This past weekend we watched On the Basis of Sex and not only was the story brilliant and inspirational, but the fashion was fantastic. The outfits that Felicity Jones wears while playing the character of notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg are outstanding. One outfit in particular is the inspiration behind this month’s 9-5 Style Edit. In the very last scene of the movie, Felicity Jones is wearing a navy blue blazer with white trim and a white tee underneath (click here to see the outfit!). It’s pure perfection. I loved her look so much, I had to recreate it, changing it slightly to match the casual dress code of my job.
It’s always a good idea to invest in a blazer or two if you work in a professional or semi-professional field. Working in the PR world, I always have to look presentable, as I never know when I’ll be called upon by the media.
This navy blazer in particular is eight years old!! I bought it back in my retail working days at The Limited. It truly has stood the test of time and I think it will continue to do so. A classic navy blazer will literally never go out of style. And this one with the white trim detail adds just enough to make this classic blazer one notch preppier.
I love the look of a classic blazer over a casual tee. A white boyfriend tee with a front tuck makes this the perfect professional, yet casual look for the office. Polish it off with a belt (love the anchor detail), ballet flats, and skinny jeans (no holes please!) and you are office ready. I tend to grab my pink Longchamp or blue Kate Spade totes for a professional, put together look.
I’ve rounded up some navy blazer options below. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on a quality navy blazer! J.Crew and Banana Republic have some great options, but you can also find a classic option at Old Navy too!
> Mackenzie Horan from Design Darling is one of my favorite bloggers. I’ve been following her for years and her style is always so good. She recently bought a house and has been fixing it up. This week she revealed her mudroom and laundry room and both are beautiful! If I had all the funds in the world I would want my house to look exactly like hers. I love her classic, blue and white vibe.
> L’s birthday is next Saturday! Ahhh!! We aren’t having any large parties this year, but I still want it to be special. I decided on a “Two Wild” theme – think big palm leaves, bright pink flowers, elephants, gorillas – basically the rainforest. I found a bunch of items at Target for this theme and I’m so excited. I saw this theme on Pinterest and this cake has been my inspiration.
> I recently finished my Scotland inspired book that was recommended by my friend Sarah and now I’m reading a book recommended by Rob. It’s called Circe. If you like Greek Mythology and witchcraft, then you’ll love this book.
> I have some exciting collaborations coming up for the holidays and one is with Jaye’s Studio. I’ll be sharing more about this in the coming weeks!
> A lot of you loved my navy quilted pullover that I wore on our weekend getaway so I’m linking it here! It’s one of my favorite pieces from Erie and Anchor. You can shop it by clicking here.
> In case you missed my blog post from earlier this week, you can find it here! I’m chatting about our weekend away to the Inn at Honey Run.
Nestled in the heart of Amish Country, the Inn at Honey Run is the perfect, socially distance getaway. Prior to our trip this past weekend, it had been 14 months since Rob and I took time away together. The Inn at Honey Run was the perfect place for us to regroup and disconnect.
Located just two and a half hours from where we live, Amish Country boasts the most beautiful rolling green hills, white picket fences, classic farmhouses, and this past weekend, the best in fall foliage. It had been years since I had been to Amish Country and I was enchanted by the beauty of the Ohio landscape. And it was made even more charming by the clip clop of Amish horse drawn carriages. It truly is an escape into a simpler time, which is exactly what we needed.
Upon arriving at The Inn, we were welcomed with a socially distant check-in (masks were mandatory everywhere except personal rooms) and complimentary wine and snacks. The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired boutique hotel is home to Tarragon, a fine dining restaurant that creates the most exquisite cuisine. Every meal we had over the weekend was better than the last.
After we enjoyed our complimentary treats, we checked out our room, which was one of two suites with boasting views of the fall foliage. Equipped with a mini kitchen and bar, living space, fireplace, master bedroom and bath, and double outdoor deck, the suite was the perfect home away from home. And although I did bring my own cleaning supplies, the Inn and our room were very, very clean.
We quickly dropped our luggage (of which we packed way too much) and headed out to the trails. The resort has seven different trails you can hike, along with an open air art museum. Our favorite trail was the hilltop trail, which had the most incredible views of Amish Country. The trail also is home to the famous beehives, of which the resort harvests 300 pounds of honey and sells and uses in their dishes at the Tarragon Hotel.
We headed back to our room about 7pm, upon which we enjoyed a drink on our deck and ordered room service. We were so tired from traveling and quite frankly the past year, we decided to watch the Addams Family and call it an early night.
I forgot to mention that this trip was originally scheduled for March, the weekend Ohio executed the Stay at Home Order. The resort graciously rescheduled us for August and then again this weekend. I’ve always believed things happen for a reason, and I truly believe that we were meant to be here this weekend.
Our wakeup call on Saturday consisted of the “Romance at Daybreak” breakfast, which was utterly delightful. A full breakfast consisting of cheddar & bacon omelettes, pork sausage links & hash browns, malted Belgian waffles with fresh berries and Ohio maple syrup, a carafe of bold blend coffee, and Bloody Mary’s was delivered promptly at 8:30. It was truly so good and the best way to wake up.
Even though breakfast was delicious, we were quite full and ready to walk it off. We ended up hiking the trails for two hours – enjoying a river walk, feeding the resort’s flock of sheep, exploring the pond trail, and venturing into the open air art museum. The weather was absolutely perfect at 60 and sunny and we fully enjoyed being out in nature, no service attached.
Ordering room service for lunch after our long hike was the perfect start to a relaxing afternoon. We spent the afternoon reading on our deck and enjoying each other’s company. After we felt rested from our morning hike, we headed back out for an afternoon hike. I’m still in awe of the fall foliage and the beautiful views surrounding the resort. They were truly spectacular and the photos do not do them justice.
We had reservations at the Tarragon for dinner and thoroughly enjoyed our three course meal of clams, a seasonal salad, a shank of lamb for Rob and roasted chicken for me. Plus some delicious cabernet. It was the perfect way to end our very active yet very relaxing day.
We planned on hanging around Sunday morning and taking our time getting on the road, but in all honesty by Saturday night we were missing our baby girl something fierce and decided to just get up and leave early on Sunday morning.
If you are looking for a safe, socially distant getaway with opportunities to disconnect and enjoy nature, then the Inn at Honey Run is the perfect place for you. We had the most lovely experience and highly recommend this charming resort.
Enjoy some more pictures below of this beautiful resort!
After I post this week’s edition of Solty Friday’s, I’m unplugging for the weekend and I’m pretty excited about it. I have a little bit of FOMO, but I know mentally I could use a refresh and a mini getaway with no social media might be just what I need. So enjoy this week’s favorite things and updates, and I’ll catch you guys next week (hopefully feeling more creative!)
> It was just released that HBOMax is releasing a special West Wing episode next week and we are so.excited. We love this classic show from the late 1990’s/early 2000’s. Can’t wait for the special edition episode with appearances from former First Lady Michelle Obama and Lin Manual Miranda. Eeek!
> One of the best things to come out of the current public health emergency is the emergence of wine delivery. In case you missed my blog post this week, I’m sharing a discount for my followers when they sign-up for Winc’s Wine Club. Read more here.
> L’s birthday is coming up and we bought her a big girl bike! How is she that old?! I also just picked up this cute smoothie playset from Kid Kraft. I have a few smaller things to get her still, but what the girl really needs is clothes!
> One of my Instagram friends started a children’s line of clothing a few months ago. I shared about this brand in my Brand Spotlight series (here) and the dress L is wearing in the cover photo is from their fall line. It’s seriously the CUTEST! We get so many compliments every time we wear it. And the quality is so good. Definitely check out Shop Maddie and Connor if you have littles!
> A blogger I follow linked this article about Mom Guilt on on her blog. I think mom guilt is something we all feel and understand, and this article very much reminded me that it’s okay to take time for myself.
And with that, I will leave you all to enjoy the weekend!
2020 has challenged us all and taught us many lessons. I think one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is how to embrace the present. That includes embracing the season in which we are in. This is definitely easier said than done. It’s so easy to be planning and strategizing for the next big thing, but with 2020 stopping us in our tracks, literally, I’ve found joy in the simpler things.
One of the unexpected pleasures of 2020 has been the amount of time we spend outside. I can’t recall any other time in my life where, no matter the weather forecast, we spend much of the day playing in our own backyard. I find myself craving the fresh air every day now.
Because we are outside so much, I’m always looking for new activities for our family and one of the fall activities on my list for this year has been to set up a picnic in our backyard. It’s the perfect way for Rob and I to relax with a glass of wine and some snacks while we watch Lilly delight in chasing Gryff around the yard.
If you are planning a picnic of your own this fall, here are a few things you will need:
A plaid blanket for sitting.
A charcuterie board filled with your favorite snacks – I’m trying to eat clean, so ours consisted of nitrate free salami, green apples, and raw almonds. (Rob likes to include cheese and crackers for himself).
A scarf or cozy sweater if there is a chill in the air.
A nice selection of wine. I tend to choose dry reds this time of year (Pinot Noir is my all time favorite). And bonus: I have a discount code for you guys to use at Winc! Winc is a monthly wine club that delivers wine right to your doorstep! Upon sign-up, you take a very short quiz to determine your tastes and Winc will select and curate wines specifically for you. You can choose dry, sweet, red, white, low sugar, low sulfur – the options are endless. By clicking here, you can get a $22 discount plus complimentary shipping which comes out to 4 bottles of wine for $39! And personally, I have not had a wine I didn’t like from Winc – everything they recommend for me is so good!
A couple of pumpkins for those photo ops.
Great company – I choose my hubby, my baby girl, and my furry pup.
That’s all you need! I hope you guys create a fall picnic of your own! Don’t forget to check out the Winc Wine Club – you won’t regret it!
Happy October! Wow, I can’t believe it’s already October. Birthday month was a complete whirlwind and I’m so sad it’s over. BUT, Rob and I have a weekend getaway planned this month and I’m getting VERY excited. It’s been over a year since we went away, just the two of us. And in case you missed it last week, we are heading to the Inn at Honey Run – a cozy and remote getaway in the heartland of Ohio. Fingers crossed that it’s peak fall foliage time because it looks like there are some amazing views!!
And without further ado, here are this week’s Solty Friday’s.
> One of the items we are currently shopping for is a new kitchen table. Right now we have a pub style high top, but Lilly is growing out of her highchair and we need a shorter, four top. I saved some styles I love on my Pinterest page. Check them out here: style 1, style 2, style 3.
> Last weekend we watched Enola Holmes on Netflix and it was excellent! It was exactly the type of movie we needed – smart, witty, charming, delightful. It was such a feel good movie. We definitely recommend it!
> In case you missed it, I shared some tricks I use to keep our house clean and organized 90% of the time. You can find the blog post here.
> If you have been following along for awhile, you will know all the house projects we completed this summer. One of the projects was repainting the family room. It went from a blueish-gray to white. I swapped out the rug already, but this week I bought these curtains to replace our dark navy blue ones. Next up is new artwork and I can’t wait to share what I picked!!
> Monday is going to be a big day in the Solt house! We are getting Rob’s childhood piano (Rob is an excellent musician and is a master of the piano and saxophone). This will require lots of rearranging of our living room. AND, our striped chaise lounge chair that I ordered back in August is arriving in two weeks!! AHHHH.
> We have plans to go apple picking next week! I also have a fun collaboration happening next week, so stay tuned for some fun on my Instagram page.
There is so much going on in our lives, as I’m sure you can tell. Enjoy this first weekend in October!
I love to clean and organize. It’s probably one of my favorite pastimes and definitely my favorite chore. Before Lilly, I would spend our entire Saturday morning deep cleaning our house. Cleaning and organizing has always been my activity that de-stresses me, allows me to process whatever is going on, and it genuinely brings me joy.
Before kids, I always used to say, “my house is going to stay clean even after I have kids.” And guys, so far that’s been manageable with one kid (I can’t say what will happen if we have more). Below are some tricks that help me keep our home organized and clutter free.
Invest in Quality Baskets
Baskets are my best friend. I can’t have enough baskets. Baskets are so good at hiding clutter. We have diaper baskets in almost every room – that way we can have quick access to diapers, wipes, lotion and whatever else a baby and toddler needs. I love to store baskets under coffee tables and on shelves because it looks pretty and it hides the chaos inside the basket. I also use baskets in our kitchen to hide our aprons and cookbooks (we just don’t have enough counter space, wall space, or cupboard space). I also use baskets in closets, under sinks, in L’s playroom – literally everywhere. I also love to leave them out in the open and fill them with magazines, books, or blankets.
Target, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and Pottery Barn have some excellent options. I also love the Serena and Lily ones, but those are $$$. Here a few styles that I love:
This is something I try to do, and it does work 90% of the time. Before we leave a room where we’ve been playing, I try and put everything away and in its rightful place. This might seem silly, but it’s so much better than spending a half hour going all around the house, picking everything up after L goes to bed. It truly makes a huge difference. Plus, we make a game out of it. Luckily Lilly is a helper so if I ask her to help me with something she is always willing and ready.
Designated Play Area
Fortunately we have a designated playroom in our house. Keeping her toys, books, and stuffed animals all in one area of the house certainly helps with keeping the rest of the house organized. And it helps that this room is separate from the rest of the house (it’s right off of our entrance from the garage and there is a bathroom connected to it. I think it’s technically a downstairs master, but we use it as the playroom). Even if you don’t have a playroom, you can set aside a space in your house for the kiddo’s toys (use those baskets!) and it will definitely help with keeping things tidy.
Always do the Dishes
This can be an annoying task for sure, but my mom always taught me to clean all the dishes before you go to bed. If we use dishes after dinner, I always make sure I hand wash them and put them away before we go to bed. Most nights I do not want to do this task because I’m so tired. But every morning I wake up and I’m so glad I did. It truly makes a difference in the morning!
And that’s it folks. These are things I do every single day that keeps our home tidy and organized, something I very much value. Hopefully one or more of these ideas will be feasible for you. Happy organizing!
What an incredibly hectic week. I can’t even pinpoint why it’s been so busy, but we’ve just been non stop all week. I’ve barely had time to check in on my favorite social channels (ha! But for real). Needless to say we are looking forward to a weekend with no plans!
I’ll get straight to the point on this last Friday in September (where the heck did this month go BTW?!). Below are this week’s Solty Fridays!
> Earlier this year I partnered with Sternlines, a New England based brand that creates sustainable and environmentally friendly products, and wrote two blog posts for them about our family adventures! You can read the spring blog post here and the summer blog post here (just published last week!). Follow along on their Instagram for my fall blog post!
> This week I brought The 9-5 Edit Style Series back! I started this earlier in 2020 as a way to showcase work outfits, but I put it on hold with COVID. I styled the ever popular J.Crew Sidewalk Skirt this month! You can read the blog post here.
> In March, Rob and I were supposed to head out of town for a weekend. That weekend happened to be the weekend Ohio was ordered to stay home. So we moved the trip to August, but I wasn’t quite ready to travel so we rescheduled to October. And I think I’m finally ready to go away for a weekend! We are heading to the Inn at Honey Run – a cozy and remote getaway in the heartland of Ohio. Fingers crossed that it’s peak fall foliage time because it looks like there are some amazing views!!
> We totally have been sucked into the show on CBS called Love Island! HA! Anyone else??! I’m totally team Justine and Caleb, but I’d be equally happy with Cely and Johnny. Also, Calvin is totally underrated and gives me all the JFK vibes. We’ve also been watching The Challenger on Netflix and it’s equally riveting. Definitely a must watch.
> I shared in my stories earlier this week some new clothes for L! There was some interest in the raincoat and boots, so you can shop the boots here and the coat here!
> My friend Sarah recommended a mystery novel based in Scotland a few weeks ago and of course I had to buy the book she recommended! I started it this week and it’s already so.good. Look up Women of the Dunes on Amazon – it’s perfectly Scottish in all the good ways.
That’s all I have for this week! Like I said, it’s been a busy, busy week!
I love our home in the spring and summer. The blue and white color scheme always feels so fresh and calming. I love the peaceful vibe that the coastal details provide. But, come fall and winter, I struggle big time with decorating. I enjoy the cozy aesthetic that these two seasons bring, but sometimes I struggle to combine the darker and muted shades of fall and winter with my bright blue and white.
When it comes to fall decor, I will spend hours studying Pinterest for ideas. I’ve tried so many times to decorate using the traditional orange, yellows, and reds that come with fall, but it just never looks right in our home. And the same goes for Christmas decor – the traditional red and green just don’t spark that joy for me.
So I’ve completely switched to fall decor that is blue and white (I’ll occasionally throw in a mini orange pumpkin, mostly for L). This post is for anyone struggling to find a nice balance of mixing your vibe with seasonal decor, I’m providing some ideas that have worked for me. Please remember, I am not an expert in interior design – I just enjoy decorating our home and making it aesthetically pleasing to my eye.
Ideas for Blue and White Seasonal Fall Decor
Patterned Pumpkins: This year I made patterned blue and white pumpkins using a little Mod Podge and cocktail napkins and they turned out so cute! A fellow Instagrammer who I follow posted how to do this easy DIY project and you can find it here.
Colorful Pumpkins: Consider switching to ceramic pumpkins. Many retailers offer pumpkins in different colors and it’s a lot easier to find blue pumpkins than in year’s past. I’ve also seen green, pink, gold, purple – the options are endless!
Candles: Candles can easily transform your space into the cozy vibe that we associate with fall. I prefer to use tall, skinny candlesticks in varying heights. I have a few of these types of candlesticks in white, but purchasing some in gold or brass would be perfect for fall.
Colorful Plaid: As I learned in Scotland, plaid doesn’t have to be your traditional reds, dark greens, oranges, or browns. Plaid comes in so many different color options. Consider finding a plaid blanket with blue, gray, or even purple. Like the candlesticks, it will add an extra element of cozy.
Wheat Sheaves/Ornamental Grass: If you aren’t big on fall florals, wheat sheaves and ornamental grass or even a eucalyptus plant are a good alternative. Find some beautiful pottery or a vase in shades of blue, gray, and white and you are good to go.
A few other thoughts. I actually think that seasonal decorations can be expensive and some years I don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on pumpkins and gourds. My mom always tells me to add a few new pieces to our collection each year and eventually we will have enough seasonal decor to fill the house. We’ve been in our house for four years now and I have enough fall decor to decorate our living room and dining room (the two rooms we use the least haha!).
Another idea – Target and Amazon offer bulk plastic pumpkins in white for super cheap. I bought a few bags of these and I love to throw them in a decorative bowl. This year I actually found some nautical rope pumpkins so I ordered two for our family room!
And finally, I like to decorate our bookshelves with blue and whtie pumpkins. But it can feel crowded, so I lay out all my pumpkins and take everything off the shelves and completely re-style them. Anything left over goes into a plastic tote and I’ll bring it back out for spring and summer. Having the pumpkins mixed in with the books adds an unexpected touch.
Now, if someone could help me decorate our fireplace that has a baby proof foam edge protector surrounding it, please send your ideas my way!!
It’s been several months since I published a blog post from my 9-5 Edit series! With everyone working from home over the past year, this series was pushed to the wayside. But many people (myself included) are slowly making our way back into the workforce so what better time to bring this series back to life.
Since tomorrow is officially fall, why not showcase a classic fall staple – the J.Crew Sidewalk Skirt. If you are a J.Crew shopper, you’ll recognize this skirt season after season. I have the best selling wool blend sidewalk skirt from J.Crew Factory in a gorgeous magenta. This skirt is the perfect skirt to transition from summer to fall. You can wear it in early fall with a button up shirt or sweater and flats, and as the temperatures get chillier, you can swap out the flats for tights and boots.
For this look, I styled my skirt with a sleeveless button down underneath a knit navy blue v-neck sweater and leopard flats. The perfect sixty degree day ensemble. I played around with a crisp white button up and a belt, as well as a striped crew neck sweater. You can also do a crisp button down or turtleneck with an open front cardigan. The options are endless!!
I do feel the fit of this skirt is a tad big. I’m wearing a size 2 and it’s a wee bit long for my short frame. And the elastic waistband gives you a lot of extra room, so my recommendation is to size down.
J.Crew and J.Crew Factory also offer this skirt in a summer linen version with a scalloped hem – so cute! This piece is perfect for teachers, collegiates, lawyers, my PR ladies – basically it’s the perfect skirt for everyone. It’s an easy dress up or dress down item and easily transitions from season to season. It’s a must have classic, preppy piece that should be in everyone’s closet in every color.
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