This + That // Sales + Steals

June 30, 2017

Happy, happy holiday weekend! This week has flown by - can't believe its already Friday...and a holiday weekend at that. Hope everyone has fun plans for the long weekend! I'm feeling like we need to stock our fridge with beer and fresh watermelon to get in the Fourth of July spirit. Maybe make a flag cake out of berries and homemade whipped cream? Yum. The options are endless! Holiday weekends always mean there are LOTS of sales to be had and this one is no different - don't miss out... (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: 50% off everything with code JUSTBEACHY. (Love, love, love thisThis is adorable, too.)
  • Anthropologie: Summer tag sale – now an extra 30% off. (The details and texture of this takes a white off the shoulder top to the next level! This is super cute – if only Dallas wasn’t so.hot.)
  • ASOS: Shop more save more! $50 off when you spend $200 (code FREE50), $70 off when you spend $250 (code FREE70), $100 off when you spend $350 (code FREE100)!
  • Athleta: 100s of new markdowns!
  • Banana Republic: Extra 50% off sale online and in stores. (How am I just now seeing this? The color, the style. Everything.)
  • Barneys New York: Up to 75% off the seasons best designer collections. (Kind of loving the navy/denim version of these. The heel height isn’t too tall either.)
  • BaubleBar: Extra 20% off sale – Fourth of July weekend only! (These would be perfect for the Fourth with a white dress.)
  • Bloomingdales: Save 25-50% select items. (Love the zig zag details on these.)
  • Bluemercury: In stores an online – free summer travel essentials with any $150+ purchase with code TRAVEL.
  • BURU: Firecracker sale – 40% off select items through 7/5. Use code FIRECRACKER. (Obsessed with the colors in this.)
  • Calypso St. Barth: Enjoy an extra 50% off sale. (I’m on the hunt for a white dress – this one is pretty cute.)
  • CB2: 5 big weekends sales!
  • Chicwish: Enjoy an extra 10% off orders over $50 with code JUL10. (This is precious. Can’t resist eyelet.)
  • Club Monaco: Take an additional 30% off sale styles. (Generally not a romper girl, but its sounding pretty appealing in this heat!)
  • Crate & Barrel: 40% off select outdoor entertaining. (We could use a set of these!)
  • Furbish Studio: This weekend get 20% off everything with code OHHIJULY!
  • Gap: 40% off your purchase with code JULY. (I just ordered this in every color after seeing it in grey on a friend the other day. The perfect t-shirt dress!)
  • H&M: Summer sale! Deals from $4. (This is so cute on the model!)
  • HATCH: Shop 20% off summer and 20% off sale with code SIGN20. (This in the white is screaming my name. I also love the shoulder ties which make it nursing friendly, which is a plus these days!)
  • Hudson Way: Fourth of July sale! Take an additional 20% off sale with code EXTRA20. (Loving this. I have the these in blue, but now I think I may need the white!)
  • Intermix: The ultimate summer clearance! Receive up to $200 off sale items. (The sleeve detail on this is so pretty.)
  • J.Crew: In stores and online – extra 40% off sale with code SUMMER! (My workout tops are in need of a major clean out. The style and price of these are right up my alley. Molly and I saw these in the store last weekend and instantly wished we were tennis players. Beyond adorable. Ordered this to wear with bathing suits and tanks on our beach trip in a few weeks! )
  • J.Crew Factory: In stores and online – 50% off everything with code FOURTHEFUN! (This looks pretty promising. Love both color ways. Ordering this because its perfect for Dallas and nursing friendly. Would also be a cute coverup!)
  • kate spade new york: Enjoy a luggage tag with your full priced purchase of $200 or more from the travel shop! Enjoy an extra 30% off sale styles with code SUNNY. (In love with the fuller sleeve and tassel detail on this easy dress!)
  • Loeffler Randall: 50% off final sale! (Have been eyeing these in silver for awhile now – they would go with pretty much everything!)
  • LOFT: 50% off everything with code SPARKLER! (This would be super cute with jeans or jean shorts for the Fourth if you’re going to be in a cooler climate!
  • Lou & Grey: 30% off a purchase of $150+! (These are everything and more.)
  • The Loveliest: Holiday weekend sale! 30% off your entire order with code HAPPY4TH! (We’ve been eyeing these coasters for quite some time now! The neon trim is even more amazing in person. They also have the BEST candles. This is my favorite!)
  • Lulu Frost: Enjoy 20% off site wide including fine jewelry and zodiacs with code FIREWORKS20. (Still obsessed with the entire zodiac collection.)
  • Lulu & Georgia: Semi-annual warehouse sale! Take up to 70% off your purchase! Prices as marked.
  • Madewell: Up to 40% off warm weather shoes and sandals. (Love these in the red!)
  • Mango: Sale – up to 50% off! (Kicking myself for not ordering this for the upcoming holiday. Have been eyeing it for awhile now!)
  • Mignonne Gavigan: New items on sale!!
  • Neiman Marcus: Biggest sale of the season – up to 70% off regular prices! (This looks super flattering – I love the blue color)
  • Net-A-Porter: Clearance! (This is such a good price and amazing.)
  • Old Navy: Entire store on sale! Up to 60% off. (Just ordered this in a few colors – I’ve decided that cotton dresses like these are most practical and comfortable for this time of year!
  • Rag & Bone: Extra 30% off sale! Use code JUNESALE17. (Been dying to get into our local store to try these on! I’ve heard good things.)
  • Rebecca Taylor: Take 40% off sale with code JULYSURPRISE. (SO many good things. This may be my favorite.)
  • Serena and Lily: Summer celebration – enjoy 20% off everything with code HAPPY4TH. (Always in awe of their art collection!)
  • Shopbop: New styles added to sale – up to 70% off!! (As I’m trying to streamline my closet – I love the simplicity of this. A pretty take on a white topThis is pretty much killing me. Would pair it with jeans for our flight next month because I am always freezing on the plane!)
  • Steve Madden: For a limited time – 25% off with free shipping with code FIREWORKS. (These are for pre-order and I have a feeling they’ll go fast!)
  • Stuart Weitzman: The sale – new styles added! Fresh picks at up to 50% off. (Such a pretty wedge!)
  • TIBI: Further reductions + new styles added to sale! (LOVE this in the white. Obviously.)
  • Tory Burch: Semi-annual sale! Additional 30% off sale styles with code EXTRA30. (This style is amazing and timeless. This top is SO cute for the Fourth and all summer long!)
  • Tory Sport: Additional 30% off sale styles!
  • Tuckernuck: Summer sale! (Light blue + eyelet = yes please.)
  • Vince: Take an additional 25% off sale with code SUMMER25. (The perfect tee!)
  • West Elm: Extra 20% off markdowns with code SUMMER20. (Love this cute outdoor dining set. We could use something like this on our front porch!)

Some Steals:

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Seersucker Skirt + Crop

June 29, 2017

I have this friend who is the queen of crop-tops and skirts. When I think crop-tops my mind usually goes to "hot girls looking hot" on Instagram, a very tight crop and a lot of midriff showing. But my friend, Hannah, doesn't do crops this way...the ones she favors are feminine, structured, lose in the right places and she pairs them with high waisted skirts, jeans, and shorts for just the right amount of skin revealed. Every time I see her in one of these signature looks I think, "I wanna do that." And here you have my attempt. A matching skirt and crop seemed like the easiest way to dip my toe into the pool that is crop-tops.

 

I’ve got a torso that’s on the longer side – which means that crop-tops aren’t always going to work on me. But they totally work with high-waisted skirts! Even better if said skirt and top are matching (making them a styling no brainer). I love how summery the pale lilac and white seersucker fabric is in this duo…seersucker (especially in this color combo) is more girly and preppy than I usually go for but it’s perfect for this season and a nice way to make the little bit of skin shown more sweet than sultry.

Incase you’re feeling the look of my skirt and crop set, here are some more paired pieces to love:

  • Not your average stripes on this set
  • Couldn’t believe that this set is Forever21…the detail is awesome and it’s not too young or aggressively risqué
  • This set is dressy (and modest) enough to wear for a wedding
  • Obsessed with the slightly retro vibe of this black and white mini dot set
  • This is a great casual set – adore the smocking and heathered grey (good price, too!)
  • More black and white but in stripes and more structure here
  • This set has the most incredible gingham color combo happening
  • If you’re wanting the perfect summer print, this skirt and top are ideal!
  • Loving the cut-out pattern on this set and the maxi skirt length
  • This has a tighter top but I love it with the maxi skirt and abstract gingham print
  • Ok, its short and not a skirt on this set, but the ruffles are too cute and I love the white
  • This Zara set is on sale and super adorable
  • Love how this set has a lace overlay (looks like Self Portrait!) that totally keeps the midriff covered
  • This skirt and top are sold separately (but they’re both on sale!) and I love the linen
  • This set is another Self Portrait look-alike

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Current Vibes

June 28, 2017

FOCUS. I think I need the word tattooed somewhere very visible on my body. Like maybe my face, neck, or right hand. Don't worry (mom and dad), I'm not going to do it. But I could reallllly use the visual as a constant reminder to just....focus. Focus and execute. If anyone has a better way to achieve this that doesn't require inking my body any more than I have or taking narcotics, please let me know. (vibes, vibes, vibes after the jump)

1. DREAMING // VENUS ET FLEUR: I don’t care if this makes me seem tacky, white roses are my favorite flower. I know…can you BELIEVE I’m not a slave to peonies?! Nope. I love buying them fresh but have looked into buying some faux arrangements so that I’m never without the classic beauties in my home. But really good faux flowers (the ones that actually pass as real) are expensive as hell so I generally just treat myself once a month or so to grouping of stems for my dining table. I’m not sure how – being the rose lover I am – I have just become familiar with the insanity that is Venus ET Fleur but I am obsessed. The husband and wife team who started the company had super high standards in mind and the desire to revolutionized the online floral buying experience. Well…they did. Because not only are their roses arranged in Parisian-inspired gift boxes and to the specifications of each customer, but the roses last for up to a year. I can’t. What is this sorcery you ask? Roses from Ecuador combined with a proprietary treatment. The arrangements come with a high price tag but when you consider the cost of arrangements that die…they’re kind of worth it. At least any rose-loving person like me would think so! My birthday is in October – and it’s a big one – so family, if you’re reading this, maybe just pencil these eternity arrangements as a potential gift? White box + white roses = floral dream made.

2. EYEING // COLLECTOR’S LIBRARY: Have y’all seen the beach house from heaven that is Coral House? The Harbour Island, Bahamas home was recently completed by Chassity Evans (of Look Linger Love) and her family and it’s available for rent on VRBO! All that makes me sound like a super stalker, but Chassity has been sharing the renovation and design project for Coral House on her blog for a while now and the home tour she posted at the beginning of the month is just as dreamy as I imagined it would be…from the happy coral exterior, fresh and welcoming interiors, and thoughtful decor elements and art, it pure beach bliss. One detail I really loved was the “Beach Library” in the family room area. The shelves of Macmillan Collector’s Library books make such a coordinated statement with the aqua hue that divides the top half of each classic title. I’ve stayed in many a beach house with books for borrowing but this is by far the most visually appealing set of stories I’ve seen! Such a cute look. A few titles I wouldn’t mind having: this, this, this, this, this, and this.

3. WANTING // LID TINT: I swear, every time I get an email from VIOLET GREY I want every single item in it. The beauty retailer has a way of making everything they carry (and stamp with “The Violet Code”) seem life changing – or at the very least, amazing and worthy of trying. A few weeks ago they sent an email about Jillian Dempsey and her lid tints. Who and what? How did I not know about this Hollywood makeup artist (yes, she’s married to Patrick Dempsey) and her namesake line of eye products? Thanks again, VIOLET GREY! Seriously, if you haven’t signed up for their emails yet, do it. Anyway…Jillian created these things called Lid Tints and VIOLET GREY says they are an amazing must-have, so therefore I need one (or two). Ok, that was a little extreme – I’m into the idea of using a Lid Tint because they’re different than any other eye thing I have. What they are is a sheer cream that give a dewy appearance and light wash of color. I needed to see this product in action so I found this little tutorial Jillian did. Helpful. And pretty! Love the dewy look! The tints can be worn alone or layered over power eye shadows…but I have no idea how to use eyeshadow (despite the fact that I own tons of it) and I’m dying to try the “Dew” Lid Tint to get a dewy look without any color…perfect for summer, no?

4. SISTER MATCHING // MA SOEUR TEE: Sally and I do this thing were we like to buy matching “sister” things. Sweatshirts, t-shirts, jewelry. All a great excuse to purchase when we say they’re special sister items. Do other sisters have this justification process? It’s really a great excuse when “treat yo self” isn’t enough to pull the trigger on frivolous items. I recently spotted the Maison du Soir x goop collab – and the “ma soeur” embroidered tee – and immediately sent it to Sally with a “sister shirts??!!?” note. Sally and I love white t-shirts and having ones stitched with “ma soeur”- which is French for “my sister” – is all the reasoning we need to scoop up the splurge. Don’t have a sister? Then this “bae” shirt is for you. Maison du Soir is a beautiful sleepwear brand (and I can speak to how wonderful their pieces are from personal use!) but these tees are too cute not to wear in public 24/7.

5. CARRYING // DONNI HANDLETTE: Maybe Donni Charm got tired of tying their cotton scarves onto various baskets, bags, and totes that didn’t belong to them because the brand designed their own woven bag – compete with cotton gingham wrapped handles. Super smart considering how big basket bags and totes are this season. If you don’t have yourself said woven straw bag (and I do not) then perhaps a Donni Handlette or Donni Handle is ideal for your summer bag needs! I personally love the smaller size of the Handlette…but I’m having a hard time deciding if I want the handles with navy gingham & black gingham handles or navy gingham & sky gingham. Big life decision, I know. (Leaning toward the black + navy since that’s a fave color combo of mine)

6. SCENTING // WITH AERA: My dogs are my life. And my type-A personality has become much more relaxed as I’ve learned to live with pet hair, a couch that constantly gets trampled, toys that litter my floors, etc. But one thing I cannot and will not tolerate is having a home that smells like dogs live there. You know when you walk into someone’s house and it smells like a pet store? Ya, no, I can’t. My main way of making this possible is with lots of cleaning (vacuuming, dusting, sheet washing, etc.) and lighting candles for a few hours a day. What I came to realize very quickly was that candles (at least the kind I like to burn) are not cheap. They also vary in throw capabilities (some scents don’t permeate a room at all, some are too strong), contain degrees of un-nautral chemicals, and certain kinds can release harmful soot when burned (say NO to any with paraffin!). Not to mention the dust (and pet hair) mine seem to accumulate when not in use and the anxiety of making sure nothing catches on fire (dogs have a way of topping things). But, I’m not a Febreze person or a plug-in something plastic to your outlet person or even a diffuser person. I had no idea there was an answer to scenting my home without candles that didn’t compromise my fragrance palate or aesthetics…it’s called Aera and it’s chaining the concept of home scenting with really amazing technology. I won’t go into a crazy amount of detail (you can checkout the website for that) but the device lets you choose one of eight fragrances (my current fave is “poetry”) each made from pure ingredients, and a smartphone app allows you to schedule, monitor, and calibrate scent levels. I wasn’t sure a “device” could replace my candle habit but I love having Aera and a continuous light scent that I don’t have to worry about turning on or off. Pretty cool right?

7. CONTOURING // KKW: I really love makeup. I like trying it, buying it, applying it (even though I don’t know what I’m doing it), and how I feel wearing it. But I’ve never gotten into contouring. There are several reasons for this: 1) it seems like I would be adding so. much. more. makeup to my face, 2) it seems very easy to screw-up and/or look overly noticeable, 3) the idea of changing how my face looks (ex: thinner nose) seems…un-natural. All these thoughts aside, I’m a big fan of how people look with said contouring. When it’s done well/correctly. Perfect example: Kim Kardashian West. Say what you want, feel how you feel, but I think Kim (and the rest of the Kurdish/Jenner girl clan) has a way of wearing makeup that just makes me feel like I’m doing it all wrong but I’m too intimidated to follow suit and achieve a goddess makeup look on my own. Kim must have heard all this before – or at the very least saw a money-making venture to be had – and came out with her own makeup line, KKW Beauty. The first product was obviously a crème contour kit. Angels sang, tears of joy were shed, then the light, medium, dark and deep dark kits were released on June 21st and immediately sold out. No…I didn’t get my hands on a light kit. I’m not that fast-acting and I wanted to see some reviews of how the kits worked on “real” faces before slapping down $48 for a three-piece kit (dual ended contour stick with two shades, dual ended highlighter stick with matte and shimmer, and dual ended sponge and blending brush). I’m intrigued and doing lots of You Tube video watching as I wait for a re-stock.

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Drape-Back Dress

June 27, 2017

I know that Molly posted a Cuyana dress last week (this post, this dress) but I'm a monkey-see-monkey-do kind of sister and and posting a Cuyana dress of my own today! In case you missed the memo, Cuyana came out with some great pima cotton dresses this summer...two easy silhouettes (one shorter, one longer) both with the brand's signature back-pleat detailing. I had been looking new comfortable dresses that I could dress up or dress down since having the baby and both styles were the exact elevated "wear 24/7" classics I was looking for!

 

Don’t worry – you’ll be seeing me in the short dress soon (I have it in the black) – but today I’m in the longer of the two. It’s not a maxi, it’s more of a midi. I was slightly skeptical of how the crewneck and sleeveless style would look on me with a longer hem (I didn’t want to look too covered up or something) but the pleated and draped back situation along with slits up both sides makes it super flattering and easy to wear. Given how freaking hot it is in Dallas right now, the pima cotton blend feels nice and cool.

Normally I think of a heathered grey cotton piece to be more on the casual side – and it’s definitely a less-dressy hue compared to black – but the pretty draping on this dress really makes it so easy to dress up (with some statement earrings). Of course, it looks just as great with flipflots and my mom tote bag, too!

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