07.27.2017

Everyday Casual || Comfy Kicks + Tops

I’m currently siting in a hotel room, glass of vino in hand, as TJ and I prepare to head out to Cleveland tomorrow morning for a college friend’s wedding. It’s been a while since we’ve hit the wedding circuit, so we’re pretty excited for a little college reunion, libations, dancing, and, most likely, a late evening. We dropped little miss off with my parents earlier this evening…. and I couldn’t help but feel a little tug at my heart this time. She’s been growing up so quickly as of late, so I can only imagine how much she will change in those fews days!…..

And while she’s growing, so is that little attitude of hers. We headed to the mall earlier this morning so I could return a few items… and I wanted to look for a pair of these shoes for her. She had a fun time trying them on, and putting them in my bag (when I hadn’t paid for them yet…. thank goodness I looked before I walked out of the store) that when it came time to leave, there was an utter stand off. Like, in my head I could hear the announcer “In one corner we have mom, Shannon, and in the other, she may be small but she’s certainly mighty, Harper.” I won, but let’s just say it took a lot of patience. All that to say, the outfit like you see today has become the norm as of late…

Comfy kicks…. or sandals… anything over a 2 inch heel for daytime is just out of the question… my denim shorts I’ve never washed (should I admit that???!… I just hate how they feel after they’ve been washed….) and a comfortable throw-on-and-go top… oh, and the belt makes me feel cool, so I add some kind of accessory that makes me feel pulled together rather than the hot mess I feel like inside….

A few other comfortable tops and kicks that can help you pull this off too include this cold shoulder option, this ruffle pullover (which I own and is super comfortable), and this henley…. because, when you’re in a pinch, you need quick options like these!
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{Outfit Details || Top (runs TTS, comes in so many different colors, part of Nordstrom sale) | Shorts (which I wear waaaay too much) | Sneakers (seriously so comfortable) | Belt | Sunglasses | Bag | Harper’s Shoes | Harper’s Shorts | Harper’s Tank| Harper’s Thermos

07.26.2017

Wellness Wednesday || Summer Skin Care

I’ve always been super rigid about my skincare routine….. no matter how late the night, my make-up came off and moisturizer was applied. Not much has changed. I remember the night I went into labor, I insisted that I needed to remove my make-up and go through my entire routine…. I simply can’t stand when my skin doesn’t feel clean, or when old make-up is sitting on it. All that to say, I invest in my skin, since, it’s pretty much what everyone sees and I’d prefer to take care of it now, than regret it later…..

So, aside from wearing a wide brimmed hat every time I’m out at the pool or beach, I also apply my sunscreen, and use the following products to keep my skin feeling youthful, hydrated, and glowing.

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Moisturizer: 

1. TULA Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment: I can’t tell you how many bottles of this goodness I have gone through. Yet, in the summer months my skin tends to be on the dry side and this stuff makes it feel completely nourished and hydrated. I put it on last in my evening skincare routine.

2. Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream: I use this incredibly lightweight moisturizer before I apply my make-up. Since it acts as a barrier to environmental stressors (wind, pollution, and dry climates) it’s a great bottom layer in my morning beauty routine. It also helps my make-up go on more smoothly.

Self-Tanning:

1. Coola Dry Oil Mist: I’ve never been a fan of self-tanners, but this stuff is pretty amazing. I apply it when needed and within a few hours, I can start to notice a difference. It’s super easy to apply, since you spray it on, and there isn’t any weird smell. I’ve been using it for a little over a month and have been extremely happy with the results.

2. Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Serum: I apply this a few times a week during my evening beauty routine, to create a gradual tan on my face. I mix it with some of my overnight cream, and it smells great. After using it for about a month, I’ve noticed a gradual bronze glow in my face.

Serums: 

1. TULA Eye Renewal Serum: I’m a huge fan of both TULA’s eye creams. This eye renewal serum is applied with a cooling metal applicator, and it helps to de-puff and minimize the look of crow’s feet and fine lines. I’ve noticed a difference in the puffiness under my eyes since using (several months now).

2. Illuminating Face Serum: Love this product. Absolutely love it. I literally feel like my face looks fresh and has a nice glow to it when I use this serum. There was a time when I ran out and had about a week gap in between when I ordered and when it arrived. My face looked slightly more dull and just not as fresh and youthful. I apply this before my moisturizer both day and night.

Masks: 

1. Osea Red Algae Mask: I use this mask once a week, and it’s like most of OSEA Malibu’s  products, it makes me feel like I’m sitting in a spa, undergoing a luxurious treatment. My face tends to breakout in some spots, and have dry patches in others, during the summer months. This mask hydrates and firms my skin, masks blemishes, and helps repair skin that has been exposed to environmental stressors. I leave it on for about 10 minutes, and then wash it off with warm water. My skin feels so soft immediately after.

2. TULA Exfoliating Treatment Mask: This is my favorite exfoliating treatment mask, hands down. I use it three days a week, and it makes my skin glow. I leave it on for about 5 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water and a washcloth. My face glows after.

Body Treatments: 

1. Salts Of The Earth Body Scrub: I am obsessed with this product. It makes me feel like I’ve just spent an afternoon at the spa with its smell and luxurious exfoliation effect. I use this daily, right before I rinse with soap, and it leaves my skin feeling incredibly smooth and silky. If you want to add some luxury to your shower, this stuff is the answer.

2. Algae Oil: Another great product for promoting youthful looking skin. I use it two to three times a week, in the evening, and love how hydrated my skin looks and feels. On evenings when I know I’ll be having a couple glasses of wine, I’m sure to use this, as it minimizes the effects of de-hydration. I also love using it on my hands, as they get so dry and cracked from washing them so frequently.

Hydrating Mists:

1. Urban Defense Hydrating Mist: When I’m traveling, or out in the desert, this mist is a great way to re-hydrate my skin. It calms and soothes my skin amazingly well.

07.25.2017

The Versatile Tunic || Pieces For Work + Play

I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to write about today. When I tossed this tunic and embroidered denim jacket on, all I knew is that I loved both pieces, and that the tunic was a great versatile piece. Then, someone sent me a message requesting that I share some workwear inspiration (since, you know, these shorts aren’t exactly workplace friendly….). So, while today’s outfit is not work appropriate (at all), I thought I’d take a moment to chat a little about how I went about picking out workwear pieces when I worked a traditional 9-5 job, and a few items I’d buy now…..

When I first started working, I always cringed at the idea of spending money on formal workwear pieces. The thought of not being able to wear them for the more “fun” events in life made me feel like it was a waste (I know this is faulty logic…. spending 40 hours a week in those clothing items wasn’t a waste….). Luckily, I worked in a semi-casual work environment (jeans were okay), so, I did have a little flexibility there. Given that, my one rule was that the items I purchased needed to be versatile enough to pair with “workwear” pieces and “weekend” wear. This tunic would have fit the bill perfectly. It easily tucks in for a more formal office setting, or front tuck it in a semi-casual office. Then, pair it like I did here on the weekend… or to grab a post-dinner casual glass of wine or dinner. I guess the key for me was to always find those pieces that easily transitioned from work to play….

And while I plan to put together a full post in the next couple of weeks, I wanted to share several items that I found that are versatile enough for a work/play wardrobe. I think a good flat is a must. This scalloped pair (almost identical to the Chloé ones) is a great option, as are these mules (I personally own and love these). I also think a plain white button up shirt is classic for the work environment, and easily dresses down with a pair of denim shorts. A lightweight, mid-length cardigan is a nice top layer for cold AC offices, and super cute when paired off duty with leggings, denim shorts, or a simple tank dress (which I bought when I was pregnant and still love). I also adore the step-hem of these structured cropped capris, and the relaxed fit of these drawstring pants and  elastic waist pants. All can be worn with sneakers and slides on the weekends, with a basic v-neck tee or tank, and all three come in petite sizes. I also think this lace appliqué tank, flutter sleeve top, eyelet tank, and off white tunic are great, dual role, options.
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(Outfit Details || Tunic (several color options, on sale, under $30) | Jacket (part of N. Sale, under $50) | Shorts | Sandals | Sunglasses | Bead Necklace | Crescent Necklace | Tote)

07.24.2017

Weekend Recap || A Renewed Appreciation

(My Friday evening rosé sipping sweatshirt…..)

I had been feeling slightly overwhelmed with a few things as of late, and two different interactions made me stop and reflect. One involved a reader who shared with me a part of her family that touched me deeply. Another involved my evening drive home. My route home every afternoon involves a drive past a cemetery (I promise this isn’t a morbid post). This particular Friday, I couldn’t help but notice three, new, heaping piles of dirt, and a larger than normal gathering of people at grave sites. Needless to say, heading into the weekend, I had a lot of different feelings…

TJ and I hadn’t had a typical Friday evening together in over a month…. so, when the Friday rolled around, we picked up our takeout, opened a bottle of wine, and cozied up on the couch with John Mayer Pandora station playing in the background. As we started chatting, we realized that we both had some of the same thoughts sitting in the forefront of our minds. We both chatted a little about our experiences, and both had the same thoughts when driving by the cemetery (we take the same route home)….

We pretty much chatted about how, so often, we get wrapped up in our own daily lives and struggles, that we forget there are others out there too… with their own struggles, stresses, and losses. That it’s easy to take the blessings in your life for granted, and assume that they will always be there. I was reminded that behind every person is a genuine story. A story that makes them who they are. I was reminded to cherish those I love, and to not take the small things for granted. It was a great way to head into the week, with a renewed appreciation for all that we have been blessed with and given…. and a reminder to take things slower and appreciate life’s moments…..

With that, I hope you all have a great week ahead! xx

(Headed up to Venice, at the end of last week, to check out this gorgeous mural wall! top, mules)

(Saturday morning family run for some of our favorite avocado toast. mesh top, shorts, sneakers)

(Harper was in ball heaven at one of our best friend’s son’s first birthday parties! my top)

(We headed up to Venice + West Hollywood Sunday morning for a little bit of work… and attempted to work in a little pleasure…. with a 20 minute breakfast. I think that’s an all new record for the quickest meal we have consumed with little miss. We eventually finished our beverages outside, where she was free to roam. my dress, TJ’s top)
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We have a short week, since we will be leaving for Cleveland late Wednesday evening, but I’m planning on hitting the workout routines pretty hard this week. I’m thinking a few longer runs, and mixing in daily strength training. I did wear my new sneakers for a longer run this past weekend and they were incredibly comfortable. Highly recommend.

I wanted to share a few deals that I found from the weekend with you, since most of them are some of my personal favorites, on sale for great prices. My super soft slouchy pullover (from this post) is currently on sale for $30 (40%). The blush joggers that I love so much were marked down, and this soft striped v-neck pullover and my favorite cargo pants are currently on flash-sale for 60% off. The white dress I am wearing above is also marked down… and it’s such an excellent throw on and go piece… I literally did just that as we raced out the door this morning. I also think this knee length cardigan looks incredibly soft and luxurious, and this bell sleeved fleece top is currently in my shopping cart. I also wore this super soft (clearly, I am obsessed with soft things…) basic black tee Sunday after an afternoon spent at the pool. It’s under $20, comes in multiple colors, and fits amazingly well.

As I mentioned above, TJ and I will be traveling at the end of the week. The dress I decided to bring for the wedding was recently restocked, and it’s such a great price (on sale) and I love the color and simple shape. I plan on wearing it with these low kitten mules (I hope it all comes together, as the shoes arrive tomorrow and I don’t have much time!!) and embroidered bag. For the rehearsal dinner I’m bringing my favorite floral romper (I’m being told there is quite the shindig happening after the dinner….). There is a long day of travel to and from Cleveland (6 hours!!) so I’m planning on wearing these comfy joggers and considering this camo pullover, this ruffle pullover, or this v-neck sweater (currently on sale)… along with my favorite terry cloth black romper with this travel shawl (although, I am obsessed with this pink shawl too). I’ll also be bringing this lace up black top and and this sweater tank for the two afternoons we have to explore.

07.21.2017

18 Month Motherhood Update

I’m pretty much two weeks late with this update… so, that probably gives you an idea of how crazy life has been lately. Yet, better late than never, right? Without rambling too much, I’ll just get right into the raw and honest truths about this past month of motherhood!

(My top, wearing S)

Challenges: I’m starting here this month… because, well, these past two weeks have been just that. I don’t know what happened, but over the course of the last couple of weeks I feel like my sweet little girl was replaced by a defiant booger. Seriously. Like, looking at me and doing exactly what I asked her not to do. Screaming. Throw herself on the ground tantrums…. you name it, I’m pretty sure we’ve experienced it over the past two weeks. This is pretty much how I feel at the end of the night,…..”I’m just a girl. Standing in front of a clock. Asking it to be my child’s bedtime.” Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the crap out of that little lady…. buuuuut, sometimes you just need a good 12 hour break…. and I’ve been needing them more often than not lately.

I guess this is where I fall back on some of my training as a Parent-Child-Inteaction-Therapist and give her natural consequences. If she throws something, I make her help me pick it up before we move onto another activity (natural consequences). I try to give her as much positive attention, as possible, provide her with a lot of positive praise for the things she is doing, and give her lots of “If-Then” + “When-Then” statements…. oh, and lots of choices. Basically, I give her the power to choose if she gets a consequence or not. Take today for example. She was throwing a bottle of lotion and I let her know that if she threw it again, then I would take it away from her. She looked at me, paused, and decided to throw it anyway…. and then run away. So, I calmly told her that she made the choice to throw it, and that she can’t play with the lotion bottle anymore. I say “calmly” but inside I wanted to pull every hair on my head out…..

Favorite Part: While I just laid it all out there with regards to the challenges I have faced this month, one of my favorite parts is seeing her ability to process, and assert her own personality. She has also become so loving, saying “I love you” (obviously not that clearly), and giving lots of hugs and kisses. Actually, after she makes a bad choice, she immediately comes up to me, from behind (if I’m on the floor), and wraps her arms around me. It’s that engagement, and reciprocal relationship, that I love so much and, in turn, creates the limit testing…. so, I take the good with challenging.

Sweetest Moment: For me, this moment was last weekend, at my sister’s wedding. Harper missed her afternoon nap (of course, through the business of the day, we forgot her pack and play at home, and she couldn’t sleep in the one provided by the hotel) and when she arrived at the venue, she was on the fiesty side. When it came time to line up and walk down the aisle, we were sure that I was going to need to carry her. Yet, I ended up walking down, and  by the time I got the end, I saw my dad walking Harper down. He tried to let her go at the beginning of the aisle, but when she saw all the people looking at her, she quickly ran back and grabbed his hand and pulled him back with her. Together they walked down, she threw one handful of flowers, and then insisted on throwing them once she sat down. Little moments like those make all the challenging ones so worth it.

(Harper’s Dress)

Eating: This has been an area of transition over the past few weeks. Harper used to have a huge appetite, but over the past couple of months it has fluctuated. Some days she eats a lot, others she eats like a bird and I’m thinking to myself, “She has to be starving.” I actually brought it up to the doctor at her 18 month check-up and she mentioned that it was normal. She said that at this age kiddos eat more some days and because of that, it’s as if it’s been stored, so they aren’t as hungry. I never force her to eat, because I do want to instill some sort of mindful eating in her… so, she can tell when she is full and trust that feeling.

That being said, she has some favorites. A grilled cheese sandwich is usually never refused (I use this bread and cheese), cauliflower rice (when I make it like this or this), sliced grapes, a banana (or “nanana”), avocado, broccoli (not sure why this one….), oh, and mac n’ cheese. She also loves eating with a fork or spoon now and almost refuses to eat without one (which results in a much bigger mess, but love that she’s developing this skill!). We also continue to use this placemat and these sippy cups (both are currently on sale).

Her Favorites: She is obsessed with drinking her water out of an iced tea cup… so, I pretty much rinse mine out and then she drinks her water through it (like, she begs for it….). She loves music and insists on playing an old record player and cd player simultaneously. Balls. She. Is. Obsessed. If you want to put a smile on her face, hand her a ball. She also loves swimming, being outside, and brushing her hair… and putting sunscreen on me. That’s another thing she is obsessed with… opening the sunscreen bottle and getting a tiny drop on her finger and then rubbing it on my legs.

(My dress, Shoes)

Sleeping: For the most party, everything is pretty status quo over here. We’ve successfully weaned down to one nap. She goes down around 1:30 and wakes up around 3:30-3:45 (and, when I’m lucky, 4!)…. lately, she’s struggled to go down at night, and is extra clingy. So, it involves singing her a few extra songs, and then rubbing her back once I put her down in the crib. I recently bought her these pajamas (since our house is set at a cool temperature in the evening) and she looks so cozy in them…. oh, and she loves sleeping with a little stuffed animal. This one is currently her favorite (it’s so soft!).

(Harper’s Tunic/Dress | My Tee)

Reality:  Sometimes, I find myself getting caught up in what I think other people’s motherhood journey is like. I see glowing photos on instagram and wonder if they, too, deal with some of the daily struggles of motherhood. I quickly remind myself that what is seen is only half of the reality, just as it is with me. In a bit of transparency (as if I haven’t shared enough already in this post) I went to Harper’s 18 month check-up seeking validation for some of my feelings and actually left feeling very invalidated. So, I picked up the phone and called a girlfriend… posted about some of it on instagram stories, and received tons of feedback that others were experiencing the same thing. I think that the motherhood community can be so powerful and supportive when we all just stop and remember that we’re all doing the best we can!

Marriage: TJ and I got away to Vegas a few weeks ago for a couple of nights and had such a blast being on no schedule… and I always think it’s so important to re-visit the roots of your marriage (not that Vegas is… but traveling together and enjoying uninterrupted meaningful conversation is….). At the end of a long day, I love that I have TJ to share the parenting challenges with. Don’t get me wrong, we get frustrated, snap, and have to apologize… but that all comes with the territory. As Harper gets older, it’s really nice to see how our own individual strengths tend to compliment each other in the parenting realm.

Favorite Products: With Harper loving the pool (we’re getting her lessons in the next couple of weeks) these puddle jumpers have been amazing, and she loves them. She’s so confident with them on, and she loves jumping into our arms (from steps already in the pool) and floats out to get her ball. These water shoes are a great option for when she is around the pool…. she actually asks to put them on. This is my favorite sunscreen for her face… I love the easy application it provides… she even likes to do it herself sometimes. She’s also been loving these little ruffle one pieces… they’re such a great option in this summer heat! We also got her these little shoes and they fit her perfectly and she seems to love them…. they’re well made and really soft.

07.20.2017

Cool Summer Evening Style

July is always a super busy part of the summer for us… it always has been, and I’m never sure why. Maybe it’s because the 4th of July and then my sister’s birthday (both of which we typically go away for), but I never feel as if it’s a relaxing month. Don’t get me wrong, it’s filled with fun, but I’m typically left yearning for a little rest and relaxation…. and this July hasn’t been any different. Most of the month was spent gearing up for the wedding, and next weekend we have one more wedding to head out of town for (Cleveland to be exact….for only two nights… quick turn around)… and lately, if I’m being honest, I’ve felt completely wiped out…..

I was going to share a little about the ways I try to work in a little down time during a busy season of life, but I’m actually horrible at this. It typically takes getting away, even for a short weekend, for me to fully be okay with doing nothing. I’ve chatted about this with some of my girlfriends lately… it’s as if, when you’re home, there is always something that needs to be done…. yet, when you’re away, even with the craziness of a toddler, there is a center focus on family and what’s going on in the moment (not the 10 other things that need to get done)….

And, since getting away every weekend just isn’t financially possible, we decided to jet off to my parent’s house while they were away earlier this week (they literally live 10 minutes away from us….). At first, I was wary, not sure if it was worth it to pack up all our stuff to go 10 minutes away, but the change of scenery was nice…. cooking in a different kitchen (bigger and brighter), Harper playing in the backyard in the early evening and swimming in the morning, and sitting outside in the backyard and enjoying dinner… small things that made me stop and enjoy the simplicity of life.

Annnd, if you’re wondering how any of this has to do with today’s blog post, it really doesn’t… except, that, I’m craving a little date night (hoping to be able to get away for an evening after next weekend) and this is probably what I’d wear for just such an occasion. I pretty much wear these shorts everyday (wore them out for a night in Vegas) so tossing on a cute top, casual mules, and a pretty fab suede jacket for a casual night out of sipping libations with my boo seems pretty fitting.

A few other summer evening layering pieces that I am loving from the Nordstrom sale include this moto jacket (which I own in charcoal grey from last year), drapey and lightweight faux suede jacket, adorable peplum utility jacket (my mom snagged this, you best believe I’ll be borrowing), blush suede moto jacket, camo jacket, and this embroidered distressed denim jacket (which I recently ordered… we will see how it looks!).
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(Outfit Details || Top (wearing S, comes in white) | Jacket (wearing XS, comes in cognac too, almost sold out in grey) | Shorts | Mules | Sunglasses | Necklace | Bag)

07.19.2017

Wellness Wednesday || 5 Ways I Stay Motivated

I feel as if I often cycle in and out of periods of motivation…. whether it’s for working out, eating clean, or actually doing my hair… in the same way that we often cycle through life’s ups and downs. I typically recognize that I am in a rut, and often try to tweak a few things here or there to fall back in a rhythm. A question that I’ve been receiving lately is how I keep myself motivated. So today, I thought I’d share the top ways that I keep myself going, when all I feel like doing is stopping (or hitting snooze 800 times)….

1. Re-Evaluate My Reasons: I think this one is always key for me. I often find myself in a rut when I’ve veered too far from the initial reason for starting. In my health and fitness journey, this often happens the most when I become too focused on the outward gains, as opposed to the internal gains. When I remind myself of all the other benefits of working out…. healthy insides, sharp mind, confidence, lower anxiety…. not just to simply look good, I find a new drive and motivation. Sometimes I can easily reflect on this, other times it takes a little journaling and re-evaluating goals.

2. New Work-Out Pieces: When possible, this is always a sure fire way to get me feeling motivated again. There’s something about new leggings, or a cute top, or even super comfy running shoes that motivates me so much. I remember when I was training for my first half marathon. I was mid training and felt my motivation waning. All it took was a new pair of running shoes (and some ultra padded socks) to get me back on track and excited for the next long run. Just this week I was feeling tired and sluggish. So, I pulled out these new favorite blush high waisted capris and super soft blush tank for my morning workout and hit one of my fastest paces ever. I snagged both at the Anniversary sale, and combined they are under $60…. and let me tell you, the leggings hug in all the right places. A few other pieces I purchased included this super cute mauve mesh pullover (a great option with shorts now and leggings in the cooler months), perforated zip-up (great for post-workout mimosa brunch), cozy grey zip-up, and this comfy pullover. I also love these coated leggings (wear them working out or to happy hour), poncho hoodie, distressed racerback tank, and this mauve sports bra. Oh, and these new kicks are like walking on clouds.

3. Try A New Work-Out: This one always works for me… it’s pretty much how I got started doing some of the Tone It Up videos. I remember feeling so un-motivated one morning, so I decided to try one of their free HIIT workouts and I was hooked. Other variations have included adding in a stairs workout, using different equipment such as resistance bands and ankle weights, or running a different path. If those tricks don’t work, sometimes I just do a low-key workout, like a yoga video, to give myself a break and re-center.

4. Try A New Recipe: I love food, but sometimes I get in a rut and feel like I’m eating some of the same things. Slight variations are super easy though. For instance, we’ve been having shrimp Mexican style for the past few weeks, but Monday evening we made it using this coconut curry shrimp recipe and oh.my.gosh we fell in love. Sometimes a new booch flavor, smoothie recipe (my new favorite), or snack bar is enough to spark my zest for clean eating. If you’re looking for a new dinner recipe to pull you out of a food rut, I suggest Skinny Taste and Pinch Of Yum for some delicious and healthy recipes.

5. A New Playlist: I can listen to the same song over and over again…. but when it comes to my workouts, new tunes are one of the best ways to get me re-motivated. I typically have TJ create my playlists because he is way more into music than I am… and he comes up with some pretty good mixes. One of my favorite songs for getting me moving is “8 Mile” by Eminem.
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(Outfit Details || Leggings | Tank | Sports Bra | Shoes | Sunglasses | Bag c/o)

07.18.2017

Summer Style || My Rehearsal Dinner Dress

My sister’s recent wedding reminded me how much fun they are. TJ and I have been out of the wedding circuit for a couple of years now (we’ve entered the baby shower and party phase…. don’t be jealous…..) and I forgot how much fun they were, and all the festive dressing that comes with them. Everything from the engagement party, bachelorette party, shower, and rehearsal dinner… it’s fun to get all dolled up to celebrate. So, when it came to picking out my dress for the rehearsal dinner, I was just as excited as I was for the shower and bachelorette parties. I knew that I wanted something longer in length, but wasn’t sure if that meant midi or maxi…. and I also knew I wanted florals. When I stumbled across this maxi faux wrap dress I knew it would be perfect for the occassion. Of course, I wanted to make sure that I could wear it more than once, so I thought about ways I could make it a little more casual. I decided that pairing it with these neutral slides and large straw tote would make it perfect for any daytime occassion.

We have one more wedding coming up in two weeks, and I snagged this pink slip dress that I am hoping will look good on when I receive it. If it doesn’t, a few other options that I am currently eyeing include this nude slip dress, floral and lace slip dress, black floral slip dress, black floral maxi dress, and this open back ruffle dress. I’m hoping to have that outfit nailed down by the end of the week….. wish me luck!
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(Outfit Details || Dress (c/o), more sizes here and print available in sleeveless button-up, cold shoulder top, ruffle neck top, + off the shoulder top | Slides (c/o) | Crescent Necklace | Beaded Necklace | Beaded Bracelets (c/o) | Sunglasses | Bag)

07.17.2017

Weekend Recap || The Wedding Day

(A little vino to kick off the festivities)

What. A. Weekend. Friday seems like forever ago… which is when the entire wedding weekend began. It all started with a fun day of pampering with the bridesmaids, followed by a bridal luncheon, and then the rehearsal dinner…. where we sipped glasses of wine, enjoyed meaningful toasts, and might have partaken in a wine shooter or two… Which then eventually rolled into Saturday morning where the excitement and anticipation for the wedding ceremony was palpable. The day was full of beauty prep, giddiness, and by the time the ceremony rolled around, I could barely keep it together…. I pretty much bawled throughout the entire ceremony…. with touching vows, and maybe disbelief that my younger sister was getting married, I was filled with happy tears for her…. and then a reception…. and somehow a 2am bedtime…. which resulted in a very mediocre evening of sleep, and a toddler ready and rearing to go bright and early. Both TJ and I were kicking ourselves for staying up so late the night before when we heard the chatter of little miss bright and early….

Yet, we wouldn’t have done it any differently. There are those once in a moment times, in everyone’s life, where you pretty much throw caution to the wind and live by the YOLO notion. And while I can barely keep my eyes open as I type this (I guess that’s what 5 hours of sleep will do to you….), I can’t help but have a smile on my face as I reflect on the love of the weekend. In all weddings, there is a joining of two families…. and I feel so blessed to now have someone to call my brother.

I hope you all have a great week ahead! xx

(Rehearsal dinner ready….)

(Wore these comfy robes to get ready for the big day… pink robe, white robe)

(Little miss made quite the flower girl…. Harper’s dress)

(The prettiest duo in white)

(Someone missed her afternoon nap….. we were on borrowed time with Harper….)

(Excited to add a fourth best friend to the trio…..)

(My two favorite people)

(Couldn’t be happier for her…. my top, my dress)

(The happy couple)

(What you wear when you’re running on 5 hours of sleep but your toddler got 12…. shorts, sweatshirt)
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I did my fair share of indulging this weekend, but was able to fit in a few good workouts here and there. I did a quick HIIT workout early Saturday morning, and this yoga booty workout on Friday morning. I woke up sore after both of them. I’m in the mood for some healthy curry this week, so I am considering one of these recipes.

While most of my weekend was spent with family and wedding festivities, I finally got a chance to sit down and do a little online perusing. I took another look at some of the Nordstrom Sale items and found a few other cute items that I thought I’d share with you. A few cute tops include this black and white stripe bell sleeve top (looks like such a cute everyday item), cold shoulder sweatshirt (which comes in so many colors), great v-neck swing tunic top (another great basic option), this floral top with the prettiest ties at the wrist, cozy funnel neck poncho (which I saw in the store, and it was sooooo soft), super cute sleeveless ruffle blouse (which is a great layering option), and this neutral thermal top (I like the mauve and cream options). I’m also kind of obsessed with this distressed denim jacket with embroidered details. And, because I’m all about comfort, a few other items caught my cozy craving eye…. like this high-low fleece cardigan, cowl neck knit top, and this tie front fleece pullover (this brand is seriously the softest). I also realized that one of my favorite ruffle white tops from last year was also included in the sale. It’s a great twist on a basic white blouse.

I also have my eyes on a new pair of jeans and saw this raw hem cropped pair (comes in petite sizes too), this distressed girlfriend jean, and this step hemmed distressed pair.

A few pairs of shoes that made me look twice include this whipstitched pair of over the knee boots, these black air max kicks (I’ve had my eye on these for a couple years now….), and this perforated cutout bootie (so many pretty color options). Oh, and how adorable is this little floral cross body bag (it may or may not have come home with me the other day….).

07.14.2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale || Items I Own, Love, + Ordered

I vividly recall, when I was younger, heading to the mall with my mom and sister for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale bright and early. We’d shop for back to school clothes (the shoes were always my favorite) and eat those big ol’ rice krispee treats they used to sell (they might still, I just haven’t seen them lately). Not much has changed, and yesterday, my mom and I headed to Nordstrom to shop all the pre-fall pieces. While there were 48 pages of items for women’s clothing on-line, I found so many of my tried and true favorites on sale too (which they brought back this year). So, today, I wanted to share a few with you (in case you’re looking for some great sale items), and in the coming weeks I plan on styling them in blog posts. Happy shopping friends!!

Sweaters

I think this is likely one of the biggest selling items at the sale, and I didn’t leave without a few. For starters, my favorite open knit pullover from last year was re-stocked in four colors and at such a great price point (about 35% off). This split back sweater from last year is back (I own it in blush) and I grabbed it in the black too. You can easily keep it undone or knot it up for a more fitted look. A few new ones I picked up yesterday include this amazingly cute bell sleeve option (I sized up to a S because I didn’t want it to be super tight… it’s featured above), this oversized cardigan in the cream (but it comes in so many cute colors), and I’m waiting for this pretty little faux wrap sweater to arrive. I also think this blush cardigan is gorgeous (I already have one similar, so I passed this time around).

Tops + Tees

These super basic v-necks have made an appearance again this year (I own in white and grey) and I’ve been known to wear them to sleep or out and about with cut-offs or jeans. My favorite, and super soft, plaid button up is on sale in several color options. You can easily wear this in the summer with the sleeves rolled up and front knotted, and then transition it to fall with jeans and a front tuck. I bought this adorable white peplum lace-up, ruffle choker top in blush (but it’s also super cute in white too), comfortable and basic stripe tee (for $18!), and oversized henley tee (featured above). I had this cute ruffle sleeve top in blush in my cart but it sold out in my size, and I’m considering this bell sleeve fleece (I own a few tops from this brand and they are incredibly soft).

Bottoms

I didn’t buy too much in this area, but my favorite motto leggings from last year are back. I own them in black and olive (olive is my favorite color) and they’re a great throw on and go option…. and my favorite high waisted distressed black jeans from Madewell are on sale. These are such an excellent closet staple, and I wear mine all the time. I also have my eye on this split hem pair, yet I’m fairly certain they will be too long on me.

Activewear

There were so many cute pieces in this category, I had a hard time narrowing down my favorites. Pieces I owned before the sale, that they brought back, include this logo oversized tank, logo crew neck sweatshirt, and this oh so soft cardigan (perfect for post workouts). My favorite high waisted pair of leggings are also on sale. I ended up trying on, and bringing home, these blush high waisted leggings (them moment I put them on I was sold), blush tank (debated between that color and the grey which is seen above), mauve mesh pullover, and a cozy grey zip up (which I can’t find on-line….). This pullover was super comfortable too, but I ultimately decided on the previously mentioned zip-up. I am debating between these white and bronze running shoes and these white and grey ones (which I tried on already and they’re like walking on air… my mom bought a pair too).

Shoes

I had my eye on a few pairs before the sale started, and when I saw this low heeled bootie I fell in love. The blush-ish/mauve color is gorgeous and I’m obsessed with the grommet detailing. They also come in tan and black. My favorite mules from last fall (that I own in tan and grey) are on sale too. If a higher bootie is your thing, I also tried on these, and loved them, but didn’t think I’d wear them as much as the lower heeled option….. and I wanted these blush loafers, but they sold out in my size. I’m going to keep my eye on them in the hopes they are restocked. They’re gorgeous! If you’re looking for a splurge item, these over the knee boots are some of my all time favorites. The suede is oh-so-soft and they look amazing on everyone!

Outerwear

I couldn’t resist this suede jacket in the grey color…. and the cognac is gorgeous too. I paired it in the dressing room with the blush ruffle tee from above and the colors were beautiful together! My mom tried on this super cute peplum utility jacket and I love the details on it.

Dresses

I haven’t received this pink slip dress yet, but I’m thinking it would be a gorgeous option for a rehearsal dinner we have coming up in two weeks. I also tried on this floral slip dress and loved it, but ultimately left it at the store. This adorable ruffle sleeve dress, in mauve (a color I am clearly currently obsessed with) is on it’s way. Such a cute everyday basic.

Lounge + Lingerie 

This short and top set is quite possibly one of the softest things ever. It came home with me. No questions asked. I also stocked up on my favorite “I have no chest” bralette, and picked up a favorite bra for those times when I actually need to wear something with a little more support (not sure what it’s supporting though….). One of my favorite lace bralettes is currently on sale too!

For The Kiddo

I was underwhelmed with the choices at the store, but found this adorable stripe tunic (featured above) and this floral top and short duo. When I looked on-line I found much cuter items, like these adidas tubular sneakers, stripe pullover hoodie (she can wear a 2t sometimes), and this utility hoodie jacket. A few baby products that we love that went on sale include Harper’s favorite sippy cups, feeding placemat, nail trimmer (which we used for the first 9 months of her life), and this convertible carseat.

The Guys

TJ got in on the action too with this button-up, long sleeve henley tee, stripe button-up, and this stripe v-neck. His favorite pair of PAIGE jeans went on sale too.