in my shopping cart

it is officially birthday week! my husband always warns me in the beginning of march that i need to try to not buy anything because my birthday is soon. of course when someone tells me i can’t buy something i find all the things that i really want! so instead of going out and buying it i thought i’d share with you guys what i have my eye on! here is what is currently in my shopping cart.

in my shopping cart

makeup brush| brush cleaning mat| graphic tee
letter board| patio lights| purse| swim top and bottom

|beauty|

do you clean your makeup brushes? i know i should but i am so bad at remembering to do it. i am hoping this cleaning mat by sigma beauty will make it easier so i do it more often! it suctions right to your sink and has 7 different textures to clean and refine your brushes. also, if you are in the market for new brushes make sure you check out the sonia kashuk brand at target! i’ve been really impressed with the quality of these brushes for the price!

|to wear|

i am a total sucker for a good graphic tee! old navy has some great ones right now and with spring break coming up i thought this one was perfect. i am currently carrying a black tote from target and am ready to switch it up for spring. i love the gray color and the fact that you can carry it or use it as a cross body. andrew graduates from grad school next month {hallelujah} and we are planning a trip somewhere warm! i love this mix n match gingham print suit from ASOS. have you browsed their suits? they are so unique and cute!

|for the home|

we are currently looking for a new place to rent! we got rid of quite a bit of our stuff when we left north dakota so i am slowly looking for fun home decor for our new place! how cute are these lights for the patio?

thanks for stopping by!

XO Lo

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roses are red, violets are blue

valentines day 2018

sweatshirt| fit bit| mules|pajama pants|candle|stitch fix gift card

happy valentines day! i rounded up a few things i’ve had my eye on lately that would be a perfect gift for your mom, sister or bestie!

andrew and i have never taken valentines day too seriously. in fact, our first valentines day was only 5 days after our first date and i had already made plans to go see a movie with all my single ladies so we actually didn’t even see each other that day! since then we have decided to make it a chill night where we pick up the heartbaker pizza from papa murpheys and watch a movie together. with him getting ready to take his board exam we haven’t been able to fit in too many date nights so i am super excited to spend a little quality time with my husband!

what are your valentines day traditions?

i recently took a little bit of time off because we just moved to minnesota! it is so good to be back in my home state and we are slowly getting settled in our new city. thank you to everyone who took my survey back in January. your feedback was amazing and I am super excited to get back to writing content for you all!

XO Lo

get NYE ready with gordmans

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new year’s eve is right around the corner. have you found your outfit yet? i ran into my local Gordmans to find something sparkly and fun to wear. this skirt caught my eye instantly. the sparkle is perfect for NYE and the mid length keeps it looking classy and sophisticated. because North Dakota is crazy cold this time of year {think highs of -10!} i knew i needed to pair something warm with the skirt. if you’ve been following my blog long, you know i am all about those OTS tops so this sweater was a no brainer!

one thing i love about shopping at Gordmans is their “lowest price guarantee.” whenever i shop there i am always confident that i am getting the best deal possible. Gordmans already tracks competitors prices to be sure that they are giving their shoppers the best possible prices on their huge selection. however, if you happen to find a lower price on an item other than at Gordmans, all you have to do is bring in the competitors current ad or show the cashier the item on your phone and Gordmans will match that price!  not only will they price match but they will also give you a $5 gift card! {learn more about their guarantee here} when you price-match, Gordmans Corporate is notified so they can work on lowering the price for that item and continue giving their shoppers the lowest price! Basically, they want to be the best among their competitors so they give us the tools to save some money.

gordmans’ mission is to thrill every guest with fun finds and exciting deals at every turn. there’s no need to hunt for bargains at gordmans- treasures are always in store with exceptional style at competitive prices, every day.

hope you all have a wonderful time ringing in the new year! we’ll see you in 2018!

XO Lo

*this post was sponsored by Gordmans. as always, all opinions are my own. thank you for supporting the retailers that support those pretty pieces*

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as much as i am ready for all things fall, it has still been pretty hot out so i thought i would share one more summer outfit with you! this embroidered top from Stitch Fix
has been on repeat ever since i got it in my last box. i generally go for neutral colors in my closet but i love the pop of color in this top. there were a few similar tops and dresses i had pinned on my stitch fix inspiration board on Pinterest and am so happy my sytlist saw those and sent me this top! i had meant to post this look weeks ago but i had a little mishap and i wasn’t sure if i would be able to even show it at all! here’s the story:

so my sweet husband did the laundry for me and accidentally shrunk this shirt. like it looked like a preschooler could have worn it. it was so short! i was super sad because i had just gotten it and hadn’t seen anything similar in local stores. i looked at the tag and it said the shirt was made of 100% rayon. anything made of rayon is notorious for shrinking and i really should have known better before i just threw it in the basket. i decided to search google for any hope of ‘unshrinking’ my new top and guess what? i was able to make it good as new!

my secret formula:

mix 1 tablespoon of hair conditioner into 4 cups of warm water. soak garment for 10 minutes. wring it out, lay flat and gently stretch in every way. stretch the garment a few more times as it dries.

i was so relieved that it worked and that the little laundry mistake didn’t completely ruin my new shirt. if you ever find yourself if that situation make sure you give this trick a try. i am so glad i did!

XO Lo

*this post contains affiliate links and i may be compensated. thank you for supporting the retailers that support those pretty pieces*

ask a stylist: your stitch fix questions answered

hello lovelies! as you know, i have been a Stitch Fix customer for quite some time. I love getting my box of hand selected goodies and sharing my stylist’s picks with you here on Those Pretty Pieces. recently I had the opportunity to ask one of Stitch Fix’s
lovely stylists, Talleda, a few questions about her experience as a stylist.

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What do you love most about being a Stitch Fix Stylist?  

The relationships I have with my Clients are the most special thing to me about styling. We get to follow along with our Client’s through college graduations, new jobs, weddings, moves, births of their children – it’s amazing. I have Clients whose ages range from 15 to 75 and I love that no day is the same and no Fix is the same. When you really nail a Fix and your Client’s let you know you have impacted their life or helped make them feel more confident, that is the best kind of job perk.

What is the most helpful to you when styling a client? Style profile? Pinterest board? Previous feedback?

You already knew where I was headed! Yes, yes and yes. All of it helps immensely! Feedback is so incredibly helpful, especially when you fill me in on fit and style details. Letting me know if an item is fitting too long in the sleeves or tight in the thighs helps me understand your body type better and find pieces that are really personalized for you.

Do you style for women, men, maternity and plus or just one?

I am honored and privileged to style women, men, maternity, plus, petite and non-gender clients! How lucky am I?! However, some of our stylists style only women’s, it really varies. Some of our expert stylists are also on our​ Ask A Stylist team​, and if you haven’t ever asked us a question,​ you should! We give free expert style advice (if I do say so myself), even if our readers are not clients of ours.​ Men can get in on the action as well​!

– Talleda R.

thank you so much Talleda for taking the time to answer some questions for us! it is so fun to hear a little bit from ‘behind the scenes.’ did you know that Stitch Fix hires stylists in some major cities including minneapolis? hello dream job!

XO Lo

*this post contains affiliate links and i may be compensated. thank you for supporting the retailers that support those pretty pieces*

summer floral + giveaway

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 when i saw this dress on display at Lot 2029 i knew i had to try it on. floral is my favorite to wear in the summer and i especially love it on black backgrounds like this! i am not super tall {i’m 5’7″} but i really struggle to find dresses that are an appropriate length even when this dress is belted it hits just above the knee which is perfect! also you really can’t beat the price. only $23! what do you think? do you love this dress as much as i do?

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i’ve partnered with Lot 2029 and the rest of my girl gang on Instagram for an amazing giveaway! have you entered yet? you know you want the coffee scrub. i know i do! follow me on Instagram @thoseprettypieces and follow the directions for your chance to win. you have until Thursday the 27th to enter! good luck!

XO Lo

my nordstrom anniversary sale picks!

in case you haven’t heard, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access started today! you are able to shop the sale today through the 20th with a Nordstrom credit card. don’t worry if you don’t have a card the sale opens to the public on July 21st! i personally love the NSALE. it gives you a sneak peak into the trends for this fall and you get everything at a great price! these are my picks all under $50!

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lush ruffle bell sleeve top | ruffle sleeve tunic dress | bp pocket tee
tie front fleece pullover | soprano off the shoulder | draped utility jacket
bp cardigan | bp slides | tie sleeve sweatshirt

i try to at least buy 1 item from the sale. last year i bought my gray wool floppy hat {the one i am wearing in my main photo!} this year it is going to be a tough decision! i love all of these items! what item is your favorite? are you planning to shop the sale?

XO Lo