As of Lately ...

Sunday, June 17, 2018

It's been awhile since I last chatted about the things I've been doing and adding to the wardrobe lately. For this casual weekend, I thought it would be the perfect time to cozy up and talk about some random things on the mind lately!

Vacation Planning ...

Now that I see many friends taking their long awaited Summer vacations, I feel that we are the only one's up in the air about our plans. I'm not really savvy at organizing vacations several months in advance and that's mainly because my husband has a local business that requires much of his attention. So, for the past couple of years, we have just been winging our Summer plans, depending on how much time he can actually take off. Whether we end up taking a weekend trip or week long stay away (near or far), we always manage to turn our vacations into a fun and memorable time together as a family. We like to think of it as doing that one spontaneous thing a year, while doubling up as an exciting surprise for the kids!

I'm relieved to report that one thing is definite and that is our trip to Southern California to visit my family.  We'll be making a loop first to San Diego to enjoy some laid back quality time at the beach and to also stop by some nearby attractions. It's been years since my brief visit to San Diego, so if you have any recommendations on coffee shops, restaurants, and other places to check out during our stay, please let me know in the comments below!  I sure would love to experience more of the beautiful gems this city has to offer. Oh, and I forgot to mention that this would be a road trip!!  The sound of a long distance road trip sounds cringing to some, but as a parent of younger kiddos, you come to realize that driving is just the cheapest way to go, without having to break the bank .... especially if your vacation involves spending time at theme parks and other pricey attractions!  With a lot of DVD's and some fun games, maybe we can limit the "are we there yet" complaints. Wish us luck! 

A Summer Bag Obsession ...

I don't know if you've noticed, but I've been obsessing over bags this year, more than any other.  It's the unique styles and woven bags that I'm so into right now and I love the way they dress up my summer outfits! It becomes the glamorous accessory to my flowy Summer dresses and a nice compliment to a graphic tee + denim day. This bucket bag by Staud in Rose Quartz (My new FAVORITE) and this circle bag from Zara are newbies to my collection and they've been so much fun to wear! They add a splash of excitement to each and every look I wear them with! I'll be styling them soon on my Instagram feed, so be sure to follow me on the app to shop all the items I post. Shopping is very easy through this helpful app, so I encourage you to download it if you haven't already.  

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Body Positivity and Swimming Suit Season ...

It came as a huge surprise that shopping for swimming suits this year was been a pleasant experience for me so far! Ever since having my second baby years ago, my body confidence levels have never quite been the same. So, you can imagine that when swimming suit season rolled around, it was a time I very much dreaded! Finding the right suit that flattered my figure was just like picking the perfect pair of jeans that I could never seem to find. I didn't know how to dress my new body and what would fit me on top didn't correspond with the bottom. But why did I feel differently this time around? Did my body change? Not really ... Did the way I thought about my body change? Yes, in some important ways. I want to dedicate an entire post to body positivity soon, but for now, I will say that I've become more accepting of the curves I have and once I started to understand what areas of my body I appreciated the most, shopping for suits became something I looked forward to! 

Aerie was also a huge game changer for me! They have tons of different styles and cuts that are flattering for all body types and the best part is that they were all very affordable! Since I like the look of a little side and bum exposure, this striped suit thankfully became the perfect fit for my body. Once I had that boost of confidence, it gave me the courage to order a few others linked below. For those that feel the same with their bodies, please know that we are ALL beautiful women and our bodies are worth celebrating! We don't need to be so hard on ourselves and our bodies deserve some grace.  We are doing the best we can in this busy life we live. You are amazing! ;)

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I wish you all a wonderful rest of your weekend and I can't wait to chat with you again soon! xo

Warmly ~


Wearing Linen

Friday, June 8, 2018

I've been a growing fan of linen over the past couple of years and it's one essential you'll want to have on hand during the Summer season. It's lightweight and free flowing, that absorbs moisture quite well. You can really find linen in nearly everything, from dresses, to skirts, and even in bedding. You don't have to worry about it clinging to your skin and I actually do feel a difference in terms of body temperature when I wear linen vs. silk or poly blend tops. Linen is noticeably cooling and comfortable compared to other fabrics. This is why I'm now convinced to incorporate linen sheets in our bedding, for that relaxed feel.

So what's the best way to wear linen, since I know some of you have had the same concerns with me regarding wrinkling. It's one of those expected qualities about linen and it's something I don't mind too much about because it's a charming characteristic of the fabric. These are some tips that have really helped me with all my linen pieces to keep them looking their best!

Be selective with your linen
Shop for soft linen or linen blend fabrics for a lightweight and casual feel. You don't want anything scratchy or heavy laying against your skin.

Partly dry your linen
Out of the wash, I like to dry my linen pieces until they are about 2/3rd's of the way dry, leaving a bit of dampness to the fabric. This reduces any wrinkling and the feel of crispness from the fabric. 

Use a mist of water to help take out wrinkles
Spray wrinkled areas with a mist of water to help straighten out the fabric. I just use a travel sized spray bottle that I have on hand for this. Linen dries fast, so it's a quick fix to help keep your clothes nice and neat all day.

Steaming is best!
And my most helpful tip ... Use a steamer for your linen clothing and bedding, which I feel works out the wrinkles the best and prolongs a nicer appearance to your clothing. Personally, steaming my linen pieces is less time consuming than the hassle of ironing them and I experienced a lot less wrinkling throughout the day using this steamer. Truly, the best steamer at such a great price point! For bedding, I simply run a light steam across the sheets if needed to bring back it's shape and then straighten out the top hem fully with a steamer for a soft and relaxing look. It's a pretty easy process and I don't use starch when steaming.

I hope these tips helped you with all your linen pretties and try to stay cool out there!

Warmly ~


A Home Decor Staple: Woven Baskets

Monday, June 4, 2018

I've been a huge lover of woven baskets, since my first apartment in college. It's been many years since then, but it's the one decorative item that travels with me wherever I go. A long time home decor staple for sure! In fact, my mom laughs at me every time we shop together because she knows that 9 times out of 10, I will always come around the corner with some sort of basket in my shopping cart. What can I say ... they're versatile, functional, and pretty to look at! An easy place for storing pillows, throws, books, and many of your odds and ends around the house. Simply tuck them under a coffee table, place them alongside your sofa, and in the corner of a room to add texture and warmth to your space. They're also brilliant as planters for your indoor house plants and herb gardens.  

There are so many options are out there now-a-days for wovens and baskets in general, with a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials to fit anyone's style. I even snuck in a pop of wired and leather baskets in the bedrooms around the house. Baskets are really my best kept secret for staying organized and tidy around the house, which is why I love using them so much in design!

So, I've rounded up loads of woven baskets I've been swooning over lately, from Moroccan to modern. Baskets are my sweet treat and when you shop these, you'll see why! 

Inspirational Pillow | Sew & Cloth Pillow (Similar here)

Wovens and a few other styles to fancy over!

Warmly ~

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