nyc-etc: my favorite “nyc” tips!

nyc-etc: my favorite "nyc" tips!

July 30th, 2015

So one question I get asked a LOT is: “How do you find all the cool stuff you do with your family?” So I thought I’d share with you how it is that I spend so much time in the city (and surrounds), with a seemingly never-ending list of “to-do’s”. SO……. it comes down to this: […]


i can’t/she can: “natural” skin care

i can't/she can: "natural" skin care

July 21st, 2015

On a dreary mid-winter day a few months ago, my good friend Deirdre came to the house and gave a presentation on a company called Beautycounter. Deirdre’s passion about the company – and its mission – really made me want to learn more, particularly in light of the fact of how apparently ZILCH I knew […]


j/j/a15 capsule wardrobe – checking in

j/j/a15 capsule wardrobe - checking in

July 9th, 2015

So – I’m about halfway through this capsule period and what can I say? I love it! This approach continues to make life (a.k.a., mornings) much easier, and – as with the last capsule – I may even have TOO many choices. I did swap out one pair of pants for a more comfortable pair, and […]


favor-“ette”: a few berry tips

favor-"ette": a few berry tips

June 23rd, 2015

It’s officially summer – which means the berries (blue, straw, rasp, black) are coming fast and furiously into my kitchen. As does the “berry stress”. You know what I mean – do I rinse them right away, or as needed? Do I leave them in the original package or transfer? Store them covered or open? And […]


“hey natalie jean”: a book review

"hey natalie jean": a book review

June 16th, 2015

If you’ve been hanging out here for some time, you know what a big (big!) fan I am of Natalie Holbrook – and her blog, Hey Natalie Jean. I read a lot of blogs, and though many come and go, Natalie’s is one that I a) never skip, and b) never regret spending time with. […]


j/j/a15 capsule wardrobe!

j/j/a15 capsule wardrobe!

June 4th, 2015

SO excited to be sharing my next capsule with you all – mainly because I’m thrilled to be wearing some new/different clothes! This one only totaled out to 35 pieces (and even that felt like a lot as I look at it all), with a slightly different breakdown than the last capsule: tops (12), bottoms (8), shoes […]


a/m15 capsule wardrobe – wrapping up & some links!

a/m15 capsule wardrobe - wrapping up & some links!

May 29th, 2015

Monday is June 1st and my first “capsule” is almost over. And I cannot WAIT to wear some new clothes! While I originally opted to do a 2-month capsule (versus 3, as Caroline does) to prevent getting overwhelmed, it turned out to be the right call for sure. There’s no way I would want to […]


favor-“ette”: FoodyDirect

favor-"ette": FoodyDirect

April 28th, 2015

A few times a week I’ll receive an e-mail from a brand, ad agency or PR firm, asking if I’d be interested in doing a product review. And most of the time I say no (especially if the note opens with “Dear DonutsDressesandDirt”). I value and respect the time you spend here, and never want […]


a/m15 capsule wardrobe, two weeks(ish) in

a/m15 capsule wardrobe, two weeks(ish) in

April 24th, 2015

Wow – this capsule wardrobe thing has really resonated – more than I anticipated! I’ve had readers e-mailing me, friends chatting me up on the street and lots of Twitter and Instagram “liking” – seems that the concept of minimalist dressing (and a major closet purge) is something that a lot of you think a […]


favor-“ette”: kuttlefish

favor-"ette": kuttlefish

April 21st, 2015

Earth Day is tomorrow – and it’s the 45th anniversary! Did you know that Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world (I didn’t!)? It’s truly a global event, celebrating support for environmental programs and building community activism around the world (you can learn more at the Earth Day website). I thought this was […]