Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Okay friends, it’s that time of year: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Is it a coincidence that it occurs near my birthday? I think not. Does this make it easy on the hubs when it comes to gift-giving? I should say so.¬†One look back at my front steps last year during the N-Sale will give you a good indication of how much I like to take advantage of the timing of this epic sale.

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Now, I don’t keep everything. I don’t even WANT to keep everything. I order multiple sizes, colors and styles of items that I already love, items I’ve been waiting to go on sale, and items I’ve seen other bloggers post about. Some work, some don’t. But it’s a great way to get a head start on your Fall/Winter wardrobe at prices you can’t beat. Plus, there’s free shipping both ways, so there’s no risk, really.

So, with that being said, here is my “Darling Dozen”–those items that I will be buying today when early access for cardholders begin. Some are “tried and true” and some are a stretch. But stay tuned and I will keep you posted of how I like each item as they come in.

 

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1. Let’s start with my favorite Zella live-in leggings. These guys are literally a staple of my winter wardrobe and I have them in multiple colors. They are high-waisted, they don’t sag or ride up, they are completely opaque and now, they have POCKETS! Yassss! It’s true! I wear them to work out of course, but I also wear them with boots and sweaters all. winter. long.

2. Hubby got me some of these Sperry Saltwater boots for Christmas and I LOVE them. It’s so weird to say that about snowboots, but it’s true! They are so comfortable and they keep my feet toasty warm in the rain/snow. I’m really digging this grey color too ūüėČ

3. Barefoot Dreams literally makes the coziest items EVER! And while I have several BD cardis, this year I’m so pumped about getting the Cozy Chic blanket! These things are super pricey, but thanks to the Nordy Sale, it’s under $100 finally so I’m taking advantage. Happy birthday to me!

4. Wit & Wisdom’s Absolution Skinny Jeans are hands down my favorite jeans of all time. They fit like a glove (size down) and have a hidden elastic waist that makes them basically as comfy as your favorite leggings. These are definitely a closet staple!

5. I’m super excited about this leopard print blush top. Puff sleeves aren’t usually my jam, but I love the pattern and colors and think it will be a fun night-out top. This could be a total flop, so stay tuned for my Insta post with try-on pics once things start coming in.

6. I’m a vest-kind-of-girl and if you are too, then you’ll want this one.¬† It comes in other colors but they are all great basics for cooler temps and super comfy to boot.¬† Patagonia rarely goes on sale so stock up while you can!

7. I have several pairs of UGGS but none like these Melrose booties. I love the shorter height and of course the sheer comfort of all that ultra plush shearling inside.¬† I’m thinking these will be great with a pair of jeans or leggings alike.

8. I discovered these v-neck tees during last year’s Anniversary Sale and so wish I had bought several more! This year, I’m planning to buy at least one striped and several solid. They aren’t clingy and they hold up really well in the wash. Plus, they look great with a pair of shorts or layered under cardis once temps cool off.

9. I have been obsessing over these leopard pumps and think they’d be the perfect pop for a little black dress, some dark jeans, or really, whatever! Sam Edelman makes the best shoes and this particular style is a crowd favorite.

10. Like I said before, Barefoot Dreams is pretty much what dreams are made of and I make it a point to buy a piece from their line during each Anniversary Sale when the prices are so good.¬† I’ve decided that the Cozy Chic Circle Lit style is my fave since I’m so petite. It doesn’t swallow me like some of the other styles but still feels like I’m in pajamas all day when I wear it.¬† I’m excited this year for this new burgundy color so hopefully it will be as amazing as I think it will be ūüėČ

11. I bought these black faux leather leggings last year, even though I refused to try them the year before when everyone else was dying over them. Shame on me though because boy did I miss out!¬† I’m so glad I went out on a limb last year because they quickly became my go-to pair of leggings!¬† Not only are they super comfy and flattering thanks to all their suck-in magic, but they really kick your whole look up a notch or two. They look equally amazing with sneaks as they do with booties too!

12. And last up on my wish list is this darling leopard lace-trimmed cami.¬† I bought the black one last year and found myself grabbing it again and again to wear under long cardis, so I thought a printed one would be fun to add to my closet this year.¬† I know it looks like lingerie and a little “wild” for someone traditional like me, but I always think a fun pop of leopard is appropriate and this is just that.

Hope you enjoyed my list, friends! Remember, Nordstrom cardholders can shop as of noon today (July 12th) and the public can shop beginning July 19th. Happy shopping!

Emily

 

 

#Nsale Finds 2018

So, as everyone knows, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing and if you are a cardholder, you are already enjoying the sales. If not, click here to change that….it’s not too late! Even if you don’t use the card for purchases, you earn points no matter how you pay, and with the addition of early access, it’s sort of a no-brainer. Okay, PSA complete. On to the fun stuff…..what I bought!

Now, I’m not saying I’m going to keep everything I bought (you hear that, hubby?).¬† But, I’m not saying I won’t either (sorry, not sorry). It just depends on how it fits and looks in person.¬† In order to give me the best chance of keeping the most though, I ordered lots of different items, sometimes in multiple colors and often in various sizes. This is key!¬† This is how I build the majority of my Fall/Winter wardrobe and since my birthday is in just a few weeks, this makes things easy-breezy for the hubs.

Tops

B.P. Raw Edged V-Neck Tee – $11.90

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$12 for a top is stupid cheap and this one is such a wardrobe essential that you really need to stock up and get as many as you can justify at that price.¬† I got several solids last year during the sale, so I opted for a striped one this time. I usually wear an XS in this, so I’d say it’s a generous fit.

Chelsea28 Lace Yoke Top – $45.90

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This is sort of a splurge for me at just under $50, but the lace detail is so lovely and will be great for the holiday season alone or under a cardi for a more casual look.¬† I ordered an XS based on the reviews….fingers crossed!

Gibson Cozy Fleece Tunic – $39.90

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I love anything made by Gibson and if you add the words “tunic” and “cozy”, I’m buying it. No doubt.¬† This comes in six colors but I chose the thin grey and white striped one because I think it will go with a ton. I love the hi-low hem and the seam down the middle. These little details make it a tad more interesting, but still an easy piece to pair with jeans or pants.

Cloud Nine Drape Jacket – $59.90

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I’m curious about this one and feel like it could go either way. If it’s microfiber, like it looks in the picture, I’ll likely send it back. But the fact that it’s convertible intrigues me and I figured it was worth a shot. That’s what I love about Nordstrom! You can order it, try it on, and send it back and it’s no big deal!¬† I ordered an XS in the “merlot” color.

Patagonia Performance Better Sweater – $94.90

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These babies have a cult following and I’m already a huge fan myself so I figured I’d grab another while it’s on sale.¬† The light grey color should go with everything and it will be great for those chilly Fall night soccer games. I typically wear an X-Small in these so I’d say they are pretty true to size.

Trouve Rib Funnel Neck Sweater – $52.90

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I’m all about cozy sweaters in the cold months and I think the funnel neck will be a nice detail.¬† I’m not sure about the teal color I chose, but at the time, it was either that or red, so we’ll see. It will either bring out my eyes or make me look like I’m twelve years old. I ordered a small based on reviews, and it may swallow me. Again, it’s all about trial and error!

Dreamers Exposed Seam Sweater – $29.90

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This is a real bargain at just under $30 and I feel like it’s totally worth a try. The reviews say it’s soft and comfy, which is exactly what I look for in my winter wardrobe.¬† I chose the mocha color since it was such a good neutral and ordered both a small and x-small since I’ll probably want to wear it with leggings and will need the length.

BlankNYC Moto Jacket – $64.90

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This is a ridiculously low price on a moto jacket and if the reviews are true, it looks a WHOLE lot more expensive than it is!¬† I ordered it in mushroom so it would go with more and I also got both a small and a medium since several reviewers said it ran small. I have been looking at these types of jackets for several years now, but have never pulled the trigger until now. I’m not sure I can pull it off, but with free shipping and returns, why not at least try? I like that the hood can be removed since I’m not sure how much of a hood-type-of-a-girl I am. Ya know?

Leith Ribbed Shawl Cocoon Sweater – $45.90

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The reviews on this are amazing and I remember it from last year’s sale. I also remember kicking myself for not picking it up then, so I made sure to get it this time. I got the XX-Small in Pink Adobe based on reviews and I’m really hoping it’s as dreamy as it looks. The rounded hem makes it a lot better fitted and all-around more flattering.

Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Lite Circle Cardigan – $76.90

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If you have ever tried anything from “Barefoot Dreams”, then you know how amazing the fabric is. It is literally the stuff dreams are made of!¬† I bought my first one two years ago during this sale and now make it a point to buy one every year.¬† I have also bought them as gifts and quickly earned the title of “Best Gift Giver Ever”.¬† Trust me, this is an absolute MUST! I always get an XS/S and it’s plenty roomy. I wear mine to lounge and out and about around town and I get tons of compliments and envious stares. Do yourself a favor and get one!

Natori Rose Dream Custom Coverage Underwire Bra – $47.90

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This bra is simply fantastic. It is comfortable and flattering and looks so good under any type of clothing!¬† I buy at least one of these every sale and this time I chose black.¬† I find it runs true to size and am seriously planning on slowly replacing every bra I have with one of these. I’ve learned the hard way that good bras are expensive. The key is to find them on sale like this and stock up!

Bottoms

Vince Camuto Textured Skinny Ankle Pants – $58.90

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This is a great price for a pair of nice pants and if they look anything on me like they do on the model, I’ll be happy as a clam!¬† I haven’t bought a new pair of black pants in far too long to admit, so at this price, it was a no-brainer.

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings – $64.90

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These were yet another item I regretted not buying during last year’s Anniversary sale.¬† From what everyone says, they are comfortable, flattering, and bring the whole leggings and sweater look up at least three levels. Sold! They aren’t cheap if you are comparing them to leggings, but if you compare them to leather pants, they are an absolute steal! I bought them in a small and cannot wait to try them on!

Wit & Wisdom Absolution Skinny Jeans – $44.90

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This is a fantastic price on this brand of jeans. Last year during the anniversary sale, I bought these in grey and I have absolutely LIVED in them! The elastic waist is ridiculously comfortable and the length is perfect for booties! I couldn’t resist buying another pair, so I ordered them in my regular size 2.

Zella Live-In High Waist Crop Leggings – $35.90

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I am a HUGE fan of Zella brand anything but their Live-In Leggings are by far my favorite item in my entire closet. They are so flattering and the high-waist keeps everything all tucked in like I like it.¬† I’ve never bought the cropped version and this graphite color looks like a great neutral.¬† I ordered them in my regular small size.

Shoes

I am pretty good on brown and tan boots and booties, but I have had black and/or grey ones on my list since last Fall.¬† These are the two that I bought from the sale. I may keep one or both, depending on how they fit and look with some of my other items.¬† They are both super cute with some fun details, so I’m eager to get them in and try them out.

Vince Camuto Pevista Bootie – $99.90

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Halogen Piper Bootie – $89.90

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So that’s my haul, from top to bottom….for now at least! There were still a few things I missed that sold out pretty quick, but if it’s anything like last year, I’ll keep checking back on them and they’ll likely be restocked. I suggest you do the same! Good luck and happy shopping!

Emily

Mad about Plaid this Christmas

Holiday celebrations range from casual to elaborate, and therefore so does appropriate attire.¬† I get lots of questions this time of year about what to wear to holiday parties, but most especially, on Christmas Day.¬† My answer would be, “Well, that depends….”.¬† Do your plans include a formal invitation or is it a longstanding tradition. If an invitation, did it include phrases like “Festive Cocktail”, “Christmas Casual”, or “Holiday Glam”? That can give you some direction on how to dress, as can the weather, the venue, and even the audience which you’ll be joining.

My family gathers at my in-laws’ home, along with several cousins, aunts, uncles, and even my own parents, sister, and brother-in-law.¬† Its an early evening dinner buffet filled with lots of good food, wine, and conversation. The kiddos are happily entertained by a playroom that is filled with the childhood toys of my husband and brother-in-law, which somehow withstood both time and two rowdy boys. Because it is a casual event only attended by immediate family, I can get away with jeans.¬† But, I do like to add some festive flair since it’s the last chance to do so for another year. This tartan vest is perfect, thanks to its cozy quilting and velvet trim, which dresses it up just the right amount. This particular one from Old Navy is sold out, but below I’ve linked a similar one that should do the trick!

Similar Tartan Vest – $34.99

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Another option would be a festive cardigan, like this one in buffalo check from Old Navy. It’s super cozy and a great length! Unfortunately, it too has sold out, but I’m linking a similar option that features darling suede elbow patches that pack a stylish punch.

Similar Buffalo Check Cardigan – $42

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Here’s another option and yes, another plaid…..hey, it’s Christmas, right? This tartan infinity scarf was a local find from my favorite boutique, Salon Dixie, but I’m linking a similar one below. While it’s a perfect Christmas day accessory, it will also take you all the way from Fall to Spring, making it a must-have item for your closet.

Tartan Infinity Scarf – $16.99

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Here are some other suggestions in case your plans require dressier attire….

Plaid off the shoulder flannel top – $27.50

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Tartan Blazer – $118

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Tartan heels – $55.97

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Tartan Shirt Dress – $39.98

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And if you’re lucky enough to get to stay in your jammies all day because you don’t have anywhere you HAVE to be, here are some options too!

Tartan Pajamas – $36.99

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Tartan Slippers – $17.99

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So in case you can’t tell, the one thing these items all have in common is that they’re a plaid or tartan pattern. That’s because it’s such a classic, traditional, and stylish pattern that will never go out of style.¬† So whether you’re glamming it up at a formal affair, or staying cozy by the fire with the your kiddos for the day, the right answer for what to wear on Christmas is always plaid!

Happy hunting, y’all!

My Christmas Wish List

As a Mom, it’s hard to find time to think about what we want or need. We’re so busy shopping for everyone around us that by the time it comes to our own wish list, it’s easy to come up empty.¬† So, in an effort to spark your imagination, I’m sharing my personal wish list for Christmas this year.¬† You’ll find splurges, steals, and everything in between, but hopefully, you’ll also find some ideas to pass on to your own friends and family or maybe even just go ahead and buy for yourself…..Lord knows you deserve it!

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  1. A good book is always high on my list of wants. I may not always have time to read daily, but I make it a priority to read regularly.¬† This book has gotten great reviews and was awarded the title of “Best Suspense Novel”, so it’s sure to keep you engaged.
  2. When Rebecca Minkoff came out with this chic little phone charger tassel, I was intrigued, but then disappointed to find out they were only for Iphones and over $50.  Fortunately, they are now made by a number of brands at a much lower price and for Androids too!  I love the idea of a stylish way to stay connected and this fits the bill.
  3. These faux leather leggings from Spanx have been on every blogger’s page recently, which tells me they must be pretty fabulous. But with the promise of supreme comfort, ultra-flattering fit, and stylish “leather” material that can be dressed up or down, they are definitely on my list of “must-try’s” this year!
  4. OTK or “over the knee” boots are all the rage this season and I’ve been lusting over grey ones for a while now.¬† These have gotten great user reviews and are an awesome price right now, making them ultra affordable!
  5. This bone link necklace has gone in and out of stock over the last couple of months due to its extreme popularity, but is currently back in stock and a great price for a statement piece! With such a neutral color, it can go with anything and would look great paired against a chunky sweater, basic tee, or simple dress.¬† I’m already dreaming of all the ways I want to style it, so Santa, you’d better come through ūüėČ
  6. Nothing says cozy like chenille so when you find lounge pants made out of them, you buy them!  These babies are half off right now, too!
  7. I wear ear buds to work out and to listen to my books when I’m cooking, walking the dog, or doing laundry. But, truth be told, mine could use an upgrade and these rose gold ones are just the ticket!¬† These would make a great stocking stuffer or a teen/tween gift too.
  8. I LIVE in my Patagonia Retool fleece pullovers, so I’m always in the market for another one.¬† This year they came out with a “Rosewater” color that is sheer perfection and therefore at the top of my list.¬† Once you try this thing on, you’ll be a believer….trust me.
  9. My husband sorta hates the perfume I’ve been wearing for the last seventeen years, so I’ve been sampling alternatives and am actually thinking I might like this one (Creme D’Nude) even more than my tried and true.¬† It is one of the fragrances inspired by MAC makeup’s lipstick shades, which I also love, and is just the right mix of musky and fresh.
  10. Everyone I know who has this new brand of shoes RAVES about them, so I’ve definitely had them on my list to try.¬† But when I saw that they had a leopard flat that looks like a million buck and feels like a tennis shoe, they shot up to the top of my list. If these truly are the holy grail of flats, offering maximum comfort without compromising style, then I’ll happily shell out full price for these any day.

So there you have it…..this year’s personal wish list. Now let’s just hope Santa sees it and is able to take advantage of some of the CYBER sales that are still going on over the next couple of days.¬† Happy hunting!

Winter Wear

I’m a Southern girl, which means I spend the majority of time in warm-weather attire. In fact, it’s mid-November and I’m just now busting out the sweaters. But, soon the temps will drop and we’ll even get a bout or two of snow, which will quickly make us realize how ill-equipped our closets are.¬† Unless of course you are reading this post, in which I’m going to tell you all of my favorite must-have pieces for the winter so you’ll be all kinds of ready!

First up is my go-to jacket and pretty much the standard uniform for all good Southern girls: the black puffer jacket.¬† North Face is my preferred brand thanks to their high-quality down and slim fit.¬† Even though this one is several years old, it still looks and feels great and the styles don’t change much, meaning I’ll be holding on to it for a good long while yet.¬† If you don’t have one in your closet yet, change that pronto.¬† For size reference, I’m wearing a small and I still have room to layer underneath. I also seriously adore this beanie with the fur pom pom. It isn’t so big that it overwhelms you like some do, but it’s long enough to pull comfortably over your ears, and looks adorable on pretty much everyone who wears it. At just $15, this would make a great stocking stuffer for any gal on your list!

Black Puffer Jacket // Black Pom Pom Beanie

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While my short puffer jacket is a great everyday option, sometimes even that isn’t enough on the super cold days or when I travel to colder areas.¬† That’s where the down-filled parka comes in handy.¬† This Vince Camuto one is on sale right now for a great price and has a fun “fur” trimmed hood for extra warmth, which can also be removed if that’s not your thing.¬† I ordered this in my regular size small and found it a little bigger than I felt comfortable in, so I ended up with an XS instead.¬† I got the grey color, but the navy and black would have been great, versatile options too!

Down Parka with Fur Trim

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And an item that’s still on my wish list, but I’m hoping not for much longer (hint, hint)…..these amazing duck boots.¬† Now, we’ve all had a pair back in the day, but they were way more functional than stylish. But I’d wear these babies any day of the week! I love the lace-up detail and the knee-high length.¬† Plus, they can be worn in the rain or snow!

Tall Duck Boots

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Lastly, let’s not forget rain gear. I don’t know if it’s a Memphis thing or what, but it seems like it’s ALWAYS raining! While I love my good ole Hunter wellies, these glossy booties have been giving them a run for their money lately.¬† Made by Sam Edelman, a personal favorite, they are way less clunky than the Hunter version and only $38.46 on sale!

Black Glossy Rain Booties

 

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Though I’ve lived in this Columbia SwitchBack Jacket for the last couple of years during the rainy weather, I realized recently that I needed something a bit dressier. This Cole Haan jacket, which hits at about mid-thigh, is still totally packable and comes with its own pouch.¬† The collar adds a hint of sophistication and the slim design is very flattering. Check out the tie detail on the back too! I’m really digging the eggplant color but the seaweed, champagne and indigo colors would have been fun options also.¬† It’s currently on sale for $129.90 and I’m wearing a small petite.

Packable Hooded Raincoat

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So, there you have it, folks. No excuses this year! Lots of great winter wear, all on sale. What are you waiting for? It’s not getting any warmer! Happy hunting….

Buffalove

I’m a sucker for a buffalo check, especially a red and black one. Even though it’s one of the most classic prints out there, it’s actually pretty trendy right now. From accessories like purses and scarves to sweaters and even pants, it’s the “it” print this Fall.¬† In fact, I’ve been teetering on the poncho trend for a while now, trying to determine whether or not it was something I could pull off at my size. But when I saw this red and black buffalo check poncho, I knew I had to try it!

Buffalo check poncho – $24.99

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I thought this would satiate my buffalove (a.k.a. love for buffalo check), but when I walked into Old Navy the other day, my heart skipped a beat…..there was buffalo plaid-a-plenty! They had it in a flannel shirt, of course, which is a winter staple for me. Here I am wearing the one I got last year from there with my new favorite black herringbone vest that’s a dupe for the J. Crew one.

Buffalo check flannel button-up – $24

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I was also really digging their buffalo check accessories….these are perfect accents to a basic black outfit or jeans and a white shirt combo.

Buffalo check socks – $10

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Buffalo check scarf – $15

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Buffalo check sneaks – $24.99

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Buffalo check purse – $29.99

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But I also really loved this cardigan, which was ultra-cozy and on sale for $25! Tip: Size down, as it runs rather large.

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Check out these buffalo check pants!¬†for $27. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen any like these, but I think they’d be awesome paired with a black sweater, a crisp white shirt, or even a denim top. They are made of ponte-knit, which is code for “ridiculously comfortable”, and feature a fun seam down the front, which dress them up a bit.

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And these uber-cute flannel pajama shorts are only $10 and would be a great stocking stuffer for any female in your life!

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So, that’s my roundup of all the buffalo-prints I’m swooning over lately.¬† What are your favorites? Happy hunting, friends!

“Faves under Fifty” from the Nordstrom Fall Sale

So, I know it feels like the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale was just yesterday and some of us may or may not still be paying off our bill from that. BUT, the fact remains that the Nordstrom Fall Sale is a good one and you won’t want to miss out!¬† If nothing else, it’s a great opportunity to buy Christmas gifts…..for yourself or others!¬† In fact, I already snagged one of these items for my mother-in-law, although I won’t say which one in case she’s reading this. And I am most definitely sending a few of these to my hubby, my Dad and my brother-in-law since, let’s be honest, men can almost always use some extra assistance with their Christmas shopping. At any rate, here are my favorites under $50:

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  1. Asymmetrical sweatshirt – $29.40
  2. Cowl Neck Poncho – $49.90
  3. Tie Hem Sweater – $49.90
  4. Thermal Tee – $40.80
  5. Ruffle Hem Tee – $35.90
  6. One Button Fleece Wrap – $39.90
  7. Rose Gold Sneaks – $35.96
  8. Fringe Infinity Scarf – $8.98
  9. Split Sleeve One Shoulder Top – $26.98
  10. Suede Clutch – $41.96

These are my favorites at a reasonable gifting price-point, but there are so many more items at great prices during the Fall Sale, which goes through November 12th.¬† Hurry and take a peek before it’s too late because sizes and items are going out of stock quickly! And as always, happy hunting!

Express yourself

I haven’t been to an Express since college, which was more than a decade ago (eek!). I guess their look just got too “young” for me somewhere along the way. But they’ve really matured they’re style in the last couple of seasons, and in a good way!¬† Their shoe game is especially strong right now and their selection of flats just oozes with sophistication. Here are some of my favorites, all of which are under $50:

Broken Heart Embroidered Patch Flats – $44.90

Calling all “Heart-Breakers”! These shoes are for you! They’d be so fun with an all-black ensemble, a red dress, or jeans and a crisp white shirt!

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Queen Bee Flats – $44.90

These “Queen Bee” flats have my name written all over them! Anyone else digging the “Blair from Gossip Girl” vibe?

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Ruffle Pointed Toe Flats – $49.90

These are both sophisticated and romantic and I adore the cross-strap ruffles! Can’t you just see these paired with a leather jacket?! Oh, the contrast!!

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“Eye Slay” Embroidered Patch Flats – $44.90

These babies say it all and remind me of some much-higher-priced shoes that can be found here and here.

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Velvet Knot Pointed Toe Flats – $49.90

Velvet and wine are a killer combo this season and these tootsies have both going for them!

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And last, but not least, my personal fave…..the pointed toe loafers! I bought these in the cognac color and L-O-V-E them!

Pointed Toe Loafers in Cognac – $39.90

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They are comfy and chic and feature a gold rimmed heel for that extra little touch. Unfortunately, they keep going in and out of stock, so I’m also linking them in the black and silver too, because they’re just as fab!

Black or silver Pointed Toe Loafers – $39.90

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You can’t go wrong with any (or all) of the above! Check out them out online or next time your’e near an Express store. Happy hunting!

Packing for Seattle: A three day trip

A few weeks ago I tagged along on a business trip with my hubby to Seattle–somewhere neither of us had visited before. From all the movies I’d seen, I knew to prepare for rain and cool temps, but I had no idea where to start! I can pack for the beach with my eyes closed. A weekend at the lake? No biggie! But Seattle in the Fall? That was a challenge! After a lot of trial and error, I ended up with lots of layers, colors that would easily mix and match, and things that were comfortable, yet stylish–not an easy feat!

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I needed outfits that I could build on as the day got cooler, and shed pieces from as the temps warmed up. For our 3-day trip, I ended up with three pairs of jeans (dark, burgundy, and grey), a quilted vest, two scarves, a military jacket, a fisherman sweater, a lightweight cardi, several long sleeved tees, and shoes (rain booties, which I never even wore, black sneakers, dark slide-on sneakers, though I didn’t need both, and neutral booties). Here are some of the ways I ended up pairing the individual pieces:

Grey Jeans // Black Quilted Vest // Burgundy Tee // Black Sneaks

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Burgundy Jeans // Military Jacket // Slip-on Sneaks

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Fisherman Lace-Up Sweater // Grey Jeans // Taupe Booties

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Here’s an example of how I changed one outfit throughout the day to accommodate the cooler/warmer temps. I started with jeans, a long sleeve tee, and a lightweight cardi. This was totally fine for exploring the museums, but once I headed outside for the walking tour, I added a vest and scarf for extra warmth. The cardi easily tucked up under the hem of my vest and both the vest and scarf were easy to throw in my bag if I went inside or the weather warmed up again.

Lightweight cardi // Similar striped peplum // Black Vest // Burgundy Jeans // Similar Grey Scarf

Other key items I’d recommend include: a rain jacket (but since it only sprinkles, don’t bother with an umbrella), a crossbody purse, and sunglasses (it did actually get sunny once or twice during our stay!).

Not planning a trip to Seattle or Northern Cali any time soon? No worries! Most of these tips could be applied for any Fall trip you have planned. It’s always a challenge, in my opinion, to look stylish while still trying to be practical. Just because you are a tourist doesn’t mean you have to look like one, right?

 

 

 

Getting #FallReady

Okay, so by now, about half of my items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale have come in and even though I figured I’d send half of them back, that has fortunately unfortunately not been the case. ¬†Everything has just been so darn cute and I am really digging the Fall trends. ¬†At a glance, the big colors of the upcoming season seem to be grey (duh) and burgundy and while the latter was a little hard to get used to for me, it’s definitely growing on me in a big way. ¬†So, without further adieu, here’s what I’m keeping from what I ordered and how I styled it:

First up are these slim utility pants from Caslon in the Olive Sarma color for under $50. I saw these last year and was on the fence about them, so I passed. But not this year. No siree! I was at least determined to try them on and I’m oh-so-glad I did! ¬†While my normal pant size (27) was too big and left me feeling a little frumpy, the 26’s were perfect. ¬†I love how the stretch makes them super comfy and how you can style them up or down. ¬†In the pic on the left, I’m also wearing the Free People¬†split-back turtleneck sweater with the B.P. leopard print pointy-toe flats from last year’s sale. ¬†I did not see the same shoes this go round, but I am linking some similar ones here. ¬†As for the sweater, it’s definitely one of my favorite purchases and a decent price at under $50. I worried that the back would be a little too “much”, but with a dark tee underneath, it’s pretty great–comfy enough to run around town in, but chic enough to wear to a meeting, lunch date, etc. For reference, I’m wearing an XS in the sweater.

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In the second pic, I’ve paired the utility pants with the Caslon Rounded V-Neck in grey and my trusty distressed vintage grey Converse sneakers (similar ones). Not only is this the perfect tee to have in your wardrobe, thanks to its uber comfy feel and perfect length, but it’s on sale for $18. It does run big, so size down. I’m wearing an XS and have plenty of room! This is an outfit I’d wear to volunteer at the kids’ school, run errands around town, or meet a vendor at a venue for a site meeting for my event. It’s casual without being sloppy and that’s just what this busy mama needs!

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I also bought the Kut from the Kloth “Donna” jeans in wine for $52. I told myself I would never wear another pear of jeans this color after wearing burgundy Girbaud jeans for the majority of my 8th grade year and still suffering from the trauma of it, but after seeing so many great reviews and pics of how they were styled, I caved and am not mad about it. Unfortunately, there are only limited sizes left in the burgundy jeans I bought in size 2, so I’m also recommending these from Caslon, which have lots of sizes left and are a little bit cheaper too. ¬†They get great reviews and I like the idea of the frayed hem, which you know is all the rage right now. In the first picture, I paired the burgundy jeans with a simple black roll-sleeve tunic¬†that I got at last year’s anniversary sale and is on sale again this year for $35 (praise Jesus, hallelujah!). If you don’t own this top, you need to fix that. Pronto. It’s a great basic that doesn’t wrinkle and looks just as great with distressed jeans as it does with work pants. I am wearing an XS, which fits great.

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Next, I styled them with this striped shirt from B.P.¬†for $19 in an XS (runs big!) and a fringed cardi from Old Navy. I know, I know, it’s not from Nordy, but I couldn’t resist not seeing how they would pair. And look how well they play together! So nice! I also added the B.P. Bar Pendant Necklace in gold. It is the perfect piece of simplicity and style to add to any outfit and is always the one piece of jewelry I grab when I don’t have time to coordinate something. ¬†To complete the look, I have on the B.P. Flared Heel Studded Booties in the grey suede. I love the edginess they lend an outfit and am really digging the studs. My husband, on the other hand, gave me a look that said, “Who do you think you are, a biker chic?” ¬†And I gave him one back that said, “Don’t make Mama mad.” And as they say, that was the end of that.¬†
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As much as I’d hoped to hate the Halogen Ruffle Jacket, since it was one of the higher-priced items I got at $89, and I’d bought soooo much already, I freakin’ loved it. Sigh. So, here I am, thinking about all the ways I could style it so that is worth every last penny! I’m pretty sure I won’t regret it. Check it out with just simple jeans and booties below….How cute is it?? I’m wearing a size x-small and I think it fits well. If you are worried about which size to buy, the tie front allows for lots of wiggle room (literally), so keep that in mind.

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And my last pic for this post is this Burgundy Cold Shoulder Sweater¬†which I’m wearing with medium wash jeans and my favorite perforated taupe booties from last year’s anniversary sale (similar ones here). But back to the sweater. Y’all. This sweater is everything. It is comfortable, stylish, and affordable at just $35. I love the slits in the shoulders, the shirt-tail hem, the deep burgundy color, and the cozy knit material. And I know it’ll be an item I can wear around the house, to a football game, or to date night just as easily. These multi-functional pieces make life so much easier, don’t you think? So, take my advice and snatch this baby up while you can. ¬†It was sold out earlier but is now back in limited sizes in the black and burgundy stem colors, and in all sizes in the grey. I’m wearing an XS for reference.

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With all of these fun finds, I’m feeling ready for Fall! There’s still about about a week left of the big anniversary sale, so if you haven’t checked it our or there are still some things on your list, take advantage of the prices while you can because they’ll go back up soon! I’ll report back once I get the rest of my items so you can see how I’ve styled those as well.