What Alexa Wore: Elie Tahari for DesignNation


The other day Kirby shared what she picked out from the Elie Tahari Collection from Kohl's. I love the modern and urban feel of all of the pieces, but especially loved this gorgeous pleated blouse and a pretty black cardigan. They paired perfectly with a slim pair of black leggings (you can buy a pair from the collection right here) and simple pair of pumps. 

If you have time to accessorize, I think a lovely, long gold necklace and large gold stud earrings would make the whole outfit really stunning.

What would you pick from the collection? I'd love to hear!

Photos: Alexa Evans for Short & Sweet Blog

Oh, Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara is one of my favorite places on earth. My brother got married there and it was where I had my bachelorette, but I've also had spur-of-the-moment trips there that have turned into some of my favorite memories. So when I got to take a quick 2 1/2 day trip there for work I couldn't help but be a little excited. My client put us up at Hotel Milo so we were able to enjoy sunsets and sunrises (all-day client meetings means early wake-up calls) right on the water, and on our last day were treated to a fun lunch at Lucky Penny (run, don't walk the next time you're in Santa Barbara) and wine at Municipal Winemakers (where I also went on my bachelorette). All in all, Santa Barbara is my happy place. Where's yours?

What Kirby Wore: Elie Tahari for DesignNation


We're excited to kick off the week with another collaboration with Kohl's, this time for Elie Tahari's line for DesigNation

Kohl's launched its DesigNation line in 2012 and has been partnering with designers for collections featuring affordable, runway-inspired looks influenced by locations around the globe ever since. 

Inspired by the city that never sleeps, the latest capsule collection features Tahari's signature understated aesthetic with an urban spin. I picked out the Crepe Soft Pants and Faux-Suede Motorcycle Jacket. The pants are a bit out of my comfort zone style-wise, but they are so comfortable I didn't want to take them off, and when paired with a black peplum top, simple black pumps, and the suede jacket (which I'll be wearing with dresses as long as this Indian Summer sticks around), I realized I put together a look I'll be repeating a lot this fall. Stay tuned for Alexa's look from the collection next.

First Anniversary Friday


This weekend we're celebrating our first wedding anniversary. We recently looked through our wedding photos again and some of my favorites were the black-and-white ones snapped during our first dance (which was to Alexi Murdoch's "Orange Sky"). I especially love the photo of the big dip and the one of my parents watching us.

We've been together for more than seven years but it still feels surreal to think I've been married to my best friend for a year. Cheesiness over. Apologies. 

To celebrate, we're heading back to Carmel this weekend for drinks at Mission Ranch, where our wedding was, and dinner at La Bicyclette.

And in case you missed them, here are a few more photos from our wedding: Wedding Ceremony / Wedding Ready / Wed

We heart John Oliver. This clip on Miss America is funny but also tragic.

Part of the cast of season two of HBO's True Detective revealed.

I loved watching these videos of Lena Dunham giving advice.

Congrats to Molly on her new Etsy shop

And in case you missed it:

Burrata for dinner.

Should we splurge or save on rain booties?

Do you wear white after Labor Day?

Lindt had us at Hello

Also, there are some big sales going on this weekend:

Enter PICKASALE for 30% off at J. Crew online through Sunday.

J. Crew's little sister store Madewell is also offering 30% off this weekend with the code PINCHME through Monday.

Photos by the talented Rob and Lindsay.

Had Me At Hello


Is it just me or do you need something sweet around the 4 o'clock hour at work or after dinner at home? My husband likes dark chocolate best but I like milk chocolate, especially when it has flavors like Caramel Brownie, Cookies and Cream, Strawberry Cheesecake, Crunchy Nougat from Lindt's HELLO collection.

It'll definitely be my go-to sweet snack with all of the flavors, not to mention I love the new branding. 

Also, be sure to check out Lindt's "It Started with Hello" videos on YouTube and enter their sweepstakes to win prizes like shopping sprees and spa days (seriously). Enter here.

This post is sponsored by Lindt but all of the thoughts and opinions are our own.