12 Homemade Candy Recipes

I can’t believe it’s October already. But I’m happy it’s October because, in Phoenix, that means fall is here — the nights are the perfect temperature and days are a lot more bearable. Fall is also my favorite time of the year because it means Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner! Halloween… [Read More]

How to Be Your Own Health Advocate

Three months after Gigi was born and for the past 16 months I’ve had some chronic pain. Despite probably 50 doctors’ visits, they haven’t been able to figure out it. I’ve seen various specialists, physical therapists, internists, and pain specialists. I’ve been subjected to countless x-rays and MRIs. I’ve spent nearly six months in physical… [Read More]

Red A-Line Dress

You know that one item in your closet that you wear and instantly feel fabulous? Well, for me, that’s my little red a-line dress. We know that red is color that elicits power and confidence. It makes you feel sexy and the opposite sex finds red appealing. If these things actually make you shy away from… [Read More]

Pumpkin Nutella Bars

Do you have a fall obsession with everything pumpkin like I do? I’m not sure why we all go crazy for our #PSL the minute it’s available at Starbucks, but there is just this undeniable connection between fall and #pumpkineverything. Right?One of my favorite childhood recipes was when my mom would make her delicious pumpkin… [Read More]

Practical or Posh: Leather Midi Skirt

Is it just me or are leather skirts like a major fashion trend this fall? Everywhere I look, I see more leather, or ‘vegan’ leather in skirts, pants, and clothing accents. My current favorite leather piece is a leather midi skirt (if you haven’t noticed, I really love the midi skirt shape). I love a leather midi… [Read More]

Polka Dot Cropped Pants

My go-to fall work ‘uniform’ is some version of cropped pants with a blouse and a layering piece. I never thought I could wear printed pants because of my wide and curvy hips, but I’ve found that printed pants are quite flattering (remember these black and white ones?). I already have quite a lot of… [Read More]

Potty Training Tips For Boys

There is a ton of potty training tips for boys out there, but a lot of those didn’t really work for us. I already wrote about our early adventures in potty training with our two and a half-year-old, Rocco. The standard ‘sticker chart’ was a big flop, and using a training potty seemed to inhibit… [Read More]

Fall Jackets Under $100

Fall is my favorite season. Staring at the changing leaves and bundling up in knit sweaters are some of the things I miss most about living in Wisconsin. Last week, I noticed just the slightest coolness to the sun-drenched Arizona morning. Maybe ‘chill’ is even too strong of a word, but it wasn’t the same… [Read More]

Vegetarian Lasagna

I’m constantly looking for healthy ways to incorporate more veggies into my life. It’s even better if I can find a recipe that freezes really well so I can take leftovers to work for lunch. Enter, the easiest and super healthy vegetarian lasagna recipe. This recipe is great because it’s one of those dishes I… [Read More]

Saying Goodbye to My Childhood Home

I never thought this day would come, that my parents would sell my childhood home. Yes, my dad had been talking about it for several years, but something always stopped them from moving forward with the sale. This summer, they finally decided it was time to move into a new place, with less maintenance and… [Read More]

Tunic Over Skirt Look

It’s not quite fall weather in Phoenix, but I’m looking forward to breaking out my booties and sweaters. While checking out some of the fall lines, I noticed tunics with turtle necks are very popular this season. I noticed this Anthropologie tunic over skirt look because the layering is done so well and the pop of… [Read More]

French Lavender Lemon Bars

The day before I left to come home from Paris, I realized I hadn’t gotten my husband any souvenirs.  It’s not like forgot about him, it’s that he not really into ‘stuff’ and I know he wouldn’t be very excited about a Paris t-shirt. On my leisurely walk home from Notre Dame, I popped in this… [Read More]

Do I Believe in Spirits?

I’m not a religious person. The last time I sat through a church service was my friend’s wedding several years ago. As a child, I attended Sunday school in a Lutheran church and later decided to attend Catholic church because that’s where all my friends were going (come on, I was a middle schooler who… [Read More]

London and Paris The Second Time Around

Almost 13 years ago, I traveled to London and Paris to visit a friend who was living abroad at the time. With all the time that has gone by, I have kept distinct first impressions of London and Paris in my mind from the first time around. Paris was white, beautiful and immaculate. London was… [Read More]

Lace Accent Clothing Trend

I’m in Paris for work this week and I’ve seen several Parisians wearing lace tops and other clothing with lace accents. I noticed these women because they look ultra chic. Plus, lace is one of my favorite textiles. I love clothing with a lace accent because they are so feminine and timeless, which tends to be… [Read More]

8 Things I Love About Ireland

My work took me to Ireland last week (I know, I’m a lucky girl). I’ve never been to Ireland before, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I had my list of touristy things I needed to do while I was there, but some of the things I liked best had nothing at all… [Read More]

Creeper Shoes (I Don’t Hate)

I’m in London for work this week and I’ve seen more creepers in the last few days than I’ve ever seen in the U.S., which makes sense given their origin here. I’ve seen creepers popping up on fashion blogs for the past few seasons, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere. To be honest, I generally… [Read More]

Practical or Posh – Gold Chronograph Watch For Women

I’m always about timeless pieces. Yes, I do like to follow some fashion trend every now and then, but generally, I stick to the basics with a few trendy pieces thrown in. I’ve searched to find the perfect gold chronograph watch for women, and I always end up at the same place. For the price… [Read More]

Grand Canyon Mule Drink Recipe

When the ladies at 5 O’Clock Fashionistas contacted me to create a signature cocktail for my current state of Arizona, a few ideas immediately came to mind – limes and tequila were a must. I’ve lived in Arizona on and off for 7 years now and one thing I’ve learned is that Arizonans love their… [Read More]

Trendy Back to School Clothes

I’m a total school nerd. Growing up, I loved school and I still love school (I work at a university). I also loved summer breaks, but I always looked forward to getting ready for another year to start in school. I looked forward to back to school shopping so much–I used to make up lists… [Read More]

Healthy Homemade Kids Snacks

Since he first started solids, Rocco has remained a picky eater. We’ve tried our best to get him to try new things, and every now and then, he surprises us (raw broccoli anyone?). Most of the time, he sticks to what he knows. Snack time has become pretty mundane. I still prefer to give him healthier… [Read More]

10 Things I Miss About Life Before Kids

I love my kids more than anything, but there are times when I miss some aspects of my pre-kid life. I try not to dwell on the negative aspects of parenting, but I got to thinking about this yesterday after one more absurd attempt to use the bathroom in private. Here are the 10 things… [Read More]

Back to School Clothes for Kindergarten Boys

My friend was telling me about how her son started kindergarten this week, which got me thinking about Rocco. In just a couple years, I’ll be preparing to send him to his first day of school. I can distinctly remember my first day of kindergarten. I was so excited to start school and I absolutely loved… [Read More]

Summer Eggplant Tomato Onion Pie

I am so tired of store bought, rotisserie chicken and a roasted veggie – our default, go-to, weekday meal. Needless to say, my husband and I have been on the hunt for new healthy recipes, that are relatively quick and easy. This Eggplant Tomato Onion Pie hits all of those marks with the added bonus of… [Read More]

Slip Dress Trend

I’ve been on the fence about the slip dress trend. It reminds me so much of ’90s grunge that I just wasn’t sure it was a trend that should come back around. Whether you like it or not, the slip dress trend is back in a big way. It works super well if you’re flat… [Read More]

10 Best Homemade Popsicle Recipes

It’s July in Phoenix so I’m constantly trying to find ways to stay cool. Homemade ice cream or other icy treats are probably my favorite way to cool down. Last summer, we made some homemade bomb pops, which were a fun summer treat. I wanted to find something new to try making at home, so… [Read More]

Practical or Posh: Lace Mini Dress

Lace is by far my favorite textile. I am always drawn to lace pieces, especially in pastels and whites. Lace is so feminine and pretty. I am obsessed with this Self Portrait lace mini dress for a couple reasons. The color is beautiful, the lace is intricate and the panels paired with the see through… [Read More]

Little White Dress

{Stacey’s Look: LOFT Dress, Marc Jacobs Wallet (similar), Manolo Blahnik Heels (similar), Perry Street Earrings (similar)} The hunt to find the perfect little white dress is always at the top of my summer shopping list. Nothing says summer fashion to me quite as much as a little white dress. Shorts, sandals and swimsuits are a… [Read More]

Busy Mom At-Home Manicure

Like most moms, I’m often too busy to find time to pamper myself. My weekends are too jam packed to fit in a professional manicure, and weeknights are full of caring for the kids and dinner prep.  If you’re a busy mom like me, you know that an at-home manicure is usually the only option…. [Read More]

Denim Jacket White Skirt Look – More or Less

So I’m still totally smitten with midi skirts. When I saw this J. Crew denim jacket white skirt look, I was drawn to the contrast between the crispness of the white midi skirt and the casual faded denim jacket. Then, they dress up the look with fashion-forward black and white printed lace-up heels. The graphic… [Read More]

Adventures in Potty Training

It’s 5 pm some random weekday afternoon and Rocco’s daycare teacher asks if we’ve thought about potty training. Rocco asked to use the potty at school, so she thinks he’s ready. I wince, but admit that he’s asked to sit on the potty at home several times (with his pants on). I concede that he… [Read More]

14 Summer Cocktail Recipes

I’m on the hunt for the perfect summer cocktail recipes. Why? Because my new friends at the 5 O’Clock Fashionistas asked me to create an Arizona cocktail. I still haven’t put my finger on what I should make to represent the state of AZ. I decided to look for interesting summer cocktail recipes for inspiration…. [Read More]

How to Wear Cut Off Jean Shorts

Have you noticed how cut off jean shorts are everywhere this summer? It seems like the more tattered and worn, the better. Ironically, cut off jean shorts remind me of my dad because, in high school, I stole an old pair of his Levi’s and made them into cut-offs I wore with this old 70’s belt…. [Read More]

Practical or Posh: Floral Print Midi Skirt

One of my favorite looks for summer is a floral print midi skirt with a crisp white blouse, tucked in or cropped. Floral prints are so feminine and fun and I think the midi shape gives a bit of a retro vibe, while being subtly sexy. Midi skirts are still ultra-popular even though I first… [Read More]

4 Benefits of a Spa Deluxe Pedicure

If I’m honest, I generally do my own pedicures at home or visit my local strip mall for the $20 standard pedicure. I never get the add-ons –no sea salts or flower decals for me. When it comes to pedicures, I just never really thought there were that many benefits of a spa deluxe pedicure… [Read More]

Phoenix Staycation Ideas for Toddlers

For the long 4th of July weekend, we considered a road trip to escape the heat to Sedona or Flagstaff, but then we remembered that Gigi starts crying about 30 minutes into any car ride. Scratch that idea. We decided to spend the long weekend at home.  Since Lexus let us borrow the 2015 NX… [Read More]

20 Summer Beach Essentials

Who’s headed to the beach this weekend? I wish I was–instead, we’re staying home and continuing potty training. Fun, fun! I’ve been missing the beach lately, which is the biggest negative of leaving California. Since I’m not actually getting a beach vacation this holiday weekend, I decided to daydream about all the things I’d bring… [Read More]

Star Print Fashion Trend

Certain prints always seem to be in style–namely, some version of dots, stars, hearts and flowers.  I love the star print fashion trend because stars give a youthful vibe, but can still look chic and modern. If you aren’t sure what to wear for the fourth of July, I love the idea of throwing on… [Read More]

June Best Beauty Finds Under $10

My makeup routine in the summer shifts to lighter and more sheer lotions and concealers. I also stick with lighter eyeshadow colors and very simple lip moisturizers. With the start of summer, I wanted to add a few new beauty products to my arsenal. I found three new best beauty finds under $10 — a… [Read More]

Red White and Blue Dessert Recipes

How are you celebrating this 4th of July? We’re planning a pretty low-key long weekend at home with trips to the local splash pads and a few dips in our pool. We will definitely throw some burgers or brats on the grill and make some yummy side dishes, but I want to make some fun… [Read More]

Everything Cookie Recipe

You know when you have a bunch of leftover baking ingredients sitting around? I realized the other day, I had all these leftovers from previous recipes (phish food brownies). With extra marshmallows, chocolate chips, and toffee chips, I searched for a recipe idea and came up with an everything cookie recipe. I decided to use… [Read More]

Wrap Dresses Under $100

A quality wrap dress is one of my wardrobe staples, especially in the summer. I own a black jersey one with a giant beige palm leaves print that I’ve owned for at least 5 years, if not closer to a decade. It’s one of those pieces I choose to wear on days when I want… [Read More]

Homemade Iced Coffee Recipe

To make it through my work day, I rely heavily on iced coffee. It’s become something of a morning ritual to walk over to my local Starbucks and grab a venti iced coffee. At over 3 bucks a pop, my monthly coffee total is really starting to put a dent in my disposable budget. Given… [Read More]

Practical or Posh: Gold Gladiator Sandals

  What’s your current go-to summer sandal? I’ve been on the hunt for some new ones because I’ve pretty much worn-out my old gladiators. Even though my husband hates how they look, I really love gladiators because they are much more stylish and supportive than basic flip-flops. I especially love gold gladiator sandals because metallics are… [Read More]

Toddler Girl Summer Clothes Under $20

I’m a bad mommy. I dress my daughter in her brother’s hand-me-downs. The shock, the horror, the embarrassment! In all seriousness, I only put her in his old jeans (that appear unisex) and his old pajamas (yes, they have trucks and dinosaurs on them, but no one sees her but me and her dad). I… [Read More]

Happy Blogiversary Posh In Progress!

Happy Blogiversary Posh In Progress! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for two years already. In some ways, it feels just like yesterday that we started the blog. But wow how things have changed in the last two years. We lived in California, Rocco was only 7.5 months old and Gigi wasn’t even conceived yet…. [Read More]

Pastel Polka Dot Dress

This is my first summer back in Phoenix after a five-year hiatus. I recently realized my standard work outfit that worked great in California – even in summer – just won’t work in Phoenix. Looking more closely at my wardrobe, I own way too many fall and spring-friendly cropped pants and blouses and not nearly enough… [Read More]

9 Things I Want My Child to Know

I was confronted by my own mortality the other day. Long story short, it got me thinking about what would happen if I wasn’t here. In a flash, my eyes welled up at the thought of not getting to watch my kids grow up, to not be an integral part of their young lives and… [Read More]

One Piece Swimsuits Under $50

Are you guys ready for swimsuit season? I’ve already busted out my suit for a couple of afternoons in our backyard kiddy pool. I learned my lesson that I needed to wear a suit after my 15-month-old Gigi made a game of pouring water on my leg (and pants). Generally, I prefer a one-piece these… [Read More]

NYC Sample Sale: Paul Andrew Shoes Sale

One of the perks of my job is that I get to travel quite a bit (follow along on Instagram). Last week, I visited New York. My days were packed with meetings and taxi and subway rides to meetings, but at the end of one of the days I found some time to duck into a… [Read More]

Take 2: Phish Food Brownie Recipe

Caramel, chocolate and marshmallows — oh my! This new phish food brownie recipe is everything I wanted to make two years ago but didn’t quite get right. Take 2 on the phish food brownies was a huge success. I decided to try to remake the original phish food brownie recipe because, although they were delicious the… [Read More]