Fall Craving: Houndstooth

Fall Craving: Houndstooth

Jacket: Ralph Lauren (old, similar here & here) // Sweater // Jeans (AG old, similar) // Flats // Bag // Necklace // Sunglasses

Evan’s Shirt (Gymboree – similar here, here, here) // Jeans // Shoes

Ev and I ran some errands the other day, and it is finally cold enough here to start wearing jackets and sweaters! I bought this coat last winter, and while it isn’t quite warm enough for winters here, it’s a perfect fall coat. Houndstooth is trending really strongly again and I keep gravitating towards it when I’m browsing online for a few fall updates for my wardrobe! Here’s a few pieces I’m loving…

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One  Super affordable oversize blazer. Comes in 2 color options.

Two This bomber is literally perfection.

Three How chic is this cute little dress?! Under $35.

Four Step up your footwear game this fall with these booties.

Five Designer splurge under $200.

Six Such a cozy looking sweater.

Seven Channel your inner Kate Middleton in this under $20 cape.

Eight Another similar option to my houndstooth coat. So perfect for fall.

Nine Not sure about houndstooth? Dip your toe in the trend with a subtle accessory.

Ten Two trends in one piece – turban headband in a houndstooth print.

Eleven I adore the buttons on this darling dress.

Twelve I’m digging this whole look with the leather jacket and sneakers.

Thirteen Super affordable and a great color.

Fourteen I just bought this jersey knit blazer which looks structured but feels like a sweatshirt. Polished and comfortable which is perfect for a mom looking to dress up a basic jeans/tee look.

Fifteen Super ladylike take on the trend.

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Fall Craving: Leopard

If you haven’t already noticed, leopard is everywhere for fall. I have always loved leopard because while it is a bold print, it is still really easy to wear as you can truly wear it like a neutral and pair it with anything. I have several leopard pieces in my closet, but I’m definitely looking to add a dress and a sweater or two. Here’s a few pieces I’ve been loving…

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One – This looks so much more expensive than it is! I just ordered this one.

Two – A furry leopard coat is a must have. This one is under $100.

Three – A minimal and sophisticated take on the trend.

Four – A splurge, but these are seriously the cutest.

Five – A classic style and cashmere at a great price.

Six – The wear with anything skirt.

Seven – I love the dark print and balloon sleeves on this one.

Eight – Love this fun, bold print.

Nine – The perfect fall bootie.

Ten – A great neutral taupe and super affordable.

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What I Bought At The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I’m not gonna lie – the anniversary sale this year wasn’t a whole lot of fun to shop. I (like many people!) had tons of orders canceled, received someone else’s order by mistake, and had a shipping snafu where my order got shipped somewhere else by mistake and then returned (and cancelled). Despite it being a headache – I did manage to get a few really nice, basic pieces that I feel will be a great base to my fall wardrobe. And I most importantly was able to get my kids the North Face coats that we loved so much last year in a size up for when they outgrow their current ones!

Cashmere sweater (also comes in gray) // Jeans // Booties

This sweater is a splurge, but Vince really has incredible quality cashmere. (I am wearing a size small) My favorite N sale purchase out of all the years I’ve been shopping was a Vince cashmere sweater I bought years ago (and still have!). I always feel a high quality, simple, classic piece like this is worth spending a little extra on. And I think this color will be so pretty for fall (and kinda perfect for Thankgiving!). The only pair of jeans I ordered from the sale (and really wanted) ended up getting sold out and my order was cancelled. So I ordered these on Amazon Prime day…and I looove them! I’m wearing a size 4/27 – they don’t have a whole lot of stretch so size up if you are in between sizes. I had thought about getting the popular Vince Camuto booties (that sold out in 2 seconds) but I honestly like the color of these booties better.

Tee // Cardigan (purchased last year but available again this year) // Jeans // Booties

I love the little extra detail on the shoulder of this tee – which makes it cute on its own but will also be cute paired under cardigans come fall. (It is also a pretty great A.LC. Karlie Tee dupe!) It fits a bit fitted but not tight – but if you are in between sizes or want a looser fit I would size up. (I’m wearing a small) I really had my fingers crossed these booties wouldn’t be cancelled – and I got lucky that they were the one item I actually got fulfilled out of my first order placed! (I would say they fit true to size) They are sold out in snakeskin, but they are available in a few other colors. I purchased this Madewell cardigan last year which they brought back this year. I have it in a few colors and if it pops up available in your size – I highly recommend it! (I’m wearing an xs)

Bodysuit // Jeans // Booties

This body suit is another great staple piece, and reminds me of the more expensive Free People version. I’m wearing a size small and it fits me perfectly – but I would say that if I was much taller I think it would be a bit short in the torso (I’m 5’4″).

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I bought a pair of these at last years N sale – and they have become my favorite pair. They do run a little big, but I still buy my true size small as I love them a bit oversized. If you missed out on these – check back periodically. Nordstrom has these on sale every so often.

Top // Bottoms // Sneakers

I really needed a cozy sweatsuit to wear around that house, that also looks put together enough to wear if we have company or if I need to run a quick errand or school run. I was pleasantly surprised by how soft it is, and I will definitely be wearing this a ton come fall. I’m wearing a size small in both pieces.

Pullover // Bottoms // Sneakers // Jacket

I had my eye on this pullover ever since seeing it in the catalogue. I had gone back and forth on getting it, but after all the sweaters I ordered got cancelled I figured I would get this instead. I am always looking for athleisure pieces for “mom life” outfits – and this really is kinda perfect for throwing on with leggings or sweats. (I’m wearing a size small) I also wanted a new pair of Nikes and decided to go with gray instead of my usual black, and I love the rose gold detail on these. I also had ordered this jacket the first day of the sale and it was cancelled. One day I was randomly scrolling to see if anything was re-stocked and this was there (in all colors & sizes!). Of course by the end of the day it was sold out again but not before I snagged it! I’ve seen it pop back up available a few times since I bought it so keep your eye out for restocks on this one. This jacket is perfect for school runs, errands, and even skiing! I would say it runs true to size, but I sized up to a medium so I can layer thicker pieces under it come winter.

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Because I’m really feeling the love for sweatsuits, I ordered this set too…and something happened on shipment and the carrier sent it to the wrong state and it ended up getting returned to sender. And it sold out right after I ordered it. I spoke to customer service and they agreed to honor the sale price if it comes back in stock after the sale is over (I have a feeling it will as most sale items come back) and if so I will be re-ordering this.

Spanx // Candles

In lieu of any lingerie picks this year, I decided to grab a new pair of Spanx! I have a pair of bottoms but not a full body set like this. And it is nice not paying full price for Spanx which don’t typically go on sale. I also grabbed a set of candles for the house. These are such a fun splurge and a great price for a little luxury item.

Big Boys Coat // Little Boys Coat // Little Boys Jeans

I did manage to get the boys the North Face coats we love so much in bigger sizes for them to grow into. The big boys jeans sold out SO fast, but I was able to get Evan a pair. Joe’s makes great jeans for kids. I have a pair that has gone through both kids and still look brand new. I’m kinda bummed that these were gone so quickly as the price was amazing and both boys really do need jeans – but The Rack often gets these as well so I’ll be checking there! I like these jeans so much I would even be willing to pay full price and get Cole a pair once they come back into stock.

Kid’s Patagonia

I bought Evan this jacket last year and it still fits him (and is still in great shape!). This is a great little cozy jacket and I highly recommend it if it comes back into stock. It also makes for a cute mommy and me look with the ladies Patagonia!

The sale still has a few more days before prices go back up, and I may decide to grab a few more goodies I’ve had my eye on that are still in stock. Here are my favorites of what’s left!

My last minute picks of the sale…

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Today is the day!!! Early access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will be opening at 12:30 ET today and there are some great things this year. I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces from the sale in each category I’ll be shopping this year.

Sweaters

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Jeans

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Dresses

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five

Shoes

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine

Outerwear/Jackets

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine // Ten // Eleven

Activewear

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight

Pajamas/Lingerie

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Beauty

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight

Home

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Kids

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One // Two // Three // Four (I bought Ev this last year & it’s darling!) // Five // Six // Seven // Eight

I’m narrowing down my final selections and can’t wait to place my order! I’ll also be sharing some fit pics and reviews once everything arrives 🙂

Happy shopping!

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Life Lately

Life Lately

At the start of summer I (foolishly) convinced myself we wouldn’t be all that busy. I would have tons of time to study for my nursing refresher, finish all the projects I have lined up around the house, and of course keep my kids perfectly busy and entertained every day. Ha! I’m not exactly new to this mom thing so I certainly should have known better! While I feel like I’m doing a pretty good job making the kids summer fun & keeping them engaged with lots of activities…I’m really slacking on the personal front. I’m really behind on my studies, I have only begun getting some of my home projects rolling and I haven’t been getting many workouts in. Motherhood is ALWAYS humbling and a reminder that you can’t be superwoman and something always has to give. But right now, I am enjoying the time I’ve been spending with my kids and the memories we are making this summer. And I know I will finish everything – it’s just taking me longer than I had planned! Such is life.

What we’ve been up to…

First – we got our family photos back! We work with Tamara Kenyon (who is the most amazing photographer here in Boise!) and as always, I’m thrilled with how they turned out. Here’s a few of my favorites:

My dress  //  Cole’s shirt/shorts  //  Evan’s shirt/shorts (similar)

This year we purchased passes to the local waterpark – Roaring Springs – and we’ve been spending a lot of time there. It is actually a great waterpark and a ton of fun! It has even received recognition for being one of the top water parks in the country on TripAdvisor. We’ve also got Evan in swim lessons downtown every Saturday morning. It’s a little rough forcing ourselves up and out the door every Saturday, but it’s also kind of nice getting an early start to the day/weekend – plus we’ve been going out for breakfast every week after his class is over! We’ve been going to The Griddle and it has become one of our favorite breakfast places.

 Breakfast quesadilla – highly recommend that and their breakfast burrito! I also love their omelettes. Their sweet options (like the waffle with a scoop of ice cream & their french toast) look incredible but we’ve yet to try them.

The other day I took the kids to the park and then somehow convinced them to also do a short hike (they may or may not have complained about being bored and hot the whole time). But I really enjoyed it and couldn’t believe how many wildflowers there are this late in the year!

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We also spent an afternoon at our local zoo. They are currently undergoing some renovations so I’ve been excited to go check it out this summer! I think the new changes are going to be really positive and looking forward to seeing it once it’s completed later this summer.

I wore this outfit which has really become a summer uniform for me. This is now my 3rd pair of dark green, paper-bag style shorts that I’ve purchased this summer. They are just the perfect casual mom shorts, that still look pulled together and the color is a perfect neutral.

Tee // Shorts // Shoes // Bag // Necklace // Sunglasses

As you may have seen in my previous post, we went cherry picking last week which was a ton of fun for the whole family. If you live in the Boise area, you must get up to Emmett for fruit picking this summer! Such a short drive, yet you feel so removed from the city. I wore this outfit that day and I have to point out my new entry way mirror! Overhauling my entry way is on my to-do list and this mirror was my first update. I’m on the hunt for new lamps next!

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My shirt (J Crew, old – similar here, here, here, here) // Jeans // Bag // Necklace // Lipgloss

Another home project I’ve been working on that is almost finished is my pantry – and I can’t wait to share about it on here soon! That has been a project that is literally years in the making. As in I’ve been staring at Pinterest inspiration for years and thinking “one day.” I’ve finally just bit the bullet and I am SO excited about how it has come together…and my family is pretty happy with how functional it has been for everyone too!

We also spent an afternoon at the Boise Train Depot this week and I wore this cute skirt that I scored on major sale! I can see it being styled so many different ways and will be wearing it a ton the rest of the summer.

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Have a great weekend!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 First Look: Catalogue Picks and Shopping Tips

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 First Look: Catalogue Picks and Shopping Tips

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale catalogue for 2019 has dropped and guys – it’s good! I’ve already got my eye on several must haves and today I wanted to share the pieces I’m already loving, my recommendations for the best buys from the sale, and shopping tips to help you make the most of the sale. (See the full catalogue here)

MY CATALOGUE PICKS

I’ve got my eye on this gorgeous sweater/tweed skirt combo! (Chelsea28 sweater $49.90 after sale $79 // Halogen pencil skirt $58.90 after sale $89)Love this plaid coat – which also has a removable faux fur collar! (Kenneth Cole New York coat $198.90 after sale $300)img_2373

This is a great time to grab Hunter boots! $99.90 after sale $150

Nordstrom signature sweaters are so good and I love the look of this mock neck one. (Nordstrom Signature pullover $185.90 after sale $279)

I’m loving the peek of this ribbed dress – perfect transition piece! (Topshop dress $35.90 after sale $55)img_2374This tweed blazer is perfection and looks so much more expensive than it is! (Halogen $98.90 after sale $149). I also have my eye on those plaid pumps! (Louise Et Cie Plaid pumps $79.90 after sale $119.95

BP cardigans are always a super popular sale item! This leopard print one is so on trend and I have a feeling it will go fast! (BP sweater $45.90 after sale $69) img_2375

Snakeskin is still trending strong for fall and these Vince mules are gorgeous ($214.90 after sale $325)

Really liking the look of this Vince sweater – I’m curious to see the other color options as well! ($215.90 after sale $325)img_2376

So many good denim options! AG Farrahs are my favorite fitting style of jean so I have my eye on these! I’ve also been loving the straight leg look these days, and I’m really liking the look of the AG Prime jeans as well! (AG jeans $149.90 after sale $225)

The teddy bear coat is baaaack! Love the chestnut color of this one (Kenneth Cole New York Coat $138.90 after sale $208)img_2377

I have a nearly identical pair of booties to these and they are workhorses in my fall wardrobe. Can’t believe what a great price these are! (BP bootie $69.90 after sale $109.95)img_2378This Diptyque Five-Candle set would make an amazing gift – you could even break them up to give as individual hostess or teacher gifts during the holidays! ($55 – $75 value). And I’m really excited about this Charlotte Tilbury Lip Kit! I bought one at the sale a few years ago which didn’t include the gloss…so I’m definitely snagging this one! ($60 – $78 value). I also love getting a little more bang for my buck and buying La Mer when it comes in a gift set like this ($90 – $116 value).img_2379-1I hadn’t initially considered taking a look at athleisure/workout wear during the sale, but this sneak peek is changing my mind! I have these Alo leggings and looove them! (Alo High Waist Leggings $75.90 after sale $114). I’m also really loving the athleisure sweater/sweatshirt options, particularly the Alo Pullover ($51.90 after sale $78), Sweaty Betty Crop Sweatshirt ($49.90 after sale $75), and the Zella Wrap ($45.90 after sale $69). I would love to grab a new pair of Nike Frees too! ($82.90 after sale $110).img_2380My beloved Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is back ($54 after sale $78), as well as my favorite pjs the Nordstrom Lingerie Pajamas ($35.90 after sale $55). The always popular Barefoot Dreams Cardigan (#6) is back too – this one will sell quickly so if you want it act fast! ($76.90 after sale $116). And the Natori Rose Dream Bra (#12) has caught my eye as well! ($47.90 after sale $72).img_2381For men, this classic Ferragamo reversible belt is a great buy and something that never goes on sale ($295.90 after sale $395) and this Tumi carry on is another great investment piece ($501.90 after sale $750).

Past Sale Best Buys

If you aren’t exactly sure what to buy at the sale, I wanted to share my favorite, no regrets purchases from past years sales. These are the categories I really focus on, to make sure I’m getting what I feel are the buys and value from the sale.

Kids outerwear Last year I got each of my kids North Face coats and let me tell you – that was probably my best purchase from the sale last year. My kids wore the heck out of their coats all winter and the anniversary sale price for brands like North Face and Patagonia can’t be beat! I also grabbed Evan a super cute Patagonia fuzzy jacket last year – and kids outerwear is definitely one of the first categories I will be browsing again this year. While most of the kids clothing doesn’t have a high sell out risk and you can wait until later in the sale to buy kids clothing, outerwear is the exception and the good pieces won’t last long!

Sweaters and outerwear I have a major sweater addiction but I feel like you can never have too many! I purchased several great sweaters at the sale last year, and already have my eye on a few this year. One splurge I like to make almost every year at the sale is a luxe, cashmere sweater. There are also always so many great outerwear options, from trendy to classic investment pieces.

Designer jeans Nordstrom always has several great designer jeans options in the sale, and this year is no exception!

Shoes This is a great time to grab classic fall staple shoes like boots/booties, menswear inspired loafers, or Hunter boots. Nordstrom also always has some really fun trendy options as well (like those gorgeous Vince mules!).

Beauty A few of my favorite beauty brands like La Mer and Charlotte Tilbury will included in the sale again this year! Kiehls Creme de Corps jumbo body lotion is a great buy and one bottle lasts me all year! These are all products I buy anyway, so I love getting them on sale.

Pajamas/Lingerie Nordstrom Lingerie Moonlight Pajamas are my absolute favorite pajamas, and I will definitely be grabbing a pair in the sale again this year. Also keep an eye out for Barefoot Dreams robes which are amazing (they aren’t always included but hopefully will be this year)! I pretty much only buy bras during this sale as well and my favorite Calvin Klein bra is typically included.

Gifts This is a great time to start thinking ahead to Christmas and/or just grabbing gifts to have for birthdays/weddings/showers, etc. A friend gifted me these Le Creuset Au Gratin Dishes from the sale last year for my birthday and it was the BEST gift! I have also gifted the Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket after grabbing it in the sale, and it is a no-fail gift anyone would love.

Sale Shopping Tips

First of all, if you are new to the sale you may be wondering – why is this sale so great?! What makes this sale unique is that unlike most sales where a store discounts end of season merchandise to make room for new inventory – this sale is 40% off new season items! That’s right – you can shop early for all of your fall and winter essentials at end of season prices!

If you aren’t already a Nordstrom cardholder, it’s definitely worth getting the card so you can get early access on July 12th. You can apply for a card here and Nordstrom is also offering a $60 note to apply towards your Nordstrom purchases for signing up! It’s a pretty great deal!

If you don’t want to get a card, you can still sign up for the Nordstrom Reward Program! It’s completely free and you will earn a $20 note for every 2,000 points accrued.

Shop early! Last year on the first day of early access I was slowly adding things to my online cart thinking I would take a day or two to decide what I wanted. To my surprise, by the end of the first day half of my cart was sold out and I was hugely disappointed! And when I did finally check out, I ended up getting an email notification later that some of my ordered items had sold out and couldn’t be fulfilled. While I’m certainly hoping Nordstrom does a little better job with accurate inventory and avoiding this frustration for their customers this year, I’m not chancing it and will be grabbing my must-haves immediately this year!

Check back regularly. While I missed out on several things the first day, I kept checking back and fortunately pretty much everything I wanted came back into stock before the sale was over. While last year Nordstrom didn’t make full restocks of many very popular items, people make tons of returns, so stock is continually fluctuating. That said – if there is something you REALLY must have, don’t chance it and wait. Nordstrom always offers free returns should you change your mind. And if you are planning on shopping in store, you can buy online and pick up at your local store to ensure you don’t miss it!

Use your triple points day on your first day shopping the sale. What I like to do is grab all of my must have items and items that I know have a high sell out risk on the first day of the sale and also make that my Personal Triple Points Day at checkout. You earn a $20 note for every $334 spent, which means you can go back later during the sale to grab other items that have a lower sell out risk at an even deeper discount with accrued notes!

Key Dates for the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

  • July 9 – 11: Icon status early shopping in-stores
  • July 11th: Pre-sale for Icon and Ambassador status starts online and in-stores
  • July 12th (12:30pm EST): Early access begins for all Nordstrom card holders
  • July 18th: Last day of early access
  • July 19th: Public access begins
  • August 4th: Sale ends

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Independence Day Edit

Independence Day Edit

Dress // Espadrilles // Tote (love this similar option!) // Sunglasses // Earrings (similar)

Fourth of July is just around the corner, and today I wanted to share a few cute outfit inspiration ideas! For the 4th I’m always drawn to classic Americana (think denim/chambray, gingham, and stripes) and of course dressing in red, white and blue. Here’s a few patriotic pieces I’m loving.

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I also wanted to share some great sales happening this week!

SALE REPORT

J Crew End-of-season sale. Take 40% off sale styles with code BIG

Asos 15% off select new styles with code ASOSNEW15. Also further reductions in sale section up to 70% off.

Revolve Summer styles up to 65% off

Macy’s Shop the one day sale for up to 40% off select styles site wide, plus free shipping on orders $49+ (valid 6/21-6/22)

BHLDN Up to 50% off at the semi-annual sale through 6/21

Saks Fifth Avenue Designer sale up to 70% off

Banana Republic Take 40% off must have styles

& Other Stories Take up to 50% off select styles site wide

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