Recent Purchases for Harper

I thought I'd share some of my most recent Harper purchases in this post. I love all of the plaid and tartan items that come out around the holidays. I also love a great fair isle and lace so these picks all reflect those loves.

First off, I purchased these Native "Jefferson" shoes. I heard about them via Megan and I thought they would be perfect for our winter vacation for walking around in pool and beach areas. I'm also brining her salwater sandals. They come in lots of cute colors and I know I'll be getting her a second pair in the summer when she outgrows these ones.
I haven't been that impressed with Baby Gap lately, but this plaid dress did catch my eye. I love navy and green together and it would be perfect with navy tights. Very holidays.
We had several cold days in Houston last week and you never know what the weather will be like for the rest of the winter so I purchased this jacket fom Zara. Most kids stores in Houston don't have a good jacket selection but I was pretty happy with the offerings at Zara, though I do prefer shopping online as I feel they have more merchandise. Navy is a great neutral and it will be perfect for daycare since they go outside so much.
I also picked up this top there for $6.90! Perfect to wear with leggings.
One item I picked up at Target recently is this cute cat-ear zip-up. It's cozy and warm but not as heavy as her jacket, so perfect for midler days.
I don't shop at Osh Kosh much, but on my hunt for a jacket, I couldn't resist these three items. I got this chambray shirt, a fair isle sweater and navy taffeta skirt.
Lastly, I picked up this lace peplum top and jersey legging jeans on sale from Old Navy.
 I may be saving the best for last--- how cute is this denim dress, also from Old Navy? I just love it!
Hope your week is going great!

New Tory Buch Bag + DivideAndConquer Bag Organizer

Happy Monday! When I purchased my Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag over two years ago, I remember scouring forums to find a solution to give my bag more structure and to reinforce the base so it wouldn't get that saggy look you see in a lot of LV bags. 

That's when I learned about DivideAndConquer on Etsy. I purchased an organizer for my LV bag and reviewed it, here.

When DivideAndConquer shop owner Connie saw that I purchased my Tory Burch Thea Convertible Tote, during their friends and family sale, she messaged me to offer to make an organizer for my new purse.

Knowing how much I love my first one and how useful it was in keeping my bag structured and organized, of course I planned to get one for this bag too, since the base is also not very structured because the leather is quite soft.

Here is my new Tory Burch Thea Convertible Tote:
And here is the custom bag organizer Connie created for me, in a khaki fabric with leopard-print pockets, a perfect pattern for this bag.

Here are a few shots of the organizer when it arrived, empty, of course, to give you an idea of how it is structured as well as the pocket placements.
Here are the items I keep in my purse organizer. My TB bag does have a zip pocket inside and in that pocket I keep one tube of lipstick and a few pens, so those aren't show here.
And here is the organizer outside of my bag, with these items in it. You'll see that Connie included a key clip as well as a bottle loop. The bottle loop is so fantastic because I take a sippy cup of Harper's milk to daycare every morning and it keeps it from floating around my bag. 
My bag actually came with a foam base that was part of the packaging, and before the organizer came in, I was using this foam to keep the bag in good shape. I actually kept it in there because it weighs next to nothing and provides additional support. You don't need extra foam in your bag at all--- my LV was perfect without it and just using the organizer. I just figured since this leather was even softer than my LV that it couldn't hurt!
 Here is my bag with the organizer fully filled with my everyday items:
I'm so thrilled to have another organizer for this new bag. They're so high-quality and completely customizable to the dimensions of your bag and your needs (inside or outside pockets, bottle loops, key rings, etc…) I encourage you to message Connie on Etsy to discuss the proportions of your bag and what kind of organizer might look best.

The most important thing you need to know when you are thinking about having an organizer made for your bag are the exact interior bottom dimensions of your bag and an online link to your bag so Connie can see the shape of the bag and other details.

Do you use a bag organizer? Do you find it makes a difference in how your bag holds up and how organized you keep your purse? I will say that downsizing to this bag has definitely kept my tendency to stuff my purse in check!

FTC disclaimer: I was sent this bag organizer as a gift, however, my original LV Neverfull bag organizer was purchased with my own funds from this Etsy shop. All reviews are based on my own experiences and honest opinions about the product.

Fitness Update + Boden's New Activewear Line

Recently I was sent pieces to try out from Boden's new activewear line, so I figured now was a better time than ever to give an update on my fitness situation.

Before now, I didn't work out for two years. Yep, two whole years. In my first trimester, my OB recommended that I slow down since I had been doing pretty intense workouts with a trainer. On top of that, I was nauseous every single day from about 3 p.m. until I went to sleep and I could barely function after work because I was so exhausted. I had good intentions and promised myself I would start back up in second tri when the nausea and exhaustion improved, but by then, I had zero motivation.

Fast-forward to post-baby and my postpartum complication, which set my recovery back another six weeks, plus the fact that I was falling into a routine as a new mom, going back to work, and bogged down with pumping around the clock--- fitness was truly the last thing on my mind. When the heck would I fit that in? It seemed impossible at the time to even consider it. I gave myself a break and remembered that my priorities were different at that time--- and that was okay. It was better to focus on the things I felt I could manage and not worry about all of the extras until I was ready. 

As Harper's first birthday drew closer and closer, I started to think about working out again. When I weaned from pumping, I got more serious and signed up for The Bar Method. I loved the classes before I was pregnant and they were a great way to ease back into working out. For a couple of months I went once or twice a week (on weekends only), but they didn't have any classes late enough in the evening during the week. Plus, it was a 20-25 minute drive from my house, which I didn't want to do just hours after dealing with a frustrating work commute (thank you Houston traffic!)

I don't know about you, but I'm the type of person that needs as little obstacles as possible in order to stay committed to a workout routine. When Kevin and I were doing boot camp five days a week, the gym was walking distance from our house. My trainer after that was a 5-7 minute drive from our house. That's when I was sticking to my workouts and I knew it was the only way I'd stick to it now, too. In fact, Kevin now goes to my old trainer three days a week and he absolutely loves it! It was one of my birthday gifts to him because he really wanted to get back into a fitness routine, and he has been kicking butt, which was another motivator for me.

So I finally found a gym near my home that has some later evening classes (I go after Harper is asleep for the night) and it's also a full-on gym with lots of equipment, so I can do my own workouts there on days there aren't classes at 8.

The boot camp class I take twice a week is an intense 30-minute class that helps keep me on track. I love the people in the class and the trainer who teaches it. Going to this class motivates me to go on days there aren't classes, too. On those days, I try to leave my house right after we put Harper to sleep for the night and I'll go for about 45 minutes. I usually start with a warm-up (like the stair climber) and then I do different moves like squats, lunges, planks, etc. I also go into one of the group class rooms that is empty at that time and use the barre there to practice some of the toning moves I learned at the Bar Method and Define studio.

I really hope I will continue on this track. Even three days a week of workouts is a good start for me!

Now, onto Boden's new line, which I got to test out for the last few weeks. There's something about new workout clothes that is motivating to me, so the timing was pefect!

I selected their Run Faster Leggings and Run Faster Sweatshirt. The fabric is super smooth and sleek--- it's kind of hard to explain, but it almost feels like a silky second-skin. It's also super lightweight and has mega stretch. The leggings even have little zippers on the bottom, which came in super handy when I went for a pedicure recently. You can use code YOGA for 20% off of your order!
Have a great weekend!

Fall Layering with Lucky Brand

Do you know why I love fall?  I mean, besides all of the fun and special holidays, pumpkin patches, pumpkin-spice lattes and leaves candles? Layering. I love to layer, but let's be honest, that's not a year-round option here in Houston. So when the temperatures dip enough to wear a shirt, sweater AND scarf… well, sign me up!

For this post, I partnered with Lucky Brand Jeans to showcase some of my favorite fall looks, especially focusing on layering. I just love how a few key pieces added to your wardrobe can inspire so many looks.

I was surprised to learn that Lucky Brand carried all kinds of clothing, accessories, footwear and outerwear as I had always remembered the store as more focused on denim, which I think they do a fantastic job with. I literally tried on nearly every style they sold!

The items I added to my closet from Lucky Brand are the Caleigh Military Jacket, the Lolita Skinny Jeans in dark wash and the Dylan Boyfriend jeans. I felt these pieces are perfect foundations for so many looks and can work for such a wide variety of occasions - everything from brunch to running errands to going to a fall festival. The jacket is a great neutral color that can be the perfect addition to a casual outfit or even to add a little edge to a cute dress with heels for a night out. I just love the way it fits.
For my first look, I paired the skinny jeans with my military jacket, a chambray shirt, a great plaid blanket scarf and brown heeled boots.
 jacket- lucky brand  |  jeans-  lucky brand  |  shirt- j.crew  |  scarf- brinabox  |  earrings- kendra scott  | boots- jessica simpson (similar)

Here is the look without the scarf, so you can better see the jacket:
For my second look, I paired the Dylan Boyfriend Jeans with the same chambray shirt, a crisp white sweatshirt, a black and gray printed blanket scarf and leopard-print heels. 
jeans- lucky brand  |  shirt- j.crew  |  scarf- aritzia  |  earrings- kendra scott  |  shoes- nordstrom  | sweatshirt- madewell  |  

I hope you liked these looks! You can visit Lucky Brand's website for more styles and inspiration!
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