10/23/17

Messy Bun, Camo Jeans + Monday Motivation

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In case I haven't mentioned it lately, I really do not enjoy styling my hair. At all. I don't mind doing makeup, but hair is something I dread. I try to make it as quick as possible, but living with three boys (not to mention growing up with five brothers), it always takes me longer to style my hair than everyone else I live with! So by comparison I constantly feel like my hair always takes me "too long." I bought this messy bun hair piece back in June and it's been my favorite "beauty" purchase this year (probably even this decade!) because it saves me so much time and frustration with my hair!

Similar Cardigan | White Cami | Camo Jeans | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Earrings | Necklace (c/o) | "Messy Bun" Hair Extension

Up until now I've been trying to plan blog picture days around the days that I style my hair down, but since that's the minority of the time I decided to just go with the reality and take pictures when it's convenient rather than when my hair is "done."

In case you missed it when I first shared this in June, here's the before and after of how it looks from the back:
Before (all natural "messy bun") | After (with this hair piece in Platinum Blonde)

As for my outfit, I'm gradually working my way through the six outfit ideas I put together for camo jeans in this post. This is pretty similar to the third outfit option in that post:
Similar Cardigan | White Cami | Camo Jeans | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Earrings | Necklace (c/o) | "Messy Bun" Hair Extension

I'm wearing my normal size in all of the pieces above. I do think she shoes run just a little bit big for me, and I possibly could have gone a half-size down. But I was lazy and didn't want to return/exchange them, so I kept them in my normal size and can't say for sure if a half-size down would have been better or not! But if you vary between shoe sizes I'd say go with the smaller of the two.

Monday Motivation: And I was like...
Last week, I listened to some blogger-oriented podcasts, and a couple of them had guests who were being interviewed by the main host. I listened to only three episodes in total from two different podcasts, but in two of the episodes, I had to turn it off because the guests were saying the word "like" sooooo many times it drove me crazy. And these were intelligent, successful people talking, not just a random Valley Girl off the street. It was frustrating because they were sharing useful information that I wanted to hear, but when "like" is used for every third word, it's like...really annoying and it was hard to get past it to glean the useful information. I'm not naming names because I don't want to insult, nor can I judge the guests or presume that I would do better. I've never done a podcast and I imagine it's very difficult to be interviewed and attempt to give thoughtful, eloquent responses on the fly.

Then at a separate time last week, I was having a conversation with my husband and I started to hear myself saying, "like"...probably as much as the podcast guests! That made me decide that for my Monday Motivation I want to work on "curing" myself of this habit ASAP! This week I am really going to focus on my speech habits and make a conscious effort to avoid saying "like" as a filler.

I have to apologize to you in advance because now that you've read all this, you're most likely to notice exactly how much people say "like" for the rest of the day and it's probably going to annoy you too! Let me know if you have experience correcting any of your speech patterns or if you've observed the same "like" epidemic as I have!


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10/21/17

Charming Charlie Favorites + Free Shipping

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Hey Friends! I just saw that Charming Charlie is having Free Shipping, no minimum through today so I wanted to hop on here and share a few of my favorites! Normally they have a $50 minimum for free shipping, and none of my favorites cost that much! So if you've ever wanted to try something without paying for shipping, this is the time!

1. Stone Pendant Necklace
Cardigan (c/o) | Cami | Necklace (c/o) | Shoes (On Sale) | Similar Jeans (Same Brand-On Sale) | Tory Burch Handbag (Sold Out, Shop Designer Leopard Handbags)

This necklace is from their Premium Collection so it's a little bit pricier than their usual items. It's also much nicer quality, and I've been reaching for it a lot since I got it:
More Outfit Details in previous posts: ONE (See Above) |  TWO | THREE

2. Silver Filigree Necklace
This silver filigree necklace is another favorite and on sale for only $8! Such a simple but pretty piece.
Tee | Cardigan | Jeans (40% Off) | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace (c/o) | Bracelet 

3. Tassel Necklace
My pictures don't really do justice to the white stone in the center of this necklace. It's much prettier in person with a a nice opalescent look to it. It's lightweight, easy to dress up or down, and only $15.
Cardigan | Cami | Jeans (40% off) | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace (c/o)

4. Layered Medallion Necklace
This one does get a bit tangled with the two layers so it's not quite as much my favorite as the others, but it's a fun way to try the medallion trend at a low price!
Top | Jeans (On Sale) | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace (c/o) | Similar Watch | Bracelet | 

Hope you get to snag something fun for yourself to take advantage of the free shipping and have a great Saturday!


10/20/17

Everyday Outfits 10/20/17

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Welcome back to another Friday outfit recap! We had a crazy heat wave this week with temps in the upper 90s, so I didn't end up wearing a lot of outfits that seem worth sharing this time of year! But I did have a couple of appointments and errands that seemed better suited to pants and/or covered shoulders, so here's what I wore on those days. And naturally, after those appointments/errands I ditched the cardi and changed into shorts!

Outfit Recap:

1. Burgundy Cardigan, Lace Trim Cami:

Fit Notes: I'm wearing a Small in this cardigan (see another outfit with it here), and I think it runs true to size. It doesn't come in XS but if that's your normal size the Small should still work since it's not oversized. All other pieces in this outfit ran true to size.

2. Blush Cardigan, Black Cami

Fit Notes: All items ran true to size for me.

3. Plaid Shirt, Plum Bag:
Plaid Shirt | Jeans | Gray Boots | Necklace (Family Gift) | Earrings | Bracelet (c/o) | Bag Option 

Fit Notes: All pieces ran true to size, with the exception of these boots. I took a half-size down in these. Full post with this outfit (plus more shopping options for plaid shirts and plum bags) here.


Instagram View:
Here's the top view of these outfits with the angle I typically share on Instagram. I like to put these in here too when I can since they often give a better look at jewelry and bags.
 
1. Burgundy Cardigan, Lace Trim Cami:

2. Blush Cardigan, Black Cami

3. Plaid Shirt, Plum Bag:
Plaid Shirt | Jeans | Gray Boots | Necklace (Family Gift) | Earrings | Bracelet (c/o) | Bag Option 

This post is feeling awfully short after last week's recap with seven outfits, but we also had half-days of school this week for parent-teacher conferences, so I had about half as much time to put it together! I think normally I might feel guilty for having a "short" post, but thanks in part to all of your feedback and comments on Monday's post about finding balance, I'm a little more at peace with it! Have a great weekend and see you on Monday!


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10/18/17

Plaid and Plum + Link Up

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Old Navy isn't one of my go-to stores for myself, but it is one of my favorite places to shop for my kids. Sometimes when I'm shopping for their clothes...I accidentally end up finding one or two things I wouldn't mind for myself. That was exactly the case with this white and black plaid shirt.

Shirt | Jeans | Boots | Necklace (Family Gift) | Earrings | Bracelet (c/o) | Bag Options Below

When I saw it I was immediately reminded of a similar plaid shirt by Rails that I've seen on numerous celebrities, like Kate Hudson. It's not an identical match but it's an an excellent budget-friendly option and $30 and it's so soft and comfortable! I'd say it's a light-to-medium weight material: not too summery-thin but also not a thick flannel. It ran true to size for me and runs fairly long so it stays tucked in easily, although it's not quite long enough to wear on its own with leggings

My boots are from Express, and I consistently order a half-size down in their shoes. These actually have a little more padding in the foot bed than their shoes usually do so I was pleasantly surprised by that!

Rails makes several other plaid print options and they're some of my favorites on the market. But if a brand name splurge isn't in the budget, there are several other prints at Old Navy in the exact style as the shirt I'm wearing above that could be styled the same was the designer options:
Top Row: Shop Rails Shirts
Bottom Row: Shop Old Navy Plaid Shirts

Last weekend I did a seasonal closet clean out, including bringing out some of my bigger fall bags like this plum studded option from Amazon a couple of years back:
Shirt | Jeans | Boots | Necklace (Family Gift) | Earrings | Bracelet (c/o) | 

Mine is sold out in this color (although still available in the tan version which I also own), but there are lots of great options from high to low end for this color of bag in similar styles:

1. Shop Michael Kors Bags (Larger Mercer Tote)
2. Aldo Bag $40
3. Shop Rebecca Minkoff Bags (Regan Satchel)
4. Amazon Bag $60 (I have this in Black and Blush and it's a favorite!)
5. Shop Milly Bags (Large Satchel) 
6. Amazon Bag $70

Before I go I just wanted to say thank you to the handful of you who already Liked my page over on Facebook! I had a page when I first started the blog but found it too much to manage so many social media accounts. I'm finally trying to get going again over there again because I have a few ideas for things I want to try to engage with you all a little more and I'm hoping Facebook will be the right platform for it. So if you're on Facebook and have a chance to like my page it would be greatly appreciated! And if you're a blogger, don't forget to link up below. See you on Friday!


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10/16/17

Olive Ruffle Hem Jacket + Monday Motivation

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Well, I am not feeling ready for another Monday at all, but Mondays are a mandatory part of life so here we go again! I spent a good part of the weekend doing a seasonal closet sorting and managed to get my husband and kids to go through theirs, too. It wasn't anybody's favorite weekend activity and it doesn't have me feeling rested and ready to take on a new week, but it felt good to be productive. I'm sharing a little more about the struggle to stay on top of everything in my Monday Motivation series today, but first, let's talk clothes.


This outfit might look very familiar from this post...the only difference is I'm wearing jeans here instead of shorts. The pictures were actually from the same day, just taken at different times when I alternated shorts/pants as the weather fluctuated throughout the day.

Fit Notes: My jacket runs true-to-size with a roomy/boxy fit. My jeans are from Express earlier this year and I'm sorry to see they are already sold out. I'll keep an eye out for a re-stock, but in the meantime this pair looks fairly similar and reasonably priced. My bag looks to be sold out in my color, but the black (which I also own) is still available.

Monday Motivation: Balancing it all...or not
Lately I've been feeling like I am never going to be caught up on things around the house. Despite the fact that we did a good closet cleaning this weekend, staying on top of the other stuff like pictures (we take so many in this day and age with our smartphones always in hand, and blogging on top of that takes the picture load to a ridiculous level), files, mail, paperwork, and de-cluttering is exhausting if not impossible to keep up on all of it. It's the whole "shoveling snow in a snowstorm" feeling. I love a clean, organized space, but wow is it a time consuming and never-ending project!

I'm also finding that two of my New Year Goals/Values this year (posted here) tend to conflict with each other. It's tough to strike a balance between effective time management (including productivity) and building strong relationships. If I'm killing it on the domestic front and staying caught up on household chores, paperwork, picture sorting etc., it probably means I'm not spending much quality time with friends and family!

I wish I had some solutions or helpful hints to share here but unfortunately that's not the case today. Maybe this week I just needed to commiserate because I'm pretty sure everyone can relate to this in some way. I am motivated to keep trying and making what little progress I can rather than give up entirely, but I can't help wishing for a better solution and a point where I truly feel caught up. How do you all stay on top of things? Or how do you stay at peace when staying on top isn't an option anymore?  As always, I'm very much looking forward to your feedback on this one!

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10/13/17

Everyday Outfits 10/13/17

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Hello and happy Friday! It's been another typical week here with the exception of Wednesday night. We attended a Cow by Bear dinner party, which I'd never heard of prior to the invitation. Basically a bear (i.e. a person in a bear costume) cooks dinner for a small group in a location that feels more like a private home than a restaurant. After the experience I still don't understand the purpose of the bear costume, but it was a fun evening and the food was delicious regardless! I didn't take pictures of what I wore to that because I was rushing out the door, but here are my everyday outfits from this week. Express is having a storewide 40% off sale again this weekend, so I've noted the pieces that are part of the promotion.

Outfit Recap:
All pieces run true-to-size unless otherwise noted.

Rust Cardigan, White Cami:
Cardigan (c/o) | Cami | Necklace (c/o) | Shoes (On Sale) | Similar Jeans (Same Brand-On Sale) | Tory Burch Handbag (Sold Out, Shop Designer Leopard Handbags)

Fit Notes: My rust cardigan is TTS. Normally I wear an XS in cardigans at Express but I'm wearing a Small in this since it doesn't come in XS. It's a little roomy but since it's not a piece that needs to be especially fitted I didn't mind the sizing. I ordered a half-size down in these taupe mules.

Olive Moto Jacket, White Tee:
Tee (c/o Shopbop) | Jeans (On Sale) | Bag (On Clearance) | Shoes | Jacket Options Below

My olive moto jacket above is from Nordstrom last year (sold out). I didn't find one that I thought was a perfect dupe so I opted to show you a few similar options at multiple price points that could easily be styled the same way:
One ($33) | Two ($45 - On Sale) | Three ($98) | Four ($198)

Striped Tee, Burgundy Cardigan:
Tee | Cardigan | Jeans (40% Off) | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace (c/o) | Bracelet 

Fit Notes: This burgundy cardigan is very comfortable and more of a sweatshirt material than a sweater material. It's very casual/borderline loungewear! It doesn't come in XS so I ordered a Small, and if fits like I would expect a Small to fit. The sleeves on this are actually too long for me and kind of wide at the wrists, but I loved the color and comfort so I just decided I'd keep it and either roll them or push them up a bit. With very casual pieces like this I am a little more forgiving of fit issues like this, especially when they make up for it in comfort. 

Black Cardi, Grey Lace Up Top:
Cardigan | Top (On Sale) | Shorts | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o)

Fit Notes: Everything including the shoes runs true to size so not much to add on this!

Burgundy Cami, Light Grey Cardigan:

Fit Notes: Everything ran true to size except for the shoes. I took a half-size down.

Camel Moto Jacket
Jacket (c/o SheIn) | Tee | Jeans | Shoes | Necklace (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Earrings | Bracelet (Full outfit post Here)

Fit Notes: This jacket runs small so thanks to the reviews I ordered one size up. I'm wearing a Small here. I'm also wearing a half-size down in these taupe booties.

Burgundy Ruffle Hem Top
Top | Jeans (On Sale) | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace (c/o) | Similar Watch | Bracelet | 
(Full outfit post here)

Fit Notes: This top is only $14 and runs true to size. It's an amazing dupe of this one at a fraction of the cost. I also struggled a bit to get an accurate color representation on this top. The color name is burgundy, but it looks totally different in the mirror selfie vs. Instagram/outdoor (below) vs. the full outfit post. It's not a true burgundy to me...more of a brick-berry-red hybrid I guess.

Instagram View:
Here's the top view of these outfits with the angle I typically share on Instagram. I like to put these in here too when I can since they often give a better look at jewelry and bags.

Rust Cardigan, White Cami:
Cardigan (c/o) | Cami | Necklace (c/o) | Shoes (On Sale) | Similar Jeans (Same Brand-On Sale) | Tory Burch Handbag (Sold Out, Shop Designer Leopard Handbags)

Olive Moto Jacket, White Tee:
Tee (c/o Shopbop) | Jeans (On Sale) | Bag (On Clearance) | Shoes | Similar Necklace

Similar Jacket Options:
One ($33) | Two ($45 - On Sale) | Three ($98) | Four ($198)

Striped Tee, Burgundy Cardigan:
Tee | Cardigan | Jeans (40% Off) | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace (c/o) | Bracelet 

Black Cardi, Grey Lace Up Top:
Cardigan | Top (On Sale) | Shorts | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Bracelet

Burgundy Cami, Light Grey Cardigan:

Camel Moto Jacket:
Jacket (c/o SheIn) | Tee | Jeans | Shoes | Necklace (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Earrings | Bracelet | Similar Ring | (Full outfit post Here)

Burgundy Ruffle Hem Top
Top | Jeans (On Sale) | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace (c/o) | Similar Watch | Bracelet | 
(Full outfit post here)

Wow, that felt like a lot of outfits this week! I usually don't have seven outfits worth sharing in a week either because I didn't like them or I didn't like the pictures! Hopefully it gives you a lot of sale shopping inspo! I just got my Express order in from the Columbus Day sale and I already returned a few pieces that didn't work out. But there were a few I liked and although I doubt I'll be able to get them into a post over the weekend, I may try to share them on my Instagram story so follow along there for the scoop! Have a great weekend!

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10/11/17

Camel Moto Jacket + Black on Black

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One of my favorite no-brainer outfit combos is black-on-black with any kind of contrasting outer layer. I've done casual versions of this for travel (e.g my Utah trip with leggings and an oversized plaid shirt as my outer layer), and today I'm sharing a slightly-more-dressy-but-still-comfy version with a camel moto jacket, black tee, and black jeans.
Jacket (c/o SheIn) | Tee | Jeans | Shoes | Necklace (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Earrings | Bracelet

This jacket is very lightweight (perfect for California Fall weather), soft and comfortable. Reviewers advised that it ran small so I took their advice and ordered one size up. It's still fitted (which I wanted) but not tight so I'm glad I went a size up and would recommend doing the same. 
Jacket (c/o SheIn) | TeeNecklace (c/o) | Bracelet | Nails "Beyond the Pale Pink"

Charming Charlie was kind enough to send me a gift card this month and I used it to try this necklace from their Premium Collection. Normally their jewelry is under $25, so this price point is slightly higher ($39 for this exact necklace), but still lower than some of my other jewelry favorites like Kendra Scott and Stella & Dot, so I wanted to see for myself if it was worth a little extra since I really liked this piece and several other designs. My honest opinion is yes, this is definitely higher quality than their regular line and worth paying a little more. The chain is thicker, sturdier, and better quality material. They use semi-precious stones in this line (including this necklace) an those look a little nicer in person too. They do have frequent email and mailer coupons so it's worth keeping an eye out for those to bring the price down a little more. 

The stone in my necklace is beautiful in person but it blends in with black background of my t-shirt.  You can see it a little better in the stock photo (#3 below), along with some of my other favorites from this collection. 

1. Link Necklace | 2. Silver Pendant | 3. Gold Pendant | 4. Deco Ring | 5. Bangles 

Last but not least, I wanted to share a few Brand Name and Budget Friendly options for outer layers that would work well for Fall with the same black-on-black base layer. Not to mention they're just great neutral pieces so they could be styled plenty of other ways too!

1. Shop Cupcakes & Cashmere (Dixie Jacket - 40% off) | 2. Shop BB Dakota (Henry Coat)
3. Budget Sweater Coat $33 | 4. Budget Camel Trench $46-52
5. Shop James Jeans Jackets (Classic Motorcycle Jacket) | 6. Budget Grey Sweater Coat $20-25

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