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October 1, 2014

Lots to Love: Sales & Favorites: Bloomie's, Shopbop & Kendra Scott

BB Dakota Cardigan (the one above is last season's BB Dakota cardigan, check out the newest style here) // Rayne Necklace // Tory Burch Caroline Flats
Wearing a hint of pink today, to start the month remembering to Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Happy Wednesday!  Cannot believe it's already October!  September seriously flew by!  Lately, there have been so many good Fall deals floating around that I thought I'd share the best of the best with you, in addition to other things I've been loving lately.


Bloomingdale's is running their Friends & Family Sale right now.
Sale ends Sunday at midnight!
If you've been wanting a pair of Tory Burch Miller Sandals, but have been waiting for them to go on sale.  Here's your chance!  Make sure and use code: FRIENDS at check-out to take 20% off and free shipping.
These Royal Tan Millers are a great neutral, if you want something not as flashy as the gold.  By the way, many times Tory Burch's site has sales, but Revas and Millers are often excluded.  The Millers are not excluded during the Bloomingdale's Sale, but the Revas are excluded.  For sizing, they're true to size.

My Marc by Marc Jacobs 'James' Sweater I purchased a few weeks ago is part of the Friends & Family Sales Event.    I own it in both this cream color and the blue color.  Take 20% off with code: FRIENDS.

In addition, my Marc by Marc Jacobs Crossbody is part of the sale too!  Get it for $50 off!  Trust me, you will love it!

I have a similar pair of these Paige Skyline Jeans and love the fit and style.  This style is a little shorter and the rinse is darker, but I'd love to add them to my closet too.  They're true to size.

It's no secret that I love my Hunter Rain Boots.  Unfortunately, these colors are unavailable, but the rest of them are currently 20% off with code: FRIENDS.  My first pair was a matte black pair and I still love them because you can wear them with anything.  If you're between sizes, be sure and size down. Check them all out here. // Shown here wearing one of my many J.Crew Swing Sweaters.  I already have the light blue and dark gray colors from this season too.  Use code: FALLSTYLES, and take an additional 30% off!
My friend had these on the other day and I tried them on, and was sold!  They were super soft inside my Hunters.  I'd always thought they'd be too tight, but they're not.  Get them soon though, they're selling out quickly.

I featured this Equipment Lynn Blouse a little while ago, here.  If you were eyeing it then, get it now, while it's 20% off.  Would be such a great neutral for this time of year.  I love my Equipment blouses!  For fit, I'm a 4/6 and wear a size Small in them.

And while we're talking animal prints.  I love this Joie Blouse too.

Shopbop just marked down lots of new items!  Check out my favorites below...

Parker Ginger Top in Pink // Parker Ginger Top in Yellow // Parker Avalon Combo Maxi Dress // Marc by Marc Jacobs Karoo Print Dress // Shoshanna Shirtdress // Yumi Kim Pink Flora Dress // K. Jacques Neon Sandals // K. Jacques Toe Ring Green Sandals

SSP reader Jill asked if I had a suggestion for a new toiletry bag, as well as cosmetics case.  Enter this new Tory Burch Bi-fold Hanging Traveler.  I absolutely LOVE everything about this traveler.  It folds up so well, and has the right amount of zippers and compartments.  And you know from my post yesterday, that I have a huge crush on this horse print this season.
The print is also available in this Cosmetics Case, as well.

Last but not least, I'll leave you with this discount code from Kendra Scott.  They have graciously offered all Sweet Southern Prep readers an additional 20% off the Neon Yellow and Violet Rayne Necklaces, already on sale!  Use code: SweetSouthernPrep at check-out.  I have the Neon Yellow one and got so much wear out of it this summer.  The Violet one would be so pretty for Fall.
Discount ends next Wednesday, at midnight CST.
I love this Violet color paired with this pink top.

Hope y'all enjoy your day!  The girls will probably beg to watch Barbie & the Secret Door again, when they get home from school.  They've already watched it three times, and we've only had it a week.  For any parents out there with Barbie Lovers, this is the latest Barbie movie.  It came out on the 16th.  I will admit it's got some pretty catchy songs, but nothing compares to A Mermaid Tale, A Mermaid Tale 2 and The Princess & the Popstar.

September 30, 2014

Tuesday Trends: Alexis Bittar Love

Not only does jewelry designer Alexis Bittar make the prettiest, sought-after jewelry, he has the coolest rags to riches story.  He started out in a small apartment, thought maybe he could create jewelry from Lucite, and started making small Lucite earrings and selling them for $20 on the streets in Soho.  Then apparently, he got in a lot of trouble because he used Burberry's signature plaid on some Lucite bangles he was carrying (he didn't know he was infringing), and Burberry gave him a cease and desist order.  Well, he obeyed the order.  But then Burberry came back and asked him if he'd create the bangles for their collection.  His popularity grew from there.
What I think is so cool is that he reaches a wide variety of customers by creating pieces that are beautiful, yet affordable, and also creating pieces for higher profile clients - many of them being celebrities - that are at a much higher price point.  I'm sure you've noticed some of his pieces on the covers of magazines.  Nordstrom has provided a cool video on their site to let you see more into Alexis Bittar and his fabulous jewelry.  Click here to check out a quick three-minute piece that showcases "the process behind his stunning limited-edition archive pieces and latest fall collections."  

**Click on all items below to shop, or links below.**

Aren't his pieces stunning?  And they're so popular that the two pieces featured on the right have already sold out.

Alexis Bittar's latest creations in his fall collection are certainly conversation pieces, and are just as much art as they are fashion.  While I would be more than thrilled to pair one of his limited edition pieces for a formal event, like this one, I decided to choose a few items that are just as stunning, but can be worn on an everyday basis.  As always, Nordstrom carries the perfect variety of Alexis Bittar's pieces, hitting both high and lower price points.  Next on my list, is this one.

Vaughn wanted to make an appearance.

I ordered the Pave Bangle on the far left a few weeks ago from Nordstrom, and it has recently sold out.  But here's a very similar one that I love just as much.

This Stack Ring is by far my favorite piece.  It's almost as if it was made for me - my initials are engraved inside - okay it's for Alexis Bittar - but still pretty cool!

Love the subtle pave crystals on this New Wave Bangle.

If you've been wanting to try out a piece of Alexis Bittar jewelry, here's a little incentive.  Choose from one of his three signature Lucite bangles, with your order of $250 or more.

I hope y'all have an awesome Tuesday!  After a dreary, rainy day yesterday, we're glad to have some sunshine today!

A big thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!

September 29, 2014

How I Do It: Chores at an Early Age

Wrap Scarf is Zara - love it but be aware that it sheds - a lot! Here's another one I'm loving.  // Nails are Essie After School Boy Blazer // Ugg Slippers
 What a nice weekend we had here!  The weather stayed in the low 70s, so we spent most of our time outside.  Lots of meals alfresco, which I always love.  Last night, we attended our friends' daughter's birthday party at a little gym near here.  I think the kids slept pretty hard last night.  And I had no idea Logan was so into gymnastics.  Just watching his little body hang on the bar like that - I was so impressed!
Effie brought her class pet Rib-Rib (a stuffed frog) home.  For some reason she was really into changing its diaper.  I will say, she sure has the skill down pat.  But I still don't think I could let her try to change the real thing - although I know she'd love to.  Always the helper!

How I Do It: Chores at an Early Age

I know I always include this in my How I Do It posts, but just because I write these posts with helpful strategies, my children are not perfect.  Just because I try and use these tactics in my daily life, some days are better than others.  I'm not sure if it's the fact that school has started, but the kids have been much more willing to help.  I'm sure a lot of it has to do with the fact that it's because they've learned it at school, and then now know to do the same once they're at home.  In the summer I'm guessing they've forgotten how to do this as well, and just need more reinforcements?  We'll just say that's a good assumption.  Ha.
Seriously though, it's been so nice for me to ask them to do something, and they just do complaining or whining about it.  I'm probably jinxing myself by writing that.  The main thing I've learned at all their ages right now, is to simplify tasks.  Never make them more than two steps.  And always remember to praise their ability to first listen to a direction and then to follow through with it, without complaining.  Here are a few chores I give each child.  Obviously, Logan and Vaughn don't completely understand what a "chore" is, but they know that when I ask them to help me, they try.

Chores for Logan and Vaughn
Put toys in the basket.
Put napkins on the table at meals.
Put shoes away in front closet when you come in the house.
Put dirty clothes in laundry basket (just Logan on this one).
Put books on bookshelf.

Chores for Wheeler and Effie
Make beds (do not encourage perfection on this one).
Put silverware in appropriate drawers.
Put shoes away in front closet when you come in the house.
Put toys away in appropriate baskets (they're labeled).
Put dirty clothes in laundry basket.
Put books on bookshelf.
Put cups and silverware on table at meals.

I know these chores sound super simple, but they love having them.  It gives them a sense of responsibility, and they know it pleases me when they're accomplished.  They also see how much better our house looks when everything is clean and put away.  It's also my responsibility to enforce these chores.  I have to remind myself and Lanier to clean up after ourselves too, so that we're good examples for them.  I just look at Vaughn.  He's always been so happy to help clean up.  I feel like the others haven't always been as willing as him, but I think it's because he has good examples to teach him.  That not only goes for chores, but in everyday life, as well.  The door always swings both ways though.  He definitely picks up on some bad habits he's learned from them too.  C'est la vie!

Running Stats for the Week
Really aiming to run faster, while keep the distance the same.
**I use the Endomondo Running App**

Get This... (Left) Keepsake Dress     ...Not That (Right) The Fifth Label Dress
The description is misleading.  I ordered this dress and thought it would be really cute with leggings.  Not so.  First, it has shoulder pads.  Also, it says the back has a keyhole closure, when in fact it has an almost 8" long gap in the back as the closure.

I hope y'all have a great start to your week!