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Hi! Posts have been beyond sporadic, which I loathe. During any down time I love to check on my favorite sites to see if there is new content and it is a total bummer when there is not. So it kind of breaks my heart that you are coming on here and there is nada to read. I have yet to find my fall rhythm and thinking next week I might have a grasp (anyone else still figuring it out, too?) . Which in turn will hopefully turn into more posts. There are home posts in the works as well as closet clean out advice, so keep checking back. I will get it together, promise. ha

In the meantime, here are a few things that are doing me some good this week...

1. I want to live in this sweater. Also, this and this are super cute. 
2. This bag just came and it is the perfect hue for the colder months. Comes in other colors and sizes too. 
3.There is a lot of pumpkin bread and muffins on heavy rotation already. 
4. Glossier just came out with body wash and lotion. I cannot wait to try it. 
5. In the hopes of better organization, a pretty planner. This one has these last months of 2017 in it thank goodness.  ha
6. Another genius way to use sunscreen with this. After you apply make up, spritz this amazing smelling spray over your face and it sets your make up as well as gives you 50 spf protection. Also super easy to reapply. I have an extra one in my car
7. Game night just got way more fun with this oldie but goodie
8. In need of a basic, but chic rain coat. Love this one and it comes in other colors, including olive. And this one in white is cute. 
9. Super excited for this cozy, fun slides to arrive. 



Six Fall Looks to Love

In between-y season continues, but full blown Fall is definitely almost here. There are plenty of pieces to wear now, through the season, and then incorporate into the Winter. The trends this year are vast, but I have to say that classic, preppy, slightly nostalgic, and high quality pieces (that will last) are what I am gravitating towards. With a bit of originality, of course. Here are six looks that I would sport over and over all season long. 

For lunch with friends...
A great take on the ruffle trend with this sweater tucked into this olive skirt. And I love these open toe slide-in booties. This bag is a giant tote and a cross body and completely genius. You can add a monogram and it comes in other colors, including white. 

For weekend day outings with the family...
The gray wash and the super flattering slits of these skinny jeans and so good. I have long loved these silk shirts for a fraction of most brands cost (comes in other colors, and obsessed with this dress from them as well). The blue color would look so great with this gray draped sweater that looks like heaven. A neutral cross body and fun white sneaks with a puff of fur. WANT IT ALL. 

For that work drinks thing...
These black pants looks so slimming on and paired with this cardigan meets cold shoulder would be perfect (a great alternative to this beauty). Loving an oxford moment with it, but if you want heels, these would be cute and classic. 

For watching the game...
Love this collegiate inspired look with this classic Rugby (takes me back and I like it) with slim boyfriend jeans in a light wash. Topped with this fantastic sweater blazer (comes in other colors) to keep you warm. The pink bag brings in some femme and your toes stays cozy in these super cute slides

For girls night...
Love a color blocked look for Fall. A cozy one shouldered sweater  (or this one at a lower price) in a pretty hue with stretchy faux suede pants that will get all the compliments (also in black). LOVE these cross body bucket bags, especially in the white which look so chic paired with darker colors for Fall (comes in many other colors and sizes). And my go to, buy every year, leather flats that never let me down. 

For date night...
Full blown ruffles are still a statement that I love if you're into it. And the exposed buttons on these  skinny jeans are taking me to 2001 in the best way. They would tuck in perfectly to these over the knee boots (under $200!) that I can vouch for. And a pink leopard is basically always a great idea (or maybe pink fur? hello Cher Horowitz). 



Tomato Soup That is Actually A Meal

Much to not one person's surprise, all I want to make for dinner is soup. The temperature is below 60 officially, so that is where I am at. 
But with very hungry roommates, the soup I make has to be hearty. 
And on the flip side, it would be nice if it was also healthful. Tomato soup seems to be an easy way to get a vegetable (or is it a fruit?) in my kids. And the secret to actually filling up their tummy's is that this soup also has beans in it that get pureed with the vegetables. It gives it body and thickness that is so comforting. 
Then to give it a bit of richness you add a dollop of savory whip cream (which you could leave out to keep it vegan or dairy free or lighter) that takes it from just soup to something that feels elevated and elegant. Lemon and rosemary also give it a bit of freshness that I love. 
I have made this soup so many times and every time I wish I made more to keep in the fridge, so double it for more leftovers. 

Hearty Tomato Soup with Lemon & Rosemary
Giada's Kitchen 2008
6 to 8 servings

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (15 oz) can cannellini (white) beans, drained ad rinsed
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes 
3 cups chicken stock (vegetable would work too)
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2/3 cup heavy cream
zest of 1 lemon

In a large soup pot, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrots, and garlic and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the beans, tomatoes, stock, bay leaf, 1 teaspoon of the rosemary, and the red pepper flakes. Bring the soup to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes covered. 

Puree the soup in a blender in batches, being careful to remove and discard the bay leaf. (note: do this one ladle at a time. Trust me, there will be soup all over your kitchen otherwise. I use an immersion blender, which is even easier) Return the soup to the soup pot and keep warm over low heat. Season with salt and pepper. 

In a medium bowl, whip the cream to soft peaks (with a hand mixer). Fold in the lemon zest and the remaining teaspoon of rosemary. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and dollop each bowl with the lemon-rosemary whipped cream. Serve immediately. 

* Make Ahead: I made this soup the day before and made the cream right before dinner and it was perfect. 



Fall Wish List

Now that school is in and there is a crispness to the air, Fall feels official. Not that there are no warm days ahead that will be fully enjoyed, but let's go all in to the new season shall we? 
Chunky sweaters, soup bubbling on the stove, football, leaf piles. 
I am excited. 
And with a new season comes a new wish list of items that could be worn many times over. 

1. Heart eyes for these Gucci mules. These are easier on the wallet and still cute. 
2. Worship a cozy white sweater, also comes in other colors too.  
3. This soft navy jacket comes in other colors and is 50% off. 
4. I love these shirts and this stripe. 
5. A rosie face mist to remind you of Summer. 
6. Loving a fur ball moment. These are on sale and also come in black. 
7. A pretty pink drape front jacket for under $100
8. Slippers for indoors and out. 
9. Love the bow on this easy black jersey dress 
10. A tunic like this, these leggings, and boots are my uniform in the fall. Comes in a bunch of colors. 
11. Need a new pair of my ride or die jeans. This wash is on sale too. 
12. A cozy cardi for a great price. 
13. This chic skirt would look so pretty with #2. 
14. The prettiest sweater in all the land. 
15. Pumpkin shades feels fresh and fun. And under $60
16. If I had a Fall wedding, I would have loved to wear this. DIE 



Back to School on a Budget

So I am experiencing Back to School as sort of a real thing for the first time with a soon to be Kindergartener. The kids' preschool has uniforms, so I have never felt the pressure quite so much to get things together. No whining from me though, I am so excited for the kids and happy to shop. ha Kids clothes are fleeting and inevitably stained within hours of wear, so investments should be kept to a minimum in my book. But, you also want things that will last an entire year and not fall apart in the wash. So I put together a few looks for both girls and boys from Nordstrom, with of course a few things for Mom to treat her self as well. Everything is under $50, with most being under $30. 

Girls up first...

1. Love a mixed print dress
2. A sweet floral top and retro jean skirt lasts into fall with a tee and leggings added. 
3. Love the mix of a more tomboyish hoodie with a sweet floral printed legging. 
4. How fun to channel Cher Horowitz in this baby tee and plaid skirt. 
5. Black knee high boots are so cute on little legs. 
6. Slip on prep sneaks with a little rose gold for luck. 
7. These are like little Rag & Bones. And who doesn't want a heel? 
8. These little ballet flats are so sweet. They also come in other colors. 
9. There is a lot of sparkle to this one, but the old school shape is so cute. 
11. Love this classic, but oh so pink back pack. 
12. A little Lisa Frank and I like it. And it is reversible. 

As much as I would love to send my son to school in button downs and khakis, I know he is way more comfortable (and happy) in options like these...
1. Love this waffle ringer and just got these jeans for Tommy. No fly to deal with! 
2. A classic henley updated in color block paired with pull on chinos shorts, no fly again for the win! 
3. A classic stripe tee and joggers look cute and keep them comfy all day. 
4. If they want to go character, I like these vintage tees. And all boys want to live in these, right? 
5. Leather sneaks with nothing to lace makes Moms really happy. Comes in other colors. 
6. Leather high top Converse class up the original a bit. Comes in other colors. 
7. These Nikes are a long time favorite in our house. 
8. Love these classic Adidas
9. A little surfer mixed with business from Vans
10. A stripe monster is cute always.  
11. Love the manly color block of this backpack
12. A character backpack done right. 

And a little something for Mom for killing it every day...

1.  An easy t-shirt dress that screams for leggings and sneaks. 
2. These are the cutest espadrilles
3. Sweatpants that can pass for real pants. (insert high five)
4. Remind yourself of this mantra when you drop your kids with two different shoes on. Because it is still true. 
5. Fake a rosy glow perfectly with this Nars multiple stick. Orgasm looks good on everyone, I am into Maui right now. 
6. This pj set is so lux for a fraction of the usual cost. Comes in other colors too. 
7. A cute shirt for back to school drinks with your friends. 
8. This legging always has rave reviews. Every outfit could start with them really. 
9. A sweatshirt long enough to wear over leggings. Also comes in other colors. 
10. I buy a pair of these every year. Love this color, but they come in a bunch. SO comfy. 
11. These masks are magic and perfect for a quick night time pampering. 
12. Are they slippers or fancy sandals? Let's say both. 



Olive is the New Black

Olive green usually has a moment as Fall starts to roll around, but never like this season. It is everywhere and being mixed in to wardrobes as a neutral. More interesting than beige and a lovely hue that does wonders for skin tones of every shade, olive is your new best friend. Mix it with black and denim, or go crazy with pink and bright blues. Seriously, it goes with everything. I rounded up a a ton of great pieces that will get you excited for Fall and 

1. A winter coat that will last a lifetime. This one is a more affordable option. 
2. I just ordered this cute pom sweater from J. Crew on super sale. 
3. These jeans are the best color and coated to make them extra flattering. 
4. This off the shoulder Theory dress is so good and on sale. 
5. A t-shirt dress over leggings is my Fall go to. 
6. Classic Hunter boots in the original hue. 
7. This Saint Laurent bag is an investment, but would hold absolutely everything for years to come. 
8. A sweatshirt that is long in the back, always a staple. 
This one is a great lower priced option. 

1. A utility jacket that looks just as cute to the gym as it does for drinks. 
2. These Vince sneaks are the best. These are very similar. 
3. Love this update to a bomber. Nice and long. 
4. Aaannnd I want to live in this sweatshirt dress all Fall long. 
5. Pants that feel like sweats are a win. These are on sale too. 
6. Ruffles, off the shoulder, AND olive. Oh and on sale from J. Crew
7. These booties would be easy to throw on every day. These are cute too. 

1. A drape front jacket works every time, and a great price. 
2. This soft jacket could be an every day wear. 
3. Love a suede moment and this swing dress is so cute even if it is faux. 
4. Love the femme softness of this blouse
5. These leggings would be a nice switch up from the usual black. 
6. This shirt dress by BB Dakota would be great with tights and boots. (this one is cute too)
7. This tailored JOA skirt is so chic and great for work or a night out. 
8. A darker olive with a flattering cut, love these jeans



Slide On

Though block heels and espadrilles had real moments this Summer. No shoe was the shoe of the season like the slide. And not fancy slides, but the kind you could wear absolutely anywhere. They look great at the pool, they are comfy for running errands, they even work with that favorite light summer dress of yours. They just work, and quite frankly can into Fall. Love them paired with skinny jeans and the even cooler cropped wide leg culotte (yep, you heard that right). 

I bought this pair a few weeks ago and cannot get enough. 

They come in a bunch of colors, have great lift, are super soft, plus feel elevated but casual. 

Here are some other options, all at a great price, that could easily be your new every day shoe from now until snow season. 

1. I love the floral print of these from Shopbop
2. A slightly more femme version of the classic Adidas
3. Love these pink Everlane. Also come in a bunch of colors. 
4. These furry numbers are cozy also come in black and pink. (these look amazing if you want to splurge)
5. Love just the hint of espadrille of these Splendid
6. These look very Gucci-esque for about 1/10 the price. 
7. Another update to a classic, cozy sweatband Adidas
8. Pom poms are never not fun or cute
9. Vince always does minimalism at its best. Also in black 



Favorite Summer Recipes

So when you think of Summer, you think of a lot of relaxing time in the sunshine with cold drink in hand. And while that happens, it is also a lot of juggling and strange new schedules and worn out kids parents. Cooking in the Summer is the absolute best, but I am having a hard time finding my creativity after I have been running around all day. I want to do all the relaxing then. ha So I have been going back to a lot of my old stand by recipes to keep things easy. Which everyone always loves, those that live in my house and those that are just visiting. Here is what will be on rotation in the coming months...

Brussel Sprout Salad with Almonds



My Picks: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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

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

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

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

Happy shopping. 


Summer Jumper

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



New Bedtime Routine

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

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

Do you have any bedtime routine loves right now? 


Pretty Patriot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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