Thursday, September 19, 2013

twenties to thirties

Judith Marc Dress (old)/Gap denim jacket (similar)/Restricted booties (PaperDolls boutique)/Rebecca Minkoff Mac Mini (Nordstrom)/monogram necklace (gift)/tribal necklace (PaperDolls boutique)
In my 20's I bought quite a few dresses that were short and flirty.  Most of them I got rid of but my few favorites now spend a lot of time in my closet staring back at me reminding me that I'm over 30. Each time I put them on I suddenly feel like "that mom." You know, the one who's totally out of touch with her age (and style for that matter.)

With that being said, this transitional period between summer and fall is the perfect time to break out those cute flirty and throw a cute jacket on to balance out the length (or lack thereof.)

xo Ellen
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Like Pinterest and shopping? Quiq! check this out...

If you're anything like me, you spend a lot of time browsing online stores and throwing things in your virtual cart while you contemplate your decision to buy them. Before you know it, one kid starts screaming at you repeatedly to get him more milk and the other suddenly needs a diaper change. Stat. You get totally sidetracked and forget what you were doing.

I learned about this cool website called Quiq a little over a month ago and have spent the past few weeks playing around with it.

Quiq is similar to pinterest in that you "pin" items to virtual board categories you set up on the site. It's different from Pinterest in that it's strictly for shopping (no recipes, interior design etc.) You are "pinning" items from online stores to an organized site of virtual wishlists. They even have a "add quikmark" button that you can add to your bookmark bar to pin your items Quiqly (see how I did that?).

Imagine all your favorite shopping website "wishlists" neatly organized in one place.

Now, whenever I find money in the laundry or under couch cushions, I can go straight to and pick up right where I left off shopping and go straight to buying before the kids start screaming again.

If you want to check it out yourself comment or send me an email with your email address and I'll send you an invite to the site or request an invite at

now Quiq! go check it out

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


top (J.Crew - on sale)/Belt (Target)/Pants (Old Navy - on sale)/Shoes (similar)/Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel (Nordstrom)/Kate Spade Sunglasses (Nordstrom)Michele Watch

Actually his real name is Oliver and I had no idea he photo bombed my pics until I went to look at them  just now. I managed to get the get the kids outta the way but totally forgot about their dirty handprints and the cat/mini tiger on the other side of the door.

Temps this past weekend were perfect but too warm for layers. This outfit came together as I was looking for something that whispered autumn but could be worn when it's 80 degrees out. Voila!

xo Ellen
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