Did you know that May 1st is historically referred to as May Day? Though it’s not widely celebrated in the U.S., May Day is a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. It’s origins date back to ancient Rome, where they marked the date with a festival to honor the upcoming summer season. May is an absolutely beautiful time here in So Cal because we have so much incredible foliage in bloom. Not to mention the weather is perfect – not too hot, not too cold, and there’s always a warm breeze across the air. That being said, I’m SO EXCITED to to announce a fun little campaign I’m running for the month of May. It’s the perfect time of year for a beautiful maxi dress and I can’t even tell you how much I love maxis. They’re fluid and elegant, modest yet sexy, and oh so flattering for a variety of body types. I love how a maxi dress makes a statement with just a single article of clothing. As you might imagine, I own quite a few, so I’ve had this idea brewing for a while… I thought it would be fun to dedicate an entire month to just wearing maxis, and I plan to feature all of my favorites on the blog throughout the month, beginning with this pretty little floral dress from Express.
Blue and white stripes are an iconic springtime print. Last spring I went crazy looking for a little striped dress. I tried on tons and couldn’t find a single one I liked. Then this spring rolled around and I found several…so I splurged and bought a few different styles. This one from Eliza J is a favorite because it was a perfect fit off the rack. Eliza J specializes in pretty little dresses and offers a wide selection in petite sizes. You can’t shop directly from their site, but many of their designs are stocked at Nordstrom in regular, petite, and plus. This particular dress is a great choice because it’s versatile. I wore it as a day dress with strappy flat sandals, then stepped it up for the evening with nude heels and statement earrings.
For those of you who don’t know, this past weekend marked the first weekend of Coachella – a fact you pretty much can’t avoid living in southern California. Though I would’ve killed to go even five years ago, I can safely say my music festival days are over. Mommy and festival groupie don’t exactly go hand in hand. (Legit I’m not in my 20’s anymore!) But that doesn’t mean I don’t dig festival style. My college days were super boho and I definitely still hang on to some of that vibe. So I love peeping all the looks out of Coachella Valley and even shopping some of the styles for those upcoming hot summer days. For this look I styled split leg pants with a crochet top for a coffee date with friends – and I scored several compliments on my outfit along the way.
I’m 100% into jeans for casual days. I don’t always feature denim on the blog because I like to mix it up and showcase unique looks, but I definitely wear a lot of jeans when I’m running errands around town. One trend I really love in denim is the cropped flare. They’ve been on the scene since last spring but it’s taken me a while to find a pair that work for my height…since I’m so short the crops are nearly full length on me. Funny but not funny. I eventually bought a pair and cropped them myself for that raw hem look – but hey it worked!
Athleisure is a trend that’s been going strong the last few spring seasons, and I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon. I feel like it started with leggings worn as casual wear for everyday use and now the trend has morphed into something much more encompassing. Sweat pants, and especially joggers, are commonplace whether you’re working out or running to the store. They’re even made to look “dressed-up” in a variety of prints and fabrics. Athleisure is a popular trend because, by and large, it’s a comfortable one. Stretchy yoga pants are a better bet for brunch than your skin tight jeans. Not to mention there’s a true convenience in heading from the gym to an appointment without a second thought. Personally, I’m not crazy about the full-on athletic look unless I’m actually working out. I am however on-board with adopting an athletic piece here and there to incorporate into a fabulous outfit. Hence, this jumpsuit that I knew I had to have…
For those of you who don’t know, my hubby has the best job in the world. He’s a chemistry professor, and also department chair of one of the top chemistry departments in the country. Pomona College is small, elite, and very well endowed. The college goes above and beyond to ensure the happiness and well-being of its faculty. Among the many benefits of being a Pomona professor is the uber posh Trustee-Faculty Retreat, which occurs every three years. On this occasion, Pomona hosts a weekend long gathering at one of many beautiful resorts across southern California. (The last retreat took place in Palm Springs.) One amazing aspect of the retreat is that families of professors are also invited to partake and enjoy – and obviously everything is covered by the college – so it’s a truly carefree weekend. This year, the retreat was held at the absolutely charming Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego. This little “inn” is actually a sprawling mediterranean paradise, with beautifully landscaped grounds and a warm inviting feel.
Just a brief post to say hello! My blog has been quiet for a looooong while as last year was one of the hardest of my life. As many of you know my dad passed away, and it wasn’t a quick and painless goodbye. To watch a parent suffer with cancer and slowly waste away – his last weeks are something I mostly wish I could forget though I know I never will. I spent a couple of months quietly grieving and trying to decompress. Even now the grief comes in waves and I miss him everyday. Couple that with the fact that all of last year was an adjustment in terms of being a new mom. It’s a 24/7 responsibility and it’s no joke. To top it off, I couldn’t even relax over the holidays as I had to plan and prep for a two month trip to Europe. Sounds great, but not when you’re location hopping in foreign countries with a feisty one-year-old and all her gear. I spent most of the year feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Not depressed but seriously burnt out. Although I love blogging, it wasn’t the first thing on my mind…