Palm Springs, Baby!

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I remember days when I was living in Missouri and daydreaming about visiting Palm Springs. From the moment I entered this gorgeous, desert paradise in the middle of nowhere I was instantly in love! The warm desert breeze, the saturation of palm trees with manicured “hula skirts”, the retro, mid century modern vibe was all a dream come true and had me instantly wanting to buy a house here just for weekend getaways! ❤

It literally seemed as though everywhere in P.S. was photo worthy so, finding a spot to do a quick shoot was easy breezy lemon squeezy! My little Lexie and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to kick this trip off right but stopping at the Palm Springs Sign when entering! Might seem a little cliché but hey, it’s Palm Springs and I think it’s safe to say that the locals are pretty used to it by now. ❤

These jeans, sadly, are now hard to come by. Sometimes they’re on the Billabong website and sometimes they’re not, as of right now they’re not 😦 So I’m linking a few different options below ❤

Jeans: AG Jeans / Frame / Joe’s Jeans / T-Shirt: PacSun / Poshmark / Hat: Lack of Color (Currently SOLD OUT)

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Hello, April!

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It’s my Birthday month and I’m too excited for this one! Not only is it a milestone birthday but my man and I are taking a well deserved vacation to Oahu!! So there’s lots of planning going on around here! Anyway, my daughter, Lexie and I just returned from a weekend getaway to Palm Springs and one thing is certain, I’m in love ❤ But you’ll hear more about that in my up and coming posts. At the moment I have tons of content to go through and pictures to edit, so on and so on. I’m soooooo looking forward to sharing all that I’ve created ❤ Hope everyone had a great easter! ❤

Hat: Lack of Color (Teak Rancher) / Sunnies: DVF / T-Shirt: FEMME T-Shirt

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The Oldest & The Baby.

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Sometimes I can’t believe how time has flown by. I look at this picture and I feel so much pride and yet I also feel a touch of sadness. My oldest Drue, now 21 and my youngest Kane, who’s turning 16 soon, are shown in the picture above. While Kane acts more like his older sister Lexie, and has similar interests to his older brother Chy, he and Drue definitely favor each other looks wise! From the moment Kane was born, Drue has babied him and pretty much took the role of the older sister who would let him get away with anything. I guess it’s the 5 1/2 year age difference.  I always thought it was so cute how she would take care of him and carry him around. When others siblings may have picked on him (as siblings do) she was there to hangout with him, assuring without words that he was loved. As, they get older Drue will be the easy going sister that introduces him to all the things a parent worries about, going out, bar hopping, college parties, etc.. I’m not really looking forward to that part! But each of my four kids have a special bond with each other and each are in different ways. As time goes on I’ll share a little more about their connections and how this family fully works but until then I’ll just stare at this picture and wonder where the time has gone. ❤

Drue’s Shirt: Desert Dreamer T-Shirt / Kane’s Shirt: Toy Machine Long Sleeve T-Shirt (ON SALE!) 

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The Fam Bam.

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Currently working on a lengthy blog post about how my beautiful, blended family came to be but until then let me introduce you (for those of you who don’t know) to my husband and our four greatest accomplishments. I hope you don’t mind a little bragging!

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Chy (Rome) – His real name is Chyrome, to us (family) he’s Chy, to his football family and friends he’s Rome. Chy is my step-son, however, he’s been all mine since he was 8 ❤ He’s 20 years old now, super smart, and an amazing athlete! I’ve never known anyone who executes school and football with he precision that he does. He’s currently weighing out options as to where he’ll grace his next field, but until then he’ll continue working hard at college and maintaining his 4.0 GPA. Yeah, you read that right, college football AND a 4.0!!! #proudmom ❤

Drue – My first born and probably my biggest headache! Jk, Jk, only because she’s the oldest (21) everything with her has been a first. She’s the one who’s taught me all the lessons and needless to say I’m still learning! No one ever tells you parenting adult children is hard, but it sooooooo is!!! Anyway, my sweet, little Druey, currently a junior at SDSU is studying Journalism and is striving to work in media studies. She currently co-hosts her own radio show on KCR Radio! Which gives me major heart eyes every time I listen. I also want to add that her work ethic is so inspiring! She works hard, pays all her bills including out of state tuition with little help from us all while taking 18 units!! I don’t know many college students who can pull that off, but she does, and with so much grace.  ❤

Reece – The love of my life. I could go on and on about all the reasons I love him so, but I’m gonna keep this short. So, I just want to say this, in our family, he sets the standards high. I might be the one who holds this family together, but he’s the one who leads by example. Because of him our daughters will marry men who love them no less than he does and our sons will make amazing husbands just as he is. Our love for one another runs this family and that’s the one thing I’m most proud of. ❤

Lexie – This girl, my mini me. My freckled faced, brown haired, long legged beauty that keeps me laughing CONSTANTLY when we’re together is currently a Freshman in college for fashion merchandising! She’s (19) and also a manager at Billabong here in San Diego, which is why you see me wearing a lot of their brands 🙂 She, like all my kids is going to do big things. I’ve know this from the time she was a very little girl, that fashion was going to be a huge part of her existence and I’m so excited to see where this journey takes her ❤

Kane – The baby. Kane’s 15 and a Sophomore in high school. This kid’s mind is so creative that I can’t wait to see what his future holds! From filmmaking, photography, fashion, etc. he really has an eye for all things creative and trendsetting. He’s such a mixture of all his older siblings and I can’t think of any other place he would have prospered more. SoCal is definitely where he belongs. ❤

Chy’s Look – Top:  RVCA Pullover Hoodie / Bottoms: RVCA Week-End Stretch Chino’s / Shoes: Vans 

Drue’s Look – Top: PacSun & John Galt (PacSun) / Bottoms: Forever 21 & Forever 21 / Shoes: Converse / Sunglasses: BP. Nordstrom 

Reece’s Look – Top: The Rail Slim Fit Crew Neck / Bottoms: Adidas Originals ‘Superstar’ Pants / Shoes: Adidas / Sunglasses: Gucci

Lexie’s Look – Top: Bob’s Burgers (Urban Outfitters) / Jacket: Levi’s Oversized Trucker / Bottoms: UO Casey Kick Flare Pant (Urban Outfitters) / Booties: boohoo.com / Stocking Cap: PacSun 

Kane’s Look – Top: Toy Machine (RVCA) & Toy Machine Hoodie (RVCA) / Bottoms: Brixton Reserve Chino Pants (Tilly’s) / Shoes: Vans / Skateboard: Van’s (Customized)

 

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Hello, 2018.

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Hat: Lack of Color / Shirt: L.A. Hearts (Pacsun) / Shorts: Levi’s (Free People)

Well, hello 2018! I know I’m a day late into the new year however, Jan 1st was NOT good to me, not good at all.  I’m unsure if the three mimosa’s I had within a 4 1/2 hour time span really did me in or if the impeccable timing of flu season that hit me right at 10 p.m. but unfortunately, I rang the new year in with my head in a trashcan fighting a volatile puking sesh. I laid around all day yesterday feeling like absolute garbage and finally managed to get a descent nights sleep! Nevertheless, I woke up this morning feeling refreshed and back to my normal self, ready to conquer the new year!

As I mentioned last week in one of my instagram posts, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. As most people begin a new year, we try to focus on what works in our life and what doesn’t. I’ve been doing this blogging thing now for almost three years, starting very slowly and then maintaining that slowness for the first year and a half. It wasn’t until my family and I moved to San Diego before I started taking it more serious and focusing on collaborations and such. 2017 was good to me. I’ve met some really great people, worked with some brands I’ve admired for years, and also, some new brands I had the privilege of helping market their products! For me, these were all accomplishments I had wanted to achieve since the beginning, and for that, I am grateful. I think what I’ve been missing lately in my blogging and social media is authenticity. When I first started blogging I looked at it as a way for me to express who am and what I love, which is fashion, but, it’s become apparent to me that there’s so much more to my life than what outfit I’ve put on that day for a quick photo shoot. Many of you who follow me on social media don’t really know my story, my age, or the fact that I have four amazing kids! I’ve been a mother for twenty-one years and have always focused the majority of my attention on my kids. Doing anything and everything possible to help them accomplish their dreams, and somewhere along the way, I lost myself. Live By Ronni was meant to be my way of dedicating just one small thing to me but in the midst of it all I’ve realized that who I really am is a wife, a mother, a business owner, a woman with not only a sense of style but also a voice. More often than not, I read and follow bloggers who are in their twenties or maybe early thirties who have or have just given birth to adorable babies they can dress up and blog about all the cute things they do and wear. All their milestones are documented for us to have heart eyes over because, I mean, who doesn’t love a picture of a cute baby, but honestly, it’s become hard to relate. Where are the women like me? The young mother’s from the nineties? The moms who maybe made the choice to settle for a job to make ends meet and provide for a family and is now finally getting their stride back? The moms who have sacrificed their dreams in hopes to help their children achieve theirs? Are we a rare breed? Is there anyone out there like me? … I don’t know, but I guess we’ll see …

This year the game has changed and instead of staying in my comfort zone of minimal writing of blog posts and random outfit descriptions, Live By Ronni is going to be a true reflection of the name itself, which is my life, all of it. All the ups and downs of raising older children (trust me, it’s far harder than you think), lots of traveling, lots of love, and of course doing it all in style!

So, here’s to the New Year and to inspiring people like me, who may have lost their way for a while … welcome the fuck back. Cheers!

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