Thursday, July 12, 2018

{nordstrom anniversary sale | early access 2018}

Scroll to the bottom if you want to see my picks and already know this drill...


Just in case you hadn't heard ;)

Today marks the first day of Early Access - that means you have to be a card holder to shop the sale. But don't worry, the sale opens up to everybody on the 20th. So if you don't have a card start making your list now and if you do have one... SHOP! The prices go back up on August 6th. [Note: if you go into stores before July 20th you won't be able to shop the items unless you have a card as well]

This sale will be primarily Fall items. I know, I know - but trust me on this. It's strange to be thinking about cardigans and boots right now. But, it's never too early to stock up. The Nordstrom Sale has new fall goodies at ridiculous prices. So when you're in denial about summer being over and you're wearing a cute sundress and then you're freezing on your walk to work feeling silly... you have an adorable sweater to wear over that dress and begin that trendy seasonal transition.

During this sale I shop in two categories: Designer Items and Basics.

I hate buying expensive things at full price so I try to always snag designer items during these types of sales. I normally have something in mind that I want to invest in for Fall because I know I will get a lot of use out of them. The best example I have are my Tory Burch boots - I bought a brown pair last year because I wore my black so much from the year before.

The term "basics" depends on your definition. For most it means jeans, white teebooties, and an everyday sweater. For others it means cute sweaters and tops. I always like to buy some new easy tees (good time to clean out that closet and donate gently worn items) and a cardigan sweater that I will wear weekly.

Sometimes those two categories combine and become designer basics: it was an investment but something I knew I would get a lot of wear out of. In 2016 that was my cashmere wrap/scarf and last year it was a pair of suede heeled boots. I was able to wear both items to work, going out, and for traveling. Investing in them meant that they were high quality! It was a larger price tag but if you broke it down to cost per wear... we're talking nickels and dimes.

Burgundy and Olive Green are still popular with lots of lavender!
Skinny denim with frayed hems
Over the knee boots (YAS!)
Details - ties, buttons, twisted fabric, fringe
Texture - leather, suede, cashmere
Loose and casual - comfort reigns

Okay, now let's get to the good stuff shall we? I have made this post and set up identical to last year. Each collage is broken down into a style - lounge wear (sweatshirts, tennis shoes, loose shirts, cozy attire), weekend wear (going out, date night, winery visits, brunch etc), and work wear (blazers, heels, nice purses, simple jewels, cardigans). Just simply click on the item you want to shop! [You'll notice I didn't link any jeans - I'm not familiar with Nordstrom brands and their sizing offered!]

What are you purchasing? Are you a designer shopper or do you stick to the basics?

Love Always,

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

{yellow gingham two piece set}

Initial Necklace // BITE Lipstick in "Pastille"

Photography by Katie Urban

Tomorrow is my Friday (and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) and this outfit pretty accurately describes how I feel - happy, care free, and ready to dance!! I'm off to Rosemary Beach in Seaside, FL to celebrate one of my best friends from college's bachelorette! It's going to be a great group of girls and I'm so excited to explore and finally check 30A off my bucket list! I'm going to be packing lots of sunscreen, too many bathing suits, and the girliest outfits possible ;) because why not when you're at a bach!!

I ordered this gingham set with no event in mind, just that I fell in love with it and wanted to try it out! I love that you can wear the top and skirt together or separately. I tucked the top ruffle of the skirt in because I liked that it helped show a little peek of skin - a bit of a fashion risk for myself. It's just the cutest combo and any outfit with pockets is going to make my heart sing!

Question - what's the biggest fashion risk you've ever taken?

Love Always,

Monday, July 9, 2018

{white pants and wedges in dupont circle}

Grey Tie-waist Top (on sale for $15) // White Jeans // Wedges, old (similarsimilar) // Tassel Purse, old (identical) // Ray-Ban Sunglasses // Gold Earrings // BITE Lipstick in "Pastille"

Photography by Katie Urban

Grey Tie-waist Top (on sale for $15) // White Jeans // Wedges, old (similar, similar) // Tassel Purse, old (identical) // Ray-Ban Sunglasses // Gold Earrings // BITE Lipstick in "Pastille"

Oh what a weekend! It was SO nice to have a couple days off and spend some time with my mom and Mimi back in Baltimore. But now it's time to get back to the grind - workouts, eating healthy, getting sh!t done, and trying to get in bed by 10pm (don't worry I'm not total grandma status... I just like to read to try and fall asleep haha).

Y'all know I love my white pants more than anything... While I'm a dress or romper girl through and through my white pants are always a no fail option in my closet. They pair with just about anything and are the perfect back drop for the millions of accessories I have haha #guilty. I love how the neutral outfit really allows my earrings and straw purse to steal the show. When you have a purse this neon and earrings this gorgeous they're supposed to take center stage!

Is everyone ready for the week ahead? I've got a super super fun weekend ahead so I'm already counting down the days... even though it's Monday ;)

Love Always,

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

{white scalloped shorts with red tassel earrings}

Shop Compass Rose Top c/o (similar) // White Scalloped Shorts (on sale for $20) // Red Tassel Earrings c/o // Jack Rogers // Straw Tote Bag, old (similarsimilar) // Initial Necklace

Photography by Katie Urban

Shop Compass Rose Top c/o (similar) // White Scalloped Shorts (on sale for $20) // Red Tassel Earrings c/o // Jack Rogers // Straw Tote Bag, old (similar, similar) // Initial Necklace

Happy 4th of July! If you're looking for a last minute outfit to go watch fireworks in tonight grab an all white look and top it off with a pair of red (or blue) earrings! The all white will keep you cool and looking fresh in this heat and earrings always add a fun pop to any look:)

I got these scalloped shorts because I needed a new white pair - I loved the fun detailing and the way the top button was hidden. They're so comfortable and are just the right length of short but not too short! Normally I would pair them with a colorful tank or simple black shirt but I wanted to play with a different shape up top. Adding this billowy tie-front top really took the shorts up a couple of notches. Not to mention, this top breathes like a dream... I was so comfortable walking around DuPont Circle on one of the hottest days with the sun beating down.

I hope everyone is having a great Fourth - enjoying the day off, eating great food, and hopefully spending it with friends and family! I'm in Baltimore for the rest of the week spending time with my mom and Mimi!

Love Always,

Monday, July 2, 2018

{morning stroll in a blue linen maxi}

Linen Maxi dress (on sale for $59 with an extra 15% off using code SUPERSTAR) // White Tassel Earrings // Nude Heels (I call them sandals because they're so comfortable!) // Sunglasses // BITE Lipstick in "Pastille" // Navy Blue Leather Purse

Photography by Katie Urban

Linen Maxi dress (on sale for $59 with an extra 15% off using code SUPERSTAR) // White Tassel Earrings // Nude Heels (I call them sandals because they're so comfortable!) // Sunglasses // BITE Lipstick in "Pastille" // Navy Blue Leather Purse

This summer's humidity has been out of control... all I want to do is stay inside or hide in the shade when I'm outside. I normally opt for rompers or short sundress but I love my maxi dresses! When I spotted this gorgeous blue number I almost passed on it. Then I realized it was linen aka the best fabric to wear in hot weather! It's so breathable and the cropped length made it really easy to move in.  I can't get enough of the criss-cross back and pretty detailing.
Walking around with Katie, exploring Kalorama while admiring the houses, and drinking an iced chai was the perfect start to my morning. The open back on this dress made me okay with having my hair down too! I'm definitely packing this number up for the fourth of july! The bright blue is so gorgeous!

Do y'all have fun plans for the Fourth? Im curious, did people celebrate last weekend leading up to the Fourth? Or are they celebrating after?!

Love Always,
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