Want want want.
Mini-heeled ballet pump in faux suede
classic with a flashy little block heel. I can wear these flats to work or with my mom jeans. You know what else? Loafers. Leopard print, pointy-toed loafers. Need.
while the slip dress may not be for everyone, I’m calling it a fall staple. Wear it with a white tee underneath (a la 1995) or throw on a chunky knit sweater and a pair of ankle boots. Also, the silky cami is back. Basically the 90s are the boss right now.
a woman can never have too many blouses. I love a perfectly tailored pant or pencil skirt with a blouse that has some flair.
this skirt is everything – amazing color, high waist, suede.. I cannot justify spending nearly $400 to buy it, so I’m considering selling a kidney.
Y.A.S Magnolia dress
i’m having a moment with long-sleeved dresses. This one is perfection. (I may have to treat myself.)
equal parts masculine + feminine, a perfectly tailored pant should be in every woman’s closet.
Long-sleeved knitted roll neck
whatever you call it – roll neck, mock neck, turtle neck – i’m seeing them pop up everywhere this season and I want in on the action.
Long sleeve dress with pleat skirt
again with the long-sleeved dress! this is a very versatile, classic piece. especially for the working girl.
What’s on your fall wish list?
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26 adults + a shit ton of kids. They all said we were crazy, but when Mark suggested that we go camping to celebrate Zoey’s 5th birthday, I knew it would be the party of her tiny human dreams. We promised a day full of swimming, arts n’ crafts, exploring and riding bikes.. followed by hot dogs, corn on the cobb, and of course – s’mores.
We even had a “Bigfoot Hunt” on Saturday night, but I’m telling you – a pack of 5 year olds waving glow sticks in the dark is scarier than any gigantic, hairy, man-creature.
Sunday morning was met with sad good-byes, but promises of planning another camping trip soon. Like, next month soon! Enough of my babbling.. on to the pictures!
Friday afternoon / Evening
While most campers opted for a Saturday arrival, a few other RV families decided to make a weekend of it, too. We arrived Friday afternoon, got set up, had taco salad for dinner (thanks, Clifford Family!), put the kids to bed, then sat around the campfire chatting and drinking. Fun fact: I ate an entire plate of Doritos. In case you were wondering how I stay so slim. side eye.
One thing I love about the Santa Paula area are the lemon groves. I had to go into town on Saturday morning to get a few things and just couldn’t resist snapping a photo of the hills near our campground.
While we waited eagerly for the rest of our friends to arrive, Zoey opened a few presents and we took the kids swimming. You’ll also notice that the VW turned into a playground of sorts. The kids LOVE it. Who cares about running around in the dirt and riding your bike when you can play in a 1987 campervan? But they’re so cute, right?
Saturday afternoon / Arts n’ Crafts with Willhouse
Mark and I knew from the beginning that we didn’t want our friends to leave with party favor bags full of plastic trinkets and candy, so we called our friends Richard and Stacey (the talented husband/wife duo behind Willhouse) and asked them to come up with some fun, crafty activities for the kiddos. It was a nice distraction after swimming while Mark and I prepared drinks, set out snacks, and got to work on dinner. The crafts (pictured above) included: a “decorate your own” tic-tac-toe canvas bag + x and o painted rocks, an adorable “lantern” that they could customize with beads, and a customizable frame for on the spot Instax photos. Freaking cute, am I right? R+S, you guys are the raddest. (ps, friends.. Richard and Stacey are wedding/family/food photographing, website building, logo designing, workshop holding, super creative party people. I’ve included their site link above.
Saturday / Evening
By dinner time, we had nearly 40 people hanging at our campsite. It was such a great vibe! We served chicken sausages, hot dogs, corn on the cobb, chips & salsa and of course – margaritas, wine, and beer (and water and juice boxes for the kids.) After dark, we roasted marshmallows and made s’mores. Let me tell you something.. the only thing scarier than a pack of glow stick-wielding 5 year olds on the hunt for a mythical creature, is a pack of 5 year olds who will stop at nothing to get marshmallows and chocolate. Savages! We wrapped things up shortly after, as the tiny people started having meltdowns (well, mine did) and the adults just wanted to sit around the fire and be adults. Which means telling stories from our high school days. Like, we used to be cool, but now we’re all just excited that our kids are in bed. These are the new glory days.
Overall, Saturday was a success.
Sunday / Goodbyes
*This photo was taken on Saturday evening. There are a few people missing from the shot, but here we are! Such a fun group!
We were up early on Sunday morning to fire up the Keurig (yes, we brought our fancy coffee machine) and get the campfire going for scrambled eggs wrapped in tortillas (or not) + breakfast sausages. My husband is so good at cooking on a campfire, I can’t even. We also offered cereal and bananas. I think we nailed the food part. Actually, I think we nailed everything. Nothing went wrong all weekend. Nothing.
And yeah, sure.. maybe we were a little crazy to come up with this idea – paying for several camping sites, feeding 50 people dinner and breakfast, providing snacks and beverages.. but I don’t regret it for one second. The reason we love camping is because it gives us a chance to press the reset button. We reconnect, we relax, we simplify. One of the moms said something that has stuck with me ever since – that people tend to “act human again” when they’re camping.. there’s a sense of community, camaraderie. It’s a pretty special thing to witness and be apart of.
This weekend we made new friends and possibly new traditions – I cannot wait to do it again, but maybe with less food. We have so much leftover, don’t be surprised if I show up on your doorstep with goodie bags of hot dog buns, macaroni salad, and Bud Light.
Thank you to everyone who came out – you made Zoey’s 5th birthday very special. :)
This chick turned five yesterday (can you believe it?!), so to celebrate – we’re spending the weekend camping with a bunch of our favorite friends!
Riding bikes, swimming, cooking up hot dogs and s’mores, staying up way past bedtime.. it’s pretty much her dream come true. Especially because she gets to spend the weekend with family and school friends. It’s literally blowing her mind.
I’ll be back next week with a shit ton of pics.
Until then.. peace out. We’re gone campin’.
Meal three / 5.25.16
(I’m a bit behind – sorry!)
Super easy and super packed with flavor. This was a family favorite.
I used to shy away from, well… cooking in general, but especially cooking ethnic-inspired dishes. I wrongly assumed that exotic flavors and ingredients meant that the recipe itself would be harder to imitate. Not the case. This dish couldn’t have been easier. Plus, I’m 100% certain that we didn’t consume as much sodium as we might if ordering something like this in an actual Thai restaurant. Raise your hand if you balloon up like a freak after knocking back a couple plates of Mongolian Beef or Gang Ped. (Imagine me raising my hand.)
So there’s that. There’s also this cauliflower as rice business. I’m into it. I feel like I’m really pulling one over on the family when I can get them to like something that’s posing as something else. It’s kinda similar to when I dream of posing as a statue reading a book in the corner of the room. No, I’m not your mother – I’m a statue. Go away. But that’s for another post. Let’s get back to food. Cauliflower rice is great if you’re looking to cut carbs. Yes, trick the family into eating healthier and trim those thighs in the process. Is it a significant amount of carb-cutting? Not sure. Google it.
I’m about to wrap this up, but I thought I’d mention that you should invest in a food processor if you plan to make cauliflower rice. We have one, but when I plugged it in and secured the lid… nothing happened. I tried every outlet in the kitchen to no avail. So I resorted to grating two heads of cauliflower… with the small holes of a cheese grater. Scraping a few knuckles in the process, cauliflower was everywhere – in my hair, on the floor. I was just finishing up when Mark came home. I complained a little bit, he swore it was working just fine, plugged it in, secured the lid CORRECTLY and the damn thing worked like a charm. We had a moment of silence for my sanity as he quickly opened a bottle of wine and poured me a large glass. He’s a smart man.
The moral of this story is that if I can learn to be a convincing statue, I won’t have to make dinner at all.
Find this delicious recipe, here.
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Having a moment with this high waist, button front denim skirt.
That is all.
If you follow me on Instagram you know that Mark and I escaped to Palm Springs last weekend – no kids, no schedules, just the promise of letting the fuck go and reconnecting. The act of going on vacation in itself, does not guarantee that you’ll leave the day to day stress and bullshit behind. It’s a legit state of mind. It’s remembering that your significant other is funny and interesting and handsome and not always filling the dishwasher wrong. It’s putting your phone away and having a conversation even though you had to snap a few food pics, first. It’s going on a scorching hot bike ride at 4 o’clock in 113 degree heat and stopping for sushi and sharing a beer. It’s taking a dip in the pool at night because it’s fun and kinda sexy and it reminds your husband that you’re still spontaneous and not always nagging about the kitchen floor being dirty. It’s about holding hands when you’re not normally a hand-holder.
Our weekend away was an absolute success. I’m still mentally holding on to that weekend and I’m still staring at Mark with heart eyes. I know that sounds weird, but it’s easy to forget that we’re still the same people we fell in love with when the day to day gets so damn ridiculous. Know what I mean?
So, yeah… the Alcazar Palm Springs. A little bit hipster (great photo ops. the greenest ivy falling just so on a while wall? yes, please!), modern, romantic, a literal 34-room oasis in the hot, hot desert. Our room was entirely white minus a few colorful throw pillows on the bed, a painting or two, and the deep blue shower wall. This place does an impressive job of helping with that let it go vibe. Highly recommend. It was perfection.
Friday | Dinner
We sat in traffic for probably 3.5 hours, so once we checked in, we were eager to freshen up and take a walk down to Las Casuelas Terraza. It’s the spot. Live music, lots of people, delicious margaritas, and traditional Mexican food. I just feel like you have to go if you ever find yourself in PS. I had a couple of skinny margs that tasted mostly like pure tequila and a ceviche tostada. Yum.
Saturday | Breakfast
We slept in a bit and then walked a few steps to Cheeky’s. Yes, this adorable place is basically attached to the hotel. The menu changes weekly, so I can’t remember what my drink was called, but it was a wonderful tequila, jalapeno, grapefruit concoction. I also ordered THE BACON FLIGHT (nodines applewood, sweet chili, jalapeno, beeler apple cinnamon, and balsamic) – insane in the membrane. A bacon flight. I mean, stop it. My main entrée was the Chilaquiles – chorizo, tomatillo, queso fresco, cilantro, and onion. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Saturday | Lunch
Rosé all day then a quick stop while on our bike ride for a shared spicy tuna roll and beer
Saturday | Dinner
Mr Lyons. So swanky. I enjoyed a Moscow Mule, the 12 oz Filet Mignon and wild mushrooms. Mark had the Prime Rib and creamed spinach, but we basically shared. We washed it all down with crème brulee for dessert.
It. was. delicious. All of it.
We spent some time by the pool on Sunday and grabbed brunch on our way out. Nothing special to photograph because I was cranky about leaving.
When do we go back? I’m ready.
Until we meet again, Palm Springs… you’re super effing hot, but I adore you.
Meal two / 5.24.16
One pan meals are where it’s at. Chop it up, throw it all together on a cookie sheet, then pour yourself a martini/beer/glass of wine, because lady – your job is pretty much done here.
The beauty of this dish is that you can make it your own. To accommodate the whole family, I added spicy sausages for the adults and milder versions for the kiddos. Don’t like green beans? Use broccoli or cauliflower instead.
Easy, delicious, and healthy.
Full recipe here – One Pan Sweet Potato, Chicken Sausage, and Green Beans
sometimes the stars and the planets align in such a way that everything feels right and beyond freaking wonderful and it’s kinda odd so you squeeze your eyes shut and praaaaaaay pleasepleaseplease that the happiness vibe sticks around til the end of time plus infinity. but you also wonder if it’s not just the universe… i mean you have to stop and consider that maybe it’s you. maybe you have a better a t t i t u d e or maybe you’re just focusing on the right things.. things that make you happy.. things that matter.
or maybe it’s just that you wore a really cute romper and you had a good hair day or ran a 5k and did better than expected.
it’s all relative.
we had a good weekend. how was yours?
is it still a blog if i only post on fridays? lol. is this even still a blog?
okay, so C U R R E N T L Y …
wearing the jcrew billie. cropped and high waisted with a hint of mom butt. i’m cool with it.
feeling like a big change is on the horizon.
reading nice is just a place in france. i’m kind of embarrassed to admit that i’m reading this because it’s terrible. i mean, there are some lol moments, but it’s mostly ridiculous and a waste of reading time. i’d quit, but i don’t quit books.
wanting all the chokers and bodysuits and 90s floral everything. i’m definitely not mad that the 90s are making an effort this summer.
listening to a lot of dmb lately. i may have to see them live this summer. it’s been too long.
watching gilmore girls on Netflix. i didn’t get a chance to watch it way back when, so i’m diving in and LOVING IT. i just started season two.
obsessing over planning my next tattoo. plural. stay tuned…
working on my cooking skills. i’m making healthy meals for my family and i haven’t yet sent anyone to the hospital. imagine that!
eating less shit. see above.
eagerly awaiting a weekend in palm springs with my dude. NO KIDS. READING BOOKS ALL DAY BY THE POOL. SLEEPING IN. NO KIDS. did i mention no kids? eeeeeee. i love palm springs.
random thought: why am i still sitting at my desk on a friday at 4:26? everyone else has left. PEACE. i’m out.