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October 3, 2014 marks Lee National Denim Day.  What is that you ask?  Lee National Denim Day is a fundraiser created by Lee Jeans where participants donate $5 or more in exchange for wearing jeans to work.  Since its inception in 1996, Lee National Denim Day participants have raised more than $91 million for the fight against breast cancer and with your help, we hope to add even more to that total.  Funds will support the American Cancer Society and their breast cancer programs and services.  Lucky for those who work at my company, we can wear jeans every day!  And now that I work from home a couple days a week (at least), I can technically wear PJs, but I like to get dressed up in jeans and as well.

A couple years back I attended a Lee Blogger Summit at their headquarters in KC.  Ever since then, I have been hooked on Lee Jeans, whether it was their denim, their work pants, their shorts, their crops…  They are constantly innovating and coming out with new styles and even my little man (2 years old) has a few pair of sturdy Lee Jeans as well!  Anyways, in honor of the upcoming Lee National Denim Day, I have put together 3 looks that incorporate Lee Denim that are great for the office or even going out!

Look #1 – Pair a dress with a denim jacket
Lee Denim Look 1

Dress | Lee Denim Jacket | Lipstick | Necklace | Shoes | Bag

Look #2 – Pair straight jeans with a blazer and bright flats

Lee Denim Day Look 2

Blazer | Bag | Lee Straight Leg Denim | Tank | Necklace | Flats

 Look #3 – Pair skinny jeans with a patterned top and knee high boots

Lee Denim Look 3Blouse | Bag | Lee Skinny Leg Denim | Necklace | Ring | Boots


And in honor of Lee National Denim Day, one lucky winner will win the product of your choice from Lee.com!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway ends on 9/22/14 at 11:59MST and is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

A few weeks ago, I was sent some products by City Cosmetics to try out!  I hadn’t heard of the brand before so was excited to see what the line had to offer and what it could do for my face!  :)  Although most of these products need to be used daily and for many weeks to see good results, I tried these products over 2 weeks and these are my thoughts…



City Lash – Since I currently have eyelash extensions, I didn’t get a chance to try this out yet., but the reviews on their website are great and I can’t wait to try it out!  My eyelashes are teeny tiny short little thangs and anything to make them grow longer and fuller, I will give it a shot!

 Pore Minimizing Primer – I just started using this and am already starting to notice a difference.  I apply it before makeup and it helps to shrink the appearance of pores and fine lines.

Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector – Underneath the makeup, I have lots of dark spots, sun spots, etc. that have developed over the years.  I tried this daily for two weeks on one specific spot on my face and I swear it’s fading!!

City Lips – This is City Cosmetic’s most popular product and has been ranked as the top lip plumping treatment on the market by Good Housekeeping magazine, ABC-7 news, and has been featured in Elle, Glamour, Vogue, and many more beauty, fashion and lifestyle publications.  It provides instant fullness, definition, hydration AND long-lasting plumping benefits by stimulating new collagen development.  It increases lip volume up to 3mm and will extend the longevity of your lipstick! That’s because it acts as a sealant underneath your lipstick it will help lock in the shade, and if you use it on top, it creates a barrier that protects your color.  The average “instant” lip plump will last four to six hours, but with frequent use CITY Lips provides long term and continuous results.


Here’s my before/after picture with City Lips clear gloss, the after was taken about 5 minutes later and it’s subtle, but I can already see fuller lips (and the gloss is pretty too)!  I’m continuing to use this product and excited to see how much more full my lips can be after daily use!

Are you interested in getting some City Cosmetics products? Take 40% off sitewide with code “SANDY”!!

**This post was sponsored by City Cosmetics but all pictures and opinions expressed are my own.


We finally checked off “a visit to Park City, UT’ off of our “places we must visit while we are living in UT” bucket list.  A few weekends ago, we went up to the Park Silly Sunday Market as a family of three and had a fabulous time.  It’s basically a HUGE Farmer’s Market / fair type of thing that expands many streets of downtown.  Seriously, going to Farmer’s Markets is like one of my fave activities in the Summer because you get free samples of things (Austin loves this), can get fresh fruit, can see all that local artists have to offer, and lunch can be an array of different small foods from different local vendors.


















Now that I got a taste of Park City, I definitely still want to go back during the Winter and check out the ski resorts, shopping, and fancy restaurants (possibly sans kids).  ;)  I definitely think it would make a great romantic staycation spot for just me and the hubby.  By the way there’s only 2 more Sundays left of the year that Park Silly Sunday Market will be going on so if you are in the area, don’t forget to pay a visit!

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When I first found out I was pregnant with baby #2, this was one of the first dresses I bought on ASOS Maternity.  And somehow I waited about 8 months to wear it because it was too hot to wear in the Summertime.  There’s so much I love about this dress.. the color grey, the lace, the pleats, and the pop of yellow (well actually the original belt was lime green but I swapped it out for yellow).  Coming from the sunflower state (well that’s Kansas, but Missouri was close enough), it’s comforting to see so many sunflowers in Utah!  They are sprinkled across roads, highways, in the mountains and in people’s backyards.

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Outfit Details:

Dress: ASOS Maternity Necklace: Olive + Piper Clutch: K.slademade Shoes: ShoeMint

Photos by Rachel Laukat Photography

For those newly pregnant, here are some of my ASOS Maternity faves!  I swear half of my maternity wardrobe has come from there!

P.S. Winner of the Chloe + Isabel Beau Monde Collar Necklace giveaway is Tiffany Zangas!  Congrats girl!  Send me an email at sandyalamode(at)gmail(dot)com with your mailing address and we’ll get it sent right out!



A couple days ago I had you all help me Target shop on Instagram because I knew I wanted a new pair of slip ons for Fall but couldn’t decide which to get.  I was torn between a leopard pair and a black quilted pair and ended up landing on leopard.  I think I might actually have a leopard pair of shoe in every type (except boots) but that’s OK because leopard is just that versatile.  It’s a neutral color, yet it’s a pop of a print, win-win!  For this look, I decided to pair it with a flowy maternity top, chambray shirt, leather leggings and a purple bag.  I think look mixes a bit of feminine with a bit of edgy and I’m a huge fan of those pairings.








Oh yes, and the little guy ran out to make a barefoot appearance again.  That day he had slept in until 9AM and he did not fuss/cry one bit that whole day, and for a 2 year old, that’s a big feat, so let’s make that day documented.

Outfit Details:

Tank c/o Soon Maternity
Chambray: J.Crew
Necklace: Olive + Piper
Bracelet: Lemon Stripes
Pants: ASOS Maternity {similar non-maternity}
Shoes: Target
Bag: Marshall’s