Lucky You!

February 1, 2017

...this post is brought to you by CJ Affiliate’s VIP Content Service. Thank you Lucky Brand for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Lucky Brand, all content and opinions expressed here are my own...

High school days were not my favorite. There are some fond memories (most of them involve Sally) but mostly I remember feeling awkward and insecure. I'll spare you all the emo details of my teenage angst but will say that looking back I feel silly but somewhat justified in the amount of concern I put on clothes. Sally and I both wore uniforms to school (they weren't the hot Catholic schoolgirl uniforms in the movies, but we did our best by rolling the skirts and popping our collars) but that fact almost added to the anxiety I felt trying to dress myself on the weekends. It's both a blessing and a curse that we didn't go through those four formative years with the social media pressures and comparisons of today...but a little fashion guidance wouldn't have hurt. My biggest problem (aside from waiting for any type of curves to appear on my skinny bod) was finding jeans that "fit." The struggle was real for both me and my poor mom who heard me whine and cry through many a store and too many dressing rooms to count.

This sad story had a happy ending though. Because growing up in Kansas City meant that we had the Plaza and access to some lovely shopping options. At some point Lucky Brand opened its doors and the walls of neatly folded denim called to me. I experimented with fits, sizes, and washes. And I walked out with a pair of jeans that finally "fit." Was I feeling lucky? Yes. And dare I say, confident.

I wore those low-rise bootcut beauties till there were holes in the crotch (which I got patched) and threads hanging from the heels. I wore them in my senior pictures, they came with me all through college and until recently, lived in a corner of my closet. Though I knew they would never fit me again (because, a 29 year old body is not a 16 year old body) I loved that they kind of represented the best from a time that was sort of my worst. In an effort to free myself from the things I don’t need or use, I recently said goodbye to my faithful Lucky jeans. Letting go was sad but it made me feel like it was okay to invest in some new denim. So I did what my high school-aged self would have done and got two new pairs of Lucky Brand jeans.

There are so many denim brands out there…we all know this. What sets Lucky Brand apart – at least in my eyes – are the details they work into their jeans. “LUCKY YOU!” is stitched onto every fly shield and four-leaf clover patterns are on lining of each front pocket. Those playful attributes combined with the range of styles, denim fabrications, and washes makes them both approachable and reliable in the vast world of denim. Along with my first and most loved pair by Lucky Brand mentioned earlier, I bought and wore several other styles over the years…often experimenting with fits (depending on what was trending) and sizes (because, college.).

I’m a big believer of trying on jeans in store but I figured I’d first see what Lucky Brand’s offerings were online before deciding if I needed or wanted to visit one of the Dallas locations. Shop by fit, shop by leg, shop by rise…I went down each avenue to narrow in on what styles were speaking to me and I determined that I wouldn’t be changing my affinity towards skinny jeans anytime soon. High-rise jeans have been the cut I’ve been loving with my other pairs so I knew I would end up with a “Bridgette” pair but I surprised myself but adding a low-rise “Charlie” to my cart, too. Such a risk taker, right! I figured that I would probably like one of the two fits more than the other and just keep one.

Oops. I ended up really loving both. The Bridgette High-Rise Skinny “Sunrise Road” has a 70s feel but the 1% spandex in the fabrication keeps it from being too stiff. I love the lighter wash and the reinforced knees are a cool worn in detail that keep the legs from being too “clean” while still being a departure from the ripped styles I favor.

Speaking of ripped styles…the Charlie Skinny “Willowdale” has the distressed knees I can never seem to have enough of. I was on the fence between this pair or the Charlie Skinny “Appleby” – both having equally cool ripped details. But the 100% cotton and hook & bar closure (no button!) of the Appleby led me back to the Willowdale.

High-rise vs. Low-rise. I really can’t decide which version I like more. Which is how I ended up keeping both. The low-rise feel a little more casual and easier to wear with sneakers and the high-rise are perfect for tucking in tops and pairing with heels. Though, I say that and have mixed and matched shoes and tops across both styles and been happy and comfortable. And I guess that’s why I love Lucky Brand denim…there’s a comfort and confidence that comes from the vintage-inspired jeans. The jeans fit great but have an unassuming authentic quality that allows me add the personality. Lucky me, right?!

If I’m really lucky, these two babies will be worn as well and for as long as my beloved high school pair (may they rest in donated peace).

Also, it’s a great time to shop all things Lucky Brand…there’s an exclusive online only “mix & match”section of style items are buy one, get one 50% off! Other sale items are an extra 40-60% off. Pretty great, yes? And, you can get $20 off your order instantly using a special code you receive when you sign up for emails!

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Current Vibes

February 1, 2017

I am now less than a week from my third trimester (!) which is completely crazy and somewhat hard to believe. I know that time is going to fly by, so I'm trying to get as much done each day as I can. Little things like cleaning out my closets and sending pieces to ThredUp, scheduling Child Birth classes to ease my growing anxiety, and finalizing ordering pieces for the nursery. This weekend is one of the last "nothing on the calendar" weekends for me and my husband and I'm thinking we need to go out and test drive some car seats/strollers together so that we can make a decision. Any recommendations? Everyone I talk to seems to absolutely love UPPAbaby. (baby update and nesting aside, read on for more vibes!)

1. NEEDING // STATE OF ESCAPE CARRYALL: When it comes to handbags, I am a tote girl through and through. Unless I am going out at night, I can generally be found with a tote bag on my arm. This especially came in handy when I was carrying all sorts of morning sickness remedies with me everywhere I went. A sleeve of saltines just wouldn’t have survived in a small clutch or cross body! I’ve had my eye on State of Escape’s cool bags for quite some time now. The bags are made out of neoprene and sailing rope, making them beyond durable, yet super lightweight. Started by two women (and moms) out of Australia, it only seems natural that all State of Escape products are also machine washable which truly takes them to the next level. I had decided that I still wanted to use a tote as a diaper/baby bag because then my husband would be fine carrying it around if need be, and the accessibility of a tote is something I love. Being able to reach in and grab something or throw something in – without zippers, etc. I think the State of Escape original “Escape” bag would make for a good baby bag because I could easy buy one of those tote organizing inserts for it. And, don’t forget that amazing ability for the bag to be machine washed. Yes and yes. Its also not too feminine so my husband would willingly carry it. Now the hard part will be deciding on a color! I’m super partial to the “khaki” color, but I also like this and thisBlack is always classic, too. Hmm…

2. WEARING // RRR ROBE: The other day I called Molly to tell her that when I was in Roberta Roller Rabbit picking up some baby gifts (their pj’s are our go-to!), I saw they had started selling women’s robes in their famous, softer than soft 100% pima cotton. RRR’s pima cotton is the stuff dreams are made of and is why their PJs are so popular and loved. The cotton gets softer with each wash and wear, making the jammies worth every penny. The very next day, Molly and I visited the store and each left with our own, brand spanking new heart-printed robes. Since then, I’ve been wearing my new robe on the regular, and I know that I will wear it all the time postpartum. Best. Buy. Ever.

3. OBSESSING // CARVED BUNNIES: Yesterday I went down an Instagram rabbit hole (pun intended) stalking Irene Neuwirth’s jewelry after discovering some favorite pieces by her by way of Ylang 23. Her pieces are colorful, happy, and truly special. Its no surprise that Irene claims to be fascinated by intense colors and raw, un-manufactured gem cuts as this makes up the majority of her most loved pieces. I personally am completely and totally in love (heart eyes here!) with her bunny charms that are carved out of various stones making each charm one of a kind. Bunnies have been my favorite animal for as long as I can remember and my husband and I refer to our dogs as “bunnies” regularly. He’s already told me that we can’t refer to the new baby as a “bunny” as well, but maybe that will change once we meet him?! If you ask me, its quite a flattering term of endearment. And one of those carved bunnies would look quite flattering around my neck!

4. EYEING // BURU DENIM JACKET: I’m all about the classic denim jacket, but I often times can’t help but feel like I am maybe too “old” for the look or that it isn’t polished enough of a look when I am going out at night. You know, now that I go on regular date nights. Enter the Buru White Label Daphne Denim Jacket. The dark denim, collarless jacket has a raw hem making it just the right amount of “distressed” while still looking “nicer” than your usual jean jacket. I also love the slightly longer length of the jacket making it that much more wearable, in my opinion! The no collar means that I could still wear it over my favorite button downs, too. With how mild our weather in Dallas has been, I would be wearing this regularly whether it be during the day or out at night. The options are endless!

5. DISPLAYING // ART FLOWERS: I’ve had the gorgeous book “Art Flowers: Contemporary Floral Designs and Installations” for maybe a year or so now, but it was stacked under some other books, and not one I really took the time to enjoy. We now have it placed on an acryllic book stand in our front bay window and it a work of art in itself. The book showcases the most amazing floral sculptures created by 38 of the world’s most renowned designers. The best part about keeping it on the book stand is that I am able to leave the pretty pages open and flip them regularly to a new page. Both the stand and book would make for a great Valentine’s gift, too!

6. WATCHING // THE FOUNDER: Along with weekly date nights, my husband and I are also making an effort to see more movies while they are in theaters. You definitely can’t bring a newborn into the movie theater and we find that we focus on the story so much more when we’re not on the couch and distracted by our phones and computers, so we’re trying to catch up on some flicks now! After hearing from friends that The Founder was good, we decided to see it last week. If you haven’t seen it, its definitely one worth seeing. It was super interesting to learn the background behind a major food chain that has made a name for itself worldwide. Not only that, but to learn how McDonalds really revolutionized “fast food”. I’m a big fan of documentaries, so this was a win in our house. Next on our list: Gold. Any other recommendations?

7. LOVING // HEARTLA SANDALSLoeffler Randall is hands down my go to place when I am need of a new pair of shoes. No matter the season or style, I know that I can count on them to provide unique, visually pleasing, and comfortable shoes that will truly stand the test of time. Each summer I invest in at least one new pair of sandals from them. LR makes great pieces that have unique details, setting them apart from your typical run of the mill brands. Take for instance, the Heartla Wrap Sandals. Even though its only February (!), these sandals are high on my wish list. I actually own the “Starla” version of these from a few summers ago and they continue to be some of my favorites. So unique and special and I can’t help but smile when wearing them. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the Heartla version is beyond perfect to last me now and through the summer. And beyond. I am partial to the red version because it is that most perfect red that is actually a great neutral and goes with pretty much anything!

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A Cropped Coat

January 30, 2017

Since finding out I was pregnant (and even before that if I'm being honest) I've been all about oversized, loose, slouchy, and longggg tops. So it's a little ironic that I've been wearing a cropped coat so much. Cropped items are not something I usually harbor in my closet...I love the look on other people but feel more comfortable in pieces that go past my waist and skim or cover my hips. But Cuyana came out with this coat in a trench-weight in the spring and after trying it on at the trunk show they had in Dallas, I fell in love with the structured silhouette and boxy, cropped shape. I've loved layering it over my longer blouses, tees and shirts for some contrast in length and because it looks so good unbuttoned, it's been great for my almost-baby bump (still waiting to "pop" over here).

 

The coat I’m wearing is the aforementioned “trench” version (a little lighter in weight) but the style is currently available in a beautiful Italian wool and the color is pretty much identical to the one I have…

Did you all watch the SAG Awards last night? I missed the red carpet so I’m having fun playing catch-up this morning and checking out all the head-to-toe looks. So many gorgeous-looking ladies and I love seeing how everyone does their hair and makeup to compliment the gowns and accessories. So fun that our friend Grace got to go and be part of the action!

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This + That // Sales + Steals

January 27, 2017

I honestly cannot believe that we are just days from February. January always feels slow, but once February comes things seem to get busy again. I'm already feeling much more in the swing of 2017 and have spent the week getting back on a regular workout schedule and giving our dogs their two-a-day walks. Going to try to keep the walks up until the very end of my pregnancy so they get lots of attention before their baby brother bear comes. I find that the walks are just as beneficial for me too - its and instant pick me up just being outside in the fresh air, no matter how tired I may be! (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

  • A. FAVORITE READ // A Big Post About Blogging via The Stripe (This post Grace wrote with blogging tips, tricks, and advice is amazing…)
  • B. FAVORITE PIN // this via @vibes
  • C. FAVORITE INSTAGRAM //@lesleemitchell (I got a huge smile when I saw this pop up in my feed – Leslee took this shot at my wedding! I cried because I couldn’t keep the florals. Seeing this reminded me that I need to get some prints made from that day!)
  • D. FAVORITE OUTFIT // Somewhere, Lately (Styling a sweatshirt? Girl after my own heart!)

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: 40% off dresses and skirts for a limited time only! (I love how cute and classic this is.)
  • Ariel Gordon: 25% off site wide with code LOVEISLOVE! Offer ends 2/6 – so make sure you get shopping and scoop goodies in time for Valentine’s Day!
  • ASOSFinal clearance – up to 70% off! (This textured sweatshirt is really neat, and of course, I love the fact that its white. Also loving this twist on a classic chambray button down – might just have to order!)
  • Banana Republic: The spring collection has arrived! 40% off regular priced items with code BRSTYLE. (The stripe of this is really interesting and different – dying to see it in person. This is SO pretty to wear come spring with a pair of denim.)
  • Bloomingdales: New markdowns taken – save up to 80% off. (These are some of my favorite classic sneakers and this price can’t be beat!)
  • Bluemercury: Show your eyes some love with 8 free favorite FREE treats when you spend $125 with code EYELOVE. (I’m kind of dying for one of these but wish I could try it first!)
  • Calypso St. Barth: Enjoy an extra 60% off sale! (This is a great white dress – I absolutely love all of the detailing.)
  • Club Monaco: New styles added – up to 50% off sale. (Its been chillier here and I really wish I had this to wear out to dinner tomorrow night-so cute and cozy.)
  • Gap: 35% off regular priced styles + extra 40% off sale with code HAPPY. (I have a serious obsession with PJs and genuinely wear every set I own. My friend Hannah got these and I’m now needing a pair for myself. I also think these are pretty cute too. Oh, and these. You wear lots of PJS postpartum right?!)
  • Intermix: New styles added – extra 40% off sale. (I bet this shirt is unbelievably soft as most by this brand are.)
  • J.Crew: In stores and online – 40% off final sale styles with code GETSHOPPING. (Love this twist on a classic trench!)
  • J.Crew Factory: Online only – up to 50% off everything!
  • LOFT: 40% off full priced styles – in stores and online. (SO many good scarves to be had!)
  • Lulu Frost: Winter sale! New styles added – up to 60% off select styles. (How amazing are these? They would go with everything from a white t-shirt to a black dress. LOVE, love them)
  • Mango: Sale – up to 70% off!! (The price of this is SO good and its super practical for now going into spring.)
  • Matches Fashion: Final reductions! Enter code EXTRA20 at checkout. (How cool are these?)
  • Net-A-Porter: Enter code SALE20 at checkout for an additional 20% off items labeled ‘Sale Must Have’!
  • Old Navy: 25% off your order through today with code ENJOY! (This is selling out fast, which must mean that its pretty good.)
  • Saks: Final sale – up to 75% off! (I’m trying to slowly stock up on classic baby pieces like this that I know will be worn constantly.)
  • Serena and Lily: Enjoy 20% off baskets and storage with code GETORGANIZED. (I’ve been wanting one of these to use as a laundry hamper for our nursery, and now is the perfect chance for me to scoop one up!)
  • Sephora: Sephora flash – free two day shipping for a year for only $10. No minimum purchase. (I always think its such a steal when they do this and it saves you a trip to the mall which is always ideal. I actually bought this in there today and am already obsessed.)
  • Steve Madden: Boot sale – select styles as low as $50! (Really like how simple this pair is.)
  • TIBI: Sale finale – extra 15% off sale with code ENDOFSALE through 1/31. (
  • West Elm: The sleep in and save event – 25% off bedding!
1. Madewell Silk Pajama Shirt ($118 → $90) // 2. H&M Suede Loafer ($50) // 3. GAP Metallic A-Line Pleat Skirt ($70 → $65)

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Pajama Shirt

January 26, 2017

You'd think that a pajama-style top would make me want to stay in bed...but that's not the case with this shirt I got a while back from J.Crew. I had been wanting a button-up blouse with a pj look (it's all in the contrast piping, you know) for a while and loved the blue and red color combo of this one so much, I knew it needed to be part of my closet. It might not be silky or done in satin (which a lot of pajama-style shirts are) but the cotton makes it really wearable and great for day-to-night styling.

Fun fact: the pj shirt I'm wearing here is on sale. But in limited sizes. Which means I've rounded up several other favorite pajama blouses worthy of scooping up...

 

More pajama style blouses to love: this white with black piping (also here), this navy and white stripe, this white with navy pinstripes, this black and white stripe with a floral print collar, love the all-over print on this, this wrap style is so pretty, this classic black with white trim, this navy satin number, this is another navy number but piped in white, and I love how this one is color blocked!

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