Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Favorites - A little bit of everything

Happy Friday and Happy Fall my friends!!! 
I can hardly believe summer is now officially over. Sniff, sniff!!! 
Yes, I do love all things pumpkin and getting to change up my wardrobe, but man o' man, I just really love summer!!!

Since it's Friday you know that means it's time for Friday Favorites and talking about what we loved this week, so I'm joining ErikaNarci, and Andrea in their weekly link up.


First up this week, we celebrated Kent's birthday. I talked all about him in this post in case you missed it on Tuesday. 

We went to his favorite BBQ place for dinner and then came home and I had made an old favorite.

Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake

Sooooo YUMMMMMY!!!!


I received a Snapchat from a friend of mine this week. She has little kids and they are a HOOT!!! She sent this to me and I literally LAUGHED OUT LOUD!!!


It was followed later in the day by this...

Look at that sweet face! What a cutie pie!


My friend Heidi's birthday was Sunday and she received an absolutely awesome birthday present. Her son Jesse (a senior in high school) dropped a song on iTunes that he wrote, sings and plays guitar on. 
It's seriously good!!!

Click HERE to listen for yourself.

We are so incredibly proud of him. And oh' BTW...his brother is singing harmonies on it with him.
#socool #somuchtalent


In case you missed it earlier this week I did a post on my favorite accessories and how I came into my own in adding them to my wardrobe.
Click HERE


I broke out my new booties that  I purchased during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and they didn't disappoint. Unfortunately mine are sold out except for in a few sizes, but I'm linking a very similar pair by the same maker.


We ordered a  new sofa about 8 weeks ago and it's being delivered tomorrow. 

I'm trying to change the overall feeling of our family room to a more neutral and lighter color scheme. I'll show you pictures next week.


There are 8 days left in the month and the phenomenal special that Rodan + Fields has been offering is still available. If you've been thinking about trying these products or this is the regimen you use and you haven't taken advantage of this offer yet, don't miss it. I absolutely love what these products have done for my skin and want everyone to experience it.

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Alrighty then, I guess that does it for my favorites this week. 

Have a wonderful weekend my friends.


Be sure to stop by these other blogs to see what their favorites are. It's so fun to discover new people and what they like.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Try It On Tuesday - Thursday Edition

It's been a while since I've done a Try It On Tuesday post. I went to the mall this week and did some "trying it on" and planned to do this next week, but Nordstrom is offering Triple Points through Sunday for credit card holders and so I thought some of you might like to take advantage of that.

So before we start...remember this is dressing room lighting and I am in no way a professional (or semi-professional) model. This is just so you can see how these clothes look on a "regular woman". I'm 5' 2 1/2" tall which makes it hard to pull off some you'll see. ;)

This ribbed sweater has the sweetest ruffle detail on the bottom of the sleeves and at the hem. You can barely see it in this picture, but it's there and makes it a little more special than a regular ribbed sweater..

I seem to have a new obsession with plaid. I grabbed this shirt and it wasn't until I was putting it on that I noticed the adorable ruffled peplum on just the back. What a cute surprise. (unfortunately I can only find the link for the plus size, but lucky for anyone who falls in that category)

I'm still on the hunt for a cold shoulder top. This one is really soft, but also really see through...definitely need the cami. It comes in other colors and I think I'd have liked it better in a small instead of the x-small I have on.

 Drape front cardi - on sale :) 
So I can just hear Kent asking "How many of those jackets do you need????"
HEY...I like what I like and since I like to keep a jacket or sweater with me at all times (in spite of hot flashes) I like to have a variety.

 This is a high low (front/back), but it's plenty long in the front to be a tunic. It's super soft and whispered "wear me with leggings and boots" in my ear.

YES...another open front cardi. Seriously soft and just look at that adorable peplum back. It's just as important to look cute from behind as the front.

You guessed it, I'm still looking for an off the shoulder top too. Can you say commitment issues? The one I just loved sold out in my size before I ordered it. 

Another blogger I read had tried this one on and if it hadn't been for seeing it on her I wouldn't have bothered. I don't love the material, but it looks cute on. 

I love Pleione tops and so I had to try this one. It'd be great this time of year for transitioning. Throw on a jean jacket or utility jacket and you're good to go, but when you take off your jacket it's a little cuter than a regular tee.

Okay, so this one I just kinda grabbed and thought...ehhh. Well I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it on. (if only I'd been wearing a black cami)

This is the same basic blouse but a thicker material. It's the one I thought I'd really like, but the print was a bit busy for me. It's really comfy though and looks cute with jeans or could be put with slacks for work.

LOVED this little sweater. It's soft, comfy, roomy...all good things. I have on a plum pair of NYDJ jeans that were really comfy as well. I wish you could tell more about the color because it's really pretty.

I need to be either a little taller or a little shorter. Regular's are just a smidge too long and petite's are always a smidge too short.

This dress was adorable and if I had the legs for it, I would have totally brought it home with me. It was not something I would have thought to try on, but the girl helping me brought it and a couple of others and they were all so dang cute. (obviously you wouldn't be lazy like'd take the cami off)

This one was an x-small and I was in it like a sausage (keepin' it real), but I think a small would have been perfect!

The fabric was nice and thick with just a little stretch.

Again, I'd have never thought to try this on for myself. I love Free People clothing and this dress is adorable with a real retro-70's vibe.  I think I could put black tights with it and pull it off. So cute. 

LOVED this one too!!! I'd put it with black leggings and boots or booties. It is seriously a miracle I didn't walk out of the store with all three of these dresses.

So the whole reason she brought me these dresses was to try under this sweater.

I'm going to be totally honest...this look for me...not so much.
First off, the sweater was a small and I think it ran really big...and x-small would have probably helped the look. I also think it's just too much for my frame. A taller person would probably look great in it and should definitely go for it.

It's got a lot of versatility on the right person. That person just doesn't happen to be me.

On my way out of this department I stopped by the jewelry and tried on these pieces I've been eyeing from BaubleBar.

A hand model I am'd I get old lady hands????

I didn't hit the shoe department, but here are a few pairs that I'd love to try.

So there ya' go friends. A little of this and a little of that.
How do you like these posts? Are they helpful? Do I look like a fool?
Please oh please, tell me what you think and I'll be brave when you're honest.

Take advantage of Nordstrom's Triple Points this week and earn yourself some free spending money

Come back Tuesday for a regular "Try It On Tuesday" because I hit Loft while I was out at the mall too. :)


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Accessories - 101

Accessories! I love them and now I can't believe it took me so long to get on board.
They can make an outfit and help define your style. It's only been in the past couple of years that I've really become aware of accessorizing my wardrobe and let me tell you that once you make that leap it opens up a whole new, fun world.

There are an endless number of accessory brands, but I'm definitely partial to some more than others.

I started with a Brighton Bracelet that was a gift from my brother and sister-in-law for my birthday. I loved it then and I love it now. I've bought more beads to go with it and can change it according to my outfit.

Next came Pandora. It's very similar to Brighton but a little more pricey. I started buying it for my mom and periodically they run promotions where if you spend $100 you'll get a free bracelet. Well, that's not hard to do and I ended up with a couple of the basic bracelets so I finally decided I may as well start collecting beads for myself.

My friend Elizabeth and I always bring each other treats when we visit each other.
#whodoesntlovepresents #everyoneneedsafriendlikethat

She showed up a couple of years ago with and Alex and Ani bracelet. I was just beginning to notice them on people and that got me started collecting them. They have a very reasonable price point for gifts and making it easy to build a collection for yourself. They look adorable stacked on your arm and you can mix the silver and gold finishes, which I love to do.

Click HERE for all Alex and Ani bracelets.

Here's where I started to really branch out. 
Kendra Scott
I broke down and bought the Rae pendant. I started with it because I wasn't sure I'd like the tassel on the bottom of the Rayne necklace. WRONG!!! I eventually bought one of those and LOVE it!
Check out all the Kendra Scott necklaces HERE.
Who wears a Kendra Scott necklace without the matching earrings? Not me ;)

Look...see my earrings? LOVE!!!

Look at all those beautiful colors!!!
See all the Kendra Scott earrings HERE.

My favorite earrings are the Elle. They're just the right size...not too small, not too big.

Once I started wearing a few larger pieces, I branched out and started expanding my collection. I found out about a shop in Texas called Accessory Concierge. I'm not affiliated with them, I just love there stuff. I've talked about them previously HERE.

I wear all of these all the time. The second and third are my favorites just because they are lighter weight. Not that the others are heavy, you're just more aware you have them one.

Even the most casual outfit looks better when accessorized.

I've now discovered yet another little jewelry boutique in where else...Texas.

It's called Kinsley Armelle and I talked about it HERE. They also carry unique pieces and I've fallen hard for them.
I started by ordering a necklace and a bracelet stack along with a single bracelet. Every time I wear them I get comments, questions and compliments.

You should check out their website for yourself.

If you find something you like they've given me the code CoasttoCoast2 for all my readers to get 15% off your entire purchase. Christmas is coming.

Nordstrom also carries a couple of other  reasonably priced lines of accessories.One can be found in their Point of View department and I've recently started noticing and purchasing a few for myself.

They are called Panacea and you can see all they have to offer HERE.

I bought this pair of earrings during the anniversary sale and love them. I can wear them with gold and silver so they do double duty.
#winnerwinner #twoforthepriceofone

They also carry a line of jewelry from B.P. found in the Juniors Department.

If you are ready to try a longer necklace and like the look of the Kendra Scott but aren't quite ready to invest in one, this one is a terrific option. 

There are more accessories than just jewelry in this line too. They have purses, scarves, hats, and more. See all the BP line HERE.

I bought this purse for Katie before she left for school and she loves it.

So there's a TON of info on accessories for you. If you haven't given them a try, go for it. I don't think you'll be sorry. People really notice jewelry and it's fun to wear something interesting and have people comment on it.

Do you have a favorite brand I need to check out? Shout it out in the comments. I'm always on the lookout for something new and exciting.


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