NSale Restock

For all my non-card holders and people who just want to keep shopping – here are some of my FAVORITE items from the sale this year that are still in stock or have been restocked. This is awesome because at this point I’ve shopped multiple times, tried everything on, and have seen the other bloggers favorites too. Happy shopping!

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Cute Botton Down top – adorable tied too!

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Gorgeous Quilted Rain Boots

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Love this slouchy Tunic

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Fab Peep Toe Sandals

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My new Fave Sunnies

MadewellCardi
This cardigan. In every color. Size Down

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Such a fun flirty dress

OverKneeBoot
Who doesn’t need a cute pair of over the knee tan suede boots

RailsPJs
Comfiest Pajamas Ever

RegJean
Solid pair of black jeans

SlouchyHenley
Slouchy henley – looks cute tied up too

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Suede Wedge Sneakers

SuedeMoto
Suede moto jacket – comes in 3 colors

Sweater
Oversized sweater – so comfy

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Love the appliqués on this Ted Baker Sweater (also comes in Green)

Varsity Sweater
Amazing lounging top

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Love this half bootie half sandal

WedgeSneaker
Leather Wedge Sneakers

WhiteJean
Solid Pair of White Jeans

 

XOXO

Kendall

NSale 2018 Top Finds under $100

There are SO many great items this year on sale so I rounded up some of my favorite items under $100! A few are out of stock but usually they restock at about the one week mark so keep an eye out in case they come back in your size!

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This slouchy sweater is so flattering and the fall colors are gorgeous TTS

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This Madewell Cardi is the bomb! Size Down

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Love Henleys. But this one is especially sot – TTS

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Who doesn’t need a cute little black dress? And this one is comfy and flattering! TTS

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Hunter boots! Need I say more? These quilted ones are great

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Rails PJs FINALLY on sale – TTS

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If I could buy these jeans 100x I would. TTS

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This top is so versatile! Cute tied as pictured or hanging flowy – TTS

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This moto jacket is great! The hoodie is removable and for only $65 its the bomb…

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Great work shirt or tied up for a flirty summer look! TTS

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This Varsity sweater is so flatter and the fall colors are so fun! TTS

 

XOXO

Kendall

NSale Try On Session

Here are some of my Favorites from the NSale 2018! Click a Photo to shop that Item!

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So Many Cute tennis Shoes

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Lavender Trench…

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Not on Sale but Love this GMG Dress

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Perforated Tennis Shoes are so in!

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This Madewell dress is awesome

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The best Cardi

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Hunter Boots

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Flowers and Sunshine

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Love this Henley – comes in 5 colors & Jeans

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Black wedge tennis shoes are my jam

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Going out little black dress

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Cute Summer/Fall dress

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Hunter Boots

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Suede Jacket in Grey

Also a link HERE for the olive green I bought

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Drop Waist flower dress – Size Down

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Jo Malone

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Cashmere Mist

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Cross Body Bags

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Tory Burch Bag

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Chunky Heels

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Drybar

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Living Proof Shampoo/Conditioner

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Slouchy booties in four colors

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Tory Burch Flats

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Wedge Tennis shoes

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Chelsea Boots

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Pink Leather moto jacket & jeans

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Chelsea Boots

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HouseWife Dress

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Rail Pajamas

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Bags!!

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Love this top and jeans

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Cute Embroidered Sweater & jeans

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Comfy Nordy’s PJs

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Kate Spade Shades!

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Love this colorful luggage

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Fun Moto Jacket with removable hoodie with this awesome button down tee

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Slouchy sweater – sized up to make it extra baggy

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OMG thee colors – my new fave sweater & Jeans

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I love all shirts that tie – so flattering & Jeans

Xoxo

Kendall

Nordstrom Sale Tips

Basically I’ve only been a “super fan” of the Nordy’s sale for the last two years. The first year I didn’t have a card until halfway through presale and then last year I was there the first day of presale when the mall opened. This year I’m a level 4 rewards member so I got to shop a day before everyone else and it was pretty amazing. But I thought I would post some of my tips for getting the most out of the sale:

  1. Of course (obligatory) check back here first thing tomorrow morning for my picks and follow the links to buy or reserve in store!
  2. When in doubt – buy it! Things are going to sell out SUPER quick, they always do. So make sure that if you want something you buy it – the great thing about Nordstroms is their return policy so take advantage! You don’t want to miss out on something you really want and regret it.
  3. Figure out which bloggers have a similar style to you and check their stories first thing tomorrow! They’ll post what they bought today and you can see sizing tips and reserve it online in store or buy it before it sells out. You may think I’m crazy but 5 separate things I wanted were sold out before I even made it in store last year…when it opened…the first day.
  4. Also this is like the royal wedding and christmas and black friday combined. Lots of people wake up at 2am when the catalogue drops to buy stuff and a bunch of bloggers will have their stuff tagged and posted by then. Feel free to be one of these crazy people.
  5. If you’re a card holder – it can’t hurt to get a personal shopper in store (if you’re in North Dallas Lauren at Stonebriar is mine and she’s amazing). They can pull some of the things that are going quick for you to try on or even order stuff for you before you get there for pick up.
  6. If you try something on and it doesn’t fit perfect but you really love it – almost all card holders get some amount of free alterations. You can always have it taken in etc. Also ask the sales person because some clothes (like 7 jeans) ALWAYS have free Nordstroms alterations with purchase. Can’t hurt to ask.
  7. Obvi- if you can get to level 4 an extra early day of shopping is great, but don’t break the bank to do it. I only hit last year because I furnished both nurseries and got all the stroller/car seats at Nordstrom. (its a $10,000 minimum). I’m not suggesting you go into a bunch of debt in order to shop early, but they carry a ton of stuff online that they don’t in stores so it can’t hurt to check throughout the year to get those levels.

Everything hits tomorrow (7-12) for cardholders and then on the 20th for everyone else. Keep checking back here over the coming weeks for some of my favorites!

XOXO

Kendall

Push present: Diamond Band

In the south we like to do something called a “push present”. Basically it is where, in exchange for birthing a baby, mom gets something she wants from dad. Honestly, sounds pretty fair to me. If you’ve never heard of this don’t fret – you can tell your husband later and demand recompense 🙂

Anywho, years ago before Dave and I were even married, I read an article on Pinterest where this woman got a diamond band each time she had a child (thank god she only had 3 and not 7) and stacked them with her engagement ring. The idea was that when her kids were old enough to get married she would give them “their” ring to use in an engagement ring or a wedding band so that they each had their own and didn’t have to fight over her engagement ring. I loved the idea, so when David and I got married I told him I didn’t want a wedding band I only wanted an engagement ring, but that he would pay for it down the road. LOL

When Kensington was born I got my first band – a beautiful platinum infinity band with diamonds (convenient that Kensington’s birth stone was a diamond). I loved the way it looked with my engagement ring and figured even if platinum or infinity bands are out of style when she gets married she can always use the diamonds.

With Everett’s birth this year I wanted something to compliment my existing rings but be slightly different. His is a beautiful band with 7 round diamonds. I absolutely love it.

What were some of your push presents?

XOXO

Kendall

Favorite MakeUp Products & How To

New video is up – a recap of my favorite daily-use make up products as well as how I apply them for a natural day-to-day look.

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Shop all the products in my video HERE

Prioritizing your health

I get asked all the time how I fit so much into my day: Corporate Job, Fun Job, 2 young kids, working out, cooking, regular chores, maintaining a social life, etc. There is nothing special about me (I’m not a vampire who doesn’t need sleep or food, I don’t have a time turner to fit more into 24 hours) but I do have some tips to help you prioritize that which is important to you. Don’t worry if your priorities are different than mine, the same general rules apply.

  1. Figure out what is important to you. What are your “life conditions”? For me its Time with my family (including healthy meals), exercise, and earning a living. Everything else is secondary.
  2. Prioritize what is important to you. This is where most people struggle – they think “I want to workout” but then don’t. My husband is a prime example of this (when it comes to working out). Some things I do is I make a personal contract with myself. If I tell myself I’m going to workout at 5 am tomorrow (gah the early exercise regime) – I put it in my phone, I write it in my planner, and I set an alarm. When my alarm goes off, and I undoubtedly don’t want to get up, I remember my contract. If I had promised a friend I would workout with them would I flake? No. So why would a promise to myself mean any less? If you decide you’re going to do something, enter a contract with yourself that you won’t break. Once you do your mentality will totally change (at least mine did). 327C67B1-5BD9-4375-AFE3-CC11DE8E91A5
  3. Make a planner. I don’t care if it is digital (I use Awesome Note), on paper (see my post on Bullet Journaling), or a combination of both (which is what I do), but “write” it down. I have a task that pops up on my phone daily at 6 am called daily routine which includes: Wake up by 6, Brush & floss teeth, Cardio workout, Yoga/stretch, Make Bed, Wash face, Make coffee, Make protein shake for family breakfast. Every day I shoot to check all of the boxes (don’t get me wrong some days I don’t do cardio and I do it later in the day or I skip yoga). It really helps set intention for my day. image
  4. Meditate. Anyone who knows me will tell you my mind runs at 1000 miles per hour. It never stops. I always thought meditation was impossible for me, but once I really committed (i use the headspace app) I found that it made me much more in tune with my mental and physical states and helped me to relax more generally.
  5. Set your goals. I always set goals in 4 categories: Career, Family, Health, and Personal. I try to do it annually and check it quarterly. Make sure they are attainable and will give you a sense of accomplishment. Examples: Career = Get a positive mid year rating and complete “X” project on time. Family = Get child in Swim lessons and do dinner at the table with not TV 4 times per week. Health = Fit into size 4 jeans and be able to do 20 pushups. Personal = Meditate 4 times per week and stretch to touch your toes. NOTE* when it comes go health goals I strongly encourage you to make them about something other than weight. Make them size or strength or food related. Weight is arbitrary – I could care less what i weigh if I fit into my clothes well and feel sexy.
  6. Lastly, put yourself first. Yes your spouse is important, yes your kids are important, yes your friends are important, but if you don’t take care of yourself you can’t take care of them. When Mama is happy everyone is happy.

XOXO

Kendall

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Body Image

I think everyone struggles with body image issues (if you’ve never had a stray thought about self improvement – you’re probably a terrible person). One of my favorite sayings is “Would you talk to your best friend the way you talk to yourself?”. I’ve always thought that was such a good way of looking at it. Sometimes I look in the mirror and think “I’m huge, I need to lose 20 lbs, my stomach is flabby” etc. and when I think about going up to a friend and telling them their “stomach looks flabby” I visibly cringe. Why do we think it’s okay to talk down to ourselves?

Part of it I think is generational. We hear our parents talk down about themselves (because we’re all human and we’d all like to improve) and then we do the same thing. And let me say – there is nothing wrong with wanting to get in better shape or focus more at work or relax and stop being so OCD. But there is a point where it is no longer about self improvement and instead becomes about self depreciation. That’s what I’m talking about.

Now I am as guilty (if not more so) than most people. It makes me think of that scene in Mean Girls “Apparently there is more than skinny or fat.” (when they’re all talking about their pores and their noses and their hips). We all fall into that trap, and I find myself doing it more and more post children when I want to magically be super thin and ready to rock a swimsuit. So how to overcome this deeply ingrained body dysmorphia? I’m not sure that we (I) can completely shake it off but I do thing there is something to be said for positivity.

Instead of looking at that picture from last night and saying “Ugh I look terrible” say “Oh you look cute!” to the other person or ” well my outfit is on point”. If you have to say something negative make it “not the best lighting” or “wish the camera angle was higher” instead of about you/your body. When we compare ourselves to those in the media – their entire job is to look good. Private chefs, personal trainers, makeup & hair teams, photographers who follow them only getting the best angles/lighting. You can’t look at them and think less of yourself. Only think well of them.

It’s dang near impossible in today’s society not to compare yourself to models/actresses/bloggers/friends/etc. but you can choose to love yourself. To think about yourself positively. Never stop trying to better yourself but do it for the right reasons and do it without tearing yourself down. Love yourself so others can love you too.

XOXO

Kendall

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P.S. Currently I’m reading this Mantra to myself 3X per day while I move along my meditation bead necklace:

My body is worthy of my love

my body is fierce and fabulous

My body is strong and stable

My body is full of wisdom

My body is powerful beyond belief

My body is balanced and beautiful

My heart is full of grace

My heart can forgive and let go

My heart is open to goodness

My heart sees balance in the universe

My heart takes the good with the bad

I trust my body. I trust my heart, I trust my mind.

 

Outdoor Voices & Barre

The studio I teach at (Barre Code Plano for any of my Dallas Natives) kicked off their SPF 2018 Challenge this weekend – the goal is to take 15 classes in 21 days encouraging clients to try new class formats and really commit to their health – with an outdoor Barre class on the boardwalk. It was sponsored by Outdoor Voices (including my super cute outfit) and a super fun time. Going to review the outfit I was gifted to wear, Union Bear where we had brunch after, and Barre in general.

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CROP . LEGGINGS . SHOES . FITBIT .

First Off, Outdoor Voices. So I have been seeing their outfits EVERYWHERE and was super excited to try them out. The outfit I wore is linked above and was super nice! even outside in 100 degree heat and the sun it wasn’t too hot, provided ample compression, and was super cute. I will say for me personally the thighs were a little tight but the waist fit TTS (a friend of mine got high waisted and in hind sight I wish I had too – if you’re a high waist fan opt for the higher band) and the material was constrictive (in a  good way) without being too hot. And for a girl who just had a baby and did NOT want to wear a crop top – pretty flattering 🙂

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Second, Union Bear Restaurant & Brewery. Super cool atmosphere, on the new boardwalk in Plano/Frisco, and an excellent drink menu (the mimosa was wonderful after a scorching barre class). The negative for me – basically ZERO plant based options. Everything had meat, cheese, or eggs in it as a main ingredient so I found it pretty hard to eat, but my husband and friends all loved their meals and it spoke well to their eclectic menu. Definitely a cool place to hang out and enjoy a patio.

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Last, but certainly not least, Barre in general. Barre challenges me in a way no other workout has. Small controlled movements with mind muscle connection that leaves you shaking in the wind. The studio I work at is awesome because it also offers Total Body Conditioning (like barre meets bootcamp), Brawl & interval Brawl (cardio Kickboxing with some barre thrown in), Barre-Did (dancing), and BarRestore (barre meets yoga) so you can get basically every type of workout you want under one roof. Not to mention the community is so incredible. I have made more friends through the studio than any other group in my life.

XOXO

Kendall

National Best Friend Day – Friday 5

Hi I’m Cori, Kendall’s Bestie! In honor of National Best Friend Day I am sharing 5 facts about our Friendship!  

  1. We met when we worked at a fitness club in college, I worked the front desk & Kendall was on the aquatics team. She didn’t like me at first (silly 19 year old girl things, we got over it) Our friendship was cemented when I bought her a shot glass while I was on a trip in Florida. 
  1. We also bonded over our love of all things Harry Potter, we have seen 5 of the 8 movies together (at midnight). For Kendall’s 24th Birthday we went to Harry Potter world. All our Harry Potter Dreams came true! It is seriously the most amazing place, and I know we are both dying to go back!
  1. I called that Kendall would marry her husband David the day she met him. When they first met David made a joke about how stubborn Kendall was, it did not go over well and she came into my job at the time huffing and puffing about how she could not believe that this guy would make that kind of joke! When she calmed down the only response I had was “So you’re going to marry him then right?” 
  1. Kendall & I are complete opposites. I think it confuses some people on how we get along so well but we are the true definition of opposites attract. I am very much an introvert until you get to know me, I like my alone time and large groups can easily overwhelm me. Kendall on the other hand thrives in large groups and loves meeting new people, she will tell you her life story and not think twice about it. I like to joke that the way an introvert makes friends is that they get adopted by an extrovert, and Kendall is 100% my extrovert! She has also pushed me to be more outgoing so yay for that!
  1. I found out about both of Kendall’s pregnancies in a restaurant, with her 1st I thought she was mad at me because she hadn’t talked to me in like 4 days, when in reality she was afraid she would tell me, and it was very early on. So when we went to lunch and she told me while we were standing in line, I cried and made a scene in the middle of the restaurant. With her 2nd I randomly asked her, jokingly might I add if she was pregnant while we were at lunch and she got this deer in the headlights look and goes “how did you know?!?!”. 

I feel so lucky to have meet Kendall and the fact that we have been friends for so long! Happy National Best Friends Day!!! 

Cori

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