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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!

Glam Closet Inspiration

I’m in the process of ‘glamming’ up my closet.  I cannot WAIT to show you the finished product.  In the meantime, i thought I’d show you how it looks now:

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This is my side of the closet – I share it with my husband.  I’m telling you that because it can’t be too girly.  I found these light grey benches at Home Goods last year – they were a steal!  I LOVE them!  Perfect for putting your shoes on, yanking tight jeans up, hahahhaa.  The rug under there is just there so the benches don’t slide…….for the meantime.

Now, for the makeover.  I found some AMAZING leopard print carpet that a friend wasn’t going to use (!!!!!), and am having it made into a rug.  I literally cannot WAIT until it’s ready.  One more week!  Here’s it is:

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I also want to do some fabulous lighting, but that’s going to have to wait until my next paycheck.  So, I’ll DEFINITELY post some pics of the finished product, but for now, here is some amazing closet inspiration that i’ve been perusing, via Pinterest.

Follow Style Spies {Mollie Milano}’s board Glam Closet on Pinterest.

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

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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Now, the good news … how are you going to shop for all of these amazing steals? We have a surprise!!!!

Now…it’s time for a fabulous giveaway!
I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers
to give YOU a chance to win:
a $500 shopping spree on US!

Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter.
You’ll receive one entry per completion.
This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 2/3.
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Pinterest Favorites Party

It is that time of year for holiday parties!

We went to a neighborhood party over the weekend and they asked everyone to bring you favorite Pinterest recipe.

(They must have been talking to the wives, I am not sure my husband even knows what Pinterest is!).

It was ADORABLE! We all know there are all of those yummy, delicious recipes that we have ‘pinned’ but have never made  (or maybe it’s just me!). This was the time to see and fast them all!

Here is what I brought that you saw on my Instagram:

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So easy to make and everyone loved them (even my kiddos).

Here are a few of the favorites (click picture for recipe) that I will be making this holiday season:

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Any recipes that you love that we should be making this holiday season?

Fringe Bag Love

What did we both buy on our NYC weekend?  This amazing Zara Fringe Bag.

Fringe is having a well-deserved moment. From clothing to accessories to shoes, we’ve got a roundup our favorite bags of this boho trend.

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Suede fringe on the front, turn it over to find a gorgeous python on the back.  This was the perfect bag for both of us, too bad we don’t live closer to share!

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Burgundy is everywhere for fall and this bag is the perfect way to add a trend to your closet without going ‘wine-crazy’.

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We found other fringe-worthy bags that we had to share …

Introducing Wear It Wednesday

Happy Wednesday All!

We are THRILLED to announce Wear It Wednesdays!

We will be featuring a piece of clothing and showing you how both Mollie and I style it differently. Different body types, different styles, different climates – we have it all. We thought this would be a fun adventure to take you on – and also show you practical ways how to wear that favorite item you find at a store…

First stop, Zara.

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We love some plaid. Dress it up, dress it down. We all need it.

How did we style it?

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One top, four different ways.

Paired with a pencil skirt, a mini skirt, boyfriend jeans and trousers – this shirt could do no wrong.

It went home with both of us – Fall Is in the Air!!

Want to know how to wear denim? We may just have a little something for you next week!

Want to see exactly what we paired this top with?

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#fbf to Mexico – Part Two

If only we were back in Mexico at El Dorado Royale … what an amazing resort. I cannot say enough good things about it!

Packing for a weekend trip is never easy – especially when you are with friends and want to make the most of every minute (especially not being in ‘mom’ mode!). I brought everything from dressy to casual and I have to say – I packed just right (Am I the only one who comes home with a suitcase full of items you never touched?)!

Thanks to Rocksbox – I had plenty of amazing accessories for every outfit. Have your tried it yet? Unlimited designer jewelry for only $19 a month!

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From casual to dressy … here are some of my favorite outfits of the trip!

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My favorite swimsuit bottoms went on sale for under $20!

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My absolute favorite beach bag – I fell in LOVE with it and had to have it…(you can’t see the adorable tassel).

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And who doesn’t need custom hats and sunglasses for a birthday weekend?

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And last but not least … we decided to ‘ring in’ our friends 40th we would have our very own ‘White Night’!

Any excuse to dress up with a theme, right?!

And let me tell you – we visited the sushi restaurant Kampai for this special evening and it was out of this WORLD!!!!

We clean up well, right?

An amazing weekend spent with amazing friends.

Happy Birthday you lovebirds! Thanks for turning 40 … in Mexico!

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Want to shop these looks and more from our #40inMexico trip? Here you go …

Style Spies + Laura Mercier in Kansas City! {Nordstrom Anniversary Sale}

Style Spies is (Mollie) coming to Kansas City!

And — We’ve partnered with the Laura Mercier counter at Nordstrom in Overland Park to talk shop for a day.  I can’t wait.  My gorgeous friend Maria (see pic below) is the manager of the LM counter there, and she has turned me on to numerous favorites from LM.  In fact, i pretty much wear all LM, all the time.  Whoops!

Who: Style Spies (Mollie) + Laura Mercier + Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

When:  THIS Friday, July 24

Where:  Nordstrom in Overland Park, KS

When:  1-5 PM

What:  see me, discuss my Laura Mercier favs, shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale deals, and get a free gift just for showing up!

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This is Maria & I at our friend’s wedding in February. We had our make up done at the LM counter in Chicago…..I must admit, it looks amazing! Look at her eyes!

 

Not only will you get to see ME, (haha) there will be some fabulous treats for you as well.  LM will have one of their premier makeup artists there if you need a little make-over (who doesn’t want a makeover, i ask?), AND there is a little giftie for those of you who come and mention you follow my blog!  Oh – and if you spend over $125, there’s another gift.   You can’t NOT come.

Here are some of my favorite Anniversary sale deals from Laura Mercier:

The ultimate smoky eye kit.  Seriously.  Come see me on Friday and learn the 'how-to' with these essentials.  Your eyes will look just as good as Maria's!
The ultimate smoky eye kit. Seriously. Come see me on Friday and learn the ‘how-to’ with these essentials. Your eyes will look just as good as Maria’s! It’s the Easy on the Eyes kit, for $53 (normally $77).
You literally can't go wrong with this palette.  It's the Art of Colour eye and cheek collection.  Normally $118, on sale for $79.  You can do a brown or grey smoky eye with this, or just a clean everyday look.
You literally can’t go wrong with this palette. It’s the Art of Colour eye and cheek collection. Normally $118, on sale for $79. You can do a brown or grey smoky eye with this, or just a clean everyday look.
Here's the Flawless in a Flash trio.  There's a face polish, make up primer, and tinted moisturizer (i live by this stuff), all for $39.50.  Normally $55.
Here’s the Flawless in a Flash trio. There’s a face polish, make up primer, and tinted moisturizer (i live by this stuff), all for $39.50. Normally $55.

 

Shop all of Laura Mercier’s Anniversary Sale Deals here:

 

We can’t wait to see you!

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