Washington D.C. vacation {recap}

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Before signing off, here’s my recommendations on the sites, grub, and place to stay that were without a doubt two-thumbs up experiences.


The White House:  just a FYI you’ll have to contact your Congressman 3-6 months in advance to go thru a background check and finally an approval.

-The National Mall to see such iconic sites including the Washington Monument, National WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing:  where dolla dolla bills are made, yo!

The National Archives:  3 pieces of paper worth seeing in your lifetime- the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.


Old Ebbitt Grill: recommended by a co-worker and backed up by 3,000 Yelp reviewers, this place is quintessentially Washington D.C.  It’s rich in history (situated kitty corner from the White House) and had a mouth-watering menu to match.

Ted’s Bulletin:  another recommendation that I’m so glad we listened to.  Best known for their homemade Pop Tarts…yes, I said Pop Tarts– which was amaze balls!  We went for lunch and even contemplated going again for dinner a few nights later because this place was so dang gooood.


Rouge (A Kimpton Hotel):  where luxury and kid friendly mesh cohesively.  The hotel staff won my son’s heart when they welcomed us at check-in with a toy from the treasure chest.  Then knocked it out of the ballpark with our room.  Ever wanted to stay in a 2-room suite with a bunk bed?  Now’s your chance ;).

Sincerely, Kymberly

Dear J.Crew

thanksDear J.Crew,

The other day I determined I have been a faithful shopper at J.Crew for almost 10 years now.  Ordering from your catalogs and shopping in your retail stores have become second nature to me and as each year passes, I’m finding myself even more devoted to the brand.

That devotion looks like it isn’t wavering any time soon.  You’ve hooked-line-and-sinked my entire family too.

For myself, each season I’m thoroughly impressed with the new styles available.  Especially as my wardrobe has continued to remain preppy, but with more of a sporty-chic tone; you have me covered.

With my belly growing from the length of a banana to eventually a watermelon; you’ve incorporate maternity bottoms to suit my on-the-go lifestyle.  Psst, I’m currently living in these denim shorts.

Not to mention, it helps that as a card member and email subscriber, I’m getting the extra hook-ups on discount codes.  Take that, savvy shopping.

Then there is my husband, he turns to your catalogs as his copy-cat stylist.  He finds what looks he likes and orders.  He’s easy like that.  Promise me you won’t change a thing about your catalogs?

As for my son,  he’s rocking your boy clothes on the daily now.  Daddy’s mini-me has me chasing him around with my camera ready to capture all the cuteness he’s exuding in his tiny tot clothes.  (P.S. your toddler sneakers might just be my favorite things to purchase for him.)

Finally, the reason for this open letter- my little bun in the oven has quickly gained an impeccable gender-neutral wardrobe with a huge help from your baby collection.  The neutral onesies and knotted beanies are exactly what I had been looking for.  The super modern color-tones has made the “not finding out” gender game easy.  

Oh, and your cashmere baby blankets  are swoon worthy and I can already envision early morning feedings with baby wrapped around one.

If I do end up having a girl (which I sort of think it is), I’ll be sure to add to my shopping cart a handful of those adorable bloomers.

There you have it, a pat on your back for the job well done.  You continue to make this savvy shopper look stylish, kuddos for keeping my husband’s wardrobe totally on point, for my son’s hip toddler gear, and for starting my future little’s wardrobe right :).

Thank you, J.Crew.

Sincerely, Kymberly

Maternity Style Hacks

maternity style

I’m in the East Coast for the next two weeks and packing for this trip really got me excited for fall weather since my California days are still spent in summer-like wardrobe.  Would you mind falling in line with the cold-weather movement, California?  Thanks, much appreciated.

With fall and winter weather just around the corner, I’m not only looking forward to the season of holidays, but the chance to dress this bump in accordance.  For my last pregnancy, my second and third trimester was spent during the spring-summer months which called for lots of dresses and dips in the pool to keep me from overheating.  However, I can finally get my chance to dress my bump in what is my favorite time of the year to be fashionable.

In order to stay stylish while intermingling my pre-pregnancy clothes with my newly purchased maternity clothes, I’ve rounded up 5 maternity style hacks  to help me look fashionable for fall thru winter:

1.  Wear loose fitting dresses.  For colder days throw on pregnancy leggings underneath.

2.  Take a button up shirt and knot it above the belly.  Looks super cute with a knotted t-shirt too.

3.  I’m totally loving a cape and every since I saw Burberry’s monogrammed poncho, I’ve been counting down the days till I can recreate this look.  There’s no denying the cuteness when you’ve a bump peeking out.

4.  When you’re pregnant you tend to get overheated easily, so layering is a must.  Especially paired with a vest.

5.  I’m the biggest advocate for hats all year round.  Whether it’s a baseball cap or a fedora, I usually have one donned upon my head.  The right hat can turn a plain or relaxed outfit,  into a chic Instagram-worthy outfit.

Sincerely, Kymberly

Pregnancy Update: 4 months

4 months pregnant

{recently attended a local polo game}

1.  Overall, how did your 4th month of pregnancy go?

I think I am the worst for admitting this, but the first word that comes to mind is “alright.”  Don’t get me wrong, I continue to feel blessed to be pregnant, but having to suffer HORRIBLE morning and all day sickness while caring for a 2 year old, made our daily activities of play dates, afternoon’s swimming, and errands more difficult to accomplish.

2.  How is this pregnancy different than the last one?

With Harrison, I immediately had food cravings.  I wanted to eat meat.  In fact, I used to not eat pork, but started eating it again with HB just because my body craved pork chops and bacon.  

So far, I’m not craving anything.  The extent of my cravings is eating lots of fruits and drinking smoothies daily, but I believe a lot of this has to do with the heat wave California is still in (and let me remind you, it’s October!  #wheresfall?)

3.  What are you doing this week?

Trying to determine nicknames for our already picked out boy and girl names.  So far, no luck and it’s making me (slightly) question our names.

4.  As of lately, what are you wearing?

Shift dresses continue to be my go-to wardrobe.  (the plus side to living in year-long warm weather).

5.  What was the highlight of your 4th month of pregnancy?

During week 16, I felt baby kick for the first time.  That new feeling feels just as amazing as it did the last time.  

6.  Shell out some honest thoughts, will ya?

I’m now in week 17 and I’ve gained 7 pounds already.  I’d have to say it’s not noticeable where one would automatically speculate I have a baby bump.  My weight gain has spread out evenly throughout my belly making me still look like I’ve overeaten or frontal muffin-toppin’ it.   

7.  What do you think you are having, a boy or girl?

A girl because every old wise tale points to me carrying a girl.  

8.  Still planning on not finding out the gender?

That is correct :).

Sincerely, Kymberly

Making Room

making room // pregnancy announcementpregnancy annoucement // displaying family clothespregnancy announcement // onesieTurning our all-purpose guest room into a nursery has got me lit up with excitement!  The idea of defining a space for our second child has my mind racing.  One thing I do know is that when my nesting instincts kick up into high gear, I’ll be planning an all-white nursery to welcome Baby home to.

Making the decision to expand our family was an easy one.  In fact, it was one the Hubby and I decided on a few months after the birth of our first-born, Harrison.  We joked to each other that we wanted “Irish twins,” but in reality it wasn’t until an amazing (and our first family) trip to Hawaii that we truly felt ready.

Now, if you’re doing a little math here,  you’ll be able to determine our wait-for-another-baby didn’t come as quickly as expected.  I did my best to remain positive, not “think about it,” and just let things happen when they happen.  But when months, and even a year passes, it’s easy to re-evaluate the whole “glass half full” mentality.

My self-pity parties didn’t last long.  I’d continue to remind myself to believe in Faith, Hope, and Love.  Eventually He would give us a positive response.

With the added help from our fertility doctor,  we indeed got the response we had prayed 14 months for.  As much as I’m a bit weirded out by mentioning this,  I feel it’s important to recognize that even though I’m in my young 30’s, live a fairly stress-free lifestyle, and I’m part of an outstanding marriage; sometimes things seem beyond your control, and getting a helping hand from modern medicine can make your dreams come true.  Turning a dream into a reality isn’t something to be ashamed of and is why I’m sharing this particular paragraph.

I admit our road could have been more difficult to overcome.  Looking back, it was a minor bump compared to those who have infertility doctor bills thousands of dollars more than ours, or even those who have to go through the long process of adoption.  My heart goes out to those families.

With my first trimester past, the next question to face is finding out the gender.  This is where the all-white nursery comes into play.  We have chosen not to find out whether we are blessed with a boy or a girl.  What waiting-on-a-baby has taught us, is to be truly thankful for your fortunes.  To put focus on preparing on the necessities: stocking up on diapers, wet wipes, buying a double stroller, editing our 529 plan, and I say this last part in all seriousness,– finding the perfect diaper bag.

Being the planner than I am, I’ll be sure to pick up a couple of those adorable bows (just in case) to match the white, cream and grey newborn onesies I’ll have washed and ready for when baby arrives.  Who knows, I’ll probably also pick up one or two of those undeniably cute pink dresses (again, just in case) and new blue outfits Baby Gap has on constant rotation.

Or maybe there will be a day when I’ll look over at my Husband, tell him how nuts we are for waiting 6 months, and analyze the heck out of our latest ultrasound.

In either case, stay tuned :).

Sincerely, Kymberly 


Shopping for Sunnies

Warby Parker // Packaging  I recently became friends with the folks over at Warby Parker and they introduced me to their Home Try-On program.  The gist of it is simple:  pick 5 sunglasses, for 5 days, and it’s totally free.  With summer days ahead, tortoise sunnies have quickly topped my wish-list.  So I thanked WP for the heads up (complete with a smiley face emoticon, thumbs up, and raise the roof emoji) and headed over to their site to order.

Warby Parker //  Warby Home Try OnWarby Parker // summer sunglassesWarby Parker // Reilly frameWarby Parker // RobinsonWarby Parker // Quimby frameWarby Parker // Lowry frameWarby Parker // Banks frameWarby Parker // 5 sunglassesWarby Parker // sideThe 5 sunglasses I choose where all from their new summer collection: Reilly, Robinson, Quimby, Lowry, and Banks.  A stunning set of spectacles if you ask me.


Warby Parker // ReillyRobinson:

Warby Parker // Robinson try on

Warby Parker // Quimby try on

Warby Parker // Lowry try on

Banks:Warby Parker // Banks try onI have to say, I adore them all.

This calls for round 2.  With my top 3 choices in hand, I went outside to see if mother nature’s natural lighting could narrow down my choice:

Warby Parker // Reilly outsideWarby Parker // Lowry outsideWarby Parker // Banks outsideStill a tough choice, but I think I’m leaning towards…

Warby Parker // summer 2014 sunglassesWarby Parker // Lowry try on insideThe Lowry!!

Okay friends, what do ya think?  Yay!  or Nay? Speak now or forever hold your peace.

Sincerely, Kymberly

Love the shades yourself?  I encourage you to test out the Home Try-On program.

To seal the deal, here’s 5 reasons why I shop at Warby Parker:

(5)  Super Chic and GQ-like style.

(4)  Polarized lenses come standard.

(3)  Quality materials used.

(2)  Buy a pair, give a pair program.

(1)  $95/pair.

Happy Shopping 😉