Monday, July 25, 2016

show me your mumu sea lillies

Show Me Your Mumu Kylie Mini Dress in Sea Lilies
Strands 'Obeads beaded double strand wrap necklace
Show Me Your Mumu summer sundress kylie mini
Tory Burch lexington wedges in black
Printed summer sundress rush greek life lilly

DRESS: Show Me Your Mumu || NECKLACE: StrandsO'beads || WEDGES: Tory Burch {on sale!} ||  BAG: Forever 21 {save}{splurge} || SUNGLASSES: Rayban 


Happy Monday, y'all! Clearly, I'm loving all things Show Me Your Mumu lately, as seen here & here. It's my favorite way to brighten up my otherwise fairly simple and monochrome wardrobe, plus the breezy fit is perfect for this hot summer! I love Mumu because it's the perfect price point, meaning you'll get great quality clothing without spending your whole summer paycheck on it! All of their pieces are items you'll find yourself wearing summer after summer, similar to a brand like Lilly Pulitzer, but at a more affordable price point. Whether it's for a wedding, rush week, or just to brighten up your wardrobe, I definitely recommend checking out the Mumu site!

I'm obsessed with this fun floral print, which perfectly incorporates a summer staple print without looking like your grandma's favorite couch. To keep it simple, I added my favorite pair of summer wedges (seen previously here) and a basic black handbag. I grabbed these wedges on sale, and there's still time to get your own on sale before they're all gone! I promise, they're worth every penny. Not only are they the best staple wedge that will go with literally everything, but they're also so comfortable and great quality. I know these are shoes I'll wear for years to come, so it was definitely worth the investment! I really love this same style dress in taupe (here), which would look amazing with the same accessories, or with a pop of color. The great thing about the taupe is it allows you to add color or keep it simple, which makes for the perfect transition dress. Win-win situation! 

Thank you so much for reading! Stay tuned for another "Digging Deeper" post on Thursday. Have a great week!

xoxo  

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

travel diary: alaska + cold weather essentials

Anchorage, Kenai, Alaska Travel Diary: things to do, sights
Anchorage, Kenai, Alaska Travel Diary: things to do, sights
Anchorage, Kenai, Alaska Travel Diary: things to do, sights
Anchorage, Kenai, Alaska Travel Diary: things to do, sights
Anchorage, Kenai, Alaska Travel Diary: things to do, sights
Anchorage, Kenai, Alaska Travel Diary: things to do, sights

Good morning, y'all! Today I want to share with you my third and final travel diary of the summer: Alaska! Go ahead and grab yourself a cup of coffee and a snack and lets talk Alaska!

Alaska was such a cool place to visit. I've been to Colorado a few times before, and have fallen in love with mountains and hiking. The problem I run into in Colorado though, is the altitude. What I loved about Alaska was that I got to enjoy hiking with beautiful scenery, and never had to think about getting sick from the altitude. Since it's so tucked away, it almost feels like another country, but you get to enjoy all of the perks of being in America. In the summer, the sun doesn't set until midnight or later, so it makes for amazing late night adventures! 

We flew into Anchorage and then drove down to Kenai, and the drive on the way down was incredible. Everywhere you looked, you were surrounded by huge, beautiful mountains and an incredible shade of blue water. Also on the drive down are some great places to stop for hiking. Definitely wear layers, because even in the summer it's still pretty chilly outside! Once you get moving, you'll want to take a few layers off, so it's good to layer and bring a backpack to put your extra clothes in. One of the stops we made was in Homer, a cute little peninsula perfect for window shopping and grabbing a bite to eat. I never made it around to any kind of fishing, but I've seen pictures and videos of it and it looks like such a fun thing to do. There was also rafting and other fun activities I would look into signing up for! Whatever you end up doing, definitely bring a camera!

In case you haven't heard it a million times already, tomorrow is the first day the Nordstrom sale is open to the public! There are still so many amazing items to choose from, so make sure to check out what they have. If you want to learn more about the sale or why it's considered the best sale of the year, read my previous post about it here. I've put together some of my cold weather essentials, that also happen to be part of the sale, below. Make sure to check them out now before they go back to their original price!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo


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Monday, July 18, 2016

snakeskin shorts

Golden thread monogrammed necklace with blue snakeskin printed summer casual shorts
Tory Burch lexington summer wedges in black
Golden thread monogrammed necklace with blue snakeskin printed summer casual shorts
Hemline boutique black silk tank top
Baublebar gold stacking bracelet cuffs
Golden Thread monogrammed pendant necklace
Tory Burch Lexington wedges
Cute summer outfit for lunch, dinner, or brunch

SHORTS: Pomp & Circumstance Boutique {similar}{similar} ||  TOP: Hemline Boutique {save}{splurge} || WEDGES: Tory Burch {similar} || NECKLACE: Golden Thread || BRACELETS: Baublebar

Hey, y'all! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I'm slowly getting together all of the pieces for my dorm room, but it's crazy how many things you never realize you need (or think you need but really don't). I love digging through the aisles of Homegoods, so stay tuned to see how I decorate my room on a budget. 

These cute little shorts quickly became my favorite summer item. I love how easy they are to throw on, how comfortably they fit, and how fun they are for summer. I find myself quickly gravitating to white and black hues, especially when the months get cooler, so I love finding a bright, bold pair of shorts like these for the summer. A breezy tank top is a must for this Houston heat, especially a versatile one like this. I found both of these at local boutiques in Houston, but Hemline and P&C both have the cutest Instagram accounts that you can purchase directly from! I've linked similar items though in case you would prefer to shop online. The last thing I want in this heat and humidity is to worry about a ton of jewelry, so I kept it simple with this delicate Golden Thread necklace and Baublebar bracelet trio. To tie the whole look together, I paired it with my new favorite wedges from Tory Burch. I scored them on sale a few months ago, but there are a few left on her site so get them while you can! 

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Let me know what your summer outfit necessities are in the comments below.

xoxo


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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 essential blogger picks



Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 essential athletic wear picks



Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 essential blogger picks



Even though I can't purchase everything yet until my card arrives, I still rounded up my top picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for y'all! I've seen a lot of bloggers showcase their picks in various ways, but I decided to break my picks into three categories: basics, athletic, and essentials. All of these items are definitely closet basics though! 

WHY YOU SHOULD SHOP THE ANNIVERSARY SALE:
Until I lived near a Nordstrom, I didn't fully get the importance of this sale. My biggest mistake was always comparing it to any other 'end of season' sale and looking at the discount instead of the actual item. Then when fall rolls around, I find myself needing new clothes but not wanting to pay full price for basic fall and winter necessities. That's what makes this sale so great: you can get all the brand new, in-style essentials you want, without having to pay full price or wait until the end of the season! 

THE IMPORTANCE OF A NORDSTROM CARD:
The sale last a little over three weeks, but the longer you wait, the higher the chance the item you want or the size you need will be sold out. With a Nordstrom rewards or credit card, you can purchase the items on sale before those without a card. I've always been hesitant to get any kind of store credit card, so that's why I love the idea of the rewards card. It acts just like a debit card, linking directly to your bank account, which means you can't spend more than you have in your account. Furthermore, for every purchase you make on your rewards card, you get points back. The points eventually turn into money, so it's like you're making money when shopping! It takes anywhere from 7-14 days to receive a card, so while you may not be able to order one and get early access to the sale, you can still earn points on the purchases you make when the sale opens to the public. It's also great to have for future purchases!

HOW TO GET THE BIGGEST DISCOUNT:
I would suggest getting at least a Nordstrom rewards card so that you can start acquiring points when you shop. In addition to the already marked down items and card, my biggest tip is to utilize Ebates for your purchases. For those of you who don't have access to a Nordstrom store, or those of you who want to avoid the crazy crowds in stores (like me), ordering online is the perfect alternative! You don't have to dig through racks and you can still get your sales. With free shipping and free returns, there's no reason to not shop online! Ebates is a third party website that will give you a percentage of cash back on all online purchases, specifically 6.0% at Nordstrom. You can read all about Ebates here. Between the markdowns on the clothes, points from a rewards card, and cash back through Ebates, this really becomes the best sale of the year. 

I will be updating the "Wishlist" tab on the sidebar to temporarily be my picks from the sale while they last. I would love to hear what you think of the sale in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

xoxo

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easy summer romper

Show Me Your Mumu Riri Romper in Romuntic Rose
Show Me Your Mumu Riri Romper in Romuntic Rose
Show Me Your Mumu Riri Romper in Romuntic Rose
Show Me Your Mumu Riri Romper in Romuntic Rose

ROMPER: Show Me Your Mumu || NECKLACE: Golden Thread || SANDALS: Steve Madden || SUNGLASSES: Asos {save}{splurge}

Hey, y'all! I hope you've had a great week so far and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend. 

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you'll know that this outfit was supposed to go up on Tuesday, but here we are Thursday morning and I'm just now adding the links to the products... I posted on Instagram totally thinking the post had automatically gone live because I scheduled it to, but apparently I had more work to do that I realized! I was out of town for the last couple of days, so I'm just now able to post it. When I was planning out my posts for this month, I had really wished to have a post including the best picks from the Nordstrom sale go out today. For those with a Nordstrom card, the annual sale begins today! Last year I didn't buy in to the sale madness, but I really regretted it when the fall rolled around and I was looking at full priced items I really wish I had purchased on sale. But of course, I waited until the last minute to register for a card and it still hasn't come in the mail yet. Life: 2 , Chottie: 0.  As soon as I get my card in the mail (hopefully today), expect a full Nordstrom sale post including the best picks of the early access. 

Until then, here is one of my favorite summer rompers. I wore it to my graduation party, on my trip to Europe, and to lunch with friends all the time. It's the perfect piece to dress up or down and is so easy to throw on and off (which is really important when it comes to rompers!). I love the fun, floral print, but Show Me Your Mumu has the same style in a ton of prints, so the options are really endless!

Have a great day!
xoxo



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