Posted in Good Things, Wellness

Bringing the 60s back

Y’ALL. I checked my beloved weather app this week and it could get as low as 61 degrees at night. I am savoring that chill. I am imagining the fireplaces being used all around town because any weather below 65 degrees makes us Californians bust out the scarves and hats. I need my denim jacket at night and it is GLORIOUS. It makes me dream about my fall wardrobe which led me to scouring my go to websites Target and Gap and even checking out others (Eshakti). Hubby and I have three scheduled dates for fall and I need new outfits, right?

Foster the People concert

Since we like to do stuff as opposed to buying stuff, this concert is to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. Hubby would probably think something is wrong if I wore a dress and heels so jeans and a tank it is:

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Universal Thread Tank 

Gap Grey Girlfriend Jeans 

Silver Metallic Hi Top Chucks 

Pacifica Firebird Lipstick 

Baublebar Silver hoops 

Horror Made Here

This year we are braving the studio lot at Warner Bros for their horror event. I will be counted on to do lots of screaming and running so again comfort is key:

 

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Gap Cords (my top fall go to) 

I am dying over these penny loafers 

There is no more back to school for me (can I get an AMEN?) but I still need this backpack

Dear Evan Hansen

In November we will be going to see the musical Dear Evan Hansen in Los Angeles. As I type this I am trying to contain my excitement because it is SO FAR AWAY. While I wait I will have the cast recording on repeat and purchasing my theater (say that in a snotty tone to get the real effect) wardrobe:

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Have you heard of Eshakti? I was clued into this website by a brilliant group of women and all I can say is dresses with pockets (It also gives me that Marvelous Mrs. Maisel feel, which is my new favorite show if only for the droolworthy costumes but also because it is hilarious)

T Straps 

Baublebar Crawler earrings to make feel a little punk rock 

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And just because I have a thing for overalls and stripes:

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Universal Thread Charcoal overalls 

Gap long sleeve stripe crewneck 

Gap grey ankle boots 

Are you excited for sweaters, jeans, and boots? Is it cold where you live yet? Tell me so I can live vicariously through you!

I hope you find passion and happiness this weekend!

Posted in Good Things, Wellness

Adult Daycare

Can I ask you for your honest opinion?”, I asked the lady with the black hair, cool Buddy Holly glasses, and denim shirt. “Of course,” she said as she stopped and gave me her full attention. I held up the silky grape colored shirt with the muted flowers on it. “Is this too old lady?” Without missing a beat she answered with confidence, “Yes. Go with stripes.” She patted the striped shirt pile of A New Day tops. I laughed out loud and nodded my head. “Oh girl. I have yet to meet a stripe I didn’t like. Thank you so much! Have a good day.” She smiled at me and said, “You too!” We both continued to browse the t-stands, tables, and displays of women’s clothing.

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Self care is a hot topic right now, especially for women. Taking time for ourselves. Getting a massage, a manicure and pedicure, or getting your hair done. Doing yoga or going for a run. As I have gotten older I have been better about taking care of myself. Exercise helped my anxiety (even if if I didn’t know it) before I took medication. Massages and mani/pedis are nice but I get them for special occasions. But every Thursday morning at approximately 915 am, I pull into the covered parking garage for my self care appointment: Grocery shopping at Target.

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UNDER HIS EYE

The white bullseye and red background greets me as I enter through the automatic sliding glass doors. I take the stairs to the main floor and marvel at the cart escalator, no matter how many times I have seen it. I go to the Starbucks counter and order my iced almond milk cinnamon macchiato. While I wait for my order I peruse the Dollar Spot where if I am lucky I can get out of that section for less than $10 (Curse you seasonal items! Why yes, I do need an inflatable cactus ring toss, a pineapple tic tac toe, and the cutest little greeter you ever did see)

With my drink in hand I get my cart and give it a bath with the provided blue wipes. I hook my environmentally friendly shopping bags on one side and my Amazon purchased cup holder on the other. I select an album on Apple music on my phone and put my earbuds in so I can not only hear the music but also so I can block out the noisy cart that I always pick.

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I am methodical with shopping. I go straight to the grocery section and get what is needed and leave a little time after to check out the beauty section, women’s clearance, and kids’ clothes.

Target has always been there for me in my time of need. Need new clothes for Curls and Red? Cat and Jack has adorable apparel with empowering messages. They also have a one year warranty for when your 8 year old boy comes home with rips in his knees. Art Class has unique designs that appeal to my aspiring artist tween.

If you read my Mother’s Day post, you know I love Target’s women’s fashion. They always have new collections that I am excited to check out. I am currently in love with their Universal Thread line and have bought a pair of jeans (so stretchy and soft!), a romper, and a baseball hat. The jewelry line BaubleBar did a line for Target called Sugarfix and the colors and designs are bright and fun.

Target has continued to expand their beauty section and a lot of their locations just finished a remodel. They now look like the floor of a Sephora (and a hell of a lot cheaper!). Everything is lit up, clean, and simple to make products easy to find. They even have a beauty specialist on hand at certain times throughout the week to answer any questions you might have.

I could probably go on for another 1000+ words but I am pretty you sure get the idea. I have loved Target since my mom took me to pick up my Cabbage Patch Kid off of layaway when I was Curls’ age. My local stores has employees like Anita and Clifton who stop whatever they’re doing to help me find an item. And all the others greet me with a smile as I go from aisle to aisle, scanning my cartwheel app and placing my goods in the squeaky red cart.

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I hope you find passion and happiness this weekend!

Posted in Good Things, Wellness

Fashion Queen

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An outfit for Christmas. A dress and shoes for Easter. Whatever I want for the first day of school. An outfit for a concert, a play, or a football game. My mom taught me there was always an occasion, no matter how big or small, that called for a new outfit. This ensured we always had an excuse to go shopping on the weekend as we headed out the door to the swap meet or mall.

Watching my mom get ready for work every morning is a memory I will always hold onto. Her drawer of Avon makeup added to her lightly freckled skin and hazel eyes. Her bathroom counter’s gold flecked Lazy Susan was filled with perfume bottles of Obsession by Calvin Klein and Opium by YSL that she would spritz before heading out the door. I would joke that she looked like Don King when she teased her permed hair, her southern roots showing.

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My love of fashion is embedded in her getting dressed for her case management job Monday through Friday at the hospital. Pantyhose, tea length skirts, fancy blouses with shoulder pads, and conservative heels made her the most put together woman I knew.

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I have a degree in Apparel Merchandising that I am proud of. I’m not as sophisticated as my mom is but I love putting an outfit together for any event. So I did some “research” this week for summer fashion. Add that to the bucket list and we are ready for 90 degree weather with an ocean breeze (thanks OC), long days, and vacation:

VidCon:

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Beach/Waterpark:

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Pacific Northwest:

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LA:

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Fair/Knotts:

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Happy Mother’s Day Mom. I love you.

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I hope you find passion and happiness this weekend!

Posted in California Livin', Not Today Anxiety

Summer Bucket List 2018: A Survival Guide

Raise your hand if you are a parent who misses the lazy days of summer *all hands and one foot up in the air* I love summer. I love wearing flip flops, outdoor activities become even more fun, and hello, WATERPARKS. But over the years as my kids have gotten older, the fighting and attitude is nonstop and exhausting. Red said something the other day (that I will not repeat for fear of looking like a terrible parent) that prompted me to tell him, “You are phasing out of the stage where saying something like that is cute and is venturing into getting your ass kicked territory.” I love my kids with all my heart. But it is possible to love your kids and still be terrified of being at home with them over the summer. So to try and keep my anxiety to a minimum, I am stockpiling my arsenal.  This includes a preparedness kit for myself, a summer bucket list for the kids, and sticking to a schedule that will benefit us all.

I have three hearts tattooed on the inside of my right wrist. The hearts represent my family as a reminder of why I get up in the morning and to have patience with all that I do. Reminding myself this summer to have patience and to take deep breaths will be a daily occurrence. It is easy to forget this when you have one child who won’t clean up their room even though you have asked 1,542,639,587 times and the other one other repeats everything you say. And when that doesn’t work, dark chocolate Ghiradelli squares hidden throughout the house for emergencies. I also pledge to get up one hour before the kids each weekday to enjoy peace, quiet, and get some writing done. I will go out one night a week by myself to see a movie, walk around Target with a Chai tea, or browse my favorite bookstore. While at Target I will pick up a journal to write down all the curse words I will need to write down when both kids either say, “I didn’t do it!” or “So and so just did this to me!” and also a whistle to get their attention (sorry my dear neighbors). And my last saving grace will be an “I’m Bored” jar filled with tasks (the thought of making a list of these tasks fills me with such glee).

As for the kids, I know the key to keeping the attitude and fighting level low is to keep them busy. There will be bike rides, park play time, (outdoor) arts and crafts, running in the sprinklers, the local pool, and library trips. There will be lots of reading (my goal is for the three of us to read Artemis Fowl together and to introduce Red to Roald Dahl), prep work for the upcoming grade, and writing exercises.

We are continuing our summer bucket list tradition for the sixth year in a row (this will definitely be one of my crowning achievements as a mother). Our plans for the summer include:

  • Vacation to Seattle, WA and Portland, OR with family
  • VidCon
  • Knotts Berry Farm (DUH)
  • Cousin visit
  • LA days
    • LACMA
    • California Science Center
  • OC Fair
  • Wish List: Disneyland’s California Adventure 

The biggest challenge I will face this summer will be limiting screen time, be it video games and YouTube. I know I will fail some days. I hope to show the kids that I will also be holding myself accountable for screen time and not just them. I always feel so much better when I walk away from my phone for an extended period of time (and I get so much done!).

Are you counting down the days until summer? What do you have planned?

I hope you find passion and happiness this weekend!