• Saturday Morning Jobs

    This post is sponsored by Pine-Sol®. Clean & Disinfect with Pine-Sol®: The Powerful Scent of Clean.

    Did you have regular jobs growing up? Every Saturday morning without fail my siblings and I would wake to a chart posted on the fridge with our names and an itemized list of 4-5 seemingly grueling chores, each with a nicely drawn check box in front and sometimes even, a smiley face. And every Saturday morning without fail we’d be annoyed with their mere presence. We could hide out watching cartoons for an hour or two but eventually either our stomachs would draw us towards the fridge where we couldn’t ignore that chart, or my mother would alert us to it directly, “No (fun weekend plan) today until you finish your jobs. They’re on the fridge!”. There was no way around it. The first step, as with any disappointment, was to deny what was clear as day in front of us. So, we head back to bed. Then anger. Comparison ( why is Spencer always getting the easy ones, MOM!?!?),  bargaining (If you want me to get an A in math I need to study for my big test!), and then a period of depression where we’d wander back over to the couch with a bowl of nachos and watch another show before finally admitting our defeat and start knocking off those chores. Sometimes, I had luck enlisting the help of a friend who really wanted to go do something with me and was willing to make that happen sooner by helping complete my jobs. And an outsider was always so much more cheery too in the process which my parents loved so they didn’t count it as cheating. Luckily! What is it about cleaning other people’s houses that makes it almost enjoyable?

    I’ve yet to resurrect this Saturday morning job chart technique in my own family, but would love to hear your family traditions for jobs? Either the family you grew up in or your own? Did you have daily ones? Weekend ones? Were your parents strict or pretty relaxed about the completion of them?

  • 10 Ways to Dress Up Your Ponytail

    This post is contributed by Stephanie from the fabulous beauty blog, Hair and Make-Up by Stephanie

    1. Wrap it with a strand of hair
    a. Put your hair in a ponytail like you normally would
    b. Take a small section of hair at the bottom of the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic
    c. Secure with bobby pins and hairspray

    2. Wrap it with a braid
    a. Put your hair in a ponytail like you normally would
    b. Take a small section of hair at the bottom of the ponytail and make a three strand braid
    c. Wrap the braid around the elastic
    d. Secure with bobby pins and hairspray

    Keep reading to see all ten!


  • Painted Floors

    I spotted these painted floors via Camille Styles and was immediately drawn to the impact of them. I’m also a big sucker for monochromatic color combinations, hello gorgeous! For wide floorboards I think painting them would be a really fun way to create an unexpected area of attraction for a room, but a floor color is a big commitment. Maybe too big! It’s a cheap alternative to a rug too (the rainbow stripes below, top left, cost about $100 in paint) and you still get that classic look of wood. What do you think? Would you dare?

    Some more floor painting inspiration:


    (images: one two three four five six seven eight nine)


  • Weekend Roundup

    It’s been raining all week here! Surprisingly though, I’ve loved it. The light has been perfect for photos (it’s like living in a soft light box), and both yoga and knitting have seemed even more peaceful with the soft pitter-patter of rain falling outside. I have so many fun projects planned this weekend that we’ll see how much I can actually get done. Plus, I’ve just finished my second stocking and am really excited for a rainy weekend to start on number three.  Do you find rain and/or fog relaxing, or does it put you in a funk?

    Have wonderful weekend, Happy St Patty’s Day!

    Here are my babble links:

    This trench might be my favorite wardrobe item right now (I’ve been living in it this week!)

    10 St Patricks Day crafts to do with kids

    Have you heard J.Crew teamed up with Manola Blahnik? What a dream team!

    Other links:

    The spring issue of Sweet Paul, so lovely!

    Three DIY styled window blinds

    A good reminder about comparison on the internet

    These look amazingly delicious

    Instax Mini Albums are really pretty

    Great tips for eating a healthy lunch at work

    Beautiful instagram art (sure does trump my out of focus filters). Are you on instagram? I’m liz_stan

    Watched My Week with Marilyn last night, oh my I have a serious girl crush on her now! Seen any good movies? This seems like the perfect weekend to catch up on a few!

    St Patrick’s Day in a box! Love this series

    10 temporary ways to dress up a rental

    Interesting article about the power of social media and youth

  • DIY: Rainbow Felt Table Runner

    Photography on this project by Liz Daly who is a fantastic San Francisco based photographer specializing in weddings and kids. See more about her work here. Also, a big thanks to my new project assistant, Corrine

    I prefer celebrating St Patrick’s day with bright rainbows (and…pots of gold!) over the usual green theme. Especially when it’s been a dreary, wet, muggy week like the one we’ve had here in San Francisco. Today I’ll show you how to make this pretty rainbow table runner that you can use for a St Patrick’s Day party, birthday party, or just to brighten your afternoon tea parties.

    Supplies for table runner: Craft felt in a rainbow of colors, scissors, chalk marker (or pen), ruler, cotton strip of fabric, heat and bond iron on adhesive sheets, sewing machine and white thread.

    Supplies for pots of gold: Mini mason jars, masking tape black or chalkboard spray paint, gold coins.

    Keep reading to see the full tutorial…


  • The Look for Less

    Ever since I posted this image on the left from J.Crew I’ve been thinking about it, so I thought it would be fun to put a together a ‘look for less’ board based on it. I’ve managed to scrounge up similar items, including the last pair of $19 blue skinnies from Old Navy in my size at my local store (hurry! check yours! they’re the perfect cobalt blue color!) and a silk polka dot blouse from a thrift store, to put it together for myself. Which means, plainly, there’s a good chance I’ll be in this next time we see each other!

    1.Big W Wayfarer Reader Urban Outfitters $14
    2.Polka Dot Top Old Navy $24.94
    3. Rock Star Cobalt Jeans Old Navy $19
    4.Brogue Oxfords Modcloth $34.99
    5.Nude Lipstick Mac $17

  • Tog and Porter Review

    I don’t usually do reviews of services on this blog, but I loved the concept behind this company, Tog and Porter, and thought it was such a brilliant alternative to the usual (and time consuming!) shopping experience we all deal with. It’s a virtual personal stylish and shopper, which is totally something that appeals to me. I’m just too busy and don’t have the patience to put all the time and energy into my style that I’d like, and I love having the opinion of a professional stylist when I’m putting together my wardrobe.

    Would you like to hear about my experience?

    1. I set up a time to chat over skype with a stylist, Maureen. Beforehand, I sat and thought a bit about what kinds of pieces I need/wanted for my wardrobe and what kind of look I was going for. The stylish was really great and asked me a lot of good questions about where I shop, what my eye is drawn to,  and what my day to day life looked like, what I already have too much of in my closet.  We also took measurements and discussed sizes. I described myself as having wardrobe full of pieces that were ‘sweet’ (bows, polka dots, vintage, florals), and that I really wanted more sophisticated, chic, menswear-inspired looks. I want to dress like a woman, not a girl. She totally got it.

    2. Then about a week later, a box of hand picked curated clothes for me arrived! I was so excited to see what was inside but had to wait until our second skype call where we opened it up together and went through each of the items individually. She gave me tips for putting the pieces together in different outfits and this style board you see above. I tried on all the clothes and spent some time with her discussing various ways to style it with other items and pieces I already had in my wardrobe. I loved this part! I totally need to spend more time putting thought into outfits and trying out things I’m a little scared of (like leopard print cardigans!).

    3. You keep what works, and send back (with a pre-paid label) what doesn’t work. You’re charged for what you keep. You can also exchange items for different sizes or colors at this point as well. There’s no ‘fee’ associated with the stylist, only a $100 refundable deposit toward the clothing.  See more details about it here.

    A few notes about some favorites from the box:

    1. Black slouchy pants with elastic at the ankle by Page Denim. These were my favorite! Super comfortable and really stylish to dress up with heels or down with flats. I love having a comfortable alternative to leggings or pjs for working at home.

    2. Page Denim also makes skinny jeans that are lower rise in the front, but higher rise in the back to cover your rear sufficiently. Love that idea! My stylish heard me when I said I was tired of showing my crack to the world.

    3. A green anorak jacket by Tulle. Military chic and goes well with anything, definitely not ‘sweet’!

    4. The most gorgeous bird top by Daniel Rainn (I wore it last week here!)

    5. Super soft white v-neck and brown tees by Splendid

    (I paired these with my oxford wedge boots, $39.99 from Target, Revlon Hot Coral lipstick)

    Does this sound like a service that appeals to you? Would you ever consider using a virtual personal stylist/shopper?

    I was compensated for my review of Tog and Porter, although the opinions expressed are my own

  • DIY: Straw Marble Maze

    Every week I volunteer at Henry’s preschool for a few hours and always come back with great ideas for fun, educational, age appropriate games. They do a really good job of encouraging imaginative projects, which I love, and in turn, is inspiration for me of things to do with him at home. This project has been spinning in my head for a while since I saw some homemade mazes on the shelves at his school made from straws and sticks.

    I keep a stack of small cardboard boxes on hand for projects like this. Closet confession: I have a weakness for cheez-it crackers!

    Henry needed a little instruction on how it worked: ‘Tilt it verrrry gently as you guide the marble through” and “Don’t throw the marble at me if you’re mad”. You could make it much more complicated and challenging for older kids as well. Might be a fun rainy day activity after school!

    See the full instructions here on Momtastic.

  • A Few DIY Projects

    I have a few DIY projects that I’ve been meaning to share with you:

    Crepe paper Favor Rolls. You’ll never guess what these are made from! HA!

    Polka Dot Tee, made from paint and a pencil eraser.

    Chalkboard Serving Platter (Don’t make fun of my writing. Writing with chalk is not my strength, but eating fancy cheese is!)

  • 14 Wardrobe Must-Haves for Spring

    1. Artistic Tee 2. Bright Lips 3. Stripey Shorts 4. Neon Pumps

    5. Chiffon Midi Dress 6. Pretty Grocery Tote 7. Printed Slouch Pants

    8. Striped Head Scarf 9. Spring Loafers 10. Cobalt Skinnies 11. Silky Blouse

    12. Cross Body Bag 13. Vintage Style Sunglasses 14. Colorful Tuxedo Jacket

    Is it starting to feel like spring yet where you live? Rain has been hitting us pretty hard this past week, but I’m hopeful! With spring fashion comes bright colors, fun patterns, and interesting new cuts. Above are a few favorites I’d love to incorporate into my own spring wardrobe. What trends are you loving right now?

    See more must-have items for spring here!

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