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Friday, August 30, 2019

WEEKEND SALES!! Sharing our top favorites

Another Holiday weekend is here!
 And what would a Holiday weekend be without fabulous sales!  So many good deals - and most stores have new arrivals on sale too! 
So....a perfect time to grab some fun Fall pieces. 
We've gone through all our favorite sites and picked our favorites to share with you below!


LOFT - 40-50% off almost everything.  Code: LONGWEEKEND





EXPRESS - 40% off everything!




EVEREVE - 10% off everything!




VICTORIA EMERSON - 40% off!




ABERCROMBIE - 50% off!




COLLEEN ROTHSCHILD - 20% off sitewide!  Code: work20




THE STYLED COLLECTION - 30% off jewelry. Code: Labor30






Happy Shopping and have a fabulous Holiday weekend!


Thursday, August 29, 2019

New Fall Amazon favorites


Fall fashion!! 
Definitely a favorite Season for creating cute looks! 
Today we thought it would be fun to share our recent Fall Amazon purchases.  


Under $17 and available in so many color ways.  My exact color is camel.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Pink Lily - a stylish boutique you should know about!

Stylish, on-trend affordable clothing.  
Don't we all want that?  We are so excited to share some new Fall arrivals from one of our favorite boutiques - Pink Lily Boutique.  

We know a lot of you are like us and are always looking for those easy, everyday pieces that are still trendy.  Below we are sharing our newest pieces and be sure to scroll down to see even more of our top picks!

Want to see more about Pink Lily - Betsy is actually in Nashville, TN for the next couple of days celebrating with Pink Lily and their new Fall launch.  Be sure to follow along on Instagram stories.


Stripe cardigan - love this rust color for Fall!
Shop more cardigans!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Heading into Fall with Walmart

Happy Monday!!  The start of a new week...and back to school for my two kiddos.  

It's an exciting day, both kids are now in high school.  My daughter is excited to be starting her Junior year, 1/2 way through high school.  And my son is excited to now be a Freshman.  And as fun as it is, I can't help thinking about these last few years having them home.  It's wonderful seeing them grow into young adults, but I'm not ready for them to leave for college.  

The start of a new school year also symbolizes the upcoming Fall season!!  My fav...cooler weather, gorgeous leaves, football season, yummy foods.  I could go on and on.  But I also love Fall fashion.  

And one of the places we look to first for both cute and affordable Fall fashion is Walmart.  They have a huge selection of trendy pieces and great basics.  And they offer FREE next day delivery, FREE 2 day shipping and in store pickup!!  I love all the shipping options.


Ruffle Blouse (3 colors) // Denim Skirt // similar sneakers here and here // similar sunglasses here

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Our favorite drug store beauty products

When you find affordable beauty products that are actually good, you just have to share it with your girlfriends!  These 8 items are products we use daily/weekly!




Mascara PRIMER - A game changer!!  Seriously you'll love this!  We were not blessed with long beautiful lashes, so we have to create them.  This primer really helps to thicken and add just a little more to your lashes for your mascara to "stick" to.  Let it dry slightly before adding your mascara over top.

Mascara - We've both been using this mascara for a few months now and love it!  We always get the Blackest Black color.  This used with the primer above is an amazing duo!

Concealer - So good!  Used daily under eyes to create an even skin tone and look refreshed.  I use the color "light".  I apply this with my damp beauty blender.  I actually also use this to dab on my lips before applying my lip liner and lipstick.  I find that my lipstick stays on better.

Conditioning Spray - I use this daily when I get out of the shower.  It helps when brushing through my wet hair so that there is less damage from brushing.  Also adds moisture to help strengthen my hair from heat styling damage.  

Liquid Eye Liner - The best eye liner that I have found to glide on smooth and actually be dark enough in color.  I've tried so many liners in the past that barely give any color.  This one is really good and lasts all day!

Make up wipes - I use these every night after I wash my face to get any leftover eye makeup off.  They are super gentle and smell amazing!

Foot cream - Amazing!!  This has helped my dry feet/heels so much!  I rub on daily after showering.  No more cracked heels!

Essie nail polish - About a year ago, I stopped going to the salon to get dip nails.  It was getting expensive and I found it hard to find the extra time.  I went on the hunt for the best white nail polish.  Found it!  My absolute FAVORITE white nail polish is the color "Tuck it in my tux".  If you love white polish - you have to try this!  I always use a primer, then apply 3 coats of this polish, and finish with a top coat.  I can usually go a whole week with this nail polish looking good.  

Do you have a drug store beauty favorite?  We'd love to hear about it!!






Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Top 5 Reader Favorites from Last Week

If you don't follow along on Instagram, you might have missed these top favorite looks from last week.  And that would be sad.  
So, we thought we'd share the top 5 favorite reader favorites.  All of these are perfect for now and moving into Fall


#5

We love how chic this black on black leopard is.  If you are wanting to give the leopard trend a try, this is a classic way to do it.  Has unique side zipper details on both sides.

See full outfit details here.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Ready for School with Walmart

It's here!  
Wednesday is the first day of school for us.  
We've gotten fresh haircuts, and thanks to Walmart - all the school supplies and on-trend clothes to get them off to a good start. 

Walmart  has been our go-to stop for affordable - and stylish! - back to school clothes.  From leopard to unicorns to JoJo Siwa - so many options in the trends they are loving!
Walmart makes it so easy to shop by grade.  Did you know Walmart now offers "next-day" shipping on many items?  And you can get free shipping over $35!!  



Friday, August 9, 2019

Victoria Emerson for Fall - BOGO FREE

Not rushing through the end of Summer at all...my kids still have a few more weeks until they head back to school and the weather here totally still feels like Summer, but Fall is my favorite season of all.  

I love everything about it.  

The transitional styles are some of my favs...shorts/skirts with booties...light sweaters...jeans with tanks.  But even with the changing of my wardrobe, one thing that I don't really change, is my jewelry.  My go-to Victoria Emerson wrap bracelets transition perfectly. 


Colorful Wrap Bracelet c/o // Double Wrap Bracelet c/o // Thermal Tee (5 colors) // Skirt, similar here and here // Booties 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Aruba - Where to stay, what to do, what I wore!

Our first trip to Aruba was back in 2014 for our honeymoon.  After 2 glorious weeks, we still weren't ready to leave!
We love it there and have been wanting to take the kids.

  Today I'm excited to share all the details of our trip!  From our favorite restaurants, what activities we did and all my outfit details.  So be sure to scroll down to the end.  


One thing we did a little different this time, was use a travel agent to book our hotel and flights.  It was amazing and I highly recommend using one!  No stress and she detailed a few options for us to pick from and found us the best deals. Definitely saved us SO much time.  

If you are interested in using a travel agent, below are the details on who we used.  This is not sponsored - we were just highly impressed with Nicole and our trip was super smooth!  Everything was done over the phone and email so even if you aren't local to the Columbus, OH area, I'd still highly recommend!

email: hello@wanderluxetravelagency.com


This time, we stayed at the Hyatt.  I highly recommend staying there!  It was fabulous. 


Look at this view from our room!  Tropical vibes everywhere.  

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Back to School with Walmart

YAY!  It's back to school time!

I absolutely LOVE Summer break with the kids but there is something so exciting about Back to School.  School supply shopping, new sneakers and fresh clothes.  Looking for one-stop shopping?  You can get everything you need at Walmart!  

Every child has their own style and I want my kids to go back to school happy and with confidence.  I am so excited to team up with Walmart Fashion and have my youngest share her style and favorite outfit choices.  It's a big year for her - First Grade!  Which means school all day. 

She loves dresses, skirts, and tutus!  Most days you can find her in one of those.  We love finding pieces that are also school/playground appropriate.  Add sneakers or closed toe shoes and she's ready!
Be sure to scroll through the post to see all her favorites and more items she picked out from Walmart!






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.








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