Big Mama https://thebigmamablog.com the big mama blog Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:42:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Fashion Friday: Edition it has been raining for approximately 800 days https://thebigmamablog.com/24377/fashion-friday-edition-it-has-been-raining-for-approximately-800-days/ https://thebigmamablog.com/24377/fashion-friday-edition-it-has-been-raining-for-approximately-800-days/#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2018 05:51:37 +0000 https://thebigmamablog.com/?p=24377 Here’s the thing about San Antonio weather. We are either in a drought or it’s flooding. There is no in between. Our weather has no chill or sense of decency. Currently, it has rained every day for approximately the last two weeks. On the upside, it’s no longer so hot that you want to die.Read More

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Here’s the thing about San Antonio weather. We are either in a drought or it’s flooding. There is no in between. Our weather has no chill or sense of decency.

Currently, it has rained every day for approximately the last two weeks. On the upside, it’s no longer so hot that you want to die. The air-conditioning in our house even occasionally shuts off. On the downside, I’m having a hard time making myself do adult tasks like put on pants and leave the house.

Speaking of putting on pants, here are some cute things I found this week:

1. galley shaker stitch cardigan

When I was a sophomore in high school, I was in love with shaker knit sweaters. Did I really know what that meant? Who were these shakers and how did they knit their sweaters? It didn’t matter. I just wanted them all. Preferably oversized to wear over my Guess jeans that were tucked into my socks.

All that to say, I am naturally drawn to this shaker stitch cardigan. It looks very cozy. It’s $74.

2. universal thread lanae scrunch boots

Remember how I’ve obsessed over those Sam Edelman Camellia boots that sold out at Nordstrom and have never been seen again? These are about the closest version of those that I have found and – GET THIS – they are just $39.99 at Target. They come in black, cognac, and taupe and I have high hopes for all the dreams they will fulfill in my life if they end up being the least bit comfortable.

3. a new day cocoon cardigan

I saw these in my local Target this week and they are a great basic and just $22.99. Some of the colors are sold out online, but they had them all at my Target so you may just want to check in store if you don’t see your size and color preference online.

4. ellsworth marled cardigan

Anthropologie has several fall things on sale for 40% off including this pretty cardigan that’s on sale for $79.95. I love the colors and it appears to be super soft and cozy.

5. cheetah clutch

I have a cheetah clutch that is very similar to this one and I love it. It’s a knockoff of the Clare V bag that runs about $250 and this version is just $39. This is a great way to add a touch of animal print to your fall wardrobe and it functions as a neutral.

6. abound long knit cardigan

I love a long knit cardigan that’s lightweight. And I actually love this whole all white outfit with the gray cardigan and tan booties. I plan to replicate it in the near future. The cardigan is just $26.97 and comes in red, black, blush, gray, olive, and beige.

7. the home t college town t-shirts

I stumbled across these t-shirts on Facebook feed in that creepy way that happens and you realize the internet knows your heart better than you know yourself. I think they are super cute and they have a wide variety of college towns represented. They are $30.

8. spanx faux leather leggings

Everyone I know who owns these raves about how great they are and just a much better option than leather pants. I love that you can dress them up or down. They are $98.

9. articles of society sarah skinny jeans

I love an olive green denim for a great option that isn’t blue. It’s a neutral color that will go with just about anything in your closet. These are $36.97.

10. spalding women’s french terry sweatshirt

I honestly just searched Amazon for “French terry sweatshirt” because I love a french terry sweatshirt. This one popped up and I ordered it immediately. It’s $25.20 and also comes in charcoal gray. It’s perfect for Saturday soccer games, lying on the couch watching football, and curling up with Netflix on a cold night. In other words, it is perfect for all my favorite activities.

That’s it for today.

Have a good Friday.

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Fashion Friday: Edition my kind of town, Chicago is https://thebigmamablog.com/24357/fashion-friday-edition-my-kind-of-town-chicago-is/ https://thebigmamablog.com/24357/fashion-friday-edition-my-kind-of-town-chicago-is/#comments Fri, 07 Sep 2018 05:38:41 +0000 https://thebigmamablog.com/?p=24357 Well, as you read this I am most likely en route to Chicago. Or maybe I’m already in Chicago. I guess it depends on what time you’re reading this post. Whatever the case, I’m spending the weekend in Chicago to be part of the Popcast Live and couldn’t be more excited about it. You mayRead More

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Well, as you read this I am most likely en route to Chicago. Or maybe I’m already in Chicago. I guess it depends on what time you’re reading this post. Whatever the case, I’m spending the weekend in Chicago to be part of the Popcast Live and couldn’t be more excited about it.

You may also be aware that there is a football game of some importance to me that will be played on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. central time. The Aggies play Clemson and it’s kind of a big deal. I have not yet figured out how I will simultaneously be on stage and furiously check my phone for the play-by-play, but I assure you I will find a way.

And I’ll confess that my football optimism is at an all-time high because I honestly believe we can win. The heart wants what it wants.

Now before we get to the Fashion portion of today, I wanted to tell you about the Hummingbird Farms September Special because I believe I’ve mentioned how much I love their lavender products and this is a good deal. The Rest Easy Trio is a $66 Value that’s just $33 this month. Here’s the description:

“We know how important quality sleep can be for you, and back to school is always a good time to incorporate a calming bedtime routine so you can rest easy and sleep peacefully. Lavender is known for its calming and soothing qualities, and we have put together your perfect evening regimen so you can drift off to your best sleep every night of the week. Start your evening with a relaxing bath with our Lavender Body Wash No. 152. Not only is it a fabulous bath gel, but it makes a wonderful bubble bath, too! Our foaming aloe vera is infused with 100% pure essential oil of lavender. A FREE bath puff will be included, too! Just before getting into bed, mist your pillow and linens with our Lavender Pillow Mist No. 48. Lightly dribble a drop or two of Essential Oil of Lavender onto your wrists and the bottoms of your feet. Crawl into bed and AHHHHHHH! Enjoy your sweet dreams!

BUY 2 AND GET FREE SHIPPING!

You can read more or purchase it here.

Now for the cute things I found this week:

1. velvet front tie-top

I love this velvet tie top because it can be dressed up or down. You could wear it with jeans for a date night or girls’ night out or dress it up with some sparkly pants for the holidays. It’s $78.

2. weekender cloud fleece pullover

I was in Anthropologie the other day and fell in love with this on the spot. I’m not sure why I didn’t buy it on the spot because the length is perfect to wear with leggings and it is so soft. It’s $78 which honestly feels like a steal for this.

3. j.crew cape scarf

I love these darling cape scarfs at J.Crew. They have striped versions and this window pane version. This is basically a super easy way to dress up a simple t-shirt or sweater and a pair of jeans. Throw one of these on and it looks like you tried.

They are $49.50 but 40% off with the code FALLTIME at checkout.

4. bp v-neck long sleeve sweater

I debated buying this sweater all last year which seems kind of dumb since it’s just $39. So I finally had a talk with myself and ordered it. I chose black because I wear a lot of black, but I also love the gray. I love the v-neck and I love the length. It also comes in gray, pale pink with gray stripes and gray with white stripes.

5. gap wide leg pants in french terry

I have some wide leg cotton pants that I bought on sale at Anthropologie for $14 years ago and I have worn them out. I’ve been looking for a replacement and these look promising. They are $39.95 but Gap currently has 40% off with the code FALL at checkout.

6. j.jill luxe supima tunic

The shirttail detail of this tunic is a winner for me. Plus, I have no problem with anything using the words “supima” and “luxe”. This is $59 and also comes in black, rose and ivory.

7. old navy floral print swing dress

This darling dress is just $28 plus an extra 25% taken at checkout which makes it just $21 plus free shipping. It also comes in tall and petite sizes and comes in a green option as well. I think it is just the cutest. The only problem is deciding between the black and the green. I love them both.

8. old navy twill field jacket

I have a camo jacket almost just like this that I bought on sale at Old Navy about ten years ago. I paid $6.00 for it. True story. And I’ve worn it 6,345 times at least. (That may be an exaggeration.)

This one isn’t $6.00 but it is just $30 plus an extra 25% taken at checkout and free shipping. It also comes in several other solid colors if camo isn’t your thing. It’s just a great lightweight jacket.

9. old navy plush knit long-line open-front sweater

I think a long open-front sweater is just a great basic. You can wear it to Saturday morning soccer game over jeans and a t-shirt or dress it up for the office and wear it over all black. It’s a great piece to have and it’s $39.99 plus an extra 25% taken at checkout and free shipping. It also comes in several different colors.

10. chelsea28 skyler faux leather foldover clutch

This is such a cute clutch if you happen to be in the market for a clutch. It’s $59 and also comes in a crimson red which happens to be darling.

That’s it for today.

Have a good Friday.

And Gig’em Aggies. BTHOClemson!

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Fashion Friday: Edition college football is back, the Aggies won and it’s a three day weekend https://thebigmamablog.com/24328/fashion-friday-edition-college-football-is-back-the-aggies-won-and-its-a-three-day-weekend/ https://thebigmamablog.com/24328/fashion-friday-edition-college-football-is-back-the-aggies-won-and-its-a-three-day-weekend/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2018 05:05:15 +0000 https://thebigmamablog.com/?p=24328 In other words, let’s give today a handclap of praise and all the hallelujahs. I realize it’s still going to be hot for at least another month, but we are one day shy of it being September and that, much like the love story of Kate and Leo in The Titanic, means my heart willRead More

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In other words, let’s give today a handclap of praise and all the hallelujahs.

I realize it’s still going to be hot for at least another month, but we are one day shy of it being September and that, much like the love story of Kate and Leo in The Titanic, means my heart will go on.

First order of business today, in honor of football season and Friday Night Lights firing up all over the nation, I have to start by sharing one of my favorite Milk and Honey tees of all time.

You know why Tami Taylor should be President? Because she knows how to handle any situation and, most importantly, her hair always held up beautifully at every single game the Dillon Panthers and/or the East Dillon Lions played. If you can have hair that looks good at a football game on a Friday night in Texas, then you can run the world.

And if you’ve never watched the show Friday Night Lights, then I need you to head to Amazon Prime toot suite and fix that immediately.

Anyway, you can find the Tami Taylor for President t-shirt here. Best of all, Mandy at Milk and Honey Tees is offering my readers 15% off on it when you use the code BIGMAMA at checkout.

Secondly, next weekend is the Popcast Live with Knox and Jamie at the Patio Theater in Chicago. I’ll be there along with Sophie and we are so excited about it.

There are still some tickets available You can find those here.

And, last but not least, we are starting our 100 Day Fearless Faith and Everyday Holy Reading Challege on Tuesday, September 4th and I’d love for you to join us. Young girls can read Fearless Faith and “older” women can read Everyday Holy.

I believe just five minutes a day could change your life and the life of a young girl or girls in your life. My prayer will be that we will look back on this fall as a time when God grew us and challenged us and made us more than we were before.

Here’s what it looks like:

Day 1: September 4 (This is the Tuesday after Labor Day and everyone will be back in school by then.)

Day 25: September 28th

Day 50: October 23rd

Day 75: November 17th

Day 100: December 12th

There will be no official group or anything that fancy, but just a lot of us reading either Everyday Holy or Fearless Faith over those 100 days. And we can all share what we are learning and what God is teaching us by posting and using the hashtags on Instagram #100DaysEverydayHoly or #100DaysOfFearlessFaith to help us all stay accountable and on track

And then we’ll celebrate on December 12th with a fun giveaway for two people that will be chosen at random from everyone who participates with the hashtags on social media.

What do you need to join?

-A copy of Everyday Holy and/or Fearless Faith or both!

-Five to ten minutes a day

-A journal might be good for writing thoughts down, but not necessary

-It might be fun to have some real life friends join in as well but, again, not necessary

-If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them or find people who know the answers.

So if you’ve wanted to do something like this but needed the push or if you’ve wanted to do it but didn’t want to do it alone or if you want to invite friends to all do it together as part of a small group, this is the time. I so hope you’ll join in with us starting September 4th. And in the meantime, you can purchase either book at your local bookstore or find Fearless Faith on Amazon here and Everyday Holy on Amazon here.

Now here are some cute things I found this week:

1. basseterre ruffle sleeve tank

I saw this in the sale room at Anthropologie this week and wanted to buy it but I had an intervention with myself because I don’t need another plain shirt right now. But it has ruffle sleeves! And it’s a tank! And it comes in so many colors!

It’s on sale for $29.95 plus is an extra 40% off. I am already regretting my intervention with myself.

2. tunic laced dress

This is not on sale. It’s $168. I wish I had seen it when dresses were 20% off last week. It also comes in white and a pink, but this gold color made me swoon in person. It’s a great fall dress that could be worn with boots or heels depending on your preference.

3. halogen wrap dress

They had this dress on a mannequin in Nordstrom and I just think it’s so cute. It’s $99 and would be a great dress for the office or a luncheon or really anywhere you’d wear a dress.

4. everleigh roll-tab sleeve tunic

I love these simple tunics because they can be dressed up or down. You can wear them with black pants or jeans or even shorts. This one is on sale for $34.90 and comes in a ton of color options.

5. sole society nuddo faux leather tote

I adore the Madewell Transport tote, but this is a more affordable version at $64.95 and I think it’s really pretty. It also comes in black and olive.

6. lonnie striped skirt

This is a great maxi skirt and super versatile. It’s on sale for $39.95 plus an extra 40% off.

7. antonella peasant top

The colors in this top are so pretty. The reviews say it’s sheer so just know you have to wear a tank or cami under it. But so cute with jeans for the fall. It’s $69.95 plus an extra 40% off.

8. j.crew bold stripe tunic

This reminds me of the shirt that Meghan Markle wore to Wimbledon and therefore I love it. It’s $69.50 but everything at J.Crew is 40% off with the code BIGSALE at checkout.

9. women’s calf hair belt

I’ve been looking for a leopard print belt and I think this one is perfect. It’s normally $65 but currently 40% off with code BIGSALE at checkout.

And speaking of leopard, this sheath dress in leopard print is really cute and would look great with a black blazer or leather jacket over it.

It’s normally $138 but 40% off with code BIGSALE at checkout

10. your girl tunic

I bought this in black last fall and it’s been one of my favorites. It’s so comfortable and I wear it with leggings or skinny jeans. It’s $78 and comes in black, white or burnt coral> (I know. What is burnt coral? Quit trying to make fetch happen.)

I also like this riverside tunic because it looks soft and drapey and just easy to throw on.

It’s $68 and comes in a ton of color options.

That’s it for today.

Have a good Friday.

And have a good weekend with all the college football and the extra day off.

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Fashion Friday: Edition one week down, a whole lot to go https://thebigmamablog.com/24304/fashion-friday-edition-one-week-down-a-whole-lot-to-go/ https://thebigmamablog.com/24304/fashion-friday-edition-one-week-down-a-whole-lot-to-go/#comments Fri, 24 Aug 2018 05:29:59 +0000 https://thebigmamablog.com/?p=24304 So we made it through the first week and all is well. Except I’m a little tired. My body clock hasn’t gotten the memo that maybe I need to go to sleep earlier now that I’m getting up early again. It still thinks I’m living a frat house existence and need to be up untilRead More

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So we made it through the first week and all is well. Except I’m a little tired. My body clock hasn’t gotten the memo that maybe I need to go to sleep earlier now that I’m getting up early again. It still thinks I’m living a frat house existence and need to be up until 1:30 or 2 a.m. lest I miss a keg party or something.

Here are some cute things I found this week as I dream of fall and a day when I will no longer melt as soon as I step aside.

Quick side note: A few of you emailed and asked if I’d found a good strapless bra since I mentioned wearing one last week with my new favorite jumpsuit from Amazon. YES. I have found the mythical unicorn that is a comfortable strapless bra that stays put. I was a total skeptic and only tried it on at the salesgirl’s insistence, but I’m so glad I did. It’s the sexy illusions strapless bra from Victoria’s Secret and it also comes with removable straps. You can find it here.

1. avalon shift dress

Every fall Anthropologie has a dress that I love and this year this is that dress. It’s currently $148 but it will be mine as soon as it goes on sale. Or maybe before that. I am only human.

2. daily ritual supersoft terry long-sleeve hooded top

So after my Amazon maxi dress find this summer, I realized maybe I should look for more clothing options on Amazon. That led me to this top which will be perfection when the weather cools off. It’s just $28 and it also comes in black and white with black stripes.

3. timeson cuffed sleeve athleisure hoodie

This is another Amazon find that I think is really cute and would be great with leggings and tennis shoes. It’s $28.95 and it also comes in blue and something called orage that looks like it’s in the pink family and makes me wonder if they meant “orange” and it was a typo.

4. madewell full bloom central shirt

I think this top is darling and the perfect transition top to fall. It’s $72.

5. holly hooded maxi sweater

This cute maxi sweater is what my winter dreams are made of. It’s $48 and Francesca’s currently has buy one, get one 40% off and you can get free shipping for purchases over $60 or if you have it shipped to your local store.

6. jody rounded hem cardigan

This is another Francesca’s item so it could be one of your BOGO options. It’s perfect for throwing on with athleisure or jeans and a t-shirt. It’s $38.

7. j.crew new york sweatshirt

I adore a good sweatshirt and this one is perfect. I am resisting the urge to order it because I have a Nike sweatshirt that is very similar, but I love this. It’s $49.50.

8. raw edge side slit tee

These t-shirts are on sale for just $15.90 and perfect to layer or wear all by themselves. They also come in black, pale gray, or light rose.

9. kelli embroidered maxi skirt

This popped up on my Facebook feed in that weird way that things do and confirm that we are all living in a George Orwell novel. But I clicked on it so I guess Big Brother knows me well. It’s $48 and I think it would look so cute with a black tank and a denim jacket. Or just a denim shirt knotted at the waist.

10. express v-neck essential tank

I posted these a few weeks ago, but I got mine in and I love it so much. It’s the perfect tank because it’s not cotton and so it looks a little dressier than a normal tank. And the v-neck isn’t as low as it appears in the photo. They come in a ton of colors and are $24.90.

That’s it for today.

Have a good Friday.

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Fashion Friday: Edition the weekend before school starts https://thebigmamablog.com/24276/fashion-friday-edition-the-weekend-before-school-starts/ https://thebigmamablog.com/24276/fashion-friday-edition-the-weekend-before-school-starts/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2018 05:27:33 +0000 https://thebigmamablog.com/?p=24276 Well, this week has involved both my birthday, our twenty-first wedding anniversary, multiple soccer practices and gearing up for a soccer tournament this weekend. So we’ve been a little busy. And so this will be brief. Here are some cute things I found this week: 1. reagan embroidered shift dress This darling dress is onRead More

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Well, this week has involved both my birthday, our twenty-first wedding anniversary, multiple soccer practices and gearing up for a soccer tournament this weekend. So we’ve been a little busy. And so this will be brief.

Here are some cute things I found this week:

1. reagan embroidered shift dress

This darling dress is on sale for $129.95 plus there’s an extra 25% off all sale at Anthropologie right now.

2. paros maxi skirt

I adore a maxi skirt because it can be dressed up or down. This would look equally great with a tank and a jacket or just a simple t-shirt. It’s on sale for $69.95 plus an extra 25% off.

3. sundry brushed fleece cocoon cardigan

This is the kind of thing I will live in once the weather cools off. It’s on sale for $69.95 plus an extra 25% off.

4. penelope straw rancher

I love a good straw hat and this one is perfection. It’s on sale for $49.95 plus an extra 25% off.

5. alexander + david loose fit spaghetti strap jumpsuit

Okay, so this jumpsuit. My friend Katy had it on in an Instagram story a couple of weeks ago and I immediately messaged her and asked, “What is this MAGIC garment you are wearing?” She sent me the link on Amazon and, best of all, it’s just $28.95. True confession? I’ve worn it twice already this week.

I’ve worn it with a strapless bra, but it would look just as good with a t-shirt or a tank under it and it is so soft and comfortable. I ordered the small and it has plenty of room. I’d say anywhere from a size 2 to an 8 could wear the small.

6. blank nyc moto jacket with removable hood

I bought this jacket when it was on sale during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and I can already tell it’s going to be one of my favorite things this winter. It’s full price now but just $98 which is still a great price for a jacket. It’s soft and feels great on and I love the removable hood.

It also comes in a green color and a camel color. It is divine.

7. loft striped open hooded cardigan

So I’m clearly looking for a striped cardigan. This one is $69.50 but 40% off with the code SUMMERFOREVER at checkout. I can totally see me wearing this with everything from athleisure to jeans and a t-shirt.

8. tall etta boots

I saw these boots in the Sundance catalog and fell hopelessly in love. I adore that they have a western vibe but aren’t full blown cowboy boots. And the suede is gorgeous. They are $198 and also come in black, burgundy and gray, but I would consider these boots an investment in my future.

9. free people january tee

This tee is $48 and comes in a ton of color options. I love it because it’s a great length and is perfect by itself or layered under a jacket or sweater.

10. halogen teardrop earrings

I love the simple shape of these earrings and they are just $29.

That’s it for today.

Have a good Friday.

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Fashion Friday: Edition one week of summer left https://thebigmamablog.com/24252/fashion-friday-edition-one-week-of-summer-left/ https://thebigmamablog.com/24252/fashion-friday-edition-one-week-of-summer-left/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2018 05:31:18 +0000 https://thebigmamablog.com/?p=24252 That’s right. We are down to our last week of summer over here. And the truth is that’s probably a good thing. I’ve enjoyed my late nights and living the schedule of a college frat boy, but it doesn’t necessarily do wonders for my productivity. Before we get to the fashion portion of the day,Read More

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That’s right.

We are down to our last week of summer over here. And the truth is that’s probably a good thing. I’ve enjoyed my late nights and living the schedule of a college frat boy, but it doesn’t necessarily do wonders for my productivity.

Before we get to the fashion portion of the day, I wanted to remind you that my brand new devotional for girls ages 8-16 came out on Tuesday. It’s called Fearless Faith and I couldn’t be more excited about it. And it especially warms my heart to hear from so many women about how much their daughters are already loving it because that’s really the whole point.

You can find it here on Barnes & Noble or here on Amazon. It’s also available just about anywhere books are sold.

It would make a great gift for the girls in your life and I’ve heard from several women who are going to use it for the small groups they lead or even Sunday school classes. We’re also going to do a read-a-long for 100 days this fall starting Tuesday, September 4th and you can read more about that here if you’re interested.

Now for some cute things I found this week that are a random mix of fall things and summer things because August is a weird fashion time.

1. enesta embroidered top

This top is even prettier in person. It’s on sale for $49.95.

2. zella post-studio dress

There isn’t much I like more than a comfortable cotton dress to wear when the weather is hot. I also love that you could throw a denim jacket over this later on. However, I don’t see it as something I wear post-studio because my life isn’t that fancy. I’d just wear it. Most likely to soccer games.

It’s $59 and also comes in black.

3. linen yarn-dyed sleeveless buttondown

The colors in this are so pretty and it just looks airy and cool which are my fashion goals right now. It’s on sale for $49.95.

4. starstruck hooded pullover

I can tell I’m getting ready for fall because I can’t quit looking at hooded pullovers. They are my comfort garment of choice. This one is on sale for $49.95.

5. gap raglan pullover sweatshirt tunic

See what I’m saying? A sweatshirt. But a cute sweatshirt. This is $49.95 plus 30% off everything with the code DOUBLE at checkout. This comes in several color options but the bottom line is that this is the kind of thing I’d wear all winter long.

6. mid rise camo print stretch ankle leggings

I nearly bought these all year last year and then I finally decided to and they were sold out in my size. But they’re back and on sale for $39.90 along with all other jeans at Express right now. I have worn my other pair of camo jeans out and I know these will be the same.

7. old navy open front cardi

This is the perfect fall layer over a tank or tee. It’s on sale for $29.99 with an extra 30% off taken at checkout. It also comes in black, camel, and olive green.

8. express v-neck essential tank

These tanks from Express are a great basic. They’re just a little bit drapey, have a great v-neck which looks on everyone, and come in a ton of color options. They are $24.90.

9. h&m patterned dress

This dressed popped up in my sidebar in that creepy way that the internet has of letting you know that it knows you better than you know yourself. I really like this floral print and it would be a great dress for work. Even better? It’s $24.90.

10. jayant genuine calf hair pump

Leopard print is a big trend for fall and I love these shoes. However, my life doesn’t need these shoes. They would probably look weird with all my hooded pullovers. But if I were in the market for a great pair of heels, these would be the ones. I love that chunky heel and I love that they are calf-hair. These are $119.95.

That’s it for today.

Have a good Friday.

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Fashion Thursday: Edition Thursday is the new Friday this week https://thebigmamablog.com/24188/fashion-thursday-edition-thursday-is-the-new-friday-this-week/ https://thebigmamablog.com/24188/fashion-thursday-edition-thursday-is-the-new-friday-this-week/#comments Thu, 02 Aug 2018 05:05:30 +0000 https://thebigmamablog.com/?p=24188 So Fashion Friday is today since Friday is Caroline’s birthday and I always write a birthday letter on that day. But it just means you can shop that much sooner. You may also want to keep in mind that the Nordstrom Anniversary sale ends on Sunday so if there’s something you want, you need toRead More

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So Fashion Friday is today since Friday is Caroline’s birthday and I always write a birthday letter on that day. But it just means you can shop that much sooner.

You may also want to keep in mind that the Nordstrom Anniversary sale ends on Sunday so if there’s something you want, you need to go ahead and get it. Plus, some things that were out of stock are back in stock. Personally, I’d been stalking a North Face coat and finally got it at 2 a.m. the other morning when a medium popped back up for sale. If I used this kind of dedication for other things in my life, there’s no telling what I could accomplish.

Also, I only needed a new coat because I left my other winter coat on a flight home from Las Vegas last February. The airline couldn’t find it and it was sad times because I loved that coat. But hopefully this new coat will work out and we’ll develop a meaningful relationship this coming winter.

Here are some cute things I found this week.

1. all things new gameday earrings

You know what’s exciting? It’s August. Which means we are now in a month where there will be college football. It’s the best time of the year. I love this time in college football because the hype is huge and the possibilities are endless.

Even better? My sister has a whole collection of college gameday earrings that are perfect to wear during a football game because they are leather and not too heavy when you’re doing all the jumping up and down and stress yelling. Or maybe that’s just me.

They are $12 each or you can buy 3 or more for $10 each plus shipping. And she’ll also take custom orders for specific colors, shapes and sizes if you don’t see exactly what will fulfill all your gameday hopes and dreams. You can shop here at her Etsy shop or find her on Instagram or Facebook.

2. Adidas swift run athletic shoes

I love these Adidas because they are perfect for both working out and athleisure wear. They are $84.99 and come in that pretty pink up above and this olive green that I’m now obsessing over.

They also come in some other colors but I cannot look away from the pink and the olive green.

3. gibson convertible cozy wrap fleece cardigan

This is the same cardigan worn two different ways. And it’s made by Gibson and their fleece things are always the coziest. This comes in several color options and is normally $68 but on sale for $45.90 until the Anniversary sale is over.

4. madewell whisper cotton v-neck tank

These Madewell tanks are so soft, a great length and I love that they are v-neck because I think a v-neck is universally flattering. And they are just $18.50. They are great all alone but perfect for layering under things like the Gibson cardigan up above or various other jackets and such.

5. v-neck blouse with tie sleeves

This cute top is just $24.99 which is why I love H&M. It also comes in a pink stripe, green stripe or solid black which would be a great transition top for fall.

6. loft meadow cap sleeve swing dress

This is a great dress for the office or the classroom, but could easily be dressed down as well. It’s currently $59.50 but there’s a good chance Loft will have some sort of sale soon. Also, they have all their sale stuff an additional 60% off right now so you may want to check that out.

7. monogram pendant necklace

I’ve been wanting one of these forever and I’m not sure why I haven’t bought myself one yet. And then I saw that Alexis had one on Schitt’s Creek and that made me want one even more. They are $38 and would make great Christmas gifts if you’re the type of person who thinks about Christmas shopping in August.

8. loft striped drapey tie top

This is a cute top from Loft that could work for the office or just with jeans. It’s $39.50.

9. talese wide leg pants

I’ve had my eye on these pants and have been waiting for them to go on sale. They are $69.95 plus there’s an extra 25% off all sale at Anthropologie. They come in other colors and patterns but this blue is my favorite.

10. wayf blouson midi dress

I was looking at dresses this week and came across this one. It has great reviews, comes in a bunch of different color options and is $69.

And I feel like I also need to share this band of gypsies floral print wrap dress that I think is so pretty.

It’s $98.

That’s it for today.

Have a good Thursday.

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Fashion Friday: Edition the last one of July https://thebigmamablog.com/24161/fashion-friday-edition-the-last-one-of-july/ https://thebigmamablog.com/24161/fashion-friday-edition-the-last-one-of-july/#comments Fri, 27 Jul 2018 16:07:51 +0000 https://thebigmamablog.com/?p=24161 All I can say is thank goodness we have almost reached the end of July. It has been insanely hot and I am, quite frankly, over it. I’m hoping August will be cooler which is totally optimistic of me considering I am a lifelong Texan and know better. But a girl can dream. You knowRead More

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All I can say is thank goodness we have almost reached the end of July. It has been insanely hot and I am, quite frankly, over it. I’m hoping August will be cooler which is totally optimistic of me considering I am a lifelong Texan and know better. But a girl can dream.

You know what else a girl can do when it’s hot? Shop online.

Here are some cute things I found this week.

1. jumel embroidered blouse

Everything on sale at Anthro is now an extra 40% off. I think this top is gorgeous and it has great reviews, plus it appears to be a good length to wear out or do a half-tuck if that’s more your thing. It’s on sale for $69.95 plus an extra 40%.

2. simbrenna platform sandal

I love a platform sandal and this would be a great transition shoe to fall. They are $98.95 and also comes in taupe and indigo.

3. gap short stripe parka jacket

I love a stripe and so this jacket had me at hello. It’s on sale for $78 and has great reviews.

4. lilliane studded mule bootie

Can you tell I’m ready for fall because I’m already focusing on fall transition shoes? These are really cute and mules are going to be a thing this fall season. They are $89.95 and also come in dusty rose or black.

5. nike air zoom pegasus

These are $120 but if you are in the market for a new workout shoe, I highly recommend. They are so comfortable and are the running shoe of choice for Caroline and me.

6. gap womens large tote

This gorgeous tote is on sale for $36 and I think it would make a great all-purpose bag for fall. It also comes in black or bordeaux.

7. topshop jamie flare jeans

I love a flare jean and these have great reviews. I also love that they come with the option of a 30″ or 32″ length. They are normally $75 but are on sale for $49.90 during the Nordstrom anniversary sale.

8. halogen long open front cardigan

This is normally $89 but on sale for $59.90 during the Anniversary sale. Colors and sizes are limited but this navy version appears to be fully stocked and is actually my favorite of all the choices.

9. free people camo clare tee

I bought this camo tee earlier this summer and it’s a favorite. It’s super soft and so cute on. I bought the medium because I wanted it a little roomy. It’s $38 and also comes in black or pink.

10. 7 for all mankind cutoff hem jeans

There are a lot of great jeans options during the Nordstrom sale so it’s a great time to get a good deal on jeans that are more expensive. I’m a big believer in paying a little more for jeans because I wear them constantly and have pairs in my closet that are almost ten years old. What I’m saying is I’m not afraid to quit on a garment because it has a little wear and quality jeans really hold up.

I love gray jeans and wear mine all the time. These are normally $189 but are on sale for $125.90.

And I also love these AG legging ankle super skinny jeans.

They are normally $215 but are on sale for $123.25. I’m telling you that they fit like a dream and don’t get all stretched out.

That’s it for today.

Have a good Friday.

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Fashion Friday: Edition I’m in Aggieland and the Nordstrom sale is now open to the public https://thebigmamablog.com/24132/fashion-friday-edition-im-in-aggieland-and-the-nordstrom-sale-is-now-open-to-the-public/ https://thebigmamablog.com/24132/fashion-friday-edition-im-in-aggieland-and-the-nordstrom-sale-is-now-open-to-the-public/#comments Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:23:08 +0000 https://thebigmamablog.com/?p=24132 There are several fun things going on today. First, I’m in College Station because I dropped Caroline off at Aggie Soccer Camp yesterday morning. This doesn’t really mean anything except that I’m always happen to have an excuse to be in College Station. Secondly, there’s this. Sophie and I are going to be guests atRead More

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There are several fun things going on today. First, I’m in College Station because I dropped Caroline off at Aggie Soccer Camp yesterday morning. This doesn’t really mean anything except that I’m always happen to have an excuse to be in College Station.

Secondly, there’s this.

Sophie and I are going to be guests at the next PopCast Live with Knox and Jamie in Chicago on Saturday, September 8th. Tickets go on sale today and seating will be limited. So if you’re in the Chicago area or plan to be in the Chicago area, we’d love to see you there. Based on the last one I did with them in Dallas, I can guarantee that it will be the most fun.

Third, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially open to the public today and I included some of my favorite basics in this post today along with various other things I found. Just remember that the Nordstrom sale items typically sell out fast, so you may want to go ahead and order anything you love. I will tell you that I hesitated for an instant on a North Face jacket last week and now it appears to be gone forever and I am filled with regret and sorrow.

1. eloise embroidered blouse

This is on sale for $69.95 plus there’s an extra 25% off sale items at Anthropologie right now. I have a black top that’s very similar and it’s one of my favorite tops of all time. Plus, this would be great on its own right now and layered under a jacket or sweater when the weather (mercifully) cools off at some point.

2. sleeveless hooded cardigan

I really like this because I love both a vest and a hood. It’s on sale for $49.95 plus an extra 25% off.

3. rosario jumpsuit

This darling jumpsuit is on sale for $78 and also comes in black. I have the long version of it and it’s one of my favorite things in my closet. The fabric hangs so beautifully and it doesn’t wrinkle.

4. tigist crossbody bag

This is a great crossbody bag and it’s normally $138 but is on sale for $84. It also comes in dusty rose and pewter

5. tiered ruffle sleeve cardigan sweater

J.Crew Factory has a bunch of stuff on clearance plus an extra 50% off with the code EXTRA50 at checkout. (The code may change but the 50% off clearance is ongoing. Just check the website for the newest code.)

That makes this cardigan just $24.99 It’s final sale just know that going in. But this is a great closet staple and it comes in camel, gray or black. Your winter self will be so pleased that you thought ahead.

6. cableknit sweater

I ordered this for myself in the camel because I love this sweater. I also got a large because I wanted it to be oversized.

This is part of the J.Crew Factory sale and is just $17.49 It also comes in camel and deep jade.

7. old navy flutter sleeve jumpsuit

How cute is this jumpsuit? It’s so soft and I think might be even cuter with a belt if you are so inclined. It’s $44.99 and also comes in blue.

8. lou and grey striped tunic sweater

This lightweight sweater has great reviews and I love the stripes. It’s $59.50 but Loft has 40% off new arrivals right now with the code HOTHOTHOT at checkout.

9. zella live in high waist leggings

These are my very favorite leggings and I wear them constantly in the winter. They are normally $54 but are on sale for $35.90. The high waist makes them so comfortable and helps you avoid a muffin top situation. I have washed and dried mine in the dryer a million times and they don’t fade and they keep their shape. I wear them to workout, I wear them to run errands and grocery shop, and I wear them with tall boots with dressier tunic tops. They are so versatile and I can’t recommend them enough.

There is also the live in lite crop leggings if you’re more of a crop legging type of girl. Bonus, you can still wear these with tall boots and no one would know the difference.

They are $52 but on sale for $33.90.

I also love this zella favorite hoodie.

It’s normally $79 but on sale for $52.90. It also comes in navy or gray.

nike 3-pack no show socks

Somebody told me these are the best no show socks because they actually stay on your feet. I ordered a pair to find out for myself and they really are the best no show socks. They stay on your heels and don’t slip. This is what you wear with Converse or other shoes that need a sock but you don’t want to have a visible sock. They are normally $14 and are on sale $8.90.

10. bp raw edge v-neck tee

I love these bp v-neck tees because they are just a great basic. They’re super soft and wear well. They are normally $17.00 but on sale for $11.90 and come in several color options.

This leith ribbed shawl cocoon sweater is another closet staple for me. It’s the perfect weight sweater to wear over t-shirts or whatever all winter long.

They are normally $69 but on sale for $45.90. It comes in several great colors. I have the dark gray so I’m thinking I may go for this soft pink next.

The halogen open front pocket cardigan is another great lightweight sweater option. I bought a light camel color one in the spring and I throw it on all the time.

It’s normally $79.00 but on sale for $42.90 and comes in several color options.

And this boiled wool blend drape front coat is gorgeous if you’re looking for a splurge.

It’s normally $239 but on sale for $159.90. It comes in several colors and I just think it’s stunning. It would be a great work piece.

That’s it for today.

Have a good Friday.

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Fashion Friday: Edition Nordstrom Anniversary sale and more! https://thebigmamablog.com/24115/fashion-friday-edition-nordstrom-anniversary-sale-and-more/ https://thebigmamablog.com/24115/fashion-friday-edition-nordstrom-anniversary-sale-and-more/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2018 05:05:26 +0000 https://thebigmamablog.com/?p=24115 Here’s a disclaimer for today’s Fashion Friday. Caroline and I are in Fort Worth right now because I spoke at an event in Southlake yesterday. After the event, we came back to the hotel and I changed into a pair of denim shorts and a top. I’ll be honest. I knew it wasn’t necessarily myRead More

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Here’s a disclaimer for today’s Fashion Friday. Caroline and I are in Fort Worth right now because I spoke at an event in Southlake yesterday. After the event, we came back to the hotel and I changed into a pair of denim shorts and a top. I’ll be honest. I knew it wasn’t necessarily my best outfit, but I had neglected to pack a better casual option and it was rainy and gross and we were going to walk around downtown to find something to eat. And as we walked down the street, Caroline said, “Mom, I have to tell you that those shorts are next level mom shorts.”

So, basically, I’m telling you that I’m going to leave those shorts in the hotel when we check out tomorrow.

I just want you to be aware that you are getting fashion recommendations from someone who wears “next level mom shorts”. I believe this is when I officially retire shorts from my wardrobe except for when I’m working out or cleaning the house.

On another note, maybe if you’ve been on the internet and pay any attention at all, you’ve noticed that it’s the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Yesterday was the first day and until July 19th the sale is only available to Nordstrom card members. But it’s not too late to get a Nordstrom card and shop now if you are so inclined. I personally love my Nordstrom card because you get Reward points and early access for sales and all that. Otherwise, you can wait until July 19th to shop.

Here’s what I’ve learned about the Anniversary Sale. There are certain things that I love to go ahead and buy while they’re on sale because I know they are basics that I’ll buy eventually anyway. But I no longer get carried away with impulse purchases for other things because I usually end up filled with regret. So, just shop smart. But the free shipping and free returns means you can always change your mind risk free.

Not everything on my list today is from Nordstrom, but some of it is because I thought I’d share some of my personal sale favorites.

1. bp raw edge v-neck tee

These are a Nordstrom standard for me because they are great all alone or for layering under sweaters and jackets. They come in several color options and some stripes and are on sale for just $11.90.

Oh and another basic I ordered are these Zella high waist leggings. I wear them all the time in the winter. They are so comfortable and working out is completely optional.

2. leith ribbed shawl cocoon sweater

I buy one of these every year. It’s a great lightweight sweater, yet warm enough to be a jacket for me on a lot of South Texas winter days. I wear mine with everything from jeans to workout clothes. This comes in several colors and is on sale right now for $45.90.

3. natori rose dream custom coverage underwire bra

Listen. Buying a bra is like renting a shovel. There is no joy in it other than the fact that a good bra does make your clothes look better. This is one of my favorites and is on sale for $47.90, but it’s normally $72. I always buy a new one during the sale.

4. blank nyc meant to be moto jacket with removable hood

I love this leather jacket and the detachable hood gives it a cute casual option. It’s on sale for $64.90 and is normally $98. It also comes in a tan and an olive green color.

5. annabelle wrap tee

This is on sale at Anthropologie for $29.95. I happen to love this color but it also comes in a black and white stripe.

6. williston embroidered tank

I saw this in person the other day and love it. It’s a good length and would be super cute with white jeans. It’s on sale for $39.95.

7. wadden embroidered dress

I loved this dress from the moment I saw it. It’s the perfect summer dress in my opinion and the color is even better and richer in person. I’ve been waiting for it to go on sale and now it’s on sale for $99.95.

8. margo striped button down top

This is cuter in person than it is in this picture. It reminds me of a Madewell top but at a lower price point. And if you sign up for emails from Francesca’s you can get 20% off your first purchase.

9. jerran top

I love a green top and this one is even better with that embroidery. It’s $38.

10. carleigh scalloped lace kimono

This mustard color is having a big comeback right now and I like this version of it because it’s more on the bright side. This looks great paired with all black or all white.

That’s it for today.

Have a good Friday.

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