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brown chanel flats

pink fleece outfit

From the above designer dudes, to my daily workout uniform. Hey, it's all about balance, right? This fleece popover is a tad too thick and cozy for San Diego winter, but I have loved it for the early morning chill. 

gray cashmere vest

I now have two gray cashmere vests in my closet. One from my office days and living in New York and this one was a purchase from a summer sale and I couldn't wait to wear it. I had originally imagined it over striped and possibly under a blazer, but I used it to "winter" up this all white outfit from a mommy errand day last week. This button up is my currently favorite and I just ordered it in blue as well. You never have enough perfect button ups. 

best navy workout leggings

Are you sick of seeing and hearing about my favorite navy leggings yet? I seriously have a love affair with these and work all three pairs that I own on consecutive days last week. They are beyond amazing. 

high waisted ripped jeans

My favorite jeans, that I have in three washes, are on sale! They are already extremely budget friendly and I get asked about them from readers at least once a week. These sneakers, {they come in three colors} are also on sale!


gift guide: for the hostess

gold budget hostess gifts

As the holiday celebration invitations are beginning to arrive, and we are trying to plan our own in our new home, what better gift guide to start with than for the hostess!

1. MONOGRAMMED COOPER TRAY {$159} - perfect for the boss' party or your best friend's mom

2. PROSECCO CANDLE {$9} - I like to have gifts like this one in my gift closet for any party, any time of year. It comes in a cute box, already wrapped and shows a little thought without having to allow extra delivery time for monogramming.

3. MIGHT BE BUBBLY MUG {$16} - perfect for the bestie or the champagne lover. Bring a bottle of bubbly too.

4. MR. & MRS. BAR GLASSES {$24} - I love including these in my yearly gift guides as they are cute for the newly married, the empty nesters or any lovely couple on your list.

5. MONOGRAMMED MIRROR {$25} - small, thoughtful and budget friendly!

6. LEATHER TASSEL MONOGRAMMED KEY CHAIN {$49} - this comes in multiple colors and would be great for any mom on your list. The tassel is a great distractors for little ones when trying to get things done and the pop of color makes it easy to find in your bag.

7. MONOGRAMMED CHAMPAGNE FLUTES {$25/2} - they come stemless too!

8. MONOGRAMMED CATCH ALL DISH {$20} - I truly believed that a monogrammed gift is the easiest way to make the most thoughtful gift.

9. VINTAGE PJ SET {$95} - These are my favorite pjs in my closet. I have mine monogrammed. The cozy style, yet light weight fabric makes them not too hot. I wore these everyday in the early days of newborns : I was covered up for when visitors came over, easy button from for nursing and the pants are drawstring to be able to go to the bathroom while holding a newborn, a talent I had no idea was important before I became a mom.

10. BUT FIRST, COFFEE MUG {$18} - give this gift with a Starbucks gift card. Any hostess will totally appreciate the extra caffeine during the holidays!

11. FORTUNE COOKIE COSMETICS CASE {$49} - comes in three colors and can be monogrammed!

12. FALLING STAR DANDLE EARRINGS {$58} - perfect for the chic hostess on your list. 


workout Wednesday: my thoughts on Kayla and my weekly schedule

best navy workout pants

I had tried Kayla Itsines workouts after I had Madrid, but quickly found out I was pregnant with Leo and the workouts are very core based. In August, I began to start them again, hoping to be consistent, and found that in a quick 28 minutes, I was sweaty, extremely sore the next day and felt like I had completed a good workout. As a runner, this is hard to find! This isn't sponsored, but I wanted to share what has made me feel like I am in better shape, better emotional shape and has made getting a quick but extremely efficient workout work for me. And...

I have abs.

Yes, I know that to keep your internal organs inside your body, everyone has abs, but mine are visible for quite possibly the first time in my life. And I give Kayla Itsines all the credit.

I know that a million bloggers, some that dedicate all their photos and content to tracking their Kayla workouts exist, so I am not going to reinvent the wheel and start documenting what I eat everyday. But these Kayla workouts have made my workouts stay on track, make me feel like I am getting something done in a limited time and have made me have visible abs for the first time ever.

I can't help but think what amazing changes I would have seen if I had been more consistent this summer and beginning of the fall. The idea behind these workouts is you do them three times a week, along with cardio {find one of my treadmill intervals here. and another in this post}. For my schedule, sometimes I would do them once a week, sometimes four, always keeping track and trying to do them in the intended order. Let me tell you, I am still convinced that Week 1 Legs is the hardest!

By fitting them into my other workouts, getting back into CorePower, my favorite weekly/ bi-weekly runs and the amazing travels we had this summer, I felt that on days that I "didn't have time," or didn't feel like it, or were traveling, I knew that I could modify the workouts. By knowing that I could get them done in a quick 28 minutes, and for the first couple of weeks, with limited gear, it kept the idea of doing it for 12 weeks attainable. Truth: in Sun Valley, I used logs from the fireplace for weights and various furniture to get the workout done. {think tricep dips on the coffee table, step ups on the fireplace.}

This is not sponsored but I know that if you follow other bloggers, or have a workout regime somewhat in your daily life, you probably have heard of Kayla Itsines. While I used images that I found on Pinterest and put them in order, I have heard that the app is extremely user friendly, with included modifications if you don't have any equipment. Below is the short list of things that I do have in our home gym:

-treadmill {and I kind of want to add a rower...}
-weights : 15 lbs, 8 lbs and 5 lbs
-elastic bands
-workout step this is I purchased after realizing how much I would use it for the Kayla workouts. I use this instead of a bosu ball in week 10-12
-workout mat

Saturday :
37 minutes elliptical
Kayla Itsines Week 12 Abs

Sunday :
CorePower Yoga 2 75 minutes

Monday :
Kayla Itsines Week 12 Arms {my last workout of the first 12 weeks!}

Wednesday :
45 minutes elliptical
Arms :
Set One x 3
Bench press 15 lbs x 15
Shoulder press 15 lbs x 15
In & Out Bicep 15 lbs x 15
Regular bicep curl with weights in front of you, 
when you go down, bring your arms out to the side and elbows are in your side
and curl again
this is one rep
Shoulder girdle 12 lbs x15
bring arms to 90 degrees, crossing in front of your body at about the belly button
Alternate crossing wrists over each other when they meet at the center of the body 

Set Two x 3
 Regular bicep curls 15 lbs x 15
Bench Pull 15 lbs x 15 each side
Back flat, parallel to the ground
Right arm and right knee rest on the bench, weight in left arm and left leg on the ground
Keep arm close to the body and pull weight up to the armpit, this is one rep

Thursday :
5 mile trail run

Friday :
Kayla Itsines Week 1 Arms & Abs

CorePower Yoga Sculpt


best blanket scarves under $30

plaid blanket scarf

best blanket scarves under $30
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The weather has {finally!} cooled down in San Diego, so being the good blogger that I am, of course I have started using my blanket scarves weekly! { you've seen this blush oversized plaid one. and you know that I love this $60 cashmere one.} There are currently endless options, all at a budget {#1 & #2 are $15!}. These would make a great holiday gift for just about anyone on your list. Think, boss, nanny, mother in law, playdate friend, the kids' teacher...


a sneak peek at our dining room


I plan on doing an entire {possibly, couple} of posts, complete with 'Before' and 'After' photos of our dining room. But, as you saw from this photo a couple of weeks ago,  I couldn't help but give you a sneak peek, above.

While I know that everyone is getting ready for the holiday, {seriously: I saw a Christmas commercial the first week of September}, we have a family tradition that gives each holiday its moment. The weekend after Thanksgiving, we go and buy our tree and set it up while Christmas Vacation is playing in the background. This is something that my husband initiated our first Christmas together and this promises that we won't start bringing out the tinsel too early.

Plus our daughter is a November baby. November to me, is still pumpkin and fall decor season, and I don't want her to birthday to get overshadowed by said tinsel. The gold and white pumpkins that are still decorating our dinning room table and mantel are now on major sale. I have included other fall friendly decor below if you are still celebrating fall and November, like us! { how cute are these glitter pumpkin votives? they would be so cute in front of each place card for your Thanksgiving table!}


Instagram Lately

ruffle collar sweater outfit

Last week, I had to run some errands and took it as an opportunity to check out the new Nordstrom in our city. I meet my mom there and we promptly went straight to the designer shoe section, with kiddos in tow. They turned the circular sofas into a play yard, which we totally encouraged, and we each bought some new shoes. Needless to say, the original errands I set out to run, didn't get done...

As we headed to the car, I quickly remembered that we had family photos the next day and needed something to coordinate with Madrid's adorable GRAY SMOCKED DRESS and with Leo's SWEATER PULLOVER. {The husband is easy and was going to wear either a white or blue button down, both already ironed and hanging in his closet.} The saleslady promptly wanted me to try on anything she could find in navy, whereas I needed something quick, easy and a no brainer. My mom quickly spotted this sweater, which I tried on right there over my workout tank and went straight to the register. 

When I came home to check to link it for you guys, I found that I had paid full price, but that is was on sale {and still is!}. I linked it below in black and multiple retailers.

cashmere sweater and ripped jeans

I pulled out this old rag & bone cashmere sweater the first chance I got. It is so cozy and oversized that it looks great with faux leather leggings too. But ripped jeans and converse are the ultimate mommy uniform. 

two in one sweater outfit

Original post here

velvet tank outfit

I love the idea of velvet this time of year. There are endless options at all price points right now but I loved the mix of this kinda sexy tank with a cozy oversized knit open front cardigan. 


the only holiday top you need {and it's $18!}

navy velvet tee

navy velvet tee outfit
velvet velour tee

velvet velour tee outfit

easy holiday outfit
velvet holiday outfit

velvet tee and skinny jeans outfit

velvet holiday tee

navy velvet holiday outfit

velvet tee and gold choker
^^ the late in the day coffee is thanks to a 1 and 2 year old with Day Light Savings...

tee : NAVY CRUSHED VELVET TEE // jeans : HIGH WAISTED SKINNY JEANS // shoes : CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN PIGALLE PUMP // sunglasses : SONIX PARKER SUNGLASSES // necklace : LACE CHOKER // necklace : SKINNY NAMEPLATE NECKLACE // necklace : STATE NECKLACE {mine with Texas} // bracelets: HERMES CLIC CLAC, get preloved here // nails : ESSIE 'BALLET SLIPPER'

Whether your holiday plans consist of hosting Thanksgiving {me} or a Mom's Night Out {also me}, this top is all you need. PS- it is only $18 and comes in three colors!

This time of year, I always say never underestimate the power of a bold lip and some holiday swagger. With the right confidence, this outfit could work for a holiday party or paired with a blazer, a more festive affair. Paired with a faux leather skirt, some black pantyhose {a la Kate Middleton} and booties, you are seriously ready for whatever this holiday season has in store for you.


Wednesday Workout : My Favorite YouTube Workout Videos

^^from Monday morning in the gym after Kayla!

Before I began this cycle of Kayla Istines {my first that I have every gone all the way through!}, I would heavily rely on free workout motivation from YouTube. On days I didn't have the mommy time to get to the gym, outside for a run by myself or simply motivated to get a workout in, I would rely on my favorite three videos, linked below. I would do a mash up of these three, or if I was wanting to stick with a muscle group, I would simply type in the search bar "Tone It Up Abs" or "Tone It Up Arms."

Reasons I love these videos: the girls are cute and motivational, the videos are short, the exercises are awesome and it is free! I always always recommend these to women that I hear say don't have time or want to start working out. You can do these anywhere and fit them in your day, at any time. Yes, there has been days that I have done one video and days I have done five. It is all about making working out a priority for you, and making the priority fit into your life.

For me, I like to workout in the morning. I like to get it off my 'To Do' List and then I don't feel like it is hanging over my head. I have learned that if I don't get it done first thing or during Leo's morning nap, I have a hard time getting motivated to workout in the evening, even with these easy videos. My mom, on the other hand, likes to workout in the afternoon. This is the time that she doesn't feel rushed and can enjoy her workout and she has made this a priority her entire life.

Make the workout at the time of day that you like best. Unsure? Try at least three days getting it done in the morning and at least three days at other times that work for you. Maybe you rather tag team with your partner and let them clean up after dinner so you can go to the gym in the evenings. Maybe your partner can take over breakfast duty with the little ones so you can hit the gym first thing in the morning and not have to cut it short to be back when the cuties wake up. My point is, make it a priority. We are all busy. We all don't have time. But I hope that this post and these videos will make your workouts easier, more motivated and something you look forward to!

BIKINI ARMS WORKOUT {about 11 minutes}


BEST 10 MINUTE ABS {10 minutes, duh!}

Saturday :
CorePower Yoga Sculpt 60 min class

Sunday :
Treadmill intervals for 2 miles
{I normally try to run 3-5 miles, but I was running late to church and I was extremely sore from my gnarly workout week the week before.}

Monday :
Kayla Itsines week 11 Abs

Tuesday :
4 mile run outside first thing in the morning, by myself!

Wednesday :
Kayla Itsines Week 11 Arms

Thursday :
CorePower Yoga Sculpt {6am!}

Friday : 
Kayla Itsines Week 12 Legs

Saturday :
37 minutes elliptical
Kayla Itsines Week 12 Abs


5 items for 2 minute makeup

easy fall makeup

I originally took a selfie to show you this look. But the light, the wet hair and the family waiting in the car to go to Sunday brunch made the photo look less than flattering and that maybe I should stop priding myself on being the only person I know my age that hasn't tried Botox and maybe make my first appointment. {Trust me, I've been curious and even make an initial appointment last fall to discuss options. Little did I know, and contrary to what you see in celebrities, when you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is illegal to get Botox, due to unknown effects.}

Nevertheless, I wanted to share this easy and chic fall look that I did in less than two minutes. First, I applied this GLOSSIER HIGHLIGHTER on my check bones and kind of where your smile lines are around your eyes, if you have them like me. I rubbed it in and blended with my finger. Then I used my new DIOR VOLUMIZING MASCARA, my first designer mascara in at least 8 years. {this one is my favorite drugstore buy.} I then applied this BRONZER on my check bones, focusing on the wide part of my face. Lips are next with using my all time favorite and most used item in my makeup bag, LIP LINER in EDGE TO EDGE. I finished off the look with this MATTE LIPSTICK in HONEYLOVE, focusing on the middle of the bottom lip and blending your lips together. Finish with another coat of mascara, if needed and viola! You are ready for everything from preschool drop off to date night!


mommy monday

personalized zip pouch

These are too cute to not have in your diaper bag or car. The uses for ours change daily: change of clothes, daily snacks, pool gear, etc. I love the way you can pick the color, font and size so that your essentials are easy to find and keep organized, any mom's dream! As you saw on my Insta Stories from over the weekend, I used them to clean out my minivan that tends to look like a toy store, grocery store hybrid on most days. I have put all of each child's items from the car in their respective pouches to make 1. for an easy time fining items of theirs and 2. to make so my minivan doesn't like a child tornado. It has worked so far this week!

The uses for these do not have to be limited to just moms. If you are like me and staring to think about your gift list, these would be great to order for anyone on your list now. The lead time is a couple of weeks, but I always prefer a personalized gift.

Yellow gold jewelry has always had my heart. Maybe it is because my grandmother always wore the most original pieces, each with a story behind them, all in yellow gold. These necklaces aren't as priceless as my grandmother's pieces, but with special little names on them, I love them worn close to my heart. Wore alone or layered all together, I love the way they look with a cocktail dress and my mommy workout clothes uniform.

mama's mirac-oil

I love the use of face oils that is exploding everywhere! When I was pregnant both times, I would rub a copious amount of coconut oil all over my belly and would wipe the excess off on my face. My husband would love at me like I was crazy because 1. I smelled like a bakery and 2. he would ask, "aren't you going to break out like crazy?" I never did. My friend and fellow mom to two little ones, Carly from The Preggers Pantry makes her own oil that she swears is a cure all, miracle oil. While I don't look like the 24 that I was promised I would look like, I do love the way my skin feels. I put a couple of drops under my makeup or daily sunscreen or a more generous amount after my toner before bed.

monogrammed cashmere sweaters

While the rest of the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying fall, here in San Diego, I daily look at my cashmere monogrammed sweaters, hoping that I will get to wear them every again...{I'm so dramatic!} I feel like these are a mommy must have because they are immediately chic, whether paired with skinny jeans for play dates, faux leather leggings for a mommy night out or layered over workout gear.

mini melissa glitter shoes

Madrid calls these her "glitter shoes," and wears them daily. I bought them for her new school year thinking that they would go with everything in her closet. Is there  anything gold glitter doesn't match? While I was unaware of the shoe policy of wearing socks, these do look cute with and without socks. Plus, how can you ignore the ease of Velcro and that they come in five glitter options?

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