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 […]


would you try a “capsule wardrobe”?

would you try a "capsule wardrobe"?

April 14th, 2015

In my wanderings around the web lately, the term “capsule wardrobe” seemed to be popping up everywhere. And then one of my fave bloggers Natalie posted about it in greater detail (and seriously – just as I was about to publish this post, THIS appeared on none other than the hallowed pages of Apartment Therapy!). Well […]


favor-“ette”: “kindness wins” book review

kindness wins

April 7th, 2015

My “big” kids are now 23 and 18, and theirs was one of the first generations of tweens/teens to come of age in the era of widely accessible social media (when it was “My Space” – not even Facebook yet – and thank god before things like Burnbook and Yik Yak). Because we as parents […]


favor-“ette”: flared jeans (and how to wear them)

how to wear flared jeans

March 31st, 2015

Some interesting conversations took place after my recent “Crushed/Crushing” post – specifically regarding the flared jeans. Opinions ranged from “SO glad they’re back!”, to “I never got rid of my flares and never will!”, to “How does a woman with normal-length legs wear these jeans without looking like a clown?”. I’m here to help. As […]