Lipstick, Heels & a Baby

Shopping On a Budget

Tuesday, August 30

Shopping on a budget does not mean you need to skip on quality, and even in some cases, quantity. When I am in need of a well-made and name-brand outfit, I head to our Silver Sands Premium Outlets. You can find so many things that are still online or in non outlet stores being sold for 40% more. 

Some of this seasons hottest trends such as tennis shoes with any outfit, even a dress. Chokers. Rounded edged cross bodies. Neck Ties. Scarves. Booties. Military Style Jackets. Basically, you name it. Silver Sands Premium Outlets has it. I recreated some of the newest and hottest trends all for at least 40% OFF! That is an entire outfit for half the price. 

I chose one top from J.Crew Factory Store and styled it two different ways. This sweater tee was only $54 at the outlet store and I found it online for $116. Crazy, I know! Other than the shirt in the first outfit - it is all from Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. My second outfit is entirely from J.Crew Factory Store other than these Paige cut-offs which were also from Saks Fifth Off 5th.
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After my day full of shopping. Ryan, the boys and I went to Carrabbas for dinner. We love that it is so conveniently located within walking distance of the shops. We slightly indulged while we were there and enjoyed there Wood-Fired Italian Wings and Tomato Caprese with Fresh Burrata for apps followed by a glass of red wine and our meals. Since we were indulging we decided to top it off by all splitting their Chocolate Dream and a Mini Cannoli. 

Tip for the moms: They have a play ground in front of Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th to get the kids energy out before or after dinner!!

 Outfit number two shown below.

This post was brought to you by Silver Sands Premium Outlets. All options are my own.

Let's Not Labor This Labor Day

Thursday, August 25

When it comes to weekends we are always busy. House projects, yard work, dinner dates, events, etc. It feels like we are always on the go. When it comes to long weekends such as Labor Day Weekend - we are actually even worse about trying to pack way too much into the weekend. This Labor Day we have decided to make sure whatever we are doing, we are at home and relaxing.  We have a lot of traveling coming up between Ryan and myself and we want to make sure we relax up to the very last second. 
 Whether it is just Ryan and myself relaxing at home and cooking in the kitchen, having a glass of wine and sneaking bites of dinner early. Or us having another couple over for cheese, dinner, wine, and a game of scrabble - we get competitive - we want to do anything but labor this holiday. 
I am a red wine kind of girl - I love it with cheese and crackers, steak, lobster, or even pasta. Ryan and I always rely on JaM Cabernet as our 'cab of choice' when entertaining for two reasons. One, we haven't met one person yet that doesn't love it, and two it is the BEST wine under $20!!  Find it near you here. I don't know if you remember but we have been long time fans of JaM wines. JaM Cellars makes three easy-to-love, everyday California wines Butter Chardonnay, JaM Cabernet and Toast Sparkling

“We take our wines seriously; we just don’t take ourselves seriously!” - JaM Cellars

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When Comfort Meets Style

Monday, August 22

You guys know I am a sucker for a comfortable pair of shoes. I am an even bigger sucker for a pair of comfortable shoes that are also super cute. This BareTrap's gladiator lace with a subtle wedge is perfect for walking on cobble stone (which most of our streets are), to the beach, shopping, or even just every day running around town. I have more people stopping me to ask me what my shoes are with this pair than I do any others lately - and for obvious reason. Comfort meets style. They also come in black which would have been super cute with this outfit but I always get more wear out of my neutral shoes so I opted for the tan!

I bought this top during the #Nsale and I honestly can't remember what I paid for it but it is only $34 regular priced - so, you can't beat that!

Photos || Jacqueline Ward Images
|| Shoes | Skirt | Top ||

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