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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!**

The Perfect Bra + Loungewear with ThirdLove

If you’re anything like me, finding a bra that fits well is no easy task. To be honest, bra shopping is one of my least favorite activities. That’s why I was so happy to recently discover the company ThirdLove! Have you guys heard of them?! The company’s founder actually started ThirdLove because she was frustrated with her bra shopping experience. I love that the brand says their bras are made “By Women, For Women”. When it comes to well-fitting bras, they are definitely experts.. Their website has a personalized “Fit Guide” that makes finding the perfect bra for you so quick and easy. There’s no need to go into a store and get measured. I just went to the website, answered a few simple questions and then they emailed me with the exact ThirdLove bra that would fit my body the best. Then it showed up at my doorstep a few days later. It is honestly the most comfortable and flattering bra I’ve EVER worn. They offer a variety of bra styles from t-shirt to full coverage to push-up. I got this classic t-shirt bra and have been wearing it for the past week and I’ve LOVED it. The nude color is perfect to wear under lighter tops and sweaters (I have the Naked 2 shade) and there are zero lines, no weird gaping, and no “double boob” action happening, ha!

I’m all about dressing comfortably so I was also so excited when I found out ThirdLove also just released a new line of loungewear. As a mom of two young children, I’m in leggings a LOT of the time. Especially in the colder months, I live for days when I can hang out at home with the girls in my comfy clothes. Honestly if I’m hanging out at home, there’s a 99% chance I’m in loungewear– just ask Darek LOL. I love that the tunics and leggings in the loungewear line are made out of breathable bamboo fabric– it’s SO soft. This tunic and these leggings  are considered “loungewear” but these basic pieces are super versatile. I would totally wear this outfit out to run errands with some booties and an over-sized cardigan–an easy + effortless cozy-chic #ootd! XO

Thanks to ThirdLove for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 🙂

Photos by Shelly Ruth Photography

Ruffle Sleeves + Leopard Mules

You may have noticed by now I’ve had a thing for ruffle/bell sleeves lately, I’ll be the first to admit I honestly can’t get enough of this trend!  I wore this outfit to lunch a couple of weeks ago and loved it!  I love the idea of pairing a ruffle-sleeve sweater with comfy mules.  It’s definitely going to be one of my go-to looks this Fall!  This sweater caught my eye immediately when I was in Nordstrom a few weeks ago. I’m such a fan of anything blush and the sleeves are so fun! Nordstrom is my favorite store to shop because you can get on-trend items at any price-point! I love mixing high and low priced items like a gorgeous designer bag and an affordable top. You can get both at Nordstrom! This sweater was only $69 and comes in several colors (I think I need the grey next!  It runs true to size!  I’m wearing a size M because I wanted it to be a little slouchy and I like to tuck my sweaters in the front.  I’ve needed a new good pair of dark skinny jeans without distressing and I’ve been hearing people rave about these skinny jeans for a while. I finally tried them on and now I know why everyone loves them! They are SO flattering you guys, and they feel like leggings. I’m wearing a size 2 for reference! These leopard mules might be my favorite pair of mules that I own. I’ve always been a fan of leopard print and they instantly make any simple outfit chic! XO

Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!

Photos by Shelly Ruth Photography

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