Our Palm Springs and Arizona Trip!

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Last week we went to Palm Springs for few days. We stayed in a Kid and Coe  house that we totally fell in love with. We are dreaming about buying a place in Palm Springs now for the kids to play at all the time. It turns out I have a lot more in common with the owner than our shared love of pink rugs and beautiful lamps; her name is also Bethann! Weird, right? Seriously, look at her place and tell me you aren’t drooling. The house is #decorgoals

We also went to Arizona to spend some time with friends and family. We experienced a killer egg drop at Open Arms Church in Scottsdale. Watch the video — it was the coolest Easter egg hunt I’ve ever seen. It was a little difficult coming back to LA after getting to hang out with so many of our old friends in AZ. I wish they would all move here! 🙂 It is nice to be back in 70 degree weather though.

What are you all doing for Easter? I hope it’s a great one! xx


Staycation in Los Angeles


Last weekend we packed our bags and hit the road. While we love to travel, this family getaway was less than 30 minutes away. At 34-weeks pregnant, a staycation seemed to be the best way to get some quality family time and make a few more memories as a threesome. We stayed at the Residence Inn LAX and had a blast.

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With Harlowe’s wild mane, you’d think she’d been on a cross country flight, but nope! She’s just a Leo with a penchant for styling her own ‘do.


After we checked in, we went to our room to change in to swim suits. The art throughout the hotel is LA themed with an emphasis on aviation since it was so close to the airport. Harlowe really liked that you could peek at LAX runways from one of the windows. We liked the full-service kitchen with residential sized appliances and table for four. We had dinner in our room that night, but in true-to-me fashion, we got food from one of the on-site restaurants. Who wants to cook on vacation?!

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My husband takes most of the photos for the blog which is why he is never in them, but we managed to get him in one this time! Of course, he took it. Side note: this was his 2nd selfie ever. His 1st was also part of a trip diary!

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Next stop was the pool. As a former swim instructor and coach, I thought I could definitely teach my own children to swim, but I was wrong. I don’t think Harlowe or I have enough patience with each other for me to teach her water skills. I ask her, “Can you blow bubbles like a fish?” and she’s like, “No, mom. You blow bubbles.” After a few failed attempts at coaching her through water skills, I decided to get her swim lessons outside of the family and reserved our pool time together for fun. It’s been easier on all of us. 🙂

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We had some quality time at the fire pit after our swim so we could warm up!

what to pack for staycation

My essentials for one night are pretty lean (by my standards). These organic cleansing towelettes from Acure are the best travel companions because they don’t leak and I can use them on the kiddo when she inevitably gets a little messy. I take them with me when I travel, run errands or go to the gym. No matter where I go, I like traveling with this Brush On Block. This one is great because there is no tint, so it’s another product that can be used on the whole family. I’m trying out this gorge ‘I’ll make you look amazing daily spray‘ and am not yet sure about it. My hair didn’t seem AMAZING after using yet (read: frizzy), but I’ll give it points for adorable packaging and note that I didn’t style it with heat tools after use, so it deserves another chance. 
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We ended the day by taking Harlowe to see her first-ever movie in a theater. We saw Minions since it came out that day. KW and I were bored, amused and gluttonous (ahhh, popcorn!) while Harlowe was riveted. She loved every minute of it which of course, is all we wanted. When we got back to the hotel she fell right asleep… as did we.

Huge thanks to the Residence Inn LAX for a fantastic stay! Such a fun and relaxing trip!

What I Wore:

What Harlowe Wore:
outfit 1: Eberjey dress from Gilt, J.Crew shoes from ThreadUp
outfit 2: Rags to Raches romper
outfit 3: Kate and James tank, Old Navy shorts, Tom’s shoes

From Where I Stand in Toronto

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For many of us, the best thing about Fall is the fashion. And during a recent business trip to chilly Toronto, I definitely embraced all that is sartorially Fall. Colder weather meant tights, boots and scarves were on my packing list. Along with that came warm coffee sipped outside during a fire drill! Luckily (and miraculously) I didn’t spill a drop despite walking down 12 flights of stairs carrying a mug. It was way to early to part with coffee!

Wearing: BCBG dress via Twice (also love this Leopard dress) / American Apparel tights / Rag & Bone boots / Rebecca Minkoff tote 

Thank you for reading!

My Travel Esssentials

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In a few weeks, the family and I will be on a plane to Ketchikan, Alaska! Harlowe and I are first-timers (The Banker grew up there!) and I’m already wondering what to pack. She and I share one suitcase, so I pack lean and compartmentalize with lots and lots of organizers.

There are a few no-brainers for every trip:

1.) A  change of clothes in my carry-on, in case Harlowe gets ‘sick’. A mom seated nearby me en route to London was spewed on and carried no change of clothes. It was a very long flight for her.

2.) Water and chia seeds. I put chia seeds in my water whenever I travel to keep hydrated and energized. They are full of nutrients and keep you feeling full longer.

3.) Tooth brush in my purse. I find that having good dental hygiene during long trips makes me feel ‘fresh’ despite being pretty damn filthy.

The rest of my packing takes some planning. I’ve been eyeing these travel essentials for a while and might have to pull the trigger on one (or two) before our trip. ShopBop is having their Friends and Family sale right now, so I can’t afford not to buy something!

1. Karen Walker ‘Harvest’ sunnies

2. DL1961 boyfriend jeans

3. Jonathan Adler for Tumi suitcase

4. Tory Burch cosmetics case

5. Vince slip on sneakers

6. Tory Burch shopper

7. Jonathan Adler for Tumi suitcase

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What are your travel essentials?


How to: pack for business trips

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Wear a nice pair of jeans on the flight  both directions. I keep them moderately casual, but nice enough that I would wear them in front of a client or boss.

Pack two pairs of shoes. Think sophisticated and comfortable. Keep the heel height 4 inches or lower. 3 inch heels are ideal for conferences that will have you standing most of the day. Bring a pair of shoes for running if you like you get your workouts in. These are optional, but come in handy when you’ve been sitting all day and need to use some energy up!

Carry-on a bag of outfits appropriate for meetings, presentations, etc. Dresses work nicely as they take up less space. Lace dresses or dresses with pleats work great because wrinkles show less. Cotton-poly, cotton-Lycra blends are wrinkle resistant so look for those!

Pack a nice top you can wear out to dinner or networking events in the evening. Pair tops with jeans and a simple pair of heels. Another option is to bring a statement necklace and wear it over your day dress making it the perfect night time ensemble. 

Bring appropriate undergarments. The more nude pairs you bring the better because animal print booty shorts are the last thing you want to worry about at a conference!

Bring one-two blazers. You can wear these day and night and if you’re careful make one last for 2-3 days. Black is always a good option as it goes with everything and doesn’t show signs of wear as easily as lighter colors. 

I hope this helps you on your next trip!