Mani Friday – Vineyard Edition

Every day should feel this good #EDSFTG!  I love the motto of Vineyard Vines and the adorable pink whale.  For my family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard I went all out.

The color is “Lily Road” by Nails Inc.  The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Happy Friday!



We Scream for Ice Cream

Los Angeles has so many great ice cream options.  We set out to try several new places and also review a few of our favorites.  We enjoy ice cream in the summer (really all year long).  My husband and son were more than willing to help me with research for this post.

Salt & Straw

Salt and Straw started in Portland,  Oregon.   They have three shops in Portland and three (soon to be four) in Los Angeles.  We visited the Venice location.  My boys are both vanilla fans and their Double Fold Vanilla did not disappoint.  I was more adventurous and tried the Birthday Cake and Blackberries, which was amazing.    Overall, we all really liked it.

Sprinkles Ice Cream

Sprinkles Ice Cream is from the creator of Sprinkles cupcakes.  You can even get a cupcake split in half with ice cream in the middle. Again my boys love vanilla and their vanilla bean was amazing.  I tried the lemon meringue and it was really good.

Magpie’s Soft Serve

Magpie’s Soft Serve was the only soft serve we found and it was amazing..  My son had sweet cream and my husband had vanilla latte.  They have interesting toppings.  They also offer two non-dairy almond milk flavors daily that we tried and really liked.

Rori’s Artisanal Creamery

My husband and I first discovered Rori’s on a weekend in Santa Barbara.  We were so excited when they came to Santa Monica.  My son actually enjoys  another flavor other than vanilla here – Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  They offer a kid’s happy hour everyday from 3 – 5 where you get a free scoop for a child with the purchase of a scoop for an adult.


Sweet Rose Creamery

Sweet Rose is our local favorite.  My son is on the wall in their instagram gallery.  The boys love their vanilla in a vanilla cone.  I am loving blueberry muffin which is a July flavor.  Get it while you can!


At home we drink almond milk and do not have much dairy.  We really save it for ice cream out.  We have tried a few almond milk ice creams and New Barn vanilla almond creme is our favorite.  We also found these great gluten free cones.  New Barn has a few other flavors and I am a big fan of their almond milk for lattes.

Overall we really enjoyed all the ice cream and the research.

Enjoy a scoop today!





Into the Preppy Wild

My final outfit for the J. Crew challenge has a preppy twist with my sweater around my neck.   I decided to go matchy matchy with the shirt and shoes.  I wore this Ratti “Into the Wild” print four other ways in these four posts: Tropical Gold, Party Pants , Tropical Stripes , Going Bananas,  and Into the Wild and Off the Shoulder


J. Crew Shirt

J. Crew Shoes (on sale plus 50% off with code SALEONSALE)

J. Crew Lookout Cropped Jeans

J. Crew Featherweight Cashmere Cardigan

Happy Shopping!




J. Crew Sale Alerts

I recently perused the J. Crew sale section (a favorite pastime of mine) and noticed several items that I have previously featured are on sale.  Through Monday, July 25, 2016 you can get an additional 40% off sale and 30% off select summer items (with code SUMMER).  I have created a summary with links to my previous posts (in case you missed them).

Polka Dot Blazer and Striped Flats

I featured the blazer in these posts: Pattern Play, Pattern Play Times Three , Santa Barbara Mother’s Day, and  Lavender on Repeat.

I featured the shoes in these posts: Pattern Play, Pattern Play Times Three, Blue Tropics , Lavender on Repeat , Ikat in the Dining Room , Keeping Cool in Blue and White, Cherries on Top , Wanderlust abroad and at home ,  and Shades of Blue.

White Blazer

I featured the Rhodes white linen blazer in these posts: Pom-Poms , Liberty and Lavender. and Cherries on Top.

Chambray Blazer

I featured the Regent Blazer in these posts: Denim Polka-dots and Poppy Lunch in Venice Beach and Candy Stripes

The Candy Striped cashmere shell (and matching cardigan) are also on sale.

Dresses – Coral Shirtdress, Gingham Dress, Plaid off the shoulder, Ratti “Into the Wild” off the Shoulder (on promotion) and Collection Plaid off the shoulder

Featured in these posts: Coral and stripes , One-Step Gingham , Into the Wild and Off the Shoulder, and Mad for Plaid.

Rory Pant

The Rory Pant was featured in these two posts: Gauchos are back! and Pineapple.

These are a few of the items that I wear over and over. 

Happy Sale Hunting!




Mani Friday – Triangle Half Moon Edition

This week I was inspired by all the blues in my Shades of Blue post.  I have been wanting to try half moons for some time and decided to make them triangles in my favorite navy blue.

The color is a neutral favorite “Creekside” by CND Vinylux with “Buttoned Up” by Treat Collection.  The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Moynat Tote

Happy Shopping!

Happy Friday!



PS – The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to the public starting today.  Shop my picks here.

Tropical Gold

About a month ago J. Crew issued a challenge to wear one floral print five ways.  I chose the Ratti “Into the Wild” print.  I featured the print in these three posts: here, here and here.  Today I am styling the ruffle-sleeve top with my favorite white jeans and gold espadrilles.  Stay tuned for my fifth look next week…


J. Crew Top (on sale plus 40% off with code SUMMER through July 24, 2016)

J. Crew Sandals

AG White Jeans

Happy Shopping!



Aubergine and Asphalt

There are so many great pieces in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  In my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale post last week I featured six looks.  Here is a detailed look at the Paige Skinny Jeans in Aubergine and the Rag & Bone Booties in Asphalt.  As you may have noticed, I rarely wear black shoes.  I prefer a little color or interest with my shoes.  I love that these are as versatile as black while still being interesting.  Colored demin is such a great way to dress up denim and these skinny jeans are definitely super skinny, but also so comfortable.

Theory Top / Paige Jeans / Rag and Bone Booties
Rag and Bone Sweater / Paige Jeans / Rag and Bone Booties

Early Access continues through Thursday, July 21, 2016. In order to purchase during early access you need a Nordstrom credit or debit card.  You can apply for one here.  Full access begins on Friday, July 22, 2016.

See all six of my looks in my #NSale post.

Happy Shopping!



Shades of Blue

It is no secret that blue is my favorite color.  I found the 10,000 Buddhas wall by Amanda Giacomini in Venice to be so serene.  You can read more on Amanda and the 10,000 Buddhas project here.

Of course, I was dressed to match.  My favorite striped flats from J. Crew have been marked down again, so they are a super deal.  My favorite and oh-so-comfy lookout high-rise jeans from J.Crew are also on sale.  My navy gingham button up and panama hat are both on constant repeat along with my Veronica tote from Parker Thatch.


J. Crew Hat

J. Crew Shirt

J. Crew Jeans (similar here on sale or new arrival here)

J. Crew Shoes (on sale!)

Parker Thatch Tote

Happy Shopping!





Pineapples make me want to go on vacation.    In the meantime, as the fall fashions are coming in, the summer sales are amazing.  Everything in this outfit (except the Pineapple tee) is on promotion or sale.  I featured these J. Crew Rory pants in navy in this post.  They are now on sale (plus 40% off).  They are a breezy alternative to skinny jeans or shorts.  I have one of my favorite hats on along with my gold espadrilles that have been on constant repeat.



J. Crew Hat (30% off with code SALETIME through July 18th)

J. Crew T-shirt

J. Crew Rory Pant (on sale plus 40% off with code SALETIME through July 18th)

J. Crew Shoes (30% off with code SALETIME through July 18th)

Happy Shopping!