1. My fiancé and I just bought our first home, but we're going to have to wait to furnish part of it due to budget. I'm feeling discouraged because I want to move in and have all new furniture (of course lol). Do you guys have any advice? Did you buy all of your furniture right away?
Meggan: Congrats! I felt the same way when we moved into our house in December. I wanted it to be furnished right away and have everything in place buttttt it's June and it's still not done lol. We bought all our "big furniture" in waves and always waited for sales! Crate & Barrel, West Elm, Pottery Barn, World Market, etc alwayyyssss have sales so if you see something you love I would hold out or sign up for emails so you can get discounts. We also asked for some home items for Christmas and bdays which helped too!
Brooke: Yay  - such an exciting time for you, congrats! And no! Oh my gosh I think this is totally normal for anyone moving from an apartment to a home (or a smaller home to a larger home). Furniture is so expensive it's depressing lol! We lived in our house for 2 years with a few rooms completely unfurnished, so don't feel bad, it just takes time!

2. Have either of you tried a lash boost such as Latisse, Rodan & Fields lash boost, or something similar? I use Dior lash primer and have tried multiple mascaras and think I just need to try a growth serum. I'm dying for longer lashes and would love any tips or products!
Meggan: I used the R&F lash boost for a month and only got red itchy eyes and no growth. Then I switched to neuLASH and lovveee it. I saw results in under two weeks and I've had people comment on how long they look! Would definitely recommend.
Brooke: I use neuLASH also and am obsessed, I need another tube but I'm trying to hold out b/c I think it's usually included in the NSALE! I have the most pathetic natural lashes ever, and the last time my mom saw me, she asked if I had extensions! #win!

3. What are some tennis shoes you are loving lately?
Feel like there are so many we love right now - these, these for working out (have them, SO comfy), these for a casual summer sneaker, these, these, and these!

4. Meggan - your honeymoon looked amazing!! Give us the details! What did you guys do? Would you go back to St. Lucia? What are your must do's and recommendations?
Thank you it was sooo amazing! I definitely have the honeymoon blues now that it's over. All that planning and excitement and now it's just done ugh! I have a whole post planned for next week dedicated to St. Lucia but to sum it up - yes I would 100% go back. We hiked, snorkeled, got massages, ate some amazing food (had one of the best meals of my life), drank a lot lol, did a mud bath, went to a waterfall, relaxed on the beach, went on a sunset cruise, and explored the island :)

5. My boyfriend and I are beginning to look at engagement rings and I was wondering if you girls have any suggestions on jewelers to look into?
Brooke: My husband got mine from a jeweler in Chicago, but I randomly came across one on instagram (I think they're in NYC) - LaurenB. Everything they post is stunning!
Meggan: My husband (that sounds so weird to say lol) also got mine at a private jeweler in Chicago. We never went and looked at rings before hand so I have no clue where to start! I would search hashtags on instagram (that's how I find everything now) to see who's in your area!

6. Meggan - on insta stories you posted about the natural Xanex like herb called Ashwagandha. What do you think about it? I am curious to try it, if you found it beneficial.
Let me start by saying I have pretty bad anxiety and I've been on and off medication since I graduated college. Whenever I see natural remmedies I always give them a try because I'd rather not be on meds. Anyway, I want these pills to work so bad because people rave about them but I'm not sure they do for me. I've only been taking them for a week or so straight so maybe it takes time for them to build up/kick in. Or maybe my anxiety is just too out of control ha! The bottle is under $18 at Whole Foods so I think they are worth a try. Anxiety suckkksssss!

7. I am loving the front tie romper/jumpsuit look. Do you have any suggestions for a casual romper or jumpsuit for around $100?
We do too! A few we're eyeing here, here, and here (it's actually a dress, but it's so cute)! This tank is also SO cute (perfect for the 4th), and under $70! 

8. I was wondering if either of you have a satin pillow case? I've read they help reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Either way, would love your thoughts on this!
Brooke: Yes, I have this one and love it. I need to get two so I'm never without it. I'm not sure if it actually helps with wrinkles and fine lines, but that's what they say! It also helps my hair not get so crazy when I sleep (I can't sleep with my hair up). When I was just googling to find the one I have, this one popped up and it's only $17 (what!?)! It's 100% mulberry silk - same as the one I have.
Meggan: Yes, I have the same one as Brooke but don't use it every night because it's on my small pillow and I like my king size pillow. I just need to order another one! But I agree with Brooke about the wrinkles/fine lines, not sure if works but I'll try anything for those lol. I will say my hair always feels silky smooth and not so crazy in the am when I use it!

9. I remember reading that you two have both lived in Iowa right? That's where I'm from and have a college girls weekend here in Okoboji (it's our 13th year). I think we may be doing a sunset cruise on the lake one night and was wondering if you have any dress ideas? 
Yes we are both born and raised Iowa girls and Brooke is from Boji! We will be there together in a couple weeks :) But a sunset cruise sounds so fun and a couple cute dress options are herehere (love the stripes), and here. Have fun!

10. How do you girls fight against bloating while traveling (especially on beach vacations)? Any tips or tricks you use? I always feel like between cocktails and the food - I always find myself feeling so full, miserable and puffy!
Brooke: I try to stick to eating healthy and not drinking too much (which is definitely difficult on vacation!), and drink lots of water. I have heard that activated charcoal does wonders for bloating, but also read that you're not supposed to use it on a consistent basis, so not sure about that! I've never felt less bloated than when we did Whole30, so I try to remember that when I start to feel bloated and just go back to nutrition basics.
Meggan: Oh gosh that's how I felt the whole last half of my honeymoon. Wayyyy too many sugary cocktails lol. But some things I did in Cabo during my wedding week were drink tons of water, stick to fruits/veggies/grilled fish, skip on the bread basket/chips and salsa, and avoided sugary cocktails. I worked out every morning for at least 30 minutes to get a quick sweat in and that helped SO much. I know that's not realistic for every vacay (I only did b/c of the wedding) but if you can go to the gym a couple times it makes you feel so much better! And I brought the activated charcoal pills that Brooke mentioned and they definitely work. Also great for hangovers ;)

11. I'm going on vacation in July with my boyfriends family. We're doing family photographs and I'm looking for some outfit help. The parameters are "denim and/or the colors of white, khaki, and dark blue." I'm thinking a cute summery dress that would also be appropriate for a family photo. Any suggestions?
Here are a few dresses we love that fit in those color categories - one, two, three, and four (40% off!)!

12. Have either of you ever used clip-in hair extensions?
Meggan: I used them in college but haven't tried since!
Brooke: I haven't, but I asked for suggestions about a week ago and a lot of people recommended Barefoot Blonde's extensions and Bellami

13. How do you both keep all your "paper" and mail organized that tracks home each day? I always feel like my kitchen counters are so cluttered!
Meggan: I have this wall basket hanging in our kitchen. I cannot stand papers on the counter lol! A couple other cute organizers I like are here (want this for my desk) and here!
Brooke: I struggle with this for sure! I feel like we get so much junk mail, so I try to go through it right when I get it out of the mailbox or I know it will just become a pile on my counter. It's so much easier to just do it right away! I need an organizer for mine also, I'm loving this tray

14. I've been on the hunt for a great distressed denim jacket. Any that you guys love?
Loving this one and this one! This one isn't distressed, but I had to share b/c I just got it and love it + it's under $75!

15. I'm looking for a nicer quality, throw on cardigan that can transition between seasons and elevate an outfit. I have a couple Free People and Forever21 fringy ones that I've worn to death, looking for something that will last a little longer.
This one is so versatile (and on sale!), love the open stitch of this one, and this one is a great option in a darker color.

16. Meggan - I am in loooove with your dress for your rehearsal dinner! Where is it from? Wishing you and Kyle all the best!
Thanks so much! You can find it here (also comes in black!). And just an FYI you will need a slip and double sided tape. I use this tape for sooo many outfits, stays on great!

17. Do you have any opinions on metals that are more timeless than others? We have dark hard wood floors, wood beams, custom hood vent, and custom mantle all stained to match the floors. Everything that I have now is oil rubbed bronze. I have a VERY open concept kitchen/living/entryway/dining so our door knobs and pulls are all ORB. I just bought a huge mirror from PB that is ORB but saw they came out with a brass version. I wan't to "dress up" my design style a bit - our things are nice but very "homey" and more like farmhouse style. I want to incorporate some metals to make things seem a bit more formal. Suggestion on what is too trendy or what will pair well with dark brown/grayish wood would be amazing!
I think you can definitely mix and match, and actually think it looks better and more "natural" than having every single metal in your home the exact same. You could easily mix in brushed/matte brass, and even chrome or nickel. Some inspo ideas here and here.

18. Meggan - I'm getting married in August and struggling to find a wedding dress. I loved the style of yours, would you mind sharing the designer?
Of course, the designer is Ines Di Santo. Good luck and have fun! It can definitely be a little stressful searching for "the one" :)

19. Would you share some 4th of July inspired dresses? And maybe share what you're both planning on wearing?
We will both be in swim suits by the lake/pool :) Buttttt some 4th of July inspired dresses we're loving are here, here, here, and here (would be so cute paired with red sandals). This t-shirt dress is simple and cute too!

20. I'm going to a bachelorette in Miami in August and need a black dress for one night. I COMPLETELY fell in love with the black lace astr the label dress you guys recently shared, and purchased it only to find it won't really fit my Kardashian booty (ugh!). Do you know of any other similar?
This one is SO cute and has stretch in the fabric, and we also love this onethis one and this one!

21. Brooke - what steamer were you using to steam your bedding on insta stories? I saw you linked it, but I forgot to check!
It's this one from Shark - I love it and use it for everything!

Have a great weekend babes! Leave your questions below or email us at brookeandmeggan@somewherelately.com with #coffeetalk in the subject. XO

In My Cart

Good morning lovahs! I'm off to the airport to catch a flight (running late as usual lol), but wanted to quickly share a few pieces that are currently in my cart(s) - they are all SO good and perfect for that summer wardrobe! These shorts are the ones Meggan posted on insta stories yesterday - perfect length and wash. 
dressblush tee | white off the shoulderjeans | gingham top | peep toes | hat (on sale for under $30!) | cutoffs | earrings 

Exploring Soufriere

One morning we took a water taxi to Soufriere to do some exploring and grab lunch. We met so many amazing staff members at the resort who live there so we wanted to see their hometown. The people in St. Lucia were so nice (they really made the trip) and happy to share "their paradise" with us. Seriously, everyone we met would say "welcome to my home, my paradise! I hope you enjoy". It was fun to see a different part of the island with so much culture. I loved all the colorful homes/buildings, the market, and the fishing boats sitting in the bay. Oh and that you could get an ice cold Piton (their local beer) and walk around with it ;)
It was hot and sunny so I wore this breezy Rails romper. The material is soft and it didn't wrinkle from packing (seriously one of the only items I didn't have to get pressed lol). 
SO much fresh fruit is everywhere. The coconut and mangos were my favorite. 
I pretty much wore these sandals everyday ha! I always pack a million shoes and end up wearing like one or two pairs (anyone else!?). These are my first pair of Soludos and I'm hooked - they are comfy and stylish! I'm obsessing over these tassel flats and these colorblock sandals.
How cool is this record shop? 
romper (wearing xs) | hat | sandals | bag | sunglasses

Such a neat and colorful town, I'm so glad I got to see it! I've been getting a lot of questions about St. Lucia (the resort, what we did, etc.) and will be doing a few more posts on it all so stayed tuned. xx


Back to Basics

Whenever I feel like I have nothing to wear, I go for black, white, and denim (or all black if it's winter). This combo always works - simple. I wear this duster a lotttt - it literally goes with everything, and they just released it in white which is perfect for summer! 
Love the plunge lace detail on this cami - it's under $20 (!) and I'm wearing a small. It also comes in black & blush. This one is a great option if you like the look, but want more coverage. 
I'm headed to meet a friend for barre class this morning then taking the girls to the pool - have a great day guys! xx

cami (under $20, wearing a small) | duster | jeans | sandals | sunglasses ($70!) | similar bags here and here 

My Vacay Style

I've been wearing easy breezy outfits since we arrived in St. Lucia but this two-piece set is by far my favorite. I wore it with sandals during the day and threw on these heels for date night. 
How pretty are the bell sleeves?!
For sizing: I got an xs in the top and skirt. This hat is on sale - yay! 

We are off to our last breakfast in paradise then heading to the airport. I'm so sad the trip is over but they say all good things must come to an end ;) I can't wait to get home and squeeze my baby. I've been missing him like crazy these last couple days. xx


Weekend Deals

Don't mind my frizzy St. Lucia hair but this laceup sweater is a new fav and under $60. Looks so cute with high-waisted shorts!

The perfect summer cardigan - love how they styled it here. Think I need it!

Take 40% off EVERYTHING at Loft right now!! Seriously loving this dress (in my cart), these block heels (so pretty in red), this maxi skirt, and this top.

These have been my go-to sandals this summer. Perfect neutral!

This dress is too pretty and would be great for a summer wedding or special event. Love the coral color!

Perfect summer coverup - so many cute colors and we're especially loving the yellow/gold!

Wildfox has some of the mot comfortable pieces and these sweatpants look amazing!

Obsessed with this one-piece suit and it's under $100!

I've been eyeing these Loeffler Randall tassel sandals all summer and they finally went on sale! Just added them to my cart.

This is a cute casual dress to throw on in the summer. 

These drawstring pants are sooooo cute and just went 40% off! #need

These leopard slides are only $45! Holla!

This baywatch-esque one piece is ahhhmazing and just went on sale!

Love the details on this bra. Would be so cute with a muscle tank! Also love the back of this one - so cool!


5 Things We Do Every Morning

1. Work out. I don't do this every morning but strive for at least three days a week. I go to Orange Theory on Tuesday and Thursday and go to the gym one (sometimes two if I'm really feelin' it) other day a week. It feels sooo good getting your sweat sesh out of the way! Sometimes I even hit up the grocery store afterwards so I don't have to bring Cam there during the day. I love feeling so accomplished by 8am.
2. Make a to-do list. I'm a list person and it helps me to write down everything I need to get done for the day. Also, there's no better feeling then getting everything crossed off your list lol.
3. Take care of my skin. You have probably noticed from insta stories that I love eye masks and ice rolling! My current favorite eye patches are these 24k gold lift & firm ones and these instant energizing ones. And I use my ice roller alllll the time! It's a great way to wake your skin up in the AM! I also drink chlorophyll water which not only benefits your skin, it also detoxes your blood, energizes your body and supports weight loss.
4. Manifest. Brooke and I have mentioned this several times before but we are strong believers on the power of positive thinking and manifesting. Each day I write down my goals (big and small) and how I'm going to work toward them.
5. Get dressed. If you are a stay at home mom you can most likely relate to this: sweat pants, hair in bun, all your time is dedicated to you kid(s). When I first had Cam I had a hard time adjusting and felt so frumpy for being in sweats all day. Now I make sure to get dressed so I feel like my old self. But it really starts with whats underneath your clothes. Lately, I have been loving ThirdLove bras and underwear. Most days I wear this t-shirt bra but if I want to spice it up I put on this pretty lace one ;) I got these matching undies to go with! This bra goes so well under any outfit, and you don't even care if it's peeking out because it's so pretty ;).
1. Make my bed. I do this every day as soon as I wake up get out of bed. It's one less thing to do later in the day (which is when I feel like I have a mile-long "to do" list), and starts your day off in a positive/productive way! 
2. Meditate. This is a fairly new addition to my morning routine, but I'm so happy I started because it helps me get set for the day rather than running straight for my coffee maker. I downloaded the app Headspace after a reader recommended it, and so far I'm loving it! 
3. Read & respond to emails. We get a lot of emails every day, so I like to go through all new emails in the morning, and respond to as many as possible so I have one less thing to do. It stresses me out to know that emails are just sitting in our inbox!
4. Get dressed & ready. On weekdays I get dressed for the gym, but on the weekends I get dressed and ready to go for the day right away in the morning. I hate making my family wait on me, so if I get it out of the way it's better for everyone ;). Totally agree with Meggan - it's all about what's underneath. I cannot handle an uncomfortable bra/underwear. I'm wearing this bra from ThirdLove in these photos & am shocked at how comfortable it is since I usually prefer a wireless bra (this one is my favorite for everyday - definitely the most comfortable bra I own!). I love the lace detail, and have already ordered it in two other colors - black & aqua-mint.
5. Drink coffee. Sometimes I literally go to sleep thinking about my morning coffee lol. I always have a glass of water first, but live for my 1 cup of coffee in the morning (any more than 1 and I start to feel shaky).
Such pretty details. This bra comes in 10 different colors and the material is so comfortable. The seamless undies are my favorite for the gym - I  have them in several other colors as well. PS - one of the best parts about ThirdLove is they let you try before you buy! Try any bra (for free!) for 30 days before deciding if you love it or not. Spoiler alert: you will!  

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