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Girls' Trip to the DR | What I'm Packing

I can't believe this trip is finally here! I'm headed to the Dominican Republic (Puerto Plata) early tomorrow morning with 5 of my girl friends for a relaxing vacation by the beach! We have our own 3 bedroom villa with our own private pool which is awesome! I have been looking forward to this vacation, but also a bit nervous about leaving the boys for 6 full days and 5 nights. This is the longest I've been away from them (besides when we went to Germany/Austria for 10 days when Camden was 8 months old). It will be nice to have some time off of work and 'mommy duty', but I'm sure I will come home feeling refreshed and ready to hug my boys!!

I've basically been shopping for the trip for the last 3 months! I've been so excited about wearing some new things and fitting into some smaller sizes since I've lost a little bit of weight since the beginning of the year. I actually bought a few bikinis to wear too! I never thought I would be in a bikini again, but I'm feeling more confident about my body and the fact that it will be my close girlfriends at our own private pool anyways lol! 

I wanted to share with you guys what I packed for the trip in case you need some ideas for an upcoming vacation or just some items to add to your summer closet!

Here's what I'm packing broken out into categories for easy shopping (just click on the image to shop)...







Skin Care:

Make Up/Hair:

Other/Travel Accessories:

I will be taking a little blogging break for the next week or so, but I'm hoping to still be able to post on instagram from time to time, so make sure to follow me for photos from our trip!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! xoxo

Spring & Summer Capsule Series | Vol. 3 (SHOES!)

I've been working on 'upping' my shoe game this season. I am very picky about shoes (and they only go on my feet... name that movie!) so, it takes a lot for me to commit to a pair that I like. I'm all for spending a little more for a pair that I know will not only last a long time but that is actually comfortable to wear.

However, I'm loving all the different sandal trends that have been popular this season and I wanted to be able to have a handful of options for different occasions to choose from. So, I have been successful at scoring some really cute, trendy sandals for less!

Here are my top 8 favorite shoes for spring and summer:

cardigan (on sale for $18!) | tank | white shorts | necklace | tory burch 'miller' sandals (in color 'make up')

1. Tory Burch Miller Sandals (I have the color 'make up'): My favorite (and most expensive) pair are these tory burch miller sandals. It took me a while to understand why these were so popular. They are really just leather flip flops with the tory burch logo. But, they are the most comfortable pair of nice looking flip flops of all time! You can dress these up or down. And the fact that they have been popular for years and years now makes me think they are not going out of style any time soon! I'm all about investing in one pair of shoes for each season and for me these sandals were going to be my 'splurge' for spring and summer because I know I will wear them constantly! I got the color 'make up' for reference and it is the perfect neutral tan color with just a hint of blush tones. It is definitely a flattering color on my skin tone. FOR SIZING: It was recommended to me to go up at least a half size in these. I'm typically between a 6.5 and 7 with shoes and I ordered a 7 and they fit great!

2. Jack Rodgers 'Georgica' Jelly Flip Flop (I have an off white color, probably closest to the 'bone' color): I got these a few years ago and they have been such a great summer sandal! Because they are made of the flexible 'jelly' material, they are perfect for the pool, beach, etc. I love that these are fashionable, comfortable AND functional summer shoes!

3. Old Navy Bow Slides: I actually have these in 2 colors, black and blush! They are the perfect slide on your feet and go shoes. And the cute bow just adds a little more to your regular slide sandals.

4. Old Navy Double Strap Sandals: I bought these because they actually look a lot like a designer pair, but of course for a lot less! The gold tone is a great neutral shade and the double straps make for a comfortable fit.

5. Old Navy Bow Wedges: I mean, I obviously can't say 'no' to any shoe with a bow! And when I saw the wedge version of my bow sandals, I had to get a pair!

6. Target (A New Day) Ema High Block Heel Pumps: I bought these pumps because I needed a more 'dressier' pair. I LOVE the block heel trend and the simple, classic look of these (plus the price tag) got my attention! I have been wearing them more than I thought I would and they are surprisingly comfortable! I love that I can pair them with jeans or dresses!

kimono (40% off!) | cami (40% off!) | jeans (40% off!) | monogram necklace | block heel pumps (in color 'Taupe')

7. Target (Universal Thread) Edwina Peep Toe Booties: These were an early spring purchase and I'm so glad I snagged them when I did. Unfortunately, it looks like they are sold out now. However, this designer pair is now on major sale!

8. Nine West Wedge Pump: These are actually a few years old and it looks like there's only one size left in a white color (mine have nude colored straps), but they have been a great pair for spring and summer over the past few years! I actually have this pair on my current wishlist and I've linked to a few others that are similar below... I think a classic pair of nude/neutral wedges are a closet staple for spring and summer!

My Shoes:

On My Wish List:

Mini Nordstrom Try On

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! Should I name this day 'Try On Tuesday?' If you caught my instagram stories yesterday, I posted a mini try on session from Nordstrom. I had a lunch date at the Nordstrom Cafe on Friday, so I snuck in a quick try on with a few tops (and one dress) I've been eyeing from their website. Sometimes, it's easier to post the links on a blog post since I don't have the swipe up feature yet (if you could find me 8k more followers, that would be great!).

Below is everything I was able to try on! For sizing reference, I am 5'2" and usually wear a size Small in tops and size Small Petite dresses in most Nordstrom brands.

*As always, Nordstrom offers free shipping and returns! So, you could try on these items from the comfort and convenience of your own home and return if they don't work out! Just one of the reasons I love shopping there! This is not sponsored FYI!

1. First and foremost, I had to try on this insta-famous Madewell striped tee! And I totally get the hype now! It is just the perfect t-shirt. Perfect cut, fabric, v-neck, stripes... Totally worth all 25 dollars spent. Why? Because I will most likely be wearing this tee all summer! I sized down to an XS in this tee. I would say it runs a bit big, so if you like a more fitted look I would size down.

 My OOTD yesterday: Madewell tee | distressed denim shorts (from last year - I sized up to a 6 in these for a loose fit) | faux leather reversible tote | my new $14 sunnies (another purchase from Nordstrom) | monogram necklace | tory burch miller sandals (in color 'make up', size up 1/2 size!)

2. This cute, little peplum top was second on my list and it came home with me! BONUS: It's on sale for less than $15! I sized down to a XS (runs big).

3. This floral embroidered top was so pretty in person! I am wearing a size XS here and it is the perfect length for a front tuck! I have a short torso though, so if you have a longer waist I would suggest ordering your true size.

4. I also wanted to try on this striped short sleeve top that is similar to my favorite long sleeve version that I love. This short sleeve version has a really cute twisted, cut out on the back! I put the photo from the website below bc it was hard to get a photo of the back!

Lastly, I wanted to try on this very popular short sleeve, shift dress. This one comes in a ton of colors and the black is just such a great basic piece to have in your wardrobe. It is a really nice, quality fabric, but also breathable which would make it perfect for spring and summer. The cut and neckline just makes it so flattering on any figure! This one runs big, size down. I am wearing a size small and would probably order a size small petite.

That's all I was able to try on this time! I have linked to everything below as well for easy shopping! Feel free to leave a comment with any questions!

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Friday Finds + April Favorites + GIVEAWAYS!

We made it to Friday! I don't know about you guys, but I feel as though this month is flying by! I have a lot I wanted to share from this week, so I'll get right to it!


I wanted to share some of my favorite recent finds with you all before they sell out or go out of stock. 

block heel pumps - under $30! | beaded hoop earrings - on sale for less than $7!

First off, this wrap dress is something I ordered in hopes to wear to an upcoming wedding, but it would also be the perfect vacation dress! I just love the flattering wrap style with ruffles that is so on trend right now. The floral print is so vibrant in person and perfect for summer! Unfortunately, it looks like there's only one size left in this print (XS), but this style dress comes in a lot of different prints, colors and patterns! 

Here are all the options below: 

Second, I wanted to share this kimono that I got recently. I'm obviously on a kimono kick and I love that you can dress them up or down and even use them as a cover up! This one caught my eye with the pretty, contrasting floral print and the tassel detailing on the hem. 

shorts - on sale! | wedges - on sale! | v-neck tee


I wanted to share with you all the favorites from April in a separate post this week, but time go away from me! So, I'll go ahead and quickly share them here...

In the month of April, these cropped, chewed hem jeans were the most clicked on item (and a handful of you bought them!). These are definitely my favorite pair of jeans currently. I just love the wash and the crop style chewed hem. 

And if you didn't know, LOFT is currently running a sale for mother's day offering 30% off everything + an extra 10% off your order with code: LOVEMOM

So, basically my entire outfit below is on sale!

kimono - 40% off! | cami - 40% off! | jeans - 40% off! | block heel pumps - less than $30 | monogram necklace

This $15 kimono was the most purchased item from the month of April! And for good reason! The price is just right and you can't beat 2-day free shipping!

Some other favorites from last month were this palm print one piece, this $10 racer back bralette and my favorite long sleeve tee (I have it in 3 colors now!).


Lastly, I wanted to remind you of a few giveaways that are currently happening! 

First, have you entered in this awesome giveaway on my instagram?!

I'm co-hosting with 9 other IG mamas and it ends tomorrow (Sat 5/12) at 8pm! If you haven't entered yet, head to my instagram feed and find this pic for details on how to enter!

Also, my giveaway with Smile Brilliant has been extended through the end of the month! If you haven't entered to win your own custom teeth whitening system (which is what I've been using and I've had GREAT results!) there's still time!

You can go HERE for my original post with my review of my Smile Brilliant custom teeth whitening system.

OR you can just click this link HERE and fill out the info requested to enter in the giveaway!

I hope you all have a fantastic Mother's Day weekend! 

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Guide

*First off - If you haven't entered in my Smile Brilliant giveaway, hop on over to that post first and enter to win your own custom teeth whitening system!

If you need some last minute Mother's Day gift ideas, I'm here for you! Well, Amazon Prime is here for you... I've rounded up a handful of prime eligible gift ideas for those special mamas in your life!

If your mom doesn't currently own a tablet, it is definitely a great gift for those who love to read or just want an easier way to surf the net with out a larger desktop computer. In the same electronics category, an echo dot with Alexa would be a great gift as well. 

You can't go wrong with a special 'best mom ever' coffee mug, pearl necklace or a pair cozy slippers!

Personally, I love the idea of giving a lemon tree or something they can plant and keep all summer long! And who doesn't need a good wine tumbler! Perfect for those wine nights outside on the patio. 

And if you like to give traditional gifts, did you know you can send flowers and chocolates via amazon prime?! 

Another idea not pictured above is a bath tub caddy! This one has been on my wish list since Christmas (hint hint). 

Or if you can't decide what to get, just let them pick something out for themselves with an Amazon Gift card

Shop all my Mother's Day Gift ideas (via Amazon) below:

Recent Amazon Purchases + What's In My Cart

Happy Hump Day, friends! I wanted to share with you all what I've purchased from our favorite online retailer (Amazon, duh!) recently as well as what is currently in my cart waiting for me to pull the trigger... These posts are always so popular! I think it was over a month since my last one, so it's time for an update!

Here's what I purchased in the month of April:

1. This $15 kimono was definitely a top favorite purchase of last month. And it proved to be popular with my followers as well! It was one of the most purchased items I've posted from last month!

2. This bamboo clutch was also a favorite purchase from last month! I am so excited to use it this summer and on my vacation! It is the perfect size for all the necessities like phone, wallet, lip gloss, etc. And it is less than $40 with free prime shipping! 

3. This $10 bralette was also a popular item that has been purchased from a handful of my followers as well! This one is really comfortable and perfect to wear under over sized sweaters/tees, etc. As I mentioned in my last post, I wear this bralette over my favorite strapless bra for added support. 

4. I ordered these fun red beaded earrings and I can't wait to wear them! They are the perfect statement piece for summer! And you can't beat the price tag! I also just ordered these colorful tassel earrings and am anxiously awaiting their arrival today. I just love all the colorful statement jewelry that is on trend right now!

5. Another purchase were these invisibobble hair ties. They are supposed to be better for your hair than regular hair ties because they won't pull or create a crease in your hair when you use them. I've been using them whenever I have my hair up now and they work great!

6. One item I purchased for Bennett was this Fisher-Price booster seat. We went with this one because it is the newer version of the same one Camden currently uses. I can't believe my baby is in a booster seat now 😭

Here are a few items I have waiting in my cart...

1. This tropical print dress would be the perfect casual dress for my upcoming vacation! And the price is just right!

2. I am still waiting to pull the trigger on this colorful, off the shoulder one piece! I think I may have to just get it and hope for the best! It has some great reviews and for less than $20 it's a steal! Not sure I really need another bathing suit, but I have 3 black one pieces so I need to liven it up a bit with some color! 

3. I also have this travel steamer in my cart and it's been there for a while. We actually don't own a steamer and I think this one would be perfect to use at home and for travel.

4. This clutch is in my cart because I need a 'dressier' one to bring with me to a few weddings this summer. I need a neutral tone one and thought this one would be perfect! 

5. Last, but not least, I have a few items for the boys in my cart for summer! I want to get them a little picnic table for the backyard. AND this pool looks like so much fun! 

That's all I have for this month's Amazon finds!

What have you found or purchased from Amazon recently?

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