Our Mission To Find a Christmas Tree

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Our outing to find a Christmas tree sure felt like a mission with two little ones in tow (we’re still getting used to the two kid life), but we found the one! This is our first real Christmas tree! We were so excited to go real this year, and it has definitely been living up to the hype. Smells so good and feels like part of the family already. What will we do when Christmas is over?!

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As you can see, Bryce was much more interested in running around than choosing a tree. I spent most of the time running after him (he’s always making sure I get my exercise haha), but I’m so excited to make this a new tradition for our little family. I’ll treasure these moments forever, and I know he will too.

We recently moved to Petaluma from Modesto for my husband’s job (they are about three hours away from each other), and we are finally settling in to our new place. We loved visiting this Christmas tree farm! It was one of the cutest ones I had ever seen. We are loving our new town so far. We are close to lots of beautiful places like San Francisco and Point Reyes, and I can’t wait to take my boys out for some fun adventures. It’s nice to get to know the area more. It feels a little bit more like home every passing day.

Here’s a glimpse of our living room, and there’s our Christmas tree in all of its glory. We still have quite a few changes to make to this space: we’re waiting for a new sofa and planning on purchasing a new rug. I will be sure to show you guys the finished product, but here’s what we have so far. Do you guys have any suggestions on where I can find the perfect rug? I look forward to hearing them!

XO,

Marlyn

Hearts, Stripes, and Everything Nice.

Outfit Details: Top (which is actually a dress)- Forever 21 // Skirt- Forever 21 // Shoes- J.Crew 
// Sunglasses- Tumbleweeds Handcraft // Purse- Thrifted
Hearts, stripes, bows, navy, and red are all on the list of my favorite things. Since I have no self control, I wear them all at the same time. Why not, right?! 
The colors I wore today remind me of the beach. Oh how I miss the beach! It has been quite a while since I’ve taken a trip to Santa Cruz or Monterrey, but today I dressed up like that was my destination. If you can’t go to the beach, bring the beach to where you are. That was today’s theory. I didn’t get to enjoy any waves or sand in person, but I am definitely enjoying it in spirit. 

How to Dress Up a Plain White Tee

I usually associate white t-shirts with jeans, but a white tee can definitely be dressed up as well. When I get ready I usually pick one piece of clothing, and the rest of the outfit revolves around it. Today I happened to pick this white t-shirt, but I didn’t feel like pairing it with just a pair of jeans and mocs. So I decided to dress it up a bit! Here are a few ways to dress up a white tee.

Recently, I have been adding a lot of new pieces to my jewelry collection. This necklace is one of the new ones, and one of my favorites! I had been searching for the perfect triangle necklace, and I finally found it this weekend at Forever 21. It’s such a pretty piece, and a plain t-shirt compliments it perfectly.

This is one of my fun go-to skirts. I love how puffy it is and the polka dots! I just can’t stay away from those polka dots. This is also one of those pieces in my closet that takes the spotlight. Those kinds of pieces are perfect for a plain top.

Adding heels to any outfit automatically dresses it up. These booties go with absolutely everything, which is why they are my favorite.

 Outfit details: Top- Monrow // Necklace- Forever 21 // Skirt- Forever 21// Shoes- Franco Sarto

Even though I dressed up this white t-shirt, I still felt so comfortable. You get the best of both worlds! I got to wear a few of my favorite dressy pieces, but with a casual touch to it.

Mission accomplished.

Sweater Love

Outfit Details: Sweater- Thrifted, Dress- Forever 21, Tights- J.Crew, Shoes- Franco Sarto

 January and sweaters go together like peanut butter and jelly. Lucky for me, I found the coziest sweater at one of my recent trips to the thrift store. I always find my favorite clothes while thrifting. When I saw it, it reminded me of a sweater that Katie from Skunkboy blog wore not too long ago. I loved how she wore it! So I decided to wear this cozy sweater with a dress as well. Thanks for the inspiration, Katie!

This weekend has been very cozy as well. This weather just makes you just want to stay at home, cuddle up with a blanket, and drink hot chocolate. I’ve been wanting hot chocolate for about a week now. I thought cravings were only supposed to last 15 minutes! Anyway, We’ve spent most of our weekend at home just watching The Pacific in our PJs. We only went out to watch a movie. We went to go watch Zero Dark Thirty. Crazy good movie! Kinda hard to watch though. I always go Siskel and Ebert on you guys! So did you guys do anything exciting this weekend?

Current Obsession: Grandpa Attire

We all know that older folk are experts at comfort, and lately I’ve been inspired by them!  I own some grandpa attire, and it seems to make its way into many of my everyday outfits. I practically live in a cardigan and moccasins. The picture above is of one of my grandpa outfits from this week. I could possibly say that it was one of the comfiest outfits I’ve ever worn. This Winter weather makes you want to just stay at home all day. It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring! Why not snore in style?

1. Cardigan- Madewell, Shoes- Minnetonka // 2. Cardigan- Tory Burch, Shoes- Target or try your local thrift store (I’ve spotted some at mine!) // 3. Cardigan- J.Crew, Shoes- Bass

I am a guilty hoarder of cardigans and shoes. You can never have too many of both! Also, cardigans can be worn with absolutely anything and for any occasion. Here’s a couple of sets I made of cardi’s and shoes I would pair together. On the first set, I paired a white cardigan with yellow mocs. I already have these mocs in tan, but I know that if I had the yellow ones they would automatically become my favorite! On the second set, I paired a mint cardigan with a pair of shoes that I already own. I had never been a fan of anything mint color until recently. This color gives an adorable pop to any outfit! On the third set, I chose a Mister Rodgers inspired cardigan (I miss that guy) with some adorable saddle shoes. I used to have shoes like these when I would watch Mister Rodgers’ Neighborhood! That’s probably where this post roots from!

When it comes to everyday outfits, comfort is key! I’ve had many moments where I have channeled my inner child in my outfits. I decided to give my inner grandpa a chance too!