Modern Separates: Holiday Party Outfits That Aren’t Dresses pt. 3

When it comes to holiday party apparel, what can be cheerier than red? This red off the shoulder top and matching red flowy pants is a modern twist on separates that you don’t have to shave or tan your legs before wearing. Who doesn’t like that? I love wearing red and this monochromatic look and long hem length paired with heels really does wonders for height. ‘Legs for days’ is not something I’d hear walking down the street, but I did hear it in this. Thank you, sweet stranger! For the record, I wore 5 inch heels with these pants which otherwise would need to be tailored. If you didn’t catch part 1 and 2 of “Holiday Party Outfits That aren’t Dresses’, this metallic jumpsuit and this covered, yet sexy top are two of my favorite pieces for the season and can be worn again and again.

I hope you all have a lovely holiday party season filled with love and laughter! Thank you for reading! xo


Metallic Jumpsuit: Holiday Party Looks That Aren’t Dresses Pt. 2

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I don’t always go to Beverly Hills, but when I do it’s a great place to wear a metallic jumpsuit and heels. This jumpsuit is my second holiday look of the season and I love it because it’s so comfortable it’s like you’re wearing pajamas. Seriously, the most uncomfortable part about this outfit is the heels which I couldn’t forgo because the pants were a little too long for my 5’4″ frame. I don’t have to worry about this now that my kids are older, but this would be a great holiday outfit if you’re a new or nursing mom because the top gives you the freedom to do what you need to do. Make sure you check out part one of holiday party looks that aren’t dresses for a slightly more casual approach.

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Winter Eyelet + Seriously Amazing Jeans

Like it says on this mockneck top’s online description, this eyelet blouse has the whole covered-up-yet-sexy thing on lock. It runs a little boxy, so I ended up going with the smallest size. I wore it tucked into super high rise jeans which I am loving lately. People have long been raving about this brand’s denim and I finally got a pair and am wondering what took me so long. They hold you in, are super comfortable and do not stretch throughout the day. I can’t believe they are so good and that it took me so long to convert. The price point is fantastic too at less than $150 they are just as good as designer jeans that are over $200. I’ll definitely be getting more.

I love this look for more casual holiday gatherings like dinner with friends at home. Living in a casual city and really appreciating comfort has drawn me to holiday looks that aren’t as dressy as traditional looks and I’m sharing 3 non-dress holiday looks this week. That’s right – all pants ie no reason to shave or tan. Come back tomorrow for more!


An Augmented Reality Bear

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I promised myself I wasn’t going to make a full-on kid’s gift guide primarily because we limit toys to ‘really special’ ones due to small living quarters and I knew if I did a bunch of research on all the coolest kid’s gifts I would want them all. That aside, I do have one really cool new toy I just have to share with you guys. One of my favorite kid’s toy brands, Seedling has been reimagining play in the most innovative ways for us ever since I discovered them a few years ago, but they took it to a whole new level when they introduced, Parker. It’s the world’s first augmented reality teddy bear and you’re going to want one for the kid in your life that loves to play and nurture. Intended for 3-6 year olds, I figured Gunnar may not take an interest, but he loves to snuggle him. There’s no electronics or anything inside, so he’s soft and cuddly. Even the play medical devices (thermometer, stethoscope, etc.) he comes with were large enough not to be a concern. Harlowe really understands what it is to take care of him and loves nursing him back to health. I have the Parker app which shows a game-like augmented reality of Parker and opens up this interactive world where the kids are capable of Parker’s belly aches or a sore throat. It’s really cool to see them both using STEAM skills during play and having empathy to care for Parker feel better and want to see him become happier and happier. Growing up in the ’80’s, I’ve actually been blown away by Parker’s capabilities and find it really fun to play with too. It’s sort of like a Tamagotchi, but way cuter and much more sophisticated.

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PS if you do need a gift guide for kid’s this one is amazing. Yes, I did want everything in Part 1 for Kids who know all the neighbors and ask for ten more stories every night. I’m looking at you, Harlowe. 🙂

Harlowe’s jammies (came with the doll gown Parker is wearing)/Gunnar’s jammies


Gifts That Give Back

It’s the season of giving and you know what they say… your greatness is not what you have, but what you give. With that in mind, I’ve rounded up seven charitable gifts that are fit for everyone on your wishlist. There are thoughtful ways to bring a smile to the fitness buff and skincare junkie while making a difference. Heck, even your man has something he’ll enjoy on this list and you’ll enjoy shopping too becuase it’s for a great cause!

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop. It’s the easiest way to give back because you don’t have to do anything but shop. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same prices, selection, and experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support. I went with Best Friends Animal Society but you can seriously choose anything. Just bookmark and watch how quickly your donations will rack up over the holiday season. You might be surprised!

AUrate jewelry is handmade in New York City from ethically sourced materials. Positive social impact drives what they do, so they’ve partnered with Philadelphia schools and dontae a book to economically underprivileged kids with every piece sold. Not to mention, they have some chic earrings for the holiday season.

Best Friends Animal Society makes it possible to sponsor an animal in need. Your gift of sponsorship helps these pets receive the tenderness and care they need, which is sure to give your animal-loving recipient a dose of the warm fuzzies, too. You can notify your giftee of the contribution with a personal note thanking them for their contribution and telling them about the sweet animal they helped!

CauseBox: A subscription delivery box where are products and brands features are socially conscious and with quarterly delivery, it is the gift that keeps on giving. There’s now a men’s CauseBox too!

Everlane: All proceeds from their 100% Human collection benefit the ACLU. I get compliments every time I wear my box cut Human tee which is so soft I wear it quite often.

K. Deer Each one of their striped leggings is named after an inspiring woman and supports a cause that is close to her heart. Their intention is to create a platform and community that inspires others to give back. For each sale of their striped leggings, up to 10% of proceeds goes directly to causes raising awareness and creating positive change for individuals and communities in need.

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L’Occitane has some great stocking stuffers and hostess gifts. I love this festive hand cream set for both! L’Occitane does a great job of giving back in general through their foundation. Their two main initiatives support visual impairment around the world and economic emancipation for women in Burkina Faso. On top of that, our employees participate in Foundation projects. If you need some gift ideas, check out my video on L’occitane Favorites and below is what I’m loving for the holiday season. gifts that give back

Hand cream / Holiday bauble


The White Lace Shirt Dreams are Made of

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I never thought I’d say this, but I love showing a little bit of midriff. Just a little. Like, under a semi-sheer shirt especially one like this that is pretty intricate so you can’t really make out my core in detail (thankfully) but, but you show just the right amount of skin.  This French brand I just discovered, Sezane makes the best intricate lace blouses ever. I currently have two in my closet and a shopping cart full of about a half-dozen more. (This one is so cute!) Of course, you can wear a cami under if you’re not in to showing your skin or you live somewhere chilly. Most of Sezane‘s tops are perfect holiday-season and I love how they can be worn casual or dressy, but what I find even better is that you can wear them after the holidays too. I mean, plaid is classic and perfect for the holiday season, but will you wear that plaid holiday piece in April? Probably not. You know I am all about streamlining my clothes by finding things you can wear all year round and I would wear most of their clothes 365 days a year. So French, non?
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Harlowe’s dress ripped and I didn’t have anything else packed for her so we tied it up with one of her scrunchies! So disappointed it ripped, but that’s what I get for getting her a maxi dress her little feet could step on.
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How sweet is she? I couldn’t resist posting that one! I have a few more posts up my sleeve for holiday dressing so stay tuned and please let me know in the comments below what you think of showing your midriff off. PS this post is not sponsored at all I just love their stuff to pieces.

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Cozy at Home For Christmas + Cyber Monday Picks

Hi friends! I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving! If you follow me on instagram you may have seen we went to Portland to visit family. It was beautiful but cold. I was really appreciating LA after that. I love Fall, but having grown up in Arizona, I’ve grown so accustomed to a 70 degree Fall and it’s difficult to acclimate to real Fall! We spent Sunday at home decorating for Christmas. We still have a long ways to go, but got the tree up and it’s made it feel much more festive. I wore this cozy sweater that is 40% off right now. The price is so good I’m thinking of getting the black one too, but I can’t be buying myself gifts this close to Christmas! It’s tunic length so you can wear it with leggings or jeans and it would be gorgeous with just over the knee boots.

Be sure to check out Nordstrom’s Cyber Monday sales for more great deals like this sweater! There are so many good things! Not going to lie, it’s been tough with all the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales. You know what I say when a sale is realllllyyyy good… ‘you can’t afford not to. ‘ A few worth checking out is this plaid button down, this sweater looks really cute on and flatters just about anyone, and these cozy slippers. For this kids, I’m digging this set for boys and this boho sweater for the little lady! Totally didn’t intend to turn this in to a gift guide (there are enough great ones out there already right?) but hard not to share so many wonderful things on sale while I’m browsing the internet at 12:20 am. 🙂 Tomorrow I will probably regret staying up this late, but that’s better than missing out on a good sale, right? 😉


Living Room Tour

Hi Friends and happy almost Thanksgiving and if you are not American, happy almost Thursday! We are headed to Portland to see Kaare’s side of the family, which after being married for 6 years seems just as much like my side too. We don’t have sides anymore – just one big, happy family. Speaking of family, I wanted to share this post for so long, but just haven’t gotten around to getting the house tidy enough to photograph. Some of you have been asking about our house — specifically for a tour and details on how we fit everyone and everything in. I wrote some tips on living in small spaces as a family, but wanted to share more of the layout and decor.

Kaare is really in to interior design and all the apps that have been created to help people design better. We used Laurel and Wolf for the kid’s room (eeek…that post needs an update because those were in the old house, but they still share a similarly sized room) and used Hutch to do the living room and then I added my own flair like the pillows and throw. I have to constantly replace the throw because I snuggle up in it every night and it starts to show wear so this one is brand new, but already sold out. I linked to a similar throw below. If you have a little homebody or couch potato on your holiday list, you need to get them a throw – it’s the best gift ever!

My ‘office’ is to the left of the couch. That’s where I blog or you know, shop online. 😉 Then to the left of that we have a chair to sit on and the cutest boho cowhead that I found on etsy. Kaare used to have a rhino head there and I had to get rid of it. The only was was with an adorable replacement. It’s a very small room so that’s about it, but it gets the job done for us!

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leopard pillow / palm pillow / pink fluffy pillow / State – customizable foil pic / Throw sold out – similar here ON SALE!

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Side table  / Letterboard / Vase /Palms / Similar lotus chair (I actually like the one linked way more than the ones I have which are a little bulky)

Have a great long weekend and thanks for reading!


7 Tips For Small Space Living as a Family

Last year, we moved from a 1200 sq ft condo to a 900 sq ft house in an effort to acquire more outdoor space. While I do feel incredibly lucky that we nabbed a much sought-after home with outdoor space in the school district we want to be in, I’d be lying if I said living in 900 sq ft with 4 people is a walk in the park for us. Kaare and I are both the type of people who love the city life (which for us means small spaces) yet we find comfort in things. Especially when those things are a giant art table and loads of art supplies that make our a 6-year-old happier than I will ever be. We’re not slobs, but we laughed a little when we read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up — which for the record, I did read and acted on my learnings, but TBH shoes and bags bring me A LOT of joy. We both have two conflicting sides of our personalities — the side that loves a small home by the beach and the side that longs for a closet that can hold more than 6 pairs of shoes. <—- Not a typo our ‘master’ closet is ridiculously small. We’ve never lived in a large space. 1200 sq ft was a huge to us and we referred to it as ‘the mansion’, yet this small house has presented some challenges (see above comment about the closet which has an accessible width of 24 inches) and with any good challenges comes growth right? So from having a baby in our 6oo sq ft apartment in SF to squeezing a family of 4 in 900 sq ft, there’s a few small lifestyle changes we’ve adopted that have helped us make this space work…

1.) Stack things up. You probably don’t want to create ceiling high stack anywhere in your space, but look for furniture and storage units that make use of the space you do have: vertical space. I really like this which adds storage space to our bathroom. It’s narrow, but can hold a lot of stuff in an organized way thanks to the seven shallow drawers.

2.) Utilize wall space. Walls can make great storage units or work spaces. We like this book shelf for the kids room which keeps all their book organized and off the floor. The one thing I wish is that I hung it in a place they can reach it, but I don’t mind being the one to get their books down whenever they want to read. I do think keeping it out of their reach keeps the clutter down. That being said, I’ll probably be moving it closer to to the floor soon.

3.) Keep clutter out. Kaare and I clean up a little bit each day and do a major clean once a week. I usually get my tidying done in the evening after the kids are asleep. For the kids, I have a rule that whatever toys or clothes are left out of it’s place for 24 hours go to charity. It’s a little extreme and sometimes I actually just hide said toy or garment vs donate it (especially if it’s new), but it helps the kids learn to keep things tidy. Everything needs to have a space.

4.) Throw ‘no-gift’ birthdays. Maybe it’s because we live near kids/families with a similar space constraints, but I think the ‘no-gift birthdays’ are growing in popularity. Some people suggest a charity to donate to in lieu of a gift or do what we did last year for Harlowe and request a drawing or picture from each guest. Requesting art resulted in some epically cute photos and drawings of Harlowe and her friends that we will cherish for years where I am certain any toys and clothes would be forgotten about shortly there after.

5.) Embrace multiple-purpose pieces. Furniture, counter space, even closets will have multiple-uses. The kid’s closet is both a space for their clothes and is Gunnar’s changing room since he’s still in diapers. I have a dresser in the closet with a changing pad and diapers/wipes on top. That makes less space for clothes so I do #2 and hang Harlowe’s dresses on the wall with something like this.

6.) Keep colors light. One of the first things we did when we moved in top this smaller space was to get rid of a lot of stuff, most notable for us was our beloved, dark gray, bohemian bed and invest in a blonde wood platform bed. Using light colors always makes spaces seem larger. We also traded in our beddings for white linens vs patterned ones. It helped!

7.) Get outside. While we moved to a smaller house for the added outdoor space, we still find it necessary to get out of the house often. I work from home which can get claustrophobic with the kids here so we go to the park at least once day, usually twice. On the weekends we are always out exploring LA as a family which helps us both have more space but also make a lot of memories!

Bonus tip: have a sense of humor! It can be frustrating when you want to take a shower, but someone is using the bathroom. It can seem like, no matter where I am the kids want to be RIGHT there with me. I love that they are always near, but sometimes you just need to open the fridge without hitting someone in the head. The best advice I have about that, is just to laugh. It won’t last forever – soon (if they’re like I was as a teen) they’ll want to be nowhere near me, so I embrace it now and try to laugh when we trip over each other.

House stuff: couchdining room chairs, table made by my in-laws, my desk, similar shag rug (ours is from Overstock and no longer available), cowhide rug, coffee table from a flea market in LA

Wearing: Lace Top (20% off now!) / similar jeans (mine aren’t the distressed ones) / necklace

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The Best Cardigan Ever

You may have heard it before, but definitely not from me. This is the best cardigan EVER! It’s long, thick and goes with everything. I can’t get enough of it. It seems to be the cardigan that everyone is wearing this season too. I saw it on a friend at dinner and she proclaimed that her husband bought if for her and she’s been living in it ever since. Smart guy — this is amazingly comfortable and really so, so versatile. If you’ve been thinking about a new cardigan for Fall, I’d scoop this one up stat before your size is gone and you have not-buyers remorse.

Outfit details: Cardigan /Camisole / Jeans / Bag / Shoes /Stack Rings

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