July 2017 - Like Honey

Mom Style Monday: Vacation Style

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Welcome to Mom Style Monday, a monthly link party where my fellow stylish mamas and I share our favorite outfits and trends! There's a new theme every month, so be sure to join in next month with your own Mom Style! This month we're sharing our favorite beach and vacay themed outfits!

Outfit Details
Dress | TJ Maxx, similar
Wedges | Macy's
Statement Earrings | Gordman's, similar
Clutch | Red Dress Boutique, similar
Sunglasses | Fossil, similar
Chain Bracelet | New York & Co, similar

I call this my fiesta dress because, really, doesn't it make you want a margarita?? I saw this on the rack at TJ Maxx a few weeks ago and just couldn't resist; it was the only one left! It's about a whole size too big but since it's flowy it's hard to tell. I might have it taken in, or I might just leave it so I don't have to worry about sucking things in after Taco Tuesday ;)

This month's MSM theme was vacation/beach so I thought this dress would be perfect since I'd give anything to be wearing it on the Gulf of Mexico right about now (while equally excited about leaves and pumpkins being on the horizon...isn't the end of summer weird?). We did hit Sullivan beach in Charleston but I wasn't about to shoot a swimsuit look for y'all (you're welcome)!

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Now it's time to link up! Share your favorite vacay-ready look (or any recent outfit post!) and be sure to comment on at least one other blog post in the party! Then join us next month (the last Monday of every month) for a Fall Transition theme!


5 Secrets For Surviving Road Trips With Kids

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If you're a regular around here, you know my family is from Lexington, Kentucky. We live in St Louis, so visiting Nana and Pops means regular road trips for the whole family! It's not easy for anyone being stuck in a car for 6 hours and the constant mileage on our car requires lots of special attention. That's why I'm sharing my top 5 tips for staying sane--and safe!--on the road, especially when you've got little ones in tow.

1.) Fill em Up | Nobody wants to be in a car full of hangry people, especially tiny hangry people. Snacks have saved us from a myriad of tantrums and meltdowns in all kinds of situations and they're my number one go-to on the road!

2.) In Flight Entertainment | Before every trip, we always let the kids pick out one new toy to take on the road. This keeps them from getting bored too quickly with toys they already love (and it's usually just a cheap dollar store toy)! We don't have a built in DVD player, so we download a few favorites onto the iPad. We also like to have a few educational apps on hand and usually play a little kid-friendly music. Here's our current playlist you can access below for your own listening!

3.) Stay Safe | Nothing scares me more than the thought of being stranded on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. That's why we always make sure to take extra care of our car before hitting the road. We love the convenience of Walmart's Automotive Care Center (ACC) and the options we have there. Our car has taken many road trips and has well over 75,000 miles so we always ask for Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® oil to try and ensure the most life out of our engine. Using Walmart's ACC allows us more time with Daddy (no more crawling under the car the night before we leave) and saves us money! Pennzoil® is known for cleaning out the sludge that lesser oils leave behind, therefore taking even better care of our vehicle for the long run. Add in Walmart's ACC High Mileage rollback (now $4 off!) and you've got even more savings! Use the store finder to see where your nearest Automotive Care Center is.

4.) Make Stops | We always like to stop about halfway through for lunch. It helps to choose a place where your kiddos can get out, stretch and run around a little bit, plus get a full belly for the last leg of the trip. We also try to hit rest stops or just get out and walk for a while when stopping for gas so that our legs don't cramp up. This is the perfect chance for a quick diaper change or to pull out a snack to pass around before heading back on the road.

5.) Take Self-Care | If all else fails, make sure to take care of your self. Nothing drives a mom crazier than hearing the same cartoon for the 1000th time in a row, and crazy moms are not patient moms. I find that bringing my own book or popping in headphones to listen to my own tunes helps to keep my own attitude in check and really allows me to give my kids more grace when they do start acting up. Be sure to check out MY Road Trip Must Haves post before packing your own bags!


Road trips are not for the faint of heart, but hitting the road with a fully serviced vehicle definitely gives me the most peace of mind when traveling with the kids. And of course, an arsenal of snacks is a must have, too. What are some of the things you do to prepare your family--and vehicle--for a long car trip? Do you have any other tried-and-true tricks for keeping the kiddos happy in the car? Share your road trip must haves in the comments!



Light Blue Ruffle Wrap Dress

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Some of y'all may remember this ruffle wrap dress from my date night dinner in Charleston a couple of weeks ago, or you may recognize it as this light blue striped Topshop number....well, MY dress may look just like that $90 stunner, but it's actually from SHEIN and a fraction of the cost!

I am absolutely in love with this dress for so many reasons...the price, the ruffles, the stripes, the color, the lightweight material, the bow tie....Just, swoon.

The first time I wore it was out to dinner at PawPaw in Charleston, SC with my husband, so of course I have a special attachment to it now. It was the perfect lightweight material for walking around in the humid southern air and the self-tie wrap style made it easy to adjust after a big meal ;)

I loved it paired with gold and tan, but I had to add my favorite new floating pearl necklace from Kiel James Patrick. Preston surprised me with it when we got home from vacation and it definitely took the sting out of going back to our normal routine after such a lovely getaway. Now I wear it allllll the time and just get butterflies thinking how my sweet hubby treated me to something special.

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P.S. My clutch is part of my favorite Bella Tunno Boss Bag set, which is unfortunately sold out right now on sale (you can still find it full price HERE), but the Mini Boss set comes with this clutch and can be worn as a crossbody and is currently part of the (now public!) Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for less than $50! It's by FAR one of my favorite crossbodies I've ever owned. I highly recommend it!!!

Have you ever found a designer dupe for a total steal? (I also found the perfect dupe for some Steve Madden pearl slides and shared them on Instagram recently...check that out HERE). I love scoring trendy pieces for cheap and have been really impressed with how this is holding up!


Floral Cold Shoulder Wrap Dress

Outfit Details
Floral Cold Shoulder Dress || Charlotte Russe (less than $20 on sale!)
Clutch || Bella Tunno c/o (included in the #NSale!)
Taupe Wedges || Tommy Hilfiger (under $50 right now!)
Sunglasses || Fossil, similar

I am totally in love with this floral cold shoulder dress that I found at Charlotte Russe! I always find a few hidden gems when I stop in there and it's one of my favorite places to shop for the trendier items I know won't last more than a couple of seasons. I'd much rather splurge on classic wardrobe staples!

This dress is extra special to me for two reasons: 1.) I wore it for a day in Charleston with my husband. We had such a wonderful time and now I will always be reminded of that day walking around the Historic District, feeling totally in love. 2.) I lost my grandpa a few years ago and we always called him Poppy. This dress is adorned with lots of pretty coral/orange poppies so, of course, I had to take it home with me.

I finally had a chance to take these gorgeous taupe wedges for a real spin and let me tell you, the walking around Charleston is NO joke! I quickly switched to flats and I'm so thankful I did! They're super cute and comfy, though, so I'm always looking for new opportunities to wear them.

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Do you have any items in your closet that hold special memories for you?


The Broke Girl's Guide to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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I don't know about you all, but I just spent a little more money than I'd like to admit on a nice vacation with my husband...that means my funds for the upcoming Nordstrom Anniversary Sale are pretty slim (and let's not forget the Lilly Pulitzer After-Party Sale is coming up soon, too!). I'm not rolling in dough by any means, but that doesn't mean I can't score some great deals during the #NSale! Today I'm sharing some budget-friendly tips to keep in mind while you're shopping + some of my favorite Anniversary Sale picks under $50!

Last year's leopard and burgundy look was a fall favorite!

Shop Your Closet | Dump out last season's tub o' clothes and assess your fall wardrobe at a glance. Do you need a new pair of skinny jeans? Are some of your favorite staple sweaters starting to pill? Make a list of items you'd like to snag for this season and try to shop for those. It will limit your impulse shopping and help save you money in the long run by not buying too many things outside of what you actually need.

A classic trench coat is worth the splurge when you can count on it's timeless style.

Quality Over Quantity | I know how hard it is to drop $50 on a shirt (trust me), so keep quality in mind when making any purchase. I'm always willing to spend more on an item I know I can get several years out of, so I opt to buy my trendier pieces from cheaper stores and shop for staple items (like boots, chambray shirts, and basic denim) from more trusted brands. Also remember: Expensive does NOT always equal High Quality!!!

Who doesn't love a little fur? This plaid top was perfect during the holidays but will also see a lot of wear this fall.

Look Forward | It's not always easy to justify a purchase when you can't immediately enjoy it or use it, but it's far better to score a deal now than to pay full price in a couple months. Keep your fall wardrobe in mind (did you make your list?) when you're shopping the #NSale and try to spend your money wisely. Summer is almost over, so drop your cash on a new jacket or sweater instead of another strapless sundress.

Now on to some of my affordable style picks! All of these items are under $50 while the sale lasts and you can gain early access to them by signing up for a Nordstrom Credit or Debit card! The Early Access sale runs from July 13 - July 20 and public access runs from July 21 - August 6. If you want first dibs on anything, definitely consider becoming a cardholder, as things do sell out fast!

This is the year of the statement sleeve and there are so many cute, affordable options here! I always love a good slouchy sweater, too, so I definitely purchased a couple of those. I also scored that leopard scarf for just $11 to replace my old one. Kendra Scott makes the most beautiful, high quality jewelry so I was excited to see a few of her pieces included in the sale!

Whew! Sometimes these sales are overwhelming and the urge to impulse buy gets the best of us. Thankfully Nordstrom has free shipping and  free returns, so any spur of the moment purchases that lead to buyer's remorse (or husband's disdain) can be quickly undone. It's hard to reel your emotions in during a big sale that's being blasted at you from every fashion blogger out there, so hopefully these tips help you shop smart and save a little!

Let me know what you're wishlisting for fall and if you did any #NSale shopping!


6 Road Trip Essentials I Can't Leave Without

We make a lot of road trips with our frequent trips to Kentucky! This past weekend we made the trek to enjoy Fourth of July with my family before Preston and I head off to Charleston and I made sure to pack all of my favorite road trip must-haves along with me!

Here's a look at some of my go-to essentials:

Water || We all know the importance of proper hydration, so pack plenty of water and leave early if you're worried about bathroom breaks.

Slip-On Shoes || I always feel more comfortable in a cramped car if I can slip my shoes off, so I opt for easy slide on sandals or flip flops that can be put back on quickly for pit stops and lunch breaks.

Sweater or Blanket || If you're like me, you'll probably fight with your hubby over the AC the entire trip unless you bring something to keep yourself warm. ;)

Reading Material || A good magazine or book will make the time go by much more quickly!

Personal Care || Nothing is worse than dry hands (especially after using that cheap truckstop bathroom soap), chapped lips, or a starving tummy. I always keep a little hand lotion and chapstick with me in all my bags and for road trips I like to pack a light snack to tide me over until the next leg of the trip.

Headphones || Don't want to share the radio with the whole family? Bring headphones so you can listen to audiobooks, Netflix, or your own Spotify playlists instead of hearing the Moana soundtrack for the 1000th time. #MomLife

Our road trips are always a breeze thanks to all of these extra essentials (and usually a stop for some chicken nuggets along the way)!

Is there anything you can't live without on a road trip?

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