Archives: June 2013

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The Del Mar Fair has kind of become our summer tradition.  We spend way to much money and stuff ourselves with awful food….but there is something about it that keeps us coming back.  Sam and I met at this fair way back when.  Not in a weird sort of way….but just the typical friends meeting up with friends.  I remember standing in line with him for one of those terrible caged twisting upside down rides and watching a guy throw up all over the place.  He staggered out of his cage and the workers blasted it with a hose, quickly motioning for their next victim.  Clearly, this wasn’t the first time it had happened.  Needless to say, we decided to forgo that ride together, but we did exchange numbers…and the rest is history.

This was Rylee’s first fair experience.  We decided we need to give her another year before she can really enjoy it…..but at least the cheese curds and the farm animals were a hit.  I think we both wanted to take home a piglet!  We are headed to Wisconsin next week, so I have a feeling more cheese curds are on the horizon, and I’m more than ok with that.

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  Wearing: c/o Victoria’s Secret PINK Tie Front Lace Back Tee / Ecote Boho Print Knit Skater Dress  /  Sugar Spun Necklace & Jeffrey Campbell Buckeye Boots via Need Supply

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Wearing: c/o Victoria’s Secret PINK Lace Back Tank  / BDG Seamless Bandeau Bra from Urban Outfitters / J Brand Cutoff Shorts / Studio Flats via Need Supply

Summer is here in full force! If you know me, you know I am a summer girl through and through.  I guess growing up in California you are kind of destined to be.  Last year I didn’t make it to the beach as much as one ought to living just minutes from it.  So this year we’ve vowed as a family to make it a priority! It’s one of our favorite things to do together as a fam.  And somehow, our weekends always get sucked up by other commitments.  I am probably preaching to the choir on that one (am I right?)….but that’s why we’ve realized how important it is to actually schedule in “us” time.  And “us” time usually involves a beach blanket and a surf board.  And usually a pit stop at the donut shop on the way.

I partnered with Chictopia and Victoria’s Secret to style a few tees from their new PINK Essentials line.  I pretty much live in comfy tees during the summer, and these tops fit the bill when it comes to summertime staples.  Comfortable, relaxed, and colorful.  You can dress them up with a skirt or down with some cut off’s for a day at the beach.  Gotta love a versatile top.

Shop new 2 for $40 tees and tanks >

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Clearly, there has not been a whole lot of blogging going on this week.  For some reason, June decided to grace me with all of my favorite design jobs all at once.  So of course, I’ve said yes to all of them and am killing myself in the process.  But soon, June will be over and it’ll all be worth it.  Sleep is overrated right? (wrong). But I am pushing my way through and my sleepless head is still swimming with creative ideas, so I don’t have much to complain about.

These are just a few pictures from our Father’s day last Sunday (and that last one is just a new favorite that I took a few weeks back).  There is just something so special about a girl and her dad and the big blue sea.  They are my world.  There is nothing that makes my heart happier than watching their bond grow.  To know that she will forever be his baby girl….it just brings tears to my eyes.  She has no idea how lucky she is.

And before I get the questions…yes, my hair is purple! I never meant for it to be THIS purple, but it happened….and there you have it.  It’s fading with every wash,  so hopefully soon it will be the light lavender that I intended.  The joys of experimenting with your sister! Either way, having been a platinum blonde my ENTIRE life….it’s fun to change it up.

Happy weekend!

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The 52 Project – a portrait series of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2013

I always knew I wanted a little girl one day.  I had a gut feeling that I was having a boy the first few months of my pregnancy, but Sam always told me he “just knew” it was a girl.  Clearly, his intuition was far stronger than my own.  We both knew that playing that guessing game meant nothing…because really, whatever we were blessed with we would love them all the same.  But I do love that when he touched my belly, he “just knew”.

I was asked an interesting question the other day.  One of those questions that make you pause and think for a minute or two.

“Do you think expressing your sense of style sends a positive message to you daughter?”

My first reaction was to say of course (mildly offended)…or that in fact, it’s not really affecting her much at all.  But then it got me thinking….how does my love for fashion and clothes really affect my daughter.  Or more importantly, how WILL it affect her.  She watches my every move.  She watches me get dressed in the morning and put on my makeup.  She tries on my shoes and loves to carry her little purse around, just like mommy.   It makes me laugh and I can’t help but swallow her up in a big squeeze and smack her on the cheek with a kiss.  We joke that we created a mini me.  And to a degree, it’s true.  (despite the fact that her looks are entirely Sam).

But the point is…while I do love fashion, it weighs nothing against the deepest desires of my heart.  Nor does it rank high on list of qualities I want to instill in my daughter.  Yes, it’s fun for me…and it might be fun for her one day too.  And I think that’ ok.  What’s important is that I am teaching her that her worth is not in what she looks like or the clothes she wears, but it is in her Creator.  I want her to grow up to love her body, to carry herself in confidence….to love other people and treat them with respect.  I want her to love God, and to know that no matter what, He loves her.  I want her to know that she is beautiful and has a purpose.

In saying all of these things, I am reminded to believe them in myself.  If only we were telling ourselves all of the things that we want to teach our daughters (or future daughters).  I mean, right!?  I think as women, we are all a little hard on ourselves.  We put ourselves down and often believe we are just “not enough”.  When in reality, we are more than enough.  There is no one just like us….and that alone is something to be celebrated.



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