Monday, July 25, 2016

Must-Have Items From The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It's no secret that the #NSale is in full swing right now, and open to the public! Items were flying off of the shelves during Early Access, so be sure to snag these up before they're gone!

I know, I know - it's July. The thought of buying fall clothes for some seems crazy with this heat. But, for those that enjoy cooler weather in the fall and winter, this is the perfect time to stock up on necessities.

As a gal who lives in Florida, the idea of buying boots right now makes me cringe. However, I always have a different approach when this sale comes around this time each year. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I stock up on my basics - tees, woven shirts, denim, cardigans and my favorite beauty items that are marked down. All of the things that can add up to cost a bunch later - why not get them out of the way early?

Below I've rounded up some of the best items from the sale to snatch up while you can!

What items are on your must-have list for fall?? Happy Monday! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Bartaco Bliss - Lobster Tacos and Tequila

Bartaco Hyde Park - Lobster Taco & Margarita

If I'm being perfectly honest, I wasn't a taco lover before my first visit to Bartaco in Hyde Park Village. By that I mean "none, zip, nada, skip the tacos, I'll just eat chips and salsa" kind of thinking. And now I just laugh at myself whenever I think about it... Probably because I'm here almost once a week now.

Whether you're craving fish, chicken, duck, guac or any other scrumptious item you can imagine - Bartaco does it RIGHT.

Bartaco Hyde Park - Tampa Restaurant
Bartaco Hyde Park 
Perhaps it's the dreamy decor or the killer margaritas, but I am undeniably hooked on this place. AND, I've got a secret to share with you all - the #bartacosecret taco that is! Their current secret taco features lobster, hominy and a delicious brown butter sauce that will have you ordering another tray in a heartbeat. Don't believe me? Check out my experience below and try not to drool over your keyboard!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Everything You Need To Know About The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016

Holy moly, it's back!!

That's right, it's my favorite time of year - a.k.a. the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

I'm sure you've been hearing about this sale on every social media outlet, but I'm going to tell you how to navigate this sale like a pro.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is their biggest sale of the year - not kidding. The sale allows Nordstrom customers to get a head start on the hottest items for Fall at discounted prices before they go public!

The sale is open to all Nordstrom customers from July 22 - August 7, 2016! But, if you're a Nordstrom cardholder (I couldn't recommend this enough) you can shop early access to the sale between July 14 - July 21, 2016.

Nordstrom cardholders (there are debit and credit card options!) can receive early access to the sale online and in stores. I can't stress enough how much I've benefit from having this card... seriously Nordstrom is my one-stop, no-fail shop. Want to apply for a Nordstrom credit or debit card? Head on over here!

YES, yes you do. If there was one card I can 100% back, it's this one. And if you end up not needing it down the road, at least you were able to take advantage of this fantastic sale!

Oh baby... I'm talking fall footwear, fashion, accessories and beauty exclusives between 25%-40% off. Though this may not sound like a lot, when you view the savings online - especially for those higher priced items we all love - you will understand just how much you're going to save. Think designer items at least $100 off and contemporary pieces that won't break the bank. Get to shopping!

Alright ladies - lets get in formation:

Make a list and cover your basics
  • Christmas/Birthday/Anniversary gifts - if there was ever a time to get your gift shopping done in advance, this is it! There are so many different items to choose from including home decor, beauty and more. 
  • Beauty - take advantage of the bundle pricing during this sale and stock up on your favorite products. You better believe I will be taking advantage of the killer bundle for the best lash serum I've ever used! 
  • Purses/Bags - Probably one of the types of items that I think about the least when I'm shopping, to be honest. So seeing those bags that I've been eyeing for a while online at low prices? Add it to the cart.
  • SHOES - God bless Nordstrom's shoe selection. Chic, comfortable and affordable... and some of the most popular styles are 30% off! I'm obsessing over these sandals, these BP booties and these Vince Camuto over-the-knee boots for fall!
  • Fashion - I love stocking up on my basics during this sale, as well as on-trend pieces! Here are just a few of my favorites that have made their way into my cart already.

I am sad to admit that a lot of the popular items will usually sell out before this sale goes public. So, if you're on the fence, GO FOR IT! And if you're already shopping the sale, I know you're stocking up just like I am.

Happy shopping!

What items are you loving from the #NSale?


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Lip Colors You Can't Live Without + $1225 Nordstrom Giveaway!

The Summer Lip Colors You Can't Live Without and $1225 Nordstrom Giveaway! -

When it comes to the summer months, I am all about the pink and bright lip colors. From bold berry hues to peachy-keen shades, this season is one where you can play up your lip game.

Now, to set the record straight, I am not one to wear pink clothing or accessories often - in fact I am a HUGE fan of black, white and all other neutrals. But, when it comes to lips, this is a different story. Whether it's an added pop to an outfit or the perfect natural pout, these shades are the ones that I love to rock this time of year (and some of them year-round!):

  • Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color, "Spiced Rose" - this neutral pink is a fantastic everyday color! Seriously, this lippie is on major rotation for me; it's the one I reach for when you don't have time to think about other options. You won't regret owning this no-fail shade.
  • MAC, "Coral Bliss" - such a fun color for summer! I love pairing it with an all white ensemble, especially on those days where I'm hanging by the beach.
  • NARS Audacious Lipstick, "Anita" - one of the best colors/formula EVER. My love for NARS Audacious lipsticks is infinite. The color pigments are amazing, and last throughout the day (I usually only have to touch up once or so). And when it comes to a gorgeous pink lip, this shade is to-die-for. Shoutout to all of my olive-skin-toned gals out there - you HAVE to give this one a try! *Tip: add a layer of BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie in Spark Plug for some added shine that pairs beautifully! 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick, "Crush" - I was so skeptical of a liquid lipstick until I tried this bad boy. Wowza! The pigment and long-lasting formula is a dream come true. Not kidding, this lipstick didn't budge a centimeter all day. I adore Crush, it's a great neutral lip color. My other favorites include Kathryn, Catnip and Soft Lilac.
  • MAC, "Velvet Teddy" - If there was ever a must-have natural pink shade in your makeup arsenal, this is it. You'll thank me later.
  • Bobbi Brown Gloss, "Bare Sparkle" - High shine and natural pigment for a casual day when you want a little sparkle, or use it as a topper over any matte lipstick! 
  • NARS Audacious Lipstick, "Brigitte" - A salmon/coral pink that's begging to be worn in the summer. Pair it with a white monochrome ensemble as a pop of color - don't forget your blush!
  • Bobbi Brown Lipstick, "Pink Mauve" - One of my favorite everyday pinks. This lipstick goes with me everywhere! It's that just-in-case kind of lippie that never disappoints.
  • BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Gloss, "Hot Shot" - A glossy dose of bright magenta never hurt a soul. 
  • Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color, "Razzberry" - A bold, matte magenta that you will LOVE. I get compliments on this lip color every time that I wear it! 
  • MAC, "MAC Red" - that no-fail red shade that every gal should have. Let's turn up the heat on a date night with this sexy little lip, yeah?
Do you have any favorites to share? I'm always on the hunt for new colors - comment below with your picks!



One of the biggest sales of the year is around the corner and we want you to be ready for it! Enter below up to 101 times for a chance to win a $1225 gift card to Nordstrom just in time for the big Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!!! Just think of what you could buy with this!! Complete 1 entry, or 101 entries, but the more times you enter the better chance you will have!

*Giveaway ends on 7/13 and winner will be announced on 7/14 (the first day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.) Must be 16+ years older to enter. International entrants welcome. Please keep in mind that you can not complete more than 101 entries, and that we can tell if the same person uses multiple emails to enter. ALL ENTRIES WILL BE VERIFIED, so make sure to hit 'FOLLOW' or 'LIKE' to complete each entry.

Gift Card Giveaway- Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Happy Hump Day!


Friday, July 1, 2016

The Best Fourth of July Sales To Shop This Weekend

The Best Fourth of July Weekend Sales 2016

Hip, hip, HOORAY! The holiday weekend is finally here! 

I couldn't be more excited to lounge around the pool, stuff my face with yummy food and just unwind. Who's with me?! Bring out the ice-cold popsicles. 

But, what kind of friend would I be if I didn't share this weekend's KILLER sales?? Whether you're looking for a last-minute ensemble for Monday, or just wanting some fresh pieces to add to your closet - take advantage of these special offers! I've even linked some of my top picks from select places for you to check out.

40% OFF all full-price styles and EXTRA 60% OFF sale styles

Summer Tag Sale! Extra 30% OFF sale items with code EVENBETTER

EXTRA 50% OFF sale!! (So many style posts to come featuring my latest BR favorites!)

$4 Deals - including tops and dresses! 

EXTRA 10% OFF their 50% OFF semi-annual sale!

40% OFF summer styles, plus EXTRA 40%-60% OFF sale!!

Up to 50% OFF, plus EXTRA 30% OFF all sale

30% OFF sitewide with code HAPPY4TH

Free shipping and 50% OFF EVERYTHING!

20% OFF and free shipping for $50+

Extra 20% OFF sale items

Extra 40% OFF sale items

GET READY FOR THE ANNIVERSARY SALE!! Early Access begins July 14-21, opens to non-Nordstrom cardholders on July 22! Stay tuned for all my top picks in each category! Let's shop this sale together! AND - HUGE giveaway coming up next week (7/6) for a Nordstrom gift card!! Check out the women's catalog here.

Up to 50% OFF

Up to 40% OFF select summer styles

Extra 30% OFF sale

Well, I'd say it's time to switch over to vacay mode already. If you need me, I'll probably be in the nearest hammock.

What fun plans do you have for The Fourth?

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