Sunday, January 31, 2016

Now at H&M: New Arrivals & Free Shipping on Orders of $50+ Take a Peek at My Personal Picks

Earlier this week, H&M sent out an email letting shoppers know that they had added new arrivals on to their website, plus shipping is FREE on orders of $50+ with code 3296 until the end of today.

The last time I visited an H&M store was several years ago when I lived in Florida. I found a really cute dress for under $10, and was pleasantly surprised at how many other nice items they offered, all at reasonable price points. At that time, it seemed as if the majority of the merchandise was on the mid to lower end of the quality spectrum, albeit still very decent for the most part, and the price points were of course low and reasonable. As of late though, it appears that they are offering a decent mix of mid to higher quality merchandise...all still at reasonable, less spendy price points.

Since an H&M store recently opened up in Missoula, I thought I would check out the new arrivals online to see if an upcoming road trip might be warranted. In the meantime, let's do a bit of online shopping together, shall we? Take a peek at my personal picks below...


*Biker Coat - love the color, silhouette, and the quilted faux-leather sleeves...very chic.
*Imitation Suede Coat - gorgeous! Love the length, shawl collar, and overall silhouette.
*Wool-blend Coat - so chic...loving the shawl collar and oversized houndstooth pattern.
*Beaded Jacket - so lovely and unique with the beaded embroidery on jacquard weave fabric.
*Leather Jacket with Tie Belt - gorgeous color and lovely silhouette. This one is on the spendy side, but not really unexpected seeing as how it's the real deal, and not faux leather.


*Textured-weave Jacket - lovely in all 4 print/color combinations.
*Suede Jacket - one of my favorite colors when it comes to suede...really liking the silhouette, too.
*Jacquard-weave Jacket - adorable...reminds me of something that might be offered at Sundance, only much less spendy.
*Jacquard-knit Cardigan - perfect length and lovely patterned detail along the neckline, cuffs, and bottom hem.
*Lace-trimmed Sweater - very cute with the lace trim. A bit on the shorter side, so for myself, I would probably layer this over a longer tee or tank if I were wearing it.


*Striped Jersey Top - navy blue, stripes, 100% cotton at a fabulous price point...need I say more?
*Patterned Blouse - lovely color, pattern, and silhouette...the v-neck appears to be low, but could easily be remedied with a hook & eye closure, or simply wear a tank underneath for added coverage.
*Patterned Tunic - very cute, and reminds me a lot of this top from Sundance, which I actually own in both colorways.
*Patterned Silk Blouse - love this...100% silk, beautiful color combination, and the pattern reminds me of one that you might find at Anthropologie.
*Embroidered Cotton Blouse - adorable with all the embroidery, tassels, not to mention 100% cotton. Reminds me of a top you might find at Madewell, only less spendy.


*Long-sleeved Blouse - 7 different options to choose from on this one...
personally loving the black/white stripes, as well as the print above, which reminds me once again of something you'd find at Anthropologie.
*Chiffon Top - great piece for layering under blazers or jackets.
*Lace Jersey Top - how adorable in both colors! I would personally wear a camisole underneath, and pair it with denim, chinos, and camo or black pants.
*Jersey Top - excellent staple item for any wardrobe, and 6 colors to choose from, too...
of course I'm loving the black, taupe, navy, and striped versions.
*Sleeveless Peplum Top - lovely feminine silhouette - the white/black combo is my favorite.


*Printed Dress - adorable with the stand up collar and flounce sleeves. This would be great to pair with tights or worn over jeans or leggings as a tunic. The print is quite Anthro-like too, IMO.
*Chiffon Dress - another cute one. This one would also be great worn as a tunic over a pair of leggings or jeans. My favorite is the patterned version.
*Imitation Suede Skirt - absolutely adorable with the slight flare and buttons down the front.
*Knee-length Denim Skirt - great color and price.
*Leather Skirt - love the color, a-line silhouette, and suede pockets, plus it's 100% leather.



*Patterned Culottes - cute pattern and the wide-leg silhouette is one of my favorites when it comes to pants. These could be a potential less spendy option for the Dotty Wide-Legs.
*Chinos - these look like an excellent less spendy alternative to this pair from J.Crew.
*Patterned Wool Scarf - lovely in both colors...
*Patterned Cotton Scarf - 100% cotton and 2 adorable colors/patterns - my fave is the rust red.
*Boots with Tassels - love the tassels and decorative straps.

That's it for now...what are your thoughts on the new arrivals at H&M?
Do you have your eye on anything in particular? Please do share! :)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Anthropologie New Arrival Picks - What I'm Loving...

Anthropologie added new arrivals to their website earlier this week...another round of beautiful items, and so much to love!

Now I, for one, love, love, love shopping at Anthropologie! The boho feel that many of the items have really appeals to my personal style, and I am always, ALWAYS able to find a lot of different pieces to love and long for. Take a peek at my new arrival picks below...a couple of these are actually 'newer' arrivals that have been on the website for just a little bit, but since I haven't done an Anthropologie Picks post in several weeks, I decided to include them in this one. :)

What I'm Loving...









That's it for now...what are your thoughts on the new arrivals at Anthropologie?
Do you have your eye on anything in particular? Please do share! :)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Madewell New Arrival Picks - What I'm Loving...

Madewell added new arrivals to their website earlier this week...another round of really nice items, and plenty to love again this time, too.

As I've mentioned many times before, I absolutely love Madewell. The casual-vibe of their clothing works well with my lifestyle, the styling on the website stays more to the understated side, the prices are often more affordable than a lot of the retailers offering similar styles, and I love that they always offer Free Shipping on ALL orders, too. The quality has been good on all the items I have ordered, and the pieces are all holding up very well so far. (I've shared pics of me wearing a couple of the jackets on my Instagram.)

If you haven't ever ordered from Madewell, you should definitely consider giving them a try...I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how much you like them, too.
Click here to check out the new arrivals, and be sure to take a peek at my personal picks below. A couple of these are actually 'newer' arrivals that have been on the website for just a little bit, but since I haven't done a Madewell Picks post in several weeks, I decided to include them in this one. :)

What I'm Loving...

*Suede Wayfind Jacket - really like the color, suede, and retro vibe.

*Memento Fringe Cardigan Sweater - love the silhouette, and the fringe at the bottom hem is adorable. Really like both colors, but if I had to pick one I would go with the marled coal.

*Embroidered Camelia Tassel Top - I am a sucker for anything embroidered, and this top is no exception. Both colors are lovely.

*Camelia Tassel Top in Dorian Plaid - of course I love the length and peasant/boho vibe, not to mention the color and the plaid.

*Silk Garden Top in Lassi Flower - yes please!!! I absolutely love this one! Ultra feminine and perfect for layering, as well as wearing on its own this summer.

*Tunic Tee in Wavedot - a tunic with both stripes and polka dots...need I say more?

*Striped Pocket Popover Shirt - the vintage sailor stripe is one of my favorites.

*Striped Radio Tee - just add flare jeans and roller skates...lovin' the retro vibe!

*Lo-Fi Tee in Mini-Stripe - so chic with the high crewneck and stripes. This would be adorable paired with red accent pieces.

*Silk Lassi Flower Dress - that gorgeous print in dress form...so pretty. I would try wearing this dress as a tunic over jeans or wide leg pants, too.

*Title Tee Dress in Wavedot - love the color and stripe/dot combination. Wear it with tights and boots now, then pair it with sandals in the summer time.

*Sorbonne Dress in Sailor Stripe - such a lovely color combo. This one is on the shorter side, so once again, I'd wear it as a tunic.

*The Tie Transport Tote - look at the color of that red...gorgeous!!!


*The Mini Transport Crossbody in Dried Flax - loving the neutral color that can be worn with practically anything and everything.

*Indigo-Patch Scarf - such a cute mix of prints, and the blue is beautiful.

*The Dani Fringed Mule - so chic! The pointed toe and fringing are absolutely lovely...yes please!!!

*Tile Jacquard Scarf - yet another one added to my wishlist. Would love to wear this when carrying the tie transport tote above.

*Pinball Necklace - dainty, understated, and oh so pretty.

*Flora Paisley Scarf - loving this paisley print and the color combination. Also added to my wishlist.

*Wingturn Beaded Necklace - truly digging the boho/earthy vibe on this one...

*Ring Stud Earrings - so dainty, and cute. Love the geometric combo, too.

*Morocco Hinge Bracelet - really like the geometric cutouts and etched details. Not too over the top, but still gives visual interest.

*Flat Diamond Illusion Ring - I love to wear bold rings, so this is one is definitely on my radar. How cute to pair it with the ring stud earrings above.

That's it for now...what are your thoughts on the new arrivals at Madewell? Do you have your eye on anything in particular? Please do share! :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Yes Please!!!

Vince Colorblock Car Coat Sweater


Classic. Effortless. Casual Chic...love, love, love!

I absolutely love this sweater coat! With the face-framing collar, color blocking, and luxurious blend of wool & cashmere...what's not to love? Of course as with a lot of pieces from Vince, this one is on the more spendy side of the price spectrum. In my own personal experience, however, I find the clothing line from Vince to be excellent quality, and the items offered are ones that become true wardrobe staples that are worn for years to come.

Now as with the majority of retailers and brands, this particular line eventually goes on sale at a significant discount, so that is usually when I score my much longed for items...I definitely have the Colorblock Car Coat Sweater wishlisted for sale! :)

Take a peek at some of the other Vince items I'm loving...


*** Vince is offering an Extra 25% Off Sale Items with code SOLONGSALE until Monday.
Click here to shop the deal and take advantage of some fabulous savings! :)

That's it for now...have a lovely day! :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Now at Tory Burch: 'The Essentials'... Seasonless and Versatile - The Elements of Style - What I'm Loving...

Tory Burch has been one of my favorite designers for many years now. Not only do I love her style and design aesthetic, but I love that I am always able to find a mix of understated and classic items, along with gorgeous prints and statement pieces in each of her collections. I have yet to be disappointed by any of her Fashion Week debuts, and always find lots to love every time she rolls out a set of new arrivals.

Currently on the Tory Burch website, there is an entire section designated to
'The Essentials'...Seasonless & Versatile Pieces - The Elements of Style.
The image above showcases two of the looks which I absolutely love...
both of which are understated, effortless, and casually chic.

Look One...

Tory Burch - The Essentials... Look One

Shop It:



Look Two...

Tory Burch - The Essentials... Look Two

Shop It:



I'm also loving...


*Side Lace Jacket - in both colors
*Cashmere Appliqué Pullover - dark mayflower is my favorite on this one.
*Leather Saddlebag - love all three colors.

Now granted, her items due tend to be on the spendy side. However, there are always great sales that take place with huge savings, so it's very possible to aquire your much desired and longed for items at some point for a fabulous price.
That's how I've scored my much beloved Tory Burch pieces. :)

What do you think of 'The Essentials'? Are there any pieces you would like to add to your wardrobe? Do you already own any of the items? Have you seen any of them in person, or perhaps even tried them on? Please do share...it's always so much fun to hear from you!

Monday, January 25, 2016

What I Wore...1.24.16

What I Wore...1.24.16
The weather has warmed up quite a bit for us here in Montana over the past week, so I took advantage of the milder temps yesterday to wear one of my favorite topcoats from J.Crew to church and then run a couple of errands afterwards...

The Details:

*J.Crew Collection Tweed Topcoat - I purchased this coat a few years ago when I still lived in Florida, but never had much of a chance to wear it. Needless to say, it has gotten a lot more use since moving to Montana, and has definitely become a favorite item in my wardrobe. It is truly a classic piece, and I know I will wear it for many more years to come.
- Similar coat here, here, and here

*Eileen Fisher Long Turtleneck Top - this is another item I purchased several years ago. It was rather spendy at the time, but I have worn it so much that the CPW (cost per wear) is now in the single digits. Definitely another great investment piece. - Similar here and here


*Born 'Helen' Boot in black leather - these boots are incredibly comfortable and very well-made. They do run large, so size down if you decide to give them a try.

*Dooney & Bourke Black Florentine Vachetta Small Satchel in black leather - this was a birthday gift given to me by my hubby several years ago, and is one of the favorite handbags that I own. The quality is superb and the size is perfect, plus it has a lot of sentimental value. :)
- A less spendy option here.

Here's a photo taken last year that shows the topcoat, along with a similar look...
just a couple substitutions were made yesterday.



The two items that were different in this photo are the:

*Gap Turtleneck Sweater - similar here and here

That's it for now...have a lovely day! :)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

UNIQLO & Ines de la Fressange Spring/Summer 2016 Collection What I'm Loving...

UNIQLO and Ines de la Fressange recently launched their Spring/Summer 2016 Collection...
noted as "Parisian chic classics that make it easy for women to mix basics with sophisticated touches to achieve the casual elegance that is quintessentially Ines."

With reasonable price points, natural fabrics, and beautiful attention to detail, the line definitely warrants having a look-see. View the collection here, & take a peek at what I'm loving below...




*Navy Blazer - gorgeous! Love the feminine silhouette, silver buttons, and check out that striped lining, along with Ines's signature red stitching along the button at the cuff...so chic, and wonderful attention to detail.

*Cordlane Tailored Jacket - soft colors, feminine silhouette, vintage-sport inspired, plus striped lining again...absolutely lovely!

*Trench Coat - the most difficult decision on this one is which color to choose. Love them both...so classic and chic!

*Cotton Cashmere Crewneck Cardigan - the stripe on the cuffs is such a lovely added detail, making the cardigan extra special.

*Cotton Cashmere Crewneck Sweater - perfectly lovely on its own, and even better when paired with the matching cardigan above.

*Cotton Cashmere V-Neck Sweater - stripes on the cuffs once again...would like to add this one to my wardrobe, too!



*Cricket Long-Sleeve Sweater - absolutely love this! Both colors for me, please!

*Cotton Lawn Basic Long Sleeve Shirt - all three colors are lovely. The round collar and red stitch detail add a feminine touch...so pretty!

*Cotton Lawn Basic Striped Long Sleeve Shirt in Red - yes please! The color of the vintage-looking stripe pattern is one of my favorites. This would be adorable worn under a navy or khaki blazer.

*Cotton Pleated Long-Sleeve Tunic - you all know how much I love tunics, so of course this one made the list. I would opt for the navy colorway, and pair it with blue denim, a blazer and booties now, then white denim and sandals this coming spring and summer.



*Heavy Linen 3/4 Sleeve Dress - really like the thin stripe on this one. How cute to pair it with flat sandals or flip flops in the summer, and it could even be worn over tights with tall boots, or as a tunic over denim and paired with a blazer.

*Long Sleeve Sweat Full-Zip Hoodie - of course hoodies are among my favorite pieces of clothing, and this one is no exception. Love all the colors, and of course the signature red stitching.

*The Tees and Tank Tops in her collection are 100% cotton, so a nice change from all the blends offered from the majority of retailers right now. Perfect basic, classic colors, too.



*Chino Ankle Length Pants - these are really quite lovely in all the colors. The attention to detail with the coin pocket, stripes on the inner waistband, and red stitching on the back middle belt loop make these pants appear much more spendy than they actually are.

*Selvedge Ankle Length Jeans - love! Not to mention they are 100% cotton for you ladies who don't like any added stretch in your jeans.

*Beanie in Cotton Cashmere - love this in all three colors.

*Canvas Bag - a great staple piece, plus the rivets are a great added touch. I especially like the striped version.



*Polka-Dot Scarf - 100% cotton and absolutely adorable!

What are your thoughts on the UNIQLO & Ines de la Fressange Spring/Summer 2016 Collection? Are there any pieces that caught your eye? Do you already own any of the items, or are you contemplating making a purchase? Please do share...I always love to hear from you! :)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Cooking Simplified: Easy Meatloaf

I came across this meatloaf recipe a couple years ago, and it has since then become a family favorite. Honestly, my boys LOVE this meatloaf, and are absolutely thrilled every single time they find out that I'm making it for dinner.
Of course with a house full of boys (one who's a teenager), plus my husband to feed, I always triple the amounts on the recipe, and rarely have any leftovers...yes, it's THAT good!

Easy Meatloaf

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Pounds ground beef
1 egg
1 onion, chopped
1 Cup milk
salt to taste
pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. mustard
1/3 Cup ketchup

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, onion, milk and bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 9x5 inch loaf pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. (I personally like to make the sauce below first and add about a 1/4 cup of it to the meatloaf mixture.)

3. In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard, and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf. (I always make extra to pour on the slices, too.)

4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour or until center is done.

That's it...super easy to make and incredibly delicious!
Let me know what you think if you decide to give it a try! :)



recipe & image

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Playing Favorites...



*Under Armour ColdGear Cozy Neck - I own this in black and rebel pink...absolutely love them! Not only do they do a wonderful job at keeping me warm, but they are very flattering, and I love the cozy turtleneck and thumbholes on the sleeves.

On me...


Details:

*Under Armour ColdGear Cozy Neck





*Cabela's Bayou Pants - Love these! Not only are they incredibly comfortable to wear, but extremely durable, and quite flattering, too. In fact, I now own them in all four camo colors. Yes...I love them that much! They are currently back on sale again, too! These pants do tend to sell out quickly, so if you're thinking about getting a pair (or two), you should do it sooner rather than later. They do run on the larger side, so size down if you can, and use code 16GEAR for free shipping on orders of $49+ until the end of tomorrow.

On me...


Details:

*Cabela's Bayou Pants in green urban camo




*UGG Bailey Button Boot in black suede -
I know that UGGS get a bad wrap, but I happen to love this pair! They are so incredibly comfy, plus they keep your feet snuggly warm, AND they're on sale right now, too!

On me...


Details:

*UGG Bailey Button Boot in black suede




*Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream - I wear this in the light/medium shade on a daily basis over my Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer, and have been very pleased with the way it stays on, and keeps my skin moisturized, instead of feeling dried out by the end of the day, unlike a handful of other products I've tried. In fact, it has become a substitute for my heavier full-coverage foundation. The cream feels incredibly lightweight on your skin, it provides good coverage, and it can be layered under your normal foundation if you feel that you need a bit more camouflage.


*WEN® by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing conditioner

I know that I've previously shared this as one of my favorite things, but it has been such a life changing product for me, that I simply must share again! 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 of 2012 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. 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. :)

(I previously mentioned the WEN Cleansing Conditioner here and here, too.)

So there you have it, a few of my Favorite Things...what are some of yours?
Please do share...I always love to hear from you! :)