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Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Secret to Being Comfortable in Almost Any Pair of Shoes + Worldwide Shipping + Special DISCOUNT!

I dare any of you to tell me you don't want your shoes to be more comfortable!  :P  You should know by now that I'm very much about dressing comfortably, and that includes footwear.  So today we're talking about the BEST secret I've ever discovered for my feet--AirPufs!  They make my shoes comfortable all day long, and I seriously have not been able to live without them since discovering them 2 years ago!


When I first collaborated with AirPufs 2 years ago (HERE), I told AirPufs owner Chai that I wouldn't agree to posting unless I tried the product first and genuinely believed they were better than other insoles.  I've tried many, many insoles, and AirPufs have been the absolute best.  Not only do they come in really pretty prints, and not only are they super thin, they beat out all other insoles in function!

I wrote an extensive review 2 years doing a direct comparison between AirPufs and the standard brand I was using HERE.  Yall need to check it out!  In a nutshell, while their comfort levels felt the same initially, after about 10 minutes the standard brand lost its cushiness and I could feel the hardness of my shoe at the balls of my feet.  With AirPufs, however, I never felt the bottom of my shoe and the cushiness lasted all day.

Also super important: My initial impression of them was kind of like "Meh, what's the big deal?"  They didn't feel extraordinarily cushiony or anything like that.  When I became impressed was after walking and standing for HOURS in heels and not feeling pain in the balls of my toes or heels of my feet.  Does that make sense?  It's not the initial wear that was impressive, but it was realizing the impact they had over a long period of wearing them.  It's important to note in case you feel them and right away are like, "Um, what's the big deal?"  Give them a shot by walking around in them for the day and see if your feet hurt less than they normally would.

There's more, too, like how I dance at weddings in crappy H&M heels without wanting to take my shoes off.  They are the best, so go read my in-depth review HERE!


I wear AirPufs in almost all of my shoes.  It doesn't matter if they're heels, boots, booties, or flats.  I really can't live without them and have been spoiled over the last 2 years from AirPufs' padding!  Unless I'm in sneakers or unless my shoes fit *just* enough that I can't add the super thin AirPufs without squishing my toes, I'll wear AirPufs.  I even have several pairs of shoes that already come with extra cushion, like my Natualizer maroon pumps (HERE), Lucky Boots (HERE), and Sam Edelman flats (HERE), but I still wear AirPufs with them because they provide the LASTING comfort that I talked about in the review post.

AirPufs recently came out with new designs that are soooo pretty.  I particularly love the Something Blue (HERE), Blossom (HERE), and Vintage Hibiscus (HERE), but there are also fun and quirky prints like pineapples, watermelons, and cactuses!


There's an adhesive strip on the back to secure the AirPufs in your shoes, but for the most part I personally don't use the adhesive so that I can take the AirPufs out and switch them in all my shoes.  I have a few pairs in which the AirPufs will slip around too much if not adhered, but for the most part once my foot is in the shoes the AirPufs stay in place.  

Special Promos + Worldwide Shipping
To celebrate the new designs and to give you all a chance to spoil your feet, AirPufs is giving PMT readers TWO special discounts!

  • Buy 2 Get 1 Free (for the first 100 people)
  • Buy 3 Get 1 Free + 1 Free Shoe Bag (for the first 50 people)

You can shop all the designs either on Etsy HERE or directly through the AirPufs web store HERE.  AirPufs has split the availability of the promos between Etsy and the web store, so if the promo has run out on one site, try the other.

On both Etsy and the web store you should see item options that say "Buy 2 Get 1 Free" or "Buy 3 Get 1 Free" (plus for the Buy 3 deal the first 50 people will get a free shoe bag).

I'd highly encourage you to take advantage of these deals and give AirPufs a shot!  Or maybe don't, because then you'll be addicted like me!  :D

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

5 Outfits With a White Plaid Blanket Scarf + Tips for Making Blanket Scarves Work for You

I sang the praises of this scarf a few months ago and it remains to be true!  This is the second blanket scarf in my wardrobe, the first being the ever popular Zara one several years ago.  (Lookalike Zara scarf HERE.)  Last year I was looking for a lighter colored blanket scarf and tried a couple but they weren't quite what I wanted.  When I saw this one in the Oct at ModCloth I jumped at it because it's exactly what I was looking for!

I love how the lighter cream "lifts" outfits, especially during winter when I tend to wear a lot of neutrals and darker colors but don't necessarily want to feel weighed down or drab.  So far I've worn it all these ways!
Outfits With a White Plaid Blanket Scarf

Two Almost Identical Options
This exact scarf has been sold out for a while, but I found two almost identical options for $15 and $18!  One is HERE and the other HERE.

Shop for the Look:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exactsimilar, similar)
Leggings: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Zappos (exact)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (almost exact #1, almost exact #2)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact)
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact


Shop for the Look:
Sweater: Old Navy (similar)
Striped Tee: H&M (similar)
Jeans: Paige Denim (exact, exact #2, similar)
Boots: Nordstrom (exact, exact #2)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (almost exact #1, almost exact #2)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact, similar)


Shop for the Look:
Dress: Old Navy (exact, nearly identical)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (exact)
Boots: Nordstrom (exact)
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (almost exact #1, almost exact #2)


Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o ModCloth (exact, similar, similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (almost exact #1, almost exact #2)
Boots: c/o ModCloth (exactexact #2)
Bag: Nordstrom (similarsimilar)


Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (similar)
Leggings: Nordstrom (exact)
Boots: Fergalicious (similarsimilar)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (almost exact #1, almost exact #2)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)

I know some people don't like how blanket scarves overwhelm them, but that's precisely what I love about them.  I like how they add pattern and a focal point to all of my solid sweaters, dresses, and tops, and because of that I often feel like the simple addition of a blanket scarf pulls together my outfits in a huge way.

Making Blanket Scarves Work for You

Tip #1: Cut it.  Yes, you read that right!
If you're one of the people that feels overwhelmed by blanket scarves, like you're getting swallowed up, or you overheat in them, but have wished and wished you could make them work, I have one tip for you: cut it in half diagonally to make two triangles.  You'll end up with two triangles, one that you can wear and one you can give to a friend.  It should solve your overheating problem, your swallowed-up-feeling problem, and your feeling-overwhelmed problem!

I saw readers mention it on a blogs last year (maybe 2 years ago?).  While I haven't cut mine because I LIKE being overwhelmed by blanket scarves, tonsssssss of women in the PMT Style Challenge group have cut theirs and have LOVED it.  Many of them were scared to do it, but anyone who has taken the plunge has not looked back!

How they did it:
  • Fold it once diagonally and cut on the fold.  That's IT.  Remember, you just want two triangles.
  • They said they didn't need to worry about frayed edges because they either don't fray and/or the part that could potentially fray is usually around your neck and concealed.  

Tip #2: Treat it like a cardigan (if you won't cut yours).
Now, I don't mean wear it like a cardigan, though you could because it's a blanket.  Until this year, I thought I couldn't justify getting more blanket scarves because it's often too warm to wear them here in Southern California.  Well, I finally realized they more or less provide me with the same warmth as a cardigan does.  So, I started wearing a blanket scarf in place of a cardigan or a light jacket, and that's allowed me to wear them far more often than I ever have.  

For example, Outfit #3 above was taken in October and normally I would have needed a cardigan with that dress.  Instead, I ditched the cardigan and opted for a blanket scarf.

In Outfit #2...well, that picture was TAKEN on a clear day, but I actually WORE the outfit several times on cold and dreary days.  Normally I would have worn a lighter jacket, but I went without one and wore a blanket scarf instead.

And then, of course, if you're in a super cold climate you totally understand the need for blanket scarves, cardigans, AND jackets!  :)  (As described in the recent post How I Stay Warm in the Winter.)

Anyway, those are the couple of tips I've got for you!  Do you like feeling swallowed up by blanket scarves, or have you or do you think you'll cut one?  :)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Two Outfits for Momming It + The NEW Lily Jade Line

Today I'm excited to showcase Lily Jade's newly updated line of diaper bags, and spoiler alert: the changes are awesome!  When I was pregnant with Addie I really wanted a diaper bag that didn't...you know, look like a diaper bag.  So many of the ones I saw were huge and bulky and nylon, and didn't help me feel the least bit pulled together as a new mom.  Thankfully I remembered these gorgeous, sophisticated, leather Lily Jade diaper bags (HERE) and have been a fan ever since.

You all know I'm about pieces that can serve multiple purposes, taking you from different contexts and types of activities depending on how you accessorize them or what you pair them with.  You get the most bang for your buck that way, and Lily Jade bags do exactly that.  These bags look really great for professional "grown up" settings, a casual lunch with friends, or playtime at the park or zoo. The styles are soooo versatile, really giving you bang for your buck.  Plus, they're so beautiful that once your kids are grown you can still use this bag for yourself.
I'm showing the Rosie bag in two outfits: one for lunch with friends where you might have kids in tow and one for playtime at a park.  The Rosie works perfectly in both settings!  I'm also showing my current favorite olive sweater in both outfits because like I said, I like pieces that serve multiple purposes.  :)


Outfit #1: Lunch w/ Friends 
I've worn this outfit a ton lately!  It's pulled together enough for a lunch date with grownups, but casual, comfortable and easy to move around in when kids are present.  And the Lily Jade Rosie fits right in!  I never have to worry about whether or not my Lily Jade bags will go with my outfits.  They are all so versatile and always go with what I'm wearing, no matter how dressy or casual the outfit is.  


Update #1: All brandy and charcoal bags now come with a jade lining instead of red.  I absolutely love this color!  It's bright and beautiful, and I feel like it's easier to find things since the interior is lighter.  

Update #2: The interior organizing bag now holds structure on its own.  It used to be fairly flimsy and sag a little in your bag, and it did not stand well on its own.  Now it can hold its own.  Plus it now has handles.  These things allow the insert to act like a second bag housed in your bag.  In cases where you want to hand the diaper bag off to someone, you won't need to bring two separate bags because with the LJ bags you have two-in-one.  For example, when we drop Addie off at kid's church, we can put all of her stuff in the insert, hand it off to the kid's church teachers, and I can take the leather part with my wallet and other stuff to the main church service.  

Shop for the Look:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exactsimilar)
Striped Tee: H&M (similar)
Jeans: Old Navy (exact--sized down to 4)
Boots: Nordstrom (exactexact in more colors)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exactsimilar--half the price)
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact



Outfit #2: Playtime
For the second outfit, I paired the sweater with these super comfy, not-see-through leggings and my new sleek Nike Tanjuns.  It's an easy outfit for anytime I'm doing something that requires a lot of movement with a little one, like going to the park, the zoo, or the children's museum.  

The Rosie even works for this super casual outfit, but not only does it work, I totally prefer it over any other bag I'd be carrying because it converts to a backpack!  That allows me to be hands free to pick up my kid, to get down on the ground with her, to go down the slide, or do whatever else she wants to do.

Shop for the Look:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exactsimilar)
Leggings: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Zappos (exact)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (almost exact #1, almost exact #2)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact)
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact


Update #3: EVERY Lily Jade bag now converts to a backpack!  Before, only certain models had backpack functions, but now every single bag in the updated line can turn into a backpack (in addition to a shoulder bag or crossbody strap).  The backpack function is THE BEST part, and basically the feature I can't live without.  It was the most helpful part about the bag when Addie was a newborn and needed to be held, and it's still the most helpful part now that Addie's a toddler who is nonstop running around and playing.  The old Rosie doesn't convert to a backpack, and I was sooo sad about that, so I'm ECSTATIC that not only the new Rosie can become a backpack, but all new bags can be backpacks too!

Lily Jade's got tons of bags, and their entire new line has me drooling!  Check out the Rosie HERE, or see all Lily Jade bags HERE.

Created in partnership with Lily Jade

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Instagram Roundup #18 + Olive Sweater is $23!

Time for another Instagram roundup!  I post many outfits on Instagram that may never make it to the blog, so I do these roundups to catch you up on all the deals and steals I'm posting over there.  If you're not following on IG, you can see the latest IG posts from the blog in real time through the widget over to the right.  The "Instagram Lately" is an up-to-date feed of my latest IG posts, and you can shop them by clicking on the pic!  


First up is a huge PSA: This sweater is 40% off making it about $23!!!  I have it in both olive and black and have been wearing them a TON.  Let me warn you that it's not the best quality, and you will need to take a sweater shaver to it.  But I really like the fit and the color, though if you have long arms this might not be great for you.  I rolled my sleeves up to show the stripes, so don't judge the sleeve length based on my pictures, but just know that they barely fit me perfectly.

If you need a longer one, both in arms and torso, try THIS ONE.  

For sizing reference I'm 5'6", normally S/M or 6/8 and wear this in M.

Shop for the Look:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exact, similar)
Striped Tee: H&M (similar)
Jeans: Old Navy (exact--sized down to 4)
Boots: Nordstrom (exact, exact in more colors)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact, similar--half the price)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)


Here's the sweater again but with a statement necklace and some leopard print for a bit dressier look.  I love how easy to wear this sweater is.  Also, if you haven't done olive + turquoise, give it a try!  I love it and think it's such a fun color pairing.

This leopard print clutch is my go-to's for dressing up a look.  It's available HERE (search "Amy Clutch), but I also found a similar one that's a little cheaper HERE.  

Shop for the Look:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exact)
Jeans: Paige Denim (exact, similar and much cheaper)
Boots: Fergalicious (similar)
Necklace: c/o That's Mine Boutique (exact)
Bag: c/o Gray Monroe (exact--search "Amy Clutch", similar)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exactsimilar--half the price)


The PMT Style Challenge (HERE) and all the women doing the challenge together inspired me to wear this pajama dress like this--and I love it!  If you're not part of the challenge, it's not too late to sign up.  We're only in week 2!  You'll not only get 45 outfits from just a few pieces of clothes, but you'll get access to the members-only Facebook group, and it is SO FUN!  So many great ideas and variations of the outfits are there.  It's by far my favorite part of the whole experience, and I don't even like Facebook!  (Sign up and join us HERE.)

Anyway, this dress is sold out in most sizes but is available in a ton of other sizes in other colors.  Soooooooo many of you have told me you got the dress and looooove it for its comfort.  I wear this in M.

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Old Navy (exact)
Jacket: Forever 21 (similar, similar, similar)
Fleece Lined Tights: Bare Necessities (similarsimilar)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (exact)
Booties: Kohl's (similar)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exactsimilar--half the price)


Here's another look at the outfit I wore way back for Christmas Eve.  I was singing at church, and because of monitor packs needing to be clipped onto your clothing and blah blah blah I can't wear dresses whenever I sing.  #femaleproblems  But, this cute slash chic outfit made me less sad about it! :)  

This top is sold out in navy but I'll link it because you can ask for it to come back in stock (HERE).  However, it's still available in black HERE.   I wear Large as I find the sleeves a little tight and this top doesn't have much stretch.

Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o ModCloth (exact, same in black)
Jacket: similar, similar
Jeans: Paige Denim (exactsimilar and much cheaper)
Shoes: c/o Naturalizer (exact--very comfy)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact)
Bag: c/o Sole Society (exact--sold out)


This is another outfit from the PMT Style Challenge.  I love mixing neutrals with a pop of color.  A lot of you have told me you don't like mustard yellow next to your face, but you could do this look with any bright colored scarf.  Personally I'd recommend a bolder color like red, orange, or green to "lift" the outfit and help the whole thing pop.  

If you feel too puffy in a vest plus a chunky scarf, try a scarf that isn't wrapped as tightly around your neck, and/or try quilted vests since they tend to lay a little flatter than puffer vests.  

Shop for the Look:
Top: J.Crew Factory (exact--wearing S)
Vest: c/o J.Crew Factory (similar, similar, similar)
Jeans: Paige Denim (exactsimilar and much cheaper)
Boots: Fergalicious (similar) 
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exactsimilar--half the price)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact, similar)
Scarf: c/o Conversation Pieces (similar)


Stripes, jeans, and a tan moto jacket.  I've been wearing this combo for YEARS.  While I've updated my striped tees and jeans over the years, I've been wearing this exact jacket for all those years--5 years to be specific.  It was such a great find at Forever 21, but it finally died and became unwearable.  Still trying to hold in the tears!  :(  I'm on the hunt for a replacement and have had 2/5 arrive so far.  You can bet I'll do a review once they all come in!

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (similar)
Jacket: Forever 21 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: Old Navy (exact--sized down to 4)
Boots: Nordstrom (exactexact in more colors)
Bag: Nordstrom (exactsimilar)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exactsimilar--half the price)

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