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{friday 5}

 

Okay, so this week was weird.  But, I woke up this morning and instead of thinking how not-so-good it was.  I started thinking of all the good things that happened.  To me.  Around me.  With me.  And I gotta say.  It wasn’t really all that weird/bad after all.  I could list at least 5 things right now.  What ONE good thing that made you smile this week?  Mine – watching my daughter spot me at her volleyball game Tuesday afternoon.  She was scanning the bleachers.  I could tell she was looking for me.  Our eyes met and she shot me the biggest smile ever.  Happy that I’m able to sneak out of work early to be there ♥

Weekend plans: This evening we’re headed downtown on a double date with some friends.  Gonna drink some beerz, maybe some chard.  Who knows…I’m still debating on my drink choice for the night.  BIG decisions people, big decisions!  Bay’s going to her first middle school dance…I die!  The rest of the weekend we’re spending with our favorite Hostert girls in Salinas.  Apple pickin’ (photo ops + all the apple recipes to come) and an outdoor play in Carmel are on the agenda.  Probably going to drink too much wine and talk poor Nicole’s ear off too.  But, she loves me so it’s okay.

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ONE – Fall color scheme // Orange + white + green.  Brought to you by good ol’ Trader Joe’s.  You guys, they have the best pumpkins.  Gotta give Sarah P a shout out for this one.  I’ve been waiting patiently for the TJ’s pumpkin patch to arrive.  I even called Monday and Tuesday.  Fall arrived on Wednesday.  Runnnn don’t walk and get all the things ASAP.  They sell out so quick.  I’m going back today to pick up a leaf wreath and pumpkin pancake mix.  Back to the colors…this is what I’ll be sticking with for my front porch and dining room table.  Still working on it, but hopefully I can share all the details next week!

 

 

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TWO – Madewell Sale // Madewell rarely has a sale and they just extended the sale one more day.  Today is the last day to scoop up some great pieces.

Use code: HEARTEYES for 25% off!

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{i gave up shopping for 30 days…kinda}

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Shop everything here: Garment Rack + details

 

Sorry for the bit of radio silence yesterday, it has been a crazy week.  I worked on this post and just flat-out ran out of time.  Some posts take a hell of a lot longer to write than others.

Today is the day.  The day I’ve been looking forward to for 30 days.  Can you guess why?

My spending freeze has come to an end!!!

You can read more about my {spending freeze} here.

Yesterday, actually.  (Remember this post is a day late)

I had originally planned to spend my beloved lunch break at the one, the only, Target.  I have been in the store ONCE in the last 30-days.  And it was only to pick up an order for Bay.  Not me.

But, my homegirl Sarah P posted that Trader Joe’s FINALLY got their pumpkins.  Detour!  I ended up spending an entire hour stacking pumpkins and sending Sarah pictures.  Because my indecisive ass can’t make big decisions like this alone.

Proof – Just like Rachel Hollis preaches, when you give something up for 30 days, your relationship with said item, forever changes.  I truly believe this!  Not like I’m never going to shop again.  But, it wasn’t the first thing I did.  Which is shocking as shit!

Now today, shit.  Today is a different story.  Once I had time to really gather ALL THE THINGS that I’ve had my eye one, I pulled the trigger on another J.Crew order.  Ha!

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On Monday, August 20th the hardest 30-days even began.  I kept a little journal…..

I’m not going to lie.  I cheated a littttle bit.  In my defense, I had NO fucking clue how hard not shopping would actually be.  I mean, I gave up booze for 30-days.  So, this should be cake, right?  NEGATIVE!

August 20th – What the FUCK Madewell?  Promo codes on my first day of a shopping freeze?  Alex called and rubbed it in a little.  It burned..lol.

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{friday 5}

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Hello Friday!  Is it just me, or did this week fly by?  No complaining over here.  I mean, Friday is second favorite F-word 🙂   Weekend plans: celebrating my Mama turning the big 6-0!  Sleeping in.  Coffee in my PJ’s.  Meal prep and I’ll share it next week too.  Showering the new mom to be, Brittany.  Pulling out all the Fall decor.  And maybe, just maybe getting some pumpkins for the front porch.  What’s on your agenda for the weekend?  Whatever it is, enjoy the shit out of it.  Before you know it, it’s Monday all over again!

 

Welcome to your weekly dose of Friday 5…..

 

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ONECapper’s Refreshers // Always down to show some support for new businesses in town.  Formerly Stacked N’ Brewed turned Capper’s Refreshers.  Took Bay into the new establishment last night for a sweet treat.  She had an excellent day and there’s no better way to top it off than ice cream!  Except this isn’t actual ice ceam….it’s “shaved snow” with all the toppings served in  a waffle come.  Sprinkled with gold dust.  Looks like ice cream.  Tastes like ice cream.  I’m straight up SOLD on the shaved snow.  Try the “Dexter’s Delight” sans blueberries (because who likes them anyway) and you too will be in heaven.  Can’t wait to stop back in and try one of their meals.  Everything looked fantastic.  Go show your love for the new restaurant and let’s keep them around!!!

 

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TWO – J.Crew Factory Try-On // Shared this in IG stories already, so keep scrolling if you’re over it…lol.  Anyway, I went into the store this week to basically torture myself.  Really I was making a note of all the shit I’m gonna buy when this stupid {spending freeze} is finally over next week.  I own two of these tops already, but I have added quite a few items to my wish-list!  Crazy good deals right now!

  • 50% off Fall Faves (prices as marked)
  • 30% off shirts, tops & shoes Use code: SHOPTOIT
  • Buy 3 or more items get 15% off
  • FREE SHIPPING
  • Register here for a chance to win $2,500 cash.  10 runner ups will get $100 gift card!

*these are all affiliate links, meaning if you purchase one of these items after clicking on my link, I get a (very) small commission.  If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask!

You can find everything in one shop here: J.Crew Factory Try-On

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{morning routine + 1st day of school #ootd’s}

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denim // top // kimono // heels // earrings 

 

The beginning of a new school year is kinda like a fresh start.  New Goals.  New routines to help us put our best foot forward as we head out the door.  Which all make me happy…..once we work out all the kinks.  HA!  The begging always tends to have a rocky start, let’s be real!

That’s where planning comes into place.  I’m always looking for was to prepare either the night before or first thing in the morning to make our mornings a run little smoother.

Here’s what we’ve implemented to make an EARLIER than ever start-time work in our house:

 

The Weekend Before:

  • meal plan (breakfast + lunch + dinner for the following week)
  • grocery shop (I do this on Thursday’s or Friday’s for the following week) 
  • make a list of lunch main dish options (sandwich, quesadilla, lunchable or leftovers)
  • fill snack bins see ours on {slow cooker salsa chicken // and back to school hacks}
  • meal prep (wash, slice, chop and roast veggies.  bake muffins – for Bay’s breakfast.  prep anything that can make your life easier) 
  • outfit plan.  Have everything for each day: top, bottoms, chonies, bra, socks, shoes.  EVERYTHING! (I even did this for myself this week and it’s such a time-saver) 

 

The Night Before:

  • fill Hydro Flask or water bottle
  • make lunch main dish
  • fill lunch bags and leave in the fridge
  • don’t forget a lunch box love note 🙂
  • pack + clean out backpack/bags for the next day
  • lay out gym clothes for the morning
  • Bay showers at night
  • this year we did 1st day pictures the night before!  #lifehack

 

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The Morning:

  • up bright and early for GTL (gym, tan, laundry) minus the T & L…lol.
  • time batch.  Set a timer and get as much shit as possible done (anything that needs to be cleaned, folded, loaded etc)  You’d me amazed at how much can be accomplished when a timer is set!
  • ACV shot + shower + get ready
  • Bay wakes up and gets in my way…lol.
  • grab #ootd
  • throw lunches in our bags
  • Bay grabs a muffin, I grab a shake (going to miss my morning eggs) and out the door.

 

Are you still there?

Boring, I know.  But, I get asked ALL THE TIME, so there you have it.  Our “new” morning routine.

Now on to the good stuff….#ootd’s

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dress // top // shoes // backpack // letter board

 

Bay’s #ootd details:

 

Dress –  Corduroy Mini Overall Dress Thanks for voting on my instagram stories last night.  We went to Forever 21 yesterday to pick up a couple of things and I spotted this dress.  I begged Bay to try it on.  She wasn’t too sure about it.  I put it on a poll and asked if she’d wear it, if she got 30 “YES” votes and she agreed!  By the time we went to check out at F21 there were already 40 “YES” votes.  Thanks friends.  It brings me back to the Clueless days.  Totally something Cher would have rocked!  But, Bay didn’t get that reference.

Top – Just a basic Target Tee shirt.  Nothing fancy.

Shoes – Someone told me that in middle school you have to own a pair of Checkered Classic Slip-On Sneaker.  Thanks Kissey + Tio for making sure she was fitted:)  I also own a pair of these and they are one of my faves too!

Backpack – I scored this HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO. Retreat Backpack during the Nordstrom sale last month.  More than I’ve ever spent on a backpack.  Bay claims this will last her whole middle school carer.  Maybe we should do a poll on that one too?  Hmmm!

Letter Board – This Amazon Letter Board was a gift and I can’t tell you how often I pull it out.  No printables needed this year.  The 10 x 10 board that Bay’s holding is only $13!

 

And yes, I do buy myself a back to school outfit too!  I think all Mama’s should get a new #ootd for the special day…Ha!

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{the perfect white denim}

IMG_1223You guys, I FINALLY found “the” perfect white denim.  I’ve been on the hunt for months.  Since Spring.  I even added it to my {summer to-do’s}

The struggle is real when it comes to white jeans.

Ordered + tried on + returned more pairs than imaginable.  I was beginning to think my white denim criteria was impossible to meet?

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{third piece rule}

Have you ever heard of the third piece rule?  It’s totally new to me too.  I’ve been reading more and more about it and decided I need to put this rule in effect!  It’s basically a way to encourage more stylish outfits.

Your top + pants are your first + second pieces.  Shoes not included.  Your third piece must be an extra element.  For example: blazer + belt + hat + scarf + statement jewelry.

Does that make sense?

Basically the third piece promotes a more stylish outfit.  Making your run of the mill look more put together.  Polished.  Interesting.  Like you put a little extra effort into your look!

I’m going to incorporate the third piece rule this summer working with pieces I already have.  What do you think?  Are you down for the challenge?

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Tank // Denim // Heels // Earrings

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{10 summer closet staples}

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I love the simplicity of Summer clothing.  Summer attire is so basic + minimal compared to other seasons which involve lots of layers + footwear.  With a few basic pieces, you can mix and match your closet with endless options!

So, today I thought I’d share some of my tried + true summer closet staples.

You know, ALL THE THINGS I believe every girls needs!  And things that can be worn over and over throughout the Summer!

But, before we get started – Let’s chat about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  If you follow fashion bloggers on Instagram, then you’ve already been overloaded with so much info.  So, I’ll spare you the overwhelming shit and keep it simple with 3 quick tips to help you navigate the sale, if you’re into it!

  1. Shop early!  Meaning, you must become a Nordstrom Card Holder!!!  This will grant you “Early Access!”  As in 8 days before the public aka non card holders.  You get a $40 credit upon approval and lots of perks year round too!  Typically, once the Anniversary Sale opens to the public on the 20th, sizes + colors + top items are sold out or wayy picked over.  So, if there is something you HAVE TO HAVE, this is the way to insure you get your pretty little hands on it!
  2. Add to Cart!  You can preview the sale here: 2018 Anniversary Sale – Preview.  This is not everything that will be on sale, this is just a sample.  I like to do a closet clean-out and toss/sale everything I know for a fact that I will not be wearing come Fall.  Reminder – the Anni sale is mainly Fall New Arrivals.  Stick everything you LOVE in your shopping cart! And patiently wait.  The worst part!
  3. Shop online!  Grab a cup of coffee and sit down with your computer Thursday morning.  Don’t even think of messing with the crowds.  If you want it – BUY IT!  You can always return, but you legit gotta act fast.  Nordy’s offers FREE shipping + FREE returns.  Their website it super user-friendly.  OR you can always buy online and do an in-store pick-up.  Technically you don’t even have to get out of your car.  They will bring it out to you!

With these tips, you should be ready to shop till you drop!  Set your alarms for Thursday morning friends!!

 

And now for 10 summer closet staples……

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{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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{current closet faves}

Happy Thursday peeps.  I did another grocery store pick-up today.  Which allowed me to spend my lunch break doing more important things.  You know, like tan.  Go to the post office + bank.  And grab an iced coffee from Starbucks.  Try it out!  I’m telling you it’s so legit.  I was able to stock our house for next weeks meals + grab everything we need for our camping trip tomorrow.

I’ve been trying out Time Batching this week.  I can’t say too much, I really haven’t mastered this time-management hack just yet.  What I can say, is the time batching that I have done throughout the day has helped me focus and be productive AF.  Stay tuned though, I want to tell you all about it.  Once I’ve mastered the art of Time Batching.

But, what I’m really here to tell you all about today……

Current Closet Faves //  Denim that fits like a glove.  Colored top.  Sunnies, always sunnies.  Mustard Mules.  A neutral clutch to even out all that yellow.  And a cute little necklace on the side.

Too much?   Nahhh!

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You guys, I’m all about the burnt yellow.  Spicy Mustard.  Saffron.  Canary.  Like BIG TIME!  Yesterday was all the orangy hues, but what can I say…today is a new day!  I accidentally picked up two yellowy items this week, and I love them so much, that I’m gonna tell you all about them.

If wearing too much yellow is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right!

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Top // Denim // Shoes // Clutch // Necklace // Sunnies

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{spring fever}

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Tuesday would be a lot cuter if it were Friday!  Just saying!

The vacation hangover is a real thing.  I’m dying peeps.  I mean, not really.  Just a passenger on the struggle bus this week.  It just so happens to also be one of those weeks where there is something penciled in on every.single.day.  Whyyyy?  And it’s going to rain.  WTF Mother Nature?  Get it together.  I was in sandals (pictured below) and a short sleeve top yesterday.  Obvi Spring Fever is a real thing too!

Okay, enough bitching.  Maybe if we all bust out our cute spring outfits, the sun will come out + stay out?  It’s worth a shot 🙂

Here’s what I wish I was wearing/can’t wait to wear……

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Tank Top // Denim // Zapatos

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