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OOTW, THROWBACK TRAINERS + PLAYING WITH GRIFFIN

The best thing to happen to motherhood since baby carriers and wet wipes has got to be the sneakers with everything trend. I mean, the ability to wear most items in your closet AND also be able to chase after or play with a kid or two is brilliant. I’m a fan of the chunky (slash ugly) trainer and have had my eye on this pair (in all leather) but can never find them in my size and color preference so snagged these reeboks instead which are more of a throwback than chunky but also less expensive and I love them! And the best thing to happen to this plain t-shirt is for sure, this cute camisole. I tend to feel overdressed in a silk top but the two together strikes a perfect balance and feels special without being too stuffy for all the glamorous things I do all day (i.e. target runs, grocery shopping, picking all the things up off the floor, carpool + dishes). Even better, ditch the tee and add a leather jacket for date night! (just got this one for under $100)

(All blue, head to toe! GRIFFIN’S tee from j. crew, adidas sweatshirt from amazon, joggers from rockets of awesome and new balance shoes are from j.crew.)

Gah! I love this hand holding, high energy boy so much! Last week Johan and I picked him up a few minutes early from school to surprise him with a quick fro-yo date. On the way home Johan mentioned on the car ride that he only had one week left of soccer so I followed up with a question about playing next year to which he answered — “I’m kinda thinking I’ll play football instead” — it’s the best, most exciting but also stressful thing when they grow up and start making independent decisions like that!!! My reply was of course one I thought would make him think hard — “Do you think you’ll be able to hit and tackle other kids?”  — and he replied, “I tackle dad all the time!”

Ok. You win Griff. I will always try my best (with loads of wisdom of course) to support your ambitions and dreams. But I will also be praying that I get to see you play soccer next fall, lol.

When you have more than one kid, it’s easy to encourage them to play with each other outside while you do something productive (pick weeds, sweep the porch, clean out the car). But spending time playing with Griff and a soccer ball reminded me how productive it is for our relationship which carries over into our day and home and feels so good. My own dad was really good at playing outside with us. Lots of basketball, riding bikes and going for runs together so I speak from experience how powerful it can be… it’s just too easy to forget sometimes!

So, here’s my official NOTE TO SELF:

play more catch. play more tackle. play more tag.

Does playing come naturally to you or is it something that requires more intention?

Now that the weather is getting chilly, I for sure need to be more intentional about it. I’m always so cold! Sometimes my todo list gets the best of me too… adulting is hard!

XO, Rae

 

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THINGS WE LOVE: BEET WORLD + PAINTED FALL LEAVES

I love a good classic. Whether its a song, movie, meal or decoration, but more than anything I love a classic style and will often look for pieces to add to the kids’ wardrobes (and mine too). Problem is, classic styles are often stuffy and restrictive and have my kids pulling at their neck holes and itching to change into sweats. Enter Beet World, a local to Seattle, mom owned business that makes timeless dresses, tops, skirts and pants for girls that are also roomy and soft. A must for my girls who are active and prefer getting dirty and playing chase around the jungle gym to looking prim and proper.

Ashima, the mama behind Beet World, was sweet enough to send us a box of goodies for the girls and they loved all of it! Poppy didn’t waste anytime wearing one of her new dresses and then on Sunday they both wore a few of the pieces to church followed by a trip to the park and playground nearby.

The weather was beautiful so we decided to collect leaves to paint and check it off the fall bucket list!!!

  

TILLY’S WEARING this top and these cute pants

POPPY’S WEARING this blue stripe dress and this sweet dress in the Instagram pic

Everything washed well (hot cocoa even came out of Poppy’s light pink dress!) and  fit true to size. Tilly is wearing 9-10Y. Poppy wore size 3-4Y.

  

Luckily all the leaves were dry so after a little lunch, we started painting! The girls got creative, made self portrait leaves (the green eyed leaf is Tilly), added glitter and needed zero inspiration. I on the other hand took a quick peek at pinterest and found so many ideas!

Aren’t they cute (see below)!? Now we just need to decide how to display them… maybe a garland or taped to their bedroom doors?

Thank you for supporting the businesses and in this case, new friend and mama, that support this blog! Take a peek at the Beet World site and pick out a thing or two for all those pumpkin patch pics coming up. Also can’t wait to see what she comes out with for the holiday season! Hopefully it includes a plaid shirt like Tilly’s in my size :)

XOXO, Rae

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A FALL BUCKET LIST + SOME CUTE CORDUROY

Happy 3rd day of fall!!!

Still mourning the end of summer (sorry fall, but summer is my boo) but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to fully enjoy all of the fall activities. And of course wear all the sweaters and corduroy. Our schedule is packed with soccer and football on weeknights and weekends already so I’m a little nervous about fitting even half of this in. Definitely up for the challenge tho… we’re going to have to get creative with our scheduling!

OUR FALL BUCKET LIST

DECORATE FOR FALL + HALLOWEEN | this is a no-brainer but deserves a spot on the list…. mostly so I can check it off right away :)

GO FOR A SCENIC DRIVE +/OR ROAD TRIP | and maybe put together a scavenger hunt or eye spy activity for the drive? We have a visit to our family cabin on the calendar in November and I’ve been wanting to spend a day or two in Portland, OR too!

PERFECT OUR APPLE + PUMPKIN RECIPES | this is a no pressure one plus I’ll have lots of willing helpers!

THE PATCH + CORN MAZE | heading to the patch (probably more than a couple times) is a family tradition, but this year the kids are also earning tickets for a corn maze outing and I can’t wait!

CRAFT WITH LEAVES | because is there anything better than fall leaves!? Have you guys seen this bit by Jim Gaffigan? So funny.

GO ON A HIKE OR TRAIL WALK | one of the things we didn’t checkoff our summer bucket list that’s just as easy to do this time of year.

GO APPLE PICKING | or squeeze some cider!

PLAN A TAILGATE BEFORE ONE OF OZZIE’S GAMES | getting the most out of game days over here!

PLAN A HALLOWEEN MOVIE NIGHT FOR THE KIDS + THEIR FRIENDS | can’t you just see a family room full of cozy kids in their jammies snacking on kettle corn and a pumpkin spice milkshake?

    

Already judging my outfits, LOL. Actually I had my hands in my pockets so she was looking for hers and ended up having to twist her skirt around — it was so cute. Made me laugh!

MY OUTFIT | corduroy pants (excuse the pleats, lol), white tee (only $14), bandana (love these), sandals

POPPY’S OUTFIT | corduroy skirt, pink tee, native shoes

What would you add to the list? Also, what are your favorite movies to watch this time of year!?

XO, Rae

PS – stumbled across our fall bucket list from a couple years ago… made me tear up!

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3 WAYS TO WEAR YOUR SUMMER DRESSES + ROMPERS THIS FALL

Whether you’re not ready to say goodbye to your summer wardrobe or there’s a summery dress or romper on sale that you can’t pass up but don’t want to wait until next year to wear, here are three ways to style them as the weather cools off!

DENIM + SNEAKERS | denim jacket is old from J. Crew (love this one and this one too), dress is from J.Crew (love this one!), sneakers are vans from madewell

A no-brainer combo and casual enough for errands, school drop offs, coffee dates, the park and cleaning up spilled milk!

LONG CARDI (DUSTER) + BOOTS | cardigan is old from topshop (love this one similar from nordstromrack for $26 or nordstrom for $49), dress is from J.Crew (love this one!), boots are old from zara (similar)

I’ve had these boots forever and think they add the perfect amount of edge to balance out a long floral dress and cardigan.

SWEATER + BOOTIES | sweater is from free people (similar option — wore it weekly last winter and spring and want this one in black), hat is from target, booties are old from madewell (similar), dress is from J.Crew (love this one!)

My personal favorite outfit of the three. Also wore this combo with a romper last Sunday and loved it even more (I’ll post it on my stories today and then save to the #ootd highlight!). A couple notes… a longer tunic type sweater works better with a shorter dress or romper and I would opt for a more cropped or fitted sweater with a longer dress. I kept having to bunch/fluff/fold under for the pics to give me a waist.

Which one is your favorite?

Are you ready for fall layers?

XO, Rae

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WORK + PLAY: WITH CHERRIES BY OLIVIA + OCEAN

The cherry doesn’t fall far from the tree… especially in these matching mommy + me suits from Olivia + Ocean. Textile design is one of my most favorite things to do and design and being able to see this ditsy cherry pattern I created come to life on the cutest suits is definitely a highlight for me this summer. Aside from being a client, I absolutely am a fan and customer of O+O. You guys would love Danielle (the mom boss behind the brand) her swimsuits and her mission.

She’s created the most adorable options for little girls that will have you feeling nostalgic and current at the same time. And for the moms she’s created a swimsuit that hugs you in all the right places, has a flattering silhouette and is super functional.

You can shop the CHERRY COLLECTION HERE!

Because Danielle is in the middle of moving her family to Texas (exciting!) she asked me to help with the photos for the launch and I jumped at the chance! Below are some of my favorites taken by Stacy Jacobsen and a couple thoughts on body image…

BONUS, the mom bod suits double as a really cute camisole! So cute with shorts or a skirt!

Passed the canon ball test with flying colors :)

Whether you have a suits you love or haven’t found a favorite yet, adding one of the Olivia + Ocean MomBod suits to your collection might be the best decision you’ve made all summer, especially if it means you’ll feel free and empowered to play more in the water with your babes. And she has lots of patterns and colors to choose from if cherries aren’t your thing!

For reference, I’m 5’7″, 127 lbs. and wearing a medium.

Now that we’re on the subject, when it comes to body image, what do you struggle with most? It’s something that has been on my mind a lot lately and I would love to chat with you about it more!

XO, Rae

 

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DRESSING BIG BOYS (+ GIRLS TOO)

I’ve gotten a few questions about how and what I buy for the kids’ closets and since back to school is a month away (for us anyway), I’m guessing it’s because BTS shopping is on everyone’s mind. Yes? Well if so, I hope this post helps in someway! Just keep in mind that dressing the kids should be fun (not to be confused with getting a toddler to put on clothes) so if you find yourself overthinking things or fighting with the kids over it – abandon ship! Nothing in parenting is more important than your relationship with your kids. Not even if it looks like a unicorn puked all over them.

Most of the questions also had to do with dressing boys… with all the athletic gear and giant logos, it’s hard to keep them from looking like a walking billboard and I completely understand the frustration. Espen and Griffin (so far) are pretty easy regarding clothes, but Ozzie went through a long stage of only wearing nike or under armour. Now he dresses better than I do. So there is hope.

In the meantime, here’s my strategy!

75% OF THE TIME MY KIDS PICK THEIR OWN OUTFITS — and even on church days or family photo days, they always have the final say because uncomfortable kids are no fun to be around. Poppy prefers dresses and skirts and the older kids know the difference between play clothes and nice clothes so this set up works out pretty good for us. On certain days I’ll give a few suggestions or guidelines, but for the most part it’s all about the choices they have in their closet…. Most of the time you’ll see them in sweats and tees (it’s all about comfort!). Oh, and lots of pink and play dresses for Pop. At the moment, Tilly is our pickiest dresser and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Wrote a little bit about tit HERE.

WHEN IT COMES TO ATHLETIC CLOTHES — they need it for all the sports they play so we’ve got an abundance. I try to buy stuff that fits well (not too baggy and anything more structured is a bonus) and I’m a fan of matching sweatsuits and joggers too. Both options make athletic gear look less frumpy.

BALANCE IT OUT (the sporty or glittery) WITH BASICS — so they might not want to wear a polo shirt, but most boys I know are cool with a plain tee or sweatshirt which is a great way to balance out the basketball shorts and tights! Same goes for girls and over the top tutus (or fill in the blank). I’ve been stocking the kids’ closets with lots of  plain tees lately and it makes things so easy for all of us.

I SHOP SALES!!! — and mostly online too. Makes it easy to throw a few things in my cart and then ask the kids if they approve before buying — they always have the final say!

Speaking of sales, J.Crew Factory is having a 40% off sale right now (ends tonight). I bought a few things for the boys (ringer tees, these sweats (j.crew sweats never disappoint), this striped tee, henley’s in green and red (there’s a striped option too) and a couple plain tees. Also got Poppy this corduroy skirt (I’m very into corduroy lately!) and white bell-sleeve tee.

Other places I shop for the kids | Zara (they don’t do many sales but their prices are reasonable), Hanna Anderson for pjs, denim at the gap, peek kids (their sales are so good!), gymboree, and small shops like hen & co (25% off right now), childhoods, alice & ames or plain jane. Nordstrom and Macy’s are also go-tos for shoes and athletic gear especially. Tilly likes Zella Girl and there are usually good nike and adidas options for everyone too.

Way too cute to hide behind “Just do it” convo tees and frumpy sweats!

Kid approved!

(Pics from a month ago on a ferry ride to Whidbey island for the day — Oz and Tilly had both stayed behind with friends.)

In closing — as a style enthusiast and stylist by trade, I work really hard at trying not to care about what the kids wear or pick out for their back to school supplies (just prepping myself for the inevitable, ha!) and at the end of the day I’m just thankful that we have more than enough clothes and money for back to school shopping.

When I find myself caring too much, another thing that really helps is turning some of that attention towards myself which is the only thing I can really control — what I want to wear! Ha! “Worry about yourself” is something I say to the kids often and for sure need to hear myself sometimes.

What do you struggle most with when it comes to dressing the fam?

HAPPY BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON (insert crying emoji).

XO, Rae

PS – would you be interested in seeing more links and shopping posts in the future?

PPS – is it just me or when we were younger, was there more of a push to dress nicer for school, church, bday parties, events and outings with the fam? I always remember having “school clothes” and “play clothes” in my closet, but maybe that’s just how I was raised?

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MADE YOU SMILE WITH THE ALL NEW GYMBOREE!

Having my kids home all summer gives me all the smiles for all the days (even the longer summer days that almost feel like 2 days… wait, did that happen yesterday or this morning? lol). So once we get to that part of summer when back to school becomes part of the conversation, it always bums me out. The silver lining of course is all the back to school shopping that we get to do in preparation, which is why I’m so excited to be partnering with Gymboree. They’ve reimagined their brand and we’re in love with their fresh take on style and kid friendly clothing!!! Since we’ve been shopping at Gymboree since Ozzie was little, seeing all the younger kids in their outfits made me sentimental too.

You really can’t beat a shop that makes it easy to find clothes the kids love and that are also cute, mix and matchable, super comfy and soft and also durable. It definitely makes me smile. Thought it would also be fun to ask the kids what makes them smile too. Here are their answers and a bunch more pics of them breaking in their new Gymboree digs around town!

TILLY | my friends, candy, polka-dots, + you know… funny stuff. like dad jokes.

ESPEN | my bed. (spoken like a true tween)

GRIFFIN | hugging my mom, lemon muffins (lol, if you saw his bday interview), movie night, getting gifts.

POPPY | going on an airplane. my heart blankey.

Can I get everything in my size too, please!? I especially love Griffin’s top, Tilly’s jeans, Poppy’s dress and jacket, and Espen’s sweatshirt.

Poppy didn’t want to take off her headband at the end of the night either which is rare for her and hair accessories so it must have been comfy :)

The bottom pic — when Johan told them to look serious — Griffin’s expression cracks me up!

I so wish scooters could be our main source of transportation. It’s my favorite!

All the best – go with anything – footwear. And no one complained about their feet being sore!

Thank you kids and summer for all the smiles!!! And a big thanks to Gymboree for sponsoring this post and putting together such a fun #madeyousmile campaign!

Hope this post and all the cute new back to school styles made you smile too!

XO, Rae

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HOW I WEAR WIDE LEG PANTS + OUR STAY AT A BED AND BREAKFAST

Just me, in my wide leg jeans and straw hat, trying to look all casual like I’m in my element walking through grape vines, but really just hoping the deers we saw earlier snacking on the grapes, don’t return and beat me up. From a distance, I’ll be the first to admire any wild animal, but otherwise they really freak me out!

Anyways, you might be wondering why I’m walking through grapevines??? Well, Monday night Johan and I dropped the kids off at my parents house and headed down the road to a B+B and winery for the night. It was a very different experience than I’d ever had, but fun to try something new. We chatted our innkeeper Bob’s, ear off and asked LOTS of random questions during the wine tasting, ate a delicious breakfast while chatting more with Bob (HA!) and enjoyed the pretty grounds. We also left the winery to visit friends in Kirkland and eat a yummy dinner out (just the two of us) too. If you haven’t been to a B+B before, it’s worth the experience and the place we stayed was great… sweet people and delicious food and snacks and some of the best wine I’ve tasted at very normal prices. Not sure it will be a regular thing for us but I would love to hear if you’ve been to a B+B and if it’s something you would do more of!?

The weather seemed to be a little unpredictable for our stay so I threw these wide leg jeans in my suitcase. They’re perfect for cooler days but breezy enough for warm days too which is why I totally recommend adding a pair (if you haven’t already) to your wardrobe. After posting this pic on Instagram last week, I got asked on DM, how else I like to style mine. So thought I’d share my answer here in case anyone else is wondering…? I like to wear a fitted top or tee I can tuck in all the way or a cropped-boxy  top I can front tuck. It’s really all about balancing out the wide bottom with whatever is on top and making sure I still have a waist. A peasant top that doesn’t have too much fabric and can be tucked in would be really cute too!

Let’s chat about these bracelets because they’re inexpensive and receive lots of compliments. Both are sold out from Madewell, but you can find similar HERE… love the friendship bracelet options!

When you’re in front of a camera and have no little ones hanging on you or grabbing your hand and no coffee to hold, you do weird things with your hat ;)

OUTFIT DETAILS: hat from Nordstrom, striped tee (on sale) from J.Crew, jeans are old from Madewell (but I love these even more), huarache sandals are old from Madewell (similar)

Thanks to my sweet husband for the fun date!!!

XO, Rae

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HOW TO WEAR OVERALLS (WITHOUT FEELING LIKE A KID)

Laughing at the title of this post a little because in the pic I kinda look like one of the kids (HA!). We had just finished attending Griffin’s Kindergarten graduation celebration and decided to grab lunch and head to the park for some playtime. Can’t beat overalls for their ability to be comfortable and playful but also special enough to dress up for a daytime event.

Which is one of the many reasons why overalls are one of my favorite wardrobe staples and go-to choice on days that I just really don’t know what to wear. However, not everyone feels the same. If that’s you, today I’m going to try and change your mind by sharing a few styling tips… (you know that friend that is obsessed with something and won’t stop bugging you about it until you try it? That’s me. Try to not get too annoyed, mmmkay? ;)

Sooooo, whether you’re not sure if you can “pull them off” (btw, you totally can), or you would love some ideas for styling the overalls that are already hanging in your closet, here are my 3 tips for wearing overalls while also feeling like a grownup:

  1. Pair them with a softer/pretty/feminine blouse or button up instead of a t-shirt. If you really want to keep things grown-up-ish, add strapy sandals (or heeled espadrilles in the evening) and a straw hat and basket bag.
  2. Stay monochromatic… black and white always make things look a little more sophisticated, so a black or white tee with black accessories (think shoes, sunnies + purse) is an easy win!
  3. Remember that there’s more than one kind of overall… Opt for a dress overall like this one or this one that will look so cute in the early fall with a sweater and booties too. Or wide-leg overalls like these that have more of a pinafore look to them. A denim jumpsuit is also an option! Love this one and this one.

Of course cute slides or sneakers and a striped t-shirt are always an option and usually how I wear overalls. Actually, it’s how I wear most things, lol.

Outfit details are linked below as well as a few tid-bits about what we were up to in our outfits, too!

A giant playground with climbing toys, swings, slides, etc. but the drinking fountain and bicycle rack are an obvious choice.

Griffin took this pic of Poppy… gah! Every time we get the camera out lately, he asks for a turn and i love to see what he ends up shooting. There are always a few gems and a few funny captures. Also, Poppy is looking very comfortable in front of a camera, LOL. Love them both mucho.

Happy to have Daddy with us for Griffin’s graduation and festivities afterward. He’s also always the best choice for something to climb or play on :)

We asked these two what they wanted for lunch and/or treat after the graduation and they both insisted on happy meals! It was so surprising and hilarious to Johan and me since it’s not a normal request or food option for our fam. We later realized (when they didn’t eat their food) that they were in it for the toys. Now I just need to figure out where they saw the advertisement for the happy meal toys, lol. But really it was kind of a fun flashback to growing up in the 90’s.

Now back to the overall discussion… did I convince you?

You guys are the best!

xo, Rae

RAE | overalls are old from madewell but THESE are very similar from topshop, top from urban outfitters — wearing a small but could have sized up, birkenstocks are old from J.Crew but these are similar

POPPY | top and skirt by alice + ames, shoes from target

GRIFFIN | rocket polo from rockets of awesome, dock shorts from J.Crew and are a summer staple for the two younger boys

 

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MUST-HAVE SUMMER SHOES + SELF CARE

You know what I love? Practical things like cute summer shoes that can get wet (I’ll share our favorites below) and easy ways to check self-care off my to do list. So I thought we’d chat about both today!

Self care can seem impossible but it really doesn’t have to be complicated or even cost money. With summer starting today for us (FINALLY!) the topic has been on my mind — particularly, how to fit it in, what it looks like and how to make it happen. More than anything I just really want my kids to have a fun, happy mom to hangout with alllll summer (burnout is real!). After all we only get 18 of them together… 18!?

Here’s my list of simple, inexpensive ways to treat yourself |

  1. the little things count… date nights don’t have to be fancy. Girlfriend time can include the kids (and mimosas), and Netflix is a completely appropriate “babysitter” every once in a while so you can catch up on the bachelor, finish a project or just take a break.
  2. Workouts don’t have to be at a gym! I’ve been using the SWEAT app (and loving it!). Also shared some ideas for an at home/on the go workouts HERE.
  3. Knowing how much time things actually take… washing your face is worth the extra 2 minutes. Except some nights it’s not, lol. Workouts only take 30 minutes if you aren’t driving to a gym and a nail, eyebrow or blow-out appointment only take an hour or less!
  4. Find a good hiding spot. Mine is in the laundry room with a la croix or glass of wine and a Friends episode while I catch up on laundry. If the kids somehow happen to find me I give them clothes to fold and socks to match. Poppy is awesome at “folding” towels and washcloths :).
  5. JUST SAY NO TO: mom guilt, people pleasing and just all the extra stuff…
  6. Going to bed. Always easier said than done but the world looks so much better after sleep.
  7. Drink water.

What would you add?

(poppy hiding from papa. me prob adding text to an instagram story.)

(making myself the president of his fan club. i love you griff!)

 

WATER (FRIENDLY) SHOES |

  • Love these slides and that they come in other colors to.
  • The waterproof birks are amazing. Johan has these, griffin has these, and I would like these.
  • Espen and tilly have the target version and so does poppy.
  • We also, love, love love natives… curious about their teva style ones. May have to give them a try!

What do you think about either or both of these topics? 

:)

xoxo, Rae

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ROAD TRIP OUTFIT INSPIRATION: DRESSES + SNEAKERS

Take us to the weekend! Or better yet, take us on a road trip over the weekend!!!!

Summer is the best time of year in Seattle so it’s not often that we go more than a few hours away. While it’s easier to pack a bag for a weekend road trip, it can be a tricky to find something to wear that’s comfy enough for a car ride, functional enough for walking and exploring and cute enough for eating out and having fun.

An easy breezy dress paired with sneakers seems like the perfect solution so pulled together some inspiration for ya.

I’M WEARING | pink dress (only $38), white sneakers, jean jacket (has a classic fit), woven bag to hold all the road trip treasures (mine sold out but I love this one and topshop, urban outfitters and shopbop all have a great selection!)

POPPY’S WEARING | cat hat (similar), romper, sneakers (similar)

More links and ideas below!

Anyways, you guys know I can’t resist a new trend for very long, especially when it’s functional so it’s only a matter of time before I own a pair of ugly sneakers. However, I’ll probably pair them with a denim skirt and a tee or button up instead of a fancy dress…. Def have a thing for these yellow ones, these white ones and these multi colored ones. They make me want to sign up for an aerobics class!

A few questions for you before you go…

  1. What new-ish trend have you been wanting to try!?
  2. What’s your go-to outfit for road trips or day trips?
  3. Where you are road tripping to this summer!?

We’ve been talking about doing a lot of island hopping in the San Juans which would be more of a series of day trips, but still lots of driving, walking and exploring. Can’t wait!

xo, Rae

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