// 1.  White pj set // 2. Christmas pjs // 3. Baby hat // Bow and arrow set (not pictured) // 4. Mouse in a Book // 5. Slippers// 6. Girls make-up

7. Dino Puzzle ///8.  Baby sweater // 9.  Mini Coaster // 10. Micro Kickboard Scooter



Some years, we go super practical and get the kids ski gear or duffle coats for Christmas. This year, were doing a little of both! No shame in that right? Of course we get the girly make up and Legos (the latter much to my chagrin). I also love a bow and arrow set for the bows – see here. Also, I gathered more coats below. And these duffles are 30% off!

Happy Shopping!


Being a mom of 5, I like to keep it simple. Here’ s my over simplified edit of what I really wore the 9 mos and that I would recommend!
3. $10 Deep scoop neck tank (I love these for layering)
7. Dockatot Read my review here!
8. Bugaboo Fox Stroller gorgeous and functional

10. Jeans (I’d wear them with this a wrap or a kimono) See more favorites below!

Favorite Belly oil, Shea Butter, Belly Mask and Nursing Vitamins
I haven’t used the Wubbanub but reviews from family and friend say its 4 star, so it made the edit!
4. Leopard Skinny Belt also how cute is this LeopardSweater?
5. $60 CapeScarf. Ten dollars off the limit here but worth a click and styled with booties!
7. Mom’s Survival Pack(know of a new mom? Here’s the perfect gift!)
I have included a Holiday Gift Guide tab on my blog, be sure to check it out!
Looking for ideas on what to give your mom, your sister, your roommate, your girlfriend? Here it is! I must admit I already ordered some of these for myself. I love the necklace, the mug, the scarf, and I’m still eying the Anine Bing tee. After all, hubby says its easier if I just order what I want so I’m really just doing him a favor. Anyone else buy their own gifts? Items sell out fast so shop early!
Let me know what is your favorite!

Airport Style

by Shalice Noel
1. Tee
3. Cardigan (this cardi is like a hug)

4. Summer Fridays Mask

5. Joggers (I wore a small)

Whether you’re heading East or West Home, or staying in, you won’t be able to pass up these tried and true basics that work for airport style or pancake duty. I used these sunglasses while we were traveling since they actually stayed on my head during airport security with 7 people! I also love this face spray that comes in a travel friendly size to lock in the moisture. To fight dehydration, using a maskduring the flight is a must. As for luggage, we had the boys share a carryon bag from AWAY and the girls shared a carryon AWAY bag. This eliminated too many bags and avoided silly bag fees. More gift guides to prepare you for the holidays and forthcoming info on our family in Kauai. Stay tuned!

I’m the last minute lazy Susan when it comes to cool hot gifts. This time of year has a way of overwhelming me and at the same time craving for some off-the-grid cabin time with my family. More on that later. Meanwhile, below are some things I’m genuinely wanting (or already purchase for myself haha) and that you can get and gift. Whether your friend or sister is a traveler, fashionista, homebody or beauty junkie, there is something for everyone. And who doesn’t want sweet dreams on a silk pillowcase?

1. WEEKENDER BAG This bag looks leather but its vegan! Amazing.


2. HAT This shape of hat is super flattering and great for days you don’t wash your hair. 


3. SILK PILLOWCASE I’m on day 2, and my kids already tried to steal it. It’s the little luxuries in life right?


4. BRONZER in “laguna.” I use this for SoCal winters when I’m not as tan. Also a make up artist told me to use it on my eyelids like eye shadow. Love!


5. MUG Every year Anthropologie comes out with another adorable mug, I usually buy one for myself and one for a friend. They make  mornings better.


6. ROBE in grey. Any robe in the softest material is a win. Need I say more?


7. YOUTH OIL, smells and feels amazing, need any further convincing? Just try it out yourself and see



8. COZY SOCKS in grey polka dot. I wear these around the house. Tip, exfoliate your fee than put on foot lotion and these socks. It’s like a mini spa treatment for your hardest working feet. 


 Since moving away from family in Chicago, gifts, letters and cards mean SO much more. Even though its an effort and labor and love, it is a labor worth laboring over. I’m trying to teach my kids the importance of this too. Below are some gifts I’m giving (and getting) that are worth your time.
Believe it or not, its 74 days till Christmas! Before you freak out, take a cue from the experts, and shop a gift for mom, your sisters and your coworkers now. These flats go great with these jeans, boots with faux leather leggings and this bag with a fuzzy sweater. I LOVE fall layering and these are great accessories to embellish.
Happy Thursday!



silk trench – an everyday must have. I wore one all week in Chicago plus a couple layers, and minus a couple temps. Bonus: its super chic. Here’s a $69 version.


Every girlfriend and mom friend I know is complaining about not having enough summer tops. Enter the cute ever versatile white ruffle top. The cost per wear is impressive, and especially stunning with a tan.


Two words:  so stunning.


Scarves aren’t just for the french. Add it to a white tee and jeans for that pulled together I just left the left bank kinda look.


a good TEE is hard to find, enter this one by FRAME. You’re welcome.


A good smelling candle sets the mood is makes a house or bedroom feel warm and inviting.


A baby Chanel is on everyone’s list. Pat yourself on your back men if you’re planning on getting this for your wife.


Gray sneakers FTW! These are super super cute, get them before they sell out!


Get mom some new sunnies. These are a versatile fit.

1. CLASSIC SOREL – perfect for 4 days in a cabin in BIG BEAR. I also have these. 2. POMPOM so cheap and makes a great gift! Love it on my black weekender.

3. KNIT HAT so cute with a puffer vest and blue or black jeans. 4. FAUX FUR THROW perfect for your couch or the end of the bed. So SOFT!

5. VEST This chestnut fur looks so good with black. I got a 6US (fits like a 2/4) I also love this coat  6. SLIPPER perfect for chilly mornings! 7. FUR SLIDES I can these my ‘house shoes, ‘ a comfy upgrade that’s cute.

Some of these picks are well under 100, even $50, and I must admit I want them all. Happy Friday XO