Hey friends! I’m sure I don’t have to tell you twice that it’s an exciting day for all of us fashion lovers!  I know y’all are just as excited about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as I am! And I’m so happy you’re here to shop with me!  #itsmorefunwithfriends!  Cue the champagne, cheers and confetti!!!  I actually did have mimosas while I shopped the sale early yesterday and can I tell you- shopping is even more fun with a little side of bubbly! #youknewthat! I think they wanted to get me drunk so I’d shop my face off.  As if I needed liquid courage for that! I hope you are at home or work (shh, I won’t tell!) shopping online, because I’m sure the store is crazy packed today and I wouldn’t want to fight the traffic or dressing rooms today of all days!

And, if you aren’t quite sure what all the fuss is about, it’s okay, I’m happy to fill you in! The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is THE SALE with all the NEW fall fashion goodness that is just released, but at slashed prices for three weeks, then they go up to full-price.  The things that are on sale now are the things you will be itching to wear the minute the slightest hint of a cool front hints- and actually even a few things you could get away with wearing now.  The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens today for cardholders, (get a card here and shop today) but don’t worry, if you don’t have a card, you can start shopping next Friday!  Mark your calendars to come back here, because I will have more to share!

At the store yesterday, I found so much to share with you that I’m breaking it into two posts.  I’ll be back tomorrow with the second half.  This post is already super long, so I tried to keep my commentary brief and informative!  Maybe go ahead and pour yourself that mimosa, I’ll wait . . . . .

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017

Top (XSP) ⋅ Boyfriend Jean Shorts (size down, 24) ⋅ Sandals TTS ⋅ Halogen Leather Cuff Bracelet $38 now, $59 after sale

First up, I’ve been aching for a new pair of jeans and was specifically excited to try the much-loved AG skinny jeans.  I’ve read the rave reviews about this quality, designer jean with a flattering fit, so that’s one of the first things I reached for! This pair is with a raw hem delivered and will make you look like a skinny mini!  They fit TTS, but of course were a little long on me.  The alterations lady actually said I could just cut the hem at home with scissors so that’s what I plan to do.  Her only tip: be sure to cut a straight line!

This off-shoulder top sure ups the game on your grandpa’s flannel shirt! It’s super soft and cozy, and the off-shoulder/long sleeves are an awesome combo.  I tried on XS and it fit fine, but the petite would probably be better. It also comes in pink and I think I need that one too! You know I’m going to recommend my all-time favorite strapless bra and I couldn’t believe our good fortune when I saw the PERFECT T-Shirt bra included in the sale.  Remember the one I was giddy to find that’s wireless and seamless with good lift.  Yep, it’s on sale for $39, $60 after the sale.

AND, my very favorite seamless panties that stay in place all day and are ultra comfortable, so much so that you’ll forget you’re wearing them.  Those panties are in the sale for only $13, $19 after the sale. I’m thrilled to see more colors like pink and aqua- they only had tan, black and brown before.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Treasure and Bond Off the Shoulder Sweater

Two by Vince Camuto Off Shoulder Plaid Blouse $58 now, $89 after saleAG The Legging Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jean (25, TTS) $149 now, $225 laterB.P. Tale Slide $49 now, $80 after sale

Of course I was anxious to try on boots and booties, but this suede slide is one of the pairs of shoes I loved the most.  It fit the most comfortably and the suede is buttery soft.

BP slide

Right away I was smitten with the cowl neck sweater vest.  The waffle fabric is thick and the baby pink is really pretty.  It’s got small v-cuts on the side and isn’t the pocket a fun detail? A tight turtleneck isn’t usually my thing, but I love the looser cowl neck style.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Two By Vince Camuto Waffle-Stitch Vest

Two By Vince Camuto Waffle-Stitch Vest (XSP) $45 now, $69 after sale ⋅ AG The Legging Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jean (25, TTS) $149 now, $225 later  ⋅ B.P. Tale Slide $49 now, $80 after sale

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Happy hump day, friends! We’re midway through the week and just ONE day away from the start of the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  I’m sure you know that’s the amazing Fall sale where everything NEW for the Fall season is marked way down for three weeks, before prices go up on August 7.  Tomorrow, all you Nordstrom cardholders get to shop the Anniversary Sale, and I’ll be right there with you!  If you don’t have a card, get one here, or distract yourself until next Friday, July 21, when the sale opens to everyone.

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How’s your week going friends?  I’m just over here counting down the days ’til the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale like a kid at Christmas!  It’s so close, opening this Thursday for cardholders.  🙋🏼I got a friendly letter in the mail letting me know they upped my limit just in time for the sale- #thankyouverymuch!  We’ll keep this little detail to ourselves and not bother the hubby with that tidbit of info!  😉  Are you excited?!?! Of course, I’ll be sharing my picks on Thursday and then a big ‘ole dressing room round up on Friday with fit tips and recommendations. Let me know what you have questions about and I’ll do my best investigative journalism for ya!

ten summer faves on sale

1. Cold Shoulder Dress $118 $50

This swingy striped! cold shoulder dress is perfect for daytime or evenings out.  Love the simplicity of it and the drapey fabric.  Such a steal at right under $50!  For a daytime look, you could wear it with the #10 sandals (they have lots of colors) & for evening, these black open toe heeled sandals would be great.

2.  Statement Ring $50 $20

Show off your summer mani with this gorgeous, chic statement ring! I like to wear it on my first or middle finger on my right hand with a bold bracelet.

3.  Crystal & Enamel Hinged Bangle $48 $41 

This simple bangle bracelet is the perfect layering piece to your watch or with a stack of other bracelets, or worn simply alone.

4. Blue Maxi Dress $52 $39

I’m sure you’ve heard me rave about this maxi dress before.  Every time I wear it, I get tons of compliments and it’s really flattering and comfortable.  It’s on sale under $40!  I wear XS.

5. Peacock Iphone Case $50 $25

How cute is this peacock phone case?!  Your mirror selfies will be so much cuter with this little guy peeking out in them!

6. Zella High Waist Crop Leggings $65 $43

High waist leggings will be your BFF, I swear!  They keep you all nice and tucked in and make you feel great while working out.  Zella quality is always superb, and this pair comes in three colors with criss-cross detail at the calf.  They run TTS, I wear size XS.

7. Z 6 Ruched Tee $32 $16

Although I normally wear a tank to workout, this Zella tee is my go-to when I want a t-shirt.  The seams in the shirt are perfectly placed to help the illusion of a smaller waist and I like the cut of the sleeves that don’t irritate me when I’m working out.

8. Faux Leather Saddle Bag $79 $53

This crossbody bag is the prettiest light and navy blue combo.  It’s also a good size, so it will hold all your necessities and then some.

9. Striped Tank $19 $11

My go-to tank, $11!!!  I think I need to stock up on the other colors.  It’s perfect for wearing alone or layering under cardigans or other tops.  It fits TTS, XS here.

10. GiGi Sandals $60 $42

I have the older version of these sandals and they are really good! They come in tons of colors and the “beige leather” has a snakeskin pattern that goes with everything.   Sam Edelman makes quality shoes that last, so I highly recommend them!

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Toddler SwimsuitPineapple HatMama Swimsuit (4)

Hi friends!  Back from a rather uneventful weekend, but those are necessary once in awhile, right?! On Saturday, while my husband was out and James was at a friend’s house, I took Jordan to the pool, just the two of us, and we had the best time!  She is definitely a water baby and loves the freedom to splish splash to her heart’s content in the pool.  At home, she’s always hearing, “nooooooo” when she’s splashing the bathwater all over the place.

The girl has no fear and especially loves the pool sprinklers that splash right up into her face!  It’s so fun to watch her get such a kick out of that! Once you have more than one kid, it’s harder to make sure you get one-on-one time with each, so this was a great time for us.

I just got that new swimsuit and it’s darling (especially flattering in the back, but on the sexier side) and the colors are gorgeously vibrant.

Back at home, one giant chore that’s been nagging at me was cleaning out and organizing Jordan’s closet and I finally got it all finished!  Those organizing chores bring so much satisfaction when they’re done!  I told my husband, “go look at Jordan’s closet” because I wanted to show it off, but I don’t think he understood the goodness of it- so thankfully, I have you!

Babies grow so fast,  so all those too small clothes had been piling up, and many were still on hangers, so I always had to avoid those when choosing her clothes each day.  We’ve been generously gifted many awesome hand-me-downs that were too big at the time, but I had a suspicion that there were lots in there she could wear now or soon, so I needed to go through those too!

After we were done, we had a nice and neat, clean closet with everything easily identifiable by size!

Organized kid closet

Paper Flowers ⋅ Jordan Banner ⋅ Similar Square Woven Baskets ⋅ Homegoods Boxes

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Top (XSP) ⋅ Jeans (25, 40% off) ⋅ Similar Leopard Heels (40% off) ⋅ Link BraceletBurberry Watch (on sale) ⋅ EarringsBag

And here we are back to Friday already!  That Tuesday 4th of July made for an interesting week, but I’m not complaining that we are back to the weekend again!  And we have nothing on the agenda, which is always nice! Last weekend, I went through and organized all of Jordan’s clothes, cleaned out her closet and added some decorative touches, so I want to share that with you next week!  But other than that, maybe we will just hang out at the pool if I can drag James out of the house! He’s such a homebody, he never wants to leave! Are your kids like that or the opposite?! I’m all for enjoying our home too, but I like to get outside at least once a day.

Before we get to today’s Outfits Lately post, I get to announce the winner of the $200 Colleen Rothschild Giveaway! I read every comment and appreciate hearing that much of our skin concerns are the same.  And if you mentioned that you enjoy my blog, well, that never gets old!  Thank you!  Without further ado, the winner is: RUST HAWK!  Check your email for a message from me!

Today’s Outfits Lately post is a big ‘ole round up of what I’ve been wearing lately.  If you want more everyday outfit inspiration, I post my daily outfits on Instagram and Facebook, which is what I’m rounding up for you here today.  These aren’t professionally styled photos, just selfies and pics out and about sharing my attempts to get out of jean shorts (it happens sometimes!) and get creative with the things in my closet. I hope you find it helpful for your own wardrobe!

For fit reference, keep in mind I’m super short, just 5’1, about 105 pounds.  I often wear petite or size down for the best fit for my frame, but I’m also busty (34D) with ‘althetic’ i.e. big legs, so that can be a challenging combo. 

I’m addicted to this local coffee shop in our neighborhood, “Boomtown” and can’t get enough of their Iced Capp, but sometimes a good old-fashioned black iced-tea does the trick.  This cold shoulder, ruffle sleeve top was a keeper from my latest dressing room post and it’s so soft.  Unlike with off-shoulder tops, you can wear your Perfect T-Shirt bra with it and be super comfortable.

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