Monthly Archives: July 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Today is the day my friends! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to all Nordstrom card holders! If you don’t have a Nordstrom card, you can wait until the sale goes live to the public (snooze), or you can go ahead and get yourself a nice shiny new card and pay it off eventually responsibly. 

Some of you non-Nordstrom enthusiasts might be asking yourself – what the heck is this sale? Why is everyone talking about it? 

Here’s why: the Anniversary sale is essentially Christmas in July. Nordstrom, the genius department store monger, decided to up the promotional ante by having a sale in July that showcases all new fall product – and here’s the kicker – for half the price. Y’all, let’s talk about what that means for winter goods: leather, coats, jackets, boots, all brand spanking new and discounted! Brands like Vince, Joie, and Rag&Bone all come to party with their fall lines and

It took me a long time to understand the true value of the Anniversary sale, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Now I definitely don’t let it pass by without seizing the opportunity.

And I get it, massive sales can be intimidating and daunting and sometimes we just want to throw our hands up and say “UNCLE!”…but now is not that time. To make it easier on you (and myself) I’ve created a Sale Map that navigates through the masses to showcase what’s worth investing in this season. Ready, set, go! 

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The Bump Life

Starting a lifestyle blog at the tail end of your second trimester seems a tad ironic and has proved to be extremely entertaining. Nothing like writing about style and your life when sh*t is really hitting the fan – a humbling experience to say the least!

I generally enjoy putting outfits together (though often times I look painfully basic), and whenever a big promotion comes across my path my first instinct is to yell it from the rooftops – share the wealth, right? Hence the blog. But when getting dressed every morning becomes a nightmare difficult, it seems what I once loved doing has now become one massive and exhausting undertaking. Every. Day. 

Which is why I present a bump guide to help out my fellow bumpies. I by no means consider myself an expert, but I do value anything that’s comfortable and stretchy: both of which are components in all of the following items:

The moment I found out I was pregnant, I instantly began trolling the inter webs for any pregnant woman with style who I could emulate. I needed guidance, and more importantly, an indicator for how big I was going to be and when (wedding circuit is on full force). I read reviews, bought a few horrible pieces, and have learned a massive amount about maternity clothes in general from the process.

The result? Turning everyday non-maternity pieces into bump friendly outfits can work if your creative (and go a size up), and prevent you from spending unnecessary cash in the maternity department. I mean, if I could own the entire collection of Hatch, I would in a heartbeat. But that would also give my husband a heart attack. 

When you do have to dip your toes into the tried-and-true maternity sizes (and boy am I at that point now), here are a few tips that I’ve found helpful.  

  1. Only get what’s seasonally necessary, i.e. I decided not to invest heavily in maternity jeans, since it’s 120 degrees out, and instead went with lightweight dresses and breezy tops (like this gem I caved and purchased today).
  2. When it comes to basics, Target is all you need.
  3. My favorite brands are Rosie Pope, Asos, Hatch (for the occasional splurge), Isabella Oliver, Old Navy, and Topshop.

If you’re getting fancy, here’s what I’ve found is successful: a dress that has a tailored bodice (but don’t forget your twins will grow), with a fuller midsection/skirt. Here are a few options:

If you’re pregnant, what are your go-to pieces?

If you’re not pregnant, round of applause for making it this far!

Make it Rain

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You guys, holy hot sale, there are so many promotions going on right now! And what’s better than a sale? A sale for the truly basic! Gotta love my staples. 

First up on my hit list: Madewell. They fell off my radar for a bit, but have you seen their product selection lately? Welcome back to the party guys. I currently have this dress in my cart (it’s not on sale, le sigh) but based on reviews it’s legit and fits my current/post baby bump #winwin.

Check out this list of awesomeness, below! Bye paycheck. 

Madewell: Extra 20% off all sale styles. Use code: META20. I am seriously eyeing these shoes – the everydayers that are perfect for the drawn out summer-to-fall transition we have here in Dallas.

J.Crew Factory: 50% off ENTIRE site, PLUS and extra 20% off with code: HOTSALE. Runs until 7/5. A friend of mine bought this dress, and they also have the shirt version – how cute are those pompoms! 

J.Crew: Extra 40% off all sale styles. Use code: LONGWEEKEND. This coverup collaboration with Mara Hoffman is everything. AND IT’S ON SALE Y’ALL

LOFT50% off everything. Use code: GOFOURTH. Ends 7/3. If you haven’t shopped their Lou & Grey line yet, boy do you have a treat waiting for you. Comfy clothes, awesome prices = done deal.

And for my fancy friends, I have a treat for you too. Who can resist these prices?!?

Rebecca Minkoff: up to 60% off select styles

BaubleBar: Take 30% off sitewide. Use code: RSJULY. I recently purchased this necklace and wear it at least once a week. Also, how fun is this one #allofthetassels

Trina Turk: additional 20% off sale

Furbish Studio: 15% off the entire site. I want one of these for the nursery in the worst way!

Dolce Vita: extra 20% off sale. Use code: FIREWORKS15. Love these non-basic neutrals. And these will be a solid staple for fall.

Barney’s Warehouse: Extra 60% off clearance, extra 50% sitewide. Ends 7/7.

And last but not least, a PSA: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts next week. You guys, this is Christmas in July and THE best time to buy your big fall pieces for a fraction of the price. More to come next week, but make sure you sign up for a Nordstrom Card to get Early Access (but don’t go ham and get into debt and blame me)!

PHEW! That was a lot. Deep breaths, happy shopping, and have a great holiday weekend!