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July 20, 2017

Palm Beach chic

Jumpsuit c/o River Island | Bag c/o River Island | Similar heels | Earrings c/o | Necklace | Sunglasses

Last week we talked about what to wear to a black tie wedding and today I'm sharing what I wore to the welcome party we went to the night before. Backwards, I know. Sorry lol. The dress code said "Palm Beach chic" and, if we're being honest, this girl from the northeast had to do some Googling. Unfortunately I didn't find much.

What I did find -- and ended up seeing a lot of at the party -- were bright colors, prints and patterns (think Lilly Pulitzer). If you've been reading this blog for any length of time you'll know that's not exactly my style -- even though I think others pull it off well! I'm not sure I'll ever be able to pry myself away from my trusty neutrals, but I did opt for something other than black with this blush jumpsuit from River Island. It's the perfect mix of casual and dressy and was lightweight enough to keep cool since it was super humid while we were there. I also happen to think it would look cute with a black leather moto jacket for fall. But maybe that's just my way of keeping the world in balance ;)

Happy almost Friday!

July 19, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale -- At home try-on session

After 3 online orders and one trip to the store I've received just about everything I've snagged from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale so far. You guys are always the most interested in what I've actually purchased, so I wanted to try something different and do a (not so little, lol sorry) try on sesh of everything that's come in. With this sale it's always better to over order and worry about returning later, which is exactly what I did. If it's going back I've mentioned it below, but I also haven't made up my mind on a lot yet!

Also, I did include some things that are currently sold out. But they're definitely restocking! These leggings, for example, sold out during the internet meltdown on day one and by the time I was able to place my order they were gone. Since then they've been fully restocked and I was able to get them last Sunday. Plus, the sale opens to the public on Friday so I can almost guarantee they've saved things! Long story short, it's worth obsessively checking back if there's something you have to have and if it's available, don't wait!

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Boatneck rib knit pullover (XXS)
This is a great basic. You can wear it off the shoulder with booties and jeans or with a lacey bralette underneath for lounging. I got an XXS and it was still pretty roomy, so I'd say size down.

AG Raw hem skinny jeans (23)
The hype over these jeans is real, you guys. I don't often buy designer jeans because they're usually a little too big and the price is always way more than I'm willing to spend on demin (Topshop is my jam for fit, quality and price) but I'm in love with these. They fit like a glove and are so flattering. They're a little long but have a raw hem so I can cut them to where I want without having to worry about taking them to a tailor!

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Deconstructed striped pullover sweater (XS)
The online photos of this sweater definitely don't do it justice (at least the ones on the model -- the lookbook photo is more accurate). It looks super stiff but is actually so soft, slouchy and comfy in person. It's one of those pieces I know I'll reach for constantly in the fall and winter. It's supposed to be a bit oversized so I went with an XS and it's perfect.

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Knit moto jacket (XS Petite)
This jacket will be my go-to once the temps start cooling down since it's perfect for that weird transitional weather. I love the moto style and the knit material makes it sooo comfortable. I got the heather gray but it comes in navy and black as well and I'm honestly tempted to get another color! If you're not petite, it's also available in regular sizes!

Off the shoulder shirt dress (Wearing XS)
You know I can't resist a good off the shoulder piece and I fell in love with this dress when I first saw it. The tie waist is super flattering and the material is really soft. Plus, it has pockets, which is always a win! Though it definitely needs to be taken up a few inches since I'm short. I'm still not sure I'm going to keep it because I don't know if it's something I'd wear over and over, but I'm having a really hard time with the idea of sending it back. The quality is great and it's perfect for spring and summer! The fit is TTS.

Initial necklace
I've worn this necklace every day since I got it. I have a similar one, but the pave/spinning feature on this one was just too cute to pass up. I got an "S" for Sofia, in case you were wondering ;)

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Distressed hoodie (Size 4)
I knew my husband would make fun of me for buying this sweatshirt but I seriously didn't care lol. I will basically be living in the outfit pictured here all fall. I got a size 4 because I wanted a looser fit.

Leggings (XXS)
I've talked about these leggings before and I stand by that they're my absolute favorites! Probably getting another pair (or two) before the sale is over since the price is so good.

adidas Tubular sneakers
These are currently sold out in both colors (I got the white and they come in pink, too) but I'd be willing to bet they'll be restocked. I definitely have a thing for athleisure/casual sneaks and I couldn't help myself when I saw this pair. I'll probably wear them more with leggings for running errands but they'd totally work for actually going to the gym ;)

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Eyelet ruffle tank
This is one of those pieces I really wanted to try but was pretty sure I would send back. Then it arrived and now I'm not so sure! The material is much softer than it looks and while I normally avoid peplum, this creates a beautiful shape without being too over the top. I also thought the eyelet would be too see through, but I honestly didn't even notice!

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Wrap blouse (XS)
Weirdly, I think I like this top better in the photos of it on me than I do in person haha. It's very breezy and pretty, but draped kind of weird. The little snap closure to hold the top together was almost in the wrong spot and made it sit weird, but I think it's just because I'm petite. Sadly I'll be sending it back, but I do think it'd be great for a 9-5!

rag & bone High waist skinny ankle jeans (Size 23)
These were actually part of my second order. I wanted to try them since I'd heard really good things and I'm definitely not disappointed! I planned on comparing these with the AG pair to see which I liked better but I might keep them both! These are much thinner, have a higher waist (which I prefer), a darker wash and are very comfortable. They don't fit quite as tight around the knee/calf for me, which could be a result of their length, but again the raw hem takes care of that issue. Still haven't decided if I'll keep or not, but I'd highly recommend them!

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Bell sleeve top (XXS)
This top is so pretty and fun! The sleeves are definitely challenging from a practical standpoint but sometimes it's totally worth it ;) I love the material (poplin, so more like a button down dress shirt) and it has a great slightly oversized fit. The blue striped version is currently sold out online, but it also comes in white. I got an XXS and still had plenty of room so I'd suggest sizing down.

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Lattice back sweater (Size 2)
This is probably one of the most popular items of the sale. It's very cozy and I love the open back. Topshop usually runs small so I was surprised that this still had an oversized fit. I actually kinda wish I could size down! Still undecided on whether this is a keeper or not, but leaning towards yes because it would look super cute with leggings since it covers your butt ;)

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Open knit sweater (Small) 
If you're looking for a great summer sweater, this is it. The open knit makes it perfect to toss on with denim cutoffs and it's just the right amount of slouchy. But if we're being honest, I'm not crazy about the way this fits on me and don't love the slightly flared sleeves, so I'll probably be sending it back.

Button front dress (XXS)
I love the dark floral print of this dress but it's just too overwhelming for my frame. Even though I got an XXS, it's still pretty oversized. Since it lacks shape, it just didn't do much for me and probably wouldn't make a difference even if I got it hemmed. If you're a normal sized human, however, I'd highly recommend it since it's super cute for fall!

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Cognac suede booties (5.5)
I loooooove these booties! Every girl needs a pair of brown suede ankle booties and these are perfect. The buckle detailing on the outside gives them an extra edge and the toe is just the right amount of pointy. I got a 5.5 (my usual size) but they feel a little snug and probably will be even more so with a thin sock so I might swap them out for a 6.

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Suede chelsea bootie (5.5)
It doesn't get more classic than this when it comes to a black bootie. The suede is gorgeous and I love the block heel. Unfortunately, the shaft seems to come up a little higher on my shin, which can make my short legs appear even shorter. So they're going back. I ordered these (in regular leather) in hopes they'll work a little better for me!

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Phew! If you made it all the way to the end, congratulations ;) In addition to everything here, there are still a few more things I have my eye on so I'll be sure to update you with any other purchases.

Also, has this been helpful? Personally, I always like when other bloggers show and talk about how things fit, even more so during this crazy sale! If this is something you're into and want more of (anytime of the year), please let me know! And if you feel like sharing what you've snagged so far, I'd love to hear about it!

Thanks for reading!

July 14, 2017

What to wear to a black tie wedding

Dress (in stock in all sizes! Also comes in blush pink) | Similar earrings | Sandals | Chanel bag (similar budget-friendly option here)

After yesterday's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale madness (who else waited over four hours to place their order? #raiseshand), I thought it'd be a nice change to talk about something completely different. Weddings. Because unlike the #NSale, those aren't stressful at all, right? ;)

Let's talk specifically about black tie weddings. They can be tricky any time of year, but especially in the summer. And since I've somehow managed to get myself invited to several now over the past few years and have learned a few things along the way I thought it might be helpful to share!

1. You can wear black -- Consider this post Exhibit A. There's a reason it's called black tie, after all ;) But in all seriousness, a black dress is perfectly acceptable wedding attire anytime of the year, even when it's hot AF outside and it's the last color on the planet you feel like wearing. A more casual wedding makes it easier to opt for something floral or breezy, but you can never go wrong with black.

2. Your dress doesn't have to touch the floor -- I might get some side eye on this one, but hear me out. I will almost always opt for a floor length gown for a black tie wedding. But if you want to go shorter make sure your dress makes up for in fanciness what it lacks in length. A midi or cocktail dress in a fancy fabric paired with statement jewelry would be perfectly okay in my book and would still be appropriate!

3. Fabric matters -- This kind of ties in to #2. Not every fabric can be dressed up and there's a huge difference between a jersey maxi dress that you'd throw on to run errands or for brunch on the weekends and what's appropriate for a black tie wedding. I'm all about versatility, but some materials are simply meant to be more casual and no amount of accessorizing can make them formal enough. If it feels too casual, it probably is.

4. Keep it classy -- We've all seen that girl at a wedding whose dress is entirely inappropriate because it's just too revealing. Don't be that girl. Tread carefully when it comes to cutout details, strappy/exposed backs, side boob and plunging necklines. There is nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel good in what you're wearing but someone else's wedding is not the time to bring sexy back.

5. Your man should be in a tux -- "But he has a perfectly good black suit hanging in his closet. Can't he just wear that?" No. There will likely be other people wearing them and they'll be underdressed for the occasion. A rental is pretty affordable and you get all the accoutrements. Or, if you foresee having several formal events and want to invest in one but don't want to break the bank, check out places like Topman. That's where we got Vincent's and he always gets a ton of compliments when he wears it!

I hope this has been helpful but please feel free to tweet me with any other questions! Thanks for stopping by!

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