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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similar dress | booties

 

Can we just agree that Nordstrom is probably the best place to shop?

The Half Yearly Sale is going on now through June 4 and almost everything is 40% off with this one. You can find me shopping Women, but don’t forget this sale also applies to Men, Kids + Home.

This HY Sale is a favorite and things always fly out, so grab what you love. To be honest, I typically overbuy and return what I can’t justify keeping. Better safe than sorry, right?

 

In no particular order, here are some of my favorite finds! Ready, set, add to cart..

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Opening photo is by the always amazing Shawn of 2fore pictures.

Let me know what you get + happy shopping!

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You know those mornings when you wakeup and realize you really should’ve showered the night before to remove the grease from your 2-day-old curls? It seems like the right thing to do before venturing out into the world. Well, enter one of my newest, most useful finds.

If you’ve been following along, you know that I’m not a hat person. When I saw this hat online for $25 at Nordstrom, I pulled the trigger anyway. Not going to lie, it almost had an aura around it. Return it if it looks weird, right? So it showed up at the door and I’m so glad I got one! It’s the everygirl hat. Inexpensive and it also comes in all kinds of colors/teams. I’ve always been partial to a pretty blue. 🙂

 

Here are 4 different outfit ideas to go with your cute hair-hider, so pick your vibe for the day and rock it.

 

Top: Nordstrom (SO soft!)

Pants: Nordstrom

Booties: Nordstrom (they’re BACK IN STOCK!)

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Choker: Nordstrom

Top: AE (sans the tee underneath)

Jeans: Old Navy (similar)

Shoes: Amazon ($32.99!)

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2fore pictures

 

Tops: LuluLemon + similar plaid

Pants: Nordstrom Rack (similar)

Shoes: Nordstrom

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2fore pictures

 

Top: Nordstrom

Jeans: Apricot Lane Peoria (similar)

Shoes: Nordstrom Rack

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I want to give a humungous thank you to Shawn of 2fore pictures for all the images. He does everything video + photography and you can contact him here.

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Truth: When you’re 5′ 9,” there are lots of heels and dresses that just won’t work. But, to my short girls and tall girls of all builds, this dress does it all. I’m posting this for you immediately because from the time I got this dress last week until now, they are almost GONE!

Everyone loves a little swish + a little leg in a good piece of clothing. This print + this fit + the keyhole back are just a few of my favorite things with this dress. Oh and did I mention that it’s currently 40% off! Here’s everything you need to know to get this baby in your closet.

Tall girls, size up for length. I’m wearing a size 8 (usually a 6). It also comes in a black/white/grey combo, but this blue screams spring + summer. You can shop my favorite minidress online, but it’s almost sold out. If you don’t see your size, call your local Nordstrom and have them search for item #5275134 in your size and color. Shh, don’t tell anyone, but the Nord associates always have access to inventory not offered online. My dress shipped to me (free) from a Nordstrom store in Cali.. my favorite dress from my favorite state. Seems meant to be, doesn’t it? 😉

I paired this dress with some cute black booties I picked up in BP. shoes. They are currently sold out (I think I’m seeing a theme here), but here’s a similar pair. Feel free to repeat the search process with your local store to get access to that secret inventory if you need it.

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Good luck snagging one for yourself!

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Happy New Year, friends! The holiday season flew by, as it often does, but I truly soaked up every ounce of fun with family before making the annual crossover.

Christmas, my birthday + New Years all lineup nicely at the end of each year and we always get large doses of sugar, fat, carbs, travel, laughs, glitter, shopping, snow and most importantly, togetherness. We had a great ending. That being said, I’m happy 2016 is finally in the rear view mirror.

2016, in a nutshell, broke me into pieces.. kinda like the peanuts you smash up, but without any sign of a sundae. It was one of those years where I kept looking for Ashton Kutcher, but he was nowhere to be found. No Ashton. No sundae. Just a lot of punk’d + pieces.

It was the year that instilled in me that God cannot shape us and He cannot use us if we sit in one comfortable spot. In the same way that rocks (and some of the coolest formations) are shaped by the elements of the outdoors, God exposes us to His own kind of storm for His perfect purpose. Sometimes hardship is merely a repercussion of a bad choice, but more often than not, God rocks our boat to test our faith and to reshape us as His rocks. Did I just call us God’s rocks? Anyway, those of us “rocks” with knicks and scuffs have a lot more compassion + enlightenment toward all the weathered folks along our path. Maybe it’s not even knicks and scuffs that we sport, maybe it’s actually smoothed edges.. either way, this is the pile I’m in.

I guess the message here is always try and use your circumstances. Nothing happens by mistake (Romans 8:28). I could type out my list of circumstances I had no part in creating, but the internet would run out of ink. 😉 Time to tighten up my ponytail and go help some fellow rocks..

This little boy of ours has been the hugest ray of sunshine imaginable and I loved trotting around with him to capture his sweetness. He runs like a pint-sized Jack Sparrow. It’s the best! I look at him and know that someday he will be taller than I am and hanging out with girls other than his sister + I, so I’m soaking up every kiss, hug, “you’re beautiful mama,” and snuggle I can while he’s still all mine. He’s pure sugar. <3

 

Scarf: Nordstrom

Jacket: Nordstrom

Sweater: Nordstrom

Jeans: Nordstrom

Booties: Nordstrom (similar)

 

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Big shout out to the amazing Amy of AMP Images for these shots!

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