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Anthro Day Sale Picks

Happy Friday, all! Today is Anthro Day where you can get 20% off clothing, accessories and shoes as well as free shipping. I’ve gathered my favorites for you below and now I’m trying to narrow down my own cart! So many cute goodies for now and moving into the fall. You can see my love of graphic tees and tie dye is still going strong, and I’m here for it :) Let me know what goodies you find!

Whether it’s for now when you’re indoors and the AC is running or in a few weeks when the temps begin to drop outdoors, this sweater blazer is one I recommend to everyone. Even though I always gravitate to the pastels, I’ll be looking to some of the neutral colors offered (that you can see here) over the next few months. Regardless of the color you choose, you are bound to get a ton of wear out of it. I tend to style it pretty casually, but it’s also ideal for anyone in a business casual setting who could easily pair it with dress pants.

Bodysuits are another item that I’ve been slowly gravitating towards. They create a sleek look that’s perfect for layering and takes away the battle of do I tuck or un-tuck. And I promise, going to the bathroom isn’t much of a hassle ;) You can see some of the options that I’ve found for you below.

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I think we all can agree that graphic tees are a great staple to have. I love when one really speaks to me in one way or another, as this one did. ‘Country Roads’ was a song I grew up singing at church camp and it always brings back happy memories for me. Fortunately, there seems to be an endless supply of options, so it likely isn’t hard for anyone to track one down.

The most typical way for me to wear a graphic tee is to toss it on with my denim shorts. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, but I decided to see what other styles I could come up with in an effort to step out of my box a bit and get even more wear out of them. As you can see, I came up with four looks that range from lounging to a cute night out working with pieces that I’m sure most of you already have in your closet. Give it a try and see how many other options come to mind for you!

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I’m always a sucker for cute details, as is my mini-me. A simple flutter or ruffle like you see here, is just enough of an accent to accentuate any look. This tee (which is priced at only $15) would look darling with a maxi or denim skirt and also pairs perfectly with a pair of cut-off shorts. I own these shorts in denim as well as this natural wash (size down in this color) which I knew would get so much wear this year. Also to note, my MZ Wallace bag which you see here, still remains my current go-to bag. I had debated between their tote and this Sutton style when I bought it at the beginning of the year, pre-Corona. Thankfully this one has a strap that allows me to wear it as a crossbody and in turn be hands free while I do any shopping these days. I can’t recommend their bags highly enough.

Here’s to a great Monday. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Details: Top / Shorts / Shoes / Bag / Sunglasses
Madelyn: Top / Shorts

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has commenced and I’m here to round up my favorites in a number of categories for you. I decided to pull everything together in one big post as opposed to breaking things up in hopes that it makes it easier for you, keeping it a bit more concise. This sale can seem intimidating at first glance, but after shopping and sharing for a number of years I’ve started to be able to hone in on what to look for.

First off, things sell out. Personally, I’m not able to shop until August 13th, and even at that point many sizes will already be narrowed down. The good thing however, is that they do re-stock items as they’re able throughout the sale. Utilizing their ‘wishlist’ tool (which is new this year) has been very helpful in allowing me to save my favorites as I browse. That way, when it comes time to order I’m not frantically searching all over again.

Second, these items will still be available come fall and most of them will go on sale again, just later down the road. If you miss out on something, it’s not the end of the world. Although I do find it fun and there is a great deal of hype around it, it is just a sale ;)

Below I’ll break down each category a bit and share why I selected the items that I did. Each image is ‘clickable’ and will take you directly to the site for more details.

This feels like the category everyone typically starts with. Wondering what’s going to give you the most bang for your buck. Denim is certainly always worth checking out. Madewell remains some of my favorite denim, so I was happy to see the two pairs above included. I have these in another wash and they’re in my top five jeans. The faux leather Spanx are a staple I’ve grown accustomed to having in my closet year after year, only grabbing them when they go on sale. I usually grab a sweater or two because they’re nice to have at the start of fall. And winter coats are another area that’s worth taking advantage of because they usually take much longer in the season to go on sale again. I’ve heard rave reviews about this North Face and I grabbed a very similar camel coat last year that I ended up wearing a ton.

Lounge and intimates is another category I love. I have and love the first three bras above and am hoping to try the last one. Comfort has taken a front seat these past few months and I can’t say I see that changing come fall. I of course included a few cute lounge and pj options as well as my favorite underwear. I’ve worn Hanky Panky’s for at least 15 years. The only thing that has changed is that I now prefer their regular rise as opposed to the low rise.

Sports bras and socks are typically something I order from this sale. I have this bra now in 4 or 5 colors and am hoping to grab this one to try this year. Zella leggings are a great basic legging, and I’m curious to try this pocket legging to maybe wear for athleisure. Those that follow me on Instagram know that I have another similar sweatshirt to this one, also by Daydreamer and it is my favorite. Such a great fit and arrives feeling already broken in.

In case you have any weddings or low key events happening this fall, there are a handful of dresses and jumpsuits that I’m really loving. We actually have a wedding we’ll hopefully be attending and I’m debating between this jumpsuit and this sweet dress. The jumpsuit was actually a part of last years sale and I was obsessed with it then when I tried it on in store but ended up passing as I didn’t have an appropriate event to wear it to. This year might be the year.

The shoe department was rather easy for me to narrow down. Obviously sneakers are taking the lead lately! If I splurge on anything, it’ll likely be these sneakers that I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I also have similar slides to these from last year and I’m sure I’ll be wearing them a ton again.

Timing-wise, this sale is all too perfect for back to school shopping. I’ll probably be grabbing a few of the pieces above for my kids to (hopefully) wear to school. Winter coats are something to look into for them as well. Kids sizes always sell out before I realize that one of mine has outgrown last years coat in December!

Finally, there were a few home and beauty items that stood out to me. I predominantly use Aveda products in the shower, so I’ll likely be ordering this set which includes my favorite hand cream. I also love the DryBar products and the All Nighter setting spray is a part of my everyday routine, holding my makeup in place all day long. I’m also considering a new diffuser, am always tempted by the BareFoot Dreams blankets and thought this serving board would make for a great gift (that I’d very likely end up keeping).

I don’t know about you all, but I feel like I’m still adjusting to this whole new world of mask wearing. Fortunately, we haven’t had to wear ours for extended periods of time yet, only when we are running in/out of stores and any offices. I’ve been trying to get the kids more adjusted to theirs as they’ll need to be wearing them during much of the school day. Thankfully they haven’t had much of an issue with them. Knowing we’ll need more on hand for the school year and unfortunately for all of us, for many months to come, I asked everyone on Instagram for their favorites that they’ve tracked down thus far. Athleta and Old Navy were the front runners by a long shot, but there were a bunch of others mentioned as well, many of which I’ve included below. Etsy, as you’d guess, is a goldmine with endless creative prints and patterns. Hygeine Hero makes the masks we are wearing above and we’ve all been happy with them. They have a great fit, triple layer and come in kid and adult sizes. I also recently received a set from Summersalt and although I haven’t worn them out yet, I really love that the outer layer is made with (what feels to be) swimsuit material. My son requested that I order him a gaiter-face cover to try out. We have yet to receive it, but I’ve heard that people really like them for the ease of simply being able to pull it up over their nose/mouth.

With SO many decisions weighing upon us this fall, I’m hoping that this will at least help you to narrow down the mask selections. I’ve noted the kids masks and also included some family packs which can help to simplify this process even more for you! If you have a particular mask you’ve found and love, feel free to share with everyone in the comments. We’re all in this together! And as I told my kids in the photo above, ‘smile with your eyes’!