Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Au Revoir

As we approach our fourth year of blogging together, we've been reflecting on all of the life changes that we've been through. Marriages, new jobs, new cities, new homes, all the hair colors, and now...babies! That's a lot to cover in just four short years! With this latest development, it's become clear that we need to say farewell to Mod Circus and focus on these new adventures on different paths.

The two of us remain great friends who are so glad we had each other to blog with. (We think we made a pretty rockin' team if we do say so ourselves!) We've had so much fun sharing our fashion, recipes, and lives with you all, and we hope that you've enjoyed this journey just as much as we have! We will miss this so much, but we're also looking forward to what lies ahead.

We'd also like to thank everyone we've collaborated with on this blog, especially our recent guest bloggers. And we'd like to especially thank our families, friends, and mostly, our husbands, for helping us take photos, be a sounding board for creative ideas, and just for being all around fantastic guys and support systems. We love you!

So, without further ado, we bid you au revoir...until we meet again. ;)



Thursday, December 6, 2018

Another New Additon

Well, you've probably seen Jodi's big news by now, and we've got some more news: I'm expecting too!! I'm about 2 months behind Jodi, so she's been giving me tips and talking through all sorts of things with me!

We are so incredibly thankful and excited to dive into the next chapter of our lives as a family of 4! Reese is totally jazzed to be a little big sister as you can tell from her expression in, well, all the photos. ha!

A huge thank you to Amber Sammet for these gorgeous autumnal photos!!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Styling the 1st and 2nd Trimester

One thing that I have found tough (aside from the persistent nausea in the first few month, headaches, and raging heartburn) during my pregnancy is getting dressed! I never thought I'd say that, but here we are. The first trimester, I felt so horrible, and literally everything made me nauseous. Even looking at my clothes made me want to barf! (I looked it up, it's a thing). I literally wanted nothing to do with my clothes, getting dressed, doing my hair, putting on makeup...or really leaving the house. Even though my clothes still technically fit, I also felt super bloated and only wanted to wear stretchy pants and large sweaters, which was tough seeing as it was right smack in the middle of summer in the Midwest. Now that I am well into my second trimester, I am feeling much better, however I am still having trouble dressing for  my rapidly changing body.

I am finally able to fit into maternity jeans, which are the best invention since sliced bread! Seriously. I am contemplating how I can wear them from now on. There are so many different types of maternity pants out there too! Here are a few of my faves:

I've also become a huge fan of the Ingrid & Isabel line at Target, as well as H&M's maternity line. The latter is a great place to stock up on basics! Old Navy also has a ton of cute sweaters, dresses and maternity jeans as well.  ASOS is also a great place to find unique pieces. Here are some things I've picked up or have my eye on:

Rent the Runway has also been my saving grace for finding things to wear! I have a monthly Unlimited subscription and there is a setting you can turn on for maternity. It filters in their maternity styles, plus other styles that work well for your pregnancy. You can even filter by each trimester! It's also a great way to save some money if you don't necessarily want to replace your whole wardrobe as your body changes and your baby grows.

What do you swear by for maternity clothes? I'm always looking for new things! Let me know in the comments!


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Sunshine Sparkle

To me, the holidays mean dressing as often as possible in sequins and other glitzy, shimmery material. So, I figured this yellow sequin top was the perfect thing to wear for Thanksgiving dinner! 

Paired with these maternity jeans, I was definitely able to go back for seconds (and pie) while still feeling comfy. 

The best part is, it's not even a maternity top, so I can definitely wear it next year too! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and you're kicking off your holiday season in the most sparkly way possible! 


Friday, November 23, 2018

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Roundup

Happy Black Friday and Cyber Monday! We hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Below are a few items that we've got our eye on that are on major sale today and through the weekend! It's a great time to stock up on essentials, as well as presents for your friends and family (or yourself). Grab a piece of pumpkin pie, snuggle up on the couch with a good movie and happy shopping!

Top row: one | two | three | four | five
Middle row: one | two | three | four | five 
Bottom row: one | two | three | four | five | six 


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Thanksgiving Hosting Roundup

Will you be hosting or attending a Thanksgiving celebration this year? We've done both, so you could say we know a thing or two about what makes a great addition to a holiday meal! Whether you are a host or a guest, we've rounded up a few recipes and ideas that will be perfect for your festivities. Check them out below!



Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Deck the Halls in Maternity Holiday Style

I don't know about where you live, but we've already gotten a very early snow dusting around these parts! Normally, I'd be a little bit miffed at this early arrival of winter, however, I am really feeling festive this year, so I'm more than ready to get into the spirit of the holidays! 

I'm not going to lie, it's been a lot harder than I anticipated dressing my rapidly changing baby bump. I really just started showing a couple weeks ago, but before that I really struggled fitting comfortably into most of my clothes, especially my pants. Of course, no one else noticed these changes until recently, but if you're not comfortable in your clothes, a lot of the fun of wearing them goes out the window! So, I've been embracing my Rent the Runway Unlimited subscription a lot recently. I've already had a few holiday parties to attend, so it's so much easier to get a rental than trying to squeeze into my wardrobe and feel super uncomfortable. Plus, I can go up a size without having to buy a whole new closets worth of clothes! They also have maternity clothing to rent. 

One of the dresses I recently rented was this gorgeous emerald green number. It's perfect for dressing up a bump (or no bump!). I did find it to be a tad low cut for my taste, but a lacy camisole underneath did the trick! I paired it with festive pumps, a clutch and earrings that I already owned, plus a dark berry holiday lip. 

I'm already feeling more confident in dressing this rapidly growing baby bump! What are some of your tips and tricks for dressing stylish for pregnancy? 

Pumps (similar)
Clutch (similar)
Earrings (similar)


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The 48-hour Tourist: Denver Edition

Welcome back to our guest blogger series! Melissa Rosenberg of The Melrose Chronicles is back with her 48-hour Tourist series (one of our absolute faves!) to tell us all about the great city of Denver! Be sure to check out Melissa's Instagram @themelrosechronicles and her post about Austin here

Now that the fall weather has officially taken over and the scarves and boots have found their way back into our hearts (though truly: did they ever leave?), it’s time to take another 48-hour trip filled with crisp air and peaks of adventurous fun: I’m talking about fabulous Colorado of course!

The beauty of Colorado, besides it’s stunning mountainous scenery from any viewpoint, is its accessibility to see several top-notch cities, each with their own eclectic vibe and unique personality, all in one trip.  I opted to fly into Denver (note: they pass the ultimate tourist test and now offer a train to transport you from airport to city limits should you not want to bother renting a car). From 16th Street Mall to Red Rocks Amphitheatre, this city boasts a perfect mix of urban meets earthy. There’s great food, sporty opportunity, and holy beer options batman! Check out my getaway below (with a few extra sprinkles of surrounding city suggestions).


By the time I got into the city proper, it was totally time to eat and what better to come across than a place where everybody knows your name! …No not the Cheers Bar (but just wait till you read my 48-hour Tourist: Boston Edition) but a small authentic deli called Rosenberg’s. This place was packed and literally buzzed with bagel excitement. I snagged a corner booth after ordering and was oh-so-pleased with my luscious lox on an everything egg bagel—it even came with a pickle made in-house! The ‘Mile High Kosher’ café has everything from fresh cured deli meats to tofu cream cheese, a collection of cleverly crafted sandwich options or create your own, and an impressive collection of traditional sweet treats that will surely tempt you. The best part: it won’t break the bank. 

After fueling up, it was time to hit 16th Street Mall, the infamous pedestrian outdoor shopping area with fun boutiques and great eats. If you’re not feeling like a walk, there’s a free bus that will escort you street by street to ensure those feetsies don’t wear out at the beginning of the weekend (trust me—you’ll be doing some jaunts!). Exciting LoDo landmarks include Union Station, Coors Field, and the Contemporary Art Museum. A few favorite finds (and some for all you fashion forward types): 

-Goorin Bros Hat Shop: This 120-year-old boutique is just off the mall area (technically Larimer Square) and is a sought-after shop where you can design your very own tip-top topper. Complete with DIY feather station, ribbon round-up, and every hat shape from floppy to fedora, you’re sure to have a happy head if you heed this rec. 

-Scarpaletto Shoes: Find the perfect pair of leather kicks at this staple store featuring luscious leather goods, jewelry, and more. They are top quality brands and business alike.

-Tattered Cover Book Store: Get lost in the bookstacks and pick up a new read from this quintessential Denver spot. With helpful staff picks listed in every section as well as discounted used books lining shelves, you can peruse your new paperback over a cuppa joe from their in-house café.

-Cry Baby Ranch: For the boho chic cowboy spirits, this store is western ready to wear to boot! Check out their custom jewelry like bolo tie necklaces or their collection of sweeping silk skirts that will have you screaming yippee-ki-yay! 

Another great place to check out is the surroundings of the Denver Central Market. I sadly didn’t have as much time as I would have liked here (the bagel really filled me up) but it is a vast foodhall filled to the brim with vendors of all kinds as well as an arts-driven area with murals lining the alleyways beckoning you for an Insta-worthy photoshoot at every turn. If you’re hungry and have time to “say cheese” you’ll be in the right place. I know on my next visit, it’s at the top of my list!

After a little downtime at the fabulous Curtis Hotel—an incredible retro-chic home away from home with themed floors, delectable room décor, and a perfectly situated location in the heart of downtown—it was now time to grab a bite to eat. While the mountainous mecca is known for its craft beer scene (don’t worry—I’ll get there), the food joints will not disappoint and there is truly something for everyone. Here are a few of my favorite foodie finds:

-Hapa Sushi: Holy yum! With happy hour specials to boot, Hapa is hopping with delicious rolls, great beverages, and a hip scene for all. If sushi is your jam, I highly recommend you check it out. They also have a gluten free menu.

-City O’ City: This acclaimed vegan restaurant will astound you with its creative concepts and confections (and I promise you won’t even know it’s meat and dairy free). I had the BBQ Mac Wrap which I think is my new love language. The carrot cake cupcake is to die for so leave room for dessert. Note: this place gets PACKED and you can’t make a reservation so go early or be prepared to wait. #itsworthit 

-Snooze: While this is more of a brunch situation, it’s 100% worth notating that you haven’t been to Colorado until you’ve Snoozed. Choose from a pancake flight, the infamous spuds, or treat yourself with a classic benedict or omelet in this energetically engaging establishment. You can’t go wrong with anything you order. 

-Little Man Ice Cream: Need a sweet treat? Head to the totally awesome Little Man to try homemade flavors served from a giant old school milk jug. The lines can often wrap around the larger than life tin but the ambiance is delightful, the ice cream is delectable, and you’ll be glad you took this Denver pitstop. (And yes: they have vegan options!)

To cap off the evening, I highly encourage you check out a concert at one of the many music venues around town. Surround yourself in tree-lined tunes with a truly immersive experience at Red Rocks; head to Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox for an R&B or jazz night; or a Cervantes’ venue for a jam session. 


It wouldn’t be a trip to Colorado without an outdoor excursion. While the state itself boasts every outside sport imaginable be it snowboarding down a mountainside or hiking up a rocky cliff, Denver itself has some excellent parks and trails that are well worth enjoying. (It should be noted that great hikes with more altitude can be found just outside Denver city limits, but I’m trying to stick to the general area of the city. If you are looking for some stellar climbing time, I recommend looking at the Boulder or Ft. Collins scenery or several hikes about an hour outside Denver like St. Mary’s Glacier.) For this trip, I drove just south of Denver proper to Roxborough State Park. Even the drive into the grounds was gorgeous. This vast stretch of open air is really something special. There’s easy trails if you want just a simple walk to enjoy the fresh atmosphere or a few more challenging paths depending on the time you have. It seems to stretch for miles and you forget that just moments ago you were in the middle of thick urban energy. This could be great for families as there’s fun markers throughout the trails resembling “I spy” items to seek out or just a good walk with a friend to catch up on life happenings. Bring some snacks, treat yourself to a picnic, and get lost in some nature: your soul will thank you. 

Since playing outside was a big part of my day, I got back into the city with just a few hours to kill before I needed to head back to the airport (which, by the way, does take a bit of time to travel to as it lies around 30-40 minutes driving or an hour by train). Lucky for me, since I had logged some morning miles, it was time to head out in style with Colorado’s favorite sendoff: a beer! The city is brimming with brews and I don’t think you could go wrong with a craft of your choosing. Here are a few of my favorite local pints to try before parting:

-New Belgium: Now I know you can get this pretty much anywhere now but there is something great about having it in the state it comes from. Brewed just a few hours away in Ft. Collins, you know it will taste fresh, be found on tap, and you’re more often to find their specialty and/or seasonal brews locally.  

-Great Divide Brewing Co.: Denver born and bred, this taproom is in the LoDo area and always glass half-full (and seriously: FULL—it’s a pretty small space). Their Yeti Imperial Stout is world class and one of their most famous pours. If you arrive and this original taproom is bubbling over, don’t worry. They have another bigger, more bar like space about a mile away!

-Denver Beer Co.: If you prefer creative flavors and seasonal specials, I would definitely head to Denver Beer Co. Their style is original, and they always have something different to try. Tap into an adventurous taste here. 

This whisk away reset trip doesn’t even scratch the surface of the excellence of this city. I will be back for many more miles of adventure in The Mile High City. 

Packing List:


Friday, November 2, 2018

A New Addition

We've got some very exciting news! 

Baby Ogilvy will be arriving March 2019! 

We couldn't be more excited to embark on this new journey as a family. As you can tell, even Murphy is excited and shouting her joy from the rooftops! 

Stay tuned for all things maternity as we all go on this adventure together! :) 


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Chocolate Peanut Butter Halloween Cookies

I have a real problem. I can't stop making themed Halloween foods!! I got ahold of some googly eyeball sprinkles and the rest is history. From chocolate dipped pretzels to cookies, adding them makes everything SO FUN. I was looking for some chocolate cookies to make, and found a great recipe, then obviously had to bedazzle them with eyeballs. Can'tstopwon'tstop.

These cookies are a perfect chocolatey treat for the season with pops of white chocolate and peanut butter and crunchy Reese's Pieces. Without further ado, here goes!

Recipe adapted from here.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Reese's Pieces
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugars and beat for 3-4 minutes, until light. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.

Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt to the other mixture and mix on low speed, just until combined.

In a separate bowl, combine the Reese's Pieces, white chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips and give them a quick stir so they are evenly distributed. Gently stir or fold in 1 3/4 cups of the chips into the cookie batter, setting the remaining chips aside in reserve.

Scoop approximately 1 tablespoon of cookie dough for each cookie and shape into balls by rolling between the palms of your hands.  Once the dough is shaped, place the balls on the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart and bake for 8-10 minutes, just until set. Do not overbake.

As soon as the cookies are removed from the oven, press a few of the reserved chocolate and peanut butter chips and eyeball sprinkles into the top of each cookie. It's a total vanity move but adding the extra chips at the end makes the cookies look so pretty and festive. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely and store in an air-tight container.

Enjoy and happy themed baking to you!
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