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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Summer Wrap Bracelets

As you know, we always have a bit of jewelry on with every outfit.  

We aren't over the top with our accessories, but we love to add a little sparkle and shine to our looks.  Usually it's with a simple necklace, a statement earring or fun bracelets.  Our favorite bracelets are the wrap bracelets and boho cuffs from Victoria Emerson.  Their handmade accessories are beautiful and there is a style for every woman.  

Luckily for you all, right now they are 40% off!!! (use code Summer40)


Black Lace Trim Cami, similar in stock here // Tie Waist Shorts, same brand here and here // Buckle Wrap Bracelet c/o // Large Cuff Bracelet c/o // Wrap Bracelet // Crossbody Bag, in stock here // Clear Sandals

Monday, July 15, 2019

Amazon Prime Day

What a great Sale season we are in!!  

First the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which we all love for all the Fall goodies, is going strong.  You can see our post on that with all of our finds here

And now it's Amazon Prime Day (for a full 48 hours)!!  We all love Amazon for everything from toilet paper to tv's!!!  This sale is so good that items will start to sell out, so if you see something you love/need, don't wait on it!! 











Below are some of our fav purchases from Amazon and great finds that are part of the SALE!








Thursday, July 11, 2019

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 - Early Access


Welcome to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale...one of the best all year!!!

Today starts the online shopping for top tier card holders, then all card holders can shop online tomorrow.  

These looks are our initial finds from the sale...great basics, fun prints, cozy sweaters and lounge wear, brand name items and of course shoes!!!  We will continue to find pieces we love and to share them with you.  But we hope you enjoy these first finds!!



Fit: TTS, wearing XSP.  Love the pleats and the bright floral pattern.  Lined.  Also comes in leopard, black, stripe and a burgundy.
Sale $65.90  // Original $99.00

Item: Booties
Fit: I went down 1/2 size.  Also comes in black and cognac.
Sale $149.90 // Original $225.00

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

July 4th Sale Favorites

Happy 4th of July!  
Sales upon sales happening right now.  Many of these have started early so we've rounded up our favorites so you don't miss out on these reduced prices!



Scroll down to see more of our favorite sale picks!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Just another sale?
NO WAY!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a top favorite year after year.  Why!? Because it's all NEW Fall arrivals.  And we'll be covering it ALL for you! 

In fact, just like last year, we'll be able to shop and share our top favorites with you a day early than it opens for card holders.  Yep - that's right.  We'll be giving you the sneak peek look at all the items so you'll be ahead of the game on opening day!  So stay tuned on June 11th!



Get a look at the sale catalog HERE.  

If you don't already have a Nordstrom Card for early shopping access, you can apply HERE.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Favorite Summer shoes with Steve Madden


Summer is the best time to show off a fabulous pair of shoes!  So many that we've found and been wearing on repeat have been from Steve Madden!  We thought it would be fun to share some of our go-to shoes.  

Strappy sandals - especially platform shoes have been so popular!  Comfortable and flattering.  We love these!

Clear details have also been a top favorite of ours.  They are trendy and so flattering on the leg.

Neon is just plain fun!  Scroll down to see my newest pair!!  So fun and actually comfortable to wear.  

You know we love a fun, standout sneaker.  Steve Madden has just gotten some new arrivals in.  Many of these are on pre-order.  Definitely grab them before they sell out!  We wear ours with everything - shorts, jeans, dresses. 


Sandal - also in white and black

Thursday, June 20, 2019

IPL Photofacial Results with Juvly Aesthetics

Do you remember a couple weeks ago I posted all about my recent IPL Photofacial?  If you missed that post with Juvly Aesthetics, you can read it here.  I go into details about what an IPL Photofacial is and answer all your questions.  

Well it's been a few weeks and I'm so excited to share my results!  There is nothing better than a side-by-side before and after picture.  


Remember to use code: Laser15 for 15% off your first IPL Photofacial at any Juvly location.



Before and after taken 2 weeks later.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Carolina Beach - Where to Eat and What to Do


Yesterday I shared all about Wilmington, NC and it's surrounding beaches (read the post here) and today I'm going to share where we ate and what we did at the beaches!!  The good stuff!!

I know a lot of people go to the beach to relax and soak up the sun, but there's so much to do (and eat) in and around Carolina Beach that you won't want to miss while there. 

Let's start with the food!



Monday, June 17, 2019

Weekend Getaway to Carolina Beach, NC

Eleven years ago, once my husband finished his specialty residency, we really had the option of moving anywhere to start his own practice.  After a lot of research, we narrowed the move to North Carolina.  The best decision we ever made!!!

We ended up in Apex, just outside of Raleigh, and absolutely love living here!  2 hours from the coast and 3 hours from the mountains makes it an incredible place to live.  Not to mention the state of NC is absolutely gorgeous...so many trees and the blue skies!

Living only 2 hours from the coast is the perfect distance for an easy day trip, a weekend getaway or even a week long adventure.  A couple weeks ago, I took my daughter and her BFF for a weekend getaway to Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.  We had the best time!!


If you aren't familiar with the coastal town of Wilmington and it's beaches, Wilmington is a riverfront city, with 3 beaches near by.  The first, and Northern most beach, is Wrightsville Beach, followed by Carolina Beach and Kure Beach further South.  There is so much to do in each of these areas, but we spent most of our weekend in Carolina Beach.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Juvly Aesthetics- IPL Photofacial - Q & A's

Stubborn brown spots and freckles.  
Over the last year and a half, I have been going to Juvly Aesthetics to help with wrinkles.  I have always had freckles and lately more and more aging brown spots.  It was time for a more intense facial - an IPL Photofacial to target those dark spots.  

If you go to one of the Juvly locations be sure to use code: Laser15 for 15% off your first IPL Photofacial!


There are 4 different treatments offered at Juvly for Skin Resurfacing.  I decided to start with a Photofacial as that is the gentlest.  My skin texture overall is pretty good, I was just concerned with the dark spots.  

Saturday, June 1, 2019

How to get the perfect manicure for National Nail Polish Day with Essie

Did you know that today is National nail polish day!?
Yes!
There is a special day for everything and this one promotes the easiest way to play up your beauty look.  

What's your typical nail polish style? I'm pretty basic.  My absolute favorite color is white.  I wear it year-round.  I love how fresh and clean it is.  Today I'm excited to share my all-time favorite Essie nail polish color with you, tips on how to get the perfect at-home manicure, and the top Summer nail trends.  

In honor of #NationalNailPolishDay, you can get $2 off any Essie nail polish or nail care item in store at Walgreens.


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Memorial Day Sales

Holiday weekends mean fun and family time...and of course great SALES!!!

It's the official start to Summer and we are so ready!!  Some kids are already out of school, others will be soon.  It's heating up outside, pools are opening and everyone is firing up the grill!!

We are sharing all our favorite weekend sales below!  Be sure to keep checking back as we will be updating all through the weekend!


Romper // Canvas cross-body // Platform sandal (extra 20% off with code MDW19)

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Target try-on

Earlier this week on Instagram and stories we shared some of our newest Target finds that we are loving!  All of these are Summer perfect and affordable.  


Jumpsuit (also in black) // Sneakers // Rug

I love the cute, casual vibes of this jumpsuit!  It's a thin sweatshirt material and SO soft.  I'm wearing a small here but ended up ordering the x-small and it fits perfect.  Style with sandals or a cute pair of wedges for a more dressy, casual style.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Summer Business Style


Even though I don't work in the corporate world, I still find it necessary to own a great pair of black pants.  You know, the kind that can literally be paired with anything and worn anywhere!  And if you're one of those 9-5 Boss Babes, I know you need a pair of killer black pants.  This pair from White House Black Market is an updated and trendy version of the basic black pant!!



Cropped Wide Leg Pants c/o // One Shoulder Blouse c/o // Block Heels c/o, also in tan here 

White House Black Market is known for their classic black and white neutrals, which I love.  I've always been a fan of wearing black.  It's so chic and classic and works in any season.  But their new Summer Collection also includes some fun colors like citron and pretty purple, as in the blouse I'm wearing here.  And yes most of their pieces are tailored for the workplace, they also offer a great selection of pieces for the non-working woman too!   

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is right around the corner - literally!  Just a few days away.  But no worries, there is still time to find the perfect gift.  
As mom's ourselves we can appreciate how nice a thoughtful gift is.  
Typically we love to give our mom huge hanging baskets for her front porch!  She loves flowers and this is a gift she enjoys all Summer long.



 We decided it would be fun to round up a few more items that we think would be perfect to surprise your mom with.  

Friday, May 3, 2019

Three random things this week + all your Dysport/Botox questions answered with Juvly

Three things this week:

1.  I made enchiladas last night.  Does your family like Mexican food?  I could eat it all the time!!  Anyway - I always make homemade enchilada sauce.  It's a MUST!  Seriously makes such a big difference.  Here is my favorite enchilada sauce recipe.  Try it and let me know what you think!

2.  Want to hear the truth?  My daughter (14 years old) picked out and bought this button front cami this past weekend.  I thought it was SO cute!  We are just about the same size so I borrowed it.  Button details are so popular right now and I love them here mixed with stripes.  What makes this cami so good are the adjustable straps.  It's available in a few stripe colors and 2 solid colors.  I (my daughter) has an xs.  

3. Bye bye wrinkles.  It's been a few months since going to Juvly Aesthetics for Dysport.  Goodness do I love visiting them.  I've been so happy with the change (aka disappearance) of my forehead wrinkles.  I'm sharing a code down below for a discount on your first dysport treatment at Juvly and answering the most popular questions I get asked.  



Outfit details:


Friday, April 26, 2019

One top - 3 ways with Evereve

Having clothes that are versatile and will work across all aspects of your life are important.  We all want to get the most out of our items as possible.  

That's one of the many reasons I love shopping at Evereve.  Their goal is to provide an assortment of items to inspire and help you create looks for your busy schedules.  

When I found this halter top at Evereve I knew it would be a piece I could style many different ways.  And this halter style is such a flattering neckline.  
 Here are 3 ways I'd wear this breezy top.  

LOOK #1 - Date Night

One of my favorite date night looks is a fun top, statement heels and jeans.  Comfortable and sassy all in one.  


SHOP THIS LOOK:


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Summer Maxi Dress with We Dress America at Walmart

We are back and sharing another great post featuring Walmart and their incredible We Dress America campaign.  It's fashion for all...women, men and kids.  We first shared about We Dress America here.  Katey shared 2 fun Summer looks.


Maxi Dress (4 colors) // Heel Sandals // Similar Sunglasses // Round Straw Bag, another great option here



Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Faster Way to Fat Loss - our first round thoughts and pictures

If you follow us on Instagram Stories, then you know we've been doing the Faster Way to Fat Loss program.  It's a 7 week program, the first week being prep week.  It combines intermittent fasting with carb cycling for real fat loss.

We are almost to the end of this round, currently in the middle of the last week.  We wanted to go ahead and share our before/after stats as well as our overall thoughts on the program now, because the next round starts Monday the 29th.  If this is something you're interested in doing with us, you can sign up here.

Ok - before we share our before/after pictures we thought it would be important to share "why" we decided to do Faster Way to Fat Loss .


Katey:
 I've been working out consistently for years but haven't toned up in a few stubborn areas, like my stomach from having 3 kids!!  I didn't join this program to loose weight -  mainly just to tighten up.  In the 6 week program, I was on vacation for 2 of those weeks.  I continued with the intermittent fasting but did indulge a bit while on vacation.  As we all should!!!  The program totally works with your real life!! 

Here are my stats:
Before - Feb. 24th 2019
119 lbs

After - April 23rd 2019
116 lbs

Overall, I lost 3 1/4 inches.  These inches were lost around my midsection, hips, and thighs.



Betsy:
I used to work out religiously, but then got burned out and for the past year or so, have done next to no working out.  I went into this plan hoping to tone up a bit and of course lose a little fat!!  I was by no means over-weight and didn't have much to lose, but we all have our areas we want to improve!

Here are my stats:
Before - March 11th 2019
123 lbs.

After - April 23rd 2019
118 lbs.

Overall, I lost 4 1/2 inches.  I've noticed that my arms and legs are more toned and my stomach is less bloated.  




Both Betsy and I had never done a carb-cycling/intermittent fasting program before.  It was eye-opening.  We were both amazed at how we had actually not been eating enough food throughout the day.  In fact, on this program, there were many days that it was tough to reach the full caloric intake. 

With anything, there is always positive and negatives.  Here are our true thoughts on Faster Way to Fat Loss. 

THE GOOD 

*You can eat real food.  No foods are off limits as long as you plug them in and they fit within your daily allowances.
*You aren't depriving yourself of food.  There is no calorie restricting on this plan.  You actually eat a lot of food.
*It fits into real life
*With the program, you are given all the info/help/support you need to succeed.  You are given a certified coach to lead you and a Facebook team to support you.  This includes meal ideas and workouts.
*It's about progress...not perfection.  If you miss your numbers one day, you just jump back into it the next day and try harder.  

THE BAD

*Coffee!!!  There is a difference of opinion, but our coach suggests no half-n-half or creamer with your coffee before you break your fast.  This was the hardest part in the beginning.  We have since adjusted, but if you are a coffee lover like us, it's hard.  (Nutpods and almond milk are allowed - and we share our go-to morning coffee often on stories)
*The evening wine.  Who doesn't love a glass of wine at night? I did not drink wine on low carb days.  On full macro days, I was able to enjoy a glass or two.  You have to be careful, however, because it technically still needs to be consumed in the eating window.  There were instances where I did not stick to this.  I'm happy to share more details on this if you all would like.    
*Eating dinner earlier.  With our kids' busy schedules, we found ourself not eating dinner until 8-9:00.  It's just how life is right now.  We've tried to make some adjustments to get finished eating by about 7:00 to start our fasting period, but some nights we didn't finish eating until 9.  That pushed our morning meal the next day back a little.  
*Treats!!  Not gonna lie.  We love our treats and I'm (Betsy) a huge baker and find relaxation in baking.  So this has been hard for me.  Treats are saved for Saturdays with FWTFL.  On the plus side of this, I have learned to try new recipes to bake!!


If you've done FWTFL, let us know your results and thoughts.  We'd love to hear your story.  

And if this is something you'd love to try, you can sign up here.








Monday, April 22, 2019

Trendsend with Evereve #3

One of the packages I look forward to every month is my Trendsend Box from Evereve!!  Three styled outfits all picked specifically for me!  I've shared my past two boxes here and here.  This month's box was full of pieces that I'll wear all Spring/Summer!!

If you want to try a Trendsend Box for yourself, you can sign up here and get 20% off your first box.  Once you sign up, get your box and then select the items you want to keep...then you'll receive the 20% off.  You only pay for what you decide to keep.  

LOOK 1:

I mentioned on my stories when I first pulled this stripe tunic out of the box, I was a little unsure of it.  Not really thinking it was something I'd like.  But I was so wrong!!  It's adorable on, long enough for leggings, and the stripes have a little shimmer to them for fun!!  The tunic works left long, front tucked or knotted (like here).  I'm wearing a size small.

Jean shorts are a huge must have for Summer, so I was thrilled to get this pair in my Trendsend box.  It's hard to find jean shorts that aren't too short.  This pair has a 3in inseam so they are a good length for me.  If you are looking for a longer length, this pair is a great option.  I'm wearing my normal size 26.


SHOP THE POST:




Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Spring item you need with Evereve

Hands down the best jackets I own are from Evereve.  Chic, statement layering pieces that work dressed up or casual. 


OUTFIT DETAILS:

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

We Dress America movement with Walmart


Every Spring I look forward to a fun family Spring Break trip.  Since the kids were born, we've taken our Spring Break to my husband's family condo down in Bonita Beach, FL.  Fun family time in the sun at the pool and beach is the best!!

Getting ready for this trip means finding all new Spring clothing pieces for the family and myself.  We all have our own styles and what we love to wear.  Thank goodness for Walmart and their mission to provide fashion for everyone at prices we can feel good about!

Free 2-day shipping over $35, a wide-range of items for everyone in the family and New Spring items that are right on trend - Walmart makes shopping so easy and is really helping to Dress America!

First on my list was new swim suits.  We spend our days between the pool & beach so I love finding bold, colorful and fun suits to wear.  Whatever your style - one-piece, bikini, solid or colorful, Walmart can help you express it.  

This colorful aztec suit was such a fun find!  I'm all about fun, bright colors with my swim suits.  And I love the mid-rise to this bikini bottom.  


Shop this look:


Friday, March 22, 2019

Maurices Spring Collection


It's officially Spring!!

Anytime there is a change of season, I always get so excited for the new styles!!  For this Spring, it's florals, fun colors and denim! A few of my favorite things.  





Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Our Stay at The Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina


Betsy and I decided to meet for a warm-weather weekend getaway, to get away from the cold and gloom I'm having up in Ohio.  Totally ready for some Spring weather here.


 Charleston is a favorite city of ours so we decided to meet there.  It was a quick flight for me and a short 4 hr. drive for Betsy from Raleigh.  We were so excited to find the Charleston Harbor Resort.  A relaxed, resort with high-end amenities, just across the harbor from bustling downtown Charleston.  The best of both worlds.


Friday, March 15, 2019

Trending - Jumpsuits with Evereve

One of my absolute favorite items to wear all Spring and Summer are jumpsuits!  
I got one from Evereve last Summer and was instantly hooked!  Since then, I've created quite the collection.  

Styled casually for a day of running errands or dressed up with heels, most jumpsuits are so versatile!
Being only 5'3", I'm sharing my tips/tricks for finding jumpsuits that work for shorter frames.  
Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to see my top favorite jumpsuits with Evereve



Thursday, March 7, 2019

Spring Break Sale with Evereve

You know what's better than a sale?  A sale on items that are new and this Season!!
Everything at Evereve is on sale!!  New arrivals, name brands like 7 For All MankindBlankNYC and more.  




Thursday, February 28, 2019

Stylish and comfortable sandals with Aerosoles

I've got the shoes - now I'm ready for Spring!
I'm so excited to be teaming up with Aerosoles to share my favorites from their Spring collection.  I'm all for easy, slip on and go shoes.  As soon as I saw these slip on espadrilles, I knew they would be perfect!  
Be sure to check out all their new arrivals as they are having a sale BOGO 35% off!


Slide espadrille - 3 color ways





Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Trendsend with Evereve #2

I'm back with a fabulous Trendsend box from Evereve.  It's my second box and I'm so happy with the contents for Spring.  Pieces I can layer with, wear alone or mix and match.  The makings for a great styled box!!


Cardigan (3 colors) c/o // Happy Tee c/o // Jeans c/o (size down 1)

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Spring shoes under $100

25 days until Spring!  Yay!  That makes me so happy.  
I've been adding new Spring shoes into my closet and I'm excited to share some of my favorites here.  All of these are under $100!


Slide espadrilles - 3 colors
Stripe sweater - 40%+10% off code: winner
Boyjean - go down 2 sizes



Thursday, February 21, 2019

Anthropologie Sale - 20% off Tops

Anthropologie is one of our favorite stores. 

1.  Because they have such unique pieces that you don't see anywhere else.
2.  They also have an amazing home/kitchen section.

However, they are a tad on the pricier side so whenever they have a SALE, we love it!!  Their current sale is 20% off tops and sweaters.  We've rounded up some of our favs from the SALE below.



Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Best Weekend Sales

Happy Saturday!
There are so many fabulous sales happening this weekend and the good news is that many items on sale are perfect for Spring!
We have rounded up our favorite sales and some of our favorite items.



Lace tee 50% off / Mom jeans 50% off / Cardigan 50% off, 5 colors


Thursday, February 14, 2019

The must-have Spring look with Evereve

The Spring uniform that always creates a pulled-together, stylish look?

Cute pants, graphic tee, and a jacket.  

I can't get enough of all the fun new arrivals at Evereve.  Every day I scope out their site and see new pieces I know will be perfect for Spring.  
Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of this post as I'm sharing more favorites!






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