What to Wear: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the best, right? 
Family, friends, cooking, football, good wine, and the inevitable lounge afterward. 
Though I know not every Thanksgiving is stress-free or drama-free, the thought of all those smiling faces gathered around tables gives me all the warm feels. 
Do you dress up for Thanksgiving? I would say our family tends to be casual dressy, but I know plenty of dress codes are happening. I would say pants are off the table, because zips and buttons in the mid section are no friend to this holiday. 
It is safe to say I want EVERY ONE of these as the prints and colors are giving me all the holiday vibes. So cheers to full tummys, happy tables, and the perfect dress for it all. 

1. A white sweater dress always looks lux. Staud $185
2. I am OBSESSED with this dress by C/Meo $180
3. This Free People sweater dress is AMAZING. Also comes in other colors $168
4. A super chic velvet jumpsuit from J. Crew $148 (but 30% off today!)
5. I love a Fall Floral. Madewell $119
6. Leather and a ballet neckline by Bailey 44 $168
7. Love the print and classic silhouette of this Madewell $160 
8. This print, color, length combo is perfection by Faithfull the Brand $168
9. A velvet wrap dress that looks so soft. $88
10. Veronica Beard makes the most flattering dresses $595
11. A classic sweater dress by Madewell. Comes in other colors $118
12. This is THE color right now and this Topshop dress looks comfy $68
13. The softest chambray dress. Perfect with high boots. Cloth & Stone $148
14. A little 70s vibe is perfect for the day. Endless Rose $95
15. A boho vibe in rich colors by Natalie Martin $210



All The Boots

I have always considered myself a gal of the Midwest. One that did not mind the winter and promised I would never complain. Well, I am no longer that girl. 
It is only 45 degrees and I am already OVER IT. 
Am I turning into an old lady? Perhaps, as dreams of being a snowbird dance in my head. 
In the mean time I will be fireside and cozy and generally at home. 
And while I would LOVE to hibernate with Netflix and Instacart, leaving the house is necessary. Ugh
At the very least there is a boot to make me smile and cozy in any situation. 
From snowy school drop off to client meetings to cozy dinners out, good boots make the cold weather a bit better. 
I would say a dressed up bootie, a flat boot, a cozy boot, and a tall boot are all necessary if you live anywhere near where you see snow ever. (But I know you warm weather lovelies are sporting all these as well!)
So I wanted to round up all the best in those categories in lots of price points for any budget. 

Mid Height Heeled Booties
This is by far my favorite boot right now and I want ALL of these! 
1. Dolce Vita $150 / 2.  Sam Edelman $149 / 3. Valentino $1,245 / 4. J. Crew $248 / 5. Aquazzura $825 / 6. Madewell $198 / 7. Marni $1070 / 8. Sam Edelman $160

Heeled Booties
Makes any outfit instantly polished

1. Splendid $148 Obsessed! / 2.  Jeffrey Campbell $144/ 3. Sam Edelman $149 / 4. Jeffrey Campbell $144 / 5. Rag & Bone $495 Own them and love them / 6. Madewell $198

Cold Weather & Snow
Cozy, but cute 
1. Isabel Marant $695 Obsessed! / 2. The Fix $139 / 3.  Moncler $480 / 4. J. Crew $208 (many colors) / 5. Sorel $160 / 6. Miu Miu $940 / 7. Sorel $120 / 8. Ganni $395

Flat Mid Height
Love the slouchy look with dresses especially. 
1. Rebecca Minkoff $148 (other colors) / 2. Splendid $148 / 3. Ugg $140 (many colors) / 4. Isabel Marant $680 LOVE! 

Tall Boots
1. Dolce Vita $200 / 2. Free People $288 Obsessed! / 3. Blondo $150 / 4. Splendid $280 LOVE / 5. Stuart Weitzman $900 / 6. Isabel Marant $840 / 7. J. Crew $298/ 8. J. Crew $325



Current Favorites

Hi Friends! How are you? 
Nothing too new and exciting here. Besides the kids juggle and fun work projects, I am trying to enjoy the down time with Matt and the kids. We have been playing this game a lot (hilarious) and I have plans to tackle this recipe sometime soon (because cheddar). 
Other than that, here are some current favorites that are making me happy. 

1. Tons of complements on this new puffer (comes in navy too). And it is on sale! 
2. These fresh white pair of kicks are making my outfits. (Make sure to get the right size! Check size chart)
3. YOU GUYS! These leggings from Old Navy are PERFECTION. I want all the colors! And on sale for basically free. 
4. This sweet buffalo check runner is a great addition to my kitchen hallway. It comes in other colors and sizes as well. 
5. As a girl that loathes an underwire, I am living in these bras from Target. Seamless and perfect under anything. 
6. This magnetic chore chart has been a game changer for the kids. Stuck it right to the dishwasher for easy reading for the littles. 
7. My Crazy Rich Asians obsession continues. I am binge listening to the next two in the series on Audible. 
8. I am a sucker for a white sweater and this Topshop one is the perfect fit and price for the inevitable red wine spill. ha
9. Never in my life have I been a bath person, but as the days get chillier the more I craving them. I love this bubble bath with epson salt for tired muscles and a relaxing lavender scent. Mary loves it too! 

Anything you are loving right now? 


Work It: The Best Fall Active Wear

I love how we call gym clothes active wear now. Because let's get real, just because you have on leggings does not mean you are actually going to the gym.  But you can bet your ass that the ladies wearing them are slaying their "active" day all. day. long. 
So whether you are headed to the gym, the one million errands you have that day, or working from Starbucks, I pulled this season's best options. New work out clothes always tend to motivate me just a bit more too, which I will take any day. I am loving jewel tones mixed with moody pastels that are everywhere. And topping it with a cozy sweater/sweatshirt action makes it cozy. 

1. This moody blue is so great. (comes in others as well) Athleta 
2. An investment, but obsessed. Love the length Sweaty Betty 
3. The absolute coolest leggings, come in many colors Outdoor Voices
4. The coziest sweatshirt here ever was Gap
5. Dying over these rose gold ombre leggings! Terez
6. Own this pullover and LOVE it Athleta
7. Pink camo! (and other colors) Outdoor Voices
8. This tie back tank is perfection. Comes in many colors Carbon 38 
9. Will never tire of this wine color Gap
10. This funnel neck sweatshirt has pockets and is the perfect length Gap
11. Love these stars so much! Terez
12. Love this cozy Nike zip up (this one too)
13. Perfectly Preppy leggings Tory Burch
14. Own these and they are the SOFTEST leggings of all time Athleta
15. This tank is so comfy and the perfect fit. Comes in tons of colors Athleta



12 Perfect Pillow Combos

Mixing prints, whether in fashion or for the home, is tough. There are so many factors that make for a good combination like scale and color, and deciding can be torture. I have had lots of questions and requests for help with pillows, so I put together some combos in lots of different hues for your home. And while I would love to pile on 6 pillows on every sofa in our home, that does not fly over well with my better half. So I am keeping these to pairs. If you want to add any pillows to these pairs, just email me and I will send you more options that goes with your favorite! 

Pretty Pastels: Floral and Plaid

Bold Navy: Spotted and Buffalo Check

Pink Abstract: Soft Velvet and Painted

Watercolors: Fruit and Velvet

Modern Mix: Stripes and Leather

Fun Traditional: Lemon Tree and Velvet

Preppy Nautical: Stripes and Embroidered 

Country Traditional: Block Print and Patterned

Blue Beauties: Spotted and Tribal Striped

Textured and Tasseled: Woven and Stripe

Arty Blue: Painted and Cheetah 

Leafy Prep: Fig Leaf and Geometric 



Feeling Fall Florals

Though floral usually screams warmer months, dark florals are the perfect print for Fall. A moody take on the floral dress can be such an easy way to bring some femme to the heavy clothes we are sporting. 

I love this La Vie Rebecca Taylor version (unfortunately sold out) and am excited to wear it with boots. There are plenty of moody floral dresses perfect for throwing on during the day with flat over the knee boots. And I love a long version with your favorite mules or booties. 

1. Michael Kors $155 / 2. Rebecca Taylor $269 / 3. Rebecca Taylor $295 / 4. Madewell $158 / 5.  Ganni $250 / 6. Rebecca Minkoff $95 / 7. Lioness $78 / 8. Equipment $313 / 9. Wayf $138 / 10. Maje $175 / 11. Ganni $235 / 12. Ganni $235



My Picks from the MAJOR Shopbop Sale

Shopbop just loves to surprise us with site wide sales so we can drool even more over the amazing Fall pieces. Almost every single item is part of their sale with up to 25% off your entire order at check out. Use code stockup18

I plucked out the items I think you all would love the most. So many fun, interesting pieces that will get you pysched to get dressed. As well as some Fall staples that you will wear to death. 
Let's just say my cart is full. 

1. This drape front jacket comes in a bunch of colors and you will wear it forever. Under $100! / 2. Obsessed with the retro feel of these Puma sneakers (these too) / 3. DYING over this sweater and skirt set  / 4. Cannot believe these Alexandre Birman are on sale! Also in white and black / 5. These Spanx leggings are always sold out and have a million rave reviews / 6. The color and texture of this suede skirt is perfection. Also comes in brown / 7. The cardigan you will reach for over and over again / 8. A soft plaid shirt to pair with everything / 9. Have always loved these modern Alexander Wang booties / 10. A sporty and soft puffer  / 11. This buffalo plaid coat is on sale and you get the 25% off / 12. Go full sweatsuit in these pants and hoodie (these joggers too!) / 13. A pretty sweater dress / 14. Cool girl booties for skinnies, tights, and leggings / 15. A new riff on the striped sweater / 16. The softest PJ set / 17. LOVE these leopard block heels

There is SO much more to see on the site too. Like these, thesethese, this, and this

Happy Shopping


The Perfect Fall Wardrobe

There are the things you buy and then there are the things you wear. 
You would think we would know what we really wear by now, but alas no. There are always those pieces that sit after one wear, forgotten in the depths of your closet. 
So as we start the new season, let's discuss the pieces you actually will wear. 
Too many times to count. 
These pieces flawlessly all fit together and will with the staples already in your wardrobe. 

1. The Sweater Dress: Cozy, but chic. They look great with boots or sneaks. This one is great too. 
2. The Draped Leather Jacket: Gives an edge to even the most femme outfit. This faux version too. 
3. The Cashmere Tee: I own this and want it in every color. Looks great with pants, jeans, skirts, even sweats. 
4. The Soft Skinny: Really we want to be wearing leggings, but when you have to wear jeans these are the best. 
5. The Crossbody: You need something that will hold all of your things and in a great color. 
6. The Pull On Pant: Again, it is like sweats but you can get away with them at dinner or a meeting. 
7. The Leather Sneaker: They can be worn with absolutely anything, even a skirt or dress. 
8. The Suede Skirt: Fall is all about texture and this skirt would get a lot of play. A longer version too. 
9. The Plaid Flannel: This is the softest fabric that drapes perfectly so you can wear with anything. 
10. The Knit Blazer: I always own this and want it in every color. It goes with EVERYTHING and is cozy, but refined.  
11. The Mule Loafer: They are a huge investment, but the ultimate slide on shoe. I also love these and these with less sticker shock. 



My Nightly Skincare Routine

I have always been a girl who loves a product. From the magic scent of Love's Baby Soft to the perfect hot pink Mac Lip Glass and every must have magic cream all the editors of Vogue love, I am into it. I used to try it all (at the same time) and wait for the magic to happen like it does on the smooth skinned celeb that was raving about it. But my skin gave me a big wake up call a couple years ago by giving me something called Dermatitis (a lovely face rash that would not budge) and I had to do a clean sweep and reevaluate my beauty product obsession. 

My dermo put me on a skincare product diet, which I am not going to lie was painful. Nothing but the simplest of products and no make up for a month. And as I very slowly started adding in a product here or there I noticed my skin was MUCH better than when I was using the entire anti-aging section at Sephora. My A-ha Moment! I do not need all the things. I just need a few and my skin wants to be a minimalist. Lesson learned. 

The edited products I use now are my tried and true. I would give them all 5 star reviews and have bought them many times over. Some are pricey, but this is a high/low mixed list as I have found that a higher the price tag does not mean it is going to actually work. This is my nighttime routine and I will share my other product suggestions soon! And make sure to follow me on Instagram and LiketoKnow.it, I will keep posting videos and tips! 

Step 1: Cleanse
CeraVe is the brand my dermo recommends and I worship it. I use the foaming cleanser when I have worn make up and the hydrating if I have not. 

Step 2: Treat
I sometimes skip this step all together using one of these only 2-3 times a week.
 I use a retinol serum to combat fine lines. This is a MUST people! 
Or this SKii essence which is basically magic water that makes your skin glow. No really, it reverses all signs of aging. 
Or a spritz of refreshing rose water feels like heaven after a long day. 
Or I use this crazy good hydrating sleep mask. It is a K Beauty product with a mass following. You wake up with baby soft skin and calmed redness. 

Step 3: Hydrate
Forget all those $300 creams, ladies. This drugstore CeraVe lotion is chock full of peptides and hydrolaunic acid that plump up skin and keep it soft. 

Step 4: Do Not Forget the Neck
You can certainly just use what you are using on your face on your neck and chest, but I recommend a specialized one to really work on those lines and prevent as much jaw sagging as possible. Neck wrinkles are kind of my new obsession to combat, I know weird, but you will thank me later. 

Step 5: Eye Cream
If you do not use eye cream, you're nuts. The skin is so delicate and shows age so quickly. I swear by this one. Worth every single penny! One pump a night is all you need. Tap it all underneath, on the sides, and your lids. 

Step 6: Eye Mask
I live for my eye mask and weirdly cannot sleep without now. I like it because it blocks any light that may disturb my beauty rest. Including electronics or phones you might have in your room. It also helps prevent pillow lines on your face and this one has anti-aging properties that work on those eyes all night. 

Let me know any questions you have about these products or skin care in general! 


7 Great Fall Outfits On A Budget (But You Would Never Know!)

Summer is slowly drifting and the loveliness of Fall is in sight. And though I am not ready to let go of breezy dresses and no jacket weather, I always get excited by the fashions. 
BUT, I do not always have the funds to fuel the most wanted list in my all my carts. Actually who ever does?! 
So in an effort to help us all out with fun new looks, but with no guilt, I put together these seven looks with price points you will not believe. 
They are staples that can be mixed and matched, plus incorporate some of the seasons best trends. 

A little prep with a side of suede, plus the season's biggest color, marigold
1. J. Crew $79 / 2. BB Dakota $95 / 3. J. Crew $54 / 4. Puma $60 / 5. H&M $99

Love the mix of 70s vibe and modern cool in this look. 
1. H&M $12 / 2. Free People $106 / 3. H&M $129 / 4. Splendid $128 / 5. Sole Society $45

This is such a great daytime look. Comfortable, but Chic. 
1. Levi's $98 / 2. J. Crew $35 / 3. Velvet $150 / 4. Adidas $45 / 5. LL Bean $109 (can you believe how chic that is for LL Bean?!)

A soft cashmere sweater with a wide leg pant equals instant cool girl 
1. H&M $80 / 2. Madewell $88 / 3. Rachel Comey $119 / 4. H&M $60

A Balloon sweater and white mule, two great trends for fall together. 
1. Three Dot $99 / 2. H&M $34 / 3. Sam Edelman $120

Obsessed with the work look! That coat! 
1. J. Crew $115 / 2. H&M $199 / 3. Madewell $168 / 4. H&M $70

Love a suede skirt and this would be so good for a lunch or meeting
1. J. Crew $65 / 2. Bauble Bar $36 / 3. Steve Madden $90 / 4. H&M $70



Back to School: FOR MOM

Everyone feels ready/not ready for school to start. A bittersweetness that pricks our eyes with tears and sends a bit of relief down our limbs. 
It has been a really good one here with highs and lows to keep it all interesting and full of life. I will miss the sun kissed cheeks, after pool snuggles, and lazy mornings. But not so much the whining for treats, tattle telling, and Popsicle stained clothes. 
And while I (and pretty sure my kids at this point) am craving a schedule, I am already nostalgic for those first innocent warm weeks of Summer. 
But here it is, and we geared everyone up and got them activity signed up and permission slipped up and doctored up and hair cut up and back to bed early and up again. 
We have done all the things!
So now it is time for Mom's Back to School shopping. 

1. A chic rain coat that comes in a ton of colors because you always forget an umbrella on those first rainy mornings. 
2. Give me ALL the dry shampoo, because mama ain't got time for that. This one is truly the best. 
3. A family wall calendar that is actually great looking and keeps everyone organized. 
4. New shades because you destroyed your other pair this summer. Love this company and the quality so much. 
5. Leopard mules that take jeans and t-shirt to a whole new level. 
6. Thank goodness for friends that introduce you to delicious coffee to get us through the mornings. Obsessed and so great to have in the fridge each morning. Thanks LK! 
7. I was gifted this to go mug and it is perfect for hot and cold bevs. Seriously, it stays at temps for hours! And comes in so many cute colors. Thanks Wilson! 
8. By far the jeans I get the most comments on. They are high waisted with a cropped kick flare, and uber comfortable. Get them before they sell out again! 
9. Leggings are a closet essential for every Mom, so we deserve an investment pair that we are actually excited to sport.  Also, these
10. A just oversized enough, draped perfectly, chic AF sweater to wear with jeans or leggings. This one too. 
11. We are going to need all the sleep, so a new pair of soft pajamas will help with that. 
12. Always need a cozy go-to pull over for those first chilly mornings. 
13. Audible is the only way I can get through a book and so easy because you are in your car ALL THE TIME. 
14. You know how you want to go to the grocery store before pick up, but you have to run them around after and no time to get home and unpack? These bags are your solution, seriously changed my life. 
15. Joggers are life's greatest invention. Add a sweater or draped tee and cute sneakers or slides and you are basically Gwyneth at drop off. 
16.  There is no other shoe but the slide needed until the snow comes in my opinion. Love this new cork and pink version. 
17. Spanx has managed to combine leather and camo in one legging. You would be killing it in these! These are also fun. 
18. When you can wear a sweatshirt as a dress AND look chic as hell, you one hundred percent do it. 
19. And because you need one good button down, this gingham shirt would go with everything. Even your joggers! 


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Current Favorites & Sales

My heart is breaking a bit with the three week wind down until school starts. Though summer of course has its hiccups, this one has been great.  The juggle of kids, and work, and fun, and camp, and doing nothing is tough, but somehow we got there. So until that first morning comes, we are going to live it up. Or down, however you want to look at it. ha

Here are a few of my favorite things right now, but first do not forget the Nordstrom Sale is still on until August 5th! There is still plenty of greatness and they have even restocked a few sold out items I noticed. 
Scroll through for picks. 

And few of my other favorite things right now
1. I cannot believe I just ordered this wide legged jumpsuit. I should have been wearing it all summer long! comes in a romper too. 
2. Been getting a lot of questions on eye cream lately. This is the one I use every night. . It is an investment, but you only need a little bit and it WORKS. Even my dermatologist uses it! 
3. Everyone loves an LL Bean tote, but did you know you can customize them?! Just figured it out and now I have the perfect bag for tennis/workout gear. 
4. The Handmaid's Tale. Have you watched??? It is SO creepy and completely addictive. Excited to dive into season 2. On hulu and iTunes
5. You guys, this dressing. I am not kidding has gotten me to eat more vegetables than I thought possible. You can find it in the refrigerated dressing section in Produce (heinen's for you locals) and it changes your life. Great on rice and stir fry too. 
6. I am digging a good mom jean, and these Reformation ones are awesome. High Waisted to pull you in, thick denim that will not rip, and a great kick crop to show off your cute shoes at a great price. 
7. These cabana chairs come in so many colors and are perfect for porches and patios. Even a kids room! 
8. Been eyeing this light for over my island and realized that the Serena & Lily Tent Sale started! So many good finds. Especially bedding, baby, outdoor furniture, and even pajamas. 



Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

It is Nordstrom Sale time! This one is great because instead of last season's leftovers, it is Fall and Winter items that are brand spanking new. There is SO much to go through, so luckily I saved you the trouble and looked at all 3500 women's items. Yep, clearly I am into it. There are also great beauty items to stock up on that never go on sale. 

Click on the image to see the item. 
Have fun, friends! 


Caprese Orzo Salad with Arugula

Whilst deep into summer, your side game better be on point. Because let's be real, side dishes are the stars of the menu during these months. This recipe came together in minutes just based on what I had on hand to go with some grilled chicken. It was a way to highlight sweet summer tomatoes and peppery arugula that rounds out the dish. 
It would be perfect to bring to a party and can be made in advance to savor later. You can also easily make more or less based on how many mouths you are feeding. There is nothing fancy here, but it surely will look like you slayed it at home or amongst friends.

Caprese Orzo Salad with Arugula
Imperfect Polish 2018
serves 6-8 as a side dish 

1 lb of orzo or any small pasta, cooked to al dente, drained, and rinsed with cool water
1 cup of balsamic vinaigrette (home made or bottled)
6oz arugula 
1 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup of pine nuts (toasted if you would like)
10 oz of fresh mozzarella, cubed (you can use more if you want!)
Balsamic glaze (you can find this by the vinegars)

Place the cooked orzo in a bowl and pour 3/4 of the vinaigrette over it. Season heavily with salt and pepper and toss to combine well. Taste and add more vinaigrette to your taste. You want it to be heavily seasoned as this is the dressing for the entire salad. Set aside

Get out a large platter or shallow bowl and place the arugula in the bottom. Spoon the orzo over the arugula leaving a border along the sides. Then sprinkle the tomatoes, mozzarella, and pine nuts on top. Lastly, drizzle with the balsamic glaze and season with some fresh ground pepper and salt. 

*You can make this an hour or two ahead of time and refrigerate. Skip the salt and pepper at the end and wait until before you serve to add it. 



The Chicest White Dresses

There is something so incredibly chic about a little white dress. They have an ease and always look expensive, even if they are not. And as one who tends to be a spiller (and tripper, and scuffer) they can scare me. But, that is what spot cleaner and dry cleaners are for, right? I pulled some of the prettiest shapes and fabrics of the season and for every occasion (even the beach) except weddings. That is still an absolute no-no. 



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