Tis the season for over the knee boots! This is one of my favorite styles and I absolutely love this pair by Steve Madden from Nordstrom. You can wear boots like this so many ways: over denim, with skirts, with dresses, with long t-shirts and slouchy cardigans – truly the sky is the limit! I always tend to purchase my designer pieces from Nordstrom because truthfully, I know they have my back! I just shared some of the amazing perks of shopping at Nordtrom in my last post so keep that in mind when shopping!

 

Favorite OTK styles available at Nordstrom

 

*Thank you Nordstrom for always carrying the best products, and for partnering with me on this post*

xoxo,

Jena

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Happy hump day dolls! As many of you might already know, I have a crazy obsession with Adidas! I especially love purchasing all of my Adidas gear from Nordstrom because lets face it, their customer service is top notch and they always carry the best styles! As you begin your holiday shopping this season, keep in mind all of the amazing perks you get with shopping at Nordstrom:

  • Free shipping & free returns (huge huge huge reason I shop here)
  • You can buy online and pick it up, AND they even have curbside pick-up
  • You can reserve items online and go try them on in store (this is top notch)
  • They have amazing personal stylists to assist you when shopping!
  • Easy gifting: they also make gifting easy with gift ideas for “him” or “her” at every budget
  • Wish list feature: love this so much you can browse and design your Christmas wish list and then send on over to your family!
  • The very best branded styles!

My outfit details: Jacket (similar here and here) | Shirt (I own this one too) | Leggings (similar ones) | Shoes (go down half size) | Sunglasses | Lipstick (color Kim KW)

My personal wish list is growing! I have some items already added to my list that I’d love to see under my tree! I’m going to go ahead and just send these on over to my husband! SEE you always get what you want because Nordstrom makes it easy peezy!

*Thank you Nordstrom for partnering with me on this post!

xoxo,

Jena

As many of you saw yesterday on Facebook, my good friend and RIGHT ARM officially left Apricot Lane after 7 years! 7 amazing, faithful, loyal years you guys!! As we approach our 7 year anniversary Saturday, it hits a little harder because she was the very last “original crew” member standing. She cared about us so much to the point where she knew in her heart she was ready for change because of an amazing opportunity that fell in her lap (that enabled her to spend more time with her family), but cared about my family and I too much to leave me! Yesterday ended an amazing era as a dynamic duo and partnership that many don’t get to experience at work. When you work for yourself as a small business owner, and are essentially “the boss”, it gets lonely because people come, and people go. I’d be lying to you if I said that it doesn’t hurt to see employees go, GOOD employees that become family!! I know retail is hard, and you only live this life once and deserve to spend as much of it with your loved ones! That is why I’ve always, always, always supported direct sales.

I’m sure many of you know that Ashley Drissi is selling Monat. I’m sorry, let me rephrase, SLAYING the Monat game! Her journey started a year ago when she decided to give it a try as she had been using the product and wanted some extra income. What do you do in direct sales, well DUH, you sell to your friends and family. So of course I ordered the product, fell in love with it like many, and I’ve been using it ever since. Month over month, I sat back and watched Ashley thrive in this business. She never once worked “less” at her day job, but would stay up for hours on end at night working her Monat business hustling. Side note: the girl can hustle!!

I guess my point to this so far is that Monat changes hair, but it also changes lives. I’ve witnessed this first hand with one of my best friends. She had a freaking Bruce Jenner mullet and now has amazing hair you guys! She is driving a cadillac that she EARNED with Monat and her team just did 1 million dollars in sales in a month! IN A MONTH!!! She is able to stay home with her kids and enjoy every little piece of them because of Monat!

So here I sit, day after day asking myself why not me? I mean, I’ll never be staying at home with my kids because truth be told I have the greatest gig of all time as a small business owner doing what I am PASSIONATE about: selling clothes and helping women feel beautiful. BUT, that doesn’t mean I don’t care about my family, my kids future, their college funds, or giving them the moon and the stars!!! OF COURSE I would do any and everything for them!!! So why on Earth, month after month do I fight Ashley/ Emily/ etc on selling this amazing product that I use? I’ll tell you why! Because people suck, and I know people will talk smack and I guess a little part of me cares. I’m worried what others might think, worried that I’ll fail, and even worried that relationships I’ve made through direct sales might be mad at me! This might sound harsh for a moment but I’m pouring my heart ….. If I had the opportunity to change the future for my children, do I really even care for a second what “people on social media think of me”. The answer is no! When I really sit down to digest it, I realize that my faith is much larger than my fear. I feel as if I have this amazing opportunity staring me in the face, and I continue to fight it. I’ve read the statistics and the growth of this company is off the charts … and remember I’ve been using the product for a year … I’m a residual month after month customer so I can see WHY this company is exploding.

Well, without further ado, I am happy/excited/nervous to announce that I am going to start selling this magic in a bottle. I’ve “technically” been a market partner since January for the discount (gotta save money on shampoo’ing all these heads) but I needed the time to feel right to jump in. I don’t know what it is about tonight, but it just feels “right”.

I am super excited to continue my working relationship with a friend that I truly admire! Thank you for believing in me Ash! To all you nay-sayers and people talking smack after this post … I added the quote for you  OH and the braid pic signifies ass & underwear joining forces yet again with amazing hair!

If you don’t already use the product I can promise you that you are missing out. Here is my Facebook group I just started https://www.facebook.com/groups/1932523900401328/ I hope that if you wish to learn more about the product or how it can change your life, that you’ll join!

 

Heres to leaving my comfort zone and the new journey with great hair!

 

xoxo,

Jena

 

It might be 90 degrees out right now, but with the first day of fall officially here we are now in prime DENIM SEASON! If you haven’t noticed from my blog/Instagram posts lately, this pair of Good American denim from Nordstrom can be found on repeat because they are my absolute favorites! From the fit, to the wash, to the uneven hem, the overall style of this denim is amazing! What you might not know if you haven’t tried this brand, is that the fit is made to enhance all body types. In fact, the size range of this denim is quite amazing as it ranges from sizes 0-24! Another amazing feature is that they are a high-rise fit and “gap proof” meaning, if you have a booty have no fear – no gaps in your future! I recently just purchased myself a second pair, and let me tell you, they do not disappoint! You will love the way they mold to your body, and you too will be obsessed with the fabric itself (super stretchy). I continue to be impressed with the amazing quality of designer denim that I find at Nordstrom. For sizing reference I am 5’11 and typically wear a size 27 and I purchased a size 4 in these jeans.

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Shop Good American Denim from Nordstrom

 

Here are a few of my most recent posts wearing this denim

Shop these looks by clicking the picture below

 

xoxo,

Jena

When your baby turns 3 you….

  • Set up balloons in the house and have that “birthday girl” tiara waiting because this is the first year she actually understands that this is her special day!
  • Wonder how did we get here? How did these 3 years go by in the blink of an eye?! It feels like just yesterday that we brought home this precious baby girl with a beautiful head of dark hair!

  • Once again mourn the newborn baby phase. With each year that passes you get further away from “what was” and it’s sad. You slowly start to forget all of those things you promised yourself you would remember.

  • Thank God for the blessing of this child. You thank him for her health, for all of the hugs, and kisses, but you also thank him for the gentle reminders to slow down and enjoy the moments even now. You thank him for creating her, and all that IS her. She is the sweetest and most strong willed little girl I’ve ever known, but she melts my heart and I wouldn’t trade her for the world – even when she refuses to wear a life jacket on the boat!

  • Question how much longer you should hold on to the last of the baby items!? That question begins to surface, “are we really done”. It seems so hard to start over with a newborn, but then so devastating to think we are closing that chapter of our lives. The move from 2 years old to 3 years old is very monumental! 
  • Can actually start to have full on conversations and understand what she is saying! Sure, she butchers her words and I giggle at her use of context, but WE are having conversations. It is no longer the beauty of baby jabber.
  • Relish that phrase “Mommy hold chu” much more than ever! It won’t be too much longer that I can comfortably hold her, and rock her. Someday she will stop asking, and just like that I’ll never hear that sweet phrase ever again.

  • Begin to love the simplicity of having young children this age. With a 3 year old and an almost 6 year old, life gets easier in many ways but now we are faced with new challenges as they learn and grow. We may get more sleep than we did in the newborn phase, but we are teaching and developing little people who we want to go out in the world with respect and kindness! You remember the parenting mistakes and hope that she doesn’t remember them! We are learning and growing as parents too.
  • Prepare for a day filled with friends at her favorite spot MONKEY JOES! It just isn’t a birthday party at the Green house without a trip to MJ’s!

Wishing this sweet girl a wonderful year of “3”. The year of the “Three-nager”. Pray for me dear friends!

 

xo,

Jena