In My #Inbound16 Suitcase

I tend to be an over packer. Like serious over-packer. I was gone for five days and I think I packed nine tops, four bottoms and four pairs of shoes. So, taking a lesson from some of the inspiration I used to pack  for this particular trip (this post, this one and this post mainly), I’m sharing my best packing tips and what I loved in my #inbound16 suitcase.

 

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Tops:
Blazer (Gap – old, similar) | sweater | tunicbutton down | ruffle hem sweatshirt (LOFT, similar) | striped tee | Striped Peplum top (similar..ish) | pintuck popover |

Pants: 
Black Ponte Pants | Jeans |

Shoes:
booties (Old Navy, similar) | Flats | leopard flats (Madewell via Poshmark – similar)

Not pictured: this fantastic sweater which I wore home on Saturday with these leggings (which are back this year and on sale for 40% off!!) and these riding boots.

Lessons for dressing for a conference – from conference room to the cocktail hour 

Plan, plan, plan. Seriously. I had an idea what I wanted to wear but really, I suppose I didn’t need to bring ALL of my favorite fall wear. I did some pinning, but if I stuck to my outfits and did a little more suitcase capsule planning, I might have been better off and been less likely to over pack.

Dress comfortably. This goes without saying, but heels are out. I didn’t end up wearing my booties so I could have left those. I did pack my riding boots – but I wore them on my way home from CT not at the conference as I suspected. We didn’t go back to our hotel rooms between conference/keynotes/dinners/going out – a luxury I had during my first Inbound experience so dressing business casual was a good thing.

Check the weather. I forgot my jacket, y’all. I lived in Boston for five years, just because it’s in the 60’s and I don’t need a jacket in Maryland, doesn’t mean I should leave my jacket behind. I totally did this as I rushed out the door on Tuesday morning. WHOOPS. You see, my suitcase didn’t have room for my blazer, so I just wore that. Except, it was like 10 – 15 degrees colder in Boston than in Maryland. Dress for the weather where you’re going homies. Don’t forget a jacket when going to New England in November. Rookie mistake.

I loved inbound – that’s a separate post for another day but between the fantastic people watching and the incredible speakers and breakout sessions, if you’re in marketing, this is one conference you don’t want to miss.

What are your favorite packing hacks?

 

 

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Friday Five: Rawr edition

Happy Friday readers! Friday five is back – also known as my weekly wrap up/favorite reads from the past week. The past couple of weeks have been a bit cray. This weekend is shaping up to be a nice one – perfect weather, my mom is in town to hang with Little Man and I and we’ve got a bunch of Halloween/Fall-ish type things going on. Why Rawr edition? Well, little man is a dinosaur for halloween this year – and we’ve been working on our rawring so it seemed appropriate.

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  1. Answering the question every non-parent and husband asks every day. Why moms always talk about coffee and wine. Yes. All of this.
  2. While I do think some of Ivanka Trump’s pieces are beautiful, you won’t see them posted here. More about how her father’s campaign is damaging her brand.
  3. Leggings as pants? Yay or nay? (i’m in the yay category myself if they’re worn properly!)
  4. Yes to all of these ways to make your commute more productive – also, this post made me want a Roomba.
  5. Have you ever shopped on amazon? Apparently you should start, they’re about to take over Macy’s as the biggest clothing retailer. I’ve recently added a bunch of fun stuff to my Amazon wish list after seeing pieces in a fun Facebook Group I’m in. Worth perusing! (plus prime shipping ftw!)

On the blog

 

 

Normally I have some sales to shop but I’m on a shopping hiatus for the next few weeks. That being said, I did open up a poshmark page so you can check out what I’m trying to get rid of from my closet here!

What’s going on in your world this weekend?

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OOTD: Stripes and Peplum Love

If there’s one thing you can probably gather from my outfits, it’s that I have a strong love of neutrals (ah-hem black, white, navy) and stripes.

So when I picked up this black and white ruffle hem top it was love at first wear.

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[Peplum Top (similar)| Pants (similar) | Shoes | necklace (similar)]

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It’s just one of those classic looks – stripes, peplum. And let’s all be on the same page here, there is NOTHING that doesn’t go with black pants. Nothing. Black ponte pants? My go to. I think I need another pair of these because I wear them so frequently. I don’t know if this falls under a signature style but if I had one? Stripes and black pants might just be it.

What is your signature style? Do you have go to pieces in YOUR closet?

 

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Boo-ing our Neighbors

When we bought our home, the one piece of the puzzle I never felt I got that I really wanted was a close-knit neighborhood. As we’ve started getting involved in our neighborhood association, I’m finding they are pretty close. Our direct neighbors seem really nice, however, we haven’t really connected with them as much as I had hoped.

I was lucky to grow up with my three best friends all living within a house of me. I had a fantastic childhood (until my parents split up in 8th grade) thanks to so many fun memories with those friends. I always had friends to hang out with – there were summer camp outs, late night swims, someone to walk to school with, and someone to hang out with on our many snow days. It was all idyllic. So when we moved in and saw a kiddo around Ethan’s age wave at us with small hands through their front window, I got excited that he might have that too.

Needless to say, the family friendship is still in the works, but they work different hours than us so we’re always two ships passing in the night. BUT I decided to Boo them anyhow. It’s not even a thing in our ‘hood but i’m going to make it so.

boo basket

What I included: 

My favorite pumpkin beer for the adults
-Halloween cocktail napkins
-Fun glow sticks for trick or treating
-A autumny candle
-Halloween sticker book
-Gummy worms
-some chocolate peanut butter cups
-Some Halloween utz cheddar balls
-Fun halloween socks
-A printed “You’ve been boo’ed” sign with instructions to pay it forward (maybe they’ll boo us?!) 

I picked up everything at Target in the Halloween section and the dollar spot and spent about $10-15 on each of the baskets I made. I really hope they enjoyed it!

Have you ever boo’ed your neighbors or been boo’ed?

Boo

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What I wore: A Pretty Fall Floral

For those of you who sometimes wonder if Influencer Marketing really works, I will say that yes. Yes it does. How do I know? Take a peak in my closet my friends.

I mean think about, think about what you read and the purchases you make. 90% of my clothing in my closet, I most likely saw on a blog and was like oooooh that’s cute.  Most of the times, it works. Others, it doesn’t and gets returned.

what i wore fall florals

Thus the inspiration for this beautiful top from Old Navy that’s some Fall Floral win. I saw it on a couple of blogs, and ordered it online on a whim. At first, I was kind of undecided but when I got it and put it into action, I’m so glad I kept it.

fall floral outfit

{Ponte Pants (similar) | Tank (exact) | Sweater (similar) | Shoes (similar)}

To be honest, I’ve never been one for florals – I’m much more of a stripes kind of gal, but these florals are kind of amazing and won me over. So for me, florals are one of those things that I always think I’ll like…but kind of just never really work out quite right. Thankfully this fall i feel like the floral trend is a little more on point and not too…grandmothers drapery-esque as I sometimes feel florals can trend.

Also, these ponte pants are among my favorite pants ever. They feel like leggings, and kind of look like leggings but also have back pockets, belt loops and a button and zipper like normal pants – so they pass for work pants for me in an office that frowns upon leggings. Ponte pants are the next best thing. #sorrynotsorry.

 

So huzzah for that!

Have you tried florals on this fall yet?

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Ethan’s First KidBox – A review

One day vis a vie email, a pal of mine and I thought “we should start a kid subscription box.” We were ranting about Stitch Fix boxes gone woefully wrong, contemplating whether to sign up our husbands for the mens box and wishing there was something similar for kids. Then I found KidBox.

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With KidBox, it’s free to sign up, and you only pay for what you buy. Certainly not too shabby of a deal to start.

A couple of weeks after I signed up and filled out our style profile, I got my box with six pieces all curated for Little Man based on what I put in his mini style-profile. The box itself was super fun to open with lots of colors, and some stickers for little man to play with.

But once I saw the pieces, to say it was a huge bummer would be an understatement.

Similar to Stitch Fix, you fill out a style profile that asks about your child’s style. I compared my child’s style to the Gap and JCrew – classic, comfy and preppy – and received joggers and a bomber jacket? Something feels like it’s not connected. But, then this seems like a new program and maybe their selection is limited.

The pieces (L to R, Top to Bottom) 

Le Top Sports Jersey $21 (originally $42)
Le Top Woven Plaid Shirt $24 (originally $48)
Le Top French Terry Varsity Jacket $35 (originally $60)
LRG Stylent Jean $24 (originally $36)
Reebok Tod Mesh Jogger $24 (originally $30)
Penguin Twill Pant $20 (originally $38)

So the pieces, while all were really nice quality, they weren’t so much nicer than our usual Carters/Baby Gap/Old Navy that I was willing to pay Boden-like prices ($24 for a plaid shirt!?! LOLOLOL). Not to mention, little man is a little prepster like his daddy. Not a…well, I don’t even know what type of style that all is.

But, given that there were 7 days (pro!) to try the stuff out, no charge (unlike stitch fix! SUPER PRO! No obligation FTW!)  except for what you keep, I felt okay trying it out and, I’ll probably try it again in the spring just to see what we get. It’s fun to get mail like this and the pros certainly don’t hurt.

Feel free to try it (it’s free!) AND if you use my referral link, you get $25 towards your first purchase! Win win right?

 

Have you tried a subscription box for your kiddos? What was your experience like? 

 

 

{disclosure: all opinions here are mine and mine alone. I did not receive compensation nor did I work with KidBox in exchange for any compensation or product.}

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What I Wore: Black and White

I’m a big lover of neutrals. Like, seriously give me a wardrobe of black and white and navy with a splash of blush, olive and burgundy and – oh wait. That is my wardrobe. Throw in some stripes and plaid and polka dots and you’ve pretty much got my closet.

That’s why I love, love, loved the simplicity of this outfit. And I love getting dressed up for work

black and white striped

Striped shirt (Similar) | Skirt | Flats | Necklace (similar)

This skirt is one of my favorites. Hands down. I have it in three versions (tan linen, camel wool and black) and love all three equally. I also may have just ordered it in turquoise. #sorrynotsorry.

Also, this striped shirt (though I couldn’t find the exact) comes in a few  different colors and totally feels more expensive than the $12 I paid for it. That is #winning.

Many thanks to two of my favorite bloggers Anne and Katie for inspiring this outfit – they both rock the stripes and the skirts on the regular and I finally was like “oh wait. I should put these two together!” I did and it’s a new favorite in my work outfit rotations.

Happy fall. Happy neutrals.

What’s your favorite fall skirt? 

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Currently | October

Happy October my friends! It’s the first Wednesday of the month which means it’s time again for the Currently link up! Join the link up hosted by Anne and Jacqui this month to see what’s currently going on!

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Cheers-ing | with all of the pumpkin beers. I’m on the prowl for Harpoon Pumpkin UFO which is a consistent fall favorite of mine and lucky for me it’s that time of year! Unlucky for me, I’m one week into a 30 day cleanse which technically means no beer for me. Wamp wamp….

Organizing | My home-office. I’m trying desperately to declutter (the whole house, really) and trying to get months of paperwork/artwork for little man filed and sorted. This is all in hopes that I can once again use my desk, as in it’s current state, it’s covered in not yet started DIY projects…we’ll see how this project goes this month. 

Dreaming | Of autumn in New England/Boston. I’m heading up there for a conference in a month, but I’m dreaming of my favorite city ever in autumn during my favorite time of year. It’s almost hard to believe it was 10 years since I’ve really lived there. 

Buying | Fall clothes for Little Man. I’m on a 30 day cleanse and outside of two things I got on a really good deal late last week, I’m trying to not buy anything for myself this month. But Little Man needs new pants (2T is too short! 3T is too big! Anyone make ½ sizes for toddlers?! 😐 *sigh*) and more long sleeve shirts. I just bought a few tops from Old Navy for him and a new fleece on super sale, so I felt really good about that.  

Listening | To all of the podcasts. Having all of the mom crushes. I shared my four current favorites last week so those and lately, NPR, are pretty much all I’ve been listening to. 

Join the currently link up on the first Wednesday of the month – next month we’ll be sharing what we’re currently discovering, celebrating, starting, wearing, and googling.

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Friday Five: Out Goes September

Happy Friday friends!! Another Friday, another month – where is all the time going!?

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  1. I think I’ve mentioned this podcast before but seriously, they speak my truth. The Girl Next Door podcast talked this week about creating happiness and absolutely inspired a post – something they said about friendships really resonated with me. Give it a listen!
  2. I am officially obsessed with this Loft top. I wore it last weekend with sandals and leggings, Monday night date night with my Tory Burch flats, and yesterday at work with booties for a rainy Thursday. It’s so versatile, comfortable. Highly recommend.
  3. I love this post on to do list styles and how to be more productive from HubSpot.
  4. I’ve recently started doing Body Pump in lieu of running (darker earlier, and I’m not really training for anything so kind of taking a break/trying something new) i feel like I need this tank just for the name. That and I have two of the racerback tanks in this style that took me through a couple of triathlons last year.
  5. Yep, all of the pumpkin recipes. I would like to try all of them.

 

On the blog

  1. My favorite podcasts. What have you been listening to lately?
  2. Stay tuned next week for my first Kid Box review and the October Currenly Linkup.

Worthy for the weekend

Loft Sale: 40% sale and select fall favorites. $20 off sweaters. My picks: Floral Peplum blouse, Speckled Henley top, Classic boyfriend sweater.

Old Navy: 30% your order. This cut out tank top, this swing top, this striped top (because you can never have too many), this poncho sweater. (ends 10/1)

JCrew Factory: Buy one sweater, shirt or t-shirt, get one 50% off. this pretty popover,  this cardigan (because you can never have too many), this tie waist sweatshirt.

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My Four Favorite Podcasts

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately, mostly because I’ve been feeling a little lost, not that I’m misunderstood but that I’ve in a sense, become disconnected from my village. So I’ve been struggling on the friend front – or so it feels like. So the podcasts I’ve been listening to, have been – in a way – guiding me through all of it.

favorite podcasts

Dear Prudence – I love love love this one. Mallory Ortberg could be a great bestie – she gives great advice, sounds like she would be fun to hang with and is so effing real and to the point. If you love Ann Landers or any other advice type column, you’ll love this one.

Mom and Dad are Fighting – Another Slate podcast. But the mom and dad on here, though their kids are much older than me talk about all sorts of parenting issues from sleep, to eating to education and everything in between. They have fantastic recommendations and their fails and triumphs always make me feel like I’m doing much better than I probably am. ha!

The Mom Hour – I recently caught wind of this through another podcast I listen to. It’s fantastic. Between the two hosts, they have 8 kids ranging from toddlerhood to high schoolers. They’re real, they speak truth, and as fellow working mamas, they get it.

The Girl Next Door – I love love love this podcast. Their latest episode that I was listening to tonight just…nearly made me cry because everything in my life – self care. friendships. and finding happiness. Their conversations are so authentic that you can’t help but nod along and say OMG YES to all of the things. Also, if you don’t read their blogs, I highly recommend that you check them both out!

 

I have dozens of podcasts that I’ll continue to share every so often. – these are the ones that I’ve been tuning into each week, but if you have any that you love – please share, I’m always looking for new suggestions!

What are your favorite podcasts? 

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