Serena & Lily Sale + A Peek at My Sun Room

Though the days are shorter, the weeks seems to be buzzing by. We are trying to slow down at home in an effort to just straight hang as much as possible. In sweat pants. In front of the fire. 
We still have a ways to go on the finishing touches of our house since our reno, but I am taking my sweet time with  it. If this is my forever home, then I want it to feel collected and everything in it to make me smile. 
I know, cheese. But if we are going to spend the money, you should love all the things in your home like crazy. And while I LOVE a good antique market to dig through, one store that has always had my heart is Serena & Lily
The preppy coastal style has always been a mainstay favorite and these days there is no exception. When the catalog comes I want to move into it. I have used many items from them over the years and I have to say the quality and style has stood the test of time and children. We have two pieces I love in our new sun porch addition. 

Rivera Chairs shown here wipe clean easily and are easy to move around when you need to add seating anywhere. They come in many colors and styles now. 

This raffia parsons style coffee table is huge (also comes smaller). Which I loved for using this space for entertaining, board game nights, and putting your feet up to watch Netflix. I wish you could see the ceiling in this photo as we did reclaimed beams with a vaulted ceiling, then added a large black open lantern for plenty of extra lighting. Love giving you a sneak peek at what we did in here. 

Serena & Lily are having a sale all weekend, 20% off everything with code HAPPYDAYS
Here are all my current favorites from the site. 

1. The colors are so beautiful in this painting  / 2. A dark patterned rug to hide messes, and looks so pretty / 3. A tailored ottoman / 4. Outdoor chic teak chairs / 5. I'll never tire of the bohemian vibe of these chandeliers / 6. These candlesticks would be perfect for the holidays / 7. Love bringing in texture with braided rugs / 8. This chair works so well as heads of table  / 9. Would love this mirror for a powder room or entry / 10. Navy and brass coffee table / 11. Obsessed with this whimsical wallpaper / 12. Upgrade your stool game / 13. A natural take on the bistro chair for counters / 14. Cute tassel pillow / 15. A great sconce to dress up a mirror or dining room / 16. Would love this painting for my dining room 

Happy Weekend


Veggie, Sausage and White Bean Soup

There is little in life that can bring instant comfort. 
Hugs from Mom, a tiny hand in yours, a call from a friend far away. 
And soup. 
I know, what a cliché. 
But I swear there is something about that big bowl in front of you, steam pillowing up, ingredients all perfectly married and savory, that makes you just relax and feel good. 
This soup is a house soup. You make it how your family likes it. Omit, add, switch anything up and you really cannot go wrong. 
This recipe makes A LOT. I did that on purpose so you can freeze half, send to a friend who needs it, eat every day forever, or invite your neighbors over. 
Cozy up. 

Veggie, Sausage, and White Bean Soup
Imperfect Polish 2017
Serves 10

1 1/2 cups ditalini pasta or other small shape (can be omitted if    grain free)
olive oil
2 lbs sausage, casings removed (My kids like sweet Italian, but use any variety you like)
2 large carrots, diced
4 celery ribs, diced
1 large or two small onions, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup dry white wine
15 oz canned cannellini beans or any you like, drained and rinsed
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
8 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons dried oregano
optional: 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
optional if you have it: Parmesan rind (some stores sell them or just cut off the one you have)
to serve: kale (optional), grated parmesan

Cook pasta according to the box instructions subtracting two minutes from the cooking time. Drain, rinse with cool water and set aside. 

Meanwhile, place a large pot medium high heat. Add two glugs of olive oil, then the sausage. Brown and cook the sausage until cooked through, breaking up into small pieces as you go. When done, turn off heat, remove sausage from pot and place in a bowl. 

Turn heat back up to medium under pot and add in carrots, celery, and onion. Sauté until onions start turning translucent and carrots jut begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add wine and scrap the bottom of the pot to get all those good bits. Simmer until wine is reduced by about half, about 3-5 minutes. 

Add in beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, stock, oregano, crushed red pepper/parmesan rind if you are using either of them. Season with 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Stir to combine well, turn up heat to high and bring to boil. Then lower heat to low and simmer covered for 30 minutes. 

Turn off heat and skim some of the oil/fat from the top of the soup if you want to lighten it up a bit. Stir in the pasta if using. 
Then taste soup for seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed. 

To serve, ladle in bowls and place a few leaves of greens in each bowl to wilt, then pile on the grate parmesan. 



Current Trend: Velvet

Velvet was once what holiday dress nightmares were made of when we were children of the 80s. Then two piece candy colored hoodie sweatsuits we sported with pride absolutely everywhere
(yes, that happened for the younger readers. Hi!) 

But now it is chic and and applied in so many beautiful ways. The soft fabric drapes like a dream, has a weight that makes it feel grown up and dressy, but the kicker is that it feels like pajamas. 
Luxy, very special pajamas. 

From dressed up to down, velvet is feeling extra fresh this season. 

1. A swingy, easy dress (this one is cute too) / 2. Worship this Gucci bag (this one is less) / 3. The cutest sweatshirt (or this one in black) / 4. Skinny jeans on sale / 5. Ladylike leopard mules / 6. A comfy and cute block heel pump / 7. 90s vibe slip dress, pair with a tee underneath to dress down / 8. A dramatic top  / 9. High waist pants that also come in black  / 10. Studded mule greatness / 11. Obsessed with these cropped wide leg pants / 12. Perfect dress for that winter wedding or gala / 13. A flirty party skirt / 14.  Heart eyes for bow Valentinos (these and these are less) / 15. The combo of velvet and faux fur is so great in this vest / 16. Own these in pink and love them / 17. A chic black bomber (or love this too)



Thai Chicken Chopped Salad

Not all salads are a meal. A real one. 
One that nourishes and satisfies the biggest appetites. 

This one fits the bill and has so many yummy ingredients that make it interesting. Plus, you can switch up the veggies and starch (or omit altogether) to make it your own. 
And because my little ones are not exactly diving into a salad bowl anytime soon, I just pull out the ingredients they like as I prep and everyone is happy. 

With lots of of my favorite comfort foods on the menu most nights, this is a nice way to break it up. 

Oh, and bonus points that we had leftovers that I threw in a wok with some brown rice the next day, added some more soy and it was delicious. 

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad
Imperfect Polish 2017
serves 6

For the dressing: 
1/3 cup olive oil 
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons white vinegar, I like rice
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon lemongrass paste (in produce case) or grated ginger
juice of one lime
couple splashes of fish sauce if you're into it

Place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside. 
Can be made up to two days before. 

For the salad: 

14 oz thawed frozen edamame
5 cups kale or greens of choice, chopped 
3 large carrots, diced or julienned
2 red bell peppers, diced or julienned
1 can chopped water chestnuts
2 cups shredded or diced cooked chicken (I use rotisserie or leftovers)
1 cup rice noodles, softened and chopped (or quinoa, brown rice, anything you like)
handful of chopped cilantro
3 scallions, chopped
handful of peanuts, chopped

Place all ingredients in a large bowl. (This can be done a couple hours before and refrigerated if needed) Toss with the dressing a little bit of a time. You may use it all, you may not. Taste as you go until dressed to your taste. If it needs more seasoning, add more soy and lime juice. Top with sriracha if you like it spicy. 



Simple & Smart: The Shirtdress

Everyone needs a few work horses in the closet. Something that is good for work and for play. And can be styled a million different ways. 

Last week I discovered that this shirtdress really is this piece. 
Not that it is groundbreaking, but it really made me want a couple more to have on hand.  

Dress: La Vie Rebecca Taylor, Blazer: Elizabeth & James, Shoes: B.P. (obsessed)

I am crushing hard on sneakers with dresses. All of the shirt dresses I pulled would look so great with a pair you probably already have. 

Shirt dresses also work great with tights and leggings paired with boots or booties, then heels for meetings and dinner out. And layering a blazer or jacket smartens it up even more. 

From Left: This is really similar to mine / Dying over this and how flattering it is / Studded and olive greatness / Twofer with this combo 

From Left: Bell Sleeve cuteness / This tie front screams for leggings all Fall / Oversized and ruffled / Black to pair with your favorite high boots (also come in silk)

From Left: Soft stripes for every day / Utility green plus ruffles / love this comfy chambray / basic, but not, black



Shopbop Sale

Shopbop really knows us too well. While I can assume your in the midst of trying to fill those holes in your closet with this season's best trends/essentials, they bless us with a sale. 
This is an easy one. 
20% off orders $500 and under and 25% off orders $500 or more. Use code EOTS17 at checkout through Friday. 
There are literally thousands of options, but this is what I can see as great staples to last us all season with a touch of what is trending. 

Click the numbers for links! 
1. A super chic jumpsuit / 2. Go for it pink fur clutch / 3. Love a round toe with comfortable block heel (similar here) / 4. Hello winter wedding / 5. The pants I want to wear all day / 6. Obsessed with this puffer. Comes in other colors too / 7. A classic soft sleep shirt / 8. The sweater you will wear every day. Comes in other colors / 9. White shades are so good / 10. A great draped coat / 11. Slide on and go loafers / 12. Faux leather skinnies (in love with these too) / 13. Cropped straight leg all the way / 14. Love these tassel sneakers (these are cute too) / 15. The perfect striped shirt / 16. Great sweater dress (this similar one is cute too and this one



Current Favorites

Hi! Posts have been beyond sporadic, which I loathe. During any down time I love to check on my favorite sites to see if there is new content and it is a total bummer when there is not. So it kind of breaks my heart that you are coming on here and there is nada to read. I have yet to find my fall rhythm and thinking next week I might have a grasp (anyone else still figuring it out, too?) . Which in turn will hopefully turn into more posts. There are home posts in the works as well as closet clean out advice, so keep checking back. I will get it together, promise. ha

In the meantime, here are a few things that are doing me some good this week...

1. I want to live in this sweater. Also, this and this are super cute. 
2. This bag just came and it is the perfect hue for the colder months. Comes in other colors and sizes too. 
3.There is a lot of pumpkin bread and muffins on heavy rotation already. 
4. Glossier just came out with body wash and lotion. I cannot wait to try it. 
5. In the hopes of better organization, a pretty planner. This one has these last months of 2017 in it thank goodness.  ha
6. Another genius way to use sunscreen with this. After you apply make up, spritz this amazing smelling spray over your face and it sets your make up as well as gives you 50 spf protection. Also super easy to reapply. I have an extra one in my car
7. Game night just got way more fun with this oldie but goodie
8. In need of a basic, but chic rain coat. Love this one and it comes in other colors, including olive. And this one in white is cute. 
9. Super excited for this cozy, fun slides to arrive. 



Six Fall Looks to Love

In between-y season continues, but full blown Fall is definitely almost here. There are plenty of pieces to wear now, through the season, and then incorporate into the Winter. The trends this year are vast, but I have to say that classic, preppy, slightly nostalgic, and high quality pieces (that will last) are what I am gravitating towards. With a bit of originality, of course. Here are six looks that I would sport over and over all season long. 

For lunch with friends...
A great take on the ruffle trend with this sweater tucked into this olive skirt. And I love these open toe slide-in booties. This bag is a giant tote and a cross body and completely genius. You can add a monogram and it comes in other colors, including white. 

For weekend day outings with the family...
The gray wash and the super flattering slits of these skinny jeans and so good. I have long loved these silk shirts for a fraction of most brands cost (comes in other colors, and obsessed with this dress from them as well). The blue color would look so great with this gray draped sweater that looks like heaven. A neutral cross body and fun white sneaks with a puff of fur. WANT IT ALL. 

For that work drinks thing...
These black pants looks so slimming on and paired with this cardigan meets cold shoulder would be perfect (a great alternative to this beauty). Loving an oxford moment with it, but if you want heels, these would be cute and classic. 

For watching the game...
Love this collegiate inspired look with this classic Rugby (takes me back and I like it) with slim boyfriend jeans in a light wash. Topped with this fantastic sweater blazer (comes in other colors) to keep you warm. The pink bag brings in some femme and your toes stays cozy in these super cute slides

For girls night...
Love a color blocked look for Fall. A cozy one shouldered sweater  (or this one at a lower price) in a pretty hue with stretchy faux suede pants that will get all the compliments (also in black). LOVE these cross body bucket bags, especially in the white which look so chic paired with darker colors for Fall (comes in many other colors and sizes). And my go to, buy every year, leather flats that never let me down. 

For date night...
Full blown ruffles are still a statement that I love if you're into it. And the exposed buttons on these  skinny jeans are taking me to 2001 in the best way. They would tuck in perfectly to these over the knee boots (under $200!) that I can vouch for. And a pink leopard is basically always a great idea (or maybe pink fur? hello Cher Horowitz). 



Tomato Soup That is Actually A Meal

Much to not one person's surprise, all I want to make for dinner is soup. The temperature is below 60 officially, so that is where I am at. 
But with very hungry roommates, the soup I make has to be hearty. 
And on the flip side, it would be nice if it was also healthful. Tomato soup seems to be an easy way to get a vegetable (or is it a fruit?) in my kids. And the secret to actually filling up their tummy's is that this soup also has beans in it that get pureed with the vegetables. It gives it body and thickness that is so comforting. 
Then to give it a bit of richness you add a dollop of savory whip cream (which you could leave out to keep it vegan or dairy free or lighter) that takes it from just soup to something that feels elevated and elegant. Lemon and rosemary also give it a bit of freshness that I love. 
I have made this soup so many times and every time I wish I made more to keep in the fridge, so double it for more leftovers. 

Hearty Tomato Soup with Lemon & Rosemary
Giada's Kitchen 2008
6 to 8 servings

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (15 oz) can cannellini (white) beans, drained ad rinsed
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes 
3 cups chicken stock (vegetable would work too)
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2/3 cup heavy cream
zest of 1 lemon

In a large soup pot, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrots, and garlic and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the beans, tomatoes, stock, bay leaf, 1 teaspoon of the rosemary, and the red pepper flakes. Bring the soup to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes covered. 

Puree the soup in a blender in batches, being careful to remove and discard the bay leaf. (note: do this one ladle at a time. Trust me, there will be soup all over your kitchen otherwise. I use an immersion blender, which is even easier) Return the soup to the soup pot and keep warm over low heat. Season with salt and pepper. 

In a medium bowl, whip the cream to soft peaks (with a hand mixer). Fold in the lemon zest and the remaining teaspoon of rosemary. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and dollop each bowl with the lemon-rosemary whipped cream. Serve immediately. 

* Make Ahead: I made this soup the day before and made the cream right before dinner and it was perfect. 



Fall Wish List

Now that school is in and there is a crispness to the air, Fall feels official. Not that there are no warm days ahead that will be fully enjoyed, but let's go all in to the new season shall we? 
Chunky sweaters, soup bubbling on the stove, football, leaf piles. 
I am excited. 
And with a new season comes a new wish list of items that could be worn many times over. 

1. Heart eyes for these Gucci mules. These are easier on the wallet and still cute. 
2. Worship a cozy white sweater, also comes in other colors too.  
3. This soft navy jacket comes in other colors and is 50% off. 
4. I love these shirts and this stripe. 
5. A rosie face mist to remind you of Summer. 
6. Loving a fur ball moment. These are on sale and also come in black. 
7. A pretty pink drape front jacket for under $100
8. Slippers for indoors and out. 
9. Love the bow on this easy black jersey dress 
10. A tunic like this, these leggings, and boots are my uniform in the fall. Comes in a bunch of colors. 
11. Need a new pair of my ride or die jeans. This wash is on sale too. 
12. A cozy cardi for a great price. 
13. This chic skirt would look so pretty with #2. 
14. The prettiest sweater in all the land. 
15. Pumpkin shades feels fresh and fun. And under $60
16. If I had a Fall wedding, I would have loved to wear this. DIE 



Back to School on a Budget

So I am experiencing Back to School as sort of a real thing for the first time with a soon to be Kindergartener. The kids' preschool has uniforms, so I have never felt the pressure quite so much to get things together. No whining from me though, I am so excited for the kids and happy to shop. ha Kids clothes are fleeting and inevitably stained within hours of wear, so investments should be kept to a minimum in my book. But, you also want things that will last an entire year and not fall apart in the wash. So I put together a few looks for both girls and boys from Nordstrom, with of course a few things for Mom to treat her self as well. Everything is under $50, with most being under $30. 

Girls up first...

1. Love a mixed print dress
2. A sweet floral top and retro jean skirt lasts into fall with a tee and leggings added. 
3. Love the mix of a more tomboyish hoodie with a sweet floral printed legging. 
4. How fun to channel Cher Horowitz in this baby tee and plaid skirt. 
5. Black knee high boots are so cute on little legs. 
6. Slip on prep sneaks with a little rose gold for luck. 
7. These are like little Rag & Bones. And who doesn't want a heel? 
8. These little ballet flats are so sweet. They also come in other colors. 
9. There is a lot of sparkle to this one, but the old school shape is so cute. 
11. Love this classic, but oh so pink back pack. 
12. A little Lisa Frank and I like it. And it is reversible. 

As much as I would love to send my son to school in button downs and khakis, I know he is way more comfortable (and happy) in options like these...
1. Love this waffle ringer and just got these jeans for Tommy. No fly to deal with! 
2. A classic henley updated in color block paired with pull on chinos shorts, no fly again for the win! 
3. A classic stripe tee and joggers look cute and keep them comfy all day. 
4. If they want to go character, I like these vintage tees. And all boys want to live in these, right? 
5. Leather sneaks with nothing to lace makes Moms really happy. Comes in other colors. 
6. Leather high top Converse class up the original a bit. Comes in other colors. 
7. These Nikes are a long time favorite in our house. 
8. Love these classic Adidas
9. A little surfer mixed with business from Vans
10. A stripe monster is cute always.  
11. Love the manly color block of this backpack
12. A character backpack done right. 

And a little something for Mom for killing it every day...

1.  An easy t-shirt dress that screams for leggings and sneaks. 
2. These are the cutest espadrilles
3. Sweatpants that can pass for real pants. (insert high five)
4. Remind yourself of this mantra when you drop your kids with two different shoes on. Because it is still true. 
5. Fake a rosy glow perfectly with this Nars multiple stick. Orgasm looks good on everyone, I am into Maui right now. 
6. This pj set is so lux for a fraction of the usual cost. Comes in other colors too. 
7. A cute shirt for back to school drinks with your friends. 
8. This legging always has rave reviews. Every outfit could start with them really. 
9. A sweatshirt long enough to wear over leggings. Also comes in other colors. 
10. I buy a pair of these every year. Love this color, but they come in a bunch. SO comfy. 
11. These masks are magic and perfect for a quick night time pampering. 
12. Are they slippers or fancy sandals? Let's say both. 



Olive is the New Black

Olive green usually has a moment as Fall starts to roll around, but never like this season. It is everywhere and being mixed in to wardrobes as a neutral. More interesting than beige and a lovely hue that does wonders for skin tones of every shade, olive is your new best friend. Mix it with black and denim, or go crazy with pink and bright blues. Seriously, it goes with everything. I rounded up a a ton of great pieces that will get you excited for Fall and 

1. A winter coat that will last a lifetime. This one is a more affordable option. 
2. I just ordered this cute pom sweater from J. Crew on super sale. 
3. These jeans are the best color and coated to make them extra flattering. 
4. This off the shoulder Theory dress is so good and on sale. 
5. A t-shirt dress over leggings is my Fall go to. 
6. Classic Hunter boots in the original hue. 
7. This Saint Laurent bag is an investment, but would hold absolutely everything for years to come. 
8. A sweatshirt that is long in the back, always a staple. 
This one is a great lower priced option. 

1. A utility jacket that looks just as cute to the gym as it does for drinks. 
2. These Vince sneaks are the best. These are very similar. 
3. Love this update to a bomber. Nice and long. 
4. Aaannnd I want to live in this sweatshirt dress all Fall long. 
5. Pants that feel like sweats are a win. These are on sale too. 
6. Ruffles, off the shoulder, AND olive. Oh and on sale from J. Crew
7. These booties would be easy to throw on every day. These are cute too. 

1. A drape front jacket works every time, and a great price. 
2. This soft jacket could be an every day wear. 
3. Love a suede moment and this swing dress is so cute even if it is faux. 
4. Love the femme softness of this blouse
5. These leggings would be a nice switch up from the usual black. 
6. This shirt dress by BB Dakota would be great with tights and boots. (this one is cute too)
7. This tailored JOA skirt is so chic and great for work or a night out. 
8. A darker olive with a flattering cut, love these jeans



Slide On

Though block heels and espadrilles had real moments this Summer. No shoe was the shoe of the season like the slide. And not fancy slides, but the kind you could wear absolutely anywhere. They look great at the pool, they are comfy for running errands, they even work with that favorite light summer dress of yours. They just work, and quite frankly can into Fall. Love them paired with skinny jeans and the even cooler cropped wide leg culotte (yep, you heard that right). 

I bought this pair a few weeks ago and cannot get enough. 

They come in a bunch of colors, have great lift, are super soft, plus feel elevated but casual. 

Here are some other options, all at a great price, that could easily be your new every day shoe from now until snow season. 

1. I love the floral print of these from Shopbop
2. A slightly more femme version of the classic Adidas
3. Love these pink Everlane. Also come in a bunch of colors. 
4. These furry numbers are cozy also come in black and pink. (these look amazing if you want to splurge)
5. Love just the hint of espadrille of these Splendid
6. These look very Gucci-esque for about 1/10 the price. 
7. Another update to a classic, cozy sweatband Adidas
8. Pom poms are never not fun or cute
9. Vince always does minimalism at its best. Also in black 



Favorite Summer Recipes

So when you think of Summer, you think of a lot of relaxing time in the sunshine with cold drink in hand. And while that happens, it is also a lot of juggling and strange new schedules and worn out kids parents. Cooking in the Summer is the absolute best, but I am having a hard time finding my creativity after I have been running around all day. I want to do all the relaxing then. ha So I have been going back to a lot of my old stand by recipes to keep things easy. Which everyone always loves, those that live in my house and those that are just visiting. Here is what will be on rotation in the coming months...

Brussel Sprout Salad with Almonds



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