All about the Sunnies

Pinterest gathers data from more than 100 million users to create their annual Pinterest 100, a list of trends that will influence 2016.. & they predict this year is all about the sunnies. Just like the statement necklaces of years past, shades of all shapes & sizes are swooping in to take the spotlight. Of course, designer brands like celine and fendi and karen walker are stealing the show, but not everyone can be on that level..including myself. So, I’ve found some pretty awesome sunnies that won’t cost an arm & a leg.


celine | thierry lasry | dita | karen walker | fendi | ray ban

nasty gal | le specs | topshop | spitfire | quay | urban outfitters

I love the designer sunglasses, but I honestly could never see myself spending that much on such a trendy item.  Thankfully, there are lots of brands producing knockoffs that look very similar at a reasonable price.  The quay brand (pronounced “key”) I’ve seen on celebs & bloggers everywhere..their styles are very unique so considering that, the price is on point! Urban outfitters also has some really cute options under $20, if none of these suit your fancy.  I think my favorites are the classic black aviators & the quay invaders.. but I’m not sure if I could pull those off haha.



On Sale Now

After a pretty long and stressful week around here, I’m definitely in need of some retail therapy.  So Danny and I made an impromptu plan to go to Indy this weekend to do some Christmas shopping…I have a list of gifts for family that we will hopefully knock out and then there’s another store I want to check out called Roman & Leo that we have planned this whole trip around. It’s a boutique that only sells boys clothes (a lot of them by those small shops I talked about in last week’s tot threads!).  They have pretty limited hours for us to make it in time because Danny works Saturdays, but he got it off this week so, away we go! Since shopping is on my brain, I wanted to give you some inspiration for gifts (for you or for others) that are currently on sale.

on sale now OCTOBER

booties| I don’t see enough booties in this color.  I think they’d look perfect with an outfit of warm neutrals. The Macy’s shoe sale never disappoints, so if these are out of your budget for gifting, I’m sure you could find another pair that aren’t.

purse| Unless you’re buying something for your grown up daughter, this particular purse is probably out of your price range for gifts.  But this one is a pretty good deal for a Rebecca Minkoff.. The small crossbody purses with a chain for the strap are very popular right now-look for something similar!

flare jeans| Joe’s jeans are my absolute favorite.  They are super soft and the fit is perfect for me.. I like this flare because it’s not too big; just enough to cover your shoe and graze the floor.  That’s the most important thing about wearing flares– always wear them with a heel so they are never dragging on the ground

skirt| A pencil skirt this length is a closet staple for a young adult woman.  You could easily make this work-appropriate with heels and a nice blouse or dress it down with a tucked in tee, baseball hat and converse.

cardigan| The cardigans at Gap are so soft and so well made.  Gray is the new black, so either get this as a gift for someone else or yourself.. you won’t be disappointed!

boots| I’m predicting that over the knee boots will become “the new bootie” haha no, not like the song.  through the next couple fall/winters so having a nice pair to wear through the years is important.  Bandolino does make a good shoe and these are surprisingly inexpensive.

shirtdress| I like dresses for the simplicity & you really can’t go wrong with one like this.  I’d call it a casual LBD.

melted lipstick set| These lipsticks are amazing.  If you haven’t tried one, you must! It’s not technically on sale, but it is a special set that is priced for gift giving (a full size of just one is $21!).  This would be a perfect gift for a girl in your life who loves makeup.

ray ban | This pair of sunglasses is likely not one you’d buy for someone else, but they’re $40 off because Nordstrom now price matches! As if Nordstrom could get any better? I guess they can.  Nonetheless, sunglasses are a great gift and you can literally find them at all different price points.  My favorite pair I found in California three years ago at a Nordstrom Rack–they always have great deals on designer eye wear.

henley hoodie| My husband has been living in the hoodie he has like this.  It’s the perfect weight, style, and fit. If you bought this as a gift for your man, he’d definitely want more. (It’s one of those, once a guy finds something they like, they buy it in every color)

pillow| I included this because I thought it would be a cute halloween/fall decoration, but I’ve always considered throw blankets and pillows easy options for gift giving.

There you have it! In the meantime, we’ll be crossing our fingers for a happy baby this weekend; nothing screws up shopping more than a screaming baby in the echoey halls of a mall.


Happy Friday!

Pattern Play

I set out to create an outfit using a few wardrobe staples for under $100.. & I got really close. I think the subtle mixing of the patterns is just enough to create visual interest without going overboard, & I’d suggest layering the plaid shirt under the sweater for a more polished look!

budget friendly fall outfit for $100

So here’s the breakdown:

sweater | This is a closet staple for sure.  A black crew neck sweater can go with sooo many outfits.  That being said, you want one that’s made well and can last through the years. $19.99 is a great price for such a piece.

plaid shirt | Everyone could use a good flannel in the fall. I love the pattern of this one–it still feels festive, but classy.  If you already have one, use that and buy some jewelry with the extra cash! $19.90

skirt | I am slowly warming up to the idea of wearing skirts (I always thought dresses were easier, however such is not the case with nursing) So I liked this one for the polka dots, and JCrew Factory usually does me well for fit.. At $39.50, it is a good chunk of my budget, but I think it could be something I’d wear over and over.

shoe | These lace up flats are totally in this season, but choosing a nude color will transition them into spring and next year seamlessly. At $22.97 these are a total steal!

$19.99+$19.90+$39.50+$22.97= 102.36*1.07=$109.53

Now you can use the jewelry you already own to spice it up a little..  I’d add my favorite stud earrings, a stack of bracelets on my wrist and maybe even a watch.  I’d probably do a beachy wave for an effortless look with my hair and keep the makeup super simple with a nude lip! How would you add your own twist to this outfit?