Metallic Jacket | Canary Foldover

Here’s what I’m currently loving that, as of right now, is still in stock. Now that this sale is officially open to the public, think Macys on the morning of Black Friday circa 1995. Run, don’t walk! 😉

 

10 Things I Bought + Love:

I snagged these cutaway booties in blush and fog. 1 fun + 1 practical. 🙂

The sweater everyone needs this fall.

My embroidered jacket is still in stock!

Effortless dress.

Classic booties you don’t have to splurge on.

This silky ruffle cami comes in 4 colors and I can’t believe it’s still in stock!

New braided handle purse.

 

Still in Stock:

Purple Cold Shoulder Sweater | Blush Ruffle Off the Shoulder CamiGrey Off the Shoulder Top

 

A few things currently in my cart..

The perfect bra.

Cross back cardigan.

Watch for a restock on this popular colorblock cardigan.

Studded booties. I love the grey.

This comfy pullover comes in 5 colors.

 

A Complete Outfit:

Choker Tee (comes in 6 colors!) |  Bralette | Jeans (dying over these!!) | Heel

 

 

Be sure to watch my Instagram for more!

 

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It’s the moooost wonderful time of the year..

It’s not exactly Christmas, but it may as well be! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (early access) is on now! And I’m so ready to share my picks with you!

Nordstrom is one of my favorite stores because they offer free shipping + free returns on everything + their customer service is top notch. This sale is my favorite because it gets you new fall items at the best prices! And things fly out, so (when the site stops crashing from all the traffic), get your shop on! 😉 Some items are re-stocked, but many are not!

The #nsale is open to all cardholders during this early access period, running July 13-20th  and opens up to everyone else on July 21st.

These are the trends you will be seeing come fall: velvets, bell sleeves, metallics, flowy pieces, cold shoulders, distressed jackets, cropped jeans + rich colors. And you will find it all right here.

 

Someday I will figure out how to setup all my images in a grid, but until then, enjoy the columns. 😉 Here we go…

 

TOPS

BP. Plaid Cotton Blend ShirtSub_Urban Riot 'Work Hard' Graphic Tee

Hinge Tie Front PulloverHinge Tie Front PulloverTreasure&Bond Distressed Off the Shoulder TopMain Image - BP. Ruffle Cold Shoulder PulloverMain Image - Hinge Ruffle Cold Shoulder SweaterMain Image - Socialite Cutout Choker TeeMain Image - Halogen® Lace Detail Cold Shoulder Sweater (Regular & Petite)Main Image - Hinge Off the Shoulder Velvet TopMain Image - BP. Drape Ruffle CamisoleMain Image - Socialite Off the Shoulder Sweatshirt

BOTTOMS

Trouvé Faux Leather LeggingsTopshop Moto Jamie Ripped High Waist Ankle Skinny JeansMain Image - Caslon® Stretch Skinny Jeans (Black) (Regular & Petite)Main Image - Good American Good Legs High Waist Skinny Jeans (Blue 082)

JACKETS

BLANKNYC Embroidered Faux Leather Moto JacketMain Image - Halogen® Zip Detail Leather Moto Jacket (Regular & Petite)

SHOES

Main Image - 1.STATE Iddah Perforated Cutaway Bootie (Women)Hunter Original Refined Matte Rain Boot (Women)Blondo Riyan Waterproof Sneaker (Women)Dolce Vita Hendrix Studded Sandal (Women)Hinge 'Cora' Block Heel Sandal (Women)Main Image - Sperry Saltwater Wedge Reeve Waterproof Boot (Women)Main Image - adidas Gazelle Sneaker

DRESSES

Leith Mixed Media Midi DressMain Image - Vince Camuto Stretch Crepe Shift Dress (Regular & Petite)Main Image - Socialite Cold-Shoulder Sweatshirt DressMain Image - Socialite Choker Lace Shift DressMain Image - Mimi Chica Cold Shoulder Asymmetrical Maxi DressMain Image - Lush Ruffle Cold Shoulder DressMain Image - Billabong Night Fox Off the Shoulder Dress

BAGS/ACCESSORIES

Rebecca Minkoff Unlined Front Pocket Leather Tote (Nordstrom Exclusive)kate spade new york leather smartphone crossbody bag (Nordstrom Exclusive)Frye Melissa Whipstitch Leather HoboTed Baker London Kate Leather Strap Watch, 38mmBaublebar Mini Metallic Pinata Statement EarringsMain Image - Sonix Parker 50mm SunglassesChelsea28 Olivia Faux Leather ToteNadri Bar Station Bracelet (Nordstrom Exclusive)Nordstrom Round 3.48ct tw Cubic Zirconia Stud EarringsNadri Pavé Crystal Banglekate spade new york do the twist pavé bangleLeith Suede ClutchLeith Suede ClutchVince Camuto Fayna Foldover Clutch (Nordstrom Exclusive)Le Specs Bandwagon 51mm Polarized SunglassesArgento Vivo Two-Tone Linear Fringe EarringsPanacea Sunstone Crystal EarringsBP. Faux Leather Braided Handle Tote

 

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Ready or not, we are cruising right into the heart of summer.

As you probably know, my happy place is Cali, but I really can’t argue with spending my 4th watching fireworks over the lake from my favorite lawn chair. Any kind of vacation near water is pretty great, really. Kid tip #2453: When kids have you crazy enough that a bridge jump sounds appealing, throw life jackets on them and let the lake do the babysitting. All I’ve had to do this week is put on their tiny swimming suits + toss some sort of lunch toward the water around noon each day. 🙂

I hope you all had a fun + safe 4th of July! My little fam bam is definitely having a blast.

With summer, comes getting out of the house more than usual and you’re going to need something to wear!

As things do, this gorg flowy dress sold out, but I’ve found several similar options for you! Signup for an in-stock notification if you like it in the tomato color, and you’ll be the first to know when it comes back!

 

Dress | Vicidolls | Get 20% off your Vicidolls order AND free shipping today with code “CHIC20”

Find some gorgeous + similar options here + here + here + signup for restock of a basic version here

Heels | Apricot Lane

Clutch | Nordstrom

Bracelet | Stella & Dot

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If you need some pictures taken, you must check out Shawn of 2fore pictures. He’s responsible for most of my images and he does it all! And now if you’ll excuse me, there’s a chaise lounge with my name on it.

 

Happy Summer + Happy Shopping!

 

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Ok you guys, fashion can wait because we have some baking to do.

These cupcakes are amazing!

They taste like fluffy cups of heaven (I know because I finally got to taste one after I made my 4th dozen) + they look pretty cool too!

I am not a baker and these took me the better part of a day to make, but my kids destroying the yard as I created them was (almost) worth it. Get this recipe printed and tuck it away because your grandkids will someday want a hard copy. 😉

These babies are time-consuming, but easy overall + worthwhile! Enjoy exercising those creative muscles.



CUPCAKE RECIPE

yields 24 cupcakes

1 Box Cake Mix (I prefer the funfetti cake mix)

1 Cup Water

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

5 Egg Whites

1 Small Box Instant Vanilla Pudding

1 Envelope Dream Whip (optional, as it’s seasonal / can be found in the pudding aisle)

 

BUTTERCREAM FROSTING RECIPE

1/2 Cup Sweet Cream Salted Butter (room temp)

1 Cup Crisco (not the cubes)

Pinch of Salt

1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Bean Paste (I got mine on Amazon)

2 Lb Package Powdered Sugar

Heavy Whipping Cream

Pastel Food Coloring

Piping Bag + Star Shaped Nozzle

 

FOR THE HORNS + EARS

1 Package White Fondant (I got mine on Amazon)

Pastel Food Coloring

Edible Gold Spray (I got mine on Amazon)

Rolling Pin

1 Circular Shaped Cookie Cutter (about the size of a quarter)

Powdered Sugar (trace amount for sprinkling)

1 Small Paint Brush (thin tip)

Toothpicks

Small Dish of Water

 

  1. Cupcakes. Combine all cupcake ingredients and distribute batter evenly into a cupcake pan lined with 24 cupcake liners. Bake @ 325 for 17-22 minutes. Set cupcakes aside and let them cool completely before frosting. 
  2. Fondant. Before making the frosting, setup your horn + ear making station and sprinkle clean counter (or parchment paper) with a small amount of the powdered sugar to keep your fondant from sticking. You can also make the horns + ears on a different day to cut down on time spent, just make sure to set a little of your powdered sugar aside (from the 2 lbs you will use for the frosting) for them.
  3. Decide how many ears and horns you need (I only made 12 of my 24 into unicorns and used about 1/4 package of fondant total). With clean hands dried on a paper towel (to avoid colored fibers in your white fondant), break off 2 large enough pieces of fondant: one for ears and one for horns. Your horn piece can stay white. Your piece for the ears can be broken into 2 uneven parts – with a toothpick, slowly add pink food coloring to your slightly smaller piece. Roll and smash repeatedly to incorporate the color throughout. Same thing with the blue food coloring on the bigger of the two pieces. Once you have a ball of baby pink and a ball of powder blue, grab your rolling pin + powdered sugar + cookie cutter + water + brush and watch this tutorial from 1:04 for easy instructions on what to do.
  4. Grab your white fondant piece + water + brush and head back to the same tutorial from 2:43 for easy instructions on rolling the horns. Make sure to clean your hands and surfaces between working with all the different colored pieces – you don’t want the colors to transfer! Once the fondant horns have setup and dried (an hour or more), dust them with a light coat of your gold spray. 
  5. Frosting. Now frosting! Cream the softened butter and crisco until whipped consistency, then add salt and vanilla. Then, slowly add powdered sugar. The amount of heavy whipping cream varies depending upon the consistency you want your finished product to be. I use close to 3/4 of my small carton. Frosting recipe will make enough for approx. 3 dozen piped cupcakes and can be sealed and stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks. Allow softening time before piping once you refrigerate.
  6. Break out the batch of frosting into 3 separate containers and, starting with 2 drops each, add food coloring to create pink, blue + yellow. Add more drops to your liking. On a large piece of saran wrap, follow this tutorial from 4:32 for dishing out the frosting and loading it into your piping bag. Continue watching for how to frost! You can optionally load the cupcakes into 9oz clear cups before frosting them and bag/tie them afterwards with large treat bags that can be found at Michaels. 
  7. Once your cupcakes are frosted, grab your hardened horns + ears and assemble! 

 

Humungous shoutout to Mischell of Devine Bites for allowing me to share these cupcake + frosting recipes!

 

…And now onto the GIVEAWAY! Head HERE right now for all the details!

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I’ve got a small shrine of footwear going, so let’s talk shoes!

Isn’t it crazy how, even in your 30’s, you still identify as early 20’s? But, then you hang out with people in their early 20’s and they confirm they are no longer your people. Kids, careers and relationships bring a lot of change that we don’t see coming and we don’t recognize as it all happens. Then, before you know it, your 20 year old single-pair-of-flip-flop-wearing self turns into this 30-something with a small shoe museum.

If you knew me a  decade ago, you know my dedication to flip flops was real. All year long. Rain or shine. Sometimes tall people just want to wear short, easy shoes.

Fast forward to today, I probably get an awesome pair of shoes with every third outfit I buy.

You guys would be proud of how my shoe ambitions have evolved in variety. Maybe shoes are just the only expression our weary bodies have left by this tiring point in life. Either way, SHOES!

So on that note, I have a 2017 blogging resolution: blog all the cute things the minute I find them. I’ve rounded up some amazingly cute shoe picks and a few of them have already become instant sell outs! It’s like I have thousands extensions of me out there stalking Nordstrom.com.

Enjoy these picks and, if you can’t find what you want at Nordstrom, try calling the store to double check their inventory. Also, try visiting their site from a different source (i.e. via Instagram ad) for a slighty different inventory.

 

These beauties are my absolute FAVES right now and they are too good not to share with an entire look. For being statement shoes, they go with almost everything!

shoes | top | jeans

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Here are all of my current favorite picks. Clockwise from the left:

studded heels (these are flying out) | black fringe (steve madden version) | pink pumps | grey lace-ups (jeffrey campbell version) | cognac pumps (similar) | oatmeal lace-ups | crisscross sandal (order now – these are flying too runs small, I wear a 9 and size up to a 10.5)

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Huge shoutout to always amazing Shawn of 2fore pictures for these images + happy shoe shopping!

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