Nordstrom Weekend Sale Picks under $25

Hey friends!

Today I’m highlighting a brief overview of my favorite Nordstrom Sale items happening this weekend (ending Nov.12/12). All these items listed below are under $25 dollars (before tax). That’s my kinda deal. Going forward ill try to set up blog posts on a weekly basis when I find some great items on sale.

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Fashion Finds With ThredUP

Who doesn’t love finding fashion finds for less? I know I can get an AMEN from one of you reading this. Well finding nice items at a nicer price is just what I like, and that’s what I found at ThredUP. ThredUP is an online consignment (second hand) store which carries a ray of well-known brands, like some of my favorites, ZARA, Kate Spade, Forever 21 and sometimes Valentino too! To be honest, I was never much of a second-hand shopper until I got older (and wiser…just kidding). And it wasn’t because of the prices- because I always find killer deals. It was more so the idea of shopping second hand. Most consignment stores I have walked into in the past had an awful smell that is similar to an old folks home or a cat litter box. Ok, I’m sorry. That’s a little extreme but I’m sure I’m not alone. So when I discovered this online consignment shop, I thought…it’s about time something like this came into existence… and how convenient! I don’t know about you, but anything to do with online shopping gets me excited (my husband can attest to that too). 🙂

ThredUP has a bunch of items on their site. From maternity to baby clothes, and shoes! It’s pretty cool. Sometimes you really have to search until you find something “trending” so here are some tips that I recommend:

  1. ThredUP gets hundreds of clothes each day; their website is daily updated, so if you’re looking for the best of the best, check throughout the day under “new arrivals” because the cute items go quickly like hot cakes!
  2. If you have an indecisive nature (like me), “heart” the items you like while browsing and it’ll stay on hold for 24hrs- make sure to make an account to do so.
  3. Order a “Clean Out” bag and use it towards your next purchase!

So what exactly is “Clean Out?”

ThredUP doesn’t just sell clothes, they buy them too! After discovering this, I did a major closet clean out and got rid of a bunch of my not-so-mommy clothes (it was bitter-sweet) and many more clothes that have been sitting my closet untouched. You can order a “Clean Out” bag, fill it up with like-new clothes that aren’t getting the love they deserve, ship it back to them (for free), and get money back for them (see guidelines here). Pretty cool. 

My ThredUP items: #ad

After using those tips, I finally came across two styles that I love, a romper and embroidery detail.

Romper: Forever 21 fashion find for $9

Embroidery Top: J. Crew fashion find for #12

I wasn’t able to wear a romper for months because I was recently pregnant, so I was very eager to be able to wear one again! I mean how cute is this navy floral romper? And because it’s no longer summer, I styled it by wearing a button up blouse underneath. Now I can wear it all year around!

Next, embroidery. I’ve always loved embroidery details on clothes. It’s so classy, feminine, and unique. It almost saves you from wearing jewelry- especially if you’re like me and are a minimalist when it comes to jewelry. Embroidery clothes are great to style because you can always dress it up or down while still maintaining that classy look.

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Now it’s your turn! Check out ThredUP , sign up today and get $10 towards your next purchase… you can thank me later. 😉

Au revoir,

♥ I.P.

 

Shades of Mauve for Fall

Hey, friends!

Labor Day weekend has passed, kids are in school, and the unofficial new year has begun! Fall always gave me that refreshing feeling of new beginnings, can you say the same? I mean, I don’t have any kids going to school, and life is still in a basic routine with my almost 4-month-old- but seeing all the transitional pictures on my social media channels gives me that good-old Fall feeling. I love the feeling of seasons changing. Although So Cal is not really the best place for seasonal change, especially when it feels like summer is never-ending, but it’s finally Fall, and I’m excited.

I’ll be honest, one of the biggest reasons I get excited about the Fall season is the Fall fashion! Knit sweaters, boots, hats, and trench coats are a few of my favorite things! It’s the season where layering clothes is a must and you don’t need to break a sweat pulling it off! Oh, and fall colors? To-die-for. One Fall color that I’m loving right now is shades of mauve.

 

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The Gentleman’s Accessory

Sebastian Petz, Guest writer for Oh La Crème de la Crème (I mean Femme) Blog

There are many men’s fashion trends today in western culture. The common thread with all is that they often involve a heavy adornment of jewelry. Leather-ish or bead-type jewelry on the wrist; bulky leather bracelets and necklaces, often cleated with metal studs or spikes; eye-blindingly bright blinged-out necklaces, bracelets, earrings, finger-rings, and even grills. But a true gentleman wears only one accessory—the watch. And because he only has one accessory to adorn himself with, selecting precisely the right watch to complete his look as the icing on the cake, is of utmost importance.

If you read any of the leading men’s fashion magazines such as GQ or Esquire, you’ll be well aware of their shared philosophy of a gentleman: the suit, the shoes, the watch, and the cut—the last category is a double entendre that encompasses both the hair cut (head and facial) and the suit-cut, each essential marks of a gentleman which I’ll address in a later post.

Back to the watch...today’s featured look is the Dark Sandalwood & Burgundy Conway Series by JORD Watches. JORD has pioneered a new niche within the luxury watches market–natural wood band, frame, and bezel construction. At first glance, the prospect of wood on a watch that’s not your grandfather [clock] seems odd. But upon closer inspection and especially after physically handling and putting it on, it’s fashion and elegance are undeniable! The dark coloration of the sandalwood is dressed-up neatly with three brushed black stainless lines linking it together.

The burgundy face makes the brown and red hues of the sandalwood pop nicely into focus, making the watch the ideal accessory for any navy blue, burgundy, gray, black, or brown themed outfits. In this post, I’m showcasing how well this watch complements a matte gray trouser, pink button-up with white polka dots, and brown suede belt and shoes.

Personally, I’ve always preferred the round face and dial style watches in favor of the square or rectangular. In this Conway Series, JORD has achieved the perfect balance between the size and style of the round face and the width and style of the band—the face to band ratio is immaculate! A feat that is rare among most watchmakers, and in my case, makes the watch appear custom-made (and sized) for my wrist.

The 3-dial chronograph on the face is a classic feature that in combination with the white dial adds enough character to make the watch stand out, without making it appear too busy or overly decorated.

Contemporary and modern home architecture is proof that wood and metal go together like Batman & Robin—Starsky & Hutch—Bacon & Eggs—Peanut Butter & Jelly—Cookies & Milk—Spaghetti & Meatball—you get the picture!

So, in the same way, that wood is the contemporary home decorator’s choice complimentary material for metal and steel design, this watch is fast becoming my go-to accessory for all my sleek neo-classic gentleman looks.

I look forward to bolstering my collection with more of the latest and greatest timepieces from JORD soon!

ENTER THE CONTEST (CLOSED)

Now you have the chance to get your hands on one of these unique JORD wood watches! Simply scroll down and click on the link to enter!
The contest will close June 4th at 11:59pm. Winner receives $100 E Gift Code. All other entrants receive a $25 E Gift Code. The $100 and $25 Gift Codes will expire July 31st, 2017.

  

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Enter here, for a chance to win $100 towards your JORD watch.

P.S. with Fathers Day just around the corner, JORD watches would make a perfect gift! But if you’re feeling a little selfish… I won’t judge. 😉

The contest will close June 4th at 11:59pm. Winner receives $100 E Gift Code. All other entrants receive a $25 E Gift Code. The $100 and $25 Gift Codes will expire July 31st, 2017.

–Ina Petz xox0

Tiffany Rose Maternity Dresses Review

Hey Friends 🙂

I’ve been a little MIA on the blog lately because I haven’t been up for too much these past couple weeks…ugh! With only 3 1/2 weeks to go, I haven’t been able to keep up with my usual routine. Although, these days seem to be passing by faster than I can count!  I guess this is the only time I’m my life when I would prefer time to pass quickly, since most days it is a struggle to get out of bed. Oh, the joys of the last trimester. The stories are true. And the excitement is unbearable!

I am planning on sharing some exciting posts in the next few weeks (unless I delivery early ah!) on sharing my guide to meal planning, baby and diaper/hospital bag essentials, along with a birthing story after my delivery. Don’t forget to subscribe. 🙂 I love hearing from you and staying connected! ♥

Today I am sharing some beautiful items from Tiffany Rose– a clothing line designed and made in Britain. I love that their selection is based on stylish formal wear- from bridal, party, to every day wear that has a beautiful elegant touch… not to forget to mention that many of their items are nursing friendly too! Also, they have a “red carpet” collection that is just fabulous. Head on over to their website to check out which celebrities and well known TV hosts who styled these lovely dresses.

I loved styling the Anna Shift Dress (on sale now), Imogen Shift dress, along with the Alana maxi (which is also on sale). I can honestly say that I loved the fit, quality, and material of these dresses. No cheap see-through material! Check out how I styled them below, and make sure to head over to Tiffany Rose Maternity site, and Instagram for their Spring sale on now!

Alana Shift Dress:

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Imogen Dress:

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Alana Maxi Dress:

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Happy Fri-yay!

♥ I.P.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Favourite Asos Maternity Dresses

Finally in the home stretch…33 weeks pregnant and 6 weeks to go (from my due date)! It’s just so hard to believe and I feel like a scatter brain with all the “have-to’s” and things on my mind in order to prepare for this little one. I keep saying, “yah, I’ll do that next week.” But time is slipping away and I need to get all of my preparations in order. 🙂

I have had the privilege of working with some wonderful maternity brands through out my pregnancy. One of my favourites was ASOS maternity. I’m sure you have seen many of my instagram pictures tagged with their items. They seriously have the cutest dresses! I have been living in them for most of my pregnancy. Forget pants! All I wanted to wear was something comfortable, yet stylish. Plus, I feel so feminine wearing dresses. And there is nothing more refreshing than looking feminine when most days feeling it is not an option. Ha!

I have put together a list of my favourite ASOS martetnity dresses. Some of which I have styled, and if you keep scrolling, you’ll see some of my favourite latest recommendations. I was so tempted to buy more, but at this point I have wayyyy to many dresses, and seeing that I only have 6 weeks to go, I think I’ll make it through with all the pretty dresses I have so far. 🙂

I loved talking about this ASOS dress in one of my latest post, you can find out more here!

These dresses are so lovely and stylish, AND the prices are amazing (especially since they are on sale now)! Although they currently have limited sizes, I found that it was easy to get them altered in order to not miss out on these awesome prices and styles. 🙂 OR you can check out ASOS’s latest styles that I ADORE.♥

Being pregnant is so much fun, don’t ‘cha agree?

(Click on the picture and you’ll be directly linked to the page)

xox. IP

 

The Delancey Dress

Tiff Marie Maternity. Has a ring to it, don’t ‘cha think? I got the privilege of styling this beautiful dress by Tiff Marie Maternity. I honestly don’t know where to begin with this dress- it’s comfy, figure flattering (we could all use a little bit of that during pregnancy), and you can wear it throughout all your stages of pregnancy! Also, another great thing I love about this piece, is that you can dress it up or dress is down- throw on a chunky necklace, or kick it off with your favourite dress down sneaks (like my current favs that you can find here).

Tiff Marie really introduces, “The Birth of Maternity Fashion”. I mean, where else can you find these styles. I am always on the look out for cute maternity pieces but they often come at a price (no pun intended), cheap material, or too plain and simple! Here are a few of my favourite details of the Delancey Dress.

  1. Bell Sleeves: Ok, if you haven’t noticed, bell sleeves are kinda a big thing right now! They are such a nice touch to a dress, and they really make any piece “pop”!

2. Elastic gathered on both sides-this really ensures a perfect, and flattering fit for any body type.

3. Fabric: This fine piece is made with stretch Bamboo Terry-Back Jersey material (66% Rayon, 28% Cotton, 6% Spandex). So it’s not see-through, not thin material, yet totally breathable at the same time. I actually have a few pieces in my closet that are see-through which makes it so inconvenient to have to wear an under piece- and that’s the last thing I remember before stepping out the door most days!

 

4. Lastly, it’s so feminine. I’m a sucker for girly and elegant clothing- especially during pregnancy. This knee length piece with bell sleeves really gives off a stylish-motherly look. Pregnancy and motherhood can totally be just that! 🙂

So make sure you head on over to Tiff Marie Maternity and check out her latest collection. Also, currently there is a giveaway happening! Sign up for a chance to win this dress (which also comes in different colours) if not for yourself, then for a friend! 🙂

xo I.P.

Baby Blue For My Baby To Be

Hello Friends!

Today I’m sharing another maternity style from ASOS. I have been loving (and living) in their maternity clothes! Not only are they affordable, but they look so chic and stylish- a hard combo to come across these days. I have been living in dresses lately. Now that I’m 30 weeks pregnant (crazy, I know), gained about 30 pounds, and have swollen feet, the only items that I prefer to wear are these breezy dresses, and open toe shoes. Thank God for this So Cal climate!

I must admit, I never thought baby blue was my colour. I mean, I love pastels and light colours especially with spring around the corner, but light blue? Never thought it would go- until I got this dress. It’s so fun and comfortable. Pregnancy should be a combination of both! Also, need I mention that ruffles and off the shoulder accents are a big deal in the fashion world lately? I have been seeing them every where. So flattering, so chic, and so feminine. But what I like so much about this piece is that I can wear it off the shoulder, along with over. Also, I love this length of this very mama- appropriate dress, which is very flattering for the bump.

So, if you haven’t checked out ASOS maternity, do it, now. You will not be disappointed! They also have a wide variety of non maternity clothes and accessories for men and women too.

Check out my direct links below, for more details on where to buy this dress. Stay beautiful mamas!

All pictures credited to Phoenix Aperture. Check out more of his work at @phoenix_dali

Vacay Shop Sale - All Items under $36 at SheIn.com! Ends 3/20

Also, if you haven’t registered with EBATES, now is the time! Every time I online shop, and where EBATES is redeemable, I get cash back for my purchases. It really is that simple. Sign up here! (you will get cash back from EBATES if you are shopping at ASOS since they are only an online store)

 

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Unfortunately the light blue just sold out 🙁 (no surprise) but you can find the exact style in the remaining colours: black and teal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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