Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fun Spring Things

A fast post today friends! I just wanted to share a little news and some fun finds with you!



 Have you an Anthropologie? I love popping in our town one for inspiration.

The kitchen section is my favorite.

I get excited for all kinds of Spring parties when I see glasses like these.


This cookbook looks fabulous! Just transport me there, now!!



Look at these lovelies. So many gorgeous things blooming on my morning walks.

Many of you are getting ready for Spring Break or are already enjoying one. Ours is next week and I think a couple of us are already checked out if you know what I mean.


Boys can be like that, this time of year. Everything tends to fall away... I get that myself. Probably hereditary. I've got to keep reeling these guys back in until we hit June. It ain't easy and frankly being the mother of boys is a daily struggle as well as a joy. I just keep telling myself to keep fighting the good fight (because that is what it is many days.)


That is why I am excited to also share a little fun news. I am going to be able to get away for my own Spring Break in Napa with some blogger pals for 2 nights in a couple weeks!! It hardly seems true. We are being hosted by the beautiful Andaz Napa and also Napa Valley Tours & Transportation. I'll get to hang out with fun friends and have my very own lovely room.  (The room to myself part is almost enough! ) I feel like the luckiest girl in the world right now.



I am excited to share with you all the beauty of the wine country and the special places we will go.
Joining me will be Adrienne of The Rich Life on a Budget, and Heather of StyleMindChic, my two pals from my San Francisco Getaway to the Hotel Monaco. This time joining us on this adventure, will be more lovely California gals, the jewelry designer and blogger Tamera Beardsley, and the chic Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life. It will be nice to meet them both in person. I feel like I know them already from their wonderful blogs.

I've been doing a ton of (over)thinking about what to bring! These kind of things don't happen all the time, so I want to make sure I pack the right pieces. Can't wait to share when I get it all sorted out. I'm doing that in tandem with my Spring wardrobe and closet sorting out.

As I mentioned in my florals post, one thing missing from the my closet was a decent skirt. I really wanted one to wear for the How I Wear My ...Skirt Edition on Jill of Everything Just So and Adrienne of The Rich Life blogs today! It was inspiring to see many pretty versions of how to wear a skirt and all the creative participants. Pop over to their blogs to see it.



Grainy photo, but was raining cats and dogs outside and I had to send a pic in.

 What I found was this pencil skirt at my local J Crew . It's on sale plus additional 30%! It was a surprise when I checked out, as it just got marked it down Monday, so move fast if you want one. ( I was really there shopping for the hub's birthday, but it caught my eye.)  If you want to add a pretty skirt I also found this Ann Taylor one for Spring date nights in my search and this gorgeous skirt, which a bit more of a splurge.  Skirts make it so easy to look polished and I like that you can dress one up or make it easy for day with a sweater or a T and flats.  I added this lightweight blue merino sweater I'm wearing also on sale, and it made for a look that is more California casual me!


While we are on the subject of Spring and freshening up, I loved this month's Allure.



I'm not a huge magazine girl anymore and frankly, half go unread as I seem to have less time, and also less interest in them. However, Allure still is one of my favorites. Linda Wells, the editor does a great job of making that publication smart with really relevant articles on health, latest science and beauty breakthroughs, and fashion spreads that often center around travel.





This month I actually sat down and read it for what was going to be a few minutes, but ended up being cover to cover. It's the best issue in a long while and had a ton of articles on aging well and keeping your look fresh as well as being healthy.


Super that they had many older models in this issue. This particular article was addressing greying hair and how to color it and cut as you age. Great stuff.



Amber Valetta was in this article about how she stays fit.

Also a terrific piece on the 25 best new anti-aging beauty products and most can be found at the local CVS. I plan on trying a few and will report back!

Lauren Conrad was also featured. Loved her honesty and especially her advice on how to look more like a California girl. Was very true...




This was a great issue that I plan on saving. So if you've got some downtime, find a chair and curl up for a bit with this. OR maybe you are on a holiday and can find a lounge chair, a floppy hat, and an ice tea. That's my preferred method of magazine reading!

Back soon with our weekend excursion to Mt Tamalpais and the charming Mill Valley.


xKim

27 comments :

  1. You look lovely in that outfit! I might get that issue as it's been a while since I read allure. Hope you girls have a great time!! X

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    1. Naomi thanks! That Allure is very good. Worth getting. x

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  2. Can't wait to read about your fun Napa adventure with those lovely ladies! Love your new J. Crew skirt and I think that picture is totally adorable! Well, half of my students seemed "checked out" these days ... only 2 weeks until spring break and 2 months until summer!

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    1. Dawn, I guess it's Spring fever! However, here we didn't get much Winter.. Thanks so much about the skirt and trip. xx

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  3. I can't wait for your report on your holiday, dearest Kim ! Have a superb time with these lovely ladies; they have great blogs too !xxx

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    1. Thanks SB! Have a good weekend! I am so glad to visit your blog again. Don't know why I couldn't get to it. xo

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  4. The Napa trip sounds like a great opportunity to connect with some fun women and explore wine country! I have been eyeing up that edition of Allure and think I will treat myself next time I go to the book shop. Enjoy your time away....look forward to the report!

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    1. Thanks Hostess. The girls will be the best part- connecting with them all! xx

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  5. I would love a Napa adventure. The pencil skirt looks great too!

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    1. Lisa, Hope I can share some fun things to do if you get out this way. Love my skirt too and hope I can wear it. :)

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  6. I have never read that magazine but I will now, I'll get a copy when I go out to the drug store tomorrow.
    Your Napa adventure is going to be amazing, and won't the break be nice? I'm about ready to check myself into a spa... by myself so no-one can bug me and I don't have to cook or clean... well I'm just kidding but I was daydreaming about it!
    Love love your new skirt!

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    1. Dani, A spa check-in is about perfect this time of year!! We are about done with school year stuff and all. Thanks goodness for our Spring Break. Do you have it in Canada? xx

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  7. I wish we had an Anthropologie in our town....I would be in it daily! You look fabulous Kim and thank you for the lovely comment on my blog! Enjoy your weekend!
    ~Anne xx

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    1. Thanks Anne! Hope you had a lovely birthday! xo

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  8. J Crew and Anthropologie are relative newcomers to London. Just a pity it's two hours away from home by train but during my last couple of visits I had an amazing time choosing a few items from Anthropologie's home section. I read about your Napa Valley trip on Jennifer's blog - that will certainly be fun. Cute skirt!

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    1. Miss b, I was wondering if Anthro was in Europe. Yes, we are lucky it's one lovely store. It's very English in it's whimsical merchandise to me! Thanks about the trip & skirt! x

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  9. First of all, I love your blog! Being a transplanted Northern California "girl" in her 60's I live vicariously through your blogs with wonderful memories of great times! Now, don't get me wrong - those great times are not over - just don't get to enjoy the Northern California fun daily! I do get out there at least twice/year if not more. Anyway, I also LOVE the Amalfi Coast and plan to get that cookbook you posted. Have fun in Napa! And, Mill Valley/Mt. Tam- that was my home! You can take the girl out of California but can't take California out of the girl! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

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    1. Hi Anon, thanks so much for your note and reading! That cookbook is on my list too. It's gorgeous. You must have loved living in Mill Valley and by Mt Tam. It's truly one of the most beautiful places and what a charming area too! Glad you can get a little bit of Northern Cal here! :)

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  10. Aww Kim … I so remember the times of getting my 2 boys to stay on track … completely different than my self motivated daughter! I laughed at your looking forward to your own room … because I remember when my 3 were very little … getting time alone in the dentist's chair was a pleasure I actually looked forward to!

    You look absolutely darling in your J Crew skirt my dear!

    Can't believe our trip is just a little more than a week away! I am refining my wardrobe choices this weekend myself!

    Until the 15th!

    xoxo
    Tamera

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    1. Tamera, It's too funny about the dentist chair and sadly true!! Especially when they are young. I don't know how you did it with three, but admire you so much! Thanks about the skirt. Can't wait to see you! xx

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  11. Hi Kim, I need to check out the Allure magazine! Sounds like lots of interesting content and one you can refer back to from time to time. Yes.. keeping kids on track is tough. THAT'S what parenting is all about:) Even when they are grown ~ you are still a parent.

    Your Napa trip sounds like lots of fun!! I'll look forward to hearing the details:):) xxleslie

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    1. Leslie, good stuff. I'm already using 2 products I read about and loving. This issue is geared toward gals our age, which is nice for a change.
      The older I get the more I realize that parenting is never-ending and kids don't change who they are really. Being present and helping them get through and find their way is my biggest job now I guess. Good to hear from those who have older ones! xxoo

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  12. I grew up in MILL VALLEY!
    As for those BOYs………..Spring fever………….I hate to say it gets more difficult as they get older!How about NOT knowing if your SON was going to graduate high school until late morning of GRADUATION DAY!Only happened once with the oldest but that was enough to do me in!
    I do believe I will be attending YOUR cocktail party with the other "GIRLS" in NAPA!!Look forward to meeting YOU!

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    1. Contessa, I didn't know that. Wonderful spot to grow up I imagine. Also glad to hear this is not just my sons!
      Super excited to meet you in person! Can't wait. x Kim

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  13. Your trip sounds awesome! How fun!

    I have spring fever myself-- totally know what you mean. I hardly know how our kids learn anything between March & June.

    Anthropologie: good thing I don't have one close. I. LOVE. THAT. PLACE!

    Your skirt is really cute. I need to find something like that. It's super hot here in summer & skirts are just the thing.

    Talk to you soon!
    Keri

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  14. What no bunk beds? Spoiled rotten with your own rooms?

    I would love to have been a California beach girl, it's my favourite look.

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  15. You are going to have so much fun. It will be great.

    We are getting our second Anthropolgie store, and this one is closer. The other one is in Durham.

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