Fall officially started last week although with the type of weather we’ve been having lately, it’s more like Summer around here. This week is supposed to bring cooler temps and I am more than ready for a new season and a wardrobe refresh. With the new season brings closet essentials I like to focus on with classic pieces being my main staple. These are items that can be carried through year after year and basics you can build upon. All of these items are at the top of my list and I am sharing my favorites for the season. Some of these can be more of an investment but if it’s a piece you can wear year after year then it’s more than worth it in my opinion. Even if you can only buy one item for the season think about what you truly need and how many wears you could get out of the piece.




If you’ve been following along on Instagram stories(which I am addicted to by the way), you’ve noticed we have started our kitchen remodel finally. Talk about a major process of making decisions(very stressful and lots of wine involved) but we finally have our plan together and everything picked out. The hubs is doing most of the work so we are planning on at least 3 months until the kitchen is completely finished. I wanted to share some of my inspiration and pictures that have helped me along the way.


We decided to go with an IKEA kitchen mostly because our kitchen is pretty small and we needed lots of space saving options. IKEA has been extremely easy to deal with along the way. You can pay them $199 to come out and they help plan out your entire kitchen. They have actually been out twice and each time spent about 4-5 hours with us making sure we planned out each corner and crevice.  The cabinets we went with are the  IKEA Sektion Bodbyn in white with silver hardware.


I have wanted a farm sink for years now as it reminds me of what a kitchen in the French countryside would be like. Plus, I want a sink that I can put all the pans and cookie sheets in at one time for easy clean up.


We are going with white quartz counter tops and beveled backsplash. I love the look of a clean and classic kitchen so white backsplash was the only way to go.


I’ve had an obsession with navy since we painted the library room Hale Navy in our old house. We don’t have anything navy in this house at this point so I am thinking about bringing in a few navy and white french bistro stools for the kitchen. We will have a space for a bar to eat and these stools could be the perfect navy touch I am looking for.


When we were first getting contract bids on the kitchen one of the contractors actually asked me if I really cook or I just wanted a double oven for looks. I had to laugh because this is one of the reasons why we are remodeling the kitchen. I am a huge cook who loves to bake as well, plus we entertain a lot especially around the holidays. A double oven was at the top of my priority list and when we started looking for appliances the salesperson showed us this oven with french doors. I was immediately in love with the oven but wanted to make sure it was the right investment. This past weekend we decided to go with this option and I couldn’t be happier. Above the french door oven we we will have another oven that also acts as a microwave as well. I have been pinning Fall recipes like crazy and can’t wait to use them to bake.


There’s an odd section in the kitchen which is too small for a cabinet so we’ve decided to go with open shelving. Part of me is so excited to decorate the shelves and find a way to make them as functionable as possible.


Patterned tile, need I say more. So, originally I wanted to put a tile on the floor and then two things happened. I realized how expensive it would be and then the hubs pulled up the linoleum floor and found the original hardwoods underneath. I am still really thinking about the patterned tile however and am considering putting some behind the cooktop now. More to come on this decision.


One last thing I am hoping for is a pot filler. This is still an ongoing discussion to make sure it can work, but I am really keeping my fingers crossed for this one. I know it seem so lazy, like why can’t I just walk to the sink and fill up the pot but look how cute this looks. Plus, it does actually serve a purpose.

I’ll start to post pictures with updates as they happen. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.










If you saw my weekend recap I told you how we visited the Nelson Atkins this past weekend. I was hoping to find a little inspiration and to have a nice outing with London and the hubs and it definitely met my expectation. I’ve been to this museum so many times now, but each time I go it’s such a wonderful experience. My favorite of course is the European section which displays several Impressionist painters and my favorite artist of all time Claude Monet. We spent over three hours at the museum enjoying the pieces and having lunch in the courtyard. If you ever get the chance to visit this museum make sure to save time to each in the Rozzelle Courtyard, the view is beautiful and the food is surprisingly delicious and very reasonable. At the end of the day we did manage to get a few outfit pictures and when I say we, I actually mean London. She took several of these pictures and I am beginning to think maybe we have a little photographer on our hands. The museum is under going a renovation and in March they are opening up an entire new Impressionist exhibit and I can’t wait to go back and see in person.





It’s hard to believe that it’s already August and Fall will be upon us soon. August is always one of those hard transition months for me. The temperatures are still really hot but Fall clothes are already showing up in all my favorite stores so I am ready to start buying. Thankfully we enjoyed some cooler temperatures this past weekend, but I am sure the 100 degree weather will be here a little longer. As long as I have some basic pieces to wear I can easily transition from August into the Fall season. Once it starts to get cooler outside I am all about layering and wearing a trench coat and having an option besides black and tan. I have a few long sleeve versions of this stripe tee but would love a short sleeve version to wear with jeans shorts and my white sneakers. Also love the idea of adding a little scarf tied around the neck. Burgundy is going to be a huge color for Fall and I am thinking this little pouch will be the perfect touch to pair with jeans and a blazer on the weekend. I could also throw it in my work bag during the day as well. When I was at the hairdresser a few weeks ago we started talking about my hair essentials and what kind of brush I use as well as hair dryer and curling iron. I have to honestly say I just use a cheap brush from Target but I have always wanted a Mason Pearson brush and am putting it at the top of my wish list. Could these pink mules be anymore gorgeous? I love wearing flats in the Fall with cardigans and sweaters and these pretty pink ones would take my look up a notch(would also love a black pair as well). What’s on your August list?