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Summer Essentials


Ahhhh…. here comes summertime!

Whether you plan to hit the beach, the boardwalk or simply just chill with your friends & family, it’s important to make sure you’ve got all the summer essentials ready to go!

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To me, nothing says “SUMMERTIME” more than hopping on a beach cruiser to cruise the boardwalk or hit up a beach bar for fish tacos and margaritas. I wouldn’t mind getting this beautiful beach cruiser for my birthday next month! (hint hint!)

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Monday Momentum


Monday’s in general can be daunting, let alone the start of a new month which often means new goals, new ambitions, things to conquer this month, etc etc etc.

When I came across this quote from one of my favorite bloggers, Meg Biram, I couldn’t agree more with the statement. It pertains to so many things in life … work, hobbies, healthy eating, exercise, relationships and simply growing as an individual.

Can't Expect Change Inspirational Quote
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I value education and the essence of continued learning to make the changes you want to see in life. For example, when I decided to start this blog, I knew that I didn’t just want to rush out any old website. I wanted to learn what becoming a blogger involved, how to do it this way versus that way, editing images, photography, and so on. I spent the better part of 2+ months not sleeping because I wanted this to happen so badly. And the beauty of it is … I’m still not done learning. Not even close.


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Happy Friday!!

Before we say “goodbye” to May, I thought I’d share some of my favorite links and images from this past week.

Favorite Links This Week

* I love how gorgeous peonies are! I’m thinking I will need to make a stop at the farmers market to see if they have any to brighten up the house.

* With family coming over this weekend, this Cucumber Gin Fizz cocktail is perfect for a sunny, warm day hanging outside relaxing.

* Logging into Bloglovin’ this morning I was greeted with the BEST news …. the iPad app is now available! I have secretly been begging them to release this and my wishes came true!!


Insta My Weekend


When a 3-day weekend comes around, it’s like the weather gods said “here is your chance to get out of the house & enjoy the sunshine!” So we did ….

And I thought I’d share with you how I documented my weekend through Instagram! (If you’re not following me yet, my Instagram handle is @modishandmain).

We kicked off the weekend by heading over to the Social Tap here in Ventura for some refreshing beverages (and killer fries!) and dominoes. Sadly … I didn’t win.  Wine & Dominoes at the Social Tap

On Saturday we headed over to Ojai (yes, the same Ojai they featured on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters!) for some AMAZING mexican food & blood orange margaritas at Agave Maria’s. I’m not kidding …. the chicken enchiladas were so delicious and you can’t beat a freshly made margarita!


Father’s Day Gift Guide


Plan ahead this year to get the perfect Father’s Day gift! You have just under 3 weeks til June 16th, the day we celebrate the father’s, step-father’s & father figures in our lives.

I remember growing up, I would bike into town to our local drugstore and pick up a box of chocolate covered cherries and a card to give to my Dad. I must have done this for 5-6 years to keep tradition going (and it was probably all I could afford!). I don’t actually know if my Dad really likes chocolate covered cherries, but he at least ate some of them to make me feel like I really got him the perfect gift.


Happy Memorial Day


Growing up this day used to just being about a “day off from school,” but as I get older it takes on a whole new meaning of importance and reflection. I think about my Grandpa’s who both served in WWII, Sean’s family that served in Vietnam, friends that served in the Gulf War and family that still serves today.

This day, Memorial Day, is about thanking those who continue to serve & especially those that aren’t with us today. Have a wonderful day with your family & friends, hopefully enjoying the outdoors and flaring up the grill for hot dogs & hamburgers!

-Kristin Happy Memorial Day



Blog / Style & Beauty

My Nordstrom Sale Finds!


As I mentioned in an earlier post this week, the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale for Women & Kids is not to be missed! I happened to find myself in a Nordstrom yesterday & ended up grabbing a few items that were too good to pass up! (isn’t that always our story?!?!)

Nordstrom Sale Purchases Skirt by Hinge // Coral Blouse by Nexx // Army Green Safari Blouse by Michael Kors

Coral Blouse by Nexx // Nordstrom


Print Skirt by Hinge // Nordstrom If you can’t get to a Nordstrom in person, I highly suggest browsing the site online!

Happy Shopping
– Kristin


Happy Friday!


Happy Friday & to a 3-Day Weekend!!!

I love the first part of my day, taking Dexie for a walk. Lately I’ve been bringing my camera with me to snap photos of the beautiful flowers in the neighborhood, but today I thought I’d capture a few of Dexie herself.

Have a great weekend, From Dexie

Dexie on a walk


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I’m sure most of you have some sort of fun plans with family & friends over the weekend and we wish you a fun, safe holiday weekend!

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