instagram lately

mother denim outfit

This outfit was not a normal thing for me. You know that I love to mix high and low end items but this outfit is 100% splurge worthy items. I am in love with these FLATTERING SKINNY JEANS...but not the price. One of my girlfriends, who bought them after I mentioned them in my IG stories during a try on {these are saved to my profile in Instagram},  convinced me that we would spend this much on jeans pre kids. They are incredibly flattering. 

AND they are the same style that Meghan Markle worn in Canada for her first public outing with, then boyfriend, Prince Harry. The style quickly sold out and wasn't due for a restock, but the brand quickly changed their mind after this spotting. I found them HERE. Size down. And, warning, they are not budget friendly. 

floral smocked dress

Smocked detailing on Little Girl dresses is one of my simple joys of life. I remember wearing smocked dress when I was Madrid's age and now my mother in law makes them, yes, hand makes smocked dresses for Madrid. I loved this FLORAL SMOCKED DRESS immediately for the smocked detailing, but then fell in love with the price and the countless places I could think of wearing it. 

When Madrid asked me about 5 times before we even got to lunch for me to get her a matching one, I figured I hit a home run. When my husband told me about 10 times that I looked fantastic before lunch, I knew I did!

I wore it to lunch in Palm Springs at The Purple Palm at the Colony Palms Hotel. I have driven by this boutique hotel countless times when arriving and then leaving Palm Springs, always telling myself that I would stop in next time. The food was amazing and I can't wait to go back! I'm even thinking of booking it for a girls weekend, it was that cute. Make sure your phone is charged. There are endless instagram-able photo options. 

pink apl sneakers

I get a lot of DMs about these APL SNEAKERS {I just got these in Lavender}. I 100% recommend sizing up. I wear a 7 in my normal shoes and got these in an 8. 

denim skirt and converse outfit

Even though I have a closet full of cute flats, on my mom days {read: most days} these CONVERSE SNEAKERS get the most wear. I think that they look cute with everything from sundresses to skinny jeans and being in Southern California, they are truly a perfect year around shoe. A true timeless basic that I recommend for every closet. {I tend to be very prone to blisters, so I started wearing these socks with them and have not had one since!}


blush duster


I kid you not, when I say that I wear this GRAY TEE about every other day. {I have THE TANK, SHORT SLEEVE and LONG SLEEVE version. This was an accidental purchase but at each under $20, and them becoming my uniform, I have been paying myself on the back.}  And any outfit that is skinny jeans and a timeless pump, is my spirit animal. 

I am so excited for this weekend. I have a girls' spa weekend with one of my dearest friends at one of my favorite locations in the world. {AND it is only about 7 miles from my house. If you know me at all, you would think that this would have a strong influence on being named my favorite place, but I gave this location this title before we moved so close. Stay tuned for peaks on Instagram this weekend!}


workout Wednesday: pre workout at 50% off

best preworkout

When WM Nutrition asked me to collaborate, they must have been reading my mind. As you know, I post my weekly workout schedule here every Wednesday. This keeps me accountable to mix it up and bring it, but I also love hearing from you that you guys love reading these posts too! I've been pretty motivated lately to set my alarm at the 5am hour, make no excuses and get those workouts in. But, I wanted a little extra push...

This PRE WORKOUT is a game changer. My favorite time to take it is before an OrangeTheory class as I am quickly taking time off my mile and my comfortable speeds of running and pushing myself sprinting have increased in speed. AND they are offering our readers a 50% DISCOUNT with code NAVY50. 

The flavors are honestly better than I could have thought. I'm a little weird about protein powder and milkshake flavors as I have a strong gag reflex to the normal flavors of these things, but with this one, I found myself craving the Berry Flavor.  

For these early morning workouts or the days that I am tired from being a mom, life and the previous days workouts, these have been a life saver/changer. Honestly, if you are curious or trying to mix your workout up, looking at the calendar and realizing that your New Years Resolution is 4 months behind schedule and summer is closer than you realized, you will want to try this PRE WORKOUT. Plus, at 50% off with code NAVY50, it can't be missed! 

4 mile run with my little family!


Sweat App: BBG Stronger 1.0 Legs Week 7

OrangeTheory class 

Sweat App: BBG Stronger 1.0 Week 7 500 Ab Challenge
I'm going to be pissed if I'm not sore the next day!

Sweat App: BBG Stronger 1.0 Arms & Abs Week 7

Off- but technically, pushing a stroller, picking up and putting down an 18 months old and three year old (about 500 times!), holding them up over head to see the animals and dance parties around the zoo for 4 hours totally counts for a workout. 

Sweat App: BBG Stronger 1.0 Total Body Week 7


don't worry, I'm on the {wait} list...

meghan markle crossbody bag

meghan markle crossbody bag

It is no secret that I am a Loyalist Royalist and am obsessed with anything and everything Royal Family. I am not sure when this obsession started but I remember having a picture of Prince William in my locker in 8th grade that I found at the back of Vanity Fair magazine. 

I have a standing joke with some of my mom's friends about how I am besties with Kate Middleton to the point that when they are in London, they send me forged postcards signed from the Duchess. Call it silly, but to me they are the ultimate celebrity: classy, focused on using their platforms for doing good and are the standard of pomp and circumstance. 

With the upcoming Royal Wedding and Meghan Markle fever being at an all time high, I am finding myself stalking every Meghan Markle hashtag and googling information on her and wedding details on a daily basis. 

When she did her first royal engagement and wore a STRAHTBERRY bag, it sold out in minutes. {HERE is the style that she first wore, but in navy, available for preorder. And the MC MINI TOTE in four colors available now! This is the same style she first wore but in a smaller version.} But my favorite was this STRATHBERRY East/West Mini bag that Meghan wore in Scotland. I am officially on the wait list for navy {duh!} but Meghan Fever made me also fall in love with her emerald, or 'Hunter', green. Don't worry, I'm on the wait list.... for almost every color. 

UPDATE: ok. I'm kinda of Jonesing out...I found the EAST/WEST mini in white and navy HERE and have ordered it! I. Am. So. Excited. Now, just waiting for my wedding invitation and to dance with the Spice Girls at the wedding...

photos borrowed from here and google



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black puppy photoshoot

black puppy photoshoot

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new puppy photoshoot

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new puppy photoshoot


Anyone else feeling overwhelmed?

Lately, I can't shake the feeling of being overwhelmed or impending doom. While I do tend to feel that I am being a little dramatic, I can't seem to get a handle on life lately. Things are happening too quickly, excitement or change is at an all time high and I constantly feel that I am forgetting something. I find myself packing and repacking diaper bags and day bags, walking in circles looking for the car keys that are inevitably in my hands and running back in the house to "grab one more thing" and then having no idea of what it is. 

Maybe it is because I am trying to do it all and don't think that I can possibly. Maybe it is the hassle of trying to run a business, be a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a cute, well informed, on  top of current events, clean and showered one at that.

I was lucky enough to be sat next to one of my brother's friends at a recent event and we were discussing life and the always changing aspect of it. He was always nice to me, and always felt like a brother even though the calendar would claim that I hadn't seen him in years. He had gone through hardships and also recently got married ands started a family. We agreed that there are endless phases of life that are ever changing and we both wanted to pause it to enjoy the current phase. 

Maybe that is just it, I am constantly searching for the pause button. 

I am so enjoying getting to know myself and have recently realized that while we are all constantly looking to adjust to current life situations, life situations are only current for a moment. Never are things comfortable, constant or normal. Especially with two young ones.

While I like to share pretty moments, clean outfit and "perfect" moment on social media, please be aware that this is not reality! I truly hope it is for some accounts I follow, but know with mine, that there are many, many moments that you don't see. I like to keep moments private, live in the moment and not document everything. My family is dealing with not one, but two earth shattering, life changing, rattle you to your core diagnoses, but I know that you don't want to hear about it or see it. Nor do I want to share it with you. And the people that it affects most have asked me not to. 

Again and again, I state that I am a bad blogger. The list is never-ending and growing by the day: I don't put my kids on the Internet, I don't like to document everything, I don't have the patience or time to put makeup on everyday, that's why you see me using a lot of filter in Insta stories or of me talking to my feet. My life is blessed, balanced and I am lucky to have it. But I want to reiterate, what you see is not what you get. It is inevitable to compare ourselves, but I want to remind you that empowered women empower women. 

I am not a huge fan of group pictures with hashtag mom tribe or squad goals because it feel clicky and high school. I pride myself in being a part of this group of women who are trying to do it all, part of this group of bloggers who think they have it together to tell you, "you must have this top!", part of this generation of moms that have the world at their finger tips, but with unbalance pressures to therefore do it all and share it all too. 

I don't really know what I am trying to get at by sharing this, but I hope that it touches another mom who found herself feeling defeated for no good reason, or for a young women who doesn't feel good enough. You. Are. and YOU are doing great. 

these amazing photos are by ASHA BAILEY



Workout Wednesday: My weekly schedule

best green workout leggings
SUNLOVER TOP this is super flattering, is sustainable as it is made from recycled nylon and offers 50+ UPF protection, thus it's name // GREEN HIGH WAISTED LEGGINGS // ROSE GOLD RUNNING SNEAKERS size up. I wear a 7 in my flats, but got an 8 in these. 

Sweat App: Stronger 1.0 Weight Challenge Week 5
Think mountain climbers, jumping rope, bicep curl to a press, walking lunges, etc. It took about 30 minutes
25 minutes elliptical

3.2 mile run outside at sunrise, by myself!

Sweat App: Stronger 1.0 Legs Week 6

OrangeTheory class with my bestie!

Sweat App: Stronger 1.0 Full Body Week 6
1.5 mile walk with the double stroller and puppy!

6 am CorePower Yoga Sculpt

Sweat App: Stronger 1.0 Arms & Abs Week 6

4 mile run with my little family!



instagram lately

blush lace dress

Y'all know by now that I have a shopping problem. So I love doing 'Try On Hauls' for you in Instagram stories. You can find these stories saved to my Instagram profile. 

This LACE DRESS is super flattering, I love the sheer shoulders, the fit {size down} and that it comes in light blue and navy. It would be great for any Spring festivities that you save: baby or wedding showers, wedding or simply a date night!

navy ballet flats and navy ysl

Grosgrain ribbon makes me extremely happy. 

Maybe it's because I was a child in the 80's and my mom had one in my hair, coordinating my outfit of course, every day. Maybe its because I am now a mom and do the exact same thing with Madrid's bows. {ALLIGATOR CLIP HAIR BOWS}. Nevertheless, these shoes are my spirit animal. They have since sold out, but I love this BLUSH FLAT ESPADRILLE version. 

lace floral top outfit

Original post HERE.

This LACE FLORAL TOP had me doing a double take when I spotted it shopping with the kiddos. It was a couple of weeks ago when Madrid still had her cast, so she was in the stroller and Leo was all over the place, crawling under everything clothing rack he would fit, preferably choosing ones that I couldn't fit under. I grabbed this top quickly and headed straight to the counter, without even trying it on. Thanks to my Workout Wednesday posts, I was confident to wear it without a tank under, or just a black bra. Yet, when I was shooting these photos with ASHA, of course, I couldn't find it. This BLUSH LACE BRALETTE perfectly blended in with my skin color and the top, without taking away any from the beautiful detailing of the top or making me feel like I was exposing too much. 

italia tee outfit

Original post HERE

This outfit is me 100% = skinny jeans, a blazer and flats, whether they be flats or my mommy ready CONVERSE SNEAKERS

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