Dressing for Fall (with a giveaway!)

I am so excited to announce that I am partnering with Haywood Mall (again!) for an amazing event to get our closets ready for Fall. I would love to see all of you there, so mark your calendars ASAP! 
P.S. You'll want to keep reading, there is a major giveaway ahead!

Here are the details on the event:
WHO: Haywood Mall along with Cara Sinicropi of Mirrors&Mimosas, Lauren Foster of Love Lola and Stephanie of Olive and Tate

WHAT: Fall Fashion Sip ‘n Shop Event

WHEN: Sunday, September 11 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  
WHERE:
Haywood Mall
700 Haywood Rd.
Greenville, S.C. 29607

Wanna come?? Of course you do!
Here's how to register now, before the event is open for registration to the public:
(make sure to use that link and code because the event registration doesn't open up to the public until September 5th and registration is capped after the first 300 guests sign up!)

 PARTICIPATING STORES:
Pottery Barn, Banana Republic, PANDORA, Fiore Boutique, REEDS Jewelers, Sephora, Altar’d State, J.Crew and Palmetto Moon

If you're out of state, don't fret, I have a little something you might be interested in, just keep reading! 

To celebrate the Fall Fashion Sip 'n Shop, I popped over to Haywood Mall and ransacked as many stores as possible to put together my dream Summer to Fall transitional look. True to form, I was inspired by every single item I saw but I couldn't resist the leopard print pencil skirt from J. Crew. Once I shimmied it (pulled, struggled, sweated in my Spanx) on, I wanted to take that baby from the tail end of August all the way through late Fall (and football girls, I had to style a look for you!). I thank you advance for humoring my attempts at being a fashion blogger....

First up: leopard skirt goes to work 

Best looks to transition to fall
skirt  J. Crew, wearing size 10 | top J. Crew, wearing size 10 | pumps J. Crew| bag Banana Republic | bracelets Alex and Ani from Reed's Jewelers| necklace is Banana Republic but doesn't seem to be available online| 

Ya'll, this skirt. It is so flattering and the bow belt detail is just so fun. It fits true to size and has a tiny bit of stretch for your rougher days. I love leopard for Fall and pairing it with a bright Kelly green is a perfect transition look - especially with a nude heel (in suede!).

Best looks to transition to fall

Best looks to transition to fall
The best news about that top? Even with that adorable back, I'm wearing a regular mom bra underneath!

Obsessed with those gorgeous Vernalite earrings from Reeds Jewelers (I tried to sneak them out of the mall but it was a no go!).

Best looks to transition to fall




And as soon as I laid my eyes on the J. Crew burnt orange puffer vest, I couldn't resist giving this skirt the football makeover - wear it with flats now (because, let's be real, it is HOT at football until November) and with boots when it gets chilly! 

Best looks to transition to fall
| chambray shirt J. Crew, wearing size 12 | vest J. Crew, wearing size M | flats, J. Crew | hat, Banana Republic | necklace, J. Crew |

Best looks to transition to fall



Best looks to transition to fall

And now your handsome reward for suffering through all of my pics..... I have a major giveaway 
(that I kinda want for myself!):

I am giving away a $100 Simon Malls/VISA gift card to a reader! That's right, ladies (and gents), $100 to do what you please (the gift card is accepted anywhere a VISA is accepted!) - could there be anything better??



Good luck and I'll see you on the 11th!

Thank you to Christa Rene Photography for working your camera magic, Ashley Pond Alford of Verb Beauty Studio for hair and make up and to Sarah for standing around in a parking deck with us, pretending like it was a normal thing to do.


Weekending and Then Some

Whoa, today was a blur. I meant to have this post up sometime this morning but clearly I'm not on my game! Because we're well in to Monday, let's make this weekend wrap up count and hit on a few other things that have been on my mind (and ya'lls!)

Weekend

If you follow me on Snap Chat (oliveandtate), you know that our AC went out late last week - and, as it always does, the AC went out at the worst time ever - the night before Justin began a full weekend of 12 + hour days. With things looking grim (and sweaty) around the house, I decided it was time to call in the big guns: my in-laws. I loaded up the baby and headed south to my in-law's home outside of Atlanta. Thankfully, they are awesome and don't mind when I show up and beg them to let me use their AC while they play with my son. Gray had the best weekend ever and spent his weekend bouncing in bounce houses, swimming in the pool, eating chocolate ice cream, running around the children's museum and downing donuts. 





My mother in law spoiled me with my favorite meal (her chicken cordon blue) and we dined on a "ladies lunch" of my Summer Sangria and a batch of Copy Cat Avocado Egg Rolls. Some of you asked for the recipe on snap and she used this one - but we only used half a lime in the sauce and thought we could have also cut the lime (and added some jalapeƱo!).  If you love guacamole, you'll love these as they are basically deep fried guac! 

I said it all weekend long and I'll say it again: God bless grandparents.
And yes, I am insanely lucky in the in-law department! 

Scary Mommy

I managed (by some stroke of luck) to convince Scary Mommy to run another piece of mine this weekend! I was thrilled when they agreed to run 6 Things This Preschool Mom Is Saying No To This Year - and got a kick out of some of the Facebook comments left on the post. Scary Mommy is one of my absolute favorite publishing outlets for mamas like me and it honestly floors me every single time they agree to run one of my pieces. Thanks to everyone who shared, commented on and Tweeted the article! 

Instagram

So, I don't know if it was just my account or if this is the direction that Instagram is really going but every time I've checked my Instagram feed in the last 4 or 5 days I've seen the same damn photos over and over again. No new content, ever. I honestly hope it was a glitch and not the actual algorithm but I was bored out of my mind every single time I opened Instagram. I shut it down after a second or so each time, which means I missed a ton of your posts, announcements, updates and moments. I've started posting more on the blog Facebook page (throwing it back to 2012) and am keeping up with Snap Chat so I'm following all of you there! 

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes

This Anthro dress from our Pebble Beach trip is now almost half off, my go-to jeans are now cheaper than when I bought them during the Nordstrom sale and this is the grey Target sweater from my snap! 

This week will be a fun one around here with a great giveaway coming up and a re-cap of our California trip (finally!). Hope everyone had a great weekend! 

6 Things This Preschool Mom Is Saying No To


 I just spent the morning labeling lunch boxes, signing paperwork and locating toddler shoes that fit, which can only mean one thing: it's officially The (Pre)School Year. Truth be told, with all the Sharpie covered prep ramping up, I'm starting to get a little nervous about all of the obligations that will soon be headed my way. Room Mom assignments, holiday party prep, staff breakfasts and class donations are just days away from being assigned, solicited and volunteered for and I am not up for the challenge. I mean, if last school year was any indication, I am officially the worst preschool teacher gift giver of all time (who knew you were supposed to bring in Valentine's Day gifts?). But as soon as the butterflies hit my stomach, I had a coffee fueled epiphany. 

This year, I'm taking a stand. 

This year I refuse to let preschool extracurriculars become yet another thing on my To Do List. And as much as I love how much my son grows, learns and accomplishes each year, I also refuse to put too much pressure on my kid and myself, because, really, it's just freaking preschool. Instead, I'm just going to have to say No to the following things:

1. Back To School Teacher Gifts

I learned my lesson last year and I am prepared for gifting teachers, admins, directors and aides on all of the holidays (major or otherwise) but I just can't with the Welcome Back teacher gift. We haven't even started yet! I promise to take in a Target gift card when my kid starts potty training and will try very hard to remember all of the teacher's birthdays, but a back to school gift is lost on me. I'm sure the other Mommies will do a great job of figuring out the perfect trinket to say "I hope my kid doesn't terrorize you this year" but I'm going to need that brain space to plan an appropriate St. Patrick's Day teacher gift that doesn't involve booze. 

2. Keeping Every Piece of Art

Oh the art. I love when my son makes art - he loves when he makes art - we all make a big fuss over the art. But then what? What do I do with all of the art!? Save it all? I just don't have that kind of storage. This year, after the fuss has been made, I am going to quietly trash some of the preschool art. Now, I'm no monster, I will obviously keep the good stuff (cotton ball sheep, I'm looking at you) but a coloring page with a few crayon scribbles just isn't going to make the cut this year. 

3. Gourmet Lunches

Last year I caught a peek at another mom unloading her babe's lunch and almost died of shock. Let me just say that my attempts at lunch packing did not hold a candle to her Toddler Bento Box complete with a turkey sandwich rolled and cut to look like sushi. All I could wonder was how long she spent that morning, screaming babies underfoot, making a sushi sandwich that a toddler clearly will not appreciate. Last year I let the bento lady get to me and thus spent way too much time crafting elaborate lunches that were hardly consumed. This year I'm sticking with the classic combo of Goldfish, mini muffins and raisins and calling it a day.

4. Attending Carnival Day (on a Saturday)

Dear School, 
I really like you guys, I promise, it's just that things are kinda crazy around here and organizing a family trip to school on a Saturday is just not going to happen. If I'm being honest, I can think of one million other ways I would rather spend a Saturday than herding my kid around a parking lot full of games that require both hand eye coordination and waiting in line (neither of which are his strong suit). If we promise to celebrate Fall at home with a hay bale and grocery store pumpkin can we get a pass on this one?

5. Theme Days Of Any Kind

If I have to find a special outfit, pack a special class snack, craft a goodie bag or do any "homework", then we're out. He's two, he's in this for the playground not "celebrate our home state week".


6. Parent Mass Emails 

While I do want to be informed on everything the teachers deem necessary, I do not want to buy Tupperware/candles/face wash/leggings from you just because our kids happen to be in the same 2K class. Trust me, I already buy most of that stuff from friends who bugged me on Facebook and the well is dry. So don't mind me while I unceremoniously delete you mass email and remove myself from the chain. 

Cheers to the new school year! 

33 Thoughts I Have When I'm In My Mom Car



33 Thoughts I Have When I'm In My Mom Car

1. WHAT is that smell.

2. I have got to remember to crack the windows at night so this thing can air out.

3. When will this kid learn to buckle himself in?

4. I should really start carrying full sized trash bags in this car. 

5. Why are all of my cup holders ALWAYS full.

6. I should get more cup holders.

7. Can you buy cup holders for cars? I wonder if stroller cup holders will clip on somewhere.

8. No, we cannot listen to Disney Radio. 

9. I can never find a pen when I need one.

10. Wonder if the bank will accept a check written in crayon...

11.  I should probably throw away yesterday's Chick-Fil-A trash before we drive through again today.

12. Maybe that smell is a chicken nugget lost under the seats somewhere.

13. Why is my steering wheel sticky?

14. Every place on Earth should have a drive-through. I will drive across town to the dry cleaner with a drive through and not think twice about it. If I opened a business, it would definitely have a drive through.

15. God, that counting app is annoying.

16. I wonder when the baby will actually wear headphones...

17. Listen to him counting! He's sooooo smart!

18. The Chick-Fil-A drive through girl just called me by name. At least she knows to double down on the Polynesian sauce. 

19. I will throw that iPad out the window if he doesn't start playing another damn app.

20. I wonder if I can get away with driving all the way home before he starts screaming for chicken nuggets.

21. *bites chicken nuggets into 100 pieces and hands them back*

22. Wait, does he have stickers?

23. No. No stickers on my windows.

24. Do we own Goo Gone?

25. Oh hey, Dad in the minivan, I see you rocking that kid wagon and I'm jealous of your DVD player. 

26. So many red lights, so few minutes until nap time.

27. I think my next car needs WIFI so we can stream anything other than THE COUNTING APP.

28. I wonder if this chicken nugget covered salad is really healthy. Like, could I just order a #1 combo instead?

29. Oh, no sir, don't you even think about falling asleep in this car!

30. *singing at the top of my lungs to prevent a car nap*

31. Almost home, almost home, almost home.

32. Please transfer, please transfer, please transfer. 

33. Ok, but seriously, what is that smell?

Southern Style Biscuits

Southern Style Biscuits

Biscuits.

What more can I say? 

I love biscuits so much that I actually set up a biscuit bar for our first Thanksgiving in Maine (for three total adults). I think I ate the majority of the biscuits myself but I don't care, they make me oh so happy. 

As it turns out not only is there is nothing better than a biscuit, there is also nothing easier to make from scratch. Seriously, you'll be shocked at how easy this recipe is. No more canned biscuits for you! 

Southern Style Biscuits

Ingredients

2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Sprite (could be diet)
1 Tablespoon of butter, roughly chopped into chunks
Half a stick of butter for greasing the pan
*you will not use this amount but will need eough to be able to hold it in your hand to grease the pan*
Pam cooking spray

Method

pre-heat oven to 450 degrees
grease a glass 9" baking dish with the butter, set aside

Dump Bisquick into a large bowl
Fold in sour cream with a rubber spatula
Pour in Sprite


Mix with rubber spatula, dough will be very sticky but workable 
Scrape dough into the greased baking dish, spreading as evenly as possible

Add chunks of butter to the top - no order needed, just to give the biscuits a bit of a golden brown top
spray the top of the dough/butter with Pam



Bake 10-12 minutes

Slice into squares and serve warm! 


Southern Style Biscuits

Southern Style Biscuits

Weekending and The Scout Guide

It's been forever since I've put together a recap of one of our weekends so let's get on that, shall we? We needed a weekend at home to recover from our trip to California (I finally unpacked today, I consider that to be a huge accomplishment) and to soak up some time with the babe. We made zero plans, with the exception of a night out on Thursday night to celebrate the release of The Scout Guide Greenville Volume 2, and mostly ate our way through the weekend (which is my favorite way to get through a weekend!). 


Thursday was an adult's only night to Hall's Chophouse to finally get our hands on the newest issue of The Scout Guide. I've been anxiously awaiting it's debut because I happen to be in it! My amazingly talented friend, Paula, just completed her run as Editor in Chief of the magazine and she was kind enough to feature a handful of Greenville Bloggers in this edition. I am honored to share my first, only and most likely last centerfold with Megan of For All Things Lovely, Paula of Paula Rallis, Jenny of Boho Style File and Caroline of Stay the Bomb






| dress | booties |

 My dress for the event was a stunner from Anthropologie that I don't think I normally would have pulled from the rack but I'm so glad the girls forced me into it! If you have an event where the attire is mostly described as "look really fabulous" this is the dress. The top is beaded and with a heel and the right accessories, the dress can really make a statement. I'm wearing a 10 and felt like it was oh so flattering! 



We had so much fun catching up with good friends, especially Jonathan Caleb Cake who made the party favors. My husband was, as always, the best party date, and we barely made it in the driveway to let the babysitter go when promised. 


On Saturday we ventured downtown and played all over the One Plaza, had lunch at Caviar and Bananas (best custom salads ever) and snuck in an epic nap. 




Sunday was for biscuits and we made our way to Biscuit Head well before the rest of the world was awake to avoid the lines. Justin went with the Mimosa Fried Chicken Biscuit again and I kept things traditional with a bacon, egg and cheddar. The jam and butter bar might just be one of my fave things on Earth and I can't help but snag 62 little containers of all of the jellies. Sorry not sorry. 



The rest of Sunday was spent cleaning, reading books, dragging the hose across the yard to fill the water table, eating mini muffins, watching what was left of the Olympics and devouring Mexican. 

It was a slow weekend and it was good for our little family. Justin's work schedule is going to get heavy for the next little bit and we'll miss him on weekends like this, so I'm grateful for the time we had together over the last few days.

And, p.s. my biscuit recipe might just be better than local fave Biscuit Head so I'm bringing it to the blog this week!

4 Tips For Hosting A Gender Reveal

This post brought to you by IZZE. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Olive and Tate.

Just a few weekends ago, Justin and I were thrilled to open our home to host a Gender Reveal party for our friends, Ashley and Andrew. We were all dying to find out if the sweet babe was going to add to our little tribe of boys or if we are going to welcome a girl to our tailgate crew. Ashley and Andrew (and their families!) took care of the hard/most important stuff by ensuring all of the guest were well fed which left me time to play with the fun stuff - the details! I had so much fun putting together a fun, simple and gorgeous scheme for the event that I just had to share. 

5 Tips for Hosting a (fun, easy and gorgeous) Gender Reveal

1. Embrace Patterns 

 I decided to skip the traditional/themed gender reveal gear and go with fun patterns that included shades of pink and blue. I managed to snag everything from stripes, metallics, scalloped edges, sequins and confetti and it all came together for a fresh, fun look. Because I wanted to mix and match, I was able to grab all of my supplies on normal errand runs at Target, Hobby Lobby and my local drug store, making the prep process super efficient, which is about all I can manage with a toddler in tow. I still wanted to make sure I had a nod to the traditional "boy or girl" theme so I did all of my florals (purchased from the grocery store!) in pink roses, blue hydrangeas and white tulips. Simple, easy and really pretty.

5 Tips For Hosting A Gender Reveal
5 Tips For Hosting A Gender Reveal
5 Tips For Hosting A Gender Reveal

2. Remember The Mamas
 (preggo, nursing or still under wraps!)

It's safe to say that if you're in the stage of life where you're hosting a gender reveal, you should go ahead and plan on serving a fun non-alcoholic beverage when you're friends are around. I never know who might be in the early stages of a pregnancy (and wants to remain incognito) but I do know that half of my friends are nursing, trying to conceive or have a bun in the oven. I like to make it easy on all of us by having a mama friendly drink on display, front and center. For this party, I went with IZZE Sparkling Water in Mandarin Lime and Blackberry Pear. The IZZE Sparkling Waters are certified organic, made with cane sugar  and the sparkling water fizz makes them a win for any occasion (but especially one where mamas-to-be are guests of honor!). 

 Bonus: the bright colors of the labels and the glass bottles looked insanely cute paired with the striped straws and confetti napkins (I'm telling you, the details are my favorite part!),

5 Tips For Hosting A Gender Reveal
5 Tips For Hosting A Gender Reveal
5 Tips For Hosting A Gender Reveal

3. Prepare For The Big Moment

Without a doubt, the most important detail of the entire party is when the babe's gender is finally made public, so it's worth taking a moment to consider and prep the space where the parents-to-be will get the news. Ashley and Andrew settled on confetti cannons filled with either pink or blue confetti for the big moment, so I knew we would need to be outside. I decided to set up a ribbon backdrop in the area of the yard that I knew would be in the shade, would photograph well and could accommodate our crowd of on-lookers. The backdrop looked incredibly pretty in photos and honestly was just so simple to make. I purchased spools of ribbon in shades of blue, pink and cream (I mixed widths and colors, I wasn't picky) and simply tied them to the branches of the trees in my yard. Set up took maybe 15 minutes and clean up took maybe two!

5 Tips For Hosting A Gender Reveal
5 Tips For Hosting A Gender Reveal
5 Tips For Hosting A Gender Reveal
photo by Wild and Lovely Photography, aunt-to-be

 4. Surprise the Mom and Dad-To-Be

While all of the party guests pointed their cameras and phones on the parent-to-be, I snuck to the side and took photos of the crowd as they found out the news. The reactions were just so priceless - from complete shock to tears. I kept snapping as Ashley and Andrew were congratulated, grandmothers hugged each other and my kid started eating confetti off of the ground. I was really excited to give those particular photos to Ashley and Andrew so that they could see just how thrilled everyone is for this new life to join our wild world. 

5 Tips For Hosting A Gender Reveal
5 Tips For Hosting A Gender Reveal


I can't wait to meet this sweet baby girl! 

If you've hosted a Gender Reveal, what was a must for your party?

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Shortcut Shrimp and White Cheddar Grits

Shortcut Shrimp and White Cheddar Grits

Shrimp and Grits are a signature Southern dish and, in my book, you can never go wrong by ordering it at a restaurant. My husband fell in love with shrimp and grits while we were dating and in an effort to win him over, I whipped the dish up a time or two (oh, to be young again!). My recipe is insanely easy, includes one million short cuts and lets the white cheddar grits shine as the star of the show.

This dish is easy to make for two or a crowd, especially if you don't mind cooking with an audience (I don't!) because it comes together in a matter of minutes. Behold, my Shortcut Shrimp and White Cheddar Grits 

Shortcut Shrimp and White Cheddar Grits

Shortcut Shrimp and White Cheddar Grits

Ingredients 

4 cups of water
1 cup stone ground grits (NOT instant) 
3 Tablespoons butter
3/4 cup Cabot Extremely Sharp White Cheddar
1 cup or so of frozen, pre-marinated garlic shrimp, peeled and de-veined, we prefer tails off 
(SeaPak is our go-to brand and Trader Joe's occasionally has a great option as well, whichever you choose just make sure the shrimp is only marinated and not in a sauce of some kind)
4 slices of bacon
1 lemon
1/4 cup sliced green onions/scallions
salt and pepper

Optional: fresh, chopped parsley for garnish

Method

In a non-stick or coated pot, cook grits according to instructions
add salt and pepper to taste 
(I usually do three grinds of the salt grinder and two of the pepper)
Add butter and white cheddar, stirring with whisk to incorporate
Reduce heat to low and cover grits

In a large pan cook the bacon until crispy
remove bacon and turn down the heat
Add shrimp to pan and let them cook in the bacon grease (oh yeah, you're doing it)
Once shrimp are almost cooked through, add the scallions, the juice of one half a lemon and the slices of bacon, roughly chopped
Stir together and allow shrimp to cook through - maybe just a minute or so more

Plate the grits, add a healthy spoonful of the bacon and shrimp mixture, garnish with fresh parsley and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. 

Serve immediately, yields 4 servings 

Shortcut Shrimp and White Cheddar Grits  
The longest part of the process is waiting for the water to boil for the grits - it's just that easy and that good! If you don't want to use pre-marinated shrimp, add a little garlic and a little Old Bay to the pan as the shrimp are cooking in the bacon grease, that should do the trick! 

Enjoy!

Shortcut Shrimp and White Cheddar Grits

Adapted somewhat from this recipe.

Shortcut White Cheddar Shrimp and Grits


California Round Up

I literally cannot wait to recap our trip to Napa, Monterey, Pebble Beach and Carmel but I need to carve out at least an hour or two to go through the 300 plus photos I managed to take in roughly 72 hours! Because I haven't even managed to unpack, let alone cull the blurry photos from the less blurry ones, I'm going to start by sharing a round up of all of the outfits that hit my Instagram while we were gone. Some of you aren't in to Like To Know It and I don't really go into fit and sizing on Instagram so I'm dedicating a post to all of the gear I wore on the left coast. 

Travel Day + Napa

Travel Style Must Haves for the Mom Body

We started the day at 4:30 am at a hotel by the airport in Charlotte - by 2pm West Coast time, I was in the Stag's Leap District of the Napa Valley. Luckily I wore a travel outfit that could get me through! 

My super thin blush sweater is old from Old Navy but they have a similar one this season (I'm wearing a Large for length). Jeans are 711 Skinny by Levi's (I sized up to a 31 because they are very skinny but comfy!) and my tennis shoes are from J. Crew (with the included bright laces swapped for the white ones that are shown in the listing photo).

There were a few questions on my Instagram about the bracelets I always wear and they (plus any gold necklace I wear) are all from Modern Bazaar. I never take them off, two are gold and one is rose gold. I'm most proud of this necklace that I wear constantly because I begged Jenn to make it for me and she was sweet enough to both make it and list it in her shop! My bracelets have important dates, coordinates and initials on them - and a monogram or two.

Travel Style Must Haves for the Mom Body

A surprise trip to Napa deserves rare social media PDA, and my go-to hat, in my humble opinion! 

Dinner at Pebble Beach
Travel Style Must Haves for the Mom Body

 To be honest, I was insanely over dressed for dinner but I love this dress for travel because it never wrinkles, hides all of my sins and makes me feel really glam. As it turns out, Pebble Beach is way more casual than I could ever have dreamed - even for dinner - but I really didn't care. This dress deserves to be worn! And the price point is oh so cheap.

Update: it looks like the navy has sold out since yesterday. There are still a few patterns left but the exact color I'm wearing is no longer available. 

Dress, from online shop Windsor, (wearing a size L), I think the navy is currently sold out but it comes in tons of colors and prints. I really can't recommend this dress enough (and it would be bump friendly!). 

Travel Style Must Haves for the Mom Body

Walking holes 17 and 18 on Pebble Beach

Travel Style Must Haves for the Mom Body

We met the guys (after a day by the pool) to watch them finish their round at Pebble and because we were on the ocean, it was chilly. This pair of Hudson denim (wearing a size 30) is an investment but I've had them for four or five years and they will always be in style, so the price has worked out over time. Many of you have asked about the quality of this top (wearing a L) from online retailer SheInside and I won't lie, I believe that you get what you pay for - and this top makes me pretty happy for  $15. I've worn and washed it twice and it's held up (which is one more wash than I expected it to survive). The back is much longer than the front with three more tiered layers that come below my butt. I think it's super cute and will wear it as long as it lasts. 

My sandals are last season but this season's are cuter. Sunnies are yet another pair of Toms.

Dinner + Exploring Carmel
Travel Style Must Haves for the Mom Body

This Anthro dress is so freaking cute but so freaking short. I sized way up to a 12 so that I could raise my arms above my head without showing the world my parts but thankfully the fit remained relatively the same. The back detail is sweet and I think I'll rock this all Fall with tights and booties - for Clemson girls, it comes in an orange pattern that would be perfect for a Tailgate.

Also, speaking of booties, I'm wearing my new favorite Target pair in these pics. Target is running a buy one get one 50% off on shoes right now, which would have been handy when I bought the pictured booties and this pair on the same day a few weeks ago (also really loving this pair that is an exact dupe from a Nordstrom pair I own from a few seasons ago). I highly recommend both, especially at this price point. 

My beaded clutch is from BurdLife Official and my blush suede jacket is from the Lauren Conrad Collection at Kohl's from last year (similar clutch and jacket)

Travel Style Must Haves for the Mom Body

A shot of the Bow and Drape/Nordstrom sweatshirt Megan gave me for Gray's birthday (we don't gift on our own birthday's but celebrate each other as we make it gracefully through another year of motherhood) made it on my snap chat and some of you were asking about it so here are the details (I'm wearing a Large and it def runs a bit small so if you want a baggier look, size up). Clearly, Meg got it for me as a joke(ish) and it made me laugh so hard when I opened it. I rocked it on a cold, cloudy morning in Monterey pre-coffee. 

http://bit.ly/2b69AQA

The only piece I didn't snag a pic of (besides my leggings and pajamas) was my pool day Caftan from SheIn, which I really love. The color is bold, the fabric is thin and soft (perfect for a hot pool day) and it doesn't wrinkle when jammed in a suitcase. I highly recommend (and I'm wearing a, wait for it, Large), especially because it's only $15! As a heads up, the description says this dress is red - I would say it's definitely orange!

Let me know if you have any questions about fit or sizing, I'm happy to answer honestly.

Full Cali recap coming soon!