SPOTLIGHT ON HELLO ALYSS

The kids recently got to hang out at our friends' The Great Escape play space. They had such a fun time, and with the incredibly talented Jenna Elliott there to capture the morning, it was the perfect opportunity to snap Mila's new Vierra Rose top from Hello Alyss.

Hello Alyss is an online boutique that I have loved since I discovered them a few years ago, and has remained a favorite destination for the beloved brand, Nellystella.

Now, Hello Alyss has introduced me to another brand, Vierra Rose. Their summer collection is filled with tutu skirts, eyelet, bubble sleeves, ruffles and pom poms. Beautiful, fun and playful pieces for vacay. I think we'll have to pack this top for Mexico!

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Mila's top Vierra Rose, shorts Nellystella, sandals Zara

CARPINTERIA SEAL SANCTUARY

The Carpinteria Seal Sanctuary is an easy day trip from Los Angeles. But you really only need an hour there. So if you're on your way to Santa Barbara, it makes for a good stop to get out and stretch your legs.

It's home to almost 100 adult seals who give birth to their cubs on the Carpinteria shoreline. 

The sanctuary is a protected birthing habitat for harbor seals [from December] through May every year. 

The winding trail leads down to a beautiful coastal view.

Lots of room for running.

The trail goes for miles along the bluffs -- offering great views overlooking the ocean. 

This way!

There they are, the mommies and babies. The Sanctuary recommends bringing binoculars, and you can see why. The beach is closed so this is the closest you're gonna get. 

Taking it all in. [Mila's dress is by Nellystella.]