Shopping: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

So in case this is the only blog you read (i’m guessing that’s not the case. if so, gee thanks!), you’re probably WELL aware of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Mostly because people are going bananas over it. Personally, it kind of annoys me that everyone and their mother’s brother’s cousin is talking about it like it’s the second coming but I guess it is a good sale. Basically you can get new fall stuff at sale prices – think boots, coats, random clothes, jewelry, purses, sunglasses and denim. Stuff that rarely goes on sale is marked down. It’s good stuff.

I’ll fill you in on something not many people will tell you though – everyone is doing this big song and dance for the sale since we all make money off the affiliate links. So when you click on one of my links and end up buying something, I make a little money. There are lots of girls that make bank like this. Props to them. It’s not my bread and butter plus it can sometimes feels really disingenuous hawking this sale day and night but we all got bills to pay, so respect.

Since I figure you all know how online shopping works, I’ve just rounded up a handful of things I like. If you like them, click away (the boots are actually all really cute and on really good sale and the beauty sale items are pretty on points). If you want to do me a proper and throw a little bit of affiliate cash my way, I will be ever so grateful (all these kids are expensive you guys).

One thing I will promise you though is that I will not be posting about this sale every day until it ends in August. I’ll do my best to update this NSale shopping section throughout the sale with new stuff, so you can peruse over there when the urge to online shop strikes.

Oh and last thing before I let the sale do the talking, it’s currently only open to Nordstrom card members. Just so you know, it’s not a credit card. It’s like a debit card that’s attached to your checking account (like the Target Red Card). Using it gives you rewards plus early access to the sales. You can sign up for one and get your shop on early or you can wait until July 22nd to get after it.

Shopping: Endless Summer * 6 Essentials to Pack on Your Summer Vacation

There’s a trend out there (*cough * style blogs * cough *) to start talking about fall style as soon as the firework smoke dissipates on the Fourth of July. As much as I love fall, I’m in no rush to start thinking about boots and sweaters. Instead I’m planting myself firmly in the proverbial sand and sticking with all things summer as long as possible.

Since I know a lot of people are packing up for their big summer vacations, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pieces – easy essentials that will keep packing to a minimum but still have you looking chic and more importantly, staying cool. Even if you’re not hitting the road or jetting off to the beach, all of these are just as perfect for a day spent poolside that transitions to an evening dinner under the stars with friends.

Oh and if you’re a bride-to-be, these white dresses are perfect for a bridal shower or beachy rehearsal dinner.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4a + 4b | 5 |

Shopping: Stars and Stripes Forever

Time for one of my favorite round-ups of the year – Fourth of July.

Red, white and blue is in heavy rotation in my closet during the summer anyways but as we inch closer to America’s birthday, I tend to gravitate to it even more. My friend Caitlin and I have been known to randomly pick up patriotic gear for each other while out shopping and of course, the other day when we hit up Dress & Dwell, we both went home with new red, white and blue gear.

When it comes to getting in the patriotic spirit for the holiday, I’m not advocating wearing all-flag everything apparel rather adding simple combos of the colors together. Like going with a red and white stripe tee paired with dark jeans and sneakers  or a boho tank (like #5) paired with white jeans. If you’re one of the lucky babes who can sport a romper without camel toe (sorry for that TMI but you know we were all thinking it), then this romper would be perfect for a bbq and firework watching.

And since I know patriotic pool days are in my future, these sweet swimsuits for little girls are the cutest. I’m planning on ordering Reese this one as soon as I wrap up this post (doesn’t hurt that it’s only $15!). Oh and don’t forget the fellas – these button downs (one is a killer Target find) will get lots of wear long past the fourth but will look great with rolled sleeves and shorts for a backyard party.

Here’s the thing though… you’re going to want to order now before all the good gear (and sizes) are gone.

Fourth of July Style 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7a + 7b | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

Shopping: Summer Ready Cover-Ups

The last day of school is coming up, Memorial Day plans are being made and it’s getting hotter and more humid everyday – summer is quickly approaching.

Summer is my happy season and this one will be especially nice since I get to spend most of it on maternity leave. But since my summer body will be less than stellar, I’ve been scouring the internets for cute cover-ups to lounge around in poolside. Even if you’ve got an A+ rocking beach bod, a cute cover-up is a summer essential. A total necessity for runs to the bar, outdoor lunches and for that emergency stop to pump gas (and get a slurpee) on the way home from the pool (just me, okay that’s cool).

I usually end up buying two at the start of the season and rotate them non-stop but there are so many affordable options out right now that I may end up adding a couple extra this year. Here’s a few of my favorites plus some more for the little ladies in your life (had to snag one for Reese, so why not share the love with you all).

If you’re petite, I also recommend checking out the girls section at Target and Old Navy. They have SO many that are crazy cute and super cheap. Petite gals can easily wear the bigger sizes and when it comes to a cover-up, if it’s a little short it’s no big deal.

Swimsuit Cover Ups 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Even more options…

Options for little ladies…

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