Costanoa Lodge Glamping

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We did a previous post on what to pack for “Glamping” a few weeks ago.  We stayed at Costonoa Lodge in Pescadero, CA and here are a few images of our tent bungalows.  Steph and I both reserved  tent bungalows right next to each other which came with 2 beds.   We made our bungalows feel a little more homie and cozy with our own quilts and candles.  We had fire pits in front of our bungalows and for the first time learned how to start our own campfires, sounds like a little feat, but a big victory coming from some “city girls.” The first morning we got wonderful massages from the spa.  After we visited the small town of Pescadero and picked up a few groceries from the local market, Arcangeli, which had fresh baked bread and their own line of jams and sauces.  Next we headed to tour Harley Goat Farms (recent post) and sampled different types of goat cheese.  When we got back, we laid out a picnic in front of our bungalows and just had a chance to sit out and relax.  On the drive back, the next day we stopped at one of the many beaches along the way and let the girls splash around a bit and collect some cool rocks.  We all had a great experience glamping and will try to make it a yearly ritual.

Fluently lived,

Kriselle, Steph & the girls

Road Trip to Pescadero

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A treasure of a place truly dear to our hearts is Pescadero, California. About an hour away from San Francisco, a beach and farm town so unique and warm, it is worth the trip. It is a place to be enjoyed by every one, there is something to do for kids, families, couples, well, even if you’re going there solo, we’re sure you will go home refreshed and peaceful.

One place we love to go to is Harley Farms Goat Dairy. Our kids love watching the alpine goats, from the newly born to the tough looking billy goats. At the store you get to sample what the farm has to offer – goat cheeses of all forms (even those who dislike the taste of goat cheese will love it, they’re nothing like what you get from the supermarket), sweet fruit extracts, olive oils, honey, eggs, and they even have beauty products made from goat’s milk, flowers and essential oils.

Every month or so they host a farm dinner, where you get to sit down and enjoy a family style meal. A dinner that can’t be missed, not only is it special for you and your sweetheart, it is also the perfect venue to have conversations with people you have not met before. A chance to experience sharing a meal with a community of like-minded folks – food lovers who like to enjoy fresh, in-season, gourmet meals. Perhaps we will see you there this year? Although we need to call in advance since they get booked fast.

fluently lived,

Stephanie and Kriselle

What to wear to a Formal Attire Wedding

Dressing for a formal attire wedding can be overwhelming and nobody wants to go on a panic shopping trip last minute. One thing to keep in mind is that despite the formal attire requirement, you do not necessarily need to conform to a certain style. You can wear a formal dress and still be true to your personality. Otherwise, how fun could a wedding be if you don’t feel like yourself.

So we edited and searched for what’s out there and narrowed the choices down to 3 dresses. Each one is styled to show two looks. First thing we kept in mind when picking these dresses is function. We don’t believe in one-occasion dressing so we selected gowns that you could wear even after the wedding. These can be worn at an office holiday party, nice dinner out, to the beach, etc. With the right accessories, you can dress these up or down.

Additionally, we selected silhouettes that will work for most body types, flowy, stretchy and forgiving so you can dance confidently even after enjoying that slice of cake. Enjoy!

fluently lived,

Stephanie and Kriselle

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Ethnic [Dress, Shoes, Clutch, Jewelry]

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Carry-on Essentials for Boys

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Shopping Guide:

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Cardigans [1] are a good alternative to heavy jackets and hoodies.  Khakis [2] are lightweight and the Gap carries a variety of colors.  Boys love baseball caps [3] and it will be great for shielding the sun or cold.  So glad there are now v-neck t-shirt options [5] for kids and this one by Ever/After has a cool patch pocket.  Backpacks are easy to carry and Herschel backpacks come in cool styles and colors and this will also work for school.  Tai is really getting into music and chose these headphones by Skull Candy [6] for their colorful pattern.  More tasty good for you snacks from Clift Bar [7] and Odwalla [9], so many different flavors you can’t really get tired of them and they’re both based out of the Bay Area.  A classic sketchbook [10] is great for drawing and writing, I don’t tend to save things, but after the kids have filled up a book, it’s one of the few things I’ll keep as keepsakes.  Slip on Vans [11] in an unexpected color combo.

Carry-on Essentials for Girls

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Shopping Guide:

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Comfort for kids is a priority when traveling, so I like to choose clothing made out of soft material.  The fleece wrap cardigan [1] from J.Crew Factory is an easy piece to layer on and the ribbon makes it sweet.  Mia loves leggings and will wear them everyday if she could, stripes serve as a neutral piece in both of our closets and go well with mixing other patterns, Tea Collection [2] makes long lasting pairs.  In case she gets chilly at the airport or on the plane, this infinity scarf by Tucker + Tate will keep her warm and I just love the horse print.  Believe it or not good fitting t-shirts are not easy to find, I recently discovered the label Ever/After [3], which make basics for the whole family  in cool cuts and colors.  Slip on sneakers are no fuss while at the airport and this iconic pair by French label Bensimon [5] will look darling with dresses or pants.  I like this interactive coloring book,  “My Wonderful World of Fashion,” [6] for it’s cute illustrations you can color and it also has fun activities to try.  Girls’ seem to like mini versions of things and these colored pencils [9] are just that and come in a small container.  We try to choose healthy snacks when available, Z Bars [7] and Odwalla juices [10] are favorites in our family.  Kids seem to get excited over having their own headphones [8] and who can resist childhood classic, Hello Kitty.  This ride on suitcase from Melissa & Doug (Steph put me on to them a few years ago) [11] is so fun for kids at the airport, Mia is too big to ride on it now, but she still uses it as her carry on and it holds a special place in her heart.

Carry-On Essentials for Men

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Shopping Guide:

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A cool hoodie [1] is a good for layering, this one by All Saints is knitted with merino wool.  A classic pair of Levi’s [2] in a dark color will work for day and night. A patterned pocket puts a twist in a basic men’s v-neck t-shirt [3].  Men can carry nice bags too, this leather trimmed carry all by Danish brand Mismo [4] is made with water-resistant canvas and will hold up nicely through the test of time.  Comfy sneakers [5] by Vans come in new cool colors.  Music is essential for most men, these noise canceling headphones by Bose [6] will work nicely while using the Iphone [9] for music.  The inflatable pillow [7] and blanket [11] pack up neatly in pouches, there’s lots of room for mom & kids to have each of their own, too and can be packed in Dad’s new carry all bag.  Kind bars [8] are another healthy tasty snack option.  Coconut water [10] to keep hydrated during the flight.

Carry-On Essentials for Women

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Shopping Guide

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Taking the plane with the whole family can be an “overwhelming thought,” but a little pre-planning can go a long way to ensure everyone stays comfortable.

Always handy to have a hat [1] and this one by Rag & Bone is a floppy fedora, so it packs up easily and will keep you looking chic after a flight. Depending on weather conditions in your destination, sometimes a blazer [2] is all I pack for a jacket because it works for day and night and keeps your look pulled together. I also always pack a pair of dark skinny jeans [3] because of their versatility, again also works for day and night,  looks good with flats or heels.   It can get chilly in the plane and this wrap cardigan by All Saints [4] is made with super soft jersey merino wool and layers up nicely.  Having a tablet makes it so I don’t have to pack a notebook and housing it in a leopard case [5] keeps it fun.  Lara bars [6]  are made with minimal ingredients and whole food, come in many flavors and are a good healthy snack.  Lip balm is a must because the plane can dry your skin out, EOS [7] lip balm come in round shapes and yummy flavors, which make it easier to find in your bag.  I love v-necks shirts and J.Crew [8] makes a good worn in linen one, which is also great for layering. When I can’t have a smoothie [9], Odwalla drinks are my next option. Big scarves double as a blanket and this Cantaloupe colored one by Chan Luu [10] is made of silk and cashmere and feels luxurious.  This stylish tote by Graf & Lantz [11] can carry all the essentials.  Bloch ballet flats [12] are my absolute favorite , they mold to your feet and can be worn all day and come in a variety of colors and prints.

Fluently lived,

Kriselle & Stephanie

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Surface to AIr

Digging the French streetwear brand, Surface to Air, which designs Ready to Wear for both men and women. It’s a favorite among hip hop artists to rockstars. We thought we’d highlight our favorite looks from the men’s collection.  The label’s vibe is a combo of hip French, American sportswear and British tailoring.  Looking forward to seeing what they have in store for new collections and collaborations.   

*Of course the “Go Home” sweatshirt worn by Jay Z is sold out.  We thought we’d also throw in where you can find the Brooklyn Nets Python print leather hat [left], here and if that price point is to steep, you can get the non leather version [right] here.   

Fluently lived,

Kriselle & Stephanie

Get the Look…

Chanel Inspired Look

Shopping Guide

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All black Chanel will forever be a timeless look, worn here by chic French girl, and newish mom, Julia Restoin Roitfeld is. She is also the blogger behind Romy and the Bunnies, a stylish blog geared towards new and expectant moms. We thought it would be fun to create a look with color and a lower price point, but still maintain the classic appeal to it.  The combo of navy and tan in the colorblock cardigan [1] from Anthropologie has a Chanel inspired feel and will also look chic with denim.  The vegan leather leggings [2] by Blank NYC have the look and feel of leather without the guilt or the hefty price tag.  Always good to have a pair of nude pumps [3] in your closets because they are so versatile and this pair by Schutz have just the right amount of point to it and won’t go out of style.  Again shying away from black, a quilted bag in an almond color by Rebecca Minkoff is unexpected, but will still be a universal piece.

Fluently lived,

Kriselle & Stephanie