7.18.2018

My Nordstrom Sale top 5

j.crew pink blazer
You know that I live in blazers and I find them to be a part of my personal style. I love wearing them over tees and with skinnies or over dresses. Either tend to be my church uniform. Even though I recently got a pink blazer on Poshmark, I couldn't resist this one {the pink is such a deliciious shade}, but I also got it in black. I lost my favorite favorite favorite one years ago at a cocktail party and have never been able to find a great replacement. I plan on taking this one to my tailor to make the fit impeccable. 
This has been on my wish list since I first spotted a sneak peek of this sale. The fact that they are so cute, come in gray and are under $64 {$85 after sale}, made me order them in either size to make sure that they don't sell out in the size I prefer. Y'all know that I am obsessed with these HIGH WAISTED NAVY LEGGINGS, and I think either color will look super cute with the multiple navy pairs I have. 

every single blogger has mentioned this cardigan, but it really is that good. This can be evidenced by it continually selling out during the presale. I bought this last year in a stone color and it was by far, one of the most worn items in my closet this last year. I love a great open front cardigan, and I have no joke worn this over gym clothes and over little lace camisoles for wine dates with my husband. 

If you get one item from the sale, I recommend this. It will whole heartedly change your beauty routine. Plus, you get two for the price of one. I use them in the morning after I wash my face with only water and at night, after watching my face at night with soap, or doing a face mask/ clarisonic brush and before I begin layering my night creams. You will be surprised how much makeup you will still remove, even after washing your face. These are great for traveling too since they don't classify as a liquid and can easily be stowed in your carry on as an inflight refresher. 


If you are looking to spend under $100, or to get one luxe item from this sale, I highly recommend this scarf.  It is 100% cashmere and just under $100 {$150 after the sale} and comes in 7 colors. I got this neutral and gray. 





Y'all know me better than to assume that I only got only these 5 items, but these are my top 5. My orders are just beginning to arrive, so I plan on sharing more with try ons on my IG stories and items that I will not be keeping. 

this Duchess Style jacket is exactly what this sale is all about! to snag a fall basic that you wouldn't purchase at full price, but would be on your wish list. This reminds me of many coats that Meghan has been spotted in and I got it in the dark gray for my upcoming birthday trip in the fall. Fingers crossed it as chic in person as it is online!

These look so cute in the photos and you can't beat the price of under $45!

 I love the light weight of this cardigan versus this one, the gorgeous light blue color and the price $45. 

The timeless double breasted style is something that I will have in my closet forever. We have a big fall trip coming up and I could resist snagging this up, in navy, of course, for our trip for about $100!






workout wednesday: my weekly schedule



Saturday:
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Full Body Week 19
45 minutes stationary bike

Sunday:
2.8 outdoor family run where Fernando and I switched pushing the double stroller

Monday:
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Arms Week 20

Tuesday:
3.35 mile run outside with Jackson
2 mile indoor sprints on the treadmill
 we are training our dog, Jackson to run with us and don't want to push him too much. We have slowly taken him on runs, increasing the distance every so often. We started with a .5 mile run and now he can easily tolerate, and loves! 3 miles. So we are working on him getting better at 3 miles plus. I wanted more of a workout this day, and the kids and I didn't have to be anywhere, so I hopped on the treadmill and did OrangeTheory style sprints for 2 miles. 

Wednesday:
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Legs Week 20
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Full Body Week 20

Thursday:
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Abs Week 20
20 mins elliptical

Friday:
3.25 mile run with the double stroller and Jackson

Saturday:
5 mile run outside




7.16.2018

makeup monday: coola and glossier

glossier birthday balm


I want to share some items that I am currently loving in my makeup vanity. While I am loving everything in my MEGHAN MARKLE'S FAVORITE MAKEUP post, I want to continue to share other items that make my minimal makeup look functional. 

GLOSSIER BIRTHDAY BALM - this was a gift from a bestie and I love it! The smell and texture are very reminiscent from my first middle school balm, but in the most flattering way possible. It is gorgeous on its own and functional enough that it works for running errands or out for drinks. 

COOLA MINERAL SUNSCREEN - this tinted sunscreen was a gift from a blogger event and it is. life. changing. It literally looks like you have a filter on, but better since it is real life. I have never liked face makeup, but since I am aging and have this gorgeous melasma from back to back pregnancies, I find myself needing it more and more. Yet, I still hate the look {and feel} of full coverage face makeup. This one is perfectly light but gives a natural coverage. Plus, I always love anything with SPF in it.




note: this is not sponsored, but products I love, use and recommend. 




7.13.2018

Instagram lately


meghan markle makeup



See the original post HERE where I talk all about some of Meghan Markle's favorite makeup



levis and vans outfit



I used to have these orange shoes from like 5th grade until 9th grade that were twins to these shoes. I was obsessed and so sad when I outgrew them. As you know, I have a shopping problem, so I find it surprising that I even remember these shoes, much less save a special spot in my fashion memory for them. So I was excited as a prepubescent Spice Girls fan when I found these ORANGE VANS that are twins to my beloved Rocket Dog sneakers from the 90s. And that they are under $70 is a triple score. 






white lace one shoulder top




If you love this top for summer as much as I do, I recommend you get it now! It has sold out three times since I have tried to share with y'all.







Original post HERE

in love with these shorts for summer. and you know that I like to wear my mom appropriate converse with everything from dresses to shorts. 




7.11.2018

workout wednesday: my weekly schedule

I love these so much, I want to wear them with high waisted jeans!

Saturday:
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Abs Week 18
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Legs Week 18

Sunday:
5 mile trail run
You saw me on my Instagram Stories making myself tackles those hills. But I love that I found this amazing uphill trail run near my home that goes on and on. I turned around at 2.5 miles to create a 5 mile loop, but the trail was not done! Cheers to next time when I can add some distance. 

Monday:
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Challenge Week 18
 I made the hubby do this will be in the backyard while the cuties were having breakfast. But this would be easily to recreate with any of your favorite reps. 

100-high knees
100-jumping rope
10-squats
10-burpees

80-high knees
80-jumping rope
8-squats {I did 16}
8-burpees

60-high knees
60-jumping rope
6-squats {I did 12}
6-burpees

40-high knees
40-jumping rope
4-squats {I did 12}
4-burpees {the hubby made me do 20}

20-high knees
20-jumping rope {I did 120}
2-squats {I did 12}
2-burpees {I did 10}


Tuesday:
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Arms Week 19
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Abs Week 19
4.65 mile run
Now, writing this down, I realize this is crazy! 
I woke up early to do the workouts at the gym and then did the run around my hometown golf course while the kiddos were at Vacation Bible School. 

Wednesday:
3 mile walk around the golf course with Jackson and a sleepy Leo in the stroller while Madrid was at camp. 

Thursday:
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Legs Week 19

Friday:
OrangeTheory 6:05 am class

Saturday:
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Full Body Week 19
45 minutes stationary bike


7.09.2018

pjs out of the house

tiered cami top outfit

anthropologie pj top

straw fedora outfit

skinny jeans and converse outfit

straw fedora outfit






I love anything soft or comfy. Before kids, I would always always choose cuteness over comfort. But when I became a mom, I realized that I got much more snuggles if I was wearing soft clothes and this immediately became the #1 priority: more snuggles number one, me being comfortable number 2 and cuteness a distance third.

When I first spotted this tiered cami top, I had to ask the saleslady, twice, if it was really a pajama top. I immediately pictured this outfit in my head: paired with my high rise skinny jeans and mom appropriate converse sneakers. With this outfit, I get to look cute and increase my chance of lots of snuggles. And that I am ready for bed or a nap. {matching pjs pants here.}




photos by Asha Bailey Photography

7.06.2018

instagram lately


pink blazer outfit



We are Deacons at our church and I was Deacon of the Day recently, so I thought this dress and blazer paired with classic flats bridged the dress code gap between the casual/contemporary First Service and traditional/ dressy service.




pink and navy lace dress


I couldn't resist this dress for a recent blogger event. 




pink bow flats



If you've been following for a minute, you are well aware that I can't resist a bow flat. 




white scalloped shorts




Original post HERE where I talk all about my shorts insecurities. 




7.04.2018

workout Wednesday: my weekly schedule

matching workout set
WORKOUT LEGGINGS // WORKOUT BRA
you will be pleasantly surprised where this adorable set is from!
high waisted leggings are $29 and bra is $17 and they come in 5 colors
size up. Size S legging I had a hard time getting on...

Saturday:
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Bench Challenge
About 30 minutes of different exercises working every muscle group, using a bench.
Think Bench Jumps {hands on the bench, feet and body on one side of the bench on the floor, and jump from side to side, over the bench}, incline pushups, with hands on the bench and then feet on the bench, and my personal favorite, lay down push up to burpee to jump on the bench. 

Sunday:
4.7 mile outdoor run
There are two gates into our community and I have always wanted to run from one gate to another, but has always been a little nervous because on the main street, it is quick to drive but looks like an intimidating run. Today, I went for a trail run that let out into another neighborhood. I told myself I could turn around at 2.25 miles, but by that point I had somehow ended up on the main street, so I thought to give this run that I have been thinking about trying, a go! I made it from gate to gate and now found the perfect {almost} 5 mile loop!

Monday:
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Arms Week 18

Tuesday:
2.6 mile run, up hill, pushing the double stroller
there is a hill by our house that I normally start walking after less than 2 minutes. Since I had Jackson with me, I couldn't do my normal 3-4 mile run, since he is a puppy and we are still getting him used to running with us. Therefore, my goal was to get to the turn around point at the top of the hill, pushing the double stroller without stopping. I crushed it! And my legs were jelly. I started to beat myself up for doing a shorter run, but then I praised myself in my self talk since I crushed a goal! 

Wednesday:
Orange Theory Class
I love the instructor and chose the 10:25am class, even though is later than I normally like, due to him! I am telling you, even though the workouts are the same at every location on the same day, the instructor {and the playlist!} make a BIG difference!

Thursday:
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Total Body Week 18

Friday:
3.18 mile run pushing the double stroller

Saturday:
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Abs Week 18
Sweat App: BBG Stronger 2.0 Legs Week 18

7.02.2018

the only lip liners you will ever need



best lip liners



My go to lip color is rather simple: one light layer of this GRAPEFRUIT BALM and then using this LIP LINER in 'Edge to Edge'. I focus on lining the lips, working my way into the center of the lip, using the lip layer of lip balm to help blend.

This is my favorite lip color to use. I've worn it to workout. I've worn it to date night. When you find the color that works on you, it will work for every moment in your life. Plus, I truly feel that you are never fully dressed until you have lip liner and a smile!

I recently found this UNIVERSALLY FLATTERING LIP LINER and have realized, that I have stumbled upon the only two lip liners you will ever need in your life!

6.30.2018

Meghan Mania: her favorite hat


meghan markle panama hat
meghan markle panama hatmeghan markle panama hat

meghan markle instagram

meghan markle instagram



Sadly, these photos are from Meghan Markle's now defunct Instagram account. But file this under the countless reasons that I love that Meghan Markle is now a Royal: we get a look into her private life, even if it is a look at her actress life and before her official joining of the Royal Family. {But some of these photos were from her girls trip in August 2016 with Jessica Mulroney, immediately before she jetted off to Rwanda to meet Harry for their fateful first trip! and five weeks after their first date.}

As I age, I have definitely more strict with my sun exposure on my face. My dermatologist said it is way to protect your investment {now, if someone could help me watch my kids/ open up my schedule to allow for the downtime I need to take advantage of the micro needling I bought myself but never scheduled...10 months ago!}. It never feels like summer to me until I buy a new hat. This year I have gone overboard buying this one, this one and this one in three colors. 

Meghan Markle's white fedora is such a staple of her, that we will probably never see her wear it again, since it is pretty easy to spot. She was great about making it a work overtime, wearing it with everything from her bikini to sundresses, from the beach to late European dinners al fresco. 

Shop all the options below. I found all price points from $24 to $200+, all online retailers, if you have a preference and all brim sizes, so you can find your most flattering fit!











6.28.2018

scalloped shorts

white scalloped shorts

white scalloped shorts

white shorts and converse

black lab puppy photoshoot

white scalloped shorts outfit

white scalloped shorts outfit

white scalloped shorts outfit







As I have tried to be extremely honest about during IG Story try ons, I am self conscious of my thighs. Yet, I live in a city that shorts are OK and weather appropriate for most of the year. I have, in the past, had one or two pairs of shorts that I feel comfortable enough in to leave the house and those are my shorts for the summer. Last summer, it was these DENIM CUT OFFS and this summer I will balance the relaxed feel of those with the feminine feel of these WHITE SCALLOPED SHORTS. If you must show your thighs, and if I must showcase an insecurity, it might as well be adorned with scallops. 







photos by Asha Bailey



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