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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Craziness

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Craziness

Lord have mercy. You would think this was the last time you could ever order from Nordstom or something! These people are treating this sale as the event of the year. While I love a good sale as much as the next fashion blogger people are acting like this stuff is free (news flash..it's not free)!

If you're unaware of this colossal event that I'm referring to, let me explain. Nordstrom is currently hosting their Anniversary Sale. Today it opens to the public (it was previously just open to cardholders) and it's a chance to buy new fall and winter items before the season at a discounted price.


While I won't disagree that Nordstrom is a magical place it can be overwhelming with every blogger you follow posting videos, insta stories, youtube videos, and blog posts about what to buy. My rule of thumb that I try to follow during sales like this is if you would buy it at full price, something you use regularly, or a classic, go for it. I try to avoid impulse buys just because it's on sale or someone is blogging about it.

To change it up a bit I thought I would highlight some of the pieces that I got a giggle over that were included in the sale and then some of my favorites.

For a giggle:




1. Just in case you have been searching everywhere for a canvas of a water cooler...
2. Okay, who knew there was even such thing as an eye massager...not me
3. In case the water cooler wasn't what you wanted, maybe this one will fit in your room?
4. I know you've been wanting $1000 dollar face cream...A THOUSAND DOLLARS
5. Star Wars looking jacket
6. Fancy solo cups (who knew those words could ever go together?!)
7. Backpack turned cooler!
8. This jacket looks like it's been chewed by a dog

My favorites:


Beauty Products:



Home:


I honestly think the home products may be my favorite part of the sale. If I wasn't already using my bedding and shower curtain from years prior I would totally get buy this and this!! So many cute things!

What did you snatch up from the sale??

Remember,

xoxo

S

FriYAY

FriYAY

Happy Friday! Arguably the best day of the week!

In the summer, every day feels like Friday to me. The temperature has been consistently climbing up and some days getting into the 100s. It's hard not to want to wear athletic clothes every day and some days I have to force myself to wear shorts with buttons. Ha!

This week I have been back and forth to the beach with Emory. I wrote about it last week but it's always fun for me to go back because growing up my family also had a house there and I lived a large portion of my childhood on Camp Lejeune which is only about 30 minutes from Emerald Isle. It's weird to think about that we could have been there at the same time growing up and we didn't even know it!

I got to show Emory around on base and point out my high school and old house! This week I'm stuck playing catch up and going to finally get around to lot of errands that need to be done as we get closer and closer to my move in. I do have a fun trip to Palm Beach scheduled at the end of next week though that can not come fast enough!

Emory and I at Cape Lookout!

1. Okay just heard this song and I am obsessed. 

2. The Nordstrom Sale is now open to everyone and I'm going to post more of my favorites later but here are some things I have my eye on. 

3. H&M has been killing it lately! Have my eye on this dress, this dress, andddd this dress

4. I've heard great things about this nail polish.

5. Sisterhood of the traveling news reporter dress (I found the dress in pink, yellow, and black!)


7. Kate ROCKING the off the shoulder trend...and did you notice her scalloped heels and new haircut?! Swoon

8. Becuase this is important stuff to know

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon

Function of Beauty

Function of Beauty

I'm a creature of habit. I love schedules, I like repetition, and I hardly ever make changes unless they're absolutely necessary. This probably explains why I have used a lot of the same makeup, beauty products, and toiletries since high school.

I've used TRESemmé shampoo and conditioner for as long as I can remember. I had it all throughout high school and vividly remember lugging the giant bottles back and forth to my community showers in my dorm. I like the smell and never really had a reason to change. So I just...didn't.

I read about Function of Beauty a few months ago and thought it was the coolest concept. As someone with super thick (and a lot of) hair I loved the idea of being able to customize what I wanted in my shampoo and conditioner.

When Function of Beauty reached out to me and offered to send me my own customized shampoo and conditioner it was the perfect excuse to embrace change and try something new!


So how does it work?

The first thing you will do is take a hair quiz where you will answer questions about your hair so the shampoo and conditioner formula can be unique to you! The quiz covers everything from the texture to the thickness of your hair. Then you can select different goals for your shampoo and conditioner.

I try to limit the heat on my hair in the summer but during the school year I am constantly using my straightener and as a result, my hair takes a beating. So I decided to choose some strengthening and healing goals such as replenishing hair and fixing split ends.

To finish it off you can choose the color of the formula, size bottles you want, and the fragrance!

Tell me that's not so cool.


I put it on my insta story when I received the box and many of you messaged me and asked me to do a review. I wanted to wait a few weeks however before I wrote about it because I wanted to try it out for myself so I could give you my honest opinion.

As you can see by the half empty bottles in the pictures I have been using it and have been surprised at how much I like it! I love the smell (I went with grapefruit hibiscus) and it makes my hair so smooth after getting out of the shower. The ends of my hair slowly have been feeling stronger and healthier too!


You can get $5 off of your order by going through my link here. Start your quiz now and receive shampoo and conditioner unique to your hair!!

Remember,

xoxo

S

When Life Gives You Lemons...

When Life Gives You Lemons...

I honestly don't think I've ever owned a dress longer than my knees. I love how long dresses look on other people but standing at only 5'1 I'm always convinced that I can't pull them off without wearing 5-inch heels or wedges. When given the choice I have always chosen short over long. Prom, all my sorority formals, and functions, I have worn short dresses. 

However this summer I made it my mission to find a longer dress that I liked and felt comfortable in. I spotted this adorable lemon pattern on Loft's website but wanted to see it all in person! I went to my local Loft store and spotted this dress right when we walked in. It hits right at the midshin area and although it's shown hitting shorter on the model, I really liked how it looked on!

It's so light and perfect for summer days. I wore it when my mom, grandma, and I went out to lunch and explored the adorable time of Pinehurst! I got so many compliments on it just walking around and now I'm hooked and wondering why I was so terrified of long dresses for long?! 








 Dress (wearing a 0 regular) | Shoes | Purse (similar) | Watch | Bracelet

Remember,

xoxo


Great Gifts (under $20!)

Great Gifts (under $20!)

Does anyone else feel like they're always searching for gifts? Between friends, family, coworkers, significant others I feel like I'm searching for the perfect gift. My go-to for friends is always a cute frame and a picture of us inside. It's a pretty easy gift to put together and something that everyone can appreciate. 

I try to keep a small stash of fun birthday and other greeting cards on hand so if I remember something last minute I always have something small. But I put together a small list of ideas that would be perfect for a range of people and totally affordable! 


FriYAY!

FriYAY!

I'm currently down at the beach visiting Emory for a few days! It was a funny coincidence when Emory and I realized freshman year that we both had beach houses on Emerald Isle on the same street only a few miles apart! We have since sold our beach house but it's always funny to go back to a place where I spent so much time and spent a lot of my childhood! It's also only 30 minutes from Jacksonville and Camp Lejeune which is where I was born and lived for many years when I was younger.

Emory is going to ride back to Raleigh with me too so we'll get to spend some time down at the beach and back at my house!


Throwback to this post from a few weeks ago. This adorable bag is under $20!


The history behind matching bridal parties outfits.

Preppy summer pants guide!

The first luxury smart watch...so cool

Cheerleaders turned wedding party.

I couldn't believe it when I heard this news. This used to be one of my favorite shows!!

Brett Eldredge's new song.

The best thing to order for a friend's birthday when you're in a bind.

This is my kind of fidget spinner.

So much Tuckernuck that I have my eye on right now.

What's on your radar this week? Tell me what I missed!

Remember,

xoxo

S

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially upon us. And I'm sure you're well aware because just about every blogger has tweeted, instaed, pinned, and blogged about it. I guess it's just indicative of how big and exciting this sale really is!


It's your big chance to stock up on tons of brand new fall and winter pieces from the latest collections and the coolest designers. Tons of wardrobe classics are always included along with new trendy pieces that are irrespirable.  

The sale will run July 21 - August 6. However early access starts TODAY Thursday,  July 13! If you want to join in to receive early access you must sign up for a Nordstrom debit or credit card. The good things go fast and the minute the sale ends the prices go right back up to their regular price. So take advantage and stock up on some cooler weather clothing.

While it takes forever to go through everything included in the sale I have gone through a huge majority of it and highlighted my favorites.




Remember,

xoxo

S

Let Me Be Your Personal Shopper!

Let Me Be Your Personal Shopper!

I went through many phases of what I I wanted to do when I grew up. I used to draw extravagant floor plans of houses with lazy rivers and secret doors. I had a whole notebook full of my floor plans and would frequently spend my free time googling layouts. My architect phase lasted a few years until I got old enough to understand how much math was involved...and plans quickly changed.

Interior designer was next in line. At 10 years old I would spend hours watching HGTV and lived for Trading Spaces (remember that show?!). I would design rooms for my brothers and I on power point and then present them to my parents in hopes it would convince them to let me redo my room. Never worked sadly.

Slowly I started narrowing it down and realizing how much I loved digital media and marketing. I also knew that I wanted to find a way to merge those passions with my interest in the fashion industry. While I have definitely gone through many different phases there was a common theme of creativity throughout all of them. 

I am almost a textbook definition of Type A, but unlike many true type A's I have a love for color and creativity. I have always been concerned with the presentation and look of everything down to my school posters growing up.  

Which leads perfectly into my love for fashion. I could spend hours flipping through Vogue or watching documentaries about the fast fashion fad. It all fascinates me. While many delete the emails you receive multiple times a day from retailers I take the time and look the photos, the layouts, and the pieces included. 


So now I decided to take on a different little occupation on the side. Personal shopper! Honestly sounds like a dream job. Can you imagine how much fun it would be to spend your days shopping with someone else's money while you're getting paid?! I think I may have gone down the wrong career path...

But now I can do that for you! If you noticed I added a little tab to the top of my home page called "Personal Shopper" and after clicking it it will take you to a page where you can fill out a form telling me what you're looking for!

Looking for a black cocktail dress for a work event that's under $100? Or can't find the perfect long blush colored dress for an upcoming wedding? Or need a killer jean jacket for a trip to Europe? Message me!!!

After you give me some details and parameters I will email you my picks that fit your specifications to hopefully aid in your search. Sounds fun right?

I'm excited to try it and see how it works.

....

I'm off to the beach today to visit Emory for a few days but let me know what you think of this new feature and tell me if you think it's a good idea. I would love any feedback about how I could change/ improve it!

Remember,

xoxo

S

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale & Amazon Prime Day

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale & Amazon Prime Day

Remember my ghost chair from my sophomore dorm room? An identical chair is included in the Amazon Prime Day sale! See the full post of my sophomore dorm room

Amazon Prime Day

What: Amazon Prime Day is a one-day annual sale. Amazon heavily discounts over 100,000 items in categories ranging from electronics to furniture!


When: It's a 30-hour event beginning at 9 pm EST on July 10 and runs until 3 am EST on July 12th.


What I bought: This luggage set (such a good deal!!!!), this rug for my apartment, this sunscreen (I've heard great things), and this speaker for my brother for Christmas (shopping way ahead!)


Favorites: 


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

What: Nordstrom discounts a huge selection of new fall and winter items enabling you to shop new pieces for the upcoming cooler weather! You can see a sneak peek of what will be included in the sale here


When: The sale will run July 21 - August 6. However early access starts this Thursday, July 13!


How do you get early access: You can shop the sale a whole week early by signing up for a Nordstrom debit or credit card!

I know it seems weird to buy fall and winter things when we're in the heart of summer but when you see the discounts that Nordstrom offers you'll understand why it's worth it! This is the perfect time to stock up on jackets, boots, sweaters and all essentials for the cooler months. I'll be posting more about my favorites from the sale once it begins but it's smart to look flip through the sneak peek so you can get familiar with what you might be interested in!

Remember,

xoxo

S




Lost in a Field of Sunflowers

Lost in a Field of Sunflowers

Although I moved several times in and out of the state (and even out of the country!) I've always called North Carolina home. I remember moving from Jacksonville, North Carolina (a small military town on the coast) when I was 10 across the globe to Germany. On the first day of my new school a fellow 5th grader asked me where I moved from so I proudly said North Carolina and he replied: "Oh I can tell you have such a southern accent." 

The truth is I really don't have a southern accent but at 10, I was excited at the idea of it. That is my first memory of being super proud to say I was from North Carolina.

If you count up the total number of years my family has been stationed in the state it makes up the majority of my life. I was born on the coast and now live further inland in Raleigh but there's no doubt that I have come to love all parts of the state. 

North Carolina continues to surprise me with its true natural beauty around every corner. After moving away from the east coast of the state where we had a beach just 10 minutes down the road I thought Raleigh would lack the natural beauty I had back in Camp Lejune. Instead, we've explored and found so many beautiful locations in this area of the state. 

We heard about this sunflower field in Raleigh just a few weeks ago. We weren't sure how to get there and heard a rumor you had to park a mile and a half down the road from the flowers and walk on a trail to get to them (which would have been miserable in the 90 degree heat). We finally tracked down an address and on Friday we ventured out to find this treasure for ourselves. 

When we spotted a field of yellow in distance we knew we had arrived! There were rows and rows and rows of the blooms and sensory overload. It was breathtaking (and we couldn't believe just 20 minutes from my house!!). 

...

Now to talk about the dress. I wore this little white ruffled number and I love it even more in person. I am not the tannest person in the world (as you can see, especially since the sun was shining RIGHT on me in these pictures) but I still love white in the summer. I always gravitate towards white tops, I'm obsessed with my white jeans, and in my opinion, you can never have too many white dresses.  

The bow sleeves are an added bonus and adds such a sweet feminine touch. On each tier of the dress there is a small scalloped trim detail that made my love for the dress grow even more. It's casual enough to wear with sandals (like I did) but also versatile enough to go with wedges. 

*Note that I did size up in the dress. I originally ordered an extra small but it felt tight in the chest area so I sized up and went with the small instead*

I'm telling you, although everyone is to the point of summer where they're sick of the heat, I'm never ready to let to warm weather go. Especially since it means packing up so many of my favorite sun dresses like this one. 











Remember,


xoxo

Shannon

FriYAY!

FriYAY!


This week has been a whirlwind with July 4th right in the middle, my grandma coming in for a visit, and then my cousin and aunt popping by for a few days. I haven't spent as much time on my email or blogging as I should have for those reasons...whoops. 

I know July is going to fly by. I have a few upcoming trips to the beach and then to visit Emory for his birthday in Palm Beach as well as a lot of projects I'm hoping to accomplish with my mom before the summer starts winding to a close. 

Throw back to this post last year!

1. If you didn't already know I'm obsessed with Amelia Earhart, I'm convinced I'm going to name my child after her. The obsession started in 10th grade when I had to do a huge research paper on her (I even dressed up like her!). Anyways did you see this news?! I already pre-recorded the documentary that airs on Sunday!

2. I've had this dress open on my computer for forever now and I just might have to bite the bullet. 


4. Okay how cute is this new Lilly skirt?! It kinda has an edge and I like it!

4. Adele sells pom poms on Etsy?! She is just seriously the coolest. 


6. These engagement pictures made me so excited to live in this beautiful city come September! Fun fact: the street they took the pictures on is the same street that my building for my major is on!

7. The cutest one piece bathing suit...from Target!!!!

8. I've been doing a lot of baking recently and I think this is next on my list to try!

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon

Apartment Sneak Peek

Apartment Sneak Peek

I hope everyone had the best 4th of July ever! We had a small cookout with family and friends and then headed over to our local fireworks. It was a perfect laid back night filled with lots of yummy food and lots of red, white, and blue!

My mom and I took a very quick trip down to my new apartment last week! It's an adorable one bedroom within biking distance of most of my classes. Unfortunately it's not furnished and after living in campus housing for the last 4 years we realized I'm going to need some furniture to fill it. I'm trying to find a balance between buying cheap pieces but also not buying furniture that will fall apart after the first year. I'm not sure where I'll be moving after my grad program ends next fall so I want things that can be versatile and move with me!

I'm using a lot of things from my prior apartments/ dorms like all my bedding and bedroom furniture but at Furman a lot of the standard furniture (like a couch) was provided to us from the school so I'm going to have to purchase a few new pieces!

Print | Chair | Side Table | Mirror | Bow Chair | TV Stand | Lamp (found at local HomeGoods)

I'm planning on decorating with a lot of different prints I already have and maybe adding a piece or two of art to my collection. Our neighbors were giving away an old chair away so I gladly took it and picked out this blue dotted fabric to recover it in. I think it will look perfect in my living room and add a pop of color, especially if I pick out a natural color couch.  

The cute scalloped side tables are from Target and will go perfectly next to my bed...which speaking of beds I still need to get. I ordered this stand up mirror (I've always wanted one!) for either my bedroom or living room from Amazon. 

We splurged on this desk chair and I think it will be a show stopper. I have a feeling I'll be spending a lot of time at my desk so I wanted something that would be equally cute and comfortable. We ordered this cute little mirrored TV stand from Target and it's even cuter in person! Lastly, I have two ginger jar looking Ralph Lauren lamps that I found at HomeGoods. They have had sooo many lately so I suggest checking your local store. 

Things I still need to get/ find: 
- A coffee table (going to look at a flea market this Friday to try to find one I can paint!)
- A mattress/ maybe a headboard (?)
- Bar Stools (I won't have a dining table so I'll probably get most of my meals at the counter)
- A Couch
- Rug for the living room
- Extra long shower curtain (didn't even know those existed!!!)


Let me know if you have any cute (and cost effective) pieces that I could add! 

Remember,

xoxo

S

June Favorites

June Favorites

I'm still in shock June is over. I swear summer minutes are 10x faster than every other season. It's really not fair how fast it goes by. Wasn't it just April?! I have decided that I need to move somewhere that's warm full time because I am 10x happier in a dress and sandals as opposed to a puffer jacket and jeans (anyone else?!).  

June was full of two fun trips down to Hilton Head/ Savannah, planning for my apt, checking off a lot of things off my summer to-do list, catching up with home friends, and relaxing with my family! Throughout the month there were a few fun purchases that have really stuck out and have become summer staples!


 Remember,



xoxo

S