Happy happy Monday! (Is there such a thing?) I’m turning 25 tomorrow, and to be honest, I’m not very excited, so this week is a bit of an eh for me. Am I the only one who is incredibly underwhelmed by birthdays nowadays? I haven’t been truly excited for one since I was 21. That one, I admit, I was really thrilled about — especially because I was one of the last of my friends to hit the big 2-1. I guess now I can rent cars without a surcharge!
Though I’m not a big birthday person, I do think it would be depressing to just sit at home (especially when you’re down about getting older!), so I’m going out for drinks and lobster rolls with a few friends at a boat bar in Tribeca, Grand Banks. I’ve never been so hopefully it’s a good spot! I wanted to do something outdoors last year and it ended up POURING, so if it’s good weather this year I’ll be happy no matter what.
In more exciting news than my impending quarter life crisis, I have a new member of my handbag family: The Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag. It’s still in stock online if you want to buy brand new, but I picked mine up on Mercari, a new-to-me resale app (and was able to snag it for way, way less by doing so!) I usually sell things on Poshmark, but what’s great about Mercari is that the app only takes a 10% cut of what you sell, so you end up with more money in the end! I’ve listed a few items on there since, and have it on my to-do list to do more! I’ve been thinking about writing a post for my tips on reselling items. I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve made nearly $1,000 doing so over the years, so I have a bit of wisdom to share!
I’ve been loving the sneaker + simple dress look this summer. It’s cozy, it’s easy and it’s comfortable. You can’t go wrong. My office is also casual enough that this would be an acceptable work outfit. (Seriously, my biggest thought when buying clothes as an adult. Can I wear this to work? If not, that’s a big chunk of time I can’t wear it!) Also, Kate Middleton loves Superga sneakers (not to mention, stripes!), so you know they’re good!
Also, a reminder (as if you need one!): The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still going on. Stuff is shipping insanely fast — I already got a sweater I ordered on Friday! But really, I need them to restock this suede skirt. It’s so cute!
Anddd, the day is here! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially open to the public. I haven’t posted about the sale until now because I don’t have a Nordstrom card so it felt a little disingenuous to be shilling products I couldn’t even shop yet myself! I’ve honestly never bought anything from the Nordstrom sale before, and to be frank, have always gotten a little annoyed with bloggers who chatter about it non-stop.
However, as a blogger myself this year, I’m starting to see the light. There are a lot of staple pieces at great prices (hello, Tory Burch boots!) and it’s a good way to buy items you’ll wear all fall and winter long at a discount. While I won’t be going too crazy, the sale does line up pretty well with my birthday — next Tuesday! — so I’ll be using it as an opportunity to nab a few gifts at a cheaper price. I’m not buying all of the below (I’m not made of money!) but I do love all of these items, and it was tough to narrow it down to the four I’m purchasing!
ONE // V-Neck Sweater I will be buying this in black, as I live in black sweaters in the winter (#NYC) and don’t have a v-neck one in my collection! At $25, it’s an easy purchase to convince yourself to make!
TWO // Suede Miniskirt I’m also buying this suede mini after wanting one for over a year. The price is knocked off $30, and I love the little slit at the front. It also comes in a gorgeous wine color.
THREE // Patagonia Quilted Pullover I’m not going to buy this, as I have way too many sweatshirts, but I wish I was! I’ve wanted a Patagonia pullover forever and they rarely go on sale.
FIVE // Free People Off-the-Shoulder Pullover
This looks so cozy + can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. I have a sweatshirt like it and it’s one of my favorite things to pull on when I’m feeling lazy.
SIX // Waffle Knit Cashmere Wrap I’ve wanted this since the day the sale opened up early access. I travel a fair amount (as you’ve probably noticed) and have been wanting a wrap for forever. This one looks cozy + is so elegant. I can’t want to bring it with me to Europe this fall!
SEVEN // Tory Burch Boots My biggest issue with these is the huge logo on the side. If that didn’t exist, I seriously might pick up a pair. I have a pair of Frye boots, which I love, but the lack of zipper on the side makes them tough to take off. If you don’t mind the logo, however, snag these! They’re $200 off and are never discounted this much at any other time during the year.
EIGHT // Lace Romper College ladies, this would be so cute for a sorority formal. I wish had an excuse to wear nice outfits on a semi-regular again! (I’ll just have to wait for my friends to start getting married!)
NINE // Yellow Ruffle Wrap Dress
The sale is mostly fall items, but this dress is perfect for summer! I love the yellow color, and the eyelet ruffle is so cute too. Would be perfect for a more casual wedding or bridal shower.
TEN // Colorblock Cashmere Wrap
Another interpretation of the travel wrap, this one is a bit more detailed with its two-tone sides.
ELEVEN // Foreo Luna Cleanser My mom randomly got one of these for free and gave it to me (thanks mom!) but I use instead of my Clarisonic, which died after like 18 months of use. The charge lasts forever (it’s gotten me more than six months!) and you don’t have to worry about brush heads. Love it.
TWELVE // Nude Slide Loafers I’m so into slides of all kinds, but have yet to make the splurge. I don’t think these are the ones, sadly, because they’re super cute, but there’s just other items I want from the sale more. But they’re a great staple item for the fall + summer!
THIRTEEN // Green Rain Jacket
I love love love the green color of this rain jacket. It is so bright and fun but still in an unexpected color.
FOURTEEN // Brown Leather Jacket
Anddd this is the last of my sale purchases. I’ve wanted a leather jacket for a while now, and figure I won’t find a price better than this. I can’t wait to wear it in Europe this fall.
FIFTEEN // Madewell Peplum Button Down
You can never have enough button downs, and this one has such a sweet detail with its peplum hem.
SIXTEEN // Madewell Stripe Leather Tote
I have the J.Crew version of this tote and use it constantly. It holds everything, including a laptop and is great for travel or the everyday.
SEVENTEEN // NARS Cheek Palette
NARS Orgasm is my favorite blush, ever. This palette will cover all of your cheek needs, from highlight to contour to blush.
EIGHTEEN // AG Raw Hem Skinny Jeans
Every blogger ever raves about these jeans, and if there’s one thing I trust, it’s a blogger recommendation. The raw hem trend is so fun, too.
TWENTY // AG Step Hem Distressed Jeans
Y’all, I’m not buying these because they just don’t fit in my budget this time around. But man, I wish they did because they are so. dang. cute. I love the color, the distressed detail, the paint splatters and the step hem. I love it all! Ugh, they are so cute. Someone, buy them and then show me?
Y’all, today I am talking about a go-to retailer of mine for affordable, trendy pieces: SheIn. They seriously have so many adorable items at such unbelievable price points. I feel like there are some worries about quality and fit with SheIn items, but honestly, everything I’ve gotten from there I’ve really liked. One of my favorite things is that they have great dupes for trendy items, like this Milly top, and a Solid & Striped bathing suit. They’re also quick to pick up on trends for the season, like gingham, pom poms, and lots of off-the-shoulder pieces.
These are just nine of my favorites, but seriously, there site is a never-ending assortment of adorable trendy options. (Really, I had to stop myself placing about 10 different orders as I was creating this.) Number one on my wish list is this criss-cross back dress. I love the length and the X in the back. I wish I had ordered it a little earlier — it would have been a great birthday dress! (The product is coming from China so the shipping can take some time, but is well worth the wait!)
I’m approximately the 100000th person to say this, but MAN, summer is zipping by! Somehow every weekend from May to August booked up within the first few weeks of summer. This weekend, I was back in the city after two weekends away, but one of my best friends from high school came to visit! We went to Smorgasburg, walked around Williamsburg, had dinner (and homemade frosé!) on a friend’s roof in Brooklyn, saw a really cool production of Sweeney Todd downtown, and went to a fun event at the Hotel Chantelle on Sunday. So much good stuff — made even better by having a friend in town! — but not a very productive one, hence why Monday’s post is going up today.
With summer dwindling away at a rapid pace, I’m trying to keep a mental list of things I want to do before the warm weather disappears. I’m dying to do an evening on the North River Lobster Company boat, which takes you out on the Hudson + you can order lobster rolls and cocktails! I was hoping it to do it for my birthday, which is next Tuesday, but it’s closed on Tuesdays! I haven’t spent nearly enough time in Central Park this summer, and I’d like to get out to Rockaway Beach before the summer ends, too. (And eating on patios! I love, love eating on patios.)
This is my last post from our Nantucket trip. As I’ve said approximately 1000 times, it really was the perfect weekend. Downtown Nantucket is so cute, with its cobblestone streets, picturesque houses and gorgeous trees. (Can you tell I’m ready to go back?!)
Y’all, what a week I’ve had. I flew back from Chicago on Monday night (flights are so much cheaper on Mondays than Sundays, highly recommend it!) and my flight had a bad delay. Coupled with the fact that it was an evening flight to begin with, it was bad. We were stuck at O’Hare until 11:30-ish, at which point they told us that LaGuardia was closed and we’d have to fly into JFK or Newark (both of which are significantly further from my apartment.) When all was said and done, I didn’t get home until 3:30 in the morning. I didn’t even really sleep in on Tuesday, as the apartment above me is having some sort of construction done, which started loudly around 8:00 in the morning. Of all the days to have intense pounding going on above your head!
I crashed hard on Tuesday night, but even writing this post right now — at 9:15 on Wednesday — I feel like I’m about to fall asleep. Why does one night of bad sleep mess you up so much?
Anyway, that saga explains why I didn’t have a blog post up until Thursday of this week. I had been planning to write on the flight, but by the time we got on I was so wiped and just wanted to read and take a nap.
I wore this simple dress for our last day wandering around downtown Nantucket. We wanted to pop back into some of the adorable stores to see if there were any last-minute purchases to make. Surprisingly, I don’t think I made any! But whether you buy something or not, a day spent (window) shopping in downtown Nantucket is always a good one. It’s a preppy paradise!
I’d been searching for a good white strapless dress for a while now, and I really love the length of this one. I think it’s so elegant + can be dressed up or dressed down. It’s also under $20 right now and was recently restocked, so it’s available in a ton of sizes!
Oh, and I know. Another white dress?I told you it was my summer uniform! (I wore my jean jacket with this outfit, too, but took it off for photos.)
But the real star of this outfit are these tassel earrings. I’d been eyeing a similar pair for a while, but just couldn’t stomach the price tag. I mean, they’re literally thread. We’re not talking diamonds here. So when my friend Brooketold me about this Etsy shop that sells tassel earrings in a huge variety of colors, it was about five minutes of browsing before I purchased three pairs. They are shipped from Thailand, so there’s a shipping cost, but it’s nothing crazy. And for the product cost, more than worth it! There are still lots of colors and styles available, so check out the shop! PS: Shipping time takes a bit but they’ll get there, don’t worry!
They’re such a fun statement piece, right? I’m in love!