Desert Escape

We had the chance to sneak away last week for some much needed family time in one of our favorite places, Palm Springs.  A little bit of desert sun and relaxation was definitely calling our name!  I’ve realized as the years go by, I really do have to be so intentional about planning times like this with my family.  Whether it be an actual family vacation or just a one-on-one date with each of my kids or my husband, it’s so important to have that time with them.  It’s so easy to get wrapped up at work and the busyness of life that without realizing it, months have passed us by without planning for that one-on-one time.  Anyway, this vacation was just what the doctor ordered.  My parents even came along which made it extra special.  The kids are pretty obsessed with them so it was a good time for everyone.

I’ve gotten way better about packing for trips like this.  MINIMALISM – it’s my 2017 motto. I used to over pack and stress out about not having enough for the kids so I would bring way more than what was necessary (for both them and myself).  But I’ve realized less is honestly more, especially when you know you will be in a bathing suit 80% of the time and the place you’re staying at has a washer and dryer on site.  (We rented the PS Hangout  house by the way and it was amazing!)  The one thing I knew for sure to bring was our new Bugaboo Bee5 stroller.  It’s light and compact and so easy to travel with.  I’ve owned a number of strollers over the years and this one is definitely the lightest I’ve ever had.  Which definitely comes as a bonus when you are 6 months pregnant and not bending the way you used to.  This stroller was designed with the urban mom in mind, and although I’m not riding trains or taxi’s all that often, it is definitely nice to have a stroller that is easy to pick up, open and close and maneuver around tight spaces.  I chose an all-black version (so typical), but it can also be customized with a number of colors and accessories that reflect your own personal style.  I love all of the accessories available to Bugaboo Bee5 stroller like the cupholder, food tray, iPhone holder, and transport bag.   I also got the bassinet for baby girl that will be here before we know it!! Eek! I just did the math with Sam and we’ve got just 14 more weeks! We are struggling with a name so if you have some ideas, I am all ears! This pregnancy is flying by and that is definitely not a complaint.  I can’t say I love being pregnant, I actually kind of hate it, but I know the end result is worth every second of nausea, aches and pains…. so August, you can come as soon as you want this year ;)


DRA + LOCAL & LEJOS GIVEAWAY

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!


A BABY GIRL

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.

Photos by Jackie Wonders

 


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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 ;)

Photos by Jackie Wonders


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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!