Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Outfit Inspiration

I don't know about you, but I love with the seasons change and I get to pull out all of my sweaters and boots.  I think it's so much more fun to layer than to just put on shorts and a tank top because it's too hot for anything else.  So in honor of fall's imminent arrival, here are a few outfits that I hope will inspire you to pull out your layers.
SWEATER - TANK - MULES - JEANS (super old, linking similar) - BRACELET

These leopard mules are my favorite purchase so far for fall (possibly tied with the black booties below), and they were only $20 with free prime shipping!  These were my first shoe purchase from Amazon, and I'm very pleasantly surprised.  They do run a tad small, so I suggest sizing up a half size, but other than that they are perfection.  The price varies by size and changes daily, as it often does on Amazon, but the price usually hovers right around $20. 
A striped tee, utility vest, and peep toe booties are fall staples for me, and I find myself wearing them over and over again.  The tee and vest are actually from last year (so they've really gotten a lot of use) but there are almost identical options since this combo has become so popular.  I've linked up several. 


Monday, September 11, 2017

Lately ...

Hey guys!  Are you all enjoying the cooler fall weather?  I definitely am.  I just wish it lasted longer! 

I just wanted to catch up and share a few things that I've been up to lately.  I'm currently reading Mary Kubica's newest novel "Every Last Lie".  It's about a woman whose husband dies in a car crash.  The crash is ruled an accident by the police, but she's convinced foul play was involved.  As she tries to uncover the truth about the accident, she finds out her husband was keeping some major secrets from her.  So far it's good, but I'll have to give you an update once I finish it!  Mary Kubica became one of my favorite authors when I read "The Good Girl".  That one is definitely a must-read! 

In other news, I'm loving Old Navy's fall collection!  I picked up this cute army green utility shirt that I've been wearing non-stop, as well as the tunic/cardigan combo below.  The tunic is currently sold out, but I'm hoping it will come back in stock so I can grab it in a few more colors.  

Old Navy Tunic // Old Navy Cardigan // Jeans // Wedges (On sale for $32!) // Similar Bag
I landed a sponsored post on Instagram where I had to come up with a simple recipe using Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning, which truthfully I'd never used before.  Turns out it's apparently AMAZING on pretty much everything.  I made these simple loaded potato skin bites ... and my husband said that they are "the best thing he's ever eaten".  He travels for his job and eats at some pretty amazing restaurants on business dinners, and incidentally he's kind of become a food snob.  So when he compliments dinner, I know he means it!  Here's the super simple recipe:
1 lb fingerling potatoes
2 T. butter or olive oil
Cooked and crumbled bacon to taste
Chopped scallions to taste  
Steam or boil the potatoes until tender.  Heat the oil or butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the potatoes to the skillet, letting them crisp up slightly on all sides.  Remove from heat and add 1 T. of Ranch seasoning & salad dressing mix.  Top with bacon and scallions.   
I added the seasoning to our grilled pork chops and green beans also, and it was excellent on those as well.  I've read it's really good on popcorn too.  Who knew?!  

Have you tried the Ranch seasoning before?  What recipes do you use it in?  I'd love some more ideas on how to use it!

I hope you all have a fantastic rest of your week!  I'm working on something exciting for the blog that I can't wait to share with you!  I'll give you a hint ... it involves Pinterest so make sure you're following.  I'm about to make your fall and winter shopping a whole lot easier!


Friday, September 1, 2017

Nordstrom Summer Sale Favorites

The Nordstrom Summer Sale is here through September 10th!  Below are my picks .... and 5 of them are under $25! 

1.    Ruffle Sleeve Top (Under $25)
2.    Mock Monogram Necklace (under $7)
3.    Moto Leggings (Under $20)
4.    Cross Body Bag ($16)
5.    Nike Running Shoe
6.    Naked Smoky Palette (50% off)
7.    Free People Pullover
8.    Split Sleeve Tee (Only $20)
9.    Peep Toe Booties

I cannot believe that the Nineteen Windsor facebook page just reached 500 followers!  You guys are seriously amazing!  And to show all my readers how much I appreciate them I'm hosting a giveaway of everyone's favorite tunic.  The giveaway runs through Sept 10th.  Just head over to FB and follow the instructions in the pinned post.  Easy peasy.  Good luck to everyone!

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!  What are your plans?  Anything exciting?  We have no plans except relaxing, which is fine by me!     

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chicwish White Crochet Top

One of the things I love about blogging is discovering new brands.  Chicwish is incredibly popular among bloggers, but it's new to me personally.  They carry so many on-trend pieces, and what I LOVE is that they're totally affordable and offer free US shipping!

White crochet top c/o Chicwish (25% off, wearing S/M)
Jeans (30% off) // Sandals // Bracelet

I love versatile tops like this.  It looks great with jeans and shorts or can be dressed up with a skirt or dress pants.  This white crochet top has such intricate detailing ... it really is beautiful!  And it came with a separate white cami to wear underneath that's just the right length and cut.  Of all there is to love, I think the bell sleeves are my favorite part. 

Thank you to Chicwish for partnering with me on today's post!  You can view their entire store here.  Have you shopped at Chicwish before?  Let me know in the comments!


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Easy Weeknight Meals

I struggle to find meals that the whole family likes that don't take hours in the kitchen.  I have a few winners I wanted to share - because I always love when my friends pass along a good, easy recipe! Cheers to eating well and not spending hours in the kitchen!

(A Taste of Home 5 star recipe so you know it's delish!)

Everyone please link up your favorite recipe(s) in the comments to this post. Let's make this a go-to page for easy recipe ideas!  If you enjoyed this post, check out my recipe for easy chicken and black bean quesadillas here.

Happy almost Friday,

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

How to Save Money on Clothes - When to Save & When to Splurge!

Think you can't have an amazing wardrobe filled with designer labels if you're on a strict budget?  Think again!  The key is knowing when to save and when to splurge.  Having a few high impact designer items - think handbags and shoes - can elevate your entire outfit, even if you have on a simple tee and jeans.  So let's get down to it ...

When to Splurge

Splurge on the items you wear most frequently, such as shoes, handbags, jackets, and even jeans.  In addition to being worn most frequently, these items also tend to stay in style longer, with trends usually spanning several seasons or years, rather than just one.  So you get more bang for your buck!

Let's do the math (for those who don't know, I'm an accountant ;)).  I just bought myself a $195 pair of Tory Burch Miller sandals.  I love them more than words can say, got them in a neutral color that I can wear with anything, and they are good quality shoes that should stay looking like new for several years with proper care.  Let's say I wear them 2 days a week on average, for 4 months out of the year, for 3 years.  That means they would get worn a total of 96 times, which equals $2.03 per wear.  Remember those super cute but majorly uncomfortable heels you bought for $30 because they were such a great deal, but you only wore 5 times?  Guess what?  That averages out to $6 per wear, which is triple the cost of your cute Tory sandals!  This is even more applicable for handbags, which you probably carry every single day for many months! 

When to Save and More Importantly, How to Save

Save on items you wear less frequently, such as super trendy items that will be out of style by next season.  Saving doesn't mean you always have to shop TJ Maxx or the Macy's clearance racks.  If you're diligent, you can get great deals on your favorite brands just by paying attention and following a few simple suggestions. 

Sign up for emails and text alerts at your favorite stores.

Most stores nowadays communicate all their best sales via email and text.  I know, I know, it's such a hassle and super annoying to have to weed through all those emails constantly just to get one item on sale.  But trust me, when you have your eye on a $100 top, 30% off is a pretty big deal.  Figure out a system to stay on top of your emails and stick to it.  I like to file all sale-related emails into one folder labeled with the current month's name.  I don't even read them unless I'm planning on shopping.  At the end of the month, the entire folder gets trashed.

Buy a Dupe

If you have your eye on a popular designer item, search around for a cheaper dupe (dupe is blogger speak for a cheaper version that looks almost identical to the original).  Chances are, most people won't even be able to tell the difference.  Most brands take cues from the big name designers and won't hesitate to put out dupes of the popular designer items of the season.  Check out the $1,000 Valentino Rockstuds and the $70 Sole Society dupes below.  I don't know about you, but I'd rather have the $930!

Shop Off Season

There are some amazing deals to be had at the end of the season!  This is especially great for basic items like plain tees and camis or cardigan sweaters.

Shop at Outlets & Discount Retailers

You really can get some sweet deals at the outlets.  If you don't have any outlets nearby, take a road trip with a friend and stock up!  Also, don't overlook your local discount retailers like TJ Maxx and Marshalls. They'll have brand new designer items at a fraction of the price.  Just don't go when you're in a rush.  You need ample time to sort through all the junk to find the hidden gems.  In the picture below, the Banana Republic top, Michael Kors handbag, J Crew sunnies, and Banana Republic bracelet were all recent finds during our trip to the Tampa Premium Outlets.


Consider Getting a Credit Card at your Favorite Store(s)

I hesitate to say this because I know credit cards can be a very bad thing for some people.  But many stores offer fantastic deals that are only for cardholders.  Just make sure you pay those bills off every month! ;)


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sexy Swimsuits That Cover Your Stomach

Since having my boys, bathing suit shopping has become a less than pleasant experience.  I still want a sexy suit, but I want it to cover that trouble tummy area that so many of us get after having kids.  That's why I'm so excited for the high waisted bikinis that are in style this year!

Since I've put off bathing suit shopping well into the summer, there are some great sales right now - especially with the 4th right around the corner!  Macy's is having a killer swimwear sale right now.  I just ordered this one yesterday - originally $98, but right now it's on sale for only $36 when you use the promo code "FOURTH" on top of the already low sale price.

Here are a few of my favorite stomach-hiding suits of the year under $100!  My personal favorite suit, that I actually bought last year, is this one from Target - and it's under $40!

One Pieces:
Two Pieces:
What do you think about the high-waisted bathing suit bottom trend?  Love it or hate it?

If you aren't already, follow Nineteen Windsor on Facebook, where I post daily deals, my outfits, and items I'm purchasing long before you'll see them on the blog.  I recently shared my secret to wearing the cold shoulder trend that's so hot right now ... and how I threw away every strapless bra I owned after I bought it!