Three Current Favorites

Friday, May 24, 2019


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This is one of my current favorite outfits
- I love all the pieces separately, and how they work together! I'll link to all here, but also check out the Nordstrom half-yearly sale going on now for lots more amazing outfit pieces!!!

Jacket is the "Robyn" by AG, in Blue Cove. You can buy it at Nordstrom, Amazon, or Zappos - all three have free shipping and returns! I absolutely adore it since it's so fitted to the body (which is flattering). I tried 3 other jackets that didn't work for me, all were too boxy (not flattering. I don't want to look like a box.) The Robyn does run on the small side - I'm wearing a small above and I can only really wear it with a dress, light tank or top. Even a light sweater underneath would make it too tight. I also tried the medium, which was too big and therefore didn't have the nice fitted look. It is plenty long in the sleeves, which I really like.


Dress is one of the body con ruched dresses from Leith. I think these look great on a lot of different body types! They come in plus sizes too. The ruching on tummy area is nice. It is fitted on the backside/bum area, so if in doubt, you may want to go a size up. Keep in mind that I'm 5'8". On someone shorter it would come down longer (if I were much taller I don't feel like I could get away with the length since it's already pretty short.) This dress can be dressed up or down, depending on how casual you want to go.



Shoes are Toms and they are so comfortable!!! I know that is unbelievable with a high platform, but the footbeds are so nice and soft. I walked a long way in NYC in these and my feet were not sore at all. You can get them at Zappos too.

Sunglasses are Ray Ban. Similar styles here. Some Ray Ban on sale at Nordstrom Rack right now!!!

Bag is Louis Vuitton. To save money on a Louis Vuitton, check out the pre-owned selection via eBay authenticate or Rue La La. With eBay, make sure to buy ONLY from the authenticate section for high end designer bags. You'll see the blue checkmark on each listing with "authenticity verified".

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Two Great Sales on Yeti (Perfect Father's Day Gift or Grab One for Yourself!)

Sunday, May 19, 2019


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Update: The two Memorial Day Yeti sales have ended, but stay tuned as I will post more when they come around again!

Stylish, beautiful AND practical, Yeti makes great gifts for almost anyone! Keep your coffee hot, your frappucino cold, take ice water along for outdoor sports, or a whole picnic along for 10 people!!

Yeti sales are pretty rare but currently there are TWO great sales. First, check out REI where prices on most Yetis drop 25% at checkout!! NOTE: They're having their biggest sale of the year right now with lots of other items too. So if you need a tent, hiking boots, off-season Patagonia, or anything else outdoorsy - now's the time to grab it!

Second, if you're not finding the exact item/color you want at REI, check out Backcountry, where Yeti prices drop 20% with code TAKE20MAY (you'll only be able to use the discount on a single item.) Cross-check their prices on other items/gear too as they may in some cases beat REI's or have different selection.

With either site you'll get free shipping at $50+!

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Spring Mom & Boys Coordinated Outfit Picks

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


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I always see mommy & me outfits for moms and daughters, but I wanted to do a coordinated look for my sons and me (not too matchy, but in the same color family.)  I LOVE how it turned out! (and they love it too! How cute are my guys?) Starting with my outfit – my tee and jeans are from Ellen DeGeneres' collection, EV1 (Check out more of Walmart's affordable lines for moms & kids here.) My 50 states tee runs on the small side, so I sized up to a medium. Super soft and comfy! The jeans I'm wearing are the EV1 Maddy, but I also got the Preston style - both are extremely similar in terms of fit and run a bit big. I sized down to a 2 in both. Both are higher waisted for better belly-coverage.



Another jeans option, if you like distressing, is the Alex style. Unfortunately they are often out of stock, but try for your size here. Again, you may want to size down one as they run generously. See the Alex pair in the pics below.


Cork wedge shoes shown in the pic above are here and run true to size. Pictured below are my EV1 quilted bag (only $16.99 in black or navy!!!) and metallic slides (various color options, rose gold is mostly sold out but silver currently available). Both great, affordable basics.


The boys' outfits are here. Love the contrast-pocket tees! These sets come with a tank top too and the three pieces combined are only $14.49! The boys' shoes are here in the blue and here in the brown. (but NOTE - the brown ones are men's sizes... my 9 year old has big feet!)


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Recent Home Finds (Rae Dunn)

Monday, May 13, 2019


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I got a couple of deliveries this week that I especially liked (and Felix did too, as you can see!) I just found out that TJ Maxx carries Rae Dunn home decor items for less! This is great but... unfortunately you cannot search by brand name on the site, they don't come up. So you have to hunt. I'll link to a bunch here to make it easier though, plus the other items pictured!

Shown in pic above:
1.) Bonsai Tree (from Amazon, this one is also cute and on sale too.)
2.) Sand + Fog candle
3.) Pet bowl sets - Lots of new designs added here! (Not searchable so look through.) 'Nosh' is here. And 'Tasty' is here. 

Unfortunately the Thrive Pot and Rae Dunn notebook pictured above are currently sold out. Want more? See below...

1.) Relax blanket
2.) Family pillow
3.) Spread cheese board
4.) Bon Appetite tray
5.) Share baker
6.) 'Cake' baker here (not shown.)
7.) Homemade cake stand
8.) Love pillow
9.) Gardening tools
10.) Stay awhile pillow
11.) Nosh Nosh pet dishes
12.) Today pillow
13.) Jars here and here and also here.
14.) Various plates here and here and here

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Spring Shopping for Less with eBay!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019


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eBay is a great place to grab any shoes you missed out on from a previous season (for less!) Often you can get current line shoes for a steal too, especially pre-owned. I got these pretty red Toms for under $30 shipped, and the Boden dress I'm wearing for only $26 shipped!!! (Note: you can grab the exact items I'm wearing from my LTK page here.) I've found Boden dresses to be consistently sized, and the quality/materials are wonderful! Note though, Boden is a British company, so sizes are often listed for both US and UK - make sure to grab the right one!


Note that most items on eBay now have a 'buy it now' option, so you do not have to wait around until the end of an auction to "bid". Also, many items now offer returns. I actually returned one other dress I bought, it was super easy and I got my refund within a couple of days! (There is a checkbox on the menu for this, so you can opt to see only the items with free returns.)

Love this dress - so comfy and it even has pockets!!! The shoes run a little small in the style I'm wearing, so I'd go up half a size.


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Incredible Tea Collection Warehouse Sale!!! (My Favorite Brand for Boys!)

Tuesday, May 7, 2019


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Update - the warehouse sale has ended but we hope to see it again next year! Want to get updated on the best online sales on for both moms AND kids? Join our Sample Sale Mom Facebook group and follow me on Instagram!

Tea Collection is my FAVORITE kids' clothing brand (although it's a close call with Boden!) and today they are having an incredible Warehouse Sale here. Click into each category to see available items - do not use the search by size as it eliminates some of the choices.

Many items are $12 each and on top of that, if you buy 10 or more items they drop to $11 each, and if you buy 15 or more items, they drop to just ten bucks each!!! Shipping is free once you get to $150. If in doubt about sizing, I would advise going up - my boys are shown in size 12s above, but Alex only borrowed his brother's shirt, he needs a 14. 100% cotton does shrink in the wash (and although ideally they should be line dried, I throw mine in the dryer.)

Unfortunately my kids' tees pictured are not included in the $12 sale, but they are available on the site here and here. LOVE so many designs on the site right now!!! My kids sun hats are from Outdoor Research here (bigger kids like mine can wear men's small). Both have chin strap options, which is great if you'll be in a windy area!


Sofía Jeans Summer Collection

Monday, April 29, 2019


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Check out the new  Summer line from Sofía Vergara, available exclusively at Walmart!! Sofía's  line is designed to work well for women with a wide range of body types. In these pics I'm wearing a pretty, lightweight  linen blend top (comes in grey, black, or navy and fits true to size) which goes nicely with the high-waisted  Claudia pencil skirt

Also check out pics of my last outfit from the Sofía Jeans line  here (jeans and peasant top.) 


These  Time and Tru cork wedges are so cute and a bargain at $19!!!  Hat pictured above looks great on and fits well, and it's under $10!!! See more photos of the accessories  here. Also check out this  really cute style with lace around the brim! 

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Pretty (& affordable!) warm weather basics! Entire outfit including accessories, $65!

Monday, April 22, 2019


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Yay!!! There are finally some flowers in my back yard and it's warm enough to comfortably take photos outside again! I partnered with Walmart this month to show some great quality, versatile basics for Spring/Summer... They have tons of cute, inexpensive pieces - and my entire outfit here (hat, top, shorts, bag and shoes) was less than $65! Don't forget, you get free shipping with any $35+ purchase too.


I'm picky about hats, but this one is great (comes in black too!) I find a lot of hats are tight on me but this is roomy and comfortable. The brim is structured enough that it doesn't flop into your eyes too (big plus!)

My top is here. It's a lightweight cotton blend, and I thought it was true to size (I'm wearing small) but if in doubt, size up. Currently sold out in red but still in stock in all sizes in the yellow. (Select your size even if it looks greyed out! And check back for a restock in the red, it will be within the same listing.) I also bought this style, which is similar.


My white denim shorts are here. They're comfy, have some stretch, and aren't see through (true to size for me - if in doubt, go up.) My canvas tote is here and is such a steal!!! Some other patterns too including flamingos and anchors.


My cork wedges are from the Time and Tru label - their sizing seems very consistent and quality is always great for the price.

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Discounted Designer Handbags

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


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You can often save a lot of money on niche brands by shopping on eBay. For instance, I love wearing Orla Kiely bags because they're unusual and feature lots of gorgeous designs - people have stopped me multiple times to ask about them. eBay is perfect for items like this due to their wide and ever-changing selection (especially if you missed out on a retired design and cannot find it any place else.)

Also - not handbag-related, but I grabbed the J.Crew tee I'm wearing above since I wanted one that would match my bag in a nice Spring green!

Check out the gorgeous signature orange lining on the Orla Kielys (mine seem to all have a key holder thing too, which makes it impossible to lose your keys - a nice touch.)



Also I love the little feet on the bottoms. (You can see just a few of the many patterns here.)


For super high-end handbags at a discount, you want to be sure to buy through eBay's authenticate listings. (These include Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and more.) eBay authenticate bags are examined by an expert to make sure they are the real deal. Check out my post from December about how I got a beautiful vintage Gucci bag on eBay.


Check out the current Orla Kiely selection on eBay here. Or click on the little pics below!


Nordstrom Easter/Spring Styles

Friday, March 29, 2019

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If you're looking for a pretty dress for Easter (or just to celebrate it finally being Spring!) check out Nordstrom's selection. I was so excited when I saw this gorgeous Vince Camuto tie waist dress!!! Both extremely flattering on AND comfortable! The quality is fantastic - nice matte fabric, pleasing texture, and silky soft navy blue lining. Fits pretty much true to size. However, if you're small in the waist/chest you may want to go down a size. I tried both the 2 and the 4 and the 2 (shown) was better for me.  Don't forget, you get free shipping and returns on all your Nordstrom purchases!

Love Kate Spade earrings to match this dress (and there are lots of other similar options too!) If you want something bigger/bolder, check out the Kendra Scott styles as well.


Also check out the Charles David heels I bought to match! (Closeup pic below.) These are a great neutral staple since the neutral tone matches pretty much any Spring outfit. It's nice to have your shoes match your skin tone since it gives the illusion of longer legs. For darker skin tones, check out this other Charles David style, or these, and these (limited sizes in that last style but SO pretty!) I would definitely say go up half a size from what you normally wear in the Charles David ones I am wearing. I'm normally an 8 in open toed shoes, but an 8.5 was perfect for me.

I'm wearing some of my favorite Nordstrom beauty products that I posted about recently too.


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Favorite Nordstrom Beauty Picks (Oribe, Mac, Philosophy and More!)

Thursday, March 21, 2019


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If you don't already buy your makeup at Nordstrom, here are a couple of reasons you should. First, fast, free shipping with no minimum! (No need to spend time hunting down a parking place at the mall.) Second, you get free samples with your purchase (you'll be prompted to choose which ones at checkout.)

Nordstrom has lots of amazing beauty and fragrance brands, and these make wonderful gifts. Don't forget about Mother's Day coming up! (I know my mom would definitely appreciate some Nordstrom goodies.) And you don't have to worry about getting the size wrong.

Here are some of my favorite beauty picks (Click on any of the pink names below to get to the product.)

Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes - long lasting, beautiful colors in a huge variety of shades. A nice mix of metallic and matte tones. The one shown is the "Heat" palette but there are many others too. Great for creating that smokey-eye look!

Bobbi Brown Lipstick - Soft, smooth, long-lasting and non-drying.

Too Faced Bronzer - Not only does this stuff go on evenly and look great... it smells delicious. Like vanilla I think? Yummy. I wasn't expecting it to have a scent so that was a nice surprise.

Mac Studio Fix powder - This can be used instead of foundation, because boy does it cover up imperfections like nothing else I've ever tried!!! I don't need much at all, just a light sweep. If you have shine at all, you can use a little Mac blot powder over the top.

Oribe Shampoo (and conditioner, not shown) - The one pictured is for blondes and it adds volume to my hair and seems to make the color really pop. It smells INCREDIBLE and it looks a little different... (pic below). The conditioner is purple too and nice and light so it doesn't weigh my hair down. Since this stuff is pricey I save it for my "must have good hair" days.


Clinique Lash Building Primer - Goes on before mascara to make your lashes longer and thicker. Works REALLY well. You do want to have a metal lash comb with this and/or any mascara.

Mac Lip Liner - My favorites are 'Whirl' and 'Half Red.' Stays on nicely and doesn't bleed.

Lancome Definicils Mascara - This is the best mascara I have ever found, and I've tried many. You don't even need the primer above if you use this stuff (although you can get extra oomph that way). This stuff also seems to last a lot longer than other brands, as long as you screw the cap on tight.

Oribe Dry Shampoo - Stands apart from alllll the other dry shampoos I've tried because it smells absolutely divine, (most dry shampoo is stinky!) Works nicely to make hair look fresh and clean, and doesn't leave any weird residue. I use the blonde 'Gold Lust' type, which seems to make my roots less noticeable too. A less expensive option which seems to be the leading favorite in the Sample Sale Mom facebook group is Living Proof. 


Philosophy Lip Glosses - Last but not least, the best (BEST!) lip glosses ever from Philosophy. They smell and taste amazing, last a long time and look great! Shine with a subtle hint of color. For SURE try the Philosophy shower gels too - I use them on my kids for shampoo (and some here come with a lip gloss as a bundle! Really cute gift!)

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Nordstrom Spring (or vacation) picks!

Saturday, March 2, 2019


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My partnership with Nordstrom this month couldn't have come at a better time, since I was able to grab some fun things for our vacation to Costa Rica (where I shot all these pics!)

If you don't already shop Nordstrom online, you should, since you always get free shipping and easy returns (no minimum!) on the best brands with amazing customer service. Don't forget to grab any makeup/beauty items you need too - since you get free makeup samples with your purchase (you'll be prompted to choose which ones you want at checkout.)

First of all, let me tell you how much I love my sun hat. It was a splurge, but I found out last year that Eric Javitz hats are the BEST, when I went and tried on every straw hat I could find. A wide-brimmed hat is an absolute must if you're going to be out in the direct sun all day. And added bonus, you'll look stylish in all your vacation pics, even if you don't do your hair. My hat comes in a whole bunch of colors here. I'm wearing the 'peanut' color. If you don't want to break the bank, check out the budget-friendly options here - the Nordstrom house brand ones like this and the San Diego Hats are really cute!


My sunglasses are Ray Ban. At the time I'm posting, black or blue are available in the same style here. The pink/bordeaux color are available in a few other styles here.

This top is Free People and comes in several pretty colors (I love the cool pink). It's true to size, nice slouchy fit and the fabric is really nice (it's a blend of linen and cotton.)


These shorts are Caslon (the grey twill). They run true to size I'd say. But if in doubt, size up. Shoes are my Sanuk sling flip flops, that I have in many colors and wear all Summer long! They have a memory foam footbed so they are a lot more comfy than traditional flip flops.


Make sure to follow me on Instagram for more outfit and travel pics. Also, check out the Sample Sale Mom Facebook group for great deals and product recommendations for moms and kids stuff! To shop my look, you can use any of the little pics below!


New Sofía Jeans line by Sofía Vergara

Monday, February 11, 2019


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In these pics I'm wearing Sofía  Jeans (and  top) by Sofía Vergara! You can see  her whole collection here at Walmart. Lots of cute and affordable styles for Spring!!! And this line is designed to fit a wide range of body types (if you have curves these should work well for you!) Remember, you get free shipping with any $35+ purchase!

My jeans are the  Sofia Ankle Skinny, in the dark wash. If you're at all between sizes, go with your larger size (I'm a 4 in these, and 26 - 27 or sometimes a 2 in other brands.) 


My top is the  Boho Peasant Tassle top in size small. It also comes in a  few other colors and prints!  (Scroll through the tops/tees section here as they are mixed in.) Shoes are these  Soho espadrilles - they run a little small, I sized up from my normal 8 in open toed shoes to 8.5 for a great fit.  This necklace I'm wearing in the pics has nice chunky glass beads and is at an amazing price! 




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