This + That // Sales + Steals

February 17, 2017

Since being gone last weekend, I still feel like I'm playing catch up. My husband is actually out of town this weekend, so I will be doing lots of fun things like laundry, vacuuming, and walking the dogs while hes away. I may even try to talk Molly and her pups into coming over for pizza and a sleepover one night. I am admittedly one of those people who gets scared being in the house alone at night - even with two big dogs and an alarm system, so I'll take all the company I can get! (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: 40% off all full priced styles + extra 50% off all sale styles with code WEEKEND. (How good are these!? Loving the blush pink and the red version.)
  • Anthropologie: Extra 40% off sale items! (This in the grey is such a good buy.)
  • Banana Republic: The Love Everything Event – 40% off your purchase! (This is perfect for the current weather we’re having in Dallas – I love the sleeve detail.)
  • BaubleBar: The Semi-Annual stock up event! Up to 70% off hundreds of almost gone styles. (I’ve been on the fence about chokers and can honestly say that I will most likely not own one, but this is one of the cutest ones I’ve seen!)
  • Bloomingdales: Take 20% off with code NEWARRIVALS. (Pretty much obsessed with this – in both colors.)
  • Bluemercury: Use code ROSES for a “bouquet” of free treats with any $100 purchase. (This has amazing reviews. Unfortunately, it contains ingredients you can’t use while pregnant, but I think Molly needs to try it out for the both of us!)
  • Calypso St. Barth: Enjoy an extra 60% off sale! (This is a great layering piece – under cardigans, blazers, etc.!)
  • Crate & Barrel: Up to 20% off beds, bedding, and mattresses through 2/20!
  • Free People: Free standard delivery through Sunday, February 19th. (Loving everything about this! Including the price.)
  • Gap: 25% off your purchase with code MORE. (Really like this sweet variation on your classic button down.)
  • Hatch: End of season sale! 40% off all Fall/Winter! (I’ve been eyeing this top for quite some time now, no surprise since I love a good white top. Also, this jacket is perfect for this time of year – I especially love the sleeve length!)
  • H&M: Deals from $5! Up to 70% off through 2/20. Use code 7779 for free shipping! (I think these are so cute to tuck in to a pair of jeans!)
  • J.Crew: In stores and online: 20% off select tops and pants with code MUSTHAVES. (Thinking I could use this in both colors – the length is perfect for a bump!)
  • J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything! In stores and online.
  • kate spade new york: Enjoy an extra 25% off all sale styles with code BUBBLY. (These would make for a cute happy engagement gift!)
  • LOFT: 40% off everything + 50% off sale styles with code HAPPY. (These are SO cute and so well priced.)
  • Lou & Grey: 25% off everything! (These would be my bffs if I had them in my closet. Elastic waist = yes please.)
  • Madewell: Extra 30% off sale styles with code MOODLIFT. (I only wish I could fit this over my growing bump, but maybe Molly needs to get it?)
  • Old Navy: 30% off your order through 2/18 with code ENJOY. (Loving this in the black for a night out.)
  • Saks: Up to $150 off when you shop Women’s denim with code DENIM17 through 2/20. (I will admit that there are some days where I miss variety in my denim, or the denim that fits me, which has me eyeing these.)
  • Steve Madden: 25% off + free shipping with code PREZ. (Really like these in the camel color.)
  • Tuckernuck: New markdowns! 20% off sale items with code EXTRA20.

Some Steals:

1. Furbish Green Swirl Cheese Board ($78 → $35) // 2. Topshop Box Pleat Cold Shoulder Top ($85) // 3. Mango Double Pearl Earrings ($19.99) // 4. Madewell Bell-Sleeve Shirt in Stripe ($69 → $55, and extra 30% off with code "MOODLIFT")

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Really Doing Things

February 13, 2017

If you read this post, or see me in my natural element (at home and in workout clothes) you know that I'm a big fan of Outdoor Voices. The technical apparel company is one of those brands that has a magnetic magic to it. Between the cool construction of the pieces, unexpected colors and combinations, fantastic quality, and supreme softness - there's not much I don't love about the products. But what really makes the company and their products feel special (and to directly take copy and paste from my earlier post) is that they celebrate fitness over performance. They're into "Doing Things" - whether that means hardcore workouts or walking your dog - and that's something I can get on board with.

Outdoor Voices"We believe that when you drop the expectations to perform, the magic happens. That flawed is freeing (and often funny). That even the biggest kids want to play." 

Reading stuff like that kind of gives me goosebumps. And inspires me to try news things. After being on a workout hiatus since moving to Dallas in September, I used the start of the new year as an excuse to get back into a sweaty routine. But rather than go back to my comfortable barre classes (an activity I can shamelessly say I was quite good at) I decided to really push the boundaries of my athletic comfort zone...I wanted to jump into the Doing Things philosophy and take my fears and expectations off the table. Keep reading to see what I got myself into.

 

I should probably start off my revealing that I have always been a little insecure about my athletic abilities. I can’t run – a quick walking pace can give me a side stitch. I have no hand-eye-coordination (tennis, golf and field hockey were are all failed childhood and teenaged experiences) and no upper body strength (my dogs don’t even know why I bother with fetch). I lack a competitive spirit (don’t pick me for your kickball team or challenge me to a race) and have said on more than one occasion that if I didn’t need to workout to keep my cellulite at bay than I wouldn’t do it. All sad but true.

But I love (LOVE!) the idea of Doing Things. I can’t run but I dream of being a runner who can hop outside and do three miles with ease. I have no hand-eye skills or upper body strength but damn if I don’t hope I can get into couples tennis once I trick someone into marrying me. I wish I didn’t have to workout but I want to be the person who loves it anyway.

While driving back to Dallas after spending a very relaxing Christmas holiday at home – where the main activities were eating followed by napping – I told my Sally and my brother-in-law Robert that I was going to start Couch to 5k in January. For anyone unfamiliar, C25K is an app designed for invalids like me who cannot run but would like to be able to. There are several versions you can download but each basically the same…a 9 week program where you do three running sessions a week. Each season features walk/run/walk/run intervals over 25-30 minutes. By the start of week 9 (if you’ve made it that far) you’re running 5k without breaks. I tried to do the app around this time last year and only made it to the start of the third week before I came up with a reason to quit. When I was explaining my plan to Sally and Robert – telling them that it was more about achieving a goal and trying to get comfortable actually running (no marathons in my future) – Robert said he wanted to do it too. We decided that we would start the program on the same day and though we wouldn’t be running together (the stress of having the same pace! The confusion of aligning schedules!) we planned on doing our three sessions a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

On January 10th I did session 1 of week 1 on the C25K app. I texted Robert to let him know and he went later that day. We both concluded that while we felt out of shape, we didn’t feel like it was impossible. Thursday of that week rolled around and Robert did his session in the morning. Getting his text that he has already completed the “to-do” made me want to get out and do my run asap. Our buddy system has now taken us to week 5 (!!) and both of us have said that if we didn’t have each other we probably wouldn’t have stuck with it thus far…because the sessions get harder. This past Tuesday was particularly tough for me. I sent a text to Robert at 11:38am: “Week 5, Run 1. Not going to like. It kind of killed me. Especially the 3rd and 6th running intervals. My confidence is at a low.” He responded with: “You finished – that’s all that matters.” So nice, right? That little boost was all I needed to make my next two runs of the week better.

This week kicks off week 6 and I’m nervous to see how tomorrow’s run goes (3.5 minutes of running with .5 minute breaks between). But honestly, I’m just so excited that I’m two weeks away from being able to run 5k. I’m proud of myself! My pace isn’t award winning and neither is my form, but I’ve learned to be more confident just doing my best and feel good that I’ve done some recreational activity that I’m happy with.

On the days I don’t run, I want to start doing Pilates. I’d never tried reformer machines but went with my friend Mary to her favorite place (Session Pilates) last Monday. I only lost my balance and made a fool of myself once! And even though I didn’t know how to do everything and felt goofy some of the time, I was moving and sweating and having fun. Then I was so sore for the next three days I could barely walk. Win win! My favorite part (aside from feeling like I really got a workout) was that it was all new to me…I thought I would hate being in a class that wasn’t my familiar barre routine but not knowing what I was doing made me focus and honestly took a lot of the pressure off.

While I loved the class, I’m currently putting my future Pilates plans on hold – at least till I finish the C25K challenge – the daily activity I love most is taking Blue and Rosebud on their walks around the neighborhood. I hadn’t been able to take Rosie on walks till she finished her last round of puppy vaccines but a few weeks ago we wrapped the shots and I got permission from the vet to let her venture outside my yard and I swear, I have never been more excited to let two labs pull me down the street on leashes. We had been going stir crazy! Now we’re averaging three short walks a day and I think I love the ritual as much as the pups do. Living in Dallas’ Lower Greenville means that we can choose a loop in the neighborhood or a more lively retail stroll. Seeing Rosie freak out over all the smells, sights and sticks (she’s basically a beaver) she had been missing out on really makes my heart so happy.

I might not always be wearing my Outdoor Voices gear when I go on my C25K runs, or while nearly falling off a Pilates reformer, or during my daily dog walking jaunts – but when I am wearing OV during those moments of movement and activity I envision having a little more pep in my step. Because I feel like I’ve really been Doing Things in this new year and it feels like there’s a silent community of really well-dressed doers that would be proud of me.

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This + That // Sales + Steals

February 10, 2017

Molly and I are going to Austin this weekend to visit our aunt and uncle... the weather is supposed to be amazing and we're both just so excited! While we're gone, my husband is supervising having our nursery painted so that I can be out of the house while there are fresh paint fumes. Even though I got a low VOC paint, I'd rather not expose the baby to anything like that in such close proximity. It will be a fun surprise to come home to, too! Mol and I are looking forward to eating some yummy food, spending time with some of our favorite people, and hopefully enjoying some sunny weather in Austin. (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: Limited time only – $50 off dresses with code DRESS50.
  • Athleta: New markdowns! (The 3 in 1 feature of this jacket is amazing and I am obsessed with the black/indigo color combo. It also has great reviews!)
  • Banana Republic: 40% off your purchase of $200+ through 2/13! (These blouses are so pretty and a good price, too.)
  • BaubleBar: Hand select your favorite treat free with any purchase over $40.
  • Calypso St. Barth: 25% off full priced styles with code SHARELOVE25. (If I owned these, I would surely wear them every.single.day.)
  • Free People: Enjoy an additional 30% off all sale items through 2/13! (This guy looks super cozy.)
  • Gap: 40% off women’s and men’s styles with code FORYOU. (This shirt dress is the perfect transitional piece and could easily be dressed up or down! This is also adorable.)
  • J.Crew: In stores and online: 30% off when you spend $150+ or 25% off your purchase with code HEARTYOU. (Could this Liberty print be any cuter?)
  • J.Crew Factory: Extra 30% off your order with code TAKE30OFF. (These are such a good price and I bet they’re pretty comfortable too!)
  • LOFT: 40% off cupid’s picks + sweet sale styles! (This in the cream might need to come home with me.)
  • Lou & Grey: Take an extra 25% off sale. (How darling is this in the pale pink? The color could not be any better.)
  • The Loveliest: Get 25% off site wide till 2/14 with code LOVE! (The perfect time to get some gorgeous monogrammed goodness!)
  • Old Navy: Extra 20% off your entire purchase with code SUPER. (This pintuck dress is just what I need to throw on with sneakers when it is warm here this time of year!)
  • OTTE: Exclusive VIP Valentine – 30% off OTTE New York handbags with code WITHLOVE30. (Thiscolor is so pretty for spring.)
  • Serena & LilyLighting sale! (How sweet would this be in a nursery or a child’s room?)

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White [Maternity] Jeans

February 9, 2017

I first told you guys about the *perfect* pair of maternity jeans I got in this Current Vibes post. And then I wore them here and here. They're the AG "Secret Fit Belly" Stella jeans and after trying on pretty much every pair at A Pea in the Pod I could determine that they were the best. Lots of stretch, super comfortable belly panel that can be folded or worn at full length, and I'm not having to constantly tug them up to keep them from slipping down. I love them - and wear them almost as much as I wear these leggings - but at the time it felt like a big a splurge. Why was I spending so much on designer maternity jeans?! But all my friends who are either pregnant or now have little ones assured me that it was worth it to invest in at least one pair of jeans that fits perfectly and promised me that I would be wearing them postpartum once I have the baby and can't yet fit into my pre-baby jeans.

So...of course. I buy another pair. In white. Because aside from the aforementioned leggings and a few maternity tops I just ordered yesterday, I haven't bought any other actual "maternity" clothes. And with my due date being in early May, I reasoned that I would need (and want) to wear white jeans in addition to the classic blue I already have.

 

I feel slightly guilty (two pairs of designer maternity jeans?!) but am trying not to be too hard on myself. White jeans are one of my biggest spring and summer wardrobe staples and I know that the cost per wear alone will make them worth it. I’m already worn them styled in other looks similar to the one here…with oversized sweaters and boots or flats, along with either a scarf or some earrings to make me feel like I’m making an effort. Though I’ll be honest – most days I don’t leave the house and it’s leggings and my giant long-sleeved t-shirts all day, every day.

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Funnelneck Sweatshirt

February 7, 2017

Raise your hand if you watch The Bachelor...ummhmm, umhm. Sally and I are total addicts and shameless about not missing a Monday night viewing. Last night Nick (the bach, duh) went from 13 girls to 6 girls. And there wasn't even a rose ceremony. Mind. Blown. Nothing makes the weeks go by faster than looking forward to the "reality" shenanigans. This season though, I feel like a lot of the girls (aka, contestants) are all about using the buzz words/phrases really early and it's pretty obvious that they're more into winning than falling in love. Because who can fall in love after only a few weeks, very little one-on-one time, and with a guy who is kissing other women?! Hearing things like, "Ya, like, I just really feel like I'm falling for you? (giggles) And it's exciting (giggles) and scary (giggles) but I want to be open and, like, vulnerable? (giggles) I don't know. Like. I wanted to, like, tell you that. (giggles and sends message with eyes that says "gimme that rose, k?")" Mind. Blow. I think Nick is starting to see through it - which makes him very emotional and sad - and results in him sending ladies packing. It makes for very good TV.

I told Sally last night that I would be the worst Bachelor contestant ever because 1) I don't have a poker face and it seems like a necessary prerequisite, 2) I don't dress in trendy, revealing clothes, and 3) I don't know how to apply eyeshadow. I'd probably be in sweatshirts and caftans and definitely not jeans shorts and crop tops. But who knows...maybe that's what The Bachelor is missing. Women who wear funnelneck sweatshirts like the one I have on here and happen to have two dogs and an investment plan.

 

Jokes aside, I love this Madewell sweatshirt. The mockneck situation makes it ultra cozy but also elevates it from being too casual. It’s “garment-dyed” – which means that the color is added after the garment is finished being made. The result is a softer, broken-in feeling that almost has a vintage quality. It also takes away the risk of shrinking. If you’re a sweatshirt person (which I am) I totally suggest trying this baby out. It also comes in a pretty “rusted tin” color (sort of a soft red).

P.S. these shots were snapped in front of The Loveliest – one of my favorite Dallas boutiques and a definite “happy place” for me. I just adore Britni and Kelsey – the sister duo who owns the shop with their sweet mama – and the gorgeous embroidery, linens, home stuffs, and accessories they curate. After these pictures were taken I promptly went inside and bought these earrings. Which I wear all the time.

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