I love a good off the shoulder top, especially a classic color and fit like this one! Although it is still summer, I think it’s totally still acceptable to wear black in the evenings on a date night with your man or out to drinks with your girlfriends. Another one of my favorite fashion rules is that it’s ok to mix cognac and black! I love anything cognac, especially these booties, so any opportunity to wear them and I’m all in 🙂 I hope you’re having a great week (and don’t forget the #Nsaleis still going strong with some amazing deals)!
But first, the #Nsale (…also known as the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) which finally opens up to the public today! Yippee! Nordstrom cardholder or not, you can allshop the #Nsale today. It is SO GOOD this year and things are literally going to continue to fly off the shelves. Remember this sale is brand new items for the upcoming season that are marked up to 50% off, versus other sales that are old or leftover items on sale. So remember my motto (from this post), just buy it because you can always return the item for free later! Trust me on this one 😉
Below you can find me trying on, reviewing, and letting you guys know my favorite #Nsale picks so you don’t have to scour through hundreds of pages. I’ve already done the work for you! Just FYI: some of the items I ordered last week still haven’t arrived (ahh!) so I’m trying to be patient, however you can find me waiting by the door for the mailman every. single. day!
DENIM:BlankNYC // wearing 24, sized down, only $58, stretchy
TEE: Lush // wearing S, only $15, comes in 7 colors, best deal + a must-have
As the rest of my orders arrive I’ll be sure to keep you posted either here on the blog (don’t forget about the #Nsale tab) OR here on Instagram! Don’t forget to check out the top 10 must-haves from the #Nsale here and my favorite finds under $50 + $100 here. What have you purchased that you love?! I want to hear 🙂
ROBE:Josie (wearing size M; mine is from last year’s #Nsale, but they have identical ones this year for $39; goes back up to $69 after the sale) // BOOK: You Are A Badass // PILLOWS:Target, Target // HEADBOARD:Target
One of my absolute favorite activities is reading. Whether that be in bed, on an airplane, or outside laying by the beach, I love to read if it’s a good read. I especially love fiction because it let’s my mind wander and imagine. However, non-fiction self-help books (like this) are also great to keep myself motivated and inspired to become the best version of myself possible. Below, in no particular order (√ is a finished book), is my summer reading list which I plan on accomplishing before summer is over (and before I go back to the craziness of teaching during the school year):
Me Before You√ (my book club recently read this which is better than the movie- definitely a tear jerker but so sweet)
Pretty Happy (currently reading- insightful and realistic ways to create daily healthy lifestyle habits; plus I hear that I look like her pretty often so any chance I get to gain some insight into her life, I’ll take it 😉
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You know how obsessed I am with the #Nsale (see posts here, here, and here), so I couldn’t forget to round up some of my favorite loungewear and sleepwear that’s also on major sale. Don’t forget, all these prices go up soon, so it’s important that you snag the items before they’re gone or back to full price! First up, these tanks (2 for $30 right now, usually $18 each) are ESSENTIAL to any women’s wardrobe. I wear them under lots of shirts, dresses, sweaters, etc..they’re the perfect tank for under clothing! I’m considering ordering this PJ set (under $40) which looks not only cute, but so comfy in addition to this rejuventing/anti-aging sleep mask (…yes please)! And lastly, you can’t go wrong with a quality robe that looks this dreamy!
I have always thought of cleaning my makeup brushes as a chore, and somehow it always stays on my to-do list without getting accomplished. However, I decided it was finally time to take the plunge and make this item on my to-list a priority for 3 main reasons:
Clear and clean skin- cleaning brushes routinely is essential for avoiding the buildup of bacteria, dirt, dead skin cells, germs, etc., which will in turn cause acne and clog your pores. Huge reason to get that cleaning on ASAP!
Smooth application process– I’ve noticed that if I go for a long period of time without cleaning my makeup brushes, when my foundation is applied it appears, chalky, streaky, and just doesn’t look good. Another important reason to wash up!
Brush maintenance- Your brushes will last longer and will maintain their shape better if cleaned often. They’re meant to be used and meant to be cleaned. So get to it!
Last but not least, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Beauty Items that are still part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and happen to be super good deals! My favorite was this lash enhancing serum that elongates and thickens your lashes (although it’s a tad pricey, you get 2 bottles just for the price of 1)! Another one of my favorites is this tanning mousse set that I use twice a week. It’s the best self-tanner I’ve found, and trust me I’ve used every brand you can think of!
DRESSING ROOM DIARIES: DAY #2 (FITNESS APPAREL + SHOES)
OUTFIT 1–TANK: Zella (wearing XS- sized down, comes in 3 colors) // PANTS:Zella (wearing XS- fits TTS, only $25, comes in 2 colors) // JACKET:Zella (wearing XS- sized down, marked down to under $50, back up to $90 after sale, comes in 4 colors, FAVE item- purchasing) // SHOES:Nike (wearing 8- sized up 1/2 size, purchased, obsessed!)
OUTFIT 2- TANK:Zella (wearing S- fits TTS, only $24, comes in 5 colors, love how it’s a tad loose but still fitted) // PANTS:Zella (wearing XS- fits TTS, FAVE item, must have!) // SHOES:Nike (wearing up, sized up 1/2 size, less than $75, super comfy + lightweight, comes in 4 colors)
OUTFIT 3- SPORTS BRA: Alo (wearing S- fits TTS, so comfy) // TANK: Alo (wearing XS- sized down, only $29, back to $60 after the sale, also comes in blue) // CROPS: Alo (wearing XS, this brand rarely goes on sale) // SHOES: Nike
OUTFIT 4- TANK: Zella(perfect black everyday workout top, $20 off) // CROPS: Zella (wearing XS- fits TTS, only $25, comes in 2 colors) // SHOES: Nike
Although I’ve been dedicating all my #Nsale attention to clothing and accessories, don’t you worry…I haven’t forgotten about fitness which is near and dear to my heart! And if you know me, you know how much I love to work out, which essentially means I spend a ton of time in my fitness clothing, which leads us to today’s post: my love for activewear clothing + shoes (especially when it’s on sale)!
These black mesh leggings are my favorite fitness find at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and are a must for anyone who loves activewear. They’re so comfortable and so versatile with any top you throw on! This tank top I’m wearing with it in the photo above is perfect for those that like a semi-loose fitting tank, plus it’s at such a good price point and comes in the best colors! My other favorite activewear find is this adorable jacket that comes in multiple colors and is SO incredibly comfortable…I really mean it, you need it! Last but not least, this pair of Nike’s has been added to my shopping cart and I can’t wait to wear them around town and in all my workout classes. They’re SO squishy, lightweight, comfortable, and such a good deal for quality workout shoes. I highly recommend them (and we can also be twins)!
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On another note, totally unrelated to the #Nsale (…that I’ve been going crazy over), is my collaboration and giveaway with Havlu! You can win one of their amazing Turkish towels for summer beach days or summer picnics (see below photo of mine)! It’s easy to enter…just follow the steps on THIS Instagram post and stay tuned for a winner 😉