Bright and Bohemian Living Room with Rattan Panton Inspired S-Chairs under $350

I've been looking to update our living room for a year or so now but with the welcoming of a new year I knew it had to be sooner than later. 

  I'll start off by saying, If you're a long time reader you might remember this amazing orange chair but after nearly 5 years of kid and cat wear we had to send it packing. Trust me, it was crushing setting it curbside. So we did a little re-arranging for Christmas and decided to move our tulip table next to the window where our beloved chair once lived. After the tree and decorations were gone we immediately knew that corner where the once table lived needed an upgrade and stat! So, in came Wayfair to save the day with these amazing Rattan Dining S-chairs ($320 for the set of two). I love a Panton inspired S-chair and the neutral hue + rattan texture makes them even better. It's really hard not to love them. And surprisingly, they're extremely comfortable. 

While the corner isn't nearly as bright, I love the newest additions paired with a wall mirror and floating shelf. When we do finally get around to moving we'll locate the chairs to our round table so the whole family can enjoy them. Until then, they're the spot for entertaining or catching up on book club reads.

The Lazy Girl's Guide To Easy Brunch Ideas for Kids

At the risk of sounding basic: I'm a gal about brunch.  If you've been following along on Instagram you've probably spotted our weekly brunch set up at home via stories. I'll admit, I'd much rather be sipping mimosas at a trendy restaurant on the avenue but wrangling an antsy toddler in a high chair has me reluctant to drop $20 a plate every weekend. So, brunch at home it is. But like other moms running on empty from lack of sleep and basically everything else, I really don't love spending a whole lot of time whipping together brunch for 5. So over the last several months I've found a handful of brunch ideas that look and taste like you spent hours in the kitchen perfecting the recipe while in reality it took about 15 minutes to throw together.

One of my favorite ways to keep it simple is skipping the stove and using the oven. Just mix, drop it in a dish and let the oven do it's magic. Thus, the idea of the Lazy Girl's Guide To Making Brunch for Kids came to mind. So, we're keeping it simple with five of my favorite brunch staples that lack the huge effort but pack huge results...

For Eggs
Forget scrambling eggs that stick to the pan no matter how much butter you use. Make it a FRITTATA in a ceramic dish and bake for 30 minutes. All you need is 6-8 eggs, a smidge of milk and the toppings of your choice. We've used everything from black beans, tomotoes, peppers and cheese. Bonus: it looks better than simple scrambled eggs and the kids ALWAYS ask for seconds. 

French Toast
Easily one of my favorite brunch foods but let's be real when you're cooking for 4 boys you're spending quite of bit of time dipping slices of bread and cooking them. Forget that noise, bake it. Cube up 2-3 cups of the bread of your choice (challah and day-old ciabatta breads are my favorite) and place on a greased 13x9 baking dish. Preheat oven to 350˚. Whisk up about 6 eggs, 1 cup of milk, 2 tbsp. of vanilla and a 1 tbsp. of ground cinnamon. Drizzle oven bread and coat evenly. Let sit about 10 minutes to let it absorb and bake for 25-35 minutes. Bonus: Sprinkle with brown sugar before baking or top with bananas or blueberries. 

Another way, is to slice up French Bread and arrange it in a cast iron skillet and bake for about 20 minutes. Top with fresh cream and blueberries. 


Spice Up (Canned) Cinnamon Rolls
We almost always have Cinnamon Roll dough in the fridge and it is the easiest food to just pop in with zero effort. I'm all about jazzing them up to make them even better like unrolling and adding cream cheese, pumpkin puree, chocolate chips or banana. I'm putting together a recipe for the Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls I created a few weeks back (stay tuned). 

Bake Your Bacon
Forget flipping bacon in a skillet when you can bake it in the same amount of time and double the crispness. I've been using a broiler pan at 400˚for 15 minutes. 

I liked this idea so much that I gave it it's own post. Honestly, it's the easiest brunch idea to date and the kids are constantly asking for a repeat. Get un-iced toaster pastries (I love Glutino and Annie's ), make your own icing and let them pile their pastries with fruits, sprinkles and whatever else until their little hearts are content. 

What are your favorite "Lazy Girl's" To Easy Brunch Ideas for Kids 

Ten Gorgeous Maxi Dresses You Won't Believe Are Under $50

Give me a boho maxi dress and I'll wear it until it unravels at the seams. For me, I'm all for a bold print and good price when shopping for my next addition so I couldn't resist a little extra swoon after spotting some of these beauties under $50 below. Guys, these are gorge and who can say no those prices?!

Wear It Again: Layer Your Wrap Dress Over Jeans

Full disclosure: I bought this particular dress to layer over this brown turtleneck because the colors just happened to be the perfect match for each other. But, that doesn't change my opinion on giving dresses extra wear by layering them over jeans. I'm all for making the most of wears, especially when it comes to dresses and jeans. Tip: I recommend you start with wrap dresses, you can loosen to tighten to your desired fit over your jeans. For instance you can go a little looser with high waisted jeans and give your dress a little mid-tuck or you can have it more fitted with mid-rise styles to avoid showing the midriff. I also love treating my dress like a little kimono like in this instance where I threw it over my turtleneck and jeans and paired with white boots. 

Dress ASOS // Turtleneck Peruvian Connection (similar) // Jeans Wrangler // Boots Dolce Vita // Bag Fossil 

Tan Shearling Coat and ASOS Mixed Print Maxi Dress

A couple of weekends back we had amazing upper-40 degree weather that warranted light layers and a jacket. We grabbed some brunch on the water at Industry Kitchen and shot a few pictures here in the seaport district. It was the perfect backdrop for my shearling coat and mixed print dress. 70's vibes going strong. I layered my dress with a pima turtleneck, tights and belt for a more winter friendly take, tossing on the coat to protect me from the occasional bursts of wind. 

Striped Who What Wear Sweater and Black Leather Shorts

Who else is a sucker for a striped sweater?I know I cannot resist and ironically enough really I don't own very many. Or at least I don't think I do. 

Anyways. 

This sweater instantly caught my eye while browsing Target.com (which is something I do more than I care to admit). I instantly added it my bag, there was no way I was going to let it go. Honestly, it's even better in person. Aside from my love for all things purple, I'm really feeling these sleeves. They're super fun and of course, most importantly: flattering. So I've been wearing it on repeat for the last couple of week, most recently with black sheer tights and leather shorts because the weather has been forgiving. I kind of dig it. 

Vintage Inspired Floral Maxi Skirt and Denim Trucker Jacket Winter Style

It's never too late or too early for florals to make an appearance. As far as I'm concerned they're always in style. I've been a huge fan of adding casual pieces to dress down some of my favorite floral pieces and this particular outfit has become an instant favorite (though in the pictures the collar on my tee is a little ajar, but we'll ignore that for now, k.). I love the throwback to the  70's vibes with the faux shearling denim jacket and wrangler ringer tee. To keep it colorful the red boots came back and made just the right statement. I have a feeling I'll be bringing this look back for spring...

Jacket (similar) // Shirt Wrangler // Skirt (similar) // Boots Dolce Vita // Belt (similar) // Bag Fossil 

Easy Prosciutto and Brie Baguettes with Fresh Peaches and Honey Drizzle

I'm all about a sweet and savory recipe. It basically kills two birds with one stone: I'm a sucker for all things sweet and salty. This prosciutto and brie baguette is the perfect brunch and/or lunch recipe that tackles both your sweet and salty fix on even the coldest of winter days. First you start with some melted brie on a toasted baguette and finish with a drizzle of honey. One bite and you're going to be begging for seconds, thirds, and fourths. 

Easy Winter Layering: Chunky Oversized Sweater and ASOS Snakeskin Maxi Dress

Give me a way to extend an item's shelf life and I'll call it a win. You've already seen me wear this chunky oversized grey sweater a number of ways over the past year. It's still one of my favorite purchases from H&M and there's no retiring it anytime soon. It's way too warm. But this snakeskin dress from ASOS is all sorts of amazing. It's a little too cold to wear it on it's own but I wasn't going to let that stop me from stepping out in this golden hue. Originally I wore it the first few times with patterned tights that were just the right amount of contrast for the skirt but I couldn't find them on shoot day and I just went with a black sheer. Still works.