#coffeetalk

1. How often do you both wash your hair? With the summer heat, pool hair and post sweaty workouts, I find myself wanting to wash my hair every other day..ugh! And any suggestions on inexpensive hair masks?
Meggan: I try to only wash my hair 2-3 times a week. I agree it gets hard when you have sweaty gym hair. A trick I've done is to splash water on the roots and blow dry. Or I just live in hats ;) I've been using this hair mask for years and can't live without it!
Brooke: I usually wash mine twice/week - but agree, it's super difficult when you're getting sweaty at the gym and at the pool! I try to just wear it up until it's time to wash it again, thank goodness for dry shampoo ;). 

2. Do you know where I can find a cheaper version of the Marysia scallop one-piece swimsuit? I'm looking for a good one-piece that can be worn to baby swim classes.
This one has a high neckline but looks similar and it's only $43! This is another great option, and we love this one as well! 

3. What are your favorite white gel nail polishes? Do you feel they get dirty looking quickly?
Meggan: My go-to whites are OPI alpine snow and CND cream puff. I always to two thick layers of polish and one thin layer which I think helps make it last longer. But I do feel like they get more dirty looking then other colors but still last about two weeks!
Brooke: I love Funny Bunny & Romantique (which is a bit more pinky than straight white). I agree, they are more difficult to take care of, but I just try to be extra careful when I wear white polish (no peeling oranges for example), and always washing my hands lol. 

4. Any suggestions/tips for a first-time mom with a newborn? My baby girl is 10 days old and I am finding adjusting to my new life is difficult...lack of sleep and constant breastfeeding has me feeling overwhelmed and exhausted! Any advice on how to deal and get through the day would be so helpful!
The good news is, it gets better! We totally know how you feel mama, it can be so challenging the first few months...but you will start to adjust and feel better soon! The best piece of advice we have is to take any help you can get - whether it's from family members, a significant other, or even a nanny...moms need it! A nap and a hot shower can be total game changers in the first few months, as well as some quality "me" time which can be hard to come by, but is so important. A drive to Starbucks, a mani/pedi...even just 30 minutes to yourself can really help. We always feel like getting up and out of the house can be helpful also - going on a walk, heading to the mall, or anywhere but home. It can be intimidating to take a new baby out and about, but we always felt better when we were out for a little bit each day...it can get lonely and depressing being home alone with the baby all the time. Another great piece of advice we received from the baby nurse was when the baby sleeps, YOU sleep! Rest is really what your body needs those first few weeks so try to relax, put on Netflix or your favorite movie, and rest! And just remember, it gets better! ;)

5. What kind of bra do you wear under bodysuits/backless tops?
Meggan: I use this one and have never had any problems with it - a different one I tried fell down a lot. This one from Target seems to be the same and it's only $17! If my top is backless but a little loose, I like to wear these petals. One benefit of having smaller boobs ;)
Brooke: I only wear the petals, they are my go-to! 

6. I have a wedding in Austin, Texas...have you girls ever been and recommended an area or place to stay?
 I haven't been in forever and I'm dying to go back but I asked my friend who's parents live there and this is what she said: I wouldn't say Austin is like NYC or SF where neighborhoods are big enough to have specific vibes but Rainey Street and South Congress are great places to stay. Rainey St. is houses converted into bars and there are lots of fun ones with live music, so an Airbnb around there would be super fun. South Congress is really central and also has fun bars and restaurants. Some specific hotels: Hotel Van Zandt (Kimpton property on Rainey), South Congress Hotel (super cool, right on South Congress), Hotel San Jose (hip, minimalist), and JW (downtown, brand new).

7. Meggan, the lilac dress you wore for you engagement pictures is sold out. Any other dupes you know of?
This one looks very similar (plus it's on sale) and this one is strapless but comparable! 

8. I'm wearing a black dress for a black tie wedding and want to accessorize with gold, but I'm having a hard time finding gold heels. They're either gaudy or the gold glitter ones (cute but I know I'd never wear them again!).
We found a few options! These are pretty (can definitely be worn again!), this pair is simple and classic and these are cute too!

9. I'm pregnant and would like to wait till about 15 weeks to announce - I have some weddings coming up and would love suggestions of dresses that do a nice job of hiding the bump without making me look like a frump!
This dress is gorgeous and you definitely wouldn't look frumpy, and we also love this one - black is always slimming and you could accessorize it easily!

10. Any suggestions for raw hem skinny jeans?
I have these and love them (and they're on sale!). We also really like this pair, this pair (under $100), and this pair! You could also buy a great pair of skinnies, and cut the hem yourself! 

11. Any suggestions on where to find pretty, age-appropriate one piece swimsuits with matching sarongs for middle aged women? I'm going on a trip soon and want to look fashionable even though I'm not a size 2. Also looking for coverups!
La Blanca has a lot of pretty one-piece suits and coverups that are age appropriate! Really love this strapless one (it comes in 5 colors!) and this cross-back one. Miraclesuit also has fashionable one-piece suits. This ombre maxi coverup is pretty, this kimono, this sarong, and this boyfriend shirt coverup. Have fun on your trip!

12. I'm loving all the kitchen renovation snaps! What is the color of the kitchen cabinets and walls?
Thank you! Our walls are not painted yet (just sheetrock), but the walls throughout my whole house are Benjamin Moore China White (which you may have seen on snapchat) - a white that doesn't have a yellow or pink undertone. The cabinets are Diamond and painted by them during production - the color is white
13. What would be some good outfits for the 4th of July in Los Angeles? I want to be prepared for whatever type of party it may be (casual or cocktail type). I would be okay with showing some skin as long as its tasteful. Less is more ;) I was thinking a white dress maybe? I really want to make a lasting impression on people I meet there.
We are obsessed with this dress and can't believe it's under $100! Also love this dress & this one (so cute for a holiday party!) as well, have a fun time at the party! 

As always, leave your questions for next week's #coffeetalk below, OR email us with the subject #coffeetalk! (we search emails with that title so they don't get lost!) xx

Nike Athleisure Wear

Happy Thursday! We are off to the airport (again!) and are heading down to Dallas for the 4th. We were home for just about 24 hours! #airportlife Anyway, today I'm sharing my daily uniform - athleisure wear. I spend most of the day running around with Camden. Lot's of walks and trips to the park so I want to be comfy! 
I've always been a huge fan of Air Max's. They are cool and comfortable. The tops feel like a running shoe and the sole is supportive - I want to wear them everywhere. I love the two shades of pink on this pair I found at Nordstrom
I love this DRI-fit tank. It comes in so many colors, I wish I could have them all! My Nordstrom has an amazing selection of Nike - pretty much the dream athleisure closet, but they have even more online - always free shipping & returns! 
tank | crop leggings | air max | bra

NIKE FAVORITES AT NORDSTROM

In collaboration with Nordstrom

For The Work Place

We've had quite a few readers ask us for ideas for work outfits, so when ModCloth asked us to team up we couldn't say no! While neither of us work in a traditional office setting anymore, we still have to get dressed up from time to time for meetings and appointments. Before we started blogging full time, we were both in business casual offices - it was nice to be able to mix "work pieces" with more casual pieces for daily outfits. We've put together two business casual looks to share with you today - hopefully this will provide some inspo for you ladies! Please let us know what you think in the comments - would you like to see more "office-ish" looks? 
 ModCloth has so many great pieces that go from work to happy hour. To say I'm obsessed with this blazer is an understatement. It's knit, which makes it soft and comfortable. My blouse comes in so many colors - I love the light pink one!
Black pants were my go-to when I worked in an office, and they still are today! I have a few that I keep on rotation, and this pair from ModCloth is now in the mix. If a tee is too casual for your office environment, you could always throw a blazer on top (I love this one!), or a cute blouse to finish off this look. The best part about these pants is that the back of the waistband is elastic - SO comfortable which is seriously difficult to find with black pants! 
pants (wearing size S) | tee (also love this one) | shoessunglasses (on sale!) | bag (similar here under $50!)

More "office favorites" from ModCloth:



In collaboration with ModCloth

Favorite Summer Sandals

I've mentioned before that I pop in Nordstrom Rack wayyyy too often - the employees know Camden and always say hi to him! When I was there a few months ago shopping for summer, I found these platforms by Via Spiga. Platforms are my favorite because they are SO comfortable and I can last in them all day. I don't see mine online but I'm also loving this nude pair and this pair of espardrilles. Nordstrom Rack always has amazing deals...I can't believe both of those pairs are 40% off! 
jacket (similar) | tank | jeans | sunglasses | sandals 

I'm obsessed with caged sandals for summer - they can take a simple outfit to the next level. I had been eyeing these for a while, and when I found them at my Nordstrom Rack I had to snag them! I also love this blush version.
 There are SO many amazing sandal options at the Rack right now - I just added these and these (8 colors to choose from!) to my cart - the price is right, and I know I'll wear them all the time! If you're looking for a designer deal, these are amazing - I'm in love with the gray! 
sandals | jeans | tank (57% off right now!)

Summer Sandal Wishlist...

In collaboration with Nordstrom Rack

Nike Free Rn & My Favorite Treadmill Workout

You know how obsessed Meggan and I are with our Nike Free running shoes, and these FREE RN FLYKNITS are on heavy rotation during my workouts (you've probably seen them on our snapchat!). I love the flyknit material, it's softer than any other running shoe I've tried, and it really forms to your foot from day one - no breaking in necessary. The BEST best part is that you can take these for a "test run" for 30 days, and if you aren't happy for any reason, you can return them dirt and all! I mean, that's unheard of for shoes...such a perk! 
I've been wearing these shoes pretty much every day since I got them, I took them on my first test run around the city, and have also worn them for my favorite treadmill workout (I posted it below for you!). 
sneakers | pants | bra (on sale now!) | top (wearing a S) | socks

 If you're looking for a great, quick treadmill workout this is my absolute favorite! It's customizable which I appreciate, because a sprint for one person could be a jog for another person - you determine what works best for you & the inclines are killer! 

NIKE FAVORITES


In collaboration with Nike

Weekend Deals

This dress comes in so many cute prints! You can head over to our instagram to try and win it!

These sandals look SO much like Isabel Marant and they're only $35! Major steal!!

Camden has these high-top sneakers and they are so adorable!

Love this travel bag - perfect for a weekend get away! Use code FRIENDS21 for 21% off.

We both have these heels (in nude and black) which are staple pieces. Currently on sale for 20% off!

SO many great designer shoes on major sale HERE up to 60% off! NOW is the time, the good ones always go SO fast from this sale! Isabel Marant under $100?! So obsessed with these nude wedges!

If you need a basic tee this one is perfect. Comes in white and grey and it's on sale for $12!

Dying over this red Valentino bag! It's crazy cool!!

How cute is this boyfriend shirt cover-up?

This cape blazer is super cute! Need it in every color! It's only $35 and you can get 21% off.

These tassel sandals are amazzzzing! 20% off!

Designer sale alert: this Isabel Marant dress is on sale and it's soooo pretty!


#coffeetalk

1. What are some design tips for a kitchen remodel? Process, things you learned, etc.
I will definitely be elaborating more on this later when our kitchen is complete...but all I can say is expect the unexpected! We've had so many things not go as planned, and you just kind of have to roll with it and figure out the best possible solution. Things I've learned - always have the contractors double or triple check the measurements, everything will probably not be exactly as you want it (or had hoped it would be), expect delays, and expect to change your mind quite a few times (unless you are using a designer) lol!

2. Do you ladies have any suggestions for carry-on luggage? I'm going on a girls trip for five days and I would like to forego the checkin process!
Both of us have (and are obsessed with) carry-on suitcases from CalPak. Their luggage is affordable, hard-sided, good looking, and great quality! We definitely recommend it! We also love this one, and this one (if you're looking to splurge!).

3. I have a wedding in Cape Cod and the rehearsal dinner is nautical themed. Any suggestions for an appropriate dress (preferably a maxi) that I'd wear again?
This halter maxi is cute (and something we would wear again and again!), this Madewell dress is cute (love these wedges with it), this one is pretty and on sale!

4. How did you both deal with living in an apartment with littles? We live in NYC with a 2-year-old and another on the way. We can't decide if it's time to move to the burbs!
Brooke: It was hard for us because we moved from Orange County (CA) to NYC with a toddler. We considered staying in the city once we knew we wanted to have another baby, but we ultimately decided we needed to get out of there! Even the parks by our apartment were always super busy, it's like you never had your own space which was something we really missed (also rolling the stroller through hot dog poop left on the sidewalks in the summer was really a joy lol). If you aren't sure, maybe try visiting the suburbs to see what life would be like to make your decision. We live close to the city, so we go every weekend as a family and think it's the best of both worlds. We go to the city when we want, but we can get out quickly ;).
Meggan: We are still in an apartment and it's starting to feel very a little cramped. I try to limit the amount of toys he gets since we are running out of room (he'd rather play with tupperware anyway!) and stay as organized as possible. It was a lot easier to live there when he was a newborn but now we're starting to feel the same...we want space SO bad! I love that there's so much to do in the city but I am starting to get tired of the hassle of getting places with a baby. We will most likely be moving soon ;)

5. What are some good body lotions?
Meggan: I use Cetaphil daily and Jergens Natural Glow every other day. If you are looking for a self tanner, I actually really like the Jergens. It gives a nice glow, easy to use and the smell is bearable.
Brooke: My favorite favorite for dry skin (like mine) is this one, it's seriously hydrating and so thick! I also love this one from Bliss!

6. What is a great gift to give to the Mother of Bride and Groom? My mom (MOB) loves fine jewelry and so does my fianc├ęs mom but my budget is $150 each!
There are actually some amazing options for fine jewelry under $150 HERE. I bought this bracelet for my mom last year, and it's currently on sale for $119 (down from $200!). If you wanted to do something a little different, these jewelry trays are gorgeous and would be such a cute gift! We also love the idea of a new perfume (such a great scent!) for the day of the wedding - every time they would use it, they would be reminded of your special day!

7. Any outfit suggestions for a Miami girls trip?
One of our favorites cities! For casual daytime we love this colorful romper and this maxi to run around in. If you're hitting up pool parties we LOVE this one-piece (hawt hawt hawt!) and this coverup. For going out we like this red off-the-shoulder dress, this jumpsuit and this two-piece dress. It's fun to dress a little sexy and wear things you normally wouldn't while you're in Miami!

8. Do you prefer Nordstrom over Sephora/Ulta for beauty products or does Nordstrom usually have better deals?
Meggan: I usually get my beauty products from Nordstrom for a few reasons: customer service (can bring products back if you don't love them), free shipping and I get reward points for using my Nordstrom card. However, I do love Sephora and Ulta and go there for products/brands that Nordstrom doesn't carry. I feel like Ulta has some pretty amazing online deals!
Brooke: I don't really prefer one over the other because I've never had a bad experience at any of these stores. Nordstrom has the best customer service in the industry (IMO), but they don't carry everything that Sephora & Ulta do. For example, I buy acne pads at Nordstromshampoo/conditioner at Ulta, and this mask & concealer (I wear #5) at Sephora. It just depends which store I'm at and what I need. 

9. Trying to get a few ideas of what to wear for Eid (kind of like Christmas for Arabs) this year. Looking for a conservative knee length dress or jumpsuit preferably under $100.
This dress is conservative and super cute (love the blush), this jumpsuit, this long-sleeve nude dress and this peplum dress.

10. Do either of you use any body scrubs?
We both have this one from Scrub Love! It smells SO good and really exfoliates your skin. Dying to try the coconut affair and mint temptation!

Email your questions for next week to brookeandmeggan@somewherelately.com or comment below. Happy Friday babes! xx

older home