#coffeetalk

1. Do you have any suggestions for eye creams that are under $50? I have sensitive skin and no discoloration, just looking for one to help age well (or not at all lol).
We both use the Tula revitalizing eye cream and think it would be great for you (we also have sensitive skin!). It is very moisturizing, helps reduce fine lines, and keeps your eyes looking refreshed. It's also great under makeup. We also have THIS one and love it (just over $50), and we've heard amazing things about THIS ONE (only $18!), but haven't tried it ourselves - check out the reviews though!

2. How did you decide on your kids names?
Brooke: We had a few different names at the top of our list each time, and we would say them out loud and decide which was our favorite and felt "right." I looked at every website, book, and list possible...I had a LOT of names that I loved and my hubby was like no way lol (his requirement is that it needs to look good on a resume - ha!). However, we never set the name in stone until they were born...just in case! ;)
Meggan: I had the hardest time coming up with boy names! It was between Hudson and Camden so I would just write them out/say them all the time and Camden was the one that stuck! I first heard the name from Kristin Cavallari.

3. Meggan, what does your arrow tattoo mean, if anything?
It has no meaning...lol! It was one of those spontaneous outings with my friends. Head to snapchat (@somewherelately) to hear the story ;)

4. I'm having a low key bachelorette party in Tuscon, AZ and I have outfits planned for the night, but need daytime casual outfits. I'm already wearing a white romper and jumpsuit at night, so I wanted to change it up and do something different during the day! What do you guys think?
We love this romper (it's so fun for daytime!), this bodysuit with cutoff shorts (perfect for AZ!), and this linen midi dress if you're looking for a more casual vibe.

5. I need help finding a handbag for fall - one that is under $200 and goes with neutrals!
This shoulder bag is so perfect for fall and it's on major sale (goes back to $230 after the sale) - love the leopard and black combo! This drawstring tote comes in four colors (love the taupe) and is only $36. This tassel bucket bag and this tote are great options!

6. I just got engaged and was wondering if you could share some cute ideas for asking your bridesmaids and groomsmen to be apart of your wedding party? How did you guys do it and what was your advice?
Meggan: I gave all my bridesmaids a bouquet of flowers and a card (this one) when I asked them. My friend recently asked me with a bottle of wine that had a personalized label which was so cute (and who doesn't love vino?!). I also love these mugs - so many cute options! I personally wouldn't go too over the top, stick to something simple and sweet.
Brooke: It's been 5 years since I asked my girls to be bridesmaids, and I didn't do anything cute - just called each of them and asked (because we lived far apart). I feel like people didn't really do cute things 5 years ago like they do today...but love all of Meggan's suggestions above! If I was getting married today, I think I would do something like this.

7. I just bought an oversized brim hat like you two have been wearing! How and when can you wear one?! Can I wear it inside a restaurant? Can I wear it in the evening?
You can wear it where ever and whenever you want! We wear ours with jeans & a tee, dresses, to restaurants, running errands, happy hour, really whenever! You can also totally wear it in the evening, but it's a little more difficult (we think!), and we typically stick to wearing it during the day.

8. I'm stumped on what to get my fiancé for our wedding day gift. Any recommendation would be appreciated!
wallet or a watch (love this one & it's on sale!) are great gifts - a watch is special because he could wear it on the day of your wedding. You could have a jeweler engrave your wedding date on the back! Cufflinks would also be a great gift - you can get personalized ones like these.

9. I am looking for an outfit that is between daytime work attire and "going out" at night for my work party. I would ideally like to keep the cost around $100 or less. I was thinking either a dress or romper/jumpsuit. Would love your suggestions!
This dress is super cute and on sale! Also loving this jumpsuit (could wear a blazer over it at work), this printed dress, and this jumpsuit (would be cute with wedges!).

10. Meggan, I'm moving to Chicago in a few weeks and I need some hair salon recommendations. I'm a natural blonde and really want to dye my hair brown!
I go to Solo Salon in West Loop and can't recommend them enough! I go to Lauren but she recently moved to LA so I just catch her whenever she comes back to Chicago (she announces it on her instagram @laurlombardo). But I would also recommend going to Chloe, she's done my hair and is great at coloring. I'm getting my hair done for a much needed touchup ;)

11. I would love some advice on swimsuits (preferably white) for my destination wedding. They need to be appropriate to wear around guests for our events, excursions, etc. Would love some coverups to go with!
There's so many white suits we are loving right now! This one is cute (and on sale!), this Marysia one has always been a favorite, and this off-the-shoulder is amazing! This stripped one is really cute and only $16! We are also huge fans of Triangl swimwear - they have SO many cute options. Love the white top with floral bottoms. Perfect for a destination wedding! This crochet caftan is a cute coverup and so is this maxi!

12. What do each of you like to wear on airplanes to look but comfy, especially during the summer months?
Meggan: I seriously wear this jumpsuit with white sneakers almost every time I fly in the summer. It is beyonnndd comfortable and so soft. I throw on a chambray button down if I'm chilly on the plane. I also have a couple knit midi dresses (like this) that I like to wear. I'm all about being comfortable when I travel now, especially since I have a little guy that crawls all over me on the plane!
Brooke: I usually wear these leggings with a tee, and bring a cardigan or a scarf (I'm always freezing on planes), a hat, and sunglasses! The air on airplanes makes your hair really limp, so I like to just put it up in flight, and throw my hat on when we land.

13. I have been searching high and low for a cute dress for my wedding welcome party. I was thinking maybe a maxi, have you ladies seen any that caught your eye?
This one is simple but pretty (love it with a small belt like the model is wearing), this floral one (amazzzing), you could dress this one up with some fun jewelry and sandals, this one is gorgeous and comes in so many colors! AND just found this lace one! Very bridal-ish and something you can wear again and again.

As always, leave your questions for next week below or email them to brookeandmeggan@somewherelately.com with #coffeetalk in the subject line. Hope you all have a fab weekend!! xx

PS - congrats to our Hunter Boot giveaway winner! Check HERE to see if you won & email us right away if you're the winner! xx


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Has anyone else done a liittttttle too much shopping at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?! It's honestly the one time I have zero guilt because I save up for it each year, and I know that all of these pieces are going to go BACK to regular price as soon as the sale ends! I did my first round online, and have gone a few more times to the store - I swear, you discover something new every time lol! If you don't have these leggings yet, you need to buy them now! They are seriously THE best. 
As soon as I tried on these pumps, I had to have them - seriously so comfortable & the price is right (under $100)! I think I'm going to buy them in black as well b/c I love them so much, and they also come in burgundy - my favorite color for fall! I walked around the city all day, and my feet honestly felt fine at the end of the day, really! I'm usually a 7.5, but went up to an 8 in these. 
So in love with these earrings
jacket (also love this one!) | shoes | jeans | sunglasses | topshop top (also love this tank version) | earrings | taupe bag 
I bought a lot of staples from the sale - this moto jacket (only $65!), these booties, these leggingsthis tee (so many colors) and these over-the-knee boots - but I also got a couple fun pieces like this bodysuit! It's perfect for date night, girls night out, etc. You can't wear a bra with it so I use either these petals or this bra. They are lifesavers! 
bodysuit | bag (love it in tan!) sandals | belt | sunglasses (similar) | ring

My glasses are Celine and I bought them in store last week. After I saw Kourtney wearing them in KUWTK (my guilty pleasure) I had to have them. This pair looks similar and are under $100! I love Quay sunglasses...there's so many pairs I want (these are SO good) but think I need to slow down in the sunglass department ;)

MUST-HAVE SALE ITEMS


In collaboration with Nordstrom

Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott's fall line just launched and o-m-g, we are obsessed! We've been big fans of her line for so long - her earrings are always THE best. We each chose a few pieces to try & now we have a lot more on our wishlists! We each have this necklace & these earrings (I was getting a ton of questions about them on snapchat - these are the gray granite ones) and they are definitely our favorite from the whole collection - so cool and unique! 
The rose gold and granite are the most perfect combo and I seriously cannot get enough! This ring and this bracelet are in my cart.
neck cuff | top (similar here) | jeans | bag | earrings

I love this necklace - I've already worn it with jeans and a tee as well as a plunging neck dress & it looked so cute with both! I can also layer it with my other necklaces which is perfect.
 As we mentioned above, this neck cuff is one of our favorites from the whole collection! I've been looking for one for so long, and love the details of this one. Also, it's really comfortable on (I've tried some on that aren't so great comfort wise).
earrings | tee
FALL LINE FAVORITES

In collaboration with Kendra Scott

Our Drugstore (and other inexpensive) Beauty Favorites - everything under $15

Here today with a reader request (from this post) of drugstore beauty favorites! A lot of our beauty products are on the more expensive side (not crazy expensive, but also not drugstore), but there are quite a few products we LOVE all under $15! Everything on this list is truly something we love - we have a ton of drugstore beauty products, but only put our absolute favorites on this list for you!

Rose Salve - this is probably our #1 favorite inexpensive beauty item. There's nothing better for chapped lips/skin. HANDS DOWN best best best ever (we even like this better than expensive lip serums we've tried!). We love this one (on sale!) and this one.

Simple Face Wipes - These are perfect for days when you're super lazy, and don't feel like removing your makeup. I have sensitive skin and these don't irritate it at all.

Rimmel Lipstick - This is my favorite nude drugstore lipstick ever! The consistency is perfect, and the color is amazing (I use shade 14).

Burt's Bees lipstick - We both love the color options this lipstick comes in, and the consistency is great!

Maybelline Lip Liner - I love love love this lip liner (I use the shade Toast)! It's creamy, and doesn't rub off quickly.

NYX matte lip cream - this is so good! We love the shades: Stockholm, Tres Leches, and Milan.

Flower Cheek & Lip Chubby - I have this in the shade 'Apricot a lot,' and I love it! It really works great for both cheeks and lips and the color is perfect!

Maybelline Dark Circles Eraser - I really loooooove this concealer, it's the only drugstore concealer I've tried and love. I'm really picky about concealer and need FULL coverage - this gives it to you and I love the application, it's super easy!

NYX Color Correcting Concealer - This palette is a great drugstore color corrector option. The consistency is great, and it works well! I also love this color corrector for redness (my main issue).

L'Oreal Instant Tan Lotion - I linked this the other week along with my favorite self-tanners, but again this is awesome! It goes on easily without streaking (I mix it with a little lotion), gives you instant color, and dries quickly! We also love these tanning towels!

Flower Mascara - This is a new one we've recently tried & love! We love the option of adjusting the brush to achieve different lash looks!

Bottom Lash Mascara - We didn't even know we needed this until we tried it and now there's no turning back! No under-eye smudges or mistakes with this little guy!

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara - This was the ONLY mascara I used for over 3 years, and I love it. It's still at the top of my mascara lists (of any price!). I have pretty lame lashes naturally, and this makes them nice and long without being clumpy.


We love finding new drugstore favorites! Please let us know what we need to try in the comments below! xx 


Casual Comfortable

dress (go up a size) | hat | sunglasses | sneakersbag

Happy Monday! I actually couldn't wait for today because yesterday I was not feelin' so hot. If you saw my snaps you know what I'm talking about ;) Momma can't hang anymore! Andddd if you saw my snaps...we're moving to DALLAS! I'm so excited to be close to family (literally - our house is two blocks from Kyle's parents!) and to finally be in a house. I'm definitely going to miss Chicago so much and of course all my friends but I'm ready for a new chapter.  Luckily, it's a short flight ;) We aren't moving until end of November so I have a huge bucket list of things I want to do here before we leave. I will post more about it once it gets closer! Okay, on to my outfit! This dress is SO comfortable (the material is super soft) and perfect for when you don't feel like getting dressed up. I love the black but thinking about ordering the grey as well - I know I will be wearing it all the time this fall! I would definitely go up a size. xx

SHOP THE LOOK


Weekend Deals

We both got these over the knee boots and lovvve them! These are the grey (they look darker because of the filter I used) and they also come in black. They run true to size!

How cozy does this shaw collar cardigan look? It's in my cart!

We both got these faux leather leggings and they are amazing. They suck you in and smooth any imperfections. Snag them before the sale ends!

This dress is SO gorgeous and on sale!

20% OFF all full-price items at Anthro! YAY - just added this off-the-shoulder top to my cart!

I need this cocoon sweater...need!

I just picked up these pumps in store yesterday (in the gray color) and they look and feel so much more expensive! I'm usually a 7.5, but ended up with an 8 in these. 

Just ordered these booties (on sale!) in the grey. I had the old version from a couple years ago and seriously wore them 24/7 they are so comfy.

These tees are so soft and only $16!

This Natori bra is my all time favorite (it's seriously like magic) and it's on sale for $45 (originally $68). Just read the reviews!

This bomber comes in three colors and is under $30!

This tote is seriously amazing and only $31 (it comes in 3 colors) - perfect for fall!

Really loving this cashmere poncho (has us so excited for fall!) and it's on sale for a limited time. Can't decide between the grey and tan!

This top looks like Free People but a fraction of the cost.

Obsessed with these grey Rag & Bone jeans. Need them like now!


#coffeetalk & a THANK YOU Giveaway!

1. Any tips on flying with a (mobile) little one? My girl will be 15 months for her first flight, and we've been stressing over when to fly (nap time?), what to bring (should we pack the carseat or rent one?), etc. HELP!
Brooke: I know it's different for every baby, but whenever I've tried to plan travel time around nap time, it doesn't work. It's definitely more difficult when they are mobile because they don't want to stay in their seat or on your lap for very long. I would wait as long as possible to board (I know they offer pre-boarding for families, but that just means more waiting in a tight space for your baby), and bring new toys (and snacks!) your baby has never seen before. Try to pull out a new toy every hour (or so) for your baby to play with. Walking up and down the aisles is kind of necessary at this age to keep them busy/entertained. If she will sleep, then you're all set...sadly, my girls (VERY) rarely sleep on planes, so you just kind of have to roll with the punches. Try not to stress, and just apologize to those around if you if your baby starts to act up ;). Most of the time people are very understanding and willing to help entertain your baby! We have packed our own car seat as well as rented one, and I prefer to pack my own because I know it's clean, and I know how it works. We use this protective bag and check it (for free!).
Meggan: Camden always slept on planes until a couple months ago which was a rude awakening for me, ha! The last time I tried to time it so he would nap on the plane it ended up being a nightmare because he was overly tired. So now I plan for after his nap so he is in a good mood. I would bring your own carseat (only because you never know what a rented carseat has been through) and if you're flying Southwest ask if the flight is full. If it's not you can bring the carseat on and she will have her own spot! As for what to pack: a lot of snacks and new toys. Snacks are pretty much the only thing that gets us through lol! And seriously don't stress! People fly with their kids all the time and most people have headphones in anyway. I like to sit in the back of the plane because the engines are loud and it drowns out the noise ;) If you are bringing milk/juice/food pouches through security put it in a separate bin so they can test it quickly.

2. Brooke, where is that necklace that you always wear from? 
My girlfriend got it for me for my birthday, but it's this one & I love it! 

 3. My boyfriend and I have an "anniversary" coming up (not married) but he got me a small gift and I want to get him a little something.. I was thinking maybe a black leather bracelet? Not sure but could certainly use some recommendations!
Guys are so difficult to buy for - we feel you girl! One thing that's always a safe bet is a watch. We love this onethis one, and this one! A leather bracelet is also a great idea - this one is awesome, and we love the details on this one! You could also plan a fun date night & take him out (guys are used to doing all the planning, so it's a fun change!). Happy Anniversary! 

 4. Brooke, I loved your natural makeup for your date night last weekend. Could you tell us what products you used? I'd love to see a short tutorial on snapchat! 
Thank you! Here's the breakdown: primer (my all-time favorite), using a damp beauty blender - foundation (I always go back to this one...always! 'bamboo' shade), color corrector ('bisque' for dark circles), concealer ('vanilla' shade), setting powder (the best setting powder ever created!), bronzer (best bronzer for an 'instant tan' - it's matte so it doesn't look like you caked on bronzer!), blush ('gingerly' shade), eyeshadow palette (favorite mattes ever! I use the black one for the eyeliner with this brush), brows ('chocolate' shade), and mascara. My friends kept telling me I looked so tan and asked if I had been at the pool all week (LOL more like stuck in my house as 'general contractor') - it was the same day I used THIS self tanner, *EDIT* okay just found THIS SET on major sale,  it's SO worth it! I think having a (fake) tan makes your makeup look better instantly! I can definitely try to do a snapchat tutorial for you! 

5. Meggan, what cookbook are you always snapping recipes from on SnapChat? Looks so good!
It's the Skinnytaste Cookbook and I love it! She slims down recipes (hello chicken enchiladas, lasagna and chicken parm) that you don't want to cut out of your meal plan. Some of her recipes online (here) but her cookbook has so much more.

 6. What did your moms buy from the Nordstrom sale? I'm a little older, so some of the things just don't look the same on me ;). I've seen both of your moms on the blog/snapchat and they have great style, so I'd love to see what they bought! 
Meggan: My momma got these booties, this poncho, and this blouse. She is coming to Chicago next week and we're planning on making a Nordstrom trip so I'm sure there will be more to add to this list ;)
Brooke: My mom bought this poncho (adding to my cart in gray also!), these sneakers (orange/pink combo) and this top for her workouts, this vest (in gray), this cardigan, this nude lip set, this watch, and this sweater tank! She asked me to help find her some flat booties - I love this pair and these are great as well!  

7. Do you ladies exfoliate your face with any special products, brushes, or peels? 
Yes! We both use THIS (on sale now!) and love it! We also use this scrub to exfoliate and love the consistency - it's a gentle, but effective scrub! 


8. What are your favorite boutiques in both your cities, NYC and Chicago? Also, do you have a favorite boutique in another city?
Brooke: I love OTTE in NYC, it's my favorite! I don't visit a ton of boutiques necessarily, because basically every single brand has their own store in NYC, and then you've got Barneys & Bergdorfs! 
Meggan: I unfortunately don't go to a ton of boutiques...I do most my shopping online because I don't like toting Cam along. But there are a couple cute boutiques I used to shop at on Southport (the cutest street in Chicago!) when I used to live in the area. Sorry I'm not much help!

9. I'm on a tight budget, but want to buy a few goodies from the #NSALE! If you had to choose your top 3 (budget-friendly) items, what would they be? 
THESE faux leather leggings (they are the best & sell out everywhere every year!), a great pair of booties - love THIS PAIR, and a coat or jacket - this one is so amazing and only $65! 

10. Finally going to splurge on a more expensive bag, probably Gucci or YSL! I know you both have a nude and black one. Should I do a nude or black one? Which color do you always find yourself carrying more?
Brooke: I definitely use my black bags a lot more often than my nude/tan bags, so I would say if you're going to splurge on a classic, make it black!
Meggan: I agree with Brooke on going with black - that's the one I use most. If you need any suggestions I am loving this Saint Laurent and this Gucci ;)

11. I'm looking for a pair of skinny frayed hem jeans. Have you guys seen any good ones?
Yes! I (Meggan) have this pair of Hudson jeans and really like them! Also love this pair (on sale for $45!), this pair and this pair. We've also both cut our own hem!

12. Brooke - what are those camel wedges you posted on snap? Need!
They are these from Chlo√©, but this pair is identical and much more budget-friendly! 

 13. What are your go-to face masks? How often do you use them?
Meggan: I have a lot of favorites (kind of a face mask junkie!). This one from Tula, this deep pore cleansing mask (full post on it here), this cucumber gel one by Peter Tomas Roth, and this clay mask from SkinCeuticals.
Brooke: I love THIS ONE from PTR for acne (seriously the best for treating acne!), and THIS ONE for detoxifying and hydrating - it feels so good in the summer! I also love the clay mask from SkinCeuticals that Meggan mentioned. 

14. I just discovered a few wrinkles -- one between my eyes on my nose and hints of crows feet at the corners of my eyes. I'm religious about skincare and still look young, aside from these new wrinkles, so I'm kind of freaking out and want them gone! What products/beauty treatments do you recommend to help? Also, would you recommend a little Botox or at minimum a consultation to potentially fix this? I'm 28 and this cannot go on -- please help!
We both just got this Stacked Skincare Serum & Microroller and honestly honestly are already noticing a difference! Read the reviews, we feel the same so far and we just started using it! We also got the peel and can't wait to try it - stay tuned! We also love THIS eye cream for the crows feet. I (Brooke) just purchased THIS tool (on major sale!) and can't wait to try it out - I read SO many great reviews, and finally decided to take the plunge! I (Meggan) have got botox a few times and love it! I say go for it - it's not permanent if you don't like it. But be careful, the worst side effect is addiction ;)

 15. I know you both sell gently used clothing on a separate Insta account -- great idea for those pieces that aren't super worn but you just don't see yourself wearing anymore! What do you recommend for those of us without a huge social following aside from donating clothes to make a little extra cash?
Both of us used Poshmark before creating our instagram - it worked well for us! I (Brooke) did a post on my old blog about selling items on Craigslist, and I think all of these rules apply to selling clothes/accessories as well! 

16. I am expecting my first baby and I'm wondering what you would recommend to put on the registry? Also, what strollers do you have? Thanks so much!
We both have Nuna strollers - Brooke has the IVVI and Meggan has the MIXX. As far as registry items go - a bathtub is good to have, diapers (you'll always use those!), a thermometer, changing table/pad, bottles, velcro swaddles, a Rock n' Play, pacis...pretty much anything you think you will need! We would stay away from "gadgets" because most of the time they don't end up working out lol. Baby swings and bouncy seats are also a great idea (they come in very handy 24/7 ha!). 

17. Help! I'm about to be a first time mom and all the nursing wear I find is either hideous or not close to my style! Any great recommendation for clothing that is cute and great for nursing moms. I don't want to compromise my style just for functionality. 
We totally understand! THIS button down would be perfect for style + function (plus we love the fit!), THIS tee has a deep V (for easy access) and is very flowy - perfect for nursing (and it's on sale for $15!), and anything strapless is obviously super simple - this top is gorgeous and comes in 3 colors!

18. What music do you listen to while working out? Would love some suggestions!
Meggan: I'm bad about downloading music so I just listen to Pandora - usually Calvin Harris or Hip Hop BBQ radio (so many good throwbacks lol!).
Brooke: I usually just listen to Calvin Harris radio or Kanye West radio - anything fast-paced is best for me when working out! My favorite song at the moment is "This is What You Came For," by Calvin Harris and Rihanna! 

19. Do you ladies wear foot petals/pads to prevent your feet from sliding forward when you wear heeled sandals? 
Not usually but we have a few in our closet for backup. If you ask a sales associate at a department store they will give them to you for free!

20. I just moved in with my boyfriend to his one-bedroom apartment and, as you can imagine, all the furniture/decor is pretty manly/bare. Do you guys have tips for adding smaller, gender-neutral touches to brighten up the space // make it feel cozier for a girl?
Accessorizing can really change a space and make it feel cozier and more gender-neutral instead of so manly. Add a throw to the sofa - obsessing over this chunky knit one in gray! Switch out the rugs for some pretty neutral pieces - love this kilim rug. Adding drapes to a space can dramatically change the look and feel - you can find very inexpensive drapes at IKEA! Add a fun mirror to the wall, and pick out some favorite accessories together to really make it suit both of you!

...and NOW for the really exciting part of today's post! We were talking yesterday, and decided we wanted to do something fun (aka a giveaway) for your ladies because we appreciate and love you all SO much! This blog wouldn't be possible without you, so THANK YOU! We were talking about how we're both finally caving and buying a pair of Hunter Boots for fall/winter, and decided we should gift one to one of YOU also - tall or short, and any color you want! THIS pair is the one we're getting! Enter below, and GOOD LUCK! We will be announcing the winner on next week's #coffeetalk post! xx

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