Wednesday, September 17, 2014

sale alert // 20% off everything at Otte

It's hump day!

Here's a fabulous sale to get you through the week…

Otte is offering 20% off of everything in the store with the code FALL20

Otte carries a lot of beautiful brands and pieces. They're often more "splurge" items for me, so a sale like this is the perfect time to snatch up something you've been coveting. I've had my eye on the black version of this Ellen dress (the blue and white was my go-to this summer) and this hat. It's also my go-to spot for closet staples like Rag & Bone jeans and Clare Vivier clutches

Here are a few more of my favorites…


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*The only designer exceptions are Acne and Isabel/Etoile Isable Marant.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Quick and easy kale salad

Like I've said, I don't cook often, so when I do I am disproportionately proud of myself. 

Last night I made dinner and whipped up this kale salad to have with chicken burgers. I made the recipe up in my head after seeing similar things on menus. So, I apologize in advance if you're like "wah-wah not impressed," but this recipe was easy and delicious so I figured I would share.

Kale Salad
1 red onion 1 head of kale1/2 cup dried cherries2 tbsp hemp hearts (or flax seeds or nuts)2 tbsp olive oilDrizzle of balsamic vinaigrette 
1. Chop the red onion into small pieces. Add olive oil to a large frying pan and cook the red onions over medium heat until they are soft.
2. Chop the kale into medium sized pieces, remove the stems. Once the onions are cooked, add the kale and continue to cook until the kale is bright green.
3. When the kale is cooked, take it off the heat. Add cherries, hemp hearts (or flax seeds or nuts) and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette. Serve warm.

I bought the kale and onion when I was picking up the burgers, but we had everything else at home. Truthfully, I probably would have done pecans or some other nut, but all we had were hemp hearts (werido I know…from smoothies) and they were delicious. 

Plus, dried cherries and balsamic basically make everything better.

It's perfect because you can eat it with dinner, but it's also great leftover. I highly recommend it with grilled chicken mixed in.

Oh, and if you're interested, our plates


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Monday, September 15, 2014


Marissa Webb for Banana Republic, Banana Republic Fall Collection 2014

When Banana Republic announced that Marissa Webb would be taking over as creative director, it was clear they were trying to tap into the same "Jenna" phenomenon that has taken J.Crew from a preppy catalog company to a legitimate fashion powerhouse. 

Well Banana Republic, mission accomplished. 

Webb, who worked at J.Crew before launching her own line, was a good bet. Their new fall collection is incredible thanks to Webb's signature borrowed-from-the-boys styling and a classic, toned down palette. As someone who hasn't shopped at Banana Republic in years, I'm excited to check out the entire line in person.

Marissa Webb for Banana Republic, Banana Republic Fall Collection 2014

The coats are especially wonderful. They're not all online right now, but I'm hoping they're in stores.

Marissa Webb for Banana Republic, Banana Republic Fall Collection 2014

Marissa Webb for Banana Republic, Banana Republic Fall Collection 2014

This is the only heel you'll ever need. Love them styled with these drapey pants.

Marissa Webb for Banana Republic, Banana Republic Fall Collection 2014

Marissa Webb for Banana Republic, Banana Republic Fall Collection 2014

The men's fall collection looks amazing too.

Marissa Webb for Banana Republic, Banana Republic Fall Collection 2014

Marissa Webb for Banana Republic, Banana Republic Fall Collection 2014

And this last look is by far my favorite. It's not what I expect out of BR, which is exactly why I love it.

half zip sweater | faux leather pants (love these) | pump


Saturday, September 13, 2014


Happy weekend!

I hope you all had a fabulous week. It was my first week back at school so I'm simultaneously exhausted and exhilarated. It's always fun to get back into a routine and it feels good to have the first week under my belt.

If you're in the mood, here are some of my favorite links from the week...

With school on the mind, 40 Children's Books that even adults love.

I can't wait to see this documentary

45 reasons Gilmore Girls is the best thing to happen to Netflix (especially #22)…

…and the Twitter reactions that exciting news.

Sarah Jessica Parkers's townhouse is for sale….which means you can finally tour Carrie's closet.

J.Crew is offering 30% off final sale and 50% of select final sale with the code EASYSALE.

Marissa Webb is doing amazing things at Banana Republic. This weekend they're offering 40% off your entire purchase with BRYAY40.

And in case you missed it…the best of burgundy and chambray dresses for fall. 


Friday, September 12, 2014


New York fashion week creates a lot of buzz, but the best show in town doesn't require an invitation. 

And, thanks to street style photographers everywhere, it doesn't even require being in New York. 

You see, the most fascinating fashion during NYFW is on the streets. 

This fall I was thrilled to see pared down, menswear inspired basics on some of my favorite ladies. Here are a few pieces to get the look on your own. 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

A clever way to display your books

Would you ever display your books in a fireplace? 

It's a great way to kill two birds with one stone if you have a non-working fireplace. You have a place to stash your books and you fill that empty-awkward space (with something a little more surprising than candles).

We don't have a mantle in our apartment, but I would definitely try it if we did.

Kate Spade approves. As evidenced by their pop-up shop in England...
And just for fun, an artist's rendering of the same space…

Stay tuned for some more great ways to display your books in the next week.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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