PERFECT PLACE: A HAPPY HOME.

The rain is here in San Francisco and it is absolutely lovely! I know people like to complain about it but there's literally nothing we can do about it so why not just enjoy it! I love when it rains because I feel like it's the perfect excuse to skip getting ready. What's the point of doing your hair if it's going to get all wet!

One of the things that I have really experienced recently is that when your house is a beautiful and inspiring and calming place then it's easier to stay positive. After a busy day or a jam-packed schedule on the calendar, there is nothing better than coming home to a serene space.

I cannot tell you how happy we are that we moved. We are loving our new house and the space and the location and truly, just everything about it. Something funny though is Jesse has been at work or out of town for work a lot since we moved so I was teasing him that it's like he is on an interior design reality tv show and each time he comes home there is something new to show him! He gets the best part, though-- Claire and Mike have helped me move more things into our place than I can really thank them for!

My New Year's resolution this year was to just create a home for our family and for our friends. We love watching Lillian grow and thrive in this new space. 

We had a lot of initial costs when we moved in so we have been very budget friendly with our recent projects. Aside from splurging on textiles and pillows, I have loved getting most things at Target! I don't think you can really go wrong with anything from the Threshold Line from Target.

The image above is from one of my favorite designers Caitlin Wilson. I love her rugs but they are too expensive for our budget so I am keeping an eye out for something similar!

Have a great weekend!

Caroline

PERFECT PLACE: OUR HOME.

Slowly but surely our house is coming together! We've cleaned, painted, and bought new rugs! My father-in-law installed window guards on our living room windows that look beautiful but really serve the purpose of making sure Lillian doesn't go through them! Over the weekend we hung shelves and curtain rods and are adding little decor touches.

Our next project is reupholstering our dining room chairs and getting some artwork for our walls! I am sharing this photo above because I love this piece of art. I find it so difficult to find the right piece of work. Well, actually it's hard to find the right piece of art for the right price!

Stay tuned for more updates!

In the meantime, everyone has asked me about the rug in Lillian's room and we got it from Birch Lane. Have you checked out their site yet? Lots of great stuff! I love going through it when Lillian is napping!

xo,

PERFECT PIECES: SPRING DRESSES.

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Happy first day of Spring! I am delighted to share this darling Draper James dress from Rent the Runway! Spring means lots of outdoor parties, picnics, weddings, and showers. I love using Rent the Runway to try new styles that I'm not sure if I want to commit to quite yet. I had a blast prancercising around in this floral print and chiffon dress. I don't normally wear chiffon because it can be clingy in all the wrong places and loose in all the wrong places but this structured dress alleviated all of those problems.

Happy Spring!

xo,


Thank you to Rent the Runway for partnering on this post!

PERFECT PARTY: GLORIA FERRER BUBBLES & BLOOMS.

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If you know me, you know that I can never turn down a glass of champagne! I don't drink often but there really isn't anything more refreshing or celebratory than a nice glass of cold champagne!

One of my favorite sparkling wine labels is Gloria Ferrer-- they are located in Sonoma right across the highway from Cornerstone and Jesse and I love heading to Sonoma and stopping into their tasting room to taste and pick up a bottle for the weekend.

I am delighted that they are having a special celebration on Earth Day, April 22!

This is an event that you DO NOT want to miss!

It makes the perfect birthday celebration, bachelorette party, or sisters get-away!

A CELEBRATION OF SPRING, FOOD AND SPARKLING WINE

EARTH DAY, SATURDAY, APRIL 22

12 – 4 PM

Come celebrate Spring and Earth Day at Gloria Ferrer! Get inspired to spruce up your living spaces, plant new gardens and sharpen your DIY skills with these activities:

  • Enjoy sparkling wines and food pairings by Beth Sogaard Catering while shopping the flower market
  • Hear guest speakers talk about floral design, sustainable gardening, and landscaping ideas
  • Attend DIY workshops for head wreaths, floral arranging and techniques for twisting and curling vines
  • Bring your camera and join a photo walk through vineyards and wildflowers or tour with Gloria Ferrer experts learning sustainable best practices
  • Peruse one of a kind floral art show pieces and build a wall of flowers with your Earth Day pledges

Hope to see you there! Buy your tickets here! You can follow Gloria Ferrer on Instagram and Facebook for more updates about the event!

xo,

PERFECT PARENTING.

The other day my sister Claire said to me that it people who follow you on social media probably don't believe how much you really enjoy being a mom. (And people wonder why I am so down to earth!!?!??!). I hadn't thought about it before she said that because honestly we're just living life and snapping a few photos along the way.

I always knew I wanted to be a mom and I always knew I would be good at it, but I never could have known how much I would love every aspect of it. Yes, every single aspect. (But check back with me when Lillian is older and I am up late waiting for her to come home for curfew-- ahh, I'm already panicking just thinking about that).

I remember how much I loved getting up in the middle of the night to nurse and burp and spend time with Lillian. I felt like it was our special time together and we were the only ones awake in all of San Francisco, which obviously I know isn't true, but when you are on maternity leave you really feel like you're in your own world.

I'm not trying to defend myself I just want to share with readers who are thinking about having a baby that it really is magical if you let it be and don't be scared by all of the horror stories you hear. Watching a newborn grow is one of the most incredible experiences ever and even when Lillian is crying about wanting more Cheerios or watching Barney and we won't give in, it is incredible to see her navigate situations.

I mean watching Lillian try and kick a bocce ball was so entertaining and we were having a blast. I hope that Lillian looks back on my blog and sees how much fun we had and how much we love her.

xo,

PERFECT PIECES: VINEYARD VINES.

A favorite style you will see even more of this spring and summer is the off-the-shoulder top. This 70s style top is fun and flirty without showing too much skin. I actually think these tops are hilarious to wear because they always move around when you move your arms-- especially when you talk a lot with your arms. I suggest wearing these tops when you won't be dancing, like at a wedding, or else you will have to keep your arms down by your side and look like a weirdo! Well, unless you want your dress to get all over the place-- up to you!

These tops are perfect for summer pool days-- if you look closely you can see Lillian's wet bathing suit got my shirt all wet. This Vineyard Vines top is fun for summer because of the seersucker material. I paired the top with my favorite white jeans and I know I will have this look on repeat all spring and summer!

xo,

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PERFECT POSITIVITY.

Usually about ten minutes into a conversation with someone I have just met for the first time they say to me, "wow, you are so positive!" I can't even tell you how many times it has happened to me, especially in the last couple of years. I don't have a good response, I usually just say thank you.

Although it happens all of the time it always comes as a surprise. It would be like if you're a funny person (and I actually am- I know this because I make myself laugh and a lot of people tell me I am funny) and someone points it out in a conversation. Or if you are sarcastic and someone says to you in a conversation, "wow, you are so sarcastic!". I can't help it-- I am pretty sure I am hardwired to be positive and then at some point realized life is better when you're positive and I've just made it my outlook.

The reason why I share this feeling is because something has felt off recently. Have you noticed? Not with me in particular, but with the world. Maybe it was those clouds of rain that sat over California for a few weeks straight, but it really feels like there is an emotional cloud over us. Like the Dementors from Harry Potter are looming above.

Everyone I talk to is tired or something annoying has happened in their lives recently. I am pretty sure that Mercury is in retro-grade. It feels like the stars are misaligned.

It is times like this, when the juju is off, that life requires even more positivity. And it's when I actively step up my positivity game. I have found the best way to be more positive is to eat healthy, exercise, and most importantly-- celebrate the small victories- like a good parking place or a block of cheese in your fridge that you forgot you had, or when your coffee drink is made just right, or when your husband comes home super early from work, or wins his basketball game, or your favorite underwear is clean, or the box you thought was a new bathroom fan turns out to be a box full of Vineyard Vines clothes, or when your daughter says, "more Cheerios please, mama", or when someone sends you an email wanting to reconnect about their new business, or when the MailChimp campaign goes smoothly.

What I am trying to say is that when things seem out of sort I think of teeny tiny positive moments as tiny gold coins that I go around collecting. When I get enough of these small things they help relieve the pain of the bad juju.

Things that are not helpful: complaining, eating junk food (which I do), talking poorly about others.

The solution is to force yourself to be positive and collect those gold coins! Also, of course, lean on others. Family and friends are always there!

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xo,

PERFECT PLANS: WEEKEND RECAP.

Happy Monday! We are happy to have spent the weekend with Jesse's family! Lillian was able to spend a lot of time with her cousin Thayden! Even thought Thayden is only five months, they had a blast playing together. It was fun for Lillian to be the big cousin and it is incredible to see how much she has grown. Thayden is absolutely adorable and is the smiliest baby ever!

It is so fun to watch Thayden because he is sitting up, exploring, smiling, eating, and always having a ball! It is so funny how long ago it seems that Lillian was that age.

We wish that Jesse's sister and her husband and Thayden lived closer to us!

xo,