L.L. Bean Just Nailed My Spring Wardrobe

{Let me preface this post by asking if you’re into stripes… If you’re answer is anything less than… uhm, OBSESSED, then this might not be your cuppa. BUT if you’re my stripes-sista, come aboard and let’s count the ways we can eat baguettes, plan boat trips and pardon our french in these tres-chic seaside-inspired styles. Oui!}
Okay, moving on… When my outdoorsy dad could no longer figure out what birthday gifts to get his fashion-loving daughter, he started giving me L.L.Bean gift certificates. He loved Maine life and thought whatever one might need, you could get from L.L. Bean. So from circa 1987 to 2000 I accepted the challenge to find whatever L.L.Bean apparel I could turn into a teenage girl’s wardrobe. It was a challenge back then (though I fondly remember one particular blush cable-knit). Today, not so hard. Because L.L.Bean has seriously nailed everything I need for my Spring Capsule Wardrobe. Check out my picks below!


L.L.Bean Spring Capsule Wardrobe >> 9 mix & match pieces



Each item in the capsule wardrobe plays nice with the others, tops can be worn with all the bottoms and vice-versa, creating a whole lotta style options for only 9 pieces. Great for easy everyday style or packing light!
You probably have a pair of cut-offs or your favorite white tee that you can sub in just fine for a few pieces, which is great! Though keep in mind the key is how all these pieces play off each other. All styles currently available on LLBean.com, links below. So many outfit ideas, cannot wait to start styling!
Signature Poplin Dress
Signature Merino Crewneck Sweater
Signature Cotton/Modal Scoopneck
Signature Short-Sleeve Linen Top
French Sailor’s Hoodie
Signature Denim Shorts
Signature Jeggings
Signature Wood Clogs
Signature Made in Maine Tote

SLO to Snow

One of the magics of living on the central coast of California is having beaches, mountains and vineyards all at our fingertips on any given day. Beach in the morning and ski in the afternoon. With this winter’s epic snow, I have no idea why it took us until March to find our way to the slopes {I think we were enjoying the vineyards, lol}… Thankfully before the season ended we joined some friends in an awesome RV ski road trip (aka SNOW FAM JAM!). Just over 3.5 hours from San Luis Obispo is China Peak ski resort and wow, it did not disappoint!


Fresh snowfall! Only 3.5 hours from SLO, kiddos woke up to a winter wonderland. By noon it was shorts and major sunscreen kind of weather. Love spring skiing in California!


Unplugged… cell service is pretty spotty at the mountain, which was amazing when you have this view. And family. And friends. And a slope-side General Sherman IPA.


Littles loving it! Great beginner slope with moving carpet for the kiddos {and 5 & under ski free!}. These three amigos rocked the bunny hill from open to close!


This is the LIFE… apre-ski West-coast style // China Peak is one of the few ski resorts to have RV parking on site! Did I mention just how cool this is? Ski all day and walk back to your home on wheels and soak it all in. So.Good.


We are all stoked to go back!! Such good family time. They have some pretty good specials happening and {as of last weekend} still have tons of snow. Passes for their 2017/2018 60th anniversary season are now on sale and if you buy now you can spring ski the rest of the year for free! Cant wait for our next SLO to snow adventure! xx

Beach Bag Essentials

Summer is here! Time to pack up the beach bag and hit the sand. I gave The Fashion Spot the inside scoop on my beach bag essentials. Check ’em out and tell me… what’s in your bag?

I live on the West coast, but my monogrammed L.L. Bean beach tote reminds me of my summers spent in Maine. What’s inside? Take a peek!

1). Coola sunscreen, organic and smells amazing.

2). I almost always have at least two Kushcush swimsuits on hand. The Coquette in Blush Lace is one of my go-to faves.

3). Evian mist for hot days.

4). Sud Pacifique Vanille Coco spray, reminds me of being on vacation and is the only scent I wear.

5). Always my sketchbook.

6). Matchbox cars and healthy snacks for my son, Jax.

7). California Baby Hair De-tangler (which I originally bought for Jax, but it’s fantastic on my long hair!).

8). I’m obsessed with the Next Issue iPad app. It’s like carrying 20 magazines in one.

9). Kushcush printed scarves. They’re a major multi-tasker: from beach cover-up to blanket to scarf… and a lovely pop of style!

10). Miu Miu cross-body purse so I can easily downsize from the beach to a seaside lunch without carrying my entire beach bag.


See you at the beach!