My little Harlowe started school today so that means Summer is officially over for us! I can not believe that she is in first grade. I mean, she just turned 6! Some days I feel like I should have held her back so I would have a kindergartner now instead of a big-ole 1st grader, but we couldn’t hold her back because she was getting bored in preschool and interrupting everyone so she basically had to move on. She was ready! It is the worst though because it is so hard to watch them grow up before your eyes! As I was bringing her to school (Gunnar in the stroller) I was thinking about how next year she will be in 2nd grade and Gunnar will no longer be in a stroller and it just made me so sad that they are getting older.
Also, I am getting older and noticing it on my face. I’ve been seriously thinking about botox lately. My crows feet are getting really pronounced which is actually cool because with the life I had growing up I am ecstatic that lines from smiling are the first to show up. I figured frown lines would be first given the turmoil I endured as a kid/young adult and losing my parents so young. I suppose it’s a huge blessing to have crows feet come first. I always promised myself I would be happy that I got to live long enough to see wrinkles and that I would accept them graciously so I will hold off on botox a bit longer, but does anyone have a recco for these lines around my eyes?! Geesh!
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This summer, Harlowe and I started a new tradition that I’m a huge fan of: monthly mommy/daughter date nights! I’m not sure who loves them more me or …well, probably me. She gets to choose what we do which has ranged from going to the movies to getting patriotic mani/pedis. Regardless of what’s on deck, she likes to get all dressed up. I think she sees KW and I get ready for date night and she wants to do that too. I’m looking forward to the next one and have so many ideas in my back pocket in case she needs some inspiration. Here’s what I’ve been thinking about:
- Trip to any museum. The Getty and The Ice Cream Museum in LA are at the top of my list right now.
- High tea
- Beach picnic or park picnic if it’s too crowded at the beach
- Easy hike
- Mermaid school
Do you have any ideas on what we can do next? For our last date, I wore this dress (on sale now!) from Lauren Ralph Lauren. It is out of my comfort zone in that it is more modern and sophisticated than the casual pieces I’ve gravitated towards after leaving my job at Google earlier this year. As soon as I saw it, I couldn’t resist the bell sleeves; they make quite a statement with the laser cut detail. So beautiful! It was super comfortable with a pair of flat espadrilles (also on sale!) and will become a summer staple for date nights with the husband too.
KW shoots all of my photos so the kids are usually with us and Gunnar really wanted to sneak in for a picture too.
Hello and happy Friday! Like many, one of my favorite things about Summer is the longer days. The Banker is home before dark much more often in the Summer so we get to take a family stroll and catch up on the day before the kids go to sleep. It a great way for us to get in some exercise on days where something more intense isn’t possible. I’m wearing a new Tobi shift dress that I’ve been living in this week because it’s been super hot in our house. It’s the kind of lazy-day piece I’ll wear around the house, out to eat with the family (with a little bralette or cami under) and as a cover-up at the pool. Who doesn’t need more pieces like that?
Shift dress / hat / sandals
Happy Spring! Ive really been enjoying the extra daylight we get with Spring and am taking full advantage by implementing family walks. Our neighborhood is a lovely place for a stroll, but we always want to check out something new so we went over to the Venice Canals yesterday since Gunnar had never seen them and it had been over a year since Harlowe has been! I can’t believe it’s been that long since we’ve taken these. Our family has increased by 25% since then and I think Harlowe’s height has too.
They loved running up and down the water on the long, un-crowded sidewalks. Finally, no people to dodge! The houses are so charming along the canals, I don’t think I could ever get sick of it. Kaare and I decided that we will move there when we win the lottery. 😉
Harlowe and Gunnar’s cute shirts are from Tenth and Pine. I’ve really made an effort to get them both more gender neutral clothes so that Gunnar has the chance to wear Harlowe’s when he’s big enough. Also, I just like the look of neutral and minimalist kid’s clothes. They stock a lot of the brands I love like Kid + Kind and now they have their own line which is what the kids are wearing here. I just love this super-soft ‘hug life’ tee for Gunnar because he gives the best hugs ever! I hope he never stops wanting to hug mama. Harlowe’s ‘I love you more’ tee comes in adult sizes too which is pretty much my dream come true because I love matching her while she will let me.
My outfit details in case you’re interested: My top / my pink NMDs are from GOAT. Love the white ones too / my shorts
Happy International Women’s Day! With everything that is going on politically lately, I am moved by all of the positive messages sent by and for women across the globe today. I was listening to the radio this morning on my way home from dropping of Gunnar and one of the hosts was talking about how women should get more pay, not just equal because people should be paid based on performance and he (yes, he!) believes that in most cases, women out-perform their male counterparts. For the first time in months, I found myself saying, I’m with him.
Here’s 5 things to get down on in honor of International Women’s Day:
- These inspiring acts going on around the world today almost brought tears to my eyes. Putin’s statement may shock you.
- This will remind you that we have a long way to go.
- If you need an excuse to shop, this retailer is donating 20% of all sales today to the National Women’s Law Center. I’ve got my eye on anything opal.
- Wear RED in solidarity. Or, if you’re like me and all of you personal possessions are boxed up in a garage, wear commanding boots and a soft, feminine sweater with red underwear. Why red? I asked too. Here’s an explanation from @WomensMarch “Today, as we wear red, the color of revolutionary love and sacrifice, we hope that our commitment to each other is reinforced.”
- Make your voice heard. Maybe you don’t call in ‘sick’; there is work to be done after all. Think of what you can personally do to ensure we’re closing the gender gap on pay (or whatever else you want to take a stand for!) Here’s a few ideas:
- Ask your manager if you’re still on track for that promo and start talking about your expected salary.
- Negotiate for a larger bonus or merit increase now.
- Donate some gently used clothes to a women’s shelter nearby. Office attire would be particularly helpful in this case.
Whatever you are doing (or not doing) to observe International Women’s day, I hope you’re moved and inspired. Let me know what you’re up to in the comments! Outfit details below if you’re interested.
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Sweater c/o/ Shorts / Boots / Sunnies
Guess who finally snagged a pair of Mother jeans? Me! Yes, these ones are the Looker Ankle Fray?! Daaaang, these are just as good as I had heard. I am such a sucker for jeans and frequently hear from KW who thinks that 2 small drawers of jeans is about one and a half drawers too many. I have been wearing these non-stop since they arrived at my doorstep two weeks ago. They are like pajamas they are so comfortable. Unlike pajamas, I wear them to the office, kid drop off and date night (as seen here with this lovely cold shoulder blouse). I love not having to think about what to wear on my bottom half. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Thank you for reading! I hope you have a great day!
Blouse / jeans / shoes
I think I’ll live in these huaraches my sweet husband bought me a few months back. They’re my go-to with LBDs, raw hem jeans, and of course, athleisure momiforms that make getting ready in the morning (and chasing after toddlers) easier.
I don’t have a lot going on up top as far as my chest is concerned so I don’t mind a deep-V neck, but for daytime, I throw on a long-sleeved tee underneath for a little coverage.
^Not posing at all 😉 in front of the cutest pink door.
Dress / Jacket / similar top (the top I am wearing is from H&M but was purchased in store and I can’t find it online!) / shoes