Monday, November 28, 2016

HIIIII + CYBER MONDAY DEALS

HIIIII Y'ALLLLLL!!!!

Oh my word, it feels so good to have a second to breathe and visit my blog again. I can't even explain how crazy the last few five? six?? months have been. I don't want to bore y'all with the details, but it's been very busy and a lot going on with life in general so I just didn't have the time to devote to this precious blog of mine, unfortunately! I really miss it though so here I am!  

And of course, what else would I be back to talk about other than shopping?! It's obviously CYBER MONDAY today, and as I was browsing some sales, it popped into my head that I should be sharing my favorites like any good blogger friend would. **And don't tell, but I'm partially avoiding some other work I should be doing** ;) Shopping and procrastinating are my two best skills!

1. NORDSTROM- Extra 20% off select sale items. It doesn't sound like that big of a discount, but there are some really great pieces on major sale! I've been needing new slippers, and these Sam Edelman booties would perfectly fill the black bootie void in my wardrobe.

2. SHOPBOP- Use code GOBIG16 for 15% off $200+, 20% off $500+ or 25% off $800+! In my opinion the best way to shop this sale is go for your really big ticket items that you're buying (luggage, designer items, etc.) so you get the big discount OR stock up on small gifts that you'll be giving friends and family for Christmas AND all year long so you get them at a discounted price. 

3. BAUBLEBAR- 35% off 2+ items with code SAVE35 or 25% off 1 item with code SAVE25! BaubleBar is the best for both statement jewelry and classic pieces. They have everything, and they stay up to date with styles so you can get designer inspired items for A LOT less. 


4. LOFT- 50% off EVERYTHING with code CYBERMONDAY! This sale is actually good in stores and online so if you just can't wait for your order to arrive- head to your nearest LOFT store! 

5. EXPRESS- 50% off EVERYTHING and free shipping! Just got this off the shoulder sweater {XS} during their black Friday sales, and I've already worn it because it is FABULOUS! 

6. H&M- Up to 30% off with participating codes! Just bought this fab bomber jacket {size 12} in the olive color and this comfy plaid {size 4}!

Some other great sales to shop today...
SOLE SOCIETY- 30% off EVERYTHING
ASOS- 30% off EVERYTHING with code THANKFUL30
J.CREW- In store and online 40% off your purchase and free shipping with code MONDAY
J.CREW FACTORY- 60% off most everything, free shipping & extra 40% off clearance with code HAPPYSALE 
TORY BURCH- 30% off with code THANKS
KATE SPADE- In stores and online 30% off your purchase with code WIRED

HAPPY SHOPPING!!! 

Friday, June 17, 2016

FAVORITE BLACK ROMPER

Happy Friday, y'all! This is going to be a long one so grab a coffee and get comfy! 
I am so happy the weekend is within reach, and that I am finally getting this outfit on the blog! I originally planned to get it up on Wednesday, but when my sister and I went to shoot it, my camera died about 3 minutes in... And it's funny because I had been thinking earlier that I wanted to talk to y'all this post about something that God has been reminding me recently about not comparing myself and my life to others, and the camera dying was just another one of those moments that reinforced that lesson. 

I could take my camera dying in anger and frustration after getting ready to take pictures {spoiler alert: I don't wear a full face of makeup and dress cute all day, errday} and compare myself to other bloggers who shoot with professional photographers or who remember to charge their camera on a regular basis because they get to sit at home all day drinking coffee and playing dress up and online shopping, but the reality is that just because it appears that someone's life is perfect on social media does not mean that their life is actually a fairytale. Your favorite blogger whose social media feed is full of eating breakfast in bed in her designer pajamas and peonies and lipsticks and Valentino heels and all the other things that we envy...guess what? She's not perfect, and just because her social media feed appears to portray a magical life where money grows on trees and marriages are a walk in the park and cooking healthy and delicious dinners every night is a breeze and peonies bloom all year long does not mean that is her reality. The reality is that she probably wears workout clothes and minimal makeup 90% of the time, has to clean up after her tiny, cute curly dog that has accidents in her house,  maybe works a full-time job while running a blogging business, has disagreements with her husband, burns dinner occasionally, and lives on a budget to smartly manage her money! But would you ever gather as much from her social media feed? Probably not because we use social media to show the best parts of our lives {me included!}. 

I'll be honest- most days I go to work {as a nanny} with zero makeup on in workout clothes that might not even match and are definitely not Lululemon, and you know what? Most days I go home in a regular, not accessorized outfit with no makeup on and air dried hair after a shower. I usually grumble to myself about cooking dinner every night. Our laundry is almost never put away, and on rare occasions is our apartment spotless. There's a red stain on our living room rug from a mysterious spilled drink that neither of us remember spilling, our coat closet is so stuffed with junk that opening the door is putting your life in danger, and I can probably count the number of times I've vacuumed our carpet in the last two years on one hand {Wife of the year award, right?}... But you would still never gather all that from my social media feed. 

I framed this as it applies to me, but now that you've read it, take a second and think about who you compare yourself to. Is it an artist you love who seemingly only produces amazing work with every stroke of his/her brush/pen/pencil/etc. and never struggles with writer's block or painter's block {is that even a thing?} or just wanting to give up? Is it your favorite fitness guru who appears to have the perfect body and to never struggle with wanting to eat a piece of pizza & ice cream or contemplating skipping a day at the gym? Is it a mom who appears to have perfect kids who dress like they walked off of a child runway 24/7 and never throw fits and never make messes and never eat junk food or fast food? Is it even a married couple who seem to have a perfect marriage and always want to do everything together and never have fights and never have money problems and never struggle with misunderstandings or bad communication or infertility or the endless other hard things that husbands and wives face? 

The reality is that we don't know always know someone else's reality. D shared an awesome quote last Sunday with our small group by a pastor we have been listening to, Steven Furtick. He was talking about social media when he said, "The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." How true is that? How many times have I felt insecure or discouraged about myself or my life because of something I've seen on someone's social media? But y'all, who am I to judge someone's life by only a picture? We don't know what struggles they are facing in their life so why compare?

All this to say that I want to be real about my life. Not that I am assuming my life looks enviable on social media, but I am guilty of sharing what I want y'all to see and deleting what would be less than flattering! So here's the truth... I love my husband, our families, our friends and our life. I love fashion and beautiful things and baking and coffee with mainly creamer. But our life is in no way perfect. I regularly oversleep and have to rush out the door to a full-time job, my car is a place that holds half of my wardrobe and a large variety of items that I swear I'm going to throw in the trash can next time I get gas, D and I are both horrible at communication and we have struggles just like every other married couple, I love junk food, and I don't make it to the gym every day. Less than glamorous, huh? It's okay though because I'm me- a real person with real joys and struggles, and I want to share all of that with you! So that if you are feeling some of these insecurities, you can know that you are not alone! 








Romper {S} | Sandals {6} | Hat | Lips {Backstage Bambi} | Necklace {I made mine inspired by this!}

I'm going to keep this short and sweet because I already wrote a book at the beginning ;) I have been wearing this romper non-stop so you need to go buy it, and it's on sale in case you needed another reason! I've linked these outfit details along with some other really similar options that I love in the product widget below so click around to grab your favorites! 


Thank you so much for reading and sharing my heart! If you made it this far, you are a doll! Have an absolutely fabulous Father's Day weekend! 

XOXO


Monday, June 13, 2016

PRINTED CORAL TANK





I only had about 20 hair flipping photos... I must have been slacking on my hair flip game. 

Hair attack! 





Hair- 1 Me- 0

Tank {S} | Shorts {6} | Shoes {5} | Bag | Sunnies | Lips {Pinky Nude}

These pictures crack me up. D and I took them yesterday before our small group Bible study, and needless to say IT. WAS. WINDY. So this is basically a horror story about a girl and her hair revolting and attacking! And D's picture taking style is just major paparazzi-ish. He likes to point and hold down the shutter button so I have one billion action pictures so it's a blast sorting through to edit them... I left a few crazy hair shots purely for your amusement so enjoy! 

An easy outfit like this is what I live in during Texas summers. I think yesterday may have been the hottest day so far between the heat and the insane humidity. As much as I love a cute layered outfit, it just is not practical for our weather during this season so a go-to pair of shorts are a must have! I love these shorts from J.Crew Factory (have them in 4 different colors!), and I wear them all summer long. The bright colors and prints make them really fun to build outfits around. 

I also rounded up some of my top summer picks in the product widget below for y'all! Some of these items are already in my closet and some are in my carts wishing to be in my closet ;) 


On a different note, I am always working to improve my blog and create content that my readers enjoy so I'd love to hear from y'all! If you have anything you want me to write about or focus on specifically, leave it in the comments for me! I'd love to hear about it! 

Thanks for reading! XOXO

Friday, June 10, 2016

TSHIRT DRESS















 
Dress {L- I definitely would have gone for M if they'd had it!} | Jacket {S} | Hat | Shoes {5} | Bag | Sunnies (similar) | Lippy {Backstage Bambi}

Happy Fri-YAY! Ugh, please ignore my ghostly legs... I obviously have not had time for tanning this week. Yikes!

You guys, I finally joined the world of Converse wear-ers... It's about time, I know. I'm so excited to finally have a pair, and I have no idea why I waited so long to get some. Just a heads up, most people say they run big- I went down to a size 5, but I think my normal size 6 would have been fine too! They just didn't have any in stock, and I am impatient ;)

I feel like such a cool kid in this outfit! There's something about it that is so laid back and comfy but chic. I mean it's basically like a giant pajama dress that can be acceptably worn in public. Who wouldn't want that?! I'm a little obsessed with every aspect of this outfit. I finally found a perfect denim jacket so I can retire my previous one that I've had since H.S. *insert monkey covering eyes emoji* It's the perfect fit, length and color in my opinion, and I got it for half off the sale price so it was a no brainer in my book!

How about this laser cut cognac tote? I've been wanting a carry-all tote for a while, and I had been eyeing this one every time I made a Target run so I figured that summer gave me an excuse to finally pull the trigger. Target actually has SO many cute totes right now in different colors and styles that keep them interesting! I've linked a few others that I love in the shop-able product widget below! This widget below is a new thing I learned how to add to my posts so I'm really excited about it! You can shop all the products above (plus some extra options I love) by clicking the pictures! Yay for learning and improving my blog!

Thank you so much for reading! Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

CHLOE + ISABEL








Top (an outlet mall find) {M} | Pants (same style, different print) {6Petite} | Necklace | Earrings | Bag  | Sunnies | Lippy

Hiiiiii! Wow. First of all, I am sorry I have been so MIA the past two weeks. I have been so. busy. My to-do list just keeps getting longer and longer each day, and I haven't been able to get on top of it. On top of that, the rain will not leave us alone here in San Antonio so no outfit pictures to share! Example: My friend Adina and I went for a walk yesterday after work on some park trails, and OUT OF THE BLUE, it started pouring on us! 30 minutes earlier I had been melting taking these pics, and here we were running through the pouring rain on the trails to get back to the car. Not cool, weather, not cool. 

But all that's in the past now. Here I am, and I'm excited about this post because I got to collaborate with a sweet friend of mine, Amanda! Amanda is a wife and mom to her sweet son Caidyn with baby #2 on the way! She recently opened her business with the jewelry and accessory company Chloe + Isabel that creates beautifully crafted jewelry with exceptional quality for the stylish woman! Their jewelry is very unique, beautifully detailed and can't be found anywhere else. The Chloe + Isabel Brand was inspired by the idea of two best friends with different personalities and styles, united by their passion for style and self-expression. One of the best things is that they are inspiring and empowering women everywhere to be change their lives and be their own #bosslady!

I chose to style the Morningtide Convertible Collar Necklace and Morningtide Drop Earrings for this outfit.  The necklace actually has an interchangeable chain so you can choose between the gold links like I did or a navy cord! I love a statement necklace with my bold outfits, and this definitely fits the bill. The little marble stones in the pieces add a definite sophisticated touch. There are so many other pieces in the line I have my eye on for summer statement jewelry like these earrings, these earrings {convertible- how cool is that?!}, this necklace, and this ring! 

I hope y'all enjoyed this fun bright outfit and post collaboration with Amanda! Be sure to visit her website here to get yourself a few beautiful pieces for your jewelry box, and tell her I sent you ;) 

Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

FLORAL KIMONO + SWING DRESS






Kimono {S/M} | Dress {S} | Sandals Same sandal, different color {6} | Necklace (similar) | Rings

Does anyone remember on the Lizzie McGuire Movie when Lizzie's nemesis ripped off her (Hilary Duff's) graduation gown and called her an OUTFIT REPEATER?! I do, and I think it scarred me for life because I do not like being an outfit repeater... And don't you dare judge me for liking The Lizzie McGuire Movie. I'm not ashamed. I also have the sound track ;) "Hey now, Hey nowww! This is what dreammmssss are made of!"

But unless I happen to become a bazillionaire one day, it's pretty unavoidable so I think the key for me is to style my items differently so I don't FEEL like I'm being an outfit repeater ;). So here I am being an outfit repeater with this floral kimono, but I wanted to show you another of my favorite ways to style a kimono! You  may remember a similar look I styled here! There's just something about a swing dress with a kimono that is so cute but feels easy and laid back! 

Apparently the rain and hail are back for another visit to San Antonio {seriously, what is going on?!?!} so that's fun... It's so sad so many people have horrible hail damage to their cars, but I do love big storms...let's just keep the storms without the hail... Thank you very much. 

Anyways, you made it to Wednesday so you are halfway through with your week! Yay, you! You got this girl! Have a beautiful day! 

Thank you so much for reading (especially when my weirdness comes out) :)! 


Monday, May 16, 2016

JACK BY BB DAKOTA











First, let me apologize that this post is so late in going live! For some reason, blogger has not been letting me upload photos which are just a tad bit important to go along with an outfit post so that seriously set me back this morning! Happy Monday, right?! ;)

I had my Rodan + Fields launch party this past Saturday which was so much fun! I am so thankful for the friends and family that came out to support me. This is the dress I wore, and I absolutely love the easy fit and feel. The colors are perfect for heading into spring and summer, and it is so easy to throw on with sandals also. I'm wearing an XS, but I would have sized up to a small if they'd had it in stock. The fit is really nice because it would be flattering on a lot of different body types.

I don't know if y'all have seen the brand Jack by BB Dakota, but it is so on point! The clothes are adorable and chic but very affordable. BB Dakota makes my favorite leather jackets so I'm really excited to be able to shop their other pieces in some of my favorite stores also. I found this dress in a boutique here called Bevello, but it isn't listed on their website. I've also seen pieces in Dillard's and other department stores.

Thanks for reading! I hope everyone had a fabulous and fun weekend!

XOXO