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Happy Loveday

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Alexander Bowman, wearing Valentines day tee from Carter's, red sweatpants from GAP

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Alexander Bowman, wearing Valentines day tee from Carter's, red sweatpants from GAP

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Alexander Bowman, wearing Valentines day tee from Carter's, red sweatpants from GAP

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Alexander Bowman, wearing Valentines day tee from Carter's, red sweatpants from GAP

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

 

Happy Loveday at the movies!!

I wanted to spoil my boyfriend Alexander this week.

He always wants to do something “fun” after I pick him up from school, but because we have to collect Annabelle an hour later it typically does not allow a lot of time to plan anything substantial.

So, when Annabelle was going to Girl Scouts with friends today, I knew it would be our chance!

When I picked up Alexander I said, “RUSH, we are going to the MOVIES to watch PETER RABBIT!!” 

He was so excited to go to the movies!!

He knew exactly which movie theatre we were going to, and why he had to rush so we could make it there on time! 

We only missed the first few minutes but watching his little face looking up at the big screen, munching away on his little bag of candy, just filled my heart. I knew he was so happy and content.

I loved this special little time, and spontaneous moment we shared.

The movie was so cute and funny. He and I were BOTH laughing out loud throughout the entire film. Was it because the movie was so funny? Was it because we felt so happy? or that it was Friday?!

All the above probably…

I’m sure it must be hard sometimes, being the middle child. You’re not the oldest, so you’re not old enough to do a lot of the things that your big sister gets to do, like play dates, and tons of fun activities.

Yet you aren’t little like your baby sister, so you have to be patient when she is being disruptive, or we can’t do something because she’s too young to participate in the plans, like Disney, skiing, etc…

In any case, I love my little Valentine, and I think we should make a habit of it.

Friday night date night with my little sweetheart, this week and forever. 

Happy Valentines day!!

XXX Stephany 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festive fashions for the whole Family!

Stephany Bowman in a Target holiday outfit, Claire's headband, Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in a Christmas tree dress from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Stephany Bowman in a Target holiday outfit, Claire's headband, Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in a Christmas tree dress from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in a Christmas tree dress from H&M

Annabelle Bowman in a Christmas tree dress from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Annabelle Bowman in a Christmas tree dress from H&M

Stephany Bowman in a Target holiday outfit, Claire's headband, Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

 

 

Festive fashion is not something that exactly happens deliberately around here. But Matching the whole family in a festive theme sure is pretty fun!

As much as the girls loved their dresses, I’m not sure that Alexander realized how cool it was to be Santa!

Lucky to share that everyone still BELIEVES and isn’t that a relief with being at school all day, and probably around friends that have older siblings. I guess the Christmas magic is hard to shake off, and I’m not complaining! 

Let’s be honest though, for me the festive season can be a little overwhelming.

 I’ve put together a list of 4 non-negotioables for this festive Chirstmas holiday

Christmas music
Christmas sugar cookies

includes making, cutting, baking, icing, decorating + EATING!

Cozy pajama parties

I mean with huge bowls of popcorns and old school holiday classics (ideally Home Alone, Elf, and A Charlie Brown Christmas)

A Christmas mass

perhaps one of the most lovely traditions I can remember as a child when I used to go visit my Auntie Jean in England for Christmas and on Christmas Eve, we would go to a large Church and sing Christmas Carols- just peaceful and beautiful 

This year Angelina is old enough to understand Santa, ” LOOK mommy ANTA!!” Can’t believe it was just 2 years ago when she was just a tiny nugget under the tree 🙂 Read here for more about when Angelina was little and we celebrated her first Christmas as a family of 5!!

Now, wrapping up the Christmas shopping- and next up-WRAPPING! 

Looking forward to mom and dad coming in just a few days, after all, what is Christmas without the ones you love? 

What are some of your non-negotiables this year? Any favorite traditions new or old you look forward to this time of the year?! 

Write to me in the comments below xx

Stephany

 

8 years!! Happy together forever to US!!

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

 

EIGHT years ago I became a wife!!

I thought I would put a list of 8 things I love about our marriage

 friends first

Probably the solid foundation of this whole relationship. That I always could connect with him as a  friend first. We hang out like buddies, and that makes a relaxed and fun environment to be a part of.

a common vision and goal for our family

We put our family first. Value experiences and travel. Work hard to build a solid/fruitful future for our children and ourselves

I learn a lot from his reactions and way of looking at the world

Michael is 7 years older than me. I value his maturity in a lot of situations that I may be a lot less patient in. He is calm and fair. I admire that, and think thats a pretty good moral compass if you are leaning on someone’s point of view for guidance.

I love that I can be completey and totally myself

I’ve seen relationships in the past where either the husband or wife in the marriage is “performing” in front of their spouse and trying to show them a certain side of themselves to fulfill a goal. I luckily never have to perform in front of Michael. I am always completely honest with him, and that for me feels like a vacation.

we get to share all the good moments together

The best part.

At the end of the day, we meet up on the couch after the kids are bathed and in bed. I get to share with him the funny things that one of the kids said that day, or what we were so proud of them for. We laugh about the little things that are quirky or unique. Alexadner’s lisp and how cute it is when he says ” Christmas Decorations” or Angelina when he says, “Angel!!” and then she says,”Daddy!!” right after. We are proud of Annabelle’s passion and gift for art.

we get to share all the scary moments together

This oddly may be my favorite thing in the world. I always felt like I had to face every scary situation all by myself. Take a deep breath and tackle to issue-hope for the best. Now I can lean on Michael.  This helps to shift the burden and makes me feel like everything will be ok with him by my side.

the longevity of our relationship

We have built up so much history together. I love teasing him about his old bachelor days, when we were dating in Chicago, our favorite date spots, and memories. Read more about our 7 year anniversary right here!!!

he is always on my team

When you go into the world, you face circumstances and situations that may be unprecedented, unpredictable or unhappy. Having Michael to share my struggles with is comforting and I know that he has nothing but my best interest at heart.

 

Angel turns 2!! Happy Birthday Angelina!!

Angelina Bowman, wearing BABY GAP, celebrating 2nd birthday in cream tutu, tights and gold Mary Jane shoes

Angelina Bowman, wearing BABY GAP, celebrating 2nd birthday in cream tutu, tights and gold Mary Jane shoes

Annabelle Bowman in Victoria Beckham for TARGET dress, Ivanka Trump shoes, and tights. Angelina Bowman in BABY GAP tutu dress, tights and gold Mary Jane shoes

Angelina Bowman, wearing BABY GAP, celebrating 2nd birthday in cream tutu, tights and gold Mary Jane shoes

Angelina Bowman, wearing BABY GAP, celebrating 2nd birthday in cream tutu, tights and gold Mary Jane shoes

Michael, Angelina, Alexander Bowman, in black suits and ties, with Angelina the birthday girl in BABY GAP

Angelina Bowman, wearing BABY GAP, celebrating 2nd birthday in cream tutu, tights and gold Mary Jane shoes

Angelina Bowman, wearing BABY GAP, celebrating 2nd birthday in cream tutu, tights and gold Mary Jane shoes

Angelina Bowman, wearing BABY GAP, celebrating 2nd birthday in cream tutu, tights and gold Mary Jane shoes

Happy birthday to our little TWO year old, Angel!!

I cannot believe I’m actually saying, “my two year old”!! Oh my goodness how did these 2 years fly by so quickly?!! I remember that beautiful day on November 1st when she was born, click here to read about our first days in the hospital!!

Actually, I feel like the first year was sort of a blur (click here to read about the 1st year recap!!) , and then the second year was a flash…

I wanted to dedicate this post life update to Angelina. I’m always so worried I will forget the little things that they do, the cute little moments, actions and words. So, I have put together a little list of some of the cute words/ sentences that she says that make me laugh and smile.

Funny words

Oh la la 

Wow!!

Oh my GOD

Ew, gross! (sounds like goss) 

peeeeeeze? (please) 

woof ( for a dog)

Angelina goes everywhere with me, preferably in sparkly shoes or big sister’s cowboy boots + a purse with a lollypop inside Her favorite snacks are goldfish (never miss an opportunity to stock up at a Target check out line 😬).

Angelina’s favorite song is Twinkle Twinkle.

She’ll only wear dresses that pass the ‘swish’ test (exclusively tutus) and says “Wow!!” to her own reflection in the mirror once she’s accomplished that goal – (no, she did not learn that from me 🤷🏼‍♀️).

Angelina’s trained herself to use the potty. She can count to ten, sing ABCs and flash a Miss America wave from the passenger’s seat of her big brother’s police car.

Angel loves to whisper secret jokes in her daddy’s ear. She pretends to be a puppy, and loves putting on mommy’s lipstick – EVERYWHERE 😑

Her favorite person in the whole world is her big brother, Alexander 💜

Angel, you are getting heavier to carry and that makes me a little sad because you are my baby, but I’ll always squeeze you so tight in my heart forever 😌

I love being your mom.

You are a precious gift from God.

I love you, mommy

Happy Halloween from the Batman/ Bowman’s!!

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Unmasked!! The superheroes are showing their faces, hehe!

Stephany BOWMAN editor of Stephany's Choice wears black and white Batman themed halloween costume with the whole family

Happy Halloween from the Batman family!! As much as dressing up in coordinating costumes can be daunting, the final result is so rewarding! 

We love to match up in similar outfits, and this was super easy to put together-most of this look was already in our own closets!

Therefore, I’ve put together a list that includes a few basic pieces you’ll need to complete this simple family look.

The Bowman/ Batman Halloween costume recipe

Boys

White shirt

Dark suit

Black tie

Dark shoes

Girls

Black body suit ( ballet or gymnastics suits are perfect!)

Black tutu

Tights ( if it’s a cold day!)

Black shoes 

Secret ingredient: BATMAN MASK!

I guess you could say that we are pretty big fans of superheroes! Check out which Superhero Disney family costume we wore last year right here 🙂 

I love the special and fun magic that’s in the air when we all put on our costumes.

The first thing the kids do is look at Michael and I and laugh! They love to see us all matching and in something playful like them. Next, they’ll start showing off their superhero poses, and check out the adult superhero poses too.

It’s so sweet.

I know one day they won’t want to dress up with us since they’ll probably just want to coordinate with friends, but until that day comes, we’ll keep matching as long as we can.

Now that they are getting older, it’s fun to hear suggestions and input from them.

So, if we are considering wearing Trolls, or Grease inspired looks, they’ll have feedback on which they’ll prefer!

I think Halloween is going to be one of our favorite family traditions, most of all, I hope we can do this for many more years to come.

Stay safe! + Happy Halloween! 

XO,

💗 Stephany

 

 

Matching pajamas for everyone🐝

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice and all three of her kids wearing matching Hanna Anderson Yellow striped pjs

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice and all three of her kids wearing matching Hanna Anderson Yellow striped pjs

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice and all three of her kids wearing matching Hanna Anderson Yellow striped pjs

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice and all three of her kids wearing matching Hanna Anderson Yellow striped pjs

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice and all three of her kids wearing matching Hanna Anderson Yellow striped pjs

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice and all three of her kids wearing matching Hanna Anderson Yellow striped pjs

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice and all three of her kids wearing matching Hanna Anderson Yellow striped pjs

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice and all three of her kids wearing matching Hanna Anderson Yellow striped pjs

 

 

I found the cutest matching pajamas, and you know that we love a good family coordinated look!! Hanna Anderson has these adorable pjs, and they come in a rainbow of colors, with some really fun ones for the holidays. 

I bought these yellow ones at the beginning of the summer so that my kids could match when we were traveling to France. They loved them, very soft, and unisex. 

There are many benefits to having matching pajamas

no one’s pajamas are better than anyone else’s

pajamas that match are unisex and can be handed down from an older sibling to a younger one

convent when traveling so that they are easy to spot when they are part of a “group”

effortlessly coordinated when capturing family pictures (birthdays, Christmas, vistiors,etcs..)

The kids also get a kick when Michael and I match them too-feels like we are all on the same “team” or something! Like a fun treat. 

In fact, today was unusually chilly for Dallas in October. So, we were all pretty happy to have a sleepy afternoon at home… Once we put on these matching pjs, everyone wanted to pick out a family movie and indulge in some good old fashion popcorn!!

It was a date!! After a jump on mommy’s bed must, we watched Angry Birds- Alexander’s pick ( it was surprisingly funny, I found myself laughing out loud at times!) .

After a busy and hectic week, sometimes the best things are simple little pleasures like a family pajama party. Matching is an easy way to feel festive. A chilly day is the perfect excuse to say close to home and cozy up with my favorite little people.

Last year in October we were getting ready to celebrate Halloween, read here to see what we dressed up as!!

XO,

Stephany

 

 

 

Special moments, Annabelle’s Birthday💗

We wanted to share a few special moments from Annabelle’s birthday at the park. Annabelle was born on a beautiful sunny day in London, England. Every year on her birthday I remember the magic that was in the air on that wonderful morning. 

Annabelle, picked out her little pink outfit, wings, and balloons. She was dancing to “walking on sunshine” which was her song for this year’s tap recital. Everyone got in on the fun with a few silly props and dance moves. 

Read more on Annabelle’s special day right here

Thank you so much to The Retro Penguin for putting together this darling little clip of our family. May there be many more happy years dancing in the sunshine together 💕 

XO, 

Stephany

In the Garden // Saint Paul De Vence, France

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Annabelle Bowman Wearing D&G DRESS

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany Bowman wearing a MANGO gingham Bardot dress, straw boat hat . Annabelle Bowman wearing Dolce and Gabana dress, Alexander Bowman wearing DISNEY pajamas in Star Trek print

Stephany’s Choice: DRESS  ||  HAT

Annabelle’s Choice: DRESS SIMILAR

Alexander’s Choice: Star Trek PJS

Sometimes the best times are when we stay around the house, especially if it’s as gorgeous as the one we stayed in at Saint Paul De Vence ! How dreamy are these gardens though?! 

We loved smelling all the roses and lavender in the garden. The children even gathered some lavender and put them into little cloth pouches to keep under their pillows to make them smell good. It’s so grounding to keep things simple sometimes and just play with the kids out doors. 

Most days we would go out and explore, but since the grounds here were so lovely we found ourselves really enjoying staying close to home. 

It also feels like the focus is 100% on the kids and they just love that. Looking at what they want to show me, and carrying them around. Annabelle loved smelling the pretty roses, Alexander enjoyed riding on my back and little Angelina running with her toes in the grass. Playing little games and laughing at their jokes. It’s so simple and quiet, and I think kids need that everyone in a while. I know I do!

Don’t get me wrong, shortly after “decompressing” and our little “exploration” we were once agin ready to hit the town and find a new adventure in France 🙂 🇫🇷  We ended the night with some tasty gelato and a walk through Nice.. ahhhhh, love the South of France..

Thanks for reading along,

XO, 

♥ Stephany

Cannes on the beach

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina wearing pjs from Hanna Anderson, Annabelle Bowman wearing Monsoon sequins dress, Alexander Bowman wearing Ralph Lauren

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina Bowman wearing onesie yellow striped organic pjs from Hannah Anderson

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina Bowman wearing onesie yellow striped organic pjs from Hannah Anderson

Alexander Bowman wearing Yellow polo shirt from Ralph Lauren, white shorts from Carter's. Angelina Bowman wearing yellow striped organic onesie from Hannah Anderson

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina Bowman wearing onesie yellow striped organic pjs from Hannah Anderson, Alexander Bowman wearing polo from Ralph Lauren

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina Bowman wearing onesie yellow striped organic pjs from Hannah Anderson

Annabelle Bowman wearing gold sequins dress from Monsoon, sequins hair bow from Claire's Accessories

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina Bowman wearing onesie yellow striped organic pjs from Hannah Anderson

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina wearing pjs from Hanna Anderson, Annabelle Bowman wearing Monsoon sequins dress, Alexander Bowman wearing Ralph Lauren

 

We spent the afternoon walking around Cannes (it moved up to one of my favorite destinations in the South of France)- but you had to see the happiness of the children when they kicked off their little shoes and started to DANCE IN THE SAND !!! 

It was like the sand was magic dust and they rolled in it, played in it, danced in it-sprinkled it all over their legs and each other. They were running and laughing, digging out the sand, putting their toes in the water. 

I love to see my kids so happy and enjoying the beauty of nature. It made me want to live somewhere close to the beach. 

We strolled through Cannes- so fun for shopping by the way. Beautiful shops and boutiques. 

I bought a pair of gold flat shoes, a pair of pink Mary Jane flats, and a couple of little gifts for the kids.

The vibe is laid back but preppy. People look really nice but not over done. There is an easy going atmosphere in the air. Everyone seems happy, and always has a sweet and kind word for the kids. 

We had absolutely no difficulty making our way through the town. I love how you can go from pretty little shopping streets and boutiques to being right on the beach with sand in your toes.

It also feels so good to stroll, and walk. People watching is also fun, the crowds are stylish and cosmopolitan. It’s also such an international community, a sea of accents and cultures. 

This is definitely one of the things I miss most about Europe, being in a place where there is a mix of different people from different places. 

I can’t wait to go back to Cannes, and I think the children feel the same. Unlike other years in the past, this year doesn’t feel as congested as year’s past, and not as hot either. 

Can’t wait for our day to kick in tomorrow 🙂

XO,

Stephany

 

Bikinis before breakfast

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Angelina fighting against wearing her little summer bonnet at the pool 🙂 We finally compromised on total body sunblock coverage 🙂

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany Bowman wearing Pak Pak swimwear and Aldo sunglasses

First coffee of the day, poolside!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany’s Choice: Swim suit : The PAK PAK  ||  Sunglasses similar

Angelina’s Choice: Swim suit : Similar here and here

Why can’t wearing a bikini for breakfast be a way of life?!!

I absolutely love being outdoors so much. We eat outside, read outside, hang out, I even caught up on some work outdoors. It’s so pretty and liberating. Makes you really reflect on how much time we spend indoors on a typical day…

How cute is this bikini though?!

I was searching high and low for something that was all tucked in. No need to be spilling out of my bikini while chasing kids around the pool-if you know what I mean. The last couple of years I’ve worn one pieces but they always seem sort of prudish and matronly. Although Target now has some cute ones, and I think one pieces are back in style-luckily.

I would dare to say that the swimsuit style of the season is the high waist bottoms. Two pieces but the bottoms are boy cut and cover the belly button.

I think that this is such a cute look. It hides enough and covers enough. I’d also say that this is such a flattering look for all shapes and body sizes.

The Pak Pak has some sales going on and they have these cute little ruffles right on the waist line.

I loved it so much I bought it in two colors. I’ve seen girls mix and match the tops and bottoms too which is also a fun idea.

I may not wear this style forever but right now, I still am not in my happiest body shape so this a God send till I am back where I want to be.

XO,

Stephany