You guys, I’m here today with some great news for the girl team. These Spanx leggings that I’ve worn 999 times this fall slash winter (slash who even knows what season we’re in here) are finally back in stock in all sizes (here and here), and I’m telling you, they’re the BEST. I was so excited to find them that I scooped up a second pair, a move that may seem aggressive to some, but if you’ve tried these then you know. Also it’s totally acceptable considering these have become a sort of uniform for me lately. True story, I pretty much only packed these leggings plus a few pairs of workout leggings (these are my favorites) for the initial move into the rental house during our home remodel. After a couple of weeks, I discovered that I’ve pretty much been accidentally waist-training. Sooo, it turns out, that whole trend at least partially works.
And onto other, equally exciting news. Southern California is on the verge of, wait for it, five whole days in a row of rain starting tomorrow. What?! Bananas, y’all. And while I’m usually the ultimate rain-lover of SoCal (it’s not an official title or anything…yet), the rain tends to put a little cramp in that whole remodeling schedule. Mother Nature takes no prisoners, y’all. But hey, the rain is coming, and this rain-lover is gonna enjoy it regardless.
And in one more smidgelet of news, it’s that time again. Time for what, you ask? Time to hit up The Stylist LA for their annual sample sale. Sweet Emily will be selling off her gently used sample dresses, and I’ll be selling off pieces from my own closet along with a couple of favorite blogger gals. And since I went through my closet while packing up to move everything into storage, I’m getting rid of a TON. (Me and Mother Nature, both getting serious this week.) I’ve got clothing, shoes, and so many handbags headed to The Stylist LA tomorrow, so don’t miss out! Details on the sale below – hope to see y’all there!
Legging season is upon us, people, and I’m all about that jazz. Who’s with me? While the critics can argue the legitimacy of leggings as pants until the cows come home, I’m just over here living my best life in my best faux leather leggings. And here’s the secret of this favorite pair – they’re actually Spanx. Yep. The people who make the world’s best shapewear and undergarments now make outer-garments, and they’re just as amazing as you might think. You put these on and you instantly just feel a difference from normal leggings. I’m obsessed with the high rise of these because, like, I’m not sixteen anymore (shocker), and the faux leather finish is not all shiny and weird. (It’s a real thing. Large pet peeve of mine.) They suck you in and make you feel like you’ve dropped a size, and who doesn’t want that, even if it is all a big lie? Plus, they’re just all-around comfy – hello, post night-out in Vegas. I loved these so much I couldn’t stop myself and went for the denim pair as well – comfy enough to fly in but still so flattering. Perhaps it’s time to branch out from your usual sweats and yoga pants only routine and try a little something different. You seriously won’t know how good these are until you try them out for yourself.
Well, friends, it’s here again. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is back, and if you follow a few bloggers, I’m sure you’ve seen it mentioned a time or two. (It’s only open to certain cardholders now and will be open to everyone on the 19th.) Full disclosure – the sale is nowhere near as good as it’s been in the past, in my opinion. The selection is pretty tiny compared to previous years, but hey, that’s 2020, right? That said, I do think there are still some items that are worth it. Scroll down to see a roundup of things I’m digging, the ones I’m buying, and the pieces I already own and love.
This plaid shirt jacket– I saw this online and thought it was pretty cute, but after trying it on in the store, I’m sold. Y’all, this thing is so cute, I might snag both colors. I love that it’s a super soft flannel that can be worn as a shirt or jacket, and it has pockets. It’s meant to be oversized, but I’d recommend sizing down – I’m wearing a medium here for reference.
Adidas sneakers – If there’s one thing I’ve been doing during this wild Covid year, it’s 100% been getting my steps in so I feel zero guilt about buying a new pair of sneaks. I’ve heard really good things about this UltraBoost pair, but how cute is this printed pair? Decisions.
This basic tee – I pretty much live in solid tees, and this one is so good. I checked it out in store, and I think it’s the softest in the sale.
The things I own and love:
My favorite PJ’s – I currently own these PJ’s in two colors and will most likely be grabbing a third this year. I actually prefer them to the Eberjey version because the fit is a bit looser, and they hold up better wash after wash.
Spanx leggings – There’s a reason everyone raves about these leggings – they are just SO good. I love the high rise, and they suck everything in. I have a few pairs of these and wear them nonstop in the cooler temps. Pair them with sneakers, boots, booties, or flats.
PMD– I own both the Personal Microderm and the PMD Clean and love them both. (In my opinion, the Clean is a way better buy than a Clarisonic as you don’t have to worry about bacteria build-up in the brush head.) They’ve especially come in handy recently with my battle against the mask acne, ugh. The discount on these is pretty substantial, so if you’ve been thinking about it, now’s the time to order.
Gorjana Crescent Necklace – This is just such a pretty statement piece that I’ve had for years, and at under $50, it could make a great gift for someone in your life.
Brixton hat– I’ve owned, loved, and traveled with this hat for years, and it still looks brand new. The quality is so good, and I’m thinking maybe I need to snag this one while it’s still in stock.
Ugg slippers – While I don’t own this exact pair of Ugg slippers, I do own another pair (above) and have spent many, many days in them over the last few months. I REALLY want to buy this pair, but I’m just not sure I can justify another pair of slippers. (Although I’m pretty sure I would not regret it.)
Happy Thanksgiving week, friends! A little over twelve hours in Louisiana, and I’m already testing out the stretch in my stretch pants. Thanksgiving week PLUS Louisiana food? This was bound to happen, and I’m not even mad at it.
Admittedly I’m a little behind on letting you guys know about some of the sale finds out now because tons of retailers just don’t wait until Black Friday any more. Both of my sweaters, the jeans, and the booties above are all on major sale. (The black cardigan is under $14!)
The Cyber Week sales right now are so good, and shopping them in your pajamas right from your computer (or phone) is even better. So below I’m rounding up some of my favorite sites to shop right now (and will be updating as the week goes on). Here’s hoping you find something for yourself and everyone on your list. Happy shopping!
Last week I shared some of my favorite picks from the Scoop collection at Walmart, and today I just had to double-down and once again recommend this under $30, cozy as all get-out sweater. Living in Southern California, I usually only invest in two or three new sweaters each fall and winter season, and at around $29, I figured this one was a no-brainer.
After seeing and trying this sweater in person, I feel like it would be worth double the price tag. When compared to sweaters I snagged at department stores and specialty boutiques last year, this one is equal to if not better in quality. (Here’s looking at you, $85 snagged and pilled 2018 sweater that looks like poop after three wears.) It’s super soft, and after wearing it for a few hours, it wasn’t shedding all over my entire life.
If you’re between sizes, I’d recommend sizing down. (I’d probably best fit a medium but am wearing a large here for an oversized fit with my favorite leggings.) I’ve currently got the ivory and hot pink in my shopping cart, and while the turtleneck sizes have flown out of stock, the v-neck version is still pretty much fully available. (I’ve tried that one too and can say it is the same nice quality.)
Whether you’re already facing sweater weather or anticipating it sometime in the next 24 months (It’s bound to come at some point, right?!), you won’t regret grabbing this under $30 cozy find.
It’s one of my favorite (FAVORITE) sites to shop, and it’s one of my favorite sales of the year. Shopbop is having one of their Buy More, Save More sales with 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders over $500, and it’s the perfect time to stock up on so much fall goodness. (If you think about it, that’s a similar percentage that lots of sites give on Black Friday, but this sale is just in time to kick off the new fall season.) Use code STOCKUP19 site-wide on full-price and sale items.
Remember way back in this post I mentioned I had done a little traveling during the holiday months? Well today I’m finally sharing one last trip from 2018, and it was a good one for sure. Immediately after this trip to Jackson Hole (about 12 hours after, to be exact), I hopped on a plane to tag along with Kat at the St. Regis World Snow Polo Championships in Aspen, Colorado.
It was my first time in Aspen and hopefully won’t be my last. The town is beautiful and (to my surprise) pretty laidback, the people we met there could not have been nicer, and the St. Regis Aspen Resort was like a glorious holiday home away from home. Scroll down for a few of my favorite, must-see / eat / do spots in Aspen.
The St. Regis Aspen Resort – This was actually my first time staying at a St. Regis property, and oh man was this a good place to start. (And at Christmas time, no less.) The hotel itself was so beautiful with a plush lounge area for warming up by the fire, a quaint little library area, an outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi with serious views, the most delicious cocoa that I’m still dreaming about, and a beyond adorable and lovable hotel pup named Kitty.
The rooms were ultra plush with big, comfy bedding, tons of closet space, views of snowy Aspen, and a bathroom that was straight out of a design magazine. (I somehow didn’t snap photos of the room, but you can see a couple over on Kat’s recap.) The staff and service were phenomenal, and the location is ideal: ski-in / ski-out for those living their best sporty life and easily walkable to town sights, restaurants, and shops. It was also a super quick shuttle ride from the airport.
Drinks and apps at Mountain Social – After arriving to the hotel, we roamed around getting the lay of the land, snapped a couple of photos, and then settled in on a plush velvet couch at Mountain Social in the hotel lobby for some late afternoon nosh. We split a Caesar salad and the truffle fries because, you know, balance.
Dinner at 7908 Aspen – The welcome dinner on the first evening was just a couple of blocks’ walk from the hotel, and wouldn’t you know I find myself staring at a Southern-influenced menu? The chef at 7908 is whipping up New Orleans favorites like shrimp and grits, gumbo, and gulf red snapper, and everything I tried was delicious. As a table, we decided to split ALL of the vegetable sides with our meals, and I would highly recommend any of them. The carrot soufflé and crispy brussels were killer, and everyone who ordered the fried chicken raved about it.
Remède Spa at St. Regis Aspen – While others on the trip woke up and hit the slopes, Kat and I woke up and hit the spa for what was hands-down one of the best facials of my life. I’m pretty sure if I could make facials from Paige at the St. Regis a regular occurrence, I might just start Benjamin Button-ing. The spa itself is so pretty with ALL the things to accompany your treatment: sauna, steam room, plunge pool, waterfall room, and an oxygen room to help kick any fatigue from the altitude.
Lunch at White House Tavern – I believe someone recommended this place to Kat, and as soon as we walked in I was like, yep – this is the spot. It’s tiny but cozy, and while the salad we shared was meh, the fried chicken sandwich (which is served like sliders) was maybe the best I’ve ever had. So crispy and delicious, and that bread! I’m pretty sure I was telling random strangers that they should hit up White House Tavern after this lunch.
Shopping in Downtown Aspen – After a “light lunch” of fried chicken and a beer (oops), we decided to walk it off and pop into a few shops. The downtown area of Aspen is pretty small, but though she be but little, she is fierce in the shopping department. High end brands like Prada, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren mingle perfectly with smaller favorites like The Little Bird (packed with killer consignments), Forty Five Ten, and Olive LA.
St. Regis Midnight Supper – The Midnight Supper is an exclusive St. Regis dinner ritual that’s been around since the start of the hotel, and I’m so lucky that I got to experience one firsthand. It’s a super swank affair with several courses, wine pairings, beautiful decor, and (in my case) dinner convo with some new friends. Besides my girl Kathleen, I spent the evening chatting with Hallie (check out her blog Hallie Daily) and the fun team from Blade and Bow Whiskey.
Breakfast at The Velvet Buck – This cute little spot is also located inside the St. Regis, and after having their breakfast on our last morning, I was wishing we could’ve stuck around for a few more meals. The Breakfast BLT is seriously where it’s at, and the fresh squeezed Detoxify juice was just what we needed after Midnight Supper-ing and experiencing a bit of Aspen nightlife.
St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship – And now for the main event. The World Snow Polo Championship hosted by the St. Regis was the whole reason for the trip. I’ll be honest. I wasn’t familiar with snow polo before this trip, but now that I know, I’m thinking I’ve been missing out on my new favorite sport for all these years. The match itself is exciting, and watching it from a fully catered, heated tent with the bellowing voice of a polo announcer who’s just as enthused as one would think? It’s the blissfully bougie (and surprisingly un-uptight) event to see…and be seen.
Yurt Village / EMP Winter House – The St. Regis currently has a pop-up yurt village right outside that features the most beautifully decorated (and heated) yurts. It’s exclusive to AmEx card holders and currently taking reservations for dinners. On our last night, Kat and I joined the Blade and Bow Whiskey team (you can find it here) for Blade and Bow hot ciders, pastas, apps, and the MOST amazing Alpine Fondue that I’ll likely never forget. We’re talking the cold weather, cheese-lover’s dream served up in a yurt…with Baked Alaska for desert.
This year we once again found ourselves in the penthouse at the White Buffalo Club. (I highlighted that in this post, and while it sounds and is way bougie, it’s so ideal and actually affordable for a group.) When people ask why we love Jackson so much, it’s really hard to pin it down. This trip, we roamed, we listened to live music, some skied or snowboarded, I once again met up with Erin to snap a few photos, we ate ALL the food, and mostly, had all the laughs. Below are a few tried and true favorites and a couple of new spots that we loved.
Breakfast at Persephone Bakery – The last couple of times that we visited Jackson, we picked up a few delicious pastries from Persephone, but this time, Erin suggested trying the full-on breakfast menu there after we shot a few photos around town. And OH MAN. It’s pretty much a full menu of everything I want to eat for breakfast. I was seriously tempted by the bread pudding French toast, thought hard about the shakshuka, and eventually landed on the Scone Skillet (a gussied-up version of biscuits and gravy) and had no regrets.
Dinner at The Silver Dollar Bar at The Wort Hotel – During our first full day, most members of our group were snowboarding, so when it came time for dinner, we were all pretty beat. (We even had tickets for a concert in Teton Village that night that we opted to skip.) So we picked an old favorite that we stop in once (or several times) every time we visit Jackson. The Silver Dollar Bar is a comfy spot with live music, friendly staff, and hearty food to keep you warm, and we always eat in the bar where it’s casual and cozy. I usually go for the chili, but a friend ordered the beef pot pie which was the table favorite.
Breakfast at Cafe Genevieve – Be still my Southern heart, Cafe Genevieve was just as good as I remembered. It’s seriously the coziest little cafe that feels like you’re in someone’s home, and the menu is packed full of things I want to order. This time we slept in a bit so I was feeling more of a lunch mood. The grilled cheese and tomato soup did not disappoint, and neither did the bloody Mary complete with candied bacon. YUM!
Beer flights at Snake River Brewing – With full bellies and a few free days ahead of us, we set out to explore, and what do you know, after a swing through Town Square, I led our group right over to Snake River Brewing. I remembered that when we visited the year before, there was a wood-burning fire so that we could warm up while having a local brew. This year, the fireplace was empty, but the $15 beer flights (and a giant soft pretzel for me) kept our group happy for a while.
Lunch or afternoon snacks at Bin 22 – This favorite little wine market is only about a block or two from The White Buffalo Club, so obviously we found ourselves back at the Bin…several times. Grab a bottle of wine for the road, or sit down and stay a while with meats, cheeses, and small plates. Eric fell in love with the oxtail soup here this trip, made everyone go back the next day to try it, and has been raving about it ever since. I can’t really speak on the oxtail soup (I didn’t try it, sorry!), but I was super jazzed on the housemade meatball.
Dinner at The Blue Lion – This one was a new one for us. It came highly recommended and is located literally about 10 steps from our door at the White Buffalo Club, so it was a no-brainer for dinner one night. It’s a dinner-only spot situated in an old house and has live acoustic guitar music most nights – basically, it’s cute AF. Most of our group had the lamb or the elk and enjoyed it, and I loved the trout amandine. We would definitely go back here on future trips.
Brunch at The Bird – Bird, bird, bird…Bird is the word. Eric and I LOVED stopping into The Bird over the summer, and on this trip, it was a collective group favorite again. We Ubered over to The Bird (it’s a bit out of town) and ended up spending more than a couple of hours watching the snow, catching a couple of games, mimosa-ing, and (duh) eating the dank ass food. For me, the burgers are where it’s at, and with a ton of options to choose from, I’m going with the American cheese, grilled onion, and fried egg covered Slue. Don’t judge me. And once you’re fat, full, and happy, hop in their shuttle for a free ride home.
Sleigh ride through the National Elk Reserve – Jackson is home to a huge National Elk Reserve, and the last time that I ventured into it, we were a little too early for the elk. For this trip, though, we were right on time, so we took a horse-drawn sleigh through the reserve. The whole tour took about an hour, and while it was admittedly a little uneventful at times, we did get to see some pretty big elk up close and personal which made it totally worth the $25 (per person) we spent. Also a side note: bundle up because it’s COLD in the winter.
Drinks and chili at the Rustic Inn – After the sleigh ride we headed across the street to the Rustic for a drink before dinner and mostly to thaw out. The bar slash restaurant area is tiny but so cozy, and the staff that we met was super friendly. The whole inn (resort really) is situated creekside and boasts some pretty sweet creekside rooms and cabins. Eric and I hadn’t even heard about this place before, but we’ve decided we definitely want to try and stay here on a future trip.
Apps at Snake River Grill – I’ve chatted about this place in my previous two Jackson recaps, but good God, Eric and I love Snake River Grill. The main courses are seriously dee-lish, but this time around we stacked up the apps and went IN on the small plates. The steak tartare pizza is Eric’s go-to, and the lobster spring rolls and truffle tagliatelle pasta are new faves of mine.
Drinks and snacks at Roadhouse Brewing Co. – This is a newer spot right on the Town Square that we stopped into before heading to the airport, and the beers that I tried were GOOD. I loved that we could create our own flight of locally-brewed beers, but I will admit that the service here was…bananas…in a bad way. (To be fair, they were brand new, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on that one.)
Well, guys, it’s officially January 2nd and time to kick off some of those “new year, new me” goals. Sure, the new year did start yesterday, but everyone knows that January 1st is for useless hours on the couch and takeout Chinese food. Bonus points if you actually Postmated two meals yesterday. Not that I’d know anything about that.
But today’s a new day, and it’s time to get yourself together, girl. I’ve made a few fitness and overall just healthy goals for the new year and for going into spring in particular. I’m not the kind of gal who wants to give up every sweet, snack, and splurge trying to attain some unrealistic goal weight. I didn’t even do that before my own wedding and still have no regrets about it. I did set a few goals to look and feel my best, healthiest self, though.
Exercise – I want to make sure and get in some type of workout five days a week, whether it’s a pilates or Orangetheory class or just taking the pups (well, solo pup until Wilma has all of her shots) for a long power walk. It really is just about getting moving, and before the holidays, I was more than on top of this.
Eating – I generally cook pretty healthy, and we’ll have dinner at home 3-4 times a week. For the other nights, we try to grab sushi or something with actual nutritional value and save the cheat meals for the weekends. After a November and December filled with travel, parties, and holiday treats, I’m SO ready to get back to healthy eating and plan to share more meal and recipe ideas with you guys here and through Instagram stories.
Alcohol – Eric and I are hosting one last Christmas party with friends this weekend, and after that, we’re planning to have a dry January. We haven’t done one before, but I think it’ll be great to reset, recharge, and save all those calories!
Water – Good God I say this every single year, but perhaps 2019 is the year I finally start drinking more water? It’s seriously something I have to push myself to do, but when I do manage to drink enough water, I notice a difference in how I feel and how my skin looks. (One might think that would be motivation enough, right?) Well, with my current post-holiday breakout, it’s bottoms-up on the H2O currently.
And so this morning I woke up bright and early (to the sounds of a screaming puppy ready to make a jailbreak out of her crate) and scheduled my first pilates class of the new year. I threw on my new workout gear (No better motivation really. The husband got me these capris for Christmas and I’m OBSESSED.) and soon realized that my car battery was dead. Sweet.
So I Ubered to my first workout of the year, popped into a nearby grocery store for a few vegetables for the fridge, and Ubered my butt home to these wild-ass pups. No complaints over here, but perhaps the universe could cooperate when a girl’s just trying to make it to the gym? Here’s hoping everyone has a great rest of the week.
Hey guys, it’s me, your long-torsoed, hip-having friend, and today I’ve got a little beef with the fashion industry. More specifically, the knitwear peeps. A few weeks ago, I did a rather LARGE closet clean-out and wanted to ditch the pieces I no longer wear in favor of a couple new classics to update my wardrobe.
So I did the clean-out, sold a few things, and hit the mall (#mallrat) thinking I’d like to grab a couple of new sweaters, a pair of jeans, and maybe a new cold-weather scarf or two. (What can I say, I’m a scarf hoarder.) The jeans were a no-brainer – hello, Madewell. (THIS is my current favorite pair, and right now you can score 25% off your entire purchase.) And the scarves are always screaming my name at Zara. But the sweaters. Ohhh, that sweater hunt.
Now I’m not much a complainer usually because life is too good to waste away complaining, but I feel like this sweater season and last and maybe even the one before that it’s been nearly impossible to find sweaters with a longer length. At around 5’8″, I was walking around wondering if I’m some kind of Amazon woman or something.
So anywho, I roamed around the mall, tried on all the ill-fitting, too short sweaters and almost called it a day before I found this one. It’s seriously soft, the perfect length for tall gals with leggings or jeans, and comes in nine colors. (So I’m thinking, how many of the nine do I need?) It’s also under $100 and makes for the perfectly cozy holiday gift. Because I’m not the only one who still has a ton of holiday shopping to do, right?