Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Check the Reds

 jacket (Talbots c/o ON SALE), denim (dl1961 c/o), bag (Clare V), heels (SIMILAR UNDER $100), tee (Similar), shades (Ray Ban)

 Coming to you live from Viva El Mexico!!  Waiting for John's flight to arrive so I'm busting out one last post before 2016 and doing so in espanol---no really, my ass can't figure out how to convert back to English so everything is in Spanish...awesome.
This Check Jacket is muy bueno, gang, and she's on SALE!  I simply love tossing her into a good print mix...and the FLARES just seem to take the look up a notch.  
Gang, I don't want to cut my last post short; however, I'm paying mucho pesos for this internet connection so I'm going to say adios to 2015---if you want a little more sentimental review, be sure to check out my Year in Review Post.  Thank you so much for your kind words and I said, you all are just simply the best.  Cheers to a fantastic NYE, gang---ringing it in with my beau and I couldn't be more thrilled.  Make it an absolutely wonderful one--see you in 2016!

photos courtesy of Kristin Tatem

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

In Review

As terribly cliche as it sounds, I truly cannot believe this year is coming to a close.  Per my usual end of the year posting ritual, I'm going to get a little more personal than my norm--so if you're here just for the outfits, gang, now is your time to jump ship.
I've got to be honest, I have a pit in my stomach and tears ready to flow thinking of typing the remainder of this post.  I'm gonna ramble so just brace yourself.  This year was, God how do I put this, my toughest one yet if I'm being truthful.  If you all have followed along this year, then you may remember This Post.  A post I never thought I would have to type, but as I stated, life happens.  It happens fast.  It happens unexpectedly.  
It's interesting, though, to look at where the gals and I were right after their father passed and where we are now.  I would like to think the three of us are a testament to "Time Healing All Wounds." That's not to say all of our wounds are healed by any stretch, but almost 12 months later, we're living.  We are living a really great life filled with love, laughter, challenges, tears, and adventure.  We are growing.   We are continually adjusting to our new normal.  And we are so very thankful for all that God has blessed us with--from our amazing family and friends, our sweet little home, our lovely Lexington, and a very special fella the three of us have come to adore so very much, we truly are one blessed bunch.  
I remember when I discussed the Big D several New Year's ago, I was so dang naive to think that would be my life's biggest challenge--that was going to be the one tough hand dealt to me....well it wasn't obviously and while I wouldn't wish this caliber of loss on anyone, I do see the beauty in the blessings and the personal growth.   Life is incredible, challenging, scary, confusing, maddening...but more than that, it's so damn beautiful and rewarding.  Chase and Campbell are so damn beautiful and rewarding.  Talk about learning lessons from your children--those two precious gals have taught me more about life this year than all my years combined.  They are my everything
Hells, now that I've cried my dang eyes out (sups therapeutic) and re-read those 4 paragraphs more than I'd like to admit--let's talk happy.  Let's talk present and future, yes?
I'd be remiss if I didn't give a very heartfelt shoutout to my friends and family.  You know exactly who you are and you know exactly how much I love you to the moon and back--this year would've been damn near impossible without you.
Y O U all.  Thank you.  Thank you is simply not enough but, gang, you all have managed to make a dream come true.  This was the first full year s + s was my main gig and because of YOU, I am able to support my family, do what I absolutely love, and teach my girls that any and everything is possible if you put your noggin to it.  This has been an incredible year for s + s---from magazine features, to year over year growth, partnerships with amazing brands, and my first Handbag Collaboration, it was indeed one for the books professionally and I am forever thankful to you all.  
To this Tall Drink of Water.  You, my dear, deserve a whole post.  I tell you this all the time, John, but you are adored more than my measly words can express.  You're such a treasure--and what a blessing you are to the three of us.   Simply stated, you are the best surprise I could have ever wished for.  
To 2016.   I welcome you with open arms and am eager and excited to see what you have in store for us.  Let us toast to a year filled with happiness, growth, love, laughter, and success!  Let's make this next one our best year yet, gang!  

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

A Seasonal Sale

About the only silver lining to the holidays being over is there are now SALES GALORE at some of our fave joints.  Think tons of goodies at 40% off at Nordstrom (see FLARESTOTES & NYE SPARKLE),  LOFT at 50% OFF (see LAYERED SWEATERSWEATER DRESS, & DRESS), and  an extra 40% off SALE ITEMS AT JCREW (see VEST & PLAID).  There's tons of goodies on major sale that I'm listing below...feel free to take a gander, gang!  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas filled with family and friends---cheers to a great weekend, make it a good one!

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Monday, December 21, 2015

The Totes

bag (Gigi New York Limited Edition)
look 1:  dress (SheIn c/o), sneaks (Adidas)
look 2:  see HERE
look 3:  see HERE

She's B A C K ....super excited and just in time for the holidays, Gigi New York  has relaunched the Kelly Saddle Bag I helped add some fun touches to!  There's a V E R Y Limited One of a Kind Selection, so if you missed the goodness last time, be sure to hop on it fast (they sold out in two hours previously)!  I've pulled some of my fave hair's below--be sure to take a gander!  Make it a great one, gang!  Florida is off to a fabulous start!

photos courtesy of Kristin Tatem

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Neutral Cozy

 sweater (Vince, Nordstrom), denim (see SIMILAR ON SALE), heels (Kate Spade how cute would THESE LOOK), bag (Clare V, love THIS NEUTRAL BUCKET), rings (Anna Beck), coat (Jcrew, see this SAVE OPTION),  lipstick (MAC)

Absolutely loving the punch this neutral look is packing.  Nordstrom  has a host of Neutral Sweaters that would make a perfect wintery gift for either yourself or the ladies in your life that have a taste for classic style.   This Camel Vince Turtleneck is cozy perfection and sets the tone for my neutral rig.  I would like to think we all know by now that White Denim isn't just for the summer but rather a year round thread--I almost think it's more impactful with this look than a regular pair of denim.  Be sure to check out the handful of White Distressed Jeans Nordstrom has available as they pair perfectly with  Gray or this Beautiful Navy Sweater as well.   
Clearly I love the idea of gifting a Classically Beautiful Knit but I also love the idea of giving Jewelry.  Specifically a Ring.  I have been a longtime lover of Anna Beck jewelry and my Saddle Ring from Nordstrom is one that I've had for, jeesh, six years or so and still to this day wear every. single. day.   It is equal parts show stopping and classic--simply love it.  
Alright gang, we have arrived safely and soundly to my parent's in Florida.  Two and a half weeks at my fave place on earth and I'm quite the happy gal.  Cheers to a lovely weekend, make it a great one!
PS--still in need of a Holiday or NYE rig?  You M U S T check out TUESDAY'S post which showcases one of my favorite looks for Holiday Soirees.  

This post was sponsored by Nordstrom.  All opinions expressed herein are my own.

photos courtesy of Andrew Adams

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