October 2017 | Hollie Elizabeth | A Lifestyle, Fashion & Beauty Blog by Hollie Woodward

Fall Layers with Express




I have always been a huge fan of layering, especially during the Fall.  I have always loved Express denim and they also have the cutest selection of sweaters, cardigans, and jackets for Fall/Winter.  I love the idea of dressing down more feminine pieces like this lace tank  (I’m wearing a size small) with cozy items like this olive cardigan (I also bought a size small).  I snagged both of them at Express a couple of weeks ago.  You guys know I live for a good cardigan (I’m always freezing…) and I’m obsessed with this one.  We are heading to Utah in the morning and it’s been chilly there so I will definitely be bringing it with me!   These booties are the perfect cognac color for Fall and I love the zipper detailing.  The best part is Express is having an amazing SALE and all of these pieces are currently 40% off!  Also, if you head into an Express store and use my code 1999 you will receive $25 off your in-store purchase of $100 or more now through 10/15! XO

Thank you Express for sponsoring this post! As always all thoughts and opinions are my own. 🙂

Photos by Shelly Ruth Photography

Casual #OOTD in Indy

Happy Thursday, Friends! This has been a busy week in our house! We are heading to Utah this Saturday to see Darek’s family… and then we’re going to Maui! Ahhh! I’m just a little excited ;). The girls are staying with his parents and their cousins in Utah while we go and they are so excited. We’ve visited Utah every few months since the girls were born so they LOVE going there. Brynleigh constantly asks, “How many more days until we go to Grandma Ronda’s house?!”. They are looking forward to spending time with Grandma and Grandpa, riding Grandpa’s horses and hanging out with all of their cousins. Maui will be the first vacation Darek and I have taken without kids in 2 years! I’m excited to spend some quality time with the hubs and relax in Hawaii for a few days by the beach. Be sure to follow along on my Instagram to see what we’ll be up to while we’re traveling!

We are heading out the door to run some errands before we leave this weekend but I wanted to quickly share this comfy outfit I wore to lunch in downtown Indy a few weeks ago with you guys. One of my go-to casual looks lately has been a pair of jeans, a pullover, and a pair of mules. It’s such a quick + easy outfit to run errands or go to lunch in– and it’s comfortable (mom-win)! I found all of these pieces from Nordstrom! When I’m looking for casual everyday pieces, Nordstrom is my first stop because they always have a huge selection and I know the quality of the clothes will be amazing. They also make returns so quick + easy if something doesn’t work out or fit quite right. If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably already seen me in this Madewell sweatshirt because I’ve been wearing it on repeat. The fabric is so soft and cozy and I love the embroidery detailing. I bought a size small! Every girl needs a good pair of basic, dark-wash skinnies for Fall and these skinny jeans are so flattering. You also can’t beat the $64 price point for quality denim. These jeans ended up being the perfect length for me (I’m wearing a size 2 for reference) so I didn’t need to get them altered but I love that Nordstrom offers quick alterations if you need them. Since this outfit is super casual, I added a fun pop with these adorable metallic flats. Mules are a huge trend for Fall and these are an affordable way to try out the trend if you’ve been thinking about it! XO

**Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 🙂

Photos by Shelly Ruth Photography

Downtown Date + Our Story

Hi, Friends! You may have noticed that I have someone joining me in today’s blog post.  I thought it would be fun to share a little back story about how my husband Darek and I met! I grew up mainly in Indiana and moved to Orem, Utah to go to college at Utah Valley University when I was 18. My husband was attending school at the same time at BYU which is only about 5 minutes away from UVU. I had been out there a few months and was loving living the single college life (and had already gone on several dates with a few guys, lol) when my roommate’s boyfriend, Danny, told me he had a friend who he thought I would like to meet. A few days later Darek showed up at our apartment pretending to show Danny his new car but he was actually there to meet me, ha! I didn’t realize what was going on so I really didn’t talk to him because I thought he was really there to see his friend (he never lets me live that down, ha!)! So that first meeting was kind of a bust but Darek was determined and wanted a second shot. A few weeks later I went home to Indiana for Christmas break and was coming back to Utah and my friend Andrea and her boyfriend Danny we supposed to pick me up from the airport. Later I found out Darek and his friend had planned this scenario so he could meet me again. They called me last minute and said Darek was going to be picking me up. I was like, “What? I don’t really know him!”…but I didn’t have a choice and I was curious about him.  So Darek showed up to the airport to pick me up with a sign with my name on it. When I came down the escalator he the first person I saw with a huge sign that said “Hollie”– lol!  I thought he was so handsome and confident and, as they say, the rest is history! We hit it off from that day forward and quickly started dating. We were married a little over a year later in Salt Lake City, UT.

We have been married for 10 years– crazy I know! I was 19 when we got married! Today, I love him more than ever. He is seriously the best husband and father I could have ever asked for and Brynleigh and Brielle adore their daddy! He’s so loving and supportive and he’s such a positive, uplifting person. We could honestly spend everyday together and never get sick of each other. I’m so thankful for him!

Ok so now that I’ve shared our story I wanted to share more about these outfits we wore on a little day-date downtown! Fall is my favorite season to dress for, not only for myself, but for my entire family. I love a good men’s Fall look! Darek and I both love shopping at Nordstrom because we always find quality pieces we both love. Darek loves these shirts because they’re affordable and well-made and I love how flattering they are. The red gingham print would be perfect for Holiday pictures! These jeans look amazing on him and I love the dark wash for Fall. Darek is a big online shopper so he loves that Nordstrom offers free shipping and easy returns and I love that Nordstrom is the perfect one-stop-shop for our entire family. Both of our outfit details are listed below! XO

Our Outfit Details:

Photos by Shelly Ruth Photography

Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!**

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