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Monday, January 16, 2017

Instagram Roundup

Hi guys and happy Monday! I'm back today with an Instagram roundup. It's been a month since the last one so figured it was time. It's been SO cold lately so snuggling up with D has sounded a lot more appealing than going out and shooting outfits. So, I've shared a ton of OOTDs on Instagram lately instead. Let me know if you have any questions on anything. Thanks for stopping by!

my favorite boots ever! the pink lace version always sells out so I'm linking laces to recreate




this sweater is under $30! I own it in two colors. It's so cozy and long enough for leggings



linking lots of similar white blouses I love + boyfriend jeans are under $70



jeans are under $60 and linking a few faux fur vest options



this is my favorite mascara and dry shampoo of the moment



these velcro sneakers are under $70



these bow heels are under $100 and super comfortable



leggings are under $40


linking similar options to this blue coat


Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Finds

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Friday, we meet again! I am so excited for this weekend. I'm going to hang out with Mike & D at home tonight, spend the day tomorrow with a girlfriend, then my cousin and her daugher are coming to visit us from Phoenix on Sunday! I haven't seen her since last February so I'm so excited to catch up and for her to meet Dillon! It also warmed up a bit this week which I'm definitely not mad at. Below is what I've been loving lately. Enjoy!


PRODUCT FINDS

This dress is equal parts business and pleasure. Plus it's under $100 and comes in 3 colors!

Love the cut & color of these.

This style has been EVERYWHERE but this color is super unique. And they're 30% off!


NON-PRODUCT FINDS

All.the.tears. Why can't we keep him?!

Love this print mix on Brett.

Yeah, I need to make this ASAP.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Winter Wear w/ Ivy & Leo

One of the reasons I've come to love blogging is discovering new (to me) brands and finding cute things that aren't in the regular, mainstream stores. I love boutique shopping but hate that it entails leaving the house (online shopping is my BFF). When ivy & leo reached out to me to collaborate, I started perusing their stuff and was delighted to see they're on shoptiques, which lets you shop from boutiques all across the country from the comfort of your couch. I was immediately drawn to this vest. This blog is no stranger to puffer vests [seen here] and I don't see that stopping anytime soon. I paired it with my trusty Hunters, striped shirt that I wear WAY too much [like here + here], and a basic skirt to keep it classic and still seasonally-appropriate. The olive color is unlike most puffers I've seen and I love that it can be mixed and matched with so many neutrals. Check out ivy & leo here for lots of other adorable pieces!






Tee: Nordstrom [under $15 here] // Vest: ivy & leo c/o // Skirt: J.Crew Factory [similar here under $15] // Boots: Hunter [super similar here] // Bag: Prada // Cuff: Madewell // Necklace: Baublebar

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Tips for Shopping Fast Fashion

One of the questions I get most from readers is about shopping on sites like SheIn. I've worked with SheIn pretty much since I started blogging and I truly do love working with them. They offer all the coolest styles at super affordable prices. I mentioned in a recent post that my style is trending more neutral and I'm finding myself buying fewer but better things. I once read a quote that said "I wish I could trade in my 50 Forever 21 tops for a YSL bag". I think that's so true. As I get older, I find it more important to invest in things that will last a while rather than throw away money on things that I won't like in a year. But, that's not to stay I don't like to try out the latest trends. Enter SheIn. They have so many great pieces at attainable prices. You can try out what's hot right now without breaking the bank. Their quality is surprisingly good, too, which makes me comfortable spending there. I've even had SheIn pieces outlast Old Navy and Forever 21 pieces in my closet! I enjoy mixing high + low-end pieces and this allows me to do that. You can see some of my favorite posts featuring SheIn here, here, and here. Below I'm going to outline my top 5 tips for shopping a site like this and some of my favorite pieces/posts from them. This post isn't sponsored (although all the pieces featured were gifted to me), but I just wanted to share honest thoughts about my experience and how I navigate shopping there. Leave a comment if any questions went unanswered and I'd be happy to help!

1.) Go in with realistic expectations - These items aren't going to be the highest, designer quality. You will get what you pay for. If you go in with that mentality, you'll be surprised with how decent the items are!
2.) Read the sizing charts - This is probably the most important rule. Know your measurements, not just size. That will ensure everything will fit you properly. I'd pay particular attention to bust and hip size.
3.) Read the reviews / look at the photos - Readers can post reviews and photos of what the item actually looks like. I always look at those before ordering anything. More often than not, it really is what it says and they'll even provide sizing info. Every now and then, though, someone will post that the item is very different than the stock photo, which is helpful to know.
4.) Utilize the search bar - This will make your experience so much less daunting. If you want a white off-the-shoulder top, you'll never find it if you just click 'tops'. Be specific when searching. It'll narrow down your results and bring up what you actually are looking for.
5.) Use the sort option - Once you've searched what you're looking for, sort by what your needs are. If you're looking for the cheapest option, sort lowest to highest. If you want to spend a little to ensure there's some more quality there, sort highest to lowest. I often search by recommended, as that will show me the most relevant to what I'm looking for, regardless of price.


Dress -- see it styled in a post here


Lace Top -- full post here


Sweater -- full post here

Jacket -- full post here


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Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday Finds

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Friday, we meet again! Happy first Friday of 2017. I can't believe it. I am so ready for this year, though. I'm definitely hoping it's our best yet. I still have 6 weeks of maternity leave left so I'm soaking up all my time with baby D before it's back to the grind! Below is what I've been loving this new year. Enjoy!



PRODUCT FINDS

This bag is SO cute and 33% off!

I need an occasion to wear this dress. All the heart eyes!

Every spring I want these sandals and I never pull the trigger. This may be the year.

NON-PRODUCT FINDS

This is a GREAT read for women. #sotrue

I need to make this STAT.

These are all hilarious.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Skincare Empties

I really enjoyed doing this post last time so since I had more empty products, I thought I'd do another volume. Because of my day job, I get to try a ton of beauty products and I thought it'd be fun to share what I've used up and what I truly think of each product. These products actually happened to all be skincare this go and some I loved and some I didn't. Because I haven't been leaving the house much, I haven't put any big dents in hair or makeup items. I have, however, been taking extra good care of skin. Blame winter, blame my newfound hermit lifestyle, but I really put in the time and steps each day to ensure my skin is feeling fresh. Let me know if you've tried any of these products or if you have any suggestions on things I should try!



Body Shop Tea Tree Towelettes - I am a huge lover of towelettes. I am ultra lazy when it comes to makeup removal so towelettes are life for me. I try a ton of different kinds so these intrigued me. I won't lie; these are not my favorite. They have a very strong tea scent but are surprisingly dry. They didn't do a great job at removing my makeup but my skin was just left smelling like tea tree. If you're just looking for a quick refresher, these will do the job, but they didn't deliver for me on much else. I talk about my favorite towelettes in this post, and I'll be going back to those now.

L'Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Overnight Mask - I LOVE this mask. This product is great for those of you that love the idea of face masks but don't have the patience to sit with one on and wash it off. This product works by penetrating your skin overnight and delivering the results while you sleep. I will say it does have a pretty strong scent and an unusual texture, but once you get past that it does work wonders. My skin always feels super firm the morning after using it.

Garnier  SkinActive Ultra-Lift Wake-Up Cream - I bought this on a whim as the name spoke to me as a new mama. A product that will help me wake up? YES PLEASE! I actually ended up loving this. But there's a catch. I would actually recommend this product more as a primer than a moisturizer. My makeup went on super smooth after applying this! If you have oily skin, though, this might leave you a bit greasy. I have combo skin so this was perfect for me. It hydrated me where I needed and left my skin feeling smooth and even everywhere else. If you're a primer junkie or love experimenting with moisturizers, I'd give this a whirl, but I'd definitely recommend trying it under foundation.

L'Oreal Ideal Go Clean 360* Exfoliating Cleanser - This is my ride-or-die cleanser. I'm pretty sure I've been using this since high school. The scent itself is comforting for me. Ever since I got pregnant, I started breaking out for basically the first time in my life, and this has helped keep the zits at minimum. THe little scrubbers help to remove makeup and keep my skin polished and clean. It gets foamy but not an overwhelming, obnoxious amount like some cleansers I've tried. At under $5, this is truly my holy grail cleanser.

Burt's Bee's Mama Bee Belly Butter - I know, I know. I haven't had a pregnant belly in over 3 months. But that's how long this jar has lasted me! Given that my son was born 2.5 months early, though, I'd say a tub of this would last the duration of a *normal* pregnancy. I loved this product. I used it post-partum on all my stretchmarked and sagging areas and the tub literally just ran out. If you're an expecting mama I'd recommend this butter.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate - This is my all-time holy grail skincare product. I think I've used 3 or 4 tubes of this over the last few years. It really does solve any skin issue I have. Redness, acne, dullness, it fixes it all. It's a tad expensive but oh, so worth it in my opinion. It smells amazing and putting it on actually helps to signal my brain that it's bedtime (thanks, lavendar). I cannot recommend this product enough.


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Monday, January 2, 2017

Double Cognac

Cognac is one of my absolute favorite shades starting in August all the way through spring. This jacket [last seen here] was one of the best purchases of the year and I've gotten SO much wear out of it. I paired it with my go-to print mix of leopard and stripes. This look actually reminds of me of this, this, and this. These boots are SO comfortable and fit me, a rather short girl who has the hardest time finding OTK boots, perfectly. And they're on sale right now! So, if you're a cognac lover like me, grab this jacket and these boots and thank me later.











Jacket: Blank NYC [under $100; obsessed!] // Shirt: Nordstrom // Jeans: Nordstrom // Boots: Steve Madden [on sale under $120, under $50 dupe here] // Scarf: here // Bag: Prada // Sunnies: here

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