Thursday, July 20, 2017

My Mom's Picks from the Nordstrom Sale!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017

Hey, friends! Today's post is SUPER exciting... we have a guest poster :) And she's my best friend and mom, Carla (aka Carcar!). Today, my mom will be sharing her picks and reviews from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (which opens to the public TOMORROW!). She picked out some really cute stuff this year that I think y'all are going to love! So without further ado, she's going to take over from here...

"Hi, I'm Caitlin's mom and I'm back again this year with my favorite Nsale picks! If you are new to Southern Curls and Pearls then you might not know I'm usually the one behind the camera lens taking the photos. Hope you guys don't mind us switching it up today, but a few of you requested this post and rest assured Caitlin will be back tomorrow. ;) For sizing reference, I'm 5'4" and usually wear a size 2 or small. 

Review: Great fitting versatile tee that's made a little longer, which I really like and the material is a good weight. Wearing an XS. 
Price: $17.90, marked down from $25

Review: So give me all the long cardigans!! Love them all and this grey one is another win in my book. Can be worn with jeans, dresses, skirts and even shorts. Wearing a XS petite. 
Price: $$49.90, marked down from $79

Review: I bought my first pair of Paige jeans at the Nsale last year and seriously wore them so much and they still look great today. This year's version is not as dark of a wash and I like them even more than last year's! They have just the right amount of stretch and are very flattering. Wearing a size 26 instead of my usual 27. 
Price: $99.90, marked down from $189

Review: This scarf is reversible, and I love both sides of it! It has really pretty hues of light blue, navy and brown.
Price: (Sold out! Check tomorrow and it may be restocked)

Review: This was one of my favorite items from the sale. Not only is it really cute and comfy but I can wear it now and this fall with a cardigan. The fit is true to size. Wearing a size small and it has a little extra room but still a great fit. I like that it's a little longer and falls just a couple inches above my knees.
Price: $29.90, marked down from $45

Review: I think this cardigan looks so cute paired with the ruffle T-shirt dress. Can't wait to wear it with jeans in cooler weather. I'll be living in this cardigan this fall!! Wearing an XS. 
Price: $49.90, marked down from $75

Review: This is a close second for my favorite item! Softest sweater ever and I love the heather grey color and bell sleeves. I like it with my white jeans but will also love it with dark jeans or slacks. Wearing an XS in this. 
Price: $39.90, marked down from $59

Review: This blouse is in Hush Pink and that describes the color very well. A very light pink and the fabric has a little sheen to it making it look a little dressier than your average blouse. Loving this with the dark wash jeans but this would look equally as well with white. Wearing a Small Petite. 
Price: $58.90, marked down from $89

Review: The fabric is a soft sweatshirt material and I love the side sleeve details on this sweater. Burgundy has always been a great fall color so I love the color. I'm wearing an XS. 
Price: $45.90, marked down from $69

Review: I really like this cold shoulder blouse and the double layer that crosses at the hem. I think this style is flattering for women of all ages because it shows off your shoulders but covers up the back of your arms (not my favorite body part). 
Price: $29.90, marked down from $45

Review: Great fitting tee, and it comes in SEVENTEEN different colors! Longer in length and not too thin. Wearing an XS. 
Price: $19.90, marked down from $29

Review: Love everything about this one! The colors in this scarf can be worn with so many sweaters and coats. The material is soft and will be warm in the fall and winter.
Price: $24.90, marked down from $38

Review: Love this long cardigan and it has patch pockets!! (So cute) I have worn this with shorts already and know I will be wearing it all fall and winter too. This is oversized so I'm wearing an XXS. 
Price: $31.90, marked down from $49

Review: These are the most comfortable booties I've ever owned. The open toe and perforations make them cool enough for summer and the padded foot bed make them so comfortable. It has a 3.5 inch block heel and side zip closure. I know I will be wearing these with so many different outfits now and well into the fall season. I sized down a half size to a size 6 in these. 
Price: $129.90, marked down from $195

Review: These are the other pair of booties that I fell in love with. I choose the taupe color because it goes with just about everything. These are also suede with a 3.5 inch heel and a back zip closure. They fit true to my regular shoe size of 6.5. 
Price: $99.90, marked down from $145.95

Review:  These boots are tall, hitting me right below the knee. They are really comfortable, and I LOVE the color! They do run large, I sized down a half size.
Price: $149.90, marked down from $224.95

Review: This handbag looks like a designer one, but you can't tell that it's made of faux leather - it looks just like real, pebbled leather. I can see myself running errands with this handbag or getting lunch with my girlfriends.
Price: $52.90, marked down from $79.95

Quality: I love the neutral color of this Rebecca Minkoff handbag, and the fact that it's a crossbody. Although there's embroidery on the front, I was surprised to find that it looks good with every single outfit!
Price: $149.90, marked down from $225

 Thanks for letting me show you my picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It was fun to dress in some pretty fall and winter clothes even though its still the middle of July. The way time flies, it will be fall before we know it! And a special thanks to Winnie for being the cutest accessory ever. But seriously thank you to you readers for your support to Southern Curls and Pearls. Y'all are the best!!

xoxo, Carla"

Hey guys, it's Caitlin! I hope you enjoyed today's post! Don't forget that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public tomorrow and MANY of the items that have sold out will be restocked. I'll be announcing the winners of the $1,500 in gift cards tomorrow bright and early! If you haven't entered my giveaway, you can enter HERE. :)



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Book Review (Round Five)

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale pajamas, also love these!
my bedding is from Homegoods, pillows are from Target

Hey guys! I have been meaning to do a book review post for a few weeks now because I've read some AMAZZZZING books lately! I can't wait to share these with you. Let me know in the comments if you have read a good book lately!

1. THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris
I have been highly anticipating B.A. Paris's new novel (that was released yesterday!) because Paris is the author of one of my other favorite books. All I can say is - WOW - it did not disappoint!! It definitely joins the rankings as one of my most favorite books of all time. I wanted to tear through it as fast as possible but didn't want to miss a second of it (I actually did tear through the book, though - I read it all in one sitting!). The premise of the novel goes like this: the protagonist, Cass, is driving along a winding rural road when she passes a woman in a parked car - she considers checking on the woman to see if she's in need of help, but decides to keep driving since she's almost home - the next morning, she learns that the woman was brutally murdered in her car. After the murder, Cass is terrorized and spends every second looking over her shoulder, feeling as though she is being watched by the murderer. My heart was in my throat throughout most of this book, petrified for Cass, wondering if she was in extreme danger or simply imagining everything. I am not one to get scared easily, but this book is VERY creepy - I felt a little paranoid and had a pretty fitful night of sleep after reading it! However, I think this is proof that the book did it's job. It's without a doubt one of the most emotional psychological thrillers I've read in the past year and I can't recommend it highly enough! 
*FYI, I did receive a copy of this book for free, however, all opinions are my own and I was not paid to write this :)

2. NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens
This is another AMAZING book that I would rate five stars! I'm just going to go ahead and put it out there that this book is about domestic violence, and if you are squeamish or uncomfortable with that subject then this might not be the book for you! However, this book is beautifully and wonderfully written; it has quite a different approach to the domestic abuse sub-genre, while maintaining the spine-chilling suspense that I love about psychological thrillers. Immediately from the start of the novel, you are rooting for the protagonist, Lindsey, as she escapes an abusive marriage and tries to make a new life for herself and her daughter. Not only did this book hook me on an emotional level (I really related to Lindsey and felt like she was a friend in real life), it also has one of the biggest, most shocking endings that I have ever read. I truly commend Stevens for pulling off the ending - I had NO idea it was coming, and it kept me on my toes! I also enjoyed this book because Stevens is a hardcore animal activist in real life and it is definitely portrayed in the book - I loved dog in this book, Angus! I won't say too much about the plot because I don't want to give it away, but this is definitely a must-read. Highly recommend!

3. BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
I really enjoyed this book by Sarah Pinborough (my first novel of hers). It's not as suspenseful or spine-tingling as some of the other novels I've read, but I kept reading because I wanted to figure out how it all ended. Single mom Louise meets an enchanting man at a bar on a rare night out, and sparks fly when they share a kiss together. However, when she arrives at work on Monday she finds out that the man from the bar is actually her new boss, David. Things get a little stranger when Louise bumps into Adele, David's wife, and establishes a friendship with her. A super weird love triangle develops between the three of them - Louise, David and Adele - and by the end of the novel, one of them is dead. The story gets a little far-fetched, but if you can suspend your belief in reality for a moment, is incredibly entertaining - and has a shocking twist at the end. 

4. THE GIRL BEFORE by J.P. Delaney
I decided to read "The Girl Before" because my mom read it and absolutely loved it (she finished it in a day) and we have very similar reading tastes! I did finish it quickly (it is a page-turner) however by the end of the novel I was left wanting more. The book is a cross between Gone Girl and Fifty Shades of Grey - if you liked those two books, then you will probably love this one. My main issue with the novel was that the protagonists, both women, kept making stupid decisions. Some of their behavior was just outright ridiculous - I wanted to grab them by the shoulders and shake them! The book alternates between the perspectives of Emma (Before) and Jane (After) as they move into a new apartment - a very beautiful but strange apartment owned by the handsome and mysterious Edward Montford (who is very similar to Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey). Overall it was very entertaining and worth the read!

5. BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty
I read this one thanks to some reader recommendations on my last post (so thanks, you guys!). I absolutely, hands-down LOVED it! You may recognize the name of this one because it was turned into a 7-episode miniseries starring Reese Witherspoon on HBO. I purposefully have not watched the show yet because I wanted to read the book first! The story revolves around three women, all mothers in the same town in Australia whose kids are starting kindergarten together. Madeline is funny and passionate (and also fashion-obsessed), while Celeste is beautiful and always flustered, and single-mom Jane is young and serious. On the surface, this book was about the humorous dynamics of parents acting badly. Under the surface, the author tackles many dark issues, including bullying, rape and domestic violence. It's not your typical psychological thriller, however the characters are so believable and compelling that the story really draws you in. I devoured it in a few days. It gets five stars from me!



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Best Beauty Buys from the #NSale

Best Beauty Buys from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Barefoot Dreams throw (included in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!)

Good morning and happy Tuesday, everyone! A lot of you requested a "Beauty Picks" blog post from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so that's what I'm doing today. Many of these products I've already blogged about before, so you may recognize them! This is one of the only times of the year that they go on sale, so I've bought a bunch & restocked my favorite items. Let's get started...

Rouge Coco Gloss Chanel Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Rouge Coco Gloss Chanel Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Rouge Coco Gloss Chanel Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

First up, I love love love Chanel gloss and there's a set of three moisturizing glosses (and they come in the cutest carrying case!). The shades of the glosses are "Rose Pulpe," "Amuse-Bouche," and "Tendresse," all beautiful pink or red hues. I really love the formula of these - they're not sticky at ALL, and the formula is enriched with coconut oil, peptides and vitamin E to moisturize your lips. Plus the case it comes with is SO cute. The same kit also comes in a nude version if you're a fan of nude glosses. 

MAC lipstick Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

My favorite lipstick brand, MAC, also has some really great deals in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This mini lip kit contains two of my favorite colors: "Smoked Rose" and "Not Too Sweet." If you haven't used MAC lipstick before, it's life-changing! I can always count on the formula to be smooth, pigmented and long-lasting. I wear MAC lipstick in almost every outfit post you see on this blog. :)

Kiehl's Creme de Corps Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Next up, my favorite body lotion of all time, Kiehl's Creme de Corps! I blogged about this lotion in this blog post, naming it as one of the 10 beauty products I can't live without. And it's true! It doesn't have particularly strong or noticeable scent, which I like, and it's incredibly rich, creamy and luxurious feeling without being greasy AT ALL. I slather it on right after I get out of the shower and it leaves my skin feeling moisturized and soft - it even kept my skin moisturized all last Winter so you know it's a good product! This bottle featured in the photo is actually from last year's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - so that's proof that it lasts a long time :) I actually ordered a new one this year to use when I run out of this one!

Slip pure silk pillowcase Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

This product was also included in my 10 beauty products I can't live without blog post, and for good reason. This Slip silk pillow case comes in a 2-pack for $109, which is nearly the price of one by itself. Although the price may still seem expensive, hear me out... they're worth the splurge! Sleeping on silk has numerous benefits - silk fibers are less absorbent than other fibers, so they help lock in your skin's moisture and whatever products you apply to your face before bed. The smooth fibers also reduce facial wrinkles and split ends (I wake up in the morning without ANY pillow wrinkles on my face!). After a couple of years sleeping on this silk pillowcase I don't think I could go back to a regular pillow. And if I ever do sleep on a regular pillowcase (for example, in a hotel), I can immediately tell a difference. This product is one of the most life-changing beauty products out there (IMO!).

Voluspa Maison Blanc two wick candles Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Another product I've blogged about before, these Voluspa Maison-Blanc two-wick candles are the absolute best. These are the kind of candles that make your whole entire house smell good! I stock up on these each year because they're such a good deal, and odds are if you come over to my apartment on any random day, one of these will be burning! In addition to the scent, I also like them because they're made with essential oils, coconut wax and cotton wicks for a clean burn. 

T3 hair dryer Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Make + Model tee // Make + Model jogger pants (the softest pants of all time!)

Also included in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year is my T3 hair dryer! Last week, I did an entire blog post on my hair care routine and raved about this dryer, so I was really excited to see that it's included in the sale this year. These dryers are professional quality and hardly ever go on sale. The dryers are enriched with negative ions, which cancel static and seal the hair cuticle to help maintain moisture and enhance shine. 

Alterna Caviar shampoo and conditioner Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

And finally, I wanted to mention that my favorite shampoo and conditioner are also included in the sale! *Hands up emoji* These are marked down more than $40, which is an amazing deal (I know, they are quite expensive). I've blogged about these products over and over, in this post, this post and this one. They really are the best products out there (that I've tried). They reverse damage and heat processing, leaving my hair softer, silkier and healthier than before. I truly love these!

I also ordered a few more beauty products from the sale (that haven't arrived yet!). I ordered this oil diffuser, this brow serum and this makeup brush cleaner. I'm mostly excited about the brow serum because I want my brows to grow in a little thicker! Has anyone used it before?!

Also if you found a good beauty deal on a product you love from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, let us all know in the comments so we can check it out! And don't forget to enter my $1,500 Giveaway that ends in just a few days!



Monday, July 17, 2017

#NSale Floral Romper

floral bell sleeve romper (on sale for $35) // Tory Burch Frida handbag
rhinestone stud earrings // Tory Burch watch // Nadri crossover ring
Marc Jacobs sunglasses // Valentino sandals
YSL lipstick in "beige tribute"

Happy Monday, everyone! Most of my outfit today is made up of items that are available in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - my floral bell sleeve romper is on sale for $35 and these rhinestone stud earrings are only $37. My watch, handbag and sunglasses are also on sale! Although a lot of items in the #NSale are geared towards fall, there are several items that you can begin wearing right away (and that look more summery!). Plus there are a ton of beauty and home items that you will use the rest of the year - even my favorite brand of underwear is on sale lol!

If you missed it last week, I'm giving away $1,500 in gift cards to shop the sale, you can enter here! :)

Did everyone have a good weekend!? Chris and I had a relaxing Friday night and then headed to Charlotte on Saturday to pick out our wedding bands (woohoo!) and to attend my cousin's daughter's birthday party. We also stopped at our favvvvvorite restaurant in Charlotte, Cowfish! It's kind of a funny restaurant because they specialize in both burgers (cow) and sushi (fish). It's amazing!