Spring Trend: Pleated Skirts

Spring Trend: Pleated Skirts

Top (old – similar) // Skirt (sold out – alternate color option) // Earrings (J Crew – similar) // Bag // Pumps

Pleated skirts are a huge trend this spring, and I’ve been seeing them everywhere! (This is a fun article about the trend with some street style inspiration). A friend and I went shopping together a few weekends ago and we both ended up snagging this skirt (which looks so much more expensive than it is!). I wanted to share some other skirts I’ve been eyeing – and I’m especially loving the snakeskin print which is also another big trend for the season!SpringTrend2019PleatedSkirtsOne // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine // Ten


Life Lately

Life Lately

Every year around mid February through the first half of March or so, like clockwork, I get in a funk. I’m at that point of winter where it really starts to affect me and I feel super lethargic and lack motivation to do anything. I just want to spend weekends curled up at home hibernating and am just over the crummy, cold weather. It was a worse February than most this year, with it snowing or raining nearly every single day. And it also probably doesn’t help that I’ve been battling a monthlong cold that just won’t quit. I’m really starting to crave sunshine, and on the first sunny, mild day we had recently – I felt like a new woman with more energy than I’ve had in ages! It has still been pretty cold here, but we’ve started to have some sunny days again I’m hopefully beginning to see my way out of my hermit tendencies of the past month!

Over the past weekend we finally went on our first family walk in ages. It felt so good to get outside and spend some time outdoors as a family. The kids could literally play with sticks and throw rocks in the river for hours.

We’ve also started working on some of our St Patrick’s Day traditions, planning a little spring break getaway, and looking forward to seeing good friends coming to town to visit this weekend. Boise’s annual Treefort Music Festival is also happening in a few weeks which is always a fun, family event! And we are also looking forward to the start of spring soccer (Evan is going to play this year!), the start of Evan’s swim lessons, and practicing for Coles annual Taekwondo tournament.

Watching: We’ve just finished watching She-Rah and the Princesses of Power series on Netflix and it is so good! My kids really enjoyed this show and it has great reviews. The second season is being released next month, so this is a great time to binge watch the first season with your kids! This probably shows my age, but I’ve been watching American Idol since the very first season, and am so excited that a new season started this week! They even came to Idaho for the first time, so it was fun to see some of the show’s footage of Coeur d’Alene.

Craving: I want everything spring, pastel, and floral printed right now, and and am loving so many Joie pieces at Saks Off 5th (one of my favorite places to shop for deals) – especially this gorgeous dress which would be perfect for Easter (I think I’m going to order it!). I’m also wanting to add a pair of straight leg slightly flared/cropped jeans to my wardrobe. Not sure that I’m cool enough for this style, but thinking about ordering these.


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(It’s Still) Winter Looks And Sales

(It’s Still) Winter Looks And Sales

Coat // Sweater (J Crew, sold out – similar here & here) // Jeans // Boots (these are on sale at many other retailers including here, here, and here)

Evan’s Coat // Sweater // Jeans // Boots // Hat (old – similar)

Ahh, Idaho weather. Just when you think we lucked out with a mild winter and an early spring, winter makes a big appearance during the second half of February. News reports are saying there is a (slim) possibility of getting 11 inches of snow over the coming weekend. It may end up being too warm and we will end up just getting a ton of rain – and I’m not sure which forecast sounds worse right now. Anyhow, I’m trying to make the most of it with wearing some of my favorite winter pieces and browsing sales for good deals on winter essentials.

Coat (J Crew, sold out – similar here, here & here) // Sweater  // Jeans // Boots // Hat

Coat // Sweater // Jeans // Boots // Sunglasses

My Sorel boots (I’m wearing above) are my most worn boots during the snowy season, and they are worth every penny. They truly keep your feet warm & dry (I even have them for both of my kids!) and this is a great time of year to snag them as the sales are fantastic! It’s also a great time to grab a warm coat (or two or three!), sweaters, and cozy accessories with all of the winter inventory going on sale.


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A few more good sales this weekend:

Nordstrom: Take 40% off select styles

Macy’s: Take 20% off markdowns with code BIG

Ann Taylor: Extra 40% off sale styles

Bloomingdales: Take 25% off almost all permanently reduced items labeled EXTRA 25% OFF


The Perfect Lace Blouse Styled 6 Ways

The Perfect Lace Blouse Styled 6 Ways

Lace Blouse (also here)

I have been on the hunt for ages for the perfect lace blouse…as in I’ve been looking for probably 2 years now. I wanted it to be something that was very versatile and could be styled a multitude of ways, was lined, and looked luxe while not being crazy expensive. This blouse (which is under $100!) is pretty much everything my lace blouse dreams were made of! Today I’m sharing with you a fun little try-on session I had the other day coming up with some of my favorite ways to wear it!


I see myself wearing this blouse styled this way for the next month or two as a transition piece from winter to spring! I think it would also be really cute styled with my beige suede moto jacket as well.Blouse // Cardigan // Jeans // Booties // Similar Rag & Bone Hat // Bag



With Valentine’s Day around the corner, as well as February being heart month with many benefits/fundraisers happening, this would be a perfect romantic look for date night or outfit to wear to a dressy fundraiser.Blouse // Skirt (old DVF, similar here) // Shoes (amazing dupes here!) // Bag // Similar Earrings



Even though it’s not exactly feeling like it outside at the moment, spring isn’t far away! I think this outfit would be perfect for a spring wedding, Easter, or for a baby/bridal shower. Blouse // Skirt (old ASOS, similar here) // Shoes (amazing dupes here!) // Bag // Similar Earrings



This would be an outfit I would wear for a date night with my hubby, or for a fun girls night out!Blouse // Moto Jacket // Jeans // Heels // Bag // Similar Earrings



I love wearing monochromatic looks for work, and I love pairing this top with pale neutrals like beige.Blouse // Skirt // Pumps (old Kurt Geiger, similar here) // Bag // Similar Earrings



How I will most frequently wearing this top! Definitely a great outfit for day to day running to appointments, meeting friends for lunch, or even just looking a bit more polished for volunteering at my kids’ schools!Blouse // Jeans // Belt // Shoes (great dupes here!) // Bag // Similar Earrings


What To Wear To Disney World In January

What To Wear To Disney World In January

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When you plan a trip south during the winter months, I know there is always the assumption that the weather is going to be warm. However after living in Southern California for eight years, I am well aware this isn’t always the case. When we planned our trip to Disney World for January, I expected the weather to be cooler and unpredictable and packed accordingly…and am so thankful I did because we had a few days there where the temps were nearly the same as it was back home in Idaho! I met a few gals at our hotel who were visiting from South America and had only brought shorts, and were pretty much freezing and miserable. We had pretty wild temperature swings while we were there, and it could be anywhere from 40 degrees to 70 degrees, even on the same day! We dressed in layers, and carried backpacks to carry extra layers or shed them during the warmest parts of the day. I packed a mix of short & long sleeve tees, sweatshirts, and warm coats for morning & evening. We also made sure to wear comfortable shoes, because we averaged 7-10 miles a day walking through the parks! Our hotel had laundromats located throughout the property, so we washed & re-wore things several times to cut down on the amount of stuff we brought, and it also allowed us to dry wet coats & shoes. I also packed things all in the same color scheme, so I could easily mix & match – and it all coordinated with my red & black sequin Minnie ears! The day we took off from going to the parks was actually quite warm, and we were able to go swimming – so I would recommend bringing a swimsuit even during the winter months! I also packed gloves for the kids for the evenings when it was coldest. Even though the weather certainly wasn’t hot, we enjoyed the mild temperatures since we were so active, as well as the overall smaller crowds in January – and we would definitely go visit in January again!

img_1101img_0164My shirt // My jacket (I’m obsessed with this I.AM.GIA dupe and want more colors! Size up 1-2 sizes) // My jeans // My shoes (also love these, these, and these)  —  Evan’s sweatshirt // Evan’s jeans // Evan’s shoes (sold out, similar)  —  Cole’s shirt // Cole’s jeans // Cole’s shoes

facetune_27-01-2019-20-08-40img_1038Ponchos are an absolute must to have on hand! I packed some disposable emergency ponchos so we could just toss them & not have to worry about bringing them back home. Also this stroller is amazing – I even got stopped by a few fellow parents who asked about it! It’s super affordable and is very sturdy, plus it has great storage, a reclining seat, and a sunshade.

My coat // My hoodie is old but similar here & here // My tee // My leggings (these were great for a rainy day since they dried quickly!) // My shoes // My backpack  —  Evan’s sweatshirt // Evan’s jeans // Evan’s shoes (similar)  —  Cole’s coat (similar) // Cole’s shirt //  Cole’s jeans // Cole’s shoes

snapseedFor our day off from the parks I felt like dressing up a bit! This dress is a few months old from H&M, but this is similar. My belt is here, and my shoes are J Crew & a few seasons old but these are similar.

Cole’s tee // Cole’s jeans  —  Evan’s tee // Evan’s jeans

img_0446My shirt (and I layered this tee underneath) // My jeans // My shoes // My bag  —  Evan’s sweatshirt // Evan’s jeans // Evan’s shoes (similar)  —  Cole’s tee // Cole’s jeans // Cole’s shoes

facetune_30-01-2019-23-42-36-1My tee // Not pictured but for evening I layered this cute Mickey sweatshirt on top (it runs small & cropped so size up!) // My jacket // My jeans // My shoes  —  Evan’s tee (not available online but similar) // Evan’s jeans // Evan’s shoes (similar)  —  Cole’s coat (similar) // Cole’s jeans // Cole’s shoes

img_1103facetune_31-01-2019-22-46-24My shirt is last summer J Crew but similar options here, here & here // My jeans // My shoes // My bag  —  Cole’s tee // Cole’s jeans // Cole’s shoes  —  Evan’s tee // Evan’s jeans // Evan’s shoes (similar)


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


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!