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WHAT TO PACK: FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND

The Steele Maiden: What to Pack 4th of July Weekend Getaway

We’re headed to the lake for 4th of July weekend and I couldn’t be more excited for a few days of relaxing on the dock, hanging on the boat and soaking up sun (here’s hoping the weather cooperates!). No matter where you’re going, I’m guessing some of the above pieces will work. I keep it pretty casual at the lake, which means plenty of easy cotton tops or dresses (who cares if they get a little wrinkled), bright bikinis, comfy slip-on shoes and maybe a starry accessory or two for the big fireworks show over the water.

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WEEKLY ROUND-UP 6.26 + A $1,000 NORDSTROM GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!

I usually do these weekly round-ups on Fridays, but Adam and I spent the weekend at home in Pennsylvania with family and didn’t take a single photo for this blog. Kind of refreshing.. but also leaves me starting the week a bit behind! I’ll have more for you the rest of this week – including everything I’m packing for 4th of July at the lake! – but for now, here are a few things on my mind. And don’t forget to scroll to the bottom to enter my shared giveaway, you could win a $1,000 Nordstrom giveaway!

  1. Speaking of my hometown in PA, the sandals shown above are from a local company there called Dansko. They are best known for making clogs that doctors and nurses often wear (designed to keep people comfortably on their feet for long hours), but their regular line is filled with cute sandals this summer. And I’m not kidding when I say wearing this platform pair is like walking on an actual cloud.
  2. My sister and I are thinking about planning a little girl’s trip for late summer. Any suggestions for where we should head? I’ve still never been to Newport, Rhode Island or could head back to somewhere I’ve been only briefly like Nashville, Tennessee!
  3. I’ve been obsessed with straw basket bags all spring/summer and I’m not alone. This Glitter Guide post shows how some of my favorite bloggers are wearing them.. and you may spot a familiar face!
  4. I’d usually always choose a skirt or dress over a pair of shorts but this pair is so fun I could be convinced otherwise. With a blazer I think they could even work for the office, but with heels and a silk tank they just scream date night.
  5. I’ve been using the Babbel app on my lunch breaks to re-learn French (I took 5 years of it between high school and college but have forgotten so much since not using it). The app almost feels like you’re playing a game and it’s a fun way to work your mind.. which otherwise aimlessly scrolling through Instagram on my lunch breaks just doesn’t do.

Have a great week friends! And now.. for the giveaway:

2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers
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a $1,000 Nordstrom Gift Card, just in time for the Anniversary Sale!

Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter.
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This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 7/3.
Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!

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CLASSIC SUMMER STYLE: DENIM MIDI SKIRT AND LINEN OFF THE SHOULDER TOP

The Steele Maiden: Classic Summer Style - Denim Midi Skirt and Linen Off the Shoulder Top

Summer always seems to be one of the busiest times of year for me. Between hectic long work days (we work long hours Monday-Thursday and have off for Summer Fridays at my office) and heading out of town many weekends, I want clothes that I don’t have to think too much about and work just as well in the city as they would at the lake. This outfit checks all the boxes.

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SUMMER FAVORITES UNDER $100 PLUS – A $1,000 NORDSTROM GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!

The Steele Maiden: Summer Favorites Under $100

After such a cold and gloomy spring, you won’t hear me complaining about a hot and humid day this summer. But you will see you shed a few layers. This outfit is a mix of old staples and new summer favorites, but all of them are well under $100. Because who wants to sweat through an expensive new dress?

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HOW TO PLAN THE PERFECT STAY-CATION: WITH THE OMNI BERKSHIRE HOTEL

The Steele Maiden: How to Plan the Perfect Staycation in the City this Summer with Omni Berkshire Hotel

This past weekend Adam and I had one of those truly great, seriously unforgettable New York weekends. From Saturday to Sunday we deemed ourselves officially on ‘stay-cation’ – left our tiny downtown apartment behind, packed our bags and headed uptown to check into the gorgeous Omni Berkshire Hotel.

And while we only went about 40 blocks north of our home, it felt a world away. This trick to a stay-cation (or really any good vacation) is to indulge in the things you can’t do at home. Here – tips on how to plan the perfect stay-cation plus exactly what we did with our 24 hours at the Omni Berkshire. I promise, you’ll be wanting to hit ‘book‘ by the time you get to the end of this post.

The Steele Maiden: How to Plan the Perfect Staycation in the City this Summer with Omni Berkshire Hotel

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