unicorn party!

We have the most magical birthday party – Saylor’s 6th! – to share with you all today from Lottie of Grit + Gold! Lottie is a Wedding Planner and it shows with this gorgeous scene! What we love the most is that the elements are totally doable and she generously shares all her sources at the bottom of the post!

Invitations! Beautiful lettering and a unicorn mask to set some excitement for the theme!Unicorn PartyDecor! How about this drop dead gorgeous balloon swag!? Unicorn PartyUnicorn PartyThe Tablescape! Filled with beautiful flowers, happy party hats, and coordinating place settings.Unicorn PartyThe Sweets! What is a fanciful party theme without some whimsical desserts? Like this cakeUnicorn PartyUnicorn and Rainbow cookies!Unicorn PartyAnd last but not least, an activity that will have every guest a-talkin’ for weeks!

AN ACTUAL UNICORN! 😉 Do you think Saylor was excited or what?Unicorn PartyUnicorn PartySuch a pretty party, right? Here are the sources below!


Planning + Floral | Grit + Gold || Photography | Matt + Julie Weddings || Unicorn Rides | A One of a Kind  Pony Party || Table and Chair Rentals | Taylors FW || Cake | Loft22 Cakes || Cookies | J Raes ||  Invites | Pear Tree Greetings || Calligraphy | Pretty Post Calligraphy || Party Plates and Accessories | Oh Joy Paperchase |

Tiny Tour: Santa Monica + Venice Beach

We’re so happy to have Christina from @ava.olivia.dutch here sharing her favorite stops in Santa Monica + Venice Beach! Living in Westlake Village, we are lucky to be close to both Santa Barbara and LA. It’s so fun to take day trips into the city to explore; Venice Beach and Santa Monica are two of my favorite spots to head with my girls and meet up with friends.

Venice Beach

The Cows End in Venice is the best. This cute little restaurant that has an adorable kids sing along on Mondays and Thursdays during the summer at 10:30am. David Tobocman pictured here. More on him here as well.Venice-1Photo Credit: David Tobocman

Shopping is also so much fun in Venice, there are lots of thrift stores and specialty clothing shops, you are sure to find some hidden gems. Many of the stores along Abbot Kinney are really pretty and make for great photo ops as well.

Here is big sister pushing baby sister in front of Piece Collective, isn’t this store just the cutest?!Venice-2Our personal favorite and a must see is the Mosiac Tile House. The couple who lives here spent the last 20 years decorating every square inch of their house (and the outside too!) with mosaic tiles. It is a stunning masterpiece, and the husband and wife give tours so you can take pictures and ask questions…it’s amazing!

Here is the link to make a reservation!Venice-3 Venice-4One of the things that makes Venice Beach so unique is its amazing wall art, you could spend all day roaming the streets looking at all the beautiful graffiti. Here we are in front of the Heart Wall (this is on Abbot Kinney right near Greenleaf).Venice-5Finally, no trip to Venice is complete without a walk through the beautiful canals. You feel like you are in Italy, it is so peaceful and serene! There is even a small playground in the middle of the canal community that is perfect for a quick play stop.Venice-6Santa Monica

The best spot in Santa Monica (and where the kids have the most fun!) is the pier. We love going on the Merry go Round, it’s always our first stop as soon as we get there.Santa Monica-3 Santa Monica-2We love walking down the pier to Bubba Gump Shrimp Company for lunch, and even if it’s a foggy day (as it was when we took these photos), the photo ops are always so fun!Santa Monica-4There is an amusement park on the pier that offers fun for all ages. My daughter loves riding the big “cart wheel” (Ferris Wheel) that provides a birds eye view of the whole beach, ocean and city..it’s incredible!Santa Monica-5The aquarium is small but has a really nice touch tank that I always have a hard time tearing my starfish loving kiddo away from. During the week they are only open in the afternoon, so make sure to check the hours before you go. Santa Monica-6

Santa Monica-7Written by @ava.olivia.dutch 

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sheepdog classic

We posted it about this last year without enough time and you locals told us to give you more heads up next time, so here we are! This next Labor Day Weekend the Soldier Hollow Classic is back! If you’re looking for something unique to do with your family, this is it! Enjoy the beauty of Midway, Utah and (we have a Tiny Tour for Midway here! It’s 3 years old but still got some good recs!)1441338783211

In addition to watching the competition (the Splash Dogs are so fun!) you can also go to the International Food Court, watch Navajo Weaving, Gardening Tutorials, and Exotic Animal Show, a Bagpipe Performance (each day at 11 am!) and a ton of activities geared just toward kids. Check out the schedule here. And buy your tickets here! Seriously so cheap, $44 for your entire family for the whole three day event!

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FRYday: Emily

Now that we’ve split up our Frydays I feel like I haven’t chatted with you all in so long! I have so much on my mind so let’s get to it:

WEARING: I have been such a baby about getting back to exercising. I know myself and if I go to a class I am gonna go all out and I won’t be able to walk for a week after. So, I’m trying SO hard to ease myself into it. Like 10 push ups a or walking hills with Raleigh strapped in this Linen Ergo. Loving these killer Pureboost Adidas, there’s so many awesome prints I could have one for every day of the week. Love this cheetah print and black satellite. Perfect gym shoe, if I ever get there.  Got any good work-outs for someone who lost all muscle mass? Ha.pureboostReading: I trust Cup of Jo for just about everything including her readers’ comments. I went through her latest book rec post’s comments and found a bunch of new books to add to my list — basically if one person suggested it followed by a handful more of people vehemently agreeing, I took note! Have you read any? Got any to add to my list?books

Shrill // The Psychopath Test // Tiny Beautiful Things // Fates & Furies // Tell the Wolves I’m Home // When Breath Becomes Air // Epilogue //

DECORATING: I got my boys the cutest Herschel backpacks for school and then they spotted these hideous Pokemon ones. I bet you can guess which ones they’re actually wearing?  Guess these darling packs will be wall decor until those boys wise up. 😉 I got them the middle two but love these stone colored ones! 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 //herschel

WATCHING: The clock. First grade is so long, man!! Looking forward to a weekend with Hayes, it’s been lonely for all of us without him here. Cal and I have had a lot of fun together, but I am sure he’ll be glad to be rid of me once his school starts next week!

FEELING: I am actually super excited about our new Off Duty feature. It’s been a good motivator for me to get ready and really just enjoy my body no matter what stage. For sure there are some days I don’t get ready and skip it, but I have always loved the art (eyeroll) of getting dressed! Nic and Jenna always look amazing, so I already knew they’d rock this, but it’s still been fun to see theirs as well!

ALSO! The phone case you’ve been seeing in all my Off Duty posts is THIS! It’s so freaking genius and every person with full hands needs it. I have Rose Gold and am loving it so much.i6-Matte-RG-BG02-FINAL_1024x1024

Happy weekend everyone!!


Must Have Beauty Supplies

E! News recently published their 2016 Beauty Awards. I love that they polled famous stylists and make-up artists for their favorites! I am always curious about women’s beauty routines and want to know if you use these! Love ’em, hate ’em, found something better? Let us know! Ready to hear their winners? Beauty Awards


They picked a winner and a runner-up! Starting with CLEANSER:

Cetaphil + Kate Somerville Goat Milk


SKII Facial Treatment Mask + Shisheido Paper Mask


Glam Glow Super Mud + Natura Ice Lift 


Caudalie Beauty Elixir + Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Serum


Murad + Regenerist Micro Sculpting


Mario Badescu + Caudalie Beauty Elixir


Hourglass Veil + Mac Prep + Prime


Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer + Loreal BB Magic


Giorgio Armani + Dior Airflash


Make-up Forever Camoflauge Cream + Nars Concealer


Anastasia Contour Kit + Becca Shadow & Light Contour


Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder + Pat McGrath Skin Fetish


Nars Bronzing + Benefit HOOLA Matte Bronzer


Nars Orgasm


Laura Mercier Setting Powder + Shi Uemura Face Powder


Terry Rose Balm + Smith’s Rose Bud Salve


Mac Ruby Woo + Chanel Intense Long Wear Rouge


Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy + Estee Edit Flash Photo Gloss


Anstasia Beverly Hills + Kylie Lip Kit


Stila + Kat Von D


Dior Show Iconic + Loreal Voluminous


Urban Decay Naked + Kat Von D Shade & Light


Anastasia Brow Wiz + Bobbi Brown

Catch their hair picks here!

roco suits

One thing we get asked frequently is where to find suits for our boys! Whether its fora  special occasion, church, family pictures, there is nothing cuter than a tiny guy in a suit! Anytime we see cute brands we like to share and this UK brand Roco has such a great variety! First, they ship in these tiny garment bags. So cute!

Roco SuitsAnd now behold Hayes and Dash. They were being so cute, all we had to do was snap some pictures.Roco Suits

Dash is wearing the black three piece suit. It comes with a vest, white shirt, jacket, pants, tie and pocket square! Such a steal!

Roco Suits

Hayes is in the grey suit and they fit true to size maybe a titch small. They are both wearing 6-7 here and they’re going to be growing out of them real quick, sad!!


These suits are super thick and hold their shape so well. These would be perfect for a wedding or all day event because they look good for hours even with rough play like these boys are always doing.Roco Suits

You can see these suits have a nice slim cut which we love and vented back jackets

Roco Suits Comparing lost teeth:Roco SuitsThen best part of Roco Suits is the variety. They have SO many different patterns, combinations and fabrics. Check them all out here!

Dash’s Shoes // Hayes’ Boots

vision council

In preparation for back-to-school season we’ve covered hearing safety and today we’re teaming up with The Vision Council and Eyecessorize to talk about vision safety and trends! If you’ve ever wondered if your kiddo might have vision issues they shared this list to help spot warning signs:Vision Council

[Polaroid Aviators]

  • Squinting, closing or covering one eye
  • One or both eyes turning in or out
  • Constantly holding materials close to the face
  • Repeatedly rubbing eyes
  • Continued redness or tearing
  • Family history of vision problems
  • Tilting their head
  • Difficulty keeping their place while reading or skipping lines
  • Frequent headaches, watery eyes or dry eyes
  • Sitting at the front of the classroom in order to see or sitting close to the TV
  • Bad behavior or problems in the classroom

Vision Council


Vision Council

If you find yourself needing glasses for your kids or just a stylin’ pair of sunglasses we’re so impressed with all the trend-spotting and variety of brands and frames at Eyecessorize! Check this collection out covering all the different shapes you can find:shapes

Find more Vision Tips at The Vision Council and Eyewear Trends at Eyecessorize!


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adorne by Legrand

By Emily.

Oh man, the adorne collection by Legrand ruined me for life. Now I can’t stand the sight of a regular outlet cover, Adorne is just so much prettier! They sent a few for us to try out and are giving away 10 to 10 of you lucky aveinners on our Instagram! While we’re at it we have a few photos of Raleigh’s nursery, too!

Ready for the tour?

We used the Portable Nightlight/Flashlight with the French Oak Wall Plate for the hallway – its been so nice for the boys when they’re using the bathroom at night, or need to get a drink. Adorne GiveawayThe nightlight pops right out and they can carry it with them or just let it light up the hallway! It self-charges while it’s in the outlet and has different intensity settings as well as just off, so pretty!Adorne GiveawayThen from the hall, right when you walk into the nursery we installed Wave Switch – I love it at our front and back doors too because when I walk in with full hands (all the time) I can just brush past it to get the light on. We have one in the baby’s room as well and it is super convenient. And pretty, too!Adorne GiveawayThese are just two of adorne’s impressive offerings! Check out more of their line-up in action!
Catch the rest of Raleigh’s Nursery in the post right below this! Legrand is giving away 10 portable night light covers to 10 readers here!

Raleigh’s Nursery

By Emily.

I haven’t updated the nursery in six years, so it was definitely time for a refresh! Hayes was born and then Cal came along sixteen months later and I honestly wasn’t ready to part with it that quick! Then they started sharing room and there wasn’t any reason to do much to the nursery until Raleigh! All I wanted for the space was to be serene and calming. So we painted it the lightest bone white and some added mixed metallic touches. Gold and copper mostly!Raleigh NurseryAdded a Sputnik light fixture, a new grey recliner (mine sold out, but this one is comparable):Raleigh Nursery And some textural elements like the fur pillow and the original pine paneling from Hayes’ nurseryRaleigh Nursery Plants (cement planter is from GardenAu) and a peace sign from Gilt Groupe forever ago but here’s a semi similar one.Raleigh NurseryI’m obsessed with all of Aden & Anais Indigo dyed line! We have pretty much everything you can get from that line and so of course I loved this Shibori gauze-y curtain too(Sold out but similar here)! I lined them with black out so it gets plenty dark in there. The art is extra sentimental to us, this one below we bought off a painter on the Rive Gauche in Paris! The same day we found out we were pregnant with him! Raleigh NurseryAnother added element we’ve loved is the Wave Switch from adorne by Legrand. It’s so convenient for that new baby stage! You just wave over the black center and it turns on and off!Adorne Giveaway


Sputnik light fixture

Southern Cotton by Angela Simeone

Gilded Map of Paris via Minted

Little Prince Quote print from Robert & Stella

Canvas Art DIY

yoobi [giveaway!]

We’ve got such a fun giveaway today with Yoobi where you can enter to create your own dream backpack pencil case! Our kids love these little cases and you can customize your own for a chance to win! NCC_5955To enter the giveaway you’ll go to this site to print your own design sheet (they already have some pretty cute ones here!). Our kids had a ball creating their own! Once yours is ready post it with the #myyoobipencilcase hash tag and tagging @yoobi so they can see!Yoobi GiveawayWe LOVE Yoobi so much, not only are their supplies super fun and modern but they give back equally to schools in need right here in the United States. Yoobi Giveaway


1) Print the coloring sheet here

2) Follow the steps on the coloring sheet

3) Submit your artwork on Facebook or Instagram, tagging @Yoobi and using the hashtag #myyoobipencilcase

Today is officially our last back to school day for our big boys. All three in all day school, geez! Fingers crossed today goes smoothly, but so far we’re really just super grateful for good teachers. They spend more time with our kids during the week than we do, and that is an overwhelming thought. We love companies like Yoobi that help take some of the pressure off teachers to do what they do best, teach! Not stress about supplies and stocking their classroom. Catch the rest of the party after the jump! Read more