All Puffed Up

There is no trend that I am loving more than the puff sleeve. The femininity, the statement, and the fun of it is jut perfect, especially for Spring. It can be bold or subtle, but either way it is flattering (hello automatic little waist) and pretty. I rounded up all the cutest styles in tops and dresses so you can puff it up all season. And really nothing looks better with a puff sleeve than a glass of rosé, so cheers to Spring! 
1. Own this and LOVE it / 2. This is the sweetest dress, and under $100 / 3. I want to wear this tee every day. Comes in other colors / 4. This dot dress has a pretty back / 5. Gingham puff sleeve is perfection, on sale! / 6. Would wear this dress ALL summer. $56! / 7. Dying over this striped jumpsuit / 8. This yellow dress is SO good / 9. An easy sweatshirt dress / 10. Minty comfy sweater / 11. Cheery plaid is so cute / 12. A sweet midi dress / 13. I own this in pink and it is perfect. Also comes in black, and on sale!  / 14. A great chambray to mix up your current one / 15. Breton stripe perfection 



Game Set Style

I am so excited to share an amazing woman founded Chicago business with you, Game Set
We all are wearing active wear round the clock these days and Game Set has an amazingly curated selection to get you through your work outs and your day. 

Leggings / Jacket (obsessed with both of these)

Founded by a mom of two, the site carries brands from across the globe so the selection is different than any other site. 

And because she loves so many different sports, they carry items for all types of indoor and outdoor sports. From yoga to spin, paddle to golf. 
I can say from experience that the quality is amazing and the items are delivered so fast. 

I love both these pieces so much. The texture and fit of the shirt is awesome. 

Here are some looks I put together from the site. Let's just say I want it ALL! 

Leggings / Bra / Sweatshirt (LOVE)

Barrington locals! Game Set is having a pop-up shop at Tensile Strength Studio (in Foundry) on Friday, April 5th 9:30am-11:30am. I will be there after class and cannot wait to check everything out in person! See you there! 



Weekend Shopbop Sale

Whoohoo it is the weekend! 
Is it sad that my favorite part of the weekend is not having to get everyone ready and out the door in the morning? Mornings are best spent lazing about and drinking coffee, so thank goodness for Saturdays. 
And maybe a little online shopping? 
Shopbop is having their BIG SALE until midnight Sunday. 
You save 15%-25% on the entire site with code GOBIG19

Here are some of the things in my cart and with entire site on sale, I am sure you will find even more things to love. 

1. You all loved these wedges from my instagram post. They come in beige and black too. SO great. These are a little easier on the wallet. 
2. Been eyeing this leopard dress for awhile. Such a statement piece. This one too. 
3. The cutest blazer for under $100! Also comes in navy. 
4. LOVE this sweater. Comes in blue and black too. 
5. Affordable satin pajamas. So lux. These are a fave too. 
6. The BEST cover up. Also comes in black and white. 
7. This sweet dress is everything
8. These skinny jeans have a cult following and I am jumping on it. 
9. This sneaker/boot would be the perfect shoe to round out winter into spring
10. The happiest beach/pool bag there ever was
11. Give me all the puff sleeve sweaters, please. 

Happy Weekend! 


Easy Breezy Vacation Dresses

Hi! Back from Mexico and it was so nice to be away. We went to Cabo and once again just loved every minute. If you have not been, it really is the best. Beautiful resorts, delicious restaurants, but more than anything the people there are the most gracious and lovely. If you need any recs, let me know! 
Packing for this trip I stuck almost exclusively to light dresses that were comfy, but fun. Easy to pack and wear during the day for walking around or at night with wedges for a nice dinner.  One piece dressing takes any stress of packing and what to wear out of the equation so you can enjoy your time away. 
And with Spring Break coming up I figured you would need some vacay dresses too. So I picked a bunch that would be so fun for any warm weather locale and will slide you right into Summer if it ever comes. 

Most of these are from Shopbop, which is having a huge sale. Use code GOBIG19

Click on the image for details! 


Oscars 2019: Best & Worst Dressed

I was over on my Insta Stories last night doing full commentary on the Oscar red carpet and LOVED hearing all your feedback too. I used to watch these events with my friends roommates for years. Take out, cheap wine, and snarky banter. Man I miss those days! So talking about it real time with all of you feels a bit of the same and I love it. But let's dive a little deeper, shall we? 

This is my top best dressed. After seeing it on stage and seeing the detail it was magical. The embroidery is gorgeous and that fabric floats around her like a dream. I think she should have done something with her hair at least a bit, and this pose is hilarious, but otherwise perfection. 

Pink was definitely THE color of the night. I know Kacey's ruffles are controversial, but I really loved it. Lucy's purple looked regal and just dark enough for her. Gemma's dress I went back and forth on because of the fabric, but really it is AMAZING. This pale pink could not have been a more perfect color and fit to a t. 

Molly has never looked better, those cut outs bug a bit though. Emilia's dress was SO much better on stage. I hate when that is the truth, but it was better under stage light but still beautiful. I do not love the trim on the top of Constance's dress, but the color and cut is gorgeous. Love the red lip a la Michelle Williams. 

Octavia has the best stylist in town. Always looks so great! Marie Kondo was there for I am not sure what reason, but she looks gorg! Regina looked flawless and the styling was on point. 

Queen Latifa's dress is really cool. And Glenn slays in this caped gold number. Gaga looked incredible, but I am not sure I really loved it. Kind of boring. 

Brie looked insane. Did not love the hair and her dress gapped a bit of the side, but she looked amazing. Helen can DO NOT WRONG in my book. And I am forgetting this sweet lady's name, but I loooove her style. 

J. Lo is an enigma as we know in this amazing Tom Ford. I saw her hair on stage and it did not even look real. How dies she get it that shiny?! This is Tina's best look to date, perfect in every way for her. Jennifer looked amazing in this architectural red. You know I love a ruffle. 

I know not everyone will love Emma's dress, but it was amazing. The beading is crazy good and this is so her. Allison looks SO GOOD. I love this and her so much. Sarah's dress is so good. Different, but makes sense and again hot pink was the color of choice. 

Now on to the BAD...
I want to like this pink ruffle because Linda looked SO happy in it. But it just came off as a mess. Guilana, really there are no words for how lame this is. Marias dress is bananas. Literally. And her orange mermaid hair is not cute. 

Lisa is pretty flawless and her quirk gets her far, but this is strange on a new level. Red lace overlay is a tough look and this much of it is even tougher. Rachel went for something avant garde and it misses big time. The plastic top is such a head scratcher. 

Laura's beauty, hair and jewels are amazing, but this dress is so strange. Retro in a bad way and the color is what? Brown? Maya is so cool and funny. This was just too much print and over look. Maybe in a solid it would have worked. And Charlize. I love parts of this, but as a whole it completely falls apart. So covered up, the severe hair, the high neck, the strange fit of it all. Not great. 

What do you think????


What I am Packing

To say that I am pysched on a vacation is a huge understatement. I need some sunshine, quiet, and endless chips and salsa. The quiet will be attainable since the kids are staying home. Which as anyone that travels with kids knows makes it an actual vacation, not just a trip. I love my kids, but mama needs a break from doing all the things. 

I am bringing a mix of new finds and my tried and true staples. 

1. Just got this Le Specs and I LOVE them. Oversized, seriously mirrored, and I love the neutral tone. 
2. These pool slides are an investment, but I wear them everywhere. And you cannot go wrong with these
3. This Sunscreen Oil is approved by my dermo and apparently amazing. Cannot wait to try it out. 
4. Hands down my favorite bikini and it is on sale in so many colors. 
5. A new sun hat with an extra parge brim and perfect shape. 
6. My favorite high waisted jeans shorts to pair with tees. 
7. A pretty cover up in a style I buy over and over again. This too. 
8. Just got this cloud paint from Glossier and I love the sweet hue it gived my cheeks. 
9. A wild new one piece swimsuit
10. I have this dress in red and love it. You feel instantly chic and the fit is so flattering. 
11. I love tan towels to bronze up my face since I cover it from the sun most of the time. 
12. And I use this magic powder for face sunscreen. If you do not own this, GET IT. It works so well, is super waterproof/sweatproof, and worth every penny. This size lasts a long time. 
13. These rubber Valentinos are perfect for packing. They can easily be worn to the beach and then later again for dinner. Loving these too. 

Make sure to follow me on Instagram and I will post from my trip! 


Current Favorites

I find there is a need to check in with myself a bit more this time of year. Do you? The grayness, the cold, the lack of fresh air can rake a bit on anyone. So I am trying to hygge and cook and watch things that are funny and play games with my kids and check in with friends. Because anyone can find themselves in a darker space than they would like when you are literally in a dark place. 
So these little favorite posts are always fun and light and I hope give someone else a bright spot even if they did not even know they needed it. 
Take care of yourselves friends, the sunshine will be back soon(ish). A few favorite things...

1. I have shared my love of this serum before, but this gel is its nighttime sibling. And it leaves my skin SO soft and glowy the next day. Using it 2x week. If you want both, this bundle is such a deal. 
2. Our guest room is currently getting a make over and I need a cute but affordable rug (doesn't everybody?!) I am loving the texture and color of this pretty rug
3. Have you watched Friends From College on Netflix? Matt and I plowed through it in less than a week and loved it. Funny, a little dark, but relatable for us 30/40somethings. 
4. Dylan's Candy Bar tackle boxes are the perfect assortment of gummies for your kids, teachers, or anyone that has a sweet tooth. 
5. I love tiny little earrings right now and these would be the perfect Valentine's gift. For yourself obviously. 
6. I get so many messages about these boots, but these Inuikii are half the price and so cute! Come in brown too. 
AH, there's two 6s! Ha
6. As a face picker I cannot help myself, but these little patches are helping me not pick and delete those little blemishes I hate. 
7. Everyone is LOVING this sweater and it comes in a pretty green and black too. Fave buy in awhile. 
8. If you have a trip coming up, it is Baby Foot time. You need a full week, but this foot mask goes on in a hour and you will NOT BELIEVE how much skin comes off your feet. 
9. Oh hi pretty pajamas for a holiday that I do not really care about but will certainly buy cute pajamas for. 



Sun's Out, Buns In

As I sit here in the Antarctic, I mean Chicago, there is no way I cannot think to a planned getaway next month. Because honestly that is what is getting me through these long winter days. 

ps: my kids are also here ALL OF THE TIME. And I love them and their little heavy bodies cuddled up with me on the couch, but one can only watch so many movies, bake so many cookies, and watch them fry their brains for many hours of ipad time for so long. We love and appreciate you, teachers! Can't wait to see you soon! 

Anyway, back to the daydreaming. 
While imagining the pool time and sunshine, the one thought that can be tough is the swimsuit sitch. I do not know if I am just getting older, but are all the swimsuits getting smaller? I mean all of them. Not just the suits that are clearly made for a 19 year old, I mean the "mom" suits too. Too high of cuts and "cheeky" bottoms are not great for basically every person on this earth minus two percent of the population under 30 and a Kardasian. I prefer my buns a bit more covered, mostly because it is more flattering and also because the inevitable wedgie is not a great look for a mom running after a kid. 
Is this just me? Or are you with me? 
Now I am not saying let's go full grandma, but just enough coverage to be comfy and not embarrass our kids. So I searched through to find all the cutest suits that have style for days but you can also rock with complete confidence and not worry too much about that cute bum of yours. 

1. Literally called the "unicorn" of suits it is so flattering. Comes in lots of colors. / 2. Such a cute Striped Bikini. Top & Bottom / 3. Obsessed with this ruffle one piece, on sale! / 4. By far my most favorite bikini of all time. Top & Bottom / 5. A sporty cut bikini in a fun print / 6. My friends all RAVE about this rouched one piece. Also comes in solids / 7. This high waist number is so cute and comfy. Top & Bottom / 8. Marysia is such an investment, but absolutely worth it. The fit is perfection. Also comes in black / 9. I own this one shoulder and LOVE it / 10. Seamless high waist in a cute heart print / 11. This cross back suit is so good / 12. A sweet red suit (This one is cute too)



Show the Love: V Day Tops For You & Your Kids

With snow days turning busy schedules upside down, I thought it best to focus on something fun. Like wearing something cute to show some love. 
And with Valentine's Day approaching, there is the perfect excuse to sport something with a touch of kitsch. Something that I do not normally do, as I find most shirts with quotes or graphics not great. BUT, in the spirit of love, I am into it. 
Hearts and love for you and your littles. 



4 Winter Trends You Can Actually Wear

As we see all of the trends roll in each season, it can be tough to actually implement them. Many come and go and I do not given them a second thought. But some come that are fun or special enough to work their way in. 

This winter the four that I am sporting, in small doses of course, are faux fur coats, headbands, puff sleeve tops, and the almost dad sneaker. 

The faux fur coat is really just an excuse to look and feel your absolute coziest. The faux furs are SO so soft and are coming in the sweetest colors and cuts. 

I am currently channeling Blair Waldorf on the reg and I am LOVING it. A headband is a great way to get another day out of a hair wash and a fun way to jazz up the boring winter uniform of leggings and sweaters. 

The puff sleeve is one of my favorites in awhile, BUT beware of the too puffy shirt. I am talking a sweet little puff of the shoulder and not a while lot else, ladies. 

And lastly, the dad sneaker. Look, I am not on board with the crazy chunky pairs. But I can get on board with a pair of sneakers that can give me a little lift with a retro feel. 

Here are a few of each of these cute trends that are easily added into your closet. Make sure you are following me on Instagram as I will be posting more outfits sporting these fun trends. 

1.  Faux Fur Coat, comes in other colors $148 / 2. Knotted Headband, comes in lots of colors $18 / 3. Sweet Striped Puff Sweater $88 / 4.  Leopard Bow Headband $10 / 5. White Reeboks $75 / 6. Pink Nikes $130 / 7. Off the Shoulder Sweater $98 / 8. Velvet Puff Sleeve Top $18  / 9. Twisted Headband $25 / 10. Oversized Coat $130 / 11. Navy Sneakers $80 / 12. Leopard Coat $128 / 13. Pearl Headband $150 / 14. Pink Faux Fur Coat $168 / 15. Striped Puff Sleeve Sweater $180 / 16. Platform Pumas $80



One for Dinner, One for the Freezer: Rigatoni with Sausage

Do you cook every night? God bless you if you do. I actually love to cook, but the scheduling, preparing, and cleaning can get to be too much. I average about 4 times a week, with one of those being scrambled eggs for dinner (my favorite). 
What saves the day more than anything is when I have something homemade and frozen that can be popped in the oven for dinner. I high five myself when one of these gems is discovered in the freezer drawer and ready to be heated and devoured. 
Any recipe that makes a lot can be one of these meals for you too.  This and this can be doubled and are delicious. 
And this new recipe below I put together is SO good and cozy. The perfect meal to tuck into on a cold day and a total crowd pleaser. 

Rigatoni with Sausage 
Adapted from Ina Garten's Cooking for Jeffrey
Makes two dinners for 6 people

3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 large onions, chopped
3 lbs of Italian Sausage (spicy, mild, or sweet is great), casings removed
4 cloves of garlic, minced
salt and pepper
2 cups dry white wine
1 - 28oz can crushed tomatoes
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 pounds rigatoni

Chopped Parsley 
Crushed Red Pepper 
Grated Parm (this is kind of mandatory)

1. Heat the olive oil in a very large dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. 

2. Add the sausage and cook about 10 minutes until nicely browned, crumbling with a fork or spoon as it cooks. 

3. Add the garlic, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 2 teaspoons of pepper, stir and cook for one minute. 

4. Pour in the wine, bring to a boil, and add the heavy cream, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste. 

5. Bring back to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the sauce has thickened up. Taste at end and adjust seasoning if needed. 

6. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, very large! Add a bunch of salt and a glug of olive oil. Cook the pasta according to the box instructions, drain and add to the sauce, and stir to coat the pasta. 

7. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes to allow the pasta to soak up the sauce. 

8. Serve up the pasta in big bowls, garnishing with parsley, red pepper, and parm if you would like. 

9. Take half of the pasta and place in a casserole or gratin dish. Sprinkle with lots of parmasan and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Stick it in the freezer or bring to a friend. 

10. To reheat the frozen one, bake at 375 for 45-60 minutes until bubbling and hot. 



Sweats Weather

These last few weekends have been uneventful. 
Cold, Gray, and now snowy. 
Which normally would be something to complain about. But I am into it. 
Were basically hermits with unlimited screen time and countless meals of pizza. And if there was ever a uniform to go with that vibe, it would be the sweatsuit. 
And I am not just talking about a sweatshirt and sweatpants, I am talking a matched set. 
Because if you are going to go for it, you better go for it. Plus, the matched set looks pretty damn cute at Starbucks, drop off, and even over to a friends to hang. Oh yes, you can sport it out of the house friends. Just add cozy sneaks, mules, or fuzzy boots. 

1. Dying over this and it comes in lots of colors. Top & Bottom 
2. The softest material and flattering cut. Top & Bottom 
3. LOVE the stars. Also comes in pink. Top & Bottom 
4. This one is SO soft. Comes in other colors Top & Bottom
5. This Monrow number is on super sale. Top & Bottom 
6. Take it to a new level in CASHMERE! Top & Bottom 
7. Target FTW. Comes in lots of colors. Top & Bottom
8. Camo set for the win and on sale! 
9. I love the cut of both of these from H&M. Top & Bottom
10. Sporty, but put together. Top & Bottom

Happy Lounging. 


J. Crew Super Sale

I have a pretty tight policy that I only buy items that are on sale fro J. Crew
Because they ALWAYS DO. 
But this sale is by far the best they ever have had. I ordered so many things for under $200 it was insane. And things that I absolutely love, including some of those J. Crew staples that are on heavy rotation year round. 70% off already reduced sale items, plus 25% everything else. 
Use code GOFORIT
Bonus: This includes all men and kids
Here are my picks for you and a few of things that I ordered. 



Let's Go Bold

Fresh start to a new year and the start of what is usually a minimalist vibe.
 Resolutions, diets, home organization. 
That is all well and good, but I am BORED. 
I want color and fun and wacky to start the year. It is cold and gray and lame for the next three months, so let's at least have some fun with it.
Mix up some unexpected colors, throw on a print you would usually never wear, and try a bold lip. 
So when everyone else is gabbing about their hours organizing closets to find joy and new keto diets, you are laughing and smiling and joy-ing the hell out of the year full of life and color. 
To help you on your GO BOLD journey, here are some cute ideas to get you started.  

1. The best blue sweater / 2. A bright bag that can be worn many ways / 3. A pink faux fur coat / 4. a wide striped shirt for everything / 5. A marigold sweatshirt that says "love" / 6. Obsessed with this green striped sweater / 7. Cool green mirrored sunglasses / 8. Red hoops that instantly make life more fun / 9. Coral Golden Gooses on SALE! / 10. A pink puffer is always a good idea / 11. A soft and cozy blue coat / 12. A bright green sweater with fun sleeves / 13. I just bought these coated jeans and LOVE them / 14. A leopard dress to make any dinner/event so much more fun / 15. Blue suede shoes, because duh / 16. Worship this satchel/backpack that comes in a ton of colors  



Best Buys of 2018

Happy New Year! 
I was planning on writing something reflective and deep and then was over it. ha 
SO much happened this year and yet nothing that was not overcome or not enjoyed to its fullest extent. 
So good and bad, we can handle it, right? 
At least I hope to keep that feeling going into 2019. 
Stay active, eat healthy most some of the time, laugh with friends, appreciate family, and enjoy these kids before they get too big to want to hang out. 
And when the bad stuff happens, it is going to be fine. 
Seriously, it will. 

Looking back on the blog this year, I have to say there were times I was working on it and just did not feel that it was worth keeping up. But then per usual, you all surprise me by clicking around and showing me that you are still there and enjoying it. So thank you SO much! You are what motivates me to keep it up and as I expand my real estate and design services this year (exciting stuff!), I hope to bring you a better site and instagram experience to encompass it all. 

I know you all love the posts with the hidden gems, best values, and life hack type products. So I thought I would round up my favorite and most used buys of 2018. Would love to hear some of your favorite buys in comments!

1. A few drops of this magical serum each morning actually makes a difference in my skin. Less wrinkles and a bit of a glow. 
2. GUYS, if you do not own these faux leather leggings, BUY THEM. They are magic and absolutely anyone can pull them off. 
3. This open front sweater blazer has been on rotation all year. With jeans, dresses, leggings, everything. Comes in other colors and is on mega sale. 
4. So I am an eye cream enthusiast and this one is the real deal. Worth the investment, friends. 
5. This red wine mouth blocker came with me everywhere this year. Easy to put on and completely works! 
6. These faux suede leggings are AMAZING. They look like real suede and are basically free. Also come in other colors. 
7. This non-foundation foundation is the best light, but full coverage make up I have ever used. One little dot added to your regular moisturizer creates the perfect tinted moisturizer. 
8. I make a big latte in the morning and this keeps me caffeinated well until lunch by staying warm. It also actually fits in the cup holder of my car and comes in cute colors. 
9. These block heel sandals are super comfortable, come in a million colors at a great price. Love them more than most of my pricier shoes and going to order the closed toe version too. 
10. These boot cut cropped jeans feel like pajamas and look cute with any shoes. On sale. 
11. These Valentino sandals are plastic, but you cannot tell in person. So you can sport them to the pool or dinner just the same. 
12. I have noticed a difference in my skin and hair, tummy, and general health since putting a scoop of collagen in my coffee. It is totally tasteless too. 
13. This sun hat is the best. Albeit a little grandma-ish, it packs easy, keeps you cool, and blocks a lot of sun from face and chest. 
14. For those like me that loathe an underwire, this bra will change your life. 
15. Custom canvas totes are the answer to every bag problem you have for yourself and your kids. Love all the sizes and you cannot beat the price point. 



The Best Designer Post Holiday Sales!

So we made it. Wow, it was something, right? This year I tried to take a step back and not go crazy with anything. The schedules, the commitments, the presents, the cooking. Of course, it was all still madness but a hair less, which made for slightly less stress. And in all the very best parts were laughing with friends, feasting with family, and seeing the happiness in my kids through it all. 

Now you would think that shopping is the least of what anyone is thinking about, but actually it is one of the best times! So many sites have crazy good sales that include some of the best designers. I rounded up a few items from each site, but be sure to browse around for your favorites because I assure you they are there. So Netflix and chill and gift yourself a pat on the back. 

1. Valentino / 2. Tom Ford  / 3. Chloe (obsessed) / 4. Balenciaga / 5. Charlotte Olympia (obsessed) / 6. Joesph / 7. Alexandre Birman / 8. Valentino / 9. Maje / 10. Isabel Marant (best boots I own!) / 11. Proenza Schouler / 12. Valentino / 13. Mui Mui / 14. Veronica Beard / 15. Valentino (or these) / 16. Self Portrait / 17. Alexandre Birman / 18. Golden Goose (or these) / 19. Aquazarra  



2018 Gift Guide: The Lux List

Last gift guide of the season! 
You can see the rest of them here for other ideas at every price point. 
This of course is the drool worthy list. Investment pieces that will feel so special and last for many seasons. 
If anyone needs any help (I am looking at you, boys) with selecting. Email me

2. A classic and soft wool coat by Ganni
6. A pink Ganni puffer
7. New chic luggage
8. The coolest backpack/satchel by Senereve (other colors)
9. New soft, lux, organic cotton sheet sets approved by Gwyneth 
12. A throwback Gucci tote 
13. A Mason Pearson brush for the hair obessed
14. Gucci mules (other colors)
15. Diamond huggies, love
16. Platform Golden Goose sneakers
17. A beautiful Gucci wallet
18. Oversized Chloé sunglasses 

Happy Gifting everyone! 


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