Friday Favorites – Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Edition

These days, there very few sale emails that I click through to shop further. In fact, I’ve removed myself from most retailer email lists so on an average week the only emails that I get are from Sephora or Nordstrom. I click through the Sephora emails to learn about the newest trends, popular beauty products and occasionally sales and discounts for VIB members.

Nordstrom is an entirely different story. When I get the email about their Anniversary Sale or Half – Yearly sale I click through immediately.This years pins and wish list items includes a mix of classic, investment pieces and fun, vibrant frocks.

PicMonkey Collage

If you’re looking for some bright, fun workout gear, then Nordstrom is your spot right now. I love the watermark print on these Zella sweat-wicking tights and the psychedelic print on these Nike Dri-Fit tights. It’s impossible not to smile when I’m wearing these vibrant, pink leggings, including during this week’s run!

These strappy, feminine sandals are the perfect match for wedding guest season and dress season alike. If you wear them with this vibrant, chiffon dress which is on sale for $27 you have a perfect Summer party outfit.

Each of the under $40 Lush maxi dresses screams Summer, but this one is my favorite. The forgiving nature of maxis makes them a perfect option during Summer heat while the cornflower blue shade is flattering for almost any skin tone.

This sleek, slim-fitting rain coat has become a staple in my wardrobe since moving to Europe. The figure, flattering shape means I can travel on rainy days without looking like a slob. While the bright yellow option is certainly fun, nothing is more flattering and versatile than the chic, basic black. 

I own this tunic in three different colors, each of which I love! This is the perfect, comfortable top for long-haul flights and Spring days. Last Summer I wore the white one with shorts for evenings by the lake. The white, navy and gray pavement are in my closet, but I just put the green dynasty in my shopping bag.

These gorgeous Michael Kors espadrille wedges are taller than I normally wear but OH SO COMFORTABLE AND FLATTERING!

This watch is a classic piece that is as much jewelry due to it’s vibrant gold tone as it is functional. Even after three years, I still wear my Michael Kors Runway watch daily!

Last but not least, in case you want to tell your loved one what you want for Christmas, the classic Burberry Quilted jacket is 30% off! I’ve had the navy one on my wish list for years! 

What is on your Nordstrom half-yearly wish list?

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40% Off Spring Shopping

In between running, relaxing, laughing and eating this weekend,  Mom and I made time for some shopping, both online and in person. As I’ve mentioned previously, right now I’d rather spend money on travel than clothes. But, due to fluctuating sizes, I’ve once again found myself needing a few new items. My Spring wardrobe needed a few key items: white jeans, fun dresses, and work blouses. When I’m shopping on a budget, my two favorite stores are Loft and J.Crew Factory. This time, Loft was the winner based on their great sales and new Spring items.

Ann Taylor Loft 40 Off collage

Luckily, LOFT was the perfect place to find each of these items at a discount. Due to the 40% discount they are offering on EVERYTHING in-store and online, I was able to add a few fun items to basket as well and STILL come in under my budget.

Utility Blouse in Island Aqua

Black and White Sea Floral Romper

Modern High Waist Skinny White Jeans

Scalloped Crop Illusion Dress

Ikat Shirred Utility Blouse

Striped Denim Riviera Shorts

Scallop Bodice Dress in Citron Yellow

Hi-Lo Sweater in Navy

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Friday Favorites – Spring Fashion

15 Pieces to Add to Your Wardrobe this spring

It’s the time of year when every day my inbox receives another notice from a retailer about Spring sales, enticing me to click through even though I’m not in the shopping mood right now. These days I would far rather spend money on travel than fashion. But, that doesn’t mean that a little bit of “window shopping” or online browsing can hurt. I spent some time on two of my favorite sites yesterday, Nordstrom and JCrew Factory, browsing their sale sections and new arrivals.

For today’s Friday Favorites, I bring you the 15 pieces that I’d add to my wardrobe this Spring to give it a fresh update. Many of these are staples which you may already have in your closet while other are more trendy pieces. I love finding trend pieces on sale or at discount retailers so I’m not dismayed at wasting money when they are no longer in-style, just one season later.

The best part about each of the pieces below is that they are currently on sale!

15 Spring Wardrobe Items

1. JCrew Factory Long Sleeve Stripe ShirtA great transition piece which can go from Spring to Summer depending on what it’s paired with, this nautical shirt is especially fun in the navy & pink combination!

2. JCrew Factory Distressed Boyfriend JeanThese scream weekend to me, especially when paired with the Converse. Or, you can add a bit more edge by pairing with the perforated slides and the black t-shirt.

3. JCrew Factory Trench Coat – A great trench coat is always on the list of essential closet items yet the lust worthy Burberry is beyond an investment piece due to it’s price tag. If you are looking for a great Spring trench this one is far more affordable.

4. Lilly Pulitzer Bentley V-Neck Shift Dress – I love all things turquoise, especially after my skin gets the first hint of tan. This fun dress is perfect for any Spring or Summer weddings as well as a date night.

5. Pleione Faux Wrap BlouseThis top is great piece that can go from work to after hours just by changing accessories or pant options. Gold earrings and heels can make this a date night top while a pencil skirt or black pants make it office appropriate.

6. Converse Chuck Taylor Low Sneaker – I’ve wanted a pair of these fun, throw back sneakers since seeing them all over Europe this Summer. These would be perfect for weekend errands or Saturday brunch when paired with the boyfriend jeans and stripe shirt or slub sweater.

7. Vince Camuto Faux Wrap BlouseTops like this are my favorite “going out” tops as they are easy to wear, fun to accessorize  and pair perfectly with any pant option.

8. JCrew Factory Slub Cotton Sweater – This is a perfect, bright Spring sweater for those days when it’s too cool to go out in short sleeves but you’re tired of your Winter sweaters.

9. JCrew Factory Drapey PantI dabbled in the drapey pant trend at the end of the Fall season and immediately fell in love. These pants are as comfortable as pajamas, yet are work and weekend appropriate due to their material. Pair with heels for the office or the perforated slip on shoes for the weekend.

10. JCrew Factory Lace DressThis is the only item on this list I’ve personally ordered. The under $80 price point and extra sale discount makes this a perfect dress for Spring engagement parties, weddings or special occasions. I can’t wait to pair it with classic nude heels or fun strappy tan sandals in the Summer and a pair of statement earrings.

11. JCrew Factory Perforated Slip-On Sneakers – Remember what I said about not spending too much on trendy items? These are less than $35 and I love the fun gold color and perforated detail. If I wore these for travel I’d probably put an insert in the sole to provide more support, but otherwise they are perfect when I don’t want to be out and about in running shoes.

12. JCrew Factory Denim Jacket – Another item which seems to reappear on every Spring fashion list year after year. I wear my denim jacket over maxi dresses in the Summer and over my favorite cotton t-shirt in the Spring.

13.  JCrew Factory Tissue V-Neck – This is my absolute favorite t-shirt and I own a rainbow of colors. It’s slim fitting enough to pair with a blazer and statement necklace but comfortable enough to wear on the weekends. I recommend buying black, white or grey as these are the essential colors I find myself wearing at least once a week.

14.  JCrew Factory Flared Skirt – In the neon colors this is a great way to add some color to your work wardrobe. If it’s too short for your office, pair it with the jean jacket and t-shirt on the weekends.

15.  JCrew Factory Embellished Rope Necklace – Last but not least, a fun necklace that can add fun detail to almost any of the above items.

Your turn – What’s on your Spring wish list?

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Faux Fur and Cabernet

Fall has arrived in New York City which means that packing for this trip was a joy! I’ve been yearning to break out my Fall clothes, both new and old alike, but Geneva’s temperate weather and Indian Summer has not provided the opportunity. It’s still 10 degrees warmer in Geneva than here in New York City or even Savannah, Georgia for that matter. Absolutely crazy, right? When people hear I live in Switzerland they imagine a polar vortex all winter long when in reality we rarely see snow in Geneva due to the geography and lake.

IMG_2767[1]Choosing my outfit for yesterday’s day of meetings with old co-workers and agency partners inspired me to go a bit out of my comfort zone. New York inspires me to try things I wouldn’t previously try as there is always someone on the street trying something crazier. Whereas in Geneva things tend to be a bit more conservative, I am always inspired to add a little glam or edge to my look when I’m back in the Big Apple. This certainly wasn’t always true when I lived here but for now, I’m embracing the inspiration. If only I knew how to model for these pictures without looking like a complete idiot. Oh well. I guess I’ll stick to travel and fitness blogging.

Fall Outfit of the Day As soon as I posted yesterday’s outfit of the day (#ootd) on Instagram people immediately wanted more details. When you guys speak, I do my best to listen! Therefore, today’s post is dedicated to helping you put together a similar look. Each of these pieces was on sale over the past couple of weeks meaning that creating the look was far less expensive than normal.

Welcoming Fall Outfit of the DayWhile you can definitely wait until the holiday sales begin to snag these pieces at a discount, I will say that the Mira Heel is one of the most comfortable yet flattering heels I’ve worn and the faux fur vest is absolute perfection and in true Zara fashion, will most likely sell out quickly.

J Crew Factory Merino Sweater in CabernetZara Faux Fur Vest –C Wonder Gold Link Necklace (similar) – Ann Taylor Loft Tortoise Shell Necklace link necklace (similar) – J Crew Factory Wide Leg TrouserMadewell Mira Heel in True Black Suede –  Hair style courtesy of DreamDry

What’s your take on faux fur? Yay or nay?

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