#ElegantErrands with Bel & Beau Skirts & Lilla P


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photography: by amy lynn photography 

Bel wears: Lila P. cashmere cardigan c/o, Bel & Beau Black Tulle Skirt (coming March), Ivanka Trump suede booties c/o

Beau wears: Carmel Baby & Child c/o Fawn Shoppe, Gap striped shirt, Zara jeans, Freshly Picked Moccasins c/o

We didn’t give Holden any sugar for a long time (we would say that candy was yucky and he just agreed with us), but now that he’s a little older we allow him to indulge in something sweet every once and a while.  Mr. B has a slight addiction to chocolate (I literally can not keep ice cream in the house for longer than a day) and the first time Holden ever had chocolate ice cream, we knew by his reaction that the chocolate-loving gene had been passed down to him :)

I don’t have the biggest sweet tooth, but there are times that I just can’t help treating us to an afternoon at an ice cream parlor or cupcake shop, especially after the little man fell and cracked his forehead open (you can still see the glue on his forehead in these pictures). San Francisco is littered with quaint cupcake shops and bakeries, but I was hard pressed to find any near our new house until Holden and I stumbled upon Heavenly Cupcake in downtown San Diego.  With rows and rows of decadent cupcakes in every flavor imaginable, this was the perfect spot to introduce Holden to the world of cupcakes, and if you can’t tell by the pictures, he was pretty happy with the experience.  I bought one to share between the two of us and somehow I barely got a taste.

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This post is part of my #ElegantErrands series with Lady and Prince.  To find out more about #ElegantErrands and how you can get involved, read more in this post.


NYC in Pictures

 

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We went to New York at the beginning of this year and we had the best time just wandering and exploring the city together. It was the longest flight we had taken with Holden and he did amazingly.  He slept the entire way on the red eye to NYC and then for half of the flight on the way back home, and when he was awake he was perfectly content to color and read in his seat. We had been slightly nervous about the five hour flight and how he would feel being in a foreign place for a longer period of time, but we all had so much fun that we started planning our next trip as soon as we returned home.

We didn’t make any real plans for our stay beforehand and I loved our ability to go somewhere on a whim or last minute recommendation.  There was so much to see in New York and I felt like we were barely able to scratch the surface regardless of nonstop exploring for several days on end and I foresee many more trips to this magical city in the future.


FINDING BALANCE

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Bel clothing :: Zara necklace // Zara cropped top // Bel & Beau “Mrs.” Maxi Skirt in Sapphire

Beau clothing ::  H&M Winter hat // Zara top // Missjhandmade striped leggings // Zara loafers 

Only accessible when the tide is low enough for us to sneak around a towering rock wall that on most occasions meets the crashing waves to ward off visitors, this has quickly become our favorite spot to explore.  When the tide is at it’s lowest point, the large boulders that rest on the sand are brimming with sea life living in their nooks and crannies and we spend hours discovering the animals that get trapped on the shore as they wait for the tide to rise again.

Recently, I’ve been struggling with finding a balance between running the shop and giving enough of myself to my little family.  It seems it’s always difficult to to separate my time between the two and I’m starting to think that it’s time to start dedicating my time to each separately so that they each can have 100% of my undivided attention.  I’m definitely learning as I go, and I’m not sure there is any right answer or if there ever will be a perfect balance, but for now I just feel incredibly grateful that I can do something I love and still spend my day with my favorite little person on the planet.

I’d love to hear from you work at home mothers and how you find balance in your daily schedules!


Valentine’s Giveaway // Collaboration with {Re}cycled Consign & Design

Today, I am so excited to finally be able to share with you a few projects that I have been working on over the past couple of months, including two new items in the shop and a big Valentine’s giveaway.

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My first announcement is my t-shirt collaboration with Amanda of {Re}cycled Consign & Design.  Amanda owns the cutest online shop (and brick and mortar store in Utah) with some gorgeous womenswear designs and interior pieces.  We met over instagram and became instant friends. Amanda is incredibly creative and such a great source of inspiration so if you’re not following Amanda already, you can get to know her a little better here!

A few months ago, Amanda and I began collaborating on a custom tee design that is perfect for ladies everywhere.  The tee is the very softest and fits perfect in all the right places. Our hand draw design is one of a kind, a simple Lady! The logo represents inspiring women everywhere! Simple, but speaks volumes about you strong noteworthy ladies.

The next announcement is the new limited edition Bel & Beau “Ms.” Midi Skirt in a bright & vibrant red that I added to the shop just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Place an order through Monday, February 10th for guaranteed delivery before Valentine’s Day.

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And lastly, what better way to kick off the month of love and the celebration of women everywhere than with a huge GIVEAWAY. Amanda and I are teaming up to bring you three items for Valentine’s Day including a Bel & Beau “Ms.” Midi Skirt in Valentine’s Red, a lady tee to go with it, and $100 to {Re}Cycled Consign & Design!  You read that right…all three of these fabulous items just in time for Valentines Day!!

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To enter, follow Amanda @recycleddesign and myself  @Belandbeau on instagram…repost a favorite image with pink or red and use the hashtag #valantinelady for us to see.  At the end of the giveaway, we will pick our favorite valentine’s picture.  The giveaway ends Sunday at Midnight and the winner will be drawn Monday morning.


#ElegantErrands

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Bel (her) :: Mehira Blazer c/o Joie, Gayla Dress c/o Joie, Jaclyn Heels c/o Joie
Beau (him) :: Zara scarf, Target blazer, Baby Gap Button-Up, Baby Gap socks, Zara Loafers

In 2011, I became a mother to a beautiful baby boy and my style was forever changed.

After a few sleep deprived weeks (or perhaps a month or two) of living in loungewear, my skirts and dresses hanging untouched in the corner of my closet, my husband and I decided it was time for a date night and it was surprising how wonderful it felt to dress up.

Since the majority of my days were spent at playdates and playgrounds, I started dressing up for the simplest of errands or everyday occurrences just because it made me feel good.

After speaking with my good friend Marissa and finding out that she was also not saving her favorite dresses for only special occasions, we decided to start a style movement and social media campaign called Elegant Errands to inspire other women to take an everyday, ordinary opportunity and dress it up. Today we are teaming up with Joie to show you don’t always need an excuse to dress up.

Marissa and I believe that there is no reason not to opt for a favorite dress, regardless of what you have planned for the day. Whether it is wearing a tulle skirt to the grocery store or a fancy dress to the post office, we believe that the simple act of throwing on an elegant piece of clothing can completely change the way you feel about herself which is why we think you don’t need a “reason” to dress up (but if you need an excuse, let Elegant Errands be yours.)

We hope that you will join us on our #eleganterrands movement by switching out your everyday wear for something a little dressier, something that you feel good in, and share using the hashtag #eleganterrands. We can’t wait to see all of your #eleganterrands!