Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Pick-Six: 6/23/17

Here's what we are loving and living for this week!

1.  For Father's Day, I decided to take on the task of cooking dinner (which I almost never do).  I wanted something BBQ like but since I'm a grill novice, I was a little intimidated to actually BBQ.  I found this awesome crockpot pulled pork recipe on Pinterest and paired it with this coleslaw that is a copycat version from one of our favorite restaurants!  The end result was easy and a hit with the whole fam!  Mom for the win!--J

2.  You might have seen this great new Essie color, Blue La La, on our Instagram story earlier this week.  This robin's egg blue is perfect for a summer pedicure!  This color, which is part of Essie's Paris inspired summer collection was sold out on Amazon, so pick it up if you find it!

3. If you're looking for a great workout, check out this Popsugar video featuring celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins.  She trains Serena Williams, friends!  This workout is no joke!

4.  Guys, starting on June 26th, one of our favorite stores (Nordstrom) will be carrying one of our favorite brands (Benefit)!  Now you can grab our favorite highlighter, High Beam or That Gal Brightening Face Primer at Nordstrom!

5.  Target is having a Buy One, Get One 50% off sale on all swimsuits!  Women, men, kids!  Everybody gets a swimsuit!  (Did you read that in your best Oprah Winfrey voice?  Because we did!) This is not a drill!  It ends tomorrow, so stock up now!

6.  Did you hear that they're going to make a Downton Abbey movie?  Let's hope it happens (some of the actors in the story didn't seem to know about it yet!) and that it's amazing!

What are you loving and living for this week?  Let us know and have a great weekend!  See you Monday!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Twins Take on the Brand: Lilly Pulitzer

In honor of today being declared National Wear Your Lilly Day, we thought we'd bring you some of our favorite Lilly Pulitzer looks!  We love the bright prints and colors that Lilly always has to offer.  However, the prices can be a little steep, even if the quality is great.  We tend to stock up at the twice annual sales (The After Party Sales in January and August) when the prices are crazy low.  Anyway, here are some of our favorite Lilly pieces and how we like to style them:

The Elsa Top:

The Elsa top is a Lilly staple.  For real, this is the kind of top that you want in every single color so you can wear it everyday.  It's made of silk and has really a flattering smocking detail at the bust.   So comfy and classic.  Here's how Jess wore it for our aunt's surprise birthday party in April with her  favorite jeans (a Pick-Six Pick a while back) and Rag and Bone Newbury booties.  It also works with dress pants, tucked into a pencil skirt or even with black shorts.  Even though we tend to stick with prints when buying Lilly (the brand's signature), this top would be a great staple in navy, white or black.  Bottom line, if you're looking for a great entry point to the brand, Elsa is a great way to go!  This is actually a splurge-worthy piece at full price, considering how much you can wear it.  (How did I get through that entire paragraph about Elsa without a Frozen joke?  Mom for the win!--J)

The Amberly Dress: 

Another great dress--the Amberly!  It's light enough weight to wear in the spring and fall, but also looks great with boots and tights under a sweater.  Here it is with a favorite scarf from Anthropologie (similar) and these great DV Dolce Vita booties (Sold out but similar).  Sadly, this dress is from last season, but you might still scoop it up on sale online.  That brings us to a great point, even though we love Lilly, we aren't willing to buy on eBay, despite the lower prices.  We want avoid fakes (there always are a few).  We haven't purchased there, but we hear that the ReLilly Facebook group is a good way to purchase previously owned Lilly pieces.  

The Essie Top and Dress:

A top named after our favorite nail polish brand?  You bet we checked it out.  We love Essie so much, we often each show up to family events wearing one.  This sleeveless top has a smocking detail similar to Elsa but is made of cotton jersey.   Just like Elsa, it comes in solids and prints with lots of options.  Again, this top is pretty versatile.  We have worn it with shorts to a BBQ and also under a suit to work.  The dress is also super cute and flattering.  During the sale, the top version runs around $25 so it's worth grabbing a couple!

Shift Dresses:

A signature Lilly look is the classic shift dress.  They offer a lot of neckline options so these dresses are flattering to lots of different body types and ages.  They're perfect for a daytime wedding or shower.  These tend to run a little small (especially if you're a gal with a chest) so you may want to size up.

Little Lilly:

You better believe that Jess's little gal has some Lilly, too.  The shift dresses and swim options for little gals are so insanely adorable!  Also, if you want to match your little, they have tons of cute possibilities.  Here's another sale staple.  Since kids grow so fast, you might not want to spend full price on your little one, so grab these on sale.  Another Lilly tip is to check out Lilly on on the reg.  They are the sale sister site to and offer lots of great deals, adding stock often!  

Those are some of our favorite Lilly picks!  When the sale rolls around in August, we'll post about our tips and tricks to rocking it.  Are you wearing Lilly today?  What's your favorite Lilly Look?  Let us know below and Happy Lilly Day!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Essie Treat, Love & Color

Hi gang, it's Jess.  If you're anything like me, it's rare that you don't have polish on your nails.  Seriously, my students always notice if I have plain nails and assume I must be sick or something when it happens.  Anyway, after constant polishing and removing, sometimes I notice that my nails are brittle, chipping and dry.  Okay, this happens pretty much every time I remove my polish.

I heard about Essie's new Treat, Love & Color line through their Instagram account.  These sheer polishes claim to treat damage and brighten your nails in just a week.  They're specially formulated with collagen and camellia extract and DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free.  Not to mention that, but they come in three sheer colors (check out Lauren's site for some great swatches), so that your nails don't look totally boring and plain while you treat them.  I decided to order the lilac color (Laven-Dearly) and check it out.

This is what my (admittedly terrible looking) nails looked like before:

Here's what my nails looked like on the initial application.  I did two thin coats which still looked a little sheer.  In certain lighting, my nails looked almost natural and the shimmer showed up best in natural sunlight.  Overall, it's lighter than I would usually go, but I liked the effect.

I got antsy and removed my polish after just 5 days, but I noticed a difference almost immediately.  Check it out.

Not perfect, but definitely better than before!  My nails looked shiny (similar to after buffing them) and felt stronger and less dry.  I still have some cracks from before, but I think the overall appearance is much improved.  I would definitely recommend this product if your nails are in need of a break from over-polishing or dryness.  

Have you tried any of the Essie Treat Love & Color treatments?  Which were your favorite?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Wardrobe Essentials: Ry

I'll be honest that summer has never been my favorite season for clothes (except for bathing suits, of course).  However, this year, I just started a new job (WOO!) and am using it as an opportunity to refresh my style a bit.  I work at a bank (snooze) so my work clothes need to be a bit conservative, but I also like to still be comfy and stay cool in the summer heat.  On the weekends, I love shorts with comfy t-shirts and flowy tanks.  Below are a few of my favorite picks for work and weekends.

1 and 2.  For years, I coveted the wardrobe of a former co-worker.  She always looked polished, professional and put together... her secret?  The work dress.  Friends, I am telling you, this is a game changer for a variety of reasons (not the least of which is, you don't need much outfit planning- grab a dress, cute shoes, pair of earrings and you are out the door!)  I love Calvin Klein's work dresses and just ordered this Buckled Sheath Dress and have already gotten compliments on it!  I am considering this cap sleeve empire sheath dress in white for summer (even though I already have it in navy).

3.  We have sung the praises of the Target Who What Wear Line here at TTO many times.  I love their dressy tanks like this Ruffle Trim Shell for work.  I usually with a pair of black pants (like number 4 below!), and a cardigan, but they also add a bit of style and femininity to a suit for when you need to suit up!

4.  Not sure if you got the memo, gang, but wide leg pants are back!!  I have these ones from Target in black and grey and wear them tons.  Plus, they clock in at under $30 a pair (!!!) are machine washable, and don't require ironing.  You're welcome!

5.   I don't know about you, but I am loving camo print lately.  This Camo pocket T from Gap is no exception. It's been hanging out in my online cart for a couple of weeks and I'm about to hit order!

6.  I love a palm print, and the sequin detail on this muscle tank adds just the right about of bling.  I love it with my favorite pair of distressed jean shorts.

7.  When it comes to shorts, for me, comfort is key.  I have an old pair of cargo shorts that should probably be retired (I promise, Jess, I'm thinking about it...) and if they are, I think I'll replace them with these linen-cotton utility shorts.  They're not too short, plus they have pockets to hold all of your goodies.

8. Couldn't resist throwing in a beach cover up into my picks.  JCrew has been my go-to source for coverups for years, and I am in love with this Rainbow Gingham Beach Poncho.

What are you wearing this summer? Leave a comment and let us know!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Pick-Six: 6/16/17

Here's what we are loving and living for this week!

1.  Father's Day is Sunday!  If you still need a gift for the Dad in your life, be sure to look back at our Father's Day Gift Guide.

2. Peonies are one of our favorite flowers.  Since they're only available for a small window of time in early summer, we are always looking for ways to help them last longer.  These tips from Effortless Style Blog will definitely extend the life of your peonies!

3.  Looking for a summer beverage with a little kick?  Give Trader Joe's Organic JalapeƱo Limeade a try!  It's a little spicy, a little tart and great for a hot summer day.  Also, in case you were wondering, adding a little silver Tequila takes this up a notch!

4.  We often need a snack on-the-go and want something a little healthier than a handful of Goldfish crackers (although we do love those little guys!)  One of our current favorites is Sargento Balanced Breaks.  They're pre-packaged combinations of nuts, cheese and dried fruits that all clock in around 200 calories per serving.  Our favorite flavors are Sharp White Cheddar-Cashews-Raisins and White Cheddar-Roasted Almond-Dried Cranberry.  Ry swears by grabbing one of these before hopping in the car for her drive home so she's not starving by the time she arrives.

5.  As you know, we enjoy listening to podcasts.  Lately one of our favorites has been Pod Save America.  Pals and political insiders Jon, Jon, Dan and Tommy take on all the politics of the week and tell you what you need to know.  You can also check out Pod Save the World if you want a little international info.  These two podcasts plus a new longer commute are making Ryan into a world class genius.  Try them and see if they do the same for you!

6.  Summer time means ice cream as far as we are concerned.  For all the times you want something a little healthier than Dairy Queen, try Halo Top Creamery!  Their delicious ice cream is low calorie, low sugar and high protein, so you don't have to feel bad about eating the whole carton!  Ryan's favorites are Mint Chip and Salted Caramel and Jess can't wait to try Birthday Cake.

What are you loving and living for this week?  Let us know in the comments below and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The TTO Summer Reading List: Fiction

One of our favorite things to do on a warm summer day is settling in with a good book.  When we're looking for book recommendations, we have just one call--Our Mom!  Not only does our mom have an impressive personal library, but her local librarian knows her by name.  We checked in with Mom to see what books she's recommending this summer.  This is Part 1: Fiction...look for Part 2: Non-Fiction coming soon.  Here's her list in no particular order...

 I Found You by Lisa Jewell.  A lonely single mom who offers shelter to an amnesiac man and a young bride who is told that her missing husband never existed struggle to make sense of their transforming worlds and their connection to two teenagers whose lives were shattered by secrets two decades earlier.

Before This Is Over by Amanda Hickie.  A devastating epidemic raises the question as to how far a mother will go to protect her family.  Timely and thought provoking.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, author of Girl on the Train  - need I say more?

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout.  Small town folks coping with love and loss.  She is an awesome writer if you have not read her other books.

 by Julie Buntin.  I chose this one because my name is Marlene and it is set in Michigan.  A story of two girls also coping with love and loss and, to complicate matters - addiction.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley  by Hannah Tinti.  12 scars left by 12 bullets reveal a criminal past that impact the present.

Small, Great Things by Jodi Picoult.  Again, not much needs to be said.  This actually came out in 2016 but if you missed it then, don't miss it now.  Timely.  Thought provoking. 

Faithful by Alice Hoffman.  A story of a survivor's path through 
grief, guilt and recovery.  Alice can always be counted on to tell a great story.

The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian.  A sleepwalking wife and mother who exhibits violent behavior while unconscious, goes missing.   He is one of my favorites - lots of title, if you are not familiar. 

The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve.  Based upon the true story of the largest fire in Maine in 1947.  She's another who, if you haven't found already, should check out.

And last but not least, The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova.  This woman writes BIG stories with BIG plots and tons of pages but still leaves you wanting more when you turn the last page.  If you have not read The Swan Thieves or The Historian check out all three but not at the same time!  

So that's it for Part 1!  Can you see why we depend on our mom for book recommendations?  She knows everything!!  Stay tuned for Mom's non-fiction picks soon.  What are you planning to read this summer?  Let us know in the comments below!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Summer Wardrobe Essentials: Jess

Hi Friends!  As you may know, I teach elementary school.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my job, but I also LOVE my summer vacation.  I am lucky enough to spend my summers hanging out with my kiddo and doing all kinds of non-work activities!  I'm pretty excited because this Friday is the last day of school!  Because of that lifestyle shift, my summer wardrobe changes a bit from my daily work-wear in the other seasons.  I figure these wardrobe items would be great for any mom at home with kiddos, or anyone else in a pretty casual setting/on the weekends.

1.  Old Navy Jersey Swing Dress:  Anyone who knows me knows that I wear this dress a lot.  I have it in 5 different colors, so I'm not even kidding.  This dress is super versatile so you can dress it up or down depending on the occasion.  At work, I wear this with tights, boots, a cardigan and a statement necklace.  At home, I add flip-flops or Toms and a jean jacket.  It also makes a great make-shift coverup over your bathing suit.  Just make sure if you order to size down, as it runs a little large.  I did that and I still find it swingy and flattering, just not circus-tent sized!

2.  Merona Vintage V Tee: This is hands-down my favorite t-shirt.  It's got a flattering v-neckline and is fitted without being comfortable.  I have it in lots of colors, but I am definitely picking up this pineapple pattern for the summer, too.

3.  Jack Rodgers Georgica Jelly Sandals: I bought these after seeing one of my favorite bloggers, Ashley from Sweet Southern Prep rocking them last summer.  They come in a ton of fun color combinations and work with your swimsuit or sundress.  They were quite a hit last year, and I'm thinking I might need this iridescent color this summer.

4. Old Navy Soft Shorts: These shorts are so comfy and flattering.  I was a little nervous when I ordered because the inseam seemed like it would be too short, but I find them long enough to feel like I can sit comfortably.  I have the black because they go with everything, but if you're adventurous, try one of the patterns!

5. Gap Embroidered Stripe Caftan: We spend a lot of time outside at the beach or pool.  This striped caftan combines my love for anything embroidered with my addiction to stripes.  I plan to wear this as much as I can this year!  Also, wearing a caftan is so Real Housewives, I can't stand it!

6. Merona Swing Tank:  As you can tell, I'm usually looking for staples that can be mixed or matched and worn lots of ways.  This swing tank top comes in solids and stripes and I have it in many colors.  I wear it with shorts, boyfriend jeans or even as a quick coverup at the pool.  I like that the material is lightweight enough to wear in the summer, but not see through.  Plus, the back is long enough to cover your tush.  Mom for the win!

7. Gap Tencel Shorts: I bought a pair of these last year and I was happy to see that they're back this year!  They're lightweight, comfortable and easy to move around in.  Plus, they're long enough that you don't have to worry about flashing anyone at the park.  I've been known to throw them on over a swimsuit, too.

8. Old Navy Flip-Flops: Okay, so these aren't the most glamorous shoes, but they're what I wear MOST of the time in the summer.  They're so cheap I often buy a couple of pairs each summer.  They're great for a walk to the beach or running errands and they come in a million colors.

9.  Aviate Baseball Cap:  If you're a regular reader, you know Ry and I take sun protection seriously.  I wear a hat often to protect my face and eyes from the sun.  This cool baseball hat fits the bill (like my pun?).

What do you plan to wear this summer?  Let us know what staples you have in your summer wardrobe in the comments below.  Look out for Ryan's picks next Monday!