Capsule Wardrobe Fall & Winter 2014

I think I’ve pretty much completed my capsule wardrobe. I even incorporated some color because I’m sneaky like that.

The goal here is to take “thinking about what to wear” out of the equation. Getting dressed has never been a really challenging thing for me (I like clothes), but I’m all about keeping things simple these days. I also want the challenge of thinking creatively about my outfit based on what I have, instead of shopping to try to “fill” the creativity hole that can happen when I wear the same thing over and over.

I tried to buy strategic pieces that will grow with me as my belly grows, but I may need to adjust based on how large I’m getting.

What is included: tops, some outerwear that really completes an outfit (not just regular coats), shoes, and pants/denim.

What is not included: loungewear, athletic wear, jewelry, tights, scarves & other accessories, and bags.


 from top left: one (similar), two, three (I did not order maternity), four (can’t find online), five (via Marshalls), six (a pea in the pod, cannot find online) seven, eight (similar), nine, ten (a pea in the pod, no longer avaialble), eleven, twelve (cannot find online, similar), thirteen, fourteen


 one, two


from top left: one (no longer available), two, three (similar), four, five, six


from top left: one, two (similar), three (similar in black), four, five

(I’ll try my best to update with “similar” items for any items I have that aren’t linked. I was surprised by how much I couldn’t find online, or it was purchased on sale so it’s no longer available!)

In total I have 27 items here, and Caroline suggests including 37 items. So, if I need to add some larger tops to the mix as my pregnancy progresses, I’ll be sure to update them in this post!

My goal is to share my outfits of the week every friday here on the blog. Perhaps you’ll find a bit of inspiration in working with what you have based on my experience with it. To be completely honest, I’m a little concerned that I’m going to get bored in about a month, but we’ll see what happens!

You can read any other posts I’ve written about the capsule wardrobe here!

Obligatory Pumpkin Patch Photos


Like I mentioned last week, October is a crazy month. A lot of really fun stuff is happening, it just happens to be packed into about 30 days.

I’ve never had a busier month in my life!

My sister got to town late Saturday night, and I was planning on hitting a pumpkin patch while she was here with David and my mom. I did some browsing on Sunday and found a fun place in Cary that offered much more than just pumpkin picking. The only problem was that they are only open on the weekends. So, just before David woke up from his afternoon nap, we made quick plans to head over there before the place closed.


It was geared toward older children, as expected, but we took a little hay ride, and David truly enjoyed all that there was to look at. We could barely get his attention for a photo since there was so much going on that he needed to stare at!




We did all manage to get some cute shots with David while we were in the actual pumpkin patch. We didn’t actually pick a pumpkin because they were all pretty picked over and none of us wanted to haul it back to the car. But a cute photo op was all we needed to hop on the hay ride over to the patch.

David is at such a fun age. It’s so fun to see him enjoy things. And it’s so fun to hear my mom and sister enjoy him as well.

Earlier on in the week I was downstairs making dinner, and all I could hear from upstairs was lots of laughter and splashing from bath time. There’s no shortage of attention or entertainment between the 3 of them.

My dad is coming to visit this weekend, so I’m anxious for him to get here to play with David. And we’ll be traveling up to Illinois in November to see family (including my brother) so I’m sure that will be a good time.

I’m also sure that will be the last time I’ll travel for a whiiillle.

I’ve purchased David’s halloween costume and let me just tell you, it is a sight to behold.

I can barely wait until October 31st to put him in it!

p.s. as mentioned last week, posting may be a little light over the next few weeks due to various circumstances (all good). 

Gloss48 Giveaway


I can’t remember how I even stumbled across Gloss48, but I remember being glad that I did.

I talk about a lot of products here on the blog. I love exploring beauty products, and sharing what I like and dislike with you! Oftentimes, the brands that I talk about are fairly well-known and easy to recognize. I tend to repeat the same brands over and over because I know the quality already and know what to expect from them.

But when I found Gloss48 I was pleasantly surprised to be exposed to a bunch of smaller, “indie” beauty product lines. It’s sort of like Etsy for beauty products. You can search and search and search through new products, and I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that looks appealing at a variety of price points.

I’ve been slathering myself in everything Pink Buttercream lately, and now all I want is cake.




That coconut sugar scrub? It smells like absolute heaven. 

Gloss48  is kindly offering one of you a $100 gift card to shop their website! And I would like to personally wish you luck with that because it is going to be seriously hard to pick out products from their mass quantities.

Enter the giveaway below!
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36 Hours in New York City

New York City is one my absolute favorite places to visit. My husband and I have taken a few trips there, I’ve been a few times for work, and I hope to take my kids one day when they are older.

Every time I visit I wish I had a bit more time to spend in a new place I stumbled upon. Last time, it was West Village/SoHo, so when I realized I had a few hours of free time last Tuesday, that is where I headed.

I was in New York City to host an event with Birchbox at their *still pretty new* store in SoHo! I had hoped to visit when I was in the city back in May, but they hadn’t opened yet. So when the opportunity came up to both collaborate with them AND visit the store, I couldn’t pass it up!

My time in NYC was short, so I needed to work with all the energy I could possibly muster to make the most of the trip.

I arrived late Monday evening, and after a few hotel room issues finally settled in for the night around 1:30am. 5:30am came early the next morning, but I was so excited about what the day held that I was instantly awake.

I worked on a project with Birchbox that morning, had lunch with a few of the girls, and then had a couple hours of free time to kill in the afternoon.

I popped back in to my hotel room, did a quick change, and then headed straight for the Birchbox store in SoHo. I wanted to see it and “take it all in” before having to be “on” later that evening for the styling event.

The store is definitely worth checking out. It’s a lot bigger than I thought it would be, and the makeup and beauty products is seemingly endless. It’s clean and well organized, but there is still a lot to take in!


After building my own Birchbox, and wandering through every inch of the place, I walked a few blocks over to the Bite Lip Lab to make another lipstick color.

I so enjoyed doing that last time I was in NYC, and made a pretty bold orange-y red, so I thought it would be fun to make more of an everyday pink color.

Bridget, one of the store employees and managers I believe, actually remembered me from many months ago! It was nice to catch up and work with her again on a new shade.


Afterwards, I picked up Chipotle, ordered an Uber because I wanted to see what that was like, and returned to my hotel to freshen up.

The styling event was held at the store, and we offered donuts and apple cider from Doughnuttery. I only managed to snag 2 tiny donuts, and that is now a huge life regret. They were so delicious and I will definitely seek them out next time I’m in NYC.


I created 3 hair tutorials for Birchbox to be featured at the event. My favorite is the textured and twisted fishtail. The inspiration for it came from this photo that has been circulating Pinterest for a few weeks.



It was so fun to meet some readers and get to do live demo’s on a few of the girls! I miss working behind the chair, so it’s truly a pleasure to be able to get my hands in some hair again.

I left at just about the crack of dawn the next morning, being driven out to the airport by a man with an alarming amount of road rage for 6:00am, and slept the entire flight home.

It was really fun to have a little change up from the usual schedule for a couple days, but I was ready to get home by Wednesday morning.

If you live in the area, or are visiting, the store is worth checking out! And go get some donuts from Doughnuttery. Tweet me a pic so I can live vicariously through you.

Texture Powder Versus Texture Spray


In just about every single one of my hair tutorials I mention something about adding “texture” into your hair.

I mostly use aerosol texture sprays, but in the past I’ve used a fair amount of texture powders as well.

So, what is the difference between the two,  you ask? And why are they useful?

The main difference is application method, and right behind that would be the amount of texture added into the hair. Texture powders typically leave a chalkier, heavier residue on the hair. The perk is that it can create major volume and thickness in fine or limp hair, but at the expense of your hair feeling like it has a bunch of product in it. Personally, I don’t mind the feeling of product in my hair, but it may take some getting used to if you are new to texture powder.

Texture sprays will add lightness and a bit of grit to the hair without the weight of a powder. It’s easier to apply this roots to tips, versus just tapping powder into the roots. While you typically won’t have as much invisible residue as you will with a powder, you can still get big results from a texture spray.

Dry shampoo can also add quite a bit of texture to fresh, silky hair so it will cooperate better in an updo. If that doesn’t cut it, the next step would be to use a texture spray.

And, like you may have gathered, the point of all these products is to add a bit of bulk and hold to your hair, especially if you are planning on putting it up. Even if you want to wear it down, texture powder or spray can help your hair look a little lived in instead of fresh and clean.

I know, fresh and clean hair shouldn’t be the kind of thing to ruin, but the trend these days is soft, romantic, and textured hair.

If you struggle with your hair sliding out of updo’s or braids, a texture spray or powder would be an essential product to help fight that issue!

On days when I want to skip washing and throw my hair into a ponytail or messy bun, I’ll add a bit of texture spray all over, concentrating on the back of my head. Lately I’ve been loving the Amika Un.Done Texture Spray. It’s the perfect amount of product, in a light spray, and it smells like a dream (as does every single one of Amika’s products).

If you have very fine or thin hair, I would strongly recommend looking into a texture powder. Redken makes a nice one that isn’t too chalky (in consistency, not color). If you don’t mind a bit of chalky feeling at the root, which is what gives the volume anyway, Schwarzkopf Osis Dust It has been a favorite for many years.

Are you a texturizing product user? What is your favorite?