ruby tuesdays…and now we remodel again.

since moving into our home four years ago we have taken on different remodeling projects and piece by piece have created a home we love.

i knew we would eventually move ruby into “the scary room” because it has it’s own bathroom within it. i can’t even fathom the lab she will create within the confines of her very own bathroom with nobody to walk in on her mad scientist experiments. no bottle of shampoo, no paperclip or red solo cup of glue will be safe from her relentless imagination.

redoing ruby's room paint redoing ruby's room

i always have a vision for each room. sometimes they shift and vary as time wears on but i always keep an idea in my head. i have learned in my near twelve years of marriage that when hus says ” lets redo this room” . i have like a month to finish it. he is dead serious and he likes to move quickly. i have already researched everything, found deals and started a private pinboard to hold all my thoughts. the same holds true for this project.

i hadn’t really wanted to remodel now. i thought maybe next year, but that is usually how it goes with hus and i should be grateful to have such a fine specimen so willing to get things messy around here. then, per usual, he said, lets do the boy’s bathroom too. wha what? that cuts down my budget and increases my craziness. so now i am obsessed with finding the perfect paint color, the perfect vintage nightstands, the perfect artwork and drapes.

  i have been hunting for a while for the nightstands, and in true hoarder fashion she said ” i want lots and lots of drawers mom.” yeah you do, or where else would one store all their treasures from their favorite slurpee straws to their 347 piece rock and shell collection? okay. teal paint, lots of drawers and horses and peace signs and “kind of like a hippie girl” style. you bet miss ruby, we got this.

ruby's room makeover 1   i took the baby and missy down to the fabric district in LA to look for drapery and possible reupholstery fabric. i found nothing, but we had fun. did i say nothing? we didn’t not find anything we found lots of things like strands of lace and foam signs that said “happy birthday” in spanish. we also found street vendors with amazing bubble machines and  yards and yards of tulle for a quinceanera dress. so jealous. those fifteen year old girls know how to do it up right.

sunday i went to the rose bowl flea market. it was like walking through vintage etsy. i found one nightstand and a chair that will be reupholstered and i can’t wait to show you how!! eeeek! ever since i returned home with my treasures missy rubes has been begging me to let her set up some of her “stuff” on the nightstand. i let her.

fabric shopping in LA ruby tuesdays 4 cheetah slides and matte nails ruby fabric shopping in LA

ello and ruby in LA street vendors ello and ruby in la 2 shopping in downtown la shopping in downtown LA with kids

where do you find gems? are you a vintage hunter? DIYer? big box store girl? or a mix of them all?

top images: dress: c/o taylor joelle designs have you seen their new line? so soft and pretty and this dress screams “put me in a family picture”/ ruby’s hairband: prettiest printed hairbands/ owl candle/ painting- her very own creation

me: dress- c/o sonnet james  ( hurry only one left and i am obsessed!!) / hat / bag ( i have the navy version) / slides cheetah sandals/ nail polish color- topped with matte coat

leo: c/o shirt/ shorts/ sneakers (he has an old color but this is the same style, and these are the kind he wants next)

ruby: tank – old from peek kids / shorts/ toms

monday rad deals… finds under $50

monday rad deals 2

click item description to purchase: 1. high rise black bikini bottoms $20- love this fit especially with a flutter top or cropped tank and at $20 it is a guilt free way to try the high waisted trend. your tummy will thank you.

2.  born to be wild print $26: didn’t i say we are not remodeling anything this year ( a first in 3 years)? that has changed we are remodeling ruby’s room and redoing the boy’s room and i can’t WAIT to show you what we have going on. ruby loves this phrase, after all THIS is her favorite tee. hands down.

3. vintage inspired bloomers $42: we have had three friends have babies this week and i am dying to get these to them.

4. sorry tee $32

5. gray  baby bloomers $30 : bloomers for boys

6. tie dye lounge pants $17 : perfect lounge pants for the beach at 4pm when the wind picks up just a little and you know how we love a cold beach day.

7. tassel earrings $38: statement necklaces have felt to heavy lately in this heat. interesting statement earrings with a ponytail have become my jam.

moments hoarder: thoughts on mum’s day and closing chapters…

while attending ello’s preschool mother’s day brunch this week i was hoarding my moments in a big way.  he is my baby and i live for preschool  mother’s day brunch. from the muffins he made me with “real chocolate chips” to my pin made of buttons which i am pumped to wear on mother’s day to his expert orange juice pouring precision (the class had been practicing for weeks).  i mean, does it get cuter?  but like i said, he is my baby and it feels like we are closing a chapter on this part of our lives. i am really bad at closing chapters.

ello and mama mothers day brunch

its awesome time printed palette ello singing

mothers day brunch with my boy sonnet james stripe dress

sonnet james dresses sonnet james dress for women sonnet james spring dressesbut then again, new chapters with these two are also my fave. the talks myes . the bond. the conversations slay me and i am embracing every second of it. how are you on closing chapters?

a bit about what we wore:

me: have you heard of sonnet james? they are my jam. sonnet james gets me, “play dresses for playful moms”.  they make these amazingly high quality dresses for moms who like to play. um and you know that is me. the fit is loose yet flattering and i have a few and wear them constantly. you have to check them out and you can thank me later. c/o dress/ shirt/ shoes (Sam Edelman TJ maxx find) / fave denim shirt /

ello: its awesome time shirt /volcom elastic waist shorts



monday rad deals…

a few spring pick me ups!

monday rad deals palazzo pants


first up rash guards… i never thought i would be a rash guard mom until i had ruby. ruby has really sensitive skin, espeically in the ocean and for one reason or another her skin is a lot less irritated wearing one of these. not to mention she can boogie board or surf all day with no rashes to be found. i love both of these green floral prints.

crew cuts rash guard $52 / gap floral rash guard and suit $29 (plus 40% off right now)

i bought these target pants last week and cannot tell you how many people stopped me about them. i was all to proud to say $19 bucks! Target! Go! they fit so great, high waisted and wide wide wide all the way down. great for work. i wore them with wedges but can’t wait to try clogs with them too. I even snapped a pic of them shopping at Homegoods for a little remodel we have underway;) pics to come

palazzo pants

anthropologie wide leg pant $118 / target palazzo pant $19

crew cuts glitter sandals $59 / gap metallic cork sandal $29 ( plus 40% off right now) if you follow me on instagram you may remember my little ruby man repelling in her cork bottom slides before dance. i am obsessed with them and these glittery and metallic versions are so cute to dress up.

my boys need shirts in the worst kind of way. these two are light and comfy for my sweaty little monsters.

crew cuts gray stripe shirt $39 / gap stripe shirt $24.95 (plus 40% off right now)

be sure to follow along on instagram for our casual day to day shenanigans and on pinterest for our dream life shenanigans:)

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