06.23.2017

Favorite Products June || Food, Beauty, Fashion

One of my favorite posts of the month… all my favorite products! There were a lot of new favorites this past month, and I hope you’ll love them just as much as I do. Would love to know if you end up trying any of them out and what your thoughts are!

Oh, and Happy Friday! We’re heading to Palm Springs this weekend for a little rest and relaxation, and I seriously can’t wait! I hope you all have a great one too!

**Apologies that the cardigan from yesterday’s post was linked incorrectly (and thank you to those who let me know!). It’s been corrected….

Vega Protein Powder: I was using the Vital Proteins Vanilla powder (not the flavorless kind) and it started to give me some stomach problems. So, I recently switched to this powder and I am obsessed. The taste is so good, it doesn’t bother my stomach, and I love tossing it in my new favorite smoothie. It’s a game changer for sure.

Wild Friends Almond Butter: Um, this stuff is delicious. It has the slightest roasted almond flavor and I seriously can’t get enough of it. I love putting it on my protein waffles, in my smoothies, or on a banana as an afternoon snack.

Vita Coco Coconut Water: I’m not a huge fan of coconut water solo, but I bought this brand to mix in my smoothies for the hydrating benefits and am kinda loving the taste it gives them…. for some reason it makes them feel more refreshing than almond milk (which is what I typically use).

Chosen Foods Avocado Oil:  I’ve been using this avocado oil spray non-stop. I spray it on salads and use it when I am sautéing or roasting sweet potatoes (spray on them instead of coat in olive oil). It imparts such a great, mild flavor.

Lentil Pasta: Another one of my favorites for the month. I never thought of lentils as pasta, but it’s seriously so good. We mix it in with our zucchini noodle nights for a little extra (I mix in about 1/2 a cup) and it takes the meal to a completely different level.

La Croix Sparkling Water: I know, what’s the difference between this stuff and any other kind of sparkling water, right? I swear, it’s super refreshing, and it’s flavored naturally (nothing artificial). I’m a huge fan of mixing it with cocktails (as seen in this post) and it comes in so many great flavors.

Coola Suncare BB + Cream: (c/o) I used to wear a tinted moisturizer all the time. Then I stopped (I don’t know why). I recently tried this one, and really like it. I’ve worn it under my regular foundation, solo with some bronzer and blush for a low key make-up day, and solo as my sunscreen under a hat. It leaves a glowing finish, which I tend to be a huge fan of.

Mineral LipLux: (c/o) There is nothing I hate more than chapped or sunburned lips. This stuff adds a hint of natural color, while both protecting and nourishing your lips…. along with being SPF30. I’ve been wearing it several times a week as a neutral lip color. I’m a fan of the Bonfire shade.

Mer-Sea & Co Hand + Foot Balm: I’m obsessed with how luxurious this product feels. I use it on my feet, after intense runs, and it makes them feel so smooth.

Huarache Sandals:  These are quite possibly the best $22 investment I’ve made all summer. They’re padded which makes them really comfortable. I’ve pretty much worn them everyday since I got them (so, the past 7 days). They come in three colors, and trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Eyelet Top: This top is the best for both a casual and dressed up look. It’s super versatile, and I love it front tucked into my favorite high waisted shorts. The little ruffles and eyelet detailing make it perfectly feminine for summer. It’s also currently on sale!

Distressed Tank: In a complete contrast to the last top mentioned, this one is distressed and oversized. Which I love. I’ve been spending a lot of time at the beach and pool with little miss, and have been front knotting it and tossing it on over my suit with a pair of shorts. It comes in three colors, and I wear a bralette underneath.

Flutter Skirt: I actually own this skirt in the white and hibiscus colors. It went on sale and I was able to get both for the price of one… all that aside, it’s such a fun skirt for summer. I wore the hibiscus color to a fun event down at the beach with these studded sandals and this tank front knotted. It’s incredibly comfortable, and makes you want to dance (seriously). I can easily dress it up or down with a flat sandal or block heel. I typically buy one to two skirts each summer, and I for sure found a fun keeper.

Outdoor Voices Blush Leggings: These are amazing. They hug in all the right places, and the color is my favorite. I wear them running, hiking, spinning, and when I do my Tone It Up workouts. To say I’m obsessed would be an understatement. I also purchased this sports bra with them and have been wearing it non-stop (with washes in between of course).

Bodysuit: I bought this for a girlfriend’s birthday, but ended up wearing a different outfit. So, I saved it for my sister’s bachelorette party. I only own two bodysuits, but after this one, think I need more. I’ve always been a fan of tucking in my shirt, and this just takes it to the next level. The ruffles make it feminine, and wearing it with high waisted shorts is super cute. For undergarments, I toss on these little petals.

Embroidered Off The Shoulder Top: This was an impulse buy when it was on temporary sale for $30… and I immediately wore it the next day. It’s off the shoulder, not the easiest with little miss, but manageable… and it was just too cute to pass up. The embroidery detail is subtle, and when paired with the stripe print it makes for the perfect summer top. I’m also a huge fan of this gingham off the shoulder top, which is currently $20!

Short Crescent Necklace: I was in Gorjana earlier this week, and picked up a few new accessories and this was one of them. The smaller crescent shape, and shorter necklace, make it a perfect layering piece. I’ve worn it everyday since and layer it with my favorite initial necklace……

Gold Lariat Necklace: annnnd, this is the other piece I snagged. It’s pretty much a three in one necklace. I have the option to wear it long, or cinch it up for a shorter look. The look that is my favorite though is wearing it backwards with the beads in front, sweeping just above the chest (I’ll style it soon, since I know I’m not explaining it well….). Bottom line, when you dress as basic as I do, simple gold accessories (I actually got this one in rose gold) help to make any outfit look pulled together.

Lace-up Sweatshirt: One of my favorite things is dinning al fresco during the summer months. Good conversation, a glass of rosé, and delicious food makes for the quintessential summer evening. Yet, I get chilly, so this lace up sweatshirt is such a great option to keep me warm. It’s slightly oversized, which equates to extreme comfort in my book. It will also (eventually) transition into the cooler months. I’m also slightly obsessed with this graphic sweatshirt…. I mean, I feel as if it is calling my name.

White Ruffle One Shoulder Top: This top comes in so many great color options, but of course, I chose the white. Another dress up or down option…. can be worn casually during the day, or dressed up for an evening out. The one shoulder option is a more functional option than the off the shoulder look, and this one is a fun option for summer!

06.22.2017

Summer Date Nights

A few years ago, I tried wearing shorts for date night. We were heading down to the beach, to our favorite sushi spot on the water, and it was a warm summer evening. Jeans just didn’t seem fit for the occassion, so I tossed on a pair of shorts and heels…. When I looked in the mirror, the shorts and heels immediately came off, and I tossed on the jeans. Then we left. It wasn’t a good look. Fast forward a few years, to several weeks ago, when the temps were too unbearable to even entertain the thought of jeans for a quick evening out. I decided to try the whole shorts for date night thing again… this time, balancing out proportions with a low block heel mule and longline crochet fringe cardigan.

Back when I failed miserably at my first attempt, I didn’t really have anything between a high stiletto heel and flat sandal. Now, my wardrobe consists of the beautiful low block heel. The perfect height for any gal who wants a sandal that will work for any occassion. I love the muted blush tone of this fringe option, and also wear my studded ones all the time. These lace up sandals, as well as these low block heel strappy sandals are two other great options. Yet, when I’m wearing shorts, I prefer the mules, as they elongate my short legs…..

Tossing on a longer cardigan helped to balance out the contrast of the shorts and heels…. and this fringe option is a great choice for summer with its short sleeves and open crochet detailing. I’m also loving this breezy ribbed white cardigan….. another great pick for a summer date night.

Either way, I’d have to say that round two was slightly more successful than round one!
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(Outfit Details || Cardigan (c/o) | Camisole  (comes in 15 colors) | Shorts | Mules (c/o) | Bralette | Tote | Pom | Sunglasses | Necklace)

06.21.2017

Wellness Wednesday || Watch Those Thoughts….6 To Catch Yourself Thinking

I’m a thinker. The kind that thinks through interactions, evaluates situations, and puts a lot of thought into everything I do. I’m also a daydreamer. With that though, comes a mind full of thoughts. When I was practicing therapy, I talked at length about cognitions with my clients. A lot. Along with other life situations, these cognitive distortions, as they are technically referred to, had a huge impact on the way they viewed themselves, others, and their life in general. They have that kind of impact on everyone once in a while. Bottom line, we can’t avoid thoughts, they’re always there.

For me, all these annoying thoughts, in some way or another, make me feel a certain way about myself…  as if I’m a failure… make me feel different ways about others….. as if they are intending to be mean and malicious ( swear I’m not a paranoid person….)…. and others prevent me from acting…. as if I can really see into the future and predict that negative event…… which is why I always try to catch them, acknowledge them, challenge them, and move on. Of course, I’m simplifying the entire process…. it takes work…. and sometimes I just have to accept the thought, but not let it hold me back. Yet, the point of today’s post is to share some of those dangerous thought patterns…. what they look like…. and how I, personally, deal with them to decrease anxiety, worry, and sadness.

**I feel the need to note here that I am not acting in any professional capacity… or recommending any course of treatment…. this is simply how I deal, and if it helps you too, that’s great! 

1. Overgeneralization: I’m guilty of this one. It’s pretty much when you take a single negative situation and apply it to everything…. or snow-ball it, as if there is no end to the negative cycle. For me, so much of my job is social media based, and overgeneralization happens all the time here. If something doesn’t perform for a few days, I start to worry, start to generalize this snapshot in time, and fail to see it as a temporary situation. I combat this one by reminding myself that sometimes there are lulls in life…. that life can’t always be one big success train (although, I wouldn’t mind if it was….). It’s funny, I once heard the saying, at church, “This too shall pass….” and was reminded that it refers to the good, and the bad. It’s the motto I try to use when I start to overgeneralize.

2. Discounting The Positives: While I don’t consider myself a perfectionist (you should see my tuberware cabinet…. open at your own risk…) I do give it my all in areas I choose to focus my attention…. relationships, collaborations, motherhood, and fitness…. so much so, that when I experience a set back, I tend to automatically discount all of the successes I have had, as if it doesn’t matter (which, it does). When I catch myself in this loop, I try to write down all the positives I have experienced in that specific area. This often helps me to see the reality of the situation and to shift my focus.

3. Personalization: I’m sensitive, so this one hits home all the time. When I find myself in a situation where someone was rude or offensive, I tend to first go to “what did I do to create that type of response.” Which only leads makes me feel bad about myself. I typically challenge this one by discussing the situation with a few trusted individuals, who I know will give me an unbiased perspective. A note on this one, I always think it’s a good idea to reflect on my own actions, and to not automatically blame others. Self awareness is key… personalization goes beyond this though. It’s as if you feel the need to take responsibility for anything bad that happens. No bueno. Not fun. I realize that I can’t prevent bad things from happening, but what I can control is how I respond and interact with others. Beyond that, I can’t worry about it.

4. Magnification: In simple terms, blowing things out of proportion…. or, finding more significance in a situation than it warrants. Guilty of this one too….. which usually happens when I personalize (the one above). Taking a step back and re-evaluating the situation typically helps me bring things back to reality…. or at least to a middle point.

5. Should’ing Thoughts: These babies are those rules you give yourself about how the world should be and how people should act and how you should be. Whenever I find myself “should’ing” it’s pretty bad…. I’m usually let down, or feel as if I’ve failed in some way because I haven’t met a “should” standard. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to have values and standards… to not settle… but it’s when they are rigid that they become a problem. Example? When I look back on a long day with little miss, sometimes I find myself thinking, “Tomorrow I’ll try better, I should always be patient with her….” which leads to guilt… which leads to a whole other onslaught of entirely untrue thoughts. It’s not possible to be patient all the time…. getting a little frustrated is okay…. I haven’t broken a core parenting value of mine… and I certainly haven’t scarred my daughter for life. I always find “should’ing” thoughts lead to guilt…. and the best way to combat them is to ask myself “Is it really possible for that to happen all the time??” and “Is that really a fair expectation to have?”

6. Fortune Telling: If I could read the future, I’d have several houses spread across the world…. and wouldn’t live in our little condo. Seriously. Probably the one thought that holds me back from doing “things” is this one. The one where I give myself the ability to see the future. I remember when I was taking my licensing exam and saying, “I know I am going to fail, so many people fail, it’s going to happen.” Which only magnified an already anxious situation. For this one, I like to look at the facts. I can only deal with what I have in front of me. I know I prepared. I studied hard. I have relaxation tools I can draw from. Usually when I bring myself back to the present, and the facts, I can work through this one pretty quickly.
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(Outfit Details || Hoodie, also here (size up for looser fit) | Shorts (I sized up) | Tank | Sunglasses | Tumbler (I use it daily))

06.20.2017

Summer Stripes + Summer Bucket List

With today marking the official day of summer, and temps nearing the 90’s, there is no mistaking the sunny season is upon us. We spent all of yesterday outside…. starting at the beach and then ending it in the pool… and the rest of the week looks pretty similar. Given that, outfits like today’s will be omnipresent…. lightweight, easy to move in, and über comfortable…. because I have a summer bucket list I’m looking to complete… and comfort + style are key. When I saw this stripe tank, I knew it would be perfect for those warm summer days… and nights. It’s an easy, and quick, option for when I don’t know what else to wear…. and I love the cute tie at the shoulder. And, since my main goal this summer is to make memories with those I love, easy clothing options are key for helping us complete my summer bucket list… which I’m sharing below. Would love to know what’s numero uno on your list this summer!

1. Attend at least one concerts in the park…. little miss loves music, and I think I’d be willing to extend her bed time for a little dancing al fresco! 
2. Pack a picnic dinner (or just grab some to-go pizza…. huge fan of Blaze Pizza) and head down to Corona Del Mar… they have the prettiest overlook to catch a summer sunset. 
3. Take Harper to see the Disneyland Fireworks…. or just Disneyland in general…. 
4. Take a couple of short weekend trips to Palm Springs… we love staying at La Quinta Resort + Spa for a family friendly, and absolutely gorgeous, option. 
5. Make these delicious summertime popsicles… this year little miss can enjoy too.
6. Ohhhh, and these adult popsicle mimosas for a fun brunch… or just for a poolside treat.
7. Make s’mores with a twist…. instead of regular chocolate, maybe a Justin’s Peanut Butter Cup and some strawberries….
8. Take Harper out on a little boat ride…. Newport Beach has the cutest electric duffies and I think it would be such a fun afternoon with the family!
9. Protect my skin with this sunscreen…. and then enhance a tan with this self tanner.
10. Switch up my summer beauty and make-up routine…. thinking a trip to the beauty counter is in line… and looking for some neutral summer lip colors and eye shadows.
11. Get in a weekend getaway with TJ
12. Perfect my air dried waves…. I currently use this aprés beach spray.
13. Take Harper to get numerous Balboa Bars (YOLO)….
14. Spruce up our patio. We currently have these little foldable chairs (different print), and I would love to get these plant stands and put in some potted greenery. We have these string lights, and I’m thinking about adding this little fire pit and neutral outdoor rug.
15.  Pick up bike riding again, with a little toddler carrier in the back.
16. Take a family day trip to Catalina.
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(Outfit Details || Top, also here (wearing XS) | Shorts | Slides | Hat | Tote (similar) |Pom | Sunglasses)

 

06.19.2017

Weekend Recap || Fathers + Daughters || $1,000 Nordstrom Gift Certificate Giveaway

(The prettiest peonies to start the weekend)

After what felt like a particularly long week, I went into the weekend excited for the festivities it held: my mom’s birthday and Father’s Day. We started Friday evening in typical fashion…. a bottle of wine, some take-out, and good tunes… accompanied by good conversation and reconnecting from the crazy week. Saturday morning brought a good workout and some delicious avocado toast. Then, the celebrations started…..

We spent most of the weekend poolside at my parent’s house celebrating with family. Sunday morning we made the dads a delicious brunch and moved to the pool again. It was a pretty relaxing day (well, real relaxation began around 1:30pm when Harper went down for a nap) spent splashing (or napping). As I watched TJ and my dad play with Harper, I was reminded of a quote I saw, years before, on a Father’s Day card I had purchased for my dad. It read:

“No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.” 

I felt immediately blessed by the two most significant men in my life: TJ and my dad. Both, the embodiment of this quote…. and, while I watched Harper smile, and heard her laughter, I couldn’t help but feel blessed that she, too, would be the recipient of their love, guidance, and presence over her lifetime. I hope you all had a great weekend celebrating your father, father-figure, and/or baby-daddy! Here’s to a good week ahead friends!

Be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post!! It’s a good one!!

(Post Saturday morning workout avocado toast. Seriously, my fav.)

(Dressed in her best for Nana’s birthday lunch. Harper’s Dress)

(A little bubbly on ice to celebrate the festive weekend)

(Pool day with this little lady. My cover-up, bathing suit, Harper’s romper)

(Celebrating the dads, by the pool, with a little bbq and sun.)
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I veered off of the Tone It Up workout schedule this weekend and ended up doing a their Beach Babe (5) HIIT workout, a run, and another Beach Babe (2) HIIT workout. Both are great options that get your booty moving. I’m going to try my hand at a little meal prep this coming week ahead and made some of these egg muffins, along with grilled chicken and turkey burgers. If I have time tonight, I’m going to whip up my favorite chia seed pudding. Ever since little miss moved to one nap, I’ve needed to be a little more prepared in the meal department.

We ended up booking a last minute trip to Palm Springs for this coming weekend, and I can’t wait. It’s going to be a scorcher. I’ll be living in lightweight pieces, for sure. I found so many cute swimsuit options too…. all at such great prices. I’m loving this floral cut-out suit, white lace-up suit, black and white cut-out one shoulder suit, and this floral bardot suit (so adorable). This little stripe bow front trapeze dress is coming with me too! I also found this adorable floral dress, at such an excellent price point. So cute for some desert margaritas…. I also love this basic black romper (paired with a cute straw hat and slides), and this white romper is on my wish-list… thinking it would be perfect for a couple days that TJ and I will be getting alone in Vegas at the end of June. I’m also obsessed with this yellow and white polka dot number… it’s adorable… especially with a neutral sandal…. oh, and this stripe peplum tank…. loving.

I bought my mom these shorts for her birthday this past weekend (along with this pretty eyelet flutter sleeve top) and am thinking about getting myself a pair in the black and white print… I think they would pair perfectly with a little white tank or this cute white button up eyelet tank (which is on sale). I’m also loving this mauve short sleeved oversized sweater… perfect to pair with denim shorts and a straw hat and sandals (which are so so so comfortable) for everyday living.

A few other everyday basics that I am currently loving included this open back romper (perfect with kicks or a pair of comfortable slides for daytime), basic tee with blouson sleeves (such a great twist on an everyday staple), stripe ruffle swing top, ginghman tank (would look so cute with high waisted shorts), and this bell sleeve denim jacket… so perfect for summer nights! This stripe bow back tank is adorable too.

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