Easter traditions

I love the U.S. because it’s such a mixing pot of different cultures.  Growing up, I lived in a small city where people were from all over the world- Mexico, Poland, Russia, Puerto Rico, Nigeria and so on.  I always had a fascination with my friends’ family traditions and cultures.  Since my mom is from Poland and also a Catholic, one of our most important traditions is the blessing of the Easter baskets, which in Polish is called Swieconka.  This happens on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter) and  Saturday we take to=our decorated baskets to church, filled with sampling of traditional food to be blessed such as kielbasa, babka, eggs, pastries, and a chocolate or butter lamb representing the Lam of God.  It’s my favorite traditions because it brought our family together and my mom and her sisters would dress all the girls up in little dresses and bad haircuts as you can see below!

 POlishEaster{Not much has changed. Left: Easter circa 1989| Right: Easter 2014}

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{my Easter basket}

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{my mom and I on Easter day}

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{getting our baskets blessed at the beautiful Sacred Heart cathedral church}

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{my sweet goddaughter, Alexa}

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Coachella inspired

What I absolutely love about Coachella fashion is that nothing has to match and it is everything but pretentious. You can over-accessorize, where polka dots with tie-dye and not look ridiculous. It’s about indie-inspired fashion, fringe, and of course, belly-baring tops.

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{Favorite Coachella look: Kendall’s crop top and patterned pants}

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{Alessandra Ambrosio and her daughter looking flawless at Coachaella 2014| photo credit: Hollywood Life}

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{Loving Vanessa Hudgen’s fringed crochet skirt paired with awesome accessories| photo credit: Hollywood Life}

Daisy Does It

On the hanger, this daisy maxi looked frumpy, however I am so excited that after deciding to buy it, it’s such a versatile skirt. The high slits help add some edge to the skirt.  Over the weekend, I scored some amazing deals at the local outlets at Banana Republic, PacSun, and J. Crew. I tried on some things that I normally wouldn’t and was happy with the outcome.

What’s your most recent, out-of-your-comfort-zone purchase?

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{Maxi skirt: Forever 21 worn here| Long-sleeved tee: Old Navy| Jean vest: Macy’s also worn here| Watch c/o Guess| Spiked bangle c/o Stella&Dot| Alex&Ani bangles| Platform Wedges: Nordstrom}

Spring Blooms

There are so many things I love about Spring and my two favorite things about this wonderful season are that my birthday is in April and I love Easter! I celebrated my birthday this weekend my family and friends and had the perfect balance of pampering & partying.

My family (on my mom’s side) is from Poland so Easter is all about kielbasa, delicious homemade Polish rye bread, and beautiful ornate Easter baskets that get blessed at our church. Below are a few favorites in my home this week; it definitely feels like Spring!

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{Beautiful two-toned tulips as our centerpiece}

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{Jingles sunbathing, enjoying  longer days & more sunlight}

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{Classic Easter treats}

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{Favorite candle that smells like Hawaii and fresh pineapple as decor & dessert}

Ballerina Bun & Flannel

My idea of comfortable is a soft flannel shirt and some nice, worn-in jeans! Beautiful spring days call for taking Zoey everywhere I go, especially to the dog park.
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{Flannel top: Forever 21| Distressed jeans: A&F| Handbag: Michael Kors| Boyfriend watch c/o Guess| Spiked Bangle c/o Stella&Dot| Laced Booties: T.J. Maxx}