$13 Steve Madden Wedges!

steve madden wedges

steve madden wedges kate spade purse

Hey everyone! I had to share this great shopping find from a week ago with you! I’m a sucker for a great bargain hunt and my favorite thing to do is shop for summer and spring clothes in the fall and then fall and winter clothes in the summer and spring. You get the best deals! Last weekend when I went shopping, Steve Madden was having a 70% off sale on summer sandals and these super cute wedge sandals were (wait for it!) $13 originally $100!! Score!

Here’s a link to them! They make me about 6 feet tall so they’re very high. I’m 5’8″ for reference. These are so cute with white frayed jeans and a chambray top! I can’t wait for spring to wear them. It’s like 32 degrees right now in Dallas so these sandals will be in my closet until further notice!

Target Dollar Spot Holiday 2018

target christmas trees

Its here everyone! The holiday season is officially upon us. How did I come to this conclusion? Well Target Dollar Spot is stocked with adorable things for Christmas and Starbucks has their Peppermint Mochas again! Yay! When I was in Target over the weekend, I thought it would be a great idea to go through the Dollar Spot and show you guys what they have this year. It didn’t disappoint! I’m always impressed with their selection. I’m not decking the halls yet, but I am buying a few things here and there to decorate. Take a look at the fun things they have this season!

Isn’t everything adorable? I got the little sleigh and one of those pom pom hats! Trust me I’ll be sneaking a few more things in the house over the next few weeks (no one tell my fiance!). I won’t start decorating until after Thanksgiving though. I’m on the hunt for cute Turkey Day decor, so if you know of a good place to find some, let me know!

-Liz

Bell Sleeve Fall Sweater Under $20

bell sleeve sweater

bell sleeve sweater

Hey everyone! Its sweater weather in Dallas! I’ve been waiting for this since July. Every year I dig through my sweaters and see what I want to keep or donate. And much to David’s disappointment, I don’t get rid of much- instead I go buy more sweaters! So here I am wearing this really cute J. Crew bell sleeve sweater I found on sale for $17 (normally $49!) last weekend! Winning!

J. Crew Mercantile is my favorite place to find great basics at good prices. Every time I walk into their regular J. Crew stores, I see something I love and find out its way out of my budget. Like $150 for a sweater? Are you crazy? Nope. My sweater comes in burgundy, gray, and black and is super soft. Its definitely more of a trendy piece (lets be real, my future kids will make fun of me for this sweater some day) but not a huge investment so I definitely recommend checking them out!

Fall Style Classic: Flannel at the Dallas Arboretum

dallas arboretum pumpkin village

arboretum pumpkin village

Hey everyone! It really feels like fall right now in Dallas and I just got around to visiting the Dallas Arboretum’s Pumpkin Village! Its been raining a ton here and there were a few hours of sunshine Sunday morning so David surprised me with tickets! Last Christmas, he surprised me with tickets to their 12 Days of Christmas light display and that was lovely. The Pumpkin Village may have topped it though!

dallas arboretum

cinderella pumpkins

dallas arboretum photos

So everything was soaked when we walked through there but that didn’t stop me from wearing my favorite leather boots and sitting on damp pumpkins! David followed me around taking photos as requested and made sure to get a cute one of me in the pumpkin patch wearing this adorable Lauren James flannel boyfriend shirt. I bought it last March during one of their sales and I kid you not it was on clearance for $8! I should have bought two and could smack myself for not. Here’s a similar one, although not on sale.

I definitely recommend investing in some flannel for fall and winter. Its always been a staple in any wardrobe and I can’t fathom it going away in the future. My favorite times of the year to buy flannel shirts, dresses, and even blankets are in late winter or early spring. Brands like L.L. Bean, Kiel James Patrick, and J. Crew put a lot of their winter basics on sale or clearance right around then so its the perfect time to stock up! As for now, watch for Christmas sales from these brands because they do a lot of gift-giving promotions and things like flannel scarves are popular sale items! Happy shopping!

 

 

Saying Yes to the Dress: Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

patsys bridal boutique

bridal accessories

patsys bridal boutique bride

Hey everyone! I’ve been a little MIA recently but I just needed some time to relax and watch nonstop fall Hallmark movies with my dog and cat. But now I feel rested and ready to get back to blogging and sharing some fun wedding news! I SAID YES TO THE DRESS! Its all I can do not to share the actual dress with you but since David might see it, I definitely can’t. Plus, the surprise will be worth it!

I was definitely surprised by how different the experience was than I thought it would be. I haven’t been shy about sharing with you how my self-esteem isn’t always great and I genuinely worry about my weight. I really let it impact how I approached dress shopping, but honestly, once I was in a dress, my insecurities melted away. I felt so beautiful! So I’m sharing my dress shopping tips with you real quick!

Expect the Best Experience

I had read reviews of a few dress boutiques I was interested in going to and the bad reviews scared me off. A few brides said that the associate said they were too big for a certain dress and others said the seamstresses were rude. Having read all of that negativity, I was terrified to go to my dress appointments. I was already sensitive about my weight and knew if someone made even a small comment I would lose it. But I couldn’t have been more wrong! Everyone that helped me try on gowns was amazing and did their best to make me feel comfortable. So expect the best experience!

Try on Every Dress Style

I thought for sure I’d wear a high neck, low back ball gown. Nope!! The first wedding dress I tried on was one I had been dreaming of and met all my specifications. I HATED it. I came out of the dressing room and already knew this wasn’t going to work. So I decided to try on several other gowns and I ended up with a very different dress than I thought I would because it was simply more flattering and I felt amazing in it.

Dress Sizes are Strange

I’m a size 8 in dresses but I was a size 12 in wedding dresses. Ummm what? Wedding dress sizes are different from street sizes. Whatever size you are, expect to size up a bit. I was able to squeeze into all of their sample sizes but when they ordered a 12 for me I was a little depressed. Luckily, the girls at Patsy’s Bridal (where I bought my dress) were super sweet and explained that the sizing is always weird.

You’ll Be on the Fence About a Dress

I really thought I’d find the dress, cry, and buy it. Nope. I actually found my dress, tried it on, kept trying on dresses and comparing it to the original dress, and then put that back on. I stood there for a good 10 minutes totally unsure if it was “the one.” Finally, I asked the girls at Patsy’s if they’d get me a tulle petticoat to go under the skirt to make it more Cinderella. When that didn’t totally sell me, they brought a cathedral veil and blingy necklace. WOW. I knew it was the dress after they “jacked me up.” And I can’t wait to show it to you!