Ruffles & Flounce

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This dress is one of my favorite things I scooped up during the #Nsale and sadly it looks like it’s currently sold out. (BUT I’ve noticed they’ve been restocking often, so check back!) I’ve been wearing easy dresses all summer for the office or weekends and this one will transition perfectly into fall. I love that the ruffled hem adds a bit of flounce to every step.

 

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Dress: Cupcakes & Cashmere (wearing a small)
Bag: Blair Ritchey
Bracelets: Giles & Brother, J.Crew
Heels: DV by Dolce Vita (similar here)

 

Photography by Katie Ardner

Best of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s here! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! And now it’s open to everyone. I’ve been combing through the sale over the last week during early access (you can see my first sale round-up here) and have picked out the very best (and my favorite) pieces.

 

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Per usual, I want all of the shoes. I immediately purchased these Hinge sandals (photo above) because they are perfect to transition from now into fall and I love a block heel. These Tory Burch boots are of course beautiful and I love these lace-up flats. And since my love of leopard footwear is still going strong, I really want this pair for under $90.

I snatched up this dress (I got it in a small, for size reference) and stocked up on some new bras and unmentionables.

I LOVE this bell sleeve blouse for under $40 and this side slit sweater.

I’m still mulling over a coat purchase. I adore this Barbour jacket or this DARLING hooded raincoat. How cute would that be with Hunter Boots?!

The beauty exclusives are pretty clutch. You can snag a Clarisonic for under $100, get a Beauty Blender set (my favorite) or this beautiful Nars cheek palette.

And if I really wanted to splurge… This Alice & Olivia dress is everything.

 

Linen & Fringe

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I picked up this linen top for the July Fourth holiday because it’s ideal for those 90 degree temps, but I also feel like it’s perfect for that early transition into fall. Don’t get me wrong, summer is still in full force, but I have been dipping my toe into fall styles. (Mostly due to the Nordstrom Sale…) The navy hue and fringe details were calling my name. And for some reason these distressed jeans don’t seem as hot as my skinny jeans. Those knee holes really keep that air circulating. (Just some mind games I play on myself in the name of fashion…)

 

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Sunglasses: c/o SmartBuyGlasses
Top: J.Crew
Bag: Madewell Transport Tote
Jeans: Rag & Bone
Heels: DV by Dolce Vita (similar here and here that are part of the #NSale)

 

Photography by Katie Ardner

 

Borrowed from the Boys

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It’s the time of year when simple dresses win out over everything, but this weekend was all about slouchy basics. This tee might just be the most perfect, relaxed striped shirt and has a boy-ish vibe, like I stole it from Zak’s closet. It’s equally stylish with white shorts or cut-offs. (psst: These adidas sneaks are a part of the #Nsale in black+white and all-white. I got mine in one whole size down from my usual size).

 

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T-Shirt: Madewell (I’m wearing a small, but I do wish I would have sized down to an xs).
Bag: Madewell Transport Tote
Watch: Michael Kors
Jeans: Rag & Bone (part of the #Nsale!)
Shoes: adidas

 
Photography by Katie Ardner

 

#NSale Early Access

Well guys, today is the day! It’s early access for cardholders to the biggest sale of the year – The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! This is your chance to score new fall items at a discount. Early access starts today for those with a Nordstrom credit or debit card. But if you don’t have one, no worries! The sale opens to the public on July 22nd. Naturally I’ve already been scouring the site for the best deals, so here are a few items that are sure to sell out quickly…

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Round Up

 

1 // Shoes
So many good shoes. I love these Halogen pointy toe lace up flats for under $60. They go back up to $90 after the sale, so act fast. If you want to splurge on some Rag & Bone booties, now is a great time to do it! I actually got some last year and love them. I also typically stock up on a new pair of running shoes during this sale and you really can’t beat a new pair of Nike’s for $75. And I have to mention Hunter Boots for $129 during the sale. I LOVE mine in the fall and winter. They go back up to $195 after the sale.

 


 

2 // Clothing
First on my list is a cashmere sweater wrap. Zak & I are going to a wedding next month in Northern California and this wrap will be perfection for that trip. Adore this printed dress for under $80 that will be a great transition piece into fall. And their denim on sale is always so good. It’s also a great time to stock up on some new unmentionables… My favorite bra is a part of the sale and Hanky Pankys are quite the steal.

 


 

3 // Handbags
I’ve never been a fancy handbag gal (my Madewell Transport Tote is pretty much my everyday bag…) BUT there are some really great options that are a part of the #NSale. Love this leather crossbody and you can get the most adorable weekend duffle bag for under $50! After the sale it goes back up to $70.

 


 

4 // Beauty
The beauty exclusives are on point this year. You can get a Clarisonic for under $100 (!!!) and I love this Bobbi Brown Nude Lips set. And I also really really want to try this personal microderm device, but I’m not sure if I want to splurge or not. (Does anyone have one and love it?!)

 


 

So that’s it for now! Honestly I know the #NSale can sometimes be a bit overwhelming (so many deals and so little time!) but it’s definitely fun to browse and stock up on those quality basics.

The Beauty Files: Repeat Beauty Buys

Do you ever find yourself in a deep hole of watching endless YouTube beauty tutorials? (Please tell me it’s not just me…) Last weekend I was just looking for a quick contouring video and before I knew it I had spent an hour learning to contour, strobe and highlight my eyes. A little make-up overload. Even though I do love to try and play with new products, there are some constants in my beauty stash that I purchase over and over and over… My tried and trues.

 

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1 // Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes
I discovered this BB cream about a year ago and it’s the perfect consistency and coverage to eliminate any dark circles or under eye bags. Sometimes I’ll just quickly swipe this on if I’m running out and don’t want to put on a full face of makeup.

2 // Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder + Pro Airbrush
This light powder is the best finishing touch to keep everything in place and oil free, plus this brush is extra fluffy and soft.

3 // Benefit Speed Brow Gel
Occasionally my eyebrows can get a little cray, so a quick swipe of this gel keeps them in place.

4 // Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Naked
I love all the Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes, but this single color pot is a perfect base. I use this on a daily basis and consistently rebuy it.

5 // Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop
This is a new-to-me product, but I’ve already decided I’m going to buy it for.ev.er. It is the PERFECT highlighter. Just a tiny bit goes a long way and just a light swipe highlights my cheekbones.

6 // Shiseido Eyelash Curler
Simply my favorite eyelash curler that I’ve used for years.

7 // Maybelline The Falsies Mascara + Clinique High Impact Mascara
This is my mascara one-two punch that I’ve used for at least five years now. I’ve tried other mascaras along the way, but I always come back to this combination. I start with a coat of the Maybelline for length and finish with a swipe of Clinique to add volume.

8 // Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Gloss in Rose Sugar
This gloss is the perfect shade for my olive skin tone and I always have a tube or two in my purse.

 

 

p.s. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kicks off tomorrow for cardholders (that means if you have a Nordstrom Card you get to shop early!) and opens to the public on July 22nd. If you’re not familiar, it’s pretty much the biggest sale of the year. I’m planning on grabbing some beauty exclusives during the sale and you can browse the full catalog here. I’ll be posting a big round-up of best of sale goodies this week!

Friday Favorites

Cheers to Friday on a short week! This week was a slow transition back into work, which was nice after a lovely holiday weekend. I think “vacation brain” was real this week at the office. All the end of season summer sales are starting to pop-up, which makes me realize that I need to savor each weekend before it flies by. Or go scoop up some good deals. Either way.

 

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A few favorites from around the web…

I’m still on my summer dress kick, and I am looking at this high neck maxi dress for an upcoming wedding. Also am obsessed with this scalloped romper (hello sexy!) and this jersey shift dress.

The Anthropologie Tag Sale is still going on with an extra 30% off. A few new things went on sale this week, including this peplum tank and this darling jacket. Also, this Daytripper dress which I own and love is majorly marked down.

Love these striped espadrilles.

I’ve been getting my Barre workout on lately and love these Chaturanga capris.

Classic Prep

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The theme of my attire this past weekend was a whole lot of classic patriotism.  (aka blues, whites and stripes on repeat).  I’m not sure if it’s the fact that it’s mid-summer or the July Fourth holiday, but I feel like constantly dressing preppy is accepted.  This cheeky anchor blouse is from a few years ago, but I still tend to pull it out each summer.  Luckily it pairs perfectly with my new favorite white skinny jeans.

 

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Top: Banana Republic (similar)

Jeans:  Madewell

Bag:  Madewell Transport Tote

Scarf:  J.Crew

Heels:  DV by Dolce Vita (similar)

 

Photography by Katie Ardner

 

Friday Favorites

Long weekends are always welcomed with open arms, but the July 4th holiday feels a little more special. It’s a great way to take pause in a busy summer that always seems to fly by. I’m looking forward to cookouts, fireworks and spending some time at a golf tournament with friends and family. Hope yours is wonderful.

 

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A few favorites from around the web…

There are so many great sales happening this weekend. Anthropologie has an extra 30% off their tag sale. This dress from this post is on major sale, so snatch it up! I also adore this polka dot maxi dress, this easy day dress and a chic one-piece for the pool.

Love this patriotic dress and my favorite Sam Edelman sandals.

Wedges are currently in heavy rotation. Love these Toms on sale and these nude wedges.

J.Crew has 40% off summer must-haves right now and I want to go try on this linen tank. I love this sailing tee and this striped one with little pom poms (!!) along the side. I’ve still yet to purchase a romper, but this one might just change my mind.

PSA: You need these wedges. They are so comfortable and go with everything. I would recommend sizing down.

Little White Dress

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A little white dress is one of my favorite looks for summer and so easy to wear. You know what goes perfectly with a little white dress? July fourth picnics. You know what doesn’t? Stains. Yep, I won’t be drinking any red wine sangria in this dress. If you’re looking for your own quintessential summer dress, I’ve collected a few favorites below. As long as you stay away from stain inducing foods you’re safe.

 

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Dress: Loft (similar)
Scarf: J.Crew
Bag: Madewell Transport Tote
Sandals: Sam Edelman