Saturday, November 30, 2013

DIY Wreath

Cut the thick portion off Branches (makes easier to weave in the frame)
Add other Foliage for texture 
Found these little green buds (which looked great spray painted gold)
Spray painted Gold leaves and secure with wire
Secure branches in same direction into wreath frame
Final product hanging up at my Mother-in-laws house

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Thursday, November 21, 2013


The ankle hemline dress is replacing the iconic LBD this holiday season which means showcasing my legs mid winter is no longer a disturbing notion. This black number by Calvin Rucker met its match when I snagged it at one of my favorite local stores, Dressed & Ready. I look forward to wearing it at all the holiday soirees that I may be invited too. Which at the moment is none.....let's be real I live in Babyland so instead I look forward to donning this dress for pictures with Santa and the kids. ( Lanvin shoes, Carrie Hoffman jewelry, Calvin Rucker jacket and dress)

Park Playdate


Layla is just about 5 months old and her personality is beginning to develop. Her facial reactions to sound, touch and taste are priceless. She already lights up a room (or park) when she is present and elicits laughter from everyone she encounters. The "fun" stage has commenced and I am excited to be by her side and watch her experience all this world has to offer.

Today we took Layla to her first park outing at the Mission in Santa Barbara and we even stopped to smell the roses, at its renown rose garden.

 On Erika: Bella Luxx long sleeve (on sale now); 291Venice sweater (old);Sam Edelman bootiesJemma Sands wood bracketsMiansai gold cuff

On Layla: Baby Gap booties; (on sale now) Baby Gap red skinny jeansStem hoodie

Friday, November 15, 2013

Hidden Details

Gryphon jacket (similar) McQ Alexander McQueen wool pants , Joie shoes,

In the next few weeks I will be heading up to Seattle for the holidays which means I will need to start locating my winter wear. My winter clothing is stored off campus from my everyday attire and it usually takes me a few attempts to locate the random places they have been stuffed.  Fortunately I always keep this Gryphon jacket on hand as it is one of my favorite coats. I love all the unique details it boasts! I also have been ogling over these MCQ wool track pants that are now on sale!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Pitter Patter

(images courtesy of Freshly Picked)

I am a big fan of products made in the USA, albeit these items usually come at a premium. Moreover, I am a sucker for brands that have a good story. Freshly Picked brand boast both latter qualities. The CEO of Freshly Picked Susan Peterson, lived out the iconic American dream of Rags to Riches by building a successful shoe company with only $200 and a lot hard work. Her online company now ships baby moccasins nationwide and has garnered accolades from many celebs.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Teething essentials

Layla has entered the first phase of the teething process. This phase is commenced with harmless drool but as time lingers on the onset of painful symptoms occurs. For obvious reasons the teething process causes monumental agitation for babies and alleviating the symptoms is a necessary feat. Above are my 6 favorite teething essentials!

1. J. Crew Bib 2. Organic teething bon bons 3. Chewbeads 4.Wood teething toy 5. Zo li clover  6. Organic Monkey chew toy 7. Zo li chew sticks

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Santa Barbara Getaway

Last Friday my husband and I packed up the family wagon and headed north for a weekend getaway with our friends, who also recently had a baby. Our arrival at the Bacara Hotel coincided with Happy Hour. Happy Hour took place on our room's balcony as each room comes equipped with a courtesy bottle of Firestone wine, and it is restocked each day! (For those patrons without babies there is an amazing circle bar off the lobby that has live music on the weekends).  Other kid/baby friendly features at the Barcara include, a kiddie pool, Monarch Children camp, and portable cribs.

The next day was filled with brunching, beach walks and dips in the pool. That night we dined at our favorite restaurant, Lucky's. The restaurant is located in Montecito which is 20 minutes south of the hotel but the food, drinks and swanky ambiance is worth the drive.

Unfortunately we did not have time to visit Santa Barbara's breakfast hot spot D'Angelos.  Bar none this bakery has the best chocolate croissants in Southern California.