Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fall Florals

I used to only associate floral prints and patterns with Spring fashion. It honestly never occurred to me that with a swift change of a color palette that floral designs would work so well come the autumnal season. I adore the more moody tones of a floral print on an ivory or black backdrop and the rich berry tones that I have been seeing out in the shops. I rounded up a few of my favorite fall florals that will easily take your wardrobe into the season. I am personally loving them in accessories like these gorgeous Coach bags & those cute embroidered pumps with the block heel. I don't know about you but I cannot wait for a less busy schedule, cozy nights in, making comfort foods and getting snuggled up in blankets again. However I know come January I will be singing a different tune...per usual.

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top // purse // dress // pumps // dress // scarf // jacket // earrings // blouse // tote // tee // sunglasses // scarf // skirt // wellies // watch // denim // socks

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Friends & Family - LOFT


On my walk home this afternoon I saw that the friends & family sale at Loft was taking place. I naturally couldn't pass up a sale & picked up a few all items all at 40% off with code BESTFRIENDS. These pants & these jeans were amazingly comfy and perfect for transitioning my wardrobe into fall next month as well as this cardigan which I wore in white here. I put together a few other favorites for your browsing but you can check out everything here. Go ahead, treat yourself, it's Friday {hopefully a pay day} and let's face it,  adults deserve a little "back to school" shopping too. Have a great weekend everyone!





Monday, August 8, 2016

Cash or Credit - Slip Style

I remember in my early twenties when slip camisoles were the hottest style out there. I loved pairing them with a cropped ballet sweater and some denim, that outfit always made me feel sexy without revealing too much. While that look may be retired for me these days I do love the look of lingerie style items that are made for wearing anytime. Whether it be an item trim med in eyelash lace or a dress with a silky nightgown silhouette, there is something that draws me in which inspired todays cash or credit. 

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cash - dress // bomber // clutch // shoes 
credit - dress // bomber // clutch // shoes 

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Au Fudge


When my nieces were younger and still playing with dolls my husband and I would love to shop at The American Girl store just outside the city here in MA. Seems normal right? Go into doll store, buy doll, go home. Oh no, well this doll store also has a restaurant and I am not going to lie, more then once we have ponied up to the old fashioned counter next to parents with their kids and fancy dolls in tow to order a milkshake treat post shopping. We were definitely the only people there without children which probably made us look like major weirdos but in all honestly they just make a damn good milkshake and it was one stop shopping for us. I remember looking around the crowded restaurant filled with children having birthday parties or just a special day out with their parents and I recall them all being so well behaved. I remember my parents also taking us out to nice places as kids and removing us the second we weren't at our best. Sure was that annoying for the parent that had to take us outside? Yes, but after it happened a few times, we all eventually learned how to behave in a restaurant. It had me wondering why there aren't more family friendly restaurants outside the big box chains. Enter Au Fudge, Jessica Biel's new stylish eatery in Los Angeles that was created with the family unit in mind. Not only is the menu designed with healthy organic bites, it's decorated beautifully so you don't feel like your in a dark dungeon of restaurant that feels depressing. They offer creative spaces for your children to be entertained while you dine as well as a calendar of fun child friendly events. Short on time to dine in, order a cake or stop in the marketplace for treats to go. While we aren't parents yet {hopefully one day}, I love this concept and would love to see something similar in Boston! Read more about the restaurant in this short interview.






Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Currently Coveting - Basic Instincts

I sort of hate myself for thinking of fall fashion when the summer season is still so fun and full of life. I honestly haven't picked up a single thing for the autumn but that doesn't mean my wish list isn't growing by the day. When it comes to dressing for the cooler weather I alway like to build my wardrobe on quality basics. Things that work well with one another, share a common color palette and that will stand the test of trends. A few of my favorites finds for the fall are below. What are you wishing for your closet come October? 

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A great blazer will get some serious wear before the cold weather really hits. It's a clean cut and so perfectly preppy with it's popped collar and rich navy coloring {several other colors available}.

When it comes to shoes, I tend to splurge a bit. I love a quality flat as they get worn the most with city living. I absolutely love a stylish flat in a sassy leopard print for adding a little pattern to a basic outfit. A great looking black bootie is also a must have for me, I adore the pointy toe on this pair. Finally the scalloped edges on this pump have me weak in the knees. I just love the sweet simplicity style of these suede babies. They look great with dresses, skirts, denim and so much more.

It goes without saying how important a great pair of denim is. While I do like a distressed look, I don't want holes all over the place, especially when it's cool out. This pair is a steal for under $50 but I also really love this pair & this pair too. Want some great fall colored denim, check out this pair.

Accessories are my favorite things to shop for. Whether it be a great hand bag {my absolute favorite thing to buy} or some pretty jewelry, I always like to keep it rather simple. A gold hoop is my go to most days and when I want something more I'll add in a statement earring. A great watch is a must and a clutch in a fun pattern or print is a great way to elevate an otherwise simple outfit. Finally a stylish scarf to wear around your neck or tied to your bag and definitely don't forget to add some classic aviators for those sunny yet cool days.

Is there a better fall jacket then a trench? I absolutely love this one which looks exactly like the much higher priced tagged version. A great poncho over a stylish sweater is another fall favorite. I lived in this one {can purchase here} all winter, it's like wearing a hug.

Last but not least, my favorite wardrobe essentials are a great little black dress {seen in floral here} something striped like this cute sleeveless top {also love this always stylish tee} and a solid colored silk blouse. I love the lace up details on this one, the double pockets on this one as well as all the colors it comes in & the tunic style of this one
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Brunch At Home


Confession, while I enjoy cooking, I don't do it all that often. This summer I have been averaging about 2 x a week and while on vacation in Nantucket, I don't think I cooked dinner once. Breakfast or brunch however is my JAM! I love cooking it. It rarely requires a recipe, it's always fun and I always keep the ingredients for it in the house. So yesterday when my guy had work to do, I decided to make him a big old breakfast to get him going. Our favorite go time and time again is a frittata {exhibit a & b}, turkey bacon & something sweet like a smoothie, mango lassi or some kind of baked good. I know it sounds like a lot and it is but we usually skip lunch to make up for the big meal. 

My husbands Italian grandmother used to make him frittatas all the time and I am always trying to replicate her recipes but she was more of a cook that threw whatever she had in the house into a pan and served it up. Everyone always raves how amazing her cooking was and while I never had the chance to meet her, I try to take mental notes of those stories and recreate those dishes for my husband. When he tells me it's just like grandmas, it is the ultimate compliment.



I have no idea if what I make is an actual frittata, I call it egg pie because it has a crust, a filling & a topping.  Here is how I make mine:

Ingredients

6 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 shallot
1/4 cup of whatever shredded cheese you like
1 cup shredded potato or tater tots

Instructions

Whip eggs, milk, salt & pepper {add in whatever other toppings you like too} set aside.

On medium heat sauté the shallot in some unsalted butter till translucent. Add in potato of your choice {when I am using tots I like to mash them a bit with a fork to get a crust} and form a crust with them in the bottom of your frying pan. Once potatoes and shallot are mixed and flattened to a crust on the bottom of the pan add in the egg & cheese mixture. Cook for a few minutes till the egg mixtures starts to look like it's solidifying. Don't stir the eggs, just let them sit on the potatoes. Finish the eggs under the broiler to cook the middle part for a few minutes. Don't leave the oven, they finish fast! Once the top is browned, remove from oven and slide out onto a cutting board for slicing & enjoying.

For the Blueberry Maple Corn Muffins

Ingredients

1 box Jiffy
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
3/4 cup fresh blueberries rinsed & dried
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions

Mix the jiffy, egg, syrup & milk together {it's ok if it's not totally smooth} then gently fold in blueberries trying to not crush them. 

Fill greased muffin cups halfway full & bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or till the edges start getting golden brown. I like to top mine off with a little turbinado sugar too. Cool & enjoy!

To check out more of my brunch recipes check out this acai bowl, these baked donuts, this fun take on a mimosa or this punch which is a real crowd pleaser.  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Closet Confessions - Nordstrom - Anniversary Sale


Today I ventured out to the burbs where the closest Nordstrom is from the city and checked out all the Anniversary Sale items. I gotta admit, the selection Nordstrom offers here is a bit weak which just reinforces how vital online shopping is {never mind the two hours of traffic it took me to get home}. I tried on lots of items but only are sharing a few favorites and at the very bottom you can see what made it into my shopping cart as I decide which items I absolutely love!

First up, this DVF sweater was heavenly. It has a great cowl neck collar that isn't too stiff nor too droopy. I loved that only the cuffs and hem were ribbed. I find that anything ribbed on my chest just makes my already ample top look too heavy. This was a size medium & I would suggest it runs true to size. 


Since I am soul cycle obsessed I always want new work out gear. This little tank & coordinating sports bra came home with me today for Sunday's class. I am wearing a L in the  top & XL in the bra. I felt they ran a little small but I am also heavy in the chest area so I generally size up in work out clothes.


I just cannot pull off that half tuck if my life depended on it. I always think it looks so cool on others then I do & I feel like a dang fool. I however loved this sleeveless blouse for it's loose fit subtle print in black and white. Perfect for work or play. I am wearing a large and had no issues with the buttons on my chest causing a gap. 


This Vince striped car coat is like wearing a blanket. Therefore it makes me want to sit on the couch with a  glass of wine and a great book. I also loved the Vince blouse {similar style for much less} I tried on with it but isn't part of the sale. This coat runs super big. I am wearing a medium and it was huge. I also hate that it didn't have pockets or a tie closure. 


This sweater vest was so fun. I love the split sides and the uneven hem. It worked really well with this comfy t-shirt that had the same style. I feel like this would be super cute with knee boots and leggings for a comfy weekend look come fall. Wearing a large in both & run true to size.


This Vince coat was one of my favorite items I tried on. This was a medium and it was just right. I however only had a silk blouse on under it so I may size up for layering with sweaters. It's an oversized fit so it's up to you the look you want. 


This Joie top looks horrible online but looks so much better in person. It's a bit sheer so it will require a camp of some kind if you are like me. This is a large and I would say it runs true to size. 


This Joie leopard print cardigan was super soft and the grey tones were right up my ally. I am wearing a medium and would suggest it runs true to size. I paired it with a grey Equipment sweater also in a size Medium, that isn't part of the anniversary sale but is marked down!


Last but not least was this side zip Vince sweater. I love this sweater but they only had a size small which I am wearing and is way too small on me. I also feel that someone with my chest size should avoid ribbed sweaters all together. One day I will get my reduction and be free from these monsters on my body. 


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What I wanted to try on & wasn't available in store is below. Now to the important job of narrowing it down to only one or two items!






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Friday, July 1, 2016

Independance Day Sales

Happy weekend friends! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday wherever you are. We will be heading to Nantucket to celebrate and I am already dreaming of our first night tradition of grilling hot dogs, sitting in our little yard and drinking spiked lemonades. I put together a little list of all the great sales taking place this weekend in case you want to score some major deals on a new summer wardrobe! 


ANN TAYLOR // 40% Off // CODE: JULY40
 ANTHROPOLOGIE // Additional 30% Off Sale Items // CODE: EVENBETTER
 BANANA REPUBLIC // Extra 50% Off Sale 
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG // 30% Off Sale
FURBISH STUDIO // 20% Off Sitewide // CODE: FIREWORKS
J. CREW // 40% Off Select Styles // CODE: COOLSTYLES
LOFT // 50% Off // CODE: JULY4TH
LORD AND TAYLOR // 20% Off Almost Everything // CODE: FOURTH

LULU FROST // 20% Off Sitewide // CODE: JULY20
MACY’S // 20% off + Free Shipping over $50 // CODE: FOURTH
MINTED // 15% Off Select Items // CODE: JULY4
 RAMY BROOK // 25% Off Select Items 
REBECCA TAYLOR // Enjoy 40% Off Sale Styles // CODE: FIREWORKS
SERENA AND LILY // Tiered Discount up to 25% Off // CODE: SUMMERBREAK
WAITING ON MARTHA // 20% Off // CODE: HAPPYFOURTH

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cash or Credit - Summer Uniform

There are quite a few trends that are taking place this summer but off the shoulder tops and dresses are surely ruling the fashion world. I have always loved this look even if it was a top that only revealed one shoulder but have always dreaded the strapless bra that was required to wear the look. Until I found this baby that is perfect for us gals with a little more chest then the rest. So in honor of my favorite trend and an outfit I am actually wearing today {similar version here}. I thought I would do a little cash or credit to get the look!
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cash - top // earrings // denim // bag // phone case // sandals 
credit - top // earrings // denim // bag // phone case // sandals

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Closet Confessions


While picking up a few things for my husband the other day a salesperson told me fall items would be rolling out in a week or two. Say What?! Fall...it just turned summer like two days ago! So since all the summer sales are currently taking place, I am looking at you Shopbop, Saks & Bloomies. I thought I would share a few of my favorite purchases for the warm weather season that I have shared on my Instagram. You can also shop all my looks without Instagram by signing up with Like to Know it here. Full disclosure, I feel like a real idiot taking these pictures most of the time but I love talking about fashion and when I post an outfit it sort of reminds me of the days when me and my girlfriends would all plan out our outfits before we went out and do a mini fashion show of what to wear. I miss that girly stuff!


















































Do you notice a lot of the same accessories amongst these photos? Some items are on major repeat like these sandals that I live in & love as well as this gold bracelet {available in silver here} gifted to me by my husband at christmas as well as this necklace from a few birthdays ago and finally my favorite phone case and sunglasses

Happy Weekend & Happy Shopping!
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