Monday, July 6, 2015

Easy Breezy!!!! And a new SPECIAL MAMA Giveaway!

So you girls might remember the GAP shirt that I ordered a couple of weeks ago.
I ordered it while I was writing THIS Pinterest Told Me To recreation post. I linked the shirt as a great option since the shirt I was wearing in the post was sold out.
The shirt arrived.
And I promise, I'm not over-selling it.
The subtle stripes.
The collar.
The sleeves that can be rolled up or down.
The length.
The fit.
The popover-ness. (Just act like it's a word.)
It's ALL perfection in my book.
I will wear it with khaki shorts, white cut-offs, white jeans, and regular jeans.
It will look awesome under a military jacket too.
So it's pretty much a year round shirt.

The day it arrived I wore it like this:
stripe roll sleeve popover / agate necklace (see below for a code!)/ $8 light pink earrings/
khaki shorts / MK watch / giraffe bracelet (see below for a code!)/
striped tote / glitter slide on sandals
stripe roll sleeve popover / agate necklace / $8 light pink earrings/
 my favorite lip gloss right now!
just click on what you are interested in:

I know you've seen this agate necklace on me a lot (I have it in blue and green as well), and today it is 20% OFF!!!!
Actually, for the next 48 hours, everything at A.C. is 20% OFF with the code PTMT20!
Here are some of my AC favorites that you see on the blog all the time (as well as some new items I haven't highlighted yet)!
  Shop them all at 20% OFF!

Sorry the prices aren't posted on the middle row, I forgot to check the "show prices" box, and I was just too dang tired to correct it.

And if you are interested in my striped Barrington bag, good news!
The code PTMTSAVE10 will get you 10% OFF your entire purchase!
Click HERE for the striped tote (see picture from previous post below) c/o Barrington.
(Click HERE for my leather tote I carry all the time).

So above you saw how I wore the shirt the first day I had it.
This is how I wore it the second day.  Yes.  The 2nd day in a row.  Don't judge.
 I wore it the exact same way (with khakis and my glitter sandals), I just changed up the accessories for a more simple look.
So as you all know these glitter studs aren't available today.
If our sources are correct, they will be available on Thursday when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale goes live to cardholders!  (IT'S THURDAY!  AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!)
I don't think there is any way in the world they will last until the site goes live to the public, because I'm imagining people are going to buy multiple pairs at one time (for themselves and for presents)!
Let's be honest, people will probably buy them in bulk.
Look how pretty they are!

I saw this necklace online last week and ordered it, just hoping I would love it!
And I do!
Click HERE!  It's only $16!  It's so delicate and pretty!

And here's a close up of my sandals that I first showed you last week.
Now that I've worn them for a couple of weeks, I can officially say that the glitter isn't falling off (which I was worried about at first).
glitter slip on sandals
And yes.  Mama needs a pedicure.

Okay..that's enough shopping for today!
Two more things:
Many of you have said that for some reason or another you haven't yet received the anniversary sale catalog.  If you haven't received yours, click HERE to see the online version to help yourself prepare!

It's time for me to announce the new SPECIAL MAMA CONTEST, and it's time for y'all to start nominating some very deserving moms!
To see all of the previous Special Mama contests click HERE.
The winner will need to be able to go shopping with me in either McKinney (at Stonebriar Mall) or in Dallas (at Northpark Mall) on either Monday, July 20th or Tuesday July, please keep that in mind when placing your nominations.
So, the mom either needs to be LOCAL and able to be in either McKinney or Dallas by 10:00 a.m. on either the 20th or 21st.
But I promise I will make it worth her while with a .....
drum roll please....
$1,000 Shopping Spree at Nordstrom!
(And that's not all, she will also get an amazing prize package from lots of other smaller retailers...those prizes will be announced later.)
Here's Candace last year after we took Nordstrom down!
She's the cutest.

So here's how you nominate somebody (or yourself!):
The mom you nominate must be the mom of a child with special needs.  I have a heart for these amazing moms that give so much of themselves to help their children, and I want to honor them.
And celebrate them!
If you want to read more about why I initially started these Special Mama giveaways, click HERE.
You must leave a blog comment with the name of the mom you are nominating.  Also, please feel free to nominate yourself!
You must also click the box on the rafflecopter below stating that you did in fact leave a comment.  The winner's name will be chosen through the rafflecopter.
After a name is chosen, the winner (or the person who nominated the winner) will only have 24 hours to contact me because of the timeliness of us shopping on either July 20th or 21st.  If the winner can not get here to go shopping on one of those days, another winner will be chosen.
So please, only nominate people if you are pretty sure they will be able to shop with me on one of those days!
I want to be able to shop with the mom, take her to lunch, and present her with the other gifts!!!
The winner will be announced on July 13th, and the winner or nominator will need to contact me by July 14th for me to validate the winner and make sure she can shop on the 20th or 21st!

So...go nominate lots of deserving moms!
And I'll see you back here on Wednesday for The Bachelorette Recap!
Sheaffer :)

If you've been reading here for awhile, you know that I'm a big fan of Erin Condren life planners.

My girl Samantha over at Erin Condren sends me one every year when they come out, and I get so excited when I know it's on it's way.  But know this, even if she didn't send one to me, I would DEFINITELY buy it on my own.
This year I got the vertical planner vs. the horizontal planner (click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page to see the differences), and I've been loving the no bleed markers that she sent as well!

Here's a pic of my new calendar after I put the markers to good use!

Look at THESE carry-alls for the calendar!  Sometimes I throw the calendar in my purse or laptop bag, and I like the idea of it being more protected.

And I'm for sure ordering their new cover option where you can download lots of your ig pics!
  Look how cute Shay's is!

And spoiler alert: the team at Erin Condren will be giving one away to the Special Mama winner this month!  WooHoo!!!!

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Stripes and Leopard!!!

Stripes AND Leopard? 
Um, yes.

Here was my inspiration.
Look how beautifully the bold stripe and the leopard are co-existing!
I knew I wanted to recreate the look immediately.
inspiriation picture via
I didn't have a striped dress, but I did have a new black and white striped tank.
Sadly it's already sold out, but don't worry, I link several options for you below!
So what do you think?  Do you like the pattern mixing?

And then you know I had to throw on my new shades.
Because COOLER.

My leopard clutch is a couple of years old c/o River Island, and the only one I can find that is similar is at Shopbop (and super expensive) HERE.  Don't worry, I'll keep my eyes peeled for a more affordable option.  But let me just say, if you have an extra $275 lying around (ha!) that you just have to get rid of, I've seen the linked Shopbop clutch in person...and it's FAB.
(As I'm looking at my clutch here....I'm realizing that it seems to be a giraffe print more than a leopard print!?!?  What do y'all think?  Whatever.  It's an animal print.)
 A reader (thank you Jessica A.!) just e-mailed me a clutch open and for $125 that's less than 1/2 the price of the one I linked. Here's what she had to say: It is EXACTLY like the Clare V. clutch, plus you can choose custom lining and add a tassel if you like. I have her medium sized clutch and can say the quality is awesome. Plus, the reviews are great. She is a great seller with excellent communication too. I don't know Ali (the seller) personally, I just wanted to share her shop with you because it is a perfect "look for less".
Click HERE for the look for less clutch!

If you want to get the look for yourself, click what you are interested in:

And I thought you might want a close up of some of the accessories!
watch / cushion cut bracelet / MK black wedges (still on sale!)
And for those of you ladies that continue to ask about the wedges...
I PROMISE they are every bit as comfy as I say they are... and they go with pretty much everything!

Thought you might want a close up of the cool blingy (but casual) pendant necklace.
The majority of the chain is antique brass, but the bottom 1/4 or so is woven colorful threads!  The colorful threads lend a casual feel to the necklace that I love.
And the blingy pendant makes a statement!
(I took the below picture last night, but I wish I would have taken it in better lighting to showcase the sparkle!  Because the pendant IS super sparkly!)

And here's the side by side with the old tried and true pics with my trusty cell phone!
inspiriation picture via
I thought it was such a fun and unexpected look!

Here are some more striped options for you to choose from.
You can hover over the picture for the retailer and the price,
and just click on what you are interested in!

Will you ladies do it?
Will you pair stripes with leopard?
Or maybe giraffe?!?! ;)
I dare you!!!

OH....LOFT is having a MAJOR sale right now.
Click HERE to shop a selection of new items at 60% OFF (no code needed)!

And Click HERE to shop their SALE ON SALE for an additional 60% OFF (lots of awesome items included)!
Some included items:  twill ankle pants that are DARLING, some super cute dresses, patterned pants, rompers, cardigans, etc...

Three MoreThings Before You Go:
I ended up throwing this together last night because I found several WHITE ON WHITE pictures on Pinterest that I'm interested in recreating.
People voted last night on facebook, but I thought I would give y'all an opportunity too!
I've got the jeans, the shoes, and the jewelry...but I needed a top!
3 of the choices are 40% OFF, 1 choice is 50% OFF, and 2 of them are UNDER $20!
a) HERE , b) HERE, c) HERE
d) HERE, e) HERE, f) HERE

I thought I would give y'all a bit of an update on my GET HEALTHY kick.
I've gained 4 pounds since my last update (BOO!), which was I think in early May.
So for two full months I haven't been great about exercising at all, and I'm definitely cheating on a regular basis with food......but I'm still eating pretty healthy MOST of the time.
I'm hoping to buckle down soon and get back on track with the exercise.
My work out partner Heather is still being a ROCK STAR, but I'm just having trouble finding the time now that Carter is home.

I'm still doing my best to make healthy choices whenever I can, and I'm continuing to drink and enjoy Spark.  I wanted to give you an update now that the containers are smaller AND there are less calories and carbs!  It now only has 15 calories and 4 carbs per serving (before it had 45 calories and 11 carbs), so that is quite a reduction!
I still love the pink lemonade, and Chris is still loving the mango strawberry.
And he just ordered the watermelon today, so I'll let you know how we like that.
Click HERE for the new SPARK.
My neighbor Shara is my rep, and the link above is to her page.
Her hubby Eric is deployed, and she works an Advocare business to help supplement their income!
AdvoCare Spark® Energy

 I don't know much about the science behind why this product does such a great job of keeping my energy levels up, but I'm sure Shara  can answer your questions!   
Her e-mail for questions or orders is   .

Click HERE to read Andrea's post about her friend Ashleigh.
At the end of May, Ashleigh had new scans which revealed that she has THE most aggressive, fastest growing breast cancer possible - inflammatory, triple negative, metastatic, with 90%+ of her cells actively replicating. She went from a completely clear bone scan (right before she and I met) to a scan that revealed too many bone lesions to count as well as cancer in her lungs 
Well, here's just one of the remarkable things about Ashleigh.
She feels like it is important to raise money for research, even in the middle of her storm.
And my friend Andrea new just how to help!
Click HERE to buy a t-shirt for you and your other family members (several colors available) to show support for Ashleigh and to help raise money!
And if you can't buy a shirt, that's okay!
 Please support her by praying for her, her doctors, and her family.
LightAndMomentary Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - front
I love the message on the tees, and I love the idea of all of us banning together to support this mom in her time of need.

That's it for today friends.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend with your families, and I'll see you back here on Monday!
Sheaffer :)

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Bachelorette Episode 7: I. Can't. Even.

Before we get started today on The Bachelorette recap (SPOILER ALERT:  I CAN'T EVEN!), I have some great news!
On Friday's post, the tee that so many of you were asking about was not yet available online....
but now it is!
It's soft, it drapes perfectly, and it comes in 5 other colors.
For size reference, I'm wearing an x-small in the tee.

exact high-low tee /
 my new Ray-bans / black and white graphic tote  / 
similar jeans  / similar belt / exact errings / necklace out of stock
 exact wedges / exact watch / exact cross bracelet

Click here for what item you are interested in:

I've also got some great news for you Kendra Scott lovers out there!
Click HERE for a good selection of KS items at 33% OFF 
(with free shipping and free returns of course)!
Most items below have several colors available.

Okay, now for The Bachelorette.
And I'm telling you, #youcan'teven either.

Now if you remember, we ended last week with Gosling confronting Kaitlyn in her suite in Ireland.
You can see previous weeks' recaps  HERE if you
 need to get caught up.
He was going to talk to her just because he was having GENERAL trouble with the whole process (meaning he did not know any specifics about Kaitlyn's and Nick's Big Wiggle incident).
Gosling looks straight at her and says "Are you in love with me?  Yes, or no?"
I froze.
(And by the way, NOTE TO GOSLING, you are on a reality dating show where she is dating several other guys and she is supposed to admit her feelings for NOBODY.)
After what felt like a solid 10 minutes of silence, she responded with, "I'm falling in love with you."
And I exhaled.
Well played Kaitlyn.
That is quite possibly the only thing she could have said in that situation.
Now, who knows if she means it or not.

So this next picture sums up how Kaitlyn feels about everything right now.
And I can't be totally sure, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say I'm even more upset about it all than she is.  ALL OF THESE SHENANIGANS ARE MAKING ME NUTTY!
She says "The fact that I've been intimate with Nick is not where the guilt comes from with me.  The guilt comes from where my relationships are with other people.  And my feelings for Shawn are at this point overwhelming.  I don't want to hurt him.  I don't want to hurt anybody."

Okay, here's the deal.
It's obvious that Kaitlyn feels really really badly about how things went down.
 She keeps on saying that she doesn't feel guilty about the actual act.
And here's my problem with that: things don't happen in a vacuum.
She knew when she "was intimate" with Nick that all the other guys were there.  And she knew that if they found out they would of course be upset.
So, I wish she would just say flat out say "I shouldn't have done it. I was wrong."
I think I could deal with that.
I just can't deal with all the tears and one more announcement from Kaitlyn that she doesn't feel bad about what happened, just about how people might feel about what happened.
Girl.  Take some responsibility.

2:1 DATE
It's time for the 2:1 and it's JJ and Kentucky Joe.
And although awkward (of course), it's like the most cordial 2:1 date in the history of ever.  It made me yearn for the 2:1 of yesteryear where characters like #virgininabottle and #krazyinakardikelsey got dropped off in a barren dessert.
Now THAT was good t.v.
(You know what would have been REALLY good t.v.?  JJ and Clint on a 2:1.
Producers really should consult with me about this kind of stuff.)

Instead, it's this love triangle.

Here's what Kaitlyn said about JJ:  "He's attractive, funny, and edgy.  
He's got all the qualities I look for."
And I'm all, "Ummmmmmmm.  JJ?  We're talking about JJ?"
She said Joe is "unlike any other guy I've ever felt a connection with.  He's hilarious, romantic, sweet.  Joe is a real treat."
A real treat?  That's a weird thing to say, right?

So they get on a boat and hop on over to an island.
They immediately sit down on a picnic blanket, and JJ wastes NO TIME on a toast.
He says "Kaitlyn, I want you to know that I"m really falling for you, and uh cheers to that."
That's a direct quote by the way.
We hear the clink of the glasses.
And then silence.
Lonnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggggg silence.
It was deafening.

Joe takes her off and blows her away with the fact that he finally opens up.
He puts all his feelings on the table and she is all of a sudden a fan of ol' Kentucky Joe.

JJ takes her away and tells the camera that he wants to build the relationship on rock, not sand.
He sits her down, prepares her for the fact that this is probably the hardest thing he has ever told anybody, and he looks at her and says that he cheated on his wife.
He seems real and vulnerable and appropriately ashamed.
Which I appreciate.
He says he made a dumb mistake that destroyed his life.
And for the first time ever, I like JJ.
I like JJ?
I like that he is OWNING a mistake and taking full responsibility for it.
And I promise I'm in no way comparing what Kaitlyn did with JJ cheating on his's COMPLETELY 1000% DIFFERENT....
but I am comparing how they are owning up to their mistakes.
Of course we all make mistakes, and sometimes we make BIG ones, but I think the way people respond to their own mistakes often says more about the person than the actual mistake.
And who knows how he handled it all when he actually made the mistake (he has after all had 3 years to become apologetic), but he handled it well last night and seemed to take full ownership,
(Although, I must say.  If I was JJ's wife who had been cheated on, I would have a problem with him getting sympathy from America.)

She sends JJ home and then tells Joe she's not ready to give him the rose yet and she wants to spend more time with him.
So, they spend more time together, and then she gives him the rose.

Joe returns to the hotel with the other guys after the 2:1 and says "We had some 1:1 time together and I'm falling in love with the girl."

Gosling couldn't take it.
He immediately got up and just walked out of the room.
He says he is exhausted and he isn't able to eat.
Now it's getting serious.
He could start losing muscle mass.
Gosling!  Keep up your strength!
You need PROTEIN!
Have a chicken breast!  An omelette!  A handful of pistachios!  Greek Yogurt!
Something!  ANYTHING!

Gosling is continuing to have serious issues with the whole process.
During another 1:1 interview, he again references time he spent off camera with Kaitlyn in San Antonio where she apparently told him "it's you".
By the way, Kaitlyn does confirm this fact, but she also says she basically wishes
 she had never said it.
And is it just me, or do Kaitlyn AND ABC both seem to be making a bigger deal of the fact that she told Gosling that he was "the one" more than then fact that she did the BIG OL' WIGGLE with Nick?

Kaitlyn is in the middle of doing a 1:1 interview when one of the producers gets word that Gosling is on his way over to talk to Kaitlyn.
Cut to a shot of Gosling heading to Kaitlyn's room.
And when they tell her that he is on his way, you can tell that she wants to puke.
She again assumes that Gosling knows about Nick and that he is coming over to talk to her about it.
But he's not.
He's just a total wreck.
And he's being sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo needy.
And we all know that "needy" is not an attractive color on anybody.
But especially on a guy that's ON THE BACHELORETTE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.

So, we are now a full 45 minutes into the show, and we are just now getting to the rose ceremony.
You see what I mean?

Kaitlyn opens up the rose ceremony by saying she is emotional and confused, and that her feelings are all over the map.  She admits to not being perfect and that she makes mistakes and that she knows her heart is still open and she's hopeful that she will find what she wants.
And this sends EVERYBODY into a tail spin.
Every single guy is like "Is it me?  Did she make the mistake with me?  What does she mean her heart is still open?  I thought she loved ME!"

Ben Z. takes her away, and it seems to goes well.
Peter Brady takes her away, and he tells her that he knows something has happened between her and Gosling.  He doesn't know what exactly, but he knows something.
Um, Okay.

But really, all the guys are freaking.
And I'm wondering if Gosling is having 2nd thoughts about his wardrobe choice.
Nick and Kaitlyn get some alone time together, and Nick is kind of a basket case.
He tears up, seems genuine, and I find myself not hating him!
Kaitlyn tells the camera that she hopes Nick is being respectful to all the other guys.
You are still not taking any responsibility for the act, but you are shaming Nick for the idea that he might tell somebody about the act.

And happens.....Kaitlyn FINALLY admits that she "regrets" something.
But she's admitting that she regrets reassuring Gosling.
That's what you regret?
She goes on and on about how she shouldn't have said that (that she thought he was the one) and she thinks she caused unnecessary tension.
She tells Gosling that they need to take a step back.

And y'all.
Everybody is melting down.
Including ME.

And then Harrison appears!
The Bachelorette 2015 Spoilers - Week 7 Results
Kentucky Joe, Jared, and Nick already had roses.
The following guys are also staying:
Peter Brady, Cupcake,  and then the final name she calls:  Gosling.
Who goes home?
Ben Z.
And let the record show, Ben Z. who admitted to Kaitlyn early on that he had never cried, still hasn't.
His lip quivered a tiny bit, but there were no tears.
I'll bet you $10,000 he's never watched Marley and Me.

The next morning, all of the remaining guys walk out to a bus, but Jared gets to hop in the car with Kaitlyn for the drive.
She has a bit of difficulty driving and keeps hitting the curb.
You know, driving a car is a little bit like a relationship....

Katilyn and Jared kiss the Blarney stone and then arrive at a castle.
Kaitlyn says "It's not a legit road trip unless you end it with a cocktail".
In my world, it's not a legit road trip unless you eat corn nuts and pork rinds.

Harrison shows up to talk to Kaitlyn .
And she FINALLY admits that she regrets what happened with Nick.
And then Harrison pretty much says EXACTLY what I've been saying all along:
that how she responds to her mistake is what shows her character.
Kaitlyn doesn't appear to understand what he is saying.
Like she literally doesn't understand his words.
She's too busy planning when she's going to shave her legs because she was basically being given the go-ahead by Harrison to "be intimate" with more guys.

So here's what happened: Harrison pitched a new idea to her.
What about if she eliminates 3 guys, and then the remaining 3 guys get OFF CAMERA time before hometown dates.  She's ALL OVER IT.
Yep, that's when she started deciding when to shave her legs.

1:1 DATE
Who:  Cupcake
What it says:  Let's take our love to the edge.

Kaitlyn heads out to her date with Cupcake with a high pony and buffalo plaid scarf.
THIS I can get on board with.
They go on a helicopter ride and then have a picnic on a beautiful cliff.

They have small talk....really teeny tiny talk....and things are not going well.
Cupcake immediately senses that things are going south.
Kaitlyn breaks down and starts bawling.
She tells him that he has everything that she's looking for, but that basically he's not the one.
He is so sweet and tells her she's just scared, but not in a controlling way, in a really sweet way.
They stand up, he kisses her on the forehead, and then she hauls hiney out of there.
He ends up sobbing into his scarf and talking to himself in the 3rd person.
Oh, Cupcake.
Chin up.
You're going to have tons of ladies knocking on your door after this.
Yep, lots of ladies are making dentist appointments as we speak.

Took it hard: Chris took the rejection by Kaitlyn hard

AND scene.
That's it for today.
Can y'all even????????
Now before you leave, some sale items to check out from Anthro and Nordstrom:

silk blouse 33% OFF HERE / racerback dress 40% OFF HERE / hot pink jumpsuit 40% OFF HERE
anthro swing tank HERE (20% OFF $29.95) / anthro white top HERE (20% OFF $49.95)
levis cut-offs 40% OFF HERE / anthro  henley HERE (20% OFF $49.95) / fossil watch 40% OFF HERE

Click HERE to shop the entire Anthro SALE on SALE...use the code SALEAWAY.
And you can shop at LOFT with an additional 60% OFF SALE HERE.  (I didn't put any items in the above collage because I wasn't sure if the sale would still be happening today, but there is some good stuff you might want to check out!)

LAST THING!  I have a BACK IN STOCK collage for y'all that I put on facebook on Tuesday morning!
Three things in this collage were previously sold out (the Happy Camper teethese Thompson Tomboy jeans from Vigoss, and my BP summer wedges)!
Well, they are now all BACK IN STOCK!
I put together this cute outfit collage and thought you all might want to check it out.
I also included the Levi's cut-offs, because they are 40% OFF.

It looks as if they are available for order...but they are backordered until DECEMBER!
I mean, I realllllllllly love these wedges and highly recommend them (would have named them a MUST HAVE when I found them if they hadn't immediately sold out), but who the heck wants to wait until December to get a pair of wedges?

Oh well....still a cute outfit collage for y'all (with everything in stock but the wedges).  :)
happy camper tee HERE / thompson tomboy HERE / levis cut-offs 40% OFF HERE
$8 earrings HERE / tassel necklace HERE / my BP wedges HERE

Make sure y'all come back on Friday!  I haven't decided for sure yet, but I think it's going to be a Pinterest Told Me To recreation with some pattern mixing going on!
Sheaffer :)

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