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polka dots and rainbows: a table design to celebrate summer
July 11, 2014

hello friends!

the sun is out, the beach is calling, the grill is hot and a familiar aroma of coppertone fills the air — it is officially summer!

perhaps it’s due to the colorful array of pool noodles lining the shelves nowadays, but i can’t help but equate these sunnier times with rainbow hues.  and if you’ve read any of my earlier posts, you know that polka dots accompany everything.  everything.

so when it came time to celebrate a whole year of my littlest one bringing all her joy to our family, i knew just how to adorn our table.  take a looksy below for inspiration on creating your own happy space, whether it be for a birthday, backyard bbq or just a cheerful change in decor!

rainbow kids birthday party table setting polka dots


what i used (i tried to put as many links as i could find online below — fyi: there are many spritz items only found in-store).  a big thanks to my mom for the close-up shots!
spritz “happy birthday” felt banner and polka dot tablecloth from target
– my own glassware (trifle bowl, cake plate, pitcher — all very gracious wedding gifts from crate & barrel)
– my own thin glass vase (saved from a “congrats” bouquet when this little one arrived)
– my own yellow tulip cup and saucer (from anthropologie many moons ago)
candle napkins from the warm hearth in julian, ca
– colored, handled mason jars and striped straws from michaels
– red faux-croc frame from tj maxx
lime green plates and yellow plasticware from target
red polka dot melamine plate and spritz gumballs from target
giant rainbow swirl lollipops from the candy depot in hillcrest
yellow gerber daisies from wholesale flowers in linda vista
glitter adhesive letters from oriental trading
– large white frame from michaels
– totally forged “somewhere over the rainbow” print from a pinterest image (word can work miracles, sometimes!)
– rainbow sock monkey (from the old navy cash wrap area about a year ago)

rainbow kids birthday party happy birthday banner spritz target

rainbow kids birthday party tablescape red photo frame mason jars striped straws

rainbow kids birthday party tablescape lollipops

rainbow kids birthday party triful bowl with yellow daisies and green colored water celebrate glitter adhesive letters

rainbow kids birthday party somewhere over the rainbow printable sock monkey


and because everyday for me, is a new photobooth opportunity — i put a spritz polka dot tablecloth to work on our wall, and added some paper lanterns for interest.

confession: i loved it a whole lot.  it might still be up…

rainbow kids party birthday photo booth backdrop polka dot


love is (still) in the air: a belated valentine’s day look
February 17, 2014

hello friends,

i hope you all enjoyed a wonderful valentine’s day, whether that meant dinner with your special someone, a night in with the gal pals, or some solo-and-happy retail therapy!

having spent friday in the most casual of gear with my littlest in tow, i deemed yesterday my makeup opportunity for this year’s “day of love” outfit.

what resulted from (what i humbly consider) a delightful pairing of leopard, blush and red.  wishing you a fabulous week!


valentine's day look ootd leopard cardigan blush top red pants and heels

blush hair bow alice ivory valentine's day style

blush hair bow: alice + ivory (shop the mini version here)
red statement necklace: francesca’s (shop similar styles here and here)
leopard cardigan and blush ruffled top: h&m
skinny red pants: old navy (shop the direct link here)
red heels: linea paolo, nordstrom rack
gold watch: target (shop the direct link here)
gold link bracelet: victoria’s secret
gold studs: c. wonder (shop the direct link here)
eye and lip color: flower beauty, walmart (visit my tutorial here)
sunnies: foster grant, 99 cents only (yes — you read that right!)

it’s good to be back: (re)visiting the world of postpartum fashion
September 23, 2013

well, friends — it has definitely been awhile.  but i guess that’s what a super busy season at work — plus a new baby! — mean for the little blog.  needless to say, i’m excited to be re-emerging in all aspects of my life…and on what better day to do so than “stylish mom monday”!

and with that said, i now have the privilege of navigating through post-baby style…which can be a challenge. having done this before, i made a personal vow to put more effort into it this time around (with my first, the shell-shock took quite some time to wear off!).  to really just be more functional overall, was more of how the pledge went.

about six months after my first little one arrived, i stumbled upon the most epic of finds at target (where else, right?).  it was a perfect black matte jersey a-line dress…with built-in shapewear.  yes, you read that right — built-in shapewear.  i cannot tell you how many times this dress has been singlehandedly plucked from the closet in a fit of desperation.  its cost per wear has got be down to pennies at this point.

i really feel like dresses of such a caliber deserve a name — let’s call her “sophie.”  sophie’s been a faithful friend throughout these mommy years, so when number 2 was finally here — guess who was back on the scene to help me transition back to work?  again, built-in shapewear, folks — it’s a beautiful thing.

to help her in this latest re-début, i’ve added some fashionable allies, in the way of this chunky statement necklace from francesca’s, opaque gray tights that i’m becoming unhealthily obsessed with, and fancy footwear courtesy of nordstrom rack.

black merona jersey dress with red necklace and heels

red chunky statement necklace from francesca's

red stiletto heels from nordstrom rack

sadly, it appears that this sartorial version of “mommy’s little helper” can no longer be found at target.  but never fear!  i optimistically bring you two fantastic alternates: i’m loving this merona faux wrap dress (especially in the that’s-so-hot-right-now “soho grape” hue), as well as this ponte number from the limited (an establishment somewhat new to san diego, i believe, but a tried-and-true favorite for this texan!).  does the red not scream dolce & gabbana’s fall collection (at a fraction of the price, obvi)?  and both, of course, becoming even more shapely with the help of the assets superior slimmer.

so, thank you for bearing with me — it’s good to be back.  would love to hear how you do “stylish mom monday”!