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5/27/18

Summertime Stripes + Memorial Day Weekend Sales


Easy-breezy sundresses that are cute, comfy and lightweight are definitely my Spring and Summer go-tos. Case in point: this darling, cotton dress with its fresh summertime stripes in blue and white. I just can't get enough of it! 

This button-down dress from Abercrombie & Fitch has easily been one of my favorite finds in recent months, and I'm so excited to finally be sharing it with you in this blog post, especially now that it's on sale!
Thanks to all the amazing Memorial Day sales, this dress is now marked down to only $35! (No code needed.) I absolutely adore it and highly recommend it. I have already worn it an embarrassing number of times!

 I immediately fell in love with its simple-sweet design and all the little details that make it special: the button-down detailing, the front patch pockets, the sweetheart neckline, and the adjustable straps. It hits all the right style notes and makes dressing for hot-weather days really fast and effortless.

The buttons aren't functional, taking away any worrisome gaping, thank goodness. The back of the dress has stretchy smocking, too, allowing you to just slip it on and go.

This dress comes in other colors, lengths, and sizing options, too. I was thrilled to see a blush-pink color in this same style, and of course added it to my cart along with this striped one. If you follow me on Instagram, you may recall me featuring it a few months ago just before my trip to Cancún. (See it on me here.) It's equally adorable and was perfect for the warm, tropical climate. It packs nicely, too, with little to no wrinkling if you roll it up in your suitcase!

As far as sizing goes, I'd say it runs true-to-size to slightly small. I sized up to a Small for comfort and also opted for the Tall version for more length. I'm 5'2" and it hits a few inches above my knees. Any shorter, and I'd probably wear it less since it would be a true mini dress on me, and would limit the number of places I'd be able to wear it. Depending on your personal fit preference, though, you're safe ordering your true size and then choosing between the regular, petite, or tall options for less or more length as needed.

The dress holds its own without a lot of accessories, but I added a few feminine ones like a blush ring-handle tote, my favorite Ray-bans, gold hoop earrings, and nude ankle-tie sandals. I also tied an ivory cardigan around my waist to lend it a slightly more casual vibe while also giving me an extra layer of warmth for when it gets chilly. 

The styling options are virtually endless for this dress since it can easily be dressed up or down with a few quick accessory swaps. For a dressier look, go with a cropped cardigan or blazer, statement earrings, and heels. For a casual look, go with a denim jacket, minimal or dainty jewelry, espadrille wedges or flat sandals. 


Since this dress comes in so many pretty options, I wanted to share them all in one spot for you. Scroll through to see all my favorite button-down dresses from Abercrombie -- all on sale!

MY FAVORITE A&F BUTTON-DOWN DRESSES



OUTFIT DETAILS:
Abercrombie & Fitch Button-Down Dress (sz Small-Tall) - on sale for $35 //
Ann Taylor Cardigan (sz XXSP) - on sale for $42 w/ code GETSTYLED //
T.J. Maxx Blush Ring-Handle Tote - sold out (similar here & here) //
Lord & Taylor 18k Gold Hoop Earrings - sold out (similar here on sale for $28) //
Nude Ankle-Tie Sandals - old from Ann Taylor (similar here, here, here) //
Ray-Ban Aviators - gradient blue, 55mm (small) - perfect for petite faces! //


MEMORIAL DAY SALES I'M SHOPPING
(Updated Sunday, 5/27/18)

Now, onto the Memorial Day sales!
While there are several sales happening right now, these are the only noteworthy ones I'm actually shopping:


ANN TAYLOR -  40% off full-price items + extra 60% off sale items with code GETSTYLED

ANTHROPOLOGIE - Extra 40% off sale items + 20% off full-price furniture and decor (no code needed)

BANANA REPUBLIC - 40% off everything with code BRSUMMER + FREE shipping on orders of $50+ and FREE 3-5 day shipping on all orders of $100+ with code BRSHIP

EXPRESS - Up to 50% off everything (no code needed)

FOREVER 21 - Extra 30% of sale items with code EXTRA30

GAP - 40% off everything with code MEMDAY + extra 10% off and FREE shipping with code BEST

LOFT - 40% off full-price items + extra 50% off sale items + FREE shipping with code SURPRISE

LORD & TAYLOR - 20% off orders up to $199.99, 25% off orders of $200+ with code GIVE

NORDSTROM - Up to 40% off select styles as marked for half-yearly sale + FREE shipping/returns every day (no minimum)

NORDSTROM RACK - Extra 25% off all clearance items for clear-the-rack sale (prices as marked)

OLD NAVY - 20% off your entire order (discount applied at check-out), 50% off all dresses, shorts, swim, tees, tanks (no code needed) + FREE shipping on orders of $50+

TALBOTS - Extra 40% off 1 item, extra  50% off 2+ items (no code needed)

TARGET - 20% off select clothing, shoes, and more with code MEMORIAL

SALE ITEMS I OWN & LOVE
(all less than $80!)

Same dress from this post (in blush) - now $35

Shoulder-tie dress in white (also in fuchsia and navy) - now $25 //
Lilac bow suede mules - now $24

Gingham ribbon sandals - now $78 //
Orchid floral sandals - now $24 //
Lilac bow suede mules - now $24 //
Yellow suede bow espadrilles - only $28

Mustard lace-up dress (also in plus sizes) - now $20 //
Tan espadrilles - now $79 //
Gold filigree hoop earrings - only $4


Belted fit & flare dress (2P) - now $40
{This full look coming to the blog soon!}

Scalloped tote - only $49

Ruffled white swimsuit (XS) - now $32
{featured on the blog here & here}

Scallop-trim shell (XXSP) - now $8 (sizes very limited - act fast!)

Button-down cami (S) - only $15

Lace-up tassel sandals - now $65 (sizes very limited - act fast!)

Embroidered dress (XS) - now $20

Floral fit & flare dress (XS) - now $20

Gold filigree hoop earrings - only $4 //
Floral pajama top worn as a blouse (XS) - now $12
{This full look coming to the blog soon!}

I hope you're all having a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend! We're doing a little grilling at our house today and I've got my eye on the shrimp skewers. ;-)

XO,
Sara






5/1/18

Gifts for Mom - A Mother's Day Gift Guide


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How on earth is it already May?! Mother's Day is already a short two weeks away, which means it's time to start prepping and shopping for all the special mommas in your life! (And maybe pick up a thing or two for yourself, too. Don't worry, your secret is safe with me. 😉)

Today I'm rounding up so many pretty picks that would make the perfect Mother's Day gifts! With all the selfless love, care, and support our mothers and mother-figures have given us over the years -- yes, even at our worst -- it's so important to give back to them and to let them know how much we truly love, respect, and appreciate them and all their countless sacrifices! I've chosen gifts from all different categories to help you with some ideas -- fashion, home, beauty, and more -- all at varying price points for every budget.

Pictured in the collage above are some of my top picks. All the colorful prints and feminine details are so darling and perfectly gift-worthy! These are all gifts that caught my eye (and a few that I already own and love!) Several of these can be bundled together, too, for a unique and personal touch that shows the extra thought you put into it. I've talked about this before in previous gift guide posts, but some of the best and most memorable gifts I've received from friends and family have been those that have been bundled within each other, like gifts within a gift. For example, a darling bag like this one that is stuffed with a lipstick set, perfume, candle, earrings, or cute pouch and finished with a pretty scarf or ribbon tied around it in a bow. What gal wouldn't love to receive such a sweet gift tailored to her?

The "Home Is Where Your Mom Is" dish towel is possibly one of the most precious towels I've ever seen -- I know my heart would explode if my babies gifted this to me! Or this "Best Mom Ever" scarf...100% silk and so stinkin' cute! 💗

Also, the flutter-sleeved floral robe is such a beauty! It comes in a pretty blush floral print, too! I think this would be such a lovely gift for all mommas or any mommas-to-be, too; it's something she can feel extra pretty in, especially on those rough days when just getting dressed is a tiresome feat. Get her a matching garment bag and sleep mask for the ultimate lounge set and I'm sure she'll love you to the moon and back!

I'm really crushing on all the beautiful silk scarves this season, too, like the lilac toile one above and this whimsical picnic one, too! Mom can wear them around her neck, in her hair, or tied to a cute Summer bag.

One of the coolest gifts I came across is this heart-shaped portable charger! It's simple and sweet with its gold-heart design but it's also super practical and something every mom-on-the-go could use daily! Few things are more aggravating than your cell phone dying when you're out and about and need it the most. (We've all been there. The worst.) I love that you can just attach this cutie to your bag or clutch and have one less thing to worry about! It gives your phone just enough "juice" until you can get home or get to a charger to fully charge it.

I'm rounding up all my Mother's Day Gift Ideas for you below!
Have fun browsing, and I hope you're able to find that perfect gift you've been searching for!

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS


XO,

Sara
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