Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Vince tees are my favorite.  This gray tee would be a staple in any closet.   You could layer it for winter or it is lightweight enough for Summer.   Love the pintuck detail.

Am I the only one ready for warmer temps and summer dressing?  I love this maxi from Greylin.  It would be perfect now with a leather jacket  or sweater as seen below and then alone for summer.

I have lusted after these beautiful plates forever.  They are finally on sale (still expensive though) but I think they would be something you would use all the time when entertaining.  And how gorgeous would the green be at Christmas??  An investment but just think I have had the same dishes for almost 7 years now, you would get your moneys worth for sure.

While I patiently wait and save to buy my Nepresso, I have been using my Aerolatte Frother.  I had forgotten I had bought this because I didn't drink much coffee while I was pregnant but I busted it out this weekend and I have been enjoying the perfect Cappuccino every morning.  It honestly makes getting up so early not so bad to know I can have a tasty cappuccino.  This little handheld device is only $16 totally worth it!

I am a sucker for stripped dresses and tee shirt dresses.  This fits the bill plus I love the T by Alexander Wang line. It also comes in a Mint\black color combo that I really love.

I just got my first Chaser tee and I am obsessed with it.  You know those super soft worn in feeling tee shirts?  Well that is just want these feel like.  They are a looser fit and not clingy which I love.  I have a solid color one but really want this Baseball Tee for the Summer.

There is nothing I love more than a good white blouse.  It can go with anything and always looks classy.  This is the perfect Spring/Summer blouse.

I have really been into cute napkins lately, they make entertaining and setting the table so much more fun.   These are currently on sale 50% off and I love them.  Great for a Summer Outdoor Party!

I have been seeing alot of Tortoise in the spring/summer trends forecast.  I love these earrings and the price ($34) even better.   They would go with everything.  The tortoise bracelets are already sold out so snag these earrings before they do too!

I love this Summer spin on the D'Orsay flats.  These come in camel and black and would go with everything!  I am partial to the camel color it would look so good paired with white skinny jeans or white shorts!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Mondays Musings

First Monday of the New Year and I am feeling motivated and refreshed- minus the lack of sleep around here, although I swear my body is getting used to two hour increments of sleep!   I have to say as tired as I am , I don't mind the late night feedings because it is really the only time Frances Moon and I have alone to bond.  

Now that I am officially six weeks post birth, I am ready to kick things into gear and start exercising and eating healthy.  I even have Matt on board for eating healthy. I want to start back our meatless Mondays and eat more fresh veggies.   I decided to attempt to meal plan something I am not very good at.  I like to decide what I want to eat that day and hit up the grocery store, but now with two kids I don't have that luxury.   I recently got both these cookbooks and really love them.  The Raw Detox book is filled with great smoothie and juice recipes and Giada's new cookbook looks awesome.  The new issue of Cooking Light also has some great Kale Salad recipes that I am trying out this week.

In keeping with my attempts to be healthier this New Year, one of my main goals is to drink more water and most importantly to start my day with a cup of warm lemon water.  I can't tell you how many celebrities swear by this trick, its so easy.  It really hydrates you and supposedly makes your skin tighter and fresher.  I started this 21 day detox where you just drink a cup of warm water every morning right when you get up before you eat or drink coffee and I swear my skin is already looking better on day 5.


I am also all about getting organized this New Year for my blog and personal life.  I bit the bullet and ordered this GIGI New York Embossed Snakeskin Planner.  I love the look of it and the fact it features monthly and weekly pages.  I even had my initials embossed in gold on it- once it arrives I will share pics, but I already know I am going to love it!
For Christmas I bought my Dad these shot glasses carved out of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.  I read about them in Oprah's magazine when she featured them on her favorites list - gotta love that my girl Oprah loves her some tequila.  After seeing my Dads I knew Matt and I needed a set.  We used them last night for our taco night and they are awesome.  They provide the perfect hint of salt with your tequila.  Beware though the longer your drink sits the saltier it gets.   These would make such a cute gift with a bottle of tequila:)  Plus you gotta love the gorgeous pink color.

You can order them here from the Spice Lab.

Rebecca Taylor is offering an additional 25% off all sale items and there are some great deals, check out the whole sale HERE
Use code RTWINTERSALE when you checkout.
I have this Colorblock Sweater and love it. It is so soft and lightweight.  It also comes in a blue version.
I would love to add these beauties to my closet.
How cute does the Python Blouse look on Sarah Michelle Gellar?


I am looking to invest in a new pair of running shoes, it has been over a year since I bought my last pair and they are on their last leg.  I prefer lighter weight ones, I am considering these Nikes- any other great recs for running shoes.

I just finished reading the Husbands Secret per Amy's rec and it was such a good read.  One of the best books I have read in awhile.  I highly recommend it.  I have been doing alot of late night reading on my Kindle while I feed Frances.  Any other good books I can add to my download list?

Lastly,  I have to share a few pictures of Frances Moon  She is getting so big, 6 weeks today!  She really is the sweetest most easy going baby.  We love her so much!


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saturdays Steals and Splurges: Vince Blouse + Harrow Booties

Happy first Saturday of the new year friends!
 I thought for the New Year I would start a new weekend post series called Saturdays Steals and Splurges.  This is gonna be a fun way for me to share things I have bought or I am lusting over.  Some days I will compare two similar items one cheap and one expensive, other days I will just share some fun finds. Today I am sharing two things I got for Christmas that are currently on major rotation in my wardrobe.

I have written about my love for Rag and Bone on here frequently.    Last time when Shopbop had their sale I was lucky enough to get the elusive Harrow Booties.  I would consider these booties a splurge even on sale but worth every penny, I promise you.   I have to tell you I am smitten with them and have been wearing them nonstop.  They are so comfortable and go with any outfit from dresses to jeans.  They run slightly on the small side so order up half a size if you are concerned about fit.  I have the black suede and they rock.

also available in all black HERE

I also got this awesome Vince Blouse for Christmas.  I actually ended up wearing it New Years Eve.  Ladies it is a great post pregnancy blouse because it is loose and I need loose these days to cover my saggy tummy.   It is actually loose enough that I think it could be worn pregnant too.Vince blouses are my absolute favorite they are such classic pieces that always fit well, are good quality, and can be worn all the time from dressy to casual.  I see myself getting alot of wear out of it.  It is long enough to pair with leggings and skinny jeans. It is a steal on sale right now 40% off in olive green and ivory. If you can find Vince on sale buy it!



Friday, January 3, 2014

10 Kick Ass Gadgets You Need in Your Kitchen

The New Year is the perfect time to revamp your cooking and cooking utensils and gadgets.  Even though I cook often, I get so inspired in the New Year to try new recipes and invest in a few new cooking tools to make my life easier.  With two babies I need to be productive in the shortest amount of time possible.
 I compiled a list of a few of my favorite cooking gadgets and new ones I am hoping to acquire.

 Last year I used a gift card my grandfather gave me for Christmas and purchased the Breville Juicer and it was the best investment ever.  I make Matt and I fresh juice most mornings,  it is a great way to start your day and I swear I have more energy the days I drink my green juice. 
 Plus it is on major sale right now online at Bloomingdales 
And if you are looking for great juice recipes, the Williams-Sonoma Blog has an awesome round-up of 30 juices to make.

I am dying to buy a Vitamix.  They are definitely expensive and an investment but I have heard nothing but amazing reviews about them.  Totally worth the money.  I really like that you can use it for hot or cold preparations.  I would use it for smoothies and soups.

Lets be honest with little sleep these days coffee is a big priority in the wee hours of the morning when I am up.  The Nespresso is the mack daddy of all coffee makers.  I love the sleek chrome look and the fact that it doesn't take up too much space.  I also love that it froths your milk.   Plus the coffee brewed from it tastes phenomenal.  Already told the rents I want this for my upcoming birthday!

I use my iPod when I am cooking all the time.  It is much easier than using my laptop in the kitchen.   If you are like me you use Pinterest often for recipes (my poor cookbooks are neglected).  This stand makes it easy to pull up Pinterest recipes and cook away!

I have wanted one of these forever.  I love the idea of creating raw salads and pastas with zucchini and squash.  You can even use it to make curly fries.  I actually just ordered myself one of these:)

How awesome does this Summer Squash Pasta look, that you could use the Spiralizer to create!

We received these electric salt and pepper mills for a wedding gift 6 years ago and still use them everyday.  They are amazing, they grate the salt and pepper so finely and quickly.   Plus they are pretty sitting out on your counter too.

Wheatgrass is filled with so many great nutrients for you, plus I love the taste of it.  I always get a shot of it when I pick up a smoothie and have wanted a way to make it at home.  I was delighted when I saw Williams-Sonoma carries a version.  It is under $100 and you can use it to press vegetables and fruits as well.

Who wouldn't want a pizza maker?  This one makes crispy brick oven pizza, which is my favorite.  It is on sale right now at Williams-Sonoma.  Everything Breville makes is awesome.

I would use it to make this Turkey Sausgae Broccoli Rabe Pizza.

These gold pans are hands down the best baking dishes ever.  They always cook everything evenly and I love the look of them.  I have this 6 piece set and use it all the time.  It is currently on sale for a really good deal.

 This is the best grater you will ever use.  All four sides grate different sizes and it even has a slice side if you want to thinly slice veggies.

 Any other gadgets I need in my kitchen?  Do share!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Coconut, Carrot, and Zuchini Muffins

The New Year always inspires me to revamp my diet and start eating healthier. This year I am even more motivated because I want to lose the last of my baby weight and fit back in all my old clothes!!  I made these muffins this week to have for a healthy breakfast and to bring to a friend who just moved in a new house.   They are filled with carrots, zucchini, coconut, and apples all super fresh ingredients.  You could even sub applesauce for the oil and whole wheat flour for regular if you are trying to be uber healthy.  They were super moist and full of flavor!   Plus Sterling devoured them and I have a hard time getting him to eat his veggies.  I will be making these often!
side note- I am smitten with my new West Elm marble platter my sister gave me for Christmas- they are on major sale HERE.

|| C O C O N U T  C A R R O T  A N D  Z U C H I N I  M U F F I N S ||


  • 2 cups shredded carrot
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped peeled apple
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Gently toss together carrot, zucchini, apple, coconut, almonds and
  • orange peel; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and
  • salt. Combine eggs, oil and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just
  • until moistened (batter will be thick).
  • Fold in carrot mixture. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups
  • two-thirds full.
  • Bake at 375° for 20-22 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool