Cheap Chic Find

I am always on the hunt for quality items at low prices; especially when it comes to clothing, shoes, and home furnishings. Discount shopping isn’t something I necessarily have the time for these days, but I love coming across a good bargain! I found this skirt at the end of last year’s summer sale, and I was immediately drawn the the bright colors and fullness of the fabric. The best part… it was on sale for $4.99!! It’s proven to be one of the best purchases I’ve made; the skirt can be worn in many different ways, by dressing it up or down, depending on the occasion.

Zara Skirt, Mona B Blouse, COOP Platforms, House of Harlow 1960 Sunglasses, Gifted Bracelet



I was born on the East Coast and grew up in a small town just north of Boston MA, where I lived until I was 16. I’ve been living in California for just over 11 years now, and although I miss my family, California is where I feel at home. Most of my extended family and best friends are still spread around Massachusetts, giving me a valid reason to go back and visit. As I mentioned before, this particular trip was a celebration of one of my very best friend’s engagement. We usually only get to see each other once a year, and this was our last chance for a girls weekend before everyone starts their own families.  We spent a couple of days in the North End, my favorite area of Boston, where I got to enjoy all of the best Italian cafes and restaurants. I spent an afternoon playing tourist by visiting some of the historical landmarks located around the North End; something I didn’t appreciate until moving away.
Not only did I have a couple of days running around with my best friends, but I also had a chance to spend a day in my hometown and meet my new nephew, Wes. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect because he was born just a week before I got there! It was so fun to drive around the town I grew up in; where I visited my childhood home, schools and favorite eateries.  Here are a few shots from my favorite places around the city, as well as my niece and brand new nephew!

DIY Slasher Shorts

Feeling inspired by WILD AND FREE HAWAII, I decided to get scissor happy with an old pair of shorts that I never wore, and created a custom pair of DIY slasher shorts.  I started with just a few cuts and gradually added more to create the desired effect. Then I remembered that I had a bunch of studs leftover from the friendship bracelets and started studding away. I think they turned out pretty good, and now I wear them more than I ever did in the past…

Summer Bugs

Our household was rocked this past week with a nasty summer stomach bug… making its inevitable pass through most of us. I thought stomach bugs only occurred in the winter!?! Now that everyone is starting to get better, we have been diligently working away on Adella and Nolan’s new bedroom design. Eventually they will share a room, and it’s been a challenge finding gender neutral pieces that suit both of their personalities. Adella is as girly as they come, and wants EVERYTHING pink! On the other hand, Nolan is all boy (minus the occasional dress-up and make-up sessions that Adella puts him through) and he likes to play rough with his trucks and trains. But, I think we’ve come up with a good plan for the room… they’re already excited about the bunk beds!
We have the habit of starting multiple projects at a time; so, we decided to take some time away from all the craziness to enjoy an early evening out. Sometimes stepping back from a big project and putting it aside for a night helps us regenerate. It also gives me an opportunity to pull something fun from my closet!

J.Crew Tank, Fate Lace Shorts, Alice & Olivia for Payless Shoes, House of Harlow 1960 Sunglasses, J.Crew Cuff, JNB Clutch, Essie Turquoise & Caicos Nail Polish

Catching Up

I’ve been back from my trip to Boston for a couple of days now, but I’m still trying to catch up on everything. I swear my kids grew two feet while I was gone and our garden is now producing wonderful fruits and veggies. So much can happen in just a few days! It’s good to be back home, but I will miss my best friends, the North End, and the woods (minus the bugs). I’ll post more on the trip soon… for now, here are a few of my favorite photos from the weekend captured on instagram.

Congratulations to Annie Ritter on winning the studded friendship bracelet giveaway!!