Friday, June 15, 2018

Travel Guide: Monterey With A Baby


One of the first trips that Bryan & I took together while we were dating was a weekend getaway to Monterey. It's a short two hours from the Bay Area, so it's a great spot to adventure for the weekend and the perfect spot to visit if you want to get your coastal vibes fix.
We visit now about once or twice a year and it's still to this day one of our favorite getaway spots. 

For the past 5 years, we've only had to worry about the two of us on this trip, so we knew that adding little Eloise into the mix was going to change a few things (goodbye late night bar hopping!)

I already have a great travel guide on Monterey & Carmel that you can read here so I thought that this time around, I would share how it was a little different with a baby. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Eloise's Four Month Schedule

You read that right.

Sweet Eloise turned four months yesterday and it's honestly been the best four months of our lives. Don't get me wrong, we have our days (everyone does) but what an amazing experience it is to see such a little person that you created, grow and discover the world from day to day. Also, those big belly laughs?! THE BEST.

If you are new to this blog, welcome! Every two months, I'll be doing an "Eloise update" on here, letting you know her favorites, her schedule and just any other information I think might be helpful for any other moms out there. Now, let me tell you....I'm not saying that everything I'm doing is right, and I FOR SURE don't know everything, but if you are pregnant or your little one is the same age as Eloise, you might find these posts helpful! I love hearing from other moms and how they are doing it, as it's fun to compare notes, learn some things and find some new products your little might love!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Cheers to Change

I've got some super exciting news to share with you guys today but I first off have to start out by saying THANK YOU. 
I know I thank you guys a lot, but honestly, this little blog would be nothing without you guys stopping in, reading and shopping my links. It just wouldn't.

When I started this blog, it was mostly because of travel itineraries. Since Bryan & I travel quite frequently, people would always message me asking for travel tips and guides for certain cities. I would keep a notepad on my phone with every place we visited, top places to eat in that certain city and things to do, so that when someone messaged me for details, I could just send them the note on my phone.
After a year of doing that, I thought to myself, "how awesome would it be if I had a little spot on the internet to put these notes out there so that anyone could hop on at anytime and look up travel guides and travel tips themselves?!" 
About a month later, was created.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

May's Top Ten

Goodbye May.

The weather is finally starting to warm up, the kids are out of school and we just took our first dip in the pool this past weekend. I love summer time!
May was a HUGE shopping month (probably because of all the holiday sales) and this month's top ten was a close one! This was one of my biggest months with clicks to purchases from you guys SO THANK YOU! You are truly the best followers and readers a girl could ask for!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Memorial Day Sale Roundup

Holy sale weekend!
Literally EVERYTHING is on sale EVERYWHERE.
If you've been waiting to pull the trigger on some wardrobe pieces, accessories, shoes, or home items, now is the time!

I thought I would create a post that was like your "one stop shop" for all the Memorial Day sales, hopefully making it easy on you to find the best deals. 
If you want to browse any of the retailers below and shop through me, all you have to do is click on the retailer's name and it will take you to the site. I'll also be sharing some of my favorite picks at the bottom, so you can click on those directly as well.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Current Nighttime Skincare Routine

If you've followed me for some time, you know I LOVE skincare and beauty products.
I truly do enjoy trying new face masks, oils, & creams and you better believe I look forward to washing my face every night. I know, call me weird, but nothing feels better than wiping my makeup off at the end of the night and applying some amazing skincare products before bed. Taking the time to do that is better for your skin in the long run and it's relaxing. It's a win win!

My routine is always changing and since I've had Eloise, my skin has been a little bit more on the drier side (hello breastfeeding)! I've been using a handful of products (pictured here) for the past 3 weeks and I can finally feel my skin balancing out and becoming more hydrated. I thought I would share my most current skincare routine with all of you on here today because some of these products are just TOO good not to share!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Body After Baby

Before I start this post, I wanted to say one thing....women are ROCKSTARS. 
Whether you've carried a child, adopted a child, have yet to have a child....the entire art of just being a positive woman in today's society takes heart, will & hard work.
Heck yes. GIRL POWER.

Ok, anyways, I wasn't originally going to write this post because first off, I'm not a good writer. Sometimes it's hard for me to put down how I feel into words. Wanna chat? I can talk your ear off. Your next author? Not me.
Second, I don't like talking about weight and body image. With my best friends? Sure.
On the internet? Not so much.
But then I thought about it more and I thought it's something I SHOULD address. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Eloise's First Flight

Well we did it!
I can officially check "flew with a baby" off my life list!
Let me tell you one thing....if you are reading this and you did your first flight with a baby alone, I commend you. My sister was a lifesaver this trip, and I definitely couldn't have done it without her. I also couldn't have done it without all of your advice! I learned SO much from all of you via Instagram and you sending me messages via email through my blog, so THANK YOU!

I thought I would put together a post sharing what we did, how we got around and some other tips that you all shared with me in case anyone else was getting ready to board an airplane with their little one!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Pairing Camo With Feminine Chic Pieces In Your Wardrobe

The camo trend is one trend that hasn't gone anywhere. 
Camo jackets, camo scarves, camo bags.....basically every fashion item you can imagine has been in camo print. 
Camo and leopard - always HUGE hits in the style department...ALWAYS.
A touch of camo to any outfit can create an edgy, cool vibe but if you mix it with the right pieces, it can still be chic. 
That's EXACTLY how I love to style camo print when I wear it. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

April's Top Ten

April was two things....FUN and FAST.
  Looking back on the month's stats and seeing what you guys all loved in the last 30 days that I've shared with you is seriously one of my favorite things to do!
Per usual, you guys always like a good sale pick and something of Miss Eloise's is usually on the top 10 list. 
This month was no different...from baby blankets, to sandals, to the comfiest summer sweater, your top 10 shopped items for April come as no big surprise!
Let's get right to it and per usual, don't forget to read to the end of this post to enter this month's giveaway! 


Monday, April 30, 2018

All About Oils

It's 2018 and essential oils are IN.
I'm new to the oil game and for the last couple of weeks have been loving my new oil diffuser. My friend Trish got me started on the oil train so I thought it would be fun to do a Q&A with her since I'm a newbie and maybe some of you might have some of the same questions I do!
Let's jump in!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

What I Wore To #Rsthecon

If you followed along with me this past weekend, you know that I was at the Rewardstyle / conference in Dallas, Texas having the time of my life. We were spoiled with beautiful lunches hosted by Banana Republic & Sole Society, a fun pool party hosted by Supergoop and so much more!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Sephora Sale

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Calling all beauty lovers!
Sephora's annual Spring Bonus Event is here for all Beauty Insiders,VIB members & VIB ROUGE members. Sephora usually only has two sales a year, so now is the time to stock up on products you use everyday or grab something that's been on your wishlist for a while.

Here are the details:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Eloise's Two Month Schedule

Two months of diapers, feedings, spit up, missed naps, and multiple loads of laundry.
Two months of comfy cuddles, the cutest smiles, SO much joy and SO much love. 

We've survived parenthood for over two months. What a ride! 
(Insert all the praise hand emojis)

Now that we are two months in, we are *somewhat* in a daily routine and knock on wood, she's been sleeping through the night 4-5 days a week. We have learned her cries (and know when she is definitely being over dramatic - we are in SO much trouble!) and can pretty much tell exactly what she needs by process of elimination.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

How I Contour & Highlight

Happy Tuesday friends!
I'm sharing a LONG overdue post today that's been highly requested from all of you!
How to contour and highlight your face...(without looking like a clown). 
Ha! For real though, contouring can be super scary, confusing and what's the point of it anyways?
Well, let me tell you...once you learn to do it correctly, you'll love it and it will be hard to not do it every time you put on your makeup.

Friday, April 6, 2018

My Favorite MAC Lipstick Colors

A couple of weeks ago, Nordstrom was having a huge beauty sale and all MAC lipsticks were marked down by 15%. I know....AMAZING right?! 
It was a great sale and sadly it has come and gone. I saved my favorite MAC picks to my Instagram highlights but for some odd reason, only some people can see highlights while others cannot (like why?! Come on Instagram!)
Anyways, I'm still getting a ton of questions asking for the pictures of my favorite MAC lippies, so I thought I would dedicate a whole post to it so that everyone can see it here and return to it whenever they are in need of a new lip color for the season. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

March's Top Ten

Happy April!
I hope you all had a fantastic holiday if you were celebrating this past weekend...
I know that I for sure ate my body weight in chocolate eggs!
Anyone else?!

Anyways, with the start of a new month comes another great roundup of the top ten items you guys purchased and clicked on during the month of March. There were SO many great sales this past month, so online shopping was in full swing.
 If you are new here, I started a series this year where every month I list and share the top ten items that were liked and purchased by you guys via my blog links and Instagram. (You can read the January post here and the February post here). You have all been loving these round ups, so I get excited to create them for you each month AND create a new giveaway to share! (Stay tuned to the end of this post for this month's giveaway...there will be THREE winners!)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Eloise's Favorites So Far

My baby is almost TWO months old! 
How did that happen?! 
We are two months in, which means that we are getting into a routine and finding out what works best for us and what doesn't. With that being said, there are some products that we are LOVING so I wanted to share them with you in case any of you are having a baby soon and need to add some things to your registry.
There's also a fun little giveaway happening with Golden Strands at the bottom of this post so make sure you read all the way to the bottom for instructions on how to enter!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Styling A Spring Dress 3 Ways

Spring is here, which means one thing...hello cute dresses! 
Honestly, one of my favorite things about the spring season is changing over my wardrobe to easy flowy dresses, cute denim shorts and fun rompers. 
Can you say easy, comfortable style?!
I've talked about closet staples before on the blog and for the spring season, I believe that every gal should have a super comfy swing dress  or t-shirt dress in their closet. 
Because you can style these types of dresses SO many different ways. 
Today I'm showing you THREE different ways to style a simple swing dress, hopefully making it easy for you to look put together a trendy look for the spring season! 
Let's get to it!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring Shoe Trends

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Bring on the warm weather, all the floral pastels prints and all the spring shoes!
Per usual, when it begins to turn into the spring season, my love for shoes takes on a whole new all time high. There's just something about sweet little bow sandals, pretty espadrilles wedges and blush sneakers that get me every time!
You guys always LOVE any post that has to do with shoes so I thought I would round up some great spring finds for you (all of them being under $100 except one) and talk about what's trending for the season.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

At Home Gel Like Manicure

Something you might not know about me?! 
I love getting my nails done.  Like go every 2 weeks, never miss an appointment type of LOVE. 
For the past three years, I've gotten shellac manicures every 2-3 weeks and over time, my nails have become super thin and brittle. But to be honest, I keep getting them done because I love how clean & gorgeous the shellac looks, that it stays on for over two weeks and that I don't have to wait under the dreaded fan for them to dry, only to walk out and smudge them in my car. (Seriously though, how frustrating is that?!)

One of my most asked questions in my Instagram inbox is "what nail color is that?!"
And if you know me, you know that I have three go-to colors....."Mod About You" (non gel version here),  "Taupe-less Beach" (non gel version here), & "Let's Be Friends" (super hard to get a hold of and sold out all the time).

Friday, March 9, 2018

Loft Try On & 40% Off Sale

Another day, another Loft sale!
One of my favorite things about Loft is that there is ALWAYS a sale. And if there isn't, wait a couple of days because whatever item you want will definitely be discounted a few days later. 
Right now, EVERYTHING is 40% off with the code "NEWNOW".
Yes girlfriend, you heard that right, EVERYTHING.

If you've followed me for a while, you know that I love love love the Lou & Grey collection at Loft. They have the softest and most comfortable pieces. Really though, if you haven't tried them, grab something from this sale! When Lou & Grey's on sale...JUMP ON IT.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Splurge vs. Steal - Spring Edition

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And just like that, it's MARCH.
It might still be chilly where you live but everyone is itching for all things spring. Spring style is in full force and I'm feeling the need for a tropical vacation like STAT.
Can I bring my one month old?!
In the fall, I did a fall edition of "Splurge vs. Steal" and you all LOVED it! What does that tell me?! That A LOT of you want designer fashion for the upcoming seasons but maybe you don't want to pay a pretty penny. (Fun fact: This post was actually one of my top viewed posts of 2017. Interested?! You can check it out here).

Friday, March 2, 2018

February's Top Ten

Well that month flew by! 
Maybe because I brought a tiny human into the world it seemed to go by faster?!
We welcomed our sweet girl Eloise Hayes on February 7th, so to say that the month of February was one of the highlights of my year so far is an understatement.

You all LOVED my January's Top Ten post last month (over 2000 views!) so I'm thinking these monthly recap posts are a HIT! 
Oh, and yes.....
There will continue to be a giveaway at the end of these posts every month as it is my way of saying thank you for following along, shopping my links, reading my posts and for just being amazing!

To sum it up again, these posts will be recapping the top ten items you guys shopped for with my links in the previous month. Either via my Instagram or blog, I get monthly analytics where I'm able to see how many of you shopped a certain item or link and how many of you guys clicked on it. This is SO helpful for me, because I'm able to see what you guys are loving and what you are shopping for the most (hello neutral comfy pieces!)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Shopbop SALE

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It's here!
Other than the Nordstrom Half Yearly sale, the Buy More Save More Shopbop sale is one of the best sales of the year!
Because you can get those designer, high end pieces that NEVER go on sale for up to 25% off! For example, these pricey designer sunnies never go on sale....until NOW! (ps. they are worth EVERY penny...I seriously wear them all the time and you need them for spring!)

I've put together my favorites in this post, some of these items I have and others I'm adding to my cart as I type this! (Like this's SO perfect for spring!)

I'll be sharing more of the sale in the next couple of days over on my Instagram stories so make sure you follow along over there!

Happy shopping!
And don't forget to use code "GOBIG18" at checkout!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

10 Things I've Learned In My First Couple Of Weeks As A New Mom

I've been a new mama now for about 2 weeks.
Do I have it all down?
HA! That's funny.
 Not at all.
BUT, there are a few things that I learned, used, and experienced in my first two weeks that I thought might be helpful to share with some of you. Whether you are about to be a new mom, are on your third kid or are saving posts for the day when you decide to jump into motherhood, some of these little tips I would have liked to have known about before little Eloise was born. So in turn, I thought I'd share them with you so that you can be better prepared!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Eloise's Nursery

I'm so excited to finally show you a look into our sweet Eloise's nursery!
Decorating a space has always been super fun for me, so I knew that creating a chic Parisian inspired nursery was going to be right up my alley.
I'm extremely detail oriented (ask anyone who came to our wedding) so every piece and detail in this nursery was thought out, dreamed of and put into a specific place.

We went with light blush pink and white tones with gold accents to keep the look clean, chic and crisp. Starting to decorate a nursery from scratch can be totally overwhelming so, if I had to give you one tip for starting your nursery decorating process, it would be to pick the colors you want first and stick with those when finding pieces to fill the room. It makes it easier to decorate if you stick with a couple of colors that go really well together and think of a theme ahead of time. You will see that when you start to add items and put everything together, the colors will flow and everything will go together well easily!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Closet Staple: A Classic Blazer

Have you ever heard of a capsule wardrobe or buying closet staples?
I've talked quite a few times about closet staples or "must haves" items that should always be in your closet in case of a wardrobe emergency. These tend to be pieces that are neutral, can be mixed and matched with different looks and can be dressed up or down. 

I shared a closet staple dress in this post here, a basic striped dress or top in this post here, why you should definitely own a moto jacket in this post here and why a great denim jacket should also be on that closet staple list in this post here.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

January's Top Ten

I'm SO excited to be starting a new little series on my blog this year! 
I can't take credit for the idea as my friend Brittany of Loverly Grey (if you don't follow her already, you should), started doing this little series at the end of last year and I just loved the whole process of it!

(PS. There's a fun giveaway at the end of this post so make sure you read all the way to the end to enter!)

Every month, I'll be rounding up the top 10 purchases from the past month through the analytics and stats of my LIKETOKNOW.IT account aka the top 10 items you purchased through my links! I'm sure most of you by now know all about LIKETOKNOW.IT (if you have no idea what I'm talking about, I did a post about it here) but it's so helpful in letting me know what you guys are loving or not loving. I can see how many of you click on a certain item either through this blog or through my Instagram and I can see how many of you purchase certain pieces! It's a great tool. 

Most of the top 10 items from January are still in stock so you can still snatch them up if you missed them!

Let's jump in!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Galentine's Day Gift Guide

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It's almost February.....Hello month of love!
Who says that Valentine's day is just for boyfriends and hubbys?!
I totally believe in ladies celebrating ladies and what better way then to gift some of your best gal pals with a cute little gift for Valentine's Day?
I was going to do a regular Valentine's Day gift guide BUT there are for sure more gal readers on here so these gift ideas are curved towards the lovely ladies or girlfriends in your life! OR you can easily send this link to your hubby or spouse if there's something on here you would love to have gifted to you.
Just a subtle little hint!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Spanx Leggings Review

Besides "What nail color is that" and "Where is that shirt from", the most asked question on my Instagram page is "How do the SPANX faux leather leggings fit? Since they are a pricer pair of leggings, I get it. You really want to know if they are worth it or not before you spend the money. 
Well, let me tell you, they are worth EVERY penny.

(Also before we get into it let me tell you, this is NOT a sponsored post. I did receive the SPANX Mama leggings c/o Red Dress Boutique but the faux leather ones I purchased on my own. I wanted to address your questions about them all in one spot so that you all had a reference to go to if you were thinking about purchasing them and just in case I can't get to all of your DMs).


Friday, January 19, 2018

What's In My Hospital Bag

Well, we are two and a half weeks away from meeting our sweet baby girl!
(That's if she decides to come on time!)
It's so crazy to me that it's already here.
I have to be honest, I was super nervous to get pregnant just because of all the horror stories I've heard about how terrible the 9 months can be. I've been SO lucky and I've really had a super easy pregnancy. I feel like myself (except for the basketball I'm carrying around), I've been sleeping relatively good (5 hours of sleep works for me!), I haven't had any acid reflux (knock on wood)  and overall I just feel great.
So I really can't complain!

Now that she could come at any time, it was essential that my hospital bag was packed and ready to go this week. Since this is my first birth and pregnancy, I'm no expert on this topic BUT I've done my research for the last couple of weeks and think I've got most of the basic necessities covered! I thought I would share them with you guys on here in case any of you ladies are packing your bags for the hospital as well!
(Even if you aren't, you might want to save, bookmark or pin this post for when you do have a babe and need help packing your hospital bag!)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tips For Staying More Organized in 2018

With a new year comes lots of new years resolutions and goals. Loose weight, go to the gym more, ditch the sugar, be on time....the list goes on. 
One of the most requested posts I got from you guys was all about time management and organization. In the new year, a lot of you are making it a priority to stay more structured, manage your time better and overall just live a more organized life. 

Now let me just start with, I'm no expert on this topic. Some days my life is hectic, I forget appointments, my posts don't get up on time and my to-do list doesn't get one is perfect! But, I do have some great tips and tricks that have helped me multi-task running a full time blog, while working as a nurse at the hospital part time and supporting a team of over 50 stylish Stella & Dot ladies. (And yes, I know. I'm about to bring a baby into that mix! Call me crazy!)
Anyways, I thought I would share my top five tips and what has worked for me on here!
Let's get started!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Investing In Splurge Worthy Wardrobe Pieces

If there was one jacket from 2017 that you guys loved the most, it had to have been this one . It sold like crazy on my site EVEN with the price being high. Why?!
Because it's one of those splurge pieces that will last you for years, is always on trend and is the best layering piece with anything. Not only that, but it comes in a huge variety of colors and fits you normally OR pregnant!
Why am I just posting about it now?! Well, when I asked you guys on Instagram what you wanted to see on in 2018, a couple of you asked me if some of the high end / high priced pieces that I share about are worth it. Hunter boots, designer sunnies, a classic Burberry scarf, a Tory Burch black bag.....Well, I'm here to tell you that they are and WHY.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Home Decor Inspiration

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Anyone else start a new year, take down their holiday decorations and all of a sudden want a decor refresh?! You're not the only one.
My inbox has been flooded in the new year with of a lot of messages about home decor, home style & questions on where I buy most of the items for my home. I have to mention, we just moved, so getting a fresh new start in a new place was a great way to clean up, get organized and focus on decor details.

Now, let me start this post with the obvious - I'm no interior designer. I mostly shop at Home Goods, Pottery Barn, and Target (which by the way has some amazing pieces at the moment!) I have a couple of tips for how I personally decorate, but that might not be for everyone and that's totally ok! Just like fashion, everyone has their own sense of home decor style - from bohemian, to farmhouse, to french chic, to modern. You like what you like!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Under $40 Peacoat

How crazy is it that when the new year comes, all of a sudden spring fashion is out and about and ready to party?! I'm serious....I went to Target yesterday and the bathing suits were out. BATHING SUITS. We still have about 3 months or more of cold weather so let's just slow down people!
Don't get me wrong, I love spring fashion (hello! Pink is my favorite color!) but let's talk fashion and trends that we can still wear for the next couple of months.
For example, this AMAZING peacoat.

Monday, January 1, 2018

A Blog Year In Review - 2017

Can you believe that it's 2018?! 

I don't know about you, but I love the start of a new year. 
New goals.
New dreams.
New destinations.
A new baby.
(Had to throw that one in there! haha!)