My Birthday Wish List

My birthday with list. Who wants to buy me these things? Whelp. It’s a few days before my birthday so I thought I would share some of the things I would love to receive as gifts. I realize that it is now too late for anyone to order these things and actually give them to me. And they are all clothes. The weather is warming up here and I’m really feeling like I need some new things in my warm weather wardrobe.

From top left going clockwise:

It is really hard to see what the shirt says in the top left corner. So here it is: “If Britney can make it through 2007, I can get through today.” TRUTH! Britney had a super shitty 2007 and she came out on the other side. Ain’t no Monday gonna hold me down. Best shirt ever.

And that darling unicorn shirt? It says: “I want to poke your eye out.” And I stinking love it.

I want these Birkenstocks. Like, bad.

THIS JUMPSUIT IS MY FAVORITE EVER! I WANT IT SO BAD! SO BAD THAT I AM SHOUTING AT YOU!

I don’t wear a ton of shorts. Because shorts are dumb. But not these. I love the print, I love the cut. I love the color. Boom. The world’s perfect shorts.

And this Spell skirt is my everything. I want to slow dance with it. Because how cute would I look with this skirt on, slow dancing?!

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Vintage Jewelry

Vintage Necklace with jeansI’m not a huge jewelry person. I don’t have enough disposable income to splurge on really great pieces. And I am pretty picky with the quality and the overall look of a necklace. My fingers only look good in rings when my nails are painted, which isn’t often. And bracelets tend to drive me insane when I’m writing or typing or generally living my life though out the day. That being said, I LOVE a good vintage piece. Especially when there is a story or connection attached.  Before my grandma passed away, she gave me some of her jewelry. The pieces are worth nothing, and worth everything at the same time. I have SO enjoyed wearing the jewelry and think of her whenever I wear it. I can’t wait to pass it along to my nieces some day. Or my son’s wives (Holy crap. They are just 6 and 8 years old. That fast forward thinking is making me go fetal for a moment…)

pretty vintage jewelryRecently, my mother-in-law brought over a few things that belonged to my husband’s grandmother to see if I’d like any of them. I kept a few things including the necklace shown in the first photo and the gold and green one directly above. I thought it was so special that my mom-in-law would think of me and I love that I get to enjoy some jewelry that B’s grandma probably enjoyed as well. These will be shared with my niece on my husband’s side. She’s 12. So when she grows out of her Claire’s phase and if these are her style, these will be ready and waiting for her. Hopefully by high school.

I keep my eyes out for vintage jewelry when I’m at thrift stores, etc. but have yet to find anything extraordinary like those left to me by family. What is your favorite piece of jewelry? What’s the story behind it?

 

Cool Sweatshirts

Cool geometric Adidas sweatshirt.I’m super in to sweatshirts right now. Crew neck. No hoods. Hoods just make your hair all dumb in the back. And being in California, we don’t really need heavy winter coats. And although I still wear some cardigans, my husband hates them. So sweatshirts it is!

Cool SweatshirtsHere are a few of my favorites. I’m totally a hermit when it’s cold outside. Heart of Gold is my husband’s fave Neil Young song so this totally reminds me of him. And not only do I love the custom capabilities of Bow and Drape, I love this play on Gold Digger. Especially since I’m totally in a goal setting mood right now.

Here are some more faves I found.

Sweatshirt, jeans and Birkenstocks. My fave uniform.Jeans, a sweatshirt and Birkenstocks are the perfect uniform.

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Patterned Sweatpants

Patterned sweatpants are my jam.For years I’ve had a VERY strict no sweatpants out of the house rule for the whole family.  My kids, like me, love comfort so they would wear sweatpants e’ry day, all day if they could. So a compromise had to be reached. As long as the sweatpants had a cool pattern, they could be worn as part of an outfit, outside of the house (although, school is still off the table until it is really good and cold). For me, however, they still weren’t really an option.  Until I found these awesome green patterned sweats from Target. Life changing. Unlike plain sweats, these blend in a little bit more. And while still being SUPER comfy, they aren’t sloppy.

Aviator Nation kids sweatpants.These Aviator Nation Sweatpants were the gateway sweatpants. I’m pretty sure this photo was taken the first time he was allowed to let him wear them outside. P.S. They make these in adult sizes too!

Shawn White Black and Grey patterned sweatpants for kids.Then Shaun White came out with this pair which were amazing.  (P.S. the shirts in the two above photos are from Mini and Maximus. LOVE).

Patterned sweatpants from Cotton On Kids.And just today we found this great pair from Cotton On Kids. They ended up being a little bit big but it’s nothing a little roll up can’t fix.  They also have a pair with lightning bolts (my fave) but they were a light blue color and I couldn’t pull the trigger. I think darker colors appeal to me more in a sweatpant.

Super sweet patterned sweatpants. That are okay to wear outside the house.

So you know I had to investigate. There are several cute pairs out there. I may have a new uniform for winter.

leopard print : plaid : floral : tribal : blue leopard (really, you can never have enough leopard, am I right?)

On a side note, I’m even considering a pair of those gray marbled sweatpants. You know, where the contrast in the material makes it look almost like a print. They look more classy and if they have a cool detail, like a zippered pocket, even better. But drop crotch? Just say no.

Patterned sweatpants for kids.And there are some really great pairs for your kids. How darling is that cat pair? And Target (Shawn White again!) has two different pairs out right now that are equally as awesome. One is this cool camo print above (you know how some camo can be lame? This isn’t.) and one is a cool pair with awesome detailing near the knees.

What are your feelings on sweatpants in public? I’m all in. Which means faux leather track pants are just around the corner.

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Cozy Textures for Fall

I'm craving a fall jacket with lots of texture. There is finally a hint of cool in our So Cal air! I can’t see fall in the not so distant future and it is making me excited to be able to wear pants again. We had these crazy heat spells, during September, that basically made it impossible to wear jean of any kind. And even thinking of taking a jacket with you was laughable. Fall clothes have been in stores for a few months already but I am finally ready to start acknowledging them. And what is catching my eye, big time, are cozy textures found in outer wear right now. I just want to snuggle up in one of these great jackets! And I love how they are able to still be fashionable instead of just making you shlumpy like some jackets do. The furry number in the bottom right is really a scarf, but I love how it adds a little something special to a leather jacket. What are you excited to wear this fall?

From top left, clockwise: nubby sweater, black furry jacket, shaggy black and white stripe jacket, black fur scarf, tiered white fringey coat

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