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Lifes a Beach

Its been a while since my last post.  One of my new year’s resolutions was to try and be more present.  Carlota is growing up very quickly, and I am trying to soak it all in.  Not to mention we’ve been fighting the cold and flu on and off this entire month.  Thankfully it seems like we’re starting to get all better, so fingers crossed it stays that way!

A few weeks ago I was able to bring Carlota home to Canada for a few days.  It was very special seeing her explore the place I called home for most of my life.  It was a short trip and we mostly stayed home with my parents.  Carlota doesn’t get to see her grandparents very often so we were very happy to soak up all those snuggles and kisses.

Valentines day is coming up.  I remember when the hubby and I would get dressed up and go for a romantic dinner.  This year I don’t see that happening.  I think we will spend it at home in our sweats celebrating with our little bug.  I wouldn’t even change this for anything.  If you are looking for outfit ideas this dress is one of my favorites.  I’ve worn it for my maternity photos (here), to a wedding, cocktail hour etc…  It comes in a variety of colors and that zipper in the back transforms it from simple and sophisticated to young and chic.

Thanks for reading, I’m looking forward to sharing some new looks with you soon.

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Dress: Felicity & Coco 

On Carlota:

Dress:  From spain (Similar here , here and here)

Bow:  Salt Cities

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Adding some flare

I’ve been living in my skinny jeans for years.  Other than my boyfriend jeans, you wouldn’t find me wearing any other style of denim.  Recently I’ve jumped on the flare bandwagon when I found this perfect pair.  I love the high waist and braided accents.  With my short torso, high waisted pants aren’t always flattering on my figure.  Maybe the detailed pockets are the magic piece, but as soon as I put these on I felt like they were made for me.

I’m very mindful of dressing for my figure or at least I like to think so!! Not everything that’s on trend will suit every body type.  I think it’s important to find those pieces that are stylish and suit you, rather than trying to wear everything that’s trending at the moment.

Carlota is rocking these adorable baby overalls from Old Navy.  Finding cute affordable baby clothes is always at the top of my list.  I’ve found so many fashionable items for Carlota at Old Navy and haven’t had to break the bank.  There is always some sort of sale going on there, on top of the already reasonable prices.

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7 for all Mankind are currently having their winter sale and these flares are included.

Jeans: 7 for all Mankind  on sale (Also available here and here) //

Top: Vince (old)  (Similar here and here) //

Hat:  Revolve (Similar here and here) //

Boots: Rag & Bone  //

On Carlota

Overalls: Old Navy (cute jeans here and here) //

Shoes:  Freshly Picked  //

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Plan check

I love a good oversized sweater.  The larger the better.  If you ask me what a must have winter item is…..it’s a large cozy sweater!  It’s a perfect piece to just throw on over some skinny jeans or leggings and you look put together.  You can also layer it over a collared shirt, add a leather jacket, or wear it as a dress.  There are so many options.

Its a perfect gift for anyone on your Christmas list.  I love the checkered detail on this sweater.  The contrast of the white on black and the fuzzy texture adds just enough detail.  Because this sweater makes a statement for itself I kept the rest of the look simple with all black.

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Sweater: & other stories (I love these here,  here,  here & here) //

Jeans:  J Brand (on sale here & here similar here) //

Hat:  Lack of Color //

Sunglasses:  Oliver Peoples //

Boots:  Chloe (Similar and less expensive herehere, & here) //

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A day on the pier!!

I’m looking forward to the days of going on the rollercoaster and sharing an ice cream with my babe.  As of now I get to just watch her as she’s taking in all of her surroundings, exploring the world and seeing everything for the first time.  Its crazy how alert she has become these past few months.  If only I knew what she was thinking.  We rarely go to the pier, and when we do, we find mostly tourists and children around there.  I do imagine that when Carlota is walking and talking, the ferris wheel and Merry-go-round will be our weekly destinations.

My style is 90% casual and I love adding accessories to make my look pop.  With this sweater, the sequin details do the popping for itself. No need to accessorize.  These details also make it that perfect piece that can be worn from day to night.  I added the jeweled pumps for extra sparkle to compliment the shoulder detail of the sweater.

The rips and light colored denim give this look a daytime casual vibe.  Changing for a date night, I would trade the skinny jeans for a midi skirt and tuck it in to accentuate the waist.  Date nights with the hubby are scarce these days but lets hope as Carlota gets older we start getting back on that track.  For now I’ll stick to rocking sequence during my daily outings.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  I’m really looking forward to our first Thanksgiving with Carlota.  So much to be thankful for.

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Sweater: J Crew on major sale with an extra %30 off with code SHOPNOW //

Jeans: 7 For All Mankind (similar here) //

Heels:  Louboutin (Similar here very cool here) //

Clutch:  Clare V (Similar less expensive here) //

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A New York Minute

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Tomorrow we are off to New York City!!  I love the East Coast in the Fall and NYC is one of my favorite cities to visit.  I love walking around all day taking in all the hustle and bustle.  This will be our first time flying with Carlota and I’m excited and nervous at the same time.  We’ll be traveling to Spain for the holidays so this will be good practice for that lengthy flight.  Do any of you mamas have any tips or tricks for traveling with a 7 month old?  I’m worried about how many things we will need to pack and travel with.  Days of only a carry-on are long gone.

The warmer LA weather called for white jeans and a stripped tank this past weekend.  I’m looking forward to sweater and layering weather since it’s been 80 degrees in LA these past few weeks.  I’ll finally be able to pull out some of my fall looks.

This New York trip will be very different from my previous visits there, but I’m sure it will be very special.  If you have any recommendations please share!!

 

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Tank: LF (Similar herehere and here) //

Jeans:  J Brand (Similar here and here) //

Sports Bra:  Lululemon  (Similar here)//

Sun Glasses:  Oliver Peoples //

Espadrilles:  Chanel (Similar herehere and here) //

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Shop the Mint – Giveaway

While a majority of you may be enjoying the crisp air and the warm charming colors of fall, here in LA we are embracing the beautiful sunshine on the beach.  As much as I wish it was a little cooler, I really can’t complain.  I love my days spent with the babe.  Mondays are Mommy and Carlota time and they are my favorite.  We run on our own schedule and always seem to be on the go.  I cherish these little moments we have together.

I’m going to take full advantage of matching outfits while I still can.  Before you know it, she’ll be dressing herself and matching with her mama will be the last thing she’ll want to do.  Today was all about stripes.  I love a good stripped tee, and think I own a handful in my closet.  Such a perfect layering piece.  When I saw this dress at Mint Julep Boutique I knew it would be a perfect staple in my closet.  Chic yet simple….my style moto.

I’m excited to have teamed up with The Mint Julep Boutique to give one of my readers a $25 gift card to their store.  If you subscribe to their mailing list you get an additional $10 off your purchase.  They have really great pieces at reasonable prices. You can get my dress and the others I linked for less than $10 if you win.

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On Carlota:

Dress: Batela (Similar here, herehere and here) // 

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Dress: The Mint Julep Boutique (Similar here and here) //

Boots: Stuart Weitzman (Similar and less expensive here, here and here) //

Hat:  Lack of Colors (Similar and on sale here) //

Rules to enter the Giveaway:

1)  Comment below and let me know what is your favorite closet staple.

2) For an additional entry you can follow my blog by email or on bloglovin etc..  let me know in your comment that you have done that

3) For a 3rd entry follow me @withloveandrea and @shopthemint on Instagram and follow the instructions posted there.

Your chance to enter starts today October 24th and will close Wednesday October 28th at midnight PST.

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE

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24 hours are just not enough

I’m starting this blog post on my sofa at 7 am, pumping and getting ready for my workday.  It seems this may be the best or only time this week to work on a post.  My days are slowly melting into weeks and before I know it, it’s a new month.  Evenings of relaxing, watching TV, and catching up on blog posts are a thing of the past.  Carlota has started a phase where all she wants is to be in mommy’s arms.  Sitting  beside me playing is not enough.  As much as I long for some more “me time” , I’m going to cherish these precious moments.  Before you know it, miss independent will want nothing to do with me and I will reminisce on these days.

This post is all about my favorite neutrals white and pink.  I can’t get enough.  With October being Breast Cancer awareness month, I can’t think of a more appropriate color.  I have an obsession with white jeans lately and these J brands are my favorite.  They are stretchy and soft and fit in all the right places.  I love the knee rips and ankle cut off.  Showing a little ankle can help add a little length to your legs.  Just add a pair of rocking heels and you are set.

These rockstuds have been all the rage on Instagram the past couple of years and don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.  With their gunmetal pyramid stud detailing they make a statement with any simple look.  For 4 1/4 inch heels, they are surprisingly comfortable.  They have quickly become my favorite heel.

Two pumping sessions later, I think I have finally finished my first blog post in October.   When did 24 hours a day become not enough?
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Jeans:  J Brand (Also here, in pink here) //

Shirt: Gap (On Sale here, here) //

Jacket:  BB Dakota (Similar here and here) //

Heels:  Valentino (More affordable option here)

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