10 Best Homemade Popsicle Recipes

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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

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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

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{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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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  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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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]

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]