Currently craving: all things burgundy

This photo is from a trip to Carmel, Indiana back in October of 2015. The leaves were so spectacular — it made me miss real seasons. And although we’re not getting much of a fall yet, I’m still inspired to pull out all my favorite fall colors. Here’s a few burgundy items on my radar…

 

 

 

 

 

What I’m meal prepping for the week ahead

Most Sundays I spend some time meal prepping. I enlist the help of my daughter who loves to mix things together and pour ingredients into bowls. I don’t want to spend too much time on it, but having some recipes on hand to make quick and healthy items to grab-and-go makes for a smooth week of healthy eating. It also means I don’t have to cook every night since I make enough to last two (sometimes three) nights.

Here’s what I’m prepping on Sunday and have on hand to make for the week…

Quinoa breakfast bars: These are seriously so good and really hit the spot for those afternoon hunger pains. A bonus is that my daughter loves them and asks for them in her lunch.

Kale, apple and quinoa salad: Since I’m already making a batch of quinoa, might as well use it for something else. I’ll wait to add the dressing for later since I’ll be using this as part of my lunches for the coming week.

Sweet potato and sausage quinoa bake: (Pictured above) Notice a theme here? More quinoa. Literally just finished eating this and it’s SO good and super easy to make. I added more kale than recommended.

Butternut squash and spinach lasagna: I’m excited to try this one. Maybe not the healthiest with all that cheese, but I’m OK with that.

Chicken pot pie: It’s Fall, but it’s still pretty warm around here. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some fall meals like a good ‘ol fashion chicken pot pie.

What are some of your favorite go-to’s?

Favorite places in my home

I love interior design as much as I do fashion. Designing a room is much like putting together an outfit; you have to think about colors, textures and the mood you’re going for. I definitely lean more towards the mid century modern look, but I also look to the opinions of my sister and mom for design help and inspiration.

Here are the top three spaces in my home I get the most questions about and where to buy the items:

Living room: I love the way this room came together. The fireplace is in an awkward place and the room is really long, so initially I had a hard time designing this space. The art above the fireplace is something I created on a whim when we first moved in. It’s really grown on me! For a long time I really wanted to mount a mantle on the fireplace, but it might make the space too crowded. I like the retro feel of it for now.

 

Kitchen: We’re in this space the most: breakfast, lunch and even dinners. We hardly use our dining room anymore, but I think once the kids are a little older we’ll start using it again. I absolutely love this table not only for it’s fun design, but that it’s really kid friendly. There have been so many things spilled on this and accidental marker ink and it always comes out. The art piece is by Grey Malin, but I linked a similar and less expensive version below.

 

 

Bedroom: This room has changed the most since we moved in. I had a hard time finding a comforter that wasn’t too feminine and not too manly. I settled for a unique stripe in a pretty grey knowing that I could have fun pillows. There’s still a lot I want to do to this space: update the fan, add an area rug that’s the right size, new closet doors…etc. I am also looking for the perfect bench to add at the foot of the bed. Any suggestions are welcome!

 

 

Floral

I picked up this silk blouse when I was visiting NYC for work last year. I found it in one of the best Saks Off Fifth stores I’ve ever been to. There was no doubt I had to get it — silk blouses are a must for my work wardrobe. When the temps drop I love layering them under cashmere sweaters and blazers.

It’s hard to believe we’re in our second week of October already! The change of the season is always fun and I’m excited for Halloween, fall meals and cozy weather.

Pants: Theory, similar // Top: Rebecca Taylor, similar // Shoes: Ann Taylor, similar // Bag: c/o Flat Iron, similar // Sunglasses: Chanel // Earrings: Gorjana

 

 

My favorite everyday jewelry

I don’t own a lot of jewelry, but I do have my go-to pieces that I wear all the time. I love the pieces I have collected for myself, from my family and from my husband. Wearing the jewelry makes me think of the person who gifted it to me or what it represents. Aside from these very special pieces, I rounded up my absolute favorites that I wear almost every day.

The earrings in this picture are my latest obsession. Can you tell that the large disc goes behind the ear? And you can wear the small disc by itself if you want. How cool is that? The picture on the Nordstrom website shows them side by side, but check them out here.

Which ones are your favorites? Comment below!

 

Five reasons to love midi skirts

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve probably noticed I have been fully embracing midi skirts. One of my favorites is this one. I love the drape and sheen — so pretty! I bought this pleated one during the Nordstrom anniversary sale for less than $40. It was similar to this one which was out of my price range. Here are five reasons why you should love midi skirts, too.

 

  1. You can dress them up or down: I wore this outfit to work but I could easily switch to sneakers and a graphic tee for the weekend.
  2. They’re fun to wear: let’s be honest, midi skirts are so feminine and I love the way they drape so nicely.
  3. They are always sophisticated: when in doubt, throw on a midi skirt for any event. You basically can’t go wrong: brunch, work, night out, running errands…
  4. They’re fun to layer: I’ll wear a cozy turtleneck sweater over them when the temps drop.
  5. Use it as a cover-up: Throw it over a bathing suit if you’re spending the day seaside.

My favorite sweaters this season

Ok, you have to finally accept that we are officially in #sweaterweather season. Although I was hanging on to summer as long as possible, I do like the change of season — well, as much of a change that we get here in southern California. Below are my favorite sweaters this season.

Which one is your favorite?