Sunday, May 24, 2015

Shop Til You Drop

Hope you're all having a GREAT weekend!  If you don't have shopping on the agenda for the next few days, make some room for it.
There are so many awesome sales right now that you're going to want to take advantage of them!  Below is a round up of a few places I'll be hitting... via my computer, wearing sweats and eating leftover hot dogs and ice cream.  Just keepin' it real. 

+ Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: Up to 40% off markdowns.  Here are a few of my favorites and how cute is this scarf
+ Bauble Bar: 20% off everything with code MEMORIAL20.
+ J Crew: 30% off everything (sale merchandise included) with code WEEKEND.
+ Loft: 40% off everything, no code needed.
+ Gap: 40% off with code SUMMER.  My favorite peplum tee is on major sale!
+ Old Navy: stores are up to 50% off, online is 30% off everything, no code needed.
+ Banana Republic: 40% off with code BRSUMMER.
+ Sole Society: Up to 50% off select merchandise.
+ Express: 40% off, excludes watches.

Happy Shopping!  I'll be back on Tuesday with my weekend recap.
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Friday, May 22, 2015

A Few Friday Randoms

We've had a super busy week over here!  Friday kind of came out of no where but I'm definitely not complaining about that.  

+ Brady had a dental appointment this week where we found out he has Enamel Hypoplasia.  Over the last few months, we've noticed that 75% of his teeth are chipping really badly.  We took all hard toys away from him and he's never been a big chewer on things he shouldn't, but for some reason they kept getting worse.  I finally figured it might be a bigger problem than just his toys so we got him into the vet to figure out what is going on.

Basically, it's a birth defect that causes the enamel on the adult teeth to completely chip away, leaving his nerves almost exposed.   This makes it easier for bacteria to enter into his body and cause infection and his mouth is most likely in pain.  Not good and our vet recommended pulling almost HALF OF HIS TEETH OUT as soon as possible... which, ugh.  Our other option is to take him to a dental vet specialist about an hour and a half away that can try and save the teeth through bonding or caps.  Such a bummer and I feel so bad for the guy.

We have an appointment with this vet specialist coming up so hopefully we'll have a better idea of what we want to do after that.  

+ On a happier note, the Nordstrom half yearly sale is here!!!  A few of my favorites include these Zella leggings mentioned in this post, two perfect summer dresses (pink and white), this Michael Kors watch and the prettiest Tory phone cover.

+ What are you all thinking of this season of The Bachelorette?  Although I was #teamkaitlyn, it was still pretty sad when Britt got sent home.  Hopefully we can never do this two bachelorette thing again.  It looks like it's going to be a pretty dramatic season (of course).

Whew, sorry that got so long.  I'll probably be MIA again today as Nick took the day off of work and also has Monday off so HELLO extra long weekend!  We have big plans including two BBQ's, finally finishing our dang bathroom and doing more yard work.  Good stuff.  

Happy Friday!

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Linking up with KarliJennieRebecca and April 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Top 10 Blog Posts

Good morning!

I've been noticing lots of new faces around here lately and am loving it - welcome and thank you for following along!  Instead of doing a traditional 'get to know more about me', I thought it would be fun to put together a list of my top 10 blog posts instead.  I consulted all analytical avenues for my site - Google, Blogger, Pinterest pins, comments, hits - and here they are, in no particular order...

3 Days in Chicago {Tourist Style}
Easy Ways to Get More Blog Comments
My Wedding: 10 Things I Would Do Again
The Most Girly Room in the House
Charleston Anniversary Trip
Meal Planning Tips & Tricks
Erin Condren Planner Review (my most popular post EVER!)
5 Shows to Binge Watch on Netflix
Mr. Katie Elizabeth
Back Wen

What's been your favorite blog post here?  What topics do you enjoy reading about the most?  While I always want to stay true to myself with blogging, I also want you guys to love stopping by here!  Feel free to let me know below :)

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Linking up with Shanna Morgan 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Sandals

Can you believe we've almost reached Memorial Day weekend?!  I honestly never thought it was going to come for a while - March and April were two extremely long, cold months.  But now that they're over and behind us, I'm so excited to say farewell to my winter boots and hello to pretty sandals.  

So far I've already purchased these and LOVE them - they're the perfect neutral and the heel provides a bit of height without being uncomfortable - and there are quite a few more pairs I have my eye on.  I think these bad boys will be my next addition while they're still on sale...

Which ones are your favorite?

Pictured above (left to right): Hinge Beaded Thong Sandal // Badgley Mischka Maycee Flat Sandal //
Manilly Calf Hair & Leather Gladiator Sandal // Sole Society Gemma Crystal Ankle Strap Sandal //
Joie A la Plage Nice Thong Sandal // Hinge Neta Leather Wedge Sandal

Monday, May 18, 2015

A "Relaxing" Weekend + Giveaway!

Since this was our last free weekend until 4th of July, I had all the intentions of making it a relaxing one.  But of course, that's about the opposite of what it ended up being.

Friday night was the only thing that was relaxing about this weekend.  Nick had a hockey game so I read and enjoyed the weather on our back porch  before having a 'spa night'.  It was pretty glorious actually - not to mention my skin was looking awesome the rest of the weekend thanks to this stuff.

Saturday brought the first farmers market of the season, shopping, cleaning and organizing the kitchen and doing the big seasonal closet switch-over.  Yay for shorts and goodbye sweaters!  Brady was quite the helper, obvs.

After Nick got home from hockey, we grabbed take-out and played in the yard with the dog until the sun went down.  It was perfect.  I kept saying a million times over this weekend "I'm so glad we moved."  Seriously, being able to enjoy a yard and a porch and all of that jazz - it's amazing after being in the city for so long and exactly why we left.

And then on Sunday, that home ownership happiness smacked me right in the face.  After church (where I finally broke out my leopard flats), we spent the ENTIRE DAY working in the yard - weeding, ripping out dead plants, laying down mulch.  And Brady did this while we worked.  The guy thinks every thing and every place is a bed just for him.  

The weekend ended with BBQ bacon cheeseburgers - thank goodness weekend calories don't count - and the Mad Men series finale.  Tear.  Did anyone else watch?

Lastly, a couple of my favorite blogging friends and I are super excited to bring you a chloe + isabel giveaway!  Below you'll find a bit more about the brand and enter to win a pair of these gorgeous teeny tortoise stud earrings.  I'm obsessed, I'm thinking I'm going to need to order a pair for myself.  Good luck :)

1. Can you tell us a little about Chloe + Isabel?

The Chloe + Isabel Brand was inspired by a concept we call "The Friendship Philosophy" - the idea of two best friends with different personalities and styles, united by their passion for style and self-expression. Chloe and Isabel are names that represent the two personalities we see in our customers, our Merchandisers, and ourselves.

“Chloe” is a fearless fashionista, always in search of the season’s hottest trends, while “Isabel” appreciates, above all, timeless, beautifully-crafted pieces. Whether you're a Chloe, an Isabel, or a Chloe-bel (that's a bit of both!), we are a destination for all women!

2. What made you decide to start working with Chloe + Isabel? 

I decided to start working with Chloe + Isabel because I'm not completely fulfilled in my current position and I was looking for another way to generate income and see where building a business would take me. I hosted an online party with my friend who is a merchandizer for Chloe + Isabel. My party did very well and I got free jewelry. I love fashion & jewelry so it just made sense.

3. What are your favorite pieces?

The c+i jewelry is awesome. Some of the really nice features are that all pieces are hypoallergenic, nickel-free, and lead safe. We offer a lifetime replacement and 30-day money back guarantee on every piece. From timeless to fashion-driven, our pieces start at just $18. They have a really unique concept called convertibles, where the pieces are multifunctional.

Some of my favorite pieces are Bouquet Rouge Double Pendant Necklace, Gilded Reeds Aventurine Long Pendant, Heirloom Tortoise Link Necklace, Color Code Crystal Bracelet, Starburst + Seed Pearl Long Pendant

4. What advice do you have to give to someone who is considering getting started in a venture like C + I? 

Feel free to reach out to me! I would love to answer any questions you may have. I would definitely recommend this company and opportunity to anyone who is looking for a little more financial freedom and would also love a few new piece of lifetime guaranteed jewelry.

If you just want to purchase some beautiful jewelry, visit my boutique!


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Linking up with BellaBiana and Ashley

Friday, May 15, 2015

Can't Live Without It

Welcome to my first 'can't live without it' post!  

There are lots of things that I can't live without... but this particular item is close to my heart and I mean that literally.  It's the most worn piece in my closet: my denim jacket.  I've owned mine for going on five years now and I'll keep it until it falls apart on me.  And then I'll buy a new one.  

This jacket has the perfect fit - not too boxy like so many others but also not too fitted that it's uncomfortable.  I wear mine at least twice a week from spring thru fall and I can say that it goes with anything and everything.  But best of all?  It's under $30 and even on additional sale right now if you're looking to snag one (find it here).

You'll want it for chilly summer evenings, to throw on over sundresses to make them more appropriate for indoor wear and most definitely for traveling.  It makes for the perfect layering piece while en route and it's so versatile that you'll be able to pair it with anything else you may pack.

Travel outfit post here

All in all, it's a staple piece for sure.  

On another note, I honestly can't believe it's Friday already.  This week flew by!  Nick has a hockey tournament here in town and Brady and I will just be doing our thing- eating, sleeping and going on walks.  This is my last weekend with zero plans until 4th of July weekend.  How insane is that?  Definitely going to be soaking up as much relaxation as possible!  Oh, and painting.  Have a good one!

Linking up with Caitlyn, Laura and Stephanie