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!

After Party Sale purchases & thoughts

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This post is a bit late as the APS started almost a week ago now, but I figured that I should share what I purchased, as well as some of my thoughts about the sale this year.

I wasn’t really looking for anything specific this year, and I felt like I didn’t really have any big ideas about what was going to be in the sale. I also forgot to set my alarm for 8am last Monday, so after I woke up, it took me awhile to remember the sale had went live.

What I bought:

MARLOWE BOATNECK T-SHIRT DRESS in Cosmic Coral Cracked Up

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I have a very similar style dress in a different print from Lilly, and I wear it to work, to family events, as well as more casual dinners. I love the versatility, and this lobster print was too cute to pass up for $49!

JESSE ROMPER in Raz Berry Catty Shack

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I was hoping that the Jesse Romper in Stuffed Shells would be in the sale, but I didn’t see it anywhere. I decided on getting the same romper in this print, which I thought was fun, and didn’t really remember seeing before. I felt this was a bit of a splurge at $69, although I love the little white detailing on the top and the skirt!

JULIETTE CARDIGAN in True Navy

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Every year I debate investing in a Lilly cardigan, as they always pair so well with other Lilly products. I wasn’t really interested in any other pieces in the sale, and I wasn’t trying to spend TOO much, so I decided to get this cardigan for $59.

UPF 50+ SKIPPER POPOVER in Light Blue

I ended up going back to Martha’s Vineyard during the sale, which I didn’t anticipate before. I had been eyeing the popovers, which are another Lilly item I have always wanted, but never purchased! I decided to get this style popover in the lighter blue, it’s super comfy, although definitely a splurge at $49 for a sweatshirt.

Overall, I’m happy with my purchases, however I wish that the sale was earlier than September.  I also felt like there was a lot of items from last year as opposed to this year, and I found myself uninterested in many of the items offered in the After Party Sale.

I did like that they didn’t keep adding items throughout the 3 days, as I would always find myself going on and spending more money on things I probably didn’t need.

I would love to hear other thoughts on the Lilly After Party Sale this year, so comment below if you agree or disagree with me or if you have other thoughts entirely!

Spray tan at Sugared + Bronzed

I posted ages ago on Instagram that I was getting a spray tan at Sugared + Bronzed. I discovered you have to make an appointment a little bit further in advance, and couldn’t get an appointment to try the sugaring hair removal.

However, I was able to get my first ever spray tan! I was so nervous to get a spray tan, because of the typical concerns: It might look unnatural/orange, what if it streaks. I also was just concerned it might look uncharacteristic, as I am VERY pale.

 

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All of my concerns were washed away after I went to Sugared + Bronzed in Union Square. I opted for the regular tan, where you don’t sweat or shower for at least 8 hours after. I’ve never tried the express tan, although this might be great if you have limited time on your hands.

Jade, my spray tan artist, made me feel so comfortable and gave me some great tips for keeping my tan lasting. She told me that moisturizer was the key to a long lasting tan. I workout and shower very often, and the tan lasted over a week with moisturizer slathered on post-shower. It wasn’t as tan on day 4 or 5, but you could still tell I was definitely tanner than my usual self.

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I felt like there was some kind of stigma around spray/fake tans. While tanning beds are not good for you, spray tans are harmless and make you look great. My confidence was up from just looking tan. I didn’t look too tan, I didn’t look orange, I just looked and felt awesome.

Sugared + Bronzed also has a new client special:  if you buy one service, you get a second one for free! I can’t wait to use my next tan for a special occasion, or even just for fun.

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Outfit details: J. Crew pineapple t-shirt, Principle denim shorts, Soludos ciao bella smoking slippers, Jack Wills sunglasses, Pearl and Shine Jewelry tassel earrings, SHEIN striped dress.

 

 

MVYD Soul Cycle

SoulCycle is the cult spinning studio sweeping the nation. I first saw a SoulCycle in Los Angeles in 2013, then heard about the studios gaining popularity in New York City. Spinning became more and more popular, and while I was at Fairfield U, a location popped up in nearby Westport, Connecticut.

Last year, SoulCycle decided to have one of their “Destination Soul” pop-up’s on the Vineyard in Edgartown. The bright yellow room with fun lights and designs at Evolve Pilates certainly drew you right in. I took a few classes and it was a lot of fun.

Soul MVYD is returning this summer, starting tomorrow, July 3rd! There are some great instructors teaching classes this week– I’ve already signed up for Trammell’s class on Thursday, he has great music.

If you’re in the area, I definitely recommend the splurge on a class or at least stop in to see the fun designs, pick up some MVYD merch and maybe get some free swag from Fiji Water!

My Favorite Places to Grab a Breakfast Sandwich & Coffee in Edgartown

Just a few days until the Fourth and I am so excited to head out to the Vineyard for a nice mini vacation. I can’t wait to relax at the pool, hit the beach, enjoy the outdoor shower, a workout class and shop or eat downtown with my family!

While there are so many fun activities to be done, I love to start the day with a breakfast sandwich and a coffee on-the-go from downtown Edgartown. Usually I will eat at home, but I love to bike downtown or take a quick ride with my family in the morning when town is less crowded. Over the years, I’ve definitely had my fair share of breakfast sandwiches in Edgartown, so without further ado, here are my favorite places in no particular order:

Rosewater Market & Take Away

Rosewater Market’s breakfast sandwich is delicious the most customizable of the list — you can pick from several different options to create your ideal breakfast sandwich for a fixed price. I always order the biscuit with a fried egg, goat cheese, avocado and greens! They also have many different coffee and pastry options, as well as regular sandwiches and other provisions!

Espresso Love

Espresso Love has different types of bagels with options of eggs or cream cheese. My top two from the menu would be The Islander (your choice of bagel, veggie cream cheese, bacon, cucumber) or the Church Street (your choice of bagel, egg, cheddar, avocado, lettuce, tomato.) The Vienna Latte is life changing and I would highly recommend it. Espresso love also has a lovely outdoor seating area in the shade!

Toccopuro Coffee

Toccopuro has amazing coffees and teas. The iced mocha love is my personal favorite. Toccopuro also makes a decent breakfast sandwich which you can ask for on an english muffin or one of their croissants. If you’re more about the coffee and pastries, I would definitely stop by this Edgartown staple.

Murdick’s Cafe

Murdick’s has a cafe? You guessed it. The cafe is adjacent to Murdick’s Fudge and Island Company. They make a great, classic bacon, egg, and cheese on a bagel. Plain and simple is key. I’m honestly not sure about the coffee situation, but I’m sure they have it! Stop by next door to watch the fudge being made and smell the warm chocolate.

Edgartown Meat & Fish Market 

The Meat & Fish Market may not be your first thought for a morning breakfast and coffee run. They do serve Starbucks, but they also make bagel sandwiches in the morning. I love the salt bagel when I am feeling something extra savory, and you can’t go wrong with Starbucks coffee or tea.

Katama General Store

Living right off Katama Road, I’m partial to the Katama Store! They just redid the whole store last summer, and they have very simple breakfast sandwiches and delicious, warm scones in the morning. The coffee there is also simple but decent, hot or iced! Pick up breakfast, coffee and many other provisions here on your way to South Beach.

Hopefully this guide is helpful for those searching for a breakfast on-the-go in Edgartown this summer. Let me know if I missed any great, grab-and-go breakfast sandwiches in the comments!

Products I’m Loving Right Now

While waiting to meet some friends for dinner recently, I stopped in to blue mercury to kill some time. I’m always looking for masks or creams to help clear my skin of blemishes and impurities. Here I picked up a few products that I really like, so I wanted to share a few other products I have been impressed with! From skin care to home fragrances, these products are on my list of necessities.

Mario Badescu, Cucumber Tonic Mask, $18

This mask is amazing, and I would be honest if I thought otherwise. I have used many different skin care products over the years, and I see visible results from this mask. I noticed that my skin appeared to be tighter and my pores cleared of impurities. 10/10 would recommend to those with blackheads and/or acne. I have fairly sensitive skin and this hasn’t irritated it at all.

Renee RouleauPost-Breakout Fading Gel, $38.50

This stuff is pricey, but worth it in my opinion. I ordered this product to meet the shipping minimum and this product has really impressed me. I see visible results after daily application, which is some what of a unicorn in the skincare world.

Renee RouleauAnti-Cyst Treatment, $45.50

PSA– this is a lifesaver. Last week, I felt a cystic blemish appearing on my face. I don’t get them super often, but when I do they are usually large, red and painful. For years I would get this cystic acne and be in the dermatologist’s office getting cortisone shots to make them go down. This stuff works like a charm, I put it on the cystic pimple I saw felt on my face last week and its gone after 2-3 applications. I’m considering switching all my facial skin care products over to Renee Rouleau products.

Bath & Body Works, Bondi Beach Single Wick Candle, $14.50

I stumbled into Bath & Body Works a few weekends ago. I’m a sucker for these deals and for scented candles. This candle smells like summer, in a banana-flavored sunscreen kind of way. The smell is so great and it makes me feel relaxed when I’m trying to wind down at night.

Fresh,  Hesperides Grapefruit Eau de Parfum, $25

My second blue mercury pick up; this scent is light and smells exactly like grapefruit, not one bit artificial. Rollerballs have become a favorite of mine just for the convenience of them. I carry this around in my purse just in case I need to freshen up.

Glossier,  Lidstar, $30 for 2

Personally, I’ve never really been “into” makeup. I like mascara and a BB cream to cover my face, but I never really ventured much into eyeshadows other than a neutral palette from the drug store. These cream eye shadows are all parts glittery and easy to apply. Simple, but effective.

All of these are relatively affordable as well as available online, so feel free to try some and let me know what you think!

 

Cult Gaia Ark Bag Duplicate!!

If there’s one thing that many bloggers love, it’s the “Ark” bag from cult gaia. These bags are so cute and add a cool, beachy vibe to any outfit.

When I saw the price of Mackenzie Horan’s pearl acrylic cult gaia bag I gasped. I felt like an adult that says “you paid for clothes with holes in them?” In reference to ripped jeans. But nearly $300 for a bag that literally has holes in it? That is far too much.

After searching the internet for a good duplicate at a much lower price, I settled on this exact look-a-like bag from Amazon. You can’t even tell the difference, especially from a far! The bag I purchased came with a dust bag, as well as a little “silk” tie to add some flair, which was a really nice surprise.

I would definitely recommend checking out Amazon for less expensive options!