This + That // Sales + Steals

January 20, 2017

FridayFridayFriday! Could not be happier that the weekend is here. We have big plans to spend time outdoors with our dogs - the weather is supposed to be amazing. Were hoping to go see a movie at some point. We came to the realization that we will probably not be seeing many movies with a newborn, so adding that to our pact to plan more date nights. I can't even remember the last time I saw a movie! Also, lots of amazing Spring/transitional finds this week! (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: Limited time only – 40% off full priced tops with code TOPS40. (This is a perfect layering piece!)
  • Banana Republic: Up to 40% off the best styles – no code needed! (How great is this color? Would be perfect for a spring/summer wedding!)
  • BaubleBar: This weekend only – save up to 75% off with an extra 20% off. (Still loving these.)
  • Biscuit Home: Take an additional 40% off sale with code 2017! (Have an upcoming trip? This tunic is darling.)
  • Bluemercury: Good hair don’t care – 4 free deluxe sized samples with any purchase over $75! (I’m a big fan of the Klorane dry shampoo – I wonder if their regular shampoo is good. Its pretty well priced!)
  • Calypso St. Barth: Enjoy an extra 60% off sale! (I am obsessed with all things Calypso cashmere, and its always a treat to scoop it up on sale. This is such a classic piece. I already have this in my cart – I love every single thing about it, especially that I can still wear it now at 6+ months pregnant.)
  • Club Monaco: Up to 50% off sale when you take an additional 30% off already marked down styles. (In need of a new pair of booties? These are pretty much perfect – not too tall!)
  • domino: 50% off storage solutions. (This is pretty great, no?!)
  • Furbish Studio: 15% off all sale items with code WINTER – through tonight at midnight! (Still loving theseamazing trays.)
  • Gap: 25% off your purchase with code EXTRA. (SO many good new arrivals – definitely ready for spring. (This is amazing. Would be great with blue jeans or white. Jean shorts too! These are BEYOND. Look just like a Vince pair.)
  • J.Crew: In stores and online – take an extra 40% off sale styles with code SHOPSALE. (This color combo is go-od.)
  • J.Crew Factory: Online only – extra 20% off your purchase of $100 or more with code GOODDEAL. (Its a rare occasion when they have these stocked and in all sizes – time to stock up!)
  • kate spade new york: A limited edition kiss and makeup pouch with your full priced purchase of $200 or more! (Could this be any cuter? Love every single thing about it. Also, love a good pair of holiday PJs.)
  • LOFT: In stores and online – 50% off everything with code NOEXCUSES. (All about the classic pieces like this one!)
  • Lulu Frost: Sale up to 60% off! (These are pretty amazing.)
  • Lulu & Georgia: Take an extra 20% off sale items with code SALEONSALE. (How cute would this be for a little Valentine’s gift?)
  • Madewell: 30% off two or more whisper cotton styles with code WHISPER.
  • Mango: Sale – up to 70% off. (I’ve loved this for awhile and I think I could still wear it while pregnant which makes it a worthwhile purchase!)
  • Matches Fashion: Final reductions – up to 70% off! (This so simple, yet very pretty.)
  • Old Navy: 30% off women’s styles, including clearance! Through tomorrow. (Cropped flares + white denim, yes please. This looks SO soft and comfy, I’ll take one in each color!)
  • Serena and Lily: Enjoy 20% off all bedding, beds, and cribs with code TIMETODREAM.
  • Steven Alan: The end of season sale – online only for a limited time! Extra 60% off all sale items. (This is a great piece going into spring, I love how they paired it with booties!)
  • Stuart Weitzman: 50% off sale is on! (These in the brown color would go with just about everything.)
  • TIBI: Extra 15% off sale with code ENDOFSALE. (I thought I was over the whole “cut out” shoulder look, but this top is just so pretty. I especially love how they paired it with a skirt.)

Some Steals:

1. H&M Open-Shoulder Blouse ($35) // 2. Madewell Stay-In Pajama Pants ($59.50 → $39.50) // 3. Oscar de la Renta Silver-Plated Tassel Earrings ($425 → $212.50) // 4. Gap Leather Mules ($60 → $48)

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Mixing New Neutrals

January 19, 2017

This week. It's just going by so slowly. This whole month is going by slowly. One of my friends mentioned to me the other week that she thinks January is the worst month of the year - coming off of the chaos of the holidays, getting back into the work grind, trying to get motivated for the new year, dealing with dreary weather, etc. - and I have to agree. I'm ready for the weekend but also ready for a new month.

Complaining aside, this week hasn't been terrible. I've gotten a lot crossed off my to-do list and have seen some of my fave people. And I'm really excited to share this look today because it has pieces from some of my fave small(er) brands...

 

The Mi Golondrina top is one of their newer designs…so new that it’s been going in and out of stock on their website. Don’t fret! I’m sure there will be more (in both black and white) back up soon. I love tone-on-tone details and it’s a perfect year-round top. The slides are by Sabah (called Babahs) and their the slipper version of the traditional shoe. I wear mine almost a little too much. Inside the house, outside the house – they’re so easy and comfortable and I feel like I might need another color soon (though the Tobacco hue has been going with everything). The scarf is from Donni Charm and you might remember me posting about it in a Current Vibes post last month. It was a splurge, but I wear it all the time because it’s so cozy and feels like I’m wearing a big blanket (but one that’s acceptable for public viewing).

Now…hurry up Friday. I need you.

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Moon Juice Cookbook

If you haven’t heard of Moon Juice – the ultra cool holistic lifestyle and wellness company famed for its L.A. boutiques and alchemy “dust” mixtures – it’s ok, there’s time to educate yourself on their mission of providing nourishment, beauty foods, and natural remedies. A great place to start your education: “The Moon Juice Cookbook”. Created by founder Amanda Chantal Bacon, Pulp Brownies with Salted Caramel Sauce recipe included.

 

Style

Cascade Earrings

Forget everything you think you know about pastels, and re-focus your attention on these captivating Stone Cascade Earrings by Tory Burch. With a Swarovski crystal-encrusted stud accompanied with long fringed drops, they’re pale-hued beauties that really pack a punch…and we think they will look fantastic worn with neutrals or complimentary colors (this misty orchid top?!). The best part, they’re on sale and under $100!

Current Vibes

January 18, 2017

This has been a really bizarre week with a lot going on - both good and bad. We had a doctors appointment Monday which always makes for a good week and our next appointment will be the last sonogram we have before baby comes - which is crazy! Aside from that I am trying to get organized while at the same time feeling super disorganized and not knowing where to start. I think I need a really productive day in my future, stat! Hoping the gloomy weather around here will let up because that may be just the motivation I need. (read on for the vibes that are keeping my spirits up...)

. LOVING // FV NEW ARRIVALS: I always find this time of year to be a little bit bizarre – it’s usually still colder outside, yet half of the stores have started stocking their racks for resort so you’re lusting after all of these items that you can’t actually wear for months unless you have some exciting travel in your future. Which, with Zika circulating every warm climate, I do not. Case in point with my latest objects of lust – Frances Valentine’s new arrivals, particularly the Judy Bow Slide. Slide sandals are my best friend as they are 10x easier than a pair of sandals you have to bend over and buckle. I think this will especially be true come April when I am 9+ months pregnant. I won’t be able to plan for a lot at that time in my pregnancy, but I can plan to wear some pretty fabulous slides!

2. COOKING // SKINNY TASTE: When we moved back to Dallas in July I had resolved to do more cooking, which I did in fact do. But only for a few weeks because pregnancy caused me to be pretty plagued with some intense morning sickness…I could hardly open the fridge without wanting to run for the hills. Therefore, cooking was off limits. It didn’t necessarily bother me since “meals” like toast, saltines, and cereal didn’t really require much cooking, but I felt badly for my husband who only got a teaser of real meals before the nausea set in. Now that I am past the queasiness, I am back on the meal planning bandwagon and figure I better get back into the habit now before baby comes. After hearing rave reviews from a friend about “The Skinny Taste Cookbook” by Gina Homolka I decided to give it a try. I appreciate the cookbook because it gives great “healthy” options to your favorite meals and takes a lot of the guesswork out of cooking healthier. The meals also are not lacking in flavor whatsoever, which is an added bonus. Another bonus, the ease! Nothing is too hard or requires too many ingredients, which is nice now, but will be even nicer when we have our little one here.

3. TRANSITIONING // WAXLENE: I’ve mentioned many times my efforts to switch over to more natural beauty and skincare products. I’m feeling pretty successful in doing this, but there are still those few lingering products that I can’t seem to part with. Or maybe I’ve just been too lazy to actually do the breaking up. One of those products was my beloved Aquaphor. On any given day, you can find at least 6 of tubes lying around various places in our house. I use it for everything. Cuticles, lips, dry skin, my dogs paws, you name it. Unfortunately, the ingredients in Aquaphor are not so amazing (the petroleum in particular) and I knew it was something I wanted to phase out of my every day life. See here for details on the ingredients. In my research I discovered Waxelene. The “Petroleum Jelly Alternative” contains only four ingredients and each one of those ingredients has a rating of 1 by EWG, which is pretty much as good as its going to get. Waxlene is all natural and has just as many uses as Aquaphor, but I can feel 10x better about its regular usage in our house. I now need to stock up so that I am never without it!

4. BUYING // MONROE WORKSHOP TOYS: I have a few little “toys” for the baby that we were gifted at our baby shower in Kansas City, but toys just haven’t been at the top of my list in terms of things we really need. That is until I came across Monroe Workshop Toys. The brand is actually part of Monroe Workshop, a custom furniture company with really beautiful pieces. The toy branch was started when owner, Matt Monroe, started making toys out of wood scraps for his two daughters and friends. Its no surprise that the simple, yet whimsical toys caught on and became a brand of their own. The toys are minimalist, which is especially great because it keeps the pieces open to interpretation allows children to truly use their imaginations while playing. My personal favorite? The Cecily the Pig. I can’t with that guy. We will definitely need him in our lives.

5. WANTING // BOW TIE SWEATSHIRT: Another current vibes by me, another sweatshirt. At least that’s how it seems to go. Especially this time of year! I’ve mentioned countless times my love for the “fancier” sweatshirt and it seems as if Pixie Market may have been reading my mind when they brought in the Diagonal Bow Tie Sweatshirt. The diagonal bow tie sweatshirt is perfect for those days where its cooler out, but you can’t stand to put one more itchy, dog hair magnetizing sweater on your skin – please tell me that I am not the only one who feels this way.

6. WEARING // NEW MATERNITY JEANS: I’ve bought pretty much nothing in the way of actual “maternity” clothing because I’ve managed to wear a lot of my looser tops and sweaters just fine, but I did break down and visit A Pea in the Pod last week for a pair of full fledged maternity jeans. I had a few pairs of jeans that I was managing in, but they just didn’t feel comfortable and I am not one of those people who can go through their days feeling discomfort due to clothing. After trying on more pairs of jeans than I can count, I can say that I’m officially obsessed with AG’s maternity jeans. The pair I came home with – Secret Fit Belly Stella Skinny Maternity Jeans – are not only super flattering, but they are beyond soft and comfortable. Essentially, they’re as comfortable as a pair of leggings. I can wear them all day without wanting to strip them off for sweatpants which is a win in my book. This particular pair goes “over the belly”, but since I don’t necessarily need that feature yet, I am able to just roll that part down to wherever feels comfortable. I will admit, the price is not cheap and they were definitely a splurge, but I would rather buy one great pair that I can wear constantly than go through multiple less expensive pairs to find one I just “like” vs. love. In fact, I’m even considering taking advantage of the 30% off promo at Pea in the Pod and buying a white version to get me to May when I’m due, but also to wear postpartum.

7. EYEING // HATCH PRE SPRING: I mentioned that I have yet to buy any sort of maternity wardrobe aside from my new bff jeans mentioned above, but that may all change after seeing the Pre-Spring Collection from Hatch. In general, Hatch completely kills it in the maternity world, creating pieces that one would actually want to wear while pregnant. Classic, timeless pieces that you wouldn’t get sick of if you wore them once a week, because your wardrobe has become quite limited. Case in point with thisthis, and this. I’m also obsessed with this darling dress, potentially for a baby shower. I could have used this tee yesterday in all three colors – seriously! See what I mean? great classic pieces that you really could wear on the daily. The added bonus – you don’t even have to be pregnant to wear these pretties and you can continue to wear them even after pregnancy, making each article a true investment piece.

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Gold Ice Cream Scoop

Both of us have an intense “sweet tooth.” And while our candy choices are different (Sally loves Sour Pach Kids, Molly prefers chocolate), we both love all baked goods (especially cookies) and we’re major ice cream lovers. When we came across this Chill Gold Ice Cream Scoop at CB2 we got hearts for eyes. What a fun way to elevate such an everyday tool! At $22 we think it would be a fun hostess gift to accompany a flavorful pint!

 

Style

Ruffle Sleeves

Well look what we have here…a white top with basic bones (v-neck) that’s got a little something extra (ruffled sleeves) and under $85. That’s called a trifecta and it makes white-shirt-loving girls like us immediately “add to cart.” Though it might seem silly to invest in short sleeves when there’s a country-wide freeze happening, we think this can be layered with a cozy coat and scarf and sported year round. No shame in the basics game.

 

Lace Up + Lace Cami

January 17, 2017

Remember in this post about my favorite white shirts that I mentioned that I've been wearing my CAMI NYC Sweetheart Lace Cami layered under sweaters and cardigans? Well today you can see it in action - layered under the J.Crew Collection Bonded Lace Up Sweater I have been wearing a ton since scooping it up while it's been on sale. I love a little lace-up action, and usually don't see the need to wear a tank or cami under, but this sweater has a particularly low v-neck and the opening is pretty wide - making me feel like it was necessary to layer a little something below it.

 

The sweater I’m wearing is still on sale (and I really love the boxy shape and weight of the bonded merino wool) but I’ve found a few other lace up options that are great: Madewell, Velvet, Vince, Lovers + Friends, LNAMICHAEL Michael Kors, and Project Social T.

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