the dress: part 2

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Dress: Who What Wear x Target / Tank: Alternative Apparel / Jeans: Old Navy
Necklaces: Gorjana (long/short) / Shoes: Jack Rogers / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Like I mentioned last week, I really saw this dress as a super versatile piece that could be worn multiple ways all summer. I definitely see it coming with me on my trip back to the east coast next month — I only have a small amount of room in my suitcase (I rarely check my bag) and I’ll be there for 10+ days, so I’ll need to maximize my space with items that can be mixed and matched!  I’ll definitely be dressing it up at night for dinners, and down during the day for shopping and trips to the Beach Plum for lobster rolls!

Here I’ve opened up the dress and removed the belt to make it into a long flowy vest to wear over white jeans. I think it would look equally great with darker skinny denim, and maybe even some flares. I’m now debating trying out this look with a pair of jean shorts… I’ll let you know!

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Life Lately

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Life has just been crazy lately.  Back to back business trips all across the country, the huge stress of flying Zinnie out to California on an airplane all by myself, and battling a nasty case of bronchitis have really dragged me down. I also haven’t seen my husband in weeks and can’t go to spin until my bronchitis is fully gone, but there have also been some fun things in the mix…

-I went to Lauren Roxburgh’s foam rolling event in Santa Monica and I am totally hooked! I just started her 21 day program and although I have a medium sized foam roller, I may upgrade to her 36″ foam roller soon!

-I snagged these gladiator sandals last week and I can’t wait to wear them. They will be so versatile the spring and summer and they are wicked comfy. Oh yeah, they’re also under $40!

-I’ve been working on building my website for my coaching business and I’m getting really excited to launch it. My goal is for it to be live on April 1st! (No joke!) I’ll be specializing in helping millennials and young professionals find purpose in their lives, especially those who are navigating early career changes. After years of college and higher education and late nights at work, many of us have stopped to look up from our desks and realized that we’re no longer inspired in our daily lives. Know someone who may be interested in life coaching? Send them my way at cwatsoncoaching@gmail.com.

-My desk chair broke (bummer), but I’m looking at it as a shopping opportunity and I’m going to be replacing it instead of trying to repair it. So I’ve been popping into Home Goods on the regular to see what they have in stock, but I’m also eyeing this  vintage inspired chair.

-Took a drive up the coast to Malibu and saw the cutest seaside restaurant, Malibu Farm.  Its organic, farm-to-table, locally sourced, and family owned! We only stopped for some coffee that day, but I will definitely be making some brunch reservations there soon!

Here’s to a less stressful week!

Los Angeles, California

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Its officially been almost three weeks since we moved to California and I must say they have flown by. Since we landed we’ve been non stop busy and I’m really hoping that things settle down soon. An idea of what we’ve been up to:

  • Visited with old friends
  • Made some new friends
  • Ate at In-n-Out burger
  • Went to a surprise party
  • Ate macarons at Bouchon Bakery
  • Toured a million apartments
  • Did laundry 50 times (we only have 1 suitcase of clothes!)
  • Went to an “unlimited mimosa” brunch
  • Decided on an apartment in Marina Del Rey
  • Ate at Blue Plate Taco… twice
  • Went hiking in the Pacific Palisades
  • Fired/Hired yet another car shipping company
  • Took a quick work trip to St. Louis
  • Highlighted my hair super blonde

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I feel so disoriented and out of place, but we’re moving into our new apartment on Monday and I hope things start to settle down and feel normal soon.  I just got a box of clothes in the mail (thanks Kathy!!) and I can’t wait to finally wear something other than the same 2-3 things everyday.  And my car should be arriving soon! The new shipping company we found ships via boat through the Panama Canal — so I am just hoping that by end of week next week it shows up and it didn’t get lost in the Bermuda Triangle!! So here’s to a successful move-in week at our new apartment in Marina Del Rey!

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New Beginnings…

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Remember when I mentioned that Doug and I had some huge news to share? We’ll we finally got the green light to let the cat out of the bag… we’re moving to California! Doug was given this great job opportunity, so we put our house up for sale and we’ll be heading west to Los Angeles right after the new year.

I have mixed feelings about leaving Newburyport. I really love it here! And I am so sad about selling my house. But as the move gets closer and closer, I’m trying to really think of this as an adventure. We have a long list of west coast places we want to visit, and I know a few winters without snow will be more than welcome.

We don’t know how long we’ll be in California or whether we will even like it or not, but come January we’ll be embarking on our west coast adventure, and I hope you’ll follow along. I’m sure someday we’ll be back, but for now I’m just soaking up ever last chilly minute here in Newburyport before we leave.

PS. Coat is by Vince from last winter, but a similar one is available here.

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Venice Beach

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Dress: Ann Taylor c/o / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

On our first full day in Los Angeles we woke up bright and early (thanks Eastern time!) and headed off in search of breakfast burritos and the beach! We stayed in a cute little AirBnB just one block from Venice’s Muscle Beach and spent our mornings drinking coffee and watching the surfers before heading out for the day.

I tried my best to embrace the “windblown” look as the hair dryer in our AirBnB was broken. To add to my hair troubles, we were also renting a Mustang convertible for the week which was super fun to drive, but didn’t help my hair. Thankfully our hotel in San Diego had a hairdryer so my hair was back to normal in a few days!

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