It has been a long time since I could say the hubby and I attended a number of weddings in one year. It just hasn’t happened that often lately. There was that crazy rush between late 20’s and early 30’s that flooded our Springs and Summers with weddings. Then suddenly, nothing. Sure there was one here or there but maybe one a year. Then this year arrived and we found ourselves RSVPing to three weddings within a three month period. For my younger sister, that seems like nothing. I think she attended a wedding every month of the Summer (no joke). For us though, this was a lot and it was awesome. I absolutely love weddings. Perhaps it is my old days of coordinating them but there is just something about a wedding that puts a smile across my face and without fail, I will always cry. My favorite part of the entire night is when the Groom sees the Bride for the first time. Ahhhh!! His eyes say everything. There is something magical about the way he looks at his bride at that moment.

With three weddings, it actually took us to three different locations; Mexico, Carmel and Los Angeles. One was on the beach, one was in a Mission and one was on a Ranch. What made having three totally different types of weddings fun was having three totally different looks to wear. Each wedding was special in its own way and I am sad to say that our wedding tour has come to an end. That being said, I am coordinating one in October for the most fabulous couple (that’s right, I am back, but just for these guys!) so I will still get one more taste of wedding season before the year comes to an end.

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< dress: Erin Kleinberg / heels: Prada (simliar) / clutch: vintage >

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< dress: Tbags Los Angeles / sandals: DV by Dolce Vita (similar) >

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Friday!

There are a few reasons I am excited about it being Friday. The obvious reason is that the weekend is here. No brainer there. The second reason is that our Back to School Nights are DONE. This is the first year that all three children are at the same school BUT, based on their grades, none of the Back to School Nights overlapped, which meant we spent three evenings over the past week and a half hanging out in their classrooms. Between those, having at least two practices a day to get the kids to, and throwing in a 37th birthday, the last week has been a whirlwind and I am excited for some down time. Or at least a chance to re-group.

It rained this past week which was such a God send.  For someone who loves the heat, I am over it.  I pulled out this sweater (now on sale!) and these jeans  (also on sale!) before the second drop fell.  The next day it was back to heat but I am crossing fingers El Nino really does come!

I came across this hat and it has been worn a ton in the last week.  I love the grey and it works with just about anything.  Added bonus is that it is only $20.

J.Crew is offering 25% off the majority of their site and there is so much Fall goodness right now. I have these mules and absolutely love them.  Right now they are on sale plus the 25% off.  I also love this plaid shirt, this boucle sweater, this vest, and this dress.

As you can see from the photo, I have pulled the overalls out yet again for another Fall.  Last year I was extremely hesitant to return to this trend as I had not worn overalls since College but I finally gave in and I am so happy I did.  I love this pair from Free People because they have a skinny fit, making them look more chic and less farmer.  This season I am thinking about picking up the black pair.

As you know my birthday was on Monday and thanks to the hubby, this backpack was added to the bag collection.  I have been eyeing it for a while and must say, it is the perfect bag for all the running around I have been doing.  If you aren’t into the fringe, I really love this structured backpack as well.

Have any of you tried Sole Society shoes?  I recently picked up these heels and do love them but I am wondering about the boots.  This pair of OTK Tall boots caught my eye and I would love any feedback you have!  I also love this fringe bag from them as well.

Right now I am really into faux fur coats and vests and there are so many good ones right now at great prices.  I love this TopShop vest (also in black) and this ASOS coat.

This weekend we have an event and I am hoping I can finally wear this Erin Kleinberg dress that I picked up a few weeks ago but due to weather, it has just been sitting in my closet.  It has just been too hot!  I love it belted with tall black heels.

Did you see my post on Military jackets?  They are a favorite Fall trend and you can see the entire post here.

Have you seen the new Derek Lam 10C x Athleta collaboration?  It is chic and sporty and I love it.  Some of my favorites are these leggings, this sweater and leather tank, which could totally be worn out for a night on the town.

Classic black is my go-to when I don’t know what to wear.  I will always have a crush on all black.

 

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< dress / tote / flats (similar) >

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< sweater (sale) / tee / denim >

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When it comes to online sales, J. Crew always offers some of the best. Right now they are offering 25% off the majority of the ENTIRE SITE, making it the perfect time to pick up those Fall items you have had your eye on. I picked up these mules the moment I saw them go on sale a few weeks ago because I loved the Cranberry color for Fall but now you can get them for even less thanks to this extra 25% off. Simply use code SHOPNOW at check out. I have pulled together more classic pieces for Fall that allow you to take advantage of this code. Make sure you shop soon though. This discount only lasts until September 20th.

When it comes to Orange County weather, coats really aren’t that necessary.  I hate to admit this as I have an obsession with coats, but it is the truth.  A perfect compromise for those who still feel as if layers are needed in the Fall is a military inspired coat.  Structured, short, oversized, long.  You can always find one in your favorite fit and they work perfectly over dresses and denim, giving you some edge to your Fall wardrobe with being too bundled up.  They balance perfectly between school pick ups and date nights, transitioning between both seamlessly.  Sure you can wear it with cut offs and sandals but you can give the jacket some sex appeal with a tank, skinny jeans, and some incredible heels.

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(first row) MOTHER The Cargo Jacket
J. TOMSON Military Jacket
Sanctuary Street Smart Military Jacket
TopShop Padded Parka

(second row) Rebecca Minkoff Beckals Jacket
TopShop ‘Elsa’ Four Pocket Utility Jacket
J. Crew Military Trench Coat
NLST Oversized M65 Jacket

Here are some additional options (with vests included!) that would be perfect for Fall

37

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So, today I turn 37.

And I take birthdays very seriously. I LOVE them. Granted, this one hit me a bit as it just sounds a tad older than the other years have felt but still, I love to celebrate. Here is the thing. I see every 5 years as big celebrations. We had a big dinner party for my 30th and a pretty fab 80’s party for my 35th. And yes, I am already thinking about the big 4-0. The in between years I take a more mellow approach and just love to spend time with my favorite people. This year, I wanted to do a Duffy Boat cruise through Newport Harbor followed by dinner with the hubby and kids. He rented a boat for two hours and we cruised through the islands, which is something the kids had never done. I had one of the best times ever with them. Then we hit Red O for dinner where we stuffed our faces. I actually think I am still full. I couldn’t image a better way to ring in 37 and I cannot wait for the year ahead. Every year we receive is a gift and I am looking forward to living it to the fullest.

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And what did I wear on this little adventure?

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Three favorites in my closet right now. This denim vest, this dress and these heels.

9:11

Today, I celebrate the birth of my Middle Man.

Today, I mourn those lost 14 years ago.

Today, I refocus on what is important in life.

Today, I feel angry at those who set out to destroy.

Today, I smile at the love I have for my family, my friends and my country.

Today, I feel scared for the world we live in.

Most importantly, today I lean on my faith.

A faith that shows me that even on such a horrific day in history, the beauty of life is still present.

Happy Birthday to my Middle Man and all the children who share the September 11th birthday.

You are the gifts that help us to hope, love and know that in the end, good will always overcome.

We will never forget.

Last year I wrote a post about sharing 9/11 with my Middle Man and what his birthday means to our country.  If you are interested in reading this post, you can click here.

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< ‘Messed Up’ Heather Grey Henley c/o / ‘Alpine Retreat’ Racerback Tank c/o / ‘Alpine Retreat’ Hoodie c/o / ‘Alpine Retreat’ Yoga Pant c/o / Nike ‘Internationalist’ Sneaker >

If there is one thing that gets thrown out the window over the Summer, it is my consistent workout schedule. There is just no way. I do not have childcare which means all the speciality classes are out the window. The two older ones feel too old for the gym childcare and just won’t go anymore. My only hope is that I get a VERY quick 20 minute run while my Oldest watches the other two. And this does not work out every day simply based on our Summer activities. By the end of Summer I am craving the ability to workout without all the stress.

But then there is the motivation factor. Because of the sporadic schedules of workouts in the Summer, I do find it a tad bit hard to motivate back to my daily workout routine. I know how much I love it and how much I need it but actually getting there can sometimes be another story. Any other Moms ever in this predicament?

For that reason, Alp-N-Rock, a global, premium Sports-Fashion brand, and I teamed up to share 5 ways to help you get back into the groove and get your body moving again!

1. Find Yourself a Workout Partner
This makes all the difference. It is extremely hard to flake when someone else is depending on you to be there. Find that person that loves to workout out at the same level and amount as you and start holding each other accountable. Chat at the start of the week and agree on what you will do each day and when you will meet. Committing to each other will keep you to your word. Plus, it makes pushing yourself a lot more fun when there is someone with you to feel the pain.

2. Schedule Your Workout
We schedule everything on the calendar don’t we? Meetings, practices, birthday parties. So why don’t we schedule workouts as well? At the start of the week, I will write in my daily workout and what it will be. If there are classes I am going to take, I will go online and schedule then. That way, the entire week is scheduled and all my classes are booked. With the time committed and it worked into my schedule, it makes it easier for me to actually show up.

3. Change It Up
I find that the biggest reason I stop doing a workout is that I actually have done too much of it and I am bored. Keep it interesting! Try to do something different every day and you will find yourself not getting bored with working out but actually looking forward to the next day. My favorite things to do are run, spin and pilates so I tend to rotate each day between these, never doing the same thing two days in a row. Not only does it keep it interesting but it also works different muscles each day, which gives my body better shape and definition.

4. Get Outside
Sometimes you just need to get out of the class or gym and have some fun. There are so many great outdoor activities and nothing feels better than fresh air. Trail running/hiking, paddle boarding, boogie boarding, bike riding, swimming. The list goes on and on and makes a workout feel more like fun than anything else. Especially if you get some friends to join you. Suddenly a girls day became an awesome workout.

5. Ease In
I think that often, we get so pumped about working out again that we take it too far and find ourselves extremely sore and uncomfortable, taking away the motivation for the next day’s workout. Don’t push yourself to hard right from the start. You will get back to your level soon but let your body warm up to it. This will also help you avoid injury (we aren’t getting younger people) and allow you to hit your fitness goals faster.

So are you ready to get back into the groove? Let’s do it!

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Alp-N-Rock does not just create beautiful workout clothing but they believe the greatest luxury is the ability to give back. They donate up to 10% of their profits to fund scholarships to girls in developing countries. It is always an added bonus when you find a company that creates beautiful and comfortable pieces that also cares about giving back. I loved each piece and the way they wear while working out. I also love that the pieces all coordinate and you can have mix and match depending on your style. I went with the Alpine Retreat Collection but there are so many great designs available.  You can view their entire collection by clicking here.

Thank you Alp-N-Rock for sponsoring this post.

The final video from my Aveeno Series with PopSugar Moms has launched. This time around, I am providing some tips to give you a stress free evening, making the morning a lot easier. Here it is!

I hope you have enjoyed this series as much as I had fun making it. Just in case you missed the other two, here is my first and second video in the series.

Morning Short Cuts for Busy Moms

How to Become a Morning Person and Actually Like It

Because it wouldn’t be a holiday with some good sales…