Friday, August 31, 2012

A Little This, A Little That...

Love This...




And This...




Absolutely Stunning...



This Too...



I have spent this past week decluttering the house again, and will finish up with another deep cleaning, all in preparation of our upcoming school year. I really like to have the household in order when we start our lessons, as it is much easier to maintain on a daily basis with our full schedule, plus it lends to a much more pleasant teaching/learning atmosphere when the house is clutter free. Last Sunday I even managed to complete another closet edit for my own wardrobe, and removed many more items that don't fit well or just aren't 'me' anymore.

Speaking of items that don't fit anymore...over the past year I have noticed significant changes in my body. As I get older, not only does my metabolism seem to be slowing down, but my muscle tone just isn't what it used to be, and I am finding it much more difficult to maintain the figure I want to have. After taking my measurements again last month, I realized that my body is much closer to its 'pre-baby' size than it has been in the past 9 years though. This could either be due to my body finally stabilizing after the birth of my youngest son 5.5 years ago, or it could be that as I get older my body is holding onto more 'padding' than it did in my younger years. I do know that I will never have the 23 inch waist or 35 inch hips that I did prior to having my first son 14 years ago, but at least my bust has started to fill out again after the many years I had spent breast feeding, and my waist seems to finally be shrinking a bit. I am trying to accept these changes as a positive, even though they have meant that many of my clothes do not fit me properly anymore, and I have had to let them go. 


Once upon a time in my younger years, the changes to my figure that I have been experiencing over the past year would have been very upsetting, and I more than likely would have tried some sort of crash diet to lose weight, so that I could fit into my smaller clothes again. However, this time I have focused instead on eating a balanced diet filled with healthy foods, limiting sweets, and continue to exercise several times a week. Earlier this year I even stopped drinking coffee after a 20 year love affair with it, now opting for herbal tea instead. My hope and desire is to become a healthier, more well-balanced woman that is able to accept herself lovingly, as the inevitable body changes that occur with time continue to arrive. 

Along with body changes, my hair has also gone through some significant changes, and they are definitely for the better. I was born with naturally curly hair, but after the birth of each of my three youngest sons, my hair became increasingly straight and unable to hold curl. I had pretty much given up on ever being able to wear any hairstyle other than an updo, but finally decided to give the WEN Cleansing Conditioner a try in April after contemplating it for over a year prior.

What a lifesaver it has turned out to be! All of my natural curl and waves have returned, plus my hair is incredibly soft and much healthier now, too. In this photo I had blown it out, no curling involved, and you can see how much of the natural wave is still there. I had given up on ever being able to wear my hair down again, and now I do every day. It has been quite the life changing experience for me...I wish I had not waited so long to give it a try. :) If you have ever considered trying the WEN Cleansing Conditioner I would say definitely give it a try! I do not think you will be disappointed!

On a different note...as you know, the Labor Day weekend is here, and so are many of the Labor Day Sales. Are you shopping any of them?



The Tory Burch Labor Day Event is a 'Spend More, Save More' deal, where shoppers can save up to 30% on a purchase of $750+. Click here to shop New Arrivals and Sale.



Neiman Marcus is offering savings of 40% to 65% off many designer pieces, including this dress that I mentioned in my 'Planning Your Fall Purchases...{Part Three}' post here earlier this month.


So far no extra % off for Labor Day at J.Crew, but there were many new Promo-Priced Items & Markdowns for both the Women and Men this week. You can see the updated list for the Women here and for the Men here.



I did take advantage of the 30% off FALLCALLS promo at GAP to order these jeans. I am still on the hunt for a casual pair to wear with my blouses, button downs, turtlenecks, and blazers, since the last two pairs I tried did not work out for me. I've heard really good things about the ones at GAP, so I am hoping they will work out well for me, too. :)

That's it for now...

So what have you been up to this week? Do you have any special plans for the Labor Day weekend? Please do share! I always love to hear from you! :)


xoxo,

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

J.Crew: New Promo-Priced Items & Markdowns - The Women's Updated List

J.Crew has done a 'switch-up' on the Promo-priced items this week, and there are a lot of new items that have been marked to promo-price, while others have gone back to regular-price or marked down to sale price (now making them final sale). I have updated the Women's list, and you can see the Men's Updated List here.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Promo-priced items, they are select Regular-price pieces that J.Crew marks down to a 'Promotional Price' for a short amount of time. These items are eligible for any extra % off sale or full-price promotions that may occur at any time. The Promo-priced items are also eligible for the Educator and Student Discounts, so if you are a teacher or student you can receive an additional 15% off on them, as well.

The promo-prices are usually in effect for a week or two (sometimes longer), then they either go back up to full-price or move on into Final Sale. I have noted the majority of the Women's Promo-priced items currently available on the J.Crew website here (please note that the items now ending in $.99 are the ones that have been marked down further from Promo-price and are now Final Sale): 


*Knit tunic dress- also $49.99 in select colors
*Accordion pleat top - My review here.
*Schoolboy blazer in wool herringbone - Watercolor Blue on promo
*Tissue long-sleeve tee - also $19.99 in Bright Flame
* Vintage cotton tank - also$19.99 and $14.99 in select colors
*Jackie pullover - also $34.99 in select colors
*Merino V-neck sweater - also $49.99 in select colors
*Rosalind dress in tricotine - also $99.99 in select colors
*Minnie pant in stretch twill - Vibrant Flame on promo, Deep Orchid was $69.99 - now $49.99
*Long No. 2 pencil skirt in double-serge cotton - also $69.99 in select colors
 *Selima Sun® for J.Crew Belle sunglasses - Black on promo and Bright Kiwi is $79.99
*Café capri - also $59.99 and $39.99 in select colors
*1035 trouser in superfine cotton - was $79.99 in select colors - now $59.99 in Beechwood
*Memo dress in Super 120s - also $159.99 in Deep Lagoon and $129.99 in Royal Violet
*Waverly Chino - also $39.99 in select colors
*Everyday chino - also $29.99 in White Sand
*Biennial satchel -Red on promo and Dark Bone, Tangier Orange are $239.99
*Lightweight chino short - also $29.99 and $39.99 in selec colors
*3" chino short - also $29.99 in select colors
*5" chino short - also $29.99 in select colors
 *7" chino short - also $34.99 in select colors
*9" chino short - was $34.99 in select colors - now $29.99 in select colors
*Sophia gown in silk chiffon
 *Lilabeth dress in silk taffeta - was $179.99 - now $129.99
*Skinny-stripe tee dress - was $59.99 - now $49.99
*Desert bloom necklace - now $99.99
*Desert bloom bracelet - was $69.99  - now $49.99
 *Café capri in Pop Art polka dot - now $79.99
 *Maritime colorblock dress - now $69.99
*Perfect-fit long-sleeve V-neck tee - - now $19.99, $14.99, and $9.99 in select colors
*Naomi Top - now $49.99
*Tippi cardigan in leopard - now $49.99
*Top in colorblock stripe - now $69.99
*Sydney patent sandals - now $79.99 
 *New high-waisted skinny jean in night owl wash - now $79.99

 *Maritime-stripe blazer - now $79.99
*Schoolboy blazer in herringbone - now $119.99 and $79.99 

*Edie wallet- now $79.99
*Antique paisley tunic- now $44.99  
*Classic mini in double-serge cotton - now $69.99 and $59.99
*Garment-dyed vest - was $79.99 - now $59.99 
  *Stripe popover tunic - now $39.99
  *Leather denim belt - now $34.99
*Matchstick jean in starlight wash - now $79.99
 *1035 jacket in superfine cotton - now $79.99 and $59.99 in select colors
*Basket-weave shift dress - was $79.99 - now $69.99
*Flowy cami in polka dot - now $34.99
*Edie calf hair wallet - was $119.99 - then $99.99 - now $89.99

*Mona patent pumps - were $159.99 and $149.99 - now $119.99
*Perfect shirt in mini-gingham - was $59.99- now $39.99
*Perfect shirt in linen - was $49.99 - now $34.99
*Stretch perfect shirt - -now $39.99 and $29.99
 *Perfect-fit tape boatneck tee - now $19.99 and $14.99
*Emmeline glitter espadrilles - were $89.99 - then $69.99 - now $49.99
*Havana clutch - now $59.99 and $39.99
*Mona leather pumps - now $139.99  
*Malta sandals - were $99.99 -then $79.99 - now $49.99
*Filigree embroidered jacket - was $139.99 - then $99.99 - now 69.99
 *Soludos® for J.Crew Dali espadrilles - were $29.99 - then $24.99 - then $19.99 - now $14.99
*Scout chino - - select colors now $49.99 and $39.99
*DODOcase™ for Kindle - was $44.99 - now $29.99
*Silk-linen henley tunic- was $89.99 - then $69.99 - now $49.99
*High-waist double-serge short - was $59.99 - now $49.99
*Seville canvas and satin wedge espadrilles - were $89.99 - now $69.99
*Inez patent sandals - were $79.99 - now $49.99
*Azalea necklace - now $79.99
*Schoolboy blazer in eyelet - was $129.99 -then 99.99 - now $89.99
*Matinee trench - was $129.99 - now $99.99
*Sydney snakeskin sandals - now $199.99
*Back-bow dress - was $99.99 - now $79.99
*Jumbo brulée necklace - now $79.99 
*Seville printed wedge espadrilles - were $79.99 - marked to $69.99 on 7.4.12 - now $49.99
*Inez patent midheel sandals - now $139.99 - reduced to $109.99 on 7.4.12 - then $89.99 - now $69.99 as of 8.1.12
*Ready-or-knot suede wedges - were $149.99 - now $99.99
*Cecelia high-heel buckle sandals - now $119.99 - now $89.99
*Straw bucket hat - now $29.99
*Swiss-dot dress - was $69.99 - then $49.99 - now $29.99
*Hutton trouser in wool crepe - now $79.99
 *Bette suede platform wedges - was $99.99 - then $79.99 - now $49.99
*Small crystal brulée bracelet - now $39.99 and $29.99
*Patent capri sandals - now $39.99
*Feather paisley pleated bandeau top - was $39.99 -now $34.99
*Feather paisley bikini - was $34.99 - now $29.99
*Feather paisley knot hipster - was $34.99 -now $29.99
*Tissue crewneck tee - now $14.99 and $9.99
*Boardwalk tote - was $49.99 - now $39.99
*1035 jacket in wool crepe - now $159.99 and $79.99
*Aubrey jacket in wool crepe - was $129.99 - then $99.99 - now $69.99
*New élan trouser in wool crepe - now $89.99 and $69.99
*Amie maxidress - now $69.99 and $29.99
*Classic café capri - was $49.99 and $34.99 - now $24.99


Have a lovely day and Happy Shopping! :)

xoxo,

J.Crew: New Promo-Priced Items & Markdowns - The Men's Updated List

J.Crew has done a 'switch-up' on the Promo-priced items this week...a lot of new items have been marked to promo-price, while others have gone back to regular-price or marked down to sale price (now making them final sale). I have updated the Men's list, and you can see the Women's Updated List here.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Promo-priced items, they are select Regular-price pieces that J.Crew marks down to a 'Promotional Price' for a short amount of time. These items are eligible for any extra % off sale or full-price promotions that may occur at any time. The Promo-priced items are also eligible for the Educator and Student Discounts, so if you are a teacher or student you can receive an additional 15% off on them, as well.

The promo-prices are usually in effect for a week or two (sometimes longer), then they either go back up to full-price or move on into Final Sale. I have noted the majority of the Women's Promo-priced items currently available on the J.Crew website here (please note that the items now ending in $.99 are the ones that have been marked down further from Promo-price and are now Final Sale):  


*Bowery cotton twill in slim fit - also $59.99 in Rock Salt and $49.99 in Stone

Previously on Promo...
*7" Bowery short - were $39.99 - now $19.99
*Solid Beach Short - were $49.99 - now $29.99
*Baron-stripe knit boxer briefs - now $14.99 in Spicy Chili
*Highland camo short - was $49.99 - now $29.99
*Stanton short in tie-dye indigo - was $59.99 - now $49.99
*Club short in microstripe - was $39.99 - now $29.99
 *Billy Reid for K-Swiss® Venice surf & court low tennis sneakers - now $59.99
 *Tipped dress socks - now $ 9.99
*Sperry Top-Sider® for J.Crew Authentic Original broken-in lace-up boat shoes  - now $89.99   
*Lightweight piqué polo  - now $34.99
*Flat-stripe tie - now $39.99
*Triple-stripe socks - now $9.99
*DODOcase™ for Kindle - was $44.99 - now $29.99
*Colored DODOcase™ for Kindle 3 - was $54.99 - then $39.99 - now $29.99
*Slub cotton polo - select colors now $19.99, $24.99, and $29.99
*Lightweight Essex pant in bootcut fit - now $49.99 and $39.99
*Indian cotton shirt in brick plaid - was $49.99 - now $39.99
*Button-down broadcloth dress shirt - was $49.99 - now $39.99
*Point-collar end-on-end dress shirt - Regular and Slim fit were $49.99 - now $39.99
*Sunwashed fleece hoodie - now $49.99 and $39.99
*Irish linen camp shirt - now $59.99, $49.99, and $39.99
*Two-pack knit boxers - now $16.99
*Quiksilver® for J.Crew scallop board short in original aloha print - was $59.99 - then $39.99 - now $29.99
*9" long board short in Oahu print - was $59.99 - now $39.99


Enjoy your day, and Happy Shopping! :)

xoxo,