{Outfit} On the beach

You know that saying, “the days are long, but the years are short”? It could not be more true. My baby is turning one in two weeks and I don’t know how that is possible. The last year has been crazy for us, between adjusting to being a family of four, a new job for me, added responsibility at work for Geoff, and tons of projects around the house.

Anyway, to commemorate Audrey’s upcoming birthday, we had family pictures taken on the beach in Cape May. They came out so well, I had to show off a couple of them here!

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J.Crew tee // 7 for All Mankind jeans // Kate Spade watch

I also have to point out my new boyfriend jeans from 7 for All Mankind. I haven’t bought new 7s in years, but these are AMAZING. I went down a size thanks to the advice of the woman helping me at Nordstrom and they’re perfectly stretchy with just enough slouch. And the denim is so ridiculously soft that it feels like I’m wearing pajama pants. Heaven.

Oh, and Audrey’s dress is Tucker & Tate from Nordstrom and Daniel’s shirt is from J.Crew, if you’re into that kind of thing ;)

Moving on from Warby Parker (and a David Kind review)


Almost three years ago, I took my first shot at online glasses shopping and bought a pair of Warby Parker Linwood glasses. I loved the process (more on that in a minute) and I loved my glasses. However, when it was time to get a new pair, I knew I wouldn’t go back to WP for one main reason — the freaking smudging. Let’s be real here — a complete pair of Warby Parker glasses costs $95. That HAS to come with some trade offs. In this case (somewhat confirmed by a conversation with some eye care professionals), I believe that payoff comes in the form of lower quality lenses. I can’t be mad based on the price I paid, and I honestly would still recommend Warby Parker to someone looking for attractive glasses at a low price point, but I just decided it was time for me to upgrade.

Enter David Kind. I found out about the company via a PR pitch (though I didn’t get free glasses or compensation of any sort to write this post) and was excited to see another company with a similar model but a higher quality product. Here’s a breakdown of a comparison between the companies from my perspective.


Nearly identical. Both offer free at-home try-on experiences, where you choose styles to be sent for you to try on (with non-prescription lenses, of course). From there you decide which ones work for you and place your order (or not — there’s no obligation). David Kind has a more robust process to build a style profile, and their specialists add a couple of styles to your try-on box. I ended up getting a style that was one of my own choices, the Otto, but I do like the idea of getting suggestions I might not have otherwise considered.

Oh, and I have to mention that David Kind’s try-on box opens up to reveal a big mirror inside, which is great — especially if you’re like me and carried it around to show off to all of my girlfriends at work, most of whom wanted to try them on themselves.

With both companies, you email them your prescription information so the glasses can be made for you. Easy peasy.


Warby Parker definitely has more options at this point, but I think their aesthetics are pretty similar. Lots of tortoiseshell and slightly hipster styles. I could easily have found multiple frames from each site that would have worked for me.

Style is the #1 reason that I’ve taken to online glasses shopping. Before I made this purchase, I did EXTENSIVE browsing at a number of brick and mortar stores that sell glasses and I can honestly say I didn’t find a single pair of frames that I loved. I don’t know what it is, but online shops seem to have much more contemporary styles.


My Warby Parkers held up really well for three years — three years during which I’ve worn them every single day and had kids trying to yank them off of my head and/or eat them. This is not anything to sniff at. That said, the previously mentioned smudging issue got to be EXTREMELY annoying. So far I haven’t had that issue with my David Kinds, and hopefully it will stay that way.

The David Kind frames are VERY lightweight, which is nice, but does make me a little bit nervous about their durability. I’ll update this post if I end up having any issues.


Warby Parker glasses are typically $95 for the frame and lenses–more if you need progressives. David Kind glasses are $295 for frame and lenses–again, progressives are more expensive. For that price you get higher quality lenses (interesting details on that in this Forbes article) and frames that are handcrafted in Italy.


At the end of the day, I’m a fan of online glasses shopping. I haven’t had my new glasses for long enough to make a completely fair assessment, but so far, I’m really happy with my decision to give David Kind a shot.

If anyone has David Kind glasses, I’d love to hear about your experience and particularly how they’ve held up!

{Outfit} Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia 2015


Lilly Pulitzer dress // Diane von Furstenberg wedges // Kenneth Jay Lane earrings (no longer available) // Sinamay fascinator

So, after all of my shopping and deliberating over dresses, I ended up going with a Lilly dress from Rent the Runway. It was my first RTR experience, and it worked out really well. Was it the dress I would have chosen if money was no object? No. But it was comfortable and pretty flattering, and definitely appropriate for the occasion. Plus, my fascinator sort of stole the show and made me feel very elegant.

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia 2015 was WET. It rained through dinner, so this photo was taken after dark (hence the subpar lighting) and after we ate our dinner wearing ponchos and holding umbrellas. Thankfully the rain stopped after dinner and the rest of the evening was dry. Regardless of the weather, it was a really fun night and I’m already planning for our third dîner next year.

Here are a few pictures I took during the evening!


The inevitable selfie


My brother’s girlfriend looking glamorous

Cheerleading lifts en blanc? // My little brother and me // Umbrellas everywhere

Cheerleading lifts en blanc? // My little brother and me // Umbrellas everywhere

If you attended DEB in Philly or another city, I’d love to hear about your experience!

Where has all the lip gloss gone?


I remember buying my first Juicy Tubes like it was yesterday. It was during college and I took a trip to the King of Prussia Mall to hit up Bloomingdales. I probably spent 20 minutes laboring over the perfect color, before settling on a watermelon pink (of course). It was my gateway drug from drugstore makeup to the world of department store brands. I soon graduated to MAC’s Lipglass, and eventually moved on to YSL, Dior and other “fancy” glosses. My gloss collection grew to epic proportions and I rarely finished a tube because I was splitting time between so many favorites.

Sometime in the last few years, my gloss addiction waned. There was a low maintenance period where it was all about tinted balms, a step above plain old Chapstick. Then I moved on to pencils, and most recently, I’ve been wearing a lot of bold lipsticks. It wasn’t a conscious decision to avoid glosses — in fact, I didn’t even realize it had happened until I got a new gloss from Bite in one of my PopSugar Must Have boxes. I pulled it out and had a “Huh, look at that…lip gloss?” reaction. It promptly went in the drawer with all of my other excess makeup (I have a lot) and was forgotten about. The other day I was hunting around for the right lip color to wear with a dress, came across the gloss and decided to give it a shot.

Why did I stop wearing lip gloss??

Granted, I’m not used to the relative stickiness of it, but my lips were shiny! And I didn’t have to worry about the color migrating off of my lips! And it added moisture! For the past week or so, I’ve found myself reaching for the gloss more often (though sometimes a girl just needs her Luxembourg pencil) and really liking it. I don’t think I’ll be abandoning my pencils or lipsticks or even balm, but I do think I’ll be changing it up more.

Now I’m wondering whether it’s just me, or if other people have found themselves abandoning lip gloss, consciously or otherwise?

{What to Wear} Dîner en Blanc

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Last year I was way too pregnant to attend Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia, but this year, Geoff and I will be dusting off our white table and chairs, gathering our linens, and suiting up for a repeat of one of the best events I’ve ever attended. If you’re not familiar with Dîner en Blanc, check out my posts from two years ago here, here and here.

With the dîner coming up in three weeks, I’m starting to think about what I’ll be wearing this year. I’ve considered having my Rachel Pally dress from last year (which is still available!) shortened to make it more cocktail length, but of course I’d love to find something new that won’t break the bank. I’ve been playing around with some ideas, so I figured I’d share for those of you who are also in the midst of your shopping!


Dress // Flower Crown // Earrings // Watch // Wedges (on sale!)


Dress (on sale!) // Hat // Necklace // Wedges


Dress // Headband // Earrings // Sandals

By the way, Dîner en Blanc is now being held in 25 cities across the U.S., so even if you’re not in the Philly area, there might be one near you!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale shopping spree

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Classiques Entier Cap Sleeve Ponte Sheath Dress // Franco Sarto ‘Linden’ Leather Bootie // Vince Boyfriend Trousers // Caslon Print 3/4 Sleeve Split Neck Blouse // Pleione Mixed Media V-Neck Tunic // Kate Spade ‘Shawna’ Sunglasses

In my spa day post, I mentioned that I’ve had a stressful few weeks. The main cause of stress (aside from a very strong-willed three year old and a baby who wants to be held by mommy during all waking hours) is that after almost ten years of working at the same PR agency, I left my job. It was a big decision, but my new position is really exciting AND I cut out a ton of commuting time. So…what better time to have a little fun at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

There are a lot of great dresses in the sale this year, but I was focused on finding one that would be good for any formal meetings. I’m completely over wearing suits, but that means I need to have more business attire. This is a really basic, but really flattering LBD that I know will be in regular rotation.

I mentioned recently that a major area of need in my wardrobe right now is work-appropriate tops. My new office is business casual (including jeans, woot!), so I’m now going for things that work in that environment. This Caslon blouse is nice and flowy and looks great with my white AG jeans. This tunic is similar to a top I got during a past Anniversary Sale that I love. It’s really soft and easy to wear and long enough that I can wear it with leggings (though maybe not for work).

Sunglasses weren’t even close to on my shopping list when I headed to the store, but I fell in love with this pair from Kate Spade and the price was too good to walk away from. They’re very different than most of my other sunglasses, which is nice for the sake of diversification.

Shoes are another area of my closet that I’m working to slowly revamp to better reflect my lifestyle (i.e. fewer pumps, more flats and chunky heels). I wore my Banana Republic Tamsin booties a lot last year, but decided that I wanted a pair black booties as well. This Franco Sarto style is super comfortable and will work well with dresses, pants, jeans, etc.

Last but not least, I got a pair of Vince pants a couple of years ago and they made me never want to buy pants from certain brands (::cough::Gap::cough::) again. I didn’t really need these boyfriend trousers, but the color caught my eye and they look really cute — plus, perfect for business casual.

Have you shopped the sale yet? Picked up anything exciting? If not, you’ve still got through this weekend to hit the sale in store or online!

My spa day at The Rittenhouse

If there is a heaven, I hope it’s something like the spa at The Rittenhouse hotel.

Okay, so maybe I’m being dramatic, but I had a spa day at The Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair by Paul Labrecque two weeks ago and it was GLORIOUS. I’d had a pretty stressful couple of weeks (more on that in another post), so when the folks from The Rittenhouse reached out to see if I’d be interested in coming in to the spa for some services, I couldn’t have said yes any faster.


My afternoon of relaxation consisted of a massage, a facial and a blow out. I’ve had my share of spa services at some really nice places, but there was something over the top about the experience. For example, when I walked into the massage room (wearing the softest robe ever), my therapist offered to hand blend me an aromatherapy treatment to my liking. Then there was the bed for the facial that I would have taken home with me if I thought I could get away with it. And the relaxation room that I could have happily napped in all day.

After the massage and facial, I was off to the salon for a blow out. It started with a deep sea mud conditioning treatment and an awesome scalp massage (because I hadn’t been massaged enough yet). And then I met Ettore. “What are we doing today? I’m thinking Victoria’s Secret. As soon as I saw that long hair, I thought Victoria’s Secret,” he said as I sat in his chair. Of course I was up for whatever he wanted to do. That ended up being a brush set, which, as you can see, involved sticking a whole bunch of round brushes in my hair like they were curlers. We chatted while he did his thing about his work on commercial shoots and why I started blogging (answer: I was bored).


In the end, I don’t think I’ll be modeling lingerie anytime soon, but my hair did have more volume than it’s had in a long time. My mom told me it reminded her of when I did Glamour Shots in the mall when I was 13 — and that was a compliment, I assure you. I told Ettore that I’d be back before my next big event, and I meant it.


Thanks to everyone at The Rittenhouse for giving this mama a much needed break! And to all of my Philly friends and readers, do yourself a favor and find an excuse to get pampered.

I received complimentary treatments but wasn’t otherwise compensated for this post; all words and opinions are my own. Trust me, it was that good!

{Outfit} Summer wedding style


This weekend, a good friend of Geoff’s from college got married on this gorgeous estate in Wilmington, Delaware. As usual, I struggled to figure out what the heck to wear, and after buying and returning a number of options, I ended up with a floral Betsey Johnson sheath. VERY different for me, considering I usually default to LBDs for weddings, but I decided to go outside of my comfort zone.


Betsey Johnson dress // Tommy Hilfiger Collection clutch // Nina shoes (similar here and here) // Vintage ring // Butter London ‘Teddy Girl’ nail polish

I paired the dress with a Tommy Hilfiger Collection clutch that I’ve had for years but don’t get to pull out very often. I was worried it was going to be too much, but the colors were perfect for the dress, so I went for it. I kept my jewelry simple, other than the aquamarine ring that was left to me by my grandmother — another piece that I don’t have many excuses to wear.

Overall I felt good with what I was wearing, and I got a lot more compliments than I probably would have if I was wearing another black dress. It was a good reminder that sometimes I need to take a chance with my fashion choices.

My Everlane wish list and recent purchases

Everlane recent purchases

Post-closet cleanout, I’ve been working on strategically adding pieces back in, and that’s started with some Everlane purchases. My biggest area of need is in work-appropriate tops for spring/summer, so I picked up the Cotton Sweater Short Sleeve in heather ash, and the Linen Short Sleeve Tee in dark pacific. As I mentioned in my Conscious Closet post, neither of these pieces are what I’d consider exciting, but what they are is high quality, reasonably priced, versatile and fit for my lifestyle.

The cotton sweater is a mid-weight fabric that will be good in the air conditioning, though I can’t imagine wearing it on a day that I spend much time outdoors in the summer. The fit is slightly loose, though still structured enough to look neat. My only minor quibble is that the sleeves are wider than I’d like. That said, it’s a top I know I’ll wear a lot, especially in this color, because it makes a great foundation piece to pair with fun jewelry, colored pants or cute sandals.

The linen tee (which, it’s worth noting, is $20 less than the cotton), has a similar shape, though it’s slightly more drapey. It also has drop sleeves, which I liked better than the cotton sweater sleeves. As with all linen, it’s slightly sheer, but not so much that I feel the need to wear a tank under it. This will definitely be a good one through the heat of summer, and I really like the dark pacific color. I’d say there’s a good chance I’ll pick up another color at some point.

Earlier in the spring, I also grabbed the Heavyweight Tee in grey/cream, which is a great classic striped top. As the name suggests, the fabric is thick, so it’s definitely more of a spring/fall piece, unless you work in an overly-air conditioned office. I’ve already worn this one quite a few times and it has washed really well. Highly recommended.

So what’s next on my Everlane list? Here’s what’s currently hanging around in my shopping bag waiting to be purchased…

Have you picked up anything from Everlane lately that you love?

Peplum tops for spring/summer

The first part of the Conscious Closet Challenge for me was a major purge of my closet. Numerous hauled out bags later, I’m left with things that I know I love, and a few that I’m going to give one last try before deciding to keep or discard them. The next step is figuring out where there are gaps in my wardrobe and figuring out how best to fill them.

With temperatures hitting the 80s this week (where did you go, spring?), I’m realizing that I have a definite shortage of short sleeved tops that are work-appropriate. I’ve got plenty of tees I can throw on on the weekend, but many of those are too casual to qualify as business casual. I’ve thought through what I want in any new tops (see, I’m being more conscious!) and I think I need to find a balance between not-so-fitted-that-it-shows-off-my-mommy-tummy and so-loose-that-I-look-sloppy. Peplum is one way to get there — it provides more structure, but also gives some coverage of that pesky belly area. I’ve got a couple of peplum pieces, but no short sleeved or sleeveless tops, so I’m on the hunt.

So far I’ve ordered this sleeveless Tart tank, which I’m hoping will work out well. I got an incredible deal on it from Neiman Marcus Last Call (still in stock in size medium!), but more importantly, I would have bought it at full price, so the sale was just a bonus. I don’t want to go peplum crazy, but I do want to find at least one more top that will be work-appropriate, and hopefully weekend-appropriate as well.

Below are a few more that I’m eying (some are WAY out of my price point, but good inspiration!). The off white one from THE GREAT. (via Shopbop) is seeeriously calling my name, and I love the idea of chambray peplum, like the one from Anthropologie. Decisions, decisions…