Friday, November 30, 2018

LITTLE PLAID SKIRT FOR THE HOLIDAYS...




TOP: VICI // SKIRT: Revolve // SHOES: Sam Edelman (similar here) // BAG: Gucci 

Happy Friday! I wanted to quickly hop on here and share this super cute plaid skirt with yall. I know how important it is so share affordable pieces that are trendy and practical. This skirt is right around $50, the quality is great, and runs true to size. I paired it with more neutral colors because I styled in for the fall season. For the holidays, you can opt in for a red sweater and black over the knee boots! I linked more skirts that I've had my eye on below.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
xo,
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

EASY WAY TO LOOK EDGY...




DRESS: By The Way ($50!) // COAT: Chicwish ( similar here) // SHOES: Raye

I've been wanting a pair of white booties for the longest time. I was hesitant for awhile because I wasn't sure if I could pull it off. I was on pinterest for a good amount of time looking at "white booties outfit". I took the plunge and ordered these. As soon as I put them on, my edgy side came out.  I feel that my role as a mom has made me feel limited on the types of clothes I can wear and ways that I can style accessaries. Keeping things simple is what I do best so it was a no brainer when thinking about the ways I could style these booties. I paired it with my black tee shirt dress and a wool coat to dress it up a bit. Looking edgy is more about how you feel in your outfit versus what you're actually wearing. I feel that if you're confident and strutting it, you can make anything look edgy. With white booties, I've learned to look at them as a neutral. Even though it may not look like it matches your outfit, it probably does. For the winter, you can pair them with boyfriend jeans, a body suit, and a cozy teddy coat. How do yall style your white booties? I'd love to see! 

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue 


Thursday, November 22, 2018

OUTFITS ON SALE + BLACK FRIDAY DEALS

DRESS: VICI // SHOES: VICI // BAG: VICI 

TUNIC: Free People (budget friendly option here!) // SCARF: BP // SHOES: Goodnight Macaroon 


SWEATER: ASOS  // SHOES: Goodnight Macaroon

DRESS: Chicwish // SHOES: Sam Edelman (on sale version)

 SWEATER: Chicwish // SHOES: Sam Edelman

DRESS: Tularosa

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! There has been so many changes in my life this year. Some good and some bad, but definitely more positive changes. This is Chloe's first Thanksgiving (obviously) and Liam and I's first Thanksgiving in Houston. I'm extremely Thankful for my family, friends, and you guys. I know every blogger out there says how thankful we are for yall, but it's so so true. Without your support and follow, we couldn't do what we do and make it a job. I originally wasn't going to do a Black Friday round up but I knew it would be a lot easier on yall to have one place to go to to find out what the sale details are this year. I do have to say that there are TONS of great deals!

ALL SAINTS: 30% off purchase
ASOS: 25% off your purchase (CODE: EPIC 25)
Abercrombie & Fitch: 50% off your purchase
Ann Taylor: 50% off everything (CODE: BLACKFRIDAY)
Bloomingdales: 15% off $100-$249 // 20% off $200-$399 // 25% off $400 or more
Chicwish: $10 off $70+ // $20 off $120 // 30% off $180+
Express: 50% off everything
Forever 21: Extra 50% off sale
H&M: 20% off your purchase
J Crew: 50% off your purchase
Janie & Jack: 30% off everything
Goodnight Macaroon: 50% off orders over $450 // 40% off orders over $250 // 30% off orders over
$150 //
Loft: 50% off your purchase
Madewell: 25% off your purchase
Nordstrom: Up to 60% off sale event
Old Navy: 50% off purchase
Pottery Barn: 25% off site wide
Revolve: up to 50% off new sale markdowns
Sam Edelman: up to 50% off
Shopbop: 15% off $200+ // 20% off $500+ // 25% off $800+
ShopHelloFashion: 30% off your purchase
Steve Madden: 35% off your purchase and free 2 day shipping
Tory Burch: 30% off $250
Urban Outfitters: BOGO 50%
VICI: 30% off your purchase

I hope yall have a blessed Thanksgiving!

xo,
Annie

Monday, November 19, 2018

A MAXI DRESS TO WEAR IN THE FALL...



DRESS: VICI // SHOES: VICI // BAG: VICI 

Thanksgiving week is finally here! I swear, Halloween was just the other week. As you get older, time really does fly by. My siblings and I are hosting Thanksgiving this year and I'm excited to have all of our family members over. We went to the grocery store yesterday to buy everything and it was the biggest mistake ever. It was so overcrowded, it was unreal. At least we were able to buy everything we needed. It's my fault for doing everything last minute. 

When I was looking for a cute Thanksgiving outfit, I knew that it had to be flattering and roomy. Yall know I've been shopping with VICI for months now and you can't beat their selection or prices.  I've placed multiple orders from VICI and I can honestly tell you that I've been happy with every single piece. The quality is amazing and they carry tons of trendy items, staple pieces, and accessaries. As soon as I saw this maxi dress, I fell in love. It's the color of fall and really flattering. The weather in Houston during Thanksgiving time is usually warm so a lightweight dress is ideal. I appreciate everyone's support so I have a discount code especially for yall. Receive 20% off your purchase with code: ANNIE20.

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

HOW CATALOG HAS HELPED ME...




FOUNDATION: Make Up Forever // BLUSH: NARS // HIGHLIGHTER: Bobbi Brown // PRIMER: Benefit // MASCARA: Lancome // EYESHADOW: Tarte 

This month has by far been the busiest month of my entire blogging career. I’m incredibly thankful to be working with so many great brands and companies. Between raising two children by myself, blogging, and having a personal life, my hands are extremely full. I’ve even had to hire my cousin as my assistant to help with social media!

Today, I’m excited to team up with Catalog on their official press release! Catalog is a website that brings brands and influencers together and helps influencers create new content. When I was first informed about how they would create product images specifically for me, I was in shock. The process is so simple that I didn’t believe it at first. 

With Catalog, you’re able to tell them specifically which products you need shot and the aesthetic you’re needing. You send your products to Catalog (so they can shoot it) and the rest is in their hands. With beauty product, I prefer flatlay shots. Flatlays are something that I’m horrible at. I love seeing them on Instagram and Pinterest but my images are never up to par. For my first content creation with Catalog, I asked for a fall inspired flatlay with the products. My feed in filled with fall content right now so I want the images to blend, while being unique at the same time. With October being so busy, having someone create amazing content that is similar to my aesthetic has saved me so much time. Most importantly, I can finally share details with everyone! 

What I really think is incredible about Catalog is that they strive to help provide consistent work. Unless you’re a blogger or are friends with one, you might not know how inconsistent this career is. I have gone several weeks without a single partnership or collaboration before and it honestly sucks. Blogging is my way of bringing in money for my family. I’m extremely thankful that I’m able to have a job I love while staying at home to raise my children. At the same time, can you imagine how stressful it is to go from bringing in X amount of dollars one month to zero dollars or half of your usual the next? My husbands provides for the whole family, but I still want to be able to help where I can financially. Catalog helps prevent that inconsistency and partners content creators with amazing brands. 

There’s so much work that goes into blogging. It isn’t just putting on clothes and taking iphone photos. We work hard on creating fresh content everyday, engaging with readers, writing blog post that are informative and helpful, finding the right brands to work with, taking family photos to help with inspiration, and so much more. With Catalog, they can provide consistent work and take some time off your hands by creating fresh content for you.

I’ve been meaning to share beauty products that I use everyday with everyone for forever. I’ve probably reminded myself to do it for it for over six months. Now that I have actual high quality images, I can do so. When it comes to make up and getting ready, I try to stick it to the bare minimum. I've been using this foundation for years and it works really well for me because it blends in and it doesn't reflect light. Which is perfect for taking pictures. Blush and Highlighters are always fun to play with because I don't think it's possible to go with a wrong color ( if you use the correct amount). My sister introduced this primer to me last year and it has been a must have product. My pores easily get clogged with dirt (I have to use a nose strip twice a week) so when I put foundation on, you can see the little dirty pores because I'm piling more junk in them. With the primer, it fills up the pores and smoothes out the surface. I've been using all of these products for over a year and swear by them.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

xo,
Annie

*Thank you Catalog for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

THE MANY WAYS TO WEAR TUNICS...


TUNIC: Free People (budget friendly option here!) // SCARF: BP // SHOES: Goodnight Macaroon // BAG: Gucci  

We all know I love a cute sweater dress...or in this case, a really cute tunic. Tunics are a great piece to shop for because of it's versatility and the many styles that they come in. My favorite way to wear tunics is by adding a pair of over the knee boots and a scarf. If you're taller, wearing a tunic as a dress might be a little difficult. For my taller babes, add some faux leather leggings with your over the knee boots and a wool hat. Another chic way to style a tunic is by adding a camel coat, denim jeans, and short booties. 

The most versatile tunics are the neutral colored ones because white, cream, and black sweaters are timeless. They'll match just about everything in your closet and you can style it to where it'll look like a new piece every time you wear it. My favorite tunics are from Free People, Caslon, and Halogen because they are always a little longer in length. 

WAYS TO STYLE TUNICS: 

Tunic + over the knee boots + scarf 
Tunic + cardigan + short booties + wool hat 
Tunic + wrap blanket or poncho + short booties 
Tunic + faux leggings + knee high or over the knee boots 
Tunic + black cotton leggings + short booties + wool hat 
Tunic + jeans + favorite fall shoes 
Tunic + jeans + camel coat + pumps or booties 

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

xo, 
Annie


Monday, November 12, 2018

OUR STAY AT HOTEL ÄNDRA + SEATTLE TRAVEL GUIDE...







Happy Friday! I've been working on this post for several days and I'm excited to share all the details from our Seattle trip. The first thing I will say is that it was by far one of my favorite trips ever! Seattle was so much more than I expected and I'm already planning another trip next fall. 

We stayed right in the center of downtown at Hotel Ändra. For a hotel that is located downtown, I love how homey and quaint the boutique hotel was. The lobby had a cozy fireplace for us to warm up while we waited for the valet or needed to relax. Something about being around a fireplace during the cold, sipping on hot chocolate always makes me happy. Downstairs is also where the restaurant Lola is located. If you're ever in Seattle, you have to eat there! We ordered dinner from there and the food was so good! Liam devoured his chicken kebabs. 

Our room was the perfect size for our family. We had two queen size beds and the hotel was kind enough to also provide a crib for Chloe. The room had a modern old time feel to it, it wasn't just white on white like other hotels that I've stayed at. The beds were one of the comfiest beds that I've ever slept on. I'm not even exaggerating. We had a huge beautiful fall tree right outside our window and being from Texas, where fall foliage isn't a thing, I was loving the view. There was an office space for me to work and a huge walk in closet. Even though the trip was for leisure, I'm constantly working on emails and creating content so the office space and closet was needed. 

Whenever I'm visiting a new city, staying in a hotel that is close to everything makes it so much easier. Hotel Ändra is located right in the center of downtown Seattle. Being close to everything made it easy for us to constantly go back to the hotel for the babies to take a nap and to rest up. Shopping, attractions, and restaurants were in walking distance from the hotel. The furthest we ever had to drive was about only about 10 minutes. The foliage in Seattle is like no other city so I wanted to go sight seeing everyday. 

If yall ever visit Seattle, I HIGHLY recommend staying at Hotel Ändra! I'll definitely be staying here again next year. 




SEATTLE TRAVEL GUIDE





 








We spent 4 nights/5 days in Seattle and I would say that it was the perfect amount of time for us. I do think that you can stay 3 nights/4 day and still do and see everything Seattle has to offer. I originally was going to only stay 3 nights but because I was traveling with a toddler and a newborn, I wanted to space everything out. I knew we'd be taking several breaks throughout the day. I planned this trip because I've always wanted to visit Seattle and I desperately needing to get away from Houston's heat. My bestie, Michelle was a life saver on this trip. She helped me so much with the kids and was basically our tour guide the entire time. These are the type of people you keep in your life forever. The ones that adore your children just as much as you. In my opinion, Seattle isn't a place everyone thinks to visit in the fall but it should be. The foliage there is so much prettier than foliage in Colorado. There was so much to see and do! I broke everything down by attractions, restaurants, and kid friendly spots.

ATTRACTIONS & PARKS:

Space Needle: We went during sunset and the views were beautiful! It was worth every penny. They recently renovated and the ground is now a rotating glass floor. It's a huge attraction so buy your tickets early. 

Chihuly Garden and Glass: This museum is a big Seattle attraction. I thought it was really pretty and unique. I wouldn't say that it's a place you "must visit", but I'm glad I got to see it. 

Pikes Place and the Gum Wall: Visit early in the morning when no one is there! We walked around Pikes Place for about 30 minutes and it was so cool. There are tons of stands to buy knick knacks, local fruits and veggies, cheap flower bouquets, and seafood. The gum wall is located here as well and it's not as awesome as everyone thinks it is, lol. It's actually a little gross and dirty. Liam thought it was the coolest thing but I felt like I wanted to bath after walking through it. It's one of those places where you go see it for about 5 minutes then your done. 

Starbucks Reserve: I've been wanting to go here ever since I found out they served coffee flights. It's cool to see how everything is made and the perfect spot to chill and snack. They serve all sorts of food and pastries there. 

Downtown Nordstrom: This location is one of the first Nordstroms ever! The selection is amazing, I felt that they carried everything that was online. It's 5 stories and if you love Nordstrom, you have to shop here. 

Curran Apple Orchard: Public apple orchard! Unfornuatley, we came to Seattle after apple picking season ended but this spot is open to the public and it was cool to see some of the apples that haven't been picked. We went apple picking for the first time last year and Liam loves it! 

Queen Anne, Ravenna, University District, and Cap Hill: These are the spots to visit for sight seeing. It's fun to drive around to get a feel of the outer skirts of the city or to see the foliage. 

KID FRIENDLY SPOTS: 

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium: We spent our last day in Tacoma and visited the zoo and aquarium. The aquarium was so cool and huge! The ticket is a 2 in 1 so you're able to visit both the zoo and aquarium. It's fun to visit zoos in different cities to see all the different animals.

Artist At Play: This park is located in the museum district and one of the coolest parks I've ever seen! They had climbing ropes, a huge slide, and awesome musical chimes. Liam was loving every second of this park. He did not want to leave. I would say that this park is best for 3+ years old 

Green Lake Park: Such a beautiful park! It's a huge park that has a big play area for children, trail around the lake for running, and the scenery is everything.  


RESTAURANTS: 

Din Tai Fun: If you're craving Dim Sum, this is the place to go! It's so good! Make sure to make a reservation. 

Rachel's Ginger Beer (university district): I've never had ginger beer before and now I'm obsessed with it! This place is good for a chill night. There isn't a big food selection, tenders and sides...super low key. 

Portage Bay: We went here for brunch and their eggs benedict dish is amazing. They even have a sampler entree.

Thackeray: Another great brunch spot! I got the biscuits and gravy and it was delicious too. It wasn't a southern style, which caught me off guard but it felt a lot lighter and airy. 

Ivar's Salmon House: This restaurant is located on the waterfront and is a little more upscale and pricey. Great for a date night. 

Lola: A really delicious low key place for drinks and dinner. It's located inside Hotel Andra! 

I hope my guide helped!!

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie 



 

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