Top 5 picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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In case you have been avoiding the internet for the last week or so, let me share a newsflash with you: it’s time for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! In my book, this is pretty much a national holiday, so how I’m just now getting around to sharing what I’m loving with you is beyond me. Basically I blame Artscape. Which…quick side note here… did any of you Baltimore area readers make it?! I love it, even more this year because it wasn’t 1000 degrees. Moving on…..

When shopping the Anniversary Sale, I try to focus on pieces that 1. are going to last through the coming months, if not longer 2. are quality with out breaking the bank. The major advantage to this sale is that because of the steep discount, some of those investment pieces are with in reach.  With that focus in mind, here are my top 5…

AG "The Stilt" Cigarette Legging Stretch Jeans

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1. AG “The Stilt” Cigarette Jeans
Premium denim is somewhere I’m willing to spend real money, #NSale or not, but getting these for under $150 is a deal. They are a great everyday jean, that hits at the ankle, has a medium dark wash, and moderate pocket detail. They are also pretty classic, which is great because jeans like these (when taken care of) really do hold up well.

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2. Frye “Patty” Leather Riding Bootie
Booties have been around for a few seasons now and I love the versatility they offer. It’s not as much as a tall boot, you aren’t married to leggings, skinny pants or a skirt if you want to wear them, and they look cute with cuffed denim. I’ve seen everyone going crazy over these (which are equally amazing) but there is something about the Frye brand, and the way the leather wears and patinas that draws me to these. Well that, and I love the detail and the fact that the zipper is less obtrusive being on the inside of the ankle.

Sam Edleman Asymmetric zipped coat

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3. Sam Edleman “Zoe” Asymmetric Zip Coat
A fall/winter wool coat is another great piece to grab during this amazing sale. I’ve been itching for a longer black wool coat for a few seasons now, and I love that this one is both classic ans modern. I also think it would be great layered with chunky turtleneck sweaters or scarves when it’s really cold out. (Ugh can we not think about that yet??)

Textured Jacquard High Rise Midi Skirt

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4. ASTR Textured Jacquard High Rise MidiSkirt
The fact that ladylike, midi length, circle skirts are sticking around for fall makes me a very happy girl. Remember this post? Yeah. Possibly obsessed. This one is a perfect cream color to take you all the way through the winter. It would look amazing with brown, navy blue, your classic “fall colors” of mustard, emerald, eggplant, and pumpkin. And I’m thinking it would also be cute dressed up for a holiday party…if you want to think that far ahead. Also, for under $60? This is a great buy.

M.A.C. Brush Set

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5. M.A.C Look in a Box Basic Brush Kit
It would be sinful to have a top 5 from the #NSale with out at least one beauty buy, and narrowing it down to one was a challenge. These are sitting in my cart because, well, they stand the test of time. I’ve been hearing “OMG now’s the time to buy M.A.C brushes” since I was in high school, and that might be the one piece of 16 year old girl logic that actually makes sense. I mean, $127 value for $50? And if you’ve used a good make up brush you know it really does make a difference.

OK, now it’s your turn. What’s in your cart for the sale to end all sales?
XO

Put it on my Black Card: Dreamy Flats

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Have you ever played a word association game? You know, like when someone says a word and you say the first thing that comes to your mind? If someone were to play that game with me and say the work “coco” my initial answer would be puffs krispies Chanel. There is so much Chanel that is simply iconic in the fashion world, and beyond. It’s a logo that even those who don’t have a subscription to Vogue, or consider themselves “Up” on fashion would recognize.

Recently, I’ve been feeling myself gravitate more toward classic pieces. Sure I still wear and love a good kimono style shawl and jean cut offs, but this is not where I’m investing my money. If I had the money to invest in clothes, there’s a high probability that I would be investing in Chanel. And currently it would be the ever popular, always beautiful, seasonless, timeless, cap toe ballet flat.

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Some how these shoes manage to be just as chic on Mary Kate Olsen and Katie Holmes, as they do on your Grandmother and your Great Aunt.  And while I am drawn to the gray pair pictured above, I’ve always lusted after the classic camel with black toe.

Chanel Cap Toe Flats

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So today I’m adding them to my dream closet, paid for with my faux Black Card.

If you could add 1 piece of Chanel to your closet, what would it be?

XO

You don’t have to try so hard

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I was perusing Facebook earlier this morning, when I saw my friend Shelby (of A Mouthful of Moderation) post this article. Sometimes the internet just reaches out and slaps you in the face.

I felt like, if I needed the reminder, someone else might too. We don’t have to try so hard. What is is about women that makes us think we need a face full of make up, a perfect blow out, and a fresh mani/pedi to go out in public? Trust me, I’m guilty of it all. And if I’m being 100% honest with you (duh) I’m getting my hair blown out today AND I was thinking about getting my nails done. But the question is WHY?! And not only why, but how did I get to a place where I feel better about myself when I look in a mirror and see those things?

No amount of make up is going to make me, you, or anyone a better person. No amount of perfect hair is going to make people like us more. And really, no amount of running and/or yoga is going to give me a thigh gap worthy of quitting chocolate chip cookies. WHAT IS LIFE WITH OUT COOKIES PEOPLE!?

Am I throwing out my make up? No. Am I never again putting on mascara or lipstick? Hell no. But on those days when I look in the mirror and really only see the flaws, only see the imperfect skin tone, or the dark under eye circles, or the inevitable blemish? On those days I’m going to cut myself a little slack.

Happy Friday Friends…..

XO

 

 

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