Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Alo Block High Waist Mesh Insert Leggings and Nike Essential Logo Tank

I took two pieces from my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale haul for a spin today in a PiYo class and you guys…well…I know the trend is to gush, but this is an authentic gush. Let’s take it from the top down, shall we?

Picked up this classic Nike tank in a size medium (I’m 5’8″ and long-torsoed for reference) and it fit just as I hoped – slightly loose with enough space at the bottom to be flattering or to cinch in the waist by tying a small knot. The rust pink is a beautiful shade of blush that will pair well with dusty blues and grey, burgundy and black for fall.

The glamorous life: cat photobomb edition.
Tank
  |  Leggings  |  Shoes 

These leggings are my first experience with Alo (I know…what took me so long?!) and I must say they’re raved about for a reason. The fabric is thick, opaque and cut to figure-flatter while the mesh inserts are both stylish and functional, letting these stems breathe in today’s broiling PiYo class. Ordered a small and they fit perfectly; snug but not muffin-top inducing. They’re still in stock, so snap them up before they’re gone.

 

Still so glam, so photobombed. Stratty Boom, aka Tux E. Tux don’t care.
Tank  |  Leggings  |  Shoes 

Chosen Women’s Apparel and Fine Art

Last week I had the honor of attending an influencer event at Chosen, a recently opened boutique just outside of Uptown Charlotte in Myers Park. Chosen has an incredible mix of clothing, fine art, and housewares from designers such as Amanda Uprichard, Dolce Vita, 7 For All Mankind, Flying Monkey, Gaia, etc. From dresses, rompers and two piece sets to denim, accessories, shoes and what I like to categorize as “going out tops” – you know – the showstoppers you wear when out with the squad, Chosen is where you want to check first for gorgeous, unique pieces not found in your everyday stores.

Caroline, Chosen’s owner, was such a delight to meet and not only does she have a great eye for fashion and design, she also sources designers and artisans who support nonprofits and fair trade organizations. For those of you that know me well, you know that supporting organizations that actively work toward the betterment of others are close to my heart. Having a locally-owned retailer who includes a mix of brands that support these organizations is such an asset.

The event was a blast – I got to meet so many great, inspiring local influencers, sip some rose, try not to eat all the cake pops and cookies while also trying not to buy ALL the things. Here’s a few pretties that I picked up from the event. No worries for those of you not in Charlotte – you can shop online!

So many adorable and delicious treats. 

Such sweet and thoughtful goodie bags! 

I picked up this gorgeous and handmade Gaia bag – perfect for going out – these eye-catching slides and this stack bracelet (just $32!) that goes with pretty much everything in my closet. 

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: First Round Draft Picks

Hello there! Long time no post. We’ve had a busy summer with planned and surprise trips, lots of fun outings to the pool, Carowinds, neighborhood playgrounds and bountiful chalk art in the driveway.

I’ve been *trying* to write consistently again, but in the spirit of honesty, I’ve struggled to put words on the screen. Between stumbling through toddler parenthood and contemplating several prospective big life changes, I’ve felt like I’ve been treading water. This post is a stab at finding my groove again (paging Angela Basset) and putting focus back on the things I love to do, blog included.

Now let’s get to the good stuff. It’s that magical time of year again – the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is live for Nordstrom cardholders! Here are my favorites for women and girls thus far from the sale; I’ll add posts as the sale goes on with try-on info, men’s picks, beauty deals and finds for the home, too.

For women, or otherwise known as “what I grabbed for me:” 

Black denim under $50 – I don’t currently have a pair in this color or by Articles of Society, so these were an easy pick and I’m excited to give them a try. 

 

I love the sleeve on this simple Topshop turtleneck; it’s just enough to create interest and pairs well with everything from jeans to pencil skirts. 

I know…everyone had their eye on this Halogen emerald green sweater. Love the ruffled neck and color that really pops. 

Another easy sweater by Halogen that I’ll reach for again and again that’s lightweight enough to wear at the end of summer, when still besieged indoors by air conditioning, into the fall and winter.

My dear friend (and amazing, results-getting trainer) Noelle is a big supporter of Alo – I couldn’t pass these up in such a pretty dusty blue. Love the mesh cutout details and I can’t wait to sweat these up.
You can’t beat a pair of simple, chic running shoes. Excited to give these a try for lower mileage runs and cross-training. 

 

My favorite detail on these booties is the option to turn down the cuff – love this look and at less than $80, it’s a great price for a trendier piece. I chose the cognac suede, which will pair perfectly with dark denim. 
This blush pink tank is an easy piece to work into your stash of athleisure/workout gear. Hoping the color pairs nicely with the soft blue Alo leggings that are also on the way. 
These no-show socks are another staple at a great price. I wear them both for actual working out (not just dressed like I’m working out), athleisure looks as well as with sneakers or flats that truly keep the socks no-show. These also work for booties when you don’t want to go barefoot and stink ’em up, but need socks to stay put and out of sight.

At less than $12, this white t-shirt, a wardrobe workhorse, was a no-brainer. Wear with everything for nearly every occasion and pick it up in a few colors. You know, in case of an emergency.

What I picked up for my little one:

This vest is such a sweet shade of pink and will be adorable on C.

I buy one of Splendid’s sets for babies (now a toddler) every year from the sale – they make some of my favorite t-shirts (and activewear!) for both me and C. The navy stripe’s a classic, while the cold-shoulder and ruffles are sweet, on-trend details. Plus, the grey leggings will go with just about anything. 
Such a big fan of Native shoes for little ones, and this style is my favorite. I bought these in a size up for when she grows out of her current pair seemingly overnight. 
…and there’s no passing up this adorable pair of high-tops. She’ll look like a modern-day Punky Brewster. 
Rose gold flats will work with dresses, jeans and leggings. I love having a metallic shoe for C on hand as metallics pair with a large variety of colors. 

Every year, I grab C a North Face fleece jacket at the sale as it works well in our climate for nearly the entire fall and winter. The fleece is so soft and it washes and wears well every time.  
This Hudson set is so cute and I love how both the top and jeans can be mixed and matched with other pieces C already owns.

Spring shoes

Over the past month or so, I’ve amassed a few pairs of spring shoes to round out what I lived in and loved from last spring. All but one pair are under $60, and with three neutrals + one pop of pink + a versatile stripe, I covered my bases* for when warmer weather actually sticks around! Here’s the rundown of what I chose and why:

  • You can’t beat a d’orsay flat in brown and black – all your neutrals are covered in one shoe. They’re simple yet chic and pair with basically any jeans and top combo, or try them as an alternative to heels with a cropped pant and button-up for work.
  • These leopard espadrilles check a couple boxes – leopard (obvi), an updated mule/espadrille for spring (a mespadrille? espamule?) and they were less than $25, too! Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
  • I like big Birks and I cannot lie. Seriously, these are gorgeous in person – the larger, gold buckle update really dresses up the traditional Birkenstock Arizona profile. I wear Birks nonstop around the house since I have plantar fasciitis in my right foot (thanks, middle age); they provide the support my bum foot needs and the style my vanity craves. I found the soles of these to be a bit stiffer than that of other Birks I own, so spend a few minutes breaking these guys in before wearing around town.
  • Hot pink mules, enough said. I’ve been wearing these with jeans and navy/green/black/royal blue/white/camel for a pretty pop of pink. So eye-catching and at under $40, a no-brainer for a shoe that mixes effortlessly into my wardrobe.
  • I couldn’t resist these adorable striped slides, because love shoes, they’re cute, striped, they have a bow…those are my reasons.  

Clockwise, from top: slides  |  espadrille mules  |  Birkenstocks  |  Pink mules  |  Striped slides  

 

Outfits to come, but for now, let’s enjoy that gorgeous contrast of pink and ripped denim.

Ruffled up

It’s FINALLY warm enough here to wear something resembling spring clothing! I’ve browsed online and in stores, not-so-patiently looking and waiting for warmer days. So far I’ve picked up a few pieces along the way and a *couple* pairs of shoes (typical), but for now, I’m loving the sun on my arms in this simple ruffled t-shirt + jeans combo. Cheers to spring finally moving into the Carolinas!

 

 

 

 

Top: Banana Republic (similar here, here and here)  |  Jeans: Madewell (with drop hem, here)  |  Shoes: Dolce Vita  (similar here and here – both under $70!)

One sweatshirt = three looks

If you caught my Instastories from last week, you may remember I had the chance to shop the Stone & Arden Boutique pop-up shop at Vogue Salon and Spa. Stone & Arden is an online boutique owned by a dear friend and her sister-in-law; they’ve turned their love of fashion and online shopping into an Instagram boutique where you’ll find cute, on-trend and affordable looks.

They have an excellent eye for pieces that are unique and of-the-moment – think cute cutouts, lace, embroidery, cold-shoulders – while remaining affordable, with $3 shipping and many pieces under $50!  One of the owners is a former buyer for a major department store; she brings her creative aesthetic to the boutique, mixing in pieces with florals, ruffles, embroidery and eye-catching details that punch up your daily look or work for a fun night out on the town.

The pop-up shop was a blast to shop! It was so fun to check out their spring pieces in person and try everything (yes, just about everything!) on. Amy, one of the owners, was so helpful in suggesting pieces to try and it was tough not to leave with a carload of cute clothes. I can’t say enough about this great boutique – be sure to follow Stone & Arden on Instagram and Facebook, and keep an eye out for their upcoming line of jewelry, coming soon!

I paired this sweatshirt with pieces currently on heavy rotation to create three different looks that work for scenarios in my everyday life. It’s lined with the softest, brushed fleece and the neck detailing + gorgeous, deep mauve make it a standout from the sea of black, grey and navy currently in my closet. From coffee and playdates to a cozy gym pullover and then to book club/dinner out, this piece is sneaky in its versatility. Cute AND sneaky? Sign me up.

 

 

Look 1: top, Stone & Arden  |  jeans, Rag and Bone (similar here and here)  |  wrap bracelet, Tory Burch (similar)  | shoes, Birkenstock 

 

 

 

Look 2: top, Stone & Arden  |  tank, lululemon (similar)  |  tights, lululemon  |  vest, lululemon (similar)  |  shoes, Birkenstock  

 

 

 

 

Look 3: top, Stone & Arden |  jeans, Madewell (similar) |  shoes, Dolce Vita  |  bag, Chloe 

2018 Green Gala Gear

Last weekend we attended the 2018 Green Gala held by the Anne Springs Close Greenway. We met up with several other couples in our neighborhood who also planned to attend, took prom-style photos before, headed to dinner/drinks and then to the gala. It was a BLAST – we had a great time with friends and it was a ton of fun to dress up again vs. my daily athleisure/J. Crew combos.

It was a great chance to dust off some of our wedding attire – Jon wore the same bow tie and cummerbund he wore in our wedding and I got another wear out of my new favorite jumpsuit and a pair of my all-time favorites, the blue Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps I also wore to our rehearsal dinner that coordinate perfectly with his outfit! His bow tie and cummerbund are the official University of Kentucky plaid; he grew up just outside of Lexington, Kentucky, and he and his family are huge UK fans. The set was a great way to honor a family tradition without looking too much like fan gear and has been passed around by the men in his family for several formal events.

We went to The Pump House for dinner prior to the event and everything was delicious! Try the pimento mac and cheese as a side — you won’t regret it. At the gala, we bid on a couple of silent auction items and actually won. I should mention they are the most 30-something items one could bid on – an estate planning package and a child’s birthday party gift certificate. So fired up about finally getting our estate plan in order; it’s something we’ve put off for a while recognizing the importance of doing so as we need a solid plan in place for our daughter’s future.

We ate, drank, danced and had such an awesome time at this yearly event. Charlotte area natives, be sure to check it out for 2019!

On him: tuxedobow tie and cummerbund  |  cufflinks
On me: jumpsuit  |  earrings  |  purse (similar)  |  shoes

 

Our group

The ladies (minus one!)

Photo booth shenanigans
Makeup detail

Hair and makeup by Living Art Salon  |  Top: J. Crew 

 

Tory Burch Private Sale

Hey there! I’m going to gloss over how long it’s been since I last posted…sigh, gah, arrrgh. Long, uninteresting story short – we’ve had a lot going on since I came back from mom’s cruise in February. Everyone got sick, then my husband’s car hit the skids and had to buy a new one, then ill again, then potty training, because why not. I’m still trying to catch up on life, the blog, with friends and family.

Meatier content to come, but for now, I’m here to report today’s the last day of the Tory Burch private sale. I’ve been a Tory fan for years and whether it’s shoes, clothing or accessories (like my diaper bag at a crazy great price – 2000% recommend), you know you’re getting quality and timeless style. Here’s a few of my favorite picks from the sale – scoop up your goods before they’re gone!

Jeans: J.Crew  |  Shoes: Tory Burch (old, try these or these for spring and summer!)
Sports bra:  lululemon  |  Tank: Tory Sport (exact and similar here)

 

Durable and chic, with plenty of pockets. Changing pad included. 
This shirt is a workhorse – wear on its own or layer over tanks for the gym. It’s soft and light without compromising warmth.
This bracelet is a staple for me – it dresses up or down and doesn’t jingle, jangle or catch on anything. Perfect for the office as it’s not distracting or for anyone who wants a no-fuss yet chic bracelet. University of Kentucky fans, pick it up in blue!
Leopard wedges under $100? Yes, please. Perfect for spring and summer!

We’re off!

After months of planning and approximately 900 Facebook Messenger exchanges later, I’m headed off on a moms’ cruise! A few ladies who live in our neighborhood coordinate the effort every year, and this year I’m joining in the fun.

We’re headed to Miami, then Key West, on to Cozumel, then back to Miami and home again. I’m *finally* packed and as ready as I can be – Mystically Tanned, hair touched up and cut, nails done, internet scoured for fun things to wear. Here’s a few things I owned and others I picked up for the trip, like this green bandage dress for under $50!

Bow sandals: Steve Madden  |  Gingham set: Goodnight Macaroon  | Black swimsuit: J. Crew  |  Dress: Amazon  | Earrings: Target  |  Clutch: Pomegranate (this one’s under $40!)  |  Wedges: J. Crew (similar)  |  Ruffled top: J. Crew   (similar)  |  White jeans: J. Crew (similar)  |  Striped tee: J. Crew  |  Jeans: J. Crew

I’ll try to keep up on Insta stories and a few pics – have a great weekend, everyone!