Setting My Summer Intentions, Sort of.

athleisure style

brooks womens running shoe

black running shoes

For a girl who hates change I love the changing of the seasons.  This was probably the hardest part about living in SoCal, not having four distinct seasons.  It's sort of hard to believe as it's June and rainy that permanent sunshine isn't my thing.

But the change of seasons invites so much ritual into our lives.  It's a time to set new goals and start new adventures.  Change up our menu, and pizza toppings.  Create season specific memories...yet right now my mind is swimming - so many things I want to accomplish.  The summer let down was BIG this time, a combination of a packed calendar, failing technology and a certain boy turning 10.

Also, do you ever notice when you're tired small things in life can feel insurmountable?  It's amazing what a good nights sleep can do, or is it good night's?  currently too tired to google it. 

We are almost a week in and I am finally feeling ready to breathe it all in, and hopefully not miss a single minute...so this is what I am inviting into my life this summer...

Summer Salads

Stretching each day. 

Clean out my closet more more more, give stuff away, sell a few things, organize. 

Drink more water.  Always.
Start my morning with a cup of Moringa tea.  Hear it helps with mind and inflammation.  Read: not a spring chicken anymore.

Camp, and adventure. 
And gather with friends.  Have people over more.  Make s'mores, how cool are these kits??  Hmmmm we also bought a 1977 Tioga camper, so there's that idea. #staytuned

Organize.  I am starting with this, one for each kid, so we can add anything that any of us would like to save, ticket stubs, drawings, gum wrappers - no joke, team photos...all the things currently in random piles around our home, and it will be contained, and like a scrap book without a lick of colored paper.  All good.  The baby books that never happened.  No guilt.  No guilt.  No guilt.  Also note, not on this list to begin baby books....maybe next year.

Work on my gallery wall.  It SWIMS through my head all the time.  Oh and did I mention I own a custom frame shop.  It's almost like I have too much at my fingertips.  Analysis by paralysis, or something like that.

Did I mention Organize - oh wait, I forgot to mention the next step is this gal.  She's gonna slowly work my life into shape.  I LOVE her mission - Creating a space to enjoy while on your journey.

Devotions with my kiddos, this one particularly while drinking chocolate milk and sprinkles.
Also this book with my kids (and if you live near Queen Anne in Seattle shop local - find this book at Queen Anne Frame aka shop!)  This summer mom stuff is an entire blog post in itself, coming at you maybe tomorrow.  maybe.

much less plastic.

& Clean beauty - Violet Beauty please, also this concealer seems to good to be true, can it really replace my Cle De Peau??

Make jam with my mother in law.

Write just one actual hand-written card to someone, just because they inspired me in some way.  Baby steps.

A note on my outfit.  This entire look is Brooks.  While I set here and type my intentions for the next 9 weeks, yes summer is now only 9 weeks, it seemed so fitting to post photos of this shoot.  The essence of Brooks is to be intentional in what they do.  I am so inspired by their company culture, and this outfit.  Brooks is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, being held in Seattle this July, you can find more info here.

I love this top, I've worn it as a workout tank and also with jeans and flip flops, the colors are summer at it's best.  These leggings won me over with their mesh detail, cropped length and high waist band.  And truth be told, I have been living in these black sneakers, all through the end of the school year - these were this mama's best friend...from field day to last minute teacher's gifts, I was in total comfort and style.

tank - Brooks c/o, on sale.
leggings - Brooks c/o.
sports bra - Brooks c/o, on sale.
shoes - Brooks c/o.

As I am typing this list I am reminding myself that I can remove any or all of this list, at any time, without warning.  And by no means should I make this my score card, but it does feel good to at least organize my thoughts. 

lots of grace & sleep, friends.  and lots of water.

Happy Summer and thank you for reading!  What's on your list?


photos by Angie. 


Bold Prints & Wide Legs

mavi two-toned jeans

sole society audrina sandals

We are in the last week of school.  Fun fact:  I cry on the first and the last day of school every single year, pretty much since I was in 1st grade myself.  This year has been no exception.  I am trying my very best to slow down and savor every moment but it's darn exhausting.  The "lasts" and the celebrations are always emotional for me, I don't like change - except in fashion.  

So with that I am off to bed.   

A note on my outfit...sharing more of my ever growing love of anything wide-leg, high-waisted, cropped & denim.  I love the two-tone embellishment on this particular pair.  I thought the bold print of my Numph shirt made a nice pairing.  You can always count on Numph to have the best prints every season.   Like this one and this one.

long curly hair

shirt - Numph DK c/o
jeans - Mavi, Queen Anne Dispatch.  also here
shoes - Sole Society

photos by Angie.



I Whaley Like This Dress

AYR silk trench dress

It's just where I am at right now, strolling through impressive artistic sculptures one minute, making waffles and battling teeth brushing the next.

Regardless of the circumstance, when you put on that certain item of clothing and it has the ability to elevate your state of mind, this dress is just that.  It makes me feel sophisticated and lady like, it's the type of piece that never ends up in a pile on the floor, like so much of everything else in my house.

I just want to strut my stuff.

And I will pull this piece out of my closet for years and years to come.

Those are the best kind.

And when I find items like this, I don't feel the need to buy anything else.  Which I hugely appreciate as I am thinking through my purchases more than ever.  Not just because I am on a budget, but because I am more and more conscious of the toll fashion is taking on the environment - thank you to a certain 2nd grader who is studying whales.  I want pieces that are going to stand the test of time, and I am willing to spend a bit more for this reason.

This dress is from a brand called AYR which stands for All Year Round.  Don't you love that?  Versatile, classic, well tailored and superbly thought out styles that work all year round.  Their jeans are also fabulous for all your ASSets, and these overalls - on my wishlist.

Major bonus is that this dress also doubles as the most fabulous light weight trench, as I wore it here and coming soon to the blog.

blonde curly hair

dress - AYR c/o.


photos by Courtney.



I've Got The Party Pants, & Shirt...Now I Just Need A Party.

naturally curly long hair

palm leaf print pant

sarah alexandra shirt

Brunch.  Work.  Date Night.  Ladies Night.  Blog Events.  Ice Cream.  Coffee Dates.  Cocktails.  Summer BBQ.  Dinner Party.  Garden Party.  Window Shopping.  Shoe Shopping.

I love this outfit.  It's the type of outfit that makes me think of everything fun.  Oh the places I shall go in palm print pants and the perfect tailored shirt.  

I've got the perfect outfit covered.  Now that calendar...

And who wants to join me? 


pants - Traffic People, Queen Anne Dispatch
shoes - Dolce Vita, old.  similar

similar palm print pants here...

And these pants have a matching top, seen here.

photos by Courtney.

Happy Tuesday.


Flowy Florals and Blurry Twirls


natural curls

One of my favorite parts about traveling to other towns, or just other neighborhoods in my own city, is visiting the local shops.  Partly because I am a local shop owner and I know the blood, sweat and tears, late nights, and utter vulnerability that go into owning your own business, but also because I love a great find, and even better when there is a story and connection behind what I am buying.

This dress is from a local boutique on Main St. in Bothell.  When I asked the owner how she chooses her pieces, she said she thinks of Sex In They City and makes sure she has something that would fit each of the women's style.  I loved that.  She also takes special care to find pieces that women will feel comfortable in while still flattering their figures.  I also love that.

And I love this dress.  It's a perfect mix of youth and sophistication.   I love the flowy fabric and nostalgic floral print.  I simply add in some layered gold necklaces and a choker to edge it up a bit, that was all it needed.  I really like that this style dress, with the gather tie at the waist, doesn't need a belt.  I love belts, but sometimes I just don't want one.

You just can't help but twirl, even if it's at sunset and the lighting is just right for blurry twirls.

Or perhaps you just need glasses like me and this is normal.  ha!  So squint away my friends.  

dress - Johnny Was c/o Selyn, find here
shoes - Dolce Vita, similar
choker necklace - Stella & Dot c/o
gold necklace - Gorjana c/o 

And just wait till you see this dress as a kimono.  coming soon...

Photos by Courtney

Happy Wednesday