Thursday, September 13, 2012

Chicago in bits

 Driving past the city en route to Lincoln Park, my sissy's hood. 

 At Taverna 750 for dinner.  iphone pic hence the fuzzy quality. 

and drinks

My sissy's hood in Lincoln Park.  I love the tree lined streets. 

 The hanging flower plants are so charming. 

 Square by Gibsons Restaurant and my sissy.

 At Gibsons for more yummy food. 

Outfit shot getting reading for Hub 51.

At Hub 51.  
Couldn't miss the Toby Keith concert. 

Drinking Bud Light in the stands. 

My constant accessory, my Kate Spade sunnies which have nada to do with Chicago. Ha.

Two weeks ago I took an impromptu trip to Chicago to visit my sissy.  Okay impromptu for me is about two weeks of planning.  Being a single mom can be tough and I needed a break and some good fun. Luckily my sis and her beau are always welcoming.  
Most of the trip was spent working out; I love Exhale as well as running along Lake Michigan.  We also shopped a bit and ate a lot.  Chicago has such a great nightlife and I always enjoy it with my sissy, her beau and friends.  
There is just something about the Midwest that makes me feel at home. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

inspired to

Throw a party

For what, I am not sure but a just because is good enough for me. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

::the series::

Please join me in celebrating my new series on A Spoonful of Dish

There are few things I love more than leopard thus it seemed 
appropriate to create a series around it.   

The sweater above paired with the yellow skirt and rad necklace is perfection. 

This wallpaper is amazing especially with the gold styled shelves. 

Sequins + Leopard = love

This chair is incredibly chic as is the space. 

These shoes are platform perfection.

I adore this sweet + stylish look. 

I hope you enjoyed my premiere post on my new series.  
Please let me know if there is anything you'd like to see.  

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Wedding + Sequins

This sparkly stunner is my dress for my cousins upcoming nuptials in Napa. 
 Do you think it's too much? 

As for the shoes I cannot decide on what to wear. 
I don't want to spend too much and I am having trouble finding what I want in my price range. 
Here are some options...

Not sure if would be too much of a good thing with sequins and glitter 

Like the straps but want a higher heel.

More in line with what I want but need it in gold or nude.

This nude heal is so versatile which I love but more than I want to spend.

Next week I head to Chicago so I hope to find my heels then while scouring all the fabulous boutiques. Eek, I cannot wait!!!

I don't know about you, but I am ready for the weekend.  
Any fun plans friends?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Getting to know me

When I was lying in my son's Jake bed tonight trying not to fall asleep, I started thinking about my blog.  I have decided that I don't think you all know me.  My voice on the blog hasn't really been me.  Some of you know, that within a few months of my creating A Spoonful of Dish, Eric, my late husband, was diagnosed with cancer.  Over the next year and a half he endured surgeries and countless chemotherapy treatments.  I was caring for a very sick husband and two little boys.  Ryan was only 18 months when Eric was first diagnosed.  In July of last year, Eric passed away from cancer.  Therefore, my life these last few years has been a roller coaster.
I think with blogging one must decide how much of themselves they wish to reveal.  I have tried not to mention too much about cancer, Eric's fight against it, my feelings on it and the result of our world being turned upside down.  As much as I love a good escape, I have changed since Eric's diagnosis and passing.  I feel that I have to be more real and cannot just blog on fluff.  Don't get me wrong though, I will but I need more substance thrown in the mix otherwise I am not being me.  
I am going to try a new format, or actually a format, since let's be real, I've never had one.  I am going to still blog on clothes, homes, all that girly fun stuff, but I want to throw in my life, the good and bad.  For example, what it's like being a widow, a single mother, the day to day, my guilt for surviving, how I struggle and deal with losing Eric, getting back into the workforce, dating one day.  Of course, I would love for you all to be engaged in the topic.  I am pretty much an open book.  Normally, I don't reveal much because I try to appear happy but since I am working on getting real, I implore you all to be nosy, ask questions, suggest topics or even share your experiences.  Loss can be in all forms and doesn't always result in a loved one's death.  And we don't have to always discuss loss but for me I think for now, I am more interested in that subject but I am open to all.

So, I thought we should begin by me introducing myself.

Hi.  I am Sarah and I am an Aries.
I love my family and appreciate them more with age just like a fine wine.  My best friends are my siblings.  I am the youngest of four.  I have two brothers and a sister.  My sister and I have normal names, Sarah and Grace and my brothers have Indian names, Shaman and Charan.  My mom named the girls and my dad the boys.  My dad had visited India on a spiritual journey and chose those names.  
My parents were hippies and my oldest brother, Shaman was born on a commune in Oregon.   
I was raised a veggie, as I call it, but now eat meat and love it, especially steak. 
I grew up by the beach in Southern California.  I absolutely love looking at the ocean but don't have much interest in swimming in it.  Strange I know. 
I am now a Northern California transplant and still am working on it truly feeling like home. 
I feel that I have always been a brunette in a blonde world out here in California. 
I have always believed that I should have be born a Southerner.  I dream about moving to the South or now that my sister is in the Midwest to Chicago.  I can't fully articulate why but I just do. 
I do accents, Southern, Indian, British; this trait was learned when my friends and I would prank call. 
I do not like having my picture taken and cannot take a compliment. 
I am obsessed with reading and don't really watch TV.
I remember life's moments by music and clothes. 
I laugh a lot, and I enjoy making others do the same.  
I have a high pitched voice which when I hear it on video makes me cringe. 
I am petite, a mere 5'2" with a normal frame.  I wish I was skinny but never will be.  
I work out most days especially since Eric's passing, it helps calm my mind.  
I am learning to enjoy running, have always obsessed over aerobics especially kick boxing and lately, addicted to hot yoga.  
I was a cheerleader in high school and a runner and in college a member of Alpha Phi Sorority, yes I know one has nothing to do with the other.  
I don't really cook and desperately wish I was more interested in it.  I gave my kitchen a facelift last year and still do not use it enough.  
Pinterest sometimes makes me feel inadequate since I know I won't cook most of the recipes I pin. 
I go through phases of using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram.  Today my favorite is Tumblr. 
I feel like I am intruding on my friends lives on Facebook, weird right?
I love to shop but often have buyers guilt.  
I do not like trends and get tired of seeing everyone buy the same stuff.  
In school, I won an art contest and the prize was a trip to Japan. 
I am often asked if I am half Asian.  I am not, rather I am Native American (Chippewa), Norwegian and English but since I was born and raised in America, I am American.  
My mom's family still eats traditional Norwegian foods on holidays. 
I have the most loyal and caring friends who amaze me everyday with their friendship.  I love you. 
What I am most proud of is being a mom to my two little boys, Jake, 5 and Ryan, 4.
They helped me survive this last year and I will be forever grateful to them. 
Eric, my late husband, was my prince charming and I am not just saying that.  He was romantic, chevalier, funny, bright, showed me the world, taught me more than I could have ever hoped and provided me with an everlasting love. 
I miss him everyday. 

So, that's me. 

Tell me something about you. 

soccer mom looks

Lately I am spending a lot of time at soccer.  Jake, my five year old practices twice a week with a game on the weekend.  With that said, let's talk clothes.  I like to wear something cute but comfy since I am either sitting or chasing my Ry guy who has showed zero interest in watching soccer.  This is a peek at what I wear when sitting in the sun and soaking up the heat while watching five year olds attempt to play soccer which is proving to be really fun! 

This Ella Moss top has been a staple in my summer wardrobe.  It's bright and fun and paired with denim shorts, it's perfection.  And is now on sale 40% off at Nordstrom so snatch one up. 

I have several of these Victoria Secrets Pink V-Neck's.  
I wear them all the time because they are so light and comfy.  

What do I say I about my favorite shoe?  
These flip flops are actually comfortable and go with everything. 

Fedoras are a favorite of mine as of late and this striped beauty has me tempted.  They also provide some coverage for soccer games too which is a bonus. 

Aviators scream summer and sexy to me and are a must have.  

Orange and I have a bit of a love affair going on.  I love it and always wear it, my orange bag that is.  I like this one because you can wear it across your body. 

Any other soccer or sports moms/girlfriends/wives out in blogland?  
What are your staples when on the field?

Last,  here is a peek at my Jake playing soccer he is player 16.  Pardon my high pitched voice. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

summer days

Summer is coming to an end for us as school starts next week for the boys.  I cannot believe Jake is going to be in Kindergarten.  I am a little heart broken but excited for him at the same time.  Tonight at bedtime we discussed school and the difference between kindergarten and preschool.  He has so many questions and I am doing my best to answer them as well as make him feel confident and excited.

Since next week is a big week we kept this week simple.  We played in the pool, ate too many snow cones, watched the Olympics and relaxed.
We did get in a few other activities but overall kept things low key.
I am going to miss our simple days. 

Here's a few pics of our week.

En route to a meeting, this is my idea of business casual meets polka dots. 

Best part of summer #snowcones

Dot the Dog #living the life

Lunch at Jack's Urban Eats.  Yummy food and decor. 

Hope you all had a good week.  Any weekend plans? 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

back to reality

After six years as a stay at home mom, I am looking to get back into the work force.  
To say I am scared would be a gross understatement.  
While I am riddled with fear and anxiety;  I am also optimistic and dare I say excited.  
 Six years of all things kid, has been amazing but to switch things up will be good. 

Which leads me to the most important part of this new adventure, my wardrobe, or lack thereof.  I ditched my work clothes years ago so now I am on the hunt for a few keys pieces. 
I am more of a dress kind of gal so for now no pant suits for me.  Plus with temps reaching 100 plus degrees pants would be a bit miserable.

Here are a few beauties I've picked.  

Love this take on a classic and what a yummy color. 

Cute, preppy and professional.  Perfect. 

Adore this look minus the glasses. 

Red is a bold color choice but in this case not over powering.  The simple details make it elegant too. 

Fun print and a nice silhouette. 

Good stable but boring as is.  A little color from a different belt and shoes would spice it up. 

Do any of you work?  What are your work wardrobe staples?  

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