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Velvet For The Summer: Outside Lands Style (& a Nordstrom Giveaway!)

If you shopped the Nordstrom Sale with me, you know that the velvet trend is here to stay, long into the summer and fall! As a 90’s kind of gal, I cannot be more pumped about it. It was all over the runways during NYFW back in February, and its momentum hasn’t slowed down at all. That said, I’m adding into my summer outfits, and more specifically, adding it into the mix for Outside Lands. Whether you’re headed to Lollapalooza, Electric Zoo, or Outside Lands this summer, it’s an easy way to feel stylish this season!

I’ve always been envious of the amazing outfit watching that goes on at Coachella, and while I’ve never attended, I’ve always had a thing for music inspired fashion: remember my band tee obsession? Outside Lands is my chance every year to play around with my more whimsical and edgy sense of fashion, allowing myself to go all out like I do for New York Fashion Week with playful and unconventional ensembles. Not sure where to start? I’ve got you covered.

First things first…

Be a little practical.

One thing I’ve learned from 3 years of attending Outside Lands, is the need to dress somewhat practical. While I love being extra when it comes to my day to day dress code, for music festivals, I do a primary sweep of every item to make sure it’s functional enough to not ruin my day by being a distraction to my ability to enjoy taking in all the music sets.

Throws / Jackets

Since it’s San Francisco, layering is KEY. If your outfit is on the skimpier side, make sure you bring a suitable jacket or one that doubles as a blanket you can re-purpose during the warmer daylight hours. Don’t have the time or the budget to invest in a cool leather jacket? Rent one from Rent the Runway instead!

BB Dakota Black Faux Fur Draped Jacket (rent for less than $30!)

ASOS Denim Super Rip Jacket

Free People Spellbound Tie Dye Kimono

Chelsea28 Velvet Smoking Jacket  …on Anniversary Sale too!

Harvey Faircloth Peplum Camo Jacket

Bags

The bag you take WILL define your festival experience. My first year, I took I tiny cross body and was stressed as the day went on due to the lack of space for snacks, souvenirs, and my layers for later. It was miserable! The second year, I took a giant Never Full Tote and was equally miserable lugging around a bag on my shoulder all day. I now personally prefer taking a backpack, so you can have your hands free.

Clear Kawaii Angel Backpack

Rebecca Minkoff Julian Velvet Backpack (gold version here)  …both are on Anniversary Sale too!

Herschel Reflective Mini Backpack

The Rack Addik Fanny Pack

Shoes

Second cardinal sin: wearing impractical shoes. Trust me. I’m the queen of crazy shoes, and hear me out: THIS IS NOT the time to show them off. I wore sandals my first year, which was a fail. The second year, I wisened up and dug out my clunky All Saints leather high tops, and was SO happy. Go for a high top style, given the amount of grass and dirt you’ll be trekking through all day. This is San Francisco, and it’s cold (and often wet!) in August.

Adidas Superstar Slip On Sneaker  …on Anniversary Sale too!

Gentle Souls Velvet Carole Zip High Top Sneaker  …on Anniversary Sale too!

Dr. Martens Orchid Purple Zip Pascal Boots

Vans Sk8 High Tops

I am going to be wearing this insanely comfortable (and Instagrammable!) Kimono from the Nordstrom Sale, and highly suggest you take a peek at yourself! It’s a great item to layer with, and one that’s transitional between seasons given the velvet and short sleeve qualities. It flows so beautifully, and was an instant love the second I tried it on out of my first wave of sale shipments!

Outfit Details

Kimono: Hinge Velvet Kimono

Tee: Nirvana Logo Tee, H&M (OLD), similar here

Leggings: Michi Illusion Legging (SOLD OUT), similar here

Shoes: Milanoo Faux Fur Loafer (SOLD OUT), similar here

Makeup Details

Prep: Son & Park Beauty Water

Foundation: Laura Mercier Soft Luminous Foundation, in Linen

Primer: stila One Step Correct

Contour: Smashbox Step By Step Contour Kit

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

Lashes: Sephora Lashes Luxe, in Amour

Lips: Le Marc Lip Creme, in Slow Burn

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

Makeup by Elisia at Sephora Embarcadero Center


This week I decided to team up with some of my favorite bloggers and bring you an amazing giveaway: One lucky reader will win a $700 gift card to Nordstrom!
Money Can Buy Lipstick | Blush & Blooms | Coming Up Roses | Brighton On A Budget | Miss Molly Moon | Blondes & Bagels
A Gallon of Glitter | DTK Austin | Pretty in Pink Megan | Trendy Chickadee | The Closet Crush | Greta Hollar
RD’s Obsessions | Gracefully Taylored | Posh in Progress | The Haute Sweat | Ashley’s Passion for Fashion| The Trendy Tomboy
The Dandy Liar | Super Fashionable | Style Weekender | My Boring Closet | Twenty Teenz | Audrey Madison Stowe
So Heather | Middle of Somewhere Blog | Something Dashing | Style Miss Molly | I’m Fixin’ To Blog | Truth or Flares

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What’s In My Bag Right Now (& a Nordstrom Giveaway!)

I’ve heard a lot of your feedback on what I actually use on the daily, so I’m making my handbag snapshots a regular thing, as my last post was a huge success! Given all the recent sales this season, I’ve switched up some of my beauty and fitness go-to’s to account for the weather and summer styles, and I’m also more on the go which means my bags get a little makeover as well!

Summer Bags I’m Loving

I have a bit of a bag obsession (of the business flavor mostly) when it comes to a functional piece that needs to make it from my apartment, to work, travel, and sometimes even out on the town after work. Needless to say, most of my bags need to pull serious double duty.

Bartaile C12

This transitional backpack/briefcase was created for this very purpose! I first discovered this bag on Kickstarter through some of my friends in the technology industry, and I’ve got to say, it looks pretty freaking life changing. It comes in several models/colors, to include nylon and leather. Pre-order yours now, as they will begin shipping in September! I went with the black nylon model.

Madewell Paint Stripe Tote

Obsessed with that iconic Celine bag, but not feeling the multi thousand dollar price tag? Meet Madewell’s bigger twin! Madewell pieces are truly amazing when it comes to quality, pun totally intended in the namesake. This bag is also a part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, for less than $130.

Beauty

Sweat Cosmetics Twist Brush Mineral Foundation

I had heard of this brand a couple years back but never got around to testing it out. As soon as it became available at Sephora, I knew I had to give it a try. For my minimalist makeup ladies and those of you that aren’t too sold on sweating in your skincare and makeup, this stuff’s for you. In my opinion, it’s better than Bare Minerals (especially if you’re oily like me).

IT Cosmetics CC+ Illumination Cream w/ SPF 50+

I seriously cannot say enough good things about this product. It’s my go-to year round when I want no-fuss coverage that will stay put, and summer is the perfect season for it. It saves me time in the morning and space in my bag, as everything my skin needs is already in it (cue that SPF 50+)! The illumination version gives you that subtle pearly glow that isn’t overly shimmery, which is a giant plus. Think Glossier Haloscope in a foundation.

Glossier Rose Balm Dot Com

For a little extra glow during the summer, I like to look into colored balms, as the weather is entirely too hot for all my matte lipsticks and liquid lipsticks. This Balm Dot Com has a cherry tint to it, making it functional as well as pretty to wear. Plus, it’s less than $20, and lasts forever.

Foreo LUNA Play Cleansing Brush

This thing is a LIFE (skin) SAVER. I swear by my Clarisonic Fit, but when I travel or need to wash up post gym, I carry around this tiny travel-friendly version by Foreo. Plus, it’s only $35!

Fitness

Bkr Spiked Naked & Tutu 16 oz Bottle

I cannot live without my Bkr bottles, and now that they’re on the Nordstrom sale, I had to stock up. These travel SO well, and are easy to drink out of, not to mention environment-friendly! Grab this amazing set of two bottles for a steal of a price.

….and last but not least!

If you’ve been filling up your Nordstrom cart, but haven’t pulled the trigger just yet, you might be in luck: enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a $500 Nordstrom gift card!

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In celebration of the recent launch of Lili Alessandra a maker of fine linens and soft furnishings on Nordstrom.com. I have partnered with a few of my favorite bloggers to give away a $500 Nordstrom gift card! Simply enter below by completing the raffle copter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open internationally and ends on 8/8. Winner will be announced here. Good luck!

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Photo by Christine of Christine Hanks Photography

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: The Only 10 Things You Need To Get

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens live to the public tomorrow, so if you’re not a cardholder (OR missed out on something because it sold out) IT’S TIME. After experiencing the sale myself during early access, I was able to cut out a lot of leg time for all of you! Hate trying shit on/not being impressed by it when it arrives? Yeah, me too.

I’ve had an INSANE few months adjusting to my new schedule, and honestly, DON’T sweat the small stuff! Less IS actually more: I’m a firm believer in finding pieces that can work twice (or three!) times as hard, so I can eliminate the stress of added clutter, so this list is full of only efficient hard working staples that your closet and home actually need.

Strictly Athleisure

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2 X-plore Running Shoe Rose Gold: These sold out in HOURS, so nab ’em now, think later! They fit true to size, so order your usual running shoe size. Sold out? Grab these instead.

Nike SE Juvenate: Obsessed with the special edition design of one of my favorite Nike shoes! They’re only $70 too!

SPANX Faux Leather Legging: Dress up your legging game with a pair of these coated leggings! Sizing is pretty standard, I ordered an XS which correlates to sizes 2-4 in Lululemon for reference.

Nike Dry Versa Training Crop Top: I seriously cannot get enough of this top! As a crop top lover, this is a must. These throwback logos are making a serious comeback, so don’t miss out on it!

Accessories

Voluspa Maison Blanc Two Wick Tin Candle Set: These are some of my favorite candles ever besides Diptique, which is also included in the sale here. They smell amazing,

Quay Australia Living Large Aviator Sunglasses (Rose Gold/Black): These went SO FAST for early access! Grab them as NOW while you can, as they’re some of my most worn sunnies outside my traditional Ray-Bans, and a fraction of the cost! These other amazing Quays are also a must for only $36, here and here!

Worthy Investments

Rag & Bone/Jean High Waisted Skinny Jean: These fit incredibly! This Nordstrom sale is the time to stock up on quality denim, and Rag & Bone never disappoints on fit and style. I ordered two pairs!

Good American Good Legs High Waist Ankle Skinny Jean: Literally cannot say more good things about this brand. The quality is perfect and given their stretch, you never feel like you’re wearing jeans! Size down though, as they do run large. For reference, I usually wear a 26 in jeans and took a 0 in these.

Clarisonic Mia Sonic Cleansing System: This sale is also the time to invest in tools, and I swear by this. I have the Mia Fit, but recommend any of the Clarisonic tools, as they’re totally worth the investment. Use it with my favorite cleanser, which is also on sale!

T3 Black & Rose Gold SinglePass Luxe Flatiron: This is NOT A DRILL. This, and its sister hair dryer are on sale for nearly half off, and one of the best investments you can make for your hair. My hair is dried in record time, and it doesn’t damage my over-processed ends!

 

My Top 15 Picks From Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s no secret that my favorite season of the year is fall, so it goes without saying that my favorite sale of the year is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! There’s something SO magical about fall to me: the ability to be even more creative with layers, accessories, and of course show stopping outerwear. I’m a total sucker for a statement overcoat. The beautiful colors of nature during the season is also incredibly inspiring, and the crisp air makes me feel super cozy. I truly feel happiest during this weather, and it reminds me that the holidays are right around the corner, which means I will get to catch my breath from my fast paced life and get to spend some quality time with those that I love. Where are my other fall fashionistas out there that share this same sentiment?

If you’re not a Nordies regular, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I hate the anxiety of massive sales, so I do my research thoroughly so I can simply dive in and jump out with everything that I actually need in my wardrobe, and none of the excess bulk I don’t. Who’s with me?

Now that I am well into my 30’s, I live by this philosophy:

Less is more.

Blame the minimalist in me, but less really is more, especially when it’s quality and transitional to boot! I’ve put my OCD tendencies to work to compile the most efficient list for you, because honestly, who really enjoys the mad hunt and anxiety, or worse, buyer’s remorse?

Under 100 Musts

Halogen Long Vest

Halogen Cashmere Poncho

BLANKNYC LIfe Changer Moto Jacket

Under 50 Musts

Halogen Mixed Media Swing Top

Milo Loafer Mule

Strictly Athleisure

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2 X-plore Running Shoe Rose Gold

Nike Free Focus Flyknit 2 Bionic Training Shoe

SPANX Faux Leather Legging

Zella Cece High Waist Open Knee Leggings 

Nike Dry Versa Training Crop Top

Zella Fly Away Jacket

Worthy Investments

Rag & Bone/Jean High Waisted Skinny Jean

Good American Good Legs High Waist Skinny Jeans

ALLSAINTS Mast Cross Body Tote

Diptyque Scented Candle Set