Over the weekend, my parents came into town. They make a trip to LA for my Dad’s birthday every year, stay at the same fancy hotel, rent a convertible, and spend an evening at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. This year, since we’re close, they invited us to go with them, but I’ll share more about that later this week! 
On Saturday, Philip had a golf date with his boss in the morning and several basketball games in the evening, so the boys and I headed to Irvine to meet up with my parents. We spent the day at the Great Park, riding the unlimited for $3 carousel, playing on the playground, and riding up in the air balloon. After a few busy weeks of work, it was the perfect day to relax and spend time with my family.  

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me:
jacket: c/o persunmall
tee: h&m
jeans: american eagle
boots: c/o jellypop
sunglasses: c/o choies
bag: c/o lily jade

peanut:
hat: h&m
vest: c/o kapital k
shirt: c/o tea collection
shorts: c/o kohls

buck:
overalls: target
button up: c/o kapital k

THE WEEKEND

Over the weekend, my parents came into town. They make a trip to LA for my Dad’s birthday every year, stay at the same fancy hotel, rent a convertible, and spend an evening at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. This year, since we’re close, they invited us to go with them, but I’ll share more about that later this week! 
On Saturday, Philip had a golf date with his boss in the morning and several basketball games in the evening, so the boys and I headed to Irvine to meet up with my parents. We spent the day at the Great Park, riding the unlimited for $3 carousel, playing on the playground, and riding up in the air balloon. After a few busy weeks of work, it was the perfect day to relax and spend time with my family.  

___________________________
me:
jacket: c/o persunmall
tee: h&m
jeans: american eagle
boots: c/o jellypop
sunglasses: c/o choies
bag: c/o lily jade

peanut:
hat: h&m
vest: c/o kapital k
shirt: c/o tea collection
shorts: c/o kohls

buck:
overalls: target
button up: c/o kapital k

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  1. Kimberly says:

    Aww this looks like so much fun – my parents are coming to visit us for Thanksgiving & I cannot wait! ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

  2. Love this look! That plaid top and those booties are amazing!

    The Style Storm
    xo, Christina

  3. Caroline says:

    that's your mom!?!? she looks like she could be your sister!

  4. Madeline says:

    I looooove that jacket ! Amazing

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  5. Susanne says:

    What a fun weekend. I simply cannot believe that is your mom & dad. They look like they could be your brother & sister! Wow!

  6. Carole says:

    Susanne and Caroline, you are my new favorite people! I think Merx must have photo-shopped my wrinkles out. . .bless her.

  7. Jenae says:

    Your mother is so beautiful. I just adore her and your whole family! What I would do to be a Gates girl.

  8. F. K. says:

    These photos are so lovely!

  9. I agree with the other comments! I couldn't see a close up of your dad but your mom looks so young! It looks like it was a fun time with your family. I like how you work the shirt open for more of an informal look.

  10. The plaid bomber is so fun…you're looking VERY California ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life (Skincare fanatic? Enter my Enza Essentials giveaway!)

  11. Andrea says:

    I know where you girls get your looks from, your Mum is a beauty!

  12. Olivia says:

    I love your parents! Such a fun weekend.

  13. Bethany says:

    I am crazy about that outfit. But seriously, you'd look darling in anything.

  14. Alice Warren says:

    I live less than 1 mile from the Great Park and have yet to gone on the balloon! Magic Castle is such a great place. I've only been there once and it was an awesome experience!

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

  15. I always love your dressier outfits too, but this is one of my favorites…maybe because I live in Portland where everything is more casual like this :). Definitely something I would wear and you look lovely as always.

  16. Kelly says:

    So……….. I wish I could steal your closet?

  17. Are those your parent's?? They are both so young!!

  18. Caitlin says:

    I love that your look is a little grunge-ish, but classic and pulled together. Perfect for a family weekend…or to finally put on instead of lying on the couch this lazy Saturday morning. ๐Ÿ™‚ Gorgeous as always, Merrick!

  19. Team Jacob says:

    The bloody hell?
    That is your mum?????

    How? is it magic? sorry
    She's lovely!
    I kept scrolling up and down, slowly because I thought I was missing the parents
    Also Dad looks young

  20. Shannon b says:

    So fun! And fun to see pics of your parents . . . I attend your mom's Book of Mormon class each week and love it. She is so great!

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This weekend was General Conference weekend, and even if you’re not a member of my faith, I’m sure you saw our hashtag popping up all over your social media. I always have grand plans to make a big, amazing breakfast and have fun GC themed coloring pages or bingo cards for Peanut, but instead we just toasted a few leftover frozen pancakes, cuddled up on the couch, the boys played, and it ended up being perfect and wonderfully non-stressful. 
In between sessions on Saturday we braved going outside (it was the hottest day of the year after all — high of 86!) and headed to our local flea market to do a little book shopping. With books for fifty cents to a dollar, we came home with a stack of 37 new books for the boys, several of which have been tucked away for Buck’s upcoming birthday (don’t even ask me how that’s already happening). 
Since we made a goal to spend our weekends out of the house and enjoy the local attractions, our weekends have been so fun and I’m finding myself looking forward to them all week long. But between some priceless family time with my three handsome boys, and some incredibly inspiring and uplifting words from Conference, I’m feeling really grateful for this particular weekend. 
Happy Monday!
If you’re interested in watching or listening to some of General Conference, or learning more about it, you can right here
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top: front row shop c/o
jeans: old navy
converse: kohls c/o
backpack: lily jade c/o
watch: burberry
bracelet: inpink c/o

THE WEEKEND

This weekend was General Conference weekend, and even if you’re not a member of my faith, I’m sure you saw our hashtag popping up all over your social media. I always have grand plans to make a big, amazing breakfast and have fun GC themed coloring pages or bingo cards for Peanut, but instead we just toasted a few leftover frozen pancakes, cuddled up on the couch, the boys played, and it ended up being perfect and wonderfully non-stressful. 
In between sessions on Saturday we braved going outside (it was the hottest day of the year after all — high of 86!) and headed to our local flea market to do a little book shopping. With books for fifty cents to a dollar, we came home with a stack of 37 new books for the boys, several of which have been tucked away for Buck’s upcoming birthday (don’t even ask me how that’s already happening). 
Since we made a goal to spend our weekends out of the house and enjoy the local attractions, our weekends have been so fun and I’m finding myself looking forward to them all week long. But between some priceless family time with my three handsome boys, and some incredibly inspiring and uplifting words from Conference, I’m feeling really grateful for this particular weekend. 
Happy Monday!
If you’re interested in watching or listening to some of General Conference, or learning more about it, you can right here
_____________________

top: front row shop c/o
jeans: old navy
converse: kohls c/o
backpack: lily jade c/o
watch: burberry
bracelet: inpink c/o

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12 Comments

  1. Kimberly says:

    Loving this cute casual look on you – the sneakers & backpack make it totally youthful & fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

  2. Madeline says:

    Such an adorable outfit !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  3. Natalia Lynn says:

    I love this outfit! The shirt is so stinkin' cute. What a fun idea, to spend the weekends out of the house. My husband is basketball player, so he's usually wiped after games. We have to get creative around here!

  4. Love this look! Perfect fall outfit!

    The Style Storm
    xo, Christina

  5. Agnes Mayer says:

    Great casual look. Loving those jeans. Definitely on my must have list.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

  6. Sanja T says:

    I love your outfit. Effortlessly put together. Your Old Navy treasures are inspiring me to search for good items on sale.

    http://loveofcuteness.blogspot.ca/

  7. Mamalina says:

    Such a great comfortable look! I love it!

    Mamalina

    http://dresssidestory.blogspot.ro/

  8. those pants are wonderful– are they leather?

  9. Abigail says:

    Such a cute weekend look. I love your pants!

  10. Erin says:

    Conference was AWESOME! and so is this easy, weekend outfit!

    http://cloudywithachanceofcolor.blogspot.com

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top: c/o hello fab // jeans: old navy (altered by me with Melissa’s tutorial and my tutorial) (similar here and here) // bag: c/o persunmall // sandals: target (similar) // sunglasses: target (similar) // earrings: gift from Landen (anthropologie – similar here) // watch: gift from Philip (burberry)

Last Thursday we packed our bags and headed off for a weekend in Utah for my family reunion. We spent one day with Philip’s family, which is always a blast, and then the rest of the weekend with my family in Park City. Between late night YouTube marathons with my younger brother, dressing up as Morticia Addams (if you follow along on instagram you already saw that), and Buck sleeping through both flights there and back (meaning I got two naps as well!), it was a fantastic weekend. Happily we’re only back to real life for two days before we jet off to Las Vegas for a few more days with my family!

Happy Monday!

THE WEEKEND

top: c/o hello fab // jeans: old navy (altered by me with Melissa’s tutorial and my tutorial) (similar here and here) // bag: c/o persunmall // sandals: target (similar) // sunglasses: target (similar) // earrings: gift from Landen (anthropologie – similar here) // watch: gift from Philip (burberry)

Last Thursday we packed our bags and headed off for a weekend in Utah for my family reunion. We spent one day with Philip’s family, which is always a blast, and then the rest of the weekend with my family in Park City. Between late night YouTube marathons with my younger brother, dressing up as Morticia Addams (if you follow along on instagram you already saw that), and Buck sleeping through both flights there and back (meaning I got two naps as well!), it was a fantastic weekend. Happily we’re only back to real life for two days before we jet off to Las Vegas for a few more days with my family!

Happy Monday!

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18 Comments

  1. You are very beautiful!!

    xx
    Sara
    This is Sara

  2. Katie says:

    Cute! Like the orange + grey feel here, since the denim is a little closer to that than true blue.

  3. Kimberly says:

    Such a pretty printed blouse & I really love the color of these skinnies!

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

  4. Ash says:

    You look beautiful… So jealous of that braid. My hair is so thick that any braid looks like a huge rope hanging off my head ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, that family reunion looked like a hoot!

  5. Sarah says:

    Love that top! I alter pants all the time to make them skinny too! Cute look!

  6. Sounds like fun! Love your top! I wish it was cool enough to wear jeans here in South Carolina. It's pretty hot and muggy, and I'm very pregnant so no jeans.

  7. Oh man, I make it about 2 inches into a fishtail braid before I get totally bored and give up. Props to you – it looks great!

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

  8. I love this look and it sounds like you had a perfect weekend! I can't wait for my hair to be long enough to do this type of braid.

  9. what an incredibly gorgeous look! your braid is divine!
    xx

  10. Kristina says:

    Loving your fishtail braid, and your light gray skinnies are super cute!

    Kristina does the Internets

  11. Chelsea says:

    I love this weekend look! I've been living in this pair of sandals from Target this Summer and your breezy top is the perfect shade of pinky coral.

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

  12. Kelly says:

    Gorgeous outfit! I love that top especially!

  13. Haylee says:

    Ah so jealous, I love Park City. I'm from Provo and I still feel like I don't make it up there enough.

    I really love those shoes by the way. I'm so hesitant to get some of them because my good friend has some just like it and I don't want to be THAT girl, you know? haha but you are making me consider getting them regardless, they look super super cute on you and with this outfit.

  14. Leanne says:

    Gorgeous! aaagh, why have I never even attempted a fishtail braid? It looks fantastic and I am obsessed with those earrings. So glad Mr F was perfect on the flight! I would have expected nothing less from that angle baby.

  15. I love that top! So comfy. And the fishtail is awesome…I wish I had long hair!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

  16. NastenAlisa says:

    So beautiful ~!!!
    This is my little handmade jewelry shop
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetAnastasia
    Thank you!!)

  17. Stephanie X says:

    great outfit! and the braid is cute too.
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com)

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