Memorial White

It’s official!  You can wear white as of this weekend.  This a rule I break all the time, particularly for my favorite super comfy Wit+Wisdom white jeans that I picked up recently in Santa Barbara for well under $100.  I also picked up this fun tie shirt (also a bargain) and considered the two pairs of slides (below) at J. McLaughlin (they are having a huge sale this weekend and the shoes are included!).  I also love this bell sleeved jaquard top, this eyelet shirt, these fun pants and this wrap dress.

I still have my eye on this bag (in a new color combo).


Floral Slides (on sale!)

Gingham Slides (on sale!)


Striped Tie Top

White Denim

Bag (similar here (on sale!) and here)

Sunglasses (similar here, here and here)

Striped Shoes (similar here, here  and here)

Floral Slides (on sale!)

Gingham Slides (on sale!)

Happy Styling!





Dinner and Sunset in Montecito

Our end of the Summer mini-vacation included an amazing meal at Plow and Angel at the San Ysidro Ranch.  It is just so beautiful there.  I wore a J. Crew dress that I featured in Stripes and Paisley on the Vineyard.  This time swapping the pops of pink for my favorite leopard print.  The dress is so easy to wear and is a great neutral shirting stripe that can be styled so many ways.

Enjoying the beautiful grounds after dinner.

Dinner at or absolute favorite restaurant.  It is rare to find a place with such amazing food for adults and healthy options that are appealing to kids too.

Plow and Angel at the San Ysidro Ranch

Then we headed back to Butterfly Beach and The Biltmore for sunset.



My outfit details:

J. Crew Dress

J. Crew Featherweight Italian Cashmere Cardigan (on sale!)

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses in Blush

J. Crew Leopard Printed Calf Hair Belt

J. Crew Sandals (similar here and 25% off with the code SHOPNOW)

Calf Hair Clutch from last year.  Similar here, here and here

My husband and son are twinning (of course) in their favorite striped Johnnie-O Shirts (men’s and boy’s) and J. Crew Shorts (men’s and boy’s).

Happy Shopping!





In the Pink at The Biltmore

It is nearly impossible not to feel “in the pink” in Santa Barbara, especially at The Biltmore, overlooking Butterfly Beach.  The Biltmore was built in 1928 and epitomized Southern California glamour and was a favorite retreat of old Hollywood.  The grounds are just so beautiful and Butterfly Beach is a favorite of ours.  The butterflies actually left soon after the construction and care was put it to the landscaping and trees so that they would return.  We learned about this in the beautiful children’s book “Butterfly Beach” by Polly Caldwell Bookwalter that we purchased in the gift shop for vacation bedtime reading.  We spotted a few butterflies on one of our morning walks. The beach walks were so beautiful that I even managed to win my weekly Fitbit step contest against several competitive New Yorkers.


J. Crew Margot Top in French Blue Airy Cotton Pique

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses in Pink

J. Crew Cashmere Cardigan in Neon Hibiscus (on sale plus 30% off with code SHOPSALE)

J. Crew Paisley Gemma Flats (25% off with code SHOPSALE)

J. Crew Signet Bag in Deep Wine

J. Crew Coin Purse in Italian Calf Hair

J. Crew Lookout Jeans (25% off with code SHOPSALE)

Happy Shopping!



Wild Flamingo in Montecito

Saying goodbye to summer is hard.  Last week we got away for an end of the summer mini-vacation to Santa Barbara and had so much fun.  We stayed in Montecito where my husband and I were engaged and married as I mentioned in Pom-Poms at the Courthouse.  We had a great time with a visit to the Santa Barbara Zoo, beach and pool time, and some great meals.

I decided to add a pop of pink (wild flamingo to be exact according to J. Crew speak) to my navy in this outfit to reflect both my end of summer blues and my excitement for fall. These photos were taken at the Montecito Inn, which was built by Charlie Chaplin in 1928. You can read more about the history here.  The hotel is so charming and I love the archways.


J. Crew Rhodes Blazer in Wild Flamingo

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses in Pink

J. Crew Signet Bag in Dark Wine

J. Crew Coin Purse in Italian Calf Hair

J. Margot Top in Navy Silk

J. Crew Gemma Leopard Flats (25 % off with code SHOPSALE)

J. Crew Jeans (25% off with code SHOPSALE)

Happy Shopping!




Santa Barbara Mother’s Day

From the time I can remember my earliest memory, I wanted to be a mother.  I thought about what my kids would be like, where I would live and taking them to school.  I pictured at least three to four kids.  I did not waver from this.  I wanted a career as well and  wanted to establish that first and then juggle it all.  I carefully watched others in the workplace do their juggling act and had concerns about how it would be done and where the sacrifices would be made.

I took me a long time to find my husband and along the way I had multiple careers.  We had our son later in life and it was not easy to get pregnant.  I feel so grateful that I am now a mother and also know that Mother’s Day is a tough day for a lot of people.  My third date with my husband was the night before Mother’s Day, ten years ago.  He had lost his mother twelve years before that.  It was a hard day for him.  For many years it was hard for me too, waiting for my turn and wondering when and if it would happen.

I feel honored and lucky to be the mother of my incredible son.  He constantly surprises me with his old soul knowledge and then follows it up with silly  Kindergarten antics. He and my husband planned a very special day for me that included a drive to Santa Barbara and a lovely brunch at The Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch.  We had recently celebrated our Anniversary with an amazing meal at their other restaurant Plow and Angel .  My husband had the brilliant idea to do a day trip for their Mother’s Day Brunch.  It was flawless.



Quick stop at the Biltmore to look at Beanie Babies
Beautiful menu at The Stonehouse
Entrance to The San Ysidro Ranch
Amazing Meal
Gorgeous Dessert Buffet
Learning to make Creme Brulee


Exploring the San Ysidro Adobe built in 1825
Always about the shoes

Outfit details:

Me: J. Crew Liberty Flats, J. Crew Blazer (on sale!), J. Crew Sleeveless Drapey top (on sale!), AG Jeans

My husband:  J. Crew Shirt, J. Crew New Balance Shoes (similar here), AG Jeans

My son: J.Crew shirt (similar here), J. Crew shoes (similar here), Joe’s Jeans