Current Favorites

What are your days looking like recently? As someone who loves structure, the weeks have had anything but which throws so much off. More than anything my mood. Add a little stress and then life can feel strange and off and like you are ready to come out the other side of something you did not even know you were in. Anyone else???
This week has not been sunnier weather wise, but certainly helping me feel more grounded even in a sea of chaos (hello recital week). So I am enjoying little things like hearing my kids belt out a song in the backseat (even if it is Jojo wtf), finding a good show to watch with the hubs we BOTH like (Bosch - Amazon Video), and the killer sunsets these Spring evenings have given us. Because really it is all those little things that help us come up for air when things are feeling not quite right. 
Here are some other things that are making me happy and maybe can bring a little sun to you too. 

1. Dubbed the "perfect" rain coat that comes in many colors. You know, for all the rain. 
2. P50, you guys. I really need to do an entire post on this, but this stuff is PURE MAGIC. Local Btown folks you can check it out here. 
3. Topped into the charming shop of my talented friend, Kate Marker, and picked up a couple of these sweet plants. And while you know I love my real deals, having a few good fauxs around is even better. 
4. Currently on my audible is this gem. I have been listening to a lot of WWII setting novels and this one is one of the top. 
5. How sweet are these little star studs?!
6. My skin is weirdly dry and the only lotion that is working is this thick CeraVe lotion. I slather it on immediately post shower and it lasts forever. 
7. These jeans are a REVELATION. You know when you come home and immediately get into sweats? Well the other night while wearing these soft babies I did not have to. Seriously, they are ultra soft, keep their shape, and the perfect high waist/slim leg/cropped fit! This wash is on sale. 
8. All I want to wear are long dresses and jumpsuits, maybe every day forever. This jumpsuit seems like the perfect one to live in. Or this
9. Just ordered these cute leather slides that look so lux but wait until you see the price tag. Also in black. 
10. Yellow is loud and proud and I want these leggings so I can feel that every day when I pretend I am going to work out. 



Net-a-Porter Spring Sale Picks

While so much on the Net-a-Porter site can feel out of reach, their spring sale makes it a lot easier to make some of those investments in designer items. Shoes, bags, dresses to wear all summer, you name it you can get it at 25% off (applied at checkout) this week! 
All the thousands of pieces on sale can be found here (make sure you are logged in), or click the links below for my picks! 

Happy Shopping xoxo

Click links in products below! 


3 Fresh Living Room Designs - And an Annoucement!

The heaviness of winter is finally melting away and spaces inside can use a little spring-y touch. I am just finishing my living room, which I cannot WAIT to share, but in the meantime I thought I would put together some pretty spaces in case you could use a little refresh too. These are three very different designs that you could use in a family room or living room.  I am a huge fan of mixing materials, textures, and prints to keep things interesting and meld feminine with masculine. These spaces have a little of each and I love them. 

And local Barrington friends, I have quietly opened a design arm to my business (yay!). I am beyond lucky to be working on projects with amazing clients who trust me to make their spaces beautiful. My real estate business has always been a passion and adding design only adds to that. 
From buying and selling, large renovations to selecting a rug, assisting clients with whatever their needs are and seeing them happy in the end is the best job a girl could have. Contact me if you need help or want to talk real estate! 

Now back to these pretty spaces! 

I love the mix of modern farmhouse with this femme rug. And that book case is bananas good! 

This is such a pretty room! Adding a little dark wood and comfy navy chair means your man will like sitting in here as well. 

And I might have saved the best for last. This feels very grown up and refined without being stuffy. I like throwing in this fun honeycomb light fixture and tulip table to keep it less fussy. 



Shopbop Sale!

This week has already been one of those head barely above water ones and it is only Wednesday. Anyone else? 
A nice reprieve/distraction/simple joy within the madness is a suprise Shopbop sale
Pretty things that happen to be 20-25% off can really perk a girl up. 
This sale covers the entire site, so it is time to clear out those carts and grab some cute new pieces for these sunny Spring days ahead. 
Use the code EVENT19 at checkout! 
Here are some of my picks and my previous post was all styled from Shopbop as well, so you can see lots more there! 

1. I just bought this dress and LOVE it / 2. Pretty, flowy bodysuit. Also in black / 3. An amazing suitcase set / 4. A flattering blue linen dress / 5. How cool are these sneakers??? / 6. Obsessed with these black heels / 7. LOVE this red jumpsuit  / 8. Killer star earrings / 9. Always have loved this belt bag / 10. A chic white dress / 11. Boho dress at its best / 12. The best cover up. Also in black and navy / 13. Green Mirrored Sunglasses / 14. These ropey block heels are so good. 



Five Fresh Looks For Spring

There is a reason that spring is the season of fresh, clean starts. All that dirty snow has disappeared, the mounds of dirty wet clothes have disappeared from the back door, and sweet little green buds have begun to change the entire palette of your once brown yard. Take a deep breath and enjoy, you made it! 
Fun, fresh spring looks are also a right of passage into this sunshine (and rosé filled) season. Pastels, whites, open toes, floral everything, and wovens are all ready to be placed firmly in your rotating wardrobe. So here are five fun looks that are a breath of fresh air with a splash of whimsy. 

This dress ($300)! Love the sweet print so much. You could also tie it in the back. Paired with some tortoise shades ($55), a cute woven bag ($172) , and these AMAZING marigold sandals ($136) it is perfect for any event or party. 

A fresh white shirt ($65) looks so good with these cropped straight leg jeans ($98). The white heels ($595) are super chic and gorgeous. These tortoise hoops ($36) are killer and this convertible bag ($98) screams "I am a cool french girl." 

I want to LIVE in this white gauze dress ($246), which IS lined. These mirrored pink glasses ($60) are so great and this bag is a tote/backpack/shoulder bag ($795) that can fit your laptop and all the things. And these white sandals ($175) are giving me Dr. Scholl's vibes in all the right ways. 

I love these pink sandals  ($495) SO much that I had to pair them with two dresses. ha This pink shirt dress ($276) is easy and works for so many occasions or no occasion at all really. And this sweet floral dress  ($290) is comfy, but chic. Add these fun heart hoops ($32) and pink Chloe bag ($1800) to either for a fun look. 

This sweatshirt ($148) has the sweetest neckline that elevates an otherwise boring (but favorite) choice. Paired with these Levi's ($98) that look so flattering and easy to wear with cute sneakers ($140) is the perfect casual outfit. Top with these cute glasses ($59) and the perfect tote ($198) to fit everything and you are set. 

Happy Spring friends! 


Current Favorites

We are deep into Spring Break season. Are you away? 
We are staycationing it this week and so far it has been great. Not having to get everyone ready to leave in the morning is my favorite part. Pajamas til noon! whoohoo
Enjoy your time off wherever you may be and bring some hot temps home with you. 
In the meantime, here is what I am loving right now. 

1. Been looking for a new light jacket for Spring and love this sweet one. Also comes in green. 
2. I love switching up rugs for the new season. The colors of this are SO good. And the price is awesome. 
3. How great is this enamel address sign? Makes any home feel special and a little parisian. 
4. This Glossier Wowder is magic, you guys. It is like you sweep on an insta filter without any heaviness. Just a light powder to blur any imperfections. 
5 My winter slippers are gross. These would be the perfect upgrade. 
6. I am all about the day dress right now. This one will be in heavy rotation as soon as the temp rises above 60. 
7. I am huge Goop Podcast fan. (gwyneth's voice is crazy soothing) I LOVED this episode with Dax Shepard. Never would have thought I would be a fan of his, but I am obsessed with him now. 
8. I am sucker for big dark shades and the price of these is bananas. They are SO good. 
9. I bought these all weather, self watering planters last year on Amazon and am going to get more for my patio. They require no maintenance, look expensive, and a nursery planting fits right in. 



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. 



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