Friday, April 18, 2014

Pinterest Told Me To Wear My White Tee.....And Y'all Begged Me to Highlight Some Swimsuits.....And I do what I'm told.

 Pinterest told me to wear my white tee with a leopard scarf and sandals.
So I did.
And Y'all Begged Me to highlight some swimsuits.
So I'm going to.
Apparently I let both Pinterest and you ladies boss me around.  :)
I'm here to serve.

So, here's what's happening today.
I have a great outfit that is so simple it's just stupid.  Stupid in the best way possible of course.
I have some CODE PINKS.
Then, at the end of the post, I'll throw some swimsuits and cover-ups out there! 
The post is long today.
Just stick with me.  :)

Here's the Outfit:
White Tee, Leopard, and Jeans with Neutrals
So simple and super cute.

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 Here's how I made it work with things I had on hand!
 White v-neck|  Everlane HERE
For size reference, I'm wearing a medium.
Leopard Scarf|  Francesca's from years and years ago; similar options HERE
THIS one looks just like the one in the inspiration picture.

Confession:  I have 3 leopard scarves.
And I don't even feel like that's excessive.  :)
Brown Belt|  LOFT, from years ago
Embroidered Jeans|  Nordstrom, exact pair HERE and 40% OFF
For size reference, I'm wearing a 27
Sandals| LOFT, several years ago
similar sandals HERE
Brass Earrings|  my newest Stella and Dot item HERE
I like how they show up against my dark hair. 
Neutral Tote|  c/o Sole Society, exact tote HERE

My sandals above are from LOFT from years ago, but the cut of them is exactly like these babies.
Click HERE for all Gigi choices.
Can't you see yourself wearing these all summer long?
Do you want to get the look for yourself?
You can!
leopard scarf HERE   / White v-neck HERE from Everlane or HERE from Nordstrom
(You need a white v-neck in your closet if you don't have one.)
embroidered jeans (from maker of the MUST HAVE jeans) HERE AND 40% OFF!  
neutral patent sandals HERE/ Neutral Tote  HERE
brass earrings HERE / white sequin bracelet HERE 
renegade bracelet HERE / crystal stretch bracelet HERE
Do you ladies like this simple look as much as I do?

Okay!  Time for another CODE PINK!
Actually, we've got 3 code pinks rolled into one today.
I looked at this outfit picture from earlier this week, and I realized there were 3 items that would make EXCELLENT Mother's Day Gifts.
They are all items that you've seen time and time again on this blog, but today I just wanted you to think about them as opportunities for gift giving!
Kimberly Necklace HERE
This is the single most worn piece of jewelry in my closet.
Military Jacket HERE
This is one of the Top 3 worn items in my closet.  Hands down.  Any mama would get so much use out of this jacket!  You can basically throw it on with everything! 
For size reference, I have a small.
Signature Necklace HERE
The possibilities are endless with this necklace as far as Mother's Day gifts go.
And speaking of the necklace, check out this sweet story I received from a reader last week.
Hello Sheaffer!
I want to share with you my very special signature necklace. It arrived today and to say I am thrilled doesn't say enough. To say it is just "any" signature doesn't do it justice. You see, it's my Mom's signature. And she passed away 11 years ago when I was thirty. Before I was married. Before I had kids.  I have a box of letters she sent me over the years. College, first apartment, birthdays. She also signed "Love" (as in Love, Mom) with a big ole Lavern type 'L' that I tried to include but couldn't figure out how to join them without looking weird. So I settled on just "Mom." Cause that pretty much says it all, don't you think. I snapped a pic and emailed it off.  I wasn't expecting to get so emotional when I opened the box. But the tears flowed. And my heart ached. And then I put it on and smiled. As I know she is doing, too. This is JUST the kind of thing she would be absolutely giddy about. So, thank you, Sheaffer, for sharing a little bit of your world with me so that I can have a little piece of my mom with me--close to my heart! XO


This story tugged at my heart.
I think it is just so sweet and so precious that Staci is now wearing her mother's handwriting around her neck.  What a sweet remembrance.
Thank you Staci for sharing. 

And I just thought of something!
According to my facebook survey, most of you wanted Mother's Day gifts highlighted that were between $50-$100.  Still, the next biggest requested category was under $50.
I realized that this scarf from the look above would be greatness!
Not only is it SUPER cute...... it is only $18.
And maybe your mama could rock a leopard scarf.
My mom could if all scarves didn't make her totally claustrophobic.
Not even kidding.  Love you mom!
leopard scarf HERE
Okay....enough CODE PINKS for now.
The time has come.
Time to talk about swimsuits.
It's okay.  Breathe.

It's just that it's April, and I feel like NOW IS THE TIME to order a suit or two.
I don't know about you, but having a cute swimsuit waiting for me helps to motivate me.
I might even be known to try my new swimsuit on every 5 days or so during my summer slim down program.  Allegedly.
If I did do that (and I'm not saying that I do), it would probably do a great job of keeping me motivated and on track.
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He, He, He!
 Don't we all feel like that monkey when trying on swimsuits?

I'm highlighting swimsuits today from several different sources.
I believe I ended up with suits from Nordstrom, Macy's, Old Navy,  JC Penny's, and Target.
So, the prices range from about $50 ish to about $130 ish for one entire suit.
But where swimsuits are concerned, I feel very much that it's you get what you pay for.
I've had 2 Target suits that I absolutely LOVED, but both of them were done after one season.  The underwear popped out of both of them in the wash.  Still, they weren't expensive, so I didn't mind that they only lasted one season...except for the fact that I LOVED THEM.
The Macy's suits?
Well, most of them are 20% off this weekend.
And I have to say, out of all sources highlighted today, I feel like Macy's has the best selection BY FAR.  Kudos to you Macy's!
Click HERE to shop all Macy's suits and use the code "EASTER" for 20% off most suits!
(Down the left sidebar on Macy's website the suits are divided into categories, which is very helpful when trying to find a certain type of suit.)

Now let's look at some swimsuits.
Don't worry, you aren't about to see me in a ton of swimsuits.
But you are about to see me in one.
THIS is the swimsuit I talked about last year.  I would say 75% of the people that bought it last year loved it.  Tons of people said it made them look HOT and SKINNY.
The other 25% hated it.  I mean HATED it.
Apparently this suit is very polarizing.
But hey, with free shipping and returns, you have nothing to lose!
Maybe you'll be one of the ones that loves and adores it! 
 And listen, this picture was taken like 2 months ago.
Click HERE for the crochet tunic cover up (comes in 3 colors).
Crochet One Piece Swimsuit HERE (comes in 7 different colors)
And while we're talking about cover ups, here are some more that caught my eye!
Some from Nordstrom, some from Macy's, some from JC Penny's.
a)  crochet trim cover up HERE
b)  deep v-neck cover up HERE
c)  white cotton cover up HERE
You need to click to see this one closet-up!  Love. Kind of perfect.
d)  tie dye cover up dress HERE
e)  blue tunic cover up HERE
And check this out!

A convertible cover-up HERE with 9 different ways to wear it!  And it's under $40!
I actually tried this on and really liked like 3 of the ways to wear it.  But the girls (my girls, in case you were confused) weren't in a bra or a swimsuit, and even though I took pictures of the looks, I didn't feel it was appropriate to put them on the blog.
You're welcome.
I did however show them to Shay and Erika at lunch one day,
and let's just say we all had a good laugh.

Now, if you were to see me at the pool, it would be in a tankini or a 1 piece.
That's just how I roll.
Below are some great ones!
And remember, 20% off the ones from Macy's!

a.  deck piping sheer tankin top HERE and bottoms HERE
(also available in red/navy & black/white)
b)  tiered tankini and hipster bottom HERE 
c)  striped strapless one piece HERE
d)   twist tie rouche bikini top HERE
 e)  fringe tankini top and bandeau bottom HERE

Love this Trina Turk number HERE, I just don't have quite enough guts.

And I found some great basic one pieces for those of you that want a good amount of coverage.
Basic one piece HERE ($79) / Cascading ruffle one piece HERE ($120)
Click HERE for this striped one piece from Old Navy.
So cute!
These next suits fall under the category of I WISH.
In fact, I would like to title this next collage, IN A PERFECT WORLD.
Listen, I haven't worn a bikini since high school
Did you hear me?  HIGH SCHOOL!
But let me tell you this, when I dreamed about being at the beach last night, I was in the triangle top bikini below AND I LOOKED AMAZING.
About once a month I also dream I can fly.
Purely fyi.

triangle bikini top HERE and bottoms HERE
 navy bandeaux bikini top HERE and bottoms HERE
shirred halter bikini top HERE and bottoms HERE
colorful bandeaux top HERE and bottoms HERE  
(I was unable to save a picture of the bottoms in this suit, but they are so cute!)

And I couldn't do a swimsuit post, even just a partial post, without mentioning the
Target Mix and Match Swimwear collection!
I absolutely LOOOOVVVVEEEE how you can mix and match all the pieces.
You can mix and match colors, patterns, pieces, AND SIZES!
Perfect if you need a size medium top and a size small bottom!
Girls, I ran out of steam by the end of this post and kept falling asleep trying to make a collage of my favorite Target pieces. are just going to get the below picture, and I'm going to strongly urge you to just check Target out! The possibilities are endless!
Click HERE to check them out!
You're gonna like what you see! 

All right friends!
That's it for today!
Have a wonderful and happy EASTER weekend!
Sheaffer :)
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Closet Confessions: Mandy from House of Rose....CODE PINK....And a GIVEAWAY!

 It's time for another Closet Confessions, which means it's time to do a little snooping!
WooHoo!  I LOVE to snoop!
If you missed the first two Closet Confessions posts, you want to make sure you check them out!
  Click HERE to see Erin from Blue Eyed Bride.
 Click HERE for Joni from Lay Baby Lay.

Today we get to peak into the closet of Miss Mandy Rose, who blogs over at House of Rose!
I'll tell you two things about Mandy's closet:
1)  You'll be inspired.
2)  You'll be jealous.
You're going to see Mandy's closet today, but if you want to see the rest of her house (and I assure you, YOU DO), then click HERE!
Home Tour
Also, if you've ever thought about starting a blog yourself, click HERE for some really great pointers!  (I use blogger, but Mandy's article focuses on using Wordpress.)

And finally, if you are adopting, if you are thinking about adopting, or if you just have a heart for others who are adopting, click HERE to read about Mandy's journey to adoption.


 Hello everyone! I blog over at House of Rose and Dollars and Roses. I'm so glad to be here! I'll be sharing the only girly space in my entire house... MY CLOSET. I'm actually extremely excited that Sheaffer asked me to do this closet tour because I have been needing the motivation to put the finishing touches on this space for months. A LOT of months. Ok, maybe even a year. 20130304-IMG_9550CLOSET In case you don't know... I live with 3 crazy boys and a husband. That's a lot of male parts in one house. It's also a lot of superheroes, sports and dirt.
 Which is why I love that my closet screams GIRLY! image (3) image (2) It all started with my deep love for stenciled walls. I wanted to stencil a wall in my house sooooo bad, but I was afraid I would mess it up. So, what's a timid first time stenciler to do {besides call a talented friend to help me}? Stencil the closet where no one will see it if it turns out disastrous. DUH. As you can see, it totally turned out WAY better than I ever hoped and now I feel like I might just start stenciling my whole house {in case you are obsessed with stencils instead of wall paper - watch my stencil tutorial for tips and tricks - also note this is one of the first videos I ever filmed}. image (6)closet 3 The giant fabric jewelry cork board was another Pinterest inspired project. It's a great place to display all of my necklaces and it makes it easy to pick out which one I want to wear. I think it might just be the reason I accessorize more. I have a gazillion and eighty seven shoes. But doesn't every woman? I like choices. Especially sparkly and bright choices. 20130304-IMG_9492 image (4) Closet confession: My closet is also one of the places in my home where you will find guitars. Everywhere. My guitar. The kids guitars. All of em'. Come over and I'll play you a song. But it would have to be Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are. It's the only song I know. ;) closet 4.jpg.jpg20130304-IMG_9511 A staple piece that you will find in my closet besides my 16 pair of yoga pants - ahem - is this sleeveless jean jacket that I'm rather obsessed with. I like to wear it with a spring dress and my cowgirl boots. It makes me feel like I'm a little bit country. But it's also great in the winter with a long sleeve shirt under it. It really goes with ANYTHING, which is what I look for when shopping for pieces like this. A favorite pair of shoes for me consist of these black suede and lace booties. I tend to dress safe and I love that these take me out of that comfort zone. image (7) closest 1.jpg Another closet confession: My closet is more than just a place that holds my clothes, shoes, accessories and guitars. It's a safe heaven of quiet when the boys are being wild. I've been known to run in there and hide with my laptop {and some ice cream} on more than a few occasions. It usually takes the boys at least 15 minutes to find me. And that's 15 minutes of no one yelling that they need juice or to please wipe their butt. #peaceful image (1) Thanks so much for allowing me to share my closet with you all! Now, if I could just convince my husband that we are going to feature his closet next...maybe he'd clean it for once.
You're closet is TO DIE FOR.  Your necklace board is amazing, and your stencil makes me SO jealous!
The stencil!
The upholstered jewelry board!
The overall NEATNESS!
I just love it all so much!

After Mandy sent me her post, I had a couple of questions for her:

 *What is the item in your closet that you have the most of?  
I would definitely say as a mom that works from home...I have more yoga pants in my closet than I know what to do with. And they are all basically black. Ha! My favorite kind of yoga pants are Lululemon. A little pricey {and y'all know I like a bargain usually}, but so worth the splurge. 

Mandy!  You're not going to believe this..but I only own 1 pair of yoga pants...
and I think mine are GAP outlet.
I've heard great things about Lululemon, but I've also heard great things about Zella.  And there are a lot of Zella items on sale HERE!

*What is  your favorite piece of fun jewelry?
I adore my rosette necklaces from The PolkaDot Posie. Of course, with my last name being know I have this necklace in almost every color. Except grey. Which I'm purchasing ASAP.

*What is single most worn item in your closet?
My jean vest. Hands down. A close second would be my denim button up shirt. Do you think this means I love denim things?
Click HERE for denim vests from Nordstrom.
Click HERE for denim vests from Old Navy.

*Favorite pair of shoes?
My black booties with cream lace (pictured above). Why? Because these boots are not something I would normally wear. I play it safe when it comes to shoes and these booties scream statement. And sometimes, making a statement is fun! 

*Anything in your closet that you can't get rid of, but have no idea WHY IN THE WORLD you are still hanging on to it?
Well, fortunately I don't have a problem purging things so you won't find any 1990's high school hammer pants or prom dress. BUT, I do have one of the boys Hulk toys sitting on a shelf. They told me, "He watch over you mommy. Keep him there." And I haven't moved him since. 

Now, before everybody leaves.....
I've got a couple of things for you!
Today is the first day for CODE PINK!
It's a gift alert for some gifts that I think are perfect for Mother's Day!

Over the next several weeks I will be highlighting a variety of items at a variety of price points that would make great Mother's Day gifts for all of the mamas in your life, as well as for YOU (if you're a mama yourself)!
If you follow me on facebook, then you saw me throw out the question this past weekend about what price point you would like me to highlight.
The overwhelming majority wanted the gifts to be between $50-$100.
However, VARIETY was also mentioned over and over.
So, although most items will be between $50-$100, some will be less expensive, some will be more expensive, and I hope to have a couple of friends even help out with some DIY ideas!
It's going to be fun!

So, here's the first CODE PINK!
I mean seriously, these are the first CODE PINK because I think they just might be the perfect Mother's Day gift for mamas of all ages!
Small ovals, Large ovals, or big studs.  ALL FANTASTIC!
* big studs HERE *
* small oval earrings HERE *
* large oval earrings HERE
Aren't they great?
Wouldn't you like to have them come and live in your ears?!?  :)
Hope you all like the first CODE PINK! 

And if you didn't see the blog yesterday, click HERE to see a major sale!
And the sale includes an item that I scream and shout about all the time.
I'll give you one hint...if you get this item you'll want to MAKE IT RAIN.  :)

And if you're here from House of Rose for the first time, there are a couple of recent posts you might be interested in!
THIS shirt is the newest addition to my closet, and it's so easy to style in lots of different ways!
Not only can you wear it with lots of different bottoms (it can go from black suit pants to white boyfriend jeans!), but you can also tuck it in or leave it out, AND you can wear the sleeves buttoned all the way down or fold them up and secure them with the cute tab.
Click HERE for the shirt.
Click HERE for the post to see all of the different ways it can be styled!
The shirt comes in 4 different color choices total, and you can click HERE to see additional shirts from Pleione:  long sleeve, short sleeve, and tank options!

And again, if you're new here, you for sure want to take a minute check out to this next post.
I name the 10 GO TO pieces in my closet that I find myself wearing again...and again....
Click HERE to see me highlight over 20 outfits with my Spring GO TO items in them!
It's pretty eye opening how often these items appear and re-appear in my daily outfits!
Some might think I'm a freak for wearing the same items so often.
Some might think I'm a genius.
I prefer genius.
1)  MUST HAVE shirt HERE
This runs large, so order a size down.  Mine is an x-small.
2)  White v-neck t-shirt HERE
For size reference, mine is a medium. 
3)  Stella and Dot renegade bracelets HERE
Great for layering with all my other bracelets.
4)  Stella and Dot Kimberly necklace HERE
Love.  That's all I have to say.  Love.
5)  Michael Kors watch similar HERE
(Or click HERE to see 15 MK watches on sale!)
6)  Military jacket HERE
This is such a great jacket to throw on and make any outfit cuter!
For size reference, I'm wearing a small.
7)  MUST HAVE denim jacket no longer available at Nordstrom.
 Click HERE for the jacket at Macy's in all sizes.
This jacket is definitely fitted, which is why I love it so much.  For size reference, mine is a small.
8)  MUST HAVE distressed jeans (sold out for months), but jeans from the same maker HERE
And THESE are from a different maker, but they look similar-ish to my original MUST HAVE clean cuffed jeans.
9)  Michael Kors mandarin moccasins HERE
These are true to size.  And so amazingly comfortable.  Seriously, you won't believe how comfy.
10)  Vince Camuto nude patent flats HERE
These are true to size.  They aren't as comfy as the MK moccasins (not many things are), but they are still good.  The nude patent is so pretty.

That's it for today everybody!
THANK YOU AGAIN MANDY for giving us a private tour/  

Love you AND your closet!

And now....for a quick and fun little giveaway!
I thought it would be fun if I gave away the items that Sole Society sent to me to 1 lucky lady!
If you win, you will win the items below.
 Long Metal Bar Necklace HERE / Large Neutral Tote HERE / Braided Beaded Necklace HERE

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


You get a bonus post for the week due to some really great SALES!!!!

a site I don't usually frequent because it's mainly luxury brands, 
is 25% OFF sitewide today!
I think it might not start until 7:30 a.m. EST, but I wanted to post to go live at normal time so people wouldn't miss it!
I think they only do this once (MAYBE twice) a year, and today is the day!
Click HERE if you just want to look around the site for yourself!
Use the following code:  INTHEFAMILY14

But, if you need some direction, I'm going to highlight some categories of items.
Well, they are 25% OFF at ShopBop today!
(Maybe you finally get them this year for Mother's Day!  If you're anything like me, just get them for yourself and tell your hubby what a fabulous gift he got you!)  ;)
Click HERE for all Hunter boots.
I thought I would pull some of my Hunter boot looks from the last year!
They no longer carry this "smoke" color, but there are lots of other colors to choose from.
And if I've said it once, I've said it 3,000 times.
Yes, they are worth the money. 
Until you have a pair for yourself, you have NO IDEA how much you will wear them.
And I'll tell you something else, on those rainy days when you have them on,  you will wonder HOW IN THE HECK you ever left the house on a rainy day without them.

And if you're a regular reader, you know I got my 2nd pair - a red pair - for Christmas!
Click HERE for Pillar Box Red - the color I have!  Now 25% OFF!

Here I am in a couple of looks with my red wellies!


And if red is not your thing, maybe you ARE DYING over the Jade!
I can hardly blame you.
Click HERE for the GORGEOUS new JADE color!
And now for other categories of sale items right now at Shopbop!
Click HERE for all Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bags, satchels, totes, and wallets!
mini mac crossbody HERE
mint mini zip HERE  
biscuit jules satchel HERE
And since this was a SUPER last minute're about to get a lot of text links without any pictures. 
Still, read what they are, and click if you're interested!
Michael Kors bags and wallets HERE
Michael Kors watches HERE
Kate Spade bags and wallets HERE
Kate Spade watches HERE 
Ray-Ban sunglasses HERE
Tory Burch wedges HERE 
Tory Burch sandals HERE
Tory Burch bags, wallets, and cosmetic cases HERE  

And check out THESE Super Invisible Socks!
Totally NO SHOW socks for Converse, TOMS, whatever!

And I know I mentioned the Make-Up Sale on the blog yesterday, but I thought I should again on today's SALE POST.

Click HERE for 10% off lots of make-up!
10% might not seem like a lot, but make-up is never on sale, so it's still a good excuse to get some stuff you're needing!

Plus....I was at the mall yesterday and actually saw the Estee Lauder gift that is available right now.
And let me just say.
It's a good gift.
Click HERE

Still at Nordstrom, there are 16 MK watches on sale right now!
Click HERE.

Click HERE for all Sam Edelman items on sale!

Click HERE for all metal sequin bracelets (and some colors) on sale!


And I can't believe it, but The LOFT sale is still going on!
Click HERE.
Use code:  4PEEPS
I'm telling you, they have LOTS of great things right now.   You can add several pieces to your closet for not a lot of money!
LOVE their shorts, LOVE their white boyfriend jeans, and LOVE their selection of 
dresses right now.
And when I shop a LOFT sale, I always try to make it to the $125 mark to get the free shipping.
Click HERE and see if anything strikes your fancy!

So that's it for today girls!
Just a quick and dirty post on some great sales!
See you back here tomorrow for Closet Confessions!
Yep, you're going to get a peak into another blogger's closet! 
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