Monday, September 1, 2014

fall staple // the denim dress

Denim Dresses for fall, denim dresses for under $100, denim dresses for under $50, denim dresses for under $30

I was going to save this post for tomorrow, but the Labor Day sales are just too good. Almost every single dress here is under $100 and most are under $50 (with a few under $30!)...

I can't even believe it myself.


Friday, August 29, 2014

labor day sales & steals

The last sweet days of summer...

Get outside and enjoy them.

If you're in the shopping mood Labor Day sales abound.

Here are some of my favorites...

Anthropologie // EXTRA 20% off sale items
Barney's Warehouse // take up to an extra 30% off select styles
Baublebar // styles starting at 50% off
C.Wonder // 30% off full price items & an additional 50% off sale
Club Monaco // 50% off clearance & extra 40% off sale 
DVF // 30% off "wear now styles" 
Figue // 50% off select styles
Furbish // 15% off everything with the code ENDOFSUMMER
Gap // up to 40% off
Gorjana & Griffin // 25% off site-wide with the code LABORDAY25
Halston Heritage // take an additional 20% off all sale styles with the code LABORDAY20
J.Crew // 40% off final sale with free shipping on orders over $100
Ledbury // up to 30% off
Loeffler Randall // 15% off sitewide with the code LABORDAY
Lulu and Georgia // 25% off with the code LABORDAY25
Madewell // 20% off select dresses & boots and an extra 30% off all sale with the code YESYES
Nasty Gal // 30% off
Nordstrom // Clearance sale: 40% off mens, womens, juniors, kids, home & gifts
Old Navy // 40% off the entire store  
Otte // 20% off shoes and handbags through Friday with the code LABORDAY20
Rag & Bone // 30% off pre-fall styles
Target // up to 25% off select home, outdoor and more
Tibi // 20% off select styles with the code HELLOFALL
Waiting on Martha // 20% off everything with the code SOLONGSUMMER
Zhush // 20% off everything with the code LABORDAY2014 

Phew! Enjoy!


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

currently coveting

some notes…

This sweater is the best. It's the perfect length to wear over jeans, or leggings for a quick errand if you're feeling lazy. It comes in black, brown, gray and a deep currant red. Oh. And it's under $60 right now. HELLO. 

This bag has the lines of Celine without the price tag. 

Loeffler Randall does shoes right and these heels are no exception. Leopard is a neutral folks.

Shinola is now selling a highly curated group of pet accessories. The leashes and collars are too classic to pass up.

Also, Otte is offering 20% off all bags and shoes through Friday with the code LABORDAY20. That means the good ones like Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang and my personal favorite Clare Vivier. If you want, i'd be a great time to snatch up the flat version of the leopard clutch I'm always carrying.


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

taco stuffed peppers

taco stuffed peppers recipe

I’m not the biggest recipe girl. They kind of stress me out. You have to buy strange ingredients and then you only use a teaspoon while the rest goes to waste. Then, you have to get 364 measuring cups dirty. Then you have to wash it and put it all away.


However, I do feel pretty comfortable making up my own recipes. Which is what I did with this.

But first, a little background...

Mike would, if given the choice, eat tacos every single day. And, because I don’t cook tacos nightly, he is single-handedly responsible for keeping Chipotle in business. I however, am not really a taco girl. They're fine, but well, I would rather have lasagna.

So, the other night I decided to make a variation on the beloved taco….

Taco Stuffed Peppers

*use your best judgement for quantity*
peppers (any colors)
ground chicken
shredded cheese
taco seasoning
cayenne Pepper 
salt & pepper

hot sauce, salsa, guacamole, sour cream

  • Pre-heat oven to 350.
  • Cut the tops off your peppers and set them aside. You can also trim the bottoms (slightly) to help them stand up straight.
  • Remove the seeds from the peppers.
  • Bake the empty peppers in the oven for 15 minutes. Take them out and let them cool.
  • In one pan, brown the ground chicken. Then add the taco seasoning with water (follow the seasoning’s directions).
  • Chop up the onions, mushrooms and the tops and bottoms of the peppers into small pieces.
  • In a second pan, over medium heat, cook the peppers and onions until they onions are clear (about 15 minutes).
  • Add the mushrooms to the peppers and onions and cook for a few more minutes.
  • At the very end add the spinach and cook until it is wilted.
  • Remove the mixture from heat and spoon it into the peppers. (If you have extra it’s great over a salad or in a wrap).
  • Top the peppers with cheese and baked in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Garnish with your favorite taco toppings…salsa, hot sauce, guacamole, sour cream.
  • They’re great leftover too!


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Do you knows know about Rebecca Atwood?

She makes the most gorgeous hand printed pillows and I'm delighted to inform you that she just started selling fabric too. The first line is stunning with the perfect mix of classic and whimsical prints. 

Best of all, the colorways are a harmonious blend of neutrals-with-a-twist that work beautifully together.

Take a look...

rebecca atwood pillows

I couldn't resist the opportunity to play around with an imaginary living space…

ashley manfred design

And, for some exciting news! 

I have been doing a little interior design work on the side and it has been going really well (if I do say so myself). So I'm opening it up to blog readers. I know a lot of people can feel intimated by design, and think their space or budget doesn't warrant help. However, sometimes having a second opinion is all you need to save time and money in the long run.

So how does it work?

I can do something as simple as the inspiration board above, and then you can order on your own. Or, I can do everything from designing, to ordering, to installing. It really works around your needs. So, whether you're looking for help with finishing touches (pillows, art, lamps) or you need an entire room redone I'm here to help. There is no project too big or too small, so please feel free to reach out to me.

You can email me at for rates and more info. 


Monday, August 25, 2014

emerson fry fall/winter 2014 preview

It's so secret that I love Emerson Fry. Every season the lookbook arrives in my inbox and I'm completely obsessed with every single piece. "Yes," I think, "This is all my closet needs." 

Well, this season is no exception. It's filled with beautiful basics and classic coats, yet nothing is boring. Consider for a moment, these snakeskin loafers…perfection.

I love the look of this menswear inspired coat. And those jeans are the perfect color. 

A classic black coat that goes from day to night.

An edgy, studded belt. Wear it with your jeans, or over a coat.

Beautiful riding boots…

The perfect bag. This is absolutely going on my birthday list. 

Two great shirts. One borrowed from the boys, and one printed silk that will most definitely have people asking, "Where did you get that?"

The great thing about EF is that every piece works from season to season and year to year. This dress works just as well in January as it does in July. 

The line launches tomorrow, August 26th. Be sure to check it out!


Saturday, August 23, 2014


I'm not bossy, I'm the boss mug

Happy Saturday my friends! 

I hope you have fun weekend plans. My parents are visiting from Michigan which always mean good meals and lots of walking. I can't wait! 

If you're in the Internet-reading-mood, here are a few links...

Gaby is one of my favorite people in blogland, and her home was featured on Glitter Guide this week. It's stylish and fun, just what you would expect out of her.

Jenna Lyons on beauty.

Motor cycle jackets under $100.

On Thursday we had dinner at 44th and X. If you haven't been I highly, highly recommend it. It's one of the best places to go before the theatre in New York, and I love their slogan "Heaven in Hell." 

Speaking of food. I caught up with a girlfriend at Jacob's Pickles this week. I knew it had a fun atmosphere, but I was blown away by how the good the food was AND they have root beer on tap! Bliss.

Need this mug (pictured above).

(Scary) video on the importance of sunscreen.

I'm loving the look of this denim dress (on sale right now).

And incase you missed it...

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