Nordstrom Fall Sale Picks

Nordstrom’s fall sale has started, and I’ve rounded up some of my favorite items from the sale so that you don’t have to! Everything is marked at least 40% off until November 12th so grab these items before they are gone. I am currently on the hunt for a few new sweaters to transition into winter, a new pair of pants (I’m loving the camo jeans below), and new booties because I wear mine into the ground. Happy shopping!

Tops & Sweaters:

BLANKNYC Ruffle Sweater

Willow and Clay Turtleneck Sweater

Caslon Stripe Sweater

Free People Cardigan

Free People Turtleneck Sweater

Halogen Ruffle Top

Free People Thermal

Ruffle Knit Top

Ruffle Sleeve Top

Balloon Sleeve Top

Jeans & Pants:

Hudson Camo Jeans

AG Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans

Topshop Ripped Skinny Jeans

PAIGE Skinny Jeans

Levi’s Gray Skinny Jeans

Shoes & Boots:

1.State Booties 

Hinge Block Heel Bootie

Vince Cameo Bootie

Marc Fisher Bootie

Halogen Bootie



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Pink and Gold for Fall





On Sara:

Top // Jeans // Booties sold out, similar here and here.

Necklaces: here and here.

Earrings: here.

I think I’ve said this before but I love wearing pink in the fall. It’s such a refreshing change from all of the navy, olive, maroon, and gray that typically dominates this time of year. Not to discount a good navy or gray because honestly, my closet is mostly gray, but it’s fun to throw in a pop of color every now and then.

I found this top while shopping on a rainy Saturday with my mom and had to have it. I wear a lot of clothes that need to be appropriate for work but also allow for me to be sitting on the floor with 20 five year olds. This top can be dressed up or down making it appropriate for both. I’m envisioning it with a fun scarf as the weather get cooler and these ripped jeans. It would also be cute with a skirt or black pants, and some over-the-knee boots.

I was also on the hunt for a necklace that was casual enough I could wear everyday. I mean, I spend my day with five year olds so there is no getting fancy over here. I got really excited when I found this necklace that matches the earrings I wear everyday. Literally, every. single. day. Never take them off, they go with everything. This necklace is also short enough that my kids can’t pull on it. Win win.

What’s your fall go-to look?







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Pretty Pintastic Party

Pink and Purple Everything

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Pink Top / Striped Leggings (old, similar here) / Purple Hunters / Bow (old, similar here)

Chloe is becoming a very opinionated two year old. Don’t pour her water into the wrong cup – trust me on this one. These days her style is all about pink and purple EVERYTHING. You can often find Chloe enjoying a pink cake pop from Starbucks. Although, she will settle for chocolate if they need to “buy new” pink ones. She will also only eat pink or purple fruit pouches. Her Grandma had a good laugh at Chloe carrying a large purple bag of prunes around the grocery store.

On this day, I told her to go upstairs and pick out her clothes, and this is what she chose. She was also very excited to pose for these pictures.

You can see more of Chloe dressing herself, and her purple striped leggings here.

Next stop, potty training! 🙂



Things that make me happy: sleep, french fries, and baby clothes.

Before Ryan was born, Chloe and I would spend an inordinate amount of time shopping. Chloe started to request trips to Nordstrom, and she knew her way around the store – specifically where to get balloons and find the playhouse. I was worried that when Ryan was born, our shopping trips would stop, and I wouldn’t have as much fun shopping for Ryan as I do for Chloe.

Who said that shopping for boys can’t be as much fun as shopping for girls?

In the past three weeks, since it’s February in Chicago and -7634786 degrees, unable to leave the house, I have spent my fair share of time online shopping. Some of it has been for myself; most of it has been for my kids – especially Ryan. He is in desperate need of some cute boy clothes. I don’t know how much he appreciates wearing his sister’s hand me downs, but he does look super cute in Chloe’s pink dog towel.

Here are a few of my favorite recent purchases for baby Ryan.


White and Gray Stripe Romper / Stem Reversible Romper / Hooded Romper / ABC Cotton Wrap Footie / Blue Stripe Romper / Rug /

I love rompers for little ones. They are a whole outfit in one! They are easy to remove for diaper changes, and keep your little one looking cute and cozy. I also love that they can double as sleepwear and play wear.


Motherhood: What No One Tells You

My Instagram feed is full of new moms, fit and smiling with their babies, dressed in “real” clothes, hair done, with no sign of sleep deprivation. Who are these Supermoms, and how do I become one?

Ryan is going on day three of needing to eat EVERY HOUR. Yes, every hour. I literally nurse, close my eyes for 15 minutes, and nurse again. I have not slept. I feel like a zombie, and I’m sure that I look like one too. I am so tired. There are no words for how tired I am. But that is motherhood.

Motherhood is not glamourous. Motherhood is not makeup, and blow dried hair, and trendy workout clothes. Motherhood is exhaustion, and spit up, and tears…at least in the beginning.

And on top of all that, I am trying to recover from the enormous task of birthing a human being. I feel overweight and flabby. Maternity clothes do not fit anymore but neither do my regular clothes. I am in a clothing limbo. My pelvis hurts, I have sciatica, and my shoulders ache from nursing constantly. I so badly need a haircut and a pedicure but am not yet ready to leave the baby. I have no energy to cook anything, so I am subsiding on crackers, cereal, and coffee. The house is a mess, there is laundry that needs to be done. Having a cleaning lady has become the best money I have ever spent. I try to get sleep anyway I can. I’ve tried, unsuccessfully, to sleep sitting up. I’ve tried “laid back nursing” but have had no luck.

I find myself getting frustrated with Chloe, and her tantrums have increased. She has watched more tv in the past three weeks than I thought I’d ever allow. Her sleep schedule is off, and she’s been eating lots of frozen pancakes for dinner. Literally, frozen. She doesn’t even want them warmed up. And her pacifier habit has come back full force.

My uniform these days consists of leggings, a sweatshirt, slippers, and if I can squeeze in a shower, wet hair. Somehow, I manage to get the kids bathed and dressed each day.


Motherhood is real and raw, and not always pretty. But… it is beautiful. There is no better sound in the world than your child saying, “I love you, Mommy.” There is no better sight than your new baby looking into your eyes for the first time. Motherhood is trying and exhausting but nothing will give you more purpose, or fill your heart with more love. You will find that your life no longer really matters. Your life now revolves around the happiness of your two little loves.

Right now, it is hard, but I know that this too shall pass, as it did with the first. And eventually, I will sleep again.