Well, I’ve managed to balance working and beaching with the kids for the last two weeks now. I give myself a B-minus because I’m generally a glass-half-full kind of girl (it probably should’ve been a C-plus). It’s one of those situations where you end up feeling like you did nothing right. The key, or so I’ve heard (ha!) is that you’ve got to really be in the moment. And that is hard for me.
I remember when Pax was small, he’d grab my face with both of his chubby hands. “WOOK AT ME” he’d command. It’s like I still need those reminders, those reminders to WOOK around, or WOOK down, to just…WOOK.
Much to my kids’ dismay, our shore naptime routine has been executed flawlessly this week. They just fall asleep (despite their many, many protests) so quickly! So I lay there, snuggled between the two of them, breathing them in, and watching them sleep. It’s the one time I can easily be present, and I can actually feel the stress draining away. Then, I force myself up outta that bed and get to work.
So, yeah. B-minus/C-plus, good enough.
I’ve started packing for Europe. In August, we’re heading to Berlin and Athens, and I’m convinced, that, in addition to this dress, some sort of linen set will be the key to my packing success. I bought this taupe one (shorts here) and it looks amazing on (very understated chic, so good with simple sandals and a tan)…but this striped Madewell set (shorts here) is calling my name. I’ll bet I could wear them together, too.
Which reminds me…suitcase? Do you guys have a suitcase you love? I’ve been lusting after Raden’s suitcase, but the Amazon reviews are NOT good. I recently used Away’s The Medium suitcase, and LOVE it, but it came back from its second trip with a dent so big that it’s now hard to zip. Maybe it was a baggage handling issue, but we’ve taken at least a hundred other trips without having our suitcases come back dented, sooo….Samsonite has been hit or miss for me, but when they get it right, it’s pretty amazing. I’m eyeing up this one (lesson learned: anything bigger than 24″ becomes unwieldy), or going with a completely different brand, Delsey (specifically this one). The color options are gorgeous.
Voloshin Pre-Fall sale! Voloshin, makers of The Most Beautiful Dress I’ve Ever Worn (same dress as linked above — OK fine here, for the lazy) are hosting a Pre-Fall sale this Sunday with…wait for it…sips and sweets. YASSS. I’ll be swinging by, so say ‘hi’ if you’re there! You can register for the event here (registration is just to make sure there are enough sips and sweets). The Voloshin studios are insanely gorgeous – we’ll be publishing a full interview with Amy soon, but if you want a sneak peek, our video (which includes a quick studio tour, as well as insight into her process) is here.
Ready for the Anni sale? In case you missed it, I put together a guide for shopping the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary sale — including why you should care and a few predictions. The catalog just dropped, but it’s only a small sample of inventory included in the sale, so I’m hoping that a few of my predictions will still come true. The early access part of the sale (available to Nordstrom card holders only) opens on July 12, with the public sale opening a week later. You have until July 8th to become a Nordstrom card holder. I’m going to spend the next few days going over the catalog and putting my favorites into our 2018 NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE tab. That page will be our centralized place for all things sale-related. (It’s still a little rough right now, so keep checking back.)
My bikini is on sale. And better yet, it’s one of my “swimming bikinis” which I find infinitely more useful than the “standing bikinis”. My gingham one is JCrew — are the other swimming bikinis worth a round-up?
What I wish Burt’s Bees was like. Sun Bum came out with a tinted lipbalm (with SPF) and it’s good. The colors blend in nicely (not that strange frosted thing), are sheer, but still pack a little punch. Nude Beach is my favorite.
Made me laugh out loud. This poor, unsuspecting mom.
The Beach Packing Guide is launching…SOON. I promise. I keep tweaking it and driving the interns nuts BUT…we’re pretty much there. Newsletter subscribers, expect this in your inbox soon. (And if you haven’t yet subscribed, please do! Here’s the link.)
#FamiliesTogether – If you donated to @together.rising on IG, their latest IG post details how, exactly, the $1.7M has been used. It’s amazing. It includes the development of a screening and referral system in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to identify parents who have been deported without their children and to refer them to attorneys to work on reunification. It includes the bond funds for all immigrant parents and guardians in detention in Washington State whose children were taken from them at the border, and they’ve provided legal representation to 50 unaccompanied immigrant children relocated to New York from the border. High-freaking five. And if you haven’t seen this mother reunited with her eight-year-old after 55 days apart…it’s worth a quick watch. The daughter rubbing her mother’s back towards the end of the clip just about does me in.
Fireworks for Julieta. I totally identified with Julieta’s recent IG post. Her husband proposed to her on July 4th nine years ago (congrats!) but they weren’t feeling the 4th of July this year. She wrote: “…today I didn’t quite feel the festivities. Maybe because I’m an immigrant, maybe because I’m Hispanic, maybe because I’m a mom. I don’t know…but I want you to know that all-in-all I love this country and the beautiful people I’ve met. So I’m thankful for you, for our 9th engagement anniversary and for knowing that my kids are sleeping just a few feet away from me.”
Now, I’m going to go cuddle mine.