I’m headed home for some much needed quality time with family and friends so today I’m sharing one of my current favorite closet items and some of our family’s Easter traditions!
I am so excited because tomorrow morning I’m flying back to the East coast for two weeks! I’m headed home for Easter celebrations with my family, a visit to Richmond to see my favorite human, and to attend The GOOD Fest!
Easter is a pretty big deal in my house. It’s my mom’s favorite holiday and our traditions are quite entertaining. There aren’t any baking or cooking competitions like we have at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but we do have field events. Yup, we have an egg in a spoon race, an egg toss, and even a sack race. Oh, and in case you weren’t aware, I have seven siblings so things get pretty intense.
In addition to our outdoor games, the Easter Bunny (my youngest brother still believes) hides all of our Easter Baskets, as well as the eggs we’ve dyed. And then of course there’s an egg hunt, for money. Our gold egg holds $20, the silver $10, and the bronze $5. My mom is in charge of hiding them outside on our property and while she does so we’re all required to remain in the living room with the shutters shut so no one can cheat. We’ve had years eggs haven’t been found my mom is such a pro. And I don’t think I’ve ever found the golden egg. Fingers crossed I have better luck this year!
In terms of food, we do a big brunch that isn’t complete without my brothers’ favorite Italian Easter Pie (I’m 50% Sicilian). It’s a quiche-like dish filled with several different Italian meats. Not my favorite thing, so I offered to make sweet potato toasts for everyone this year. There’s also always a giant fruit platter and plenty of carbs to go around.
Each year, I make a bunny cake for dessert. I just use a boxed yellow cake mix and homemade vanilla buttercream frosting, and some years, I’ll even give the rabbit a proper bow tie and ears with the help from a little food coloring. For whatever reason, it is one of the best cakes and my family usually devours it in 24 hours or less. And they’re all chocoholics so that’s saying a lot. Since I wasn’t home at Thanksgiving there has been a special request for me to make my homemade pumpkin whoopie pies as well.
Needless to say, there’s a lot of eating that happens during our Easter celebrations. And while a fair amount of it won’t be “healthy” (and strays away from how I normally eat) there’s this thing called balance, and most importantly I will be with family. A few years ago, being away from my kitchen and my pantry staples would make me really anxious, but now I joke that my normal way of eating is just in preparation for when I’m back home. And the truth is, the food I eat at my parents’ house is always really good. My stomach doesn’t always agree but tastebuds are constantly doing backflips.
Now about this look! I realize it’s not an “Easter outfit” but a) does that really matter? and b) do you really think I’ll be sporting a floral sundress on Easter Sunday? Chances are very, very slim.
Right now, the weather on the East Coast is forecasted to be warmer than it’s been in SF lately, so I’m definitely packing these versatile Cheap Monday overalls. I had been searching for a pair of black long overalls for forever and when I found this pair at Azaela I fell in love.
I’m a huge fan of Cheap Monday, mostly for their color palette, aesthetic and the fact that their logo is a skull. And this pair of overalls fits like a glove. With my big butt, that’s a pretty big accomplishment. Paired with a vintage striped tee from No Shop, my favorite booties and my Warby Parker sunnies, I’m ready to eat my bodyweight in Easter treats.
These overalls can also be paired with cutoff tanks and sandals for those warmer spring days. They’re a great year-round piece and they’re currently on sale at Azaela. I normally wear between a 27-29 in jeans (depending on the brand) and I got a size small in the overalls. Shop the entire look below!