Ch-Ch-Changes

 

I’ve been hinting lately at some big news and changes coming for Zak and I and I’m excited to finally share! We’re moving! We’ve kept it under wraps for quite some time while figuring out some logistical things, but we are very excited to be moving to Columbus! Zak was approached with a new job offer and we both have been wanting to live in a more urban, walkable area for a while now. So we decided this is the right time for us to take the leap and go for it!

We are moving this weekend and I thought I would be a bit more nostalgic leaving my first home, but so far I’ve been more excited about what lies ahead. I bought my townhouse when I was 23, before I understood it’s probably a good idea to change your furnace filter every other month and have a drain snake and plunger on-hand. 7 years later, I’ve really become more confident and secure in my “adulting” abilities and am proud of how much I’ve learned, accomplished and grown up in many ways.

Even though I don’t usually loooove big changes (ok ok, I’m sometimes adverse to change), Zak and I are both incredibly excited about this fresh chapter in a new, young and vibrant city. Because life is worth chasing dreams and taking a risk.

More to come soon on our decision to downsize in order to be in a perfect location, the moving process (hello purging closets!) and why I think this change will make me more open-minded and ready to try new things. Be patient with the blog content while we get settled into our new home and wish us luck! (New blog design update coming soon too!)

#NSale Tales from the Dressing Room

On Saturday I had the chance to shop the Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom Beachwood Place and let me tell you… It. Is. Good. I snatched up some of my favorites I had been eyeing online and wanted to share my dressing room haul and thoughts on sizing, fabrics and worthwhile pieces. Have you snagged anything yet during Early Access? Don’t worry, public access to the sale starts on Friday!

 


The first item that immediately came home with me are these AG Ex-Boyfriend distressed jeans. I sized down for a more snug fit since AG jeans typically stretch out for me. I’m typically a 27 and went with a 26.  Also quickly fell in love with these Halogen leopard mules, this oversized Leith sweater and perfect Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bag. Cute little t-shirt is Madewell.

 

Halogen Calf Hair Slides (Sale Price: $59. After Sale: $90)

 

I definitely went home with this Topshop bell-sleeve jacket. I love the navy color, statement sleeves and ruffles. I sized up to a 6, but I’m sure a 4 would have worked as well.  Again, AG jeans for the win.

 


I couldn’t pass up these high-waisted Zella leggings, because… perfect leggings for barre, yoga or just lounging. And this classic Adidas tank is just the perfect length and loose fit.  I’m wearing a small in both.

 


File this Barefoot Dreams sweater under the coziest thing I have ever put on. I’m obsessed and never taking it off. I’m wearing a medium for an oversized fit.

 

This Caslon knit cotton tunic sweater will be perfect for this fall and I love the side zipper detail.  I’m wearing a small, but it’s quite oversized.  I could have probably gone with an extra small for a more snug fit.

 

I love a neutral grey sweater so this Trouve bateau neck tunic was an easy choice.  And these Vince slip-on sneakers are just so perfect.  They are definitely a bit of a splurge, but I love the navy color and they are beyond comfortable.  And cool.

 

Vince Slip-On Sneakers (Sale Price: $129. After Sale: $195)

 

Sam Edelman Bow Flats (Sale Price: $79. After Sale: $120)

 

BP Slides (Sale Price: $49. After Sale: $80)

 

Rebecca Minkoff Embellish Slip-On Platform Sneakers (Sale Price: $99. After Sale: $150)

 

1.STATE Perforated Cutaway Bootie (Sale Price: $89. After Sale: $140)

 

1.STATE slip-on sneakers (Sale Price: $59. After Sale: $100)

 


 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – 15 Top Picks

It’s here! It’s here! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale early access for cardholders has started and I’ve been making a wish list of my favorites and those key pieces I know will sell out quickly. My strategy for shopping the sale is to stock up on those staple items and classic pieces I buy every year (ahem, new bras, running shoes, and a classic coat) and then those fun things at amazing price points! The sale opens up for public access on July 21st!  Below is my rundown of my top picks…

 

 

1. AG Ankle Skinny Jeans (Sale Price: $149. After Sale: $225)

2. BLANKNYC Moto Jacket (Sale Price: $64. After Sale $98)

3. Halogen Slide Loafers (Sale Price: $59. After Sale: $89)

4. Hunter Rain Boots (Sale Price: $129. After Sale: $195)

5. Madewell Transport Tote (Sale Price: $129. After Sale: $198)

6. Nike Free Focus Flyknit Sneaker (Sale Price: $89. After Sale: $120)

7. Pendleton Raincoat (Sale Price: $176. After Sale: $265)

8. Vince Camuto Bootie (Sale Price: $99. After Sale: $149)

9. Halogen Ruffle Hem Dress (Sale Price: $65. After Sale: $99)

10. Adidas Gazelle Sneaker (Sale Price: $59. After Sale: $79)

11. Barbour Quilted Jacket (Sale Price: $165. After Sale: $249)

12. Halogen Long Ribbed Cardigan (Sale Price: $59. After Sale: $89)

13. Zella Leggings (Sale Price: $38. After Sale: $59)

14. Halogen Long Sleeve Tunic (Sale Price: $24. After Sale: $39)

15. Sonix Sunglasses (Sale Price: $79. After Sale: $120)

 

I’ll be partnering with Nordstrom this weekend to shop and try on all my favorites. Follow along on Instagram to see all the best sale picks!

 

Life Lately

 

This past week was such a blur, but it really happened… Zak and I are engaged! The moment was lovely and spontaneous and emotional and we couldn’t be happier. Thanks to all the well wishes from those who follow along on Instagram, it really means so much! Last weekend couldn’t have been more fun as we celebrated with friends and family and I feel very fortunate as I think about what the future holds for us.

We’ve got some other life changes fast approaching, so I apologize if things have been a little light on the blog front lately. BUT, two exciting things coming up… One, I’m working on a blog design update and refresh! Really excited to make my little space on the internet a bit more user friendly and to update the aesthetic. Two, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts in a few days! (The most wonderful time of the year!) I’ll be partnering with Nordstrom to give you a peak at my favorite items during the Early Access time, July 13th – 21st. The easiest way to shop and follow along on social is to sign up with LIKEtoKNOW.it and ‘like’ my photos to get the item details straight to your inbox OR to shop using the app! I’ll provide more details as I select and share my favorites. In the meantime, have a fantastic week!

 

 

 

Chambray Top: Madewell (similar here!)
Bag: Madewell
Jeans: Mother Denim
Heels: Madewell (also love these!)

 

Photos by Fleeting Fox Photography

Friday Favorites

The long holiday weekend is finally here! Now that summer feels like it’s officially in full swing, I’m trying to take advantage of the nice weather, be outside as much as possible and find ample time to relax. We are spending a few days in Columbus for a cookout and festive party with friends and hopefully can find a quiet spot to watch fireworks. Hope you’re able to disconnect for a few days and celebrate the Fourth!

 

 

A few favorites from around the web…

There are a TON of amazing summer sales going on this weekend and plenty of items I’ve been eyeing for a few weeks are now on sale!

Ann Taylor is offering 50% off everything with code JUSTBEACHY. I love this pocket flare dress (perfect for a summer wedding!) and this white scallop eyelet shift dress. I really can’t get enough of white blouses and dresses this summer.

This simple cold shoulder shift dress is now under $50 and this Madewell ruffle dress just got marked down to 30% off.

I got a couple questions about this top I was wearing on Instagram last weekend. It’s an easy top to throw on and for size reference I’m wearing a small.

J.Crew is offering an extra 50% off all sale with code SALETIME, so you can really scoop up some good deals! I tried on this eyelet top with tassel trim (in white, naturally) and it’s suppppper cute. I also love this pint-sized little edit bag.

LOFT has a 50% off everything weekend sale with code SPARKLER and my wish list keeps growing. I usually opt for dresses over skirts, but I adore this eyelet skirt that would look so perfect with a simple white tee. I love a simple lace up sandal and you can’t say no to these at 50% off. And this ‘Hello Darling’ tee is just adorable.

As you probably know, I’m obsessed with Madewell shoes and they currently have up to 40% off summer shoes and sandals. I just ordered these sandals with a block heel because they are ridiculously comfortable and I just got my first pair of Vans (so comfy!) that are now under $50.

What to Wear on the Fourth of July

 

Each summer I feel like the Fourth of July always sneaks up on me and this year is no exception.  (How is it already July on Saturday?!)  Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays.  Beyond the patriotism, it’s a nice pause in the midst of a crazy and busy summer and is filled with time with family and friends, dining al fresco and crackling fireworks.  I’ve been planning some outfit options for backyard barbeques.  You can never go wrong with the classic colors or a hint of stripes.

I’ve been on a white blouse kick this summer and this eyelet top is just perfect for the holiday weekend.  If you’re looking for an easy sundress, I love this v-neck striped number from Madewell paired with simple slides.  And you can never go wrong with a little preppy American flag sweater, denim shorts and sneakers.

 

 

 

 

 

Blouse: Anthropologie

Earrings: J.Crew (similar here and here)

Bag: Madewell

Jeans: Rag & Bone

Heels: DV by Dolce Vita (similar)

 

 

Photos by Fleeting Fox Photography

Friday Favorites

It truly feels like summer is in full bloom. I’m not quite sure how the July Fourth weekend is only about a week away, but I’m ready to embrace everything this season has to offer. After a truly bananas week with lots of change and decisions made (more on that soon…) I’m ready to decompress this weekend in Columbus with Zak and hopefully take a break from my phone. A little digital detox, time outside and a few ice cream cones is just what I need. Hope your weekend is wonderful!

 

 

A few favorites from around the web…

LOFT is offering 40% off full price dresses. I love this adorable white swing dress and this perfect vintage t-shirt. Need to stock up.

I love these cool girl slides in tan leather and these Splendid tie sandals that are 30% off. And these lace up sandals under $60.

I need these pineapple pants and I’m fairly obsessed with these fringe sandals.

Love these Paige cropped jeans that are currently 30% off.

You can easily shop by Instagram photos by signing up with LIKEtoKNOW.it and ‘liking’ photos for shopping details sent straight to your inbox!

Breezy Summer Dress

 

This past weekend was my annual college roommate reunion, and I think I can confidently say it was the sweatiest two days of my life. (You’re welcome for that lovely visual). It was 90 degrees and we were outside the majority of the time, so we all wore breezy dresses to attempt to keep cool. I wore this easy dress from Old Navy, sans the denim jacket. I always like to stock up on a few inexpensive sundresses that are easy to throw on (and sweat in) throughout the summer months.

 

 

 

 

Denim Jacket: Madewell
Dress: Old Navy (also like this one!)
Bag: Madewell Transport Tote
Bracelets: Giles & Brother
Wedges: Marc Fisher

 

 

Photography by Katie Ardner

Summer Neutrals

 

Neutral dresses and tops have really been taking over my closet lately, which is perfect for pulling together easy summer outfits. I feel like my sneaky secret for making my neutrals look exciting and new again is changing up my accessories. I love adding this statement necklace to a white t-shirt or blouse. And a little style tip for when you’re bored with your usual tote bag: Swap out cute scarves or bandanas to make it feel like a new bag. Since I’ve been obsessed with the Madewell Transport Tote for years, I have a little collection of bandanas I change up on a regular basis!

 

 

 

 

 

Top: LOFT (similar here and here)
Necklace: Madewell
Bag: Madewell Transport Tote
Silk Scarf: Madewell
Jeans: Mother Denim
Sandals: Madewell

 

 

Photos by Fleeting Fox Photography