Leave it to Rachel Zoe to design the chic-est stroller of all time! She partnered with Quinny, merging their popular Moodd stroller with her own fashion sensibility. It’s a perfect mix of classic black and white and brown cognac leather with oversized gold detailing. It really is the most beautiful stroller I’ve ever seen! Quinny’s Moodd stroller design is one of my favorites because it’s equipped with an automatic opening mechanism that makes opening and closing a breeze. And let’s be honest, when it comes to strollers, functionality is at the top of the list. Luckily, Quinny and Rachel Zoe have merged all of our dreams of functionality and style into one amazing stroller! :) You can purchase the whole Rachel Zoe collection through the links below! Now….if only I had a tiny baby to put in that beautiful infant carseat! Sigh. Still wrestling with the decision of adding #3 to our family or calling it quits. Why does it have to be so hard!!? For the moment, I am just trying to enjoy my two little loves, who as you can see, are finally starting to really love each other!
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.
Life has felt so full lately. So many things to do and never enough hours in the day. It’s definitely been a challenging season, and finding some time for myself…some “rest amidst the chaos”… is one of the things I have been searching for. I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to really excel in all the areas of my life….as a wife, a mom, a business owner….and a lot of times I feel like I am just not measuring up. When I find myself in this space, the best thing for me, ironically, is to rest. To take a step back and reevaluate my priorities. One of my definitions of rest is just “being” with my kids. Letting my mind take a break from work and to-do lists, and being fully present with them….living in the moment. It’s one of the things that brings me the most joy and fulfillment. Even something as simple as a walk along the coast. Getting outside and exploring the world around us is something I think all of us crave. There is this cliff near our house that overlooks the ocean and the view always takes my breath away. It’s one of those spots that seems to put everything into perspective. We took our new Bugaboo Cameleon 3 stroller for a spin there this weekend. It’s a stroller I’ve actually had my eye on for years so I was really excited when it arrived. Strollers are usually a bear for me to put together so I usually leave that chore to Sam (lucky guy). But I decided to give it a try myself this time around and to my surprise, it was super easy to set up. Right away, I was most impressed with the quality. Obviously, I love an all-black stroller (I wear black usually 6 out of 7 days a week and it’s only fitting that my stroller matches my wardrobe, right!?) but you can tell the fabric is really durable and made to last. The Cameleon is an all-terrain stroller with a reversible seat and handle bar. One cool feature that I figured out was that it can transform to two-wheel mode by reversing the handle bar and removing the smaller front wheels. This allows you to push it through the sand much easier. I’ve actually never been able to successfully move a stroller through thick sand without help….so as much as we are at the beach, I know this feature will be put to good use! Bugaboo strollers are designed to ‘move freely’ with features like the custom shock absorption, one handed steering and a seamless 360 degree turn. The quality and craftmanship of this stroller are pretty obvious, even from the first time I put it to use. I’m looking forward to going on more adventures with the kids with this stroller.
A few months back I had the opportunity to collaborate with one of my favorite clothing lines, dRA, on a capsule collection featuring a few of my prints. Diana, the designer of dRA, was a dream to work with. We threw around a ton of ideas and landed three prints that we both really loved, all inspired by nature but with a feminine flair. We paired these prints with some of our favorite silhouettes of the season. What I love most about these pieces is how transitional they are. They can easily be dressed up for a night out, but they are also great for everyday, worn with sneakers or sandals for more of a casual vibe. This project was not too far removed from what I do every day with Rylee & Cru….but it was fun to be able to venture into womenswear and design some pieces that I can actually wear! You can shop the collection in full directly on draclothing.com.
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Fridays with Cru are my jam :) Monday through Thursday are mostly work days for me. So I am always looking forward to Fridays and weekends with the kids. Friday morning we drop Ry off at school at nine, and Cru and I have until 2:00 to do whatever we want together, just the two of us. It’s my favorite time with him because it’s usually unplanned. No agenda, no rushing around….which usually results in the best version of Cru :) He likes things done at his own pace, and well, I don’t blame him. We recently got the new Quinny Moodd stroller to try out and Cru might be just as into it as I am! It’s sleek design and easy functionality make it my favorite of the Quinny family. Plus, I love the unique color block design. The best feature is it’s automatic unfolding and easy folding. I have tried a fair share of strollers with my kids, and honestly, that feature is one of the most important. A stroller that is hard to open and close is a royal pain. This one just pops right up on it’s own with the flick of a lever, and I LOVE that. And Cru likes that handle bar that let’s him pretend like he is driving a race car. Win win.