Sherling vest

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denim (similar) | top (so comfy) | | booties | bag | sunnies (real thing here) | earrings

Oh my goodness, this vest! It is soo ridiculously soft and I find myself wanting to wear it with literally everything. It also comes in a tan color which is linked. I don’t know why but it wouldn’t let me link the black. But this is such a simple outfit with a key special piece, the vest. You can pair it with so many different looks too. All black, over a dress, top and skirt, etc. So many possibilities.

Hope your Monday is off to a good start and you had a nice weekend! 🙂

P.S. If you’re looking to get some Holiday shopping done early I have an online trunk show open now. You can click HERE to shop! The earrings I’m wearing are gorgeous for the Holidays!!

Labor Day Sales!

Sorry for the delayed post today. We are in New Jersey for our good high school friend’s wedding and flew out at 6am this morning, so I was a bit frazzled packing last night!

Labor Day weekend is an awesome time to stock up on some awesome pieces for fall. I highlighted some of my favorite finds for $20 or less on Wednesday. If you didn’t catch that post click here to view it.

Here are some more sales going on right now that you don’t want to miss out on!

Target – Save 25% on women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories plus an extra 10% off with promo code LABORDAY

Nordstrom – Save 40-50% on tons of fall items including a lot that was part of the Anniversary sale! Marked down even more! Click here & here to see my posts on Anniversary Sale items!

Old Navy– Like I showed on Wed. the entire store is up to 60% off!! Plus right now use the promo code DAYOFF to get an extra 15% off your order!

Loft -30% off new fall arrivals plus an extra 50% off sale! Just picked up this adorable top the other day!

J Crew Factory– 50% off EVERYTHING! Including my favorite herringbone puffer vest (also comes in solid colors, it’s not super puffy, so it’s flattering but will still keep you warm! Mine is a size small, if you want a bit of a fitted look size down one size)

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Also if you have kids make sure to check out the children’s section of Old Navy, sooo many adorable things for fall! Here is a little sampling of some of the stuff I got for Isla! I want everything in my size!

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I hope everyone has a happy and safe Labor Day weekend! 🙂

Fall Fashion for under $20!

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Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Old Navy has some of the cutest stuff for fall! Right now ALL these pieces in the collage are $20 or UNDER! Many of them under. A lot of you are looking for a leopard print scarf and this one is PERFECTION. I am really picky about my leopard print pattern, it has to be as non-gaudy as possible. And this one is awesome at $12!! And I might have to scoop up that burgundy floppy hat for only $15! Not to mention all of the great dresses on sale right now. Seriously if you like something now is the time to pick it up! To make it even better if you input the promo code ENJOY at checkout you can get an extra 30% off on some items making them even cheaper! I don’t know how long this sale will be going on for, but I’m sure not long, so don’t delay. Happy Shopping!

Happy Hump Day! Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. This dress is super cute and with the promo code it comes out to be only $22.40!

Special Mother’s Day gifts

   This was the first Mother’s Day without my grandma. When my grandpa passed away in March 2013, all I could focus on was how badly it hurt me, how sad I was, how much I missed him, how badly I wanted my kids to know him. Those are all normal feelings, but what I wasn’t focusing on were others. Specifically my mom who had just lost her dad. In January this year when my grandma passed, of course I was extremely sad and upset like with my grandpa, but somewhere between 2013-2015 my mindset changed. I don’t know if it’s because I matured a bit more, had a baby of my own, or just became more aware of how the death of a loved one affects my other loved ones. But I became more aware of how my mom was hurting. I’ll never forget the realization, of the impact and change in her life, come upon me.

It was the week after my grandma’s funeral and Isla and I stopped by my parents house to just say hi, a normal occurrence. As we were leaving I asked my mom how she was doing, she said ok. And it hit me like a ton of bricks. I had been so focused on me and my feelings I didn’t stop to think for more than a minute that she just lost her mom. I said to her are you sure, because I know I lost my grandma but you lost your mom and I don’t know what I would do without you. We both cried and hugged and I think she truly appreciated my love and understanding in that moment. This may sound strange but in that moment is when I feel like I had fully matured as an adult and officially gained a tiny grain of wisdom. I’m sure Nana & Pa were both looking down on us and smiling, knowing that they have brought us together. I couldn’t be more grateful for the love my mom (and mother in law!) has for me and wanted to show that appreciation in a special Mother’s Day gift.

My Grandma had very distinct handwriting, funny story, she was actually a leftie but the nuns who taught her in school her forced her to write with her right hand so she actually became ambidextrous. Anyway her handwriting was always beautiful slanty cursive. She wrote slowly and carefully, crafting each letter to flow into the next. It was cool to watch. I got this idea from an idea Ashley L. posted on IG of her Mother’s Day gift to her mom. So I decided to practically copy it, if you’re reading this Ashley, thank you! 🙂

First I found a card from Nana, this one happened to be to Isla for her baptism last July. I love her little note (and the period at the end), she absolutely adored Isla and called her her doll baby.

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Next I took a photo of the word “Love” from the card as close up and clear as I could. Then I purchased a few things. A pretty pillow I thought my mom would like, iron on fabric transfer paper, some fabric, and thread that would go with the colors in the pillow.

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Here is the pillow I picked out.

Next I printed the word love to scale on the transfer paper (per the directions on the package, you must use the website they provide so it can be mirror flipped so when you iron it on it reads correctly left to right). Then I ironed it onto the fabric piece, cut it out, and sewed it onto the pillow where I wanted it.

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When I gave it to my mom she didn’t even know I made it! At first she thought it came that way, then I said who’s handwriting does that look like? And she said Nana’s, and I said it is. She was taken aback and I think she really loved it. Which makes me happy.

Susan (my mother in law) lost her mom, Grandma Jan, in 2009, and I had only met her once. But I know from all the stories she was an extremely special woman. I really feel like she lives on in her daughters and granddaughters which is something so cool to see. I know my MIL was very close with her mom and it was really difficult when she lost her. I wanted to do something similar for her to honor her own mom. We use some of Grandma Jan’s recipes quite often, one in particular her chocolate sauce recipe. It is SO good. So I asked Christina (my SIL), to find the recipe in Grandma Jan’s handwriting so I could make something special. Well she couldn’t find it in the box of recipes and when she asked Susan where it was Susan just wrote it down for her from memory. No! We need it in Grandma Jan’s handwriting! lol, fail! So we never got the chocolate sauce recipe but Christina found 2 other recipes that were special to her in Grandma Jan’s handwriting, which I used. I got this idea just from browsing the internet while searching iron on fabric transfers.

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I love how she spelled cookie, so cute. (It’s coming full circle Julia is Cooky!) LOL

First I bought minimally decorated kitchen towels and iron on fabric transfer paper. Then I did the same as with the pillow, uploaded the photos into the website’s program, mirror flipped the image and printed it. Then I simply ironed them directly onto the towels. Here is the final result.

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I think they turned out pretty cute. I was debating printing them in black and white but like the authenticity of the red pen with the aged spots on the notecard.

Susan really loved them. I could tell they were very special and held a lot of meaning to her. I’m glad I could bring a smile to her face. 🙂

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day. It’s one of those times in life where you really need to focus on what matters and remember how much your mama has done for you and just how much she loves you!! I now TRULY understand the love a mother has for her child, now that I have my little Isla bear. I couldn’t be more grateful for both my moms God has blessed me with! Thanks so much for reading.

Summery chambray

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white denim (great price & so comfy!) | chambray top  (similar here)| wedges | clutch | necklace | watch | renengade cluster | druzy bracelet 

I am lovinggg white & chambray right now! It’s a fun opposite take on the typical jeans and a white tee. This is the perfect short sleeve chambray. The quality is amazing for the price. It’s currently sold out but if you like it definitely get on the waitlist. I linked a similar one that is cute too! These white jeans are PERFECT. They have a lower rise so great for the front tuck, stretchy enough to be comfy but not lose their shape, and crisp white! They can easily be dressed up or down which is perfect for summer and for those who aren’t into distressed details. And if you can’t tell this is my favorite necklace from the summer line. It can be worn 3 ways but I prefer it with all the pieces attached like this! I LOVE how it dresses up a simple tee, it’s a little edgy too, but gorgeous!

Sorry for the lack of a post yesterday. It wasn’t nice weather AT ALL over the weekend so we didn’t shoot any outfits, and I took the day off. 🙂 I hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day weekend! I enjoyed sleeping in both mornings! Which in and of itself was a treat. I also got a sweet homemade card from Kevin & Isla, and a fitbit, which I had been wanting! I’m super interested to know how much I move throughout the day and how much more I need to do to hit 10,000 steps. Do you have a fitbit? Do you like it?

Thanks for reading, have a great day!

swing dress

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swing dress | wedges | bag (old, identical one here)| sunnies | earrings | engraved bar necklace | aria pendent | rebel ring

I love this fun flowy dress! It is one that can be dressed up or down with different shoes/accessories. It’s also so comfy and flattering!

TGIF! I’m working on some Mother’s Day gifts today and really hope they turn out how I want them to. I will share them with you next week whether they are a win or fail.

Hope all you mama’s out there enjoy your special day! Isla is the best gift I could ever ask for! Have a great weekend!

pretty little flowers

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floral flowy hem dress (currently 25% off!) | cognac mules | bag | sunnies | aria necklace | isadora hoops | renegade cluster

How cute is this little floral dress? It also comes in black but I love the muted colors and the fun flowy hem. And of course because it has sleeves! I think it can totally work for fall too with tights and boots. It’s a flattering shift dress. Usually shift dresses look horrible on me! I’m wearing the size small and I’m actually debating exchanging for the x-small. This brand runs super big, believe me normally I am NOT an x-small, lol.

If you are still looking for a Mother’s Day gift I highly recommend something from our engravables and charms collection!

The pieces are so gorgeous and so well made. All the engraving is included in the price which is a great deal. There are super fun ways to mix and match charms. My fav is the id tag engraved with a personal date like a wedding date or your mom’s initials, then adding initial charms for her kids, lastly adding a fun personal touch like a little key or her birthstone! There are some ideas on the site but if you want any suggestions PLEASE ask! These make the most special gifts!

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ALSO super exciting, if you spend $50, you can buy any of the following products for 50% off when you purchase using THIS link.

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AND you can get THIS scarf for $14.99 when you spend $50!!! Some seriously good deals to be had.

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Please let me know if you have any questions! I would love to help you host your own trunk show and earn tons of free jewelry and accessories! My last hostess earn $260 in FREE products of their choice plus 4 items for 50% off! Just for having a fun girls night! It couldn’t be simpler!

Thanks for reading friends!