Thursday, July 27, 2017

Embroidered Cold Shoulder Dress

Dress (on sale!) | Shoes (on sale + come in four colors) | Handbag  (similar style - on sale!) | Sunglasses | Earrings 

Happy Thursday, friends!

It's been a busy week here getting everything in order to head to L.A. this weekend. Even when a trip is for fun, like L.A (we're celebrating Adam's birthday a few days early), I always love planning everything down to a T. Total type A over here - I guess I get it from my mom! I just hate thinking that I missed seeing or doing something, because I didn't have everything as planned out as possible. Sounds crazy, huh? 

What's funny is Adam is the exact opposite, when he travels. He's definitely the more spontaneous, 'fly by the seat of your pants' type. I'm sure you can guess that took a bit of adjusting for both of us at first, but it actually is great.... most of the time. It's all about balance.From dinners, to shopping, and a trip to The Getty, I am definitely ready to get this weekend started. 

I have to admit, one of the things I am most looking forward to is a break from the Houston heat. This cute dress is going to be perfect for the California sunshine. I recently purchased this dress from LOFT - I absolutely love the fun neckline, and ruffle embroidered sleeves. Plus, you can never have enough stripes! It is now on sale for a fraction of the original price (only $30), and is still available in all sizes. I am wearing an extra-small, for reference. It also comes in a shirt (must have), and another similar blouse. All their sale items are now an additional 50% off. Yippie! Click here to start shopping. 

 There are a lot of other great sales going on right now from some of my favorite brands and retailers. With the fall season upon us (ummm, how is it already August next week?!?!), the end of summer is a great time to buy up some of the things you've been loving at a fraction of the price!

Goodnight Macaroon 
40% off full priced items with code ANNIVERSARY 

Huge summer sale - up to 75% off!

Elaine Turner
Semi-Annual sale - up to 70% off!

Photos by LA Photography 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Try-On Session

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! 

Since the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale officially opened last Friday, I've been doing "try on sessions," and posting them on my Instagram Stories. I know some of you don't have Instagram (but if you do, follow me), so I wanted to make sure you could see all my purchases, sizing info, etc. Everything I am sharing with you is still available in all sizes, and several of the pieces come in multiple colors or prints!

Let's get started...

Leith Dress (Runs small, so size up - I am wearing a S)

BLANKNYC Leather Jacket (Runs TTS, I am wearing a S). 
This is hands down my favorite/must-have purchase from the sale. The quality is great and the price is awesome ($65). Jacket also comes in suede
Hahaha how cute is Safari on the left?!

I purchased these during the sale last year, and they are back again by popular demand. They are still a bit on the pricey side, but they are definitely worth the splurge, especially since they never go on sale any other time. 

Halogen Cold Shoulder Dress (Runs TTS - I am wearing an XS)
Comes in three colors and is under $50.

So fun, and a bit over the top, but only $60!
Nike Tennis Shoes (Run TTS)
My go-to tennis shoe, so I make sure to always snag them during the sale (these are my sixth pair). 

Charles Henry Ruffled Dress (Runs TTS - I am wearing a S)
Love the ruffled neckline - so on trend, and perfect dressed up or down!

Lush Ruffle Top (Runs TTS - I am wearing a S. Comes in four colors/patterns) | AG Jeans Raw Hem Skinny (Runs TTS - I am wearing a 25).
 I swear by these jeans - definitely worth the investment, and they don't go on sale any other time!

Halogen Poncho (One size fits all. This color is sold out, but it comes in three other colors) | BP Classic Leggings (Runs TTS - I am wearing an XS. Only $12.) | Nike Tennis Shoes 

Check back later this week to see my second round of purchases. If there's anything you see/like that I didn't link, be sure to ask me! 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday's Thrifty Finds - Volume 3: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Five Edition

Alright, alright, alright! Who is ready for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

I took a quick break from taking photos (selfie tips please!!) to grab dinner with my second cousin. We went to this new hotspot called Riel, and although I don't pride myself as a foodie, it was interesting and tasty, but nothing to write home about. When a menu has like ten choices on it, I'm a little turned off. I mean, I don't need a novel like The Cheesecake Factory, but don't try to be pretentious. Plus, I left leave hungry! I guess that's what you get for ordering watermelon salad and cauliflower tempura (?) ha. So, as I munch away on snap peas, I'm wrapping up this post.

As I've said before, the Anniversary Sale opened early for cardholders, but opens to the public at 2am CST. If you are up reading this post when it goes live, you are a true shopaholic. #shopaholicsanonymous. Unfortunately a lot of goodies, like a fabulous Burberry cape I bought, sold out super fast during the "pre-sale", and most likely won't be re-stocked. That being said, a lot of the most popular items ARE restocked,and are ready for you to welcome them into your home. Did I mention 99% of my favorite things are under $100?! Everything I am linking below is still available in all sizes. But act fast, and add all your must-have items to your wish list now! Then, when the sale goes LIVE, move them to your shopping bag, and checkout!

Here are my five must have items from the sale are:
1) These AG jeans. You will thank me later. They are so flattering and hug you (+ suck you in) in all the right places. They run TTS.
2) This leather jacket. It is SO gorgeous, and the detailing is perfect. The look and feel will only have people thinking you paid a million bucks.
3) This dress. Seriously so flattering, and you'll be rocking all year long. Runs a bit tight, so size up!
4) These boots. If you buy one thing from the sale, make this it! Trust me, they're worth the splurge and last forever - I got mine from the sale a few years ago and they've withstood the stand of time!
5) Last but not least, my go to beauty necessity - the Clarisonic Mia. It will seriously transform your skin and you will be wondering why you waited so long (at least I did)!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Navy Blue Two-Piece Set

Crop Top/Short Set ℅ | Wedges | Bag ℅ | Necklace (vintage, similar style) | Earrings ℅ | Sunglasses ℅

We are less than 24 hours away from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale officially starting (2am CST on Friday morning, to be exact)! Who's ready? I'm sure a lot of you are already overwhelmed (and maybe a little over it) with #nsale posts popping up everywhere! From blog post, to Instastories, Snapchat and more, it's like the annoying kid brother you can't get to stop following you around. Joking aside, I just placed my fourth order (insert the eye rolls), and really can't wait to show you everything - both the hits, and the misses. 

Tip: start going through all the sale items you want now, and add them to your wish list. As soon as 2am CST rolls around, add everything to your cart and check out ASAP. Restocks will happen throughout the next few weeks, before the sale ends August 6th. After that, everything is back to full price, so don't miss out. You know Nordstrom has free shipping and free returns, so don't second guess yourself and just do it! 

Now onto today's outfit. To tell you the truth, I've never been one of those girls who's overly confident wearing shorts. They make me down right uncomfortable, really. I don't know if it's because I don't like the way my legs look in them, or the fact that I'm so partial to dresses. Maybe it's that they always seem to hit at the worst place, are too tight or too loose, or too...whatever. But I've been pushing myself recently, 1) because it's summer and SO hot here in Houston, and 2) because I've been coming across so many cute styles (like the two piece set I'm wearing), so I just decided to throw in the towel, and say "Who cares!" 

This blue/stone two piece set is only $22! It runs small, so be sure to size up (I'm wearing a medium). My wedges are so comfortable and go with everything. Plus, they're an exact dupe for the Marc Fisher ones, and are a fraction of the price - only $32. My crossbody bag is the perfect on-trend shape for summer, and the neutral snakeskin cork color makes it easy to wear with everything. It comes in navywhite and python, as well, and you can get 15% off when you use code: Ashley17.  Last but not least, mearrings are on sale for $17 and come in tons of colors, and my necklace is $39.50, but it's an additional 40% off with code SHOPSUMMER

Photos by LA Photography 

Monday, July 17, 2017

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Must-Haves & Last Chance to Enter to Win $1,000 Nordstrom Gift Card

Good morning, lovelies! How are you? I hope everyone enjoyed a fun, and relaxing weekend. 

This weekend I attend the National Juvenile Arthritis Conference, which happened to be in here in Houston this year. I was honored and humbled when they asked me to be one of the key speakers at it, giving me the chance to not only share my journey with arthritis, but also my involvement with the Arthritis Foundation, and talk about recently being on the cover of the Arthritis Today magazine. It really was remarkable to see kids as young as three, and young adults up to age 33, all sharing their stories and how they've dealt with their disease. More on that later this week...

As you know the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Early Access is in full swing. Read all about the sale and what you need to know here. Countless things have already sold out, or are only left in certain sizes, which is one of the reasons to shop early, and shop fast. But not to fear, they restock consistently throughout the sale, and of course, right before it opens to the public on July 20th (at 2am CST). 

I haven't been brave enough to pop into the store yet, but I've already placed three orders online, some of which have already arrived. If you don't follow me on Instagram. be sure you do, as I'll be doing a try on session later today that you'll definitely want to check out. 

Below I've rounded up my favorite picks from the sale - beauty, cute rompers, ruffled tops and my favorite candles - it's all here in one convenient place, just for you! From my blog, to social posts, Ashley Nicole Style will be keeping you updated on re-stocks, and everything you'll need to know throughout the sale! 


2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Now…it’s time for a fabulous giveaway! I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to give YOU a chance to win: a $1,000 Nordstrom Gift Card, just in time for the Anniversary Sale!
Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 7/24. Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pastel Fringe Dress

Dress (limited sizes available; similar here & here) | Shoes (more affordable version here) | Purse (vintage - similar style here) | Cuff ℅ | Bangle ℅ | Earrings - 30% off with promo code: YESPLEASE | Sunglasses - 30% off 

How is it already Wednesday? 

I just got back from Wisconsin, where I enjoyed a wonderful Fourth of July with my family. It was great to be home, and to have Adam and Safari there, as well. It was our first trip flying with Safari, and she did great! I have never flown with a pet before, so I was really anxious and didn't know what to expect (I've heard some horror stories). Well, she passed with flying colors - literally. I loved having her there with me, and she definitely loved the Midwestern lake life! 

On our way back Sunday, everything was going smoothly until our plane was approaching Houston. We've been getting a lot of storms here and of course, that night, there was a massive lightening storm. Luckily we landed safe and sound, but then, we sat on the tarmac - inches from our gate - for three, yes, THREE, hours. With no air, and a puppy in tow, it made for a not so nice welcome home. After all was said and done, we got home at 2am, so this week has been a bit chaotic. 

It's also a busy time for sales. Amazon #Primeday is currently going on, with huge discounts on cult favorites like the Echo (just ordered), Kindle, Fire, and so much more. Not into the tech gadgets? Not to worry, they have a ton of discounts on major fashion labels, as well. Also, gear up for the big Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which starts tomorrow (if you have early access). Read my latest post for all you need to know before the sale starts at midnight, and be sure to enter for your chance to win an $1,000 Nordstrom gift card

Photos by LA Photography 

Monday, July 10, 2017

All You Need to Know About the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale + $1,000 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway

Happy Monday, friends! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is quickly approaching (early access starts this Thursday, 7/13), so here's all you need to know about the biggest sale of the year. 

What is it? 
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the best sale of the year. Unlike other sales, this sale includes all new arrivals, instead of discounts on last season's trends. You'll see top brands like Stuart Weitzman, Tory Burch, BurberryMovado, Rag & Bone, Nike, Diptyque, Clarisonic, Barefoot Dreams, and so many more, at discounts you won't find anywhere else. Added bonus, there's no promo codes needed - all prices are as marked.

Key Dates
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale early access begins on Thursday, July 13th. Early access is reserved for Nordstrom Card holders, only. Trust me, it is worth signing up for this credit card or retail/store card (that's what I have), as things sell out quick. You can still sign up here, to get early access. The sale will open to the public July 21st, and run through August 6th. On August 7th, all the prices will go up, so be sure to plan accordingly. 

Who's it for?
Everyone! There are tons of sale items for women, men, children, home and of course, beauty! Shop the Women's catalog here, and shop the Men's catalog here, so you can create your shopping list ahead of time. The sale can be shopped online, or in-store. I highly suggest shopping online, as not all stores will carry every item, and they may sell out more quickly. However, if you do choose to go that route, I suggest securing the item online ahead of time, before you head to the store, or getting in touch with your Nordstrom Stylist (if you have one).

Plan Ahead
As I just mentioned, the catalogs are available online, so it is definitely worth checking them out ASAP. The catalog is only a glimpse into all the marvelous deals this sale has to offer. Next, I suggest creating a strategy to help you figure out what you need, and making a budget. It's always tricky when things go on sale, and it is easy to click 'Purchase' and then having buyers remorse in the future. Sticking to your 'must have's' will help you avoid this. If you still get trigger happy, remember, Nordstrom offers free shipping and free returns, always!  

Have any other questions about the sale? Let me know! Be sure to also stay tuned for my list of must-have items from the best sale of the year. Saving is always in style! 

2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Now…it’s time for a fabulous giveaway! I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to give YOU a chance to win: a $1,000 Nordstrom Gift Card, just in time for the Anniversary Sale!
Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 7/24. Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
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