July 27, 2016

The Coolest New Portable, Open-Ended Toy: Sago Mini Jinja’s House




I may have stumbled upon the coolest new kid’s toy for 2016: Sago Mini Jinja’s House.

There’s this tiny toy craze (borderline obsession) that seems to have taken over the minds of kids everywhere. You know what I’m talking about, right?  Shopkins, Kinder Surprise eggs, yada yada yada.  I don’t understand it (at. all.), but my kids are ALL ABOUT IT.   Where did baby dolls go…or a good old unrealistic Barbie (haha)? Those were my jam.

Anyway, Jinja’s House has got the tiny-and-cute thing down pat.  We’re talking little animal creatures, colorful furniture and an adorable little house. Now, I may not get the Shopkins craze, but I can get down with this. It’s cute, doesn’t require assembly (yesaaaaah!), is foldable and can be carried around. Not to mention, it provides kids with an open-ended toy that gets their creativity and imaginations working.

I like it. I really, really like it.

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July 25, 2016

Star Wars Tees, Neon Sandals, And Other Quirky Favs Under $100


To most people, Modcloth is synonymous with twirly, vintage-inspired dresses.  You want polka-dots?  They’ve got polka dots.

But since I skew more T-shirts And Jeans rather than Pumps And Polka-Dots,  I’m seriously loving Modcloth’s collection of casual basics.  Modcloth’s selection of tees, tops, shoes and quirky accessories all have major personality.  It’s the most….unboringest (summertime, people, just let me have this one) collection of wear-everyday basics I’ve seen.  And best of all?  Crazy affordable.  The title of this post states that everything featured is under $100, but truth be told, most of the pieces I’m swooning over are well under $50.  (The Birks pushed the limit to $100, but I had to include them BECAUSE HELLO, NEON PINK.)

Nuff said.


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July 25, 2016

Athleisure & Work Wear Selfies from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale



Hey ladies – I made a naptime escape for my local Nordstrom today to try on some athleisure picks and workwear options from the sale! What did I find? Lots of killer comfy leggings, cool jackets (including this amazing Zella moto puffer!), cashmere sweaters and leather jackets to swap out for blazers this fall.

July 23, 2016

(Mostly) Affordable Favorites from the Nordstrom Sale



Gang, here’s my edit on the Nordstrom sale.  It’s a little different from my sister’s – I prefer the Juniors department (they seriously need to change the name of that one) – but the biggest difference is in cost.  I found a few splurge-worthy items, but juuuust a few.  My edit is predominately cozy, affordable cardigans, leggings, and boots.

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July 23, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Home Picks


It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! I eagerly await the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale every summer ostensibly to shop for deeply discounted luxe holiday gifts, but always pick up a few things because the sale is that good. This year it’s all about high-quality basics, like down comforters, hydrocotton towels and supersoft throws (baby blankets for adults are back!); amazing Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor rugs to use all over the house, and a few on-trend accessories to spice things up. It’s now open to the public instead of just Nordstrom cardholders, so of course mine arrived in the mail today – *facepalm*. Anyway, good thing I scouted the sale during the sneak peek, and happily all my picks are still available! For now…mama’s got a Nordy’s card to break in.

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July 21, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Baby Gear and Kids


Hi all! It’s been a while! I hope everyone is having a lovely summer. I’m just here going nuts over all the fabulous stuff in the Nordstrom sale (which goes live to the public TONIGHT)…trying to practice restraint but failing. I’ve rounded up my favorite little kid, big kid and baby gear items (yup, we’re talking car seats, strollers, bike chariots, and Aden+Anais swaddling blankets to name just a few), but the clothes?  I wish they made half of these things in my size…

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July 21, 2016

Midi Skirts: A Non Shorts Summer Style Option

midi skirt summer outfit 3

I love summer (like, a lot), and even more so since I moved to Michigan and experienced the pure bliss that is a Michigan summer.   But..dressing for summer?

Yeah,  not so much.

There’s nothing like trying to get dressed on a hot summer day to to stir up all those body insecurities I spent the last nine months convincing myself I didn’t have.  It serves as a good reminder of why Fall is my favorite season-  jeans and oversized sweaters aren’t just favorite outfit options- they are precious protective layers!  I’ve joked before about my “cottage cheese” thighs, but it’s a lot harder to find the humor (ha, ha….ha?) when I’m trying on shorts and bikinis for the first time of the summer.  And, (TMI?) I’m a big time “sweat”er and sweat + shorts = an uncomfortable, irritable Jess. 

So over the years I’ve figured out a few ways to adapt my summer wardrobe to soothe my summer style stresses: skirts and dresses (ha! that rhymed). Midi skirts are the length I feel most confident in. My favorites are midi skirts with side splits, because they cover enough skin while allowing me to stay cool (or at least less sweaty). In July and August I usually throw on a basic tank or lace cami, a midi skirt and my Birkenstocks and I’m good to go for the whole day. Here’s how I styled a few of my favorite midis….

July 20, 2016

Two Ways To Wear Basic Tees On Date Night



It all comes down to one simple question:  Uber?  And if the answer is yes, then date night becomes much more…girly.  Flirty dresses, sky-high heels, the works.  It starts to look a whole lot like girl’s night (which always leans Uber-positive), but with Mike at my side.

Always a good thing.

But most of the time, our date nights involve a ton of walking – either we can’t decide where we feel like going and just end up wandering around, or Mike is stubbornly trying to use the app that calls actual taxicabs and I don’t feel like dealing with it (WHY MIKE WHY?)…..so yeah.  I wear a ton of jeans and tees on date night.  Besides, it’s the summer…..and a clear summer night is a thing of wonder.  I like wearing something where I can kick off my shoes and be right at home at the park (or the beach) looking at stars.

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July 17, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: The One Where I Try On SHOES



I wandered back into Nordstroms the other day, intent on trying a few pairs of shoes.  I had a few questions in mind:

1.  Were the Weitzman OTK boots as fab as I had hoped?

2.  Did any other ankle boot beat out the Weiztman perfection booties?


3. Was there something amazing I had previously overlooked?

No, Not Really, and YES.  Keep reading for details….

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