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One fab jacket, two ways.

July 26, 2016

If you’re splurging on an IT jacket for fall, this bomber jacket is the one. And by “it,” I mean a jacket that seems to go with everything in your closet that you get 1 million compliments on and feel super cute in all of them. To be honest, feeling super cute has been a little more challenging now that I’m carrying a bowling ball in my belly. And every time I put on this Phillip Lim bomber jacket I feel confident and put together. Today, I’m showing two ways I dress it up a little. The majority of the time, I’ll probably be rocking it with denim and booties. It’s a great fall layering piece that’s lightweight enough to wear now. Did I mention it’s also part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?! You won’t find it for this sale price again until well into fall if it’s not already sold out by then.
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outfit #1 | bomber jacket | blouse | skinny pants | booties last season, similar version here on sale | hat | handbag | sunglasses | watch | Gorjana wrap bracelet | bangle bracelet
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outfit #2 | bomber jacket | blouse | pencil skirt | heels, similar here and here | handbag

photos by Ailee Petrovic

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into the wild.

July 25, 2016


How was the weekend, y’all?! The girls and I flew to California and are spending a few weeks in my happy place, Santa Barbara. After surviving connecting flights across the country and settling in here in SB, I’m starting to feel pretty nostalgic about this being my last trip with my two girls. And I can’t help but wonder if my family will continue to be “the girls” if we have a third girl or if we’ll change over to “the kids” with a little brother in the mix. Still trying to get the hubs to find out the gender, if I had to guess today my maternal instincts (ha!) say we’re having a boy. But then again, I thought Charlotte was a boy and that guess was obviously wrong.

Anyway, today’s dress is one of my favorite prints of the summer. I love its bold tropical greens, reds and pinks and  accessorizing this gem is super fun too. I went with another bold colored clutch and ultra feminine oversized sunglasses with a sportier summer hat.

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Mar y Sol clutch 7U6A8670

outfit details | off the shoulder dress | Mar Y Sol clutch, similar here, also love this rattan clutch | earrings (last seen here), also love this pair | stacking bracelets, crystal hinge bracelet, black/gold stud bangle | pave crystal hinge bracelet | sunglasses | sandals in black and luggage here and here *on sale! | hat


photos by Melissa Toms

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$2,000 Mama + Mini Giveaway

July 24, 2016


$2,000 Mama + Mini giveaway!!

1 winner will receive…

$500 Shopburu gift card
$500 Cuteheads gift card
$500 Dondolo gift card
$500 in merchandise from Gugu Guru {including DockATot, Lorena Canals, Ice Cream Castles + Milestone Baby }

I’m so excited to team up with blogger pal Dress Your Guests, Shopburu, one of my favorite women’s clothing websites, and three fabulous children’s websites, Cuteheads, Dondolo and Gugu Guru, to bring one lucky winner over $2,000 worth of gift cards and merchandise. To enter, simply click here and submit your name/email. It only takes a few seconds. For additional entries, visit this photo on my Instagram page. xoxo

MAMA + ME Giveaway details

$500 gift cards from our featured brands in photo above { Rebecca Minkoff dress from Shopburu | seersucker dress from Cuteheads | white dress with embroidered detail from Dondolo }

Plus, awesome merchandise from DockATot, this product is a MUST HAVE for mamas with new babies!


And the fabulous washable rugs from Lorena Canals (featured in Vogue!)



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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | under $100 + top picks

July 22, 2016

Hey y’all! Today marks the official start day for Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale and I’ve got some awesome steals under $100 for you. If you’re new to the sale, I can’t think of a better place to start sale shopping than under $100 steals.  And if you’ve already shopped the pre-sale (only open to Nordstrom credit card holders), then a few little extras won’t break the bank!


Under $100 details | 1 v-neck blouse 2 sleeveless belted vest  3 faux leather moto 4 pave crossover bracelet  5 cuff bracelet 6 tassel crossbody bag 7 wool floppy hat 8 fit & flare dress 9 cotton shirtdress 10 oxblood bootie  11 lace up flat 12 lace up pump 13 colorblock knit fringe kimono 14 plaid button down 15 sleeveless sweater 16 leather midi skirt

In case you missed some of my earlier Nordstrom sale posts, all of these fall outfits are currently ON SALE!

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Friday Five | Over & Out

July 22, 2016

Lyndsey and I are both up, up and away this weekend: she to the California coast while I head East to D.C. So, today’s edition of the Friday Five is a travel guide in disguise.

staycation in Houston last weekend involved brunch at the beautifully decorated, delicious and nutritious Dunlavy

staycation in Houston last weekend involved brunch at the beautifully decorated, delicious and nutritious Dunlavy

what to wear :: Lyndsey rounded up the cream of the crop for this year’s Nordstrom Anniversanory Sale. I can vouch for these slip-ons  as the best stylish sneaker to pack for any pedestrian city. In dire need of some more work out gear but aiming to avoid paying Lulu prices, I scored these leggings and this lightweight jacket.

what to eat :: I’m prepping my parents for their upcoming trip to Paris and can’t help but be nostalgic about my summer abroad. I’ll get a taste of it this weekend at Le Diplomate for a late déjeuner. Pass the pommes frites, please!

what to do while getting there :: My plan is to sit back, relax (read!) and enjoy the plane ride, but knowing me (and Lyndsey), I’ll likely not be able to resist getting a little personal productivity done during my PTO. Here’s ways you can give back, educate yourself and even exercise when you find yourself playing the waiting game.

what to plan next :: Visiting the city hosting the summer Olympics is high on my bucket list. I’m not Brazil bound, but I’ll be glued to the TV to watch gymnast Simone Biles. If you don’t know her inspirational story, you should.

current colorful palette of my posts make it obvious summer's in full swing

current colorful palette of my posts make it obvious summer’s in full swing

what to capture :: Seventeen Instastars show you the secrets to their success. Achieve celebrity status with these tips. I’ve made a mental note to create a cohesive feed and know my signature color palettes. Round of applause to LZ for mastering these two.

Have wonderful weekends where you are!

-Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

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California waiting….

July 21, 2016

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I’m counting down the seconds until we jet set to California this weekend. I’ve got packing for my happy place down to a science; light layers, a casual sandal, booties, a sleeveless vest {faux fur during the winter months, and something lighter in the summer}, and plenty of casual tees and denim.

Today’s outfit will for sure make the suitcase cut. I found this vest during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale {see sale posts here, here and here} and will layer over it over this fun star print tee and distressed jeans in Santa Barbara. When the temps cool down I can also see myself dressing it up with a long sleeve dress or over a turtleneck sweater.

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outfit details | sleeveless vest | v-neck tee shirt ($28!) | distressed denim similar style w/more sizes here | booties | handbag | hat ($28!) | sunglasses | earringsnecklace c/o Laura J Finery

photos by Traci Ling

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | fall staples + travel outfit

July 20, 2016

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Hey y’all! How’s the week going? It feels like it should be Friday already to me. Maybe that’s because we’re heading to Santa Barbara this weekend and  I’m once again trying to cram in weeks of work into a few short days. I can’t wait to be back in our happy place! I’m starting to pack and am really glad I picked up some fall staples at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale because lucky for me Cali summers often require jeans and long sleeves. At least in the mornings and evenings. I’m thinking today’s outfit will be perfect for the airplane too.

A lightweight comfy top–this top is actually one piece but looks like I’m layering a leopard button down under a pullover sweater. It’s a cashmere blend (yummy soft) but isn’t bulky so feels lightweight on. And you achieve classic layers without the fuss of packing two pieces.

A comfy denim jean–these jeans are beyond comfortable and they’re also a steal. Since we’re still in the summer months I think a super light wash will be the perfect throw on pair for fall transition.

And my new favorite kicks–slip on sneakers. No ties, no fuss. These sneakers will be so easy for travel. Maybe the only thing easy about and flying solo with two toddlers and a connecting flight through one of the country’s busiest airports. My littlest, Charlotte, has been throwing some epic tantrums lately so I can only image what that’s going to look like with our travel itinerary. I was dumb enough to take her on an errand to Nordstrom the other day and let’s just say the entire first floor will remember us as the pregnant mom with the crazy tantrum kid. Ha. Anyway, best of luck to y’all getting over the hump this week!

Oh, and back to some shopping housekeeping, the Nordstrom sale is open to non-card members staring tomorrow, so if you haven’t had a chance to shop it yet, I’ve posted this outfit and this outfit that are all on sale now. And this sale pick post. Don’t miss out on getting your wardrobe in check for fall a little early this year.

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outfit details | layer look cashmere sweater | denim skinny jean, similar style and more sizes here | sneakers | handbag reminds me of this splurge bag but for a fraction of the price | sunglasses in stores here, did you know you can buy sale Celine on Amazon now?!

photos by Ailee Petrovic



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July 19, 2016

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Please pardon the interruption from the fall outfit madness that is the Nordstrom Anniversary sale for a summer look I’m living in.  I seriously want these Joie linen pants in every color. They are great pants for travel too. I wore them on the plan a few weeks back with a tee and denim jacket. The linen is lightweight and wrinkles are welcome in these relaxed gems–they still look great after being crammed into the suitcase. Also by Joie, this embroidered top is so comfy I could sleep in it. I’m digging the embroidered detail and blue + blue color combo. I like to pair a flowy top with shorter denim shorts too. As far as shoes, I’m typically rocking Birkenstocks with this look but every now and again I get a wild hair and throw on some fun high heeled sandals to mix things up a bit.

With all of this talk about Joie, I just can’t NOT let y’all in on all of my favorite Joie pieces from the big Nordstrom sale. I know we said we were taking summer today, but y’all have got to check out these Joie fall steals before they’re sold out. Stay tuned for an outfit with the maroon suede skinny pants on the blog later this week.

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outfit details | Joie embroidered top | drawstring linen pants also come in navy, black and taupe!| sandals (last seen here), similar here | sunglasses also obsessed with this aviator version | earrings c/o Mignonne Gavigancrossbody bag 40% off!


photos by Traci Ling

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale |how to wear a fall vest

July 18, 2016

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I had a chance to revamp the fall wardrobe with some basics that will take me into fall and beyond. Today’s outfit includes a striped button down and jeans that I blogged last week to prove the point that this classic duo will be on heavy repeat this fall, but paired with different shoes, bags and accessories to create lots of different looks to get you through this busy time of year with no stress about what to wear. And all of these items come straight from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so you can shop now for major deals and have your fall wardrobe taken care of ahead of time.

I found this vest and not only is it fall’s IT color, it is also a great price. I love the optional belt with a pop of navy but will also wear this vest open without the belt too. Especially when this baby bump gets to big for buttoning. It’s easy to throw on over a white tee now and a button down when it gets a little cooler.

I’ve been looking for a pair of leopard print flats for a while but none have been right. These Cole Hahn gems are the perfect fall flat. A leopard flat livens up even the most basic outfits and tends to go with everything.

This blue suede bag screams fall transition to me. I’ll carry it now with light neutrals and love pairing it against old darker hues come fall, like my oxblood vest. When I first saw it I thought for sure it was a Balenziaga bag. Its a strikingly similar look but for a fraction of the price.

Lastly, let’s talk fall jewelry trends. I’m loving all of the choker necklaces I’ve seen. I have eyes on a few statement chokers but am going to wear this gem on the reg because it’s so minimal but adds a little something to your everyday outfits. It’s also currently on sale for $26! So no risk trying out the trend with this necklace.

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outfit details | sleeveless vest ($98!) | button down with leopard pocket detail | denim | suede bag | choker necklace ($26!) | earringsleopard flats | earrings | sunglasses

photos by Traci Ling

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | shoe edit

July 16, 2016

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In case y’all are pursuing the internet for a little light Saturday shopping, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is major this year. Right now is early access time for only Nordstrom cardholders. I actually didn’t have a card but opened one just prior to the sale. Last year all of my favorite things were gone by the time the sale officially started for non-cardmembers. So I’m a Nordstrom card newbie this year and have pretty much knocked off my fall wardrobe shopping list already. I scoped out the shoes and there are so many fall wardrobe must haves. After a good hour of trying on, I ended up narrowing down the field to these top performers.
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shoe details {from left to rights} | Cole Hahn  | Stuart Weitzman | Halogen ($59!) | Vince | Rag & Bone (gray) | Stuart Weitzman | Rag & Bone (tan) | Sam Edelman
I could have stayed in the store shopping for hours but kiddos were calling, so I went back to the internet after they were tucked into bed on and found a few more that I missed in the store. I’ve been eyeing a pair of Pedro Garcia shoes and was pretty surprised these classic cult faves were actually on sale. I ordered them in black but also love this color too!  Also, these Joie suede sandals were so big last season and will be again this fall. I held off buying a pair and am not sure if I can resist temptation this time around. The army green color is the perfect unexpected fall neutral. If camo isn’t your jam, opt for this Joie steal in oxblood suede, the IT color for fall. Also in oxblood, this Vince Camuto lace-up pump and these Dolce Vita booties are both no brainers!

So what 3 shoes will you see on heavy rotation on L. Avenue this fall?! Pedro suede sandals, Stuart booties and Vince sneakers.

photos by Traci Ling