Friday, July 22, 2016

What To Buy, Return and Wish For

Ok y'all, the Anniversary Sale has officially begun for the public! I really don't get this excited about any other sales throughout the year, but this one is too good to miss. Brand new fall clothing and accessories- discounted ahead of the season! The way I usually navigate the sale is searching for pricier items {think boots and jeans} that I could use a price break on, and then adding in some less expensive items that are trendy that can step up my fall wardrobe game. 

I am so excited about my new jeans! Truth be told they were sitting on our doorstep last night and I have not tried them on yet, but I am almost positive from all the reviews they will be keepers. I had a hard time deciding between these and the coveted AG skinnies, but price and versatility won me over here: 

Speaking of AG, here is the pair I am still lusting over. I adore these.

If you haven't picked up a pair of these yet, you are seriously missing out. THE leggings of all leggings are always part of the sale and they do not disappoint. I wore them my entire pregnancy {totally stretched them out} but they made me feel that good, it was worth it. This time I am getting a pair of the crop style since I skipped those last year. Click add to

I ordered this dolman dress as an easy go to dress I can throw on with boots and a scarf this fall. I need more of that middle of the road clothing- casual but put together. Having a few options for dresses will be nice, especially at a bargain price. I ordered the burgundy but I think I am going to switch it out for the olive color.

You might have heard about this  deep v neck tee, available for $15. I got the olive color below and it is really cute on. I wore it with white cut off shorts yesterday and it was so comfy. I also got it in the white but it has a small pick on it, so I will be returning that and probably getting it replaced. 

I also ordered this sweater {yet to arrive} in the charcoal grey which is no longer available. I tried to be really sensible on things I really need and wear the most for this sale. As much as I love blouses, on the days I am at home with kids I am pulling out what is comfy and washable and simple. This sweater will do all of that, and get me out of the house easily with a pair of jeans and boots.

I love plaid shirts and something about this colorway sold me! It's nice to have the button down while still nursing as well, even though I don't wear that style every day. I'm hoping it is a good fit that drapes well. I hate a button down that looks boxy! 

I mentioned these boots before and I'll say it again, they are the best! Riding boots that you will have forever. They are gorgeous and this is the time to purchase them! I love the color of this leather too.

These are on my wish list...debating. They are gorgeous, are they not? They are water resistant and have all the perks of Uggs, in a beautiful tall boot. What is not to love?

Love these lace up flats!! They are so much fun and at a great price point for a trendy piece. I've heard they are reallllly comfy, which is key for me. I tried a pair last year and they were promptly returned after not being able to bend my foot.

I really wanted to find a new handbag during the sale. This might be my favorite right now. It is different than anything I already own and screams fall. I love the braided handle on the Regan Satchel, and the rich color. The other contender would be this tote- I love the shoulder straps on this one for when I have my hands full.

I'm having a hard time skipping these slippers- I mean, have you ever tried Ugg slippers? They are purely amazing and I love this new style.

If you want to see my first post on Early Access, see here. A few items have sold out since then, but these were my initial favorites! To see my beauty picks, see here! Lots of little add ons that won't break the bank.

Guess what, I haven't even looked at mens and kids yet! I am working on a round up of home items not to be missed as well. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and don't forget to shop before your faves sell out! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Top Beauty Picks #Nsale

Who is having so much fun with the #nsale? {Who is tired of hearing that hashtag!? haha!} Every chance I get I find myself scrolling the pages to see what I have missed and what is still out there that is a must! Keeps me awake during our middle of the night feeding session too :) I always pick up a few things during the sale for beauty items- prices are just so good...and I do love a price break on beauty products!
beauty picks

I have been wanting to get my hands on a bkr bottle set, and this is a heck of a deal! I'm drinking a ton of water these days and any little push to do so more helps!

 I mention this whish body gel every year! It's a tried and true fave! I'm happy this year it comes as a stand alone bottle vs. a set, since the body wash is my favorite product. At this price it isn't much more than Dove body wash! 

This is another tried and true fave- philosophy set. The scent cannot be topped and makes a great gift. 

You must try rose salve, it is a beauty staple and you could divide this set up with sisters or friends! 

Lancome mascara is always one of my favorites in the department store arena. The quality and results speak for themselves! This lancome mascara set is a great buy! 

 My favorite perfumes in a set: jo malone set. This is the perfect set that you can layer, wear alone and have so much fun with!! 

This would be a new purchase for me, but I have heard nothing but 5 stars for this blending set.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Early Access!

If you've heard lots of chatter about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, it's for good reason! The Early Access Sale starts today, and if you are a Nordstrom cardholder {credit or debit}, you can shop brand new fall arrivals at a major discount- ahead of the season! It's truly my favorite sale of the year, I mean why not? This sale has me all sorts of excited for fall clothes, just like that! If you are not a Nordstrom cardholder, the sale opens up to the public next week. There are definitely some items that will sell out early, as I have learned in the past! Here is my initial roundup of favorites but I will keep posting on the sale as I have more time to work through it all.

These booties are so darn cute and are perfect for early fall. Last fall we had what seemed like an endless summer and I could have worn sandals well into November! Having a transitional shoe like this is perfect for southern climates.

Same goes for these heels below. Wear now and later, which is so nice. I love the neutral shade of these, they will go with everything!

This poncho looks like it drapes beautifully and I love the length of it. I live in this sort of thing in the fall and winter. PS- pregnant Momma tip: Buy this for something you can wear before and after the baby!

Most days when I am at home with the kids I just need an easy tee to throw on. However, I like that tee to be as cute as possible. I think I will get this in a few colors for fall to pair with scarves and skinnies for a quick outfit. For $15 you can't beat it!

I swore by my AG maternity jeans {I tried so many!!} and now I am itching for a regular pair. These are perfect in my opinion! 

These are also on my wish list for skinnies {by the way- I just put on my first pair post baby and it felt SO good!} I love the dark denim that will be so flattering on everyone.

Hello, gorgeous handbag! This will be a sure sell out. It's a stunner.
Jackets and coats are always an investment piece for me, so being able to get one on sale is a major plus. I have wanted a cowlneck leather jacket for a few years now and I love this style.

I also have a Barbour jacket on my wishlist. It will be perfect for football games and running around town. This is such a good price for Barbour!

I adore my Burberry jacket and this one is similar. I love the oversized lapel and the classic cut. Burberry is obviously quite the investment but you will have it, literally, forever.

Another favorite in my closet- my Fryes! Now is the time to purchase them, a little easier on the wallet. These will be in your shoe wardrobe for years to come- such a classic. I love this leather color as well.

I'll be back soon with more picks! What are your favorites so far? xo.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Currently Loving III

pink and gold
This umbrella is on major sale! Use it for the end of summer and it will still be in good shape for next year // I've had my eye on this drop stitch chic and a great price! // Wore my sparkle jack rogers last night...easy way to upgrade your outfit while still wearing flats! These are 30% off!! // Nothing like a good pair of hoops // This magazine tote would be the perfect travel bag. I love the inside! // Not seen above but this top is right up my athleisure alley!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Currently Loving II

Did everyone have a good holiday weekend? I love the Fourth of July, really, I do. We spent the weekend at the beach house and came home yesterday morning. I am already aching for another afternoon on the beach, but luckily that isn't too far away! We had no crazy plans, unless you count baby feeding schedules and working in toddler naps. Stephen and I ran out for a quick trip downtown to listen to some music and that was the extent of my out of the house activities for the weekend! In true, busy Mom fashion...I forgot to give you this post over the weekend, meant for July 4th sales! Luckily, most stores are still offering incredible deals {some even better now} as we head towards the last half of summer. Here were some of my favorites!

GAP: take 35% off with code style, even sale items! These are my favorite shorts. I just got this workout top- love the tie in the back!

LOFT: 40% off styles... This top, this embroidered dress {extra 40% off} and this off the shoulder tee.

JCREW extra 40-60% off summer styles. THESE wedges, adorable eyelet shorts, a classic striped top in fall colors!

OLD NAVY: Take 30% off your order. This dress is only $12- for real {great for the beach}!  I cant resist a buffalo check tunic

Everyone loved Miss Frances Ann's swimsuit over on is pretty darn cute!

Weeks was just as cute in his matching rashguard!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Currently Loving I

While I am still getting back in the swing of things I thought I would do a weekly round up of favorites: no particular category- fashion or home, or perhaps even recipe links, beauty favorites, etc. A good and simple, yet efficient way to stay in touch on these busy summer days. Be sure to look for it each week, I'm aiming to have it on Tuesdays or Wednesdays!

pocket t {major sale! I have 2 colors and you cannot beat this price!!} // summer shorts {great everyday jean shorts I am lovin'} // sandals {love these pretty sandals with a tassel} // polish {my go-to pink this summer} // ibiza tote {so pretty} // pillow {on my wish list} //  woven straw tote {perfect for  the beachy holiday this coming weekend!}

Also, to see my All American outfit inspiration for the fam, see here.
Don't forget to send me any post requests! xo.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Newborn Favorites: Sleeping and Eating

I wanted to round up some favorites from my experiences with 2 newborns, totally different from one another. Let me first start off by filling you on how I fed/am feeding my children {America is fascinated by that right?!?} With my first, Weeks, I started exclusively pumping after about 2 weeks of unsuccessful and frustrating breastfeeding, and him losing weight or not gaining weight. In no way was I going to let my goal of breastfeeding get in the way of him gaining weight, so I started pumping. I exclusively pumped for several months and generated a decent freezer supply to keep him breastfed a while after I stopped pumping. I threw in the towel on EP after we introduced formula, because 1) he liked it 2) it kept him full with his big appetite that was hard to keep up with {round the clock feeding every 2 hours!} Exclusively pumping is a huge undertaking. Can't even put it into words. It was incredibly hard to do this and feel like I could care for a newborn at the same time. This experience was pretty hard at the time...I was discouraged and felt like a failure for not making the breastfeeding work. However, I stand by that breastfeeding was not in our deck of cards and no matter how long it took we weren't going to get it. I am especially sensitive to any mothers that choose formula and bottles for whatever reason it may be. I know the struggles and I completely feel for any woman battling the breastfeeding issue- emotionally and physically. 

Frances Ann is so far doing a wonderful job with breastfeeding, much to my surprise. As soon as I arrived into our room from recovery, girl was ready to eat. Our nurse even commented that it was the best "first feed" she had ever witnessed from a newborn. I only mention this because I want other Moms that may have had a tough experience the first time to be encouraged for the second child. Enough about my experiences though, {I usually don't share things like this!} but I wanted to fill you all in on how I have this "wealth" of knowledge for the range of products below! {totally joking on the wealth of knowledge part too}...

newborn faves

Having a positioning pillow is key, especially with breastfeeding. I am using the boppy pillow this time around- learn from my mistake and don't use a knockoff like I did the first time! I always heard the best things about tommee tippee bottles and Weeks did great with them.  I was religious about using this  bottle sterilizer for pump parts and bottles to keep everything clean. Right now, I am using this hand pump after some feedings just to keep my supply up and to have some milk in storage for occasional bottles. This is my double pump  that works really, really well. I would prefer it to the hospital grade pump we borrowed with Weeks, just for convenience and size.

 Both babies knew how to escape the swaddle from the get-go and blanket anxiety immediately ensued for me. Luckily, both babies love their sleep sacks and I do too! This one is recommended by our doctor as well. The rock and play was a game changer for Weeks....nights became exponentially easier after we started using it! Frances Ann goes in it occasionally for naps- she is still a little small to be really comfy in it at night I think. She is currently very content in her bassinet for night time. This time around, I went with a smaller, portable swing and love it! It is so nice that it takes up minimal space as far as baby equipment is concerned. It folds up for easy travel too. We are using it for naps and for a place for Frances Ann to be when I am in the kitchen, doing laundry, etc. I use these swaddle blankets for draping for nursing and for light layers when we are out and about. I don't actually swaddle with them.  Both babies started out with these pacifiers, although we might switch Frances Ann soon.

Whichever way you are feeding your baby, or plan to- I bet you are doing a good job at it! Hope these tips can help you in some way or another if you are the market for it. If I could change one thing it would be to give myself a little more grace however we handle the feeding, sleeping and parenting thing ;)