Sunday, June 30, 2013


I like the idea of a signature scent but I don't really have one. I have ones I like but nothing special. Except in the summer, especially on weekend and evenings. Then I wear Bobbi Brown's Beach. Tome it just smells like summer. I think of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk where my friends and I would hang out on the beach and ride the Giant Dipper after dark. It smells of the salty ocean, the coconut suncreen we all wore back then and for me putting it on is like stepping back in time a little, to when summer didn't mean camps and commutes but the beach and cute boys who surfed. It's not a year round scent, nor do I wear it to the office, but it's the nearest thing I have to a scent that means something to me when I wear it. How about you? Do you have a special scent?  How did you find it?

Friday, June 28, 2013

Statement Sickness

Recently I have been loving the look of a simple top, blazer and a statement necklace with work pants/skirts as well as jeans and shorts. I fear I may have developed an obbession. Costume jewlery like this is a great way to perk up what would otherwise be a bland outfit. I love the ones fom J Crew but find them as tad pricey so I often buy target versions or wait till they go on deep sale. What about you? Do you make a statement?
 I love this one from J Crew factory, it's 50% off right now so I may grab it. 
 I love the classic bubble necklace. This is the factory version but I have a red one and a turquoise one I bought on ebay that I wear a ton. 
 I love this tortoise bloom necklace from J Crew. It's still a bit pricey so I'm holding off. If I am going to spend that kind of money, I'm not spending it on costume jewlery. 
 I have a similar Kate Spade necklace that was a gift. 
 This is from Banana Republic. It's not as pricey and so it may be going home with me soon. 
This one is new from Banana. It's quite pricey and fairly large. I think it's prettty but will pass for now. I have an older Stella and Dot necklace that is sort of simliar. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Fairly Hunted

At our year end hunt awards ceremony CMB and her cousin E received the Master of Foxhounds Fairly Hunted award. This award is given to juniors riders who have been out with a recognized hunt more than 5 times in a year. Both girls go regularly. E has a darling paint pony that CMB used to ride before she got so tall and CMB has her new horse Dancer. They were excited to win an award and be recognized in front of the group.

Friday, June 21, 2013


I love summer. It's one of my favorite times of the year. It's lighter longer and the weather is warmer. As a working parent, it also means camps and tournament baseball as well as lacrosse and tennis. It means camping trips and long car rides. It means hot dogs and roller coasters, smores and corn on the cob! What does summer mean to you? Happy Summer Solstice!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Climb On

CMB loves to rock climb. One of the places we get to do it the most is at our yearly Girl Scout Camporee. It is held at a YMCA camp up in the coastal mountains near where we live. Its a very long weekend for the mommies but the girls have a blast. here are a few shots of her climbing this year

Friday, June 14, 2013

A Cute Find

How cute is this navy and white monogramed suit for summer? I love navy and white together. I tend to use navy rather than black as my foundation color in my closet. That's another story but I was browsing around on polyvore the other day and saw several sets with this suit. It can be found over at I'm still considering if I need a new suit but if I decide that I do, this is on top of my list!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

12 Year Old Day Fun

In our ltttle league we have a tradition of celebrating our graduating 12's. In case you didn't know, kids "graduate" out of little league at 12 and go on to Pony League or Babe Ruth. Anyway, it's a fun day with a pick up game of baseball, a BBQ sponsored by the league, a home run derby and a most accurate arem contest. This year we splurged and bought new uniforms for one of our all star divisions so we gave all the old jerseys to the 12's, along with a bunch of sharpies. They had their friends, coaches and managers sign them and then they got to keep them. It was a long day but the boys really had fun!

This is me, in the center, with 2 of my other long standing Board member friends who were helping out

The boys eating between games

The 12 year old graduating class of SMLLA
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Summer Fun

What is summer fun without a little water play? On a recent weekend visit to my folks place we discovered the joys of the slip and slide. I have fond memories of playing on one but the kids never had. A great Time was had by all!

Cousins in matching bathsuits! The older girl is my daughter CMB (9) and the younger is my sisters daughter MKO (4)

More cousin fun! My twins (CMB and OPB) along with MKO

1, 2, 3 slide!

OPB after the fun!

CMB loves summer time!
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Monday, June 3, 2013

Milly and Banana Republic

Since the Milly for Banana Republic collaboration was announced this past January, I have been excited to see what it would be like. Milly is one of my favorite designers with her glamorous fun style...and at Banana prices I just be able to grab a slice of that fun. I know I am a bit late to the party since the collection launched last week but I was crazy with graduating 12 year old baseball activities over the weekend and haven't had a chance to pop in and see anything. These are some of my favorites. How about you?

Color Blcoked Printed Patio Dress 
 Pink Printed Halter Top
Pink and Navy Elephant Scarf