Mani Monday – Pink Stripes Edition

“Ummm, Jen, you should come here.”  I hear my husband say as I drift back to sleep.

“What is it?” I reply, struggling to wake up.

“Just come here.”

I get up and walk down the hall to the bathroom.  As I turn towards the door, I see a huge smile on his face as he holds the test.  The test. The one I took and left in the bathroom about thirty minutes ago.  I was so discouraged after almost a year of trying that I did not stick around for the results.  I look at the digital test.  It says “Pregnant”.

“Oh my god!  Really?” I scream.

“Do you think it sat too long?  Should we do another one?” he says.

“I only have the lower tech kinds, but yes.”

I take the test.  “Now we wait and hope for two pink stripes.”

The five-minute wait seems like an hour.  Finally, we look.  There are two distinct pink stripes!

Almost nine years ago, I finally saw two pink stripes, soon after I became a mother.  I have never been more excited about a stripe since (and I do love stripes).  I had to smile on Mother’s Day as I looked down at this week’s mani and at my husband and son in their striped shirts.

 

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Hot Pop Pink“, “Reflecting Pool“,  “Aqua-Intance“, “Creekside” and “Studio White” by CND Vinylux/

Items in the photos include:

Denim Jacket

Antonello Tedde Clutch (similar here and on sale)

Carrie Forbes Sandals (on sale!)

Rachel Comey Tie-Dye Dress

Striped Blazer

Blush Bag

Veronica Beard Striped Dress

Gingham Mules

Striped Clutch

Joie Beaded Chambray Top

Terez Star Leggings

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

 

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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.

XO,

JAE

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

 

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Exploring the San Ysidro Adobe built in 1825
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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