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Friday, August 26, 2016

Weekend Steals & Style Spotlight : Cold Shoulder

Yippee for Friday!!  Do you have any fun plans?!  We have a jam packed weekend with two birthday parties and a couples date on Saturday night.  It's Houston Restaurant Weeks now until Labor Day, and we'll be going to Cinq at La Colombe d'Or, which I'm super excited about, especially since I've never been.  And, it will be my first 'cheat' meal in a week and I've earned it!  On Monday, I'll bring you a fitness update and share what I've been doing to get in shape (lose fat/build muscle), which is a tricky combo to do at the same time, but I'm trying! 

I've got a date night look for you today too, one of my favorite pairings - a cold shoulder top with my go-to bootcut jeans (similar).  Yes, us shorties CAN wear bootcut and not look like midgets!  The trick is to get the fit slim, wear heels, and have the length perfectly hit the floor.  Get your bootcut jeans altered in the length if you need to and take your heels with you- it's even better if you wash them first for the most accurate hem.  If your pants leg is puddling at the floor, you'll look squatty. Having them hemmed just right makes you look long and lean. I'm so fond of this jean that I have it in two sizes, 25 and 26 and I'm wearing the 26 in these pics.  


similar bootcut jeans | cold shoulder top XS | heels 30% off | similar necklace $10
 similar bracelet w tassel $6 | sunglasses | quilted satchel (under $50)


In the last post where I'm wearing these jeans, I accidentally linked Joe's bootcut jeans & similar here (both on sale) but then I realized I'm actually wearing years old Citizens of Humanity 'Dita' Petite #oops! which I only found here (but in a darker wash).  The Citizens of Humanity 'Emmanuelle' is very similar and they do come in petite (but a darker wash).  I love the darker wash for the office or when you want to look more polished.

This Kut from the Kloth bootcut jean is a great option for less and also comes in regular and petite. They got lots of positive reviews for being well-priced and flattering.  The Joe's bootcut jeans are also so similar to what I'm wearing that I thought that's what they were when I looked online! I went back and updated that post and apologize for the mistake! 



The cold shoulder top is also a winner.  Still sexy by showing just a bit of shoulder and then looser in the middle to camouflage the tacos. It comes in 4 colors and is under $50.

BRA tip:  I don't go without a bra, so for cold shoulder tops, I wear this convertible strapless bra.  It stays on without slipping and keeps the girls up, but starts at size C and goes to G!



I like to keep my earrings simple when I have a bolder necklace, so these round stud earrings are perfect.  There's a pretty cubic zirconia pair here. #blingbling  

In these pics you can see what I mean when I was saying there's still so much blonde in my hair because my stylist only did a partial lowlight and only two foils on each side.  But, y'all have convinced me to keep it darker, so on my next visit I'm going to add more lowlights and try to get them warmer so they don't look so ashy. 








I changed up the look slightly by pulling my hair back and adding a military jacket.  I like the style and practicality of a military jacket because even when it's sweltering outside, the AC is often on blast inside and I get cold.  My jacket is old by Hinge and their updated version is very similar.  This drapey military jacket by Hinge is currently on sale 45% off, under $50 and it's gotten great reviews for being super soft and slimming.

BP version is great with the same side ruching so you can define your waist more.  Caslon's military jacket comes in regular and petite if you need petite sizing and also black.



I found two great dupes for my Kate Spade sunnies, and get this . . .  only $12!!


50 mm sunglasses


55 mm cat eye sunglasses 







similar rings |  quilted satchel (under $50)








I might have a slight major online shopping addiction, but the bright side is I'm always spotting sales that I get to share with you!  I try to keep you updated when things go on sale or I see something at a discount you would like, so here goes: 


jeans | shoes | similar bag | necklace | bracelet (similar for less)

This ruffled sleeveless peplum top $44, $26.40 also comes in white and olive.  I'm in XS.


This Bobeau 'cold shoulder' scoop neck tee is only $20.40 now, was $34.  It also comes in stripes (navy/off white or red/brown/offwhite).

How cute is this top?!  It comes in two other colors and also regular and petite.

The pleated racerback on this tank is so cute!  It comes in black and teal also, on sale from $39 to $23.40.

This tie-neck sleeveless blouse (regular & petite) is on preorder on sale from $59 to $35.40.  It's a perfect top for the office that will transition to after work or weekends.  

You can never have too many bright white v-neck tees!  This tee by Topshop is 55% off, was $25, now $10.99 and also comes in grey.  Size tip:  Order a size up because they run small (European sizing), I buy 4 US. 

If you wanted to buy these AG "the legging" ankle jeans during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but they sold out in your size, they have been restocked in all sizes 23-32 and are currently 33% off, was $245, now $164. 

Below are some sales worth checking out this weekend! 

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ANN TAYLOR | Extra 40% off sale styles, code FRIENDS40
GAP |   35% of purchase, cardmembers 40% off, code EVENT
LOFT | Pants, and jeans $49.50  (See my dressing room edition here & here)
NORDSTROM | FREE shipping & FREE returns 
OLD NAVY | 40% off EVERYTHING.  Site says NO EXCLUSIONS! 

Have a great weekend friends!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

5 Ways to Wear Your Plaid Button Down Shirt

Rise and shine friends!  I'm up early (before everyone for a change!) to get some things accomplished while the house is quiet.  This is actually nice and so peaceful to drink my coffee in silence before the day gets buzzing. I mentioned Monday that I've gotten serious about getting back in shape and I'm on Day 5 of a 40-Day Challenge/Mini Cut (more on Snapchat @honeywerehome) and so far so good!  I read all of your comments about how you are interested in my meal plan and workouts, etc. so I'm glad that we can be on this fitness journey together.  

I'll be sharing more details here on Monday, but in the meantime, I have a giant Wardrobe Wednesday post for ya featuring 5 ways to style that Fall staple in your wardrobe - your plaid button down shirt. This post part of a collaboration with Nordstrom, my favorite place to shop online.  Okay, who am I kidding, my favorite place to shop in general!  They just make online shopping such a breeze and do you know of a store with better customer service?  Always so friendly and helpful.  

I showed you this shirt in my last Weekend Casual post and love the frayed-hem and higher cut sides for a more flattering look, but also the color and soft cotton.  It runs true to size, I'm in XS. I found a similar plaid top here if you like this look, but want to spend less.  


This first look is a dressed-up way to wear your plaid shirt, with a feminine midi skirt, heels and a statement necklace.  Tucking the top in lets the skirt be the star and creates the illusion of a smaller waist.  You'll get tons of compliments on this look at your office or on a fun night out.  My skirt is old from Nordstrom, Halogen 0P, so I linked some similar below. 

These heels are a classic black pump, and actually pretty comfortable as far as high heels go.  They also come in nude and are 30% off now.


fringe hem plaid top (XS) | similar skirt & here | heels 30% off | sunglasses | similar purse | earrings | necklace | watch | similar ring

Monday, August 22, 2016

Back to School Routine with 1st Grader & Baby

Is today your kids' first day back to school?  If so, I'm sending you hugs and congratulations for making it through the summer with everyone in tact!  I might have squealed the tires out the driveway on our first day back, but maybe you have more restraint. ;)  Our son went back early, so we're already on Week 3 and Labor Day weekend is on the horizon.

Since I'm all about routines to keep our mornings running on the smoother side, I'm sharing how our weekday mornings look around here now with a first grader and six month old!  Gah! Can you believe Jordan is six months old already?! I swear sometimes I feel like I was just pregnant!

6:30 a.m.  Jordan is my alarm clock and I hear her stirring by 6:30 a.m. every morning.  I put my contacts in and hair up and go into her room where she's already on her hands and knees peering through the slats in her crib waiting for me.  I die over the giant baby grin I get when she sees me.  The sweetest thing ever! We do a diaper change and then head downstairs.   

bow | rug 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Weekend Casual

You guys seriously rock.  I was feeling so down about my hair when I first got it done and I was sure you'd be all, "poor girl" but you were anything but and totally lifted my spirits.  I was honestly surprised to hear so many of you say you actually prefer my hair darker!  Lots of you said it was classier and made me look younger. #Illtakeit! 

Of course, I know hair is a true first world problem and there are much bigger concerns in the world. But I do appreciate you taking the time to comment and give me your thumbs up, compliments and suggestions for my hair future.  I have decided to just let it be for now.  I'm curious to see how it will look as it grows out and my true natural color comes through because I can always tell how shiny, new and healthy that hair feels before I color it.  You guys actually gave me the confidence to hold my brunette-ish head high.  Thank you!! 

One thing I actually do like about my hair, is that when I pull it up, there's no big root line showing now.  It's been crazy humid here, so my hair lasts all of 10 minutes when I curl it and even then, I still put it up often because Jordan is at that hair-pulling stage.  Would y'all believe she's 6 months old already?!  It has flown by and I'm planning a baby update post soon!  I have to admit, it's kind of surreal to be in the baby stage again, after going so long between kids.  But more on that another time . . . 

For today, I'm sharing two easy to wear looks that are perfect for your weekend or casual days. First up, I'm ready for that "transitioning to fall" feel with a plaid button-down top, but this one is extra special because it has the cutest frayed edge hem.  And it's higher on the sides, so it doesn't cut you in half visually.  If you're short like me (and even if you're not) the higher sides are super flattering to your leg line. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Brunetteish

Gah! Why does hair have to be such a drama??!?!  It's been almost a week since I screwed up my hair got lowlights and I still haven't gotten used to it yet.  It has already faded/washed out some with lots of shampooing (even liquid dish soap!), but until I can get it 'fixed' I'm just living with it.  And I can't even look at my profile picture on the top right of my blog or I'll cry!  #passthetissues On the bright side, my roots are no longer a problem! And my hair looks more like Jordan's, which makes me smile.

When you change your hair color, suddenly clothing and makeup colors look different on you too. You can't go wrong with plain white, so that's what I chose to wear when sharing this new hair color. 

top XS | jeans (25 & hemmed to ankle length) | bag | heels | sunglasses 
bracelet (similar for lesswatch | similar necklace (on sale $21)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Calendared to the End of the Year

When school started last week, we did great with getting off on the right foot.  I was excited and proud (and frankly a little shocked) that James remembered how to get himself ready for school.  He's doing great and actually enjoying doing his homework (probably because it's math on the computer, so it's like a game- they're smart these days!) but all the little reminders about dates, school projects, doctors appointments, holidays, conferences, and we haven't even gotten the sports' schedules yet - was making me feel super anxious!  When all those things start swimming in my head, I know I need to write them down in one place so I don't lose my mind.  


I took a few minutes yesterday to download Jen's pretty printable calendar and get everything regarding kids, family, school and holidays all written out through the end of the year.  And I've got it right where I can see it in kitchen command central. I'm breathing a sigh of relief and doing a little happy dance now!  And the kitchen is clean, so Monday was extra good! 


I'll be sharing more of my sanity-saving calendar project over on Jen's blog on Thursday, so please stop by and say hi!
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Happy Monday!

Good Monday morning, friends!  If last week was the ultimate back-to-school productivity week, then Sunday was the super lazy, watch Flipping Out marathon for hours and get nothing done day. We had friends over on Saturday night, which was so fun and really convenient for us since we could just put Jordan to bed and still party with our friends.  I'm surprised she slept through 7 rowdy kids playing in the nearby playroom, but she did.  I just turned up the sound machine app and she was all good!

But, needless to say, this mama isn't used to drinking wine and it totally kicked my butt the next day! So, I'm waking up today with a to-do list a mile long and a strong cup of coffee nearby!  

AND, did I mention I'm sitting here with brunette hair?!?!  WTF.  I went in on Friday for a change, but I got more than I bargained for and since then I've been wanting to like it, but it doesn't feel like me.  Soooooo, I'm trying to wash it out and get it to fade (which is why she did it so dark in the first place- because she said it would fade quickly) so I can ultimately get it to what I really want, which is something like this picture below, with less concentrated ends.  I was thinking that would be less maintenance than my current ultra blonde that I get foil hi-lighted every 5-6 weeks.  If you didn't see on snapchat (@honeywerehome), I'll share some pictures here soon! 

via Olaplex


Wishing y'all a happy, productive Monday and a good hair day! 


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