Review: 6 Natural and Organic Sunscreens

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Have you tried sunscreens that claim to be ‘natural’, ‘organic’, ‘cruelty-free’, ‘vegan’, ‘gluten-free’? I had the opportunity to test out six different natural and organic sunscreens for an article I wrote for SheKnows. In the process of reviewing these products, I learned a lot about the different labeling companies use to try to get you… [Read More]

Pink Retro Dresses

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Stacey’s Look: Banana Republic Dress (similar); Anthropologie Cardigan (similar); Ann Taylor Bracelet (similar); Gap Belt (similar); Prada Clutch (similar); Manolo Blahnik Heels (similar) Did you watch the Mad Men season finale on Sunday? I did. I loved that show, but not for the obvious reasons—cute actors and a good story line. The biggest reason I… [Read More]

Practical or Posh: White Cat Eye Sunglasses

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Of all the different types of women’s sunglasses, cat eye sunglasses are one of my favorite styles to wear (like here). I like cat eyes because they help add some width to my face and draw attention toward my face. They help to balance out my long, angular face. Cat eye sunglasses are also retro, but… [Read More]

Grilled Dessert Recipes

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Yay! It’s grilling season. My husband makes some mean grilled meats, but that’s so obvious. I like when he steps outside of the box–my favorite is the grilled pizza he makes on bricks or in a cast iron skillet. We have family coming into town for Memorial Day this weekend, so we plan to grill… [Read More]

15 d’Orsay Flats Under $50

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I really love heels, but they don’t work into my lifestyle very often anymore–chasing around two years olds, and all. Since I don’t get to wear my heels very often, I want to make sure the flats I wear are both super stylish and ultra comfortable. I’m also traveling a lot for work, so besides… [Read More]

Mesh Clothing Trend

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If you read fashion magazines or frequent the mall, I bet you’ve seen mesh everywhere. It’s one of the hottest clothing trends of the spring, for sure. My old memory of mesh clothing takes me back to cheesy 80’s muscle tops. But today’s mesh clothing is not at all cheesy. Mesh clothing for spring is chic,… [Read More]

Practical or Posh: Black Suede Fringe Heels

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One of the biggest fashion trends for spring is fringe–fringe shoes, fringe handbags, fringe vests. I really love black suede fringe heels because they are playful, youthful and visually interesting. I prefer black heels because they are versatile and would look equally cute with shredded cut-offs or a party dress. The coveted Manolos are gorgeous,… [Read More]

Happy Mother’s Day

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To all the moms out there—Happy Mother’s Day! We all need to take a moment to appreciate the good moments with our kids and give ourselves a pat on the back for all our hard work this year. Parenting is hard. I’d be lying if I didn’t say the last year of my life, raising two… [Read More]

Monthly Best Beauty Finds Under $10

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I’m really excited to share this month’s best beauty finds under $10 because you can get all of them at your local drugstore and they are quality products for under 10 bucks! Maybelline FIT Me! Shine Free Foundation Stick – $9 Why I love it: This all-purpose foundation stick is awesome. It is super easy… [Read More]

3 Pays: Leather Jacket with a Skirt

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When I think of leather jackets, I think edgy, rocker chick. I love this look because they paired an ultra-feminine skirt and blouse with the biker jacket and ankle-wrapped pointed toe heels. I really love the hard and the soft together because it’s less expected and creates an interesting balance. I’ve talked about why I love… [Read More]

Blood Orange Tequila Old Fashioned

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Cinco De Mayo is an excellent excuse for a Mexican-inspired cocktail, if you need such a thing, with tequila being the signature spirit of Mexico. However, if you’re not drinking tequila as a shot, your options are shamefully limited. Yes, there are margarita varieties galore and the famous Paloma (or “Cazadores y Squirt” as my Latino friends… [Read More]

6 Tips for Ordering Wine in a Restaurant

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Enjoying a nice glass of wine with a meal is one of life’s great pleasures, but sometimes it’s hard to know what to order. I’ve come up with six tips to help make the ordering process easier. 1. Know where you are and what kind of wine list it has.  Depending on whether you are… [Read More]

Black and White Printed Pants

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{Stacey’s Look: LOFT pants, Banana Republic top (similar), Anthropologie jacket (similar), Urban Outfitters necklace (similar), Rockbox Bracelet & Ring, Banana Republic heels (similar)} My new job requires me to dress up a lot more than previous jobs. My go-to work uniform tends to be slim-fitting cropped pants, booties, and some blouse/cardigan combination. When I saw… [Read More]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Scones

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My husband gives me the hardest time about my peanut butter consumption. As I began making these peanut butter and jelly scones, he moaned about the fact that I’m constantly making peanut butter recipes (I’m not). I think he just likes to give me a hard time because I do, in fact, really like peanut… [Read More]

Practical or Posh: Blue Crossbody Bag

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I mentioned I’ve been traveling a lot for work lately. I have my go-to Balenciaga day bag that I bring on all my trips, but she’s getting worn out. Crossbody bags are the best option for travel because you can sling across your body and still manage to pull your carry-on bag and your laptop bag… [Read More]

Green Trench Coats

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{Stacey’s Look: Fendi Sunglasses, Bagatelle Jacket (similar), Banana Republic Dress (similar), Zoe Chicco Necklace, Banana Republic Layered Necklace (similar)} One of my favorite parts about spring is getting to wear light weight jackets. One of my favorites is this airy green trench coat. Phoenix weather doesn’t usually allow me to wear many coats, but I’ve… [Read More]

Carry On Beauty Essentials

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I’ve been traveling a lot for work lately (my favorite travel pics on Instagram). I love that I get to visit some pretty cool cities, but having to pack up my stuff every other week feels annoying at times. To make packing more To make packing more manageable, I’ve come up with a short list… [Read More]

Resale Shopping Online

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Since today is Earth Day, I wanted to share with you why I love to shop resale. There are three main reasons I shop pre-loved clothes, shoes and accessories — it’s good for the environment, for my finances, and allows me to get designer duds at a deep discount. When you think about used clothes,… [Read More]

Practical or Posh: Black Ripped Skinny Jeans

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If there is one fashion trend that I’ve seen on nearly every fashion blogger, it is ripped skinny jeans—black, white, blue, you pick. Scrolling through my Instagram feed, it seems like all I see is ripped jeans. I thought the trend would die out by now. But when I saw this article about fifty spring street style… [Read More]

Ellis Island Family History Day: My Grandparents

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I’m really proud of my Italian heritage. Since today is Ellis Island Family History Day, I wanted to share just a little bit of history about my own family. My father is first generation Italian American. He is a full-blooded Italian, and with his marriage to my mother, that makes me half Italian. I’ve always… [Read More]

Churro Cookies Recipe

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Cinco de Mayo is just a couple weeks away. I’m getting my margarita recipes ready, and scouting out the best guacamole recipe. But those are so obvious. I mean, I always have those things on Cinco de Mayo. I wanted to add something else fun to my menu, so I searched for interesting churro recipes…. [Read More]

Wardrobe Essential: Chambray Shirt

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{Stacey’s Look: LOFT Shirt, LOFT Necklace (similar)} One of my favorite wardrobe essentials is this ultra-soft, collarless, chambray shirt. I love it because it’s light-weight, doesn’t wrinkle, and goes with everything. I like layer it over dark jeans or a dress, almost like I would a jean jacket or cardigan. The light wash looks great… [Read More]

Practical or Posh: High Heel Leather Mules

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One of spring’s hottest shoe trends is high heel leather mules. Unlike the mules of the past, this spring, mules are youthful and fun (look at these Sophia Webster’s). Mules for spring come in lots of different shapes, colors, and heel heights and widths. I especially like these nude high heel mules from Vince because they… [Read More]

National Siblings Day: My Big Sister

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Today is National Siblings Day. I feel very lucky to have a sibling that I also consider my friend. Things didn’t start out that way though. My sister and I were very different kids growing up. I don’t have very many memories of us playing together because we liked very different things. My earliest memories… [Read More]

DIY Throw Pillows For Couch

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When we moved to Phoenix, we bought a new couch that came with two retro-70’s print throw pillows. Not my favorite, but we’ve used them for the last several months since we had them. Recently, the seams began to split and they need mending. I see this as a good thing because I don’t like… [Read More]

Practical or Posh: Black and White Striped Flats

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One of my all-time favorite pieces of clothing is a black and white striped blouse from J. Crew. I’ve owned it for years, but it’s one of those pieces that never goes out of style. Even better, black and white goes with everything. For spring, I’ve noticed several pairs of black and white striped flats…. [Read More]

Three Pays: Railroad Stripe Jeans

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What do you think of railroad stripe jeans? Initially, they reminded me of my childhood—I’m pretty sure I had a train conductor’s hat, with the same railroad stripes, at some point. But I kind of like the youthful flare railroad stripe jeans have to them. I love this J. Crew look for several reasons. First,… [Read More]

Flare Jeans Under $50

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Flare jeans are synonymous with the 70s. I always imagine a hippie chick with a flower wreath around her head and ultra wide, light washed, high waisted jeans. But flare jeans aren’t just retro, they are totally on-trend for spring. I’ve tried the super wide leg flared jeans, and even though I’m tall, they aren’t… [Read More]

8 Easter Egg Decorating Ideas for Adults

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Have you dyed your eggs yet? It’s something I’ve been thinking about doing with Rocco, but then I remember how not into cookie decorating he was at Christmas. I’m thinking egg dying might have to wait until next year. Or does it? There are so many cool and unique Easter egg decorating ideas out there… [Read More]

Asparagus Farro Risotto with Sweet Peas

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Do you do meatless Mondays? This asparagus farro risotto with sweet peas is a great choice. Farro is my new favorite grain. On a recent trip to San Francisco, my friend suggested we try Barbacco, which was delicious. I ordered the farro “risotto” with mushrooms. The waiter asked me if I’d ever eaten farro before–apparently, other… [Read More]

Fashion Forward Sneakers

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Am I too old to wear high tops? I recently texted this question to my husband, as I was browsing the abundant sneaker selection at Nordstrom. I was immediately drawn to all the brightly colored, fashion forward sneakers for women. Normally, I don’t pay much attention to sneakers. I mean, I own a few pairs… [Read More]

Black and White Blazer

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How you dress strongly influences how you feel and how others perceive you (like it or not). Most work days, I don’t overthink my outfit. I choose basics with a bit of flare, either a graphic print, fun jewelry, or sassy shoes. But when there’s a big meeting, I try a bit harder to look extra… [Read More]

Stylish Home Accents Under $100

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To be honest, most of my home decor has been acquired out of necessity, not with as much thought as I would like. A lot of it is disposable — stuff I bought in my early-mid twenties to fill space. The majority of the pieces I love the most were gifts. One of my students… [Read More]

Monthly Best Beauty Finds

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I’ve been searching for a powder with SPF for awhile. I’d heard great things about Peter Thomas Roth’s SPF powder, but I didn’t like the applicator brush and  prefer a pressed powder. I was pretty happy when I spotted this Physician’s Formula SPF pressed powder for under $15. Excited about my finding, I thought it would… [Read More]

8 Vegetarian Asparagus Recipes

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Asparagus was 88 cents a pound at the grocery store last weekend. Yay! Seriously, I was really excited. Sometimes, it’s the small things in life. I know it might sound funny, but I get really excited when it’s asparagus season. My favorite quick vegetable side dish is oven roasted asparagus with olive oil and a… [Read More]

2015 Pantone Color of the Year

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I’ve always been into fashion, but since I started blogging, I’ve become hyper aware of trends and styles. I didn’t even know what a Pantone color was until about a year ago. Now that I follow color trends more closely, I was super excited when they announced marsala as the 2015 Pantone color of the… [Read More]

Model Mom Style: Eclectic Style

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I’m so excited to introduce you to our newest Model Mom, Aimee. I met Aimee through one of our previous model moms, Andrea. Aimee was kind enough to let us shoot at her gorgeous, newly remodeled home. The moment she opened her large wooden front door, I felt an immense warmth and kindness radiating from… [Read More]

Negative Space Manicure

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My favorite nail art trend is the negative space manicure. So what is negative space? In the art world, negative space is the space around and between objects that make interesting shapes, not the shape of the object itself. The negative space manicure trend had a major moment last fall and this spring at Fashion Week…. [Read More]

Discovering the Picacho Peak Poppies

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Jade heard on NPR that the poppies were going to be in full bloom this past weekend because of all the rain and warmer temperatures we’ve had this spring. So, we took a quick road trip to see the Pichacho Peak poppies on Saturday. We’ve never been down to Picacho Peak State Park. Since it’s only a… [Read More]

Cast Iron Skillet Popeye Pizza

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My husband, Jade, heard about using a cast iron skillet to make deep dish pizza while listening to the Splendid Table. We finally got a cast iron skillet last fall to make honey sage cornbread, but we haven’t used it all that much.  Jade was interested to see how a pizza would turn out in… [Read More]

My New Layered Bob

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  You know when you reach that point with trying to grow out your hair where you just can’t take it anymore? I reached that breaking point last week. I was tired of trying to grow out my bangs, layers, and blondish highlights. My hair looked so limp, so lifeless, just so blah. So I… [Read More]

Paint Splatter Purses Trend

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Paint splattered clothing made a major come back this past fall. I say “come back” because I can remember this intentionally messy trend from way back in the 80’s. I personally wouldn’t wear it on my clothes, but I’m really loving paint splatter purses, shoes and accessories (look at these Manolos!). I first fell for the… [Read More]

8 Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipes

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My new office gives us unlimited hot drinks. Most days, I stick with my favorite earl gray, but the past couple afternoons, I’ve indulged by sipping a couple pre-packaged hot chocolates. Those little packets bring back memories of building snow forts and giant snowmen in my front yard. I loved playing in the snow as… [Read More]

New York Fashion Week F/W 2015

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New York Fashion Week F/W 2015 wraps up on Thursday. I love fashion week. Even though I haven’t attended yet, it’s on my bucket list. It almost felt like I was there, just by scanning my Instagram feed. There were so many runway images and short video clips to watch. A lot of the fall/winter… [Read More]

Funfetti Cake Pops From Scratch

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For my daughter’s first birthday, I made her a funfetti cake from scratch. I made way too much cake though, so I had almost an entire cake and enough frosting left to make funfetti cake pops. I’d never made cake pops before, so I wasn’t sure where to start. I created my recipe based on… [Read More]

Stacey’s Oscars Red Carpet Ensemble

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I’m going to attend the Oscars someday. I don’t have grand plans to take up acting, I just want to hang out on the red carpet in a really fabulous gown. Since I’m not going this year, I thought it would be fun to put together a look I’d wear on the Oscars red carpet… [Read More]

Practical or Posh: Red Lace Dress with Sleeves

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So I’m a little late on the national wear red day, but it’s never too late to wear a red dress. Wearing red shows you are confident and bold. Red is actually one of my favorite colors to wear when I need a little pick me up or I have an important meeting. I immediately… [Read More]

Baby First Birthday + DIY Rag Tie Banner

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My baby girl turned one recently. Happy Birthday Gigi! To celebrate, I wanted to decorate a bit, but didn’t want to do anything too time-consuming (like Rocco’s fire truck party). My time is really pressed with work and juggling the kids, so I only had one weekend to do her decorations, the cake, and her outfit…. [Read More]

Homemade Funfetti Birthday Cake

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For my daughter’s first birthday, I decided to make a homemade funfetti birthday cake for a couple reason. First, it’s cute and looks pretty. Second, I made a low-sugar healthy smash cake for my son’s first birthday, and he didn’t dig into it like I had hoped. I figured the lure of the sweet buttery… [Read More]

Best and Worst Super Bowl Commercials 2015

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Like a lot of girls I know, we watch the Super Bowl for the commercials and the half-time show. Katy Perry killed it, although her mic didn’t sound quite right. I paid a little more attention to the actual game this year. I was cheering for the Seahawks, only because Russel Wilson is a fellow… [Read More]

Heart Fashion Accessories

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Heart fashion accessories aren’t just for Valentine’s day. Heart shapes are a fashion staple. I love heart prints, as much on clothes as I do on accessories. Remember those popular J.Crew sweaters with the giant hearts on the chest from a couple years back (Kate Spade makes a cute one now)? If you like hearts, but don’t want to… [Read More]