• Weekend Roundup

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    This afternoon I’m headed to a wellness retreat weekend hosted by Target and a few Made to Matter brands I love:  Soma, Suja and Olly. I’ve been consulting with them in putting this event together for a small group of influencers and am so excited to see it all come to fruition! It’s right over the bridge in Sausalito and we’re starting it off with massages and an outdoor dinner tonight by the event planner behind Outstanding in the Field. Not a bad start! I’m excited. Also, Jared is celebrating a birthday on Sunday so I’ll by hurrying home after the event to make his favorite key lime pie. Hope you’re up to something fun, have a great one!

    We’re having a great instagram giveaway with Sonnet James and there will be three winners! Head on over to my instagram post to enter (ends tonight at 10pm PST!)

    Marbleizing ribbon! Such a fun project to try

    This whole collection is perfect

    Toasted marshmallow macaron sandwiches. Woah.

    I’m crushing on these wedge sandals for summer 

    These slip on sandals are awesome too

    This amazing striped dress looks so comfy (image above)

    What you learn in your 40s (great advice for any age)

    Love these indigo dip dyed business cards 

    These funfetti cookies look so good

    Gorgeous half dipped DIY alphabet magnets

    Found the perfect loafers. Done. Mother’s Day gift to myself?

    Salted chocolate chunk cookies. Yum!

      
  • 10 Fab finds under $40

    By fashion editor Ashley

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    With mothers day around the corner I give you permission to snag yourself something this weekend. Happy weekend, happy shopping!

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  • Sites and Bites: Alamo Square + 4505 BBQ

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    We have a new Sites and Bites today! I know, it’s been forever. This is a series I started several years ago where we explore San Francisco neighborhoods. We pick a cool place to check out- a store, museum, some sightseeing spot, and then a nearby spot to grab a bite to eat. Taste Buds and Ford teamed up to start a great new travel series on YouTube, and the latest one is right here about San Francisco (my friend Erica from WTF joins them as well). Today I’m helping to spread the word about their new series by sharing a couple of my favorite spots in the Alamo Square neighborhood. It’s a neighborhood we lived in when we first moved here, and it’s totally blown up in the foodie scene since. We’re hitting up the iconic Alamo Square park with the row of Painted Ladies Victorian homes that has become so quintessential San Francisco. Then we’re walking just two blocks away to an amazingly delicious BBQ joint, 4505 Burgers & BBQ.

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    Keep reading for more about our Sites and Bites outing and check out the Taste Buds episode below…

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  • Look for Less

    By fashion editor Ashley

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    If you are thinking about trying a new trend (like a jumpsuit!) a little tip is finding an inexpensive option from H&M or Forever 21. That way if you don’t end up loving it then you are only out $20-$30. And if you DO love it then you can look into investing in a nicer piece.

    The look: J.Crew
    For less: jacket // jumpsuit // earrings // shoes

      
  • Spring Trend to Try: Classic Boyfriend

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    I’m sharing another favorite spring trend to try today with Zappos. A couple weeks ago I shared an edgy feminine look (pink hair!) and today I’m sharing a classic boyfriend look. Such a comfortable, cool look. These vintage Levi’s totally remind me of the pair I used to wear of my dad’s growing up, just tailored a bit more. Keep reading for more details and photos…

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  • A Water Challenge

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    A couple of weeks ago I talked about how I did my first juice cleanse, and what an awesome experience I had. I had so much more energy, and felt alert and headache free (sometimes I get headaches in the evenings). Since then, I’ve been trying to pick apart my diet to figure out how I can have that kind of energy all the time, without constantly being on a juice cleanse. When my friends at Soma approached me about trying one of their brand new, gorgeous water pitcher filters, I thought it would be a great chance to challenge myself with something I knew I needed to be better at: drinking more water.

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  • My sister My sidekick: Remi and Whitney

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    I’m so excited to feature two creative and fun loving sisters today, Whitney and Remi. Whitney is the designer behind Sonnet James, playful dresses for playful moms. And Remi is the photographer for the brand. They even have their sister in law, Jen, involved as model and head of customer service (talk about keeping it all in the family). Whitney and Remi grew up in Arizona and have had adventures that have taken them all over the globe.

    Keep reading to hear about who was the “mean” sister growing up and how they get along now…

    Photography by Ashley Thalman. Produced by Ashley Aikele. Stay tuned for a Sonnet James giveaway on my Instagram this week!

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  • Weekend Roundup

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    Up to anything fun this weekend? The weather is starting to get really nice here, and quite warm out of the city so we are headed up to swim this afternoon at a friend’s home, and then continue on to Tahoe for one last ski weekend and to collect our ski gear from the cabin we rented this season. I’m also bringing our frame infant backpack to take Edie on a hike and hoping to dip my toes into a river. Any recommendations in the Tahoe area? Hope you’re up to something fun, here are some links to explore:

    Love this little duck swimsuit at Baby Gap. Ordered one for Edie!

    How do you know you’re ready to have a baby? Love all these stories

    Love this classic black dress, brown hat look (image above)

    Love this article about decluttering (and I just started the book written about it)

    A colored pencil fence I spotted in Japan I can’t stop thinking about

    This would be an amazing nursing top (and on sale!)

    Love this post about embracing living alone

    Roasted strawberries and dumpling skillet cake. On the list this week!

    Time’s 100 most Influential People. So interesting to read

    Soap tablets? Brilliant, and of course, they’re Japanese

    Wow. Are pain killers numbing your feelings too? All these articles lately on this are so interesting

    Love this maxi dress for summer (only $42)

    15 awesome indoor plants (we love our fiddle fig and money trees)

     

      
  • 10 Fab finds under $40

    By fashion editor Ashley

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    I love the look of soft patterns mixed with with soft neutrals for spring. Bring on the warm weather. Happy weekend. Happy shopping!

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  • Japan with Henry: Embracing Culture Shock

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    A couple weeks ago Henry and I took a 10 day trip to Japan to visit my parents who are doing some attorney work over there in Tokyo for our church. They’re only living there for another 6 months so we wanted to plan a trip to visit them while we could. Originally Jared and Edie were coming with us but work got so busy for Jared he felt like he couldn’t leave and so we came up with a plan to have him and Edie stay here and use our nanny and Jared’s mom to help with Edie during the day. That whole situation was pretty stressful and sad to not have them with us, but we made it work. I was excited to experience Japan with Henry. He’s at an age where he’s really interested in other cultures and open to different experiences. I wanted him to get of sense of what life would be like if he were a 7 yr old living in Japan and have some serious culture shock.

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    My parents live in a tiny Tokyo apartment and when we originally were going to travel as a family of four, it was going to feel too crowded there (especially with Jared needing to work a lot at night during USA hours). Hotels in Tokyo are crazy expensive, even tinier than my parents apartment, and often very westernized. I really wanted to experience Japan the way a local family would experience it, at least as much as we could as foreign tourists. The more culture shock the better! I worked with my friends at Airbnb to reserve two different apartments in my parents neighborhood for us to stay. I wanted to get an idea of what it would be like to live as a family in a Tokyo apartment, and not just a visiting tourist in a huge hotel. Oh, and I was reeeaaally interested in the robot toilets.  More about our stay in the two Tokyo apartments and other culture shock experiences (and stay tuned for our full Japan itinerary next week!)…

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