Rule #62 : Showering is optional. 

This big guy was my sidekick last week. We were both excited about getting back in a routine (thank the Lordy for preschool) and getting back to eating a bit healthier. I love this time of year for the “fresh start” it gives you. I’ve been cleaning, redecorating, and purging. Gahhhh the feeling of a good purge. On that note, I’ve been hearing a ton of great things about the book A Simplified Life, and I’m thinking I need to pick up a copy.

corey douglas

Jon Boy was out of town for work, so I was flying solo. Let’s just say many of the things I normally take for granted (bathing, peeing alone) were glaringly obvious without my Jon Boy. Showering after three days of grunge is Selfie Worthy in my book. What is the statute of limitations on a shower? Like at what day does it become officially unsanitary to not bathe? Asking for a friend…

Jeans ($40) | T-Shirt ($8) | Sweater (Similar) ($30) | Phone Case ($20) | Tote

showered


Corey’s socks have been vanishing one by one for a few weeks now. I finally figured out where they’d gone: under the crib, tucked in the back after they’d served as Corey’s sock puppets during nap time. At least I know the dryer and the dog are not to blame. I think I owe them an apology now.

corey's socks


I just recently finished not one, but TWO Netflix series this past week (judge me). They were both so well done, but both extremely different.

The Crown

Season Two of The Crown just came out November 4th, and it’s phe-nom-en-alllll! The acting is fantastic, the true historical elements are perfectly woven into the story, and the scenes are captivating. If you’re a history buff, you’ll love this one. Season Two also gets into Prince Charles’s time at boarding school. It’s a pretty interesting perspective given what we know about him with the relationships he had/has with Princess Diana and his sons. Definitely a must-watch!

The Crown Season 2

Alias Grace

Holy. Psychological. Smokes. This is a get-in-your-mind type of show that leaves you wondering who + what is to blame for two very grisly murders. This is NOT the show for folks who get a little queasy or uneasy at difficult scenes. The main actress (Sarah Gadon) does an unbelievable job at playing her role. It’s only six episodes and is really more of a mini series, but it’s worth every minute you spend watching it!

alias grace netflix


wine down wednesday

Rule #94: Always go for the good deals. 

I wanted to give y’all a quick run down of some great buys currently going on at Nordstrom (and one down there for the kiddos, too). I have personally either bought these or plan on buying them soon! Lots of great deals going on!

Loren Hope Clara Crystal Bracelet – $38

Santa brought me this little lovely! It’s perfect for stacking with other bracelets.

loren hope clara crystal bracelet

Gorjana Hannah Drusy Tassel Wrap Bracelet – $47

Another great set perfect for stacking. Comes in three color options!

Gorjana Hannah Drusy Tassel Wrap Bracelet

Shiraleah Christy Check Scarf – $12

I love the pattern on this one! Perfect when paired with a white tunic, puffy vest, and leggings!

Shiraleah Christy Check Scarf

 

BP Moto Leggings – $26

I’ve got these in three colors because I love them that much. They’re perfect for everyday wear with comfy tunics.

BP Moto Leggings

 

Lush Satin Henley – $28

I have this beautiful top in two colors, and I’m hoping to wear it tonight for a date night with Jon Boy. It’s the perfect length for pairing with skinny jeans and booties or pumps.

Lush Satin Henley

Lush Perfect Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic – $28

Another repeat offender with three colors living in my closet. Jon Boy loves this tunic on me and it’s perfect with skinny jeans or leggings!

Lush Perfect Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic

Make + Model Flannel Lounge Pants – $24

Another gift from Santa to yours truly. These are super comfy + cute.

Make + Model Flannel Lounge Pants

Nordstrom Lingerie Sleepyhead Thermal Pajamas – $35

I just put these into my cart, and I can’t wait to wear them. I love a good PJ set that’s comfy but still good lookin’.

Nordstrom Lingerie Sleepyhead Thermal Pajamas

UGG Braelyn Robe – $53

UGG is always a good brand to trust for comfy things. This robe looks so comfy, and I love the length.

UGG Braelyn Robe

Zella High Waist Leggings – $35

Hands down my favorite pair of workout leggings ever! The high waist sucks you in, and the crop + full length leggings are both on sale right now.

Zella High Waist Leggings

The North Face Aconcagua Down Vest – $60

You’ve gotta love a good puffy vest, and The North Face has always made quality items. This is a great buy!

The North Face Aconcagua Down Vest

Maxx Pointy Toe Pump – $60

I’m drooling over these, and they may or may not currently in my card on Nordstrom.com!

Maxx Pointy Toe Pump

 

Nine West Tatiana Pump – $60

Every gal needs that perfect ‘go to’ pair of black pumps. I bought some similar to these about 5 years ago, so Mama’s due for a fresh new pair!

Nine West Tatiana Pump

 

Lauren Lorraine Susan Pointy Toe Pump – $60

These sassy little ladies would be perfect for New Year’s Eve.

Lauren Lorraine Susan Pointy Toe Pump

Pelle Moda Vally Pointy Toe Pump – $72

Another great pair of black pumps, and I love the suede texture!

Pelle Moda Vally Pointy Toe Pump

Vince Camuto Fileana Split Shaft Bootie – $120

I got these from good ole Santa, and I absolutely love them!

Vince Camuto Fileana Split Shaft Bootie

 

Vince Camuto Francia Bootie – $90

I really love the texture and height of these booties. Comes in three colors, too!

Vince Camuto Francia Bootie

 

BP Francine Splie Shaft Bootie – $

I really can’t decide which color I’d like most in these (comes in 5). These are perfect for everyday wear!

BP Francine Splie Shaft Bootie

Tweezerman Folding Eyelash Comb – $12

I’m super excited to get this little tool. It’s an easy way to separate your pretty little lashes that may get clumped up!

Tweezerman Folding Eyelash Comb

 

Lancome Eyelash Curler – $23

I’ve read rave reviews about this eyelash curler, so this little puppy is in my cart now.

Lancome Eyelash Curler

 

Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow – $26

This is another beauty product I’ve been reading good things about. I’m ordering the ‘Bone’ color as a neutral base to wear daily. They have 24 color options, so lots to choose from!

Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow

 

Clinique Party Eyes Set – $25

This is probably the best deal I’ve found so far in all of the sales. $25 for some great colors from Clinique!

Clinique Party Eyes Set

Dior Diorshow Lash Extenstion Effect Volume Mascara – $29

By FAR the best mascara I’ve ever tried. I know many folks are raving about the Bobbi Brown mascara, but this one doesn’t clump like that one. It immediately lifts your lashes and lasts all day.

Dior Diorshow Lash Extenstion Effect Volume Mascara

 

Panacea Sunstone Multistrand Necklace – $34

I really love the matching stones and layering this necklace has. It’s a great price for such a versatile piece.

Panacea Sunstone Multistrand Necklace

STATE Bags | Mini Kane Backpack – $50 (buy one, they give one to a kiddo in need)

This was one of Corey’s big Christmas gifts from my sweet Aunt in Chicago. We got it monogrammed with his name for $20 extra, and now we use this instead of a diaper bag. It fits diapers, wipes, a changing mat, snacks, lint roller (yes, we’re weird like that), plus all of his ‘distractions’ for when we go out to eat. I LOVE this bag! I also love that when you purchase one of their bags, they will give one to a child in need. There are tons of ways to personalize the bags, and they have some for adults, too.

State Backpack Mini Kane

I hope y’all enjoyed lots of snuggles + memories with your loved ones! Cheers!

I love sharing good deals and finds with y’all. I’ve compiled a little smorgasbord (had to Google how to spell that) of my favorite finds lately from clothes to gifts to accessories!

I bought this dress a year ago, but it was just too darn hot in Houston to wear it! I’m so glad I finally got to when we went to the Houston Symphony’s Christmas Pops Concert! It’s comfy, lightweight, and super festive.

Madewell Buffalo Plaid Dress

madewell buffalo plaid dress


I love a good, comfy, holiday shirt that’s got a little sass to it. I’m wearing a small in this one.

Target Sleigh All Day T-Shirt

sleigh all day target

 


This dress is SUPER comfy but still flattering. It fits snug in the top and flares out a bit at your mid section. Jon Boy loves this dress, so I know it’s a keeper!

Old Navy Fit & Flare Jersey Dress ($30) I’m wearing a small.

old navy dress


Leith Easy Circle Cardigan

Legitimately the best cardigan I’ve ever owned. It’s ridiculously soft, lightweight but still offers warmth, and comes in 11 different colors. I also love that it comes down a little lower than most in the back, so it’s perfect to pair with a long t-shirt + leggings. I’ve already got this color, but Santa may or may not be brining me another. I do love her.

leith easy circle cardigan

leith sweater


I just discovered this fella a month or so ago. I’ve loved Hobo wallets for years now, but this one is a little special. It has a clasp inside that can attach to your keys. The wallet is meant to fit your phone inside, and it does perfectly! I just throw my phone in the wallet, attach my key wrist strap, and put this bad boy in Corey’s diaper bag. That way, I’m not always carrying his bag + my purse.

Hobo ‘Sadie’ Leather Wallet | Wrist Strap with Clasp + Ring

hobo sadie wallet

hobo sadie leather wallet


I’ve just recently discovered Jane.com and ohhhhh my is it dangerous! They have deals that expire every 3 days, so unfortunately this sweater dress isn’t available anymore. BUT everything I’ve gotten so far from Jane has been of good quality and a great price. They have kids’ stuff and home decor, too. I use their app to shop, but you can find the same things online. Don’t say I didn’t warn you… It’s dangerous, y’all. Dangerous I say.

I looooove a cute Christmas t-shirt, y’all! This one was $16 during its sale on Jane. (Click here to visit the boutique who made this shirt.) BTW – I’m wearing these blush pants with it. I posted a picture to my Instagram Stories and folks thought I was taking a picture sans pants. I may be literally the worst selfie taker ever, but I ain’t never gonna post a naked selfie no matter how bad I am.

vintage holiday shirt jane

{Also – still obsessed with these leggings from Target ($15)!} | This tunic is from Jane, but the sale has expired! Click here to browse this boutique’s current stock.

jane app

I’m already a repeat offender with this adorable number.

plaid sleeved top

This floral tunic was only $13 on Jane during its sale! Super comfy, lightweight, and adorable. (Here’s a link to the boutique who makes it.) I’m wearing those lovely $15 Target leggings in navy with it.

fall floral tunic jane

I also got a few gifts for my fave people for Christmas from Jane.

This puzzle for kids that can be customized (bought from this site) is so adorable! They were on sale for $20 each.

Kids Name Puzzle

A Perzonalized Character Puzzle (bought from this site) was only $13! You pick the name and what type of character scene you’d like. Super cute!

Personalized Character Puzzle

I know folks love a cute little house flag to go with the season, and these were only $7 each on their sale. Here’s a link to the company who makes them!

Decorative House Flags

It’s tough to share the link love from my Jane steals because they’re only live for 3 days, BUT I’d highly suggest checking out the app for yourself. The deals are AWESOME! They will also do Sneak Peeks to give you a preview for upcoming sales.


KUT from the Kloth Skinny Jeans (On sale right now!)

kut from the kloth pants


Recover Gemstone iPhone Case

My poor pineapple phone cover finally bit the dust after months of being tossed on top of crumbs, olive oil, and salt while I’m cooking + trying to take pictures. I guess phone cases weren’t meant to be cooking utensils. Who knew? This case is so cute though and a great price ($20), so I don’t feel too bad about butchering my pineapple {case}.

Recover Gemstone iPhone Case


In a very related note, I owe our UPS guy a seriously generous Christmas present. I buy almost exclusively online, so he’s been a busy little elf lately thanks to all these great finds! Is it sad that we’re on a first name basis already? I feel like it’s only fair to keep buying goodies like these so that our friendship can continue to grow.

First off, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! My favorite holiday has arrived! Cheers to turkey, mashed taters, family, friends, and enjoying a delicious meal while relishing in what we’re all so thankful for this year.

I know most ladies don’t need help trying to think of things they’d like to have during the holiday season. BUT I wanted to add maybe a couple more ideas to their lists. Whether you’re looking for ideas for yourself, your sister, your bestie, or your favorite neighbor, I hope that you can find a couple of lovelies here.


Barefoot Dreams Cardigan

My in-laws gave me this for Christmas, and I’ve looooved it ever since! It hasn’t stretched out, faded, or pilled. It’s one of the most comfortable cardigans I’ve ever had. I honestly wouldn’t mind another color because it comes in 8 different ones!

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan


Kennebunk Home Bliss Plush Throw ($40)

Gimme allllllll the comfort. This gorgeous throw comes in 17 different colors, so you can get the one for your gal that’s closest to her heart. Or at least her color scheme. BONUS: it’s machine washable.

Kennebunk Home Bliss Plush Throw


Sugar Nude Lip Treatment

A great stocking stuffer ($24) for the ladies who love their lips. I’m slightly obsessed with this line because my lips used to always get chapped + cracked + peel when I used Burt’s or EOS or any other brand of lip treatment. This is the first one I’ve used that’s actually helped nourish my lips. It comes in 11 different shades, but the Sugar Nude is a great baseline tint.

Fresh Sugar Nude Tinted Lip Treatment


I mean, really? Wine + State Pride? It’s always a good idea.

Cathy’s Concepts Home State Wine Glasses (4 for $52)Cathys Concepts Home State Wine Glasses


Volupsa Maison Travel Tin Candles (4 for $32)

I love giving candles as gifts because they tend to be items that are more of a ‘luxury’ than things we’ll buy for ourselves. These are just travel candles, but they do the job just fine for the price! This brand is a great brand for girly candles that make ya feel all fancy-pearls-and-heels even if you’re in your bunny slippers and fuzzy robe.

Volupsa Maison Travel Tin Candles


Bath bombs are a fantastic gift if your lady loves to take baths. Or even if she doesn’t, she probably will after she has these lovelies. My favorite bath bombs actually come from Whole Foods, but these guys from Amazon have awesome reviews, too. They fizz + dissolve away in your bath to give off spectacular scents. Most of them have some kind of benefit for your body, too (detox, relax, stress relief, etc.).

Oliver Rocket Bath Bombs (6 for $22)

Oliver Rocket Bath Bomb Set


I’ve heard RAVE reviews about this line, particularly this mask. It’s on my own Wish List, and it would be an awesome stocking stuffer for the gal in your life (or for you).

Herbivore Pink Clay Exfoliating Clay Mask

Herbivore Pink Clay Exfoliating Clay Mask


I know not everyone is down with Essential Oils, but if they are, this is a fantastic diffuser. We have this exact one in our kitchen, and it’s lasted for over a year now (we run in twice daily). You can’t beat the price, and the benefits of essential oils can’t be beat either. If you think I’m crazy, check out this post, and then you’ll think I’m even crazier.

InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser

InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser


I know, I know… these are ‘sooooo last year’, BUT just in case you or your gal don’t have a pair of these ladies, you should remedy that this year. I know $150 is slightly insane to spend on rain boots, but these will last you a lifetime. I scuffed mine up trying to retrieve trash from a build site near our home (definitely face planted in the mud – it wasn’t pretty). I just used a little buffing cleaner and voila! Good as new. These come in a ton of colors, too.

Hunter Rain Boots

Hunter Rain Boots


I’d say my ‘thumb’ was more faint yellow-green than green, but I always love a good planter. These are pretty chic and adorable though, and perfect for your lady’s desktop. You can plant succulents, air plants, or even faux plants to give off that chic-but-still-green-thumb vibe you’re going for.

Desktop Planter for Succulents or Air Plants

Desk Size Planter


I have two of these that I’ve gotten as gifts, and I couldn’t live without them. I carry one in my purse and one in the diaper bag because well… Golden Retriever hair is relentless. The spin open + close so they fit discreetly wherever you need them and come in handy in all kinds of situations. They’d be a great stocking stuffer!

Reusable Lint Roller Portable Retractable

Reusable Lint Roller Portable Retractable


A good nail polish set is always a good idea, too. Butter London put together some of their best colors as a gift set, and I’m pretty sure I’d wear all of these colors at once if I could. The case they come in is adorable, too.

Butter London Playing Favorites Nail Set (6 for $36)

Butter London Playing Favorites Nail Set


Along those same lines, a basecoat + topcoat aren’t a bad gift idea either! Butter London redesigned their formulas so that your [or your lady’s] nails will stay stronger + last longer than before.

Butter London Patent Gel Basecoat and Topcoat

Butter London Patent Gel Basecoat and Topcoat


Not exactly sure that the ‘Vegan’ part of this title matters to you, but this bag is really adorable. It comes in two colors, and it even comes with a removable insert that can double as a clutch (with a strap itself). Super cute!

Urban Originals ‘Masterpiece’ Perforated Vegan Leather Tote

Urban Originals Masterpiece' Perforated Vegan Leather Tote


Twine & Twig Necklaces

I’ve just recently discovered this line, and I can’t stop obsessing over each piece. Twine & Twig is such a unique shop full of gorgeous pieces made from natural materials. A few of these are on my Christmas List this year – I’m just crossing my fingers I’m off the ‘Naughty’ List.

Gray Layer Necklace Set ($115)

twine & twig gray layer necklace set

Twine & Twig Layers Necklace Set ($60)

Twine & Twig Layers Necklace Set

Tassel Horse Hair Necklace ($145)

Twin & Twig TASSEL HORSE HAIR NECKLACE

Twine & Twig Long Classic Necklace ($165)

Twine & Twig Long Classic Necklace


 Silk Pillowcases

I have three of these myself that I rotate between. Silk pillowcases are a great gift because they keep your skin + hair a little purtier as you sleep. Traditional cotton pillowcases are a little harsher causing your hair to break easier during your ZZZ time. The silk doesn’t get hot, so there’s no fear of sweating your way through Dreamland. I actually got them as a gift from a local boutique that I’m IN LOVE WITH (Magpie’s Gifts). If you don’t live in Houston, here are a couple of options with varying prices but great reviews:

Drybar Slumber Party Silk Pillowcase ($45) – Nordstrom

Drybar Slumber Party Silk Pillowcase

Alaska Bear Silk PIllowcase ($19) – Amazon

Alaska Bear Silk PIllowcase


The BEST tea EVER! Okay, that’s just my opinion. But, this tea is delicious and super comforting. It has a not-too-sweet flavor that comes at the end of your cup that warms your belly and your soul. This is a perfect stocking stuffer or gift for a teacher/co-worker/friend/me. Seriously, feel free to send me some. I’m almost out.

Aveda Comforting Tea

Aveda Comforting Tea


Gotta love a good bunch of cute lookin’ socks. This collection is called the 12 Days of Socks from the Red Dot Boutique [Target] – I love that name btw. Just learned it from my friend, and I literally said, “Waiiiit. What store is that?” They also have a Star Wars, DC Comics, and Winter set of socks.

Target 12 Days of Socks ($15)

Target 12 Days of Socks


I’m not the greatest when it comes to wearing an eye mask, but I’m starting to realize the benefits of one. This one has a ton of rave review on Nordstrom, so it’s gotta be pretty handy. It’s meant to reduce the appearance of wrinkles + fine lines, but I’d be happy with it blocking out any light in the room completely (like the glow from a football game, let’s say…).

Glow Beauty Boosting Eye Mask ($25)

Glow Beauty Boosting Eye Mask


I’d love to know some of your favorite gift ideas for the gals in your life! [Or maybe what you’re hoping Santa will bring you this year.]

I’ve had some luck with the necessities lately: anti-frizz cream for your hair, perfect leggings, and an absolutely perfect necklace. Oh, and the Mom Uniform. That’s been on repeat lately. Allow me to break it all down for ya.


Houston. I love you for your baseball, BBQ, and backyard lounging. I loathe you with a deep, fiery passion for your humidity. Forget the heat. I can take heat – I loooooove New Mexico and that’s a desert, y’all. But humidity. I can’t even. I got this Aveda Smoother in a sample a while back, and it worked perfectly! I’ve got pretty bad whispy hairs right on the top of my lil’ ole head thanks to post-partum hormones. It’s tough to make them behave, but this smoother really does the trick. You just put a bit into damp hair and style as usual. I still have to use a little hairspray, but it at least stands a chance against Houston’s purely evil humidity.

Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother

aveda smooth infusion style prep smoother


These. Leggings. They’re only $15, and they’re perfection. High-waisted, tummy-tucking, and smooth as silk. They’re comfy enough for squatting, ducking, sitting, lounging, driving, etc. but they still look good-as-new when you’re up and about. Best part is that I don’t have to roll the bottom! I’m only 5’3″, but they also fit my slender and tall sister-in-law. These are amazing. Buy 8 pairs. I’m not joking. Now. Go.

‘A New Day’ Leggings from Target

Target A New Day Leggings


I’m in love with this line! The layers of the natural pieces are just gorgeous. Twine & Twig is a Charlotte based studio featuring naturally sourced materials to make their gorgeous pieces. I’m dying over all of their necklaces, but here are a couple of my faves:

Twine & Twig Gray Layer Necklace Set

Twine & Twig Gray Layer Necklace Set

Twine & Twig Indigo Layer Necklace Set

twine & twig indigo layer necklace


My daily Mom Uniform: T-Shirt, Leggings, Slip-Ons

Camo Print T-Shirt | Zella Power Splice Crop Leggings | Converse Chuck Taylor ‘Shoreline’ Sneaker

loving lately


A few from my Nordstrom Wish List:

Zella Taryn Sport Knit Leggings

Zella Taryn Sport Knit Leggings

Nordstrom Lingerie Long Wrap Cardigan

Nordstrom Lingerie Long Wrap Cardigan

Make + Model Tee & Pants

Make + Model Tee & Pants

BP V-Neck Pullover

BP V-Neck Pullover

BP Plaid Cape

BP Plaid Cape

Recover Gemstone iPhone 6/7/8 & 6/7/8 Plus Case

Recover Gemstone iPhone 6/7/8 & 6/7/8 Plus Case

What have you been loving lately?