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Today is the day that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens up to the general public! Yes, there are a number of things that have sold out, most of which sold out on day one. I ordered some things shortly after the sale opened to card-holders and I still had items get cancelled on me. But you know what? It’s not the end of the world and I’m not sitting around lusting over any of it. I did end up with a number of items that I am more than pleased with, that will all get a ton of wear and that I’m happy to have been able to purchase at a discounted price. So for those of you that may not have had the opportunity to shop early, don’t worry! There are still a bunch of things that I think are more than worth it that have not been bought up yet!

I’m very particular about my running shoes (I wear a certain pair of Asics) and only wear them on my runs, but I needed a good pair of sneakers that I could wear with all of my ‘running around town, atheisure outfits’. These fit the bill perfectly. I love that they are a neutral on top of being super comfortable. Oh and these socks, because they’re awesome and un-revealing. I didn’t take note of this pair of loafers until I was in store, and then I knew I needed them. The are comfortable yet chic and will go with so many of my outfits this fall. Of course I grabbed another one of my favorite sports bras and I’ll likely grab more of my fav undies before the sale ends. Also, Zella leggings are up there on my list. If you don’t own any, you’ll want to give them a try. I have both cropped and full length and love them both. This scoop neck tee is another good buy. It has a great fit, comes in a bunch of colors and is under $16.

Have a look at my favorites below, grab a few things that make sense for you and don’t sweat missing out. A new pair of the perfect booties will always find their way to you down the road ;)

A Little Leopard

My daughter (and her friends) are obsessed with leopards. Well, anything in the cat world to be honest, but leopards rank high at the moment. So needless to say, Madelyn was head over heels about my outfit selection, lol. Leopard print is easy to come across lately as I think more people are realizing that it doesn’t have to be overtly bold to make an impact. I love the subtleness of this top which will be a year round piece for me. I can already picture throwing on a denim jacket or a cardigan over top. And obviously for the work environment, a blazer would look fab. I love it with wide leg pants and some added height from these wedges (that are still under $50) that I’m wearing on repeat. All great pieces that would add more versatility to your wardrobe.

Details: Top / Pants (see options below) / Wedges / Sunglasses (similar)

Nordstrom Sale: Try-On

I hope you all had a great weekend! I made my way into Nordstrom on Saturday to work my way through the Anniversary Sale pieces. Unfortunately there were a lot of things not available in store in addition to many things already being sold out in my size. I didn’t get to try on any denim which was a bummer or many shoes either for that matter. Thankfully I have a few things coming from my online order, so I’ll report back on those.

Since a lot of what I was hoping to try wasn’t available, it pushed me to try some other things I may not have noticed online. There’s a lot to sort through in this sale, and honestly there’s a lot that’s not worth all the hype. There are however, some things that are definitely worth grabbing while on sale, should you have the need.

Let me warn you, the lighting in the dressing rooms was atrocious. I fought hard for some good angles to avoid shadows and allow you to have an accurate shot of these pieces, but it was not easy. In another life I’d love to be a lighting designer for dressing rooms…what a missing market!


Despite not having an appropriate event in mind for this jumpsuit, I took it into the fitting room with me because I had to try it. There’s a good chance I may order it before the sale is over (assuming my size is still in stock). The fit was TTS and had plenty of length in the legs which would be perfect with heels.


This light-weight sweatshirt has been a popular item. At the moment it’s sold out, but I’m hopeful they will restock. It’s soft and cozy and rurns TTS (I’m in the S).

Fleece hoodie

This is a great pull-over that comes in three different colors. It does run small though, I’m in the XS here and it was very snug. I definitely would have gone with a S if they had it, or possibly a M for extra layering room.


If you’ve felt Barefoot Dreams material before, you know it’s the softest thing you could ever wear. I loved the shape of this open front cardigan. Perfect for wrapping yourself up in during the fall/winter months.


Here’s another cozy cardigan with a lower price tag. I love the color of this one and on the plus side, it has pockets :)


If you need to stock up on basic tee’s, this one is the one! It’s $15.90 during the sale, comes in a bunch of colors and is TTS. I’m wearing a S here which is good if you want a little extra room for knotting it etc.


I brought it home in the striped option in the XS which had a little better fit for me.


Here’s another well-priced basic tee. The fit is a little boxier than the one above, but I do love the v-neck. I’m wearing a S in this one.


I liked but didn’t love this sweater. It was cute but just a little too boxy for me. I’m wearing the XS here, but I’m thinking I could have tried sizing up to make it a little more tunic-y.


When I first saw this online I was hopeful that it was similar to this one that I got last year during the sale. Unfortunately this one feels like a much cheaper version. It’s thinner and doesn’t fit nearly as well which was a bummer because I really liked last years version.


Despite this picture (oh the lighting), I really did like this sweater. Paired with leggings is a little ‘va-va-voom’ for me, but remember, I didn’t have any jeans to try on with it! I’d love it paired with some high-wasited denim. It runs TTS (I’m in the XS).

Faux Leather Leggings

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I love my Spanx faux leather leggings. They go on sale very infrequently, so they fall at the top of my list for must-haves from the sale. I wear a size S for reference.


Moving on to jackets, this is one I scrolled right past online, but in person I loved it. I probably should have bought it, but to be honest, I need to assess my coat closet to see what’s needed. I’m hoping they re-stock this print, but it’s also available in some solid colors. It’s a great water resistant, fall jacket with faux fur lining through the top body of the jacket.


Here’s one of the more popular jackets from the sale. For me it was way too short in the sleeves and had I sized up to a S it would have fit too over-sized for my liking. I do like the coat in general (especially the fleece lining), but for me the fit was a no-go.


Here’s another jacket I did not take note of online, but in person it’s a very chic piece that comes in a few very pretty, fall colors. It’s wool but light-weight and would make a great fall jacket. I’m wearing a size S for reference.


I’m slowly working my way to having a ‘grown-up’ pj drawer. I still have my fair share of t-shirts and comfy pants, but I have a handful of pajama sets and I really like them! This one is so soft and comfortable and comes in a few different color options. The light grey stripe is my favorite. I’m wearing a size small.


Here’s another cute set from Madewell. The colors were much prettier in person and this set ran on the larger side, I’m in the XS.


This was my favorite pair of sneakers from the sale. I got my TTS 8.5 but I think I’m going to size up to a 9 for a little more room as I typically do in sneakers.


This pair of loafers caught my eye in store and I loved them. They are classy yet casual, very comfortable and I can wear them for the better part of the year. I waited to get online to decide between this nude or the snakeskin, but ultimately ordered the nude. They run TTS.

I hope this post is helpful to you all despite not having everything I was hoping to try-on. Some items will re-stock intermittently throughout the sale, so if there’s something you have your eye on, I’d check back! Below you can find everything I tried in this post as well as some of my other picks that you can find from last week’s ‘first look‘ post.

Happy Friday!! Today marks the start of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for those of you that have a Nordstrom card and the sale will then open to the public next Friday. At first look, there isn’t anything that screams ‘I absolutely must have this‘ but that may change once I get to see some things in person tomorrow. I will have a try-on post to come, but for now I wanted to share the items that first caught my eye. Most of these items are basics that I purchase regardless and would certainly benefit from getting a discount!

I (and the rest of the influencer world) rave about these Spanx leggings because they really are everything and it’s great to be able to get them marked down. I’m 5’7″ and wear a size small in them for reference. I love Nordstrom’s Zella line, so I’m likely to grab another one of my favorite sports bras as well as a pair of leggings. I have this light-weight wrap sweater from last year and I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of it. I’m, not opposed to stocking up on a few sweaters, this cardigan has me intrigued and this striped pullover is very similar to one that I own from last year (and love). I’ve been stepping up my pj game lately but it’s not a place I like to spend too much just for the sake of matching my bedtime look. I’m definitely looking into this and this set. I was close to buying this sweater last year, but it took forever to go on sale, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes home with me. It does fit very oversized though, so you’ll likely want to size down. I’ve heard rave reviews on this blanket which still has a hefty price tag, but I’m thinking I might cave if I get my hands on it! This pair of wedges is very similar in look to my Ugg’s that I have from last year and everyone and their mother complimented me on them. Such a great fall/winter boot.

Have a look, let me know what you think and if there’s anything in particular you’re looking for in this sale let me know and I’ll try to track it down for you and include in another post :)

Insta Lately

Today I’m bringing some of Instagram over to you! Since I have more of a daily interaction on that social venue, I end up sharing more everyday content that some of you don’t get to see. I’ve been slowly dipping my toe into the Amazon Fashion trend and I’ve found a few great pieces so far. These leggings (not shown below) were one of the first things I tried and I was very impressed with them for just over $20. This fun tank is great for all things summer and this matching set might be might favorite so far! I was also in need of an updated chambray top and I couldn’t be happier with the fit and quality of this one, leave it to JCrew!

I hope you find some inspiration for your everyday here, even if it is just a pretty new pot for your plants to thrive it <3

tee / denim (similar)

I love the fit and feel of this linen top with the very flattering neckline.

white slide / coral slide / pointed mules / leopard sandals / leather mules

Don’t make me pick a favorite because I love them all! I do get asked about these slides all the time though, and no one believes their Crocs!

tank / denim shorts / sunglasses (similar) / swimsuit / black shorts / slides

More everyday pieces including this cute, affordable tank.


It took me a bit to track down the right pot for this Jade plant that now sits in my dining room, but I loved the subtle detailing on this one.

hat / sunglasses / shirt / shorts / belt bag / slides

More everyday wear in some of my favorite go-to pieces.

shirt / shorts

If you need a new chambray top, look no further! And pull-on shorts are my new favorites. This color is so good for summer.

sweatshirt / shorts

How could you not want to match in this set?! I love the soft greys in this camo set.

tank / similar denim

This tank seems to be quite a popular Amazon find. It’s great over a swim suit with some pull-on shorts or tucked into jeans and maybe a denim jacket over top!

coverup / swimsuit (old JCrew) / shorts

This has been my go-to cover-up so far this summer. Light-weight but provides great coverage when you need to avoid some of that sunshine.

Baby Blue

We are back from our trip up to NY/CT and ready for a fresh new week! My SIL lives in NY on the boarder of CT, so we spent a lot of our time in CT walking and shopping the adorable streets. I could easily get myself into a whole lot of trouble living up there, lol! There’s an Anthropologie the size of a small shopping mall that I walked through with silver-dollar eyes. We also spent some time at JCrew where I fell for this light blue sweater jacket that was 40% off at the time (I’ll keep you posted on their next sale, but they do have it marked down in a few other colors including a pretty subtle pink). I was torn between buying one of the more neutral (and maybe more practical) colors, but in the end I couldn’t pass up this pretty hue. Granted, it’s been hot and muggy lately, but I was so thankful to have this layer on for church and grocery shopping yesterday in the chilly AC. I wore it over top one of my favorite graphic tee’s and these pull-on shorts. Speaking of pull-on shorts, they are kind of my new fav. Kids have the right idea, who needs all those zippers and buttons :)

Details: Sweater Jacket / T-shirt / Shorts / Wedges / Sunglasses (similar)


Happy 4th of July! Today also happens to be the anniversary of our engagement 14 years ago <3 Jack was so flustered as we watched the NYC fireworks from the Brooklyn Promenade trying to figure out exactly how he was going to manage to get down on one knee amidst the crowds. Long after the fireworks had concluded and I was more than ready to head home, he made my heart stop as he asked me to be his wife. A few bystanders clapped and congratulated us as we stood there in awe. As high school sweethearts we had been dating for nearly 10 years, but it was still hard to believe we were actually engaged! Life has had its ups and downs since then, but I’d say ‘YES’ to him any day :)

I hope you all enjoy today celebrating with family, friends and fireworks! This adorable and cozy striped maxi dress is a new favorite. All you need are some red nails which I should have been on top of! Also, these wedges are all sorts of amazing. They finally went on sale under $50 and so I didn’t hesitate on grabbing my size. There are a bunch of color options to choose from and they are so comfortable. Such a great summer wedge!

dress / sunglasses / wedges / earrings

Love Loft: Try-On

Happy July, guys!! We seem to have finally hit our summer groove in our household. The days are stretched a little longer, my kids seem to be turning into little fish and our grill is getting nearly daily use. I love celebrating the 4th, but hate to see it pass as summer always seems to fly by afterwards! That’s when I need a daily reminder to make sure we do ‘all the things’ before it’s too late.

In honor of July 4th, I figured I may as well do more of a patriotic try-on. Loft makes it easy with plenty of red, white and blue to choose from. I also threw in some leopard because as you’ll see, there are some adorable options! Right now, you can get 50% off dresses and tops and 40% off just about everything else! For reference, I’m 5’7″ and typically wear a size 0 or XS in Loft and Lou & Grey clothing unless otherwise noted. Also, these are the sandals that I’m wearing throughout this post. As another option, how cute are these?!


I quickly fell for this adorable, striped maxi dress. It’s as through I’m walking around in a cozy nightgown looking cute and pulled together!


I had to try on this little number because I knew it would be adorable. It’s light and flowy with a cute tie waist. This could obviously be dressed up with heels, but would look great for work with a black blazer layered over top.


One more dress for this try-on session and it’s this cute, casual Lou & Grey striped dress. It’s made of a thicker linen and can be worn tied at the waist or left loose and undone. You could even throw on a fitted white tee underneath for a different, layered look!

tee (not yet available online) / shorts

I haven’t been able to track down this striped tee with beaded cherry detail online yet, but you may be able to find it in store. The shorts are Lou & Grey and are much more muted in color than this image is showing. I’m more often an XS in L&G but went with a S in these as they were running a little small.

top / pants

I love the gingham on this top but the fit wasn’t quite right on me. The top was too loose for comfort which may have been in part due to the fact that it doesn’t have any type of hook/closure. The wide-leg pants however, were a fantastic fit and they come in a handful of colors.


Here’s a better look at them. I love the wide leg and cropped length. They are perfect with flat sandals but would also look cute with a little kitten heel.


Here’s another wrap top that had a better fit on me. There was a snap closure on this one at the bust that kept things in place. All I’m missing with this look are my patriotic stars!

top / pants

This top was another piece that came home with me. It’ll be so versatile year-round to layer with and I love the playful print. I went with a small here which gives a great drapy, loose fit.

top / skirt

Here you can see it styled more for a business environment with this chic shift skirt (say that three times fast!). The skirt has a great fit and you can see more of the pocket detail here…

sweater / shorts

If you need a great beach pullover sweater, this is your guy! It’s very soft and cozy and I tried it on with these bermuda denim shorts. I sized up to a small in the sweater so it was a little roomy and the shorts were a size 2.

shirt / shorts

I loved this striped shirt. I loved having the sleeves rolled and knowing it could be worn tied, tucked or untucked for some added versatility. The shorts were another great find…


They have a very modest length to them and could potentially be worn for casual work environments through the summer. I love the added button detail on the waist.

top / shorts

Here’s a better look at the look and length of shorts overall. They are actually navy despite looking black in these images.


This cute tee was very soft and comfortable! I’d prefer for it to be a little shorter to work better with my predominantly high-waisted bottoms, but for those of you that aren’t into the high waist, you’d like this one.

top / denim

I’ll end with this cute, casual yet festive look. I love the more muted red on this striped top as well as the cute flutter sleeves. The jeans were a good find too! I’m wearing a 2 in them and they fit really well with just a bit of stretch to them.