Friday, January 23, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals

Hi friends!  I have some fun Weekend Steals & Deals for you today!  This post was easy to prepare because I'm seeing lots of new things I'm crazy about for great deals.  Starting with this tank dress for under $60!  I could see getting lots of use out of this dress and wearing it with or without a jacket.  Not sure which color I would choose though, since I like them all. 

Many days, I find myself just wanting to throw on a comfy, but still stylish t-shirt.  Right now, I only have one in light blue so I searched for a few more and found these two v-neck styles below:

BP V-Neck Tee 2 for $28

And for those who work, get cold, or just need something lightweight for layering, a cardigan is perfect.  I used to wear these all the time at the office for a jacket look (and for warmth), but softer.
Halogen 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan $48 (regular & petite)

For something to keep you even warmer, this sweater cardigan is great. 
French Shawl Collar Cardigan $23.98 $48 (lots of positive reviews) 

I'm still digging the poncho too.  I wore my geometric one on the plane when I traveled to New York and it was perfect! This fair isle style/color is also fun.  

Is it still cold where you are?  I swear, our Houston weather is all over the map.  We had several gorgeous days of sunshine near 70 and today we woke up to cold, rainy 42 degrees!  

BP Marled Forward Seam Sweater $38 (other colors)

I've featured this jacket on my blog before and was so excited to see my girlfriend Angela wearing it when we went to our coulples dinner last weekend.  It is amazing in person, so I wanted to highlight it again.  I'll have to get a picture of her in it so you can see!  Now I know why it's gotten so many positive reviews. ;)

I was browsing Nordstrom's site and was happily surprised to see the wonderful Christmas gifts that my parents gave me this year!  It's a reversible tote bag in tan/aqua.  Isn't that a great present?!

As for accessories, I'm kind of in love with these two pieces! 

Topshop Stretch Tassel Bracelet $12 (other colors and also comes as a necklace)

And I finally bought Erin Gates' book, Elements of Style and I'm loving it.  Y'all probably know that her blog was one of the very first ones I followed back in 2007 and it's still so good.  I found the book  on Amazon for only $22.14 (hardcover).  You could get in on your Kindle for $16.99.

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ANN TAYLOR:  40% off almost everything with code SHOP40   
FREE shipping on $175 or more & $8.95 flat rate shipping.  

BANANA REPUBLIC:  Extra 50% off sale styles with code BREXTRA, 40% off full price styles with code BRTIME

GAP:  35% off your purchase with off code BEST 
Free shipping on orders over $50, free returns.  

J. CREW:  25% off and extras 40% off final sale styles with code FINDAFAVE 
$5 flat rate shipping and FREE shipping on orders over $150.  

LOFT:  Buy any sweater or top, get one 50% off (excludes sale styles and Lou & Grey). 

NORDSTROM:  Always FREE shipping & FREE returns. 

OLD NAVY:  20% off online only with code SAVEBIG 

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


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday || Graphic Tops

Happy Wednesday friends!  I'm afraid our quick run of gorgeous weather is about to take a turn with a cold front on the way.  That's okay, I know Spring is just around the corner.  We got a taste of getting to be outside recently and now I'm itching for more of that.  I didn't realize how cooped up we've been.  I got out to one of Houston's gorgeous parks to take some pics in this 'darling' sweatshirt.  The good news is, I've since washed the top, and I like it even better- it's softer! 

The grass is looking so green!  Too bad my front yard isn't as vibrant! 

more graphic tops

Why not wear a statement top?  Fashion should be fun, right?! Just find one where the words feel right to you.

Je T'aime $31.20, $52

Meet Me in Paris $34.84, $52

Halogen Crewneck Sweater $34.49, $69 (regular & petite)

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Top 10 Organizing Challenge - Medicine Cabinet & Bathroom Drawers

What a difference a long weekend makes!  We fully celebrated MLK Day with a mommy/son late morning hike through the Arboretum and it did wonders.  We went with another mom and friend and just had the best time being outside.  It's always great to appreciate the clear, sunny skies after many, many days of cold, dreary rain.  Being outside and being active with my son made me crave more time like that.  

I finished another project on my Top 10 Organizing Challenge too!  After two major organization jobs last week (the PANTRY and the TOYS), I was ready for an easier project.  My goal was to go through our medicine and gather what had been spread across the house in various rooms, toss what was old, and reorganize it into the categories I created over a ago.  Since we don't have a traditional medicine cabinet, I keep our medicine in clear divider bins in our linen closet in the master bathroom. After it was all done, we ended up with this:

You can see this area isn't too terrible, just needed a quick look at the medicine to see what was still good and what had expired and a refolding/rearranging of towels.  Behind the doors below is just the dirty laundry. 

Easy peasy to refold and put away neatly. 

These shelves are deep so I can put towels in front and behind. 

Since we don't really use washcloths (opting for mesh sponges instead), I moved them to James' bathroom for his baths.  The white towels go in the guest bathroom and the few oldest aqua towels were donated. 

The medicine was pretty easy to go through and sort. 

And surprisingly, we ended up with only this. 

All of this other stuff was expired or empty. 

With two towels hanging and a couple more in the dirty clothes, we have so much more room in this cabinet now.  I've been keeping more of our hand towels in the mudroom because we take them to the gym, so it's easier to just grab one from there on the way out the door. 

The medicine is so much better.  You can see how I created the fun labels here

So much better!

bathroom drawers 

Since cleaning out that cabinet didn't take too long, I got motivated to clean our bathroom drawers as well.  I keep them pretty organized already, so there's not a big before/after reveal.  I just cleaned out the drawers really well and donated some things I had multiples of like hair bands, barrettes, and safety pins. 

This brush attachment on our vacuum cleaner is perfect for getting out all the dust and hair from inside the drawers and especially in the corners.  I took the clear bins downstairs and washed them with warm, soapy water in the kitchen sink. 

Starting on the drawers closest to the cabinet, are hair things I reach for daily and below that my brushes, curing irons, and hairdryer. 

The bottom drawer is for refills and curlers I rarely (but sometimes!) use, which is why I still have them.  

The top drawer closest to the sink holds all the daily items like toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant. 

Below that are hair products and the hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, polish remover, etc. 

The bottom drawer is full of stuff for manicures and pedicures.  

Finally, below the sink are other products and contact lenses, etc.  And, why yes, I did washi tape my drain pipe. :)

Doing these projects is still impacting me so much in that I realize how much we have and what we definitely don't need to buy more of (like vitamins!).  I cancelled my Amazon Subscribe & Save because I would sometimes end up with WAY too many of something when I'd forget to update my order before the next shipment.  Also, I took a big bag of coins to the Coinstar in our grocery store and made over $40!  If you redeem for cash, you pay a fee for the service, but now you can redeem for gift cards at lots of stores without a fee (I chose Amazon).  I took James with me too so I could show him how the coins added up to dollars.  

I am quite content to continue on this organizing challenge until the last project is done.  I've been keeping two large cardboard boxes in our entry way so I can put donations there as I come across them.  I find myself organizing lots of little spots throughout the day, but I'm trying to hold off on the bigger projects that I listed so I can properly photograph the process as it occurs.  I'm anxious to get to my closet! 

You can see the organizing challenges I've completed so far here:  


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