Friday, August 18, 2017

baby room decor

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I just realized I haven't posted in 2 weeks... I'm blaming baby brain, the fact that we just bought a new house, and that work has been crazy... honestly I could keep going on and on with excuses, so I'll just stop there. I'm down to single digit weeks until baby girl McClure gets here, so babies are ON the brain, which brings me to today's post! I'm talking all about how I want to decorate the nursery!

Honestly when I first started my registry, I didn't have a clue what I all needed. Thankfully most places pretty much map it out for you. I'd be lying if I said I didn't have to Google what most things were, but I'm assuming as a new mama, Google is going to become my BFF. I knew I always wanted to have the nursery be grey and white with pops of pink and gold, so I'm sharing some of my big items, and once we get in to our new house I can figure out the rest of the decor. The carpet and walls are grey in the new baby room, so the white crib, dresser/changing table and this rug will work perfectly. I love that this rug is a little funky for a baby room, and it will be easy to continue to use as she gets older. Baby girl already has so many cute toys, but this plush unicorn and gold metallic balloon dog fit the pink and gold theme perfectly! I'm also in love with this rocker chair and ottoman combo. And how cute are these crib sheets!?

I honestly don't even care if the rest of the house is put together before baby comes, as long as the nursery is done! If you have any suggestions on anything we absolutely HAVE to have, let me know in the comments below! We definitely have a lot to figure out in the next 9 weeks! Thanks for reading! XO

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Friday, August 4, 2017

last minute #nsale finds

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I'm just going to cut straight to the chase - unless you've been hiding under a rock, you know that Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is coming to an end this weekend, and if you're anything like me, you've waited until the very last minute to do any sort of shopping! I've picked out some great items that are still available, some in limited colors or sizes, so get over to Nordstrom and pick up some last minute deals - the sale ends Sunday!

Also check out what's left of my ultimate under $100 guide in this post here, and some great home items in this post here! And let me know what you scored from the sale! Thanks for reading! XO

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

summer layers

dress (non-maternity), also similar here and here | cover-up (sold out), also love this one, this one and this one | shoes | sunglasses, also similar here

I bought this cover-up for our vacation to Palm Springs that we didn't end up going on, but instead of returning it I wanted to figure out how to wear it back in Iowa... plus I know it will come in handy for many vacations to come! I love the tropical print and the colors, and it's definitely light enough to layer over a dress - and light layers are essential while being pregnant in these hot summer months!


This outfit was perfect for a casual summer date night with my hubby. We live right on the Mississippi River, so we visited Go Fish Marina Bar and Grill a couple towns away and sat outside where the hubs had a beer and a burger and I had fish and chips. And the margaritas looked so good! We usually love to explore and check out new places, but I've been so boring since I've been pregnant, so it was nice to get out and about. This restaurant and the ambiance were perfect for a nice summer night - it almost felt like we were on vacation!

What's your favorite summer layering piece? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading! XO

Thursday, July 27, 2017

oh baby | baby shower details

dress (maternity) | earrings | shoes
ribbon backdrop made by me with ribbon from Hobby Lobby and balloons from Target

Today I'm sharing the details of my baby shower that I planned with the help of four of my closest friends. I decided to help plan because I love to plan parties and I'm a bit of a control freak - I had a vision and I wanted it to go exactly how I imagined it! While things didn't go exactly as planned (they never do for me!) I couldn't have asked for a more perfect day! Even though everyone there had to travel at least an hour to be there, most of my closest friends and family were able to make it - and baby McClure and I were definitely feeling the love! 

My friends have made jokes about how Lauren Conrad came out with a maternity line while I was pregnant and how I must have planned it because I love LC, so naturally I had to wear this adorable dress from her maternity line, and even though it's maternity I definitely think it can be worn post-baby! And I had to pair it with these blush shoes and pink ball drop earrings to match the pink theme! Keep scrolling to see pics and more details from the party!

banners from Bannerize on Etsy (in rose gold)

I love Etsy for party planning, and I've found some great little shops in my research. I got a custom banner from Bannerize for my best friend's bachelorette party a while ago (see the deets in this post here) and I was so pleased the first time that I decided to use them again. Excellent customer service, quality products, and great pricing! Check them out here for their custom banners and other party decor! I'm sure this will not be the last time you see their decor on my blog!

What we ate, drank and indulged on:
Walking Taco Bar
Mock Pink Champagne (non-alcoholic - recipe below)
Sweet Tea
Mini Cupcakes
M&M Cookies
Pink Starburst treat bags

{My girlfriends Lindsay and Aubrey and twin sister Alyson taking a selfie in front of the DIY ribbon and balloon photo backdrop that I made - these were three of the four girls who helped make this day go off without a hitch - the fourth had a baby just days before and wasn't able to make it, but she was there in spirit and helped so much! We also got to meet her babe (who is baby McClure's future bestie!) shortly after the shower!}


My invite had an illustration of a cake with these sparklers on it, so I had to have them as decor at my shower. I was excited when I finally found them at TOPS Malibu's online store. I reached out to them and they had great customer service and sent me the sparklers along with the confetti popper that I used for my gender reveal in this post here. They have tons of great party decor and they already have me thinking about details for my next party! 

I have been a fan of Scratch Cupcakes since they opened a shop in my hometown, and I was happy to see that they made mini cupcakes! My best friend chose the flavors and they were all so delicious, and I loved that they were able to make them pink for baby girl! The flavors pictured above from top to bottom were:

Oh Happy Day - made with pink sprinkles
Wedding Day - a little off topic, but my favorite of their cupcakes, and they were able to make them with pink frosting!
White Chocolate Raspberry - I'm not normally a fan chocolate and fruit, but these were SO good!

Mock Pink Champagne from 7up.com (non-alcoholic) | Straws from pomtree on Etsy

I got a sample of this mocktail while I was grocery shopping one day and I took the recipe knowing I had to recreate it for a party, and it ended up being the perfect mocktail for my shower! It was so good and was a hit - and if I wasn't pregnant I'd definitely add some champs to it! Click the link above for the recipe!

{diaper bouquet made by my friend Alison - find the instructions here}

{Centerpieces using upcycled McClure's Pickles jars with faux flowers from Hobby Lobby, linens, tables and chairs from Big Ten Rental}

{Big brother Fletch couldn't help but try to be the center of attention at the party!}

The party was a major success thanks to everyone involved and I would have lost my mind if it wasn't for my best friend Lindsay being here all the way from Dallas and my husband Brian helping me set everything up. The party was supposed to be outside, but last minute we changed it to inside because it was so incredibly hot out, and it all ended up being perfect. Even if it didn't go as planned, just being surrounded by friends and family celebrating baby girl McClure made it success enough. She is definitely going to be one spoiled and stylish little girl, and we cannot wait to meet her in 12 short weeks! Thanks for reading! XO

Friday, July 21, 2017

#NSale | home

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The Nordstrom #NSale is ON in full force with public access starting today, and I've gathered up a few of my favorite home items for you guys! This was my favorite portion of the sale to shop, because my husband and I are currently searching for a new home (yes, again!) so I love looking through the home section - especially when it's on sale! My mind is currently set on baby room - so that's why you're seeing mostly pink and gold!

Now that the sale is open to the public, things are going to go quick, so if you weren't already prepared for the sale, get over to Nordstrom and get your items before they sell out! And be sure to bookmark things that are sold out, and keep checking back on them - they could do restocks on some items!

Check out this post here for my ultimate #NSale guide under $100, including shoes, tops, bottoms and dresses! Don't forget - sale ends 8/6! And as always, happy shopping! XO