esby apparel fall 2016

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for a few seasons running now, i have been so in love with everything that esby apparel puts out. even though i’m still not quite ready for summer to be over, this new fall 2016 look book is definitely getting me in the mood. you know how much i love a good one piece, so of course their new duffy jumper in ivory is at the very top of my list. as are many of their other effortless wardrobe staples for fall. one thing i especially love is their use of natural fibers like cotton, linen, and silk. i have a jumpsuit from last season that has been washed and worn that only seems to get better with time. and i can’t wait to incorporate even more of their lovely clothes into my wardrobe this season.

the fall collection is already up and available on the site. so definitely go shop esby!

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montessori at home

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i haven’t written an official post about it here on the blog, but if you follow me on instagram, then you may have seen me talking a bit about how we’ve adopted the montessori method at home. before adam was born, i was vaguely familiar with the philosophies behind it, in large part because my mom was a reggio educator and had a lot of experience with early childhood education. but that was pretty much the extent of it. in fact, to this day, i’ve never read a parenting book or how-to. so when it came time for me to pull together his nursery, i kinda just did the traditional thing: crib, dresser with a changing table, shelves filled with brightly colored toys, a rocking chair. i hadn’t even considered that there might be alternative ways to set up a room that might be more “kid friendly.” and it totally worked for the baby stage. but they’re really only immobile for about 6 months before they begin to start crawling around, ready to explore the word around them. and it was around that time that my little mister decided to start reaching up for toys sitting high above his head on the shelf in his room or at the dinner table, a recipe for disaster.

my first instinct was to buy a baby gate to restrict his access to dangerous parts of the house (which is a really good idea, by the way). but he was so interested in playing in the kitchen, pulling out utensils and things, touching, exploring. it seemed more natural to give him a safe way to access those or similar items to fuel his curiosity. i didn’t realize it at the time, but this post i pulled together about “what’s in adam’s bag” was totally my first experiment with what you might consider montessori. i tried to think like a baby and essentially shrunk down the adult version of my own purse into a bag full of developmentally appropriate toys for a curious baby.

fast forward a couple of years and adam is now enrolled in a local montessori school, and we’ve gone full-fledged montessori at home. we aren’t militant about it or anything, but whenever i see a way that i can adapt my home that allows adam to do things independently, then i certainly try to do it! his room is probably the best example, with a low shelf filled with baskets, each one containing a different activity. the same goes for his book shelf, clothes rack, and floor bed. the idea being that if i shrink down everything to his level, then he can do practically everything he needs without having to ask for help. it’s a bit harder in the kitchen, but he has a step stool that he can move around the room so he can climb up to the counters and help us with food prep. and he has a little set-up under the work bench with a few canisters of snacks, a tiny cup and pitcher so he can serve himself water, and wooden bowls and utensils that he can get for himself.

like everything with parenting, it’s just a work in progress. we don’t think we’re perfect, and we’re not trying to be, but it’s something that we’ve found has worked really well for our family. so as i pull together the house, i hope to share more about the why and how when it comes to adopting montessori at home. so stay tuned for more of my little “montessori series” here on the blog!

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poolside office

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nope, not on vacation, but doing the next best thing. hanging out at my mid century poolside office on a lazy hazy summer day! over the past several weeks, i’ve partnered with my friends at hp to share a bit about the new spectre laptop (see my first and second post). and today, i’m rounding things out and looking back at how it’s helped me to get inspired, and dive back in to blogging full time. as a mother to two small children, it’s really important for me to be as flexible as possible with my schedule. i don’t work the traditional 9 to 5, so having a super lightweight laptop that packs a powerful punch has become my secret weapon for getting work done. i had previously thought that i would need to be tethered to my desktop computer in order to upload and edit all of my photos. these tasks take up a huge amount of memory and require fast processing if you don’t want your computer to slow to a snails pace. but thankfully, with 9 hours of battery life, up to 512GB of PCIe-based SSD storage, a 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i Processor, and up 8GB of memory, my laptop can do all the heavy lifting even when i’m sipping iced coffee by the pool.

once i realized that i had all of this capability right at my fingertips, i was feeling inspired and really hit the ground running. i set up a super lightweight at-home workspace with a standing desk so that i could quickly and easily stop by to answer emails, edit photos, and keep on top of my social feeds, while still having the flexibility of switching gears when i need to pick adam up from school or take edie on an afternoon stroll. the space turned out to be really beautiful and inviting, and just having some fun setting things up was really what i needed to get into the right creative headspace for blogging. and of course, the spectre fits in perfectly with the decor. the simple hinge design was inspired by high-end furniture details, and it’s crafted with carbon fiber and aluminum for a luxurious finish.

but just as important as it is for me to have a beautiful and functional workspace inside the home, sometimes it’s good to get outside to clear your head. adam has been having fun learning to swim this summer, so i’ve gotten into the habit of setting up my laptop poolside while he takes his lessons. it’s a nice change of pace, and it really helps me to get the creative juices flowing, especially when i can take short breaks to play with the kids or swim a few laps in the pool. this shift in how i approach work and productivity has made a huge difference in my life, and for the first time in a long time, i’m feeling really excited about blogging. i feel like i’m rediscovering my creative voice and i have so much i want to continue to share. so here’s to being positive and looking forward to great things ahead!

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georgia o’keeffe

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here’s a little story about me. maybe some would disagree, but in my recollection, i was a total art kid in high school. my boyfriend at the time worked at the local children’s bookstore, and hidden in the back room was a women’s reading room. i hadn’t ever thought about how cool that was until i became an adult, but that little room was filled with feminist women’s literature, and now that i think about it, probably had a strong impact on me as i grew into an adult. i would ride my bike there on summer afternoons to meet my boyfriend for lunch, and ended up spending hours sitting on the floor in that little room, leafing through the books. occasionally, i’d buy something that would catch my eye long enough to consider taking it home. and somewhere buried in a box i probably still have my copy of the now out-of-print georgia o’keefe at ghost ranch. i would flip through those pages and dream about living in new mexico, spending my days collecting objects in the dessert, hanging out with coyotes, and painting masterpieces. it’s kind of funny to think about, because at the time, i was a silly punk kid wearing thrift store clothes with my hair dyed pink. but now, all these years later, that book seems to resonate with me more than ever. and it’s a huge influence over how i want to dress and decorate my home. lately, all i wanna do is dress like georgia o’keeffe and hang out in some artsy abode surrounded by pottery and giant paintings, haha.

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enter to win $100 to ozma of california!

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my summer wardrobe this year has been all about really easy linen pieces, like this simple jumpsuit by ozma of california. i really love the way you can completely change the look of it depending on how you feel. wear it with a belt for a slightly more vintage-inspired vibe, or wear it loose and oversized for a more beachy, laid back look. it’s basically perfect because those two looks pretty much sum-up the way i’ve been feeling about getting dressed lately. resort vibes forever, because this is california after all!

but more importantly, i’ve teamed up with this san-francisco based brand to offer you the opportunity to win a $100 gift card towards anything in the shop! if you’re not in the mood for a jumpsuit, there’s a really sweet crop top and skirt combo, or an incredible pair of high rise wide leg pants. enter below!

Enter to win $100 to OZMA of California

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summer picnic vibes

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stopping in on a hot summer day to share a few photos of my littles. edie is already three months old, and adam turned two and a half earlier this month! seeing them together like this, i can’t believe what a big boy adam has become! it’s almost more than my heart can bear. they’re both dressed up for summer in head-to-toe janie and jack, but adam is kinda stealing the show with his too-cool-for-school attitude. if i had to choose one photo to commemorate summer, this would definitely be it. these two kids are my whole entire world.

if you’re looking for some cool summer clothes, janie and jack has tons of timeless classic styles to choose from. adam has a slightly nautical vibe with his chambray, linen, and boat shoes while edith is working on her tomboy vibes in a classic baby boy outfit that works just as well on little girls. shop their looks below:

edie’s look:
gingham one piece | saddle crib shoe | bucket hat | plush giraffe rattle

adam’s look:
chambray shirt | linen blend pant | classic boat shoe | tortoise sunglasses

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this post was created in partnership with janie and jack.

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brookes boswell fall 2016

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over the past couple of years, brookes boswell has become my number one when it comes to hats. this portland-based milliner makes all of her hats by hand, and her designs are top notch. the new fall 2016 collection is out, and my wishlist is long. these are some of my favorites, but there are even more available on her site. and, in addition to her collection, she’s also recently opened up an online shop and brick & mortar boutique in portland. next time i got on vacation up there, i am definitely going to make it a point to stop by.

shop brookes boswell!

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the jersey dress

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hard to believe it, but my little baby edith is three months old today! we’ve made it through the “fourth trimester,” and i can no longer call her a newborn. she has been good to me so far, happy and healthy, growing and developing right on track. she’s an excellent sleeper at night just like her big brother, but she does make up for it during the day. i have to fight her pretty hard to get her down for naps because apparently she did not get the memo about the importance of sleep. she would much prefer to hang out and give her mama smiles, or practice tummy time. she can already hold her head up and roll over, and she is desperately trying to sit up already! yikes!

needless to say, babywearing has definitely come in handy not only when i need to get things done, but also when i need to get her to sleep! so i thought i’d share this really simple outfit just to give an example of what to wear while babywearing. it varies depending one what type of carrier i’m using, but i really love to pair my sakura bloom linen ring sling with simple dresses like this one from storq. it might not come across in photos, but this dress is seriously amazing. it is a super soft and stretchy modal jersey, which i highly prefer over cotton because it tends to maintain better shape and is somehow a million times softer. and if you’re anxious about wearing something that clings to the body, don’t worry, it is not flimsy or sheer in the least. i actually wore this dress to the hospital the day edie was born, pulled it on for my first walk around the maternity ward after she arrived, and wore it a ton in the first few weeks after we brought her home. the scoop neck makes it easy to pull down for nursing, so you can even breastfeed while babywearing if you’re feeling up to it!

if you’re looking for more tips, you can check out my guide on what to wear when you’re expecting (which includes this same dress!) or take a peek at some of my 4th trimester outfits.

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hdh plus fall 2016

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i know it seems a little bit crazy to be thinking about fall clothes in the middle of a heat wave, but the temperatures will be cooling off before we know it, and hackwith design house has got us covered with their upcoming fall 2016 plus collection. the new pieces will launch on august 22, and we cannot wait to check them out. you may remember last summer my sister decided to start sharing some plus size content on my blog, but our plans quickly lost traction with the news that i was expecting a baby. she’s still been hanging out behind-the-scenes, primarily helping me out with vintage sales, but now that our schedules are starting to get normal again, she’s gearing up to start sharing more. and i can definitely see her rocking some of these styles.

in the meantime, if you’re not quite ready to start planning for fall, almost all of their current plus offerings are on sale now!

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along for the ride

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having a new little addition to our family means we’ve had to acquire a few new things to accommodate her. one super crucial item was a car seat. in california, you literally can’t leave the hospital without one that is properly fitted for an infant, so it was pretty high on our list of essentials. unfortunately, i was feeling pretty immobile towards the end of my pregnancy, so you know i breathed a huge sigh of relief when maxi cosi sent us two brand new car seats for the big day! the timing could not have been better because adam was rapidly growing out of his (and destroying it with cheesy crackers and juice in the process), and of course, edie had to have hers for her very first car ride home.

so the day before edie was born, i unwrapped these beauties from their packaging. i picked out the mico max 30 for edie, and adam got the pria 85 in matching black. call me boring, but i wanted something subtle that would fit in with the grey interiors of our car, but they also have a ton of bright colors from navy to green or even pink and purple! the infant car seat is great because it works for babies from 4 – 30 pounds or up to 32″ while the convertible car seat will work for a child from 14 – 85 pounds or 52″ tall. adam is a really big kid for his age, so this is really great because we literally won’t have to buy another car seat for adam at all! and hopefully edie to take his place once she reaches the limit in hers. and it makes me happy to see them both sitting in the back of the car in their little matching seats!

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