endless summer

today marks the official last day of summer (until 10pm, when the autumnal equinox begins), though if you’re living in southern california, you wouldn’t know it. i’m pretty sure the high is 95 degrees today, and it probably won’t be cooling down for at least another month. needless to say, we’ve spent our fair share of leisure time at the pool this season. dressing for the occasion, however, has not been quite as easy. i don’t tend to accentuate this feature in my daily outfits, but it’s no secret that i have a rather large bust. so big that it is basically impossible for me to fit into a straight sized swimsuit, especially since i’m currently breastfeeding and am wearing an even larger cup size than usual. i’ve done well in that past with esther williams one-piece suits, but if i really want something that fits properly, my newest solution has been to pick out a swimsuit top made in specialty bra sizes that i can mix and match with different bottoms.

after tirelessly searching for brands that cater to full-busted ladies, i finally found the fantasie versailles underwire swim top, and have been happily wearing it all summer. it comes in a generous range of sizes from 30D through 40GG. and if you’re wondering what size i’m wearing, i got a 32GG. it’s a cup size larger than what i’ve been wearing in regular bras, but i’ve noticed that swimwear tends to run on the smaller size. considering that finding the right size is my biggest challenge, i’m pretty much just happy that it fits, but i also appreciate that it offers full coverage and that it is constructed with a 3-part interior underwire cup, offering a lot more support than most regular swimsuits.

in other news, my boyfriend insisted that i mention the watch that i’m wearing. he’s quite the watch collector and i did happen to borrow it from him. it’s a seiko automatic dive watch fashioned after the rolex submariner that james bond wears in the 1963 movie dr. no, complete with a nato strap (though if we were being totally true to the movie, the strap would be grey with two black stripes). i didn’t know any of this before i borrowed it, but i really like the retro vibe, and now i like it even more knowing the backstory. it’s also kinda fun that you can wear it underwater up to 200 meters deep. not that i’ll be going anywhere besides the shallow end of the pool any time soon!

wearing:
fantasie versailles underwire swim top courtesy of herroom
minnow bathers high rise swim bottoms
birkenstock arizona sandals
seiko skx007 diver watch
horseshoe ring courtesy of erica weiner
aquamarine pebble ring by giantlion for of a kind
gold scoop ring courtesy of giantlion
rose gold pinch pure cuff courtesy of nashelle



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adam: 32 weeks

there’s just something about a baby in a fresh white onesie, all cozy and wrapped up in blankets… here’s my little guy at 32 weeks. you can see that his two bottom teeth were just breaking through. i didn’t even know he was teething until i felt his gums and noticed that a tooth had broken through! to be fair, i didn’t know what to look out for, and i did have an inkling that there was something going on because he kept making these funny faces, sucking on his bottom lip. thankfully he didn’t get sick or feverish or even especially cranky about it. i can’t say the same about his top two teeth that are now growing in, but he’s still all smiles most of the time, even when you can tell he doesn’t feel too great.

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family affairs spring 2015 preview

and now to completely switch gears, today i’m excited to be sharing a preview of the upcoming family affairs spring 2015 collection, “ti amo.” i’ve long been a fan of nina’s dreamy designs, and this collection is no exception. she’s created a fun and playful selection of cute printed dresses in easy designs, perfect for frolicking around on summer adventures. not only that, but the lookbook was shot by one of my favorite photographers, amber byrne mahoney.

“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 cute orange creamsicle shirt dress above, but i’m also loving her geometric crystal design below. ooh, i can’t wait to see the full collection!

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tradlands fall 2014

as i’m sure you’ve noticed by now, i’m a pretty big fan of the san francisco-based women’s shirting company, tradlands. so of course, when i got a little sneak peek at the fall 2014 collection, i couldn’t wait to share it! the new collection of shirts just launched today, and i kinda wish i could own every single one. as always, the shirts were designed right in san francisco, pulling inspiration from menswear, but tailored specifically for a woman’s body. the fabric and construction is always top notch, the types of clothes that actually get better with wear. i’m particularly keen on the mid-weight cotton, san francisco made robie shirt, but i’m also pretty excited about their heavy cotton buffalo check arapahoe flannel sewn by union workers in fall river, massachusetts.

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one step at a time

just last week, we celebrated adam’s eight month birthday. i seriously can’t believe how quickly these past eight months have flown by. i’ve mostly been focusing my energy on taking care of this little guy and adjusting to our new life here in redlands, but i would be lying if i said that i never thought about myself. i don’t know if i ever talked about it on my blog, but seeing my body right after adam was born really threw me for a loop. this kid was not small. he clocked in at 9lbs. 14oz., and that unplanned c-section was no joke. needless to say, it was difficult coming to terms with the fact that i was never going to go back to my pre-baby body, and that it would probably take a long time for my body to recover after everything it had been through.

i mean, that little guy grew to massive proportions inside of me over the course of nine months, he stretched my body to the limits and smashed all of my internal organs. then one day he was born, and i literally ballooned up into this giant pufferfish while my body adjusted to the drop in hormones while recovering from major surgery. then two weeks later, i hopped onto the scale at my doctor’s office to discover that i had literally dropped 35 pounds, leaving me with all of this strange, loose skin, and a scar that severed my abdominal muscles in half.

fortunately, i had more pressing things to worry about. like, you know, my precious little bundle of joy. so like any person trying to keep their sanity post baby, i did my best to be kind to myself. instead of dieting, i focused on taking my vitamins and eating healthy so that i could breastfeed my baby and provide him and myself with the best nutrients possible. and instead of going to the gym, i focused on holding my baby in my arms and rocking him to sleep, and taking him on long walks around the neighborhood.

and now it’s eight months later. i said goodbye to the baby weight months ago, but it’s not like i was a fitness model before i got pregnant. shoot, i had an office job and i wasn’t getting nearly enough exercise. if anything, i feel myself getting stronger than i was before. and i’m more motivated than ever to be as healthy as i can be so i can run around and chase after my little dude who’s frighteningly close to taking his first steps. so when jawbone asked if i’d be interested in partnering with them to try out their UP system, i was definitely on board. i just got my bracelet in the mail last week and have been wearing it for a couple of days. it’s been recording my sleep at night and my activity during the day, while providing me with realistic goals for both. turns out, taking care of a baby is actually a pretty good workout in itself! i’m still getting to know how it all works, but i’m going to be sharing a few updates here and there, and will be reporting back in a month to tell you how it’s working out for me.

wearing:
chambray boatneck shirt courtesy of eileen fisher
asos farleigh mom jeans
coach bucket bag courtesy of twice
sven clogs
giantlion for of a kind aquamarine ring
rose gold pinch cuff courtesy of nashelle designs
runwell watch courtesy of shinola





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ayr fall 2014

one of my favorite pieces of clothing this season was a simple japanese seeded cotton blouse from ayr. at first glance, it may not look like much, but it is absolutely my favorite top to pair with jeans or to layer with various dresses and skirts. i honestly don’t know what my summer wardrobe would have been without it, and it’s exactly the reason why i’m keeping my eye on ayr. they released their fall collection a few weeks back, and while the styling in the look book is a bit sporty for my taste, when you pare it down to the individual pieces, they really do have a great selection of luxurious basics. i’m particularly excited that they’ve introduced high rise denim, and i’m glad to see that they have plenty more shirts, sweaters, and outerwear for cooler weather on the horizon.

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earning stripes

as i write this post, i can’t help but find myself getting a little nostalgic for the summer that, as i said so myself, isn’t even over yet! but it has been a summer of so many firsts: my first summer with a baby, my first summer living in la, and then smack in the middle it became my first summer living in redlands again after being gone for over 13 years. the weather has been hot and sweltering, but i’ve been happily carting around the babe on outings around town to rediscover places old and new, and most importantly, on visits with family. together, we’ve watched him grow and develop each day, we’ve seen him learn to sit and to stand and to crawl, to clap his hands and bob up and down. to incessantly demand for mama mama mama. oh, and he waves hello and goodbye in the most deliberate way. we call it his pageant wave, and it kills me every time.

so of course, looking at these pictures, i see a mom. a woman who has grown and learned so much this summer alone. i’m forever a changed person. and yeah, that sounds cheesy, but damn if they aren’t cliches for a reason. the clothes barely matter, but even that has evolved. my style has matured, it’s become more practical and pared down. these clothes have been worn and torn and loved. and i’ve lived this summer like i never have before.

wearing:
a.p.c. crop top
kingsley dress courtesy of curator (the short version of this dress is on sale here)
swedish hasbeens peep toe high
benah for karen walker handbag
jasper sunglasses courtesy of warby parker


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elizabeth suzann fall 2014

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oh man, you guys. it’s a crazy time of year because fashion month is in full swing and we’re being bombarded by all the new spring 2015 collections, but there are also so many amazing fall lookbooks being released! as is the case with the new elizabeth suzann fall 2014 collection that just came out last week! and boy, is it a good one! at first glance, i was already sold on this perfectly slouchy cropped linn sweater in a beautiful rich moss color. there is just something so elegant and effortless about the half sleeves and dolman shape! and of course, the entire collection is filled with even more beautiful pieces in luxurious natural fibers. lots of beautiful textures and interesting silhouettes, lots of things that i want to be wearing like right now.

photos courtesy of elizabeth suzann.

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summer’s not over

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i know it’s getting chilly somewhere out there, but the temperatures are pretty damn hot around here, and i’m still holding onto these last days of summer. i’ve kinda been trying to play around with transitional elements, but it’s actually been so hot that i can just barely get away with wearing jeans. this shirt by california tailor, on the other hand, is cool gauzy perfection.

and yes, i brought the fanny pack out again. i’ve been seeing a few of them popping up on the spring 2015 runways, so i thought i’d give it another spin with this super simple outfit. it also happens to be especially convenient for weekends spent hitting estate sales and flea markets. i’ve been doing a ton of that lately, actually. it’s one of the sneaky little benefits of moving out into suburbia. lots of untapped resources out here!

wearing:
shirt no.1 in sunset blue menswear stripe courtesy of california tailor
asos farleigh mom jeans
j.crew kiki ballet flats
vintage coach belt bag

the runwell 41mm watch in brown courtesy of shinola
jasper sunglasses courtesy of warby parker
audacious lip stick in natalie courtesy of nars

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adam: 31 weeks

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here’s my little guy at 31 weeks. the week prior, we discovered that he could pull himself up into the standing position on his own! if you ask me, it’s a little soon for all that business, but this boy really wants to walk! he’s hated tummy time since he was born, but give him a chance to hold onto the edge of something or assist him with a few steps, and he’s all smiles.

wearing: gap cable knit beanie, smock shirt courtesy of willaby, koala baby pants, handmade moccs courtesy of freshly picked.

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