Nordstrom Anniversary Sale FAVORITES

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale FAVORITES

My favorite sale of the year is here…. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!!!! Time to scoop up some fall staples at a great price.. what’s not to love? I will just go ahead and cut right to the chase. Here are my fav clothing picks from the #nsale. Scroll all the way to the bottom for my top 5 favorite pieces 😉 Absolute must-haves (IMO).

TOPS: 

JACKETS:

BOTTOMS:

SHOES:

ATHLETIC:

DRESSES:

TOP 5 PICKS:

Reasoning behind my top fav?

Striped duster–  Such a statement piece! Wear it with a black tee and jeans with cool mules for an everyday cool vibe. Pair it with jean shorts and a plain tee for a super casual boho feel. Put it over a black mini dress for a sexy date night option… so many ways to mix it up.

Black heeled mules– I paired with almost every outfit. They have a fun 90’s vibe, plus they are the most comfortable heels I have ever put on my feet!!!

Spanx leggings with a fun stripe detail-  ENOUGH SAID!!!!! Okay, okay, I’ll say more…. Spanx leggings are life! They suck everything in.. pick my mommy booty up a little higher and they are the perfect basic to have in your wardrobe! Pair them with a cool band tee and sneaks. Put them on with a dressy black bouse and heels. Put them with a basic white v-neck and tie a jean jacket around your waist for the perfect, effortlessly cool and casual outfit. Trust me and just buy them!!! Size up!

White heeled booties- All I can say I saw them and died. Then I tried them on and died again! OBSESSED!!!!

Veronica Beard cropped jeans– They are pricy, but way pricier after the sale. Plus, they are just too cool and the fit is amazing! They fit TTS!

Stay tuned for my fav picks for accessories, kiddos, and the men in your life 😉

Happy Shopping!!!

XOXO,
Stephi

 

BEHIND THE SCENES:

ROAD TRIP!!!!!

ROAD TRIP!!!!!

Once you have made the decision to do a 12 hour drive with 3 monsters, I mean children, there some things you must take into consideration:

  1. Convenience
  2. Comfort
  3. How to keep the monsters happy … happy monsters = happy mommy

CONVENIENCE:

I kept snacks, and a small cooler full of drinks, in the passenger seat for easy grabbing and passing purposes. Also, I have learned from previous road trips to always keep plastic bags in seat back pockets in case of motion sickness.

COMFORT:

I let the kids stay in jammies and also had them bring pillows into the car. My mom was horrified that I paraded my littles through gas stations and restaurants all day in their pj’s, but hey… if they are comfy and happy, who cares what strangers think about my kids being in pajamas in a gas station at 3 PM?!

HAPPY MONSTERS HAPPY MOM:

I packed each kiddo a backpack with a drawing pad, and coloring utensils, but I’m also a realist.. so I charged up the iPad and kindles for desperate measures. My car doesn’t have built-in tv’s so I bought these little screens that clip onto the back of your car headrests and have a portable dvd player attached so the kids could watch movies. I had them all set up with headphones and everything, so I wouldn’t have to hear “Alvin and the Chipmunks” all day while driving.

Y’all… I was really feeling on top of my mom game with the pre-road trip prep…

… I mean… I had everything to ensure a smooth ride, right?

TIME FOR THE TRIP:

Fantasy—> We’ll get going, Kids will watch movies and color, Kace will probably sleep for a few hours. While they are all completely content, I will listen to the audio book I downloaded (“Crushing it”), and then when Kace is up, we will listen to some amazing road trip music. We can stop at fun landmarks, or funny signs, and take pictures to add to some amazing scrapbook. Everyone will be totally content and we’ll have the best time ever…

Reality—->

I got the kids out of bed at 6:30 AM and put them straight into the car. Now, that is super early for them compared to our usual “9:30-ish rolling out of bed lazy summer routine”, so naturally there was some whining.

Livi: “I don’t feel good…”

Me: “It’s early honey, once you eat you’ll be fine”.

Violet: “I’m huuuuuungry” …

Me: “There are pop-tarts in the backpack next to your seat” -I said with a smug grin because I was feeling so prepared.

Livi: “I can’t eat anything.. I don’t feel good”.

I immediately had a bad feeling… she gets car sick frequently on road trips, but refuses to take dramamine because she hates the flavor. Trying to give that child dramamine is a sincere form of torture for everyone involved. You would think demons were being exorcised from her body with the amount of screaming and thrashing, and gagging that’s involved. I tried to say…. “Livia, how about you just chew up this dramamine really quickly and I’ll give you a juice to immediately drink!” Before I even finished my sentence, she was moaning and crying ” I would rather barf all day than chew that DISGUSTING pill!!!!!!!!!!!”.

We were about 8 minutes into the drive, and the real moaning started.

Livi: “uggggh, urrrrrggggghhh, ahhhhhh, oh no…. MOMMY!!!!!!”

Me: “grab a bag!!! It’s right in front of you!”

Livi: “There’s a hole in it!!!! I’m not gonna make it!!!”

I reached behind my seat, snatched another bag out of the pocket, and handed it to her just in the knick of time. Here I thought I would be passing cookies back, instead Livia tossed her cookies up.

We pulled off, threw out the barf bag, and got back on the road. About 15 minutes later.. the same exact thing happened. Another hole in the bag, another frantic reach for a new bag. Only this time, my map was jumping around on this huge connection of highways and I exited the wrong highway. The little mistake added an hour to my ETA …all 3 kids were screaming… I was trying to figure out how to exit, and with all the chaos I couldn’t help but yell out my favorite choice word. Unfortunately, my little 21month old mimic decided to yell out the same choice word. Not my finest moment…

When everything started to calm down, I decided to get a movie going for everyone. To my loving surprise, only one dvd screen would work. However, the working screen wouldn’t play sound. The screen that was totally black was the only screen making sound. The headphone jacks wouldn’t work for either screen (of course). After the hysterical crying stopped over only one person’s screen working, both girls watched one screen and I enjoyed the lovely, soothing sounds of Alvin and the Chipmunks for an hour and a half.

Basically, the road trip that I thought would be a fun little adventure, rapidly turned into a total circus. Whether it was the car sickness, malfunctioning dvd players, gas stations with no changing tables, no naps for 12.5 straight hours; it was very clear to me that no amount of preparation could have mentally prepared me for the pure chaotic cluster express that was our road trip!

When we finally got to my parents house I wanted to kiss the ground. We made it!!!!! One of us lost the contents of their stomach, one of us lost their sanity… but we made it! Goal for the trip home: embrace the crazy 😉

xx

Stephi

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Summer Break!

Summer Break!

The kids are officially out of school, which means summer break is in full swing! I absolutely loooove summer. Summer (to me) means sleeping in, easy mornings with no agenda… days filled up with neighborhood pool fun, popsicles at all times of the day, chalk art, bubbles, 7/11 slurpees… etc. For weeks I have been dreaming about all the summer fun the kids and I will have.

Well, we have had two full weeks of summer, and reality has set in… I have a 20 month old boy! Easy summer days are non-existent! Summer fun has to be scheduled around carefully curated nap-times. When we actually do make it to the pool, I am in a constant state of panic trying to watch Violet as she jumps off the high dive, Livia going down the water slide, and Kace grabbing random strangers drinks, ready to chug! If I don’t intervene,  with ninja-like motions, he will inevitably end up chugging some (other) mom’s rosé!

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actual photo of Kace with a complete strangers drinking cup 🙂

I have tried getting him in the baby pool… not happening! Baby pools are for suckers! Kace would much rather ravage through somebody’s pool bag… throw an unsuspecting stranger’s shoes in the deep end… get a hold of somebody else’s sunscreen and launch it into the pool. Actually, now that I am thinking about it, he pretty much only wants to torment every single person at the neighborhood pool, by rummaging through their things, and launching them into the water. If I pull him away from his set intention.. all hell breaks loose. He makes noises only prehistoric birds can make.

Any tips on how to tame the pool monster, that is Kace, are MUCH appreciated….

Before summer actually started, I gathered essentials that I felt I would need for a summer full of pool fun! There is no reason I shouldn’t share with y’all, in case your 20-month olds (or lack there of) cooperate ;-).

  1. You must have a great pool bag! I have a few options… I have some cute totes that are fun for a day with just girlfriends at the pool, and then I have some bags that are “catch-alls” for all the towels, dive-toys, goggles, mermaid-fins, snacks, water bottles etc.!!! (#momlife). Of course, you can always take those cute totes and shove all of the real-life mom-stuff in it (I do it often)…

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    Top to bottom: Tassel bag, Straw tote, Southwestern printed carry-all, Black and white carry-all, Fringe tote, Straw tote with pom poms, Southwestern tote
  2. HAVE to have a great pair of sunnies! Here are a few fun affordable pairs that I love ( all under $15.00)!

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    Tan and chic, Round sunnies, pineapple fun, pink/white classic shape
  3. If you are trying to preserve that baby-face of yours, you need a great hat! Hats can also function as a disguise when your child is behaving like a monster 🙂

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    Iridescent visor, Bandana fedora, panama hat, straw visor
  4. Cute cover-ups, that you can NOT live without 🙂

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    Tie-die maxi, red and white cold-shouldered dress, black and white off the shoulder, pink with pom poms and tassels (best combo ever).
  5. If you have kids, you need pool toys! I suggest checking out Target (pronounced, the fancy way… “Tar-jayyyy”), or Walmart’s water toy isles. You can always find great dive toys, water-friendly balls, buckets, mermaid barbies, etc.

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    mermaid fin, mermaid barbie, puddle jumper, splash bat and balls, torpedo dive sticks
  6. Last, but not least, my random favs! I love this Sunbum leave-in conditioner spray for hair. My neighbor told me about it last summer, and I’m obsessed. I feel like it helps fight against the nasty things chlorine does to hair! Also, loving the Target suncreen, Sunbum suncreen, baby organic face-stick, and water bottles 🙂 
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    Babyganics SPF face sticks, “I was told there’d be wine” water bottle, SunBum sunscreen, SunBum leave-in conditioner, Swell bottle, Target kids sunscreen, Corksicle drink cup 

    ** Important things that are not listed: A fun girlfriend to go to the pool with you for moral support. They must be able to wrestle alligators! Lots of caffeine, to keep your energy levels up and ready to chase a monster for at least a few hours (or however long your sanity can hold up). Also, don’t forget SNACKS! The only thing that might give you a moment of stillness… and if the baby doesn’t want them.. you can stress eat 0:-).

Happy Summer!!!!

xx,

Stephi

5 Spring Fashion Essentials

5 Spring Fashion Essentials

Spring is in full swing… (if only Mother Nature got that memo). There are so many fun new trends to work into your wardrobe once the weather starts cooperating. I’ve narrowed down my top 5 favorite staple pieces to feel fun and trendy for sunny days!!

  1. A circle bag (or at least thats what I call it)! These adorable handbags are everywhere you turn, and you can find them for great prices! Here are my favs:

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    1. Under $45 at Nordstrom 2. This pom pom bag is too cute to pass up 3. The embroidery on this one is too fun! 4. The dark detail on this Rebecca Minkoff bag stands out, and who can pass up a tassel? 5. This bag is only $55 and goes with everything 6. The white on this bag is fresh, and classic looking!
  2. A great graphic tee! I am digging all the rock tees! A fun way to show your love of music, and look cute and edgy while doing so! Random fact: Jim Morrison from The Doors is my 3rd cousin.. maybe why I love them so much?

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    1. Topshop 2. Free People 3. Free People 4. Revolve 5. Nordstrom 6. Wildfox Couture
  3. A comfy pair of slides! Slides are such a great way to have a little fun with print and color, or kick it old school with the adidas look!

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    1. How can you go wrong with a classic pair of adidas slides (only $35)? 2. These fun metallic slides are from Target and only $18! 3. The stud accents on these ASOS slides are a party for your feet! 4. Same classic Adidas slides in white! 5. Y’all know by now that I’m obsessed with rainbows, so obviously these slides are my obsession.. 6. Can’t go wrong with camo , only $16!
  4. A good denim skirt. Dress it up with an off-the shoulder top and wedges, or throw it on with a rock tee and sneaks.. either way you get that trendy feel! All 4 of these skirts are under $60!!

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    TOP: This high waisted ASOS skirt is wallet friendly and adorable! Only $40! MIDDLE: this Free People skirt is mildly distressed and super cute! BOTTOM: I love the cute frayed hem on this skirt from Nordstrom! RIGHT: My fav denim skirt ever is from Free People! I love all the distressing!
  5. Last but definitely not least… a fun pair of sunnies! Why take yourself too seriously? Have a little fun with shape and color! (All under $20)
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    1. Heart-shaped sunnies are a fun trend right now!! 2. Get a pair of round sunnies for a 70’s feel 3. Loving this fun shape, and they come in several colors 4. Another pair that get that fun 70’s vibe.

     

     

HAPPY SHOPPING!! 🙂

 

xoxo,

Stephanie