{do you kimono}

I love a good kimono.  Duster.  Robe.  Whatever the hell you wanna call it.  Let’s just say kimono, it sounds so much more fancy + formal.

Kimono’s are super versatile.  You can dress up a pair of classic jeans + simple tank by throwing on a kimono.  That’s what I was going for here.

They can be worn at the beach or pool as a swimsuit cover-up.  This one’s for you Mama!  My mom and her girlfriends are leaving for Cabo this weekend….and she’s not stuffing me in her suitcase BTW!  I sent her home with some of my faves to take to with her.  And promised to round-up some good finds before she leaves.

And IF I were knocked up.  Which I 100% am not…Ha!  I got hit with about 8 DM’s + messages after posting the picture of GG on Friday night with her great-grand kids.  I laughed though, I think it’s great that you all thought I was one of the 3!  Nope!  Not happening!

The caption: “Happy 93rd Birthday GG // come December she’s adding 3 new babies for a grand total of 21 great-grand kids ❤️” You can see the post here: Instagram Picture

But, if I were prego, I would also rock the shit out of the kimono!

Even over a solid dress with a long necklace.  Done!

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Kimono // Denim // Tank (similar) // Shoes 

 

My homegirl Lisa at Salty Lashes posted Top 10 Kimonos last week.  Of course, I love them ALL!  But my wallet doesn’t…lol.  So, I’m doing a little spin-off.

Target Kimono’s.

Ones we can all actually afford.

Possibly even buy 2.

Best part, you can hit Target today and pick it up.  Win-Win!

 

Let’ take a minute to talk abou the kimono I’m wearing here.  I’m obsessed with the longer (duster) look.  And the crochet detail is so pretty.

Floral Print Sheer Crochet Kimono with Tassels

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{friday 5}

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Happy Friday Senoritas!  This week was a doozy.  So tired.  So annoyed.  So grumpy.  For absolutely NO reason at all.  Hence the {floral + herb smudge stick diy}  For the record, it worked!  Feeling 100 again.  Friday might have a little something to do with it?!?!?  Weekend agenda: nada.  Zip.  Zilch.  Nada.  Well, kinda.  We are celebrating GG’s 93rd Birthday tonight, so that’s for sure something.  And the royal wedding…obvi.  Maybe lay out by the pool.  Drink some wine?  Sure, why not.  It’s a weekend dedicated to do what ever the hell we want.  And it happened just when we needed it the most.

Before we part for the weekend, let’s chat about 5 things.  Real quick…..

 

ONE – The Royal Wedding // Who’s getting up at the butt-crack of dawn to watch the Royal Wedding?  I originally said “hell yes,” but the more I think about it….kinda depends on how many cervezas I consume at GG’s fiesta tonight.  Just keepin it real.  DVR is locked and loaded in case I hit snooze.

Then I found this fun drinking game.  Basically, you’d be drunk by 5am if you play during actual time.  Not even sure I’m down with that.  Maybe I’ll play with my cup of coffee + Bailey’s?  Hmmm!  Mimosas?

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TWO – Friday Starbucks Date // Back in the day, I’m talking when Bay was around 5 years old, maybe?  We used to do Starbucks dates every Friday morning.  Bay would get the mini vanilla scones, two of them.  I always got a frapp.  Well, last Friday we randomly decided to go to Starbucks at 6am (I skipped the gym, hungover AF)  We ordered drinks + breakfast and sat together and talked about random life shit.  Like the fact she has a crush on this boy….OMG, kill me now!  It was so nice to have a little one-on-one date with my girl.  Before the hectic work/school day begins.  So, we’ve made a pact to make it our new Friday morning thing.  And you better believe she popped out of bed at 6am for our date this morning ♥

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THREE – Clean Fridge //  I’ve told you before that Thursday nights are my cleaning nights.  I’m a crazy routine person.  I have certain things I do on certain days.  Like the carwash.  Grocery shopping.  Banking.  Peeps think I’m so crazy, but I live for routine + schedule.  Keeps me organized and happy!  Last night, for some odd reason, I had a burst of energy around 10pm.  (I was like, where the fuck did that come from?)  After most of my cleaning was done.  So, obvi I stayed up till midnight to clean out the fridge.  Pulled everything out.  Threw out anything expired.  Wiped down all the shelves and drawers.  Woke up at 4:30 am tired AF and my workout was almost impossible due to lack of sleep.  But, when I opened my sparkly clean fridge this morning, I realized it was all worth it.  And I’m officially and OLD, because I find this to be so incredibly rewarding.  Ha!

And yes, I have a second fridge in the garage to house all my booze + La Croix.

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{floral top + random thoughts}

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Top // Denim // Slides // Earrings 

 

Happy Hump Day!  AKA, drink a bottle of wine day to celebrate we’re 1/2 way there day!  Ha!  You guys, we had our challenge this morning at Kaia.  You can read more about it here: {kaia brik goals}  Running is so not my jam, but damn I feel good (and hangry) when it’s done.  If you could have only heard all the voices in my head.  “Fake and injury and walk” or “Don’t walk, you’ll never be able to get back up to speed” or “wonder if anyone would notice if I ran to my car and went home?”  That’s the shit I had to deal with, not once, but three separate times this morning.  In good news, I shaved off over 1 minute from week #1 and I didn’t die!  Ha!

Now I’m, about to get real long winded….I apologize in advance for my random thoughts today……

So I started to write a post on this outfit the other day.  I have the tendency to listen/half-ass watch Instagram stories in the background.  So bad, I know.  Anyway, I was listening to a blogger do an unboxing.  Which, for the record, I think is tacky AF.

I guess I shouldn’t say tacky, because I’ll probably do one next week to stay relevant…lol. But, I watch them every.single.time.  Why?  Do your kids watch the weird ass grown adults on YouTube that unbox American Girl Dolls and toys?  Just fucking weird.

Anyway, she made the comment that ALL her packages were in their home office…to keep them out-of-the-way or something like that.  What really got my attention, was she hadn’t opened a single package in TWO whole weeks?  That’s 14 fucking days!  WTF?  Maybe that’s what happens when you get to be a BIG DEAL?  IDK!

I’m not gonna lie…That’s not how I roll over here.  Most of my online shopping carts at J.Crew + Nordstrom + Target + Madewell are maxed out with hundreds of dollars of clothes.  Technically, I’m not going to buy 90% of them.  But, I like to keep them safe.  Right where I can see them and stalk them.  Then they go out of stock and I kick myself for not pulling the trigger.  Or I decide they aren’t all that cute anymore after looking at them for so damn long.  Then every once in a while, that shit goes on sale and I hit “place order”.

In my head, I already have the outfit planned.  Where I’ll be wearing it.  Who will be there.  Ha.  I’m just keeping it really real.  But, that’s not where it ends.  I then proceed to track my orders like a psycho.  I can pretty much tell you where each of them are in the US at any given time…lol.  Maybe not any given time, but I have an idea.  I get notification emails and shit.  I’m waiting very impatiently.  Like, I wanted that J.Crew top 2 days ago.

Then when I finally get that “Delivered” email….it kills me to not hop in my car and go grab it off my front porch.  Open it up within seconds.  Half the time I completely destroy the box trying to get to the goods.  Then I try it on instantly.  I gotta make sure it’s as good as I’d hoped and dreamed about…Ha!

So, when these bloggers talk about storing their orders/packages for TWO whole weeks, I just don’t get it.  They clearly don’t love their online purchases as much as I do, right?  Ha!

End of rant!

Without further ado, here is one of the many outfits I stalked + waited for 🙂

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{friday 5}

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Happy Friday!  It’s been a really good week.  A nice calm week.  Just what we needed.  Spent as much time as possible outdoors which makes all the difference in shaking my creative juices up.  So many projects I can’t wait to start.  So many fun ideas for the blog.

Take the weekend to recharge, relax and treat yo self Mama’s!  And I wish you all the happiest Mother’s day!

 

 

ONE – Hot Sauce Debate // No doubt, I’m a tap-your-uncle girl.  Tapatio, that is.  It’s my hot sauce of choice…always.  On my eggs.  On my tacos.  On anything, really.  But, recently, I’ve been told that I need to spread my wings a little.  That there are wayy better hot sauces out there?  Say whhhattt?  You know I’m always down to try out new stuff, so next week, we’re going to do a hot sauce taste testing.  Not really sure of the logistics just yet.  So, tell me….what’s your fave hot sauce?  What should I add?

Here’s what I’ve picked up for the Hot Sauce Debate so far…..

Valentina // Srirahca // Cholula // Tapatio

 

 

TWO – Madwell Top // I love a good striped tee!  Stripes pretty much go with anything + everything.  You’d die if you saw stripe tee collection in my closet.  I found another good one to add to my selection.  Originally I had a whole post planned for this newby, but when I saw that it was marked down to $29, I decided to scratch that and share it NOW!  This will sell out, and you probably need another one.  You’re welcome!

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Madewell Mock Neck Tank

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THREE – Easy Pickled Red Onions // I got lots of DM’s after posting this on insta-stories yesterday.  So, here ya go!  This is a quick-pickled onion recipe.  Cory claims it’s not authentic enough.  lol.  I had all the ingredients on hand.  And they are killer.  I’ve been topping turkey burgers, sandwiches + salads with these bad boys all week.

My homegirl Nikki, she made pickled cabbage for her ahi tuna tacos last night….fucking outstanding.  That will be on my to-make list for next week!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

 

Cram all the sliced red onion in a mason jar.  Stick your filled mason jar in the sink, because you will spill and this shit is stinky!

Add all the rest of the ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a simmer.  Remove from heat.

Pour mixture over the red onions.  Allow to cool.  Then pop them in the fridge.

Enjoy!

 

FOUR – Coffee Table // Kinda like my dinning table settings, I love styling the coffee table.  I love that it’s a small space.  Also a space that gets a lot of attention.  Stealing items from other rooms to change it up is my jam.  I can’t get enough of baby daisies.  I grab a bunch ($3.99) every time I make a TJ’s trip lately.  I believe they’re called chamomiles.  But, I think baby daisies sounds cuter 🙂  So, here’s what my coffee table currently looks like and I’ve linked all the sources below if you need one of these items for your coffee table look!

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{april in review}

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Happy weekend, friends!  It’s that time again.  Time for the monthly round-up.  Didn’t I just do this?  April frickin flew by.

Now, lets take a look back at what went down on xoxostacyb in April.

  1. {weekend notes} Easter + remember my crudites board?
  2. {asparagus tart} And some fun pictures from Spring break in Santa Cruz
  3. {march in review} first time breaking down the month + that cute Madewell top
  4. {how to make the most of your weekend} According to STATS you guys like this one
  5. {friday 5} Bay’s fave carrots + that rose gold hair color
  6. {mexican hot pot} Now I want a bowl of that soup
  7. {spring fever} When I first introduced my new zapatos ♥
  8. {push-pin map // travelogue}  Map love
  9. {two sisters} The Woodland book you all fell in love with
  10. {friday 5} This was my #1 viewed post for the month of April
  11. {weekend notes} plants + hiking + wine drinking….that was a damn good weekend
  12. {avocado toast 4 ways} Which is your favorite?  I’m still stuck on the over easy or BLT
  13. {statement tees} Raise your hand if you’ve added a couple to your closet
  14. {double chocolate banana bread} Ok, now raise your hand if you’ve whipped up loaf of this for your peeps
  15. {friday 5} now I want some hummus….and that fanny pack.
  16. {weekend notes} damn that was a good weekend: Color Factory + pig barn + rosé 🙂
  17. {taco pizza} Have I ever told you how much I dig pizza?
  18. {orange table setting} I have to say this one is by far my best yet.  Should I start a monthly table setting series?  Would you guys be into something like that?
  19. {current closet faves} this top has been on maj repeat + my sunnies broke #bawling 😦
  20. {friday 5} PLEASE tell me you’ve all bought the eyelash primer?  And made those polenta croutons.
  21. {weekend notes} Casini Ranch with the fam bam ♥ Jessi and I are already excited for the shuttle to and from Blue Herron for next time!

 

It sure was another busy month here at xoxostacyb!  As always, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for continuing to read, comment, like and share your ideas with me.  It truly makes my day ♥

 

Speaking of making my day…….

Check out these dresses I found on sale at where else but, TARGET!!!

You guys….hold the phone.  Dress at Target are currently BOGO 1/2 off!  That’s basically 2 dresses for under $40!  Cute ones too!

Target BOGO 50% off Women’s Dresses 

I picked up two.  Might go back for another round.  So many cute options to choose from!

This button front strappy dress is so good.  It comes in black too, which I originally had in my cart.  Then I thought, nahhh, go for the red!  It’s a subtle red.  Linen.  Functioning buttons.  And the best part…

drumroll……it has pockets!

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{current closet faves}

Happy Thursday peeps.  I did another grocery store pick-up today.  Which allowed me to spend my lunch break doing more important things.  You know, like tan.  Go to the post office + bank.  And grab an iced coffee from Starbucks.  Try it out!  I’m telling you it’s so legit.  I was able to stock our house for next weeks meals + grab everything we need for our camping trip tomorrow.

I’ve been trying out Time Batching this week.  I can’t say too much, I really haven’t mastered this time-management hack just yet.  What I can say, is the time batching that I have done throughout the day has helped me focus and be productive AF.  Stay tuned though, I want to tell you all about it.  Once I’ve mastered the art of Time Batching.

But, what I’m really here to tell you all about today……

Current Closet Faves //  Denim that fits like a glove.  Colored top.  Sunnies, always sunnies.  Mustard Mules.  A neutral clutch to even out all that yellow.  And a cute little necklace on the side.

Too much?   Nahhh!

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You guys, I’m all about the burnt yellow.  Spicy Mustard.  Saffron.  Canary.  Like BIG TIME!  Yesterday was all the orangy hues, but what can I say…today is a new day!  I accidentally picked up two yellowy items this week, and I love them so much, that I’m gonna tell you all about them.

If wearing too much yellow is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right!

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Top // Denim // Shoes // Clutch // Necklace // Sunnies

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{friday 5}

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Yep, it’s finally Friday!  And this girl is ready to shake a tail feather.  How about you?  It was a damn good week.  I got shit accomplished.  This weather….straight up beer drinking weather.  What’s on the agenda for the weekend?  We’re hanging out Saturday and headed to the city on Sunday for a mother-daughter date ♥

Before I wrap up this day…..

Let’s chat about what I’ve got on my mind?  Just some things I’m currently diggin…..

 

ONE – Fanny Pack //  Ok friends.  I’m thinking about pulling the trigger on a fanny pack.  Crazy to think the 90’s fanny pack is making its way back.  Goes to show, everything comes full circle.  Ha!  There are so many cute options, but obvi I have my heart set on a not so budget friendly pack.  I think it would be so great for vacationing.  Weekends.  Shopping.  Anything really.  What do you think?

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I found this on Urban Dictionary…lol:

A pouch or other device used to hold items usually worn around the waist. Most often used as an alternative to a man-purse.
Frank keeps his lube and lipstick in his fanny pack.

 

 

TWO – Songs // Do you ever listen to a song over and over till your almost sick of it? Me too!  Ha!  Midland has been on maj repeat.  This Old Heart + Burn Out have been my jam.  Having a little FOMO for Stagecoach.  Midland is on the lineup too!

Midland – Burn Out

Midland – This Old Heart 

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THREE – Snackin’ //  Hummus!  Like always, jazzed up!  Good ol’ Trader Joe’s hummus.  With a drizzle of olive oil.  And a couple sprinkles of TJ’s everything but the bagel seasoning.  Cut up veggies from the weekend meal prep.  TJ’s beet crackers, which I’m IN LOVE with.  I have to hide them or Bay + Cory will polish them off.

Jazz up your hummus this weekend and watch it disappear.

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