Monday, July 25, 2016

#NSale Picks, All Under $100


I stopped by Nordstrom today to get the watch I purchased during early access fitted. Since I was there, I couldn't help but browse the racks, and see what was left. Until this point, I've actually only shopped online, to avoid the chaos in the store. Much to my surprise, it was still pretty jam packed for Monday afternoon, but, there were still lots of goodies to get your hands on! 

I've rounded up some of my new buys below - nothing is over $100, and every style is still available in majority of the colors and sizes!! Remember, they are restocking daily, so don't worry if the one thing you wanted slipped through your fingers, you have until August 5th to track it down!



Friday, July 22, 2016

The Cutest Tassel Dress + My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks!









SheIn dress (only $13.99!) ℅ | Elaine Turner shoes (on sale) | B.P. hat | Charming Charlie clutch (sold out, similar style here) | Kendra Scott necklace | Elaine Turner snakeskin bracelet (on sale) | SheIn earrings | Ray-Ban aviators 


Happy Friday! Can I get a hip, hip hooray?!

Not only is it the weekend (did this week fly by or what?), but the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is finally open to everyone. Don't worry if you didn't get early access, there are still a ton of amazing things available, and in most sizes. Be sure to shop soon though, because things are flying off the shelves. I literally added three things to my cart this morning, and when I went to check out, two of them were no longer available. Keep in mind though, re-stocks are happening all the time, so be sure to check back. I've rounded up the best of the best from the #nsale, and have them put them in categories at the end of this post. That way you can get to shopping, and you don't have to do all the hard work. Like what you see, simply click the image and you'll be taken directly to the product!

This cute tassel sundress is only $13.99 - amazing deal! I cannot even begin to tell you how many compliments I get on it when I wear it. From the multi-color fringe detail, to the cute open back, and the bold pink color, it is perfect go-to for the summer season. Throw it on with sandals and wear it over your swimsuit for a day by the pool or at the beach, or dress it up with wedges and a cute clutch or crossbody for the evening.

You may have noticed I've been all into cork accessories lately. From shoes to handbags, and even jewelry, I cannot get enough. It is a fun take on the typical neutral accessories, and gives it a more modern spin. This cute pineapple clutch gives the perfect vacation vibe to any outfit. Unfortunately the exact one is sold out, but you can find a super similar one here. My lace up cork wedges and multi-color python bracelet are both from Elaine Turner and both are on sale right now! Ya! Don't forget, use code ANS for free shipping.

Without further ado, my Nordstrom sale picks! Happy shopping!



















Wednesday, July 20, 2016

How to Travel with Just a Carry-On










Charming Charlie cardigan & tank top  | Frame Denim jeans | Elaine Turner wedges (on sale - use promo code ANS for free shipping!)   | Dolce Vita Collection fringe handbag  | Vera Bradley luggage ℅ | Bauble Bar link necklace ℅ | Olive +  Piper earrings ℅ |  AIBI watch  | Ray-Ban sunglasses

Happy Wednesday!

As much as I love clothing and all my accessories, when it comes to travel, I am proud to say that most of the time, I travel with only a carry-on. I know, I know, you're thinking to yourself, how is this possible, but let me tell you, it is!

Start with you roll aboard carry-on. I've spent years picking the cutest wheelie, until the airlines started changing rules on the size limit of carry-on luggage, and I was traveling often enough, that it needed to be more practical then cute. Dimensions are key. Do you travel with one airline most often, or do you hop around to whatever is cheapest? Regardless, know the rules and restrictions for each airline. We've all been there when we are trying to shove our carry-on into the dreaded overhead and it doesn't fit. For most airlines, your carry-on should measure 22 x 14 x 9.  I got this Vera Bradley carry-on right before we left for Spain, and it made the perfect travel companion. The size was perfect and fit easily into the overhead, it has two mesh compartments with zip closures, and compression straps - perfect for holding all your items in place. It also has integrated TSA locks (the best), to keep everything secure. The best part, it is hard-sided (a new release for them), which is the only type of wheelie I will travel with. Not only does it last longer, and prevent any unwanted squishing or breakage, but it is more sanitary and easy to clean.

Use compression packs. You have no idea what you're missing out on if you haven't tried these. My trusted go-to is the Samsonite Luggage 12 piece set. Not only do they give you varied sizes (small, medium, large, XL), but most of them hand roll to get the air out, versus being vacuumed sealed. Yes, the vacuum is more efficient and takes more air out, but it isn't practical because you have to pack it with you, and we are trying to save space, remember?! Once I started using these bags, I was able to pack almost twice as much with me.

Cut down on toiletries. Depending where you are going, where you are staying, and the length of the trip, this shouldn't be too hard. Most hotels provide the essentials - soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, but typically you can get additional amenities at no extra charge, like a toothbrush, toothpaste, razor and shaving cream. You can also shop for the items once you're there. Unless you're going to a third world country, it is pretty easy to find anything you may need at your destination. For women, this is always harder because we have make-up, etc., but typically when I travel, I have sunglasses on most of the day, and hopefully am getting sun-kissed skin, so I cut down and only bring mascara, concealer, and lipgloss - try it next time, it's very freeing.

Don't waste space. I have said this in other of my travel related blogs, but always worth mentioning again. Don't roll belts, snake them along the perimeter of the suitcase. Stuff shoes full of socks, and stuff bra cups with underwear to prevent them from crushing. Store jewelry individually in drawstring jewelry pouches, like these, which are only $7.99 for 100. Another great way to store dainty necklaces that tangle easily, is by placing them in straws and taping each end. Place your heaviest items, like shoes and toiletries at the bottom of the suitcase, which prevents the suitcase from toppling over. Better yet, wear you biggest, bulkiest items on the airplane, it will save you a lot of room. Once you arrive, you can wash them or have them laundered. If you think about all the time (and money) you are saving by not packing a suitcase, you can create a budget to get your clothes cleaned at the hotel. 

Travel with an emergency kit. This is a must-have, and something I actually carry in my purse everyday. You never know what you're going to need or when you're going to need it. Include items like, Tide to Go, Colgate Wisp's, Pepto tablets, Advil, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, tampons, a pen, Ban-aids, toothpicks, extra hair ties. a collapsible brush, Chapstick, bobby pins and safety pins. I like to build my own with items I regularly use, but you can also purchase one that's pre-made, like this one from Pinch Provisions.

Have a spacious handbag/personal item. My go-to bag when traveling is this Longchamp bag (now on sale)! To be honest, I have this bag in multiple colors, and they have withstood the test of time, airports, and airplane floors. They are easy to clean, and the expandable zipper is great for adding those extra souvenirs at the end of the trip, while still fitting under the seat in front of you. In my carry on, I always have my Bose headphones, a self inflating backrest (a lifesaver), phone charger (plus a fully charged phone), a pair of socks, wallet/passport, water (so important), healthy snack, a magazine, a good book. wet wipes, my emergency kit, and Rosebud Salve, which is perfect for keeping lips and hands moisturized from the dryness travel causes. Inside of my over-sized handbag, I always have a smaller purse packed that I plan to use on the trip, like this fringe crossbody form Dolce Vita Collection. Not only do I save space, but items like my wallet and passport, don't get lost among all my other stuff.

Have any great packing tips? I would love to hear them! 


 

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