Under $50: Puff Sleeve Sweater

I picked up this puff sleeve sweater, loving the color and fit, and when I got it home and looked it up online, realized it was on sale! Don’t you love when I find sale items for you without even knowing it? I’m just drawn to good deals. It’s my superpower. I love when sweaters have just a little bit of quirk about them, but not too crazy. This one has a bit of a puff sleeve and I love how blousy it feels. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a good shade of beige. I say this as I look around my house filled with beige and grey. I’m pretty sure if I put myself against a wall while wearing this sweater, Bryan wouldn’t even be able to find me. I like what I like and it’s not-so-boring beige. You can find this sweater on sale here!

I promise I am working on a postpartum denim post (the holidays just get so busy!) but for now, these are some of my very favorite jeans I’ve found. They are Levi’s which I’ve never tried before and for under $100 they feel like super high-quality denim. The high waist is perfect for new mamas and the stretch is amazing. I promise a full post is coming, but these are definitely at the top of my list. You can find these at Shopbop here.

We are starting Thanksgiving early this week with meal #1 today! I’ve got my stretchy pants and loose sweater ready. I’ve been preparing for this all year. 😉

 

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Under $50: Puff Sleeve Sweater

I picked up this puff sleeve sweater, loving the color and fit, and when I got it home and looked it up online, realized it was on sale! Don’t you love when I find sale items for you without even knowing it? I’m just drawn to good deals. It’s my superpower. I love when sweaters have just a little bit of quirk about them, but not too crazy. This one has a bit of a puff sleeve and I love how blousy it feels. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a good shade of beige. I say this as I look around my house filled with beige and grey. I’m pretty sure if I put myself against a wall while wearing this sweater, Bryan wouldn’t even be able to find me. I like what I like and it’s not-so-boring beige. You can find this sweater on sale here!

I promise I am working on a postpartum denim post (the holidays just get so busy!) but for now, these are some of my very favorite jeans I’ve found. They are Levi’s which I’ve never tried before and for under $100 they feel like super high-quality denim. The high waist is perfect for new mamas and the stretch is amazing. I promise a full post is coming, but these are definitely at the top of my list. You can find these at Shopbop here.

We are starting Thanksgiving early this week with meal #1 today! I’ve got my stretchy pants and loose sweater ready. I’ve been preparing for this all year. 😉

 

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Under $50: Puff Sleeve Sweater

I picked up this puff sleeve sweater, loving the color and fit, and when I got it home and looked it up online, realized it was on sale! Don’t you love when I find sale items for you without even knowing it? I’m just drawn to good deals. It’s my superpower. I love when sweaters have just a little bit of quirk about them, but not too crazy. This one has a bit of a puff sleeve and I love how blousy it feels. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a good shade of beige. I say this as I look around my house filled with beige and grey. I’m pretty sure if I put myself against a wall while wearing this sweater, Bryan wouldn’t even be able to find me. I like what I like and it’s not-so-boring beige. You can find this sweater on sale here!

I promise I am working on a postpartum denim post (the holidays just get so busy!) but for now, these are some of my very favorite jeans I’ve found. They are Levi’s which I’ve never tried before and for under $100 they feel like super high-quality denim. The high waist is perfect for new mamas and the stretch is amazing. I promise a full post is coming, but these are definitely at the top of my list. You can find these at Shopbop here.

We are starting Thanksgiving early this week with meal #1 today! I’ve got my stretchy pants and loose sweater ready. I’ve been preparing for this all year. 😉

 

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Thanksgiving Outfit Idea: Husband + Baby Edition

Of course, I saved the best for last this week: these two.  My cute husband and precious baby are joining in on the Thanksgiving outfit fun, too. It’s a family affair. I mean these two twins were made for complementary outfits and photo shoots together. I couldn’t get over the photos, so that’s why there is a complete photo overload 😉 I’m mommin’ so hard right now.

B’s Thanksgiving outfit includes a soft henley and a camel cardigan, which I’m completely jealous of. It looks so cozy. (He said it is.) He also added that it’s perfect for eating all day and watching football. A man after my own heart, except for sports because I couldn’t care less about any sports team ever. I will be on my phone scrolling Instagram the whole time any football game is on. (And no, I won’t be holding Gemma. I’ve got a wait list of family lined up wanting to hold and love on her Thanksgiving day. I’m gonna have to enforce the ‘take turns’ rule.)

B has always been a cardigan kind of guy and honestly, I can’t blame him. He makes grandpa sweaters look good. This one is Nordstrom Men’s brand (who even knew they had their own brand?) and it’s really well priced for this high-quality and warm sweater. I know this isn’t going to come as a surprise but most of B’s clothes come from Nordstrom. It used to be kind of hard to find high quality but affordable pieces for him, as he truly gets his wear out of every piece he owns. He finds his favorite pieces and wants to wear them non-stop for years, but if they aren’t high quality then they just kind of fall apart after a few washes and he gets frustrated. When we started investing in styles from Nordstrom, he has been able to find nice pieces that stay around for many seasons, wash after wash. Men’s clothing can be surprisingly pricey, so under $100 for a really nice men’s sweater is actually pretty great. If you are looking for a great gift idea, you can find his sweater here! And here is a lighter weight version under $60! (B said sweaters are always a great gift idea, by the way. I think he is dropping hints…)

A few of Bryan’s favorite sweaters right now, if you’re looking for gifts and such.

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Miss Gemma has no idea what she is wearing. Let’s be honest. But ya’ll she is getting to the age (3 months this week!) or should I say size, that I feel like I can put something other than onesies on her. Although she loves her a good footie to sleep in, I love being able to put things together for her. So far my favorite brands from Nordstrom are Peek, Tucker + Tate, and Nordstrom Baby. Her sweatshirt is Peek, you can find it here. And we love Tucker + Tate leggings. I buy things just a little bit big so they can last a bit longer than just right now.

Oh and her matching her dad? Not even in a slight coincidence at all. Completely planned by her crazy mother. 😉

And of course, photos are overrated and chewing on dad’s hand is the best.

 

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Nordstrom! Our go-to for men’s styles and baby! Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!

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Thanksgiving Outfit Idea: Husband + Baby Edition

Of course, I saved the best for last this week: these two.  My cute husband and precious baby are joining in on the Thanksgiving outfit fun, too. It’s a family affair. I mean these two twins were made for complementary outfits and photo shoots together. I couldn’t get over the photos, so that’s why there is a complete photo overload 😉 I’m mommin’ so hard right now.

B’s Thanksgiving outfit includes a soft henley and a camel cardigan, which I’m completely jealous of. It looks so cozy. (He said it is.) He also added that it’s perfect for eating all day and watching football. A man after my own heart, except for sports because I couldn’t care less about any sports team ever. I will be on my phone scrolling Instagram the whole time any football game is on. (And no, I won’t be holding Gemma. I’ve got a wait list of family lined up wanting to hold and love on her Thanksgiving day. I’m gonna have to enforce the ‘take turns’ rule.)

B has always been a cardigan kind of guy and honestly, I can’t blame him. He makes grandpa sweaters look good. This one is Nordstrom Men’s brand (who even knew they had their own brand?) and it’s really well priced for this high-quality and warm sweater. I know this isn’t going to come as a surprise but most of B’s clothes come from Nordstrom. It used to be kind of hard to find high quality but affordable pieces for him, as he truly gets his wear out of every piece he owns. He finds his favorite pieces and wants to wear them non-stop for years, but if they aren’t high quality then they just kind of fall apart after a few washes and he gets frustrated. When we started investing in styles from Nordstrom, he has been able to find nice pieces that stay around for many seasons, wash after wash. Men’s clothing can be surprisingly pricey, so under $100 for a really nice men’s sweater is actually pretty great. If you are looking for a great gift idea, you can find his sweater here! And here is a lighter weight version under $60! (B said sweaters are always a great gift idea, by the way. I think he is dropping hints…)

A few of Bryan’s favorite sweaters right now, if you’re looking for gifts and such.

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Miss Gemma has no idea what she is wearing. Let’s be honest. But ya’ll she is getting to the age (3 months this week!) or should I say size, that I feel like I can put something other than onesies on her. Although she loves her a good footie to sleep in, I love being able to put things together for her. So far my favorite brands from Nordstrom are Peek, Tucker + Tate, and Nordstrom Baby. Her sweatshirt is Peek, you can find it here. And we love Tucker + Tate leggings. I buy things just a little bit big so they can last a bit longer than just right now.

Oh and her matching her dad? Not even in a slight coincidence at all. Completely planned by her crazy mother. 😉

And of course, photos are overrated and chewing on dad’s hand is the best.

 

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Nordstrom! Our go-to for men’s styles and baby! Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!

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A Modern Day Piggy Bank with Frost Bank

As you very well know, B and I became parents this past August. Our whole world changed in the blink of an eye; a moment I’ll truly never ever forget. While I knew our life would change, I had no idea how much it would change for the better. When people said that it would change your life, I always heard it with a negative slant. You see, we really loved our life prior to Gemma; we got married young we had a solid ten years with each other which included lots of memories, lots of experiences and lots of mistakes. When people mentioned kids changing everything, in a way it made me cling to our life even more; thinking that once we did have children the change would negate the good of our previous or current life. Boy, was I wrong. Having Gemma didn’t subtract from our lives one bit, but instead, it multiplied everything good. In fact, our life isn’t so different now, except that we get to share it with her. How amazing is that? (Okay, okay so it subtracted some sleep, that is true. B and I talk about how we *used* to get mad when we didn’t get a full 8 hours of sleep at night… LOL FOREVER.)
Since we waited a while to have kids and with our tenth — yes I said tenth — anniversary coming up next year, we really took our sweet time. As we learned, when you get married in your early twenties, you have to grow up together fast. We were on our at the age of 23 and let me just say, we made a few mistakes. I wouldn’t say we made a ton of financial mistakes, but we definitely took our time when it came to figuring out the importance of having your finances in order. One thing I wish we would have done from day one was put more importance into a savings account. In a young marriage, there are always a lot of surprise expenses and we seemed to find every single one of them out there. From cars breaking down to moving expenses (side note — why do we move so much in our 20s? B and I became expert packers and U-Haul drivers), we finally realized that having an emergency fund saved up was a much better idea than putting all of our surprises on a credit card. Of course, we learned the hard way as most 20-somethings do with our financial mishaps. That is one reason I’m glad we waited a few years to have Gemma — we made our lot of mistakes and we know a lot more than we did 10 years ago thanks to those unsaid mistakes. Our mistakes are Gemma’s gain. We like it that way.
 
Before Gemma was born, we knew that we wanted to make the best financial decisions for her and setting up a savings account for her was first on our to-do list. You are never too young to start saving money. My parents did this for me when I was in my teens and years later I was able to use that money to buy a car after college and even use some of the money for my wedding. Our plan for Gemma is simple: We will put money aside in her savings account every month, just as we do our own savings. We know that eventually, we want to teach Gemma how to save money because spending money is the easiest lesson to learn. (She’s got a really good teacher for that shopping lesson: her mama.) I learned financial responsibility from watching my parents tend to their money with care and I lead by the same example for Gemma.
 
Now Gemma baby is just 3 months old, so she has a lot of other important things she needs to learn before we dive into the importance of a savings account with her. (Currently we are working on getting our toes in our mouth, so you know… VERY important stuff over here. We can talk money much later.) But when she is old enough and ready to learn the importance of saving, we will have a nice amount set aside for her to add to. Frost Bank has been a great assistance with helping us set up a bank account for her. We set it up quickly online, with a simple amount of $100 (but you can easily open an account with just $25.) Each month we have decided to put back a set amount of money for her on the 14th since that’s the day she was born. I’ve put this on my calendar and I know on the 14th, that’s Gemma’s savings day. The best part is we don’t even have to make a trip to the bank with the ease of Frost Bank’s online amenities. It’s as easy as 1-2-3. In a way, it’s like a modern-day piggy bank. I can imagine Gemma when she’s older and helping me ‘deposit’ money in her savings account via the app. Every month on the 14th, we can open the Frost Bank app, make a quick deposit and she can see her ‘piggy bank’ grow with her.

*This post is in partnership with Frost Bank. Special thanks to them for helping us get a jumpstart on our little Gem’s financial goals.

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Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas: The Festive Dress

 

Like I said yesterday, Thanksgiving isn’t a sprint for us, it’s a week-long marathon. A marathon I’ve been training for all year long. I was made for this holiday. But since we have a few Thanksgivings that we attend due to different family schedules, my outfits tend to go with the feeling of each Thanksgiving. Casual to more formal, I have an outfit for each one.

With my parents, we usually take a more formal route and so I like to have a pretty dress on hand for the day. This one is literally a perfect Thanksgiving dress, maybe the most Thanksgiving dress I’ve ever found — it’s soft, hard to wrinkle, has an elastic waist. I mean, come on! Perfection in a dress. I thought that it was going to be well over $250 because it’s Tracey Reese but it’s $158! Which is pretty darn good for this Anthro dress. You can find the dress here. (Here is a similar wrap dress — no flower print — for under $50!)

I’m also thinking this might be the dress for our Christmas cards this year. It’s literally the perfect dress for the holiday season.

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Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas: The Festive Dress

 

Like I said yesterday, Thanksgiving isn’t a sprint for us, it’s a week-long marathon. A marathon I’ve been training for all year long. I was made for this holiday. But since we have a few Thanksgivings that we attend due to different family schedules, my outfits tend to go with the feeling of each Thanksgiving. Casual to more formal, I have an outfit for each one.

With my parents, we usually take a more formal route and so I like to have a pretty dress on hand for the day. This one is literally a perfect Thanksgiving dress, maybe the most Thanksgiving dress I’ve ever found — it’s soft, hard to wrinkle, has an elastic waist. I mean, come on! Perfection in a dress. I thought that it was going to be well over $250 because it’s Tracey Reese but it’s $158! Which is pretty darn good for this Anthro dress. You can find the dress here. (Here is a similar wrap dress — no flower print — for under $50!)

I’m also thinking this might be the dress for our Christmas cards this year. It’s literally the perfect dress for the holiday season.

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Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas: The Slouchy Sweater

Probably one of my favorite go-to for Thanksgiving Week is a comfortable, slouchy sweater, like this one from Free People. I say ‘Thanksgiving Week’ because we usually have about three different Thanksgivings while trying to fit in everyone’s schedule between all of our family. I can not be the only person who goes to different Thanksgivings, right? And yes, I promise I’m invited to all of them. All though I am tempted sometimes to just pull up to a house with a lot of cars and just kind of blend into their Thanksgiving table. Like wedding crashing, but with food. I feel like I could be very good at this and if I bring Gemma, people will forget that they don’t even know who I am because my baby is so cute. It’s a good plan and I’m gonna need another outfit. Dually noted.

In an effort to not repeat myself, I will only mention that this sweater is so comfortable and slouchy twice. So that was it. But I will say it’s such a staple for fall/winter and I love this kind of muted eggplant hue. I can confidently say I have nothing in this color and that’s a shame because it’s a fabulous color for fall. The thing about this sweater is that it runs very big, so I would size down if you were under 5’7″. It’s actually very long and if I don’t front tuck it (which it tucks easily, by the way) then I can almost wear it as a dress. Probably with dark tights and in a dark room, it would definitely pass as a dress on me. So I say that with caution, size down unless you like a nice fit in an oversized look then stay true to size. I am in the medium if that helps! You can find the sweater here.

Here are a few of my favorite slouchy sweaters from around the web!

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PS: for you new mama’s, I am working on my favorite postpartum jeans but these are taking the cake lately! They are the Levi’s Mile High Denim. Under $100 and they don’t stretch out after wearing for many, many, many days. Legit mom jeans. You can find them here.

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Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas: The Simple Skirt


With Turkey Day right around the corner, I thought I’d share a couple of outfit ideas for the holiday! Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday of the season because a) I like being thankful and b) I like food. Food and gratitude — best day ever. So with that being said, I feel like after my 32 years of celebrating Thanksgiving to it’s fullest I’ve realized that there is an art to getting dressed for the holiday. And that art includes an elastic waist and a loose top. I just thought I’d perfected this equation in the 6th grade with my bright purple matching sweatsuit (elastic waist? check. loose top? check.) but now I really feel like I’ve perfected the look with a loose sweater and a simple skirt. Sure,  it’s not as casual as a sweatsuit, naturally, but it’s just as comfortable. Comfort food and comfort sweaters; my body is ready for Thanksgiving.

Seriously though this skirt is made for new mamas — the length is perfect and yes, the waist really is elastic. I appreciate this because it looks like a fancy skirt but I feel like I’m cheating on that fanciness with this simple, stretchy waistband. I seriously love outfits that feel just as comfortable as couch clothes but they looked pulled together. Like this skirt paired with a slouchy sweater, it looks chic but I’m ready to eat. Some people countdown to Christmas, I countdown to Thanksgiving.

This sweater is also adorable with skinny jeans and flats. I wore it like this all day yesterday but didn’t stop to get a shot of it. So you will just have to trust me on that. Here’s basically the outfit I wore yesterday without the skirt.

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Both looks Turkey Day approved.

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