Thursday, February 21, 2019

My Favorite Denim Jacket

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Hey y'all! What's your go-to item in your closet? Mine has to be a denim jacket. I literally wear a denim jacket year round! It's great for cool evenings in the summer, over a dress in the spring, layered in the winter, and with a scarf in the fall. I own four denim jackets but I haven't worn any of them since I got this one from Old Navy a couple of weeks ago:


I have been on the hunt for an oversized, boyfriend fit denim jacket. It was something that I really felt like I was missing in my closet. Since I've been so much more selective on my purchases, I held off on buying one until I found one that I really loved for a price that I was willing to pay. I've had such great luck with my other denim jackets from Old Navy so when I saw this one on their website, I knew I had to give it a try. I went to the store to try on the small and the medium plus I wanted to access the quality. The fit is relaxed but I was looking for something a little more oversized so I found that sizing up one size gave me the fit that I was personally looking for. Next, the quality was really good. I was surprised how soft and well made the denim was. Actually, an associate at Madewell mistakenly thought that jacket was from there the day I wore it in the store! Nope. It's from Old Navy and a fraction of the price! Yes to style on a budget!

I've literally worn it just about every other day since I bought it because it's so comfortable and I just love the look. I paired it with an all black outfit and heels in the outfit featured today but I have also worn it with workout leggings and a tank. It's such a versatile piece!

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Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a great day!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Instagram Roundup

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Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a great week so far! As I have been putting this blog post together, I have listening to my favorite podcast by Christy Nockels called The Glorious in the Mundane. I would highly recommend it to any woman! Every single episode has spoken to my heart. Well, today was no exception. I had missed the last episode of the season so I took the time while I was working at my favorite coffee shop this morning to put in my headphones and listen. In the busyness of the day to day, just stopping and soaking in good stuff (whether it be a conversation with a friend, a laugh with your kiddo, or a podcast) is just essential. To me, it's self-care. 

Something I have been wrestling with for awhile now is this blog and social media in general. I started all of this as a pregnancy diary, almost ten years ago. It's so hard to believe that it's been that long! In 2009, I had no idea I would still be coming back to this space, almost daily. It's changed and evolved over the years and I'm so thankful for every single person who takes the times to visit. This space has been exclusively for my family at the beginning, dedicated to thrifting at one point, sharing daily deals for awhile, collaborations with great businesses and boutiques, and so many outfit photos. Over the years, I have learned so much! But, also over the years, I have grown right along with the blog. For the past year, I have just been craving authenticity here and on social media. As much as I enjoyed my time almost always just sharing outfits that I put together as a collaboration, I realized that it wasn't really what I wanted for this space. I stopped pursuing those projects and decided to just share what I 100% genuinely love. This also meant pairing down my closet. Simplifying how I get dressed. Refocusing my budget on quality versus quantity. I just want y'all to know that this change has been so freeing to me. Maybe less people come by to visit my blog now but if you do, know that what you read and see is authentic.

So, here's where today's podcast comes in. I have been struggling with my passion for style and pretty things. I honestly feel guilty sometimes when I spend time sharing material things. It seems so insignificant in the grand scheme of things. But, I have connected with so many people in ways I would have never had the chance to connect with them otherwise. Just know that my heart isn't in stuff. It's just a hobby but I am grateful for the way it has given me a platform and an audience. I hope that you leave my blog or one of my social media platforms feeling hope, some extra joy, or you just feel less alone. In order to do that, I'm working at balancing the pretty with the real (which is incredibly hard because I don't want to just be a highlight reel but I don't want to air all of my dirty laundry on the internet, either). But, I'm hoping that by sharing more authentic moments that it will help others feel less alone. Because you aren't alone!

Let's capture, design,  let's sing, let's draft and plan, sew and build, teach and lead, cook and comfort, carrying in our hearts a better home and a better garden, a better country, heaven meeting earth everywhere we go, the smile of God in your eyes, and on everything you touch. 
- Christy Nockels

Today, I'm sharing my weekly Instagram Roundup. I greatly appreciate all of your love and support here on the blog, Instagram, and beyond. I'm grateful for you all!

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There's just nothing like fresh flowers. My husband gave the girls this little bouquet for Valentine's Day and I just absolutely loved them!


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How pretty are these items at Anthropologie?! I am loving the cheerful colors, especially on this super dreary, rainy, cold day!


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Y'all... this body suit is $10 and makes you feel like at least $100! It's so flattering and great for layering while it's cold outside but it's also great on it's own with a pair of high rise denim. I'm wearing a size small and I found the fit to be true to size.


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We have a Madewell store less than 30 minutes away now and I've already been twice. I'm so excited to have my very favorite story close by!


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I don't pattern mix quite as much as I used to but stripes and leopard will forever be my favorite way to mix patterns. Also, this $15 is a must-have! Leggings friendly, too!


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I wore these darling earrings every single day last week. And... I grabbed them to wear again yesterday. They are lightweight and so feminine!


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My girls had their dress rehearsal for competition dance this past Saturday. I spent two hours doing their hair and makeup so that's why my head is chopped off in this pic, lol. They totally had better hair and makeup than I did that day! I definitely underestimated how long it would take to get them stage ready. But, they had the best time and I'm excited for our first competition!


Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Target Swimsuit Sale

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Hey y'all! I hope your week is off to a great start! Today, I'm sharing about swimsuits. Yes, I know it's February and currently 40 degrees (at least where I live). But, today is having a swimsuit sale! I don't know that it is about swimsuits but every time I find one I really love, it always sells out before I purchase it. Probably because I wait until it's actually warm to even consider buying a swimsuit. Well, I'm trying to get ahead of the game because I know I'm going to a need a few new suits for our trips this summer. I'm so excited for Puerto Rico and Disney!

Shopping for swimsuits in general is super tricky and well, not my favorite item to try on. I love looking at swimsuits but the try on process can just be frustrating. When I do order online, I always read all of the reviews and then order two sizes, if possible. I would personally rather try on swimsuits in the comfort of my own bathroom and have a chance to walk around in it to get a better idea of how it feels to wear it. Sometimes it's hard to tell how it's really going to fit your body when you are enjoying a day at the beach so I like to put it to the test. A true fit test is better done at home so you can actually move instead of being confined to a dressing room with bad lighting.

Okay, on to the sale. All women's swimwear is currently buy one, get on 50% off online! Today, I'm sharing my personal favorites that they currently have in stock on their website. They are also offering free shipping and free returns on swimwear! 

This suit is my absolute favorite. Pink and polka dots!

And more great suits that I am loving...


Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a great day!

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Currently Loving

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Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! We are kicking off the weekend with a belated Valentine's date night and the girls have their dress rehearsal (y'all, please wish me luck applying a full face of makeup to an eight year and a six year old for the very first time) on Saturday for competition dance. It will be a busy but fun weekend! 

Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. S  N E A K E R S | I saw these shoes at Madewell last weekend and they are even better in person! I think they are just the cutest spring sneakers!


2. J A C K E T | I've shared this jacket in my currently loving roundup before but I wanted to share it again now that I own it. I literally wear it almost every day! It's the most comfortable and most wearable denim jacket I have ever owned. It's a relaxed fit but I sized up one for even more room.


3. D O T  D R E S S | This dress is at the top of my wish list! It's so darling!


4. E A R R I N G S | I bought these earrings last Sunday and I have literally worn them every single day since. They are lightweight are perfect for everyday!


5. S H I R T | This shirt is five dollars. Yes, you read that right! It's such a cute, subtle leopard print. It fits true to size but size up one if you like a looser fit.


6. S T R I P E D  D R E S S | A black and white striped dress is a closet staple. Such a classic! This cute one is budget friendly plus it has pockets.


7. B A G | I love the round shape of this tote bag! It's a great affordable tote that will go with everything. I love it!


8. B O W | Another hair accessory this week! I love how they take a bad hair day and it turn it all around. This one comes in lots of great colors and prints!


Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Instagram Roundup

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Happy Wednesday! I hope you're having a great week! Mine has been super busy with work, mom duties, and you know, just like in general. For some reason, a non-stressful morning is non-existent is our home. Anyone else feel this way?! I pick out all of the clothes the night before, have book bags ready, lunches and snacks packed... you know all of the things. We are ready but it never fails. Something happens. Usually tears or someone screaming at someone else. Or a lost shoe.

But today, it was wildlife. Yes, wildlife! First, it was a wasp on the bottom of Julianna's pajama pants in the kitchen. Mom very bravely handled that situation (but was slightly freaking out of the inside because I don't like stinging insects)! Next up, was another creature in our laundry room (which is on the second floor of our house). I thought I heard something yesterday morning when I was folding laundry but thought maybe my shoe just made a sound. I heard something again as I was getting ready this morning but totally thought it was our dog until I heard the girls talking to her downstairs. I'm not going to lie... it was scared me because it literally sounded like feet. Big feet. All heck broke loose when the girls came upstairs and heard it too. Screams that could probably be heard all the way down our street! Tears. All of the usual stressful stuff that happens but for a much different reason. The girls were jumping onto my bed for refuge as I again... very bravely saved the day by... closing the laundry room door and calling their dad. Haha! I reported to him that Olivia thought a platypus was occupying our laundry room based on the sounds she heard. I'm pretty sure it's just a bird building a nest in the dryer vent but it sure freaked us all out pretty good this morning!

Today, other than my crazy morning, I'm sure my weekly Instagram Roundup, including outfits and more from last week. Still loving neutrals, all of the leopard print, and pink!

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Leggings and a sweatshirt made just a little bit fancier with fun hoops and the gold swoosh on my sneakers. This will forever be my go-to look!

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How fun are these earrings?! I am all about hearts this week and everyday!

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One of my typical mom uniforms. I love how the leopard headband brings together the brown and black in my outfit. And... a headband makes my bedhead look chic. Haha!

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I've owned this shirt for a couple of years but Madewell keeps bringing it back. It's a closet staple and so comfy to wear. I paired it with a cream cardigan to stay warm but it's also great for spring and summertime. I always wear it with shorts when it's warm.

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I transformed some tacky pineapple pillows from Walmart into something so much prettier by simply adding these pretty cushion covers. They are budget friendly too!

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I can't stop wearing this boyfriend fit denim jacket. I sized up to the medium for an extra relaxed fit and I love it. Dress it up or down!

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I'm also currently loving all hair accessories because they made a simple bun even better. 

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This is my most recent H&M haul and each piece is $15 or less. So many great quality items that are incredibly affordable! Clearly I am really loving leopard!

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you have a great day!
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