July 1, 2014

White Dresses, Birkenstocks, and our New Fav Patio, In Riva (Local Love)

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A few weeks ago, we headed down to Kelly drive to go for a little family walk.  And were greeted by this sight: 

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Oh.  Oh.  It was the Manyunk Bike Race, which is, apparentely, a big deal.  There was music, and beer, and a kiddie carnival.  They had some sort of zip-line thing for kids that dare-devil Raines was ALL ABOUT.

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And guess who's behind Door #2?

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It's Pax!!  Pax typically hates this kind of stuff so I don't know WHAT ON EARTH possessed him to try this.  I was freaking out (and taking pics, naturally).

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Brave little puppy.  But he did it.  And when he was done?  There were a bunch of people watching and laughing and pointing – he looked so small, you know?  

Waving to his fans.

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This was my reaction:

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Dork.  I am a dork.

Raines proceeded to go 2394876 more times, and Pax went ONCE more and then was all "I done, Mom" and really…who can blame him?  You couldn't pay me to go on that thing.  Well.  You could, I suppose, but it would be for a lot of money

After all of that excitement Mama needed a drink, so we wandered into a parent-wonderland known as In-Riva's patio.

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I consider any joint with a patio to be kid-friendly.  But this place also had crazy-amazing pizza, great drink selection, and live music.

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Yup – it was as good as it looks.  In-Riva is now one of our fav weekend haunts.  They don't always have live music, but tiring the kids out with a walk along the river then stopping for pizza and drinks is one of the great joys in life.  You know?

As are white dresses in summer.  I like mine with birks.  I have to credit Garace Dore with planting this seed.   A year ago she was talking about white dresses and said, "With Birks?  I do not think I am ready" and I thought "I SO AM" and now – just this past week!! – even Who What Wear is on board.  So there you go.  I'm not crazy.  (Almost.  I have a shirt that says almost not crazy and I think that's about right.) 

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wearing

dress: Milly…similar white cotton eyelet shift dress by Theory (on sale!)

Shoes: Naot Tahoe (like Birks, but more narrow)

Bag: Kate Spade (similar bag)

Sunnies: Ray-Bans

On Pax: Afrika American Apperal leggings, One Jackson shirt from Thred Up, Vans, Strider Balance Bike (aka the best money we've ever spent on anything, ever.)

On Raines: Tribe is Alive Be Brave tee, Tea Collection Knit Playwear Pants, Saltwater sandals

 

I also put together a little white dress + birkenstock shopping list, if you're interested.

xo,

S

5 Comments
  • Jenny
    July 1, 2014

    So are Birks a thing again? Can I get out my old ones? Are white dresses the only thing you would wear them with? So many questions!

  • tara@alwaysoverthinkingit
    July 1, 2014

    I love this combo, I would totally go on that zipline 8 million times too and you are definitely not a dork. Or if you are, you’re a cool one and a sweet mama and that’s a good thing :)

  • Lyn
    July 1, 2014

    I am all over the Birks!!

  • S
    July 1, 2014

    1. I love that combo, and you look fantastic!
    2. Raines looks SO TALL! Geez, what’s with the growing so fast?
    3. That day looks like a lot of fun.
    And
    4. Would you consider doing a post about sporty bathing suits, like suits suitable for taking a hike through the woods and then a dip in the lake and then hiking back out with a little bit of style and without making your clothes look like you wet yourself? I was thinking a swim shorts/bikini top/rashguard combo. And something with real support for the girls.

  • Cortney
    July 1, 2014

    Oh gosh. It’s spelled Manayunk. Only a PA-raised girl like me would know that :)

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