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Life Updates – We’re Moving!!

Hello readers! Hopefully I still have a few out there!

Coco and I have some very big news to share… we are moving to Chicago!!

Not for a man, not for a job (although hopefully will have both of those soon haha!), just for us to have a fresh start and what I hope will be a fabulous life in our new city. I’ve been traveling to Chicago often over the past year scoping it out to make sure it was the right fit for me. The job market is strong, cost of living is reasonable, and I love the people! I went out by myself on a Saturday night when visiting last month and had a group of friends by the end of the night. Yes, the winter’s will be cold and long, but it isn’t a cake walk here in NYC either.

I’ve rented a gorgeous studio apartment in River North, I can’t wait to make it my own, and Coco will have a lot more space to spend her days lounging as the princess she knows she is. It has all the amenities I’ve never been able to have, like a stunning rooftop pool, gym, and even a golf simulator – might have to pick it up! : )

I’ve been job hunting and have a few possibilities in the works, just having to kind of trust the right thing will come along! This is the first time since I left college that I’ve been unemployed so it is a little scary, but I feel really fortunate that I have the ability to do this. And pretty darn proud of myself for making it happen all on my own!

I will always be grateful for my time here in NYC. New York builds character and I feel like I really found myself in this crazy city. I leave with amazing friendships, incredible memories, and an experience that many people only dream of.

I’m really hoping my spacious new kitchen will get me cooking again, and hoping to get some more outfit blogging in as well once I’m settled in! I head out to Jazz Fest in New Orleans this Saturday to Tuesday, then my mom is flying in to help me pack Wednesday/Thursday, and we head out in the UHaul Friday!

If you’ve been to Chicago or live there, send me your favorite spots or activities to try!

If I can make it here, I’ll make it anywhere… Goodbye New York! xoxo

Spring at Loft!

It has been soooo long! I just looked and my last post was for Black Friday! Had a great Christmas here in NYC with my friend Alicia, and took a trip to Puerto Rico with my girls in January, things are good! I also have some very exciting life updates that I can’t tell you yet, but will share in a few weeks!

Winter has just been dragging on and on here unfortunately. I mostly wear black tights and one of my many dresses everyday. But the warmer months are coming! (right?…)

Loft is having 40% plus free shipping on any amount for card members today with code SPRING17, and I imagine open to everyone tomorrow. I placed a nice big order whoops… Here are my picks!

Tie Cuff Open Cardigan 

Villa Dress

Flutter Off the Shoulder Top 

Mixed Stripe Strappy Cami 

Polka Dot Pleated Shorts

Chambray Notched Blazer 

Perforated Clutch 

Floral Pencil Skirt

Denim Sailor Skirt 

Cutout Lace Up Sandals 

Cutout Wedge Sandals

Espadrille Wedge Sandals

Happy Shopping!

 

Black Friday Shopping Picks

It’s the most wonderful sales of the year!! (to the tune of It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the year obviously). Look at me getting 2 posts out in one week : )

A lot of stores have already started their Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales – yay! I’m taking a carry-on to Cali, that is stuffed to the gills, so all of my shopping will be done online this year and shipped conveniently right to me. Will be spending Friday binge watching the new Girlmore Girl’s special instead of fighting crowds I think : )

I’ve included some items that will make great affordable gifts as well – trying not to do ALL the shopping for myself!

Loft is having 40% off now, might want to see if that goes up to 50%, it usually does. Ann Taylor doesn’t have everything on sale yet, but I think 50% off is coming so included a few items from there. Old Navy is 50% off right now which I’m guessing is where they will stay. J. Crew’s price point is a little high for me but they are having 40% off which is a great deal for them if you want to take a look. Nordstrom has a few great gift ideas on sale as well I’ve included.

Loft: (Pick up some really fun and affordable gifts, like earmuffs and gloves!)

Faux Fur Earmuffs 

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Faux Fur Scarf 

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Shimmer Tech Gloves

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Initial Pendant Necklace

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Cozy Sock Set

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Lou & Grey Ombre Tunic

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Lou & Grey Signature Soft Cowl Dress 

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Velvet Strappy Cami 

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Cowl Sweater Tunic (got this in a medium for a slouchy fit and love!)

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Faux Fur Vest

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Ann Taylor: (Ann Taylor shoes are my favorite, this is a great time to get them for the best price of the season!)

Red Suede Pumps (I’m in desperate need of new red suede pumps – can’t wait to get these!)

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Scalloped Mesh Pumps

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Fluted Cold Shoulder Blouse

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Tassel Poncho

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Velvet Bow Clutch

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Jeweled Silk Tassel Earrings

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Old Navy: (Great time to stock up on Pixie Pants for just $17! For some reason I can’t download pictures, so just click on the links)

Pixie Pants (lots of great colors and prints to choose from)

Velvet Pixie Pants (perfect if you don’t want to spend a lot on a seasonal item)

Boat Neck Pullover (definitely long enough for leggings)

Open Front Textured Cardigan 

 

Nordstrom:

Lush Tunic (these tunic blouses are the best and come in lots of colors, long enough for leggings – I wear a small)

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Lightweight Turtleneck Sweater (this is the perfect sweater to cozy up in this winter, would be a great gift, I took a medium)

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BP Square Stud Earrings (the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for under $10!)

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Barefoot Dreams Cardigan (pricey, but check out the reviews, you won’t regret this purchase)

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Thermal PJ’s (everyone loves cute pj’s!)

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Holiday Party Picks under $100

Hope everyone is doing well! Things pretty good here, headed home to Cali for Thanksgiving on Wednesday which will be nice, and then when I get back the holiday season will be in full swing! Below are some pretty, affordable, and versatile finds to suit all your party needs : ) Hope everyone has a great turkey day and enjoys some good Black Friday shopping. I will try and get some Cyber Monday picks out if I have time!

Lace A-Line Dress

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Sequin T-shirt Dress

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Tuxedo Shirt Dress

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Strapless Lace Dress 

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Adelyn Rae Body Con Dress 

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Stretch Fit and Flare Dress 

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BB Dakota Fit and Flare Lace Dress (in lots of colors)

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BB Dakota Lace Shift Dress (in red too)

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Off the Shoulder A-line Dress (lots of colors)

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Below from Loft – shop after Thursday when I’m sure there will be great discounts!

Velvet Strappy Cami

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Gathered Velvet Skirt 

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Cold Shoulder Dress 

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Lace Shift Dress 

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40% off Loft Fall Picks

Hi Everyone! Hope you are all having a beautiful fall. It has been mostly nice here in New York, rain this past weekend but next week looking mid-60’s and perfect. I’m headed to Dallas this weekend and then off to Ireland for 9 days the following weekend – lots of packing eek! Loft has a bunch of great new arrivals, 40% off now with code FALLFEST! Includes Lou & Grey! Here are some of my faves:

Striped Ruffle Cuff Shirt Dress

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Seamed Turtleneck Sweater in lots of gorgeous colors

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Bell Sleeve Tunic Sweater 

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Faux Suede Shift Skirt

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Basketweave Sweater Dress (I love a good sweater dress!)

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Brushed Stand Collar Coat (This color is stunning)

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Lou and Grey Bell Sleeve Sweater 

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Lou and Grey Funnelneck Poncho Sweater

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Lou and Grey Signature Soft Cowlneck Tunic (Definitely getting this, I love this material)

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Lou and Grey Signature Soft Cowlneck Top (Also a must have)

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Over the Knee Boots 

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Zippered Booties

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Happy Shopping!

Life Updates and more Seasonal Transition Ideas

Hi Everyone!

As summer winds down and we look ahead to fall and winter I figured this was the perfect time to give what seems to be a quarterly life update, as well as some suggestions for things to buy now that will transition your wardrobe into the coming cooler seasons.

Ahhhh life. Well my divorce was finalized in May, and while it didn’t really change a whole lot, it did make it so we could wrap up some loose ends and provided a little closure I suppose. It is bittersweet. I know it is for the best in the long run, but still has some sadness attached. My cousin said it will probably always be a little sad and I think that’s true.

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I mentioned back in April a relationship I was hopeful about, but we ended things in June – maybe I had a feeling that was going to happen and why I was so cautious about putting it out there. It is what it is. I was upset and it was hurtful, but I deserve to feel like I am a priority in someone’s life and I like to think I learned a thing or two about not trying to make a relationship work with someone who can’t or isn’t investing as much. And actions speak louder than words.

Just because something ends doesn't mean it never should've been. Remember, you lived, you learned, you grew and you moved on.:

So I’ve been working really hard on keeping busy doing stuff that makes me happy. I’m very extroverted and being alone is hard for me. I get bored and restless easily on my own and that’s something I’m trying to work on. Truthfully other than the first year I moved to Seattle after college (in which I was very depressed), this is the first time I’ve ever lived by myself. Kinda crazy to think about!

Not that I’m sitting at home much though! I spent some fun weekends over the summer in Montauk, it was nice to get away to the beach. I turned 34 July 2nd and some of my besties took me to a Mets game with fireworks to celebrate. There was a beautiful weekend in Chicago with 2 friends exploring the city, and then I just got back from one of my good friend’s birthday weekend in a lake house by the Hudson Valley – 11 awesome ladies, lots of wine, games, and even some horseback riding!

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And things aren’t slowing down either – this weekend I’m headed with my dinner/wine club ladies to Sag Harbor and we have a fun day of wine tasting planned. Then my sorority big sis who we call “Bunzie” is coming for a visit the following weekend. Might even be getting away for a last weekend trip somewhere the weekend of the 8th, and then I’m off to Ireland and Scotland for 10 days with my XO alumnae little sis, Dana! So many adventures and I’m just trying to appreciate and enjoy all of it. The holidays will be here before we know it, and we all know how those seem to fly by.

Don't cry over the past, it's gone. Don't stress about the future, it hasn't arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful.:

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So that bring us to the important things – what in the world to wear for all of this? haha

Fall in NYC is my favorite season here – people are back in the city instead of trying to escape it, the weather isn’t too hot, but not freezing yet, and there is just a wonderful energy about it all. When I’m shopping now I’m thinking what can I wear in the next month or two, but also when the temps drop and we are bundling up to survive. Unless we have another winter like last year when it is 70 degrees Christmas Day!

My first tip is dresses – I love dresses. Ones that have black in them, or go well with black, that are short or 3/4 length sleeved. These are perfect for end of summer and fall, but then transition easily by adding some black tights, boots, and you can often even layer the dress over a turtleneck or button down, or add a faux fur vest. Dress them up or down with footwear and accessory choices. (I find dresses with some kind of sleeve are better because you don’t feel like they need a layer as much as you do for sleeveless. They just look better with boots and stuff on their own.)

Here are some current faves:

Dress – Maggy London (Less than $50!) (I’m wearing a 6)

Shoes – Ann Taylor  (obsessed!)

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I’m a big fan of black and white stripes although this dress comes in just black and other prints too. Wear this with bare legs and a peep toe bootie now, later with black tights and a white faux fur vest. Old Navy is having 40% off with the code COZY until September 21st so get this for a bargain!

Dress – Old Navy (I have the animal print in a medium)

 

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I’m a huge fan of Old Navy’s t-shirt dresses as well, but I recommend going up one or two sizes from normal, I’m wearing a large here. Also love the colors in this scarf and the necklace is from my Rocksbox this month. Can wear with flat sandals for casual, pumps for work, and throw on tights, booties and a vest when the temps drop.

Dress – Old Navy

Scarf – Ann Taylor

Necklace – Kendra Scott

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Next up, you need a great pair of black skinny pants – these will help transition some of your more summery tops to the cooler temps now and then you can layer on the sweaters and boots when the time comes. Highly recommend these – they suck you in but have the perfect amount of stretch, a mid-rise, comfy, and affordable! Unfortunately this adorable top is sold out.

Pants – American Eagle

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I love my Old Navy ankle pixie pants and all of the fun colors they come in. Really loving this berry hue that is perfect for cooler temps.

Pants – Old Navy (I wear a 4 typically)

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Hmm, what to wear with those pants. I’m partial to a great tunic blouse. You can wear them with skinny jeans and a pump or open toed bootie now, and later add tall boots and a faux fur vest, or pair with your  leather leggings for a night on the town like this look. And these Hue leggings are definitely a must have! Wearing a small in these.

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Here are some great tunics I recommend

Tunic – Lush (Less than $30 and comes in all kinds of colors! Wearing a small)

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Tunic – Loft (This year’s version of the red one I’m wearing above, highly recommend)

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Sleeveless Tunic – Loft (Sleeveless are great for warmer climates and easy to layer a cardigan or blazer over)

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Now you need some shoes that we’ve talked about obviously. I used to think open-toe bootie was an oxymoron, but I swear they are the perfect transition shoe! I love these from Sole Society, the lace on the side is so cute! This is also a great neutral color to go with everything.

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Last but not least, I think a suede pump, especially in a red or berry shade is another item that you will get lots of use out of in the fall and winter. My red pumps get use now with navy dresses, or jeans and white blouses, and then I put them on over black tights in the winter for a much needed pop of color without bare foot exposure.

Suede Pumps – Sole Society

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Anything I missed? What are your suggestion? Happy shopping and thanks so much for stopping by!

Transition Items at LOFT 40% off!

Loft has a lot of new arrivals for the fall and I like to look for the ones that will transition well from now into winter as well! 40% off with code FIRSTLOOK! Not sure if anyone else has noticed this, but I feel like Loft sizes are sometimes running a little smaller especially in pants and skirts – I often wear an 8 in skirts there now. So you might want to try a few different sizes so you can see what works best!

Textured Sweater Flippy Skirt – Wear it now with a cute tank and later with tights and a blouse

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Front Pleat Skirt – Love this fun color, perfect to wear now with a tank and sandals and later with a black turtleneck and tights

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Denim Sailor Skirt – For those with more casual lifestyles this is a great piece. Wear now with a tank and sandals and later with a cute cropped sweater and booties

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Ivy Jacquard Flare Dress – Wear it now with bare legs and peep-toes, transition to winter with tights and booties

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Pleated Flippy Dress – I have this dress in burgundy from last year and it is one of my faves! Wear now with a pump or sandal and later with textured tights and booties

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Tweed Pocket Dress – Love this one! Wear now with peep toe booties and transition by layering over a white blouse, just add tights

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Tile Jacquard Flouce Dress – Gets great reviews and on sale! Wear now with pumps and bare legs and transition later with a blazer, tights, and tall boots

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Spotted Sweater Tank – This is so cute! I ended up getting this in a small. Will wear now with black jogger pants and pumps, later with jeans, a cardigan, and tall boots

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Ribbed Sleeve Cardigan – A cardigan like this is perfect for the office or a light layer for evening temps. Takes those summer tops into fall easily.

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Bubble Stitch Sweater – A great transition piece, wear this now with ankle pants and peep-toes, layer it later over a long sleeved tee with jeans and booties

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Sateen Five Pocket Leggings – My army green pants are a wonderful transition item, you can wear them now with a tank and sandals, later with a sweater and boots

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Sanded Sateen Chinos – These chinos are perfect to take you from now through fall and winter with different layers. I thought these ran a little small but most of the reviews say true to size.

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Cape Coat – How cute is this? If you live in a climate with warmer winters I would snap this up!

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Lantern Sleeve Jacket – I think I need this! Love this color and cut, so cute. Wear now with a tee and jeans, later over a turtleneck with a pencil skirt and tights

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Zipped Booties – I’m a huge fan of Loft shoes, they are a great deal when you get them 40% off. High quality and comfy. These booties are so cute and will be great now with dresses and bare legs and equally as fab later with jeans and sweaters

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Rounded Pumps – This burgundy color is just gorgeous, wear these now with ankle pants and sleeveless tops, later with your black dresses and tights

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Happy Shopping!!

Nordstrom Haul

Most of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases have arrived and as the sale opens up to everyone tomorrow this was perfect timing to share! I also ordered a few regular sale items that arrived too.

Favorite purchase – these fringe booties!! Obsessed. They will look great with jeans, dresses, dressed up or dressed down. I’m also loving these tunic sweaters, keeping both the red and grey. I will wear these with a tunic cami underneath, was just too lazy to pull out. Also, these jeans are my new favorite brand called Articles of Society. Get yourself a similar pair on sale! I’m wearing a small in the sweater, and 8.5 in the booties, and a 27 in the jeans – all true to size.

Booties here, Sweaters here, Similar Jeans here

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Another favorite find was this dress. It is a little bit more than I would usually spend on a dress but the cut, comfort, and color make it worth it. I went with the navy that is light enough to work well with black tights, and the ponte fabric make it easy to wear but the structure and seaming keeps it flattering. I’m wearing a size 6 in the dress.

Dress here 

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I love this tunic dress in theory but the cut was wrong for me, too boxy. If you are less busty and love a shift dress, then this is a good option for you. Wearing a small.

Tunic here

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This dress is also going back. I loved the cut and color but it has no stretch and it was too small in the bust for me. A size up would be too big in the hip area, I’m wearing a 6.

Dress here

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I’m heading to Ireland and Scotland for a week in October so also had that in mind when shopping. I wanted a cute backpack for my trip and this one is perfect for less than $30! It will fit my camera and all my essentials. Wearing my around the house lounge outfit here that obviously includes my Lularoe leggings because they are the most comfortable thing I own.

Backpack here

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I also wanted to get this tunic blouse for my trip as I think it will be easy to transition from day to night. And it was also less than $30! Wearing a small.

Blouse here

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I originally bought this dress at full price but couldn’t really justify it at that cost. So when I saw it went on sale I decided to snag it! I love the color and the fit. Wearing a small.

Dress here

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I have a few more things still on the way so will add once those get in!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks!

 

It’s here! Our favorite sale of the year! There are some great deals this year you don’t want to miss. Early access on now through July 21st, open to everyone July 22nd. Happy Shopping!!

Eliza J Seamed Crepe Shift Dress – $98.90

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Halogen Seamed Ponte Knit Dress – $65.90

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Bow Crepe A-line Dress – $98.90

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Caslon Plaid Shirtdress – $44.90

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Eliza J Windowpane Print Shift Dress – $91.90

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Eliza J Ruffle Hem Fit and Flare Dress – $98.90

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Articles of Society Skinny Jeans – $38.90 – have these jeans in a different style and love them!!

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AG Legging Jean – $163.90

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Paige Verdugo Ankle Skinny Jeans – $124.90

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Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan – $76.90

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Trouve Cold Shoulder Sweater – $52.90

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Caslon Space Dye Tunic Sweatshirt – $29.90

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Halogen Tunic Sweater – $44.90

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Halogen Oversize V Neck Sweater – $39.90

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Halogen Textured Tunic – $49.90

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Halogen Ruffle Front Blouse – $49.90

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Halogen Leather Peplum Shell – $99.90

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Charles Grey Wool Blend Cape Coat – $179.90

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Halogen Collarless Leather Jacket – $198.90

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Hue Microsuede Leggings – $31.90

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Spanx Faux Leather Leggings – $64.90

 

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Zella Live In Leggings – $33.90

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Natori Feathers Bra – $44.90 – This is my favorite bra, supportive but pretty – order a cup size up

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Josie Robe – $39.90

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Halogen Over the Knee Boot – $109.90

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Sam Edelman Fringed Bootie – $99.90

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Charles David Sabrina Pump – $69.90

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Sole Society Ellie Backpack – $29.90

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BP Zip Detail Faux Leather Tote – $31.90

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BP Faux Leather Drawstring Tote – $35.90

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Kendra Scott Elle Earrings – $35.90

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Kendra Scott Mystic Cuff – $49.90

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Kate Spade Mini Square Earrings – $20.90

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Half Yearly Sale Picks

Hi everyone!! Ready for Memorial Day weekend? I know I am! I spent last weekend in Austin for my annual girl’s trip and this weekend I’m headed with a few other friends to Connecticut for a little getaway. Love a 3 day weekend!

Nordstrom’s half yearly sale is on and now is the time to get some great summer items for a steal for all of your summer getaways!

Ivanka Trump Studded Strappy Sandal – $83.96

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BP Stone Fringe Necklace – $10.98

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BP Square Stud Earrings – $9.98

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BP Summers Wedge Sandal, lots of colors – $39.90

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Vince Camuto Eila Sandal – $65.90

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Vince Camuto Sleeveless Pleat Front Blouse – $41.40

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AG Roll Cuff Skinny Jean – $149.90

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Sam Edelman Evan Sandal – $89.90

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BP Chain Fringe Pendant Necklace – $11.98

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Vince Camuto Baeden Sandal – $77.37

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BP Woven Print Shorts – $22.80

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Socialite High Neck Dress – $20.40

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Lush High Neck Maxi Dress – $28.80

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Sole Society Laser Cut Tote – $35.96

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Adelyn Rae Crepe Scarf Print Romper – $55.20

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Happy Shopping!


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