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Favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

We are currently enjoying some family vacation time in Corolla, NC, but I wanted to pop in and share some of my favorite picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I wouldn't be a true 'style blogger' if I didn't post about my sale picks 😉  (If you want more info on the sale as far as dates and when you can shop the items then visit this post from last week.)

Why this sale is important: Because most, if not all of the items are NEW items that are marked down significantly for a short period of time. After the sale is over, the items will go back up to full/retail price.

What I suggest buying from the sale: Staple items for fall... Think boots, booties, denim, leggings, sweaters, cardigans, scarves, handbags, etc.

Here are my top picks form the sale broken down into categories:







Lounge Wear




As you can tell, some of these items are already sold out! So, definitely act fast if you have any items in your cart!

Happy Shopping!

Amazon Finds + A Few Vacation Outfits

one piece swimsuit (only $22!) | cover up (only $14!) | donut floaty

Hey guys! I'm busy packing for our family vacation to OBX today (leaving tomorrow! Everybody panic!), but I wanted to pop in quickly and share a few recent Amazon purchases as well as share a few outfits/items I'm packing for myself.

First off, how cute is this palm leaf one piece?! Natalie (East Coast Chic) shared it on her instagram and instastories and I decided I needed it for our vacation! The other suits I got were black or solid color, so I felt like I needed a fun/bright suit to mix it up a bit. It's actually really flattering, has good behind coverage, it criss crosses in the back AND it's lined with removable cups! The quality actually surprised me with the price point! So, if you are still looking for a fun one piece for summer definitely give this one a try!

Also, I ordered this cover up with the suit and I love it as well! It's actually a bit sheer, which you can't tell online (but, I don't mind that). It also comes in a lot of different colors. And of course, everyone needs a donut floaty, right? And I might have picked up the matching drink floaties as well... I mean, there's going to be adult beverages being consumed when we have 5 kids under the age of 5 under the same roof for a week... I think that is the only way to survive! 😂

I also scored this moisturizer, this iPhone flash drive and these shoes for Camden from Amazon Prime Day. What deals did you guys snag?

off the shoulder top (comes in other colors) | necklace | shorts (most sizes out of stock, but similar here and here, which are currently buy one, get one 50% off!)

Here are just a few outfits I'm packing for our trip. Most of the time, I'm sure we are just going to be in bathing suits with the kids at the pool or beach, but I thought I'd bring a few fun outfits in case we go to town or go out to dinner. 

Also, if you've been living under a rock... Then, you may not have heard about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. We might not have the best wifi reception where we are going, but I am hoping to post at least once next week on specific items I'm loving/adding to my wish list from the sale. If you have a Nordstrom credit card, you have early access to the sale items (and may have already purchased some!). If not, the sale goes live to the public on July 21st. So, now's a good time to add items to your cart to purchase when they are available to you. Make sure to purchase them FAST because these sale items always sell out very quickly! And, they will all go to retail/full price after the sale is over. 

I've added a 'Nordstrom Anniversary Sale' tab at the top of the blog so you can see all of my top picks from the sale. I'm hoping to break it down into categories for some upcoming posts to make it a bit easier for you guys. Stay tuned! 

Blogger on a Budget | A New Series + 2 of the BIGGEST Sales of the year!

(above outfit details and links on this post)

Hey guys! I decided to start a new series on this bliggity blog of mine all about shopping on a budget. Yes, I post photos and links of recently bought items on my instagram and on the blog, but what you may not know or realize is that I actually have a shopping BUDGET. That's right... I'm not just spending my money on clothes and accessories all willy nilly, ok?!

So, I'm sure you're wondering how I come up with an amount to spend on clothes and accessories? Bill and I have a monthly budget that we like to stick to. He is all about the Dave Ramsey way of paying off all debt and having a safety net in the savings account. So, monthly budgeting is a necessity to work towards saving and being debt free. We obviously make sure all the necessities of life are paid for first, then add a specific amount towards savings and paying down debt. What's left over we divide up to all the 'extras' like eating out, entertainment, clothes and extra misc things we need to buy for the month. We are also working towards saving to complete some house projects in the near future, so that is my motivation to save vs. spend.

My monthly budget is typically around $200 - $300 (that's including buying for the boys), but I like to stick near the $200 mark so I can contribute to our savings account as well. You might be thinking, 'Wow! That's a lot!' or 'Wow! I spend way more than that per month on clothes!' just depending on your own personal spending habits, but I wanted to be honest and tell you so that I can 1. hold myself accountable for that specific budget, and 2. So that you understand how I shop and am able to save money by shopping online AND looking out for deals/sales.

First off, let's talk SALES. It is a great time of year to take advantage of a bunch of sales going on in the online apparel/accessories world. I wouldn't be a true 'style blogger' if I didn't let you know about the TWO BIGGEST SALES OF THE YEAR that are happening this month:

1. AMAZON PRIME DAY: starts at 9pm on July 10th (that's right, today) for prime members. If you are not a prime member, now is your time to sign up! I seriously use Amazon prime probably once per week to order things for myself and our family. It is the bomb dot com (literally).

I shop on amazon for literally everything. Makeup, clothes (like this top), toys for the boys, diapers, these meal prep containers (my most recent purchase). If you are a busy mom, or just busy in general, having a prime membership is completely worth the money. You get free 2-day shipping on so many items. There are also so many other benefits of being a prime member like photo storage, movies and tv shows, the list goes on.

2. NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE 2017 (July 21st - August 6th) is another very popular sale of the year! So many designer brand (and affordable brand) NEW items marked down for a limited time. This is a special sale because after the sale ends, they items go back up to retail price. It is a great time to stock up on those basic or high end must haves for fall and winter (so you won't be kicking yourself for not getting them when the temps drop). If you follow any other fashion related blog, I'm sure they've already mentioned this sale!

If you have a Nordstrom credit or debit card, you are able to gain early access on July 13th - 20th, before the general public (non-card holders) are able to shop the sale items. I have a Nordstrom debit card, so I am so excited to see what will be on sale in a few days! You can sign up for a Nordstrom card here.

You can get the first look at some of the items that will be offered in the sale here: NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE 2017 CATALOG: FIRST LOOK.

SO, my first tip on how to shop on a budget is to know what sales are happening and when. Then, make sure to save your money and shop during these big sales.

I just made an amazon purchase a few days ago because I wanted to make sure we had a few items for our upcoming family vacation. So, I don't have anything in my amazon shopping cart at the moment, but I will be browsing the deals they are offering tonight!

I'm excited to have early access to the Nordstrom Anniversary sale this year again since I have a Nordstrom debit card. We leave for our family vacation on Friday, so I'm not sure I'll be able to get to the actual store to try anything on on Thursday, but I will definitely keep you posted with what I find online! I'm planning on adding a 'Nordstrom Sale Favorites' tab at the top menu of my blog sometime this week, so make sure to check back for updated items I add to my wish list.

Are you planning to shop either of these sales?