The Steele Maiden: Best of Summer

The interesting side effect of having a blog is that you also end up having a sort of visual diary of your life. A way to scroll back through nearly every week of my life for the past 3 years. I particularly like to do this at the end of each season to reminisce through where Adam and I went, and naturally, what I wore. Above are some of my favorites and original posts are linked left to right, below. And because another thing I like to do at the transition into a new season is shopping – I’ve included a few of my favorite Labor Day sales too. Hope you’re all having a fun long weekend!

(Posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

Anthropologie: Extra 30% off sale items – these lace-up heels would make any outfit instantly elevated

French Connection: Extra 50% off sale items + free shipping w/ code 50SALE – a striped top because.. never enough.

LOFT: 30% off Fall items like these slim boyfriend jeans or this knit pencil skirt

Nordstrom: Up to 40% off select styles – I have this sweater in beige but may grab a few more colors

Madewell: 30% off Fall essentials – time to stock up on plaid button-down shirts

Ruche: 30% off sitewide w/ code FUNSUN – this dress is so cute for a casual date and this one is perfect for a dressier occasion

Sole Society: Up to 60% off select styles – I’ve carried this bucket bag with me everywhere this summer

Talbots: 25% off full-priced items – I’m obsessed with this wine-hued crossbody bag for Fall


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Best of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Accessories from Kate Spade, Kendra Scott, Dolce Vita and moreHappy Friday! Another happy little note – Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is now open to the public! Which – as a refresher – means you’re getting this Fall’s New Arrivals at major discounts (before prices go back up August 3rd). I already shared my shopping game plan for the sale here – but now that everyone can shop.. I’m back for round 2. This time, I’m focused on picking up the best of this season’s shoes and accessories – below my (admittedly extensive) wishlist:



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I talk a good bit about sales around here, this one. This one is different. The thing about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is that it’s not last season, leftover goods. It’s brand new, Fall season plus designer items and seasonless classics that you’re hard pressed to otherwise find marked down. In short, this sale is major. Last year, I waited until the sale opened to the public (July 17) and some of my favorites were already sold out, so this year I am getting in on the Early Access (open to Nordstrom Card Holders – I have the debit version which means you only spend what you have #winwin).  Below – my game plan to nailing the sale this time around plus hover over the images above to get the details directly. Happy Shopping!

1. Top Fall Trends: There’s going to be major Seventies vibes again next season, and I’m definitely on board. This little suede skirt will go with everything in my closet and my hat collection is begging for this new friend.

2. Seasonless Classics: Now is the time to grab quality items you’ll wear year-round. Hunter Rain Boots and a black cross-body bag are closet essentials.

3. Designer Picks: If you’ve had your heart set on a Kate Spade Satchel, higher-end makeup (like this exclusive Nars Lip Pencil Set) or premium denim brands (these Paige skinny jeans are on my wish list) now’s your chance to grab ’em!

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Happy Birthday America! We’re spending the holiday weekend at the lake and until the rain has passed today I figured I’d share a quick round-up. So take a 5 minute escape.. then get back out there and celebrate with burgers/beers/beach/friends/family or any other way you want! Enjoy your Fourth of July friends and thanks for stopping by 🙂

– I shared a few ideas for Fourth of July style and I think this look (in almost head to toe ASOS) is by far my favorite. There’s a few sizes left in the striped off-the-shoulder top I’m wearing, but hurry because it’s now on sale!

– Need help packing the next time you take a weekend getaway? I’ve got beach and city carry-ons covered.

– Speaking of packing things up, I’ve been carrying this striped raffia tote everywhere since Spring and this weekend only, you can get one free if you spend over $350 at Elaine Turner!

– If you really want to make your red, white and blues pop – I tried Stila All-Day Lipstick in Beso for the first time (via an exclusive Birchbox set) and it’s the most perfect red lipstick I’ve ever tried. And trust me, I’ve tried a lot.

– By this point you know how much I love Sole Society (my shoes & accessories go-to) and their Fourth of July sale includes lots of my current faves, like this oversized hat and these perfect ankle booties.

Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale (that magic time of year when they put new FALL goods on sale for a limited time) starts in less than 2 weeks, but FYI if you’re a Rewards card member you can get first access starting this Thursday!


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After another week of ‘June Gloom’ in New York, I’m welcoming the official start of Summer this weekend with open arms. Hoping the sun comes out this weekend to celebrate, but either way – another pretty great way to get ready for the season is with a little bit of sale shopping. Some of my favorites are offering awesome discounts right now, so I rounded up a list below, plus if you hover over the instagram snaps above, you can click through to those exact items directly (the original prices are shown for the most part, so get ready to have reverse sticker shock when you get to the sites.. my favorite kind!). Aside from snagging some deals, I’ll be celebrating Father’s Day with my family Saturday night and working on a little bedroom makeover here at home which I’ll be sharing a peek at next week! Happy Friday/weekend/summer/everything my friends 🙂

French Connection – 30% off all full priced items w/ code FCDADS + extra 50% off sale items with code SALE50 – I’m picking up this fringe-tastic top to wear as a beach cover-up or with skinny jeans.

LOFT – 40% off sitewide – I’ve been wearing this chambray sleeveless top on repeat

Lulu Frost – Sample sale online runs through Sunday – I just grabbed this pin for just $30!

J.Crew – 30% off full price styles + extra 40% off sale styles w/ code GOSHOPPING – my hat collection is craving this straw boater

Old Navy – entire store up to 50% off + extra 30% off w/ code ENJOY – perfect time to scoop up swimwear

Ruche – extra 40% off sale items with code EXTRA40 – I wear this jersey dress constantly

Sole Society – up to 50% off select styles – these heeled sandals are maybe the most comfortable pair in my closet

Talbots – 30-40% off select summer styles – how fun is this beach tote?

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