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Nickel & Suede Holiday Sale

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I have exciting news to announce today! Nickel & Suede will be having its big Holiday Sale THIS weekend! Starting tomorrow, November 21, and running through Sunday, November 23, all of the items on our site will be on sale! We will not be offering Black Friday sales- this is our Not-Black-Friday-Sale. We want to spend next weekend with our families and to give you the chance to purchase (and receive) your Nickel & Suede packages with plenty of time to spare before Christmas. This will be our only big sale this season- no Black Friday sales- this is it!

We are so thankful for so many of you that have already shared Nickel & Suede with your family and friends. You are the reason that we have orders to fill and we can't wait for you to be able to gift our earrings this Chistmas. I know that is what everyone on my list is gettin'. ;) So get your list ready and your cart full because tomorrow is the day!

What I Wore- Elbow Patches

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Elbow patch sweater, dark denim and camo leather earrings

Elbow patch sweater, dark denim and camo leather earrings

Elbow patch sweater, dark denim and camo leather earrings

Elbow patch sweater, dark denim and camo leather earrings
SWEATER- Nu-Mod, TEE- Downeast Basics, JEANS- Old Navy, BOOTS- Enzo Angiolini (similar), EARRINGS- Nickel & Suede

I've been loving elbow patches for what seems like forever now and I don't think that will change any time soon. The black patches on this sweater add so much character to an otherwise basic mocha sweater. At Target this week they had their toddler boy's sweaters B1G1 50% off and I got sucked into a few sweaters for my boys. I felt much better about my purchases when I got home and discovered almost all of the sweaters have elbow patches. And while we are on the subject of Target- I picked up a few lip pencils as well and they both are amazing- Rich Red and Nearly Nude. I was happy with my Target experience, but not all of my shopping companions were as thrilled- silly kids.

We have a busy day ahead getting ready for our next Nickel & Suede holiday shopping event. If you are local we'd love to have you come out. There will be food, drinks, a photo booth and great shopping with other Kansas City companies.



What I Wore- Furry Momma

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Fur jacket, graphic tee, dark denim and black slip on sneakers

Fur jacket, graphic tee, dark denim and black slip on sneakers

Fur jacket, graphic tee, dark denim and black slip on sneakers

Fur jacket, graphic tee, dark denim and black slip on sneakers

Fur jacket, graphic tee, dark denim and black slip on sneakers

Fur jacket, graphic tee, dark denim and black slip on sneakers

SHIRT- Old Navy // JACKET- Thrifted (H&M) // PANTS- Gap // SHOES- Gap // EARRINGS- Nickel & Suede
Photography- One Sparrow Creative

When I wore this (thrifted!) jacket home from taking photos the other day Knox greeted me so sweetly. He immediately let out an "ooo ooo ooooo!" and reached out to pet me. He has always loved soft and furry things more than my other boys ever did so it melts my heart when he reacts that way. He does the same thing when he walks into my closet and see my fur vests or sees a furry hood on a coat at the store. I know where he gets it because I sure love soft things too!

One of my favorite textures to wear is fur and it is everywhere this year. I love fur vests, fur scarves and fur jackets. Because fur can sometimes feel too dressy for everyday wear, favorite way to wear it is to pair it with simple and casual pieces. I loved pairing pieces like this fur coat with graphic tees, sweatshirts, distressed denim and slip on sneakers. If you are looking for a fur jacket this year (trust me- you are) I've found quite a few that I love. Forever 21 has a huge selection if you want to try the trend for cheap or you can try Nordstrom's selection for a few nicer options. You can see my favorites in the widget below.

Have you added fur to your wardrobe? How are you wearing it?





Beauty Product Review- Clarisonic Mia 2

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I reviewed the Clarisonic® Mia 2 Facial Sonic Cleansing Device as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars- but as always all opinions are my own. #soniclove

Clarisonic Mia 2 Review #soniclove

For the last few years- the Clarisonic has been on my wish list for Christmas. I had heard amazing things about the past models and having never spent a lot of effort on my skin, I wanted to see what it could do for me. Obviously Santa never delivered, but this year I've taken the matter into my own hands. When offered the chance to review the Clarisonic Mia 2 I jumped and of course I wanted to pass on my opinions as you make your Christmas list this year.

If you've never tried a facial cleaning device, I've got a quick little tutorial for you- with pictures!

Clarisonic Mia 2 Review #soniclove

1. First wet your face with warm water and apply the cleansing gel that comes in the Clarisonic kit. It only comes with a small tube and a full size tube will set you back $25 when you need a refill. I like the Clarisonic gel, but I may try other cleaners with it as well before I replenish my tube. I used about a dime size of gel and just applied it evenly to my face.

2. The electric face brush has two speed settings and for the first few times I used it I kept it on the lower speed. When you begin, you start on your forehead and move the brush in small circles for twenty seconds. The brush doesn't scrub or spin, it kind of vibrates and it feels really good. After twenty seconds the vibrations will pause signalling you to move to your nose and chin for the next twenty seconds. This is when it feels crazy!

Clarisonic Mia 2 Review #soniclove

On my first try I almost couldn't handle it on my nose because it was vibrating it so much. It tickled and felt so crazy! Clearly my picture illustrates that. But after that initial shock I backed off a bit and its felt fine. Just beware that it tickles!

Clarisonic Mia 2 Review #soniclove

3. The vibrations will pause again and you then have ten seconds to do one cheek and ten to do the other. And that is it!

I had a few partners in crime while testing out this lovely beauty product- a messy faced baby and my camera man hubby.

Clarisonic Mia 2 Review #soniclove

After we took my photos while testing, Soren decided he wanted a turn. He lathered up and scrubbed away too.

Clarisonic Mia 2 Review #soniclove

Clarisonic Mia 2 Review #soniclove

And our opinion? We loved it. Of course we did.The Clarisonic definitely delivers a clean and soft face. I've been using it about three times a week and my complexion really does look and feel better. And given the many, many nights that I go to bed without removing my makeup or most days that I don't drink enough water- I can use all of the help that I can get.

This is definitely a great product to add to your Christmas list and your beauty routine this year. They aren't kidding when they claim it cleans 6x better than typical face washing with your hands. I love how it has helped my skin and you know this is as close to a facial as I'll be getting in the near future. I think Soren put it best when he said his face felt like it had been to the dentist- in the best way possible. You know that fresh, super clean, crisp feeling your mouth has when you leave a teeth cleaning? That is what your skin feels like after a sonic cleaning from a Clarisonic.

Have you tried the Clarisonic Mia 2? Will it be on your list this year?

Sunday Style- Burnt Sienna and Cream

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Textured Pearl leather earrings- Nickel & Suede

Burnt orange blouse and cream lace skirt with nude heels

Burnt orange blouse and cream lace skirt with nude heels

It got cold here this week. Like really cold. I may have to bust out the tights soon and I am really not a tight-wearer. We had a great weekend here waiting for snow. (These pictures were taken last weekend...) The weather forecasted a storm yesterday but we only saw a few flakes and busted out our snow gear for nothing. Thankfully we still had a great day. The kids played and watched the new favorite DVD in the house- How to Train Your Dragon 2. Soren and I shipped an insane amount of orders and then we all packed up and headed to the post office and the store. We stocked up at Aldi and Sam's Club while Soren worked out at the gym and then we came home to clean up from the day and eat Rotisserie chicken dinner from Sam's. We played Duck, Duck Goose (Knox's favorite game) and wrestled/tickled everyone and that ended the day. (Once the kids are in bed I get back to work.)

I can't put a finger on it, but it was just such a good day. We worked hard, played together and our family just felt....good. Sometimes I think we don't do enough elaborate things with our kids or we need to make up for working so much but really all we need is time together to recharge. That could be working together, grocery shopping together or playing silly games. As long as we are supporting each other, encouraging each other and trying to be patient- we can have a good day. I'm so thankful for the days that go that way- and the ones that don't. Around here I'm always trying to figure out what is balanced and what isn't and we never get it all right- but we get some of it right.

I hope you have some quality time with your loved ones today- that's the stuff that counts!



Shirt- Stitch Fix
Skirt- Shop Wild Souls c/o
Shoes- Old Navy
Earrings- Nickel & Suede- Textured Pearl

What I Wore- Friday Night Date Night

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Lace trimmed sweater, Nickel & Suede Nude Leather earrings

Lace trimmed sweater, Nickel & Suede Nude Leather earrings

Lace trimmed sweater, Nickel & Suede Nude Leather earrings


Lace trimmed sweater, Nickel & Suede Nude Leather earrings

Lace trimmed sweater, Nickel & Suede Nude Leather earrings

We haven't always been successful at dating as a married couple and I'd say we are still working on it. We aren't consistent in going and there aren't many things we both like to do. Usually the pressure and expectation (on my end) of a "DATE" is what ends up ruining things. We end up fighting, I'm frustrated and the night gets wasted. It's taken 8 years, but I think I'm learning to chill out about date night finally.

Over past few months we've been participating in a date night co-op with two other couples. We each take a turn watching all of the kids one Friday a month and then get to go out two other Friday nights a month. Its been a good chance for us to have a few successful dates where the biggest hurdle is taken care of- childcare. Once the babysitting has been taken care of- there is the question of what to do? Lately we've had success expanding our definition of a date as well as doing the classic-but-they-work type of dates. Here are a few not-ground-breaking dates that have worked for us lately.

1. Dinner somewhere new. We finally tried a sushi place in town a few weeks back and it was yummy. We both like sushi but hadn't gone for a long time. We ended up talking business while we were there- but it was in a dream about the future sort of way and we both enjoyed it.
2. A movie. This is has has been our fall back for a long time because you don't have to talk to each other (ie: can't get in an arguement). I hate paying for movies in theaters, but getting out of the house together is worth paying for. Usually we can find a movie we both like versus finding a different activity that we both like.
3. Working out. We have started working out together recently and honestly I feel like its a date. The gym has childcare and if we do the same workout we get to spend an 45 min to an hour together. We used to do this in college when we were first married all of the time and so it feels good to go back and do something we used to enjoy together.
4. Starting an old TV series together. We have had luck with shows like 24 in the past where we can watch entire old seasons together. Lately we started Veronica Mars from season 1 and both really like it. We watch it at night on Amazon Prime while we work downstairs and its fun to have a running show that we watch together.
5.

I don't think we have a fifth yet. I'm not going to pretend we have a fabulous dating life or that we have the best relationship either. Dating is hard for us and well most things that we do together are. That is what happens when two opposites of opposites marry each other. But awesome things also happen- like super cool kids and creative business ideas.

I'd love to hear your date night tips! What has been successful for you? Do you have plans tonight?



// Outfit Details //
Sweater- Nu-Mod (sold out) (similar, similar)
Pants- Lucky Brand
Shoes- Old Navy
Earrings- Nickel & Suede
Clutch- Forever 21

What I Wore- Cat Lady Uniform

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Nickel & Suede leopard scarf, gray sweatshirt and black slip on sneakers

Nickel and Suede Gold Leather Cut Out Earrings

Nickel and Suede Gold Leather Cut Out Earrings

Nickel and Suede Gold Leather Cut Out Earrings

If you were wondering what my daily uniform is- it definitely looks like this. Obviously Nickel & Suede everything- but the general gist of it can apply to you too. Soft and comfortable sweatshirt, warm infinity scarf, comfortable boyfriend jeans and slip on sneakers. Of course leopard print is mixed in there and big (leather) earrings are also musts. 

You may have seen on Instagram that we got a kitten last week. It arrived five minutes before we were running out the door to our Nickel & Suede party and promptly got sent home with the neighbor girls to be babysat. We came home to the sweetest little striped kitten and the whole family fell in love. The next day we spent too long on Google trying to determine whether it was a boy or a girl. (Not a pleasant Google image search.) We "think" it's a boy and we were a little bummed because we really wanted a girl. Surprised? Apparently we just don't do girls around here. 

Once we found out it was a boy we started thinking about getting his sibling as well. There was one other kitten left in the litter after we chose ours kitten and based on previous experience, we know kittens do better when they have a friend. We got two kittens two years ago, but one of them disappeared back in August. We still have Gunner- our adult male cat, but he wasn't real thrilled about befriending our new kitten. We were able to call around and found the other kitten was still available. Thankfully! We picked "her" (we think) up and brought her home too. And then we bought a sign that says "Crazy Cat Family" for the front door. 

Kidding. Kidding. But really we have three boys. And three cats- which might also all be boys. But we they are all the sweetest kids and kittens around. We definitely are a boy family. And a cat family. And a mess. But I guess that's life. 




Shirt- Nickel & Suede
Scarf- Nickel & Suede
Jeans- Stitch Fix (Boyfriend- Kut from the Kloth)
Shoes- GAP
Earrings- Nickel & Suede