Spring fashion refresh: Items that pull double duty

I don’t know about you, but when February rolls around I feel like spring can’t come fast enough! 

Winter really drags this time of year, so I’m looking ahead to the change of seasons with a wardrobe refresh. When I shop, I like to shop smart. I try to make my purchases strategically, meaning anything over $40 must pull double duty, functioning for both work and play.…

Five key elements for a restful master bedroom

Have you ever stepped into a space that just oozed tranquility, where you instantly felt calm? It’s no accident—it’s by design. This soothing master bedroom started off as a bland box with a rather low ceiling, but careful color choices, cozy textiles and the right furniture choices have transformed it. Add in an unexpected DIY touch, and it’s now a welcoming sanctuary.

This master bedroom retreat is my mother’s latest renovation.…

Mom style & finding YOU again after baby

I think my mother said it best. “You seem happy,” she noted, studying my face carefully. “But the ‘sparkle’ is missing.”

Sparkle? It sounds vague, but deep down I knew what she was talking about. You see, my mother knows me better than I know myself. She picks up on the things I’d never say aloud. It’s as if she can read my internal monologue. 

No space for a home office?

The battle for the one office space in our home lasted just five minutes.

I lost—or should I say willingly relinquished? As a professor, my husband can fill an entire room with his books, binders and research. There’s no doubt, the office should be his. However, I’m now working remotely several days a week and need a functional space too. Here’s the challenge: The only option for my office is the living room.…

Hot rollers for voluminous, bouncy curls

I know what you’re thinking… Hot rollers? Really?

Before we dig in, please check those preconceived hair notions at the door. You might think hot rollers are from your grandmother’s era, but they have also produced some of the most sought after manes in the modern world!

Take hair goddess Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Reports suggest she uses them and they’re my secret weapon for camera-ready hair too.…

Shop like a news anchor: How to save big on clothing

Have you ever sat down watching the Today Show or Good Morning America, spotted something fabulously fashionable, and thought… I’ve got to have that?  Maybe you’ve wondered how your favorite news team is able to afford a seemingly endless supply of colorful, on-trend dresses, skirts and shoes. Do you wonder how they shop?

Let me let you in on a little secret, we have a strategy.

What I want my son to know about #MeToo

I’ve always been a “laugh it off” kind of girl, but as a mother I’m done laughing.

Why is it okay that there is an entire sisterhood of broadcast journalists who have been trained—as a matter of career survival—to numb themselves to offensive, questionable behavior? Why do we tell ourselves being uncomfortable, objectified, or sexually harassed in person or online is just “part of the job”?…

A modern take on ‘Mommy and Me’ style

Perhaps it’s a product of genius marketing, but it seems we mothers have an innate urge to match our young. There’s something so tantalizing about carefully coordinated “Mommy and Me” clothing. I mean seriously, what could be cuter?

Ever walk through a photo studio or flip through a family album and think… wow, those people really nailed that look! The colors are cohesive… the style, casual yet classic.…

How to style a bookshelf like a pro

There is nothing better than a great bookshelf or étagère (the French term for a set of hanging or open shelves used to display collections) to add warmth to your room. But bookshelves can also look like a cluttered, frenetic mess if you’re not careful. Have you noticed when reading design magazines or touring parade homes that the most stunning rooms always have well-edited shelves?

Five ways to keep your style while pregnant

Let’s start with a dose of “real,” as in my real struggles to accept my changing body. I know many of you moms-to-be are loving your pregnancy curves. You’re feeling more womanly, voluptuous, amazed at your life-giving power. You should feel that way! We’re growing a human being and that is an incredible feat. I want to love my bump too, and I’m getting there, but it takes work.…