Happy Friday loves! This easy to wear dress is quickly becoming a favorite in my closet. One of the things I love most about this floral caftan is that it’s the perfect print for Spring, Summer, and Fall. You could easily throw on a leather jacket and lace up booties to transition the look for Fall. The floral makes it feminine but the cut keeps it a bit boho, which you know I love. I’m wearing an XS (you need to throw a slip under) and I recommend sizing down because like most caftan’s, it runs big. The belt synchs and defines the waist and the light weight fabric drapes perfectly against the body. Plus, it can be worn off the shoulder which is still one of fashion’s leading trends. It really is the perfect dress for all shapes and sizes! Grab it on sale for $30 here. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
After a month off to enjoy summer vacation with my family, I’m back! Anyone else feel like they blinked and summer was over! It went too fast, but what a great couple months we had with Audrey and Jack. Hoping y’all had a wonderful summer full of yummy bbq, lots of sunshine, and memories to last a lifetime. Speaking of vacation, today’s blog is all about a new approach to how you might vacation once in a while.
Vacation time, it’s the time of year the entire family looks forward to. Whether it’s a summer week spent at the beach, or a winter weekend skiing the mountains, family trips are always full of fun. Like most families, we always vacation together but this year I decided to include a different type of family vacation. I decided to take a three day trip with just my daughter! A little mommy-daughter journey. At first, it felt odd to be without my husband and son but it didn’t take long to start feeling the benefits of a little one-on-one time with little miss. Rather than sharing the fun memories created from our trip (which were many), I wanted to focus on the benefits of taking a vacation/short trip with one parent and one child. These are my top four reasons you and your partner should consider solo trips with each child.
1. No competition – If you have more than one child then odds are, your children compete about EVERYTHING. Who has the bigger ice cream sundae, who runs faster, who get’s in the car first, who get’s to read with mom, who get’s to read with dad, who colors the best, and so on. Just the other day my kids were arguing/competing about who pees faster. I mean…really? You do your best to make things fair for each child but of course someone is always complaining. We all raise are kids to be grateful for what they have, but the truth is they are always worried about what everyone else has. When your child has no sibling to focus on competing with, he/she will be more focused on the moment and considerably more thankful for that ice cream sundae, regardless of its size.
2. Quality bonding – When you travel as a family, the focus moves around. Each sibling has different interests that you try to fulfill, and you’re trying to spend quality time with your partner, but it’s a juggling act for everyone in the family. Simply put – Your attention is always divided and sought after. I loved having the opportunity to focus on and bond with just my daughter. Everything from eating with just her, singing songs in the car with just her, sharing first adventures with just her, to sharing a bed with just her. Being able to give all my love, affection, and attention to one child was rewarding on so many levels.
3. No sibling bickering – When there is no competing and no divided attention there’s no arguing and therefore, just fun times. Yay! As a mom of two, I’m constantly breaking up battles and disciplining, which is expected, but it’s REALLY nice to have a break from all that. A little one-on-one time removes those stressful parenting moments and gives you the time to just have fun. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy having both my children together because I do, and I relish in seeing them bond, but all siblings argue. We’ve had family vacations where our children bickered All DAY LONG, and it has spoiled a fun day. I’d be lying if I didn’t share that sometimes I couldn’t wait for my kids to go to bed after a day of bickering over ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. Pretty sure I’ve even prayed (while chugging a glass of wine) for bedtime to come, ha! When you spend time and money to take a vacation, the last thing you want to do is wish away the day, but the truth is, sometimes kids are tired and things don’t go how you planned. Traveling with just one child gives you the opportunity to encourage your child to appreciate and value each day of vacation time spent together. Even if your child gets upset about something or becomes over tired on your trip, every scenario is easier to handle without a second or third child melting down as well.
4. In depth conversations – We traveled from the Bay Area to San Luis Obispo, so we had three hours of travel time which meant lots and lots of opportunity to talk. I think I’m a good mom. My kids and I talk all day long, I spend time playing with them, I’m active in their schools and activities, and most importantly I’m focused on raising good human beings. But with a busy family schedule, it’s rare that I have a few days alone with just one of my children. During our travels, Audrey and I had lengthy conversations about what she likes, her friends, her fears, her dreams. Our children are constantly growing and evolving, so we (parents) may think we know everything gong on in their wild imaginations but you’d be surprised what you can learn. Our alone time gave me a little more perspective on her growing personality and I loved every second of it.
I’m not suggesting that y’all start taking separate trips on a regular basis. My most cherished time is when our entire family is together creating lasting memories. Maybe next year my husband and daughter will go off on an adventure, and maybe the following year my son and I will. Maybe our trip will be for three days again, or maybe it will be for one night only. There is no special formula on how you choose to have separate vacation time, it’s what works for your family but I highly suggest giving it a try. The benefits listed above apply to children of all ages. Whether your kids are toddlers or teenagers there are many positives to traveling one-on-one. I think parents feel guilty leaving another child behind but I’m here to say–> Don’t feel guilty, feel the joy you will get out of your one-on-one time. Embrace the opportunity to bond and build upon your relationship with each child. Think of the adventure and memories you will create while exploring a new town or city together. Our mother daughter trip will be a special memory in my heart forever, and I can’t wait to have one with my son!
Today is the Amazon Prime Day Sale featuring more than 100,000 deals worldwide for new and existing Prime members, with more deals being added every 5 minutes. It’s such a great sale! Clothing, shoes, and accessories are all 30% off! Y’all know my love of one piece suits so I rounded up some great must haves for this summer at super discounted prices. My Mara Hoffman leaf one-piece is almost half the price, and I’m loving the off the should rompers and dresses, especially the bright orange floral print. All sales end tonight at 11:59 PST, so don’t miss out!
Normally, when I work with fashion brands I feature their clothing and how to style a look, but for this post I want to share a bit about this savvy resort wear company, Vacay. If you don’t love packing for vacations or are unsure of what to bring, then this is going to be a game changer for you. A little background – Vacay was founded in 2014 by Elizabeth Hynes, former Merchandising Director at Banana Republic, so she knows what she is doing. Elizabeth had the idea of creating 5 piece collections that could be interchanged to create multiple looks. Basically the company helps you travel smarter and in style. Sounds brilliant right! The fabrics and colors in each collection cater towards certain types of travel destinations, but each collection could truly be worn anywhere, even intermixed for a summer at home. I’m wearing a red, white, and blue dress that can also convert to a long skirt from the Martinique Collection. The collection is inspired by the French Caribbean Island, Martinique, with pieces that resemble french style and sophistication. I absolutely adore this dress/skirt, the quality and movement of it is beautiful. To give you an idea, I shared two looks – casual as a skirt and dressed up as a dress! Check out the other amazing collections here (pieces sold individually as well) and take advantage of my 20% off discount today. Use code SCSUMERSTYLE. Wishing you all a safe and Happy 4th of July!
I can hardly believe that we are at the end of June! Time flies, but we had a great month of travel and visitors. July will host one of the biggest sales of the summer, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so stay tuned for some great offers and style pieces to add to your wardrobe at discounted prices. Before we talk about the Nordstrom Sale, it’s not too late to take advantage of Banana Republic’s big sale – Take an extra 50% off all sale items. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite items. I adore the pineapple earrings and the seersucker (on trend) white blazer is the perfect summer jacket to throw over dresses or for the office. So many items are marked down to unbelievable prices. Shop the post below! Sale ends July 5th.