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 LiketoKnow.it 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 ~

Emmahlyn


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