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Apr18

Family Hike in Point Dume Malibu

Over spring break, we took the kids to Point Dume Malibu for a gorgeous hike and it made me remember why I love living in LA.

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Mar12

Life Lessons at 40

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Aug28

Fringe and Overalls (and SPD)

English Factory Fringe Sweater | Free People Overalls
Simon Miller Bonsai Bag (mini) | Aquazzura Sandals (splurge, save)
Modern Weaving Moon Dancer Earrings (save, love) | Super Sunglasses

The weather heats up in LA this week but I have fall fashion on my mind! This fringe sweater is the perfect transitional piece. I am wearing it with denim short shorts right now and planning to wear it with mom jeans and booties when the leaves change color (do they in LA??). I have a weakness for overalls. Really, I don’t need another pair but I couldn’t resist the fit of these sexy overalls. They add oomph to a basic tee. With a slouchy sweater and heels, they’re perfect for a casual night out!

I write about fashion but there is a lot going on behind the scenes of my life. As you know, I am mom to two yummy little boys. They happen to be very spirited children, which is no surprise because my husband and I are both spirited people. On top of all that spirit, my youngest has sensory processing disorder (SPD) and I suspect he’s on the autism spectrum. These are conditions that I am learning about every day and we are doing our best to give him the special care that he needs. But wow, I am exhausted. Parenting is a hard job and the added challenges of raising a special needs kid can be overwhelming at times. I had a full blown meltdown the other day, heaving sobs and all!

I wanted to open up to you guys a little more. Talking about overalls and cute shoes is what I do to escape but it’s not what my life is about. If I can be a resource to anyone who feels lonely parenting a spirited, possibly autistic child with sensory processing disorder (or any one of these), shoot me an e-mail and you’ve got a friend on your side! One day, I hope to be able to share my parenting stories (and challenges) on this blog because that’s where my heart really is.

Many thanks for sticking with me through these times! I wish everyone a wonderful week. :)

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Dec29

Growing Older and Some Lessons in Life

I’m 39 today. I wish it were a typo but it’s really true! The beauty of this age is that I’m finally old enough to have a little wisdom. And what’s the point of having wisdom if I don’t share it with everyone I know. On my blog! So here we go, a few lessons in life that I’ve picked up along the way to the edge of my thirties:

Be kind. This is rule number one. No explanation needed, just spread love! Always!

Be bold. I don’t have many regrets in life but I sometimes replay the moments when I could have been braver, more vocal, more gutsy. Age has given me the desire and confidence to live as fearlessly as possible and I am grateful for that.

Have honor. Follow through on your promises, show up when you make a commitment, keep your intentions and actions honest and you’ll become someone that people admire.

Give without expecting anything in return. The moment your heart gives freely is when love pours into your life. I knew this to be true the day I became a mom.

Have a margarita or two. Take a bubble bath. Watch a romantic comedy. You’ll feel so much better!

Do something that makes you feel slightly nervous and uncomfortable. Sometimes I have to push myself to speak up in a group of strangers or take on a project that I know nothing about but so much personal growth occurs outside my comfort zone that I’m always glad that I stepped out.

And just in time for the new year, keep making those resolutions! Even if they’re a repeat from prior years, don’t give up on the goals that you believe will have a positive impact on your life.

(Psst, my style recap from 2015 is here.)

Dec25

Merry Christmas from the Lee Family

No matter what you believe, we hope you’re enjoying a beautiful holiday weekend with your loved ones! This Christmas, Lucas asked Santa for legos, Pokémon trading cards and Pokémon toys while Nixon asked for candies, ice cream sundae and chocolate sauce (not necessarily to eat with the sundae). At the ages of 6 and 3, Lucas and Nixon love adding the word diaper to everything they say to come up with such delightful phrases like banana booger diaper, sorry diaper and the very creative diaper diaper. That pretty much sums up what we’ve been up to this year! :) Merry Christmas everyone!

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