Loft Sale!

Loft Sale!

The Memorial Day sales have been so good you guys that I’ve had to dedicate more than one post to them!  Earlier this week I talked the Nordstrom half-yearly sale (if you missed it, you can check it out here), and today I’m showing you a few of my favorite finds from the Loft Memorial Day sale.  Everything is currently 40% off with the code: longwknd.  As always click the links in text or pictures at the very bottom to shop.

Okay so first up…I’m loving these pants!

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They are so comfortable and lightweight.  I went with my regular size, but I wore them some yesterday and could see how they might stretch over time.  You could probably get away with sizing down, but I can’t stand to wear pants that are too tight so I went with my regular size and am hoping they don’t stretch too much and get too loose.

Also, this vintage soft tee is so vibrant and fun for summer!  And I talked about this top below on my instastories.  It’s from their Lou & Grey line and it’s soooo comfortable. I’m going to live in it this summer. It’s lightweight and open so it works outside in the heat, but it’s cozy enough to keep you warm inside when the AC makes it chilly.  And, with the slits on the sides it’s very breastfeeding friendly.  Jeans are from Target.

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Next up is this top that can be worn so many different ways.  It also comes in Navy.

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I love it paired with the green denim or regular jeans and I’m loving white on white this summer! It’s such a crisp, clean look and you know I love me some clean style.  Here’s the White jeans and here’s the sandal.

Next are these fun shorts!

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These are also super comfortable and true to size.  You could probably size up one to get a little more length in the short but I worry it would make it too loose in the waist so I stuck with my regular size.  What I love about shorts like these are that they can totally be dressed up for wearing outside of the house, or combined with a comfy top to be worn for lounging around the house.  Here is the top .

And I didn’t buy this next top but I thought it was so cute for summer.

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It looks like a heavy sweater but it’s actually very lightweight and definitely wearable for summer.  I like it with the white denim but think it would be so cute with shorts too. It would also make a great beachy sweater for night time too.

These and some more of my favorites are below.  Click the pictures to shop.

Happy shopping and have a happy Memorial Day!

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Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale!

Hi friends!  There are so many great Memorial Day sales going on right now and I figured I would share now so you have time to snag some items in time for the holiday! Yesterday I posted some of my top picks from the two day Abercrombie & Fitch sale going on now (40-60% off select items) – head to the “shop my looks” tab to see those. And today I’m taking you through my favorite selections from Nordstrom’s half-yearly sale.  There were so many good finds!  The sale lasts until June 3rd and items tend to sell out fast so if you’re really loving something I’d say pounce on it!

Now, for today I’m showing you all the great sale items I found for under $50.  So let’s dive right in!  Starting with tops.  As always click the picture for more or link below.

Top Row:

  1. Vince Camuto Stripe Top – This link is for a similar one.  The one pictured above is already sold out.  Fits true to size
  2. Free People Henley Top  – Also fits true to size
  3. Halogen Relaxed Pocket Cardigan – comes in 7 colors (I love the navy stripe) and runs large so size down.

Second Row:

  1. BP Ruffle Sleeve Crop Top – Fits true to size
  2. Lucky Brand Print Tee – Fits true to size
  3. Gibson Stripe Top – Fits true to size; Also comes in yellow and red.

Third Row:

  1. Vince Camuto Floral Chiffon Top – Click the picture above for that exact one.  This link is for a similar one.  Fits true to size.
  2. Lucky Brand Stripe Cotton Top – Fits true to size.
  3. Top Shop Yarn Cardigan – Fits true to size.

Bottom Row:

  1. Mimi Chica Kimono – True to size.
  2. Free People Off the Shoulder Top – Runs large; Size down if between sizes.
  3. Trouve Surplice Top – True to size.  Comes in blue and pink.

Next are dresses:

  1. Charles Henry Peasant Minidress – Fits true to size.
  2. Felicity & COCO Dalton Dress – Fits true to size.
  3. BB Dakota Stripe Knit Dress – Also comes in navy.  Fits true to size.

Totes:

  1. Street Level Reversible Leather Tote – Not on sale but under $50.  Also comes in tan; A similar, less expensive version of the Madewell leather tote.
  2. BP Pink Faux Leather Crossbody.
  3. Sole Society  Oversized Faux Leather Tote – Also comes in taupe.

Shoes:

  1. Caslon Rory Mule – Comes in other colors but currently only 2 colors left (this pink and a floral).  Fits true to size.
  2. Latigo Loafer Mule – Fits true to size.
  3. Steve Madden Hidden Sandal – Also comes in white, yellow, and camel.  Fits true to size.
  4. Steve Madden Stecy Sandal – Also comes in black.  I have these and they make a great shoe for a dress to a wedding, etc. or even the right pair of jeans.
  5. Michael Kors Sport Slide – also come in pink and gold.  Certain sizes are selling out fast!

Accessories and Such:

  1. Panacea Bead Drop Earrings
  2. LaBlanca One Piece Swimsuit
  3. Row A Stripe Romper – Fits true to size.
  4. BP Fringe Earrings – Also come in gold/blue combo
  5. Treasure & Bond Circle Tassel Pendant – Also comes in silver

These finds are just the tip of the iceberg.  There are so many great items on sale! Some other sales to check out currently are:

Ann Taylor Loft 40% off – code: LONGWKND

Madewell 20% off dresses – code: prettyplease

Macy’s 20% off Memorial Day Sale – now until 5/28

J. Crew Factory 50% off everything

Happy Shopping!!

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Memorial Day Looks

Memorial Day Looks

Hi friends!  Okay, first things first, who watched the royal wedding?? Ahh official pictures are being released and I’m reliving the fun all over again.  I’ll admit this post was supposed to come out Saturday, but I had too much royal wedding excitement going on to focus on this, so it got pushed back to today.

It’s almost Memorial Day and while technically the first day of Summer is June 21st, I think I speak for most of us when I say, Memorial Day is the true Summer kick off! And I don’t know about you, but I am ready for it!! I finally have off this Memorial Day so I’ve already been planning what I should wear and thought I would share some of my finds. I’m doing a lot of blue and white because….patriotic.  I’m also sharing some warm and cool looks because this Ohio weather be cray and we never know what we’re going to get. The best part is, most of these looks are inexpensive which is always a plus in my book. Okay, so here we go….as always click the link in the text or the shop-able pictures below to shop!

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This outfit is just nice and simple and I have gotten so many compliments on this top, and you guys it’s from Target, and it’s less than $20!  Now, I paired the top with high- waisted jeans, also from Target, because the top is a little short and looks great with them.  Click here for another option.  I’m loving the whole Universal Thread line right now!  And the sandals can be found here.  Similar necklace here.

Here are a few more looks, and you know I’m rocking the overalls this year.  I’m loving this trend! Outfit details are below.

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Option #1:  Here is the shirt again, because it goes with everything.  Overalls can be found here, and the sandals are from Old Navy.  I can’t find a link online so here’s a similar pair.   **(Side note – the overalls are pricey but they are great quality and I look at them as an investment piece that I’ll have for years).

Option #2:  Here’s a similar denim jacket.  Sandals are  linked above and here’s another cute pair.  And I’m so bummed I can’t find a link for the jumpsuit online.  It’s also Old Navy and so comfortable.  Here is a similar one.

Option #3:  Henley top, overalls again, and these newest Birkenstock’s.  They are sooo comfortable and give me just a little height, which I love.

Click the pics below for more.  Also, loving overall shorts. They can easily be worn in place of overalls if it’s too hot.

And if you’re really feeling patriotic, here’s a fun way to add a pop of red to your look…

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These shoes are my version of knock off Rothys, but for not even a quarter of the price! Boat neck tee can be found here.

Here are some other good finds that I think would also make some good Memorial Day options….

Check back later this week.  I’ll be talking Memorial Day sales!  And friends there are some good ones coming!

Happy shopping and congratulations to Meghan and Harry!!

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Spring Cleaning (part 1)

Spring Cleaning (part 1)

Hi friends!  I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but Spring has officially arrived here and it’s looking like it’s here to stay!  Being cooped up in the house all winter (along with my type A personality and OCD tendencies) have me itching to do a good ol’ spring cleaning of the house.  I can’t wait to purge things!  Does this excite anyone else?  I for one get so much satisfaction out of pitching, shredding, organizing, and deep cleaning.  I’m talking ‘wiping down baseboards and washing shelves’ type of cleaning.  This time of year, I’m like Danny Tanner when he cleans his cleaning gloves. Does anyone else remember that episode of Full House?  I honestly remember watching that as a kid and thinking it wasn’t THAT outlandish that he did that.  I mean they do get dirty!  Anyways, I decided to do a post on spring cleaning, not to bore you beyond repair, but to tell you that I have discovered some things in the past few months that have me cleaning in a whole new (safer) way and I had to share.  I’m coming clean about cleaning.  About ‘clean’ cleaning.  Okay I’ll stop.  But first, something funny I found on Pinterest that totally resonated with me….

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So, let me first say that I Spring clean every year, but this year I have been catapulted to a whole new cleaning level by this book…..

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Has anyone else read this?  I’ve heard so many great things about it and decided to give it a try and you guys, so far, I am hooked!  I’m only a few chapters in, but I can tell you that this book has the potential to make me sell everything except Eric, Leyton and the dog and buy a tiny house.  Like a renovated school bus tiny house.  It’s making me realize just how much crap we accumulate and how unnecessary so much of it is.  It’s making me a more conscientious shopper too.  I may actually be able to leave Target one of these days with only the items I went in for (Well maybe.  It’s a book, not a hypnotist).  So I’ll keep you posted, because like I said, I just started, but so far it.is.good! So stay tuned.

The main thing I wanted to post about it terms of cleaning  is what I’m cleaning with.  Now that I’m trying to rid my life and household of as many toxic chemicals and ingredients as I can, I’ve been examining everything and let me tell you the first thing to go, has been allll the cleaners.  I have found so many great, natural cleaning recipes that I’m gonna share with you today (and they work!) that it makes me wonder why any of us ever use the hazardous stuff.  I literally had a laminate floor cleaner that said right on the bottle, “this is a hazardous material.”  Great, why don’t I just spray that over every square inch of this house!  But no more!  Over the past month, I have eliminated all the store bought cleaners and replaced them with homemade, natural, safer ones.  I have replaced all of this…..

with this…..

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The only thing missing from this picture is an all natural toilet bowl cleaner I bought, and an all natural bathroom cleaner (but even that I’ll probably ditch because I have a homemade recipe for that too).  I’ve been amazed and just how much simple, inexpensive items like rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, baking soda, castille soap, and water, can clean.  Add some essential oils to that and you get more tough cleaning action and better smells than the overpowering, chemical filled products bought at the store.  The best part is I don’t have to worry about using these around Leyton because I know they are safe.

When I was researching about the harmful chemicals in cleaners, I came across this article “8 Hidden Toxins: What’s lurking in Your Cleaning Products” by Jessie Sholl and was blown away by some of the things I learned.  You should definitely read it, but allow me to point out some of the information Sholl includes that I found particularly concerning about our every day household cleaning products.

  1. There are no regulations on cleaning products, meaning they don’t have to meet any safety standards or test products before selling them.
  2. The average household is exposed to 62 toxic chemicals.
  3. “Ingredients in household cleaners are linked to cancer, hormone disruption, reproductive disorders, and neurotoxicity.” 

(Sholl, 2011)

Now just a side note, but as someone who struggled with fertility issues, reading things like that definitely makes me step back and say, “hmmm could all my years of exposure to harmful chemicals and ingredients have been the cause?”  I may never know.  But you best believe I’m working to eliminate them now.  Also, this article points out something I’ve talked about before.  Beware of fragrances!  If you haven’t read, “Fragrance is the New Second Hand Smoke,” you need to!  It’s extremely eye opening!

I should also point out that you have to check labels because even products that you think are safe (or that claim to be organic/safe….again, no regulation so they can say that) might not be.  I was shocked when I discovered both Honest Company and Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products have some bad ingredients like Methylisothiazolinone, a preservative that’s a known irritant and cause of skin allergies.  Yes, skin irritation isn’t as serious as cancer or hormone disruption, but it just shows that you have to check your products because they aren’t always as squeaky clean as they are promising.

So that’s my spiel.  I just found that article interesting and wanted to share.  Okay, so on to some recipes for safe, all natural cleaners.  The best part is that a lot of the ingredients are ones you probably already have around the house.  And these are inexpensive.  The ones that call for oils, you could leave the oils out if you don’t have any (although in some, the lemon oil is a cleaning aide, although I’d imagine you could just use lemon juice).  Also, the gray cloth in my picture is a stainless steel cleaning cloth.  You literally just use water and the cloth and it gets stainless steel perfectly clean.  I got mine from Mightynest here.  And the Amber bottles are my favorite.  I found those on Amazon.  I have been using these cleaners and loving them!  I can safely say I don’t miss those toxic, harmful products one bit. Happy cleaning!

**All of these recipes I make for a 16oz. amber spray bottle, unless stated otherwise**

All-Purpose Cleaner

1/2 Cup White Vinegar

2 Cups Rubbing Alcohol

Fill to top with water then add 1 tsp. of dish soap (do this last otherwise the whole thing will suds up when you add the water.

**This makes 1 gallon.  You can either cut down the recipe to fit your spray bottle or, what I do is make the gallon and then just pour into a spray bottle and as you run out just refill from the gallon jug.

Dust Spray

1 3/4 cups water

2 tsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp lemon essential oil (or I’m guessing lemon juice might work)

1/4 cup vinegar

**I spray onto a dust cloth, microfiber cloth, or piece of an old white tee shirt, instead of directly onto the furniture.

Laminate Floor Cleaner

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup rubbing alcohol

1/3 cup white vinegar

3 drops of liquid dish soap

5-10 drops lemon essential oil (optional)

Lemon Degreaser (All purpose except for wood)

2 cups water

2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp. of castile soap (I love Dr. Bronner’s)

1 tablespoon baking soda

**This makes a 24 oz. spray bottle.  So I would just half it if you only have a 16 oz. bottle.

Glass Cleaner (This, with the peppermint oil is my favorite!!)

2 cups water

2 tablespoons white vinegar

2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol

5 drops peppermint essential oil

**This makes a 24 oz. spray bottle.  Just half it for 16 oz. and I did 3-4 drops of the peppermint oil.

Hardwood Floor Cleaner

1 gallon, hot water

1/2 cup white vinegar

2 – 3 drops essential oil (any scent but lemon is probably most used)

**Mix in bucket and clean with mop or cloth

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