August 28, 2017

South Moon Under – Some Random Selfies

South Moon Under is a favorite, and hugely popular, East coast boutique that originated out of Maryland’s eastern shore, in Ocean City, Maryland, many years ago. Thankfully, one of the original outposts of the store besides the beach  location is nearby to where I live, located in Bethesda, MD. For many years now it’s been a favorite boutique of mine, and many others, to shop at for its large variety of clothing styles at various price points, accessories, and shoes. I particularly love going there when I don’t know what I feel like buying but I know I’m in the mood to buy something (this “mood” strikes all of us at one point, right?!). Or, I have an event coming up but can’t quite find the right top yet and need to look in person. Sometimes when I stop in and try on a few pieces, I takes pictures because I want to see how it looks on. Or, if I can’t decide whether to buy the item that day, I have time to think about it and can refer back to a picture to remind me of how it looked.

Now that I realized I have a bunch of random selfies on my phone from various stops in at the store, I figured I’d gather them up in a quick post to share.


The tops below I tried on back in the Spring/early June when I was thinking ahead to having a few good tops around for upcoming events and evenings out. These were my favorites. And guess what – some of these are now on sale – yeah!

Jeans I was wearing that day are by AG – similar, Shoes are Marc Fisher wedges

Splendid (on sale now)

patrons of peace tank, marc fisher wedges

Patrons of Peace (on sale now! Wore it in July, see my post here)

Mid Summer

When I was at the beach on our family vacation, I stopped in at the store in Rehobeth Beach. I have found that each stores carries different pieces so it’s fun to check out what the store there carries vs. what’s in the store closer to home. I barely had time this specific day to try much on but was in love with a lot of the jackets and particularly the necklace I tried on. I saw enough good pieces that I plan to go back later in August (or after kids are back in school) and try on more jackets.

sanctuary jacket

Jacket (perfect for Fall!)| Necklace – can’t find it on the website, hmmm, but I bought it that day in July!

Wearing Madewell shorts, Free People tank and Jack Rogers sandals and the bracelet is actually from South Moon Under, too!


I had a belated birthday dinner with girlfriends planned and wanted a new top to wear for the occasion. So I stopped in to the store again, focusing only on tops that would work for this birthday dinner. However, I often get distracted by jeans so no surprise that this day that I grabbed a pair to try on with the to. I was drawn to this particular pair by Hudson that are a darker wash because after deciding to return the rag & bone pair from the Nordstrom sale (see me trying them on here), I was still on the hunt for a new darker wash pair. Turns out the Hudson pair is perfect in every way! Soft, unfinished hem, and a good mid rise.

Note: Sorry the pictures look funky but the lighting in the dressing room was so bright it was making them come out this way and can’t figure out how to fix it! 🙄

Abbeline tank Hudson jeans

Tank – LOVED. The straps laid well, the material was comfortable, the pattern wasn’t too much for my taste and I’m a big fan of blue. Sold! Wearing XS| Jeans | Shoes  (Tkees Duos)

Chloe oliver tank

This tank was really pretty with beads and is fitted at the waistband. The fit was also comfortable and I liked the higher neck but the sides are very low and open so I’m not even sure what the right bra is to wear with it. A strapless bra would still show on the side. I am wearing an XS for reference.

abbeline tank pinkThe color of this Abbeline tank is a pretty pink and the material is light. There’s a bit of slight detail on the armholes and it crosses in the front. However, it gapes open quite a bit! Had to pass on this one, just not right for me. Wearing an XS. Note: The link is actually to this tank in blue because I can’t find the version pink online.

I plan to do a more specific round up of Fall clothes from South Moon Under in the next few weeks. Keep you posted!


August 14, 2017

The 2 Kiehls Products I Use Religiously

Kiehls eye and face moisturizer

Like everyone else, I have my favorite beauty products that I use over and over.  For me, two of those products are by Kiehls. Yes, I have tried, and am always open to trying, other beauty products but in recent years, I’ve found that I always come back to Kiehls, particularly the Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream and Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Moisturizer. It’s gotten to the point that I don’t even really try other products in these 2 categories.

Product Details – Kiehls Eye Cream

The Eye cream ($43 for .5oz) came in to my life when I was feeling self conscious about the wrinkles around my eyes. Yes, I’m human and like everyone else, I do have crows feet. I just feel mine are worse for my age (ugh, I just turned 39 in July) then others. Blame it on the years I spent in college in sunny Miami without wearing sunscreen daily, but without resorting to Botox (yet!), I think it’s important to use one daily at this point in my life. After trying a few different eye creams, I ended up with the Kiehls Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream and have been a convert ever since.

Kiehls Powerful Eye

What I Like

  • It’s unscented
  • Thick and absorbs well
  • A little goes a long way
  • Mid price range
  • Moisturizing
  • Contains a combination of micronutrients, Copper PCA and Calcium PCA

If you are younger then me and lucky enough  not to have crows feet yet, the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($29 for .5oz) is extremely popular and just as moisturizing. The difference is it doesn’t have ingredients that are targeted for wrinkles. 

Product Details – Kiehls Moisturizer

I starting using the Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream SPF 30, ($54 for 1.7oz ) last Summer when I couldn’t find a moisturizer I felt had enough moisture and SPF. Some of my other beauty products contain SPF but I felt it was important for my moisturizer to have it since it’s the first product I put on every morning (after my serum – I currently use this Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum but I have used this Kiehls Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate during the Winter and liked it) and therefore, the first line of defense against wrinkles. You could use it at nighttime as well.

I should mention I’m in between nighttime moisturizers but I’m seriously considering switching to the Midnight Recovery Concentrate Oil ($46 for 1oz). It can be used with a moisturizer or on it’s own. I gotten a bunch of samples of it before and thoroughly enjoy it every time I’ve used it. I particularly like the smell – I find it really calming at night time!

Kiehls moisturizer SPF

What I Like

  • Thick but not greasy and absorbs well
  • Moisturizing
  • A little goes a long way
  • Mid price range
  • Formulated with a combination of micronutrients, Copper PCA and Calcium PCA
  • Significantly reduces the appearance of wrinkles, smooths skin texture, and improves firmness.
  • Clinically shown to improve elasticity by 19.75%
  • High level broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • It does have a smell of suncreen, FYI, but this doesn’t bother me
Kiehls moisturizer with spf

The moisturizer

Last Bonuses

  • The products are available at other retailers besides the Kiehls store, like Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and a more local beauty boutique called Blue Mercury
  • Each purchase comes with samples – woohoo!
  • Rewards program
  • Good return policy

Kiehls samples

Happy shopping!

Fall/ Fashion
August 10, 2017

Stripes and Gray for Fall

Hi all! I can’t believe we’re finally in to the month of August. The Summer has really flown by! And oddly, the other day here in the Northeast, the temps took a nice turn for the better where the humidity dropped and it had me feeling a bit lustful for the Fall. So, with Fall on my mind, and a new pair of shoes in my closet, I figured this was a good time to post an outfit idea and what better idea then stripes and gray. Yeah! I know this isn’t a new combination, but I think the shoes add a modern feel to this classic pairing.

stripes tee ag denim jslides stripes tee

stripes tee ag jeans jslides

Closet version

What I’m Wearing

Stripes Tee

The stripes tee I’m wearing is from the J.Crew Factory store, called a Studio Tee (Of course, I stopped at the outlets near our beach on my way home from our vacation). I did size up to a small so it was a bit less fitted. Here are a few other versions of a stripes tee to try as well – J.Crew, Madewell, or even this fun style from BP (I actually bought this the other day!), or this long sleeve version.


I got my first pair of Jslides back in the Spring (I got my black pair back then – see my post here) and have been a convert ever since. Not only are they comfortable, stylish, reasonably priced, they come in my small feet size, 5!!! After being on the hunt, STILL, for an easy to throw on pair of gray shoes since I wear a lot of navy blue and gray, I think I found the perfect pair in these Jslides Alara Slip On Sneaker. I like the look of these because they are  modern and casual but still pulled together.


You could definitely wear any medium to dark wash denim pair of jeans, distressed or no distressed, with this look. I am wearing a pair of AG denim that I got at the Nordstrom sale. They have slight distressing at the pockets. If you prefer, more distressing I also like this pair of AG.


My necklace is a long silver necklace from South Moon Under. Of course it’s not the website (insert sigh), but I literally bought it in July at the store in Rehobeth Beach, DE. Any long silver necklace would do, like this one by Kendra Scott.

Happy shopping!

August 3, 2017

What I Wore – July 2017

July’s What I Wore has a few of my favorite pieces so far this Summer, some of which you may have seen me wear already in my What I Wore posts from May and June. They include a pair of sandals, a pair of shorts, and 2 new pairs of wedges.

The month went by fast, I have to say. We enjoyed July 4th, some date nights, I got away for 2 days to the beach with a girlfriend and then my family’s annual vacation at the beach a few days later. Oh yeah, and my birthday in the middle! I don’t have pictures from all these events since some of the items I wore were on major repeat so I am just showing my favorites from the month.

Here we go….

Gap romper

Sunday night adult only BBQ

Romper is from last Summer, BCBGeneration or Gap for similar| Shoes – also, debated wearing my rose gold flat sandals instead for a different look but the wedges won out | Wrenn Jewelry Necklace

maxi dress

Random day of errands, and PTA Board Meeting

Some Summer days call for a maxi dress, especially if you were too lazy or didn’t have time to shave and you have a PTA board meeting that evening 😉

Dress – mine is old but I love this one by Devlin!

Madewell shorts

Lunch with a girlfriend

Madewell shorts | Top – SimilarForever 21| Jack Rogers sandals

Lilly Pulitzer tank

Date night

My husband and I got out one night for sushi and thai rolled ice cream. Have you had rolled ice cream yet? It’s very interesting and honestly, it looks cooler then it tastes. Ha! Basically, don’t expect it to taste like regular creamy rich ice cream!

Lilly Pulitzer Tank | AG Jeans – newer version here in 11 Year Swap Meet| Shoes | Purse – try this envelope clutch by Rebecca Minkoff instead| Necklace – Stella & Dot, 1 of a 3 from the Riad set

July 4th

Casual dinner out with the family

Tank | Shorts | Shoes

Old navy tank Madewell shorts

Random Day

Old Navy Tank – old | Madewell shorts again (see, wore them again!) | Shoes (yup, wore these again, too!)| Necklace – Stella & Dot personalized, i.e. rose gold bar and says “LOVE” in cursive

Nation, LTD dress

Random Day Again

Gray Nation, LTD dress (worn here in May, but with different shoes) | Shoes

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I wore this simple outfit to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale because I wanted a top to layer, a good pair of jeans to try on sweaters or blouses with and a simple pair of flip flops because I knew I’d be trying on boots/booties or heels (I threw some socks in my purse just in case)

Madewell ribbed Tank | AG Jeans (same pair as above) – new version or go for the version of these that is a part of the sale  | Shoescurrent/elliott jeans sole society wedges

Date Night

So this date night was very last minute and limited on time because one of my daughter’s had a birthday party on a Saturday night so we couldn’t be out too late. Of course, we ended up shopping at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for my husband (best buy we got for him was this) and then had a casual stop in at a favorite Mexican restaurant for a quick bite after

Topshop top heresimilar in white | Current/Elliott jeans (from the Anniversary Sale) | Sole Society ShoesPatrons of peace tank ag jeans


One Sunday afternoon, I went with a few girlfriends to see the live podcast of Bitch Sesh, a Real Housewives breakdown (and a favorite of mine!) and some dinner after

Top | Jeans | Shoes | Earrings – Bought them back in June and can no longer find them online anywhere, purchased at Nordstrom they’re BaubleBar

old navy dress gigi new york

Networking Event

Spent my morning at the Modern Mompreneur networking event. Loved the topic – SEO!

Dress (Post about this dress and other similar ones here) | Earrings – same issue as above pair, bought in June and can’t find anymore, they’re by a brand called Canvas | Shoes |  Gigi New York Purse

Target cover up

Day at the beach

Cover up (post about it here)

Madewell tee Tory Burch

Dinner at the beach

Totally improvised this outfit and didn’t know exactly how it looked when I walked out the door because there is no full length mirror in the house we stay at so this mirror, by the bathroom, was the first glimpse I got of how I truly looked. Haha!

Madewell Top (from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale) | Jeans | Shoes |

That’s all for July. Happy shopping!

July 26, 2017

What I Wore – June 2017

Hi all, per usual, I’m getting this month’s What I Wore post out much later then I wanted to. One day I swear I’ll stop feeling bad for getting this post out later then I planned. In the mean time, let’s get to it. Not sure about you but I have a lot of other things I should be doing besides shopping (#lyingbutnotlying). Also, it’s kind of nice to take a break from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, too.

First off, the tank below I will proudly admit is a girl tanks. The reason I got it was because it had everything I was looking for AND it fit. So, why wouldn’t I buy it, right??! I was in a local boutique and was looking through the tops for my daughter (as if she even possibly needed another top – she’s only 9!) and once I laid my eyes on the pretty blue one, the pineapple and the word LOVE, I was SOLD. Sadly, it’s only available in girls sizes and I am wearing the biggest size. #dontcare

Sparkle by Stoopher tank

Running errands but wanting to look cute kind of day

Tank – similar, similar, similar (all adult sizes) | Jeans (mine are from 2 years ago and they must be popular if they’re still available!) | Shoes | | Bracelets (Note: the styles change a lot on the site but I love them all!)   | Necklace – old Stella & Dot

BR tank camisole

Birthday party for a friend at a brewery

Not my favorite outfit of all time but showing it because the white tank is very versatile and comes in other colors. It’s great for layering, which I ended up doing this night. I threw a jacket over it at the last minute and walked out the door.

Tank | Shoes – old Toms wedges, wish I’d had these to wear with this outfit insteadJ.Crew top, Jack Rogers sandals

How funny is my face here? No clue why I look so bored! Or what I was going to do.

Shoes or if I’d gotten a pair of slides like these, I would have worn them instead possibly | Top – is old J.Crew, similar here

Loft tee, AG jeans

AG jeans – mine are old, but try this pair from Nordstrom that’s on sale now! | Loft tee (from the Spring, may be sold out) | Shoes | Necklace- similar

Old Navy dress Marc Fisher Wedge

Saturday lunch with a girlfriend

I was lucky enough to get out to lunch one Saturday with a girlfriend that was in town. So, naturally, it felt like the perfect time to finally wear this adorable dress and my favorite wedges (see my post here about the dress and similar options). PS My hair looks odd here, right? I know I was pretty tired.

Dress | Wedges | Necklace – old Stella & Dot, similar here

Old Navy shorts, Feel the Piece tank

These shorts are a new pair this year for me. I wanted an easy throw on pair that went with a solid tank and were versatile – dress up or down. This pair fit the bill. Honestly, I don’t always like how looser shorts make my thighs look but I try not to obsess about it because sometimes it’s all in your own head, right? For this pair, I got over it.

Shorts | Shoes | Tank – old Feel the Piece similar style that’s looser here | Necklace – old Jennifer Zeuner | bracelet (such an easy beaded bracelet for Summer that comes in a few colors!)

Aqua dress, Lauren Merkin purse

All dressed up with somewhere to go – a charity event!

Dress – similar | Shoes | Earrings – mine are baublebar from Nordstrom but can’t find them online anywhere, try these instead  | Purse – similar

Old Navy mid dress

Dress – last Summer, similar dress by Everlane | Shoes | Necklace – old Stella & Dot

Off to enjoy the beach some more with the family!

Happy shopping!


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