Friday, October 2, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals | It's Officially Fall!

Who's ready for the weekend?!  We are waking up to a gloriously cool day and it makes me feel like celebrating!  Who knew the weather could put you in such a good mood?!  This weekend will be busy because I'm getting ready for the launch of the One Room Challenge that starts on Wednesday, which means I have just 6 weeks to transform a room in our home and I'll be sharing the progress with you weekly every Wednesday.  I might be freaking out a little about the tight deadline! Any guesses on which room we'll be transforming?!?!  I can't wait to see everyone else's rooms too- the are always so good! No pressure, right?! ;)

That means Wardrobe Wednesday will temporarily move and if you missed it this week, definitely check out How to Wear Ankle Booties with lots of outfit inspiration!

I was looking through my Fall wardrobe recently and realized I was lacking thin, solid colored sweaters to dress up with different colored scarves and shoes.  I usually buy these basic pieces every couple years and get tons of use out of them until I wear them completely out.  This year, I bought the Dreamers V-Neck Sweater and the U-neck style, but didn't factor in this growing baby bump, so the XS are too small and need to be exchanged.  They tend to run small anyway, so you probably want to size up.  I love the quality and price (under $20!).


Fall fashion - distressed jeans, solid sweater, statement necklace, plaid scarf, booties
distressed jeans (similar) | Dreamers V-Neck Sweater | plaid scarf (similar) | tassel booties | Rocksbox necklace - get 1st month free with code HONEYWEREHOMEXOXO

Or change up the look with a leopard skinny belt and fierce leopard heels 

Fall fashion - distressed jeans, solid sweater, statement necklace, leopard heels

The navy is cute too with a leopard scarf and leopard heels

Fall fashion - distressed jeans, solid sweater, statement necklace, leopard heels

Fall fashion - basic solid thin v-neck sweater

Fall fashion - basic solid thin u-neck sweater

Fall fashion - striped v-neck sweater, gingham button down, jeans and booties
Gingham shirt (similar- even better with striped cuff!) | tassel booties

I found this Topshop Scallop Frill Tee ($25!) and it's too cute!  It comes in white and pink too, but I found the white a little too sheer.  The scallop detail is what I love about it. 

Fall fashion - all black, Topshop scallop tee
(size reference Small, the XS might have fit if I wasn't pregnant now).

Fall fashion - all black, Topshop scallop tee
Topshop Scallop Frill Tee ($25) | leopard scarf with colored trim | jeans | Rocksbox necklace - get 1st month free with code HONEYWEREHOMEXOXO

Fall fashion - all black, Topshop scallop tee

Fall fashion - all black, Topshop scallop tee

I'm all about the red lip these days and my go-to has been MAC Brave Red.  It's a true red and really pretty on.  I love MAC lipsticks because they last and don't have a funny taste or smell. 

Soon I'll be able to layer something like this BP Horizontal Stripe Poncho on top!  So cozy! 

Fall fashion - need to cozy up with this striped poncho
BP Horizontal Stripe Poncho $38 similar to my plaid poncho ($38) or Bobeau long cardigan ($29.90).

Mad for Plaid

With Fall officially underway, I feel a need to wear plaid more often! I'll take one of each of these tops please! 

Fall fashion - crazy over this plaid button down shirts
1-4 :: BP Plaid Flannel Shirt ($38)
5-6 :: Caslon Plaid Shirt (regular & petite) $58

Fall fashion - plaid button down and jeans

Fall fashion - plaid button down and jeans

Fall fashion - favorite tassel booties!
tassel booties - I've been wearing these all the time!  They are a perfect heel height for day or night and that tassel kills me!  See my Top 5 bootie picks for Fall right now here

These STS deconstructed skinny jeans have gotten five star reviews and are currently stocked in all sizes.  Bonus that they're only $59! I won't be buying any more regular jeans since my pregnant belly is too big, so if you get these, let us know in the comments how you like them!  I'll have to do a 'favorite maternity jean' roundup soon! 

Skinny deconstructed jeans, these got great reviews and under $60!


Y'all have heard me rave about this under $50 Racerback Shift Dress before, but I recently wore it with my Kristin Cavallari peep toe booties (this pretty color on sale), and love the summer-to-fall look so I wanted to share.  I'm still wearing an XS, and it's crazy how well it hides this 17 week baby bump.  Most of the time, this bump is undeniable! :)

This racerback dress can be dressed up or down and love the look for Fall with booties!

This racerback dress can be dressed up or down and love the look for Fall with booties!

With this racerback style dress, this kind of bra hides the straps.  Or if you want a little lace to show, this bralette  is a good option. (Both are currently price-matched). 

This racerback dress can be dressed up or down and love the look for Fall with booties! Racerback Shift Dress (under $50 and 8 colors). 

Sweater Zip Dress - so sexy for Fall with booties!
Zip Sweater Dress $58 How sexy is this?!  Love it with booties and then add tights when it gets cold. 

Hooded knit dress- need this in my life for the weekends!
Hooded Knit Dress $66, $40.80  I think I need this dress in my life for the weekends. 

Halogen Belted Sleeveless Shirtdress
Halogen Belted Sleeveless Shirtdress $118, $70.80 (regular & petite), runs large so order one size down.  The dark denim is super cute too!

Scarf Love

I'm digging this colored trim leopard scarf lately too.  It also comes with red or blue trim. 

leopard trim scarf

Fall Fashion - SCARF LOVE !!!
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

The Initial Necklace is still on sale for just $23.40 (originally $39), but they only have 13 letters left! I need to figure out which ones I need for Christmas gifts before they sell out.  I bet they'd even make a great teacher gift. Luckily, they still had our teachers' initials in stock!  

Initial Necklace - everyone is getting one of these for Christmas and they're on sale for under $25!

:: shop the looks ::

*note: exclusions may apply to the sales 

ANN TAYLOR50% off tops and sweaters.
FREE shipping on $175 or more & $8.95 flat rate shipping.  

BANANA REPULBIC Up to 40% off all sweaters, no code needed.

GAP:  35% off your purchase with code STYLE or cardmembers get 40% off with code GREAT.
Free shipping on all orders over $50, free returns.  

GIGI NY: Receive 10% off with email sign up. 


NORDSTROMFree shipping & free returns.

OLD NAVY:  Thank You event! Cardholder exclusive, 40% off your purchase with you use your card.  Code THANKYOU
Free shipping on orders over $50 + free returns.

SOLE SOCIETY: 40-60% off sale styles

Have a great weekend! 


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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday | How to Wear Ankle Booties

It's right about now that I want to be in ankle booties daily, but being as short as I am, I didn't think I could pull them off.  I'm happy to report I've sound several styles of ankle booties that are flattering on all heights, including us shorties! ;) 

It's true that booties can cut off the visual line of your leg, but if you style your booties in a flattering way, you can wear booties with so many things from jeans to dresses to shorts and pants.  Below I'm sharing five of my favorite pair of ankle booties and how to wear them, so you have lots of outfit options and ideas!

How to wear ankle booties - 5 bootie styles and 15 different outfit ideas

First up, the booties I know and love are (as seen from top to bottom in the picture above):
Vince Camuto Maves Bootie (on sale)
Sole Society Talisha Tassel Bootie (current fave, under $100)
Kristin Cavallari Laurel Peep Toe Bootie (nude color on sale)
Baila Ashton Wedge Ankle Bootie
Mine are old Vince Camuto, this is the new version Vince Camuto Saron Bootie

*On all of these booties, I order a 1/2 size up so I can fit at least a thin sock or a "no show" sock if I need to.

But, in case my booties are sold out or unavailable in your size, I found some similar, reasonably priced options below.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Kid Closet Makeover (The Design Plan & Process)

If you've been following along recently, you know we moved our son from his colorful big boy room into the rarely used guest room.  The room is coming along with the big pieces in place like the bed that was in there before, a new dresser, his red desk and red bookshelf that I brought in from the playroom.  I'm still working on the other details like paint, drapes, art, and I'd like a floor lamp for the narrow space beside his bed.  

Having the opportunity to work with The Container Store last week prompted me to get started on his closet next.  It's perfect timing because The Container Store is currently having their shelving sale, including everything Elfa 25% off + 25% off installation.

The closet James has now is much smaller than the one in his former room with no built-in shelving (except for the shallow shelf separating the hanging space).  And, unfortunately for him, I still had quite a bit of decor stored in there like lamps, mirrors, and frames that needed to be housed elsewhere.  Today I'm sharing what the closet looked like before and the design for what the closet will look like once it gets a makeover!

:: Closet Before :: 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Slow Weekends & Busy Weekday Mornings

Thanks to Chinet® for sponsoring today's post.

Now that school's back in session and weekday mornings are busier than ever, we are definitely cherishing the slower paced weekends.  We're fortunate to have a great neighborhood park nearby that we we can walk to.  It's a perfect 10-15 minute walk and when the weather is cooler, getting outside in the fresh air is such a nice way to begin a Saturday morning.  With a cup of fresh brewed coffee of course!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals

Welcome to the weekend friends!  Our weekend plans include a Saturday morning soccer game, kid birthday party and the in-laws are in town! Busy, busy as these fall days tend to be! What are you up to?  I've made some progress on the design plans for our son's bedroom closet and I'll show you next week!  If you haven't entered to win a $5,000 custom closet of your own, you can do so here.  The winner will be announced on Monday! Hope it's you!! 

weekend steals & deals 

Can we start off with this perfect black and white plaid poncho that's only $38?!  It's soft and lightweight, so it's not too heavy and the fringe detail at the end is super cute.  This will be one of those things I'm wearing throughout this fall and winter as this belly grows!  This plaid poncho and  the Bobeau Long Cardigan (45% off now) for sure. 

I'm 17 weeks pregnant on Monday and I went ahead and bought a few pair of maternity jeans last weekend.  I'll definitely be sharing those with you in a separate post soon.  Maternity pants are just so much more comfortable that even trying them on in the dressing room made me breathe easier!  

The pair I'm wearing in the photo below are GAP black maternity jeggings (on sale $39.99) with just a little elastic inset panel on the side of the waist band.  I don't remember those kind of maternity jeans when I was pregnant 5 years ago.  I like them because they give you extra room, but without the full panel in case you're not quite ready for that. You can see them better in this post where they're not as covered up by the poncho.

Fall Fashion - black and white plaid poncho with black skinny jeans and heels

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Closet Inspiration & Trends (& $5,000 Container Store Closet Giveaway)

Hi friends!  We closing in on the end of a very busy week!  You know I've been in a "clean-up and get organized mode" ever since reading that popular Japanese book over the summer.  So far, I've gotten our linen closet organized, my purses, and the books (such big jobs but so worth it!), and the playroom/soon-to-be media room is in progress as we speak!  Slow progress, but progress nonetheless! 

Now that our son has moved from his colorful big boy bedroom into what was previously the guest room, his closet needs some help.  It's the smallest closet in all of the bedrooms and the only one without a built-in dresser or shelves.  His former closet was a great size and had lots of shelves for extra storage.  The current closet only has 4 hanging areas, not ideal for his current needs.  

When The Container Store reached out regarding the Zillow Digs design expert trend report on the latest buzz in closets these days for function and design, it gave me the nudge I needed to get started on my son's closet.  Today, I'm happy to share with you "what's in" and "what's out" for our closets and give you a peek at my kid closet inspiration! 

Even more exciting is that Zillow Digs and The Container Store are offering a lucky reader a $5,000 closet design with a Container Store design consultant, including installation! How cool is that?! Go HERE to enter!  


1.  Items on Display 

Use transparent containers, hooks, and cute storage boxes to create stylish storage.

If you have room, add additional features such as an ottoman, chair or packing ledge to create a stylish and function part to the room.

Add wallpaper or paint to take your closet to the next level visually.

via Pink Peonies  Seriously, we can all drool together!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday | Cozy Fall Sweaters & Must Have Plaid Scarf

Is it feeling like Fall in your part of the world?  We have cooled off a bit, but that just means we're out of the 100s and into the 80s and 90s.  This time year, everyone in Houston is anxiously awaiting that first cool front, but it's sure taking it's sweet time!  We were sweating our arses off at my son's soccer game last Saturday! 

This week I was asked to check out the Fall collection at ModCloth, a women's clothing site I wasn't very familiar with until now.  Where have I been?!?!  I tend to shop my tried and true places most often, but I get excited about being introduced to new boutiques with great prices.  

I fell in big love with the Fall Night Long Scarf in brown, but it also comes in burgundy and is a steal, under $25.  But, I almost went for the Haute Scarf in red- would be especially darling at the holidays.  I had fun styling the brown scarf up a few different ways, but don't get too close, you'll see the sweat!  Keep scrolling and I'll show you some of my sweater picks from ModCloth too! 

Fall Fashion - one scarf multiple looks and the scarf is only $25!

First up is my go-to scarf look, just folded in half lengthwise and then the ends looped through the neck.  It's loose and casual and looks good with a tank or sweater and especially under a jacket. 

Fall Fashion - plaid scarf, tank top, skinny jeans and booties

Fall Fashion - plaid scarf, tank top, skinny jeans and booties

Fall Fashion - plaid scarf, tank top, skinny jeans, booties and hat

Next up is the scarf draped casually around the shoulders.  You could belt this look too for a more polished look and it's the best bet for keeping warm. 

Fall Fashion - plaid blanket scarf, tank top, skinny jeans and booties

Fall Fashion - plaid blanket scarf, tank top, skinny jeans and booties

With this adorable kissing fox "Smooch Mooch" sweater, I wrapped the scarf loosely around my neck and pulled each end forward at about the same length.  This is where I started sweating! 

Fall Fashion - plaid blanket scarf, sweater, skinny jeans and booties

Another great scarf looks is infinity style.  Just knot the ends and twist into a loop around your neck. I didn't photograph this one, but you get the idea.  With a big scarf like this, it would be a chunky Fall look. 

Fall Fashion - one scarf multiple looks and the scarf is only $25!

But seriously, how cute is this fox sweater?!  I love fun Fall animal sweaters and this one stood out because of the adorable foxes and great hunter green + burnt orange combo.  Perfect for Fall!  One great thing about the ModCloth site is that they have lots of photos of real customers wearing the items so you can see what they look like on non-model shapes, with lots of reviews.  And they offer sizing up to 4X. 

Fall Fashion - kissing fox sweater, skinny jeans and booties
(size reference: Small) 

Fall Fashion - kissing fox sweater, skinny jeans and booties

Another favorite Fall color is all the deep reds, burgundies, and plums, so I had to grab this cardigan. I'm also thinking forward to how comfy this will be in the next few months as my pregnant belly grows.  Cardis + leggings forever! 

Fall Fashion - plum cardigan, skinny jeans and booties
(size reference: Small, but I probably could have gotten away with XS since I'm so short)

Fall Fashion - plum cardigan, skinny jeans and booties

The off-the-shoulder sweater "timeless temptation top in noir" is a showstopper!  You can pull the shoulder lower or higher depending on your mood, but I think it's a great GNO top or date night look, especially with a red lip.   

See that baby bump poking out?! #15weeks!! I actually love that we can still feel pretty in our clothes with a baby on board.  I'm hoping to keep that momentum going throughout this pregnancy. 

Off the shoulder black sweater, maternity style, dressing the bump at 15 weeks pregnant
(size reference: Small, but I wish I ordered Medium, the sleeves were snug and I need room to grow)

Off the shoulder black sweater, perfect date night look or girls' night out!

And honorable mention goes to this sweater I must have for Halloween season!  Houston, please be cooler by then! 

I need this Halloween sweater in my life!

ModCloth offers FREE shipping on orders over $75 and FREE exchanges with easy returns.  So happy to have learned of this new site! Have you shopped ModCloth before?  If so, how was your experience?

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