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DIY Shirt Made From a Scarf

June 24, 2015

I love to take risks and try new things.  It’s what keeps me feeling young and alive.  Whether it’s a success or fail, at least I know I tried.  For this post, I was challenged to Switch It Up!  You know O + P as a place for design, DIY, travel and recipes.  So, to go where I don’t usually go, I’m sharing a fashion post with you.  Ya, this is a stretch for me, I am definitely not a fashion blogger.

Switch It Up, a new reality series brought to you by Ford, is challenging experts in their given fields to try something difficult that they’ve never tried before.  So, here I am, a DIY blogger trying out the roll of fashion blogger.  When I put together my reader survey earlier this year, I was surprised to hear from so many of my readers that they wanted fashion and style posts.  The thought of those posts gave me a lot of anxiety.  So instead of avoiding this topic, let’s try something new and Switch It Up friends!
photos by the super sweet and talented Katie Bernal

I usually like to be the one behind the camera, not in front of it.  In my younger years, clothing and personal style was fun.  But, with 3 kids and trying to run my own business, life is busy and how I look everyday usually isn’t a priority.  But, this week, I finally donated all the clothes that I’ve been hoping to fit into since having Olivia (which is actually most of my closet).  I’ve got about 15 lbs. that just wants to stay put, and therefore every morning I’m faced with a closet full of frustration. So, instead of feeling sorry for myself and picking out all the negatives, I’m trying to enjoy this body that has brought me 3 beautiful kiddos and gets me through each hectic day. And while yoga pants and pjs are comfy, I need to wear real clothes more often.So here’s what I’ll be wearing most days this Summer.  First of all, I’ve found the perfect, almost, 40 year old, mom cut-offs.  They are so comfy, and I don’t have to worry about my butt cheeks showing.  I also made a fun DIY shirt out of a scarf (check out the tutorial below).  It’s a little boho and I the breeziest top ever for hot California days. Having fair skin and red hair, hats are my friend. This faux-suede flopping black hat is going to a staple.  I’m also wearing all my favorite jewelry and, of course, my clogs. 

Hat // Leather Bag (Handmade in the Dominican Republic)
Here’s how you make this simple shirt out of a scarf.  You’ll need to start with a scarf that is at least 2 1/2 ft. wide.  It can be wider, but anything narrower might not work.  I chose one with tassels on the bottom to make it more interesting.  
Fold the scarf in half so that the tassel ends meet.  Start at the end of the scarf, measure 25 inches. This is where you will cut the scarf. Cut through both layers of fabric.
Fold over the raw edges twice and hem them at 1/4″ seam allowance.
Put the good sides together and sew the shoulders of the shirt.  Measure a 12 inch opening in the middle of the shirt and start from the ends and sew towards the middle.  Be sure to back stitch on either end to reinforce the seam.
Finally, you will sew the two short seams under the arms.  This forms the sides of the shirt.  
Mearsure 9 inches from the shoulder and stitch a 5 inch long seam, 5 inches from the side of the shirt. Do this to both sides of the shirt.  If you would like the shirt to be closed more, you can sew all the way to the bottom of the shirt.  Just make sure that it fits easily over your hips and butt.  
And that’s it!  How simple is that?  This scarf only cost me $10.  I think that’s a pretty reasonable price for a unique top. 

Switch It Up is a YouTube series dedicated to challenging “experts” to try something new. Ford is challenging folks to get out of their comfort zone in the spirit of Switch It Up.  Be sure to check out this fun video and the others in the series.

This post is sponsored by Ford and the Switch It Up YouTube series.  Thanks for supporting the companies that help make this blog possible. 

And here’s one to show you the real me.

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Mother’s Day Sven Clog Giveaway!

May 7, 2015

Yep, you read that right, it’s Sven Clog giveaway time!!!!!

What better way to treat your mom then with a pair of Sven Clogs?  Or if you are the mom, hook yourself up!  You totally deserve it.

My girls and I are loving our Fawn leather sandal clogs with brown bases for the Spring and Summer. I find myself wearing this at least 4 or more days a week.  They seem to go with everything!  I love them with shorts, dresses and jeans.  I’m so glad we took these pictures together this week, I’m so proud of my beautiful girls.  I’m a very lucky mom.  The oleander is blooming in our neighborhood, it’s it gorgeous?

I’ve given you 5 ways to enter to win a pair of clogs.  Check out the rafflecopter below to enter.  Oh, and there is a way to get more then 5 entries.  You can share one Instagram image per day during the give away, that gives you 4 extra entries.

I’m wearing Diamond Strap Clogs, Denali’s are the Weave Sandal Clog and Olivia is wearing the Square Accent Sandal Clog.  Oh and I got my mom a pair super cute of Cleopatra Clogs.

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You can check out some of the other styles we wear here and here.



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Get Fit

May 4, 2015

This week I shared on Instagram that I’m going to be working really hard this month to take care of myself and try to GET FIT.  It’s not what I normally post about.  But, I thought it might be helpful for myself, and maybe a few other folks, if I shared a little about this personal journey.  It’s a simple plan, for the month of May I will be eating clean and working out at least 1 hour a day. Taking care of myself is that last thing on my to-do list.  I think I lot of moms can relate. And to be totally vain, I’m really nervous about putting on a bathing suit this Summer.  I think I really don’t eat that bad at all, I cook most of our meals and try to be conscience about making good choices.  But, it’s not enough. Being 37 and having had 3 babies has me feeling a little yucky about my body. Plus, I know when I exercise regularly, my mental health and outlook on life are so much better. I also sleep so much better after an active day. I want to be strong and active so I can keep up with my kids and my crazy busy life in general.

Before Christmas, Lonnie and I did the Whole 30 Program and I felt great! So, I’m back on it again. It’s definitely a plan that I can stick with.  It’s all about putting the right fuel into your body and breaking sugar addictions.  For one, I used to love sweetened creamers in my coffee, now I only want coconut milk in it.  Sweet coffee just doesn’t even sound that good anymore.  And my hair and skin definitely benefitted from the diet.

I thought I’d share some of my go-to GET FIT gear.  I got the Up Jawbone Band for Christmas, it’s been really helpful in keeping me active throughout the day.  I have it set to alert me every 15 mins. as a reminder to get up and move.  I try to do squats or just walk around a bit when I feel it vibrate. It’s also helped me track my sleep and makes me conscience of getting to bed before midnight.

A good sports bra is a MUST.  If the girls are bouncing around, workouts and runs are no fun at all. And right now, while it’s still a little cooler here, capris are my go-to pants.  When it comes to socks, I’m not fancy.  I love Target’s $1.50 socks that come in lots of fun patterns and designs.  They feel like a treat for my feet.  These buffalo ones are my current favorites.  I might buy cheap socks, but my shoes are a priority.  My brother convinced me to try Adidas Boost shoes and I don’t think there is anyway I can go back to regular running shoes.  I feel like I have pep in my step with these runners. My 37 year old knees and feet are happy I’m wearing these as well.

While I’m trying to drink a lot of water, I need a treat once in a while.  Coconut Water and Sparkling Water are always in the fridge these days.

I’ll be sharing bits pieces of my GET FIT journey on Instagram and Facebook.  Don’t worry I’m not becoming a fitness blogger, I’m just going to try to share some of the recipes, tips and tricks that are working for me.  I hope you’ll stick around.  Do you have any advice or help you can give me.  Can you relate to my situation at all?  Is your health the last thing you make time for?

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14 Days of Holiday Love – Sven Clog Giveaway!

December 2, 2014

Yippee! Day 5 of our giveaway is here. And that means you can enter to win a pair of Sven Clogs!

I’m a huge fan of Sven Clogs, and this holiday season my girls and I are matching with Bronze clogs. Denali and I have Bronze Bow Tie Peep Toe Clogs and Olivia has Bronze Side Slit Clogs.  They look great with everything!

I’ve got 5 ways for you to enter:

1. Visit the 14 Days of LOVE giveaway Facebook page

2. Follow @svenclogs on instagram.

3. Follow @oleanderandpalm on instagram.
4. Share a pick of Sven Clogs on instagram and be sure to mention the giveaway and @oleanderandpalm and @svenclogs. (You can just repost my instagram image) This entry will count for 2 entries.
5. Visit Sven Clogs on Facebook


Let me know you entered by filling out the rafflecopter entry below.

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Mad About Plaid

November 29, 2014

Well, Happy Thanksgiving friends.  We are in Idaho enjoying some time with Lon’s family.  I’ve definitely eaten way too much, so tomorrow I’m staring the day with a long walk.  It’s fun to visit cooler weather and have an excuse to wear plaid and layer up.  I told you I’m loving plaid lately.  So I had to find plaid for the kids. 
I’ve recently been so aware of how quickly my kids are growing.  Denali is all of a sudden taller then me, Dylan is quickly out growing everything he owns and Olivia just isn’t my baby any more.  I know I won’t regret taking too many pictures of my kids.  So, for now I’m freezing this moment in time.  In the hustle and bustle of life and all the things that are piling on my plate, I don’t want to wish these years away. I want to enjoy every minute I have with these kiddos of mine. 

I found these shirts for Denali and Olivia and this sweater for Dylan layered with a plaid shirt (similar to this one).



Thanks P.S. from Aeropostle for providing paid shirts for my kiddos this Winter. 

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Sven Clogs Giveaway!

October 14, 2014

I’m so excited about this giveaway! You guys, Sven Clogs is giving away one pair of clogs to one very lucky Oleander and Palm reader. This is an instagram giveaway, so you gotta have an IG account to enter.

Picture taken by NY Fotography, check out more pics from this shoot HERE!

My mom bought Olivia a pair for her birthday, and they are here favorite pair of shoes. And when I saw the amazing color and style choices, I knew I had to have a pair. I chose a pair of the T Strap high heels in this gorgeous spruce color. You even get to pick the color of the wooden base, I chose a natural color. I wear mine all the time. When the weather cools off, I’ll be wearing them with skirts and tights.

I’ve got 4 ways for you to enter:
1. Follow @svenclogs on instagram.
2. Follow @oleanderandpalm on instagram.
3. Share a pick of Sven Clogs on instagram and be sure to mention the giveaway and @oleanderandpalm and @svenclogs. (You can just repost my instagram image) This entry will count for 2 entries.
4. Head over to Sven Clogs and then come back and leave a comment sharing which style and color you would pick if you won.

Let me know you entered by filling out the rafflecopter entry below.

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Good luck friends!

For US residents only. One winner will win one pair of clogs (not clog boots). 

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Colorful Chairs Family Pictures

October 13, 2014

I recently painted 10 chairs for a friend and talented photographer, Natalie of NY Fotography. If you remember, she took the gorgeous pics of the home office I put together. She asked me to paint these thrifted chairs for a fun shoot idea she had. It was a huge job, but these chairs look amazing together now. I was thrilled when offered to take pictures of our family with them. I have to share some of my favorite shots with you. This is the most fun we’ve ever had with family pictures. These shots are so playful and unique. 
So much fun, right? I think we’ll have some colorful Christmas cards this year. 

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My Mini Nerd

August 29, 2014

I’ve told you before that I married a nerd. I highly recommend it, he’s loyal, level headed and is always thinking about something interesting. Well, as a result of marrying a nerd I also gave birth to a mini one.  Meet Dylan Robert. Olivia, my 2 year old, dominates my instagram feed, because she’s with me all day long and she’s pretty darn cute. But, I want you to know about my other amazing kids as well.  I introduced you to Denali a couple months ago.

Dylan is my middle child and our only boy. He is a nerd. He’s smart and very curious about life and how things work. He’s in GATE school and takes it very seriously. He’s also my sweetest, most thoughtful kid. He usually hugs us 2 or 3 times before he goes to bed. He’s a bit of a clean freak and keeps a pretty organized, neat room (for an 11 year old).  He LOVES lego. Since he was 3 years old, he’s probably spent a couple hours a day building and creating things (mostly Star Wars type space ships) with Lego. He’s very generous and he loves his sisters. He asks lots of questions. And his personality is most like mine. He is passionate about perfection and is very diligent.  He doesn’t do half-hearted and he’s a great artist.  This kid is going to go places, I know it.

We got Dyl ready for back-to-school with a little shopping at P.S. from Aeropostle. I made my life a little easier and did all his shopping online.  With a couple pairs of skinny jeans, I great pair of black high tops and two new shirts, he’s set for Fall.

Thanks P.S. from Aeropostle for providing Dylan’s wardrobe. 

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Denali Style

July 6, 2014

I am obviously not a fashion blogger. But, fashion is definitely something I loved more in my younger, thinner years, but also something I want to explore and play with more.
Now, fashion for my kids, that’s easy.  Denali, my 12 year old, looks amazing in everything.  I’m sure you know a bit about this great kid, but let me tell you more.  This smart, easy going, beautiful inside and out kid is the best 1st born you could ask for.  She’s responsible and a great big sis to Dylan and Olivia.  She’s a tough cookie and has been since the day she was born.  I had Denali when we where living in Papua New Guinea.  It’s a really long story, but she almost died after she was born.  She ended up having to be medi-vacced to Australia when she was just 3 days old. She’s seen more of the world then most adults I know.  She has a calm spirit and is kind to everyone.
This is a story, I’ve wanted to share with you, but just haven’t known how to. It’s definitely been a big part of our lives the last 6 months. There is this fine line between sharing and over sharing in the blog world. So, here’s the REAL Oleander and Palm, not just the easy DIYs and crafty crap.  Just this last year, Denali was diagnosed with scoliosis.  It ended up, that her “S” curve was worsening too rapidly and so just a couple months ago, she had to get a back brace.  It’s really not fun. It goes from under her arm pits to past her hips.  It’s an extremely tight, solid plastic brace and she has to wear it pretty much 24/7 for the next 2-3 years.  We are still so bummed for her.  But, she has such a great attitude.  She hardly ever complains about it.  
Turns out, none of her old clothes would work with the brace and so we’ve been on the hunt for clothes that will fit over the brace comfortably and also cover it well.  And then once we found things that would work, the brace would tear holes in them.  
So, when Aeropostale asked if I’d like to partner with them, I thought that this could  be a fun project for Denali and I.  We could try to find cute, comfortable clothes for her and then photograph her in them.  I wanted this to be a way for her to feel beautiful and comfortable in her “new” body.  If you don’t remember being 12, it’s not an easy age. Then add a back brace, it can be hard, to say the least. 
We were so pleasantly surprised when we walked into Aeropostale.  We found piece after piece that were age appropriate and incredibly fashionable.  And my favorite part, the prices!  You guys, this thrifty mom was pleased.  Denali walked away with so many unique, cute items.  Just take a look at my cute daughter.  We shot three outfits while in Banff, Alberta.  She’s a pretty great model.  

This first look was taken at Tunnel Mountain Campground in Banff with Mount Rundle in the background.  I want these shorts, if not on my legs, definitely as a pillow. 

The second look was shot in the amazing Banff Springs Hotel.  We celebrated my parent’s 39th anniversary with high tea, it was a good excuse to get dressed up.

And the third look we shot at Cave and Basin Hot Springs in Banff.  These jeggings are perfect for fitting over a bulky brace.  Button up jeans don’t work for her anymore.  And lots of cute layering pieces make covering brace lumps and bumps a breeze.

All these items are available in Aeropostale stores now (and yes, even the cute fringy moccs).

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Emerald Green Inspiration

January 14, 2014

What kind of a red head would I be if this wasn’t my favorite color?  Every shade of green is perfect and my closet and home it filled with this color of life.
In less then a week, I will be headed to Salt Lake City for Alt Summit 2014!  I am so privileged to get to attend this year.  I really did not think that it was a possibility.  But, I am going as a Correspondent for Collectively.  I am honored to be representing them.  Collectively is a creative marketing agency that helps social media influencers engage in creative collaborations with great brands. This Fall I started working on collaborations through Collectively.  They have given me some really great opportunities to stretch myself creatively and earn income through my blog.  The great thing about Collectively is that they work with influencers of any size–from brand new bloggers to seasoned professionals.  If you are blogger, you’ll want to sign up to be apart of the Collectively community, I recommend it.  

Alt is famous for fabulous themed parties that only bloggers could pull off.  This year, the Thursday night party is all green!  Yay, my color!  The only trouble is, I’m struggling to find a dress in this color.  I’ve searched the Mall and spent lots of hours online.  The more I look for this color, the more I WANT it in my life.  I want emerald shoes, accessories and decor for my home.   I’ve found a few images to wet your appetite for this hue as well.  But, to be honest, I’m trying to stay true to my blog’s motto, Simple California Living, and my theme for the year, Simplify, so I’m looking for creative ways to wear this color without spending a lot of money.  We’ll see what I come up with, wish me luck, I’m running out of time.  
I can’t wait to meet up with some old friends and make new ones as well.  I am ready to learn and soak up as much knowledge and wisdom from the veterans of blogging as possible.  I’m making a very conscience effort to work on some blogger collaborations this year.  I know that there is power in numbers and I want to push myself creatively and experientially.  Inspired by the color green, the color of new life and growth, I’m hoping for both growth and new life for Oleander and Palm in 2014.