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



My Picks: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

 Today is the start of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. There are thousands of items for sale, which is overwhelming to say the least. I sifted through it and there really are some great pieces that would be perfectly teed up for Fall. 

1. Could basically wear this Rebecca Taylor sweater every day / 2. Spanx faux leather leggings to feel like a (skinny) bad ass / 3. Love a ruffle shirt, comes in other prints too / 4. Is that cashmere? Also this one for less  / 5. Rails makes the softest, most flattering flannels / 6. This Topshop cardy is adorable / 7. I WORSHIP these sweats and wear them at home and out and about / 8. A ladylike Kate Spade sweater / 9. A sweatshirt dress to live in / 10. The perfect black pant (this one is also so great) / 11. This Marc Jacobs rugby is my fave / 12. A sweet Rebecca Taylor shirt dress

Many of my favorite coats have come from this sale, these would be nice additions.
1. Crushing on this puffer / 2. This utility jacket has a great shape and comes in black / 3. A classica blazer from J. Crew / 4. A posh bomber jacket by Vince / 5. A draped leather you will wear to death / 6. This classic Mackage military coat is so good

Classic boot and sneak options 
1. An over the knee boot for under $200 / 1. Love this update to the gazelle / 3. Love a platform sneak and these come in a bunch of colors / 4. Tory Riding boots  are a classic 

Happy shopping. 


Summer Jumper

Summer events are kind of the best for dressing up. Warm weather, outdoor venues, and casual cocktail dress codes make is easy to have some fun with your look. Case in point, this wide leg jumpsuit that caught my eye a couple months back. 


Probably one my favorite looks this year and something I had never worn before. (Clutch is Edie Parker on sale, this one is also on sale and so cute)

This is the exact one I am wearing and it also comes in in white and blue, which I love. 

There are so many other cute wide leg jumpsuits right now, so I rounded up a ton of options so we can go wide leg all Summer long. 

For casual cocktail or dinner out, I love these
From Left: Strapless pink is so cute / cannot go wrong with a stripe / little stars and slightly cropped LOVE and could be dressed up or down / white swiss dot with ties is so great. 

These prints are fun 
From Left: This off the shoulder does every trend right now so well / love a sweet little floral print / but love a big floral even better / this cold shoulder looks comfy but put together. 

Loving this cropped trend to mimic a culotte
1. HELLO LOVER. Obsessed  / 2. How sweet is this denim option??? / 3. This simple playsuit is so chic / 4. This cold shoulder striped number would be so cute for summer days / 5. This black one is perfection / 6. Flattering stripes 

This look works so well for more formal events as well. So unexpected
From Left: The drape on this one shoulder is SO GOOD (also comes in white) / Love a green moment  / This black looks comfy and effortless  / Super wide legs and polka dots / White with a hint of black, love it

From Left: Love the take on a white shirt and trousers with this one / A fresh take on a simple spaghetti strap evening dress / A flattering cut and just enough skin / This red is a knockout. love / Also love the tie and deep v of this one



New Bedtime Routine

While Summer has been nothing but sweet, it has also been plenty of busy. By the end of the day there is nothing more that I would like than a great nights sleep so I can repeat all that sweetness. So in an effort to make bedtime a bit better, I made some upgrades. 

The sheets that I ordered from Brooklinen are divine. Cool and soft and just the right weight. Obsessed and worth every penny. 
I have always been an eye mask girl and ordered my third anti-aging set which always helps with that early morning light (now if only I can do something about the birds). 
My hands and feet have been ravaged by Summer and this Avene Hand cream is divine. 
Lastly, I splurged on some silk Pjs. But these are washed silk because I live in the real world. They are so light and airy, plus show just enough skin for your man but appropriate enough to be seen in by my kids. 

Do you have any bedtime routine loves right now? 


Pretty Patriot

I am not one for too much theme, but no one can resist getting patriotic for the fourth. There is still plenty of time for the perfect looks to come for your long weekend (thank goodness for free 2 day shipping), which I am sure includes lots of events. I put together seven looks to cover it all and loving so much of it. 

The one shoulder ruffle is super on trend. Tucked into this nautical-esque skirt and this super cute clutch would be perfect with flats for day and heels at night. 

I have been eyeing this wide leg jumpsuit for along time, so chic and flattering. Love it with some retro shades, the cult clutch that is back in stock, and fun fringed slides

Combining the one shoulder and gingham trend is fun. I love this sweet strawberry clutch (on sale) with these amazing block heels (on sale) for a night out. 

This shirt dress looks so comfy and pairing it with a navy cross body and chic flat sandals will get you through a long Summer day. 

A romper that is cute enough for you, but easy enough to wear while chasing kids is a winner. Love this red fold over oversized clutch (or in cross body) with wedges that will give you legs for days (on sale). 

Go seriously All American in gold mirrored aviators, shorts that look like a skirt, a tie front stripe top with the cutest star sneakers (on sale). 

And I love this ruffled stripe dress, looks comfy. Dress it up with an investment (but practical) cross body, and fun flowered slides. 



The Summer Clothes You Will Wear to Death

There are those pieces, those work horses in your closet, that make them worth every darn penny. You know which ones they are and some are looking a little sad. I know mine are, but those clothes are exactly what I need. Not the trendy top I wore once, the dress I love but is too short to handle kids with, or that jumpsuit that can only be worn for the most specific of occasions. So I am concentrating on those "going to wear to its death" pieces and not because they are not interesting or do not have details that feel fresh. But because they are easy to throw on, make a statement, and could be worn almost anywhere this Summer. Best part is I found all of these options at Nordstrom for under $200. Most way, way under that. 

1. The one shoulder ruffle is definitely the top of the season. Love this blue color, also this stripe, and classic white
2. Sweet little block heels that are not too high. 
3. A light knit dress that would look just as good with sneaks as it would heels. 
4. This top would no doubt get tons of play all Summer long. With shorts or jeans. 
5. Stretchy, silky shorts to wear with any top you own. 
6. A go to, high quality stripe tee dress is always a win
7. A fancy update to the classic slide you could get away with wearing to dinner. These are also classic. 
8. This ruffle wrap skirt is a statement, but so easily paired with a tank or tee, then flats or heels depending on where you headed. 
9. These capped toe espadrilles from Tory Burch are great dressed up or down. 
10. A silky top is the easiest thing to grab for a night out. Just mix it up with what you wear on the bottom. Comes in other colors too. Don't forget this so you can ditch the strapless. 
11. I lived in a cotton romper last year that is no longer available. This one would be a cute update. 
12. Got to love a drawstring short and a simple stripe paired with a tee is an instant look. 
13. I do not think I could be any more obsessed with this long dress.
14. Taking your lounge look to a higher level with this long sleeve tee
15. A chambray dress that will always feel comfy. 
16. Another top that would look great with pretty much anything on the bottom. Especially white jeans. (think I am into stripes? geez)
17. Nude sandals that go with everything in a comfy block heel. 



Everything But the Suit

How was your long weekend? We played outside, drank cold drinks in the sunshine with friends, and hit up the pool. Which while getting dressed and packed for made me realize that I could use some more of what is really important for pool time. All the things to cover up. ha Seriously though, the cover up over your suit, the sunglasses, and the hat are great for sun protection and are what makes it an actual outfit. 

Love the boho vibe of these
1. Classic print in a great length / 2. Love the sweet silhouette of this blue dress. 3. This romper could go from pool to dinner easily / 4. Great mixed print dress on sale / 5. This romper would be perfect on hot days

And a couple of takes on the maxi/poolside romper
From left: Wide leg jumpsuit I want to wear every day/ Equally this one as it looks beyond comfortable / This maxi is super light and comes in a bunch of colors

Some fun prints 
From left: Tie dye will always scream Summer to me / This breezy black and white would be fun / The cutest and most comfortable dress for $62 / You can wear this off shoulder or not, great pool to dinner. 

Love a good stripe on light linen
From left: Gauzy stripes and off the shoulder greatness / I had another version of this tunic and loved it / Love this Lemlem that is on sale

And white always looks great in the Summer
From Left: Love this simple trapeze dress / Sweet details on this romper / This dress has the best texture to is and love the ties

I love my always on pair of shades, but really want to find a fun pair for the pool
1. Stars for Summer couldn't be anymore perfect / 2. Such a sucker for a good retro moment  / 3. Crushing on white shades right now / 4. This shape will always be my jam and I love the size of them 

 Mirrored is still the thing and great by water
1. Cool shape / 2. Love the shape of these and the colors / 3. Dying over these pink mirrored glasses, also come in black / 4. Cool girl glasses for $50, also come in blush / 5. classic shape with mirror is perfect / 6. Oversized, mirrored and under $100

And  maybe most important part, protecting that sweet face of yours from the sun. (Because melasma, whose with me?)
1. Simple, but love the white / 2. Lots of coverage, but not as hot in this visor / 3. Love the shape of this braided hat / 4. An oversized Panama / 5. This is the back view of this oversized visor / 6. Have it and love it, great price too. (this one is too)



Price is Right Summer Looks

Yes, it has been awhile. And I can now tell you that my absence is mostly because we are coming to the end of a long renovation on our home. It has been seven months long and we just moved back in. I promise that I will be sharing little snippets and eventually full photos, so make sure to follow me on Instagram and check back in. 

My internet traffic has been mostly to home sites and amazon as of late, but I did notice that Shopbop just put thousands of new items on sale. thousands And you bet your ass I spent way too much precious time scoping it out when I could have been doing countless other things. But, I know where my priorities are and time sucking them on Shopbop is at the top. ha
I put some looks together for us...

This gingham dress looks so comfy, but chic / Love the tassels and white of this Loeffler Randall / Hot pink shoes are always a good idea

Super light jeans are a great alternative to white / Love this embroidered top / The copper color of these slides is so cool

Worship these Hudson skinnies  / I like this update to the off shoulder trend / The straps on these sandals are so flattering

Victoria Beckham amazingness in this flutter dress / This pink bag is a three in one / I always loved these lace up star sandals

 A super soft romper / A straw tote for every day all Summer / Winking espadrilles seem like a need 

An easy off the shoulder dress you will wear to death / This bag is a tote and a backpack. LOVE  / Black and white Vince are so good

I am a sucker for a smocked maxi /  Love the color of this little cross body / The classic Stuart Weitzman wedges in navy 

The most elegant sequin dress I have ever seen / Been coveting one of these Edie Parkers for awhile. This one is cheeky too / Love these sweet block heels 

xo Erin



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