The Perfect Fall Wardrobe

There are the things you buy and then there are the things you wear. 
You would think we would know what we really wear by now, but alas no. There are always those pieces that sit after one wear, forgotten in the depths of your closet. 
So as we start the new season, let's discuss the pieces you actually will wear. 
Too many times to count. 
These pieces flawlessly all fit together and will with the staples already in your wardrobe. 

1. The Sweater Dress: Cozy, but chic. They look great with boots or sneaks. This one is great too. 
2. The Draped Leather Jacket: Gives an edge to even the most femme outfit. This faux version too. 
3. The Cashmere Tee: I own this and want it in every color. Looks great with pants, jeans, skirts, even sweats. 
4. The Soft Skinny: Really we want to be wearing leggings, but when you have to wear jeans these are the best. 
5. The Crossbody: You need something that will hold all of your things and in a great color. 
6. The Pull On Pant: Again, it is like sweats but you can get away with them at dinner or a meeting. 
7. The Leather Sneaker: They can be worn with absolutely anything, even a skirt or dress. 
8. The Suede Skirt: Fall is all about texture and this skirt would get a lot of play. A longer version too. 
9. The Plaid Flannel: This is the softest fabric that drapes perfectly so you can wear with anything. 
10. The Knit Blazer: I always own this and want it in every color. It goes with EVERYTHING and is cozy, but refined.  
11. The Mule Loafer: They are a huge investment, but the ultimate slide on shoe. I also love these and these with less sticker shock. 



My Nightly Skincare Routine

I have always been a girl who loves a product. From the magic scent of Love's Baby Soft to the perfect hot pink Mac Lip Glass and every must have magic cream all the editors of Vogue love, I am into it. I used to try it all (at the same time) and wait for the magic to happen like it does on the smooth skinned celeb that was raving about it. But my skin gave me a big wake up call a couple years ago by giving me something called Dermatitis (a lovely face rash that would not budge) and I had to do a clean sweep and reevaluate my beauty product obsession. 

My dermo put me on a skincare product diet, which I am not going to lie was painful. Nothing but the simplest of products and no make up for a month. And as I very slowly started adding in a product here or there I noticed my skin was MUCH better than when I was using the entire anti-aging section at Sephora. My A-ha Moment! I do not need all the things. I just need a few and my skin wants to be a minimalist. Lesson learned. 

The edited products I use now are my tried and true. I would give them all 5 star reviews and have bought them many times over. Some are pricey, but this is a high/low mixed list as I have found that a higher the price tag does not mean it is going to actually work. This is my nighttime routine and I will share my other product suggestions soon! And make sure to follow me on Instagram and LiketoKnow.it, I will keep posting videos and tips! 

Step 1: Cleanse
CeraVe is the brand my dermo recommends and I worship it. I use the foaming cleanser when I have worn make up and the hydrating if I have not. 

Step 2: Treat
I sometimes skip this step all together using one of these only 2-3 times a week.
 I use a retinol serum to combat fine lines. This is a MUST people! 
Or this SKii essence which is basically magic water that makes your skin glow. No really, it reverses all signs of aging. 
Or a spritz of refreshing rose water feels like heaven after a long day. 
Or I use this crazy good hydrating sleep mask. It is a K Beauty product with a mass following. You wake up with baby soft skin and calmed redness. 

Step 3: Hydrate
Forget all those $300 creams, ladies. This drugstore CeraVe lotion is chock full of peptides and hydrolaunic acid that plump up skin and keep it soft. 

Step 4: Do Not Forget the Neck
You can certainly just use what you are using on your face on your neck and chest, but I recommend a specialized one to really work on those lines and prevent as much jaw sagging as possible. Neck wrinkles are kind of my new obsession to combat, I know weird, but you will thank me later. 

Step 5: Eye Cream
If you do not use eye cream, you're nuts. The skin is so delicate and shows age so quickly. I swear by this one. Worth every single penny! One pump a night is all you need. Tap it all underneath, on the sides, and your lids. 

Step 6: Eye Mask
I live for my eye mask and weirdly cannot sleep without now. I like it because it blocks any light that may disturb my beauty rest. Including electronics or phones you might have in your room. It also helps prevent pillow lines on your face and this one has anti-aging properties that work on those eyes all night. 

Let me know any questions you have about these products or skin care in general! 


7 Great Fall Outfits On A Budget (But You Would Never Know!)

Summer is slowly drifting and the loveliness of Fall is in sight. And though I am not ready to let go of breezy dresses and no jacket weather, I always get excited by the fashions. 
BUT, I do not always have the funds to fuel the most wanted list in my all my carts. Actually who ever does?! 
So in an effort to help us all out with fun new looks, but with no guilt, I put together these seven looks with price points you will not believe. 
They are staples that can be mixed and matched, plus incorporate some of the seasons best trends. 

A little prep with a side of suede, plus the season's biggest color, marigold
1. J. Crew $79 / 2. BB Dakota $95 / 3. J. Crew $54 / 4. Puma $60 / 5. H&M $99

Love the mix of 70s vibe and modern cool in this look. 
1. H&M $12 / 2. Free People $106 / 3. H&M $129 / 4. Splendid $128 / 5. Sole Society $45

This is such a great daytime look. Comfortable, but Chic. 
1. Levi's $98 / 2. J. Crew $35 / 3. Velvet $150 / 4. Adidas $45 / 5. LL Bean $109 (can you believe how chic that is for LL Bean?!)

A soft cashmere sweater with a wide leg pant equals instant cool girl 
1. H&M $80 / 2. Madewell $88 / 3. Rachel Comey $119 / 4. H&M $60

A Balloon sweater and white mule, two great trends for fall together. 
1. Three Dot $99 / 2. H&M $34 / 3. Sam Edelman $120

Obsessed with the work look! That coat! 
1. J. Crew $115 / 2. H&M $199 / 3. Madewell $168 / 4. H&M $70

Love a suede skirt and this would be so good for a lunch or meeting
1. J. Crew $65 / 2. Bauble Bar $36 / 3. Steve Madden $90 / 4. H&M $70



Back to School: FOR MOM

Everyone feels ready/not ready for school to start. A bittersweetness that pricks our eyes with tears and sends a bit of relief down our limbs. 
It has been a really good one here with highs and lows to keep it all interesting and full of life. I will miss the sun kissed cheeks, after pool snuggles, and lazy mornings. But not so much the whining for treats, tattle telling, and Popsicle stained clothes. 
And while I (and pretty sure my kids at this point) am craving a schedule, I am already nostalgic for those first innocent warm weeks of Summer. 
But here it is, and we geared everyone up and got them activity signed up and permission slipped up and doctored up and hair cut up and back to bed early and up again. 
We have done all the things!
So now it is time for Mom's Back to School shopping. 

1. A chic rain coat that comes in a ton of colors because you always forget an umbrella on those first rainy mornings. 
2. Give me ALL the dry shampoo, because mama ain't got time for that. This one is truly the best. 
3. A family wall calendar that is actually great looking and keeps everyone organized. 
4. New shades because you destroyed your other pair this summer. Love this company and the quality so much. 
5. Leopard mules that take jeans and t-shirt to a whole new level. 
6. Thank goodness for friends that introduce you to delicious coffee to get us through the mornings. Obsessed and so great to have in the fridge each morning. Thanks LK! 
7. I was gifted this to go mug and it is perfect for hot and cold bevs. Seriously, it stays at temps for hours! And comes in so many cute colors. Thanks Wilson! 
8. By far the jeans I get the most comments on. They are high waisted with a cropped kick flare, and uber comfortable. Get them before they sell out again! 
9. Leggings are a closet essential for every Mom, so we deserve an investment pair that we are actually excited to sport.  Also, these
10. A just oversized enough, draped perfectly, chic AF sweater to wear with jeans or leggings. This one too. 
11. We are going to need all the sleep, so a new pair of soft pajamas will help with that. 
12. Always need a cozy go-to pull over for those first chilly mornings. 
13. Audible is the only way I can get through a book and so easy because you are in your car ALL THE TIME. 
14. You know how you want to go to the grocery store before pick up, but you have to run them around after and no time to get home and unpack? These bags are your solution, seriously changed my life. 
15. Joggers are life's greatest invention. Add a sweater or draped tee and cute sneakers or slides and you are basically Gwyneth at drop off. 
16.  There is no other shoe but the slide needed until the snow comes in my opinion. Love this new cork and pink version. 
17. Spanx has managed to combine leather and camo in one legging. You would be killing it in these! These are also fun. 
18. When you can wear a sweatshirt as a dress AND look chic as hell, you one hundred percent do it. 
19. And because you need one good button down, this gingham shirt would go with everything. Even your joggers! 


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Current Favorites & Sales

My heart is breaking a bit with the three week wind down until school starts. Though summer of course has its hiccups, this one has been great.  The juggle of kids, and work, and fun, and camp, and doing nothing is tough, but somehow we got there. So until that first morning comes, we are going to live it up. Or down, however you want to look at it. ha

Here are a few of my favorite things right now, but first do not forget the Nordstrom Sale is still on until August 5th! There is still plenty of greatness and they have even restocked a few sold out items I noticed. 
Scroll through for picks. 

And few of my other favorite things right now
1. I cannot believe I just ordered this wide legged jumpsuit. I should have been wearing it all summer long! comes in a romper too. 
2. Been getting a lot of questions on eye cream lately. This is the one I use every night. . It is an investment, but you only need a little bit and it WORKS. Even my dermatologist uses it! 
3. Everyone loves an LL Bean tote, but did you know you can customize them?! Just figured it out and now I have the perfect bag for tennis/workout gear. 
4. The Handmaid's Tale. Have you watched??? It is SO creepy and completely addictive. Excited to dive into season 2. On hulu and iTunes
5. You guys, this dressing. I am not kidding has gotten me to eat more vegetables than I thought possible. You can find it in the refrigerated dressing section in Produce (heinen's for you locals) and it changes your life. Great on rice and stir fry too. 
6. I am digging a good mom jean, and these Reformation ones are awesome. High Waisted to pull you in, thick denim that will not rip, and a great kick crop to show off your cute shoes at a great price. 
7. These cabana chairs come in so many colors and are perfect for porches and patios. Even a kids room! 
8. Been eyeing this light for over my island and realized that the Serena & Lily Tent Sale started! So many good finds. Especially bedding, baby, outdoor furniture, and even pajamas. 



Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

It is Nordstrom Sale time! This one is great because instead of last season's leftovers, it is Fall and Winter items that are brand spanking new. There is SO much to go through, so luckily I saved you the trouble and looked at all 3500 women's items. Yep, clearly I am into it. There are also great beauty items to stock up on that never go on sale. 

Click on the image to see the item. 
Have fun, friends! 


Caprese Orzo Salad with Arugula

Whilst deep into summer, your side game better be on point. Because let's be real, side dishes are the stars of the menu during these months. This recipe came together in minutes just based on what I had on hand to go with some grilled chicken. It was a way to highlight sweet summer tomatoes and peppery arugula that rounds out the dish. 
It would be perfect to bring to a party and can be made in advance to savor later. You can also easily make more or less based on how many mouths you are feeding. There is nothing fancy here, but it surely will look like you slayed it at home or amongst friends.

Caprese Orzo Salad with Arugula
Imperfect Polish 2018
serves 6-8 as a side dish 

1 lb of orzo or any small pasta, cooked to al dente, drained, and rinsed with cool water
1 cup of balsamic vinaigrette (home made or bottled)
6oz arugula 
1 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup of pine nuts (toasted if you would like)
10 oz of fresh mozzarella, cubed (you can use more if you want!)
Balsamic glaze (you can find this by the vinegars)

Place the cooked orzo in a bowl and pour 3/4 of the vinaigrette over it. Season heavily with salt and pepper and toss to combine well. Taste and add more vinaigrette to your taste. You want it to be heavily seasoned as this is the dressing for the entire salad. Set aside

Get out a large platter or shallow bowl and place the arugula in the bottom. Spoon the orzo over the arugula leaving a border along the sides. Then sprinkle the tomatoes, mozzarella, and pine nuts on top. Lastly, drizzle with the balsamic glaze and season with some fresh ground pepper and salt. 

*You can make this an hour or two ahead of time and refrigerate. Skip the salt and pepper at the end and wait until before you serve to add it. 



The Chicest White Dresses

There is something so incredibly chic about a little white dress. They have an ease and always look expensive, even if they are not. And as one who tends to be a spiller (and tripper, and scuffer) they can scare me. But, that is what spot cleaner and dry cleaners are for, right? I pulled some of the prettiest shapes and fabrics of the season and for every occasion (even the beach) except weddings. That is still an absolute no-no. 



Summer Dresses to Live In Under $100

There is nothing easier than throwing on a dress to make an outfit. Add slides for day and a heel at night and poof, instant outfit. It really is the best part of summer. And it is those casual, comfortable dresses that get the most play. So in the spirit of trying to invest more in what we all actually wear, I wanted to find budget friendly dresses that you can wear to death all season long. 

1. Classic Breton stripe dress (comes in other colors) $69 / 2. Embroidered Dress (comes in other colors)  $53 / 3.Tie front Shift Dress $69/ 4. Off the shoulder dress $47

5. Olive Midi Dress $76/ 6. Knotted Maxi Dress $88 / 7. Tiered Maxi Dress (also this one) $32 / 8. Channel Amal Clooney in this number (also this one) $77

13. Rainbow stripes dress $40 / 14. Own this and love it, comes in a ton of colors $69 / 15. Easy LBD $64 / 16. Stripe tank dress $59



9 Great Looks from the Nordstrom Sale

School gets out this week! There is this strange feeling of excitement and anxiety. Like what is the schedule? What will they do all day? How many times will I hear "Mom!?" I would say I am equal parts pumped and scared, we will see how that turns out. ha
To keep things fun for the first week of Summer, Nordstrom is having their Half Yearly Sale and it is full of new Summer items. Because we need to at least look like we have it all together and I am obsessed with all of these outfits. 

Jumpsuit / Bag / Shoes (cute 4th of July look!)



Summer Wardrobe: Splurge vs. Steal

So Summer is here. Did you notice? 
And in anticipation of days by the pool, warm evenings on the patio, and adventures with family, it is time to suit up.

 I wanted to come up with a list of the perfect additions for your closet in price points for everyone. All of it is amazing and in fact, the lower priced items might be my favorite grouping to date. 

So many sites are having huge sales too! I tried to pull as much from them, but you can check out Nordstrom, Shopbop, Net-a-Porter, J. Crew, and Loft for more details. 

So here is to a happy Summer, may we stay sane and stay cute. 

 Now, for a little splurging...

And a lot of Saving...



The Shoe You Will Wear All Summer

Pool slides and Birks are not a new trend, but clearly one with longevity. Mostly because they are so damn comfortable. No ties, no ankle straps, no blisters, just a soft place to put your feet on warm days. Plus, the slide in and go shoe will always reign supreme for busy girls. Bonus that the styles are getting cuter and cuter every single day so you can wear them anywhere. Here are some of the newest lot that would be perfect. 

1. Loeffler Randall $250 / 2. Matt Bernson $170 / 3. Rebecca Minkoff $100 / 4. Vince $195 / 5. Gucci $480 / 6. Jeffrey Campbell $105/ 7. Birkenstock $40 (comes in other colors) / 8. Solodus $99 / 9. Valentino $325 / 10. Treasure & Bond $69 / 11. Moncler $235 / 12. Adidas $45

Slide on, friends. 


Greek Chicken & Quinoa Salad

When coming up with new recipes, the best ones always develop from a place of love and what looks great at the market. On this particular day I was filled with a lot of love and excitement as my beautiful friend, who just had a baby, was going to spend the day at our house. And when eyeing the cheese section this Bulgarian Feta had me at hello. I had tried it before and knew that a fresh Greek salad with it as the star would make the new mama very happy. It is light and creamy, with a very mild taste. If you cannot find it (Heinen's has it for you locals) any feta would be lovely. 
I added Chicken to this recipe, but you could easily leave it out if you are not into it. I use light mayo to thicken the dressing as it saves a few calories instead of all the olive oil. You could just use oil if you would like (I know there are a lot of mayo haters! Although I will never understand it, I respect it). I make the salad in a way that allows for leftovers, just keep the greens to the side. This was the perfect light, but filling lunch that I know will be a staple to make all summer long. And if it gets that sweet baby over to my house often, super bonus points. 

Greek Chicken & Quinoa Salad
Imperfect Polish 2018
serves 2-4 

1/4 cup red wine vinegar
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
salt & pepper
1/4 cup light mayo 
3 Tablespoons olive oil 

Whisk all of the ingredients together until well blended. Taste and adjust for seasoning. If too tart, whisk in a little more olive oil. Set aside

(note: measurements are loose, you more or less of what you love)
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
1/2 cup diced cucumber 
1/4 cup chopped red onion
7 oz Garbanzo beans, canned, drained and rinsed
2 cooked chicken breasts, diced (rotisserie or leftovers work great)
1 cup quinoa cooked according to box, at room temp or chilled
handful of chopped kalamata olives
Crumbled Feta (Bulgarian if you can find it)
Salad greens of choice

Place all the ingredients, except the greens, cheese, and olives in a big bowl. Drizzle with half of the dressing and taste. Add enough dressing to your liking. Place a pile of greens on each plate and spoon the salad mixture over the greens. Top with some cheese and olives and serve. 




Current Favorites

This last weekend it really did feel like the world was coming alive again.
 Fresh breeze, birds chirping, cold rosé, tired kids after hours outside. 
So good. 
Finding maximum happiness in those moments helps fuel through the rest of the week and appreciate them so much more. Spring, I am feeling you. 
In addition to happiness in moments, there are a few things that are bringing a bit of sunshine as well. 

1. These Le Specs are making me look so much cooler at school pick ups. 
2. If you drink red wine, WineBlock is your new best friend. Simple slather a little on your teeth and lips and never worry about wine mouth again. Bonus that they are giving Imperfect Polish readers 10% off with code IMPO10
3. Currently living in these super flattering high waisted, cropped, kick hem jeans. Get them quick, they sell out. 
4. Target NAILS IT with this tank. I own it in every color and it honestly lays and feels better than my most expensive tees. Great tucked in or not. Buy 1 get 1 50% off this week too! 
5. This sweater blazer comes in so many colors and pulls together any outfit immediately. 
6. Just finished this book and loved it. Set in a posh long island coastal town, you get transported to the life and lies of a wealthy family. 
7. I have single handedly eaten this entire jar of salsa this week. Guys, I am not kidding it is the BEST. They also sell it at Costco. 
8. I am always looking for iPad alternates for the car and beyond. These boogie boards have been a big hit. Great birthday present too for any you have coming up. 
9. Sweaters are still getting a lot of play and this defuzzer is giving them new life. I even used it on some of my knit upholstered furniture. 
10. And if you are looking for a Netflix binge, Retribution was a good one. Set in a gorgeous Scottish setting, two families deal with death, lies, and relationships. 



Finally, Time for Spring Shoes

Now I do not want to be too optimistic, but I am putting my cozy boots away. If I have to bust them out again I may cry, but until then I am going to relish putting pretty shoes again. 
There are so many fun, girly shoe trends this season. 
Lots of bows and knots and plenty of different hues of pink to make us smile. There is something about Spring that really brings out the most femme pieces which is delightful. 
So far I am wearing these and these the most, but here are some other fun pairs that would be perfect through Spring and into Summer. 
Note: Almost every single one of these shoes comes in multiple colors. 

1. These lace up wedge espadrilles are so pretty / 2. A slim slide with just sweet enough bows / 3. I worship this pink mule / 4. The perfect dressier flip flop / 5. Liking sneakers with a little platform  / 6. Block heeled mules are everywhere and so comfy / 7. A bowed skimmer to pull any outfit together / 8. A bow tie ankle strap is so sexy / 9. Apparently these are one of the comfiest sneakers ever made / 10. The transparent trend done just right. These too / 11. Beautiful laser cut details on this espadrille / 12. LOVE these pool slides / 13. A robin's egg blue loafer / 14. Gorgeous heels for night out. Or these / 15. These espadrille wedges would look great with anything / 16. Simple, but chic slides / 17. The perfect on the run slide

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Shopbop Sale

The week is turning up my friends. 
There are 70s in the forecast and a four day Shopbop Sale to help us get out of the late winter blues. 
20-25% your entire order, including sale items. 
Florals and stripes and pastels to put a smile on your face. 
Thank goodness, because the way this week is going I need some pretty little things to do just that. I hope it can brighten your week too. Here are some of my picks. 

1.  A striped jumpsuit  / 2. The perfect mini bag, comes in many colors / 3. These white heels are everything  / 4. The denim cut of Spring.  / 5. Love the print of this floral dress / 6. Stripes and pom dress / 7. A sweet two piece set / 8. Party heels or these  / 9. A breezy jumpsuit / 10. Classic sneakers in a great hue / 11. The perfect Summer dress / 12. Neutral mirrored shades / 13. Chunky gold hoops / 14. A soft sweater with flattering cut outs / 15. A pretty camisole / 16. The prettiest mules / 17. Minimalist heels 

Use code EVENT18 at check out. 
Happy shopping. 


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