January Buys

Today I just wanted to share a quick post of a few recent buys from the past few weeks that I’m loving! First up is this super cute Drunk Elephant set. We are headed on vacation & little sample sizes are perfect for travel and fun to try while on vacation! I’m really eager to try the D-Bronzi for a little vacation glow & the Marula Oil is supposed to be really great.Drunk Elephant Out of Office Set also here

I also grabbed my favorite brand of retinol. I’ve been using the .5% for years, so I just upped to the 1% and boy is it strong! I’m definitely peeling a bit, so I’m only going to use this every 3 days or so & work my way up.img_9778Skinmedica Retinol

This is my absolute favorite brow pencil! I go through one of these every few months.Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

I love Hanky Panky underwear but hate the price. I recently discovered these & they are amazing dupes! And you can’t beat 2 pairs for $9.97! I highly recommend these!Felina Lace Thong

I snagged these AG Farrahs which are one of my fav style of jeans on sale! Just a nice medium wash and I love the raw hem. And I apologize for the wrinkles on this blouse – I literally just took it out of the package! This color is just so phenomenal & unique…I couldn’t resist and it was on sale!Jeans // Blouse

I absolutely adore the rib detailing on this sweater and it is so soft! And it’s on sale.Sweater

I actually got this several weeks back during J Crew’s big after Christmas clearance. I love a good fair isle sweater. It’s still available and on sale and comes in 3 color options.Sweater

Another pretty blouse in a unique color that was on sale! I love the ruffle details and I’ve been trying to add more gray/silver to my wardrobe.Blouse

Last up – these moto leggings! I’ve been eyeing these for years & when they went on sale a few weeks back I decided to snag them. They fit really amazing with a super high waist that just sucks everything in!Moto Leggings

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Scenes from Christmas (and after Christmas sales!)

Scenes from Christmas (and after Christmas sales!)

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! We sure had a fun week celebrating the holiday and made the most of our few days off school before Christmas! Friday night we bundled up and went to the Winter Garden Aglow at the Botanical Gardens which is one of our favorite pre-Christmas activities! The gardens are lit up with so many beautiful lights, and they also have food trucks, carolers, and fire pits scattered throughout to warm up at. Santa was also there and the kids got to make one last visit with him to tell him their wish lists!img_8416

Saturday I braved the crowds for my Christmas dinner grocery shopping. And of course no Christmas prep is complete without making cookies for Santa! We spent Saturday evening making dozens of cookies so the kids could make their perfect cookies to give the big man.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetSweater // Scarf // Jeans // Boots // Bag // Sunglassesimg_8512

Sunday we headed out for a little ice skating! Ev had never skated before so it took a lot of convincing to get him to try it. But eventually he worked up the courage to give it a try and he ended up having fun! (Even though his face says the opposite!) We even lucked out with a little snow flurry while we were skating.My Coat (Zara) // Scarf (J Crew – old similar here) // Hat

Christmas Eve we spent the evening driving around looking at the Christmas lights! There were a few really incredible displays near our home, and at one we got out and had hot cocoa and candycanes with Santa! When we got home we had our annual Christmas Eve tradition of opening one gift – matching pajamas which we all wore to bed!

Christmas morning! The kids were just giddy with excitement and Cole even kept saying “it felt like a dream!” There’s just nothing like experiencing your kid’s joy on Christmas and it really is magical.Our Pajamas

Last night we headed out to go see the new Spider-Man movie! I only got to see the first half because the little one got restless so we went to the lobby so my hubs and Cole could finish the movie. They said it was amazing & I look forward to renting it when it comes out! We went out for Mexican food after and ended up staying out pretty late so we are all dragging a bit today. We’ve been spending a lot of our holiday week just relaxing in jammies at home, and it’s been a really wonderful break. I think today is our last day of enjoying our Christmas decorations, and I’m ready to take them down tomorrow to bring in the New Year with a tidied house.My Coat // Tunic Sweater // Leggings // Boots // Bag

There are SO many amazing after Christmas sales happening right now. I’ve already grabbed a few things I had been eyeing, and there’s still several more things I’m considering! Here’s a few of the best things I’ve found:

Nordstrom Nordstrom’s Half Yearly sale is on! My favorite jeans (that I’m wearing above) are on sale and they are such a great fitting jean. It’s also a great time to grab some classic Ugg boots, or a splurge like this gorgeous Vince coat or sweater. I’m also eying this adorable puff sleeve sweater and these cute booties.

J Crew J Crew is having an additional 50% off of their sale styles and there are some great deals to be had! I already snagged this parka that I’ve been wanting for a few years now, and I think this coat and this coat are gorgeous too. I love this velvet bow (like Kate Middleton has been wearing!) and these glitter/tartan heels are stunning. I also ordered this Fair Isle sweater which will be so pretty all winter long. And I’m loving these pretty wrap dresses in crepe and velvet.

Macy’s I love Free People Sweaters and this one and this one are both on major sale! These wine colored Uggs are super cute and I’m also loving these blush colored Nike’s. There are some great deals on home items like this Nespresso, this Vitamix, and I have a Shark vacuum and love it.

H&M has so many great deals, many under $20! This sweater is so chic, I love this dainty pointelle sweater, this under $10 draped v-neck sweater would go with anything, and these pajamas would be so cute for Valentines Day. I’m really tempted to try these jeans for under $10, and I really like this oversized cable knit sweater. This mohair sweater and this knit sweater are great basics, and this oversize houndstooth print sweater looks much more expensive than it is. This faux fur bomber is so cute and this is a great price for a classic cashmere sweater.

And a few last things – at Bloomingdales I’m loving this wash of my favorite AG jeans on sale, and at Abercrombie I think these tops and this button back tunic sweater are super cute. At Shopbop I think this (still pricey on sale) cardigan is gorgeous, I really like the neutral gray/taupe color of these shearling trim hiking boots, I love this sweater with the button sleeve detail, and these leopard booties are super cute. And these boots are a gorgeous splurge!

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Our 2018 Christmas Cards

Our 2018 Christmas Cards

Last month we had our annual family photos taken with Tamara Kenyon who has been taking our photos for years! If you live in the Boise area (or anywhere in the US – she does travel!) I can’t recommend her enough. She’s insanely talented, amazing with kids, and just makes the entire shoot a pleasure (which let’s face it – family photos can be a stressful nightmare!).

We went for a more formal look this year, which is a departure from our typical shoots, and I love how they turned out! I had our cards made at Minted and I just love the monochromatic look and simplicity of them.©Tamara Kenyon Photography | http://tamarakenyon.com©Tamara Kenyon Photography | http://tamarakenyon.com©Tamara Kenyon Photography | http://tamarakenyon.com©Tamara Kenyon Photography | http://tamarakenyon.com©Tamara Kenyon Photography | http://tamarakenyon.com©Tamara Kenyon Photography | http://tamarakenyon.com©Tamara Kenyon Photography | http://tamarakenyon.com©Tamara Kenyon Photography | http://tamarakenyon.com©Tamara Kenyon Photography | http://tamarakenyon.com©Tamara Kenyon Photography | http://tamarakenyon.com©Tamara Kenyon Photography | http://tamarakenyon.com

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My outfit: Lace Trench // Turtleneck // Skirt // Tights // Pumps  — Cole’s outfit: Blazer // Oxford // Sweater // Pants // Shoes  —  Evan’s outfit: Coat (Gap – similar) // Shirt, Vest, Tie Combo // Pants // Shoes

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Last Minute Gifts under $100 (That will arrive in time for Christmas!)

Ok procrastinators…this one is for you (and me)! I have a few last minute gifts to grab myself, so here is a list of some luxe gifts that are under $100 and will arrive in time for Christmas.

GIFTS FOR HER

Fresh Lip Balm Set I absolutely love these lip balms. They are so moisturizing and add a lovely color to your lips!

La Mer Gift Set I am a La Mer devotee and use both of the products in this gift set daily.

Patagonia Better Sweater I love Patagonia not only because of the quality of their products, but also for their company ethics. This also comes in 8 color options, but I do think the green is so pretty and perfect for Christmas.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick This is a great deal for this gift set! I have a few of these lipsticks and they are amazing with vibrant and very long lasting color.

Voluspa Candle Gift Set These candles are amazing! You could even break this up into 4 small hostess gifts or stocking stuffers.

Sam Edelman Loafers These Gucci looking loafers look so much more expensive than they are. They come in 9 color options.

Ugg Slippers You can never go wrong with cozy slippers

Le Creuset Au Gratin Dishes I received these as a birthday gift from a friend this year and they are fabulous!

LED Makeup Mirror The rose gold is so pretty and the lighting is adjustable to be perfect for everyone.

Cashmere Turtleneck I bought the black one and was blown away by the quality for the price. It’s under $50 and comes in 10 colors, and I will definitely be snagging a few more colors myself. (I sized up one size for a more relaxed fit.)

Mesh Leggings I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about this brand. These look like expensive Lululemon leggings, and from what I hear the quality is on par with the more expensive brand. Might have to gift these to myself!

GIFTS FOR HIM

Slide Sandals These are a great price and look a lot more expensive than they are. I think I’m going to snag these for my hubby.

North Face Gloves Cozy and touch screen friendly

Zella Training Pants Pants he can lounge in or work out in

Jack Black Bath & Body Set Comes with a carrying bag to take along to the gym or when traveling

Micro Bluetooth Speaker  Portable and durable speaker

Watch Perfect rugged watch for the outdoorsy guy

Cashmere Sweater Classic v-neck sweater and comes in 13 color options

Carhartt Beanie My husband loves these beanies and probably has at least 10 of them. But my kids insisted on ordering him another one as their gift to him this year.

Hermes Deodorant My hubs loves Hermes grooming products and it looks fancy sitting on the bathroom counter. Yes it’s a super expensive deodorant, but it’s a fun bit of luxury for a price that won’t completely break the bank.

Fitness Tracker Perfect for the fitness minded guy, and it’s completely waterproof so he can wear it all day.

Happy shopping!

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Countdown to Christmas

It’s officially one more week to Christmas!!! It has really crept up on me this year and I’m not feeling completely ready. There is still so much to be done, and I am also feeling that we haven’t gotten to have enough Christmas fun yet! I’m hoping we can fit a lot in over the next seven days. This past weekend was a busy one and a good kick off to our final week! First up was Cole’s school Christmas program on Friday afternoon. Evan wasn’t too thrilled about snapping a pic after we got home, but we were all so proud of our Cole bug!Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetSweater: Topshop (old – similar here, here, here, here) // Jeans: Mother // Booties: Sam Edelman // Bag: Chanel // Sunglasses: Celine

On Saturday we headed up the mountain for our first ski day of the season! I gotta admit, our first run of the day was a little rocky with the kids feeling a bit rusty, but by the end of the day it was all smiles and Evan finally figured out how to wedge!45F71031-191E-47E5-A224-0749B279C956B6D5FDB8-7604-47BE-A678-6C740D267E26

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Sunday was a lazy day of Gingerbread house making and movie watching! We finally gave in to the hype and watched The Christmas Chronicles on Netflix. It is really cute!51E129D1-AEA7-4894-9D0B-A60C1C672062

Last night was Evan’s turn for his preschool Christmas program! It was an extra special evening for our family since it was his first ever school program. We made a huge deal of it, and we all got dressed up along with him to go cheer for our little guy! It was so cute – as we were waiting for him to come out, Cole told me that he felt more nervous for Evan than he had at his own school performance…and it just melted my heart. Those two really do have a special bond. The program was adorable beyond words and we were just so proud of our little Evan!Processed with VSCO with a6 presetSweater: Amazon (Cashmere and under $50! This is an incredible buy and I will be ordering more colors) // Skirt: Chicwish // Belt: Gucci // Pumps: Christian Louboutin // Bag: Celine9778941C-2747-4DCE-B203-369FF0B7D4D2Cole’s Sweater: Gap // Corduroys: H&M // Shoes: Gap  —  Evan’s Top & Vest: H&M // Bow: Amazon // Pants: Target // Shoes: GapD7B8A541-46E8-4904-8E0F-748FEFFA40EA5BE9A2D1-DC1F-4A94-990F-53D54C46CAB75AC08A8A-2CF5-47B2-AFEC-CB75C83D6DF9

Evan’s little preschool is located in a neighborhood near our home, and the school reserved the community clubhouse for the school program which was such a lovely venue! Everyone was asked to bring an appetizer or dessert, and after the performance we got a chance to visit with other families and have some delicious food. I brought these brie cranberry bites, which are so incredibly simple and perfect for a holiday gathering.070C3653-0AE5-4CF1-8EF4-695786933897

BRIE CRANBERRY BITES

1 sheet of puff pastry (thawed)

3/4 cup cranberry sauce

8 oz brie cheese

1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Using a knife or a pizza cutter cut the dough into 12 equal pieces. Place each piece in the cup of a 12-cup muffin baking pan. You want each the 4 sides to slightly poke over the top of the cup.

Cut the brie into 1-inch pieces. Place a piece into each cup.

Evenly distribute the cranberry sauce in the cups over the brie. You will use about 1 – 1 1/2 tsp per cup.

Pull the rosemary apart and place a small sprig on top of each cup.

Bake for 15 minutes. The puff pastry should be golden brown. remove from oven and allow the cups to sit for a few minutes to slightly cool. Use a small butter knife to carefully release the bites from the baking pan.

 

I’m hoping to get lots of wrapping done today while the kids are at school, and order the last few gifts on my list – nothing like Amazon Prime to enable procrastination!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Hits & Misses

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Hits & Misses

Top // Jeans // Booties // Bag (not on sale)

Today is the last day for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I always look forward to this sale every year because it’s a great way to grab some new fall pieces at fantastic prices, plus there’s always some great essential items I will only buy at this sale each year. I wanted to write up this post to share what I bought this year! First up is this blush blouse, which ended up being a total hit for me. I’m a huge fan of turtlenecks, and I love the ruffle detail. It’s also very lightweight & airy, so this is a piece I can start wearing now on cooler summer days. I would say that it runs slightly small, and if you are in between sizes I would size up. I’m wearing a small & it fits just perfectly with no extra room in the shoulders or bust. These jeans are my beloved AG Farrah jeans. I love the wash on these and they are amazingly comfortable. I always wear a 26 in AG, however I’ve found that the waist sizing isn’t always consistent in the Farrah style with some fitting loser or tighter depending on the stretch. I sized up to a 27 in these since the last few pairs I bought were on the snug side…and I’m kinda kicking myself. These really do fit tts and the waist is a bit loose. However they are so comfortable I’m thinking of keeping them, plus I will have some extra room to front tuck sweaters this fall. These booties are ADORABLE, and sadly not very comfortable. My feet were beginning to hurt a bit at the end of my try on session, so I sadly think I may be returning them.

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This sweater is a total hit for me as well! It is really soft, and the colors make it a fun transitional piece. I’m wearing a size 6 and it fits tts.

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I’m on the fence about this one. I adore the color and it’s incredibly soft. Plus I love a wrap style sweater. However I feel like the waistband isn’t super flattering. It is very cropped, so I sized up to a Medium for some extra length and I’m very glad I did. I may have to try this one with a few different bottoms and see if I will keep or not.

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I was really underwhelmed with this top & sweater combo. It looked so cute online, but I just feel meh about them. The shirt is very cropped and it fits oddly. And I’m not really loving the color of the sweater. I’m wearing a small in both for reference.

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Every year at the sale I always grab one higher end sweater. I typically gravitate towards Vince pieces, but found their selection to be a bit underwhelming this year. This sweater really has the look of a pricier Vince piece, and the cashmere is incredibly soft. I can’t get enough of cozy, oversized cashmere in the winter and I can see this one being a workhorse in my wardrobe paired with everything from jeans to leggings. I’m wearing a size small and it is intentionally oversized (size down for a closer fit).

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The fit of this sweater is really cute and it’s very soft, but I’m also feeling a bit meh about this one so I will be returning. I never seem to have enough basic white tees, so I grabbed this one which also comes in a ton of other colors. Wearing a size small in both & both run tts.

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I really dislike this sweater & it will also be going back. It feels & looks really cheap to me, and I also feel the large side slits look really odd. Wearing a size small and it runs tts.

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Another beige cardigan! For me, this was the best out of the three. I actually really like the mustardy brown color, and its a unique color in my wardrobe. I can see myself wearing this one a lot this fall & will be really versatile.

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I saw this sweater in the anniversary sale catalogue and knew it was a must have. I was lucky to snag it the first day, because this one didn’t last long! I almost wish I had grabbed it in gray too. It’s very soft and I love the ruffle turtleneck detail. I’ll be wearing this one constantly during the holiday season! Wearing a size small and it fits tts.

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This was another top I saw in the catalogue and I knew I had to have it. It looks so much more expensive than it is and will be perfect dressed up for work or dressed down with jeans. Wearing a size small & it fits tts.

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I’m a huge fan of Madewell’s plaid tops and I buy one almost every fall. The colors of this one are just perfect, and I can see myself wearing this with navy or green Hunter boots! I ordered these jeans loving the wash pictured online, and was pretty shocked when these arrived and are the exact same jeans I purchased last year in the sale (same style & wash). I actually do love & recommend these jeans & I’ve worn the ones I bought last year a ton, but these are going back as I already own them! Wearing a size small top and size 26 jean.

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This top is the sleeveless version of the blush one. Again, I love the ruffle turtleneck, and this is one that I can wear now! It will also layer well under jackets/cardigans this fall. I was SO excited about these pants, but sadly they will be going back. They are a bit snug in the hips, and I feel like the style/fit isn’t the most flattering on me. A size up may have worked better, but as a lady with hips I feel that the extra volume isn’t a great fit for me. #majorsadface Wearing a size small in the top and a size 4 pant.

412BDD7A-D5B3-44A1-99FE-B5C7A9FC8C70Pajamas // Tee

Every year during the sale, I think about grabbing a pair of pjs but never do. I’ve heard great things about these, so I decided to scoop them up this year. Whoa. They are really amazing. Super soft and breathable. These are winners and I will definitely be grabbing another pair sometime in the future! Wearing a size small.

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This is my favorite bra & have been wearing this style for years. It is totally seamless under anything, and so soft & comfortable. Also the thin straps mean you can wear it with almost any top. I’m thinking I should probably grab a 2nd one before the sale ends tonight!

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I love La Mer products, so I always try to grab them during the sale. The Soft Cream is a perfect summer moisturizer for me when my skin is less dry than normal, and the eye cream is one of the best I’ve ever used. However it is so prohibitively expensive, I typically only purchase it when it’s part of a set.

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I am a lipstick/lipgloss fantastic & I’ve been a fan of the YSL Volupté for years! They are more of a lipgloss in texture and provide moisture and shine, with light color coverage.

I also purchased this pair of black jeans, however I didn’t try them on since I accidentally  ordered the wrong size. And once receiving them I realized they were not a high rise style, so I won’t be re-ordering. I also purchased new winter coats for the kids (here and here) and grabbed Ev & I some mommy & me fuzzy sweaters! Overall I did feel the kids selection was a bit disappointing, so I stuck to outerwear which the kids really do need as they have both outgrown their coats from last year.

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That’s my haul for this year! I feel that there were more misses for me this year than in years past, but overall I feel I got some really cute things at great prices. What did you get from the sale this year?!

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Pastel Cravings

Pastel Cravings

Sweater: BP (also comes in a gorgeous lavender color!), Jeans: AG, Boots: Sam Edelman, Bag: Fendi

As I talked about in a recent post we’ve been having the absolute craziest weather here in Idaho! At this time last year we were absolutely buried in feet of snow, and this year we have been having 50 to nearly 60 degree sunny days for pretty much the entire month of January. It has made for a lot of perfect running days and taking the kids outside to play! Cole went to a birthday party yesterday where they had a bounce house and the kids played outside (sans coats!) which is pretty much unheard of this time of year. I lived in Palm Springs, CA for six years and this weather is really reminding me of winter days there! All this sunshine has me craving pastel, spring colors and realized I didn’t actually have a lot in my wardrobe so I added a few fun sweaters that will be perfect for the next few months.IMG_5054IMG_5497Sweater: Gap, Jeans: AG, Beanie: J Crew (sold out – similar), Bag: Chloe, Boots: Hunter

IMG_5513Dress: Privacy Please, Shoes: Valentino, Bag: Chloe, Hat: J Crew (old – similar), Earrings: J Crew

Even though it will be a few months until I can wear it, I saw this dress and being on sale  I snapped it up! Pink is quickly becoming my favorite color lately and I can’t seem to resist it. I also may or may not have just splurged on a new bag simply because the pink lining was calling my name!!!

Looks like today is going to be another 50 degree day, so Ev and I are going to go for another long run. Five more weeks until my half marathon and I’m getting excited! Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

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