Slip dress

I know that slip dresses have been popular for a while now, but I am just now jumping on the bandwagon. They’re a little 90’s but super chic, like this gorgeous one. Are the 90’s coming back or something? Because I think this dress is super cute too (and screams 90’s!).

I slipped this on (pun intended) for a fun night out in Laguna Beach with my husband last weekend. We had drinks and dinner at Skyloft followed by dessert on the beach. It was so nice to get out and spend some time celebrating Taylor’s birthday. I think I’ll get so much use out of this dress in the coming seasons. I can dress it down by layering a white tee under it and throwing on some tennies, or dress it back up for a night out with a leather jacket and some booties.

Dress: BP. // Sandals: JCrew // Purse: c/o Flat Iron

more favorites…

 

 

 

 

Life lately

For the most part, I stick with all things fashion on this blog. Every now and then I’ll talk about my favorite recipes or my workouts, but I never dive in to the real day to day things. Mostly because I’m not sure if my readers are interested, but I do love it when my fellow bloggers give me a peek into their personal lives. After all, I always love to hear how people manage their lives: work, babies, relationships, meal prep…etc.

Zach is 6.5 months old now and he is the sweetest, most mellow and smiley little boy who is always laughing. Kendall is turning 4 in late September and is the most tender and caring big sister. Zach looks at her with so much love and admiration, it makes me heart burst! Life with two kids is very rewarding, but it’s also a lot of work. Here’s my life lately…

Sleeping: I’m so thankful that Zach is a great sleeper. He takes two naps during the day and sometimes an evening cat nap. Lately he’s dropped that because he’s too excited to see everyone when we all get home. He goes to bed at 7pm and wakes up at 7am (he still takes a dream feed, which we are slowly starting to wean). In the morning I hear him “talking” in his crib and I’ll let Kendall go in there and play in there with him for a few minutes before I get them ready for the day. It’s so sweet to hear her talking to him, telling him secrets (yes, she totally whispers in his ear) and to hear him giggling. Kendall is in bed between 7:30-8 at night and up around 7-7:30. She still takes an afternoon nap (about 1-2 hours) but I can tell she might drop that completely in the next 6 months or so. Putting both the kids on a sleep schedule was an absolute must for me. Research shows that instilling good sleep habits in babies helps them with successful sleep patterns later in life. I followed this book by Tracy Hogg to sleep train both Kendall and Zach and it worked beautifully.

Breastfeeding: I nursed Kendall for 6 months and I had the same goal with Zach. Unfortunately, I only made it to 5.5 months with Zach. He always took a bottle really well, but out of no where he stopped nursing. I continued to pump, only to pump less and less each time. I became really frustrated and sad and finally decided to wean. It was actually a really hard decision for me and I felt really sad and constantly questioned if I was doing the right thing. I didn’t experience this with Kendall so it surprised me. The process seemed a lot harder, too. I was extremely uncomfortable and my hormones seemed completely out of control. To be honest, my hormones still aren’t at homeostasis, but I can tell each week I’m feeling more like myself and I’m trying to be really patient while my body as it continues to recover from pregnancy.

Navigating nap schedules: Weekends are carefully orchestrated to revolve around both kid’s nap schedules. I’m OK with Kendall skipping her nap every once in a while (it’s starting to become a power struggle to get her to take one anyway) but I will not sacrifice Zach’s naps. This means we have small windows of time to get out and do things as a family, but I know this will only be for a few more months until Zach transitions to just one nap a day. Keeping Zach on his schedule is so important to me because I know it’s best for him and it ensures I don’t have to deal with a cranky baby. A win-win for both of us!

Going from one to two babies: Maybe I could write a book about my experience, but I’ll keep it short and sweet. The experience with Zach is so different. When we just had Kendall as a baby, it was so much easier! But I had NO idea during that time. When she was asleep at 7pm, my husband and I had the evening to ourselves which was so amazing and necessary. When Zach was born, the nighttime routine was stressful. But that was short lived and now we’re in a really good groove and routine. That being said, the routine still seems to take a long time. As soon as we’re all home, we eat dinner together, then bath time (usually the kids take it together which is awesome and a huge time saver), Zach has his bottle and goes down quickly by 7pm, then Kendall has two books read to her and goes to sleep. Sounds simple on paper, but let’s be real, Kendall is the queen of stalling her routine. By 8pm, my husband and I have some time to ourselves to clean up the kitchen, prep for the next day, and watch a little TV. I’m in bed by 9:30 and lights out by 10!

Postpartum stuff: 

  • My hair just stopped falling out in huge chunks. Little baby hairs are growing in and my hair seems to be a little more manageable.
  • My rib cage is still really wide, but I expected this. It took over a year for it to go back after having Kendall.
  • My clothes still don’t fit like they used to. I expected this also, but it’s still super frustrating! It was around 9 months postpartum with Kendall that I actually started recognizing my body again. Patience is key!
  • My skin is finally back to normal. It got really dry when I was pregnant and for a while postpartum. In fact, I think it’s the best it’s been in a while!
  • I have no desire to drink alcohol yet. I’m not sure why! I had a glass of wine the other night and just didn’t feel good from it. I’m hopeful I’ll be in the mood for it soon because it’s kind of nice to have a drink with my husband at the end of the day.
  • I’m usually pretty tired. I think this is a given. Between working full time, keeping up with two kids, blogging, and waking up early in the morning to run, I’m tired! On top of all this, I have to remember that I’m only 6.5 months postpartum and I need to be patient with my body as it recovers from pregnancy.

This is my life in a nutshell! It’s so easy to fill in the gaps of my life from my social media. But there’s so much more that goes on around the pictures I post. If you’re interested in peeking into more personal parts of my life, leave a comment and let me know what you want to hear more about!

 

Olive x navy x pink

Good morning and happy Monday! I took the last week off to rest and recover from pneumonia. It really knocked me down hard and I took my doctor’s advice and “went down with it”. It was nice to spend a week focusing on recovering, sleeping a lot and feeling stronger each day.

We’re in for some “cooler” weather this week (mid 70’s) and I’m looking forward to a little break from the heat. The only thing I’m not happy about is the days getting noticeably shorter. I love the dog days of summer when sunsets are passed 8pm and the heat of the day still lingers throughout the night.

Speaking of warm days, I put together this outfit last week and while it was perfect for the office (hello a/c!) it was a bit too hot for going to and from. What can I say, I’m a sucker for silk blouses and wide legged pants!

Pants: Ann Taylor, also love these // Top: JCrew, old but similar here and here // Shoes: Louise et Cie // Purse: Kate Spade, similar // Sunglasses: Chanel, similar

Bomber

I’ve always wanted a fun bomber jacket, but wasn’t willing to invest a big chunk of money into one. So when Victoria Beckham launched her Target line, I was so excited to pick this one up for under $40! Whenever a designer launches a Target collection, the items literally fly off the racks, so I was really surprised I was able to scoop this one up. Since it’s not available anymore, here are a few other favorites…

Pre-fall favorites

Ok, ok don’t get mad that I’m already thinking ahead to fall. But it’s already August and I’m seeing “back to school” stuff everywhere. And even though summer is absolutely my favorite season, I can’t help but feel a little excited for cooler weather. After all, it’s been a hot summer in southern California and I’m ready for a little relief from the heat!

Here are three things I’ll be investing in come fall…

A double duty blazer. One that can be worn just as easily to work as on the weekends. I personally love a blazer that is a little longer, slightly boxy, but fitted in the sleeves.

 

A sleek pair of modern loafers. Really what is more chic than a great pair of loafers? They pair so nicely with pretty much everything: skinny jeans, midi skirts, mini skirts, cropped trousers… I could go on and on.

 

A slouchy sweater. I absolutely love throwing on a slouchy sweater in cooler weather. They’re perfect to pair with skinny jeans, leggings, over your favorite summer dress and even tucked into a pair of trousers.

 

What’s your fall investment piece?

 

 

#NSale finds

Unless you’re living on another planet, you’ve probably been hearing all about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. And if you haven’t, well, I’m here to help you score some amazing items! I have definitely participated in the sale, but there are a lot of other things on my wish list. Like these sleek and modern heels, these ear crawlers, this gorgeous necklace and this cute crushed velvet bag.

When I’m shopping online, I put everything in my cart and then edit from there. I laughed when I had over $1k worth of items in my bag. But that’s ok because I am in love with this skirt and it’s only $35! It looks just like this Vince one, too. I also bought these shoes in grey (they run tts) even though I hesitated for a while wondering if I would wear them very much. I determined I’d most likely live in them on the weekends come fall plus they would look super cute with the pleated skirt I got, right?! Since those were priced so well, I budgeted enough to buy this gorgeous watch. The nespresso color I bought is sold out, but I love this ivory one just as much. It’s my first Michele watch and I love how understated it is. Plus it’s super comfortable and even prettier in person!

And I can’t pass up a good sale without buying some kid/baby items. Since I’m all set for clothes, I bought this baby food maker. It is amazing! It steams veggies and purees them to baby food within 20 minutes. Plus it’s super easy to clean. It’s probably my best purchase from the entire sale.

What did you get?

 

 

 

Favorite workout gear

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I fall into the category of fitness freak. I started running when I was 10 years old and it’s no surprise since my parents were big time runners back in the day. I remember my sister and I excitedly handing them iced water when they would return from a long run. Running is my lifestyle — it’s how I have found some of my best friends, it’s taught me how to be part of a team but also how to be a leader, it’s taught me discipline and it has taken me on so many amazing adventures.

I get a lot of questions around what I wear when I run; everything from running shoes to the best dri-fit hat. I’ve rounded up my top favorites. But I have to point out, this sports bra and this top are an absolute must have! Also, I’ve been running in these shoes for years but recently switched to these. They’re more expensive but they fit better in the toe box so I went for it!

My Garmin watch is an absolute must have. It shows me everything like my splits, average time per mile, distance and even how to get back home. I sync it with my Strava app which is a really fun way to see how/what other people are running.

What’s your favorite workout gear?