Friday, July 21, 2017

#NSale Opens to the Public + HUGE LIFE UPDATE!


Sooooo today is the day we've all been waiting for... the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally live to the public! I hope you have your shopping lists ready, because things will go fast!! If something you want is sold out, keep checking because Nordstrom will be restocking most items this morning (especially the popular items like the B.P. cardigans and booties!). If you missed it, I did a full mirror try-on and review blog post HERE. There were so many good items in the sale this year, with really steep discounts! Today I'm rounding up some more of my sale outfits from the past week. Scroll down to find the giveaway winners AND for some life updates :)  

First up, this Leith easy circle cardigan in both the pink and beige colors. This is one of the softest and most comfortable cardigans I own. I wear it in a size XS. 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017
boyfriend denim shorts (not on sale)

This floral bell sleeve romper is also available in all sizes and is marked down to $35. I'm wearing a size XS!

Valentino sandals (not on sale) // YSL lipstick in "beige tribute" (not on sale)

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale also has TONS of cute workout gear this year! I snagged this cropped sweatshirt and a new pair of Zella high-waisted leggings. I love these for both my pure barre workouts and for running errands around town. 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale workout wear

This side slit tee is (in my opinion) one of the best items in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. They're marked down to $15.90 and SUCH high quality (much thicker than last year's version). It comes in several colors. I'm wearing a size XS.

Lush raw edge side slit tee, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
white pants (not on sale) // monogram necklace (not on sale)

These Kate Spade tassel sneakers - I just die every time I see them! They're the perfect casual sneaker that you can wear to lunch with your girlfriends, to class or even on a casual date night. I sized down half a size for a perfect fit. 

Kate Spade Lenna Tassel sneakers

This Topshop lattice back sweater is another favorite purchase - if you want to see the front, I reviewed it in this blog post. It is made of a really soft material and feels so comfortable on! (Side note - you don't have to wear it off-the-shoulder like I'm doing here.) I'm wearing the size US 2. 

Topshop lattice back sweater
boyfriend denim shorts (not on sale)

Tory Burch has some AMAZING items in the sale this year - including this handbag and these sandals  which remind me of the Miller sandals and are just as cute. My handbag is in the color "light oak" and my sandals are in the color "makeup." Both look like a very soft pink in person.

Tory Burch, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Not everything from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is geared towards fall - you can start wearing this satin cold shoulder top right now, and it's marked down to less than $30. I'm wearing a size XS.


This polka dot blouse stole my heart right away - especially for only $31.90! It's a great top for work, I can envision it with black pants or a pencil skirt. Wearing size XS.

boyfriend denim shorts (not on sale) // monogram necklace (not on sale)

These B.P. lightweight rib stitch cardigans are guaranteed to sell out - again. Every single color sold out during the Early Access Sale! I bought it in this grey color, as well as beige, green and burgundy. It's incredibly comfortable and can be worn so many different ways, with so many different outfits. It does run a little bit big - I sized down to an XXS in this. 

BP lightweight rib stitch cardigan, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
white shorts (not on sale)

This comfy blanket is usually super expensive (it is REALLY thick and high quality), but is marked down $60 during the sale. It's a good time to snag one for the upcoming fall and winter months!


I'm wearing a size 2 in this ruffle sleeve cardigan. It also comes in black! 

Topshop layered ruffle sleeve cardigan, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
white pants (not on sale) // white tank (not on sale) // monogram necklace (not on sale)

These Rebecca Minkoff crossbody handbags are the perfect fall handbags and are also included in the sale! They're the perfect size to fit my iPhone 7 Plus, my car keys and a few makeup items. 

Rebecca Minkoff Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Fingers crossed that these Moonlight pajamas are re-stocked! I love the pink color and they are soooooo soft! Wearing an XS.

Moonlight pajamas // bedding from Homegoods, pillows from Target

These Marc Jacobs sunglasses are the perfect tortoise sunglasses, and are marked down almost $60.


Another favorite cardigan of mine: this B.P. rib knit cardigan. I love the texture of it, and the fabric is really soft in person. It looks cute paired with a fall scarf! Wearing an XS. 

BP rib knit cardigan, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 
B.P. lace camisole // B.P. rib knit cardigan // Steve Madden sandals
Levi's jeans (not on sale)

Me and my momma! (She did an entire blog post on her picks from the Nordstrom Sale, if you missed it!) Her ruffle sleeve T-Shirt dress will probably be re-stocked in several colors. This one will be quick to sell out again!


Okay, now for some life updates! I realized the other day that I have done a terrible job of keeping you guys updated with the wedding stuff! Chris and I did book our venue, and the big day will be June 2, 2018 in Charleston, S.C.! Right away we knew that we wanted to have our wedding in Charleston... Chris and I have been going on vacations there ever since we started dating back in 2012. It holds a very special place in our hearts, plus it's just so darn BEAUTIFUL that we couldn't imagine getting married anywhere else. The venue that we picked out is everything this southern gal has ever dreamed of - a cute little Charleston house with a wraparound porch. I can't wait to show you! :) 

As far as planning goes, we've booked the florist and the band, and are in the process of booking the caterer. Yesterday, I put together some little gift boxes for my bridesmaids (to ask "Will you be my bridesmaid?") and I think they turned out really well! I plan on sharing those with you next week, once all the girls have received their boxes in the mail. As far as the wedding dress goes, I haven't made any progress on that yet. To be honest, I don't even know what style of dress I want.... yikes! If you guys have any advice for trying on dresses, I would love it!

On another note, something ELSE really exciting has happened recently that I've been bursting to tell you guys... Chris and I bought a house!!!!

ruffle hem maxi skirt  // Showpo white top (sold out)

That's me in front of our new front door, lol! :)

I don't even know where to begin to tell you guys the story behind this! It's SO funny how God works, because growing up, I never in a million years thought that I would end up in Winston Salem, N.C. To be honest, when I initially decided to move here a little more than a year ago, I bawled my eyes out. I knew that it was the right decision for me and Chris, and while I was so excited to finally live in the same city as him, I truly loved Charlotte. I loved my friends, my apartment, the shopping, restaurants, nightlife, etc. I just KNEW I was going to hate Winston. I knew it! But I was wrong. I had a terrible experience moving out of my apartment in Charlotte, and when we got to Winston that day with all of our moving boxes, something sort-of clicked... I immediately felt at peace, like I was finally home. Winston is definitely a small town, but it is charming. People here are so friendly, they ask how your day is and they genuinely want to know. It's such a small town that I take Winnie for a walk and run into five people I know, and spend an hour catching up with each one. I've come to love my little grocery store, my cozy apartment, the people in my apartment building, the Pure Barre instructors, the postman, the taco place down the street. Not only that, but moving here was the first time that Chris and I had lived in the same city in several years. I was worried that we would feel isolated from our family and friends, living far away from them, but instead, it's forced us to be adventurous and make new memories in OUR new city. We began to realize how this sleepy little town is actually full of life... and we began to consider it our home. After we got engaged, we knew my lease was going to be up soon and it was time to look for a true home - a house - where we could put down our roots. After a LOT of searching, we found a house that we both loved. I'll be moving in in about a month (get ready for some interior decorating posts!) and Chris will finish out his lease at his apartment and move in once we're married. After living in small apartments for the past ten years, we can't wait to finally have a driveway and a backyard for Winnie to run around in. We are both over the moon excited, even the smallest things like having an extra guest bedroom for our family and friends to stay in, feels like a huge blessing. 

The point of all this is to let you guys know how much we appreciate you, and how excited we are to share this next chapter of our lives with you. Many of you have been here for me since the beginning, through the good and bad times, and it brings tears to my eyes to think of how supportive you've been throughout the years. I've said this in the past, but I consider you guys to be my real-life friends and a very valuable part of my life. 

Anyway, on to the fun part. SORRY for making y'all wait so long to find out the giveaway winners, haha!!
The winners of the Nordstrom gift cards are:

$500 Gift Card Winners:
1. Kendall Twomey 
2. Kristin Purdy
$250 Gift Card Winners:
1. Brittany Bius
2. Rachel Todd

Please email me at southerncurlsandpearls@gmail.com to redeem your prize!

Once again, THANK YOU ALL for your support. I love and appreciate each and every one of you. 
xoxo

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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. :)

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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!

xoxo

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