Friday, April 17, 2015

Thoughts For Friday

Yay for the weekend!

This week I was fnally able to try 167 Raw.  It was so good and incredibly fresh. Plus just a cool little lunch spot.  They also sell fresh seafood to take home and cook yourself.

 The homemade chips and guacamole were so good.  I had the crispy oyster taco and grilled fish taco, both were on point.  I also was able to try the lobster roll and scallop po boy and both were incredible.

Several of you asked about my Equipment Dress and what it looked like on.  Runs TTS, I am in a small.  It is light and airy and super comfortable.
You can take 30% off the dress with code FRNFAM2!

I just love the floral print (and rose).
I just ordered this blouse too, already on sale plus additional 30% off with code FRNFAM2.  Total is  under $100.

How cute are Sterling and Frances before school this week?  I can't get over how much they look alike these days.

This blouse is my new jam.  I am thinking of ordering another color, I love it so much.
Currently on sale plus extra 30% off with code THEBEST.
Runs large, order down a size.  I am wearing a 2.

Made the easiest most delicious lunch yesterday | Greek Mini Pitas
Split Mini Pitas in half.  Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and sesame seeds.  Bake at 350 about 10-15 minutes until crispy.  Mix diced cucumber and cherry tomtaoes and drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar.  Scoop the cucumber-tomato mix on the pitas and top with feta and fresh mint.

This bacon jerky from Trader Joe's is the bomb. 
 Go buy like 4 bags you won't regret it.  Matt ate this entire bag in one sitting.

I just ordered from Etsy for the first time. Is it weird I have never ordered anything on Etsy?  The site really overwhelms me, but I found this fabulous embroidered dress (shocker) for Frances.  It is straight from Mexico and all kinds of good.  The dresses are hand made and the detail is amazing.
Here is the buyer I ordered from,

Lastly, I am headed to Dallas next weekend.  I would welcome any suggestions of where to shop or eat.  I will have limited free time because of meetings but would love some fun Dallas recs.  I am staying at the Joule so anything close to there would be fabulous!
My favorite part of The Joule is the rooftop pool.  I can't wait!

Happy weekend.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Everyday Jewelry Favorites

As far as jewelry goes I am pretty minimal.  I do occasionally buy some fun statement pieces but for the most part I like pieces that I can mix in for everyday wear and an evening out.  Since Mother's Day is right around the corner I thought I would share a few of my favorites.  These would make great gifts for any mom or for yourself:)

These are a few of my everyday jewelry pieces I wear often.
Nail color is Chanel Orange Fizz my newest obsession

I wear the Alexis Bittar earrings daily.  I love the little bit of sparkle they have.

You can layer the necklace or wear it solo.  I chose the rose gold in both because I have been having a bit of a love affair with rose gold jewelry these days.  The earrings and necklace also come in gold or silver as well.  Both are a great price point under $100 - and let me tell you they look way more expensive in person.  They make a gift alone or the pair together.  They are simple, delicate, and feminine which I really like.

The ring is a stunner in person.  It also comes in this beautiful gold color as well.

The Rayne necklace is more of a statement necklace, but I am telling you it goes with everything!!  It comes in a bunch of different colors too if white is not your preference.

A few other gorgeous options for everyday wear all under $160


If you want to invest and spend a little more, I love the Lagos line.  My mom owns several Lagos pieces that I am frequently borrowing. She has been collecting her pieces for years.  They are timeless and go with everything.
These two bracelets I frequently borrow, along with the hoops pictured below.
Lagos Oval Caviar Bracelet | Diamond Rope Bracelet (similar)


Link Bracelet | Hoop Earrings | Cross Necklace | Criss Cross Ring | Prism Bracelet | X Bracelet Prism Necklace | Maya Ring (comes in 3 colors) | Diamond Ring

With Mother's Day in a few short weeks, all of these are great gift options from Nordstrom.  Don't forget they will price match and always free shipping and free returns which I love.
You can my favorites below.  

Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Easy Pad Thai

Ever since I saw my girl Taylor post this recipe I have been wanting to make it! It certainly did not disappoint and could not be easier.  Now I won't promise you this is as good as Pad Thai from a restaurant because there is nothing better than really good Pad Thai.  But this dish is legit, full of flavor and I will most definitely make it again. If you want to save time buy a rotisserie chicken, you could also add shrimp if you want.  I actually tripled the sauce- we are sauce people round here.

|| E A S Y  P A D  T H A I ||
Recipe Via Rachel Schultz

8 ounces pad thai noodles
2 eggs
1 batch of Pad Thai Sauce (Recipe Below)
3 cooked chicken breasts, sliced (I used one Rotisserie Chicken)
1 cup bean sprouts
1 cup cilantro
3 green onion, sliced
1/2 cup chopped peanuts

Pad THai SAuce : 
  • whisk the following together : 
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
Prepare noodles according to package instructions.
Meanwhile, scramble eggs for about 2 minutes and set aside.
In a large skillet, combine noodles, chicken, and sauce.
Top with bean sprouts, cilantro, green onion, and peanuts.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Lately I have been loving some of Micheal Kors items.  I was lucky enough to find this blouse on sale for 40% off (its still on sale) and really love it.  Lightweight and great with jeans or cut-offs.  Runs TTS.

The print and beaded neckline are so different and fun on this dressI bought a similar Charlie Jade dress last year and still wear it often.

Simple yet playful with the fun fringe detail.

This makes my inner hippie so happy.   Love the print and style.

I think this dress is so fabulous for the Summer.  It comes in 4 great colors but I am partial to the bright blue. 

I have been on the hunt for a great nude sandal and these are a winner.  I just ordered them.  I really like the style and price they are under $80.  They also come in black and silver.

Such pretty detail on this cover-up.  You know I love a tassel and fringe.
|| Josette Cut Out Shift Dress
The cut-out detail is so pretty on this dress.  This has been sitting in my cart waiting for me to take the plunge and buy it.

I just picked up this clutch for the Summer and adore it.  Such bright colors and a great price $68.

I can't stop thinking about this Romper.  Looks so comfortable and I love the one shoulder slouch and embroidered detail.

Total steal at $42. Perfect for the beach or a night out.

I am smitten with this easy number from BR.  
also digging this Chambray Romper.  You can take 40% off with code BRTAX40.

Piperlime finally announced at the end of this month they are closing their site.  Some markdowns have been made and I am sure more are to come.  This bracelet is awesome and 50% off.

|| Parker Miles Dress
This may be my favorite on the list today.  The colors are fantastic.  Would be stunning for s wedding.  If you spend $200 you can take $50 off with code APR50

|| Shop Poppy Style Mommy and Me Necklaces
How adorable are these matching necklaces my friend Madeline jewelry designer of Shop Poppy Style sent us??  I just adore them.  You can use code DBDD20 to take 20% off all orders on her site.
 You view all the other Mommy and Me sets HERE.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Scenes From Our Weekend

I can't believe it is Monday already and almost halfway thru April!  This year seems to be flying by.

I started off the weekend Friday with a fun ladies lunch. We ate at Tavern and Table which is a new favorite restaurant of mine.  The interiors are gorgeous and it is right on the water.  We were able to get a table outside which was so nice.   If you go there you must try the kale salad.  It is amazing. I am still thinking about it and how to recreate it at home.

This past week and weekend were great because I could finally wear shorts.  Loving the warmer temps.  These white shorts are the same brand as the white jeans I wore last week.  They are a great fit if you are looking for white shorts.

At lunch I could tell Frances just wasn't acting like herself so afterwards I took her to the doctor and I am glad I did.  Sweet girl had an ear infection, hives, and pink eye.  Always best to trust your gut.  She had no fever or other symptoms but just didn't seem like herself.  For all you moms the hives look very similar to bug bites, hard to tell the difference, except she seemed really uncomfortable.  She was still smiling even at the doctor:)

Friday we did our usual thing and ordered pizza and played games with Sterling.  We call it our game night.  I enjoyed some amazing Rose.  My next door neighbor works part time at wine store and introduced me to it.  It is a perfect rose, dry, smooth and not sweet.

Saturday morning I took Sterling to Hyams, it is my favorite garden store to browse.  He loves it too because of the fish pond at the back.  They have some gorgeous plants and everyone is so helpful there.

We planted our Earthboxes and some other flowers.  I will report back on the Earthboxes and how well the plants grow.  It seems like a cool system though.

My Micheal Kors embroderied shift arrived and I love it!  This dress would be great for church, wedding,  or party.  It is now 40% off.

Enjoyed the most delicious burger.  Matt cooks the most amazing burgers.  The key is good meat (80/20 is best) and simplicity no extra seasoning but salt and pepper.

Sunday we enjoyed another great meal, whole wheat banana panckes and bacon.  Miss Frances was all about the bacon.

I finally have got back into running.  I go through phases not working out but now I am back in the zone.  I ran three times this week and my goal is to get back to 4 runs a week.  It helps me so much mentally to get that workout in and have some alone time.

These are a few songs on my current playlist.  Sometimes I just listen to Sugar on repeat, Adam makes me want to run.

Sunday night we cooked Shrimp Nachos.  Can you tell this weekend was all about cooking good food at home??  It was nice to have a low key weekend with no plans.

Hope you have a great start to your week.