Lakeside Brunch


I hope you all had a great weekend and were able to spend time with family for Mother’s Day!  This was my first Mother’s Day and my two boys (husband + baby) treated me to a sweet brunch with a lakeside view and pampered me with flowers, cards, and gifts.  While we couldn’t eliminate all the baby fussiness on Sunday (he’s 2 months old!), baby A gave plenty of coos, smiles, and giggles.  Our ‘talks’ always melt my heart.  This was also my first time back in heels (not pictured) since the delivery and it felt so good!  Looking forward to inching my way back to more heel-wearing goodness.

Hope you have a great start to the week!

Dress – Ann Taylor (past season; similar style, different print here) / Sweater – Thrifted

Mother’s Day (as a new mom)

Mother's Day (this year)

As a new mom this year, I’m looking forward to continued downtime with my family of three.  On a personal note, I plan to focus on upping my beauty routine with the above products (time for an update and stocking up!).  Have a great weekend and happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!


Brand New Month




I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and long weekend to unwind and relax with family and friends.  Can you believe we are in a brand new month already?  It will be Christmas soon in three weeks!

We took advantage of the long weekend to spend some time in Southern California with family and friends.  With the great weather in California, we filled our days with outdoors-y activities – swimming (yes, it was 80+ for two days), biking, visiting museums, etc.  It felt so good to close the laptop for a few days.

Now that we’re back, I feel refreshed to begin another busy work week.  I did catch a small cold over the weekend so I’ll be drinking up on fluids and getting myself back to normal.

Have a great start to your week!

Top – New Look Maternity (ASOS)  / Sweater – ASOS Maternity / Skirt – Motherhood Maternity / Shoes – Schutz (love this pair) / Purse – Chanel / Sunglasses – Karen Walker

Happy 4th!

Happy Independence Day from Taiwan!  Since we are one day ahead here, I’m wishing you all a happy 4th today.  In honor of the holiday, here are my picks for patriotic dresses you can wear on the 4th.

Edith A Miller Striped Double Scoop Mini Dress

Mela Loves London Stripe Belted Dress

Ted Baker London Candy Bar Stripe Print Dress

People Tree Charlotte Dress in Red Stripe

Fossil Sammy Popover Dress

Thierry Colson Iris Sailor Stripe Dress

Dad’s Day



Hello and happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  I have been jet-setting all over the country this past month, from work events to graduations to bridal showers.  This spring/summer is flying by so fast.

Speaking of which, Father’s Day is coming up in less than a week!  I am just beginning to think about what I’d like to do for my step-dad this year.  He is all the way in New Jersey so spending a quality day with him seems unlikely at this point.  The good thing is my parents will be visiting us in a few weeks so I hope to make it up to him then.  What will be on my gift list?  Since I see him only once or twice a year now, I would like to make him a homemade meal…something warm, satisfying, and made from the heart.  I might add a trip to the golfing range as well.

Let me know what you are planning for Father’s Day and if you have any great ideas for treating fathers who live farther away.  Have a great start to the week!




Record player


Mom’s Day



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Hey, it’s Friday!  I am still a little jet-lagged from our recent vacation so I can’t complain that this was a three-day work week for me.  I know many of you are prepping/shopping and looking forward to Mother’s Day this weekend (what are some of your plans?).  While I won’t be seeing my mom in person this time (she lives on the east coast), I’ll be giving her a call on Sunday.  She and the rest of my family plan to visit us next month, so I was thinking about what we could do when she is in town, sort of like a belated Mother’s Day…

I would start the day by taking her to brunch — find a great place with delicious mimosas and a tasty frittata.  Then I’d find an outdoor patio where we could talk for hours over coffee and dessert.  Since she lives farther away, any time we see each other it’s usually a marathon chatting session to catch-up.  Sounds like a plan.

Enjoy your Friday and I hope you get to spend quality time with your mom (and family) this weekend.  Have a wonderful weekend!  xoxo



Sights and Sounds (of LA)


Happy Friday!  I am finishing off my round-up of photos from our LA trip with some of the “sights and sounds” of the areas we visited.  From my good friend’s beautiful wedding to visiting Griffith Observatory, I must say this has been one of our most fun-filled trips to the City of Angels.  We can’t wait to go back!








Thanks for reading and supporting Morning Espresso this past year.  Here’s to more amazing moments and to believing anything is possible in 2014!  Have a wonderful weekend!  xoxo