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Labor Day Sales

Hi guys, happy Friday! I know I had mentioned that I’d be finishing up the rest of my Nordstrom dressing room session with you today, but in the midst of all the Labor Day sales I felt I should do my due diligence by sharing my favorites with you. Who wants to wait until Monday when all the deals are already running?! And we’ll get back to everything else next week, sound good?

Shop My Labor Day SALE Picks:

Abercrombie & Fitch: 40% entire store (with some exclusions)

Anthropologie: Extra 40% off Sale

Dolce Vita: Extra 20% off sale and final sale with code ENJOY20

J.Crew: 40% off your purchase (with some exclusions) with code BIGSALE

J.Crew Factory: 50% off online purchase and an extra 20% off sale items with code SALEAWAY

LOFT: 40% off your purchase with code LABORDAY

Old Navy: 50% off all Jeans, Tees, Dresses and Sweatshirts

Sole Society: Select styles up to 60% off

It’s Wednesday and the first day back to school for Jack, my 4th grader and Madelyn, my 1st grader. Audrey starts two mornings of preschool next week and on one hand I have no idea what I’ll do with myself during those three hours every Tues/Thurs and on the other hand I’m already booked solid for what I ‘plan’ to do this year. Six hours a week (ok 5 when I add in travel to/from school) to schedule meetings, write blog posts, organize closets, attend bible study, tackle laundry, meal plan, grocery shop etc…..it can happen, right??

I won’t drag on about that because it’ll all sort itself out! But what’s even more fun is the gigantic Nordstrom try-on sesh I had over the weekend. So big that I’m actually breaking it up into a parts one and two. When my husband suggested we stop by Nordstrom on our way home from the beach (I kid you not, the words came straight from his mouth), I was all over it. Nordstrom is by far my favorite department store and although I love shopping online, once in a while it’s nice to haul 1,052 pieces into the fitting room and have a party :)

I found so many great pieces, from dresses to denim, basic layering tanks, jackets and sweaters. These blog posts actually take quite a bit of time to pull together, so I’ll be sharing the second half of this post come Friday, so stay tuned!

Let’s start off with this fun body-con dress. It comes in a few different colors, has a flattering ruching on the side and fits pretty true to size. I’m in an XS but could have gone with a S for a looser fit.

I then threw on this navy shift dress and absolutely loved it. This would look so cute with some peep-toe booties, but I’d also love it with over the knee boots and a blanket scarf. True to size here, I’m in an XS.

This dress was a steal on the sale rack and so adorable! Unfortunately the sizes in this color are almost sold out, but here it is in some beautiful fall colors (check out the rust and teal!) at what I think is still a great price, under $50. True to size, wearing an XS.

I feel like this body-con dress is very Insta-famous! I’ve seen it on a number of influencers and always love it. I loved it in person, too but I knew there were more color options available online (there are a dozen!). I’m bound to order one at some point. Such a perfect date night dress and I know I’d find myself layering cardigans over top as well as denim jackets and booties.

Case in point, and how cute is this Free People jacket?? I’m completely obsessed with it and will be stalking it once it goes on sale.

Ok, maybe you think I’ve lost it, but I thought this denim dress was adorable! It could certainly be worn without any layers, but I was trying to see how I’d style it for fall. It has a very flattering fit and it’s Madewell denim so you know it’s great quality!

I love this striped JCrew sweater. It would pair well with trousers for the office, think navy or even pink! I’m wearing an XS but may have grabbed a S if I purchased, the arms were a little snug.

I found these Levi’s on the sale rack and they ended up being my favorite purchase. If you follow my blog regularly you’ve seen the other Levi’s I’ve been wearing all summer long. I have a feeling these will be my new fall staples! And this top is a great layering piece. I’d love it with vests to show off the subtle details on the sleeves. I’m wearing a S and it was still pretty form fitting, so you could always size up in this one.

Here’s the Free People jacket again shown paired with denim.

I fell for this wrap sweater, especially since it was marked down with the Madewell sale that was happening. I’ll keep an eye for another sale for you, because this one is a goodie! Wearing an XS.

Another super cute Madewell top. This one is perfect for the current weather but the colors are perfect to transition to fall. How cute would this be with a camel colored cardigan over top??

This cute striped top was another sale rack find which I can’t track down online, but check out this one in plaid and this one in stripe (both also on sale) that I love even more!

I loved this short sleeved sweatshirt! The color is so pretty in person and it’ll be just as cute with sweats as it is with denim. Plus, it’s only $35!

Last for today is this playful JCrew tee (currently on sale). I always love their graphic tees and keep them on hand for layering under sweaters and jackets in the fall. The fit and structure to them are always spot on. I’m wearing an XS, which is TTS.

 

High Tide

We are back home after our week at the shore. We had the best week spending time with both friends and family in Stone Harbor, NJ. Our kids absolutely love the beach and remain occupied for hours on end when we put them in front of the ocean! We saw dolphins, horseshoe craps and sting rays and we ate more than our fair share of ice cream for one week. I managed to run almost every morning, both in an effort to balance out the food but also to serve as inspiration. There are so many beautiful homes with the most stunning architectural details that I love taking in day after day. I took dozens of photos to look back on for future projects and shared a number of them with those that follow my Insta-stories. There’s something about black windows that’s winning us all over <3

You guys have seen this $30 dress before but I encourage you to grab one if you haven’t already! It’s so comfortable, flattering and versatile and also comes in a solid black. I know sizes are running low, so here’s another striped favorite of mine as well as more options below. I threw on this Old Navy distressed jacket for a date night with Jack, another piece I highly recommend! Perfect little outfit for a perfect little date :)

Details: Dress / Jacket / Slides / Bag / Earrings / Sunglasses / Watch (similar)

 

By the Seashore

Hello from Stone Harbor, NJ! We are down at the shore this week with Jack’s family enjoying the sand in our toes, some sunshine on our faces and too much ice cream in our bellies! This small town is one of my absolute favorites. I love the cute little shops, the quaint streets all perfectly landscaped and the gorgeous homes that provide inspiration for me each morning as I run. This place always inspires and refreshes me and will allow me to return home ready to jump into this new (school) year!

I’ve shared these two pieces with you recently and both the top and pants are must-haves! I love this tank now and will be pairing it under cardigans in another month or so, and these pants just came from the LOFT sale! They can pair with t-shirts, sweatshirts or even a cute chambray button-up. Tons of possibilities!

One quick side-note, I have a fun little giveaway happening over on Instagram. Check out my latest post so you can enter!

Details: Top / Pants / Earrings / Sandals / Sunglasses

 

We Love LOFT Sale

Hey guys! I realize that this is my second time taking you into the dressing room with me this week, but when I heard LOFT was having a 40% off sale, I couldn’t help but want to share everything pretty with you! I took a quick poll on Instagram yesterday before I went in to see if you’d be more interested in casual or work appropriate attire and it ended up being fairly split. The great thing about LOFT is that you know they have you covered from lounge to work and everything in between. The store is currently 40% so this is the perfect time to grab anything you’ve had your eye on!

Let’s dive into what I uncovered in store yesterday. The dresses and tops ran true to size (I’m typically a 0 or 2 in dresses and an XS or S in tops for reference) but follow along closely on pant sizing because I was in everything from 00 to 4!

Let’s start with the dresses and work our way casual. This dress was the absolute cutest in person, although hard to capture in a dressing room. It’s navy¬† (not black), has a very flattering shape, ruffle detail at the hem and button pocket detail. I could see this being dressed up for a wedding with some heels and the right jewelry or with a cute cardigan dressed down a bit for work.

Here’s another adorable dress. The color is just beautiful and the ruffles add a sweet, feminine touch to this shift dress.

It also looks great layered up with a scarf and denim jacket to take it more casual.

This dress was so sweet. I love the floral print and the smocked top. I think it pairs perfectly, although somewhat unexpectedly with this cotton moto jacket. A cute pair of booties wouldn’t hurt either!

One final shift dress that wouldn’t be complete with out a little ruffle on the sleeves ;)

I was a big fan of both of these pieces. The top is very pretty in person with a sweet bluebird print and ruffled collar. This could definitely work dressed down with denim as well. And if you’re on the hunt (or not!) for a pair of black pants, you’ve got to give these a try. The tie detail and crepe material made me wish I had to dress up on a more regular basis! These did run large for me though, so I’d size down.

This cute t-shirt comes in a few other solid colors, but I couldn’t pass up the polka-dot print. I also loved these pants which are running low on sizes (online at least) but worth grabbing if you can. I was in a size 2 here, but I would have taken a 0 if they had them in stock.

These jeans fit like a glove, but in my typical size 2 they were too tight for my comfort (as in I’d be scared to bend over!). I’d size up one size in these, but otherwise they are great jeans with a nice dark wash for fall.

Here’s another great work outfit. More polka dots and ruffles because workwear has no reason to be boring!

Here are the same jeans I had on above (order a size up) paired with a really great striped blouse. If you have long arms you may want to size up as I would, that tends to be an issue for me.

I couldn’t wait to try on this double-breasted jacket. It’s adorable and much more unexpected than a typical blazer. Still professional but a bit more on trend right now. As I mentioned, I’m typically a 0-2 in tops, this was a 0 and it was still pretty roomy in the chest/shoulders, so you could likely size down.

On to more casual pieces. It never fails that I fall in love with a pair of Lou & Grey pants or sweats. These charcoal pants were no exception (they come in three other colors too). And the boyfriend cardi was one of the first things I picked up when I walked into the store. The grey/green is so pretty and I’m much more on board with the laid-back fit of a boyfriend cardigan. It also comes in a bunch of other colors.

Here’s a really great Lou & Grey light-weight sweater. Soft and cozy for lounging, but it could even be dressed up for work if needed.

This dolman tee comes in a few colors and is crazy soft. I went with a small here to get a bit of a looser fit, but overall it ran true to size. And how cute are these floral jeans? The print is painted on and adds such a fun touch without being too overpowering. I was in my typical size 2/26 here.

If you’re looking for the absolute softest pair of lounge pants ever, look no further! You’ll have to experience these for yourself because it doesn’t get any better than this ;) Throw on a denim jacket and some cute sneaks and this is a perfect fall, errand running outfit for me!

This cowl-neck tunic is made of the same material as the previous pants. So soft! You could technically wear it as a dress, but I’d likely throw on some leggings under it, especially for fall.

 

 

Dressing Room Diaries: H&M

Hi guys! Sorry I’ve been slacking on blog posts this week. These last few weeks of summer are proving to be quite busy so I’m trying to give myself a bit of grace when it comes to keeping up with all the things. We’ll be on vacation next week (heading to Stone Harbor, NJ, yay!) and then the following week the kids will be starting school. At some point shortly after that I’m hoping to feel a bit of normalcy once again.

I stopped by H&M this week and I wanted to share a bunch of great things that I found. I know you all love versatile pieces that can transition easily from weekday to weekend. Whether you’re a teacher heading back to school or not, we could all benefit from a little closet revamp for the new school year, couldn’t we?!

top / pants

This top comes in a bunch of pretty prints. Perfect for any professional setting and great for layering under blazers or cardigans. I was not on the hunt for black denim, but this pair fit like a glove and I couldn’t pass up the price!

top / blazer / pants

I love this sleek blazer. It’s great for adding a sophisticated touch to an outfit. I’d size up on on this one.

top (similar) / skirt

This skirt is perfect for a semi-professional work environment. The length is modest but the hight-waist with the attached belt gives it a fun, updated look. Although I do love this top, I’d likely go for a more fitted/structured top to pair with this skirt.

denim

And as soon as I’d get home form work, I’d switch into something like this. Ok, that’s a lie, I’d be in sweatpants, but this sure is cute, isn’t it?! This top is part of a collaboration with H&M and I can’t track down the exact top online. You can however see the whole collaboration here, or the same print in a dress here, another really cute dress here, and a similar top here. Or be sure to check your local store if you have one!

top / blazer / denim

Here’s a great casual work look. The top is adorable and could be worn with trousers to dress it up or even a cute pencil skirt. If you can get away with jeans however, these girlfriend jeans are worth looking into! Super flattering and comfortable with just the right amount of stretch.

dress

Chances are you may have a simple swing dress like this one in your closet, but if not, you can find it in a few colors here.

dress / blazer

It’s as simple as adding a blazer to make it work appropriate or a denim jacket for the weekend.

dress

Taking things a bit more casual for the rest of the looks today….

I love the fit and wash of this denim shirt-dress. My normal size here was on the verge of being too short for me. Although if I were to throw on some knee-high boots and a sweater jacket I could totally get away with it. But if you’d be more comfortable, I’d grab one size up.

shirt / pants

Slub-jersey tee’s fill a lot of my drawers lately. I have this one in the floral print and I ended up bringing this one home as well.

top / shorts

It may seem late in the season to be grabbing shorts, but I couldn’t pass these up and I know they’ll be put to even more use next year. This top however could get wear for a few more months. The eyelet sleeves are adorable and it comes in a few color options.

sweatshirt / shorts

A great lived-in sweatshirt and a comfy pair of shorts…now we’re talking! I sized up to a Medium for an over-sized fit here.

shirt / pants

Anyone have Disney plans in their future? This tee is so cute it may be worth picking up regardless!

jacket

Super cute fall jacket with an attached hood. The color is much prettier in person than it shows online and the fit is true to size.

 

Insta-Style

Happy Friday, guys! We are packed up and heading to NJ to visit family for the weekend. The kids have been so eager to take a trip in the new van because we’ve told them that the DVD player is for long trips only ;) I think that thing is going to be our saving grace, lol! Honestly, the only thing missing from the van seems to be a toilet. And maybe a water fountain. Or a soft serve ice cream machine, mmm!!

I’ve pulled together some of my latest outfits that have only made it to Instagram, some of which will hopefully send a little inspiration your way! Have a fantastic weekend soaking up every last bit of summer!

shirt / shorts (similar) / earrings

shirt (similar) / shorts (similar) / bag (similar) / shoes (similar)

top / skirt / earrings

leggings / sneakers / sweater

sweater (similar) / tee (similar) / sweatpants

top / sweatpants / sneakers

romper 

top / shorts / shoes / earrings

Loving Lately

Happy Wednesday, all! We are halfway through the week and I hope it’s a great one for you.

I wanted to share some of my favorites, or what I’ve been loving lately with you. A little home and a little fashion, but all pertaining to style. Just as I love mixing and matching my wardrobe, I also love arranging and rearranging my home. This past weekend while my husband and I were doing some deep cleaning around our home, I persuaded him to help me shift a few things. We swapped rugs in a couple of rooms and changed up some wall art and mirrors. What resulted was an entirely new look without spending any money. It will require a few tweaks and filling in a few missing gaps, but it’s amazing how refreshing it feels just to change things up a bit. I had ordered this light last week to try in our home (I’m not positive if I’m going to use it in our kitchen or dining room yet) and I’m anxious to see how it looks now that we’ve made these changes.

What makes swapping decor and sometimes furniture rather easy is that most of my pieces relate to one another in some way. I try to be picky when shopping for decor (which is why it takes me forever to decorate my own spaces) so I end up with things I truly love, or at least really, really like! It’s also helpful to have some pretty, neutral things on hand that could work in a variety of spaces. A boxwood wreath is one example. I’ve used mine everywhere from my living room window, the mantle, my mudroom and it’s currently in our powder room. Sometimes all a space is missing is a little greenery. I also recently purchased this lamp at Target. I love the overall look and the style is one that could fit any number of home decor styles.

And now to change gears over to the fashion side of things. I’ve shared over on Instagram that I picked up a couple of these tanks from Urban Outfitters recently and I’ve already worn them a handful of times. They are so comfortable and flattering and will make for a perfect base layer under sweaters come fall. I’ve been using this bag constantly which you’ve likely seen here before. You can’t beat the price for the quality on this one! I’ve wanted a pink pair of sneakers for a while now, and finally settled on these. They are a walking shoe, so not meant for running or cross training, but extremely light and perfect for running about town or chasing your little ones ;) These have been my favorite earrings all summer long. I love the cork which allows them to coordinate with even my most casual summer outfits.

Finally, I’ve been on a jacket kick lately. I’m not ready to loose the summer weather at all, but I think I’m craving more pieces to style as summer doesn’t really allow for much layering. You saw this jacket on Monday, but I’m sharing again because it’s a current favorite for sure. And I’ve also shared this denim jacket on here as well, but it’s worth repeating too. A great, slightly boxy fit, the perfect amount of distressing and an even better price! It’s fully stocked and on sale now, so don’t wait until fall to risk this one being sold out!

Hope that gives you a little inspiration for your home and/or closet! I’d love to know, what are you loving lately??

Butterfly

Our weather has been all sorts of crazy lately. What was endless rain and cooler temps for a few weeks looks to now be taking a turn back to summer weather. I found this cute butterfly tee the other week and couldn’t pass it up. It’s comfortable and will be great for layering under cardigans in a month or two. What I’m more excited about however, is this adorable short-sleeved jacket. I love being able to style an extra layer during the summer but can’t wait to throw it on over sweaters and flannel shirts come fall. Trust me on this one and go scoop one up!

Details: LOFT jacket / UO t-shirt / Levi’s denim / Shoes / Bag / Nickel & Suede earrings / LeSpecs sunglasses

LOFT Sale

Hey guys, happy Friday! Sorry I’ve been a little MIA this week, summer is so much fun and so much work with three little ones to care for 24/7! I’m in no rush for summer to end, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to gaining a bit of my time back come fall. And getting to shop for groceries without pushing the larger than life shopping cart that’s shaped like a car and weighs eighty pounds, is sounding pretty dreamy right about now ;) We do still have a few fun trips to tackle this summer which we’re all looking forward to. And we’ll be taking those trips in our, wait for it….mini-van. Oh my goodness guys, Jack and I can’t stop laughing about it because we can’t quite wrap our heads around the fact that we actually came to this conclusion. I don’t think I’ve ever said I would never have one, but I have a fond love for SUV’s and love the way they drive so assumed that’s the path we’d be on. Well, it turns out there’s no denying the functionality and space that a mini-van offers for our family of five. We pick it up next week and I’m honestly just as excited as the kids are. It’s time to embrace the soccer mom in me because I am in fact a soccer mom ;)

I haven’t had much time to shop in person, but LOFT is offering an extra 60% off their sale items right now! I’ve rounded up a whole bunch of favorites including staple tee’s, pretty tops, a few fun pant options and more. You’ve seen me wear this top multiple times (including here and here), these pants seen here, this sleeveless sweater here, and this adorable jacket here. Be sure to browse a bit if you have the time because there are so many great finds at some incredible prices!

Have a fantastic weekend!