Friday, August 10, 2018

Eloise's Six Month Schedule

I honestly CANNOT believe that our sweet baby girl is 6 months old.
You guys. That's 1/2 a year!
SO SO crazy.
I can honestly say that everyday with her gets better and better. Her smiles, laughs and adorable personality make my days the absolute best.
Yes. I've become THAT mom and I'm so proud of it.

I would say that over the past month she's changed the most. She loves to be moving (I wonder where she got that from?!), is trying out and loving all the solid foods, has switched up her nap schedule a little bit and has started breastfeeding just four times a day. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

July's Top Ten

How is summer almost over?! 
So crazy!
July's top ten shopped items came up a litttlllleee skewed because of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so for this post, I'm going to share the top 5 items from the #nsale and then the other top 5 items from other retailers.

If you are new to my page, thanks for stopping by! Ever since January, I've been dedicating a whole blog post to each month's top ten shopped items from all of you! They have been huge hits and you all love them, so let's keep it rolling!

And don't forget.....another month, another giveaway!
 I'm giving away one of my favorite pieces from the new Stella & Dot fall collection to THREE of you, so make sure you read all the way to the end of this post!


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Six Months of Breastfeeding

Did you all know that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month?! 
First of all, if you've never had kids, you probably don't care about this post and that's TOTALLY ok. That was me over a year ago.
(But you might want to bookmark this post for a day later in the future...just sayin').
 If you have had kids & at least attempted to breastfeed, you are for sure thinking HECK YES THIS SHOULD BE SUPPORTED ALL MONTH.
Because it's dang hard.
Like REALLY hard.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Best BABY Items from the Nordstrom Sale

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Seven | Eight | Nine | Ten

I had a whole different post planned for today, but yesterday I went online to buy Eloise a couple more bows (I know she has a ton, but she doesn't have a green or purple one!), and found that her favorite bows EVER are on sale! There are tons of colors to choose from AND if you buy three, you get them for just $20! I of course kept browsing the Nordstrom Anniversary sale because I honestly haven't looked over the baby section much and found SO many great deals on some of our favorite items.
So here are my favorite picks from the anniversary sale for your cute little babe!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Summer Memories with Snapfish

I know I'm not alone when I say that now-a-days it's so hard to actually remember to print out pictures! 
Anyone?! Right?! 
Gone are the days where you would take in your roll of film, wait a couple of days and then pick up your pictures....I mean, thank goodness those days are gone! 
As thankful as I am to have a phone that takes amazing pictures, it can sometimes be a challenge to remember or take the time to actually print out your photos.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Round TWO Picks

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It's here!
Everyone can now shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale...FINALLY!

Here are some of my favorite purchases from the sale and I'm also including some other things I added to my cart.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Nursing Friendly Wardrobe Pieces

I've promised this post to so many of you and I'm so happy that it's finally here and published! 
I know that this post doesn't pertain to everyone, but for those ladies out there who are breastfeeding and think that you can't wear cute, stylish and trendy clothes, I'm here to tell you that you are wrong!

I've been breastfeeding for over 5 months now (I honestly can't believe it myself!) and have found some super great tops, dresses and sweaters that are perfect for wearing and feeding that cute little babe of yours. Just because you're a breastfeeding mama doesn't mean that you can't dress fashion forward and cute!

Monday, July 16, 2018

NSALE Shoes Under $100

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Let's be real.
One of the best things about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the SHOES and this year, they knocked it out of the park!
SO many amazing choice for fall, a TON of cute athletic shoes and some super fun slides that you could wear now and into the next season.

If you followed me last week during the first part of the sale, you already know that one of my favorite pairs of shoes from the entire sale were these snakeskin mules. My sister & I both LOVED them and took them home. (I also got them in grey - I mean hey, if you love something, buy it in multiple colors right?!) Sadly, they are currently sold out, BUT I'm really hoping they restock them, so keep an eye out!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Nordstrom Sale Try On

Well we are 48 hours out since the Nordstrom Early Access opened up for cardholders and HOLY SMOKES that was a crazy start to the sale! 
A ton of items have already sold out and it's really a mystery whether or not they will be restocking some of the pieces. (I've heard mixed reviews). I've seen a couple of things restock already here and there.
My tip is that if you really like something, bookmark it and check back everyday. Maybe you'll get lucky!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

My Top First Overall Picks From The Nordstrom Sale

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(WARNING: There are probably multiple typos as I write this post at 1:30 in the am - just scroll on by, ignore the errors and shop away)

I will be covering the sale for the next 2 weeks so I wanted to start this Nordstrom Anniversary series with an overall general pick post of my favorite items. These are the items I bought for myself, that I think will be super versatile in everyone's wardrobe and get you the most bang for your buck!
Remember, it's my job to make shopping easier for you so let me do the hard work of digging and finding the best deals!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Self Tanner Review

Summer is here & that means pool days, sangria and that summer glow! 
For the past two months, I've been trying & testing out different self tanners for you guys in hopes that this could be a super helpful post when it comes to picking out or buying a self tanner for yourself. My goal is to keep trying new ones, each from different retailers & in different price ranges and then continue to update this post as time goes on. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Amazon Swimsuit Review

As most of you know, I just got back from an amazing family vacation in Kauai....take me back! 
Kauai means beach....beach means bathing suits.
This was my first time ever having to wear a bathing suit "postpartum" and honestly it's much harder to find a bathing suit when, 
A.) your body is different than you're use to  B.) you're still nursing
All of my past bathing suit bottoms pre baby still fit me, but the way! I'm very thankful that one piece suits are super on trend right now and decided to head to Amazon to see what I could find.

Monday, July 2, 2018

June's Top Ten

Halfway through the year.
I can't believe it either.

With a new month, comes my list of the top 10 items you guys purchased through my links, my blog links and my Instagram swipe ups. This has been month after month one of my most viewed posts, so I'm so glad that you guys are loving it! If you are new around here, WELCOME! I'm so happy you are here!

Per usual, remember to read to the end of this post for details on how to enter this month's giveaway. If you are new, I do a giveaway each month for my blog readers to say THANK YOU. I wouldn't be able to do what I love to do if it weren't for you guys reading my blog, shopping my links and yes....swiping up! (haha!)
Let's get to June's top 10, shall we?!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Prep

It's almost time for the best sale EVER.
And I'm not exaggerating!
This is hands down my favorite sale of the entire year because the savings is incredible on NEW items for fall.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale happens every July and is full of some amazing deals on some great new fall styles including boots, handbags, sweaters, coats & beauty items. 
The anniversary catalog dropped online & in stores on Monday and it did not disappoint. There are already SO many fall pieces that I can't wait to get my hands on.
Just wait till you see it.....the shoe selection is SO GOOD.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Summer Stripes with Banana Republic

If you've followed me for some time now, you know I love stripes. 
Nautical striped tees, tanks, blazers, dresses....How many striped wardrobe pieces can one person own?!? (Asking for a friend).
 I've styled stripes on here before, but now that summer is here and simple casual dresses are my jam, I thought I would show you one of my favorite new striped dresses for the season. 

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!