Friday, July 28, 2017

my EASY beauty routine!

While I am no pro at all things beauty, the entire topic has been top of mind lately.  I'm no spring chicken and I also don't have all the time in the world to look great.  A lot of days I go without makeup, but when I do actually put some effort into my face this is my easy everyday makeup routine.

A lot of people have asked on Instagram stories so I thought it would be fun to lay it all out here. I am the biggest dummy with makeup. I have no idea how to contour, I don't know how to do eyeshadow except to swipe it across my eyelid, and while I sometimes do some highlighting... I'm usually too lazy.  Even this eyeliner I only do when I'm feeling snazzy or have somewhere besides the grocery store to be (and even then not always).


Not always in this order, but these are my daily beauty steps...

I start with this BB Cream from Andalou, it's easy to use and gives a great glowy look with light to medium coverage and a good SPF.

My all time favorite mascara is the Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara from Bare Minerals, I've tried so many and keep coming back to this one.  Pro tip: always curl your eyelashes first to get them ready to go long with mascara. 

Liquid eyeliner can be tricky, but it's my current favorite (in a few months I'll probably switch back to pencil, I always seem to waffle on it).  This Lancome Artliner is easy to use and stays on all day without flaking or irritating my eyes (which liquid eyeliner can do sometimes).

I started growing my brows out last summer and it's the longest most annoying experience ever. I only tweeze the crazy outliers, if the new growth is by my existing browline I let them grow in, so this brow pencil helps cover the awkward area. It's easy to use and wipes off with a fingertip or Qtip if you make a mistake. 

Well Rested is one of my favorite products of all time.  It's a creamy undereye highlighter/concealer that makes my face look bright and awake. It doesn't have a ton of coverage, but instead is a nice natural looking touch to an otherwise usually tired face. 

This blush combo is a forever favorite from Beautycounter, I used to be a rep, but even though I no longer am I still love and use this product religiously. 

So that's it! That's my super easy daily makeup routine!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

the Nordstrom Anniversary sale... what's still available!?!?

Items at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale sold out at record pace this year! Whew! If there were items you had your eye on - they are doing some restocks here and there. So KEEP checking back!  If you are overwhelmed by all the "sold out" dead ends you have been running into, I rounded up plenty of items at great prices that are still widely available - they may have a size or two out, but I tried my best to make sure these items are all still available.  There is nothing as annoying as running into sold out notifications left and right, am I right!?!?

black jeans (I bought these and love them!), peplum army jacket (this jacket sold out and is back!), kendra scott earringsnude mule loafersgrey long cardiganstripe tote - available in FOUR colors!, grey thermal tee - other colors available!, tall boots - not all sizes in all colors, but a few sizes in each color, plaid scarfstep hem skinny jeansblack tory burch bag - so gorgeous!, circle pendant necklace - just bought this!, high waisted skinny jeans(I bought these and LOVE them!), knot front tee - lots of colors!, pink cold shoulder sweatshirt - lots of colors!, bow flats - lots of color/size combinations available

Scroll below to shop the pieces...




my everyday style: two ways to style leather-look leggings for fall!

I love anything that fits both categories of comfortable and stylish. So when I heard all the other bloggers chatting up these leather-look leggings I knew I had to give them a try myself.  And those ladies were right - these leggings are thick enough for everyday wear, super slimming and crazy comfortable.  AND they are on sale right now.  Triple/quadruple threat!

Today I thought I would pull together two easy fall-inspired looks featuring these leggings to show how easy it is to dress them up or down for whatever your style may be.  Here I dressed them down with a cozy pullover poncho and sneakers.  This is the perfect look for weekend errands or football games and other fall adventures outdoors.  Then I dressed them up a bit with a fun open back sweater and some mules for a perfect date night or girls night out look when the weather cools down.

Which is your favorite look? I would love to know!











Outfit Details:

Casual look: poncho (similar or similar), leggings, sneakers, bag, sunglasses



Dressed up look: sweater (similar or similar), leggings, mules, bag, earringssunglasses


Monday, July 24, 2017

nordstrom sale beauty favorites!

The beauty exclusives during the Nordstrom Sale are some of the most highly sought after products in the sale... every year beauty gurus and regular gals alike flock to the sale to snag amazing beauty deals. I have said it a million times and I will say it a million more, I have ZERO skills in the beauty department. I go for no-nonsense items that are easy to use (or really: that I can't mess up).  Here are my top picks for the beauty deals this year... if you are more of a pro - you can see the full selection here!

top row: 1. Mario Badescu Icons set - the drying lotion is amazing for blemishes! 2. eyes & cheek set 3. brush set 4. dry bar trio - I'm so in love with the "triple sec" 5. fresh sugar lip duo - basically two for one and these have SPF!

middle row: 6. OUAI hair kit - I have heard amazing things about this dry shampoo foam! 7. mini candle set - only $16, great to have on hand for house warming/hostess gifts! 8. evian facial water spray set - do I need these? No. Are they too cute to pass up? Yes. 9. eyelash conditioner - it seems like so many bloggers are raving about this! 10. Elizabeth & James Black set - another scent I love! 11. Supergoop Rosemary Defense face spray - I am OBSESSED with this stuff, two perfect sizes... one for your beach bag and one for your purse! 12. Atelier Cologne set - these scents are so indulgent and decadent! I have the Vanille and I don't usually love vanilla scents but this one is SO SO good.  I would love to try all these! 13. Clarisonic Mia - I just need to bite the bullet on one of these already!


Friday, July 21, 2017

the nordstrom anniversary sale - under $100!

If you aren't a cardholder - today is the DAY to shop the Anniversary sale as it opens up to the general public today.  I know a few items have sold out, but friends, there is still so much GOOD stuff in stock right now!  If you want to see ALL my Nordstrom Anniversary posts so far, they are all right here!

Whether you are just joining the sale or not, today I have rounded up my top picks under $100!  This sale is so, so good and it seems like everyday I find a new item to love.  If an item is in stock be sure to snag it because items sell out super quick, especially now that it's open for everyone!


cream suede handbag (suede for only $60!), black sunglassespink slip on loaferstie front cozy fleece sweaterlong sleeve striped tee - only $20 and lots of colors!, knit moto jacket - 3 colors!, black ribbed cardigan - only $32!, distressed boyfriend jeansleather look leggingsankle bootsmirror sunglassespaige skinny jeans - super flattering cut, I have these in a different wash!, grey cowl neck pullover - so cute!, cream circle cardigancashmere poncho - lots of colors!, cozy fleece bell sleeve top - lots of colors!, faux leather jacket - only $65!

Shop all the pieces by clicking the right or left arrows below...


Thursday, July 20, 2017

my everyday style: two more fall looks from the Nordstrom Sale!

I've got two more fun fall inspiration looks for you today via the Nordstrom Anniversary sale... not every single item here is in the sale, but most of them are and I thought it would be fun to style them up for some inspo.  The sale opens TOMORROW to the general public and if you want to see other outfits from the sale check out this post or click here to see ALL my posts this year on the sale!




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Sadly this "pardon my french" t-shirt sold out pretty darn quick at the sale.  The good news is that when the sale goes live to the public there should be some pretty good restocks.  SO I will watch it like a hawk to see when it returns. The REALLY GOOD news is that this jacket is still available and is SO cute. I love the peplum top and at only $50 it's a great wardrobe builder for fall. 






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blazer (I'm wearing a 2P), tee - only $15!, scarf, jeans, similar boots, bag

A blazer and riding boots combo has got to be one of my all time favorites! This blazer and this tee are ON SALE right now and such great wardrobe classics. I snagged these Tory Burch riding boots two years ago on major sale and they have been such a great wardrobe investment.  At $200 off in the sale right now, they are a great time to buy! Last year they sold out! 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

shop my closet/the nordstrom anniversary sale tried and trues!

Today I am featuring items that are the tried and trues in my closet that I either have snagged at previous Nordstrom Anniversary sales or pieces that I own and their lookalikes are available at the sale now! It's a great way to see how I style some of the pieces that are on serious sale right now.  And in case you need to start stock piling some fall and winter outfit ideas, I have quite a few of them here for you.  (Now go shop the sale and then let's get back to eating popsicles and running through the sprinklers... no need to rush the end of summer!)

above left: These riding boots are the exact doppelgänger to the pair on sale this week.  And at $200 off they are a great deal.  
above right: Speaking of boots, if you are looking for a pair under $100 and perfect for wearing with jeans, shorts, dresses and more this suede pair is almost exactly identical as the pair I snagged at the sale last year.

above left: These over the knee boots I snagged last year got a TON of wear last fall and winter. Here is a pair that is almost the same - you won't regret these!
above right: I snagged this black cashmere wrap that is under $100 last year and BOOM it's BACK this year! Snag it now, it's available in several colors. 

above left: This classic navy blazer is on sale! It's one of my favorite pieces in my closet!
above right: Everyone and their mother snagged a suede jacket at the sale last year... and for good reason.  Here are a few options for suede jackets in the sale right now here, here and here.

above left: Sperry Saltwater boots have been a staple at the NSale and they usually sell out every year. This year the style is a re-imagined, but I still love them just as much.
above right: It's always a good time to invest in Hunter boots - especially when they are on sale. 

above left: I snagged this poncho last year and got SO many compliments and it sadly sold out super fast.  This year there is a very similar poncho that looks so cozy!
above right: Another cute look with these boots!

above left: I absolutely LOVE my Nike Juvenate sneakers, I think they are the MOST comfortable sneakers ever. You can snag a black version in the sale now!
above right: There is nothing like a cozy anorak... these are great options here, here and this one is #lifegoals.





Monday, July 17, 2017

nordstrom anniversary sale: the shoes!

I personally love a good fall shoe stock up!  And for this, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale doesn't disappoint.  From sneakers, to ankle boots, to all weather boots to heels and pumps... I've rounded up all my favorites from the sale this year.  There are so many great pairs to love here - it's almost hard to choose a favorite!

Have you found any pairs to love at the sale yet? I would love to know which pair you have snagged! So far I have purchased these flats, these pumps, these slippers and I have these on my wishlist. Whew!

flats (top row, from left): nude bow mules (two colors - so cute!), tory burch flats (four colors), pink velvet bow flats (tons of colors/patterns!), black mule loafers (three colors)

ankle boots (second row, from left): taupe ankle wrap booties (four colors), caramel ankle booties (two colors), black ankle booties (three colors), grommet ankle booties (three colors)

heels (third row, from left): block heel suede pumps (love!), grey pom pom pump (four colors), studded heel ankle wrap pumps (two colors), grey peep toe mules (three colors)

sneakers (fourth row, from left): grey velvet embellished sneakers (three colors), adidas stan smith sneakers (obsessed.), black nike juvenate (so so comfy!), white perforate sneakers

tall boots/all-weather shoes (bottom row, from left): tory burch riding bootstall suede boots (obsessed with these!), UGG boots (three colors), Hunter short boots (three colors), Sperry Saltwater boot (four colors)

Shop all the boots by scrolling below too!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

my everyday style: three favorite looks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

I shopped until I dropped when the Nordstrom Anniversary sale kicked off on Thursday... yes, in my pajamas.  Hey, shopping is hard. Even online shopping.  There are SO many good pieces from the sale this year, as always, but these three outfits pretty much sum up my favorite FAVORITES... if ya know what I mean.  Keep in mind that the sale at this point is still only open to Nordstrom cardholders, but you can preview the whole thing online. I know a lot of gals have been sad that things keep selling out, but I know Nordstrom is restocking (I saw a few items I was interested gone and then return to the site!) so keep checking back!  The sale opens to the public on Thursday!

I continue to add neutrals to my wardrobe regularly... I just can't resist them.  They go with everything and make getting dressed so easy.  If that makes me boring, I could really care less.  When I wear pieces I love I feel great. It's as easy as that.  And these pieces have serious feel-good properties.




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I snagged a similar cashmere wrap at last years Nordstrom Anniversary sale and it's been an MVP all year. So I knew it was time to snag another.  I use mine as a scarf, a wrap for chilly nights, a blanket in the car/airplane for traveling, etc, etc.  And at under $125 it's a great deal! Or this one is under $100.  I can always get excited about a striped top and this one is only $25!  I can't say enough good things about these flats. These were my "splurge" for the sale and they are SO soft and incredibly comfortable. I know these will get worn to death this fall.






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These black jeans are an INSTANT favorite... I love the fun released hem and with plenty of stretch and a high rise, they are super flattering as well.  I am usually a minimalist with my wardrobe selections, but this ruffle hem top is anything but!  It's fun and flirty and who can resist a top that is basically a fancy sweatshirt?  I'm always ready to add a classic bag to my collection and this super soft leather tote is perfect for the necessities and then some.  Just how I like my bags.






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Whenever I am prepping to go to an event that requires a little dressing up, I always regret the cute dress I saw and didn't buy.  Sometimes a gal needs a "just because" dress hanging in their closet, right!?!? At only $60 this is the PERFECT "just because" dress for sure... I love the high/low hem and the understated ruffle adds a little fun to a classic silhouette.



I would love to hear what your favorite purchases have been so far! Let me know!

Friday, July 14, 2017

nordstrom anniversary sale: fitness & athleisure deals!

I didn't really touch on it much in my first sale post, but one of my favorite parts of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale are the fitness and athleisure deals. There are two reasons: 1) It's SUPER rare for some of these brands to go on sale 2) I don't know about you, but cute outfits for Pure Barre and hot yoga are NECESSARY for me.  I get just as excited about getting dressed for a workout as I do for every day life. Who's with me?

I know a lot of you gals even depend on your fitness apparel as more athleisure wear, meaning you wear it even when you aren't working out.  And that makes these pieces all the more appealing! They can definitely do double duty!  The best thing is that almost ALL of these pieces are under $100... only the white jacket and the bag are over.  So shop away, because there are some amazing deals here!


top row: classic gym bag (or ANYTHING bag!), pink sports bra, the perfect no-show socks, cocoon cardigan, leather-look pants (obsessed!), white sneakers, grey sneakers (love these classic kicks!)

middle row: fluffy sweatshirt (swoon!), my all time favorite leggings (so so soft!)






 

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