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Backyard Camping

Emma’s been learning about camping in peewee lately, and she’s gotten REALLY into it. At first, when I asked her whether she’d like us to take her camping, she crinkled up her nose in response and said, “I don’t like bugs. Or dirt.” And I had to hold back my laughter. ;) Like mother, like daughter, I suppose, haha! But she’s definitely come around to the idea, and while I’m not sure she (or Mitch and I, for that matter) are ready for a real camping trip quiet yet, pretend camping is right up her alley. 😉

Public Access: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks + $250 Giveaway

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Guys! “Public Access” to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts today at 12:30 p.m. EST/11:30 a.m. CST, and there are so many awesome in-stock products to shop. Above is what I think you shouldn’t miss, and below is my complete guide to shopping the sale. :)

Some favorites:

Caslon Hooded Cardigan: Oops. Forgot to include it in the above graphic. #winning ;) But it’s a favorite that I’ve owned for a few years. It’s super soft as well, and I love that it cinches around the waist. Size down; it runs large.

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings: Get these! I feel like Tuckernuck made the faux leather legging look “preppy,” and I’m here for it. Both the Spanx and Commando pairs are awesome–insanely comfortable!–and you really can’t go wrong with either. The Spanx feature a longer fit and the Commando are ankle cut. (With Spanx, I did go up a size. I tried up to a large and honestly they all looked good–and about the same! So don’t stress too much about the size. They’re magic pants, haha.)

Red Longchamp: This sells out SO quickly every year so if you’re interested, I would purchase asap. The tote itself is amazing, too, and I love how awesome the red looks paired with navy stripes. When zippered, it looks just the original Le Pliage, but unzip and you have a MUCH bigger bag. This is fabulous for the girl who can never get her stuff back into her suitcase at the end of a trip. ;) Seriously: Why does this always happen to me?! I need expandable luggage, too.

AG High-Waisted Skinny Jeans: I’m not the biggest high-waisted fan, but these were actually comfy on me. I went up one size. I love the amount of stretch that AG puts into their jeans. It’s just enough to make ’em super soft and comfy but not too much that they’ll lose their shape throughout the day. Bottom line: you can’t go wrong with any of the AG pairs that are included this year!

Barbour Violet Coat: I tried on all the Barbour coats, and this one is my favorite! It features a similar cut to the classic Beadnell, but it has a beautiful floral lining that provides extra warmth and coziness, which is something the original does not have! I LOVE it. My biggest complaint with the classic Beadnell is that it isn’t the warmest. But so excited that I’ll be able to wear this one throughout the entirety of the fall! If you’re planning on buying this coat, note that it runs a little small. I’m wearing a U.S. 4 here (which is my normal Barbour size), but I think if there had been a U.S. 6 available, I would have gone with that. (See all Anniversary Sale Barbour products here.)

Wrap Dress: I just ordered this for my work trip to New York next week! I think it’s something I’ll be able to re-wear and re-wear. A classic, for sure!

Bobbi Brown Lipstick: The only lipstick I wear! It somehow punches up my look while still appearing natural.

T3 Curling Wand: The best curling iron to have ever existed. You’ll get those incredible curl-waves and they WON’T FALL OUT.

Cole Haan bootie: Again, I’m obsessed with Cole Haan shoes because they’re so well-made and they’re extremely padded/comfortable without looking it. ;) My old brown booties are destroyed so these were a must for me! So.Comfortable.

The Ponte Leggings You NEED: Leggings that are thick enough so you can wear ’em to work. I love mine! TTS.

Side button sweater: My favorite sweater from the sale! The buttons down the arm are just too cute. It also comes in cashmere. I’m wearing a size XS here so I’d say it runs large and long.

Cozy Fleece Twist Top: Get this! I’ve had mine for years and it’s one of the softest articles of clothing in my closet. :) A great lounge/weekend top. It runs large. Size down.

AG Prima Ankle Skinny Jean: Took these home with me a couple of days ago! They’re so cute, they feature just the right amount of stretch, and they’re perfect for weekends and/or “mommying.” I also love that they’re skinny but not skin-tight. They run TTS. Shop all Anniversary Sale AG jeans here.

The Super-Flattering Polka Dot Dress: I can’t lie: At the moment, dresses don’t look great on me postpartum, but BOY is it (finally) hot here in Chicago and I need a few that fit. This one really looked nice when I went up a size. (I wish it was an inch or two longer, but beggars can’t be choosers. 😉)

But let’s get to today’s giveaway! As a thank you for supporting our blog (and us!), we’re giving away $250 to shop the sale. To enter, all you have to do is:

The Houses We Considered Before Buying Our Home

Kind of a fun post for you tonight. Now that things are calming down for us–house moved into, baby delivered and wallpaper (mostly) up 😉–I wanted to tell you a little bit more about our house hunt. Because it was definitely a confusing and complicated time in our lives!

Before we start, though, another Nordstrom Anniversary Sale giveaway, as promised. (Here’s my complete guide to shopping it, btw!) To enter to win $50 to shop the FIRST day of Public Access, which starts tomorrow, simply:

Master Bedroom Progress

Master Bedroom Progress

Please excuse the mess, but I wanted to share a little “in progress” post for our master bedroom. I’m SO excited that it’s almost done, and I can’t wait to get back in there! (We’ve been sleeping in Lucy’s room during the transformation. 😉)

Note: I forgot to include a giveaway in yesterday’s post, so let’s do two today. To win one of TWO $50 prizes to shop the Preppy Girl’s Guide to Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, simply:

  1. Comment on this blog post. (You can say anything as long as it’s relatively nice and PG! Doesn’t have to be related to the sale at all.)
  2. Leave your e-mail in the following non-spammy format so we can get in touch with you if you win: Kelly [at] gmail [dot] com.

That’s it!

Shop Prime Day Before it Ends!

Shop Amazon Prime Day 2019 Before it Ends

Mitch here!

Does anyone know why the world’s major retailers convene for these massive sales in the middle of July? Of course, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public in a few short days, which the ladies in my life seem to be very excited about. But we’re here to talk AMAZON PRIME DAY 2! I went through the whole sale so you don’t have to. Let’s get to it.

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Our Weekend

Our Weekend

^ Finally got iPhone replaced after leaving it on the roof of the car and driving away. #killinit

Lilly Pulitzer Stella Shift (View all LP solid dresses here. Also have and love this one.) / Huarache Sandals (Yes. I should probably switch out my shoes every once in a while.)

Hey, Friends! How was your weekend? Because of all the Sale craziness, it’s been a few days since I really checked in. ;) So I thought I’d share a post about all the thrilling things we did this past weekend! 😂 Also, please note that I have Lucy on my lap and I’m typing this one-handedly. So please excuse… everything. Not re-reading or editing, haha. #momlife

Also, as promised, I’m giving away $50 to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in this post! To enter, let’s say you simply need to:

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NSale: Home, Kids & Men (+$100 Giveaway)

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This is my last roundup for the Nordstrom Anniversary SalePhew!–but it’s definitely my favorite with the life stage I’m currently in. We need quite a bit for our new house, so I’ve loved browsing through the home section from the sale… and the girls are constantly growing out of their stuff, so we definitely did some damage in the kids’ section. ;) Mitch’s birthday is also in October, and I love that his gifts are now covered through the men’s sale! (AHEAD of the game. When has that ever happened for me?! 😂)

To enter today’s $100 giveaway to shop the sale, simply: