Summer dresses

Good morning and happy Thursday! I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely loving the longer days. I feel more productive and happier when it’s light out. And even though I live in southern California where the weather is almost perfect year-round, I’m really ready for warm mornings and evenings.

And with more sunshine comes summer dresses, like this one I wore on Easter. I love how versatile and timeless it is. I bought this last year, but rounded up a few of my favorites below!

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Spring layers

While I admit I wish I had a spring dress on next to this bougainvillea, I do still love these layers. I tend to get really cold at work, so having layers is key to staying comfortable. This is my absolute favorite white button up because of the tunic fit and sleeves that are actually long enough for me. And since a white button up is so versatile, it makes sense to have more than one in your closet, right? I am loving this one and this one.

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The cutest wide leg pants for summer

Good morning and happy Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend with family and some time to rest for the week ahead. It’s warming up around here and it’s making me really excited for summer. I can’t wait to dine al fresco, wear shorts without being cold in the morning/evenings and hopefully get some sort of tan!

I bought these wide legs pants knowing they would be a fun addition to my wardrobe for the summer. They’re so comfortable and stretchy with the perfect mid rise. They do stretch out, so if you’re between sizes, I recommend sizing down. I can easily dress these down with some white sneakers and a tee for the weekend. I am loving these, too!

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Self Care

Last weekend I made an effort to spend more time with my daughter, Kendall. She’s been my little shadow lately and I could tell she needed extra bonding time with me. I made an appointment to get mani/pedi’s – her first! After, we made our way to Starbucks for a sweet treat and she talked endlessly about school, the sparkles on her nails, if I was going to win my race the next day, how she will start running with me, the Easter songs she’s learning at school…the list goes on and on. It was time together that we both needed, and we came home a little happier for it.

The last few weeks have been a bit of a transition for us. I started a new job (same company) and it has been wonderful. I love the change and the challenge, but with that comes an adjustment period. Between learning a new job, meeting so many new people, traveling to LA a few times a week all while staying on top of my running program and being really present at home with my children, I am really tired. And knowing myself, this is exactly when I start to get hyper productive and run myself into the ground. So I’m taking a step back, making sure my priorities are in check, and literally taking a deep breath.

Here are a few things I have done this week for self care:

  • Went to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual
  • Left my phone in another room while spending time with the kids
  • Delegate more tasks to my husband (new tires on my car, store run for milk)
  • Scaled back my track workout (I was so sore and tired)

And a few things I will add to the list on weekends:

  • Take a nap, even if it’s for only 30 minutes
  • Go for a family evening walk now that it’s lighter out
  • Be more mindful about sitting down and relaxing
  • Schedule a massage

These might seem like really obvious things to do for self care, but I tend to be someone who has a really hard time relaxing and sitting down. Especially when my time to get things done is so limited with young kids. But I’m making an effort!

What are some things you do for self care?

 

Work wear staples

I work at a conservative mutual fund company and my wardrobe is primarily filled with work attire. Having started a new job at my company, I knew it was time to buy a few more wardrobe staples that I can easily mix and match. My goal was to find items in neutral colors, easy fabrics (necessary for commuting on the train every now and again) and a great fit. I think I managed to pull together some great pieces that are both seasonless and stylish.

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A few favorites

I wore this outfit to work on a rainy day. And while I doubted the shoes (hello, puddles!) they worked perfect with this outfit. I’m loving the lower heel, which give me a break from wearing my usual high heels. I’m loving them in calf hair, but knew the black would go with everything. And after a long hunt for the perfect belt, I landed on this beauty. I’ve worn in at least 5 times in the last week. And while it’s sold out online, I’m loving this one, too.

Hope you’re having a great start to your week and thanks for stopping by!

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My favorite cropped jeans

Good morning and happy Thursday! Is it just me or is this week flying by? I’m looking forward to a fun weekend ahead including a day of racing a 5k with my teammates in Carlsbad.

I’m completely in love with the flared and cropped hemline as of late and these jeans are no exception. I bought these during the Tory Burch private sale a couple weeks ago (including the belt) and I know I will be wearing them all the time on the weekend. Finally, a cropped jean that isn’t too short! I have the hardest time with that!

Hope you’re having a good one and thanks for stopping by!

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