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Friday, June 17, 2016

Ramblings

Cheers to Friday!! Thanks for all your kind comments and messages this week! I'm thrilled you loved the posts, and can hardly wait to share more with you. But today you get a brain dump of the ramblings currently going through my head, and latest happenings around here.

ONE // It's been a good week for re-stocks...several of my recent favorite items are finally (as of now!!) back in stock in all sizes! Starting with the colorful romper from this 3 Ways post. You guys went kind of cuckoo for it, but it sold out in a day. The colors are just stunning, the elastic waist is flattering and comfy, and don't forget the pockets! It has a cute racerback, so I wear this bra with it. And I love that it's just as cute with espadrilles, wedges, or my favorite sneakers!





They've add a few more sizes and colors to my go-to dress...I currently own it in black, pink, and purple...I'm trying to tell myself that I don't need the green. But I kind of do. I mean, I wear the heck out of them, and take them on every trip. These strappy wedges I've been wearing for years finally restocked in my nude color, too!



I think I wear this dress to almost every dinner...the neckline is super flattering, but the flowy body allows for all the desserts. I have it in black and pink, but now that it's finally back, there's two new colors, too! 

Black Swing Dress (similar for $48) | Clutch | Similar Sandals | Earrings

Black Swing Dress | Clutch | Similar Bracelet

You guys were big fans of this striped swing top, and it's back in new color combos.

TWO // I've had two fun features recently...starting with this one in Relish Magazine (it's a Sunday insert in major market newspapers). The story was how to throw a Texas-style party/cookout...and I had the pleasure of being the resident Texan! #yall


And a sweet reader was nice enough to let me know our previous Dining Room was in the current issue of Family Circle! How can magazines use pictures of my house without my knowing, you ask? Well, since it's a shot taken from the BHG shoot, they own all the images and rights to those pics, and can use them in all of their publications and websites.

Even though there's no mention of me, it's still flattering that they used my design as one of '3 Trends to Try' (the brightly colored ceiling). Plus, it makes me so nostalgic to see our old house!! I miss her! (See the full House Tour here.)




THREE // How cute are these sandals, and would you even believe they're from Target?




FOUR // Okay, I've been hesitant to share this next thing with you, well, because it's pretty disgusting. But I think of ya'll as my good friends, and I can't seem to stop telling all my other friends about it...so here goes. It's called Baby Feet, and it's the most amazing, horrifying, genius, mystifying, shocking product I've ever tried.

Here's the scoop....first you soak your feet in water to soften the skin, then you put these little plastic booties on and settle in for a couple hours of Netflix. It just feels cold and slimy, and smells a little citrusy, but that's all. Then you wash your feet and wait a few days.

At first, you'll think it didn't work, and maybe you didn't do it right. I mean, nothing is happening...your feet are just as dry and cracked as they were before.

But keep soaking your feet in water every night (I would actually just plug the drain while I was showering, and considered that my soak). Towards the end of the first week, you'll start noticing the pads of your toes getting a little peely, then in between your toes and little sections of your heels. You'll get really excited and text pics to your mom, and together you'll be gleefully disgusted.

Then large sheets of skin will start coming off the bottom of your feet, and you'll use it as a party trick to disgust your family.

A few days after that, you can no longer wear sandals, and you start wearing socks to hide the horror. But you're secretly so mesmerized, you spend countless time alone in the bathroom peeling and inspecting.

And then, just when you think you can't take it another day (because seriously, even the cuticles of your toes are peeling!!), the last piece of loose, dead skin rubs off...and you are left with the feet of a baby. No more calluses, no cracked heels, no scaly spots. The bottom of my feet and heels straight up look just like my 10-year-old's!!!

I have no idea how or why, but it's been over two months since I did it, and my feet look and feel just as new and smooth. The only downside is the week of foot disgrace. But considering the caldera-sized cracks in my heels before (thanks to years of going barefoot), it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make! Find it here.



FIVE // I know I'm a few years behind the times, but my brother and sister introduced me to How I Met Your Mother last Summer, and I was instantly hooked. It quickly became my evening de-stresser...every few nights, I'd climb into bed with my laptop, and watch an episode before bed. Each time, laughing out loud. Literally.

Now I've come to the final season, and have only about six episodes left...I know who the mom is, but don't know how they're going to wrap it all up, or if Barney and Robin actually get married. And the thing is, I just can't bring myself to finish it! I'm not ready to say goodbye to those characters, or lose my evening laugh! Am I alone in getting that attached to a show? Are you a fan of it, too?




SIX // Now that Summer is full-blown here (we're supposed to hit 100-degrees this weekend!!), I'm looking for easy, refreshing outdoor treats. These watermelon pops (from this party post) are always a hit around here, and really couldn't be simpler.  We're big on easy homemade ice cream, too...find all my recipes here.



SEVEN // Finally, I noticed several items from recent style posts are now on sale, so I thought I'd share in case you had your eye on them. This handkerchief hem dress is 40% off, and fully stocked. The colors and strappy back just scream SUMMER to me.


Sunglasses | Watch | Ring

These ankle-length, frayed-hem jeans have been really popular (and in almost-daily rotation!)...the sizing availably is hit and miss, but now 40% off only $40! And this non-distressed version are only $29! I've had several of you say you stalked them, and grabbed a pair as soon as your size popped up...and all agree they are fab! 

Fit Tip: Size down one! I mean it!

Striped Straw Tote (also available here) | Striped Linen Scarf | Watch | Bracelet

Limited sizing in this one, too, but this lace dress is also 40% off!

  Lace Dress | Nude Sandals (on sale!) | Similar Clutch | Watch | Ring

And finally, the fun dress from this post is finally on sale...for a whopping 40% off!



What's rambling through your head this Friday? Have you tried Baby Feet? If you don't believe my hype, just check out the almost 5,000 near-perfect reviews! But whatever you do, don't image search it! Unless you're trying to lose weight, then go ahead. ;) Happy weekend, lovebugs, and happy Father's day to my most amazing, witty, empathic, passionate, clever baby daddy!!!



{Weekend sales worth checking out}
Nordstrom // Tons of mid-season markdowns, including my fave flat sandals
GAP // 35% off your total purchase with code MORESUN
Old Navy // Entire site up to 50% off, plus extra 30% off clearance
Loft // 40% new arrivals...love this dress!
J.Crew // 40% off Summer Picks & all sale!
J.Crew Factory // 40% off new arrivals, including my embroidered dress everyone went cuckoo for on IG!

32 comments:

  1. Just ordered Baby Feet. This is the second time I've heard about the product and you sold me! Seriously everything you recommend is spot on so if you say it, I do it!

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  2. It's never too late for How I Met Your Mother! I got into during the hardest time of my life and I swear it actually helped me out of depression. It's the best! And I'm loving that romper in the first pic. The colors are GORGEOUS!!

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  3. I want to both puke and cheer when hearing your description of Baby Feet. And SO MANY SALES!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Totally intrigued with the baby feet......I've tried everything and just can't ever keep my heels from cracking. I was super sad....the handkerchief hem dress is just as adorable in person but I'm just too tall and would have definitely been wary of a wardrobe malfunction. Have a super weekend Cassie!

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    1. I had massive cracks in my heels...like the kind that hurt and you swear are bleeding....they are GONE!!! It's only a week of peeling, so worth it in my opinion!!

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  5. Cassie - I cried like a baby when I finished Parenthood and had to bid fair well to the Braverman family. #uglycry

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  6. I totally ordered the baby feet but I'm scared to use it in the summer!!

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    1. So, the first week, not much will happen...but the second week all hell breaks loose! :) But it's nothing shoes can't cover, so you'll be fine! But if you have glamorous pool parties or beach trips, maybe make sure you're done with it before hand!! ;) xoxo

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  7. Cassie, I am interested to hear what you think of the finale of HIMYM when you finish the series. Most everyone I know (including myself) loved the show but hated the last episode! You'll see that it will polarizing once you watch it. Let us know in a post!

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  8. My advice? Stop watching HIMYM now. Remember it as you've seen so far, funny and endearing. You're right around the time everything goes right the heck off the rails and the writers basically give the past 9 years and the audience two giant middle fingers.

    I loved the show, watched it faithfully, but I was so disappointed with the ending...

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    1. Oh no!!!! Now I'm not so sure...but there's no way I can walk away and leave it unfinished!!?? But I don't know that I've ever liked the ending of a series. I mean, it can't be any worse than Dexter's series finale?!?!?!

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  9. I loved How I Met Your Mother! I still think about it. I might have to rewatch it! I love the thought of Baby Feet...but it scares me!

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    1. Don't be scared...it doesn't hurt, and the peeling only lasts a week!!

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  10. I just ordered Baby Feet ~ how am I always the last person to know about these things!? Thank goodness for your blog! Seriously, you have made a real difference in the way I dress and the way I perceive myself. p.s. I also just ordered that Daniel Wellington watch :)

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    1. Mary, Mary, Mary!!! Thank you so so much for such a kind and thoughtful comment!! It means the world to me you find inspiration here!!! xoxoxo

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  11. I love Grey's Anatomy and have rewatched it like 3 times and my husband can't get enough of Psych. He has watched every episode 5 times except the last 3 episodes because he isn't ready for it to be over so he will restart it

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    1. I'm with you on Grey's Anatomy!

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    2. I do love me some Greys. Although, just not the same with out Derrick Shepard!!!

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  12. Speaking of restocking, there is an awesome brown not-leather Nordstrom bag you recommended once upon a time and I want it soooo badly (even in black/white), but it has never been in stock when I've looked. Could you alert us if it ever comes back? Your style is inspirational and your blog happy-making. Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks so much, Tara...I'm thrilled you find inspiration here!! I'm not exactly sure which bag you mean, but I'm always checking in on the things I have, and will hopefully come across the one you're referring to! xo

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    2. I should've been more specific; sorry! It's this cognac one: http://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/4016879?pathAlias=emperia-side-zip-faux-leather-tote-online-only&contextualcategoryid=0&origin=category-personalizedsort&resultback=2054&cm_mmc=Linkshare-_-partner-_-15-_-1&siteId=QFGLnEolOWg-d.88sI3srMVxVCq4er.zEg

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  13. I've tried Baby Feet twice and it didn't really work for me. I tried all the tricks, like soaking in water before use, and then soaking in water again each day. I just got a dry foot with pencil like eraser peel, not a deep peel. I've read others have had the same results, so I guess it effects everyone differently. My go to product is DK Elan Silky Smooth Foot Lotion. I use it every night. It's a Korean product and I buy it at my local Asian Market, but you can get it online too!

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    1. Really??? How long did you leave the BF on? I wore those booties for like 2 hours! Glad you found another product that works well for you, though! xo

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  14. I need those sandals from Target, SO cute. And, I have never heard of this Baby Feet, but I was just giving myself an at home pedi today and man I need it!!!!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  15. Those Target sandals are too cute! I'm also so intrigued by the Baby Feet product. My heels are a nightmare right now so I might have to give it a try!

    I LOVED Gilmore Girls and wept when that show ended. I'm so excited for the mini-movies they're bringing to Netflix! Oh, and Downton Abbey. All the ugly crying happened with Downton.

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  16. I've been thinking of trying Baby Feet, but after your success, I'm ready to take the plunge. Did you experience any pain or tenderness when so many layers of skin would come off? I have those same giant cracks from years of sandals. It seems that no amount of pedicures will take care of that!

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    1. I wouldn't say it was pain, but my feet def aren't as tough...not tender just walking in general, but I def notice when I'm barefoot outside on the hot ground! :) It took ALL those deep cracks away!!

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  17. OK, full disclosure, this product is by my company, but for those of you who want a followup product to Baby Feet (or an alternative) Banish My Callus will work great for keeping the callus away. And it's all natural. Available on Amazon or use discount code sugarplum for 10% off your total Emu Joy order. (Cassie I'll totally understand if you need to delete this comment, but figured it was worth a shot, plus I think your readers will like the cream.)

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    1. FYI, the discount code sugarplum works on the Emu Joy website only, not on Amazon.

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  18. I purchased the baby feet product! Isnit safe to do with a fresh manicure (will it ruin the polish)? Thanks!

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    1. I don't think it would do anything to your pedicure polish...it's just absorbed by the skin. Let me know what you think of it once your feet stop shedding! ;) xo

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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