11.14.2017

Thanksgiving Day Look 1 || Casual In Boots (4 Best Boots For The Day)

Thanksgiving has changed for me over the years. When I was younger, all my cousins came into town for the week. We’d head to Disneyland, see movies, and do the whole Black Friday thing. As we all got older, and schedules became more complicated, Thanksgiving was spent with local family… a short drive away. In college, there was the occasional roommate who joined us, and now that my sister and I are both married, there is a blending of families: Turkey Bowls, Turkey Trots, Thanksgiving lunches, and Thanksgiving dinners. And, with all the different festivities of the actual day, having a versatile outfit makes shifting between events a cinch…..

My three requirements for the day are that my pants must always be stretchy…. my shirt loose…. and my feet comfortable. And while this makes me sound like a complete slob, there is an art to making the aforementioned requirements look seemingly pulled together. So, this week, I will be sharing three different Thanksgiving Day looks… all fitting my requirements… and all hopefully fitting the attire of your day… casual, dressy casual, or outright comfortable.

Today’s look is for the casual Thanksgiving day…. the one where you want to look pulled together until your day of visiting multiple families, or having a house full of people,  is over and it’s reasonably acceptable to change (or, in my case, until it’s time to turn on Christmas Vacation). For that type of Thanksgiving I always like to have a comfortable shoe option… since I’ll likely be on my feet for most of the day (playing with kiddos, helping cook, etc…)….. and more often than not turn to some form of boots to get me through the day. Nordstrom carries some of my favorite, well priced, boot brands… Sole Society, Hunter, Franco Sarto, and Vince Camuto. So today, I’ll be sharing with you the four booties perfect for Turkey Day… and any day after that…..

1. Over The Knee Boots: One of the easiest ways to dress up any outfit, toss on a pair of over the knee boots. And while they tend to dress things up a bit, what you pair them with determines how much. A slouchy oversized sweater +jeans keeps things on the more casual side… while a pair of velvet leggings + a blouse make it a bit fancier. I love this pair for a day of multiple Thanksgivings. They’re super comfortable, the perfect heel height… and if you’re like me and have a tornado tagging along with you, a pair you can easily run around in. I also own this flat over the knee boot (invested in them several years ago, budget friendly option here).

2. Bootie: Another perfect option if you’re house hopping, and another one that can be dressed up or down… I love pairing them with a frayed hem jean. One of my favorite pairs is this Sole Society bootie (which I own in navy)… extremely comfortable + I love the cut at the ankle. This white studded pair + this studded bootie in black would both be super cute options if you were wanting to dress it up a bit. This taupe bootie is also a great option, at a good price point.

3. Rain Boots: Every year I wish for rain on Thanksgiving… just makes the day that much cozier. So, if you have several houses to go to in the rain, and can’t stay inside all day, my favorite comfortable and stylish rain boots are these Hunter boots (I own in black and green) as well as this bootie option (which I own in black, but comes in several colors). Both will keep your toes dry, and look super cute with jeans, leggings, cute sweater, and warm coat.

4. The Cozy Boot: When you’re going super casual for your day of feasting, this is my favorite option…. coziness prevails. This short lined boot has been my favorite for the past two seasons and I love wearing it with jeans and a cozy cardigan. It’s pretty much like wearing slippers all day…
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(Outfit Details || Boots (come in black too, runs TTS) | Sweater (comes in several colors, wearing XXS) also think this cable knit option would be cute | Jeans | Earrings | Bag | Sunglasses)

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. 

11.09.2017

Fall Style || Dressing Up Down…. + Listening To Warning Signs

For the past two days I’ve been dealing with iPhone problems…. at first, my phone was just moving real slow…. then the photos I was taking were blurry… then, around dinner, my phone just froze. I acted like a 2 year old and threw a mini tantrum (I’ve been hanging out with little miss too much I guess….) …. and TJ spent about an hour trying to figure out how to fix it. Turns out I needed to do the new software update… the one that makes “I” look like some weird character. So, we did that, and my phone started working again….. No need for any more two year old tantrums….

Oh, but wait. I woke up to my phone reminding me that it hadn’t been backed up in 37 weeks (yes, you read that right, weeks, not days). I thought to myself, “Oh well, it’s working fine now.” Such a responsible thought for someone who depends on technology for their job 90% of the time. Fast forward a few hours. It’s noon. My phone is no longer working. I call Apple “support.” After speaking with a “technician” my phone is permanently in restore mode and no longer working. Annnnd, to make a long story short, I have a new phone, with a restore from 37 weeks ago. Meaning, all photos from February until now are missing. Moral of the story: Heed The Warnings.

I guess that moral goes for everything in life. Warning signs for anything. Fatigue… get some rest… Hunger…. eat… A gut feeling…. listen to it… A relationship that’s toxic… get out…. An odd looking mole… get it checked.  Or, you might end up like my tragic iPhone…. set back entirely too far.

Ok, enough of the sob story. Let’s chat lace… and coziness. Maybe two of my favorite things combined into one sorta dressed up, sorta dressed down look. I’ve had every single piece I’m wearing for a little while now, and decided to blend them all together for a look I’d wear every single day. It’s casual enough to play with little miss (likely an inside activity… not sure how the lace would go over at the park….) and then do something adult-like immediately after.  And these boots, well, they’re a favorite from last year (found them re-stocked at a fraction of the price!) and so comfortable for just about anything.

A few other lace camis that I am currently loving included this deep v bandeau cami (bought it in two colors last year), rust colored silk cami (more on the splurge side, but her camis are like butter), and this lace trim option (that I featured here… such a great price).
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(Outfit Details || Jacket (in stock) | Cami (also available in red) | Jeans | Booties (such a great price) | Sunglasses | Long Necklace | Short Necklace | Similar Bag)

11.07.2017

Fall Style || Joggers x2 With Little Miss + Casual Weekend Wear For Your Little One

Shopping with little miss has become quite the ordeal as of late (for different reasons than in the past)…. she’s started to develop her own personal style and preferences, and that’s made for a few interesting shopping trips. Like, the other day when she refused to take off a puffer vest…. to her preference for this ruffled sweatshirt… and refusal to wear these adorable shoes I originally picked out for her because, in her opinion, these kicks are better. And while it might throw my outfit plans for her out the window, I admittedly love seeing her personality and preferences flourish… and be expressed…..

So, when she picked out this ruffle sweatshirt  all on her own during our shopping trip last weekend, I was thrilled. I had been on the hunt for some casual fall and winter pieces for her… and since most of our weekends are spent outside, or running errands of some sort, I wanted items she could easily run around in and that would keep her warm + comfortable. Nordstrom had so many cute options it took us a little while to narrow down our favorites. These joggers will be perfect for our upcoming trip to Park City, since I can easily layer some leggings underneath, and top them off with some cute rain boots…. and they’re perfect for a day of traveling (like mother, like daughter….)… or splashing around in puddles like she was doing a few hours before we took these photos (we experienced our very first light rain and any drop of water was considered a puddle….)….

A few other weekend favorites we found include this stripe long sleeve top, stripe ruffle top, basic leggings,  cozy hoodie (which pairs with the peach pair of the joggers she is wearing), and this faux fur lined hoodie (so cute and comfy). For the little guys in your life, I love these fleece jogger pants, knit jogger pants, zip-up hoodie, and this stripe shirt.
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(Outfit Details || Harper’s Sweatshirt | Harper’s Joggers | Harper’s Shoes | My Hoodie | My joggers | My Shoes | My Sunglasses | My Tote)

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. 

11.03.2017

Favorite Products November || Healthy Living, Beauty, Fashion

Finally, Friday. The week after vacation always seems to kick my bootay, and this one wasn’t any exception. Looking forward to some rest and relaxation this weekend, with absolutely nothing on our schedule except for a little date night with TJ. Sharing my favorite products from the past month today…. some new beauty items I’ve started using, a few tasty treats (including a new favorite bar… hands down favorite), and a bunch of items I’ve been wearing on repeat…..

I hope you all have a great weekend! See you Monday….. xx

FOOD: 

1. Naturally Clean Eats Bars: I first shared these in my last meal plan, and have been obsessed for several weeks. They were created by a mom who was disheartened by the snack bars out there for herself and children. I was skeptical about yet another “bar” but when I tried them I was hooked…. they currently come in two flavor options (both are amazing and one has kale hidden in it….). Harper + TJ both love them too. All bars are vegan, gluten free, + non-gmo.

2. Sweet Potato Chips:  I shared briefly about these here, but I am horrible at making my own sweet potato chips (I’ve tried, and they just aren’t thin or crispy enough….) and these are pretty much the same thing. Made with only sweet potatoes, coconut oil, and sea salt… if you love sweet potatoes, you’ll love these as a healthy alternative to regular chips.

3. Appelgate Organic Frozen Turkey Burgers: For weeks when we don’t have a lot of time to pre assemble our turkey burgers, these come in handy. They’re frozen raw, but cook up quickly and are incredibly tasty.

BEAUTY:

1. TULA Probiotics: I shared about these in this post, and I am happy to report that I noticed a difference in bloating and overall regularity within a week or so of taking them. I’ve always been a huge fan of probiotics (hence why I drink Kombucha daily), but these have the added beauty benefit… so it’s really a no brainer why I continue to take them daily.  You can take 20% off with code SHANNON.

2. TULA Dual Phase Skin Reviving Treatment Pads: These little pads are pretty much an instant facial at a fraction of the price. I shared my experience with them yesterday on instastories, but they pretty much left my skin feeling oh-so-soft and glowing. It’s one pad, which has two sides (a smooth side, and a textured side) which act to give you that facial experience in about 2 minutes (and I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the time or money to get a weekly facial….). You can get 20% off with code SHANNON.

FASHION:

1. Poncho Hoodie: I snagged this a few weeks ago to wear as a casual layering option in the fall months. I love how it can easily be tossed on over my favorite thermal with a pair of leggings (featured above) for a day of errands, or with a pair of jeans if you need to dress it up a little more. It’s not super heavy, so it’s great for the mild fall days.

2. Sweatpants: I bought these to wear on the plane for our recent travels, and they ended up fitting like a dream. Perfect for us short girls, they hit at the perfect spot, without making them look baggy. Super comfortable, and can easily look chic with a knotted tee + suede jacket.

3. Lace-Up Crop Workout Top: I’m pretty much obsessed with this workout top…. I wear it during yoga, a spin workout, stairs circuit, and strength training. The detailing makes it appropriate for a post-workout activity… simply pair it with a pair of high waisted leggings and a zip-up.

4. Faux Fur Vest (also here): This was part of my Halloween costume this year, and I knew I’d wear it tons post dressing up. I’d actually been eyeing it since last year, so as we approached the cooler weather months, I decided it would be perfect for the fall/winter. It’s soft, and layers easily over so many different tops, and I love the natural colors.

5. Waffle Knit Pullover: Last featured here, and owned in two color options, to say I’m obsessed would be an understatement. Comfortable, lightweight, and versatile it’s a great closet staple for fall (and excellent for layering).

6. Lightweight Anorak (currently on sale too): I bought this jacket about a month ago as an alternative to my denim + utility jackets. It’s been a great option, as the temps have cooled, to layer on over thermals + tees. It keeps me comfortable, and isn’t too heavy or bulky that I can’t move around in it.

7. Oversized Cardigan: I know, I know, another one. Yet, this one is so soft, and I spent the entire day traveling in it and it was incredibly comfortable… so much so that I’ve continued wearing it simply lounging around the house. I have it in the rust color, but it also comes in a blush and fall brown option as well.

8. Fuzzy Jacket: It’s like wearing the softest blanket ever. I promise. I styled it here + here, and you can see the other ways I have paired it over on instagram. It’s great for fall… lounging around the house in it, or wearing it out at night… it’s versatile enough for either.

9. Long Sleeve Shirt Dress (on sale): I’ve always loved wearing booties and dresses, so when I stumbled across this mauve colored dress I knew it would be a great option for fall. It easily pairs with a denim jacket or oversized cardigan, and is casual enough for everyday living.

10. Henley Top: A super casual everyday top for your wardrobe. It’s comfortable and I love the bigger sleeves. I’ve worn it several times with my distressed jeans, as well as under this vest.

11. Oversized Hoodie: The best post work-out sweatshirt to toss on… the oversized feel makes it cozy enough to lounge around in… and pairing it with jeans makes it look more pulled together (especially topped with my favorite pom beanie). Love the retro feel too.

11.02.2017

Fall Trends || Bright Stripes

I plan on wearing this top tomorrow morning to my bi-weekly MOPS group (Mother’s Of Pre Schoolers), where I will see my mom, and know that she will inevitably (affectionately) say something about my sweater looking straight out of the 70’s… something she used to have in her closet. To which I’ll respond my usual (affectionately), “Now don’t you wish you had kept it?”…..

All that to say, since returning from our trip, I’ve been looking for something different to add to my wardrobe to shake things up a bit. I typically go through this every year (which is one of the reasons I chose a darker hue for my hair)… and maybe it’s the upcoming time change (darker, earlier) or maybe it’s just that it finally feels like fall, but either way I was looking for some change. So, when I stumbled across this brightly striped lightweight sweater I knew it would be the perfect way to shake things up. It immediately reminded me of the old school ski jackets my Papa has hanging in our family cabin in the mountains. Slightly retro, yet fitted and modern enough to be acceptable for the year 2017.  While I’ll most typically wear it styled as is today, with variations here and there, it can also easily be worn with comfy joggers + kicks, or under a jumpsuit dress for a full on retro vibe….

Some other bright stripe options that I’m currently loving include this turtleneck top (which is sitting in my cart for an upcoming Park City trip), oversized stripe sweater, super cute beanie (perfect for a chilly morning walk with Harper), and this terracotta colored sweater.
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(Outfit Details || Top, also here (wearing XS) | Jeans (sized up 1) | Jacket | Mules | Sunglasses | Hat | Bag (similar))

10.31.2017

Fall Fashion || Red, Comfy, + Oversized….

Well, yesterday kicked my bootay…. not that anything particularly bad happened. It started with an entire night of rolling around in my sleep (#JetLag got me bad….) and little miss who was ready and rearing to go the moment she woke up (how does she have so much energy??). I think the moment her feet hit the floor I thought to myself “How am I going to do it today??” I tried a lot of different things to get her to just “hang out….” coloring in bed (that turned into jumping on the bed….), letting her bounce the big exercise ball (which turned into her wanting me to bounce with her on it….), and then resorting to telling her that “only big girls get to sit in their high chairs after they are done eating.” She liked that one, and it bought me 10 minutes to just eat my lunch…… We finally made it to nap time, and then the rest of the day flew by…. Anyone else have a Monday that they weren’t mad to see go?!

All humor aside, a little caffeine (only the strength of black tea though…. coffee makes me too #jittery) + some comfy clothes got me through the day… and while I kept my attire relatively neutral on Monday, this red sweater (which comes in 6 color options) is sure to brighten any dreary day (which, it looks like we will have the rest of the week #NotComplaining). It’s oh-so-soft, slightly oversized while maintaining shape, and sure to be a great piece to throw on when you’re looking to add a little pop of color….. just add this scarf, and you’ll be warm and toasty for any cool fall day….

And since red seems to be sticking around this season, a few other red favorites for fall/winter include this oversized sweater (which, if you’re short, could probably be a dress too), cute little bell sleeve dress (great casual number), scarf (same one I’m wearing but comes in red too), bubble sleeve sweater, and beanie.

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(Outfit Details || Sweater c/o (more red sizes here) | Jeans (also here) | Mules | Scarf | Sunglasses | Bag (similar))

 

 

10.27.2017

Blue Suede Booties

While the past eight days have consisted of cut-offs, swimsuits, flip-flops, and a some kind of easy pullover…. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly looking forward to wearing something similar to this outfit. A favorite pair of stretchy jeans (stretchy being the key word… I mean, loaded nachos necessitate that…. at least for the next week), a basic tee, oh-so-soft cardi… and now that the weather is supposed to be much cooler upon return, these blue suede booties….

I’m not entirely sure why, but this season I had my mind set on that color. Maybe it’s the deep jewel tone I was drawn to… or maybe simply because it was a color different than I already had in my closet…. either way, I knew they would be a staple in my everyday rotation… they’re comfortable, hide any sort of food fallen on them (by little miss, not me, promise….), and are the perfect height to give my short frame some elevation (while not feeling like I am going to topple over walking the streets)….

A few other navy bootie favorites include this zip-up option (on sale and a lot of different color options), rain boot (I own them in black), and this cute perforated peep toe option…..

Bootie talking aside, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We head back home tomorrow, so wish us luck while we travel back on the plane with little miss. Have a good one friends! xx
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(Outfit Details || Cardigan | Tee | Jeans | Booties | Bag | Necklace | Short Necklace | Sunglasses)

10.26.2017

Statement Pieces

Admittedly, I’ve been quite indulgent this trip. Tacos (almost daily), buffet brunches, chips + salsa while sipping some bubbly during little miss’ nap, Mai Tais (plural), french fries (yes), nachos (with or without all the fixing), mimosas…. I mean, there hasn’t been much restraint demonstrated. Working out has remained rather moderate as well… I had one ambitious morning where I took off for an early sunrise run…. then we did a family hike… and the rest have involved long morning walks on the boardwalk, followed by some shorter strength training moves (and I did step on the stair-master in the gym today for 20 minutes…). I’m fairly certain come Saturday, our return date, I’ll be ready to get back on track. Yet, what fun would life be if you didn’t live a little? Throw all the routine and “normal” way of life out the window for a few days? Boring, IMO. So, that’s just what I did, and will continue to do for the next few days…. life’s about balance… and sometimes balance means indulging a little more than usual….

Which is how I came to fall in love with this rosette cardigan. Feeling as if most of the items in my closet were fairly balanced, I decided I needed something to shake things up a bit… bring a little life into an otherwise fairly neutral wardrobe. And that’s just the point of statement pieces…. to add a little bit of spice to neutrality. It easily pairs with a black dress, leggings and a tee, and black slacks for the workplace.

A few other statement pieces I have my eye on include this multi-stripe sweater, stripe turtleneck sweater, sequin top, and these pearl embellished jeans (such a great price too!).
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(Outfit Details || Cardigan c/o (also comes in red) | Lace Top | Jeans | Slides (identical) | Sunglasses | Bag)

10.24.2017

My 4 Essentials For A Fun Girl’s Night Out

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a few other moms, and the topic of what we missed of our “pre-baby lives” was broached. I didn’t even need to think about what the answer was for me, as it’s something I have struggled with since becoming a mom. My answer was that I missed the ease with which I could get together with my girlfriends. Before motherhood I was able to easily set up a get together with my gals weekly…. a quick happy hour, a Saturday morning hike, afternoon shopping together, or a couple’s brunch. Now, it’s not as easy. I’ve been trying to plan an overnight getaway with my girlfriend’s from graduate school for 2 months… getting a date on the calendar has proven difficult due to conflicting schedules….

All that to say, when I do get a night out with my favorite gals, I pull out all the stops. Fancy libations, good food, and of course, a killer outfit. Over the years of bachelorette parties, weekends away, wedding weekends, and casual nights out, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are four essentials to a fun girl’s night out!

  1. A Fabulous Outfit:  Probably my favorite part of any girl’s night. I like to pull out the high heels, a fun top, and my favorite “hug you in all the right places” jeans. Yet, in order to feel my best in the clothes I toss on, I know that what I wear underneath them is just as important. I’ve always known that, which is why I always invested in quality undergarments for every “stage” of my body. When I got pregnant, I invested. When I was nursing, I invested. When I finished nursing, and was left with pretty much nothing (not that there was much to begin with…), I treated myself to the prettiest little bralette I’d had my eye on for a few months. All that to say, what I wear underneath impacts the feel and look of what I toss on over them.

When looking for a great undergarment I have a few criteria. First, I go off how it looks. Is it neutral, slightly different (a touch of lace, intricate detailing on the back, etc.), and “age appropriate?” (sorry, I just don’t need to same bra as my grandma needs… sorry grandma!). Then, of course, does it fit well and feel good? No bulging, no hangover from excess skin, can I easily move around (possibly dance the night away…) in it? Then, how does it look under clothing? Are there visible lines? Does it create a bulge anywhere? Annnd, in all honesty, I haven’t used that criteria in over a year… that’s how long it’s been since a purchased a new bra……

So, when it came time to look for a new one I decided to try out b.tempt’d lingerie. It’s a facet of Wacoal, a brand that is synonymous with quality, so I knew I would be getting a well-made bra. I had a large selection of lace bralettes, t-shirt bras, sport bras, and push-ups (I could sure use a little push in that department…) to choose from. I ended up opting for the front close wire bralette (which I’m wearing in these photos) and the spectator t-shirt underwire bra (because, we all need a well fitting bra to go under our basic tees and sweaters….) and couldn’t be happier with either. Versatile for everyday use and perfect to glam up any girl’s night outing. I particularly love the detailing of this bralette, especially when paired underneath a sheer black top…. it’s edgy and sophisticated at the same time (I also love the matching underwear… super comfortable too).

  1. Some Good Music: Always a key ingredient in getting excited for the evening. In my college days, we rocked out to old 80’s classics (“Don’t Stop Believing” comes readily to mind…), and now I like a little combination of everything. There is just something about a good song that can get you in the mood for anything. 
  2. A Festive Libation: While this isn’t necessary, it’s certainly fun. My girlfriends and I prefer something light… say, a glass of rosé or a fun glass of bubbly (or Martinelli’s if you don’t drink… that’s what I did when I was pregnant….). Just a little something to kick off the evening. 
  3. A Plan:Our days of “winging” an evening are long gone. Every minute counts, so we put together a fun plan to maximize the time together. It can be anything from dinner and drinks at a fun + trendy spot… or an evening of cocktails and dancing. Either way though, when you have your best girls by your side, you’re bound to have a great time and make lasting memories…..
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(Outfit Details || Top | Jeans | Shoes | Robe | Bra)

Thank you to b.tempt’d for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

10.19.2017

Fall Style || Faux Leather Leggings, Casual Style

About two years ago, when I was a new, sleep deprived mom….. not knowing if I was putting my pants on backwards or forwards… I decided that I needed to find ways to easily “glam up” my relatively basic outfits, without compromising on practicality or comfort. I didn’t have a lot of time to think about what to wear, and I needed simple pieces, that were easy to mix and match. That’s when I stumbled across these faux leather leggings. I wavered for a bit… not certain if I felt like squeezing my postpartum body into leather leggings (when I was eight months pregnant, and still trying to fit in my leather leggings, I slit the crotch… so, maybe I was having some slight PTSD…..). Yet, knowing that the best way to conquer any fear is to face it head on, I hit the purchase button on the $30 pair of leather leggings, and waited….

When they arrived, I proceeded with caution (not wanting to repeat my preggo legging fiasco) and was pleasantly surprised. They fit like a dream. They were high waisted and hugged that soft area nicely…. I assumed they’d be a one season wear and that I would purchase another pair the next year. Not so. Here we are, going on season three with these babies. Best $30 Nordstrom purchase I’ve made. Hands down.

So, when I was asked how to style faux leather leggings, both casually and in a more dressed up way, I jumped on the opportunity. I love wearing these leggings for pretty much anything. When I want to wear something other than my tried and true leggings, this is the pair I turn to. Dress them down with comfy kicks, a cozy jacket (hello my new favorite jacket for fall and winter….), and basic white tee… and up with a pair of OTK boots, button up, bell sleeved plaid top, and a suede jacket (#Smokin’). And, if you’re looking for a few other faux leather leggings options, Nordstrom has such a great selection, at varying price points. I know that this pair is supposed to be amazing too….

I’ll be styling them in a dressy way soon!
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(Outfit Details || Jacket (comes in 3 colors) also LOVE this one (almost identical) | Leggings (under $30, fit great) | Tee (6 colors, so soft) | Shoes | Sunglasses | Crescent Necklace (similar) | Bag)

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.