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

 


BHLDN
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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


Peter Nappi
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Peter Nappi boots / Free People Sweater / Zara Jeans (similar) / Madewell Scarf / Parker Clay Satchel

If there is one thing I don’t mind investing in, it’s a good pair of boots.  Boots have always been my go to in the Fall / Winter season and with the amount of wear I know they will get, I know it’s worth getting something of quality, which is one of the many reasons I love Peter Nappi.  Designed in Nashville and handmade in Tuscany, Peter Nappi premium leather footwear and goods are a distinctive blend of Italian heritage and American personality.  They are made with the highest quality leather and are designed to be loved and lived in, wearing beautifully with time an age.  I am wearing my favorite style from the collection – the Corina Bootie in cuoio.  So excited to break these in this winter (and many winters to come!)

Peter Nappi has generously offered 30% off site wide by using code KM30.  If you are in the market for a pair of boots that will last, look no further.  Browse the entire women’s collection HERE.

 


IN THESE SHOES
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How is it already back to school season!?? This summer seriously FLEW.  We had to make the tough decision earlier this year if we wanted to hold Ry back one more year in Pre-K or send her through to kindergarten.  Her birthday is August 19th, so she would have been the very youngest in her class if we were to send her through.  After chatting with her teacher and sitting on it a bit, we came to the decision that it would probably be best to let her have one more year in Pre-K.  For Rylee, this decision wasn’t really an academic one, as we felt she was more than equipped there.  It was more an emotional / social one.  Ry is a sensitive little person. (I have no idea where she got that from! haha).  She is shy and timid and slow to open up.  When she does, she gives all of herself, but it’s getting there that is the challenge.  We felt that one more year in Pre-K would give her the opportunity to grow in her social skills and self confidence.  I know in my gut it was the right decision for her.  We just got a letter in the mail today from her new teacher and she has made me read it about a thousand times over!  She is so excited to see some of her old classmates from last year, and meet some new ones too!

We took a trip to Famous Footwear to get ALL of us some new kicks for the season.  Needless to say, we went a little Converse crazy!  Sam has been wearing cons for as long as I’ve known him.  Of course, Cru is a mini Sam, so we got him a new pair of black chucks to match dad.  And Ry wanted to be like me with new leather white ones!  I guess Sam’s style has rubbed off on all of us :)  I’m wearing the new Chuck Taylor All Star High Top Sneaker in all white.  With all the running around bringing the kids to and from school, dance classes, play dates, ect, it’s nice to have a pair of shoes that are comfy and adapt to my on-the-go lifestyle.  I used to be a heels gal, boy has that changed!  I think we are all ready for school to start and to have our schedule back again!  Super excited for my girl and all the fun things in store for her this school year!  Let’s do this! Oh and make sure to check out my instagram to enter to win $100 gift card to spend at Famous Footwear this season!

Thank you to Famous Footwear for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.