Friday, August 22, 2014

Three Things

1. "I'm Not The Only One" by Sam Smith. I've been playing this song over and over and over lately (the whole album is amazing, that man's voice is like buttah!) Anyways, I've loved this song for quite a while but was really excited when I saw the video on YouTube. I've had a little crush on the actor (Chris Messina) since I saw him in the movie Ruby Sparks a couple years ago (that, by the way is a good movie - check it out if you haven't seen it!) Anyways, I also love him on The Mindy Project, and was pleasantly surprised to see him in this video. It's like a little five minute movie, set to a great song!

2. Maybooks by May Designs. They are the prettiest notebooks, that you completely customize. I'm a bit addicted!

3. Zoodles! (Zucchini noodles) I bought THIS veggie spiralizer on amazon the other day and made zoodles for the first time Wednesday night. All I did was sautee them for about ten minutes with some chopped onions, garlic, turkey sausage and a bit of pasta sauce and every member of my family gobbled them down. Be warned, though - what might look like a lot shrinks WAY down! My family of four devoured three large zucchinis in no time. Everyone wanted more, but there wasn't any more - whoops!

What are YOUR three things this week? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Day at Calypso St. Barth

Over the weekend I had the privilege of going to the Calypso St. Barth boutique in the Stanford Shopping Center.

It was something that I was looking forward to, but at the same time giving me anxiety. I was invited to an event with a bunch of fashion bloggers, who I assumed (mostly correctly) would likely be a bunch of size 2 supermodel lookalikes. Nothing wrong with that, but it's just not me.  My fears were quickly put at ease, though. When I got to the boutique I was handed a mimosa, and greeted by the incredibly sweet manager. I explained that I knew none of the clothes would fit me, but of course I was excited to see everything. She told me that their clothing is very bohemian chic - flowy, and meant to fit all different body types. She encouraged me to try lots of different things on, and I did!

I fell madly in love with this hat and rabbit fur vest (SO soft!) I'm always drawn to hats, but don't wear them often enough. I guess I'm afraid of what the other moms at school might say about me. Silly, I know.

I was also really loving this hand-knit alpaca sweater:

This fun, super boho top was also calling my name!

In the end, what I fell most in love with was a gorgeous, silk dress. One of the sales associates, Jessica encouraged me to try it on, even though I wasn't a fan of it on the hanger. Once I tried it on though, I felt transformed. I love the way it fabric felt on me, the different prints and pieces of the silk, where the cut hit on my legs, but mostly I loved the way it made me feel. Calypso St. Barth generously gifted me the dress, and I can't wait to wear it this weekend to a wedding.

Have you checked out Calypso St. Barth??

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

lazy days of summer

Summer is in it's final stretch for us, and I'm equally parts sad and excited that the girls start school next week.

This summer has been wonderful  - we've kept busy with swimming, the library, time with friends, dance camps, golf camps (for Leila) and doing things all over the Bay Area. The last couple of weeks, though the girls have started fighting a little more, and I know it's a result of so much togetherness. They're both excited to go back to school, and I know the year ahead will be great.

I will miss our lazy, Summer days, though.

I probably won't miss the constant mess of toys all over ;) This was the girl's zoo:

I will miss relaxed family breakfasts at the table, though. Coco requested "yummy, sweet pancakes" when she spotted peanut butter chips at Trader Joe's, so I obliged.

 Leila requested eating off of "the super fancy plates" so I also obliged:

(I will also miss the constant dress up!)

I will miss most afternoons being spent at the pool:

 And peach-picking:

 And all of the amazing outdoor festivals that seem to happen all Summer long:

But I am excited to get back into a routine. To get back to the gym, and to be able to work smarter not harder (how come the girls NEEEEEEED me the second I sit down to get my work done?! It's not just mine, right?)

I hope you all had a wonderful Summer, and made some beautiful memories!

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