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2018

All casual with my Lily Jade tote

All casual with my Lily Jade tote 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello Love!
I’m not gonna brag or anything but I totally got out of bed this morning…

and may be wearing the same thing as yesterday.

Shirt – Gap (similar) // Tee – The Home T c/o // Jeans – Levis 710 // Tote – Lily Jade Co c/o // Shoes – Rockport c/o

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Universal Studios Hollywood

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Universal Studios Hollywood 150 150 Jenn Pennell
 Hello Love!
You know those days where you have everything planned out and then something happens and your plans completely change?
Well, that totally happened to us when visiting LA last week! We had just visited the set of my cousin Matt’s set for his TV show, TIMELESS, and us girls (Ang, Martina, Megan, Layla, and I) were on our way to Venice Beach to see the ocean and “sights”, if you know what I mean. 😂 Matt and my husband Jason set out on their own and called us shortly after to let us know they were going to go to Universal Studios to ride the rides and eat at Three Broomsticks at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
What?! Go to Harry Potter without us?
Nah man, we weren’t going to have that!  
We whipped that car around and drove ourselves right to Universal Studios! 
We only had about 2 hours in the park before it closed but it was absolutely perfect! We drank hot and cold butterbeer, shopped the shops, and rode the best rollercoaster EVER!
What a great way to end a perfect vacation!

Sightseeing in Los Angeles!

Sightseeing in Los Angeles! 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello Love!
As most of you know I am lucky enough to be related to the gorgeous and fabulous Angela Lanter of Hello Gorgeous. She and her husband Matt (NBC’s TIMELESS, 9O21O), welcomed our newest family member MacKenlee Faire at the end of December and I couldn’t wait to get out there and smooch those sweet baby cheeks! My husband and I booked a flight and spent a very short 4 days out on LA visiting this sweet little family, along with a few more family members.  
We left our schedule pretty open for the most part but we got to do a lot of sightseeing while we were out there, including visiting the TIMELESS set at Paramount Pictures.  We actually got to make two trips so I’ll post a separate post about that closer to the show’s premiere date, March 11th.  We saw many famous LA landmarks and basically stuffed our faces the entire time we were there. That food out there? WOAH.
Miss MacKenlee and I loved eating at The Honor Bar Restaurant! Yum!!
The Brady Bunch house!!
Ang took us across Mulholland Drive! Yes, that road from the Tom Petty song!
Rodeo Drive, Baby!
 Who can guess what famous movie was filmed here! ☝🏻
 I’ve waited 35 years to see this!
 Capitol Records, another landmark building I wanted to see!
Our favorite landmark of them all, Paramount Studios!
Jason and I were incredibly lucky to visit Matt on set of his show, Timeless, and watch him film a few scenes! Yeah, we’re VIPs!
 The famous Beverly Hills Hotel!
Have you ever been to LA? What was your favorite place to visit/eat? We did, unfortunately, forget to eat at In-and-out burger 🙈.

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Buying clothes on a budget

Buying clothes on a budget 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Sweater – Lilly Pulitzer // Jeans – Old Navy // Clutch – DaisyFayeDesigns c/o // Ballet flats – Metallic Gold Tieks // Watch – Wristology c/o // Bracelet – Etsy // Sunnies – 7 For All Mankind (similar here)
7 months ago I made a decision to make a huge change in my life.
I decided to quit my job.
I decided to quit my job as a secretary at a local middle school to be a stay at home mom and work for my cousin on the side to help bring in a little income.  Fast forward to now, I am absolutely IN LOVE with my job and have brought on two more clients, whom I truly adore with all my heart! 
Now that I am home full time I have learned to watch my money very closely.  I was never one to save money and would pretty much blow most of it on things I didn’t need, and owning a fashion blog definitely didn’t help the old bank account.  After sitting down and having MANY heart-to-heart talks with my husband about our future, our kids future, and our lives in general we decided that we really couldn’t wait any longer to start saving money, and saving hard.  My sweet husband has always been so incredibly smart with our money and I am so very thankful that he’s always been the opposite of me. Even in just half a year I’ve done enough saving that I just sent in my last car payment, a FULL YEAR early! I couldn’t have been prouder than when I dropped that letter in the mailbox.
Saving is hard, especially with three kids who are involved in a lot of stuff, and growing like weeds.  I’ve been very mindful of all my purchases and try to save any way I can.  While in TJMaxx last week I fell in love with a pink Ralph Lauren cable knit sweater and knew it would be perfect to match a lot in my wardrobe, but it was $29.99.  Did I really need to spend $30 on a sweater that I REALLY didn’t need? I’ve been so busy with everything lately that I’ve really let Shaw Avenue fall by the wayside so I really couldn’t justify that as a good reason to buy it.  And I know what you’re thinking, it’s just $30, but that could go toward a tank of gas or new ballet shoes. Not a sweater.
I didn’t get it……..but I went back a few days later to get it…but I still.couldn’t.buy.it.  We’ve been doing so good and even though I really wanted it, there were more important things to buy.
A few days later while I was cleaning my closet and was straightening the sweater shelf when it hit me, I need to look on eBay for a pink sweater.  When on eBay I always head straight to looking at Lilly Pulitzer stuff, because it’s my favorite.  Not even a minute into my search was this beautiful coral sweater. I am a very careful buyer and make sure I know it’s a great purchase before I buy.  I looked over every photo, no wear and tear, no pilling, no fading, and it looked pretty darn perfect.
Y’all, I got it for $3 + $4 shipping.
Just $7 for this beautiful sweater that is just as gorgeous as the $30 RL one.
I am so so thankful for eBay and the wonderful people who I’ve been able to buy from.  I’ve had just a tiny few not-so-good purchases, but the rest have by far made up for those.
Are you a lover of eBay?  What great deals have you scored?
If you haven’t ever bought from eBay and find it a little intimidating, I’m always here to help!  Just email or message me!  I’ll be more than happy to help you.