Monday, February 29, 2016

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

Madewell added new arrivals to their website last 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. :)

What I'm Loving...

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! :)

Friday, February 26, 2016

Shopping Simplified: A Comprehensive List of Weekend Sales & Deals You Don't Want to Miss + My Personal Picks!

Hello everyone! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend so far! Any special plans?
The weather has been quite sunny and much warmer here lately, so we may venture out for a hike, and then possibly have family movie night. Sunday morning is church service, and then later in the day I hope to have some downtime to read, and catch up on a television series I'm still behind on watching. We shall see what happens...

In shopping related news, there are a lot of great sales taking place this weekend - always love that! I've compiled a list of a large majority of them to (hopefully) make your shopping a little easier. Just click on the name of the retailer to shop their sale, and be sure to take a peek at my personal picks, too...lots to love! :)

*Amazon: Tons of great deals on clothing, shoes, & more.
I like this jacket, henley, and tote.

*American Eagle: Buy one get one 50% off all AEO jeans. Save up to 50% off clearance items + free shipping on $50+.
I like this sweater, jeans, and scarf.

*Andrew Marc: Save up to 75% off new markdowns plus free shipping.
My picks: this jacket, coat, and walker.

*Anthropologie: Extra 30% off sale styles with code with code XTRA30 for a limited time.
I like this henley, dress, and boots.

*Banana Republic: Up to 40% off must have styles. Shipping is free on orders of $50+.
I like this sweater, shirt, and tank.

*Bloomingdale's: 20% off your purchase with any form of payment, or 25% off your purchase of $300+ with your Bloomingdale's credit card.
Free shipping on orders of $150+. Free everyday returns. New items added to sale & clearance.
My picks: this jacket, dress, and boots.

*Boden: Save up to 70% off sale items + free shipping on orders of $49+.
I like this Mac, skirt, and loafer.

*Brooks Brothers: Save up to 50% off winter clearance, & up to 60% off the Black Fleece collection.
I like this dress, jacket, and scarf.

*Cabela's: Tons of savings plus new Bargain Cave items recently added. Up to 60% off during the Spring Fever event.
I like these pants, this jacket, and these boots.

*Eddie Bauer: 20% off new arrivals with code SPRING. End of season sale still taking place, too - lots of great deals to be found, and shipping is free on orders of $99+, too.
My picks: this jacket, shirt, and dress.

*Emerson Fry: New arrival pieces.
I like this tunic, caftan, and clogs.

*Express: Take an extra 40% off clearance items - Free Shipping on orders of $125+, too.
I like this jacket, tank, and scarf.

*Forever 21: New items added to sale.
My picks: this overcoat, turtleneck, and dress.

*GAP: 30% off your purchase with code HAPPY. Free shipping on orders of $50+.
I like this blouse, vest, and shoes.

*H&M: New items added to sale. Sign up for their newsletter & get 20% off one item plus free shipping.
I like this sweater, jacket, and dress.

*JC Penney: Save 25% off $100+ or 20% off any amount with code 4SHOPNOW. Shipping is FREE on orders of $99+, too.
My picks: this jacket, shirt, and handbag.

*J.Crew: Save 30% off sale styles with code SHOPNOW.
I like this parka, sweater, and shoes.

*J.Crew Factory: Extra 30% off with code HOWNICE.
I like this jacket, dress, and tunic.

*Kate Spade New York: Save 50% or more on sale items + free shipping & free returns to all 50 states.
My picks: this dress, top, and handbag.

*Lands' End: Friends & Family Event - save 30% off your order with code PAL30- Pin 3002. Shipping is FREE on orders of $50+, too.
I like this sweater, tunic top, and dress.

*Madewell: Spend $125+ & receive a $25 'Treat Yourself' card. Shop new arrivals & 70's inspired looks, plus new items added to sale. Free shipping on all orders, too.
My picks: this sweater, dress, and jacket.

*Nordstrom: New items added to sale, plus free shipping and free returns all the time.
I like this coat, dress, and booties.

*Old Navy: Save 30% off your order (no code needed), plus an extra 15% off with code CARDSAVE when you use your GAPFAMILY credit card. Free shipping on orders of $50+ everyday, too.
I like this tunic, pants, and coat.

*Shopbop: Free 3-day shipping, free returns, & amazon prime eligible. New items added to sale, too.
My picks: this vest, jeans, and handbag.

*Sundance: New arrivals recently added. Save an extra 30% off outlet items, too.
Discount applied in your shopping cart.
I like this tank, skirt, and boots.

*Target: Save 20% on your clothing purchase of $75+. Free shipping on orders of $25+ and free returns on all orders plus new arrivals.
I like this sweater, skirt, and boots.

*Theory: New items added to sale plus free shipping & returns on all items.
My picks: this sweater, pant, and jacket.

*Tory Burch: New arrivals added to the website plus Free Shipping/No Minimum if you live in the U.S. or Canada.
I like this dress, skirt, and wedges.

That's it for now...have a lovely day, and happy weekend sale shopping! :)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Love This...

Effortless. Understated. Casual Chic.

Get the Look...

The Sky's the Limit:


On a Budget:

*Jeans - denim blue
*Watch - silver




Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Cooking Simplified: Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup...
This is a recipe that I first tried out in September of 2014, and it was actually the first time ever that I have even tried a leek. One of the vegetable venders at our local farmer's market had been growing absolutely gorgeous ones that month, so I had decided it was time to finally give them a try, and purchased several. The vendor had made potato leek soup that previous weekend and suggested it for one of my first recipes to try using the leeks. Now I always love a good bowl of soup, and the weather had cooled down a bit, so it was the perfect time to give it a try. It was much easier to make than I had initially thought, and the soup was absolutely delicious.
Since leeks are still in season, and the weather is still perfect for a good bowl of soup, I thought I would once again share the recipe with you. :)

Potato Leek Soup

Ingredients:

8 cups chicken stock (I used my own from the recipe I shared here)
6 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces
4 leeks (whites only), thoroughly washed and sliced
3 stalks celery, roughly chopped
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup heavy cream

Directions:

Put the chicken stock, potatoes, leeks, celery, bay leaf, and thyme in a large pot and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Boil until the potatoes are soft, 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove the bay leaf. Using an immersion blender, or in batches in a blender or food processor, blend the soup until smooth. (I used my Vitamix.) Pour the soup into a medium pot; add the cream and simmer until the soup has thickened, about 20 minutes.

That's it...simple cooking, and oh so delicious!
Let me know what you think if you decide to give it a try!



Friday, February 19, 2016

Shopping Simplified: A Comprehensive List of Weekend Sales & Deals You Don't Want to Miss + My Personal Picks!

Hello everyone! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend so far! Any special plans?
For me, Saturday will more than likely be spent working around the house, and then we'll take the trip to Kalispell for Saturday evening church service, followed by a quick trip to Costco and Lowes.
Sunday morning I'll be teaching the 3rd-5th graders class at our local church network site, and then later in the day I hope to have some downtime to read, and catch up on a television series I'm behind on watching. We shall see what happens...life can be rather unpredictable when you live in a house full of boys! :)

In shopping related news, there are a lot of great sales taking place this weekend - always love that! I've compiled a list of a large majority of them to (hopefully) make your shopping a little easier. Just click on the name of the retailer to shop their sale, and be sure to take a peek at my personal picks, too...lots to love! :)

*Amazon: Tons of great deals on clothing, shoes, & more.
I like this pullover, dress, and sandals.

*American Eagle: Buy one get one 50% off all AEO jeans. Save up to 60% off clearance items + free shipping on $50+.
I like this kick crop jean, cardigan, and dress.

*Andrew Marc: Save up to 75% off new markdowns plus free shipping.
My picks: this jacket, coat, and parka.

*Anthropologie: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150 for a limited time.
I like this jacket, dress, and clogs.

*Banana Republic: Up to 40% off select styles. Shipping is free on orders of $50+.
I like this shirt, blouse, and necklace.

*Bloomingdale's: Free shipping on orders of $150+. Free everyday returns. New items added to sale & clearance.
My picks: this peacoat, sweater coat, and boots.

*Boden: Save up to 70% off sale items + free shipping on orders of $49+.
I like this tunic, sweatshirt, and heels.

*Brooks Brothers: Save up to 50% off winter clearance, & up to 60% off the Black Fleece collection.
I like this tunic, blazer, and skirt.

*Cabela's: Tons of savings plus new Bargain Cave items recently added. Shipping is $5 on orders of $99+ - use code 26FLAT.
I like these pants, this jacket, and these boots.

*Eddie Bauer: End of season sale - lots of great deals to be found, and shipping is free on orders of $99+, too.
My picks: this parka, hoodie, and dress.

*Emerson Fry: Huge savings on Fall 2015 collection pieces.
I like this coat, layering hoodie, and tee.

*Express: $25 off orders of $100+ with code 1101 - Free Shipping on orders of $125+, too.
I like this shirt, cardigan, and skirt.

*Forever 21: 48 hour Flash Sale - save up to 60% off select styles with code FLASH21.
My picks: this sweater, top, and handbag.

*GAP: $40 off your purchase of $100+ with code ADDITUP. Free shipping on orders of $50+.
I like this jacket, shirt, and shoes.

*H&M: Buy more, save more - up to 30% off your purchase with specific codes.
Full details here: here. Sign up for their newsletter & get 20% off one item plus free shipping.
I like this jacket, top, and dress.

*JC Penney: Save 20% off $100+ with code FEBSAV. Shipping is FREE on orders of $99+, too.
My picks: this jacket, shirt, and handbag.

*J.Crew: Save 30% off final sale styles with code SHOPNOW.
I like this jacket, sweater, and skirt.

*J.Crew Factory: Save up to 50% off everything - prices as marked. Extra 40% off clearance with code EXTRA40.
I like this blouse, dress, and parka.

*Kate Spade New York: Save 50% or more on sale items + free shipping & free returns to all 50 states.
My picks: this dress, top, and handbag.

*Lands' End: Buy more save more - up to 50% off with code OFF50NOW- Pin 4416. Shipping is FREE on orders of $50+, too.
I like this sweater shrug, tunic top, and dress.

*Madewell: Shop 70's inspired looks, plus new items added to sale. Free shipping on all orders, too.
My picks: this blouse, scarf, and loafers.

*Nordstrom: Save up to 40% off during the Winter Clearance Sale. Free shipping and free returns all the time, too.
I like this sweater, coat, and handbag.

*Old Navy: Buy more, save more - 25% off any amount, 30% off $75, or 40% off $100+ with code ENJOY. Free shipping on orders of $50+ everyday, too.
I like this tunic, pants, and coat.

*Shopbop: Free 3-day shipping, free returns, & amazon prime eligible.
My picks: this blanket coat, dress, and booties.

*Sundance: Save 15% off your order of $100+ and up to 55% in the outlet.
I like this top, dress, and boots.

*Target: Free shipping on orders of $25+ and free returns on all orders plus new arrivals.
I like this sweater, skirt, and boots.

*Theory: New items added to sale plus free shipping & returns on all items.
My picks: this cardigan, pants, and jacket.

*Tory Burch: New arrivals added to the website plus Free Shipping/No Minimum if you live in the U.S. or Canada.
I like this hoodie, caftan, and coat.

That's it for now...have a lovely day, and happy weekend sale shopping! :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Style It - Shop It... Inspiration/Recreation - Jenna Lyons Edition

Style It: Inspiration/Recreation - Jenna Lyons Edition
Inspiration/Recreation - Jenna Lyons Edition: this photo was taken from an interview that Stylist did with Jenna Lyons back in 2011. At the time, I really liked the outfit she was wearing, and recreated the look for myself to wear from items in my own wardrobe, as shown in the polyvore set.
Flash forward to 2016, and this is a look that I still like, and actually plan to wear this spring when the weather warms up enough to venture outside in open-toed shoes. :)

Shop It...

The Sky's the Limit:


On a Budget:



Friday, February 12, 2016

Shopping Simplified: The List of Presidents Day Weekend Sales & Deals You Don't Want to Miss + My Personal Picks!

Hello everyone! It's Presidents Day Weekend for those of us in the United States, and along with the official holiday on Monday, comes an entire weekend of extra savings from the majority of retailers around the web...always love that! I've compiled a list of a large majority of them to (hopefully) make your shopping a little easier. Just click on the name of the retailer to shop their sale, and be sure to take a peek at my personal picks, too...lots to love! :)

*Amazon: Take 20% off select styles of clothing, shoes, & more - prices as marked.
I like this cardigan, jacket, and sandal.

*American Eagle: Take $30 off $125+, $20 off $100+, or $10 off $50+ with code MUCHLOVE -
I like this top, kimono, and jacket.

*Andrew Marc: Save up to 75% off new markdowns plus free shipping.
My picks: this jacket, peacoat, and bomber.

*Anthropologie: Enjoy an extra 40% off sale items with code EXTRA40.
I like this pullover, dress, and coat.

*Banana Republic: 40% off regular price items with code BRFIT. 40% off sale items - discount automatically applied at checkout. Shipping is free on orders of $50+.
I like this coat, shirt in black dot, and handbag.

*Bloomingdale's: Free shipping on orders of $150+. Free everyday returns. Take up to 70% off during the Big Brown Bag Sale & take up to 20% off on lingerie. Plus you earn $25 on every $100 that you spend on select items.
My picks: this jacket, shrug, and boots.

*Boden: Save up to 70% off sale items + free shipping on orders of $49+.
I like this blazer, dress, and heels.

*Brooks Brothers: Save up to 50% off fall clearance, & up to 60% off the Black Fleece collection.
I like this dress, sweater, and turtleneck.

*Cabela's: Tons of savings plus new Bargain Cave items recently added. Shipping is $5 on orders of $99+ - use code 26FLAT.
I like these pants, this jacket, and these boots.

*Eddie Bauer: Up to 60% off everything plus an extra 50% off clearance - discount automatically applied in your shopping bag. Shipping is free on orders of $99+, too.
My picks: this parka, hoodie, and dress.

*Emerson Fry: Huge savings on Fall 2015 collection pieces.
I like this coat, sweater, and tee.

*Express: Up to 40% off select styles. Take and Extra 40% off clearance items - Free Shipping on orders of $125+, too.
I like this shirt, cardigan, and skirt.

*Forever 21: Up to 60% off plus free shipping on orders of $30+.
My picks: this poncho, maxi dress, and shirt jacket.

*GAP: Buy more save more - up to 40% off your purchase with code PRESDAY. Free shipping on orders of $50+.
I like this jacket, hoodie, and scarf.

*H&M: Free shipping on $50+ with code 3326 plus great items at reasonable prices. Sign up for their newsletter & get 20% off one item plus free shipping.
I like this coat, top, and skirt.

*JC Penney: Save 30% off $100+ or 25% off any amount with code 2SAVNOW. Shipping is FREE on orders of $99+, too.
My picks: this jacket, shirt, and handbag.

*J.Crew: Save up to 40% off final salestyles with code SHOPSALE.
I like this parka, sweater, and skirt.

*J.Crew Factory: Save up to 60% off everything - prices as marked. Buy 3 items get an extra 10% off, buy 6 items get an extra 20% off with code EXTRAEXTRA.
I like this blouse, dress, and parka.

*Kate Spade New York: Extra 25% off sale items with code SPOTON + free shipping & free returns to all 50 states.
My picks: this dress, top, and handbag.

*Lands' End: Save up to 40% off everything - prices reflect savings. Shipping is FREE on orders of $50+, too.
I like this sweater shrug, tunic top, and dress.

*Madewell: Save 30% off sale styles with code XOXOMW. Free shipping on all orders, too.
My picks: this top, tote, and loafers.

*Nordstrom: Save up to 40% off during the Winter Clearance Sale. Free shipping and free returns all the time, too.
I like this sweater, coat, and handbag.

*Old Navy: 15% off your purchase with no exclusions and no code needed. Save an extra 20% off clearance with code ENJOY. Free shipping on orders of $50+ everyday, too.
I like this tunic, pants, and skirt.

*Shopbop: Free 3-day shipping, free returns, & amazon prime eligible.
My picks: this blanket coat, dress, and booties.

*Sundance: Save up to 55% in the outlet.
I like this tunic, cardigan, and handbag.

*Target: Save 25% off clothing and shoes with code PRES at checkout.
I like this jacket, cardigan, and boots.

*Theory: New items added to sale plus free shipping & returns on all items.
My picks: this cardigan, pants, and jacket.

*Tory Burch: Extra 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30. Free Shipping/No Minimum if you live in the U.S. or Canada. New styles recently added, too.
I like this sweater, skirt, and handbag.

That's it for now...have a lovely day, and happy weekend sale shopping! :)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Early Access: Madewell x Daryl K Limited-Edition Collaboration

Early access just for you: Madewell x Daryl K Collection featuring Kim Gordon & Coco Gordon Moore. "In the ’90s, Daryl Kerrigan started her NYC-based label Daryl K®, designing the wardrobe every cool downtown girl wore—including her friend (and fan) Kim Gordon. The music legend, along with daughter Coco Gordon Moore, shows off our limited-edition collaboration.Think rock ’n’ roll vibes and Cali daydream."

Shop the limited-collection now before it debuts to the public on 2.10.16. Check out some of the featured looks here, and take a peek at my personal picks...


What are your thoughts on the Madewell x Daryl K Collection? See anything that catches your eye? Do you have any favorite looks from the collection? Do share...it's always fun to hear from you! :)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Madewell: Six in the Mix...

Madewell: Six in the Mix...
Solo. Layer. Love. Repeat.

Shop It:


More in the Mix...
Shop it all here at Madewell.

See anything that catches your eye? Please do share...it's always fun to hear from you! :)

Friday, February 5, 2016

What I Wore...2.1.16

What I Wore...2.1.16
What I Wore...2.1.16

My husband and I had an event to attend in Kalispell on Monday evening, so I took the opportunity to wear my Chateau Parka from J.Crew. The weather was super snowy and cold, but I remained warm and cozy wrapped up in my coat.



The Details:

*J.Crew Chateau Parka in heather dusk...love, love, LOVE this coat! I cannot begin to tell you how many compliments I received on it during the evening. It really is so lovely in person, and the a-line silhouette combined with the faux-fur trim on the hood makes it 'extra' feminine, plus it kept me incredibly warm in the cold and snow. I would absolutely love to get another one in a second color eventually...highly recommend if you're able to swing it. - Similar option



*Anthropologie Lakin Tunic. I fell in love with this top the first time I came across it on the Anthro website, and now own it in all three colors. The longer length is perfect to wear with skinny jeans or leggings, and the ruffle on the hem gives it a more feminine touch, plus I love the heart print on this navy one, especially. - similar in black motif

*Madewell Slim Boyjean in Trent Wash - in my opinion, this particular pair are cut slimmer than the other boyjeans I have tried at Madewell. I did get my 'normal' jean size, but consider them to be more of a skinny jean cut than boyjean. Love the dark color, and wear them quite frequently, too.

*Monet Silver Hoop Earrings - classic and chic. A definite 'must have' staple jewelry item for any woman's wardrobe.

*Michael Kors Silver 'Camille' Watch - This was purchased several years ago, and continues to be a 'go to' item in my wardrobe. I also own it in gold, and highly recommend if you're still able to find one. - similar here and here

*Brighton Braided Black Leather Bracelet - similar here and here

*Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in 'cruella'

*Baggalini Crossbody Bag (gifted to me by my mom several years ago) - similar here and here

*Eileen Fisher Coax Bootie in Italian Crackled Leather - these are another item I bought several years ago, and they are one of my all-time favorite purchases. Even though I bought them on sale, they were still quite spendy, but have been SO worth the money! I wear them constantly, and at this point the CPW is in the single digits. They are incredibly well-made & comfortable to wear. If you're ever able to find a pair, I highly recommend snatching them up...you won't regret it!
Similar here and here in black.



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

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cooking Simplified: Chocolate Chip Scones

Scones are a true family favorite when it comes to breakfast in our home. I have tried several different versions so far, and the one my boys especially like are Chocolate Chip Scones.
They are very delicious, filling, and easy to make...

Chocolate Chip Scones

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter, chilled and cubed
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
3 tablespoons orange juice

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. With a pastry blender or a large fork, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the milk chocolate chips. Mix in the orange juice to form a dough.

Turn out the dough on a floured surface. Pat or roll into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick, and with a biscuit cutter or knife, cut out 12 scones. I like to spread some butter on the dough and sprinkle with a bit of sugar, but this step is completely optional. Transfer the scones to the baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Move to wire racks to cool a bit before serving. (We spread butter on ours before eating, but once again...this step is completely optional.)

I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine does! :)



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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Love This...

Effortless. Understated. Casual Chic.

Get the Look...

The Sky's the Limit:


On a Budget:





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Monday, February 1, 2016