Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Summer-izing"


You know when you get something new and it's all you want to wear?  I remember doing this when I was young.  I'd wear the same outfit over and over again because it was new.  Well, now I've refined my repeating skills to disguise my new favorites a little better. The grey pants and black purse I purchased from the Anniversary Sale are my repeat offenders lately.  Here's how I "summer-ized" my new fall purchases.  I couldn't help myself, YOLO -ha!  I hope it gives you some ideas of how to "summer-ize" some of your fall purchases.


I love the way teal looks with grey.  In this case, it felt like my grey skinnies needed a pop of summer color and the teal was just that.  


I didn't want my cross body purse from the Anniversary Sale to interfere with my tassel necklace, so I doubled the strap and made it into a shoulder bag.  I'm really loving this bag, it functions so well. 


Top- Mossimo, Vest- Target for similar, Pants (on sale)- Paige, Shoes- J.Crew, Watch- Michael Kors, Cuff- c/o Kendra Scott, Necklace- c/o Kendra Scott, Bag (on sale)- Coach, Earrings- Argento Vivo, Sunglasses- Dior

I added gold accessories and shoes to tie it all together, and my sandals aid in adding the summery feel.


Top- Nordstrom for similar, Pants- Nordstrom for similar, Shoes- J.Crew, Bag (on sale)- Coach, Watch- Kate Spade, Cuff- c/o Kendra Scott, Earrings- Argento Vivo

Well, there is nothing like a floral pant to give your outfit a summery feel.  It's funny, because I'm wearing a black silk tank I bought last year at the Anniversary Sale, similar 
(here).


Top- Splendid, Pants (on sale)- Paige, Shoes- J.Crew, Necklace- Here and here for similar, Watch- Michael Kors, Earrings- Argento Vivo

If you follow along on Instagram, then you've already seen this outfit.  Here I "summer-ized" my new grey skinnies with a grey muscle tee and sandals.    This was the very next day after purchasing the skinnies.  Here's to "summer-izing" you favorite fall pieces!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Sale Continues, Online!


I don't know if you guys were aware of this, but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has an exclusive online section.  Well, you know I couldn't help myself.  I had to peruse, and I'm so glad I did.  This is what I found:


This is the first item I put in my cart.  I know I will wear this dress a ton!  I'll be able to dress it up with jewelry for cocktail attire, it's sexy enough for a date night (but comfy, I always eat too much on date night:),  I'll be able to wear it to work stuff, and I can wear it casually.  This is one versatile LBD.  Plus, it's perfect if you're in a "transition" period.

Cashmere V-Neck 

Do you guys remember this sweater I wore all the time last year (see herehere, and here)?  Well, that one wasn't cashmere, but this one is!!  Now that I know I love this style and I can wear it lots, maybe I'll invest in a cashmere version.  I like that it's cashmere for under $100.

I have been eyeing these boots since last fall.  I had them in my Shopbop cart all last season in hopes the price would go down… Guess what!!?!  Lucky for me, my wish came true!  I'm so glad I checked the online exclusive section or I would have missed them!  Here is the thing, I had a really hard time deciding which color because they come in navy too, and navy seems to be the big color for the fall!  I ended up with the black, but I might just order the navy and then decide. :)


Zella Blue and Black Leggings

These might look familiar because I purchased the black pair last year during the Anniversary sale.  I've been so happy with the quality and have worn them so much that I want them in another color.  Work out pants can be so expensive, so the price on these make me really happy.


Ok, so I wouldn't really jog in these pants, but I sure would wear a cute sporty sweater and some sneaks for a casual day running around.  Sporty spice, no? -ha!


How chic is a green leather jacket?  No, let me correct myself, a green FAUX leather jacket.  Yes, it just got chicer now that it's faux, because it's less expensive than real leather and if I ever get sick of the green (which I don't think is possible), it won't be too heartbreaking.


I had to add this one, because you would seriously be the hippest person in the office if you wore this top.  But that's what I love about it, wear it to work with a blazer and then take the blazer off for happy hour. Then you can wear it that weekend with your black skinnies.  Now how many tops can do that?


Friday, July 18, 2014

Strategic Plan: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I had a very strategic plan for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (a sale on fall's best brands and trends. The prices go back up after the sale). I had to do this, because sometimes I find that I loose my mind and buy things just because they're on SALE! (all caps with an exclamation point because that's how I see it in my brain -ha!).  My strategic plan was to only look at versatile staples for the coming season.  I went from "tent" to "tent" (that's what I call the curtained off area-ha!), and tried them on for you guys.  Sometimes you have to touch, feel and try things on, you know?  Well, I know not all of you have the time or desire to do this, so I shopped for you (well, and for me -ha!).  

Versatile fall staples you'll find in this post:
Black and Brown Wedge Bootie Sandals (Yes, they're really that versatile)

Alright, so let's start off with a good pair of Black Heels:
I love these black heels!  I love that they have the hip cagey look in the back but that the toe box is classic.  They are hip but still classy! They would look cute with jeans, you could wear them with work pants, and they would, of course, look darling with a skirt!


It's too bad these pictures didn't turn out better, because these boots are way cooler than the pictures let on. They have this mesh part on the back that snuggly fits your leg, and they are so comfortable, like you're walking on clouds.  And they are so darn stylish to boot!  If you have a problem with boots being too large on your leg, these are the boots for you.  

Brown Riding Boots:
The second I saw these boots I loved them.  They are the perfect cognac color, and I love the contrasting sole and the buckle detail.  My friend has great calves and has a hard time finding boots that fit.  These fit her perfectly.  If you find yourself in her same boat, these boots are for you.  
Last Anniversary Sale I purchased a pair of black bootie sandals and wore them like crazy.  So, when I saw these taupe Via Spiga sandal booties, I knew they were perfect!  I loved the neutral color, since I already own a black pair.  I love that they're a wedge, which makes them a little easier to walk in.  I love that they can be whatever I want them to be for my outfit- a sandal, a bootie, a wedge.  Yup, I'd say that's pretty versatile.

If you've followed the blog for awhile, then you know how much I wear my black skinnies during the fall and winter.  I wear them almost everyday. I can't help myself, they're so versatile! You can wear them both dressy and casually.  Oh, how I love black skinnies!

Grey Skinnies:

How cute are these?!?!  Oh, and now I want to buy the black heel (above) and wear it with the pants! The Nordstrom picture is a better indication of color.  I tried them on and loved them.  My green pants might have some major competition -ha!

Fall Bag:
I'm telling you, these pictures do not do this bag justice!  It's so darling.  We both purchased it.  I bought it in black and Kim bought it in olive fatigue.  I love that it's nondescript, and I love the feel of the soft leather. But most of all, I love that you can wear it as a cross body, as a long shoulder bag, or you can double the strap and wear it as a short shoulder bag.  Plus, it's big enough to hold all my stuff!  The holes on the straps allow for you to adjust it to where you would like it to hit you. Not to mention that the sale price is $120 off the original price!

Fall Tote:


I found this tote in the Juniors department!  I think it's so cute and such a good price ($35.90).   It's not real leather, but it sure did feel and look like it.  You could fit a lot of stuff in there!

Fall Clutch:
I'm totally into fringe these days!  But I like this one because with the gold chain and zipper, it feels like a classy take on fringe.  Shall we call it "refined fringe"? I also love that you can remove the chain and wear it as a clutch


I wear my black puffer all the time in the fall/winter (here, here), and I love this one because of the quilting detail at the top!  

These necklaces never go on sale.  I love this necklace because it's not too fussy, and it's the perfect way to put that finishing touch on your outfit. 

WARNING NOT A STAPLE, JUST A SPLURGE!
I just couldn't help myself.  I love, love, love my slide ons that I'm wearing for the summer, and I thought it would be nice to have some for the winter!  These are UGG and they have a little patch of wool inside to keep your feet warm. Oh, I'm so excited about these!


That's my round up.  I think my cousin put it best, "It's awesome, because you get to buy things on sale and then ten days later they are full price!".  Yup. Nordstom, you've got me.