fashion, style, toddler style

Life in Santa Monica

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It’s been exactly a month since we moved from Silicon Valley to Santa Monica, and I can confidently proclaim I’m still ecstatic to be in LA. Someone once said, “Happiness is not a place,” but I’m guessing that person never experienced the continuous 78 degree days and vibrant ocean sunsets of SoCal. What’s not to love? I haven’t found out yet.

This past weekend we explored the Brentwood farmer’s market. And while it was light on ‘farmers’ and heavy on ‘market’, we were thrilled with its family-friendly location marked by multiple playgrounds. We stocked up on pressed juices and fresh tamales and made our way to the playgrounds where Harlowe ran around a track with some of her new friends. I think we have another runner in the family!

After the farmer’s market, we made our way to the Brentwood Country Mart. We wandered aroudn the shops and found an adorable bookstore. Harlowe found a book about the Berenstein Bears (love!) while I found picked up French Women Don’t Get Facelifts. I read Bringing Up Bebe shortly after Harlowe was born and gleaned a lot of valuable insight into the French parenting style, some of which we practice daily. I figured I could benefit just as much from adopting French women’s beauty regimens.

How was your weekend?


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Wearing: Madewell dress / Gap chambray / Vince shoes / Illesteva sunnies / Phillip Lim bag / Jennifer Zeuner necklace / Alex + Ani braceletsYSL lips

What Harlowe Wore: J.Crew dress / Tom’s shoes / Gap jacket (love this one too)

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  • Brooke

    I’m so glad you’re loving your move! I could imagine there is absolutely nothing to complain about with that kind of weather! Sounds magical. Farmers’ markets are the best! I can’t wait for warmer weather to peruse the local farmers’ markets. It’s so fun and relaxing! A great way to spend a weekend morning. Berenstain Bears!! Ahhh that brings back so many great memories. I still have mine stored away 🙂

  • KatWalkSF

    Ah I love both book selections! SoCal life looks good on you!



  • Anita

    That dress and those shoes look so chic (especially when you add in the chambray!). We haven’t been to the Brentwood market but it sounds like it’s time to make a trip. Weekends are just too short! 🙂

    Always, Anita

  • Brittany

    Santa Monica sounds like a perfect city for you. Hope you enjoy it and I can’t wait to see all your adventures!

  • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    I’d love to visit Santa Monica! I’ve spent very little time in SoCal, but know that my Florida roots would probably make me well-suited to the lifestyle there. So glad you’re enjoying it!:)

  • Jane Fitfabfun

    This is super fun and cute!! Love your books pick too!

    xo, Jane

  • Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.

    LA looks good on you BA 🙂 We need to get together stat!