My Summer “Wish List”

Let me get this out of the way, because I hate preachy posts that make me feel like I shouldn’t want stuff.  TRUST ME, I have a list three miles long of the things that I want, and NONE OF THEM are cheap.  So making you feel like I’m all altruistic and have sworn off shopping would be a MAJOR miscommunication.  However this post is not about stuff.  It’s my grown up summer wish list, which doesn’t have as nice a ring to it as the whole grown up Christmas list, I realize, but it’s not Christmas and I’m frickin hot.

My Summer Wish List*
(*does not include all the stuff I want, I’ll hit you up later Santa Claus.)

  1. Have Fun
    I love how as a grown up, I have to like, purpose to have fun.  What the literal heck, you guys???  As a kid, all you want is to be a grown up so you can do whatever you want whenever you wanna do it.  Then you become a grown up, and you realize you can basically never ever do what you want because you have kids, you’re not independently wealthy, and, oh yeah, there are other people in this world who need you to do stuff for them.  One of my goals for the summer is to have fun.  Both the kind of fun that involves me shopping by myself and the kind that involves doing family stuff with my husband and kids…and trying desperately to ENJOY it instead of stressing about the fact that the kids are TOUCHING EVERYTHING.  Wish me luck, people.
  2. Be Wise, But Worry Less
    I like to shop.  Every time I intentionally try to “spend less” I end up feeling restricted mostly due to how I was raised, and I end up impulse buying something just so that I don’t feel trapped.  Uhhh…that’s not wise.  I find that for me, when I intend to “be wise” with how I shop, it makes for healthy purchasing habits.  I buy the things I would be sad I missed out on if I was strictly just trying to save money…and I don’t buy the things I would have bought just to make myself feel better.  And the second half of this whole thing goes along with this.  Worry less…meaning, when I’m being wise with my purchases, I can stop worrying about spending needlessly.  I want to enjoy the all the fun I’m trying to let myself have after all, right??
  3. Give Myself A Break
    I put a tremendous amount of pressure on myself.  To lose weight, to keep the house clean, to get my kids in bed exactly at the same time every night…and inevitably something gets in the way of any number of the things I’m attempting to control…and then I feel like I failed.  So this summer, I’d like to give myself more rest time.  Time to read a book, time to not think about any of the things I “need” to do, and time to recharge.  I often fill up that time with other things, and then feel rather burnt out on life.  That’s no good for anyone.

This dress was kind of one of those “I’d have been bummed if I missed it” purchases.  I popped into New With Tags in Paso Robles and this Raga LA dress was just hanging there, staring me in the face.  It’s so lightweight and flowy and makes for one of those great summer outfits that makes you feel so dressed up without being hot and uncomfortable.  The choker is from Amanda of The Desert Mermaid and the bolo is from my good friend Jessica from Hillbillygypsyboots.  The lace bralette is from Urban Outfitters, but you can find these babies almost anywhere now including Target!

Whatever’s on your wish list for the summer, I wish you great luck getting it or getting it done!



Monday Mojo in the Heat!

Man it’s been HOT lately.  I mean, of course there are places in the world that are hotter.  But for me, past 75 degrees is just HOT.  I don’t really do all that great in the heat.  I get cranky, irritable, and sweat and sweat and sweat.  It’s not pretty.  I already run hot, so when the temperature goes up, I just get unpleasant to be around.  It’s so hard for me to find my mojo when it gets like this.  I stare at my closet and long for a cool breeze so that I can actually WEAR my clothes.  I can’t figure out what to put on that’s going to not make me feel all gross and sticky.

I’ve come to the conclusion that at times when it gets hot, more clothes are sometimes better than less…when they are the right fabrics of course.  You know, like it’s actually more comfortable to not be wearing mini shorts and have your legs sticking to your chair when you sit down??  You catch my drift!

I went into one of my favorite stores downtown SLO, H&G Boutique, because they are seriously amazing.  They carry a lot of really up and coming lines…lines that are really fresh and new.  I love how they really are unique and creative.  They even carry some lines like Pricklie Pear (made by one of the beautiful girls who works in the store!) and Inverness and Crane (also made by a girl who used to live in SLO).  This store is just awesome.  It feels original and different than your average boutique that just carries the same old lines.  The girls who work there are really intuitive when it comes to fashion and helping you find what you’re looking for.  I have been wanting these Raga LA pants for a while since I saw them a few times on Instagram and they look amazing.  I found the rest of this outfit in about two seconds flat because, well everything in the store could easily go in my closet!  And the girls helped me decide.  Plus, I love that this outfit is actually a dress and pants, so I can rewear it in a TON of different ways.


This is like SO my new favorite Monday Mojo outfit.  I guess for me, this amount of pattern and flowy fabric just makes me feel like a princess!  I love how the pants hang well but are still so lightweight so in the heat, I still feel dressy but so nice and cool.  The dress (Umgee USA) has these awesome slits in the sleeves that feel a bit 1800’s French court dressing for some reason.  But the shape of the dress is definitely 1960s and will be so fun with tall boots too.  Do you see this Pricklie Pear choker? I love this piece.  I’m not usually a choker person, but the neutral color of the leather really makes it so gorgeous and wearable to me.

I haven’t walked into a store and bought a complete outfit in a LONG time.  I honestly think that H&G is one of the few places I can actually do that really easily.  I feel like I am excited about the pieces that I find in there!

Ahhhhh hope you’re staying cool today.  Thanks to my new outfit I think I can brave the summer and maybe be a little less irritable… :)