Friday, February 27, 2015

AND THE SPECIAL MAMA WINNER IS......

Today is the big day!
I get to announce who the winner of the PTMT4th Special Mama Giveaway!
I have several surprises along the way (and a sale update at the end), so make sure you stick around for all of it!

First things first.
I'm not sure how many of you have read some of the entries for the Special Mama Giveaway, but you really should take a minute to do so.
 The stories shared are powerful.
There are some VERY SPECIAL mamas out there.
Mamas who have been through so much with their babies.
Mamas who fight like heck to give their kids the best possible lives.
Mamas who give up EVERYTHING and give it all to their kids who need them so much.
These moms are so inspiring!
Click HERE, take a minute to read, and be fully prepared to have your heart touched.


So, here's the first surprise of the day!
In addition to the $1,000 to LOFT, the winner will also be getting an additional prize package that includes LOTS of amazing items!!!

Yep, GOOD just got BETTER!

So what additional things is our Special Mama going to get?
First up, my friends at Barrington Gifts wanted to get it on this for sure.  (They had so much fun honoring Candace with her bag last summer and wanted to again be involved!)
Click HERE for the St.Anne tote that Candace is carrying.
 If you have never done it, just take a couple of minutes to go and play around on the Barrington website.  It's so much fun to pick your size and style of bag and then pick the color and the pattern!
Seriously SO FUN!

So, the Special Mama winner will get a $170 Gift Card to Barrington and can pick anything they want!  Look at some of the new Spring patterns!
HOW DARLING ARE THESE BAGS?!?


And GREAT NEWS!
Jenny (my Barrington contact) surprised me yesterday and told me that we were getting a dedicated 10% OFF code!
Use the code PTMTSAVE10 for 10% OFF your order!
(I apologize to the reader I told earlier this week that I didn't know of any codes.  I didn't at the time!!!!)
The code will be active for the next 72 hours and is good for 10% OFF your entire purchase.
You know my favorite is my Florentine leather St. Anne (found HERE), but the horizontal stripe is a classic (found HERE) that I adore ever time I see it.

In the above collage, only the horizontal stripe and the florentine leather are available right now, but I'll be sure to let you know when the others are available (which should be sometime in the next 2 weeks).

A HUGE THANK YOU TO JENNY AND BARRINGTON GIFTS FOR ONCE AGAIN CELEBRATING A SPECIAL MOM WITH US!

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But that's not all y'all!  There's more!
Candace, (my friend and SPECIAL MAMA alumn seen above) is the founder of Counting on Hope and has created a line of tees for both parents and kids.  Read more about Candace and about how Counting on Hope was born HERE.
Well, Candace wanted to give back too...so the
 winner gets to pick a tee for her child as well as a tee for herself!

Their child's superhero shirt gives me a lump in my throat every single time I see it.  It has the cute kid shaped superhero on the front, and on the back it says:
Sometimes superheroes live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles.
I mean.  LUMP.
And if you see in the upper right corner, after many requests from parents, Candace and her hubby created the adult version that has the figures and the saying on the front of the shirt.  It's precious.
Special mamas, special dads, and special kids all need these shirts!

Here I am in my Different Not Less shirt and my Autism Aweareness baseball tee!  LOVE both of them.  There's also a Warrior Mom tee in the baseball style that is super cute!
Click HERE for all tees!

THANK YOU CANDACE!

And if you are a special mama yourself, I highly suggest you check out Candace's blog HERE.  Lots of thoughtful blog posts that I'm sure many of you can identify with!

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AND THERE'S STILL MORE!
One of my friends from college (Hi Kim! - Kim and I were Kappas together at OU) has a friend named Amber that is a Keep Collective rep.
Amber contacted me awhile ago about me trying out some of the product, and I thought that giving some product to a Special Mama winner was a perfect way to highlight some of the Keep Collective collection.  Amber agreed and very generously sent a $100 gift card for our Special Mama to treat herself and pick out the jewelry of her choice!
THANK YOU AMBER!

Look how cute the Keep Collective stuff is!
Our Special Mama is going to have quite the task picking out what she wants!
Amber also surprised me and sent me so many lovely things!
The top bracelet is black leather.  It has a "C" for Chris and Carter, an "S" for Sheaffer and Scout (our golden), and the word "love".  The gold mesh bracelet has a "live happy" plate, a key, a cross, and a sparkly disc.
I absolutely love both of them.  Thank you Amber!  Such a sweet surprise!
(She also sent me a wrap around watch and a necklace!)



If you love the pieces and want to know how to order, here's what you need to know:
You can click HERE to get to Amber's website.
You can e-mail her at amber.mccullough@sbcglobal.net
You can follow her on instagram HERE.

THANK YOU AMBER!


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And y'all know how much I love Accessory Concierge.
Well, they wanted in on this too!
I picked some of my favorites from there, as well as some new spring items that I'm totally crushing on!  The Special Mama gets everything in the collage below!

And if any of you want to order something this weekend, you can use the code "freeship" for free shipping!

tulum turqouise pendant HERE / pink rose quartz necklace HERE
cushion cut bracelet HERE
classic studs HERE
turquoise pave globe studs HERE
amazonite leather wrap bracelet HERE

Okay!  How exciting is this? Let's review!
 The winner will receive the following:
*
 $1,000 to LOFT
(If you need inspiration for how to spend your $1,000, just go to my post HERE for lots of ideas!)
*
a $170 credit  to Barrington Bag
*
Counting on Hope tees for herself and her child
*
A $100 gift card to Keep Collective.
*
And an Accessory Concierge prize package.

So...........who's the lucky girl?
NISSA (nominated by Liz F.)!
CONGRATULATIONS NISSA !!!!!
We are all so thrilled for you and hope this fun surprise brightens your day and helps you know that your tireless work and endless love is noticed by many!

And here's the EXTRA SURPRISE!
I decided to choose 2 additional moms to each receive a $500 gift card to LOFT!
The other 2 moms that receiving $500 LOFT cards are:
Bethany (nominated by Sara L.)
Robin W. (nominated by Jenna S.)
YAY BETHANY AND ROBIN!  


CONGRATULATIONS GIRLS!
Just so there is no confusion...
Nissa gets $1000 to LOFT and all of the additional prizes mentioned above.
Bethany wins a $500 gift card to LOFT!
Robin W. wins a $500 gift card to LOFT!

*To see all of the winner's names on the rafflecopter widget, click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the post!


All 3 winners have 72 hours to contact me directly at pinteresttoldmeto@yahoo.com
If the prizes haven't been claimed by Monday morning at 8:00 a.m., another name will be chosen!


Two things before you go...

1)
CORAL IS BACK AGAIN!!!!!!
Click HERE for the earrings.  Hurry!  :)
Best $8 you'll ever spend!


2)
FYI.
I just got THESE.
If I love them even 1/2 as much as I think I will, then I'll be in good shape.  I'll of course report back after they arrive!

3)
I got an e-mail late last night that Nordstrom had marked a whole lot of items down further!
So, I checked it all out.  There are LOTS of great deals to be had, but many of them only have 1 or 2 sizes left, and I didn't want to highlight those on the blog (and get a lot of hopes up)!
So, if you want to shop the entire sale, click HERE.

Here are some items I picked out that are awesome deals, and they are still well stocked.  I also didn't bother including items that had reviews that weren't good.
#nobody'sgottimeforthat

a) Pleione wrap blouse HERE
b) Paige flirt red jeans HERE
c) AG jeans HERE
d) Zella 1/2 zip top HERE
e) long layering tank HERE
f) Kenneth Coal wool coat HERE (also in light pink and black)
g) Natori bra HERE (color offered is actually coral)
h) Steve Madden faux fur puffer (4 colors) HERE
i) Zella running shoe HERE
j) plus size hooded anorak HERE
(Sorry for the typo in the collage.  #oops)


And don't forget, if you want to see how I'm doing on my quest to Get Healthy, click HERE!
I'm still keepin' on keepin' on!




I hope everybody has a WONDERFUL weekend!
xoxo,
Sheaffer :)

p.s.
Pinspired is on Monday!  So get ready to link up!
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bachelor Episode 8: Breakin' The Rules

WELL IT'S ABOUT CORN PICKIN' TIME!
The Bachelor cast and crew FINALLY pack up and leave the good ol' U.S. of A. behind.
THEY'RE GOIN' TO BALI Y'ALL!

Chris is down to three girls:
Whitney, Kaitlyn, and Becca
And you know what that means.  Time for overnight dates.

First up, Kaitlyn and her bootie shorts.
UM.
 PRODUCTION!  
WHERE THE HECK IS THE BLACK BOX?
I give Kaitlyn's running jump mount a 7.5. 
It would have been higher, but I had to deduct an entire point for having to look at her hiney fold.
Doesn't everybody know that the hiney needs proper coverage when
 performing this move?  It's gotta be in the handbook. or something.

They walk through a little village, and Kaitlyn's "shorts" are probably causing Balinese government officials to draft some sort of Balinese dress code.

 But I've gotta say, I'm really enjoying the coral, black and turquoise combo.

They walk through the streets of Bali and all of  a sudden find themselves in the middle of a monkey village.
#monkeyseverywhere
#oohoohahah
Without any type of warning, a rather large monkey mounts up on Chris and perches on his shoulder.  I would have FREAKED THE FREAK OUT.

They play around with the monkeys awhile, and Kaitlyn says she wishes she could just go after what she wants just like the monkeys go after the bananas.  I know the Bachelor franchise is all about metaphors, but this one seems like a stretch.

Enough of the monkey business.
They head to dinner,  Kaitlyn kind of confesses she's falling in love with him, but their dinner is just kind of eh.
Not good, not bad, just eh.
If you're a regular PTMT reader, shrug and tilt.

They head to the fantasy suite.
It's here that she really confesses that she's falling in love with him.
And he responds "You know, I'm falling in love with you as well."
WAIT.
WHAT?
SINCE WHEN CAN THE BACHELOR RESPOND TO THIS?
SINCE WHEN CAN HE SAY THE WORD LOVE TO A GIRL?
I mean, I know this is the "season of no rules", but come on!


IT'S BABY MAKIN' TIME.  AKA WHITNEY'S DATE.
And right out of the gate, I'm going to score her a 9.6 on the whole run and jump maneuver.
Sister has some serious ups.
Look at the air her legs are catching!

They climb on a boat for wine and a picnic.
And the Bali air is not doing Whitney's hair any favors.
They make out on the boat. A lot.
I'm not a fan at all of her frosty pink lipstick, but I do think these two belong together.
And don't look now, but Whitney needs a black box too!
WHITNEY!  I NEVER WOULD HAVE IMAGINED THAT YOU WOULD REQUIRE A BLACK BOX.
I'm not mad at you Whitney. I'm just disappointed.

They head to dinner and Whitney is wearing a highlighter yellow maxi dress.
And she's somehow pulling it off.
Chris immediately jumps in and tackles the elephant in the room:  the fact that Whitney has a real live job that she happens to love.
He goes on to say "There's NOTHING to do in Arlington", and for a moment, it looks like Whitney might throw up.
But she rallies and said that even though she loves her career, she's not fully happy with just the career.  She says if she moves to Arlington, she would leave her career and that having babies and being a mom would be her job.
CHRIS.
STOP EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW AND GIVE NEIL LANE A CALL.
LET'S MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

Time for Becca's date!

We're 2 seconds into it, and I have to give the Whitney side-eye to Becca's outfit.
Are those plastic shorts?
If they are, then she clearly needs to turn the waistband over once.  Because DUH.
(Please tell me the girls out there my age did this when donning their plastic shorts at NCAA cheerleader camp?  Anyone?  Anyone?)
If they're not plastic, are they leather?
Neither option is good.

They sit down in front of a couple of wise men from the community.
One guy is apparently the village psychic.
The advice they give to Chris and Becca?
"Do the big wiggle."
Okay, so maybe that's not a direct quote, but it's definitely the gist.


Becca's like Allllllllllllllrighty Then and kind of wants to just die right there on the spot.


They hop in a stream, and make out.
And I start getting nervous about the maybe leather shorts.

Because if they are in fact leather, we might have a Ross incident on our hands.
A good Friend's reference never gets old. Am I right?
THE LOTION AND THE POWDER ARE MAKING A PASTE!



They head to dinner, and I am IN LOVE with Becca's outfit.
A pleated short maxi, simple gold disc necklace, cognac wedges, and beachy hair?  YES, PLEASE!

The girl is looking GORG.
She is sunkissed and Beautiful.
And they both basically admit that they love each other.
I'm confused.
Because he's also told the same thing to Kaitlyn and Whitney.
CHRIS.  PICK A GIRL. ANY GIRL.
Becca then reiterates to the camera how she's choosing to wait until marriage.
BUT THEN she says something about temptation, and " who knows what will happen" in the fantasy suite.
BECCA.  LISTEN TO ME.
Do NOT even think about doing the Big Wiggle with this guy when he still has 2 other girlfriends!
  NO. WIGGLING. ALLOWED.

They head to the fantasy suite, and she finally admits to Chris that she is a virgin.
Don't be ashamed Becca!
BE LOUD AND PROUD!
Chris's initial reaction can best be described as stunned silence.
But he pulls it together and says he admires that.
Whew.
Virgin's everywhere breathe a sigh of relief.

All the dates are done, and our Prince is SERIOUSLY confused.
Kaitlyn and Whitney have shared the fact that they are falling in love with him AND that they are willing to move to Arlington. 
Becca hasn't committed to Arlington yet, and that leaves Chris wondering.
It's pretty obvious that he has some real feelings for all 3 girls, and it's actually
 pretty dang sweet.

Prince Farming talks to his wise advisor, Harrison.
Harrison basically just agrees that our young Prince is in a quandary.
#norealadvicethere

Time for another rose ceremony.
The two men meet at yet another temple rocking their karate/bus boy finest and Hush Puppies.
This might be the season of NO RULES, but this sacred temple, well it does in fact have rules.  Holding hands is the only affection allowed.  Noted.

The girls are dressed in local garb and looking lovely.  Because even though it wasn't specifically mentioned, I'm guessing no bootie shorts are allowed in the sacred temple and therefore production "got involved" to assure that said bootie shorts wouldn't show up by providing these authentic Balinese dresses.
Well played Bachelor interns, WELL PLAYED.

I would like to point out Whitney's beautiful bone structure, her perfect top knot, and the colorful studs.
GIRLS!  Don't they look awfully similar to our favorite $8 earrings?
(More on the earrings again in a minute.....)

Chris stands in front of the girls, stumbles over lots of words, and has lots of awkward pauses.
He then asks Becca if he can see her for a moment.
Kaitlyn basically starts doing a happy dance and the girls try to not high 5 each other and scream "LOSER!" at Becca on her way out.

But in a twist, Chris walks back WITH BECCA.
And Kaitlyn is all "Ohhhhhhh Shoooooooot."


He gives the roses to Whitney.....and Becca.
And Kaitlyn is STUNNED.
AND YOU CAN'T BLAME THE GIRL!
Because if you remember, he broke the rules and told her was falling in love with her!
He walks her away, clutches her to his chest, and says "I'm sorry."
He says lots of other things too in a whisper.
And Kaitlyn is REELING.
He talks....and talks....and talks....
And she just looks around in disbelief.  
He finally loads her up in the rejection minivan, and she is heartbroken.  I feel just awful for her.  You can tell that Chris does too.

While driving in the mini, she says she's humiliated and confused, and that it really blows her mind.
She feels betrayed, and who can blame her.
That's all right Kaitlyn, you're the real winner here, because you aren't going to be living in Arlington.
In times such as this, it's best to remember what Garth says.
Some of God's Greatest Gifts, are Unanswered Prayers.
You just weren't built for farm life Kaitlyn.  
#garthknows

AND THEN.....I REALIZE THAT NEXT WEEK IS THE WOMEN TELL ALL!!!!!!

And I cannot even imagine what's going to take place between these girls....but I know this...
Harrison will handle it all like the professional he is.

If you need to catch up on previous weeks recaps, please do so by click HERE!


Now....a little bit of fashion and a GIVEAWAY reminder before you leave today....

I posted these on facebook on Sunday, but in case you don't follow me there, listen up girls!
 I found these wedges at Nordstrom a couple of weeks ago, and the second I put them on my feet, I was in love. I was SO EXCITED! 2 years ago I had the MUST HAVE Callisto wedges, but I never found a wedge last year that even came close in comfort and/or function. WELL. NOW I HAVE.
However, there's 1 problem. I've been waiting to post these until I found out how well they were stocked (since several sizes are already sold out). Well, I got the word over the weekend that the stock on these babies is low. I don't know exactly how low, but I do know that once the neutral color sells out, it's gone, and they won't be re-ordering. 
As you can see, there are two styles. I bought the top right ones in store (the single large strap), and then I got home and ordered the criss-cross ones too to see if the sizing was the same and which ones I preferred. I kept that single large strap. They are both TRUE TO SIZE.
The shoes are VERY comfortable and they are the perfect size heel for me. They give me the height I desire, but I'm not unsteady on them at all. They are very easy to walk in and are definitely comparable to the Callisto MUST HAVE wedges from two years ago, but an updated look. I LOVE the rope detailing on the wedge, and the neutral color will pair perfectly with just about whatever you want it to!
LOVE. THESE. WEDGES
*single large strap wedge HERE (sizes selling out)
*criss cross wedge HERE (fully stocked)
*BP $12 cami (I have the medium) HERE 
*White tee (I have the small) HERE
*jeans similar HERE (same maker, just cuff them at the bottom!)
*agate necklace HERE

single large strap wedge HERE / criss cross wedge HERE 

The above wedges also come in black, red, yellow (in the criss cross style), and a floral.

Speaking of wedges, I pinned these on Pinterest last week, and they got the most re-pins of any of my pins for the entire week. I also got several e-mails from ladies who already had them or who ran to the store and bought them.....and everybody seems to be in love.
  They are UGGs (so they are totally comfortable), and I love the fun leopard pattern!
They have a good heel height (high, but not so high I that I might roll an ankle....I really do feel that way with some shoes) and true to size, kind of.
I'm normally a 6 or a 6 1/2, and the 6s were perfect in these.
Click HERE for the leopard wedges.
#meow
And yes....I was wearing my camo pants....again.
And they are ON SALE again...this time for $32.99.
Take another look at those wedges.
Yep.....they're fab.  A super fun and sassy neutral!
HOW FLIPPING CUTE WOULD THEY BE WITH MY RED PANTS from Monday's post?
I mean seriously.  Sub in the wedges, keep everything else, and WOWZA.
utility blouse options HERE / pants HERE / bracelet HERE/ earrings HERE / necklace HERE


And while we're on leopard...
Click HERE for these leopard sling backs.
OMG, right?
A little more chic and dressy than the above more casual option from UGG.
Love the wooden heel and the wide leopard straps.


And fyi, you know the earrings Whitney was wearing that I pointed out?
Well, they were on Good Morning America on Tuesday morning!
OUR EARRINGS ARE FAMOUS!
They were re-making Oscar outfits with pieces from Nordstrom, and the guy was all "These earrings are only $8!"  Please.  Like we didn't already know about these earrings.
#oldnewsdude


And if you follow me on facebook, you saw the great news yesterday!
The earrings now come in CORAL!  WOOHOO!!!!!!!!
(They are now back ordered...but only for like a week...so who cares!  Not me!)
Best $8 you'll ever spend.
Like I said on facebook yesterday, I actually like them more than my solid Kate Spade studs.
#shocking
Click HERE for the earrings.
(Also, a couple of you asked about my necklace yesterday on facebook.  It's not just a name necklace, it's my actual signature!  You can find it HERE.  Mine is the 16" chain with an acrylic color of "antique gold".)


Also, THIS pretty aqua Zella Deja jacket (love my Deja jacket) is 40% OFF and fully stocked!

And finally, before you go, please don't forget to enter yourself or a friend in the Special Mama contest!  The only requirement is that all entered must be the mom of a child with special needs.
Click HERE to enter.
One special mama is going to get spoiled with a $1,000 gift card to LOFT!

See you ladies back here on Friday where I'll announce the winner to the contest AND surprise her with some more fun items!  (Yes....more items...in addition to the $1,000 to LOFT.)
It's gonna be fun!

xoxo,
Sheaffer :)
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

SPECIAL MAMA GIVEAWAY WITH LOFT!!!

WELL GIRLS!  TODAY IS THE DAY!
It's time for a SPECIAL MAMA GIVEAWAY!
Click HERE to read the entire story about how the giveaway came to be.
If you haven't read it yet, please do so.  :)
Click HERE to see the 3 previous giveaways that we've done!
Click HERE to see the last one where I took Candace (the local mom who inspired the contest) on a $1000 shopping spree to Nordstrom during the Anniversary Sale.
It was so much fun and will totally go down as one of my favorite days of my life!!!

In a nutshell, as a Speech Language Pathologist, I of course started out with a heart for the sweet kids I was working with.  Ever since I can remember, my caseload consisted mainly of children on the autism spectrum and those with other developmental disabilities.  I didn't see many of the traditional articulation kiddos (you know, those that can't say their "r" sounds right). The children I've always worked with had delays and disabilities that were much more involved. So I started out with a heart for the kids that were dealing with so much, but I soon gained a heart for the incredible mamas who I watched dedicate their lives to helping their children.  These mamas give up so much to help their kids progress and live their best lives possible, and there is no doubt that they need a little pampering and some recognition!

Well, today, we are celebrating all of you special mamas, and we will be honoring one very lucky lady on Friday!  Please feel free to nominate a sister, a neighbor, a friend, yourself, etc.
The only requirement is that the woman entered be a mom of a child with special needs.
You will see at the bottom of this post that you have to leave a blog post comment telling us a little bit about the special mama's story.  And remember, if you are a special mama, please feel free to nominate yourself!
In addition to the comment, you will also have to say on the rafflecopter that you did in fact leave a comment.  I will not be "choosing" a winner (that would be wayyyyyyyy to hard), so the rafflecopter will randomly select a winner to make it 100% fair.

So..............
What's the one special mama gonna get?
Hold on to your Hanky Pankys ladies.
I've partnered up with LOFT today, and the winner will receive.....
A $1,000 SHOPPING SPREE TO LOFT!
SO! FLIPPING! EXCITED!
:)
(A great way to help spread the word would be to pin this SPECIAL MAMA graphic!  Just hover on the picture, click the Pinterest "P", and pin it to one of your boards!  Thanks girls!)


I get lots of requests to feature  business casual wear that is appropriate for an office environment.  Well, your wish is my command today!  :)   LOFT is a great place for not only casual wear (like I'm always showing from LOFT, and you'll see some of today), but also for office clothes, as well as fun dresses!  We've got lots to cover, so let's get busy!

Let's start out with what I feel is a PERFECT office look!
My black utility blouse (found HERE) is almost sold out (only XL and XXL remain), but there are many other utility blouses from LOFT in lots of pretty colors found HERE.
The utility top drapes nicely, fits well, and the fabric is so soft!
If you work in an office environment, I'm guessing you may want more than 1 of these.  (See a pretty soft  blue and a gorgeous fiery orangey-red HERE).  All the other pretty colors found HERE.
For size reference, I'm wearing a medium in the blouse.
I typically wear a small in tees and sweaters from the Loft, but I almost always wear a medium in their blouses that button up.  If I don't size up, the buttons tend to pull.
Now the pants?
Well, I cannot say enough about them.
They are ankle pants, and the "regular fit" fits my almost 5'4" frame perfectly.
But don't worry, because they also come in petite and tall!
On the site, they have 10/11 5 STAR REVIEWS!
Here's what LOFT has to say about them:
Clean and composed, we crafted this skinny ankle pair in our new tech stretch fabric - a super smart blend that holds you in all the right places - and has sleek down to a science. 
And you know what?  They're right.  These pants are sleek and they hold me in in all the right places.
They are extremely flattering, and I just feel great in them!
 Click HERE for the pants in the Marisa fit!
For size reference, I'm wear a 4 in these pants.  Now, a word to the wise, I ordered these online and when I pulled them out of the box, I thought they looked HUGE.  But guess what?  They fit me perfectly.  So don't be scared when they look ginormous!
The Marisa pants are perfect for me (I'm straight up and down), but if you are a bit more curvy, then the Julie pants might be better for you!  
Click HERE for these pants in the Julie fit!
***PANTS AND JEANS AT LOFT RIGHT NOW ARE BUY ONE GET ONE at 50% OFF, NO CODE NEEDED!***
I picked up this bracelet several week ago, and I love it!  If you are one that is scared to mix metals, this one does it beautifully for you!  The casing is a deep gold color, but the drusy is a light and dark silver!  It's GORGEOUS!
Click HERE for the bracelet.

And now for something new I'm trying.  Please try to not giggle.  ;)
Whenever Chris is home when I'm doing outfit pictures, I'm going to try to get him to get a shot for me that isn't my normal selfie in a mirror pose.
This was our first try.
I'm not sure why my hand is on the post like that?!?  :), but just go with it now, and we'll keep learning as we go.
Not to self:  Next time, don't lay hand awkwardly on a post.
Easy enough.
Don't get excited, because I would say that 90% of the blog (or more) will remain my normal selfies, but we thought we would try to mix it up every now and then!

utility blouse options HERE / pants HERE / bracelet HERE/ similar earrings HERE
similar simple long pendant necklace HERE (this ones a ladder necklace)

And if you want to know what shoes look good with these type of ankle pants, the answer is just about every type of shoe!  Flats, heels, and even sneakers are all a go!!!!  I actually love the sporty look with the LOFT sneakers.  Click HERE for all LOFT shoes.

So, if you loved the above pants, but they bright fiery color scares you, well I've got great news for you!  They also come in black!
Click HERE for the tech stretch skinny ankle fit Marisa pants in black!  If you work in an office environment (and even if you don't), these are a great pair of pants to have in your closet.
These are a classic black pant that everybody needs to have in their closet!
Pants in red HERE.  Again, wearing a size 4 in these pants!
If you want these awesome pants in khaki or olive in the Marisa fit click HERE, if you want them in the Julie fit click HERE.
And the 2:1 sweater is DARLING!
I think it looks awesome with nice pants (and is totally office appropriate), but it would look just as awesome with jeans for casual wear!
Find the striped 2:1 sweater HERE.
The sweater material is thin (which makes it great for spring and even early summer), but not so thin that you would need a cami under it.  And I forgot to take a picture of it, but there a cute little zipper on the back.For size reference, I am wearing a small in the sweater.
Here's another blouse great for office wear as well as with jeans!
Find the floral charm bow neck blouse HERE.
For size reference, I'm wearing a medium in this blouse too.  I wanted it plenty blousy
and not at all fitted.  I have mine just knotted, but I would also like it tied in a pretty bow for a different look!
black pants HERE / jeans HERE


Here's a closer look at the jeans!
They are a little long on me, so I have them tucked under in these pics to make them the right length for flats.  For size reference, I'm wearing a 27.
Clic HERE for the jeans.

And now, a dress.
A DARLING, FLIRTY, and a little bit SEXY dress!
HOW FUN IS THIS DRESS?!?
Find the scuba flounce dress HERE!
Most sizes sold out, unless a petite works for you.
It comes in regular and petite, but I always like to get dresses in petite sizing.  They just fit my frame better.  Dresses and skirts are the only items I ever buy in petites.
For size reference, I'm wearing a 6P (which is pretty standard for me).  I almost always have to size up in dresses.
Here are two close up pictures of the dress.
The dress is from their "scuba line" and the material is so soft, but it's also nice and thick (but not cold weather thick).  It hugs the body in all the right places, but it isn't restrictive.
I absolutely love the little flouncy ruffle on the bottom.
I think if you threw a blazer over it and wore it with tights it could be office appropriate.
I think I'm going to wear it to an upcoming event with fun and colorful heels and fancy earrings!
Click HERE for the dress!

Here's another fun dress, but this one is way more casual!
Find the mini windowpane tee dress HERE.
For size reference, I'm wearing an x-small in the dress.
I thought it was so cute paired with my denim jacket (LOFT option HERE) and slip on sneakers (lots of LOFT sneaker options HERE)!
Note to self:  start applying self-tanner asap.


Maybe you are in the market for a pair of white jeans?
Find these white cuffed jeans HERE.
For size reference, I'm wearing a 27.
And look at this pretty pink sweater!
It's soft, feminine, and has the prettiest lace detailing on it!
Find the lace edge sweater HERE.
I would like to caution you, if you are tall, this sweater probably isn't for you.  I'm almost 5'4" and it's a great length for me (I like the shorter in the front, longer in the back look), but if you are over 5'5", this sweater would probably be too short for you.
Same jeans as seen above, you can find them HERE.

And I'm sure you  probably remember my camo pants obsession from last week?!?
You can get the modern skinny HERE (I have the modern skinny) and the curvy skinny HERE.
For size reference, I'm typically a 4, and my pants are a 27.
If you want to see the entire camo pants post I did last week, click HERE.


If you are ordering the pants from LOFT, then here are some LOFT options for tops that
all look great with the camo!
B, D, and E are all on SUPER SALE!!!!!
a) stitchy 2 in 1 sweater HERE / b) mixed striped tee HERE / c) collarless chambray shirt HEREd) black and white striped 2 in 1 sweater HERE 
e) coral striped sweatshirt HERE


And I also thought you might want to see some of the items I tried on in store a couple of weeks ago.
All PERFECT for Spring!

Click HERE for this layered top.  I'm always a sucker for navy.
For size reference, I'm wearing a small in the top.
Fabric necklace (also in yellow) HERE.
Find the navy pocket henley blouse HERE.
I think this blouse would also look great with THESE pants featured earlier!
Click HERE for this striped gauze softened shirt.  I'm actually wearing a small in this (it's VERY stretchy), and I actually would have preferred an x-small.
Find the mixed media tiered peplum HERE (also in blue and white!).
Find the cardi HERE (lots of different colors available).
It's a GREAT basic cardigan to have and layer with tops all spring and summer!
For size reference, I'm wearing a small in both the top and the cardigan.
 henley blouse HERE / tiered peplum HERE / cardi HERE
layered top HERE / fabric necklace HERE / gauze striped shirt HERE


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THAT'S IT!
NOW IT'S TIME TO LEAVE BLOG COMMENTS NOMINATING A SPECIAL MAMA!
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Also, please know that I wish I could respond to each comment!
The comments are almost always incredibly poignant and touching, and my heart is just so proud of these mamas!  
I know all of you will be blessed by what you read and many of you will also feel compelled to pray for these mamas, these kids, and these families.

Also, remember that I will not be personally selecting a winner (how could I possibly?), so the rafflecopter will just randomly pick a name.

THANK YOU LOFT!
AND THANK YOU TO ALL OF THOSE SPECIAL MAMAS OUT THERE WHO SERVE AS SUCH AN INCREDIBLE INSPIRATION TO US ALL!
GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU DESERVING MAMAS!

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