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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

.Shopping With Shein || All The Tips.


Hey girls! I'm excited for today's post because it's been a long time coming & highly requested. If you're new around here, I work with the company Shein every month and style clothes from their shop. They are located over seas (China I believe), so I have received quite a few questions regarding my experience. Which is completely understandable!

When I receive my items in the mail I try to make it a point to do a try on over on IG (@kotineru)  and show a little more detail of the items, so you can really get an idea of fit & quality. I do want to preface this by saying, just because I work with them, I would never recommend products that I don't stand behind! I myself have had a great experience with everything I have ordered. There has been 2 times out of the last 2 1/2 years that I wasn't satisfied and one was because of fit. This is mostly because I do a ton of research before I place my order!! It can be a lengthy process narrowing it down to the items I want to pick because I have a system I follow. But at the end of the day, it works and I am ok with spending the extra time insuring I get quality pieces! 

I do it to benefit all of you! Because if I find something fabulous for $11 then it makes me thrilled that all of you can take advantage of it. I love that I can weed through the crap to find you the gems!

I think Shein is a fabulous place to find affordable, on trend items! A lot of times I order things with a special event in mind knowing it's not something I will wear over & over. But I do have items that I have ordered from them that I have had for 2 years and they are still favorites. Just know when ordering that these aren't going to be Nordstrom quality items, think Forever 21. That's why everything is so affordable!


And now on to my top tips for shopping with Shein:

I'll take you through how I select items.

 I tend to have something in mind. Think "White Eyelet Top" (lord knows I have all theirs! lol), or "Palm Print" or "Off The Shoulder Top" or ""Blue & White Dress". Then I will go through the collection that pops up. When something stands out to me and I think it might be what I want then I follow these steps....

#1 READ REVIEWS- The reviews are going to be your best friend!! Customers are really great about leaving reviews. They will give you an idea of fit, if something runs true to size or small. It will also give you a heads up on quality. A lot of time people are really passionate about whether the item is fabulous or awful! If an item has horrible reviews then I immediately move on. If it has great reviews and pictures then I get excited! Here's an example of item I have shared with you girls that has amazing reviews & pictures: click here

Sticking with this same theme, a lot of bloggers style their pieces. I would try to stick to pieces that either myself or your other bloggers share. That way you know the quality is there!

#2 Check the Measurements (Do NOT go off your typical size!)- I can't stress this one enough!! I have been everything from an Xsmall to a Large, when in real life I'm typically a medium. Their sizing is different for every single item! And when I say check your measurements I mean, get out your measuring tape and compare them to the ones they provide. Don't skip this step! Be aware too that they usually list their  measurements in CM not Inches. So make sure you are calculating correctly.  I also make sure I check the length when ordering dresses. There's been a handful of times their "dresses" turn out to be cute tops ;) Once you do this enough you'll memorize your sizing and honestly it's a fast process. 

#3 Don't Order If You Need Fast- What I mean by this is that you should expect your items to take about 10 days to arrive (give or take). So if you are pressed for time, like you're leaving on vacation in a couple days then this is not the place! They do have warehouses in the United States, so there has been times that I get my items in a couple days, but you can't count on it! When I order I give myself at least two weeks if I am planning to wear it somewhere just to be safe. If you don't mind paying extra, I would always recommend Express shipping. 

#4 Pay with Paypal- I don't know about you, but when I am shopping online and it's not somewhere like Nordstrom or Target, I tend to use Paypal when checking out. It is an extra step, but I always feel safe. If something goes wrong, I know I have paypal to back me up. I also know that your info can't be stolen because the seller never sees your credit card info when you use paypal. 

Here are a few pieces that I have absolutely LOVED from Shein that are still available!

Eyelet Scallop Top (wearing medium) 

Blush Pearl Top $14 (wearing medium) *comes in 4 colors*

Pearl Off The Shoulder Top (wearing medium) $15 *comes in 5 colors*



Embroidered Blouse (I have a medium) $17 *runs small,size up*
Jeans || Bow Wedges || Similar Bag (this one is sold out)

Eyelet Top (wearing a medium, could have done a large) $12
Sandals (size up 1/2 size) || Phone Case || Similar Jeans 

White Eyelet Top (wearing medium) $15
Jeans || Sunnies || Sandals || Earrings || Straw Tote

Tassel Dress (wearing small, runs large!! Size down) $16

White Eyelet Bell Sleeve Blouse (wearing medium) $16
Wedges || Sunnies || Jeans (I'm wearing a 27)

Blue & White Dress (I have a medium) $13 *comes in 7 different prints* 

Blush Pearl Top (wearing medium) $17
Bow Wedges  (run true to size) || Similar Jeans || Sunnies 

Buffalo Check Jacket (wearing medium) $20

Gingham Bow Dress (wearing small) $15 *also comes in yellow*

White Eyelet Top (wearing medium) $19
Shorts (on sale for $35) || Sandals || Sunnies 


I really hope this was helpful!! If I missed something or didn't' answer your questions, please send me an email (kaylaotineru@gmail.com) or shoot me a DM! 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous week!

XoXo, Kayla 






Wednesday, June 6, 2018

.On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.

Friday, May 25, 2018

.The Best Memorial Day Sales.

Memorial Day Weekend is finally here which means the unofficial start of summer.....
and all the BEST sales! Below I'm rounding up the ones I think you ladies will love. Just click the retailer and shop away! 

Of course, if you have any questions about sizing or anything email me (kaylaotineru@gmail.com) or shoot me a DM over on Instagram (kotineru).

As always thank you for shopping thru my links and making this possible! 
You guys are the best!!



Abercrombie & Fitch- 40% off the entire store!! You know I swear by their shorts and these jeans.

American Eagle- 20-60% off their store. My FAVORITE jeans are marked down to $22!! I highly suggest grabbing them, they are live changing ;) 

Ann Taylor- 40% off your entire order with code: SOREADY I have my eye on these gorgeous bow flats. The code brings them to $41 and there's 3 colors...#swoon

Banana Republic- 40% off your entire purchase with code: BRSUMMER 

BaubleBar-Up to 70% off & free shipping over $25...There's SO many great earrings!

Bloomingdales- Up to 50% off  plus and extra 40-50% off already reduced items

Express- Up to 50% off the whole store!! I've done two try-ons there in the last week because their pieces are that good! My favorite- this $19 camo top + $17 off the shoulder top
(Try-ons are saved in my highlights over on Instagram with sizing info) 


H&M- Up to 60% off and free shipping with code: 0040

J.Crew- 40% off everything with code: GETAWAY 

J.Crew Factory- 50% off EVERYTHING!! You can also take 50% off already reduced items with code: WINWIN I really recommend this scalloped cami (I wear a 4) 

Levis- 30% off everything with code: MAY30 I just got my first pair of their shorts and I LOVE them!

LOFT- 40% off everything & FREE shipping with code: LONGWKND There will be a try-on posted to Instagram! 

Macys- 20% off with code: MEMDAY

Madewell- 20% off dresses with code: PRETTYPLEASE This one looks darling!! 

Nordstrom- 1/2 Yearly Sale is still happening with up to 40% off. My favorites are rounded up: here

Old Navy- 20% off your entire purchase, no code needed. If you did your survey you can stack for an extra 10% off + free shipping! 50% off all active wear 

Rebecca Minkoff- Up to 50% off 


Sole Society- Up to 60% off sale items and they offer free shipping over $50! 
Their shoes are the cutest! 

Target- Up to 30% off home & patio with code: HERO They are also having a dress and shorts sale!! 

Tarte- 20% off $50+, 25% off $75+, and 30% off $100+ code: WEEKEND

Ulta- Up to 50% off hair products, my favorite dry shampoo is included

Urban Outfitters- Up to 50% off 

Wold Market- 15% off with code: STARS15 

As the weekend goes on, I will be updating these and adding new ones. I have a feeling there will be great sales popping up daily!! Happy Shopping, ladies! 





Friday, May 4, 2018

.Old Navy Friends & Family.



TGIF, friends!! I hope everyone had an amazing week. We started ours at Disneyland and honestly I have been thrown off all week. Today feels like Monday, but it's Friday. I'll take Friday over Monday, anytime ;)

It's that time again, Old Navy Friends & Family sale!! Which means 30% off everything and 40% off if you're a card holder! With code: THANKYOU at checkout 

 I spent yesterday afternoon trying on most of the store...no joke! There was SO many cute pieces! I just couldn't help myself. I'll be sharing everything over on stories today on Instagram (@kotineru) but figured I would round up everything here for your reference too! I will say, after checking prices online, 99% of the items are less expensive online because they're marked down and you get the additional 30%-40% off that price!

Gingham Blouse (size small) || Jeans (size 4) 

This top came home with me! It should come as no surprise, I can't resist gingham. It also comes in a beautiful yellow. I think it would look perfect with white denim and wedges! 

Button Up (size medium) || Jeans (size 4) 


I can't believe it's taken me this long to try this top on! They have always been out of it in my size. Well, I quickly fell in love with it after trying it on. It's such a classic. I also love how it's tunic length so you can tie it up for a more flattering look! 

Linen Button Up (size medium) || Light wash Jeans (size 4) 


Clearly I have a thing for stripes! I just can't quit them. I'm ordering this top! It's a great summer spin on the classic button up. I also loved how this one was a linen blend. It comes in a solid with flamingos on it too!

Gingham Blouse (size small) || Shortalls (size small)-size down!!

I can't tell you how excited I was that they had these in the store!! I was dying to review these when I saw them online. I'm glad I was able to try them on too, because you need to make sure you size down. I originally tried the medium on and I was drowning in them.  I really do love these! The fit is comfortable and flattering. If you're looking for a budget pair (especially while on sale) these are them!!

Gingham Blouse (size small) || Jeans (size 4) 

Same top I'm wearing with the overalls. I also showed this tied in my stories. It's a great little, lightweight top for summer. Also, the buttons are functional if you're nursing! 

Dress (size small) || White Denim Jacket (size small) 

As the temps rise here in San Diego, I find myself reaching for dresses! This one is perfect for summer. It's so soft, flattering, and just easy to throw on and go! It comes in solids and other stripes too. I thought the red was cute with Memorial Day & The 4th of July coming up. It would also make a great bump friendly option for you pregnant mamas.

This white denim jacket is amazing as well! It reminds me of the light wash one I have and wear non-stop! I seriously wore it everyday we were in Disneyland! If you're looking for a white one, this is a great option and it's only $28 with the 30% off! 
Code:THANKYOU


Off The Shoulder Blouse (size small) || Jeans (size 4) 

Loved this top! It comes in white and a chambray option too. And with 30% off comes to $11!! It's a great little top to pair with shorts and the black bow wedges!

V-neck Tee (size small)  || Linen Shorts (size small) 

Every year I grab a pair of linen shorts from Old Navy. This year they have some fun options. I loved the tassels and detailing. They also come in a chambray. And this is the top I tried on in a recent try on (in black & white stripes). These are great basics if you want more of a fitted look! 

Striped Tank (size small) || Jeans (size 4) 

This top came home with me because I couldn't risk it selling out with out me getting my hands on it! It's so sweet with the ruffle detailing and extremely soft! I'll be styling this little top all summer long. 

I also wanted to share a couple toddler options that I grabbed for Kennedy or she owns! Old Navy is where I get most of her wardrobe because it's hands down the cutest and always holds up! (click the items below to shop) 



Sunday, April 8, 2018

.Opalhouse Collection.

It's here, it's here! Opalhouse officially launched this morning on Target and it's safe to say that the brand did not disappoint. The resemblance to the Anthro's home line is unreal. But the best part is that everything is budget friendly! I spent the morning going through the whole collection (there's 583 pieces!) and rounding up my absolute favorite pieces! The throw pillows, kitchen items, and mirrors seem to be the best deals and crazy gorgeous!! 

Yesterday I browsed the line in store (and went live on Instagram) and got to see a handful of it in person. The quality is amazing and I really think this might be their nicest collection they have launched to date. They only had a small fraction in store though. There is so much more online!

If you're shopping the line, I'd love to know what you are crushing on! The fiddle leaf tree and this blush chair are at the top of my wish list.

*(click the links to shop)*

Sunday, March 11, 2018

.Old Navy Try On // 40% off Everything!!.



When one of your favorite stores has 40% off everything and free shipping over $25 you
 share all your favorite things! 

I mentioned a couple things I had or was snagging over on my stories (@kotineru) but figured I go into more detail over here. Because truthfully I could buy just about everything on their site right now!! Old Navy is killing it with their Spring line. 

This sale is so good that they only do this a couple times a year. I think the last time was around the holidays! This is the time to grab the higher priced items you have had your eye on. Another great incentive is you are also earning super cash to use for your future purchase in April. So, it pays to shop...that's that girl math that always gets me in trouble ;) 

Not only am I grabbing my favorites, more than half my spending budget goes to their toddler section, as always!! It's all so cute and so affordable right now! There's so many great options for Easter dresses and spring vacations. 

I'm going to start out with sharing all their adorable shoes!! These bow slides are what originally started my order, but then I had to add the wedge version too in the blush because they're so perfect! They remind me of the Kate Spade ones that were very popular, but a fraction of the cost! They come to $22 with the 40% off sale. I can't wait to style both of these!!

Shirt {wearing a medium} $13  || Bow Mules || 

I finally grabbed this top!! I sized up to a medium so I could front tuck or tie on the side. I adore the cropped bell sleeves and of course the classic stripes! It also comes in solids. 

Dress {I ordered an xsmall} $22 || Bow Mules || 

I fell in love with this dress, like madly in love when I tried it on! They didn't have my size so I ordered it last week. It's the perfect summer dress! It runs really big, so I suggest sizing down. It also comes in a pink striped version. 

Dress {wearing an xsmall} $22 || Bow Mules || 

This dress is the same style as the striped one, but the softest tencel fabric! If you're an olive lover then this is the dress for you! It's gorgeous and it makes you look so tan ;)....always a plus! It would be so cute styled with the miller sandals for a casual look! 


Blouse{wearing a medium} $15! || Bow Mules || 

If you're headed anywhere warm soon, this top belongs in your suitcase! It makes me want to be by the beach with a margarita in my hand (a girl can dream, right?!). I picture it front tucked into distressed shorts with wedges. It also comes in a navy that just as pretty! The navy would be great for the office.


The perfect lightweight jacket! It comes in a ton of colors, even camo. It's super soft and great quality. It looks darling layered over tops and dresses! It is one of their more high priced items, so I recommend grabbing it during this sale since it's 40% off!! 

Blouse {wearing medium} $16 

A little bit girly, a little bit boho! I'm in love with these tops. No surprise that blush grabbed my attention first, but there's also this striped version. Both would be darling styled with white denim or shorts for warmer weather. These are also a great piece to style for the office too! 
Also comes in a dress version {here}.

Blazer {wearing small} $24 || Dress {small} $22

Hands down two of my favorites from the whole spring line! This dress has my heart and I get excited every time I wear it. If blush isn't your jam, it comes in an olive and chambray. It's crazy soft! I love the blazer because you throw it over just about anything! Dress it up with a dress (like I'm wearing) or throw it over a luxe tee and jeans. 

Luxe Tee {wearing medium} $10 || Pearl Espadrilles  {run tts}

No post talking about Old Navy would be complete without me mentioning my favorite tees ever! If you haven't grabbed these soft, amazing tees yet then you are missing out. They are my go to and chances are if you watch my stories then you already know how obsessed with them I am, lol. I wear a medium in them for an oversized look and usually tie them to the side. They come in solids and stripes. The best part is they wash really well and don't shrink or fade! 

Below I'm also rounding up all my favorites for me and Kennedy. You can just click the picture to shop. The 40% off will be reflected once you add your items to cart, but make sure to use the code: FREESHIP to get the free shipping over $25! 

Happy Shopping, friends!! 









Monday, February 12, 2018

.Mommy + Mini Style // Valentine's Day.








Photo credit: Samantha Dimock Photo

Kayla
Button Up || Jeans {run tts} || Pearl Flats {only $35!}

Kennedy 
Dress {30% off today} || Gold Glitter Flats {on sale & free shipping with code: EXTRA}

Happy Monday, friends! Hard to believe another weekend has come and gone. Tyler has been working so much overtime (he wasn't off all weekend) so the days have been kind of blurring together! But we still managed to sneak in a little family fun! I also got the opportunity to attend Influence San Diego yesterday. It was so fun to spend the afternoon with other San Diego Boss Babes! I left feeling extremely inspired and proud to live in such an amazing city filled with like minded, bad a** babes.

Now on to a little Valentine's Day inspired style....

Mommy + Mini shoots are my absolute favorite....well the finished product! Sometimes the behind the scenes is a tiny bit chaotic to say the least! oh well, I figure one thing I will never regret once Kennedy is older is taking a million photos!! Timehop actually reminded me of our shoot we did two years (here) and I couldn't believe how much she has changed. Side note, Samantha is basically a saint when it comes to taking photos of Kennedy, if you're in San Diego and looking for someone! 

You guys have heard me gush about the perfect shirt almost daily, but a month later and I'm still loving it just as much as the first time I tried it on! I noticed they added more colors too. It's hard to narrow down which one I want next, but the red and thick striped version are at the top of my list for sure! 

Kennedy's little dress was a must have for me when I went in Old Navy a couple weeks ago. I loved that it was pink so it would work for Valentine's, but it will also be something she can wear all Spring. And the gold flats are here favorite shoes at the moment, she says they're her princess slippers....heart melted! 

What are your plans for Valentine's Day? We always have a pretty low key Valentine's Day and this year will be no different, especially because it lands in the middle of the week. We have a tradition of making a cheese plate and having a glass of wine once we put Kennedy down! A cheese plate is always the way to my heart.

Xo, Kayla 

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