Chasing Davies

November 18, 2019

Favorite Wears: $30 Amazon Pleated Skirt


 
I'm a long-time lover of pleated skirts! I have several in all different colors - and until finding THIS ONE, my go-to place was J.Crew for much more expensive versions.  Now, don't get me wrong, they serve a purpose and I still love those (I'll do a separate post soon to showcase my newest J.Crew pleated skirt), but this one is under $30, comes in tons of colors, is lined and totally comfortable. 

I really could see myself owning this in every color... but I'm going to try to refrain for that (not enough closet space!). I got this brownish-copper color because it was very different then any other skirt I had and envision wearing it with black. But this particular day, I was working for a bit at a coffee shop that is literally within a tree and plant nursery and just felt I need to soften the look up a bit.

For those in Kansas City area, you must check out Cafe Equinox within the Family Tree Nursery in Shawnee, KS. They serve Thou Mayest coffee, baked goods from local bakeries and have tons of work space and collaboration tables throughout the nursery to work amongst the chlorophyll. 

It was such a calming way to work, and I swear I felt lighter and more alert. I will make it habit to work out of this space whenever possible. And of course, coming home with a few new plants is never bad, right?!

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November 12, 2019

Amazon's Holiday Shopping

 

 
This was the first year I received not just one, but two catalogs from Amazon, the all digital giant. One was fashion focused and the other all toys.  Both full of great ideas and a great way to get you off the computer, flipping through actual pages (with easy to scan QSR codes to take you digitally).  There is something about relaxing with a magazine (catalogs count!), cup of coffee and blanket that I love.

Toy catalogs have long been all the rage with my kids in order to make their holiday lists, so they were excited to get another one to flip through - circling items they're interested in. 


In case you didn't get one or both of these (or even if you did),  I am highlighting some favorite holiday gift items/must-haves featured in the catalogs and online. Amazon is nothing if not an abundance of choices.

You can see all the top toys here

And all of Amazon's gift guides here (including Oprah's favorite things).



 Some favorite fashion/tech picks:

These matching star pajamas for the whole family



Party dresses (outfit pieces) for one and for all



Holiday items & gifts for the men



 Some favorite toy picks:



Or you can shop all my favorite items for the holidays (including bonus items) below:






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November 7, 2019

Relaxing Girlfriend Time

 

 
After a whirlwind summer, start to fall and fresh jet lag from Italy, my good friend and I wanted to hang out and catch up, but also craved something low key and def needed some relaxation. 

So... what did we do?

First, we started out with massages at Massage Heights, where I got my first ever hot stone massage - and it was wonderful!  The heat from the stones help muscles to relax, releasing muscular tension while also helping to increase circulation through the blood vessels and the lymphatic system, getting rid of your body's toxins.  But the TLDR version is: It felt so good, especially for sore and extra tense areas. I carry my stress in my shoulders, upper back and neck - so they were able to concentrate in that vicinity, which was amazing.


We almost did a couples massage, but decided to save the chit chat for a dinner following and went to our own rooms. But Massage Heights has both single and couples rooms with locations all over to find one convenient for you and your situation.


After coming out of our hour of bliss, we pulled ourselves back together and headed to Houlihan's in Fairway to try out their new seasonal menu.  I really enjoy Houlihan's in general, definitely their happy hour, but their seasonal menus always have some delicious and surprising items that I love to try!  

The current menu might be my fav yet - and good news, if you fall in love with something, like I usually do, there is a good chance they'll move it to the main menu (which they do for popular items).  The grilled chicken nachos and the ding dong martini were my two favs from this season (and I've already had that martini again since).

And yes, that is a real Hostess Ding Dong on that drink! Talk about a fun(ny) surprise and delight! And tasty. Not sure I've had one of these since 6th grade, but I'm not mad about reintroducing myself to this little delight in my 30s!

(bonus for left overs!)

So, do yourself a favor, grab a girlfriend (or many), and plan a date to relax, catch up and enjoy - especially during this crazy holiday season! 

Outfit details (for those that have asked about these shoes on IG - they are also VERY comfortable and holding up great! Love them):


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