how to tie a sarong that you haven’t tried before

my sister is crazy beautiful. i mean she was called “katie crawford” through the 90′s because, well she had the whole “oh this mole perfectly placed next to my lip” thing going on. today i am stealing her style. she wears sarongs all the time and as a woman who lives, literally, on the beach she knows a thing or two about beachwear. i never tried the sarong until we went to fiji  (and click here) and now i am completely hooked.

i love how easily the sarong can take you from laying by the pool to effortlessly covered up to grab lunch in a restaurant. i like sarongs the most for vacations at resorts. light and easy to pack, sooo versatile and can double as a towel in pinch without packing all the bulk.

How to tie a saronghere we have the halter dress, harem shorts and the side tie maxi dress. which is your fave?

how to tie the halter dress:

how to tie sarong into a dress


how to tie the harem shorts (my fave):

how to tie your sarong into harem shorts


how to tie a side tie maxi dress:

How to side tie a sarong


i found so many of these amazing looks online and a million more. the sarong is here to stay, even if it doesn’t make me look like a 90′s super model.


mama style… denim on denim my uniform

i went to a blogging conference this weekend with two brilliant and inspiring women, Lisa Leonard and Ashley Stock, and i am not just saying that. i tried to soak up every word they said and even more then that the feeling they emitted to everyone around them. they are warm and smart and creative all rolled up in these gorgeous packages.  luckily for me i got to spend three hours in the car with them AND spend the night all cozy like in a hotel (complete with CVS mumus, i will blog about these gems one day). You know Ashley is a dear friend of mine. She introduced me to Lisa and I was blown away by, not only her gorgeous hair and smile, but by her business savvy and creativity and most of all, her story. read more about lisa here and i dare you to not fall in love too. Shop her heart warming, perfect for every women jewelry and accessories here. i can’t wait to get my hands on her metal cake toppers.

and now my uniform. i have two of these shirts, one long sleeve, one short. i wear them at least three times a week and cannot wait to get the dress. i am loving the jeans because they are distressed and frayed in all the right places and the heels? i wore them all day no problem. comfy and perfectly casual with jeans.

and a note. i have been to enough conferences and events to know, the more you are yourself the more comfortable you will be. this was not a high fashion conference and i am representing myself and my brand. it would be silly and a misrepresentation of myself and this blog if i got all gussied up in some outfit that i spent too much on. this is just right… for me. i was so comfortable all day and felt completely like myself.

ashley and me at elevateshort sleeve chambray shirt $69 / distressed frayed jeans $128/ sandals block heels $119 / sunnies $145

all jewelry was stolen from my mom’s vintage collection;) thanks mama.

i can’t stop fridays… white tees

i am a white tee girl. always. i have a massive selection of white tees. right now these two are topping my list

my favorite tissue thin summer white tee


madewell $39my favorite summer white tee

top shop: tissue thin and perfect for summer and knotting

monday rad deals… camo shirts and clogs

this is what i want to wear today. the weather is getting warm and these clogs are the perfect mix of spring and a comfortable height to wear to the classroom.
camo shirt monday rad deals

6. i want these sunnies in the worst kind of way $38 / 7. camo button up $24 / 8. old navy boyfriend shorts $24.95 / 9. old navy brown clogs $32 – my sister in law is 8 months pregnant and has these. the second i saw them i wanted them. perfect height.  10. aztec weekender bag $34.99

1. aviator sunnies $158 /2. madewell camo button up shirt $75 /3. denim boyfriend shorts $178/ 4. anthropologie clogs $128 /5.  tribal weekender $298

what trends are you craving this spring?

what i wore wednesday in fiji

packing for fiji was one of my favorite parts of the trip. i love bathing suits and i love beachwear and although i am having a minor freak out over posting pics of myself in a bathing suit for the integrity of the trip i have to do it. you understand and i understand that i am not a model. but i had fun on this trip. lots of fun with my family and reeeelaxxing. that is what i hope you see. not my rolls or or my imperfections but what a relaxing and fun time we had in paradise. now that i am good at. i can be a great model for that.

what i wore wednesday in fiji 4 bathing suits for fiji vacation what i wore wednesday in fiji what i wore fiji 5 what i wore fiji 3 tavarua at sunset

what i wore to fiji 2

myes in fiji ello in fiji 2 what i wore wednesday in fiji 8 what i wore in fiji 7 me and my boo

black sundress for the beachcream dress with fringe ( rvca from local surf shop) / chunky stone necklace (which i accidentally stole from a store and didn’t realize it until i unloaded all the bags off my arm and then it was still dangling there and i had to go back into the store and pay for it.)

black dress (more pics of this coming soon)- i have worn at least six times since taking the tags off a two weeks ago. no lie. / hat / sandals/ ikat kimono / bathing suit top with sleeves (thank you Ashley! as soon as she pulled this baby out for her trip to hawaii i got online and ordered it.) / bathing suit bottoms (old from free people) / lace kimono/ army green tee/ handbag/ bracelets- I was so happy to find these affordable pieces at francesca’s perfect for adding something special at night.