Monday, July 16, 2018

GRABBING YOUR BASICS FROM THE #NSALE




TEE: BP // CARDIGAN: BP // JEANS: AG // SHOES: Sam Edelman // BAG: Gucci // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker 

I'M FINALLY WEARING BOTTOMS!! I know this post is about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale but I had to share details on my first pair of maternity jeans. I got these jeans about 2 weeks ago and it has literally changed my life. They are SOOOO comfortable and flattering. I absolutely love AG Jeans and their maternity line is just as good as their normal one. I've always hear great things about AG maternity jeans and they met up to par. If you're pregnant, I highly suggest investing in a pair.

If you didn't already know, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is going on (if you're not familiar with the #nsale, refer to this post). Every one and every blogger out there is talking about it and for good reasons. I went shopping the first day and grabbed tons of goodies. I would say that 90% of everything I bought were fall staple pieces. Those pieces include tees, booties, and cardigans. With those 3 pieces, you can create endless amounts of outfits. Jeans are also a great fall staple. There are so many great jean selections this year. I personally didn't grab any because 1. I'm pregnant and 2. I have no idea how long it's going to take me to lose the baby weight after giving birth. I grabbed this short sleeve tee this year (I grabbed the long sleeve version last year and wore it to death) and it's only $11! It comes in tons of color and can be worn now. For Fall, you can throw on any jacket, cardigan, scarf, or wear it alone. 

I buy a BP cardigan every year because they are at such a great price, a classic piece, and come in tons of color. I grabbed this tan one this year because I was really loving on all the neutral colored items. I wear cardigans when I'm at home because they are so cozy. With cardigans, you can throw it over a cute little body con dress and boots or even layer it over a sweater. 

SHOES, SHOES, SHOES! I'm a shoe obsessed girl. I always shop for shoes first because a pair or two will last me through Fall and winter! I try to grab staple shoes that will match everything. I was telling all my girlfriends that I buy most of my fall/winter shoes during the sale. After the sale ends,  I'll probably only buy another pair until next spring. 

If you haven't already grabbed these fall staples, go and get them now before they sell out! You won't regret it! 

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

xo, 
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue 


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

COTTON CANDY COLORS...




DRESS: Free People (love this one) (black and white on sale here!) // SHOES: Rebecca Minkoff (newer version here and love this one) // BAG: Tory Burch // BRACELET: David Yurman & David Yurman

I know I've been slacking on my post lately but life has been so busy. Things are finally starting to settle down now that I'm back in Houston. We move into our new house in a few weeks and I'm so excited to be able to settle in a home where I know I'll be living for at least 2 years. Ever since I was a freshman in college, I've never lived in a place for longer than a year. That's right, I've moved from city to city or state to state 7 times in the past 7 years. Liam has never had a home longer than a year as well because that's the military lifestyle.

Anyways, I wanted to share this off the shoulder dress because I'm obsessed with the colors. I love anything that is baby blue, especially when there a little pink thrown in it. The colors remind me of cotton candy, whimsical fun, and summery vibes. Surprisingly, I still bought an XS. I ALWAYS size down in Free People and I would suggest doing the same for this dress. (It also comes in black and white and they are both on sale). I wore my nude studded sandals with it for an easy casual outfit. These sandals were insanely popular when they came out. They are so comfortable (these are my second pair). There's a newer version of them here. I also found some super cute clear studded sandals here

Is everyone excited for the anniversary sale?! I'll already be sharing looks tomorrow and I seriously can not wait!! Be sure to follow me on Instagram for a first look. 

xo, 
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue


Monday, July 9, 2018

STAYING COMFORTABLE...



DRESS: Anthropologie (old, love this one) // SHOES: Revere // BAG: Tory Burch

Happy Monday! Liam and I have officially moved back to Houston from living in San Antonio for the past month and a half. Even though I absolutely love San Antonio, I’m glad to be back. We move into our new house in about two weeks and there’s so much to be done. I’m going to attempt to set up everything before baby C is here.

I’ve been so busy with life the past two months. I can finally relax during these last two months of pregnancy. During my first week of school, I didn’t realize how much walking I’d be doing on campus. I usually wear my leather sandals but started to notice aching and roughness at the soles of my feet after a few days. I started to wear more comfortable shoes on days where I knew I’d be spending a lot of time of my feet. I never realized how much time I spent walking, not just at school but also when I’d take Liam to the park or store. My revere shoes have been so so comfortable. The support and soft cushion that it gives is life changing. I feel like I was walking on pillows. If you haven’t heard of Revere, I’d definitely check out their site. They offer tons of cute and comfy sandals, flats and booties.

We went to Six Flags Fiesta Texas when my family visited me and I was probably on my feet for 5 straight hours. I’ve never been big on sneakers during the summer because my feet get so hot so my revere sandals are perfect! This boy just loves being outdoors and doing new things, especially with his Aunt and cousins. Going to the amusement park 7 months pregnant isn’t ideal but I see it as a win win because he gets to enjoy summer and I’m essentially forced to get my exercise in. Which, I believe is important during pregnancy.

Thank you so much for reading!

xo,
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue

*Thank you Revere for sponsoring this post! As always all opinions are my own. 



Friday, June 29, 2018

THE FIRST STEP TO PLANNING A BABY SHOWER...




CUSTOM INVITATIONS: Papyrus 

Baby showers are always so sweet and an event that I'm sure all expecting moms look forward to. Everyone comes together for one reason, to celebrate your pregnancy and the baby. It's an intimate time to share with your loved ones. They show their support and love. When you're expecting a baby, regardless if it's your first, second, or third, it's nice to have all the help you can. You and your baby are showered with all sorts of gifts. I would say that 75% of everything I needed for Liam and Chloe, I received at my shower. It's a few hours of the day where you and your girlfriends eat too much cake, chat for hours, play silly but fun baby games, and open gifts. 

My best friend, Tiffany threw us a beautiful baby shower this past weekend and I couldn't be more thankful for all of her hard work. I'm also extremely thankful for everyone that came out, especially my friends that made the far drive. It's surreal that this might be my last baby shower. I only plan on having two children BUT you never know. 

Tiffany did majority of the planning but I wanted to help out in any way possible. Tiffany was in charge of getting food, decorating, setting up, etc. We both thought it would be best if I was in charge of the invite list since I had everyone's addresses and I enjoy anything relating to stationary. I would say the first step to planning a baby shower is to create a guest list and getting everyone's information.  After that, finding the perfect invitation is essential. It's the first look of what your baby shower theme revolves around. I customized these invitations from Papyrus and I love how it showed a personal characteristic. Papyrus has a huge variety of custom invites that would highlight your theme, regardless if it was safarisports, or gender colors they have many designs to choose from. It was extremely easy and quick to customize and everything I needed to send out the invitations was included. 

I'm obviously in love with all things fashion. My daughter (hopefully) will share the same passion. I've always dreamt of having a girl and ever since I found out she was a she, her wardrobe began to build. Chloe will be here in about 9 weeks and I'm so anxious for her to be here with her family. 

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue 

*Thank you Papyrus for sponsoring this post, as always, all opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE #NSALE


Yep, that time of the year has arrived. The time of the year where everyone is talking about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. You've probably already read a few blog post or articles about the sale so I'm not going to waste your time. I'll be very quick and straight forward about how to prep for the sale, what to buy, and my honest thought on what you should and should not buy. I do want to state that this is my FAVORITE sale of the year!! I look forward to it every year and can't wait to start shopping the sale and sharing the amazing deals with everyone. Here are a few Q&A... 


It's a fall PRE-sale where items are up to 40% off. These items are brand new and haven't been in stores yet. Unlike most sales, after this sale ends, the prices go back up to their original prices. 

What is on sale during the #NSale

Fall items! Mens, women, and children's booties, sweaters, jackets, jeans, and more are all on sale. I would say 70% of items are fall and the rest are either home, beauty, baby products, or new summer styles. 

When is it? How do I get access? 

"Early Access" starts July 12th. "Public" shopping dates are July 20th-August 5th.
You do need a Nordstrom credit or debit card for early access! Or you could go with a friend that has one! I suggest getting everything during early access because by the time the public (which means anyone can shop it, regardless if they have a Nordstrom card or not) sizes are extremely limited and most things are sold out. 

What should I buy? 

This is the tricky part and I'll break it down based on one question...when does it actually start getting cold where you live? If your "fall" weather doesn't start until November (like Houston, Tx), I do not suggest buying a bunch of sweaters and jackets unless you're dying to have it. Why? Because by the time you're finally able to wear it, it's probably already remarked down again because the Fall season is technically over. Therefore, Nordstrom will have their Fall markdown. I do suggest buying shoes! You can easily style booties in the warmer weathers with a cute shift dress for a fall look and not sweat your butt off. 

If you do live in a state that actually has 4 seasons. I'd buy it all, lol. Shoes, coats under $150, and fall staples (jeans, cardigans, tees) will sell out the fastest so keep that in mind. 

When it comes to beauty, home, baby products, or intimates, I suggest buying it asap. You'll use those things immediately and the prices are great. You could also use this time to buy Christmas gifts too. It is early but its one thing you don't have to stress about later on. 

Here is a look at what was on sale last year! 

Let me know if yall have any more questions. 

xo, 
Annie

 

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