Summer Swim Cover-ups

There are a few wardrobe essentials that are among my most favorite things to wear. These items are my most cherished and splurge worthy… they include: jackets, shoes, and cover-ups! We spend a good amount of time in swimsuits – by “we” I mean our entire family. It’s sort of an inside joke that we have very few photos of our family fully clothed. I suppose that’s what happens when you live in a warm climate and spend a lot of time at the beach or pool.

My love for beachwear began a few years ago when I was pregnant with Adella. She is a summer baby, born in August, so I spent most of of my time seeking relief from the heat at the beach. I loved the freedom of wearing swimsuits and gauzy cover-ups to cover my baby bump, and so my collection grew. I am always asked where I find my beloved cover-ups… some are simply from Nordstrom; others are a little more indulgent. A few things they all have in common is that they are vibrant, flowing, and unique. Here are a few of my current favorites – some can be found in my closet, and others are on the “lust list”!

From top left: Anya Hindmarch, Topshop, H&M, Matthew Williamson Escape, Mara Hoffman, Antik Batik, Steve Madden, Brazen, La Perla, Topshop

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I Flew A Plane

Last week, I was invited to join one of Tim’s co-workers on an aerial photography shoot! Tim casually told me about Jeff’s hobby/side business and that I would be welcome to tag along any time… so I jumped at the opportunity. I was a little nervous for the week leading up to the shoot, knowing that I would be in a small plane or helicopter, but as soon as I arrived at the airport my nerves were gone (the adrenaline took over).

After mapping out a route of jobs to shoot, in addition to sites that we wanted to see, we were off on a tiny 4 seater plane! Taking off was the most fun; the small plane felt like it had so much power and energy. I felt pretty good for most of the flight, but won’t deny that a little bit of motion sickness started kicking in. Once the actual jobs were shot we landed at a small airport and I got to sit in front to take my own photos. We headed towards downtown LA and at 3000+ft we opened the windows and started taking pictures. It was pretty crazy being up so high, in a tiny plane, with the windows open….taking pictures!

We made a few circles around LA and the Hollywood sign before it was time to head back to the airport. The windows were closed and the kind pilot turned to me and asked “are you ready to fly it now?” I looked at him dumbfounded and agreed to give it a try (I can barely see past the end of my nose). With a few simple instructions, I WAS FLYING A PLANE, and sweating about it! James Bond makes flying look so easy, and cool… but I couldn’t believe how much goes into it. Flying the plane, watching the controls, listening to the radio, and watching the sky ahead of you is completely overwhelming. I have SO much respect for pilots!

Unfortunately, I’m an inexperienced photographer; my settings were off and most of the photos came back over-exposed. However, I still managed to get a few good ones despite my amateur ability and hazy weather conditions. Best part of it all, Mrs. Magoo got to fly a plane!

Griffith Observatory

Disneyland (Shot through a window)

This day was an experience that I will never forget. Thank you Jeff, for letting me tag along and bug you with a million questions!

Fish Tacos

I am on a roll. At Trader Joe’s last week they were handing out samples of fish tacos, and the kids loved them! They always enjoy trying food samples when we’re shopping, and I usually buy the ingredients to make whatever it is at home…. only to find that they refuse to eat it. I eventually gave up on making “Costco samples” at home, but this time I decided to give the Trader Joe’s fish tacos a try (Nolan devoured 3 of them while we were shopping).

They may look fancy, but are really quite simple to make. The ingredients include: corn tortillas, frozen fish nuggets, broccoli salad, and a mixture of salse verde with sour cream for the sauce. Normally I wouldn’t ever buy “frozen fish nuggets”, just the name is a turn off, but I was willing to give it a try. In the end, Nolan and Adella gobbled them up and it was a nice change from our usual meal of salmon and veggies. I think I am starting to like this cooking thing… but I HATE doing dishes!

Beach Days

I love this time of year. The sun is shining and school is still in session, which means the beaches are wide open! Tim’s schedule allows for us to enjoy these perfect days mid-week, and we have been taking full advantage. The kids love spending time at the beach, and Nolan gets fixated on the idea every time he sees the ocean, only to be satisfied once his toes are in the sand…. it makes doing any errands quite a challenge!

I found this gauzy tunic (in addition to many other things) at Luna Boutique which recently opened a store in Laguna Niguel. I love that it can be worn many different ways, and today it served as the perfect cover-up for our morning at the beach.

Vintage Havana Tunic, House of Harlow Sunglasses, J.Crew Bracelets, Hawaiian Heirloom Bangles, Stella & Dot Hoops

Big Girl Bike

A couple of weeks ago Tim surprised Adella with her first “big girl bike”! A Disney princess bike, complete with streamers, a bell, and a basket. I would have loved for her to get a cool retro style beach cruiser, but like most 3 year-olds, she wants everything to be princess related. This was a huge milestone for both Adella and Tim. He couldn’t wait to buy her first bike, and she hadn’t been showing any interest until recently.

We gave her a quick run-down on how to ride a big bike with training wheels; that it’s OK to fall off, and that she would fall pretty often in the beginning. So, off she went in our cul-de-sac, riding around with Tim right behind helping her along…and within a few minutes the bike tipped and she was on the ground! Luckily, she is brave like her Dad and got right back on to start riding again. The bike is still a little big for her, but she loves riding it and showing all the neighborhood kids.