Monthly Archives: August 2014


Labor Day Weekend Sales (Updated Daily!)

Over the next few days I’ll be sharing my favorite wow sales (mostly fashion and design, with a few baby-friendly bargains sprinkled in … I have teeny tiny dresses on the brain), because what would Labor Day weekend be without a few great {online} sales?  Plus, shopping tip:  By the time Labor Day weekend rolls around, retailers need to clear their shelves of back-to-school and summer merchandise, which motivates them to offer some seriously steep discounts.  In fact, you may actually find better deals over Labor Day weekend than you would during Black Friday sales … these sales are that good.

By the way, Monday is my birthday, so you know I’ll be treating myself to a few presents!  (Birthday wishlist to follow.)

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OTTE is offering 20% off of all bags + shoes with code LABORDAY20.  (Ends Friday, 8/29)  (This Clare V leopard crossbody bag is at the top of my wishlist!)

BAUBLEBAR is having a huge labor day sale … prices start at 50% off!  (Love, love, love the double baguette bar pendant!)

LULU & GEORGIA, one of my favorite home decor sites, is offering 25% off sitewide with code LABORDAY25 (Ends Monday, 9/1)

C. WONDER is taking 30% off full price items, plus free shipping over $100.

J.CREW is taking 25% off everything with code ALMOSTFALL.  (Love these shirttail sweaters for Fall!)

GAP is rolling out their Labor Day Event, with up to 40% off everything on the site.  (Ends 9/1)

MADEWELL is offering 20% off select dresses and boots and an extra 30% off all items already on sale with code YESYES.  (The Otis Boot, one of my faves, is on sale right now!)

BCBGeneration is taking a whopping 40% off sitewide!  (This floaty little black dress is perfect for every season, and the touch of lace on the back is gorgeous.)

LES NOUVELLES is taking an extra 25% off Spring/Summer Sale Collections, with code SOLONG.  (Ends September 1st at
Midnight ET.)

LORD & TAYLOR is having their annual Labor Day Sale with an extra 20% off regular and sale-priced items + 25% off clearance items. Use code: LABORDAY from 8/28/14-9/2/14.

OLD NAVY is offering up to 50% off the entire store (both in store and online) from 8/29 – 9/1.

WAITING ON MARTHA is taking 20% off EVERYTHING with code SOLONGSUMMER.  (Love this noir cake pedestal … how great would it be for a Halloween party?)

Image via See Want Shop


Lexi

Taylor Tomasi Hill’s New York Apartment

Every fashion girl knows and loves the street style star and Moda Operandi’s artistic director, Taylor Tomasi Hill.  With her signature red hair and statement making, color-packed outfits spotted all over New York City, it’s no surprise that her Chelsea apartment – a place she and her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, Chase, spent a long time hunting down – is every inch eclectic and gorgeous.  Prepare yourself for texture and color galore, straight ahead.

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The splashes of color mixed with vintage and salvage pieces really has my heart.

And the rustic metal-worked farm table in the dining room — I don’t think it get’s much cooler than that.  The very best part: the farm-style table was actually left in the apartment by the previous owners.  According to Taylor, it’s certainly been put to good use.  “It has already been used as a runway, a dance floor, and place to carve Halloween pumpkins.”

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Hello, shoes!

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“I am obsessed with texture,” says Hill, photographed in the entranceway of her Chelsea home. “Sometimes I think I want a whitewashed apartment, but in the end I can’t manage to stay away from color.”

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Images via Vogue // Photographed by Claiborne Swanson Frank // Interiors Stylist: Chiara de Rege


Lexi

Southwest Salad With Spicy Chicken and Low-Fat BBQ Ranch Greek Yogurt Dressing {RECIPE}

I actually love salad (the kind with too many toppings and yummy dressing, of course), and the end of Summer is the perfect excuse to throw together fresh and delicious salads.  Remember my round-up of Summer salad recipes?  I’m hooked.  This one is no different; it’s the kind of salad you’ll want to make all year long for lunch, dinner, you name it.  And hey, it’s salad, so it’s healthy!  Winning.

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Today, Rachel of Sugar-Coated Inspiration is sharing her tried-and-true recipe for a super yummy Southwest Summer Salad.  From Rachel, “It’s a salad that I make for myself all the time – it’s quick, simple, and healthy.”  Perfect.

This is the type of salad you’ll find yourself coming back to all Summer long, and the beauty is, you can add and subtract ingredients as you go.

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SOUTHWEST SUMMER SALAD {WITH SPICY CHICKEN & BBQ-RANCH GREEK YOGURT DRESSING}

Serves 2 people.

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GREEK YOGURT RANCH DRESSING

2 tsp. dried dill
1 tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. dried celery seed
½ tsp. chili powder
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

Directions

Add 1 tbsp. of this seasoning mix to…

1 cup of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tbsp. white vinegar
1 tbsp. milk

Mix the spices together in a small bowl and add about 1 tbsp. of them into a jar with the Greek yogurt. To that, add the white vinegar and milk (add more milk until you reach your desired consistency—the dressing should be fairly thick, though). Shake or stir in the jar to combine. You may need to season with a bit more salt & pepper. Also, this will make more dressing than you need for the salad (but extra is always good to have)!

*Before serving the salad, pour some ranch into a bowl and mix in about 2 tbsp. of your favorite BBQ sauce—until the dressing turns a pale pink/orange color.

I love this recipe, because the dressing is so flavorful (without any mayo) and once mixed with the BBQ sauce, it’s nearly impossible to tell that the dressing you’re eating is practically non-fat.

Seasoning mix recipe adapted via 5 Dollar Dinners

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SALAD

Romaine Lettuce
Bibb Lettuce
Corn
Black beans
Cucumber
Cherry tomatoes
Hass avocado

You can add as much or as little of these ingredients to your salad as you’d like, depending on your taste preference.

Directions

In a bowl, combine both romaine and bibb lettuce. Use enough to fill a bowl that’s as large as you would like your salad to be—I’d say I used about 3 heaping cups of lettuce combined. Then, top with corn, black beans, halved cherry tomatoes, bite-sized pieces of cucumber, and an avocado (smashed to the texture of guacamole). The avocado is really what makes this salad, for me, so I add the entire thing!

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SPICY CHICKEN

2 thinly sliced chicken breasts
Cayenne pepper
Chili powder
Garlic salt
Sea salt
Pepper

Season the chicken breasts generously with the chili powder, garlic salt, sea salt, and pepper. However, sprinkle lightly with cayenne pepper if you don’t want it to be too spicy! Cook the chicken in a pan with a bit of olive oil, and slice into cubes.

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CRISPS

½ cup of seasoned panko breadcrumbs
About 2 tbsp. olive oil

In the same pan that the chicken was cooked in, heat the olive oil. Once heated, add the breadcrumbs. Make sure that all of them are slightly coated in oil. In about 3 minutes they should fry up and become a crisp, golden brown. They add a nice little crunch to the salad.

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How good does this salad look?  


Lexi

Q&A With The B Bar: Basic Legal Protections Every Blogger Should Know

I juggle both a law career and a blog by day; and as a lawyer, I have the pretty unique advantage of knowing how to protect and negotiate work for my own blog.  Though my law career and blogging started out as two separate goals, over the years, I’ve really learned to merge the two (both for my own blog and for fellow bloggers.)  Last year, I wrote an e-book for The B Bar (an amazing resource for all of your blog and business questions); I talk extensively about all of the legal pitfalls and protections in my Blogging and the Law e-book for The B Bar.  I also blend helpful blogging and legal tips and tricks through my one-on-one consulting.  (When you’re looking for that extra blogging help or you’re ready to take your blog to the next level, definitely reach out to me!)

Fast-forward to today: Victoria, co-founder of The B Bar, asked me to do a little Q&A with her for The B Bar’s blog, The Well, all about the legal protections every blogger should be aware of, and I jumped at the chance to talk shop.

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Click over to The Well for the full interview!


Lexi

Trend Alert: Lace-up Sandals

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Talk about a seriously sexy sandal … say hello to the lace up sandal (perfect for Summer, and a great transition right into the Fall.)  And though the trend is nothing new, there was the the hugely popular Giuseppe Zanotti lace-up sandal in 2013, brands are going bigger and better with the 2014 update.  So many styles and patterns, and I’m thinking these could dress up a more casual cut of boyfriend jeans, or pair with an adorable party dress for a fancier occasion (check out how Hallie styled hers for a friend’s wedding … so glam.)

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Lace Up Flats: Schutz Erlina Lace Up Sandals // Lace Up Heels: Zara Woven Ankle Boot Sandal With High Heel

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Images via Aquazzura // Rock My Heels // Walk in Wonderland // Find Me A Muse


Lexi

Little Love Notes

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Hello, Friday!  On the agenda today, I have a blog consult, and nursery decorating.  Tonight it’s dinner with the fam and my baby sister, before she heads back to college for the semester (picture me sobbing.)  This weekend, Scarlett will be a month-and-a-half old, and I will have to start figuring out how the heck to get myself back into full-time work-mode.  Wish me luck!  Other than that, it’s a burp/feed/bathe the baby all while wearing my pajamas kind of weekend.  Any big weekend plans?

Dear Friday happy hour, three words: blackberry bramble smash.

Dear all black Summer styling, talk about chic inspiration.

Dear baby girl, thanks for being such a fabulous little model.

Dear unique party themes, this moon party is too cool for school.

Dear perfect Fall boots, these Madewell suede pull-on boots are incredibly similar to the oh so popular Isabel Marants, and are much more affordable.

Dear expecting mamas, you have got to check out this gorgeous maternity shoot (forgive me, I have Fall on the brain.)

Dear bag dreaming, it’s all about the Gucci disco bag.

Dear must-make DIY projects, Kate Spade inspired Ikea storage boxes.  So cute.

Dear everyone, in case you missed my little announcement on social media, I’ll be writing as a freelance editor for Brit + Co, one of my all-time favorite sites! First up, The Best Sites to Shop for Nursery Decor.

Image via The Buggy Blog


Lexi