September 27, 2016

THE NUMBER ONE SHOE FOR FALL

Merrick's Art Nordstrom Rack choker

Merrick's Art Nordstrom Rack Bell Sleeves

Merrick's Art Nordstrom Rack Bell Sleeves

Merrick's Art Nordstrom Rack

Merrick's Art Dolce Vita helms bootie

TOP  || ANKLE BOOTS  ||  SIMILAR JEANS ||  CHOKER

The absolute number one shoe essential for fall is a good pair of ankle boots. Besides the love affair that I'm currently having with sneakers, ankle boots are my go-to and my favorite style of shoe to wear...especially in the colder months. They're easier to wear than tall boots, they go with dresses, skirts, jeans, leggings, shorts...everything, and they come in so many fun styles.

One of the best places to find good ankle boots is Nordstrom Rack because they have designer styles but at discounted rates. And especially in the fall, they always have a killer selection of amazingly priced boots.

I've been buying boots from Nordstrom Rack for years, and just in the last couple of years I found out they have a full online store! With little kids and little time, I shop almost exclusively online, so I love that I can find the same great deals without having to haul my entire crew over there and try on shoes. I found this fun mule-style pair for almost 50% off, and I combed through pages and pages of ankle boots at Nordstrom Rack to find the best ones, and tons of them are half off the original price. If you're going to snag a pair for the season, grab one from here -- I'm loving this wedged pair, this fringe pair, and this super classic pair!

Shop all my favorites in the widget below (click the left and right arrows to see all of them!)




Merrick's Art Dolce Vita helms bootie

created in partnership with Nordstrom Rack
photos by rad and happy

September 26, 2016

3 WAYS TO NOT LOSE YOURSELF IN MOTHERHOOD








Motherhood comes with a lot of changes, and while most of them are amazing and wonderful, there are also a lot of changes that can make it feel like you'll just never be your old self again, that you have to have padded walls and plastic everything in your house, and that you'll never have time to do your hair or makeup ever again.

That's why I love baby products that are functional and well-designed, but they don't scream that you have small children. I teamed up with Munchkin today to check out their new Luna baby gate, and I was instantly impressed. It was super quick and easy to install (just a little turnkey that adjusts the width), it comes with add-ons to make it super wide (hallelujah, I've been looking for an extra wide baby gate for years!), the gate opens either way, and it even has a motion detector light at the base for night time. It gives all the function without being another cluttery, bulky baby essential.

I try to make an effort to keep my home beautiful on top of having babies, so I love that this gate allows me to do both.

And inspired by the Luna baby gate, these are three other things I do to not completely lose myself in motherhood:

1. Make time for me. With little kids, it's easy to let some things fall by the side, like getting ready for the day, or reading a book just for you, or taking a trip without kids. It's definitely more of an effort to do these things, but when you make the time for yourself so you feel like a real, functioning adult, you're such a much better mom.

2. Find momiform wardrobe pieces that make you feel like an adult. There are times when I just want to wear sweats and a tee, but it's important to have a few pieces in your closet that are mom friendly but make you feel put together. Like a stretchy dress (like this one that's easy to move in, but super flattering), a great pair of jeansa nice button up shirt, or a cute pair of ankle boots instead of flip flops. They're easy things to buy that make a big difference in how you look and feel, and they're just as easy to throw on as sweats.

3.  Get out of the house without the kids. Whether it's date night, girls night, or just hiring a babysitter for an hour so you can get out and take a walk or go to the grocery store by yourself, it's important to get out of the house. I'm a total homebody, but being home all day every day, day after day, can mess with your mental health as a mom. Don't forget to get outside and interact with other adults on an adult level!



created in partnership with Munchkin
photos by rad and happy


September 23, 2016

WHITE LACE + METALLIC SNEAKS

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White Lace Top_Merrick's Art

White Lace Top_Merrick's Art

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Merrick's Art White Lace Top
WHITE LACE TOP (comes in black and pink too!)  ||  PENCIL SKIRT (on sale)  ||  METALLIC SNEAKERS  ||  QUILTED CROSSBODY BAG  ||  SUNGLASSES  ||  WATCH c/o THE FIFTH  ||  BRACELET c/o WANDERLUST


There was basically nothing bad about New York Fashion Week. It was such a dream and I had so much fun. BUT after three days of wearing heels the entire day, my feet were done -- I had so many bandaids on my feet and every part of my foot just ached. I have zero trouble going to sleep at night, but I laid there in bed on our last night (knowing I had to get up at 3am for our flight the next day) and couldn't sleep because my poor feet were throbbing!

So on day three, I was feeling super grateful for these sneakers. I was planning to wear this white lace top with this skirt and these heels, but I went with the sneakers for a more comfortable and casual look.

Metallic sneakers are huge for fall and I love the little bit of glam they add to an outfit. I'm excited to wear them with plaid, all black, boyfriend jeans, or just with skinny jeans and a white tee!

shop some of my favorite metallic sneakers below:



And shop my outfit here:




Merrick's Art White Lace Top

photos by jordan zobrist
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