Today’s the day! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 has gone public! I had an absolute blast this weekend shopping at Nordstrom and putting this post together. I was thinking about how much I’ve been talking up the Nordstrom Sale lately when this showed up in my Timehop. It’s simply a fact of life – I love Nordstrom.

I included all of the sizes I’m wearing to help you get an idea of what size you might be.

I live in leggings and Zella makes my favorites. I wash mine on delicate and hang dry them on a rack. My oldest pair is nearly 4 years old and they still look so good that I wear them to work. I’m wearing a Medium in everything pictured.

I ended up going with a different pair of Toms booties, but a week later and I still find myself thinking about these peep-toe heels. The Gentle Souls sneakers are SO comfortable, but be sure to size up! I had to go up a full size.

There is so much hype surrounding Barefoot Dreams® and how soft their blankets and sweaters are. I wasn’t planning on purchasing one of these but when I stopped through lingerie (side note: bra shopping is the worst), I slipped one on. Big mistake. This only comes in two sizes: S/M and L/XL. They only had the larger of the two, but I actually really liked how slouchy it fits.

Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets? This dress is definitely on the pricier side, but I can see it transitioning through all of the seasons really well – pair it with tights in the winter, a light scarf in the spring, sandals in the summer and a great leather jacket in the fall. I’m wearing a Medium.

Now, HOW have I never tried Madewll jeans? The fabric is so incredibly soft and the high rise is super comfortable. I’m a 29. The linen tee is also from Madewell, perfect for throwing on when you want to look cute without really trying. I’m wearing a Medium.

Last but not least, my favorite top that I tried on. This ruffle top made me feel both feminine and professional. The slightly stretchy fabric and wide bell sleeves let you move comfortably so you don’t feel constricted at your desk or out for dinner. This was my first time wearing AG Jeans and I really liked how they fit. I’m wearing a Medium in the Sincerely Jules top and a 30 in the AG Ex-Boyfriend jeans.

Also, big shoutout to Nordstrom Oakbrook for always having such great customer service!

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For the last 9 years I was in a long and faithful relationship with my Cortex straightener. It was a $30 straightener from TJMaxx, nothing fancy. That straightener got me through high school AND college – dances, countless Friday nights and was my roommate’s favorite straightener as well. Sadly, our relationship had to come to an end. When any hair tool gets that old, the heat indicator can break, causing serious damage to your hair.

Since I absolutely love Drybar, I thought I’d make an investment that can hopefully last another few years. I got my straightener a few months ago from Sephora. It came with two full-size products for $150. It was a great value, but The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Tressed to Impress Collection is even better. For $154 you get:

  1. Tress Press Straightener
  2. Sparkling Soda Shine Mist
  3. Triple Sec (read my thoughts on that here)
  4. A travel size Chaser Shine Cream
  5. 2 Hold Me Hair Clips


I love how quickly the iron heats up, as well as how it can give my hair a wave because of the rounded edges. Do I think everyone needs this flat iron? No. If you don’t straighten your hair that often or if you have very fine hair, you can definitely get away with a more affordable option. However, if you need a new flat iron and know you’ll get the use, this is an amazing flat iron, and at an even better price.

Happy Saturday! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing! I wanted to quickly share some lace-trim camis, a trend I’m loving. Wear one during the day with a skirt and denim jacket or for date night with a blazer/leather jacket and dark wash jeans. I also love how they look under an off-the-shoulder sweater. Here are two of my favorites:

The B.P. cami is Early Access, but the Lush cami is available to the public now.

I’ll be headed to Nordstrom tomorrow afternoon, so stay tuned for an in-store try on!

 

When it comes to department stores, I’m a bit sentimental with Nordstrom. It’s where I found a lot of my formal dresses for high school dances, purchased my first designer bag and went on countless shopping trips with my cousin. I love everything about Nordstrom, from their phenomenal customer service to chic bathroom decor (mirror selfies duh). So, it goes without saying that I get extremely excited when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale rolls around. Let’s shop.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Early Access for Cardholders: July 13th – July 20th
  • Public Access: July 21st – August 6th

If you don’t already have a Nordstrom Card, I’d highly recommend considering one. Personally, I like to dedicate all of my shopping to one or two stores. By primarily shopping at one store, you are able to maximize their rewards system, which will save you money long term. For example, I like to buy all of my drugstore products from CVS in order to maximize their Extra Care Rewards. Same principle applies to clothing, shoes and accessories.

This is my first round of picks for Early Access Members. BEWARE: products sell out fast! Don’t worry though, I’ll keep you updated on when items restock, as well as put together more shopping guides along the way! If you aren’t seeing sale prices, be sure to log in to your account!

Sonix Parker 50 mm Sunglasses$79.90 ($120 after sale) 2 colors

Charlotte Tilbury Day-to-Night Lip Duo$60 ($90 value) Nude and Pink sets available

Gibson Asymmetrical Ruffle Hem Top$23.40 (originally $39) 4 colors \\ Available to the public NOW

Voluspa Mason Noir Mini Candle Set$15.90 ($24 after sale)

Madewell Paint Stripe Transporter Leather Tote$129.90 ($198 after sale) 4 colors

Zella Cece High Waist Open Knee Leggings$42.90 ($65 after sale)

Vince Corbin Slip-On Sneaker$129.90 ($195 after sale) 7 colors

lulu dk Love Letters Spinning Initial Necklace$44.90 ($68 after sale)

adidas Tubular Viral 2 Sneaker$74.90 ($99.95 after sale) 2 colors

Drybar Tressed to Impress Collection$154 ($225 value…the flat iron itself is $150!)

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I’ve been going to visit my sister for years in Denver and every time, I overpack. I wanted to challenge myself this time around to one-carry on bag, and I’m proud to say that my mini suitcase and 1 Longchamp tote did the trick (although if you saw my Insta Story, you’ll also know I delivered a medium Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza).

Here are my top 5 tips for packing light:

  1. 50 Shades of Grey: When you’re going on a trip, pick a color scheme. Obviously for this trip, I went with black, white, grey and also have two pink tees. Try sticking to three colors. Jewelry can also change an outfit in a snap. One black dress can instantly transform into a new outfit with a necklace swap.
  2. Dress it up: I don’t mean get fancy, though. Dresses save room because it’s a whole outfit, minus the pants. And as Matt Bellassai has taught us, pants are the worst. I like packing t-shirt and shift dresses for an easy look you can wear during the day or out to dinner.
  3. Wear your bulk: I thought this was a pretty self explanatory, but I’m still shocked at the number of people in airports wearing shorts and flip flops. Also, planes are cold. Save room in your suitcase by wearing your gym shoes, sweaters, jeans or jackets on the plane.
  4. Get it when you get there: While this isn’t always ideal, keep in mind that it’s certainly an option. If you’re using a carry on, you’ll have to get a razor when you get to your destination anyway. It’s also a great time to pick up Suave shampoo/conditioner while you’re at the drugstore. A travel size of Pantene can run you a few bucks, and you’ll probably run out halfway through the week. Spend $1 on the less expensive stuff that’ll last you and your travel buddies the whole trip.
  5. Be realistic: This is the hardest one for me. I always think, “oh maybe we’ll go out and I’ll need this outfit,” but in the end I can make do with what I have. Plus, if you tell me you don’t rewear outfits on vacation, you’re lying.


Toiletries are the hardest part. Just one quart-size bag. Now’s the time when your 100 perks from Sephora come in handy. You’re on vacation – spend less time getting ready and more time having fun. Go light on the base, add lots of mascara and a bright gloss. Go for multi-purpose products like a cream stick.


I honestly can’t believe I did it. I also have three powders, but luckily those can be separate from the small constraints of the little plastic bag. I hope everyone’s July is off to a great start!

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