Today, we hiked. As a family. Finally.
It only took five hikes on my part and three on Dylan’s and a whole lot of contrived “Oh, it was so fun!”s and “You should’ve been there!”s and “It was so easy!”s, but I’m not complaining. We did it together and it was good.
Aly was a trooper, Greg had his hands full with Jack, Dylan was the resident pro armed with his walking sticks and I was official photographer. All was well – no complaining or whining – and we got to the falls in record time.
It would’ve been perfect except for the dog incident that just had to go down on the last quarter mile of our hike. I kid you not – I could almost see the parking lot when it happened. Curse you, Murphy’s Law!
I won’t go into too much detail here, but let’s just say that totally put a serious damper on the rest of the day. (If anyone knows of a good dog aggression school in So. Cal., can you shoot me an email?)
Of course, all this family fun time prevented me from indulging in one last floral-themed outfit, only because I really didn’t want to be one of those girls. You know those girls. They’re the same girls who wear a full face of makeup while never breaking a sweat on the treadmill at the local gym. They’re the same girls who think that beyond-revealing sweats with words across the bum and skin-tight cropped tops are perfectly acceptable hiking gear. They also tote around their water in ridiculously inadequate, albeit cutesy, bottles and look down their smug noses at my perfectly acceptable CamelBak hydration system.
Yeah, I’m not bitter.
I’m also not twenty so maybe I just need to relax, not judge, and acknowledge that generation gaps are becoming more like chasms the older I get.
Anyhow, this is the outfit I would’ve worn had I not taken yet another day off to spend some needed quality Spring Break time with my kids since theirs and mine didn’t coincide.
I made Aly take these pics, proving once again that my daughter has a keen eye and a good sense of composition. She also makes me look tall and thin. Mwahahaha! KS#2 had the choice of which face to use (smile, serious or fish). Guess which won out?
The tee was a score from the Prabal Gurung collection at Target. I’d initially coveted this dress, waiting anxiously for the collection’s debut and making the pilgrimage to my local b&m to try it out. Thankfully – because it really is a bit overpriced for a summer dress from Target – it just didn’t lay right on me; it was too stiff and short and made me look completely ridiculous. I chose to pick up this shirt instead and I’m glad I did. Still a bit pricey in my book for a tee, but it’s super soft and comfy and has just the right amount of drape so it skims without clinging. And this is a good thing, because my skirt is of the $10 bodycon variety from F21 and leaves nothing to the imagination. (At least mine is longer than the inspiration pic’s.) I would’ve gotten rid of it a long time ago had I not been such a pack rat. Good thing I kept it, eh?
The vest was a fashion quest after seeing Putting Me Together’s Audrey styling hers (scroll down to “Vests”). It was love at first sight, but of course it was no longer available .
I searched high and low and spent many a long night blearily searching eBay before Old Navy decided to release this season’s version of it and I had to snap it up.
Sadly, my friends, this one is now also out of stock. So if you, too, covet this vest, you may have to wait till next season. I do wish it was an olive instead of a khaki, but at least it’s got copious pockets. Have I ever told you, my friends, how much j’adore pockets?!
A pair of MIA wedge sandals completes the outfit. It really is a shame that this outfit didn’t get its day in the sun. Perhaps I’ll reconstruct it some time this summer. You will remind me to do that, won’t you?
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Prabal Gurung for Target
Skirt – F21
Vest – Old Navy
Wedges – MIA
Sunglasses – Marc Jacobs c/o KS#2