1.22.2017

SHOP MY CLOSET // WEEKLY OUTFITS, SALES, LINKS AND MORE!

Well, well, look what we have here, a weekend roundup post two weekends in a row! Granted yes, I am bringing it to you on the last day of the weekend, however, we're not going to get technical with details right now. Small successes people. I did get dressed a few times this week [granted the majority of the time it was in a sports bra and leggings], so I figured if the content was there to be had, the content should be here to be had! OUTFIT PICS FOR ALL. 

If you follow me on Facebook, you have probably seen several of these outfits, however, if you missed one or two OR you really just want to know what the best sales of the weekend are, have no fear - I've got you covered here. We'll just roll this baby into high gear and go, I'm off to drink coffee and cuddle up with my pup on the couch. Any questions on any of the below, hit a sister up. Happy Sunday party people! 

jacket [I wear this constantly - available in black as well! size up one, wearing in small, however, I can do medium in this as well] // cross front tee [available in several colors, size down if in between, wearing in small]  // jeans [so soft, true to size] // booties [30% off, so comfortable, wearing in brindle leather, true to size] // no show socks


Tunic [the softest! such a great piece to throw on and go, can also be worn as off the shoulder, size down if in between, wearing in XS in blush/heather] // Boots [my favorite riding boots! 25% off, true to size, wearing in peltro distressed leather] // Purse // Jeans [currently out of stock]

Shirt [soft and love the look of the tuck, true to size, wearing in small] // Jeans [true to size]
Flats similar // Clutch // Necklace

Shirt [so soft! size up if in between, wearing in small] // Sports Bra
Nike Leggings [true to size, wearing in small] // Nike shoes [you may want to size up 1/2 size]

Dress [true to size, wearing in 2, no bra necessary - built in cups!]
other color options here and here

Top [such a great go-to! size down if in between, wearing in XS] 
Jeans [19% off, true to size] // Flats [very similar style] // Purse
Bar Necklace //  Arrow Necklace


Off the shoulder tunic [love this, however, the white is pretty sheer - grabbing it in other colors, true to size wearing in XS] // White Jeans [true to size for me, however,  many have suggested sizing down] // Denim Jacket [I sized down to XS but exchanging for small - order true to size] 
Wedges [wearing in stone, true to size] // Necklace

Wedges [available in many great colors, wearing in stone, true to size - super lightweight and comfortable!]

Shirt [size up if in between, wearing in small] // Sports Bra
High waist leggings [my favorite leggings! if in between size down, wearing in XS] 
Nike shoes [you may want to size up 1/2 size]

Black tee [40% off, my fav! size down if in between, wearing in XS]
Jeans [true to size] // similar for a lot less money
Slip on shoes [size up .5 size] // Necklace

Weekend Sales worth mentioning:

+ Loft - 50% off everything with code NOEXCUSES! 

+ Sole Society - up to 60% off select styles!

+ J. Crew - extra 40% off final sale with code SHOPSALE!

+ West Elm - 25% off + free shipping!

+ Macy's - Extra 25% off with code PRIV!

+ Banana Republic - up to 40% off select items, no code needed!

+ Urban Outfitters - 20% off home 

+ Old Navy - 30% off, no code needed + free shipping over $25

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1.19.2017

Two Feminine, Flirty & Easy Valentines Day Looks


Where are all of my Valentine's Day lovers at? You've got approximately [okay, exactly] 25 days until the big day. If you're anything like me, you prefer your romantic dinner to be at Chick-fil-A [except I'm serious] and like to go with a casual cute flowy top rather than an ultra revealing bodycon dress. Not that I have anything against revealing bodycon dresses, I just have a problem with them when I'm shoving my face full of waffle fries and chicken nuggets. 

Today I thought it would be fun to bring you two different feminine and flirty, yet still allow you to eat that big ole slice of cheesecake for dessert, looks with Nordstrom. They have a huge selection of women's wear in all different price points [my favorite being under $50] that are sure to please this V-Day. When choosing the two looks I decided on, I went with something pink and something peplum. Two feminine touches that are sure to please. Let's jump into look number one....

top [true to size, wearing in small] // jeans [size down if in between // booties [true to size, wearing in brindle leather // purse

This cross front long sleeve blouse is the perfect go-to shirt for your casual date out or night in at home. I love that it gives a little bit of sex appeal without revealing too much. Leave a little bit of mystery for later ladies ;) Available in several different color options [the black and white floral is my favorite] and plenty of flow you can dress this up with your favorite black jeans and heels or make things a little less formal with distressed jeans and booties like I did. 

For the next look, I went with a little more layered option because if there is one thing this girl loves, it's layers. Because I am a rebel, I mixed it all up with black, brown and gold tones. By taking a peplum tee and pairing it with an edgy faux leather jacket, it's a fun way to play off two different vibes. 


shirt [true to size] // jacket [size up one] // black jeans [true to size] // heels [true to size] // purse 

I love how it all works and comes together perfectly while giving off a subtle hint to your man that you would like to go out. We all know they can use hints whenever possible.

Do we have a favorite look? Drop it below - what are YOU wearing this V-Day and how do you celebrate?

To shop this look plus a few other feminine and flirty Valentine's Day looks, check out these other options from Nordstrom below.

disclosure: thank you to Nordstrom for partnering for today's post. While I am being compensated, all products were selected, purchased, worn and loved by yours truly. 




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1.16.2017

The Top 5 Things That Have Helped Grow My Blog


I can't believe that in just a few short weeks it will mark six years that I have been blogging. SIX. That's longer than I have stuck with almost anything in my life [it's actually a miracle my marriage is still in tact]. Back on February 1, 2011, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. All I knew is that people were posting cute photos of pillows, talking about what type of shampoo they used and occasionally shared a story about how they accidentally pooped their pants at work and I wanted to be a part of it. Maybe that last talking point was just me. Regardless, when I hit publish on my first blog post, I never knew what it would bring in the six years following that decision. From complete career changes to tons of relationships and friendships created, to newborn passions, lessons learned both hard and fun, to once in a lifetime experiences [that time at The Kentucky Derby still ranks #1] and more, it has been a ride to say the least.

When I think back over the past several years and some key contributing factors that have played a part in my small success [small being the keyword], I rounded up 5 things that I thought were worth mentioning. Whether you have a blog of your own, are contemplating starting a blog or would just like an inside look at what's worked for me [it could translate easily to other things] here you have it!

1. When choosing what to take seriously, choose work over yourself. I learned very early on that in the online world if you aren't making fun of yourself, others will. And if you aren't laughing at yourself, others absolutely will. I have found the best way to ease the blow is to laugh with them. Make fun of yourself before others can. However, while I am all for keeping things lighthearted from a personal approach, take your work very seriously. A blog is a fun job, yes, but it is a job none the less. A lot of people won't understand what you do and that's okay, but you should. Be intentional with your space and willing to put forth the effort, time, money, and energy that it will take. Have fun and do the work.

2. Hire a photographer, but not for everything. Hands down one of my best decisions for this blog was to hire my photographer and friend, Tina Herschberger Photography, to shoot photos for my blog every couple of weeks. This was probably the first repetitive investment I made for my blog and I remember being nervous if it was the right decision or not. Investing in a professional photographer has paid for itself time and time again. By having higher quality photos on my blog I am able to work with brands that I wouldn't have caught their attention otherwise. Additionally, it gives you some room to negotiate for higher prices. Because you will be making an investment in your partnership, it shows that you value the client experience and in turn, can lead to higher paid campaigns along with additional opportunities to partner. Another added benefit? If you have somebody else taking the photos, it means YOU are able to be in them more. It also can save your marriage if your husband was prior said photographer, so there's that too.


However, I have also learned that people still like to see real life photos just as much, if not more, on a regular basis. While I hire a photographer for sponsored content, I shoot all of my other photos personally. This means my Instagram and Facebook feeds may not look flawless and perfectly curated at all times [ie: never]. When everything starts to look too pretty, you can start to lose your audience. Leave room for real. For me, that means a heck of a lot of mirror selfies propped up awkwardly in our kitchen. I would like to believe that people care more about seeing what's going on in your everyday life rather than five hundred pictures of you playing joyfully in the snow. But in case you prefer the whole snow thing, here you go. 


3. Think as a reader, not as a blogger. I struggled with this for awhile. I had these misconceptions that because I was a blogger, everybody was a blogger and that everybody who showed up to this blog wanted to talk about blogging. I wanted to be where the bloggers were [which in my mind, was Instagram and Twitter] and not where the actual readers were hanging out. It turns out people still hang out on Facebook. It took me five years to realize this. By actually submerging myself in my reader's environment, it allowed me to connect with them [that means YOU] a lot easier and in a more personal fashion. Pay attention to who is reading your blog, meet them where they are at, talk about things they want to talk about and ask yourself often what they gain by spending time at your space, not what you gain by them being there.

4. Experiment often. When you are a blogger, there are a thousand things you can be doing. Social media channels are constantly changing, content is going more visual than textual, different ways to earn an income come and go and every second there is the newest, best thing. While it can be completely overwhelming and make you want to shut down and do absolutely nothing [or maybe that's just me], decide to challenge yourself with something new every year. Last year I decided I was going to try out affiliate marketing and focus on posting consistently to my Facebook page [in one short year we grew from 5,000 fans to 100,000! Crazy, yes, but proves that focus can bring success]. This also somehow turned me into an accidental fashion blogger [although I still don't admit to being fashionable so it's quite the conundrum]. This year? I've decided to give an email newsletter a try and have plans to play around with all things Pinterest. Look at new challenges from a yearly or monthly perspective rather than "I MUST DO ALL OF THE THINGS RIGHT NOW!" By doing so, you allow yourself to focus and really get comfortable with what you're setting out to accomplish rather than throwing yourself at everything and succeeding at nothing.

5. Stay true to yourself. Sometimes this means saying things that I probably shouldn't, or at least the things that my husband wished I wouldn't. Sometimes this means opening up about struggles that make me a little nervous to open up about on such a public platform. And sometimes, it means maybe, just maybe, not using the teeth whitening feature or wrinkle remover to take away the cellulite on your legs [yes, that works wonders, you're welcome]. I've strived to remain same ole me, no matter the audience size, no matter who I know may be on the other side of the screen [this can get incredibly awkward when thinking about certain relatives reading some of the things that I say] and ultimately, let my freak flag fly. My hope is that when you read my blog you feel like you are talking to a friend. Sometimes an immature, disgusting, sarcastic friend, but a friend none the less. The kind who's just sitting on a door stoop waiting for you to join her ;)


Last year was the year where I felt like I truly graduated from hobby level to full-time career when it comes to all things Living In Yellow. I couldn't be more excited about what the next six years will bring and hope that whatever it consists of, it's made up of mostly laughs with a heck of a lot of new friends. Thanks for joining me on this journey, without you this space would be nonexistent and pretty freaking boring. Cheer's to existing in a fun way!

ps. Curious to know what I wrote a year ago when discussing what I've learned from blogging after five years? Peep it here.

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1.13.2017

Shop My Closet // Weekly Outfits, Sales, Links And More!

It's been a while since I have done one of these roundup posts, however after reading through your answers from the 2017 blog questionnaire [feel free to send me your opinion if you haven't yet] a lot of you said you wanted to see more of these! Because I am a people pleaser, I thought I should probably get on this. The goal is to have one of these posts up every weekend from here on out and I actually feel pretty confident that this may actually happen, as opposed to every other goal I set and fail within 3 days. 

To make this easy on you, I've placed all of the photos below along with direct links, sizing info, sale info and anything else you'd need to know before making your decision on if you need it [hint: you probably do]. If you have any questions about anything feel free to drop em' in the comments below! 

ps. If you don't, you may want to head over and "like" me on facebook. Not only will you see these outfits in real time on a daily basis, but there is a rumor flying around that once I hit 100,000 fans an epic giveaway is going to be taking place. I know, I can't wait to find out what it is either... 

Alright, let the outfits commence. Happy weekend sugar plums and lady loves! 

Top - 33% off, available in many colors [if in between, size up - wearing in XS but almost could have done a small] // Jeans - 19% off! [true to size] // Boots [wearing in cognac, true to size] // Necklace

 Sweatshirt - available in black too [true to size, wearing in small] // High waist leggings - available in other colors [true to size, wearing in XS] // New Balance shoes [true to size]

 Blazer [true to size, wearing in XS for more fitted feel] // Zipper Shirt - 40% off, available in other colors [true to size, wearing in small] // Pants - 40% off! [true to size, love the waistband on these!] 
Heels [true to size] // Purse [under $80, great size!]


 Cardigan - available in many colors - I sized down to XS! // more colors here
white tee [wearing in small, size down for more fitted feel] // jeans - 19% off [true to size] 

booties - 30% off, true to size! [wearing in brindle leather]

Shirt - available in other colors [true to size, wearing in small] // Short sleeve version

Jacket - available in black too [size up, wear this thing all the time] // Jeans [true to size] 

 booties - 30% off, true to size! [wearing in brindle leather]


sweatshirt [true to size, wearing in small] // vest - 20% off! [true to size, wearing in XS]
                         High waist leggings - available in other colors [true to size, wearing in XS] 
boots - true to size 

 Sweater [size down, wearing in XS] // Tee [true to size, wearing in small]
Jeans [size down, a lot of stretch!] // Booties [true to size] // Scarf [sold out but similar options linked]

 Sweater - 30% off! Many colors available, wearing in oatmeal [true to size, wearing in small] 
Black long sleeve tee [true to size, wearing in small] //   High waist leggings - available in other colors [true to size, wearing in XS]  // Slippers [if in between, go up]



 Shirt - 40% off! [true to size, wearing in small] // Pants - 40% off [true to size]
Heels [wearing in black suede, true to size]

 Peplum Tee [size up if in between, wearing in small] // jeans [true to size] // converse [size down .5 size] // black vest - less than $13 [true to size, wearingin small] // beet booties - 15% off [true to size]
Cardigan - 40% off [true to size, wearing in small] // Shirt [size down if in between, wearing in XS] 
Black jeans [true to size] // Heels [wearing in black suede, true to size]

Travel tote [grey/leather combo] // Necklace



Top [love this! true to size, wearing in small] // Black jeans [true to size]

Heels - 45% off! [available in black only now, true to size] // Earrings



Jacket - 40% off!  [true to size, wearing in small] // White tee [size down if in between] 

Jeans [size down if in between] // Boots [wearing in cognac, true to size]


Tunic sweater - 40% off! [true to size, wearing in small] // jeans [true to size] 
Booties [true to size]

There we have it party people! What looks are you loving? 


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1.12.2017

Work It [Or Fake It]

sweatshirt [true to size, wearing in small] // leggings [size down if in between, wearing in XS]
Nike shoes [true to size, like walking on air]

I had good intentions going into the new year. In fact, I made it two whole days of working out. TWO. That's more than one, which for somebody who hadn't worked out in months upon months, was quite the feat. Now, did I have intentions to continue? Yes. Did I forget and eat Chick-fil-a while lying on the couch instead? Oops. Here's where the good news comes in - I officially have the clothes on hand that I can workout in should I decide to jump aboard that train however, should I not, I still have the clothes on hand to pretend that working out is something I do. Jokes on you suckers. 


Last fall I had started hearing rave reviews around the brand Zella at Nordstrom. I decided I should take it upon myself to see if the brand really lived up to what everybody was saying. Well kids, if it's any indication by how much I've been wearing my high waist leggings and sweatshirts, you could say I like them just a little bit. Okay, a lot. At this point I don't know how I would get through a day without them, that's how pathetic it's gotten. Not only is the brand super well made, SO comfortable, and adorable, it's also long lasting. Nobody likes leggings that are good for about two wears and then they stretch out, fade, pill and all that good stuff. These my friends, do not. 

In addition, yes you can get all show off about things and workout in them, however you can also wear them for lounging around and running errands. I own these same leggings in black and wear them with tunics and sweaters for a more dressier look as well. If high waist aren't your thing [although believe me, you need to try them if you haven't before - life changing, you can shop the regular version here


Here's where I need your help. Let's say I decide to start working out again, maybe for like 3 days this time, what do YOU do to stay fit? Now that I've got the clothes, I should probably get the moves. So tell me your secrets please and thank you. Oh and hey, if you need some clothes to help with your fitness goals [I'm a believer that the workout is only as good as how cute you look when doing it] you can head to Nordstrom for your one stop shop.


ps. I keep telling my husband that if I would just book a trip to Turks and Caicos I would finalllllly care more and get serious about things but until that happens, sorry partner. You want a flab free wife? Take me to an island, it's that simple ;) 

pps. Speaking of tropical islands, have I mentioned yet that it was literally 8 degrees, windy as heck and snowing like crazy when shooting these photos? #getmeoutofhere



disclosure: thank you to Nordstrom for partnering for today's post. while I am being compensated for this, all products were purchased, worn and loved like crazy by yours truly.
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1.10.2017

Stitch Fix Reveal #55 // The Great Mistake

jeans // shoes 

The story goes like this - my two recent fixes have shown up at my doorstep within a day of me leaving for vacation. Me, being the highly organized person I am [not], left on vacation, let my box sit, waited an absurd amount of weeks to look through everything, failed to document any photos annnnnd chose which items to keep in the most hastily of styles. Allow this to be a lesson to you people - actually a few lessons. For starters, maybe don't wait a month to checkout for your fix. You will continue to get kind email reminders that you must checkout and every time you get one you will be reminded of how much you don't have things together. Secondly, never, and I repeat never decide which item(s) you are keeping while in a hurry. You will wind up in the situation I am in currently thinking "wait. why didn't I keep that?!?"

First world problems people. While I like the items I chose, after looking back I could have done a little better but you know what they say, better luck next time. Without further ado, I present you my long and overdue Stitch Fix reveal.

Real quick before we begin here are a few words about Stitch Fix and how it all works if you haven't read this the 54 other times I've wrote about it ;)

1. You start by filling out your style profile - you will complete all sorts of questions on sizing, pricing, preferences, colors, etc. You can also write notes about likes/dislikes. Make sure to link your fashion board on Pinterest so your stylist can see what you like!

2. Order your first fix! Your card will be charged a $20 styling fee however, if you keep any item [one or more] you will be credited back the $20. Because of this I always recommend keeping at least one item or you are essentially giving away $20 for nothing in return. You will receive 5 items [made up of clothing, jewelry, and handbags, whatever you prefer]. I personally only want clothing in my fix so I just always let my stylist know! 

3. Decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back [in a postage paid envelope]! You have 3 business days to do so - use this time to try everything on, see what you have in your closet that pairs well with it and don't be afraid to say yes to something that you wouldn't normally. That's what makes Stitch Fix so fun! If you keep all 5 items you will receive 25% off your entire fix, winning! 

It should be noted that while I have chosen to receive monthly fixes, this is in no way a subscription service and you are able to decide when you want another fix, whether that be in 6 months or 2 years from your first fix! As always, if you ever have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments section below. Okay, here we go! 

1. Lusso Cashmere Betsee Color Block Pullover - $148 - Small - Kept

So here's where my biggest mistake may have been made. While yes, it's cashmere, it's still $148. In my mad dash of checking out I selected keep and kept going. Granted, I love the sweater, but that price is a little salty for my budget. However, it has zippers so we'll consider it a win still. So here we have it, the cashmere sweater that I will never dry clean and probably ruin soon. But at least for two weeks of my life I will have owned a legit nice cashmere sweater.

2. RD Style Aja Knit Dress - $78 - Small - Returned

When I originally put this dress on I was sure that I had my head through a wrong hole or something. However, it turns out this is the correct way of wearing it and now that I see it, I kinda love it. The only downside to this dress was the 15 extra pounds I've put on which made for some pretty heavy duty sucking in. One can only hold their breath for so long, meaning it was either my life or this dress. I chose my life, mostly just so I could share this fix with you. You're welcome.

3. Steven Cecilya Peep Toe Bootie - $129 - Returned

Oh how I kicking myself in the shins right now for not keeping these. If you could only see the bruises I have...goodness, these things are beauties. The dark purple color is perfection and the gold zipper detail, don't get me started. Why I thought for some reason I didn't need a new pair of shoes is beyond me. I DON'T HAVE PURPLE SHOES! And for now, I will continue to not have purple shoes. Off to go cry again, brb.

4. Skies Are Blue Sorel Cutout Detail Blouse - Small - $54 - Returned
white jeans // sandals - 30% off

The real reason I didn't keep this fun top? It essentially requires a strapless bra due to the cutout detail. Now, if it was summer I probably wouldn't have thought too much about this as I am used to wearing strapless bras then [this one is my favorite, FYI] however, being that it's the dead of winter and I haven't put one of those on in several months I thought oh haiiiiiiiiiiiiil no. Fun top though, that's a fact jack.

5. Tart Capella Collarless Textured Faux Leather Trim Blazer - Small - $98 - Kept 

And last but not least, the "I am always a sucker for you" item - a blazer. I can't seem to have enough. Maybe because I feel like I don't actually have enough and always wear the same black one for work and play [hint: it's this one]. I loved that this had some fun and unique detail to it with the pattern and leather touches. Granted, I feel slightly Michael Jackson-ish in it, but who hasn't wanted to be MJ at one point in their lives? 

And that my friends, summarizes my 55th fix. The best part? My 56th arrives in just seven short days. Have you jumped on the Stitch Fix bandwagon yet? 

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