July 25, 2016

If the Shoe Fits

This is my last post on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I selected my favorite pieces in this post and some great men's items here. Now it's just about the foot wear!

Great shoes can be a big budget killer. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is a great time to get some quality footwear up to 40% off! A basic pointy toe pump will forever be in style. This pump is mid-height and comes in six colors. For work or play it is a great investment! The price tag is too good to pass up.

Last fall the lace up trend was everywhere and I think it will be just as big this Fall! I have lace up flats similar to these in black and now I think I need this nude pair too. They go with everything and are the best pair of everyday shoes for Fall. The heeled lace ups look great with fall dresses! 

In the Fall and Winter, I live in booties. I wear them with absolutely everything. This peep toe pair is a version I haven't seen much of before. The peep toe will allow you to wear them sooner and you can still show off your pedicure! We need to talk about this colorblocked pair. They may be my new favorite. I love the combination of all the fall colors. This statement shoe would look great with distressed denim or tights and dresses. They come in several different colors too. 

What are your favorite Fall shoes?

Lace Up Pump - Colorblock Bootie - Cutout Wedge

July 22, 2016

Best of Men's Picks for the Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale

Today is the day! The Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is open to the public. I have done a little more shopping since I rounded up my favorite picks (here) last week. I love this turtleneck tunic and shirtdress. You can wear the dress immediately with your favorite sandals and then get out your booties when it cools down. These boot socks are also great! It's also a great time to invest in some shapewear

I've had a chance to scour the men's sale section. There are some great finds for them too!

The Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is a time to stock up on workwear. These wool pants come in several colors and are a business casual staple. If the man in your life is in need of some dress shirts, this one and this one are classic ones. 

This sweater and jacket would pair well with these straight leg jeans. Men need a good t-shirt as much as us girls and I love these. This Patagonia quarter zip is at a great price and will be the first thing pulled out when it is Fall. 

This vest might be my favorite things! Especially since I put it twice in the collage.


July 20, 2016

Striped Basics

I love finding a great new piece to add to my wardrobe. It's fun to wear something new! At the same time, there is nothing like pulling out one of your favorite items that you have had for years. Something you know you can rely on when you need an outfit. The always reliable, always fits item that will never let you down. A striped dress is definitely one of those items. 

This dress is several years old but still one of my favorites. I've worn it to work, brunch, church, showers and out to run errands and I always get compliments on it. It also works for any season. I've styled it here to wear now in the summer. In the winter I add tights, boots and a jacket to battle the cold air. The key to it's versatility is the fabric. The ponte knit fabric is light but nice enough for it to be dressed up. It is also a super flattering fabric that fits well. Since this dress is old, I've found similar dresses here, here and here

Striped Ponte Knit Dress, old - Straw Bag, old (similar here
Tassel Heels (more sizes here and here)
Aviator Sunglasses, sold out (similar here)

July 18, 2016

My Skincare Routine

One of the may things my Mom passed down to me is a devotion to skin care. She always made sure I had sunscreen on. When I was a teenager she taught me about the importance of washing my face every night and using a moisturizer. Her skin always looked flawless, so I knew I needed to listen to her.

Now that I am far from being a teenager, I need more than just a few basic skin care items. Over the last year or so, I've put together a skin care routine that has my skin in the best shape possible. The concerns for my skin were anti-aging and brightening. I currently don't have an issue with acne but my complexion can be a bit dull. I've been told by my dermatologist that it is never too early to start thinking about aging. It is easier to be preventative than to treat something. 

It took some trial and error to come up with a skincare routine that addresses my issues but wasn't overly complicated. I knew I wouldn't follow a routine with too many products. 

During my skincare discovery, I started getting facials every 6 weeks to keep my skin in check. The facials combined with my new skin care routine have truly transformed my complexion. My facialist has also been a great resource. She's recommended treatments for my concerns and what ingredients to look for in my products. As I started using new products she gave feedback on how they have changed my skin. 

Morning Routine
1. Cleanser and Makeup Remover - Over a year ago, I started using Micellar Water (see here). I've switched brands and now use Garnier Skin Active Micellar Water because it also takes off my stubborn eye makeup. Micellar water cleanses thoroughly but isn't harsh or rough. My skin is softer because of it with a lot less redness. 

2. Treatment - While I don't break out easily, I do have blackheads on my nose and chin. I looked for a product with at least 2% Salicylic Acid. Philosophy's Clear Days Ahead spot treatment has decreased the number of blackheads. I use it every morning on my nose and chin. Once a week I use it all over my face. 

3. Moisturizer - SPF should be worn everyday! The problem with SPF is that no one wants to feel like they have it on. Mario Badescu's Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 feels super moisturizing and soaks in well. It has anti-inflammatory properties and has calmed some of the redness in my cheeks and forehead. It prevents the suns damaging rays from causing any problems to my skin.

Night Routine
1. Cleanser and Makeup Remover - I use Micellar water in the evenings too. I first use one cotton pad to get of my eye makeup then another to cleanse the rest of my face. 

2. Eye Cream - In the anti- aging game, eye cream is very important. Rodan + Fields REDEFINE Multi-function eye cream has brightened my eyes. It's reduced puffiness and helped with my dark circles. It also helps prevent crow's feet and other fine lines around my eyes. 

3. Night Cream - The last of my night routine is a night cream. Rodan + Fields Overnight Restorative Cream has me waking up with firmer and more radiant skin. It works overnight to prevent lines.

1. Exfoliator - To keep my skin soft and smooth, exfoliators are essential. Twice a week I use a micro-dermabrasion paste to slough off dead skin cells. Used on a regular basis, my skin feels smooth and glowing. 

2. Mask - Trying out new masks is always a treat. There are types that treat almost any issue. I posted about one of my favorite masks here last fall. The latest mask I've tried may be the best one yet! The Mario Badescu Enzyme Revitalizing Mask is a mini facial. In 2o minutes it exfoliates and firms your skin. Once you rinse it off you'll realize your skin is also moisturized and radiant too. I've only been using it a few weeks but know it will become a regular in my skin care routine!

3. Lips - My love of lip colors isn't without it's costs. Many lipsticks and lip sense products dry out your lips. I've tried different chapsticks and serums but nothing could prevent chapped lips. This Lip Renewing Serum is a bit of a splurge but worth it. I use it every other night and my lips are plumper and the lines on my lips have filled in. 

July 14, 2016

My Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale Picks

Sorry this post is coming so late in the day! I got up early to shop the Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale and purchased this sweater and this dress. I put together a wish list but couldn't get this post together until now. If you have a Nordstrom's debit or credit card you can access the sale now, otherwise you can access it July 22nd. Last year I bought a similar purse to this one and its become one of my most used purses. The convertible strap makes it so versatile!

There are so many great pieces from the Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale. It makes me even more excited for Fall. Most of the items here are in the neutral palette, which is what I prefer in the Fall. When I first hear Fall, I think denim and sweaters. This pullover and this lace sleeved sweater are perfect. I think capes are going to be everywhere again this Fall and I love the fringe on this one

If you are looking for a leather jacket, I love this faux moto jacket. It comes in black too. This wrap jacket is also a great Fall piece. It would look great over this caftan minidress or this colorblocked shift dress

You can't forget boots and handbags. These over the knee boots are a steal and you will wear them all Fall and Winter. These are a great walkable pair of everyday boots! This purse looks similar to the coveted Chloe saddle bag but much more affordable. 

What have you bought from the sale?