Friday, May 27, 2016

Your Complete Guide to Memorial Day Sales!

Happy Friday, and more importantly, happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone! There are tons of amazing sales going on this weekend, I've included my top product picks, and then a full roundup of sales below.

NORDSTROM // Up to 40% off, including major designers like Tory Burch handbags & Michele watches

ASOS // Extra 20% off with code HISUMMER... lots of classic & summery dresses

OLD NAVY // Extra 50% off select styles, including this adorable scalloped bikini

J.CREW // 40% off with code WEEKEND... I am absolutely smitten with these earrings

ANN TAYLOR // 50% off full-price purchases & extra 40% off sale with code SUMMER50
ANTHROPOLOGIE // Extra 30% off all sale items
ASOS // Extra 20% off with code HISUMMER
BANANA REPUBLIC // Extra 40% off with code BRTAKE40
BLOOMINGDALES // Take an extra 20% off select sale items with code BROWNBAG
EXPRESS // 15% off your purchase with code 9492
FARFETCH // Up to 50% off
FREE PEOPLE // Additional 25% off all sale items
FURBISH STUDIO // 20% off site wide with code ALLTHETHINGS
J.CREW // 40% off your purchase with code WEEKEND
J.CREW FACTORY // 50% off everything
KATE SPADE // Extra 25% off sale items with code SPEECHLESS
LOFT // 60% off select items and all sale styles, plus 40% off new arrivals
MACY'S // Extra 20% off Memorial Day Sale + free shipping at $50 with code MEMDAY
MADEWELL // Extra 20% off sale styles with code META20
MINTED // 15% off all wedding and kids' essentials with code MEMORIAL16
NASTY GAL // extra 40% off all markdowns 
NORDSTROM // Up to 40% off 
OLD NAVY // Extra 50% off select styles 
POTTERY BARN // Up to 25% off with code SAVEMORE
SAM EDELMAN // 30% off site wide with code VIPSUMMER
SHOPBOP // New markdowns 
SIGMA BEAUTY // 20% off site wide with code MEMORIAL20
SOLE SOCIETY // 50% off select styles
URBAN OUTFITTERS // 25% off shorts and graphic tees

What are everyone's plans for this weekend?! I am heading back to Winston today... we plan to grill out and hang out by the pool all weekend! 

Happy shopping!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Seas the Moment

on me: swimsuit top // swimsuit bottoms // one piece version available HERE
turquoise tassel earrings, similar here for only $34
on my mom: Tara Grinna tankini (a local brand!) // Gucci sunglasses

There are two types of people in this world: mountain people and beach people. Some prefer the the solitude and wonder of the mountains... others find no greater joy than by the sea. You can probably guess which type of person I am :) Ever since I was young, I have loved being by the ocean. It may sound dumb, but my soul feels at peace at the beach - and for one week of the year, everything is right in the world. My dad and I love taking long beach walks, and we have some of our best and deepest life conversations during those times. And my mom and I... we just love being silly together! The only thing we are missing this year is my brother, who is working in Japan. We miss you Chris!

On to the outfit... I am loving this colorful swimsuit top and bottoms (you may recognize them because I also have the one piece version). But my favorite part of the whole outfit is actually the beach cover-up! The lace detailing absolutely gorgeous in person, and so are the little sunflowers that line the top. I would live in it if I could!

Your turn - are you a beach person or mountain person? I'd love to know!

Also! Don't forget about the big sale going on right now, I blogged about it yesterday. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday! xoxo


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Outfits I've Worn that are on Sale...

Happy Wednesday! Today's a good day, because one of my favorite retailers is having their half-yearly sale just in time to snag some new clothes for Memorial Day Weekend. I've rounded up a bunch of outfits that are now marked 40 or 50% off! My favorites include this sun hat (you've seen me wear it a billion times) and these platform sandals. Scroll down for more sale items!

printed scallop bikini top (40% off) // scallop bikini bottoms (in white - 40% off) 
similar straw hat (50% off)

lace trim halter top (40% off) //  platform sandals (40% off) // white pants 

lace trim halter top (40% off) //  platform sandals (40% off)

embroidered camisole (40% off) // embroidered cotton shorts (40% off) // similar straw hat (50% off)

Nanette Lepore one piece swimsuit (marked down from $140)

A few affordable outfits from this past week...

Even a bunch of designer handbags and accessories are on sale too! If you get two-day shipping, everything should be here for Memorial Day weekend. It's not on sale, but I ordered this romper for the weekend - it's absolutely GORG in person.

Happy shopping!



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ice Cream Daze

Urban Outfitters panama hat //  jean shorts, similar here (I like the "indigo" color)

I love Urban Outfitters for their affordable, trendy clothing items and handbags. The suede cross body bag reminds me of a Chloe bag that's in stores now... but it's less than $40! And don't get me started on this off shoulder top. I love the blue embroidery on it and the little button detailing on the front. It doesn't have to be worn how I'm wearing it, it can also be worn on the shoulders. I've also worn this panama hat almost every day since I've been at the beach. It's the perfect lightweight summer hat... and it doesn't fly off my head every time the wind blows like some hats - it actually fits! Check out some more of my picks from Urban Outfitters below.

On another note... we have had ice cream almost every single night at the beach! Both my dad and Papa LOVE dessert and drag our whole family to the ice cream shop every night (I'm not complaining). Although I do feel like I'm in an ice cream coma every day. LOL.



*Thank you to ShopStyle for sponsoring this post

Monday, May 23, 2016

Casual Date Night Outfit

Striped off shoulder dress

Chloe Drew handbag
love this off shoulder dress
tassel earrings
Casual date night outfit - striped dress, platform sandals
Wayf off shoulder striped dress // Chloe Drew bag, similar and less expensive here

I wore this cute off shoulder striped dress this past Saturday - my boyfriend drove to the beach to visit our family for the weekend and we got to have a date night on Saturday night! (If you ever come to Ocean Isle Beach, visit "Ocean Isle Fish Company" - it's an awesome restaurant with an amazing view of the island and the bridge.) Anyways, this dress was the perfect thing to wear because it's lightweight and casual - but the off-shoulder ruffle makes it flirty! I have really been loving the blue & yellow combination lately so I paired it with a yellow handbag and earrings.

Did everyone have a good weekend?! My family is staying at the beach for another week (it's my Papa's 87th birthday this week, also). We didn't have very good weather last week, but this week they're calling for sunshine every day. I just started reading a really good book, so I'm looking forward to laying out on the beach and reading!



Friday, May 20, 2016

Lace Up Dress + How I Spray Tan!

lace-up printed dress (less than $50), also love THIS one
embroidered wedges (obsessed) // Chloe Drew bag, similar and less expensive here

I wore this dress yesterday and just love it! The pattern is so bright and pretty, it's comfortable and flowy, and it's pretty affordable too (less than $50). I want to re-wear it again on a date night! But I also want to point out the shoes - the SHOOOEEES I think are the main highlight of the outfit! These embroidered wedges come in a few different colors. Just a warning - they are TALL! I don't have trouble walking around in them, but if you aren't used to wearing heels you may. They're true to size... and I'm slightly obsessed with them. *insert heart eye emoji here*

I also wanted to answer a few of your questions about the type of spray tan I get! In these pictures my spray tan is about a week old (I got it last Saturday) and as you can see it has lasted quite a while. I get spray tans every few weeks in the summer (it is so much better for you than cooking your skin in the sun!) so I've experimented a lot with colors/booths/additives. Here are my tips:

*I always get the Mystic Tan in dark. If you're going to go with Mystic, get either the light or the dark, not the medium. The medium has orange tones in it! (There are two types of spray tan booths: The Mystic and the Versa. My mom prefers the Versa, while I prefer Mystic. It is personal preference, I encourage you to try both!)
*Always buy the "sticky feet." They are foot-shaped adhesives that prevent the bottom of your feet from soaking up the excess tanning fluid. If you don't get these, the bottoms of your feet will turn a nasty dark orange color! They are only $1 or $2 more.
*Add a scent (or two!). The scents smell really good and cover up the "spray tan smell." I really like the "warm vanilla" scent and I usually add two of them to the spray tan.  
*Add the accelerator additive. I prefer the accelerator to the "hyper tan" additive because the hyper tan bronzes you right away - which gets all over your clothes and bedsheets. The accelerator doesn't leave any bronze residue behind and also balances the pH levels of your skin - it ends up giving you a really beautiful bonze hue.

In conclusion, I always ask for: the Mystic tan in "dark," with two scents and the accelerator additive. I also buy the sticky feet to go along with it. My best advice is to get the spray tan done at night (most tanning booths are open until 10 or 11 p.m. at night) and then go to sleep right after. You have to wait eight hours before taking a shower, and it's easier to sleep through the night and wake up tan!

By the way, this post isn't sponsored at all, I just have been getting a lot of questions about spray tans so I wanted to answer here! Let me know if you have any other questions!