Monday, November 30, 2020

Cyber Monday 2020 Sales Guide

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend with family and/or friends. Our little family made it special by taking a little road trip just us three over to Napa and spending our entire holiday at one of our favorite wine country properties (which you may have seen in instagram stories). We were cozied up by the fire, playing tennis, sipping hot cocoa and enjoying morning walks while taking in the beauty of all the colorful fall leaves that we don't typically see very much of in San Francisco. It was the perfect weekend and Lily asked us about five times if we could pretty please stay an extra day and confessed how much she loved it there, and cannot wait to go back. Here's a peek at last year's family Christmas photo in our matching family pajamas.

I've never been one to wake up and brave the Black Friday in-store deals, so Cyber Monday has always been the day I've most looked forward to as I prefer to curl up with a hot coffee in hand and enjoy shopping in my PJ's without enduring the crowds. I've rounded up the 25 best sales for you today in this little 2020 sales guide!


ALO YOGA // Up to 70% off sale + 20% off new arrivals
AMAZON // Hundreds of deals in every department
ANTHROPOLOGIE // 30% off everything
BANANA REPUBLIC // 50% off all items
BAUBLE BAR // 30% off everything with code: BB30
BLOOMINGDALES // Take 25% off sale and regular-priced items
EXPRESS // 50% off entire site + free shipping
FRONTGATE // Up to 70% off + free shipping
GAP // 50% off everything 
HARRY & DAVID // Up to 30% off everything
KATE SPADE // Enjoy extra 50% off w/ code: DEALSDOTCOM
KENDRA SCOTT // 30% off + 25% off fine jewelry 
LULULEMON // Up to 40% off
MACY'S // Up to 60% off in every department
NORDSTROM // Up to 50% off + extra 25% off clearance
OLD NAVY // 50% off your entire purchase, no code 
PINROSE FRAGRANCES // Up to 40% OFF, use code: CLASSY for free shipping
POTTERYBARN // 20% off your order + free shipping over $79 w/ code: CYBER
SEPHORA// Up to 50% off + plus free shipping
SHOPBOP // 20% off your order of $200 or more
T3 MICRO // 25% off everything w/ code: HOLIDAY25
TARGET // 30% off clothes + up to 50% off furniture
TORY BURCH // Up to 30% off full-price + up to 60% off sale w/code: THANKS
ULTA // Black Friday beauty deals + free shipping over $35
WAYFAIR // Cyber Monday Blowout up to 80% off
WILLIAMS-SONOMA // Up to 50% off including Nespresso machines & Kitchen Aid 


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I hope you're able to find some great deals on things you need for yourself or items you need to cross off your gift-giving list. Happy Shopping!


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

My Amazon Prime Day Picks

It's that time of year again to stock up on (mostly) electronics and start your holiday shopping with the Amazon Prime Day deals. Every year we buy a few items that are simply too good to pass up. This year we ordered several items including this cordless lightweight vacuum (since our current one broke down), the workout tops below and I'm debating whether I should finally make the leap over to the air pods pro just like Byron (he uses them everyday for conference calls, podcasts, workout music).

ONE- Many of you may have seen me wearing my rose gold apple watch in IG stories, I love it for monitoring my daily steps, calories burned, tracking my monthly cycle, taking phone calls, checking email while out for a run, listening to music with my air pods and so much more. My sweetie purchased it as a birthday gift for me in August and I'm getting way more use out of it then I ever thought I would, aside from keeping the time. We initially purchased a fancy wristband for it, but I returned it as I love the pale pink one it comes with. 

TWO- Backless Workout Top (I purchased it in pink and green) to pair with black yoga pants while working out at home for a casual, yet understated sexy vibe. I've been on the hunt for more backless sweaters and workout tops as they are both practical in keeping you cool as much as they are cute.

THREE- People have been raving about the Bose noise-canceling headphones for as long as I can remember for flights as well as working at home with kids and I've always written them off as too expensive to justify buying them, however at $100 off, they are a worthy splurge at a steep discount for you or that special someone on your holiday list! Given that we are in a pandemic and get peace wherever we can manage, this will make it that much easier.

FOUR- I have shared my love for my Vitamix on the blog and numerous times in stories where I make everything from healthy smoothies to nutritious soup from scratch! I used it constantly when Lily was a baby making homemade baby food for her and now she can't wait until we get to toss in fruit and dairy-free milk to make the best popsicles. I've always found mine easy to clean and it powers through everything including kale stalks which I love when making green smoothies. This is the latest model and it is beautiful! If you've ever wanted to own one, they are truly life-changing, and the price can't be beat right now!

FIVE- I have owned the regular wireless Apple air pods for a couple years and last Christmas I bought B the air pods pro. To say they are life-changing is an understatement. They stay put in your ears and they are noise-canceling. You can choose when you want to block out background noise and when you don't. I'm always stealing his when he's not using them and I think they are the PERFECT gift for basically everyone.

SIX- Since I spend a lot of time on my laptop and phone for work and creating content, blue light blocking glasses ensure that my body isn't absorbing the very light that causes sleep disruption, low energy and more. These were so inexpensive for a 4-pack that I couldn't not get them. I look forward to trying them out. I've never worn glasses and these come in a variety of fashionable styles.

SEVEN- We invested in the Echo Dot a couple years ago during another prime day sale and we use it all the time to set reminders to give Lily her vitamins, to do certain tasks, to play music and ask Alexa to tell us funny jokes or answer random questions. It's so cheap right now, if you've thought of getting one ever, now is the time, it's under $20!

EIGHT- With everyone required to be on zoom calls, doing distance-learning or in my case creating LIVE content via Facebook and Instagram, I thought it was time to upgrade from my laptop's built-in web cam by replacing it with a separate high-resolution web cam.


Thanks for stopping by. I'd love to know what Prime Day items you scored this year!

Friday, September 11, 2020

8 Bad Habits a Classy Woman Always Avoids

While there are many bad habits that a classy woman should be mindful to avoid, there are a few that stand out among the others, 8 to be exact, that separate the women from the classy ladies. I'm sharing what they are, along with why and how we should abstain from doing them.

8 Bad Habits a Classy Woman Should Avoid

1. Tardiness and Canceling Last Minute- I listed this first for a reason. If you do everything else in a way you're proud of but cannot respect others' time, you will have earned yourself the reputation of always arriving late. Not only is showing up tardy to an event or an appointment completely disrespectful, but it can also be incredibly disruptive, and can at times create an inconvenience logistically. Cancelling at the last minute, otherwise known as "bailing" is probably one of the worst offenders. I have attending weddings and beautiful high-end birthday parties where couples or individuals have decided very last minute (sometimes an hour before!) that they would not be attending, to the dismay and cost of the event's host who has paid for their plates or catering ahead of time. 

If you absolutely need to due to an unforeseen emergency, be sure to compensate the host for the cost with either a check or a more extravagant-than-usual gift as an apology. If you had a personal training session, dental appointment or spa visit on your calendar, canceling last minute doesn't allow the service provider time to earn back the revenue that they have now lost due to the cancellation, it affects a company or individual's bottom line and income. The right thing to do for prepaid lessons, is allow that session to essentially be a "paid" session even when you are a no show (after calling to state that you won't be able to make it) or offer to pay the provider for their time in the amount of the class/session. There is a reason why hair salons typically take a credit card to hold on file and will charge you 50-100% of the service you would have received.

2. Fidgeting- A classy woman is comfortable in her own skin and the style of clothing she chooses for herself, so she doesn't feel out of her element. Biting one's nails, picking the skin around your nails, cracking knuckles, making neck adjustments, pulling at your clothing, constantly straightening your outfit or needing to tuck it in are all distractions that fall under the category of fidgeting. A confident and refined lady does not fidget, she doesn't come across nervous or anxious. She's not constantly twirling her hair, re-applying lipstick or gloss. This comes across as immature and lacks self awareness. 

Do you remember the scene in the movie Pretty Woman where Edward tells Vivian on what I believe was their 2nd date "You look very beautiful and very tall when you're not fidgeting." Our beauty and essence as a woman are able to be appreciated when we're not constantly moving around and unable to sit still. Make sure that you're comfortable with your hairstyle, makeup and your outfit and footwear choice before leaving the house. When bracelets are clanging together on your arm, you're constantly re-adjusting your pantyhose that are one size too small or when you choose a new dress that isn't your style or heels that are too high which you don't feel comfortable in, it becomes apparent to everyone around you. This may involve you practicing in a higher pair of heels or a new style of dress at home. My article on 'How to Walk in High Heels' may be helpful. Spend the day wearing a new outfit, pair of shoes, hairstyle, etc., at home and consider it safe testing grounds so you know that a chignon or bun typically falls out after a few hours because you have thick hair or it was just washed and is too soft. Perhaps your new strapless bra tends to slide down after 10 minutes and you constantly have to readjust it, now you know to buy or wear a different one instead so you can move freely. 

3. Interrupting Others- I'm forever reminding my seven year old daughter not to interrupt mommy and daddy while we're talking (or anyone else she's with!) and to also raise her hand on zoom calls when she has a question for her teacher. That said, there are many adults whose impatience takes over who could benefit from this reminder (myself included at times). The more familiar we are with others, the more likely we are to interrupt so this is very common among couples, families and close friends. In order to make others feel both comfortable as well as valued and important in our presence, we need to put our own questions and ideas aside, and let them finish a thought or story. 

Sometimes I personally get so excited that I can't help but interject with a question I'm dying to know the answer to or I'll jump in and try to finish my sweetie's sentence. We are all a work in progress, this is an area that I'm working to personally become better at. When we do this we're also no longer in our feminine energy. It comes across as rude and tells the other person that what they have to share doesn't matter as much as what we have to say. None of us are perfect, but this is really important to master even if it means having to physically bite your own tongue to keep yourself in check! 

4. Using Foul Language- The language we use is a reflection of our character. Cursing is definitely not ladylike and should be avoided at all costs. In our modern world it may seem as though it's acceptable to let it all hang out and that swearing is not a big deal. I once saw a t-shirt that read "Classy but I cuss a little". I saw another that read " I'm an intelligent, classy, well educated woman that says "F" a lot". Let me start off by saying that for someone who is intelligent and well educated, one should have a much broader vocabulary and hopefully an equal sense of self-control. This immediately lowers your value in the presence of others, is inappropriate and makes others feel uncomfortable, especially those who aren't used to hearing it. If you have children, they are likely to repeat you and start speaking in the same manner. 

5. Excessive Smartphone Checking- Have you ever been in the company of someone whose eyes were glued to their phone's screen? I have personally experienced this and it makes you feel unimportant and it's incredibly rude. Smart phones, just like social media, have become black holes, they offer many benefits but are also one of the most common forms of distraction and can ultimately be time wasters. To be a feminine woman is to be present in the moment without constantly checking for the latest text message from your friends and the man you're dating, or waiting for an email from your boss. One way to remedy this is to turn off notifications (even if just temporarily). Using the 'do not disturb' feature during meetings, appointments and gatherings is an easy fix to keep you focused. However, it is our mindset that ultimately needs to shift if we want to be elegant ladies who truly aim to live in the moment leading with our best foot forward.

6. Slouching- It's been said that first impressions are everything, because sometimes we just don't get that second chance to show who we really are. That said, if you're working in an office slumped over your keyboard, you will not come across as the confident, healthy, strong and capable potential candidate for a promotion. Likewise, this is also unattractive to a potential partner as our body is not in it's elegant, ladylike form of elongation, and instead is hunched. Over time, if not corrected, slouching will erode your spinal health and can cause a permanent curvature of the spine. Practice improving your posture by sitting up straight daily (placing a mirror on your desk or a large mirror on the wall in front of your desk will cause you to take notice) along with either twice daily stretching and/or yoga to both stretch and strengthen your core muscles. Strengthening exercises can improve slouching along with other tools such as a posture corrector which can be worn under clothing inconspicuously and gently reminds you to pull your shoulders up and back. Doing this daily over time will encourage a straighter spine.

7. Being Too Loud-An elegant lady is never the loudest in the room, in fact she is the farthest thing from boisterous. Unless she is delivering a speech with a microphone in hand to amplify her message or alerting someone to immediate danger, her voice should remain at a moderate tone. Others will lean in just to listen to what she has to say and her tone is deliberate. This level of awareness also applies to the way that she plays music and listens to videos or TV and movies. She doesn't aim to blare her favorite artist at the highest possible decibel level, she is mindful of her neighbors and family members or even perfect strangers that may be within distance. A quiet woman is mysterious, she doesn't beg for attention nor make her entrance into a room an announcement. She arrives in style, on time and without a lot of fanfare. 

8. Talking too Much- Similar to being too loud, talking too much can come across as overbearing. A lady speaks when she has something important to say or ask. She doesn't ramble on incessantly about everything. She may on occasion get carried away with a topic she's passionate about, however she is mindful to gauge the interest level of others in her presence and also ensures that everyone has time to speak, so she isn't monopolizing the conversation with endless chatter. She knows that the focus should be on the host and other guests and asking questions is a surefire way that she will not be doing all the talking. Often times, women who lack confidence or who are insecure will keep talking as a way to alleviate nervousness or anxiety in groups, especially while in the company of strangers. This often leads to oversharing personal information or just talking for the sake of it to avoid a pause in conversation or the fear of being asked questions they don't wish to answer. The best approach is to ask others a question about themselves first such as how they know the host, something light and that everyone would be interested in learning. Be curious and interested in others and they will do the same. Keep your replies short and sweet without being curt. If you're asked more questions, do answer them but try not to turn it into a conversation about yourself. Talking too much and being too loud often go hand in hand.

If you know of any other specific 'bad habits' that should be on this list, I'd love to hear them! You can leave your feedback in the comments below or in our Facebook community.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Classic White Dresses for Summer Under $100

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Is there anything more quintessential than a white dress for summer? A month ago on Mother's Day our little family headed to Napa for an afternoon of a social distanced lunch outdoors, followed by our tradition of mother-daughter photos, and our first taste of ice cream in the 80-degree sunshine. Lily is 6.5 now and getting harder to carry so I figured this year might be my last to capture a photo like this which perfectly captures the bond we share. Every year we aim to coordinate in dresses, this year I wanted a pure aesthetic, white eyelet midi dresses were the perfect fit.

My closet is now home to a growing collection of white dresses, I've become a bit obsessed with them for summer, especially during vacation. I recently added this midi dress along with coordinating belt as well as this dress to my wardrobe, and wanted to share my favorite classy white dress picks which are all under $100, most are very affordable and around the $50 price point-the perfect investment for the season! Click any image below to be taken to the source for more details. There's also a sale happening at Nordstrom right now on summer dresses, you can find it here, for a few more days you can collect extra rewards points as a Nordy member.

What are your favorite dresses for summer? Flowing maxi dresses, short and sweet above-the-knee or the ever-versatile midi dress?



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What is your favorite dress style for summer? A romantic flowing maxi dress, an above-the-knee or a classic midi dress?


Thursday, April 30, 2020

How to Keep Kids Busy During Quarantine

If you've been struggling to keep your kids learning and entertained while they whine "I'm bored", "can I watch TV?" or "will you play with me?" as you work from home and attempt to get some quiet time and keep the entire house (along with your sanity) together, today's post is for you!

When social distancing began and rumors started trickling in about schools potentially closing for the remainder of the year, we made the decision to stock up on arts, crafts and other activities to keep our sweet little 6-year-old daughter happy and occupied. We committed to the idea of giving her 1 new craft project every other day for as long as we were ordered to shelter in place and spend out days indoors. These came in particularly handy as the first 2 weeks didn't involve school lesson plans and parents were left to figure out a homeschooling curriculum on their own. As soon as Lily wakes up (which is usually between 5:30am-6:30am), we give her a craft first thing to start the day along with breakfast so we each have quiet 'work from home' time before her online distance learning class begins. It's been such a fun way to break up the day and gives her something to look forward to.

I'm sharing the top 22 kids craft projects & activities that we have purchased online for her, revealing which ones have been her favorite so far. I'm breaking them down into 2 parts: girls crafts and then the remainder of unisex crafts (these fit the age 5-10 category)


1. Jewelry Making Kit- We ended up purchasing 5 different jewelry making kits ranging from Disney princesses and frozen to more difficult kits with smaller beads which allow for more creativity. This is Lily's favorite of the bunch which allowed her to make necklaces as well as bracelets that look a bit more grown up. She loves being able to gift her friends with bracelets by mail that she had made from her various kits.

2. Princess Stamping Kit- Every child I know loves stamping and what makes this kit fun is that it also comes with pencil crayons so that the pictures can be filled in and made unique each time.

3. Light Up Fashion Tracing Pad- This has been a favorite for my little fashionista who also happens to love horses. The tracing templates contain both horses with a variety of tales, manes and of course countless outfits, hair styles, accessories and more with a runway backdrop complete with coloring pencils. This one has kept her entertained at home as well as the car during the odd trip we've had to make during quarantine.

4. Fashion Designer Studio Kit- This kit is a dream for every little girl who enjoys dressing up and has already shown an interest in making doll clothes and fashion in general. Lily loves pinning fabric onto the dress mannequin so she can measure, cut and refine each look. 

5. Easy Unicorn Pillow- For those who cannot sew or you don't want to be handling a needle and thread yet, this is the perfect project! It's a pre-sewn unicorn that you stuff and close up with colored flannel strips to make the mane. Lily has slept with her pillow many times and plays with it in her fort.

6. Flower Crown Making Kit- A no-mess project at home or on the go resulting in pretty flower crowns that are fun to make and beautiful to wear.

7. Painting Ceramic Unicorns- This kit came with 2 different unicorns and several paint pots including metallic paint which was perfect for the horn. What I loved was that this craft took her a while to paint each and I was able to work as she quietly painted and didn't need any help with it.

8. Fairy Magical Cottage Garden- This kit is super cute and is a fun addition to a porch or backyard garden area so that your little miss has her own little fairy space that she plants herself and can tend to and watch it grow. I like that it can be enjoyed for months to come and is something that she can take care of which teaches responsibility.

9. Beginner's Sewing Kit- This kit was a huge hit! I definitely had to help with the cutting of the felt and show her how to actually sew, but after a few mins she got the hang of it. This is definitely a fun parent-child activity but I still had quiet time to work for a bit sitting beside her as she wanted to finish the sewing and stuffing herself. The instruction booklet is detailed and there are several patterns, it can be used again and again.

10. How to Draw Book- While watching YouTube videos has been a great tool to teach Lily how to draw, I wanted her to follow another method using quadrants for practicing drawing characters and this girly book was the best option with unicorns and mermaids which are her favorite right now.


1. Magic Clay- I think it's safe to say that we got our money's worth from this kit! It has been the most used so far and I love that it has 24 different colors to make a wide array of creations. It contains key chains and other loops so kids can clip it to their backpack or elsewhere. 

2. Painted Window Art- One of the first things we saw popping up during quarantine were drawings in the window's of homes where little ones lived. Lily has a grid of her own drawings in our dining area facing the walkway and this is one more fun tool to add a child's creativity and brighten the day of passersby. Working at the dining table it's been sweet seeing many people walk by and point to her happy little creations.

3. Smarty Pants Trivia- While this isn't a craft, this activity is a great way to keep kids engaged and having fun while learning interesting facts and testing their knowledge at their current grade level. Lily is in first grade so that is the one we chose for her.

4. Wikki Stix- We were first introduced to these little bendable wax sticks at a restaurant in Hawaii that handed them out. We later bought her a travel kit that she's used while we've dined out at restaurants, while on longer road trips, at home and at friend's houses to keep her entertained. This newest addition was to top up her pack and comes with a huge variety of colors-I even like playing with them!

5. Kinetic Sand- Perfect for those who don't have a sandbox and can't get to the beach! Even if you can do both, this sand is clean, sticks together and is ultimately like beach sand that never dries out. It also comes in pink, purple and other colors but I like products without coloring as much as possible so I opted for this kit with castle tools complete with a king and queen. We have since bought another bag of the sand to double the amount of fun!

6. Domino Blocks- Just because a child might be too young for the actual game of dominoes doesn't mean they can't enjoy setting up an knocking down beautiful patterns. Lily uses these to build towers too, I love that they are multi-colored and this little tote keeps them contained and easy to store.

7. Rubix Cube- This may not be for every child, but after finding out that mommy and daddy both had one growing up, Lily asked for one and has been fascinated by it. It kept her busy for an hour the first day we gave it to her. Ha Ha. The bonus is that us adults still like challenging ourselves with it, so it's fun for our whole family.

8. My First Origami Kit- Lily has been watching a ton of YouTube videos to teach herself to make different origami so we decided it was time for a little kit and I love that this one has animal patterns that match the animals such as a turtle shell, mouse fur etc. This is a great parent-child project and once they get the hang of it can fly solo.

9.  Assorted Craft Box- We didn't have any specific craft materials on hand other than drawing tools and construction paper so I thought it was time to add a bit more to the mix and this has allowed Lily to make some really cute creations.

10. Artist's Kit-  We've been through several of these over the years, but no quarantine is complete without a kit of paints, markers, crayons and all the essentials for drawing and creating. This kit is really affordable and can be shared by multiple kits and is perfect to take on the go.


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I'm always looking for new activities and crafts to keep our sweet girl busy, so I'd love to hear what some of your favorite activities are for keeping your own kiddos happy and entertained.


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