Friday, October 2, 2015

Happy October + IG round up

Happy October, friends!
Wow, September went by quickly!

I am so excited for this time of year. It is the beginning of holiday season! So many fun things to look forward to over the next few months with this cute little pumpkin... Halloween, his FIRST BIRTHDAY, Thanksgiving, and Christmas (throw in our anniversary and my birthday somewhere in there...)!

It was definitely a busy week, but I was able to snap a few photos for social media's sake. Here's a little round up of my IG posts:

Links to outfit items here:

*I've made a pact with myself that I must get dressed (as in no yoga pants) at least on the days that I work from home. I will try my best to post my #ootd's every week!

 I know I know, the baby eating baby food photos are not my favorite either, but how can you not love that smile?! He loves yogurt mixed with fruit and we also tried mashed potatoes this week!

Did a little fall and winter shopping for Cam at Carter's and Old Navy this week! Both stores are having awesome sales!

Finally, the chubbiest little skeleton I've ever seen... #allthehearteyes! Can't believe my little pumpkin is getting so big! (skeleton one-piece from Old Navy)

Finally, a few random tid bits for you:

1 - Tory Burch is hosting their Fall Event sale now through October 5th! You can save up to 30% off your order! Go get those riding boots and that perfect leather tote you've always wanted! I am very tempted...

2 - We finally took our family photos last night and I'm so excited to see the final edits! I might be stalking our photographer for the next week or so :) Can't wait to share!

3 - On the agenda for this weekend: Get mums for our porch, watch football, take Cam to a pumpkin farm or apple picking or both.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall Basics || Round 1 Recap

I decided to round up a little recap of my fall basic series outfits thus far. As you may know if you read my blog, I am currently working on bulking up my fall and winter wardrobe since I was (very) pregnant last year at this time and did not buy any clothes besides maternity wear. I decided to start with the basics and wanted to share my new pieces with you for your own fall wardrobe inspiration. I plan on continuing to post outfits weekly with monthly recaps until the end of November. Who knows, maybe I will start a winter basics series in December?!

The above photo is a quick snapshot of all 3 outfits I've posted so far including tops, jeans and some of the accessories that I've purchased this season (that will all be on heavy rotation, no doubt). Since I work from home and am also home with my son 2 days out of the week, my dress code is pretty casual. These are outfits I would typically wear outside of the house to run errands, meet up with friends, weekend activities, etc. I have made it a goal to actually get dressed (like, not wearing yoga pants) on the days that I am working from home, so some of my outfits I do actually wear to 'work'. 

When it comes to shopping these days, my goal is to purchase staple pieces that will last longer than just a season. I'm hoping that these items will not only last me through winter, but also into next fall as well! I've placed myself on somewhat of a budget when it comes to shopping, so I try my best to find good deals and save money without sacrificing quality pieces. 

I've linked to the items underneath the collage above and have similar items (plus a few honorable mentions) linked below for more variety:

What are some of your fall fashion staples?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rent the Runway Review

Have you heard of Rent the Runway? It's an awesome online service that allows you to rent designer clothes and accessories for a fraction of the retail price. What's great about it is that you can schedule when it will arrive, you can order a back up size and you don't have to wash or dry clean it before you send it back!

I've tried Rent the Runway a few times now and I have to say that my experience has been very positive. The first time I tried RTR was for a wedding over a year ago and the dress wasn't quite what I was expecting, so I was able to send it back within 24 hours and received a credit on my account. A year later, I finally used the credit! You can read more about their return and credit policies here.

Bill and I went to a wedding in Cleveland this past weekend and I decided to try out RTR again. I had a back up dress just in case, but I had a good feeling about the dress that I ordered. The great thing about the site is that you can look at reviews and photos of other customers that have rented the dress. This is what I really appreciate because it is very difficult to find a dress that fits me well without tailoring. I'm 5'2" and a little on the 'curvy' side so I have to get something that will fit and not be too long. When I came across this Nicole Miller dress (also comes in a pretty coral color), I absolutely loved the style. Then, when I read the reviews and looked at the photos of customers who had rented the dress, I was even more convinced that it was the dress I should order.

This particular dress was so comfortable and was perfect to wear to a wedding! It wasn't too clingy or tight, so I was able to move (dance) and feel comfortable. It was also a really pretty bright blue that doesn't show through in the pictures as well as in person. I loved the lace detail as well.

The return process was so simple! The dresses came in a very nice garment bag that zips up into a package. They provided me with all the return instructions and a return label. All I had to do was put the dresses back in the garment bag, zip it up, tuck the return label into the postage slot on the front and drop it off at a ups drop off spot. I think the most difficult part was just figuring out the closest ups drop off.

You can choose either a 4 or an 8 day rental for a bit more money. I chose the 4 day which was perfect because I scheduled the dress to arrive on a Friday, the wedding was Saturday and then I had until Monday to return them.

I loved my experience so much that I signed up for their RTR Pro account! With the pro settings, I get free shipping, free insurance on all orders and a free birthday dress rental! Totally worth it! :) I can't wait to order my birthday dress in November!

Have you tried Rent the Runway? Did you have a good experience?

PS - I was not compensated by RTR for this post, I just wanted to give my honest opinion on the service! 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Randoms

Hello friends! Happy almost weekend! This week has seriously flown by... I feel like I say that every Friday? Anyways, here are some random thoughts for you...

* My new love is the 2+ hour nap. It now happens in the afternoons and it is glorious! Ever since Cam dropped down to 2 naps per day, he has been sleeping like a baby (literally) in the afternoon. On Tuesdays and Thursdays when I'm home alone with him, this 2 hour nap is my savior! Don't get me wrong, we have a great time together! But, mama needs a break to catch her breath too! Yesterday during this said nap I had goals of starting a crockpot meal, throwing in a load of whites, maybe showering... very high hopes... What did I do instead? Caught up with my dvr, ate left over Chinese, flipped through the new Pottery Barn Kids catalogue and scrolled though my phone... It was awesome. The shower can wait, am I right?

* About this half marathon.... Yes, that's happening in a few weeks. Yikes! At least I have cute new pair of nikes (color blue lagoon) to cheer me on as I huff and puff my way through it :/

* Bill and I attended a fancy event last Friday for the Ohio State Alumni Association and I wore this dress from Express. I love the cut and the sheer sleeves. Bill kindly pointed out that it was a navy blue dress and should have been scarlet or grey (OSU colors)... Sorry babe, I like blue dresses! (PS - Doesn't he look dapper?!)

* We finished the dresser!! We've been working on refinishing our bedroom dresser for the past few weekends (and when I say we, of course I really mean Bill). It looks awesome and I'm planning to show it off in our master bedroom reveal after we are done with the decorating, ordering new bedding and nightstands. So, probably not for another few months... I know the anticipation is killing you! :)

* Bill and I have a wedding this weekend and I decided to take a gamble and order a Rent the Runway dress. It's set to arrive today... Say a prayer for me that it fits and looks decent!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Camden || 10 months!

(onesie was a gift from Bill's co-worker, but you can order one similar here)

There's no way my baby is 10 months? Just yesterday he was a wrinkly little newborn and now he's only 2 months away from turning one?! This can't be...

Our little Buckeye had a very busy month! He is busting a move and trying to get to everything he is not supposed to. He started getting up on all fours this months and also standing with his play table and holding onto furniture. He also grabs at everything. If you have a drink in your hand, forget it... He's going after it! He also took his first over night vacation with us to Put-In-Bay and slept in his pack n play. He was such a great little travel buddy!

He's also become quite the foodie (taking after his parents). We started feeding him more 'real' food this month and some of his favorites are oatmeal with banana/fruit, yogurt, cheese (shredded), sweet potatoes and butternut squash. He has also been chewing on some steam broccoli stems here and there and doesn't hate it! I've been trying to make more food for him and to start weening him off of the baby food, but he still loves his purees. We are down to 4 bottles a day, but the ones during the day are starting to dwindle. He still chugs his morning and night time bottles like a champ!

Naps have gone down to 2 per day! Thank you for those that commented on his 9 month update about dropping the 3rd nap. It is really helped and he now takes a 1.5 - 2 hour nap in the afternoon! He is still sleeping a solid (like, on the dot) 12 hours at night, going to bed by 6:30-6:45pm and waking up around 6:30am. Those early morning wake up calls are rough, but I (we) love our grown up time/me time for a solid 3ish hours at night. This time helps me wrap up work projects, blogging and house chores before the end of the day.

I'm going to keep this update a little shorter than the norm, just because I feel as though they sound really similar the past few months!

We are so lucky to have such a wonderful, adorable little guy in our lives! I really can't believe it's been 10 months since I held his little 5 lb 13 oz newborn body in my arms!! He is growing up way too fast!

I love you my sweet boy!

I'm linking up with Natalie and Annie for Thoughts for Thursday!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall Basics || Blanket Scarf

blanket scarf (similar here) | stripe high low tee | express distressed jeans (express jeans are buy 1 get 1 for $29.90 right now!) | booties | kate spade watch (similar here and here) | kate spade crossbody | ray-ban sunglassesopi nail color (kennebunk port)

It is officially fall today, so that means today's fall basics post had to include 2 things... a plaid blanket scarf and Starbucks (a classic #PSL of course)! Doesn't get much more blogger / basic than that!

If it's one thing we bloggers love, it's fall... Another thing we all love is a blanket scarf. The one I'm wearing was actually purchased off of ebay last year after the infamous zara one sold out. I wanted this exact plaid, and the only other option was ebay! Now you can find these plaid blanket scarfs everywhere in all different colors and plaid patterns. I've linked to a handful I love down below in the 'shop this post' scroll bar. 

This outfit is perfect for our current transitioning temperatures. Here in Columbus, it's been chilly in the mornings and evenings and it still gets up to the mid 70s during the day. Having this blanket scarf handy helps keep me warm when the temps drop and I can fold it up in my car or handbag when it gets warm. 

The other fall staples in this outfit are my distressed jeans and the striped high low tee. This tee is the perfect drapey fit that I like and is the perfect long length so I have the option of wearing it with jeans or leggings. Best part is that it comes in a lot of different solid colors as well as stripes and it's only $18!

Distressed jeans are very trendy right now. After I tried on these distressed legging jeans from Express, I was hooked! They seriously fit like a glove and give just enough stretch and comfort while still looking on trend. 

This outfit is going to be a staple for sure this fall. It's the perfect weekend wear for brunching, grabbing coffee with a friend, running errands or tailgating! 

A special thanks to my friend for taking these pics on my camera for me! :)

Happy fall y'all and happy shopping!

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Check out my other outfits in my Fall Basics series: outfit 1 | outfit 2

Monday, September 21, 2015

6 Ways to Celebrate Fall

It will officially be fall in 2 days! The temperatures are slowly dropping and it is starting to feel more like the seasons are changing. To help celebrate my favorite season, I've come up with a list of ways to help put you in the 'fall' mood:

1| Go ahead, order yourself that #PSL... You deserve it! And they are truly delicious...

2| Paint your nails a dark tone like a deep red or purple. Shop red tones here and purple tones here.

3| Dust off your favorite blanket scarf. They are perfect for layering during these transitional weather days. I've linked to my favorite ones you can stock up on here, here and here.

4| Light a fall candle. Might I suggest Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin... Mmmmm...

5| Decorate with glitter pumpkins. They're just more glamorous than orange ones...

6| Hang a fall wreath on your front door and add some potted mums to your entry way. We always get a few pots of mums for our front porch every year and this really makes me feel like it is officially fall!

What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate fall?