Talking about My Perfect Day

May 16, 2017


blue shirtdress outfit - perfect for spring!

Over the weekend Matthew asked me what my perfect day would look like. I think he was trying to be sweet and see what I’d like to do for Mother’s Day, but it sparked a conversation about how we’d spend our ideal day if we could do whatever we wanted. No rules, no obligations, just the agenda that we wished for. We both said we’d want to sleep in, which isn’t too surprising since Augustine isn’t sleeping through the night yet!  Here’s what my perfect day would look like, though:

blue striped dress with blue tassel earrings- blue and white outfit inspiration for spring

8 am Yes I said I wanted to sleep in, but then I changed my mind and decided I wanted to wake up early but feel completely and totally refreshed! I’d leisurely get ready for the day and pick out an outfit like the one in this post: something feminine, comfortable and casual. P.S. This striped blue and white dress has such a great cut and I love the button-up detail and easy swing dress style. There’s also a crazy affordable dupe!

9 am Matthew, Augustine and I would head down to the beach, picking up a coffee at Peet’s on the way. My order is always the same: hot almond milk latte, with a little honey and a little cinnamon. Even when it’s hot outside, I still crave a warm drink. Anyone else? We’d get to the beach, walk on The Strand {our Manhattan Beach boardwalk}, and find a park bench to watch the surf. Even though Matthew is the surfer in the family {Augustine will join him eventually!}, I still love to be by the water and watch the waves. It’s so calming and always an enjoyable way to start the day.

blue and white outfit inspiration for spring love this pretty kate spade swing shirtdress

11 am After the beach, we’d head to our local farmer’s market and I’d pick out some fruits and veggies for dinner. I love going to the farmer’s market so much and it’s a fun weekend activity with the family. We’d get some coconut water on our way our and dance to the steel drums with Augustine. He’s already such a musical little boy and has the best rhythm.

1 pm We’d go to our favorite easy lunch spot, Mendocino Farms, on the way back. Let’s pretend the produce from the farmer’s market would keep. We’d probably keep it in a big cooler in the car. We’d get sandwiches and eat them out on the lawn on top of a blanket. Augustine would laugh at the doggies running by, and we’d all get the perfect amount of sunshine. No sunburns allowed! P.S. Augustine’s laugh needs to be heavily scattered all throughout my perfect day. There is no greater sound!

3 pm In the afternoon I’d either get a manicure, facial, massage, or all three! Something indulgent would be so nice, though!


blue striped kate spade shirtdress on M Loves M - Los Angeles fashion blogger @marmar a must-have spring bag - M Loves M @marmar

4 pm At home we’d open the windows, play some country music, and start prepping some things for dinner. I love to cook so this is one of my favorite ways to spend the afternoon! I’d probably already have a recipe picked out, or I’d be looking through food magazines and cookbooks for ideas. Of course, any ingredient would already be in the fridge or pantry. Our house would also be spotless with not even one thing out of place. {That’s the dream, you guys!}

6 pm We’d make a cheese plate, have some bread with olive oil, and maybe some burrata on the side with roasted tomatoes. Matthew would make cocktails and I’d start cooking. We’d have dinner together, make some homemade chocolate chip cookies and eat them with milk while playing games in the living room.

10 pm We’d go to bed no later than 10 pm because getting sleep is another one of our favorite things!

blue striped swing dress on M Loves M feminine blue and white outfit on M Loves M @marmar

dress {under $25 dupe!} . sandals {also come in black and nude} . bag  {also here} . earringssimilar sunglasses . cuff bracelet . link bracelet .

How would you all spend your perfect day? Would you shop, go swimming, bbq? And more importantly, are you ever able to make your perfect day a reality? I feel like we should all aim for one perfect day a month {at least right?!}. I know too often we’re wrapped up in all our various responsibilities and life does get busy, but I think taking the time for ourselves is crucial to a positive quality of life. My birthday is coming up in less than a month so I’m thinking that might be a good opportunity to make my perfect day come true!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all have the best day!


photos by Jenna Bechtholt

  • mybeautrip .com

    You look beautiful in this dress aqnd love the maxi earrings!

  • Michelle Joseph

    Oh my gosh, the perfect day! I love it Mara. It sounds so chilled. You must be so blessed to have a beach nearby. And this dress is the perfect outfit for this day.

    Mich x

    • Thanks so much Mich!! I love being close to the beach! I need to go more often than I do though.

  • That’s such a lovely post Mara, and you perfect day just sounds so lovely! My perfect day would be 95% outdoor i think, wandering around, eating and drinking all of my faves with my love! Also do a bit a gardening (cause in my perfect day i also have my perfect dream house with a giant garden to plant anything i want! 😉 ) and reading under a tree… All very romantic! Haha! xo

    • oh my goodness yes!! You and I sound similar 🙂 I would love to add reading under a big tree, preferably with a bowl of fresh strawberries picked from my big beautiful garden! Sigh!.. one day 🙂

  • Your perfect day sounds similar to what I imagine mine would be like! I’d love to start with a walk on the beach and end with a hike in the mountains. Now I just need a place to make that happen!

    • ooh yes! I love evening hikes! Especially when it’s not too hot!

  • Rach

    Your perfect day sounds like my kind of perfect day! It sounds relaxing yet you still get to enjoy the things you’d love to do!

    • Yes! I love days that are relaxing but include at least one adventure! 🙂

  • Sandra Manley

    This is so great! You are absolutely right, we should all have “one perfect day” per month. This would be such a great regular post, Mara. Would love to see how your perfect day evolves over time!

    • Thanks so much Sandra! I’m glad you liked this post 🙂

  • Love a good shirtdress! They’re so versatile!

    • Thanks Shira!! I couldn’t agree more! Such a versatile style 🙂

  • Such a beautiful dress, Mara! Love it!

    Shall We Sasa

  • natalie rumore

    This was so fun to imagine! I think my perfect day would be a trip to Disneyland with my boyfriend (we are both annual passholders). It would be a random weekday so hardly anyone would be there, slightly overcast…maybe in the 60s so I could wear comfy leggings and a sweater. Ride-hopping, getting drinks at the various bars, grabbing sweets, seeing the shows…I just love the atmosphere there! I think I need to play hooky from work sometime this Fall and make it happen! 🙂

    • yes!! I am DYING for a Disneyland trip! It’s been soo long since I was there. I love that you said slightly overcast too (hot Disney days aren’t my fave!) Play hooky soon and do this Natalie 🙂

  • I agree with Natalie! This was so fun to imagine and sounds like a PERFECT day! I’ll respond to your post with a post soon! 😉

    She Sweats Diamonds

    • yay!! Can’t wait to hear about your perfect day Huong!!

  • This is one of my favorite questions! I love that you shared your perfect day. It sounds lovely!

    • It’s fun to think about isn’t it? Hoping to make it happen soon!!

  • That sounds like such a lovely day! I hope you get to enjoy your perfect day very soon 🙂

    • thanks so much Jessie!! Hope I get to have one soon 🙂

  • Lily Calfee

    Sounds so sweet, just like you said, no agenda, just enjoying each other. I’d love to have some artsy time in there and moving my body; a dance class maybe…What a great question, and answer!

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