Friday, February 24, 2017

Weekend Steals & Fun New Finds

"What season are we in?" James asked me last night.  I had to double check when Spring officially starts because, based on yesterday's weather, you'd think we were in Spring already!  So, March 20 is the official start, but if you're like me, you're ready to say bye, bye to Winter and hello Spring! #amIright?

I'm getting back to basics with a fun Weekend Steals post, full of what I found to be the best of the best from Nordstrom's Winter Sale, which ends on Sunday.  I actually wasn't going ga-ga for this sale, but there were a few hidden gems in there, so I pulled those out to share with you.  And I came across a couple of ga-ga worthy 'just in' things that I couldn't wait to show you!  

Cold Shoulder Top $69, $41 (XS)
I just bought this top to wear to my soon to be sister-in-law's bachelorette party this weekend and it is darling on!  I don't have a pic of me in it yet, but trust me, it's soooo cute with eyelet lace ruffles at the hem and cuffs.  I'm planning to wear it with skinny jeans (similar) and heels.  And you know I'll be wearing this strapless bra with it! ;) 

Gah!  I did get super excited about this darling ruffle trim cardi!!!!  Isn't it so sweet?! The feminine ruffle puts it over the edge for me!  Wear it casual with jeans or to work with slacks or a skirt or even over a dress.  It also comes in Navy. #yesplease! I'm ordering XXS because this brand tends to run big on me.  It says backordered, but I find things normally ship much faster than originally stated.

Gingham Top $79, $47 XS
This top is crinkled gingham fabric with sweet 3/4 length sleeves. I've found this to be a quality brand and their shirts last forever.  I like this with dark wash jeans and wedges or even white jeans and sneakers. It also comes in "honeydew" which looks lemon/lime on my screen.  It comes in regular or petite.

Sweater (4 colors) $98, $64 (XS) Similar Sunglasses $12 Similar Earrings
I adore this marbled cable knit sweater so much!  The pink I'm wearing sold out, but it still comes in 4 other equally as gorgeous colors.  It's cozy and slouchy, but fits right at your waist.  I'd love to pair it with jean shorts this Spring on a windy day!

If you don't have one of these pillowy soft cardis, now's the time to grab one while they're 30% off and still available in most colors and sizes. The black and white stripe one is cool, but they also have so much fun light colors for Spring.  They're great for out and about and even cozying up in at home. 

While not on sale, this gorgeous cardi is under $50 and one of my favorites!  The new color is slightly lighter grey than what I'm wearing and I know y'all were bummed when it sold out, so I wanted to alert you to this new one that just came out.  I sized down to XXS in this one.

Pink Dupe Aviators | Rayban Aviators (blue)

I finally found a good quality pair of sunglasses in aviator style that didn't feel like plastic cheapies.  I love my blue ones so much that I wanted a second pair in another color, so I choose the gold/pink lens, but the pink also looks yellow/gold when you look from certain angles.  The shape is the same as the aviators, but they are slightly larger.  All in all a really good buy at less than half the price of Raybans.

Statement Necklace $62, $37
How pretty is this crystal statement necklace?!  I often reach for mine that's similar to this to dress up an outfit. It's the perfect amount of bling bling!

V-Neck Sweater XS 40% off | Similar Earrings Sunglasses |  Michael Kors Tote

Striped Dress XS | Blazer | Leopard Clutch, a dupe for this one | Ring | Black Heels

Pendant Necklace $20, $11.98
I have this necklace, but an older version with oval shape and it's a great, inexpensive way to add interest to your outfit.  If you don't want to splurge on the Kendra Scott Rayne Pendant necklace, get this one.  The stone isn't as big and it's not double-sided, but for $12, you can't beat it! 

Faux Leather Reversible Tote $48, $31
Y'all have seen me carry this tote for years.  I have it in two other color combos and it's just such a great all-around bag.  Mine have held up for years with lots of use and it's surprisingly not that heavy for the quality.  I love the fresh grey/ivory color combo on this one.  It'll go with everything and look great this Spring and into Summer.

I mentioned in the Living Room Refresh post that these peep-toe booties are finally on sale, but it's worth repeating because they're that good!  I love them so much I bought them in both the black and brown.  Size down though because they run big.

Bootie $149, $89
How cute is this bootie with the front v-cut and the triangle perforation detail on the sides?!  They've gotten great reviews for fit, comfort and versatility.  Most ladies said they fit TTS, but if you have a wide foot, you may want to size up a 1/2 size.  Also, the grey is more charcoal than warm grey.

Another re-mention is my very favorite high-heel pump is on sale- and you just saw in the Dressed-Up Ripped Jeans post from above.  I have them in several colors- the black and tan are no-brainers, but I also love the perforated pink!  They are so comfy, and feminine and classic pointy toe pump.  Your legs will look killer in these! 

Wedges (also in grey)
And I just got these new babies in, but I need to size down a half size, so unfortunately, back they go! #daaaang!!!! They were comfortable and easy to walk in, just a little loose.  The color is pretty pretty in person

Finally, I keep checking to see if maybe, hopefully, please, please, please, these platform sandals are restocked in my size, but still no luck! 😭 

ANN TAYLOR | 40% off Full-Price Sweaters, code SWEATERS; Extra 40% off Sale Styles
BANANA REPUBLIC | Up to 40% off all Pants & Extra 40% off Sale Styles
GAP |   40% off til noon; 35% off noon - midnight, code HURRY
LOFT | 30% Full Price Tops & Sweaters; Extra 50% off All Sale Styles ! 
NORDSTROM | Winter Sale, up to 40% off witFREE shipping & FREE returns 
OLD NAVY | All Jeans on sale up to 50% off

Have a great weekend! 😘


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ripped Jeans | Dressed Down

Hi friends!  Are you making it through this week?  I piled too much onto my plate and now I'm struggling to keep up, but hopefully will get a chance to recharge and regroup over the weekend.  It can't get here fast enough!

Today, I'm back with this new "Dressed Up & Dressed Down" series I kicked off with a super cute pair of light-wash distressed denim.   These jeans have been on repeat since I got them, they're so comfortable, and like the title of this series suggests, easy to dress up or down.  You saw the Dressed Up outfit yesterday, and today I'm showing you the Dressed Down look.

Ripped Jeans 24 | Top XXS | Sneakers TTS Bag | Necklace

By simply switching out the pink heels for sneakers, the off-shoulder blouse for a cold-shoulder lightweight sweatshirt, and the pink tassel earrings for studs, you have yourself a perfectly comfortable and casual outfit for running around in while still looking cute!

I sized down one in these jeans from a 25 to 24 and they fit great.  I also got the length altered, but I love a casual rolled hem to show a bit of ankle with this look. Just twist the jeans a little as you roll them so that your roll isn't perfectly straight and smooth.  That lends to the casual chic vibe.

As much as I love my heels, they obviously aren't practical for running errands if you can avoid it, espeically if you've got kids or baby in tow.  I've been reaching for my sneakers more and more for sheer comfort and because they are so stylish these days. 

You can find cute athletic shoes in every color, but this grey pair drew me in for its neutral versatility. They are really comfortable and will go with everything!  I wasn't sure about them when I first put them on because they have a ribbed sole inside, but after I got them all the way on, I found them to be pillowy soft and I love running around in them!  The fit is TTS.

With this grey outfit, I switched out the pink dupe aviators (detailed review here) for my real-deal blue ones.  They compliment the blue bag and add a nice shade of blue to the outfit. 

You can still have fun accessorizing your dressed-down looks and this delicate long necklace is a perfect accent to the cold shoulder top.  The top fits TTS and I'm wearing XXS for a slimmer fit, but size up for a looser fit.  I love it because it's nice and lightweight, so I'll get a lot of mileage out of it with our crazy Houston weather.  It also comes in a pretty blue color.

I hope you've enjoyed this new Dressed Up & Dressed Down series as much as I have!  

Do you have a preferred look? 

 I'd love to hear what item you have in your closet that you want to see dressed up and down.  Shoot me an email ( or leave me a comment and I'll check it out! 

See you tomorrow with some awesome Weekend Steals & Deals!


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ripped Jeans | Dressed Up

Thank you for the birthday wishes! Another year older, a little wiser and a lot more tired! Ha!  That's why they say have your kids young!  My kiddos keep me on my toes that's for sure and man, they have so much energy!  If we could bottle that, we'd be golden!  

I have something super cheerful for you today, a bright and sunny outfit to help usher in Spring and welcome a pop of pink into your life!  💗 Particularly appropriate on this Wednesday! In addition to the In the Dressing Room, Outfits Lately, and Wear to Work style series, I'm starting a Dressed Up/Dressed Down series where I show you how to make one piece in your wardrobe work for both night and day or casual outings vs. get togethers where you want to be more dressed up.  

Most of my wardrobe needs to do double duty since I'm often running around with baby, but have other things on the agenda like lunch/dinner dates, PTO, meetings, and networking.  When I'm out with Jordan, you'll most likely find me in flats or sneakers, but I love a chance to get dressed up and wear heels too.   

The item I'm featuring today is a new acid washed pair of distressed jeans that can easily go the dressed up or dressed down route.  I'm usually a size 25 in this brand, so I'm not sure if I've lost weight or if this pair runs small, but I sized down to 24 in these and got the length hemmed.

Monday, February 20, 2017

This & That | Living Room Refresh

Hi friends! 🙋 How was your weekend?  We're actually on Day 4 of a long weekend here, so James is home from school and we are supposed to be getting torrential rain, so it'll just be a quiet day inside for us.  That's fine with me since over the weekend we had a birthday bash for Jordan, celebrating that special ONE YEAR milestone!  Isn't that such a big one?!  It's like, "Hallelujah, we survived!!  Our baby is happy and healthy and we didn't kill her or each other! Praise the Lord!"  

Lots of you popped over to my IG to wish Jordan a happy birthday and we couldn't appreciate you more!  You've been with us since she was born, so it feels wonderful to share this day with y'all!

Chalk Art via my friend Kristara | Similar Chalkboard 

Friday, February 17, 2017

In the Dressing Room

This has been one helluva week I tell ya!  It's always stressful the countdown to a party you've been planning for weeks, but to top it all off, I've had the worst allergies/cold! I went to bed early every night hoping the sleep would do me good, but I keep waking up feeling so bad! I started using the neti pot a few days ago and I think it's helping! 

So, onto happier things, like today's In the Dressing Room post with lots of fun things for Spring, including some super cute dresses and jumpsuits (40% off), my new favorite Spring booties (size down), and several adorable tops! Not to mention a great pair of sweet shorts pajamas! Oh, and I tried on two new pair of jean shorts - detailed review at the bottom of the post!

If you're trying to compare sizes, I'm ultra petite at 5'1, about 106 pounds with athletic build (i.e. bigger shoulders and thighs) and busty up top;) Quite a challenging fit sometimes, but I know there are lots of you fellow shorties out there too and I always appreciate you letting me know how my fit info helps you! I always put size info in purple italics for reference. 

I loved this top so much you'll see it next week all styled up in a new "Dressed Up/Dressed Down" series I'm starting.  The tie sleeves are too cute and you can wear this comfortable strapless bra with it.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Starting Solids (Quick & Easy Homemade Baby Food Recipes)

Every time I start to share a baby update with you, I'm amazed at how quickly it goes!  Yes, time went by quickly with our son too, but it feels like everything with Jordan is happening even faster! She became mobile very quickly and started walking at 9 months! 

Now that her 1st birthday is coming up this weekend, I plan to do a one-year baby recap soon, but today, I'm excited to finally share a post many of you have been asking me about for a long time- how we started Jordan on solid foods and how to make them at home.  I've been meaning to put this post together for a long time, so thankfully I took pictures of purees and how to make them at the time, because we're already beyond that now and onto finger foods! I told you it's going quick!  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

How to Wear Your Striped Sheath Dress 5 Ways

Did y'all have a good Valentine's Day yesterday? I have to brag on my hubby for surprising Jordan with something special for her very first Valentine's Day.  He bought her a "J" initial necklace from James Avery and I had nothing to do with it! #babysfirstjewelry ;) And he got her a sweet card too!  I remember my Dad always getting my mom and me a heart-shaped box of candy each year and it's still a special memory for us both.  

For today, I found the most adorable navy and white striped sheath dress that's a real workhorse in your wardrobe because you can dress is up or down and wear it for so many occasions.  Below I'll show you how to wear it for work, date night, lunch/dinner or weekend.  

FIT:  This dress fits TTS, I'm 5'1, 106 pounds and am wearing XS.  It hits me just below the knee, so if you're taller, it would be shorter of course. 


You may remember in my How to Style Leopard Heels for Date Night & Work post, I showed you a sneak peek of this dress, with a leopard heel to spice it up.  You absolutely can mix stripes with other patterns like leopard or floral (these heels would be darling for Spring).  If you keep your bag and jewelry solid, it helps keep your outfit from looking too confusing. 

Striped Dress XS | Old Grey Clutch (similar) | Necklace | old Cuff Bracelet Ring | Leopard Heels

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