Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals

Good morning!  It's good to be checking in with you and getting a respite from heavy responsibilities lately.  I cleared my calendar this week so I could focus on family and spent the majority of my time getting things set-up and organized out at my mom's house.  I'm super excited to be bringing my favorite friend and cleaning lady over there on Saturday morning so we can do a really deep clean together.  I'm actually able to make it to the gym today for a much-needed workout and I'm always amazed what an hour of exercise can do for my mind and body.  AND, if you've been following me on Instagram, you know I've gotten really excited to start Bible journaling.  My new journaling Bible was supposed to arrived yesterday, but hopefully, it makes it today!  Have y'all heard of this?  What do you think? 

weekend steals & deals 

I shared one of my very favorite new, cool (affordable) tees lately and wanted to show you how it looks on someone other than the model. 


Halogen Relaxed Slub Knit Tee (regular & petite) 

Perfectly soft and not so baggy you lose your shape.  I'm 5'0 and wearing XSP.  I just laundered this shirt for the first time and it's softer than ever.  LOVE!!

Splendid wedges found at Marshall's (similar or in coral (on clearance, extra 30% off with code EXTRA35)

Perfect length in the back too. 


I'm always excited when something I've featured goes on sale, and this Topshop tee is no exception.  Definitely scoop this up now! It comes in five colors. 

Topshop Slubby tee $28, $16.99 *new markdown* :) 

If you like this style top, check out this post for more comfy "workout wear" that you can sport outside of the gym.  

The Mixed Media Tunic has become one of my favorite "dressy casual" tops lately.  I have it in red and pale yellow (sold out), but I'm also loving these spring colors.  This is the kind of top that you can wear to work and look professional, but it's still casual enough to wear on the weekend when you want to be on the dressier side of casual.  This top is also great for when I'm doing school functions. 

Pleione Mixed Media Tunic $58, $34.80 (regular & petite) "green biscay" (aqua)

Kendra Scott Pendant Necklace I'm surprised at how much I wear this necklace.  Makes me really want another one in another color! 

I've been a "neutrals girl" most of my life, gravitating toward white, black, cream and tan, and only in the past couple of years started wearing color.  Something like these blue heels really gives an outfit a boost of personality.  This exact pair is no longer available, but I found some other similar. 


1 | Jessica Simpson Claudette Pump $78.97
2 | Vince Camuto Carlotte Pointy Toe Pump $128.95 
3 | Ted Baker London Elvena Pump $185, $111.90
4 | Charles David Pact Pump $98.95 

I also got a picture wearing my new little rushed dress and wanted to show you how you could wear it with nude wedges (and a strapless bra so your bra straps don't show:) 






more awesome sale items 

This dress is so cute, adore the pattern. 

Sun & Shadow Lace Trim Thermal Top $34, $20.40 (other colors, torn between this and the blue)

Halogen Stripe Cashmere Sweater $128, $59.90 (other colors) Be still my neutral-loving heart! 

Caslon Front Zip Field Jacket $88, $52.80 (regular & petite) (also in grey)
This type of lightweight jacket is perfect for cooler Spring days or cold AC interiors. 


Soprano Halter Tank (2 for $28) (other colors) 
This tank is perfect for summer weekend days.  I'd wear it with a racerback bra like this

Pleione Racerback Tank $39, $23.40 I'd totally get this if they had my size- it's currently only available in M, L, and XL.

Painted Threads Print Palazzo Pants $42, $25.20  Call me crazy, but I l-o-v-e Palazzo pants.  I like to wear them with a tank or simple, solid top and flat sandals.  Pajamas on the go!




Topshop Textured Wet Look Leggings (regular & petite) $40  
Here's another one to call me crazy on, BUT, my girlfriend wore pants like these out on Saturday  night when we did a girls sushi date and totally rocked them.  She wore them with a loose black t-shirt, bootie heels, a long necklace and cross body bag. Total hotness for a night out. 

topnecklace | bracelet (square) (arrow) $58, $38.86 | fringe bag | 
Vince Camuto bootie ($148.95, $89.98



I have to say I think the way the leggings are styled on the site is a "don't".  What do you think? 




ANN TAYLOR 30% off styles to take you right into Spring & Extra 50% off Sale items with code WEEKEND. 
FREE shipping on $175 or more & $8.95 flat rate shipping.  

GAP:  25% off regular price styles & 40% off sale styles. Use code HAPPY.
Free shipping on orders over $50, free returns.  

J. CREW:  Extra 40% off final sale styles with code SWEETSALE.
$5 flat rate shipping and FREE shipping on orders over $150.  

LOFT:  Buy 1, get 1 50% off tops, sweaters, pants and jeans.  Earn two $25 Loft Cash Cards for evert $50 you spend on full-price styles from 3/8 - 3/22. 

NORDSTROM:  Clearance sale, save up to 40% off.  Always FREE shipping & FREE returns. 

OLD NAVY: First ever Old Navy Style Preview.  Cardholder exclusive- 40% off entire store with code STYLE.  If you don't have a card, get 30% off entire store with code PREVIEW. 


SOLE SOCIETY:  Invite friends and earn $25.  Fast and free shipping.  

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Thankful

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes on Friday!  It means so much to share these milestones with you since many of you have been with me since the beginning of my blog five years ago!  When it comes to friends, I really hit the jackpot.  I'm beyond blessed with such a great group of friends who know me, love me and support me.  At my 40th birthday party dinner, not only did they show up to surprise me and shower me with love, they brought gifts!  I wanted to share a few with you . . . 

Love you Muriel!

Love you Ali-Shaun!

Love you Angela!

Love you Chaz & Jessica!

Love you Jeff & Josiah!

When you have a very sick family member, the simplest joys are magnified.  You don't take anything for granted.  Friends coming to my birthday dinner was more than enough, that they brought gifts was really sweet and so thoughtful.  My family has pulled closer together lately to support my Dad.  I'm needed at my parents house more and more and might be blogging more irregularly for some time.  If you write a blog or read blogs, you know they are a bright escape, so I will post when I can.  Much love to you!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals

Today I'm writing to you as a 40 year old woman!  Happy birthday to me!  I can't wait to see what my 40s have in store and I welcome the wisdom and inner strength that is sure to come as the years pass and I delve deeper into who I am and who I want to be.  I've heard from my over-40 besties and they assure me I'm going to love the 40s. ;) Hope y'all have a great weekend! Nordstrom's 40% off clearance sale ends Sunday, so you'll definitely want to snatch up those good deals while they last. :) 

I know most of the country is experiencing super cold temps, including ice and snow, and you probably just want to cozy up and stay warm.  You're in luck because so many awesome sweaters are on sale right now! 




Marled Forward Seam Sweater $22.80, $38 (other colors)   
Chelsea28 Textured Funnel Neck Sweater $52.80, $88 (also in white- so pretty!)



Chelsea28 Eyelash V-Neck Sweater $38.90, $78 (50% off)

Vince Camuto Elvin Bootie $83.37, $128.95 (LOVE this bootie!  It's comfy and the perfect heel height for added oomph). 
Vince Camuto Vala Bootie $69.47, $138.95 (This bootie is better for running around in since the heel is lower). 

I find myself reaching for these types of tanks a lot lately- they are great for layering under sweaters and other tops. 

BP Stretch Camisole $12 (240 postive reviews)

I snapped a quick pic wearing my new favorite tank I was telling you about last week.  So love this!  I'm wearing size 4. 


Halogen Pleat Midi Skirt (regular & petite) $47.40, $79
Even though I ordered the 0P in this skirt, it's still a tad long on me.  It fits perfectly in the waist and I could wear it hitting a few inches below the knee, but I think I'll get it hemmed.  The quality is excellent and for the price, I couldn't pass it up!





This easy-to-war Lush faux wrap dress is marked down 40% from $46 to $27.60.  I have it in hot pink and black print and have worn them both many times.

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Another reversible bag.  I can't get enough of these lately!  This bright coral one is my fave and only $48, but it also comes in black, tank, cream, and white.  

So much Kate Spade goodness on sale too!  

4 | Small Elissa Tote $199.66, $298
5 | Hawthorne Lane Tote $198 (oops! this one isn't on sale) 




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ANN TAYLOR 40% off select full price styles with code WARM40. 
FREE shipping on $175 or more & $8.95 flat rate shipping.  

GAP:  30% off everything, no exclusions.  Use code MAJOR.
Free shipping on orders over $50, free returns.  

J. CREW:  20% off with code SHOPPINGTIME. 
$5 flat rate shipping and FREE shipping on orders over $150.  

LOFT:  50% off sweaters and jeans. 

NORDSTROM:  Clearance sale, save up to 40% off.  Always FREE shipping & FREE returns. 



OLD NAVY: Online only.



SOLE SOCIETY:  Invite friends and earn $25.  Fast and free shipping.  

ZAPPOS:  Order before 1PM PST for FREE next business day shipping on all Clothing. 


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