As a former Nordstrom employee (Nordy’s basically paid for all my bar tabs in college), I get particularly excited about the Anniversary Sale every summer. I remember back in the day the chaos that would ensue the first day of Anniversary – running “dump” (what we called tried on clothes that had to be put back – WHY did we call it “DUMP”?!!), fighting for the best Anniversary shifts (the first day of the sale mornings were always best!), making sure the floor was spic & span after hundreds of people had rummaged through. Things have changed a bit now with presale & early access, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the killer deals!
For the Nordstrom rookies out there, this sale is all brand new fall gear marked down. Once the sale is over, whatever inventory is left gets marked up to regular price, so now is the time to go cray. I will be the first to admit I’m not one who shops in stores much anymore, but this is an event I show up for.
Now we’re in the phase of “early access”, which means you can only shop if you’re a Nordstrom Credit or Debit card holder (if you’re not, find a friend who is STAT). Otherwise, everyone will be able to shop from 7/21-8/6! I’ve linked to my favorite products below – so so many good things to choose from. Shop away!
I alluded to this a couple weeks back, but I have a really tough time shopping for swimsuits. Swimsuit shopping is tough period, and it gets even more difficult if you have big boobs. I can recall countless times where I’ve tried on swimsuit after swimsuit and end up leaving the store nearly in tears. I used to feel like swimwear just wasn’t made for us bustier babes. Luckily, over time, I realized that there are suits out there that work with my body. I just have to look for the right things (& avoid a few others) to set me up for success. Here are a few rules of thumb I follow when swimsuit shopping –
It’s that time of year to stock up on swimsuits for the season! I didn’t have a proper spring break this year, so I’m fiending for sunshine and warm weather (& let’s be real, a TAN). This pic from Milos, Greece in 2015 is giving me major feels…take me back! PS – I’m officially booked again for Greece this summer – we have a wedding this year and will be exploring new islands. Yay!
Anyway, I always have a hard time finding suits because my boobs don’t fit in anything #bigboobprobs. That said, I have to start shopping earlier than most so I can try and return before I settle on my top picks. It takes more time than I’d like to admit, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Fit is KEY with swimsuits, so I suck it up and prepare myself to try on a million before finding the perfect one. Here are suits I’m loving currently (whether or not I can actually wear them – maybe I can, we’ll see), curated by trend/style! By the way, ASOS has a full bust line that I LOVE. I’ve included a few below, but you can shop the full collection here.
Happy Friday! I don’t know why, but I feel like it should have been Friday two days ago. This week was TOO long, but thankfully it’s March which means we’re getting closer and closer to spring! Shoes have always been my weakness, and I’ve officially run out of space for them in my closet #thestruggleisreal. I’ve always believed that shoes can take a simple ensemble to the next level – from basic to trendy in the blink of an eye. That said, I’m currently working on picking the few pairs I want to add to my closet for spring. While I’m clearing out the old to make room for the new, here are the spring shoe trends I’ve been keeping my eye on.
I can’t believe the long weekend is almost over! There was plenty of relaxation time & unwinding in San Diego – it was much needed. I feel re-energized & ready to take on the week (also ready to eat normal food and hit the gym hard given what I’ve consumed the last few days #vacadietproblems). As much as I love traveling, it was too much this month. I’m looking forward to staying put for a while…need to get my personal life in order (do I need to do my taxes yet?).
During my weekend down time, I took the time to peruse the highlights from NYFW. My favorite part of fashion month is not only getting inspiration from the runway, but scoping out the street style scene. I want to know what the hottest trends are and keep them in mind as I shop for new spring pieces. Obviously, these trends aren’t for everyone, but I enjoy seeing what’s out there and putting my own spin to it. Given the snow storm in NYC during fashion week, I was especially curious how the fashionistas would improvise their outfits.
I’ve recapped 5 major trends I’ve seen among NYFW street style stars, and put together a few pieces you can shop under each trend. I’m loving the sporty looks and fun plays on color & fabrics!
PS – In case you need more inspo, here’s my street style breakdown for NYFW Spring 2017.
PPS – I hope it’s still 70s in Chicago by the time I arrive!
It’s been a hectic few weeks over here – we managed to move a week before Thanksgiving. Not the greatest timing, but hey, it’s over! It was actually nice in the sense that we had time off for the holidays to get our lives together, and also reflect and appreciate all that we have. We’re on the hunt for house items and have been taking advantage of the latest sales for furniture & other house necessities. I’m so used to spending my disposable income solely on clothing, shoes & accessories, so it’s been strange having to make big furniture purchases when I’d normally be splurging on my wardrobe. However, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been looking to see what’s out there (hardcore window shopping). There are some great sales happening this week…and even though I can’t fully take advantage, you absolutely should! Below are some sales you need to get on ASAP. The deals are just too good.
Burgundy is on FIRE this season. Between that and dusty rose, I’m absolutely loving the color palette of fall. It took some time for this color to grow on me, only because I rocked a burgundy Juicy Couture velour jumpsuit 10 years ago and I’d like to erase those days from my memory. Now, I’ve learned to embrace this beautiful color in a completely different light…one that is Juicy free.
It’s not super intuitive to style burgundy because it is a unique color – does it clash with other neutrals? How much burgundy is too much? Should you do leather, velvet, knits, lipstick? I’ve pulled together my fav burgundy street style looks to help you address these important questions. Also, shop my burgundy wish list below!
After months of dealing with my constantly dying iPhone 6 (not to mention the constant “low on storage” warning), I finally pulled the trigger and bought the iPhone 7 Plus – yup, I even upgraded the size of my screen! I can’t tell you how many times my iPhone 6 battery gave out on me during critical moments – i.e. while my Uber was on the way to pick me up #firstworldproblems. With all that said, you can imagine how excited I was to finally get a bigger screen, better battery life & an incredible camera!
One thing I have yet to purchase is a phone case. I HATE that phone cases take away from the beauty of the iPhone – I mean, the hardware is just too pretty to hide – but they are so necessary. I’ve cracked my old phone’s screen one too many times, and now that I have a new shiny device, I feel like I should attempt to take better care of it. Here are some stylish cases I’ve been eying lately – shop via the links below (I clearly have a thing for marble – ha)!
I haven’t had time to do much shopping for myself as of late, but I have a running wish list of items that I want/NEED in my closet right now. My fall shopping has been put on hold due to all the items we have to buy for the house. Let me tell you – it’s not easy. It also doesn’t help that fashion month just wrapped up, major #envy going on right now. One of my favorite things to do is stalk street style pics and get the low down on what everyone is wearing. Shop some of my favorite fashion month street style looks below!
A couple of weeks ago, my obsession with flea markets reached an all time high. After years of failing to go, I FINALLY made it to Vintage Garage Chicago, and it was glorious. For all of you flea market lovers, please take a seat as I explain.
Vintage Garage is essentially a massive garage takeover. On a normal day, this is your typical city parking garage. On the 3rd Sunday of every month from April-October, it turns into a magical place. You’ll find 75 vendors swarming the garage, and it’s filled to the brim with everything vintage. Furniture, clothing, jewelry, decor, art and more. Let’s just say this is my flea market dream come true.