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Shalice Noel

Coco Chanel said,

“In order to be irreplaceable, one most always be different.

There’s many ways to style a peasant top for fall, but this is my favorite way: denim. Shorts or jeans! Here’s the flares I’m wearing and shorts. If you live in a cooler climate, I’d recommend adding a camel coatigan. Which is your favorite?

Peasant top worn here in Small use code NEWSLETTER10 // Jeans -flares in 26 // Fendi Large Flip Bag similar // Boots // Cardigan // Sunglasses

Fall is my favorite season to dress for, hands down. Do you have a favorite fall item to style? I’ll take a good buttery suede trench ANYDAY. In need of styling ideas? I got you. I was thinking about what looks best with flares and it is a tissue turtleneck. Or any turtleneck. Flares look their best with turtlenecks.

Suede trench Talbots, and this one almost identical // Similar budget trench // Jeans with a slight flare // Tissue turtleneck and similar // Rothy’s flats

Kitchen Reno

by Shalice Noel

Kitchen Surface: Neolith Calcutta Luxe // Goodman lights with brass interior // Brass knobs //

Kitchen renovations are becoming our specialty. I love giving life to tired kitchens and putting our design stamp on
it. It is a creative expression just like fashion and cooking. Here is a link to our previous kitchen renovation at the
A-Frame and California houses. We are now onto our 4th kitchen makeover (first was in Chicago before blog) and
each time we learn more. One thing that makes our kitchen renovations special is that we do practice frugality.
Uhhh. That sounds boring, but it’s actually an avenue for more creativity.

fru·gal·i·ty
/fro͞oˈɡalədē/
noun

  1. The quality of being economical with money or food; thriftiness.
    Here’s what I mean. This relates to fashion as well. Everything has a life cycle. A good stylist/designer accepts the
    challenge of extending the life of that item as long as possible.
    That is why you see me style clothes so many
    different ways. I want to get the longest life out of the piece as I can. The same is true for our kitchen remodels.
    For example, in California we chose to resurface the cabinets vs. gutting the kitchen. This allowed us to keep the
    design integrity of the mid-century house while saving cabinets boxes from the landfill.
    Our current home was built in 2005 and everything is still in great condition. Again, we hate to throw away
    something that has a lot of life in it. However, there are aspects to our kitchen I don’t like. Thus, the design
    challenge. Make it work! I love that this kitchen has open space, plenty of storage and functions well. I don’t like
    having the bar height island. I don’t like two islands. I don’t like the scale of the range hood. Here is our design
    strategy to solve these issues while trying to conserve as much of our existing kitchen as possible. I hope this helps
    with your future remodels and any decision making you have.
    As I stated, our kitchen has two islands. We don’t like it. It’s like ring around the rosy. Removing the second island
    will also help make our great room look more spacious. I’m planning to add a big farm table where the island used
    to be and make the existing eating area a reading nook. We will be painting all the walls and trim white to
    brighten the space as well. With the second island gone, we have two focal points in the kitchen and therefore we
    come to our primary design decision. A kitchen design should only have one iconic feature. Do we want the hood
    to be the focal point or the island? This helps drive our design decisions. I appreciate a beautiful island and
    therefore prefer the island to be the icon of the kitchen. To make the island stand out we need to boost the drama
    by having waterfall sides. Make sure to request a miter cut when doing a waterfall. You do not want a butt joint.
    Also, choose a material that is seamless. If you have veins, be able to book match the veins as they continue over
    the counter edge. Find a really good fabricator.

  2. Keep in mind. Cost. Commodity. Sustainability. Natural marble is expensive. If you choose to use it, use it wisely.
    There are also brand-new countertop materials on the market that look like marble but have the durability of
    granite.

    To bring the massive scale of our range hood down, we decided to paint it white to match the cabinets. We will be raising the bottom of the upper cabinets to align with the moldings of the hood. Therefore, we still have storage
    we need and the hood and cabinets will appear as a unit rather than the church alter.
    Reid has completed a sketch-up model to visualize the renovations as we’ve made decisions. Producing a
    computer model really does help you know what design decisions to make. I recommend using Sketch-up if you
    are able. Or hire Reid to help….. I’ve created a collage showing our material pallet and some accessory pieces that
    will make this kitchen happy again.

Learn more about Neolith here

Walmart has such a vast array of cute looks for fall! From western pull on boots to a must have plaid shacket. I love how versatile these pieces are. All pieces are under $50 except the cute plaid shacket.

Which piece is your favorite?

Blazer // Crop Flare Jeans // Pull-on boots // Plaid Shacket // Cognac chain bag // Faux leather flare skirt // Tank similar

Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post!

Labor Day Sales

by Shalice Noel

Anthropologie

EXPRESS

H&M

J crew code HELLOFALL for 40% off

MANGO 30% off purchases of $150 or more

VERISHOP use code FALLFEELS

My assistant Caroline did a Madewell try-on showing their new fall clothes. Who wants to see?

Scroll down! Which look is your favorite?

Happy ALMOST fall! With Reid out of town, my father in law in the hospital, I haven’t been in store shopping in a while!

My assistant Caroline did the dirty work for you and tried on Madewell’s fall line up. Linked below:

Vintage jeans

Bellaire Cardigan

Lace up Boot (SOOO chic with leggings for fall)

Cropped Sweater Vest

Harlow Wide Leg Pants

Cropped Sweater Tank

Cropped Cardigan

Balloon jeans shown in black

Plaid Blazer (adding this to cart! Love the oversized look)

Black Jean Vintage Straight

Mary Janes in “earthen sand” (super cute)

Crop Cardigan Top

Crossbody Bag

Curvy Skinny Jeans in black wash

Chambray Workshirt

Accessories

  • 1 (15 ounce) can Organic Garbanzo Beans, rinsed and drained (chickpeas)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter (just almonds + salt)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or sub honey)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup small wild frozen blueberries OR 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling on top (dairy-free, if desired)

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with 10 muffin liners (we’re only making 10 muffins) and spray the inside of each liner with nonstick cooking spray so that the liners do not stick to the muffins — this is important.


Step 2

Place chickpeas and 1 egg in the bowl of a food processor or high powered blender and process until beans are well blended. Add two other eggs, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, baking powder and salt and process again until smooth. Fold in ⅓ cup chocolate chips.

Step 3

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips evenly among the tops of each muffin batter. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffins comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, then remove muffins from tin and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Let me know what you think! Don’t miss my reel featuring this recipe.

Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen

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When we lived in LA, I religiously went to get lash extensions every 6 weeks. I would get a sitter and drive an hour to West Hollywood and pray for a parking spot. Then, I would lay down for 2 hours and pray the stinky glue wouldn’t get into my eyes, which would happen on occasion and my eyes would burn! After two hours, I’d have full, long lashes. Sadly, this didn’t last long especially if I had allergies and my eyes would tear up or itch. I knew eventually that I needed to enhance my own natural lashes, that became so short as a result of the stress of the extensions. Yes, lash extensions can hurt your natural lashes.

Enter the lash serum from Grande Cosmetics, GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum. I saw a blogger friend that I trusted use it and I knew I had to try it. I was hooked.

Why I love GrandeLASH-MD, it’s a one swipe wonder! It helps promote the appearance of naturally longer, thicker looking lashes. It is water based so it’s suitable to use with contacts and lash extensions. And it is Ophthalmologist tested and cruelty free.

Have you tried it?

Thank you Ulta for sponsoring this post! All opinions my own.

Trousers

Tee

Mules

Topiaries (they come in a set of 2)

I don’t know about you, but I have scored quite a few notable Amazon buys lately. One of which I’d like to share today. I must confess, I used to have a green thumb, but not lately. I’m getting ready for the kids to go back to school in two weeks, we have a business to run and I have zero time to water or trim so artificial for the win!

These topiaries come in a set of 2, have to be assembled (just attach both sides) and look stunning and real! Reid even complimented me on how well these have held up and give our back yard a little feel of Tuscany with zero work.

What do you think?

Click the images to shop!

Outfit 1 Bleeker Street Poncho // Sneakers // Socks on sale // Bike Shorts and these on sale

Outfit 2 Mules // Crop jeans //

Outfit 3 Spanx // Sneakers and GGB at Nordys // Socks

NSALE PUBLIC ACCESS STARTS TODAY! This means, you don’t need the credit card to shop. Lots has sold out but a lot remains, so go check it out! These pj’s are still in stock, Clare V bag in leopard and green and stripe tee.

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