Thursday, November 28, 2019

My Favorites On Sale!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you're having a fun day full of family and food. We're trying to pack up and head out to our first meal, so I thought I'd just pop in quick and share a couple of my favorite things that are currently on sale. I'll come back and update this tonight & tomorrow, so be sure to check back!

I did a tiny bit of shopping myself. I went into the J.Crew store to return something on Tuesday, and got to try on this coat. Determined from the try on that I definitely needed a tall, so I ordered it at 50% off in the camel color - so beautiful!! I also got this sweatshirt that I tried on, it's so soft inside (it's lined in fleece). And I've been wanting another pair of winter boots since I basically just wear my bean boots every day, so I decided to throw these in to give them a try.

I also ordered this (decidedly less fun) Dyson vacuum for $200 off. Now that Mia is starting to get mobile, I want to be much more on my game for cleaning our floors, and I love that this is cord free! 

Shirt - 60% off - J.Crew Factory / Jeans - 30% off - Madewell

Scarf - J.Crew Factory - 59% off

Sweater Blazer - J.Crew - 50% off

Sweater - Target - 30% off

Coat, hat, and jeans - J.Crew - 50% off 

Jacket - J.Crew - 50% off

Sweatshirt - L.L.Bean - 20% off

Mia's Fleece - Old Navy - 50% off

Jacket - Old Navy - 50% off / Bag - Madewell - 30% off

Dress - LOFT - on clearance for $20!

Sweater Tee - LOFT / on clearance for $15!

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Four Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

This month has completely flown by, but weirdly, since we hosted a Friendsgiving it feels like we're already past Thanksgiving in my brain. But nope, that's this week! After all of the craziness of last week with work (14 hour days all week - yikes!) this week is all about relaxing and catching up. I'm working minimally on Monday and Tuesday and then am off the rest of the week. 

I always think Thanksgiving is going to be relaxing, but really since I was a kid it has always been a go-go-go couple of days. This year we're doing two Thanksgivings the day of, one in the morning with Jeff's dad's family, and then another that afternoon with Jeff's mom's family. I always get asked how it feels to eat two Thanksgiving dinners in one day, but really, it's not that bad. I'm not too crazy about Thanksgiving food, so I don't stuff myself silly. Just give me some mashed potatoes, turkey, and a vegetable that hasn't been casseroled, and I'm a happy girl! After the big Turkey day, we're spending Friday downtown with my mom's family, and then, because I'm a crazy person, we planned Mia's baptism for Sunday.

For Thanksgiving, we've always gone pretty casual since my mom stopped putting us in lacy, ruffly dresses in about 1993. Jeans and tee shirts are perfectly acceptable at our dinner table. But, you know me, I like to make things a little festive. I put together a couple of outfit ideas for you in case you're trying to figure out what to wear. 

Outfit 1: Tee / Sweater / Jeans / Mules / Hair Clips 

This is really just a fancy jeans and tee combo, but adding a cardigan and mules instead of sneakers makes everything feel a little fancier. I love these jeans for Thanksgiving because they're super stretchy, giving you ample food baby room, while still somehow sucking things in. I also like that the outfit is still special on its own when you take the shoes off, which I will be doing at both of our Thanksgivings. 

In case your family gets a little more dressed up but you still want to feel super comfortable, this is the outfit for you. The leggings give a faux leather look, but really just have a slight sheen to them so they look fancier. The sweater is the coziest thing ever, it's so soft. I wore this all throughout my pregnancy and it is still going strong. This exact one is sold out, but there's a new version this year with slightly different sleeves. And then I love tossing on a scarf to add a little more visual interest. The plaid feels festive, but thanks to the colors screams fall instead of Christmas.

In case your family really does things up, this is the perfect outfit! It's actually what I'm planning on wearing to Mia's baptism. The dress is a sweater dress, so it's really easy to dress down too - I could see it looking super cute with some slouchy boots. This belt is something I snagged on sale a couple of years ago and I still reach for it all the time, I love how it adds just a touch of visual interest to whatever you're wearing. 

Lol I did these in the wrooooong order hahaha, but oh well. With blue jeans and a white tee, this is really the most casual of the four. I love the J.Crew toothpick jeans because they're so soft and stretchy, I'm pretty sure I've slept in these before! And I also like this particular pair of jeans because they don't have a ton of distressing, so your grandma won't suggest you're homeless - or is that just my grandma? It's such a simple look, but with the fall colors you can't go wrong. 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Instagram Lately

I can't believe it's been over 2 months since I shared an Instagram Lately post. I've been posting more outfits over on Instagram since it's harder to figure out when to take a full set of outfit photos. Here's a few I've shared lately:

We had a couple warmer days over the weekend (I can't believe I just called 45 degrees "warmer") so I used the occasion to show off them ankles. Back in two pairs of socks and fur lined boots today haha. I forget every year that I own this peacoat until November, and then I wear it like crazy through the holidays. I've had it for like eight years at this point and it's held up great. I have it in a tall, and the sleeves and shoulders are perfect on me. 

Exact Coat (they don't have red this year) or Similar / Similar Sweater / Jeans / Shoes / Bag

We got fancy for a fundraiser last weekend - so fun to have an excuse to dress up (and get a babysitter!)

This coat is another one I get a ton of questions about. I've had it for three years now, and haven't had any issues with getting it dirty! In fact, one of the first times I wore it I spilled hot chocolate down the front, and it wiped right off without leaving a mark. Of course, Mia hasn't attempted to use it as a napkin yet, so we'll see if that opinion changes ;) If you're interested, J.Crew has been having a 40% off sale just about every weekend, so definitely look for a good price! I'm wearing a 16 tall, which is definitely oversized but I like that I can fit big sweaters and sherpa fleeces underneath with no problem.

I had this on for approximately 30 minutes for daycare dropoff, and then got back home and immediately changed into sweats ;)

This was from our trip to the pumpkin farm last month! Mia was not feeling the smiles this day, which is always too bad for her since it means we take a hundred photos trying to find a good one ;)

I was super excited to be able to break out this plaid shirt again. It was one of my favorites a couple of years ago, and then I didn't get to wear it at all last year due to the tiny baby bean I was trying to cover. They brought it back this year in a flannel, and I'm trying to justify to myself having the same shirt in two different fabrics 🤣

Just matching with my mini!

Our daycare is a 15 minute walk from our house, and I'm surprised at how much I love the reason to go for a walk every day. Jeff and I had both been working from home and he was supposed to go pick Mia up, and I jumped up and basically begged to go with. Jeff then asked if he could stay home. Um, no!

Remember bare leg weather?! I only got a couple of wears out of this dress before the weather turned, but I'm still so glad I bought it. Can't wait for spring weather so I can break it out again! The dress is currently on super sale in case you're in the market, I suggest sizing down.

I went to a work conference back in September, and momentarily panic-ed about finding something business-y to wear. Then I remembered I own this sweater blazer, which somehow pulls together anything you put it over (including a tee shirt dress!)

I freaking love this picture, how cute is that little smile?! This was actually from Labor Day, my last day of maternity leave. Only two months ago but it feels like a lifetime. I can't believe how little Mia looks here!

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Family Photos

I had convinced myself for a few months that we weren't going to do family photos for our holiday cards, that we didn't need them and they're too expensive and we had plenty of family photos. But then daycare asked us to send a family photo in, and I realized we really didn't have any good family photos! This was the end of September, and I realized I was too late. It turns out it's a photographer thing to book mini family photo sessions (think 20 minutes) on the weekends in September & October, and they all book up really fast. I was too late!

Luckily I remembered Victoria, a friend-of-a-friend who has shot blog photos for me before and actually photographed Jeff's dad's elopement (and then watched Jeff take these outfit photos - ha!). She was rebooking all of her mini photo sessions because of weather, and was able to squeeze us in.

She was so fun to work with, and managed to coax some smiles out of Mia. Mia actually had been boycotting naps that day and was pretty grumpy, and was just blank staring at first - she definitely got mommy's RBF hahaha. We got the photos back last week, and I'm dyyyyying over some of the cute shots she got. I can't believe I didn't want family photos, because I'm so happy now to have these shots of Mia at this stage.

Warning: cuteness overload ahead :)

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday Finds

Whew, this week has been a doozy! Between lack of sleep and being in the busiest time of the year for me at work, I feel like I'm just barely keeping my head above water. I'm also trying to plan Mia's baptism and get ready for the holidays on top of everything else. I spent an hour browsing baptism gowns the other day instead of folding my laundry. Send help.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A Little Bit Festive

Coat and Skirt (I had a mini, it appears to now be available in knee length and midi) - J.Crew / Tee (similar here) - BP / Scarf and Earrings - J.Crew Factory / Flats - Sam Edelman / Bag - Tory Burch

We got out for not one, but two dates this weekend - crazy! On Sunday Jeff's brother and SIL were dying to babysit, so we ran out for a late lunch / early dinner (plus many drinks haha) at Oyster Bah. Back in pre-kids days this probably would have just been considered a normal weekend activity, but since we were out without Mia I put it down as a date and decided to dress the part. 

Everything I wore (besides these earrings that came in the mail right beforehand - so freaking cute!) is actually a couple of years old! But it's all stuff that's in my regular rotation still. 

I remember having this skirt on my wishlist for months and months and not wanting to pull the trigger because it was more than my budget really allowed. But now I'm glad that I got it because it's so fun to wear, and so easy to wear in different ways. (I mean really, see here, here, and here for just a few). So while it may have been more than I typically spend on a skirt, it's gotten way more wears than cheaper skirts I've already gotten rid of. 

Anyway, I'm sure I had more to share, but Daylight Savings basically broke my brain. Weirdly though, Mia barely noticed. 

Coat and Skirt (I had a mini, it appears to now be available in knee length and midi) - J.Crew / Tee (similar here) - BP / Scarf and Earrings - J.Crew Factory / Flats - Sam Edelman / Bag - Tory Burch

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