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Today I’m sharing some pictures of our powder room that we updated towards the end of last year. I never got around to documenting it on here, but I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out! I love wallpaper and have helped clients select variations for their homes, but in my own home I tend to have commitment issues. I wanted something that flowed with our home, made an impact but wasn’t too bold and had an overall timeless appeal. Powder rooms tend to be a good place to play around with design. They are small but have a lot of traffic so everyone gets to enjoy your creative selections!

Serena and Lily’s Priano wallpaper is what I finally settled on and I couldn’t love it more. Previously we had Sherwin Williams Sea Salt on our walls with the wainscoting being white. I was hoping to be able to keep Sea Salt as a part of the new design which is what ultimately led me to pair it with this wallpaper in ‘pink sand’ which worked beautifully together. Sea Salt has a soft, spa-like vibe to it which makes it a very popular bathroom go-to color and one that I specify often for clients.

Since wallpaper cannot be changed out as easily as paint, I knew I wanted a rather timeless look that I wouldn’t tire of easily and this combination did it for me. Outside of the paint and wallpaper, we changed out our previously framed mirror for one that wouldn’t take away from the wallpaper. I love the elegant shape of this beveled mirror that we selected.

We kept the existing fixtures and changed out the milk glass shades to clear glass (we lost one shade during the wallpapering process but I’m happy with the change in the end). It’s a small room with a big impact and just may be my new favorite in the house!

As a side note, if you are planning to paint, I highly recommend ordering large painted swatches that you can hang and replace from Samplize. They have all the top paint brands and you typically have your swatches in hand the following day. These large samples made a world of difference in comparing and getting a better idea as to how each color will read in your space. You can check those out HERE.

It’s that time of year when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale comes along and we ever so briefly think about the fall season to come. I know there are mixed feelings when it comes to this sale in particular, and in my opinion, it isn’t as appealing as it was in years past. I do however always take advantage of some key items that are worth grabbing at a discounted price. Below I’m sharing what I purchased this year as well as items that I’ve bought in the past and/or believe are great pieces to take advantage of while they are marked down. The sale is currently open to all Nordstrom cardholders and opens to everyone on July 15th but you can create your wishlist now so you’ll be ready to check out. You can find everything I share linked below.

Here are the purchases I made this year…

And here are items I’ve bought in the past and find to be #NSale staples…

Summer Pastels

You know me and my love for ruffles and pretty prints, so naturally I wasn’t about to pass up this adorable floral top. It also comes in a solid which I have from last year in cream (seen here). You could pair this style with anything from a denim skirt to cut-offs to a dressier pant for work etc. These pants are from Zara and I have them in a couple of colorways. I realized my closet was lacking bottoms in anything other than my more neutral navy, black and army green so I wanted to branch out a bit. Both Zara and Loft are great places to look for pants in a wide variety of colors and styles. Whether you’re looking for a wide, straight or tapered leg, you can find them all.

top (available in solid here) / pants / shoes (similar) / sunglasses (similar)

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Loft: New Arrivals

I hadn’t ventured into Loft lately, so I stopped in the other day and found so many cute pieces! If you need anything patriotic for the 4th, I’ve included them as well. The best part is, you are able to wear everything all summer long. Plenty of cute, casual looks as well as a number of pretty dresses for all your outdoor gatherings. Most things ran true to size unless otherwise noted below and I’m 5’7″ for reference. Currently you can get 50% off your purchase with code YAY!

Dresses like this are so practical and always get a ton of wear. With sandals or sneakers and a denim jacket over top it’s great for picnics or ball games or also makes a great swim cover-up.

I loved this adorable jumpsuit. It’s another one that you could pair with white sneakers and a denim jacket or take it in the other direction with sandals and a blazer to dress it up for church, work, showers stc.

This dress screams summer time! I love the plaid print and and the cut-out back. I’m typically an xs in Loft dresses which is true here.

The mix of color and prints on this shirt-dress was so pretty! A great piece to pack for a beach vacation.

Loft has a knack for playful prints like this pineapple sweatshirt. It’s light-weight and pairs perfectly with these green, tie-waist shorts. I’m wearing a small in the top and xs in the bottoms (their bottoms tend to run large).

A basic striped tee is always good to have on hand. Instead of pairing with basic denim, consider mixing and matching those bright summer hues.

A classic light-weight Lou and Grey sweater with patriotic flair. I’m wearing the small here. I don’t always have luck in Loft jeans, but this style was a winner for me. I love the vintage wash and straight leg, it’s exactly what I’m drawn to these days and they feel much more expensive than their price tag (especially at half off!).

A great, classic, striped tee that you can’t go wrong with. Pair it with shorts, skirts, sneakers, sandals….the combinations are endless with this one.

A cute and casual sleeveless sweatshirt that also comes with matching shorts. Super cute to pack for vacation for lounging around.

It doesn’t get much more summer classic than this red, white and blue combo. All three are great mix and match pieces, but I love pairing tailored shorts and a blazer together for a chic summer look. The tee runs large as do the shorts, I recommend sizing down in them.

This terry sweatshirt is perfect when you need an extra summer layer. It would be great for chilly mornings/evenings at the beach!

I love a good business casual look regardless of where I’m wearing it. This blazer is lightweight, comes in a bunch of color ways and is perfect for summer. It has a slightly oversized look which is on-trend at the moment, yet it doesn’t feel overly boxy or shapeless. It would look just as cute over a maxi dress or with a graphic tee and cut-off shorts. You can really get your money’s worth with this piece! These gingham pants are all sorts of adorable with their neutral print and paperbag waist. Not to mention they are so comfortable and run true to size. I could see these worn with just about any solid color top or even a chambray shirt to dress them down a bit. If you need a good base layer this summer, this bodysuit has been my go-to and I have it in an array of colors. The white one just had a run in with a bottle of nail polish in the wash (a sentence I never thought I’d have to say) but I have a new one already on the way!

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One-Piece Swim Picks

With Memorial Day behind us and pool season in full swing, I wanted to share some of my favorites when it comes to swimwear. For the most-part I’ve always been more drawn to one piece suits than any other style. I find them to be flattering and I generally feel more comfortable and confident in them. In addition to a good fit that isn’t too cheeky, I’m always looking for fun and feminine details in a swimsuit. Whether it’s a bow or ruffles, scalloped edges or fun color-blocking, there are multiple ways to express your style and personality. Below you’ll find my top swimwear picks that fit this criteria in an array of color ways. And if you’re on the hunt for a good cover-up, I love both this fishnet sweater and this long wrap skirt. Both are lightweight and great layering pieces to mix and match all summer long.

A great pair of white denim paired with a feminine top is one of my favorite looks. White tends to elevate any look, looking oh so crisp and clean, hopefully ;) These jeans have the perfect amount of stretch with a mix of distressing. I love the straight leg fit on this pair in particular. No matter what, white is always at least somewhat see-through, so the relaxed leg and looser fit allows me to be more comfortable overall in this pair. As I typically do in Madewell, I sized down in these for the best fit. The top is one of a couple that I have recently ordered from Boden. I love their fun prints and attention to detail, not to mention their excellent quality. I started ordering from them when Jack was a baby because I couldn’t handle their adorable line of baby clothing! It didn’t take long for me to cross over to the women’s section where I continue to find stand-out pieces that become instant favorites.

top (runs slightly small) / denim (run slightly large) / bag / sunglasses / earrings / shoes (TJMaxx, see similar below)

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Mother’s Day 2022

After two days of non-stop rain, the sun decided to make an appearance so that we could enjoy Mother’s Day this past weekend! We hosted a low-key afternoon at our house for our mother’s and family and celebrated Audrey’s 7th birthday in conjunction. My kids graciously cooperated for some pictures and worked with their dad to add to the scrapbook that has become a Mother’s Day tradition for us. It’s something I treasure more and more each year! I feel as though we are at such a sweet spot with our kids at the ages they are, but now more than ever the years seem to be fleeting. I cried while I scrolled through pictures of Audrey, my baby, on her birthday. It’s such an emotional journey as you mourn those baby/toddler years while at the same time you enjoy the stage of life they are currently in. Each of them are so unique with their own strengths and talents and it’s such a blessing to watch them grow into their own individual self.

I could wait to break out the spring colors, pairing this beauty of a top with these bold pink trousers. These pants filled a void in my closet (ie a major lack of color) and I can’t wait to continue to style them in a variety of ways. The printed top paired perfectly with the trousers but it also looks beautiful with white denim. It’s flowy and light-weight, perfect for the warmer months and also comes in a blue/pink combo if that’s more your style. And these sunglasses have been my some of my favorites for years and I continue to get asked about them regularly. At the moment you can find them marked down!

top / sunglasses / pants / heels

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

With Mother’s Day on the horizon, I’ve gathered some gift ideas for all the special women in your life. From the newest mother to the most seasoned, and every important motherly role in your life (because we all know it takes a village), I hope you’re able to express your gratitude to them all this Mother’s Day. Below you’ll find a number of gift ideas which I hope you’ll find as a helpful resource!

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From pretty to practical and functional, I for one, would be thrilled to receive any of the above! Cute pj’s and the coziest slippers are always a good go-to. As is a pretty pitcher that you could overflow with her favorite flowers. For the mom that’s on the go, running kids here and there, check out this chic cooler, this practical belt bag or a cute visor to hide from the sun during all those games and practices. I can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t love a great tunic for layering or wearing with leggings. Pair it with this beautiful clutch or a fun pair of earrings or even a pair of woven sandals for summer. There’s also pretty stationary that you could personalize, a fabulous cosmetic case or a puzzle that the whole family could join in on. No matter how you decide to express your gratitude this Mother’s Day, I know she’ll be thankful!

Strawberry Salad

This salad is a fan favorite that I have been making for years. Someone made it at a school function many years ago and I immediately asked for the recipe which I’ve kept tucked into my notes since then. I love mixing fruit into a salad and when you pair it with slivered candied almonds and raspberry vinaigrette, it makes for one incredibly delicious salad! It’s great for summer gatherings or even paired with some grilled chicken for a quick and healthy dinner.

The only tedious step (which is 1000% worth it) is preparing the candied almonds. I’ll detail the steps for you below, but know that just when you think you’ve burnt them, you’re doing it right ;) I typically double the recipe (or even triple based on the size of the salad), but you may want to do it in batches until you get the hang of it.

Strawberry Salad:


1/2 C Sliced Almonds (or 1 C if doubling)
3 TBSP Raw Sugar (or 6 TBSP if doubling)
Salad Mix (Spring Mix or Spinach works well)
Sliced Strawberries
1 can Mandarin Oranges
Raspberry Vinaigrette (I use Ken’s)


To prepare the candied almonds, over medium heat add the sliced almonds and raw sugar to a skillet and stir constantly for about 3-5 minutes. They will begin to get golden brown. Just when you smell them begin to burn, toss for 30 seconds more and then remove from heat. Spread the almonds across non-stick foil to cool. Once cooled completely, break into small, bite-sized pieces.

To prepare the salad, place washed greens in a large bowl and layer strawberries and oranges on top. I typically arrange them in circles. Top with candied almonds and hold of on the dressing until just before serving.