Style: Summertime Layering Essentials for the Kids

This time of year, I find that I spend far more time with my kiddos and most of the time we are in the outdoors. We live just around the corner from the Presidio and they love to explore and dig around in nature. Recently, Jackson has become obsessed with bugs and he carefully watches them to figure out how they function. Honestly, if he had his way, he’d be outside every hour of the day!

I think this time of year is one of my favorites for children’s clothes. I love blue and white palates for clothes and right now, this is an easy combination to find. I always head to Poppy Store in Marin Country Mart and find multiple outfits for the kiddos that are both comfortable and also stylish. Recently, I’ve been getting Amelia little rompers that keep her cool and comfortable. She loves them and she hasn’t yet figured out how to take them off (she seems to like to strip off her clothes recently). The blue and red striped shirt is so great as an added layer. For Jackson, we always start with several layers. Usually it’s cold in the morning in San Francisco and we walk to school with a Patagonia puffy jacket. By the time I pick him up, the layers are peeled back and he’s in his shorts and t shirt. I’ve had many mothers ask where I buy his shoes because he boasts they are “super fast” shoes and the other kids want them!

What I love about Poppy Store is the wide variety of clothes they carry. I’m always able to find something that the kids will love to wear while being comfortable. It’s also a great store for baby gifts, birthday treats, and anything else you need for your littles. My kids love to go there – Marin Country Mart is like an adventure park. Jackson and Amelia know exactly where everything is – first they visit the turtles and fish, then they play on the beautiful playground, and finally, they visit Poppy Store and the toy store next door. Sounds like a slice of heaven to me!

On the Bookshelf

 This week, I am reviewing two books on design that I have been reading:

The Lonny Home: Discovering & Cultivating Your Most Authentic Space
Abode: Thoughtful Living With Less by Serena Mitnik-Miller and Mason St Peter

I was so excited to open The Lonny Home and see their ideas around the concept of creating an authentic home. I was fortunate to be asked to be highlighted in the section Letting Go. For me, letting it go happens before you even buy something and choosing to have less, better quality items in your life. The Lonny Home has a youthful and easy decorating style that feels both approachable and accessible at the same time. There are so many great topics within this book which features a variety of homes and also helpful lessons to take away for your own home. I know this will be a resource guide I will refer to for years to come. If you are interested in small space living – I was interviewed on page 86.

Abode was written by the founders of General Store, Serena Mitnik-Miller and Mason St Peter. It’s a fresh and simple design idea made popular by their non-traditional approach at decorating. Believing in a curated home filled with meaning, they show you how well-crafted items can shine when in a pared down environment. I look forward to the day I own a home and can also implement their genius ideas to improve a space found in the pages of Abode. This is a book you won’t want to miss!

Style: Wardrobe Classics for Every Closet

With the pace of my life seemingly increasing and often hectic, I need clothes that work both for my professional life as well as my life as a mom on the go. I rarely have the time to change out of my work clothes – I usually run from a meeting to pick up my son at school and then I’m off to an evening event or the park with little time to change in between.

As most of you know by now, my go-to way of dressing is pretty much a nice casual. But as my business is taking off, I often find I need to up my look a bit. What I love about M.M. LaFleur is that these clothes are easy care, can look dressy, and also work great in a casual setting. The Foster pants fit like a glove, the high waist is essential and are super comfortable. And I find I can dress them up by wearing heels and dress them down with a pair of flats. Either way, comfort is always number one for me. I always tend toward a sleeveless shell – this is the Joan top in Alabaster – as a part of my daily uniform. I can wear a sweater or blazer when it’s cooler, but they look put together and are great when the weather shifts from hot to cold. Finally, the  Morandi sweater in charcoal is always an important thing in San Francisco. When the afternoon winds blow, you need something warm, even in the dead of summer!

The impressive thing about M.M. LaFleur is the versatility of their products. They can be machine washed. Nothing too precious in my life – I often have two toddlers hanging off of me and I can’t worry about my clothes getting ruined. And M.M. LaFleur offers showrooms and pop-ups around the country. Check out their great assortment of business clothes that work for our busy lives today!

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Photography by Claire Giffen

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