March 23, 2018

Current favorite trend: Blazers

After our buying trip last month, I have been smitten for a boyfriend blazer.  If you work in an office, you're probably sitting here rolling your eyes because you have a closet full of suits and work blazers.

But girl, it is time for those blazers to get fun.

This spring, the oversized boyfriend blazer is IT and that trend is going into fall with killer tweeds and plaids.  Until then, let's embrace this season's trends.  Adorable stripes, matching sets, and unreal pastels.  Feast your eyes.

 one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine

THIS.  This blush blazer has me feelin alllll the vibes.  I ordered it last week and cannot wait to pair it with cut off jean shortsthese loafers (dupes here) and a basic white tank.

two & three.
This linen blazer, the perfect low key casual.  Comes in bluewhite and black.  Also super lightweight for the warmer evenings as we (hopefully) get into some warm weather!

This feminine cut blazer, with bows on the sleeves and a more structured body. Comes in a cornflower blue and navy!

Another tied sleeve blazer, but with a bit of a boyfriend style body.  I love the easy styling to this and that it comes in a crisp white

This striped blazer that comes in two colors but I'm really into the soft pink combo (shocker) you can also shop it here on sale!

This grid blazer is an awesome neutral and will go with anything in your wardrobe.  You can also make it an matching outfit by adding these killer matching pants.

Keep it classic.  This double breasted blazer is a wardrobe staple and perfect for an 'office to happy hour' vibe.

It wouldn't be spring without adding a floral- I love this girly piece. Floral, flirty and a subtle bow sleeve to boot- you can't go wrong!

A few more that I'm loving: 

Another cornflower blue blazer in a killer woven fabric with an unbeatable price point. 

Looking to add some texture? This plaid is the perfect piece if you're seeking to add dimension to your look. 

The color of the season is a gorgeous lilac.  Making this blazer right on trend. 

March 20, 2018

The best gluten free chocolate chip banana bread

In the spring and summer, I crave baking.  I think it is because of the 'brunch-y holidays' like Easter and Mother's Day?  But I am always looking to bake bread or muffins.  Last spring, I posted a few times on my stories that I was making gluten free banana bread and I got a ton of requests to share the recipe.  I shared it via Pinterest but I have since tweaked a few things in that recipe to make it my own and, in my opinion, make it even better! I couldn't wait to share!

My dad and brother are gluten free, so it's always important that we make as much as we can GF so they're able to enjoy with us.  If you have any experience with gluten free dishes/baked goods, you know that often they can be really dry and sometimes even just plain awful.  This is NOT one of those recipes that is going to let you down.  I still bake this GF even when I make it just for Eric and myself at home.

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 30-50 min (depending on what bakeware you're using) 
Total Time: 40-60 min 


4-5 very ripe bananas (I recommend 4 if they're larger bananas)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened 
2 Cups Bob's Red Mill gluten free flour 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips  (I like to use the mini choc. chips because they're less heavy so they don't sink to the bottom) 


Preheat oven to 350 & lightly grease your bakeware 

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. 

In a separate bowl, mash bananas well.  Once mashed, stir in eggs, milk and vanilla  

Soften butter and cream together with sugar until well combined then add to liquid mixture

Pour liquid mixture into the large bowl containing dry ingredients and stir.  

Once completely combined, add your chocolate chips and stir just enough to moisten the chocolate chips.

Pour into your greased pan and place in oven

Bake time depends on your bakeware:
If you're using a 9x5 loaf pan, bake 50-55 minutes (this is my favorite loaf pan)
If you're using mini loaf pans bake for 30-35 minutes or an 8 loaf pan for 20-25 minutes (8 loaf pan here)

Use the toothpick test to ensure it it cooked all the way through. 

Let cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy warm with butter! 

You can find my butter dish here!

March 17, 2018

Anthro Day! 20% off your purchase

A few of my favorites from the Anthro sale!!

Anthropologie is having their Anthro Day sale that boasts 20% off every full priced item aka- we are all flocking to the site because..come's anthro! Here are some of my picks...

This bowl that sold out almost instantly when it was placed on the cover of their catalog in February.  It is back in stock & now on sale so time to snag it! I ordered it and can't wait to put it on display in my kitchen with some lemons and limes.

These bowls are our everyday bowls that we use and absolutely love them. Perfect size for ice cream, cereal, soup- you name it.  I also have these mini bowls that I use for soy sauce when we have sushi.  I also love to put snacks in the mini bowls when I'm craving something sweet or salty, because its the perfect mini portion.  I have them in the ivory color but they come in a bunch of other amazing colors.

My favorite thing on the sale: this circle bag.  I went through a phase a few weeks ago where I purchased every blush circle bag I knew of, just to confirm I got the correct one that would work for me.  I even splurged and got this sought after Mansur Gavreil bag (which was gorgeous, but my wallet didn't fit in it so it was a deal breaker). Like I said on my stories yesterday, this bag sold out quickly and it already says 'only a few left'. I also love this perforated square bag in the same color!

I ordered a few things last week from Anthro that I reordered with the discount- two of those things being this blush hat and this straw hat.  I love love love this blush one- so much so I am even considering pulling the trigger on the ivory.  I am huge into the boater style because it has a flat top, as opposed to fedoras or wide brim fedoras. I feel like I look like pharrell when I wear them!

A few other things I have my eye on:

This jumpsuit that you could easily dress up or down

This flutter sleeve top that comes in a bunch of colors 

This tank jumpsuit that looks to be the most comfortable thing in the world

March 15, 2018

House of Kords: update on our stairs

Last week I randomly undertook a project on a whim.  I planned on going into No.14 to work, but my mom called me to tell me she'd be going in and told me to get something done that I wasn't planning on doing.  

Enter: the stairs.  I packed myself up and high tailed it to Home Depot where I was getting a few looks as I was wearing an excessive amount of pink (it was raining and both my raincoat an my rain boots are shades of blush). 


The original footprint of our house prior to renovating it had the stairs smack in the middle of our house.  Of course, we wanted an open floor plan because geeeesh, we already live in a skinny little row house, let's make it appear to be as big as we can.  Our contractors relocated the staircase which obviously meant building new stairs.  Now, if you have hardwood floors in your house, it is a no brainer that your stairs would be the same stain as your hardwoods.  But, we have artificial wood flooring, a choice we made knowing that it is much more durable than hardwood if we choose to rent our home rather than sell it when we decide to move to the 'burbs (5ish years).  When the decision came to pick a color for the stairs, I didn't want to stain the tops to match our faux wood because I felt it would never be the right match.  We decided to continue with the very basic color scheme in our house and paint them Behr SILVER SCREEN. Which is a killer light grey that is on all of the doors in our house (seriously, one of my favorite colors). 

But. This is a very light color.  Especially when you're hauling up and down the stairs all the time.  Both Eric and I wear 'slippers' AKA he wears 'manly Ugg slippers (these to be exact) and I wear my Ugg Boots all the time because I hate having cold feet.   Needless to say, they were trashed from the start and with continuous wear and tear, they only got worst. 

I had been toying with what to do with them for the better half of the year we've been living here. I hated how messy they looked and I also hated the upkeep.  I thought about stenciling them, numbering them, etc.  Then all the sudden I had an epiphany.  The killer greyscale floral from my office- the floral I literally cannot ever get sick of- that was the answer. And lucky me, I had a few pieces of it left.  

The Paint.

I took a sample of it to Home Depot's paint section with me because I wanted to make sure I was getting a shade that complimented the colors.  Grey can range in undertone colors from green, to purple, to blue.  I settled on Behr's DARK ASH which I really think is the perfect deep shade because its not green, blue or purple- if anything I'd say it HINTS on purple but really...its just a great grey. 

The taping took forever.  Then all the sudden I realized this project was going to take me the entire week to do.  I had to paint every other step so we could still have access to our upstairs and I had to do two coats on each, so really it took roughly 4 days to paint.  The last coat I painted on Friday morning, then waited an entire 24 hours before applying the decals. 

Applying the decals.  

I. love. decals. & I. Love. my peeps at Urban Walls.  They make THE BEST decals out there and I have been buying their decals since college when I put polka dots in my dorm room.  I don't get super fancy with applying them, I just eye it up.  I did not measure, I would just hold up the decal to the stairs and make sure it would fit then press it, and cut along the line with a carpenter's knife.  *disclaimer* I recommend using something more safe and sturdy like an exacto knife but I didn't have one and I am the most impatient person on earth so I just went to Eric's tool box and knew this would suffice.  

A huge thing with applying these decals for me is movement.  I feel like they make the most impact when they look like they're cascading.  I did that in No. 14 with the peonies decals and I did that in my office with these greyscale decals (depending on the size/amount of stairs you have, you could get a half order.  Mine were leftover from my office & probably equal a half order because my stairs are skinny & small!).   My stairs were no different.  I purposely made the 'heaviest' part at the top, because that's where you can see them most, then I cascaded them down to the very corner.  

Ironically, I thought Eric wouldn't be the most thrilled about putting these up.  He's really patient with my decorating and I try not to be too girly in any room of our house (except my office!) But he actually LOVES them, or maybe he just saw how hard I worked on it and he's being sweet.  Regardless, I'm happy he doesn't mind them.   

I am so so so happy with how they ended up- it's like a little treat when I turn the corner to go up the stairs!

March 7, 2018


Gingham for spring....


I know it seems cliche, because every single spring gingham makes its debut. But this year, it is exploding and only going to grow as the weather gets warmer.  I for one, am nuts about gingham.  It's quirky, it's playful, but somehow still sophisticated.  Here are some of my favorite picks:

February 26, 2018


 My favorite sale  EVER is here! This happens twice every year, once in the fall and once in the spring and it is the PERFECT time to stock up on goodies for the season ahead.  

Here are a few of my favorites: 

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine  

*seven is my jumpsuit from our buying trip earlier this month (seen here)*


I have these from two years ago and actually just bought a second pair at the end of the season last year because I wore them SO often. 

(as seen on a million bloggers right now) 

These Tulle Bow Pumps (amazing for a bride especially) 

February 13, 2018

Day in the life: What does it look like on buying trips? Commonly asked questions

Last week I was in Atlanta with my mom on a buying trip for our boutique, No. 14.  These trips are my absolute favorite part of my job.  It is so much fun to see the upcoming goodies that we will be bringing into No. 14 and it's an added bonus that its like a scheduled girls trip with my mom every three months.  Every time I go on these trips, I get a bunch of questions from followers and clients of No.14 curious about our process on these trips & answered the most common questions below:

Do you make a list of what you're looking for before you go? How do you know what to look for? 
Before I leave, I schedule appointments with each brand to make sure all of my bases are covered.  I have to go into a buying trip feeling organized- otherwise I'll be overwhelmed and feel like I'm missing something.  I also request look books or line sheets from a lot of my brands before we go (line sheets are documents with pictures of every piece of the delivery & include price/sizing/fabric etc). I do this so I can look at them on the plane ride down and get a grasp at trends.  I'll also circle my favorite pieces to make sure that they get placed onto my order and I'm not overlooking them!

Do you actually love everything you order? Do you ever order things that you hate or that don't sell? 
1. We never order things that we do not like, however sometimes we receive shipments and all look at each other like...did we order this?  It happens once every few months or so! Usually when that happens, we request a return authorization from the vendor because the style is in perfect condition so they would be able to sell it to another store.  

2.  There are definitely things that we look at and say 'this is really cute, maybe not for my style/my body, but I could totally see a few of our girls looking adorable in this'  

3. Yes, of course we have things that don't do well.  I'd say if a style isn't doing well, a good 70% of the reasoning is because of the garment fitting poorly.  Sometimes things just don't work and that's the long and the short of it.  Most of the time, we will put the item on sale and if it doesn't sell from there, we will donate it!

Do you buy for your style or for your clients'? 
Both! I like to think that I have the same style as my clients because we all end up loving the same clothing.  Like I said above, there are definitely things we purchase that I know won't end up in my closet, but that doesn't mean I don't think they're really cute.  But, I also 1000% order some things selfishly, especially when it comes to events like weddings etc.  I am always on the hunt for a killer jumpsuit or dress for the next wedding I'm attending.  Also, if you happened to have been in No.14 while I was engaged- the entire store was white because I was shopping as the bride & not the guest #guilty. 

How do you know how much to buy? 
Being completely candid, we don't.  At this point, we know our client through and through so when something is REALLY good, we order more because we want to meet the demand.  As far as how many styles to order- we just order what we like and what our client likes.  We try to minimize how much 'sameness' we take in and keep it diverse. For instance, summer deliveries are usually chock full of blue & white striped pieces, which we love! But, we try to be a little choosey with those pieces so that our entire store isn't a repeat of blue & white striped dresses.  We almost never buy 'enough' when we are on trips.  I am always making orders via linesheets between shows because we love to bring new stuff to our store daily.

Do you take the clothing home from buying trips? 
Nope! Showrooms are filled with samples only. There is no option to purchase on the spot and take home (what would be referred to as 'cash & carry').

How soon after a buying trip do you receive the product? 
This varies for every brand.  We have brands that mostly show 'immediate' deliveries at shows, meaning what we buy on that trip will ship to us from the week we made the buy, to 1-3 months after.  Then, we have other brands that require orders wayyy in advance.  For instance,  last week when we were there, we wrote some orders that will be shipping in September.  Each brand is different!

Do you deal directly with vendors or is there a middleman? 
Both! Some vendors prefer to sell their own product at shows while others sell through a multi-brand showroom. There are pros and cons to both! With showrooms, it's great to be able to tackle several brands in one appointment.  It is also fun to see several of your shipments in one room because sometimes things make unexpected pairings like one brand's shorts matching with another brand's top.  Dealing directly with the vendor can be nice because there is no middleman- when you have damages or are wondering about in-stock product, there is no wait time.  They have that information right in front of them so response time is usually quicker.  

What is a rep? What do they do for you?
A rep is someone who works for a brand or showroom and is our contact for that company. They input my orders, inform me of style drops/delivery changes,  assist me with any damaged merchandise we receive -and the list goes on and on.  I feel like I'm in touch with my reps allll the time- they're like my girlfriends that I wish I could just sit down  & get wine with.  A lot of Tuesday mornings spent discussing the bachelor over email before chatting business.

How do you keep track of all of this? 
Girl, good question, I am still trying to figure out the best way possible! I think I have finally figured out what works for me after trying several different ways to 'file' our orders.  The majority of my brands do electronic ordering, so when we order, they send us an email with the purchase order (includes pictures) and I save that PO to my dropbox.   I have a dropbox that is sorted by year, then by month so I can go into my files each month & make sure that I have received everything I was expecting and to follow up with brands that I have not gotten shipments from yet.  On the opposing side of that- I have brands that still physically handwrite POs 'the old fashioned way' and hand it over to me.  It looks like gibberish with style numbers and prices that mean nothing to me.  I spend the next few weeks pestering my reps to send me pictures so that I can have an electronic document and I add it to my dropbox and plan accordingly.  I usually need 2-3 entire days at my desk after a buying trip to make sure everything is organized.

How do you find the brands you carry?  Do you find new brands a lot? 
Believe it or not, we have only kept ONE brand on our floor since we opened and that's BB Dakota because they are an unbelievable brand to work with and they have their sh** together. Other than that we've seen a bunch of brands come and go which is good because it shows growth and the evolution of our customer!  I have found most of our brands via showroom rep's recommendations.  Your reps become your confidants and want to help you out. They know my store so when they get new brands to their showroom, they send me look books and help me sift through and pick things that would work for us!

What makes you realize a brand is no longer for you? 
There are a few things that have caused us to stop carrying brands.  
-A lot of the time, the brand will get a new designer and their aesthetic will totally change or their pricing will go up.

-Poor customer service.  Nothing drives me crazy more than terrible customer service and some brands that we've carried are so difficult to deal with that we just stop our orders with them and choose to add new product from other vendors that we enjoy working with

-Price.  This one is usually a real bummer.  We pride ourselves in being 'attainable affordable' and keeping our prices in the sweet spot average between $68-$108.  We've had a few higher priced brands raise their prices which lead us to stop carrying them to keep our prices attainable.

-Sizing/quality issues. We've had a few instances where product comes in and it is nothing like the samples we saw at a trade show.  The quality is much worse and it looks inexpensive.  We've also had problems with brands and their sizing being really off from the norm.  People are very particular about sizing ESPECIALLY when they have to go up a size. 

I feel like these trips are really overwhelming- are you exhausted at the end of it?
Yes! They're really tiring but honestly, it is my favorite part of my job so I don't mind it at all.  We definitely go have a nice dinner & a glass of wine at the end of the day ;) 

My Favorite Market Outfit: 

This is my striped romper that sold out really quickly at No.14 the day I wore it can also shop it here. ( I think it runs a bit big- I took an XS)  I wore it with a simple denim jacket and loafers I also just got these pink sneakers that I love.