Home Organization for Sanity

I had grand plans this summer to clean out closets and reorganize the kitchen/mudroom/pantry. Lofty and unrealistic, but now that school is starting I feel like it is actually doable. I am tidy by nature, but tend to let the spaces one cannot see get a bit out of hand. 
My sanity during the school year hinges on a semi-tidy house, getting my kids out the door without too much yelling, and a schedule we can all wrap our heads around. So I wanted to pull things that can help me with all these things and might make organizing a bit easier too. 

1. I have long coveted this chic wall calendar, but do not have a space for it. 
2. I think it is time for me to convert to these all glass jars for stock items and place this AMAZING tags on each. Will look like Ina's before I know it. 
3. You guys, why are water bottles so annnoying and always falling down off my shelves?! This cabinet holder for them is genius. 
4. I have a junk drawer and it stinks. Mostly because of the batteries hanging around in it. This would make me so weirdly happy to have. 
5. Baskets really are life savers when it comes to the pantry. I can group items together and attach a cute little tag because I am super organized and cute now. 
6. I love writing things down like the old days. This is a weekly planner pad that you can put the weeks schedule on, and to dos, AND meal plan. Cute enough to display on the fridge for sure. 
7. Putting out an outfit for each morning tidy in this day of the week closet hanger makes mornings to much better! Also comes in pink
8. A charging station that can charge everything from a phone to a fit bit would be fantastic. 
9. Storage bins that can fold up are so great for different sports seasons, winter cold weather boots/clothes, and laundry rooms. Use when you need them, fold up and put away when you do not. 
10. Between the kids sports stuff, my tennis stuff, extra water/snacks, and 1000 other things, my trunk is a disaster. I feel like a couple of these trunk organizers will clean up my act. 
11. I always felt these were the best bins. For toys or shoes or snacks. Really anything! 
12. Large thermal grocery bags changed my life in an embarrassing amount. No more having to rush home from the market and less bags to bring in. 

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Back to School For Mom

I know right now you are doing all the things. 
Getting new backpacks and lunch boxes. Soccer cleats and ballet shoes. 
Filling out all the forms, getting to all the appointments, and organizing the calendar. 
It is A LOT. 
It is incredible just how many to dos there are to just get to that first day of school. 
So once all the boxes are checked and the littles are ready to get after that next year of school, it is time for mama to enjoy her good work and splurge a bit. 
I pulled together some cute and comfy pieces that would be staples for your days pre and post drop off. No reason for your kids to be the only ones crushing those first days of school. 

1. The perfect sunnies to throw on in the AM / 2. Cute puff sleeve stripe sweatshirt / 3. The coolest floral jumpsuit! / 4. Dark straight leg jeans to make you feel instantly pulled together / 5. Cool girl sneakers / 6. A comfy leopard sweatsuit you can wear all day (pants & top)  / 7. A beautiful large tote that is also a crossbody / 8. Gorgeous leather slides to slide on and go / 9. A perfect soft sweater dress / 10. Gwyneth swears by this exfoliating instant facial to mask the exhaustion / 11. An easy dress to throw on / 12. A chic white sweater with ruffle sleeves / 13. Cozy Uggs to get it all done in the morning / 14. A classic sweatshirt in the color of the moment


Summer Lovin'

How is Summer going? 
I am trying to relish in the madness of it and really enjoy the moments as they are happening. Like sun soaked pool days, friendly tennis matches, and backyard bbq with lots of kids running about. And while there is always the ever looming "What is next/What should I be preparing for?" swimming in my head, this summer has been all about ignoring it. Just flying through it all and being (dare shall I say the buzz word???) present. 
A few fun new outfits can always make these warm days event better, so you know I have been scoping out a few new things. Here are some of the best...

1. I think I could live in this cute jumpsuit 
3. The perfect puff sleeve sweatshirt for cool nights
4. Just wore this breezy dress and love it
5. These pink jeans are high waisted, cropped, and the perfect hue
6. Just invested in these platform Golden Goose's and I am not regretting it one bit
7. This camo windbreaker is a great activewear topper
8. Such a sucker for a block print in an easy dress
9. Just bought this Nars oil infused lippy, and it is so moisturizing 



The Mom Crop

With the current rebirth of 90s trends came the inevitable crop top. I remember flipping through my Delia's catalog and circling the cropped tube tops and praying my mom would let me order them (she didn't). And while I never in my wildest dreams would think that I would be entering "crop top" in any retailer search, I have been. Even at "inching towards forty" the crop top is on my radar. Not the belly button showing/strapless tube top/tighter than necessary ones of my teens, but the slightly cropped/not showing any belly/goes great with Mom jeans kind. 

The cropped top and the high waisted jean are your new favorite combo, swear. With the jeans pulling you in and elongating your legs and the top in an easy fit that shows that off, you are golden. 
Here are some great combos and almost all of these can be mixed and matched. 
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1 & 2 This TOP! Love it and I own these jeans and they are the best white I have ever gotten. 
3 & 4 A tie makes a simple white shirt special and I also own these pink jeans and worship them. 
5 & 6 High waist and light wash, we really are back in the 90s in the best way. Love them with a patriotic tee. 
7 & 8 J. Crew does a high crop really well and this seersucker top is perfect with it. (also in white)
9 & 10 I also own this shirt and it is the sweetest. How cute with these yellow jeans with white piping? 
11. & 12 This silky tee is a great crop gateway. And I LOVE these jeans. The cut is amazing. 

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My Current Skin Routine and What I Am Adding in for Summer (for the littles too!)

The battle to fight wrinkles, lighten dark spots, ease redness, and fight adult acne (THE WORST!) continues. And now with summer here, extra sun protection is a must. I am trying to have a less is more approach by finding products that are effective and results can be seen fairly quickly.  Cleanse, tone, moisturize, and protect are the simple steps I am using currently and my skin is into it. 
The kids skin and hair is also in need of lots of extra attention from the sun and pool, so I load up on these to keep on hand all summer long. 

1. Cerave is my tried and true cleanser. It gets your face really clean, but is also gentle. 
2. I also love cleansing with micellar water! So gentle, but effective. I use it a lot when my skin does need quite as much of a clean or needs a more calming cleanse. 
3. I tone (pat, pat, pat) with Biologique Recherché P50. The price tag is bananas, but it is incredible. If you do not tone, you need to! This Glossier toner is also great and much more budget friendly. 
4. Cerave moisturizer plumps up skin but is so gentle and calming. 
5. I do not wash my face in the morning. I throw on some lotion and then Elta sunscreen. I like the tinted one, but it also comes in clear. It works so well, calms skin, and evens out skin tone just a hint. 
6. Another investment, but totally worth it, is this eye cream. It plumps up and smooths out the damage that I have already done (i.e. AZ sunbathing for years with no SPF! ugh) while preventing it from getting worse. 
7. I love this drugstore hero for a smooth and realistic tan without the sun damage. 
8. For face tanning, I swipe tan towels and then use my hands to blend it in well. Avoid your hairline and make sure to blend it down your neck and chest. 
9. My hair texture changes in the summer a lot. I comb styling cream into my hair and it is so much smoother whether I blow dry or not. Usually not. 
10. My lips tend to get a lot of melasma in the summer, you know that lip liner effect? Spf lip balm fights it and these smell just like summer.
11. This oil sunscreen is awesome and so moisturizing! 
12. Everyone has a spray sunscreen in their bags for the summer. Easy to apply for the kids! 
13. Mary gets the worst green hair from the pool, so this shampoo and conditioner is a must. 
14. Reapplying sunscreen at the pool on kids is impossible. Love Wetskin Sticks for an easy way to reapply while kids are still wet. 
15. This sunscreen powder is a lifesaver. It works for hours, is sweat proof, and waterproof! It is the easiest way to reapply and with a little tint it is great for outdoor events over make up. 
16. If green hair still appears on Mary, I use these crystals to wash out the tint. It is magic! 

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Puff Piece

When I was little, there was a lot of dress up. While I played a lot with other kids, I also really loved just being on my own playing pretend. I would try on costumes in my room and twirl in front of the big antique mirror while making up stories. And to no one's surprise, those costumes leaned heavy on princesses. Now even as grown ups, it is nice to wear something that feels nostalgic and might even take you to a different place. The puff sleeve trend is certainly taking me back a little and it is also just a really pretty detail that elevates a dress instantly. Even if you do not gravitate towards super girly pieces, a little puff can add just a touch of femme to simple summer dresses. 

Here are twelve sweet little numbers that I would love on repeat all summer long

1. OBSESSED with this blue floral dress, pictured above / 2. Flattering white shirt dress  / 3. Great soft floral dress with ruffles  / 4. The stripes and wrap effect of this dress is SO flattering  / 5. A t shirt dress to live in / 6.  The prettiest floral dress for an event / 7. Love this tangerine dress / 8. A sweet as can be soft blue dress / 9. This pink printed dress is so fun / 10. Simple black dress, love the neckline / 11.  Cute khaki dress to wear anywhere / 12. This white dress screams summer

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Family Pizza Night

I have been attempting a smooth and delicious family pizza night for a solid three years now. Let's just say between the not-so-great-dough recipes, insane messes the kids have made, and some burnt pizzas that disappointed us all, it has been a ride. BUT, now we have come to a point where it is a somewhat relaxing, easy, and fun night for everyone involved. Most importantly me, who on many occasions flipped out mid pizza night for lots of reasons because apparently I am more of a perfectionist than I thought. Man I love a little self diagnosing ha 

So here is the deal. Like most things in life that involve kids it is best to set expectations low. The pizzas are going to be odd shaped, they are not going to be exactly like your favorite pizza joint, and someone will spill grated cheese all over the floor and then proceed to step on it. And it is FINE. Pour yourself a glass of wine, get everything prepped, and let the family memories begin. Plus, it really is delicious thank goodness. 

Here is how I prep: 

1. Make dough and get it to room temp if if has been refrigerated (I just made this dough and it was bananas good. This one is also great with different time lengths and crazy easy. OR buy it at the store!) 
Dough Before

Dough after 24 hours

2. Make Sauce (you can TOTALLY buy this too. But I am including my recipe below that I worship)

3. Prep your ingredients (grate cheese, cook sausage, slice onions, whatever you like on it. Place each ingredient in a little bowl for easy access for little hands) I also find this is a great time to use up random ingredients in my fridge. 

3. Prep Pans (I like to use big jelly/sheet pans and spray them down with a good coating of cooking spray. I do one pan for each person)

4. Preheat a CLEAN oven to 500 degrees. (you might want to throw a fan on too, it can get smokey)

5. Roll out dough/stretch dough into pizza "shapes" on a really well floured surface, then transfer onto the pans (I say shapes because how they get pizza into perfect circles is a mystery I have not solved and maybe do not care too)

6. Top & Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until the crust is browned and middle is bubbling. (hint: just a thin layer of sauce does the trick)

7. Eat too much, laugh a lot, and admire each others pizza. 

Simple Pizza Sauce
Makes enough for 4 large pizzas

1 can whole tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)
1 large or two small cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon of salt

Set a strainer over a glass bowl and pour the can of tomatoes in it. Let it sit for about an hour (see pics below). Pour out the water in the bowl and place the tomato contents in the bowl. Add the garlic and salt, then blend it up (immersion blender or standing blender). Taste and add more salt if it needs it. Done! 



The Best Memorial Day Sales & Picks

Memorial day weekend always brings on the patriotism, a little taste of Summer, and most importantly, killer sales. This year the sites I shop the most have seriously upped their discounts and best part is it can help everyone (including my house) get summer ready. 
Here are just a few: 

Nordstrom up to 50% off Women, Kids, Men & Home
J. Crew 40% Off. Use code WEEKEND
J. Crew Factory 60% Off Entire Site
Serena & Lily 20% Off use code SUMMERPREP
Pottery Barn (Including Teen & Kids) 15-30% Off use code SAVEMORE
Net-a-Porter up to 50% off designer everything
Shopbop Up to 40% off thousands of items
Lou & Grey 40% off 

Here is what I have on my weekend wish list...

1. Two huge trends in one top, yellow and puff sleeve
2. This is such a sweet take on rainbow and love the high waist bottom. Also comes in a one piece
3. This rug is gorg and for the price you can get the REALLY big one you always wanted. (this one too)
4. I just bought this jumpsuit and I will live in it all summer. Looks like an outfit, feels like pajamas. The DREAM! 
5. I have always loved this woven fixture. Would look so pretty over my island or the guest room. 
6. Slides with ruffles that will look chic, but not kill your feet. 
7. The sweetest flutter sleeve dress for Mary. 
8. Again with the puff sleeve, I know! But this dress hugs in all the right places and has such a great print. (and this one)
9. I swear by this boys seersucker swimsuit. And for the price you can get multiple for the inevitable popsicle stains.  
10. Clear is everywhere and while I wasn't sure I loved it until seeing this crossbody
11. A soft as can be PJ set (top & bottom $37 for both!) you can also lounge all morning in. Since you DO NOT HAVE TO MAKE LUNCHES OR DO DROP OFF. ha (or this one)
12. The perfect time to upgrade your sheet game. Simple white sheets with a simple seam that comes in lots of colors. 
13. Alexandre Birman bows are just the cutest. These espadrilles seem easy to throw on and feel great in. Love the red with navy, black, and white dresses and outfits. 
14. The chicest woven bag that can hold everything but also looks refined enough for a dinner out. 

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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! 



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