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Boho flow

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wearing: bold golden dangle earrings / lipstick / blue boho tunic / brown train case (see review here) / spring nail polish / jeans / black high heel sandals /

Hello spring! While spring doesn’t officially start until this weekend, these beautiful days with high’s in 70’s, have put some spring in my step!

My kids had a teacher-in-service day on Monday, so I brought them up to Stanford Shopping Center for a yummy lunch at the Neiman Marcus Cafe. In addition to lunch, we made a pit stop at the American Girl store. My youngest daughter loves American Girl. She has a couple of dolls, and every book the company has written. She also enjoys their movies!

In the middle of last year, my daughter set her sights on a new doll from the American Girl store. Since she already had two dolls, I felt like she did not need another one. So, she decided to save up her allowance so she could buy the doll herself. I have to appreciate the financial planning and resourcefulness! She cleaned out a jam jar, and began collecting her cash inside the jar. She kept a sticky note with a tally of how much cash she needed for both the doll and the sales tax. Once she had the cash, I promised her we would visit the store so she could buy the doll.

I had no idea how many coins and pennies she had saved! I would have brought her to the bank to exchange the coins for bills, had I known how many she had. There was roughly $30 in coins in that jar! Oooops! She dumped the jar into her purse before we left the house, and when we arrived at the counter to purchase the doll, she dumped out the purse. I was a little embarrassed at the amount of coins. The sales assistant who helped my daughter was unfazed, and spent time counting out the coins for my daughter. My daughter was so proud of herself for saving up the money! She ended up being $0.21 short, so I threw in a quarter so she could buy the doll. I was so happy she saved up! I was also thankful the American Girl sales assistant was patient with my daughter and her coins!

Although she now has three American Girl dolls, which seems excessive to me, I am happy she learned a lesson about saving money for something she really wanted. Hopefully this lesson will continue throughout her life, so she understands saving money is more important than spending it for instant gratification. Always keep your eyes on the financial prize.

For our shopping excursion, I wore this fun and flowy boho top with my favorite pair of jeans, which my daughter photographed for me. It was perfect with the 75-ish degree weather, and glowing sunshine. What a beautiful day! I love spring!

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Have you ever scrimped and saved for what you really want? What types of financial lessons have you taught your kids?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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A touch of resort during winter

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wearing: bold gold and purple earrings / Bobbie Brown “Lilac” lipstick / resort 2018 sundress c/o Tart Collections (save 20% off your purchase with code BAFASHIONISTA20 now through Feb. 23, 2018)  / denim jacket / round bamboo bag / Chanel spring nail polish / wedge espadrilles

This is the time of year when it is just plain cold! In addition to being cold, the trees are bare, and the sky is dreary. What we all dream about is a sunny vacation, in eighty degree weather, at a fabulous resort. Unfortunately, not all of us can break away from our kids activities, or work, at this time of year and go sleep on a beach. <sigh>

Thankfully, we can bring the look of the resort to our wardrobe! Love! If you haven’t noticed, Tart Collections has released their fabulous resort 2018 collection, and it can instantly transport you to the resort of your dreams! The collection is filled with beautiful prints, and designs, which are perfect for an exotic beach getaway.  Of course, we have a trick for taking those resort designs to city streets when we can’t actually be on a beach!

This beautiful dress for the resort 2018 season by Tart Collections instantly caught my eye. It has a flirty tie back, and empire waist; making it ideal as a swimsuit cover-up, or beach-side dress, for an exotic getaway. Since I can’t get myself to a beach getaway at the moment, I brought the look to my local city street.

You can wear resort-wear in the winter! I paired my resort 2018 dress from Tart Collections with my classic go-to denim jacket, and city-street-worthy wedge espadrilles. The espadrille portion of the shoe matches the vibe of the dress, while the wedge adds instant street cred. To complete the look, I paired the dress with this vacation-ready bamboo circle bag. It adds the perfect vacation vibe to the overall look!

Since it was forty-seven degrees out when I wore this dress over the week-end, I had to keep my jacket on. I cannot wait for our spring weather to start in the middle of February; this jacket will come off, and this dress will be perfect alone! Now. . .about that beach resort getaway I am currently dreaming of. . . <sigh> At least I have a dress which gives off a beach resort vibe!

You can grab your own piece of a beach resort online at TartCollections.com. You can also save 20% off your resort-ready look with coupon code BAFASHIONISTA20 now through 2/23/2018. Their fabulous resort collection will transition seamlessly into spring 2018. Love that!

Did I mention Tart Collections is based right here in the San Francisco Bay Area? Love!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

*sponsored by Tart Collections. all thoughts and opinions are my own

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Cozy faux fur on a winter day

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wearing: bold blue earrings / Bobbi Brown lipstick “Lilac” / cozy faux fur coat / light blue scarf / long sleeve tee / Gucci Marmont Lady Bag (spring 2018!) / boyfriend jeans / Chanel spring nail polish / lace up boots (on major sale!)

So, if you have been following me for the past few winters, you may have noticed I am huge fan of faux fur. I love how funky, faux fur jackets and coats can be. They really elevate an otherwise casual, everyday look into something fabulous.

I originally chose this faux fur coat to wear with an evening jumpsuit I plan to wear later this month for my wedding anniversary, but I couldn’t wait to wear it. It is so cozy, and it fits so well! Plus, the price is so affordable! Love that!

We took these pictures in Capitola before enjoying brunch at Zelda’s last weekend. It is one of our favorite beachside restaurants, and we ate such a yummy meal. I had the bacon and eggs scramble, which was delicious, and my husband enjoyed the Eggs Benedict. Normally when we eat at Zelda’s, I order the Eggs Benedict, so I can attest that it is quite delicious. These are definitely my two favorite brunch dishes from Zelda’s in Capitola. If you’re local, I highly recommend trying them out; and ask for a table by the window. The view of the ocean is beautiful.

After brunch, we listened to music by the beach at the veranda and watched people trying to ice skate on a plastic ice rink. Um, it didn’t look very easy, so we decided not to try it. Have you tried skating on a plastic ice rink before? How was it?

That afternoon we took the kids to “The Mystery Spot” in Santa Cruz. Now, this is total tourist attraction, which is purely for entertainment. The whole thing was designed for fun; there isn’t really a mystery. That being said, I don’t want to spoil it for you if you have not been there, and everyone has to go at least once in their lifetime! The kids had so much fun, and our tour guide had the best jokes. It was really a lot of fun!

This was our last staycation day before school started up again. Our weekends for the next few weeks are full of the kids activities; and then I head to fashion week! Whoo-hoo!

What are some of your favorite staycation activities where you live?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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