Caramel- Personalities

September 27, 2016

One of my favorite parts of having a big family - aside from the constant humor "never boring" aspect that comes when we are all together - is seeing the ways that my siblings and I are alike and different. Some of us have similar features (one of my sister's has strawberry blonde hair like mine), most of us all have spirited attitudes, there's a definite split between extroverts and introverts, a few are super athletic...And while we each have specific preferences when it comes to food, we all have a definite sweet tooth and share a love for the sugary, sweet and delicious. Even my brother who is 14 months younger than me who doesn't like cake still loves a fresh chocolate chip cookie and my mom's brownies.

Some of my earliest memories are of getting suckers from the doctor's office with Sally or reaching into bowls of caramels at the bank with my brother when we'd go there with our mom. The Werther's Original caramels we used to eat as little kids are still a favorite none of us can resist. But the classic Caramel Hard Candies we'd grab by the fistful are now one of several caramel candies offered by Werther's. There's something for everyone and Werther's newest survey helps you find which delicious caramel variety best fits your personality. After taking the Werther's Original Fall Quiz and shamelessly sampling five flavors myself, I can't help but wonder which caramel personality each of my eight siblings would have.

Full disclosure, I tried the five Werther‘s flavors before I took the Fall Quiz. Being no stranger to the original caramel hard candies but a true caramel lover, I wanted to see how the Werther‘s recipe translated to their other candies. Here’s what I taste tested: the creamy filled caramels, the creamy apple filled caramels, the soft caramels, the chewy caramels, and the sugar-free caramel hard candies. I hard already determined which was my personal favorite before I took the personality survey and I was a little shocked when the quiz result told me that the caramel I’d identity with was already the one I liked best: the soft caramels. Kind of amazing!

All the caramel eating and start of the new season had me pulling out some of my caramel-inspired fall favorites. I’ve been dying to wear these new brown and black striped flats  and it finally feels appropriate to do so. Slipping on some of my other go-to fall shoes (hello leopard clogs and Golden Goose sneakers, I’ve missed you!) and mixing some of my brown and tan sweaters with white jeans is an easy way to ease into sweater weather while it’s still on the warmer side in Dallas.

Indulging in Werther’s Original caramel is as familiar as slipping on a favorite cozy sweater. And though I feel like I’ve known the flavor since I’ve been little, it’s fun to see how the candy company that established its roots in 1909 (candy-maker Gustav Nebel introduced his delicious, iconic caramel recipe in the small European village of Werther, Germany) can continue to introduce new flavors while staying true to quality ingredients many of us can identify back to our childhoods. I plan on sharing my caramel stash with Sally and a few of our friends so I can have then pick a favorite and take the fall caramel personality quiz…I’m so curious to see how many other people are able to align their tastes with the survey questions and results.

However, I’m pretty positive that any fellow caramel lover will love any of Werther’s offerings. The Soft Apple caramels are a limited edition that’s especially appropriate for the fall season (raise your hand if you ever got a caramel covered apple when trick-or-treating!) and very delicious. The caramel popcorn is another new Werther’s creation I am now dying to try. There’s even a caramel popcorn with sea salt and pretzels (um, yum) and I’m thinking it might be the perfect salty/sweet treat to indulge in!

All varieties of Werther’s Original creations are available in grocery stores and retailers nationwide. Take the Fall Quiz to discover your caramel personality before you decide which to try or just do what I did and get a few varieties that looks good then take the survey and see if it aligns with a taste-tested favorite…either way, be sure to share your results on Facebook and Twitter to show friends your true caramel identity and why you #FallForWerthers this season!

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Interiors + Decor

Say “Love”

Is there any better way to display a four letter word than written in light? When we say this LED light-up “love” sign while snooping around West Elm we started planning where it could hang in our respective homes. The $99 price is fairly friendly (considering the price of art). How cute would it look in a nursery, on a bookshelf, nestled in a gallery wall…endless options.

Style

Sally Tee Dress

How can a dress named “Sally” be anything other than perfect? We love t-shirt style dresses – the cuts mimic the shirts we live in and they’re easy to dress up or down with various shoes and bags. What we’re loving about this Tee Dress by A.L.C. is that ruched detail on one side of the torso makes it ultra flattering. Our Golden Goose sneakers have found the perfect match for fall!

Lifestyle

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Fall Prep with Saks OFF 5TH

September 26, 2016

In case you missed the memo, last Thursday was the official first day of fall. I'll be honest - I did not spend the day loading up on pumpkins and jumping in fall foliage...partially because I was traveling but mostly because it takes a little time for autumn to sink into Texas. None the less, I have shamelessly been making a wish list of items that I'd love to have for the new season. With all the closet cleaning I've done recently (moving in July really helped me sell and donate what I hadn't worn one the past year along with tired items) I know that I'd love to add a few new sweaters and some shoes to my fall wardrobe options. Being the frugal freak that I am (sales + steals, anyone?), I've been stalking around for pieces that are seasonal but also classic and with prices that are friendly to my wallet. I have found such great stuff at Saks OFF 5TH - a great go-to source for favorite designer brands at a discount prices - and thought I'd give you all a glimpse into the sweater and accessory pairings I've been putting together in my head.

All the items at Saks OFF 5TH are already marked down a significant amount from the original price but now is a great time to buy from the site because today through tomorrow only, you can get early online access to the Friends & Family Sale! (read more to get all the details)

 

Starting TODAY (September 26th) you can get online early access to the Saks OFF 5th FRIENDS & FAMILY Sale! Details:

  • Spend $125+ GET $25 gift card
  • Spend $200+ GET $40 gift card
  • Spend $300+ GET $60 gift card
  • PLUS, FREE SHIPPING!

Use code FRIENDSF at checkout to redeem gift card. Offer ends September 27, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. Some exclusions do apply. There’s a one-time use per customer and promotional gift cards will be emailed between 11/02/16 and 11/06/16 via the email address used when placing the order.

For any of you not familiar with OFF 5TH, you need to get excited. There’s everything from fave brands like Joie (hello, perfect poncho) and Vince, to shoes and handbags by Charlotte Olympia (I adore these leather slippers in the green – they still have my size and I just may have to get them!) Stuart Weitzman and Furla, along with Rag & Bone (this is such a great LBD), 7 For All Mankind3.1 Phillip Lim and tons of other labels in between.

Definitely jump on the F&F Sale while you can and get a gift card to use for the next time you shop Saks OFF 5TH!

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Style

Modern / Vintage

Remember when Sally styled a lavender checked version of this Modern Vintage Top by Stylekeepers in this outfit post? Well the shirt has been restocked in sizes for the four color options it comes in and we’re considering adding another to our shared closet. How can you resist the ruffled sleeves, flattering neckline and wrap-tie style? The under $100 price tag makes it nearly impossible! Thinking that the navy and white gingham would go perfectly with dark denim and clogs

Style

Ivory Brixton

Pack up the panama hats and other straw hat varieties, it’s time for fall head-toppers and that means felt fedoras and other floppy brims! We’re loving the selection of seasonally appropriate hats at Madewell and specifically favoring those by Brixton and Biltmore. Due to our affection for wearing neutrals, we think Brixton’s Juniper Felt Fedora in Ivory would be a perfect accessory to pair with almost any outfit. The shape is a “wear forever” style we’d love to go with this dress!

Shopping HudsonWay

September 26, 2016

You know those friends who are so stylish they are able to spot up-and-coming designers seasons in advance, style for other people as well as they do for themselves, pick pieces off of a rack you'd never think to try yourself but end up loving, and can make jeans and t-shirt look runway worthy? They're those friends that everyone is begs to open a store or do styling. The friends you wish could dress you full time.

My friend Natalie Conway is all of the above and more. And after years of working in fashion and buying in Dallas, she and long-time style spirit sister Lexy Knight recently launched their own online store: HudsonWay. Starting any small business is a labor of love but these two are putting so much thought, care, and love into their brand that I can't help but share what they're doing...

 

I should probably mention that the MLM Label top you see here was the first thing I spotted on HudsonWay that I decided I had to have. As someone who does a fair amount of online shopping and a TON of online window shopping (aka scrolling through hundreds of pages and making mental wish lists) I was instantly drawn to the tight assortment of designers and pieces Natalie and Lexy were choosing for HudsonWay. There’s a reason why people love to shop boutiques – it’s generally the “best of” versus the whole collection and bought with a meticulous eye for what’s great and unique – and HW has brought that concept online.

MLM Label is one of the more widely known labels on the site, but HudsonWay is also representing styles from emerging designers – many of which I have never heard of but am loving…this blouse by Maria Stanley is just one of a few pieces I can’t stop looking at. And this Instagram has me really excited for the new lines they’ll be bringing on site soon!

I hope y’all will check out the site and show the new small business a little love. AND, if you live in Dallas, they offer free same day delivery Monday – Friday!

Pieces From The Post
MLM Label Vienna Top from HudsonWay (in black here) // FRAME DENIM SKINNY JEANS // Vince Josslyn Sandal Heel (sold out, similar, similar, similar) // TRUFFLE PRIVACY CLUTCH // RAY-BAN AVIATORS (ALSO HERE) // DANA REBECCA LAUREN JOY NECKLACE (IN YELLOW SAPPHIRE!)

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Beauty

Living Luminizer

After complimenting our friend Hannah of Not My Circus blog on her fresh-looking makeup she gave us what might be the most genius tips ever for under-eyes. After applying concealer, Hannah pats a little bit of Living Luminizer by rms beauty on top for the perfect dewy finish. We both own Living Luminizer – a cult fave highlighter know for a translucent finish that works with any skin tone – but haven’t tried this application…now we will be! Get yours at Sephora, Nordstrom and Amazon!

Style

The Fringe Hem

In case you haven’t heard, denim with alternative hem styling is a trend this season. Think release hems (looks like you took out the stitches and unrolled the sewn edge), staggered hems, large folded hems, and exaggerated fringe hems like you see here. If you’re like us and also looking to try denim with some shagginess, look no further than the Moto Cropped Jeans from Topshop! We think it has the perfect medium wash (ideal for fall) and at $75 you’ll get a lot of look without breaking the bank!

This + That // Sales + Steals

September 23, 2016

There is honestly nothing better than being home. Especially when it involves new babies and friends. I spent my morning yesterday with a sweet new baby and get to do the same this morning. Now if only every day could be spent this way. Our friend's wedding festivities kick off tonight and it will be a busy weekend! (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: 50% off favorite picks through Saturday night with code FALL50! (I absolutely love the silhouette of this top, and I am always looking for pretty black tops to change up my usual whites.)
  • Anthropologie: Extra 30% off sale items. (This sleep set is adorable and especially practical for someone who runs hot while they sleep, like I do.)
  • Banana Republic: The favorite fit event – 30% off regular priced pants and tops + extra 40% off sale. (I have yet to buy a sweater for fall, but this might have to be my first – I feel like I would wear it all the time! The reviews are great, too.)
  • BaubleBar: Calling all friends and family – 25% off site wide with code YESPLEASE. (I honestly don’t know what to make of the “choker” trend that is happening because chokers kind of freak me out. I don’t like things tight around my neck! But, if I had to choose a favorite, this one is very non-offensive and classy.)
  • Bloomingdales: Save 20-40% on select items! (Wilt makes some of my favorite tees and the price on this one is pretty good.)
  • Calypso St. Barth: Shop the 2016 fall collection and enjoy $50 off $300+, $150 off $600+, and $300 off $1,000+ through 9/26 with code GCFALL2016. (I am obsessed with the style of this dress – it could be worn so many different ways and dressed up or down.)
  • CB2: Limited time, up to 30% off select pillows! (I love the details on these pretty velvet quilted pillows.)
  • Crate & Barrel: Up to 20% off beds and nightstands through 9/26!
  • domino: 20% off fall decor! (These are great – we get compliments on ours all the time!)
  • Free People: 25% off select home styles. (I may have been living under a rock because I never realized they had home stuff. I am loving these marble mugs.)
  • Gap: 35% off your purchase with code EVENT! (This is precisely what I need for fall to wear over a tank when I head to the gym and around our air conditioned house when I’m constantly wanting a sweatshirt. Same goes for this – omg I need.)
  • H&M: Free shipping on orders over $40 with code 0040! (This sweater looks super high end for the price and I like how its paired with white jeans on the model! I am also mildly in love with this coat – how good is the color?)
  • J.Crew: Online only – 25% off your order $150 or more with code BESTDRESSED. (Its shirts like this that I am going to count on to transition to fall.)
  • J.Crew Factory: 50% off fall favorites!
  • LOFT: 30% off everything with code SHOPSMART. (How cool are these sunglasses? I’ve also already added this and this to my cart to wear with jeans this fall.)
  • Madewell: Extra 30% off all sale styles with code AUTUMNUP! (This sweater is a great layering piece as the temperature cools down.)
  • Old Navy: Shift into fall – 30% off your order with code ENJOY. (I’m thinking of ordering a few of these to get me through these scorching days we’re currently having. I am SO sick of all of my clothes at the moment.)
  • Serena and Lily: New custom collection – 20% off at the upholstery shop with code DESIGNYOUROWN.
  • West Elm: Friends and family event – 20% off your entire purchase with code BESTIES! (This is so little, yet so adorable! I also have these in my cart for our mantle.)

Some Steals:

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