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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Now & Later | Peep-Toe Booties

Peep-toe booties have been on my wishlist for several years, but I wasn't sure how practical they'd be, given the open toe. But then I spied this pair on sale, and was instantly smitten...and turns out, they have a longer seasonal life than traditional closed-toe booties! #whoknew

Granted I won't wear them in the thick of Winter, but for us, that's only a couple of months. Thanks to the open-toe, I can wear them Summer and Spring, and because of the bootie shape, they'll get me through Fall, too. Talk about perfect transitional shoe!

I always make my kids wait until school starts to bust out their new shoes, but I couldn't follow that rule when it came to these cuties...and instantly styled them for a night out with my favorite $25 dress.



I carried the leopard clutch, of course...it's pretty much my nighttime go-to now (see it here in my latest Date Night Style). I love how the booties add a little edginess to an otherwise simple outfit, not to mention, the block-heel makes them comfy and easy to walk.



I've worn this dress with everything from flat sandals to sneakers, but adding the bootie and a statement earring easily takes it from Day to Night.

Fit Tip: I'm wearing a Small in these pics, but I also have the dress in XS, and I much prefer the smaller size. Sizing up provides more length, but also adds volume. See the XS (my usual size) on me here, and the crewneck version here.



And the addition of a moto or jean jacket takes the whole outfit into Fall.




Now let's fast forward a few months and see the booties in Fall action. This may not seem like much of a Fall outfit, but considering it took a small army to peel my jeans off after wearing them in 100-degree heat, it's as Fall as this girl can manage in July!

But once it cools down even more, I'll swap the halter top for a plaid shirt or sweater, and pair them with the same jeans and booties.



In the meantime, I love this top paired with jeans or black shorts for nights out.






Are you anxious to pull your booties out now? What are your thoughts on the peep-toe? And better yet, has anyone attempted jeans in this ridiculous heat?! I'll see you back here tomorrow for Little Miss's new nook reveal!

Update: Even if an item shows as sold out, keep checking back if it's on your wishlist....things are being restocked daily!

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*Photos by the darling & talented Mary Summers.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Five Under $50

Obviously I spend a obscene fair amount of time online, so new finds are always catching my eye. Especially the great deals! Here are five darling pieces I'm loving, and all under $50!

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one // I have this dress in both hot pink & black (see it here)...it's so easy to throw on with flat sandals, or dress up with sassy heels and a statement necklace. I also love how it provides room for dessert, but is still uber-flattering at the neckline. It must be popular, because they recently restocked it in all sizes, and added more color options! It's a great price, too, especially considering it's fully-lined!


two // I've yet to wear this style of earring without someone complimenting them. For such a small thing, they make a big impact on your outfits. I love this beautiful neutral stone, and the sale price!


three // Clutches are my handbag weakness & this color-blocked goodie is already on the way to me! I love them for travel, too, because they pack like a dream! (Just got this one, too #oops)


four // Can you ever have too many woven baskets for your home? I have them everywhere, stashing blankets, toys, stuffed animals, towels....


five // I first fell in love with Colleen Rothschild's products when the Cleansing Balm & Face Oil transformed my skin. Then I added the Detox Polish & have almost eliminated break-outs. Now I'm hooked on a weekly Enzyme Mask...especially during these Summer months when I'm clogging my skin with sunscreen so often. The mask leaves my face extra smooth and bright.

Sidenote: Many of you asked about my mom's skin secrets after you saw her in this post...she swears by Colleen Rothschild Sheer Renewal & Extreme Recovery creams and  now! She said her skin no longer has that thin, crepey look, and her rosacea is virtually gone. So there you go. #seewhyIuseit?!



I wanted to add this embroidered dress and this striped pullover to the list, but Seven Under $50 doesn't have the same ring to it! And don't get me started on this floral halter top! What great deals have you found lately? For more posts like these, check out my Look for Less and I Spy series, as well as more Five Under $50.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Dressing Room Diaries

Happiest of Fridays, friends! I hope you had a good night's rest and a healthy breakfast, because it's about to get serious around here! Today marks opening day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (the last week has been just for cardholders). For the handful of men readers out there, this is basically the equivalent of the NBA and NFL Drafts...on Super Bowl Sunday. Get my drift? It's BIG.

And lucky for you, I've got a monster-sized Dressing Room Diaries today, featuring more of my favorite finds from the sale (see Round 1 of my reviews here).

Per usual, the shots aren't good, the lighting is bad, my hair is usually past it's expiration, and many of the items aren't a good fit for me...but it's real life, real girl, real clothes...and hopefully helpful for you to see them this way, instead of perfectly styled on a model. And you'll be thrilled to know Mama Sugarplum came, too! Let's get after it, shall we?


Sidenote: Everything fits true-to-size unless I indicate otherwise. And fyi, I'm 5'4"-ish, 120 pounds-ish, with a slight pear shape. My usual size is an XS/0. Mama Sugarplum is 5'2", with an hourglass figure. Her usual size is M/8. 

Mama SP loved the deep blues and fringe-hem of this poncho, and even though it's one-size, it didn't overwhelm her petite frame. Can you tell she loved it?! It will be so cute with jeans and booties in the Fall, and even knee-high boots in the Winter. The tie is actually from her own blouse, though, the poncho is a drape-front.

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016

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