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Favorite Finds Lately

November 16, 2018

Happy Friday, friends! It’s been another crazy week around these parts. Maybe I should stop saying that and just accept that it’s always a crazy week in this stage of life? But regardless, I’m thankful to have arrived at Friday in one piece and with some fun weekend plans on the books to boot.

Lately I’ve been doing a bit of a closet refresh, trying to hone in on my personal style and keep myself from falling into a slump. I even had a wardrobe stylist come over and do a little closet inventory for me – which I’ll blog about soon – so expect a few more posts on the fashion front to come.

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a few awesome finds that I’ve been wearing and LOVING lately. Some a little pricier, some on the more affordable end, which tends to reflect my general style. Sometimes it’s worth the investment for a really classic piece, sometimes a cheaper version will totally do!

Distressed Jean Jacket for Women // Cute, affordable and a great fit

Long Sherpa Faux-Lined Coat // I’m wearing this everywhere these days

Everlane Cashmere Turtleneck Dress // I’ve been wearing this with my Spanx Faux Leather Leggings and booties

Chunky Cable-Knit Mock Neck // So cute for Christmas

Everlane The Cashmere Crew // I’ve owned mine in black for YEARS

Blondo Liam Ankle Booties // Waterproof, great for winter weather and snow/slush



Must-Have Bargain Coat

November 9, 2018

Last weekend while we were in Kansas City visiting family. I popped into Old Navy. Is it just me or has Old Navy been absolutely killing it lately? I’m the first to admit that not everything from Old Navy is a runaway hit in terms of quality, but sometimes you find a total gem at a steal of a price and this coat is one such instance.

I actually snagged it at 50% off the already reasonable price it was listed at as part of last week’s card-holder event, but even at full retail price I think it’s a great value and a beautiful coat for slightly dressier occasions in the winter when you don’t really want to put on your puffer coat or something more casual. I’ve been looking for a coat like this for a year, but couldn’t quite pull the trigger on more expensive options from retailers like J. Crew

FIND THE COAT HERE // Madewell High Rise Skinny Jeans // J. Crew Chambray //

Family, Fashion

Fall Skincare 101

September 18, 2018

Hello, friends! Today we are talking about SKINCARE and finding healthy, safe options as we transition into the cooler temps. While it’s still summer-feeling over here in Iowa, cold temps are right around the corner and it’s important to make sure that your skincare routine adapts to the weather.

It’s also worth noting that if the recommendations below don’t fit your needs, I’m always happy to do an individualized skincare consultation with you! You can always email and I’m happy to consult you more individually on your needs.

That said, today I’m sharing three different sets of “must have” products based on your skin type so you are sure to have all the hydration your skin needs going into the cooler months. Because when your skin is pale and your summer tan has faded, you better at least have skin that’s blemish-free and glowing, right?

*Please note this isn’t a one-size-fits all recommendation and your actual best fit might be different/varied from what’s mentioned above. This is a general recommendation only.

If you have….

DRY, SENSITIVE SKIN (not acne prone)
1. Countermatch Cleansing Milk
2. Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion & Recovery Sleeping Cream
2. Balancing Face Oil
3. Overnight Resurfacing Peel (used just 1x per week)

OILY, ACNE PRONE SKIN (not sensitive)
1. Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser
2. Countercontrol Matte Effect Gel Cream
3. Countrcontrol SOS Spot Treatment
4. Overnight Resurfacing Peel (used 2-3x per week)

DULL NORMAL SKIN (not sensitive or acne prone)
1. Nourishing Cream Cleanser
2. Rejuvenating Day Cream and Rejuvenating Night Cream
3. Brightening Face Oil
4. Overnight Resurfacing Peel (used 2-3x per week)

Personally, I follow the “Dry, Sensitive Skin” recommendation above and it’s been working SO well for me! My skin has literally never been happier. Don’t believe me? I’m wearing ZERO foundation or tinted moisturizer in the photo below. That glow? Well it’s the Overnight Resurfacing Peel in action!



The BEST Bralettes Around

September 6, 2018

Let’s talk about bralettes! I find that when I mention that word, I get one of two reactions:

1. I LOVE bralettes and don’t ever want to wear a real bra again.
2. What the heck is a bralette?

So, I’m obviously in the first camp! As a pretty flat-chested gal, I much prefer the comfort, look and fit of a bralette over a regular bra. They usually have lace straps and soft bands and look incredibly cute under tanks or casual dresses when a strap peeks out here or there. I’m the first person to say that I do NOT like regular bra straps showing, but I feel entirely different about bralettes.

My friends and followers over on Espresso and Cream Beauty responded to my request for suggestions on where to buy new bralettes and the overwhelming response was Aerie! I hadn’t purchased anything from there before, but I love the brand’s body-positive messaging and the fact that they don’t re-touch photos or promote unrealistic body ideals. Big wins in my book!

So, I bought a bunch of bralettes and loved nearly all of them, but there are my favorite. As a note, I found them all to fit true to size and purchased a small in the styles pictured above.

1. Aerie Wonder Lace Crop 
I like that this isn’t a racerback so it’s great for more traditional shirts and tops. It’s SUPER cute on and I love that the band extends a bit further down than a typical band.

2. Aerie Lace Padded Bralette 
This is my favorite of the bunch! It’s incredibly comfortable but looks special and dressy. I purchased it in two different colors.

3. Aerie Boho Racerback Bralette
A fantastic basic for wearing under tops and tanks. Soft, comfortable and ultra easy to wear.

So that’s that! Now go get yourself a few for fall – they are perfect for wearing under sweaters!



The Best Classic Black Blazer + Romper

August 27, 2018

Cornerstone Blazer from Anthropologie // Velma Slip On Mules from Target //
A New Day Women’s Crepe Romper (sold out at Target) 

Let’s talk mom style! Finding clothing that both fits you body and lifestyle as a mom without feeling frumpy or like you’re in a constant rotation of workout gear is tough, isn’t it? I found after I became a mom that I needed to edit my closet and invest in some new clothing that was a bit more appropriate for this stage in life. Another factor? I work at home and no longer report to an office. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to get dressed up to “go to work” in my office or the coffee shop. Most of the days I’m working at home I try to wear casual professional clothes to help boost my productivity. There are still days where I wear yoga pants to the “office” but I do still get dressed and ready most work days, though not nearly as dressy as I did when I worked in a real office environment.

Church also offers a fun occasion to get dressed up, along with a few Beautycounter events throughout the year. Outside of those occasions, my attire is pretty casual and comfortable. I’m hoping to continue to share a few favorite new pieces and outfits in the weeks and months to come. Because while I may not be a fashionista by any means, I do feel like I’m getting a good handle on my personal style and dressing for both casual work life and mom life.

This romper has been worn so so many times this spring and summer. I found it at Target (A New Day brand) for around $25 and it’s the best money I spent all summer. I wish I had a link to share with you, but I couldn’t find it on their site any longer. Perhaps scouring the sale racks at your local Target would be a way to track one down? Because it’s completely worth the effort! The casual slip-on mules are one of Joe’s least favorite items in my wardrobe, but they are super casual/comfortable with a pointy toe that makes them look a tad bit dressier.

And the blazer! I went far too long before adding in a classic black blazer into my closet. I had one a long time ago that I absolutely loved and wore into the ground, and after it was time to retire that blazer I never found another one that I loved. Since I have broad shoulders, I was looking for something that wasn’t super structured and softer/more casual than a traditional suit blazer. This one is a keeper. I look forward to wearing it and would wear it every day if I could. It’s part of the reason I’m so excited for fall weather! 😉