Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: My Favorite Finds

Hi guys!

If you’re a fashion lover like me, then you probably know that today is the first day of early access for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale for all cardholders. I first heard about the sale two years ago and am always shocked by how many people shop it each year. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is unique because the items included are new styles for fall, not older or last season items! This sale is really the best time to stock up on all your fall looks because prices go back up once the sale is over!

This year’s sale is a little different. Usually card members can get early access a week before, but this year if you are a cardholder with Ambassador or Icon status you get to start shopping even earlier! Wednesday was the first day I could shop so I raced home from work and headed to the mall. I was debating sharing what I found because I feel like sometimes it can be a bit much with every blogger covering it, but you guys really seemed interested in what I got, so I figured I’d at least share some of the items that I really loved!

I swore before I walked in that I wouldn’t just get a bunch of sweaters, but here we are. I think my favorite two parts of the sale each year are sweaters and shoes, so it’s hard not to get carried away when I see all the new and coziest styles. Here are a few that I really couldn’t live without!

1.Chelsea28 Cowl Neck Sweater | Color: Beige Oatmeal Light Heather | My size: XS

2.BB Dakota Up to Speed Faux Leather Moto Jacket | Color: Parchment | My size: XS

3.Something Navy Flecked Crewneck Sweater | Color: Pink Windsome Combo | My size: XS

4.Caslon Side Snap Tunic Sweater | Color: Beige Oatmeal Light Heather | My size: XS (regular – fits like a dress on me and I’m 5’3”)

5.Leith Longline Cardigan (pictured above) | Color: Pink Adobe | My size: XXS

6.Leith Longline Cardigan | Color: Beige Oatmeal Medium Heather | My size: XXS

7.Make + Model ‘Gotta Have It’ V-Neck Tee | Color: White | My size: XS

8.Sperry Crest Vibe Platform Sneaker | Color: White/Tan Leather | My size: 6.5

9.Caslon Evelyn Genuine Calf Hair Mule | Color: Leopard Print Calf Hair | My size: 6.5

10. Halogen Button Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater | Color: Pink Bride | My size: XS

If you shop the sale, let me know! Also, if you have any questions please leave them in the comment section below or reach out to me!

Last Minute Fourth of July Finds on Amazon

Hi guys,

I really can’t believe it’s already July. I feel like I blinked and June flew by. The Fourth of July is this week, but if you lost track of the days like I did, no need to worry! You can still find the perfect look for whatever patriotic event you have on the schedule. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite red, white, and blue finds that you can have in 2 days or less through Amazon Prime! Let me know what you think!

Love,

Ashley

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My Favorite Summer Jumpsuits

It’s not easy to strike a balance between looking good and feeling comfortable when choosing an outfit. That’s why simple pieces that do both are a staple in my closet. This is especially true in the summer when warm, lazy days call for even less effort.

Luckily, there’s no need to sacrifice style when you’re looking for something easy and breezy to slip on for a day exploring or a night out, because today I’m sharing some of my favorite summer jumpsuits! Even better, they’re all under $100! I love jumpsuits because one piece and you have an outfit. They look put together and stylish and no one even has to know just how comfortable you are!

My Jumpsuit | Abercrombie

Forever 21

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If you guys like them, please let me know! I’m always trying to learn from you to figure out what content to share going forward!

Decorating My New Apartment

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It sometimes feels like I’m in a constant state of packing and unpacking, moving and settling in. I’ve been moving in and out of student housing since I was fifteen, and after finally moving back home for a year, it’s time to move once again. As most of you know, I will be moving to North Carolina in August to start law school at Duke! As many times as I’ve moved, this time feels unique in a couple of ways. First, it’s a much bigger move. Before, I had roommates who would bring things, so I usually only had to furnish my own bedroom. Now I’m going in with a clean slate and will have to furnish an entire apartment. Second, the distance is a lot further this time. I was always under 2 hours away, so moving was just a matter of taking a few car trips. Now I have a twelve hour drive, which feels a bit more daunting. There a few other difference as well, like the fact that my brother is my roommate instead of a group of girls, or that i now have to also think of my pup, Luca, and how he fits into the mix. I’m getting a little dizzy just thinking of all this now, but mostly I’m just really excited to begin this new adventure!

The thing about moving so far is that the cost of getting my furniture all packed up and moved is about as much as it costs to buy new stuff (at least that seems to be the case for me and my Salvation Army bed frame). I’m not too upset though, because I get to decorate all over again! Since before I even signed the lease, I’ve been on the hunt for cute pieces to make my new home feel, well like a home. I’ve found some amazing pieces to fill my space (without breaking my budget), so today I wanted to share them with you!

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My decor style is pretty simple, I like light white pieces and gold accents. My style for my bedroom would best be described as feminine, modern, and glam. I like clean lines. Lots of white and gold accents. Here are some of what I’ve bought for my bedroom so far:

 

White Queen Sleigh Bed

Bed: I love this sleigh bed. I was debating getting an upholstered bed, but i really likes the simple, feminine style of this one. I also like that its wood, so I can always repaint or strip it down and stain it if I need to.

 

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Nightstands: Something that I was so insistent on was having two nightstands. I’ve always only had one, but I love the symmetry of having two. I absolutely feel in love with these when I say them and couldn’t be happier with my choice. The drawers are a pretty decent size as well, so I plan to use them for extra storage.

 

Gold Etagere Bookshelf

Bookshelf: As much as I love white furniture, I wanted to make sure that I had a little more golden glam in the mix. I really like the way I’ve seen gold etagere bookshelves styled, so I got this one to put my favorite pictures and little treasures on display.

 

Gold Makeup Organizer

Golden Makeup Organizer: I got these organizers to use in my room and my bathroom. I love how they fit so perfectly with the theme. They’ll perfect for my makeup and jewelry too! I ordered mine from Wayfair, but they don’t appear to be available anymore. The ones linked are identical ones from Amazon.

Blue Ginger Jar Lamps

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Lamps: I’ve been seeing ginger jars all over some of my favorite decor spaces. I wanted to add some more color into the space and these lamps are perfect. I still haven’t decided which to get but these are my top choices:

Area Rug

Rug: My apartment is all hard flooring, so an area rug was a must for my room. I debated getting something with more color, but I like that this one is so versatile and will be able to work in any space.

 

Living Room

If it was just me, my living room would be filled with a lot more white and gold; however, my brother doesn’t share my same love of gold bar carts and pops of pink. Instead, I went with a coastal farmhouse vibe for our shared space, and I actually love how well everything seems to be coming together so far.

Couch

Couch: I was dead set on getting a white couch, but the maintenance to keep it freshly white would be a nightmare. I decided to save the couch of my dreams for when I’m fully on my own and instead got this lovely light sand colored one. It’s a little more gray than beige but the color matches perfectly with all of the other upholstery we got.

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Ranck Sky Blue/Light Gray Area Rug

Blue Beige Area Rug

Kalil Blue/Beige Area Rug

Rug: I’m actually using the rug I bought two years ago in the living room. I got it at Homegoods, but will link some similar ones I also love.

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Ottoman: I also bought this at Homegoods, I love the weather wood look and it matches the couch perfectly.

TV Stand

TV Stand: I like how this tv console warms up the space with a wooden tone. The sliding doors are perfect for storage and really add to the farmhouse feel.

 

Kitchen

Table: I looked all over for a table and ultimately just bought one for $20 at salvation army. I was originally hoping for a more beachwood look, but the one we got is a darker color. I actually think it will help add some contrast to the space, so I’ll keep you guys posted on that.

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Chairs: We went with these classic looking chairs for the space I think they’ll look really cool never to the darker table

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Settee: A challenge with furnishing a lived in space is finding the balance between aesthetic and function. I want our living space to be somewhere we can hangout and entertain, but there really want room for more than just a couch in the space so we had to get creative. I chose this settee for the dining area because it will double as additional seating in the living room if we need. The two spaces are open and connected, so it works out really well.

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Bar stools: I saw these stools and though they were the perfect way to tie everything together, The bluish gray stripes on the upholstery tie in nicely with the pillows we picked out for the living room. I also love the light wood.

 

I still have a few things here and there that I need to get, but this is the bulk of it. I’m so excited to see how it all comes together when we finally get to move in!

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Cheers to a New Year!

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Hi guys!

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays! I had so much fun with my family and friends this month and I am so excited for the last holiday of the year – New Years Eve! I’ve been watching the weather and apparently it is going to be one of the coldest NYE nights in the past fifty years! Brrr! Normally, that would really bum me out because I can’t stand the cold, but this year I’ll be celebrating in warm sunny Florida!

This will be my second NYE in Florida and I am really excited because there’s nothing better than escaping the cold weather for a few days. I love my white Christmases, but I have no problem leaving the snow behind after that. I just landed yesterday and I’m staying in West Palm Beach. This is honestly one of my favorite places to go because its warm and by the water, if you know me, you know that those are two of my favorite things (probably because I’m a pisces). All of my friends have different plans though. Some, like me, chose to escape the winter weather and head down South; others chose to head into New York City and others are going back to school.

So, whether you’re braving the cold or dancing the night away by palm trees, I have picked out some of the cutest looks for the biggest party of the year!  I know the holiday is tomorrow but many of these styles can be found in store, so you can make a quick trip to the mall and maybe hit up some of the after Christmas sales.

To start, I have a couple LBDs. I love wearing black for fun nights out, it’s such a flattering color and so easy to dress up. I got my OTS bandage dress from Tobi, but you can find similar ones from: Charlotte Russe, Revolve, Lulus, and Tobi. These stores also have adorable sections of other LBDs too! You can never go wrong with a good black dress!

Emily is wearing a jumpsuit from Lulus. You can find more similar looks here from: Lulus, Revolve, Nordstrom, Express, and Target. I love jumpsuits because they’re cute and a nice take on a dressy look. The one Em is wearing is so flattering. I’ve worn it for school formals and it has been one of my favorite and most comfortable looks. It is especially great if you’re up North for the holiday and might want a little more coverage.

Em and I are both wearing black heels. You can get hers at Target and mine are Steve Madden. I love Steve Madden he has the best strap heels and block heels! I actually secretly obsessed with these nude ones, I may need to get another pair.

 

 

Best Dressed for the Holidays

Hi guys!

I am finally settled in at home for break and loving it! I feel like once I come home I finally get take in the all of the magic of the holiday season. There’s always so much to do in December: shopping, decorating, baking, and lots of parties to attend! Holiday parties are so much fun. This probably comes as no surprise, but I love an opportunity to get dressed up! So today, I am sharing some of my favorite festive looks for all the parties this season!

Casual Gift Swap:

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This Look | Sweater: Marshall’s (similar cute ones here: H&M, Target,) | Pants: Banana Republic | Flats: Tory Burch|

My mom surprised me with this sweater when I got home and I love it! It’s from Marshall’s and I can’t find it online, but I’ve linked some similar ones for you. I think it would be perfect for a holiday brunch or casual party with friends or family. Plus, it’s so cozy so it’s an all around winning look. I styled it here with black pants and flats, but you could swap the look out for jeans and booties too!

Dinner with Friends:

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This Look | Top: T.J. Max (similar here) | Pants: Banana Republic | Boots: Nordstrom (last year) but these are so cute!|Bracelets: Kate Spade |

I actually got this shirt this summer but I love how festive it looks now. This look is great for a gathering with friends that calls for attire that is a little dressier than just a sweater and flats.

Christmas Cocktails:

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This Look | Dress: Urban Outfitters (on sale!)| Shoes: Marshall’s (similar here) | Bracelets: Kate Spade |

I am in love with this dress. It makes me feel like Cher, from Clueless. I also loved that it was on sale for $40! I haven’t decided if I want to wear it for Christmas or New Years yer, but I love that it is perfect for both!

Sit-Down Dinner:

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This Look | Shirt: Forever XXI | Skirt: Vineyard Vines | Shoes: Marshall’s (similar here) |

I have been looking for the perfect tartan skirt for ages and I was so excited when I saw this one at Vineyard Vines. I paired it here with a simple white shirt, but it could be dressed up even more with a nice sweater or blouse.

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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