Hello friend! With July here, the annual buzz of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is gaining momentum. While I tend to shop this sale every year, I have been known to overdo it. Therefore I thought I’d review my past purchases before I even look at what’s on sale this year. That way I am hoping to identify what categories of items I have loved (and can re-purchase) and what items I have not worn (and should avoid purchasing). I will share them with you along with my tips on how to avoid overspending here in this Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Guide.
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Purchases 2018
Friends, I am shocked to report that I did not purchase anything from the Nordstrom anniversary sale last year! I don’t recall what happened (perhaps my shame from my 2017 haul) or just recovering from the move and divorce, but I refrained from it all!
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Purchases 2017
Ahh 2017, my first year of shopping the sale as a blogger. I have to admit, I got caught up in the hype! I purchased many items and went back for more. In the end, I did return a lot of items, but it was still quite a large purchase. So let’s look at it:
Purchased and Returned:
First let’s look at the items I purchased and had to return.
Purchased and Kept:
Out of all of the purchases I kept, my most worn are the Commando bodysuits. The most useful have been the Yummie shaping thong. Conversely, the item I have worn the least, as in NOT AT ALL, are the giraffe print shoes! I am surprised because I love the print! But I think the fact that I have to lace it up makes it too much effort for my day to day. That’s something important for me to remember for my future shopping.
Here are some of the ways I’ve worn the items above:
Hello friend! As you know, I am an avid skirt fan. So much so that I’ve started this series on the reasons why I prefer to wear skirts. I’ve already discussed many reasons why I prefer to wear skirts (so catch up now)! Today I’m focusing on how one can choose to wear skirts to be more modest. While not all of my outfits are modest skirt style, I still enjoy the option to be modest while wearing a skirt.
Why Choose a Modest Skirt Style
Some women choose to follow a modest skirt style daily. This may be for religious or personal reasons. I like to opt for a modest skirt style for my work. That’s because I work in healthcare and with children. I prefer a modest look over a sexy one.
My Modest Skirt Style
Because I still like to look stylish and fun, I make sure my modest skirt style conveys that message. Therefore I infuse my outfits with color and fun (see my whimsical print clothing post). I also ensure plenty of visual interest by playing with texture and print. That way, my outfit is modest, yet still stylish.
Winter Modest Skirt Style
An example of a modest skirt outfit I wore recently is this velvet pleated skirt. When I wore this look to work, I got non-stop compliments. I knew I had a winner! The mix of the soft velvet with the fun polka dots is ideally both modest and fun, don’t you think?
Since it’s the last Tuesday of the month, my lovely friend Ada and I are back with our Skirting the Rules link up!
Ada is sharing a gorgeous leopard print skirt, so be sure to visit her blog and say hello! And as always, link up below!
Hello friends! With the new year upon us, I’ve been thinking of bringing new types of content to the blog. One of those is a post of what I’ve purchased (clothing and beauty) for the month. I feel like this will accomplish two things. First, it will allow me to share with you the products that I’ve spent my money on. Second, it will be a summary for me of what I’ve purchased. Perhaps it will shock me or embarrass me. But either way I will be honest with you (and myself) and truly show where my money goes!
As you know, I’ve been very into beauty products lately. So I’ve continued to make some purchases in that category. This month, I did get refills of my shampoo and conditioner, nothing too exciting there. I also picked up a new set of beauty blenders. This time, I got the skin toned ones because I hate how “dirty” the others look once they are stained with foundation. I also treated myself to a Venus lipgloss by Anastasia.
If you are following along on my Instagram stories, you will see my ongoing denim purge. I have donated about 10 pair of jeans that no longer work for me and thus have to purchase ones that actually fit and flatter. So I have been on the hunt for a few new pairs. Because of that hunt, I have purchased many new jeans. I am NOT going to keep them all. But I am waiting for a couple more that I’ve ordered to arrive for me to make my final decision. Here are the ones I purchased in January:
Besides my jeans, I purchased a few things from Nordstrom and Anthropologie. Because I love my Leith dresses (see my grey post and my black dress post), I wanted a more colorful one. So I got the red one! I also picked up a teddy bear coat (it’s actually been quite chilly here in Los Angeles this winter) and this gauzy top. It’s a little too light for winter, but I figured it would make for a good transition top come spring. Last I got these amazing tiger print flats. You know I love my animal print!
The last grouping of items I purchased was workout clothes. I’ve been getting into working out a lot more, and thus needed some more workout clothes. First, I got a couple of my favorite leggings from Alo Yoga (the Alosoft goddess in grey and the epic legging in navy). Therefore, I think I’m good in the legging department but I’m still on the hunt for some cute sport bras. I got this one that I like, but I could use a couple more. Let me know if you have any you like!
Shop my favorite workout pieces below:
Alright! That has been a peek into my purchases for the month of January. Let me know if you like this type of post so I’ll know if I should continue it!
Hello friend! Because my first Dress for Success post got so much love, I decided to continue with the series. I’m happy to advocate for the lost art of dressing up for work. While it may be easier to give in to our current casual attire culture, it is infinitely better for your career and mental health to dress up for work. Stick with this series to find out all of the reasons why! Today I will discuss my second reason for dressing up for work.
Reason Two: Conversation Starters
A sharp outfit (and whimsical print clothing specifically) are great conversation starters. If your outfit or specific item of clothing catches the eye of someone, they are likely to comment on it. After that comment, you can spark up a conversation. This simple exchange is thus a natural ice breaker.
In fact, it is one of my favorite reasons for dressing up in whimsical print clothing. A fun print is such an easy conversation starter, especially with children. As you recall, I work in pediatrics, therefore I am often talking with children. I teach them about their medications, I quiz them and I explain to them the importance of staying on their complex regimens. They may not always want to talk to me (they’d rather be home, playing, etc). Therefore I love and appreciate any way for them to comfortably interact with me. And often, that is through clothes, particularly my fun whimsical print clothing.
Many a patient (and parent) has chatted me up about my anchor print skirt or my watermelon print tee. It’s just an organic conversation starter! So whether you interact mostly with clients, patients or students, dressing up, especially in some cases in whimsical print clothing, can benefit you in starting conversations and reaching a rapport with them.
Whimsical Print Clothing for Work
While many of you probably enjoy some fun whimsical print clothing, you may not wear it to work. Obviously I do since I am blogging about it! But you can too, even if you don’t work in pediatrics. Here are simple ways to incorporate whimsical print clothing into your work clothes:
Choose pieces that are work appropriate. While whimsical print clothing can be found in a variety of styles, opt for styles that are office friendly. A blouse or sweater for example, is preferable over a sweatshirt.
Pair your whimsical print clothing with classic pieces. This way the whimsical piece still shines, but it seems like it belongs in the work place by surrounding it with classic work attire.
Keep the accessories neutral. You want the whimsical print to be the star. Therefore your accessories should not compete. So if you are are wearing a fruit print top, refrain from wearing fruit print earrings or purse.
My Favorite Whimsical Print Clothing Look
Recently I purchased a tiger print blouse at Anthropologie. I was smitten with the fun print and the gorgeous colors. Because I knew I wanted to wear it to work, I followed my rules above and created this look. Pairing the blouse with a classic pencil skirt ensured that the entire look was work friendly. My boots and purse were both neutral brown, thus bringing the look together cohesively. I also chose simple gold jewelry, allowing the fun blouse to be the center of attention.
If you want to try some whimsical print clothing, I suggest you look at my favorite places such as Anthropologie, J Crew, J Crew Factory and Modcloth. Go ahead, throw on a fun print and have fun with it! Soon you will see how much of a conversation starter it is. Enjoy connecting with others now that you have an easy ice breaker!
Hello friend! Now that the holidays are officially over, it’s time to settle into true winter. With each change of season, I try to adjust my outfits to match the season. Let me show you what I do with my winter style to stay seasonal without buying a bunch of new clothes.
It’s also the last Tuesday of the month so that means that Ada and I are hosting our Skirting the Rules link up party, so be sure to drop in a link below!
Maintaining a Seasonal Wardrobe
After years of working, I have accumulated a lot of clothes. While I only keep the ones that still fit and that I continue to wear, I don’t wear everything all year long. I compartmentalize my clothes as perennial and seasonal. The perennial items I keep in my closet all year and the seasonal items are changed out with each season. This way I have new items coming in with each season. This constant flux keeps my outfits and my creativity fresh!
So how do I decide between perennial and seasonal? Usually color, texture and print. For example items that are staple pieces in neutral colors, such as a navy pencil skirt in a medium weight fabric will be a perennial piece. That’s because it can be worn all year long. But a fur vest will be a seasonal item that I save for winter.
My Winter Style: Color
The first thing I do once Christmas and New Years have passed is to change up my outfit color scheme. While during those holidays I was wearing a lot of red, green and gold, now I will switch to more muted shades. Also prior to the holidays, I was in fall mode! So that means I was wearing rich gold tones, as well as burgundy and orange. Therefore when winter comes, I like to switch up the colors.
I take inspiration with what is around me. In the dead of winter, we have a lot of white and grey. So I wear a lot of those colors, plus I add in other cool tones such as blue (reminds me of ice) and taupe. I also add in some shades of blush pink. I think it adds a soft touch but still stays with the theme.
Shades of cream, grey and black are a perfect winter style combination (See more in original post)
Cool tones of taupe are ideal for winter (see more in Original post)
My Winter Style: Texture
To update my winter style, I like to add in fluffy sweaters and coats. Teddy bear coats, cute knit hats and cozy scarves are at the top of my wish list right now. I also like to bring in lace. While I don’t really wear much lace in the fall, I think winter is ideal for lace, especially white lace.
Winter style textures with lace, leather and wool. See more in original post.
Another quintessential winter texture is velvet. I love to work in velvet pieces into my winter style.
Soft colors and textures (see more in original post).
Fur coat and velvet are a perfect winter pairing (see original post for more inspiration).
My Winter Style: Makeup
As you can imagine, I also change up my makeup color scheme to match my winter style. Similar to what I do with my clothing, I change my makeup colors to cooler tones. Therefore I like to wear cooler eye shadow shades such as taupe and grey (using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry palette). I also like to do some soft pink shades (using the Huda Beauty New Nudes palette). For the lips, I link to go for light and glossy looks for day. For evenings, I like a bright pink with a blue undertone.
Be sure to check out Ada’s blog and send her some love and link up below!
Hello friend! As you know. I adore wearing fun color combinations. Recently I was inspired to wear a pink and teal outfit. I loved the combination so much, I had to share it with you here.
Pink and Teal Outfit Inspiration
Like many of you, I am watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. While I have always adored many of Midge’s (the main character) clothes, the pink and teal outfit she wore in season 2, episode 9 just blew me away. I adore pairing bold colors together but have yet to do that specific combo. Therefore I had to try!
Luckily, I already owned a teal pencil skirt. I had also recently purchased a bright pink sweater. I put them together, and voila, my own pink and teal outfit! To finish off the look, I threw on some silver pumps. Midge had worn pink shoes, but I like the contrast that the metallic shoe adds.
For my purse I wanted to add in a print for further contrast and interest. Therefore I opted to wear my Clare V snow leopard clutch (now sold out). I like how the soft pink in the clutch echoed the color of the sweater. As for my earrings, I kept it simple with a pair of Ana Luisa resin hoops.
The Color Theory Behind a Pink and Teal Outfit
Because I enjoy reviewing color theory when I put together these color crush posts, I reviewed the color chart and found out that pink and teal are harmonious because they are a split complementary pair. That means the main colors red (remember pink is just a tint of red, discussed in my pink and red outfit post) and blue-green are almost directly across from each other on the color wheel. If they were directly across like red and green, they’d be direct complementary. But in this case, blue-green is right next to the direct complementary color (green), and thus it is called a split complementary!
After learning about why this color combination works, are you convinced to wear a pink and teal outfit?
Hello friend! When I got divorced last year, my whole world changed. While I expected that to happen, it was still a very stressful transition. I was struggling to cope with a hundred different emotions while still keeping up with my responsibilities as a mom and employee. Thriving after divorce was not even a thought at that point.
Because there were so many changes happening at once: divorce, move, new house, my main focus was simply to survive. I told everyone and myself, “I’m in survival mode.” I just wanted to make sure I could make ends meet, financially and metaphorically. My goals were simply to pay bills on time, take care of my daughter, and keep up at work.
Well, now a year has passed, and I did it. I survived! I’m proud that I did that. Furthermore, I am at peace with my situation. I no longer feel the stigma of being divorced. Now I can easily tell someone I am divorced whereas last year I would agonize how I could get those words out.
So yes, I have made progress. But now I want to switch focus. I no longer want to simply survive. I want to thrive. I’ve been thinking a lot about that word. Thriving to me sounds like the optimum way of living. It’s funny that shortly after I decided to focus on thriving, I found this quote by Maya Angelou. If ever a quote fit the situation, this one is it!
With the way I was living before, it felt like life was happening to me. I was barely making conscious choices and simply going along with other people’s decisions or chance occurrences. But now I want to make the effort to live my life and enjoy the moments. Here is what I plan to do.
Thriving After Divorce: Make Plans
Instead of waiting around to be invited out somewhere, I will organize and plan my own events. I used to be a great planner and organizer. But somehow throughout the years of my failing marriage, I lost the interest in doing so. I think the reasons are two-fold. One, my ex (and his family) took over planning my social calendar. And two, once I realized how unhappy I was, I no longer wanted to be social. I was embarrased that I had made a mistake in choosing my life partner. But instead of owning up to it, I decided to hide it. And thus I hid from the world.
But my days of hiding are over. I will reach out to old friends, make new friends, and just generally fill my social calendar up with events of my choosing. What a refreshing change!
Thriving After Divorce: Say No
Tying into the point above, just like it’s important to choose what I want to do, it’s important to recognize what I don’t want to do. Now you may think this is simple. And if you are one of those who easily makes up their mind and doesn’t feel guilty about disappointing someone, God bless you! You know how to put yourself first. But I don’t! I always end up saying yes to things I don’t want to do. So this is something I am working on. Say no to events that will zap me of my energy or bring me down emotionally.
Equally important, I will work on identifying why I can’t say no. What do I fear will happen if I say no to my mom, my boss, my friend. Will they stop loving me? Doubtful! Will they fire me? Unlikely! So it’s time to let go of those fears and live a healthy, balanced life.
Thriving After Divorce: Finding my Voice
I hate to say I want to “find myself,” because that sounds so cliche. But I guess I do! Years of being in certain roles and living up to other’s standards and beliefs have left me with a loss of what I really believe in and value. So I’m thinking long and hard about it, especially when it comes to finding a new partner.
Thriving After Divorce: Advance in Life
Another simple way to thrive, is to grow my area of knowledge. Last year I did so by studying for and passing the Board Certification in Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialty. It felt great to review and learn new things. I felt alive and so proud of myself. I’d like to continue to learn new things. So I will start by taking Medical Spanish classes. This will help me communicate better with my Spanish speaking patients. Plus, I’ve always loved the language and would like to learn more!
Thriving After Divorce: Concentrate on Passion Projects
This past year my passion for blogging was put to the test. With the ever-changing world of social media, the overly saturated market of fashion bloggers and the dubious methods some go through to advance or stand out, blogging was starting to lose its appeal. A few close friends even stated that it’s not worth my time. And they are right. It certainly is not. It pays nothing and yet I sacrifice so much for it. But I realized, that is just what a passion project is! Something you enjoy that you may not get compensated for.
Therefore I will continue blogging, but with a new mindset. I know that I will never get out what I put in. But I am changing my expectations and recognizing that what I put in is the real win. It’s my place to let my creativity flow, whether it be outfits, makeup or the actual wording of a post. This blog is my little passion project and no one can take that joy away from me!
Thriving After Divorce: A Celebration Outfit
To celebrate my mind shift to focus on thriving after divorce, I am wearing my most favorite coat that completely personifies my style. It is bright, has a whimsical bow, and comes with a secret sprinkle of polka dots. Now what can possible be better?
Thriving after divorce isn’t easy, and it sure doesn’t come naturally, but I am set on doing just that. Thank you for your support during my journey.
Hello friend! With the holiday season upon us, the need for cute outfits is imperative. But with the busyness of the season, I have no time to plan half a dozen outfits. Therefore this year, I chose one holiday party look and wore it to all of my events. Let me share with you my no-fail holiday party look:
My Holiday Party Look: The Back Story
This year my holiday party look came about quite naturally. It started with a work event early in December. Once I put the look together, I truly loved it. So much so that I wore it again the following week for a girlfriends’ Christmas party. After that, I made the conscious decision to just wear it all month-long for all of my holiday parties!
My Holiday Party Look: The Details
Because it was raining on the first day I wore this outfit, I wanted to wear boots. I chose my over-the-knee leather quilted boots. Because the boot is so high, I chose to wear a short skirt. I don’t have many short skirts, but this plaid one worked. For my top, I chose an ivory blouse that is both feminine and modest, thus perfect for any occasion. To add a little holiday sparkle, I carried a gold clutch.
I’m really glad I found this simple but stylish holiday party look to wear all month-long. What are you wearing for the holidays?
Because it’s the last Tuesday of the month, I am linking up with Ada of Elegance and Mommyhood. Ada is featuring a gorgeous holiday look too. Be sure to check out her post and link up below!
Hello friend! As I discussed in my fall winter 2018 fashion trends post, prairie dresses are “hot” for the season. Because I love the romantic vibe of the look, I had to try this trend. I quickly snapped this one up at Free People and proceeded to wear it everywhere. A prairie dress may seem daunting to wear. Therefore I decided to share my tips on how to wear the prairie dress trend this season.
The Prairie Dress Trend: The Details
What is a prairie dress you ask? It’s a long dress (midi to maxi) with feminine details. The dresses are flowy, and have details such as ruffles and layers. While it’s not as structured and prim as Victorian style, it is still fairly modest.
The Prairie Dress Trend: My Obsession
Ever since I was a little girl, I have longed to live in another era. I have been especially drawn to the early pioneer days. I guess it’s from books like Little House on the Prairie (the first real book I read after immigrating to the U.S.) and O Pioneers. There’s just something wild and carefree about living right on the edge of “civilization.” Of course it reality, I’m sure it was very stressful and dangerous, but let’s let a girl daydream, shall we?! Therefore wearing clothes that pay homage to this time frame is something I couldn’t pass up.
The Prairie Dress Trend: My Look
Because I love the look of boots with these billowy dresses, I paired my prairie dress with a pair of booties.
Some of the dresses are fairly low cut in the chest, including the one I am wearing. But there are ways to still wear it without exposing too much skin. To make it work outside of my blogging life, I have come up with two solutions. First, I simply turn the slip that it comes with backwards. The back of the slip is cut straight across, so that is a much more modest look. You can see the effect from this Instagram stories post:
My Second piece of advice is to pair it with a cute camisole or bralette. I will be picking up this one soon. Lastly, see a tailor to make any changes to the dress so that it works better for you. I had to have mine taken in in the arm area. It was just too big and I ended up looking sloppy.
The Prairie Dress Trend: Other Options
It is probably crystal clear to you guys that I am loving the prairie dress trend. Therefore I have already thought of multiple other ways to wear the dress. Here are some options:
With cowboy boots: I’m usually not a fan, but looking at all those Free People product photos, I may have a change of heart!
With lace-up boots: I’m imagining a mid calf streamlined lace-up boot will look amazing with these dresses.
Layered underneath a cocoon sweater.
Layered with a suede or sherpa vest.
Add a hat. While a floppy hat is not so “prairie” I think it will look fresh and chic with a prairie dress.
Shop prairie dresses below:
Are you into the prairie dress trend? How are you styling yours?