Entries Tagged as 'Fashion'

Valentine’s Baking Date

posted on: February 5, 2017

Elle’s Apron: here (size large) My Apron (similar): here

As a working mom I am constantly trying to do my best to find fun and simple activities to do with my kids. I may not be able to be room mom or be at every after school function, but I try to make our time together as special as possible. Having 3 kids I try to carve out a little time for them individually for some one-on-one time. Elle loves to bake. While she is fortunate enough to have a family full of amazing chefs and bakers (I am not one of them). That didn’t stop us from having a fun cookie decorating afternoon. Pillsbury to the rescue! They make the cutest cut-out heart cookies that are perfect for decorating. Just add a little frosting and sprinkles and you’re in business.

I think Ryan and the boys enjoyed our baking date just as much as we did as they ate most of the cookies 🙂

Photos: Grow Lovely

34!

posted on: January 8, 2017

Langham Pasadena

Staycation at The Langham Pasadena

Today I turned 34, and it feels pretty good. I’ve always been a “middle-aged soul”. I remember being in junior high sitting on my porch, listening to Phantom of the Opera, thinking I can’t wait to be a “grown-up”. I was pretty nerdy growing up (looking back I’m so glad I was). Now being in my mid-thirties I guess you’d consider me a “grown-up”. I have a family I adore and a job I love. Life is FAR from perfect, but I always try to focus on the good and appreciate the positive in my life. 
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Beach Camping Trip in San Clemente

posted on: July 26, 2016

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If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram, you may have seen a glimpse of my family camping trip to The Holidays in San Clemente a couple weeks back! Last year I spotted these super-cute, retro trailers on Instagram and was determined to book all 4 of them for a fun getaway. These babies are so popular that we had to book them exactly six months prior to our trip at the precise time they opened up for reservations to ensure we could snag them all. 
 
The Holidays camping community was everything it advertised and so much more! Andy greeted us upon our arrival, toured us around, and even helped us unload our cars. In addition to being totally adorable, the trailers were stocked with all the essentials and the community had everything from outdoor games to s’more sticks, which all got a lot of use! Did I mention the killer location?  The community is on a bluff over San Clemente State Beach, with a convenient little trail which leads straight to the beautiful beach – which served as my only workouts for the weekend. 
 
We spent hours at the beach and in the sun around camp each day, so being the skin-obsessed Derm PA and Mom that I am, I was so thankful to have SwimZip swimsuits for the kids for the extra sun protection they really needed. Their tops are comfortable and easy to zip on and off, which makes my life so much easier since I don’t have to squeeze my squirmy kids into something uncomfortable after already lathering with sunscreen for minutes. 
 
I was also introduced to the brand Of One Sea that has the cutest kids stuff perfect for our beach weekend and they were kind enough to send over some awesome matching boardies and tees for my boys, and the sweetest kimono ever that Elle wore all weekend! No joke, I was stopped about 5 times from people asking where she got it. Drew also loved his Of One Sea poncho, which he wore while cruising the beach and campsite once he was over the sun. The kids loved them and so did I, so it was a win!
 
I will cherish those beach days forever… watching Dane playing in the sand (and sometimes eating it too) and seeing my older ones, Elle and Drew, run up and down in the surf for hours and building sand castles together are memories that I love to make with my family. By the end of the day, we were all ready for some good grub, a warm campfire, and of course, s’mores! While the guys enjoyed some cold Pizza Port Brewing Company beers from a local San Clemente brewery, the ladies in my family cooked up some cast-iron dishes to go along with them. It was fun to check-out a company local to where were staying and try something new.
 
I should mention that I don’t believe in camping without s’mores, and I don’t think anyone else should either. Our s’more game was really stepped up this trip thanks to Nineteen27 S’mores. They sent over some of their convenient s’mores kits in a couple different flavors and everyone in my family is now obsessed! I think the Raspberry was my favorite… I was skeptical at first since the tried-and-true s’more is so darn good, but the fluffy raspberry marshmallow between the homemade grahams mixed with the milk chocolate was a game changer! I need to have these stocked from now on!
 
Being a working mom with a busy schedule, I value the time I am able to spend with my family and hope my kids will have fond memories of trips like this, just like I do. I grew up taking trips with my parents, siblings, and cousins, just like this one, as a kid and we still tell stories of those fun times 20+ years later. In sum, this trip was trip was more than I could have asked for and knowing that my family enjoyed it just as much, if not more than I did, was the icing on the cake. 
 
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Cute Cover-Ups

posted on: June 2, 2015

I can’t believe it is already June! Whether it’s a trip to the beach or hanging around the backyard a cute cover-up is a must. Even if you re-apply sunscreens frequently they only provide so much protection. Throwing on a cute cover up is an easy way to get that extra sun protection your skin needs.

Here are my picks for cover-ups that in addition to Sunscreen, can help block UV rays.

Cute Sun Safe Cover-ups

1. California Dreamin’ Poncho by SPF Addict

I love the versatility of this poncho-it can be worn over your swimsuit, but I would also throw it on after yoga/barre class. Looks soft! has UPF 50+

2. Sungoddess Long Sleeve Rashguard by Swim Zip

My daughter has an adorable swim zip suit already, so it’s time I get one! I like the sporty look to this rash guard, and it has thumb holes which will ensure that the top on my hands and wrists are protected with the 50+ UPF fabric.

3. Tie Die Sleeveless Rash Guard by J.Crew

Beyond the awesome tie-dye print, I chose this as one of my picks because the cut of this top is great for women who want extra coverage for the dĂ©colletage (or help keeping your chi-chi’s strapped in) I would wear this on my morning walk too! Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV protectant.

4. ZnO Poolside Cover-Up Hoodie by Coolibar

This cover-up comes in 7 colors! The pockets could easily fit my cell phone and the hood is cute. This cover-up also has 50+ UPF in the bamboo/spandex blend

5. Bella Top by Sundriven

What caught my eye about this top is the surprise twist on the back! The right amount of flirt. Then I read that Sundriven is a brand endorsed by The Skin Cancer Foundation, and is handmade with UV protection fabric in Los Angeles! Local!

6. Gold Rio Flowing Cover Top  by Cabana Life

Loose and breezy, embellished with gold trim, I love this tunic. I would even throw some wedges on with this for dinner al fresco

7. NYC Bond Girl by Glamourpuss

Another sporty choice in Lycra, the colors are so bright, why holdback the boldness-it is summertime! I like how you can cinch the length-wearing it as a top, or loosening the strings as a dress. Versatile!

8. Razorback long dress by Cover

Crew neck cut and razorback showcases the shoulders and also covers the décolletage. Love the wavy print and length. Certified UPF 50+

9. Hooded Cover-Up by MOTT

Super cute striped cover up that you can transition to dinner or drinks. Or throw over jeans, leggings too…

10. Joan Ribbed Cardigan by MOTT

This can be worn multiple ways-the length of the cardigan allows it to be tied in front, or wrapped and tied behind you, or left open…what makes this different than any other cardigan is the UPF 50+ protection AND the thumb holes, so the tops of your hands are covered (where most people forget to realize can get wrinkled/sunspotty)

The Best Summer Hats: PA picks

posted on: May 27, 2015

Sunhats

 

Yes I love jewelry…purses are nice too…but my favorite accessory is a lovely, wide-brimmed hat! It can make me feel a little like Carmen San Diego, but what makes me love wearing hats the most is the added sun protection for my face, scalp and dĂ©colletage.

Below are a few of my favorite styles. Of course a baseball cap is better than nothing, but the bigger the brim, the better the skin!

 

#1 ASOS COLLECTION

Oversized Straw Hat in Color Block

Neutral colors that can go with anything…and straw you can wipe clean? Perfect around my kiddos

#2 CHRISTY’S

Florence Wide Brim Straw Hat

This London company has been making hats since 1773, so they must be doing something right! I love the texture of the straw, looks sturdy.

#3 JANESSA LEONE

Gloria Hat

Ever since Jessica Alba was caught wearing this hat, it has been hard to track down. You can find other Janessa Leone hats on Nordstroms.com, I particularly like this style because it has a nice feminine touch to a usually masculine Panama style

#4 SEAFOLLY

Summertime Hat

Top off your outfit with a punch of Indigo-this hat is made in Australia by Seafolly, a company which has made summer the epicenter of their image since 1975.

#5 RIVER ISLAND

Black Straw Oversized Hat

Detail. DETAIL! I love the chain tassel and the pattern on the brim.

#6 BRIXTON

Shooter Hat

For those who like a more structured brim, this hat by Brixton is a cool choice. Comes in different sizes, unisex.

#7 ASOS COLLECTION

Straw Floppy Hat in Color Block

Another hat by ASOS, this one is particularly fabulous because the colors would be great to wear during my family 4th of July celebration in Newport. Enough red white and blue to feel patriotic, but  the colors are subtle enough that the hat can be worn year round. The brim size is dreamy!

#8 CATARZI

Wide Brim Fedora

Absolute classic. Catarzi is an Italian-Based hat company that has ben a family run operation since 1910. I am a big fan of established companies that are known for their craftsmanship

 

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My Hat: Anthropologie. Found HERE

White Coat Wednesday: What I am Wearing

posted on: May 20, 2015

Medelita White Lab Coat Physician Assistant

The medical white coat has a lot of history behind it. Physicians adopted the white coat from scientists to emphasize the transition to the more scientific, modern medicine approach from the quackery of 19th century medicine. The modern white coat was also introduced as a symbol of cleanliness. Depending on the facility/speciality you encounter you may find your provider wearing scrubs, a white coat, business attire or flip-flops and shorts like one OB/GYN I rotated with (delivering babies=messy. so… no thanks). I choose to wear business attire and my white coat about 80% of the time. The other 20% you’ll find me in scrubs depending on what procedures I’m preforming that day.

This is the latest M3 Etsie lab coat from Medelita. I seriously cannot get enough of their lab coats, I have more than I can count. And the material is so soft and the fit is impeccable. As a medical professionally you work YEARS/DECADES to get to the point of privileged of wearing a white coat so why not splurge and get a nice one?

Dress: Maggy London (0ld) Similar: HERE

I was interviewed by Stena Chang from Medelita, learn more about me by clicking here!