Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day - We Will Not Forget...






What Heroes Gave
by Roger Robicheau

Each donned their uniform to be
Defenders of our liberty

Their mission sure, their spirits bright
Guard freedom’s home, be brave to fight

One final day each faced their call
Each gave their best enduring all

We’ll never know what they went through
But know they loved this country true

Deep down inside we should all feel
What heroes gave, their cost so real

We must stay thankful, grateful of
The gift of freedom through their love

Their loved ones bore the gravest pain
What we can’t know, some now sustain

To God I pray their pain will cease
And each will find long-lasting peace

Remember this from year to year
What heroes gave – shan’t disappear

We’ll never let their special day
Their time for honor slip away

These brave fought for a nation free
If not for them, where would we be?

Thank you to all who have served and continue to serve our country! Our lives would not be the same without your loyalty, bravery, and sacrifices! God Bless You and keep you!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Sale Away for Memorial Day - 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 Memorial Day weekend so far! Any special plans? My parents and niece arrived from Florida on Wednesday evening, so we have plenty of things that we'll be doing, including road trips, barbecues, and a bit of shopping in Kalispell.
Sunday we'll attend church service in the morning,
and most likely visit the National Bison Range later that afternoon.

In shopping related news, there are a lot of great sales taking place this holiday 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...lots to love! :)

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

*American Eagle: Save 25%-50% the AEO Collection, plus free shipping a collection item is included in your order. Save up to 50% off clearance items + free shipping on $50+, too.
I like tank, skort, and dress.

*Anthropologie: Extra 30% off sale styles - no code necessary, discount automatically applied at checkout. Anthro members receive first dibs on new arrivals, as well as a code for an extra % off during their birthday month, so check your email. Not a member? Sign up here to get your code.
I like this dress, pullover, and necklace.

*Asos: 20% off with code HISUMMER at checkout.
New arrivals plus free shipping & free returns, too.
My picks: this cami, dress, and bag.

*Banana Republic: 40% off your purchase with code BRTAKE40.
New arrivals & new items added to sale, too. Shipping is free on orders of $50+.
I like this top, dress, and necklace.

*Bloomingdale's: Big Brown Bag Sale - up to 65% off, plus take an extra 20% off select sale & clearance items with code BROWNBAG at checkout. New arrivals plus new items added to sale, too.
Free shipping on orders of $150+. Free everyday returns.
My picks: these jeans, vest, and sneakers.

*Boden: 30% off plus free shipping and returns on orders of $49+ with code 2Z7C.
Save up to 70% off clearance, too.
I like this jacket, tunic, and sunglasses.

*Brooks Brothers: 40% off Women's Dresses, & up to 60% off clearance & the Black Fleece collection, plus free shipping on orders of $250+, too.
I like this shirt, this dress, and bag.

*Cabela's: Up to 60% off during the Memorial Day sale. Tons of savings plus new Bargain Cave items recently added. Free shipping on $99+ with code 56MEM.
I like these pants, this dress, and scarf.

*Eddie Bauer: Everything up to 50% off.
Free shipping on orders of $99+, too.
My picks: this top, skirt, and boots.

*Express: New arrivals & sale styles.
Free shipping on orders of $125+, too.
I like this vest, shirt, and dress.

*Forever 21: Extra 30% off sale styles with code EXTRA30 at checkout. New arrivals & new items added to sale, plus free shipping on orders of $50+, too.
My picks: this top, dress, and necklace.

*GAP: 35% off your purchase with code EVENT.
Save up to 60% off sale items, plus free shipping on orders of $50+, too.
I like this dress, scarf, and jacket.

*H&M: New arrivals & new items added to sale. Save up to 65% off 1,000+ styles, and free shipping on all orders with code 6656. Sign up for their newsletter & get 20% off one item plus free shipping.
I like this top especially in grey melange, kaftan, and dress.

*J.Crew: New arrivals, new items added to sale, plus 30% off your purchase with code WEEKEND.
I like this top, dress, and necklace.

*J.Crew Factory: 50% off in-stores & online - prices as marked.
$5 flat-rate shipping & free shipping on orders of $100+.
I like this cardigan, dress, and clutch.

*Kate Spade New York: New arrivals & sale styles. Free shipping & free returns to all 50 states, too.
My picks: this coat, cosmetic case, and culotte.

*Lands' End: Save 50% off regular price swim, plus 30% off the rest of your order with code STARS pin 9900. Also save up to 60% off sale & clearance items.
Check out the relaunch of Canvas Line, plus shipping is FREE on orders of $50+, too.
I like this shirt, skirt, and wedge sandals.

*Madewell: Extra 20% off sale styles with code META20 at checkout. New arrivals added last week, new sale styles, & free shipping on all orders, too.
Check out my personal picks from the New Arrivals here.

*Nordstrom: Save up to 40% off during the Half-Yearly Sale taking place now. New arrivals, including Madewell & Ugg, plus new items added to sale.
Free shipping and free returns all the time, too.
I like this blouse, dress, and sandals.

*Old Navy: 50% off all tanks, tees, shorts, & swim - no code necessary, discount applied at checkout.
Free shipping on orders of $50+ everyday plus Free Returns, too.
I like this kimono, crop jeans, and tunic.

*Shopbop: Biggest sale of the season taking place now with hundreds of markdowns. Free 3-day shipping, free returns, & amazon prime eligible. New items added to sale, too.
My picks: these clogs, tank, and backpack.

*Sundance - New arrivals recently added.
Save up to 55% off outlet items, too. Discount applied in your shopping cart.
Free shipping on orders of $100+, too. Click here to activate the free ship promo.
I like this top, dress, and necklace.

*Tory Burch: New arrivals & sale styles plus free shipping & returns on all orders.
Up to 60% off sale items, too.
I like this tunic, sandal, and jumpsuit.

*Vince: New arrivals, new items added to sale, plus free shipping & returns on all items.
My picks: this jumpsuit, sneakers, and jacket.

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Anthropologie June First Dibs & Free Shipping on Orders of $100+ - Take a Peek at What I'm Loving...

Anthropologie sent out their 'First Dibs' email with the Pre-Shop Link yesterday, and boy oh boy, is there so much to love! Not only that, but they are offering free shipping on orders of $100+ with code FS100 until the end of today...it's a complete win, win situation!
(Anthro members receive first dibs on new arrivals, as well as a code for an extra % off during their birthday month, so check your email. Not a member? Sign up here to get your code.)

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 Anthropologie picks below...



*Tallulah Wide-Leg Jumpsuit - especially in blue motif











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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Nordstrom - Pretty Little Dresses...

As I've mentioned numerous times before, I absolutely love wearing dresses...
they make me feel extra feminine and girly.
They bring to mind images of Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O., Grace Kelly, and Elizabeth Taylor.
A time of glamour and ultimate femininity for women...no desire to *borrow from the boys*, but to simply embrace the joy of being a girl, and all that goes with it. In most cases (depending on the dress) they can be just as comfortable as wearing pants or jeans, too. It's really just a matter of getting used to wearing them on a regular basis, IMO. :)

Nordstrom has been 'hitting it out of the park' when it comes to their dress offerings lately.
Not only are there a plethora of gorgeous styles to choose from, but the majority are starting out at very reasonable price points. Add to that the fact that Nordstrom does markdowns on a regular basis, plus shipping and returns are free, you really have a win, win, win situation.
Honestly, what's not to love?

Take a peek at some of the dresses I'm loving at Nordstrom lately...

*Embroidered Cotton Blend Fit & Flare Dress - this one (and several others being offered) remind me a bit of this dress from Anthropologie that I loved and reviewed here several years ago.

How do you feel about dresses? Do you wear them often? Have you found any lately that you absolutely adore? Do you have any pretty little dresses on your Nordstrom wishlist? Do you own any of the dresses on mine? Are there any you would highly recommend?
Do tell...it's always fun to hear from you!



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Monday, May 23, 2016

Love This...

Get the Look...

The Sky's the Limit:

*Sunglasses - black

On a Budget:

*Shirt here and here
*Shoes here - black and here - black
*Sunglasses - black


Friday, May 20, 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?
Tonight we will be attending the 25th Wedding Anniversary party of our dear friends.
Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy, so we'll probably tuck in at home and watch a couple of movies. Sunday we'll attend church service in the morning, and then possibly go for a drive in the afternoon if the weather clears up.

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...
lots to love! :)

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

*American Eagle: Buy one, get one 50% off all shorts & dresses. Save up to 50% off clearance items + free shipping on $50+, too.
I like dress, jacket, and sandals.

*Anthropologie: New arrivals and sale styles. Enjoy 15% off Summer Dresses - prices as marked.
Anthro members receive first dibs on new arrivals, as well as a code for an extra % off during their birthday month, so check your email. Not a member? Sign up here to get your code.
I like this dress, blouse, and scarf.

*Asos: New arrivals plus free shipping & free returns.
My picks: this jacket, sweatshirt, and bag.

*Banana Republic: 40% off your purchase with code BRTAKE40.
New arrivals & new items added to sale, too. Shipping is free on orders of $50+.
I like this dress, top, and blazer.

*Bloomingdale's: New arrivals plus new items added to sale.
Free shipping on orders of $150+. Free everyday returns.
My picks: this dress, tank, and sandals.

*Boden: Buy more and save up to 20% off, plus free shipping and returns on orders of $49+.
25% off select categories each day, and save up to 70% off clearance, too.
I like this coat, skirt, and sunglasses.

*Brooks Brothers: 30% off all Red Fleece styles. Save up to 60% off clearance & the Black Fleece collection, plus free shipping on orders of $250+, too.
I like this shirt, this dress, and scarf.

*Cabela's: Up to 60% off during the Memorial Day sale. Tons of savings plus new Bargain Cave items recently added. Free shipping on $99+ with code 56MEM.
I like these pants, this dress, and scarf.

*Eddie Bauer: Friends & Family event - save 30% off your purchase with code FRIENDS.
Free shipping on all orders, too.
My picks: this dress, shirt, and boots.

*Express: New arrivals & sale styles.
30% off women's shorts, plus free shipping on orders of $125+, too.
I like this vest, shirt, and dress.

*Forever 21: New arrivals & new items added to sale, plus free shipping on orders of $50+.
My picks: this cardigan, dress, and necklace.

*GAP: 40% off all tees, tanks, & shorts + 35% off the rest of your purchase with code WARMUP.
Save up to 60% off sale items, plus free shipping on orders of $50+, too.
I like this shirt, overalls, and tote.

*H&M: New arrivals & new items added to sale. Free shipping on orders of $40+ with code 0040. Sign up for their newsletter & get 20% off one item plus free shipping.
I like this top especially in grey melange, kaftan, and dress.

*J.Crew: New arrivals, new items added to sale, plus 25% off your purchase with code SUMMER. Cardmembers receive 30% off - don't have a card? Click here to sign up now.
I like this top, dress, and necklace.

*J.Crew Factory: 50%-60% off summer getaway styles - prices as marked. $5 flat-rate shipping & free shipping on orders of $100+.
I like this cardigan, dress, and clutch.

*Kate Spade New York: New arrivals & sale styles. Free shipping & free returns to all 50 states, too.
My picks: this dress, jacket, and culotte.

*Lands' End: Save 25% off your order with code LOVE pin 5630.
Also save up to 60% off sale & clearance items.
Check out the relaunch of Canvas Line, plus shipping is FREE on orders of $50+, too.
I like this shirt, skirt, and wedge sandals.

*Madewell: New arrivals, new sale styles, & free shipping on all orders.
Check out my personal picks from the New Arrivals here.

*Nordstrom: New arrivals, including Madewell & Ugg, plus new items added to sale.
Free shipping and free returns all the time, too.
I like this tunic, blazer, and flats.

*Old Navy: 40% off your order - no code necessary, discount applied at checkout.
Free shipping on orders of $50+ everyday plus Free Returns, too.
I like this kimono, crop jeans, and tunic.

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

*Sundance: Customer loyalty event taking place now - 10% off orders up to $100, 15% off orders up to $150, and $20% off orders of $150+. Click here to apply the discount.
New arrivals recently added.
Save up to 55% off outlet items, too. Discount applied in your shopping cart.
I like this top, dress, and necklace.

*Tory Burch: New arrivals & sale styles plus free shipping & returns on all orders. Up to 60% off sale items, too.
I like this tank top, dress, and jumpsuit.

*Vince: New arrivals, new items added to sale, plus free shipping & returns on all items.
My picks: this dress, sneakers, and bag.

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

Thursday, May 19, 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. :)

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! :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wishlist Wednesday - Take a Peek at My Latest Obsessions...

There are so. very. many. things on my wishlist right now...what about you? I personally find this tends to happen most frequently when the seasons change and a plethora of fabulous sales abound. What's a girl to do? Make a wishlist to check off, of course!
That's what I did, and thought I might as well share it with all of you lovelies.

Take a peek at what I'm loving and wishing for...

*Classic short-sleeve shirtdress in gingham - oh my goodness, how adorable! I do not tend to wear a lot of gingham or check pieces, but this is really too cute to pass up. Love the collar, sleeves, and overall silhouette.

*Long-sleeve striped maxi dress - this dress has gotten overwhelming rave reviews,
not only on the J.Crew website, but throughout the JCA community, as well.
I'm rather hesitant on the horizontal stripes and have my concerns about it enhancing curves that I don't want to highlight, but so far everyone I've seen the dress on looks fabulous, so it seems that it is universally flattering to all shapes and sizes of women.

*Botanique maxi dress - how gorgeous is this dress?
The beading on the bodice is exquisite, and I absolutely love the color and print...yes please!!!

*Salcombe beaded kimono - this is such a lovely piece. The muted colors are so lovely, and if you zoom in on the photos, you can see the beautiful beaded detail.

*Quilt ballet flats - I ordered these from Nordstrom a couple of years ago, but ended up returning them for some strange reason that I cannot remember. Big mistake!
They are one of the most comfortable pair of flats I have ever tried on, and I would love to add them to my wardrobe once again.

*Briarwood boots - Love, love, love these! I almost ordered when they first went on sale, but hesitated too long, and now they're sold out in my size...currently stalking for a popback!

*Cirque swing dress - The print and vibrant colors really add to the 'wow' factor of this one...definitely a statement piece! Not sure if I would prefer the regular length to wear as a dress, or the petite version to wear as a tunic.

*Suma tunic - ya'll know that I love me a good tunic, and this one is no exception.

*Lily lace blouse - So pretty and ultra-feminine...yes please!

*The Summer jean jacket - Such a great piece to wear over all those sleeveless dresses, tanks, & tees during the warmer months. I really prefer to cover my arms these days, and this is a great alternative to the shrugs and cardigans that I typically wear.

*Trench vest - Yes, yes, yes! Love this in all three colors!

*The Asheville saddlebag - this looks like the perfect size for a crossbody,
and all three colors are scrumptious.

*Moon and sun earrings - love, love, love! What a lovely design...the perfect way to combine metals. The dainty size makes them even more magical, too.


As you can see, so many pretty things to love.
I'll be hoping to check at least some of them off my list eventually...

What about you girls? Anything on your wishlist these days?
Do tell. It's always fun to hear from you! :)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Friday, May 13, 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?
Tonight will be our 'relax at home' time. I have a meeting tomorrow morning, followed by running some errands, and such. Sunday we'll attend church service in the morning, and then possibly go for a drive in the afternoon. I received a new book in the mail yesterday, so of course I'd like to do some reading once we get home, too.

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...
lots to love! :)

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

*American Eagle: 25% - 50% off all shirts. Save up to 50% off clearance items + free shipping on $50+, too.
I like dress, jumpsuit, and necklace.

*Anthropologie: New arrivals and sale styles. Enjoy $10 off select chinos plus free shipping on $100+ with code SUNNYDAYS.
Anthro members receive first dibs on new arrivals, as well as a code for an extra % off during their birthday month, so check your email. Not a member? Sign up here to get your code.
I like this dress, tank, and platforms.

*Asos: New arrivals plus free shipping & free returns.
My picks: this jacket, shirt, and bag.

*Banana Republic: Up to 40% off Getaway Styles. New arrivals & new items added to sale, too. Shipping is free on orders of $50+.
I like this dress, top, and sandals.

*Bloomingdale's: New arrivals plus new items added to sale.
Free shipping on orders of $150+. Free everyday returns.
My picks: this dress, bag, and necklace.

*Boden: This season's styles with 25% off or more plus free shipping on orders of $49+. Save up to 70% off clearance, too.
I like this dress, top, and sandals.

*Brooks Brothers: Save up to 70% off clearance & the Black Fleece collection, plus free shipping on orders of $250+.
I like this blazer, pj set, and necklace.

*Cabela's: Tons of savings plus new Bargain Cave items recently added. Get your code for $20 off your next purchase of $100+, too.
I like these pants, this jacket, and these boots.

*Eddie Bauer: Up to 50% off all shirts & tops.
Free shipping on orders of $99+ too.
My picks: this sweater, hoodie, and scarf.

*Express: New arrivals & sale styles. Free shipping on orders of $125+, too.
I like this vest, shirt, and skirt.

*Forever 21: New arrivals & new items added to sale, plus free shipping on orders of $50+.
My picks: this dress, vest, and bag.

*GAP: 35% off your purchase of $100+ with code CURE.
Save up to 60% off sale items, plus free shipping on orders of $50+, too.
I like this vest, sweatshirt, and socks.

*H&M: New arrivals & new items added to sale. Free shipping on orders of $50+ with code 3351. Sign up for their newsletter & get 20% off one item plus free shipping.
I like this dress in floral & paisley, tunic, and overalls.

*J.Crew: Extra 30% off sale items + 25% off Summer-Ready Picks with code SHOPNOW.
I like this shirt, trench, and necklace.

*J.Crew Factory: 40%-60% off everything online - prices as marked. $5 flat-rate shipping & free shipping on orders of $100+.
I like this top, dress, and clutch.

*Kate Spade New York: New arrivals & sale styles. Free shipping & free returns to all 50 states, too.
My picks: this dress, jacket, and culotte.

*Lands' End: $30 off $100, $60 off $150, or $100 off $250+ in regularly priced merchandise with code SAVE pin 3115. Also save up to 60% off sale & clearance items. Check out the relaunch of Canvas Line, plus shipping is FREE on orders of $50+, too.
I like this dress, sweater, and wedge sandals.

*Madewell: New arrivals, new sale styles, free shipping on all orders, and free monogramming
on select leather styles.
My picks: this dress, jacket, and tote.

*Nordstrom: New arrivals, including Madewell & Ugg, plus new items added to sale.
Free shipping and free returns all the time, too.
I like this dress, bag, and sandals.

*Old Navy: 40% off your order with code ENJOY.
Free shipping on orders of $50+ everyday plus Free Returns, too.
I like this dress, tank, and scarf.

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

*Sundance: New arrivals recently added.
Save up to 55% off outlet items, too. Discount applied in your shopping cart.
I like this dress, jacket, and belt.

*Tory Burch: New arrivals & sale styles plus free shipping. Up to 40% off sale items, too.
I like this dress, jacket, and bag.

*Vince: New arrivals, new items added to sale, plus free shipping & returns on all items.
My picks: this dress, vest, and sandal.

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

Yes Please!!!

R by Raga Floral Maxi Dress

It is no secret that I have an obsession when it comes to maxi dresses.
I rarely come across one that I do not like, and this dress is no exception...love, love, LOVE it!
I have been longing and patiently waiting for this one to go on sale (to no avail), so this version appears to be a promising less-spendy alternative.
The color, print, and ultra-feminine silhouette all make my heart happy...
I'd love to add it to my ever-increasing maxi dress wardrobe.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016

Anthropologie - Pretty Little Dresses...

As I've mentioned numerous times before, I absolutely love wearing dresses...
they make me feel extra feminine and girly.
They bring to mind images of Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O., Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor.
A time of glamour and ultimate femininity for women...no desire to *borrow from the boys*, but to simply embrace the joy of being a girl, and all that goes with it.
In most cases (depending on the dress) they can be just as comfortable as wearing pants or jeans, too. It's really just a matter of getting used to wearing them on a regular basis, IMO. :)

For me, Anthropologie is my *go-to* store when I'm considering the purchase of a new dress, or when I simply want to window shop and daydream about what I would do or the places I would go in it. Here are some of the pretty little dresses currently topping my list...











How do you feel about dresses? Do you wear them often? Have you found any lately that you absolutely adore? Do you have any pretty little dresses on your Anthropologie wishlist? Do you own any of the dresses on mine? Are there any you would highly recommend?
Do tell...always fun to hear from you!