Saturday, July 22, 2017

Weekly Top Finds

Just popping in quickly to share some great pieces that are currently on sale at Old Navy - I had posted this on my Facebook page earlier in the week, but wanted to highlight it here as well.  Right now, they are offering 30% off your online order (no code needed) until midnight tonight!  I just ordered this hooded cardigan, these raw-hem jeans & this workout top (also in short-sleeve). Some of you who live in warmer climates mentioned that you're still shopping for summer styles and many of you have committed (like me) to only buy new pieces for next season - so I've included both options here.  A few more notable sales worth mentioning:

Ann Taylor: 40% off everything or 50% off with your AT card using code MUSTSHOP - loving these raffia sandals, this ruffle-sleeve top & these drop earrings.

Anthropologie: 20% off full-price styles (no code needed; discount taken at checkout) - I just ordered these cool earrings & this reversible pullover.  Also, for those of you who are teachers, you can get 20% off full-price items now through September 11th (just sign up here).

LOFT: 50% off everything with code SUMMER17 - sale standouts include this striped top, & my favorite slim pants - also, how flattering does this dress look?!




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Friday, July 21, 2017

Nordstrom Sale Try-Ons + Top Picks

For those of you who have been patiently waiting, today is the day that Nordstrom opens their Anniversary Sale to the general public!  I decided to do another post highlighting a few top picks & I'm also sharing my personal reviews for the items I purchased from the sale.  You can view my first post with a comprehensive round-up of the best pieces here.

I tried to approach the sale differently this year - to be honest, I have plenty of fall clothes, so there weren't significant wardrobe gaps that I needed to fill - for that reason, I didn't purchase any booties, handbags or jeans (even though there are many great options included in the sale).  I didn't want to get so blinded by the lowered prices that I impulse purchased too many things...so I tried to be strategic & smart with my shopping.  

WHAT I BOUGHT & LOVED


1) Tie-Front Pullover (comes in 6 colors - wearing an X-Small)
This was one of my absolute favorite purchases - it's unbelievably soft & comfortable & will be great for lounging around the house or for running errands on the weekend.  I'd recommend sizing down for a more fitted look, but if you like your tops a bit more slouchy, you can order your usual size.  (Similar Jeans // Satin Sneakers)

2) Cashmere Vest (also in black, charcoal, navy & camel)
This was definitely a splurge item for me, but I've learned that cashmere is always worth the investment.  This is so soft & really lightweight, so it will be a versatile layering piece this fall - I can see this being my go-to for travel! (Similar Striped Tee // Similar Faux Leather Pants // Similar Pumps)


3) Striped Off-The-Shoulder Top (also in gray, black stripe & black - wearing a Small)
I'm a sucker for stripes and I loved the unusual colors on this top.  It's slightly fitted with a good amount of stretch, so I found it to be really flattering.  I also plan on wearing this with jeans & over-the-knee boots.  Warning: this might not work for petites - it has a generous length through the torso & the sleeves.  (Similar Skirt // Similar Peep-Toe Booties // Earrings)

4) Suede Moto Jacket (also in brick & gray - wearing a Small)
Another splurge item, but I've been wanting a jacket this color for years!  The suede feels so luxurious and the rich cognac hue is perfect for fall.  This one has more of a slim fit compared to most moto jackets (which can be quite boxy), so if you want to layer it over chunkier sweaters, you might want to go up a size. (Similar Sweater // Similar Jeans // Similar Flats)

** Three other items I've ordered but haven't arrived yet are this short-sleeve tee (in black/white stripe), this dress (in burgundy) & this long-sleeve tee (in white/black stripe) - I'm happy to share my thoughts on sizing & quality once they arrive!

WHAT I BOUGHT & RETURNED

These run small, so my usual size (27) was a bit too snug.  I also thought the fabric felt really cheap and it made squeaking noises when I moved around.  For those reasons, they got returned & I decided to order this pair instead, which everyone seems to be raving about!

I have been needing a new pair of black flats, so these looked promising.  They are beautiful in person & the quality did impress me, but they run a bit narrow and I didn't care for the amount of "toe cleavage" they showed.  I really wished these had worked because they are so gorgeous.  If you have a slimmer foot & don't mind less coverage on the top of your foot, I would recommend giving them a try (I found these ran true to size).  Another more classic option are these leather scalloped flats.

I have a hard time finding over-the-knee boots that work for me and these fit amazingly well through the leg.  But because they were so tailored at the ankle, they made my feet look huge & clunky in proportion (I wear a size 9.5).  I also didn't feel that the quality lived up to the price, especially since this is more than I'd usually spend on boots.  If you're looking for a similar option, these get great reviews & are under $90.

MORE SALE FAVORITES



ONE (comes in 5 colors) // TWO // THREE // FOUR (also in tan & taupe) // FIVE (also in black) // SIX
SEVEN (also in taupe) // EIGHT (burgundy option here) // NINE // TEN (also in black check)
ELEVEN (also in black, blush & pewter) // TWELVE // THIRTEEN (also in black & brown)
FOURTEEN // FIFTEEN // SIXTEEN // SEVENTEEN // EIGHTEEN // NINETEEN (also love these)
TWENTY // TWENTY-ONE // TWENTY-TWO (also in burgundy & olive) // TWENTY-THREE

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Anniversary Sale Beauty & Home

Several of you were requesting to see options from different categories for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so today I'm rounding up my top beauty picks & items for the home.  Tomorrow is when the sale goes live to the public, so if you're not a cardholder, I recommend bookmarking any item(s) you're interested in today so you can quickly add them to your cart & checkout first thing in the morning.  Nordstrom typically does a restock, but items are selling out so quickly this year!  Tomorrow I will be sharing photos & full reviews for the pieces I purchased, including what I loved & what I returned.


ONE // TWO // THREE // FOUR // FIVE
SIX // SEVEN // EIGHT // NINE // TEN


ONE // TWO // THREE // FOUR
FIVE // SIX // SEVEN // EIGHT // NINE
TEN // ELEVEN // TWELVE // THIRTEEN

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Perfectly Pressed


Anyone who knows me well knows that I can be a bit of a neat freak - I inherited this trait from my mom and, even though it's often seen as a negative quality, I like to view it as a personality strength.  This "obsession" (as my husband likes to call it) extends to our cars, home decor & organization, my office space & closet...and especially my wardrobe.  



When it comes to my closet, I like to have things a certain way, so keeping my clothes freshly laundered & wrinkle-free is a top priority.  There's nothing worse than reaching for what you want to wear only to find that it needs to be pressed...especially when you're running short on time in the morning.  During the summer months, I find that so many of the clothes I wear are rayon, silk or linen...so I have to be extra vigilant in order to keep them looking pristine.  




Finding a high-quality steamer has been essential to ensuring that my clothes look good at all times.  And, over the years, I've come up with a simple method to keep my wardrobe ready to wear, so I thought I'd share with you today 4 easy steps that you can incorporate into your schedule to make this happen:

1) After the laundry is done, set aside any wrinkled clothes on a separate rack or in a designated part of your closet, so you know they need to be steamed before they can be worn.  I use this foldable garment rack that rolls so I can easily move it where I need it to be.



2) Invest in good quality hangers - I swear by these because not only does the slim profile help create more hanging space in my closet, but even the slinkiest fabrics won't slip off while I'm steaming them. (Luggage // Rug // Similar Wall Art // Embellished Sandals // Metallic Sandals)



3) Set aside 15-20 minutes each week that you can dedicate to steaming your clothes - like any other household chore, you can stay on top of it if you are consistent.  This way, the clothes don't pile up over time and it doesn't feel as overwhelming.

4) Turn on some music to lighten the mood - there's something about doing this that makes it feel less like I'm doing "housework".  This is a trick I use with my kids too - they have a much more enthusiasm when I ask them to clean their room if they can listen to their favorite CD while they tidy up (and sometimes this turns into a family dance party when we're all done!).





I've always used a steamer for my daily needs but the model I have is several years old and not holding up as well as I'd hoped after multiple uses & regular travel.  So, it was definitely time for an upgrade and I was happy to test out this Rowenta Steam 'N Press Handheld Steamer, which works like a charm & is affordably priced! 





The first thing I noticed is how compact & lightweight this model is, which makes it perfect for packing to bring on trips with me.  It has variable controls that allow you to select a different setting based on the type of fabric + a metal soleplate that doubles as an iron to help press out even the most stubborn wrinkles (something my previous model didn't have).
  

Thanks to the large water tank, you can steam clothes for 15 minutes before needing to refill (that's up to 5 shirts!). It also comes with a water cup (so you won't overfill), a fabric brush & lint pad (so handy for different knits) & a travel pouch to keep everything tidy in your suitcase.  Best of all, it's less than $30, so you don't have to spend a fortune to look your best in all those summer favorites.  I'd love to hear if you have any organizational or time-saving tips for staying on top of the laundry in your house!



Thank you to Rowenta for kindly sponsoring this post.
All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

30 Under $20

As we near the end of the season, retailers are already starting to release their new fall arrivals...which means that all those summer styles are getting seriously marked down!  Even though I've committed to not purchase any more warm-weather pieces, for those of you who are looking, this is a great time to stock up & save!  I've rounded 30 of the best picks for you below and everything is just $20 or less!  I was thrilled to find my favorite tees on sale - these come in 7 different colors & hold up great wash after wash & wear after wear (runs true to size).  Let me know if you would like to see more summer pieces in next month's edition or if you'd prefer for me to feature more transitional & pre-fall styles.


1) Flutter-Sleeve Tee (w/ code SHOPSUMMER) // 2) Denim Shorts // 3) Dainty Stone Pendant

MORE UNDER $20


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