Monday, March 23, 2015

Maine // Willard Beach

Willard Beach will forever hold a special place in my heart. For 2.5 months after we first moved to Maine, but before we closed on our current home, we were nestled in a 1970's ranch just one house up from the sand. The beautiful bay window in the front living room was a perfect place to perch with our then 4 month old nugget. It was so peaceful sitting in the sun, watching huge oil tankers glide by. At least until the peace was broken by a passing dog, setting Miller off into a loud (and unappreciated) barking frenzy. Did I mention that Willard is the most popular dog-friendly beach in South Portland? That bit of local bragging rights meant the stream of beach-bound furballs was pretty constant, as was Miller's bark. 

Still, whenever the thermometer crept above 30, I'd load the nugget in the Baby Bjorn, grab a bundle of plastic grocery bags for you-know-what, then hit the beach. Miller would alternate between romping with his furry brethren and jumping into the icy water, often emerging with sand-encrusted furcicles hanging from his undercarriage. 

On Saturday we took advantage of temps in the high 30s and welcomed spring like only Mainers can- with a snowy family stroll on the beach. The sun wasn't shining and a formidable layer of wool socks and Bean boots stood between our toes and the sand, but it was a perfect day by the sea - complete with the first furcicles of the season.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Outfit // The Navy Dress

Ah, the Little Navy Dress. I have no idea why it's taken me so long to own one of these guys. The traditional LBD - Little Black Dress always seemed a little too formal for the various no dress-code office environments where I've worked, minus the occasional client meeting. 

Since I ordered my LND from eShakti, a website that allows you to customize dresses, I was able to lengthen the sleeves for a little extra warmth. I was also able to select my ideal hemline-  short enough that I don't feel like a sister wife, but long enough that I don't give everyone an eyeful when I reach down to pick up the nugget. I could have gone a step farther and provided my measurements to have the bodice customized for me too, but I went with their standard sizing chart and lucked out with a perfect fit. In the immortal words of Vicky Gunvalson, "Woohoo!!!"

eShakti Dress (c/o) // Nine West Pumps (similar here) // Pearl Earrings

eShakti Dress (c/o) // Silver Mesh Clutch (similar here) // Kate Spade Sandals (similar here and here)

eShakti Dress (c/o) // Lilly Pulitzer Murfee Scarf (exact print here) // Vineyard Vines Bangle // Kate Spade Teal Tote (similar here) // Jack Rogers Palm Beach Navajo Flat

eShakti Dress (c/o) // Guess Cardigan (similar here) // Target Plaid Scarf 
// Nine West Riding Boots (similar here) // Coach Legacy Clutch

Monday, January 26, 2015

Outfit // A Short Story

I may have been a tad overzealous with the amount of stuff I packed for Florida. Since the weather was a bit wonky during our recent trip, I reverted to some version of this outfit every day (long sleeves and shorts #ftw). What happened to all those cute dresses and tunics that I thought I'd be prancing around in? Yup, they all sat in the condo closet unworn. 

In my defense, facing down the barrel of 5+ more months of winter can really mess with your head when it comes to picking "essentials" for a warm weather trip in January. That being said, maybe 7 choices of footwear were a bit much. My sneakers, "fancy" sandals and "pool" flip flops would have been enough. I also wouldn't have had to yard sale the contents of my suitcase at JetBlue's check-in counter, frantically trying to get my bag under 50lbs. 

What's that sound I hear? Oh - that'd be a little voice in my head (that sounds an awful lot like Chad) saying "I told you so".

Monday, January 19, 2015

Travel // Naples, Florida

After surviving our first full winter back east last year (and a pretty brutal one at that), there was no way we were starting this winter without a warm weather escape on the books. So we cashed in some credit card points, cobbled together our frequent flyer miles and locked in a reservation at the in-laws' vacation condo for our family trip to Naples, Florida.

Anyone who's been to Florida in the summer knows the humidity gets so heavy that the air feels like a sopping wet towel you just want to wring out. In the winter, the air's more like a towel you yanked from the dryer just a few seconds too early - still warm and a little damp, but it dries on its own without getting smelly. In other words, much of Florida's winter feels like San Diego's every day weather - perfect.

Though the weather inconsistently alternated between cloudy/cool and sunny/toasty during our visit, we were able to adapt our schedule to make the most of the Florida sunshine when it did peek out. A day at the Naples Zoo, a hike through Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and LOTS of pool time were the highlights of our trip. 

It's also pretty obvious from our vacation pics that the nugget is a bona fide water lover. These Speedo arm bands we picked up at Target were the best $12 spent all week. Of course, now we have find some way to get our little fish back in water this winter. Maybe we need an indoor pool in our basement? Or maybe we should just head back to Florida again next month.
Excuse me while I fire up Travelocity.

:: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary ::

:: Naples Zoo ::

:: Vanderbilt Beach ::

:: Pool ::

:: Flight Home ::