5 Ways to Stay Cool (and chic) in Hot weather


Summer heat is here! For many, that makes it hard to stay comfortable in the clothes that they are wearing. Fear not – I am here to help! I have a few items that will help you stay cool in the summer heat while not compromising your chic style.

Straw Hats

Not only are these bad boys super chic but they also help keep you cool when the days start to get really hot. They pair well with almost any look. Plus if you are having a bad hair day, no one will ever know!


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Chambray shorts

The best investment I made this year was getting a pair of chambray shorts. This fabric of chambray shorts are so breathable. I can’t help but live in them this summer because of how comfortable I am in them (plus they are super cute).


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Wide Leg Pants

All my working ladies up your hands up! 🙌🏼 There are some days that you are simply not going to want to wear a dress to work. And that is ok. Consider adding a pair of wide leg pants to your wardrobe instead. They won’t cling to your skin adding extra heat to your body. Chic and oh so comfortable!


Slide Sandals 

Another great piece to add to your shoe closet without breaking the bank. I have been living in these LC Lauren Conrad slides because of cute they are and the comfort they have brought me. You don’t have to worry about your feet getting sweaty now! From the beach to your back yard, you will be sure to be living in these sandals for the rest of the summer.


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Light lingerie

There is nothing worse than the feeling of an uncomfortable bra – especially in the summer.  When I am not at work, I am living in comfortable bralettes to keep me cool. For work, I am wearing my 24/7™ Seamless Stripe Plunge bra from ThirdLove. I had a honor to work with them on a collaboration and let me tell you – they are the real deal. This bra is so light (even though it has an underwire, it doesn’t dig into my skin) and give me the coverage I need to go on with my day!


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Ta-da! See? Simple items you can add to your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Now go out and make the most of this beautiful summer!

My 24/7 Seamless Stripe Plunge bra was gifted to me courtesy of ThirdLove. All opinions listed in this post are my own. 💖


How to style your maxi dress for the fall


Summer always goes by far too fast! I cannot believe that some stores are already bringing out out their Halloween (and Christmas merchandise) out already. BANANAS right? 😳 Today, I want to dedicate a post to help you hold on to summer as long as you can. Styling your favorite summer maxi dresses (like this one) for the fall is super easy to do. Here is how to do it:

Layers, layers, layers

When in doubt, add some layers. Maxi dresses look great with a long blazer or denim jacket. I tried to wear a heavier fall coat to show you how to style it with this dress but I’m sorry you guys. It is WAY to hot out for that! 😅

Bootie time!

When the weather starts to get cooler, it’s time for your favorite booties to come out to play! You can wear them with stockings to give you some extra warmth while giving you a polished look. I HIGHLY recommend getting yourself a pair of waterproof boots for fall (I just ordered these for myself). They are especially useful when you are doing fall festivities such as pumpkin picking and hayrides. 🍂

Step up your accessory game!

The great thing about jewelry is that is universal. You can always pay up your look for any season with the right jewelry. I love this long pearl necklace. It’s so simple but pairs perfectly with my dress and jacket. Speaking of accessories, be sure to bring out your hats and scarfs (I love this floral print scarf from J.Crew). They are perfect to throw on with a dress.

See? Effortless. I hope this post inspires you hold on to your summer maxi dresses a little bit long as we (eventually) make our way to fall.


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Dress: Valley Girl // Jacket: KUT from the Kloth // Hat: OLD; similar here


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Under-rated pieces you have to add to your wardrobe!

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Top: Cece // Pants: Halogen // Bag: LC Lauren Conrad


From left to right

1901 Button Front Floral Skirt (it fits great on me in size 4. For petite, I recommend sizing down. I would go with 2P) // 1901 Full Neoprene Skirt (under $100) // 1901 Tulle Skirt (under $100)


From left to right

Eliza J Sheath Dress (super flattering on petites!) // Eliza J Bell Sleeve Dress (flirty but also professional // Eliza J Color block dress (under $100)


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Cece Tipped Bow Neck Sweater (great for layering and on sale for $53) // Cece Ruffle Trim Collar Blouse (so feminine and classic) // Cece Floral Print Ruffle Trim Shirt (on sale for $66).


Red floral romper + $500 Nordstrom gift card giveaway


Woooo! It has been one hot summer this year! I’m trying not to complain because there is nothing I hate more than being cold. I am so glad that I came across this darling floral romper from BP. It’s so much fun to wear because most people think it is a dress. Isn’t that dress? The look of a feminine floral dress with the comfort of a romper!

This romper is true to size. For reference I am wearing it in a size S. I especially LOVE that this romper is under $50 (and offers great quality). Nordstrom offers a lot of great brands but I am especially thankful that they offer a brand like BP. You can get some quality pieces for a great price point.

Speaking of Nordstrom, the anniversary sales begun! If you want full details on the sale, you can check them out here. You can also check out my favorite pieces from that are available here. Finally, be sure to scroll down for info on how to win a $500 Nordstrom gift card!


Romper: Nordstrom (under $50)  // Shoes: old; similar here // Lipstick: Maybelline // Lipliner: Maybelline


It’s that time again… the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! We love shopping the sale and since we are so grateful for all of the support you give us, we wanted to bring our lovely readers a giveaway! One lucky winner will get to shop the Nordstrom sale this year with a $500 Gift Card from us! (See below for how to enter)

The Anniversary sale runs from July 20-August 5 2018; if you have a Nordstrom card then you can shop the sale early starting on July 12th!

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It’s time to shop till you drop! This giveaway is brought to you by the lovely influencers above! We love shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and know that you do too, so we are giving away a $500 Nordstrom E-Gift Card so one winner will have the chance to shop the sale on us. Enter by performing the actions listed in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win!

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My picks for Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale: Early Access

Hi loves! It’s finally here! Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale is in full swing. Which means it’s time for me to show you my favorite items from the early access. Access to items during early access are for cardholders only. If you have no applied for one, be sure to do so! I also have full details on the sale here.

This sale getting pretty crazy with the thousands of products that become available online so be sure to BOOKMARK this page. That way, you can navigate through the sale much easier. Don’t forget, there is also a Nordstrom giveaway happening here and on my Instagram on the 13th. Stay tuned for the details!

Dresses & Jumpsuits

First Row (from left to right) 

Self Portrait Pink Asymmetrical Lace Dress (Anniversary Sale price: $375 // regularly $560) // Tiered Scalloped Lace Dress (comes in two colors) // J.Crew Atrium Dress

Second Row (from left to right)

BB Dakota Taylore Convertible Strap Maxi Dress ($80) // Eliza J Bell Sleeve Fit & Flare Dress (comes in three colors) //Eliza J Stripe Faux Wrap Shirtdress 

Third Row (from left to right)

Eliza J Fit & Flare Sweater Dress (Anniversary Sale price: $98.90 // regularly $140) // Eliza J Lace Fit & Flare Dress // Eliza J Flutter Sleeve Crepe Jumpsuit (Anniversary Sale price: $104.90 // regularly $158)

Last Row (from left to right)

Eliza J Colorblock Texture Knit Fit & Flare Dress (perfect for all occasions) // Eliza J Button Yoke Fit & Flare Dress (comes in two colors) // Eliza J Fringe Hem A-Line Dress (perfect for interviews and to wear at the office)


First row (from left to right) 

Vince Camuto Reeista Bootie (top seller last year) // Sperry Shearwater Water-Resistant  Boot (comes in three colors) // Sam Edelman Orlane Sandal ($80)

Second row (from left to right)  

Joe’s Virginia Flat (also comes in red) // Tory Burch Benton Ballet Flat (comes in three colors) // Tory Burch Benton Pump (comes in four colors)

Third row (from left to right)

Sam Edelman Tiana Pump (comes in two neutral colors) // Soludos Espadrille Loafer (also comes in gray) // Splendid Nala Mule (Anniversary sale price: $84.90 // regularly $128.95)

Coats & Blazers

First row (from left to right)

Halogen Boiled Wool Blend Fit & Flare Coat (also comes in pink) // Halogen double breasted blazer (comes in two other colors) // Halogen sculpted jacket (comes in one more color)

Second row (from left to right) 

J.Crew Dover Blazer (comes in three more colors) // J.Crew Olga Boiled Wool Topcoat (Anniversary sale price: $184.90 // regularly $278) // Kate Spade faux fur collar wool blend coat 

Third row (from left to right)

Kate Spade skirted trench coat (Anniversary sale price $198.90 // regularly $298) // The North Face ‘Osito 2’ Jacket (a crowd favorite for its versatility) // Tahari Mel Faux Suede Trench Coat (comes in two more colors)  

Skincare & Cosmetics

First row (from left to right) 

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Set (on sale for $49 // a $66 value) // Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment // StriVectin TL™ ‘The Big Deal’ Jumbo Advanced Tightening Neck Cream (on sale for $99 // regularly $189)

Second Row (from left to right) 

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash ($45) // Kiehl’s Healthy Skin Set // (Anniversary sale price: $69 / a $105 value) // GlamGlow The Hollywood Glow Set // ($59 + gift with purchase)

Third Row (from left to right)

Mario Badescu Latest & Greatest Set ($30) // Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser Duo ($29) // The Best of Lancôme Lashes Mascara Set (gift with purchase!)

Items for Home 

First row (from left to right) 

Cathy’s concepts Theme Etched Set of 4 Stemless Wine Glasses ($35.90) // BCBGENERATION All That Glitters Throw (so cozy!) // Lala + Bash Miranda Blackout Window Panels (also comes in three more colors) 

Second row (from left to right)

Simpatico Hobnail Glass Candle (comes in lots of colors) // American Atelier Daphne Set of 4 Stemless Wine Glasses ($23.90) // Cathy’s Concepts Monogram Marble & Wood Serving Board (on sale for $41.90 // regularly $63) 

Third Row (from left to right) 

Peri Home Chenille Pillow ($29.90) // Pier Home Fringe Pillow ($21.90)  // Pier Home Chenille Lattice Comforter

Tops and Sweaters 

First row (from left to right) 

BP. Twist Front Sweater (also comes in cream color) // BP. Balloon Sleeve Sweater (comes in two other colors) // BP. Textured Stitch V-Neck Pullover (on sale for $25.90)

Second row (from left to right) 

Halogen Lace Trim Blouse (also comes in black) // Halogen Lace detail cami (comes in three more colors) // Halogen Scallop Edge Sweater (comes in 5 more colors) 



Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 details

Yay! It’s almost that time of year. Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale will be upon us in the next few weeks. This is one of my favorite sales of the year because it gives everyone a chance to stock up on fall favorites without spending a fortune when cooler weather arrives. Scroll down to learn what my favorite pieces from last year were, looks and what I will be adding to my cart this anniversary sale.


What is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

Nordstrom’s fall inventory is debut with items at a sale price for a limited time. It’s the absolute best because you can stock up on pieces like shoes and clothes for yourself while also getting gifts in jewelry, beauty and more!

When does Early Access Start for Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale?

This is important to note because you would not believe how fast pieces sell out during early access. The early access sale begins on Thursday, July 12th HOWEVER it is just for Nordstrom cardholders. They have 3 types of cards: Nordstrom store credit card, a Nordstrom Visa Signature card, and a Nordstrom Visa Platinum Card. If you have a least one of them, you will have access to the sale. For more details, CLICK HERE.

When does the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale open to the public?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public on Thursday, July 20. The sale ends on Sunday, August 5. Pricing for all of Nordstrom’s new fall inventory goes back up on August 6.

What time does the Nordstrom Anniversary sale start?

Since Nordstrom is a Seattle-based company, it’s no surprise that the start of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 aligns with their home time zone. This means that The Early Access Sale will begin at 12:01 AM PDT on July 12 (i.e. 2:01 AM Central / 3:01 AM Eastern). Public Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 will be at 12:01 AM PDT on July 20. People look forward to this sale every year. So if there is something you really like, I really recommend getting the Nordstrom Card so you do not miss out. I had a jacket that I loved last year that sold out during the early access portion of the sale (and did not get re-stocked). That being said, take advantage of their Pick Up in Store option if you want to avoid long lines.

Will Nordstrom Anniversary restock?

Nordstrom has an amazing return policy. This means that items can be re-stocked at any minute. Nordstrom’s web team is amazing at keeping up with analytics – making sure that all items available online and in store are accurate.

Do I have access as to what items are going on sale?

YES! Nordstrom has their Anniversary Sale catalog available online for you to view HERE.

Previous Sale Looks


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This suede moto jacket by BlankNYC was my favorite purchase during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in 2017. I have already marked several outerwear pieces from the catalog that I am looking on getting. This piece sold out quickly because it came in so many different colors, light and of course – marked down at a great price.


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Getting a pink blazer during Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in 2017 was one of the highlights of the sale. I love that the sale has petite and plus size pieces that go on sale. SCORE!


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You can bet on some gorgeous shoes to be on sale. Every year, Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale has a great variety of shoes that you can pick. From boots to open toe sandals, you will be sure to find a pair of shoes that you will absolutely adore.


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One of the best parts of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is that handbags go on sale too! I am taking pieces like this Rebecca Minkoff Medium Julian Nubuck Backpack to brands like Kate Spade and Tory Burch!


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The anniversary sale is also a great time to stock up on charming dresses from brands like Eliza J and Halogen. I bought this Eliza J maxi dress during the anniversary sale in 2016 and it’s still one of my favorite pieces to this day. I use it all the way into winter since it’s so versatile for fall. You better believe there will be some lovely dresses that will be part of the sale. There are always plenty of dresses to choose from each year.

I hope that this post helps you navigate through the sale. Be sure to check back here on the 12th. I will be linking my favorite pieces directly here on the blog. Happy shopping!


Good times in Gingham: How to wear summer’s hottest print


Hi loves! I love wearing gingham in the summer. This print is one that brings comfort and fun. I always find myself thinking of summer picnics whenever I wear gingham (anyone else!?) If you think you can’t wait gingham without looking like a picnic blanket, don’t worry! You can check out my tips to wear gingham effortlessly here.

How darling is this off the shoulder gingham dress? Shout out to Ann Taylor for having petite sizes. For reference, I am wearing this dress in size 2P. If you are crazy for gingham like I am, I have added some adorable gingham print pieces below. You can never have too much gingham right? 🙈

Gingham print galore! (And all under $50)

Are you crushing on gingham too? I would love to hear your thoughts on this flirty print in the comments below. ☀️


Dress: Ann Taylor // Clutch: Francescas // Shoes: OLD; similar here