Thursday, September 22, 2016

my everyday style: just buy the boots already with Nordstrom!

Boot season is my jam... ankle boots, riding boots and now over-knee-boots.  I'm love 'em all.  I'll wear them all.  I want them all. I was riding the fence on the over-the-knee boots for a while.  But when I tried these boots on last season I knew I wanted/coveted/had-to-have them... but I passed.  Then I couldn't stop thinking about these darn boots - so when I started my fall shopping I knew it was time to press play on these babies.

Of course when I went to buy a pair of over the knee boots I knew to go straight to Nordstrom's shoe department.  They ALWAYS have what I am looking for and at all styles and price points. I went for a flat pair of over the knee boots at a mid-range price.  But I love the high heeled version too (it's just not practical for me) and if you want something a little less expensive or more along the lines of a splurge - they've got that too! Whatever your boot dreams are... Nordie's has you covered.

I basically plan on wearing these with skinny jeans and sweaters ALL winter long.  Since I'm a little early on the over-the-knee-boot-season... I went with white jeans and a short sleeve poncho (which is so sadly sold out, I've linked to similar ones below and hopefully they restock!) for this look.  These babies are going to be great with leggings or if you are a dress person - with dresses too - all fall and winter.  Plus, this pair happens to be water-proof suede - PERFECT for Michigan winters.

(Photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

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This post was created in collaboration with Nordstrom.  All opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

on my radar: september 2016!

You guysssss!!!! I am LOVING September so far... what about you?  The cool mornings and warm afternoons are what dreams are made of.   It's definitely time for Michigan to show off with it's  leaves changing and apple orchards bursting with fruit.  Plus, it seriously helps that my kiddos are back in school and this momma FINALLY has some time to work, work out and just BE without someone complaining or running in and out of the house 20 times a day.

And of course, you know, fall fashion.  Duh.  Is it me or are the gettings REALLY good this fall? I'm trying my best to hold off on sweaters and boots (and mostly failing) in order to really savor the amazing September weather and leave all the boot wearing for October, November and basically forever until spring.

Here are a few fun things on my radar this month... I hope you love them as much as I do!

I'm loving the limited edition Beautycounter for Target, I just snagged this charcoal mask and it's amazing! (Wondering what the difference is between the BC for Target collection and the regular BC? NOTHING!  BC for Target are just smaller sizes and special BC for Target packaging.  The products are the same.  So the BC for Target products are perfect for trying something new... ! If you want to know more about Beautycounter and why I love them... read this!)

Scarf season is HERE ladies!  I'm going to kick off the season in style... I'm loving this navy and red plaid version.  It's perfect for early fall.

Quite possibly the most perfect fall earring ever. 

I am already craving all the plaid shirts for fall... how about you?

J.Crew is at Nordstrom! Have you heard? You can get your favorite J.Crew pieces with Nordstrom's free shipping and awesome customer service.  I love this classic blazer, which I own in navy, but may need in camel too!

Currently obsessed with this cashmere cardigan - swoon! Can this just magically appear in my closet? Mmmm, k.

After falling in love with this pair of boyfriend jeans, I'm loving these distressed skinny jeans by the same brand! (Plus, they are under $70!)

My current shoe obsession... these flats (plus, they are 25% off right now)! I'm trying to wait on boots until October or November - which isn't proving to be easy! So I'm distracting myself with flats in the meantime...

I'm really loving army green bags for fall... this tote is definitely on my wishlist!  Are you a "big" or a "small" bag kind of gal? I love the look of small bags, but often times feel like I don't use them as much.  I do love this small bag though! In real life I always like my bag to be able to fit a book in it (nerd alert!).

Monday, September 19, 2016

my everyday style: more boyfriend jeans for fall with Topshop & Nordstrom!

Remember these boyfriend jeans?  I love them so much I just had to style them up twice.  Last time I went dressier with a blouse and wedge heel... but for today I took them more in an casual direction.  Suede moto jackets are right on trend for fall and I love how this navy moto jacket by Topshop at Nordstrom is part trendy with it's fresh silhouette and part classic with the navy hue.

Here I paired my Topshop boyfriend jeans with a moto jacket, chambray oxford and simple pink flats.   I absolutely love this outfit combo... the layers are perfect for cool mornings and warm fall afternoons.  Since this top was a little long on me I decided to tie the shirt ends instead of tucking it in and I love the way it looks.  The tie adds a fun small detail.   I can definitely see already that this moto jacket will be getting lots of wear this season...

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Suede Moto Jacket, Topshop @ Nordstrom
Chambray Top, Topshop @ Nordstrom
Boyfriend Jeans, Topshop @ Nordstrom
Flats, Sam Edelman
Bag, Rebecca Minkoff

This post created in collaboration with Nordstrom. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

my everyday style: best beauty buys with Nordstrom!

I'm the first to admit that when it comes to beauty I have a lot to learn!   Since I sometimes feel lost in the beauty isles, my work-around is to try as many different products as I can and learn along the way.  It's fun to splurge on new beauty products, but not so fun to have invested in a full size product only to learn it's not exactly what you had in mind.  So I have a little secret to "trying" the best in beauty without having to fully commit to purchasing a full size product first.

You want to know my little trick?

I scour the "gift sets" for smaller sizes of the products I want to try... they usually feature several of a brands most popular products at a discounted price and without the potential waste of buying full sized products only to realize they may not be for you.  It never fails that I find exactly what I like - and maybe more! - and THEN go back and buy the full size.  Have you ever tried this?

Take the Bare Minerals "Moxie" lip glosses.  These are one of my favorite lip glosses, I've been using them for a few years. I love how soft they are and that they have a great minty flavor.  But to pick out one or two colors in the full sized tubes leaves me feeling a little lost.  How to choose? They all look so perfect! Enter the gift set of miniature lip glosses (shop similar here)!  Not only do I get to try the colors I wanted, but a few extra too... then I can use them for a few weeks and decide which ones I absolutely love before I go back to buy the full size.  And on top of it all, aren't these little guys the cutest?

I love that Nordstrom stocks TONS of gift sets from fragrance, to haircareskincare, suncare and makeup!  They are the perfect solution for this beauty rookie.  I can try a bunch of new products, find exactly what I love and then repeat the whole process over again!

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

fall must haves 2016!

Each fall on the blog I like to pull together the ultimate round up of this season's must have items for your closet. The weather is still pretty warm here in the midwest so it's almost impossible to start thinking about plaid shirts, knee high boots and suede jackets QUITE yet... but it's coming friends.  The cool weather will be here (unfortunately) before we know it and when it does arrive we want to be ready!

Today's round up is all about the must-haves for all. Moody colors, denim, suede and layers take center stage this time of year.  These pieces are easy to wear and to mix and match to make getting dressed this fall super simple and stylish.

Some of my favorite pieces see are the bell sleeve blouse, which is perfect for layering under a utility vest or on it's own to the office or for a night out paired with the lace up flats   The graphic tee is perfect for layering under the suede moto jacket or the long cardigan with ankle boots   And the plaid top is perfect with black leather-like jeans and pair of over the knee boots.  What are your favorite fall combos?

Monday, September 12, 2016

my everyday style: work it girl with the Naturalizer "Michelle"!

Being self employed my "work" wear is often times quite casual... but hey, I do still have a business to run and every #girlboss knows when to ditch the sweaty work out clothes and pjs and get down to business.  Whenever I've got an important meeting or event to attend the power shoes come out! 

This fall I am partnering with Naturalizer to feature their "Michelle" pump.  Arguably the most comfortable pump I've ever worn, the Michelle was designed with superior cushioning and balance support along side great style.  I love the classic lines of this simple black pump, especially the modest heel with a slight platform to make it easy to wear and oh so flattering.  They are the perfect black pump that every gal should own.  Plus, I had a major Cinderella moment when I slipped this shoe on and it felt just perfect.  I invite you to shop the Michelle pump yourself and see if you have a similar Cinderella-meets-#girlboss moment like me!   Stay tuned next month to see how I give this classic spin a date night flare - I think you will love it!

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Shoes, Naturalizer - courtesy of Naturalizer
Top, H&M (similar)
Leather Leggings, LOFT (similar or similar)
Jacket, Gap (similar or similar)
Bag, Rebecca Minkoff (similar or similar)
Sunglasses, Warby Parker (similar or similar)
Earrings, via Rocksbox - use code: JILLBFF4 for a FREE month (similar or similar)

This post is sponsored by Naturalizer, all opinions are my own.

Friday, September 9, 2016

friday free for all: 5 things you (maybe!) didn't know about me as a blogger!

Today I am mixing a special Friday cocktail of the usual outfit post with a 'free for all Friday' post.  I thought it would be fun to get a little personal and let you in on 5 things you maybe didn't know about me as a blogger.  While we also chat up how I am not quite ready to leave behind open toe shoes and white jeans for fall yet...

1. The first thing you would probably be very surprised to know about me is that I an introvert.  It took me several of my adult years to figure out why I was so drained after a social event or why making small talk at a cocktail mixer gave me a sense of dread and anxiety, while many of my friends and my husband are so good at it.  I took a personality test and realized I have an introverted personality and then the figurative lightbulb flashed on.  I'm just not wired to be ultra social unless I am in a small group of people I know well. Blogging is an odd job combination for my personality type then - but thankfully I have a photographer that brings me out of my shell a bit and I usually politely decline 'networking' events to save my sanity.  Weird, maybe? But I can live with it.  It is also why I read so much, if I've had to be extra "social" or extroverted for a day I can take time to rejuvenate myself with a little time in a book. 

2. I've been blogging for over 8 years.  (Eight!?!?)  That sounds like forever... doesn't it? Before Facebook had "Pages", before Twitter, before Instagram, before Pinterest, Snapchat, etc etc... the list goes on. I'm very thankful I got in on the ground floor.  Although it made for weird conversations with some friends and family at the time.  A what!?!? What's a blog!?!? Now I can say that I blog for a living and maybe get a few sideways glances, but nothing like 8 years ago. Another fun fact, I also had a different blog before this one.  It's long shuttered, but just remember that if at first you don't succeed: try, try again. 

3. Speaking of blogging for a living. Blogging is actually my "job."  I think a lot of people think since I'm a mom I just do blogging on the "side" or as a "hobby" or "isn't it so cute Jill has a blog?" It's true I often make it look effortless to friends and family since my schedule is super flexible, but I still log the hours and do the work - even if it's the wee hours of the morning or night or all afternoon on a Sunday to catch up.  If I didn't blog for a living I would have a different job because giving my fair share to the family finances is important to me.  As a mom, I am SUPER thankful I stuck it out in the blogging industry after 8 years of ups and downs.  Now my job pays well with great hours and allows me to take care of my kiddos and support my husband in his career which is very demanding lately.  

4. I take sponsored posts very seriously.  I think bloggers easily get a bad rap that they gets "tons of free stuff" or just take whatever money whatever brands throw at them.  For this blog that couldn't be further from the truth.  I rarely get free stuff and when I do, I make sure it's something I would have spent my own hard earned money on myself.  I get probably 8-10 junk proposals a day for the weirdest products people want featured on the blog (e-cigarettes, feminine products, baby clothes giveaways - what!?!?!) that don't even fit the vibe of this blog at all.  If I don't love it... it doesn't show up here.  The end.  That way when you see a sponsored post or a free product I've featured you know that it's gone through rigorous screening and thought.  I need to make money here on this space of the internet... but not at all costs. 

5. I worry about getting "old" in the biz.  It seems like there is a fresh crop of young and gorgeous bloggers popping up everyday all day.  At almost 40 years old it can be really intimidating.  I feel young (until I see a college age kid and they look like one step up from a toddler!)... but hey, the reality is I'm still getting older every day.  I think most women worry about their age and there is added pressure when your looks are tied to your career.  I am trying to be super level headed about it though.  Lately I've been contemplating lasers, botox, injections, etc but I want to make sure I am doing those things because they are what I truly want to do and not doing them just to make sure I look good for the blog.  It's important to keep it real for me... plus, (hate to break it to you) you lovely ladies are aging everyday with me.  My hope is we can all do it gracefully together.  Deal?

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Jeans, Gap (no longer available, love these!)
Bag, Rebecca Minkoff
Wedges, J.Crew - on super sale! Also, FYI I went down a full size on these.
Sunglasses, Tory Burch

Thursday, September 8, 2016

my everyday (hair) style: no-fuss hair styling with Nordstrom!

I love beauty products as much as the next gal... and I'm even known to do a little product hoarding now and then.  But I am also not super "beauty" literate... meaning, I'm not some whiz with hair or makeup.  God just did not give me those natural talents in the beauty department like some of those amazing you-tuber gals that we all know and love.

I need easy to use and fool-proof beauty solutions that I can count on for rushed mornings in my bathroom.  And another one of my 'minimalist' beauty tricks? I order a lot of products online!  I never seem to fine the extra time in my day to stop at multiple stores to stock up on my favorite products.  I just head to Nordstrom to order up my beauty standbys and then they are all conveniently delivered to my home.  With no extra errands or effort.

I've long been a fan of Aveda.  Their products are easy to use and smell so, so good.  And I love that Nordstrom carries all my favorite Aveda products.  While I am shopping for the latest shoes, jeans and handbags I can easily pop whatever beauty products I am low on in my Nordstrom shopping cart as well.  How easy is that!?!

My daily styling routine goes as follows... after washing my hair I use aveda 'smooth infusion'  to calm frizz and help make blow-drying it super easy.  Then I curl it using a wide curling iron.  Once the curls are set, I spray them with aveda 'air control' hairspray before I run my fingers through the curls.  Then for a finishing touch I use a tiny amount of aveda 'shampure' dry shampoo at the roots.  The following day I usually don't wash it so I touch up the curls as needed and repeat the aveda 'air control' hairspray and aveda 'shampure' dry shampoo routine again. Super easy, no?

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