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

one.
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!

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

five.
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

six.
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!

seven.
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.

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

nine.
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 

Ingredients

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) 


Instructions

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 on...it'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). 

Anyway...

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

Trend: GINGHAM


Gingham for spring....

Groundbreaking.

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: