Oh ya, major rule breaker over here… wearing those white jeans in winter. Honestly, whoever made that rule about no white jeans after Labor Day is ridiculous. How am I going to hide my favorite jeans for 6 months of the year? No thank you. I love this look for work because it is SO easy, comfortable and classic. And this GiGi New York clutch is my new favorite (and if you sign up for emails, you get 10% off).


Jacket: J. Crew $200

Shirt: Everlane $15

Jeans: J. Crew $70

Flats: Kate Spade $250 (got at the outlet)

Clutch: GiGi New York $145

Necklace: Vintage (similar)


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Kitchen Remodel Part 3

by Koko on November 3, 2014 · 1 comment

in Home, Kitchen Remodel


The progress continues!!! I have to say we are about 90% there in our remodel. Day 58 and hanging in there. (Wow, when I actually calculate that I can hardly believe I’ve been without a sink that long.). What’s been happening?

Our floors are done! It took about a week for the flooring guys to sand, patch and seal our new floors. Our floors were raised about 8″ because of multiple layers of old flooring underneath. The people were lazy (a common theme in our house) and just layered hard wood over linoleum over linoleum over hardwood. Yes, 4 layers of old flooring. Q ripped it all up and repaired the subfloor, so that all the flooring guys had to do was layer, sand, patch and stain to match the rest of the house.


Our cabinets are set! Over many painstaking days, Q built, measured, set up, and balanced our Ikea cabinets. There were many hours involving me holding a level and Q moving the cabinets millimeter by millimeter. We left the doors off of some as we are still painting each cabinet door (they came in a pink tone and Q is painting each one pure white).



Our countertops are installed! We chose a quartz countertop and couldn’t be happier with our decision. It took about 2.5 weeks after templates were made for them to finally be installed. This was agonizing for me because without countertops, we were also without plumbing. So washing in a bucket outside continued. They were installed on Friday (best birthday present ever) and my handy husband…



Plumbed the sink and dishwasher that day!!! Yes folks, we have running water again! I swear, I have never been so excited to wash dishes. I must have been over that sink for an hour cleaning with a huge smile on my face.


So what’s next? As I am writing this, Q is putting up our backsplash (he is SO handy, isn’t he?).  The butcher block for the island is coming in next week and Q has to stain and seal it before we install it. The plumbers have to come tomorrow to set up the stove to the gas line and I can actually cook again! The electrician has to come and hook up the under-cabinet LED lights. We have to do the final cosmetic touches: molding, a little painting, etc. and then we should be done! OMG!


day 30

day 58a

day 58b

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Currently Loving

by Koko on October 29, 2014 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion, Shopping


Let’s talk about Everlane. They are my one stop shop for extremely well made, well fitted basics. They do simple right. From the V-neck tee (my everyday go to) to their silk blouses (wonderful for work), everything is beautifully constructed and made to last. Every season I find numerous items that could seamlessly fit into my closet and match everything else I own. Their basic tanks and tees are a wonderful staple items and their silk blouses are rich in quality and style. Oh, and did I mention their price point is right on?

Black Wallet: $115

White V-Neck (my everyday shirt): $15

Black Silk Blouse (best work shirt): $85

Gray Tank (order a size down): $20

Green Tote (the perfect everyday tote & a great investment): $385

Black Sandals (weekend shoes): $118


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No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

by Koko on October 27, 2014 · 0 comments

in Baking, Recipe


So not having an oven has been interesting, especially when we have last minute company! We’ve been all about the grill (no oven needed), but when it comes to dessert, what is a girl to do? Oh just make a no bake pie!

No bake pies are a cinch, especially if you use pre-made pie crusts (with no oven, this was a must)! I usually go for oreo, but alas the store was out of them, so regular graham cracker it was! I like to spruce my pies up by adding crushed candy bars both inside and on top of the pie. I’ve done chopped up Reese’s and most recently Butterfinger. Both are great choices. Hello indulgence!

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Makes 1 Pie (serves 6-8)


  • 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Package Cream Cheese (reduced fat is fine)
  • 1 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Package 8-ounce Cool Whip, thawed
  • 4 full sized Butterfinger candy bars, crushed into small pieces (any candy will do)
  • 1 9-inch pre-baked pie crust (Oreo is preferred)


  1. Using either a stand or hand mixer, cream together cream cheese and peanut butter until light and fluffy, approximately 3minutes. Add sugar and beat until smooth. Using a large spatula, fold in whipped topping and 3/4 of the crushed candy bar pieces.
  2. Spoon mixture into crust and the rest of the candy pieces on top. Refrigerate for 4 hours or if you are in a rush, put it in the freezer for 2.
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