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Off the Shoulder Swimsuit Off the Shoulder Swimsuit Off the Shoulder Swimsuit

 

Before we get into this off the shoulder swimsuit…I always have so much I want to include in my weekend roundup posts and then when I actually go to write them, I forget half of it. So I’ve been making notes and am including it all in one big life lately post. Get ready for a bunch of randomness…

 

We’ve been in LA for almost a month. I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I like it here. We walk everywhere. I haven’t driven in over 10 days.

 

After Sybil used my iPhone as a teether, the home button and Touch ID shorted out. I have been anxiously awaiting the new iPhone announcement and placed an order for the 8 Plus last week. I’m so excited for the camera. I pick it up on Friday afternoon!

 

The improved iPhone camera comes at the perfect time. My girlfriend and I are going on an “Instagram” tour of LA on Saturday. Post-tour, you can find me lounging by the pool wearing this off the shoulder swimsuit, which is currently on major sale (also comes in red and black). I typically shy away from strapless suits, but this one has surprisingly good support.

 

I quit my job to figure out what I wanted to do next over 3 years ago. And then I got pregnant and had Lawson. And then I got pregnant again and had Sybil. Lately I’ve been thinking about working part-time, preferably from home. I think it would be good for Lawson and Sybil to have someone else care for them a few hours a day. I miss using my brain in a different way and could honestly use a break from them. Not to mention living in LA without any income for a year. More to come on this one…and if you know of anyone looking for an accounting or project management help 20 hours a week, let me know.

 

I’ve struggled to get into a consistent running routine. Instead of beating myself up about it, I’m giving myself some grace. Until Sybil starts sleeping through the night consistently, I’m just not willing to give up even more sleep to run before Jim goes to school.

 

Does anyone else feel like they spend a ton of $$$ on groceries? Grocery shopping has gotten to be one of my biggest stressors. Feeding a family of four is expensive! If you have any tips on how to buy organic, healthy foods by spending less, please send them my way.

 

Lastly, Anthropologie’s jean sales are a well kept secret. They carry some of my favorite brands and the markdowns can be really good. Sizes can sell out quickly, especially when they have an additional promo. I bought these last week when they were an additional 25% off and have already worn them 3x.

 

OUTFIT DETAILS:

swimsuit: j crew (on super sale for $33, also comes in black and red); shorts: zara; sandals: m gemi; hat: cuyana; bag: cult gaia; necklace: maya brenner; bracelets: david yurman (here, here and here); ring: david yurman; sunglasses: warby parker

 

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Staying Sane With Two Kids

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Motherhood is hard. Some days are really, really hard. Monday was one of those days for me. I slept for 4.5 hours on Sunday night and had zero patience. I was in tears by 8am. I was yelling and swearing. I honestly didn’t think I could make it through the day. As a stay at home mom, I didn’t have another choice. (By the way, I don’t think working parents have it any easier. Most of the stresses are all the same.)

 

So I did what any social media loving mother would do and I turned to Instagram for advice on how to stay patient with young kids when you feel like you don’t have anything left to give. It might seem silly since I haven’t even met some of my Instagram friends in real life, but they’ve saved me more than once in my short time as a mama. So here are my crowdsourced tips on how to stay patient with young kids.

 

  1. Laugh. Hard. Even if you have to fake it at first.
  2. Lock yourself in the bathroom. Cry. Pull it together. Eat chocolate. (In that order)
  3. Share with others (misery loves company, right?!)
  4. Go outside. Change the scenery.
  5. Give yourself permission for non-perfection.
  6. Try to sleep as soon as they do.

 

I was scrolling through the blogs I read this morning and came across this post from Naomi. Maybe it’s the season or something is in the air because it seems I’m not the only one short on patience. So I’m adding her advice – to stop and give a deliberate hug – to my list. I’m writing this list down on actual paper and carrying it with me. I have a feeling I’ll need to reference it often.

 

As for this outfit, I’m ready to wear jeans again. It’s been pretty warm the past week. I’m craving cooler temperatures and jeans (even if they are a summer white).

 

xoxo,
erica

 

OUTFIT DETAILS:

shirt: gap (sold out but I linked similar shirts below); jeans: madewell; shoes: birkenstock; bag: chloe; necklace: maya brenner; bracelets: david yurman (here, here and here); ring: david yurman; sunglasses: warby parker

 

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Do You Know What Makes You Happy?

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Lately I’ve been thinking more about what makes me happy. The past couple of years have been a whirlwind of pregnancy and babies. There’s no day off for a parent, especially when you stay at home with your kids. I ran to the Grove yesterday for an hour and realized it’s the first time I’ve been away from Lawson and Sybil since we arrived in California almost two weeks ago. If I don’t intentionally take time for myself, it doesn’t happen.

 

When I first started thinking about it, I honestly had a hard time remembering what makes me happy. After brainstorming and asking a few close friends, this is the list I came up with:

 

  1. Working out (running, yoga and barre3 are personal favorites)
  2. A fresh manicure and pedicure
  3. Reading, especially before bed
  4. Putting together a cute outfit and curling my hair
  5. Exploring new places
  6. Watching Lawson and Sybil discover new things, play together and laugh
  7. Time alone with Jim
  8. Creating blog and social media content that makes me proud

 

There’s nothing particularly incredible about any one of these items. Some (or maybe all) are entirely selfish, but I’m okay with it. In the midst of a busy and stressful period in life, it’s easy to lose sight of what makes you happy. I’m learning that #adulting is busy and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. So if I don’t make time for the things that make me happy, no one else is.

 

What makes you happy? I’d love to hear!

 

OUTFIT DETAILS:

shirt: free people; shorts: hudson; scarf: nordstrom; shoes: m gemi (similar);  hat: cuyana; necklace: maya brenner; bracelets: david yurman (here, here and here); ring: david yurman; sunglasses: warby parker

 

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The Best Striped Shirt

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This is without a doubt the best striped shirt I’ve ever owned. I realize that’s a big statement, but it’s true. In the past few months I’ve taken it on a 4 week road trip and a 3 week trip to Minnesota. I wore it more than anything else I brought on either trip. I wore it with shorts and jeans, under a my patagonia vest or on its own.

 

A little background on this shirt…I had seen Saint James striped shirts on other bloggers. They are an investment (the version I’m wearing is $75) and aren’t sold at many retailers so I didn’t have an option of trying one on. I’m always hesitant to make a purchase if I have to pay for shipping and returns, especially if I’m unsure of my size. I rarely buy anything at full price so when Tuckernuck had a 20% off and free shipping promo for the holidays, I finally made the plunge and purchased the classic navy and white striped tee.

 

I am wearing an XS, which is my normal size in most brands. The shirt does run a little boxy. I wasn’t sure if I loved the style at first, but now I can’t imagine it fitting differently. My favorite look is to roll the sleeves a couple of times and half tuck the front.

 

Alright, enough about the shirt. Happy hump day! Can you believe there’s only one more day left in the month of August? We’re in the midst of a late summer heat wave in LA. Luckily the beach is a short drive away!

 

OUTFIT DETAILS:

shirt: saint james; shorts: zara; shoes: cole haan (in blue); hat: cuyana; bag: cult gaia; necklace: maya brenner; bracelets: david yurman (here, here and here); ring: david yurman; sunglasses: warby parker

 

 

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