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July 29, 2016

Holy Crap, it's Friday.  WOOHOO!!!  No big plans I'm just ready for Matthew to be home to help.  The kids have been at each other's throats lately.  What's with all the fighting?  Quit telling me you have no one to play with when we literally made a person, an actual real life human, for you to play with.  And he lives in the room next to yours.  Convenient, yes?  I'll tell you what's up.  Too much freedom.  Too much television. Too many toys.  In my attempts to make their summer awesome they've heard YES entirely too much.  I think it's time to start some chore charts or physical labor around here.  I'm not even kidding.  Is four too young to learn to vacuum?  Is six and three days too young to send to boot camp?  I get that my girl doesn't like change and she's struggling with that.  She wants things to go back to normal where she goes to school every day and sees her friends and gets mentally and physically stimulated.  I get that.  She's nervous about a new school.  I get that too.  But I also have to live here and I'm gonna need a second adult to roll eyes with for a few days.  Cheers to that.

I've rounded up a few of my favorite outfits to wear on the weekends!  Saturday is when I get a few hours to go run errands alone and I try to step it up from straight work out gear.  That's reserved for weekdays when I'm not in the office.  It's easier to pretend I'm on my way home from Orange Theory or Barre on a Wednesday morning when I'm feeling basic.




Distressed Jeans // I sized up but let's be honest it's probably my body that sized up and not the jeans running small.  Blame it on the zoloft or all that the summer rose´. Get the look for less and without the distressing here.)

Booties // Low heal and the nude color equal comfort + style all day.  These are amazing but if your size is gone try these.

Ruffle Hem Sweater // Freaking love this sweater.  I can picture myself living in this on Saturday's.  Just call it my Saturday Sweater paired with this tunic tee shirt and leggings or jeans.  So cute!!!

Live in Leggings // everyone needs a pair of leggings that hold it all in and smooth it all out.  That's these zella leggings.

Bobbi Brown Cheek Kit // I'm obsessed with some cheeks and Bobbi Brown is always my go-to for bronzer and highlighter.  So simple to recreate and really natural looking.

Long Sleeve Tunic Tee // runs TTS (true to size) and is the most perfect longer length in the front and the back.

Ruffle Front Blouse // I love a good blouse and jeans outfit.  Plus I can wear this one to work.  I'm also obsessed with this bow blouse here.  It's a splurge but would kill it at the office especially paired with this gorgeous coat.

Barbour Jacket // classic and durable and immediately makes every outfit look like you're awesome enough to know what looks good but cool enough to not feel the need to try too hard to show it.

Faux Fur Wool Wrap Coat // This coat makes me want to say, Oh Snap, and I'm not even sure why.  It's a boss lady coat, that's why.  This coat says you've got shit to do but you'll look fabulous while you're doing it.  I'm pretty sure this would actually work with leggings, dry shampoo + a top knot, and a pajama top with no bra for the most kick-ass carpool drop off look of all time.  Own it.

Tory Burch Tote Bag // You can't go wrong with everyone's favorite affordable luxury bag.

Kendra Scott Necklace // on sale for 40% off and I can't decided whether I like the pink or the turquoise better.  So pretty!

Lace Bra // pretty pretty pretty and a crazy good price

Long Sleeve Body Con Dress // I tried on the summer version of this dress back in June and was shocked at how flattering it was off the hanger.  It sucks it all in and has just the right amount of flounce in the middle and ruching on the sides to be really great.   I'd also say the same about this one here.

Lace up Flats // so pretty!  And y'all know I pretty much only go with a nude shoe.  Unless it's leopard!  ha!

Electronic Clarisonic Mia // am I the only one who spends 25 minutes on Saturday evenings staring at my pores and investigating new wrinkles.  Time to step it up in my routine.

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Huge Serena & Lily Tent Sale + Tory Burch Sale Favorites

July 28, 2016

It is so dang hot outside the only rational thing to do is sit inside and shop.  Yesterday afternoon it was even too hot to play in the pool.  I don't usually get in the pool but yesterday I went straight in and stayed there.  The water was cool but it still felt blah being outside in the heat.

If you need me today I'll be in my family room.  Does anyone have any shopping budget left after the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?  If so, park your kids in front of the tv with a pop tart immediately and head straight to Serena and Lily to save up to 75% off at the big Tent Sale!  I know, I know, Spongebob is on and he is so awful it makes me long for the days of Caillou. But a good deal is worth it, ya know.











I can't even begin to narrow down all the goodness on sale.  The furniture is probably where you'll see the biggest discounts.  The chairs and desks and tables, oh my!  But then again, you can't beat a $15 pillow or fouta towel.




And we can't forget the Tory Burch Sale with up to 60% off.



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Friendships + Wine

July 27, 2016

I'm hot.  I'm bored.  I'm tired.  I'm over late bedtimes and zero me-time.  What, did I say that already? Ha!  I have a tendency to step back and let my life happen to me.  I'm pretty introverted but I still crave a good bit of social interaction.  I'm used to getting a lot of that social bucket filled during the summer but for the past few years I haven't.

I was complaining about that to my life coach and she asked how I could change it.  My first thought was that I needed to stop thinking of summer as my chance to fill up my friend tank.  Just because it was that way my whole life pre-kids didn't mean that it still should be.  UH, NOPE.  She asked why I thought I needed to give up or change something that had worked so well for so many years rather than make small adjustments to my current social life to fit the pattern I knew would make me happy. Oh, right.

This is a good example of the big difference between therapy and life coaching.  Therapy would focus on why I felt like summer was my big chance to create fun with friends (om, because I liked my pool friends better than my school friends?  And no homework?).  Life coaching focuses on what I can do to create fun with friends.


I read an article a few years ago about a work-from-home couple that felt really isolated after having a baby so they started hosting dinner every Friday for like 20 people.  Nothing fancy, just people sharing a meal together.  They would put it on Facebook that they were cooking their family recipe meatballs and would love some company.  All you had to do was reply back and bring something to share.  It wasn't about the food it was about the friendship.
That really resonated with me.  But while I crave this sort of interaction it drains my husband so it's not going to be in the form of pot-luck dinners.  This is my thing, not our thing.  I decided I'm going to start a regular ladies night at my house every other week.  Maybe on Mondays when we can watch Bravo or Thursdays so we can whine about the week with wine.  It's not book club or bible study or bunco or anything else you have to prepare for ahead of time. There very well may be a strict dress code of yoga pants.  Except in December. My birthday month requires sequins and shit to make me feel like a fancy grownup.   This will be in addition to my weekly coffee dates that can pick back up when the kids are back in school.  Holla!


Tonight I've got my neighborhood Mom's Night Out so my big plan starts next week.  It's going to be good.  Lots of Bravo to discuss.  Please tell me you are watching Odd Mom Out season 2?  I can't even handle this show.  It's literally the funniest thing ever.



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Wells is SIX!!!

July 26, 2016

Hello friends, where did Monday go?  Oops, it's Tuesday already.  We've been busy around here the past few days!  Matthew and I (and by that I mean Matthew) busted butt for several days in the backyard finishing up some projects so we could have Wells' party out there.  It was worth sweltering in the heat because it's looking so great.

Speaking of parties, Wells' party was awesome.  Hot and sweaty, but awesome!  No mishaps and so much fun!  I absolutely love hosting people in my home.  I'm not sure why I don't do it more often.  I talk about it but I never follow through.  I'm making it my new goal to do it more often.


I picked up all of the party decor from  Grace Street Print Co. and it was all so adorable!  Y'all know I always just decorate one spot.  Throw up all the crap I can into one area and it looks like so much effort was given to the whole party.  Several of my guests were super surprised to learn that I'm not crafty.  At all.  They were literally shocked that I hadn't make the decor myself.  Nope, I'm an ideas woman.  I know what I want and I know how to execute the final package but the idea of actually crafting the pieces make me squeamish.  I'm so thankful there are those of you out there that love it!


We decided not to rent the inflatable water slide. I bought beer and separate food for the adults instead. And guess what?  The party wasn't ruined.  Shocking news, twenty-some kids got together in a backyard with a good old fashioned sprinkler and swings and ate cake and ice cream.  No body was mad at that.  I don't mean to sound like I'm knocking the inflatables.  Honestly, I was really really really really wanting to rent a giant inflatable tropical water slide but the $900 price tag scared off my husband and the slip n slide in the $200 price range looked lame in comparison.  My 35th birthday is coming up this year and I won't be deterred so easily.  I was nine months pregnant at both Matthew's 30th and my 30th Birthday so I plan to make up for it big time this year.


Party food was super simple and came from a quick costco run.  Applesauce, Skinny Pop and assorted chips, pretzel chips and veggies with humus, fruit salad, costco sheet cake, and chocolate and vanilla ice cream.  Pink lemonade, bottles of water, beer, prosecco, and gin + tonics to drink.

Too many details overwhelms me and typically gets overlooked anyway.  People just want to have enough to eat and drink feel welcome.  A relaxed host is probably the most important thing you can offer.  So do what you can and forget the rest!


Our girl had such an awesome time with her friends!  We're seriously lucky to be surrounded by such great people.  Many of these friends have been with her for several years in preschool and it's going to be sad to think they're all headed off in different directions soon.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET WELLS!!!

You may notice a big YAY she's SIX is missing from this post.  I'm not ready to deal with that yet.  A six year old.  She's practically 10.  Which is practically 20.  And I was 20 like yesterday, so crap.  I'm going to need a big feel all the feels post on that one.

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Who's still shopping the big Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

It looks like they're doing some restocking online but not in the stores.  At least not in the Richmond store.  I'm pretty much ignoring the kids stuff in the sale because I need things.  All the things.  I've been neglecting my wardrobe entirely too much in the past few years.  It was so fun to dress them when they were little but now it's my turn!




And I had to add in a few things for the rest of the family.  I'm not entirely heartless.



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Saturday

July 23, 2016

We're having almost 50 people over to our house tomorrow for Wells' birthday party and my house to-do list is feeling a mile long.  There is something about throwing a party that makes me feel like I need to start and finish about ten new projects in addition to party prep.  Why oh why do I do this to myself?  ha!

I love going down the pinterest rabbit hole and finding new designer portfolios to browse.  I love how earthy and livable this house feels.  I'm so close to painting our kitchen cabinets, I just need to commit to a color.  I'm loving the green undertones in this one.





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I know some of y'all save your blog reading for the weekend so I just want to make sure you're up to date on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  It's now open to everyone but prices go up August 8th.  I've rounded all of my favorites over the past week but here is my top list, I think!  I keep finding more and more I love.  Ooops.  It will be good come November when I have new clothes and can budget my money towards Christmas instead of a new sweater.



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I found this really fun color chart that draws a correlation between your favorite colors and your personality.  Y'all know I love that stuff! Don't read any of the descriptions first, just scroll through and note which colors you're the most drawn to and then go back and see if it's right.



Chartreuse, Pool, Night, Beet, Plum, Cement.

None of those descriptions really surprised me, I'd say they are pretty spot on.  That's my personality to a tee.  What are your colors?
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Complete Guide to the Nordstrom Sale

July 22, 2016

WELCOME TO THE PARTY!  Nordstrom opened up the sale to the public today so I'm here to help guide you through what's still available.  You'll notice many of my favorites from the past week are missing from today's post because they're completely sold out.  I've been hearing rumors about re-stocking so I'll keep you posted if I see this dress, this Turtleneck Poncho or this jacket back in stock.



The Legging Ankle Jeans || Space Dye Tunic Sweatshirt (still available in all sizes, I went with the Small) ||  || Split Hem Sweater || Cowl neck dress (comes in many colors + this stripe!  The small was the perfect length and I'm 5'9) || Flutter Sleeve Dress (hurry, very limited sizing) || cutout booties || Zella Capris Leggings (limited sizing in the capris but all sizes left in the full leggings) || side split turtleneck (only a few left!) || Tory Burch Boots ($200 off) || Tory Burch peep toe wedges || V-neck Sheath dress || V-neck ruched dress || skinny jeans (I know the cool kids are all wearing wide leg frayed edge crops but I just can't let go of a good slimming skinny jean) || window pane dress || Bow Detail color block dress || long sleeve tunic tee || Patagonia Jacket || pointy toe ballet flats || Mens No-Iron Button down || Mens Smart care pants || Patagonia Better Sweater || turkish towel || geo print pillow || Nars best cheek palate || Nars beauty survival kit || Tory Burch Wallet || Tory Burch Cross body bag  || Girls Pink Nike Shoes

You can scroll though and click on any of the products below to get directly to them!

WOMEN:



SHOES + BEAUTY + ACCESSORIES



MEN:



KIDS:



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Creating A Coastal Feel

July 21, 2016


A few of you have asked what home goods items I like from the Nordstrom Sale and it's no surprise to see that I'm gravitating towards the blues and grays with a dose of warm tones thrown in from wood grain and metals.  I'm loving the more copper and brass colors right now as opposed to shiny golds.  What about you?





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Authentic Chinese Egg Roll Recipe

July 20, 2016

Last week one of my sweet neighbors welcomed a group of us into her home to teach us how to make authentic Chinese Egg Rolls.  I'm pretty sure I'll never be able to order them from take-out or buy frozen ones again.  The possibilities for fillings are endless, including several sweet options like bananas + cinnamon.  I always find it so fascinating to learn about other cultures and generations. On the surface we were all different ages and came from different places but at the end of the day we were all just a group of women sitting down laughing and cooking together.  I bet there will be lots of egg rolls at the next neighborhood party!


Ingredients:

 6 cups cabbage shredded

1 cup of onion sliced fine (may increase to 2 cups according to taste)

1 cup of boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced very fine (filet and then filet again to cut into strips)

Salt to taste

2 Chicken bouillon cubes

Package of TYJ Spring Roll Pastry (If frozen remove and allow to thaw to room temperature)

 


CHINESE EGG ROLLS:
Bring water to a boil and cook cabbage on medium high heat for 3 to 5 minutes.  Cabbage should be tender but not mushy.  Drain the cabbage and let cool while you cook the onion and chicken.


Pour a small amount of avocado oil into a skillet or wok and heat the oil.  Then add the onion and stir until onion is soft  Add the shredded chicken breast and stir it with the onion until done.  Chicken should be done but not brown.


Cabbage is now ready to put into a cheese cloth and squeeze out any remaining water.


Combine chicken, onion, cabbage together in a bowl and add 2 crushed chicken bouillon cubes, and salt to taste.  The mixture is now ready to be wrapped and sealed.



Separate the pastry wrap and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of mixture.  Fold inside the pastry and wrap tightly by spreading the mixture, folding each of the two ends and rolling tightly.  Only use one pastry sheet per egg roll.



The last step is to fry the spring roll and slightly brown it.  We used avocado oil but you may substitute.  Heat enough cooking oil in a pan to cover about 2/3 of the roll.  Heat the oil on high and then add the roll, seam side down.  Slightly lower the temperature to avoid charring the roll.  When both side of the roll are light brown, they are done.  Place the rolls on a paper towel and then serve and enjoy!



Local Richmond places to shop any needed ingredients:


1.     New Grand Mart, 7415 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23225, (804) 675-1425
2.     Tan-A Supermarket, 6221 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA  23230, (804) 285-5569
3.     Far East Supermarket, 6317 Rigsby Road, Richmond, VA (804) 286-5502
4.     Asia Market, 9503 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA (804) 346-0301
5.     Whole Foods and Wegmans may also sell the wraps

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Don't forget to check out my favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale here and here and here!

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Highlights from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

July 19, 2016

My parents took the kids to Colonial Williamsburg today and our internet was out at the house all morning and it was hot as bejeesus outside so I figured the only rational thing to do was hit up the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and pretend it was fall.



I'm in love with these jeans and this Barbour jacket!  I wear my old barbour jacket all the time but this one has a hood and covers my butt!  It's a bit warmer than my other one as well.   It looks like it's sold out online but this our store had several in stock.  I snagged a size 6 for those curious on the British sizing.  I threw on the striped tunic underneath as a last minute addition and I'm so glad I did! It is so soft and comfy and a fantastic length for only $17.  I grabbed the XS and it fit perfectly. It also comes in four solid colors!





Big fan of this Layered Split Hem Sweater too!  It comes in three colors but y'all know the gray + light blue is my favorite by far!  Runs true to size so no ordering up needed to get the length.  It's fun on it's own but understated enough to work as a good layering piece under something else like this sweater.   I have on the M/L in the sweater because that's all they had in the store but I would size down if I order it.









I'm in love with the Jada Collared Shift Dress.  I didn't pay it much attention online but it looked so cute on the rack I knew I needed to try it on.  It was a standout favorite!  Just be careful because it runs super small.  I had to go up 2 sizes.



Another pretty work dress I found below.  I love the blue color but it also comes in black which is probably a smarter buy for me.







This sleeveless cowl neck dress is another steal at under $25 and has a good length and flow without sizing up.  I love it on it's own for September and October when I'm ready for fall clothes but it's still hot.  And with the plaid blanket scarf for chillier nights.  It comes in 10 colors including 2 stripes.  Did I mention it has pockets?  I know.








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