Nordstrom Sale Picks

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Hi guys!

So with my Nordstrom Card I was able to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale starting July 13th. Unfortunately my family was traveling that week and the card was in one of the bags, so I had to buy everything online.

Shopping the sale online was quick and easy because the site is easy to use and you can see the full inventory. However, the one MAJOR downside was having to wait so long for my picks to come in. I was so so so excited to shop the sale that having to wait over a week for my stuff to come in felt like torture.

As a blogger, everything moves fast so having to wait for shipping was a hassle. However, if you’re just shopping the sale for some great fall picks, then shipping shouldn’t be an issue at all!

When my package finally came in yesterday, I literally jumped I was so happy. I love EVERYTHING! If you want to see videos of me trying each item on you can see them on today’s Instagram story (@BayStateBlonde).

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My first outfit features a few of my very favorite picks from the sale. I saw so many beautiful pink pieces on sale that all sold out so quickly! I was lucky enough to snag this B.P v-neck pullover in time. It is so comfortable. I’m wearing an XS and I would say that this item fits true to size. It is a little oversized, but that’s what makes it so cozy!

I like to buy all my jeans on sale, or at Marshalls, so the idea of spending more than $50 on a pair is outrageous to me. I was secretly hoping these wouldn’t fit but the second I slipped them on I knew they were staying. These Paige Huxton High-Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans are honestly the best pair of jeans I’ve ever worn. They’re soft and flexible and literally slid on. No pulling, no fighting, no frustration like some pairs of skinny jeans can cause. Best of all no feeling like you need to wear them a bunch to stretch them out. These fit like charm from that start and say that they won’t stretch. I’m wearing a 24 and they fit true to size.

While at the Mall of America last week I dragged my whole family in for another trip to Nordstrom. These Vince Camuto beauties were sitting pretty in the shoe section and calling my name. I had already order a similar pair (see picture below) but wanted to make sure I had ordered the right size. These shoes were a little tricky to get on, they definitely need to be broken in, but they fit well and are so pretty. Honestly they are the perfect fall boots! Mine are a 6.5 (fits true to size) and in the color is called Foxy.

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Next up on my picks is this cozy cream cardigan. It is on sale for $52.90. I ordered an XS in the color Heather Oatmeal. It has an oversized fit but is true to size. What I love most about this style is the length, pockets, and hood! You can’t see the hood but its a cute detail that adds a uniqueness to the style. Its also incredibly soft which is great because no one wants to waste money on a scratchy sweater!

This Shiraleah Lyla blanket scarf I’m wearing makes me want to devote a whole post to the style. It is a great fall piece that I know I will wear all the time. Oh, and it’s only $24.99! Last year I was on the hunt for one just like it but I had no luck! This one is absolutely perfect. I love the cream color and the deep red and blue tones. Also, it’s massive. You can see in the top photo that it totally takes over the end of my bed. It really is blanket size, perfect for the chilly autumn days!

My jeans are JOE’s Honey Curvy Skinny Jeans. They are also a size 24 and the same price as the Paige jeans above. These jeans fit true to size and have a little extra room in the hip and butt are for curvier girls. Since, I wasn’t blessed with any real curves they are a little baggy in those areas but nothing too bad – plus it’s nice to not have a pair of jeans digging into you. These jeans are incredibly soft and comfortable!

These boots are also Vince Camuto. They are a lower heel and they are a bit taller and wider of a style. I love over the knee boots and these are great, the only thing to note is that smaller girls like me (I’m 5’3″) may find that the boot come up a bit high. These on come up a little higher that I would like but they still look very nice! I ordered them in the color Brown Suede.

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Naturally the first items I looked at were the pajamas and loungewear. I mean, who doesn’t like being comfortable? This sweater is the same as above. I love it and have been wearing it since it arrived in the mail yesterday. I like how it is nice enough to style and wear out but comfortable enough to throw on with a pair of comfortable sweats.

I was so excited about these pants when I ordered them! They are called ‘Lazy Morning” pants so that probably tells you all you need to know! They are so soft and I love the gray and ivory stripes. They’re warm but lightweight. I know I’m going t practically live in them from now on. I ordered an XS and they definitely fit true to size.

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I was warned that the black and white striped B.P. Pocket Tee would sell out quickly, but I didn’t realize it would be gone by the second morning! Nordstrom shoppers are committed to say the least, but I can’t blame them it was a total classic and only $18! I had it in my cart and thought I had gotten to it in time, but unfortunately the order was cancelled. So, to style this look I used a basic striped tank from H&M (a hand-me-down from my roommate, Hannah).

These pants are Make + Model Good Vibes joggers and on sale for under $30! I order an XS an they fit perfectly. I don’t really own any other jogger style pants but I really like how I can wear these as capris or full length. They are also incredibly soft. I like them because they are very comfortable but they look stylish enough that you could get away with dressing them up and wearing them out.

I love converse, you guys may have seen them featured in my Shop Your Color: Pink guide. They are such a classic. I have a couple different pairs but my favorite ones are white. However, the white canvas was no match for my messy life and even though I’ve done everything possible to salvage them, they’re beyond help. What I like about these Converse All Star Shoreline Sneakers (on sale for $35) are that they aren’t canvas. They are an off-white color and they are supposed to be a twill material but they feel like a soft sort of leather (I’m not the best with textiles). The material is great because its not as absorbent as canvas so they are easier to clean! I also really like the low top style!

Unfortunately, some of my picks are sold out, but there are still so many good styles on sale until August 7th! You can shop the Nordstrom sale online and in stores and they have a great return policy so don’t be afraid to order multiple sizes if you are buying online! I’d love to hear about some of your top picks and any favorites from my post in so feel free to comment below or reach out! Happy shopping!

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A Dreamlike Dinner Cruise around Boston Harbor

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Dress: Primp (wearing size S) | Shoes: also from Primp (but they’re not online. Similar ones here & here) | Bag: Tory Burch (old, similar here) | Necklace: J.Crew Factory | Bracelet: old (similar here) |

Happy Friday!

While in Sioux Falls, South Dakota last week, I stumbled upon the cutest shop called Primp. It was filled with the cutest clothes including this dress! As soon as I put it on I knew it was coming back to Massachusetts with me!

Its simple but elegant, plus it is so unbelievably comfortable. Unfortunately Primp Boutiques are only located in the Midwest, but you can shop their website here! I plan on wearing this dress a lot because it can be style so many ways. Look out for another post coming soon on all the different ways you can wear a dress like this!

This past Wednesday, I got my first chance to wear it when I went on a dinner cruise with my family to celebrate my mom’s birthday. We boarded the Odyssey Boston just behind the Boston Harbor Hotel.

As soon as we were on board, we placed out orders and headed up to the deck to take in all the views. It was still light out and there was so much to see from a cool new angle. There was the city on one side and Logan airport next to it. We watched planes take off and boats go by as the afternoon poured into evening.

Soon it was time for dinner, we each ordered something different and everything was amazing. To start I had a light lobster bisque it was so good I had to remember to pace myself because I knew there was so much more food coming!

For dinner I had crab cakes. I don’t eat meat (apart from seafood) so I’m never a good judge of most entrées, but being on the coat, I know I can never go wrong with a freshly caught meal from the Atlantic. My mom got the salmon and let me try a little. It was amazing! I eat a lot of salmon, it’s my go-to, so I can be pretty picky about it. This salmon was so light and flavorful. It was perfectly crispy on the outside and flaky and pink on the inside.

 

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We had a little while between dinner and dessert so we headed back up to the top deck to soak in all the beauty of golden hour on the Boston Harbor. The lower the sun sank, the richer the color. By the end of the evening the sunk was s deep hot pink that stretched across the horizon.

Shortly after the sun went down, it was time for dessert. I had a summery raspberry and lemon sorbet, and it was so yummy! I also got to taste my sister’s salted caramel chocolate ganache and my mom’s vanilla bean cake with ice cream they were both so good too! I am the biggest dessert fanatic, so I was in heaven.

By the end of the night our bellies were full and my mom had a smile on her face that melted my heart. She kept saying what a great day it was and I was so happy to share in her special day. When I made it back home I fell asleep thinking about my newest memory made in my beautiful Bay State.

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Shop Your Color: Yellow

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Dress: Lovers + Friends | Pool Float: BigMouth Inc. | Hat: BP | Solid Shorts: J. Crew | Lemon Shorts: Show Me Your MuMu | One Piece: Private Party | Top: Vince Camuto | Earrings: J. Crew | Romper: BB Dakota |

Hi guys!

Just looking at all this yellow is making me smile. Yellow brings out the best in any day, even when it’s cloudy (like it its for me right now). Summer is the perfect time to wear yellow because it makes your tan pop and goes so nicely with all the colors of nature in summer. It stands out against the cool blues of a beach or pool and nicely complements the greens and pinks of all that’s in bloom!

These pieces I’ve chosen are so fun and show just how many ways you can wear yellow this season. First, the Lovers + Friends dress is so pretty. It would be perfect for a summer wedding or any occasion you can use as an excuse to get a little dressed up. I love the lace details that come just a few inches further than the rest or the dress, it really accents the detail nicely and complements the see-through waist.

I want that pineapple float so, so badly I can’t even tell you guys! My whole life I’ve wanted a pool and all these cute floats I keep seeing just make me want one that much more! This pineapple one just screams summer though, I mean who doesn’t love some juicy, sweet pineapple on a hot summer day?

I am that girl on the beach with the floppy hat, so it’s safe to say I was a little beyond ecstatic when I saw this hat (that’s only $25!). It is so cute and the light yellow lettering adds a little bit of whimsical detail which is adorable.

I probably own over ten pairs of J.Crew chino shorts (I always stock up when they are on sale) and these cute little yellow ones are giving me a reason to get another (plus, they’re on sale too!). These shorts are the perfect shade of yellow to complement a nice summer sun kissed glow. There would pair nicely with so many tops too! I’m a lover of pale yellow and navy together, so I would probably wear these with my favorite navy and white striped boatneck from Vineyard Vines (mine is old, but you can get a similar one at J.Crew that’s on sale!).

Another pair of shorts I’m itching to add to my collection are these Show Me Your MuMu ones I found. I love, love, love the lemon prints this summer and these shorts are so perfect. The print is beautiful and they’re the perfect fit and length, not too tight or short. You could pair these with a yellow top to add even more brightness to your look, or let the shorts stand out but going for a more understated white top. Either way you can’t go wrong with these!

I was a lifeguard for years so I have a special place in my heart for one piece swimsuits. This one from Private Party is so cool. I really wish I had seen it before my trip to Vegas this past May, it would have been perfect for the pools there.

This Vince Camuto top is one I have been dreaming about for months. It comes in three colors which are all gorgeous and is now on sale! It may be time for me to finally invest in it, given how much I love off the shoulder styles. I love the way the fabric sways it looks like the most comfortable piece.

These earrings are so fun. They’re bright enough to stand out and small enough not to overpower an outfit. Yellow can be a tricky color like that, but these are perfect!

Finally, I have a strapless yellow romper from a couple years back that I love to wear any chance I get. When I saw this one it reminded me of mine so I had to include it. I love the lace detail and the off the shoulder look (as per usual). This look would be so perfect for almost any occasion. I wear mine to lunches, dinners, the beach, shopping, honestly anywhere. Yellow pieces are good at making it look like you put a lot of effort in, even if you just threw it on in a hurry.

I hope you guys love these fun pieces as much as I do! I can’t wait to keep sharing more with you in the coming Shop Your Color features.

 

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Shop Your Color: Pink

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Pool Float: BigMouth | Sandals: Jack Rogers | Dress: Eliza J | Sneakers: Converse | Shorts: Draper James | Candle: Target | Two Piece Set: J.O.A (Top & Bottoms) | Book: Kate Spade | Pullover: Lilly Pulitzer |

Happy Friday!

Today I’ll be sharing the next of my Shop Your Color Guides. Today is Pretty in Pink! I’ve had a rocky relationship with the color pink for most of my life but I have to say it’s really grown on me in recent years.

To start off this guide is the cutest summer accessory of all – a pretty pink pool float! This is so cute and I feel like I could live out my dream of being a mermaid on it. Plus, think of all the instagrams you could post with it…sorry I’m shameless with the basic ‘grams.

I bought my first pair of Jack Rogers a few years back and they instantly became my go to sandals. I now own them in almost every color out there. These ones are super cute. I love the color pink they use and the gold whipstitch. I also really like that it has a slight wedge to it. It dresses the shoe up a bit (plus when you’re on the shorter side like me any extra height is appreciated).

This dress is so perfect for a summer wedding or party. My favorite part has to be the scallops at the bottom. It’s crazy how sometimes little details can add so much to a dress. The scallops give this dress an even more feminine look. It would probably pair perfectly with the Jacks next to it too!

Converse have been a staple since forever. Everyone knows the iconic sneakers. These ones though are awesome because while the typical pairs can be a bit chunky, these are much daintier. The light pink color is also perfect for pairing with so many looks, especially other great go-tos like jeans and a t-shirt.

I recently discovered Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s line, and have fallen completely in love. Each one of her pieces perfectly captures her preppy style and Southern background. These shorts are perfect for summer. The seersucker is a classic print and the white detailing on the side sets the look apart from so many others. I would pair these with a dressier white tank top (my go-to is a white cowl neck tank) and a simple pair of pearls. Casual yet elegant, just like Reese herself!

Every time I go to Target (or any store with home furnishings) I always seem to find myself in the candle isle. Candles are the best. I love them so much that I’ve spent years trying to hide them from my RAs in college (sorry!). This Peony Petals candle is one that I’ve had for years. I’m so glad Target still sells it. Its such a pretty smell. Plus its design just begs to be put on display. The gold top makes it a nice accent piece, so your home can look and smell better!

Two of my favorite styles are two piece sets and midi skirts and dresses, so you can probably guess I was a little beyond excited to find this set for sale at Nordstrom! It just makes me think of a picnic in a beautiful park. The gingham pattern and light weight material are just made for summer!

Kate Spade is one of the best brands out there. The way they’re able to capture a lifestyle in each of their pieces is pretty inspiring. This book captures exactly that. A sort of guide for modern women, it contains tidbits of advice filled with both wit and wisdom. I know they say to never judge a book by its cover, but this cover is not only pretty and fun, but also does a great job of capturing the book’s message. I just love the circular wine stain (it’s very me).

Finally, I picked this Lilly Pulitzer pullover. I love Lilly and all the fun prints, but sometimes it can be hard to incorporate them into a daily look. I find that I don’t get much use out of each of my outfits. This piece however is much more versatile and understated, while still having the charming look of her other pieces. It is a great top to have to throw on at night time when the air gets a little cooler.

You guys can shop all my picks via the links up top and in each paragraph. I hope you enjoyed Pretty and Pink and I can’t wait to share the next Shop Your Color guide soon!

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Shop Your Color: Red

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Dress: ASOS | Bracelet: Tory Burch | Bikini: J.Crew (top & bottoms) | Earrings: BaubleBar | Water Bottle: S’well | Sunglasses: Kate Spade | Sandals: Tory Burch | One Piece: Motel | Bag: Kate Spade

Hi guys!

Welcome to my first ever Shop Your Color feature. I’ll be showing off my favorite items in each color category. Red being my favorite, I naturally picked it first!

I could go on for pages on why I love red so much. Its such a rich and vibrant color, it turns anything into a statement piece. I buy so much red it’s insane but I can’t help it, it’s always what catches my eye.

I found this dress on ASOS and it’s a perfect combination of all my favorite summer styles. It’s flowy and off the shoulder and the tassels on the sleeves are so fun! I’m just imagining how light and comfortable it must be. It would be the perfect piece to throw on in a rush. It honestly would work for a lot of  occasions, dressy enough to wear out to dinner but casual enough to be a simple cover up for a day at the beach or pool. For me, that’s the perfect piece!

I am a big bracelet lover, you can catch me wearing gold ones in most of my posts (gold is my all time favorite) so naturally this pretty Tory Burch cuff caught my eye. It would pair nicely with an outfit with pops of red or could stand alone with a simple white tee and a pair of jeans. It is an easy way to take your look to the next level and add a bit of drama to a simple outfit.

This bikini set from J.Crew is currently on sale! The red is a nice hue with a more matte look, which great for giving a smoother overall look and making your tan pop! I also can’t get over the scalloped look its so pretty!

I’ve been seeing more and more of these tassel earrings everywhere and I really like them. My roommate wears them best and I can’t get over how fun they are. These ones are from BaubleBar where you can find all sorts of cute pieces to add to any outfit!

I bought a S’Well bottle this past year and will probably end up devoting a post to how much I love them. At first I was skeptical about their claim that they can keep drinks cold for 24 hours, but I’m a total believer now! I bring mine with me everywhere! My sister purchased an off brand one from Walmart and we brought them both to the beach to see how they would compare. Well, just a few hours in the sun and her water was lukewarm while mine was still cool as a cucumber. So I’m hooked, I already have this Lily Wood color, but the red one is so pretty I may just have to buy another.

I’ve stuck with my Ray-Bans forever but I saw these red sunglasses online and fell in love. They are the perfect shape and the red it just enough to add an edge without being too much. Plus, the details on the side (apparently called the “temples”) are so pretty. You can’t see them in the picture above but you can see them online!

I found the cutest red Tory Burch sandals around Christmas time this year at Nordstrom Rack and I love wearing them now that it’s finally warm enough. These ones are really similar and the pearl and gold accent is so so cute. Plus. I really like the jelly material because it makes them waterproof and leaves you with less worry about potentially ruining a nice pair of shoes at the hands of a puddle or surprise summer rainstorm. These shoes could really be work everyday because the dressier details and the wearable material combine to give you a versatile shoe you can wear all summer long.

Maybe it was all my summers life guarding that make me want this red swimsuit so badly. I love the high cut of the leg and obviously the bright beautiful color! You can find this fun one piece available for preorder from Revolve.

Last and certainly not least is this perfect little bag from Kate Spade. I have a really similar one that I bought a couple summers ago but this one may just be even cuter with the tassel bow accent!

I’m so excited to share these color collections with you guys, each item I’ve chosen is on my wish list. They’re all so fun and perfect for the hot summer months. Stay on the lookout for the other colors coming soon!

Love,

Ashley

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Dress: J.Crew (on sale! Wearing an xs) | Shoes: Target | Bracelets (old, similar ones here)

I loved this dress so much when I first saw it that I wore it out of the store. It is so beautiful and comfortable! Its lightweight material and blue and white pattern make it a perfect summer dress.

The other night, I wore it out to dinner and it created a nice evening look. I love how easily it flows between casual and elegant. Here I’ve dressed it with my favorite summer sandals (also featured here!) and some simple gold jewelry.

One thing to watch for is that the beautiful lightweight material can be a bit see-through so I got a simple skirt to wear under it. I cannot wait to wear my new dress all summer long!

So long for now,

Ashley