One of my favorite brands – dRA – recently came out with their new Spring Collection and it’s so good! I’m wearing one of my favorites, the Paramount dress. It’s made in the softest woven cotton with black embroidery details. We are planning a family trip to either Mexico or Palm Springs (we haven’t decided yet, recommendations welcome!) in April and this is the perfect piece to pack for a sunny getaway. A few of my other favorites are the Salma Top and Heather Skirt, Hyde Dress, & Montecito Dress.
Today I am running a giveaway with dRA and another local brand, Local & Lejos, who sell beautiful handmade goods from Artisans around the world. I love their rugs and baskets! We are offering up $75 credit to draclothing.com and $75 credit for localandlejos.com! To enter, head to my instagram!
Verdict is out. We are having a baby girl! I didn’t want to “want” something either way, but deep in my heart I was pulling for a girl. Maybe mostly for Rylee, since she has been asking for a baby sister for who knows how long! But also just because it’s always what I pictured having as my last baby. We were on the fence about 3 for so long. Should we….shouldn’t we!? I have always wanted three kids. Sam was just fine with two ;) But knowing our crazy work schedules and the challenges that come with that just having our two kids….we were really wrestling with the idea of adding another one. And before we had the chance to decide, I found out I was pregnant and basically the decision was made for us….which I actually consider a huge blessing! This baby girl was meant to be and we are all pretty excited about her! I know our lives will change but with each baby our lives have changed for the better and I know this one will be no exception. Yes, we are extending our years of sleepless nights and diaper changing….but I am so excited to enjoy this baby phase one last time.
Today is the first day of Spring and I can certainly feel it. I’ve been longing for the sun to come back (it’s been such a gloomy, rainy winter) and it seems like it’s here to stay. My belly (and everything else for that matter) is growing MUCH quicker this time around, and I have a feeling I will be living in flowy dresses all Spring/Summer. I am loving this one by Christy Dawn as a transitional piece into Spring. All of Christy’s dresses are made by local artisans in Downtown LA using deadstock fabric. So each dress is made in limited quantity and with longevity in mind. I have a feeling this one will get some good use this Spring, or at least as long as my belly will fit into it! The fabric and fit is a dream.
Wedding season is just around the corner and I wanted to share with you guys some images from my recent collaboration with BHLDN! I’ve long admired the brand since it’s launch in 2011. If only it was around 2 years prior for my own wedding day in 2009…..planning would have been a whole lot easier! BHLDN offers some of the most beautiful wedding gown options for the bride-to-be, perfectly coordinated dresses for all the bridemaids and mother-of-the-bride, and now a new collection of the sweetest flower girl dresses! Rylee gets to be a flower girl for the very first time this summer in the wedding of a close friend and she is SO excited about it! The dresses she is wearing in these photos couldn’t be more perfect. All of the detailed flower appliques on this Finley Dress make it my favorite of the flower girl collection! Isn’t it beautiful!? It blows my mind how quickly this girl is growing up! Just looking through these photos gets me all emotional! As for me, I am wearing the Cleo Top and Hampton Skirt in the first look. One thing I LOVE about BHLDN is their color choices. They are always so soft and dreamy. I loved the combination of the mink grey top and pecan colored maxi skirt. This is something I’d not only love as a bridesmaid, but also something I could wear separately (or again together) on different occasions. In our second look Rylee is wearing the Casey Dress which is a light cotton eyelet dress perfect for a more casual, possibly beach wedding. And I am wearing the Quince Dress in ‘morning mist’ that has a bit of a 70’s vibe with it’s billowing sleeves and bohemian inspiration. My tiny 18 week baby bump is finally starting to make an appearance so I left off the sash that is meant to tie around the waist so I could show off the bump. I know it’s nothing too impressive yet….but just give me a few weeks. Number 3 is growing awfully fast and apparently my body knows just what to do ;)
After a few years of miserably failing at my lofty New Year’s resolutions plans, I’ve decided to take a different, broader approach this year. I’ve always thought it to be really healthy to look back on your year as a whole and figure out the things you did really well and the areas you could have done a whole better in. For me, this past year I worked….A LOT! I grew my business and found a new space to work out of….two major goals I had at the start of the 2016. What I didn’t do as much as I would have hoped is travel with my family. I had intention to, but as it usually does, life got busy and nothing was planned. I’ve realized with our crazy schedules, PLANNING IS EVERYTHING. If I don’t sit down in front of a calendar and intentionally plan out specific dates of when and where I’d like to go, it usually doesn’t happen. This is definitely at the top of my “get better at” list! I hope to take a few trips together as a family, just the four of us this year. Rylee just turned 5 and now is the time she is really making memories that will last her a lifetime. I want to be able to create some awesome memories with her of trips we take together. I don’t have those places mapped out in my mind yet, but…I’m working on it! Palm Springs is always a favorite getaway of ours, so I am thinking to head there sometime in the Spring. And then maybe a trip to the snow somewhere in the winter. And then a one on one trip with Sam is a must as well!
I can always count on traveling a few times out of the year for work. My big Paris trip is at the end of the month (can’t complain about having to travel to Paris for work right?)! I went for the first time last year in the summer but this will be my first time going during winter! I just got the new Fossil Hybrid Watch and it is for sure coming with me! It has so many features that make traveling that much easier. Like its multiple time zone feature that allows me to compare the time in Paris with the time back at home so I can figure out when to connect with Sam and the kids. It’s got an alarm clock, email and social media notifications, along with a 6 month battery life, built in activity tracker, and it can even take a picture! Who knew a watch could be so smart?! Sam also got a Fossil smartwatch in black stainless steel and plans to take it on his work trips as well this year.
Needless to say, more TRAVEL is definitely a goal for 2017! Family friendly travel suggestions welcome!
This past November Sam and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. SEVEN YEARS! Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe it’s been that long and sometimes it feels like an eternity that we’ve walked side by side. It’s so mushy but it’s true that I love him more today than I did when we exchanged vows on that perfect day 7 years ago. We often joke that we are officially that old married couple who’d rather “Netflix and chill” than go out on the town at night. But I’m honestly not at all ashamed of that. I love being home. One of the things I’ve been working on is trying to get to bed earlier. I have always been a night owl, for as long as I can remember. I’ve always felt my best creative ideas take form in the wee hours of the night, but with two kids and a busy schedule, that lifestyle leaves me running on far too little sleep. The older I get, the more I realize the importance of a good night’s sleep. I wish I would have caught on to this when I was younger but….c’est la vie. They definitely don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing! My 32 year old self is just now catching on. I usually like to “wind down” in some way with Sam after the kids go to bed at night. Either watch a show together or read a book or a magazine. Sometimes I like a warm cup of tea or cider before bed, I’m not sure why, there’s just something about it that’s relaxing to me. I try not to have any caffeine after 7pm because caffeine has always been something that affects my sleep. One new thing I am going to try going into this year is to going to sleep and getting up at the same time every day. I want to try to stick to a schedule (as much as I can anyway) to help set my body’s internal clock and optimize the quality of sleep I am getting. The sleep tracker feature on my Fossil Smartwatch helps me to stay on track with this goal. It let’s me know how many hours I am sleeping each night and has an alarm option that I can set to remind me when to go to bed and when to wake up. Combine that with it’s built in Fitness Tracker and I should be set up to feel my best ever this year J Wish me luck!
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