Ahhh, today’s a good day. Know why? Well it’s Friday and it’s fall and it’s also the Friends & Family sale over at GiGi New York. If you aren’t familiar with their bags, then it’s time to get familiar, girl. The designs are just classics, and the leather is the softest ever. GiGi New York bags seriously are investment pieces that will last you years and years. Whether you’re a backpack kind of gal or looking for that perfect going-out clutch, there’s something for everyone. My top picks? Well besides DYING over that new calfhair beauty at number 6, the Madison Crossbody is a clear favorite for this crossbody-loving girl. It’s the perfect little size for day or night and comes in a bunch of colors. I’m also loving the new City Wallet because it seems like the most convenient wallet ever and just might be my new companion for NFL football games. (That whole clear bag thing, killing me.) Every bag is also customizable with your initials, and as a Southerner, that’s just something I can get behind. Just enter “WEAREFAMILY” at checkout to receive 30% off your entire purchase. It’s a good sale, y’all, so don’t miss out! Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!
If you’ve been following along here for the past few months or over on Instagram, you probably know that I’m currently in New Orleans for my wedding week! It’s been a long time coming, and I can’t believe the big day is almost here. While planning for our wedding, I spent SO much time finding the dress, the shoes, the accessories, the little things that I wanted to make our day so special. So when it came time for packing, I was a little overwhelmed to say the least. There were so many things I needed to remember to pack! And then it came to planning outfits for the rest of our trip, I went for easy dresses and caftans, gladiator sandals, versatile handbags, and some of my favorite “athleisure” pieces for traveling. And this new “Mrs.” weekender was the icing on the cake. So today I’m sharing a few of the pieces that made it into my bag for our wedding trip to New Orleans. Whether I forgot anything important or not? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
So last week I’m strolling through Target (as I tend to do, like, way too much) and mindlessly make my way over to the shoe department. As I was wandering around playing shoe dress-up, I noticed this pair and thought the label looked strangely like a Dolce Vita label. Double-take and then, whaaat?! They actually ARE DV booties. At Target. Why did no one tell me this? Obviously I put them on and could barely get them off in time to pay for them and head home without the actual items I went to Target for. #Typical They’ve made their way to the top of my favorite booties list because they’re super comfortable. Plus I’ve got a little thing for peep-toes and fringe. Pair ’em with a dress, with denim cutoffs, with your PJ’s before bed. (It’s your prerogative…) But whatever you do, don’t miss out on these because they’re, ahem, under $40. Happy almost Friday, y’all!
By now I’m sure we’ve all heard what the Gen Z crowd thinks of our “uncool” skinny jeans. And while I surely don’t place much importance on what the Gen Z’ers think of my tried and true skinnies, I’ll admit that after a year of stretch pants and too many days at home I’m just not grabbing for them like I used to.
The high rise somehow hits at just the right place for me every single time, and the denim itself is so comfy. And while I normally gravitate towards dark denim, I’m actually loving this light wash for spring. Pair them with a sweatshirt, a duster cardi, a spring sweater, or just a plain old tee – if you haven’t tried the “mom jean” trend yet, you may just be pleasantly surprised when you do.
Happy Wednesday, friends! This morning I realized that I blinked and February was just about gone. Just like that, it’s almost March, and in my mind, almost spring. Wardrobe-wise, I’m SO ready for ALL things spring. Bring on the shorts, the dresses, the sandals, and everything else in between. And for today, here’s a little photo dump of so many looks from the last few weeks because spring or not, my favorite sneakers, loungewear, and comfy denim are here to stay.
And just like that, you wake up one day and it’s December. I can’t believe that Thanksgiving has already come and gone, but I can’t say I’m not excited for the weeks ahead. The house is decorated (will be sharing our tree soon!), and I’m turning my attention to the holiday parties and all things sparkly.
We’ve got our first holiday party this weekend, and I’ve been scouring the internet for something fun to wear. And the good news? I’ve come across SO many holiday-ready picks that won’t break the bank. (With a couple of splurge options thrown in.) So if you’ve got holiday sparkle on the brain, click below to see some of my favorites right now. Here’s hoping everyone has the best party season ahead!
September, y’all. Can you even believe it? Labor Day weekend has come and gone, and I’m over here like, didn’t summer just start? I’m hopping on a flight back to California today from Louisiana (hoping to beat Tropical Storm Gordon, fingers crossed), and despite the warm temps in both places, I’ve currently got all the fall feels. I’m excited to pull out all of the fall fashion, whip up a chili, shop for a pumpkin, and kick off week two of football season. (Any other gals excited for football season? Because I’m stoked.) And in addition to the usual, I’ve decided to put together a little list of September goals. Because what good is a new season if you can’t do a few new things? So here goes.
Decorating our house for fall – This is the goal I’m probably most excited about, and it’s all my mom’s fault. I’m fresh off a trip home to Louisiana for a few days, and my mom already had their house totally ready for fall. Door wreaths, little touches here and there, and even fall dishes on the table – she’s kicked summer to the curb and is ready for the leaves to change. In our home, there’s nothing I love more than decorating for Christmas, so I figured, why not add in a little seasonal spruce in the meantime? Once I get some pumpkins, colorful leaves, and turkeys in the mix, you know I’ll be sharing with you guys here and over on the ‘gram. (You can follow all of my HB home posts here.)
Find a new book…And read it – As much as I hate to admit it, it’s been *cough* years since I’ve read a book cover to cover. I’ve started a couple that I never finished, but reading from page one and finishing the whole shebang? Years. My main problem is a) finding the right book and b) falling asleep after reading a couple of pages. I’ve decided that maybe bedtime isn’t my prime reading time, so I plan to carve out a little time during the day, maybe a couple days a week. Also, I’m currently taking book suggestions, so please, please let me know your favorites! (As far as categories, I’d love a little suspense, something funny or a good love story, just no self-help, por favor.)
Kick up my workout routine – Before Eric and I got married about two and a half years ago, I was in a serious pilates routine. I went to a reformer class about five times a week for over a year. (I had an unlimited monthly package, so it helps that my frugal side wanted to get the most out of the package.) After our wedding, I got a little burned out on pilates and felt like my body just kind of started to plateau. I tried out Orangetheory classes and really liked them, but juggling the classes with my schedule at the time and Weeze’s tough puppy phase proved to be a lot, so I just didn’t keep going. These days, I get my workouts in by taking Weeze on a long walk (usually 2 to 5 miles, depending on the day), but I’d like to start adding in occasional classes and workouts to switch things up. I’ve heard amazing things about SeaFit Pilates in Huntington Beach and think I’ve got to give it a shot this month.
Getting back to basics with Instagram – Once upon a time, many algorithms ago, Instagram was just plain fun. Take some grainy photo with your iPhone 3, slap a filter on it, create some emo caption with a hashtag that meant nothing, and call it a day. Then came 400 different photo editing apps, a non-chronological feed, blogger pods (groups of girls who DM each other when they post a photo so that everyone can go “like” and “comment” on each other’s photos – I’m not kidding), bots and fake followers, paying for comments, and brands and snooty PR reps who like to dump on the 7 years you’ve been actually running a website because your Instagram engagement isn’t up to their made-up standards. Instagram can be an amazing tool for growing a business so I’ve tried to play the stupid games, and really, I just don’t care anymore. I want to get back to posting photos and images that make me happy, so I kicked off the month the best way I know how – a photo from a friend’s wedding with some of my high school besties. Suck it, algorithm.
What are some things you guys are looking forward to this month?
Greetings again from Pueblo Bonito Pacifica! Yes, I know I’ve now posted SO many photos from this resort, but when the entrance looks like this, what’s a girl to do? Especially since I brought this pretty little blue romper for Jenn’s wedding welcome party. The color, the gold embroidery, the jeweled neckline, the long sleeves – it’s seriously my favorite romper that I’ve tried in years and so perfect for any upcoming springtime party. (Especially if said party is a welcome party on the rooftop of the penthouse of The Cape Hotel in Cabo with a mariachi band, churros, and yummy margaritas. Have I mentioned how fun Jenn’s wedding weekend was?)
And then there are these jewels. If you’ve been following along here for a while, you’ve probably noticed I’ve got a thing for Julie Vos jewelry. Like, a serious thing. If you type in “Julie Vos” in the search bar of this blog, you could scroll through more posts than you even care to see. But there’s one thing that I’ve never, ever worn on the blog since its start in 2011: earrings. And there’s a pretty easy explanation: I can’t.
Now before you go suggesting this kind or that, real diamonds or nickel-free metals, trust me when I say that I’ve tried them all. I’ve had my ears pierced four or five times, and once I even had them done at a doctor’s office thinking it was the most sanitary. And each time they’ve gotten crazy infected, swollen, and eventually close up. So I gave up on earrings a long time ago and figured it was more fun wearing 4,000 bracelets at a time anyway. (Seriously, I used to stack those bracelets HIGH.)
Fast forward to a few weeks ago while scrolling the Julie Vos site and wondering why the hell I’ve never tried their clip-on earrings. They’ve carried them for years and now offer so many pretty styles. One more accessory to add on? I’m never opposed. I’m loving the all-gold style in today’s post but also seriously heart this pretty pair. I’ve got a couple more styles coming up on the blog soon, but if you’re like me and can’t do the whole “real earring” thing, then these are definitely worth checking out.
The People. This to me is far and beyond, without question, my numero uno favorite thing about staying at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica. The people here were JUST so nice, and the level of service was pretty amazing. We were lucky enough to stay in the new Towers at Pacifica which boast a 24-hour butler service. Shoutout to our main man Manuel who seriously hooked it up – everything from scheduling dinner reservations, booking beach cabanas, arranging transportation, mixing up the prettiest cocktails (gotta do it for the ‘gram), and even showing up with duct tape when we had a little luggage snafu. From the moment we arrived to the time we checked out, we were pretty blown away by the friendly faces and beyond helpful staff.
The Beach Cabanas. This was by far our favorite daytime activity. The pool looked really nice and had a swim-up bar, but when the ocean is just a few steps further, it has to win, right? There is a flat option and swinging bed option, and no worries about walking over to the bar for your next drink. Rene and Juan will be by periodically to make sure you never need to get up. You have to book the cabanas ahead of time as they do tend to fill up, but for around $40 a day, it’s totally worth it.
The Location. The location of the resort is really pretty great. It’s located on the beach (hello, panoramic ocean view) but just minutes from the main part of town. It was also a perfect fit for us as it ended up being about 15 minutes from the wedding venue.
The Food. Pueblo Bonito Pacifica is an all-inclusive resort which means you can leave your wallet in the room and just bring yourself to breakfast. (And lunch and dinner actually.) I’ve been to an all-inclusive resort in Mexico before, and the food was just pretty, meh. This time around the food was definitely better (especially the breakfast – loved it). I’d definitely recommend the nachos by the beach or pool, room service shrimp fajitas, and the Sunday brunch for sure. Oh, and that whole all-inclusive thing, it also includes the booze. Get yourself a piña colada and live your best life, girl.
The Spa. Kathleen and I both enjoyed massages at the Armonia Spa on our first full day at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, and let me tell you, there’s just no better way to kick off a trip. Breakfast, massage, and then an afternoon in a beach cabana? Sign me up, sister.
The Views. Is there anything better than waking up and looking out at the ocean? In my book, probably not, but Pueblo Bonito Pacifica takes it a little further because everything around the hotel is just plain pretty. From giant cacti to tons of bougainvillea, water features to daily hand-designed sand art, and even the buildings themselves, there’s just no shortage of pretty scenery.
Overall we had an amazing four nights in Mexico, and next time, I’m definitely dragging Eric back to Pueblo Bonito Pacifica with me. If you’re looking for a laidback vacation filled with the friendliest people to help make your stay easy-peasy, then this is your spot.
We had been planning the week in Palm Springs for months, and I was so looking forward to some pool time and a little tan. BUUUUT, then the day arrived and things were looking more like sweater-and-shorts weather than anything warm enough for taking a dip. So we stashed the flamingo pool floats, snapped a couple of swimsuit pics (I mean it is Palm Springs), and then settled in with ALL the snacks and a little wine and made the best of it.
We stayed at our home in Palm Springs and made sure to check out a couple of my favorite restaurants while there. You just can’t go to Palm Springs without a little food on the agenda. This time around, these are the spots we picked.
Dinner at Las Casuelas Terraza – Palm Springs has a handful of Mexican restaurants that I really enjoy, but this one is probably my favorite for a skinny spicy margarita and shrimp fajitas. The place is HUGE, but don’t be fooled – it can get packed and sometimes has long wait times. Reservations are usually a good idea – especially if you want to be near the live band.
Lunch at Melvyn’s – It’s a bold statement, but I think I’ll say that currently this is my favorite place in Palm Springs for lunch or dinner. It’s an old-school restaurant that’s been around since the 70’s, and the food is just plain GOOD. Lunch is served on the prettiest little patio (the Chinese chicken salad is my favorite), and dinner is in a swanky, dark dining room. If you’re going for dinner, the lobster pot pie is what dreams are made of.
Dinner at Tropicale – So this one isn’t exactly a rave review, but I have friends who have eaten at Tropicale and loved it. So maybe I need to give it another shot? We ordered Vietnamese Spring Rolls and the Firecracker Shrimp as appetizers, and those were great. My entree though, as well as everyone else’s, was just kind of, meh. (For reference, I ordered the fried chicken salad which was supposed to be amazing. I guess I was thinking it would be boneless chicken, which to me makes much more sense in a salad.)
Breakfast at Norma’s (located in the Parker) – On our last day in Palm Springs, we figured we’d leave town on a high note. A REAL high note. Breakfast at Norma’s is pricey, but if you haven’t been, it’s definitely worth a try. We ordered a few things to split and loved every bite. The “Waz-Za?” and the Huevos Rancheros are seriously where it’s at, and taking in the pretty scenery at the Parker is a nice little bonus.
Overall it was an amazing few days, and I’ve already got the itch to go back. Eric and I are always looking to try out new restaurants in the area, so I’d love to know – what are some of your favorites?