Spring has crept up on us and summer is right around the corner (thank god)! We are doing some MAJOR spring cleaning at Waterlily and are holding a serious warehouse sale this Sunday. Check out the details because we are moving he SALE out of the stores and to our warehouse in Brielle, NJ. Here are the details:
The idea of throwing on a pair of boyfriend jeans and instantly looking effortlessly chic sounds awesome, right!? That is, until you find yourself blankly staring into your closet, waiting for the perfect outfit to jump out at you, and finding nothing. Sometimes I feel the same way when searching through the fridge for a snack- but I digress! You close the closet doors..take a moment.. open them up again.. and much to your dismay, still nothing.
Fitted jeans are great and all, but sometimes you want to mix it up. Whether you are looking for an outfit that screams comfortable & casual streetwear or something that is more polished & feminine, the bf jean just might be the perfect way to freshen up your look.
The golden rule of slouchy jeans is to pair it with a tighter top. You can always add a fitted jacket to create that illusion. I also suggest cuffing your jeans to elongate your legs. The best cuff is a little messy for a lived in look. Do one deep fold with another on top- creating layers & texture!
The Comfortable + Causal Look: Emulate the laid back vibe with a distressed bf jean. Any type of sneaker or flat shoe will compliment the outfit- the Arizona Birkenstocks are super popular and, *bonus*, feel like slippers. To pull this look off, make sure to cuff the bottoms of the jean to expose the ankle. Pair with your trusty tried-and-true top. I absolutely adore how this Language tank brightens up the look. The Lisette Top makes for a fabulous summer top. Just in case it gets chilly, layer with a sweater or leather jacket. Throw on your go-to bag and you're out the door!
Left: Language Velvet Top in turquoise, Arizona Birkenstocks in silver, AG Beau jeans, Esuka bag in chestnut. Right: Calypso St. Barth Lisette Top in salt, Arizona Birkenstocks in white, AG Beau jeans, Monserat de Lucca bag in grey silver.
The Girly + Flirty Look: No matter the type of bf jean, distressed or polished, the feminine-boyfriend look can always be achieved. For our two looks below, we went with the Blue Ridge Emerson jean by Citzens of Humanity. The best way to complete the look is by adding a heel. The possibilities are endless, from a strappy sandal to a classic pump, whatever style best suits you. As always, cuff the bf jean (remember: legs, legs, legs!). For a soft romantic look, try adding a girly patterned blouse- like this Kimmie Floral top or the Silk Laceup top. Complete with glam accessories and...Voila! You've mastered the cool-girl-boyfriend look!
Left: Yumi Kim Floral Kimmie top in love potion, Citzens of Humanity Blue Ridge Emerson jean, Dolce Vita Whittney Boot in Black. Right: Gypsy 05 Silk Laceup top, Citzens of Humanity Blue Ridge Emerson jean, Noon Designs Earrings, Free People Sacramento Clog.
We are getting really excited for our first ever Ladies Night Out event in downtown Spring Lake. We were inspired by Cinco de Mayo and decided to throw a Mexican themed fiesta. Mark your calendars - the party starts a 4PM a week from today - Thursday April 23th.
Do you ever wonder how much time you actually spend on your phone or tablet per day? I always feel like I have no time, but when I think of what I actually do with my day, I realize that if I had put my phone down, I would have been a lot more productive. Whether it's to check my email or to look at my Instagram feed for the millionth time, I am constantly picking up my phone. I rarely wonder what I've done with my phone, or where my phone must be, because 9 times out of 10 (let's be honest, probably 10 times out of 10) it's in my back pocket, or on the table next to me. I am constantly giving my husband a hard time about being on his phone/Ipad too much, but I'm just as guilty. Besides the fact that I really have no idea the harm my phone could be doing (I feel like my brain cells are diminishing!) they are such a time suck! Well, I stumbled across this article (click here to read) and found out there is a way to see how much of a time suck they really are.
Moment is an app created by Kevin Holesh that you can download on your phone or tablet to see how much time you actually spend per day on your device. You are able to set time limits for yourself and Moment lets you know when you go over said limits. You can set it up for your whole family so you can keep track of everyone's usage. I downloaded the app this morning, and I can tell you that it's already made me aware of how often I go to grab my phone, and I give it a second thought because I don't want my usage to increase. Hopefully having Moment will keep me second guessing about whether or not I really need to go on my phone!
What do you think? Are you brave enough to download Moment on your phone?
Easter is one of my very favorite holidays, because it means spending time with family, and that warmer days are just around the corner. Easter also means...lots and lots of delicious candy! Luckily for us, we don't have to wait until Easter to get our candy fix, because we are located directly across the street from our favorite candy store, Jean Louise Homemade Candies.
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Every year my husband, Nick, and I say, “We don’t need to go away this year. We should really be responsible and save money.” And then the bitter cold kicks in and it seems to snow every other day and all of that “smart” thinking goes out the window. We book a trip to Florida and we are outta here! And then it sinks in…we have to bring our rambunctious, very active, very loud 17 month old on an airplane! The vision of Liam running up and down the center aisle screaming comes to mind. Ok, so that’s a bit dramatic but I was definitely worried about the dreaded meltdown and being those people on the plane. I tell myself it's only a three hour flight. We can do this. I immediately started googling “tips for traveling with a toddler” and loaded up the IPad with tons of kid friendly apps. I hit up the dollar store for travel friendly activities like books and stickers. Packed snacks, snacks and more snacks and hope that he sleeps. That was my strategy. And we made it through! One minor meltdown on the way there but for the most part Liam was great! Of course it’s hectic and exhausting but we survived. And the warm weather and sunny skies were our reward. Who knows where we will go next year…wishful thinking!
Here's some pics from our adventures...
Liam loved the moving sidewalk in the airport. And it was a great way to burn up some energy before boarding!
Loved checking out the airplanes. Yes, the sun had not fully risen yet.
Staying hydrated. So good at sharing;)
We made it!
Vacation family selfie:)
Last weekend I was up in Windham, NY for a ski/snowboard trip with some friends. My one friend helped me cook some veggie chili so when the others got home from the mountain, they would have something hot to eat for dinner. She let me know when we were chopping the veggies, that she always turns the chili into other meals for the week so they aren't just eating chili day after day after day! I've always been envious of people that are able to meal plan well, and turn over meals so they really only have to cook once, but have plenty of meals for the week. The chili turned out so delicious that I was excited to see what plans she had for it afterwards. One meal was more delicious than the next, and the best part? You can have each meal for breakfast, lunch, OR dinner! Ok...enough babbling, I'll get to the recipes!
6-8 bell peppers (any colors) roughly chopped
2 medium onions (we used yellow) roughly chopped
2 sweet potatoes cubed
2-3 cans of beans, your choice (we used one can of kidney, one can of pinto)
2 large cans (i think 32oz) of whole peeled tomatoes
cooking oil (i use coconut, but olive oil is just as good)
salt and pepper
shredded cheese (optional)
sour cream (optional)
crusty french bread (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Drizzle about a tablespoon of maple syrup over the sweet potatoes, toss with a little salt and pepper and roast until fork tender. Remove from oven and set aside.
While the potatoes are cooking, sautée the peppers and onions until softened in about a tablespoon or two of oil...if your pan isn't big enough, you may have to do this in batches. Depending on how spicy you like it, sprinkle the peppers and onions with cayenne pepper. We used about a teaspoon and it was PLENTY spicy, so use less if you like it more on the mild side!
In a slow cooker (or if you are short on time, an enamel or cast iron pot will work just fine!) add the peppers and onions, sweet potatoes, tomatoes (smash them up a little), and beans, and cook on low for 4-6 hours. If you are using a regular pot, cook through until hot, and let simmer for 20 minutes or more (stirring frequently so it doesn't burn!) for all of the flavors to develop.
Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream and some shredded cheese on top!! Dip some bread in the chili and you are all set!
veggie chili leftovers
1 cup uncooked brown rice
enchilada sauce (about 24 oz)
coconut oil (or butter to grease the dish)
shredded cheese (optional)
sour cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease the inside of a 9x13 glass baking dish with the coconut oil. Warm up the tortillas, i like to do this in the oven but they will puff up so you have to poke them with a fork to let the air out. Be careful if you use the oven method, as you don't want the tortillas to get crunchy, you just want them warm enough that they are easy to work with!
Prepare the rice according to directions on package.
Mix the leftover veggie chili with the rice and half of the enchilada sauce.
Spoon the mixture into tortillas, one at a time. Roll the mixture in the tortilla and place seam side down into the baking dish. Continue until you are out of room in the dish or out of filling!
Drizzle remaining enchilada sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Cover with foil and heat in oven until filling is hot. This should only take a few minutes if the filling is warm when you start...a little longer if you are grabbing the filling out of the refrigerator.
Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream and a slice of avocado.
We made these breakfast enchiladas by serving them with a sunny side up egg on top!!
This is one of my favorite breakfasts...but you can really have it for any meal! It's typically a tomato sauce with peppers and onions, and some spices, but we worked with what we had!
1 large can of whole peeled tomatoes
leftover veggie chili
1-2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
1/2 tsp paprika
4-5 eggs (depends on the size of your pan!)
crusty french bread (optional)
In a good size skillet (I prefer cast iron, as it's not as likely to burn on the bottom), mix together the leftover veggie chili with the can of tomatoes (again, smash them up a little bit!) and the garlic. Sprinkle with paprika and stir together. When the mixture has started to simmer a little bit, carefully crack the eggs on top! I like to crack them one at a time around the edge of the pan and then one in the center! Cover the pan with a lid, and cook the eggs to your liking! The timing of this may take a little practice, but honestly, I have had the eggs runny and I have had the eggs well done...both ways are delicious!!
Carefully scoop the egg out with a healthy serving of the sauce, add a slice of avocado if you want (I like avocado on everything!) and soak it all up with some bread!!
I hope you enjoy these recipes on this cold and windy day!!
Valentine's Day is only two days away!! Have you given your special someone enough hints for your perfect present? We have a great selection of items for your sweetheart to choose from. Whether it's a Lolo bag and keychain or a Deepa Gurnani headband, a pair of Noon earrings or some Cosabella undergarments, or a cozy sweater and a pretty necklace to match, we definitely have something for everyone!! And what's even better? We are having a Valentine's Day sale starting today!! Everything online and in store (Manasquan and Spring Lake) will be 15% off, and that includes already marked down goods!
Award show season is one of my favorite things. I love watching the pre-show red carpet arrivals to see what all of the stars are wearing. The Grammy Awards aired Sunday night and some of the dresses were amazing. Here are a few of my favorites from the night!
Gwen Stefani wore an Atelier Versace jumpsuit that to me looked like a work of art. I loved it!
I'm a sucker for gold, and I think Kim Kardashian looked amazing in her Jean Paul Gaultier gown...I'm loving her haircut, too!
I don't know much about Rita Ora, but she looked awesome on the red carpet in her silver sequined gown.
Beyonce looked stunning in a custom made Proenza Schouler dress, and kept it simple with her hair and makeup!
What do you think? Who were your favorites on Sunday, and who do you think could use a new stylist??