Goop Therapy

The Lilly Pulitzer world was shook on Thursday when press releases abounded with news about the newest collaboration. (Just me…?) Hanky Panky, Target, Starbucks, Swell, and now, Goop.

It should not come as any surprise that the lifestyle brand that is frequently critiqued as out-of-touch teamed up with the resort line which outfits the very demographic of the former’s core target audience. While the items that Goop tends to tout to its readers tends to be less economical than Lilly Pulitzer, what a way to engage basic, white women.

The five piece limited-time capsule collection features a pattern designed by Ms. Paltrow herself, aptly named Kiss, Kiss as this partnership is timed to ride the coattails of the recent release of Goop‘s The Sex Issue.

Will we be buying this now? Or will we be waiting until the next APS? Chime in.



shirt // skirt




Paprika Seared Flounder + Chilled Spicy Noodles // @2souschefs

“Hot and cold, sweet and sour, soft and crunchy: contrasts are what drives the imagination of chefs and home cooks alike. We have hot, pan seared fish with cool, spicy noodles, and fresh broccolini in this week’s offering. At the restaurant we enjoy playing around with contrasting flavors and techniques, and the same goes for when we are in our home kitchen. This dish in particular embodies our appreciation for these contrasts. We hope you enjoy the contradictions contained in the spicy noodle portion! This recipe will serve two with a few noodles leftover for lunch the next day.” – Joe

  1. Flounder
    • 4 ounces Flouder per person
    • 1 tablespoon Salt
    • 1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon Pepper
    • 1 teaspoon Smoke Paprika
  2. Noodles
    • 1 bundle Soba Noodles
    • 1 medium Shallot – sliced
    • 3 cloves of Garlic – minced
    • 0.5 cup Bell Pepper – sliced
    • 1 tablespoon Ginger – minced
    • 2 Baby Squash – sliced
    • 8 medium Shiitake Mushrooms with stems removed – sliced
    • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
    • 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
  3. Broccolini
    • 1 bunch Broccolini
    • 1 medium Shallot – sliced


  1. Season the flounder with the salt, pepper and smoked paprike and set aside.
  2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the soba noodles until soft or for about 5 minutes.
  3. Drain the noodles, toss with olive oil, and allow to cool in the refrigerator.
  4. Sauté the shallot, garlic, and ginger in a skillet over medium heat, until soft and translucent.
  5. Add the mushrooms, squash, and peppers to the skillet.
  6. Turn the heat to medium-high and continue to cook until the squash is soft and tender.
  7. Add the vegetable mixture to the noodles in the refrigerator.
  8. Once cooled, season the noodle mix with the Sriracha, lime juice, salt, and pepper, and set aside.
  9. Sauté the shallot for the broccolini in a skillet over medium heat for about one minute. Add the broccolini and slightly roast.
  10. Add a splash of water. Cover and continue to cook until tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. In a third and final skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat.
  12. Once hot, gently lay the flounder down and cook on one side for two minutes. Flip and repeat.
  13. Plate and enjoy.

Tour de Shirtdress

Lately, I have been crushing on shirtdresses. I love that they are classic. I love that they never go out of style. I love that they are modest enough to wear to work and still look polished, but they also are perfectly acceptable for brunch.

As mentioned yesterday, I have a few miles to run on the treadmill before I can fit into the three shirtdresses currently in my closet. This one is particularly wonderful because there is a side slit. Thicc thighs rejoice, amirite? Initially I was concerned that it would not be long enough, but the model is 5′-11″ and wearing a size 2. Consider my concerns quelled.

dress (also available here)

Ultra Violet

Last fall I got really into purchasing items from eBay (eBae) circa 2007 – 2009 from a few contemporary labels that I discovered upon working at Cusp during that timeframe. It was the first job I had after I moved to the District – as of last Sunday, that was TEN years ago – and I only worked there because I had interviewed over the phone and had a job offer, pending a clean drug test. I knew I wanted to make the move with time to spare in order to have time to adjust to the area before starting the academic year.

It is one of those times in my life that I look back with such nostalgia. Throwing everything that would fit in my Escape and making the solo seventeen hour / two day drive from the Gulf Coast to my rental in the beltway gave me time to reflect on how far I had come and where I was going next. It was the bravest thing I ever did up to that point. I even remember what I wore the day I left: a men’s Hanes white v-neck and mesh royal blue soccer shorts and Rainbow flip flops. My sunglasses were a horrible abomination: a Dolce & Gabanna aviator style. That time of my life is still so vivid in my memory.

All of this is to underscore the reasons behind why I believe I am attracted to the clothing released in this timeline. While I cannot say for certain that I saw this Tibi dress back then, the print is exemplary of the trippy Pucci-adjacent type that dominated Amy Smilovic’s designs from that era. I had no doubt about wearing it with gold sandals and my husband advised me to wear the gold shell necklace – and consequently against the aqua jewelry color story I had initially picked out – with it.


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Chicken Chili // @2souschefs

“Last summer, Joe and I made the conscious decision to change the way we eat. We were plateauing with our respective weight and could not figure out what we were doing wrong. Our trainer told us if we wanted to see results, we need to change the way we eat. We adopted a lifestyle change. My goal was to come up with healthy dinners that taste amazing. So amazing, in fact, that you don’t miss the unhealthy things.

I developed a recipe so fantastic that you will not miss the ground beef! I love the extra veggies in it. I recommend adding a good handful of kale to this recipe. I really believe you can add kale to any dish and it will make it ten times better!” – Andi


  • 1 Onion – small diced
  • 1/2 Red Pepper – small diced
  • 1/2 Green Pepper – small diced
  • 1 Yellow Squash – small diced
  • 2 cloves of Garlic – sliced
  • 1 pound of Ground Chicken
  • 2 cans of Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Put a pot onto medium heat.
  2. Add about a tablespoon of vegetable oil to the pan.
  3. When the pan is warm, add in your onions.
  4. Cook the onions until translucent, or about five minutes.
  5. Add in the garlic and peppers.
  6. Cook until translucent, or about about minutes.
  7. Add in the squash to the pan.
  8. Cook for another five minutes.
  9. Now turn the pan on high heat.
  10. Add in the ground chicken.
  11. Season with salt, pepper, cumin, and chili pepper.
  12. Cook the chicken all the way through, or for about eight minutes.
  13. Add in the diced tomatoes and cover the pot with a lid.
  14. Turn down the stove to low and let simmer for about one and a half hours. The longer your cook your chili, the better flavors you create.
  15. After the chili has simmered for 1 1/2 hours, add in a touch of salt and pepper.
  16. Ladle into a bowl and top it with cheddar!

Aqua and Omega

Earlier this year I purchased a sage green Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo flared cuff jacket. I was quite jazzed that it was available in the tall range. Though I found it to run a bit big and I may not have been in love with it, I kept it. At the time, I had not yet procured my khaki trench. Now when it comes to the two options, I tend to go for the more neutral one.

I sincerely wish I had seen this jacket prior to the Banana Republic version. I cannot fathom purchasing two jackets so similar in style and color, and especially given my Shopping Moratorium 2018, I will not. That does not mean I should not share it with you. It hits my big two: it is available in the tall range and it is made of natural fibers (a cotton – linen blend).


America’s Next Top Bottle

Who else missed out on the Starbucks x Lilly Pulitzer x S’well bottle collaboration? I know that I did not peel my ass out of bed at the buttcrack of dawn to hit Starbucks in time. The gentleman managing Starbucks the morning of the release incredulously informed me at 7 am how there was an early morning rush for the limited edition line. We are talking 5 am, when the doors unlocked. You could say that the suburban SUV moms were out in full force that morning.

I subsequently spaced when the bottles were available online. I previously procured a gold one that I love, so I opted not to go the eBay stalker route. I am not necessarily kicking myself over it, but part of me wishes I had woken up two hours earlier that morning.

I will preface this with the fact that I am on a great roll with my Shopping Moratorium 2018 month of June. Ladies and gentlemen, hold your applause, I have not bought anything since the end of May. However, if I were to break my moratorium, it might be for one of these bottles. This collaboration has more size and pattern variety and can be accessed via the Lilly or S’well sites. If past is any indicator, they are not going to last long. 

25 ounce bottle (also available here)


17 ounce bottles (also available here)

Let There Be Bright

Last Saturday the husband and I went to brunch at Maison 208 and then to Ritz Five for Hotel Artemis. Over the course of the afternoon, we walked over five miles. And y’all, it was hot out. The temperature topped eighty-six degrees. We were sure to hydrate: myself with bubbly rose, the husband with beer, both with water.

We do not tend to dine in the gayborhood; that is going to change. We loved the restaurant. Along with the rose bubbles, I had the creme brulee French toast and applewood smoked bacon, extra crispy. The husband had the fried chicken. Neither of us shared with the other, which when you think about it, is the true sign of an amazing meal. With a 1980s soundtrack, I am already planning our next brunch at Maison 208.

I originally planned to wear a shirtdress. I did not run enough miles this week because my thighs just did not want to let the dress button the entire way. Jorts it was with a shirt that has been hanging in my closet since the last After Party sale with the tags still attached, done.

Also on the to-do list: three miles per day each day this week.


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Spaghetti & Meatballs // @2souschefs

“Whenever I take Andi back home to Vermont, we have a bucket list to complete: Visit the Ben and Jerry’s Factory, have a spinach and bacon pizza from Positive Pie in Montpelier (our first date), enjoy a Long Trail Brewery Blackberry Wheat, and have my stepmother’s spaghetti and meatballs. Her near-baseball size meatballs are a desired staple for any family get together or potluck, but it is a recipe that she refuses to give up. I can still hear her scolding my father as he attempts to steal one before us kids are allowed make our plates. I’ve taken inspiration from the taste of those delectable morsels of meat and lightened it up a bit by replacing ground beef and veal with ground turkey and turkey sausage. This will easily make four servings. For a wine pairing we went with a deep, full bodied Rioja, but a Cabernet Sauvignon or rich Margot would also be nice!” – Joe

  • 1 pound of Ground Turkey
  • 1 pound of Turkey Sausage
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 medium Shallots – minced
  • 3 cloves of Garlic – minced
  • 2 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Slap ya Momma Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Jar of Organic Tomato Sauce (We use Bertolli’s Organic Tomato Sauce.)
  • 1 quarter Bag of Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  1. Combine everything for the meatballs in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Heat up a sauté pan (use one that has an accompanying lid).
  3. Pre-heat your oven to 350*f.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and heat on medium high.
  5. Form the meatballs into a slightly large golf ball size and place in the sauté pan to brown.
  6. Get a nice brown on three side of the meatball, rotating with a large spoon.
  7. Once the meatballs are seared, pour in the sauce, and bring to a simmer.
  8. Cover the pan and place in the oven.
  9. Cook for 25 minutes.
  10. While the meatballs are in the oven, cook spaghetti noodles in a medium sized sauce pot in salted water, per the brand instructions.
  11. Drain the pasta and toss with olive oil.
  12. Combine pasta and meatballs.

Look Before Blue Leap

It has been raining a lot in Philadelphia lately. Right now I have one bright turquoise Patagonia raincoat and one khaki Calvin Klein raincoat, both of which I love for different reasons. The turquoise one is excellent for folding up and keeping in my purse for an afternoon rainstorm. The khaki one is fabulous for layering over an outfit for a workday.

This bright blue number though? It belongs in my closet, like yesterday. That color is everything and exactly what I need to brighten up even the grayest day.


My Summer Power Suit

Seersucker is my go-to summer fabric. If a style is available in it, I will buy it. If a tall style is available in it, I bought it yesterday. The scarcity of time that it is permissible to wear seersucker makes the time that you can wear it all the sweeter.

While today was in the cool 60 degrees, yesterday was a humid 80. The husband and I walked down to Passyunk for brunch at Barcelona, and I wish I had sported a seersucker…something in lieu of the tank and nort combination I resorted to in rush to get out of the door.

Note to self: wake up earlier.

This suit comes in tall and two colorways. I should have bought both yesterday.

blazer // pants

Knit’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

I still cannot believe that a brand that was established in San Francisco and so quintessentially American has pulled out of operations in the United States. Did you know that the same gentleman who founded Esprit also founded The North Face? Regardless, since then, I have found a way to get Esprit contraband into the United States.

I cannot wait to pair this dress with black opaque tights and brown Loeffler Randal Matilde boots in the fall. It will be the perfect vineyard outfit. How cozy.