A little bit out of character for me: siren red. Usually this time of year all I gravitate toward are dark colors and muted tones….but these leopards had me at hello. Mink Pink has a way of doing that to me. Add a leather jacket and a beanie to any outfit and you are suddenly “fall appropriate”. At least here anyway :)
Thanks to everyone who entered the Vuela giveaway last week. Congrats to the winner, Amelia!
As I was looking through photos from earlier this year for a project I am working on, it really hit me how drastically Rylee has changed. Infant to one is one thing….one to two is another. And from what I gather so far, two to three might prove to be the biggest year of change thus far. I’m not really talking about what she looks like, but more about who she is becoming.
The last few months have been hard for me as a mom. We’ve had to make decisions to keep us financially stable while Sam is diving in to his new career with Lone Flag. One of those decisions was to put Rylee in a pre-school 2 days a week so that I can take on more clients and design projects. We’ve also asked for a lot more help from my mom during this season of transition (I kind of don’t know what I would do without her). But every now and then that guilt creeps up and I second guess these decisions. Are we being selfish? How is this effecting Rylee? She’s old enough now to know exactly what we are doing. I know I wouldn’t change anything looking back. I wanted Sam to pursue his dream, I encouraged him to, and I know it would have only been harder the longer we waited….but my “mom heart” sometimes gets sad that I am missing too much. It’s such a challenge being driven to work and pursue your passions, while not sacrificing what is best for your family. But I know that sometimes sacrifices are essential for the potential of great. And Sam and I both have hope that this shop will be great for us and our family down the road, otherwise we would have never started this crazy journey to begin with. In the short couple of months since this idea was fostered….we’ve had high highs and low lows. But most of that was to be expected. Ry has been a champ with her change in schedule….it’s honestly probably been harder on me than it has for her. Ironically, after being a total daddy’s girl her whole life, she has suddenly switched to only wanting “momma”. And I’ll take it. I think God knew I needed that extra love from her to let me know it was going to be alright. One thing I’ve learned about Rylee is that she is a nurturer. She has a sensitive little heart and knows when someone is sad and needs a hug. The other day she caught tears in my eyes….she held my cheeks with her little hands and said “momma, isok….i luf you “. I just about starting crying even more…I love that girl so much.
I’m so excited to be a part of Thermal Nation, a fun fall collaboration with Free People! It’s no secret I’m a mega FP fan. Any chance to collaborate, I’m in. There are a bunch of other sweet bloggers taking part in Thermal Nation as well, so make sure to check out all the looks with the hashtag #FPThermalNation!
I’m wearing the We The Free Kyoto Cuff Thermal in Mulberry. The thing I love about thermals is their versatility. For me, they are more of an accent piece…perfect for those colder days, layered underneath a shirt or a dress. I decided to style mine under a simple silk dress and pair it with black tights and boots. How fab are those sleeves!? I think I might need it in every color!
I’d usually say TGIF but this weekend looks a lot like WORK around here! The shop opens its doors on Friday and we’ve still got a lot to do! Hope your weekend is a little more relaxing than ours will be! xo
I’m outfitted head to toe from online boutique Pale Violet. How’d a girl get so lucky? These modern vice boots have been on my wishlist for months now, and I have to say, they are even better in person. It’s finally feeling a lot like Fall around here which means I finally get to layer! I know a San Diego winter is kind of a joke to the rest of the world….but hey, let us get excited about our season too! :)
It’s been nothing short of CRAZY around here this week trying to get the shop ready for our Nov. 1 opening at Lone Flag. So much to do, and so little time. Story of my life, right? But once this thing is open, I hope we can slow down to take a breath. I might be fooling myself with that one, but this anxiety is doing nothing for my health! T minus 7 days you guys!! I hope some of you can make it to our opening party too. November 8th, mark her down. More details to come.
But back to Pale Violet! They are so sweet to offer you 15% off your order with discount code KelliMurray! I’m telling you, so much good stuff! I’d snatch up these boots too if I could!
I partnered up with local boutique, Vuela, to give away $150 to their shop! Vuela focuses on fresh, thoughtfully designed and well crafted accessories for you & your home. If there’s one thing I appreciate it’s unique, hand crafted goods. And I love that Vuela supports local artisans and independent designers from around the globe. Above are just a few of my favorite pieces in the shop, but they are generously offering up $150 dollars good for anything in their online store! You can also get 15% off your order with code FALL15! Happy shopping!
A winner will be chosen on Wednesday, Oct. 30th. Open to international readers. Continue reading to enter….
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