Thursday, February 23, 2017

St. John - What's in my suitcase (along with sizing and fit information)

You guys, I can't believe I will be getting on a plane in less than 24 hours!!! I have a list about a mile long that I need to complete today, but I for once I actually feel organized so I am confident that I will get it all done. I'm still a pen and paper girl all day long. There's just something about physically writing out a list out that helps me feel more at ease...checking it off brings me so much joy ;) 

The news I'm most excited about is that I'm all packed early for once!!!! I usually pack my bags the night before in a rush and then I feel panicked the next day that I forgot something, or that I didn't pack enough. So this time, I made sure that every time I had a box arrive I tried it all on, and then I hung all the items that were keepers. I also made sure that I snapped a quick picture so that I could share the size and fit with you guys. And apparently everyone is ready for summer (or heading on a tropical vacation), because resort wear is selling out super fast already this year!

So, here is what I have packed up and ready to roll for my trip! And I must admit, I do have one more pair of shoes and two Lilly items arriving today, so if those are keepers I'll be sure to share those with you guys as well. 

Cover up runs tts and I'm wearing the small. I also love the way it cuts in a little on the sides, so it's not such a boxy fit. 

Out of all the Sundress coverups this one is my favorite. I love the flowy ones with all the back tassels, but the fit of this one is SO much better. It's also fully lined, and not see through at all so you could also wear it as a dress or a cover up. Also, it runs tts and I'm wearing it in the S/XS.  

It's hard to tell in this picture, but this cover up has the most gorgeous embroidered detail at the top, along with the cutest tassel ties on the side. It runs big though, so make sure you size down. For reference, I'm wearing the xs. This swimsuit, which you can see better below, is beautiful on. And I would say the swimsuit runs tts, if not, slightly big. I'm wearing the small. 

This floral bikini is the best fitting bikini I've tried in a while, and the colors are stunning. As far as sizing, the bottoms and the top runs tts. I'm wearing the small in both. And this pink wrap bikini is a total steal at just $30 a piece, plus, the fit is super cute on this one as well. For sizing reference, both pieces runs small and I'm wearing a medium for both. 

This pink Halter one piece is sexy without being too revealing. The top actually has support built in, but I still would not recommend it for anyone with a bust larger than a c cup. For sizing, it runs tts and I ordered the 2. 

 I am very excited about this dress for the trip. You guys I know I love a good maxi, and the fact that this one is floral and pink is just icing on the cake! It runs tts and I'm wearing the 2P. 

I can never say no to a good leaf print! And wait until you see the adorable back, y'all!  It runs tts and I'm wearing the xs. 

I had the hardest time choosing a color in the cut-out midi, but in the end, I went with the pale pink. And I know with a tan this beauty will look even better. For sizing reference, it runs slightly small and I'm wearing a small. 

And last, but not least, is this simple and super soft shoulder tie dress. This is my favorite kind of dress to toss on in the hot summers, and added bonus, it has side pockets! It runs tts and I'm wearing the xs. 

For sizing reference, it runs big and I'm wearing the xs. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Living Gluten Free + My Favorite Recipes + Embroidered Dress

Our family has been about 95% gluten free now for almost four months, and while we've had our challenges, it's been the best decision/change that we could have made. And I'll admit, there have been times we've had a few "cheat" meals or a few snacks here and there that aren't gluten free, but we can always feel and see the difference. Todd is the main one that can feel the difference (mainly because it's helped with stomach aches/pains), but Taylor is where we can see the difference. 

I'm not really sure if it's the gluten or the sugar (or the combination), but it's a visible difference that Todd and I can see when she has these two things. And let's be real, Taylor still has sugar and occasionally food with gluten, but we try really hard to give her as little as possible. 

Also, I know many of you have asked via Instagram and email if eating the gluten occasionally throws things off for a long period of time, and the answer for us is no. Like I mentioned above, we can definitely tell a difference in Taylor's focus and being hyperactive when she eats it, but she nor anyone in our family is truly allergic to gluten. In a nutshell, this is just a choice we made for our family after talking with a few doctors and a nutritionist on what we could try naturally to help with mine and Taylor's ADD/ADHD. 

And here are mine and my families tried and true favorite gluten free recipes. 

And last, because this dress is almost sold out at Nordstrom, I wanted to share with you guys this embroidered dress that I just purchased.  The embroidered details on this dress are amazing, and it's even more gorgeous in person! For reference it runs big, and I am wearing the xs. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

What I'm wearing - Ruffle Cardigan

If you've read here for any length of time, you've probably noticed I love cardigans, so when I spotted this ruffle cardigan I had to have it. There's something fun about a ruffle, and I love that this one isn't overwhelming. Sometimes ruffles can be a bit tricky (especially when you are only 5'2), but this one is subtle and feminine, and could be worn with almost any outfit. 

Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Master Bedroom Details + Best President's Day Sales

Good morning friends, and happy President's Day! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Todd and I accomplished so much in the house this weekend. We were finally able to put our clothes in all of the closets, we hung artwork along with a few mirrors, and we even tackled the kids playroom. Whew, I cant tell you how good it feels to have all of this done!

A lot of you via Instagram requested details from the picture I shared of our master bedroom. I'm still planning on doing a full reveal soon, but right now our bed is 20% off, plus, our bedding, rug, and nightstands are 25% off! 

And because it's a holiday, there are TONS of great sales going on......

Nordstrom - Winter clearance sale. Save up to 40% now through February 26th. 

My lace dress that I wore last summer was restocked and is now 40% off. 

My Outfit Details
Dress ( runs big so size down) // Sandals // Sunglasses // Earrings

Lulu and Georgia - 20% off all rugs! Everyone's favorite Elodie rug is included in the sale as well! Use the code GOODIE to save. 

Lilly Pulitzer - Spend $200 and receive a free travel journal. There are so many gorgeous new prints for summer. 

Anthropologie - Take an extra 40% all sale items. 

Kate Spade - Take an additional 25% off all sale with the code BUBBLY

Friday, February 17, 2017

Snippets Around the House + Nordstrom Winter Sale

Happy Friday! I'm so excited the weekend is finally here. My parents called earlier this week and offered to take the kids for the weekend so Todd and I could get everything moved into our closets, and do some organizing. I can't tell you how ready I am to tackle this, and I'm secretly really excited about purging (even more than we already have) and organizing. 

Here's a peek at Taylor's bathroom. We are still missing a rug and a shower curtain, but that's because I haven't found anything that I love :( 

This is the light fixture in the upstairs media/playroom. I'm obsessed with this light, and it looks so cool when turned on at night. 

And last, here's a little peek at our master closet. I am thrilled with how this space turned out, and we ended up having much more room than I thought we would. Hardware is being installed today, and I can't wait to see it all complete. And for those of you that asked, I found the gold rods here

// And I also wanted to let y'all know that Nordstrom just started their huge winter sale yesterday! So many good things now 30-40% off! Lots of North Face on sale for the entire family, along with Hunter boots!  

Below are three pieces that I own and LOVE, and they are all part of the Nordstrom sale. 

Runs large, so go down at least one size.

Runs tts. 

Runs tts, and for reference, I have it in a size 4. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Outfit Round Up...Lots of Good Stuff on Major Sale!!

I know I've shared many of these outfits via Instagram and even some on the blog, but I just realized that a lot of the sizes have been re-stocked and most of them are on major sale! So, I thought I would do a big ol' round up for you all. 

And you guys, I promise...once we get settled in this house I'll be back with my regular posting, and looking to bring you guys some new inspiring content as well. Everything around me right now is in disarray, and so is my brain right now :) 

I can't tell y'all how much I love this sweater, and it was just marked down 40% off making it under $30! For reference, it runs a little on the big side, and I'm wearing the xs. 

These lounge pants are by my favorite brand, Nordstrom Lingerie, and they sold out super fast back in October. I am now happy to report they are back in this pretty pale pink in all sizes! 

This fleece wrap runs tts and I'm wearing the xs. Right now, it's on sale for 40% off! 

Fleece Wrap 40% off // Gray Tee // Jeans

I love the crossover style on this top, not to mention, it's super soft. It's currently 40% off and available in four colors! 

Surplice Top // Jeans also here // Necklace // Pumps // Leather Tote

These Jack Roger boots are some of my favorite flat boots and right now they are 33% off! 

Sweater // Tank // Green Pants // Boots // Necklace

Sweater (runs big so size down, for reference, I'm wearing the xxs) 
Jeans (on sale) // Boots // Earrings 

V-neck Sweater (only $39) // Tank // Necklace // Jeans // Baseball Cap

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Life Lately - Pictures from our Mountain Trip

Good morning, and Happy Valentine's Day friends. I'm so sorry for my absence around here. This new house thing is consuming a lot of my time, and at the end of the day I just want to turn my brain off and hang with Todd and the kiddos. 

That being said, I feel like we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The paint and hardware installation is almost finished on all of our closets and built-ins, so hopefully by this weekend we will be able to move in all our clothes and get the kids toys organized as well. I am so looking forward to feeling settled and sharing some of the details in the house. 

After trying out a few different chairs in our dining room and having no luck, I called on my designer friend Sarah Swanson to help me out. She suggested these chairs with our white wash table, so I placed my order and they should be here by next week sometime!! I'm loving how this space is coming light and neutral.

// I can't even begin to tell you guys what a blast we had in the mountains! I know you are probably thinking it had to be complete chaos with 14 adults and 16 kids, but it really wasn't.  The house was so spacious and laid out so well that it didn't feel chaotic at all. The adults and the kids all had so much fun together, and we all stayed up way too late almost every night :) A lot of you on Instagram asked me where we stayed, so here's the link to the house in Sapphire, NC. I highly recommend this house to everyone with a large group, because it was amazing! 

And prepare yourself for picture overload :) 

My little monkeys and I when we first arrived on Thursday. It was freezing on Thursday and Friday morning, but after that it warmed up to the high sixties and even low seventies on Saturday. 

I lived in these leggings and these boots (also here) the entire weekend. And this jacket was perfect for keeping me warm and cozy on Thursday and Friday. 

On Friday morning, we headed out to go tubing which was only 200 hundreds yards from the cabin. It was so nice to be able to walk back and fourth and not have to load everyone into our cars. 

I'm so disappointed that we never got around to taking any adult pictures, but we enjoyed many nights by the fire pit laughing and telling old stories. 

The kiddos LOVED the hot tub, and there was usually a few of them in there at all times.

What I wore on Saturday. It was a little chilly first thing, so we headed out to let the kids ski for the first time. Taylor hated it, and I could tell Carson did too, but his excuse was that it was boring ;) 

It truly was one of the best weekends ever, and I feel so blessed to have every single one of these babies and their parents in our lives. 

// And last, I wanted to share this terry convertible pullover that I wore yesterday. It is so comfy, and I love that it can be worn a few different ways. A lot of the sizes in the stripes are sold out, so I would grab one now if you want it and happen to see it in your size! And for reference, its runs a little big. I'm wearing the xs petite.