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NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE: MUST HAVE NEUTRAL ACCESSORIES

I originally mentioned the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale during early access for card members (in this post), but now that it’s open to the public I wanted to revisit it – this time with a more focused plan of attack. Since I have a hard time still buying summer clothes when I know the season is halfway over (say it isn’t soooo), my current shopping strategy is to look for great neutrals that I can wear now – with cutoff jean shorts and cotton dresses – and later – with cozy sweaters and lots of layers. Above are my top 15 picks (all of which happen to be under $200 – and a majority are under $100) for the accessories that will take you straight through the next 4+ months. I just picked up this wide brim hat (no surprise there), have had this weekender bag for a couple of years now and love it’s size and textured weave, and am considering going back for these killer suede over the knee boots. What’s on your wishlist?

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RETRO-INSPIRED: OFF THE SHOULDER TOP AND CAT EYE SUNGLASSES

Retro-Inspired Off the Shoulder Top and Cat-eye Sunglasses

Ahhh.. hello again old friends. I didn’t plan to take the last few days off but a sinus infection turned kidney infection had other plans for me and today is the first day I’ve seen beyond my bedside table since Friday afternoon. It’s been a rough one I tell ya. Luckily, I had snapped these photos last week when I was feeling all la dee da about life. The good old days.

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VISITING OCEAN CITY, NJ: BEACH WEEKEND STYLE

Beach Weekend Style: Scallop Black One Piece Bathing Suit, Straw Hat and Cargo Shirt

This past weekend Adam and I spent a few days visiting Ocean City, NJ (where my Uncle has the cutest little beach house and generously let us have the place to ourselves). There was a lot of front porch sitting and beach lounging peppered with bike rides, ice cream runs and outdoor showers. I packed just a handful of things – mainly a couple of good bathing suits (this scalloped one piece is hands down my new favorite), white denim shorts, a light shirt jacket, and a pretty new dress to mix and match as needed.

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Beach Weekend Style: Scallop Black One Piece Bathing Suit, Straw Hat and Cargo Shirt Beach Weekend Style: Scallop Black One Piece Bathing Suit, Straw Hat and Cargo Shirt Beach Weekend Style: Loft Marigold Floral Midi Skirt

Aside from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale – I don’t do much shopping between now and Fall unless they are pieces that I can wear now when it’s sweltering and also later when the air turns crisp. This marigold midi dress is great against a tan and paired naturally with cognac accessories and cat-eye shades for a Sunday morning bike ride. But how good will this be with ankle boots and a chunky cable knit sweater? Or a suede moto jacket and heels? Not that I’m wishing summer away any time soon…

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Beach Weekend Style: Loft Marigold Floral Midi Skirt Beach Weekend Style: Loft Marigold Floral Midi Skirt

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SUMMER WEDDING GUEST STYLE: BLUE THIGH SLIT MAXI DRESS

Wedding Guest Style: Cobalt Blue Thigh Slit Maxi Dress

Aside from the occasional bridesmaid dress, I have attended countless weddings in some form of the same dress for the past 10 years. Just above the knee, nipped in waist and finished with a frill or a flounce or a floral for effect. And honestly, I love those dresses (this one especially). They’re flattering, classic and work well for dancing. But with 5 weddings on the docket this summer I was craving something different. Something that made an entrance, you know? Well, I found it.

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EARLY ACCESS: NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

Striped Shirt, Floral skirt and Sole Society tote bag

I talk about it every year, but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (early access for card holders began yesterday and the sale opens to everyone on July 22nd) is truly my favorite sale of the year because it offers major discounts on all the new Fall products before the season starts (instead of discounts on say, bathing suits at the end of August that you’ll have to wait another year to wear).

With that in mind, each year I try to strategically think about the key pieces that are on my wish list for the season ahead as well as a few trendier pieces that I know will be ‘must haves’ and scoop them up during the sale. Plus, aside from Fall pieces is an awesome time to score a deal on that designer bag or sunglasses you’ve been eyeing (this pair in particular has been on my ‘lust-list’ for awhile), quality athletic wear, and amazing beauty buys (how gorgeous are these colors?!).

So if you’re a card holder like me then game on. And if not, now is the time to do some browsing so you can be ready to grab things when the sale opens to the public – because things sell out quickly at that point!

(pictured above and also part of the #NSale – this Sole Society tote in the perfect shade of ‘greige’ – that’s fashion speak for grey/beige) 

SHOP MY FAVORITE COMBOS BELOW:

Flared overalls (trust me on these) with sneakers, a ribbed sweater and ‘greige’ tote (perfect for weekend road trips)

Snakeskin and suede crossbody bag, wrap skirt and metallic oxfords (I’d wear this to go from desk to drinks)

Striped button down, pinafore romper, duster coat and lace-up heels (obsessed with a dusty rose and burgundy color combo for late Summer/early Fall)

Wool beret, floral slipdress, embossed leather bag and suede over the knee boots (has a kind of Parisian meets 90s feel)

Quilted bomber jacket, denim mini skirt and rain boots (almost too cute to save for a rainy day)

*I’ll be sharing exactly what I’m picking up once I hit ‘checkout’ plus more of my top picks throughout the sale!

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