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Everyday Style December

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BOMBER (similar) // TEE // JEANS // SHOES (similar) // EARRINGS // SUNNIES


DRESS // VEST (old) // EARRINGS // BOOTS

SKIRT (similar) // SHOES // SUNNIES // EARRINGS

SHIRT // JEANS // BOOTS // SUNNIES // EARRINGS

COAT // JEANS // BOOTS // SUNNIES // EARRINGS


JEANS // SHOES (similar)


TURTLENECK // JEANS // BOOTS // HAT (old) // EARRINGS

Happy Saturday friends! Today I'm posting a round up of all of my recent Instagram outfits. If you don't want to sign up for +LIKEtoKNOW.IT , or for some reason it never works for you- this post is for you! Also if you want to know where something is from before I get it posted on in a blog post- there are other places that you can get the links. The first is in my blog footer. All of my linked photos drop into my footer and all you have to do is click a pic for the linked items to show. No sign up necessary! I've also started sharing more and more links on my Facebook page. If you follow me over there you can get easy shoppable links to most of my outfits as well. 

We're off to help clean our church building this morning and then heading to basketball practice. I bought some fresh chestnuts at the grocery store the other day so I think we'll try our hand at roasting them sometime this weekend. It should be interesting! Have you ever roasted them before?

Have a good weekend and see you Monday!

Always Late? Guilty.

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Photo credit: Sarah Sweeney

You know the feeling of showing up early, being totally prepared and ready to give 100%?

Yeah, me either. Especially lately. Over the past few months, I think I have been better than ever at solidifying my reputation for being late, dropping the ball, or apologizing my way out of something I forgot. Every email I reply to starts with "I'm sorry for the delay," and no one expects me to arrive any time but late. It's tough. And I've been struggling with a lot of guilt in that area.

I feel bad for making other people wait. I hate being a flake and unreliable. I don't like doing a poor job.

The thing is that I'm busy. But I know everyone else is busy too. So my busy-ness isn't a good excuse for my lateness. But there are only so many things that can take first priority in my life. I can get anywhere on time if that is the priority that day, but the 30 other priorities that came earlier in the day make it impossible for me to consistently be on time. I mean, I can get Easton to basketball practice on time once, but every week? Probably not!

Part of me is realizing that I am over-scheduled, and this might be a season of life where I can't help itand one where I need to learn to say no. I hate disappointing people, so saying no is tough for me. But it always comes back to bite me when I REALLY disappoint someone in the long term by dropping the ball later when it really matters. Which happens.

I'm sure this isn't a problem that only I have, because everyone I know is really busy. There are so many good ways to spend our time, and the challenge is to discern where spending our time and energy will make the biggest difference. I know I fall prey to comparing where I put my priorities to where someone else has theirs. If I don't prioritize getting to a meeting on time as much as someone else, I end up comparing my lateness to their early arrival and feeling crummy. I know that if I compare my failings to someone else's strengths, it's always a losing game, but I haven't ever considered the danger in comparing priorities. Sometimes it's really priorities that we compare and not abilities. I could do really well at a lot of things, but where I put my energy shows what is most important to me. And it's the same for everyone else.

So I think I need to keep looking for places to say no upfront and then practice doing it. Take the discomfort for the few seconds it takes to say, "I'm sorry, but I can't right now." And I also need to stop myself from comparing. I have got to remember that each of us has our own priorities. My priorities are where my strengths will show, and other people's priorities are where theirs will come out. If I want to do better at something, it will only come by bumping it up to one of the coveted first few priority slots. And if it can't fit in there, I need to let the guilt go. There's nothing more I can do.

I'd love to hear how you find ways to say no. How do you either fix or get over the discouragement that comes with being late or being the weak link?




Pre-Holiday Planning

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 JACKET (similar) // TEE (on sale!) // JEANS // SNEAKS // SUNNIES (on sale!) // EARRINGS (on sale!)

Hey, hey, Monday after a long weekend. Let me tell youI was not prepared for today. I got up early with good intentions, and then Abercrombie sucked me into their Cyber Monday sale, and next thing I knew it was time to get kids on the bus. And my blog posts weren't done, and the house was a wreck, and the N&S site wasn't updated. Yikes. Suddenly half my day is gone.

Anyways. It think I'm still in a leftover haze from eating Thanksgiving food and having my brain going in so many different directions. Work, Christmas shopping, regrouping after the holiday, and then taking care of kiddos. Tell me I'm not alone?!?

I think my best weapon this week will be guarding my time. And that takes a lot of discipline. As I consider what that looks like for me, I think it will mean less time browsing on my phone or the computer, being deliberate about time when Baker is napping or in the early mornings and evenings, and also sticking to my list. There are SO many distractions this time of year, and I need to be careful about where my energy goes. I also need to stick to my top priorities that shouldn't ever change regardless of the season, like personal study, family prayers, reading books at bedtime, and maybe even eating fruits and vegetables. ;)

What do you do to minimize the stress and distractions this time of year?

PS- Nickel & Suede is having a sale on all apparel- like this gray tee I'm wearing- and select earrings, today only. Head over there if you've been eyeing a camo tee or one of our graphic tees.





Cyber Monday

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There are so many sales going on this weekend and I've tried to refrain from posting about most of them. Basically everything you've had your eye on all year is on sale somewhere right now. BUT I have to share the sales that I'm shopping and that was J Crew on Friday (that sale is still going strong) and today it's Abercrombie and Fitch. I've heard buzzing about A&F recently reinventing their brand and hadn't made a point to revisit them. But today they have 50% off of everything, put free shipping. So I hopped on their site as I was browsing the Cyber Monday deals and holy cow, have they reinvented. Gone are the sexy and risque images. They've replaced the skimpy clothes with so many perfectly on trend, modern and appropriate clothing. I really had to narrow my cart down. I've rounded up my favorites below and I think you'll be as surprised as I was as you see what they have to offer. It's good. Really good. Scroll down to see my A&F picks as well as links to the rest of the sales today!







And because I love easy lists like these, here are the rest of today's deals in a nutshell. Happy Monday, happy shopping!


Abercrombie & Fitch // Entire Store 50% Off – Online Only! *Free Shipping on all orders 

ASOS //  20% off sitewide
CODE: THANKFUL30
Banana Republic // 50% off 5 regular-priced items sitewide
BaubleBar //  up to 35% off with code SAVE35
Chicwish // 25% off Sitewide
CODE: BLK25
Express // 50% off everything In Store and Sitewide + Free Shipping 

GAP // 50% off everything

CODE: CYBMON
H&M  // 30% off $100+ with code: 8284 / 25% off $50+ with code: 0275 / 20% off $50+ with code 5144 

J Crew  // 40% off with code: MONDAY


Madewell // 25% off purchase 

CODE: CYBERMONDAY

Nordstrom // Take an extra 20% off selected sale items

Old Navy- 50% off most items

Sole Society // 30% off everything
Steve Madden // 30% off + 30% off clearance
CODE: BACKINBLACK
Sorel- // 25% off plus free shipping

T3 // 25% off Sitewide
CODE: T3FRIDAY16



Black Friday Sales Alerts

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It's Black Friday! Most of the deals that you used to be able to only get in-store are now online too! I've rounded up the details on many of the stores you and I shop, including Nickel & Suede. ;)


Nickel & Suede - The first 100 orders over $100 will receive a $25 N&S credit to spend after 11/25/16.

ASOS //  30% off Sitewide and In Store 
CODE: THANKFUL30
Banana Republic // 50% off 5 regular-priced items sitewide
BaubleBar // 30% off purchases 
CODE: THANKS30
Chicwish // 25% off Sitewide
CODE: BLK25
Express // 50% off everything In Store and Sitewide + Free Shipping 

GAP // 50% off everything

CODE: TGIF50


Madewell // 25% off purchase 

CODE: THATSALE

Minted // 15% off no minimum, 20% off $150+ on holiday
DATE: 11/23-11/27
CODE: BF2016
// 20% off $150+ on holiday, wedding, and all gifts 
DATE: 11/23-11/28 
CODE: BF2017
Nordstrom // Take an extra 20% off selected sale items

Old Navy- 50% off most items

Sole Society // 30% off all footwear, select bags, and accessories
Steve Madden // 30% off + 30% off clearance
CODE: BACKINBLACK
Sorel- // 25% off plus free shipping

T3 // 25% off Sitewide
CODE: T3FRIDAY16
Urban Outfitters // Buy one get one 50% Off ALL apparel
Happy shopping! I'll keep posting deals as I find them on my FB page- so come follow along over there for real-time picks!

J Crew For You- 40% off

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The sales are starting, but the sale everyone is buzzing about right now is at J. Crew. They are offering 40% off of almost their entire site right now and sizes are going quickly. If you have a turkey cooking and time to shop from your phone, I'd recommend ordering early. I skimmed the site this morning and found my top picks for you below. Now to go finish checking out for myself!


Happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping!