Friday, July 19, 2019

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks

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BP. Cardigan:  I have this cardigan and love it!  I've actually owned mine for two years, and it's still my number one go-to sweater!  It's available in 5 colors, and as of right now, stocked in all sizes. (Runs pretty true to size, I own the small).

Kendra Scott Ear Crawlers: I'm a big fan of Kendra Scott jewelry, and these ear crawlers are so pretty.  They also come in a rose gold and silver.

Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan: I bought this last week, and let me tell you, I will be living in it this winter!  It is so soft and worth every penny.  (Runs on the large size, so I suggest sizing down. I got the XS/S).

Tory Burch Tote: I have a similar Tory Burch Tote, and love mine.  I love the chain detail on the straps, and the bag is a great size.  It also comes in a black and shell pink.

Halogen Wrap Top: I tried on this top in store, and loved the fit (see here).  It's perfect for the office or a date night.  Although I'm loving the leopard print, it also comes in a polka dot, floral, and eight solid colors.  (Runs true to size.  I wear the small).

Steve Madden Studded Loafer:  I'm so happy these came back in stock, because I missed out on them the first round, and think they are adorable.  I love the studded detailing!  If you're not into the snake print, they come in three solid colors.

BB Dakota Faux Leather Moto Jacket: This jacket is so good! I tried it on in store and loved the fit (see here)!  I think the quality of the faux leather looks nicer than the Blank faux jacket.  I would have taken it home, however I have a very similar jacket that I bought from the brand two years ago.  Although the parchment color is almost sold out, I'm loving this brown color.  (Runs true to size, I wore the small).

Good American Flare Jeans:  You all know that I'm a huge fan of Good American jeans!  I'm loving this flare cut, and am thinking they'll look great with a leather jacket and boots come fall.  (These run on the large side, so I recommend sizing down one).

Sam Edelman Boot:  I bought these, and absolutely love them!  Not only are they very comfortable for a heeled boot, but I love the height and the pointy toe.  They also come in a black and red leather. (These run true to size).

BP Cozy Joggers:  I actually bought these in the shorts version (total impulse buy) and they are so cozy.  I've worn them every night since I've owned them!  I'm thinking I need to get these joggers for when the weather cools off!  (Runs true to size.  I got the small).

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings:  These are my all time favorite leggings.  Not only do they make your legs look amazing, but they are so comfy.  I love that they can be worn casually or dress up, and they wash well!  (I got my normal size, small.  However, many people suggest sizing up one).

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Clinique Moisture Surge:  This stuff is amazing for dry skin.  It's the only product that relieved my very dry skin (before finding the moisturizer that I use now) and feels like silk as you apply it.

Kiehl's Creme de Corps: I've been using this lotion since December, and am obsessed. It soothes my dry skin, and feels so creamy.  I keep a bottle by my kitchen sink, and it has helped my hands stay smooth with all the washing!

PMD Facial Cleansing Device: I have not tried this yet, but I've heard many great reviews, and am thinking of purchasing it for myself!  If you have used it, please let me know your thoughts!

BeautyBlender Sponge Set: The quality of sponge that you use does make a difference on how your makeup applies.  BeautyBlenders are the best, and I love using them for foundation and concealer.  They're on the pricey side for a sponge, so now is the time to take advantage of the sale.

Luxie Eye Brush Set: Although I haven't used this brand of brushes myself, I have heard good things, and that the quality is great. They look just like the eye brushes that I use, and are a great price.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Set:  I'm a big fan of Living Proof Products, and perfect hair day is my go-to.  The dry shampoo is one of the best!

NeuLASH Serum:  Again, I haven't tried this lash growth serum myself, but I've heard good things from other bloggers.  You're getting two for the price of one, so now is a great time to try it, and stock up!

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Nordstrom Kennebunk Plush Throw: Let me tell you, I picked up this throw earlier this week, and it is SO soft.  In fact, I'm thinking of grabbing it in another color or two, because my twin boys keep fighting over it, and $25 price is an amazing (I feel like it should be a $100 blanket)!  It's available in 12 colors and looks great thrown over a chair, couch, or the edge of your bed.  Plus, it makes a perfect gift, so now is the time to stock up for the holidays.

Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket: If you really want to treat yourself, and have the budget, then grab this blanket.  It is so soft, and worth every penny!

Nordstrom Marble and Acacia Wood Serving Board: In my opinion, one can never have too many serving boards, and I love the mix of marble and wood. It's perfect for entertaining.

Serene Diffuser: I bought this diffuser during the sale, and am really happy with it!  I have to admit, the size is smaller than what I'm used to, but I actually like that, as it's sleek and doesn't stand out too much.  It has seven different light settings (which my kids love), and is powerful enough to fill my whole bedroom.  

Treasure & Bond Extra Large Cheese Board:  As I said, one can never have too many serving boards, and I love this wooden one.  The larger size is perfect for a cheese or charuterie spread, and I love the unique cut of the handle.

Nordstrom Luggage Set: Okay, this caught my eye because it's pink, but the set also comes in black.  Not only do I love the color, but I need new luggage and love that these are hardshell.  Plus the spinning wheels makes it much easier to walk through an airport.  At $100 off, they're a great price!

Jaipur Pouf: How cute is this pouf?  Plus it comes in six colors!  It's the perfect addition to any room, and if I even had the slightest space for one in my house, I would be purchasing it!

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I'm going to be honest, I was a little underwhelmed while browsing the kids sale section, as there weren't many options.  However, I did find some sale worthy items:

North Face Jackets for Boys and Girls: Sales are the best time to get quality outerwear for kids since they grow out of it so fast.  I love the block coloring on the boys jacket, and the girls is reversible, so you can wear the plush fleece on the outside.  It's like two coats in one!

Tucker + Tate Pull On Jeans:  All my boys want to wear these days are sweatpants.  It's a rare occasion that I can get them to wear jeans, but with the drawstring waistband, this pair I could get them to wear.

Tucker + Tate Pajamas: My boys are big time into dinosaurs, so they would love this pair!

Tucker + Tate Moto Leggings: I mean, there isn't much to say about these besides the fact that they're adorable.  Hurry, I heard they sell out fast!

Tucker + Tate Jeggings: I love these denim leggings!  I have bought them for all of my nieces and love how they look on!

Hunter Rain Boot: We all know that Hunter makes great rain boots, and at 35% off these are a great price.  Plus the buckle strap is adorable!

Adidas Sneakers: So cute, and the Velcro straps make them easy for young kids to put on.

Treasure & Bond Bootie: These make me wish that I had a daughter to shop for. So stinking cute!

UGG Lillian Boot: These UGGs are so cute and perfect for keeping those little toes warm in the winter! 

xo Rachael
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Friday, July 12, 2019

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 Top Picks and Try On

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It's here!!  The most talked about sale of the year!  And for that, there is a good reason: because you're able to purchase brand new fall merchandise (including some of my favorite designers) at discounted prices!  I've shopped Nordstrom high and low until my eyes couldn't focus anymore, and am sharing my tops finds with you.  I've broken them down by category, hopefully allowing you to shop the sale easily and stress free.  For now, I'm sharing women's clothing, but stay tuned, as I'll have some beauty, home, and kids coming in the next week.  Also make sure to follow along on my Instagram to see some try-on sessions.  I've also linked everything in the app (thomasrachael).






Activewear and Intimates


I love this BB Dakota jacket!  The fit is perfect, and faux leather is great quality.  The only reason that it didn't come home with me, is because I own one from two years ago that is very similar.  It also comes in a beautiful brown color, and runs true to size.  I am wearing the small.

This camisole is also a favorite of mine, and one that I purchase every year.  It runs true to size, and I am wearing a small.

Top | Similar Jeans | Boots

This top is beyond soft! It also comes in a leopard print and runs true to size.  I ended up purchasing the medium so it would be a little oversized.

Top | Similar Jeans | Boots

If you're looking for a blouse that can take you from the office to a date night, then this is it!  I love the peplum cut and it comes in 12 colors and prints.  It runs true to size.  I am wearing the small.

Cami | Similar Jeans | Boots

I am so happy that I found these boots!  I love the height, and they are super comfortable for a heeled boot.  They also come in black and red, and run true to size.

Top | Leggings | Boots

These are by far the best leggings!  They suck everything in, and are so flattering.  I love that they can be dressed up or worn casually.  I'd recommend sizing up one size.

Cami | Shorts

These shorts were a total impulse purchase, and I'm so happy I found them.  They are super comfy and perfect for these hot summer days.  They run true to size. I am wearing a small.

 Cardigan | Similar Jeans | Cami | Boots

I decided to treat myself to a Barefoot Dream Cardigan this year!  It's like wearing a blanket, and you know I'll be living it this all winter.  It runs a tad on the large size.  I got the XS/S.

Cardigan | Cami | Similar Jeans | Boots

This BP Cardigan is the best!  I got mine two years ago, and it is still my go-to sweater.  Plus it's still in great condition after two years of wearing and washing!  It runs true to size. I'm wearing a small.

If you're looking to splurge on a boot, then these are it!  They are weatherproof, which means you can wear them in the rain and slush, and they are going to keep your feet dry, and not get ruined!  They're very comfortable and look great with both jeans and dresses.

Happy Shopping!

XO Rachael

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: What You Need To Know + Sneak Peek!

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 The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts this week.  THIS WEEK!  This is the one sale that allows you to purchase BRAND NEW fall merchandise at discounted prices!  Now, I know it may be hard to think about fall merchandise when (for many of us) summer has just begun, but I'm telling you, now is the time to stock up on those fall wardrobe staples.   I'm giving you all the details you need to know so that you're prepared to shop.  Trust me, you'll want to be ready as items sell out fast!  Here is the lowdown:

What is the Anniversary Sale?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale takes place every July, where new fall arrivals are offered at discounted prices.  Unlike other sales, where the merchandise has been sitting on the sales floor (or available online) for a period of time, this sale includes all BRAND NEW merchandise!  Once the sale ends, the prices will go back up.  This sale is also a favorite of mine because it includes many of the brands that I love.  Tory Burch, Hunter, Madewell, Free People, Stuart Weitzman, Frame, Spanx, and Theory to name a few.  Not only is it a great time to stock up on your fall wardrobe, but the sale includes accessories, beauty specials, and home decor. 

When Does It Take Place?

July 12th-18th: Early Access.  This is for anyone with a Nordstrom credit card. Although I would never encourage anyone to open up a credit card, there are many advantages to having one.  First, you get to shop the sale for a full week before it opens up to the public.  I know some items sell out fast, so this way you're more likely to snag the items you want before your size sells out.  Second, because you get points on your purchases, plus a $60 credit (or Note) when you make a purchase the day you open the card.  You can apply for the card here.

July19th- August 4th: Public Access.  This is when the sale is open for everyone to shop.

*Prices go back up August 5th


Sales can be overwhelming, so plan ahead.  Take inventory of your fall wardrobe, and make a list of the items that you need.  If you're a shopaholic (like I am) and trying to stick to a budget, stick to searching for the products that you need to add to your closet because, trust me, you will be distracted!  If there is something that you really want from the sale, purchase it right away, as sizes sell out fast.  Last year, I learned that a lot of items don't ever get restocked, so if there is something that you're loving, get it before it gone!  I also suggest that if you're not sure on what size to get, order two different sizes.  Nordstrom has the best return policy, and makes the return process easy.  You can return in store, or send it back with free shipping!  And finally, make sure to follow along while I shop the sale.  I'll be searching high and low for items that I feel make great additions to everyone's fall wardrobe. 

I took a peek at the Anniversary Sale Catalog, and am already excited!  There are so many items that I want to add to my wardrobe, and I know there will be a TON more once the sale begins.  I've also noticed that plaid and animal print are huge his fall, and will be adding some fun pieces to my wardrobe, such as the camisole or flats below.  I will be heading to Nordstrom for try-on session on Friday and sharing my finds on the blog, the app, and on my Instagram Storiesso make sure to follow along! 

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xo Rachael

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Easy 4th of July Style & Sales!

July 4th Outfit

Happy July 4th! I hope everyone (who celebrates) is having a great day!  I'm currently at the lake enjoying time with my family.  Since there are so many great holiday sales happening this week, I wanted to make sure to share them!  It's the ideal time to complete your summer wardrobe, plus, my entire outfit is on sale (even my sunglasses)!  I love how this dress works perfectly for the 4th, but is also something that I'll throw on all summer long.  My favorite sandals are currently under $48, and the layered bracelets that I can't stop wearing are buy one get one free! Check out some great sales running through the weekend below.

Blue and White Stripe Dress

July 4th Outfit

July 4th Outift

Stripe Dress
Dress | Similar Denim Jacket | Sandals | Sunglasses | Similar Scarf | Bracelet | Lip (in Fly Girl)

Abercrombie & Fitch: 50% off select styles.
J.Crew: 40% full prices styles plus extra 50% off sale styles.  Use code: FIREWORKS
Loft: 30% your full price purchase
Macy's: 25-50% off with code: FOURTH
Madewell: 25% off summer must have with code: FIREWORK
Quay: 20% off with code: MYFAVES
Target: 20% of  swim with code: SWIM
Victoria Emerson: buy one get one free.

xo Rachael

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Summer Wardrobe Staples

Summer Wardrobe Essentials

Hello July!  I still can't believe that June is behind us, and we'll be celebrating the 4th this week!  And while I'm talking about disbelief, the twins turn five tomorrow.  Five!  They say time flies after you have kids, and it's so true! While I'm happy that we're in the midst of summer, the sad thing is that I still haven't fully switched out my closet from spring to summer, and most of my swimwear and sundresses are still in bins.  I think it's time to get on top of that, especially since I'm headed to the lake this week.  So, as I'm currently in the middle of putting my summer wardrobe together, I thought that I'd share my summer staples, all which are perfect for spending the holiday week at the lake.

A lightweight Tank
I always like to add new tanks to my wardrobe in the summer, and the lighter the material, the better.  This linen one has been a staple in my wardrobe and I love how I can dress it up or wear it casually.

White Jeans
Although a lot of my summer is spent in shorts, I do constantly get cold, especially in air conditioning.  So white, and a light pair of jeans are a must in my wardrobe.  I also love how white can be dressed up, making them perfect for a night out.

Linen Tank

Waterproof(ish) Sandals
I'm all about easy sandals that I can just slip on, but being around water, I want to make sure that they won't get ruined if they get wet!  I love adding cute, inexpensive (just in case they do get ruined) sandals to my summer wardrobe, and have found some great plastic ones that are perfect for the beach.

A White Summer Cardigan
As I mentioned before, I'm that girl who is always cold, so each summer I find myself adding a new lightweight sweater to my wardrobe.  I love how a crisp white sweater goes with everything, and this cardigan is my newest obsession.  Not only is the quality great, but it's perfect for throwing on over tanks, or looks great layered over dresses.  

The perfect summer cardigan

 High Waist Bikini Or One Piece Swimsuit
Since most of my days at the beach are spent chasing around twin boys, I need a swimsuit that not only feels comfortable, but also holds everything in!  I love that one piece swimsuits are back in style.  Plus there are so many cute, slightly sexy, styles that are mom friendly.  I'm also thankful for high waist bottoms as they've allowed me to wear bikinis again.  They're able to suck everything in, and cover that extra jiggle! 

Summer wardrobe staples

 A Pop Of Red
And of course, since it's the 4th of July, I always love adding a pop of red to my outfit with an accessory.  Whether it's fun pair of earrings, a red lip, or a scarf, a little red makes a big statement!

All White Outfit

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