Crochet Bell Sleeves

March 27, 2017

It's taken me way too long to post this Crochet Bell Sleeve Top...but the good news is that it's now on sale! The smaller sizes are sold out but honestly, I would recommend sizing up since it's more of a cropped style and it's a teeny bit tricky to take on and off because of the lack of a zipper or buttons. It comes with a little tank to wear under but that too is very cropped - so much so that I pair it with this one so that it will stay tucked in. Though the bell sleeves are on the trendy side, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to add a "going out" top with such great detail and at such a great price to my closet...I've already worn it multiple times with high waisted skinny jeans and the flares you see here!

 

Did I mention that the top also comes in a pale pink and white?

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This + That // Sales + Steals

March 24, 2017

I think I say this every Friday, and probably will up until our little one is here (so, please forgive me!), but the weeks are flying by. Every time Friday rolls around, I can't believe another week has gone by. Some people say that with pregnancy, the last trimester seems to crawl by, but as of right now I'm not feeling that way. We are definitely more than ready for him to be here, but also glad that he is still cooking and that I am that much closer to a full term pregnancy. At this point, I really have no complaints and dare I say, may actually enjoy being pregnant - how can I not knowing that I am growing a beautiful baby that will forever be ours and make every single pregnancy symptom beyond worth it!? Sentimental mama feelings...full stop. (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: Limited time only – $30 off full priced pants and denim with code PANTS30. (SO many good jeans and the prices are amazing.)
  • Anthropologie: Extra 25% off sale items! (We LOVE this Mer Sea salt soak – the coconut sugar may be our fave. Also think this is adorable.)
  • Banana Republic: Up to 40% off all dresses and and suits. (This print is so precious up close. This is also pretty stunning.)
  • Bluemercury: Three days only – earn a Blue Mercury promo card up to $100! (This line is new to Blue Mercury and this particular product is currently at the top of my beauty buys list.)
  • Calypso St. Barth: Celebrate Calypso’s 25th anniversary with 25% off with code CALYPSO25 + enjoy an additional 60% off sale styles.
  • CB2: Up to 50% off all markdowns! (This is a great price for such a large mirror.)
  • Gap: 35% off your purchase, online only with code NEW. (Its starting to get much warmer here and I’m not sure my jeans are going to cut it! I ordered these in two sizes to see which fits – I know I’ll wear them a bunch postpartum too when my usual shorts don’t fit yet. I love that they have the side panels because then you can tuck shirts in, which is an added bonus.)
  • Intermix: New markdowns – extra 30% off sale! (How cute is this take on a classic white tee? Also, how about this – obsessed.)
  • J.Crew: In stores and online – 30% off your purchase with code HAPPYSPRING. (I can’t get enough of these gingham workout pants. And I thought I was over printed pants for the gym!)
  • J.Crew Factory: Online only – extra 20% off 2 or more select tops plus, extra 40% off clearance with code TOPITOFF. (I’ve been living in my tunics like this because they are just the right length and have enough give for a belly. This one in white would be a nice addition – I love how the sleeves roll up. Would also be super cute as a beach coverup.)
  • kate spade new york: Enjoy an extra 25% off sale styles with code SPICEITUP through 3/27! (I kind of love how kooky this is.)
  • LOFT: Hello spring! 30% off with code SPRING17. (How good is this classic and simple wedge? The color would go with everything. These are pretty cool – curious how they would look on.)
  • Lulu FrostSelect styles up to 60% off!
  • Lulu & Georgia: Friends and family sale! 25% off site wide with code BESTIES. (This vase is one of my favorite purchases from L&G and one I use regularly. These are darling to place on some bookshelves.)
  • Mango: Mid season sale – up to 50% off select items!
  • Steve Madden: For a limited time – 25% off plus free shipping with code SAVE. (These are super classic and versatile – especially love the sand color.)
  • Waiting on Martha: Get a free mini rose lip scrub with any French Girl Organics purchase over $50.

Some Steals:

1. Gap Embroidered Denim Tank ($60 → 40% when you use code FFSALE) // 2. Kate Spade New York Shine One Ear Crawlers ($40 → $28.80 // 3. Wildfox Love At First Sight Eye Mask ($48 → $33.60) // 4. H&M Denim Jacket ($35)

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Le Bodysuit

March 23, 2017

I know that I touch my hair a lot in my photos (bad habits die hard) but I'm touching it wayyy too much in these pics because it was super windy outside while Sally and I were shooting and my locks were going nuts. Aside from that random note, I'm excited to be sharing this look. Specifically due to the fact that I'm in love with this henley bodysuit I finally scooped up from Madewell after waiting and waiting for them to dish out a discount (why so stingy Madewell? Be like your big sister J.Crew and throw us some steals more often? Side note: J.Crew is offering 30% off in store and online - code HAPPYSPRING. Boom.). Alas, the Well isn't currently running a promo but this bodysuit is worth ever penny of its $55 price tag.

 

Here’s what I like love about this bodysuit: you can wear a bra with it (some bodysuits have scooped fronts and backs that make this impossible), it snaps at the bottom for easy, er, functionality (no having to get naked when you go to the bathroom, win!), and there are three rows of snaps for extra adjustability (long torso girls and short torso ladies rejoice), and the ribbed material is hold-you-in-stretchy but also super soft. There’s only drawback…it’s a full-seat bottom and you can sorta kinda almost see the outline on the tush in some jeans.

What else? I’ve got nothing. Happy almost Friday!

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Slouchy Pocket Shirt

March 21, 2017

Full disclosure, Molly and I took these shots a couple weeks ago. And now that I'm 34 (!!!) weeks my belly is a bit bigger growing by the day...and it feels a little bit like I'm dressing with a basket ball. Flowy tops like the slouchy pocket one I'm wearing here (under $70!) often feel the most comfortable when I'm trying to look a little more dressy. And now that Dallas is starting to get really warm - yesterday it was in the 90s and today it's going to be the same - my white maternity jeans are getting worn even more!

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Springtime Essentials

March 20, 2017

Lately, I've been giving some thought as to what my "essentials" are. Could be a prelude to spring cleaning (P.S. happy first day of spring, everyone!), a true attempt to minimize the excess I seem to accumulate, or a way to establish routines. But as someone who loves trying new things, I also find comfort in knowing what my daily go-to's and must-do's are. Quality basics that I can trust that simplify my thought process but never fait to make me feel put together and or stylish are just as important as knowing how I start and end each day. Because my days are never the same, having practiced routines and some fallback favorite products and helps me feel like I have some sort of order despite being all over the place 99% of the time...

 

.Morning: without fail, my mornings are always the same. Alarm goes off at 7am, I take my pups outside for potty round #1, then they immediately come inside to get fed, followed by going back outside for potty round #2. Sometimes I crackup over how in touch Blue and Rosie are with this morning ritual. They basically have internal alarms and even if my phone doesn’t start chiming right at 7:00, they’re already up in bed – nudging me awake. Once they’ve finished their business, I’m making coffee, turning on the Today Show, and getting my laptop out to finish a blog post, check emails, etc. From there, the rest of the day is always different…I workout at different times, some days I’m at home all day working and other times I’m gone doing errands the whole day, etc.

.Skin Care: I don’t always wear makeup during the day – usually only if I plan on meeting someone or Sally and I are taking photos – but I always, always take the time to wash my face in the morning and slather on some products. Right now I’m doing an oil cleaning method that my friends at House of Preservation swear by…I really didn’t think I would like it but it’s truly helped re-balance my problem skin and the process of massaging the oil in followed by pressing a warm cloth on my skin is a ritual I look forward to each morning and night.

.Tote Bag: usually I spend most of my day at home, working on stuff with the dogs by my side, but I do leave several times throughout the day either for my workout, errands, meetings, or to see friends/family. No matter which tote I’m using I have a system for what’s in it and keep it all in the same spot so I can grab and throw into a nice roomy bag. 1) wallet with my ID (duh), 2) Truffle Clarity Clutch Mini with lip balm (currently addicted to this), hand lotion, mints, and a hair tie, 3) sunnies, 4) concealer (for when I have a dreaded spot on my face I feel self conscious about), and 5) my iPhone.

.Jewelry: I do not feel like myself unless I have studs in each of my four ear piercings, tiny bracelets on each wrist, and at least one dainty gold necklace on. I sleep, shower and workout in my jewelry and love to invest in quality pieces so they can hold up to the daily wear. Rings are also pieces I pile on though I don’t love having them on while working out or showering/washing my face.

.Wardrobe: spring can be a tricky transitional time for getting dressed (amIright?) and for the past month or so I’ve been heavily relying on high waisted jeans and easy slip-on shoes for nearly all my getting dressed situations. The Lucky Brand jeans I’m obsessed with (the Bridgette style in the 99% cotton blend) really do take me from day to night, go with any top, and look right with flats or heels. And because spring in Dallas means 90 degrees one day (like today) and 50s the next, slip ons like the cute Söfft Somers sneakers you see here are great for pairing with both dresses and dresses. If you haven’t tried styles by Söfft yet, I highly suggest it. Not only do they have really cute, versatile styles – but they really are some of the most comfortable shoes I own and I continue to go back to the brand each season because the footbeds are incredible (they have extra padding at direct impact points of the foot) and they are a no-brainer whether I know I’ll be wearing them for 30 minutes or 5 hours. Try them…you will love.

.Shopping: I’ve truly been trying to limit what I buy and be super thoughtful with my choices. But spring gives me a huge itch to get new things (I blame the awesome weather and irresistibly cute styles that always drop this time of year) and their huge range of brand and styles makes it a fave spot to peruse for new essentials I just can’t live without. I used to be a big in-store shopper and I still like getting to try before I buy, but when there are retailers like Zappos that make ordering and returning so easy, I’ve been doing more and more online shopping. Knowing that I can get orders ridiculously fast (sometimes less than 24 hours) and have 365 days to return a purchase (it can take time for that buyers remorse to set in) makes Zappos a go-to. And, I love their customer service. I’ve called to ask questions about various styles and/or items and the customer service team is amazingly helpful.

.Unwinding: if I don’t have night time plans with Sally or friends, my end-of-day is almost always the same…dinner followed by a little TV (I’m a slave to Bravo and E!), skin/bathroom routine, then reading in bed with the dogs snuggling me.

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