fashion

bonkers for bonnets!

November 24, 2015

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i know. i know.

{head hanging in shame}

i’m officially that mother i’ve mocked for all of my life.

and my little person is suffering the consequences of my blatant hypocrisy.

although, from the way she juts that chin of hers, so sovereign and splendid—all self-derived of course: the climate of orange county entitlement seeping into their pores starting at birth, she’s just as depraved as i am when it comes to our love for bonnets; beaufort bonnets in particular.

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introduced to the beaufort company by my friend alexei, i swooned for smelling salts at first glance of these sweet vintage caps.

i proceeded to spend sutton’s first year’s tuition to vassar on their website.

community college it is!

{let’s be honest though, sutton’s favorite toys are tupperware and tissue paper….vassar won’t even be opening up her application letter.}

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hatched out of south carolina low-country, the beaufort bonnet stems from an heirloom, baby bonnet pattern handed down through generations of sweet babes.

they are even prettier in person, very durable, and wash up beautifully-i throw them in the my washing machine and hang them to dry.

and not just confined to headwear, the beaufort company makes gorgeous apparel for boys and girls as well.

sutton was soon clad in their rompers and bloomers, and looking for an invite to the nearest afternoon tea, high-society charity event, or fundraiser for the league of women voters.

she settled for sidecar donuts.

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the child will not stand for a bow, nor a headband, but throw a bonnet atop her head, and voila: she’s a jane austen, reciting-fool {!}—-all, afternoon, long.

 {always insisting on the “emma” role and castigating mommy to the unclever, without beauty character of “miss bates;” she scurries around playtime, bonnet bedecked, matchmaking her tissue paper and tupperware tops.}

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i’m honored and thrilled to announce i will be hosting a trunk show for the beaufort company in early february.

if you are interested in attending please leave me your information in the comments below so i can send you an invitation.

they offer both boys and girls garments, unisex and are great baby gifts.

NO pressure to purchase!

stay connected on instagram and facebook for updates.

photos: taylor cole

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it’s friday i’m in love

August 21, 2015

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friday-i whip-my-hair-back-and-forth-to you m’loves!

summer is winding down, and i feel like i’m just getting my toes sandy.

last night i asked hunkiest if we should plan a summer vacation.

you’d think i’d had offered him to smoke crack.

apparently we’re not taking a summer vacaction….and i guess i can kiss that date night with the crack pipe goodbye.

in the meantime, here are a few things tickling my friday fancy:

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i’m loving laura mcbride’s novel: “we are called to rise,” another great recommendation from my friend, mrs. burns.

this one is brutal.

my cheek has a permanent palm print from the incessant, emotional whacks this novel delivers; starting at page one.

i’ll admit i’m a teeny bit afraid of the direction this story is going toward, it may not be for everyone, including myself, but so far, it’s THAT good- i can’t put it down.

my therapist….ok AND my pharmacist, are both on speed dial just in case.

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 so who wants to make this pretzel ice cream cake for me?

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will somebody please go get this sweet baby girl?

and once i have my farm, i have found our next dog{s}.

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i lived in this blue maxi, shopbop dress during my pregnancy.

i’m still wearing it this summer.

it and a few other summer dresses i love just went on sale.

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 i’m digging this article on small ways to pay it forward….

remember to keep it anonymous folks!

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and finally, a friday jam.

it’s an oldie, but i brought this one back in my classes this week.

peeps seemed to dig it.

how are you planning to ROCK your weekend m’loves?

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girl crush: alexis schulze

August 20, 2015

thursday happy to you m’loves!

it’s girl-crush time.

you know all of those nektar juices you’re addicted to?

well today we have the {beautiful} face behind the nektar craze.

alexis schulze, co-creator with her husband steve, of nektar juice, a company just named one of the top 5000 fastest growing in america, graciously took the time to stop by GNI, to let us crush on her.

sweet as pie, and as pretty as its peach filling, alexis is never without a smile or a friendly “hello.

even before i had met her {i of course knew who she was–she’s LIKE totally famous}–she was always so nice to me and welcoming.

let’s get to know this lovely lady:

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alexis, tell us a bit about yourself and how you manage this full life of yours {married to steve, {2} boys, + your juice empire.} 

i think of myself as that girl in the circus balancing on a ball. she might look like she has it all together, but inside she’s freaking out! i juggle a business {i was always a teacher,} a typical busy, family life, and try to maintain my obsession with working out. my passion besides all of this is probably food. i love food…..

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 name 5 bottom-of -the-jar products?

 for my face- arcona has a great line that i have been using on my sensitive, 41-year-old skin for probably 9 years now. my staples are magic white ice, a moisturizer, the solution– a nighttime repairing serum, and the vitamin A complex-a retinol formula for firming and clarity. my newest find is a natural deodorant that {so far} seems to be top notch- nourish organics {berry and fig smell yummy} and their argan butter- which is a mix of argan oil and shea butter, so it’s like butter cream on my dry sensitive skin! and not quite as hippie dippie is my oribe foundation mist. that stuff can fix my post-workout pony tail line that has ruined me for decades…always an obvious tell that i didn’t wash my hair…… UNTIL NOW!! {insert evil laugh here.}

style

who is your style icon and why?

i have to say jessica alba- she’s sexy and classy, and she’s just gorgeous!

molly sims is another one.

i think i am drawn to how real they are; they seem like peeps i would hang out with.

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what is your summer fashion, must-have item?

i am queen of the ROMPER! less thinking about what goes with what; throw it on with a great shoe and some fun jewelry! voila! even i can look put together that way!

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smell

what is your favorite smell?

cookies baking in the oven and my boys fresh from the shower!

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how do you define luxury?

an incredible bottle of wine, sitting outside somewhere beautiful.

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what’s the last book you read and loved?

the nightingale was one that stuck with me.

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what are your vices?

wine, cheese, more wine! not so original in that one!

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finish the sentence….i can never leave the house without:

clothes? haha! ok, seriously….. probably a pedicure.

what advice would you give your 25-year-old self?

stop being so critical and don’t compare yourself to anyone else, just own what you have.

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what does your ideal 2 weeks off look like?

a perfect mix of exploration and relaxation. traveling somewhere i have not been, and adding a little adventure, some sightseeing and a lot of food and wine!

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give me your 5 deserted island items….people and things? 

is it bad to NOT bring my kids? i mean, kinda selfish, but i would want them..although i know they would whine the whole time killing my relaxing vibe. so maybe not! being politically correct i should say my husband, but he’s not very handy, and i think charlie hunnam seems to me like he could build us a house and whatever else i needed. a coco jack– that way i could drink a lot of coconut water and stay hydrated. a phone to call my kids and husband {just to check in because i wouldn’t actually want to leave charlie all alone,} a kindle to read {assuming i had a lot of books already downloaded,} and a good pair of shoes for hiking.

what is your idea of perfect happiness?

i think i just described it above….:)

ok really. finding balance, real and honest friendships, and the ability to spend quality time with those i love. oh and if cellulite didn’t exist!

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 family members excluded what is your most prized possession?

family excluded…..well, i am not really into things…i think as unglamorous as it sounds my night guard..keeps me from having migraines…and that is pretty prized.

 in what historical era would you most like to have lived?

i am fascinated by the WWII era, but i’m not sure i’d want to live then.

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 what are your favorite things about living in southern california?

the weather! growing up in arizona it’s really nice to not melt when you walk outside.

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 what are your least favorite things about southern california?

being far from family and how perfect everyone looks is…kinda hard on us perfectionist, aging women!

thank you alexis for letting us crush on you today, and giving us a glimpse into your life—you are sweet as nektar! 

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