There are some weeks that drag on, and on and some that just fly by and I’m like it’s already Thursday and I’m like, “I was just trying to wrap my brain around my Monday to-do list like 5 minutes ago, what actually happened?”
So here’s a few thoughts on this lovely Thursday.
My allergies are literally killing me right now. Like I think they really do wish me dead or something. They’re making it impossible to sleep and I feel like I can’t breathe. Think I look calm and collected here? My face feels like an actual punching bag.
I love having four kids so much, but man, sometimes it’s so hard to balance all the things they need from me, and all the places we have to be, and sometimes I just feel like I will never be caught up on everything at the same time. This week, it feels a little like I am drowning in motherhood, and work, and just life. Life 1, Cori 0.
There are so many amazing sales happening right now I don’t even know where to start… like I don’t usually get worked up about sales, but these are so good and so many great pieces at the same time…
First off, Nordstrom’s half yearly sale started, yay! The stuff that is marked down this year is goooood. Like so good, and so much of it is perfect for the summer season, like this skirt I am wearing here, is marked down to $58.80 and it’s in stock in every size! A few other items I am obsessed with: this ruffle dress that comes in 3 colors/prints is the literal cutest, and perfect for summer church, or weddings, picnics, or just wearing around.
Okay, let’s see… another great sale happening right now is the Shopbop up to 40% off sale. Shopbop is where I buy a lot of my investment pieces and some of my other favorites too (like Madewell and Free people) because I love their super fast free shipping. Like it will be on your doorstep in 3 days, fast. The have a ton of gorgeous swimsuits marked down as part of the sale, and a lot of great denim too.
In other news: we are finalizing our Europe itinerary right now, and I can’t wait to share more with you all! Let me know if this is something you would like more details on…
Also, speaking of travel, I am heading to DC for 5 days in a few weeks and I would love some recs from you guys. Share your favorite restaurants and places to see. (kid friendly as I’ll have my two girls with me.) I’ve been to DC but only as a kid and it’s been awhile.
Happy Thursday everyone! Only 1 more day until the long weekend!
“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” -Coco Chanel
Last week, as you know I chopped my hair off, and I had such a fun time chatting all things hair with Sam from paintloveblend.com, while she transformed my mop. Whenever I get my hair done I seriously pick the brain of my stylist, because I want to learn all the secrets to my best hair. Have you done this? I recommend it. So today I’m going to share everything I’ve learned with you! Here are my top 7 tips for healthier hair.
#1: Don’t wash your hair every day. There are so many benefits to not washing your hair everyday, it is so good for your hair (less heat, less damage, less brushing it when it’s wet, less drying your scalp out, etc. etc.) It also saves you time and money, as your spending less time blowing out and fixing your hair, and spending less on hair products. You can train your hair over several months to go several days between washing (I now go 7, and it’s amazing). I wrote a whole post on how I do it here. The key is using the right products, and dry shampoo. I also use this dry shampoo and it’s my favorite ever. I tell everyone who asks me about it because it’s the besssst! (It has to be bare too, that’s the lightest best working one from that brand.)
#2: Use good hair products, and no sulfur! Great shampoo and conditioner are the key to a good wash that extends your blow-out. And also, helps your hair stay healthier. I’ve used Living Proof’s No Frizz line in the past and love it, but right now I’m using this Oribe Shampoo and this Oribe Conditioner and I am obsessed. It’s on the pricier side, but since I only wash my hair once a week, and the 8.5 oz bottle of shampoo and the 6.8 oz bottle of Conditioner lasts me around 5 months. Seriously. I got the ones I have at Christmas time and they still haven’t run out.
#3: Detangle your hair before you shower. Hair is at it’s most vulnerable when wet. This is not when you want to work out all the tangles, it will create the most breakage. Always start brushing from the ends up. Never start at the roots.
#4: Use the right kind of brush. I recommend getting a professional opinion on what type that is for your hair, because everyone has different hair, but I swear by dual bristle combo brushes like this one. They do all the detangling of a wet brush and distribute your hair oils like a boars hair brush at the same time. And seriously, my hair breakage dramatically decreased when I started using one of these. (ps. my girls love it too, because it feels so nice when you’re brushing your hair.)
#5: Get your ends trimmed. If your hair is looking a little blah, schedule a trip to the salon and get your ends trimmed. You’ll be amazed what cutting off your split ends will do to improve the health of your hair. If you are in Connecticut, I highly recommend Sam at paintloveblend.com. She is a hair genius and also so fun. It’s nice when your stylist is fun, it makes the time sitting in the chair a lot more enjoyable. (Especially for me since my thick hair means I’m usually in the chair for 3-4 hours usually.)
#6: Use good styling products. Styling products protect your hair not just from heat but also from the environment. (Think sun, pollution, etc…) Make sure you pick the very best and come up with a cocktail that works for your hair. I LOVE Living Proof styling products. This nourishing oil is EVERYTHING if you have thick, coarse hair like mine. And I love this hair spray (it smells amazing too). Living Proof’s entire styling line is so good, everything I’ve tried has improved my hair, and the great thing is they have tons of great options depending on what you need (thickening, removing frizz, adding volume, protection, etc.) Check out the whole line here.
#7: Eat healthy. I know this sounds silly, but your hair is just an extension of your body, so if you want to have healthy hair you have to live a healthy life. Eat good nutritious food, and don’t put bad things in your body. I try to eat well every day (even though I love my McDonalds Diet Coke, and I love some good peanut butter ice cream) for the most part we eat nutritiously. Lot’s of veggies and fruit and it does wonders for my skin and hair. Oh, and drink lots of water, and never, ever, ever smoke. Never. Not enough evers, for that one…
Last week I cut my hair. Just chopped it right off and had it highlighted. Or “foil-yaged,” or something. It was some combo of foils and balayage, but I don’t speak salon. The point is, I love it. It’s fresh and bright and perfect for summer. Sometimes you’ve just got to blow things up, and make a real definitive change.
We kind of blew our life of last year when we left Seattle and moved across the country to buy a historic farmhouse in New England. And the thing is, I loved Seattle. I mean I really, really loved Seattle. I love the city and the Sound and the culture. I loved my friends and the west coast and all of it.
But the thing is, we weren’t living the life we’d always talked about living. We had always wanted our kids to grow up on property, surrounded my nature, with animals to care for and lots of hard outside jobs to teach them work ethic. We’d dreamed and talked about that life since our earliest days of marriage, and in Seattle we weren’t living it. Seattle always felt like a season in our life, the one before we move to the farm.
And then suddenly, our kids didn’t feel so small anymore and I started to realize that if we didn’t make it happen now, it might not really happen at all. But that’s the things about change. It’s tricky. Especially if you love what your living or what you’re doing, but you kind of know it’s not exactly what you were meant to do or live. Leaving Seattle was hard, because what we had there was so, so good. Great even. But last night, as we roasted marshmallows over the fire we built in the middle of our pasture, at the end of a weekend where Hannah and I hung wallpaper and painted furniture and the boys cleared brush and split wood and helped their dad build a chicken coop, I think we might have ended up in our better place.
This is what we really wanted and I’m so glad we were afraid to “cut off our hair” to get us here.
I think that’s what’s great about getting older, you stop being afraid of change and you embrace what it brings and adds to your life. You also learn who you really are and what you really love.
I’ve had this same transformation with my wardrobe over the last few years. I know so much better now what I really love, and what I really want to wear. My closet is much more curated with pieces that fill me with joy and give me confidence. Which basically means, lots of Madewell tops, stripes, loafers and really anything white. So basically, exactly what I’m wearing here. Hahaha.
The way I see it, life is too fleeting not to live exactly as you dreamed, love your family fiercely, wear what makes you happy, and cut your hair whenever you feel like it.
*This post was sponsored by American Eagle Outfitters. I’m thrilled to work with them. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that I truly love.
Today I want to talk about building a summer capsule. I create a capsule foundation at the beginning of every new season, and I always pick up a few new pieces to style throughout. I am all about finding a brand you love that works for you and sticking to it like glue. What I love about American Eagle Outfitters (well, there are a lot of things) is that I am obsessed with their denim, and I love that I can find capsule pieces to set me up for basically an entire season without breaking the bank. With their frequent awesome promotions I’m able to snag great pieces for great prices. Through May 19 they have buy 1 get 1 50% off on AE shorts and through May 21 use code YAYMAY to take $10 off $50, $25 off $100 and $40 off $150+.
When I’m building a capsule I love to choose great classic pieces that have a little extra flare, and they have to be versatile. If I can’t make them work multiple ways, they don’t get the green light. I love how AE makes it easy to curate an amazing summer capsule wardrobe.
It is no secret that I am a huge AE fan girl. Their options for petites alone are life changing, but their great denim and fresh styles really seal the deal. This season they are knocking it out of the park with their gorgeous floral styles, breezy tops and all the distressed denim my little heart could hope for.
You guys, I am head over heels in love with this jumpsuit. It’s beautiful, breezy, the most gorgeous print and details and best of all, it’s available in a short version, so it’s incredibly petite friendly. I also love that I immediately thought of 7 different ways to style it. So pretty and still versatile. For this outfit I paired it with a classic denim jacket and some wedges. It’s the perfect outfit for a casual night out.
For the second outfit, I went with a more daytime look. I styled the jumpsuit with this super comfy chambray button up, and tied it at the waist for a fun twist, letting the top of the jumpsuit stick out a little. I removed the waist sash and tied it in my hair as a headband (you could also wear it around a pony tail or even as a neck scarf). This outfit is just such a fun summer look for the day, and super comfy. AE has the best casual sandals right now, I am obsessed with this cute pair.
There are white skinny jeans everywhere this time of year, but I love mixing up the trend with a girlfriend cut. It’s just a little more fun and relaxed and it’s a casual twist on the trend. I styled them with the same chambray button up from the previous outfit, and then made it more interesting with the accessories. I love how the right accessories can really make a relatively simple outfit.
Styling these great girlfriend jeans again for this outfit, but I paired them with this perfect striped top. This is the softest breeziest top I have literally ever worn, and it’s the quintessential capsule piece. You can wear this top a hundred different ways, and the blue stripe is nice and neutral so it will go with everything. It’s long and drapey and light enough you could even wear it as a swim cover-up.
I’m not lying when I say that these shorts are the bomb. I’m not a shorts-lover at all, in fact I avoid them like the plague, but I love these shorts. I love the distressing, they’re comfy and flattering, and super on trend this season. They’re also mom friendly. I went up a size for a slouchier fit and styled them with the great button down from the last outfit. It’s a perfect Saturday at the farmer’s market type outfit.
I always stay pretty casual when I’m styling shorts, so for this look I went with an easy striped tee and a white denim jacket. I’m a big fan of light easy layers for the summer months. Things that can be easy tied around your waist, and are perfect for the cooler summer evenings. This striped henley is so soft and I love the pin-stripe on the black. (I went up a size for a looser fit.)
So there you have it! 6 great summer capsule pieces and endless style options. Are you building a summer capsule this year?
Check out AE this week because they have some killer promotions happening, you can get all shorts buy one get one 50% off until May 19th. Also, through May 21 use code YAYMAY to take $10 off $50, $25 off $100 and $40 off $150+.
Hello and happy Tuesday everyone! I thought I would give you a little life update today and share what’s been happening over on instagram. So we are finally into some seriously perfect spring weather in New England, and everyone’s mood has improved as a result. I planted my window box flowers last week and bought a new hanging pot full of flowers and they’re both making the house look so beautiful. I asked for hydrangea bushes for Mother’s Day because I’m a wannabe plant lady, and I am so excited to plant them by our front door. My kiddos also surprised me with a beautiful copper watering can. I love it so much.
Craig has been busily building our chicken coop for the last few weeks and it’s getting close to being done. It looks so, so cool you guys, and I can’t wait to show it to you. It’s also going to be a veritable Fort Knox for the chickens which is a good thing because on Saturday afternoon we saw another fox stalking around our property. (That’s the second this season.) I’m also very happy to be getting the chickens out of the barn so we can start getting it cleaned up and ready for a horse, which we’re planning to get this fall after we get back from all our travel this summer.
I shared this over on instagram, but Hannah won 1st place in her NHD state competition, which means the two of us are heading to D.C. in June for her to compete in Nationals! I am so excited to take a one-on-one trip with my girl, and I’m so proud of her for just always doing her best, and being an 8th grade rock star.
I’ve been preparing my summer content calendar, and I would love to know what you would like to see more of? More farmhouse updates and decor, travel tips with kids, how to get your kids to read, etc? Let me know in the comments what you would like to see more of!
In addition to what’s been happening over on instagram, I’m going to start sharing some of the looks I post exclusively on the Liketoknow.it app. If you haven’t done so, you can follow me over there for some fun extra content. ;-) Just go to your App Store, search liketoknow.it and then search for my handle @dresscorilynn
You know how five years ago, keep calm and (enter whatever here) was everywhere? And now it’s like don’t quit your daydream, and the hustle is real, or a bunch of other ones…When I was growing up the saying of choice was “bloom where you’re planted.” I remember several different church camps that centered around that theme, and it really started to feel like overkill after the third one. Ironically, that saying has been on my mind a lot lately.
Maybe it’s because we’ve moved a lot in the last 6 years, but it seems more pertinent an idea to me now than it ever did as a tween. I don’t know how much I’ve been blooming where I’m planted in the last few years. I think I was more treading water, the whole “surviving, not thriving” mentality.
I think it can be really easy to fall into that trap, to just be getting through each day, and not embracing the place you are in whole-heartedly right this moment. This can be especially tricky when you’re a bit of a perfectionist, like me. It’s almost like it’s all or nothing. If a situation isn’t perfect, you don’t engage at all in it.
That mentality has not served me well, and it’s prevented me from getting started on a whole lot of things I wish I would have sooner, from house projects to business ideas, to friendships, and even the way I mother my children.
This spring, something shifted for me, and I finally started blooming here in New England. And interestingly enough, I’ve made more friends, made more progress on our home, been more satisfied with my life, more patient with my kids, and just generally less stressed even though I’m technically doing more than before.
So how do you bloom where you’re planted? For me, it’s about letting go of the idea of perfection and getting started right now, right where I’m at to make my life a little more lovely, a little more beautiful than it was before. It means falling in love with the process of things and not just the end result. Not rushing through every little task and chore. It’s about approaching life with a spirit of abundance, understanding that there’s enough love, money, time, success, and peace to go around. It’s about saying no to some things so I can say yes to others. Doing less so I can have more life. And it’s about cultivating beauty and joy on a daily basis, whether that’s in the meal I make for dinner, or the flowers I choose for our window box. (The latter of which, by the way, I thoroughly enjoyed.)
So, how do you bloom where you’re planted? Do you struggle with this?
You guys know I can be fairly basic with my hair, but lately I’ve been experimenting with different ways to style it in the spring and summer months. Since my outfits become a lot more simple in the warm months, less layers and all that, I like to add a little visual interest with my accessories and right now I’m all about different ways to style a scarf in your hair.
My favorite place to snag cute neck scarves and bandanas is Madewell. They have tons of options and they all run under $20. I’ve been loving pulling my hair half up and tying the scarf in the back, like you see here. I’ve also been having fun with wrapping it around a bun, tying it around a ponytail, or wearing it as a headband. It really is such a versatile accessory. You can also wear it tied around the strap of a purse or around your neck in the classic neck kerchief style.
Speaking of Madewell, I’ve been living in their casual shirts lately, they’re just the perfect capsule pieces, comfortable and versatile. This cute striped button down just went on sale, too! I’m wearing an XXS just for reference and it’s definitely got an oversized fit. It’ll be fun to style it with shorts and dresses over the summer. It’s a great shirt.
Sometimes I wish I could transport you guys into my pictures. If I could, you would be able to hear how lovely it is in the morning here. It sounds like there are a thousand birds singing and the air is cool and misty and everything is green and lush. It’s like waking up in Eden.
Can you tell how elated I am that it’s finally spring in New England?
On Saturday we spent the whole day outside, mowing and building the chicken coop and clearing branches and brush and just getting the property ready for the summer months. I plan on spending every spare second outdoors.
Isn’t this the sweetest little summer dress? It’s so soft and breezy and I love the floral print, and the buttons down the front. I think it would be cute as a swimsuit cover up too. I’ve been completely obsessed with Free People’s line of dresses this season. They are all so gorgeous and feminine. I love all the floral prints, embroidery and ruffles and just the gorgeous details. A good casual dress is such a go-to for me this time of year, you can just throw it on and go. You feel put together, without too much fuss or too many layers.
Have you checked out free peoples dresses lately? Which one is your favorite? (You can see a few more of mine below.)
Happy Weekend everyone! Spring has finally sprung in New England and we are spending our Saturday building our chicken coop and working on getting the yard back in shape over winter. It’s a huge job, and to be honest, we’re all a little overwhelmed by it right now. Our many winter storms did a number on this property and the branch clean up alone has been a real job.
It’s times like this that I have to remind myself of the simple idea that hard work and consistency equals real progress each day and big results. Do you have something in your life that is overwhelming you? Keep reminding yourself that a little consistent effort everyday you can make huge progress.
Here’s a little instagram round-up for you with links to everything I’ve been wearing lately, and all the best weekend sales below.