{what’s in my bag}

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Women’s purses are basically mini suitcases.  I’m always so amazed when I see a blogger share what’s in her bag.  It’s click bait when I see an image of all her prized possessions strewn across the table.  I gotta know…ha!  At the ripe age of 36 I currently ONLY carry a tote.  AKA the black hole of no return.  I can never seem to find the shit I need, but I know damn well it’s in there somewhere. You never know what you’re gonna need, #amiright?  And I, for one, would much rather be overprepared than unprepared.

 

So without further ado….

What’s in my bag!!

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I’m not even about to show you what’s in my wallet though.  That’s a whole new post in itself!

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BAG //  The Drawstring Transport Tote I’m in love with ALL Madewell totes.  They are all I’ve used for the last maybe 5 ish years.  Great durable bags.  And I love that the leather ages with wear.

WALLET // MICHAEL KORS ‘Jet Set’ Leather Travel Wallet I admit, I am a total weirdo about my wallet.  It has to be a zip-around.  With lots + lots of compartments.  Before I bought this Michael Kors, I rocked a gigi hill from back in the day.  Remember when that was the “it” wallet to have?  You were a nobody if you didn’t have a gigi hill.

PLANNER // ban.do design Bando 12 Month Planner Raise your hand if you still use a paper planner? I am a loyal paper planner gal.  I refuse to use my phone.  And I wont remember shit if I don’t write it down.  I don’t leave the house without this bad boy.  I wrote about it here: {planning for 2017} + here: {baby, write this down….}

ORIBE // ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray This shit is GOLD!  Costs about the same as gold too.  HA!  This product is the ONLY thing that gives my thin flat hair any kind of life.  Read one of the 1,200 reviews and give it a shot.  You’ll thank me BIG time for this one 🙂

STAMPS // Always have at least one floating around in my purse.  Although, I rarely use them.  I’m about 95% online bill pay at this point.  I write 2 checks each month.  But you never know when you’ll need to send a love note or thank you to a homie!

$2 BILL // For good luck, that’s all.

PHOTO // I carry a Polaroid of my girl.  Just in case I miss her ♥

 

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NOTE PAD // Bay gave me this cute don’t forget sticky pad.

COLOGNE // Jo Malone English Oak & Hazelnut Cologne Did I tell you I started wearing men’s cologne?  Technically Jo Malone is unisex but this new English Oak & Hazelnut smells just like a man and I’m kind of obsessed.  I get women telling me how good I smell  all the time.  Ha!

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{friday 5}

Happy. Happy. Happy. FRIDAY!!!  This week I somehow ballanced being productive AF + chill AF.  No frickin idea how it happened that way.  But, I’ll take it!  Weekend Plans: Downtown Woodland First Friday Art Walk.  Who’s going?  Bay’s horseshow.  Cannot wait to watch my girl.  Roots to Wine Twilight Picnic.  Cook at 4th + Hope!  And sit by the pool + soak up some sunshine.  What’s your weekend looking like?

5 things on my mind…….

 

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ONE – Bay + Buckwheat // Bay is beyond excited for her first English Horse Show tomorrow.  She’s been practicing for months.  At the beginning of the year, Bay decided to switch from Western riding lessons to English.  I’ve never even seen her ride English.  #workingmom  So, I think it’s safe to say, I’m just as exciting to watch my girl do what she absolutely LOVES tomorrow too ♥  You got this Bay!!

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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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{statement earrings}

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Today I’m excited to share some of my favorite summer statement earrings with you! Contrary to my minimal jewelry beliefs, I dig a good statement earring.  Earrings are an easy and fun way to jazz up any outfit! Even a basic tee and shorts can be brought to life by adding a fun pair of earrings!  I am very particular when it comes to earrings though.  They must be lightweight, but they can’t feel super cheap either.  The heaviness + pulling drives me bananas.  And my rule of thumb, if I’m rocking a statement earrings all the jewels must be kept to a bare minimum.  This is also a great way to incorporate the good ol’ {third piece rule}we chatted about last week.

 

But first let’s chat about what I’ve got on in this picture.  The earrings, obvi.  The rest is Madewell + both the jeans & tank are on sale!  This doesn’t happen everyday, so let me give you all the details!

 

Tortoiseshell statement earrings // Currently 30% off at $27.  I’ve been rocking these earrings on major repeat.  If you’ve seen me in the last couple of weeks, you’ve met these beauties:)  They are super lightweight + comfy.  Two of my statement earring requirements!

Tortoiseshell statement earrings

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Madewell Top //  You guys, it’s on sale.  $39!  I gotta call and get a price adjustment 🙂  The color is so rich + gorgeous.  LOVE the high neckline.  With a front tuck, you’re good to go!

Gathered Sweater Tank

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9-Inch Seamed High Waist Step Hem Skinny Jeans // If I told you I grabbed these $135 Madewell jeans for $34, would you believe me?  Nordstom price-matches!  You just have to call or pull up the on-line live chat.  Madewell had them marked down, but didn’t have my size.  Lucky for me, Nordy’s did.  They gave me the Madewell price plus an additional 20% on top of that.  So, about the jeans.  Let me tell you all the reasons I’m obsessed: Cropped step hem for an edgy DIY look.  They fit like a fucking glove, just how I like it!   Madewell features super sleek “magic pockets” basically they are deep + sewn all the way around.  Meaning you can’t pull them inside out.  This creates that hold-you-in feeling.  Ya know what I mean?  If you’re in the market for a funky, not your everyday pair of denim – this is your ticket sister!

9-Inch Seamed High Waist Step Hem Skinny Jeans

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And now, here are some of my favorite summer statement earrings 🙂

 

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Elizabeth Climber Earring // Half Moon Drop // Tortoise Statement Hoop // Resin Hex Hoop Earring

 

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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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{4th of july tee’s + local firework shows}

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4th of July is one of my all time favorite Holidays!!  All the traditions that come with it are so fun!

We’ll be celebrating Independence day in Tahoe.  Every year our family gathers at the cabin for the long weekend.  Other than lounging at the beach everyday + watching the fireworks from Pope Beach, we really don’t have any other plans.  Which is crazy exciting.  I love anything + everything red, white + blue so I foresee some festive decor + crafts + yummy treats to celebrate!   And since the 4th falls on a Wednesday……you’ll need to rock red, white + blue Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday + Sunday, right?  At least I know I will be!!

I find red white + blue ALL year-long and think to myself “this would be sooo cute for the 4th!”

So, it’s safe to say, I’ve got a collection 🙂

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Bay’s Romper ($14) // Stars & Stripes Tee

 

Bay’s Romper // 

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So, so cute.  Bay’s only complaint, it needs pockets!  It’s on sale for $14!

$17.99 + 20% off with code JULY4

Cat & Jack Romper

 

My Tee’s // 

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