so we finally bought a tree and decorated the house. i didn’t drink egg nog and i didn’t listen to christmas music, but we did watch elf and the grinch, so there’s that. it’s gettin all kindsa festive up in here. fa la la la la.
10 more days, people.
blouse – local boutique
steve madden ankle boots
let’s talk about parenting for a minute… if there’s one essential life lesson i will teach my daughter (well, besides the significance of smizing, obviously), it’s to always, always make sure the toilet paper roll is positioned with the paper hanging OVER the roll. as opposed to under. that’s just ridiculous. that’s it, there ya have it! she can learn everything else about life from pinterest, instagram, youtube, and dora the explorer. my job is done here.
and speaking of lessons… learn this one – pink + grey = so good. plus, i really love a boxy, structured top. especially one with a high low hemline that covers my butt because these jeans might be a tad too tight. lesson over, class dismissed.
*ps. i don’t even think taylor knows how to change the toilet paper roll, so i gave up on the aforementioned subject. besides, i’m more focused on teaching him how to do manly things… like rub my feet.
top – bcbg via letote (can’t find it online, but similar here.)
jeans – 7 for all mankind
steve madden ‘nonstp’ bootie
clutch – jasper & jerra (no longer available, but more jasper & jeera items here.)
brass cuff – gage huntley
i finished reading beautiful ruins by jess walter a few days ago and i must say – it’s one of the most intriguing books i’ve read in quite some time. i’m terrible at reviews though, so that’s pretty much all i have to say. just read it. i also read ellen’s book seriously…i’m kidding. there were a few hysterical moments, but it was a meh read for me. i’m not really sure what the point is, but it was entertaining nonetheless.
speaking of hysterical… i came across omglilterallydead (6th photo from the top) on instagram and it’s pretty much everything. it’s basically a play on people being beyond dramatic and “dying” over things – “omg, dying” – over photos of a cute baby or “literally dead” over an amazing pair of shoes. i’m guilty of it and i can make fun of myself (but mostly others) so it cracks me up. check it out. you’ll die. <side eye>
in other news, i have done absolutely nothing to get ready for the holidays. no tree, no decorations, zero shopping done… what kind of a mother am i?! so, i’ll do that this weekend. turn on some christmas tunes, drink some spiked egg nog and
so hey – that’s it! happy tuesday.
nice talkin’ with ya.
first of all, i just want to point out that because my legs are so short, the “knee rips” in these jeans hit just below my knees. haha! #shortpeopleproblems which reminds me… i had this friend once, she used to make fun of my height – always with this holier than thou attitude, like being tall is just soooo amazing. and i was like – bitch, if we’re walking down the street and a bunch of birds start shitting at us – you’re getting hit first. so. joke’s on her. shorty for life.
anyway, what was i talking about? oh yes, what i’m wearing. floral + plaid. it was basically sartorial kismet in my closet… the preppy blazer ends up next to the feminine floral blouse and bam – it’s happening. a little masculine, a little feminine – i’m smitten.
also, happy monday!
hey ooooh – i’m back? i don’t know. i better not commit, because sometimes i’m feelin it and other times i’m feelin it, but i don’t have time to make it happen. the kids are good, i’m good – lots of reading, pilates 4 nights a week, same old weekly mom routine, same old bar on friday night – wash rinse repeat. i can honestly say i’m doing nothing to make shit happen. also, it’s fall (we’re a little behind here in socal) and now that the nights have settled in earlier, i’m like a little mama bear – i just wanna get home, put on my cozies and snuggle on the couch, typically falling asleep by 9 pm. hibernation – that sounds good to me. however, if it’s absolutely necessary to get up and get dressed, i prefer to be comfortable and low maintenance. cue soft tshirt dress and an oversized sweater. boom and boom.
tshirt dress from target – similar
poncho cardigan from a local boutique – similar
steve madden nonstp bootie
black floppy hat (old) – similar
blenders eyewear sunglasses
earrings and necklace – gage huntley
some looks never make it off the cutting room floor, but i was always sort of into this photo. i dig the vibe. plus, i wanted to give a little shout out to whiskey and honey for that amazing vintage trucker hat (not c/o, i bought it.) and to gage huntley… i’m always wearing her jewelry. the dress is mossimo/target and the booties are steve madden.
i’ve felt so disconnected from this space, so i thought i’d get ya’ll caught up on my life these days. it’s very exciting. you might wanna sit down.
october. it’s still so friggin hot here in california, but i feel you fall…you can’t hide forever. plus, scary movies. all month long.
porch lights by dorthea benton frank. dorthea, like jackie collins, is a guilty pleasure author for me. plus, it was an easy, easy read after the last two – rant by chuck palahniuk and for one more day by mitch albom. i didn’t love rant, but for one more day was a beautifully written, very touching story.
fargo. i’m obsessed with the cinematography, the excellent cast, and that dark, dark humor. otherwise, i haven’t been watching much tv. what i’m really looking forward to is american horror story and the walking dead. (yes, i am pretty sick and twisted.)
how restless i’ve been. something has got to change. i suppose i’m waiting for that wild hair.
oktoberfest in a couple of weeks! is that weird? i love me some beer.
country music. all day, every day.
my bod. pilates, spin, running, daily calorie tracking – i’ve lost a few pounds and i’m feeling strong. at this point in my life, i feel like it’s more about maintenance, as opposed to I JUST WANNA BE SKINNY! geez, doesn’t that make me sound old?? next i’ll be buying neck cream. stay tuned…
a weekend road trip. sometimes i just want to get in my car and drive up the coast… find a campsite and sleep in the back of my little suv. take a hike, snap some photos, breathe some fresh air…
BY THE WAY. i’m going to see sir elton john in concert on sunday night. <fist pump>
have a nice weekend, friends.
le tote. it’s a pretty rad concept.
for a (relatively affordable) monthly fee, you receive a box of 5 articles of clothing and 2-3 pieces of jewelry.
and? …you say. it sounds like all the other clothing subscriptions. what makes this one so rad? two words – clothing rental. yes. you can wear what you like, as many times as you want. when you’re done, you return it. if you like something so much, you just can’t live without it, said item(s) can be purchased at wholesale prices. this isn’t like stitchfix where you buy what you like and send the rest back, within a specific amount of time, unworn. with le tote, you are encouraged to wear what you like and keep it for as long as you want. that monthly fee you’re paying? it goes towards cleaning/care of the garments, once returned. personally, i think this is a great subscription for the working woman, as most of the pieces on the site are work and play friendly. in other words, beautiful basics that can be dressed up or down. this works for me, because i get tired of wearing the same blouses and skirts to work, week in and week out. with le tote, i get to mix it up – with or without the commitment of making a purchase. see? rad.
okay, now that you’re interested, visit the site and sign up! oh! and because i’m following le tote on facebook, i received a 50% off discount code, so it only cost 24.50 to register. once you’re a member, you’ll set up a profile and go “window shopping” on the site, adding clothing and accessories to your virtual closet (this is how they determine what is sent in your monthly boxes.)
my first le tote
i have to be honest, here… i wasn’t super impressed; however (and that’s a very loud however), i still love the concept. i think it’s just going to take some tweaking here and there, as the stylists get to know what i like and don’t like. so keep that in mind. there’s still hope!
*evolution dress – it’s not something i’d grab if i was out shopping, but it’s super sexy and i love the way it fits. i’m actually dying for an excuse to wear it out – dinner and dancing anyone?
*patriotic top – this is the top i’m wearing in the photos. i dig the stripes, the navy, and the adorable sleeve detail. it’s perfect for the office, it’s perfect with jeans, but i probably won’t buy it.
*zippa shift dress – dislike. it’s just not for me. thank you, le tote, for thinking that i have the body of a twelve-year-old boy, but i don’t. i have hips.
*adia k snake bracelet – i really wanted to like this, but it looks cheap. for one, it’s a tad too big and two, it’s a weird pinkish color. not purchasing.
*gazel black disc necklace – meh. it’s pretty. i do love dainty little necklaces and this one is gold and black (like my soul), so i’ll wear it, but i don’t love it enough to buy it.
see what i mean? nothing too impressive, but the beauty is – i’m under no obligation or time restraint to keep or return these items. more than likely, i’ll box it all up next week and send everything back. then i’ll log into my account, rate the items, and eagerly await my next box of goodies. oh and i forgot to mention – unlimited boxes per month. you can receive and send back as many times as you want!
please note – i’m sure i haven’t provided you with all of the details, so if you do sign up, make sure you read the fine print, as i don’t want to be responsible for…anything. only your happiness. <big cheesy grin>
if you sign up, let me know! i’d love to hear about your experience.
so, hi! how’s everyone been? i feel like i’m on stage at amateur comedy night. i hear the scrape of a chair, maybe a cough… it’s kinda hard to see into the audience with those bright lights in my face, but i think there’s a few of you out there. thanks for sticking around…i like ya.
i do have a post scheduled for tomorrow – shocker. in fact, right after we snapped the photos, zoey declared – “me next!” and ran into the street and into the first pose. like, she didn’t even have to think about it. she’s seen me do this a million times. which, i’m surprised she doesn’t have a mouth like a trucker, too. get what i’m sayin?
anyway, i mentioned that her look was reminiscent of madonna circa 1984 and she screamed at me. soooo…i guess that’s not the look she was going for (calm down, anna wintour.) regardless, i do like this look – a simple tank with a fancy tulle skirt. shoes are overrated. so is brushing our hair.
this is the next-gen of style bloggers, people… and it’s super sassy.
see you tomorrow!
so here’s the second (and final) look in this mini collab with shop by misha and gage huntley designs. inspired by, oh i don’t know… going to a concert or girl’s night out, maybe? the base of this look is easy – a graphic tee, your favorite jeans, a killer pair of heels… add a kimono, layer on those necklaces and boom – you’re a polished, bohemian babe. and i say polished because wearing a kimono doesn’t have to mean dreadlocks and birkenstocks. okay?
ooooo girl, you gotta get a kimono. it’s the new black. or maybe it’s the new cardigan. either way, it’s a must-have. with so many differenet colors/prints and lengths, they can be worn with just about anything.
this look is inspired by date night.
moroccan dreams kimino c/o shopbymisha
black dress – target
steve madden booties – nordstrom
chunk chain agate arrowhead necklace – gagehuntley
sandalwood mala necklace c/o shopbymisha
another kimono-styled look coming tomorrow!
*this mini series is a little collaboration with the lovely malia of shop by misha. check out her shop for all things boho.