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Inspired Living | Post-Pandemic Fashion

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Last year was a thought-provoking time in all of our lives to say the least. Seemingly overnight, the 2020 pandemic upended life as we know it and created what many people refer to now as "the new normal." From travel to socializing, regular activities we take for granted came to a screeching halt, and how we shop changed dramatically. Online shopping surged and loungewear sales went through the roof. Today, we are slowly climbing out of our pandemic state of mind, even if the world is technically still in the grips of it. We're traveling and venturing out again. We're optimistic and happy to be getting dressed to ...Read more.

Back-to-School Shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square

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Back-to-school shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square is one of our favorite annual mom-daughter traditions! Christina and I make a day of it and stock up on essentials, since once school starts, time is at a premium as I know all moms can relate. 😉 From basic supplies to on-trend fashion, Scottsdale Fashion Square is a one-stop shopping destination! Plus, the restaurant scene is on point for a special lunch or dinner break. Francine is our current fav, but there are several incredible places to choose from, including Zinque, Toca Madera and Nobu. At the new luxury wing entrance. We kicked off our 2021 ...Read more.

Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Like a Pro

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - aka the Super Bowl of shopping - starts for cardholders this week! Featuring the latest looks for fall, you can preview the sale items online right now and create a wish list of favorites in preparation for purchase when the sale goes live, which depends on your Nordstrom Rewards level. The Icon members start madly shopping on July 12th, Ambassador level goes live July 14th, Influencers shop the 16th, and the sale is open to the public on July 28th. It's the best time to shop for all the latest fall looks until the prices go back up on August 9. And, if you don’t have a Nordstrom ...Read more.

Gluten-Free Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake

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Who doesn't love a nutty, moist coffee cake with melt-in-your-mouth streusel topping? However, most contain a lot of flour (gluten!), butter and sugar that, while delicious, it doesn't make for the healthiest choice. And, for those of you with a gluten intolerance they aren't even an option. So, I reviewed a number of recipes and played with a few ingredient combinations to come up with this brunch favorite that is gluten-free, dairy-free and low in sugar! I just served it for Easter brunch and it was a hit! In addition, I paired it with a yummy spinach, chicken sausage and goat cheese frittata, plus a side of berries ...Read more.

Spring 2021 Fashion Embraces Color & Comfort

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From bubblegum pink and sunny yellow to emerald green and glow-up orange, fashion is in an optimistic mood this spring! Fashionistas all over the globe are ready to emerge from their cocoon and embrace all the bright, happy colors of the season. (Brights not for you? Pastels are in too!) So, in addition to these eye-popping colors, what else is haute for spring? Key words are: fun, frivolous and easygoing. Yes, you can take the girl out of quarantine, but you can't take away her sweatpants. Even jeans and trousers are relaxed and roomy. Not the most flattering look on everyone, but as always, "you do you" and wear ...Read more.

Our Golden Globes Best-Dressed List

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Red carpet season is definitely not the same during this crazy pandemic, but we are still ALL IN on seeing the stars dressed in the latest couture! Fashion is a bright spot, something frivolous and fantasy-driven that we can discuss and enjoy. It takes our mind off all of the seriousness and concerning news happening around us right now... even if only for a few minutes. The night of the awards show (albeit virtual) I posted my virtual red-carpet favorites on Instagram Stories and one of my friends commented that she doesn't watch the show any more, but loves seeing my best-dressed picks to keep up with the fashion. ...Read more.

Gluten-Free Pink Pancakes

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How do you like your pancakes? Thin and crepe-y or thick and cake-y? At our house, it's all about the sky-high stack of crepe-like flapjacks with more room for layering all the things. This gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free recipe is my go-to for yummy, healthy pancakes. And, because everything's prettier in pink, I added 5 drops of pink food coloring for light hue of my favorite color. The pink hue (plus sprinkles!) adds color to brunch, sleepovers and weekends when you want to make breakfast a little extra. My daughter and her friends love them! Plus, if you've been following along on the blog for the ...Read more.