Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Portland, Oregon

My first visit to the pacific northwest. I have yet to see Seattle, but if it's any version of Portland, I'm already a fan. The moody, damp weather was just what I needed after an overly hot summer for Southern California.  Call it global warming or post-baby hormones, either way this summer was HOT (especially since we were AC-less). That being said, Portland was my welcome to fall.

If I could describe Portland in three words it would be green, urban and foodie.

The restaurant scene was vibrant and eclectic, so many incredible spots, we couldn't even scratch the surface.  Joel and I decided the eats alone are reason enough to come back.  As for green, the drive to the coast (and in our Subaru Outback, of course) was out of this world. Trees and Trees for days. So gorgeous!  We also managed to visit Multnomah falls, which although crowded, was pretty spectacular. The perfect mini hike with a baby to get up close to the falls.

I feel like if your city has an Ace Hotel, it's got to be urban ;) When it comes to shopping, there was a lot of cool menswear options. Joel was loving the shops in the Pearl district, such as Polar and Steven Alan.  All and all, it was the perfect weekend getaway to get a little taste of something different. I love exploring a city I have never been to before. And even better with my two favorite people.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Ponchos in Portland

This weekend I'm headed up to Portland, Oregon with my little family, and all I can think about is warm cozy clothing. I've had enough of this Southern California heat, October in the high 90's? No, thank you! 

I've never been much of a poncho-wearing kind of gal, but I love this chic take on the overhead shall. I love that the above gave it a more modern take with polished flats and a structured bag to give it less of a frumpy look. In terms of comfort, you cant beat it. You are basically wearing a blanket, and not to mention it would be great for me when nursing. Here are some stylish ponchos that that I came across, here, here and here

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Father Son Beach Bonding

One of our favorite beaches in Laguna Beach is Victoria Beach. It's a beautiful little cove, nestled right smack dab in south Laguna right before you hit the Montage Resort. On a warm September night, my boys and I had the spot to ourselves and soaked up time in the sand. 

 One of my favorite items for Theo when headed to the beach (or bath time), is this ultra soft, grab and go towel. The towel is personalized by Stuck on You. So, I don't have to worry about his towel getting swapped or snagged at the beach with other kids, and I just love that it's personalized for my little guy. I also use during his bath time. I'm now realizing I want to stock our house with monogrammed towels, or would even love to get some with our last name on them - adds that luxury touch! 

*Just a little reminder - free shipping on Stuck on You's website, when entering 'SMITH' at check out!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Great Awakening

I am loving this stage. Theo at 3.5 months. I know that the 3 month mark is often described as the 'awakening" or that turning point out of the 'fourth trimester', it's really incredible how each day there is something new.  I feel like I have been the same since I was about 22, ha! Imagine this much growth in weeks, days!

 So curious of the world, this boy is checking everything out. Theo is starting to grab, giggle and play and its amazing how the smallest, simplest things he does bring us so much happiness. I feel like all those things people tell you about having babies really are true (the hardest and the most rewarding thing we will ever do). This week was his first roll over, and I practically started screaming for joy,  it caught me so off guard! I of course speed dialed Joel, telling him the huge accomplishment ;) Oh man, we have turned into those parent.

Friday, September 19, 2014

My Baby Shower

invites designed by the talented, Jenna Robert.

Ok so I am months behind. But I just had to share my sweet baby shower on this blog. I have to remember this day always. 

We all go to showers all the time, and don't think anything of it. But when it's yours, isn't it hard to be anything but blown away but all the love and support? I mean really, people travel from all over and show up with gifts for your unborn child. Blame the hormones, but the day left me in tears of gratitude. I really was just overwhelmed with love I had for my friends, who already showed so much love for my baby they had yet to meet. I had friends come from out of state, down from San Francisco and Los Angeles and up from San Diego. Talk about a village! Theo is one lucky boy.

The shower was hosted at the flawlessly designed home of my friend, Ally. Everything was perfection, from the menu, to the decor, to the florals on down to the invites. They really knocked this one out of the park. Always want to remember the love I felt this day.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hotel love: San Ysidro Ranch

Happy Monday! Yet, I'm not going to lie that I am sad for this dreamy weekend to come to an end.
As you can see, I didn't hold back in over-sharing photos of this fairytale of a place we visited yesterday. 

While we were in the Santa Barbara area this weekend, we stopped off at the San Ysidro Ranch on our way home. We decided this highly raved about hotel, would be our destination to stretch out and go for a stroll. Boasting 'America's top hotel' by Forbes magazine and also on Goop (where Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin got married) we had to check this place out. Oh my, it was everything and more! Tucked back in the hills of Montecito, it's the perfect quiet and romantic escape. Although it costs a real pretty penny to stay at the San Ysidro Ranch, it's worth stopping by for Sunday brunch, or even just to walk the charming grounds. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Introducing new sponsor: stuck on you

I have always had a thing for monograms, I just love personalizing any gift. So when I was introduced to this adorable company, it was love at first sight.  The cutest kid's labels and gifts, to outfit all things personal. Not only do I love the bib for my Theo, but I think it makes for the perfect baby shower present. Who doesn't love something that was made just for them, or just for their baby? Personalizing always goes that extra mile.

Above are my top favorite picks at Stuck on You's online shop. Take a peek!

*Enter promo code 'SMITH' at check out, and you will receive free shipping!

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