Saturday, July 14, 2018

Weekend Favorite Finds

DRESS:: Faithfull the Brand // SHOES:: Old (love these) // BAG:: Sensi Studio // SUNGLASSES:: Le Specs // EARRINGS:: Bronzallure (similar here for $24)

Pretty much always in a dress these days and this one is one of the comfiest. This dress by Faithfull the Brand has sold out on just about every site but this one which has it in stock in every size. I love a midi dress and I especially love a light weight linen one. It works so well with a bump and the adjustable straps make it easy to fit on every body type. 

I decided since I never did a Friday Favorites post I would do a roundup of some of my favorite finds this week. I just browsed the new arrivals section on Anthropologie and some of their sweaters are getting me really excited for fall. Don't get me wrong, I love everything about summer but I absolutely love when hints of the new fall lines start to come out. I loved the brand Sleeping on Snow last year and ended up getting a few sweaters of theirs. How comfy and cozy does this pullover sweater and this cardigan sweater look? I have them both in my cart! I also love this caftan for the beach and this dress is so different. 

I saw this Free People midi dress on Shopbop earlier this week and immediately put it in my hearts. I'm not usually a free people person because I find the fit is almost always off for me but I really want to try this one!

SALE FINDS:: Obviously the biggest sale happening right now is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I ended up browsing the sale yesterday in store but almost everything was sold out in my size. I ended up doing an online order yesterday and got this Vince sweater, these mules, this palette and this one as well, and this sweater (which I never saw in store but looks like something I would love to hang out in at home). I told myself I was done after yesterday's purchase but someone woke me up at 5am this morning and while he (who I will not oldest...) watched Paw Patrol I did some more sale browsing. I ended up getting these sneakers- I'll have to see what they look like on but thought for the price they could be a really good fall and winter staple AND this Vince cardigan in the cream color that I absolutely loved in store was restocked in my size so I decided to buy it as well. (slight panic after my purchases)

I also wanted to share some non Nordstrom sale finds with you. I got so many comments and questions about this hat by Hat Attack and it is now on sale for $69. If I did not have a massive belly right now I would 100% buy this jumpsuit which is seriously marked down.

Ok enough for to the beach with my fam! There is a boutique below of some favorite finds. Hope you all have a great weekend! xo


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale :: Women's Clothing & Shoes

While summer is still in full swing, the sale that always gets me excited for fall has just launched. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale's early access just started this morning for Nordstrom Card Members. I have shopped this sale every year since I was a kid. My mom would take my sisters and I to Nordstrom every year during the Anniversary Sale to pick out some "back to school" clothing and shoes. Sneakers were always the number one thing we shopped for. I still love shopping this sale and always scope out the kid's sections as well for my kiddies.

For those that follow a ton of other bloggers- I know this sale can get super annoying so I don't plan on shoving it down your throats. My one piece of advice is: if you do have a Nordstrom card and see a few things you really like, buy them now. Unfortunately things do sell out pretty quickly. Nordstrom has a great return policy so you can always return. I waited too long last year and missed out on some sweaters and boots I had my eye on. And if you don't have a Nordstrom card, seriously don't worry. There will be plenty of amazing things left to shop. If you see things you like just take a screenshot or bookmark them and you can always go back to see if they are still available when the sale is open to everyone.

PS:: I had to divide these posts up into two posts. One will be women's clothing and shoes and the other will be beauty and accessories. Here is my women's clothing and shoes roundup.

Here are a few can't miss things:
  • DESIGNER OUTERWEAR:: I'm going to start with a few "designer" pieces that are great quality and will last season after season. I always looks at the more expensive outerwear during this sale because these items sell out quickly. I saw this faux fur coat by Vince in the catalog and got all heart eyes on it. Obsessed with the color and the cut and think it would be perfect with jeans and booties for everyday wear and for out at night. This faux fur vest and parka by Derek Lam combo jacket looks amazing. I wish they showed what the vest looked like outside of the jacket but regardless this looks like it could be a fall and winter staple piece. This wool cashmere coat by Theory is a closet staple. It will never go out of style and the color is classic. If you are looking to invest in a coat you can come back to year after year, this is the one.  
  • STYLE STEAL OUTERWEAR:: If you are looking for more inexpensive outwear options here are my favorites: I can see myself living in this fleece jacket. Paired with jeans or leggings, I can totally picture myself running around the kids to and from school, the park, and everything in between in this jacket. It looks so incredibly comfortable. The pullover version also looks amazing. I guarantee both of these will sell out. If you are looking for an everyday parka this olive green one is really pretty and versatile. This coat by BCBGENERATION is on my wishlist 100%- the color and the collar are so unique. And last but not least, this bomber jacket. For $58 I think I might have to order it! 
  • DENIM:: I'm a denim junkie and proud of it. I live in my jeans and always buy a few new pairs each year. I love this pair with the side stripe- very different and this brand is one of my faves. Everybody needs a good pair of grey denim in their closets and this pair looks like a winner. The charcoal color is perfect for both fall and winter. 
  • TOPS & BLAZERS:: If I had to pick one statement piece from this sale this blazer by Rebecca Taylor would be it- such a classic cut and style. It reminds me of my IRO one that I wear all the time except in a beautiful blue tweed. This blouse is the perfect date night top but can also be worn casually at work and during the day. 
  • SWEATERS:: Honestly there are way too many I love and this will be really hard to narrow down. But I'll give it a go. Ive heard such great things about these cardigans from Barefoot Dreams. Since I'll be spending a lot of time at home with the new baby I need comfy, cozy, and easy sweaters and I think I might give this one a try. It also comes in this style which I love. I always scope out the Vince sweaters (my favorite) that are apart of the sale and there are ton included this year. This one is at the top of my list and I also love this one in the camel. Not exactly a sweater, but the sleeve detail and the color of this sweatshirt is so pretty. 
  • DRESSES:: I was actually pleasantly surprised with the dresses they included in this sale from some of my favorite designers. For all pregnant ladies, this dress is a closet staple. I own this dress and it's so comfortable. The price is also pretty perfect. I love the color and the cut of this dress for fall. I think it would look so pretty with a pair of pumps but you could also wear with over the knee boots or booties. I can picture myself wearing this skirt with a cropped chunky sweater and a pair of pumps or booties. I love a longer option for the fall. 
  • SHOES:: once again there are so many good picks right now. Here are a few favorites: absolutely obsessed with these mule booties in the olive suede. The studded detail gives off a really cool vibe. I also love these loafer mules. And this pair by Tory Burch are at the top of my list.  
  • BEAUTY & SKINCARE:: and yet again, a ton of amazing steals right now. Going to start with what I already have and LOVE:: I'm obsessed with everything by Kai, especially their body glow and their perfume oil (my staples) and both happen to be in this gift set for $58. The scent is so light and subtle (I'm not a big perfume person) and I always get asked what I'm wearing everytime I use it. The body glow mist gives your bod the perfect summer glow all year long. The only thing that seems to help my dry lips is the lip slip by Sara Happ. It also gives your lips the prettiest glossy look. The lip scrub is also amazing and they are both included in this set. The only dry shampoo and hair spray I use is by Living Proof and I always take their travel sets with me when I go away. You know I love a good glowy look on my skin- I love this palette by Bobbi Brown. I use it on my cheeks and also as an eye shadow. WHAT I WANT TO TRY: I love everything by Nars and this palette looks right up my alley. The prettiest brush set ever. This deluxe eye and cheek palette will get you a lot of bang for your buck. I pretty much always stick with a nude lip and this set looks so pretty. 
  • BAGS:: This Alexander Wang bag is everything for fall- the color, the studs, and the fact that its cross body and has a zipper= A+ from this Mom. If you are looking for a less expensive option this one is so pretty and comes in three colors. 
OK...I'm feeling a bit burnt out after this one! But I've rounded up the rest of my favorites below! I will make a separate men's and kid's boutique a little bit later. 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale :: Beauty & Accessories

Here are my picks for beauty and accessories::
  • BEAUTY & SKINCARE:: and yet again, a ton of amazing steals right now. Going to start with what I already have and LOVE:: I'm obsessed with everything by Kai, especially their body glow and their perfume oil (my staples) and both happen to be in this gift set for $58. The scent is so light and subtle (I'm not a big perfume person) and I always get asked what I'm wearing everytime I use it. The body glow mist gives your bod the perfect summer glow all year long. The only thing that seems to help my dry lips is the lip slip by Sara Happ. It also gives your lips the prettiest glossy look. The lip scrub is also amazing and they are both included in this set. The only dry shampoo and hair spray I use is by Living Proof and I always take their travel sets with me when I go away. You know I love a good glowy look on my skin- I love this palette by Bobbi Brown. I use it on my cheeks and also as an eye shadow. 
  • BAGS:: This Alexander Wang bag is everything for fall- the color, the studs, and the fact that its cross body and has a zipper= A+ from this Mom. If you are looking for a less expensive option this one is so pretty and comes in three colors. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wedding Guest Dresses

DRESS:: Saylor // BAG:: Kayu (similar here) // SHOES:: Club Monaco (this year's version is here and on sale with an additional 30% off!) // EARRINGS:: Asha

It's officially that time of year when a million weddings and formal events seem to pop up. Every summer we do a roundup of all of our favorite formal and cocktail dresses appropriate for wedding guests and they always seem to be some of our most popular posts. There are so many dresses out right now that I would love to wear this summer but my belly almost always gets in the way. My sister has this one and I tried to wiggle myself into it but it was a no-go. It is my favorite dress this summer and is currently on sale! I also love the style of this one- the color is not usually my color of choice but I think it would look beautiful on brunettes! The dress I have on is by Saylor and the color is one of my favorites. I always love to wear some color during the summer and I would say 75% of the time that color is some shade of blue. I ordered my usual size in this dress but definitely should have sized up for a better fit pregnancy wise.

I think it's always fun to dress up any outfit with a fun clutch and I've had this one by Kayu for years (similar version here). My mom has it in tan with a turquoise stone and I'm obsessed with it as well. Fair warning if you have a large phone (like the 7 plus etc) it will most likely not fit in this clutch. 

I've rounded up some more wedding guest dresses below! Xo

Monday, July 9, 2018

Nantucket Recap & Beachy Style

DRESS:: Coolchange // BAG:: Kayu (old) // SLIDES:: J. Crew // HAT:: B.P.

Happy Monday everyone! We are back from our Fourth of July trip to Nantucket and had such a nice time. We spent most of our time at the beach and walking around town. Here's a quick rundown of what we did/where we went::

EAT:: My husband (Chris) and I were able to sneak away to two kid free dinners- one at Millie's and the other at The Chanticleer (thank you to my in-laws for babysitting!) Two restaurants at the opposite ends of the spectrum. Millie's is super casual and absolutely delicious "coastal" food (more like coastal Mexican food) and is hands down my favorite place to catch a quick bite. I'm pretty sure we've dined at Millie's every time we are on Nantucket. We usually bring the kids with us and eat outside at one of the picnic tables.  We also ate at the Chanticleer in Sconset which not only has the most amazing food but the atmosphere is like something out of a book. Their garden is stunningly beautiful (I posted a pic over on my Instagram page) and the service is amazing. I had the best mocktail ever and finished off the meal with an amazing chocolate brownie parfait dessert. 

SHOP:: One of my favorite things to do when we are on Nantucket is to stroll around town. Chris and I walked the kids around and got them muffins at the Bean. They loved exploring shops like the Sunken Ship and of course Lila loved checking out the little girl dresses at Erica Wilson. She walked away with a cute little coverup and some soft onesies for baby sister. As much as I love walking around town with the kids, I absolutely love strolling solo and had a blissful (sorry kids) hour and a half shopping kid free. My all time favorite boutique is CJ Laing. They always have the prettiest straw bags, earrings, and beachy dresses and coverups. I bought this dress by Pink City Prints that will be perfect for the remainder of my pregnancy and next summer as well. I actually spotted a non pregnant woman wearing it right after I purchased it and she was about my pre-pregnancy size so I know it will definitely work next summer. I ended up meeting up with Kaitlin and Grant at the very end of my leisurely stroll and we hit up another island favorite, Skinny Dip, where I bought a cute rattan canteen bag.  

EXPLORE:: Every time I visit Nantucket I always end up visiting a spot on the island I had never seen before. Even though it's a small island there is so much to discover.  I've been coming with Chris every summer for ten or eleven years (I've lost track) but he has been coming to Nantucket since he was a baby and knows and has seen way more than I have. After Chris and I ate at Chanticleer he took me over to the Sankaty Head Lighthouse where the sunset was unreal. We walked the bluffs a bit and took in the vast views of the ocean. A must see if you are visiting! 

BEACH:: We always take the kids right down to Steps Beach (one of the prettiest spots in my opinion). It's the perfect spot for young kids to swim and play and not as crowded as Jetties. FYI it's called Steps Beach for a reason. Lots of steps...walking up is a workout!

I took a nice blog break last week but I'm back with some fun posts coming your way this week. I wanted to share some of my favorite beach essentials with you today and created a boutique for you below. A few highlights here::

  • Cannot live without good coverups and this Coolchange one has been in heavy rotation. I own a ton by this brand and live for their easy, breezy style. I always go back to their pieces year after year.  
  • My sister (who is also pregnant) let me borrow this one piece of hers for my trip. A ton of my awful maternity swimsuits are tankinis (insert shocked emoji face here) and I find they really bother my c-section scar from my last pregnancies. This Kate Spade one piece is not maternity but actually has really good stretch to it. I wore it one size up from my usual size and it fit really well. I might order it in the white as well!
  • I have been living in two pairs of slides. This pair by Steven and this pair from J.Crew that are currently on sale. 
  • And of course can't live without a good beach hat. I bought two this summer that have worked. This $19 steal that I found at Nordstrom and this beautiful one by Hat Attack. 


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Fourth of July Outfits

DRESS:: Club Monaco // BAG:: Palmer & Purchase (same here) // EARRINGS:: Ann Taylor (c/o) (on sale for $20!) // SHOES:: Ann Taylor (c/o)

It's one of my favorite times of year! I love the Fourth of July and have such fond memories of celebrating Independence Day growing up. We always spent it at the beach with our close family friends (I'm pretty sure Kaitlin and I spent every 4th together for twenty or so years!) The past few years, my husband, kids and I have been heading out to Nantucket to spend the Fourth with my husband's side of the family and it's something we all look forward to. It makes me so happy to start creating these traditions with my little (soon to be much bigger) family. 

I'm usually not one for themes but I always like to dress in our colors for the Fourth. When I first saw this dress by Club Monaco I knew it would be perfect for the holiday weekend. It's currently on sale and limited sizes are left. My earrings from Ann Taylor are on super sale with an extra 60% off at checkout. They end up coming to $20! 

I've created a huge roundup of Fourth of July themed outfits and accessories below but I want to highlight a few favorites::
  • Not only do I love this top but the price is perfect at $88. I love the smocked top and the bell sleeves. This top is beautiful as well!
  • I'll be spending my Fourth on the beach and just picked up this hat at Intermix. 
  • If you are looking for a more casual option (think jean shorts and a tee) I love this tee, this tank and this sweatshirt. 
  • Not exactly our Nation's blue but I just saw this beachy dress online this morning and really want to order it. 
  • If I was sitting on a cool grand that needed to be spent I would spend it on this dress. Obsessed. 
Shop more festive pieces below! xo

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Shopbop Summer Sale

 DRESS:: Misa Los Angeles (on sale!) // EARRINGS:: Madewell // SHOES:: Ann Taylor (c/o) // BAG:: Lucy Folk (turquoise version on sale!) 

I can always count on a good sale to brighten up my Tuesday. Shopbop just marked down hundreds of new summer items and I spent the day yesterday and a good chunk of this morning searching through all of the new sale items. So many pieces I own are on sale right now- including this one shoulder Misa dress that is soooooo comfortable and easy to wear. Definitely will fit with any size bump or sans bump. My Lucy Folk clutch that I love so much is on sale in the turquoise color and it's really pretty. If you are looking for something different when it comes to evening bag wear- this is it!

I also have this dress by Club Monaco and it's perfect for the Fourth! I just shot it with Julia and will be posting the pictures with a ton of Fourth clothing options on the blog tomorrow. Another great Fourth item that's on sale- this one piece swimsuit by Solid and Striped. It also looks like the bottom has some decent coverage. I'm really anti skimpy bottoms! Who's with me?!

My sister has this jumpsuit by Alexis and I'm obsessed with it. I love the length and of course love the color. It's a textured linen which makes it perfect for the spring and summer. I have every intention of borrowing it next summer. I've been living in this Coolchange jumpsuit at the beach and it's currently half off. 

If you love the Cult Gaia ark bag and were thinking of purchasing it in a fun a color, now is your chance! This beautiful watermelon shade is now on sale. I have the mist blue but was seriously considering this color when I made my purchase.

So many good sale finds and they are all linked below! xo




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