Make the Most of Your Wardrobe: How to Wear 1 Dress 3 Ways

If you are looking for the perfect summer dress, ModCloth’s Daisy Chain of Events Dress is a great option. The pretty, versatile style can be dressed up or down, and the silhouette is universally flattering.

Here are three ways that I would wear this dress.

Work
Add a colorful cardigan, simple jewelry, a classic bag, and fun espadrilles, and you have a pulled-together work outfit.

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Casual Saturday
Pair the dress with comfortable sandals, gold accessories, cat eye sunglasses, and a bright crossbody bag. This laid back look will take you from brunch to shopping.

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Date Night
Get ready for date night by pairing your dress with a cute pair of sandals, gold accessories, and a bright wrap.

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What is the most versatile item in your wardrobe?

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Hello Friday! Link Roundup – Mother’s Day Brunch

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. My mother-in-law lives out of state, so we’ll be calling each other rather than seeing each other this Sunday. If we were spending the day together, I’d love to put together an easy brunch, followed by a walk in the park.

Riverside Park Walking PathRiverside Park

I’d start things off with fresh juice and champagne for anyone who’d like a mimosa – me, please!

Pastries are a must. This recipe for Cinnamon Scones is a favorite, but Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake looks delicious, too.

Coney Island BoardwalkConey Island Boardwalk

For something savory, you can’t go wrong with eggs. I would serve Tomato and Feta Baked Eggs or a Spinach and Gruyere Quiche.

Round things out with a delicious-sounding Fruit Salad with Orange Vanilla Sauce.

the-pool-in-central-parkThe Pool in Central Park

Do you still need a gift? Check out my ideas for last minute Mother’s Day gifts or, if you’re feeling crafty, check out this list of 39 DIY gifts you’d actually want to receive.

For tabletop inspiration you’ll want to see these Mother’s Day ideas from Hostess with the Mostess. No need to go crazy – one or two elements will make a big impact!

Finish off the day with a walk in the park. Here in New York, I’d choose Central or Riverside Park, or if your mom loves the beach, you could stroll on the Coney Island Boardwalk.

Have a great weekend!

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Update a Tired Entryway in 5 Easy Steps

The owners of my apartment building are the sweetest couple. They purchased the building in the 1960’s and have lived here ever since.

Although the neighborhood has changed over the years, their décor has not, and stepping into my building is like going back in time. The entryway is a good example. It has good bones, but everything is a little dull and dated.

outdated entryway

Many of us face similar situations in our own homes. Maybe you are working with hand-me-downs, or you’ve had the same furniture for few decades years, and you just aren’t sure where to begin.

The good news is that you don’t have to start from scratch. It’s possible to update your space in a few easy steps.

update a tired entryway in 5 easy steps

  1. Work with what you have. Consider existing pieces and decide what still works. In this case, the lamp has a great color and shape. I would replace the dated shade with Lamp Plus’ Cream Silk Dupioni Shade.
  2. Add flexible seating. Every entryway needs a seat that can double as a resting place for a purse or grocery bag. A pair of Ballard Designs’ X-Benches can be tucked under the console when not in use and add much needed seating and color.
  3. Work in color and pattern. The Fab Habitat Rug from Rugs USA adds interest to the space and draws your eye away from the dated carpet.
  4. Get organized. A tray adds instant style and corrals various odds and ends. A Core Bamboo Woven Tray is the perfect catch-all for takeout menus, mail, and newspapers.
  5. Add an unexpected element. This Garden Goddess Planter is kind of classic, kind of kooky, and definitely a step up from the existing wicker planter.

What is your favorite way to update a dated space?

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

Did you wait until the last minute to buy a Mother’s Day gift? Don’t panic! It’s not too late to get something special.

Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts

1. If your mom loves to cook, give her something that she might not buy herself. I love this pretty Poppy Serving Bowl and Acacia Wood Feathered Servers from Sur La Table.

2. Your mom will get a lot of wear out of this oversized bangle from Sole Society this summer.

4 generations of my familyMy sister and I with my mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

3. Gift cards can be impersonal, but sometimes they are the best option. Personalize a Sephora gift card with a photo or video.

4. If your mom is into the arts, buy her a membership to her favorite museum or cultural center.

With my husband, mother-, and sister-in-lawI love this picture of my husband and I with my mother- and sister-in-law.

5. Personalize a grocery store flower arrangement by using a vintage tin for your container or wrapping the arrangement in burlap.

6. A family tree is a meaningful keepsake.  Use one of these Martha Stewart family tree templates to create your own – I especially like the Giving Tree and Illustrated Family Tree options.

My mom, sister, and I at my wedding.Me, my sister, and my mom on my wedding day.

7. For a mom with a green thumb, find a unique container (I like these West Elm terrariums) and add an easy maintenance plant like a succulent.

What are your plans for Mother’s Day?

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