Get BOO-zed

We have the best neighbors. Really.

The other night, the doorbell rang and this was anonymously waiting on the doorstep:


Once you are anonymously gifted you pay the “Boo-ing” forward to two other families.

While this game has been going on in the neighborhood for a while, this year there was a twist: alcohol was added. Hence getting “BOO-zed.”

Now this is a tradition I can get behind.

Trixie helped me distribute our bounty last night. This pumpkin included Rumchata, a funny kitchen towel that said “Pick your poison,” M&Ms, Hershey kisses and some rainbow gumballs.


Have a great weekend!



Are Mules Work Appropriate?

Are mules work appropriate?

I really like the look of these shoes, but I just can’t reconcile wearing them to work.

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(Find them here, here, and here, respectively).

They would look ridiculous with socks, so bare heel seems the only way to go. And while I occasionally have worn dressy sandals or slingbacks to work, I can’t recall ever having the backside of my foot completely exposed.

It seemed like a moot point since the weather is changing, but suddenly these winter-ish mules are everywhere:


They come in several versions, too.

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What do you think? Yay or nay for work?





Bobbi Brown Party Prep Set

Bobbi Brown already released her 2016 Holiday Gift Guide.

This Party Prep Set is a particularly good deal:


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What’s included:

  • Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm (1.0 oz./ 30ml) Full size!
  • Mini Radiance Boost Mask (15ml)
  • Lip Balm SPF 15 (.5oz/ 15g) Full size!
  • Mini Extra Hand Cream (15ml)
  • Hydrating Eye Cream (6ml)

Considering that the Extra Illuminating Balm ($65) and Lip Balm ($22) are both products I use every day, their combined cost alone makes this set a deal at $85. Overall, these items have a value of $141. Get yours now!

Sundance Cup of Sentiment Mugs

My favorite time of year is upon us: Catalog Season.

I love shopping for gifts. I do. I really do.

And from roughly mid-October to early December, I love opening my mailbox to see it stuffed with holiday catalogs. 

The Sundance catalog arrived last week. Their Cowgirl Chic vibe isn’t usually my thing, but I like their stuff enough to check out what’s new.

These mugs caught my eye:



They’re handmade and hand painted. Choose from A Cup of Gratitude, Courage, Happy, Peace, Clarity or Joy.

While I like the sentiments and think these would make a good gift (especially if used as a vessel to put other small gifts inside or accompanied by tea, coffee or a cute spoon), at $58 I think they’re overpriced.

With my overall track record of breaking and/or ruining things, I suspect that if I bought one of these mugs, the cost-per-use would be exactly $58 before mine was destroyed.


What Is Me #1: Boots

A few days ago I posted about What’s Not Me, fashion-wise.

Which led me to think about What Is Me, fashion-wise.

I haven’t totally figured this out, but one thing that made the list was boots.

A great pair of boots can take you so far. While they can be bulky, they’re actually perfect for travel if you wear them en route and avoid taking up valuable luggage space. Pick a comfortable enough pair and they’re good for walking all day and going out at night. They look good with pants or skirts/dresses and they’re almost invariably more chic than sneakers.

I own a few pairs of boots but I’m still not convinced that I have the perfect ones.

These Treasure and Bond “Royce” Chelsea boots were a recent purchase from Nordstrom:


Right now, they’re hitting on all cylinders and I’ve been wearing them several times per week. The quality is good for the price ($120), but long-term I’m not sure how they will hold up. The inside is already showing a bit of wear.

I also have an old pair of Born boots that have been in heavy rotation since 2012. Last year I even had them repaired (for free! Thank you, Nordstrom, for your excellent customer service). The exact style I have doesn’t seem to still be available but these are similar:


While these boots have been absolute champs, they are looking a bit worn. It’s probably something that a good polishing would improve, but I wore them to work last week and felt so self-conscious about the scuffed toes that it became distracting. They may need to be relegated to weekend wear only.

My day-to-day professional style is about to shift (for the better, in a way that lets my personality come through more), and that has me editing my work wardrobe and looking for holes to fill.

I’m also wondering if maybe I should invest in higher quality boots.

Justification: if I’m going to make something a building block in an edited wardrobe, it’d better be perfect.

Reality: I really, really like to buy stuff.

Last week Jenni Kayne had a site-wide sale, which I had the poor judgment to peruse with a glass of chardonnay in hand. I really admire this fashion-forward brand (and the lifestyle they show with it on their blog, Rip & Tan), but I haven’t sprung for any of their pricey merchandise (ahem, investment pieces) yet.

I got thisclose, though, to ordering these or these:


Or both.

What stopped me was that they were sold out of my size. Bullet dodged for now.

These Gucci boots are far less casual but they make quite a statement:

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These would need to go on major sale for me to buy them, but I’ll keep my eye out.









Weekend So Far

How’s your weekend? 

Mine = plenty ok.


On Friday night, my friends J. and B. met me for an important planning session for our upcoming trip to Las Vegas.

On Saturday, the kids and I ran errands, including a coffee/hot chocolate stop at the mall.


This Vuitton bucket bag is so old that I don’t think they even sell it anymore. Yikes. That makes *me* feel vintage.

On Saturday night I made the quinoa lasagne casserole that I posted about here for the second time. It’s the right amount of effort for my (limited) kitchen skills.


Today’s more coffee and getting ready for Monday. The kids were off last week, so waking them tomorrow is going to be worse than the usual bear poking. 

On the plus side: I took half of the week off, so it’s a short week for me. Yay!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.