Jewel Tone Lace Mock Neck Top

I love wearing gem tones because they work really well on my olivey complexion. When I saw this top, I was excited to try it on because I really love lace, and I liked how the lack mock neck top had the scalloped detail around the neckline. Once I got it on, I was even… [Read More]

Over-the-Knee Boots Under $200

Over-the-knee boots—trashy or trendy? Honestly, my first thought when I saw these were on trend for fall was, pretty woman. I started reconsidering after my husband commented on a pair he saw and thought they’d look great with my quilted black dress. It’s not quite a mini dress, but also on the shorter side than… [Read More]

Making Sock It To Me Cake From Scratch

How this Green Bay, Wisconsin girl came to make Sock It To Me Cake from scratch is a bit of an interesting story. Jade and I were chatting about recipes that remind us of the holidays. He mentioned how Sock It To Me cake became a holiday tradition for his family because his mother loved… [Read More]

Scuba Biker Jacket

Have you noticed neoprene and scuba clothes everywhere the past few seasons? I personally love these pieces because of  the architectural nature of the stiffer fabric. I recently found this scuba biker jacket (on sale!) and chose it for a couple reasons. First, it is super comfortable – like wearing a sweatshirt, but still has the… [Read More]

Spiced Donut Muffins

Whenever I’m looking for interesting recipes, I always turn to Pinterest for inspiration. The other day, I pinned these pumpkin donut muffins and got pretty excited — the taste of a donut without the grease of frying and not having to buy a special pan to bake donuts. Awesome.I considered making the pumpkin version I pinned,… [Read More]

What to Wear on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. I can’t believe it. As most of us are planning what we’re going to cook or bring to your family’s dinner, it’s about time you think about what to wear on Thanksgiving. If you’re meeting your in-laws for the first time, or doing a less-traditional ‘Friendsgiving’ or hosting… [Read More]

Let’s Discuss: Social Media vs Reality

How many of you purposely leave the house with deodorant stains on your shirt…with your dress tucked into your tights…with toilet paper stuck to your shoes? I mean, who purposely airs their dirty laundry (not named Kardashian)? Even reality TV shows are not reality. My point is, social media is no different. Of COURSE people… [Read More]

10 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides

For me, Thanksgiving dinner is really about the sides. The turkey gets all the hype, but I could not care less about the bird (even though my hubby has a magical ability to make it really tasty). I’m a side dish gal all the way. As a kid, I would fill my plate with mashed… [Read More]

Green Military Vest

Vests have remained one of my favorite trends since last fall, when I first featured them. I love vests because they make great transition pieces for cooler weather, without the bulk of a winter coat. In Phoenix, I rarely need to wear anything heavier than a fall jacket. Throwing a vest over a sweater is a… [Read More]

Phoenix Toddler Activities with Gram

My mom came to visit last week so she could spend Halloween with my kiddos. Just two weeks before she came, our friends at Toyota asked if we wanted to try out the 2016 4Runner. It couldn’t have been better timing, as it is pretty tough to fit five people comfortably in our Camry, with… [Read More]

Fall Booties Under $50

I generally don’t advocate for buying inexpensive footwear because I believe shoes (and purses) should be quality investment pieces that will last you for years. But there are exceptions to my rule. The exceptions are 1) you can’t afford the quality pair you are eyeing, but you still want a cute new item for fall;… [Read More]

8 Ideas for Leftover Halloween Candy

My husband and I don’t eat very much candy. Our kids don’t eat much candy either — not just because we limit it, but mostly because they don’t like it. Crazy, right? This lack of candy-eating means that trick-or-treating yields a ton of leftover Halloween candy that we don’t really want around the house. Are… [Read More]

Spa Body Treatments

Every girl deserves to indulge in spa body treatments, massages or facials every now and then. If you’re a busy mom like me, you totally understand how precious (and difficult) it is to get some alone time. A spa day is probably my favorite way to relax. There is just something so tranquil about the… [Read More]

Homemade Lion Costume + Dorothy

Mid-September, my hubby and I started brainstorming ideas of what the kids should be for Halloween this year. Since Gigi is old enough to walk on her own this year (I carried her in the Bjorn last year), we immediately began thinking about ‘couples’ costume ideas — in the sense of having two children, close… [Read More]

12 Pumpkin Spice Recipes

When October rolls around, I’m so ready for fall and all the flavors fall brings — especially all the pumpkin spice recipes I can find. I like me some pumpkin. I’ve shared my favorite pumpkin spice cookies, pumpkin nutella bars, pumpkin scones and pumpkin pancakes before, but I’m always on the hunt for different pumpkin… [Read More]

Working Mom Blaze Birthday Party

I feel bad. I feel like the worst mommy in the world because I wasn’t in town for my son’s third birthday. I wasn’t there to wake him up, give him a giant hug, or wish him a happy birthday. I feel worse that we had to celebrate it on a day that fit better into… [Read More]

Two Must-Do Things in Montreal

I feel very lucky that I get to travel to some pretty cool places for my job (Dublin, London, Paris, San Francisco, New York…). This week took me to Montreal. I haven’t been to Canada in a couple years; my last trip was to Vancouver back in 2012. I didn’t have much time to actually… [Read More]

Practical or Posh: Black Embellished Top

I love an embellished top. I wasn’t even looking for this gorgeous Elie Saab top, but it popped up during one of my online window (browser) shopping trips. When I saw the black embellished top, I think my jaw actually dropped. No, I could never fathom spending THAT much on any one piece of clothing,… [Read More]

Quilted Drop Waist Dress

When I saw this quilted drop waist dress, I initially wasn’t going to bother trying it on because the 1920s silhouette doesn’t usually look very good on my figure. I have a much smaller waist and very wide hips, which doesn’t usually jive with a drop waist dress. But I grabbed it anyway and proceeded to the… [Read More]

All Natural Homemade Peppermint Patties

After researching homemade candy recipes, I couldn’t help but try making some myself. I haven’t met that many candies I didn’t like, but one of my favorites is junior mints — especially at movies.Junior Mints and Peppermint Patties are one of my favorite sweet treats – something about the dark chocolate and mint are satisfying, without… [Read More]

How Cool is the Fendi Monster?

The Fendi Monster is iconic. Whether you like their furry monsters and bag bugs or not, they are a status symbol for the ultra cool and stylish. There has literally been a Fendi frenzy, with Kendall and Kylie out in front as Fendi’s informal (and formal!) models, regularly toting the little fur balls. The Fendi Monsters and… [Read More]

Fall 2015 Makeup Trend: Berry Color

One fall 2015 makeup trend that I can’t help but notice is the resurgence of berry colored lips and nails. It takes me back to the 90s, but I do like the trend every now and then. I’m currently obsessed with the Essie “In The Lobby” color because it feels so appropriate for fall. It is really… [Read More]

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]