about four years…

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yeah, that’s a car selfie, we’re casual here

About four years ago we launched this site to talk about and inspire one another about the every day. The crazy good every day. And for me what I first wrote about holds true, I think the post was called 7 ways to have a good day, or something like that. Oldest son suggested I start posts with ‘a number’ and ‘ways’ to do it. I guess it increases your SEO or search engine optimization and honestly we’re not all concerned with that here and now simply name our posts whatever feels best.

So, here’s the original 7:

make your bed, eat protein for breakfast, get out of your yoga clothes, put on some makeup, walk the dogs, make some dinner, spend time with those you love. 

Of course there’s a lot of everything that goes along with the above, like work, and parenting, and travel, shopping maybe, and housekeeping, and bad moods…yet, if I’m honest and I can check off the above, it’s a pretty damn good day.

I like to instill those 7 in my kids, and sometimes tell them they need to do the ‘every day dress’ thing. As in, get up, dress up, show up. It’s working; they are all on a pretty good path, bumps included. Here’s how second daughter hosted a little birthday brunch celebration for one of her squad this past Sunday, so proud of her, happy birthday Gabby.

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Those 7 aren’t exact, simply the feel of it all. Walk the dogs can be anything that makes you feel alive, connected with nature, that moves your body. Get out of your yoga clothes is about showing respect for yourself and others in what we are all wearing for the day, runaround included.

Make your bed is absolutely basic. First things first. There’s nothing better than walking into a room, good day or not, with a nicely made bed. Simple.

Protein? In the morning? Can only think of a few things better than that and one of them is coffee. 🙂

Now about makeup: I’ve been guilty here. Kind of liking letting the skin show through with a little BB cream and a nude lip, or red-orange. Maybe I’m trying to be a little french or maybe all kinds of makeup feels like it’s aging…not really sure. My momma always told me, “Rebecca, brush your hair and put on some lipstick,” so that’s the least I can do. 🙂

If you’ve read along you know I’m all about dinner; it brings everyone back, and to the center, and is pleasurable in so many ways. Husband can’t understand at all how I think about ‘what’s for dinner’ first thing in the morning or maybe even the afternoon before. Wow…food rules.

And, as for dinner, it’s really a great way to spend time with those you love. It’s either glorious, or subtle, or even in between – whatever the day may be, and we love all of that – a punctuation mark. Wikipedia calls punctuation “The practice, action, or system of inserting points or other small marks into texts, to aid interpretation; division of text into sentences, clauses, etc., by means of such marks.” Can’t think of a better way to mark a day than a good meal with those we love.

Now the tangent; one thing we didn’t write about in the beginning is something we’re growing to love even more: searching, looking, seeking, aligning, and drawing out the best in others, always. 

Thank you for reading, especially if you’ve gotten this far. Every day dress, 141 subscribers, 217,821 views, 776 comments, LOVE. Thank you. xoxo… Search engine optimization be damned.

bolognese and arugula

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We haven’t dropped off and out, simply doing what we do: a little travel, quick five-day trip to FL, and then back to BUF and good times in the kitchen.

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Twins twenty-sixth birthday and snowfall that sticks in April called for house-made Bolognese sauce and a fresh arugula salad. Set the table right on the hard-wood, the only thing that’s precious in this house are the people. Close family friend Lindsay did the tulips in the jelly jars.

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It was a two-day event, night before bowling and tacos and margaritas for twenty plus.

As for what to wear? Bowling night I did a kind of country club look, and for cooking at home black cashmere v-neck, hair back, red lip, and an apron.

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Every day dress, Bolognese and arugula, it was great. Happy Birthday. xo

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once again, feet up, last one at the table 🙂

shoe games

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Spent an entire day on my feet in the kitchen cooking brunch for ten and then dinner for eight. Daytime activities called for pink patent loafers. When you’re going full-tilt the shoe game has to be spot on or you might as well be barefoot.

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Switched to the old rockstuds for evening shenanigans. Clearly I was the last one at the table. 🙂 Thought about letting that pair go a few seasons ago when I felt they were overdone, happy I hung on.

 

simple spring

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Nothing really fancy, doing our simple spring things: grocery store cut white flowers all over the house, daily walks with the dogs, composed salads for lunch with weeknight leftover sliced roast chicken. Always keep some canned artichokes and kalamta olives on hand.

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Cooking up a few good things for the holiday tomorrow, and although we’ve cut back on new dresses and patent leather shoes all around, had to send the kids out for the foiled eggs. Really don’t think we can get through ham and eggs tomorrow without a mouthful of chocolate.

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Love to all, love a simple spring. xoxo

All photos with the humble iPhone, simple.

 

roasted weekdays

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We turned the clocks, and have yet to catch up. Roasted weekdays for sure.

Family won’t touch a white or a red potato yet they’ll go for the sweet. Bread? Not so much. Maybe if it’s in crouton form with butter is love, olive oil, kosher salt and minced garlic.

We’ve been roasting up some organic chickens and stretching them out two days now.

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Spring flowers are poking through.

Hope you’re all having a great start to the week. A bit behind here, we’ll catch up soon. xoxo

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Every day dress and completely roasted weekdays.

ps. oh, since we’re talking and looking at food cooked up some great burgers for friends this weekend and topped them with a slowly pan-fried over-easy egg. 🙂 no photo, it was sublime. 🙂

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pss. lovely candle on the kitchen counter with the laptop and days old tulips gifted from a dear friend and colleague. Thinking of you and thanks for the sweet call(s) yesterday. Yes, the garlic is going. 🙂

in for the night

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Professionally we’ve been working trunk show all week, and today was a roadie. Dressing beautiful and busy women in beautiful clothing. Yeah, it’s been all dressed up. Yet at the end of the day it’s all about being in for the night: as in good food, bare feet, and maybe second daughter’s last boyfriends hoodie. 🙂 Don’t really think he’s getting it back.

It’s been a great week, working on all kinds of fun projects: we’re talking about you Wendy in Phoenix AZ!

Three of eight hopped on planes this morning, all going different directions. Love you all, safe travels.

Last night we cooked up some whole wheat pasta with brie, small organic tomatoes, homegrown basil, thank you Ethan. Pan-sauteed chicken on the side and a green salad rounded things out. Night before we did beef short ribs with parsnip puree. Photos of the short ribs and puree are weak, they were snapped with the iPhone, these are busy days, yet the food I must say was beyond.

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TGIF, hope everyone had a great week; we’re in for the night, and every day dress. Make the bed, protein for breakfast, get out of the yoga clothes, put on some makeup, walk the dogs, make some dinner, enjoy a glass of wine. xoxo

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Lexi, great job on the dessert plate and nice manicure. 🙂

double up

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For impromptu Sunday brunch in ski town, did ham and bacon, two dozen eggs, roasted potatoes, a bunch of spinach with walnuts, blue cheese and mandarin oranges, and wore double denim while cooking and serving.

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Set the table for ten, five more came second shift, no cloth napkins, something had to give, totally impromptu.

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When you’ve just gotta do it, sometimes it’s just easier to simply double up.

Happy Monday. xoxo

Denim Shirt | Worth New York Spring 2016

chicken and eggs

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IMG_6281IMG_6283IMG_6284I used to bake, and now that no-one is eating that stuff anymore, it seems we’re down to doing a lot of chicken and eggs. Threw in a great lamb stew with butter is love old-fashioned egg noodles last night; simmered all day and no photo, it was Sunday night. 🙂

Here’s a few shots from what’s been going on culinary wise, all with the iPhone. Ordered and paid for a new key for the locked car with the camera inside and then found the key on my second desk, duh.

Food is a big deal in our house, always buy and cook the best we can. Silver needs polishing, oh well.

Every day dress, chicken and eggs, and as many vegetables as we can get.

fast food for five

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We were dressed proper all day long for school run drop-off, conference calls, desk work, a colleague meeting, school run pick-up and a board meeting. Six-thirty bam and everyone’s kind of wondering what’s for dinner.

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Bring it on, fast food for five: five grass-fed rib-eyes, three heads of romaine, a bunch of green beans. Had a loaf of fresh bread with salted butter on stand-by, no carb takers. Add a dog or two behind the sink, rips and second son’s white linen shirt, dinner served.

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Make it easy, pick up some steaks and a bunch of green stuff, fast food for five or whatever. First thing in the morning put your hair up in top-knot and bake-off some banana bread. Kitchen time is soulful.

 

 

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