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Toes Tell A Story…

Toes tell a story…otherwise known as guess what I did this weekend by checking out these random pictures of my toes in various places…

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Beachy toes are happy toes. I cannot stress this enough!

M isn’t a big picture taker so I learned early on if I want the moment captured, it’s usually on me to capture it. This explains why my phone is filled with gorgeous beach views, pics of M looking handsome (or annoyed) and lots and lots and lots of shots of my toes in various shades of polish!

Morning coffee plus the final days of the Tour

Morning coffee plus the final days of the Tour

I’ve come to love these pics because they are fun little queues that remind me what I was doing on a given day. I pick up on things that others don’t in these shots. For instance, this is my FAVORITE coffee mug and there’s M in his normal morning spot where we wake up, have our yummy coffee and start the day off together on the weekend. I love that.

And I repeat,

And I repeat, beachy toes are happy toes.

Something else I discovered as I’m reviewed the feet selflies? I wear these cut-offs a lot. They are the real deal, homemade kind. You know the ones that were mediocre as jeans, but became the super star of your summer wardrobe once the scissors came out and they were washed and dryed to frayed perfection? Yeah, those. I must confess, I live in these and really do wear them almost daily. (Note both pictures above and the one below)

Backyard bliss

Backyard bliss

My Dad was in town this weekend. His favorite thing to do after a busy work week w/travel is to hang out on our backyard couch and read. Fine by us. Just add a Hinano, some John Le Carre, pipe the music through the speakers and, voila, it’s a party – albeit, a mellow one.

Happy Feet - proud Sanuk product testing!!!

Happy Feet – proud Sanuk product testing!!!

For a brief 35-40 minutes the sun came out in the backyard! And to prove it, this picture came into being. Plus I was trying to illustrate to a girlfriend how happy I was about my new Sanuk flip flops by texting her this photo.

Backing up a bit, my friend, Trish, is ridiculously talented and may have one of the coolest jobs out there. (Global Product Director for Sanuk – are you kidding?) She entrusted me with the incredibly important job of product testing some new Sanuk‘s for the weekend. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it…Verdict? They have gorgeous green straps, fit my size 8 feet perfectly and were so. dang. comfy. Odds are I may be pairing them with my trusty cut-offs a lot. And yes, cut-offs are featured, just off screen.

Boots for VGs!

Boots for VGs!

No, I normally don’t photograph my feet at VGs on a Saturday night. But we were in line, carefully selecting donut choices and my friend asked if I went with the boot or wedge option for my Saturday night sushi date. Rather than text out the details, I snapped a shot and there you have it, the “behind the scenes” backstory. Bored yet? Okay, sorry, I’ll wrap this up!

As the weekend wound down...sunset at the reef

As the weekend wound down…sunset at the reef in the party pants

Sunday late afternoon, I dropped my Dad at the airport with big hugs and excited planning for Christmas. I then made the (normally 25 minute) trek North from the airport back home in a whopping 55 minutes of “race back to LA” traffic. Ugh. I called M on the way and told him to get his board ready so we could high tail it to the reef to enjoy the final hour of Sunday daylight. I threw on my favorite Billabong party pants, grabbed my book and a blanket and we were off. Sunday nights at the beach are magic. People head home to do their thing and you get the water and the beach pretty much to yourself. M went for a surf and I watched the sky turn pink and melted into the sand. It was a pretty cloudy sunset, but seriously no complaints here.

So there you have it! My weekend in pictures as told by my toes. Here’s one last parting shot from a while back. This was a happy lunch hour in May. If it’s sunny, this shot will be recreated at some point this week. Hope your Monday was nothing short of amazing!!! xxoo

Lunch break overlooking the sea. Need to recreate this again soon!

Lunch break overlooking the sea. Need to recreate this again soon!

Easter Weekend Recap

It’s been a pretty amazing, sun-soaked weekend full of lots of fun activities, none having to do with writing. So jam packed in fact that I thought it would be better to show you in a recap of photos!

Best Easter Weekend...

Best Easter Weekend…

Top row, left to right: my new fave party dress plus my trusty Sanuk Ibiza Native’s, our private section of Swami’s, M & Linds in their matching Hello Kitty fedoras. Middle row, left to right: impromptu happy hour w/my girls, beach walk in my happy Billabong Gypsy pants, post beach Mexican Coke         Bottom row, left to right: beach walk #15, bright blue swamis sky, backyard bliss.

While California 70.3 was happening in Oceanside I had my own PR of first full submersion into the ocean. March 31 marked in the record books! A little brisk (think natural ice bath for the legs), but totally worth it. Clearest water, dolphins jumping, sigh…

Happy girl, happy place...

Happy girl, happy pants, happy place…

A little secret know only to a select few, is that our little, often bustling beach goes ultra quiet on Easter Sunday. I got up, went to yoga w/my gf, Kerri. Then after a nice, long phone catch up with my parents, M and I threw on our beach duds and ran down to the beach thinking we would secure a decent spot before the masses came. Well, we pretty much had the pick of the beach. The water was so clear and that dreamy light green to dark blue. The surf was small, but even on Sundays, Swamis is pretty crowded. Not today. When we got there, we counted maybe 10 peeps out in the water plus our resident paddler, Michael. Heaven. While everyone else was at brunch, we took a long walk, a quick dip and chit chatted about how lucky we are. A good, solid Sunday.

Now it’s time to grill up some chicken tacos with a special tequila, lime, crushed red pepper marinade we improvised on. Will let you know how it turns out. Then a little sunset viewing to round out the day…Happy happy Easter/Passover!!!♥

Please Pack Your Bags And Go

Before I left for vacation, my girlfriend, Kerri, sent a blog topic request – my first – illustrating how to pack for vacation. So I partnered up on this blog with my talented friend, world traveler & fellow blogger, Renee, aka Single Girls Guide To Travel, to tackle this topic. She took on the work trip/cold weather trip and I tackled the beach break (of course) This actually took forever to write, but it was fun and challenging…Enjoy! ♥

Have Passports, Will Travel

Kir & Renee: Have Passports, Will Travel

Packing with Kir and Renee

When packing, start with what events or activities that you are doing on this trip – this is based on a carry-on bag:

  • Work trip? Think suit(s) or a dress and heels depending on your industry
  • Ski trip? Ski pants, a jacket & warm accessories
  • If there is some kind of formal event? Then dress-up clothes are a given
  • And let’s not forget the beach break! 4-5 bikinis, scarves, sundresses

Kir: Can’t fit it in your suitcase? Leave it behind. If you stick to layering pieces, you’ll be amazed at how much you can fit into an itty-bitty space!

For the visual learners, scroll to the bottom. We snapped sample shots for the “umbrella drink vacay” and the “winter wonderland” and the trips.

For a weeklong trip, here is our packing essential list:

The Bottoms

Renee: Once you have the essentials packed, start with two “bottoms” like three pairs of pants: skinny jeans, skinny cords and something a little more dressy depending on trip activities. Or swap a pant for a skirt if you like!

Kir: I wear jeans on the plane since they’re bulky. If it’s a long plane ride, I’ll throw a pair of leggings in my tote bag to change into once we take off. I pack 2-3 pairs of leggings (lululemon Wunder Unders keep their shape and work for working out and out-and-about) and my trusty black maxi skirt. And my favorite cut-offs for the beach – I end up wearing these more than anything.

This Was My Daily Uniform - Only the Bikinis Rotated In

This Was My Daily Uniform – Sanuk Castaways, Cut-offs, etc., Only Bikinis Rotated In

My Morning Walk to get Cafe Con Leche

My Uniform This Past Trip

Rule of Thumb: # Tops = # of days traveling (+2 more)

Renee: Bring different tops that you can mix and match with your bottoms – and that you really like wearing and feel comfortable in. Don’t pack the top that only looks good on your “skinny days”. Do pack a top that is flowy in case you’re feeling body image insecure one day on the trip.

Kir: I go for basics. My favorite 2 trusty white v-neck tees, 5 tanks (lululemon Cool Racerbacks transition from workout to out-and-about and pack down to nothing), 2 long sleeves (Free People thermals are great b/c they layer perfectly). *The added bonus of sticking to neutrals…you’re clothes don’t look dated five years from now! (what was she thinking with polka dot skinny cords?!?). Accessories keep you from being boring!

1+ dress(es)

Renee: I love dresses because they pack well and are a whole outfit in one piece of clothing. For warm weather, bring your spaghetti strap black dress that you can dress down with flip flops as a cover up for the beach or dress up with wedges and a necklace for a nice dinner. For cold weather, bring a sweater dress and wool tights to tuck into your boots.

Kir: I’m a dress girl, especially when doing the umbrella drink vacation. They pack down to nothing and do double duty as cover ups. 2-3 will do!

Dresses That Pack Down to Nothing!

Dresses That Pack Down to Nothing! Old Navy, Vix, Element dresses for me!

1 Sweater and/or Jacket

Renee: Whether it is a pashmina or cardigan for warm weather or a wool sweater and coat for cold weather, make sure to bring layers. If I have to bring a long bulky coat, I wear it or carry it onto the plane to save space in my suitcase – plus, it tends to come in handy when you step off the plane into 20-degree weather.

Kir: I rarely go anywhere without my Patagonia sweater. It packs down to nothing. I’ve had mine for three years now and it’s worth the investment. Usually, I pack one light weight sweater and wear one on the plane just in case it’s chilly at night.

You Never Know When Rain Will Strike - Thank Goodness I Had My Patagonia...

Rain on Day 1 and 2 – Thank Goodness I Had My Patagonia!!!

2-3 Workout clothes + running shoes

Renee: Essential for those of us who keep up our workouts on the road. Pack two workout outfits knowing that you are going to have to wash them out in the sink and hang dry. Stuff socks into your running shoes to save room and ensure you have socks (otherwise, ouch blisters!).

Kir: Socks into running shoes and I also put my headbands and undies in there (no judging, it works!). My tanks do double duty as running clothes. I’ll wear the tank out and about on day one then transition it to my workout tank on day two. Two pairs of running shorts and maybe a run skirt will do for a tropical vacay. I throw in a shopper bag to put them in once they’ve been used.

The Shoe Stash

The Shoe Stash (Vix bikini, headband, socks) + Betty Bag


Renee: Whether it is a cold or warm climate, there is probably a Jacuzzi you want to climb into after a long day. Make sure to pack at least one bikini.

Kir: Yea, one bikini won’t cut it for me. I recommend at least two so you always have a dry one (but let’s face it, I won’t leave the house with less than 4. They take up zero space and you can mix n match. i’ll usually opt for cut-offs over board shorts. 2 pairs of these and I’m set. Rotate b/n dresses and cut-offs.

Accessorize: 2 scarves, 2 necklaces and a handful of bracelets

Renee: Scarfs, jewelry, hats and other accessories help spice up outfits and make it look like you have lots of different looks in your carry-on.

Kir: I couldn’t agree more. Usually 2-3 scarves, earrings and bracelets to mix n match. I leave my expensive jewelry at home. You can pick up fun pieces from World Market!

Accessories Keep Your Basics Interesting!

Leave Your Diamonds at Home! (Free People, World Market & past travel finds)

3 Pairs of Shoes

Renee: Pack three pairs of shoes. One pair is your running shoes, one pair is the bulky pair you wear on the plane (heels, wedges or boots) and one pair of sandals or ballet flats that fit easily in your suitcase.

Kir: Agreed. I’ll usually wear my tall boots on the plane. 1 pair of running shoes and then a comfy hybrid shoe that I can walk all day in – Sanuk Castaways are my current fave (pictured above). If it’s a beach vacay, it’s running shoes, metallic Haviannas (dress shoe) and another pair of flip flops. I don’t bother with heels since I never end up wearing them.


If you’re heading to the beach, keep it simple with the make-up and toiletries! I go super basic. As long as I have my sunscreen, waterproof mascara, tinted moisturizer and some lipgloss, I’m good.

The Basics

The Basics (Maybelline BB Cream, Cargo lip gloss, Neutrogena sunscreen, Nars Orgasm blush, Body Shop Coconut Travel Scrub, Maybelline mascara, NYX lip gloss)

The Result

Kirsten: Best Practice – layer as you pack and be patient. If you need to make adjustments, it’s okay, don’t get frustrated 🙂 I lay everything out on the bed folded so I have an overview and then I start to layer. I leave room on one side as I go for my running shoes. Then I’ll pack around them so I’m not cramming them in at the last minute.

Scarlet, My Trusty Old Suitcase

Scarlet, My Trusty Old Suitcase

The Overview

The Overview

Layer as You Go

Layer as You Go


Fresh back from my trip, I wore about a 1/3 of what I packed! The cutoffs, no lie, every single day! My white tees, 1 dress and 3 tank tops. I used both pairs of flip flops. And since it rained for the first two days, my pareos doubled as scarves for warmth and my Betty trucker hat made a lovely hood! We sacked out and I logged exactly one, yes one, run while on our trip. My bikini selection (I packed 6) all but one was worn! And my Betty shopper bag doubled as a purse, beach tote and then dirty laundry bag for the re-pack.

Since this post is already really looooonnnnggg, Renee will be posting her fabulous version of this blog with her work and ski packing tips…Check out her link HERE to see the pics.

Any tips you have? I am ever in pursuit of the perfectly packed suitcase so let me know your secrets!!!