Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekend Steals & Deals + Outfit Ideas

Earlier this week, a stomach bug took out my son and I, but thankfully, we are all better and ready for the weekend.  Our school is closed today, so we're off to the zoo with a couple friends.  Over the weekend, we have lots of chores to do around the house that I'm actually looking forward to accomplishing (crazy, I know, but it will be great to get things done!).  And soccer is in full force with lots of cute, little boys that are bonding and growing up way too fast.  I'm so blessed to watch these young friendships blossom.


I found some super cute fall dresses for under $50 and paired them with booties so you have the complete look.  I especially love the two loose fitting dresses at the top (here and here) - they hide any belly you may be self-conscious about, while still showing off your legs.  If it's cold where you are (or you just like the look), definitely layer a pair of tights under the dress. There are so many colors and subtle patterns to choose from.  I have the pink dress below and it's really cute on- but it doesn't stay closed at the top, so I layer a camisole or bandeaux top underneath.  

click the picture for outfit details or see below 

These fall sweaters are great on their own, but to make the outfit more interesting, you can layer a button-down shirt underneath.

1 ::  Floral Print Sweatshirt $40.80, 68
2 ::  Halogen Embellished Sweatshirt, $34.80, $58
4 ::  Halogen Embellished Sweater $39.90, $68

top to bottom & left to right

1 ::  GAP Silky Plaid Boyfriend Shirt $32.99, $54.95
3 ::  GAP Fitted Boyfriend Plaid Oxford $54.95 (other colors too)
5 ::  Halogen Embellished Sweatshirt, $34.80, $58
6 ::  GAP Western Plaid Popover $29.99, $59.95
7 ::  Sandra Ingrish Plaid Boyfriend Shirt $40.80, $68 (also in black)
8 ::  Halogen Embellished Sweater $39.90, $68
9 ::  Old Navy Poplin Shirt $17, $24.94 (other colors too)

1 ::  Floral Print Sweatshirt $40.80, 68
4 ::  Tassel Infinity Scarf $20 (5 other colors)

I know it sounds silly, but my heart started beating faster when I saw all these awesome Lucky brand tops on sale.  I love their originality and boho feel.  

top to bottom & left to right

2 :: Lucky Brand Lilah Mirror Tee $59.40, $99
6 :: Lucky Brand Tiles Smocked Top $35.70, $59.50
7 :: Lucky Brand Paced Print Scarf Top $29.70, $49.50
8 ::  Lucky Brand Nyla Cinched Waist Top $35.70, $59.50

weekend steals & deals 

Be sure to check out Ann Taylor and Old Navy this weekend! So much goodness on sale!

*ANN TAYLOR:  50% off your entire purchase.  Use code FASHION50  FREE shipping on $175 or more & $8.95 flat rate shipping. Ends 10/27

ANTHROPOLOGIE:  Extra 25% off sale items.  Use code EXTRAEXTRA 

BANANA REPUBLIC:  50% off select styles + 40% off the rest of your purchase.  FREE shipping and FREE returns on orders over $50.  Use code BRSHOPNOW  Ends 10/25. 

GAP:    25% off your purchase online only.  Use code HAPPY & up to 60% off Fall styles.  FREE shipping and FREE returns on orders over $50.  Ends 10/25.

J. CREW: 25% off full price styles, plus and extra 30% off final sale styles Use code TGIFALL $5 flat-rate shipping and FREE shipping on orders of $150+  Ends 10/26.

J. CREW FACTORY:  Extra 25% off everything. $5 flat rate shipping and FREE shipping on orders over $100. Ends 10/28.

LOFT:  Extra 60% off Sale Styles and 40% off New Fall Favorites.

NORDSTROM:  Always FREE shipping & FREE returns.

*OLD NAVY:  20th Birthday Sale!  Up to 60% off everything.  15% off your order online only.  Use code ONSAVENOW

ZAPPOS:  Order before 1PM PST for FREE next business day shipping on all Clothing. 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Diagonal Painted Office Doors

Ever since I painted that wooden box in a geometric pattern using two shades of pink, gold, black and white, I've been thinking of doing something similar to my office doors.  Because this is a space just for me, I can do what I want with it, and if I like bright pink, bright pink it is!  I want to be inspired by the place where I spend my time dreaming, creating, and blogging.  

I took my time choosing three colors that I planned to use on two doors: Sherwin-Williams Coming Up Roses (below), In the Pink (light pink) and Bohemian Black.  But, after I painted just one of the colors (Coming Up Roses), I found I liked it two-toned, so I'm leaving it as-is for now.  I can't believe how much I love this fun pop of color in the room.  It just makes me smile when I'm working at my desk.  

Aside from figuring out where I wanted the diagonal to be, I painted these doors like I've done the other doors in my house- while on the hinges.  I started with an angled brush on the inner panels and near the molding, then used a foam roller for the rest.  

After painting two coats back-to-back, I carefully pulled up the tape while the paint was still wet to avoid any chance of peeling.  As long as you press the tape down really firmly from the beginning, you should get a nice crisp line.  Where I had a bit of seepage on the second door, I quickly wiped it away with a wet q-tip.

The photos below show how the doors looked before and after the diagonal paint job. 

Right after I finished painting, my husband was walking down the hall toward my office and I said, "be careful, there's wet paint."  "Wow." was all he said when he peeked inside.  Luckily, I don't have to worry about whether he likes it. ;) 


Breast Cancer Awareness:  I'm proud to support breast cancer awareness this month. Many companies, including Skechers and Nordstrom, are donating to the cause as well.  You can show your support by visiting their sites and making a purchase that benefits the fight against breast cancer.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dressing Your Man

Y'all know I love shopping at Nordstrom for myself and also my son, but you might not know that I also browse the men's clothing and grab things for my husband now and then.  It's nice to surprise him with a new shirt or pair of jeans, especially since he hardly ever shops for himself.  If it were up to him, he'd probably wear short and shirts with sports logos most of the time.  But, I know he appreciates looking good and having something nice to pull out of the closet when it's time to go out.  

The key to successfully shopping for your man is knowing his style and not trying to force him into something that he won't feel good in.  I know it'd be a cold day in hell before I ever get my man to wear skinny jeans (not that I've tried) or a cardigan (okay, so maybe I tried), so I don't go there.  But, he looks great in a nice pair of Hudson or Joe's jeans and a colorful button-down shirt, so I'll often choose those for him.  If the style I bought doesn't fit (or he's not a fan), it's no problem to return since Nordstrom has free shipping and free returns.  

Does your guy feel most comfortable in a t-shirt?  Then get him a few you'd like to see him in.  I love those worn-in type tees and found a cool one featuring our home state (similar here and here) and also a cozy flannel shirt (similar) for fall that go great with two of his Joe's jeans (here and here).  

I admit to being crazy for a guy's baseball tee and have no idea why.  Mine got the red and grey one below recently.  They go great with a relaxed jean (here and here) and sneakers for a clean look.

For a casual outfit that's more dressed-up, you can go with a darker wash jean (here and here) and a button-down shirt.  Sneakers can be worn with almost anything these days, but loafers feel like you're giving your outfit a bit more effort.  These navy Toms got great reviews and they come in other colors.  

For date night, a black pair of jeans (here and here) says nighttime and looks great with a button-down and nice pair of black shoes. 

Do you shop for your man?  Does he like what you pick out? 

I'm proud to partner with Nordstrom on this post.
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