Sunday, April 22, 2018

thoughts and whatnots 4.22.18

4.22.18 thoughts and whatnots
midi skirt/tippi sweater remix: one  |  two  |  three

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  • what I'm watching: More home decor shows on Amazon. This week it's "Brand New House on a Budget."
  • what I'm planning: Aubrey's birthday party. I can't believe she's going to be four next month! 
  • what I'm crushing on: Trisha Yearwood collection at Kirklands. It's everything mint and gold and rustic and I'm in love. 
  • what I'm looking forward to: we had Oliver's six month photos taken last week and I can't wait to see them. Here's a sneak peek - isn't he just the cutest? All smiles and wild hair.  

Friday, April 20, 2018

blush sweater cardigan

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If there's a color I've been obsessed with this spring, it's blush. So when J. Crew had a sale on this oh so cozy looking sweater blazer, I had to snag it. Sweater blazers are another one of my current obsessions. I love that they are polished but still insanely comfortable and look a bit more dressy than a simple cardigan. Win. Win. Win. While still available in most sizes in the blush, sadly it's not on sale at the moment. With a $138 price tag, I definitely recommend waiting for a sale. I know I have my eye on the classic sky (light blue) as well. So pretty. It's runs really large, I got mine in an XL and while it fits well in the chest/waist, the arms are big. I love the oversize feel, but if you want a more fitted look, I recommend going down a size.

Funnily enough, this blazer was a win with my daughter as well. She loved that it has deep pockets to store all the toys she tries to sneak into daycare. :) Speaking of the kiddo, I did something a bit bad this morning. At almost four-years-old, we'd never cut her hair. It was long and beautiful (when she'd actually let us brush it), but it constantly was full of snarls and fixing it was a nightmare full of tears and complaining that it hurt. She has refused to let us cut it for months. This morning while we were getting her ready, I grabbed a pair of scissors and while brushing her hair snipped off about three inches. I about cried - all that sweet baby hair - but she didn't even notice the difference. All that drama-rama about not cutting it... and then nothing. So while I've been beating myself up about it, I think she's actually happy it doesn't hurt to brush anymore. But I still feel a bit guilty about it. Was it a bad parent moment to do it without her permission? Sometimes reasoning with toddlers is impossible - which is what we've been trying to do for months. Either let us brush it, or cut it. And cut it we did.

blush sweater cardigan, skinny jeans, black and white stripe luxe tank, bow flats 1 sweater blazer: J. Crew (exact)  |  top: Old Navy (exact) last worn here  |  jeans: J. Crew Factory (exact) last worn here  |  shoes: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  necklace: Kate Spade (exact)  |  watch: Kate Spade (exact in sliver)  |  earrings: The Pearl Shoppe (similar)

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

dotted midi skirt

cream dot midi skirt, mint tippi 4

Hooray for FINALLY having a chance to post this cream dotted midi skirt outfit! I apologize for not posting it last week as promised. Little man decided to go on a sleeping strike that left me utterly wiped. Work was extra busy - which I guess helped keep me from falling asleep at my desk - but meant all I had energy for after work was to make sure the kids were feed, bathed and tucked in bed before crashing for an hour...then back up for the rest of the night with the sleepless baby. At wits end, we decided to start the transition to the crib - if he's not going to sleep, might as well be in the crib, right? - and after a rough week he's finally getting used to it and sleeping a lot better than he did in the room with us. We're talking nice 4-5 hour chunks before waking and then going back down for another 3 hours. Heaven.

Anyway, back to this outfit. I bought this skirt last summer while pregnant, and have been dying to wear it post-maternity. We've been having some truly lovely weather, so I decided it was time to dust it off and rock it. I wore it with a chambray before, this time around with a soft bluish mint sweater, but I also think it would look cute with a bright tee or maybe go crazy with a floral pattern - or stripes!

cream dot midi skirt, mint tippi 5 skirt: J. Crew (similarish) last worn here  |  sweater: J. Crew (exact)  last worn here  |  shoes: J. Crew Factory (similar)  |  earrings: J. Crew (exact)  |  watch: Michael Kors (exact)

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

thoughts and whatnots 4.15.18


some of my fav instas:  for home  | for clothes  |  for dessert

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  • on the blog: I feel like I owe you guys a great big apology for last week. Life got crazy, the baby didn't sleep (as in I've been function on 2-3 hours of sleep a night for past five nights in a row) and all I've had the will to manage is work and family, so the blog fell by the wayside. I didn't blog, didn't post a single thing on Instagram, just completely checked out. I’ll try my best to do better this week. :)
  • coming up on the blog: hopefully that midi skirt post I promised last week. :)


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Sunday, April 8, 2018

thoughts and whatnots 4.8.18

4.8.18 thoughts and whatnots
navy pencil pants with pops of pink: one  |  two  |  three

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  • what I'm watching: my daughter is obsessed with "The Boss Baby" so we just started watching "The Boss Baby: Back in Business" on Netflix.
  • what I'm crushing on: twist hem tops like this black and white stripe tee, this pink floral 3/4 sleeve top and this slubbed knit tee that comes in a bunch of lovely springy colors.
  • what I'm looking forward to: sleep. Little man still doesn't sleep well, so I always look forward to a Saturday nap on the weekends. #bliss

Friday, April 6, 2018

cozy casual

white peasant top, long tan cardigan, distressed jeans, double strap sandals 4

There's just something so great about a long cozy cardigan paired with a simple top and extra comfy distressed jeans. I wore this outfit last week while visiting with family and it was the perfect balance of cute and comfortable. I'm embracing all the long sleeved things I can before it gets too sweltering to wear them here in Florida. I love longer days - and sandals - but I could take a hard pass on the hot humidity. Oh, well, no sense in stressing about that yet, I'm just going to embrace this gorgeous weather we're having and appreciate it while it lasts!

P.S. - Did you see my review of Rodan + Fields? I'm trying out their Reverse regimen and Lash Boost for the next 12 weeks and am sharing my thoughts on weeks 1-3. Not sponsored, I've just heard good things about their products and wanted to try them for myself. :)

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cardigan: Old Navy (exact)  |  top: Loft (exact - size up!)  |  jeans: Loft (exact)  |  sandals: Old Navy (exact)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Michael Kors (two-tone version)

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

rodan + fields - an honest review - weeks 1-3

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My interest in Rodan + Fields* began when I saw my co-worker's gorgeous long lashes and learned that she was using their Lash Boost serum. Quick backstory: about a year a half ago I tried eyelash extensions that left me with broken and missing lashes that (combined with age) never fully came back. I've also always had relatively pale lashes that look almost non-existent without makeup.

I originally planned to only purchase the Lash Boost serum, but last month's special was a free Lash Boost with the purchase of a skin care regimen. It was about $10 more for the skin care vs. the Lash Boost alone, so I decided to try both! Rodan + Fields isn't exactly cheap, so to save a few $$$, I enrolled in the PC Perks program for a one-time $19.95 enrollment fee and received 10% off plus free shipping (which was about $12 without enrollment). Every 60 days you receive an automatic delivery of subscription orders, but can cancel at any time.

To determine which skin care regimen is right for you, I recommend starting with the Solution Tool. Now that I'm on the downward slide of 35, I've noticed my skin has become increasingly dull, and thanks to pregnancy melasma and the intense Florida sun, spotted as well. Since my main concern is dullness and dark marks, I was matched to the Reverse Brightening regimen.

It takes approximately 12 weeks to experience results for the Reverse regimen and nine weeks for the Lash Boost serum. My plan is to share my experience with both products split into four, three-week increments. So without further ado here's my thoughts and results for weeks 1-3.

before and week 3 lashes_no makeup eyes closed  before and three weeks in without makeup
before and week 3 lashes_makeup eyes closedbefore and three weeks in with mascara
  
Lash Boost - Weeks 1-3

Week 1: The first time I applied the Lash Boost serum, I got it too far up on my eye lid and it turned the lid a dark reddish purple, which thankfully faded after a day or two. By day three my eyes looked like I had hay fever and where blood shot, dry and slight swollen. I was so disappointed and thought I would to have to discontinue use, but I decided to try it one more night. Thankfully the next morning I woke up with no redness/dryness. By the end of the first week, my eyes were just a touch drier than usual, but the baby hadn't been sleeping due to (pre) teething, so it could have been sleep deprivation. By the end of the week I felt like my lashes might be just a touch longer and maybe a hint darker, but no real noticeable change.

Week 2: My husband noticed that my lashes were a little bit longer this week - so that's a plus! No dramatic results yet, but I didn't expect there would be just two weeks in. I had some eyelid itching this week. Nothing unbearable, but annoying all the same.

Week 3: To be honest, I haven't noticed much of a difference in my lashes this week. The top lashes are a touch darker, but the length seems about the same. I've seen no difference in my bottom lashes yet. I've still had some itching. I asked my Rodan + Fields rep about it and she said that for some people itching means it's working and as long as it's not too bothersome, it's nothing to worry about. No more eye dryness, so that's a plus.

lash boost weeks 1-3
 before and three weeks in

Thoughts to far: I *think* maybe my lashes have gotten a smidgen longer, but as you can see in the photos, there's no real noticeable difference. I have noticed that they've gotten a little bit darker, which is nice. Honestly, I am a bit disappointed since online before and after photos with this product show a much more dramatic difference at this point, but I'll do my best to be patient and hope to share more exciting results by week 6.

reverse before and week 3
 Reverse weeks 1-3 no makeup (excuse the depressing before pic, not sure what I was thinking...)

Reverse Brightening Regime - Weeks 1-3

Week 1: Following instructions, I began using the Reverse regimen every other night (actually they recommend day, but night was easier for me). After the first week, I saw no real difference in my skin's appearance. It did however, make my skin super oily in the mornings - like oil slick greasy - and it was also more oily throughout the day. I also noticed my skin was more sensitive to the sun. On the fourth day I worked outside, and though I was barely in the sun, my face still burned. Along with the oil, I had an increase in breakouts. I searched online and learned about skin purging, which I *think* is what was going on.

Week 2: This week had me applying the regimen every night. By the end of the second week, my sister asked me what I was using on my skin because it looked great. Total win! Though there was no change in my discoloration and dark marks, my skin looked a lot more radiant and less dull. It also felt so much softer, almost dewy. Still oily with breakouts, but slightly less so than the first week.

Week 3: At this point, I've using Reverse morning and night. By the end of week three, my acne had calmed down somewhat, though I'm still having some breakouts. My skin is looking more luminous, though I haven't noticed much fading of my dark spots. My skin feels amazingly soft. Seriously, so so good.

rodan + fields weeks 1-3 no makeup eyes open

Thoughts so far: There hasn't been a dramatic change in my skin, but this early on I really didn't expect there to be. I do love how soft my skin is feeling. At this point I'm not sure if the high price tag is worth it, but will reserve final judgement until the end of the 12 weeks.

Have you tried Rodan + Fields? I'd love the hear about your experience!

*This post is not sponsored and all thoughts and opinions are my own.