This + That // Sales + Steals

June 23, 2017

Word on the street is that today is going to be a hot one in Dallas. So hot that there's already a heat advisory. It goes something like this "It's gonna feel like the surface of the sun today, folks! 105-110 degree heat index! Drink water. Eat ice-cream. Watch movies inside with the air conditioning cranked." And just like that - it really feels like summer. Luckily, there are TONS of easy, breezy, light and pretty pieces to be found in the many fabulous sales! Scoop some up to sweat in now and later. #theheatisheretostay (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

  • A. FAVORITE READ // “7 Steps to Happiness” via The Reset (Molly sent this to me – she’s got the seven steps written on post-its around her house) (Image via)
  • B. FAVORITE PIN // this via The Impression (Nothing like looking at the street style from Paris Fashion week to make you feel like a sloppy peasant, amIright?)
  • C. FAVORITE INSTAGRAM // @theloveliestcompany (The Loveliest has been getting in the most incredible rugs and posting them for sale on their Instagram account…they have such an eye for color, pattern and quality!)
  • D. FAVORITE OUTFIT // Damsel in Dior (I love/want all of Jacey’s outfits but I’m really thinking that Molly needs the piggie signet ring she’s been sporting – fun fact, Molly loves all things with pigs!)

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: All out summer – 40% off everything with code ALLOUT. (I’ve already added this top to my cart because it is the perfect nursing friendly summer top to pair with jean shorts. Also, I can never get enough white tops. These in the pink are screaming (screaming!) my name.)
  • Anthropologie: Summer tag sale! Enjoy up to 50% off sale items. (These are pretty amazing and would go with a lot. This is an adorable white dress.)
  • Banana Republic: Extra 50% off sale! Online and in stores. (This is so pretty.)
  • BaubleBar: Pick a free treat with any $50+ order. (Loving these.)
  • Bloomingdales: Take $25 off on every $100 you spend – look for promo code PRIVATE. (The colors in this are so good.)
  • Calypso St. Barth: Enjoy an extra 50% off sale! (Calypso always has the best dresses.)
  • CB2: Up to 30% off select outdoor furniture!
  • Club Monaco: End of season sale! Up to 60% off when you take an additional 30% off already marked down styles. In stores and online. (These days I am alll about the dresses!)
  • Free People: Enjoy an additional 25% off sale styles through 6/26. (I love this for the buttons and for how easy and breezy it looks.)
  • Gap: Online exclusive – up to 40% off everything + extra 25% off your purchase with code BONUS. (I live in workout clothes, but it is pretty much too hot to go on walks or even outdoors in leggings these days so I am about to stock up on these.)
  • H&M: Today only – flash sale! Up to 60% off basics. (This looks pretty much perfect and for $7, I’m ordering three. Or four. My white t-shirt selection needs a major clean out. Also, this longer version is perfect for pairing with workout leggings.)
  • IntermixSale! New styles added – up to 60% off. (This is adorable to pair with the above mentioned $7 white tee! Also, obsessed with this and I love every.single.thing by this brand.)
  • J.Crew: In stores and online – extra 40% off sale styles with code SALESTYLE. (How pretty are these and this? J.Crew always has great statement jewelry pieces. This is adorable, but it may even be too hot here for it. Possibly for early fall!)
  • J.Crew Factory: In stores and online – extra 50% off clearance with code CLEAROUT. (Love thiscoverup.)
  • kate spade new york: Enjoy an extra 30% off all sale styles with code SUNNY. (This is super cute and I love it with a tee like on the model. Would also be cute with a bathing suit as a coverup.)
  • LOFT: 50% off full-priced tees and tanks and 40% off full priced dresses. (This style could easily be dressed up or down! Same with this.)
  • Lou & Grey: Take 25% off select full priced styles. (How sweet are these?)
  • Lulu Frost: Free shipping on orders of $150 or more. (Love these.)
  • Madewell: So many items new to the sale category! (I’ve been waiting for this white dress to go on sale!​ #ordered. Also loving this sweet eyelet tank, this bubble top, and this skirt!)
  • Mango: SALE! So much good stuff.​ (Along with the dress and mules in today’s collage, I loooove this white dress, this teeny navy and white printed dress, this one-shoulder white denim dress, this black and white stripe dress, and this printed & ruffle dress)
  • Matches Fashion: Spring/Sumer sale! Pieces are up to 60% off!​ (I adore this chic bandana)
  • Neiman Marcus: The summer sale is on! Save up to 55% on select items (​Being that it’s summer (duh) I’m all about the swimwear and coverups!)
  • Net-A-Porter: The sale has moved into clearance status​! The deals are not to be missed. (This little bag (on sale for $85!) and these embroidered denim flats are two of my fave items!)
  • Nordstrom: The Anniversary Sale…it’s coming. Mark your calendars for July 21 – August 6th!​
  • Old Navy:​ All dresses, tess, tanks, shorts, and swim​ are on sale and up to 50% off! (How great is this one-shoulder ruffle bikini top? Also all about this easy dress with simple detailing)
  • Rag & Bone: Extra 30% off sale with code JUNESALE17! (Dying to try these cut-off shorts and this snap-front tank)
  • Saks: The designer sale is in full swing! Get up to 60% off ​the select items!
  • Serena and Lily:​ Enjoy 30% off the brand’s summer picks!​ (This pillow is so cute I want it for some chairs I have inside!)
  • Shopbop: The sale is still going strong…lots of new additions to love!​ (This dress, this romper and this dress all look so easy breezy for the Dallas heat)
  • Steve Madden: Buy one get one 50% off plus free shipping with code SUMMER50!​ (I’m into these pink casual slides and these pearl-studded flats!)
  • Stuart Weitzman: New/More styles added to sale! (​These aren’t your average flat, metallic sandals and I’m just dying for the details on these)
  • The Outnet: Extra 30% off last chance sale items​ (Eyeing this easy, white stretch dress)
  • TIBI: Further reductions and new items added to sale – pieces are now up to 70% off! ​(These stripes are very nice)
  • Tuckernuck: Tons of new items have been added to the sale!​ (This dress has Molly’s name all over it, and I love this dotted white off the shoulder shirt and this sweet shirt dress)
  • West Elm: End of season sale with items up to 70% off AND free shipping site wide – including rugs – with code FREESTYLE (LOVE this faceted mirror)
  • Williams Sonoma: Get 20% off your order for a limited time (plus free and fast shipping!) with code SUMMER! And get 50% off Outdoor Favorites

Some Steals:

1. Mango Floral Ruffled Dress ($60 → $40) // 2. Baublebar Starr Ear Crawlers ($28 → $18) // 3. & Other Stories Deep V Open Back Dress ($55 → $28) // 4. Mango Leather Wrap Sandals ($80 → $30)

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Using The SNOO

June 22, 2017

I briefly mentioned in yesterday's post how our most used baby item is our SNOO bassinet. We've been using the SNOO Smart Sleeper by Happiest Baby since our first night home from the hospital and have used it every night since. At $1,160 I realize that this is a high ticket item, but I thought I knew after just one night - and I definitely know after seven straight weeks of using it, that it's worth its weight in gold at this point. The SNOO was one of the first things my husband and I decided on when we were deciding what we needed for the baby and I was so excited about all the features that I shared it in this post before we even had our baby. I had high hopes, and the reviews were incredible, but you never really know how something's going to work till you use it consistently. And while I'm going to go into more detail, but I could honestly sum up this whole post in two words: IT WORKS.

This may be info that everyone already knows, but as newborns are still learning to piece together their sleep cycles, they often stir or fuss between cycles but aren’t actually fully awake….their bodies are still learning to stay asleep as they pass from the deep sleep to light sleep. The SNOO responds to these cues of wakefulness by increasing its rocking motion and the level of the white noise to rock the baby back to sleep. As a result of this, we as parents are able to sleep for longer stretches of time and aren’t having to get up and check on the baby or soothe them with every little sound we hear. Right now, my husband and I are getting a good 6 hour stretch of sleep each night with a 7 week old…and that’s something I find pretty amazing! I fully attribute this to the SNOO. *Note: I could go into WAY too much detail about how the SNOO responds to fussing, movement and cries – along with how the SNOO app works – but this FAQs page is so much more informative than I could ever be!

Aside from the nice, long stretch of sleep we’ve been gifted thanks to the Smart Sleeper, I also feel like my anxiety is at such ease each night knowing that the SNOO ensures the recommended safest sleeping circumstances. The SNOO Sacks (they come in small, medium, and large) safely swaddle your baby’s arms and zip around their legs, and also have wings attached to each side of the body that clip into the sides of the SNOO so that there is no possible way your baby can roll over from their back. Sounds complicated but it’s not. This no-roll feature alone gives me such piece of mind each night – it’s stressful being a new mom and putting your baby down each night! I am also a firm believer that babies sleep so.much.better in a swaddle because of their startle reflex that often times wakes them. I like that the SNOO Sleep Sacks are “hip safe,” which is important with a new baby. The sacks are also partially mesh so that there isn’t a concern for overheating – another worry with sleeping babies. *Note: the blanket on the side of the bassinet is just there because we often hang blankets on the side of the SNOO to grab and use during the day. We do NOT use any blankets at night with the SNOO – we only use the Sleep Sacks!

Aesthetically, the SNOO is beautiful and minimalistic and doesn’t look like any other baby item in our home. I should caveat that we love all our other baby gear and gadgets – and I’ll share those in another post – but the SNOO is just so pretty it looks like a real piece of furniture. The best part about the design (aside from how nice it looks) is that it’s lightweight enough that I am easily able to move it from its spot against a wall in our bedroom to my bedside each night (I personally like having it by my bedside so that I can peek in there periodically if I do hear anything and its so much easier to access for early morning feedings). Even with it being light enough for me to lift and move easily, it’s very sturdy and I like that I can lean on it and not feel like it will give with my weight. I only wish that we could bring it with us when we travel in a few weeks!

Between it’s incredibly technology which is attributing to a better night’s sleep for both us and the baby, the peace of mind we get from the safety aspect, and it’s ridiculous good looks (Zoolander, anyone?!) I truly cannot sing enough praises for the SNOO.

*Last Note (I promise): the dress I’m wearing is one I wore with a bump (here) and I’m still obsessed with it (it’s not maternity but can totally be worn while pregnant). Anyway, it’s on sale here, here, and here!

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Current Vibes

June 21, 2017

Now that it's Wednesday, that means the weekend is near, which also means that our mamasita is coming to town. It's hard to believe that it has already been several weeks since she was last here. She is such a huge help whenever she's in town visiting but has been even more of godsend in the weeks right after we brought the baby home - cooking us meals, running errands, helping with laundry and cleaning the house...I would be totally lying if I said I didn't miss her daily helping hands. A lot. I have completely let things like the idea of cooking dinner go, but I am trying to forgive myself and remind myself that a new baby needs to be my #1 focus. My mom and I have big plans to cook a bunch of meals while she is here and freeze them to help ease up on my dreaded dinner anxiety at the end of each day. (aside from the excitement over our mama's upcoming visit, read on for what I'm excited about this week)

1. SANDAL HUNTING // O&J SUNDAY SANDAL:  Olive and June is the prettiest, West Coast nail salon you ever did see that practically warrants a trip to the LA area just to be experienced. Their latest endeavor is one that everyone can partake in, no matter your location. The Saturday Sandal was made in collaboration with shoe designer Charlotte Stone and is pure genius. At just $65, the simple Napa leather lace up sandals are really all you would need to get you through the summer months. They would go with absolutely everything and can be tied in different ways, so you never feel like you’re wearing the same sandal. The best part? You can wear them after a pedicure without worrying about ruining your toes – which I always manage to do!

2. FASTING // SOCIAL MEDIA: Social media – and how much I consume it – is definitely something giving me pause lately. Now that I have a baby I’m wanting to enjoy each and every moment as they come, and doing it by being present, not by capturing those moments on my phone…then posting them. This article was intriguing in the idea of re-creating a healthier relationship with social media. I think that the urge to share/post has become so natural – almost to the point of the extreme – and likewise consuming the posted content can be addicting. I like the idea in the article of physically logging out of your accounts before bed to almost remind yourself the next day that you’re taking a break for the duration of the day. This is a little hard given that we have a blog and part of our content creation falls instep with posting to social media channels, but I would love to follow that advice or find another way to take steps away from my phone/social media and closer to enjoying and investing in the “now.”

3. WANTING // DAILY HARVEST: While nursing a baby, you need an extra 500 calories a day, but often times it seems hard to get those extra calories in a healthy format that isn’t just a fig bar or a piece of toast. All eating can often times seem to be done in a rush or hours after the actual meal is generally eaten. I find myself forgetting to eat breakfast a lot because I feed him in bed in the morning and then he ends up falling asleep on me or we’ll both take a nap and then by the time we feed again it’s nearly 11am and I haven’t eaten breakfast. Whoops. This is why when I read about Daily Harvest I was intrigued. Started by a busy New York mom who found herself being strapped for time too, Daily Harvest delivers yummy and healthy foods straight to your freezer. The company tapped into a new kind of frozen technology and are making quite the name for themselves. Although frozen, the nutritional quality is just as good if not better. Since I’m constantly craving a smoothie or acai bowl, I’m thinking of trying the smoothies first. Each smoothie is anywhere from $6.99 to $7.99 a cup, which is really the same price as the local juice bar, just more convenient.

4. SALE SHOPPING // DONDOLO: Truth be told, these days I would much rather buy baby clothes than clothes for myself. Maybe that’s because I live in workout clothes? Either way, I don’t hate it! Dondolo is one of those children’s lines where its hard to resist every.single.thing they do. What’s even more than their darling clothing, is Dondolo’s business model and their Mom Empowerment Program. The clothing is all stitched by hand by single mothers in Colombia and proceeds from the sales through Dondolo provide articles of clothing to children in Colombia. After meeting the women in Cartanega, the company decided they wanted to do more and established their Mom Empowerment Program. Through the program, they chose 5 women who demonstrated an ambition and desire to do more for themselves and their families. The program teaches them life lessons and skills that can help them to earn a living wage – all increasing their self esteem and chance at a better future for their families. While purchasing pretty baby clothes can at times seem maybe frivolous and even unnecessary to some, when doing it at Dondolo, you truly are giving back to people in need and there is no better feeling. Currently, Dondolo is having their Summer warehouse sale and the prices are amazing! SO many sweet things. Right now I have thisthisthis, and this in my cart. With how hot it is here, bubbles are perfect for babies, even going into the fall. We also LOVE their Pima Cotton zip up footie jammies.

5. SWIPING // URSA MAJOR WIPES: While in the hospital before/during/after my delivery, there was a good 36 hours where I literally could not get out of bed. In desperation, I asked Molly if she would bring up some of my husband’s Ursa Major cleansing wipes so that I could have a chance at washing my face. Now that we’re home and on borrowed time, I find myself reaching for these wipes more and more – especially at night. Until now, I had never been a cleanse with a wipe kind of girl, but I’m not mad at it. And, I feel good knowing that Ursa Major’s products are natural. This line is all my husband uses for his skincare and I’m often stealing products of his or buying my own. My other latest obsession? Their Brighten Up Vitamin C Serum which I swear has changed my skin’s tone.

6. DOCKING // DOCKaTOT: Dock a Tot: If there is one baby item that we use more than anything else in our house (aside from the Snoo every night), it would be the Dock a Tot. Truth be told, I wasn’t sure if we would actually use a Dock a Tot since we weren’t planning on doing the co-sleeping thing, but a friend offered to let me borrow hers and it’s been a game changer ever since. So much so that I’m thinking we should just get one of our own we love it so much. Even though we don’t partake in co-sleeping, we find ourselves using the Dock a Tot ALL of the time. In the early mornings after nursing I will lay him in it to nap next to me while I take a nap myself or am working on the computer. We do the same thing in bed at night and lay him between us for some tummy time in the Dock before we transfer him to the Snoo. I’ve used it in the bathroom to lay his towel down in and wrap him up after a bath or in the bathroom while I am showering. We can easily (with just a handle) carry it to the couch or other rooms of the house. I even think it would be a life saver to have on our beach trip next month for him to nap in or hang around the house in. As much as I love all of our gadgets that vibrate or move, I wanted to be sure he wasn’t always sleeping in something like that so that the eventual crib transition wouldn’t be too painful. The Dock a Tot is also nice and cozy with its protective sides as it was made to mimic the womb with its snug fit. Recently, the company has come out with a travel bag(genius!) and a toy arch, both of which I feel like we would use a lot.

7. SWIMMING // KARLA COLLETTO: I’ve had Karla Colletto on my “to blog about” list for a few weeks now and ironically enough, when I went into our local Everything But Water store in search of my first one piece, I ended up leaving with one of hers – this one! I probably haven’t worn a one piece in 20 years, but being almost 7 weeks post-baby and with a beach trip in a month, it is highly necessary! Luckily, Karla Colletto makes shopping for a one piece practically painless because each suit is better than the next and super flattering, too. Feminine, pretty details like ric-rac trimbrightly-colored eyelets, or liberty-esque floral prints stand out without being over powering. I already have my eye on this one or this before we leave for the beach.

1. Olive & June Saturday Sandals ($65) // 2. "Intermittent Social Media Fasting" via The Atlantic, image via // 3. Daily Harvest // 4. Dondolo Warehouse Sale, Pocket Bubble ($70 → $16), Hampton Bubble ($60 → $15) // 5. Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes ($24-$45) (also here, here, here and on Amazon!) // 6. DockATot, image via ($165+) (also here, here and on Amazon!) // 7. Karla Colette Swim (also here, here, here, and on Amazon!)

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Slip Dress + Embroidered Heels

June 20, 2017

Well. I had the best intensions of getting this look published before noon but...the best-laid plans and all that. The thing about this look is that 1) I threw it together for dinner last night, 2) I met Sally this morning so she could shoot it (because we had no pre-created content for today - super professional), and 3) the shoes are new (and I'm obsessed with them) but the dress is one I got last summer (but it's a Cuyana classic and currently available!) and it's still a style I wear all. the. time. So I'm glad that my dinner ensemble was one I liked enough to inspire todays post! But I'm not glad that it took me longer than expected to publish...

 

I’m of the mindset that a good slip dress can transcend seasons and be a closet staple year after year. Cuyana absolutely nailed it with this silk slip dress design. There’s just enough detailing – from the bordered v-neck to the side slits and back panel – to make it distinctive while the body skimming (not hugging) silhouette and thin straps keep it classic and iconic. I also happen to have the dress in a cognac hue Cuyana made last fall (wore it in this post) and I’ve worn both it and the black more times than I can count. Rather than getting sick of reaching for the same style, I love that it always looks good, feels good, and is appropriate for almost any situation.

Fun Fact: the slip dress also comes in linen this summer! And there’s a beautiful cami version of the dress.

Now…the shoes. Leave it to Loeffler Randall to make embroidered suede mules be my go-to statement shoe of the summer. I fully fell for the new knotted Coco style as soon as it was released (how killer is it in watermelon velvet and rose gold metallic?!). While the Coco in black suede with anemone embroidery isn’t yet available on the LR site, I linked the other places where you can find it below! Though I am not someone who falls for patterns easily, the “print” on these somehow makes them insanely wearable. They look just a great with cuffed jeans and a tee…the more simple the outfit the more they standout (in the best way possible). I should also mention that the Coco is incredibly comfortable.

Ok! That’s all I’ve got. Finally hitting the “publish” button on this one!

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This + That // Sales + Steals

June 16, 2017

Having a baby in early May means that we both get to celebrate Mother's Day and Father's Day this year which is pretty special. Life is a little bit different when you're working around a newborn's schedule (but in the absolute best way), so we don't have anything huge planned besides relishing our weekend time to just relax and enjoy each other. Sometimes no plans, are the best plans! (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: 50% off select full priced styles with code SUNSOUT. (How cute is this in the white?!)
  • Anthropologie: 20% off full-priced dresses and jumpsuits! (I’ve been on the hunt for a cute white dress and this one is pretty precious. Same with this one!)
  • BaubleBar: Free gift with any $50+ order! (You can’t go wrong with theseThis is begging to go on a tropical vacay.)
  • Bloomingdales: Get a $20 bMONEY gift card for every $100 you spend! (This looks super flattering and you can’t go wrong with a black bathingsut.)
  • Calypso St. Barth: 12 hour Solstice sale! 60% off sale styles. (This in the white is amazing.)
  • CB2: Up to 30% off select outdoor furniture.
  • Club MonacoSummer steals! Favorites now marked down. (This favorite is now half off!)
  • Crate & BarrelOutdoor furniture up to 50% off!
  • Gap: 40% off your purchase with code HAPPY. (This is too fun.)
  • H&M: Summer sale – up to 60% off! (This is such a pretty shade of red. Love the style too.)
  • Hatch: Spring and summer favorites are up to 30% off! (Its no secret how much we both love Hatch. (Loving this classic white dress, its so flattering on too. Might need to make it mine!)
  • Intermix: For a limited time – flash sale!! 40% off select full priced styles. (This Rhode Resort style is my absolute favorite. These look perfect – not too short which is what I’m after these days!)
  • J.Crew: 25% off  your purchase + extra 40% off sale styles! Use code YAYCLOTHES. (I’m obsessed with this style and love the chambray paired with jeans or jean shorts. How fantastic are these color combos?)
  • J.Crew Factory: In stores and online – 60% off everything! (This style would be perfect for summer in Dallas. Its already in the 90s here!)
  • kate spade new york: Enjoy a luggage tag with your full priced purchase of $200 or more from the travel shop! (I can’t even tell you the last time I purchased a new pair of sunglasses! These are so good in the tortoise and different from anything else I own in the sunglasses department! Also, not in the travel shop, but this is screaming my name.)
  • LOFT: In stores and online – 40% off everything with code NEWNOW. (The sleeve detail on this and this is giving me major heart eyes.)
  • Lulu FrostSample sale! Up to 80% off!
  • Old Navy: 20% off your order through 6/16 – no code needed! (With a “heat advisory” in the forecast today, I am really wishing that I was wearing this.)
  • Shopbop: Sale on sale! Take an additional 25% off all sale styles with code SCORE17!! (This is adorable and perfect for those freezing air conditioned restaurants!)
  • Steve Madden: Take an additional 30% off sale, clearance, and men’s styles! Use code SPF30. (With an additional 30% off, these are a great buy.)
  • Stuart Weitzman: New sale styles added! Fresh picks at up to 50% off. (Our mama has these and they were so comfy when I borrowed them for a wedding – such a good, timeless purchase that go with everything! The Fossil color would be practically year round, too.)
  • TIBI: End of season sale – up to 60% off! (I’ll take this in every color it comes in!)
  • West Elm: Up to 30% off select sofas, sectionals, and chairs.
  • Williams Sonoma: Limited time only – 20% off any one item + free shipping on your order with code UPICK. (I think I’ve mentioned before how I’m dying for a waffle maker – maybe this is a sign!?)

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