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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Purchases

Aug 1, 2017

You are probably sick of hearing about this sale by now, but I figured I would share my purchases and do a review of the most anticipated sale of the year. For the first time in years, I only purchased a couple items instead of a bunch. Mostly due to the fact that I'm currently six months pregnant so come fall time, I will not be interested in dolling up or wearing new clothes so close to giving birth. The second is due in part to the fact that this year, the sale just didn't wow me. Sorry to say but I saw so many bloggers on Instagram with the line
"guys its soooo good, shop my picks" because if you click their links, they get paid for that but really, it wasn't that great! I feel like I saw a lot of the same boring styles from last year and even this summer (e.g. bell sleeves, basic booties, boring dresses, and a lot of basic pieces, nothing noteworthy). 

So what did I buy then?
1. Well the raw edge pocket tees from Lush in black and white to replace my old ones (I like the longer hem and looser fit on these, it gives a casual look some ease). 

2. The ruffle sleeve cardigan from Topshop. I tried this on in the store in the lavender color in a size 6, and it was cute but the arms were way too big. I figured it would be a cute updated piece for fall in black so I ordered the size 4.

3. The Breton hat.  I am so happy that this style hat is finally back, because it makes any outfit look model-chic. I love hats anyway and am totally sick of the floppy brim styles of the past 3 seasons.

4. Leith body-con dress in eggplant is a literal best-buy piece. It's amazing quality and is a perfect piece to throw on with a stylish sweater, kimono or jacket and go. I got my normal size and wore it at 5 months preggers for my gender reveal luncheon. I know this is a piece I can wear with or without a bump!

5. Finally, my favorite item purchased is my Treasure & Bond leopard booties. I have been wanting leopard booties for years now and have never been able to find the right pair. I figured I'd try them on when I was in the store, and they are must-have's. The perfect pointed toe, slight block heel, and Chelsea boot style make it the ultimate neutral shoe to make any outfit. I can't wait to wear these with tons of outfits from leggings with a long tee and moto jacket, to my fall dresses. A great statement piece! 

Check out my purchases below, and let me know what you loved or didn't love this year! Is there any piece you budgeted for that you just had to have?
xo


Best Dressed

Jul 7, 2017

My top dress pick's for summer, that are perfect for almost any occasion!


Clockwise: Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Anthropologie, Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Asos, Missguided, Vici Collection, Nordstrom, Chicwish, Vici Collection

In the news: Cleveland's Fashion Flash!

May 4, 2017





I am so honored to be featured on Cleveland.com and in the Plain Dealer as the style star of the week! I love Cleveland so much and one of my blogging goals this year was to become more active in the Cleveland fashion and small business scene. I had a blast shooting this project, and you can click here to see the interview, more photos and a styling video by me!

xo


Ballin’ on a Budget!

Feb 24, 2017


 (this is my fall/winter work & leisure collection, the coat closet in my entry way houses my boots, the rest of spring/summer is at mom and dads-dad calls it a sickness, I call it a collection!)

Happy Friday all! So chances are if you have been following me for any length of time, you know that I do relate-able fashion, that is fashion styling that won’t break the bank, because this is real, real life (thank you Campbell’s commercials for that one). Why won’t you ever see me rocking the designer duds that tons of other digital influencer's do? Well for one, it’s boring and over-saturated. Two, I work in a law office (aka not exactly a hotspot of creative inspo) and three it’s ridiculously overpriced. This girl’s got student loans y’all! (and an apartment to pay for, and just living in general which mostly means feeding my face and buying cute shoes).

In all reality however, the main reason I don’t pay for high fashion is because fashion trends come and go. I don’t spend a lot of money on trends or the “look of the moment” because it’s just that, a moment. I also enjoy being an individual with my own style, so I don’t want that Tommy sweatshirt that everyone is wearing. Since I don’t splurge on clothes, I am able to budget my wardrobe spending on the items that make me the giddiest: SHOES (side note, definitely have that “OMG, shoes” song stuck in my head right now). You know I love me some shoes! So here goes my ode to footwear and why I don’t mind spending money on it: Shoes in my opinion are the anchor of your look. They can make or break your outfit. Often times, if I don’t know what to wear that day, I start with my footwear and build an outfit based on what favorite shoe I’m rocking that day. I think they are so fun because shoes alone can really showcase your individual style and personality. Today there are so many options in colors and styles, there’s no way I can’t become a collector! Quality is another huge reason I don’t mind paying for footwear. In my daily adventures, I don’t want to suffer walking while trying to be cute. Now there are exceptions, I have bought some designer shoes in the past and they felt like torture chambers for my feet after about an hour. In some instances, you are paying for the name. Basically, I don’t mind paying for my shoes because I know I will love them and when I take care of them, they will last me. Trends are also prevalent in shoes today and while I do make some trendy buys (those darn marc fisher wedges that are just so cute) I love to buy the classic styles in all kinds of colors and prints. These include sneakers, flats, sandals and heels.

So how do I budget for my splurges? Naturally, the money I don’t spend on fancy trendy clothes and accessories I use for shoes. Another great tool that you can reference is this easy to use personal finance app from Personal Capital which is a free tool that you can get in the app store (find it here) that helps you keep track of all your accounts in one place which helps you budget and see the money available to splurge. This means that you can spend without the guilt, which when you’re a girl on a budget, that definitely happens!


I’d love to know, what are the items/item that you personally splurge on in your life? We all need one thing to make us smile at the end of the day!

Xo 

The Best Fitness Apparel For Under $100

Feb 10, 2017



Today I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite brands of fitness apparel for their price, style and comfort of the pieces. Fitness is a huge part of weekly routine so I look for styles that are sporty-chic that I can wear from the gym to running out to lunch, and especially clothes that are easy to move in and just so darn comfortable, I can live in them. Below are my favorite 5 and why you should try them if you haven’t already!! 



ZELLA


A cult favorite from Nordstrom for sure, they have the cutest tops with details like cut-outs and mesh, and lots of bright colors. Their selling point however is the “live-in” legging….you can guess why!



IVY PARK


This brand surprised me. Now stash your pitchforks, but I’ve never liked Beyonce, ever. So when I heard she had a new fitness line, I rolled my eyes and only imagined that ridiculous amounts of money she’d make from that. I was looking for a high-waisted pair of stretch leggings though and saw the gradient ones online and ordered them. When I unpacked them, they waist looked teeny-tiny but when I tried them on, holy crap are they comfortable! I literally feel like I’m wearing nothing and its just as good as my damn $100 Nike leggings for less than half the price. Also, even if some of the styles are a little outrageous and fake-sporty for everyday life, they still are cool. 



FILA

Let me just say that I have been rocking the FILA since I was a little. Gotta show some love for the old-school brands. FILA is just plain street-wear cool, and every time I rock it, in my head I’m in the 90’s again, drinking Pepsi and watching Fresh Prince episodes with my big brother.


OLD NAVY ACTIVE 

My first active apparel I ever bought due to price points and budget was ON active wear. They are always dependable for great tissue tee’s and tanks and high-waisted crops which I love since I’m petite. They always have fun and fresh prints and colors and almost always are on sale.



FREE PEOPLE


The chicest, feminine, slightly bohemian twist on athleisure can be found here. I love their unique styling and detailing on their leggings and bra’s, and you can find patterns and colors here that you can’t find in another brand. They blend the whole “street-wear / fitness” look perfectly.


What are some other brands that you love? 

xo


















Chic Shoes to Take You From Valentines to Spring!

Jan 30, 2017


Counter-clockwise from top: Puma, Jeffery Campbell, Kristen Cavallari, Asos, Jeffery Campbell, Steve Madden, Naturalizer, Steve Madden, Nike, Christian Louboutin, Sam Edelman, Nike, Sam Edelman, Loeffler Randall, BCBG, Public Desire, Lola Shoetique, Nike


 As a girly-girl, I obviously love all the pink and red fashion and decor that comes with Valentine's Day, but when purchasing I always like to think of how to re-use a piece more than once. Since shoes are my thang, if I am treating myself this V-Day, I want something adorable that can transition right into spring and summer as well! Velvet is so in right now, but let's be honest: when those warm spring temps start to roll in, velvet may look a little out of season (except I couldn't pass on those kick-ass booties).

I love all the nudes this season, and I cannot wait to add more sneaks to my collection with that drool-worthy pair of huarache's 😍 

xo


Fashion Formula Lookbook: Re-work Those Track Pants!

Jan 19, 2017

With this weather we've been having and the fact that I've been going out more than ever, I was feeling inspired to share a insta-worthy look that is both sexy and comfy. If you follow celebrity fashion stylist Monica Rose (known for styling today's young super models, the Kardashian's, Selena Gomez, etc.) her aesthetic is layers, soft texture, monochrome colors and sex appeal. Selena wore it best, but why not shake things up and wear those damn track pants out? Easy fashion formula: oversize sweater + track pants + heels = easy, chic, sexy, edgy, etc. Throw on this look with your best confidence and stand out from the crowd.

xo
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