Currently Loving + Instagram Round-up (& A Few Reviews)

It's been far too long since I've done a post like this, so I thought it would be fun to share what I'm currently loving as well as all of my outfit details from my recent Instagram posts. It's a pretty extensive round-up, so if there's a particular outfit you've been wondering about or maybe had some questions on, this post is for you! If there are any other past outfits you've been wanting details on, please let me know and I'll be happy to share those, too! I'm also taking this opportunity to sneak in a few fitting room reviews from recent try-on sessions in this post, especially since things always seem to sell out so quickly.

Okay, so let's jump right in!


World Market Navy Blue and White Tassel Tote Bag //
 Forever 21 Cognac Wedges - old (similar here) //
Gold Choker Necklace - gifted (similar here) //
Kendra Scott 'Elisa' Ivory Pearl & Gold Necklace via Rocksbox*

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If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen these photos, but I wanted to share them here on the blog, too, for those who missed them. I've been loving lightweight, airy tops with shoulder-tie details. They're perfect for hot, Summer days and are just too cute! When I first saw this lemon-yellow one from Asos with its peplum hem and $35 price tag, I didn't hesitate. I've been gravitating towards all things yellow lately, so the soft and pretty light-yellow color of this one immediately caught my eye. I love the pattern, too, which is described as "seersucker" on the product page online, but I'd say it's actually truer to a gingham. It's airy and slightly sheer at the hem (but not overly so) and has smocking in the back to allow for stretch and ease when pulling it on/off over your head. I thought the shoulder straps would be adjustable depending on how tight you tied the bows, but they're actually affixed at the neckline, so the bows untie but don't tighten the straps. I'm guessing this was done to prevent any possible mishaps with the shoulder ties coming completely undone and leaving you over-exposed. (Yikes. lol.) 

As far as sizing goes, Asos sizing is known to run small compared to American brands, so you may wish to size up 1 size, especially if you're in-between sizes or have a larger bust. I sized up to a 2 from my usual size 0 in this top and it fits comfortably and is petite-friendly. Sizes 0 - 14 are available and fully stocked! 

Overall, I adore this top and have already received tons of compliments/questions on it!

I'm loving these two other shoulder-tie tops below, too, and they're both super-affordable at around $20 each!

Other Shoulder-Tie Tops I'm Loving

Ann Taylor Josette Lace-up Bow Sandals

Okay, let's just take a minute to swoon over this blush, satiny goodness, shall we? Are these not some of the prettiest sandals you've ever seen? If you love bows, ankle ties, and all things blush and feminine like I do, you need these sandals in your life stat! Ann Taylor really nailed it again with these lace-up bow sandals -- I can't stop staring at them! Love, love, love! Yes, I have far too many pink shoes, but who's counting? ;-) I couldn't pass these up. And thanks to the many sale promos AT runs, I was able to nab these at 40% off last week! I can't speak to the sizing or comfort just yet, as they're scheduled to be delivered in a few days, but I'm hoping they're the perfect fit! I took my usual AT shoe size of 5.5, and I can tell you right now: the smaller sizes are always the first to go, so if you have smaller feet and love these, don't wait too long or they'll be gone! They come in sizes 5 - 11, and come in this "angel pink" color and also black. So darling!

Ann Taylor Chambray Paper Bag Skirt 

I've also had my eye on this chambray paper bag skirt at Ann Taylor for awhile now. I love this one as well as the seersucker one in the same style, but ultimately chose this one for the color. I added it to my cart but procrastinated on buying it and, of course, my size sold out in a hot minute. I bookmarked it and kept checking for re-stocks, and was happy that a size 0 popped back.  Size 00 would've been more ideal, but I'm hoping I can just cinch the waist of the size 0 for a snug fit...we'll see. I can't complain since I scored it at an additional 60% off during the flash-sale promo that was running last week, bringing it to only $32! The occasional sizes keep popping back in both paper bag skirts, so keep checking online or ask customer service to try locating one in-store. They're currently 60% off again, so snag one if you can!

Talbots Top-Handle Straw Satchel

I recently added this two-tone straw satchel to my collection and couldn't be happier with it. I was ecstatic to finally receive it after a month of waiting! I shared this on my Instagram stories, but for those of you who missed it, here's the brief back-story:  I ordered this bag last month and kept waiting for a shipping confirmation that never came. I finally called Talbots' customer service line to inquire on it and was told there was no record of my order. After much frustration and forwarding them my PayPal transaction email for reference of the order, their team researched it and determined my order had inadvertently never processed and fell threw the cracks, so to speak. As it turned out, they'd been experiencing several glitches with their PayPal check-out system, which likely caused the mishap since I had paid with PayPal. Talbots informed me they've since done away with the PayPal check-out feature, and their customer service team generously offered me an additional 15% price adjustment on my order. They also reversed the shipping charges to make up for the inconvenience, which I really appreciated. So despite the hassle, it ended on a positive note. Now, back to the bag itself -- I love so many details about it: the camel-colored leather trim, the gold toggle clasp, and the structure/shape of it. It's such a great, classic bag that's not only perfect for Summer, but year-round. It's also currently on major sale for $50 (original retail: $150) and comes in 3 solid colors, all in pebbled leather: a pretty pink "khaki rose," a camel color "spring sienna," and black. They're all beautiful, versatile bags. Shop the other colors here

Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan in "stone" 

This circle cardigan is one of the few items I purchased from the current #NSale. I've been wanting a long, drapey cardigan in this neutral color for awhile now, and have heard nothing but glowing reviews on this one. It's supposed to be one of the softest, most cuddly sweaters out there, which is apparently notorious for this brand, Barefoot Dreams. With the backlog of online orders due to the sheer craziness of this sale, I'm still waiting on this cardi to arrive in the mail. I'm hoping it lives up to all the hype! I ordered the size XS/S, which appears to be sold out again, but keep checking back because I just noticed other sizes starting to pop back.

Left to right:
H&M Sleeveless Lace Blouse // 
H&M Fitted Long-Sleeve Dress Shirt (polka-dot style sold out online; striped one here) //
H&M Jersey One-Button Blazer (grey color here)

I popped into my local H&M store a few weeks ago. It had been quite awhile since I'd shopped there, and I thought, "what the heck? Let's have a look." I'm so glad I did because I actually walked away with some really cute pieces that were all around $20 - $30! If you haven't shopped there in awhile, you should give them a try! They tend to offer more trendy styles, but you can find some great hidden gems there if you're patient enough to cull through the endless sea of clothing racks. 

Again, if you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen a few pictures of this gorgeous, sleeveless lace blouse in "powder pink" (top left) that I had tried on. The lace is really detailed and looks far more expensive than the $13 price tag might suggest. The pleated ribbon trim along the front is also really pretty and feminine. This top was definitely one of my favorite unexpected finds that day and came home with me. Love and recommend!
 (I'll share more pictures of it below.) 

I also spotted this fitted, blue, button-down dress shirt with tiny polka dots. It was the only one on the sale rack and actually fit me perfectly! Don't you just love when that happens? At only $7 (yes, $7!), it was a no-brainer and came home with me, too. This exact one appears to be sold out online (darn it), but I found the same style in a striped version, which I linked above. It's a great office wardrobe staple!

This jersey blazer was another unexpected find. It's not very structured but still fitted and flattering on. The jersey material is super soft and feels like you're wearing a sweatshirt. The striped lining is also a cute touch. Roll up the sleeves to let it peek through for a more casual look or leave them unrolled for a dressier look. At only $34.99, I snagged it. The color is a warmer beige -- almost blush -- and comes in a grey color, too. 
(See a photo of it on me below for fit reference.)

Trying on a size 4 here, but ended up ordering a size 2 for a closer fit. (Note: H&M sizing runs on the smaller side, so you may want to size up one size from your usual size.)

Lighting is a bit wonky in the fitting room, skewing the color a bit. 
The photo below is a better color representation. 

H&M Sleeveless Lace Blouse // J.Crew Heather-Grey Pencil Skirt - old (similar here, here) //
Topshop "Genie" Suede Lace-up Pumps - sold out (similar here - love!) //
J.Crew Cluster Necklace - old (similar here) // 
Chanel Beige Lambskin Flap Bag via Trendlee - vintage (similar here, affordable leather dupe by Karl Lagerfeld here)

H&M Fitted Long-Sleeve Dress Shirt (polka-dot style sold out online; striped one here) //
J.Crew Double-Serge Wool Pencil Skirt - old (similar here) //
J.Crew Pearl Cluster Necklace - old (similar here)
Ann Taylor Camel Leather Pumps (5.5)  - old (similar here) //

H&M Jersey One-Button Blazer - size 2 (grey color here) // 
H&M V-Neck Blouse with Lace Inset - size 2 (only $24.99!) // 
H&M Light Beige Pencil Skirt  - size 2 (fully-lined & only $13!)

If you're looking for an affordable office outfit for Summer, try this one! I love the soft colors and the pretty, feminine details, especially in the lace-inset blouse. This is the jersey blazer I shared above. I'm wearing size 2, which fits closer to a size 0. The arms and shoulders are fitted and the jacket falls to my hips. It's definitely a longer style, but still looks polished and professional. I love it paired with white skinny jeans, too. It's such a lovely blazer! 

This light beige pencil skirt also surpassed my expectations. It hugs your curves without looking inappropriate for the office, and it's fully-lined and only $13! Crazy! I had to double-check the price tag because I thought I read it wrong. (lol) This is a nice, classic pencil skirt for an amazing price. Several sizes in this color have already sold out online (not surprising), so if your size is sold out, check your local store to see if they can locate it for you. It also comes in black and navy -- perfect neutral colors to mix and match with your favorite tops.

Speaking of tops, I grabbed this v-neck blouse to try on with the skirt and ended up really liking it! The cream color and the lace-inset detailing are really pretty. The only downside is that the v-neck of the blouse is cut a little too low for my preference, which means that if you're not careful, the lace will reveal too much. This can be easily fixed by a tailor by raising the shoulders a bit, though. I'm trying on a size 2 here, but it runs a little large since it's meant to have a looser, drapey fit. Size down one size if you can on this one.

H&M Pink Pleated Dress - XS

This bubble gum-pink pleated dress was also a fun find! I adore the color and the easy, pull-on styling. Just throw it on and go. I always reach for dresses like this in Summer since they're lightweight and fuss-free. This one drapes nicely and flares out ever so slightly. It runs a little longer on me (I'm 5'2" and it hits about an inch below my knee) so I just tucked some of the fabric under the elastic waist to shorten it a bit to my liking, which is right at the knee. Easy-peasy. This dress looks really cute belted, too. I also love the wide straps and the criss-cross straps in the back (see the below photo) which conceal your bra straps. No special bra needed! It is unlined and slightly sheer, so you'll need to wear a slip under it. It's 100% polyester, machine-washable, and it's currently on sale for only $25! Another keeper!
Here's a close-up of the cute criss-cross straps in the back. Love!

H&M Striped Sleeveless Shirt Dress - size 2 (this color is sold out online)

I wasn't expecting much from this sleeveless shirt dress but liked the stripes so I decided to give it a try. Once I threw it on and cinched the waist belt, I actually really liked it, too! It's another easy dress to just throw and go. It's light and airy and has small side slits on the sides (shirt-hem style.) This exact color appears to be sold out online, unfortunately, but I linked the same dress in blue above, which is only $24.99 and available in very limited sizes. You may have better luck finding this one in your local store. It's another great, lightweight Summer dress!

Other H&M Pieces I'm Loving

I've also been on a Summer scarf kick lately. I'm loving all the colorful florals, fruity prints and other playful details like tassels and fringe trim that are popping up everywhere right now. Summer scarves are the perfect accent piece and can quickly liven up even the most basic outfit. Style it over a little white dress or over a simple tee with your jeans or tie it to your handbag for an extra pop of color and touch of whimsy. Here are a few scarves that I'm eyeing. Palm prints, watercolor florals and tasseled pineapples? 
Yes to all of them!

Summer Scarves I'm Loving

I've also been drooling over the many gorgeous lace pieces from the brand, AQUA. If you're not familiar with this brand, I'm thrilled to introduce you to it because it offers some of the most stunning, intricate lace pieces, as well as a full range of other modern, feminine women's clothing, jewelry and accessories, and even kids' clothing (don't get me started on the little girls' clothes -- they're equally darling!.)  It's definitely worth a glance. The lovely lace pieces shown below are some of my current favorites, with several exclusive to Bloomingdale's. I find that Bloomingdale's has the best selection of AQUA items hands-down, leaving me indecisive on which ones to get!  

AQUA Brand Items I'm Loving

Now on to the Instagram round-up!


Top Row - Left to Right:
Polka Dot Pouch // Blush Dress // Floral Cashmere Scarf //

Bottom Row - Left to Right: 
Mint Gingham Skirt // White Lace Top // Grey Pearl Sandals

Ann Taylor Josette Lace-up Bow Sandals 

Banana Republic Easy Care Dot Seamed Cami (00p) - navy //
Banana Republic Navy Bi-Stretch Pencil Skirt (00p) // 
Banana Republic Windowpane Chambray Blazer (00p) //
Arcadia Cream Patent Leather Satchel - old (similar herehere) //
Gold Choker Necklace - gifted (similar here) //

H&M Polka Dot Tie-Neck Sleeveless Blouse (2) - old (similar herehere) //
Ann Taylor Winter-White Textured Flare Skirt (00) - sold out (similar herehere) //
Ann Taylor Camel Leather Pumps (5.5)  - old (similar here) //
Target Cognac Braided Belt - old (similar here) //
Talbots Two-Tone Top-Handle Straw Satchel (on sale for $50 from 150!) //
Gold Cuff Bracets - old (similar hereherehere) 
H&M Dusty-Pink Cotton-Jersey Tee (Small) - only $5.99! (Note: runs small - size up) //
J.Crew Factory Striped Cotton-Linen Midi Skirt (00) - (also have & love this one)
Lulu's Ivory Open-Toe Heeled Sandals (5) - old (similar here) //
The Limited Pearl Cluster Necklace - old (similar here

Gorgeous blooms via BloomThat

Banana Republic Orchid Silk Ruffle Shell - old (similar herehere) //
J.Crew Polka Dot Tweed Pencil Skirt (00) - also love this skirt in inverted colors // 
Jessica Simpson 'Claudette' D'Orsay Pumps (5.5) // 
Michael Kors Sutton Medium Powder-Blue Leather Satchel - old (similar hereherehere) //
Pearl Necklace - gifted (similar here)

Ann Taylor Essential Halter Top - navy (xxsp) // 
Ann Taylor Wide Nude Leather Belt - old (similar here) //
Ann Taylor Factory Store Striped Pencil Skirt (xs) - old (similar here) //
The Limited Blush Faux Leather Dome Satchel - old (similar here)
Ann Taylor Essential Halter Top - navy (xxsp) // 
Ann Taylor Wide Nude Leather Belt - old (similar here) //
Ann Taylor Factory Store Striped Pencil Skirt (xs) - old (similar here) //
The Limited Blush Faux Leather Dome Satchel - old (similar here) //
Jessica Simpson 'Claudette' D'Orsay Pumps (5.5) 

J.Crew Cotton Jackie Shell in Lemon Print (xxsp) //
Banana Republic Riley-Fit Bow-Neck Stripe Shirt (00p)

Ann Taylor Twill Flare Skirt - old (similar here, here) //
BP Scalloped White Tote // LOFT Silk Pastel Scarf - old (similar herehere, here) //

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Ann Taylor Navy-Striped Knit Top (xsp) - old (similar here) // 
Ann Taylor Modern Skinny Ankle Jeans - white (25/0p) //
Banana Republic Wool Camel Blazer (0p) - old (similar here) //
Kate Spade Floral Pearl Collar Necklace - old (similar here) //
Ann Taylor Camel Leather Pumps (5.5)  - old (similar here) //
Tory Burch Camel Leather Handbag - old (similar here, here

(See more photos in this blog post)

Old Navy Fit & Flare Cami Dress in "neutral camel" (xs regular) - comes in 10 other prints! //
LOFT Cheetah Round Sunglasses - sold out (similar here) // 
Kayu Straw Tassel Clutch via BloomThat

Gorgeous blooms via BloomThat

Ann Taylor Ezra Suede Tassel Sandals (5.5) - "paloma" (blush) // 
BP Scalloped White Tote // 
Nordstrom Rack Navy-Striped Skinny Scarf - sold out (similar here)

Banana Republic Easy Care Dot Seamed Cami (00p) - navy //
Banana Republic Navy Bi-Stretch Pencil Skirt (00p) // 
Banana Republic Windowpane Chambray Blazer (00p) //
Arcadia Cream Patent Leather Satchel - old (similar here, here) //
Jessica Simpson 'Claudette' D'Orsay Pumps (5.5) //
Gold Choker Necklace - gifted (similar here) //

Ann Taylor Polka Dot Halter Dress - old (similar here, here) //
Vince Camuto 'Cressida' Gold Shimmer Pumps (5.5) - old (similar here) // 
Tory Burch Fuchsia Leather Clutch - old (similar here, here, here) //
Turquoise Bead Hoop Earrings - old (similar here)

Old Navy Fit & Flare Cami Dress in "neutral camel" (xs regular) - comes in 10 other prints! // 
Gold Choker Necklace - gifted (similar here) //
Kendra Scott 'Elisa' Ivory Pearl & Gold Necklace via Rocksbox* (similar here) //
 Clarks 'Helio Latitude' Leather Wedges (sz 5) via J.Stephens Shoes (more here)//
Etsy Wicker Bag - vintage (similar here, here)

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Free People White Cotton Crop Top - old (similar here) // 
Chicwish Floral Midi Skirt (xs) - sold out (similar here, here) //
Public Desire Pink Suede Pumps - sold out (similar here, here) //
Michael Kors Sutton Medium Powder-Blue Leather Satchel - old (similar here, here, here) //
LOFT Crystal Bib Statement Necklace - old (similar here, here)

LOFT Silk Blush Ruffle Shell (xxsp) - old (similar here) //
Ann Taylor Textured Cream Pencil Skirt - old (similar herehere) //
J.Crew Heather-Grey Blazer - old (similar here) //
Forever 21 Grey Faux Suede Pumps - old (similar here) //
Tory Burch 'Thea' Triple-Zip Blush Satchel - old (similar here, here) //
LOFT Silk Pastel Scarf - old (similar here, here, here) //
The Limited Pearl Cluster Necklace - old (similar here

(See more photos in this blog post)

Taylor Blue Honeycomb Knit Dress (Sz 2) - blue sold out (in grey here, here) //
LOFT White Collarless Blazer - old (similar here, here) //
Ann Taylor Camel Leather Pumps - old (similar here) //
Target Cognac Braided Belt - old (similar here)

Banana Republic Riley-Fit Purple Scallop Shirt (00p) //
J.Crew Double-Serge Cotton Blush Pencil Skirt (00p) - sold out // (similar here, here, here) //
Ivanka Trump Floral Slingback Pumps - old (similar herehere) //
Pearl Multi-strand Necklace - old (similar here)
Maison Jules Striped Off-the-Shoulder Flounce Top (xxs)  //
Ann Taylor Winter-White Textured Flare Skirt (00) - sold out (similar herehere)
Ann Taylor Suede Criss-Cross Tie-Back Sandals - old (similar here) //
J.Crew Red Leather Crossbody - old (similar here, here) //
J.Crew Factory Crystal Statement Necklace - old (similar here, here)

I hope you found these helpful! Feel free to also visit the "Shop the Look" page here on the blog for more daily Instagram photos and all corresponding outfit details. 

I'd love to hear which items you're currently loving, too -- leave me a comment below to share your picks! 

Also, a friendly reminder: this is the final week of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so be sure to make your final shopping rounds before prices go up! Several of my #NSale picks are still in stock -- see my previous blog post for my Top 25 Picks as well as my bonus beauty picks/value sets, and more!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great start to your week!


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017: Top Sellers + Shopping Strategy + My Picks

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is Here!
First things first:
What is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and why is it so popular? 
Simply put, it's a widely-popular annual sale, called the #NSale on social media, where Nordstrom releases brand-new and often-exclusive merchandise at deep discounts for a short window of time before prices revert back to their regular retail prices. Several must-have items for Fall are included as well as a host of other year-round goodies across all departments: Women's, Men's, Kids', Beauty, Handbags, Shoes, Accessories, and more. Designer brands aren't excluded either; in fact, several leading brands offer exclusive merchandise during the sale (think Stuart Weitzman, Rag & Bone, Tory Burch, Jo Malone, La Mer, YSL, Kendra Scott and more.) 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Dates
- Early Access runs from July 13 - 20; 
 - Public Access runs from July 21 - August 6
- Prices go back up August 7

After weeks of anticipation, Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale finally kicks off tomorrow! Early Access runs from July 13th - July 20th before the sale opens to the public. Believe me when I say that shopping the sale during this window gives you a major advantage. The hot-ticket items sell out super fast, and speaking from experience, they're not always re-stocked before the sale opens up to the general public. I can't tell you the number of times I missed out on my wish-listed items because I procrastinated and kept waiting for re-stocks that never happened. Lesson learned.
So, who can shop the "Early Access" sale? Only Nordstrom cardholders. If you have a Nordstrom debit or credit card, you're golden -- you get to shop the sale a whole week before the sale opens up to the public! If you're not a cardholder and missed the July 9 deadline to apply and receive your card in the mail prior to the sale, don't fret - you can still apply HERE and once approved, gain immediate access to the sale and start shopping online! You'll also want to follow my shopping strategy below! 

#NSale Shopping Strategy

Strategy 1: Start creating a wish list now! 

Start browsing the Nordstrom website HERE (see the top sellers below if you're not sure where to start) and add all your favorite items to your wish list. This will allow you to easily access and track them in one place so that when the sale goes live to the public, you can quickly move them to your shopping cart. Note: this doesn't guarantee items won't sell out from your wish list, but it will help you to see which ones are low in stock or have already sold out so that you can quickly adjust your shopping plan/budget accordingly. It never hurts to plan ahead!

Strategy 2: Shop early and don't hesitate on any items you're absolutely loving!

I'm not exaggerating when I say that items have been known to sell out within minutes, even during the check-out process, so if you love it, act fast and buy it! Nordstrom is renowned for their excellent customer service and return policy. Free shipping and free returns with no time limit allow you to buy now and return later if needed. If you're in-between sizes in a particular item, I suggest buying both sizes and returning the one that doesn't fit. Buy now and regret nothing. 

#NSale Top Sellers  
While the exciting reveal on all the sale goodies will take place early tomorrow morning (happy dance!), I thought it would be fun to round up all the #NSale top sellers by category, based on previous years' sales and also on my own personal observations and experiences. Some of these are not guaranteed to be included in the sale, but have made my list based on their popularity as well as my personal preference. 

Here they are in no particular order:







Beauty/Jewelry/Value Sets

My Top 25 #NSale 2017 Picks

Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 just went live! I've culled through all 46 pages of the #NSale, and let me just tell you -- there are some really amazing deals this year! I'm especially loving all of the suede knee-high and over-the-knee boots that are included as well as the longline cardis and vests in varied neutral shades of camel and grey; they'll be perfect come Fall!  

It was hard to whittle them down, but here are my
 Top 25 #NSale 2017 Picks:

My favorite leopard scarf that sold out quickly last year is back as well as some of the wool coats I was eyeing. The hard part is now choosing a color!

#NSale Beauty Exclusives - Bonus Picks

Don't forget the Beauty Exclusives! They're chock-full of some of the best value sets and #NSale exclusives that are perfect for stocking up on your favorite everyday perfumes, moisturizers, and makeup at a fraction of their usual price! They also make great gifts, with several priced at only $50 or less! The YSL lip set is a top pick, as is the Sugar Lip Set. I use these lip glosses and lip balm regularly, and these sets are almost the same price as only one of each regularly-priced gloss/balm! Several of the other smaller-sized sets are ideal for traveling, too; I always make sure to keep a few on-hand in my toiletry bag.

Here are my #NSale Beauty Exclusives - Bonus Picks:

Have you already started shopping? Which items are you eyeing? Remember, if you see something you love, don't hestitate or it could be gone!

Happy shopping!
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