As you know my kiddos take to their stylish ways naturally. I'm constantly getting compliments on their latest fashion and I always respond that I'm sure my kids are way more stylish than I am. In fact, I usually run my looks by Sienna just to make sure I'm still in the cool zone (which I'm prob not since I actually used the phrase "cool zone" in a sentence). It's no surprise that Sienna in particular was super excited to work with Little Edge Threads on our latest collaboration. She thoughtfully browsed through the looks on their website and choose some outstanding designs from this trendy online children's boutique. Read on to see what she choose.
If your travels find you on the sunny First Coast with your family, take it from me (the expert), where you should stay, play, and eat. How am I the expert you might ask? Well, in addition to living in the region for almost 30 years, I've also covered the city extensively for 10Best.com as their city expert, created countless segments for local TV, ran my own TV show highlighting the region, and written many freelance articles about everything North Florida related. I've covered many local destinations on my blog, but this is my first time rounding up all my favorites. So take it from me, this is the list you can't miss.
The Residence at Comstock Wines. Situated in the most charming corner of Sonoma wine country, Healdsbug, California is an eclectic little town full of art, culture, five star cuisine, and the friendliest folk you'll find on the West Coast. Our recent visit to wine country, and Comstock Winery's Residence, had us smitten with the region, and ready to return year after year.
Spring is in the air and so are pretty pastel prints. Chief amongst these is gingham. That iconic, checkerboard print most commonly seen in blue and red. Personally, I love gingham. As a teenager I had my bedroom in Kentucky decked out in blue gingham and daisies. I have the best memories in that gabled room overlooking my Dad's farm. When it comes to incorporating this timeless plaid into your wardrobe, though, things can get tricky. How do you wear gingham without looking like you are wearing a table cloth? Well I'm so glad you asked. Here are a few of my style tips for rocking this statement making trend.
The humble Salad. Perhaps one of the most underestimated menu items. So often considered an afterthought, an appetizer, or at best an add on. For me and many others though, salads are so much more. Whether you are a craving your veggies, hitting the gym a little harder, or just interested in testing out the creativity of your favorite dining destination, a salad can represent way more than a bed of greens. For the last few years I've been compiling some of my favorite "Destination Salads" on the First Coast. These salads so inspiring, they are worth going out of your way for over and over again. Let's just say, they are making salads sexy again.
Jeans can be tricky. I told my husband this week that when investing in wardrobe pieces you can't go wrong spending a little extra money on swimsuits, jeans, and undergarments for that perfect fit. These pieces, if crafted with care, will be staples in your closet and keep you feeling as comfy as you are stylish. I'm not one to shy away from the discount store, and I have scored some favorite pieces of denim for a steal as of late, but in reality, the fabric is never as soft and luxurious as a good pair of investment jeans. With denim prices soaring these days, I thought this striking pair of Palazzo jeans from Anthropologie were pretty reasonably priced for such great fabric and design. Never have I received so many compliments on a pair of jeans as I have these. Pair them with a classic white tee with dramatic bell sleeves and you have one eye catching ensemble.
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Just in time for our next getaway, I happened upon this bright little number by Katherine Way Collections. I love that this line is created right here in my home town of Jacksonville, and made in the USA. Katherine's designs are crafted to make a statement, and are up for the task whatever it may be, whether you are headed to the golf course, or to dinner.
If you know anything about me, you know I like good food. It's no surprise we have made it of chief importance to expose our kids to great eats from a young age. Kids are notoriously picky eaters, but in our house we have one rule: You have to at least taste the food. If you don't like it, you don't have to eat it, but you do have to try it. This has helped our kids slowly ease their way out of the chicken nugget zone and into the good stuff like calamari, sushi, kale, and goat cheese. In fact, I think our oldest may be more of a foodie than I am. Naturally, we always get asked what the best family friendly restaurants in our region are. That's why I'm beginning an ongoing list of some of our favorite spots to chow down with the kids in tow. Make sure to check back regularly, as this list is expected to grow. Bonus! Executive Chef Ian Lynch weighs in with his "must haves" for restaurants he's willing to bring his kids to.
If you hadn't noticed yet, ruffles and bell sleeves are trending this season. This stunning silk dress from Anthropologie stopped me in my tracks when I saw it. It absolutely glows. Generally my tastes steer away from prints, however this watercolor palette reminded me of a sunset and I was simply smitten. You can guarantee it wont be on the racks for long. The fit is extremely flattering, not to mention it's as light as a cloud.
This off the shoulder Topshop Bardot top I found at Nordstrom for under $40 has been a huge hit on my instagram feed this week. I've been previewing my outfit posts on my instagram so make sure you follow my feed under @AmyWestTravel and don't miss out. These looks are selling out quick. I love this ensemble for so many reasons. Stripes continue to be a major trend this season, and lets face it, they never go out of style. Pair that will the ever popular cold shoulder, feminine ribbon detail, and a timeless distressed denim. The result is an effortlessly chic combination.