Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Breaking Your Man Out of an Accessory Rut & A GIVEAWAY!

**This post is in collaboration with Jord Watches.  All opinions and words are my own.  To read my full disclosure please click here

With all of the talk about capsule wardrobes these days, I have to chuckle to myself because I think Adam is the unknowing creator of a capsule wardrobe.  He likes what he likes, and he doesn't branch out much.  He also wears the same clothes pretty consistently, not wavering much on his personal style.  Polos, button up shirts, casual tees and shorts for hanging around the house.  His wardrobe is something you capsule lovers would be jealous of.  But it works for him!  Like I said before, he knows what he likes, and instead of trying to turn himself into something else and follow trends, he has just accepted who he is and what clothes he likes to wear.


It's no different with his accessories.  Or should I say lack of accessories.  Adam has worn the same watch for over 14 years.  No joke!  He bought a watch while we were on our honeymoon and has worn it ever since.  Other than his wedding band, and the occasional ball cap, this watch is his only accessory.  So when Jord Watches reached out and asked me to feature a man's watch, I was very intrigued!  I pulled up the website and hesitantly showed the watches to Adam but to my surprise, he was interested!  He liked how they were modern, unique, and had some personality.  Those were not his words of course.  I highly doubt he would describe a watch as having personality, but I just ad-libbed for him because he is a man of few words and this blog post would be more like a twitter comment if we just went off of his words alone ;)   Point being, he liked them.  And he is pretty darn picky.


So, back to Jord contacting me.  I had previously seen Jord Watches featured on Living in Yellow, and thought they were very pretty.  So, for a company like this to contact someone like Erin seemed totally normal.  She's legit.  How they got my name, I'll never know!  Please, no one tell Jord that I'm the complete opposite of a legit blogger!   It will be our little secret because if they find out, they may make Adam return his watch, and then we'd be back to another 14 years of the same ol, same ol.


Anyway, he would never admit it, but I think he has secretly enjoyed having another option to wear.  I mean, after 14 years, I would want a change too!  Jord has a great selection of men's watches, but the choice was not difficult for Adam.  This one was his favorite, and it definitely looks like his style.  And, obvs I checked the women's collection....so pretty!  I'm not gonna lie though, I kind of liked some of the men's styles for myself also.  I am into oversized, chunky watches right now, so Adam better keep his new treasure under lock and key or it just might go missing (onto my wrist).  On second thought, after all of the talk about a 14 year hiatus on watch buying, I will just let him keep this one, but I really do like these watches enough to think about stealing it from my husband.


Ok, ok.  I know what y'all are thinking.  That's great you love these watches so much, but the title of this post said something about a giveaway!  Yes, it did!  I'm excited to be able to share this with you!  You can enter to win a $100 e-gift code to jord.com to purchase one of these beautiful watches for yourself or someone you love!  One lucky person will win, but EVERY person who enters will receive a consolation code worth $25 redeemable at jord.com once the contest ends on August 20, 2017.  So, it's basically a win-win!  I feel like Oprah...YOU get $25, and YOU get $25, and YOU get $25!


So, be sure to complete the entry form and have a chance at that $100...but even if you aren't the lucky winner, you will still be $25 closer to owning a super cool piece of wooden art for your wrist.   And don't forget to check out the beautiful selection of watches they have available!  Who knew there were so many different kinds of wood!?!?!

Watch Gift Ideas


So, tell me...which watch is your favorite?  Aren't they so unique?  It's hard to pick just one!

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Whole 30 / Completion and Reintroduction

Whelp, that's a wrap.  I have officially completed my first Whole 30 challenge, and I have to say I'm pretty proud of myself.  It wasn't easy, especially since I was doing it alone...without any other family members to join in on my journey.  Watching them eat pizza and grilled cheese sandwiches while I munched on yet another kale salad was a tad bit frustrating at times...but I pushed through and am glad I did.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

How About a Threesome With Some Joggers?

Did that get your attention?  You have a dirty mind!  (and that's why we are friends!) I am simply talking about styling some jogger pants 3 different ways.  You know, a threesome.  What did you think I was talking about?

Ahem, anyway, I am all about versatile pieces that I can mix and match, so today I wanted to highlight this pair of black joggers and show you 3 different ways to style them...both casually and a little bit dressier.


As you all are well aware, I have basically lived in my jogger sweatpants for the past 4-5 months (ever since I made that wonderful purchase).  I recently came across another pair, but these were different.  These were joggers, but a little bit fancier!  These joggers could be worn out on a date, to work, to social functions, and also of course, to Target.  Such a versatile piece!  They come in several colors, but I am partial to the black ones.  I do think the other colors have a much more casual vibe, but the black ones are very chic and easy to dress up or down.


Since I wear a muscle tank every other day, I figured it was only fitting to pair one with these joggers.  They will be come fast friends because they will be seeing a lot of each other in the very near future.  These pants are super comfy and they have an elastic waist band, so they are perfect for wearing to your favorite Mexican restaurant!  Just sayin'.


For a dressier vibe, this blue mock turtleneck shirt pairs well with some pointy heels.  This would totally be something I would wear to the office...if I had an office.


And, a chambray shirt goes with everything.  At least, according to my fashion rule book.  I have another one of those must-have muscle tanks underneath!   I wasn't lying when I said I wear them every other day.  You thought I was exaggerating didn't you?  I wasn't!

Since the pants are pretty loose fitting, I think the key to keeping things classy and less MC Hammer-like, is to keep your tops simple.  A long tunic or a puffy sweater would make the pants look sloppy.  It's good to balance out the poofiness of the pants with something slightly more streamlined on the top.  Nobody wants to look like they just got on the train to frump-villa.

I hope you all have a great weekend! We are going to soak it up because this is the last weekend before school starts!  Where did the time go?

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Whole 30 / Week 4

Y'all!  I'm almost finished with my Whole 30 challenge!  I am feeling all the feels...anxious to be finished, nervous to start reintroducing forbidden foods, excited to see my measurement and weight results...but also scared at the same time.  


To be honest, I don't feel that these past 28 days have been that life altering for me.  The first two weeks I did notice a difference in how I felt, for the worse.  I was tired, groggy, sluggish, weak.  But, then it seems l like I just went back to normal.  I don't feel any differently now then I did prior to starting Whole 30.  I will give a complete breakdown of the reasons why I decided to take this journey and the outcomes in the next post.  You know, in case something drastic happens in these next few remaining days!

I haven't talked much about what I've been drinking this past month.  I've been sticking to water, but I get sick of drinking water.  I drink a lot of iced tea, both plain and apricot flavor, unsweetened of course.  I have always loved La Croix, so I've been drinking a lot of those, and I've recently tried some other brands of sparkling flavored water that are good.  Dasani Raspberry Lemonade flavor is yum and so are the Simply Balanced ones from Target.  When everyone else is enjoying a cocktail, I'll either grab one of those fizzy waters or I've come to enjoy this Kombucha.  They sell it at Hy-Vee, Sprouts, and I'm sure Whole Foods carries it too.
What I ate:

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls --I know, I know...I am obsessed with these things!  I seriously love them so much!  I have always heard of people getting sick of eating so many eggs on Whole 30, but I've hardly even had eggs because I was constantly baking/blending up sweet potatoes!

Banana Nut Porridge --To break things up from the sweet potatoes, I branched out this week and made this porridge.  It was really good!  I added some crushed pecans and some chunks of fresh banana to mine.  This is another good breakfast to make in advance and then it will feed you for 3-4 mornings!

Kale Salad --This has been my go to salad when I don't have anything else planned.  It's just easy and I usually have the dressing already made in the fridge.

BLTA --Bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado stackers!  My sis-in-law, Sara, inspired me to make these and and since I have been putting bacon on pretty much everything, it seemed only natural that I'd make yet another meal with it.  Another quick, easy lunch.  And with so many fresh garden tomatoes available, this was a popular item at my house this week.

Zuppa Toscana --Thanks to mi amigo Courtney for passing along this recipe!  I couldn't find complaint sausage, so just used ground chicken with some Italian seasonings, and I subbed spinach for the kale.

Potato Skins --I made traditional skins for my fam with cheese, bacon, sour cream and green onions...but for myself, I used seasoned ground beef, compliant bacon, green onions, and then dipped them in the delicious Dump Ranch dressing.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders and roasted green beans --This was an old recipe that was super easy to adapt.  I cooked mine in the oven, but they would also be amazing on the grill!

Tacos / Taco Salad --We ate dinner with family over the weekend and had a taco fiesta.  Despite my strong desire for the cheese dip and chips, I stuck to taco salad and used bell pepper strips to scoop up the guacamole.






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Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders (Whole 30 Compliant)

Bacon is so good.  So, so good.  It's such a treat and makes any meal even that much more delicious!  During my Whole 30 journey, I was really struggling with meal planning before I was introduced to Whole 30 compliant bacon.  I mean, that was a game changer!  To be able to have bacon was amazing!  It just adds so much flavor to everything from meats to veggies to salads.  So, naturally I included it in 90% of my meals from that point forward.  Don't judge.   Finding meals that will please my whole family...kids, a picky husband, and myself who is trying to avoid a lot of food groups at the moment...can be somewhat of a challenge.  But, everyone likes bacon!  So bacon it is!


These Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders are one of those easy meals that is family friendly and easily adaptable to be Whole 30 compliant.  The original recipe, which was a monthly staple around this house, includes brown sugar.  After omitting the sugar and finding Pederson's brand bacon, it was a no brainer.  I'm all about easy meals that please a crowd.  To sit down at the dinner table and not have any complaints is pretty rare around here!  Can I get an amen?



Ingredients:
1 lb chicken breast tenders
6-8 slices of sugar free/nitrate free bacon (I used Pederson's brand)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt

Directions:
Combine all spices in a small bowl and stir together.  Coat both sides of the chicken, reserving a small amount of spice.  Wrap a piece of bacon around each chicken strip, securing the ends (I used toothpicks).  Sprinkle with remaining spice.

Lightly oil a broiling pan with olive oil.  Place the chicken tenders on the pan and bake at 400° for about 20 minutes, or until cooked through (cook time will vary depending on the size of your strips).  To crisp up the bacon, turn the broiler on for just a couple of minutes. Watch carefully to make sure it doesn't burn.  Flip them over to crisp the underneath side.


I served them with a side of roasted garlic green beans.  These babies would also be a good appetizer for a party!  You could make them smaller for just a bite size morsel to pop into your mouth!


Thank you bacon!  For helping me get through Whole 30 with a little more flavor in my meals!  Don't know what I would do without you man!

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Athleisure for the Win!

A lot of days I ponder why I even bother to get dressed because I take off my pajamas and put on athleisure...which let's be real...is basically pajamas that are acceptable to wear in public.   But, hey, I'm not complaining that I can go to Target in my workout gear and no one even blinks an eye.  It's become the norm to see people in spandex, whether they actually went to the gym that day or not.  And, because it's pretty mainstream to be walking around in your yoga pants, athleisure has upped their game and come out with some really cute things!  The pants are super comfy.  The shirts are thin and soft.  The sports bras are cute with lots of details to make them pretty.  Things you don't want to take off for any reason other than to get back into your pajamas.



If you haven't snagged a pair of Zella leggings from the Nordstrom sale yet, then what in the heck are you waiting for?  Girl, I'm telling you, you're gonna love them!  My faves are the live-in leggings and they are high waisted, so they help a mama out, if you know what I mean.  I also lurve these motto leggings!



The shirt is a recent purchase from Gap.  It's their GapFit Breathe fabric, which is uber soft and lightweight.  You can wear this with the tails down, or I like to tie them in a knot. Oh, and did I mention it has thumbholes!  I don't know what it is about thumbholes, but I love them!  Just don't forget to pull up your sleeves when you go to change a diaper.  #learnedthehardway  If you're brave, this shirt would be super cute with a lace bralette or strappy sports bra peeking out!  I opted for a cami, but a bralette would definitely spice it up!


My tennies are oldies but goodies.  I don't wear these to workout, but they are great for running errands or just playing outside with the boys.  I'm sure they would be fine to wear for a run because sometimes after a day of running errands, it feels like I have run a marathon!  They are very comfy and keep my feet from getting tired, even after chasing little ones all day.  And, they are currently on sale for less than $49!


And, my hat...well, if you have followed me on Instagram or Facebook, then you have already seen this multiple times.  It's pretty much a staple on days I don't feel like doing anything with my hair (and on days I haven't managed to squeeze in a shower).


What's you're favorite athleisure item to wear?

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Whole 30 / WEEK 3

Hey guys!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  We had amazing weather here in KC, and it was such a welcomed change from the stifling heat.   This is the last week of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so if you've been debating anything, I'd swipe it now!  You're gonna wish you did after the prices go up and you change your mind this fall!  Several items quickly went out of stock, but they have been processing a lot of returns, so I've seen things come back into stock periodically.  You can see my favorites here.


This past week of my Whole 30 was probably the easiest so far, with the exception of eating out.  We went to lunch at a Chinese place with some family, and there was NOTHING on the menu that I could have.  I was kind of shocked actually.  Everything had soy and/or sugar.  I don't know what I was expecting, but it was very frustrating.  Apparently the Chinese don't eat salads.  I had never given that much thought until I was staring at the menu, desperately searching for something I could eat.  I debated just skipping the meal and eating when I got home, but I had to put my son down for a nap that afternoon, so I knew if I didn't eat right then, it probably wouldn't happen until much much later...and I would have been STARVING.  So, I ordered steamed vegetables.  And, they were kind of gross.  I ate them, with a lot of salt, but it definitely was not what you would call satisfying.  So, lesson learned.  No more restaurants without salads until I'm finished with this!  ha!
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Lettuce Wraps (Whole 30 Compliant)

Lettuce wraps are kind of a staple dinner item around this house.  They are easy, quick, and everyone eats them.  My sons prefer to wrap their goods in a tortilla vs lettuce, but hey...whatever works!  As long as they are eating dinner without complaining, I'm good with it.

Most lettuce wrap recipes contain soy and sugar.  I set out to adapt my favorite version of this to be Whole 30 compliant, and it was actually pretty darn easy.  My usual go to recipe for lettuce wraps is  this one from Iowa Girl Eats.  When I'm not concerned about the soy and sugar, it is my all time favorite.


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Copycat Chipotle Beef Barbacoa (Whole 30 Compliant)

My love for Mexican food runs deep.  I could eat it every single day and be happy!  When I make Mexican food at home, I find it fairly easy to keep it somewhat healthy, but when I'm out at a restaurant, I have zero self control (bring on the chips and cheese dip!).  Mexican food is also easy to modify into a meal that is both Whole 30 approved, and kid/husband approved.

Back when I lived in Las Vegas, I ate Chipotle at least once a week.  A couple of co-workers and I would go get our weekly fix (sometimes twice a week), and it never disappointed.  One of my favorite things on the menu is their beef barbacoa.  It's so delish, and I really wanted to find a way to make it while I was participating in Whole 30.  This copycat version is a damn good replica!



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Monday, July 24, 2017

Whole 30 / Week 2

Hey there friends!  I wanted to check in and let you know that I'm still riding the Whole 30 train!   If you missed last week's post, you can check it out HERE.  I'm happy to report that the headaches have subsided and I feel less tired than I did last week.  I wouldn't go as far as to say I have mountains of energy, but I feel back to normal.

One of the reasons I wanted to do Whole 30 was to improve my sleep.  I have always been a restless sleeper, and I have a hard time falling asleep.  I lay there at night, just waiting for my mind to chill out long enough to let go and fall asleep, but sometimes it takes hours.  I have not seen any improvement in my sleeping as of yet.  But, I am hopeful.  I know the first two weeks of this program are supposedly the worst, and then the benefits start appearing in weeks 3, 4, and beyond.  Fingers crossed I can start sleeping better because this mama is tired!  Not being able to fall asleep until 1:00am, having your son wake up at 2:30 (for no legit reason), then having my alarm go off at 5:00 for my workout has worn me ragged.





Working out has also proven to be more difficult.  Mustering the energy required to get through my barre routine is harder then I anticipated.   I know lack of sleep doesn't help with my energy levels, but I also know that most people experience an increase in energy after the first two weeks...so again...I'm hopeful!
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Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls (Whole 30 Compliant)

I have to admit, I wasn't super excited to make sweet potatoes for breakfast.  I like sweet potatoes, but that just did not sound very appealing to me.  However, after eating a lot of eggs over the past couple of weeks, I was ready for a change.  I came across this recipe and thought I'd give it a go.  Worst case, if I didn't like it, I could make more. eggs. again.  Much to my surprise, I LOVED this!  I don't know if its because I haven't had anything sweet in over 2 weeks, but I liked this so much, I went back to the store and loaded up on sweet potatoes.  I made a massive amount of these bowls to last me the whole week!  They were just as good the 3rd and 4th day as they were the first.  And having breakfast already prepared for me was such a lifesaver on busy mornings!  Just throw some blueberries on top, and it's ready to be devoured.


Anyway, who knows how I'll feel once I am back to eating more of a variety of foods, but for now, these sweet potato breakfast bowls are amongst my favorite breakfast options!  I have a feeling I'll continue to make them even after I am finished with Whole 30.

So, if you're in a breakfast rut and need help thinking outside the box, then give this recipe a shot!  It is really freaking good!



Ingredients:

2 large sweet potatoes
1/3 cup almond butter
1/3 cup full fat canned coconut milk (not in the carton)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
handful of blueberries for garnish (optional)


Directions:

Wash sweet potatoes and poke a few holes in them with a fork.  Wrap potatoes in foil and bake at 400° for about an hour, or until soft.  Let them cool slightly.  Remove skin; it should slide off easily.  In a food processor, combine all ingredients, except blueberries.  Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy.  Top with fresh or frozen blueberries and extra cinnamon if desired.  


You can double the recipe and make a breakfast that will last several days!  Refrigerate any leftovers.  It’s delicious served both hot and cold.  



Slightly adapted from Paleo Gluten Free



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Friday, July 21, 2017

FAVORITES From the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The good ole Nordstrom sale opens to the public TODAY (up until now it has only been early access for Nordstrom cardholders), and although some things are showing sold out, don't get discouraged.  Many people (myself included) order multiple sizes of things and then send back the ones that we don't want.  So, there is hope!  You just have to be a little bit of a stalker.  Channel that inner stalker self and act like that out-of-stock cardigan or booties you want is your ex-boyfriend's twitter account.  And, don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about!  Keep checking back and chances are, you will snag what you want.  I stalked the Leith cardigan big time last year and ended up snagging it!  So glad I did too because I wear it all.the.time.

Since there are SOOOOOO many good deals at this sale, I thought I would round up some of my ultimate faves.  It can be a bit overwhelming to look through thousands of items in search of the perfect finds.  Here are some things that I either ordered, or really really liked (and would have ordered if money grew on trees).  If you want to check out the full posts I did on the sale last week, you can see them here:  PART 1,  PART 2, and PART 3.

Let's also talk about why Nordstrom is a great place to shop.  They have an amazing selection, good brands, items in all price ranges imaginable, and the best part is that they offer free shipping BOTH WAYS!  So, instead of dragging my kids with me to the store, and threatening their lives when they don't behave while I am trying on clothes...I just have things shipped to me and I get to try them on at my convenience.  Then I just ship back whatever I don't love.  It's so incredibly easy!  They have amazing customer service too.  Top notch!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Whole 30 / Week 1

It's officially been 1 week since I began the Whole 30 program. ONE WEEK. Is that really all?  I seriously feel like it's been waaaaaaay longer than that. Not necessarily in a bad way, but it does seem like it's been longer then seven days. Only 23 days to go 😬

In all honesty, the first week wasn't as bad as I was anticipating. I think planning out meals and doing as much prep work in advance as possible definitely helped me avoid cheating. Lunch time is the most difficult. I think because I usually just grab something quick in between getting lunch ready for my boys and cleaning up after them.  To have something ready to go has been a lifesaver. 


I have tried a few new recipes but mostly I adapted old favorites to be Whole 30 compliant.  Since I am the only one in my household who is doing this, I knew I couldn't get crazy and try a bunch of different recipes that only contained kale and sweet potatoes.  I did my best to find things that the rest of my family would like to eat, but that would also be easy for me to adapt.  
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Fresh Cashew Milk (Whole 30 compliant)

Whelp, I'm on day seven of my Whole 30 adventure and so far, it's been ok. I have always cooked the majority of our meals, so being in the kitchen a lot wasn't a huge adjustment for me. However, breakfast has been a little more labor intensive then my usual routine. Prior to starting this program, I had a smoothie, usually with almond or coconut milk, protein powder, fruit, and usually kale or spinach. Making smoothies was quick and easy...and didn't require me to cook anything or clean up many dishes. I also like smoothies because you can drink them on the go, whether that be in the car or sometimes just even running back and forth down our hallway. 


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Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing (Whole 30 compliant)

I have grown to love kale over the past 5 or so years and it's quickly become my go-to salad for a tasty lunch during the summer.  I will usually choose kale over iceberg or romain any chance I'm given.  This lemon dressing is one of my all time faves!  It all started with a visit to Cooper's Hawk about a year ago for my birthday.  A group of friends joined me for dinner and we discovered their shaved brussels sprout salad, which had a similar lemon dressing, marcona almonds, and parmesan cheese.  It was TO DIE!  I dreamt of this salad for weeks, and then my sister in law found this recipe that was damn close to the one we had at the restaurant!  I have made it countless times and when I decided to do Whole 30, I knew I could easily adapt this recipe to be compliant.


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: PART 3

I know, I know...ANOTHER post about the Nordstrom sale???  Yes.  It is.  I wasn't going to do another one, but then I kept looking.  And kept finding things that were so cute!  So, I had to share.  Because that's what I like to do!  If I find something amazing, I want you all to know about it or else I can't sleep at night. And you wouldn't want me to loose sleep now would you?  If you missed the other posts you can get them here:  PART 1 and PART 2

Nordstrom's site crashed Thursday and lots of people were suuuuuuuuper upset.  I have never been so thankful to have been woken up by my son at 4:30am because I beat the crowd, and the site issues.  I continued to shop, however, and kept finding so many adorable things, so here's ANOTHER post!  Sorry.  Or, you're welcome.  However you want to look at it!

Outerwear:
If you are looking for a fall/winter jacket, they did not disappoint with their selection this year.  There are lots of different styles to choose from.


1 Faux leather moto jacket <--under $65!!!  This one was a hot item last year, and they brought it back by popular demand.  If you are looking for a leather jacket, but don't want to spend the $$ on a real one, this is a great faux option!   Last year's version had silver buttons and zipper, but this year's has brassy/gold, which I love!
2 Fur collar Anorak  Fur collars are still popular and I love the olive green, but it also comes in black.
3 Madewell Utility and cropped utility here  I invested in a military jacket last year and it was my go to all fall/spring.  It is super neutral and goes with more then you may originally think.  I have the classic one, but I'm kinda digging the cropped one too!
4 Envelope collar pea coat  Such a classic, pretty shape that would be flattering on anyone.
5 Metallic moto  LOVE LOVE  LOVE this!  How cool is this jacket?  I just think this is amazing if you can't tell!  So fun!
6 North Face vest  Classic vest for those days when you don't want a coat
7 Peplum coat  Another classic pea coat, and I love the peplum detail.
8 Camo  Like the military jacket above, this can be worn with more then you may think.  Camo is surprisingly neutral!
Fur trimmed vest  More fur!
10 Velvet moto  I think this is super fun and funky!  I love the velvet, which is pretty hot this year.  Lots of velvet stuff out there right now.
11 Fur trim puffer  Gotta love a good puffer jacket.
12 Quilted bomber  Pretty!
13 Quilted Anorak  And this one is a little longer if you want something to cover your bum.



Beauty:
There are lots of fragrances and makeup deals, but those are so personal, so you'll just have to check those out on your own.  I do think these things were worth mentioning:

1 Sugar  I love Sugar lip balm!  They feel like butter on your lips.  I've never tried the tinted ones, but I'm sure they are great.
2 Mac Lip set  This looks like a great neutral shade that would look good on almost anyone
3 PMD  I don't own one of these, but I have heard great things about them.   And I know they rarely go on sale, so if you have been wanting one, I'd jump on this opportunity!
4 Jo Malone set  These fragrances are all so unique and they can be layered, so a set like this is perfect for trying out the different scents!
5 Clarisonic Mia  This is a great price for a Clarisonic.  I usually only see them discounted this low around Black Friday.
6 Supergroup sunscreen  This scores a 4 on ewg.org, and that's pretty darn good for sunscreen.   On sale, the 3 pack is $38, which is less than $13 per can...that's what you would pay for chemical ridden sunscreen from Target!
7 Drybar set  If you're a Drybar fan, then you know this stuff rarely goes on sale!
8 Beauty Blender  This is the only way I will put on foundation!  It is the best applicator!
9 Nest diffuser  Technically not a beauty item, but still worth mentioning!  I love Nest candles and diffusers, and they also rarely go on sale, so if you like 'em, stock up while they are discounted!
10 butter London polish  Love these colors for fall!
11 Clarisonic refills  If you missed your chance to stock up during Amazon Prime Day, here's a 2nd chance!  How many times in life do you get a second chance? ;)
12 Living Proof  Another product that is never on sale
13 St Tropez  This is rated as one of the best self tanners!
14 Aveda set  Aveda on sale?  Add to cart.
15 Philosophy Set  Several different Philosophy sets are included in the sale this year


Intimates/Lounge:
I don't own any Natori stuff yet, but I ordered a bra and some undies, based off of the amazing reviews!  I'll keep you posted if I like them.  There were also some cute pjs and lounge attire that I didn't previously mention...so here ya go:

Natori briefs and bikini  I ordered both of these to try them.  Supposedly they are amazing and stay put.  I'll keep you posted on my wedgie status.
Seamless bra  This is similar to the one I loved from Forever 21 that's no longer available.  If you don't like an underwire, you might give this one a try.  And it's under $19!
Natori Rose Dream bra  I ordered this one.
4Natori Feathers bra  The reviews are amazing on this one, and I almost ordered it compare.  I still might.
Hanky Panky
Spanx  Great deals on Spanx!
Stripe pj pants
Joggers  I live in my joggers...definitely more days then I should.  But who's counting?
Soft tee
10 Sweatshirt & pants

I must take a break now.  I really wish I wasn't in the middle of my Whole 30 challenge because I would love a bottle  glass of wine!   Keep me posted with your purchases and what you love / didn't love!  I'll check back next week and let you guys know what I ended up getting and my opinions on everything.  Have a great weekend!








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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale PART 2

You know I wouldn't leave you hanging without talking about the rest of the AWESOME deals!  Ok, let's cut the chit chat and get down to business.  If you missed the first installment of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Roundup, you can see it HERE!

First things first:

SHOES:
I can't believe I didn't include shoes in my first post!  I mean, WHO am I?  Anyway, please forgive me.  As I'm sure you have guessed, there are some super cute booties, boots, and sneakers included in the sale.  Here are some faves:


1 Block heel bootie
2 Converse Shoreline <--under $36!
3 Tory flats
4 Uggs
5 Studded bootie
6 Perforated bootie
Over the knee boots (LOVE!) and another
Cutaway bootie
Peep Toe bootie
Nike
Sperry waterproof



JEWELRY/ACCESSORIES:

1 Kendra Scott filigree earrings, pendant necklace, and  long pendant necklace
Gorjana bracelet  and necklace (lots of colors to choose from)
Leopard scarf <--under $12!
Coliseum necklace 
Wallet
Quay sunnies
Tassel earrings
Leather cuff
Bib necklace
10 Woolen cap
11 Studded belt
12 Square scarf


ACTIVEWEAR:

1 Alo
2 Zella high waist
3 Zella crop here and here
Sports bra
5 And another sports bra
No show socks
Tank
Studio socks (with rubber grippers on the soles)

I haven't had a ton of time to explore the beauty and home deals, but I did order this Living Proof shampoo.  I love everything I have ever used from this brand and it's never on sale!

Well, tell me whatcha got!?!?!?!  Was there something on sale that you were really hoping for?  Did you find any unexpected loves?  It's hard to narrow it down and make decisions!  Gimme all the things


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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

Yay!  Are you ready to SHOP?!?!?!  My son woke up at 4:30, wanting me to "fix his blanket" again... (if you saw my IG stories, you know what I'm talking about), so I have been perusing the sale since the weeeee hours this morning.

There are TONS of great deals and this is such a great sale because it's new merchandise that they are discounting in preparation for fall/winter...so lots of boots/booties, jeans, cardigans, sweaters, etc.

The sale is not open to the public yet, it is currently just open to Nordstrom cardholders.  To gain early access, click here.  It officially opens to the public on July 21, so if you don't have a card, you can still flag these items and hope with all of your might that they will be available in a week.


DENIM:
If you are looking to get a deal on designer denim, THIS is the time!  Lots of great deals on expensive jeans.  And, there are also plenty under $100 too!  Here are a few that caught my eye:


1 AG  If you are looking to drop some cash on a good pair of jeans that will last you a while, I have heard amazing things about these.  They are still pricey, but you can save $75 during the sale! #heckyeah
Rag & Bone
Articles of Society  I took a chance on these.  Considering the price, it's not a huge chance ;)  Such great deals!
Paige
Articles of Society (black)
Vigoss
Wit and Wisdom (I own a couple of pairs of the Ab-Solution jeans and they are SUPER comfy!  I ordered the split hem pair this time)


CARDIGANS:
I love a good cardi in the fall/winter!  Heck, I actually wear them all year round because I get chilly in the air conditioning!

1 Barefoot Dreams Circle I'm super excited this is included in the sale!  I have heard amazing things about how soft this cardi is!  So, I'm taking a chance.  I had a hard time deciding on either this one or the hooded one (linked below)
2 Barefoot Dreams Hooded
3 Leith Circle I own this bad boy in 2 colors (from last year's sale), and I LOVE them!  They have the same look as the Barefoot Dreams, but it's $27 less AND they have POCKETS this year!   Mine don't have pockets, but I sure with they did!
4 BP This is a deal at only $32.  Several color options!  and....POCKETS!  I mean, I really appreciate having somewhere to stash my phone, ya know?
5 Hinge Bell Sleeve  There are lots of bell sleeves this season.  This cardi is super cute


HANDBAGS:
This is another category where you can really save some $$ if you're looking for a designer bag.  They have several amazing bags, but here are just a few I was diggin'

Rebecca Minkoff Tote
2 Frye Hobo LOVE this!  It's a splurge, but it can be worn as a hobo or as a cross body.  So pretty!
3 Vince Camuto Tote
Rebecca Minkoff Hobo
5 Sole Society Backpack <--Under $43!
6 Cathy's Concepts  So cute for summer!
7 Vince cross body (looks similar to the Chloe bag that goes for $900!)


TOPS:
Trends this year include lots of ruffles, bows/ties, and bell sleeves

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

I'll come back later (hopefully today), to post more on shoes, jewelry, athletic wear, home, etc.  Happy Shopping!











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Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer Sandals

I feel like summer just started, but it seems to be FLYING by!  After the 4th of July, it always feels like the end of summer is lurking around the corner, teasing us like a playground bully that it will soon be time to go back to school and start picking pumpkins.  I am going to try to make the most of of the 2nd half of summer, but it's hard to do when its so. dang. hot.

I've been living in sandals, as I'm sure most of you have been too.  I thought I'd share some of my faves that helped get me through spring and into summer.


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