April 2015 archive

Red Stripe

As the credit card balance started ramping up in preparation for our spring break trip (primarily the swim gear and warm weather gear for the kids I’ve noted in previous posts), I decided to scale back on some of my own purchases. I returned the red floral Tory Burch t-shirt dress (although I did keep these red shoes!) and opted for this $26 Old Navy dress instead (even less when combined with one of the brand’s regular 30% off promotions). I wanted some fun new things to wear, but when outings away from the beach and condo are usually only as fancy as heading to the splash pad or grabbing gelato, then designer dresses are hardly necessary.

DSC_7058_edited-1Kerry’s outfit details and links: Old Navy dress (Tory Burch dress here) | Mott 50 hat | Tory Burch shoes | Kate Spade sunglasses | J Crew earrings (sold out, similar here) | Michael Kors watch | Old Navy tote Ella’s outfit details and links: Hanna Andersson dress and sun hat | Pediped sandals | Babiators sunglasses Taylor’s outfit and links:  Hanna Andersson swim trunks, rash guard and swim hat | Keen shoes


Girly Girl Lampshade

My most recent Décor/DIY post was “Ella’s Room at Grandma’s House” (link to full post here), where there are so many cute accents it continues to keep my daughter filled with wonder and glee every time she visits. One of Ella’s first discoveries was this darling lamp, accomplished with a simple DIY project of dolling up an ordinary shade. Materials and instructions below.



Not-So-Basic Black Cover-Up

I vacationed in Grand Cayman for years with my family growing up, and a couple of times with Trevor before kids, but this was our first time there as our little own family. In the prior visits my trip prep no doubt was about finding a great swimsuit or two for myself. This year it was mostly about getting the kids outfitted with warm weather attire, swim gear, sunscreen etc. Based on my heightened awareness about sun exposure coupled with a prediction that I would be doing far less lounging on the beach this time around (I was right), the goal for myself was to find a great cover-up. So many options that I found incorporated lace into the design, which doesn’t really match my style; or  were a stark white color, which doesn’t really match my lifestyle (there is a high likelihood that I spilled a bit of that coffee I’m holding on this very outfit). I liked that this had pants and wasn’t too sheer, but still had a beachy vibe with the neckline and the draped t-back.


Luli Fama cover-up (skirt version here) | Kate Spade bikini top (also love the stripe version here) | Old Navy tote | Tory Burch flip flops | J Crew earrings (sold out, similar here) | Tory Burch sunglasses


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