Favorite places in my home

I love interior design as much as I do fashion. Designing a room is much like putting together an outfit; you have to think about colors, textures and the mood you’re going for. I definitely lean more towards the mid century modern look, but I also look to the opinions of my sister and mom for design help and inspiration.

Here are the top three spaces in my home I get the most questions about and where to buy the items:

Living room: I love the way this room came together. The fireplace is in an awkward place and the room is really long, so initially I had a hard time designing this space. The art above the fireplace is something I created on a whim when we first moved in. It’s really grown on me! For a long time I really wanted to mount a mantle on the fireplace, but it might make the space too crowded. I like the retro feel of it for now.

 

Kitchen: We’re in this space the most: breakfast, lunch and even dinners. We hardly use our dining room anymore, but I think once the kids are a little older we’ll start using it again. I absolutely love this table not only for it’s fun design, but that it’s really kid friendly. There have been so many things spilled on this and accidental marker ink and it always comes out. The art piece is by Grey Malin, but I linked a similar and less expensive version below.

 

 

Bedroom: This room has changed the most since we moved in. I had a hard time finding a comforter that wasn’t too feminine and not too manly. I settled for a unique stripe in a pretty grey knowing that I could have fun pillows. There’s still a lot I want to do to this space: update the fan, add an area rug that’s the right size, new closet doors…etc. I am also looking for the perfect bench to add at the foot of the bed. Any suggestions are welcome!

 

 

My favorite everyday jewelry

I don’t own a lot of jewelry, but I do have my go-to pieces that I wear all the time. I love the pieces I have collected for myself, from my family and from my husband. Wearing the jewelry makes me think of the person who gifted it to me or what it represents. Aside from these very special pieces, I rounded up my absolute favorites that I wear almost every day.

The earrings in this picture are my latest obsession. Can you tell that the large disc goes behind the ear? And you can wear the small disc by itself if you want. How cool is that? The picture on the Nordstrom website shows them side by side, but check them out here.

Which ones are your favorites? Comment below!

 

Current favorites

I love to indulge in a few items that make me feel good. And that isn’t always a great pair of shoes or a yummy treat from a local bakery. Instead, I love a few things for my home and skin that smell good and act as a ritual before bedtime. This oil is my all time favorite. The scent is subtle, but yummy enough to use before bed. I love to spray it on my hands and work it into my cuticles and it leaves a satiny sheen on the skin. It’s equally as good in your hair especially if it tends to be dry. I also use this lotion on my hands, arms, elbows, knees and feet before bed. It smells really fresh and is super thick and moisturizing without being too oily. When I’m finally ready for bed, I always wear this eye mask. It’s so comfortable and doesn’t let any light in. And I recently added this diffuser to my home (my first one!) and it adds the perfect blend of husk and sandalwood to the house.

a few other favorite indulgences…

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!

 

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?

Shirt dress

Wow, it has been super hot in Southern California this past week. It’s challenging to wear an outfit to work that is both appropriate and keeps me cool. Shirt dresses are both plus they’re universally flattering. And a major bonus is how easy it is to throw it on in the morning. I’m dressed in 60 seconds and still have time for coffee – talk about a win! It’s time to stock up on a wardrobe staple by shopping some of my favorites…

Cozy favorites

If you’re like me, you change into “chill clothes” immediately after coming home. I love a good matching pajama set, a beautiful robe and a luxurious sweatshirt and pants. I ran into Loft the other day on a complete whim and was immediately drawn to their Lou and Grey section. I had heard of them before, probably from another blogger, and their clothes are literally the most luscious thing I’ve ever worn. I decided to treat myself to these pants and this sweatshirt as my first Lou & Grey set. I really wanted this dress and this hooded cardigan. Maybe next time! What’s your favorite thing to wear at home?

More cozy favorites…