Monday, July 25, 2016

This and That

// This was the first weekend in over a month that we didn't have to travel...and it was SOOO nice! Sometimes I forget how much Todd and I both love being home and not having any plans.  I also forgot how much I love my yoga pants and no makeup :) 

And speaking of yoga pants, I grabbed these, these, and these from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  I love all three of them, but these are the softest and they are perfect for just lounging.  I wouldn't suggest running in them as they are not as compressed as the other two, but they would be great for barre or yoga! And you can find the full legging version here, and the capri version here
both are part of the sale! 









// On Saturday, we took a quick visit to peek at our new house and grab some lunch on the island.  The Islander is one of our favorite spots to eat at because we all love the food and the atmosphere.  If you ever visit, you must get the steak tacos and if you have kids get them the fried shrimp sushi bowl.  



// Saturday evening, Todd and I got the kids down pretty early (we had friends over Friday and they were up super late) and we enjoyed some quiet time to ourselves and we watched a movie in bed.  We watched the movie Miracles from Heaven and it was amazing.  I cried through about 80% of it, but it was one of the most touching stories (also based off of a true story) I have ever seen. 


// Sunday morning, Todd and I decided to take the kids to the Aquarium.  We have not been as a family in over a year, and I was happy to see that both kids still loved it.  Our favorite part was getting to touch the big stingrays at the new Shark Shallows exhibit, and of course, the cute sea otters. I think Taylor and I could sit and watch these adorable little creatures swim and play all day long. 





//  Sunday evening, I went out for a little last minute pizza date at Andolini's with some girlfriends. Two of my friends that recently moved away were back in town for the night, so an
impromptu dinner out was a must. 


What I wore 
Dress // Sandals on sale here // Necklace 


PS.... If you missed yesterday's post I shared a few great sales going on, and I also shared this seersucker off shoulder dress that is finally back in stock!!! 



Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Shopping........Lots of steals and deals


Happy Sunday!  I have lots of fun Sunday shopping to share with you guys today! 


// This off the shoulder dress has been sold out almost everywhere for almost a month now!  So as soon as I saw it in stock on Amazon last Thursday, I quickly Primed it to myself!  I love the blue seersucker, but warning, it is very lightweight so make sure you wear a nude strapless bra and nude undies :)  And if you are a fan of off the shoulder like myself, make sure you take a peek at this dress and also this dress



// Anthropologie is offering 20% off all full price items today only!!!  They have some gorgeous new arrivals and I have listed a few of my favorites below. 





// Loft if offering 30% off everything including new arrivals for everyone and 40% for all cardholders! 





// And last, I wanted to share a few workout pieces I picked up from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


For sizing reference, the wrap and tank run big so size down (I am wearing the xs in both).  The leggings run tts so go with your normal size in these. 









Friday, July 22, 2016

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has officially begun!!

Good morning and happy Friday!!  Today is the day, the day The BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR opens up to the public!!!

If you are already a Nordstrom card holder then you are probably tired of seeing all of these posts and all of my selfies....sorry about that ;) But, to make it easier for those of you that don't have a card and that are shopping the sale for the first time, here are my favorites with sizing and fit information. 

Happy shopping ladies, I can't wait to hear about and see what you get!! 




You can also check out my post here for the most popular, and for workout attire check out this post. And the best for baby and new mama here. Also these $34 TB flip flops were just restocked this morning too! 

Many of these items below are mixed and matched to show you lots of ways you can get different looks from staple pieces. 


Jeans run tts and are a perfect crop length for booties.  Also size up 1/2 in these booties from your normal size.



(This dress is so soft and super flattering. It runs tts and for reference I am wearing the xs)




(Dress runs tts and I am wearing the xs )




(obsessed with the jacket) It runs on the loose side, but that's the style of the jacket. If between sizes go down a size.  I am wearing the xs in the regular not petite. 







(Dress runs big so go down at least one size. For reference I am wearing the xs petite)



(Cardigan runs tts and I am wearing the xs, it's also super cozy). 



I really wish I could show you guys the back of this sweater because it's gorgeous!  The ruffle details really make it. 


(Sweater runs tts and I am wearing the xs - Skinny jeans run big and I am wearing the 24p, so make sure you size down.)





(Cardigan runs super big so size way down...for reference, I am wearing the XXS)




Loving this dress and how super lightweight it is.  Perfect for now, and then perfect for fall with a jacket and knee high boots. It runs on the bigger side, so if between sizes go down at least one. For reference I am wearing the xs. 




Dress runs tts and I am wearing the xs.  Vest is said to run small, but I didn't find this to be the case. I am wearing the xs and it fits just right. 





Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer Rose Recs + Thoughts on Thursday

// Holy moly I woke up with a major headache this morning! I need to remind myself  that I am not as young as I feel after a few glasses of wine, and that the morning really sucks when you're hungover ha! But regardless of the headache I sure did enjoy lots of laughs with three of my favorite girls!

Our first stop was at The Dewberry. It's a gorgeous new hotel/restaurant in the heart of downtown Charleston. We all four split a bottle of delicious rose and their small cheese plate. Then we headed to another new restaurant Feathertop for dinner. I am sad to say we were all pretty disappointed with the food, but at least the drinks and company were good :) 


What I wore 


// Speaking of Rose, it's been my drink of choice all summer long. So, I thought I would share with you guys three of my favorites. All three of these are light and dry with very little sweetness. I picked up all of these from our local World Market, but if you don't have one of those near you I am pretty sure they have most of these online here


// And last but not least today is the last day for early access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! So if you have a Nordstrom Card and you still have not made all your purchases, now is the time to do it! I have a feeling tomorrow will be bananas, as it usually is when the sale opens up to the public! I am really crossing my fingers though that they will restock a lot of the items that sold out so quickly! I will keep you guys updated if and when they do, because I know a lot of you said 

Also, here are a few more items that I purchased this week from the sale. My favorite item so far are these booties, they were a big splurge for me, but I am so happy I finally pulled the trigger. They are timeless and classic and I know I will wear them all fall and winter for years to come. 









Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Healthy Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps + The Fat Burner Workout + Best Workout Attire All On Sale

// Happy hump day!!!  I am so excited to share this super easy, yet also super yummy healthy recipe that I made for dinner last night!  It's been a while since I've made a truly healthy meal around here that the entire family loved, so I knew this was something I had to share!  The kids ate their tacos in a soft shell instead of a lettuce leaf, because let's be real, if it looks healthy Carson isn't getting near it...ha! 


Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 lb 95% lean ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder (preferably 2 tsp regular chili powder and 1 tsp ancho chili powder)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • Iceberg or Romain lettuce leaves, doubled up, for serving
  • Shredded Mexican cheese, diced Roma tomatoes, diced red onion, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, light sour cream, for serving
Directions
  • Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute 2 minutes. Add turkey and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook, tossing and breaking up turkey occasionally, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, paprika, tomato sauce and chicken broth. Reduce to a simmer and cook about 5 minutes until sauce has reduced. Serve mixture over lettuce leaves with desired toppings.

//  I am also excited to tell you guys that I am back in the gym at full force!  I am picking up an extra day a week in the gym with my trainer, and together we are going show you guys some new workouts that we've been working on.  Until then, I wanted to share a workout that I've done for years, and it's one that you can pretty much do anywhere.  The best part...it burns a TON of calories.  It's not called the Fat Burner for nothing :) 

The Fat Burner
Jumping jacks 1 minute
Squats 20 reps
Push-Ups 20 reps 
Butt kicks 1 minute
High knees 1 minute
Full sit-ups 20 reps
Torso rotations 20 reps
punches with 5lb dumbbells 1 minute
Glute bridge (feet on bench) 20 reps
Mountain climbers 1 minute
Bench dips 20 reps

Repeat 3 rounds!!!!


// And last, because it's always easier to get motivated with some new gear, here are my gym favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  And don't forget, it opens to the public in two days so if you are a cardholder and you see something you like, grab it now! 

Shorts and Leggings 

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Tanks, Tees, and Sports Bras 

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Lightweight jackets and Sweaters

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Athletic Shoes 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Master Bedroom Scheming


When we move I plan to give lots of love to our master bedroom as far as getting things arranged just right.  For some reason, I never felt like I got it quite right in our current house.  This time around we made sure we got the layout just how we wanted it, so I am so looking forward to creating the perfect space to relax and wind down. 

This is a peek at what our bedroom looks like in our current home.  We are planning to keep the upholstered bed, our current bedding (which is part of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, and the best bedding we've ever owned ), and our white juju hat

(Also my pajamas and these Nest candles are part of the Nordstrom sale as well)


What I would like to change are the nightstands, lamps, and the art work above them.  I want something super light and airy...I am dreaming up different shades of white and light cream.  I lost the battle once again of getting the chandelier in our bedroom because Todd loves a fan.  So I made sure I opted for a fan that was sleek and a little more modern this time. 


So while it's not too much different, I think the lighter lamps and nightstands will really make a huge impact in our new bedroom. 

(Click the image to shop the item ) 


Also, if you haven't check out the home section of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I highly recommend you do :)