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Romper – DRa // Bracelet – Love Tatum // Sunglasses – SALT

I remember growing up I hated my hair.  It was so thin and fine and had no body or texture.  I was envious of the girls with thick long hair and the girls with the perfect curls.  But you always want what you don’t have right?  It’s like an unspoken rule.  A really bad one that keeps us from appreciating the things we do have.  As I have gotten older, I’ve grown to actually really love my hair.  Yes, it’s still very fine and it doesn’t hold a curl to save its life.  BUT, it has it’s perks.  It drys super fast.  And as a busy mama, always on the go, I’ve grown to really appreciate that.  It’s also stick straight….always has been.  So I can dry it quickly and if I want to wear it down, that really all that needs to happen.  No straightening or products I have to use.  I remember my sister cutting blunt bangs for me in high school and immediately feeling more confident.  It was like an instant “style” that took zero effort on my part.  And at 31, I’m still rocking them.  I’ve tried about a million times to change it up, but blonde with bangs is just my look and I don’t feel like myself any other way.    Luckily for me, my sister is my hair guru and has been doing it for as long as I can remember.  I am only still this blonde because of her.  We do my hair at her house with all our kids running around being crazy, but I don’t know it any other way.  (*note – she went to school for hair and worked for years as a stylist, so she knows her stuff).  Anyway, I have moments of thinking “am I too old for this hair style / color”?….I mean, you can’t be 40 with platinum hair, right?  But really, who makes those rules anyway?  I’ll be rocking this look for as long as it makes me feel good, and I’d encourage you to do the same, without worrying about what other people think it should or shouldn’t look like.

I’ve partnered with Dove Hair to celebrate how I love my hair.  Celebrate the ways you #LoveYourHair by sharing photos of your own unique, beautiful hair on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.  And check out this inspiring film they created that touches on the pressures women feel to have their hair look and feel a certain way > HERE

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Photos by Jackie Wonders

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Jacket – Cleobella / Necklace + Bracelet – Maslo Jewelry / Shoes – Emerson Fry / Ruffled Hem Tee

Sam asked as I was walking out the door what band I was going to see. haha.  What can I say, I’ve always just felt good in black.  I usually like to break it up with a color, or just white, but all black everything felt pretty good to me on this particular day.  I’ve had a hard time keeping up with this blog as of late (I am sure you’ve noticed if you’ve been following me for a while).   Nothing has changed really, other than the lack of time I have to devote to this space.  With the growth of Rylee & Cru (the business, but I guess you could say my kids too) has come a ton of work that still rests almost solely on my shoulders.  It’s been such a blast and I wouldn’t change a thing about this past year, but with the growth of one thing, comes the sacrifice of others.  My creative output into the brand takes just about all the creative energy I can muster…..so when it comes to this blog and social media, I have found myself a little bit burnt out and uninspired.  I guess everything has it’s ebbs and flows.  Right now I am in a season of working my tail off to hopefully build a sustainable business that can support my family, as well as just being the best mama I can be, despite the workload.  Fashion and crafts and diy projects are still things I am passionate about, but don’t always have the time to share anymore.  Hopefully one day I can get back to more of that.  But for now, this is where I’m at and hopefully you’ll stick with me through this crazy adventure :)

Photos by Jackie Wonders

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Monica Rich Kosann Locket dRA dress / Stetson hat / SALT sunglasses / Velveteen dress

Being a mother is the most important role I will play in my life. Before my kids, I didn’t know the depths with which I could love. It’s been an extremely emotional week as one of my dearest friends, a mom of 2 sweet babies, is fighting for her life right now to the grips of cancer. It’s moments like these that you realize how fleeting life is. How nothing matters but the love you put out into the world, the people you impact, your friendships, your family, your legacy. The things that often preoccupy my mind and the things that bring me worry are so insignificant in the greater picture. One thing I know for sure is that as a mother, I have a tremendous influence on the lives of my kids. I have the opportunity to shape them and direct them toward becoming all that God created them to be. It’s my job (but not my job alone) to make them feel loved and valued, to teach them that they are unique and beautiful, strong and capable.
I recently got this beautiful locket from Monica Rich Kosann which I have been wearing close to my heart, especially this week. It holds a photo of both of my kids…a constant reminder of who they are to me, and who I am to them. Motherhood is this wild rocky beautiful adventure, and I feel so blessed to be a part of it. May I never take that for granted.

Photos by Nicole Moser

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December, you’ve been mighty nice…and all together too fast.  Temps have finally dropped and coats are finally acceptable attire.  (hands raised to the heavens!)  This cocoon coat by Emerson Fry is the perfect weight for a California winter.   Shop this entire look below:


Photos by Jackie Wonders

Can you believe Christmas is on Friday!!!?  I got 90% of my shopping done early online this year and was quite proud of myself.  But the last 10%, in true fashion, I procrastinated on and am now forced to brave the mall tomorrow! Wish me luck ;)

Caramel Apple Cider Floats with Zevia
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It might not feel like Fall, but this Caramel Apple Cider Float certainly tastes like it!  Plus, it’s a nice cool down treat that we’ve been enjoying on these hot fall nights.  Real Apple Cider mixed with Zevia’s Ginger Ale makes a pretty tasty combo!  Zevia is a naturally zero calorie soda (sweetened with stevia) with 15 flavors, all of which are color-free and non-GMO.  Pair these two with a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream and top it with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a sprinkle of nutmeg!  And there you have a great Fall drink (dessert!) that’ll still help you beat the heat until our ‘real Fall’ arrives!  Hope you all enjoy these as much as we do!


  • 3/4 cup  Zevia ginger ale
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Caramel sauce
  • Nutmeg and/or cinnamon


Combine Zevia Ginger Ale and Apple Cider in a glass (or mug).  Drop in 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream.  Top with caramel sauce, nutmeg and cinnamon!