Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale – My Top Picks

Happy (almost) Friday!

I thought I’d round up a few things that I’m loving right now at the Nordstrom Sale. There are only a few days left to shop the sale. It ends on June 4th. If you haven’t shopped it before, it’s a great time to stock up on the basics as well. On a completely, random side note, I would love it if they would change the name of the sale to the “semi-annual sale.” That’s just the English Major coming out in me. Ha!

Happy Shopping!


Kate Spade Camel iPhone case
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This iPhone case is adorable. I love the navy color, the camel & the fact that it has a front cover/closure. If you don’t have kids yet, you’ll understand one day!

Tory Burch Wallet
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I don’t need a new wallet, but if I did, this would be my first choice. Such a pretty color!

Kate Spade Watch
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The bows…do you see them? The leather strap is classic, and a much softer look on your wrist for the Summer. The blush color & gold pairs well with so many outfits. You just can’t go wrong.

Sam Edelman Sandals
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These sandals are a no brainer in my book. Leopard is a neutral, year round. So happy that the heel isn’t ridiculously high either. I just can’t wear heels all day like I used to… (I sound just like my Mom, but she’s right!) Ha!

Zella Up & Away Pullover
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This would be a great top to throw on over your tank top after walking/running, or even to layer with this Fall. I would wear a tank top underneath it though. It also comes in white.

Seagrass Basket
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I absolutely love the pom poms on this basket, so cute! We literally have these kinds of baskets all over our house (at least one in each room) to throw toys in at the end of each day. It makes me feel like I still have everything tidy at night. Even though in reality each basket is emptied, every day, in every room. If you don’t have kids yet, it’s a great basket for extra throws, dog toys, etc.

What did you find that you love from the Nordstrom half-yearly sale?

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~KSSBelle

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Navy Blue + White

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I know that I’m not alone when I say I love blue & white paired together, especially navy blue. It’s such a crisp, yet classic summer outfit.  This blouse is so pretty, and even better in person. The peplum is a go-to favorite of mine, and the neckline is really flattering for any body type. I was a year round swimmer for many years growing up (fun fact, I know), so my shoulders are broader than most; therefore, I’m always on the lookout for tops that accentuate my “swimmer” shoulders. This one is another cute option as well.
And, these mules are so mom-friendly, yet still really, really fun! I’m pretty sure I bought these just because of the poms poms! They look great with white jeans and shorts, too. Sadly, mine are sold out, but these are just as chic. I actually had a hard time deciding between the two!

SHOP THE POST:
Loft Cropped Pants (sadly sold out, similar style) /  English Factory Emma Blouse / Kate Spade handbag (old, but similar style)/ J. Crew mules (sadly sold out! I hope they restock them soon. These are a really fun print, too!) / Kate Spade Watch / Kate Spade Heart of Gold bracelet / Loft Pearl Earrings / Loft Sunglasses (old, but similar style)

Have a happy day!
~KSSBelle

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Current Wish List

Every day this week has felt like Friday to me. I’m not going to lie, I’ve gotten pretty disappointed a few times this week after realizing it’s not. Oh well. I think it’s because I’m really ready for the long Memorial Day weekend ahead. We actually have no plans, and are pretty excited about it. Do you have big plans for the long weekend?

Here’s what’s on my current “wish list.” You know, all of those things you can’t stop thinking about?

Happy Shopping!

J Brand Jeans
J Brand Jeans

I have one pair of J Brand jeans, and the fit is incredible. I love a great pair of white jeans, year round.

Gigi Tortoise Clutch
Tory Burch Clutch
This is so classic. It would be such a great date night clutch. Best part, it’s on sale!

Citrine Earrings
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These earrings are stunning, and would literally go with everything you own.

Verona Espadrille
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These would be a chic, everyday flat. I adore the leopard print. They’re also on sale!

Vince Camuto Blouse
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I’ve been wanting this top for awhile now. Someone please buy it. Unfortunately, I promised my husband I wouldn’t purchase anything until May is over because we bought a piece of furniture instead. Hmmmm…I do have a birthday coming up.

What’s on your current wish list?

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Happy (almost) Friday!
~KSSBelle

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Lately – A Few Favorites

Happy Tuesday, Friends! It’s raining here today, so we’re getting a lot of stuff done around the house. It’s kind of a nice break, and a good excuse to get things done that we tend to put off when it’s nice outside.

I wanted to share with y’all a few of my favorites lately. It’s always fun to find out about products others like, so here’s the scoop on a few of mine.

Shampoo & Conditioner
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Since I don’t wash my hair that often, I don’t mind spending a little bit more on this shampoo & conditioner. It leaves my hair feeling soft and shiny, without feeling heavy at all. I wash my hair like twice a week these days, and use this dry shampoo on the days I don’t for a refresh.

Sumatra Keurig Coffee K-Cupssumatra_coffee

My husband and I love our coffee in the morning, who doesn’t, right? Well, lately, we’ve been loving this coffee. We added it to our monthly subscription of diapers, etc. It’s that good, and strong.

Bell Sleeve Top
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This top has been on repeat a lot lately. I bought it months ago, but I love putting it on when I’m in a rush in the morning. It’s so lightweight, so it’s a great option for Summer.

Pixie Eyeliner
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I’ve tried a lot of eyeliners in my day, and this one just keeps winning in my book.

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This quote. Perfection, and a great reminder!

Have a happy one!
~KSSBelle

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Mom Style + Summer Shopping

I’m back…I know, again! Life with two is such a good busy, but it can be busy for sure. I know, everyone is busy; however, I finally feel like we’re out of the “newborn fog.” So, blogging will be a priority for me again. We’ve been enjoying lots and lots of sunshine this Spring. If it’s sunny, we’re outside playing. Vitamin D does us all a lot of good. I know any Momma is nodding and saying “Amen!”

OK. So, I’ve gotta ask…what’s your “Mom Style?”

Even as a busy Mom of two littles, I still find myself wearing a lot of what I love. I love blouses, jeans, shorts, and a great pair of flats, pretty much year round. Dresses I do save for a date night, or church on Sundays. I get so many comments from other Moms at preschool drop off & pick up that I’m always so “put together.” I feel like that’s a compliment, but I also think to myself “Well, I have two choices when I get dressed, to wear what I want to wear, or to wear workout gear.” If I’m going to workout, then sure, I’ll wear that, but otherwise, I like feeling “put together.” My kids also need to see me for who I really am. Trust me, I have my lazy days, too. Everyone has their own version of that, but at least be the best version of yourself, and I promise, you’ll feel better. How you feel floods into every aspect of your life. It takes me the same amount of time to put on a pair of jeans & a blouse, as it does for me to put on workout shorts & a top.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit, I do use dry shampoo like it’s going out of style. No joke.
A swipe of mascara and concealer, and off we go to school/errands/play. It takes me about 15 minutes to get ready in the morning, if I’m using this dry shampoo.

Whatever your mom style is, I hope you rock it well. I know we’re all doing our best!

Below are some things I’ve got my eyes on for Summer. Happy Shopping!

 Chandler Bow Blouse
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Isn’t the back of this blouse the cutest? I can’t wait until it arrives.

 Eyelet Blouse
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This eyelet blouse is one of my favorite colors. I can already tell it’s going to be a very versatile top in my closet. It’s on sale too, even better, right?

Tie Neck Silk Top
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This blouse is perfection. Can you tell that I like blue? It goes with everything, and it’s so fun to accessorize with pops of fun colors.

Pineapple Earrings
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The perfect Summer finishing touch to any outfit. A must have, in my opinion.

Striped Pajamas with Lemons
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How fun are these pajamas? Love the simplicity, and the lemon addition!

What do you have your eyes on for Summer?

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~KSSBelle

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Hello 2017!

Hello 2017! Wow, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I’m happy to report that I’m B.A.C.K. my friends! I sure have missed this little space. I hope you’re new year is off to a fabulous start! Ours is definitely is going well. Being a Mama of two little ones is the absolute best, even if I’m living on lots, & I mean lots of caffeine these days.

I have tons of ideas for blog posts, but since this is the first one for this year, I thought I would keep it simple.

Below are a few things I’m loving lately, some of which can easily take you into Spring.
Happy Shopping!

Loft Blouse
Blue Blouse_LoftThis blouse is even prettier in person. I wore it with my favorite distressed jeans the other day, and plan to wear it with white jeans, skirts and more. Bonus? It’s machine washable, so those little spit up stains come right out, Mamas!

Ruffle Blouse
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This ruffle blouse is now 40% off! Grab it while you can, because is so flattering on, and who doesn’t love another great white blouse? They go with so many items in your wardrobe.

Puffer Jacket

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If you’re looking for a more casual coat, snag this one on major sale right now! I needed something more casual for preschool drop off’s, and this fit the bill. It covers your backside, if wearing leggings, and keeps you warm. It’s one of the more tailored puffers in my opinion. And, it’s machine washable (minus the collar). It also comes in black.

Gemma Pom-Pom Flats

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Pointy toe flats? Check. Pom-Poms? Check. In Kelly green? Check, check. I just ordered these cuties on sale (Code: HEARTYOU). As a busy Mom, I live in flats most days, so these had my name written all over them! I’m thinking about ordering them in the yellow…

Bow Sweater

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I also ordered this sweater, and it’s also on sale at J.Crew. I get weak in the knees for anything with a bow. It’s lightweight enough that you could wear it with crop jeans/shorts in the Spring as well. It comes in cherry red and navy as well.

If not now, then when?

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Have a great day!
~KSSBelle

 

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Maternity Jeans

Yesterday I talked about why I’m not buying maternity clothing (minus my maternity jeans), and so today I thought I would talk to you about the 3 pairs of jeans that I’ve been living in/rotating these days, and why I love them all so much!

First things first, I’m pretty tall (5’10), so most maternity jeans I could find at stores like Target are always too short, even if they’re the skinny jeans. I found 2 pairs at J.Crew (on sale!), and had one major splurge from Shopbop.

One thing I’ve learned during my pregnancies is that you don’t have to give up on your personal style for 9 months, you just have to make some minor adjustments that still make you look & feel your best throughout your entire pregnancy. If you make these adjustments, then you’ll learn to embrace all of the wonderful changes that are taking place a whole lot better.

If you’re expecting, happy shopping!

Maternity Pull-on toothpick jeans
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These look and feel like your basic white jeans. The only thing you have to get used to is there are no front pockets! I’m a big believer in wearing white after Labor Day; therefore, I snagged these up knowing I’d wear them thru the entire pregnancy. Warning – if you have a small toddler at home, you’re bound to get handprints on them before going anywhere. That’s when my handy dandy Tide Stick comes into play!

Stretch Maternity matchstick jeans
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These aren’t exactly the style I bought, but they look very similar to mine. I remember they were on sale for $35.00 this Summer. These are more of a straight fit, but are still cute, and they’re on sale! I wanted a pair of black skinny jeans for this Fall/Winter, so when I found the maternity toothpick skinny on sale, I snagged them up! Can’t wait to wear my pair with a crisp white button-up, loose blouses and chunky sweaters!

DL1961 Emma Maternity Jeans
emma-maternity-jeansThese were my splurge, but, the fit is impeccable, and I KNOW I’ll wear them home from the hospital and for a few months after I have our little one. I’m pretty sure I wear them at least 3 times a week (or more), so I feel like they’ve already paid for themselves. They’re cute dressed up or dressed down. While I did pay a little more than I’d like for these, they make me feel like a million bucks while pregnant, and that to me is worth every penny.

What pants/jeans do you love while pregnant?

Happy Tuesday, friends!
~KSSBelle

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Pregnancy: What I’m buying & why it’s not maternity

This might not sound totally normal to most, but I still haven’t brought down my maternity clothing from our attic from my first pregnancy, and I have 3 months left. I’m really happy about it, too. And, I hope I don’t have to, either. Sounds weird, I know, but at 6 months pregnant, I’ve gained 11 pounds, and I hope to only gain 10-12 lbs more. Now, I will admit, I did buy 3 pairs of maternity jeans (I’ll do a post on those as well) when I first found out I was pregnant. Most of my maternity pants were work attire related with my first pregnancy.  So, as of a few weeks ago, I’ve been strictly wearing those, but, I’m still in my normal size tops. Thank goodness. I know that won’t last forever, but I plan to make it last as long as possible.

In case you’re new to my blog, I gained WAY more weight than I’d like to admit with my first pregnancy. I know exactly why, too. I was working then (slammed every day, but on a side note: I LOVED my job), and the hubs and I ate takeout pretty much every single night with little to no exercise, because by the time I got home from work, the last thing I wanted to do was cook a gourmet meal. This pregnancy has been totally different & just as busy albiet in a different way. I’m still just as busy chasing a toddler/running a household, but I’ve completely changed my eating habits for the better.

After having our first baby,  my goal was to get down to my wedding weight again, and when I found out we were expecting our second baby, I actually had reached my goal! Yay!  So, ever since then I’ve been petrified of gaining anything more than the medical recommended weight gain during pregnancy which is between 20-25 pounds.

So, since I’m right on track to only gain the recommended amount, I’ve decided that I’m not going to buy maternity clothing, I’m going to buy clothing I’ll love, post baby. Not only does it keep me in check when I want to go grab a handful of candy corns, it also gives me something to look forward to after our little bundle of joy is here.

Below are a few things I’ve added to my closet for later, and a few things I’ve got my eye on that I’d love to buy as well.

Happy Shopping!

Edie Stripe Top
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This top is darling. I love the classic blue & white stripe with the twist of a ruffle. I know I’ll wear this top on repeat after the baby is here for many years!

Ruffle Sleeve Top
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I clearly have a weakness for ruffles (and peplum). This sweater is going to look so chic with white jeans post baby! I can’t wait to wear it this winter!

Bell Sleeve Blouse
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Hands down, this top is a real winner if you’re expecting. I’m actually wearing this exact top right now, and it’s still has plenty of growing room, too. I also bought it in the navy. The peplum & the bell sleeve mix feels fresh for Fall. I wore this with my j.crew white maternity jeans to our preschool parent’s night, and felt like I was wearing a normal outfit! Snag it on sale, and it’s an even better buy for now and later, trust me.

Now, here’s what I’ve got my eye on as well…

Sailor Pants
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You can’t go wrong with these pants. I think the gold buttons add a classic finish to an otherwise ordinary looking pant. I know I’d wear these for many years.

Danny Turtleneck Dress
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This dress is timeless. I adore the feminine ruffle finish, and you can never go wrong with a turtleneck when it’s freezing outside. I’m just dreaming of days when it’s freezing outside again, clearly.

Wildcat Clutch 
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Hello Gorgeous! I’d love to add this to my date night clutch collection!

What are you loving lately? Are you dreaming of cooler, crisp mornings like I am? I had my first nonfat pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks on September 1st. And anyone who really knows me, knows that I don’t stop talking about Fall and all its’ glory until it’s here…

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I also may or may not have already bought my winter coat for this year…oops! I blame it on the fact that if you don’t buy something when you see it, it’ll be gone before you know it. Trust me. And while I love blogging, and reading my favorite blogs, that’s the only downside to these blogs these days, things sell out so quickly. It’s great for the vendors though!

Have a happy Monday!
~KSSBelle

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Blackberry Crisp

I’ve fallen even more in love with blackberries this Summer, especially if I can pick them up at the local farmers’ market. Blackberries eaten alone or in a recipe are divine in our household. I’ve blogged awhile ago about my “Apple Crisp” recipe (given to me from a dear friend of mine); however, I decided to cut that recipe in half and make a few changes for the blackberry crisp.  My husband LOVES blackberries, so I surprised him one night with it on a whim, and now it’s his most requested dessert. It literally takes less me than 5 minutes to prepare, and you can still keep a close eye on your kids while making it! That’s my kind of recipe with an active toddler under my feet all day. It’s also a great dessert to bring to any gathering. It’s delicious, and gives you more “getting ready” time, too.

~ BLACKBERRY CRISP ~

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1/2 Gallon fresh blackberries
(I feel like the local farmer’s market has the best flavor, but store bought works, too!)

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then grab your favorite 8×8 pan, no greasing necessary.
2. Wash all of the blackberries
3. Toss them into the bottom of your 8×8 pan
4. Add 2 teaspoons of water
5. Next, mix up the “crisp” topping

Crisp:
1 Cup flour
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup butter ( 1 full stick)

5. To save time, unwrap your stick of butter, place in a microwave safe bowl
(microwave for about 30 seconds, or until completely melted)
6. Next, add your flour and sugar to the melted butter in the same bowl.
7. Stir together until flour & sugar are completely coated in the melted butter.
8. Pour the crisp evenly over the blackberries

Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly golden brown (like the photo above). Your kitchen will smell heavenly, and your family will love this treat!

Sometimes, we serve it with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Now, depending on what fruits are in season, I’ve made this with granny smith apples (just add cinnamon), peaches and I want to make it with blueberries next! If you have a bigger crowd to feed, you can double the fruit and crisp, and make it in an 11×13 dish, just bake it for about 45 minutes.

Enjoy!
~KSSBelle

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Hello Again!

Happy Weekend, Friends & “Hello!” again!

I know it seems as though I’ve taken a bit of a break from my blog, and you’d be correct, I have. Please know I’ve missed it terribly, but all for good reason, as we’re expecting our second twinkle toes in early January! We couldn’t be more excited and grateful for this little blessing! The first trimester was pretty tough, as in extreme exhaustion, so when my little one would nap, I would to…a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

Good news for you guys, is that this time around I’m really not focusing on buying any maternity clothing, if I can’t help it. I have a lot leftover from my last pregnancy, as well as some hand me downs (thanks, Sis!). I’m still fitting in my non-maternity pants/shorts, tops and dresses at 4 months…thank goodness! We’ll see how long that lasts. ha!

So, I thought I would round up a few things that I’ve been loving lately for you!

Off the Shoulder Top – Tuckernuck
tnuck off the shoulder topI have this top in pink (you may have seen it on my Instagram), and LOVE IT. It’s so classic, and it’s a longer top. It might be too long to wear with shorts, but it’s perfect paired with white denim (what I wore on a date night recently!) and skinny pants of any kind! Such a fun & flirty top. It’s also got a lot of growing room for the belly!;)

Linen Drawstring Trousers
loft linen pantsThese pants are so comfortable and chic. I typically wouldn’t buy anything orange; however, they go great with a lot of my tops, and the relaxed look is really nice for Summer.

Factory Graphic floral one-piece swimsuit
J.crew Factory Floral Suit
This was my first swimsuit from j.crew factory, and it didn’t disappoint. In the years past, I’ve always bought my suits from J.Crew. I keep them forever because they’re that good. This suit is perfect for a growing belly. It’s my first one-piece in a LONG time, and I love it, especially while chasing a toddler!:) The bright colors/print just makes me happy as well!

Off-the-shoulder dress – J.Crew
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I’ve had my eye on this dress for awhile now, and may have to get it. I love the off-the-shoulder dress look, as well as the print, but I worry I won’t be able to wear it that much longer this Summer.

Voluspa ‘Maison Blanc – Gardenia Candle
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This candle has made my kitchen smell amazing. The scent reminds me of my childhood. My parents have a screened in porch, and I can remember endless conversations with my parents while smelling the gardenias in bloom right outside off of the porch. It really is the little things in life that matter the most.

What are you loving this Summer?

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Have a great weekend!
~KSSBelle

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