Polka Dots and Purple

sweater: f21 (shop) //  blouse: gap // jeans: american eagle (shop) // bracelet + heels: target

This last week has been spent unpacking, organizing, and decorating the house, and finally after many exhausting days and late nights, we’re done. Except for a few photos that need to be put in empty picture frames around the house, and a few purchased items that haven’t been delivered yet, we’re completely done. Whew.

Now it’s time to enjoy living here, and, most importantly, get in the Christmas spirit since we’re only two weeks out! It’s feeling a little bit weird with no snow, and only slightly cool weather (I’m wearing sweaters anyway, dang it), but finally having the tree up is helping, and this week I plan to read lots of Christmas books with my boys, make lots of Christmas treats, do lots of Christmas activities, and maybe even turn on the fireplace if we can stand the heat. It’s looking to be a great week.

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p.s. I just made the switch to merricksart.com! For some reason the redirect from merricksart.blogspot.com isn’t happening every time right now, so if you’re new here and wanting to follow via GFC, it might not show up here. Go to merricksart.com and it’s active there. 
Sorry for the inconvenience! 


  1. Ash says:

    Glad y'all are getting settled in! The weather there is a little weird, but when my family lived in Northern Cali we did get to use our fireplace a little ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your California Christmas!

  2. Jenni says:

    Yay for being all unpacked and settled in! That's a good feeling, I know. Love this cute look on you…the pop of purple is fun! Have a great week!

  3. Lins says:

    Love that sweater! I bet you are just itching to get your Christmas decor up. Here in NC we have been in the 70s and I keep rocking my sweaters and boots anyway.


  4. I've heard from a few of my best girls in HB that have met you! I hope you're enjoying it so far and that you're getting adjusted.

  5. Oh take your time settling in! If it makes you feel any better, we moved when I was 5 months pregnant and now, with a 3 month old, I'm still working on unpacking some of the rooms. It happens. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Emily Beth says:

    Love that sweater! Good luck with your new place!

    xo Emily Beth @ Inspired Attire

  7. Anna says:

    I love this outfit, you look fabulous! I also have those wedges from Target and love them! ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. Packrat says:

    So jealous of the warm weather! Nice to hear that you are settling in. Love the sweater.

  9. I can't imagine moving right around the holidays! That would be so hectic!!! Glad to hear all is well! xoxo

  10. Sarah S. says:

    Congrats on getting moved in.
    I know the weather has it's ups and downs here but I hope you enjoy it anyway. I will warn you, when it rains, make sure you leave extra early if you go anywhere because people get freaked out that it's "raining" and forget how to drive.
    And btw, you look super adorable, love that outfit.

  11. I adore your shoes! And I love polka-dots! We just got our first cold spell of the season and I am dying. I'm sure you miss the snow, but I'm ready for the 60's again.

  12. Pia J says:

    Love the polka dot sweater!
    Have fun with all the Christmas activities.


  13. newpetite says:

    Good to know are all settled. Love the shoes! Its like the little girls version that I so adore but with heels/wedges ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Nice to see your outfit posts back! I love the polka dots.

    Sarah's Real Life

  15. Dana says:

    Welcome home to huntington beach! Most of my college roommates were from there and we took many a roadtrip so that place has a little peace of my heart. Do yourself a favor and go to Wahoo's tacos on main street and order a maui bowl. Then go enjoy it on the steps by the pier. And if you happen to meet any Pitts or Pratts at church, they are lovely people!

  16. Clement says:

    I love your shoes. You mentioned they're from Target, but would you happen to know the name of them?

  17. You're back!! With sheer and utter cuteness, of course. Your sweater is killing me. STOP TEMPTING ME. Glad you are moved and settled in! Go enjoy the beach. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. kimmie says:

    Oh my gosh, look at you! You do NOT look like you just had a baby. You look simply amazing. Glad to hear you guys are all settled in with the new place and new baby!

  19. Lindsay says:

    cute outfit – love those polka dots with the purple! glad to know you are getting settled in your new home. I'm sure its a huge transition with a new little one.

  20. Lookin good, girlfriend!

  21. Lindsay says:

    You look great! I love the sweater.

  22. so cute! You are seriously the cutest mom ever ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Diwata Luna says:

    Aaaaaaaahhhhhh too cute! Both the purple and the polka. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The Clothes Muse

  24. Kate Craig says:

    please tell me these pictures are not current! You look too good!

  25. Abby says:

    I love you Merrick. Oh I miss you so much!!!

  26. I recently moved to California and have been saying how hard it is to get in the Christmas spirit since it's so warm around here. I'm in Sunnyvale so it's constantly in the 60s.

    BTW I hope I look that good after having a baby.

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