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What’s so special about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

It’s that time of year again… The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. If you’re not familiar with this sale (is that even possible??) here’s a quick 411. Unlike of typical sales where mark downs are on PAST season merchandise, The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale  marks down  PRE SEASON items. Like all the things you might need for this upcoming Fall/Winter 2018! And because it’s pre-season there are full size runs, not just the picked over stuff. It’s only for a few weeks in July/August and after that the pieces go UP to their regular price!!

Really, the sale is worth it. You can end up with some key pieces for a lot less – but there are some tricks of the trade I’ll share with you to up your chances of success.

Both personally and when advising clients, I like to approach this sale in a few ways…

My Full Proof Outfit for Fourth of July and Beyond

Happy July people! Summer is in full swing, so that means in addition to the Fourth of July events you have on your calendar, there are most likely some other outdoor, summertime, backyard bbq’s and things you have coming up.

Getting dressed for Fourth of July and backyard parties are the kind of thing that cause people angst and the kind of event dressing that trouble many clients when we first meet. That, and what to wear to funerals, but we will have to cover funeral attire in a separate post…

There are a few reasons outdoor summer parties and July 4th in particular, are such a pain to dress for…

Have an arm party-stack it with bracelets.

This whole arm party thing has been around for quite a while and sometimes we need to check in and see if “trends” are still relevant. First though, we need to discuss WHAT AN ARM PARTY IS anyway? Basically, it’s stacking a bunch of bracelets on your wrist at once. Thus creating a par-tay on your arm. The bottom line is, YES, it is totally still current and in style. But just like a dinner party, there are subtle details that will make your party a hit or a flop.  

Summer’s an optimal time for an arm party because in the warmer months there’s more skin to show, more wrist space that’s screaming to be adorned. And again, like we talked about a few weeks ago, we have less layers to contend with so it helps us feel put together when we throw on more accessories to compensate for the loss of clothing. In a nutshell the bracelets, or the “arm party” are becoming your 3rd piece and taking place of heavy cardigans or jackets that are usually covering up your wrists. Now that we’ve established stacking bracelets is still “in”, read on for the do’s and don’ts and have your own arm party.

Throw on jeans and a T-shirt.

The other day we were talking about how nice it is in the summer to be able to just throw on a pair of jeans and a T-shirt and leave the house. No coats, no boots, none of the extra layers. So nice, right? Then the conversation got a little deeper.  We went from talking about how nice it is to throw on jeans and a T-shirt, to where the heck to find good summer T-shirts that aren’t a fortune.  Let’s say T-shirts that are under $25. (Seriously, people when did T-shirts become so pricey?)  T-shirts that you don’t feel bad if you sweat in, get sunblock on, wear to your kids baseball game, get seat belt or kitchen counter holes in,  or dare to say it…dribble chocolate ice cream on. (Yes this just happened, and yes the T-shirt is permanently ruined.) In other words, T-shirts that won’t make you cry if you ruin them.

Do under $25 T-shirts really still exist?

So, where do these under $25 T-shirts hide now a days? The kind that are cute enough to throw on and not feel like a slob, but not so pricey that you feel guilty wearing to just run around on a Tuesday? And what makes these said T-shirts feel un-slob like? Well that’s easy, but finding them hasn’t been so easy. So, here’s the short list of what to look for, and we’ll give you the long list of where to find them. Problem solved. T-shirts under $25 that still feel put together and UN-slob like. Oh, and while we’re at it, here’s a few style tips to help with the UN-slob like thing…

T-Shirt Styling Tips…

Bathing Suit Season has Arrived.

The pools are open which means bathing suit season has arrived. We can look at this two ways…UGH we have to put on a bathing suit after a winter of packing on the pounds, or WAHOO,  we finally get to be outside in bathing suits. For a while we thought that summer was never going to arrive. We were still making cold weather outfits for our clients at the beginning of May, so at the time, the thought of putting on bathing suits and sitting at the beach or the pool (unless on vacation) felt like a distant moment. But, friends, bathing suit season has finally arrived, and we’re here to tell ya’ about one of our new fave bathing suit retailer.  Actually, it isn’t new, but it’s really, really good, and you know we love to talk about GOOD. 

Literally, it’s Everything But Water.

Everything But Water is just that. They have everything for the pool and beach. Suits, shoes, hats, cover ups, sun block, bags, they truly are everything minus the water. (They do sell water bottles, though.) Everything But Water has store fronts, so if you’re lucky enough to live in a city that has one (Hallie was at the NYC shop recently), hop on in, but if not, hop online it’s just as good. And truth be told, if you’re like us, it might be even better because you get to try on your picks in the privacy of your own home.  

Bathing Suit by Fit.

Bathing suit shopping sucks, but now it doesn’t have to. Listen to this, Everything But Water has a fit guide menu. It works like this… If you have narrow shoulders, click the box, if you have a big booty, click the box, if you have a tummy that needs a little added control, click that box. Click based on your body type, and then wham bam thank you ma’am the perfect fitting suits will pop up. And guess what…IT WORKS!! We tried it, ordered one, and kept it. Give it a try and find your perfect fit. But, in the meantime, check out some of our favorite picks for the summer, suits and all. 

A Travel Shoe or Two. Three at Most

We’ve been packing for our clients a lot. Like, a lot, a lot. Maybe you’ve even seen it on Hallie’s Insta stories. And, regardless of the final destination, the common theme has been the dire need of travel shoes. And the desire NOT to over pack in the shoe department. Most people think they need waaaay more shoes than they do to go on a trip. This is the deal, shoes take up A LOT of room in your suitcase (and your weight restrictions). USE THAT SPACE WISELY!

We’ve helped pack for Cali, Arizona, Florida, Italy, France, Portugal, Ireland, Vietnam, Israel, you name the destination, and we’ve probably assisted in packing for it.  And, it hasn’t seemed to matter what the weather is at the final destination, hot, cold, humid, or wet, all of these traveling gals have had the same conundrum, what shoes to pack and how many are really needed? And we figured, hey, if this has been the common theme, then why not put it out there for you, too. 

Travel Shoe Tips from the Pros: 

Build your outfit based on your travel shoes.

Literally, this has been life changing for many of our clients (men and women alike) START FROM THE GROUND UP. Start with your shoes and build the outfits from there. The shoe makes the outfit so when it comes to travel let the shoe start out the outfit. It really helps to cut down on the amount of shoes you need to schlep with you. If you have one or two good travel shoes that you can wear around all day or night that’s all you need. Don’t over pack in the shoe department. Give it a try, and save the space for shoe shopping on your trip.

Day Dresses

Day Dresses for summer – they’re a thing and if you hate wearing shorts as much as we do, you need to know about them. It is hard to imagine, because ummm, spring JUST sprung, like last week (FINALLY). But, summer really is right around the corner. And pretty soon we will all be complaining about how hot and sticky it is outside. More importantly, when it’s 85 degrees and 120 percent humidity outside and you’d rather sweat yourself to death than put on shorts, what’s a girl to wear? The answer is a day dress.

Shorts? Yes or no?

If you like wearing shorts, more power to you girl! Wear them and rock them – literally no judgment (maybe a wee bit of jealousy, but 100% no judgement). But it seems we are not alone in our trepidation about shorts season. We’ve received quite a few text messages and emails about what to wear in place of shorts due to, and we quote, “dropping knees, varicose veins, cellulite, pasty legs, swollen ankles” and a plethora of other leg related issues.

For many the shorts issue is a self conscious thing. Too short and you feel super self conscious, or too long and you feel like a granny. And that feeling of sitting down  and having them ride up your thighs so your butt cheek sticks to the metal bench – that’s enough to put anyone over the edge .

Day Dress = Your Jeans for the Summer

The summer day dress is the perfect option. They are easy, breezy, one and done. These aren’t occasion dresses. They are dresses that you wake up on an 80 degree day and throw on with a summer sandal or flip flop. These are dresses you bring on vacation with you because you can wear it with sneakers to tour around all day. 

These are dresses you can wear to the beach and then to lunch. Shopping or a kids birthday party. Maybe even to an amusement park. Think of these dresses as your jeans for the summer – something you can throw on and go. Ideally, the best ones are those you can dress up or down. Meaning you can wear them with a flip flop during the day and a heel at night and feel equally put together.

White Boots, Yes Really

If I had to pick a favorite purchase this season, it’s my white boots. They make me happy, and I feel springy, and hip, but not too hip to feel foolish. I’ve been wearing them A LOT. Like everyday for the past 2 weeks. Partly because I am sick and tired of my winter clothes, shoes etc and partly because even though it’s spring, the weather is still unpredictable. And like many people, my shoe selection seems to go directly from boots to sandals and this in between weather can sometimes leave me shaking my head. In case you can’t tell, It’s Hallie writing solo this week. Elana has been busy with, well, you know, life. But she’ll be back soon.

The Transitional Shoe Dilemma

My white boots seem to be the PERFECT solution to that age old transitional shoe dilemma. It’s too warm for boot, boots and even though the calendar says April, May or dare I say June, the actual weather has not gotten the memo. It’s cold, or rainy and just not true sandal weather yet.

When it’s rainy no one wants to wear open toe shoes and be all sloshing around the rest of the day. But wearing a dark pair of boots or even booties seems too heavy for spring. I know, it’s definitely a first world problem, but a problem none the less.

White boots, or really white booties, because they are not going past the ankle, They. Are. The. Answer! They’ve been on the scene for about 18 months, in fact I posted about them on IG this time last year and even toyed with buying a pair I found at TJ Maxx, but the heel was too high for me to wear on a daily basis. I schlep around all day long with bags and rolling racks, I ain’t got no time for super high heels. So I kept searching… And now that I’ve pulled the trigger I don’t know how I lived with out them.

But, HOW Do you Wear Them?

Now that we’ve all been seeing street style and social media photos of white boots, they don’t seem as out there and daring as they did a year and a half ago, but there still is this leap of HOW TO ACTUALLY WEAR THEM.

Literally, every time I wear my white boots, even with the uber fashionable gals, someone says “oh, I’ve been eyeing white boots but don’t know how to wear them” or “I have a pair sitting in my closet but I am not sure what to put them with”

Guys, consider the gauntlet thrown. Challenge accepted. Because adding a pair to your wardrobe is the easiest spring update you can make, I promise. There are a few simple rules to keep in mind, after that it’ll be easy to make a go of your white booties.

The Search for White Jeans

White jeans, OMG, what are you doing to me?!? And, btw, it’s Hallie. Why am I OMGing? Because I have been on the search for white jeans this season and it’s efffing hard to find a good pair. Honestly, I didn’t expect it. I’ve always loved my white jeans, they’re a staple. A great way to “summer-ize” an outfit. They go with all of the current spring colors. And, they’re a super good cheat for those places you’re not allowed to wear blue jeans, like the country club, but you still want to wear jeans, because like I said, they’re a staple.

But this search has been painful and prolonged and slightly depressing. My love of pasta and dislike of exercise has finally caught up with me.  I knew I had gained some weight (thank you slowed metabolism) and I knew I had gotten older (thank you gravity). But I had not realized the material on white jeans had become so dang thin!

As we’ve been meeting with clients planning their spring and summer wardrobes, the need for a favorite white jean has been coming up again and again. And so has the frustration in finding a pair. White jeans, sort of like white tee shirts, need to be replaced every few years. Even if you use oxi clean to wash, the white just does not stay pristine after a lot a wear. And wearing yellowed white jeans is just ewww.

So, I’m taking you on my journey because maybe you too are looking for a great pair of white jeans this season. And while some may not work for me, they may work for you. I’m going in depth here folks – I’ll give you the nitty gritty on each pair and the kind of body that seems to work with each. I’ve tried a BUNCH on, and I’ve had clients try a BUNCH on, and I have some thoughts…

What to look for in a White Jean

Finding a favorite white jean is hard. It is a tall order to fill:

-Thick enough fabric that doesn’t show every nook and cranny
-But thin enough fabric that it is warm weather appropriate so you’re not literally sweating your a** off
-Slim in the leg but not too skinny
-High enough rise that it stops muffin top
-But not too high rise that it looks weird in the crotch
-Doesn’t show the front pocket thru the jean – ugh I hate how that draws attention to a woman’s widest part
-And in 2018, hits at the ankle with a bit of a kick

Well the good news is my stress is your gain – For both clients and myself, I have ordered, felt, seen and tried (or seen on) on like 40 pairs of white jeans in the last few weeks. And, thankfully, I have found some winners!