Monday, November 27, 2017

The Best of Cyber Monday

 
Baublebar: 35% off EVERYTHING with code CYBER35. My monogram necklace is one of y'alls favorites and it's included in the sale!

J.Crew Factory: 60% off EVERYTHING. This is INSANE, y'all. Grab all your gifts now! {Some exclusions apply}
 
J.Crew: 40% off plus free shipping with code SHOPFAST.

Express: 50% off EVERYTHING. 

Loft: 50% off EVERYTHING with code CLICK.

H&M: 30% off EVERYTHING plus free shipping with Code 5038

Old Navy: 50% off EVERYTHING.

American Eagle: 40% off plus Free Shipping.
Freshly Picked: UP TO 50% Off! This NEVER Happens! Get those babies some shoes. Y'all know we're obsessed! Also a little secret: They're surprising a few of you today with refunds after you purchase so maybe you'll be one of the lucky ones!

Also, if you're looking for home stuff, Pottery Barn is having an amazing sale today, too. Check it out here

Okay, back to regularly scheduled blogging from here on out. Thanks for sticking around through the Holiday crazy! I Love you ALL!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Gift Guide For Her + Black Friday Sales Happening NOW!

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Happy Monday, friends! I got so much feedback from y'all on how you wanted to see gift guides so I had to compromise a little. This gift guide for her has a variety of gifts at different price points and I'm sure you'll find something for the women in your life. Everything is linked in the widget below. Just click on the product picture and it will take you straight to the item you want to shop. I hope this is super helpful for y'all! I'm also linking a few great Black Friday sales that are happening right NOW below, too.

I hate to blog and run but I'm a Holiday hoster. I'm crazy busy with my full time job of Mommin and Wifin and I like to experience this week to the fullest. I'm going to try to be back to share some Black Friday sales but if not it will be back to regularly scheduled blogging next Monday.

 Black Friday Sales Happening Now:

Baublebar: 30% off already discounted gift sets with code "YAY30"
Express: 50% off entire store
American Eagle: 40% off + Free Shipping
Freshly Picked: 25% off + the new Disney Collection launched today
Old Navy: 40% off entire purchase 
J Crew Factory: 50% off EVERYTHING
Loft: 40% off EVERYTHING with code "GIFTITUP"
H&M: Up to 60% off + Free Shipping



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Leather and Lace for The Holidays

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Green Lace Top {Mine is from Two Doors Down Boutique} | Vegan Leather Mini {Mine is from Two Doors Down Boutique}| Steve Madden Sandal 

If you're a long time follower of girl(ish), you know that I consistently describe my style as feminine + edgy. I like to add edge to delicacy any chance I get and this outfit just screams that! I love the combo of leather and lace and the green shade of this top is stunning. It looks perfect with this black vegan leather mini but it also looks really great paired with dark denim or white pants. The back of the top buttons all the way down and is more sheer so it would pair really well with a black bralette. I wore it over the over the weekend with jeans and got SO many compliments. I feel like pictures don't even do it justice. It's seriously one of the most gorgeous tops I've ever owned and I plan on wearing it all throughout the Holiday season and then some. 

Who else has put up all of their Christmas decorations? I haven't even finished decorating our tree and Sam is constantly pulling ornaments off of it. But he's also kissing the puppy dog ornament that looks like our dog, Cruise, and calling it "brother" so at least he's cute. It's seriously the most precious thing EVER. Mamas, how do you baby proof your tree? I know I could move ornaments up, etc. but I really love a fluffy tree so I think I may just keep repeating "put it back!" because he really is precious when he brings them to me. He's also really proud so I don't have the heart to push it to hard, haha.

My next gift guide will be live on Friday and I am going to be sharing a more casual holiday look + another Thanksgiving outfit next week. I would also love to hear from y'all about Black Friday. Is there a specific item you're waiting to go on sale? Let me know and I'll try to find the best deal for you! xo


Monday, November 13, 2017

Holiday Party Dresses Under $100

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Two Doors Down Boutique Dress {linking other favs in the widget below!} | Steve Madden Sandal | Gold BCBG Clutch {old, similar at two different price points here and here}

Happy Monday, friends! I'm in full blown Christmas party/Christmas everything planning mode, y'all. Apple Music is supplying lots of bomb Holiday music on repeat {The Carpenters Christmas album is my fav, btw!} and I'm planning my outfits for the rest of the year. I'm not even joking. I've even planned my Black Friday outfit. I'm no amateur. 

First Holiday party outfit of the season is this GORGEOUS dress from Two Doors Down Boutique. The tiered top makes it so flattering and the color is perfect for the Holidays without being too red. I'm not a bright red kinda girl unless it's lipstick, so this is my compromise. But it's not just perfect for the Holidays. I'm actually wearing it to an engagement party this weekend and it would also be perfect to wear to a wedding. Just throw on your favorite white peacoat for cold nights. Wanna make it a date night look? Throw on faux leather jacket like this one by BB Dakota. I love a simple dress like this because there are seriously so many options and ways to style it. A fun statement shoe would also be really great, especially something with glitter for this time of year!

Speaking of Christmas, I'll be sharing our favorite Holiday traditions but I would love to hear yours first! Being that Sam is my first babe and this will be his first year to truly enjoy it, I would love ideas for toddlers around his age. I'm so, so excited to experience this season with him. This is my absolute favorite time of year and it is a dream come true having him to share it with!

I hope everyone has a great week. I've linked more of my favorite party dresses under $100 in the widget below. I'll be sharing another holiday look and a gift guide this week so be sure to come back to check those out. Thanks for reading! xo


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide for Beauty Lovers


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One: Jaclyn Hill Morphe Eyeshadow Palette | Two: Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask | Three: Best of Sigma Beauty Brush Kit | Four: GloPRO Microneedling Tool | Five: Tarte Treasure Box Gift Set | Six: Marc Jacobs Daisy Rollerball Trio | Seven: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette | Eight: Sephora Face Mask Set | Nine: Fresh Sugar Lip Scrub Set | Ten: Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette | Eleven: GlamGlow Supermud Set | Twelve: Mac Mini Lipstick Set

Happy Wednesday, friends! I promised y'all one gift guide a week, and I'm delivering. This post would have been up sooner but our power is constantly going out and decided to go off as soon as I started this one last night. For 7 hours! When your computer and phone battery are dead, it's extra obnoxious. Insert eye roll here.

Anyways, beauty gifts are probably my favorites to purchase. My sister is a make-up guru and I like to think it's partially because I've gone HAM in Ulta for her birthday and Christmas gifts for YEARS. Everything on this beauty gift guide are items I either own and love, or items I'm dying to try.  

One of the items I've tried and am head over heels in love with is the Jaclyn Hill Morphe Palette. My teaser of a Mom got it for me for Christmas but had it delivered to my house. I was able to swatch them before she broke my heart and confiscated them to put under the tree until Christmas and these shadows are BOMB. So much pigment, so creamy, and you get 35 for $38! And the colors! All the heart eyes.

The GloPRO is a big ticket item I'm dying to try. It's a microneedling tool you use before you apply your skincare and it's supposed to allow things to penetrate deeper into your skin and work more effectively. It's definitely on my wishlist! 

Sigma brushes are my ride or die brushes. I keep these Marc Jacobs roller balls in my bathroom, my purse, and my car and I use one of them every day. Fresh Lip Scrubs will change your life and I cannot live without MAC lipsticks. Creme cup is my all time favorite!

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Last "Baby Sam" Nap


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H&M Gold Glittery Sweater {Only $19.99, y'all!}| Level 99 Jeans {Mine are from Two Doors Down!} | Steve Madden Mules {linking similar!} | Similar Floppy Hat Here

Sam has always done things in his own time. Everything I've ever worried about him giving up or doing, he's given up or done before I've tried to do it for him. Sleep training took all of one night, he gave up his bottle all by himself a week before I planned on trying (and I was stressing so hard!), and he just decided one day that he was going to take naps in his crib instead of my arms.

Since he was born, I've at least held him until he fell asleep for all of his naps. Up until he was 6 months old, I held him the entire time for every single one. Ever since 6 months, he has fallen asleep on me in the Tula Carrier while I play Chris and Morgan Stapleton's version of "You Are My Sunshine". He closes his eyes, and I lay him in his crib a few minutes later. He's never let me rock him to sleep and as soon as we dropped the bedtime bottle at a year old, these nap time cuddles were all that I had left of "Baby Sam". Part of me has been slightly worried about needing to leave during nap time and wondering if he would ever be able to nap without my help. But of course, my sweet Baby Sam did it in his own time. 

For the past 5 days, I've tried to let him fall asleep on me and he just looks up at me and gives me a little whine. I respond with "Do you wanna go get in your crib?" and his sweet little face lights up with a smiling "yes". He is officially taking naps without his Mama and as proud as I am, my heart is also a tiny bit broken. I'm grateful that he lets me snuggle him while he's awake, but I sure will miss holding him like a baby and laying him in his crib. He loves to do "big boy" things and I know this is another thing he's super proud of.

If I've learned one thing as a Mom, it's that you can't force anything on your babies until they're ready. Look for the joy in every situation that seems to stress you out. I can guarantee you that you will wish those moments back a year from now. You never know when you'll experience the "last time". Whether it's the last baby nap on your chest or the last bedtime bottle curled up in your arms, it all stings a little when you realize you don't get to do it anymore. I prayed so hard for Sam to learn to sleep somewhere other than my arms for those first 6 months of his life, but oh my heart what I would give for one more baby Sam snuggled curled up on my chest. Blink and you miss it, friends.



Friday, November 3, 2017

Leopard Beanie Outfit For Thanksgiving

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Nordstrom Leopard Beanie | H&M Sweater | Express Faux Leather Leggings | Forever 21 Clutch {old, similar in two colors here} | Cognac Target Booties


It has been a weeeeek, y'all. I'm working on some back end stuff for the blog so I've been off of social media more than usual but somehow I'm more exhausted than usual. It's been a nice little "break" but I'm ready to get back to my routine. 

How cute and fun is this outfit? It would be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner! Y'all know my own personal style includes a little edge and that's exactly what these faux leather leggings bring. I wear them all Fall and Winter long and this pair is my absolute favorite. Bonus? A little extra give to enjoy yummy Thanksgiving food! I've had this leopard beanie for a couple of years and it seems to always be out of stock but thankfully it's currently IN STOCK! Annnnd it's only $15! 

Best part about this outfit? Nothing I'm wearing is over $45! Stylish and under budget, y'all. It's what I'm here for! 

*ICYMI: My first gift guide went live earlier this week. I'll be sharing at least one a week but will continue them on Wednesdays from here on out. Up next is beauty but I would love to hear about what you want to see after that! Also, I'm sharing my music favorites more regularly on Instastories so if you're interested be sure to check those out as well. Currently in a country mood and playing Brantley Gilbert's "The Devil Don't Sleep" album like its my job but when I want to switch gears Demi Lovato's new album is amaaaazing. 

Thanks for sticking with me, friends! I hope y'all have the best weekend!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Toddler Gift Guide


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Happy Monday, friends! How was everyone's weekend? It was chili and rainy here and we stayed inside much more than usual but I'm okay with it. I just filled in my November calendar and it's apparent Jesus knows I like to stay busy this time of year. I'm not sure of the next time I'll have a free day but I secretly love it.

I know it may seem a little early for gift guides, but if you're like me you like to get a head start, especially on the kid stuff. I'm so excited for Christmas this year because it's the first year Sam may semi understand it. His big gift from us is this Pottery Barn Kids Kitchen with the accessories to go with it. His Papa built him a kitchen helper because he loves to cook with me so much and I just know he's going to be obsessed with it. I know Matt secretly wishes it was a tool shed, but the kid spends so much time with his Mama that he loves a lot of the stuff I do. His future wife will thank me one day. I just know it.

1. Dyson Pretend Vacuum: Does your toddler love to help you with chores? Mine does and he's obsessed with helping me vacuum. Right now he uses this corn popper toy to help but I know he would LOVE this one! It looks so real!

2. Tickle Me Elmo: It's back, y'all! My Mom actually already bought this for Sam for Christmas and I can't wait to see the look on his face when he sees it. He loves any stuffed animal that sings and dances. We've already been through two dancing Mickey's. Yes, the Hot Dog song stays in my head.

3. Pottery Barn Kids Blue Train: Sam loves anything with a string to pull and I love neutral toys. I know I can't be the only Mama who feels like she's drowning in bright colors. I know the colors are good for them but anything to tone it down just a little and I'm on board.

4. eeBoo Alphabet Tower: One of Sam's current favorite things to do is stand up and see how high he can stack his blocks. These Alphabet Tower Blocks will be perfect for that! I know all kids his age would love these!

5. Pottery Barn Kids Silver Kitchen Appliances: Like I mentioned, Sam loves to help in the kitchen. I really appreciate any toy that looks real because typically if I buy the colored play version of something, he's not a fan. I love that these look so similar to the real Kitchen Aid appliances!

6. Pottery Barn Kids Chelsea Kitchen: Speaking of real, it doesn't get any better than this! I cannot wait to see the look on Sam's face when he sees this Christmas morning. This kid's kitchen is nicer than ours, haha!

7. Pottery Barn Kids Wooden Discovery Maze: There are a ton of similar toys on the market but I like that this one is simple. I know a lot of kids, mine included, can become easily over stimulated and I think this helps prevent that.

8. Nordstrom Shopping Cart: This is definitely another one of those "my kid likes to do what I do" toys. Anything that makes them feel like they have some independence is great!

9. Magnetic Construction Set: I took Sam to the library here in Spartanburg and he fell in love with playing with these things. They've been on our list ever since! Thankfully his Grandma and Papa have already gotten them for him for Christmas!

10. Spark Kitchen Sink: I don't have a link to this item because it is sold out everywhere but I had to mention it. If you can get your hands on it, grab it! It's the big ticket item this year and I'm so thankful after searching and getting back in stock notifications that my Mom was able to get her hands on one for us! Sam adores washing his hands and I've heard from other Moms that their kids are the same and love this toy!

11. FAO Schwartz Train Set: Technically, we will probably get this one before Christmas to go around the tree but I had to mention it. I know Sam will probably tear is apart this year but my Mom had a similar last year and he was mesmerized by it!

I hope this Toddler Gift Guide is super helpful! I'll be sharing at least one a week until Christmas so be sure to keep checking back for more ideas. Next on my list is beauty for all the ladies in your lives. Or yourselves because I know I'm not the only one who likes to buy themselves gifts. #TreatYoSelf

P.S. Any of my collage images are shopable simply by clicking the image in the photo but the links and widgets work just as well. Just a few ways to make things the most convenient for you!


Friday, October 27, 2017

My Number One Piece Of Advice For New Moms

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The sweetest picture of my one month old baby Sam. Breaks my heart and melts it all at the same time. {Photography by Lotus Creative Studios}

I was lucky enough to spend last night celebrating my birthday with the very best girlfriends. Almost three years ago, Matt and I walked into the house of a couple of strangers we had never met, to join a church small group of people we didn't know, and ended up meeting a family we never knew we had. These girls are my people. They're my best friends, my fellow Mamas and Mamas to be, my soul sisters, my ride or dies. They're the people I'm the most honest with and the people I run to when I need to share my crazy. They either join me in it or bring me back down to reality. They're my sisters, in life and in Christ.

Yet, after Sam was born, they were also some of the first people I pushed away. Not necessarily by choice. I suffered through one hell of a battle with postpartum depression and in the process I inadvertently shut out some of the people closest to me. And it's the number one thing about becoming a mother that I would absolutely try to change the next go around. When expectant Mamas ask me for my number one advice on becoming a Mama, I tell them to GET OUT of the house and to ACCEPT HELP. I guess that's two pieces of advice, but to me they go hand in hand. Do not stay cooped up inside with your newborn. I know tons of new mothers want to stay inside to protect their brand new baby from all the germs of our crazy world, but even a drive through the Starbucks drive thru is good for your soul. New Mamas NEED coffee. And they make those amazing car seat covers for newborns that keep them completely hidden allowing you to walk through Target with said coffee while your baby probably sleeps through the entire trip. I was horrified the first time I took Sam and that's exactly what he did. Take the baby to hang out with people you love the most, and let those people come help you. Let them get those sweet newborn snuggles while you nap, or shower, or eat with two hands! It really does take a village. Find your people. 

There are so many lists and books out there. Trimester essentials, what to pack for the hospital, how to survive life with a newborn. And don't get me started on the books on sleep {ha} and scheduling. The truth? There's no true rule book on parenting. EVERY baby is different. And what works for one may not work for another. But you know what I bet every single new parent would tell you? You need back up. You need breaks. You need way more sets of hands than you have and you need people to love you and encourage you through the process. You will be a better Mama for it, I promise.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

H&M Try On Sesh Recap

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Heyyyyy, friends! I shared this try-on haul on Instastories on Sunday evening and wanted to come on here and recap it for y'all. This way, y'all have a place to reference that doesn't go away after 24 hours! I went birthday shopping over the weekend and took a good bit of these items home. Nothing I've shared is over $35 and I'll definitely be styling some items and giving them their own blog post. 

BTW, my jeans are from Two Doors Down Boutique but I also found them here. I am OBSESSED with the fit of these. I'm a 5'3 and a size 4, sometimes 6 and the 27 fit me like a glove. I'm a hippy girl and a little thicker in the highs and these are SO flattering. I HIGHLY recommend them. 

 Do y'all enjoy these types of posts? What are your favorite stores? Any specific try on sessions you would like to see?



 

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