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November 2015

Sometimes I dress nice

Keep it comfy

Hey, hey now! Working part time as a school librarian means I need two things when I get dressed in the morning: cute and comfy. I have adopted a uniform of sorts when it comes to getting dressed in the morning. It’s either jeans, a shirt and a sweater; or a dress with some sort of top layer. Those types of outfits fit into my cute but comfy requirements.

This summer I was introduced to a super fun clothing brand called LulaRoe. It’s a women’s (and children’s) clothing line that you can only shop via pop-up shops. The fun part is they have limited prints so when you see something you like, pick up the phone and call your LulaRoe girl ASAP.

This feather print Nicole dress is a favorite. I love to do extra twirls in this dress (ooops, did I leave something on that counter, lemme twirl and twirl again to get it). I’ve worn this with sandals in the summer, flats at church but for this season, my brown Hinge boots from Nordstrom will be my go to. My boots sold out at Nordie last year, but check out this other style that are a close second. Add a bright colored scarf and I’m out the door.1116_9473


KiaGregory_StellaDot_LulaRoe_002I love me some delicate necklaces. I have been a long time Stella & Dot stylist because it’s the easiest way for this busy mom to feel on trend. I like to call it my affordable luxury. I may shop the clearance section at Target, but dang it I will look good while doing it. Check out my K (hearts) J Signature Engravable bar necklace. It reminds me of that tree that Justin never carved our initials into.

KiaGregory_StellaDot_LulaRoe_003KiaGregory_StellaDot_LulaRoe_004Another super cute dress size from LulaRoe is the Julia dress. I have three of these and love that they feel like your favorite t-shirt. I wore one to my brother’s dress rehearsal dinner with wedge sandals, another one with my Birkenstocks when I was lounging this summer, and the newest addition (that I’m rocking in this post) is perfect for warmer Fall days with a sleeveless Safari vest (similar to this one) and a pair of D’Orsay flats (like these Steve Madden ones). I added the Stella & Dot Signature Engravable Disc Necklace. It makes me feel like a Southern princess since it’s engraved with my monogram, y’all.

What are your wardrobe requirements?

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Smile and say cheese

Phew, It was a long time coming but we finally had our family photos updated! Ava joined us in 2014 and we haven’t had one professional family photo taken since we made our pregnancy announcement.

My friend, Ashley, was in town from Southern California and I coerced her into taking our family photos. I also promised her an early bed time and chain-store, personalized pizza for dinner. I mean, you can’t say no to that!

So, at last, just a mere 14-months after Ava made us a family of five we have pictures to add to that gallery wall I’ll finish one day. Here’s a few favorites of the gazillion that she took.










And mamas, I absolutely hated stepping in front of the camera. I always feel weird, (what is my mouth doing? Is my right eye going all squinty on me? Why did I wear this dress?) But in the end…I loved them all. Don’t be afraid to step in front of the camera with your families, ladies. And don’t stress about clothes. Everything we are wearing we bought in the Spring. No new outfits necessary. And big shout out to Ashley Kelemen! You’re the best, girl!


Kia’s Look | Dress Target Spring 2014, shoes Sole Society Spring 2014

Justin’s Look | Shirt JC Penny (He’s a big & tall guy so it’s a big and tall shirt), shorts Anchor Blue (yes, they are old)

Olivia’s Look | Chambray shirt & black jogger pants Brass Plum, Sandals Nordstrom Rack, Headband Michaels

Ella’s Look | Dress Tucker & Tate Nordstrom Rack, Shoes Chuck Taylor, Purse Zara, Bracelet Stella & Dot

Ava’s Look | Dress Harper Canyon Nordstrom Rack, Shoes (belonged to Olivia when she was a toddler)

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The Great Escape

Let me tell you about the time (two weekends ago) that I took a great escape from J and the girls. And it was glorious!

I felt like I needed a getaway from the carpools. From the homework help (I curse you common core math) From the diaper changes (when is it too young to potty train a baby). And the question I am now most anxious about, “Mommmmmmm, what’s for dinner?” After Justin was finished with coaching volleyball and before he started his hectic season of coaching basketball, I took a little trip down to Southern California. He pushed me out the door and I tried my best not to skip down the stairs but YES! AN ESCAPE!

One, I am fortunate to have in-laws that jumped at the opportunity to take my place as family manager. They came up and were able to take the girls to ballet, pick them up after choir and leadership and entertain the youngest Gregory Girl in between. That was a relief.

I am also fortunate enough to have friends and family in Southern California that took care of me while I was away.

I stayed in Costa Mesa for a night with a dear friend, then headed to Beverly Hills and stayed with my cousin and his partner and the full staff that run their gorgeous home.

I slept in, I stayed up reading, finished reading two books, took leisurely showers, I ate a few lunches prepared by an insanely talented Parisian and I ate at some amazing little spots for dinner.

I cannot urge my mama friends to FLEE GET OUT NOW if they have the chance to do so. I was gone from Saturday at 7:45 AM to Tuesday at 6:45 PM. It was a mere 72 hours, but it was just what I needed to come back refreshed and ready to hop back in the car and make those mam carpool rounds I can drive with my eyes closed.

Here’s some snaps from that time away. It wasn’t about any site seeing. It was about time with friends. Time by myself. A few treats and a little pampering along the way. And mamas, I cannot urge you enough to get away if you can. Do it for yourself since I’m sure you’re probably doing so much for others.

KiaGregory_TheGreatEscape_TracyCA_001(Butter & salt donuts from Sidecar Donuts and Coffee in Costa Mesa. Then brunch at Gjelina in Venice Beach)
KiaGregory_TheGreatEscape_TracyCA_002(Résidence de France, Beverly Hills)

KiaGregory_TheGreatEscape_TracyCA_004(I was served the daintiest scoop of ice cream and ate it with the daintiest spoon. Have you seen me? I inhaled it with one breath)KiaGregory_TheGreatEscape_TracyCA_005(House doors were always open to the backyard. Finished I’ll Give You the Sun with the help of this sweet Mister)

KiaGregory_TheGreatEscape_TracyCA_006(Terroni in West Hollywood for Tagliolini in Canna a Mare and then a view of the city-photo taken by my cousin)KiaGregory_TheGreatEscape_TracyCA_007(No alarm clocks. Just me, my big ol’ quilt and my second book choice for my getaway)KiaGregory_TheGreatEscape_TracyCA_009(There was a CHEF. From FRANCE. And everyday the lunch he prepared was amazing. And we enjoyed it outdoors)KiaGregory_TheGreatEscape_TracyCA_003KiaGregory_TheGreatEscape_TracyCA_008(I love light and this old 1916 Beverly Hills home was flooded with it) KiaGregory_TheGreatEscape_TracyCA_010(Olive & June for a mani pedi, a blow out at the Dry Bar and a cupcake from Sprinkles)


(It seemed like as soon as I was getting settled, it was time for me to go.)

Are you spent, you Sometimes Housewife? Time for you to consider a getaway.