best of big neiman marcus sale!

Cute cute things have been added to the Neiman Marcus sale. Plus take an extra 20% off the sale price! I loaded up on a few of these Nest Holiday candles, which I do every year after Christmas because you can get them about half off. These are the best smelling candles ever and I'll often burn them all throughout the year because they aren't overly Christmas-y.
I also love this Parker Azalea Dress. It was $400 and is now $160.

Wouldn't these strappy Joie Aria heels look so good with the dress above? They were $350 and now $97.
I'm also loving this Rag & Bone Wide Brim Hat. It was almost $200 and is now $46.
Here are some other steals! All of it is already on sale with an extra 20% off!


what i wore: black bow at the aquarium

Aren't these croissant earrings below from Candy Shop Vintage so fun? 

dress / earrings / similar shoes / chanel woc bag

We spent New Year's day at the South Carolina Aquarium because it was so dreary, we just couldn't stand to be outside for long. Watson loved looking at all the fishies! He even touched a shark for the first time! We can't wait to go back on rainy days and in the heat of the summer. I'm sure he'll love it more and more with each visit. 

I feel so bad for even sharing these photos just on the off chance that one of you would like to buy a dress like the one I'm wearing! It's from Zara and went on sale a few days after I bought it, then sold out like hot cakes. My shoes are by Karl Lagerfeld and no longer available (I'm really striking out), but these are similar and on big sale. Bag is a Chanel Wallet-On-Chain and only sold in stores. This one is very close to it! Oh, side note though... have you seen this gorgeous YSL wallet on chain? By the way, moment of reality here: this look only works when toting a stroller around too. This little bag can hold nothing more than a phone, cards, and lipstick. So if I'm using it or any other small bag, I've got to have my diaper bag or a tote full of baby stuff in the stroller nearby. 


current beauty favorites

I know I've mentioned my love for the RMS Living Luminizer before, but I'm here to say it again. The stuff is magic in a jar. It's a tiny little jar, yes. But a little bit of it will take you a long way. I've been using mine for about two years. It's probably time for a new one, I guess, but there's still so much in there. It gives a lit from within glow. It's not shiny. It's not shimmery or glittery. It's just glowy. And perfect. I add a little to the top of my cheekbones, the center of my forehead, and my cupid's bow area of my upper lip.

I added the SkinMedica GlyPro Antioxidant Serum back into my routine and have been loving the skin-smoothing and brightening results. Remember when I raved about it a couple years ago? It's packed full of antioxidants to protect your skin from damaging free radicals. It also brightens, moisturizes, and it has a glycolic acid base that helps skin turnover so that your skin texture becomes smoother. It doesn't contain any parabens or fragrance. I love this stuff! 

Beautycounter Daily Shampoo. My hair is so much healthier since switching to this about a year ago and it doesn't weigh it down at all—it's a purifying formula. Plus, it's not full of harmful ingredients like parabens and phthalates that are often found in other shampoos and personal care products. (Those ingredients are linked to issues like hormone disruption, allergies, cancer, and reproductive toxicity to name just a few.)

I've been wearing OPI Tiramisu for Two on my nails since Thanksgiving time. It's the perfect nude in my opinion. The great thing about nudes is that they make your fingers look so much longer! I normally have nail polish ADD and have to change it at least once a week, but this is one of those few colors I just haven't gotten tired of. To me, it's darker than what it shows in the bottle. Here's a good picture that shows how it compares to other popular nudes.

Think I've saved the best for last this time. I'm giving my Beautycounter Tint Skin Foundation (which I still love) a little break for the GRESSA Minamalist Corrective Serum Foundation and whoa is it amazing. Most important, it's totally free from harmful ingredients and is "green." Second, it's packed (and I mean packed) with skincare ingredients like broccoli seed oil, various extracts and vitamins, and GRESSA's very own healing complex. Third, this foundation gives the most beautiful results—I love it more than any Chanel, Dior, BECCA, MAC, or Givenchy (the list goes on) foundation I've ever tried. And that's saying something. It makes you look like you're glowing from the inside out. And surprisingly, the longevity on this foundation is pretty awesome too, considering it's a serum. I think the key is in their Air Focus Foundation Brush. I tried applying it with other brushes, but this one is by far the only one that worked the way I needed it to. You've got to buff this foundation into your skin really well to make it last a long time and look airbrushed. That's easy to do because the formula just glides on and the brush is outstanding at doing it's job.



Watson is 9 months old! Well, 9 and a half to be exact. Still no teeth, still sleeping from 7:30pm - 7:30am (thank you, Watson!!), waving at everyone, smiling so big, saying two words ("mama" and "wow"), crawling all over the place, weighing 17lbs, pulling up on everything, trying to walk, and bringing more joy to our lives than we ever thought possible!

favorite baby items: still loving this swing for naps, thankful for this mat, loving this toy (even though he just bangs the blocks together and tries to eat them), prefers this baby food more than any others, loving and using this stroller more and more—and this trike


wearing and doing lately

Hey, friends! Happy Monday. Here's a catch up on what's been going down lately.

I've been collecting some old family photos over the last year and am so happy to have finally found the perfect way to display them. The frame is the 16x20" RIBBA from Ikea. I wouldn't have thought "collage" when trying to decide the best way to frame them, but there's something I really love about this collected look. Some of my favorite photos are the ones of my Memie and Poppop when they lived in Clemson, SC. My Poppop had saved up and bought a car for them. I think they must have taken 50 pictures of each other sitting in it! Then there's a photo of them leaning against the hood of the car on the beach in Myrtle Beach. The way my Poppop is looking at my Memie makes me so happy.

I've changed up this console since I took this picture. I have two lamps on either end now and this frame is moved somewhere else in the house, but this is where it started out.

We took Watson with us to dinner on Friday night. He is so curious and loves to socialize. He was leaning as far as he could over to the side to catch the attention of the people sitting behind us. There was a group of young 20 somethings sitting there and they were taking shots "to baby watson!!!" That's what they would say every time. Watson was giggling and waving—just eating up the attention they were giving him. (Hopefully the shots were erased from his memory as soon as we left!)

See... this is when he got their attention. He kept saying, "Heyyyyy!" and would wave. (He also says Mama, Wow, and Woah.)

Here's an outfit I threw together with an old Alexander Wang button up, an old F21 sweater and the jeans from last week's post. My booties are mentioned here. If you want to recreate, this top and this sweater are similar (and you can buy both for under $30!).

You might can tell from the photo above that we moved the fiddle leaf fig from the dining room into this formal living room. It was under an air vent in the dining room and I think that was what was causing it to turn brown. 

My parents got Watson this swing for Christmas and he has been in Heaven with it. It's a great deal on Etsy for a quality wooden swing, even considering the high shipping from Lithuania. It even has his named etched in the back.

This is my kind of outfit. My DL1961 shirt is on big sale here. I don't think it's as see through as it somehow looks in this picture. I also wore it here. My white jeans are J. Crew and my shoes are the Vince Noella flats and they are 44% off right now! These are the best shoes because they make your legs look a lot longer! A great splurge in my opinion, especially considering the price now.

My boys.

I took this picture in the same exact spot as this one below when W was just a tiny little thing. I think he was three months old then. 

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