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6/6/18

Kimono Outfit + Currently

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For the past few summers, my blogger friends have been singing the praises of kimonos. I hear them loud and clear, but I just hadn't made an effort to shop for one myself. I decided to change that this year and I spent some time browsing options from a few different retailers before settling on this under $20 option from Amazon.White and black are always easy to work into my wardrobe, and since I don't tend to wear a lot of prints, the subtle print on this was more aligned with my usual style.

KIMONO: This Kimono is under $20 (with Prime shipping) and a "One Size" piece. In this case I think the open, relaxed fit should work for XS-Large. (For larger sizes in a simple white-based kimono I would try this one or this one). Also, if you check the reviews it's worth noting that there are several different styles under one listing so not everyone is reviewing the same piece. In fact it doesn't look like any of the reviews thus far are talking about this "white-floral" version. My own review of this piece is that it's about what I expected for the price. Nothing fancy as far as fabric or quality, but it was easily worth the low price. It's a great lightweight throw on piece that added a fun touch to the outfit and made my otherwise dark outfit look more Spring-appropriate.

HENLEY TANK: This black henley tank runs a little small. I'm wearing a Small and after wearing it a couple of times I think I could have gone with a Medium. It rides up at the waist a little throughout the day and needs to be pulled down/adjusted, and I don't prefer having to fuss with my clothes like that. It is a decent length and I do like that it's not a deep, low-cut scoop like so many tanks. But at least you all can learn from my mistake and size up since it's otherwise a good piece!

SANDALS: These sandals are the same style I wore with my black sundress in Monday's post, just a different color. They're true to size and pretty comfortable for all day wear. I purchased both of these last summer and wore them a lot, and so far it looks like I'm on track to repeat that habit this year.

EARRINGS: These earrings are only $10 and very lightweight and comfortable. I think these will be a fun way to add some bright color to my wardrobe this summer without spending a lot and without taking up a lot of space. I don't have a huge closet so the more space efficient I can be in changing my wardrobe for the seasons, the better!

JEANS: My exact jeans are sold out from Express but this current option would give a very similar look, especially if you wanted to add your own DIY distressing at the knee.
On the first Wednesday of every month I love joining up with Anne for her "Currently" link-up. She provides the creative variety of topics, we provide the answers! (Sometimes creative, sometimes not!)

Traveling...only within San Diego county for the near future. Our next "real" trip won't be until our family reunion in July, but we have plenty to do here to keep us busy until then.

Grilling...technically nothing since we don't have an outdoor grill. But my kids and I both like these Morningstar Farms Grillers Prime patties. That was the first thing that came to my mind with the word "grill," even though I actually make them in the oven or on the skillet. I first made them into hamburgers for my kids and they didn't even know they were eating veggie burgers. For what it's worth I'm not a vegetarian, I just think these are easier to make and more affordable than higher quality/organic beef.

Exploring...some new places in my city recently. On Memorial Day I took my family to Sunset Cliffs. It's one of the top rated local activities and despite being here five years we hadn't been until now! And while my mom was in town last week I took her to the Japanese Friendship Garden and the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, two more somewhat well known local sites that were new to me. Both were great Mother-Daughter day date locations that my kids and husband probably wouldn't have enjoyed as much as we did.

Planning...the kids' summer activity schedule. It's been a busy school year and we're aiming for a more relaxed pace in the summer. I should be planning the family reunion I mentioned under "traveling" but that's going to have to wait until school's out and we're in summer mode. (Sorry to any family members reading this who may have wondered what's going on with that!)

Playing...jacks. My mom brought some jacks when she came to visit and taught my kids how to play. It was a fun way for them to learn a little more about her childhood, and I was surprised at how much fun they had with it! I wouldn't have expected tween boys to even give it a chance, but they surprised me. So if you need some fresh ideas to entertain your own kids or want to be the favorite aunt for your nieces and nephews, there's a fun retro idea for you. My mom said she picked up her set at Wal-Mart, but you can find some options on Amazon too: here's one for $7 and a nicer set for $10 with Prime Shipping.



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31 comments:

  1. I love your kimono! They are definitely a summer staple for me, and I'm trying to wear them as much as possible before it gets too cold here now that it's winter.

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that you are having a great week so far! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks Mica! You always do a great job of styling your kimonos and you have a pretty impressive collection!

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  2. Welcome to the kimono world! I just love them, especially with shorts this time of year. Love reading what y'all are currently up to. Morningstar makes such yummy options. I used to buy my son the veggie corn dogs and he loved them - so did I. Love the veggie patties too and the crumbles. I used the crumbles in a taco soup and my dad couldn't tell the difference. San Diego is such a beautiful place; I'm sure you could spend lots of time exploring and never get bored! Cheers to a relaxed summer pace, I think everyone needs that. Your family reunion will be here before you know it!Happy Wednesday!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Thanks Kellyann! I'm glad I finally gave them a try. I just tried the crumbles for the first time (hadn't even noticed them until recently!) and I'm a fan! I will have to try the veggie corn dogs too. In case anyone wonders this is definitely not sponsored! I'm just a normal fan. :)

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  3. yay finally, and you styled this one perfectly and the print is perfect for Summer. I have to try morning star a lot of the other veggies patties taste like veggie patties lol, which is not what I want.

    xo
    Pinksole

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    1. Let me know what you think if you try them! I've tried quite a few of their products and have been pretty pleased with all of them. I go in phases of what I use at different times.

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  4. I love the kimono. I think I need to find one; they are just so cute and a nice alternative to a sweater when it's hot out. That's awesome your kids enjoyed playing jacks. How fun!!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Isn't that funny? But they're kind of into retro stuff anyway so I guess it makes sense. And yes, definitely try a kimono! Now I see what all the fuss was about.

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  5. I remember playing jacks as a kid, I forgot about that game! That is awesome that your family does reunions. In both my family and my husband's, we rarely see extended family, it's kind of sad. I love that kimono and it does look like it will go with a lot. I just recently got my first kimono as well, and I like having another layering option for summer that doesn't add warmth.

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    1. Yes- that's the best part about it. A little coverage (and style) without adding warmth. And if not for the reunions (we have them for both sides of our families on alternating years) we would also hardly ever see our families. It's just hard to make time to get together if we don't really plan for it.

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  6. I'm not a vegetarian but I love Morning Star products! Their tomato basil burgers taste just like pizza!

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    1. Oh wow! I haven't heard of that flavor but will have to look for those! That sounds right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I love this post! :)

    https://ordinaryblondie9.blogspot.com/2018/06/kimono-zara-black-dress.html

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  8. I love your kimono. I have yet to invest in buying :) It is funny how trend got to us late. Anyhow, I love your outfit and how simple yet sassy looking one. Gina! I need to get back to grilling too :) I just got one I have not used it yet :-)
    www.chez-rama.com

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    1. Thank you and good luck with the new grill!

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  9. Oh my gosh - jacks! I haven't played in years!! And I can relate to staying local this summer and just traveling, exploring and enjoying local fun. So glad I stopped by from the linkup!

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    1. I only know how to play because my mom taught me when I was little. Kinda cute to see how it's still fun to kids throughout the generations. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Love this post. You are looking adorable.

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  11. You have done a really a great job by sharing this post to us. Thanks

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  12. What an Adorable look, you have.Well, I love that kimono.

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  13. I do love a good kimono- great summer layering piece. And those Grillers are awesome, right? Some of the best veggie burgers I've had!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  14. we've been grilling out a lot lately and it's just easier to eat beef because that's what KC makes. i make black bean burgers but they are not as quick and easy as beef, so maybe i should check out those veggie burgers you shared. i don't feel great when i eat a lot of beef, and this means more leftovers for KC = less cooking for me ;)

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  15. I have used the Morning Star veggie crumbles in spaghetti in the past. It's a great substitute for ground beef. I'm keeping my babies on the go for the summer too! Library events, here we come!

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  16. Jacks - what fun! I love when my little guy gets a kick out of some of those oldies but goodies :) And you've got such a great city to explore! But I like to stick to my own this time of year, while it's actually warm here - ha!

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  17. Kimonos are really awesome coverups! They work with almost anything, and can make simple outfit look chic! Love your kimono dear, it has some cute details.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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