Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Top Picks

July 9th start off the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  If you’re a Nordstrom card holder than you are lucky enough to get a sneak peak into what they’re going to have this year!  Check out the sale here: http://shop.nordstrom.com/

I have put together a list of the top 20 things I hope go on sale!  I will also be breaking this down based on category once the actual sale opens on July 17th.  Here are the things I think you should check out:
Dress the Population ‘Ryan’ Sequin Body-Con Minidress • Dress the Population
Topshop Palm Leaf Print Jumpsuit • Topshop
Adrianna Papell Sequin Mesh Blouson Dress (Regular & Petite) • Adrianna Papell
Sister Jane ‘Match Set’ Lace Top • Sister Jane
Lafayette 148 New York ‘Katrina’ Blouse • Lafayette 148 New York
Vineyard Vines ‘Lucaya’ Linen Tunic • Vineyard Vines
Theory ‘Mikaela’ Layered Thermal Top • Theory
Sam Edelman Drop Waist Shirtdress • Sam Edelman
Current/Elliott ‘The Perfect’ Button Front Denim Shirt • Current/Elliott
T by Alexander Wang Matte Leather Tee • Alexander Wang
Tory Burch ‘Mercy’ Studded Merino Wool Tunic (Online Only) • Tory Burch
MICHAEL Michael Kors Smocked Peplum Top (Regular & Petite) • MICHAEL Michael Kors
PRESS Two-Pocket Stretch Cotton Military Jacket
Topshop ‘Poppy’ Double Collar Blazer • Topshop
BLANKNYC Faux Leather Jacket • Blank NYC
Citizens of Humanity ‘Corey’ Slouchy Slim Jeans (Bourbon) • Citizens of Humanity
rag & bone/JEAN ‘The Skinny’ Jeans (Bright White) • Rag and Bone
BLANKNYC ‘Good Vibes’ Distressed Skinny Jeans (Medium Wash Blue) • Blank NYC
rag & bone/JEAN ‘The Dre’ Slim Fit Boyfriend Jeans (Langside) • Rag and Bone
Levi’s® Levi’s ‘501® CT’ Boyfriend Jeans (Old Favorite) • Levi’s

Also, on Ebates Nordstrom is 3% cash back!  Sign up here!

TOP SUMMER WEDDING DRESSES UNDER $100

Later this week I will be attending a wedding! (yay!) I’ll be sure to vlog it and do a blog post on my outfit.  With summer weddings come the issue of what to wear.  In the summer everything is white, open backed, short, and not appropriate for a wedding.  While shopping for my summer wedding dress I have found a few rules that made my shopping experience better:

1. Do not wear white! (This is a given at all times)
2. Do try something with a fun print and lots of color! (Adelyn Rae Floral Print Jacquard Fit & Flare Dress • $92 YES.) 
3. You should know the type of wedding it’s going to be and what is appropriate.  And if not ask a friend who is also attending what they’re wearing!
4. Above the knee is perfect, anything less may be too short.
5. “One can never be over dressed or over educated” -Oscar Wilde (#Wordstoliveby)
6. If it’s outside on grass then heels may not be the best option.


Below are my top 10 wedding dresses that are under $100.  They are in no order because they are all perfect in their own special way!

Adelyn Rae Floral Print Jacquard Fit & Flare Dress • $92
Shift in Perspective Yellow Shift Dress • rsvp • $84
Tahari Lace & Jacquard Sheath Dress • Tahari • $88.80
Factory scalloped trim dress • J.Crew Factory • $49
Adelyn Rae Stripe Cross Back Fit & Flare Dress • $98
Hold Me Closer Mint Dress • rsvp • $93
Lucca Couture Drop-Waist Shift Dress • Lucca Couture • $49.99
Adrianna Papell Women’s Sleeveless Sheath Dress • Adrianna Papell • $98
Maeve Tea Garden Sheath • Anthropologie • $99.95
Julian Taylor Women’s Sleeveless Floral Printed Fit and Flare Dress • Julian Taylor • $32.88

Making Moves: Small Place Decor

Living in a small area means you have to be very thoughtful on what you’re going to decorate with.  Most of the time furniture is a focal point in a room but when that furniture has to be smaller it can blend in with the background.  This is why you must play up your living area in other aspects!  You must choose your focals and the overall feel of your apartment that you’re trying to achieve.  For me that was easy, I want: Clean, black and white, highlighted gold, and very simple.  With this easy color scheme I was able to find a ton of things I liked!
Decorative Pillows and Throws:
The couch is a great place to throw some color and fun into your space!  Work with your color scheme and run with it.  I’ve never heard of Dot & Bo before but I quickly fell in love with all of their items.  These pillows are to die for!
Dot & Bo Golden Tops Pillow • Dot & Bo • $47.99
Dot & Bo Zenith Pillow Cover • Dot & Bo • $29.99
Dot & Bo Staccato Pillow Cover • Dot & Bo • $29.99
Dot & Bo Florence Pillow Cover • Dot & Bo • $29.99  (I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS)
Dot & Bo On Top of It Throw – Black and Ivory • Dot & Bo • $99.99

Coffee Table Essentials:
Coffee tables are made for so much more than just your morning wake up!  There are so many different things that you can put there, including: candles, trays, coffee table books, and flowers!  Coffee table books are my favorite and I have been collecting a few that will look great when I move in, but I don’t have many of the other essentials so below are a few things that caught my eye.
7″ Anemones in Vase, Faux • $45
12″ Geddes Square Tray, Gold • $22
7″ Peony in Bubble Vase, Faux • $45

Gallery Wall:
I am sure you have seen those beautiful gallery walls on tumblr!  I am just as obsessed as you are, promise.  I have planned to have a gallery wall every since I realized I was going to have a huge wall that has no interruptions like windows or doors.  Be sure your gallery wall is a mixture of art work and personal pictures, that will make yours so much more special than the ones on tumblr.  I plan on getting a picture of Diesel and I printed on a canvas to put on mine!  Also fun items like mirrors and paintings add a fun touch!
Lola Mirrors Set • $29
As Collective, ’50s Dress 378 • $99

These are just a few of my thoughts and tips for decorating your small space!  Let me know if you have any ideas I may have missed!

The Best Shots In Life Are Green

The healthy lifestyle has been a trench for the last few years, and everyone is jumping on the bandwagon.  With this trend came a lot of things that are suppose to be good for you, but how good are they really?  I’ve been buying wheatgrass shots for the last few months but it only occurred to me a week ago to actually look into this “liquid gold” shot.  All I knew is it’s suppose to be good for you, and that was enough for me to buy it.

My research showed me that in fact wheatgrass is super good for you!
Here is why…

Because of its high chlorophyll content, wheatgrass has a strong alkalizing and detoxifying effect on the body.  You may have heard a lot of buzz surrounding the healthiness of vegetables, especially leafy green vegetables with deep, rich color tones. In many ways, they’re perfect foods and part of the credit is owed to the chlorophyll they contain. Chlorophyll is a green pigment that’s instrumental in photosynthesis. Research also suggests it’s instrumental in promoting good health.

Like all chlorophyll-rich green plants, wheatgrass is high in oxygen and therefore an excellent source of natural energy.  I have had a sluggish day and gone on my lunch break to get a wheatgrass shot and instantly I have felt better!  It really is amazing what these little shots can do you you.

Wheatgrass is superior to other green plants because it has more than 100 elements needed by humans.  Do I even have to explain that one?

Because it boosts your immune system. This is because the wheatgrass shot will activate the white blood cells in your body.

It has the ability to alleviate stress.  Wheatgrass reduces high blood pressure and that in turn will cause you to become less stressed.  And you’ll be healthier than before, so right there should make you more relaxed! 

I am fortunate enough to have an organic juice bar very close to my work, but I know not everyone has that luxury.  Here are a few options that you can do at home: Amazing Grass Organic Wheat Grass Powder,Amazing Grass Organic Wheat Grass Individual Servings, and Certified Organic Wheatgrass Growing Kit.  Of course the powders are going to be a lot easier than growing you own but if you want to really commit I would suggest growing you own! 

Making Moves: Five Small Space Living Tips

500sqft is not a large space at all.  For one person it’s enough but how does one declutter their lives so their new space isn’t a claustrophobic mess?  Here are a few helpful things that I have been doing and plan to continue when I move in.

  1. Declutter prior to moving in
    When you’re getting ready to move look at your stuff.  Really look at it and decide what you need and what you don’t.  The perfect place to start your closet and bedroom, two places that are use to having old things take up space.  Think about if you can live without that old sweater or if you can part ways with it and give it away.  If it hasn’t been worn in years then it probably won’t be worn in years to come.  
  2. Be sure everything has its own home
    When you first move in everything will have its place, as it should.  Be sure to stick with this and take the extra time each day to organize.  If everything has it’s own home then your space will look cozy and not crazy.
  3. KEEP IT CLEAN
    Dirty homes are not happy homes and small dirty spaces are even more depressing.  Small spaces are easy to clean but they are also quicker to become dirty.  Get a schedule and stick to it, get that dirt early on.  You never know when company is coming over and you don’t want to be embarrassed by your mess.
  4. Make sure almost everything doubles as something else
    This is especially important when it comes to storage.  You have extra space under your bed? GOOD go buy bins to keep winter clothes in during the summer, or clean supplies.  In small spaces storage is not always the best so anytime you can get more organized take advantage of.  Simple ideas like a dresser used as a bed side table will go a long way.
  5. Spend time away from your home
    You may have created the perfect space (snaps to you) but you still need to get out.  Spending time away from your home will allow for you to avoid cabin fever.  There are plenty of free places you can go and just spend time away from your home.  Public parks, and coffee shops are my favorite.   

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Making Moves: Living Alone

In two months I will be moving out of my four bedroom apartment and moving into a small studio apartment by myself.  This isn’t a huge move because it’s about 500 feet from my current apartment, but it will be a transition none the less.  Making the decision to live alone is not something that was easy.  It’s hard going from living with your three best friends to having a space to yourself, but it was a choice that I made and I am very happy with.  

FullSizeRenderThis is the 500sqft apartment I will be moving into in two months. 

There are a lot of things I had to consider when making this change!  

  • Am I going to get lonely?
    Honestly, this was my biggest fear.  What if I just sit alone in my apartment and do nothing all the time?  I mean don’t get me wrong I can spend days watching Netflix and surfing the internet but friends are good too (right? right.).  This is where I see the benefits of living alone come out: You must become your own best friend.  Lets start with becoming your own best friend, with this we must know what our boundaries are and how to interact within our own mind.  This may sound insane but when living alone you’re in your head 24/7 and we need to learn to not be our worst critic and must learn to love ourself.  Once these things start we becoming supportive, and inspired within ourselves which only benefits the quality of life we live.  
  • How am I going to inspire my space?
    When sharing a space with someone else you’re limited to what you can do.  But with living alone you’re able to take your passions and run with it.  I plan on having an area for filming that I wouldn’t be able to do in my small bedroom, but because all the space is mine I can do whatever I want.  You don’t have to worry about bothering someone else or balancing your priorities with someone else.  You can do you at any time of the day. (YOU DO YOU GIRL)  Luckily my roommates now are amazing and I haven’t had an issue with having people over but I know that’s a common problem.  If this is true for you, get your own place and problem solved.
  • How will I conquer my bad habits without my roommates there to judge?
    This is where knowing yourself comes into play.  If you know you have a vice with too much sugar consumption, or too much pop you have the ability to stop that.  Easy, don’t bring it into your space.  You don’t have the issue of roommates bringing home the brownies that their mom cooked for them, or them sitting in front of the TV binge watching Say Yes to the Dress as they beg you to join them.  You’re queen of your space, and that is a power you should not take lightly.
  • But, how do I know what to do?
    You choose everything in your space now, you know what you need and don’t need.  What will aid in your growth as a person, and what will not.  You choose your company, you choose the experience that you live within this space.  If you want constant classical music because it relaxes you then play it as loud as you would like.  If you want to cook dinner every night then cook your little heart out.  Everything is now up to you and this form of freedom will allow for your world to shape into whatever you want.    

Soon you will be loving your space and you will come to appreciate the quotes by Ellen Burstyn,  “What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.”.