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{white bean caprese salad}

Today was the day. The first day of school! The day some of us (myself) have been secretly praying for…lol! And some dreading. I decided next year we need to have a Woo-Hoo + Boo-Hoo party after drop off. Where we can celebrate or be bummed our kiddos are back in school.

You know, just at a bar preferably. Before everyone gets on with their day.

Bay’s last day first day at Lee Middle School. I was reminded of it, bright and early this morning. Holy shit!

Yes – I let her keep the baby blue acrylic nails. Even though I cringe every time I look at her hands. On one condition – she learns how to spell “remember” Ha!

We always take photos the night before. #momhack. Such a time saver in the morning on the first day! It’s almost like a trial run. What to wear. Does it need ironing. What hairdo. Makeup. All the things. It truly makes the morning of such a breeze.

I, myself, spent about 90% of my day scrolling though all the 1st day photos. I cannot believe how big everyone’s kids are. How grown and mature they all look. Including my girlfriends kids. We’ve had this tradition since pre-school. My girlfriend Sara and I met one year at Raley’s. Mainly because it’s always empty. Each year the group and photo have grown larger + larger. Makes my heart so happy! Thanks for organizing this year Alex! Love to see everyone dressed in their best ready to take on a new school year.

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California · Camping · Cool spots · family · fashion · friends · hiking · kids · ootd · Outfit Details · Pumpkin · ShopStyle · Table Setting · weekend

{weekend notes}

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Happy Monday Friends!  Not sure what it is about today, but it feels so festive.  I guess we are officially kicking of the first week of the Holidays!!!  I’m at work though…ha!  Just knowing we’re going to finish off the week with turkey + pie…lots of shopping!  Oh, and we’re headed to Tahoe to cut down our tree this year.  Stay tuned, we’ve never done this before.  I’m sure it will be a shit-show.  I have my heart set on a couple of trees this year.  I know, crazy.  Considering I live in a tiny ass condo!

Okay, hold on tight, this week is gonna be over before you know it!

Intentions for the Week:

  • work on some gift guides
  • cut down out Christmas tree(s)
  • american eagle try-on
  • set a cute kids Thanksgiving table
  • drink more water than chardonnay…this is gonna be a hard one!
  • tackle outdoor Christmas decor
  • a new spin on the classic pumpkin pie
  • host Thanksgiving
  • head to the cabin ♥

And here’s a little recap of some of the highlights from our weekend….

When you finally get to #chardsohard with your homegirl Nikki!

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“make us look super hot and super skinny please!” HA!  It’s been the saying for years now!

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We celebrated this babe turning the big 4-0!  Lookin hot AF + young AF!  And still a damn good time!

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Us ♥

You guys were blowin me up about my sweatshirt.  It’s full-price, which I rarely do…but I made an exception for this one.  It’s perfect for that, I wanna go out, but I also wanna be cozy AF!  This is it my friends! Ha!  Linked some other leopard-dot print items from Madewell too!

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fashion · jcrew addict · old navy · ootd · Outfit Details · Products · sale · Summertime · Target

{summer tops under $40}

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I’m the self-proclaimed Queen of Summer Tops!  Ha!  Once you’ve got your key bottom pieces: black denim + white denim + the perfect fit denim + cut-off’s!  You’re set!  You can rotate your bottoms all year-long with a cute top.  I am always on the hunt for tee’s + tops + peplums + tanks….you name it.  Since I’m constantly adding tops, price tag is KEY!

So, today I’ve rounded up TWENTY SIX tops under $40.  Some I own.  Some are on their way to my doorstep.  Some are on the ol wish-list.

Let’s start with this Bow Tank Top I tried it on in the white.  Thought, nahhh – I need a color.  Spotted the navy.  SOLD!  At $19.50, you really can’t beat it!  And it looks great with white denim + cut-offs + my fave jeans.  You’ll be seeing this heavily rotated this summer!

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Top // Denim // Slides // Bag 

 

 

Top – $19.50 comes in white + navy!

Denim – GAP from last year.  To be honest, I no longer love these jeans.  I’ve spoiled myself with Madewell and can’t turn back.  So, I am currently on the hunt for THE PERFECT white denim.  If you’ve found them, holla at me K!!

Slides – Good old Target!  $22 with over 120 reviews.  They are so cute and actually go with wayyy more than I originally thought!

Bamboo Bag   – My $40 amazon knock-off is still coming out to play at least once a week.  So fun!  NOTHING falls out.  At least, I haven’t lost anything yet!  Did you see Target came out with one too?  A New Day Bamboo Clutch $34!  SCORE!

 

Here’s a better look at this top!  Best part – the straps on this top are so well designed!!  You can wear a regular bra without any bra straps peeing out!  Can I get a hell yeah?!?!  I will forever be team hate the strapless bra!

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And here are 25 super cute.  Super affordable.  And ALL under $40!  You can thank me later 🙂

J.Crew Factory //  You guys.  Factory has been on FIRE lately.  I’ve been frequenting the Vacaville store more than I’d like to admit.  New arrivals are all marked 50% off + FREE SHIPPING!!  I included some dressing room shots below for reference.  Here’s my top picks:

 

 

Striped Tie-Back Tee // Friday Tee // Tie-Front Tank // Eyelet Peplum Tank // Printed Tie-Shoulder Top // Embroidered Shell // Scalloped Cami // Tiered Tank Top // Tie-Shoulder Cami Top // Embroidered Tie-Sleeve Top

 

 

Madewell // Madewell rarely has a sale or a decent promo code.  Until today!  Use code SPARKLER for 20% off select Summer Must Haves.  Sign up as a Madewell Insider (which is FREE) and receive FREE SHIPPING with every single order!!

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fashion · fitness · jcrew addict · Kaia · ootd · Outfit Details · Random shit · sale · Spring · Target

{floral top + random thoughts}

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Top // Denim // Slides // Earrings 

 

Happy Hump Day!  AKA, drink a bottle of wine day to celebrate we’re 1/2 way there day!  Ha!  You guys, we had our challenge this morning at Kaia.  You can read more about it here: {kaia brik goals}  Running is so not my jam, but damn I feel good (and hangry) when it’s done.  If you could have only heard all the voices in my head.  “Fake and injury and walk” or “Don’t walk, you’ll never be able to get back up to speed” or “wonder if anyone would notice if I ran to my car and went home?”  That’s the shit I had to deal with, not once, but three separate times this morning.  In good news, I shaved off over 1 minute from week #1 and I didn’t die!  Ha!

Now I’m, about to get real long winded….I apologize in advance for my random thoughts today……

So I started to write a post on this outfit the other day.  I have the tendency to listen/half-ass watch Instagram stories in the background.  So bad, I know.  Anyway, I was listening to a blogger do an unboxing.  Which, for the record, I think is tacky AF.

I guess I shouldn’t say tacky, because I’ll probably do one next week to stay relevant…lol. But, I watch them every.single.time.  Why?  Do your kids watch the weird ass grown adults on YouTube that unbox American Girl Dolls and toys?  Just fucking weird.

Anyway, she made the comment that ALL her packages were in their home office…to keep them out-of-the-way or something like that.  What really got my attention, was she hadn’t opened a single package in TWO whole weeks?  That’s 14 fucking days!  WTF?  Maybe that’s what happens when you get to be a BIG DEAL?  IDK!

I’m not gonna lie…That’s not how I roll over here.  Most of my online shopping carts at J.Crew + Nordstrom + Target + Madewell are maxed out with hundreds of dollars of clothes.  Technically, I’m not going to buy 90% of them.  But, I like to keep them safe.  Right where I can see them and stalk them.  Then they go out of stock and I kick myself for not pulling the trigger.  Or I decide they aren’t all that cute anymore after looking at them for so damn long.  Then every once in a while, that shit goes on sale and I hit “place order”.

In my head, I already have the outfit planned.  Where I’ll be wearing it.  Who will be there.  Ha.  I’m just keeping it really real.  But, that’s not where it ends.  I then proceed to track my orders like a psycho.  I can pretty much tell you where each of them are in the US at any given time…lol.  Maybe not any given time, but I have an idea.  I get notification emails and shit.  I’m waiting very impatiently.  Like, I wanted that J.Crew top 2 days ago.

Then when I finally get that “Delivered” email….it kills me to not hop in my car and go grab it off my front porch.  Open it up within seconds.  Half the time I completely destroy the box trying to get to the goods.  Then I try it on instantly.  I gotta make sure it’s as good as I’d hoped and dreamed about…Ha!

So, when these bloggers talk about storing their orders/packages for TWO whole weeks, I just don’t get it.  They clearly don’t love their online purchases as much as I do, right?  Ha!

End of rant!

Without further ado, here is one of the many outfits I stalked + waited for 🙂

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fashion · jcrew addict · Nordstrom · old navy · ootd · Outfit Details

{statement tees}

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Let your T-shirt do the talking.

Ha, I just came up with that.

Just like the LBD + Vans sneakers, the Statement Tee is one of those trends that has never gone out of style.  Not going to lie, I was completely anti statement/graphic Tee’s till recently.

Then, one day, I laid eyes on this Budweiser sweatshirt.  SOLD!  Next was the Cali top.  Soon after the Chard shirt.   Then the Salut!   This Mamacita is on its way to the house as I type.  And I’ve clearly jumped on the graphic tee bandwagon.  I find them to be casual + playful.  Just plain ol fun!

And I’m not talking Disney + sporting teams + cartoon shit.  Just to clear the air.  More like the punchy one-liners.  Destinations.  Old rock bands.

Here’s some of my faves:

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{valentine’s day #ootd + bay’s cookie recipe}

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I had too!  Happy Valentine’s Day friends!  I hope you started your day off with some kind of sweet heart-shaped treat.  I had and egg and avocado..lol.  Totally didn’t plan a V-day breakfast for Bay.  To be honest it slipped my mind.  Who am I?  I stuck a couple Eggo waffles in the toaster.  Used a heart cookie cutter.  Whipped cream + sprinkles + a cherry on top (Bay doesn’t do cherries BTW).  She loved it anyway!  I did have a super cute lunch with heart pepperoni planned, but Lent screwed up that idea.  So we went with heart quesadillas instead.

Speaking of lent…..

What are you guys giving up?

Bay + I are still undecided.  Decisions, decisions!

Bay suggested coffee…LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!  She’s so funny!

 

But you know what I did plan, wayyy in advance for Valentine’s Day?  Our #ootd’s

You gotta have a cute outfit for the Holiday, right?

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Bay couldn’t believe I was in pink and she was not.  First time for everything.

When I saw this cute Tee on Crewcuts, I knew it was happening.

 

My V-day #ootd //

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Top // Denim // Slides // Bracelet

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fashion · kid style · kids · mom & me · Nordstrom · ootd · sale

{dramatic bell sleeve}

 

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This is a great transitioning into fall sweater.  It’s dramatic and comfy and you will be seeing it on repeat this season!

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S W E A T E R // I know, I know….everyone in the world owns this sweater.  It’s basically Instagram famous.  I tried it on and now know exactly why.  #1 – price tag $39.  #2 – The bell sleeves are to die for.  #3 – Brown rustic color is so on point.  #4 – Pairs great with denim + white + black bottoms.  #5 – Soft AF!  #6 – runs large, so when you order a size down you feel all skinny and shit..HA!

And it comes in 3 color options!

BP. Flare Sleeve Sweater

 

 

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fashion · kid style · kids · mom & me · ootd

{twinning, again}

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It’s not every day this mother daughter duo find a denim top they LOVE!  But when we do, you best believe we are going to tell you all about it.

You guys, she’s still totally into taking selfie with me.  I really gotta enjoy this while it lasts.  I know one day, sooner than later, she’s going to look at me like I’m crazy when I tell her “let’s take a selfie!”  That day is going to be devastating.  I’ll have to recruit Link, the rabbit, I guess?!?!

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