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

High heels

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

SHOPBOP Friends and Family event

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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That Day I Twirled Around In Wedding Dresses

Alfred Angelo wedding dresses

Girls. Can you believe this? Can you believe that I am married women who (up until last month) had never tried on a wedding dress? It’s pretty unheard of here in the United States. As many of y’all know, Esposo and I eloped and while we don’t have any regrets about it, it wasn’t until I went to a blogger event at Alfred Angelo when I realized, “Dang it, man…I LOOK good in wedding dresses!”

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The Beauty in Washing Clothes with Safonique!

Just kidding. There is no beauty in washing clothes. It’s only the worst chore everrrr! I wash a lot of clothes, y’all. It’s unreal, really. I’m still in my baby makin’ years but I can’t see myself having more than 2 kids because with each new family member comes more loads. And honestly, washing a family of three’s loads are more than enough for me. And don’t even get me started on washing cloth diapers. It’s not a chore. It’s a lifestyle…

I received a sample of Safonique Natural Cleaning Power Eco-Friendly Lavender Sea Laundry Detergent awhile back and I’ve put it through the ringer (haha, literally) many many times. It’s hard to review a laundry detergent because so many factors come into play.


Safonique
-What kind of water do you have?
-What temperature is your water?
-How full do you load your washer?
-What kind of fabric are you washing?

Yes, girl. If you didn’t know there was a science behind washing clothes. That said, I will really only judge on its cleansing power, overall efficacy and how it smells. Developed over 15 years by Patricia A. Boswell, Safonique is a hypoallergenic detergent with pure essential oils. The ingredients are: coconut oil, palm kernels, sugar, baking soda, natural oils and natural enzyemes.

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I’m not gonna lie, it frustrates me when brands don’t go deeper with their ingredients list. WHAT natural oils? What kind of natural enzymes? These things are important to those of us with skin sensitivities. And y’know…just for overall knowledge. What Safonique does tell us is that their formula is Phosphate Free, Cruelty Free, Septic System Safe and free from Synthetic Dyes and Perfumes. Well, okay…I’m down with that.

Because of how concentrated this stuff is, you really only need about 2 ounces for regular loads. And boom…that’s it.

Those not a fan of the scent lavender won’t like this. It really is that simple. After washing and drying, my clothes smelled as if I rolled through a field of lavender and I looooved it. This is a big deal since we typically wash our clothes in detergents without fragrances. Even when I add my own drops of essential oils, I can’t get the smell to last beyond washing.

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In terms of general cleaning, this stuff works beautifully and I think it’ll be a great buy for mamas of little ones, those with sensitive skin and folx who are desirous of gently scented clothes that don’t smell too “fake”. If you’ve got a dirt slinging kiddo or serious stains throughout, you may want to reach for something a little stronger. And as much as I love Safonique, it isn’t heavy duty enough to tackle cloth diapers. Then again, very few detergents are.

Oh, and can we talk about the very cool 50 oz plastic packaging? I’d love if more brands went this route as the pouch takes up less space and looks like it’ll be easier to recycle.

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If you’re a lover of natural laundry detergents, you should definitely give Safonique a try. It is priced well under $7 at Walmart.com.

 

What do you think? Are you a naturalista when it comes to laundering the clothes or do you just use what works?

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.