Monday, July 24, 2017

nordstrom sale beauty favorites!

The beauty exclusives during the Nordstrom Sale are some of the most highly sought after products in the sale... every year beauty gurus and regular gals alike flock to the sale to snag amazing beauty deals. I have said it a million times and I will say it a million more, I have ZERO skills in the beauty department. I go for no-nonsense items that are easy to use (or really: that I can't mess up).  Here are my top picks for the beauty deals this year... if you are more of a pro - you can see the full selection here!

top row: 1. Mario Badescu Icons set - the drying lotion is amazing for blemishes! 2. eyes & cheek set 3. brush set 4. dry bar trio - I'm so in love with the "triple sec" 5. fresh sugar lip duo - basically two for one and these have SPF!

middle row: 6. OUAI hair kit - I have heard amazing things about this dry shampoo foam! 7. mini candle set - only $16, great to have on hand for house warming/hostess gifts! 8. evian facial water spray set - do I need these? No. Are they too cute to pass up? Yes. 9. eyelash conditioner - it seems like so many bloggers are raving about this! 10. Elizabeth & James Black set - another scent I love! 11. Supergoop Rosemary Defense face spray - I am OBSESSED with this stuff, two perfect sizes... one for your beach bag and one for your purse! 12. Atelier Cologne set - these scents are so indulgent and decadent! I have the Vanille and I don't usually love vanilla scents but this one is SO SO good.  I would love to try all these! 13. Clarisonic Mia - I just need to bite the bullet on one of these already!


Friday, July 21, 2017

the nordstrom anniversary sale - under $100!

If you aren't a cardholder - today is the DAY to shop the Anniversary sale as it opens up to the general public today.  I know a few items have sold out, but friends, there is still so much GOOD stuff in stock right now!  If you want to see ALL my Nordstrom Anniversary posts so far, they are all right here!

Whether you are just joining the sale or not, today I have rounded up my top picks under $100!  This sale is so, so good and it seems like everyday I find a new item to love.  If an item is in stock be sure to snag it because items sell out super quick, especially now that it's open for everyone!


cream suede handbag (suede for only $60!), black sunglassespink slip on loaferstie front cozy fleece sweaterlong sleeve striped tee - only $20 and lots of colors!, knit moto jacket - 3 colors!, black ribbed cardigan - only $32!, distressed boyfriend jeansleather look leggingsankle bootsmirror sunglassespaige skinny jeans - super flattering cut, I have these in a different wash!, grey cowl neck pullover - so cute!, cream circle cardigancashmere poncho - lots of colors!, cozy fleece bell sleeve top - lots of colors!, faux leather jacket - only $65!

Shop all the pieces by clicking the right or left arrows below...


Thursday, July 20, 2017

my everyday style: two more fall looks from the Nordstrom Sale!

I've got two more fun fall inspiration looks for you today via the Nordstrom Anniversary sale... not every single item here is in the sale, but most of them are and I thought it would be fun to style them up for some inspo.  The sale opens TOMORROW to the general public and if you want to see other outfits from the sale check out this post or click here to see ALL my posts this year on the sale!




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Sadly this "pardon my french" t-shirt sold out pretty darn quick at the sale.  The good news is that when the sale goes live to the public there should be some pretty good restocks.  SO I will watch it like a hawk to see when it returns. The REALLY GOOD news is that this jacket is still available and is SO cute. I love the peplum top and at only $50 it's a great wardrobe builder for fall. 






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blazer (I'm wearing a 2P), tee - only $15!, scarf, jeans, similar boots, bag

A blazer and riding boots combo has got to be one of my all time favorites! This blazer and this tee are ON SALE right now and such great wardrobe classics. I snagged these Tory Burch riding boots two years ago on major sale and they have been such a great wardrobe investment.  At $200 off in the sale right now, they are a great time to buy! Last year they sold out! 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

shop my closet/the nordstrom anniversary sale tried and trues!

Today I am featuring items that are the tried and trues in my closet that I either have snagged at previous Nordstrom Anniversary sales or pieces that I own and their lookalikes are available at the sale now! It's a great way to see how I style some of the pieces that are on serious sale right now.  And in case you need to start stock piling some fall and winter outfit ideas, I have quite a few of them here for you.  (Now go shop the sale and then let's get back to eating popsicles and running through the sprinklers... no need to rush the end of summer!)

above left: These riding boots are the exact doppelgänger to the pair on sale this week.  And at $200 off they are a great deal.  
above right: Speaking of boots, if you are looking for a pair under $100 and perfect for wearing with jeans, shorts, dresses and more this suede pair is almost exactly identical as the pair I snagged at the sale last year.

above left: These over the knee boots I snagged last year got a TON of wear last fall and winter. Here is a pair that is almost the same - you won't regret these!
above right: I snagged this black cashmere wrap that is under $100 last year and BOOM it's BACK this year! Snag it now, it's available in several colors. 

above left: This classic navy blazer is on sale! It's one of my favorite pieces in my closet!
above right: Everyone and their mother snagged a suede jacket at the sale last year... and for good reason.  Here are a few options for suede jackets in the sale right now here, here and here.

above left: Sperry Saltwater boots have been a staple at the NSale and they usually sell out every year. This year the style is a re-imagined, but I still love them just as much.
above right: It's always a good time to invest in Hunter boots - especially when they are on sale. 

above left: I snagged this poncho last year and got SO many compliments and it sadly sold out super fast.  This year there is a very similar poncho that looks so cozy!
above right: Another cute look with these boots!

above left: I absolutely LOVE my Nike Juvenate sneakers, I think they are the MOST comfortable sneakers ever. You can snag a black version in the sale now!
above right: There is nothing like a cozy anorak... these are great options here, here and this one is #lifegoals.





Monday, July 17, 2017

nordstrom anniversary sale: the shoes!

I personally love a good fall shoe stock up!  And for this, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale doesn't disappoint.  From sneakers, to ankle boots, to all weather boots to heels and pumps... I've rounded up all my favorites from the sale this year.  There are so many great pairs to love here - it's almost hard to choose a favorite!

Have you found any pairs to love at the sale yet? I would love to know which pair you have snagged! So far I have purchased these flats, these pumps, these slippers and I have these on my wishlist. Whew!

flats (top row, from left): nude bow mules (two colors - so cute!), tory burch flats (four colors), pink velvet bow flats (tons of colors/patterns!), black mule loafers (three colors)

ankle boots (second row, from left): taupe ankle wrap booties (four colors), caramel ankle booties (two colors), black ankle booties (three colors), grommet ankle booties (three colors)

heels (third row, from left): block heel suede pumps (love!), grey pom pom pump (four colors), studded heel ankle wrap pumps (two colors), grey peep toe mules (three colors)

sneakers (fourth row, from left): grey velvet embellished sneakers (three colors), adidas stan smith sneakers (obsessed.), black nike juvenate (so so comfy!), white perforate sneakers

tall boots/all-weather shoes (bottom row, from left): tory burch riding bootstall suede boots (obsessed with these!), UGG boots (three colors), Hunter short boots (three colors), Sperry Saltwater boot (four colors)

Shop all the boots by scrolling below too!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

my everyday style: three favorite looks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

I shopped until I dropped when the Nordstrom Anniversary sale kicked off on Thursday... yes, in my pajamas.  Hey, shopping is hard. Even online shopping.  There are SO many good pieces from the sale this year, as always, but these three outfits pretty much sum up my favorite FAVORITES... if ya know what I mean.  Keep in mind that the sale at this point is still only open to Nordstrom cardholders, but you can preview the whole thing online. I know a lot of gals have been sad that things keep selling out, but I know Nordstrom is restocking (I saw a few items I was interested gone and then return to the site!) so keep checking back!  The sale opens to the public on Thursday!

I continue to add neutrals to my wardrobe regularly... I just can't resist them.  They go with everything and make getting dressed so easy.  If that makes me boring, I could really care less.  When I wear pieces I love I feel great. It's as easy as that.  And these pieces have serious feel-good properties.




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I snagged a similar cashmere wrap at last years Nordstrom Anniversary sale and it's been an MVP all year. So I knew it was time to snag another.  I use mine as a scarf, a wrap for chilly nights, a blanket in the car/airplane for traveling, etc, etc.  And at under $125 it's a great deal! Or this one is under $100.  I can always get excited about a striped top and this one is only $25!  I can't say enough good things about these flats. These were my "splurge" for the sale and they are SO soft and incredibly comfortable. I know these will get worn to death this fall.






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These black jeans are an INSTANT favorite... I love the fun released hem and with plenty of stretch and a high rise, they are super flattering as well.  I am usually a minimalist with my wardrobe selections, but this ruffle hem top is anything but!  It's fun and flirty and who can resist a top that is basically a fancy sweatshirt?  I'm always ready to add a classic bag to my collection and this super soft leather tote is perfect for the necessities and then some.  Just how I like my bags.






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Whenever I am prepping to go to an event that requires a little dressing up, I always regret the cute dress I saw and didn't buy.  Sometimes a gal needs a "just because" dress hanging in their closet, right!?!? At only $60 this is the PERFECT "just because" dress for sure... I love the high/low hem and the understated ruffle adds a little fun to a classic silhouette.



I would love to hear what your favorite purchases have been so far! Let me know!

Friday, July 14, 2017

nordstrom anniversary sale: fitness & athleisure deals!

I didn't really touch on it much in my first sale post, but one of my favorite parts of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale are the fitness and athleisure deals. There are two reasons: 1) It's SUPER rare for some of these brands to go on sale 2) I don't know about you, but cute outfits for Pure Barre and hot yoga are NECESSARY for me.  I get just as excited about getting dressed for a workout as I do for every day life. Who's with me?

I know a lot of you gals even depend on your fitness apparel as more athleisure wear, meaning you wear it even when you aren't working out.  And that makes these pieces all the more appealing! They can definitely do double duty!  The best thing is that almost ALL of these pieces are under $100... only the white jacket and the bag are over.  So shop away, because there are some amazing deals here!


top row: classic gym bag (or ANYTHING bag!), pink sports bra, the perfect no-show socks, cocoon cardigan, leather-look pants (obsessed!), white sneakers, grey sneakers (love these classic kicks!)

middle row: fluffy sweatshirt (swoon!), my all time favorite leggings (so so soft!)





Thursday, July 13, 2017

the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is HERE!

It's the most wonderful time of the (shopping) year ladies!  Today the Nordstrom Anniversary sale kicks off and you are NOT going to want to miss it!  If you have shopped the sale before you know that there are some really amazing deals to be had in the next few weeks.  If you are new to the sale here is the rundown on details:

WHAT is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Nordstrom takes the incoming fall styles and marks them down as low as 40% off for a limited time.  It's the opposite of how stores usually do markdowns, at the end of the season with leftover merchandise. Instead, Nordstrom takes the newest and hottest trends for fall and marks them down now with prices going UP on August 7!

WHO can shop this sale? You can shop this sale online and in-store RIGHT NOW if you are a Nordstrom cardholder.  If you aren't a cardholder you will have to wait until July 21 to start shopping.  If you aren't a cardholder you can still view the sale prices and add them to your cart, but you won't be able to check out at the sale pricing.  If you ARE a cardholder, shop early because popular items will sell out!

WHY shop for fall gear in the summer? Yes, it sounds crazy stocking up on boots, cashmere, coats and jeans this time of year... but trust me your closet and your wallet will thank you come October when most of your shopping is done and the prices go back up! It's a really great time to stock up on some of the pricier pieces at great discounts and to get some amazing deals on staples like sweaters and jeans that, let's face it, you're going to need/want later this fall anyway!

WHEN does this sale run? It begins today for cardholders online & in-store. Then it opens to the general public on July 21 and the entire thing ends on August 6 and prices go UP on August 7. Shop early for the best selection!

WHERE is the best place to shop? You can shop in-store and online... but I am partial to online, I've been in stores during the sale and it's super hectic and stuff is selling out SO fast.  I think it's best to pour a glass of wine or grab your coffee and peruse and shop the sale from your own home!
So without further ado... here are my top picks! Seeing as the sale just started, I quickly pulled together my favorite pieces and pieces that are already in my cart.  Over the next few days and weeks I will feature more sale items here.  Also, make sure to follow me on Instagram and stay tuned to my "stories" there. I will be showing you the items I order as they arrive and trying them on so you can see how they fit.  Instagram will be my GO-TO during this sale, so follow along there!


water bottle setlipgloss setkendra scott necklaceankle bootspardon my french teeplaid blanket scarf (only $16!), suede moto jacket (gorgeous!), ruffle hem topTory Burch flatscashmere wrap (snagged one of these last year during the sale and LOVE it!), olive cross body bagstriped top (under $20!), pink sneakersstripe leather totefaux fur vegan leather jacket (under $100!), 7 for all Mankind skinny jeans (50% off!), black rocket jeans (my FAVORITE denim of all time), riding boots

Or scroll through all the pieces below!  Happy shopping!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

my everyday style: a summer sweater!

A summer sweater may seem crazy... but hey, those evening ice cream runs can get chilly! You know? Of course I'm not wearing sweaters all the time in the summer, but every once in a while a cloudy day or chilly sunset calls for something a little warmer than a tank.  This crochet knit sweater is surprisingly lightweight and cool to wear and perfect for dinner out or an evening ice cream run with the family.

The best thing is that this sweater is on sale right now with tons of sizes left!  Time to snag it, if I do say so myself!  These shorts are the absolute best... and it can be really hard to find denim shorts that fit great.  Unfortunately there is only a few sizes left, so this pair is very similar! I snagged these espadrilles earlier this spring and didn't wear them much because they were so tight, I was actually going to sell them and then a reader suggested that I wear them around with socks on and it totally did the trick!









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Monday, July 10, 2017

summer beauty must-haves!


A lot of you have asked for my entire beauty routine on Instagram lately... and I promise it's coming soon!  In the meantime I have some of my summer beauty must-haves that I think you will love!  Summer beauty comes with it's own particular challenges like blocking sun, showing more skin, resisting the need to wash your hair for as long as possible and hiding how those late nights are finally catching up to you.  No?  Here are some of my basics that make my summer beauty routine painless!

Andalou BB Cream... I've mentioned it before but I am NO whiz when it comes to makeup, I need a one and done type product to get the job done. I absolutely LOVE this Andalou BB Cream, with built-in SPF. It not only protects my skin but evens it out and gives me a great glow to go through my day.  Plus, it's on the natural side, so that's always good.  If it's particularly hot or my face is feeling a little on the greasy side I skip my moisturizer and go straight for this instead of both steps.  Plus at under $20, the price is right!

Schmidt's Rose & Vanilla Deodorant... my path with "all natural" deodorant has been a long and winding adventure.  It's hard to know where to start when it comes to all natural deodorants and while I still use antiperspirant from time to time I am mostly using Schmidt's these days.  Yes, you still sweat... but after a while you won't smell anymore (well, unless you just walked out of hot yoga... nothing protects against hot yoga).  I've tried the Lavender and the Rose and the Rose is by far my favorite.  If you want to chat more about all natural deodorants, chime in down in the comments... because I've been around the block a few times with it all!

Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo... so far the BEST dry shampoo I have used and it smells AMAZING!  Plus it's hard to find a dry shampoo that works for brunettes... as long as you don't go overboard this won't leave a residue.  And really a little goes a long way!  I also love this product that isn't technically a dry shampoo but acts like one!

Aveda Smooth Infusion... this is a great hair smoother for humid days and seems to help my hair blow dry faster (so necessary in the summer!).  I love that it leaves my hair smooth and frizz free.

Honest Organic Body Oil... technically this is for babies, but my skin gets SO dry in the summer and with my arms and legs showing more often I need serious moisturizing!  I love this scent free option that is lightweight but ultra moisturizing.  I try to get this on my kids' arms and legs too in the summer before bed too.  

Sugar Rose Lip Treatment... my lips are always getting sunburnt in the summer and I don't love the coconut oil based lip sunscreens that just seem to melt away.  This stuff has staying power AND SPF. Win!  Plus it smells great!

What are some of your summer beauty must-haves? I would love to know! Or feel free to chat up your struggles and successes with natural deodorant in the comments!



Friday, July 7, 2017

my everyday style: jeans and a tee!

As much fun as it is to put together cute outfits or get creative with layering I am still at heart a jeans and a tee gal.  It's the combo I feel most comfortable in and the one I crave most when I get dressed.  So I love a tee that feels like basic jeans and a tee, but doesn't necessarily look basic.  When I found this v-neck tee recently I fell in love.  It has a nice thick fabric that isn't see through (hallelujah!), a flattering v-neck and I love the dolman style sleeves.  It's both flowy and form fitting at the same time - a combo which I find to be super comfortable to wear and also quite flattering.  What more could a gal ask for? The only bad news is that it's sold out in black... BUT it's available in some other great colors AND it's on sale!  Run to snag this baby, you won't regret it!

And yes, I'm wearing these jeans a TON this summer... but to be honest I just cleared out a bunch of jeans that either didn't fit great or that were near thread-bare, that now I don't have many left.  Maybe I am finally over my major denim hoarding days!?!? (unlikely) The thing is, when you find a pair you love, there is no need not to wear the heck out of them.  That's what I say at least!  And lastly, how cute is this mini-tote? It's perfect for stashing the basics for a summer night out.








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Top - on sale!



 

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