My Beauty Routine

I get a lot of questions about my beauty routine, particularly when it comes to skincare, but I’ve always shied away from sharing due to one simple fact: I’m not a beauty junkie. There, I said it. Seriously! Even though I’m a self-professed shopaholic, I’m just not that into products. I’m a big believer in simplicity and maybe I can chalk it up to good genes, but so far, this philosophy has worked for me. But, nonetheless, you asked, so here goes!

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When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is splash my face with cold water. Yep. Cold water. Even in the winter. It’s shocking, but it is also invigorating, and it’s just a habit of mine. I’ve done some research and it all says that a splash of cold water can tighten up or close your pores, so that’s reason enough for me. When I actually hop in the shower or bath, I use this cleanser to wash away any dirt or oil from the previous night.  It has these tiny beads with ginseng and Vitamin C and I love the fresh tingle it gives me in the morning. Once or twice a week, I will also use my Clarisonic Mia 2 to help exfoliate any dead skin cells. This keeps my face feeling super smooth, but I do have to be careful not to overdo it since I have sensitive skin. These babies aren’t cheap, but you have to look at it as an investment. While you do need to change the heads out twice a year, the device itself will last you a good while. In fact, I’ve had mine for about 7 years now and it’s still going strong!

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Morning Routine

Once I’m all dry, I slather on moisturizer. I’m not super loyal to any one brand, and as long as it is oil-free and has sunscreen in it, I’m good.  But lately, I’ve been really loving the Garnier “Clearly Brighter” moisturizer. It has Broad Spectrum SPF 30 plus Vitamin C and LHA antioxidant complex to reduce the look of dark spots and help with sun damage. Since I freckle so easily, this is HUGE!  I also love that i’s non-greasy and super light with a fresh fragrance that isn’t overpowering. At under $12, it’s a steal in my opinion. My next step is the only pricey one in my whole routine, but a little goes a long way, so the per use cost is low. I’m not a Rodan & Fields die-hard and before you ask, I don’t sell it. But, I bit the bullet and bought the Multi-Function eye cream from the Redefine line and I do think it’s worth the hype and price.  If I put makeup on, I do it at this point. But either way,  I finish off with a good swipe of Vaseline Lip Therapy. I’m sort of a chapstick connoisseur, so trust me, this stuff is the BEST. My new favorite is their Limited Edition “Pink Bubbly” with its champagne scent and just a touch of rose hue. I’m pretty sure this would be one of the things I took with me to a deserted island.

So, that’s my morning routine and as you can see, it’s pretty simple. Wash, exfoliate, and moisturize. Boom! My night routine is pretty simple too, but instead of washing my face, I use a reusable make-up cloth (a.k.a. make-up eraser) with some micellar cleansing water (I use this brand), which acts like a magnet for dirt, oil, and make-up. I follow it with Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, a moisturizer that you can technically use day or night, but that’s a little too heavy for me under make-up. I get these by the two-pack at Costco for around $30, which is a great deal! In fact, it’s won multiple awards, beating out much more expensive brands! I once again dab a little of the R&F Multi-Function eye cream under my eyes, swipe some more Vaseline Lip Therapy on my lips, and call it a day night!

Night Routine

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Hope that helps! Happy hunting, y’all!

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Gala time

So, for some reason, January and February seem to be the hot months for galas and other benefits. And, if you’re like me, you’re always trying to find the perfect dress for one. You know…..one that’s affordable, flattering, and comfortable! It’s not an easy feat, but I have to say, I think I’ve figured out the key! Nordstrom!! With their free shipping policy both ways and their awesome selection of dresses for $100 or less, you can order lots of options in multiple sizes to try on in the comfort of your own home and then just ship back whatever doesn’t work. Easy peezy! I spent about 45 minutes on my Nordstrom app the other day while waiting for someone and was able to order 10 dresses that arrived less than a week later. I had a mega try-on session yesterday, since it was a snow day and we were holed up inside anyway, and here are the ones I am actually considering for the event I have in a few weeks:

First up is an LBD. You can’t go wrong with this sort of understated elegance, and I love the black lace overlay. The length is super short, but since the neckline is conservative, it works. It’s comfortable, elegant, and pretty timeless. I’m wearing a small and I’d say it’s true to size.  The fact that it’s only $65 makes this a great option!

Black Lace Shift Dress – $65

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Next up are two super on-trend dresses because they are both made of the fabric of the season….velvet! The first one is in a beautiful burgundy color and has some sheer detailing on the front and back, making it sexy, but not too revealing. The bottom is asymmetrical and the ruching in the front is very flattering. I’m loving this option and the small fit like a glove.

Burgundy Velvet Sheath Dress – $63.60

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The green floral velvet is a faux wrap style with a plunging neckline. I’m not sure I can/should pull this one off, but it sure is pretty, and very different, which I love!

Green Velvet Floral Twist Sheath – $68.98

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These next two numbers are RED hot and I’m sure you can see why! The first one reminds me of the dress Julia Roberts wore in Pretty Woman, but shorter. I’m no “Pretty Woman” though, so not sure I have what it takes to pull it off. But, it sure does make me feel like a million bucks! The tie top keeps the strapless neckline from being too revealing and the knee-length is flattering and sophisticated. For size reference, I’m wearing a small, so again, true to size.

Knotted Strapless Red Mini Dress – $98

This rose and black brocade dress has to be my favorite so far! The thick fabric is super flattering and I love the gathered sheer fabric above the sweetheart neckline. The bodice is almost like a boustier, which is so sexy, but then the pleats and full skirt keep it playful.  The best part though? It has pockets! I’m wearing a 4P so I’m thinking it runs a little small since I would normally wear a size 2.  This is definitely a dress to get noticed in, and while that’s not usually my M.O., it’s a definite contender!

Fit and Flare Brocade Dress – $94.80

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And last, but not least, is this fun and flirty sequined t-shirt dress in a beautiful blush color. I love how comfy and festive it is and I think it would work for so many occasions! I’m wearing an XS but would feel a little less self conscious in a small. It’s junior sizing, so you know how that goes! You absolutely cannot beat this price, so even if you don’t have an occasion coming up, this may be a smart buy for future events!

Blush Sequined T-Shirt Dress – $38.98

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Whew! So many options that I’m not sure which to pick for the gala we’re attending in February. But let’s be honest…..the fact that 6 of the 10 I ordered are REAL contenders is amazing! That’s how great the selection at Nordstrom is and their size suggestions and the customer reviews are SO helpful! Thanks for stopping in and checking out my options. Let me know which is your favorite by voting here: https://goo.gl/5B56aW.

Happy hunting, y’all!

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Mad about Plaid this Christmas

Holiday celebrations range from casual to elaborate, and therefore so does appropriate attire.  I get lots of questions this time of year about what to wear to holiday parties, but most especially, on Christmas Day.  My answer would be, “Well, that depends….”.  Do your plans include a formal invitation or is it a longstanding tradition. If an invitation, did it include phrases like “Festive Cocktail”, “Christmas Casual”, or “Holiday Glam”? That can give you some direction on how to dress, as can the weather, the venue, and even the audience which you’ll be joining.

My family gathers at my in-laws’ home, along with several cousins, aunts, uncles, and even my own parents, sister, and brother-in-law.  Its an early evening dinner buffet filled with lots of good food, wine, and conversation. The kiddos are happily entertained by a playroom that is filled with the childhood toys of my husband and brother-in-law, which somehow withstood both time and two rowdy boys. Because it is a casual event only attended by immediate family, I can get away with jeans.  But, I do like to add some festive flair since it’s the last chance to do so for another year. This tartan vest is perfect, thanks to its cozy quilting and velvet trim, which dresses it up just the right amount. This particular one from Old Navy is sold out, but below I’ve linked a similar one that should do the trick!

Similar Tartan Vest – $34.99

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Another option would be a festive cardigan, like this one in buffalo check from Old Navy. It’s super cozy and a great length! Unfortunately, it too has sold out, but I’m linking a similar option that features darling suede elbow patches that pack a stylish punch.

Similar Buffalo Check Cardigan – $42

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Here’s another option and yes, another plaid…..hey, it’s Christmas, right? This tartan infinity scarf was a local find from my favorite boutique, Salon Dixie, but I’m linking a similar one below. While it’s a perfect Christmas day accessory, it will also take you all the way from Fall to Spring, making it a must-have item for your closet.

Tartan Infinity Scarf – $16.99

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Here are some other suggestions in case your plans require dressier attire….

Plaid off the shoulder flannel top – $27.50

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Tartan Blazer – $118

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Tartan heels – $55.97

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Tartan Shirt Dress – $39.98

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And if you’re lucky enough to get to stay in your jammies all day because you don’t have anywhere you HAVE to be, here are some options too!

Tartan Pajamas – $36.99

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Tartan Slippers – $17.99

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So in case you can’t tell, the one thing these items all have in common is that they’re a plaid or tartan pattern. That’s because it’s such a classic, traditional, and stylish pattern that will never go out of style.  So whether you’re glamming it up at a formal affair, or staying cozy by the fire with the your kiddos for the day, the right answer for what to wear on Christmas is always plaid!

Happy hunting, y’all!

My Christmas Wish List

As a Mom, it’s hard to find time to think about what we want or need. We’re so busy shopping for everyone around us that by the time it comes to our own wish list, it’s easy to come up empty.  So, in an effort to spark your imagination, I’m sharing my personal wish list for Christmas this year.  You’ll find splurges, steals, and everything in between, but hopefully, you’ll also find some ideas to pass on to your own friends and family or maybe even just go ahead and buy for yourself…..Lord knows you deserve it!

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  1. A good book is always high on my list of wants. I may not always have time to read daily, but I make it a priority to read regularly.  This book has gotten great reviews and was awarded the title of “Best Suspense Novel”, so it’s sure to keep you engaged.
  2. When Rebecca Minkoff came out with this chic little phone charger tassel, I was intrigued, but then disappointed to find out they were only for Iphones and over $50.  Fortunately, they are now made by a number of brands at a much lower price and for Androids too!  I love the idea of a stylish way to stay connected and this fits the bill.
  3. These faux leather leggings from Spanx have been on every blogger’s page recently, which tells me they must be pretty fabulous. But with the promise of supreme comfort, ultra-flattering fit, and stylish “leather” material that can be dressed up or down, they are definitely on my list of “must-try’s” this year!
  4. OTK or “over the knee” boots are all the rage this season and I’ve been lusting over grey ones for a while now.  These have gotten great user reviews and are an awesome price right now, making them ultra affordable!
  5. This bone link necklace has gone in and out of stock over the last couple of months due to its extreme popularity, but is currently back in stock and a great price for a statement piece! With such a neutral color, it can go with anything and would look great paired against a chunky sweater, basic tee, or simple dress.  I’m already dreaming of all the ways I want to style it, so Santa, you’d better come through 😉
  6. Nothing says cozy like chenille so when you find lounge pants made out of them, you buy them!  These babies are half off right now, too!
  7. I wear ear buds to work out and to listen to my books when I’m cooking, walking the dog, or doing laundry. But, truth be told, mine could use an upgrade and these rose gold ones are just the ticket!  These would make a great stocking stuffer or a teen/tween gift too.
  8. I LIVE in my Patagonia Retool fleece pullovers, so I’m always in the market for another one.  This year they came out with a “Rosewater” color that is sheer perfection and therefore at the top of my list.  Once you try this thing on, you’ll be a believer….trust me.
  9. My husband sorta hates the perfume I’ve been wearing for the last seventeen years, so I’ve been sampling alternatives and am actually thinking I might like this one (Creme D’Nude) even more than my tried and true.  It is one of the fragrances inspired by MAC makeup’s lipstick shades, which I also love, and is just the right mix of musky and fresh.
  10. Everyone I know who has this new brand of shoes RAVES about them, so I’ve definitely had them on my list to try.  But when I saw that they had a leopard flat that looks like a million buck and feels like a tennis shoe, they shot up to the top of my list. If these truly are the holy grail of flats, offering maximum comfort without compromising style, then I’ll happily shell out full price for these any day.

So there you have it…..this year’s personal wish list. Now let’s just hope Santa sees it and is able to take advantage of some of the CYBER sales that are still going on over the next couple of days.  Happy hunting!

Winter Wear

I’m a Southern girl, which means I spend the majority of time in warm-weather attire. In fact, it’s mid-November and I’m just now busting out the sweaters. But, soon the temps will drop and we’ll even get a bout or two of snow, which will quickly make us realize how ill-equipped our closets are.  Unless of course you are reading this post, in which I’m going to tell you all of my favorite must-have pieces for the winter so you’ll be all kinds of ready!

First up is my go-to jacket and pretty much the standard uniform for all good Southern girls: the black puffer jacket.  North Face is my preferred brand thanks to their high-quality down and slim fit.  Even though this one is several years old, it still looks and feels great and the styles don’t change much, meaning I’ll be holding on to it for a good long while yet.  If you don’t have one in your closet yet, change that pronto.  For size reference, I’m wearing a small and I still have room to layer underneath. I also seriously adore this beanie with the fur pom pom. It isn’t so big that it overwhelms you like some do, but it’s long enough to pull comfortably over your ears, and looks adorable on pretty much everyone who wears it. At just $15, this would make a great stocking stuffer for any gal on your list!

Black Puffer Jacket // Black Pom Pom Beanie

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While my short puffer jacket is a great everyday option, sometimes even that isn’t enough on the super cold days or when I travel to colder areas.  That’s where the down-filled parka comes in handy.  This Vince Camuto one is on sale right now for a great price and has a fun “fur” trimmed hood for extra warmth, which can also be removed if that’s not your thing.  I ordered this in my regular size small and found it a little bigger than I felt comfortable in, so I ended up with an XS instead.  I got the grey color, but the navy and black would have been great, versatile options too!

Down Parka with Fur Trim

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And an item that’s still on my wish list, but I’m hoping not for much longer (hint, hint)…..these amazing duck boots.  Now, we’ve all had a pair back in the day, but they were way more functional than stylish. But I’d wear these babies any day of the week! I love the lace-up detail and the knee-high length.  Plus, they can be worn in the rain or snow!

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Lastly, let’s not forget rain gear. I don’t know if it’s a Memphis thing or what, but it seems like it’s ALWAYS raining! While I love my good ole Hunter wellies, these glossy booties have been giving them a run for their money lately.  Made by Sam Edelman, a personal favorite, they are way less clunky than the Hunter version and only $38.46 on sale!

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Though I’ve lived in this Columbia SwitchBack Jacket for the last couple of years during the rainy weather, I realized recently that I needed something a bit dressier. This Cole Haan jacket, which hits at about mid-thigh, is still totally packable and comes with its own pouch.  The collar adds a hint of sophistication and the slim design is very flattering. Check out the tie detail on the back too! I’m really digging the eggplant color but the seaweed, champagne and indigo colors would have been fun options also.  It’s currently on sale for $129.90 and I’m wearing a small petite.

Packable Hooded Raincoat

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So, there you have it, folks. No excuses this year! Lots of great winter wear, all on sale. What are you waiting for? It’s not getting any warmer! Happy hunting….

Buffalove

I’m a sucker for a buffalo check, especially a red and black one. Even though it’s one of the most classic prints out there, it’s actually pretty trendy right now. From accessories like purses and scarves to sweaters and even pants, it’s the “it” print this Fall.  In fact, I’ve been teetering on the poncho trend for a while now, trying to determine whether or not it was something I could pull off at my size. But when I saw this red and black buffalo check poncho, I knew I had to try it!

Buffalo check poncho – $24.99

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I thought this would satiate my buffalove (a.k.a. love for buffalo check), but when I walked into Old Navy the other day, my heart skipped a beat…..there was buffalo plaid-a-plenty! They had it in a flannel shirt, of course, which is a winter staple for me. Here I am wearing the one I got last year from there with my new favorite black herringbone vest that’s a dupe for the J. Crew one.

Buffalo check flannel button-up – $24

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I was also really digging their buffalo check accessories….these are perfect accents to a basic black outfit or jeans and a white shirt combo.

Buffalo check socks – $10

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Buffalo check scarf – $15

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Buffalo check sneaks – $24.99

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Buffalo check purse – $29.99

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But I also really loved this cardigan, which was ultra-cozy and on sale for $25! Tip: Size down, as it runs rather large.

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Check out these buffalo check pants! for $27. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen any like these, but I think they’d be awesome paired with a black sweater, a crisp white shirt, or even a denim top. They are made of ponte-knit, which is code for “ridiculously comfortable”, and feature a fun seam down the front, which dress them up a bit.

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And these uber-cute flannel pajama shorts are only $10 and would be a great stocking stuffer for any female in your life!

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So, that’s my roundup of all the buffalo-prints I’m swooning over lately.  What are your favorites? Happy hunting, friends!

“Faves under Fifty” from the Nordstrom Fall Sale

So, I know it feels like the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale was just yesterday and some of us may or may not still be paying off our bill from that. BUT, the fact remains that the Nordstrom Fall Sale is a good one and you won’t want to miss out!  If nothing else, it’s a great opportunity to buy Christmas gifts…..for yourself or others!  In fact, I already snagged one of these items for my mother-in-law, although I won’t say which one in case she’s reading this. And I am most definitely sending a few of these to my hubby, my Dad and my brother-in-law since, let’s be honest, men can almost always use some extra assistance with their Christmas shopping. At any rate, here are my favorites under $50:

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  1. Asymmetrical sweatshirt – $29.40
  2. Cowl Neck Poncho – $49.90
  3. Tie Hem Sweater – $49.90
  4. Thermal Tee – $40.80
  5. Ruffle Hem Tee – $35.90
  6. One Button Fleece Wrap – $39.90
  7. Rose Gold Sneaks – $35.96
  8. Fringe Infinity Scarf – $8.98
  9. Split Sleeve One Shoulder Top – $26.98
  10. Suede Clutch – $41.96

These are my favorites at a reasonable gifting price-point, but there are so many more items at great prices during the Fall Sale, which goes through November 12th.  Hurry and take a peek before it’s too late because sizes and items are going out of stock quickly! And as always, happy hunting!

Express yourself

I haven’t been to an Express since college, which was more than a decade ago (eek!). I guess their look just got too “young” for me somewhere along the way. But they’ve really matured they’re style in the last couple of seasons, and in a good way!  Their shoe game is especially strong right now and their selection of flats just oozes with sophistication. Here are some of my favorites, all of which are under $50:

Broken Heart Embroidered Patch Flats – $44.90

Calling all “Heart-Breakers”! These shoes are for you! They’d be so fun with an all-black ensemble, a red dress, or jeans and a crisp white shirt!

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Queen Bee Flats – $44.90

These “Queen Bee” flats have my name written all over them! Anyone else digging the “Blair from Gossip Girl” vibe?

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Ruffle Pointed Toe Flats – $49.90

These are both sophisticated and romantic and I adore the cross-strap ruffles! Can’t you just see these paired with a leather jacket?! Oh, the contrast!!

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“Eye Slay” Embroidered Patch Flats – $44.90

These babies say it all and remind me of some much-higher-priced shoes that can be found here and here.

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Velvet Knot Pointed Toe Flats – $49.90

Velvet and wine are a killer combo this season and these tootsies have both going for them!

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And last, but not least, my personal fave…..the pointed toe loafers! I bought these in the cognac color and L-O-V-E them!

Pointed Toe Loafers in Cognac – $39.90

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They are comfy and chic and feature a gold rimmed heel for that extra little touch. Unfortunately, they keep going in and out of stock, so I’m also linking them in the black and silver too, because they’re just as fab!

Black or silver Pointed Toe Loafers – $39.90

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You can’t go wrong with any (or all) of the above! Check out them out online or next time your’e near an Express store. Happy hunting!

Nordstrom Rack: Changing Room Check-In

I’m a Nordy girl……have been ever since I participated in my first Anniversary Sale three years ago. The free shipping, amazing sales, and awesome brands are hard to beat. But from what I heard, the only thing better than a Nordstrom was a Nordstrom Rack! So when one opened in my area a month or so ago, I decided I’d let the mayhem die down a bit and then try it for myself. It did not disappoint! It was like a TJ Maxx, but bigger, very organized, and filled with rack after rack of amazing clothes at Anniversary Sale prices! By the time I made it to the dressing room, I was loaded down with dozens of items and I hadn’t even laid eyes on shoes or accessories yet. So, here’s a breakdown of what I tried on…..first up: Tops! There were so many options and most under $40. From ruffles to cold shoulders to cardis, every Fall trend was fully represented and it was hard not to walk away with one of each!

Burgundy Waffle Knit Shirt – $29.97

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I’m wearing an XS in this, as it is pretty oversized as is, but if you want to wear with leggings too, consider your normal size (small for me)

 Kut from the Kloth Jeans – $39.97// Ruffle Sleeve Sweater – $19.97

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I’m wearing this sweater in the small (my normal size) and I think it’s a good fit! It’s a Merino wool-type material if that helps 😉 The jeans are from my favorite brand, Kut from the Kloth, and are that perfect ankle length with a great zippered detail at the pocket! I’m wearing a size 2, so size down (yay!). 

Ruffled Hem Blush Sweatshirt – $29.97

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Also wearing a size SMALL in this, but I do think I could have gone down a size. It says “sweatshirt”, but it’s really not! It’s more of a nice top to wear with jeans in my opinion!

 

Neither of the below sweatshirts are available online, but I still think they are worth showing because of how cute, comfy and affordable they are. I’m wearing a size small in both. For more details, click the image.  The black jeans in the pic on the right, on the other hand, are online and are a MUST!  I personally have been on the hunt for the perfect pair for quite some time and can’t believe I snagged some for under $40!  Articles of Society has always been a favorite jean of mine, thanks to the perfect stretch and fit. If you haven’t tried them for yourself, now’s your chance! I’m wearing a size 27, so I’d say they are TTS (true to size).

                                        Articles of Society Black Jeans – $36.97

Black Open Front Long Cardi – $26.97

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I sized down twice (XXS) and this long cardi is still on the big side, but that’s what makes it so cozy and so easy to throw on over pretty much anything! It is soft (not scratchy) and such a great price!!

I also tried on this precious “suede” dress from Max Studio, which was a steal at $54.97, but I think I would have felt more comfortable in the Small instead of the XS.  The bust was kind of tight and the bigger size wasn’t available. Unfortunately, it’s not available online either….

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I think my favorite snags were from the loungewear section. I was not familiar with PJ Salvage, but I can definitely add it to my list of favorite brands now!  These tops were under $20 but sadly only available in stores. As a side note, my husband was not amused by the one on the left 😦 No sense of humor, that one!

But this Honeydew Intimates Cardigan is online and is truly the stuff dreams are made of! This is a size Small and is perfection!  I know it’s loungewear, but I wouldn’t have a problem wearing it out and I dare someone to try and stop me!

Heather Grey Cozy Cardigan (also comes in ivory) – $39.97

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And I couldn’t leave without trying on some of my precious Zella activewear at a fraction of the cost, now could I? These leggings feel like a million bucks and hold everything in in the most flattering way.  I love the mesh panels on this black jacket, but couldn’t find it online, so I’m posting a similar option.  It too has that great structure, which means you can hit the gym and then run around town without skimping on style or sacrificing comfort.

Zella Jacket – $39.97 // Zella Crop Color-Block Leggings – $29.97

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Whew! That’s a wrap on my first adventure to the new Nordstrom Rack. I have already been back one other time on the hunt for a birthday gift for my sister, so I know it will be in my rotation going forward. If you don’t have a Nordstrom Rack near you, look online to see what you can find. They have the same great brands that Nordstrom does, but at discounted prices, making it a complete win in my book!

 

 

 

 

 

Packing for Seattle: A three day trip

A few weeks ago I tagged along on a business trip with my hubby to Seattle–somewhere neither of us had visited before. From all the movies I’d seen, I knew to prepare for rain and cool temps, but I had no idea where to start! I can pack for the beach with my eyes closed. A weekend at the lake? No biggie! But Seattle in the Fall? That was a challenge! After a lot of trial and error, I ended up with lots of layers, colors that would easily mix and match, and things that were comfortable, yet stylish–not an easy feat!

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I needed outfits that I could build on as the day got cooler, and shed pieces from as the temps warmed up. For our 3-day trip, I ended up with three pairs of jeans (dark, burgundy, and grey), a quilted vest, two scarves, a military jacket, a fisherman sweater, a lightweight cardi, several long sleeved tees, and shoes (rain booties, which I never even wore, black sneakers, dark slide-on sneakers, though I didn’t need both, and neutral booties). Here are some of the ways I ended up pairing the individual pieces:

Grey Jeans // Black Quilted Vest // Burgundy Tee // Black Sneaks

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Burgundy Jeans // Military Jacket // Slip-on Sneaks

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Fisherman Lace-Up Sweater // Grey Jeans // Taupe Booties

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Here’s an example of how I changed one outfit throughout the day to accommodate the cooler/warmer temps. I started with jeans, a long sleeve tee, and a lightweight cardi. This was totally fine for exploring the museums, but once I headed outside for the walking tour, I added a vest and scarf for extra warmth. The cardi easily tucked up under the hem of my vest and both the vest and scarf were easy to throw in my bag if I went inside or the weather warmed up again.

Lightweight cardi // Similar striped peplum // Black Vest // Burgundy Jeans // Similar Grey Scarf

Other key items I’d recommend include: a rain jacket (but since it only sprinkles, don’t bother with an umbrella), a crossbody purse, and sunglasses (it did actually get sunny once or twice during our stay!).

Not planning a trip to Seattle or Northern Cali any time soon? No worries! Most of these tips could be applied for any Fall trip you have planned. It’s always a challenge, in my opinion, to look stylish while still trying to be practical. Just because you are a tourist doesn’t mean you have to look like one, right?