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Have you caught on yet that I am obsessed with this bag??? 

I highly recommend getting on a waiting list for the color way of your choice, that is how I got mine! They sell out in hours, {navy and white was sold out before the end of the morning on the day I got my email}, so do your research and soul searching on color now, so. You. Are. Ready. 

tiered top with converse outfit

I had a super fun, unexpected Saturday when we found ourselves with San Diego Padres tickets, right on the third base line. The Mister had a friend in town and my brother is a huge fan, so we made a Saturday night of it.

snow hike with toddler in backpack

I was so thankful that I packed these COLORBLOCK LEGGINGS on our recent trip to Lake Tahoe. As you saw on my IG stories, there was more snow that I had planned for and they are a little cozier than my other leggings that I wear daily.

ruffle peplum top

This is a classic 'me' outfit. I love a peplum and these high waisted distressed jeans are on heavy rotation. These timeless sneakers look adorable with sundresses or with a casual mom look, like this one.


Meghan Mania: Trooping of the Colour

Go HERE to shop similar blush pink off the shoulder dresses

With Meghan Markle Mania not showing any signs of slowing down, both over here and worldwide, I thought that there would be no better time to start sharing budget friendly ways to get access to her impeccable style. I plan on starting to share posts, every so often, with links to items that are either the exact item she was spotted wearing {See the post HERE about her STRATHBERRY CROSS BODY BAG. I can't stop wearing mine!}, or budget friendly look a likes. 

I imagine that there will be endless copies of this gorgeous CAROLINA HERRERA dress, but I am lucky to say that I found countless similar looks that were available for purchase, before the Trooping of the Colour this last weekend. I truly think that this BLUSH OFF THE SHOULDER DRESS is the best look a like, and it is only $64. This BLUSH OFF THE SHOULDER DRESS is a better color, but wouldn't work on my body type since it is more body-con. It is $168. Shop all my favorite looks below, and click right for more!

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meghan markle strathberry bag

Ok, this bag was 100% purchased because it was spotted on Meghan Markle in Scotland. But this bag  is truly amazing. I love the style, the bag drop length with both length options is perfect and it fits the essentials. I've been asking myself why the Duchess of Sussex hasn't been spotted wearing it more. 

What could she possible need to carry in their anyway?

I have found it in multiple locations and linked them all below. If there is a color that you are eyeing, get on the waiting list. That is how I got my color combination. And my size is the 'mini.'

best classic bikinis summer 2018

Some new bikinis for this summer, which officially arrived in San Diego on June 1st!

classic church outfit

Life of a church lady: excuses to buy cute dresses and find the most comfortable pumps that you can wear all Sunday without pain!

navy workout outfit

While you have seen THE BEST WORKOUT LEGGING, EVER mentioned here and on my IG countless times, I am super thankful that I have a strong affinity for navy. It makes packing such a breeze. These 7/8 NAVY LEGGINGS go with all workout layers, including my basic black workout jacket and my NAVY EXCURSION VEST. OH! and my Meghan Markle bag.


workout wednesday: my leg circuit

Hike in the snow for 3 miles with Leo Man in the hiking backpack
I can't believe that the photo from above was taken at the end of May!

This "workout" in altitude is the gnarliest. I felt like I worked every muscle group, especially my upper back and legs, obviously!

2 minutes uphill runs
50 uphill lunges for a total of 300
for 45 minutes
The altitude in Lake Tahoe was the best addition to my workouts. As I was planning on getting to the local gym more often, but after spending 90 minutes there one day, I wanted to enjoy being outside. We rented a VRBO with an amazing view in Incline Village, up on the hill. This lent itself to amazing hill workouts. I ran to the bottom of the hill, would do 50 uphill lunges and then run uphill for 2 minutes. Even though I am in the best shape of my life, I was counting down the seconds until these 2 minutes were over. The altitude is no joke! When I got to a flat point in the neighborhood, I would jog, with no timer, until I found another step incline, then start my set of 50 lunges. I did a total of 300 and was sore until Thursday!

1 hour and a half hike carrying Leo in the hiking backpack. 
1.5 mile run all uphill
After our family hike with the kiddos and my in-laws, my husband and I had the great idea of being dropped at the bottom of the hill and have to run all uphill to our rented home. It was gnarly and there were points that we both wanted to walk. We encouraged each other with wine and lunch {and our cuties} waiting for us at the top of the hill. 

OrangeTheory class 
nothing like realizing vacation is over than with an Orange Theory class!

Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Full Body Week 15
Recover Lower Body
I hate to admit that I have never done this part of the app, just clicking through so I can get to the next week. I do highly recommend it! It is basically about 15-20 minutes of stretching and using a foam roller. There were muscles that were tight and that this felt delicious on that I never give any love to {my calves!}. 

CorePower Yoga Sculpt
I thought for sure after having a kick ass week of Lake Tahoe Altitude workouts this class would be a "chill" workout. I. Was. Wrong.
If you are in the North County San Diego Area, go to Meghan's Sculpt classes. The 9:30 am Thursday class is always killer. 

Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Arms Week 15

see video below

Complete 3 Rounds
-Glut Kick Backs x12 each side

-Walking Lunges x20 total

-Weighted Dead Lifts x14
I did 27.5 lbs

-Overhead Ball Slams x20
As I shared in my IG story video, check how bouncy your ball is before you start. I whacked myself in the face and knocked off my hat

Complete 3 Rounds
- Step Up With Knee Up x12 each side

-Weighted Squat With a Shoulder Press x12

-Incline Mountain Climbers x40 total
hands on the floor, feet up on a bench, plank body
bring knee to opposite elbow and return to start, this is one rep

- Lateral Lunge With a Shoulder Press x12 each side
start with weight (10-15bs) in right hand
legs in a lateral lunge, farther than hip stance apart
right foot is facing forward, left foot is perpendicular, facing directly left
bend left knee to 90 degree, while bringing weight to the inside of the left knee
straighten leg, while bringing weight to your hip, then shoulder than overhead in one fluid motion


San Diego Voyager Feature

best floral maxi dress

I wanted to share the link for a feature on SAN DIEGO VOYAGER that I am honored to be a part of. I love the way they are showcasing women entrepreneurs in and around San Diego and how extremely complementary they were to this little old blog of mine. 

photo by Asha Bailey


workout wednesday: My Lake Tahoe workouts

black apl sneakers and best navy workout leggings

Walk on the treadmill 45 minutes, changing the speed and incline every 60 seconds. Max speed of 4.2mph and the incline, going as high as my treadmill would let me.

Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 600-rep chest & tricep challenge
I love these challenges in the app, because you just can focus on one exercise at a time and before you know it, 600 reps are done! This is something that I would have a hard time self motivating to do but find a total breeze with this app. Not sponsored. I just don't always feel like working out so I do these posts to help you stay motivated and to share my tricks and tips!

Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Abs Week 14
35 minutes elliptical

OrangeTheory class

Travel Day to Lake Tahoe

2 mile run/hike by our rented home in North Lake Tahoe

Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Total Body Week 14
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Arms Week 14

Hike in the snow for 3 miles with Leo Man in the hiking backpack
This "workout" in altitude is the gnarliest. I felt like I worked every muscle group, especially my upper back and legs, obviously!


San Diego Magazine Feature

clean kitchen nook

I am so SO excited to finally be able to share this post with you!

As you saw on my IG stories, a couple of weeks ago we had a photographer in our home. I couldn't resist giving you this sneak peak of something awesome to come, as I was so excited! I will probably post every single photo that the talented Chad Mellon took of our home to my instagram over time, but for this post, I wanted to include a photo that didn't make the article and the link to the Northern San Diego Home article.

And a HUGE thank you to Erika of South Harlow to help me create the home of my dream!


workout wednesday: what walking workout I do when I don't want to workout

monochrome workout outfit

OrangeTheory Class

Sweat App: BBG Stronger Ab Tower Challenge
600 abdominal rep exercises.  Think repetitions of jackknifes, mountain climbers and ab bikes.
This is why the app is great. If I set out to do 600 ab exercises, I would have gotten bored around 50 and quit. The app keeps you accountable and you are so busy clicking through the exercises, before you realize it, the workout is done!


Sweat App: Stronger 2.0 Arms Week 13

4 mile run with the Double Stroller

Sweat App: Stronger 2.0 Legs Week 13

Sweat App: Stronger 2.0 Week 13
35 minutes elliptical

Walk on the treadmill 45 minutes, changing the speed and incline every 60 seconds. Max speed of 4.2mph and the incline, going as high as my treadmill would let me.


San Diego Blogger Event

If you are in the San Diego area, I would love love LOVE for you to come to my event! 

I stumbled upon KATHERINE COSMETICS at another blogger event. The company checks so many boxes: started and run by women, natural and safe, gorgeous packaging and the products are to die for! When I have tried other "natural" brands, I haven't been all that impressed with the actual makeup products. I like a pigmented, dark eyeliner. I like a bright pink lip. I like glitter. 

Therefore, I brainstormed with my friend Carly to try to come up with an idea to spoil our local readers. So come join us, get your makeup done, mingle and have some wine with me!

If you make a purchase, not only will you get an amazing gift bag {see a sneak peak on my IG stories}, you will receive raffle tickets for more amazing products from some amazing brands. AND a percentage of any purchase from the evening will go towards BLANKETS FOR CANCER, a nonprofit for research for pediatric cancers. 

I wish every reader could be there! RSVP through email or IG DM.

I can't wait to meet all my San Diego readers!


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best flat espadrilles

I realized that I needed flat espadrilles for these photos. When all arrived on the same day, I laughed to myself when my closet floor looked like this. They range from about $60 to over $200. These are my favorite, but these are under $80. 

mom holding two kids

An IG post to coordinate with this HONEST MOM POST

We started a new Mother's Day tradition with our little family of four: instead of dealing with the crowds on Sunday, we went to one of my favorite places in the world for a Mother's Day brunch, beating the crowds by an entire day. We had champagne, the kids ran around and we had a chance to have a date. The next day, we hosted a brunch after church for my mom, my mother-in-law and my brother's mother in law. Meals like this one are exactly what we imagined when we purchased this home. 

blogger on a boat

We had the best time, our first leaving both kids!, heading up to San Francisco to celebrate my brother in laws big birthday. We hung with cousins, slept in and celebrated the birthday boy. 

best pink windbreaker

Original post HERE

Even though it is an ever present reminder that Global Climate Change is a little too real and eminent, the weather in San Diego is chillier than I ever remember it being in May. So I am loving this pink windbreaker and the proof in this post that white jeans work year around and for all weather. 


the only lip liners you will ever need

best lip liners

My go to lip color is rather simple: one light layer of this GRAPEFRUIT BALM and then using this LIP LINER in 'Edge to Edge'. I focus on lining the lips, working my way into the center of the lip, using the lip layer of lip balm to help blend.

This is my favorite lip color to use. I've worn it to workout. I've worn it to date night. When you find the color that works on you, it will work for every moment in your life. Plus, I truly feel that you are never fully dressed until you have lip liner and a smile!

I recently found this UNIVERSALLY FLATTERING LIP LINER and have realized, that I have stumbled upon the only two lip liners you will ever need in your life!


workout wednesday: my weekly schedule

black apl sneakers

4 mile run along the water in San Francisco with our cousins

Sweat App: BBG Stronger 1.0 Pyramid Challenge

Jumping Rope x 100
Mountain Climbers x100
Ab Bikes x 100

Decrease each set my 10 until your last circuit is 10 of each exercise. 

Jumping Rope x 90
Mountain Climbers x 90
Ab Bikes x 90

Jumping Rope x 80
Mountain Climbers  x 80
Ab Bikes  x 80


Sweat App: BBG Stronger 1.0 Abs Week 12
 I can't believe that I am already in Week 12 of this workout! As I explained before, I have been doing BBG workouts for a while now {probably about 8 months}, but have always googled or Pinterested images of the week that I was on. The app makes it so much easier to keep track and stay on track. Not sponsored. Highly recommended. 

3.5 mile along the water with Leo man, pushing our single RUNNING STROLLER
it is so much lighter after getting used to pushing the Double Running Stroller

Sweat App: BBG Stronger 1.0 Legs Week 12

Sweat App: BBG Stronger 1.0 Arms Week 12
20 minutes elliptical

45 minutes elliptical 

OrangeTheory Class


Meghan + Harry

meghan markle alone with the priest

best photo of the royal wedding flowers

By now, you have seen the dress, the flowers and got spammed by my IG stories. But just because the  Royal Wedding is technically over {I still haven't gotten my fill!}, there is still more to enjoy. Below are some accounts I recommend following to get more Royal Wedding in your life, as if you've had enough.

This is the only official account of those that reside at KP. While it is well know that The Palace does not allow social media due to safety issues, this account is run with official Royal News, such as events and appearances and news. This is the first place that the engagement photos of Meghan and Harry were shared and the first official photos of Prince Louis. I also recommend @ClarenceHouse for Prince Charles and Camilla news. 

This is the photographer that shot those family engagement photos and he is also the wedding photographer. While Royal Weddings are a bit different than stateside weddings for many reason, the one thing we did not see on Saturday was a photographer tiptoeing around the aisle and alter to get shots of the couple during the ceremony. Thanks to the media coverage, these images will not be needed. Regardless, he is the official photographer for the event we did not see and therefore {fingers crossed!!!} he will be sharing photos from the luncheon and the evening reception, as well as official, and hopefully, some unofficial ones too. 

They are responsible for, quite possibly, the most gorgeous wedding flowers I have ever seen. While I don't think they will ever be able to top that, you can follow along with them as they try. 

This is account I started to continue to share the random Royal Family facts that I know and learn along the way. I will take the character limit in IG captions to the test and try to focus on questions I have received and topics that y'all have expressed interest in. 
There a countless fan pages to every member of the Royal Family, and since my love for them runs deep and true, I will try to focus on all members, but you can beat that I will be focusing on sharing the history that I know in the coming weeks that pertains to this and all Royal weddings.

serious candid of meghan and harry
By now you are fully aware of the ultimate height of my Royal Family obsession.

I get asked all the time when this started and I can't exactly pinpoint but I do remember having a picture of Prince William in my locker from 8th grade pretty much for the rest of high school and being furious when I learned about Princess Di's wedding, because I didn't remember my mom letting me watch it. {It was in July 1981. I wouldn't be born for a couple of years...}

I am fully aware of my obsession. But it wasn't until I spammed y'all with my IG stories that I realized, hearing myself talk about it, the amount of facts that I do know. Like Meghan's dress, some of you hated my comments but many of you loved them. Therefore, I have started the new IG account with the best Royal Family facts over on @RoyalistLoyalist.

I got many very sweet and encouraging comments that you loved the random facts that I shared while watching the wedding over the weekend all three times. Therefore this account will be a space that I can really let my {Royalist Loyalist} freak flag fly and provide information that you can come back to and read, instead of IG stories that disappear after 24 hours.

As always, please DM me, email be or leave a comment if there is any questions you have. I want, as always, for the spaces that I create on the world wide web to be fun for you to follow.

best photo of meghan markle on her wedding day

^^this was my favorite photo from the entire day. I stole it from Vogue's Instagram

photos all borrowed from Getty Images


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best high waisted jeans

Who would have thunk it that extremely high waisted jeans are uber flattering???

I totally think of them in mom jeans because, as a mom, I now live in them. I can't wash these HIGH WAISTED ones quickly enough and I love the wash and these BUTTON FLY HIGH WAISTED JEANS. 

In this post about AT HOME TEETH WHITENING FOR SENSITIVE TEETH, I talked all about Smile Brilliant. I am obsessed and have recieved plenty of DMs from those of you that have taken advantage of the 15% discount code {navyandorangeblog15}.

pearl trimmed dress

My mini papparrazi took this photo after I got home from some church lady duties. This PEARL TRIMMED DRESS is truly timeless and checks all the boxes on list used to described a lady like dress: sleeves, check, fit and flare, check, hits at below the knee, check and the most feminine pearl neckline and sleeve hem. Check, check, check!

sweater set and blazer outfit

The 1950's housewife in me would love to wear sweater sets everyday. And the 1980's career women in me would love to wear blazers everyday. So I was extremely thankful that the weather in San Francisco on a recent weekend away allowed me to layer both.

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