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Things You Can Do When You’re Feeling Uninspired

Switching gears and starting a new blog post topic relating to creativity. These are my current thoughts and whether you disagree or not, i’d love to hear your thoughts as well. One thing that recently dawned on me is that I tend to have ideas and tend to do things when I’m inspired. It hits me in the middle of the night or sometimes during the day. Some of my best decisions or work come from being inspired by an idea, something or someone (And I make the time to put it into action.) Sometimes its from new music that I’ve recently heard or by something that visually pops up on my social media feed. But if its not readily available, it needs to be sought out. So that’s where I found myself recently. I needed to seek out inspiration. Whats interesting is that inspiration doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Nor do you have to go far to find it. It might just be about doing something different. Something that might be …

Where To Take Your Little Ones Adventuring On Big Island, Hawaii!

Often when we travel with O, it’s difficult to leave the hotel. Road trips and any other type of exploration are limited by child friendly food options, and the ability to travel from point A to point B while avoiding a meltdown. Last year, we went to Kauai and spent the whole time at the resort. This year, we decided to try and explore a lit bit more of Big Island, and had an amazing time! This is a step by step playbook for our day. Preparation/Journey There To prepare for the trip, we packed lots of snacks for O as well as ample fluids (juice, water, etc.) so he wouldn’t be hangry (hungry + angry) along the road trip. My husband looked at the maps ahead of time. We were staying on the Fairmont Orchid, and we wanted to visit Hilo and the volcanoes, which is roughly 2 hours away. How can we get our toddler to the volcanoes without a melt down and still maintain his interest? We planned several stops along the …

The Perfect Weekender Bag For Our Hawaii Getaway – The Catalina

Aloha! Starting my extensive blogging about our recent family trip to Hawaii (Big Island) with one of my least favorite topics  – packing. Fortunately I was saved by Lo & Son’s Catalina weekender bag, which almost made me forget we had to bring 4 large suitcases full of my son’s necessities (including a car seat). I was originally going to use the Catalina weekender bag to pack all of my clothes and belongings, but found an even better use for it during our trip. First I used it as my airplane carry-on with things we needed to bring for our 6 hour plane ride. I packed: Bottles for juice, water and milk Extra change of clothes for the kiddo Wipes Snacks Jackets for both of us My smaller purse Ipad, charger I could have fit my lap top and camera in there as well, but I decided why torture myself? It was the perfect bag for our getaway.  Once we got there, I basically turned it into a beach, pool and road trip bag. After …

17 Tips On Starting Your Own Business From 9 Women Who Did It.

Today’s post was inspired by some real questions I had a few years ago when I started my blog and still continue to ask today as I start a new freelancing career. How do you start your own business? And what does it take to become successful? The funny thing is, I never asked anyone for advice on how to start my own business. I googled, I tried things, and did my research, but I never actually talked to anyone about how to start one. So I finally did. I asked nine talented female entrepreneurs in the decor, kids and fashion space, about THE best things they did when starting their own businesses. And what I learned was absolutely golden and not to mention diverse. All of them are truly inspiring and I’m so fortunate to have crossed paths with them, whether in person or on Instagram. If you’re thinking about making that leap, get ready because you’re about to get proven, solid advice on how to successfully start and grow your business from nine different women who did it. Decor …

First Outfit Post: Spring Florals, Denim and Red Block Heels

I’ve been blogging here for the past 3 years and I haven’t put up very many outfit/style post. To be honest, I’d much rather be behind the camera than in front of it. But sometimes we have to push past our comfort zones and show up. So I decided to give this a try. I’m not a big print person, but Spring is here and I was inspired by all the pretty flowers in bloom. I picked this really minimal location because I just love the colors. It’s the James Turrell Sky Space at the De Young Museum, San Francisco. It’s a must see! Floral Blouse: The Kooples (Now On Sale at Bloomingdales) Jeans: Denim Studio Paris (Now on sale!) or  Alternative Socks: Urban Outfitters $2 or Alternative Shoes: Style Nada or Alternative I heard Everlane is coming out with a pair of cute red heels! Leather Jacket: Serge Pariente  (Now On Sale) or Alternative Sunglasses: Ray Bans   I gave the shirt a lot of thought. Did it seem spring enough? It’s black! The good thing is, …

How To Dine Like A San Franciscan At Home With Grocery Outlet

When it comes to eating out, my husband and I usually try a variety of restaurants around San Francisco or San Mateo. But of course we can’t go out to eat all the time since we have a 4 year old who only likes pizza! So we improvise. What I like to do is get inspiration from the place’s we’ve eaten and try to make my own simpler version of it for us to enjoy at home. I teamed up with Grocery Outlet Bargain Market to bring you this post inspired by our recent restaurant adventures! I made two San Francisco restaurant inspired dishes with fresh organic ingredients from our local Grocery Outlet. Why Grocery Outlet Bargain Market? Grocery Outlet actually has amazing deals on wine and food, but it is not just the price that matters- it’s what you do with it! So that is why I wanted to show how you can live like a San Franciscan and dine at your hearts content, whether it’s by yourself, a date night or with kids! …

Pauline Canteneur On How The Young French Live In San Francisco

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is the people I meet. Last year, through Clementine, the young fashion designer turned toy store owner I had met through Pascaline, my French network grew from zero to making up most of my current friends. Perhaps we shared a similar narrative of coming to the United States to seek education, work and life. Or maybe our shared love for art, culture and exploration. No, it must have been our sense of humor or quirkiness! Whatever the reason and although our cultures and histories were worlds apart, I found it easy and quick to form a friendship. So much so I wanted to write about two of the girls who left a lasting impression on me the first time we ever met. Pauline and Charlotte. I met Pauline and Charlotte on a freezing fall evening at the opening of the Minnesota Street Project. Pauline, a poised young 20 something native of the North Eastern part of France, who instantly impressed me with her ability to ride a bike wearing …

New Year! New Look!

After my long hiatus away from this baby, I’m back and giving it a much needed update. It’s time it got the care and attention it deserved. But first a quick recap! Why I stopped blogging If you read my last post dated in May, I entered a new transition to focus on my ‘new career’. So I decided to devote myself to meeting the needs of new clients and new projects over a couple of months. It paid off. I gave it every minute I could, learned a lot and felt the sweet satisfaction of getting rewarded for my work. Towards the end of the year, I made it my new years resolution to focus on what really matters to me and pivoting on my goals. One of which was to come back to Eat Sleep Play Blog and create the type of content that inspires me. What to expect Honestly, I haven’t planned it all out yet. I’ve always been part organic and I love the surprise element that it brings. It’s also been a …

Behind the scenes – Pascaline Paris Lookbook shooting

My first shoot with Pascaline Paris’ collection was definitely a growing experience. Changing in the car for instance is definitely not easy. I learned that San Francisco weather is definitely not the most forgiving when it comes to staying warm. It was super windy out in the Presidio where we shot. I definitely wish I had a coat but these photos in the wind still turned out pretty cool. I’ve never modeled before so it was funny to see how many awkward poses, expressions (mostly sad looking) and angles came out of the hundreds of photos taken. Like these… And at the end of the day (Sorry Pascaline), here I am back in the clothes which I don’t need to worry about getting dirty. I mean, as much as I love the outfits I was wearing, how can I expect to wear dresses or white pants when I’m with my toddler boy most of the day??? 🙂 It was a lot of fun! And although this might not be a regular thing, I was really glad I …

“Bien dans sa peau” A lookbook with Pascaline Paris

I read somewhere that women in France don’t categorize themselves – ‘I am a grandmother therefore I should dress like a grandmother’ kind of mentality. French women seem to be women first – then they are girlfriends, wives, mothers or grandmothers afterwards. They are confident and effortless. It’s more than what they wear or how they look, its more of a blissful state of being- of not feeling self-conscious. They know who they are and they listen to their inner voice; as a result they can embrace their own unique beauty. They have an expression for this: “Bien dans sa peau”, which means “to feel comfortable in your own skin”. It must be nice to feel that way about one’s self all the time. In Asia and America it seems as though we’re always so body conscious and body shaming. Like there’s a perfect standard of how we should look and what we should be doing at any given life stage. To me that’s just stifling and we miss out on so much because we’re too …