Sunday, November 23, 2014

gift guide : for the traveler

The gift guides continue with one for the traveler on your list! What globe trotter does need a special bag for her wet pucci bikini? And what Mister does not want monogrammed locket cufflinks to keep a photo of the little one close by? While we don't have travel plans until the spring, {and we will be tropical locale bound} I have added this directly to the top of my wish list. 

gift guide : for the traveler

DryBar Up, Up and Away Kit $25- to ensure she arrives in style

Contact Lens Case $38- to ease dry eyes 

Monogrammed Cashmere Blanket Scarf $299 - cozy enough for the flight

Mini Sync Charge Kit $35- to keep all the gadgets charged

Canvas and Leather Monogrammed Cosmetics Case $28- for any traveler on your list!

Sunglasses $130- for the red-eye traveler

Tie Case $145- to keep meeting and wedding ties organized in the suitcase

Maya Brenner Initial Necklace $145- for the new bride or new mom, initial of loved ones close to her heart

Wet Bikini Bag $38 - for the tropical bound or beach babe

Laundry Set $58- to get the carry on organized

Shea Travel Treats Hand Cream $20- to battle the recycled air

Friday, November 21, 2014

pregnancy survival guide

I have been asked what things have helped me survive pregnancy. I have loved every minute, even the painful bits, and even though it's not over, below is what has gotten be to the 9+ month mark.

pregnancy survival guide

  • anything from Hatch. - Yes, some of the clothing is a bit pricey, but I have lived in these striped tops, I worn this dress until it became too short (I now wear it with leggings) and a couple of dresses got me feeling beautiful for festivities and date nights. {If you shop from here, the return policy is a bit more lenient). 
  • Gapfit Maternity leggings -so comfortable! I got my regular size and they have worked from 4 months to 10 months. As I am a strong proponent of working out through pregnancy, I was also pleasantly surprised that my favorite Lululemon tank has worked throughout my pregnancy in my normal size. It is plenty long to cover your bump throughout pregnancy. 
  • New lip gloss  - when I was feeling gross/fat/tired a new lip gloss (in Chihuahua) made me feel better
  • Havianans - with the hardwood flooring and tile in our home and working 12 hour shifts at the hospital until 7 months, the padding and non restrictions of these comfy flip-flops saved my feet.
  • TopShop Maternity - amazing price points and great styles. I could not recommend this more to any expecting mom. Also, their non maternity one pieces {LOVE this one}, in a size up worked perfectly from about 3 to 6 months, then I went to their maternity one piece. 
  • DryBar Blow drys - a great way to relax and look great for date night with the Dad to be. Plus, I love their products, and found a new favorite at this week's blow dry, which I know will be very helpful for after.
  • J.Crew Maternity jeans -  As I have recounted in multiple posts, the white maternity denim was a complete lifesaver. I ordered my normal size and they worked from 4 months until birth. They made pregnancy outfits seem more pulled together while staying on trend.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

black full midi skirt

 {Monique Lhuiller look}

Ever since spotting this budget friendly black full skirt {for $39!}, I have thinking how fun it would be paired with just about anything in your closet for alternative holiday look.    {I was hoping of wearing something like this for the start of the holiday celebrations, but our Little Angel has not made her appearance yet, so I might be wearing a hospital gown or some of the yummy cashmere that just barely covers the bump.} I also love this one that is wildly similar to the Monique Lhuiller options pictured above. 

Shop similar skirts and white tops below to recreate the look at a fraction of the cost.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

gift guide: for the men in your life

gift guide: men's

Initial Cocktail Shaker great for the martini drinker

Rebel Style: Cinematic Heroes of the 1950's perfect for the rebel or 1950's movie buff

Festive Socks  for the party animal

Novel Duffel Bag for the traveler 

Minnetonka Driving Moccasins for every man on your list!

Khiels Facial Care Set a great stocking stuffer

Vineyard Vines Pullover great for golf, casual Fridays or date night

Leather iPhone Case and Walletthe husband recently switched out his wallet for this combination and loves less things in his pockets. It comes in iPhone 5 & 6. 

Books of Best Golf Courses or Ballparks for the sports obsessed

Monogrammed Dopp Kit  for any man on your list: dad, uncle, and colleague 

Decanter and Glasses Set I am mildly obsessed with this set! It translates into 'Elixir of Life' 
and is perfect for the bachelor or office wet bar. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

{faux} leather + white

I am not a leather jacket kind of girl, but this photo has me inspired to try this faux leather jacket with this dropped waist white dress that I have been crushing on {and it comes in mint AND it's $28}. Click below to shop. 

photo found here

Saturday, November 15, 2014

weekend sales!

Another weekend, another collection of great sales! 

J.Crew Factory - 40-60% off, expires Tuesday November 18th
  • {Love this burgundy shift zipper dress , these ice blue sparkle heel party shoe  marked down from $128 to $88, and this pinwheel collar necklace- only $23!}

Kate Spade - 25% off with code BEMERRY, expires Monday November 17th

Madewell - 25% off sale items with code FALLBACK, expires Monday November 17th

J.Crew - 25% off with code SHOPNOW, expires Monday November 17th 

photo courtesy of here

Friday, November 14, 2014


As many of you know, and those of you that follow along on Instagram, you can easily shop most of my photos. While I try to have the blog and my other social media coordinate, sometimes I share things on Instagram that simply does not make it to the blog {for example, while I posted about my fabulous rockstud purchase two months ago, I have not done an outfit post and thus they have not have had their blog debut}. 

By registering at once, you can shop all your favorite blogger's instagrams by simply "liking" their photos or by visiting their Like to Know: It page. {Ours is}. Within minutes, you will receive an email that looks like one of the images below with direct links to products featured in the photo. While often, items sell out or or no longer available, it is best practice to have links to similar products that will satisfy your shopping urge. 

If you haven't already, join Like to Know:It. I promise you won't be disappointed. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

blush and leopard

When I got the above gorgeous photo in my mailbox from Piperlime, I immediately wanted to recreate the look and it has me inspired to pair knits and skirts. {How great would this be for Thanksgiving?} Blush with a side of leopard: does it get more girly? Shop the exact look below, or the budget friendly version inspiration board below that!

blush and leopard

Light pink midi skater skirt {$38} // Leopard T-strap pump {$99} // Pink fluffy sweater {$51}

Boucle sweater in blush {$68} // Leopard pumps {$45} // Box pleated midi skirt {$57}

photos courtesy of here and piperlime

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

gift guide: hostess with the mostess for under $100

holiday gift guide 2014: hostess

The navy & orange gift guides are here! With the first holiday invitations arriving in the mailbox, what better time to check off the host and hostesses? AND everything is less than $100!

Monogrammed Napkins - these are my favorite and so cute! The monogramming time is quick {less than a week} but if you don't have time to wait, these multicolored napkins are a great alternative.

Polka Dot Cake Stand - bring treats to the party on this adorable polka dot cake stand for the hostess

Christmas Pillow - a cute saying on a festive pillow

King & Queen glasses - for the party king & queen

Intial Fob - a great addition to the household key ring

Diptyque votive candle set - great for the hard to shop for or the hosts you don't know as well

Copper mug - wrap with all the fixings for moscow mules

Striped 2015 Agenda - help the hostess get organized for 2015

His & Hers glasses - great for the wet bar

Stationary - what cuter slogan on stationary then "Why Hello There"

Initial Soap - great for the hosts' guest bath

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

smoking slipper & current sales

As seen on twitter, if I were to be depicted as a shoe, this Salvatore Ferragamo Scotty loafer would be it. Nevertheless, it is easy to be inspired by the always fabulous Olivia Palermo in her choice of the burgundy suede smoking slipper. Both are fabulous and currently on my wish list.

Also, don't forget to check out the sales mentioned in Saturday's post. This amazing cape is 40% off and GiGi New York has 15% site wide, sale ending today, where you can shop amazing finds for those on your list {or yourself!}. Love this agenda and thinking of getting it monogrammed for that hard to shop for lady on my list!

Shop my GiGi New York picks below with 15% off site wide and get all these finds monogrammed!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

weekend sales!

I hope that you are having a great weekend! Below are some sales that are currently going on with some of my picks from each. Expiration dates and codes are included. I have already ordered this for the little one, these for holiday decor, these for a holiday hostess gift, and this for the Mister!

 Happy Shopping!!!

J.Crew 25-30% off with code GETWARM expires Tuesday 11/11

J.Crew Factory 30% off with code EXTRA30 expires Tuesday 11/11

West Elm 15% off with code YIPPEE expires Monday 11/10

Nordstrom 40% off selected items, expires Tuesday 11/11

Splendid 25% off with code WELOVEYOU expires Tuesday 11/11

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