2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks Try-On Haul


Dress: Amazon | Sneakers: Nordstrom | Handbag: Louis Vuitton [similar]

Happy Friday!! Last night I was able to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale before Early Access today and I picked out a variety of pieces to share with all you that will probably sell out sooner than later! A few things to keep in mind when shopping the NSALE: This isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon. The NSALE runs over a period of three weeks so there’s no need to stress yourself out, although I know it can get overwhelming. Also, there’s no need to go broke or in debt over clothes so just shop for pieces that you absolutely love and need. You can never go wrong with basics, denim, boots and sweaters, and remember to have fun! Check out some of my NSALE picks below!

BP. Cardigan $31(size S-comes in a few colors) | Vince Camuto Booties $99.90 (TTS-also comes in a snake print style) | Halogen Striped Long Sleeve Tee $24.90 (TTS) [similar option BP. $14.90]

Free People Chunky Tunic $98.90 (size S-comes in a few colors) | [Similar option Chelsea28 $49.90]

Vince Camuto Knee High Boots $159.90 (TTS-also come in black) | Madewell Cardigan $64.90 (love this one) | BP. V-Neck Tee $11.90

BP. Leopard Cardigan $45.90 (wearing S-size up for slouchy look) | BP. V-Neck Tee $11.90

Socialite Leopard Tee (wearing S-will prob size up for bump) $15.90 | Spanx Leggings (Size M) $64.90 | Superga Platform Sneakers $79.90 (not part of NSALE)

BP. Joggers (size M; also have these) $31.90 [matching crop hoodie $31.90] | BP. Tee $10.90 (similar $11.90)

Caslon Thermal Henley (Size S and so soft-comes in a few colors) $38.90 | Superga Platform Sneakers $79.90 (not part of NSALE)

Leith Sleeveless Midi Sweater Dress (size M) $45.90 | BlankNYC Faux Leather Jacket $98.00 (not part of NSALE but one of my faves) [similar from NSALE $64.90 and here $58.90]

BP. Leopard Lace Trim Cami $25.90 (wearing very similar) | BlankNYC Jacket $98.00 (not part of NSALE) [similar from NSALE $64.90 and here $58.90] | Sam Edelman Knee High Boots $149.90 (also come in black leather)

BlankNYC Suede Moto Jacket $198 (not part of NSALE, but is always in stock) [similar from NSALE $125.90] | Sam Edelman Knee High Boots $149.90 | BP. V-Neck Tee $11.90

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The 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here and “Early Access” starts tomorrow! During Early Access, Nordstrom cardholders get to shop the Anniversary Sale a full week before it opens to the public. In order to shop Early Access this year, you can apply for a Nordstrom Credit Card here to make sure you score the best deals before Public Access. 

What is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is the retailer’s biggest fashion event of the year where you can get your hands on all of fall’s new arrivals discounted before the season. The NSALE happens in two phases: Early Access and Public Sale and lasts for a couple of weeks from Friday, July 12 through Sunday, August 4. You can see the Full Anniversary Sale Catalog here.

Early Access for Nordstrom cardholders begins tomorrow at 12:30 EST! All cardmembers, no matter the status or the type of card (e.g. Nordstrom retail card, Visa Signature and Platinum cards or debit) get exclusive access to shop brand new arrivals at a major discount before everyone else.

For non-cardholders, the Anniversary Sale opens to the public on Friday, July 19 and wraps on Sunday, August 4. If you aren’t a card holder, Nordstrom historically restocks items that have sold out during the Early Access window, but you have to keep an eye out.

Shop Early Access

I would highly recommend applying for a Nordstrom card before the sale opens to the public because the most popular items sell out fast during early access. If you love fall fashion, this is the time to stock up on boots, cardigans, dresses, long sleeve tops, tees and t-shirts, boots, jeans and outerwear pieces at a major discount. I’ve procrastinated in the past and have always missed out on some of the best items.

Applying for a Nordstrom card is really simple. You can apply directly for one here. There are no annual fees, you can earn bonus points 3X faster, and for a limited time, make any purchase at Nordstrom, Nordstrom.com or Nordstrom Rack on your new card the day you’re approved and get a $40 bonus Note for future use. 

**Note** Nordstrom has the best customer service out of any retailer and they offer free shipping and free returns. If you don’t like something you purchased, Nordstrom makes it really easy to return your items, without or without a receipt.

Key Dates:

Friday, July 12 -Thursday, July 18: “Early Access” Sale (card members only) online and in-store.

Friday, July 19: The NSALE officially opens to the entire public.

Sunday, August 4: LAST DAY of the NSALE before all items go back to full price.

Check back tomorrow for some of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks!

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The Ultimate Getaway: A Weekend of Rest & Relaxation at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

Hey, guys! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great holiday weekend and are enjoying your summer so far. Our weekend was well spent with a few parties, including my father-in-law’s 70th birthday bash and quality time with family and good friends.

Just before the holiday, John and I went up to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for a three day weekend getaway for a mix of fun and some much needed R&R. This was my third time going up to Lake Geneva and my second time staying at the award winning AAA Four Diamond luxury resort, Grand Geneva Resort and Spa. The first time I stayed at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa was for a friend’s bachelorette party a few years back which made my decision to stay at this resort again an easy one.

For two of my three trips to Lake Geneva, I chose Grand Geneva Resort & Spa because of its location, amenities and exceptional reviews. The resort is situated on 1,300 acres in the woodlands of Lake Geneva with 355 guest rooms and suites including their newly added luxury villas. They have two outdoor and indoor swimming pools, two beautiful 18-hole golf courses (rated one of the best in the Midwest), five restaurants, the WELL Spa & Salon, a fitness center and a ski & snowboarding hill, in addition to being a popular venue for weddings and/or group events year-round. Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is the ideal location for families, couples or a group of friends looking to sneak away for a day trip or for an entire weekend. The resort is conveniently located 3 miles from downtown Geneva, 90 minutes from Chicago and 60 minutes from Milwaukee or Madison, WI.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa offers a weekly calendar filled with experiences and seasonal group activities for all ages, including a big fireworks show on July 3 that is considered the best in state and a small fireworks show every Sunday night from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

[Photo Credit: instagram.com/grand_geneva]

Some additional activities and amenities the hotel offers include:

  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking
  • Bike rentals
  • Scooter rentals & tours
  • Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Wine tastings
  • Fitness classes
  • Weekly classes
  • Spa
  • Kids programs
[Photo Credit: instagram.com/grand_geneva]

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa has five restaurants & bars plus five cafes & lounges including:

  • Geneva Chophouse -Upscale steak house; reservations are recommended and is also open for Sunday brunch.
  • Ristoranté Brissago -Contemporary Italian cuisine.
  • Grand Cafe -Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast buffet has really tasty cinnamon rolls and is only $19/pp before 9am or $22 after 9am.
  • Links Bar & Grill -Casual atmosphere and is open for breakfast, lunch or dinner with an outdoor patio and stunning views of The Brute golf course and the resort’s private lake.
  • Leinenkugel’s Mountain Top Lodge -Open in the winter.
  • Lobby Lounge -Offers live entertainment and a great place to mingle with friends and have a cocktail before dinner.
  • Grand Central -Coffee shop with freshly-baked pastries, salads, sandwiches and smoothies as well as a small range of toiletries.
  • Evolve -Indoor lounge offering beer, wine and cocktails.
  • Embers Terrace -An outdoor patio with a fire pit ideal for before or after dinner cocktails located outside the Geneva Chophouse.)
  • Cool Water Pool Bar -Outdoor pool bar.

I can’t say enough great things about Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, the exceptional service we received during our stay or recommend a better family-friendly resort in Lake Geneva for your perfect summer getaway. Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is offering my readers a 20% off discount on lodging that is valid now and all through September 30, 2019 via this link here or with code: STILETTOS on their website.

A big thank you to Grand Geneva Resort & Spa for hosting us during our stay.

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20 Striped T-Shirt and Bodycon Dresses Under $20


Dress: Forever 21 (old) [similar] | Denim Jacket: H&M | Handbag: Louis Vuitton [similar and here] | Sneakers: Payless [similar] | Sunglasses: Quay

Casual bodycon and t-shirt dresses are my favorite kind of dresses to wear in the warmer months because they can be dressed up with heels or wedges or dressed down with a pair of sandals or sneakers. Lately I’ve been choosing the latter because I prefer comfort when I’m walking to and from the train station for work or running errands on the weekends. Plus, I’m a huge fan of mixing sporty and feminine pieces together because you can still look cute and dressy without overdoing it.

Check out some of my favorite bodycon and t-shirt dresses in one of my favorite patterns you can wear this summer for under $20!

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Must-Have Polka Dot Pieces for Spring and Summer


Jumpsuit: Showpo [similar & here] | Heels: Sam Edelman | Bangles: Kate Spade & here | Sunglasses: Quay

Who’s got the hots for polka dots?!  This darling dotty pattern is trending this season and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it.  Polka dots first gained popularity when they came into fashion in the 1920s and is a trend that has stood the test of time.  There are so many different styles to choose from and ways to rock this timeless and cheerful print so today I’m sharing my favorite polka dot pieces you should add to your wardrobe today!








Photography Credit: Christopher Anthony at St. Anthony Productions

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