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April 24, 2015

My Trip So Far + Hayden Reis Sale!

It's Friday!  I made it safely to Dallas around 2pm yesterday, and have been having so much fun.  I flew to Houston first, then Dallas, hence the two pics of different wings.  Same row, different flights. Oh, and this is how often I don't travel via air...I was flying Southwest and boarded the plane looking on my ticket for a seat number.  The sweet stewardess had to let me know that there aren't assigned seats.  Who knew?  I was lucky and scored window seats both times though.  Hoping I can get that lucky on the flights home.

While I miss the kiddos so much already, I'll have to admit it was nice to wake up this morning and stay in bed for a little while.  No need to jump up and make breakfast or get someone ready for school or change a diaper.  Yes, it was pretty nice.  I obviously don't take these trips that often, but I do think they're healthy.  It feels good to be missed.  And when Sunday rolls around, those hugs are going to feel so awesome!

 I'll still have a Wednesday Whereabouts post next week summing up the weekend, but I wanted to share a few pics from last night's event!  The Joule Hotel (where we're staying and where we stayed last year too) has a rooftop pool and bar.  Last night's event was hosted by Stuart Weitzman and we had the best time.  Really tasty cocktails and fun little appetizers.  Aren't those hydrangeas floating in the pool beautiful?

I'll be sharing the cocktail I'm drinking next week!
I was so excited to get to wear my new Tory Burch Dress for the first time!  And lucky you, it's part of the Spring Event going on now.  Use code: SPRING at check-out and take 20% off.  In case you missed yesterday's post, I shared more of my favorites from the sale.  Still have this dress in my cart!  I'm also hoping the weather will clear up today, so we can have some pool time after meetings, and I can wear my new sunnies.

For meetings today, I'll be wearing this Equipment Dress, now on sale and these wedges.  I apologize for the messy background.  I was packing.  And while we finally received our new bed, I still have our new bedding in boxes.  Hoping to get all of that out when I get back.

Tonight, we have a cocktail party and I brought both of these dresses in green and lilac.  Still can't decide which one to choose.  What do you think?

Wanted to let you know that Hayden Reis just started a sale.  They don't have sales that often, so take advantage now.  Use code: MOMSANDGRADS at checkout and take 20% off your purchase of $50+.  Offer ends Sunday at midnight.

Their pool bags are made of sailcloth, and are pretty much amazing!  They'd make a great gift for Mother's Day or for a graduate.  I've had mine for so long, and it's still my go-to tote at the pool.  Have been using mine every pool day for the last two summers.  There are so many pockets, it's a great size and the tote just wipes clean.  Trust me, you will LOVE it!  And if you're gifting it, they will love it too.  And you can personalize it with a monogram, to make an even more thoughtful gift!

Hayden Reis recently teamed up with Waiting On Martha, and just debuted the prettiest collection.  Love the classic colors on this one.

I always use mine like this for storing my phone, keys, etc. while I'm at the pool.  Aren't the little cactus and pineapple so cute?

I hope y'all have a great weekend!


April 23, 2015

Basil Lime Cooler + Tory Burch SPRING SALE!

Thank you so much to SSP reader Susan for sending in this tasty cocktail recipe!  Cannot wait to try it out soon!  Sounds like the perfect citrus refresher on a hot summer day!

Basil Lime Cooler

1 Cup Vodka
1/2 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
1/2 Basil Simple Syrup

Mix all together and serve over crushed ice with a sprig of basil.

Basil Simple Syrup Recipe

Bring a cup of sugar and a cup of water to boil.
Make sure sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat and add a cup of basil leaves.
Cover and allow to cool.
Strain to remove leaves.
Extra syrup keeps well in refrigerator for up to a week.

I like to double this recipe as it keeps well for a few days in refrigerator.  Easy to cut recipe in half if you just want one or two drinks.


And now onto some pretty awesome news...Tory Burch just started their newest promotion!!  I feel like with all of the sales happening in the past month or so, Tory Burch was always excluded.  TB wasn't part of the Shopbop Sale, and most of it isn't included in Saks' Friends & Family Sale going on right now, either.  So now's the time to take advantage of Tory Burch at a discount.

Here's how it works...

Spend $250+, take 20% off.
Spend $500, take 25% off.
Spend $750, take 30% off.

Enter code: SPRING at check-out!

If you're wanting one item and it's under the $250 price point to allow you to take 20% off, consider joining up with a friend.  Maybe you can find a friend that wants the same thing as you, or close to the same price.  If both of your items hit $250+, you can buy both items together, so you'll receive the discount and then you can just split the total.  Just a suggestion.

I will say that there are exclusions, like the Millers and Revas.  But I feel like this spring I've already worn these little Pineapple Slides more than my Revas and Millers anyway.  For fit, they run a little small.  I'm an 8.5 and wear a 9 in these.

And y'all know I love my Carolines too.  If you don't have these pretty neutral ones yet, get them now while they're included in the promo.  You won't regret it.  For fit, they're true to size.  I'm an 8.5 and wear an 8.5 in these.

I realize many of these items won't automatically give you the discount alone, but if you pick two or more, you're sure to hit it.  Throw in this super cute key fob or this cute little cosmetic case, and you're probably already over the mark.

Now the fun part, my favorites!

I obviously love all of the items above.  Some are brand new (like the sunglasses) and cosmetics pouch, and others have been in my jewelry collection for awhile now.  I still wear my Logo Studs and Wrap Bracelet all the time.  And the Heart Ring and Stackable Ring are still rings I'm tossing on again and again.  I've used the Continental Wallet style wallet for years.  I feel like the interior holds everything I need, all in one place, more than other wallets I've owned.

I just got this dress earlier this week.  Super comfy, the length is great, very flattering sleeve length and the material is cool, yet thick enough that it's not see-through at all.  Fit is pretty true to size.  Maybe a little bit on the large size, but the drawstring waist cinches it.

I know I posted this pic yesterday, but wanted to let you know that my blue dress here is now on sale!  And let me tell you, you will love it!  The material is thick enough that it doesn't cling, but it's not boxy at all.  It's hard to describe until you try it on, but I feel like it would be super flattering for many figures and the color and print is gorgeous!  Definitely runs true to size.

My necklace here has actually already sold out, but click here and here for similar versions.  The ring shown is this one.

My Pineapple Key Fob would be a fun little item to add, if you're trying to hit one of the price points to give you a particular percentage off.  The zip pouch shown is Gigi New York.

I have seriously fallen in love with this dress.  The embroidery at the bottom is beautiful.  Would be so pretty with a pair of espadrilles.

Scroll through to shop more of my favorites below...



Bags & Accessories

Sale ends Monday at midnight.
Don't forget to enter SPRING at check-out.

Happy Shopping!

 Pretty little prints headed with me on my trip!
Left to Right: Green // Pineapples (on sale) // Lilac // Pink Floral // Blue
I'm headed off to Dallas this morning to a blog conference for the weekend.  I went last year, and had such a great time.  A great learning experience and just a fun time to socialize with friends that I don't get to see in person that often.  I will admit telling the kids goodbye for a few days was much easier last year, than it's been this year.  It probably has to do with their age than anything else.  Last year they weren't old enough to comprehend how long I would be gone, but this year they know.  Four whole days.  Even tears came out last night.  I know they'll be fine while I'm gone, but I sure know that come Sunday, I'll be just as excited (if not more) to see their happy, smiling faces!!  Wheeler requested than we take a pic together and for me to send it to daddy's phone, so she could look at it and think of me.  She also requested that I'd be on call, and that whenever she wanted to talk to me, I better answer.  I more than happily obliged.

I sure am going to miss all of their precious little faces for a few days, but I'll be back soon.

If you want to follow me along on my trip, head over to Instagram.  If not, you know I'll be back next week with a loaded post full of pics from my trip!

Happy Thursday, Y'all!

April 22, 2015

Wednesday Whereabouts

Top (already sold out at Anthropologie, but I love this similar version with the same style and fit) // Shorts (currently being price matched at 30% off!) // Boots // Necklace // Sunglasses (Gold/Blue Gradient)
This past weekend, the Strawberry Festival was here, so we waited until the rain finally let up on Saturday to go.  We had pumped it up all week, so there was no way we were going to miss it.  And let me tell you, going to a carnival right after it rains is the best idea ever.  There were absolutely no lines and the weather had cooled off.  I will say we were smart to come prepared in our rain boots (aside from Effie in her crocs) because it was muddy.  But the kiddos didn't seem to mind it!
And when I say muddy, I mean THIS muddy!
How sweet is little Vaughn at the petting zoo, hugging all of the animals?  I think he would've let me take them all home with him.

And the rides.  This was a complete shocker to us.  We'd figured that the girls and I would go ride the rides while the boys went and watched the dog show, pig races, etc.  This was not the case at all.  While Logan loves his trains, trucks, etc., he's still afraid of loud noises.  I thought he'd take one look at a ride and run the other way.  In fact, it was the opposite.  He wanted to ride on every.single.ride.  And of course, Vaughn wanted to do what everyone else was doing.
See?  No lines.  I don't think we'll ever get this lucky again.
Needless to say, we had a blast!
And you know we couldn't leave without some amazing funnel cake!

Top (on sale, runs true to size; only a few sizes left)

Since I don't take the kids shopping with me that often, this was a treat.  And I'm starting to realize that the older they get, the better behaved they are in the actual stores.  Like when I tell them not to touch anything, they actually listen.  Probably just jinxed myself.  On Monday, we headed to the outlets so I could return a top.  Whenever we see these rides in most places I usually just hurry past them.  Since we were in no hurry, I caved and let them ride on them.  They were so excited!  The sheer happiness on Logan's face says it all.  He got to ride on Thomas!  I just hope that from now on they're not begging to ride them whenever they're in sight.  Effie snagged this Fedora from J.Crew Factory while we were there.  She didn't take it off for the remainder of the day.  Love how cute it looks with her green Lilly dress.
After I picked up Wheeler from school, I treated them to some fun desserts.  Effie ate hers pretty quickly, so naturally she wanted to steal bites of Wheeler's too.  Wheeler's treat was chocolate covered marshmallows, topped with sprinkles.  So good.

 Still styling herself, as usual.  I had to share Effie's outfit yesterday.  I can't even remember where we got the orange tutu we've had it so long, but the dress and headband (both picked out by herself) are from J.Crew Factory and currently on sale.
I'm heading out of town tomorrow, and finally had some time to try on clothes yesterday.  This is how this usually goes.  Lots of kids to keep me company, offering sweet opinions.  But I love it!  If Effie were to help me pack, everything in my suitcase would be PINK!  The blue one I'm wearing here is Tory Burch.  I had a few of you email about my floor-length mirror.  It's from West Elm.  Was one of my first pieces I ordered after we moved in.  Finally getting to use it!
So most kids Wheeler's age come home from school and rest, have a snack, maybe catch a show.  Wheeler always does art.  Yesterday, she lined up her Barbies and taught them an art lesson, even drawing pictures and names for each student.  Seriously the sweetest.

Pops of Pink // My Kate Spade Watch is currently being price matched at 25% off.  It's the cutest!  The white is the only color available right now.  The pink color has sold out on sale, but also available not on sale here. // Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace // K Jacques Sandals
Went and got my hair colored yesterday evening.  While the kids are the best thing to hang out with all the time, sometimes it's nice to have some quiet...and good wine to go with it.

Saks still has their Friends & Family 30% Off Sale going on.  
Enter code: FRNFAM at check-out.
Remember that Lilly is included.  I have a few Iona Tops and think this one is really cute.
And this Mara Hoffman Top would be so cute as a cover-up at the pool.

If you've been wanting a pair of Millers for Spring/Summer, now's your chance!  These two above are on sale!  For fit, I'm an 8.5 and wear a 9 in them.

Happy Wednesday, Y'all!