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Dressing Room Files @ the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Last year we brought our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale dressing room straight to our blog, and we’re doing it again.  You’ve seen a few of our favorite picks on our Instagram accounts and on our previous post, but here’s the full monty.

I should also mention this (and feel like maybe I should have mentioned this a LOOOOONG TIME AGO):  I am your average girl/woman/mom/daughter/sister/auntie.  I am a size 10.  Sometimes a 12 (my ‘girls’ often size me up, hehe).  I am not a size 2, of which I see A LOT of when I’m perusing super popular fashion blogs and instagram accounts.  I have no problem with any of those gals, but I also feel like there’s a gap out there in the world of fashion and style blogs.

There are a lot of size 2’s, AND a lot of plus sizes.  And thank goodness for that!  But what I DON’T see a lot of is the average-ish woman.  Either that, or she isn’t disclosing her size.  Which is also completely fine.  But the more I thought about it, the more I thought it would make me feel more real to tell my readers what size I am.  Why?

Because here i am, posing in clothes, talking about why I love them and why you should too, and you’re sitting there thinking – would that look good on me?  What size is she, REALLY?  It’s SO hard to tell in a photo (where you can pose in JUST the right way to hide your wobbly bits!).

So there you have it.  Sure, would I love to lose some lbs?  Yes!  But do I enjoy chips and guacamole?  You better believe it.  And sugar….my extreme downfall.  I’ve had two children, and I love life.  I work out, I eat, I shop……I’m happy.  And that’s what it’s all about.

I’ll hop off my soapbox for today…….so for now, enjoy some of my favorite things from the #nsale!

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Rag & Bone Sweater, AG Jeans
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Trouve Leather Jacket, AG Jeans + my favorite Birkenstocks (not on the #nsale but still amazing.
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Fedora by Phase 3 , only $19.90 on the #nsale!
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Mock neck sleeveless tops are EVERYWHERE this season. They are PERFECT under a jacket and are so slimming when worn with a pendant! This one is by 1.State, and it’s $34 on the #nsale.
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I love this structured yet comfortable open jacket from Caslon. It’s $37!!! Such a great piece to have in rotation. Put together……yet insanely comfy. Yay!
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Another pic to talk about the cute mock neck top i’m wearing under the previous jacket. It’s by Ten Sixty, and it’s $21. I mean….please. It’s a must. Goes with everything, and the fabric is deliciously soft.

 

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A leather jacket – in any form – is a MUST this season.
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I’m obsessed with this #lbd from Topshop. It’s a knit, and super comfortable. Yet – super chic. Top it with a pendant of course, and some cute booties or wedges and you’re all set!
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This sweater was so popular that it sold out. So….if you got it, yay! And if you didn’t….keep an eye out. Nordstrom might refresh their stock! It’s by Topshop, of course.

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Happy Shopping friends!  Hope you find some things you LOVE, shop it all right here, or click thru from each picture!

Shop the #nsale with Style Spies

You all have been SO responsive on our Instagram feeds (@molliestylespies and @erinstylespies) to our #nsale posts, we HAD to put all of our favorites on the blog.  Keep in mind – Nordstrom refreshes their stock periodically on Anniversary sale items, so if there’s something you love but it’s out of your size today, check back tomorrow, they might get more in!

Shop the entire Anniversary Sale HERE, or browse through our picks below!

Mother + Daughter Jewelry?

It’s hard to do this right. Mother/daughter jewelry that both mother and daughter actually want to wear.  Usually, it’s one way or the other – too juvenile for Mom, or too expensive for daughter to wear everyday.

Gorjana, who is known for her simplistic everyday styles but with a polished and chic esthetic, has made this tough combination work.  We were SO excited to try out Mini + Me, given that we both have daughters who love jewelry just like us!

You’ve probably already seen Erin’s post with her daughters on the Mini + Me collection, and today is my turn.  My little G and I had so much fun shooting this jewelry and having matching necklaces and bracelets.  Her little face lit up when I told her we’d be doing some pictures – just the two of us.

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Clearly, this last one is my favorite.  Nothing better than a silly 5 year old!

This is the best gift – to yourself, to your daughter, a pair of sisters, or for your Mom!  There’s a turquoise option too – shop the entire Mini + Me collection right here:

And, G & me are both wearing J.Crew (of course).  Here are our dresses:

Summer Sandal Collabs at Target. We approve.

While wandering through Target sans kids the other day, I happened upon the shoe section. And, well, I’m glad I did.  And I’m sure, after what I spent, Target is too!  As usual, it’s hard to get out of there for me under $100, but at least it was over $100 well spent, right?

Target collaborated with both Dolce Vita and Sam & Libby this season for shoes, and they hit it out of the park.  Even their Mossimo and Merona sandals are amazing!  The picture below is what came home with me, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I’ll be back for a few more pairs.  Nothing I bought was over $30 – in fact, most of them were around $24.99.

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Here, Style Spies favorites (for the moment, until they come out with more, ha!):

Wear It Wednesday – The Ballet Wrap

Mollie and I are super excited about Peach’s new item, the ballet wrap!

We quickly discovered there are SO many ways to wear this item … and excited to show you how we both wore it differently.

A ballet wrap is great for all body types, it gives us definition where we need it and can be worn so many ways! This peach item is so yummy, you can’t get enough of it and it’s both dressy and casual, the perfect combination.

Here is how we decided to show this wrap – two different body types, same piece!

On Erin, knotted in the back with a  pair of wide leg pants to balance out this look:

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And on Mollie, this is the ideal piece to tie over this perfect maxi dress for spring!

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You could even leave this open to drop down over any fitted top as well – it is genius, just in time for spring!

The YUMMY material makes this a staple piece in your wardrobe and an essential item for this new weather!

If you know Mollie and I – you know we have a hard time not being silly and laughing when we are together, that’s what lifelong friends do!

Here’s an outtake to our fun day of shooting in Miami…

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Ballet Wrap, Pants, Dress

Cheers to a new season and a new favorite item!

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Spotlight: Shabby Apple Maxi Dress

Spring is on it’s way, hurray hurray!  This weekend in the Northeast was beautiful, and we were all outside enjoying the fresh air.  It has me thinking maxi dresses, flip flops, and sunscreen!!  However, it’s going to be a few weeks here {at least!} until we can actually wear our maxi dresses in that particular way.

This outfit is all about wearing a maxi dress – in the spring.  Depending on where you live, Spring can mean many things weather wise.  Most places, it’s all about layering.  Warm-ish during the day, cool (or cold!) at night.

To accessorize your maxi dress this season, it’s all about boots or booties, a cute hat, shades, and a vest. See my choices above. This particular maxi dress is from Shabby Apple.  If you haven’t heard of it, go there right now!  Affordable, cute and on-trend, it’s our go-to site for dresses.

 

 

 

 

 

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Earrings by Stella & Dot……click thru photo to find similar!

 

We are such fans of Shabby Apple, here are a few more of our FAVORITE maxi dresses from them.

PS.  What am I wearing underneath?  Peach, of course!  Find out more HERE.

PPS.  Photo credit to Luanne Kelly Photography

My Favorite Hair Tools

Some people have a favorite lipstick (ok, I have that too!) – I have a favorite hair tool!

I cannot live without my Bombshell wand. I repeat – I cannot live without it. Forget the straightening iron, this thing is magic.

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I have the thickest and the straightest hair imaginable, true! Let’s be honest, we always want what we don’t have, right?!

The older I get (gasp!) and after each child, I noticed the texture of my hair changed .. so enter, the Sultra Bombshell. This curling iron is HOT (temperature wise, beware…there’s a reason it comes with the glove – I have mastered it at this point but don’t try this at home!) but it’s the easiest and fastest way I can manage my hair. A little secret, I am a 20 minute gal, ask my husband! I am usually waiting on him! I do wash my hair at night, so that saves me a HUGE amount of time. I wash it every 4-5 days (for real), use my Wet Brush which is my girls favorite brush too (no tangles) and I sleep with a wet head.

How to use it? There is a little secret I discovered … It’s all in the way you hold it.

I start in the very front and always hold pointing down. Work around your head, always taking a small section and wrap it around the barrel.

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When you pull the curl off, pull the barrel straight up, allowing your curl to ‘fall off’ the curling iron.

Same on the other side, always twirling the hair away from your face …

I, then in fancy terms, ‘scrunch’ my  hair … never pulling out the curl. Spray with my favorite Moroccan Oil hairspray. And voila! Fancy hair that lasts for DAYS. The curl looks even better the next day and the just amount of hairspray makes for a full, textured bun when I have hit my limit!

  

Add a litt lipstick … and ready for my new headshot!

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So, there you have it … my favorite tools for my hair. Simple and easy … stay tuned for more beauty tricks!

 

Photos by Maddy Fanning Photography

Nordstrom Shoe Sale: Our top picks.

So many sale shoes at Nordstrom right now, so little time to pore through the pages of options.  So – we did if for you!  Here, our favorites.

STYLE SPIES Approved.  You can thank us when you get the box in the mail, and get your first compliment.

As always, Happy Shopping!

 

Work Chic

Working in the fashion industry, everyone is always wearing the latest trends.  It’s almost easier to figure out what to wear when you’re ‘in it’ on a daily basis.  But, when you’re not surrounded by clothes/jewelry/shoes all day long, your work outfit can get a little dull, right?  Same old black pants, sweater, blouse combo.

We thought we’d show you how we spiced up what you might wear to work if you’re business casual.  This whole outfit (minus the accessories) came from Banana Republic and the Gap.  It’s easy to pull a few trends from stores that won’t break the bank, and that you can move on from next year.

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This blouse & vest combo is from Banana, and the skinny burgundy jeans are from the Gap.  If jeans won’t work at your job, you can easily replace these with a slim fitted pant of any kind in a lightweight wool or crepe fabric.

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We paired the outfit with a sparkly glitter pump from J Crew for some color and fun.

If you look closely enough, the print on the blouse isn’t a dot – it’s tiny skulls.  LOVE!

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My Chanel carryall is my go-to work bag, it fits my laptop, papers, my wallet, and has plenty of pockets for lipstick and all the rest of things i ‘need’ during the day.  😉

 

Had to.  One more shot of the J.Crew glitter pumps.  We can’t get enough of them.

Shop the look here!

Photo credit:  Luanne Kelly Photography

SALE ALERT + $500 PayPal GIVEAWAY

Happy Wednesday?

I love this time of year for so many reasons. The ‘storm’ is over after the holidays and it’s SALE time for most stores!!

Remember when Mollie and I hit the streets of NYC for some serious shopping?

It’s time to do it again … and with better deals!

My  top 3 favorites?

BLAQUE LABEL Blazer

If you know me, you know I have this blazer in every color. Only $45 people. (Normally $150). And yes, I just bought one more (just in case!)

J. CREW Strappy Sandals

The perfect sparkle shoe to go with EVERYTHING – see Mollie’s above? GORGEOUS.

CHELSEA 28 Sequin Pants

And lastly. I want this whole outfit. I have been kicking myself I didn’t get these pants over the holidays. Now I can for under $50. Who says you can’t wear sequins anytime of the year?

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