PRE SPRING

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Early spring on the East coast is one of my favorite times of the year. Sometimes you get lucky with a few sunny and 65 degree days when you can wear long sleeves and layer with a scarf or light jacket. Am I the only one who gets so excited by a layered look? LOL. No but seriously, I'm talking about San Francisco weather (one of my favorite US cities) cool with a side of sun. The best! 

  • These suede and raffia sandals are the perfect heel height and color. I have a similar pair from Ralph Lauren that I still love after 5 years. Worth the investment especially if you don't wear high heels. Love them paired with this dress:)
  • This cream wrap sweater is the perfect transitional piece. It comes in 4 colors and is a steal at under $60. I also love this blouse version, same price!
  • On another note, these $32 hoops are the best. I bought them last summer and they quickly became a staple. I love how light and understated they are. 
  • This shirtdress!!!!!
  • The perfect spring statement earring

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Posted on February 19, 2018 and filed under What to Wear.

PRETTY PINK COAT + THE SEASON'S ULTIMATE HANDBAGS

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Happy Friday! I'm so excited that I'm able to get three posts up this week! Its finally starting to feel like I'm getting into a groove after all the holiday madnes and I love it. This outfit is one of my favorites! Individually, every piece is versatile and together they represent my style and a whole: classic striped sweater, chic reversible coat in the prettiest blush pink and grey, cool ripped jeans, and a statement bag (in grey!). Also these Chloe heels are probably my favorite pair of shoes that I own. I thought about buying them forever because they weren't inexpensive, but they are so comfortable and I love that they give me a little extra height. 

So now on to the topic of handbags. NYFW just wrapped up and there are so many new styles out there. It can be hard to commit to a new handbag especially if you're investing in one and are not someone who changes your bag often. My top pick for the season has to be this one. The shape is something I've never seen before, I love that it can be worn on your shoulder or cross-body, and the colors they're offering are so unique. Check out this one and this one too. Also, stylist tip, the cost of these bags is sure to go up by next year and their under 1k price tag is only based on the brands newness. 

SO I've rounded up some of my favorites for the season below: Spulrge, Steal, Under $500, and for the beach. A happy holiday weekend to all!

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SUMMER

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HEALTHY EATING AND WHY I CHANGED MY DIET

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Recently I reached out to my Instagram following via Stories and asked my followers to tell me what they wanted to hear more about on The Girl Guide. I received an overwhelming amount of responses asking about my diet. What gluten free/dairy free foods I loved and what a typical day looked like. Well I have to start by telling you...I didn't always eat like this.

The year after I graduated from college I started to notice my stomach bothering me more and more. I guess looking back on it now my stomach had always been an issue but we (my parents and I) always chocked it up to normal indigestion, car sickness, etc. It wasn't until Frank and I moved in together at the age of 21 (I know CRAZY!) that he said to me, this isn't normal, I think there is something wrong with your stomach. Well he was right. After 10ish years of suffering I booked an appointment with a gastroenterologist around the corner from our apartment. I told him everything. There wasn't much he could determine from our visit and suggested we move forward with an endoscopy. I was NOT excited about the thought of having a tube stuck down my throat and almost chickened out but with some coaxing from my family I did it. The result was an extremely inflamed stomach and esophagus. The Dr. said if I continued down this road we would be looking at ulcers or even more serious, cancer. I couldn't believe it. I walked out of the office with a prescription for Nexium and that was that. The topic of food was never discussed. I was a healthy eater, salads, fresh fish, little meat, yogurt and fruit for breakfast. I remember that morning grabbing a coffee (with milk) and an egg white sandwich (with cheese) on my home from the appt. It was on multigrain bread so it couldn't be bad for me right?

Fast forward one year and I wasn't getting better...it was actually worse. I was now working in corporate America, stressed, and taking about 4 Nexium a day mixed with other over the counter antacids. And then, a miracle....my Mom who for years has been practicing meditation as a way to relive chronic migraines, suggested I set up an appointment for me to see her guru. Neither of us ever mentioned any health issues to him other than stress. By the end of the session he said to me that he saw I had a blockage in my body and that I should stop eating dairy and gluten. He made a few other suggestions too, no raw nuts, eggs but only a whole egg, and nothing too acidic. I already wasn't eating tomato sauce but his prescription for no cheese meant no more white pizza which was one of my favorites. And so the rest is history...

NOW I will preface the below menu by stating that I am not 100% gluten free/dairy free BUT I have a found a balance that works for me. In terms of dairy I haven't had yogurt, milk, sour cream, or cheeses in the last 8 years. I can eat butter in small amounts and I've probably slipped up and had a piece of cake with one of those ingredients in it. What I believe now is that I have a dairy intolerance. I have also found that when I limit my gluten intake I feel even better and after eating such limited amounts of gluten, if I do have it I get a terrible headache and feel overall malaise. I'm a big believer in the idea that medicine is not always the answer. Don't get my wrong I'll pop a couple of Motrin for a bad headache but I also believe that what you eat plays a HUGE part in your overall health. The changes in my diet have drastically changed the way I feel. I can count on one hand the amount of times I've had reflux in the last 8 years (minus the third trimester of pregnancy which is almost unpreventable) and its all been pill free.  

My Monday-Friday Diet

Breakfast

Almond Milk Yogurt (Kite Hill) with Gluten Free Granola and Berries or Banana

Gluten Free Oatmeal with Apples and Dates

Chia Seed Pudding with Almond Milk and Cinnamon

Lunch

I eat a salad (like the one pictured above) almost every day for lunch. Sometimes I'll have an avocado toast on gluten free bread. If you're local I Organic Pharmer. They're also a great source for gluten free and dairy free options and they ship! I also on occasion get a super food smoothie for Lunch with protein but it doesn't really sustain me for long enough till dinner.

Dinner

Salmon with Coconut Brown Rice and a Steamed Vegetable (check this Salmon recipe)

Kale Fried Rice

Almond Milk Ravioli (Kite Hill) with SautΓ©ed Spinach and Mushrooms

THIS Nicoise Salad

My favorite Gluten Free pasta right now

Recipe Resources - I almost exclusively get my recipes from Goop. I especially love their yearly cleanse recipes. Check out this one call the working girl detox. Although many of them require a variety of spices and condiments, once you stock up you're good to go! Also you can purchase some of the rarer ingredients on their website like this one which I use to make this when I have time!

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PS if you're wondering about the cookie in these pictures it represents my VERY BIG sweet tooth. Call it the Belgian blood running through my veins but I'm a dark chocolate addict...like I have to have a piece (or two) a day. I also can't resist a delicious (gluten free) cookie!

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Posted on February 14, 2018 .

A LEATHER JACKET FOR EVERY SEASON

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Hi friends! Hope you're all having a good start to your week. Yesterday was definitely a Monday for me! We had such a nice weekend with family and friends and I never wanted it to end! Harrison is starting to do the funniest things and is becoming a person before our eyes...its magical and I'm trying so hard to soak up every minute and not take any of it for granted. 

I've been looking at this jacket for a while. The price is great for leather and I love the color because it works year round. Also it looks great with any color denim..white, light, or dark...even black! Thats not something you can say about most jackets. I can't wait to pair it with a floral maxi dress or a white one (just ordered this and love it!). 

I was SO excited when I found this camisole. It looks like it would be a splurge and was just the color I was looking for. I'm thinking about getting the black too for date night with layered gold necklaces and black denim. I know I'm going to get a lot of use out of both colors this summer. If you looking for a silk version THIS one has been my favorite for years! 

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Stylist tip: Here's an insider tip on refreshing a leather jacket since you can't throw it in the wash. Inside it out, throw it in a ziplock bag, seal it, and put it in the freezer for 24-48 hrs. I do this to my leather pants all the time and it really works!

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ALSO LOVING RIGHT NOW

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Posted on February 13, 2018 and filed under Outfits.

LOVE LUST LIST + GIVEAWAY

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Happy almost Valentine's Day! What do you do for the day of love? Now that Luke is in school its added an extra layer to this year's vday planning which I have to admit I'm kind of excited about! I got a great idea from a blogger friend which I will definitely share if I can execute!

I wasn't going to do a Valentine's themed lust list this year and then I saw this dress and was INSPIRED! I'm obsessed with this color pink. I think it works on every skin color and makes a great wedding guest dress. My sister is getting married this year and I'm thinking this may be the one! Loved these earrings from the moment I saw them. I was surprised to see that my favorite online destination for home decor also sold vintage! I also thought these were pretty!

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PS Did you enter my Instagram giveaway yet? It ends tomorrow night! I partnered with four bloggers and one winner will receive a $250 gift card...whoop whoop! Some of my current shopbop must haves below!

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Posted on February 8, 2018 and filed under Lust List.

MODEL OFF DUTY

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I'm a big fan of the athleisure look for two reasons: 1. It's comfortable. Who doesn't want to live in sneakers and cashmere sweats? 2. It's elevated the "off duty" look and pushed brands to create more stylish options i.e. sneakers and loungewear. You can invest in a pair of sneakers like these (I own them and after 3 years can attest to their comfort!) and throw them on with jeans and a cozy sweater and you're good to go any day of the week. I also love this pair on sale. If you only want to purchase one pair of sneakers this year for the gym and beyond, I found this pair which has a color palette that lends itself to both looks (and UNDER $50!!). 

Recently I've been stepping it up a notch and wearing my sneakers with leather leggings. The ones I'm wearing are old but I found this similar (lighter) pair and also this budget friendly vegan pair (I haven't tried these yet but they've become a favorite amongst bloggers this year). Updating my new year's resolution: wear comfortable shoes, i.e. sneakers at least three days a week!

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SNEAKER

STATEMENT SWEATER

LEATHER LEGGING

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NEW NEUTRALS

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I'm addicted to neutrals. I don't know when it started really...I did wear color in college? And I used to wear more black...but somewhere along the way my love for a monochromatic and tonal look became my obsession. If I had to guess, growing up and going to Belgium every summer may have had something to do with it. From the youngest age I remember appreciating the white oak wide plank floors, natural linen fabrics, and grey stone accents. I've always associated home with this palette - its my comfort zone.

As a stylist my biggest challenge is stepping out of it sometimes. I started this blog not only as a creative outlet but as a place to share my style. It has been SO helpful when it comes to identifying a client's desired look and I love the challenge.  My jacket in these pics is old. It was a splurge purchase when I worked for Ralph Lauren but I knew it would go with everything and the quality is great. I found a similar color jacket here and a steal version here. I rounded up some of my favorite neutrals below. My jeans are old from Zara but I also linked a few available styles. You can't go wrong with winter white denim. I have a splurge pair and less expensive version because I wear them so often...but you can't go wrong with purchasing THESE!

PS these are the most comfortable boots I've ever worn. I love that I can slip them on hands free which is the best when I'm running out the door bag in one hand baby in the other!

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WINTER WHITE DENIM

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Ask and you shall receive! I posted this What To Pack beach edition last week and received so many DM's and messages looking for a budget friendly roundup. I was INSPIRED!! When styling my clients I'm all about high/low dressing and we will always mix in a pair of denim from Zara with a splurge blouse or handbag. One of my favorite warm weather staples is the straw handbag. They're almost alway reasonably priced and they can be worn from day to night, jeans to dress! This one from last week's post is one of my favorites right now. Its slightly over $110 but classic and chic all at the same time. Also I LOVE this one for a more casual cross body look and this clutch!

Need help packing for your next island getaway? Send me a message!

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Posted on January 30, 2018 .

Staying Healthy During The Winter

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If you were to ask my family they would all probably agree that I'm a borderline hypocondriac. There, I said it! When I was about seven years old and we were traveling home from the Caribbean I got really sick on the plane and I think it scarred me! Ever since I've been obsessed with trying not to get sick, washing my hands before meals (especially in the winter) and sanitizing (I only used natural based ones but more on that later). Pregnancy kicked my fear into overdrive but now with two boys and little time to obsess over it, I feel like I've developed a good routine. Some of you have asked me what I do to boost my immunity and for natural solutions to staying healthy during cold a flu season. The flu seems to be worse than ever this year and not even the flu shot is 100% effective but I've found that these things have helped me: 

I truly believe in the statement you are what you eat (drink) and that a good diet contributes to your immunity. During the winter I religiously drink a mixture of warm water, apple cider vinegar, ginger, lemon and honey. Alone, each one of these ingredients are beneficial but mixed together its a powerhouse immunity booster. Check out this article from GOOP and read more on the amazing benefits of ginger!

Sambucus I use this three times a day at the slightest sign of an itchy throat or runny nose. Also if I'm feeling rundown and more vulnerable. The rest of the year I take it once a day. They also make a syrup for kids as well as lozenges. 

Wash Hands This is obvious I know but don't underestimate the power of soap and water. My sister is a nurse practitioner and recommends washing your hands for a period of one "happy birthday" song or the ABC's - I have Luke sing them to himself and it works! If you don't have access to soap and water I love this sanitizer. The ingredients are all natural and its free of synthetic detergents and preservatives. PS washing my hands all the time makes them super dry. Loving this hand cream lately!

Sleep I am NOT a morning person. It sounds crazy to say, especially for moms with young kids, but I can't operate on less than 7 hours of sleep. We've been really lucky that our boys are good sleepers and consistently clock out for an average of 12 hours a night. I have so much admiration for moms whose children wake up at 5:15am and start their day...I couldn't do it! No magical advice here - but I try to plan two nights a 

Green Juices With a busy schedule it can be so tough to make sure I'm getting the right greens every day. I almost always have a salad for lunch but I need more and its not always guaranteed in my dinner. Drinking a green juice with ginger or lemon a couple times a week is so helpful. If you're local my go-to's are Green and Tonic in and Meli Melo.   

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Check out this article: What to Cook When You Have the Flu

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You must also not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional health care provider. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or any other professional healthcare provider. 

Posted on January 26, 2018 and filed under Outfits.

WHAT TO PACK - BEACH

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Anyone else in need of a dose of vitamin D? Why does it feel like the older I get the longer it takes for Spring to arrive? When I looked at the weather report for last weekend and saw 50 degrees I immediately thought of white cotton blouses and my new taupe suede slides. Frank laughed at me when I came downstairs dressed in an outfit I think I wore this summer in Sag Harbor (when it was 80 degrees). 

Have you guys checked out the shop tab yet? I just created a resort section that I'm pretty excited about! I will continue to update it with my favorites for any of you traveling to a warmer climate or dreaming of Spring like me. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • THIS DRESS! I have a similar style that I've lived in for the last 5+ years. The silhouette is perfect for a casual-pretty-summer look, love the boho vibes, and for under $100 its a great value
  • This strapless black dress is the perfect packable vacation piece. Roll it up and whip out for dinner on the beach with a statement earring. Also this set is on my wishlist!
  • This rose water spray is my go-to for warm weather and for flying. Its fully of antioxidants and always helps me feel refreshed

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Posted on January 23, 2018 and filed under What to Pack.

THE WRAP COAT

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For some reason right after the holidays I always have this feeling that the end of winter and cold is right around the corner. I think its because in my mind I associate snow with Christmas? Anyone else? Basically what I'm trying to say is I keep going outside sans socks and with only two layers on hoping it will be over 30 degrees and I'm freezing!...maybe its the iced tea in my hands:)

I have been eyeing THIS jacket since October. I love it because it was an outerwear color I was missing in my wardrobe (I know you're probably shocked by this hehe) and the style was perfect for both a day outfit and at night. Also the exaggerated lapels give it a lux feeling and reminded me of a coat that walked the Ralph Lauren runway. Sooo when it went on sale I had to get it! This is one of my favorite sites and right now their sale is up to 70% off. Important note on their sizing: I've found that everything runs on the bigger side. If you order the small for example the tag says medium so order either one or two sizes down. I'm wearing a small but should have bought the XS!  

I also get a lot of questions about these booties when I wear them. I purchased them about 8 years ago and they're still very much in style which I love. If you like this look I also found this similar pair for under $150! AND on the boot front I've been receiving a lot of requests for my favorite winter boots. So many of the styles I loved are sold out but I rounded up my top picks below:)  

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WINTER BOOT ROUNDUP

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Posted on January 16, 2018 and filed under Outfits.

REFRESH, ORGANIZE, AND PLAN

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As you know my new year's resolution was to try to be more PRESENT. When I'm with my kids and husband (mostly), but also when I'm with friends, at work, etc. These days its so easy to be distracted by everything and I was finding myself always on my cell phone looking at social media, thinking about where I have to go next, what my plans are for tomorrow, my mind was ALWAYS going. So one of the ways I'm helping myself to be more present and living in the moment is to do these two things:

Take time for myself: Today I had the best day. I prioritized two hours for myself...ME TIME! to do whatever I wanted to do and just enjoy myself. I caught up with a friend over tea at a local coffee shop and went for an infrared sauna (amazing experience by the way). By the time I went to pick Luke up at school I felt so refreshed. After today my goal is to try to set aside two hours a week of uninterrupted time for myself. Its not going to always be possible but I think it absolutely helped me when I was back home with the boys. I was able to focus on them because I had a good chunk of time to do all the things I wanted to do already and wasn't distracted. I was able to stay present!

Plan: At the beginning of every year I buy myself a planner. By the end of the year Its almost always less than half used (if I'm being generous). With the birth of Harrison this past May and Luke now in school things are busier than ever. I know that planning and organizing everyone's schedules would help me tremendously. Maybe even organize some not-so-last-minute date nights? One can dream! 

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Posted on January 12, 2018 and filed under Lust List.

EVERYDAY GREY

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I hope everyone is having a great week! I for one can't believe its already Wednesday. I've been trying to get this post up for two days but between work and recuperating from last weekends festivities I've been just a tad behind:)

Ok so if I had to describe my style with one outfit THIS WOULD BE IT! A casual chic look that works day or night and is drum roll please....50 shades of GREY! I love this jacket because its a cool twist on the classic Chanel one and still has that Parisian model off duty vibe. I purchased this one 3 or 4 years ago and I love the fact that they're still making variations of the same style. I actually use it all the time in the spring and early Fall but recently I've been layering it under my down coats and leaving it on when I get to my destination (lunch with a friend, dinner, etc.). It was definitely a spurge when I purchased it but I'm so happy I did! I found this one if you're looking for a steal version and also this version for under $100. 

If you're wondering what to pair this style jacket with I always like to suggest a white or black t-shirt for a relaxed look. It also looks great paired back to a high low silk blouse or tunic and leather leggings if you want to dress it up. 

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THE SWEATER DRESS

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What do you wear from January to March? My go-to is the sweater dress. I like to layer underneath mine with a thermal or waffle knit fitted shirt and a pair of leggings or skinny jeans. Its the perfect look for cold winter months when you want to stay warm but still look dressed. My go-to for dinner dates and luncheons has been this one recently (I purchased it during the friends and family sale but it was definitely still a splurge!). If you're looking for good underpinnings my go-to's are this fitted turtleneck and this one. Also I love this style - and they're ALL on sale!! 

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WHAT TO PACK

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It has been REALLY cold out this week! Luke's birthday is January 2nd and last year a full blown blizzard hit the east coast on the day of his party...everyone cancelled only a few hours before (sad face). I think I was more scarred than he was to be honest! After this week I'm seriously considering a lovely half birthday celebration in July:) Now they're saying we're supposed to be getting a bomb cyclone tomorrow, WHAT?! Fingers crossed for this year's party on Sunday!

Honestly my first what to pack post of the year should have been for the beach (hint, hint - I'm desperately trying to convince Frank of a weekend Florida getaway) but naturally my heart loves a good ski trip. We always go to the Berkshires but lately we've been talking about heading out west. Kid friendly suggestions welcome! I put a similar packing list together for a client of mine traveling to Europe for an annual family gathering in Switzerland. She wanted casual chic and to always feel "dressed" on and off the slopes. Another essential I had her buy was this face oil. It has been saving me the last few weeks! All these pieces can easily work on a trip to any cold climate! 

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NEW YEAR, CLASSIC LOOK

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Happy New Year! Today feels like a clean slate, a fresh start, and I'm so excited for what lies ahead in 2018! Grateful is an understatement for how I've felt the last 8 months to have this as a creative outlet and a platform to share my thoughts, style, and life with you. Thank you for all your emails, DM's, likes, and comments...they mean the world to me!  

I'm a huge fan of the military jacket. I always suggest to clients that they pick up this staple when I'm doing a closet re-organizathion or putting together outfits. Army green works on every skin tone and can also be worn with all colors. I purchased this one last year and wore it into the summer with white jeans or over a dress. These days I'm layering it under outerwear or a fur vest (behind the scenes: I was FA-REEEEZING shooting this - I think it was 13 degrees out!). PS the boots I'm wearing are so comfortable and if it would just stop snowing I could go back to wearing them every day!

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JACKET : Theory (old but found it here, here, and here on sale)

SUNGLASSES : Zara (Tagged similar below)

SWEATER : Vince (Last year, similar herehere and below)

JEANS : Zara (similar here)

BOOTS : Marc Fisher

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Posted on January 2, 2018 and filed under Outfits.

END OF THE YEAR SALE

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NORDSTROM SALE

Laying low this week and doing all my shopping from my computer! There are so many great end of the year sales going on right now and Nordstrom's is one of my favorites. I find it so easy to order from them and they make returning by mail or in-store really simple which is essential these days!

  • If you're shopping for a basic black boot this one is great. I like suede because it dresses things up a little and you can wear these day or night. This stone colored pair is a great neutral!
  • I have these booties in brown suede...love the patent and so comfortable!
  • I know stocking stuffer season is done but this love necklace is so sweet and would make the best gift! 
  • LOVE these sunnies in black 

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Posted on December 27, 2017 .

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

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Motherhood is easy (said no one ever)! It isn't easy but it is a journey that for me, has changed my life in the best way possible. On January 2nd it will be three years since my sweet Luke made me a mom...a day I will never forget. Since then, motherhood has been a string of decisions...thousands of them. In the beginning it was, "Can he sleep like that, Should we feed him that?, Can we take him there?" now the questions are bigger like "Did I say the right thing? and How do I explain that?" Sometimes my work schedule gives me only one to two hours a day with the kids and its never uninterrupted. I'm always asking myself, "How can I get more time?", and then the mom guilt sets in. Last week I started to make a list of goals - all the things I wanted to accomplish in 2018. I looked at it and realized they were ALL work related! Which brought me to my New Year's resolution....   

BE PRESENT - It sounds so simple but for me (if I'm being honest with myself) its not. Since Harrison was born in May I've been on my phone and or my computer A LOT. Like seriously a lot. I re-launced my blog last February at 6 months pregnant and really kicked it into high gear in June when H was only one month old. It was a huge undertaking with a newborn, a 2.5 year old, and a full-time job waiting for me to return in two months but I was determined to make it work. Every time I shoed Luke away for "work" I would tell myself I was doing it for him. That I was working this hard to create a job and a lifestyle that would one day equal more flexible hours and more time with my babies. That was all true BUT reflecting on the last 7 months, I'm realizing that I need a better balance, personally, and for my family. Now as any mom knows, there is not exact science to the work/kids/husband/self ratio but I've committed to prioritizing family time in the New Year and it feels good! What are your New Year's resolutions? 

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Posted on December 26, 2017 and filed under Outfits.

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Posted on December 23, 2017 .

THE GIFT GUIDE - UNDER $100

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My final gift guide this holiday season! It's crunch time! I'm so confused by Christmas this year...maybe its because it falls on a Monday? I have to say though - retailers have been doing a GREAT job at communicating shipping deadlines and almost all of the larger stores are offering expedited shipping at no extra charge or for free. So lets talk gifts under $100. I just ordered this speaker for the boys playroom and I love it! If you know someone who is in to cycling I found this one which looks cool too. This jewelry case is a great price point at $65, love the color, and is the perfect gift for all the "tweens" in your life. Personally I think the hardest category to shop for! Hope you're all having a wonderful Tuesday and Happy shopping:)

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Posted on December 18, 2017 and filed under Lust List.