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Prepping for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017

It’s almost my favorite time of year…  Time for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  In case you’re new to this sale, I thought I’d take some time to talk about the reasons why it’s the best sale of the year.

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is when a huge selection of new pieces are offered at incredible prices.  So many name brands are included!  For example, if you are a fan of Kate Spade, then this sale might be your chance to snag one of her newest bags at an awesome price.

Here’s where my tips and tricks come in…  The sale opens to the public on July 21st and goes until August 6th.  If you are a cardholder, then you get early access to the sale beginning on July 13th.  After the sale ends on August 6th, all of the sale items go to their full price.

Trust me, you’ll want to be a cardholder and here’s why: First off, the best sale items sell out FAST.  Second, as a cardholder, every dollar you spend at Nordstrom earns points and those points turn into Nordstrom Notes, aka: gift certificates.  You earn 2 points for every dollar you spend at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Hautelook and Trunk Club.  You also earn alterations credits based on your spending level.  Lastly, cardholders get an allotted amount of triple points days per year and if you save your triple points day for the sale, you triple your reward earnings.  Basically you’re earning free money for shopping for the things you love!

If you’re not already convinced that you need a Nordstrom card, let me give you a couple final thoughts…  If you get approved for your credit card by July 9th, they’ll will give you a $20 Note just for signing up to use on the sale.

To sum it all up…  Shop the Anniversary Sale for BIG savings.  Don’t forget, Nordstrom has FREE shipping and FREE returns ALWAYS!

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Save or Splurge: Summer Swimwear Edition

Happy First Day of July!  With summer vacation right around the corner for us, I’m currently thinking about what bathing suits to pack and which styles I want to buy.  There are so many cute suits available this season, but some are just way more expensive than I would like.  I figured that I can’t be the only girl in this shopping dilemma, right?  Below is a list of the trendiest suits of summer and their much more affordable look-a-likes.

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Swimwear Trends:

  1. Underwire Suits:  I really love this trend because it’s so reminiscent of the 1950’s swimwear style.  I bought the save version of this suit for only $40 and it just arrived yesterday, so I can’t wait to try it on!
  2. Off the Shoulder Suits:  I love a good clavicle.  These off-the-shoulder suits are so darling and again remind me of the sweet 1950’s styles.  I also purchased this $40 dupe for my upcoming beach vacation!
  3. Keyhole Bikinis:  Keyhole tops have been around for a couple of summers now.  I especially love this style for a little added oomph when you like to create the look of more cleavage.  Get the save version here.
  4. Bandage Bikinis:  Remember when bandage dresses were all the rage thanks to Kim K?  Now we’re seeing bandage bikinis all over the internet.  $350 is way too steep for a bathing suit in my opinion, but I could absolutely jump on the $53 look-a-like bandwagon.
  5. Scallop Edge:  Marysia bathing suits became quite popular last summer and they don’t seem to be going out of style any time soon.  Again, many of us don’t want to spend up to $300 on a swimsuit that may not even be that stylish next summer, so why not try it out in much more affordable version from ASOS?

Leave a comment below and let me know what is your perfect price point for a new bathing suit?  Also, how many bathing suits do you typically have for summertime?

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$45 Top Worn Two Ways

When I’m shopping, my sweet spot is under $50 for a top.  I don’t love spending more on a top unless it just totally blows me away.  I think it’s because tops are often memorable, whereas a great pair of skinny jeans can be worn 100 times without ever noticing.

This top is $45 and is my favorite trend: off-the-shoulder.  Although this floral print is sold out, it’s still available in black or white, which are great options all year long.  First, I styled this tunic with white jeans and booties.

$45 top worn two ways angela lanter hello gorgeous

$45 top worn two ways angela lanter hello gorgeous

$45 top worn two ways angela lanter hello gorgeous

$45 top worn two ways angela lanter hello gorgeous

BP. Off the Shoulder Tunic ($45!)  //  Hudson Skinny Jeans  //  Dolce Vita Garim Wedges (sold out!); almost identical boots here (40% OFF)  //  Sole Society Crossbody (two other colors available)

This tunic easily doubles as a mini dress.  If you are worried about length, size up to give some extra fabric at the hemline.  BP. brand typically runs large and I wear an XS, but I could’ve gone with a Small to make this a little longer as a dress.  I love the look of this top paired with over-the-knee boots for a sassy date night look.  These Steve Madden boots are under $100 and are perfect dupes for the highly coveted Stuart Weitzman tall boots.

$45 top worn two ways angela lanter hello gorgeous

$45 top worn two ways angela lanter hello gorgeous

$45 top worn two ways angela lanter hello gorgeous

$45 top worn two ways angela lanter hello gorgeous

BP. Off the Shoulder Tunic ($45!)  //  Steve Madden Emotions Boots  //  Sole Society Crossbody (two other colors available)

Photos by Kara Coleen Photography.

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