Saturday, April 30, 2016

INSTAGRAM ROUNDUP + MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS















Mother's Day is next Sunday, May 8th! That's right around the corner. If you haven't had time to find the perfect gift for the moms in your life, I would highly recommend grabbing them (or you!) a Nume hair wand. They are having a killer sale on their classic 32mm wand, (originally $139) now only $19!


Follow this link to get it for $19 (originally $139)
It will enter the code CURLS19 automatically at checkout, super simple! 


I use this 32 mm wand to curl my hair and it's the best!  This sale only goes through tomorrow night, so jump on this one quick. Tomorrow is also the last day to order to get it in time for Mother's Day. 

Here are few other Nume products that are on sale that would make great Mother's Day gifts (these codes end on 5/8):

  • Nume Bold Hair Dryer for $39.99 (originally $159) with code BOLDMOM. Direct link to the sale here.
  • Nume Silhouette Straighteners only $24.99 (originally $139) with code MOMDAY. Direct link to sale here.



I've also put together some ideas from Nordstrom that are all under $50. See below for some gift ideas that any mom would love.

  • You can't go wrong with a candle, and these ones have a really unique look to them, plus they come in really pretty colors.
  • I'm a huge fan of cute pajamas, and these ones look super comfy and can appeal to both younger and older moms.
  • If you're shopping for a mom who loves jewelry, this heart jewelry tray is adorable and these stud earrings are really fun. They have a few different colors to choose from that are all really pretty. 
  • Scarves are a great Spring accessory, and a really easy thing to gift because you don't have to worry about getting the right size. These silk scarves come in so many colors that you can't go wrong.
  • For the mom who is active or just loves a cute water bottle, this gold S'well bottle is the perfect thing. They also have it in a bright pink that I love.
  • If you're shopping for a mom who is practical, you can't go wrong with a cute notebook or a bag like this one that is versatile enough to use for work or just running errands. 

I hope you have fun finding the perfect gifts to show the moms in your life just how special they are. Enjoy your weekend and let me know what you find out there!

Shop Mother's Day Gifts Under $50:


Friday, April 29, 2016

THE TOP TREND SERIES



It's time for a new "The Top Trend" post! This month I wanted to take a simple T-shirt dress and show you 4 ways to style it. When it really comes down to it, the simple basic items in my closet are what get the most wear.


A t-shirt dress lends itself to be casual. It's simple, comfy, and the fabric moves and breaths easily. It's a great alternative to jeans when you are running errands, especially on a hot day. And I love it paired with this suede baseball cap!


With a solid color t-shirt dress, I love adding a fun colorful heel. I love the royal blue on this pair (I wore them out to a girls night this week and walked a block in them no problem! They are super comfy). I kept the clutch the same color as the dress to let the shoes do most of the talking in this look.


A t-shirt dress is also a great option as a coverup to the beach. I added some pattern to this look with a big floppy striped hat, and threw on some comfy neutral wedges.



The t-shirt dress is kind of like a blank slate, so you can pair lots of fun statement pieces with it. I've had my eye out for a good pair of gladiator sandals for this summer, and I love these ones! Since the neck on this dress is so high, I love the look of a statement necklace with it. The necklace is bold, and the shoes are bold, but they are far enough away from each other in this look that I don't think it's too busy.


This dress was easy to wear, easy to style...and easy to order! I am completely obsessed with Zappos's one day shipping. I've been ordering directly from the Zappos app on my phone and it's quite addicting.





in partnership with Zappos | photography by Kendra Maarse 


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A RANDOM ACT

Months ago I was approached by BYUtv about participating in a new show they were launching called Random Acts. They described it as being "like the show Punk'D, but with a random act of kindness instead of a prank." They told me they were going to make a young girl, named Shelby's, dream come true. This interested me immediately, and I couldn't wait to hear more details. Our world needs a whole lot more love in it, and the opportunity to help spread kindness and charity was something I could really get behind. The show premiered last night, and it was so fun to get to see everything come together! There was a ton that went into prepping for this show, and we spent two full days filming at the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. So I want to give you a little behind the scenes look of what went on to pull off such an amazing random act...

On our first call with the producers, they told us a little more about Shelby's background. Shelby was born with some debilitating heath issues. I don't want to go into too many of the details because I want you all to watch it for yourself (you can view it here), but Shelby's lifelong dream was to be able to play in the Orchestra at Temple Square. She has had a really rough few years with her health, and these dreams had to be put on hold. The show Random Acts was planning on surprising her with the opportunity to be able to perform with the orchestra and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir! Her dream come true! They asked me to help style her for this special performance, and hand select a brand new wardrobe for her to take home. I jumped at the chance to be involved! 


I flew up to Utah and met up with the crew and one of my very best friends, Abby from Twist Me Pretty, and the crazy talented Brittany from The House Lars Built



Emily and Aaron are the hosts of the show and they showed us the ropes on how we would pull this all off. There was such positive happy energy between all of us and the crew. They were all so kind and accommodating. We all shared the same goal of making the day just right for Shelby. That kindness and love for her really propelled us through the weekend of filming. 

Abby was in charge of doing Shelby's hair and makeup and Brittany was in charge of dressing up the space we would be filming, and giving Shelby a true party. It was such a dream team! We prepped all day Saturday before the official performance Sunday.


I was given Shelby's height and measurements and a few photos to dress and style her. I wanted to make sure that she had plenty of options of dresses to choose from for the performance, so I basically ordered the entire internet. I mean...look at all those boxes! 


We spent Saturday morning unboxing all the supplies and getting the green room all set up. I definitely had my work cut out for me! I spent hours and hours (and hours) scouring online sourcing looks for Shelby.  For the performance, she had to wear an all black long dress with long sleeves. Because of her health concerns, she also had very specific instructions as to what she could/couldn't wear. I ordered every dress I thought might work in 2 sizes just to be sure we would have one that fit. She had to have a beautiful dress that worked on the day of the performance and I literally lost sleep at night worrying about whether or not any of the options I picked would work for her. 


These flats were my absolute favorite and I was so excited when Shelby loved them too!

This is just some of the amazing decor Brittany brought to work her magic. I loved watching her execute her vision of decorating the space!


Little Eli got to fly up with me for the filming! I was so grateful to the crew for allowing me to bring him (I'm still nursing). My sister-in-law Kate lives up there and was kind enough to watch him while we filmed. He was such a dream on the flight and during filming!


I picked out 3 additional looks that Shelby got to take home and add to her wardrobe. I tried the keep the looks all comfortable and easy to wear, but also made sure they were on trend and cute! Shopping and planning out outfits for someone else is so much fun, let me tell you!

Brittany made that darling floral crown for Shelby to wear after her performance, and Abby brought along all of Sephora to transform Shelby into a beauty queen. She selected the most amazing hair tools and makeup. And Shelby got to take it all home with her!

Pre show prepping bright and early Sunday morning.



None of us were really sure what Shelby's reaction to all of this would be. We didn't know if she would be too overwhelmed, or nervous to be ambushed with a makeover and perform right on the spot! When Shelby finally walked in the room after just being told her dream of performing with the orchestra was going to happen, we were all on emotional highs! 

She was so poised and so beautiful and so grateful! She kept saying "thank you! thank you!" over and over. She absolutely loved letting us pamper her and treat her like a princess. It was easy to tell what a kind and compassionate person Shelby is. Her countenance just radiated and we were all emotional when we finally got to meet her. 

We didn't have much time to get her dressed so I was prepped and ready to help her try on all the different options I pulled. She was drawn to this cute pleated dress (it was my favorite as well) and it fit her perfectly! It was the very first dress she tried on! I can't tell you how relieved I was! 

Once we were all finished with her wardrobe, hair, and makeup it was show time! We didn't realize that we would actually get to sit in the audience and watch Shelby's performance and we were so thrilled!

Shelby was poised and did such an amazing job. I don't know how she handled all that pressure without any notice, but she sailed through the performance! Her parents were so proud. We were all so happy for her and thrilled to be a part of such an amazing experience. 


After the performance Shelby got to celebrate with all of her family and friends. It was truly a joy to be involved in this show. Random Acts is full of good people wanting to help bring joy to others' lives! If you didn't catch the episode on BYUtv, you have to watch it! You can view it online right here.

Did you watch the show? I would love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments below!




OUTFIT DETAILS:

thank you to BYUtv for this incredible experience! | photography by Becky Kimball and Justin Hackworth 

Monday, April 25, 2016

PERFECT TIMING


Nordstrom has so many new cute spring watches in stock. I'm loving this blush leather one by Kate Spade. It's neutral and understated with clean feminine details. I also love this watch that is super similar, but it has a tiny monogramed letter on the watch face. How cute would this be for a Mother's Day gift?

I love my classic gold watch, but the leather band watches are such great watches for everyday. I've rounded up a few more of my favorites below..







Shop my look here:



in partnership with Nordstrom  |  photography by Kendra Maarse
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