Elle’s Back to School Ready with Carter’s

Fa la la la laaaaa to back to school season. Not gonna lie, y’all – I’m happy we aren’t there yet because WOW, it seems like a stressful time for parents and kiddos alike. But I remember this season when I was growing up and the best part about summer ending and school starting back up was shopping! Picking out a slew of brand new clothes and shoes was the total highlight for us. Brand new kicks, tops, backpacks and markers? Oh yesss…we thought we were living the life. Through Mom Central, I got the opportunity to style Elle with back to school outfits that she handpicked herself from Carter’s. Our little lady has a pretty groovy style profile at only 2 years old and I can’t wait to see how she continues to experiment with fashion.

2-Piece Top & Legging Set (here) and Glitter Slip-On Shoes (here)

Elle in Carters

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Back To School Finds For Those Not Going Back To School – Thanks ShopAtHome.com

‘Tis the back to school season, y’all! I’m trying to navigate my way around this time of year because although Elle isn’t quite yet 3, in a few years, I’ll be joining the rush of parents who are tackling e-sites and stores to get the best deals. I was totally oblivious to all of this before I was a parent, but now it’s like a secret club that I’ve been drug into. I’m not doing much shopping for Elle, but I do like to keep an eye out on spectacular deals for my younger relatives and friends with littles. I like being a part of a village and help where I can. I’ve partnered up with ShopAtHome.com to share with you some of the pretty sweet offerings that Sears has around this time.

I’ve talked about ShopAtHome.com before and while they’ve got thousands of coupons for many retailers, Sears is really giving the love because right now they have over 30 coupons available AND 8% cashback.

Sears Coupons

What does this mean?

Not only are you able to rack in on the savings from purchases, but you will also get an additional 8% off! Nice, right?

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Stylish Fits for the Pregnant Chicks – Thanks Sears!

I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone. With Elle, I didn’t need to buy any maternity clothes. I gained very little weight and had such a small bump. This time around, I had to invest in maternity clothes at about 5 months. Crazy, right? I’ve had to attend a wedding, funeral, speaking engagement and conference all while rockin’ a bump so maternity style has been such a big deal for me these days. Luckily Sears has me covered in that department! Not only do they have fantastic deals for little kids and big kids who are headed back to school, but they’ve also got stellar deals for us maternity chicks who may be heading back to school – be it college or the boardroom. There’s a little something for all of us and I’ve found several pieces that I’m thinking fellow waddling women will love. 

Sleeve Open Shrug

Shrugs rock whether you’re pregnant or not because they are incredibly practical. Perfect for the season, I love layering these on early in the morning while dropping Elle of to school and they are ideal in my super cold office. Comfy and accommodating to the bump, a good shrug is a staple for a pregnant gal.

Printed and Pretty

Just because we’re pregnant doesn’t mean we can’t be fly. So many dresses and shirts come in stripes and I always love seeing different prints and designs. This dress would be perfect either on the go and I’d love to pair it with a nice blazer to wear into work. You can also dress it down with a pair of strappy sandals. 

Basic and Beautiful

Sometimes you need to keep it simple and there isn’t anything more simple than a basic tee that you can style up. I love wearing it with a blazer, cardigan or solo on days that are sweltering. They’re comfortable and stretchy for a growing bump and I am such a fan of accessorizing simple shirts like these.

Multi Purpose Style

I haaaate frumpy maternity wear so I always try to pick items that I’d likely want to wear if I didn’t have a bump. A flowing tunic is so up my alley and I can’t get enough of this one. Nicely fitted for a bump, I can see myself rocking this shirt even while NOT pregnant. Yeah girl, I’m not ashamed.

Formal

While maybe a bit too fancy for any back to school events, this formal dress is perfect for a wedding, gala or party. I’ve had to attend a wedding while pregnant and I so wish I would have seen this. The material highlights the bump beautifully but it still comfortable enough for pregnant mamas to get their boogie down on the dance floor.

What say you? Are you a fan of maternity wear? 

Matching Heels to Your Outfit

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Please enjoy this post from a Clumps of Mascara Contributor who has a passion for shoes!

It’s pretty fair to say that no outfit is perfect unless you get the shoes right. Whether you’re going to work, have a date or you’re just spending the day shopping, you need to match your shoes to your outfit and this will always include choosing the right heel height. How do you match your heel to your outfit? Take a look at these tips.

How to know which height is best

You will naturally feel more comfortable with a certain heel height, depending on whether you have a high or a low arch and it’s best to go with this height wherever possible. However, some outfits demand a different heel height. If you are wearing pants then your main consideration is making sure your heels are high enough to keep the pant legs off the floor. Other than that you can go as high or low as you like. However, when wearing a short skirt or shorts it is better to choose a lower heel. Strappy sandals go with just about everything, pair platforms or mules with trousers or throw on a pair of wedges with your dress for an effortless summer look.

What to do when you can’t try them on

Choosing the right pair is much more difficult when you buy shoes online, retailers like Tesco have hundreds of options and you can’t try them on with your outfit first. Take into consideration the length of your skirt/dress/trousers and the style of your outfit. If you get really stuck with choosing the right height then the classic 3-inch heel is the best way to go.

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Shopbop Friend & Family Sale

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Another month and another fierce Shopbop sale is gracing our wallets and probably making them moan in agony.

Whatever, though.

A sale means you’re actually save money so it’s not all a lost cause. Time to start racking up those summer goodies, babes! I’m thinking sandals, beach scarves and totes, luggage for travel and pretty much anything your little heart desires. I haven’t really started scouring the site yet for anything but I know that I’m going to want to snag something nice for my Mom for Mother’s Day. She’s a Michael Kors lover so maybe she’ll love this?

Oh! And I actually kinda need a Spring wallet and this baby has my name written all over it.

ShopBop coupon

Keep an eye on your calendars! The sale won’t last long. It started yesterday, April 7th and will end Friday, April 10th at 4AM EST. Not a lot of shopping time and you can gurantee that they’ll run out of many of the hot items so better hop to it with the quickness. 

Happy shopping!

The Big Event at ShopBop sale

SHOPBOP Sale

It’s a Shopbop sale! Ooooh, Shopbop. Why must you do this to me? Why must you torture me with deals and sales and plentiful lemmings when my bank account…ain’t so plentiful? Simply put, Shopbop’s March event will likely do the same thing to you as you look for sweet items to buy with the transition from Winter to Spring.

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I am Soooo Lovin’ Jockey Skimmies!

Oh darlings – it’s about time that we have that talk. You know…the talk about our underwear. Or, the things that you wear…under. You know what I mean, right? Through POPSUGAR, I got the opportunity to play with Jockey Skimmies® slipshorts.

Skimmies

I’ve always preached the gospel that is foundation wear and I am loving everything about Skimmies® slipshorts. They not only fit comfortably and feel cool throughout the day, but they really slim my silhouette and help keep everything tucked in and where they need to be. Don’t believe me? I did a whole video about ’em!


Fashion icon Rachel Zoe endorses Skimmies® and I’d pretty much wear anything that she agrees with. They’re the do-it-all version of underwear that are incredibly comfortable and can be worn under anything. And by anything, I mean pants, dresses, skirts and jumpers.

Oh! And from May 27th to June 20, Jockey will be challenging America to “Seize the Day in Skimmies®”. That’s right, chicas. Step outside of that comfort zone and jump in the fun daily challenges using the hashtag ##SkimmiesPromo . Participants will score several chances to win a free pair of Skimmies® slipshorts and other great prizes. Details on challenge rules, prizes and entry can be found on JOCKEY’s Facebook page.

Get a pair of Skimmies® slipshorts in your life, girlfriends. And thank me later.



Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jockey Skimmies® through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Jockey Skimmies®, all opinions are my own.

Armitron Watch Giveaway!

Wellllllll, it’s a new year and yours truly needed to step her game up in the watch department. I used to be obsessed with watches, y’all. I mean seriously obsessed. But I go through phases with watches. One minute I need to haul every single one that I see and the next I’m all like, “Whatever…I don’t need to wear a watch today.” Armitron has reeled me back into my obsession and I’m glad because watches really do complete a look.

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Esposo is a watch guy so he was all kinds of giddy about getting the opportunity to test drive this baby.

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These pieces are the newest from Armitron’s Spring 2013 collection. We’ll rap on Esposo’s watch first.

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Retailing for only $33, I like this watch because it’s nice enough to dress up and dress down. Because Esposo works in a pretty active field, he prefers watches that are pretty durable and can take a beating and still keep on tickin’. The blue face makes it wearable and the bling gives it a nice added touch of class.

And then there’s this gorgeous rose gold watch

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I’ve had my fair share of watches but I’ve never owned a rose gold one. I’m a silver lovin’ gal and can get pretty stuck in my ways but ZOMG, I think I’m starting to love rose gold.

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A bit on the fancier side, this is the kind of watch that I’d only want to wear for date nights, church, special events or Girl’s Night Out. I find it far too gorgeous to wear every day. It retails for $60 so it’s not too much of a wallet breaker.

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The best thing about Armitron watches is that they are afforable and durable. Both of the watches retail for under $75 which ain’t too shabby if you are looking to step up your watch game. And because I love y’all, I’ve decided to give away a his and her watch set.

One lucky winner will win the following:

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And if you’re lookin’ for more beautiful Armitron watches, check out their store on Amazon. In the meantime, press your luck to win these kids. Oh! And this is an International-friendly giveaway. Woo hooo!!

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