Outfit Post: Summer Stripe Dress

This weekend went by too fast. I’m sure a lot of you are like, “whatever, you’re on maternity leave – isn’t every day the weekend?” And to that I say, I wish. With two other small fries to deal with there hasn’t been much sleeping in or leisurely days. I will say it is significantly less stressful than a day at the office though so while the weekend may be over, at least I am not behind a desk… yet. Two more weeks and counting. Tear.

Speaking of work, I bought this striped dress a few weeks back when I had to head back in to work for the Ali project and had absolutely no work appropriate clothes that fit post-baby. Cue an emergency run to the mall for work pants and tops that covered up the mid-section. This J.Crew stripe dress made it into the mix but I didn’t end up wearing that week at work. Instead I’ve been grabbing it whenever I just don’t feel like (or more accurately, it’s just too damn hot for) jeans.  It’s crazy comfy but makes you look like you’ve got it together (or maybe that’s just my wishful thinking). Better yet, it’s one of those closest staples that will easily transition to fall with booties and a knit cardigan. Best news of all, it’s on sale. It comes in a white/navy combo that I am thinking of snatching up.

Keeping it short today so I can catch up on all the laundry I let fall on the wayside over the weekend but I’d be a jerk friend to let this post go by without mentioning the opening of SET at Theatre Square downtown on 4th street, right across from The Palace. We had a chance to check it out on Friday before it opens on July 18th thanks to my friend/colleague Joey Wagner, who is one of the owners. We tried as much as our table would hold (no joke, one of the runners jokingly gave us a hard time about all the stuff we tried) and it was all amazing. My favorites – the chicken and waffles, slugger sliders (they come on a platter made out of a Louisville Slugger bat) and the Kings Hawaiian Bread Pudding.

If you’re in Louisville, make plans to stop in sometime this summer. Or stop in for drinks before or after a show at The Palace or Mercury Ballroom, they’ll have DJ’s playing every night and the drinks are really good (and not all bourbon based/themed). We tried the Moscow Mule and the ‘Run All Night’ which was a fancier vodka/Red Bull – it’s a mix of ruby red grapefruit vodka and yellow Red Bull (which is surprisingly so so good) plus a couple other ingredients I don’t remember. So good.

J. Crew Striped T-Shirt DressJ. Crew Striped T-Shirt Dress * Denim Jacket J.Crew Striped T-Shirt Dress | Paige Denim Jacket (old, similar here) | White Superga Cotu Classic Sneakers | Ray-Bans c/o Ditto (get your first month of sunglasses free with code LOUWHATWEAR)
More Striped Dresses: 

J. Crew Striped T-Shirt Dress + Denim JacketWhite Superga Sneakers J. Crew Striped T-Shirt Dress
Stripes and Superga Sneakers * J.Crew Stripe Dress

Denim and Stripes * J.Crew Stripe DressPhotos by Whitney Neal 

Favorite Things + Louisville: The Quickness with ClickList

You guys, consider my life changed.

Kroger Click List

Yes, I know that seems overly dramatic but it’s legit. If you’ve read here before, you know I am sucker for anything that makes my life a little easier and more importantly, saves time. Today I tried out Kroger’s ClickList service and it was a game changer for real.

Okay so when it comes to grocery shopping, it used to be my jam. I’d get lost in strolling up and down the aisles, finding some sort of odd relaxation in taking my time filling up my cart. But that was before I had enough people in my family to fill the starting line-up of a basketball team. It was also before I was frantically running from work to pick-ups to any other sort of engagement that I am inevitably late for. Now I usually find myself trying to get in and out of the grocery store before D3 can add all the candy, chips and other assorted goodies he can get his hands on. Even when I get the chance to go alone, I’m usually rushing through. Gone are the days of wandering the aisles like an old lady on Senior Discount Day. Side note: Did you know they used to have a lady playing piano in the store on Senior Discount Days? That was a previous maternity leave discovery.

So a couple months ago when I saw in the news that ClickList was coming to Louisville, I started counting down the days until my grocery pick-up dreams became a reality. Yes, I know that language seems over the top but it’s no joke. Ask the girls I work with, it was something we were all seriously amped about.

The first time I tried it out was a couple weeks ago when I was up to my ears in working on Muhammad Ali’s funeral but knew I couldn’t leave my family behind with a refrigerator full of sadness. But I only went through the ordering process that time, leaving Drew to give the pick-up process a try. He said it was easy and so amazing but I didn’t realize how great it was until going through the entire process.

Kroger ClickList

So here’s how it works:

1. Order:  You go online to Kroger.com and head over to the ClickList section. Once there you just type in what you’re looking for and the search pulls up just about everything in that category. This makes it easy to pick the best priced item or match it up with a digital coupon.I think the online ordering process is easiest when you make a list in advance. I did add some random stuff based off coupons and reminders on what I’ve bought in the past but it’s faster if you’ve got a list ready to work from. I’ll say this was by far the most time consuming part but even then, it probably only took me about 15 or 20 minutes and I may or may not have been in my pajamas.

When you’ve completed all your shopping, you check out online (right now you can’t pay online but they are adding it soon) and select when you want to pick up your groceries. You have to order one day in advance and you select a one-hour window of when you can swing by.

2. Pull Up  & Call:  Now here’s the good part. I picked up my groceries on a Sunday morning which is when I’d normally make it in the store along with half of Louisville. This means the store is super crowded, you bump into at least one or two people you know and process of unloading my cart gives D3 enough time to find at least four more things to add to our order. Basically, it’s an ordeal.

Instead it was, quite possible, the easiest errand ever. No joke, the entire process took less than 15 minutes. You pull into the special ClickList parking spots, call the number on the sign, tell them your name and they bring everything out to you. Yes, you read that right – they bring all your groceries to your car. You don’t even have to get out. This is a huge deal when you’ve got kids that you don’t want to unload (that can take me 15 minutes in and of itself) or if you’re shopping after work and want to make it home in time to make dinner and watch all your favorite shows.

3. Pay & Load Up: When I pulled up, the two nicest associates – Andrea and Bethany – rolled out all my groceries, loaded them in my car (!!!) and even brought me a bottle of water. I pulled into the parking lot at 11 am and was pulling out at 11:13. I even made the mistake of parking in a regular spot and had to walk back to my car and pull into the ClickList lane which definitely added at least five minutes to the process. I’ve never been so happy leaving the grocery store. I was home and had all my groceries unloaded by 11:45 – a modern miracle. Saving all that time meant that I was poolside by 12:30. Insert hands in the air emoji.

My entire outlook on grocery shopping has changed. No longer am I procrastinating and waiting until our pantry is bare before heading out to the store. Consider me obsessed.

I will say that this doesn’t mean my days of wandering aimlessly through the aisles are over. I’m sure I’ll use it as an excuse to get out of the house solo. I also love wandering through and seeing what new stuff is available but this whole drive-thru grocery shopping experience is my new jam.

Louisville friends – ClickList is now available at the Hubbards Lane Kroger as well as the Breckinridge Lane, Outer Loop and Southgate locations with more to come.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kroger but I had already tried out and fallen in love with ClickList before writing this. As always, all opinions, ramblings and comments are my own.

Shopping: Endless Summer * 6 Essentials to Pack on Your Summer Vacation

There’s a trend out there (*cough * style blogs * cough *) to start talking about fall style as soon as the firework smoke dissipates on the Fourth of July. As much as I love fall, I’m in no rush to start thinking about boots and sweaters. Instead I’m planting myself firmly in the proverbial sand and sticking with all things summer as long as possible.

Since I know a lot of people are packing up for their big summer vacations, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pieces – easy essentials that will keep packing to a minimum but still have you looking chic and more importantly, staying cool. Even if you’re not hitting the road or jetting off to the beach, all of these are just as perfect for a day spent poolside that transitions to an evening dinner under the stars with friends.

Oh and if you’re a bride-to-be, these white dresses are perfect for a bridal shower or beachy rehearsal dinner.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4a + 4b | 5 |

Outfit Post: Basics and Blue

Summer is supposed to be a time to slow down, right? I’m going to need a tutorial on how to make that happen because this summer has been busier than ever and I’m not even back at work full-time yet.

I’m not complaining because it’s been filled with lots of good stuff but I’ve struggled with enjoying all the little stuff because it seems like we’re always rushing to the next activity, pick-up or event. I’m craving one of those long, slow summer weekend days – preferably without rain. Fingers crossed for this weekend.

Maybe if I’m lucky, that day can end with a date night or dinner with friends. I already have my outfit ready. I wore this simple combo a couple weeks back for a dinner date. I know every blogger and their mother has these shoes but I couldn’t help but buy them – the blue color was too good. I bought them back when I was waiting for Blake to arrive so I was pumped to finally take them for a spin.  Unfortunately they’re sold out now but there’s no shortage of fun fringe heels out now and I’ve linked to a bunch – including some on sale.

Peasant Blouse (seen before here) | Dark Skinny Jeans (on sale for under $60 – love these and will be great for fall)  | Fringe Heels (similar here, more below)  – All Banana Republic 
Vineyard Vines Silver Dipped Clutch – on sale for an extra 50% off now

Photos by Whitney Neal

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