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Shorts: Old; Similar // Halter Top: VacayStyle // Sandals: Target

I love to travel and am always looking forward to my next trip. I’m currently researching for my next vacation and the Italian countryside is looking reallllll good. While I love getting out of town (…state, country) I absolutely despise the packing process. It takes me a few hours and way too much energy to decide on what clothes to bring let alone purses and jewelry to match. Jeremy always thinks we will be fine sharing one carry-on…HA. He’s a dreamer… or maybe he knew I’d one day be introduced to VacayStyle. VacayStyle was created to make packing effortless and it does just that. You can purchase an entire collection consisting of several pieces which can be used to create more than 12 outfits! All you need in addition to the collection are two to three basics from your closet. It does not get any easier than that.

VacayStyle has curated 6 different collections to choose from. Each collection consists of 5 pieces that are easy to mix and match. You can also purchase each piece individually. I am wearing the printed halter top from the Tahiti Collection and am seriously eyeing the two-piece jumpsuit. I obviously should’ve bought the entire collection!

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Now onto the best part…I’ve got a discount code for all of you! You can use code SC15 for 15% off your purchase from VacayStyle.  I highly recommend you take a peek at the site and buy yourself something pretty!

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I have been so excited to put together this post for you all. As you may know the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale started on July 14th for Nordstrom Card holders and opened to the public on July 22. Although I was stuck in my office I did manage to have a very expensive ‘lunch break’ that day. While I picked up a few things in store I wasn’t able to find everything I wanted in such a time crunch so I ordered several items online later that night. To say I was checking for my shipping confirmations and shipment tracking every hour is an understatement. I won’t lie, I am like that with all my online purchases. Just a really eager beaver over here!

Anyways, I’ve finally received all of my orders (yes, there were a few). Free shipping and free returns makes things SO easy.  While there’s so much I would have loved to keep I decided to be practical and think about whether I’d really get use out of each item and whether or not I already have something similar in my ever growing wardrobe.  I’ve decided to break down my purchases into two categories: wardrobe staples and on-trend items.  I definitely ordered a bit of both.  I can easily rationalize the staples because I will have them for years to come.  The trendy items may be less permanent so I made sure not to spend a majority of my budget on those.  I apologize for the poor photo quality, it has been in the 90’s here so I couldn’t bear the thought of taking photo’s outside.  The quickest way to give you all a quick snapshot of my purchases is the ever so classy mirror shots.  Ok, now let’s get down to business:

WARDROBE STAPLES:

  1. Winter Coat

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First up is this wool blend coat that is on sale for $140.  This coat is definitely my favorite staple item because I know I will likely have this the longest.  I have wanted a neutral coat for some time yet haven’t found the perfect one (at the perfect price point) until now.  I didn’t buy any new winter coats last year (that I can recall, ha) so I was super excited to take advantage of this sweeeeeet deal.  I personally always think that camel and black make the most chic pairing so I can’t wait to wear this with some black skinny jeans.

2.  Leggings

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If being comfortable is your jam (it’s definitely mine) then you need a good pair of leggings.  I bought these Zella leggings during last years sale and haven’t looked back.  They have a wide waist band which is one non-negotiables when it comes to leggings.  This pair is thick and perfect for fall/winter.  Luckily, mine are still in very good shape (yay for quality) so I didn’t buy a second pair because I’m super awesome and sticking to my budget (kinda) BUT I did buy some Zella leggings specifically for working out.  This cropped pair has some really cute sheer paneling in the back and since I know Zella is great quality I can count on having this pair for a few years.

3.  Cardigans

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All hail this ever so popular cardigan.  If you read lots of other fashion blogs or follow bloggers on Instagram then you may have seen this cardigan 539,859,321 times.  I ordered one to check out the quality because I hadn’t seen anyone comment on the softness and I am super picky about sweaters being itchy.  I was pleasantly surprised by how soft it is and the fit is perfect.  I love oversized cardigans so this one is for sure a keeper.  I’m kicking myself for not ordering the olive color before it sold out.  (Although most colors are sold out, I did see some being restocked in limited sizes throughout the day.  Yes, the refresh button is my bestie.)

This windowpane cardigan is a bit more expensive but the quality is excellent.  I love the windowpane print, it’s a nice change from all the stripes I have been wearing.  I am known to wear cardigans allllll the time at work, so I will definitely be getting my money’s worth out of this one.

4.  Basic T-Shirt & OTK Boots

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A basic tee.  There’s not much to say about this being a staple.  I am always throwing on jeans and a tee on the weekends so when I saw that this top was on sale of under $16 I had to try it.  It is loose fitting and realllllly soft.

These OTK boots are the best fitting pair I have tried.  I am a bit nutty about tall boots that start to sag and scrunch up near the ankles.  This pair fits like a glove (or should I say sock?) but I did return them in exchange for the black pair which I am still waiting to arrive.  The color picture above is listed as ‘charcoal fabric’ but is more a charcoal with a BIG hint of brown.  I’m weird about hues that I can’t put a name to, it’s not gray and its not brown so it’s going back haha, I’m hoping my exchange for the black pair was granted before they sold out!  This is another item that may restock before the sale ends.

5.   Jeans

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I bought a few pairs of jeans during the sale but ended up only keeping these.  They were the best fit and also the right length.  It’s always a struggle finding jeans that don’t fit me like a pair of capri’s.  This pair was my runner up as they are super flattering and comfortable but the distressing on the knee hung a bit awkwardly in my opinion.  Of course, this is probably just me being cray and overly attentive to detail.

 

ON-TREND ITEMS:

  1. Leather Leggings

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So faux leather leggings and the whole leather trend in general has been around for a few years but I just can’t see it sticking forever.  I will undoubtedly get plenty of wear out of these faux leather leggings this season and maybe even the next two years but I knew I didn’t want to spend over $100 on them.  This pair actually looks a lot more expensive because they are faintly textured.  There are quite a few leather leggings/pants included in the sale and I definitely recommend picking up a pair.  This pair has awesome reviews, as do these.  I also tried these on in store, they are great if you are looking for a pant instead of a legging.  They are a bit too low-rise for my liking hence me passing on them for this pair.

2.  Fun Workout Leggings

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So I talked about Zella leggings up above.  These are the second pair of workout leggings that I purchased.  While I normally would not spend this much on leggings for the gym, I know they are great quality and the print is SO fun, I couldn’t pass them up!  These are also high waisted which I love for working out.

3.   High Neck Tank

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This gray tank is so simple yet so flattering.  I love the high neck and that I can wear this year round, I’ll definitely be layering it with a cardigan this Fall/Winter.

 

That’s a wrap!  If you have any questions about sizing and/or quality I’ll be glad to answer them, just leave a comment below.  I hope you are able to grab some great deals before they sell out!

 

 

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Shorts: Loft // Shirt: Loft (old) just purchased this one // Jacket: J. Crew Factory // Sandals: Target

I’m undoubtedly going through a phase where I want anything and everything striped. Exhibit A and exhibit B.   I could not pass up these shorts.  Blush, striped and on sale?  Yes, yes and yes please!  They are currently only $15, seriously such a steal.  To be honest I rarely buy anything full priced from Loft because they are always having sales, sometimes 40% off the entire store.  I wanted to get this post up before these sell out but in all honesty all I can think about is the arrival of my Nordstrom order!  I have tracked the **** out of my package and somehow the delivery date got updated from Friday to TODAY.  I’ll be putting together a post to show you all what I purchased and give an honest review so be sure to check back!  In the meantime you can check out my Shop page which I’ve updated with my sale picks.

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Dress: J.Crew // Bag: SimilarSimilar ($36!) // Shoes: Lord & Taylor // Sunglasses: J. Crew Factory

Every Spring/Summer I am looking to add more and more dresses to my wardrobe.  Sadly, I don’t feel like I’ll ever have enough, anybody else?  This J.Crew dress was the perfect addition to my closet this Summer.  A striped and scalloped shift dress that is also on sale, this one was practically jumping off the racks and into my hands!  It also comes in red and navy.  I recently wore this to an engagement party and it definitely fit my party dress requirement of leaving some space for my inevitable food baby.  Shift dresses are definitely my go-to!  It is final sale so if you have any questions about sizing feel free to email me or leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to answer.  I paired this with my newest pair of heeled sandals that are SO comfortable and have the perfect heel height.  The color is such a good neutral so they pair well with so many of my dresses.

Anybody else trying to curve their spending lately in preparation for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?  I’m totally guilty of ordering 3 pairs of jeans from a different retailer within the past week and returning them all.  The Nordstrom sale has my heart and shopping budget, lets hope it’s a good one. Momma needs a new pair of jeans!

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Oh how I wish I had saved all my wide leg work pants from a few years back.   Unfortunately they did not survive my seasonal closet clean-outs.  I had made the switch to skinny ankle pants which you can find me in four days of the week.  My work wardrobe has been pretty boring lately.  A few months ago I was told that I dress like a teacher and just the other day while on my pre-bachelorette wine run (#necessary) I was asked if I’m a nurse because I was wearing a shirt ‘like the nurses wear.’  Clearly I’m having a bit of a career wardrobe identity crisis (is that a thing?) because I am neither a teacher nor a nurse.  I know I haven’t shared much about my 9-5 gig that pays the bills but in case you want to know I work in insurance.  Fun, right? I currently supervise eight adjusters (fancy word for claims reps/case managers) who manage insurance claims for people who are injured in their workplace.  The wonderful world of workers’ compensation.

Ok, back to the work wear.  I recently purchased these wide leg pants to switch things up from my recent funk.  I don’t think my old pairs of wide legs pants, may they RIP, were quite so chic so I feel like this style has come back and is even better than before.  Think high waisted, pleated and an array of colors.  The best part is that they are perfect for both work and date night/girls night/happy hour.  This specific pair is made by Chelsea28 which was sold at Nordstrom and this color was actually at Nordstrom Rack for under $35!  Unfortunately they are all sold out but I have a good feeling about them making their way back so keep an eye out right this way .  Since I am loving this style so much, and may need to replace all my skinny ankle pants, I scoured the inter webs and linked a bunch of wide leg pants for you in the widget.  I also included some wide-leg crops, so chic!

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