Okay, good news…..my favorite cold shoulder top is on MAJOR SALE!!!!! Now here is the kicker-it’s online for $39.99 which is a great price, but in store is offering an additional 30% off. Sometimes, Madewell over the phone will price match, so it’s worth calling and giving it a shot. This top is so great…..I typically wear an xxs at Madewell, but decided to size up one size just for a little more flow with this type of shirt. I promise, you will love love love this shirt.
It is so awesome to live in Colorado. There is so much to do outdoors and we are lucky enough to have a reservoir right in our backyard. It is full of pavilions, BBQ’s, bike paths, a park and of course a sandy beach area for play. We loaded up the sand toys and headed over. The girls dug and created mazes for their crawdads we caught and of course Hattie swung and chased bubbles. The weather was perfect and they played for hours.
On the lookout for crawfish
With the girls loving to be outside all of the time, I’ve ended up buying them more play/comfy clothes this spring. I buy a lot of the terry cotton shorts with a variety of tanks. Gracie is going through a Justice phase (lord help me;)) ha and of course I still have full control over Hattie;)
Check out some of Gracie’s favorite shorts here and here and here favorite tanks here and here.
Check out Hattie’s short here and her tanks here and here.
My shorts are the J. Crew New Balance athletic shorts and I love the fit and the length. I got mine on sale and they are still on SALE with the code SHOPSTYLE as of today. My tank is another favorite workout top that can be worn both in and out of the gym.
I found another great basic tee tank to add to my collection and it’s under $30.00. It is the apron cross back tank from Madewell. I love this tank so much because like I said, it is very basic and I can wear it in the day, but very versatile and can be dressed up for going out. The cross back and buttons on this top give it just the right amount of detail to set it off….so cute. You can also uncross the straps for a different look. This tank has a slight flare (hence it’s called the apron tank), but doesn’t feel sloppy. You can also purchase this tank from Nordstrom😉 AND if you haven’t checked out my white jeans from my earlier post, you have to now!!!! They are my AE jeans and I swear by them. I bought mine in short length for a slight cropped look.
Yay, we made it through the week! With all of our busy schedules and toting kids around, I wanted to share my favorite busy mom go to outfit for spring……tees and jeans. Earlier I posted about my favorite crew neck tees, but now I want to share my favorite v-neck tees. They are the Madewell whisper cotton v-neck tee and they come in a variety of colors. They are so great and are easily taken from day to night. The pink shades are so pretty and springish.
But what I am really excited to share with you are my new favorite white jeans from American Eagle. Yes I said American Eagle and they are so amazing. The fit is spot on, they are not high waisted nor low waisted, just a good in between fit. The material has a lot of stretch, but doesn’t stretch out. I wear my white pants all year long and they go through a lot and get a lot on them so I don’t love spending too much on them. Take my word on this though, you won’t be disappointed. I am on day 3 of wearing them, and they are awesome. I ended up buying them in the short length, just for a slight crop look. I paired this outfit with these gold ankle espadrilles from Old Navy for a steal and my new favorite J. Crew earrings.
Style Tip: I always do a baby front tuck with my tees just to give it a little something. And it’s a good trick with tees to keep the bottom from getting tiny holes that rub against your jeans all day.
As much as I love fashion, my other passion is fitness. If you know me, you know what a gym junkie I am. As far back as I remember, I’ve always loved to workout. Clear back in Jr. High and High School, my girlfriends and I would go to the Athletic Club, workout and do aerobic classes…(step class was on of our favorite;)) I continued to workout, but it was after I had my babies that I got really serious and tried to be more knowledgable about fitness and nutrition. Naturally, I have a small frame and pretty good genetics, but I wanted to be healthy, lean and more cut. I started eating clean, picked up running (which was a slow process) and started lifting A LOT of weights. Every day, I would google, pin and observe different workouts I would see at the gym. I then would go off and do my thing. Within months, I started seeing results with muscle definition….my hard work was paying off and I loved what I was seeing.
Hard work is defined as a great deal of effort and endurance….nothing happens if you don’t put in the time, and it really does take time and dedication. I do get a little frustrated with people who think I am naturally blessed…like I said earlier, I do have good genetics, but I also put in the time and work my butt off even when I am tired. I’m very conscience about what I do physically and what I eat, although I don’t deprive myself either. Make working out a priority, I do about 1 hour to 1 hour & 20 min a day either at home or the gym. It has just become a part of my life. With all of that said, I am excited to be posting some of my favorite/simple workouts that have help defined my muscles throughout the years. (I now have to figure this video thing out;))
TIPS and ADVICE
Set realistic goals for yourself and your life.
There is no quick fix, everything takes time and effort.
Figure out what works for your body both nutritionally and physically.
Don’t be afraid or intimidated at the gym….own the place. (Everyone is just there to get a workout in.)
Don’t deprive yourself of things you love, just limit them.
Always push yourself to do a little bit more each day.
Workout with a friend or go to classes.
Weights will not bulk you, we need them more than ever the older we get.
Don’t compare yourself to anyone else…focus on you.
Stop the excuses and realize that you are important….you’ve got this!!!!
Who says sweaters are just for winter??? While at the mall the other day, I found several sweater tank tops in every store and I loved all of them. I ended up getting mine from Madewell if that is a shocker to anyone:) I just loved the reddish orange color so much for spring and summer and the cut is so flattering. But, I also found one almost identical to it from Old Navy and it’s super cute and a great price. Both sweaters come in 3 colors. It is a great staple piece that can be dressed up or down. Currently I am wearing mine with denim and my white jeans. In the summer, I’ll wear my denim white and blue shorts. Also this top would be adorable paired with a flowy skirt. I have rounded up some tops below.
Again I am wearing my favorite jeans similar here and my favorite J. Crew leather flip flops here 30% off today. (I’ve had them 3 years, they hold up so well.) But what I am most excited to share is my earrings. They are oversized tortoise hoops that make a great statement piece, I got a lot of compliments on them. They are under $20.00 with 30% off today and come in 2 other colors. My necklace is Stella and Dot and I never take it off;)
Living in Colorado can be very hard on your skin. A few weeks ago, I noticed how dry and dull my face was looking….to be honest, I was feeling a bit frustrated and my poor friends had to hear all about it;) While reading my In Style magazine, I came across the CLINIQUE fresh pressed vitamin c booster. I decided to head down to the mall and maybe try it out….before I decided where I was going to buy it, I picked the store with the best free gift…it was MACY’s that particular weekend and is still going on.
I ended up buying the 4 week pack. Each bottle is only good for a week due to the vitamin c that degrades when exposed to oxygen. I have been using it morning and night and honestly, I can say that my face feels and looks much more rejuvenated. I now feel it has a slight glow to it and the dullness is gone. It’s also meant to be a de-aging solution, so I will pay more attention to that side and get back to you. There is also a face wash, that I think I’ll add to my routine when I finish out my MURAD.
We are lucky that our school district gives us 2 WEEKS for each break. We always spend the first week back in Utah where all of our families live. It’s such a fun time for us to catch up and spend countless hours playing with cousins. We celebrated birthdays, did Easter crafts, got outdoors, saw 2 movies and of course, the girls ate Wendy’s at least 8 times. (They think it’s the greatest.)
The pink dinosaur that I’ve been been pictured with and meant to get this trip :/
Olivia’s 3rd BIRTHDAY
Moonshine Arch Hike
My hometown has so much to see and explore outside.
It took the girls several days to catch up on sleep from UT. We spent the 2nd week relaxing, catching up on house work, going to the mall and of course playing with neighbors and friends.
Magic tricks….I love love love watching their reactions to DJ’s magic.
Lunch at the mall.
I love the fact that they play, but the aftermath!!!!!!!
3 Little Griddles…….
If you live in the Southlands area or near and haven’t been to get their breakfast, you need to go NOW!!!! The 3 Little Griddles has the most amazing breakfast, everything on the menu is to die for. It is just a small little restaurant that is always packed but worth the wait. I went with the french toast this time….AMAZING!!!!
My TOPSHOP tees were a go to for Spring Break and of course I wore my favorite Madewell jeans….similar here (I own loads of jeans, but as you all know, I wear this pair nonstop). My Birkenstocks are another staple for me.
Sometimes there are trends that are more specific for certain age groups, but the cold shoulder shirt is a style that looks great on everyone. Shoulders are easy to show off because everyone has good shoulders;) I personally feel so much more feminine when I show my shoulders. Last week at the mall I of course was in MADEWELL and found the perfect shirt for my girlfriends birthday party. I can’t lie, I love it so much and want it in every color, I have refrained though!!!!! One of the main reasons I love this style of top is the fact that I don’t have to worry about it staying in place like when wearing my off the shoulder tops. I ended up going up a size in this top because I wanted it to be a bit oversized. The top is flowly, but I ended up doing the front tuck for a more polished look.
Here are a few tops that I thought were great for the price point. Gap, Old Navy and Banana are having 40%, no exclusions and Madewell always offers 15% off to teachers (I get it now that I took the preschool position :)) All these tops are great for spring and summer.
Easter is one of my favorite holidays and I love creating a special Easter basket for the girls. I like giving them something that can be of use for spring and summer….not just junk. Every year they receive a new swimsuit and a pair of shoes. I always like to replenish the outdoor chalk that they love and of course some yummy candy. I also give them something for outdoors such as this adorable jump rope I came across on Amazon. (how cute is it???) Another tradition that we do for our Easter egg hunt is to stuff our plastic eggs with fun things besides candy. Some examples are: dollars, chapstick, gift cards to their favorite ice-cream places, movie tickets, blind bags and hair accessories (such as the cute bunny hair clips from Meri Meri). Be creative and think of things that can be of use to them. What are some things you do for your Easter baskets????