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March 25th, 2015

Shop my favorite picks for Easter Sunday that you can wear all through summer!  It’s the perfect time to pick up the floral trend for spring!

happy shopping!
xo, CHK

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BEAUTY FIND: Avon ANEW Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask

March 24th, 2015

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2015 has been a crazy busy, but good year so far! I traveled from Houston to four different cities on both coast making stops in New York City, Charlotte, San Francisco + LA.  And now, FMK and I are planning our first getaway, just the two of us, since Knox was born.

 There isn’t anything I love more than travel, but it definitely takes a toll on my skin – especially now that I have entered my 30’s.  Between the recycled air on the airplane and the change of climates from each destination, it’s hard for your skin to catch a break.  I do my best to wash my face + moisturize every morning and night, but sometimes it just isn’t enough.  After noticing my dull, dry skin when I returned to Houston from Charlotte, I was so excited to try the Avon ANEW Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask.  I noticed a difference after the first use!  I woke up with my skin looking firmer and more radiant.  I was so encouraged by the improvement; I am continuing to use the mask every other night or about three times a week.  And, I made sure to travel with it to California so my skin didn’t suffer the side effects of travel this time around.

 If the idea of an overnight mask scares you – don’t be!  It isn’t sticky and it won’t show up on your pillowcase.  The clear, lightweight gel goes on smooth and is practically invisible.  (FMK didn’t even ask me what was on my face.)  And the best part is you don’t have to find 15 minutes in your day to apply the mask.  Just add it to your existing bedtime routine by applying it over your nighttime moisturizer.  Wake up to skin that is visibly hydrated and plumped thanks to the encapsulated hyaluronic acid & shea butter beads.

 Don’t you just love things that work while you sleep?!

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Photographed by Kate Robinson

details: robe: c/o UGG Australia | handmade Playa bag from Mexico: c/o Hola Amigas Shop | hat: J.Crew | necklace: JetSet Candy | eye glasses: Kate Spade

This post is brought to you in partnership with Avon.  Thank you for supporting the brands that help make HOUSE of HARPER possible!


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March 23rd, 2015

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Our family was asked by Bugaboo to take the new Bugaboo Bee3 stroller on a trip to test the new features. As a Bugaboo Bee owner and fan, we happily obliged!  We picked San Francisco for our destination since it had been a while since we made it to the west coast.  Plus, we partnered with Kid & Coe for our housing and there was the most amazing home available in Oakland, just a short drive from the city.

As I mentioned in my past travel tips, we gate check our stroller when flying to keep it with us as long as possible!  We find it easier to have Knox contained and we can store our luggage in the basket under his seat or hook it to the bars. The Bugaboo Bee3 is extremely easy to collapse and store into the travel bag for safe keeping during the flight.

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 We arrived to this sweet note at the Dover Residence.

If you aren’t familiar with Kid & Coe (somehow it was new to me), it is a well-edited AirBnB / VRBO for families.  Every home available is a carefully selected property that is both beautiful and family friendly.  The concept is brilliant, you can leave your pack-n-play and toys behind because everything you need will be waiting for you at your destination.  The Dover family was so kind and left us a list of their favorite things to do in the area (all family friendly), and a list of other helpful information (like the best nearby grocery store).

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 We took these pictures of ‘Knox’s bedroom’.  It was an adorable bedroom with a crib and bunk bed that would easily sleep two children.  Knox slept in the baby bed and loved playing with all the new (to him) toys in the morning while FMK and I got ready for the big day ahead.  It was so nice to have entertainment in a kid safe room just across the hall from the master bedroom so we could keep an eye on him while we packed, got dressed, etc.

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As you can see, Knox quickly took to the laid back California vibe, and his new Bugaboo Bee3!

Our favorite new features of the Bugaboo Bee3:
* The improved redesigned base that allows for an even smoother ride.
*The new harness has 4 separate straps to easily strap your child in without having to pull their arms through a hole
*A more generously-sized stroller basket for baby essentials, yay!
*The Bugaboo Bee3 now has the same extendable sun canopy as the other 2014 Bugaboo stroller models, providing even more shelter for your little when it’s sunny outside!
*More color options!  We picked out this cute ice blue!

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 We headed to a local diner for breakfast the first morning, it was an easy stroll from the house and just what we needed to fuel up before our big day in the city!  This is a view of the outside of the Dover Residence. Isn’t it incredible!?

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 When we got to the city, we parked our car near The Embarcadero because we knew it was best to get out and explore by foot.  First stop, FMK wanted to take Knox to see Giant’s stadium.

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 Next, we strolled along the water and took in the sights of the boats off the piers.

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 My favorite stop is always the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings!  We settled for some Blue Bottle Coffee and food, but I wished I could take all the flowers and fresh fruit back to Texas with me!

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 After a busy morning of exploring the city, Knox needed to come home for a nap so he could enjoy the rest of the day.  FMK and I lounged in the cute courtyard with a book while he slept.

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 The view of Alcatraz from Chrissy Beach.

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After Knox’s nap and a full day of exploring, we thought it would be fun to go watch the sunset at Chrissy Beach before catching an early dinner.  It was by far the highlight of our trip!

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  Knox hadn’t felt sand on his toes since our 4th of July trip to the Hamptons.  It took him a few minutes before he figured out how to walk on it without falling down.  The funniest was watching him try to stand back up without touching the sand with his hands.  ha ha!Photo Mar 07-6

Knox with his new Bee3!

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 This photograph might be my favorite, ever.  These two have so much fun together!  I am so blessed to have these boys in my life.

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 After dinner we enjoyed a little more fun at the house before time for bed.  When we got home I had to get Knox a guitar and some stacking dolls because he loved theirs so much!

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 This is Knox getting off the plane in Houston.  We had to wake him up when we landed to get him to the car.  I love the way he sits in the Bugaboo Bee3, as if there was any question about it’s comfort!  ha ha!  Until next time, San Francisco!

Outfit details: 
On Me: dress: J.Crew | jacket: Rag & Bone | shoes: Madewell | hat: J.Crew | Sunglasses: Ray-ban
On Fred: short: J.Crew | shirt: J.Crew | sweater: J.Crew | shoes: New Balance
On Knox: t-shirt, stripe shirt, hoodie, linen shirt, shorts: Janie & Jack | sweat pants: Zara kids | Jeans: Gap | polo: Ralph Lauren

All images via our camera or iPhone.

Disclaimer: Airfare and lodging were provided by Bugaboo and Kid & Coe.


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