Lately Jared and I both have been so crazy busy with work and adjusting to two kids that I’ve found myself struggling to get dinner on the table some days. Because of this, I’ve been drawn to easy, tried and true recipes we’ve loved for years (aaaaand the drawer of take out menus). These won’t be at all fancy and some are so simple it’s embarrassing, but I thought I’d share a few with you and hope you share a few with me too!
In part 1 of this short series I’ll share recipes for these yummy chicken gyros above, sausage + broccoli pasta, and 2 ingredient chicken tacos (yup! counting the chicken!)…
I love all the leather details on tees right now and have wanted to experiment with embellishing a tee for a while. My good friend Susan of Freshly Picked sent me a package of some leather scraps a couple years ago and I’ve been waiting for the perfect project to use this gold leather with. It’s so buttery and soft (just like the precious baby moccs she sells).
We thought about replacing various parts of the tee with this amazing leather: the shoulder (stressed us out thinking about removing so many important seams), the whole sleeve (too stiff), and the pocket (kinda overdone). We settled on replacing just a strip of the sleeve, leaving the natural edge of the leather at the bottom, with a nod to the tuxedo trend. Love how it turned out. It’s been so warm here the last few days. My assistant Sara and I were both commenting about how little short sleeved tees we have in our foggy San Francisco closets, here’s one I’ll want to wear on all sunny days from now on!
Keep reading to see how we made it… (and our if we would do it again tips so you won’t want to throw your sewing machine out the window)
Photography by Liz Stanley. Assisted and modeling by Sara Albers
By fashion editor Ashley
It’s been so nice to see the weather slowly changing and spring start to creep in. Two prints that scream spring to me are floral and gingham. Perfect for those long awaited spring activities… picnics, farmers markets, walks, etc. Another combo I love for spring are white and navy. Navy is a staple in my wardrobe and goes well with so many colors. Did you see part 1 of our spring essentials? Or Liz’s 12 essentials for your wardrobe?
I’m excited to introduce the next stylish mom in our Secrets of Stylish Moms series. Liz writes a fantastic sewing blog, Cotton and Curls (I love the maxi wrap dress tutorial, gathered top and the DIY to make your jeans cigarette skinny). She was living here in San Francisco a couple summer ago going to fashion design school so I had the chance to get to know her and her two adorable boys a bit. I still remember her telling me that black and white was the hot new color combo and I was like…pshaw. Well turns out she saw it coming far before I did. She’s that kind of friend that’s on top of trends before they’re even on the radar to anyone else. Here are her secrets for being a stylish mom (and her forecast for fashion trends!)…
Up to anything fun this weekend? I’m fighting a bad cold so we’ll probably keep things low key around here (might teach Henry how to do some finger knitting). I just checked the weather and it’s supposed to be mid 70s this coming week! Hope I’m feeling well enough to enjoy the wonderful weather. Seems unreal that we were just in a snow blizzard earlier this week in Tahoe. It was so fun to have a little winter ski trip. Have a great one, here are some links to explore:
Have you checked out the Oh Joy collection with Land of Nod? (image above). It’s so happy!
Great DIY to make a window planter
Love this gingham clutch for spring
A good post about basics in your wardrobe
What happens to our brains when we exercise (this explains why I feel so good when I make it out to boot camp in the morning)
Gorgeous hand painted wooden eggs
This lace dress! I’d live in it all summer long
Love this new collection from QP made from kente cloth in West Africa (the video of them making it is crazy cool)
Perfect sandal for summer
5 tips for making the best dyed Easter eggs on the block
Oldie but a goodie I enjoyed re-reading: Marriage Secrets
Cast iron s’mores (yum!). Makes me excited to get out camping again
April is here! Straw hats, skirts, sandals and simple tees are on my wishlist this week. Here are 10 deals under $40 I’ve seen around to liven up your spring wardrobe. See more on our Fab Finds pinterest page!
1. Pocket tee $30.50
2. Jean jacket $29.99
3. Ball cap $29.50 (plus 25% off!)
4. Sequin loafers $33.87
5. Simple dress $19.99
6. Shopper bag $37.63
7. Striped skirt $19.99
8. Geometric tee $29.99
9. Straw hat $34.50
10. Blush sandals $33.87
In collaboration with fashion editor Ashley
With April here and our ski ‘spring’ vacation ending, I’m starting to get into the Easter mood of pastels and mini cadbury eggs. I partnered again with the fantastic Makr app to make Easter cards/stickers with these pretty marshmallow pops. These pops are in perfect pastel colors and so easy to make (only assembly required!). Super inexpensive too, you can make a set of 10 for under $3. Wouldn’t they be cute stuffed into Easter baskets in a couple weeks or decorating a long Easter dinner table with?
Are you familiar with the Makr app? It’s a really easy to use design app for your iPad to make custom stickers, invitations, cards, and lots of other ideas. They give you some great templates and tools to start with so you don’t have to be a designer to design your own cards. You can use their designs exactly as shown or adjust them to fit your project. You can opt to print them out at home or have them printed and mailed to you. So easy! You can see my last Makr project here.
Keep reading to see more…
This post is sponsored by our friends at Makr. Download the Makr app here – check out my project and customize it to make it yours. Enjoy a free Makr credit AND 20% off a print order with the code MAKRSAYYES at checkout.
by fashion editor Ashley
This outfit is so simple! I mean, the whole thing is only made up of three pieces. But it’s not boring because it plays with different textures (lace blouse, torn jeans, suede shoes). Putting these textures together makes this outfit have more depth and not feel so one dimensional. One great thing about adding texture to your outfits is, you can do it on any budget!
The look: J.Crew
I’ve been thinking of alternatives to magnetic alphabet letters for Henry’s magnetic bulletin board and thought some scrabble magnets would be just as fun for him to play with and also better looking (win win!). This would make such a sweet and simple gift for a little person in your life. I’m planning on making a few more sets!
Keep reading to see how we made them…
Photography by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Sara Albers
Hi, I’m writing from snowy Tahoe! We came up here with some friends for spring break this week and are enjoying the beautiful snow storm that just arrived this afternoon (this is what it looked like this morning and then this evening!). Even though it’s almost April, it’s the first snow I’ve been in this season and it reminds me how much I miss seasons. It’s Edie’s first snowfall ever, and she made the cutest, grumpiest face when it first hit her cheek. Hope you’re up to something fun, here are a few links to explore:
Sweet DIY bunny sleep masks
Gorgeous pickled eggs (image above), a perfect spring entertaining dish
Found my favorite snow boots 40% off up here in Tahoe
An interview about my favorite books on Everyday Reading
Pistachio orange and dark chocolate cinnamon rolls recipe
Cute DIY clay bunny bowls
Love love this chic jumpsuit!
Make your own letter party favors boxes
Four ingredient Easter truffles
Check out this mason jar blender trick!
A pretty photo of San Francisco’s Lombard street by Daniel Parada
How cool is this clay + leaf project?
Lovely summer shirt
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Hi there! I'm Liz Stanley. Born and raised a New Yorker I now live in the fairytale city of San Francisco with my husband, son, and baby girl. This lifestyle site is a collection of pretty, creative, and budget-friendly ideas to Say Yes to a more crafty, stylish, and family-focused life. MORE >>>