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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saturday Shopping: Red, White, and Blue (plus a sale roundup)

Memorial Day sales 2017

Currently listening to the Beach Boy's Good Vibrations as I type this and SO excited that Memorial Day weekend is here and it is (un)officially summertime! I really can't believe how fast winter just flew by! It will be fall before we know it, so here's to soaking up all that summer has to offer! 


Today, I've put together a little red, white, and blue collage to share some of my favorite pieces for the summer! It's also a great warm up for the fourth of July. I hope you all have great weather wherever you are-- it's looking like our weather may be a little cooler and overcast/rainy, but at this point, it's better than snow ;)

The right side bars have been updated in the categories of 'My Wishlist' and 'Under $100'... some really great pieces that are worth checking out! I've also rounded up all of the sales below- as you know, a holiday weekend always brings out some really great sales! You can also scroll through the widget above to see some of the pieces I am loving from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale!

Wishing every a safe and happy weekend!

Ann Taylor// 40% off all full-price styles, Extra 50% off all sale styles, code: SUMMER, love these mules
Anthropologie// Extra 40% off sale, discount applied in cart, no code needed
ASOS// 20% off, code: LIT20, obsessed with this white maxi
Banana Republic// 40% off entire purchase, code: BRSUMMER
Club Monaco// 25% off women's dresses, no code required, new items added to sale, I have this dress and absolutely love it!
Bloomingdales// Save up to 60%, code: BIGBAG
Kate Spade// Extra 25% off all sale styles, code: REFRESH
J.Crew// 30% off your entire purchase (including sale), code: SWEET
J.Crew Factory// 50% off everything, no code needed. I've been getting a lot of great guy stuff here lately (like this cable sweater and this fisherman sweater)
LOFT// 40% off everything, code: VACAY
Madewell// New items added to sale... I love this sweater and these shorts as an adorable weekend outfit. 
Nordstrom// Half-Yearly Sale, up to 40% off everything, no code needed, see my favorites, here.
Ralph Lauren// Extra 30% off select styles, code: MEMDAY
Shopbop// New items added to sale
Talbots// Extra 40% off one items, Extra 50% off two or more items, no code needed
Topshop// Up to 40% off selected items
Tory Burch// New items added to sale
Tuckernuck// New items added to sale, obsessed with this patriotic striped sweater
Williams-Sonoma// 50% off All Clad, Le Creuset and more, up to 75% off sale items, 20% off bar essentials, up to 65% off cutlery, 

More Sale Items I love:

Friday, May 26, 2017

My Favorite Sale Picks

White Jeans (on sale!!)

WOO! We made it to the long weekend, who else is so excited?! I actually had a very easy/relaxing week away (more on that next week), so it's nice to be back in the city. I'm also excited that my parents will be back in town- they have been in Maui and I can't wait to hear about their trip... my mom doesn't do much on social media, but she shocked me and posted Snapchat stories all on her own! Way to go, Mom!

I have no set agenda this weekend, but lots of plans that are up-in-the-air and dependent on weather, so we shall see what I get into!

Today I'm coming at you with a very colorful outfit balanced out white jeans (what else is new)...but I figured, hey, this weekend is the official start to white jeans if you follow the rule! I am just head over heels with this jellyfish print in bright blues... it's such a showstopper, don't you think?!

Also, as you all probably know by now, the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale is going on right now through June 4th. Not to be confused with the Anniversary Sale (in July), the Half-Yearly Sale offers up to 40% off select items.
So, I went through all 200+ pages (yes, it took forever) and pulled all of my favorites. You can scroll through the widget above and also read below as to why I love some of the items! Tomorrow I'll share a comprehensive list of all of the sales that are going on throughout this holiday weekend. Some of them are really good! 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lately 5/25/2017

social house 7 pittsburgh

engagement party in pittsburgh
What a week it has been! I've been at the Omni Bedford Springs and it has been nothing short of wonderful! I've been spending the time with my friends Aly (brunette in the photos above) and Dani (blonde in the photos above)! Aly just got engaged last weekend and we are all SO excited!!!! It was so hard to keep the secret- I had known for over a month, but she was so surprised and all was a success! These are two snaps from last weekend where we celebrated at Social House! 

This post is going to have a few more photos than usual- I've been getting better at snapping photos here and there of my weekly life! I hope to give you guys a little more insight each week if I can remember to keep snapping away! 

KEP Designs earrings and hazen necklace
Loving: So much love this week! I can't get over all of the gorgeous bright jewelry that has been coming out for summer! I typically wear the same, subtle classic pieces of jewelry every day, but once in a while, I love to mix it up (especially in the summertime!). I love these earrings from KEP Designs and this lapis necklace from Hazen (and omg check out the pearl one, too!!). I've been a fan of KEP Designs for years but Hazen is a new-to-me jewelry brand out of Dallas!

rodial nip and fab product review

Loving II: I was sent these Rodial Nip and Fab products to test out and I was really curious to try them out because they are so different than any other products I have used! My favorite out of all 4 is the glycolic pads. I'm a huge fan of glycolic acid and use it daily by various different brands. These pads are really great and gentle enough to use daily and they're also a lot less pricey than some other glycolic products out there! The bee sting products had me a little nervous at first. You need to put a small bit on your skin to do a patch test to see if you are allergic at first (so you need to be really careful about this). I was totally fine. I didn't see a major difference after a few weeks, but they also didn't make me break out or anything negative, either! Dragon's blood is hyaluronic acid... this is one of the few acids I haven't had much experience with so I was excited about this and it really does work well to keep skin hydrated. I would say it compares to the type of moisture you get from your everyday moisturizer, but it's lightweight once it sinks into your skin. You could definitely wear this under makeup (and what I do!).

Loving III:  So much love this week! I would not spend this much on a dress, but can we talk about major dress goals? The front is timeless and classic, but the back has a bit of a trendy twist (#partyintheback). Wow.

Wanting: You guys, this little lounge set is so not me. But, I really want it. It seems a bit overpriced for what it is, so that's what has held me off, but how COMFORTABLE does that look?! Thoughts???

Sale-ing Nordstrom's Half-Yearly sale is going on so you can get up to 40% off on some of the things you have been eyeing! I really love:

I'll be back with more favorites in my Saturday Shopping (there are 208 pages, so I am really making sure to go through each and every page and only pull the good stuff for you all!). The sale goes through June 4th, so you have a little while to shop... luckily, for this sale, the sizes don't run out as quickly as the anniversary sale! 


naturoll creamery lawrenceville
Pittsburgh-ing: A few weeks ago, I went to NatuRoll Creamery in Lawrenceville and it was SO good. If you aren't familiar, it's just like 10 Below (in NYC)! You first pick your ice cream flavor (choc or vanilla) and then your toppings. They mush it all up (kind of like at Cold Stone) and then spread it out and let it freeze up and then roll it up. I got the s'mores and it was amazing. Couldn't recommend it enough. The portions are absolutely huge, so you could definitely share!

Watching: I LOVE Chance the Rapper. I am SO sad I had to miss his concert this past Saturday in Pittsburgh but this video is AMAZE. It's a must watch if you love Chance!!

Listening: You guys, I am DYING over this. Stevie Nicks + Harry Styles singing Landslide. Like, I really can't even. It's arguably one of the best songs of all time, and I have had the biggest crush on Harry Styles for forever... It's SO good. They also did Harry's latest, Two Ghosts, which is so good.

Quoting: 'No one is you and that is your power.' // See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Gorgeous Summer Dress Great for Graduation Parties








Thank you to Macy's Max Studio for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.


Today I'm sharing this gorgeous dress from Macy's. The brand is Max Studio.It's one of Macy's newest brands and it is quickly becoming a favorite because most of the pieces are high quality, sophisticated, and classic (with a touch of trend). 

Whether you need a great pair of pants, a cute jacket, or a dress for a certain occasion, Max Studio at Macy's is a great option. I bought this dress so I could wear it to a few graduations/graduation parties that I am attending this spring/summer. Does anyone else feel really old when they start attending graduations for guys and gals that you swear were just 9 years old, like yesterday?! It really is crazy to watch how fast children grow up now that I am an adult myself. It really reminds you to cherish the moments and always celebrate the good times... and graduation is certainly a reason to celebrate! 

I love that this dress is not too dressy (but it can be dressed up if need be!)... graduation parties come in all shapes and sizes so it can be hard to decide what is an appropriate outfit. Each one is different! The dress has the most gorgeous embroidered detail as well as a tiny bit of ruffle that adds a feminine flair. It's an off-white/creamy shade, so you can wear it now and throughout the summer. It also looks phenomenal with a denim jacket and flat sandals for a more casual look (something comfortable and cute for a summer concert, maybe?!). 

Besides the dress that I am wearing, I'm also loving this striped ruffle top (in navy and white, of course), this neutral flouncy dress, and this blue and white striped blouse. As for sizing, in my experience, the pieces run a bit big so I would suggest sizing down one size! Does anyone else have a lot of graduation parties on their schedule this year? 

Wishing all of the 2017 graduates the best of luck and success. It's such an exciting time in life, so enjoy every moment and never stop working hard!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Perfect Lightweight Pajamas for Spring/Summer

First of all, this afternoon, I'm headed on a little road trip with my best girlfriends (one who just got engaged!!!) for a little R&R, so be sure to follow along on Instagram stories and Snapchat (SummerWind41490) to see what we are up to!

It's no secret that I have a major love for pajamas. If you are ever stumped as to what to get me for a holiday: pajamas. I can't get enough and love all of them so much. With the heat arriving and summer almost here, I thought I would share some fun summerweight pajamas with you all!

I usually stick to flannel/silk/jersey/cashmere in the winter but I really love a super light cotton in the summer months, especially because light floods my bedroom in the morning and it can get really hot even when the AC is on blast!

I also love little nightgowns during the summer months. My favorite place for nightgowns is anthropologie. They always have gorgeous options that are also tasteful. I love to wear them to bed but also wear them as I get ready in the morning or for a night out! 
See the widget above for my favorite pajamas and check out my pajama superlatives below (I own all of these pieces so they're Summer Wind approved!).

Wishlist:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy Birthday, Grammie!

My gorgeous, Grammie!

Callie and Grammie

Dad, Grammie, and Aunt Lindey



Mom and Me

Callie and Mom




Callie and Me
On Me:
Last week, it was my grammie's birthday and doesn't she look fabulous?! Everyone who knows her is so lucky to have her in their lives. She is beautiful inside and out. She is no stranger to dressing well, hosting a fabulous party/event/brunch/dinner and her decorating style is perfection. 

She exudes taste and elegance in every facet of life and I always look to her for inspiration. She is the sweetest, kindest, and most thoughtful woman in the entire world- I could go on for days! 

One of my fondest memories of my grammie is when my grandpa and grammie would pick Callie and I up for lunch every Monday during elementary school and take us wherever we chose! I always think of how great it was that we were able to go home for lunch every day in elementary school. It was always such a treat to be taken out to lunch with grammie and grandpa in their convertible!

Two weekends ago, my aunt and uncle came up to Pittsburgh from Georgia and Callie flew in from North Carolina to celebrate my grammie! We started with drinks and snacks at my apartment and then we all walked to the William Penn's Terrace Room for dinner and celebration. 

It was such a gorgeous night- the weather was perfect so we were so glad to be able to walk! The William Penn is by far my favorite hotel in Pittsburgh. It boasts an old school elegance that is hard to find nowadays. The architecture and decor always takes my breath away. Pittsburgh is lucky to have such a gem in the city! I always recommend this hotel as the place to stay when people come in from out of town! 

The Terrace room is off of the lobby and is absolutely stunning. Their menu boasts classic dishes such as filet, ahi tuna, crab cakes, etc. They have a great wine list, but they do exceptional cocktails.

To dinner, I wore this gorgeous white dress from CK Bradley. I shared with those of you following me on Snapchat (@SummerWind41490) that I couldn't decide between two dresses (this was my other choice), so you all helped to choose by screenshotting your favorite... thank you! It runs true to size... I am wearing a size small, but if you have a larger bust, I suggest sizing up. 

Many of you on snapchat were saying how you would love this dress for your bridal showers and wedding events coming up! I think it is just the perfect dress for something like that! For those that are looking for some color, it also comes in a few other colors ways like navy and green!

If you are not familiar with the CK Bradley brand, you should definitely check it out. Way back in 2013, I wrote a post about the brand because it had taken a hiatus of sorts. I loved this brand in high school/college and am SO pleased it is back and better than ever! 

More Celebration Dresses I Love:

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday Shopping: Cute Little Blush Pleated Top + Some Favorites







Popping in this Saturday with an outfit post plus the usual Saturday shopping! This week has been unbelievably packed. It absolutely flew by, I can't believe we are already to Saturday! Thursday, I headed down to DC for an event with Tuckernuck, one of my favorite brands. Then, Friday, I hosted my friend Lauren and her boyfriend (from D.C.... we switched places, ha!) and we got together with another couple and had dinner at one of my favorites, Pork and Beans! 

This morning I have tennis. Not going to lie, 8 am tennis is rough. I love it when I'm actually there, bu waking up at 7 am on a Saturday is not exactly ideal! Hopefully, I'm able to get some errands done today, because next week, I am headed on a little getaway with two of my best girlfriends! More on that next week!

 This simple little blush tee! I've been having a moment with simple t-shirts. They're comfortable, easy to wear and can be worn with pretty much everything. It's under $60 and comes in 4 different color options.

The top half of the tee is just your basic, crew-neck t-shirt and has to be the softest material ever. The bottom hem is crisper like a button down shirt and it flares out a bit like a peplum. I've been wearing it with white jeans but it also looks great with dark wash denim and skinny black pants, too!

You can scroll through the widget above to see some more of my favorite things from this week. Also, definitely check out my favorites from Goop at Nordstrom. I am SO excited they are at Nordstrom for a short time. Goop products are the best... I especially love items like this tinted lip balm, this exfoliating mask, this discovery set (great for a GOOP newbie), and the coziest sweatpants ever (not even that cute, but I'm telling you, they are a DREAM to wear!!! Size up, they run small!).