Getting Cozy With Maewoven

Getting Cozy with Maewoven
Getting Cozy with Maewoven
Getting Cozy with Maewoven
Getting Cozy with Maewoven
Getting Cozy with Maewoven
Getting Cozy with Maewoven
Getting Cozy with Maewoven
Getting Cozy with Maewoven

Shop: Couch | Throw Blanket | Rug | Faux Palm | My Denim (part of NSale!) | My top (will be available soon on my store) | Throw Pillows

About a month ago, Al and I updated our couch throw pillows to these adorable Maewoven ones and we COULDN'T BE HAPPIER!! No joke, I want two more for my couch and to also cover my entire bed in them!! I've been crushing on their pillows for a long time so to get them in my house was the best feeling. I feel like they pull the entire room together. 

Maewoven's square pillows come in either 16x16 inches or 20x20 inches and we went for the 20x20 so a little larger than your typical square pillows. (I'm happy we went with the larger size!!) They also maintain their shape SO WELL! Which is something that is always hard for me to find in a pillow - but a necessity with how we lay on the couch and the way Leo lays all over everything. Their pillows are the African mudcloth material which is definitely a huge trend right now!! Throw pillows make such a statement in your living or bed room so they are worth the investment, and their pillows are all right around $50 which is a steal! They are constantly putting new styles out so their site is definitely one to check back to anytime you are looking to spice up your collection because you will always find something new. 

Below you can see + shop my current faves!! You can shop the rest of 'our home' HERE

Tonight I am off to an event at Nordstrom downtown that I am so excited about! Make sure to follow along on my Instagram stories to see what we are up to!! And don't miss my Nordstrom Sale posts HERE that I am adding to almost daily!! Happy Wednesday!! 

Xx,

xx, karlie rae

8 Ways I Motivate Myself To Be Fit And Healthy

8 Ways I Motivate Myself To Be Fit and Healthy
8 Ways I Motivate Myself To Be Fit And Healthy
8 Ways I Motivate Myself To Be Fit And Healthy
Here is a close up photo of my leggings so you can see the detailing of the print!! Super subtle and cute!!Β 

Here is a close up photo of my leggings so you can see the detailing of the print!! Super subtle and cute!! 

8 Ways I Motivate Myself To Be Fit And Healthy
8 Ways I Motivate Myself To Be Fit And Healthy

Mama always told me to start a good fitness routine at a young age - why? Because it becomes part of your daily lifestyle and makes staying in shape and healthy that much easier!!  Growing up, I always had a killer metabolism and was either dancing your cheerleading so I didn't worry much about my eating habits or working out outside of practice. Once college years hit, I did notice a difference in my body. I couldn't necessarily eat whatever I wanted without feeling bloated and tired & all of a sudden I had to actually make time to workout because I didn't have sports fulfilling that exercise routine anymore. Self motivation is pretty challenging, but over the past four years I have definitely found some tips that seem to work well for me. 

Β 

1. Use the buddy system!! This is probably my biggest motivating factor - finding people in your life to keep you accountable by either eating healthy with you or working out with you!  I started Orange Theory Fitness last September and this is the first type of workout that I have actually been able to stick at doing and still love. The biggest reason behind it being I have friends and family that also workout there and will plan classes with me throughout the week. I also love finding walk / running buddies!! Having a go-to person to go on a long walk or run with is a lifesaver because those types of cardio can be boring by yourself but really fun if you have company. When it comes to eating, either having someone to meal prep with or even just that person that you send yummy healthy recipes you've tried back and forth can help you stay motivated and accountable on your eating.

2. Utilize pinterest! Pinterest is amazing for inspo in so many categories, but a huge one being health and fitness. You can find endless recipes, at home workouts, fitness blogs to follow, cute workout apparel (that motivates me, anyone else?!), etc. If I spend a solid 10 minutes scrolling through fitness and health pins and saving them to my boards, I get a nice kick of inspiration that makes me want to get better. You can follow my "be healthy" board HERE, and my 'yumm.' board HERE

3. Start setting goals for how much water to drink per day. The golden rule of drinking water is to drink half your body weight in ounces. For example, I weigh 125 so my daily goal is to drink at least 63 ounces of water per day. 

4. Get on a schedule. It helps me to decide which days of the week I will for sure make sure I get a workout in. Whether it's attending a class, walking/running, or doing a little at home workout, make sure you do those days. I would say to set 3 days that are absolute for sures, then try to add a random additional day or two into your week depending on your schedule. Don't set yourself up for failure by choosing your set days to be Saturdays if you usually go out Friday nights or make plans on Saturdays. Choose days that you know you will be able to squeeze it in. 

5. Find a class. As I'm sure most of you know, classes are what motivate me the most. What I love about classes are you really can't just stop when you get tired like you would just working out by yourself at the gym, you gotta push through the whole thing!! There is also always a little bitty piece of competitiveness in you that comes out in a class setting as well, you really push yourself. My current favorite classes are Orange Theory Fitness and Soul Cycle. See 'what your 60 minutes at Orange Theory looks like' if you are curious! 

6. Find balance. I am the type of person where if I push myself too hard, I'll either splurge hardcore or hate my life. With eating, I try to make sure I eat at least 80% healthy all the time. The additional 20% is my cheats, drinks, desserts, etc. I am definitely someone who needs those!

7. Take progress photos! It takes TIME to see results. You see yourself every single day in the mirror so you don't tend to notice the little things or little victories - but they are happening. Taking photos once a week can help you see those which is so motivating!! 

8. Don't compare yourself. Fitness is hard work - yes. But what doesn't get talked about as much is how much it is genetics as well. I could get stick skinny but still have wider set hip bones and still never look like all the bikini models but that is okay!!! My body is my body and it is not naturally built like the girls I tend to compare myself to. And same with everyone else. The comparison game is so evil and it causes you to believe things that are untrue. Love yourself and work on being healthy and happy in your own skin!! 

Β 

Being healthy and fit is a journey but it's a fun one!! And something that you bring into your future by making it a part of your now. Since I know there are probably a few of you hoping this workout look was part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I did put some of my athletic picks from the sale below for you!! If you want to view all my Nordstrom sale posts, you can see my #NSale page HERE! I hope you enjoyed my tips & happy Tuesday!

Athletic Faves From The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Xx,

xx, karlie rae

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Best In Beauty + $1,000 Giveaway

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Best In Beauty

So I know I've been highlighting all the clothing that is KILLER PRICED during this year's Anniversary Sale, but I gotta say that there are some crazy good beauty deals as well!! As you can see from the image above, I personally would say that the best things to buy right now are beauty/skincare tools and top products. There are some amazing makeup finds as well such as lip sticks and 'cheek kits', but I would try to snag some of these items that are more of a splurge and RARELY get marked down! Every single item pictured above I own and have personally tried!! (And bought at full price, lol). So don't be like me and grab them while they are on sale!!

1. Jo Malone Perfume Collection - My mother-in-law was actually the first person to introduce me to Jo Malone scents, and now I am forever obsessed. I am not exaggerating when I say every single one will be your favorite. Grabbing this kit is perfect because you get mini travel sized perfumes, and get to try 5 of their most popular scents. You get variation and also to find your favorite one to go back and buy the full bottle of. These are without question my favorite perfumes! 

2. MoroccanOil Hydration Collection - Is your hair and skin THIRSTY?! Okay but seriously, this shampoo + conditioner combo was one of the first that I have ever fallen in love with. Being a blonde that gets a balayage every couple of months and uses heat products (almost) daily, this is right up my alley. This kit comes with the hydration shampoo + conditioner, a hydrating body wash, and their famous oil treatment! I can honestly say I don't know a single person that has tried these products and not liked them. I still know TONS of people who use them! This would be an amazing purchase full of products you will definitely buy over and over. 

3. T3 Featherweight Hair Dryer - I use this every single day!! I got my dryer probably over 6 months ago now and it is my absolute favorite. First, it is SO lightweight and something I hated about my previous blow dryer is how it was so heavy my arm would get tired half way through. T3 as a company also prides themselves in creating hair tools that are actually good and healthy for your hair. This hair dryer is actually proven to be healthier for your hair than AIR DRYING!! I love love love this dryer and am so pumped it's part of the sale!!! I think every girl needs this. Plus, it's probably the most beautiful hair dryer there is am I right? 

4. Oribe Gold Lust Set - For those of you who don't know, I worked at a hair salon for a little over 3 years before pursuing my blog and online store full time. We carried Oribe products and I can honestly say they are some of the best products on the market. Their Gold Lust line is freaking incredible and one you MUST TRY. This is the shampoo and conditioner I have been absolutely hooked on the past 7 months and the scent is the best shampoo/conditioner scent maybe ever. This set also comes with a travel sized bottle of their Dry Texture Spray which is their number one seller as a brand!! I have gotten countless ladies hooked on this! Grabbing this travel size set for $39 is a steal and also so amazing because it allows you to try the products first before committing to buying the full size product!! I definitely recommend this 100%!! Also, if you need any Dry Texture styling tips or use tips, shoot me a message, I'm happy to give you a little insight! 

5. Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift - All I gotta say about this product is OH-EM-GEE. I got this product about a month ago and it is Clarisonic's best. What is the main purpose? ANTI-AGING AMEN! This tool acts as your typical Clarisonic cleansing brush, but then has a complete alternate personality and becomes a massaging anti-aging miracle. I was amazed when I saw that this product is part of the sale because it is easily worth the $350 price, but you can get it for $233. Over $100 off!! Seriously so so worth it. This is one of those tools you will have for a LONG time!!

6. Clarisonic Mia - Another amazing must-have by Clarisonic is their Mia cleansing brush. This was the first Clarisonic tool I ever owned and I still have and use it today.  I did get the Smart Profile Uplift tool that I talked about above, so this is more for my travels now but I'll still use it for general washing if I'm using my uplift tool for product absorption and not cleansing! I actually kept this in my shower and used it to wash my face every time I shower! I can honestly say this has done wonders for my skin. The days I just 'wash' my face and don't use it, it doesn't even feel clean! It has also helped control my acne breakouts immensely!! 

7. RevitaLash - This is my best kept secret as far as eyelashes go. I was blessed genetically and have always had pretty good lashes, but got anxiety after taking my eyelash extensions off about them never being as long and full again so that is when I first started using this product! My lashes are as long and full as ever from RevitaLash and I have never talked to a person that didn't love it!! If you are a lash fanatic you definitely need to take advantage of this deal and stock up! You will use this forever! 

8. Personal Microderm Device (PMD) - This is the only thing I asked for for my birthday last year and my hubby got it for me!! Almost every single woman in my family owns one of these bad boys because it gives you an at home microdermabrasion!! That is a service people pay hundreds of dollars each month to get done. It is designed to exfoliate, remove dead skin cells, clear up your skin, reduce blemishes, reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and also has huge anti-aging benefits. I had been getting 'micros' done at a spa every other week before getting one of these for myself! Now it is in my routine to do every Sunday - I love it!! 

9. T3 Straightener - Another amazing T3 tool that I cannot believe is part of the sale!! Like I said before, their tools are my absolute favorites. I have their straightener, blow dryer, and set of curling irons. I am a big fan if you can't tell!! The amazing thing about straighteners nowadays is they not only straighten, but they also create curls! You can YouTube how to curl your hair with a straightener and a million videos will pop up, and that is actually what most of the stylist do at the salon I worked at! It's really a two-in-one, and this straighter is the best of the best! 

Β 

I hope you enjoyed my Nordstrom sale beauty finds!! I mentioned this at the beginning of the post, but every single thing talked about on this post I personally have myself so if you have any questions, please ask!! I'm always happy to help :)  ALSO, below you can enter for a $1,000 NORDSTROM GIFT CARD!! This is the second and final time I will post this to enter so make sure to get as many entries in as possible!! Every 'task' you complete is an entry!! Best of luck to you babes! 

2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Now…it’s time for a fabulous giveaway! I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to give YOU a chance to win: a $1,000 Nordstrom Gift Card, just in time for the Anniversary Sale!

Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 7/24. Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Xx,

xx, karlie rae

Dressing Room Diaries: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

How I convinced my husband to drive me to the mall so I can shop on the first day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale's Early Access is still mind boggling to me. My car broke down the day before and we had to take it in (AGAIN) so I am car-less and was maybe throwing a teeny tiny fit that I was gonna miss day one of the sale. So he is a GEM and took me there, let me take my million mirror selfies, then took me to my fave place, Din Tai Fung for din din. Side note, we did meet our friends there so he did have his bff to hang out in the candy store with while us wifeys shopped! So I guess there were three people waiting on me... #truelove. 

ANYWAYS, this was my first time ever shopping early access! I am the biggest procrastinator I know so I am usually the person that waits until the last day of the sale to hurry and get my shopping in online. After this experience, I am doing this every year!! I couldn't believe how many things I tried on were sold out online by the time I got home! I'm low key bitter about a couple items that I thought 'I'll just order this online later' and they are now sold out so I'm calling the store tomorrow to see if they are still there and might have to have Al drive me back hahahah. 

Below are all my favorite pieces that I tried on at the sale yesterday!! I will also include all my sizing info and the fit as well :) 

dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

I tried this sweater on with the denim and shoes I arrived with so those are sadly not part of the sale but I did link them above for you! This sweater comes in multiple colors. I am wearing a size small. In my personal opinion it fits true to size - but if you like things more oversized I would size up. I was happy with the small but also think I would be happy with a medium since sometimes I like things larger and baggier!

dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

So many things about this top were darling to me. Of course I love the off shoulder, but I also love the sleeve detailing and that it is a fun flare to your average button up! (Same as above, denim and shoes not part of the sale but I did include them for you!)

dressing room diaries: nordstorm anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

Okay here I am highlighting both this darling tank that is only $22 and also this denim!! I kept this same pair of jeans on for over half of the tops because I loved them so much. I of course had to take them home with me. I am wearing a small in the tank, it runs true to size! And my denim is a size 26! I am usually a 25 or a 26 so I would say they run true to size or a tiny bit small. 

dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

Zero exaggeration - I think this cardigan might be the most popular thing from the sale. I have seen it everywhere and styled SO many cute ways! It would be adorable with denim, over a skirt or dress, or paired with over-the-knee boots. The ways to style it are endless! I think it would definitely be your new go-to. I am wearing a size 2 so I would definitely say to size down. 

dressing room diaries: nordstorm anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

I have an almost IDENTICAL jacket to this from last year and I still wear it all the time. It's a gray color but this one comes in multiple colors too! I just liked this one because I already own lots of black and gray jackets. I think the color could go good in any season and paired with any outfit. It would definitely be a piece that stays in your wardrobe for years! Great investment and just what the NSALE is about. I am wearing a size small and would say it runs true to size.

dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

Okay, I LOVED this jacket too. This one is definitely more of a splurge purchase but it is heavily discounted from it's normal price so this is the time to buy!! The color photographed a little green in this dressing room but it's a stunning charcoal color. I loved everything about it. I am wearing a size 2 so I would also say depending on your preference you could either get your true size or size down. I sized down.

dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

All I can say about this jacket is I am a BIG FAN!! I saw it online before going into the store and seriously hunted for it because I knew I had to have it. I have it photographed with two different looks and that's because I tried it on in two different sizes. I am usually a 4 in Topshop since that brand typically runs kind of small so naturally I grabbed a 4 but after wearing it for a little it felt a little too oversized for me so I had them grab me a 2. The 4 is pictured above and the 2 is pictured below! Based on your personal style I think either would be SO DANG CUTE. I am beyond excited to wear and style this. 

dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

Here I am wearing a size smaller in the jacket (size 2), which is the size I ended up buying! 

dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

Buying cozy cardis is always a good idea. Especially when they are Madewell and on sale!! Like I said before, I like things oversized so I actually grabbed a medium in this! I would probably be fine with a small too because they run true to size so that is just personal preference :) 

dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

Okay I adore this top. It's a darling subtle plaid print and has little ties on the sleeves! The fabric is amazing and you can just tell it's good quality. This is also one of those pieces you could wear in any season and it's only $44 during the sale! I am wearing a small and it runs true to size.

dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

I didn't end up buying these jeans and I'm already regretting it. Definitely going to add it to my cart for my online splurge next. They are Rag & Bones and on sale for $149! This is one of my favorite brands of denim and I love the thick cuff detail at the bottom! (They are made like that I didn't cuff them myself!) They are comfy, a really cute wash, and will last you YEARS. I am wearing a size 26 but would order a 25! 

dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

This was the first time I have ever tried Good American jeans and I LOVE THEM! They are probably some of the most comfortable jeans I have tried on. I sadly couldn't find my size in store but am definitely going to look for them online! I think I will order a size 25 as I now have heard they run big! (These were a 27, I was hoping they would run small! Haha)

dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

Knot detailing is my FAVORITE. Therefore so is this top!! It also comes in gray and I think it is such a darling piece! The brand is high quality so it is incredibly comfy and could definitely be dressed up or dressed down! You all also know how much I love blush :) I am wearing an extra small here. I would say it runs a little big.

dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

This sweater is perfection. Literally the minute I put it on I knew I was purchasing. The fit is so cute, the stitching is so cute, the sweater itself is so cute! It lays on your body so well and is very flattering for a more oversized sweater! I think I will definitely wear this the most out of everything. I would say it runs true to size, I am wearing a small.

dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

I love a good t-shirt dress so this one is right up my alley. The sleeve detailing give it a nice feminine touch and it also comes in gray. Would be super cute with either some sandals or sneakers.

dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale

I had to try this dress on because I actually bought a cheaper boutique version of it that I still have!! This dress is Free People so it's obviously more than what I paid for mine - but you can tell when you wear it. The length was more modest, the fabric was thicker, and I love the coloring of the floral detail. I think this dress is going to be a HUGE hit this sale!! Perfect for fall. I am wearing a size small. 

dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
dressing room diaries: nordstrom anniversary sale
Dressing Room Diaries: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

There are so many amazing things about this dress!! The fit is modest and flattering, the print is too cute, and there is a darling flutter sleeve detail. It is Madewell so you really can't expect anything less. I am wearing a size 2 and would say it runs true to size!

Β 

I hope you babes enjoyed my first Dressing Room Diaries post! I am thinking about doing more of these not only during the sale, but randomly throughout the year as well, so please let me know your thoughts as to if this is something you enjoy reading!! Happy #nsale shopping!! 

Xx,