Sunday, May 28, 2017

This & That | Memorial Weekend

I'm sitting here on the couch typing this up on Sunday night while Jordan is sleeping and James is over at a friend's house.  That means lots of catching up on Southern Charm! I'm not immune to the pull of reality tv, but I'm late to this one.  I just started watching last season, so I've been catching up on the first few seasons lately.  I don't even know why I like it so much, but I think Cameron is darling, Patricia is a hoot, Shep is the cutest (but ladies beware!), and poor Katherine. I wish she'd get it together for her and her kids' sake! I think I'm supposed to just smile and say, "bless her heart."  I read Patricia's book, The Art of Southern Charm, and it was good!  Even though I'm no southern belle, I appreciated hearing about the etiquette and some behind-the-scenes about the show.  I'm curious about another book mentioned on the show- The Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits: A Handbook of Etiquette with Recipes.  It's written by the woman that was seen on the show teaching Cameron and Katherine how to cook.  

And speaking of tv, the new season of our beloved House of Cards is released tomorrow! So you know what I'll be doing!  I can't wait for the next Orange is The New Black too.  Totally hooked on both of those! What shows do you love?  We need some new recommendations that my husband and I can agree on!

Did you see that we solved our playroom seating dilemma with these chairs?!  It's a solution the whole family is on board with, which feels good.  Considering my hubby has been spending quite a bit of time in them this weekend, I think they were a wise decision! 

We also bought a little blow up pool for the backyard that we plan to use tomorrow (Monday).  It's the perfect size for our little toddler! It's blowing my mind how fast she's growing and everything she's into these days! I'm telling her "No" more often and now she's my little parrot going around saying, "no, no, no!!!"  Just too cute!



We have been mostly taking it easy this weekend so it gave me a chance to wear these new white distressed jean shorts on sale for $35!  They are high waisted, which I've come to appreciate because they keep you all tucked in, but the sliced distressing makes them cool and casual. They look especially good with this yellow peplum tank (that comes in lots of colors).  The tank looks great with jeans too.

The wedges are super comfortable and a dupe for a much more expensive designer version.  This pair are under $60 and come in 3 colors.


My son has recently become obsessed with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series.  I can see him reading these books all summer because he never wants to leave the house without them, even to restaurants!  I made the mistake of buying a box set of 4 hardcover books at Barnes & Noble and they were so expensive. Amazon has them much cheaper and all 10 paperbacks in a set for $36.  We went to Half Priced Books this weekend and got the set of 10 paperbacks for $30 and 20% off.  Even though he already has the first four, I figured it would still be cheaper to buy that set.  I love that he loves to read!  We've been reading to him everyday since he was a little baby and he's a great reader now!


I thought the little bear pancakes at Empire Cafe were so cute I had to snap a pic.  Jordan loved them!


For my brother's birthday dinner, I was torn between these two cute maxi dresses.  You wouldn't believe it, but they are both from Target and only $29 with buy one, get one 1/2 off!  The stripe one is obviously more colorful and more slim fitting with side slits, but the blue and white stripe dress is a fun seersucker pattern and so flowy. It was probably a little roomy on my petite frame a bit, but I still wore it!  And with both dresses in size XS, they hit right at the floor when I had on wedges (I'm 5'1). 


With these hot temps here lately, I was randomly craving a coffee frappuccino on Sunday! Man, are those things good and addictive!  After I ordered the tall, I remembered you can get a mini instead, which is usually enough to satisfy my craving.  
Distressed Jean Shorts 24 (size down) | Grey Tee XXS | Flip Flops (12 colors/patterns)

After 20 DAYS!!!, one of our hydrangea wilted.  But isn't that amazing that the rest of them are still going strong?! It will be 3 weeks on Monday!  You can read my tips for how to keep your hydrangeas thriving for weeks here.  I wouldn't even have believed it if I didn't see it for myself!  My hydrangeas typically only lasted a few days in the past. 


This little red drop waist dress with detailed embroidery will be cute for Memorial Day.  It's junior sizing, which runs a small and I had to wear a thin bra to keep it from pulling in the chest, otherwise, it fit well. 


I finally relinquished control of the remote just in the nick of time before my husband gouged his eyes out with toothpicks (he hates reality shows), so I of course turned my attention to the Memorial Day sales. 

ANN TAYLOR | 40% off, code SUMMER
ANTHROPOLOGIE | extra 40% off fresh cuts 
BANANA REPUBLIC | 40% off, code BRSUMMER
GAP |  40% off
GIGINY | Up to 40% off sitewide
HENRI BENDEL | 20 - 30% off 
JCREW | 30% off, code SWEET 
LOFT |  40% off everything with code VACAY & 50% off summer styles.  These dresses caught my eye and I put the size I'll be ordering. I prefer to order petite if they have it since I find that Loft runs so big now. 


NORDSTROM | The Half-Yearly Sale is going on through next weekend and you can see my favorite picks and personal recommendations here.  

I want to order this cozy soft cardigan that everyone raves about but it only comes in two sizes and I'm afraid even the Small/Medium would swallow me.  You taller girls should definitely take advantage of the sale price.  Do any of you shorter girls have it? 

Back in March when I did my swimsuit try-on and review, y'all liked this one and this one and both are on sale now, but sizes are limited.  I have another swimsuit try-on coming up for you later in the week (bikinis!) so stay tuned! 

Okay, guys!  That should do it for this round of This & That! 

Have a great Memorial Day! 😘

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Playroom Seating Dilemma Solved!

Thanks to Best Fiends for sponsoring today's post and keeping these boys happily entertained!

Hi there and Happy Memorial Weekend!  I hope you are relaxing and enjoying it with your family and friends!  We're especially fond of this holiday because both my Dad and Grandpa served in the military, and we are so proud of them.  My Grandpa retired as a naval Commander after serving over 30 years in the Navy.  He loved his service and we love hearing all about his travels and adventures.

We're taking it easy at home this weekend, which will include a trip to the pool and celebrating my brothers' birthdays!  They are born six years and one day apart on Memorial weekend!  And we'll likely be spending some time in playroom, thanks to the new seating we just picked up!  The boys have already claimed "their chairs" for playing Best Fiends!



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

Did you get a chance to check out the Nordstrom Half-Yearly SALE yesterday?  You know I did! I spent most the day yesterday in my pajamas going through everything and posting lots of finds on my Facebook page!  It was a three cup of coffee kind of day! I'll continue to post killer deals and fab finds on FB, so come on over and if you like what I share, give my page a LIKE! 💗  Thank you so much! 



So many things I already have in my closet are marked waaay down, so I'm able to share those things with you on a real (short, 5'1, 105) person!  I put fit tips and the size I'm wearing for reference in purple italics so it's easy to spot!

Ribbed Racerback Tank $19, $11 XS | Crop Chinos 00P | Wedges 
My favorite racerback tank comes in 9 colors and also stripes for under $12!  Say What?!?! I need to stock up!


Ribbed Racerback Tank $19, $11 XS Ankle Tie Pants XS Sandals | Bag | Gold Bar Necklace Lips - Talk to Me Matte with Gloss - Tickled Pink


Lush Side Slit Tank $34, $20 XS Lush Perfect Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic XS $42, $27 | Printed Skort (also in black and light pink) | Black Strappy Heels
I couldn't decide between the tunic or tank for our movie date, but ended up going with the tunic in case it was chilly.  Both are on super sale!


Stripe Off Shoulder Top XS $35, $20 | Black Crop Skinny Jeans 24 $59 | Black Strappy Heels
This striped off shoulder top is soft with a bit of a bell sleeve.  Was a fun date night look!


Halogen Off Shoulder Peplum Top $59, $35 Jeans (25) | Heels | Jeans (25)
I wanted to love this top because I'm crazy over the seercucker pattern and cold shoulder with ruffles but it was way too big in the middle even in XSP.  Maybe XXSP would be better, but bottom line is size down.  In this second picture I'm holding it in at the waist to give you an idea of how it would look if I would've gotten it altered.  


Pleat Peplum Tank $39, $23 | Boyfriend Jeans 0P $89, $53
New mom uniform on repeat lately! 💜 Comfy and cute for chasing after my sweet photo 💣! These boyfriend jeans are a refreshing change from my beloved skinny jeans and barely over $50! They run TTS and come in regular and petite. And this pleat peplum tank is 😍!! Will look great with white jeans and shorts too!

Bobeau Ruffle Detail Top $42, $25 (also in grey and black)

I'm adoring all the ruffles right now.  The little bit on the shoulder here is sweet, but not too girlie. It comes in grey (what I always gravitate towards), but this color is beautiful.

Halogen 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan $46, $27 (8 colors/patterns) | Jean Shorts (24, size down)
This cardi is a must-have at the office for chilly AC or for when you need to dress up your tank or tee.  It's meant to be worn open.


Skinny Jeans (under $60) | Boatneck Tee $26, $15 XSP TOMS Stella Wedge $78.95, $59.21
Bracelets | Necklace
My fave 3/4 boatneck top is only $15! I love it so much I have it in 3 colors, but the other colors, especially the pinks, are on my list. I wear XSP.

Lace Trim Sleeveless Ruffle Blouse $49, $29
I just ordered this in the 'olive brown' but haven't had a chance to wear it yet.  I like that it's a bit dressier than a stretchy cotton tank.

Gibson Open Shoulder Fleece Top $49, $29 (runs big, size down)
This super soft fleece material is just like the one I have below that I LOVE!!  This style is cute with the shoulder cut out!  A good way to dip your toe into the 'cold shoulder' pond if you've been timid about trying it!



Gibson Cozy Fleece Peplum Top $49, $29
#gimmealltheruffles 
#Ihaveathingfor3/4sleeves

Chelsea28 Ruffle Tank (3 colors) $59, 29
Just darling!

I love this style top and wear it often around the house because I get chilly.  They call it the 'old school' thermal tee, but exposed seams/hem and ultrafine stripes give it an updated look.  

Halogen Eyelet Bell Sleeve Top $69, $41 XSP
How fun is this top?!  It comes in navy also, so I want one of each!



Bell Sleeve Top XSP | J Crew Lookout High Waist Crop Jeans (24)


I've had this tank for awhile and the little v-strap detail is fun and of course, I love the stripes.  It comes in a few colors and fits TTS.  For a girls' brunch I wore this tank with my favorite white distressed jeans and wedges, but changed into shorts when we got home.  It's kind of hard to tell in the pic, but the shorts are high-waisted, so nice for keeping you all tucked in.  And I like the sliced distressing on this shorts.  They'll be a favorite all summer long!

JOA Eyelet Ruffle Sleeve Top $69, $41.40
This top is super sweet!  I love it with jeans and think it would be really pretty paired with a skirt.


Eliza J One Shoulder Dress  2P  $148, $88
The dress I wore to my brother's wedding is also restocked and 40% off.  The asymmetric top and embellished bling at the shoulder made this crushed taffeta dress feel younger than it otherwise might have.  It was comfortable all night long and I was able to wear my favorite strapless bra with it!  I did get the hem taken up a little because I'm so short (5'1).


Eliza J Maxi 0P $158, $94
This dress is on sale in the same style, but two different, gorgeous patterns.  I love that I didn't have to get it altered when wearing it with heels.


Maxi Dress (other colors) XS $52, $38
I've had this maxi for ages and it's always a hit and I get tons of compliments when I wear it. It runs true to size and with my wedge heels I didn't have to get it altered!

I have the older version of these sandals and they are so comfy and you can wear them with anything.  I especially like them with shorts when you still want to be casual, but want a little height and the look of an elongated leg.



Y'all saw me wearing my Yosi Samra ballet flats yesterday, and these pairs are both on sale!

Yosi Samra Ballet Flat $85, $51 (navy and black)
Yosi Samra Ballet Flat $85, $51 (two-toned)

Love Ballet Flats $89, 53
These are so cute too, by Ellen!


Hinge Taryn Wedge Sandal $89, $53
These fun wedges are nice because they're not too chunky, but more on the delicate side.  Really pretty!

Sole Society Romy Bootie $89, $53
Had to include this one because I wore mine so much last fall!  They're a nice low profile that I appreciated and the heel wasn't too high to be comfortable for lots of walking.  They are cute with jeans, boho dresses and shorts.


Vince Camuto Koral Open Toe Bootie $149, $74
50% off, say what?!?!?  I have these in black and tan and they are amazing.  The little v-cut in the front is very flattering and the peep toe and open heel make them more Spring/Summer friendly.  You can wear suede in summer!



Vince Camuto Mindie Ghillie $129, $77
I have the older version of this tie-heel too and love them!  They kind of look 'naked' on your leg, so definitely good with skirts and dresses!

If you find yourself wishing you had a good pair of rainboots, these Hunters are way marked down.  I wear mine all the time!  In fact, just last Monday! 

And I can't forget the bags! 


So gorgeous and it also comes in other colors.  Rebecca Minkoff bags are so well made. They've come to be one of my favorites over the years and they hold up so well and stay stylish long after they're sold out.

Both of these crossbody bags are stunning in person and the blue is such a fun pop of color! I have each of these styles in other colors and they are both gorgeous!  



Phew!  That was a lot! I need a drink! And a nap! I was up late putting this together so I hope there's not typos and everything makes sense! So tell me, what are you scoring during this sale?! 


Have a great day, friends! 😘

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Super Cute Basics | V-Neck Tee & Skinny Crop Jeans w Ballet Flats

Ooh la la friends! We're halfway through this week and nearly halfway through the year, which happens to be good news for us fashion lovers because the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is here!!! We all L💜VE a sale and this is a good one!

We're talking discounts up to 40% off of so much stuff you can still enjoy wearing right now!  I'll be sifting through all the goodness to find the Must Haves for you, and will start posting them on my Facebook page all day and throughout the weekend so be sure to follow me there!  Tomorrow I'll be back with a detailed round up of my faves! 

But first, for our regularly scheduled programming, I wanted to share a basic (but still super cute!) Mom or busy woman on the go look that happens to be me most days!  Of course I like to dress up, but comfy, cute and casual is my fashion goal most days.  And clean.  Clean is a definite goal with a toddler who has picked up the charming habit of throwing food lately.  :/ 


Sunday, May 21, 2017

This & That | More Shoe Shelving & How to Make Hydrangeas Last for Weeks

Here we are back to the week friends!  And back to my 5am mornings! I hope y'all had a great weekend!  We had lots of baseball (two games and a party), but also got a few things done around the house, which always feels good.  And I ordered this for our backyard and can't wait to get it! Will be loads of fun for Jordan since it's already getting so hot here!  

Today is another 'This & That' post, which is quickly becoming my favorite way to catch you up on lots of what's going on here in one big round up post.  These posts are my version of casual phone chit chat with you where we sit down have have some girl talk.  
Jordan and I kicked off the weekend with a Friday morning brunch with some blogger friends (and their precious babies)!  We do this once a month (not always with kids) but this brunch was hosted by @kidsxplorhtx (which offers class passes to kids up to 12 years old) so bringing the kiddos was a fun change of pace.  

I've had this tank for awhile and the little v-strap detail is fun and of course, I love the stripes.  It comes in a few colors and fits TTS.  For the brunch I wore this tank with my favorite white distressed jeans and wedges, but changed into shorts when we got home.  It's kind of hard to tell in the pic, but the shorts are high-waisted, so nice for keeping you all tucked in.  And I like the sliced distressing on this shorts.  They'll be a favorite all summer long!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Date Night Style | Ruffle Tops + Boyfriend Jeans

Welcome to the weekend friends!  Ours will be a Saturday filled with baseball, baseball, and baseball, but thankfully that's all that's on the agenda.  I'm ready for a boring, nothing to do, Sunday!  We need those once in awhile, right?! 

But first, I'm looking forward to Friday night, also affectionately known as "Mama 'ain't cooking" and we get to go out to eat! I have a casual but fun date night look for you featuring my new favorite, ultra comfy, boyfriend jeans!  I've been wearing these nonstop and have a couple posts lined up for you next week styling them different ways, but I'm really partial to how they look with this pop of red!




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Making Time for Family

*This post is sponsored by Kenneth Cole.


We were a family of three for a long time, 6 years to be exact, before our beautiful blessing of a daughter, Jordan, arrived.  I've gotten so many questions about how it's been going from one child to two, what the age difference is like, and how we make family time a priority in our lives.  I've not been shy about admitting that I felt like most of the baby responsibility was falling on my shoulders early on.  You might remember my hubby halfway joking, "I really hit my stride around age 2!" Well, I'm happy to report that even though Jordan is only 14 months old, he's already in his groove! 


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