a lovely living

It’s Wednesday and the first day back to school for Jack, my 4th grader and Madelyn, my 1st grader. Audrey starts two mornings of preschool next week and on one hand I have no idea what I’ll do with myself during those three hours every Tues/Thurs and on the other hand I’m already booked solid for what I ‘plan’ to do this year. Six hours a week (ok 5 when I add in travel to/from school) to schedule meetings, write blog posts, organize closets, attend bible study, tackle laundry, meal plan, grocery shop etc…..it can happen, right??

I won’t drag on about that because it’ll all sort itself out! But what’s even more fun is the gigantic Nordstrom try-on sesh I had over the weekend. So big that I’m actually breaking it up into a parts one and two. When my husband suggested we stop by Nordstrom on our way home from the beach (I kid you not, the words came straight from his mouth), I was all over it. Nordstrom is by far my favorite department store and although I love shopping online, once in a while it’s nice to haul 1,052 pieces into the fitting room and have a party :)

I found so many great pieces, from dresses to denim, basic layering tanks, jackets and sweaters. These blog posts actually take quite a bit of time to pull together, so I’ll be sharing the second half of this post come Friday, so stay tuned!

Let’s start off with this fun body-con dress. It comes in a few different colors, has a flattering ruching on the side and fits pretty true to size. I’m in an XS but could have gone with a S for a looser fit.

I then threw on this navy shift dress and absolutely loved it. This would look so cute with some peep-toe booties, but I’d also love it with over the knee boots and a blanket scarf. True to size here, I’m in an XS.

This dress was a steal on the sale rack and so adorable! Unfortunately the sizes in this color are almost sold out, but here it is in some beautiful fall colors (check out the rust and teal!) at what I think is still a great price, under $50. True to size, wearing an XS.

I feel like this body-con dress is very Insta-famous! I’ve seen it on a number of influencers and always love it. I loved it in person, too but I knew there were more color options available online (there are a dozen!). I’m bound to order one at some point. Such a perfect date night dress and I know I’d find myself layering cardigans over top as well as denim jackets and booties.

Case in point, and how cute is this Free People jacket?? I’m completely obsessed with it and will be stalking it once it goes on sale.

Ok, maybe you think I’ve lost it, but I thought this denim dress was adorable! It could certainly be worn without any layers, but I was trying to see how I’d style it for fall. It has a very flattering fit and it’s Madewell denim so you know it’s great quality!

I love this striped JCrew sweater. It would pair well with trousers for the office, think navy or even pink! I’m wearing an XS but may have grabbed a S if I purchased, the arms were a little snug.

I found these Levi’s on the sale rack and they ended up being my favorite purchase. If you follow my blog regularly you’ve seen the other Levi’s I’ve been wearing all summer long. I have a feeling these will be my new fall staples! And this top is a great layering piece. I’d love it with vests to show off the subtle details on the sleeves. I’m wearing a S and it was still pretty form fitting, so you could always size up in this one.

Here’s the Free People jacket again shown paired with denim.

I fell for this wrap sweater, especially since it was marked down with the Madewell sale that was happening. I’ll keep an eye for another sale for you, because this one is a goodie! Wearing an XS.

Another super cute Madewell top. This one is perfect for the current weather but the colors are perfect to transition to fall. How cute would this be with a camel colored cardigan over top??

This cute striped top was another sale rack find which I can’t track down online, but check out this one in plaid and this one in stripe (both also on sale) that I love even more!

I loved this short sleeved sweatshirt! The color is so pretty in person and it’ll be just as cute with sweats as it is with denim. Plus, it’s only $35!

Last for today is this playful JCrew tee (currently on sale). I always love their graphic tees and keep them on hand for layering under sweaters and jackets in the fall. The fit and structure to them are always spot on. I’m wearing an XS, which is TTS.


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