Chasing Davies

October 22, 2019

Favorite Wears: Favorite Gold Earrings

affordable gold earrings for sensitive ears 

 
Sometimes the best part of an outfit is the smallest part. I've struggled with wearing jewelry that irritates my skin or turns my skin green too many times to count, so as I've gotten older (and wiser?), I've invested in prices that will last and make me feel good. 

This brings me to my current obsession of affordable gold earrings that feel great on my sensitive ears. I also love all the other jewelry by AU-Rate because they make jewelry guaranteed for life with ethically sourced materials. They cut out the middle man to get you gold jewelry at affordable prices with options (of gold plated, 14K or 18K) so you can find something that fits your budget.

You can see my first pair of earrings from AU-Rate here. I like to get something that I'll always love, but, like that last pair (hoops made with little hearts), I want something with a little extra personality, too. I love these huggable hoops with the added bar dangling.
 

And what looks better with gold than pink and leopard?  I've been wearing pops of leopard for years, but have recently really fallen for pink, especially in unexpected ways.  My favorite unexpected way to wear pink? A pink blazer. My go-to blazer is no longer avail, but you can find the exact one on eBay.

A blazer, and having at least one in a fun color, can be worn dressed up or down - and is the perfect layering piece. I wear my pink one often, and love it over a simple white and black graphic tee (this one of a women's face is always a fun addition and definitely not boring).

So, mixing my pink blazer with gold earrings not only matches the packaging, but a classic go-to of mine (top the look off with a leopard headband for an extra wow!) - or skip the headband and blazer and go for a cozy leopard sweater (it all goes with gold, you can't go wrong!).  


You can shop my look here:


 Because this post is full of favorites - these are my favorite booties. But they're a couple years old. Here are this year's version by the same brand.

Alt outfit with a cozy leopard sweater (cute sidekick can't be replicated):


Find yourself a good pair of earrings and let the rest fall into place. What would you get from AU-Rate?
This post is in collaboration with Nakturnal, but all opinions are my own.

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October 5, 2019

Amazon It List: Fall Edition

 

 
I woke up this morning to a crisp 52 degrees and you couldn't stop my happy dance if you tried! Even when the kids groaned as I asked them to change out of their summer shorts and into pants, I was glowing. Fall is my season (as short as it might be).

So as I giddily look at all the fun Fall things, I pulled together a new edition of the 'Amazon It List' and I'm drooling over all the textured and cozy goodness.

Check out the last Amazon It List (Summer edition) here.

Fall is not only my favorite time of year to get dressed, but also update my home decor with cozy accents and textures on textures! Here are some of my favorite Amazon picks in both categories!

Home:

Update your pillows with easy slip covers in rich colors and velvet textures. These velvet slip covers* are only $11 for two and come in many colors and several sizes! 
*If you need a pillow insert, this one is only $9.

Add throws and blankets everywhere. Fold over the arms of your chairs and couches to keep them looking nice, and/or add a whicker basket (love this large weave one) of cozy knits next to your fire place. I want to dive face first into this shaggy, faux-fur blanket that is under $30, and the texture on this one (only $31, comes in tons of colors) is perfect for cooler months.

Table decor is probably the most fun thing to update! Think about items that can be used for serving food, but also look great when not in use. I'm obsessed with the long baguette wooden bowls. They are hard to find and can be pricey - but Amazon has an option that is the lowest cost I've seen (even adding in the $15 shipping price). There is also a shorter one avail for Prime shipping here.

You can make a case for candles all year around, but I especially love them (and certain scents) in the Fall/Winter, and I love the look of candle sticks. Candle sticks look great on a mantle and transition well into holiday season.



Fashion:

Snakeskin print is everywhere this season.  Definitely the hot trend to try, but I especially love snakeskin shoes to try the trend out.  These slides are under $40 (and usually $200!?!).

Leopard anything, but I'm totally digging this long sweater cardigan. This chunky version will totally be worn on repeat for casual weekends or slightly more polished evenings out. (Probably want to size up one size.)

Cropped pants (before it gets too cold) are the cutest way to transition from summer to fall. I have these ones in gray, but love olive colors for fall!  Also, give me yellow all year around (and wide leg pants). These are on my wish list.

Carry the velvet trend and seasonally perfect texture to your hair accessories. I love the mixture of light pink and velvet in this headband (comes in other colors, too).  I also love these velvet headbands with pearls adorned. Not a headband person? I also love these velvet scunchie bows!



Happy Shopping! xx

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October 3, 2019

New Home, Who Dis?

 

 
This is a bit overdue, but in the midst of my girls trip to wine country,  back to school and Italy (more on that soon), we moved a whole half of a mile into a new home!  Moving... especially from your first house where you brought your babies home... is so bittersweet (no matter how far, or not far the move). But we're so excited about our new home, which offers more space, a beautiful backyard, and completely different lay out. 

We are trying to get settled and quickly getting used to all the new noises and flow. Unpacking has been the bane of my existence... for every one box I unpack, I swear 2 more reappear. And because of the new layout, a lot of our old furniture didn't work - so I am also madly selling things on Facebook Marketplace and Poshmark.  

This also means... (cover your eyes, Greg!) we need new things! BUT I am <trying> to be patient and take my time to get the right things which will be clear once I've figured out how we'll use the new space and what kind of room designs/vibes I am feeling.  The fun part is starting those designs - which I've already begun!

For now, I just wanted to say good-bye (digitally) to the old home and give you a little taste of the new home...

You can see more of our old home starting here and scrolling down.

Good-bye sweet house:
I'm not sure what is worse... packing or unpacking? 🤷

But we tried to make it easy on our awesome movers (and us later on to have the right boxes in the right rooms, and at least on the right floors) by color coding the boxes with different colors of tape:
 
And did I mention how awesome our movers were? Of course it ended up being close to 100 degrees that day, and they worked HARD. We had some furniture that didn't end up fitting around a turn to get to the downstairs staircase, and they did a bunch of re-work + ended the full day with everything in tact and nothing broken!  O'Connor's Moving does local (Kansas City area) moves and you should call them if you are moving.
 
And even though we moved into our new home 6 weeks ago - we still have boxes to unpack and things to organize and furniture to order.  But we're sure glad to be here! We love the cul-de-sac, and already our neighbors! 

Hello new home!
Perhaps my favorite room... 
 The screened in porch! This is also the first room we bought new furniture for right away. We did a bunch of research and landed on this Polywood set because it will LAST FOREVER and it's made with Sunbrella fabric, has great reviews and comfortable. 

This furniture comes in a lot of different color combos and sets, but we loved the bright blue with the white, which makes me feel like vacation mode out there. (will love it even more when we paint all the exterior and it's not that brown/green).


Despite the boxes on boxes still happening, I'm finding joy in little vignettes.  Especially those calling Fall. Pumpkin everything coming right up.

These seasonal Meyer's soap (dish and hands) smell amazing. Highly recommend.  And if you get a big pumpkin dish, fill that right up with candy corn and peanuts. 


And the kids love our backyard, which came with this little swing set and lots of room to run and play.  

Now give me all your 'how to decorate your entire house without killing your bank account' tips! Please, and thank you! :)

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