Friday, July 31, 2015

20 Questions

A few years ago my friend Cassie at High Sugarplum had me play a fun game of 20 questions.  She asked a few different bloggers to answer a series of questions she compiled.  I thought it would be fun to share my answers, I updated a few answers because things have changed a bit in 2 years.  A new baby, new TV shows, and new likes.
Happy Friday!

What is your road trip essential snack?
This is a tough one but I am usually one for salty treats on a road trip- I love Cheese-its, Pringles (the jalapeno kind is my fav), Cheetos, and Gold fish.  My newest obsession is Voodoo Potato chips, they are so good.  Also it is probably considered more of a meal than a snack but I almost always hit up Chick-Fil-A on my road trips. I love me a fried chicken sandwich.

You've been handed two free round-trip tickets...who are you taking and where are you going?
Napa and taking the Hubs because duh, I want to go drink delicious wine all week. I am seriously dying to get out to Napa and do a vineyard tour one day.  I would actually love for my entire family to join.  My mom, dad, brother and sister and law,  and sister and brother in law- the whole crew, minus our babies.

What was your high school jam?
Dave Matthews Band Crash Into Me, kind of makes me cringe now because my high school boyfriend and I listened to it all the time.  We loved Dave Matthews in High School.  I remember going to so many of his concerts.

Would you rather have a perfect bum, or a flawless face?
Flawless face because you can always exercise and work on your bum but there ain't much help for your face besides plastic surgery.  Plus I feel like everyone notices your face before your body.
What shows are you ashamed to admit are on your DVR?
Wow my list is pretty long: Basically anything on Bravo.  I am addicted to any season of the Bachelorette, Bachelor or Bachelor in Paradise.  I also love Don't Be Tardy, and all of the Housewives.  Pretty much any reality TV show that you wonder who watches it, I do.  I do draw the line with the Kardashians I just can't watch it anymore.

What's your ringtone?
So lame but it is the standard ring tone my phone came with. I used to have Justin Timberlake's Sexy Back a few years ago when I worked and my boss asked me to take it off (no idea why, Sexy Back is so professional, right?) anyways after that I never changed it. When Matt calls it does play "I love it when you call me Big Poppa."
How old were you when you had your first kiss? Was it meh or toe-curling?
Hmm I think I was probably 12-13, and it was the Summer before 8th grade. Totally meh.

Do you have any siblings, and if so, where are you in the birth order?
Yes a brother and a sister. I am first born, then my sister is two years younger than me and my brother is the baby and 5 years younger than me.

What physical quirk were you born with?
One eye with blond eye lashes and one eye with black eyelashes. I always have to have mascara on!

What was your first car, and did you name it?
I had a bright red Buick Skylark, such a classy little car.   It was stick shift, which I am still super proud I knew how to drive.  Her name was Sally The Skylark.
 What would you request for your last supper?
Probably Mexican food and a whole platter of it. I am talking cheese dip, salsa, guacamole, tacos, enchiladas, and nachos- the works!

Have you ever been hospitalized, and if so, what for?
Only when I had Sterling and Frances Moon.  Which is a good thing because I get serious anxiety around hospitals. When my mom had shoulder surgery and I went to the hospital to visit I had to fight back tears, like I lose it in hospitals.  
This is me right before I delivered Frances- still smiling so you can tell the bad contractions had not set in:)

How tall are you? Do you wish you were taller, shorter...or are you just right?
5'9. Growing up I always wished I was shorter because I towered over all the boys.   I felt like they always asked the shorter girls out because who wants to date a giant??  Now I would not change a thing, I love my height and being tall. Also glad both Sterling and Frances will be tall- they are both in the 95 percentile for height.

Do you prefer to DIY or hire it out?
Hire it out for sure. Although many times I attempt to do it myself to save money but if I had unlimited resources I would most definitely hire everything out!
What do you eat for breakfast?
 Currently I am addicted to avocado toast (like everyone else right??). I usually have that with half a grapefruit and maybe a few pieces of bacon.  Otherwise its Greek yogurt.
What would you do for a living if you didn't need money?
I would really love to be a personal shopper or stylist- a la Rachel Zoe.  Total dream job.

Finish this sentence: Every room needs....
A tv- just kidding but not really. But in all honesty I like a mirror in every room, I feel like it really opens up the space!

How frequently do you wash your hair? Do you have any hair secrets or tricks?
About 2-3 times a week. I try to wash it every other day but if I can stretch longer I do. Wish I had some good tricks but I am clueless when it comes to hair. Two products I do love and swear by are the Living Proof Shampoo and Conditioner and Oribe Texturizing Spray.  I use the texturizing spray like a dry shampoo and use it on days my hair is greasy.  It smells amazing.  I also swear by the Wet brush, if you don't have one you need one.

Will you leave the house without makeup?
Nope. I hate going anywhere without make-up on. Matt always makes fun of me and says he can tell when I am really sick because those are the only days I don't put make-up on. Even right after I had Sterling and Frances Moon I showered and put on make-up.  I have make-up issues obviously. A lot of it relates to question number 9 and my serious under eye circles. I will say the older I have gotten I don't wear as much make-up. Give me mascara, concealer and bronzer and I am happy- well and maybe a touch of color for my lips:)

You just unloaded your Halloween haul...what candy do you go for first?
Reeses Cups, Then Kit Kats

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fall Favorites On a Budget | Under $90

With August just 2 days away I have Fall on the brain.  I think because it is so darn hot here I am dreaming of cooler, crisper air.  Fall and back to school shopping were always favorites of mine.  I still get excited about new Fall clothes even though I am no longer back to school shopping.  There are some amazing deals on Fall clothes right now.  I think as I was researching this post I put half these items in my shopping cart!  They are all under $90 !!  But they look so much more expensive.  Many of them are part of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, so take advantage before the prices go back up Monday.

  I think it would be great with skinny jeans and leggings!
Also comes in a lighter blue stripe.  This honestly reminds me of a Vince I have but a quarter of the price.

This comes in black, gray, and maroon.  Plus it is on sale for $40. Once again looks way more expensive.

I just ordered this in two colors. I am always looking for longer blouses. I picture this with leggings, a cute vest and booties or knee high boots.

Also comes in this Mosaic version which I love.

Comes in 4 colors.  Love the idea of this now with gladiator type flats and then booties in the fall.

I have been wanting to try a pair of Blank denim.  I have heard rave reviews.  I gotta admit they look pretty fabulous for under $100.

I love a plaid coat for Fall.

So gorgeous.  Would be super cute paired with a leather jacket.

I love a cape with skinny jeans.  and pregnant friends I wore capes and ponchos often while pregnant!

I love an Infinity Scarf plus the leopard print is a winning combo.

I never met a snake print I didn't like. This would be a great tote for baby/kid stuff too.

This necklace would look so good with a tee shirt and cardigan.  So many ways you could layer it and wear it.  Comes in 5 color options.

This looks identical to a Joie Blouse I own.  I can't get over the price.  I am sucker for this blue color but it also comes in a few more shades.

Looks identical to a Rag and Bone heathered tee I own. 
I can't believe these are polarized and under $100.  Love the blue lens for Fall too.
I love the classic white/black pattern of this cardigan.  I would pair it with a white or black and leggings for a casual comfy look.

I read that pointy toe flats are in style for this Fall.  These would be great for work or play.  I love the gray color but they also come in black, gold, and brown.

I like that these have a lower heel.  I think they would be great paired with dresses, leggings and skinny jeans.  They also come in black and taupe.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Off Shoulder Love | 20 Great Options

It is no secret that lately I have been loving the off shoulder look.  I know it is trendy but for now it is one trend I am really digging.  I wanted to round up a few options, and many of them are under $100.
I had a few people ask me about what kind of bra to wear with off shoulder tops and dresses. I just wear my regular strapless bra- this one is a favorite.  The great thing about many of these dresses and tops is you can also wear them on your shoulders too.

I headed to dinner last night in this olive topshop dress.
I just love the Topshop line, such great pieces that are not crazy expensive.  This dress is a thicker material that I really like.
It is also newly available in white too.

I switched out my shoes at the last minute for flats.  I am wearing the size 4.

I rounded up 20 other off shoulder looks I am loving.  I tried to denote if they were under $100. There are some great everyday options and dressier options. Pretty sure I will be rocking this trend into Fall.

Also comes in black.

This also comes in coral.  Great for the beach or as a dress.

You may remember me wearing this over the weekend.  It was just reduced to 40% off and now under $60

This dress is on sale and such a beauty.  Also comes in a beautiful yellow color.

Comes in 4 different colors.  I own this in the blue version currently on sale.

This would be gorgeous for a wedding.

Love the hot pink + pom poms!

Another great opton for a wedding or dressier event.

Also comes in the same olive color as the dress I am wearing above.

This is one of my favorites.  I think you could wear into Fall paired with leggings or tights and booties.

You might remember this from what I wore last weekend.  It is embroidered and I love the classic black/white.

I love the white.  This would be beautiful to wear to a wedding shower for a bride or on vacation.

Love the print.  It can totally take you into Fall.

Also comes in white.

I love the stitching detail.  This also comes in a white version.

It also comes in a red color with white stitching.