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What I Wore- Blanket Scarf + a Shop Update

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Plaid blanket scarf, gray tee, dark denim and ankle boots

Plaid blanket scarf, gray tee, dark denim and ankle boots

Plaid blanket scarf, gray tee, dark denim and ankle boots

Plaid blanket scarf, gray tee, dark denim and ankle boots

Plaid blanket scarf, gray tee, dark denim and ankle boots

Plaid blanket scarf, gray tee, dark denim and ankle boots
Photo Credit- One Sparrow Creative

I have some exciting news to announce today! The Nickel & Suede Holiday Collection will be released on November 3. We are finalizing it right now and, holy cow, I'm still gasping at some of the pieces. I know that sounds like an exaggeration, but just wait- you will see! Much of what is in the shop now will still be available- but several earrings and cuffs will be leaving. You can still grab them for the rest of the month so I wanted to let you know before they are gone. The following accessories will no longer be in the shop after October 31st- Olive, Mustard, Pumpkin Suede, Cinnamon Apple Red, and Antique Brass earrings, all braided headbands, and the Cinnamon Apple Slit Cuff.

We have been blown away by the support for our small business venture over the last four months and cannot wait to see what the holiday season will bring and what God has in store for our little family. Thank you for your support, your kind notes, your emails, and your referrals. We couldn't be doing this without you!

Have a terrific Monday!



// Outfit Details //
Shirt- Target
Scarf- Groop Dealz (sold out) (similar, similar)
Pants- Lucky Brand
Shoes- Duo c/o
Earrings- Nickel & Suede
Cuff- Nickel & Suede



Sunday Style- Fur and Florals

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Floral pencil skirt, fur vest, and ankle boots

Fur vest, Pumpkin Suede Nickel & Suede earrings


Floral pencil skirt, fur vest, and ankle boots

Floral pencil skirt, fur vest, and ankle boots

Floral pencil skirt, fur vest, and ankle boots

I've said before that Sunday is one of my favorite days of the week. Sunday's mean no work, lots of family time and going to church. On a typical Sunday I get up around 7 and write my Sunday Style blog post. (I don't count Sunday posts as work!) The kids wake up and we eat breakfast. Today I'm making German Pancakes, but usually we just have cereal. I clean up the leftover clutter from Saturday and breakfast while the kids play. Church isn't until 1 pm so we have a pretty slow morning in our pajamas. I teach the three year old's class at church so while Knox naps I get my lesson, snacks and coloring pages ready.

Usually we are about 10 minutes late to church- no matter what- but we get there. Church lasts until 4 and because I have 8 three year olds for 2 hours of it, I usually come home exhausted. After church we'll get dinner ready and play outside or go on a walk. We love to have people over for dessert or watch something uplifting. After the kids go to bed I usually just want to read a book or watch something with Soren, but if I'm on the ball I'll get out my planner and plan out meals, activities and to-do lists for the week.

That is our typical Sunday. It's pretty predictable, but considering the rest of the week isn't, it is nice to have one day that is! What are your Sunday's like?



// Outfit Details //
Shirt- Old Navy
Vest- Brickyard Buffalo (similar, similar)
Skirt- Groop Dealz c/o
Shoes- Old Navy (similar)
Earrings- Nickel & Suede (on sale!)
Hair- Tutorial here



Oh Social Media

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maroon scarf, orange sweater, hunter green nails

Maroon scarf, orange sweater, ankle boots and cuffed denim

Nickel and Suede Metallic Gold Earrings

Maroon scarf, orange sweater

Maroon scarf, orange sweater

On my mind recently has been the gap between real life and what I (and everyone else) share with you- here on the blog or social media. I need to do a Day-In-The-Life post so that I can really show what my daily life looks like because it's mostly pretty messy. I love looking at pretty blogs and reading uplifting things as much as the next gal does- it's natural. And I actually wouldn't really want to see a shift to an Instagram feed full of messy houses or parenting fails. I think the reason we read and follow people are because we want to be inspired in a way that we can connect with. But unfortunately when you spend too much time in that media world- like I do- you start to feel like you are the only one who fights with their husband or leaves dirty dishes on the table for a full 24 hours.

If I showed you three day's worth of my life then you could see a day with a clean house, a day where orders were all caught up and a day where I took my kids somewhere fun. I try really hard to keep our life balanced, but that usually means balanced out for the week. I can't get all things done in a day but in a week I can have several days where I go to bed with the house picked up, several different days where I blogged and shipped orders and other days where I took my kids to the park or to a friend's house. I usually have to pick one theme for my day and the rest of life kind of falls apart until the next day. If we were less busy then I think life would be a little tidier, but I love what we do.

I do share outfit photos where I'm in full makeup and well coordinated because I want to give outfit ideas and share my personal style. I Instagram cute snacks we make for preschool or days when we make play dough because its important to me to do those things as a mom. My husband and I go on a date every so often and because it is so rare- it's worth sharing on social. But none of those things happen everyday. Or even every week. So in case you think our life ever looks perfect or unattainable- I'm dispelling the myth. I hope I do an okay job at keeping it real and that most of you are reading this thinking- "I know she's normal. She definitely doesn't look too perfect!" And if that is the case- mission accomplished.

Do you ever get frustrated my social media? How do you deal with it?

PS- You can find the winner of the Fall Favorites giveaway here. The winner of the N&S Graphic Sweatshirt can be found here. Sorry I'm terrible at announcing these giveaway winners! I usually email the winner and forget to do a big announcement.

PSS- I don't drink coffee- it's Pero in the mug.



// Outfit Details //
Sweater- Target
Scarf- Forever 21
Jeans- Levis
Shoes- Duo
Earrings- Nickel & Suede


Heated Eyelash Curler Review

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Today I have a quick little video for you about one of my newest beauty tools, a heated eyelash curler. One of my good friends gave it to me for my birthday and it was a fun surprise. It is surprisingly easy to use and makes a big difference when I'm wearing my favorite Covergirl Lashblast mascara. In these before and after photos I have on 2-3 coats of mascara so you can really see the difference. I haven't tried this curler with my 3D Fiber lashes, but I don't wear those everyday. This curler with my daily mascara is a good everyday solution for my thin and short eyelashes. 

I get asked for beauty tutorials all the time and let me tell you, I would love to more of them! Unfortunately I keep waiting for time to do a better job at them and well, time is not available. So I'm going to try and do them anyways and you'll have to try not to compare me to anyone more professional. 


It is hard to see the results at the end of the video, but you get the idea about how to use it and then I've shown the results in the before/after photos today. All in all I don't think this is an absolute must- but it's a fun tool to have. I think it would make a great Christmas gift for your beauty tool loving friends or- put it on your list! You can find this tool here or at your local Sephora.



Have you tried a heated eyelash curler? What are your favorite eyelash tricks?




What I Wore- Open Knit Sweater

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Cognac clutch, gray sweater, dark denim

Gray sweater, dark denim, lace up ankle boots

Gray sweater, dark denim, lace up ankle boots

Gray sweater, dark denim, lace up ankle boots

Gray sweater, dark denim, lace up ankle boots
Photography by One Sparrow Creative

Ask me even just a two or three years ago if I even thought I'd be hiring a photographer to set up my own blogging photo shoots and I would have said, "Yeah right!" Up until now Soren (or Easton) has taken almost all of my blog photos and they have really done a great job. Because we have little kids, we are somewhat to using our street or our garage door as a background. It works, but as someone who is always striving to make things better and to grow in what I'm doing, it isn't my ideal situation forever. I worked with Sarah last month on our Nickel & Suede photo shoot and we just clicked. I finally decided to take a chance and last week we met up again, but this time for my own photos. It took some time for me to warm up to the idea of taking photos on the street with someone new, but in the end it was really fun. I think that working with a photographer or two will be a great addition to the blog and take some of the pressure off of me. (It was so nice to have someone else comb through the 300 photos and edit them for me!)

And on another note, I got an email this weekend from a super nice reader asking for more thrifting posts. She had noticed I was wearing less thrifted items and you know what? She was right. I wanted to mention it here because I'm not planning on moving away from thrifting AT ALL. I definitely still love it and I'm not thrifting less because I think I'm fancy now and because companies send me clothing. The only reason for less thrifted items is because I've had so much less time to thrift since starting Nickel & Suede. I'm working a lot during the day and at night and thrifting has just moved off of my radar for the last few months.  Keep up your own thrifting! If you want to read my tips for thrifting you can find them here and here. I will be back at it soon too!

Have you been thrifting lately?



// Outfit Details //
Sweater- Chicwish c/o
Tee- Downeast Basics
Pants- Lucky Brand
Shoes- Target (similar, similar)
Clutch- Stitch Fix
Earrings- Nickel & Suede



Weekend Deals - Under $25

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Lately I've picked up a few inexpensive things or added them to my wishlist. All of the above are only $25 and are great additions to your fall wardrobe. Also, these tees are my new go-to and are such a great price. Soren ordered these for me after hearing me complain about a lack of nice slippers. Working from home in the basement makes comfortable slippers a must!

Also, if you are doing any shopping this weekend, here are a few of the fall sales going on.

J. Crew Factory - 50% off entire site (through 10/12)
Madewell - 30% off with code OHFALL (through 10/13)
Forever 21 - 30% off with code TAKE30 (through 10/19)

Have a great weekend!



Life Lately - KC Ren Fest with the Family

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*I was given tickets to this event, but as always opinions are all my own!*

Kansas City Renaissance Festival with ONE little MOMMA

One my favorite parts about my kids getting bigger (and there aren't many of those! STAY LITTLE!), is doing things with them that they get excited about. A few weeks ago, Kesler saw an ad for the Renaissance Festival here in Kansas City, and he could not stop talking about it. He is a little boy who is obsessed with knights, so when I told him that there is a place to go see real knights and real jousting and real armor, he was thrilled. I told him we would try and go for his birthday which happens to be this month. He patiently waited and this last weekend, we were able to take him. It was such a fun day for the entire family!

Kansas City Renaissance Festival with ONE little MOMMA

For those of you who don't know, the Renaissance Festival is basically an event that transports you back into the medieval ages. There are rows of shops that sell everything from armor to dragons' eggs to wooden swords and costumes. Our first stop was the armory, where we picked up a new wooden sword for each of the boys. My boys love to sword fight, and Knox was so happy to finally wield his own little weapon.

Kansas City Renaissance Festival with ONE little MOMMA

Everywhere you looked, there were people dressed in costume. Some of them work there, and others were just visiting like we were. My kids couldn't believe the gal on stilts - they kept asking "How did she grow so tall?!" She just ate her veggies kids, she just ate her veggies. :)

Kansas City Renaissance Festival with ONE little MOMMA

Kansas City Renaissance Festival with ONE little MOMMA

Kansas City Renaissance Festival with ONE little MOMMA

One of our favorite parts of the day was looking at and trying on the real armor. The boys wear their plastic armor around all day every day, so testing out the real deal was a treat. 

Kansas City Renaissance Festival with ONE little MOMMA

Kansas City Renaissance Festival with ONE little MOMMA

Kansas City Renaissance Festival with ONE little MOMMA

Kansas City Renaissance Festival with ONE little MOMMA


Kansas City Renaissance Festival with ONE little MOMMA

Kansas City Renaissance Festival with ONE little MOMMA

The very best part of the day was seeing the jousting. We only made it for tail end of the show, but the actors were literally on horses jousting, and then they sword fought to the "death." It was well done and worth getting there earlier to see the whole thing.

Kansas City Renaissance Festival with ONE little MOMMA

We also stopped in at the petting zoo, saw plenty of street performers, and of course tried the food. Knox was happy with his own corn on the cob, and I was pretty amazed by the apple dumplings. And when I say amazed, I mean I ate two! While we ate, the kids played in the children's area and got to make free magic wands. They even got to test them with a wizard!

Kansas City Renaissance Festival with ONE little MOMMA

Kansas City Renaissance Festival with ONE little MOMMA

The last time I was at the Renaissance Festival, I was in high school and I enjoyed it. But taking my kids and being excited with them was 100 times better. If you are local and you have kids (or don't have kids), I definitely recommend heading over to Ren Fest this weekend. We will definitely be back next year and could have easily spent more than one day there. 

-This weekend (Oct 10-13) is the last weekend of the festival this year. You can find places to get discount tickets here
-The last day, Oct 13, is Ladies Shopping Day where ladies get a discounted ticket of $20. The ticket includes admission, a glass of wine, a swag bag, and discounts at different crafters throughout the festival! 

Have you ever been to a Renaissance Festival? Do they have something like this in your area?