Home Color: Greige

Beach Inspired Home

Shopping Guide

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Summer tends to bring daydreams of tropical get aways to mind.  Than reality kicks in and maybe you can’t just make it to that remote tropical island, but you can incorporate some of it into your home. We were inspired by a post from Refinery 29, titled 13 Trips to Cross of Your Bucket Lis and Dedon Island was on that list that we plan to cross off our bucket list sooner than later, check out the site and you’ll see what we’re talking about, but don’t try to get there before we can!

We are constantly redecorating in our homes because we are both very visual people and love the creative process, but the key to not spending a fortune is to choose classic timeless pieces for the big ticket items and choosing moderately priced items for the accessories, so it won’t be such a big deal if you want to add a fresh new touch.  The nailhead bed by Serena & Lily is one of those timeless pieces.  The dark wood night stand by Williams & Sonoma adds a clean modern look and gives a good contrast against the linen colored bed.  The coral lamp is a fun piece that can serve as a reminder of the beach.  The bedding by Anthropologie is reminiscent of the waves in the sand and we love the fresh and clean look of white bedding.  Adding pops of color with the striped rug and pillows will add to the vacation vibe.  The ethnic print bench is a fun bold piece.  Benjamin Moore paint is our go to paint because of their No VOC paint selections.

Fluently lived,

Kriselle & Stephanie

Summer Essentials for Us

Women & Men Summer Essentials

Shopping Guide

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Essentials to add to the kit for Mom & Dad.

This swimsuit [1] by Michael Kors is stylish while concealing in the right places. Can’t go wrong with a Panama Hat [2] by J.Crew.   Flip flops  [3] in a gold color are neutral easy to pack and versatile.  This cover up by Soft Joie [4] comes in a zig zag print and can transition easily into an outfit.  Havianas [5] flip flops are comfortable and have some of the best options for men.  Men’s board shorts [6] don’t have to be plain and boring, J.Crew offers a variety in prints.  Ray Bans [7] are always a classic and look good on most men.

Fluently lived,

Kriselle & Stephanie

Summer Essentials for Kids

Summer for Kids

Shopping Guide

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Kids Essentials to add to the Summer Kit.  Folded up they pack neatly and take little room.

Rash guards [1 & 6] from J. Crew will protect the kids from the sun and keep them warm for playing in the ocean. Swimsuits [3 & 7] from Target will work for all water occasions. We find baseball caps [4 & 8] are easier to wear for kids than floppy straw hats or fedoras and we like to show love to our home teams.  Our go to for water shoes are cute, stylish, comfy and come in a variety of colors, Saltwater Sandals [2] and Native Shoes [5].

Fluently lived,

Kriselle & Stephanie

Summer Essentials Kit

Summer Essentials Kit

Shopping Guide

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We’ve been MIA for a few weeks while wrapping up the end of the school year, tying up work projects, revamping the blog with a new look and getting ready for summer, but we’re back!

With that in mind, we realized during our “Glamping Trip” (pics to come soon) that 1) we need to do that more often and 2) that we need a Summer Essential Kit always packed in the trunk of the car to make these little trips easier to do and can be more impromptu.  One of the biggest roadblocks in taking these trips is the daunting idea of having to pack and unpack, so if we had a kit ready to go in the car, we’ll always be prepared.  We’re pretty spoiled living in the Bay Area having access to some of the best outdoor scenery from beaches, lakes, rivers, parks and swimming pools so being prepared  will make it all the easier to go and explore.

Having a straw tote [1] that is foldable will work to carry things out of the car. The picnic basket [2] by Martha Stewart is complete with plates, glasses, utensils and napkins for four.  Each member in the family can have a different color striped towel [3] from Dwell Studio.  The tassel blanket [4] from West Elm is lightweight and will work for the beach or a picnic.  This water bottle [5] by OKO is great because it has a built in filtration system.  Badger Sunscreen [6] is natural and organic.  Powder is great for dusting the sand off bare feet and Burt Bees [7] makes a natural one that smells so fresh.  Love the Honest Company for their non toxic products and [8] wipes always come in handy.  Aveeno [9] hydrocortisone cream in case of any skin allergic reactions.  Having a first aid kit is essential and this kit by [10] Medibag covers the whole family with 117 pieces.  This [11] trunk organizer will keep it all organized and has a removable insulated cooler.

Fluently lived,

Kriselle & Stephanie

Get the Look … All in the Boots

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Photo Credit: Popsugar

Shopping Guide

 

Men’s

 

Hat: |Brixton Driving Cap| Sunglasses:| Marc by Marc Jacobs Folding Aviators|

Jacket:| Scotch & Soda Bomber Jacket| Jeans:| J Brand Kane or Gap 1969 Slim Canvas| Boots:|Justin Ostrich Cowboy Boots

 

Women’s

 

Sunglasses:| Elizabeth & James Irving Sunglasses| Sweater:| All Saints V-Neck or Gap V-Neck|

Jeans: J Brand 811 Skinny Jeans or Zara Skinny Jeans|

Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs Crossbody  or Cambridge Satchel| Boots: Dolce Vita Camilla Cowboy Boots

 

The fancy cowboy style boots make the otherwise casual and low key outfits’ pop.

Fluently lived,

 

K.

What to Pack for Glamping

glamping essentials

 

We’re going on a Moms & Daughters “glamping” (glamourous+camping) trip just an hour south of SF along the ever so beautiful Cali coast for some much needed R&R and girl time. We’ve rounded up a few essentials to pack on our trip. We’ll be staying in these cool Tent Bungalows at an eco adventure resort.  The best thing about glamping is there’s no set-up involved and since the resort provides the basics, all we have to pack are our clothes and personal items that we want to bring on the trip.  We’ve booked time at the spa for massages.  There’s an in house restaurant or if we want to be more camp like, there are BBQ grills for cooking.  There are many on-site activities, but we want to do some local exploring of the nearby quaint towns. The beach is just a short walk, we can also tour a historic lighthouse, visit a berry farm and check out a goat dairy farm.  We’ll share pics of the trip and let you know how it went!

 

Fluently lived,

 

Steph & Angelina, Kriselle & Caramia

 

Shopping Guide

 

[1] why not start the day with strawberry mimosas, all you need is a good bottle of bubbly, oj and strawberries

[2] no camping trip is complete without S’mores, pack along some marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate, (I’ll bring some fancy dark chocolate for us moms)

[3] candles to add ambiance to the bungalow, Kai candles have a soothing, clean, tropical fragrance

[4] this cute backpack by Herschel comes in a fun polka dot print and will come in handy for hiking and exploring

[5] love the stripes and rose color of this towel from Anthropologie and it’s a good size for laying out on the beach

[6] this plush blanket from West Elm will be nice and cozy at the campfire

[7] “I Had a Favorite Dress” is a fun girly book for the girls to read during downtime

[8] this French market tote is ideal & versatile

[9] the wireless mini Jambox by Jawbone is so awesome for playing music along with using it as a speaker for watching chick flicks on the laptop

[10] of course a camera to capture the moments, we use a Leica

[11] Lola & Winter will come along for the trip, we heart Jess Brown Dolls here at FluentLife

 

glamping packing list

Shopping Guide

 

[1] this parka by Scotch & Soda has a removable tribal print lining that will be great for layering

[2] stay stylish while exploring the local attractions in this cute dress with a vintage print by Scotch & Soda  

[3] temps tend to drop in the evenings and this slouchy beanie by All Saints will help when it starts to get chilly

[4] these duck boots by LL Bean are great for the outdoors

[5] swimsuits are not the easiest things to shop for  because of fit & style, so it’s that one piece of item that you don’t want to forget on any trip, love the print and soft color palette in this one-piece by Mara Hoffman

[6] flip flops are light and easy to pack and it’s always handy to have a pair, we like this leather pair in a neutral color by Tkees 

[7] Splendid makes a great heavyweight pair of leggings in a soft French Terry

glamping kids packing essentials

Shopping Guide

 

[1]  a cute military style functional water resistant parka with a detachable hood by J.Crew is perfect for camping and will still look cute over a dress

[2] such a sweet dress by Nellystella

[3] just like mama’s but in a kid version by LL Bean

[4] camping clothing is all about having layers especially for the kids, these star print leggings are from Zara

[5] love the vintage style of this swimsuit by Dagmar Daley

[6] stylish sun hat from Zara

[7] Saltwater sandals are comfortable, durable and waterproof and best of all come in a variety of fun colors

Home Decor: Runway to Home

runway inspiration to home

Shopping Guide:

1. Knot Mirror from Horchow

2. Cabana Blue Ikat Cocktail Napkins by Harvey & Straight

3. Sedona Chair in Zebra Fabric by Ankasa

4. Ikat Diamond Pillow Cover from West Elm

5. Essex Printed Ottoman in a Retro Ikat print from West Elm

6. Gold Dipped Bowl by Nate Berkus for Target

7. Jaipuri Rug from Jonathan Adler

8. Gold Dipped Flatware from Anthropologie

9. Morrocan Wedding Pouf from Calypso St.Barth

10. Zig Zag Throw Blanket from Jonathan Adler

11. Glazed Terracotta Dinnerware Set in Blue Tile from West Elm

12. Etched Morrocan Berber Silver Tea Glasses by Morrocan Prestige

13. Moorish Lattice Sequined Pillow in Copper by Jamie Young

14. Gold Lacquer Serving Tray from West Elm

15. Ikat Link Towel in Charcoal by Nate Berkus for Target