Friday, July 20, 2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Try-On

Below you will find the try-on photos from the big order I placed for the Nordstrom sale! Today is public access so I wanted to re-share this post for those of you who will be shopping public access today! You can also find my first impression post, here

I am adding this collage to the top to let you know what I will end up keeping from my order! It's always so hard to decide, but for me personally, assessing what I loved the most and what I needed the most was the easiest way to make my decisions (although let's be real, I needed nothing).  I recently majorly purged my closet so I felt like I could do with a few replacements of well-worn items. I noticed I got rid of a lot of white silk shirts because they were either stained or just looked too worn-in. Hence why I decided it was fine to get a new silk shirt

I really do like shopping in stores because you can see the items, touch, them etc. but for this sale, I find it easiest to place a big order and try on at home. This is because you can style these pieces with shoes and clothes that you already have. This will help you to decide if these items are things you need or things that will work well with what you already have. 

The worst is when you buy something in a store and then get it home and it sits in your closet for a long time because you don't actually have anything in your closet that pairs well with the item or you realize it is really not your style! 

I also think you should shop this type of sale without the influence of a sales associate or friends because you really want to make your own decisions. Otherwise, you'll end up buying way more/spending more than you wanted to. This sale tends to make you feel like you need to buy and spend, but let's be honest- that money is always better in your pocket so be scrupulous with your choices!

For example, I loved this cashmere cardigan and the quality and color were perfect, but I have too many similar items in my closet already so it got sent back! 

What I ended up choosing was all neutral, no prints, and many of them were pricier pieces that are well-made. These are pieces that will get a lot of wear in a lot of different ways through the fall and winter. They are also timeless and are sure to last for years to come. 

The candles are for my gift drawer because they make a luxe, chic gift and if you price them out individually, they only come out to about $11/candle! I also got this Charlotte Tilbury Palette because it is one of my favorite makeup brands and I loved the colors. I was in need of a new blush and I thought this would be a fun purchase!

Another thing I wanted to share within this post is my try-on video. I think video translates so much better than photos with this type of thing so you can watch my try-on stories on my instastory highlights, but I also uploaded it to YouTube for those of you who may not be on Instagram. The quality is not great- I took it on my iPhone but my commentary is kind of the most important! I tried to translate it below for all of you! 

Today I'm sharing my Nordstrom Try-on session with you! My photos look a bit different than usual because I did them at the lake! For each image, I'll be sharing the fit/sizing of each piece as well as the level of quality! 
Fit: The sweater and denim both run true to size. I am wearing a small in the sweater and a 27 in the denim.

Quality: Both pieces are impeccable quality. The cashmere sweater is my favorite thing from the entire Nordstrom sale! 
Camel Cashmere Sweater// Camel Skirt (other colors available)
Fit: The skirt is something I ordered specifically to go with the camel sweater and the camels could not be more perfect together! It is gorgeous and would work casually as well as for work. The price is unbeatable. You can wear this with booties/boots in the fall, too, when it starts to get chillier.
Quality: The price for the quality is really nice. I was very pleasantly surprised. 

Fit: The silk blouse is true to size, I'm wearing a size small. It has slight drop shoulders and a textured crewneck and sleeve hems (3/4 sleeves). The denim has absolutely no stretch to it. I ordered my typical 27, which was fine, but for comfort reasons, I plan on exchanging and going a size up!

Quality: The price for the jeans is incredible. They are such high quality and have a great fit. The blouse is pricey, which is why I have shown it styled for work and for casual weekends. It's a classic, high-quality basic. 

Fit: This skirt runs true to size. I am wearing a size 2. It is high-waisted. I am 5'6" and it hits just above my knees. The fit is very modest and would be great for a conservative workplace. 

Quality: The skirt is really nice for the price. The quality is not the best in the world, but for a classic basic, this is a nice price. 

Fit: This runs true to size, it has slight drop shoulders. It's roomy and cozy and the stretch and fit leaves room for a bit of layering. 

Quality: This cardigan is made of incredibly soft cashmere. The color is a beautiful neutral and the fabric is thick. The shawl around the neck is doubled up for durability. This is something you'll get a ton of wear out of and have for years to come. 
Navy Cashmere Sweater (available in many colors)// Brown Leather Booties

Fit: The sweater runs true to size and has a classic crewneck, no drop shoulders. It has a tunic length and has cute ties at the hips with a split hem. The booties run true to size. 

Quality: I was so shocked and impressed with the quality of this cashmere. I can't get over the fact that it is under $90. I am very picky when it comes to cashmere and this is truly a quality piece. I would stick with the neutral colors as the actual colors are a little bit 'off' to me. The navy is a gorgeous, deep blue. This is such a good find- one of the best 'deals' of the sale in my opinion. The booties are also impeccable. High-quality and comfortable, plus very classic but also stylish. 

Fit:I have had one of these cardigans for years. They usually come out with this every year. It's a classic cargidan that you can also wear as a robe with your pajamas. Either way it's roomy and cozy. It runs true to size and I am wearing a size small. 

Quality: The quality for the price is wonderful. It is made of alpaca and wool which means it is high quality. The nylon in it will ensure that the fabric keeps its shape and doesn't wear as quickly as pure wool or cashmere sweaters. This is a gerat deal, even at full-price. 

Fit: This dress runs true to size, I am wearing a size small. I love that from the top half of the dress it looks like you're just wearing a classic crewneck sweater, but then the bottom half has a cute, flirty skirt. The skirt is plenty long and it just feels SO comfortable. 

Quality: Beautiful, quality cashmere. It's thin, but it doesn't feel cheap. It just feels like something you won't 'overheat' in. I think it will look so cute with a vest come colder weather! 

Fit: This runs true to size, however, if you have a larger chest or wider hips, I'd suggest sizing up. This is a true, classic sheath cut so it's meant to fit tailored and fitted. If you are between sizes, I suggest sizing up and taking it to a tailor to have it fitted perfectly to your body. It's a conservative knee length which, in my opinion, makes it look very elegant and sophisticated. 

Quality: Great quality, good fabric, a gorgeous, deep navy color that almost skews black. 

Fit: This runs true to size. I am wearing a size 2. It is a very 'sheath' style on top so if you are larger in the bust, size up. If you are wider in the hips, don't worry because it widens at the bottom! This is a true midi length. 

Quality: The fabric is textured giving it some depth and making it look much pricier than it is. The seams and cut of the dress are gorgeous. The hem is finished and the fringe is added so the craftsmanship is really high quality. You cannot go wrong with this dress! 

Fit: This brand runs small, I sized up one size. It's very comfortable, roomy, soft. 

Quality: The fabric is beautiful and the grosgrain button placket on the back is a nice touch. I want to love this SO much, but I'm not sure if it is my style or not- what do you all think?!

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Lately 7/19/2018

How has everyone's week been?! Mine has been absolutely blissful! If you didn't know, I am on my family vacation. We are in Georgia at the lake and it's so nice to just relax. I'll be back next week to post about my trip but right now, I'm trying to live in the moment!

Wearing: If you saw my Try-On post from the Nordstrom sale, you saw this striped dress. I was personally unsure about it. I love the idea of it, but I'm not so into clingy dresses and I thought the length might have been weird. But as I was trying everything on and getting everyone's opinions here at the lake (we are here with 18 people), everyone said they loved the dress, so it's a keeper!
Drinking: Wolffer Estates Dry Rose Cider. I bought this when I was in North Carolina and realized how good it is... like SO good. It's perfectly crisp and dry. I actually prefer this to rose wine! 

Reading: 24 Things Millenials Haven't Thought About In Years. This list is such a gem!!! I remember everything!

Watching: We watched the movie A Quiet Place here at the lake and it was so creepy! It's worth the watch because it kept my attention the entire movie and it was really suspenseful, but the storyline was so bizarre and the end was a little disappointing.

Listening: Have you seen Harry Style's cover Shania Twain? SO good. I was obsessed with Shania Twain when I was little and I am soooo in love with Harry Styles, haha! 

Loving: My car is only a year old, so I don't have a 'need' for these, but I think if the interior of your car starts to show wear, these custom mats are brilliant! They're understated and give a nice touch while keeping your car looking good!

Loving III: Ok Williams-Sonoma is one of my all-time favorite places to shop. However, they have fall stuff ALREADY?! Fall is my favorite season and I'm all for enjoying it prematurely, but this is a bit crazy, no?! 

 Umm.. THIS DRESS. It looks so different from things that I normally go for, but it's just so fun and such a great summer white!
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Smelling: There are so many candles included in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I have a major soft spot for candles and some of my favorites are included! Shop the widget above to see my faves, including this Dyptique set

Traveling: Next up? Ohio then Nashville! I'm headed to Ohio two weekends in a row for weddings and then headed to Nashville to visit one of my sorority sisters (we are going to the Taylor Swift Concert!!). 

Quoting: "We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.” –Jonah Lehrer // See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Best Eye Creams

The Best Eye Creams
Last week on Instastories, I mentioned that I was about to run out of one of my favorite eye creams! It's thick and creamy- just what I love to use at nighttime. I'm all about taking care of my skin- it's one of my favorite topics to read about, too!

The photo above was taken on a day that I was particularly tired/ with puffy eyes and I think that I hid it well. Between a good eye cream regimen, cold products/ice, and concealer (the one linked is the best ever), I think it's truly possible to hide tired eyes! 

Since I love to try new products, I reached out to all of you to suggest eye creams that have been your favorites. Below I have listed what were the top 8 recommended products. The Kiehl's was by far the most recommended and the rest of the list is also in order based on the number of recommendations! 

I am also sharing with you the eye creams that I have tried and loved and then some that I have tried and not loved.

Top Reader Recommended Eye Creams:
- Kiehl's Midnight Recovery// This was the #1 most recommended eye cream. I literally might buy this one because it's not in a tub. I wish nothing came in a tub- it's not sanitary!!! 
- Origins Ginzing// I tried this once but I can't remember what I thought of it. I love the face cream so I feel like this could be a really good one! This has a really affordable price tag.
- Tata Harper// I never jumped on the TH bandwagon but I'm interested in trying the brand. It has a big cult following. The price on this is really $$$ in my opinion... $100 for half an ounce!
- Dr. Dennis Gross// Very intrigued by this. Anything with Vitamin C in it is my absolute favorite. 
- Fresh// Love this brand. 
- Ole Henriksen// This is another vitamin C eye cream so I am intrigued!
- Clinique// This is a really inexpensive option and has good reviews. There is a set included in the Nordstrom Sale!
- Skinceuticals// I'm surprised this was not mentioned more. This is one of my favorite skincare brands in that there is nothing fancy about these products. They usually smell terrible, too. But they truly work and I see very clear results. But it's a very pricey brand! 

Eye Creams I have used and loved:
- Aveda Tulasara// Extremely rich and creamy. Perfect for before bed. The tub design is kind of annoying when dipping your finger in- because of the angular shape when you are trying to get the last bit of product out, it gets hard to really use every bit. 
- Estee Lauder Advanced Time Zone// I used this for years in college. It's thick- but it does have a fragrant scent that I don't love. It gets insane 5-star reviews, so it's not just me that loves it. 
- Tula Eye Cream// Light enough for both day or night. No scent. Just an all-around great eye cream. I prefer something thicker for nighttime! 
- Olay Eyes// This is the best in the mornings. It's a lightweight gel that cools down your eyes and depuffs them. I keep this in my refrigerator for an added cold zap! I use it any morning I have even remotely puffy eyes and it truly works. Even though it's a gel, it isn't too watery and soaks into your skin nicely.  
- No More Baggage// This one isn't a cream, but it's something I use in the mornings to help with puffiness. This tingles slightly. I usually use it after the Olay Eyes and it noticeably reduces puffiness quickly! 

Eye Creams I have tried and didn't like:
Sharing these so you don't waste your money! Surprisingly, all of the brands with eye creams I don't like are brands that I actually love almost every other product I have tried. 

- Drunk Elephant Eye Cream// It's a cream but I found this was too watery and I felt it didn't do anything. 
- Ole Henriksen Eye Gel// Way too watery, sat on my skin instead of soaked in.
- Kate Sommerville// I felt like this one actually made my eye area dry!

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Monday, July 16, 2018

What to Buy on Amazon

What to Buy on Amazon
I always love seeing what people are buying on Amazon! Today is Amazon Prime Day and there are lots of deals to be had! I thought I would share my most recent purchases with all of you! They're oh so random, but I think that is what makes it fun to share!

Do you have any good Amazon finds?! Would love to hear some unique/fun recommendations! Also, I'm always down for trying new cleaning products! 

Scrub Daddy Sponges// I sing the praises of this sponge all the time!! I have so many on-hand at all times. I use them in the kitchen to clean but also clean my bathroom with them! I also give them as gifts because a lot of people don't know about them! 

Clear Plastic Shot Glasses// We are doing a wine tasting at the lake this week and I ordered these because they are the perfect size for 'just a taste'! 

PVC Ice Bag// They have these at the Four Seasons and I just loved the concept so I ordered a few. They look like plastic wine gift bags, but you can fill them with ice and then plop in a bottle of wine/bubbly/sparkling water/ whatever! It's a great thing to have while sitting by the pool/beach/lake.

Ice Roller// This has been floating around social media for forever so I finally decided, what the heck! It feels SO good when you roll it on your face. Even if it doesn't 'work' it feels great so it's worth it in my opinion. I do think icing your face does help with puffiness, though! 

TSA Approved Clear Bag// This is somewhat like a Truffle bag but for way less! I love using this for travel. I put my travel skincare in this bag!

Invisibobble Hair Ties// Holy grail of hair ties! The only thing that securely holds my hair! 

Pet Hair Remover// This is the best! I use it on upholstery in my house because Henry sheds like a crazy dog! 

Car Cleaning Wipes// If I am ever just sitting somewhere in my car, I clean it with these wipes! I'm a neat freak and these help me to keep my car spotless!

Sharpie Pens// Best. Pens. Ever. Super thin tip and doesn't bleed through paper! 

Microfiber Cloths// I use these to clean my apartment. They really do trap dust better and they wash easily! 

64 GB SD Card// I swear I order one of these every week. Always reliable. 

Taco Holder// I always have this on my instastories and get flooded with questions! I got it as a joke! It makes a funny gag-gift! 

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