with in the past). After weighing out the pros and cons of both, for a family with a baby, we opted for the house and stumbled upon this adorable VRBO. I was sold the moment I saw it.

Something we were super nervous about was the flight. We talked to a bunch of friends who provided us with advice for how to fly with a baby, and I also received a lot of excellent advice on instagram (thanks everyone!). The night before, we packed everything up, set our alarms, and prayed that we would make it through the travel day. We certaintly made it, but not without a little bit of adventure. With 5 bags (I’m a notorious over-packer) a few nice people took pity on us and helped us navigate to the check-in counter… then when it came time to pack up the stroller to check it at the gate a nice man, about my dad’s age, offered TJ a tip… after watching him for 10 minutes break a sweat trying to fit the stroller into the bag (which I highly recommend)… he said, “I think those wheels pop off.” Then, since Harper missed her morning nap, she started crying as we were boarding the plane (TJ and I looked at each other and immediately said, “Maybe this wasn’t the best idea….”). Yet, the minute the jet engines turned on, her eyes closed and she slept the entirety of the flight. Crisis adverted.

Once we made it to our final destination (the rental) we couldn’t have been more relieved. We popped a small bottle of champagne and said a toast to our first flight as a small family. The rest of the weekend was wonderful. We enjoyed visiting with one of my dearest friends (who met Harper for the first time!), bbq-ing, watching the sunset, rich conversations over a bottle of wine (after Harper had gone down for the evening), and simply being away from reality for a little while. It was something TJ and I promised ourselves we wouldn’t give up once Harper was born. We committed to continued travel… to live our life and bring her along. This felt like such a huge accomplishment in that promise to one another. Was it easy? Um, no… travel as a childless couple is a cinch in comparison. Was it worth it? 100%!

In case you have a fun trip to the Napa/Sonoma area planned I wanted to share a few favorite spots! We didn’t eat out much this trip, as we found it easier to bbq in our backyard with a little one, so if that’s up your ally I recommend visiting the Sonoma Market or Whole Foods. Both have an excellent selection, but I would say the Sonoma Market wins in the area of cheeses (you should see the selection) and meat/fish. Both days we opted for a pic-nic lunch and picked up sandwiches from The Sonoma Cheese Factory (highly highly recommend).

Some of my favorite wineries to visit include the following:

Gundlach Bundchen (excellent spot for a picnic… delicious rose)
Scribe (make reservations to taste a month in advance, very popular and gorgeous spot… loved their chardonnay and I’m not a chardonnay fan)
Chateau St. Jean (gorgeous grounds)
Chandon
Mumm
Domaine Carneros (gorgeons setting, excellent sparkling wine flight… the rosé is my favorite)

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itsy bitsy indulgences {I simply loved our little house. It was a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home, with a gorgeous kitchen and amazing backyard. We loved coming home at the end of the day, cooking a delicious meal, watching the sunset, and sipping a little vino.}

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itsy bitsy indulgences{We spent our evenings doing pretty much the same thing…}

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itsy bitsy indulgences {In the morning, we enjoyed a yummy brunch and then headed out for a walk through the vineyards (leggings, sweater, baby carrier)}

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itsy bitsy indulgences {We spent part of the first day visiting with one of my dearest friends from college and her husband, who drove from the city out to see us. We packed up and headed over to gun bun for a little rosé on their sprawling grounds. It was such a gorgeous day, and we had so much fun chatting and laughing… and taking selfies (dress, shoes, harper’s dress}

scribe winery, itsy bitsy indulgences

scribe winery, itsy bitsy indulgences

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domaine carneros, itsy bitsy indulgences

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itsy bitsy indulgences {We spent the last day at Scribe and Domaine Carneros. It was my first time at Scribe and I highly recommend it, as well as advance reservations. We came back and enjoyed some appetizers and another bbq for our last evening. Tank, Harper’s Top, Harper’s ShoesBlanket}


03.14.2016

Weekend Recap: Anniversary Celebration

IMG_9236{Hiking Torey Pines}

This weekend could not have come soon enough. With TJ out of town the first few days, as well as my parents and sister…. I was flying solo for a few days (and nights). Boy were those looooooong. It’s funny. I always appreciate the help I receive, but it’s often when it is absent that I feel the power of help (or I guess lack of) the most. In that light, TJ and I celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary Sunday (my 5 year marriage reflection here) with a trip down to our old stomping grounds, San Diego. We stayed at one of our favorite hotels (L’Auberge Del Mar) and went through our typical anniversary traditions (bottle of rosé champagne,read our affirmations to one another, and listened to our wedding song). Only this year things were different. Harper was in tow. It’s amazing what a difference a year can make… let alone 6 years.

We were 26 (me) and 28 (TJ) when we got married… and now being 32 and 34, I can’t believe how far we have come over those 6 years. I can remember times in our marriage where it felt like we were so far from some of our goals. I remember frustrating times and so many highs. Traveling together (Paris being our favorite). And now our biggest adventure, navigating parenthood. While that has had its own series of frustrating moments (like at 2am there wasn’t much love…) I couldn’t imagine this journey with anyone but him. So, this past weekend, we said “Cheers” to many more years filled with adventures!

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itsy bitsy indulgences{Late brunch… yummy frittata}

itsy bitsy indulgences{Favorite rosé bubbly + pretty blooms}

l'auberge del mar{Best view}

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itsy bitsy indulgences{Little miss did so well- sweater}

itsy bitsy indulgences{Gorgeous sunset sky}

itsy bitsy indulgences {Ended the evening with a little pizza and champagne in the room (best pizza from Del Mar Pizza)… with little miss sleeping}

I’ve said it before (as in, last week), but stipe tops receive an A+ in my book. I’ve rounded up a few that will be perfect for this Spring season! I love this back button option, simple off the shoulder piece, oversized top in golden brown stripes (such a fun alternative to navy and white), and this fun twist with ruffle sleeves. I’m also in search of the perfect espadrille for Spring. My eye is seriously in love with this stipe pair (yes, stripes…), this cognac wedge pair, this lower platform denim option, this chic white studded pair, and because I always love a good sneaker… these are the perfect balance of the two! A few other fun Spring options include this chunky open back sweater (serious love), boater hat, white tee with a fun twist for layering, and a chic faux leather jacket (under $100 and 3 different colors… I love the brown and blushing).