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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale- Beauty Steals

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Happy Friday! We are still on the road- finally driving home from vacation but I wanted to pop in with a quick post of my favorite beauty products from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. You should know by now that I love to mix high and low end beauty products in my beauty routine. These four are products I already own or ordered because they are that good and are worth spending more on.

What other beauty products jumped out at you from the sale?


Three Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Mom

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A few weeks ago Grace asked me to share some thoughts about motherhood while she was on blogging maternity leave. I loved all of the advice she gathered from mommas all over the blog world and I thought I'd share my thoughts here as well. Motherhood throws more curve balls than I could possibly list, but here are three things that came to mind when I considered what I wish I had known before I became a mom. 


1. The art of not washing my hair every day. 
Oh, how I wish I head given this theory a shot earlier in life. Only in the last six months have I stopped washing my hair every day and let me tell you, it is SUCH a game changer. I had long hair until after I had my first baby and boy, did I love clean hair. I cut my hair into a bob three years ago and even with short hair, I hated not washing my hair. But I also hated the time it took every day to wash and dry and often straighten my hair. So many hours of my life wasted! By not washing my hair everyday now, I not only like how my hair styles better, but I get an extra 30 minutes back in my life on most days. And as a mom of three, almost four- 30 minutes is gold!
2. Your third child will be your easiest and your hardest. 
I think a lot of people will tell you this, but I didn't know why until I had my third. Transitioning to three kids was a big adjustment- a hard one. Three is just a lot of little people to keep track of and keep moving and keep alive. But once you get slightly adjusted to the fact that there are three, life is great! Baby number three is when you get to start to use all of that knowledge you have accumulated from the first two. For the lifespan of the first two kids, you've been working your way through parenting school. You've figured out feeding and sleeping and napping and not to say there won't be differences, but baby number three is when I felt like I had earned my parenting degree and could finally put it to use. You've been exposed to it all and the needs of a newborn or a three month old or a 10 month old don't phase you. And of course there is continuing education- you are always learning as a parent. But I'm glad we didn't stop at two. I'm glad we went for three (and now four) because parenting is extra awesome on the days when you feel like you've got the hang of it. 
3. Motherhood will make you a better version of yourself. 
Before I had Easton, our first child, I was accepted to Master's degree program at the University of Washington for dietetics. I wasn't planning on getting pregnant and it definitely altered my plans. I decided to forgo the program because I had planned on being a stay at home mom and couldn't see a baby and a 3+ year program working well together. I felt really lost and struggled for months with what I was going to do with the rest of my life. I kind of felt like my life was over- which sounds terrible- but I couldn't see my old plans working out with my current situation. And thank goodness they didn't. 
It took time but when Easton was about four or five months old I decided I wanted to start an Etsy shop. I poured hours into learning new skills like photography and selling products online. I felt my confidence and my capabilities grow as I was not only learning how to take care of this baby, my husband and our house- but also to manage my time so that I could fit in extra hobbies. That Etsy business ended up growing into my blog and now into my husband and I being self-employed full time by our jewelry business. Looking back, I can't believe the changes that have happened in just six years. People always ask how I do it all with three kids and I always say it's because I have three kids. I am more driven, more productive, more organized and happier as a mom of three kids than I would be if it were just me. I can't imagine having all of my time to myself- I would waste so much! I mean its not like I don't daydream about it sometimes, but...
Being a mom has pushed me in every way to be a better version of myself. It definitely wasn't the end of my life when I got pregnant- but very much the beginning. 

Double Fishtail for Short Hair- Easy Bob or Long Pixie Tutorial

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Today's short hair tutorial is doubling up on braids- or specifically fishtail braids. If one braid is good, two is better so we're throwing in two today. This style will work best on a bob or a long pixie that still has good length in the front, at least on one side.


Supplies needed:
Dry Shampoo (I also like this one.)
Bobby pins
Tiny clear elastics
Redken Shine Spray

To start you'll want dry, dirty hair. Clean hair will work, but you'll need to dirty it up a bit with dry shampoo. Dirty hair will need some dry shampoo too so go ahead and throw some on your roots, clean or dirty. 


Start your first braid, or fishtail about an inch back from your face. You can start next to your face, but leaving some hair loose in front is the look we styled today. This fishtail is a Dutch fishtail because you are braiding under to get a braid that is raised away from your head. Abby has a GREAT tutorial for the specifics of this braid you can watch here


Grab a small section and start braiding down, grabbing little sections to add to it as you go down. You'll be braiding towards your ear.


After about two inches, stop adding hair and just continue to braid down towards your ear.


Before you pin the braid, or after, you'll need to "pancake" it which basically means add volume to the braid. Lightly tug the outside of each section of the braid to loosen enough strands that it makes the parts of the braid look thicker than they actually are. 


Secure the end of the braid with a tiny clear elastic and get ready to start braid number two. You'll pin them after both braids are done.


Braid a second braid directly behind braid number one.


Secure both braids behind your ear with two bobby pins. Be sure to push the bobby pin up into the braid so that it hides. Then you'll want to tease the rest of your hair, especially at the crown to add a bit of volume. Style your remaining hair as usual, which may mean taking a flat iron to it and adding a little spray wax.


A shine spray is also a good idea. Dry shampoo can make your hair look dried out and frizzy, so topping this braided style with some shine spray can make it look less frizzy and more polished.



And that's it. There are lots of variations you could do with this, but the key to this style is that you have two separate braids that use very little hair, but that look like they use much more hair than they do. Also the pins and elastics we used to secure the hair are entirely hidden. 

Leave your questions below and be sure to tag me on social media if you give this double braid tutorial a try!

Black and White and Bright

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TEE- Target (similar) // SKIRT- Ruby Claire Boutique c/o // SHOES- Thrifted (Target) // CLUTCH- Ruby Claire Boutique c/o // CUFF- N&S // EARRINGS- N&S (Signature Silver Cut Out- large)
Photo Credit- Sarah Sweeney
Hair Tutorial: here

I mentioned yesterday that I've been warming up to pink a bit- but today I guess I'm fully committing.  When this coral skirt arrived in the mail I didn't quite expect it to be so bright- but I decided to embrace it and styled it anyways. And I actually love how it turned out! For me the key to styling something really bright is to tone it down with a big dose of neutrals. I could also see styling this skirt with gray or basic white tee, a big straw beach bag and flat beaded sandals. 
This clutch however is just the black clutch I've had my eye out for. I love the woven faux leather details on one side and the big tassel on the zipper. This is a small bag that has personality but still goes with everything- dressed up or down. 

Both the skirt and the clutch are from Ruby Claire Boutique - an online boutique owned by two sisters in Utah. I met them at ALT and was instantly impressed with the duo. They are smart women who have a passion and a drive for what they are doing. Having started our own business, I have such an admiration for other women and husband and wife teams that go after a dream and turn it into an income. It's not for everyone, or possible for everyone, but its an awesome thing and well worth supporting. We think so anyways.... ;)

Summer Style in Paisley and Pink

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TEE- Stitch Fix Maternity // PANTS- H&M (similar) // SHOES- Thrifted (similar) // CUFF- N&S // EARRINGS- N&S (Warm Gold- large) // Watch- Jord
Photo Credit- Sarah Sweeney
Pink is a color that I don't have a lot of, but seems to keep popping up this Summer. I think it will be an unexpected trending color this Fall as well and even I'm warming up to it a bit. These pants have a hint of pink and mixed in with rust, navy, and mustard- I'm on board with it. 
Do you wear a lot of pink? What shade are you drawn to?

Sunday Style- Feeling Good

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 DRESS- Stitch Fix Maternity // SHOES- thredUp // BAG- Nordstrom // EARRINGS- N&S (Brown Cut Out-large) // CUFF- N&S // WATCH- Jord

As a style blogger, I'm constantly looking at photos of myself and scrutinizing them as I decide which to share and which to delete. It's not the fun part of the job, because I am my own worst critic. And I'm pretty nice to myself, but as someone who is constantly striving to improve and do better- I get frustrated with myself most days. 

So it is SO NICE when photos pop up that make me feel good. Unusual- but SO NICE. Usually most of the photos we take are outtakes and full of awkward poses, bad lighting, dumb faces or glares. But this week- the photos all turned out great. I felt good in this dress when I wore it- but it did feel a little tight so I was somewhat self conscious in it all day. But looking at photos now, I'm so happy with how I wore it. And the lighting in the photos. And my poses. I did good! And sometimes you just need to pat yourself on the back. So today I'm patting. Good job Kilee.

What are you hard on yourself about? How do you find ways to give yourself some grace?