Thursday, July 27, 2017

Scallop Hem Shorts Under $60

One more sleep till the weekend! Whose ready!? I know I sure am. I've worn these shorts a few times over the last few weeks and I'm so happy with them! They have a fun scallop hem on them that gives them a feminine/flirty touch. They are also finally long enough! Can I get an amen!? The waist zips at the hip, but the back of the shorts have a stretchy band on them allowing for a little extra room. Not bad for $55! I paired them with this Topshop bodysuit here, however, I wore them again to dinner in Charleston and chose this top for a more "classy" look! Can we also talk about the shoes?! I found these at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and bought them in both colors. I personally like this style of shoe anyway, but the studs on them were appealing for an edgier flare. I'm imagining wearing them in the fall with black skinnies and a moto jacket! 

We had a nice mid-week break in Charleston Wednesday for our wedding tasting. I started the morning with a run through downtown, and I just can't get over all the old architecture, beautiful flowers, and southern charm. It's truly one of the most magical places I've ever been too! I'm so excited about the food we chose! I ate so much you could've probably rolled me back to Charlotte but we were really impressed with the quality! I also crossed off my hair and makeup trial from the list. Again, nothing short of impressive and I can't wait to share the final results with you on our big day! I wish I could share sooner, but I want to keep it a secret for Shane. 

In case you missed it, this blogpost also features affordable shorts that are longer and great for a night out on the town! That's all I've got for today, hope everyone is having a great week! 


Monday, July 24, 2017

$30 LUSH Cold Shoulder Top

When you find a top for under $30, you buy it in every color. Am I right? This is the perfect "buy now, wear now" closet staple. I love the cold shoulder, and it's lightweight and thin to keep you cool through summer. In the fall, it'll be the perfect layering item like I did above with this $11 scarf! You can also pair it with distressed jeans and heels for a cute date night outfit now. I scooped up these over the knee boots at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for under $160 (normally $240) and they're still currently in stock in all sizes! Boots and shoes are always a favorite of mine during the Nordstrom sale. The few times I have passed on an opportunity to buy them at steep discounts like these, I've always regretted it in the end. These fit true to size, and are comfortable to walk in! They come in four colors, and also seem to be insulated pretty well (my feet were on fire wearing them this morning in the heat). 

Shane and I had a wedding in Georgia Saturday evening! We had such a good time celebrating the happy couple, and it made us really excited for our own wedding in just five short months! Can ya'll believe how fast time is going by!? I got a ton of questions via Instagram about the dress I wore to the wedding, so I linked it for you here. It's actually the dress I wore in my engagement photos earlier this year!


Friday, July 21, 2017

Topshop Colorblock Cardigan

Today is the first day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale public access! This means, card or not, all shoppers can shop the sale. Can I get an amen!! With that being said, many of you have asked me what the most popular selling item in the sale has been for me. So today, I want to chat about this colorblock cardigan! 

I love this piece for so many reasons. One being that you can style it a million different ways, and two being that it's perfect for what I like to call "pre-fall". Pre-fall is when the weather begins to fluctuate towards cooler temps, like in the mornings and evenings, but it's still hot as you know what during the day. You're probably thinking "Okay Vanessa, there's only so many ways you can style a cardigan" which is true, but, you can easily dress this up for a dinner date or dress it down for Saturday at the mall with your girls. Personally, I can't wait to pair it with these leggings, a black tank and OTK boots. You could also switch out the blue jeans, for a pair of distressed black jeans like these, and a white tank for a different look. There are plenty of options! This was my first time purchasing AG denim, I'm traditionally a Rag & Bone or Paige denim girl but so far, i'm impressed! They have plenty of stretch in them, and I really like the raw hem detail that's trending right now. I would reccommend sizing down one size as they do stretch out a little. As for my pumps, these are perfect if you're not a fan of a high heel but you want something to spice the outfit up a little. They're comfortable to walk in, and look great with black as well!

For all of my favorite items from the sale, be sure to check click here and here

We are off to Georgia for a wedding this weekend! Shane and I have both been traveling separately for a large portion of this summer so I'm excited to spend a little QT with him and celebrate another happy couple! 


Thursday, July 20, 2017

#NSALE Dressing Room Diaries

This isn't the prettiest blogpost I've ever written, but you guys have had a ton of questions about different pieces from Instagram Stories! So, with public access starting tomorrow I figured it would be easiest to do a full dressing room round up for you! If you don't see your size, check back at midnight tonight or first thing tomorrow morning as things will be restocked, but I don't expect sizes to last long!

Cardigan: Size 4
Jeans: Size 27
Tee: Medium (I like my tshirts baggier, and they shrink in the wash)
Shoes: Size 9.5

All items fit true to size here. The store associate did reccommend I size down one size in the AG Jeans. However, they didn't actually have a 26 in stock in the store, and the 27 felt perfect - so I will report back on wether or not they stretched out!

Cardigan: Size Medium (I didn't even realize that until I started writing this)
Plaid Tunic: Size Small (It's on the longer side)
Jeans: Size 27
Shoes: Size 9.5

All items here fit true to size as well. 

Chelsea28 Tank: Wearing a size Medium, although I went home and ordered a Small
Cardigan: Size small
AG Jeans: Size 27
Booties: Size 9.5

All items fit true to size.

Cardigan: Wearing a size small, but could've used an extra small. Size down!
Striped Tee: Wearing a size Medium in the picture, but needed a Small.
Jeans: Size 27
Shoes: Size 9.5

Size down in the cardigan one size. Everything else fits true to size.

Sweater: Wearing a small, runs small. 
Jeans: Size 27
Shoes: Size 9.5

I wanted to love this top because it's so cute on others! But unfortunately, it just runs really short. I'm 5'8" and it barely came to the top of my jeans.

Cardigan: Wearing a size 6 in the photo, ordered a 4. Size down one size
Tank: Wearing a size Medium in the photo, ordered a small. 
Jeans: Size 27
Pumps: Size 9.5

This cardigan has been one of the most popular items in the sale! It's soft and looks great with the tank shown, or a simple black, white, or dark green cami!

Cardigan: Wearing a size small
Plaid Tunic: Wearing a small, ordered a Medium. This runs small, size up one size.
Jeans: Size 27
Shoes: Size 9.5

Cardigan: Wearing a size Small
Plaid Tunic: Wearing a size Small
Leggings: Wearing a size Small
Boots: Size 9.5

Everything fits true to size here, size down in the cardigan if you're a smaller person.

There are several items I wish I would've snagged before they sold out, that I'm planning on grabbing during the restock tomorrow! They are:


Monday, July 17, 2017

Little Blue Dress From The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Good Morning, and Happy Monday! Today I want to chat about this little blue dress from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. First of all, how good is that sale?! Ugh, I dieeee. Summer is my favorite season, but all these fall pieces have me so excited for cooler temperatures and fall foliage! Hello, beautiful pictures. Anyway, I picked up this dress at the sale and it's safe to say it is 100% a winner. You guys have requested more work wear from me recently, so I thought it would be fun to show you how you can wear this piece to work, as well as to date night, a wedding, etc. 

If you're anything like me, you're always in a massive hurry before work in the mornings. I'm not a morning person, and I workout before work. So, I'm always rushing around my house to get ready and leave in time to make it to my corporate job! With that being said, I look for pieces that are easy to throw on and go, and dresses are just that. It's one piece that makes a whole outfit, add shoes and you're out the door! The only thing better than that, is the price tag of this dress right now. It's currently marked down under $100 (originally $150). Chelsea28 is one of my favorite brands at Nordstrom, they're pieces are high quality and last forever. I'm always willing to pay a little more for something that lasts a little longer. I love the on-trend ruffles around the shoulders of this one, and it has a little bit of stretch in it for comfort. If fits TTS, and I'm wearing a size 4. This outfit wouldn't be complete without mentioning my Tito Sandals, though! I also scooped these up at the Nordstrom Sale for $73, and they come in 3 colors. Suprisingly, they're super comfortable to walk in!

If you're not looking for work wear, this is also the perfect dress for a wedding or date night! Instead of a work bag, add a clutch and a pair of statement earrings and voilĂ , you're ready for the evening! 

I had a busy weekend this weekend working on the blog, and styling all the pieces from the sale for you! Stay tuned for more blogposts/Instagrams throughout the week. Lots of great pieces! Shane was out of town at a wedding, and I'm happy he's finally back home again, it's so quiet when he's gone! 


Thursday, July 13, 2017

2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Stripe Colorblock Cardigan // Lace Yoke Tank // Raw Hem Ankle Jean // Genuine Calf Hair Pumps

It's here, it's here, it's finally here! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access is live, and I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. This is one of the most, if not the most, anticipated sales of the year - and it's goooodd. I was able to preview some of the sale items in store yesterday, so I got a good grasp of what I liked! I'm going to highlight some of my favorites and why.

I actually woke up at 4:00 AM to write this post, because I wanted ya'll to have first dibs on the best items before they sell out. So let's get started!

Active Wear:

Zella Turning Point High-Waist Crop Leggings // Blush and gray are the newest color combo of Fall, ya'll! This combination was all throughout the store in just about every brand. If you watched my IG Live session last week, you already know that I'm a fan of Zella, their quality, and price points. These leggings, paired with the Zella Illusion Sports Bra and this Sheer Hoodie are perfection for a morning at the gym, or for simple comfort and style around town. Add these sneakers to polish off the look.


 The Madewell Ryder Cardigan is by far my favorite this year! I can't even put into words how soft it is. I found some of the others in the store to be a little itchy, but this one was like heaven. It comes in three colors, and is currently marked down to $64, down from $98. If you're looking for a similar option at a better price point, this cardigan is similar to last years most popular item and comes in at only $31. Cardigans are always something I keep a good handful of, they're easy to throw on over just about anything for layering and are the perfect staple item for fall. Be sure to pick up a few!

Dresses & Skirts:

I think my "must-have" out of this category is the suede skirt. This is a trend we saw last fall as well! Suede skirts are perfect when it's that odd time of year where the temperatures are still too warm during the day, but it's technically fall. I like to pair them with a blouse like this one and you can even add a cardigan to the look from above!

Leggings & Jeans:

These leggings are back this year and I'm so excited about it! I bought these last year in two colors, and wore them non-stop, so much so that I actually bought a second pair of them incase they didn't come back this year. They fit TTS, and look great with oversized sweaters, or longer shirts like this one. This is a killer price for them as well, so snag them while you can! See this post for details on how I styled them and pictures of what they look like on!

In terms of jeans, I was also really excited to see these High Waist Skinnies! I bought these last year in a dark blue wash, and they are still my favorite jeans to date. So I added theses to my cart! See this IG post for reference on what they look like in blue.

Boots, Booties & Shoes:

Shoes are probably my favorite thing to buy from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale each year. They last for years, and you just can't ever have too many shoes! I love them all, but I think I may finally be taking the plunge on these. I'm also really loving these, these, and these.

Blouses & Tops:

There are a few tops that really stand out this year! But I never fail to leave a good plaid top like this behind. Again, going back to purchasing basics, I think every closet needs a couple plaid button down tops in it for fall. I'm purchasing this one (great quality and soft), and this one this year, and layering them under some of the cardigans from above.


This is a topic you guys have asked me to cover a few times, so I wanted to be sure I included it in my top sale picks! There are a couple items that are back from last year, that I still wear to work everyday! I have this skirt in Dark Camel, and am picking up the black one this year. It's stretchy and super comfortable, and I pair it with these tops. I also bought this skirt from the sale last year, and pair it with the same tops! See here and here for pictures!


If you're in the market for outerwear, now is the time to buy it! Coats and jackets can be so expensive to purchase, and everyone needs them eventually (unless you live in Florida). My sale pick this year is a splurge! I just can't get over the beautiful color, and the trench inspired design. This is perfect for work, and paired with anything khaki or camel colored!


Another weakness of mine! I love a good bag, and especially one that fits all my stuff for work! That's why I'm choosing this leather tote for this years handbag sale pick. It's versatile, comes in three colors, stores a laptop perfectly and the metal hardware on the straps provides durability.


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