Happy Friday from California and happy Life Lately with Lemon Stripes Day! June has already been a big whirlwind, culminating with this trip, something that I have been nervous about for months. My grandmother lives outside of LA and I used to come to visit her every month or two, but since I had Amalia, I’ve only been out twice, once for my grandfather’s funeral. My mom lives outside of San Francisco and has major back issues so she can’t fly long distances right now. I realized that the only way Amalia was going to see two of the most important women in my life was if I flew her west.
I had a crazy fear of flying such a long distance with Amalia because the last time we came here she got a terrible stomach bug and was the sickest she’s ever been in her life. And also because flying with a toddler. If you’ve never done it, let me go ahead and recommend avoiding it at all costs. But she was great on the way out and I’m just praying that she is just as good on our way home tomorrow when I’m alone with her. I updated my tips for flying with a toddler post with more ideas and products if you have an airplane trip coming up.
But even if the flight out had been terrible, it would have all been worth it. Seeing my mom and grandma so happy with the first grandchild and great-grandchild for each of them is beautiful. They are genuinely full of pure joy just to watch her dance and play around for hours. She adores them both and the whole thing gives me all of the feels. Now that I’ve gotten over my big fear of flying across the country with her, I don’t think it will be our last trip out west.
I hope you have a great weekend!
Striped Dress (gifted)
Around the Web
Today is #nationalstripesday. J.Crew created this “national holiday” a few years ago and I’m not mad about it. They have a whole stripes shop on their site full of stripey goodness and even though it’s a gimmicky marketing tool, I love that there is a day to celebrate stripes. PS I also feature all of my favorite seasonal striped picks year-round. Just click the “stripe shop” tab on my shop page.
Pregnant women are basically elite athletes. I mean, any mom already knew this but a new study shows that pregnancy pushes the body nearly as much as extreme endurance sports.
Too many options. According to The Atlantic, the human brain can’t contend with the vastness of online shopping.
Decoding the Instagram algorithm. This is a long read but an interesting look into the algorithm that everyone loves to hate.
Sustainable travel. I love Reformation’s guide to traveling responsibly.
Currently reading. I started reading Normal People by Sally Rooney on this trip and so far am loving it. What should I read next? I feel like I’m in a book funk! Hopefully, this one brings me out of it.
Currently watching. The season 2 finale of The Handmaid’s Tale was disappointing, annoying, and not even close to believable, so I didn’t have high hopes for this season. But now that we’re in season 3, I totally get why the writers did what they did and am a superfan again. It’s weird how much I love this show, but I am so into it even though it scares the daylights out of me. I can’t wait for June and Serena to start the revolution and tear Gilliad apart!
The era of branded engagements. Man, I’m so happy Instagram wasn’t around when I got married. This story kills me.
How to start a compost at home. Anel and I really want to start composting but didn’t know where to start. Jess’s guide makes it so easy. We’re adding it to our summer to-do list!
Summer headband. J.Crew made my go-to headband (I have it in 3 colors) in a lighter summer fabric.
The best bookstagram accounts. Grace shared a great list of Instagram accounts focused on books and book recos and I spent way too much time scrolling through them all during Amalia’s naps this week.
Beaded glasses chain. My grandma wears her eyeglasses on a chain at all times and I am kind of obsessed with the fact a beaded glasses chain is a top-seller on Shopbop right now. On a scale of one to dorky, how bad would it be to buy this? But in all seriousness, with a kid at the beach, some version of this would be awesome. My sister was sitting next to me when I discovered this and said, “I’ve never needed anything more!” LOL
10 Summer Movies to Stream. Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix can be hard to navigate, but this list will take the “What should we watch?” out of your next movie night. It includes Dirty Dancing, A League of Their Own, and Wet Hot American Summer… three of my all-time favorites.