Friday, March 6, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals | Spring Dreaming

Happy Friday to you!  I am knee deep in closet clean-out and organization as I near the end of my Top 10 Organization Challenge.  After the closet, I only have the power cords/tech gadgets to organize and we're done! Yay!  I'll be so excited to get back into more regular decor/design posting.   I resolved not to do more decorating in our home until the organizing jobs were done, and I've already got bedroom ideas floating around and plan to put those into action soon.  

Since so much of our country is blanketed in snow and freezing their tails off, I thought we could benefit from looking forward to some Spring fashion today.  And we do "Spring forward" this weekend.  I hate losing that hour of sleep, but that extra hour of daylight is nice.  

weekend steals & deals 

This solid-colored maxi dress is popping back up and it's already on sale 25% off.  This type of dress is a Spring staple and I love wearing a maxi with a demin jacket if it's cool out or evening. 

Lush Knit Maxi Dress $52, $3890 (black & coral, blue) (regular & junior sizing)

The shift dress is so easy to wear, and you don't have to be body conscious wearing it because of it's loose shape.  The pink, orange and aqua colors are fun too.  Wear it casual with nude leather sandals and a long pendant necklace or dress it up with bright heels and a statement necklace.

How sweet is this dress?! 

Halogen Rib Cap Sleeve Sheath Dress (regular & petite) $98, $58.80 (also in green)
And the sheath dress was always a workplace staple in my wardrobe.  

Stripe Satin Dress $148, $88.80 

Adore these floral shorts!

Jumpsuits are a fun alternative to wearing a dress for a night out.

Caslon V-Back Sweater (regular & petite) $59, $35.40 (also in green)

I was raving about these U-Neck tank tops recently, and then I came across a similar tank by Lucky Brand 40% off.  
Lucky Brand U-Neck Tank $29.50, $17.70

Caslon Long Sleeve Blouse (pink) (regular & petite) $58, $34.80 (blue circle print, navy print, white)
I'm so happy to see these women's blouses on sale.  They are great alone or for layering under sweaters or jackets.  Scoop them up while they last!

You can expect to see lots of jackets and coats going on sale now.  I'm crazy for this one!

My Reversible Vegan Leather Tote ($48) is available again in the cognac/aqua colorway, but backordered to ship on April 3.

jeans $88, $58.90 | top (similar) | shoes (similar) | scarf | necklace

Target has a cute reversible tote in navy/light blue.

How cute are these beach bag totes?!

My sis-n-law gave me a Michael Kors Fulton Crossbody bag for my birthday last year and I love it so much.  The cool part is that it's part purse/part wallet all in one.  I found it super convenient and use it all the time.  Especially in the summer when I don't want to be weighed down by a big bag.  There's a pocket on the back too that I put my phone in.  The blue and red are currently 33% off.  

One of my girlfriend's doesn't know it yet, but she's getting one of these for her upcoming birthday! ;) 

ANN TAYLOR 30% off full price dresses, skirts and shoes with code PRETTY. 
FREE shipping on $175 or more & $8.95 flat rate shipping.  

GAP:  30% off regular price styles, use code BLOOM.  Cardmembers get 40% off regular price styles, use code SPRING.  
Free shipping on orders over $50, free returns.  

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday - Running Exercise Clothes + Good Jog Bra

Happy Wednesday y'all!  Today is a super special day because my son turns 5 today!  Wasn't he just 2?!?!  Is it just me or does 5 suddenly feel very big-boy?  I'm a sappy mess, but flooded with love and pride for how special and wonderful our son is.  When I asked him if he wanted to stay 4 so he could always be my little baby, he said no, he wants to turn 5, but "I'll always be your little baby even when I get big."  Oh, yes, my son, truer words were never spoken!  And I plan to stay healthy and fit so I can keep up with this boy for many, many years to come.  

Today, I teamed up with one of my favorite retailers, Nordstrom, to share some of my favorite women's running clothes.  Y'all know I love to workout, and I have discovered that good workout clothes make exercising that much better!  We're fortunate to have an awesome running trail not too far from our house that I visit often for a 3-mile jog.  I'll choose getting outside and running in the fresh air over being inside on the treadmill any day.  If I'm feeling particularly ambitious, I'll go twice around the loop, which makes 6 miles, but that isn't too often because I run slow! 

The first crucial piece of workout wear for running is a good, supportive sports bra.  If you've ever run without one, you know why!  This Zella Heartbeat bra is perfectly supportive and great for running.  I was surprised that it has a removable pad in the bust like a bikini top, but you can remove it or keep it if you want a fuller look.  The medium fit me perfectly. 

This bra went on sale for 40% off since I purchased it, so I requested and received a price adjustment from Nordstrom.  I love that they do that! 

Another prefect sports bra for running is the New Balance Shockingly Unshocking.  It's fit by bra sizing to make sure you get the right fit for your body and is so comfortable, even the straps.  I've run in this type of bra for years and it's great. 

I've linked below the sports bras with the highest customer ratings so you can check out the one that's best for you.  Running in a good bra will change your life- I promise! 

My everyday workout sports bra is by Under Armour.  They come in solid colors too.  I can jog in these, but I'll usually double up this one if I'm going to be running. 

And let's talk about these Nike Legend capris.  I've searched high and low to find a perfect pair and this might just be it.  I ordered them hoping the 200+ positive reviews were correct, and they were. I love the weight of the fabric and that the waist doesn't pinch and create "muffin top" and how they keep you all snug inside.  I'm wearing size XS, but with Nike I sometimes size up.  I also love the stitching on the rear-  I think it helps make the booty look more lifted. My trainer was just remarking yesterday that, in the past, women didn't want a round butt.  Now, everyone tells him they want that J-Lo rear. And if you've got it or some 'extra' back there, I hope you're embracing it! 

If you like a long pant, try the Nike Legend Leggings or Zella Perfect Run Tights- I've heard good things about them.

If it's chilly where you are, a good sports jacket is a must.  They breathe so you will be more comfortable during your run.  

Zella jacket similar here & here 

I prefer short shorts since I'm a shorty, and I love these Nike Pro Dri-FIT for running and biking.  The secret pop of yellow is so cute. Go for the Nike Pro Swift Dri-Fit if you want more leg coverage.  

Unless it's the dead of summer and I'm sweating my butt off, I always wear a tank over my sports bra.  I have several of these Nike Pro Dri-Fit tanks, and they are so comfortable and they wick the sweat away from your skin.  This tank went on sale recently too. 

And don't forget your feet.  I'm a big fan of Zella socks.  Even though I have other brands, I'm always reaching for these.

I'm wearing my Nike sneakers in the photos, but my favorite running shoe is ASICS.  Over the years, I've found they fit my foot the best (my foot is wide) and they last a long time.  The cushioning and arch support is just right too.

One more thing to definitely add to your running wardrobe is the Zella Z5 tee.  You will love the style, fit and rushing on this top. I'm wearing XS.


I have a hard time running without music.  Whenever I find myself with a dead iPod battery, I cringe inside.  Something about upbeat music just makes gives me energy and gets me going.  It's so much easier to run "just till the end of this song" or "two more songs".  Is that true for you too? 

I put together some of the songs on my iPod, a mix of hip hop, Christian pop, and rock.  My current favorite songs that I listen to over and over are: Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars), Mirrors (Justin Timberlake), Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj), All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor), Turn Down for What (DJ Snake & Lil Jon), and Counting Stars (OneRepublic).

See more of my favorite workout wear & workout clothes that will take you beyond the gym.

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Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring today's post and letting me share my love of good running clothes! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Bedroom Rug Over Carpet

I was browsing rug sources last night, looking for a rug to layer over the carpet in the master bedroom and came across some contenders on Lulu & Georgia and Joss & Main, but I still want to check out Homegoods and some other online retailers like RugsUSA, Target and Overstock before I pull the trigger.  I'll continue pinning my faves onto my "rug" Pinterest board if you want to check them out.  I still need to measure to see exactly the size we need, but our bed is a little over 7 feet wide, so I'm looking at  rugs at least 7'6 x 10'6.  I like to see lots of rug beyond the actual bed. 

Below is a cool graphic illustrating how different rug sizes will look with a king bed.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals

Good morning!  It's good to be checking in with you and getting a respite from heavy responsibilities lately.  I cleared my calendar this week so I could focus on family and spent the majority of my time getting things set-up and organized out at my mom's house.  I'm super excited to be bringing my favorite friend and cleaning lady over there on Saturday morning so we can do a really deep clean together.  I'm actually able to make it to the gym today for a much-needed workout and I'm always amazed what an hour of exercise can do for my mind and body.  AND, if you've been following me on Instagram, you know I've gotten really excited to start Bible journaling.  My new journaling Bible was supposed to arrived yesterday, but hopefully, it makes it today!  Have y'all heard of this?  What do you think? 

weekend steals & deals 

I shared one of my very favorite new, cool (affordable) tees lately and wanted to show you how it looks on someone other than the model. 

Halogen Relaxed Slub Knit Tee (regular & petite) 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Thank you so much for the birthday wishes on Friday!  It means so much to share these milestones with you since many of you have been with me since the beginning of my blog five years ago!  When it comes to friends, I really hit the jackpot.  I'm beyond blessed with such a great group of friends who know me, love me and support me.  At my 40th birthday party dinner, not only did they show up to surprise me and shower me with love, they brought gifts!  I wanted to share a few with you . . . 

Love you Muriel!
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