Showing posts from July, 2013

What I Wore// Engagement Party Style

My husband is from a big family and therefore there is always an occasion to get gussied up for some reason or another but no better reason than to celebrate the engagement of a sister!
Congrats Ashley & Eric!

I was super jazzed when I stumbled upon this dress at on a random trip to T.J. Maxx / HomeGoods (I was looking for a bench for the foot of our bed)  and decided to wander into the sale section and found a few items to tickle my fancy. I've really honed in on my personal style and pretty much know what I'm going to love before I go into the dressing room and although I was unsure of the fit at first glance, it was hard to say no to this printed beauty.

I loved the contrasting coral piping paired back to the neutral cream and black tribal print. The silhouette is divine. Sassy yet forgiving in the waist, thanks to some strategic ruching, and the circle skirt was quite flattering.

Dress: T.J. Maxx // Necklaces: Forever 21 // Wedges:  Dolce Vita for Target (old/ similar) …

Eat // Watermelon + Argula = Summer Salad Perfection

I knew I had become an adult when I began to eat salads by choice and not just as a 'side'. I knew I'd really grown up when those salads suddenly began to get beyond just iceberg or romaine lettuce and I preferred a "fancy" vinaigrette to a creamy ranch/blue cheese/ Caesar.
As time goes on I continue to look for ways to spice up my salad jam and have been trying to really push myself in the kitchen. Being summertime, I'm always on the lookout for a light new recipe to try that isn't going ot take me forever to make.

Enter my new 'summer salad of choice'. Tomato + Arugula + Watermelon + Basil = perfection. Who knew???

Using only what I had on hand I threw together a most delicious concoction. The recipe was first featured in the July issue of RedBook magazine and had I not been so slow in actually reading over the magazine I might have missed it altogether!

So glad I didn't!
As a Southern Californian it's a bit odd for me to say this but I&…

Summer Staple Series // Maxi + Nude Shoes

I am a firm believer in having a 'uniform' of sorts. Especially in my current role as W/SAHM ( I mean, I do try to get some work done during the day) housekeeper and toddler wrangler.
I always want to be cute. Always. Even when I don't feel well or it's bloody hot. But, I don't generally want to think about what it is that I'm wearing. Most mornings it's all I can do to get myself dressed and eyelashes mascara'd before it's time for D to leave for work. So the less I have to think about what I'm wearing the better. Enter the maxi dress. A summertime staple for all women.  Y'all know I love a good day dress and this midi/maxi trapeze dress from Line & Dot is just perfection in my book. It came to me via The Daily Look but you can also find it here and here  if you're not a member. It's priced the same. I would pretty much live in this dress if purchased and for the price I think it would be totally worth it. I love the slightly d…

Eat // Shrimp Tacos + Chipotle Crema

A lot of you asked about the tacos I posted on Insta last week so I thought I'd share the recipe and how they came to be.
I love the Food Network and all of the cooking shows. Ever since I started watching Top Chef I fancy myself some kind of food snob (even though I'm picky as hell) and that I can re-create almost anything. (In my own brilliant fantasies)
Now, I am not the most skilled cook of all time. I mean, I can hold my own but I wouldn't say I'm AMAZING. I have sister-in-loves that throw down so I don't even try to compete but I've been trying to step my game up. I've been making it a point to really be pro-active with my summer list and since that includes cooking I thought it high time to get adventurous. I can pretty much Pin myself to sleep but if I don't do anything with them, well, then that's just electronic hoarding isn't it?

So after checking my fridge and freezer I decided to try out this Shrimp Taco recipe. I'm all for putt…

Friday Happy Hour + A Winner!!!

Hip-hip hooray it's finally Friday!!  I am loving these summer weekends more than ever (late dinners, movies in bed with the kids, lots of giggles) so I am thrilled it's Friday yet again!

* The Mr. and I made it out for a movie date night last night and it was just lovely. I do so love having time with just him. We definitely need to get better at getting these things scheduled more often. We saw World War Z. I was up for hours afterwards.

* I shared a little about Sweet Pea's style, my rules and how we meet in the middle with a new What SHE Wore feature. I think this feature may become a regular occurrence.

* We've also been to the drive-in , got a new mattress and it appears Baby Ninja has some new teeth. It's been an exciting couple of days I tell ya.

*Slowly making it through my "Dinner" board on Pinterest and if you follow me on Instagram you know made this on Wednesday. I mean. YUM . My husband was super impressed. So was I. Full details next week…

What SHE Wore // Romper Room Mini Style

The style of an 11 year old is....discerning at best. She's got in her mind what she wants to look like. I've got it in my mind what I want her to look like and we have to meet in the middle somewhere.

She's always had her own sense of style and what she wants to wear versus what I want which have led to some pretty epic meltdowns over the years. I have no doubt it will only increase as she gets older.

But, it's kind of fun to let her experiment with trends a bit and see how she puts her own spin on them. I love to let her get wild with her jewelry and other accessories. A few cheeky tee's here and there and fun denim round out the mix so she gets to rock her style within the confines of my guidelines.

However, she has been wanting some overalls for I don't know how long. I mean, even before Citizen of Humanity came out with theirs she had been jonesing for a pair. I staunchly put my foot down. (I already know how this story ends. I lived that trend already)

Let's Go Out To The Movies - A Night out with Macy's at an American Icon

We love a good night at the movies as a family but ever since baby ninja entered our lives those trips have been few and far between. Trying to get an active toddler to sit still at the movies is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos. An exercise in futility.
So you can imagine how excited I was when The Everywhere society contacted me about attending  one of Macy's' American Icons summertime promotions. They're celebrating all the people, places and things that make us proud to call America home. This time they were hosting drive-in movie events around the country and a few just happened to be taking place locally.  It's been eons since I went to a drive-in (like E.T. days) and the kids had never even heard of such a thing so of course, I jumped at the chance for our family to participate! 

"Stranded at the drive in......" (extra points if you know what that's from)

With the weather in the triple digits all weekend long it was the perfect evening to …