• Look for Less

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    A few weeks ago I did a more casual look for less featuring sweats. I love this look because it’s fun to see how easy it actually is to dress sweats up. Pick a top that is made of a dressier fabric like silk, and add a simple necklace and some pumps and you’ve got it! Even her hair style is simple here. A great look for fall! Do you like to dress your sweats up or down?

    The Look: J.Crew
    For Less: blouse | necklace | pants | pumps

      
  • Apple Fritter Bites

    By food contributor Brittany

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    September is here and in my mind I instantly think about apples and baking.  You might remember these apple cider donuts from last year that I made, and I wanted to go in that same route but with something a little simpler.  If you’re feeling like donuts but don’t feel like doing all the work, fritters are the way to go! This recipe requires little effort and you can whip these up in 30 minutes with prep time.  Perfect for a yummy breakfast or an sweet afternoon snack.
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    keep reading for the recipe…

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  • Making Personalized School Labels + Book Bag

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    There are so many more things to keep track of for a little one starting school. Things get forgotten, left behind, and end up in the lost and found all the time. Today I teamed up with Makr to make some personalized labels for Henry’s back to school supplies and a personalized tote to carry library books in (he’ll tell you that ‘library’ is his favorite subject at school). Makr just launched an iPhone app in addition to their iPad version so you can design and create things like tees, totes, tattoos directly from your phone.

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    Keep reading to see how we created our back to school projects…

    Photography and styling by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Sara Albers

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  • Weekend Roundup

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    It’s good to be back after a long weekend. I’m mourning our last taste of summer, but maybe more excited about what’s coming up. Happy to see September here! I love this time of year. Lots of fun projects in the works! One thing I’ve been happy about is that my workspace is coming together, which feels so great. I have a place to display all my styling props and a pretty corner desk space. We also have a large table for my project assistant Sara and (soon to be) holiday intern to work together on. I’ll have to share a full tour sometime soon. Yeah for an inspiring place to work! Hope you’re up to something fun (like maybe one last ride on the giant swings or some back to school apple cookies we made last year?), here are some links to explore:

    Adorable DIY alphabet magnets

    Found the perfect jumpsuit

    Proof that diaper bags don’t have to be an eye sore

    The prettiest new blue wallet of mine

    Definitely into this fall trend!

    Love the industrial look of this DIY wire hamper

    An obsession with pretty floors

    Peaches are the farm stand star right now. Made this peach cobbler last night: to die for!

    Next time, I need to try these grilled peaches

    A collection of the funniest comments from recipe blogs. Hilarious!

    What a great fall coat!

    Great post on making an art gallery wall at home

    An app that wakes you up with a call from a stranger?!?

    The sweetest baby bonnets in the best patterns

    A cute, prickly kids craft

    Suede boots I’m obsessed with

    Also,  designer hacks: slate message board and pom pom pillow

      
  • 10 Fall Favorites under $40

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    Doing this fab finds roundup actually made me giddy to get out and do some fall shopping! Earth tones, check! Sweaters, check! Boots, check! Happy shopping!

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  • Tree Swinging in the Redwood Grove

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    One of our favorite things to do in the evening after dinner and before bedtime is tree swinging in the Redwood Grove in Golden Gate Park across from where we live. This started after Jared took some tree climbing lessons a couple years ago (he’s been rock climbing for a long time too) and has become a regular tradition with friends and family. We found a beautiful spot in the Redwood Grove over a small hill that’s been so perfect that we haven’t found the need to set it up anywhere else.treeswinging19

    treeswinging22It’s very portable, it’s all packed into a backpack for easy transport- we really could set it up anywhere! Often on camping trips and family road trips we take our tree climbing backpack along just in case we find a spot that’s perfect to set it up.  It’s a fun way to get Henry’s wiggles out before bed and is always exhilarating to watch. Sure beats the regular old playground structures. Every time we set it up it  draws a delighted crowd of all ages.

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    Here are some photos of how we do it!

    Photography by Liz Stanley

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  • A Registry List for Baby Number 2

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    I remember distinctly a couple years ago sitting down and sorting through Henry’s old baby clothes trying to decide what was really special enough to keep with the little storage we had. This was done with the heavy realization that all of this keeping around might be for nothing, as we were at the height of our years of struggle with secondary infertility. I had bins and bins of clothes and baby gear from his infancy, but when sorting through them most were stained, too worn, or really out of date. It was tearful to go through all these clothes, bringing back sweet memories of our baby boy but also the painful reality that we might not be able to have another. I wasn’t able to let go of much at that time. Most went right back into the closet.

    Fast forward to a year or so later: Finally being pregnant again and having made it through the first and second trimester, I pulled those boxes out and approached it with a more pragmatic eye. Most of the clothes were either too masculine or too worn/stained. Most toys were either small and cheap or old enough that they were tossed. We still had some big pieces of gear like the breast pump, lounge seat, stroller, etc. Besides that though, I had a lot of shopping to do for baby number two…

    One of my very favorite photographers and a dear friend, Rachel Thurston, spent the good part of the day with us a few weeks back before she packed up her sweet LA based family and moved to Kauai. We just got the images back and I’m excited to share them with you bit by bit here on Say Yes. Above is one of my favorites. 

     

    This post is sponsored by Target. The adventure begins here: Discover all Target has to offer for your baby registry and throughout your motherhood journey.

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  • Fall Favorites: Jackets and Coats

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    I love buying a new coat or jacket for the season. It’s such a rewarding purchase that instantly makes all your clothes feel hip and cool again. Growing up in Idaho has made me a layers girl through and through and I’m so excited about the jackets that are in this year (particularly the “robe” style jacket like you see above). Check out four of my favorite jacket and coat styles for fall below!

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  • Baby Wearing Adventures: Morning Walk in Muir Woods

    This post is part of a series on Baby Wearing Adventures in and around San Francisco. It’s in collaboration with Ergobaby and Orbit. Find more of our adventures right here.

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    About 30 minutes across Golden Gate bridge and winding down deep into the forest towards the ocean is a beautiful Redwood Grove called Muir Woods. I think it’s pretty safe to say I’m obsessed with these giant trees, if you remember.  This grove gets overrun with tourists during midday but if you hit it right in the morning or right before sundown, it’s a really beautiful, peaceful, magical place to wander and explore. In this baby wearing adventure Henry, Edie and I spent a quiet morning there a couple weeks ago. Here are a few pictures capturing it.

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    This time we tried Edie in the back carry position in our Ergo 360 Four Position Carrier. It was one of my first times trying it and it’s pretty life changing: free hands +free front for cleaning, cooking, carrying other things!

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    Miss Edie Jean. She speaks for the trees, “Dadada da da”

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    Keep reading to see more photos from the morning and the best baby car seat invention…

    Photography by fabulous North bay based photographer Lorena Fernandez.

    More baby wearing adventures with Ergobaby you may have missed: Stow Lake The Academy of Science and Favorite San Francisco Cafes

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  • My sister, My sidekick

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    Happy September!  I thought it would be fun to celebrate sister relationships with a new series here interviewing some close sisters and find out what they love about each other, hear their favorite memories (and fights!) growing up and how their relationship has changed over time with boys, careers, moves, self discovery, kids, etc. All that good life stuff that changes you for good.
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    To kick things off I thought we’d start with two of my sweet sisters: Becca and Katrina. These two at the caboose were always the closest. I’ve always admired their relationship and am excited to give you a peek into it today.
    First, some quick intros:
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    This is Becca. She’s the older by two years and has so many interests I can’t even keep track of them. She’s a talented illustrator, an avid reader, runner/biker/climber and has a keen interest in international issues from her majors of Middle Eastern studies, Arabic, and her time living in Egypt. She drew and painted the logo you see for Say Yes and has worked on a bunch of illustration projects here as well. She’s one of the most well read, well rounded, and kindest people I know.
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    This is Trina. She lived with us two summers ago and Henry still talks about her all the time.  She has this crazy magnetic, warm, fun loving personality alongside a deep artistic and musical side. She’s a talented graphic designer starting a competitive MFA program this fall. When she’s not studying, she works at a fine art museum by day and sings in not one but two punk bands at night (Baby Ghosts and Bat Manors). She and her husband Quinn recently built this little old amazing treehouse in their yard.

     

    Keep reading to find out how they’d describe each other’s style, favorite childhood memories, what they fight about, and much more…

     

    PS My three sisters and I used to have an ongoing fashion series here called Sister Style, if you remember. Also, here’s one of my favorite pictures of my three sisters and I when we vacationed in North Carolina together last year.

     

    Photography by Utah based photography Ashley Thalman for Say Yes. Thanks to Becca and Katrina for letting us follow them around and pepper them with fun questions.
      

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