family affairs spring 2015

back in september, i posted a little preview, but now the full family affairs spring 2015 collection is available for purchase, and i am swooning over nina’s cute prints and fun silhouettes. i am especially in love with the lookbook, shot by one of my favorite photographers, amber byrne mahoney. the collection, titled ti amo, is inspired by “eating peaches in the hammock, falling in love like a teenager, huge agave plants in elba, white heat on the autostrada, being the first person at the bakery, and grandma’s white sheets in the mediterranean sun.” i think my favorite is the amazing river crystal jumpsuit, but i’m also pretty enamored with the  ti amo frenchie crop top!

head over to family affairs to shop the collection!

credit: photography by amber byrne mahoney, hair by rubi jones, makeup by allison perlstein, styling by nina egli, modeled by tara violet niami.











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wrap happy

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the flowers are blooming, the weather is hot, and i’ve been stuck inside for the past several days taking care of a baby with a really nasty cold. we normally spend a lot of time out of the house, so it’s rough being cooped-up inside, especially when the weather is so nice. we’ve been alternating between episodes of yo gabba gabba, taking quick baths to help him clear his chest, napping, and going on walks around the neighborhood for fresh air. all of which has been made much easer with my the help of my new tula woven wrap. when babies are sick, they just want to be held nonstop, and without a carrier of some sort, i think my arms might fall off! i definitely prefer this to propping him up on my hip because his weight is more evenly distributed across my back, and my hands are free so i can get things done around the house. bonus points: these wraps must be woven with some kind of magic, because when you put a baby in one of these, they usually pass out in 5 minutes flat!

i’ve worn adam in a soft sided carrier since he was a tiny baby because it was super convenient and easy to use, but i was always intrigued and intimidated by woven wraps. they come in all sorts of pretty patterns, and they look nice and comfy, but the wrapping techniques look really complicated. but now that i’ve given it a try (with the help of this video), i wish i had gotten one sooner! it’s really not hard to do, and they are super comfortable even with a large baby like adam!  i like the pretty mustard yellow pattern on this wrap, and i’ve been having fun figuring out how to coordinate it with my outfits. so far, i’ve discovered that simple jumpsuits like this are a really good option because they stay put when you’re pulling the wrap up and around you and baby.

in fact, i’m beginning to think i could write a whole book about what to wear while babywearing. or at least a comprehensive blog post! so stay tuned because i’ve got a few more suggestions on the way. and feel free to ask me any questions you might have about wraps or carriers or babywearing in general!

wearing:
lauren moffatt romper (past season)
brookes boswell wakefield hat in panana straw
tuto sandals
migaloo woven wrap courtesy of tula
clare v. messenger
shinola runwell watch
gillian steinhardt right hand charm bracelet courtesy of aro

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isabel wilson spring 2015

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the new isabel wilson spring 2015 collection is all kinds of dreamy! i love the interesting color scheme: grass greens, bright red and coral, with little pops of light and navy blue all shot against a dreamy pastoral backdrop. it’s making me feel like riding my bike to the park for a picnic to enjoy these warm spring days. and with all of her pieces designed and sewn in new york, i don’t think i will be able to resist picking up a pair of those grass print pants!

photo credit: isabel wilson

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a nursery sneak peek with munchkin!

back when adam was just a tiny babe, i half-jokingly declared that i would consider it an accomplishment if i managed to photograph the nursery before he was a year old. and here we are. adam is 14 months old, and i’m finally getting around to it! besides the fact that i have never photographed or shared any of my interiors on the blog before, i think my biggest hurdle was that i kept expecting the room to be “finished” one day. but then, as i rearranged the room for the millionth time since he was born, i realized that there would never be an end point. a home is this living, breathing thing that grows and changes right along with us. adam’s needs are ever-changing, and so is his room. (and with any luck, we’ll be moving out of this place very soon, so i really need to document it before we leave. more on that later!)

so in the spirit of building things up, i partnered with munchkin to give you a little tease before the big reveal. most of the room has remained pretty much the same since adam was born, but i’ve been making important additions to the room here and there. one such essential came in the form of our new arm & hammer diaper pail that we received courtesy of munchkin. i had originally picked up a little stainless steel step can because i thought it looked nice, and i honestly never even considered using a diaper pail. and i got away without one for quite a few months before i started to notice a particularly offensive funk wafting from the nursery. unless you plan to make multiple trips to the dumpster throughout the day, a regular can just isn’t gonna cut it. needless to say, i was pretty relieved to finally make the upgrade, especially after having to explain the stink to guests a few too many times…

and with that final odor-free addition, i can finally say that i’m ready to share the nursery! hope you enjoy the photos, and stay tuned for the full reveal coming soon!

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houses of redlands

i know i’ve mentioned this a few times before, but i am absolutely charmed by the vintage architecture here in redlands. so much so, that i find myself snapping quick pictures of my favorite houses while i wander around on walks in the historic district where i live. there are a number of buildings listed in the national register of historic places, or designated as california historical landmarks. i’ve been posting enough pictures to instagram, that i decided to start filing them all under the rather predictable hashtag #housesofredlands.

it’s just a fun little hobby for me, but it’s really been gaining steam now that i’m in the market for a house of my own. i find myself more intrigued with little details like walkways and landscaping, paint colors and porch covers. here’s a little selection of some of the photos i’ve taken. and of course, you can see more on my instagram.









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outfit: the denim dress

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with the temperatures warming up, i can already tell that simple shift dresses like this one will be overtaking my wardrobe in the coming months. i wore this easy dress while painting a wall in adam’s nursery this weekend, and literally snapped these photos between drying coats of paint. i finally got his nursery “photo shoot ready” so i could share pictures on the blog, and i wore this dress while painting thinking that it might add some character if a bit of paint were to land on it. unfortunately, i wasn’t messy enough for it to happen organically, and not quite ballsy enough to just go at it with a paint brush. either way, it was the perfect thing to wear because it felt just as appropriate while going to a morning walk, painting a bedroom, or grabbing a late lunch downtown. definitely the types of clothes i love the most.

wearing:
monki raw hem denim dress courtesy of asos
brookes boswell wakefield in panama straw
vintage ankle boots
clare v. messenger tote in navy
thrifted brass cuff bracelet
gillian steinhardt right hand charm bracelet courtesy of aro
shinola runwell watch


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crescioni spring 2015

the weather is already warm here in my little corner of southern califonia, so i’ve been scramblng to get a handle on my summer style. and the lookbook for los angeles-based designer crescioni is a pretty darn good start. made using traditional craft techniques inspired by the spirit of the American west, these cool leather and brass statement jewels and accessories are perfect for pairing with breezy linen dresses andbig straw hats.

photo credit: andrew lee

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redlands city guide: à la minute

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after moving back to redlands last year, i’ve been wanting to start a city guide series to highlight some of my favorite spots in town. even though i grew up here, i was never fully able to appreciate just how charming this southern california town really is. at least not until moving back as an adult. unfortunately, this lofty project has been much harder to plan and execute than i thought, and the whole thing ended up on the backburner as a result. my series of photos from local ice cream shop à la minute were a casualty of this shuffling of priorities, and i feel really bad that i never posted them despite the fact that we shot them back in october! better late than never?

since à la minute opened shop on citrus ave. a three years ago, they have expanded their ice cream empire to include sister locations in historic downtown orange and the charming college town of claremont. they boast a delicious menu of ice cream flavors made with whole milk from straus organic creamery with many of their flavors being seasonally sourced from local businesses. each serving is made-to-order in a kitchen-aid mixer using liquid nitrogen to freeze all of the ingredients together right in front of your eyes. it’s quite novel to watch them flip on the machine and listen to the quick whir of the paddle as a billowing cloud of white smoke pours out, and your little cup of ice cream emerges. current flavors on the menu include orange honey made with locally sourced farquar farms citrus and soffel farms honey, and chocolate lavender made with chocolate from nearby shop parliament chocolate. this in addition to a rotating menu of seasonal delights.

so on one warm weekend morning, i met up with sisters and creative duo joy and promise newell to snap a few photos of this beloved local spot.


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clare v. fall 2015 lookbook

i know i’m jumping ahead a little bit here, but i came across the new clare v. fall 2015 lookbook while browsing pinterest last night, and i couldn’t wait to share. i’m pretty excited about the new spring collection, especially this tennis print fannypack, but the fall collection is hitting all the right notes for me. fortunately, their bags really are timeless, and seasonless, for that matter. meaning that you really can’t go wrong.

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giveaway: natalie joy jewelry

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today i am excited to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of natalie joy jewelry. i actually connected with this portland-based jewelry designer through the magic of instagram. i caught sight of a pair of earrings and it was love at first sight. so i am especially pleased to be able to offer you the chance to win any one in-stock item of your choice. today i’m showing off the dreamcatcher necklace, but there are so many more lovely pieces on her site to choose from.

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