Wednesday, July 30, 2014

In the Meantime in Between time

"Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well." George R.R. Martin

I've been on an unintentional hiatus from here for quite some time. It all started back in June with me fretting about Sweet Pea's graduation and my impending milestone birthday and then just snowballed from there. Somehow things got away from me and posts got written but never edited. Photos got taken but never uploaded and then it was just so nice to be still and not a slave to the computer (a bit), to really enjoy the (sometimes) lazy summer days and play with the kids. I know this is probably the last summer that Sweet Pea will want to hang out with us like this so I'm making it a point to disconnect a bit from the hustle and bustle of social media to hang with my tiny folk.

Not to say that we've just been sitting around blowing bubbles and dandelions. No, we've been busy. (sort of). Birthday parties, trips to the park and local splash pad. Afternoon ice cream treats, mornings at the by and family shenanigans have been abundant and I'm making it a point to be more present and really soak up these experiences with them. In the last 12 years I've seen time literally fly before me and it does go by so quickly before they're driving, going on a date and then college. I've never really been much on wanting time to slow down and I still don't, I just don't want to look back and say yeah I remember that summer I was too busy to play/ spend time with the kids thinking I had more time with them. And I'm not apologizing for it either. We're not cramming our days filled with FUN but instead settling into the slower days and looser schedule. I think we're all thrilled about it too. So I'll be here intermittently until the beginning of September as it's currently too hot in my office and our A/C is out. Yay. If you need me, I'll be the one in the frozen section at Target in attempts to try to stay cool and keep my kids from eating me out of house and home. 

Next month we have plans to drive up to San Francisco as a family and that should be an adventure. We watch a lot of Food Network and The Cooking Channel and have mapped out places we want to try and sights we want to see. Not sure how it'll go with a toddler in tow (he didn't too bad in San Diego last summer) but San Fran has way more walking required so we'll see. We're all REALLY excited about it. I took a similar summer road trip with my mom, brother and his best friend when I was about Sweet Pea's age so it'll be fun to see how much has changed in the 30 years since. 

I'm going to try and document as much as possible on Instagram (prepare for photo overload) but I wouldn't bet on my blogging consistently the last two weeks of August. Hopefully I can get my shit together as there are some post ideas in the works that I'm hoping you'll enjoy and I definitely plan on getting some style photos while we're on the road (hello road trippin' mama style) as well as perhaps a guide/tips on road tripping with an age gap? Like I said, tons of ideas and thought........not a whole lot of follow through because......summer. 

How is your summer going so far?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Daily Style: Sunday Brunch NYC Edition

Have I  mentioned what a blast I had in New York three weeks ago and I'm still on somewhat of a 'post vacation high' from it? Just as exciting as the conference and as much fun as hanging with friends was all the fabulous fashion I saw. Talk about inspiration! Every single style of dress was/is represented on the streets and subway platforms and I almost broke my neck (or got punched in the face) trying to see it all! I loved being around it all and truly felt inspired. My "vacation" style is really simple and I chose not to stray too far from my tried and true packing ideas (keep it simple but mix+match) while I was there. But traveling to the East Coast and deciding what to wear can be tricky for a California native, especially one who is so entrenched in her West Coast style, so I figured if there was ever a time to push boundaries on my ensembles it was then. Not that sneakers and a dress is ground breaking, but for me, it's a little different.

 On Sunday my friend Christina checked out my leopard kicks paired with my bright scarf and bold printed dress and commented "I am LOVING your New York style! It's very boho casual but doesn't scream HIPSTER" ha! Thanks Tina! She totally gets it! She knew (without me telling her) that I was rocking a bit of a different vibe than I do on the West Coast. It wasn't even planned really but it just seemed like pairing leopard sneaks with a printed dress was very "I'm spending the day in the Village and walking around DUMBO" appropriate. The contrasted prints, the bright colors on the dress combined with the pop of color on the scarf and bag made me feel a bit like the boho gypsy I feel lives inside. I kind of loved it.

I snagged this dress a few weeks back while searching for some cute workout wear at Nordstrom Rack.Y'all know I can't pass up a good deal and how I love a simple summer dress so that workout gear never stood a chance. I then wandered over to the shoe section because duh, and there they were, the leopard sneakers of wish lists pasts. Of course I've been crushing on these kicks ever since they first hit the scene but was hesitant to pay full price. Luckily for me, they went on sale just in time for my birthday (obviously) and they were the second to last pair. Clearly it was a sign and I was all too happy to scoop them  up.

They were the perfect last minute addition to my suitcase as I knew I would soon grow tired of walking around in my sandals. I can't front though,  I felt pretty "cool" (in the young effortless hipster style sort of way) about my sneaks + dress + hair scarf combo. I had it in my head what I wanted to look like and it actually came together, which is awesome because it's rare that the visual in my head adds up to the reality. It's not a style I usually rock but I felt good as soon as I put it on and it made my day that much better because of it. I've learned, that if I'm not satisfied with my outfit or hair then I'm slightly distracted all day because I'm fidgeting/fussing with the things I'm not thrilled about and therefore not at all in the moment. Sunday, I was totally in the moment.

Laughing hysterically at a sidewalk cafe over breakfast with my three best friends in a city that I don't call home was the perfect way to end my weekend. Feeling confident in my ensemble and where I am in life. Sharing ideas for the future while giggling about the passersby.  It was both refreshing and rejuvenating in that I got to play around with some styles, escape from the cut-offs + tank tops way of life that is my summer uniform and be inspired by what I saw. Spending time with women who know me inside and out was tantamount to a weekend at the spa. Sort of.

Does your fashion style change depending on the city your in? Have you ever been influenced by street style while on vacation?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Afternoon Fancies With N7 Creamery

On Friday I was invited to a private event at N7 Creamery in honor of their first ever retail store at the Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga. Best known for their unique handcrafted ice cream made using a liquid nitrogen process, they specialize in using local ingredients in a dreamy environment that encourages socialization and community. We had passed by the location a few weeks prior when visiting the area and I recall telling Sweet Pea that it seemed like someplace she would enjoy and we must make a note to visit at some point. Lucky for her, I, along with a few other bloggers were invited to take a tour of the new space, ask questions of the staff and sample some of the coffee, ice cream and other delicious baked goods. It was heavenly.

 We were lucky enough to sample pretty much every thing they serve on a daily basis (cinnamon rolls, peach hand pie, mini fruit tart with crumbled pistachios, oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate tart with salted chocolate caramel ganache) and were happy to do so! Bakery Chef Joshua Hager was more than willing to answer any and all questions about their farm to table concept and menu offerings.

Upon entering the store you're automatically intrigued by the billows of liquid smoke coming from behind the ice cream counter while being aromatically led toward the delectable display of baked goods in the front case. The tin ceiling and wire light fixtures evoke a warm and inviting atmosphere that make you want to pull up a chair and kick back with your sweet treat.

where the magic happens

fabulous art to kick off their Art Walk opening party

Everything is handmade from scratch daily so it's all fresh , delicious and locally sourced making N7 Creamery a great place to indulge your sweet tooth.  A little while after we had gorged ourselves on the baked goods they brought out fresh made ice cream. IN-SANE. They use a liquid nitrogen process to create the ice cream and it was pretty fun to see it all happening right in front of us! The kids were impressed as they've only ever seen that similar process used on TV so that made for an interesting viewing session!

what was left of the salted caramel

The first ice cream batch was salted caramel and I think my eyes my have rolled back inside my head. It was covered with a lattice of warm caramel and I was just in flavor heaven. Then came fresh strawberry, green tea and orange creme. I'm not generally a fan of strawberry ice cream but this was so scrumptious! You could taste (and see) the fresh strawberries inside the ice cream and it wasn't sickeningly sweet either.

strawberry ice cream

green tea ice cream

The fresh flavors were bursting from each delightful mouthful and I was pleasantly surprised. We were also able to try their green tea and orange cream ice cream as well. I enjoyed the green tea much more than the kids but the Baby Ninja really liked the orange cream. It was a great way to cool off on such a hot day and try a fun new place!

I loved that it is a family business and was born out of a love of flavors, creating and can say without a doubt that N7 Creamery is the next "big thing" for the I.E. Sustainable sourced ingredients, great taste high quality and a relaxed family atmosphere is definitely the type of place we like to see last around these parts!! And who thinks to mix a creamery, bakery and a cafe? It's all of our favorite things rolled into one sweet location!

it's a family business

If you're local,  I highly recommend you get yourself to N7 Creamery and try out all they have to offer. You're guaranteed to find a treat for the whole family and what a fun way to spend an afternoon!


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