Tie-Neck Top (on sale!)

September 26, 2017

I have to say, I'm a liiiiitttllleee bit sad that I bought this top at full price and now it's on sale. For almost 40% off. What can you do? We all know that J.Crew is famous for their markdowns and sales as much as they are for selling out of pieces. Even though I feel bummed that I didn't get the off-the-shoulder tie-neck top at the steal price it is now, I'm glad I've had it to wear these past several weeks and happy that some of you can scoop it up now that it's under $40!

 

For me, wearing black clothes can be tricky (athletic wear doesn’t count). Sometimes the color feels super harsh for my fair coloring? I don’t know. Originally I saw the off-the-shoulder tie-neck top in the chambray version and was convinced that I needed it. Then I tried on the black version in-store and Molly convinced me that I would wear it way more than the chambray. Glad I listened to her, because the cotton blouse has been the easiest to throw on – dressed up or down – and I love that the layered ruffle keeps the hue from feeling too edgy. And as much as I love the clean look of an off-the-shoulder blouse, I really like that this one has the tie-neck detail…somehow it makes it all the more comfortable to wear!

Grab one for yourself what the price is still nearly half of the original! (it also comes in a really pretty “warm jade” color, chambray and navy & white stripes!)

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Under $50 Fave

September 25, 2017

It's not even October and pumpkin-everything is all I see. At Trader Joe's (naturally, I took home my own section of pumpkin-ish stuff today), outside houses, on Instagram, etc. You'd think that with the 90 degree heat it would deter Dallasites from risking pumpkin decor outside...and you'd be wrong. Here in Texas we are soooo ready for fall. And being an October birthday baby means that all the pumpkin sightings and Halloween prep are signals that my big 3-0 is soon approaching.

Pumpkin talk aside, I'm pumped to be sharing this fantastic cotton blouse today. It's new, it's still in stock (shocker considering my track record!) - though FYI, stock is running low - and it's my fave score of the season. How can you beat this much look for $49.99?!

 

Not sure what else there is to say other than: run, don’t walk to H&M and get this top while you can! I’m wearing a 2 and I definitely could have gone up a size (the waist situation is elastic and pretttttty snug).

If you’re size is already gone, promptly throw a temper tantrum and start speed dialing H&M stores till you find one. Or check out this, this, this, this, and this – all white tops that are amazing. Looking for white sweater goodness? I suggest this and this. And while we’re at it, these aren’t white but are equally great: this and this.

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This + That // Sales + Steals

September 15, 2017

This past month has flown by - it's hard for me and Molly to believe that THE GREAT GIVEAWAY ends today! Have you entered? If yes, thank you SO so much. If not, hop over to this post to do so!

Entering is beyond easy but I've broken it down into steps: 1). scroll to the end of the blog post and you'll see a widget for entering, 2). you have two options for "logging in" (it's the way we have your email address on file to contact you if you win) - either log-in with your Facebook account or manually type in your email address, 3). you'll then see a box that says "visit ALS TDI on Facebook" - this is how we will actually count your entry!, 4). click the box, and when a small pop-up window appears with a blue box for you to visit the ALS TDI Facebook account, click it, 5). a new window will open for ALS TDI's Facebook page - you do not have to follow, like, etc. the account! - just going to the page is enough, 6). click back to your page/window for The Great Giveaway blog post and and click the light blue box in the corner of the widget that says "I visited!" and YOU'RE ENTERED! Easy. Peasy.

If you've read our blog post for the giveaway, you know that the whole inspiration for gathering 18 of our favorite brands and creating a giant prize worth over $6,900 is to encourage all who enter to donate - whatever your can - towards the ALS Therapy Development Institute and the #whatwouldyougive campaign. This organization is doing incredible things for ALS, and they are SO MUCH CLOSER to developing drugs that can end ALS or at the very least, slow down the progression of the muscular deterioration and extend the lives of those diagnosed.  ALS is not an incurable disease. It is an underfunded one. Please consider donating to the amazing cause and thank you in advance for your generosity!

(per usual, I've got the Friday faves and sales and steals, so read on for those!) 

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: 40% off full priced tops with code TOPITOFF (No surprise, I found three white shirts that are amazing: this, this and this – and hello, this contrast stripe top is beyond)
  • Anthropologie: Extra 25% off sale – no code needed! (Call me basic but I love this kind of cardigan and I’m loving the wash and hem of these jeans)
  • ASOS: Shop more save more event! $50 off $200 with code EXTRA50, $70 off $250 with code EXTRA75, and $100 off $350 with code EXTRA100 (If you like ruffles, lace and just the right amount of smocking, this new top is for you!)
  • Banana Republic: Shirts, blouses and sweaters starting at $40! Shop the selection. (Machine washable merino sweater for $50?!?!)
  • BaubleBar: Play by Ear! Pick your 3 faves for $48! (Did I mention that the value is $94?)
  • Bloomingdales: Denim days! Take 25% off when you buy 2 or more items and 15% off when you buy 1 item! Valid on this great selection.
  • Bluemercury: Complimentary 21 piece gift set with any $150 purchase with code ANNIVERSARY. (Great time to stock up on hair faves!)
  • Calypso St. Barth: 60% off Calypso enfant & soleil collection (Some cute stuff for littles!)
  • CB2: Up to 30% off select bedding and up to 50% off markdowns!
  • Chicwish: Get an extra 10% off orders of $50 or more with code FIL10 – ends today! (Is it sweater weather yet? Because I love this and this!)
  • Club Monaco: The Trench Event – 25% off women’s trench coats! (How to choose…traditional, little scallops, or big scallops?)
  • Crate & Barrel: Up to 20% off the bedroom sale!
  • domino: The rug sale – take 20% off! (Lots of great styles, really liking this, this and this!)
  • Free People: New markdowns added to sale! (Blue and white goodness with this)
  • Gap: Get 40% off your purchase with code DEAL! (Lots of good new arrivals…including this jacket!)
  • H&M: Free shipping on orders over $40 with code 0040 (Feeling pink? I love the color of this classic sweater)
  • Intermix: Up to 75% off sale – no code needed AND extra 30% off applied at checkout! (Feeling all the off-the-shoulder tops…especially this and this)
  • J.Crew: Get 30% off your purchase with code FRIDAY! (Always into upgraded sweatshirts like this and really loving the extra detail on this v-neck sweater)
  • J.Crew Factory: 40-60% off everything, prices marked! (Give me all the sweatshirt items like this dress and these pants)
  • LOFT: Up to 50% off fall favorites! (A short sleeved sweater that’s idea for transitioning into fall…and I love the shorter bell sleeves on this)
  • Lulu & Georgia: Take 15% off all orders of $1,500 or more with code YESPLEASE. (Really loving all the pieces in the Karlie Kloss office makeover)
  • Old Navy: 20% off your order with code ENJOY – ends 9/16. (This dress has Molly’s name all over it)
  • Rag & Bone: Up to 50% off sale! (These boots. That’s all)
  • Rebecca Taylor: Lots of great stuff in the sale section…(This top is stunning. And white. So I obviously want it)
  • Saks: Kids sale, up to 25% off select styles.
  • Serena & Lily: Get 20% off beds, bedding and upholstery with code GETCOMFY. (Love this bedskirt)
  • Shopbop: Good newness added to sale! (Really like how sleek this top is!)
  • The Outnet: Extra 40% off last-chance buys!
  • West Elm: 20% off bedroom furniture! Up to 40% off furniture, rugs and more. And up to 60% off sale!
  • Williams Sonoma: Get 20% off your order with code FALL!

Some Steals:

1. Tibi Gathered Flared Cotton-Poplin Top ($295 → $147) // 2. Rebecca Taylor Nouveau Eyelet Top ($350 → $199) // 3. Rag & Bone Margot Boot ($495 → $250)

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Floral Eyelet

September 14, 2017

There's quite a bit happening with this top: eyelet (of the flower variety), ruffles, bell sleeves, and tuxedo pleats. Somehow J.Crew made it all work. And it's not too terribly preppy - which is crazy considering the eyelet and ruffle factors. As soon as I tried it on and did a little front tuck I was sold. Sometimes navy feels tricky to wear with jeans (it can be a lot of blue) but the texture and detail on this guy means that it stands out when worn with darker denim and it's not too harsh to wear with lighter washes like what I have on here.

 

Side note, I recently stole borrowed these Lucky jeans from Molly’s closet and well, I love them. Might have to get the same pair and another Bridgette style for myself since Lucky is having a buy one, get one 50% off deal. Who knew I would like high-rise denim so much?!

P.S. J.Crew is having a “buy 2 get 20% off OR buy 3 and get 30% off” on select items with code “MOREPLEASE” and this is one of the items…as is the Easy Sweatshirt Molly had on in yesterday’s post!

 

Pieces From The Post
J.Crew Floral Eyelet Top (DISCOUNT OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE THROUGH 9/14 WITH CODE "MOREPLEASE") // LUCKY BRAND BRIDGETTE HIGH-RISE SKINNY "SUNRISE ROAD" // Vince Mules (old, similar, similar, similar) // TRUFFLE PRIVACY CLUTCH // RAY-BAN AVIATORS (ON AMAZON!) // GIGI CLOZEAU GOLD & RESIN BRACELETS (ALSO HEREHERE)

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Current Vibes

September 13, 2017

Its been one of those weeks where I can't believe its already the end of the day on Wednesday (thus, why this post is being published past when I had hoped!). After managing to frantically fit a workout in each day (thanks to Molly being the best babysitting auntie!), I get to the end of the day and truly don't know where the hours have gone. It could be adjusting to new normals...or this dreaded four month sleep regression that we're currently experiencing. We're just riding the wave at this point! (at least I've got seem decent vibes, right?)

1. SNEAKER SHOPPING // APL: I’ve always felt that if you wear your tennis shoes regularly, they have somewhat of a life-span to them and when that said life runs out, its time for a new pair. I purchased my beloved Adidas Pure Boost about a year ago and I think they are sadly reaching the end. At least for gym workouts. I think they would still be find for walking outdoors, but I’ve noticed the traction becoming worse and worse in my daily workouts as I slip around on the gym floor. Regular dog-walking around the neighborhood will eventually do that! APL, short for Athletic Propulsion Labs, is supposed to make some amazing tennis shoes that look pretty legit, too. The color choices are endless, so there’s literally something for everyone. Also, their new fall collection just debuted and it.is.good. The brand was founded by identical twin brothers, which, being two sisters, we can’t help but love. The brothers’ vision for APL was to create products symbolizing the ultimate intersection of design and performance. I would say they’ve done just that!

2. BAKING // AVOCADO CHOCOLATE BREAD: Truth be told (thought let’s be honest, I don’t keep this a secret), I have the biggest sweet tooth. I’m pretty sure I always have. But couple that with some sleep deprivation and the cravings have reached a whole new level. Ugh. I will say, that my Kombucha habit has helped curbed these cravings to some extent. But last night at 9:30 PM when we didn’t have a single morsel (not even a chocolate chip!) of chocolate in the house, I was devastated. Aside from Kombucha, I have found that a half (or sometimes a full, who am I kidding) of a Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup can be the answer to my craving prayers each night and I don’t feel too terrible about it. When I came across this recipe for avocado chocolate bread I was instantly intrigued. Chocolate! Bread! And avocado which is never a bad thing, right? Bonus points that the bread is actually gluten, grain, and dairy free. Going to put making this at the top of my weekend to-do list. Stay tuned!

3. HUNTING // PERFECT WHITE T-SHIRTS: Just this week I’ve come to the realization that I pretty much hate every single white t-shirt that I own. Which isn’t a great predicament to be in when you live in white tops/tees. Since these are a part of my every day uniform, replacing what I have is a must. And stat. When Molly and I ran into Rag and Bone the other day to try on some denim, we were both wearing dresses and needed a top to try on with so I grabbed us each a white crewneck tee. Lo and behold we both fell in love with the tees, which are ironically called “The Tee“. Aside from adding this guy, some less expensive versions I’ve had my eye on are from the Queen/King of basics, EverlaneThis and this look especially promising. Any other recommendations? Would love to hear them!

4. CLEANING // MURCHISON-HUME: I’ve mentioned time and time again how I became much more focused (obsessed), with bringing more natural products into our home and lives. This can be a pretty daunting task and I have admittedly spent way too many hours researching and fretting over everything. I am still trying to find that balance, which is tricky. Companies like Murchison-Hume are incredible because they take a lot of the guesswork out of it and also don’t send you down a black hole of Googling which is never good – for me at least. The company creates plant-based cleaning products using the cleanest, most effective, non-toxic ingredients. Oh, and the best part? They look pretty if you leave them sitting out – accidentally or on purpose!

5. STERILIZING // BABY BREZZA: With the occasional pumping that happens around here comes cleaning and sterilizing bottles and pump parts galore. I truly don’t know how moms who work full-time and pump from the office do it! Such admiration, seriously. The washing and sterilizing can get pretty annoying and often feels like the last thing I have time for. But then again, I know how important it is to do right. Especially with the CDC having just recently come out with new guidelines for cleaning pumping kits. I’m actually not sure how I survived before the Baby Brezza Bottle Sterilizercame into our lives. The sterilizer uses natural steam to kill 99.9% of germs in both bottles and pump parts in just 8 minutes. You are able to leave the bottles in the case and they will remain sterile for up to 24 hours, or until the lid is open. It also dries everything so that you don’t have to worry about killing the cleanliness factor by drying everything yourself. The best part is that it can fit any brand of bottle/pump part, so you don’t have to worry about it not working with what you already have. This guy has been a complete game changer in both getting everything sterilized but also easing my own anxieties in keeping everything clean and sterile!

6. READING // TORY B’S SOUTHAMPTON HOME: I remember yearssss ago when we were with friends in NYC and two friends who worked for Tory Burch at the time told us that Tory has all of her stores and homes/apartments “approved” by a Feng Shui expert. They told us that she had even pushed back an opening for one of her stores after the expert didn’t give it their seal of Feng Shui “approval”. To be honest, I know absolutely nothing about Feng Shui, so I could be describing all of this completely wrong, but regardless, this is the first thing that came to mind when I saw that Tory’s Southampton home had been published. The 15,00 square foot house was acquired by Burch in 2008 was completed over the course of 9 years with decorator Daniel Romualdez. In the time span it took to *mostly* complete the Southampton home, Tory and Romualdez worked on almost 200 (!) Tory Burch stores together. The home was a true labor of love! Click here to read more and see the photos.

7. LOVING // MAR x CLARE V COLLAB: It is true that I have somewhat of an obsession with jackets and coats. Living in San Francisco did nothing to help this habit as you wear some sort of jacket pretty much year round. Although we are nowhere near this kind of weather yet in Dallas, I had been wanting to get some sort of military-style situation for fall here. Its as if Marlien Rentmeester from Le Catch was reading my mind when she launched her Mar x Clare V. Marmy military jackets the other day. The jackets were launched and sold in the Clare V. Nolita store and online, but were such a hit that they sold out over night. Sadly, I missed out, which makes me want one that much more. Don’t you love how that happens? The good news is that Marlien has announced on her site that there are more Marmy jackets to come in the next few weeks. Now I just need to stalk her site so that I don’t miss them again! The real question is – to monogram or not to monogram? At first I was dead set on no monogram, but then I saw photos from the event, and now I’m not so sure. Kind of loving the lavender color against the army green!

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