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Nordstrom Sale – What to Get

I LOOOVE that you guys gave me ideas on IG as to what you wanted to see from the big old Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year. And as I said over on stories, I have a bit of #NSale fatigue this year. And it seems about half of you do too.

It may just be that I have summer brain (aka vacation) and a bit there is so much noise out there regarding this sale (sensory overload, like every blogger and their brother, and mother are talking and posting about it – so it feels saturated)

So my thought is this… to keep it short and sweet. And well organized so it is easy to shop.

I’m organizing my picks into 3 categories.

-CLASSICS –  Items I already own, love and stock up on at the sale
-TRY ON SESH – Items I saw in person and tried on
-Fall 2019 “trendy” pieces to add
If you want the low down on men, beauty, etc just let me know – I saw some good things but seriously don’t want to overwhelm.

Army Green Pants

If there is one pant you need to add to your wardrobe this season it’s an army green pant! For real! Mark my words you guys… We knew there was something going on when Elana and I both showed up to work one day in almost matching Nili Lotan pairs last summer. We’ve been styling the heck out of them ourselves and for clients ever since. And the army green love fest is not slowing down.

Notice I said an army green pant NOT a cargo pant. It could be a green cargo or a green wide leg, or a green chino style. That’s the beauty of it – it’s about the color NOT the style per se. So there really is a pant out there that can fit every age, body and price. And, I promise you, you’ll be surprised how often you wear them. And how put together you feel in them too.

Old Navy?!? Really, YES!!

Full disclosure. I have not shopped at Old Navy in years. When my kids were little it was my goto for them.  Stylish but affordable pieces they could wear and if they ruined it (which they usually did) I wasn’t dying inside.

But this week I popped into my local Old Navy pick up some fresh t-shirts and tank tops. I feel like those need to get replaced every year or so, and I heard the Old Navy lux line was amazing and under $10 a shirt, so definitely worth a stop.

Color me Surprised!! Really Good Stuff

Go Old Navy, Go!! When I started looking for the t-shirts, I kept being drawn to dresses, and jackets and linen tops and sweaters and even exercise clothes. They were all good, like really good! Better quality and hand than it looks from when I’ve browsed online. And very, very wallet friendly prices too.

There was so much goodness, that I didn’t have time to try it all on. I had only planned to stop in a pick up some t-shirts. So in the interest of time, and research for all of you I decided to take it all home and do a big ol try on session.

Everything I picked did not look fabulous on. But, at the end of the day, there was more good than bad and certainly more good than I would have ever expected.

It’s Sandal Time!

Summer is here! YAY!! And that means sandal weather is finally here too. Get your pedicures ladies, it’s time for the toes to come out and play.
When it comes to sandals there are a few sandal styles that are uber stylish and versatile too.
Theoretically, I could throw up a zillion sandal styles on you right now because there are so many good ones to choose from.

But I’m gonna get my ADD under control and organize them by category… Really organize by life role – because that’s how we do things for our clients too.

Yes, I could organize them by flat, wedge, heel, etc., but in reality, there are wedges you could wear to work and those that are a no go. So, organizing them by life role, I believe (and hope) will be more practical and helpful…

A Raincoat Can be Chic

Rain, rain GO AWAY! I don’t want to have to wear a raincoat AGAIN!!!  Is it just me or does it feel like it’s been raining FOREVER! Mother nature get your sh*t together already!

As if the idea of putting on a raincoat isn’t bad enough… to then feel like the Gordon’s Fisherman when wearing it, is just too much to bear. While I sincerely hope we won’t need to wear our raincoats much longer, I do know that we seem to need these classic pieces in our wardrobes year after year.

If we can’t control the weather at least we can control how we respond to the crappy weather. And IMHO looking chic is the best revenge. And there are some surprisingly good looking raincoats out there right now.

Raincoats I LOVE…

The Key to a Great Father’s Day Gift…

Father’s Day is less than a week away, and some dads can be harder than others to shop for. We love and appreciate our dads and husbands. But sometimes, they can be a pain in the tush to shop for.

Contrary to popular belief, shopping for Father’s Day isn’t all about golf equipment and grilling tools…even though some of it certainly is. The key to a great Father’s Day gift? Getting him something that you know he really wants, but that he wouldn’t typically buy for himself.

So we surfed the web and found Father’s Day gifts for all those loveable but hard to buy for guys.

Red and Yellow, yep it works!

Recently, I have been totally drawn to outfits that combine red and yellow together. Individually each of these colors can make an outfit feel up to date. However, when they’re combined, in the right way, it’s like putting MSG on your outfit. The color combo just makes everything explode, in the best way.

Honestly, if you asked me 2 years ago about putting red and yellow together in an outfit I’d have told you it reminded me of McDonald’s golden arches, and probably warned you to stay away from it. But now, it feels eye-catching, modern and oh so right.

Here are some rules to help you mix this color combo even more effortlessly.

Rules for Wearing Red and Yellow.

– Firstly, make sure there is another grounding color to tone down the red and yellowishness. Denim, both dark and light wash look great.
– The yellow should be more of a French’s mustard yellow than traditional mustard which had more brown undertones.
– When the red and yellow have the same color saturation values, they play nicely together – meaning,  a pastel yellow looks better with a pink than a bold red.
– Lastly, if yellow (or red) is not your “color”  try wearing it as a shoe, belt or other accessories, something that’s not next to your face. You’ll get the impact of the color without looking washed out.

Reader Questions Answered – Where can I find a casual summer dress?

You all know we LOVE when you write in with questions… Truly, some of our best and most popular blog posts come from YOUR questions. Like the “Is it OK to wear Pantyhose” post… it’s literally gone viral and is read by 2000+ people each week (crazy, right??)

A few weeks ago Molly sent in this question about casual summer dresses.

“I love your blog! Where can one find cute, flattering, well-made and affordable casual summer dresses? I struggle each year finding casual dresses for summer. I want something that I can wear out to dinner and drinks or to a backyard bbq. Everything I see in the stores is either practically sheer, requires no bra (I’m too old for that). shapeless (which makes me look like a pregnant blob or a square) or the fabric shows everything. Can you tackle this in an upcoming blog? Thanks!”

The Struggle is REAL

We’ve been running into the same issue with our one-on-one wardrobe clients as well. There are a lot of dresses out there but not a lot of the right kind of dress.

The last time we wrote about the day dress we focused on dresses as shorts alternatives. Meaning some of the ones we picked were short, or strapless or even a bit more expensive. But with this post, we’re changing it up…

What Molly’s looking for is a practical but nice looking summer dress. There’s a checklist of elements a dress has to have for us to put it on this list…

The TOP 3 Jewelry Trends to Add Right Now

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again… Accessories are where it’s AT if you want to change up your outfits, freshen up your look and get the most bang for your buck. And for what we’re talking about today, we mean accessories as in jewelry.  Not diamonds are a girl’s best friend kind of jewelry (although, they ARE and they do DO the job well). We’re talking about the more price friendly version. The fun trends in costume jewelry that simply and affordably give new life to your basics. And, bonus, make your outfits feel au currant (aka up-to-date)

Personally and professionally we are big believers in the magic of jewelry and it’s role as the “parsley” of the outfit. We talked about it in depth here. So we won’t go into it, but just know jewelry is your outfit BFF.

This season there are 3 jewelry styles that make any outfit feel fresh and new…

White jeans before Memorial Day.

We think that it is officially time to pack the heavy sweaters away until October. And at the moment, we’re not sad about it. However, it isn’t quite summer yet. And now the heavy sweaters are all packed up. So we get stuck in this weirdo time period of what to put on TODAY.  Like it’s a Tuesday and it’s 60 degrees outside.  It’s not 80 degrees yet, so we aren’t ready for dresses and sandals, and it’s no longer 30 degrees so we don’t need to be all bundled and stuff. So what do we wear? How about we dare say white jeans before Memorial Day. 

Yes, we know what you are thinking. “BUT, I can’t wear my white jeans because it’s not Memorial Day yet”.  Wrong, and a total myth. When this weirdo weather hits all we want to do is feel refreshed and pull out our new pieces, but it just isn’t totally time yet. So, one way to reinvent the old before mixing in the new is to pull out your white jeans. Ya know those things that have been collecting cobwebs since Labor Day. (Oh, and these same rules apply for Labor Day, too.)

As long as there’s no snow on the ground or oodles of rain puddles, you can wear your white jeans, and wear them proudly. But there are rules to doing this so you don’t look too summery, or too wintry. There’s a real fine line to this transitional weather stage and making your white jeans work.

The 3 rules for wearing white jeans before Memorial Day…