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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!

May16

Celebrating Mother’s Day with My Girls

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I got to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend in Palm Desert with my family. Our friends joined us to create a giant party crew of six families and the moms were able to sneak away for a boozy brunch, massage and tons of laughs! It couldn’t be any more perfect than that.

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I’ve always been blessed with the presence of wonderful women in my life. My mom was a single mom who worked tirelessly to support me and my sister and she showered us with love and affection to counteract any void from growing up without a dad. She was my first example of how a woman should be – independent, hard working, responsible and loving.

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My girlfriends are inspirational too. I met most of them when I was young and silly and that gave me the opportunity to witness a beautiful metamorphosis in which sweet girls grew up to be kind, creative and capable women.

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I admire my friends who have the heart to adopt a little boy from China and create a loving home for him. Friends who take the initiative (and risk) to hit the pause button on a law career to work in a kitchen. Friends who are moms with demanding careers who manage to enjoy action-packed weekends centered around their children. Friends who have the guts, determination and energy to chase dreams and build new careers, even if that means waking up at 5am every morning to get the kids ready for school and get to work on time.

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They are thinkers, do-ers, fun-loving gals. Best of all, they are kind, considerate and extremely generous through words and actions. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by these gals and hope to meet more inspirational women on my journey. :)

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Apr21

Decompressing in Scottsdale

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Last month, hubby had to visit Scottsdale for work and I decided to tag along without the kids. It was a quick 2 day trip but exactly the break that I needed!

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I am no stranger to hard work. I spent nearly a decade working in finance and law jobs with schedules that were sometimes brutal. When I was pregnant with my first, everyone warned me how hard it is to be a mom but I felt abundantly confident and capable going in. No sweat, I thought, I got this.

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What I didn’t know back then is that being a mom is a nonstop job. You can never clock out! Especially with two kids (or more), the breaks are few and far between. Someone always needs something at any hour of the day (how about that 4AM nosebleed?).

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Even the best moms need to take breaks. In fact, I think the best moms are absolutely taking breaks! In Scottsdale, I indulged in a 2 hour brunch buffet followed by early happy hour followed by a dip in the jacuzzi with a glass of wine in one hand and my kindle in the other. All by myself! It was the best kind of vacation for an overworked mom.

And at the end of the trip, I missed my kids so much that I rushed back home to smother them with kisses.

(wearing Gucci Loafers (save 1, 2), Gucci Bag (save 1, 2), Ray-Ban Sunglasses (save) and Blank Denim Jeans (similar))

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