Fall Wishlist / 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hey guys! Fall is 'just' around the corner (believe it or not) and today I'm sharing a few items on my fall wishlist! All of these are totally, actually, really, on my list. ;) *I'm not just making up some random collection of things. I'm gradually trying to slim down the ol' closet to more basic, classic, simple things. Items I can wear again and again in a hundred different ways. When I look at the things I grab for everyday, they're usually basics with a 'little' flair thrown in, but mostly classic. And some of my favorite fashion items are the ones I've had for years! They're also the things that may have cost some $$, but totally worth it in the long run. Investing in key pieces- that's the trick.


So here's the lineup! I love this faux-leather moto jacket. It's sitting in my virtual shopping bag at Nordstrom as I type. Ha. These H&M Boyfriend jeans are the definition of comfort. I just tried them on last weekend and I think I'll buy them soon. Vera Bradley tote- HELLO. Leather and dreamy. This is definitely a 'wish' item for me right now, but dang, so pretty. Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris- You guys, this is the best fragrance that's happened since Flowerbomb. Seriously. I just sampled it yesterday and it's on my Christmas list. Hi Ben, hope you're reading. ;)

The olive maxi is kind of essential. It's such a great color for fall and it can be worn many ways. I just snagged one from Birch & Elm last week but I found this one that's fairly similar. Lotta From Stockholm Clog Booties- So much love for Lotta. I don't own any clogs yet but these babies have my name on them. Bodysuits- 90's people, did you ever think you'd see the day?! Ironically I've really warmed up to the concept of the bodysuit. They're comfortable, flattering, and easy to style. I just picked up one the other day and I plan on adding a lot more to my wardrobe this fall. 

Apt. 9 Crossbody bag- I had to throw a cheaper purse option in the mix and I love this one from Kohls! I just saw it the other day in People Style Watch and fell in love. It would go with anything. Last but not least, Red Carpet Ready Manicure gel- it's essentially a manicure in a bottle. Base coat, color, and top coat all in one. You need an LED lamp (which I have at home) but that's it! Simple is so nice with a teeny one running around.

What are you wishing for this fall? Anything caught your eye? Let me know!

Chat soon,

Whole 30 Update / The First 10 Days

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Today I'm officially 16 days into Whole 30. It's amazing how fast it's gone, really. In a nutshell- I feel 'amazing'. The book says that it generally takes about two weeks to feel awesome and I'm well on my way. I feel at peace with my digestive system and it's so nice. No bloating, feelings of being 'over-full', or lethargy. I have lots of energy and I feel a general up-swing in my overall mood.

Moment of honesty- week one was pretty tough. The first 3-4 days specifically. I literally had NO energy and it was hard to get through the day, especially since I'm chasing a one year old. Whew. Also, pms. All the energy-sucking things at once! How did I survive? My suggestion is to try to take a nap if you're able. It helped me to lay down for a bit, even if Winston was running all around me. ;)

Once I got through the first week the rest was just self-control. I've told myself 'no' a lot. I've craved every sweet possible and one day Winston's mac-n-cheese looked so enticing that I almost caved. But I didn't. I've hung in there and continue to deny my body what it 'thinks' it needs. This may sound weird, but it feels REALLY good to tell my body no. Like, amazing. Every time I deny myself I think- "HA BODY, I'M WINNING... WUT." And every day it gets easier and easier.

Body Changes
Let's talk about body changes. Woah, the changes. The results will 'definitely' differ from one person to the next but after just one week I was noticing changes. My face looked thinner, tummy less bloated, etc. And now that I'm 16 days in?- clothes are fitting better or loose altogether and I'm getting back into jeans and shorts that I haven't worn in quite some time. 16 days, people. That's all I've done so far. 16 days of self-control pays off, big time. You can imagine how excited I am for day 30.

Work Outs
I'll be honest, until this week I was not even working out! This is a very busy season of life and I was finding it was hard to make time. This week I said "enough" and got my butt to the gym. It's amazing how much better I felt after the first workout. That day I had TONS of energy and really felt like I'd turned a corner. Also, I'm on day 16 now and the book states that this is generally a milestone day. So, hurray! I can tell you this- if you follow the Whole 30 plan diligently and also incorporate exercise- you won't believe the changes you'll feel and see!

Mood & Energy
Weight loss and body stuff is great, but honestly, the energy and feeling of being 'well' has been my favorite benefit of Whole 30 so far. I was feeling sluggish and tired all. the. time. Now I feel energized and joyful. And that's really saying something because selling our home and all the drama surrounding it has been altogether exhausting. I've found new strength to get me through this hard time. Strength that I desperately needed, for real. There have been moments I've wondered if I'm crazy- trying to grocery shop and meal plan for Whole 30 while selling a house and chasing a baby around. But dang, it's been so worth it.

I just wanted to give a brief update and let you all know how I'm doing. I didn't take any real 'before' pictures, but I'll try to put something together at the end of all this to show a before and after. I'm most grateful for the new self-control and strength I've found. Hebrews 12:1 says "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."
That's how I want to live. I don't want anything hindering me or slowing me down. I want to be able to say 'no' to sweets and other junk food that makes my body tired.

Have you tried Whole 30? Thinking about it? Let me know! I'd love to hear from you.

I'll be back with more updates soon.





Designer Smile with Colgate

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Hey friends! Today I'm partnering with Colgate to bring you a fun giveaway and to chat about their awesome whitening products. I'm a coffee drinker so the struggle is always real in keeping my teeth white. It's nice to have something 'easy' to use in my daily routine that actually works to help keep my teeth white. I'm just not into the whole 'let this sit on your teeth for an hour' business. I've tried. I've failed. Colgate's whitening toothpaste, gel, and mouthwash make it easy to get those teeth sparkling for summer weddings and family get-togethers.

My favorite way to show off sparkly white teeth is to apply a deep, moody lip color and go over it with a gloss. You will 'always' draw more attention to your mouth when you're wearing a gloss, period. The shimmer makes your teeth look shiny and bright.

I've been using these products together for a few weeks now and I've noticed a big difference in how much whiter my teeth look. 



My favorite product, hands down, is the whitening pen. It hides conveniently in the bottom of the toothbrush and when you're done with your nightly routine you just twist the pen twice and apply the gel to the top and bottom teeth. The gel sticks to the teeth and there's no need to wipe it off. Just sleep on it! I love it. No fuss. I've found that it works best to apply the gel in the morning and before bed for the best results.


Today, Colgate is giving one of my readers the chance to win their own whitening kit! Hooray. Just enter the giveaway below, and good luck!

I'll be back soon with more updates on my Whole 30 experience and some style posts. We're currently 'knee deep' in real estate stuff. Ugh... Selling a home is no joke, people. I'll be so happy when this is all over.
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*This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own!



Whole 30

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


This Monday I embarked on a 30 day journey to change my health for good. Whole 30 has been staring me down for a while, enticing me to try its ways. I've hesitated because it's easier to just keep doing what I've been doing. Who really likes the thought of giving things up, anyway? Here's what I 'do' know- I want to live whole & healthy and I want to take care of my body and give it the nutrition it really needs. I want to change the way I look at food. I don't want to view food as a reward program and I'm tired of the 'I deserve this' mentality. So, I'm giving this a whirl.

Whole 30 in a nutshell: No grains, sugar, dairy, alcohol, legumes (beans), or anything artificial. You just eat WHOLE foods. I'm amazed at how easy it's been so far, really. Here's the not-so-secret secret: you have to prepare, prepare, prepare. If you don't meal plan, you will fail. You MUST have items on hand at home to create meals that meet the Whole 30 guideline. I've found that I LOVE exploring new foods, sauces, etc. And in general, I'm loving all the new creativity I have in the kitchen. Ben is doing this with me and he has loved everything I've prepared so far. We're also doing this program with two of our dear friends, Jenny & Jeremy.

I wanted to share this with my community here as a means of accountability. I'm hoping to emerge a different person at the end of this cleanse. So, have you tried Whole 30? What were your takeaways? Any good recipe ideas? I'm open! Let's hear it.

I'll be keeping you guys posted weekly as I journey through this month of clean eating. Cheers to the remainder of the week!


Summer Rompin'

Monday, July 25, 2016


Hey guys! Happy Monday. It's good to be back this week. We had major internet issues last week and it was hard for me to get to wifi to post.

Well, we're officially in the dog days of summer here! SO hot but SO good. I love this season. And when we have an adequate, long, hot, summer, it makes the fall time even sweeter. Am I right?

I've had this romper for a while now and I just got around to sharing it here. It's from J Crew and I LOVE it. Rompers really are so genius because they're a one-and-done solution for getting dressed in the morning. And I'm sure I speak for the majority of moms when I say that one-and-done is nice! Also, this romper is perfect because it gathers at the high waist and it's super flattering. This is one of the best styles for my body type. And I love how the top just kind of drapes over. I've worn this to a wedding and out for ice cream. I don't feel like it's 'too formal', but just right. A win for my wardrobe.

Have you experimented with rompers? I think when you find the right fit they can be great for all sorts of body types. This one is on sale at J Crew right now! I added a link at the end of this post.


This Saturday I'll be back at Birch & Elm to celebrate the launch of their new men's line and some fall items for women. If your local and can make it, I'd love to see you there. There will be live music and some giveaways too!

Have a great week!

Outfit:
Romper: J. Crew (Exact, *here)
Necklace: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Eddie Bauer
Tote: GH Bass


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