Mani Monday – Ninth Anniversary Edition

J  & J forever!  Our wedding invitation monogram lives on.  It’s no secret that I love a good monogram.  We created this one for our wedding invitations and stationery nine years ago.  My mom surprised us on our wedding day with monogrammed champagne glasses. We added a little color (our favorite blues) and personalized our bedding and towels a few years ago.  I thought it was a tall order to turn it into nail art, but the nail artists at Olive & June are nothing short of amazing.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Ballerina” by Chanel.

Items featured in the photos include:

J. Crew Shirting Striped Top

J. Crew Gingham Blazer (on sale!)

J. Crew for New Balance Striped Pullover (on sale!)

Happy Monday!




Stripes Save the Day

“Mommy, come see these underground shops.” my seven year old says.   It’s the last day of our Spring Break in Seattle.

“Underground? Do you mean the tunnels of old Seattle by Pioneer Square?”  “No, these shops.” He points to a hallway with a series of shops outside of Shuckers the restaurant at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel where we just finished lunch. I follow him down the hallway and spot a leopard print lining in a yellow raincoat. I stop in my tracks.

Stripes. It was only two more days until National Stripes Day (a holiday J. Crew created). Truth be told, I’d stop for stripes any time of the year.

In the shop window I see a gorgeous navy and white striped rain jacket. I have been schlepping around Seattle in my perfectly functional black Marmot jacket that I picked up at Costco over 10 years ago. It has served me well, but I have been a little jealous of my son the whole trip because he has been running around Seattle in a stylish St. James navy rain jacket with soft blue and white striped lining (the same fabric as their famous shirts). I bought him the jacket in Paris in 2014.

“Isn’t that lovely?” The store owner walks over “its Saint James.  It’s perfect for you”  Little does she know my son has one upstairs that is a perfect match.  I try it on both hoping it does not fit and wanting it to be perfect at the same time. The arms are too short. Sigh. I try the next size. It’s perfect.

“It’s only $320”

“Of course you think that is a good deal.  It’s surrounded by Bogner and four digit coats.” I text a photo of it to my husband. I’m disappointed it’s the last day and we don’t have all of our photos in this jacket that would look so perfect with my son’s.

I must think about it.   I make it as far as another shop that has Sugarfina candy . My seven year old starts hitting the samples hard and lobbying for multiple candies.

My husband texts back:

“Cool jacket.  For what?”

“I have no decent jackets”

“Anniversary and Mother’s Day?”



I consider the jacket and picture myself wearing it.  “Mommy can I have three?”  “Three what?  No, you can pick one”  “Really?  Yay!”  He settles on gummy sugar lips and we plan to share them with my nephews that evening.

I head straight back and buy the coat. I really have not had a good rain jacket for a while, besides navy and white stripes go with everything.

We run up to the hotel room to freshen up. I change my Chanel lip stain to one that will pop with the coat and off we go to catch the light rail to the suburbs.



“The sun is shining”.   We shuffle quickly to the light rail.

“I love your darling matching coats. You look so cute” A woman says as we are almost to the escalator

“Thank you very much”

Suddenly I remember and sigh loudly.

“What mama?”

“We forgot your booster.  Ugh you are almost big enough to go without it”

“We need to go get it.”

We run back to the hotel, all the way up to our floor.  He grabs the room key and runs ahead to get it. He runs back with the booster. We hustle back and just miss a train.

I am exhausted from all the running. My son puts the booster on a bench near the security guard and sits down on it. We ask the security guard “how long until the next 124?”

He responds “A few more minutes.  You just missed one.”

I check my watch and text my brother. We are cutting us close to make school pick up. A combination of light rail trains and buses keep coming. A few minutes later we finally see the light rail we are looking for. We hold hands and step on and find one seat for my son. The doors are painted with penguins and a sign that says “Don’t huddle near the door”.  I snap a photo and smile.

At the next stop it hits me again, the booster. “We forgot your booster.”  He calmly says “Again?  Oh no”.

A well-dressed man is eavesdropping “You should get off and cross over and catch the train to go back for it.”

We leave the train and cross over hoping to catch a train quickly. I approach the security guard. “We left our booster seat at the University Station.  Can you radio them?”

After a few minutes, we are still not sure if it is there. In the meantime he gets us on a bus back by special arrangement as we have only our train tickets.

We arrive and run over to the security officer.  He is holding the booster. He says with a thick Russian accent, “Yes, it is you the lady and the boy in the stripes. A woman with a stroller tried to say it was hers right after you left. I said no that does not belong to you. You are not the fashionable lady with the cute kid in the stripes”.

“Thank you so much.”

We wait only a short time for our train.  This time there are two seats together.  I clutch the booster tightly.  A woman looks at us, smiles and says “Your jackets are so cute.”  “Thank you.” I smile back and think to myself, “Best purchase ever.”

Crewcuts Slim Jeans in Wrinkle Rinse / Crewcuts Slim Jeans in Well-Worn Wash  Crewcuts Sunnies / Lookout Jeans/ Piper Sunglasses / New York Tee/ Stan Smith



Triple Stripes

Triple stripes?  Why not?  For this look I styled a shirting striped top with a striped clutch (similar here and here), a striped silk scarf (thank you J. Crew!) as a bracelet, Piper sunglasses in ocean, white denim and denim pom-pom flats.


J. Crew Striped Shirt

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

J. Crew Silk Scarf c/o

J. Crew Shoes (older style, these and these would look great)

J. Crew Clutch (older style, similar here and here)

AG Prima Denim

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Pink Bluff

Happy Shopping!



Tea Time

Matcha Lemonade?  Yes, please.  I returned to Holy Matcha in San Diego to try a few more items on their menu.  The Easter decorations were gorgeous and for the weekend they had a rose wall, this time in ombre.   We tried the matcha lemonade, an iced matcha latte, avocado toast and a pink doughnut (that was vegan, gluten free and organic).  Everything was delicious.

For the outing I went with a neutral white pom-pom sweatshirtslim boyfriend jeans, demin pom-pom shoes (other options here and here) and pops of pink with my bag and sunglasses.   I also visited during their grand opening Holy Matcha!.


J. Crew Pom-Pom Sweatshirt

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses

J. Crew Signet Bag

J. Crew Pom (similar here)

J. Crew Slim Boyfriend Jeans (also similar here)

J. Crew Shoes (these and these would look great)

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Pink Bluff

Happy Shopping!



Mani Monday – Easter Eggs Edition

We enjoyed a long weekend with family to celebrate Easter which included an Easter egg hunt, dying eggs and lots of candy.  I love all the pastels of the season. It was fun to choose not one, but five for this week’s mani.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are all CND Vinylux and are: Creekside, Sun Bleached, Cake Pop, Mint Convertible and Wisteria Haze.  They also have the best top coat.

Items in the photos:

J. Crew Liberty Blazer (on sale!)

J. Crew Floral Bandana

Fitbit Flex 2 in Navy

J. Crew Striped Bell Sleeve Top

Prada Sandals

Le Creuset Baker (on sale!)

Happy Monday!



Double Leopard

Sometimes less is more.  In fact, that is usually my motto.  Then there are times when more is more.  For this look I doubled down on leopard print.  This equipment blouse is the same cut as I recently discovered in Happy Anniversary – Navy Leopard.  I kept the rest of the look simple with black skinny jeans, leopard heels and a gold clutch.


Equipment Adalyn Blouse

J. Crew Leopard Heels (similar here and here)

J. Crew Toothpick Jeans

Gold Clutch (similar here and here)

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Darling Pink

Happy Shopping!



Breezy Malibu

It was a recent easy, breezy Sunday in Malibu. It was finally sandal weather (and I had just gotten a pedicure), but still breezy enough to warrant a wrap.  This one was my something blue on my wedding day almost nine years ago.  It is cashmere and super cozy without being too warm.  I styled it with my favorite gingham cocktail shirt, paint splattered denim (similar here), Piper sunglasses and a pop of pink with my Signet bag.


J. Crew Cocktail Shirt (on sale!)

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

J. Crew Signet Bag in Fuchsia Bloom

J. Crew Pom (similar here)

J. Crew Jeans (similar here)

J. Crew Sandals (these and these would look great)

White + Warren Cashmere Wrap

Happy Shopping!




Sporty Stripes

“Mommy these shoes have changed my life”, said my seven year old after walking a few steps outside in his new Adidas Stan Smiths.  “It’s like I am walking on pillows.  There is a cushion between me and the concrete.”  His joy over the shoes was palpable.  So I just had to get my own pair of Stan Smiths.  When I went to try them on I had trouble deciding between navy (of course) and gold.

My son wore his on our trip to Seattle even though he told me they were not a rainy day shoe.  They performed well in the rain and are easy to clean.

I recently styled my navy pair with a Indian Voile top, high-rise jeans, a striped clutch and blue sunglasses.  They are so comfortable and gave the look a casual sporty vibe.


J. Crew Embroidered Tie-Neck top in Indian Voile

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

J. Crew Lookout High-Rise Denim

Adidas Stan Smith in Navy

J. Crew Striped Clutch older style very similar here

Happy Shopping!



Mani Monday – Heart Edition

Heart on your sleeve? How about heart on your ring finger? My ninth wedding anniversary is this month. Mercury is in retrograde. Spring break and spring fever have brought a new energy (sass) to my seven year old. Some things make you feel the love while some things call on you to show more of the heart’s elixir , Regardless, more love and compassion are always a good thing.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Organdi” by Chanel.

Items in the photos:

Fitbit Flex 2 in navyFitbit Flex 2 in navy

J. Crew Embroidered Tie-Neck top in Indian Voile

Theory Tweed Jacket

New Balance x J. Crew Star-print Jacket (on sale!)

New Balance x J. Crew Striped In-Transit Pullover

Happy Monday!



Happy Anniversary – Navy Leopard

The Navy Leopard turns one today.  I have created over 200 blog posts and posted 4-5 times a week.  This past year I have learned a lot and even figured out some basic HTML code.  I am so grateful to my followers and I appreciate all the encouragement I have received.

My top posts are always the ones in which I am little more vulnerable either in sharing something personal like (Eight Years and Reunions, Memories and Milestones) or where I step outside of my comfort zone (Pattern Mix Hits the Gym).  Who would have thought I would do a post on active wear and that it would be my most viewed post?  (not me, when I started!).

I managed to gain weight while posting photos of myself regularly which in some ways was liberating.  Thankfully,  I managed to lose it again thanks to Bulletproof Coffee (more on that in Cocktails?).

To celebrate my year of blogging, I treated myself to a navy animal print Equipment silk blouse that I saw in @wearemidlife ‘s Instagram feed.  Jessica pointed out that she did not have that one button struggle with this style.  I had always loved Equipment’s prints but that one button (we all know the one I am talking about) never worked on me.  This is a different style and it fit! Thank you, Jessica.

I styled the blouse with my favorite AG White Jeans, J. Crew Velvet Heels, J. Crew Piper Sunglasses and my favorite new pink bag.  This was another fun (rainy) photo shoot with Amy @howtojcrew


Equipment Adalyn Blouse (on sale!) also available here and here

J. Crew Signet Bag in Fuchsia Blossom

J. Crew Pom (similar here)

J. Crew Velvet Heels (similar here)

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

AG Prima Jeans

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Thank you.