Saturday Style

A little weekend style inspiration. I love the simplicity of a tee shirt dress - they can be styled so many ways. Paired with a long cardigan and fun accessories, with a denim jacket and sneakers or with a faux leather jacket and booties...the options are vast!

Leith Ribbed Cardigan, H&M Jersey Dress, Old Navy Canvas Espadrilles, EA Curved Bar Studs, Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette, NARS Afterglow Lip Balm, Madewell Medium Transport Tote

Coffee Conversations

Hey and Happy Friday! I've been struck down with my first cold of the Summer the last couple days, but woke up feeling the best I've felt since it came on. There's something very counterintuitive about a cold when it's very hot outside! While nobody likes to feel sick, I'm thankful for the couple days of rest -- it seems like my body needed me to slow down for a minute. We have a couple of things planned this weekend, so I'm hoping that I continue to feel better as the day goes on!

Today is the first day of "public access" for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Are you shopping? If so, you can check out this postthis post and my picks to see what I picked up from the sale. I was hoping they would restock a few items that I wasn't able to get my hands on during Early Access, but am not seeing them yet. These booties are still available, by some miracle!

EA Summer Sale is happening now! 20% off your order with code SUMMER, through Sunday. You can shop the sale here.

Love this setup.

I've received a few questions about whether or not I'm still using this natural deodorant and what I think. Yes, I've been using it ever since I ordered it back in May. I really like it! It took a couple weeks for my body to adjust to a natural vs. chemical-ridden deodorant, but after that, it's been great. I never had an issue with odor, but had a few "wet" days. It smells so good and my underarms feel so smooth and soft now.

I've been wearing this lipstick in the shade blankety a lot lately and really like it. It's the perfect pinky nude!

Have a great weekend!

#NSale Update: What I'm Keeping

As I mentioned in this post, the majority of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale shopping has been done online. Free shipping and returns, plus being able to try things on at home and style them with other things in my closet makes it a no-brainer to me! My first shipment arrived yesterday, so I wanted to share an update about what I'm keeping and what is worth buying!

size: S/M, color: almond
This is the fifth sweater/cardigan/wrap that I've purchased from Barefoot Dreams and it might be my favorite. It's ridiculously soft and cozy. I'll be living in it in the fall and winter. Super cute for lounging and travel, but would also work well with some skinny jeans, a cami, and cute booties! 

size: XS, color: black
I love these leggings for the colder part of the year because they're a bit heftier than my favorite Lululemon Align Pants. The fabric sucks you in just enough without being uncomfortable or too tight. I've had these for a couple years now and they've held up wonderfully!
Note: I don't use these to workout in because I would get too hot! I love them paired with tees and cardigans, a cozy sweatshirt, or with a tunic and booties.

BP. Raw Edge Tee
size: XS, color: white 
I love this tee for the relaxed fit and not-too-low v-neck. I've had the white for over a year now (shown above) and love it, so I ordered the ivory and the pink cedar liz stripe.

Adidas Flashback Sneakers
size: 8, color: black
I have a hard time passing up a good black sneaker. I wear sneakers a lot, since so much of my style is casual and athleisure. I wasn't sure how I would like them on me, but I was pleasantly surprised with just how comfortable and lightweight they are.

Halogen Piper Bootie
size: 8.5, color: black leather/rose gold
I had my eye on these since I first looked through the catalog a couple weeks ago. I love that they're a bit edgy - the black leather and exposed zipper detail - but will still blend with my wardrobe easily. They're surprisingly comfortable, too! I'm between an 8 and 8.5 with most shoes, but go up to 8.5 for pointed toe styles, which is the right fit.

Barefoot Dreams "In The Wild" Throw
color: stone/cream
This color combo is currently unavailable, but it's worth watching for a restock. While it's not my usual style, the warmth and softness make it well worth the purchase. I'm anticipating many a movie night snuggled up under this gem.

size: 8.5, color: nude leather
I saved the best for last here. These flats are far and away my favorite find of the sale. They're buttery soft, so chic, and amazingly comfortable. I did size up a half size to accommodate the pointed toe. I'm going to wear the mess out of these flats! If you're looking to #treatyoself, look no further. 


Three Nail Colors I'm Loving

I've always preferred my nails polished instead of bare. I'll let my nails breathe for a day or two in between at-home manicures, but that's about the only time they're naked! You wouldn't know it from the excessive collection of colors that I have, but I typically rotate between just a few colors each season. I find my favorites and keep going back for more! The same has been true this summer; I've got a pink, a neutral, and a fun pop of color.

My favorite neutral has been Pre-Show Jitters. It's a near-white with a pretty pink undertone. It definitely takes two hearty coats to cover my nails nicely, so keep that in mind if you use it!

I'm loving the bright pinky-purple of Haute to Trot for my pink option. It's bright and fun, but isn't neon or too in-your-face.

When I'm feeling especially saucy (making this word happen again, by the way), I love First View. It's a pretty baby blue that's fun for the season!

Essie Gel Couture is the only nail polish that lasts more than a day or two for me, which is why it's the only one I use! I finish with the top coat for a guaranteed 5-day manicure (sometimes longer when I'm not working - I'm tough on my nails!)


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It's that time of year again for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! All new fall duds, marked down for a short amount of time, ripe for the picking. (Here's all the info you need about shopping, dates, etc.). I'll be continuously updating this page with my picks! I went shopping in-store the first day of early access, so here are my highlights from that:

Sizing: runs true to size (I'm in a small)
Why I love it: It's the perfect weight for fall. It's made of a sweatshirt-like material, so it's super comfortable. The fit of it offsets the casualness of the material, so it feels a bit refined. 
How I'll style it: the perfect outerwear option for jeans and a tee or leggings and a tunic

What is it: BP. Hooded Cardigan
Sizing: runs true to size, I'm in an XS
Why I love it: Super soft, has pockets and a hood
How I'll style it: I love longer cardigans like this for pairing with leggings in the cold months. It also looks cute with a pair of jeans and a cami or tee!

What is it: BP. Scoop Neck Tee
Sizing: runs large, wearing an XS and it's loose-fitting. Would recommend sizing down.
Why I love it: It's a classic long-sleeve tee that will be worn over and over again.
How I'll style it: Love it paired with jeans and booties, under a cardigan with leggings or for lounging around the house.

What is it: BP. Ribbed Cardigan
Sizing: runs true to size, wearing a small
Why I love it: It's super soft and a great casual option
How I'll style it: It looks cute with jeans and sneakers, or paired with leggings for a casual outfit. It will likely become a loungewear item for me! 

Sizing: runs true to size, wearing a small
Why I love it: It's soft like butter, lays beautiful, and has the cutest button sleeve detailing
How I'll style it: This one will be a regular rotation for me in the fall and winter. I love it paired with jeans and booties, black denim and heeled booties, or even cut-off shorts for a Autumn day.

Things I ordered online after leaving the store: this beautiful cardigan, these booties, this super soft cardigan, and these flats.

Coffee Conversations

Happy Friday to you! It's been a bit quiet around here the last week or two for good reason! We spent the better part of last week with our friends in South Carolina on vacation. It was so fun! We had a day and a half at home and then I hopped in the car and drove to my sister's house for the weekend. We'll get about a week at home after this and then we're driving to Wisconsin for my brother's wedding! To say this summer, specifically this las month, has been busy would be an understatement. It's just another reminder that I'm deeply grateful to be my own boss. I'm pretty flexibly with vacation time 😉

If you've been on Instagram the last few days, you probably know by now that Nordstrom is having their big Anniversary Sale! My sister and I were able to pop over to the store yesterday to take a look at what they had. Admittedly, the in-store experience was underwhelming -- they didn't seem to have a ton that I was interested in and were pretty limited on sizing. However, when we got back home and I was able to finally scroll through what was available online, I was liking what I was seeing! I have  a blog post with my picks, good deals, what I tried on, etc. Check it out here! One thing is certain, it made me very excited to dress for Fall - my favorite season!

Highlights from the sale: these booties (got them in my regular size, in grey), this dreamy cardigan, and this soft-as-ever thermal

This is a great option for a late Summer/Autumn wedding. The polka dot and ruffle keep it playful, which I love!

I was listening to this podcast on the drive yesterday.

Mike's and my ONE YEAR wedding anniversary is coming up on Sunday! I can hardly believe it's already been a year since that magical day. I thought it would be fun to share a little about our first year - what we've learned, what we've enjoyed, etc. - next week, so that will be coming soon!

I've been wearing these ear jackets on repeat lately.

Have a great weekend!

What I've Been Up To

We're on our last full day of vacation with our friends in South Carolina and I'm bummed! When the whole idea of this trip came up, I loved the sound of it but wasn't sure that it would actually happen. We somehow managed to get 10 adults + 2 babies to commit to a 6-day trip to my parents' home over the 4th of July weekend! Oh, and did I mention that we only came into this group in JANUARY?! Mike and I have been blessed by the Lord with a wonderful group of people in Virginia that we can do life with, and now we know that we can travel with them, too 😉

We've been pretty busy while we've been here, which has made it very easy to unplug from everything else. I haven't thought much about work and I've barely spent time aimlessly scrolling my phone. It's been so nice to have a break from the regular routine!

A couple of the girls and I made some time to pop over to the outlet mall for a little shopping during the holiday sales and I picked up this pair of short overalls. It took me a minute to get on board with the revival of this trend, but I'm safely in the, "short overalls advocate" camp now! I picked up this dress, which is the perfect "throw on and go" option. I got the striped version, but am tempted by another color, too!

This swimsuit (shown above) has proven to be a real winner! I ordered one size up and the tall version for the perfect fit.

I've been using my Kindle to read at the pool and before bed and really like it. I'm working my way through The Wife Between Us and am enjoying it, thus far.

Just wanted to give a little update, since I've been quiet here and on Instagram the last few days.

All About Amsterdam

On to the second leg of our trip, Amsterdam! Admittedly, Amsterdam was a late addition to our trip. We knew that we wanted to go to London and as we were booking our flights, we realized that we should look into spending time in another city. Going through the effort and expense to get across the ocean, we wanted to make the most of our time! Neither of us knew much about The Netherlands, but Mike found that the train could get us there in about 4.5 hours, so we decided to go for it! We booked two activities - the bike tour and the canal tour - and then wanted to play the rest by ear.

It wasn't until we arrived to our hotel Sunday night that we realized just how little time we would have there. We had two full days to explore and then we'd be waking up early on Wednesday to head to the airport. Our favorite thing to do in a city like this is to just walk around and take it all in. We could be happy walking all day, popping into shops, stopping for a bite to eat or a drink, people watching and experiencing life there. And that's a lot of how we spent our time! The one thing we should have made more time for was the Van Gogh Museum. We tried getting tickets to the Anne Frank House about a month before our trip, but they were already completely sold out for the two days we would be in the city. So, we didn't do our best with time management or planning ahead, but we still enjoyed our time there!

Where We Stayed
We stayed at Hotel Ibis Centre Stopera. This hotel is situated on the East side of the city, but is only about a 15 minute walk from the train station. It was clean, quiet, and had good-sized rooms. We "upgraded" to a view of the canal from our room, which was really pretty. They offer a good breakfast, which we opted for the first morning we were there, due to timing constraints. They also have a bar/restaurant, which is nice for the evenings, if you want to get a drink! It's a bit of a walk to get to the other side of the city, say to the Van Gogh Museum, but I would definitely recommend the hotel.

What We Did
Monday: We woke up early to head over to the bike shop to meet our group for our bike tour! We did a 4-hour countryside tour with We Bike Amsterdam. Our tour guide was great and the biking was really fun. It was a little intimidating at first because we had to ride through the busiest part of the city during rush hour to get to the ferry, but it was a fun experience. We rode all through the countryside, stopping in some of the villages to learn about the history and lifestyle of the people there. We stopped about halfway to get some dutch apple pie, which was delicious, and then finished our tour. I love that we were able to see the non-touristy parts of the area - it was beautiful and serene riding along the paths and through the villages. We'd definitely recommend this tour! After we returned, we spent the rest of the day just walking around the city - taking it all in!

Tuesday: We did more walking through the city - walking past the Anne Frank House (which was wanted to go into, but couldn't get tickets!), along the canals, and through the Jordaan Neighborhood. In the afternoon, we did a canal tour with Those Dam Boat Guys, which was great! It was informative and fun. I liked doing the canal tour because we got a different view of the city from the water and get a better appreciation for just how amazing the canal system is.

What We Ate:
We're really bad at being patient for food. We're the kind of people that don't go looking for food until we're hungry, so we have very little interest in waiting for a table or in a long line. It seemed like all the highly-rated and recommended places had long lines (makes sense), so we ended up just walking on to find a place to eat for most meals. We found a couple winners, but didn't necessarily eat at any of the hot spots!
  • Toastable for lunch - we popped in here for sandwiches and were not disappointed! It's a cute little restaurant with minimal outdoor seating. 
  • Cafe in de Waag for breakfast - this was a last resort option, since we couldn't find anything else without an hour long wait where we were. Food was fine, but wouldn't necessarily recommend.
  • Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx for fries - the classic street food to get in Amsterdam, we opted for the "fries sauce". There was a line, but it goes very fast! 
  • Piccolo Mondo for dinner - we were craving Italian food of all things, so we had dinner here on our last night. It was good!
  • Stroopwafel from Stach - with a hot latte, the stroopwafel were to die for! 
There you have it, a little glimpse into our time in Amsterdam! It's one of the more unique places we've been, with the canals and the architecture and way of life. I'll never get over just how many bicycles we saw every day riding through the city - it's truly a sight!