Archive for August, 2013

We made it!

The first full week of school has come to an end and everyone has survived.  It is amazing what a jolt of craziness spreads throughout the entire family the first week of school.  I am so happy to report that everyone is loving it though and I have a feeling this is going to be a great year.

This week also allowed me some time to actually groom myself again.  With three little ones at home all summer, I was in DESPERATE NEED of some cleaning up.  Over the last few days I have had my eyebrows waxed, hair colored and a manicure/pedicure for the first time in SO LONG (actually embarrassed to say).  I feel like a new woman!

I am looking forward to the long weekend ahead with not much on the calendar.  Since the hubby was gone all last weekend, I feel like we missed out and have been running for two weeks straight.  I plan on making up for it this weekend with some great family time.  I am sad to say goodbye to summer but this Fall is going to be pretty awesome so I am okay with it.  

Happy Weekend.

So I went missing for a couple of days.

The hubby headed out of town for work on Saturday morning and I have spent the last four days entertaining three children over the weekend, transitioning two of them back to a school schedule, transitioning the other from a crib to a bed, dealt with a kitchen faucet that exploded and have driven them around to all their activities.  What I am trying to say is, I have not had a moment to sit down.  I almost threw a party last night when the hubby walked in the door.

After a busy few days, nothing sounded better than spending the day at the Montage, Laguna Beach.  I needed to get my hair done and conveniently do so at the Kim Vo Salon in the hotel, and my friend wanted to enjoy a facial.  It made perfect sense that we made a day out of it and enjoyed some lunch as well.

If you have not heard of the Montage, Laguna Beach, it is a diamond on the Pacific.  The entire property has breathtaking views and it is hard not to instantly relax when you pull into the valet.  Whether you are being pampered at the spa, enjoying a nice meal out, vacationing, or proposing (Yep!  Saw a couple get engaged today right before lunch), you cannot go wrong at the Montage.  

Now that the kids are back in school, I am planning on sharing more spots around Orange County to highlight some of our fabulous shopping, dining, entertaining and all things that make Orange County pretty amazing.  Keep an eye out!

It is EXTREMELY rare for me to open a catalog and HAVE to go buy something I see.  Of course they are nice to look through, give great styling ideas and provide a little thought into upcoming purchases.  They do not, however, make me run to the computer and try to grab items before I even know what I am doing.  

The recent J. Crew catalog was another story.

I could not get enough of it.  The camo, the leather, the navy.  The hats, sweatshirts, tshirts and pants.  It was out of control.  Have you seen it?  Every page offered a look that I love that I wanted to add to my Fall 2013 wardrobe.  

So yes, I made a trip to J.Crew, thanks to this catalog.  Top of my list was the above Embroidered Emblem Baseball Cap (the first baseball cap I actually liked on myself) and Horsing around sweatshirt (I mean, next trip to Santa Ynez this is a must) and I contained myself from going crazy.  If I had no self control, I would have picked up the following as well.

Camo Tee
Minnie Pant in Bi-Stretch Wool with Zippers
Merino Leather-pocket Sweater
Double-coth Moto Jacket
Just to name a few.

If you haven’t received the the catalog, I suggest you make a visit to your local J.Crew to check everything out.  You can try to order online but the hat, sweatshirt and camo t-shirt are all on backorder until October or November Yes, I tried to order online and then was the crazy person who called my local store to see if they had them in stock.
Happy Monday. 
A crazy sunset over the water in Princeville, Kauai
What a week of changes.
We said farewell to summer.
The Oldest started 3rd grade.
Middle Man started Kindergarten.
Baby Girl transitioned from a crib to a bed.
I woke up and realized I am no longer a mom of babies but of kids.

We are going to spend this weekend settling into these new changes and adjusting to the earlier wake up times.  If you missed it this week…
 Have you made your mark?
I am obsessed with this Fall 2013 collection
These little BFF’s are too cute
I imagined my Saturday morning in this
Happy Weekend.
I have a huge love for robes and I am already dreaming about how cozy and luxe this Emerson Frye Kimono would be.

It had me at “double silk” and “monogram”
I can see myself sipping tea on a Sunday morning, wearing this and reading the September issues.
Yes, I do imagine myself wearing things.  You don’t?

The shoes are not too shabby either (and on sale!).
Once upon a time, there were Best Friends.
They both had daughters the same age.
Even though they live in different states, they decided their daughters needed to be Best Friends too.

So far, it is working.

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that there is one piece I could not get enough of this summer.  My Heidi Merrick Seaward dress has become one of my favorite dresses in my closet.  With it’s style, sophistication and comfort, it epitomizes my summer style and has been worn from wine tasting to birthday parties over the last few months.    

If you haven’t heard of Heidi Merrick it is about time that you did. The locally designed and produced collection bring all that is California to life through creating pieces which incorporate the colors and clean lines of the ocean.  Heidi began the line in 2006 and has continued to keep true to the essence of the California lifestyle.  Every piece you try on is cut perfectly, extremely flattering but still easy to move in.   

I took a look at her  Fall 2013 collection and I absolutely dying.  The textures, the leather, the prints and the colors are incredible.

Fall doesn’t get any better than this and I could wear any of these pieces over and over again.  I just love when you find a designer that seems to be designing just for you.  I find the Heidi Merrick collection locally at one of my favorite boutiques, Bardot in Newport Beach, but you can also shop online.

I have and always will be a fan of the monogram.  Whether is it for a personalized gift, linens for the home or simply something for myself, I feel adding a monogram is always a special touch.

Part of the Pottery Barn/William Sonoma family, Mark and Graham offers an array of leather goods, totes, jewelry and home goods, all with personalization and monogramming options.  Their manifesto is easy. “We believe that a mark means more than a symbol; it is an artful mingling of typography and design that turns a gift into a personal gesture”.  I completely agree.  Plus, they offer free monogramming on all the their products, which I appreciate.  I also love the numerous monogram options they have.  There is truly one for everyone, depending on your taste.  The only problem with shopping their site is deciding what to order.  Top of my list right now is the Everyday Leather Tote but really, there are numerous items I love.  I have shared a few of them below but you can shop the entire site by clicking here.

Everyday Leather Tote / Everyday Two-in-One Leather Wallet / Everyday Leather Zip Pouch
Make Your Mark Cotton Duvet + Shams / Linen Satin Stitch Cocktail Napkins
Canvas Tote / Colorfield Tote

Last week when I was in LA, I had lunch at The Fat Cow, a great restaurant located at The Grove.  I was in a salad mood and ordered their “Skinny Cow Chopped Salad”.  It is one of the best salads I have ever had and have been thinking about recreating it ever since.

Last night we met up with some friends in Palm Desert to relax, BBQ and let the kids play.  We were in charge of a salad so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to gather all the ingredients and try this salad out.  It was nutrient dense, easy to throw together and a delicious compliment to the food.  I have found a new staple for our menu at home.

Ingredients needed:
Shredded Cabbage
Shredded Carrots
Chopped Radishes
Pumpkins Seeds
Sunflowers Seeds
Dressing of your choice, but I suggest a vinaigrette to keep it light

Here it is.  What I plan to wear all of Fall.  Simple white tees, oversized jackets, skinny jeans and of course a bit of leopard thrown in.  Chic and Simple.  Perfect for all the taxi-driving I am going to begin to do compliments of my kiddos.