Friday, May 29, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Brights

Happy last day of school for us!!   We'll be doing a celebration with my son's class today and then a playdate with our friends.  It's a sentimental time of year, and it feels like it flew by in some respects and took forever in others.  We've been super busy over here lately, and haven't even had time to catch our breath to think about summer plans, except for the swimming lessons I just enrolled James in.  I'm hoping for some down time this weekend to regroup.  

We'll continue with some family time tonight, celebrating both of my younger brothers' birthdays (they were born 6 years and one day apart!).  Our family has always been close, but with everything we've been through this year, we've pulled even closer.  I'm so thankful for these guys!  I hope y'all have a great weekend! 

WEEKEND STEALS & DEALS 

For this week's Weekend Steals & Deals, Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale is going on until the 31st, so you still have time to take advantage of the good deals. You can see my original picks here and my   HWH Everyday Favorites post here.  

TOPS

After all our bad weather and somber moods lately, I wanted to shake it up and start this post off with a cheerful piece!  I'm seriously in love with this rainbow cardigan and might have had a little too much fun photographing it!  But fashion is supposed to be fun and we can't take ourselves too seriously, right?! 

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion | Rainbow Cardigan

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion | Rainbow Cardigan

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion | Rainbow Cardigan
HWH Everyday Fave white jeans | wedges (similar) | sunglasses | rainbow cardigan

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion | Halogen Knit Tee
HWH Everyday Fave Halogen Slub Knit Tee $25, $14.98 (regular & petite) (other colors too)
My favorite soft, casual but still stylish tee is on sale!  I order a size down in these and they go on/off sale, so I try to snag them now. 

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits
Halogen Slub Knit Tee | Target shorts (old) | sandals | hat | horn pendant necklacebracelets ($14 each)

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits
Shirred Side Tank $29, $16.90 (regular & petite)
At this price, you'll want one in every color!

I got the navy and white stripe to start, and styled it two ways below:

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits
Shirred Side Tank | Stitch Fix Skirt (similar) | necklace | bangles & wrap braceletsandals 
HWH Everyday Fave Jean Jacket

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits
Shirred Side Tank | HWH Everyday Fave white jeans | bangles | watch (similar) the colored band Michele Watches are marked down 40% - to $176.98 | necklace 
HWH Everyday Fave sandals ($79) on sale 

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits
Stem Flowy V-Neck Tee $40, $23.98 (unfortunately, the other colors aren't on sale)

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits - military pants + tank

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits - military pants + tank
Stem Flowy V-Neck Tee | military pants ($68, $40.80) (loooooove these! They material is sturdy and soft and they fit like a glove!) (also in white) | heels 

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits - military pants + tank

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits - Michael Kors Snakeskin Heels

As much as I'm all about the Steals and Deals, I'll throw in a splurge every once in awhile for something special, like these killer heels or a great bag.  Below are some hot MK shoes on sale right now:



Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits
topbracelets ($14 each) | HWH Everyday Fave Initial Necklace | jean shorts (similar) | sandals 

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits
Vince Camuto Sleeveless V-Neck Blouse $69, $34.49 (regular & petite)(also red & blue)

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits
Print Peasant Top $34 (also black/red) | HWH Everyday Fave white jeans

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits
Stone Stretch Bracelets (Set of 3) (other colors)

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits
If you buy this, you'll probably never want to take it off.  

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits
Stem Long Sleeve Raglan Tee $68, $40.80 (also orange or stripe)
or this!



DRESSES | ROMPERS

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits - Dress

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits - Dress
Caslon Halter Maxi $68, $39.90 (regular & petite) & also with a tie belt 


Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits - Dress

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits - Dress

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits - Romper
ASTR Romper $58 (also in blue)




ACCESSORIES 

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits -  Beaded Necklace


I'm crazy for this necklace!  I have the aqua (which I actually bought so many years ago at Nordstrom, but they're not currently carrying it.  I'm so glad I saw it at Bauble Bar! I'm really wanting the red one!) 

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits -  Beaded Necklace
dress ($48) | bracelets 

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits -  Beaded Necklace

These accessories at great prices caught my eye too!



Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Fashion Outfits -  Colorful striped straw tote

The beach is calling and it wants you to bring this tote! 

Weekend Steals & Deals |  Vegan Reversible Tote

Weekend Steals & Deals |  Vegan Reversible Tote
HWH Everyday Fave Vegan Leather Reversible Tote 
I have the aqua/tan, but I love this coral/tan combo! 

Goes great with this scarf! $39.50, $34.99

Weekend Steals & Deals |  Dip Dye Scarf


ONE MORE THING! 

Weekend Steals & Deals | Michael Kors Espadrille Wedges
Just ordered these!  Can't wait for them to arrive!! 




ACCESSORY CONCEIRGE:  Lots of sale jewelry here.

ANN TAYLOR 40% off full-priced TOPS. 
FREE shipping on $175 or more & $8.95 flat rate shipping.  

BAUBLE BAR:  Styles starting at just $10.  See all sale items here

GAP:  Up to 40% off DRESSES & 30% off your online purchase (excluding dresses), use code HAPPY.
Free shipping on orders over $50, free returns.  

J. CREW:  Extra 30% off sale styles.  Use code SALINE'S
$5 flat-rate shipping & FREE shipping on orders of $150.  

JOE FRESH:  Great deals in their Sun Shop & get 20% off when you sign up for their newsletter.

LOFT: 40% off Tops and Sweaters (Lou & Grey exclusions apply) U.S. only.  

NORDSTROM:  Half-Yearly Sale up to 40% off on Women's, Men's, Kid's styles, Shoes, as well as Handbags, Jewelry, Watches and Home
Always FREE shipping & FREE returns.  

OLD NAVY: 30% off without card, 35% off with card, use Code ENJOY. 
Free shipping on orders over $50 + free returns.

REVOLVE CLOTHING:  Cute summer SALE items here
Free shipping and Free returns.

SOLE SOCIETY:  Invite friends and earn $25.  Fast and free shipping.  

ZAPPOS:  Order before 1PM PST for FREE next business day shipping on all Clothing. 


Have a great weekend! 

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Honey We're Home Loves Bloggers | Bathrooms

I think we're finally starting to dry out over here!  All those days of tragic weather and storms had our city reeling for awhile, but we're getting back to normal now.  And tomorrow is the last day of school!  My son came home with the big workbook he's been practicing his handwriting in all year and declared triumphantly, "I've worked so hard Mom, I'm ready for kindergarten!"  Man, what a cutie!  

I'm having so much fun with this HWH Loves Bloggers series (#HWHlovesbloggers) and I plan to continue it for a while longer!  There's so much decor inspiration to share and I hope you are finding new bloggers and instagrammers to follow.  This week, I made sure to link to each person's blog and instagram account if they have one so you can follow them in both places easier.  

So far, we've gotten to peek inside our friends' gorgeous BEDROOMS, LIVING ROOMS, and KITCHENS.  If you missed any of them, you'll definitely want to check them out.  Thank you so much for tagging #HWHlovesbloggers.

Today, I'm sharing your BATHROOMS and I've gotten some new ideas for our own downstairs guest bathroom.  It's nothing special now, but I've been wanting to wallpaper it for the longest time, I just need to choose a paper and make some time!  Even though my world is filled with bikini prep right now, I still have home decor on the brain.  Never enough hours in the day, right?!  It's just a matter of choosing what to focus on since we can't do it all.  

Next week, I'm looking for your KID ROOMS, including NURSERIES and I know y'all have some good ones to share.  Just tag your Instagram pic #HWHlovesbloggers and I'll be featuring them next week here and on my Instagram.  

#HWHlovesbloggers | BATHROOMS 

Gorgeous Real Life Bathrooms | Honey We're Home

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Bikini Prep | Chest & Arms Workout

We are officially into the home stretch of the school year and our Summer Break starts at noon on Friday!  But, it hasn't felt very summery here lately.  We've been having terrible thunderstorms and one so serious on Monday night that it caused flooding throughout our city and schools had to close.    It was one of those late night storms that had me awake all night because it was so scary and loud.  I don't know how James slept through it!  Thankfully, we are safe here and just took advantage of the extra day off, but many have been affected and we are thinking of them, praying they stay safe and dry.  If you've ever experienced water damage or power outage (I'm remembering Topical Storm Allison that flooded my car and Hurricane Ike where we had no power for 11 days!), you know it's no fun.  

Dealing with all that yesterday had me behind in getting you a weight-training workout, but I didn't forget about ya, so here goes!  This is a chest and arms workout my trainer sent me to do on my own when he was out of town and couldn't train me in person.  This is typical of the type of workouts we do (4 sets of 4 exercises, 15 reps), and I actually did it again yesterday since we couldn't train together (his gym had lost power and he was flooded in).  I'm only 7 weeks out now from my bikini contest, so I can't miss a workout.

CHEST & ARMS WORKOUT

As shown below, we do four exercises without stopping, then catch my breath if I need to and do another set.  Each set of four exercises is repeated four times, then we move onto the next set.  The whole thing takes about an hour to do and I don't really rest much, just stop to catch my breath if I need to.  As far as what weight to lift on the weight-bearing exercises, you lift a weight you can get 15 reps, but the last two should be challenging.  I hold about a 10 pound weight in each hand for most of these. 

Bikini Prep - Chest and Arm Workout

In case you aren't familiar with the exercises by name, I found some images to help.  

Monday, May 25, 2015

Bikini Contest Prep | 8 Weeks Out Recap

Happy Memorial Day Monday friends!  We're doing a whole lot of nothing this weekend and it's nice!  We got caught up on household chores and grocery shopping and always meal prep since I'm on this bikini competition prep for the next 7 weeks.  It's been a rough start, but in the last two weeks I feel like my hard work is starting to pay off.  The contest is July 11, so far, but so close when I think of the changes I still need to make!

8 WEEKS OUT

Here's my 8 Weeks Out picture, snapped on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

NPC Bikini Contest Prep - 8 Weeks Out
sports bra (similar| shorts (similar

Friday, May 22, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals | Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale & Summer Outfits

Welcome to a happy Friday!  The Friday staring into the face of a long, 3-day weekend! We don't have any big plans (and the weather is forecasting lots of rain here), but we will just relax and be together and appreciate the heart of Memorial Day weekend.  My Dad and Grandpa both served in the military and we're so proud of their service, as well as the service of so many others.

On Monday, I'll be back recapping Week 8 of my Fitness Challenge if you want to check in.  Thank you so very much for your support so far and for your sweet comments on my Swag Bag Giveaway post.  As an entry in the giveaway, you have the option to leave a comment letting me know what type of content you like to see here on my blog.  I so appreciate your feedback, especially now that I'm adding the health/fitness comment here.  So far, there's been a pretty good mix of people that enjoy the variety of home decor, organization, fitness and fashion posts.

Of course, us fashion lovers are in luck over this weekend too, because retailers love to celebrate a holiday with big sales!  Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale, (including up to 40% off on Women's, Men's, Kid's styles, Shoes, as well as Handbags, Jewelry, Watches and Home) goes until Wednesday and I added the other stores' sales at the bottom of this post too.  So many retailers offering 40% off!  Great deals to be had.

If you missed it, be sure to check out my fashion go-to favorites (many on sale now!) in my HWH Everyday Favorites post this week.  It's a good one full of everything I wear frequently.  It took me a long time to compile, but it's worth it!  

tops 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

HWH Loves Bloggers | KITCHENS

Welcome back to my series HWH Loves Bloggers!  Each week, we get to peek inside bloggers and instagrammers' gorgeous real life homes when they tag their photo on Instagram with #HWHlovesbloggers.  You can check out the series opener 5 Tips to a Perfectly Curated Home and see last week's gorgeous BEDROOMS here and the beautiful LIVING ROOMS here.

This week y'all were kind enough to share your KITCHENS with us and I'm always blown away by getting to peek inside another family's home.  This makes the voyeur in me very happy!

The kitchen is surely the heart of many homes and if it's anything like ours, doesn't stay clean for long!  In fact, mine needs a good cleaning right now!  But when the dishes are done and the piles that naturally accumulate on the counters are cleared, our kitchens breathe a sigh of relief and their true beauty shines.  You can see our kitchen all cleaned up here.

Next week, I'll be looking for your BATHROOM spaces.  Just tag your bathroom Instagram picture  (it doesn't have to be the whole room and you don't have to have a blog to be featured!) #HWHlovesbloggers for a chance to be featured on my blog and on my Instagram. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your spaces!

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | The House of Silver Lining
Shauna's blog is coming soon- yay!! If the rest of her house is anything like the kitchen, I'm sure I'll be in love!

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | This Is Happiness
Becky's light and bright kitchen sure is cheerful, especially with that yellow rug!

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | AM Dolce Vita
Wood + white is a beautiful combo in Michelle's kitchen. 

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | Christina's Adventures
I love these thick, wooden open shelves - and how Christina styled them.  The "Fresh Produce" sign is so cool too.  It's amazing how different white subway tile can look with different colored grout.  

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | The Sweet Honey Do List
Creating this series has brought me several new blogs to read, The Sweet Honey Do List is among them!

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | Nesting with Grace
This kitchen is so cute and full of charm, I couldn't wait to share!  And it was a total remodel- you have to check out her blog to see the before and the details on the whole process!

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | @carpendaughter
I wasn't surprised to read that Whitney's kitchen was going to be featured in a magazine!  It's cover material!

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | The Chronicles of Home
Jennifer!  You are killing us with this glimpse of your room!  But the light fixture is that good!

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | @daysieann
The big wooden island is so warm and inviting!  I love how the counter stools sit right there- I bet it makes for great lounging and hanging out in the kitchen. 

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | Dean Designs
I love everything about this kitchen!  The nice table and chairs are the icing on the cake!

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | @lucyinspired
How cool is this backspashe and range hood here?!  It makes such a bold statement!

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | Whimsy Girl Designs
I'm smitten over the clean, rustic charm in this kitchen!  

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | @ac_grayscale
White upper cabinets and grey lowers are perfectly on trend in this kitchen!  It looks great!

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | Brittany Makes
Oh Brittany, the glimpse of your kitchen off this dining room is too good not to share!  Love your cabinet color!

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | Little Dekonings
The whole world doesn't have or necessarily want a white kitchen these days!  How pretty is this one with the brick backsplash and that adorable galvanized "market" sign?!

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | Jeanne Campana Design
Jeanne's kitchen is so pretty!  I like how the dishwasher is disguised to look like another cabinet!

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | The House of Figs
What a cozy spot in this kitchen!  I think I need a plant like that!

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | @kaylawtaylor
Oh what a cool shot this is! Brass is back baby!

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | Sunny Side Up
Of course, I'm obsessed with Erin's entire house, but her kitchen is truly special!  This is only a portion of the space- she actually has two islands in here!  

20 Gorgeous Real Life Kitchens | Dimples and Tangles
Jennifer's painted kitchen island and unique light fixtures make her kitchen stand out!  Love that chalkboard calendar too!

How sweet is Nicki's kitchen with those lemon branches hanging at the top of that bright window?!?! I've never seen that before!


Thank you again for linking up!  

I can't wait to see everyone's BATHROOM spaces this week!
#HWHlovesBloggers 

P.S.  You still have time to enter the giant $1800 value Swag Bag GIVEAWAY!  Good luck!  

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