Saturday, July 14, 2018

Summer Vacation Style with Evereve

Summers should be full of adventure!!

Every year my husband and I love to create family vacations that provide an escape from the everyday routine, show the kids an area of the country they haven't seen before, and create fun, lasting memories.
This year it was Big Sky, Montana and Jackson Hole, Wyoming!

This area was new to all of us!!

I'm so excited to be teaming up with Evereve to share our #chaseyoursun adventure and how dressing for our Summer vacay was a breeze!


The perfect travel look!!

Joggers (wearing xs)
I sized down to an xs as joggers tend to stretch out a little as you wear them.  I highly recommend these.  Cute stripes, a cozy (not bulky) fleece material, and pockets!!



Thursday, July 12, 2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 - Early Access

We cover a lot of sales. 

 But there is no sale as big as the yearly Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  It gets so much coverage and so much talk about it because it's just so good.  
  

Here are our initial picks from Day 1 of the sale:



Fit: TTS.  I'm wearing an XS and it's still loose and oversized.  It has slight balloon sleeves.  I know I will wear this all Fall and Winter.  Such a great staple.  3 color options.
Sale $31.90 // Original $49.00

Fit: I went down 1 size to a 25, but I don't like my boyfriend fit too loose.  If you do, stay with your true size.  Love the shorter, rolled hem.
Sale $149.90 // Original $225.00

ItemLoafer Mule
Fit: TTS.  But if between sizes, go up.  Love the dark brown leather for Fall.  Also comes in black leather or blush suede.
Sale $98.90 // Original $148.00



Textured Top // Tie Front Skort

ItemTextured Top
Fit: TTS, I'm wearing a small.  Will be a great basic to wear with skirts, jeans, leggings!  Comes in 6 color options.
Sale $25.90 // Original $39.00

ItemTie Front Skort
Fit: TTS, I'm wearing a small.  Zips on side.  Navy with blush pink checkerboard pattern.  Has a matching blazer, here
Sale $43.90 // Original $65.00





ItemBlouse
Fit: TTS, wearing an XS.  Love the deep V front.  Will be great as a layering piece or on it's own.  
Sale $45.90 // Original $69.00

Fit: TTS, wearing a small.  Missed out on this jacket last year, so snatched it right away this year!!  Also comes in ruby.
Sale $125.90 // Original $188.00






Fit: wearing a small.  Smocked at the top.  Buttons down the back.  Love the color combo.
Sale $42.90 // Original $65.00

Fit: wearing an XS.  Love the longer length.  Has pockets.  Comes in 6 colors.
Sale $31.90 // Original $49.00

ItemLoafer Mule
Fit: TTS.  But if between sizes, go up.  Love the dark brown leather for Fall.  Also comes in black leather or blush suede.
Sale $98.90 // Original $148.00




Fit: I'm wearing an XS in the picture, but actually bought the small.  Has tiny snaps up the front and ties in the front.  Blush pink with olive green florals.
Sale $45.90 // Original $69.00

ItemSkinny Jeans
Fit: I went up 1 size for a more comfortable fit.  Love the distressed hem and 1 distressed knee.  A great dark wash for Fall and Winter.
Sale $149.90 // Original $225.00

Fit: TTS, super comfy.  Love the heel height.  The crossover straps are actually elastic making them comfy against your ankles. 
Sale $149.90 // Original $225.00





ItemRibbed Top
Fit: wearing a small.  So incredibly soft!!  Buttons all the way up the front.  Also comes in oatmeal (which I ordered too!)
Sale $25.90 // Original $39.00

ItemSkinny Jeans
Fit: I went up 1 size for a more comfortable fit.  Love the distressed hem and 1 distressed knee.  A great dark wash for Fall and Winter.
Sale $149.90 // Original $225.00

Fit: TTS, so comfy for a heel.  Has a rugged sole.  Comes in 4 colors.
Sale $89.90 // Original $138.95





Fit: Very oversized.  I'm wearing a US 2 and am usually a US 4 in this brand.  Love the dusty rose color for Fall.  Comes in 4 colors.
Sale $49.90 // Original $75.00




Great mid-size bag.  Love how it has handles and a cross body strap.  Also comes in dark brown.  Didn't buy in store, but ordered online when I got home.  Couldn't stop thinking about it!
Sale $109.90 // Original $168.00




Love the petite size of this bag.  Bought this bag in store.  Love the gold chain on the handles.  Also has a cross body strap.  Also in black and light oak.
Sale $322.90 // Original $498.00



Small Cross Body Tote




Fit: TTS.  This is the mule you need for Fall.  Will go with everything!
Sale $64.90 // Original $99.95



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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

3 Summer Looks with Pink Magnolia Boutique

Hey ladies!!  

It's July 4th week, so many of us have a short work week or maybe even have the entire week off!!!

  We are staying home this July 4th because my husband is getting ready to leave on a big golf trip.  We'll still grill out and maybe watch some fireworks though.  There are huge fireworks in Cary at the amphitheater but the crowds and traffic are unreal!  We went the very first year we lived here and haven't been back since.  Big crowds are not for us!!  We need to find a spot to watch the fireworks but be away from the venue.  Let me know if you live here and know of a place!!

I'm here today sharing 3 very different looks with you all!!  All 3 are perfect for your Summer plans.

  Last week I stopped into the Pink Magnolia Boutique and was blown away by the adorable new arrivals!!      


Jumpsuit (wearing a M) // Straw Bag //  similar here // Sunglasses // Gold Flip Flops

Monday, July 2, 2018

June Recap

We are starting a new monthly series around here.  At the end of each month, we are going to recap all the things...any travel, top sellers, favorite purchases, etc.








FAVORITE PURCHASES






WHERE WE WENT

Lake Oconee, GA - I had never heard of this lake before our trip, but now I'm a huge fan!  It was gorgeous and just the getaway we needed to kick off our Summer break.  My husband has a work conference every June and this year it was at the Ritz Carlton.  We always turn these into a family vacation.  His brother is in the same profession and attends the conference too with his wife.  We relaxed by the pool, rode jet-skis, tried paddle boarding for the first time...Betsy 




TOP SELLERS







FOR OUR HOMES

We are in the process of building a 4th garage, detached from the house.  It's been a mess out there, especially when it rains.  NC red clay and a pup with white paws don't go too well together!!!  But the project should hopefully be finished in July and then we can finish the landscaping...Betsy  

Also, the peonies were gorgeous here the end of June and I had bouquets of them spread around the house.  Just seeing them made me so happy!!  I wish peony season lasted longer...Betsy

This year we created a garden.  Instead of doing it in the yard, we used a large metal horse trough on our deck.  We planted green beans, cilantro and carrots.  It's not a huge vegetable garden, but the kids are enjoying watching things grow, picking, cooking and eating the vegetables...Katey  



NEW RECIPES

Blueberry Crisp - Blueberry pie/crisp/cobbler is the hubs favorite, so I try to make these on the regular.  This recipe is so good.  With peach season going strong here in NC now, I'm used this recipe last night for a peach crisp.  It's so good with vanilla ice cream on top.

Guacamole - during the Summer, we find ourselves making quacamole quite often.  Here is my absolute favorite recipe: 2 avacodos (mashed), a few scoops of salsa (we like using a medium heat), feta cheese, cilantro, a few shakes of garlic salt, salt & pepper.  Super easy and quick!  The feta cheese makes all the difference!!  


MONTHLY RANDOMNESS

We have a fox that keeps appearing in our yard.  For a while it was just walking through our yard from the golf course to the woods.  Now lately, it is hanging out in our yard.  The kids ( and myself!) are a little uneasy about going outside as we never know when it will come.  I'm trying to figure out how to get it to leave.  Let me know if you have any tips!!  Katey

June was a big month in our house for my daughter.  She turned 15 the end of May, but didn't finish drivers Ed. until the first week in June.  So she got her driving permit this month and has been driving us all around town!!  She's actually not too bad.  She also started her first real job this month, lifeguarding at our neighborhood pool.  She loves it and loves the extra money she's making!!!  Betsy






Saturday, June 30, 2018

Start shopping the July 4th Sales

With every holiday, comes major sales!! And this July 4th is no exception.  Many have been going strong for a couple days already.  So we wanted to round-up our favorite stores and let you know what their holiday sales are.  As well as some of our picks from each sale.



Many items have been newly marked down.  





Everything is 40% off with code HBDUSA.  






Everything is on sale until July 5th.






20% off Summer must-haves





J.Crew - 30% off your purchase with code ALLSTAR

Anthropologie - extra 25% off sale items

Abercrombie - 40-60% off 

American Eagle - 25% off shorts


Happy shopping!!










Friday, June 29, 2018

What you need to know about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018

Summer heat is finally here which means it's time for the BIG Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!! 

It seems weird to be shopping for Fall items in the middle of Summer, but this sale is not one to miss. 

I say BIG because it's SO good - and different!!  It's definitely unlike all other sales that discount end-of-Season items - this one discounts all the NEW items coming out for Fall, as well as new pieces for Summer!  Think boots, bags, jeans, sweaters - all that Fall fabulousness!!!  

So we've been shopping the sale for years.  Before blogging and now.  We have found that every year - the best of the best sells out quick!  Usually without being restocked.  

All the details of the sale can be found here!! 

(2017 sale favorites)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

What to pack for a Lake Trip

Over Spring Break we traveled to Italy which was an incredibly amazing trip!!  So while most people were sitting beachside, we were exploring ancient cities and eating pasta.  I wouldn't have changed it for anything but it had us longing for a beach trip once Summer break rolled around.  We were so excited when it was time for our family vacation to Lake Oconee in GA last week.

When packing for any vacation, there's always the same basics I follow.  Then I add in pieces to fit the exact location we are visiting.  Here's what to pack for a lake vacation:

FOR PLAY:

Whether it's to walk the beach, heading for coffee or breakfast, to go on a bike ride or to just venture out and explore, I always make sure I have very casual/athletic clothes packed.  There have been some beach vacations where I've worn leggings almost the entire week!!!  But aren't those vacations where you really get to relax and not have to get dressed up or do full hair and makeup the best?!



Thursday, June 21, 2018

Linen Pants for the Summer Heat

Happy First Day of Summer!!!

I'm so excited to officially kick off the season with a pair of linen pants that were made for Summer.

If you're like me, when its super hot and humid out, you just want to wear loose and flowy clothes.  The kind that can breathe.  



Sunday, June 10, 2018

Tie Waist Linen Shorts

One of the most popular materials for Summer is linen.  It's light, airy, and breathable.  
And yes, it does wrinkle - but that's part of the charm of wearing linen.  Think cool, laid-back Summer vibes.  





Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is almost here.  So many dad's are hard to buy for...I know my husband is!!  So I've rounded up some great gift ideas, at all price points and for any type of dad.  

Does the dad in your life love tech gadgets?  My husband has these and loves them for when we fly or he's doing yard work.  He also has this type of phone case and it really protects his phone when it's in his pocket all day!

Do you have a beach or family vacation planned?  Every dad could use a cool pair of swim trunks.  I love the colors in these.  And how about a rugged cooler for his drinks!!

Does your husband/dad love comfort?  How about a comfy pair of joggers?

Is he all about style?  My husband has 3 pairs of Swims loafers and he thinks they are the best shoes ever.  I did a blog post all about the brand and his love for these loafers here.



1. Luggage Tag // 2. T-shirt // 3. Joggers // 4. Swim Shorts // 5. Drink Cooler // 6. Flip-flops // 7. Trucker Hat // 8. Watch // 9. Socks // 10. Duffel Bag // 11. Headphones // 12. Carry-on Luggage // 13. Water Bottle // 14. Phone Case // 15. Loafer // 16. Sunglasses

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Trending: Square Neck Styles

We are shaking up our favorite v-neck styles with all the cute sqaure neck tops out right now!!
So fun, different, and still really flattering.  

We've styled them here with jeans, but actually they are the perfect Summer tops to throw on with your favorite denim cut-offs or shorts.  

Be sure to scroll down to see a few more looks and a roundup of more favorites that caught our eye.



Thursday, May 24, 2018

Father's Day with Swims

The countdown is on to Father's Day!! 

 I'm sure your husband spoiled you on Mother's Day so now it's our turn to spoil them!  If your husband (or Father ) is as hard to buy for as my husband, then this Father's Day post is for you.  Here is a great idea, one that I think he'll love and is comfortable!



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Juvly Aesthetics $500 Giveaway

About 5 months ago I was introduced to Juvly Aesthetics.  Juvly is a one-stop medspa meeting all your cosmetic service needs with cutting edge procedures.  After turning 40 this year, I was seeing some wrinkles and sagging that was making me self-conscious.  Botox/Dysport and Sculptra were the best decisions I've made to help my self-confidence!!

In today's post, I'm discussing all their top services, sharing my raw and un-edited before picture and doing a fun giveaway!!


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Friday, May 11, 2018

A Mom on the Go with Evereve

As with any Mom, life is go, go, go.  
Being a Mom to kids that love playing sports, my daily outfits have to be cute, comfortable, and easy.  These olive green pants were a no-brainer!  They are just the type of staple piece a "mom on the go" needs in her closet.  I'm excited to be partnering with Evereve today to share a few of my favorite looks that will take you anywhere needed as a Mom.


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

The season for wearing white


There is something so pretty and refreshing about white in the Summer!!  And not to mention, it looks great with sunkissed skin!!


1. Espadrille Slide // 2. Circle Straw Bag // 3. Sunglasses // 4. Lace Trim Dress // 5. Cami // 6. Jeans // 7. Pocket Tee // 8. Lace Trim Tank // 9. Paperbag Skirt // 10. Floppy Hat // 11. Midi Dress // 12. Long Necklace // 13. Fringe Earrings // 14. Panama Hat // 15. Sneaker // 16. Headband

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Gingham and Ruffles with Adelyn Rae

Fun and unique dresses that are also affordable are hard to find.  Today I'm sharing a brand that I have found and love!  Perfect for all those Summer parties and events. 



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Good Days Tee + My new favorite jeans

Can you really beat a classic jeans and tee combo?
Probably not!
Especially when it's a fun and happy graphic tee!!


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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Dress Weights for your Swingy dresses

How many times have you worn a dress, then walked outside to find it windy?
Those 2 aren't always the best combo!!  Especially if the dress is loose and swingy.




Saturday, April 28, 2018

Seven on Saturday

Easy to wear pieces are our thing!!  
Of course we want a stylish, stand-out look.  But it has to be comfortable!!  
All of these items below are so good!


Butterfly Top // Drawstring Pant // Raindrop Earrings - use CODE: TWOPEAS20 for 20% off raindrop earrings // Cami Dress // Stripe Tank // V-Neck Tank // Gladiator Sandal





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