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Lace Top  / Boyfriend Jeans / Ankle wrap heels

A pretty white blouse can go a long way.  When I found this scalloped lace top from Anthropologie, I knew it would be one of those pieces I would wear a ton, in a million different ways.  (Plus, I am a sucker for a peplum shape!)  In all honestly, there’s not a whole lot of opportunity for me to dress up.  So I am typically dressing down my “fancier” pieces for more of a laid back look.  I love the combo of destroyed denim paired with a clean white blouse.  Here are a few of my current favorites when it comes to white tops and destroyed denim:


photos by Jackie Wonders

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Just a few photos I have been meaning to post of our time at the world’s cutest apple orchard in Minnesota :)  It was a family owned farm with tons of apple trees and animals for the kids to pet.  It was actually my first real orchard experience!  And maybe it was all in my head, but the apples were out of this world good!  Cru was so cute munching away at apples all day.  Wish we could have fit a basket full in our suitcase back home!  Now if only we could find an orchard like this near home!  Has anyone ever been to a good orchard in Southern California!?

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Hope you all had a great halloween weekend!  I actually intentionally tried to not do the DIY thing this year.  It’s probably the busiest I’ve ever been with my businesses and the thought of making our own costumes this year seemed daunting (even though it’s something I really love).  I gave in and bought Rylee a Target princess dress a while back that she was obsessed with.  She wanted to be Merida (from the Disney movie Brave) for Halloween for months….so that was always the plan. I didn’t think about poor cru until the day before…but came up with the idea of making him a quick gnome hat and beard.  I mean, how cute is a baby gnome!?  And when I started making his hat, I knew Rylee would want one too.  So I made her one…..and then I thought all of us, with our blond hair and Scandinavian roots, ought to be a family of Swedish gnomes! So there I went, doing just the thing I told myself I wouldn’t do. haha.  Luckily for me, it really didn’t take too much time and Rylee loved the gnome costume so much that she wanted to be that instead of Merida.  I’ve got to admit, I was pretty proud of that decision over the run-of-the-mill princess dress…though I was willing to let her choose whatever it is she wanted to be! :)

Rylee’s skirt is by Soor Ploom from Le Petit Organic + vintage boots / Cru’s Shoes are by Zuzii

I created a quick tutorial for you guys to file away for another year, if you decide you want to be gnomes too! Continue reading for the full tutorial >>>

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Minnesota Fall

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Fall in Minnesota.  I’m not sure it gets much better.  Our family flew out to Sam’s hometown last week….our first family vacation of the year.  Which is kind of sad to say out loud, but made it that much more enjoyable.  And it helped that we were escaping the 90 degree heat of San Diego and entering into the most magical Fall weather (and colors!) imaginable.  Drinking hot drinks and wearing (gasp) a coat! ;)  It’s the way Fall ought to feel.  Maybe San Diego will take a hint and shape up next year, but experiencing the Fall in Minnesota seriously got me thinking about moving there.  But then I remembered how long the winter’s last and I’m not sure my California bones could endure it.  Regardless….it gave home a run for it’s money.

Sam and I had the chance to spend some time alone, sans kids, visiting his old stomping grounds and meeting up with old (and new!) friends.  Rylee and Cru got loved on all week by their Grammy and Grampy.  We did all the ‘Fall things’. Pumpkin patches, apple orchards, playing in the leaves… was perfect.  The tree’s alone were worth the trip.  Apparently we came at the tail end of Fall, just before the trees decide   Rylee fell in love with Grammy’s new kitty Percy. The second she woke up in the morning she wanted to go in the barn to feed him and snuggle him.  It was the cutest thing.  It made me ache for another kitty again just for that sweet little relationship.  Thanks for being so good to us Minnesota, we’ll be back again soon.

Musana Giveaway
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Button Down Tunic Dress // Goddess Necklace & Festival Bangles by Musana / Diet – X Bag

I love it when I come across companies that are creating fashion for good.  Musana is one of those companies.  They create a line of beautiful jewelry, handmade by female artisans in Lugazi, Uganda.  Their model is to empower women to provide opportunities for their children, creating a generation of change.  For most of these women, this is the first time they’ve received a steady salary.  The financial stability of employment allows these artisans to provide their children with a stable home, nutritious food, medical care and an education.  And not only are these women given a job, they are also given the opportunity to take English, business, health and various other classes hosted at the Musana workshop throughout the week.  All this to say, Musana is really making a difference.  How amazing to know that something you purchase is impacting women and their families in such a profound way!

I am wearing the Goddess Necklace and Festival Bangles from their new Fall collection.  And today, Musana is generously giving away this same set to one lucky reader!  To enter , simply follow the prompts below!  A winner will be chosen on Friday the 23rd.  Good luck!
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