March 2015 archive

Water Play

I suppose it would seem obvious that kids ages 3 and 6 would spend a spring break trip in Grand Cayman in the water, but where Taylor and Ella were concerned, I wasn’t so sure. Without going into too much detail, suffice it to say that we waited a little too long to get Taylor into swimming lessons, and we’ve been playing catch-up for a few years. Not so much the case with Ella, but she would certainly follow her brother’s lead on what, where, when and how they played on vacation. So when Taylor mentioned at the airport that he wasn’t planning on going into the ocean, claiming, “that just seems really too big,” it made me wonder exactly how the trip would unfold. Would we be spending our time convincing them that water play was better than IPad play? Much to our delight, both kids were little fish from the moment they set eyes on the pool and ocean alike. Full days were spent in the sun and in the water, with Ella breaking for much needed naps each day and Taylor playing so hard that he passed out at the dinner table the first night. There are a lot of pictures in this post – just think if I would have brought the camera out on more than a few occasions!

Ella’s swim gear details and links: Hanna Andersson swimsuits (ice cream here and floral here) and floral swim hat | i play white hat | O’Neill pink rash guard | Speedo swim vest
Taylor’s swim gear details and links: Hanna Andersson swim trunks, surfboard rash guard and swim hat | O’Neill long-sleeved rash guard | Speedo swim vest
Kerry’s swimsuit: Kate Spade top and bottom (one piece version here)
Trevor’s swim gear: O’Neill swimshirt and Rayban sunglasses

The kids had grown out of all swim gear from last summer, so I spent an inordinate amount of time looking for things to take along for the trip. I was really happy with everything (the Hanna suits were great, and now on sale, too!), but by a mile the best purchases were the two O’Neill rash guards I found at a dive shop across the street while in Cayman (shown in the pictures below). I couldn’t keep up with the sunscreen on those two little ones. Prior to this trip such rash guards always looked to me like they would be too hot and uncomfortable, but when they kids are in the water non-stop the shirts actually help them stay cool – and certainly protected. On the top of the list for next year are a few more long sleeved versions.


Lilly and the Little Ones

I never thought I would be the mom in the Lilly Pulitzer dress that matches her daughter’s, but that was before I had Ella, and certainly before she was able to express her strong preference toward dresses – pretty pink dresses, to be more specific. So, for the occasion of heading on our first spring break trip as a family and to a location as beachy and beautiful as Grand Cayman, I thought the splurge was justified. And we have Taylor, in his backwards baseball cap, NFL tee and shorts from two years ago, which helps bring down the girlie factor.

Kerry’s outfit details and links: Lilly Pulitzer dress | Michael Kors watch | Anthropologie earrings | Lilly Pulitzer shoes | Boden sunglasses
Ella’s outfit details and links: Lilly Pulitzer dress (love this one too, but didn’t want to risk her not liking the slight lion motif) | Pediped shoes 
Taylor’s outfit details and links: All too old and worn to be available anymore! Just how every guy in my family likes their clothes. ( :


Bright Colors for a Cloudy Day

This sweater used to catch my eye every time I would walk by it in the store, but the price tag was way too steep for what is essentially a sweatshirt. But it’s now on sale, and it adds a great pop of color and pattern to my wardrobe and is a nice piece that can be dressed up or worn casual with jeans and flats. I find myself reaching for it when I need a little mood boost.

MARC by MARC JACOBS sweater and handbag | Banana Republic pants | Coach shoes | Tory Burch bracelet (old, similar here) | J Crew earrings | Michael Kors watch | Kate Spade sunglasses

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