Thursday, July 27, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Favorites

Hello darlings, behold! It's the best time of the year, besides Thanksgiving and Christmas magic. That's right, you've seen the ads. It's the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

This month, has been a "treat yo self" month. Which is very exciting because, as a saver, they don't come around too often. When it comes to sales, strategy is my main focus. So here are a few secrets or a thrifty shop-o-holic:

1) Start Early and Add-to-Cart - Not what you were expecting? This is how you thin out the "Do I need that?" items. Add everything to "like" to your bag. Before you know it, you'll have sticker shock by the end price total.
2) Weed out the "Semi-Likes" - Only keep the items you know you're going to wear. Think "will I wear this?" and "How often will I wear this?". If you don't love it or you won't wear it, remove it.
3) Consider making the big expensive purchase - The leather jacket was a not a tough sell for me. This is because of how expensive they normally are. This jacket is not only something that will be a staple in my wardrobe but it will also prevent me from needing a new jacket for a very long time. It's high quality and a good buy, thus, a keeper.
4) Think about the Holidays - The Anniversary Sale is considered the "Christmas in July" for Seattle. There's a reason for that! Many of the items are purchased now for future gifts. Holidays, yes, but also birthdays and thank you gifts as well. This year I bought 2 packs of Voluspa mini candles. They rarely go on sale at other stores. Hoping on these easy gifts was also a "keep" in my cart. Dibs on the Prosecco Bellini though!
5) Don't break the bank - Know your budget and stick too it. It's a sale and there will be more sales as time goes by. If you absolutely love it and have to have it but can't afford it, it's okay to let it go. Many items went on sale and sold out after Early Access but there were a lot of similar items to look up. Search "Anniversary" and what ever you're looking for. It's possible they have something similar but in your price range.

Best of luck! Let me know what your favorites are!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

All Black & Oxblood

For the dark and stormy grey days in the middle of summer. It's just not fair but we can't let bad weather get in the way of making an all back statement. Mixed with a deep red, of course. This lipstick has become an obsession of mine. 

Then again, who doesn't love a pop of color with an all black ensemble. Any color will do! Bright, light, deep, sass. It's the best. 

This lip is from MAC. It's my first ever MAC purchase. Believe it, friends. This gal isn't making it up. My old co-workers would rave about specific lipstick colors and products. Majority of my makeup comes from Sephora. We all know MAC isn't one of their clients. My normal go to lipsticks are Nars and Rimmel. High end and low end, can't beat it. 

This summer, it's a goal of mine to try out different lipsticks and move away from liquid lips. Though, they're my favorite. This is a statement for the books! Liquid matte lips are everything! 

However, this lipstick is a total game changer. This lip stayed on through tea and lunch. I did reapply at after lunch though due to a lack of lip liner.

The lip is called Viva Glam. It brings me life.

On to gold accessories. You all know about my watch from past posts. My newest accessories are the little gold knuckle rings from a boutique in Kirkland. Serendipity Consignment was right across the street from Hector's, our brunch spot. Adding that it was on a hot beautiful summer day... this little spot has tons of great gently used clothing, shoes and accessories. It also sells new items too, like these rings.

Top: Marshall's (similar) // Pants: Express // Booties: The Office // Watch: 
Marc by Marc Jacobs // Earrings: JewelMint (old, similar) // Lipstick: MAC, Viva Glam 

Earrings are very old. Bought from JewelMint when they first came out. It's far from gone but there were some great pieces from that company once.

My last ring, the one in the photo below, is a family antique that my grandmother gave to me years ago. It's something that keeps my close to her and goes nicely with my new rings. Old and new!

What little boutique do you love?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Meeting Vibes

Nothing better than a Saturday morning meeting with a non-profit. The whole morning was spent cleaning and organizing before my leadership retreat. This year my goal was to put myself to the test and go to a different part of the non-profit org. 

My position is in connecting members and building lasting friendship for the league's year and, hopefully, life. It's already been an amazing start because it connects me with senior leaders who have had amazing careers throughout their membership. 

The attire was business casual. Since the morning was spent cleaning my kitchen, vacuuming my living room and organizing my Disney collection for my friend's weekend visit, my outfit was a bit more casual than normal. 

This outfit is head-to-toe SALE. They were all purchases on a discount site or in store. Including my necklace. My watch was a gift so that that the ultimate freebie. 

The easy, relaxed fitted tank is from Fred Meyer. If you can believe that. It was on the sale rack and something that was picked up while on my trip to the Oregon Coast last month. So, not only was it on sale, but there wasn't sales tax. The 10% adds up! 

My flats are Tahari. A favorite because of the "T" initial on the toes. All of my favorite brands are T's: Tahari, Tory Burch, Trouvé, Treasure & Bond, Tom Ford. The list goes on and on. 

Tank: Fred Meyer (similar) // Cardigan: Rack, Treaded Needle // 
Pants: Express // Necklace: Gorjana (similar) // Flats: Tahari (similar)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

That Little Pink Romper

Shortly after my birthday is one of my best friend's birthdays. Recently my social life has revolved around birthdays and, personally, my wardrobe and self couldn't be happier about it. The people that are important to me are somehow almost all Cancers. Maybe that is Gemini tendencies. We get along well with Aries, Aquarius and Cancers. My childhood friend is a cancer and she's coming up for her birthday weekend to celebrate toward the end of the month.

For this party, we went out to Bastille. It's a charming bar/restaurant with patio in Ballard. It's finally summer in Seattle so, naturally, the rompers came out. Though rompers are frustrating to get undo, for ex. to use the restroom (you thought something else, didn't you?). They can take awhile to adapt to.

This romper is a favorite. Primarily because of the length. To be honest, personally, short is the way too go. This one challenges that standard for me. Normally this would be too modest. Which is why it works well for my wardrobe. There isn't anything else like it in the closet.

This night was fortunate. My hair was curled, my make up was from my new palette (which will be shared in a future post) and my shoes are a favorite. PLUS, bonus round: The romper comes with pockets. Game changer!! Love the ruffles, the color and the price.

Target, friends. Can you believe that? Target. This was purchased a few months ago when the weather wasn't cooperating. This was a purchase for the books!

Romper - Target (similar, similar, similar) // Gold Bangles - Gift from India (from my grandmother) // Sandals - Seychelles, Garden Leather Sandals (similar) // Make up below

Sandals were purchased from a last year. A great life decision. They're constantly worn now because they easily transition from work to a night out. They keep my legs in shape and they aren't uncomfortable at all. They're my favorite heeled sandal and they're frequently worn to work. They've even been walked home in! 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Black and White 4th of July

A little late on posting but this is the outfit of the day for the 4th of July. This was taken right before brunch at Glo's. If you're from Seattle, you know Glo's. If you're new to the neighbor or visiting, it's a very small spot up on Capitol Hill.

It's got great dishes and there's always a line outside. The secret: It's worth the wait.

After meeting and catching up with my friend, Ishea, there was a lot of chores to do. If you couldn't tell. The piles of blankets and nicknacks on my table and counters were driving me nuts. Almost everything has a spot now.

Romper: The Loft (old, similar and similar) // Sandals: Target // 
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

My outfit is from The Loft. Unfortunately, it was purchased a few years ago but it's still a go-to in my closet for an easy outfit. Rompers are my jam. It's an outfit, all in one.

Paired with new sandal from Target and my favorite Marc Jacobs gold watch. Easy breezy!