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with the 4th of july just right around the corner, it’s time to pull out all your patriotic favorites, grab your friends and celebrate. i’ve always been a huge fan of all holidays because i love any reason to be with the people i love most, all celebrating something together.

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this post has been sponsored by American Greetings. all thoughts and opinions are my own.

with as busy as our days get, sometimes the simplest of things get pushed aside. after a long day of grocery shopping, battling traffic and crossing off the many to-do’s on the list, we forget to appreciate those around us.

one of my goals this year was to show more appreciation and give thanks where thanks is due. and let’s be real, no matter how hard our days get, we all have so much to be thankful for.

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one | bali is much bigger than most people think!

many of the insta-worthy shots that you see all over your instagram feed take a few hours to get to, and many have long lines of people waiting who also want that perfect shot.

try to plan out your must-sees prior to arriving. map it out so you can coordinate with a driver/transportation to save time. while in bali, start your days early! this will cut down on time waiting in lines and chances are you will be able to see more in your day. not to mention, you may be lucky and have some of the gorgeous places all to yourself.

you also want to make sure you are dressed accordingly as many temples have strict rules and dress codes.

there are many different areas within bali as well; seminyak, ubud, canguu, etc. research each one and stay near the area that best suits you!

two | uber is prohibited in bali.

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sunny beach day wearing a red floral maxi with a bow tie on the back

i’ve always been a little dress obsessed and this beautiful floral print with an open back and tie is easily one of my favorite go-to’s. i’m wearing a size 2 with a little give. free people typically runs oversized, but i would say this number is TTS. the size 0 fit snug, but i always opt for a looser fit, so snagged a size 2. with the tie back, you can adjust the size you get to fit you accordingly, so if you’re between sizes and like a snug fit, go down. if you like a looser style, like i do, go up a size.

the best news of all, this stunner is 40% off but sizes are going fast! i have it linked here from multiple retailers to make it easier to find a size that best fits you!

back on the home front, david and i are officially back and living stateside and it has been amazing! we may have been running at 150mph the last couple of weeks, but there is truly no place like home.

best of all we’re receiving our ‘home goods’ shipment today. in army lingo, that means all of our belongings have made their way across the ocean and have officially landed in texas! since texas is our home for just the summer [announcement for our big move this fall coming soon] it’s all going straight to storage for now!

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xoxo | jasmine

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there are so many after Christmas sales, it’s the perfect time to spend that holiday cash and snag a few pieces you’ve been eyeing over the year!

below are a list of stores along with their weekend promotions + scroll down further for all of my top picks! most items will go fast, so if you see something you’ve been wanting, don’t wait!

macy’s : major markdowns + an EXTRA 20% off your purchase with code: joy

nordstrom : half yearly sale, take up to 50% off favorites through january 2nd

goodnightmacaron : take 30% off sitewide with code: BYE2018

american eagle : take 60% off clearance items

abercrombie & fitch : take up to 60% off select style, plus an EXTRA 25% off your entire purchase

lord & taylor : up to 60% off storewide + 20% off regular priced and sale items with code: DECEMBER

loft : 50% off full-priced items + tons of new markdowns as low as under $10

bauble bar : tons of new mark downs up to 70% off

gap : up to 75% off markdowns + 40% off your entire purchase with code: FORYOU

j.crew : EXTRA 50% final sales

old navy : 20% off your entire purchase, no code necessary

sephora : EXTRA 20% off sale items with code TWENTYOFF

ulta : jumbo sale, up to 50% off shampoo and conditioner faves

dillards : tons of new markdowns + 50% off holiday decor

anthropologie : take an EXTRA 40% off all sale

wayfair : end of year clearance, take up to 75% off

express : take an EXTRA 30% off clearance

urban outfitters : take an EXTRA 30% off all sales

nordstrom rack : clear the rack, take an EXTRA 25% off all markdowns

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xoxo | jasmine

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