Waikiki Beach.

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Whoa, that was quite a break! And a much needed one at that! I took some time off, I’ve been doing that here and there lately. Maybe, it’s coming with age but recently I’ve been a little in my head about how I spend my time. I’ve worked hard, really hard for years and I’ve finally gotten to a place in life where when needed, I can take some time and focus on what really keeps me thriving in life. For me, that’s my husband, my family and friends, and some great R&R when possible! I’m by no means spoiled, just a little older and maybe a little wiser ❤

So this years birthday was a big one! If you follow along you’ve probably read me going on and on about this “milestone” bday vacay and I must say, it was everything I had dreamed of AND more! My man and I kicked off the first two days in Waikiki Beach, eating amazing food, enjoying amazing weather, meeting interesting people … The water was so blue and warm, less salty than what we’re used to. The weather warm and breezy with just enough dampness in the air to keep my hair in beautiful natural waves (not shown in the photos above lol) ❤

My next few posts will be about this trip and what it meant to me personally and to also my marriage since this is our first alone trip in eight years, damn kids! I hope you follow along on our journey in paradise and maybe you’ll find yourself there soon ❤

Romper: Forever21 (sold out in color above so I’ve linked the beige version) / Hair Bow Scrunchie: Urban Outfitters / Sunnies: DVF (similar) 

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Siesta At Ace Hotel.

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OMG, can we all just stop for a moment to acknowledge how effing dreamy this hotel is?!!! I had been wanting to visit the Ace Hotel in Palms Springs for a while now after coming across it online when searching for places for a weekend getaway with my Beardo. It wasn’t until Lexie and I decided to visit PS for a girls getaway that we finally decided to check it out by having lunch and walking the grounds. A simple, neutral color palette really allows the woodwork to stand out which is the style I go for in my own home. The grounds were saturated with amazing nooks with couches, chairs, and lounging areas with fireplaces … absolutely stunning! ❤

My dress is by Urban Outfitters and is by far one of my favorites for these warmer days! I’m all about comfort lately and this dress is nothing short of that!

Dress: Urban Outfitters (Similar Free People) / Hat: Lack of Color (Teak Rancher) / Bag: Cult Gaia (similar) / Sunglasses: DVF

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Cactus Heaven.

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For those of you who have been to Palm Springs or actually live there, you probably already know about this little gem right off the resort strip. For those of you who don’t, well now you do! Moorten Botanical Garden Showplace is a photographers dream come true! I love love love cactus and succulents, so coming here had me so excited and overwhelmed I didn’t know where to start! Everything is absolutely gorgeous and if you’re from somewhere you don’t get to see a lot of this amazingness, well you’re definitely gonna get your fill. ❤

Ok guys, so I’ve kinda been living in rompers and jumpsuits lately, and I’m not even mad about it. First of all, it’s a complete outfit, no matching or planning. Second, nothing is more comfortable! I’ve had this romper for like a million years but recently purchased the yellow cardigan. I love how the yellow brings out all the pops of color. You can shop other options below. ❤

Cardigan: Tory Burch / Other Romper Options: Urban Outfitter or Forever21 / Sunnies: DVF

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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!

Left to right …

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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Retro Vibes.

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Happy Monday, guys! (although to me it feels like Sunday). Anyway, I’ve been thinking lately about how far I’ve come with my blogging. I remember a few years ago, actually like 7, when I started an Interior Styling blog called Revamped By Me. The blog focused mainly on DIY projects, usually centered around paint since my husband and I own a painting company and I had somewhat of a background in interior styling. Unfortunately, that blog was short lived since I’m a mom of four, business owner, etc and it was a challenge to actually complete a damn project! But of course, getting dressed isn’t. Fashion’s always been my first love and design my second, so I thought why not post about all the things I love with my main focus being fashion and that’s when Live By Ronni was born … and then it wasn’t. This was around 4 years ago and as soon as I bought the website I instantly felt embarrassed. I feared I was going to be judged even though anyone who knows me wouldn’t be surprised by it. Never the less I gave in to my fears and put it on hold for like a whole year 😦 However, throughout that time the ambition never went away. I was always trying to find someone to help me build a website and teach me how to edit photos, eventually I said fuck it, what am I really waiting for? and I figured it out myself! I realized that I was wasting time, not because I needed someone to “teach” me how to do things but because I was worried of what “everyone” would say or think of me. Even up until I moved to San Diego I worried each time I took photos that I would run into someone I know and they would think I was too old, vain, or conceded. I started figuring out quickly that I simply don’t care what others think, I can’t let my insecurities get the best of me, this journey was for me. ❤

Now, don’t get me wrong, I know those people are out there. The one’s I never hear from but I’m sure are reading every post, in some way judging how or what I’m writing and that’s ok, also, none of my business. I guess all I want is to enjoy something that’s truly my own and to inspire others to follow their dreams no matter what others think! Live By Ronni is something from my creative mind and thus far has been an absolute pleasure to work on. ❤

“Do something you really like and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I’m concerned, that’s success.” – Tom Petty ❤

Blouse: H&M / Jeans: Forever 21 (similar) / Hat: Lack of Color / Necklace: Urban Outfitters (similar) / Bag: Cult Gaia (similar)

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Neutrals.

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Off The Shoulder Top: H&M / Jeans: ZARA / Hat: Ugg / Sunglasses: PRADA / Fanny Pack: Vintage Moschino (similar) / Shoes: Forever 21 (similar) / Feminist Necklace: BP. (Nordstrom) / LOVE Necklace: Urban Outfitters (ON SALE!!!)

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Off The Shoulder Sweater Weather.

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Comfy and cozy is the name of my game lately! Fall in San Diego has proven to be my favorite season, as the weather is simply amazing. Mid to low 70’s during the day and 50’s at night allows me to dress in basically my all year round wardrobe and I couldn’t be happier!

I went to H&M yesterday and needless to say my feed will be full of this super affordable and chic brand most of next week! I was a huge fan of H&M while living in MO, frankly because shopping was so limited where I’m from but now that I live here in San Diego and have soooooo many other options I was surprised to still gravitate to this store, but I do and I love it!

I hope everyone is having an amazing weekend so far. I’m heading to a Sip and Shop Fashion Show in North County today and taking my youngest daughter with me ❤ I plan to post about that tomorrow … maybe Saturday 😉 Have a great weekend!

Top: H&M / Bottoms: Zella (Nordstrom) / Necklace: Urban Outfitters / Sunnies: PRADA (Sunglass Hut) / Fanny Pack: Vintage Moschino

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