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Friday, August 18, 2017

Saturdays At Shop This ~

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As you may have noticed, I slipped away to the country this week. It was good for my soul to unplug, and push the escape button for a few days. The week was filled with garden fresh vegetables, lazy hours at the pool, and great family bonding. I recommend it. Here's what happened while I was away. 

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If you know me, you may be tired of my obsession with the chemicals we put in our body. I try to make wise choices with food, skincare, and medicine. You probably have heard the term "Clean Beauty." I highly recommend "Goop Clean Beauty." It's a new book and the ultimate guide to a healthy lifestyle. Read about it HERE but purchase it HERE.
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The Sur La Table Fall coupon is in. Save $20 on your $75 purchase. It includes sales and clearance items, too. Code: APPLE17
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Effortless Entertaining: How to make entertaining easy? Start with the right pieces at One Kings Lane. I loved the elevated neutrals and mix of metals and wood. 
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There's a pillow party going on at Serena & Lilly. Save 20% on Throw Pillows with Code: NEWMIX. You'll love the pretty palettes from colors inspired by the sea, sophisticated neutrals, cool soothing greys, and warm colors that pop.
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My Kind Of Town: The 10 Most Beautiful Places in Chicago You Didn’t Know About. 
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Do you love fun fashion? Lisa Perry’s latest collection will make you happy. Shop it at Barneys New York, the Window. The Jacquard Shantung Duster Coat is my favorite.
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Fall 2017 according to Neiman Marcus: Fashion Director, Ken Downing, is embracing the 80's with over 5,000 new styles to shop.
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Don't miss a fabulous Friends & Family Sale at one of my favorite websites, AHAlife. Save 25% with Code: FNF25.  A few things on my radar are the Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea. Expensive, but a good night's sleep is priceless.  This Temperature Controlled Baby Blanket, and my favorite speakers by StellĂ© Audio Couture 
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Looking for a special gift, and one that will WOW? Think Will & Grace, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, New York Fashion Week, US Open, & More. Gift an Experience that supports incredible causes. Get inspired at IfOnly.
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Back To School Tech Deals at QVC: Kick off classes with sale prices, easy pay, and free shipping on brands like, Apple Computers, Dell, Fitbit, Sony, X Box & more.
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Lulu & Georgia Rugs

Enjoy a healthy weekend. Visit a Farmers Market. Eat some fresh fruit and veggies. Let's savor Summer! 

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturdays At Shop This:

I have flowers and natural beauty on my mind today, as I am heading to the country for a few days. There one can  pick an heirloom tomato from the garden, smell fresh cut grass, and not hear a siren for days. Before I make my getaway, I have some links to share with you.

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Let's savor Summer. I enjoyed Goop's How to Throw a Perfect Summer Dinner Party (That You’ll Actually Enjoy) And check out the pretty in pink linen/cotton apron.
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I know that is certainly still Summer, but Rachel Zoe's Fall Box Of Style is here. Now you can Save $10 on The Fall Box with Code: SHOPTHIS10 and $20 Off an Annual Subscription with Code: BOS20. Watch Rachel talk about the inspiration behind this curation HERE
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I think you will love the new Natori Denim Edit. It's elevated and embroidered.
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Can we ever have too many white pants? I found the perfect ankle pant by Calvin Klein at Bloomingdale's. Pull on, stretchy, plain front. So comfy. You will love the price.
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Save up to 25% on luxe brands at Dermstore. I saved $10 on my fave Amazing Cosmetics Concealer.
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Have you ever "Dry Brushed?" It's one of my guilty pleasures. Here's the what, why and how.
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I have been considering the Greenpan line of cookware. Now it is offered in an elegant Champagne color. What do you think? Save 20% on one item at Sur La Table with Code: SPICE17 through August 27th.
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Need a new bag? These are walking out the door at Neiman Marcus Last Call. Such great buys and good looking bags!
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First look at Fall's Hero Trends at Moda Operandi
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If you have been wanting to try some chemical free, organic skincare, you might want to look into Juice Beauty. Now is the time to do it. Save 20% with Code: Summer17
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Our warm sunny days are getting numbered.  Don't be afraid to get out there in the sun this weekend. It's not bad, it is the chemicals in your sunscreen that are harmful! Juice Beauty makes a safe one.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Foodie Friday: State Fair Food ~ Recipes & More

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The Illinois State Fair opened yesterday, and perhaps in your home state, too. I have many fond memories of the yearly road trip to Springfield during our horse racing days. Any state fair is a whole different world for city slickers like myself. And it's much more than hog calling and sheep shearing. It's a junk food haven! So if you are a healthy eater, either stay home or throw caution and calories to the wind!

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HERE: 17 Fair Worthy Recipes

Fried Chicken And Waffle Sandwiches
This is for Mr. Shop This. The recipe includes instructions for Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Bacon, Cheddar, and Green Onion Waffles and Maple Mustard Sauce.
The Candid Appetite

Maple Chocolate Bacon Skewers
Said to be ridiculously and dangerously easy to make. The hardest part is waiting for the chocolate to set before you take a bite!
Framed Cooks

Mini Jalapeno Corn Dogs
For many, a corn dog is a Summer staple. It brings back memories of Coney Island, carnivals and the State Fair. This recipe makes for a fun Summer party starter.
Boulder Locavore

State Fair Cream Puffs
Adapted from the Wisconsin Baker's Association, these pretty puffs are approachable with step by step images. And I am sure that you won't mind that the filling is more boozy than chocolately. I want one now!

 Blooming Onion
This was one of my very favorite foods at the Fair. If you like onion rings, you'll love these. The dipping sauce is the best.
A Beautiful Mess

S'more Funnel Cake Fries
Sinful and most likely sensational!

Deep Fried Spaghetti and Meatballs ... on a Stick!
Straight from the Minnesota State Fair. It leaves you wondering if the laws of physics applies to this recipe.
 Bon Appetit 

Texas State Fair Pecan Pie
This is the one dish that I could never resist. I have made this recipe before. It's perfect and extraordinarily sweet and rich. Winner of the 1996 Texas State Fair pie competition. 
Food And Wine

Spicy Corn On The Cob
If you see fresh corn on the cob at the Fair, try it. Chances are it is straight from the farm and so much better that you get at your local market. This simple recipe steps it up a bit.
Country Living

Baked Deep Fried Oreos
These will hit the spot when you need something warm and gooey that melts in your mouth!
Something Swanky

Deep-Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches Recipe
Yes, it seems that at any state fair they will fry almost anything. I have to say, this recipe actually sounds good to me, especially the white chocolate ganache!

Honey BBQ Pulled Pork Burgers
And this is what I always ate at The Illinois State Fair. The same barbecue boys were there every year. Their sandwich looked something like this. Just yum!
What's Gabby Cooking

Grandmother Lucy's Raspberry Lattice Pie
Jeffrey Doyle-Horney won $8,000 plus in prizes for this juicy pie at the Wisconsin State fair in 2013. No matter what it tastes like, it gets my prize for the look of the crust alone! 
JS Online

Panko Fried Dill Pickle Chips
If you haven't had a fried pickle yet, you are missing out.  The Panko breading will add a lighter touch. The Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce sends this recipe over the top.
Spoon Fork Bacon

Spiked Cotton Candy
Could anything be more appealing and so bad for us? I have to admit I love this spun sugar confection, but haven't had it since a great night in Hollywood many moons ago. The good news is that recipe can be made with sugar free candy. There's a saving grace. The spiking is done with vodka. Here's a great little Cotton Candy Machine at Amazon. Recipe can be found at
Sugar & Cloth

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Fried Zucchini
I've seen fried Mac & Cheese Bites at fairs, and Fried Zucchini, but not together. Sounds like a great way to use all of the Summer zucchini.
Half Baked Harvest

Orange Buttermilk Chess Pie
Inspired by Denise Sa Ade's winning pie at the 2013 state fair of Texas. My Grandmother Pearl always made a Chess Pie. You may have to be from the South to know what it is. This recipe is a bit fancier. Looks fab!
Country Living

Salty Road Salt Water Taffy
Another one of my favorite past times at The State Fair is watching them pull taffy. All of that sugar and stretching is mesmerizing, but it is so much work.  Instead, treat yourself to something more special than the average fair sweet. That would be Marisa Wu’s Taffy made in her very own Brooklyn candy factory & sold at

Sur La Table

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Stylish Supplies For Parents, Students & Teachers

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It's beginning to be "that time" of the year again. There is plenty of warm days ahead, but the calendar is reminding us school is starting soon. Now is the time to get prepared. Here's a roundup of stylish supplies that promise to keep you organized at home or school.

Kate Spade Dahlia 17 Month Agenda
Stylishly plan for everything from the littlest to the biggest occasions. Dated for August 2017-December 2018.

2017-2018 Great Big Calendar
 This 24.75" x 19.25" calendar makes it actually possible to write on. Now everyone in the family can see just what is going on every day for 17 months. Now planning ahead is easy and fun!
Paper Source 

Motivational Pen Set
Who doesn't need good vibes? Phrases are: you got this, goal getter, make today great, work hard & be kind and choose happiness.

Personalized Chevron Notebook
Develop a child's love of writing with their very own lined notebook.

Coronet Calendar
Save the date with brass coated steel style. Such an attractive calendar for the dressy desktop at home or the office.

Geode File Folders
Stay on track and on trend with these fabulous file folders.

Personalized Binder
Binders are important for organized students. Here's a stylish selection for kids of all ages.

Russell & Hazel One Day At A Time Notepad Set
This set makes the best gift for men or women. 3 large pads with golden edges. Now on sale at

Russell + Hazel Desk Accessories
Desktop essentials: Marble sticky notes and gold jumbo paper clips. So chic!

Fringe Studio
I just discovered this fine line of agendas, journals and desk accessories. It's all reasonably priced and ever so fun!

Hashtag File Folders
File fashionably. You'll be the most stylish student (or teacher) in school!

Painted Name Children's Stationery
I love the idea of giving a child their own stationery. It makes being polite fun. Today's kids have a lot to be thankful for. Teach them to write a proper thank you.

Sorority Recruitment Pocket Folder
Stand out in the crowd. The perfect way to organize all of the "Rush Paperwork." A great gift for the coed.

Neon Frisco Magazine File
100% cute and 100% made from recycled materials. A fun way to store your mags, file folders and paper work.

Preppy Mod Notebook Set
Don't you love it when your writing accessories are as fashionable as your outfit?

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Wedding Wednesday: Modern Mother Of The Bride Looks

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Next to the bride's dress, the Mother Of The Bride's (MOB) dress takes center stage. It's a tricky purchase. One doesn't want to outshine your daughter, but you also want to look your best. The "MOB'S" outfit has to blend with the color palette of the day, be comfortable, and most importantly be chic. Nothing can age a woman more than a dowdy dress.  This elegant edit features looks that begin at less than $100.  Any one of them will get you down the aisle with style. 

NORDSTROM - Romantic Dresses for Every Occasion

HERE: Ten Chic Choices

Rickie Freeman for Teri Jon Trumpet-Sleeve Column Dress
This dress has my name on it. It offers arm coverage yet a certain sex appeal. Remember ladies, your shoulders never show your age or your weight! Perfect for any evening or formal reception. Love it!
Neiman Marcus  

Marchesa Notte Evening Dress
This dress features so many delicious details like lace, intricate embroidery, Fall florals, and sheerness. Just gorgeous for sizes 0-16
Neiman Marcus

Lace Sheath & Wrap
A lovely look for a daytime wedding, or even a less formal evening reception. Find the sheath HERE and the Wrap HERE. For other affordable styles shop
Adrianna Papell

Claret Dress
A chic Fall color palette for the #MOB or #MOG. And according to Vogue, roses not only are romantic, they are trending for Fall and Winter.

Rickie Freeman for Teri Jon Off-the-Shoulder Dress
For Moms who embrace lace. It's a mermaid style with a dramatic hemline. The teal fabric is an elegant color choice for Fall.
Neiman Marcus

The Carlson Burnout Velvet Dress & Jacket
This dress and jacket is a classic but yet so on trend. Slip dresses are having a BIG moment this Fall and so are romantic roses. No matter what the weather, a warm October afternoon wedding, or a cool November evening, Mom will look and feel fabulous. The pieces are sold separately but both come in at under $250.

Pleated Midi Dress
If Mom is shopping on a budget, this is a lovely and youthful look for less than $100. 

Alexis Antoinette Midi Dress
Such a fun dress and perfect for a little day dancing. It's fashion forward and fabulous!
Neiman Marcus 

Oscar de La Renta Embroidered LamĂ© Mousseline Caftan
A dreamy confection of pale gold lame and sequins. A chic choice for a wedding on a Greek Isle or at an ocean front resort. Beyond!
Oscar de La Renta 

Bluemarine Look # 20
Planning a destination wedding this Winter? This off the shoulder dress is feathered with romantic ruffles, and is beach beautiful. 
Moda Operandi