Things I’m Loving This Week

By: Emily Heaston

Old Navy Active Wear

Dear Fast and Free Tight,

I’m seeing someone else.



…But seriously, I spent $20 on these bottoms vs. $128 for what I typically wear to the gym & the matching bra is every bit as cute too — and you know I like the matchy bra & scrunchies! Not from Old Navy, but I also got so many compliments on my tank when I wore it to work out and afterwards when I was running a bunch of errands!


Have you checked out EllandEmm yet? They have such fun designs combined with your favorite cotton tees & sweatshirts — a perfect blend of cute & comfortable. I also love the 90’s nostalgia! I shared my Troop Beverly Hills tee on our Instagram in May & was so excited that my Vogue lightweight sweatshirt arrived this week. I’ll take a picture in it to post soon, but it’s 110 degrees here and I. JUST. CAN’T. The Vogue striped sweatshirt was sold out when I found it, but I signed up for an email alert & purchased when it was restocked. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t have to wait too long for it to be restocked or for shipping. If you find something you love, you can use code TAKE104U for 10% off your order.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is Coming!

Cardholders Shop First! I’m truly not one to encourage friends to open up credit card accounts. I mean we’re not freshman in college & no one is giving us free tshirts for new accounts anymore amirite? BUT…this is one exception because you really can stock up on so many great items during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale’s Cardholder Early Access. This year, Nordstrom cardmembers shop Early Access seven days early, July 12—18! Some items will sell out during the Early Access portion of the sale, so non-cardholders risk having to wait for Black Friday to catch these sale prices again. Cardholders can also choose their own double-points day, so if you plan on shopping the Anniversary Sale, it pays to get organized ahead of time and really take advantage of those Nordy rewards.

I’ve had a Nordstrom card for several years to take advantage of Cardholder Early Access during this sale and I don’t think it’s any accident that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale takes place over my birthday! The Nordstrom Sale preview came in the mail the other day, and I put together some links to my favorite items. If you click the hearts near the items you like, you’ll have an easier time finding them when the sale begins! Most of my favorites come in lots of color options, but it’s only allowing me to show you certain images/colors while the sale is in preview mode–I’ll continue to update this post as the sale gets closer, so check back!! The links below might also look like an item is Sold Out, but that means Nordstrom hasn’t made it available for sale on their site just yet. There is so much more to come, but let’s start here:

Lakebound Looks

My personal wish list before we head to Clear Lake!

Final Fave For Now!

My oldest girlfriend is putting the finishing touches on a new lake home at that other Iowa lake this month so I got her a fun doormat as a housewarming gift!

Check back this week for an in-depth Nordstrom Sale guide! We’ll have exclusive links to sale items that you can favorite so you’re ready to shop on Day One!

vineyard vines® for Target

By: Emily Heaston

Is it time to head to Clear Lake yet?! The new vineyard vines® for Target collaboration is coming soon and we’re so ready! This limited time collection arrives in stores and online on May 18th–shop early, there are so many cute things that could sell out quickly!

Get comfy–this collection is gigantic!! There are too many cute things to show you, so let’s get started with my favorites:


I love how easily everything can mix and match! Every summer, I try not to over-pack for the lake because we always end up throwing in laundry with the beach towels and you could easily re-wear all of this and still be comfortable and cute in family pics!


Perfect for Tim–practical, classic and comfortable clothing that won’t go out of style.


Gah! The stuff for the girls is too cute! I can see Clare, Cate, Lily, Maeve & Margot running around in all of this all summer long. I might be MOST excited about the white and navy polos–I buy the vineyard vines polos for Clare already for her school uniform. vineyard vines polos normally start at $42 and I’m always happy if I can stock up when they’re on sale, so I’m hoping to grab a bunch of these at $16/each! They wash up so nicely and I will be needing twice as many next year with Cate starting kindergarten in the fall!


Teddy will love this swim trunks and rashguard set and I can’t resist getting him mini-versions of Tim’s stuff!


Everything is even cuter for babies! I remember how much I used my little changing pad–so practical! Love the little muslin swaddle blankets for summer–nice and lightweight. My kids still sleep with their security blankets just like this cute little whale one!


Love this large beach bag and the small pouch you can hook into it. I end up hauling everyone’s sunglasses, sunscreen and tons of extra random stuff all summer long and especially at the lake, so I need a big beach bag! Love the whale key chain–hope it floats, just in case for my brother’s boat keys! I really need to replace some old makeup bags and love this coordinating set.


Can’t resist shopping for our dog, Yankee! He loves Clear Lake too!


The two over-sized beach towels are a must! Perfect for setting up camp under a big umbrella on the beach! Love all the throw pillows and candles for my deck!


You already know how much I love these little snack bowls and now they’ve made them even cuter! Add to cart!!!!!! Love the basket lining on this picnic bag and I will take all the stainless-steel drink-ware! There are enough tumblers and wine glasses for all of us!


Stocking up on these cute waterproof decks of cards–it takes two decks to play our family’s favorite card game, Shanghai, which our crew has been playing long before our moms were even born! I love these durable outdoor blankets and this is the cutest print I’ve seen on one. My kids will definitely need these sand toys and we’ll all enjoy the party raft! Take me to the lake right now!

Thanks for sticking with me–there was more to this collaboration than I could have expected and I can’t wait to see it all arrive in stores and in my mailbox!

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Rifle Paper Co. Collabs

By: Annie Wagner

Spring is here which means it’s time for all things floral! We wanted to share some of our favorite Rifle Paper Co. collaboration items with you.


How darling would these look on your feet all Summer?!

These Mommy and me Garden Party Sneakers are too cute!


I already cannot wait to sip rosé in these Stemless Wine Cups on the patio all summer. Also great for keeping your drink nice and cool for long boat rides on the lake :).


Beautiful rugs and pillows – how darling would this Luxembourg Rose rug be in a little girls room (heart eyes). I love love these Throw Pillows. Being from Southern California and my dad being from England, these Los Angeles and London pillows are too perfect to pass up!

Here are some of our favorite classics…

My sister, Emma (our Denver Clear Lake Cousin) got me this Recipe Box and Recipe Cards for Christmas last year. It was such a great gift idea! It looks so cute on my kitchen counter and she even filled in some recipe cards to get me started :).

I love these Notebook Sets and Notepads! I have them in drawers all over my house and use them for to-do lists, notes, and journaling.

My most recent Rifle Paper Co. find is this Weekly Meal Planner. We waste SO much food and are always trying to be better about meal planning. What better way to find motivation than with a pretty meal planning calendar!

Treat yourself to a pretty floral pick me up today!

Our Favorite Easter Home Goods

By: Emily Heaston & Nicole Mikluscak

Nicole’s Picks

Emily’s Picks