Dresses For A Late Winter/Early Spring Event

My son’s annual school fundraising art auction is this weekend, and deciding what to wear to a dressy event this time of year can be a bit of a predicament. While I want to wear a pretty spring dress…the reality is it is still winter and pretty chilly outside. Today I wanted to share a few options I selected for myself, as well as some other options that would be great for any upcoming weddings, fundraisers, or any other occasion that calls for dressing up during this in between season.

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This is the dress I ultimately chose for myself which really fits our theme of “Together We Are A Masterpiece” and goes well with the Van Gogh Starry Night painting we are using as our design and decor inspiration. Also being long sleeved and below the knee I feel a bit more covered up for a chilly March evening!

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This dress was my other option and while I absolutely love this one, I felt it was less on theme and also a bit revealing with the high slit for a school related function. This dress is truly stunning though, and I kind of want to hang onto it in case another event comes up!

Here’s a few other pieces I had considered as well and would all be great options for events coming up in the next few months!

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Currently Craving: Sustainable Spring Style

I love that so many clothing brands are offering sustainable options, and even just making small efforts to be environmentally conscious can make a huge difference! As I’m starting to think ahead to spring wardrobe updates, I want to make more of an effort to look into sustainable choices. Today I wanted to share some great options I’ve come across that are on my wishlist!

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One :: This cardigan is perfect for casual mom wear. I totally envision wearing this running errands or brunching paired with sneakers and jeans.

Two :: Adding a pretty Reformation dress to my wardrobe is at the top of my spring wish list

Three :: I definitely need a few more basic tees, and I really like the color of this one

Four :: I’ve been crushing on these shoes for awhile, and these are a must have for me for this spring and summer

Five :: I’m really craving light wash jeans for spring! This straight leg style is so on trend.

Six :: This raincoat is perfect for all those spring showers

Seven :: Classic aviators are a must have for spring

Eight :: Puffy bags are having a moment, and this $45 oversized tote could double as a weekender bag

Nine :: I have some leggings from this brand and I definitely want to check out their affordable sports bras

Ten :: Another pair of light wash denim that I’m eyeing

Eleven :: This is what spring break vacation dress dreams are made of

Twelve :: This beachy looking cotton sweater is so versatile

Thirteen :: This is the perfect denim jacket

Fourteen :: I have a pair of these that I’ve had for years and are still in perfect shape! I’m eyeing some of the other fun color options for spring.

Fifteen :: I’m on the hunt for a few cute, affordable one piece suits. This under $50 option looks high end.

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Cozy Loungewear (For Dreary Winter Days)

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When the weather is cold and gloomy, I definitely spend a lot more time indoors than I do the rest of the year. It’s easy to get in a bit of a funk and not want to get out of pajamas on lazy weekends, but there’s something to be said about getting dressed that really helps lift your spirits. I’ve found that wearing a cute and cozy loungewear set around the house definitely helps perk me up a bit. Today I’m sharing some really cute sets to help you beat those winter blues.

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One (Top/Bottom) :: This set is sitting in my cart right now – I’m partial to the blue color but there are a few other options too

Two (Top/Bottom) :: The smocking on this set is really cute – also comes in black and gray

Three (Top/Bottom) :: This set is really fun for Valentine’s Day

Four  (Top/Bottom) :: This set is on the pricey side, but I love this dark leopard print

Five (Top/Bottom) :: This set is 40% off and I really love this teal color

Six (Top/Bottom) :: The star print and pop of leopard just make this a really fun and cheery set

Seven (Top/Bottom) :: This lilac color is giving me all the spring feels, but this comes in a few other color options as well

Eight :: This set is under $12 and comes in several color options

Nine :: This is just the perfect, everyday set and can definitely be worn out and about too

Ten :: This under $30 ribbed set has a ton of positive reviews and comes in a number of color options

Eleven (Top/Bottom) :: This dusty rose color is really pretty

Twelve (Top/Bottom) :: This high quality set comes in some great color options

Thirteen :: This cable knit set is so cute and on sale (and under $35)

Fourteen (Top/Bottom) :: This breathable set looks lightweight enough to sleep in too

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Winter Boots That Are Actually Stylish

Winter Boots That Are Actually Stylish

My Coat | Sweater | Similar Tee | Leggings | Boots | Hat | Evan’s Boots | Evan’s Snowsuit

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Just because it’s cold and snowy out, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your footwear style! The hiking boot trend is still huge this season, and lots of winter boot brands are making really cute, stylish boots that look good while still being waterproof and warm. Today I’m rounding up some of my top picks!

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One – Love the pop of leopard

Two – The slight wedge will give you a little added height but be comfortable all day

Three – A Kate Middleton approved brand and these are so cool

Four – On the pricey side, but I love everything about these

Five – These are kinda crazy…but I’m a sucker for shearling and they are 60% off

Six – All the Isabel Marant vibes but for a fraction of the cost

Seven – I’ve been really drawn to winter white lately, and I also love the green laces

Eight – All the comfort of Uggs, but waterproof

Nine – These are just a great, go with anything, pair of hiking boots

Ten – I have these in brown and loooove them. The brown color I have is sold out but  they are still available in dark brown & black here, and this leopard is also really fun and on sale

Eleven – These are such a cool hybrid of a sneaker and a boot, and Sorel is my favorite winter boot brand

Twelve – Perfect rain boots for a bit warmer climate

Thirteen – These look JUST like Sorel and are only $27

Fourteen – When it is super cold and snowy, these boots can’t be beat. I’ve had mine for years and they are still in great condition

Fifteen – These are called the “perfect winter boot” and they really are the perfect, everyday boot when you are dealing with daily cold and snow

Sixteen – These Meghan Markle approved boots are perfect for any snowy situation

Seventeen – I have these as well and they are really comfortable and water resistant (and on sale)

Eighteen – These look like the perfect comfortable boots to wear to and from (and around) the ski resort

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New Year’s Eve Outfit Inspiration

New Year’s Eve is only a few days away, and today I wanted to share a few outfit ideas if you are still in need of some last minute inspiration!

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Top | Skirt | Shoes | Bag


Touch Of Sparkle

Sweater (Banana Republic, old – similar) | Pants (H&M, old – similar) | Shoes | Similar Earrings | Bag


Fresh Winter Whites

Sweater | Skirt (Similar) | Headband | Shoes | Bag


Playful Feathers

Sweater | Skirt (Banana Republic, old – similar) | Shoes | Bag | Similar Earrings


Casual Metallic

Top | Jeans | Pumps (J Crew, old – similar) | Bag | Similar Earrings

Wishing you a wonderful and safe New Year’s!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 First Look: Catalogue Picks and Shopping Tips

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 First Look: Catalogue Picks and Shopping Tips

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale catalogue for 2019 has dropped and guys – it’s good! I’ve already got my eye on several must haves and today I wanted to share the pieces I’m already loving, my recommendations for the best buys from the sale, and shopping tips to help you make the most of the sale. (See the full catalogue here)

MY CATALOGUE PICKS

I’ve got my eye on this gorgeous sweater/tweed skirt combo! (Chelsea28 sweater $49.90 after sale $79 // Halogen pencil skirt $58.90 after sale $89)Love this plaid coat – which also has a removable faux fur collar! (Kenneth Cole New York coat $198.90 after sale $300)img_2373

This is a great time to grab Hunter boots! $99.90 after sale $150

Nordstrom signature sweaters are so good and I love the look of this mock neck one. (Nordstrom Signature pullover $185.90 after sale $279)

I’m loving the peek of this ribbed dress – perfect transition piece! (Topshop dress $35.90 after sale $55)img_2374This tweed blazer is perfection and looks so much more expensive than it is! (Halogen $98.90 after sale $149). I also have my eye on those plaid pumps! (Louise Et Cie Plaid pumps $79.90 after sale $119.95

BP cardigans are always a super popular sale item! This leopard print one is so on trend and I have a feeling it will go fast! (BP sweater $45.90 after sale $69) img_2375

Snakeskin is still trending strong for fall and these Vince mules are gorgeous ($214.90 after sale $325)

Really liking the look of this Vince sweater – I’m curious to see the other color options as well! ($215.90 after sale $325)img_2376

So many good denim options! AG Farrahs are my favorite fitting style of jean so I have my eye on these! I’ve also been loving the straight leg look these days, and I’m really liking the look of the AG Prime jeans as well! (AG jeans $149.90 after sale $225)

The teddy bear coat is baaaack! Love the chestnut color of this one (Kenneth Cole New York Coat $138.90 after sale $208)img_2377

I have a nearly identical pair of booties to these and they are workhorses in my fall wardrobe. Can’t believe what a great price these are! (BP bootie $69.90 after sale $109.95)img_2378This Diptyque Five-Candle set would make an amazing gift – you could even break them up to give as individual hostess or teacher gifts during the holidays! ($55 – $75 value). And I’m really excited about this Charlotte Tilbury Lip Kit! I bought one at the sale a few years ago which didn’t include the gloss…so I’m definitely snagging this one! ($60 – $78 value). I also love getting a little more bang for my buck and buying La Mer when it comes in a gift set like this ($90 – $116 value).img_2379-1I hadn’t initially considered taking a look at athleisure/workout wear during the sale, but this sneak peek is changing my mind! I have these Alo leggings and looove them! (Alo High Waist Leggings $75.90 after sale $114). I’m also really loving the athleisure sweater/sweatshirt options, particularly the Alo Pullover ($51.90 after sale $78), Sweaty Betty Crop Sweatshirt ($49.90 after sale $75), and the Zella Wrap ($45.90 after sale $69). I would love to grab a new pair of Nike Frees too! ($82.90 after sale $110).img_2380My beloved Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is back ($54 after sale $78), as well as my favorite pjs the Nordstrom Lingerie Pajamas ($35.90 after sale $55). The always popular Barefoot Dreams Cardigan (#6) is back too – this one will sell quickly so if you want it act fast! ($76.90 after sale $116). And the Natori Rose Dream Bra (#12) has caught my eye as well! ($47.90 after sale $72).img_2381For men, this classic Ferragamo reversible belt is a great buy and something that never goes on sale ($295.90 after sale $395) and this Tumi carry on is another great investment piece ($501.90 after sale $750).

Past Sale Best Buys

If you aren’t exactly sure what to buy at the sale, I wanted to share my favorite, no regrets purchases from past years sales. These are the categories I really focus on, to make sure I’m getting what I feel are the buys and value from the sale.

Kids outerwear Last year I got each of my kids North Face coats and let me tell you – that was probably my best purchase from the sale last year. My kids wore the heck out of their coats all winter and the anniversary sale price for brands like North Face and Patagonia can’t be beat! I also grabbed Evan a super cute Patagonia fuzzy jacket last year – and kids outerwear is definitely one of the first categories I will be browsing again this year. While most of the kids clothing doesn’t have a high sell out risk and you can wait until later in the sale to buy kids clothing, outerwear is the exception and the good pieces won’t last long!

Sweaters and outerwear I have a major sweater addiction but I feel like you can never have too many! I purchased several great sweaters at the sale last year, and already have my eye on a few this year. One splurge I like to make almost every year at the sale is a luxe, cashmere sweater. There are also always so many great outerwear options, from trendy to classic investment pieces.

Designer jeans Nordstrom always has several great designer jeans options in the sale, and this year is no exception!

Shoes This is a great time to grab classic fall staple shoes like boots/booties, menswear inspired loafers, or Hunter boots. Nordstrom also always has some really fun trendy options as well (like those gorgeous Vince mules!).

Beauty A few of my favorite beauty brands like La Mer and Charlotte Tilbury will included in the sale again this year! Kiehls Creme de Corps jumbo body lotion is a great buy and one bottle lasts me all year! These are all products I buy anyway, so I love getting them on sale.

Pajamas/Lingerie Nordstrom Lingerie Moonlight Pajamas are my absolute favorite pajamas, and I will definitely be grabbing a pair in the sale again this year. Also keep an eye out for Barefoot Dreams robes which are amazing (they aren’t always included but hopefully will be this year)! I pretty much only buy bras during this sale as well and my favorite Calvin Klein bra is typically included.

Gifts This is a great time to start thinking ahead to Christmas and/or just grabbing gifts to have for birthdays/weddings/showers, etc. A friend gifted me these Le Creuset Au Gratin Dishes from the sale last year for my birthday and it was the BEST gift! I have also gifted the Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket after grabbing it in the sale, and it is a no-fail gift anyone would love.

Sale Shopping Tips

First of all, if you are new to the sale you may be wondering – why is this sale so great?! What makes this sale unique is that unlike most sales where a store discounts end of season merchandise to make room for new inventory – this sale is 40% off new season items! That’s right – you can shop early for all of your fall and winter essentials at end of season prices!

If you aren’t already a Nordstrom cardholder, it’s definitely worth getting the card so you can get early access on July 12th. You can apply for a card here and Nordstrom is also offering a $60 note to apply towards your Nordstrom purchases for signing up! It’s a pretty great deal!

If you don’t want to get a card, you can still sign up for the Nordstrom Reward Program! It’s completely free and you will earn a $20 note for every 2,000 points accrued.

Shop early! Last year on the first day of early access I was slowly adding things to my online cart thinking I would take a day or two to decide what I wanted. To my surprise, by the end of the first day half of my cart was sold out and I was hugely disappointed! And when I did finally check out, I ended up getting an email notification later that some of my ordered items had sold out and couldn’t be fulfilled. While I’m certainly hoping Nordstrom does a little better job with accurate inventory and avoiding this frustration for their customers this year, I’m not chancing it and will be grabbing my must-haves immediately this year!

Check back regularly. While I missed out on several things the first day, I kept checking back and fortunately pretty much everything I wanted came back into stock before the sale was over. While last year Nordstrom didn’t make full restocks of many very popular items, people make tons of returns, so stock is continually fluctuating. That said – if there is something you REALLY must have, don’t chance it and wait. Nordstrom always offers free returns should you change your mind. And if you are planning on shopping in store, you can buy online and pick up at your local store to ensure you don’t miss it!

Use your triple points day on your first day shopping the sale. What I like to do is grab all of my must have items and items that I know have a high sell out risk on the first day of the sale and also make that my Personal Triple Points Day at checkout. You earn a $20 note for every $334 spent, which means you can go back later during the sale to grab other items that have a lower sell out risk at an even deeper discount with accrued notes!

Key Dates for the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

  • July 9 – 11: Icon status early shopping in-stores
  • July 11th: Pre-sale for Icon and Ambassador status starts online and in-stores
  • July 12th (12:30pm EST): Early access begins for all Nordstrom card holders
  • July 18th: Last day of early access
  • July 19th: Public access begins
  • August 4th: Sale ends

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Independence Day Edit

Independence Day Edit

Dress // Espadrilles // Tote (love this similar option!) // Sunglasses // Earrings (similar)

Fourth of July is just around the corner, and today I wanted to share a few cute outfit inspiration ideas! For the 4th I’m always drawn to classic Americana (think denim/chambray, gingham, and stripes) and of course dressing in red, white and blue. Here’s a few patriotic pieces I’m loving.

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I also wanted to share some great sales happening this week!

SALE REPORT

J Crew End-of-season sale. Take 40% off sale styles with code BIG

Asos 15% off select new styles with code ASOSNEW15. Also further reductions in sale section up to 70% off.

Revolve Summer styles up to 65% off

Macy’s Shop the one day sale for up to 40% off select styles site wide, plus free shipping on orders $49+ (valid 6/21-6/22)

BHLDN Up to 50% off at the semi-annual sale through 6/21

Saks Fifth Avenue Designer sale up to 70% off

Banana Republic Take 40% off must have styles

& Other Stories Take up to 50% off select styles site wide

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Trend I’m Loving: Hair Accessories

Trend I’m Loving: Hair Accessories

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One trend that has been huge this spring is hair accessories! I tend to get in a rut with my hair and style it the same way every day, but all of the cute on-trend accessories have really been encouraging me to branch out a bit and try out some new styles. All of these styles are so simple, yet just add a little something extra which is perfect for a busy mom on the go!

Scarf (Zara – similar)

Headband

Ribbon (J Crew, similar)

 

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Spring Trend I’m Loving: Paperbag Waist

Spring Trend I’m Loving: Paperbag Waist

Top // Pants // Shoes // Bag // Hair Clips // Watch

I first started loving this trend last summer and bought several pairs of shorts and a skirt with paperbag waists – and I’m so glad the trend is still going strong this spring! I personally love the look of a really defined waist and I feel like it is really flattering (especially at hiding the mummy tummy!). I had actually spotted a mom wearing the blue pants I’m wearing below at my sons Taekwondo studio and she looked so incredibly chic I immediately snagged them along with the black pair! I think these pants look great dressed up a bit as I’m wearing them – but also look great dressed down with a simple tee and sneakers or sandals.

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And here are a few more cute (& super affordable) pieces I’ve been eyeing!PaperbagBoard

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