Spring Break Skincare

Are you headed out soon? Whether to the snow or to the sun, skin always need some extra love when you travel. Mine tends to freak out upon arrival, then never really figures itself out again until well after being home. I will bring my usual regime, plus some other products to help me out. Mostly my travel staples revolves around how to avoid a sun burn/aging myself anymore and faking it in the most natural looking way. So besides my trusty (old lady?) hat and shades, these are what I am packing. 

1. I think I write about this sunscreen powder every year. It is THE BEST face sunscreen you will ever use and so long lasting. I wear it everywhere and it stays on while playing outdoors. 
2. These face pads are great for exfoliating and take you from pale af to bronzed up in a matter of hours. Totally natural looking too. 
3. When you want to wear make up, but do not want to wear sunscreen this setting mist is AMAZING. Just spritz after applying your make up and you are covered. 
4. The perfect balm that smells like vacation. 
5. Not organic or fancy, but this face stick is the best for kids. Stays on forever. 
6. Nothing feel fancier  and more soothing than a face mist
7. I am getting that brown lip line action from the sun now, so this lip screen has become a staple. 
8. I know it is probably filled with terrible things for me, but I never streak with Jergens and think the firming actually works a bit. 
9. The reviews for this Jet Lag Mask are raving. and I love the name of the brand, Summer Fridays. 
10. If you have not tried any Ouai hair products, do it! They smell like heaven and work amazingly. Love this travel kit with dry shampoo, wave spray, and hair/body oil. 
11. I wear this absolutely every day. It soothes, has just a hint of tint, and has real protection. 



Wear Now, Wear Later

 This in between-y season is strange. It is sunny and close enough to spring to start wanting to pull the florals and pastels out. But really it is still pretty cold. At least here it is. 
So if you want to buy something, you want it be fresh for now but last until well into Summer. All of these pieces can be worn in both colder temps now and paired with lighter items later. 
And perfect  for you Spring Breakers. 

1. A pretty white blouse always works and pairs as well with jeans as it does with shorts.  / 2. A leather moto jacket in the prettiest blue for layering / 3. Light joggers in to wear with sweaters now and tanks later / 4. A sweet floral dress to pair with tights now and sandals later / 5. White loafer mules to slide on. Comes in other colors  / 6. High waisted pink jeans to wear with bold brights now and summer whites later / 7. Love these white mules / 8. A scalloped sweater that also comes in pink / 9. A striped blouse you will wear to death / 10. Off the shoulder white to wear with everything / 11. Slides and loafers and sandals in one 

1. A soft chambray dress to wear with boots or sandals / 2. A LBD that will always feel comfy and put together  / 3. A knit shell that looks chic with black pants or jean shorts/ 4. A super soft jumpsuit to wear with a leather jacket now and scrappy sandals later / 5. Pull on pants for work that go with everything / 6. Cute kicks to pair with jeans and dresses / 7. Drawstring chambray pants to wear with sweaters now and tanks later / 8. A cozy striped tee to layer now and pull on for breezy nights later / 9. A great green top that will always feel special / 10. Ruffled off the shoulder to layer under a jacket now / 11. Love these soft suede slide on loafers in coral. Comes in other colors. 



Spring Dresses for Every Invitation

Here comes the sun and dress season. 
Thank goodness. So ready to have some pretty little things that get me excited for an event or just a casual meal sitting outside. 
Here are some perfect Spring dresses and the best part is all of them are under $200 with a bunch even under $100.  

Casual options for showers and Spring bbqs...

1. Obsessed with this sweet striped dress / 2. Time to break out the white and I love the exaggerated sleeve / 3. Poplin stripes with just a bit of skin / 4. A feminine silhouette in a sweet stripe

For the slightly dressier event
1. Strapless bow dress in a pink gingham / 2. LOVE this breezy tie front dress, comes in other colors / 3. I am a sucker for a ballet inspired dress in a comfy fabric 

A fun print and silhouette...
1. A sweet floral print and a little ruffle  / 2. Preppy belted gingham / 3. Statement making ruffled floral / 4. A breezy floral jumpsuit 

And for when it calls for cocktail or more formal...
1. A pretty pink sheath / 2. Muted back and white floral / 3. A sweet off the shoulder / 4. Simple but statement making hot pink 



Best & Worst Dressed: Oscars 2018

Did you watch last night? Honestly I watched the show to see the song from The Greatest Showman sung and it was towards the darn end! I digress... 
So I know the Oscars is supposed to be the big show. The one we all wait for and all the dazzle it brings. But this year felt a bit subdued and pulled back. Plain even? Maybe it was because of the recent political and cultural stances that have been taking place on the carpet. But regardless, I missed seeing some real stand out and risky dresses tonight. Even if it is a miss, at least it happened? There were some really beautiful moments though and not too many misses. Although you can be sure I found them and will be pointing them out. 

First My Top Three: 

J. Law is giving us disco queen and I love it. The dress fits perfectly and she really went for the whole vibe. Margot is STUNNING in this white off the shoulder. The fit and drape is beautiful and I love the hair so much. Nicole rarely misses and this was one of those statement dresses I needed. The color is SO good. Even her pose is perfect for it. The hair bugs, but other than that it is perfect. 

Other Favorites: 
Zendaya is so beautiful in this. I think it has a smidge too much volume. But, the entire look from the hair, jewels, tone of dress, I am in love with it. Allison was looking painfully thin on the last carpet, and she may well be still, but is looking more like the girl we love here. Glam hair and makeup with a beautiful classic gown. Jen went for siren and I love it (see ya Ben!). This is exactly the kind of statement she needed to make. I have never seen her this vamped up and it suites her. 

Gal's look is pretty. There is something about it that I do not love, but cannot even put my finger on. She really cannot do wrong and clearly pulls it off. It was gorgeous on stage. Viola does color so well. To wear this color is risky, but the simple silhouette and fun hair and hoops rounds it all out perfectly. The hem of Saiorse's dress is driving me nuts, but the shade of pink is beautiful on her and the bow is the perfect touch. 

Helen is kind of a snooze, but per usual stunning and I love her hair. Laura also kept it so simple. Which I can appreciate, but she could have done something so much better. Her hair is so pretty. Jane is 80. That is all. 

Metallic can be such a good way to go on the carpet, but these missed the mark for me. 
Molly just had baby number 3 I think, so clearly she is an alien. But I think the chest is not doing her justice. Also, why was she there? Lupita's dress goes too costume for me. If this was just a gold lame in an interesting cut I think it would have been stunning. Sandra's hair kills this look for me. It is so severe. And I wish the neck of this did not go up and was a subtle scoop. So minor because clearly she looks amazing, but would have helped. 

Some other lovelies. 
This gorgeous girl's name eludes me, but this is the perfect shade of blush. Keala was in The Greatest Showman which might be on my top 10 fave movie list now. She was amazing and looks so pretty here! Greta pulls off yellow, which is so hard. This has an orange tone and I love it paired with an unexpected red lip. 

These are two head scratchers, but...
This is the dress that Rita wore 50 years ago when she won an Oscar. Which shows that if you wear the right dress it becomes a classic. She rocks. And I KNOW that you will think this on Audrey should be on the absolute bottom, but you guys, I kind of like it! lol The sleeves are a bit much, but it is interesting and she went for it. You think I am insane, right? 

Ok, so my worst dressed of the night...
Selma's dress was clearly a couture gown, but it needed to be reigned in. There is too much and those ruffles on the bottom cheapen it. Whoa there Lindsey. This is like a futuristic saloon girl who wants to punch someone int he face. She should have stayed to her sportiness and showed off that all american girl style she is known for. While I like Emma's suit, it is NOT DRESSY ENOUGH. There is probably a way to do a tuxedo on Oscar night and it could be amazing. This is not it. 

Leslie's is not that bad. Just came off cheesy to me and I did not like the fit of the front. She is the coolest still though. Taraji's dress is just all wrong with too much going on. The draping, mesh and long sleeves with the slit is not a good combo. Oh and Maya. Also a favorite who never gets it right and this blows my mind. I think it is actually a jumpsuit? But it just looks like a bag. With some tailoring this maybe could have been ok???

The worst were not even that bad, right? 
What did you think???


Spring Break Fever

We are deep in the season where you talk about the weather a lot and it is a bummer. So though this post is all about getting out of town, I do try to enjoy my own even in this dirty snow/maybe raining/but always cold time of year. 

Like enjoying that the sun is actually shining past 5pm. 
And magic hour is a thing even in the winter. 
Or jumping in a puddle with one of the kids to make their day. 
And cozy sweaters by fires somewhere with friends. 
Mostly I am complaining, but every so often we make the best of it.

And when I am in the get me out of here head space, I start looking for fun new pieces to enjoy in the warm sun. Hence this heavenly packing list that would be perfect anywhere a pool and cold drinks is involved. And for those of you that live in the desert or by the beach year round, something for your every day closet, you lucky girl. 

1. Love this Ulla Johnson dress for day or night
2. A one piece - two piece hybrid I am digging. This one too
3. A minimalist leather sandal is always so chic
4. A high quality stripe shirt to half tuck into #5
5. The high waisted boyfriend denim shorts that anyone can wear
6. The combo of blue mirrored lenses and tortoise is so good on these glasses
7. DYING over this wide leg jumpsuit. This one too
8. A leopard shirt cover up is unexpected and I like it
9. Valentino slides you can wear every day everywhere. These are great too. 
10. A silk t shirt dress that easily dresses up or down
11. Classic white sneakers that go good with dresses too
12. This ruffle top and hipster bottom are so cute. Also comes in a one piece
13. A chambray baby doll that is easy to eat cheeseburgers in
14. A super sweet yellow gingham dress
15. Pink shades that are just pink enough
16. A ruffled low block heel because who wants to wear high heels on vacay? 



Currently Coveting: For The Home

Spring fever has started, which for a Midwestern is rough. At least two months of cold weather to go, and counting. For those of you in warmer climates, I want to be you. 
With Spring Fever comes the urge to purge, one of my all time favorite hobbies (you wouldn't know it if you saw my kids rooms, but I swear it is true). And the biggest bonus of emptying clutter is seeing the spaces you are in more clearly and what might be added. 
Smartly, of course. 
After the clean out is done, add a few items to enhance your space. And of course make you happy, most importantly. 
Here is what is on my current wish list. 
1. This pretty mirror would bring some whimsy to the dining room. 2. Always on the hunt for a good runner, loving this one 
3. A modern print would add a great mix to usual antique wall art  4. Worship these ceramic canisters for pretty open shelf storage  
5. Mary could use these pink velvet drapes in her room. Other colors and great price  
6. An abstract painting that would bring some color into a space  
7. Blooming magnolia branches before the real thing starts. Silk is also an option, really 
8. Our family room couch needs a refresh. Thinking these bloom and print pillows would be a good mix  
9. A large white washed platter for my coffee table to hold remote/candle/candy 
10. An extra set of silverware in brass is so fun. These are on super sale 
11. Our kitchen has no clock, its weird. This wood one would bring some warmth 
12. I have a few of these classic French glasses and they are perfect for little hands. and big clumsy ones too.  
13. Having a few favorite photos in black and white  placed in these rose gold frames would be SO pretty  
14. A marble butter keeper to feel fancy for under $20



Take the Time

Last night I decided to be selfish. Well, not really selfish, but have my own moment. A moment that was just about me. About relaxing my tired legs, abandoning my brain full of checklists, and refreshing my dull skin. 

While the kids were on iPads before dinner time, a common occurrence each night, I poured myself a bath and a glass of wine. I sprinkled the hot water with bath salt and painted on a charcoal mask. Then I climbed in and watched the RHOBH. I checked out. For thirty straight minutes, uninterrupted (thank you Apple). And it felt like I was doing something so incredibly decadent. Which is hilarious, right? But to leave so many other things left undone and just do what felt like what exactly was needed for me right then was a treat. Normally I would have been doing a combo of cooking, returning emails/texts, folding laundry, and general tidying up. 

But to leave all that  undone, unanswered, and waiting was a departure for me. 

It is tough since the modern woman is everything to everyone. Which is important and lovely and inspiring. But what we might all lack the most is fulfilling no role at all for a moment a day/week/month. Where you are doing a singular good for yourself and not anything else or for anyone else.  

Relaxing is tough knowing that there are emails that need to be answered, grocery lists to be made, laundry to be folded, new business to be won, and of course, the needs of the children. I have no complaints in doing any of these tasks, in fact I live for some of them. But the fact that there is a need to complete so many tasks in order to give me peace of mind is so lame. 

But last night I changed that. And it felt great and slightly powerful. It was not a convenient time for a moment for myself, but when is there ever. 

So my hope in sharing this is that you check in with yourself this weekend at some point. Stop all the life swirling around you and find what you might need. A quiet walk outside, a face mask and an extra long shower, a warm coffee and a magazine, your favorite workout class. Whatever it is, do it alone, do it for yourself, and turn off your phone. 

Happy Weekend. 

ps: In case you are wondering what products I used. This bath salt, and this pore cleaning mask. Then I slathered on my go to and spritzed on this rosewater mist that I am obsessed with. Oh, and I sipped this wine. a favorite. 


What I Wore Last Week

How was your weekend? We were snowed in, so there was a lot of lounging and snuggling. And although you would think that the snow would have kept us in, there was also a lot of fun had with friends and even a concert seeing one of our favorites

While I did of course wear more than three outfits last week, these were the only ones worth sharing. I do repeat a lot and decided you did not need to see my heavy rotation of leggings and activewear again. But I did love these three looks. Easy, comfy, and just dressed up enough for what I was doing. 

From Left: 
I cannot tell you how many times I have worn this chambray shirt and jogger look. They are both crazy soft and feel like pajamas. I also rely on these bow slip ons a lot. Pink is sold out, but white is on sale. She just came out with a mule pair as well. 

I snagged this cashmere t-shirt sweater from my last post and I want three more. So easy to pair with my favorite jeans (worn them so much those rips happened, time for a new pair), a little cross body Valentino, and velvet slippers (similar). 

This sweet sweater was on sale (sold out, but this is similar and so great. I want it in green) and I bought it a size bigger to get a slouchy look. These Rag & Bone booties (now 50% off and more colors on sale) and Hudson skinnies (also on sale) are also on constant repeat this winter. Those jeans pull you in like nothing else I own. I am loving this little bucket in burgundy (comes in 12 colors) and the lip I am wearing is a great layering lip color by Glossier in Crush

Cheers to another week! 


A Mix and Match Winter Capsule for Your Closet

After sharing a week of outfits to you all, I realized that my closet needed some holes filled (I need a pair of these and maybe this). Most importantly, interchangeable pieces that I can wear for a daytime meeting/lunch or a night out. Put together, but not fussy, and items that can be worn practically anywhere. 

When I say night out, I no longer mean a "going out top" and sky high heels. Although I do enjoy that once in awhile. I mean cozy dinners with friends and date nights at our local favorite. Pulled together and interesting, but not trying too hard. 

This is a true capsule where every piece fits together. I know that longevity and worth while investment is important to all of us. So here are 12 tops and 8 bottoms that could be worn with each other. I gravitated towards interesting knits with maybe a hint of skin and silky tops that can be worn loose or tucked depending on your mood. I really love the combinations and with a few of each category there could be many outfits to last well into Spring. 

1. This Sezane sweater can be worn both ways and I love the bow / 2. This poncho is so chic and cozy, perfect to wear as a layering piece / 3. A v neck top with sweet bows in soft silk (other colors) / 4. I live for a silk shell. Shows off shoulders and comes in other colors  / 5. The sleeves of this gray sweater keep it interesting / 6. A nod to pajamas, this silk shirt is SO good / 7. This off the shoulder sweater is a little longer to wear with slim pants or tucked into trousers / 8. And this darling ruffle sweater is sweet as can be / 9. This is a one shoulder sweater and it looks SO great in white / 10. A cashmere crew sweater in a fun print to switch things up (also comes in solid colors) / 11. You can wear this pink silk shirt in so many ways / 12. A cashmere v neck you will wear for years (other colors)

1. Straight leg is the new skinny and this vintage look is classic / 2. An uber flattering tie waist pant to tuck any of the above in (other colors) / 3. These skinny jeans are like wearing spanx and so comfy. love the dark wash to dress it up / 4. These are J. Crew's best selling pant but with a higher waist to pull you in (other colors) / 5. A silky pull on pant that will feel like sweats, but look like suiting (other colors)WANT / 6. I swear a pink track pant goes with anything. so fun! / 7. Another classic cropped jean, but in a darker wash. I really want these / 8. A cropped knit pant that has glowing reviews. They scream cool and comfy. Also in gray 

Thoughts? Any questions on how to pull these things together? 
Narrowing the selection will be hard for me! 



What to get your Sweethearts (and yourself) this Valentine's Day

It is always hilarious and lame when you see the Valentine's Day swag the second the Christmas decor comes down at every store in January. BUT, Winter is even lamer and January is the longest stretch of gray if there ever was one. So I am kind of getting it. February first felt appropriate to bring the love and hearts and all the other sweet stuff. 

Matt and I are not a "let's exchange presents" kind of couple for Valentine's Day. Are you? If we were, this would all be on my list. Luckily for me, a gift to myself for Valentine's is a long standing tradition since my early single days. 

And guys that are reading, get her something! It will never NOT go over well.

I also put together a little list for the kids and a few ideas of the guys if you are feeling extra loving this year. 

1. A soft silk PJ set that screams luxury, but at an amazing price. / 2. A name necklace รก la Carrie Bradshaw that I am loving / 3. A cashmere sweater that will blow her mind. This sweet sweater is closer to earth and sweet too.  / 4. A beautiful new leather wallet with her monogram / 5. A cozy blanket because she is always cold  / 6. A set of rose scented products that everyone is talking about. / 7. Watermelon Glow Sleep Mask that I am currently obsessed with / 8. Rose gold sunglasses that are the coolest / 9. Bring home these champagne bears and a bottle of the good stuff / 10. A classic pj set with sweet little hearts. Love this one too / 11. Soft suede moccasins she will live in. 

For the kiddos
1. Love this t-shirt for boys / 2. A killer unicorn piggy bank / 3. Glow in the dark stars for their room is always a winner / 4. Rainbow water bottle / 5. A candy necklace / 6. Red Ray Bans / 7. A waterproof bluetooth speaker for the shower or poolside/ 8. Dying over these baby pink Adidas slides / 9. The best selection of candy from Dylan's Candy Bar / 10. A cute tee for the girls. This is cute too / 11. Sparkly heart necklace / 12. A classic rugby for the boys 

A few ideas for the guys
Clockwise from Top Left: Cocktail Courier will send everything your man needs to make the perfect cocktail / A new iPhone case that hides a few cards and money inside / A great duffel for those weekends away / A red terry sweatshirt because he would be cute in it. 



What I Wore Last Week

One thing that I have tried not to do on this blog or Instagram is pretend. There are so many bloggers out there that do the best job of putting looks together and posting the most perfect pictures (no judgement I love them too!). And some are doing that for real, but many are staging photo shoots with racks of clothes from advertisers a couple times a month and pushing the shots as if they are wearing things real time. I prefer to do things as they happen and be as authentic as possible for you all. Selfies feel pretty ridiculous, but it is what I get comments on to do more of all the time. So I thought I would try and post weekly outfits here. Maybe not every outfit every week (hello raggy pjs), but pieces that I love and you might too. 

From Top Left: 
Monday included pilates and errands. That means the coziest Zara jacket EVER that is sadly sold out. This is similar and this. My go to leggings, this cute Gap sweatshirt (on sale), and my beloved wedge boots lined with shearling. 

I had a meeting Tuesday night, which gave me an excuse to wear my favorite silk button down (similar) with these velvet jeans (on sale, true to size). I LOVE this color combo and the booties (on sale) kept it comfortable. 

Wednesday I had pilates and had to meet a photographer for a property. So I wore my work out clothes under this striped sweater (on sale), my Uggs, and the classic Chateau Parka (on sale) from J. Crew. 

Bottom Left: 
Thursday I had a tennis match and wore this cute tennis dress (on super sale!) from J. Crew with these Gap compression leggings underneath. I absolutely love these kicks from Zara too. 

Friday I had pilates in the morning and then met a friend for a movie date. I hid my workout clothes under this super soft sweater (this is similar and this) and wore these easy slip ons in pink velvet (on sale $29!). And yes, I have the same hair as the day before because I am living my best life. 

Saturday evening we had dinner with friends so I wore this sweet ruffled sweater (50% off!) and the most comfy skinny jeans. (on sale) I paired them with my Zara velvet flats (similar) and the classic Claire V. leopard clutch. 

This was fun to make myself look a bit more presentable even if it was an errands and work out kind of day. As you can see I like to hide the work out clothes and move on with my day. I also am usually in pretty casual clothes with the occasional one or two dressier nights. If there are any outfits that you need help with most, let me know and I will try to include more. 



Winter Beauty Heros

No matter the season, there is always skin woes, but winter seems to bring the worst. 
Dryness, redness, dullness. 
I'll take a little too much sun and shiny skin any day.
I have not been switching my daily face moisturizer, which I know a lot of people do. I just use a lot more and try to give myself a little mini facial massage after the shower and really lather a ton on allowing it to sink in. It is a favorite drugstore brand that my dermatologist got me on. 
other than that these little babes keep me happy. 
Well, along with my new go-to drink and cozy socks

Clockwise from top left: 
Weleda Skin Food: This is an all natural lotion/balm that is a miracle worker on hands, feet, cuticles, anything that is super dry. It has a fresh scent too. 
Dior Nail Gloss: This is like lip gloss for your nails. It makes the pink pinker and the whites whiter. It dries very quick and makes tired dry hands look like they were just manicured in an instant. 
Avene Cold Creme Lip Treatment: If you sleep with this on, you wake up with the softest lips. It is honestly life changing. 
Baby Foot: I have talked about this before, but it needs to be emphasized. You will not need a pedicure all winter long, promise. This is a treatment you do for one hour, wash off, then a week later all the dead skin on your feet peels off. You have to wear socks for a few days, but there is NOTHING like it. 
Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer: One of my biggest pet peeves in life is coming out of a super hot shower to put on cold lotion. You use this moisturizer after washing, but before drying your body. Plus, it has coconut oil and makes you feel like you are on vacation. They also make it with self tanner
Bare Minerals BareSkin Serum Foundation with SPF 20: Paleness is at an all time high this time of year, so I like to buy this one shade darker in winter. You only need three drops of this and I like to mix it into my beloved moisturizer and POOF! I have a perfectly blendable, covers my imperfections, while being totally natural looking, sunscreen included, tinted moisturizer. 

You have anything that is saving your skin right now?


Bringing Back the 00s: The Matched Set

Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got. I'm still,  I'm still...

Yep, we are talking juicy suits and cool new updates today. Ever thought you would see the day? Or maybe you have been waiting with baited breath to take out that set you have been hoarding for the last ten years? Now is the time, lady. 

So this was bound to happen. The return of the juicy (esque)suit. First of all, we are all spending way more on athleisure than real clothes these days. Wearing joggers to dinner is a real thing (and when styled right, cute) and there is nothing as comfy as that velour masterpiece that dominated the 90s. 

Juicy has updated their classic suit a bit and there are plenty of other matched sets that might have a more 00s vibe for those that cannot go down that road. All I know is that the matching sweatsuit is exactly what I want to wear at home and on the go (within reason of course people) all winter long. 

From Left: The classic Juicy in navy with updated jogger Nordstrom (top & bottom), Kohl's (top & bottom) / Another velour beauty that has blonde or brunette embroidered on the front. Brunette or Blonde Pants too / A throwback Nike top and bottom that is so good / This is a super soft terry top and bottom from Make + Model 

From Left: Even preppy J. Crew can get in on this action. Top and bottom / Gap has a great velvet version that is on sale. top and bottom / Feel 18 again in this varsity style sweatshirt and classic pants from Juicy / And cool girl Everyone has a French terry version with a great boxy sweatshirt and the perfect jogger

And ps: Amazon has versions for the littles. You bet I ordered one of those! 



Checking In

Me. Being as bloggy as I can handle. 

2018 will mark my eleventh year blogging. 
Which blows my mind. 

So many of you have been with me since the very beginning. The bad photos and sometimes no photos! All the recipes that I loved coming up with (pre-kids was such a creative time in the kitchen). And the first day of this blog which was just a way to share style, beauty, and home inspiration and ideas. It has truly been a great outlet for creativity and sharing with a community of people that have always shown such love. 

Every single time I think I am going to throw in the towel I receive a text, email, message from a reader that sparks the motivation to keep going. Truly, it is eerie sometimes and makes me think that you all can sense when it seems like too much. 

The blog has never been my day job (I truly love my real one and taking care of my kids) and has never brought in a lot of money. I could have gone that direction with styled photo shoots and sponsored posts, but I always wanted to keep this space my own. No outside influence, just topics that I am actually researching or shopping for (or asked by a reader to look into). And while the more successful bloggers have beautiful professional photos and websites and mine has always felt amateur, it has always been real. No one is styling my mirror selfies, pretending to wear a fancy dress on a Tuesday during the day to sell it, or pushing me to post about a pair of shoes, it is just (amateur) me. 

This year I would love to find a way to keep this site true to what it has always been with a few upgrades. A redesign, a social media strategy so I can engage with more readers, a way to incorporate all that I do (real estate, styling, closet consults, interior design), and add video content (know anyone that can help me?!). It is a lot to take on and I want to be sure you will be with my for the ride. 

So what else would you love to see me write about or share with you? 
Would you like more videos via Instagram and the site? 
What are your favorite posts? 
Are you sick of blogs and being pushed content? 
Be Honest! 
Your feedback is what will make my little space on the internet relevant and I so hope you comment below or on this FB post so we can go into this together! 

Love you all. 


Weekend Classics on Sale

One idea that always comes to everyone's mind after the holidays is simplicity. Whether that is in your diet, your routine, your home, or your closet. Getting back to basics and keeping things simple can make the start of any year feel fresh and calm. Most of our closets are filled with way too many pieces that frankly we do not even wear. And when we do purchase something it is easily worn and then forgotten about. I love the idea of classics that can be incorporated into wardrobes and never feel tired even after wearing twenty times. There are a few that I already own and love on this list, but the best part is every single one of these is on sale. 

1. The Chateau Parka from J. Crew is always sold out by season end for good reason. I have it in Gray, but loving this black. 
2. Rag and Bone booties are never on sale and make jeans and t shirts elevated cool-girl style so easily. Love them with dresses too. 
3. A knit duster that can keep you cozy, but also insanely chic. 
4. J. Crew has seriously upped their denim in the last few years and I live in these toothpick jeans
5. You can never have enough striped tees and this one is the perfect cut. 
6. Soft leather ballerina flats with a hidden wedge. Love these. 
7. Classic aviators with a little edge with black frames. 
8. A little black velvet dress by Joie for any occasion this winter. For colder climates, just add tights and heels. 
9. A simple sweater dress can be your biggest work horse. With tights, leggings, boots or flats. This cold shoulder one is cute too. 
10. The J. Crew cashmere tee is luxurious and the easiest piece to slip on and feel pulled together for under $100. It comes in many colors. 
11. I have been eyeing these Vince velvet cropped leggings for awhile. Soft and easy to pair with heels or flats for day or night. 
12. I tried this dress on and and consider the most femme, classic little pink dress. 

Happy Weekend! 



Kitchen Details

 I gave a little glimpse into our kitchen the other day on Instagram and I got a lot of questions about the details and sources. 

We kept out kitchen footprint almost the same, but expanded the island and attached our kitchen table to it based on spacing. I WORSHIP the pedestal under the kitchen table surface. I designed it with Artifactual Furniture Co. which did many projects in the house and I love them. The floors were original to the house, we just had them sanded and stained in this dark color. The wood has a lot of red, so I was not able to lighten them up asI would have liked, but the dark floors feel right for the traditional style of the house. Here are some other sources. 

1. I searched for the prettiest, but sturdiest (our last one was pricey and broke) pull down faucet I could find and loved the details of this Waterstone Faucet. We used this brand for filtered/hot water and this for the pot filler as well. 
2. We ordered our cabinets through Wellborn. It is a classic shake with a bit of edging detail. The island is in Bleu and the rest of the kitchen is Glacier. 
3. Our countertops are Aurea Stone. This was a new product for our fabricator and it is beautiful. It has all the best qualities and durability of quartz, but the veining has a lovely depth to it that sets it apart. It was less expensive than Ceaser Stone as well. 
4. Wishbone chairs come in a lot of price points, but I went with the lowest I could find (back in stock soon). I love the natural seat base, but my kids still fling tomato sauce and play with play doh so I wanted something I could easily replace with no pain. This natural finish is nice too. And these are a bit nicer. 
5. Fireclay Tile is such a top notch company. I worked directly with one of their reps and came up with concept design together. I wanted a fun shape and love the large size. We incorporated in the gray/bleau so the kitchen was not so stark white. 
6. I actually got this Caitlyn Wilson rug for our back door on her last sale. I think want to order in the runner size for in front of the sink now as I love the softness it brings to the room. 
7. My knobs and pulls are Atlas. Just wanted something classic in polished nickel. I also chose something that would not be painful price wise to switch out as now I feel like I want to switch it to brass. 
8. I found my giant dough bowl at a local antique store, but even PB is selling them now. It brings some warmth and is a great catch all/fruit basket. This one and this one on Esty are great finds and prices. 

Let me know what other questions you have. I will try and post more photos as time goes on and each room feels more finished. 
Ask any questions as well! 



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