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Floral Kimono

Hello ladies and hello Friday! So nice to see you both :) Well, today marks the first day that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to the public, whoo hoo! If you haven’t yet, make sure you check out my last post where I share my favs from a whole slew of categories, hopefully saving you some time (and money)!

These jeans and booties are both from the sale and two items I’m already in love with. The jeans were a little splurge, but so worth it. If I had to describe them in one word, it would be butter ;) Extremely comfortable, high waisted, raw hem, denim perfection. You’ll be seeing these on me for the unforeseeable future. I ordered my normal size and they fit perfectly.

The booties are beautifully unique. I love the shape they have with the exposed ankle as well as the cut out details. I had to go with the blush, but they come in a bunch of colors that you can choose from.

And finally, I grabbed this lovely kimono at TJMaxx this past week. I fell in love with the print when I saw it and realized it’s been a while since I’ve worn one, and I don’t know why! They are such a great, light layer that adds interest to an outfit during the summer, and they’re also great to wear as a swimsuit cover-up. I’ve rounded up a bunch of other pretties for you to check out below in case you suddenly realized you need one too ;)

Details: Kimono (see options below) / LOFT cami (exact cami in beautiful fall shades here or similar here) / Rag & Bone denim / Booties / LeSpecs sunglasses / Stella & Dot monogram necklace

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Nordstrom Sale Favorites

Hi guys! With the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opening up to the public this Friday (yay!) I wanted to share more of my favorites broken down into a few categories for you. I received my first order and shared everything the other day over on my Insta-stories. Hopefully that was helpful to some of you! How I really wish I could be there shopping in person with each of you. Wouldn’t that be fun?!

I contemplated referring to these selections as ‘must-have’s’ or ‘best picks’ but realized that’s very subjective and my ‘must have’s’ are likely not everyone else’s! However, for those of you that keep coming back, I’m guessing that you have similar taste to me…and I’m pretty sure the feeling is mutual ;) I’m hoping to have done some of the footwork for you in order to save you some unnecessary scrolling time!

During this sale I tend to look for two things: investment items that aren’t typically on sale and basics that I know I’ll be turning to frequently this coming fall and beyond. Many times the items will fall into both categories. For example, I ordered this Madewell jacket and these Rag & Bone jeans, both of which I love and recommend (please, please restock the jacket Nordstrom!). Both are items that will not be on sale regularly if at all before they sell out and both are pieces I’ll be wearing multiple times per week in a few short months. Does that make sense?

Alright well, here we go…

Outerwear: This Madwell jacket is one of my favorite purchases. I ordered it in Ink because my collection of green jackets is slightly out of control. I’m typically an XS in jackets, however the arms on this one ran short on me. I do tend to keep my sleeves rolled though, so it’s not that big of an issue for me. I think this vest would be a great purchase and one I’m probably going to kick myself for not getting it later on. But you know, money doesn’t grow on trees around here ;)


Tops: If you’re looking for a great stand-out top, you can certainly find one or two (or ten) during this sale! I love the wrap style of this one. And bow details are so popular right now. Last year I grabbed this layering top, which comes in a ton of colors, and reached for it all year long. It’s a great staple to have around.



Dresses: Any wedding coming up this fall? This and this number are darling. And I love this little number which I’d layer a cardigan over and throw on some OTK boots with! I love you fall, but I’m still not ready for you just yet ;)



Bottoms: This is the pair that I ordered from the sale this year and they are nothing short of comfortable! Love, love them! I ordered this pair of leggings last year and they certainly got their wear, so I’d definitely recommend getting a pair this year. I just ordered this pair of faux leather leggings thanks to all the rave reviews I’ve been seeing about them on social media. I’m looking forward to wearing them with a long cardi and my Converse.



Footwear: Some of you saw that I ordered these in blush, and I have already be-friended them ;) Last year I ordered a similar pair of suede OTK boots to these and got so much wear out of them. They were and continue to be a great investment for me. I’m also addicted to mules, so both these and these are very tempting!



Accessories: I’m hoping this beauty gets restocked because it’s too beautiful (and functional) for more of you not to be able to have! I know a few of you that snagged it so you’ll have to let us know how wonderful it is in person! LeSpecs have become my new favorite glasses brand over the past year, I think I now own three pairs of them. I have this style in black and receive a ton of compliments on them. The regular price isn’t terrible for sunglasses, but getting them on sale is so much better! And if you’re looking for a simple and classic watch for fall, isn’t this guy just perfect?



Beauty: One splurge-worthy piece in the beauty department, in my opinion, would be the T3 hair-dryer. I’ve had one for years and love it. It dries my hair my quickly and even though I have short hair, I have a lot of it, so this is something I can appreciate! I also love Laura Mercier’s primer which I often mix with her tinted moisturizer during the summer months. Oh and this Nars palette looks like a dream. I use the Laguna bronzer everyday (which is included here) and I’d love to play with some of the blushes that are included!


Button Front Top

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Ours was pretty evenly split between time at the pool and hanging out downtown at our local Arts Festival. We ate, we played and Audrey danced her little heart out and fell into the category of ‘hot mess’ the majority of the weekend :)

I wore this outfit to church yesterday. I’ve had the top in my closet for a few years, but JCrew currently has another very similar version that I found here. It also comes in a pretty green that I’m loving! I reach for it a few times each summer and love how it can pair with trousers, denim, cut-offs, skirts etc. I threw on a bandana which is about the only layer I can handle in the heat! I love how easily it can complete an outfit, and how inexpensive they are too!

Details: JCrew top (similar) / Pants (similar) / Shoes (similar) / Stella & Dot tote (similar) / LeSpecs sunglasses / JCrew bandana

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – First Look

Happy Friday, gang! I’m sure many of you have seen that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale launched yesterday. It’s only open to cardholders now through next Friday, but at that point it will open up to the public. I know I personally had a little trouble getting my order through yesterday and I heard from a number of you that you were hitting ‘refresh’ for quite some time too! We aren’t the only ones trying to get a good deal! As much as I wanted to sit and browse the sale for hours, I spent my day yesterday at swim practice, in design meetings, at the grocery store and at a swim meet until around 10pm. Because you know, life has more going on than just a sale…unfortunately ;) I plan on diving in a little more over the next few weeks and breaking down some of my favorite picks in a few categories for you, but for today I’ve gathered what I’m calling my First Look Picks. The sale will go on until August 6th, however, you’re going to want to grab those items that are more of your must-haves sooner rather than later as things do and will sell out.

Here are the pieces that quickly caught my eye out of what I’ve seen thus far. I’ve ordered a handful of things to try from this grouping and I’m excited for everything to arrive so I can see it in person. I’m thankful for free shipping and returns for this sale in particular because it allows those of us that don’t have a Nordstrom locally to be able to order multiple sizes and switch things out as needed!

This sale is a great time to try new denim (I’m trying these) and grab jackets (I ordered this), bags (I love this version of my fav tote) and shoes (had to give these a shot) because you won’t be able to beat these prices when fall rolls around. And I know I personally hate paying full retail for any of those things in particular because they can all be a bit pricy!

Let me know what you guys have found or have your eye on! I’d love to hear! And have a great weekend. Summer seems to be flying by all of a sudden!!

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Sweet Summer Tops

Hey ladies! Happy Wednesday! I know some of you are gearing up for the start of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale (early access) tomorrow and are excited to grab some new fall pieces. I’m on board too! But I’m also still very much enjoying the summer season and wanted to share some sweet and adorable tops that you could get your wear out of these next few months. I love that each of these could be paired with a pair of cut-offs just as easily as they could go with some white denim. I find myself switching from pants to shorts (as we go from early morning to afternoon) and back to pants (as the sun sets) more often than not and I love that I don’t always need to be changing my entire outfit! And then there are the days that I don’t make it out of my gym clothes, lol, but that’s another post ;)


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Little Lady

This was a rather impromptu shoot with my daughter, Madelyn, yesterday. When I saw that our outfits coordinated, I asked her if she’d like to take pictures with Mommy and she immediately started jumping with a huge grin on her face ;) Madelyn gives me a run for my money day in and day out. She is strong willed, stubborn and everything must be her idea or it’s simply not happening. She is also hysterical, full of personality, never bored and greatly appreciates any one on one time she can get. I couldn’t count the amount of laughs that were shared in the ten minutes or so that we spent taking these pictures and I only wish you could hear the giggles that I hear in my head just looking at these images! Granted, she is often behind the camera making me smile, but having her front and center with me was fun for the both of us, as you’ll see!

Madelyn’s adorable outfit was part of Victoria Beckham’s line at Target this Spring but is unfortunately no longer available. However, something else that may get you excited is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which opens up to card holders this Thursday! I know we aren’t exactly thinking fall yet (there’s still a lot of summer yet to enjoy!), but getting all the fall goodies on sale and having your wardrobe already prepped when fall arrives is something you just may thank yourself for! After August 6th prices go back up to full retail price. Things do sell out so having a Nordstrom card is beneficial as it enables you to shop before everyone else, but if you don’t the sale will open to the public on the 21st and many times items will get restocked! Give me a heads up and let me know if there’s anything in particular that your wardrobe needs ;) I’ll be doing my best to cover my favorites in as many categories as possible over the next few weeks!

Details: LOFT top / LOFT denim (similar) / LeSpecs sunglasses / Shoes (similar)

Pop of Color

Hi guys! Any of you trying to figure out what the heck day it is? This week has sure thrown me for a loop! We enjoyed the long weekend and had a great time celebrating the 4th! Those that follow my Insta-stories may have caught the human canon ball we saw as well as the elaborate fireworks show we watched. Poor Audrey was terrified and refused to open her eyes for the entire 45 minutes they went off! She clung to me like never before, but I won’t lie and say I didn’t enjoy her company ;) We also indulged in too much deliciously unhealthy food. So good, but sooo bad! I hope you all have been enjoying your time as well. And just like that, it’s practically Friday ;)

Details: Lou & Grey tank (not yet online but available in store/ similar here and here) / JCrew denim skirt (similar here and here) / Stella & Dot bag (sold out but LOVE this clutch /similar) / Necklace (similar) / Heels (similar) / LeSpecs sunglasses

Sale Time!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and I know many of you are enjoying an extended weekend, yay for you! I had a pretty enjoyable but non-stop weekend around here spent with our families. I didn’t get my regular post pulled together but I figured it may be more beneficial to share with you some of the fantastic sales going on anyway! Here’s what’s happening at some of my fav stores including some of my picks from each!


Anthropologie: Extra 30% off sale


Baublebar: Up to 75% off and an extra 20% off sale


LOFT: Extra 60% off sale


JCrew: 30% off purchase and extra 50% off sale with code HOORAY


Old Navy: Up to 60% off plus 20% off entire order


Sole Society: Up to 50% off select styles


Banana Republic: 40% off regular priced items with code BRNEW and extra 50% off sale
Kate Spade: Extra 40% off sale with code SUNNY
Madewell: Up to 40% off warm weather shoes and sandals

Striped Off the Shoulder

Hello ladies and hello Friday!! I’m really enjoying summer as we all get into the groove of things around our house, but my goodness is it exhausting! We seem to be in constant motion all day long and by the time I get to sit down once everyone is tucked into bed, I’m completely wiped! But there are emails to respond to, projects to work on and blogs to post. I’m doing my best, but don’t mind if I keep things short and sweet over the next couple of months ;) I’m a one woman show! How do you guys manage it all in the summer? It’s such a fine line between doing enough to keep everyone busy and not over doing it all, isn’t it?

As for this little outfit, it’s a winner for me. I don’t own a ton of off the shoulder tops…there’s a real struggle keeping them off the shoulder when you’re constantly dealing with little ones! But I caved on this one. It’s extremely comfortable and the wide band does a better job keeping it in place than some others do. It’s also currently on sale (50% off!) and worth checking out! Also, these canvas sneakers are such a fun alternative to my sandals, and they’re very reasonably priced as well! I love the platform sole because even at 5’7″, I still appreciate an extra inch or two ;)

Details: LOFT top / JCrew pants / Sneakers / LeSpecs sunglasses / Stella & Dot bracelet

Instagram Roundup

I wanted to pull together a little Instagram round-up today for you guys. I’m able to share a bit more frequently over on Instagram, but for those of you that may not be on there often (or at all), I figured I’d give it a share here! Some outfits are certainly worth repeating and I also wanted to share these silhouettes that I had printed from Minted. I had wanted to have them done for some time, but I decided to wait until Audrey, my youngest, was out of the baby phase. Just in looks though, because she’s my baby for life ;) I’m thrilled with how they turned out and love glancing at them every morning as I come down the stairs. They also come in a ton of colors and a bunch of sizes, for anyone that was interested.

Scroll down for all the details on what’s been going on over on Instagram!

Minted silhouettes

Lou & Grey t-shirt / LOFT shorts

LOFT shirt / LOFT pants

t-shirt / LOFT shorts / Converse sneakers / LeSpecs sunglasses / hat (similar)

LOFT sweater / LOFT shorts

LOFT top / JCrew denim shorts / Converse sneakers

SheIn top / JCrew Factory denim shorts / Soludos

Old Navy sweatshirt / Madewell denim

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