Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Many Faces of Frances Moon | Happy 2nd Birthday!

As I sit here typing this I feel myself getting emotional.  Today is Frances Moon's second birthday.  I no longer have a baby anymore I have a toddler.  I know everyone says it but the years really do fly by once you have children.  It feels like yesterday I was checking into the hospital a day after my due date to be induced.  I still remember waiting too long to get the epidural and feeling probably more than I should when I delivered her because she came so quickly. and then holding her in my arms for the first time, still shocked and amazed I had a daughter.  You see I pictured myself with all boys. I honestly didn't think I would have a daughter.  I am so close to my mom and sister that I didn't worry about not having a daughter but a part of me still longed one. Then God answered my prayers in the form of Frances Moon.

Frances Moon you are a true spit fire just like your namesake.  I know my Mimi ( the real Frances Moon ) is smiling down from heaven watching you.  These days your favorite words are no, no idea, and Frances.  You love to eat anything and everything but your favorite food food is probably cheese. You get that from your Mama:)  You love your baby dolls.  You take them everywhere we go.  We can't leave the house without baby and her bottle.  It warms my heart how much you love them.  You also love horses, dogs, dancing and coloring. 

No one else has a personality quite like you. You are sassy and opinionated and sweet all at once. You always make the funniest faces so I had to document them in honor of your second Birthday.

Frances Moon I love to you the moon and back again a million times over.  Happy 2nd Birthday my sweet girl.

Thank you to Lucy Cuneo for capturing the birthday photos of Frances.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Black Friday Sales Start Early | Shopbop + Nordstrom + Tory Burch Favorites

Hey Friends.  This year it seems many retailers are starting their Black Friday sale early. For the next few days I will try and keep you posted on the best deals and what is going down.  Today three of my favorites started their sales : Shopbop, Nordstrom and Tory Burch.


I ordered this dress last week and Shopbop was nice enough to do a price adjustment for me.  I love the bright colors for the holidays.  It runs TTS I am wearing a small.

I also ordered this Mara Hoffman Dress.  It is the same style as my other one that I love.

This Clu Dress is one I have featured several times on here and many of you wanted to know if it went on sale.  If you purchase something else with it you can get the discount.

I am considering treating myself to a new Claire V Clutch. I am torn between the Leopard and the gray leopard foldover clutches.

A few other favorites:

Nordstrom marked many new items 40% off.
I love this Joie Cardigan.  I have a similar style in gray and it reminds me of Chanel.

This Vince Blouse is the most gorgeous shade of blue and I love the open back.

This Equipment Dress is a steal at 60% off.  I am loving plaid for Fall!

I love this Tory Burch Bucket Bag and it is 50% off.  The neutral color is perfect.
I own this Joie Dress.  It is great with tights or alone.  Runs TTS, I have a small.

a few other things I am really digging on sale.

Tory Burch sale just started too.
Spend $250 save 30%

I am lusting after this new purse style with the rainbow tassels.

I have been lusting over these knee high boots and they are now on sale + additional 30% off.
My favorite style shir tdress is also on sale + additional off.  I have last year's version and wear it often.

Gift Guide for The Men + Kate Spade Surprise Sale

In my opinion men are the hardest people to shop for, although I am sure they say that about us women.  I struggle when it comes time to think of a gift ideas for my Dad and Matt.  I rounded up a few ideas that I think most men would like- I even asked my Dad and Matt for input on this one:)
Scroll down to see each item individually.

men gift ideas

Matt actually just bought one of these for work and to use as speakers on our boat.  The sound clarity is amazing.  This particulat version comes in black or a few other colors.  I personally like the colored ones.

We all chipped in one year to give my Dad these for Christmas.  He travels and flies frequently for work and he really wanted noise cancelling headphones.  These are the best of the best.  Several years later and he is still using them.

I am kind of obsessed with this gift idea.  It contains socks and ties in a cute little divided box.  My Dad always tells us he needs ties and socks, so this is a cool way to gift the two together.  You can view all the color combinations HERE
I actually want one of these babies for myself.  It is a divided zip up container to allow you to organize and store cables for all your electronics. It comes in 8 different colors if you don't love blue.
Both my Dad and Matt love a brief case to transport their work items.
I love the sleek look of this one.

What man doesn't love Patagonia.  

My Dad and brother in law have these UGG Slippers and they love them.
I love a driving shoe, I even bought Sterling a pair I love them so much.  These come in 8 different colors and won't break the bank, they are under $100.  I love the perforated detail.
I feel like most men appreciate a nice watch as a gift.  Matt prefers a simple leather band on his watch.  Skagen is always a classic brand that holds up well.
If you wanted to spend a little more money.  I love this Burberry watch and it is on sale!
Matt is very particular about wallets so I love this idea for him.  It is an iphone case + wallet combined!

If your man is active I think the fitbit is an awesome gift idea. 

I always love Vineyard Vines.  It is classic and timeless.  This pullover is a favorite of my Dad and brother. 

This is a great gift for someone who travels frequently.  It would be the perfect size for a carry on bag or just for a weekend getaway.  I like the sporty stripes.
These coolers are not cheap but they are the best of the best.  My Dad just got one and was signing their praises.

For the beer lover.  This would also be great for the beach. Under $50 too.
Barbour items are always a great gift item.  I really like this vest, also comes in black and olive.

These are Matt's favorite socks.  Last year they were sweet enough to send Matt a few pairs and now is hooked.  They hold their shape and are comfortable plus the patterns are awesome.  This would make a great stocking stuffer! They always offer free shipping too which is nice.

and for the ladies the Kate Spade Surprise Sale just started.  Most items are 75 % off. A great time to Christmas Shop!  You can view the sale HERE
Scroll thru to see my favorites, so many things are under $100!