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.
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?!Our 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!One 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).Finally, 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.Santa 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.We 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!There 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!The 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.
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!)
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!
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.Reading: 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?
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 //
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.
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?
They picked a winner and a runner-up! Starting with CLEANSER:
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!
And now behold Hayes and Dash. They were being so cute, all we had to do was snap some pictures.
Dash is wearing the black three piece suit. It comes with a vest, white shirt, jacket, pants, tie and pocket square! Such a steal!
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.
You can see these suits have a nice slim cut which we love and vented back jackets
Comparing lost teeth:Then best part of Roco Suits is the variety. They have SO many different patterns, combinations and fabrics. Check them all out here!