September 4, 2015

10 Things You Need to Get from TARGET During Labor Day Sales!

Target labor day sales and hot items for women house and kids

What's better than a long weekend? A long weekend with lots of awesome sales to check out, including Target!  Target is already a go-to of mine, so these sales are right up my ally, especially as I'm getting ready for Fall!

Right now, you can save 25% on clothing, shoes and accessories for the whole family, PLUS an extra 10% online with code LABORDAY!

Slide on Sneakers - still some of my favorite shoes to wear, and Target has super cute patterns for under $15!!

Last year, windowpane hit mainstream, and I'm still loving it - especially this windowpane dress!

Target is one of our go-to places for kid clothing!  We save tons and they have some really great stuff, like...

 Boy's stripe and green sleeve tee and color block jogger pants

Girl's French terry crew top with polka dots and animal print dress

Save 25% on home items, PLUS an extra 10% online with code LABORDAY!

These Pop of Yellow Bar Stools would make any kitchen happy!

I am OBSESSED with this hexagon side table with a wooden top!  

Love this single-seat bench, perfect for inside a doorway (putting on shoes!) or in front of the fireplace, oh and a million other places.

This modern chair would make a perfect addition to a home office or sitting area!

Additional sales you should check out this Holiday weekend:
- Banana Republic is back on my interest list lately. Their new arrivals are awesome, and you can get 40% off site-wide right now through 9/8 (use code BRFALL) - oh, and at Gap, too (prices as marked; online only)!
- Loft has 30% off new fall arrivals (no code needed, online only)!
- Old Navy has the entire site on sale with up to 60% off everything! 
- West Elm is having a 'Buy More, Save More' sale with 10-20% off your order (use code SHOPMORE)!
- New sale items added to Shopbop, great selections for great prices!

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September 2, 2015

6 Hours in NYC!

traveling to New york for a quick trip

A few weeks ago, my husband and I took off for a weekend adventures to the east coast.  We actually went to Washington D.C. first and got to spend the weekend bouncing around town.  As he had to head to a conference, and since I was purely on vacation, one of my best friends, Katie, who lives there, and I escaped on the Amtrak to NYC for a short girls trip.  We spent the first afternoon after arriving in Brooklyn (and you can see how we spent our 6 hours in Brooklyn here!).

That night, we stayed at the James Hotel in NY, NY - which was awesome, by the way! Super central to tons of great NYC shopping, restaurants and more, and it had a pretty big room for NYC (I mean, there was a King size bed WITH a sitting area and small table, and bar station).  The real draw of this place originally was the roof top and view!  They have a great bar/lounge, pool and deck atop the room and the views were magnificent

So anyways, after our one night sleep and the 2nd day of our super quick trip to the NY area - we hit the pavement to do and see as much as possible on the Manhattan side of the harbor!  And boy did we have our work cut out for us, as our list was growing by the moment!  But we were up and at 'em around 9am and our train left to go back to Washington D.C. around 3pm - so we put 6 hours to good use!

We were extra lucky to have Sarah (a now-friend and awesome photographer) along with us for the day. She took all these pictures of our girls day in NYC, so I didn't have worry about capturing photos and I could just live it!  If you are visiting NYC and interested in having her take some photos, you can schedule a travel or portrait session with Sarah by contacting her via her website.

We first started (by walking) to the Chelsea Market, which is an enclosed food hall, which is situated in the old National Biscuit Company's factory and beneath the Food Network's offices (among others).  We spent about a 45 minutes here getting breakfast and coffee, scoping out all the amazing food options and even doing a little shopping. We could of spent all day here just eating every meal and snacks in between from one end to the other.

 When in Chelsea - or anywhere near by - you must check out the High Line! So, we headed straight there after shopping, and got there early enough before it was too crowded!  The High Line is a path and park built on a historic train track that hasn't been in use since running it's last course in 1980. And in June 2009, the first section opened and they've been adding and renovating since.  It's super plant dense and there are event great spaces to sit back and relax!  

You can even grab coffee and do a little shopping up there - which if you follow me on Snapchat (ChasingDavies), you might have seen that I bought some cute NYC-themed kitchen tea-towels!

After walking the High Line, we headed to the Flatiron District to hit up a couple unique to NYC shops I'd heard about.  We made sure to stop at other little quirky and fun places along the way that caught our eye - like this hallway of antique mirrors that lead back to a small house (!!) located in some open space between tall buildings, that was filled with more antiques.  This is a little gem that Sarah knew about and we loved seeing it! 

Once to the Flatiron District, we hit up Fishs Eddy, which is a super colorful and unique kitchenware store that is affordable! If I lived in or near this place, I'd have my whole kitchen stocked with their goods!

After this, we popped over to Flying Tiger, which is a kitchy and funny store full of all sorts of things for your office, home, travel, kids, etc. It's SUPER inexpensive and worth walking through for gifts or little things for your own spaces.

 From the Flatiron district we walked to the Upper East Side for lunch at Seamore's, which I was really excited about.  This place is so freaking cute (as you might have seen on my insta post) and DELISH! I had white flounder fish on a kale salad and some wine to boot.  I HIGHLY recommend you put this place on your 'must-do in NYC list'.

Where to eat in NYC

 And finally, who can leave NYC without ice cream?  Sarah took us to Big Gay Ice Cream, and if you are any sort of fan of ice cream AND the Golden Girls, you.

Fun good ice cream in nyc

 Again, HUGE thank you to Sarah for not only hanging out with us this day and taking pictures, but being such a great tour guide!  She had some fun commentary along the way, which I love to hear about things from a local's POV when I'm traveling! :)

{Oh, and in case you're interested - some outfit deets: my dress (super comfy for traveling and walking all around town), white birks, Madewell cross-body bucket bag (more options here!), necklace}

You can see my last trip to NYC with some different activities here!

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August 31, 2015

Mama/Daughter Style Series: Summer Pieces, Fall Ready

The time between summer and fall is a fun challenge for me - it's still warm, but cute, new fall clothes cover every store! I'm not ready for summer to be over, but I'm so ready to wear fall clothes (layers!).  So, I start to incorporate fall-like touches to my summer outfits to get a little taste of each season, gravitating towards simply layers, deeper colors richer patterns.  Shabby Apple has tons of those perfect pieces (gorgeous dresses!) that you can wear now and far into fall.

And even though Nora is wearing a summer dress - I love that the floral print is deep enough to transition into fall with proper layers (like a denim jacket atop?!) and the mix of this pineapple print head wrap makes her look all the more fun. And the addition of her snacks were just quite mandatory to get her to hold still long enough for a photo. 

I'd love to see your #MamaDaughterStyleSeries pics! Share via Instagram with that hashtag!

{Outfit Details: MAMA - Dress c/o, Vest - old from J.CrewFlats; NORA - Dress c/o, Headband/Head Wrap c/o, Moccasins}

Summer into fall outfit ideas with easy layering
toddler mixed prints  outfit

Make sure to check out the other mama's to see what they and their littles are wearing:  SandyLynzy and Carly And don't forget to check out the #MamaDaughterStyleSeries on Instagram and play along by posting your own picture of your summer into fall style, use the hashtag and tag me (@ChasingDavies) so I can check it out!

You can see past posts from this series right here!

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