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!

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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

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!

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Oct 20, 2014


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!

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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!

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Oct 17, 2014


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!
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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!
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Oct 15, 2014

Dining Room + Shopbop Sale

Happy hump day babes!  So, we have been in our house for almost two months and I have managed to get us fully moved into about 1.5 rooms.  Oh yeah.  Self high-five.  Slow and steady wins the race amiright?! I snapped a few quick pictures of the one room that is about 80 percent finished, our dining room.  The only thing I am missing is window treatments and a possible cushion for the window seat... but I need all of your expert opinions - do I want a window seat cushion and window treatments and if so, what?  I was thinking of simple, bamboo shades because wooden shutters seem too heavy for the space and blinds just won't be happening.  

I wish I could say that I did this all of myself, but my friend Helen, who has an insane eye for interior design, helped me a TON.  Also, I love that old rug we have in here, but I know it doesn't belong.  Boo hoo.  She will move on to greener pastures when I find something perfect to take her place.

So, time for some more questions!  We got our new granite installed last week (insert angels singing) and I basically want to kiss it every time I walk into the kitchen (which opens into the dining room.)  

Those stools will be going since they're basically all broken and not the look I am going for.  I am trying to decide between black and silver metal stools...

Which ones do you all think I should go with?

Also, my favorite sale is happening right now, the Shopbop Friends and Family Sale!  Take 25 percent off with code Family25 through the 16th.  Here are my picks and possibly a few things I may have scooped up for myself...

I will be posting over at the Blogger Closet on Instagram (@thebloggercloset) hosted by Amanda!  Make sure to check it out and follow along!

Have a fabulous day!
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