Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks and Favorites

It’s that time of year again! The NSale is here for Nordstrom card holders and access for everyone else begins on July 19th.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite items I already have that are being included in the sale, as well as some of the items I’m picking up this year.

What I have and LOVE:

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

I got these leggings this winter and they are so great. I’m able to wear them to work with a long sweater and with everything else on the weekends and at night!

They are also camel toe-proof because there is no seam in the middle of the leggings, which I thought was sort of weird at first. Spanx proved me wrong! Sans middle seam for the win.

Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover

I got this pullover last fall, and although I seriously do not need another pullover/sweatshirt in my life, this one is worth it!

The inside is a sweatshirt like material, and the outside is super soft and fuzzy! I can’t wait to break this out again.

Blank NYC Suede Moto Jacket

My aunt got this jacket for my for Christmas 2 years ago, and I’m still obsessed with it. I have the gray color, and I feel like this is just a timeless piece that will always be in style.

Just a tip, I would size up one size especially if you are sort of in between sizes. I got the extra small and I think I could have taken the small. The arms are a bit tight, but it’s livable.

St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse

St. Tropez self-tanner has been one of my go-to’s since I started using it last summer. I have the express and I think I might need to invest in another!

The mitt is key, so don’t forget to pick up one of those as well.

On my wish list for the sale:

Blank NYC Suede Mini Skirt

Okay… I LOVE this skirt and I’ve been looking for a cute suede mini for quite a while now. I know the suede is good quality because I already have the jacket.

Now the debate is: do I get gray to match my jacket? Or get the coffee color because it’s super cute and fall friendly? 🙂

Kendra Scott Ever Pendant Necklace

I have always wanted a Kendra Scott necklace like this! I finally may actually make the purchase I have thought about countless times.

Mario Badescu Trio

This trio has two of my favorite products of all time, and a new product I would love to try!

I recently was turned on to rose facial spray. I have the travel size but I think I need to upgrade, and this trio seems like the perfect opportunity.

Barefoot Dreams Cardigan

My eye has been on these cardigans for about a year now. I think I might actually pull the trigger this year and get one!

Blondo Waterproof Booties

Waterproof?! Sold. I actually have the suede knee high black boots by Blondo and they are great in the horrible wintery mix type slush.

I think that’s it for this year’s sale. There’s a ton of great deals on so many brands, so don’t wait too long!

Happy shopping, xoxo!

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Turkey Taco Bowl from Trader Joe’s

I had been planning to have a taco night for quite a while now, and while shopping at Trader Joe’s for the ingredients, I found this Mexican style roasted corn in the frozen section. I love Mexican street corn, so I was excited to add this to my turkey taco bowl recipe!

The taco bowl turned out even better than I had planned thanks to some key ingredients which I will list here! This was also very filling, and I had enough leftover for another meal, which is ideal for me!

Overall, the Mexican street corn was delicious and easy to cook. I would recommend following the pan sauté directions, however I felt that it did not take the 5-7 suggested minutes. I could tell it was done because the sauce was starting to stick to the pan slightly and I took it off the heat at the perfect time.

The other key ingredient that changed up my turkey taco bowl was the chili lime spice that has been all the rage. I originally put it on mango, and thought it would be great mixed with the ground turkey, and some on top. It was the perfect addition, not to salty like taco seasoning, yet still flavorful!

Find the other ingredients below:

Mexican style roasted corn

Chili lime seasoning

Ground turkey

Frozen brown rice (so easy to cook and no clean up!)

Black beans

Avocado

Mista Veggie Blend (I added these warm veggies since I didn’t have any lettuce or salsa to put on top!)

Follow directions on the packaging of the ingredients, and combine in a bowl with rice as the base, and enjoy!

 

 

My favorite Glossier products

I have never been much of a makeup girl (other than mascara), but last year I stepped into the Glossier show room for the first time with my friend, Elizabeth, and I was instantly drawn to all their products. I don’t know if it was the monochromatic packaging or the fun product names, but I felt compelled to buy some makeup for the first time in a long while.

The show room allows you to sample and try their products, which are all laid out on white pedestals. Since the line isn’t huge, they have everything very spread out and organized in a type A fashion. My first visit, I purchased 2 lidstar cream eyeshadows and 3 balm dot com skin salves. I since have been back several times and made a few other purchases, such as the lash slick, solid perfume, and more.

Here are some of my Glossier favorites so far:

Lash Slick

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The lash slick is a great mascara for length. They don’t really make my lashes volumized, but they do a great job of lengthening and not clumping together. While I usually prefer a black-brown mascara, lash slick is all black. It still looks great and does the job while not being too much. I personally think it’s great for both day and night, aka perfect for a day-to-night look from work!

Lidstar

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I have purchased lidstar a few times because I love them so much! I have slip, fawn, and moon, and I bought another duo and gave slip to my sister for her birthday. I love how subtle they are, while still being fun. They are all fairly neutral, and layer perfectly. I sometimes layer all three, and I like to use moon as almost a highlighter for the brow bones and corner of eyes. Can’t recommend enough to those who like more of a minimalist look.

Boy Brow

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Okay, so I tried boy brow several times. It doesn’t work for me because my eyebrows are decently colored and I don’t want them too thick, but they are great for people with unruly or extremely light brows!

Balm Dot Com

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I LOVE balm dot com, which my friend Elizabeth introduced to me. It was actually the first Glossier product I heard about! My first purchase at Glossier was actually a balm dot com trio. I use the tinted versions on my lips, and the other versions on my hands and elbows as well!

Soothing Face Mist

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This mist has the best scent. The rosewater is so relaxing and it just makes you feel cool and refreshed. Good for sensitive skin as well.

Super Pure Serum

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The Super Pure Serum is supposed to help skin keep in balance. While I’m new to this product, I do think it is helpful to incorporate into your everyday routine. Zinc is great for the skin, which is an element of this serum. They also have a few other serums that I would like to try, and they are offering a trio of the serums for a great discount!

 

Let me know if there are any Glossier products you would like me to try, or you would like to hear more about.

Happy shopping, xx

Graduation Cap Decorating & Inspiration

It’s grad season! With college graduations in full swing and high school commencements rapidly approaching for many people, I figured I would share some graduation cap decorating tips and inspiration for those looking for a little décor.

In high school, I did not have a cap and gown like most other schools. Girls wore white dresses with our school charm bracelet and the boys, khaki pants with a navy blue blazer, along with the school lapel pin. So for college graduation, I was looking forward to decorating my graduation cap!

Most of my friends had caps in high school, so they went all out decorating them back in the day. They didn’t really want to make the effort to decorate and get materials during senior week. I knew I wanted to keep it pretty simple, and I saw a few other people decorating caps, so I said “why not!”

I headed to Michael’s to pick up some supplies and I was so happy what I came out with. I got some simple gold and pearl letters to put my initials, and then some pearl stickers to add to the edges of my cap. I initially had thought about painting something on my cap, but then I realized that senior week was very busy and I didn’t have the time to think of an idea, paint it, let it dry, etc.

This idea ended up being quick, easy, and simple, which I loved! I even still have my cap on display at home near my diploma, since the pearls looked great with my black cap and red tassel. This idea would look great on any color cap, and is SO, SO easy to do if you are in a time crunch.

Happy Graduation, xx

 

Game of Thrones Premiere & Cheese Board Debut

Who watched the GOT season 8 premiere Sunday night?! I was so excited for it, and the episode didn’t disappoint. I watched the season 7 finale right before, and I forgot just how action packed it was. Watching that made me so pumped for season 8. I can’t wait to find out who ends up on the iron throne, but I’m sad that some of my favorite characters could face death! ):

Anyway, I had a few friends over for the premiere, so naturally as an entertainer and someone who just purchased a new cheese board, I had to make up a cheese plate for the watch party.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I picked up this marble cheese board with a golden pineapple detail about a week ago. The board came in the mail and I immediately felt the need to buy a bunch of cheese and invite people over, then I realized that the GOT premiere was the perfect time to break out both!

I picked up most of the items from good ole Trader Joe’s (there is one right around the corner from my office, and it’s never too packed, truly a blessing). I got some Cotswolds cheese, double cream gouda, herbed goat cheese, and Dubliner cheddar. For fun other cheese plate items, I used truffle marcona almonds, bread and butter pickles, pita crisps, cornbread crackers (all from Trader Joe’s), shelled pistachios, and some cucumber and orange pepper cut up.

It was all very delicious and extremely filling! I would definitely recommend getting and making a cheese plate for entertaining, as it was the highlight of the night (other than the episode, obviously).

Happy eating! xx

The Shopbop Sale: What I Got!

I know I’ve had so many shopping posts lately, but there are just so many great sales going on!

The Shopbop sale is ending tonight, so I took time to get some last minute shopping done. Honestly, I only buy from Shopbop when they are having a sale, because I feel like I could get most of these things at a department store or boutique in person, rather than just buying it online for the same price.

Maybe I’m just lucky that I have these brands readily accessible near me most of the time, however I don’t usually go out and buy really expensive brands on the regular. I am an advocate for quality over quantity, however some times fast fashion is the answer. Anyway, I kept it simple this time and only picked up two really cute and necessary items from the Shopbop sale! Pro tip: use code EVENT19 for 20% under $500, or 25% over $500.

Levi’s Mile High Ankle Skinny in “And Then Some”

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I have never actually worn Levi’s before, but they seem to be relatively affordable and exactly what I’m looking for in plain denim. I got the ankle skinny, so I hope fully wont have to hem them!

SUNDRESS Lina Dress in Gingham

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I saw that Mumu and Macaroons wore this in an Instagram recently and it is just too cute. Hurry there’s only a few left in size xs/s!

Happy shopping!! xx

Aerie Swimsuit Picks on Sale for 4 days!

Many people hate buying/shopping for swim suits, and sometimes I know exactly what they mean. Before my trip to Florida, I was looking for a cute but simple bathing suit that was not going to break the bank and not really finding exactly what I wanted for in store at Aerie or Target, and not really anything online.

Thankfully, Aerie has updated their website with some more fun spring/summer prints and styles of bathing suits. They are also currently $17 for tops and bottoms, which is pretty cheap! I added a few extra options that are of varying prices, but they are still on sale.

I think that their bathing suits are good quality, especially when they are having a promo like this, which makes it very affordable. There are also even cheaper options other than the new arrivals.

Gingham Bikini Top + Bottom

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Pink Seersucker Bikini Top + Bottom

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Green Seersucker Bikini Top + Bottom

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Two-tone Wide Strap Bikini Top + Bottom

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Striped High-neck Bikini Top + Bottom

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Lace Up One-Piece

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Pique Printed One-Piece

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Happy shopping! xx