narrowing down what i wanted to include on this post was difficult. probably the best problem i’ve had all year. there is so much on sale. not just the dinky “save 10% off” sales, but save 50%, 60%, 70% +! these prices are rock bottom on quality brands. some things are as low at $9. $9!!! it’s not just a winter clearance sale either, some great options for spring, summer and even bridal are up to 70% off. below are some of my favorite picks along with some of my favorite stores to shop at with their current discounts. it’s difficult to not want everything.
nordstrom currently has 40% off great finds. promotion ends february 26th.
nastygal currently is offerring 70% off EVERYTHING. yup. everything.
macy’s is offering an addition 20% off in select departments with code “super” at check out.
revolve currently has some of my favorite brands up to 70% off including a lot of pieces i personally wore for engagment festivities.
oversized sweaters are my jam. have you ever been uncomfortable in an oversized sweater? no. never. they’re the best clothing item [especially after all the scrumptious holiday food]. free people never fails to deliver a beautiful, comfy, cozy, oversized sweater.
this sweater is no exception. i purchased this teracotta color because of its’ uniqueness. my closet is full of black, white and grey oversized sweaters so this new addition was a great pop of color. the sweater does run large (larger than most) so i do recommend ordering a size down. it also shed on the first wear. giving it a quick wash fixed that problem immediately.
i purchased these fun green pants because i am all about greens these days. green has always been my favorite color, but i find myself gravitating toward this shade in everything these days. they have a slight shine that add a fabulous touch, making them the perfect pair of pants. i wear them on my casual days with a simple white t-shirt and a good pair of flats.
with a new year comes new resolutions, new goals and a new life attitude. this year, the new year brought me a new incredible husband, a new place to call my temporary home and a new huge adventure on the horizon [i’ll announce all about this in the next coming weeks].
with such large life changes, i’ve found myself being quite reflective and just grateful for where God has me in life. i have my struggles, my inconveniences, my days where nothing seems to go right, but i would do it all 10x over knowing it would put me right where i am today.
to be completely honest, with all the changes in my life, i haven’t even set a new years resolution. my year started with my wedding, a quick mini-moon to tulum, mexico [post coming soon], and another temporary move. it’s been a whirlwind to say the least, but knowing what’s on the horizon and knowing that i have my best friend by my side to do all of life with, this year i just want to be grateful. i want to be grateful of the good, the bad and the ugly.
i’m working on all of my blog recaps of the most magical day of my life. if there is anything in particular that you want to see be sure to shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and i’ll do my best to make sure all questions are answered.
christmas is in t-4 days! does it not feel like december came and went in the blink of an eye?!
if you still have yet to check everyone off on your christmas list, don’t fret– there’s still time!
danielwellington has some of my favorite watches ( they are a staple of mine and i wear it at least 5 out of 7 days of the week) + 15% off with code “jasmine15” at checkout. each watch is versatile, timeless and very well-made. you will definitely be the hero having one of these under your tree for your special someone.
for the home décor guru, pottery barn still has plenty of options including 50% off all faux fur pillows. i’ve purchased and registered for these and cannot wait to decorate my living room couch with them!!
use code “merry” for free shipping
for the electronic lover, amazon is always a go-to. with 2-day prime, you could even purchase your gift tomorrow and still receive it by Christmas (however, i would place your order asap, just to be on the safe side!)
for the fashionista, you still have time to shop from one of my favorite sites, shopbop. they offer 2-day free shipping with an amazon prime membership. below are some of my favorite picks.
and as always, nordstrom will have your back. they are one of the most trustworthy sites to purchase from and have the absolute best return policy!
hope you all have a very merry christmas and very happy holidays 🙂
our loved ones can be the toughest to shop for! you want whatever you get them to be perfect, to be their favorite gift they’ve ever received. and when you keep giving them their favorite gift they ever received, it’s tough to keep topping the previous. but i said tough, not impossible. think about that special guy in your life, brother, father, boyfriend, husband, neighbor [you would be the world’s best neighbor] and think about what they enjoy doing most. from there, i’ve got you covered. shop above or shop below. either way, add a little extra love to your gift and your sure to give the best gift ever.
a little life update: the wedding countdown is on! only 24 days to go. whaaat! people are not kidding when they say the time flies. i’ve been getting such amazing wedding tips and tricks from everyone and am so grateful! i’ve been taking notes on everything! planning is such a crazy process and every little bit helps, so thank you so very much. 🙂
as sad as i am to say goodbye to my cut-off shorts and tanks, i am just as equally thrilled for pull over sweaters, booties and fall denim. truth be told, i am extremely picky when it comes to jeans. a good pair of jeans aren’t easy to come by. and when you do come by them, you want them to last forever. i’ve had my fair share of $20 forever21 jeans and $30 target jeans, but nothing compares to a good fit pair of jeans.
a good pair of blue jeans is an investment [some don’t come very cheap], but they don’t have to be boring either. every year i invest in 2 or 3 good blue jeans then leave a little room for some trendy pieces. last fall i was all about the wide flare jeans [they’re still around] and this fall i’m loving velvet and prints.
every body type fits jeans differently. citizens of humanity jeans are well made, but stretch out with a few wears [nothing a quick toss in the dryer can’t fix, i actually enjoy the give on some days]. hudson jeans fit like a glove and tend to stay that way [these are my oo la la! jeans]. paige is just your comfy everyday jean. then there are rag and bone jeans which are one of my favorites [but cost a pretty penny] and of course, blank denim. blank denim is fun, trendy and affordable. and that’s just to name a few.
then there is the decision of color. how are there thousands of shades of blue jean?! there are so many shades. not to mention, maroon jeans and black and green jeans and so many colors. i label the colored jeans into my fun trendy pairs. i like to mix and match colors and patterns that work well with my skin tone and have a little fun with them. as for traditional blue jeans, staying towards darker shades always gives a nice slimming effect. but there are some real fun light shades that are just hard to say no to. hey— flaunt what you got, girl!
do spend some time trying on your jeans before purchasing, or deciding to keep an online order. i always walk [or pace in the dressing room] to get a feel of how the material moves, as well as sit and throw in a squat or two. the squat, because a squat never hurt anyone [okay, maybe if they were squatting heavy weights.. ] but also to make sure the jeans cover your goods. after you find a pair that fit you well, decide whether to hem them for an everyday wear paired with flats, or keep the length for pairings with heels and booties. you can always skip the hem and roll the bottom of your jeans as well.
below are some of favorite picks in different styles and colors. click the pictureto be taken directly to a shop-able link. happy fall!
fun and trendy
wedding planning update: wedding planning is hard work! i’ve quickly learned to appreciate other people’s weddings so much more. great job on the napkin choice! the color scheme was perfect! these plate chargers are beautiful. every bride deserves those compliments and so much! also- i’m getting more and more excited with each passing day. 72 days to go:)
happy friday. don’t you wish every day was as happy as friday?! this friday is a little extra special with all the amazing sales going on. here is a little sneak peek at some of my engagment pictures [more to come] wearing two tularosa dresses, both of which are one sale!
one of my favorite sites to shop at, shopbop, is having the event of the season and you can take 25% or 30% off of your entire order! use code [MAINEVENT16] at checkout. i purchase all my one teaspoon shorts, wildfox sweaters, and rag and bone jeans through this site and have already started crossing off my Christmas list! shop some of my favorites below.
macy’s is also having a wonderful sale with a 25% off wardrobe special. macy’s is a great site to keep an eye out for discounts. they like to offer their 10%-15% specials regularly, but 25% off is always a treat!
y’all, it’s here. i’m sure you’ve heard every blogger, every shopper and every person talk about the nordstrom anniversary sale. there’s a reason for that. this is one of the best sales of the year. if not the best. what makes it so great you ask? ah, too easy. nordstrom discounts items that are brand new up to 40% off. did you catch that part? brand new for the season.
it’s not stocking up on 50% off winter coats for next year or buying cute shorts in october for next july. [no shame in doing either, definitely do it every single year]. but the anniversary sale isn’t that kind of sale. it’s buying pieces that are out for the very season you are in and the very next season after that.
the sale grants early access t o d a y for all card holders and opens up to the public july 22 – august 8. once the sale ends, all pieces go back to full price.
everything goes quickly. so be sure to shop your favorites first. i’ve listed three easy shopping tips below and below that, my favorite anniversary sale finds.
1. know your budget
convincing yourself you’re saving money by spending money can easily get out of hand. you are saving but not by spending. set a budget and adhere to it. i always like to find an item or two that i can splurge on and then maintain my normal shopping patterns with everything else.
2. search by designer
if hudson jeans are your go to and free people tops are your style, select these in the filter section and shop them first. i can’t stress enough, everything goes quickly. get your sizes in your favorites while you can.
3. make a list
make a list of things you will need this season. shop these first. if there is money left in your budget after your necessities are checked off, search the sale for the things you want.
one thing i always do during the nordstrom anniversary sale is stock up on gifts. i get ahead on christmas shopping, birthday presents and keep some on hand for house warming or just because gifts. lots of accessories and candles go on sale [ones that rarely ever go on sale]. you can never go wrong with jewelry and candles.
it isn’t summer without summer dresses. this beautiful white tularosa dress is thick enough to not be see through [no slip needed] but thin enough to enjoy a cool summer breeze which makes it the perfect summer dress. the length falls a classy few inches above my knee [i’m 5’3] and fits true to size.
dresses are always my summer time go-to. they are the easiest and lowest maintenance outfit [beside jammies and onsies] out there. throw on one piece of clothing, add a couple accessories and bam! outfit complete. you can get dressed in minutes and still look like a smoke show. talk about ideal.
however, summer dresses can be a tricky find. some are too short [sorry tall girls] some are too long [it’s summer], some are see-through [no thank you], some have a terrible clingy fabric that sticks to your body in the summer heat [ew] and some are just frumpy. but every once in a while a gem finds its way into your wardrobe and the moment of joy commences.
this tularosa summer dress just so happens to be one of my summer gems. it perfectly rocks the off-shoulder trend. the shoulders stay draped across your arms even with movement. i have a number of off the shoulder tops that i am constantly adjusting after sitting and standing. this beauty stays put.
the stunning blue embroidery adds the perfect amount of color and pop to the dress to make it versatile. pair it with flats or some gladiator sandals for a casual day outfit or dress it up with nude wedges and some colorful drop earrings for a night out with the girls.
wedding update: currently in the process of solidifying a venue and date. y’all, i had no idea how much work and research goes into planning a wedding. props to all the brides and past brides out there! you ladies are incredible!
happy friday! you’re almost there. just a few more hours until the weekend officially starts!
this friday we have some major sales going on. one of my favorite and most trusted brands and one of my favorite shopping sites are both giving additional percentages off their sale. whaat! that’s savings on savings.
take an extra 25% all shopbop sale items using code “25extra” at checkout.
tory burch is one of those brands that you just know you’re getting quality with. i have a couple pair of sandals that i wear down until i just can’t wear anymore [always a sad day] and a tote that travels everywhere i do. they have some amazing staple bags, totes, backpacks and shoes all on sale. sizes go quickly and this sale doesn’t happen often [semi-annually], so if you find something you love be sure to snag it up before someone else does.
if you ask my friends to describe one of my typical day to day outfits, i can guarantee it will include a pair of cut off shorts and a tank of some sort. i live in cut offs. texas summers can be brutal and these babies keep it real for me. abercrombie used to be my jam back in grade school then i moved to the ever-so-popular true religion with a little urban outfitters in the mix, but my life changed once i bought my first pair of one teaspoon shorts. y’all, it’s an obsession. i don’t even want to own up to how many pairs and different colors/styles i now have. but, they’re my summer uniform, so they’re all getting plenty of wear. that makes it okay, right?
i have a little junk in the trunk [i can’t believe i just said!] so my biggest qualm with shorts has always been coverage. i would have to go a size up, sometimes 2 sizes up just so nothing is hanging out back there. this caused all kinds of awkward fitting, but i was left with no choice. show off my goodies, or keep it classy. i definitely aimed for the latter.
my favorite thing about one teaspoon is that the back of the shorts are significantly longer than they are in the front. this makes me sing praises. praises, y’all. how did no one think of this before? do keep in mind, they are shorter shorts. not parents won’t approve of you leaving the house short [maybe some] but they are not long/school appropriate by any means. so for you taller folk, try before you buy.
i buy my tanks to wear and re-wear. this silence + noise corinne tank top which many of you may recognize because i wear it all the time is one of my favorites. it’s loose and breezy, comes in 9 different colors and is currently 30% off. 🙂
this kimchi blue sweater adds the perfect amount of color to any neutral outfit and is perfect for cooler summer nights or turning summer dresses into a more casual work appropriate outfit. and it’s 45% off, whaaat!
earth tones are my favorite colors to wear. i have an olive skin tone and have always thought they complimented me best. so naturally, i feel most comfortable in them. whites, greens [my favorite color], blacks, browns [except not so much], greys, etc. i live in these colors.
i’ve recently had quite the reality check after some major life changes thrown my way. full disclosure, if you take a closer look at some of my pictures above [i did my best to hide it, so don’t look too close] you’ll see a nice little gap in my back molars.
after chewing on a restaurant peppermint i chipped off a good chunk of my molar [never chewing on a peppermint again!!]. i had to get some major dental work done to repair the little guy which took about a months time. a month with a chunk of my tooth missing.
then, later down the road [both figuratively and literally] my car a/c started acting up on me. problem is now solved and a solution is in the works. however, right after that fiasco, my apartment a/c completely gave out. think of a texas summer with no a/c. not fun people, not fun. on top of it all, i’ve moved to a new city, hello austin texas! and have filled every inch of my plate with commitments.
i was so caught up in the negativity and focusing on all that was going wrong that i was completely ignoring all that was going right. y’all, i’m engaged to the love of my life [proposal story to come]! how can a little a/c problem take away that joy from me?!
i’m in a new city with so many activities to enjoy and life to explore, not to mention closed the gap on my long distance relationship. tuesday night date night? what! that’s unchartered territory for me. how can i not be excited about that?
i’ve filled my plate with planning a wedding [tips, anyone? help a sister out], filming a show [details to come] and a new job with such incredible opportunity. a little chipped tooth that has an easy solution seems so minuscule in the scheme things.
life really is all about perspective, and when you are able to take a step back and appreciate all that is in front of you instead of list all that you wish you could change, you’re able to see how blessed you really are. and how beautiful life really is.
it’s summer [finally!] so that means to the beach, pronto!
packing for a beach getaway can be as relaxing as sitting on the beach and sipping a piña colada while diving into a good book and thinking about absolutely nothing. okay, maybe not that relaxing, but it can be a easy task.
the first thing i like to think about- before packing anything- is “what will the weather be like”. this determines the very important question of “what am i going to wear?” for most beach vacations it’s bathing suits, sundresses, shorts and tanks.
i like to start with bathing suits first [i’ll post a bathing suit guide soon]. i like to pack a suit for every day i plan on beaching on the beach or plan on being in the water [4 day vacation = 4 bathing suits, travel days don’t count]. if luggage space is an issue, pack one or two less and re-wear or mix and match your suits.
once bathing suits are out of the way, think about what covers ups to bring. i pack one less cover up than bathing suits and just re-wear. [4 days vacation = 3 coverups]. this tiare hawaii cover up [shown in the pictures above] sold out in the blink of an eye, twice. it’s finally back in stock. hooray y’all!
it’s one size fits all with adjustable straps and might be the cutest cover up i’ve ever owned. the tassels are fun and flirty and the pink adds a perfect pop of color. best of all, wearing this cover up doubles as a sundress so you can take a break from soaking up the sun and walk indoors somewhere for a bite to eat. a girls gotta eat.
i always bring beach coverups that can double as clothing just in case i decide i want to go on a walk through the town or find a cute little restaurant to eat lunch or dinner. this way, i always feel prepared.
here are some other cover ups that are multi-purpose and absolutely adorable.
once i have my beach wear set aside i assess my vacation plans. personally, i enjoy the activities that most beach towns have so i always do a quick google search of the area and make sure i pack a comfortable athletic outfit or two so i can partake in the fun events or go for a relaxing beach jog. some activities require pre-bookings. this makes things even easier. review the website and make sure to plan accordingly. a pair of work out clothes or cut off shorts [my summer time staple] and a tank will typically do the trick.
once my activity outfits are covered for, i pack dinner outfits. i always pack a pair of wedges, which always takes up too much valuable luggage space. i try and talk myself out of it each and every time, but let’s face it. that will never happen because i love wedges.
sundresses and maxis are always my go to. they are the easiest to pack and take minimal effort to put together. after sitting in the sun all day and fighting the urge to take a nap, minimal effort is always nice and always welcome.
the last step takes care of all necessities. jammies, make up, sunblock, bug repellent, charges, cameras, etc. luckily you don’t need too many extras when going to the beach. a good book, enjoyable music and sunglasses will usually have you set!
just kidding, but that’s definitely how i feel rocking these beautiful gladiator sandals. i’ve always been a little iffy on both, gladiator sandals [hello terrible tan lines] and rompers [hello diaper look]. but this combo instantly changed my mind about both.
this white laced romper had me sold the moment i saw the crochet detailing and off the shoulder style. not to mention the price tag was one that brought a huge smile to my face [under $55].
as a little girl, i loved rompers. loved them. wore them all the time. i vividly remember this one little purple number with yellow flowers all over it [yikes] that i wanted to wear everywhere. school, church, play dates. you name it, and i was joyously rocking my romper. then the 4th grade rolled around and i ditched my little romper for soccer shorts and oversized tournament tees. oh the days of being a kid.
wearing any shoe above my ankle always makes me think twice. i don’t ever want to shorten my legs anymore than they already are, 5’3 lady over here can use all the lengthening tricks there are. these gladiator sandals not only don’t break the bank, but also are shorter in height. the shorter sandal, paired with the hem of this romper are a perfect combination. it gives me length and doesn’t make me feel stumpy. no one wants to feel stumpy.
i have my latest travel escape planned and i’m off to costa rica in a week! this romper will be joining me on my trip. i always opt for neutrals and outfits that take minimal pieces to create. i’ll be posting my packing list after my trip, so stay tuned! i’m most looking forward to zip lining through the costa rican jungle and hiking the volcano [yeah, a volcano y’all!!] to the picturesque waterfalls and hot springs. needless to say, i’m stoked.
happy friday! i searched the world wide web for some of my favorite off the shoulder pieces. i see off the shoulder everywhere i look these days and i am absolutely loving the trend! i used to wear off the shoulder rompers as a little girl and loved it just as much then. i remember finding each and every excuse i could just to wear my charming little maroon colored floral romper. those were days, y’all!
everything linked above is under $100, some as low as even $15. talk about a steal! on top of that a number of stores are giving some amazing deals and discounts for mother’s day weekend [don’t forget, it’s this sunday!]
take 20% your entire anthropologie purchase with code “xoxo” at checkout
neutral colors are always my go-to but summer is around the corner and a pop of color makes everything a little more fun. i bought a lot of the ones posted here and will be styling them for you very soon!
before welcoming a new season i like to go through a clean out phase and declutter my closet. it’s important to only keep what you use. if i find that i went through an entire season without wearing a seasonal piece, then it is time to part ways with that piece. i typically find a women’s shelter or a goodwill in the immediate area to donate all the pieces in my closet that i know someone else will use more than i would. it’s important to give back when you can. before summer takes over, take a look into your closet and see if there is anything you can donate, too. someone somewhere will thank you for it.
have a wonderful weekend! i’ll be soaking up the sunshine and planning some summer travels. can’t wait to share it with you!