8.17.2017

black basic bell

black jacket and denim shorts outfitbell sleeve jacket outfit

ruffle frill cropped jacket outfit

black sneakers and denim shorts outfit



bell sleeve jacket outfit

black sneakers outfit



bell sleeve jacket


dressy denim shorts outfit

jacket : BLACK BELL SLEEVE CROPPED JACKET {more color options available here} // top : GRAY LINEN TANK // shorts : DISTRESSED DENIM SHORTS // shoes : BLACK SUEDE SNEAKERS // necklace : ROSE GOLD NAMEPLATE NECKLACE mine with my daughter's name  // necklace : SKINNY GOLD NAMEPLATE NECKLACE mine with my son's name  // bracelet : HERMES CLIC CLAC // bracelet  : DAVID YURMAN BANGLE // bracelet : DAVID YURMAN CABLE BRACELET 




While those of you that have been following along for a while, know that I have a shopping problem, y'all also know that I love a great basic.

I feel in love with this jacket in navy at the Nordstrom Sale, but when I realized that it also came in black, blush and powder blue, for the first time, navy wasn't the obvious choice {more color and size options here}! I love the idea of this paired over a long cashmere turtleneck in the cooler months, over a cocktail dress and with simple basics, like I paired it with here. Mixing the feminine sleeves with the unassuming distressed shorts that I have lived in all summer made me feel like a "cool" mom. 

8.13.2017

mommy monday


pineapple print pjs

I am firm believer in a good set of pjs. As my last time breast feeding will be ending soon {when?, you ask...not quite sure...}, I have recently cleaned out my pajama collection, getting rid of pjs that I didn't necessarily like, but were extremely nursing friendly. As I am still breast feeding first thing in the morning, my current favorites do lend themselves to this, but are cuter and more my style when this time of life does end for the last time.

These PINEAPPLE PJS were too cute not to pass up! They were recently restocked in all sizes and come in a navy pair with more coverage. 





once a day baby journal


These BABY JOURNAL are often one of the first things I recommend new moms to get, moms with toddlers or a recommended shower gift for a pregnant friend. It does seem time consuming, and can be frustrating at times when you forget to do a week, and have to rack your mommy brain for all the adorable things that happened the prior week....BUT I have already loved going over things that have happened with both children. I have one for each, each day's entry is a sentence or two and the stories and milestones are worth their weight in gold when you go back over prior years.


arcona


I, like most moms, tend to change my skin care routine quite frequently. I have a gnarly pregnancy/ breast feeding mask from two pregnancies in two years and am constantly trying to find breast feeding friendly products that I like, but also work. These ARCONA PADS are one of my all time favorite beauty finds and they provide an instant refresh. I use them first thing after washing my face, both night and day. 

best baby sunscreen


Also, like most moms, I have tried my fair share of baby products. I have tried all the obvious brands, but BABYGANICS SUNSCREEN is by far my favorite sunscreen. As a first time mom, I went out and bought all sunscreens that said baby on them, only to do my research and realize that these products were great at marketing but quite harmful for your children. Just because it says 'Baby' on it, doesn't mean it is safe! 

This sunscreen has the best coverage, non greasy or sticky formula and is harm free. I literally use nothing else for me or my family. Plus, the size and price make it last forever. I use it daily and think that I am just now at the bottom of the first one and you've seen that we have been going to the pool multiple times a week. 

best baby teether


As you've seen on Insta Stories, Little Man is teething. While everything that you hand to him, and everything that you don't, ends up in his mouth, I have found that he prefers this TEETHER. It is soft, BPA free and massages his gums and gets him ready to start brushing his teeth. {Also, picked up this one from Target.}






8.10.2017

white bells

white bell sleeve top outfit

white bell sleeve top outfit

white bell sleeve top
white bell sleeve top

white bell sleeve top
white bell sleeve top outfit

all white bell sleep top outfit

all white bell sleep top outfit

all white bell sleep top outfit


oversized square sunglasses and saint laurent blush bag

white bell sleeve top outfit

white bell sleeve top outfit

Y'all know that I recently cannot get enough white. 
It dawned on me that while completely unconventional with two little kiddos, my growing collection of white sneakers might soon be under scrutiny with the whole "no white shoes after Labor Day rule."

Nevertheless, when I spotted this budget friendly top, I couldn't click 'Purchase' quickly enough. I don't remember when I first came across this extremely budget friendly and on trend brand, but it is has quickly become a line that I look for when shopping. Not sponsored, but you know I love to share my shopping obsessions!




5 THINGS

1. I lived in Rome for the summer after college. I thought I wanted to go work for the State Department and had an internship at the American Embassy. I picked the brains of any one higher than me to inquire about life in the State Department. Like most careers, most women told me that you had to choose between career success and a family. 

2. I hate cooking but I do it everyday.

3. My office is a mess. I blame the kids, but how could they possibly create this much of a mess everyday?!?

4. I love to organize things and make piles. I often don't get past the pile phase into the putting away phase.

5. I am wildly passionate about sea mammals and will probably defriend you if you swim with dolphins. Or go to Seaworld. Add 'Blackfish' to your must watch movie list. Now. 


8.09.2017

budget pink lips

the best pink lipstick

the best pink lipstick

Y'all know that I love a great pink lip. 

Bright, soft, neon, versatile, I don't think I have ever met a pink lip I didn't like. When I purchased this {$8} lipstick in the personal care aisle at the supermarket, I thought I might like it, but I love it! Never underestimate the makeup aisle at Target or your supermarket! This lipstick is matte but full of pigment. It feels great on your lips and is budget friendly, what is not to love!? Paired with the lip liner I have had to replace multiple times because I have worn it down to a stub, it was perfect date night lip. 

Start in the outer corners of your lower lip, working towards the center in short strokes. Rub your lips together to mix up and lower lips together and fill in where color is missing or not uniform. Line your lips, starting the same way you did the lipstick: the outer corners of the lower lip, concentrating in the middle of your bottom lip.  Rub your upper and lower lip together to make the line soft. Line the upper lip and rub together again. 





8.08.2017

instagram lately


black satin bow slides black cap toe sneakers


Are you tired of seeing either of these shoes on my feed, yet? These are my favorite thing from the Nordstrom sale {today is the last day!} and the price 100% does not reflect the quality! I would happily have paid double. They come in a rose gold and gray as well.

These satin bow slides were an impulse purchase that I keep high fiving myself for! They come in blush and black and are under $25. You will be surprised when you see where they are from...





bootay bag



Bootay Bag is the newest monthly subscription service, but this one is for stuff you actually need! Whose underwear drawer doesn't need a cute little spruce up one a month with two pairs of undies? Pick if you like only thongs, only briefs or a mixture of both to get the cutest undies delivered to your door. 

Thank you to BootayBag for sponsoring this post. 




Lauren Ralph Lauren striped dress



You know that I can't resist a great navy stripe! 





white off the shoulder top outfit


Thank you to TOBI for sending me this off the shoulder top that I can't stop wearing. {love the olive for fall}. As you can tell, it looks just as cute with jeans as it does with my favorite denim cut offs for a more casual, late summer look. 





pink espadrille flats



Thank you to Lauren Ralph Lauren for partnering with me for a couple of posts. Sponsored or not, these shoes are so comfortable and the perfect transitional shoe into late summer. They are currently marked down to $39 and come in navy!





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8.05.2017

best of NSale

best of NSale 2017

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Sick of this sale yet???

I saw an Instagram post from my new favorite snarky account @YourAverageBlogger that there is more going on in the world besides this sale. I totally agree. But here is a round up of what I got and some of which I am still waiting patiently for the mail man to deliver!

1. TIERED TOP {$27} comes in navy too! // 2. BOBBI BROWN PALETTE {$98} I honestly just wanted the check side so I figure the eyeshadow is free with purchase since I found that price to be amazing for the cheek selections alone! // 3. PEARL MULE SLIDES {$59} At this price, these velvet faux pearl slide are outfit makers  // 4. NIKE WHITE SNEAKERS {$105} you never have enough! I always like to have a fresh pair or two waiting in their box for me in my closet so the second an old pair starts to not feel like they are helping me go my hardest or fastest, my workouts don't have to be delayed for a sneaker delivery // 5. BLACK CAP TOE SNEAKERS {$59} my favorite purchase of the sale! The quality is amazing and I know that they will get tons of wear in the fall and Southern California winter. // 6. NIKE WHITE SNEAKERS {$119}  I love the rose gold swoosh.  // 7. PARKER 50mm SUNGLASSES {$79}  I have been itching for a new pair of sunnies and I love that these are a light pair, yet still huge to cover my wrinkles // 8. GRADIENT LENS OVERSIZED SUNGLASSES {$79} because I never know where my sunglasses are! // 9. HATHA HIGH WAISTED WORKOUT LEGGING {$34}  this color has sold out countless times. If they have your size available, snag them asap! // 10. COZY OPEN FRONT CARDIGAN {$79} My second favorite purchase of the sale. Beyond cozy, it is definitely worth full price. Multiple colors and sizes have been restocked. I wish they had the color I want in Small, but I love it so much that I will love the extra oversized feel! // 11. JAMIE HIGH WAIST RIPPED JEANS {$75} not even part of the sale, but too good! I did a booty dance the second I had them on and didn't want to take them off, even though the weather here has been anything but jeans weather. // 12. HIGH WAIST SKINNY JEANS  {$131} I love that this sale provides a chance, and the monetary encouragement to try brands you might not otherwise try. I am in love with the fit of these jeans and that they run large. I am in the smallest pair of jeans I have ever been in! // 13. JAMIE HIGH WAIST SKINNY ANKLE JEANS {$45} The price and fit on these are not to be missed. They were recently restocked, so buy them now!
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8.03.2017

the best jeans and some mom truth


white bell sleeves and high waisted skinny jeans outfit

You want to know why I am not posting outfit posts everyday???

because I am a mom of two and on the difficult days, I high five myself for making it out of the house, brushing my teeth and getting a workout in. {or quite possibly, just one of those three}. While I love love being a part of this community that encourages each other, I sometimes {read, weekly} think of quitting.

Instagram and sharing snippits of life can lend itself to self doubt, comparison and unrealistic expectations. I know that I am not the only one that spends an unhealthy amount of time picking a filter or choosing what photo fits into my feed best. {While I pride myself on not retouching photos or knowing my way around face-tune or photoshop, I do love a great filter that makes my photos cohesive.} I do pride myself on being a mom that makes her own food for the little ones, is still breastfeeding and hasn't given the kids sugar. But I am not one of those moms that puts on makeup everyday, wears half of the {adorable!} things in my closet, or has it all together.

I know that many of us have touched on it, but don't forget! there are 24 hours in the day, that is 1,440 minutes. If your favorite blogger is sharing 1-2 photos a day, there are probably 1,439 other minutes that life doesn't look like their feed, mine included.

While I would love to be a mom in cashmere and heels all the time, I am not. While I would like to wear lipstick everyday, I don't. While I want to wear the cute outfits that I share everyday, I can't. If a 30 minute run makes me happy and thus a better mom, I am going to rock my sweaty workout clothes for the rest of the day, or until I have a chance to shower, which, quite possibly might be at 10pm, after I have edited a cute photo for my feed.

Soooo.....the point of this post is, underneath it all, I am a jeans and top kind of girl. They will be skinny jeans and a cute {navy J.crew} top, but I find that this dressing, when I have time to get dressed, fits into my life and is my preferred style.

These jeans are my Absolute favorites right now. When I put them on, I did a booty dance for about 10 minutes because they were so flattering.  And then proceeded to try on all of my current favorite tops with them. And these I quite possibly bought them because a 27 was too big, so size down.

I find that a new pair of jeans can give your closet the simple refresh it needs, so these are my favorites that are currently on sale or under $100.















8.01.2017

blue eyeliner


Who else is in a Princess Diana rabbit hole?

With all the recent coverage for the 20 year anniversary, I have read two biographies of the Royal Family, have purchased every magazine that even mentions Diana and I have every special DVR'd. But I digress. Kind of...

I have been wearing blue eyeliner since an impulse duty free purchase sophomore year of college. While the ways I wear it has changed with time, I still love a great navy eyeliner. Currently, I like it in the outer corners of my upper lid and along the lower outer waterline of my lower eye. Nobody did the blue eyeliner better than Princess Di and now with my refueled Royal Family obsession, you might be hard pressed to find me not rocking it. 

This navy liner is my most recent purchase and I love how smooth is goes on. If you are not one for eyeliner, I highly recommend this. If you want to try the look without splurging, try this one {$10}

Another way I like to wear a navy eye is by using this angled brush and this navy eyeshadow in Giove. Dab the brush in the shadow and then dab is on your eye in segments until you have a completed line. This creates a softer look than dragging it across the lash line. 











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