Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks // Fashion, Beauty & Home

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It’s my favorite time of the year – the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! With a lot of personal things going on this year I wasn’t able to get to the store to shop on day one so I picked up a few things online and I do plan on going in at a later date to check out more items. The sale begins July 14 for any Nordstrom Debit or Credit Cardholders and then begins on July 22 for everyone else. Check out my picks below and make sure you let me know what you’re going for!

Beauty

*AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream Duo($29.00). The first time I ever got this was during a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale maybe 2 years ago and it’s been a staple in my life ever since. The scent is perfection and it feels amazing. I keep it by my bed and slather it on before bed. It’s not greasy but it is moisturizing so you can drift off immediately after applying. IDK why I didn’t think that other products would also exist but there’s a AHAVA Mineral Body Lotion Duo($48.00) too! Life is good.

*Burberry ‘Glow-to-Go’ Set($76.00). My favorite eyeshadow of life is in this set (Pale Barley) along with several other killer items in a beautiful Burberry pouch. Yassss yasss yaaaaaassss.

*Charlotte Tilbury Instant Beauty Palette – ‘The Dolce Vita Look’ 5-Minute Face On the Go($75.00). A signature look from one of my fave brands in a travel-friendly palette! MUST HAVE.

*Clarisonic ‘Mia Fit – Pink’ Skin Cleansing System($153.00). Last month I got this as a press sample and I love it even more than the bigger size! It’s much easier for me to hold and maneuver around with the same results. After the sale the price will go up to $219.00 so grab it now!

*Drybar ‘Beach in a Box’ Collection($140.00). I’ve never personally tried these items but I hear they’re good and they’ve been on my “someone buy me this for my bday” list for a while. Hair clips, curling iron, brush, styling products… anything for that beachy look, amiright?!

*Kiehl’s Jumbo Creme de Corps with Pump($52.00). If you’ve never tried this cream out before then you’re missing out. This jumbo size is a great deal during the sale and will last you a long time.

*MAC ‘Look in a Box – Sunblessed’ Face Kit($39.50). There are several sets of the Face Kits but this one is my fave. You get four products plus a bag at a pretty sweet discount.

*Murad ‘Perfectly Beautiful’ Skincare Set($89.00). The Invisiblur™ Perfecting Shield is one of my fave items, but it’s pricey. This set takes the sting out of the cost by pairing it up with two other awesome products!

*Sigma ‘The Power Pair’ Set($34.50). My fave brush and my fave brush cleaning mat. Both making my life easier every day.

Fashion

*adidas ‘Superstar’ Sneaker($59.90). I can’t even tell you the last time I owned just a plain white sneaker, but these call to me. I love them more than anyone should love shoes ever.

*Alex and Ani Wrap Bracelet($29.90). I don’t wear much arm candy but this one in Gold, vintage looking and is exactly what I love to wear to dress up. The price is perfect, too!

*Alexander Wang Darcy Lambskin Leather Tote($598.90). TBH I’m not much of a hobo bag person lately. I tend towards a bag that can easily be worn crossbody. BUT. Look at the Rose Gold studs on the bottom! AHHH! So beautiful.

*Kendra Scott ‘Elisa’ Pendant Necklace($32.90). There are four options but Pyrite is my fave. I have a few of these necklaces and they just wear so well and match everything. If you don’t own at least one get on it ASAP!

*Rebecca Minkoff Dog Clip Leather & Suede Saddle Bag($129.90). Longtime readers know what a fan I am of Rebecca Minkoff and am especially a fan of her bags in the color Port – a beautiful burgundy. This saddle bag is PERFECT for Fall!

*Tom Ford ‘Alicia’ 59mm Sunglasses($253.90). I have been coveting Tom Ford Sunglasses for awhile now and I think I’ve finally found the perfect pair for me in these shades!

*UGG® ‘Cobie II’ Block Heel Bootie($129.90). I have an older pair of black booties that have seen better days. UGG shoes are always comfortable for me and wearing a thick heel makes me feel sturdy and tall… I need all the help I can get with tall!

Home

*American Atelier ‘Daphne’ Stemless Champagne Flutes($23.90). I don’t often drink champagne but I feel like I could put my wine in there.

*Levtex ‘The Snuggle Is Real’ Pillow($25.90). The Snuggle is REAL. Yes, honey, it is.

*Oliver Gal ‘Excuse My Swag’ Framed Canvas Print($171.90). Excuse my swag. Something to make you smile. I’d hang it in the bathroom I think 😉

*Oliver Gal ‘Walk Like You Have…’ Wall Art($118.90). … and some more Oliver Gal art but this time for the bedroom. Walk Like You Have Three Men Walking Behind You.

*PARADIGM TRENDS ‘Lonestar’ Medium Organizer($52.90). Perfect for keeping makeup or toiletry items in their place!

*PONCHO & GOLDSTEIN ‘In This House’ Sign($31.90). This is basically my house but for real. “We do” all the things. Especially loud.

*Sonoma Lavender Silver Rosette Blankie ($48.00). Look how soft and beautiful this is! A removable insert is filled with flaxseed and lavender flowers. It can also be warmed or chilled.

What are your Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks?

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Cool Kids Clothes from Sailor Janes + a GIVEAWAY!

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Last month I heard my daughter, Lydia, talking to someone in her room. When I peeked in I saw her iPod set up and she was filming herself showing her toys to the camera and explaining what each one was, where you could buy it and why she loved it. If she isn’t a little mini-me… Later on she also started to do this with her clothing, accessories, etc. Obviously these video sessions were never published but seeing as how she’s interested in the “blogiverse” as well as kids fashion I thought it would be an optimal time to let her style herself and share a bit of her personality with my readers!

Lydia has a fashion sense that is eclectic and ever-evolving. I rarely step in to make her change her cool kids clothes. Even though sometimes it doesn’t always match perfectly, the ensemble always works. Part of it is her creativity but a lot of it is her confidence while she’s strutting around.

In one of her latest outfit-of-the-days (OOTD) she wore a a t-shirt from Rock Your Baby that says “Excuse me while I kiss the sky”. I thought the shirt was perfect for her because she’s always elated about everything. She’s definitely got diva in her, but even after a small pout session she’s moved on and is chattering on about something random but completely wonderful.

Her style is princess-gone-tomboy… give her the glitter, the pink, the sequins, the makeup and the crown… but make sure there’s a playground nearby for swinging, hanging from the monkey bars or basically just playing in all the dirt. Always active and always center stage, stealing the show.

One thing she doesn’t like is hair in her face, so we keep a lot of hair accessories on hand like the Mouse Headband she’s wearing from Rock Your Baby. One side is a slate grey while the other has a small vintage floral pattern.

My girl is always happy. Even when she’s pouting there is happiness brewing in her eyes because she’s thinking of the next best thing. I just love her to bits! <3

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SHOPBOP Spring Fashion Sale! Get the Info Here!

It’s time for the SHOPBOP SPRING SALE! Starting TODAY until March 5, 2016 11:59pm PST grab your fave brands at up to 25% off.

CLICK HERE & use code BIGEVENT16 to shop! More details below!

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This offer applies to items on Shopbop.com while supplies last. Exclusions apply so be sure to read them!

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WTF Fashion Trends & How to Save Money // Splurge vs. Steal

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This weeks Makeup Wars got me in a splurge vs. steal frame of mind and I got to thinking what else would be good to share? Then I was shopping online and saw the most ridiculous things… some of which are THOUSANDS of dollars (some of the bags, though… never in a million years no matter what the price). Most of us out there can’t afford to throw down money on a trend… even if they are on the cute end of the spectrum. Regardless, there’s definitely a less expensive option out there for you in just about every style and I wanted to share few of my favorites!

Handbags. If you are going to spend a lot of money on a handbag you need to do your research. If you want to save some money you have a lot of options in this category thanks to Target. Until 2/6/16 you can also save $10 off a $35 handbag or jewelry purchase at Target with code STYLE. I pulled a few of my faves but you can find a lot more on the website.

Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody $295.00 // Merona Quilted Crossbody $29.99
(A major splurge would be to get the Chanel Qiulted Boy Bag which retails upwards of $4,000.00)

Celine Trio$850.00 (sale: $544.00) // Triple Compartment Crossbody Handbag $29.99
This is one of my dream bags. I love when things can be organized! Tom Ford also has one for $1,190.00 if you’re so inclined =\

Michael Kors Susannah Medium Quilted Tote $358.00 // Mossimo™ Quilted Tote $39.99
If money is no object the Salvatore Ferragamo Ginette retails for $1950.00 and is drool-worthy!

Are you coveting the Fendi Bag Charm? The most expensive one I’ve personally seen is $1,200 (here). If I’m spending that much money it better be an entire bag. Here are other options:

Fendi $900.00 // Sophie Hulme $295.00 // Michael Kors $48.00 // Diane von Furstenberg $48.00

You get your patches at the patch ceremony. If you didn’t get the Troop Beverly Hills reference we can’t be friends. Patches aka stickers are big. Personally, I don’t get it. My daughter has Shopkins stickers that she puts everywhere. That, I get (unless it’s on the furniture which is not okay). Adults putting a patch or sticker that costs over $100 on a bag that cost them thousands blows my freaking mind. And you guys KNOW I love me some planner stickers and stickers in general. Regardless, you can still shop this trend somewhat affordably.

When is the acceptable? When your bag is damaged in some way and you need to cover it up. In which case keep it affordable. Maybe you found your dream LV on consignment but it’s got a weird stain or scratch. The sticker is an excellent way to cover that up.

Anya Hindmarch $225.00 // Skinnydip $9.00

Shopping Tips

If you’re going to take the plunge and make a big purchase do your research. This is a big investment and you want something that isn’t a trend. You want classic so it stands the test of time. You want wearable so you can use it often. You want durable (yes, there are SO MANY designer bags that are complete crap) so it lasts. Join Facebook groups, forums… stalk Instagrams and YouTube to check reviews – a lot of people will do a “1 year later” video or even a video of their first purchase luxury bag to show you how well it held up.

Buy consignment. Shopping at consignment stores is a fantastic way to get luxury items for less. I’ve personally used TheRealReal to buy and sell a few high-end items and have been extremely happy with their service. New members get a $25 credit and they even offer discounts up to 20% off items – even on brands like Louis Vuitton (right now promo code HITS gets you 20% off until 2/14!)! Please do your research before buying from any website to assure the items you’re getting will be authentic.

The deals and the sales. If you must buy the splurge wait until there is some kind of deal or sale going on.

  • Neiman Marcus does a deal quite frequently where you can get $50 off a $200 qualifying purchase or sometimes even earn up to a $500 gift card back. Sign up for the emails and you’ll get 10% off your purchase.
  • Websites like Shopbop also do sales several times a year as do stores like Nordstrom.
  • If discounts are your thing and you’re on point use sites like Hautelook or Gilt to snap up designer fashions and beauty.

Cash back. Shop with sites like ebates to get cash back on your purchases.

What are your tips for shopping trends and saving money?

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Holiday Footwear for Busy Moms

The amount of running around I do as a mom during the holidays is mind-blowing. Mentally I prepare for this all year. Which is a sad revelation. But after each Christmas that we celebrate I get it in my head that I can make next year easier. Better lists, more preparation, less running around like a crazy woman. In my head I tell myself about how I’m going to shop super early and get (at the very least) the kids shopping done before Thanksgiving hits. That way, if I’m incredibly behind, everyone else can just get gift cards (which I’m pretty sure they’d all rather have anyway). In my head I say that Christmas Cards will go out on December 1. In my head I promise myself that I’ll decorate the day after Thanksgiving.

In actual reality I’m STILL not finished Christmas shopping for my kids, I’ve barely started on anyone or anything else, half the Christmas cards aren’t sent out (even though I had them printed and sitting here two weeks ago) and I’m also still not completely decorated. At this point I think the decor is just going to be what it is. My husband handled the exterior, so that’s done. The interior is enough on a normal level but I’m usually other level…. so to me it’s not done, to any visitor it probably would be.

As I’ve been running around to the different stores, up and down the steps of my house and room-to-room what I have concentrated on is my comfort level. As I’m out I’ve been wearing the Bearpaw Women’s Boshie Winter Boot in Chestnut and then at home I’m keeping my tootsies cozy with the Bearpaw Women’s Terry Boot Sock, both of which I picked up at Famous Footwear.

What I like about the boots is that they seem to hug my feet (which gives me an extreme sense of comfort while holiday stress-shopping) but they don’t make my feet feel tired or hot, even with this nice weather we’ve been having. I can run around the store in them and even walk all the way to the bus stop to pick up the kids. It’s like my do-it-all busy Mom boot!

I also find the boots to be incredibly accessible and versatile. The back-side of the boots aren’t typical because they’ve got adjustable buckles and a houndstooth design. I’ve worn them with jeans but also with black pants and a fancier bag/top. Depending on your Christmas party dress code these are wonderful for standing around all evening and conversing. It’s like being in your slippers all day long and still taking the time to adult.

At home I leave the boot socks on and kick back by my fireplace. This is our favorite place to cuddle up and watch the holiday movies and TV specials. Mom-on-the-go gets a rest! We have a Famous Footwear store only 5 minutes away so we get all of the kids shoes there for school, play, dress… their socks… it’s basically buy the kids stuff and oh yeah Mom needs Bearpaw also and since we’re here….. PERFECT. 😉

If you check out the Famous Footwear #ohsofamous style gallery you can get inspiration on style, find out what others are wearing and see more of what Famous Footwear offers. You can also share and show off your #ohsofamous style!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Sales, Deals & Coupon Codes for Black Friday & Cyber Monday

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First and foremost – shop with eBates – most stores offer even more cash back savings (at least double) during the Black Friday – Cyber Monday dates. If you’re not already a member sign up here.

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Secondly – my etsy shop is having a sale! If you haven’t seen any of my social media posts I opened up an etsy sticker shop! CLICK HERE to get 50% off your order of $20.00 or more with code CYBER50. Ends 12/2/15.

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Below all of the deals are listed alphabetically and in categories. Be sure to bookmark this page as I’ll be updating it throughout the weekend when I get word of more savings or codes.

BEAUTY

bareMinerals // receive a Free Collection (up to $62 value) with any purchase of $75 or more DATE: 11.26 – 11.27

BenefitCosmetics // Get up to 6 deluxe skincare samples with your order DATE: 11.27 – 11.30

Breakups to Makeup // 20% off DATE: 11/26/2015 – 12/3/15 CODE: HOLIDAY2015

Dermstore // on Black Friday and running through the weekend, receive 25% off site wide and a free gift with any $150 purchase. For Cyber Monday, receive 30% off site wide and a free gift with any $150 purchase.

First Aid Beauty // On Cyber Monday get 30% off purchases on FirstAidBeauty.com and free shipping on all orders over $50. Code: CYBERMONDAY (Excludes all skincare kits and holiday sets)

LORAC // LORAC 20th Anniversary Collection ($75/$330 Value): Launching on November 30th (Cyber Monday), the brand’s 20th Anniversary Alter Ego Lip Collection will debut exclusively on LORACCosmetics.com! Housed in a deluxe leatherette keepsake box with a removable tray, the series will include 20 correlating lipstick and lip gloss shades from the beloved Alter Ego franchise (7 matching shades will be brand new!) as well as a special note from celebrity makeup artist and LORAC founder, Carol Shaw.

LORAC Pink Champagne Eye Shadow/Cheek Palette($19/$117 Value): This limited-edition, Cyber Monday palette will be sold exclusively on Amazon.com! Included are four eye shadows, an eye and cheek highlighter, a blush and a bronzer – totaling over a $100 value! Revel in every occasion and raise your glass with the Pink Champagne Palette!

MAKE UP FOR EVER // In store Black Friday offers (MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques) – Waterproof Hero $10, Redefining Red $12, Black Out $19, Artist Shadow Collector’s Palette $280. These deals will also be online for Cyber Monday at MAKEUPFOREVER.com.

Molton Brown // 25% off everything DATE: 11.26 – 11.30

Murad // $25 OFF + free Shipping on any order $100+ DATE: 11.25 – 11.29 CODE: BLACK & 24 Hr BF deal – 20% off + free shipping on all orders at Murad.com! 11.27 – 11.27 CODE: BLACKFRI

NARS // Receive an exclusive 20% off purchase + free shipping on purchases of $50+ DATE: 11.27 – 12.2

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics // The Asphalt Collection launches on Black Friday and then on Cyber Monday all original packaging lip tars will be $6.

Scentbird // $30 off when you purchase 3 limited edition gift sets and $5 off when you buy 1 gift set, while supplies last DATE: 11.26 – 11.30

Sephora // Shop the $10 deals!

Shiseido // 20% off sitewide DATE: 11.27 – 11.30 CODE: FF2015

Sigma Beauty // 20% off sitewide DATE: 11/27 CODE: SIGMAPINK

Space NK // Spend $125, receive a gift card for $25 DATE: 11.25 – 11.27

Tarte Cosmetics // 25% off purchase DATE: 11.27 CODE: FRIDAY!

Temptu // 25% off sitewide DATE: 11.25 – 12.2 CODE: FALLFF

The Body Shop // Limited Edition Black Friday Tote $35 with $36 purchase ($139 Value) + 3 products for $36 + $18 Select Gift Sets DATE: 11.23 – 11.29

ULTA Beauty // The savings start online at 5pm CT! MAJOR deals from Tarte, Benefit, Urban Decay, PUR Cosmetics, Stila, LORAC and more!!!

FASHION

Amazon.com // 30% off select clothing , shoes, accessories, jewelry, and watches DATE: 11.26 – 11.27 CODE:30BLACKFRI

Ann Taylor // 50% off everything DATE: 11.27 CODE: CELEBRATE

Anthropologie // 25% off everything DATE: 11.27-11.30 CODE: SHOPTOIT

ASOS // 30% off everything DATE: 11.27 – 11.30 CODE: BLESSED

Athleta// 20% off entire purchase online and in stores restrictions apply DATE: 11.27 – 11.29 CODE: WORKIT

Banana Republic US // Half off sweaters and 40% off the rest of your purchase restrictions apply DATE: 11.26 – 11.27 CODE: BRFRIDAY

BlueFly // up to 80% off sitewide

GAP // 50-70% off everything restrictions apply DATE: 11.23 – 11.30

H&M // Black Friday Deal Days up to 60% off, Black Friday exclusive deals from $4.99 and in-store scratch offs for the first 100 shoppers in line valued up to $300 DATE: 11.27

Kate Spade // Surprise Sale! up to 70% off DATE: 11.24 – 11.28

LOFT // 40% OFF almost EVERYTHING! (only exclusion: Lou & Grey new arrivals) DATE: 11.27 12AM EST to 11:59PM EST CODE: BF40

Macy’s // Extra 25% off clearance Designer Handbags, 50% off select Juniors clothing, 60% off select Women’s Coats, 50% off Women’s Sweaters, 70% off Memory Foam Pillow & Toppers DATE: 11.25 – 11.28

Madewell // 25% off your entire purchase DATE: Now- 11.29 CODE: Calmdown

Neiman Marcus // take 20% off sale items for up to 50% off online DATE: 11.25 – 11.27 Take $50 off select regular price purchases of $200+ online DATE: 11.27 at 6pm – 11.28 CODE: THANKFUL

Nike // extra 25% off clearance at nike.com DATE: 11.23 – 12.1 CODE: GETOUTHERE

Nordstrom // Up to 50% off select styles for all + free shipping and returns DATE: 11.26 – 11.27

Old Navy (US) // 60% off hundreds of styles, 50% off even more, 40% off everything else restrictions apply DATE: 11.26 – 11.27

Rag & Bone // 25% off sitewide + 2-day shipping DATE: 11.26 – 11.27

Rebecca Minkoff // 25% off all orders + free shipping + up to 70% off selected styles DATE: 11.25 – 11.29

Rebecca Taylor // extra 30% off sale online & in stores DATE: 11.24 – 11.29 CODE: THANKFUL

ROMWE // at least 55% off site wide DATE 11.27- 11.30

Shopbop // Spend $250+ and save 15%, Spend $500+ and save 20%, spend $1,000+ and save 25% , S’well and Stuart Weitzman style level exclusions DATE: 11.24 – 11.30 CODE: GOBIG15

Toms // receive an extra 10% off sale products and free shipping on all orders DATE: 11.26 – 11.30 CODE: GIVE10

TOPSHOP // up to 50% off selected lines DATE: 11.26 – 11.30

True Religion // sale up to 40% off DATE: 11.26 -11.27

Urban Outfitters // 30% off sale, 40% off sale for Urban On Members – sign up is easy! Select Women’s + Men’s Sweaters are $39, All Women’s + Men’s Flannels are $29, 20% off All Men’s Full Price Graphic Tees, Select Women’s + Men’s Tees $19, All Crosley Record Players starting at $80, 20% off all Men’s Full Price Bags DATE: 11.26 – 11.28

Victoria Secret // buy 1 bra get 1 50% off DATE: 11.26 – 12.2 CODE: DOUBLEUP

Wilsons Leather // 50% off entire purchase, free shipping over $50 DATE: 11.23 – 11.27 CODE: BLACKFRIDAY

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SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES!!!

A friend of mine has a local business called KTHOM Beauty and he is AMAZING. His candles are TDF and this is an excellent time to grab some! Click the pic to go to the website or check out the deals below! Email kylethomas@kthombeauty.com to place the order and include your contact information – expect a call to process the payment. Your email is timestamped so he’ll know which deal you’re interested in!

November 27 // 12pm-2pm 40% off any candle purchase (limit 3 per client) – for real though if you miss the sale you should buy candles anyway. This guy is moving UP in his field and he’s going to be big! Check out his Instagram and follow him!!

A Girls Gotta Spa is offering the best GWP EVER to you spa loving planner girls! From 11/27-11/30 with the purchase of the Energizing Citrus Salt Scrub (10oz $32) you get a custom made spa set for your planner – created by Laura at My Newest Addiction! The gift: Personal size dashboard for planners size 3.75×6.75 with a daily reminder that “You Deserve to be Pampered,” a spa-related sticker sheet and bath and body sticker sheet. TIP: If you sign up for the mailing list you’ll get 15% off coupon that can also be used for this special!

Nail Butter is offering 25% off the entire site on 11/27 with code BLACKFRIDAY. On Cyber Monday it’s BOGO 50% off plus the first 50 sales get a FREE Nail Butter tote!

KGOMEZDESIGNS is back open and offering 15% off $10+ on Digital Art and Planner Printables!

Keep an eye on My Newest Addiction for her Cyber Monday specials on her gorgeous planner items!

Vintage Gypsy Road is giving a scratch off ticket with EVERY ORDER!!! The prizes… I need them all. Consider picking up her Paris Atelier Charity Collection which has 40% of the proceeds going to a French Charity.

At Homespun Happiness everything is 40% off through Monday!

Peek in at The Gnarly Whale for deals throughout Cyber Monday!

Jessica from Darby Smart is offering 25% off any project with Code: SBSRAJ25 – expires 12/3.

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Top 6 Fall Handbags // National Handbag Day

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I rarely celebrate these random “National Holiday” deals. Pet your cat day. Clip your toe nails day. No. But when National Handbag Day rolls around I do this thing where I sit up and take notice. And probably this also happens on National Vodka Day… IDK.

In honor of National Handbag Day here are my Top 6 picks for a Fall Handbag, all of which are on the list of “eventually”. In my perfect world and all 😉

  1. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Medium Satchel($895.00 // Shopbop). The color shown is Military, which I’m loving almost as much as Port this season! Pricey, yes. Worth it. It’s got a nice structure to it but it’s expandable to fit more. I usually use the Rebecca Minkoff Pouches to organize things inside. I have one in the shade Feather (don’t be scared, it’s not pink IRL. it’s actually a beautiful light grey) and I could do with one or five more.
  2. Tory Burch Fleming Medium Bag($475.00 // Shopbop). The color shown is Kir Royale. Lately I’ve been into a smaller bag. One that holds just enough of my things. Lord knows I’ll haul the kitchen sink if you give me enough room. The red color is gorgeous in person (I may or may not put this on at Nordstrom every time I’m in there) and it lays perfectly at my side.
  3. Rebecca Minkoff Large Moto Satchel($395.00 // Shopbop). The color shown is Port. PORT! I have this one in a baby blue shade and you mean to tell me it’s now available in Port?! I love this bag style, almost as much as the now extinct Cupid (Rebecca, if you’re reading this please bring back the Cupid!). It’s got a nice slouch to it and holds every damn thing. This bag tops my list for sure. In other news they also have other colors and sizes available. Basically go get you one.
  4. Tory Burch Robinson Pebbled Triple-Zip Satchel($535.00 // Tory Burch). The color shown is Tigers Eye. Last month I saw this bag at a baby shower and it’s been the apple of my eye ever since. All the compartments! OCD dream come true.
  5. Kate Spade New York Ryan Plaid Tote($198.00 // Shopbop). The color shown is Cherry Liqueur Multi. Call me predictable… trendy… whatever… I grew up in the 90’s so this whole plaid thing is calling to me. I needs me a tote.
  6. Tory Burch Thea Bucket Bag ($475.00 // Shopbop). The color shown is Starless Night. Now, I haven’t jumped on the bucket bag bandwagon yet, but this one calls to me. It’s a good size and looks functional for my lifestyle.

What is your favorite handbag style this Fall?

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September 2015 RocksBox Photos & Review + {Get a FREE MONTH}

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This monthRocksbox hit it so out of the park with their shipment that I had a hard time sending it back! While I only kept one piece I wore all three items sent quite a bit. It’s definitely renewed my excitement for the service and I’m eagerly anticipating my next shipment.

Keep reading to see what I kept and how to get your first month free!

What is Rocksbox? First you sign up on the website (use code BLUSHINGNOIRXOXO for a FREE month!) and become a “Shine Insider” for $19/month. Shipping each way is FREE. Take the style survey and add jewelry items to your wish list. Three pieces of jewelry will then be sent to you based on your style and specific requests. Wear/keep them for as long as you want or return them anytime and get three new pieces sent to you immediately (IME shipping is really fast). You can cancel at any time.

Your $19 gets you unlimited jewelry rental – so say you get three pieces that maybe you’re not so crazy about or maybe you KNOW you love one and dislike the rest. Send whatever you don’t like back and they’ll send you a new set out. You can do this as much as you want all month! For any pieces you keep you can use your Shine Spend/Forever Spend or they can charge your card on file.

What is Shine Spend? Every month you’ll receive $10 in Shine Spend to put towards any of your purchases. So if you have a $20 necklace you want to keep and you use your $10 Shine Spend you’ll pay only $10 out of pocket! Your Shine Spend does not accumulate, so make sure you use that $10!

What is Forever Spend? For every person you refer that signs up for Rocksbox you get a $25 referral credit! Forever Spend will never expire even if you cancel your membership.

When your Rocksbox arrives you’ll get a little note (like below) telling you all about the items that you’ve been sent – name, pricing etc. Everything also comes packed very well, looking beautiful.

In this shipment I got…

From Fortuni, Bunched Gold Dangly Earrings in Gold. When I first saw these in person I thought they looked very immature (even though they were on my wishlist). It was the first thing that popped into my head. Upon wearing them, though, I was in love. They swung in just the right way and added a fun-ness to every look. The retail price of this item is $38.00 and the member price is $30.00.

From Gorjana, Taner Bar Small Necklace. This necklace was delicate but paired well with the earrings that were also in the shipment. It was wonderful for wearing with jeans or dressier clothes. I loved the style and if it’d have been silver I would have kept it. I’m starting to feel like I have way too many gold necklaces! I requested some silver pieces in the notes and also on my wishlist, so hopefully they’ll come in the next batch! The retail price of this item is $60.00 and the member price is $48.00. From House of Harlow 1960, Huaca Pyramids Large Hoop Earrings in Gold. I thought I was so over hoops until I put these on. I didn’t even like them until I wore them. They aren’t too heavy but they’re not cheap feeling. Perfect for dressing up and down. I loved them so much I kept them! The retail price of this item is $43.00 and the member price is $34.00.

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this box was filled with items that I’ll wear the crap out of. While I only kept one item I wore each piece frequently enough that it took me awhile to send the box back to receive a new one. My absolute favorite part about

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is that I can try new jewelry pieces and I can keep the pieces I want at a discounted price. I usually purchase an item on an average of 50% of the time. I’m usually always pleased with the quality and they are pretty spot on matching my style with the jewelry that they send.

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August 2015 RocksBox Photos & Review

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Why, yes, I did totally skip posting my Rocksbox in July. This was actually my July box… I just wasn’t blown away… particularly because the piece I’d have liked the most arrived broken. However, as usual, I convinced myself it’s worth showing these pieces because they’re definitely pretty and they’ll suit someone – maybe you! So, if you’re into the service, sign up! This link will give you your first month free (enter code blushingnoirxoxo at checkout)! Can’t lose with free!

What is Rocksbox? First you sign up on the website and become a “Shine Insider” for $19/month. Shipping each way is FREE. Take the style survey and add jewelry items to your wish list. Three pieces of jewelry will then be sent to you based on your style and specific requests. Wear/keep them for as long as you want or return them anytime and get three new pieces sent to you immediately (IME shipping is really fast). You can cancel at any time.

Your $19 gets you unlimited jewelry rental – so say you get three pieces that maybe you’re not so crazy about or maybe you KNOW you love one and dislike the rest. Send whatever you don’t like back and they’ll send you a new set out. You can do this as much as you want all month! For any pieces you keep you can use your Shine Spend/Forever Spend or they can charge your card on file.

What is Shine Spend? Every month you’ll receive $10 in Shine Spend to put towards any of your purchases. So if you have a $20 necklace you want to keep and you use your $10 Shine Spend you’ll pay only $10 out of pocket! Your Shine Spend does not accumulate, so make sure you use that $10!

What is Forever Spend? For every person you refer that signs up for Rocksbox you get a $25 referral credit! Forever Spend will never expire even if you cancel your membership.

When your Rocksbox arrives you’ll get a little note (like below) telling you all about the items that you’ve been sent – name, pricing etc. Everything also comes packed very well, looking beautiful.

In this shipment I got:

From Kendra Scott, Perry Necklace in Magenta Magnesite. I had requested this item on my wishlist, thinking it would up the ante on my “dainty gold necklace” collection. I loved how the gold was lighter than I’m used to with gold, but I thought the stone looked too plastic for me to wear. Like it was my daughters =\ The retail price of this item is $45.00 and the member price is $36.00.

From Slate, Double Point Studs. These were my favorite in this months box but I didn’t keep them because I have a lot of gold studs piling up there and they weren’t unique enough for me to warrant keeping – though I did like the price point! The rhinestones really dressed the earrings up and made them stand out. The retail price of this item is $38.00 and the member price is $30.00.

From Robyn Rhodes, Cedrick Necklace in Grey, Maroon, Clear and Gold. I thought this necklace was the most beautiful out of the trio I received and I was looking forward to wearing it… but it arrived broken. Between the two stones the link had come apart. Easily fixable with pliers, but because it wasn’t actually “mine” I didn’t want to risk messing with it and possibly ruining it just for the sake of the picture. Back it went. The retail price of this item is $98.00 and the member price is $78.00.

Like last month this box didn’t have me jumping up and down. Though it was definitely more “me” in terms of style. I do love that with Rocksbox I can try new jewelry pieces and I can keep the pieces I want at a discounted price. I usually purchase an item on an average of 50% of the time. I’m usually always pleased with the quality and they are pretty spot on matching my style with the jewelry that they send.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul #NSALE

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Finally all of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale items have arrived! I ended up going in the day the preview began but then coming home and ordering a few things that weren’t available in store, some of which I already talked about in my Top 10 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Buys post. July 17 marks the opening of the Anniversary Sale to the public, so this haul isn’t too late, right? 😉

Like I mentioned before I bought nothing that I had put on my original wishlist, but it’s hard to plan an actual wishlist because the catalog only gives you a teaser of what will actually be available during the sale. Based off of my ideas I felt fully prepared going in and am so happy with what I was able to pick up!

Rebecca Minkoff Erin – Retail Therapy #nordygirl Pouch ($49.90 // Nordstrom). As I mentioned in my Top 10 post I buy the Rebecca Minkoff #nordygirl pouch every year. I’m personally loving the color and theme but if pink isn’t your thing there is also another version available in dark forest (green) that says Beauty Essentials #nofilter. The regular price of this item is $75.00.

Kate Spade Nilda Pump($189.90 // Nordstrom). I can’t even begin to tell you how long I’ve looked for a black patent Mary Jane type shoe that wasn’t as expensive as the famed Manolo’s that I was dying for. This Kate Spade pair is the first pair that have been perfect – even more perfect than the Manolo’s. Not too rounded, not too pointy and they’re actually comfortable. The regular price of this item is $298.00.

UGG Sadie Studded Flip Flop($59.50 // Nordstrom). I’ve got a thing for studs… and I don’t mean dudes. I settled on the white color because I don’t have a comfortable but dressy pair of flip flops.. though for this price I’m likely going to pick up the black also. The regular price of this item is $84.95.

Dior Eye Reviver – Rosy Palette ($62.00 // Nordstrom). The original Eye Reviver Palette is a major love of mine, so of course I’m picking up the more purple toned sister! Swatches & review are coming soon!

Dior Addict Lipstick($33.00 // Nordstrom). Cosmic Pink and Hypnotic Plum are welcome additions to my Dior Addict Lipstick Collection. I love the formula and the colors are always subtle and perfect. Swatches & review coming soon.

Nadri Geo Small Stud Earrings($19.90 // Nordstrom). I wasn’t on the look-out for earrings, but these studs from Nadri caught my eye almost immediately. They’re perfect for every day or going out. The regular price of this item is $30.00.

Michael Kors Slim Camille Crystal Dial Leather Strap Watch, 33mm($149.90 // Nordstrom). Like with the earrings I wasn’t in the market for a watch. I never really find a watch that I like to look at that also looks nice on me. The beautiful taupe grey contrasts perfectly with the rose gold. I’m obsessed with wearing this watch every chance I get! The regular price of this item is $225.00.

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I hope you enjoyed my haul! Let me know in the comments what you bought or are planning to buy!

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