Oct 23, 2014

Black and Leopard

Happy Thursday babes!  Who is excited it is almost the weekend? ME! (say that like Elle Woods when she finds out she got the internship.)  Today is a Thoughts for Thursday day and it is all about my recent love of black.  I worked in retail and fashion before I had babies and the dress code revolves around black, black and black.  For years, I avoided the color like the plague, letting navy blue be the closest I got to it.  This year, I am finally opening my heart to black again (sounds pretty soul less?)  I lurve this Loft sweater, which there is almost always a promo code for (never pay full price!) and my usual suspects these days of my Kendra Scott earringsGigi clutch and strappy sandals.  I need more reasons and tops to wear with these leopard J Brand skinny jeans because, duh, leopard.  All suggestions welcome!











Please excuse my horrendous roots, I have some quality time scheduled at the salon on Saturday.  I am thinking of going darker, thoughts?

Have a fabulous day!

Linking up with Natalie and Annie for Thoughts on Thursday!

xo
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Oct 22, 2014

Shopaholic: Joie

Today's Shopaholic is all about one of my go-to, favorite brands, Joie.  I have been wearing this brand for years, since they first started selling over ten years ago and still wear some of those original pieces.  Their price point is at the Contemporary level (think Cusp at Neiman Marcus) but they almost always go on amazing sale and I rarely buy anything of theirs full price.  This is a brand I don't mind paying a little more for because the pieces are classic, durable and last me for a long time.  Here are a bunch of tops I am eyeing right now, some on sale!  


1. Lilibeth Sweater
2. Selima Blouse
3. Iva Blouse
4. Padma Blouse
5. Adia Tee
6. Maddie Top
7. Purine Blouse
8. Hildalgo Sweater

P.S. I just scored the Maddie top on super sale here!

Happy shopping and have a fabulous day!
xo

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Oct 21, 2014

Holidays: Pumpkin Muffins

Happy Tuesday!   Halloween has me on a complete pumpkin everything kick every year (as I sip a pumpkin spice coffee typing this!)  Pumpkin muffins are one of my easiest ways to get that fix! I tried this recipe last year and was reminded of it when Natalie post it again recently.  I changed it up a little over the last couple of times making it to make it to our taste, including adding a little more sugar and some cinnamon.  Every bite gets me more excited for the 31st!  I also changed it to make it gluten free (Cup4Cup flour!)


Pumpkin Spice Muffins
recipe adapted via

Ingredients
1.5 cups flour (I used Cup4Cup to make it gluten free)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon and sugar mixed together

- Preheat oven to 350 and lined muffin tins with 12 liners.
- In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon
- In a second bowl, mix together pumpkin, eggs, oil and sugar.  Add dry ingredients and mix well until evenly combined.
- Evenly divide among 12 muffin cups.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean
- Let cool for five minutes then sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture on top and continue cooling.

We eat ours with whipped cream and it is DELICIOUS!  

Linking up with some of my favorite ladies KatieAnnieCait and Lisa to share one of my favorite Fall/Halloween recipes! Also linking up with my girl Kate!

Enjoy!
xo
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Oct 20, 2014

Ripped

Happy Monday lovelies!  This was such a productive weekend - I scored major deals on shoes for the kids, spent some quality time with friends, cooked up a storm, got a ton done on our house, and got in lots of Fall activities.  I also got to wear my new J Brand jeans that I am totally obsessed with.  I was never a fan of ripped jeans, I mean who buys their jeans ripped? All of a sudden, I saw these and had a complete change of heart.  They're so comfy and I adore the rips - their perfection.  Now I want ALL of the distressed denim!  I paired them with my new booties and a classic Equipment tee (never too much camo) and a chunky necklace to glam it up.  It was a great, easy weekend look.  Seriously, I cannot recommend these jeans enough.  They sit up a little higher and suck everything in and the rips are reinforced so they can't tear any more.  












Have a fabulous day!
xo

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Oct 19, 2014

Saks Friends and Family Sale

Today is the last day of the Saks Friends and Family Sale.  Get 25 percent off almost everything with code FRNFAM.  Here are my picks of some things I have on my wish list and things I already own and love!






Happy shopping!
xo


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Oct 17, 2014

Swingy

Happy Friday!  I am so happy the weekend is here! I feel like a high schooler again, eagerly awaiting the weekends.  Today, and all days, I am loving swingy tops.  I know, I talk about how much I love these way too often, but once you have kids, swingy tops just make you feel much more pulled together.  My Pins and Needles top is on sale right now for $20, which makes them even more fun!  I have also decided, in spite of my large head status, that I want to wear more hats.  I scooped this one up at local boutique but can't find it anywhere online.  It is the perfect windy day or bad hair day helper.  This one looks exactly like it in a little darker color.  It instantly makes you feel more polished and put together.  Can I get a large head sister hell ya?!










Have a fabulous weekend!
xo
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Oct 16, 2014

Thoughts for Thursday

Happy Thursday lovelies!  Today is a little update on everything that's been going on lately...

Avery turned six, sort of happily?


 We ate a LOT of cake and didn't complain about it one bit.

My little lady got her American Girl doll and all is right with the world.

I wore pants...

Then shorts because it got H-O-T!

We all got a Fall cold and spent lots of Q.T. on the couch snuggling...

I got these booties and am totally in love with them.  The price is right and they go with everything!


That's what's been going on!  Don't forget to follow me over at @thebloggercloset on Instagram through tomorrow!  

*linking up with Natalie and Annie

Have a fabulous day!
xo
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