Going to Nashville was on my bucket list for 2015, so I jumped at the chance to head there with my oldest girlfriends for some country music, farm-to-table dinners, lemonade on the porch, great coffee, and local shopping. It was hotter than you could imagine which made the pregnancy symptoms come out ten fold (swollen feet and general slothness galore) but I didn’t care because I was too busy taking in everything the city had to offer with my girls…
KITTY was such a cool boutique with so many edgy pieces I was so sad to leave behind, like that fringe bag.
Pinewood Social – coffee shop / bar / restaurant / bowling alley / pool – a unique spot with something for everyone and every mood, so we went there twice.
If it isn’t already obvious, gold is kind of my thing. My home has gold details scattered in everything from the bar cart down to the fridge magnets and of course, the golden dinosaurs (must haves for all). There isn’t any part of my life that doesn’t have a little touch of this metal to it. Let’s not make this about me though, let’s think about how killer you’d look in some golden shorts with a crisp white button down in the heat of July. Summer is the best time to sprinkle some gold with cool blue cutoffs, nautical stripes, chambray, and bright orange nails. You can go as far as throwing on a gold shirtdress to keeping it to small accessories like a wallet to just dip your toes in. Any way you decide to try it, gold will surely add some shine in your life.
When it comes to pastels, it doesn’t get more soothing than a dusty blue. The thing about this color that mystifies me is how natural it is to style in an edgy way (hi Givenchy Pandora). It’s soft and subtle yet makes a big statement for anyone (like me) who avoids wearing color. I’d work this into my wardrobe as a neutral any day. As we head into LA’s June Gloom, I’m ready to embrace the mist.
Ahhh! I am so excited to finally share my FIRST EVER YouTube video! This is huge for me as it’s something I have always wanted to do but I just felt too scared. I guess I just didn’t know where to begin. I knew I wanted it to be more authentic and personal than “professional,” so I could just be myself and not be too “packaged.” That’s what I love about the YouTube channels I watch – when I feel like I’m getting to know the person. Doing that myself felt so daunting though! But this has been on my list of New Years resolutions multiple years in a row and I decided it was finally time to pull the trigger. I hope you guys like it and definitely please subscribe to my channel! I may not always post every video here on the blog – some may just go up for the YouTube world, so be sure to subscribe if you don’t want to miss any videos. There will be another one up tomorrow too. Eee!
Western wear is in full force this year, and while fringe plays a big role, there’s a color that is stronger than ever. Camel is everywhere you look this season. Pick up any fashion magazine this month and you’ll find suede jackets, skirts, and sandals in this golden hue. It’s a color that reaches for warmth as we’re getting closer to summer every day. You could go full 70’s and wear this color with a pair of blue flared jeans or keep it simple by just throwing on that trench coat you swore you needed. Wear it in a structured jumpsuit or romper for more of an African safari look. Camel instantly makes you look and feel richer, which is why brands like Chloe and Saint Laurent are churning out multiple pieces in it this season. Have no fear though, it’s only a matter of weeks before the color trickles into H&M and Zara so all of us can get a little taste of this timeless tone.
I’m so excited to share with you guys my newest project: a baby girl due October 18th! Of course you can expect more details and inspiration to come but for now Ian and I are just so happy to be able to come out of hiding and share the news. We’re so thrilled to be adding to our family and can’t wait/are completely terrified for what’s to come! As you can see, Kenzie and Emmy can barely contain their excitement too…
April! This might be the one time in the year that we can say “I thought it would never come,” instead of “How is it already here?” With those long winter months behind us, April is all about springing back to life as the days get longer and warmer. We’re finally breaking out of our hibernation and looking forward to the season ahead, doing some spring cleaning and making plans for summer. It’s time for colors to quietly make their way back into our wardrobes in the form of pastels and light washed denim. It’s also the rise of festival season, putting a a whimsical feeling in the air that makes feathers and flowers feel so right. So it’s time to embrace spring as we crawl out of our winter sweaters and into some crisp tee’s. This month I’ll do my usual bi-yearly closet detox, moving all the heavy stuff to the back and the crisp white denim and flowy tops to the front, getting rid of anything that’s not worthy of staying with me through the new season. It’s always so refreshing to do this time of year, and it gets me thinking about my summer style inspiration. Sure we have a ways to go til it’s officially summer, but it’s never too soon to be eager about the warm weather that lies ahead. Hello April!
If you missed the oxblood boat in 2013, here’s your chance to patch up your burgundy-toned woes. Marsala, a dustier, more muted version of the color was dubbed the hue of 2015 by Pantone in December and it hasn’t stopped popping up since. It’s a versatile color that has a neutral feeling to it instead of a statement one that’s easy to work into your wardrobe and your home decor. Since it’s an easy color to wear, you can get a little more splurgey on the more special pieces. If you feel like you have enough black totes, maybe it’s time to move over to one in marsala. It matches with basically everything and will add interest to a simpler outfit. The color has a richness that will never get old or tired, so whether you’re buying it in basics or splurging on luxuries, invest in marsala now and wear it forever.
I’ve always loved the feeling of opportunity that comes in with January. There’s nothing better than a clean slate with a fulfilled, wiser mind and a whole year ahead of you to fill up with new stories, accomplishments, and memories. Right now though, it’s refreshing to embrace a quieter time – one we like to spend cozying up inside and away from the cold. It’s OK to be in hibernation mode but it’s also a great opporunity to dive into proactivity mode. This month gets us focused on what matters most, whether it’s our careers, our health, or our loved ones… I can’t wait to take advantage of this month to get a running start on 2015 to make it the best one yet. Hopefully it sticks around longer than 2014 did. So hello new year, and hello January.
I’m starting to think that I need to start calling these posts on the 1st of the month “Hello [month]… WTF?” because that’s how I feel every time a new month is here in the flashest of flashes. W.T.F. Seriously though – it’s so hard to wrap my head around how fast this entire year has gone by. It literally feels like just yesterday we were ringing in 2014 and in the blink of an eye we’ve arrived at December. This month is definitely one of the busiest with all the holiday parties to attend, gift shopping, and, for some, traveling across the country to visit loved ones, all while trying to keep our lives together. I don’t know how we do it. Maybe that’s what holiday magic is- somehow making it all work before you sit down for Christmas dinner. The best part about this month is that it always goes out with a bang and a side of fireworks when we welcome the new year. So while we’re getting lost in gift shopping and endless party dress hunting, it’s important to reflect on everything we’ve learned this year and how we’re going to make next year an even better one. But first let’s relish in holidays movie marathons, crackling fireplaces, and mulled cider. Hello December.