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July 2016

BELL SLEEVE DRESS

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It’s the mid-way mark of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and there are still lots of amazing things still in stock, which is why I’m bringing you this darling belle sleeve dress I scored for just $31 in the incredible annual sale event, but first…

Why You Should Shop the Nordstrom Sale

I’ve had a couple of funny comments on my N Sale instagram posts about why or how I’m wearing all of this fall/winter stuff in the Texas heat (which is a very fair question, I might add). Let me just disclose that I’m not actually wearing this stuff in real life (for this shoot for example, I brought some flip slops to wear with the dress to dinner with my photog-husband Cole after the shoot.) The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a bit odd-seeming at first when you think of buying boots and sweater in July, but that’s what’s so great about it! This sale is so ¬†unique in the fact that Nordstrom is the only retailer to majorly mark down brand new fall product BEFORE fall actually starts rather than after as many retailers do. This way you get your must-have fall and winter pieces at a discount and actually get to enjoy and wear them all season long. It’s genius!

Now onto this dress. ūüėČ Its definitely a wear-now and wear-later piece, but¬†the long sleeves definitely make it perfect for fall. I absolutely adore the little bell sleeve detail and the open back adds an unexpected, feminine touch that I just adore. The dress comes in so many different solid colors and patterns, but I was so drawn to this blue floral print. For sizing references, either order your regular size or a size down for a less-loose fit. I’m in between a small and an extra small and I went with the extra small in this dress. Note that the dress will go up to it’s regular price of $48 on August 8th when the sale is over so if you love it as much as I do, act now!

To style the dress, I wanted to go for a fall look, so I started with these amazing tall suede boots by UGG. These were such a good N Sale buy – not only are they super chic, but they’re crazy comfortable and water resistant, so they’ll be perfect for those crazy winter weather. I got them in this warm Chestnut Suede hue, but they also come in a cooler brown hue and a grey and black. To finish the look, I carried this amazing faux leather tote (a $35 steal in the sale!)

To accessorize the dress, I oped for subtle sparkle with this Kendra Scott tassel necklace that’s also on sale in the Nordstrom Sale and¬†these BaubleBar earrings that are marked down to under $20!

This is the perfect outfit for a fall brunch or date night.

SHOP THE LOOK

DRESS: Lush Whitney Bell Sleeve Dress ¬†// ¬†BOOTS: UGG Ava Tall Water Resistant Suede Boots in Chestnut Suede ¬†// ¬†BAG: BP. Faux Leather Drawstring Tote ¬†// ¬†SUNNIES: Karen Walker Super Duper Thistle Sunglasses ‚Äď 40% off!¬† // ¬†EARRINGS: BaubleBar Bliss Drop Earrings – on sale for under $20! ¬†// ¬†NECKLACE: Kendra Scott Tassel Necklace¬† // ¬†WATCH: Tory Burch Izzie Watch

Fair-well xx,

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STAYCATION AT THE W AUSTIN

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Side note – this post is a mix of iPhone photos from instagram and photos from our cameras, so the coloring isn’t perfect. ūüėČ

SHOP THE LOOK

BIKINI TOP: VIX Swimwear Snake Print Wrap Bikini   //  BIKINI BOTTOMS: VIX Swimwear Snake Print Bikini Bottoms  //  SUNNIES: Ray Ban 58mm Aviator Sunglasses  //  EARRINGS: Kendra Scott Rogan Pearl Stud Earrings

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Being a Dallas girl, you may wonder why I’d call a two-night stay in Austin a staycation. While the staycation did entail a 3 hour drive up 35 on my end, since I called Austin home for six years of my life, I like to call the city my second home. Staycations have recently grown in popularity because they meet so many of the needs of a regular vacation, minus the cost of the plane ticket. We plan vacations to get away from it all and enjoy a little rest and relaxation and the reality is, you can do that right in your own city. There¬†are so many things in both Dallas and Austin that I haven’t done before, and dozens of hotels I’ve never stayed at, so the experience at the W Hotel ATX was really such a treat.

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If you can’t tell, the Wet Pool – a rooftop pool and bar was probably our favorite part of the hotel. This gorgeous pool overlooks the iconic Lady Bird Lake in Austin and offers up the most amazing views of downtown.

SHOP THE LOOK

COVER UP: Mott 50 Embroidered Tunic Coverup  //  EARRINGS: Moon and Lola Brisbane Earrings  //  WEDGES: similar Solar Platform Wedge Sandal  //  SUNNIES: Karen Walker Super Duper Thistle Sunglasses Р40% off! //  BAG: Hayden Reiss Bana Leaf Middy

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Since we arrived on Sunday, we headed for the pool party they were having at the Wet Pool and as you can see, Olivia and I made an entrance with our twinning bikinis. Hilarious thing is – we totally didn’t plan this. Each of us had only brought 1 bikini and as we were unpacking we both stated we brought a Vix swimwear bikini and then as Olivia started describing hers I was like, “SHUT.UP. I brought the exact same one!” It was definitely an LOL moment and a conversation starter at the pool (this party was happening y’all – SO many people there!)

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Since we loved the pool so much on Sunday, we headed back there on Monday morning for a more relaxing poolside session. The drinks they offer at the bar are super delicious. We enjoyed a few margaritas before

SHOP THE LOOK

BIKINI TOP: Kendall + Kylie Palm Print Bardot Bikini  //  HAT: Billabong  //  BRACELETS: BaubleBar Antigua Beaded Stretch Bracelets  //  SHORTS: similar Volcom  //  EARRINGS:Kendra Scott Rogan Pearl Stud Earrings

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Thanks to it being a Monday, there weren’t a ton of people dining, so we practically had the place to ourselves. We started with a cocktail and I tried the jalapeno margarita. SO yummy! It’s a must-have if you ever stop by. Just the perfect amount of spicy sweet (and not too spicy at all – I’m not a fan of spicy!) Rather than having to choose off their amazing menu, they brought out the most amazing platter of samples from their entire seasonal menu. We were so stuffed from the delicious food we nearly needed a nap after. Trace is definitely a must-try is you’re in the Austin area.

SHOP THE LOOK

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Post lunch, Livv and I were both in a food coma, so we spent some time relaxing and catching up on our emails in the room. The beds were just heavenly and the room was super beautiful too, with a fantastic view! They even provided us with a little champagne and a note Рand chocolates before bed, so sweet Рwe felt right at home (if only my actual home was as swanky!)

Our staycation was truly all I ever wanted – just a couple of days to step away from the mess of my home office (I just can’t ever keep it clean!) to relax and have a little girl time. I highly recommend a staycation to anyone and everyone, no matter what city you live in (or live near!) It certainly won’t be my last. ūüėČ

SHOP THE LOOK

NIGHTGOWN: Kate Spade New York //  POUCH: Armed and Readi Miss With It Pouch

Fair-well xx,

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BLACK SKINNY JEANS

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SHOP THE LOOK

JEANS: B.P. Destroyed Skinny Jeans  //  TEE: B.P. РHigh Low Stretch Tee  //  SCARF: leopard sold out, similar on sale here  //  BAG: Sole Society Ravin Tote  //  BOOTIES: Treasure&Bond Block Heel Bootie in Sand Suede  //  NECKLACE: BaubleBar Capri Amulet Necklace  //  SUNNIES: Prada 49 mm Retro Sunglasses  //  LIPSTICK: Too-Faced Melted Liquified Longwear Lipstick in Mauve //  BRACELETS: Bourbon and Boweties  //  WATCH: Michael Kors Runway Watch 

Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale means looking ahead to fall trends, and one thing that’s a must-have this fall season is black skinny jeans, which is why I’m bring you this¬†look today featuring this pair that I scored in the sale for just $42 (and good news – they’re still in stock in all sizes!)

I was a bit hesitant to try the black denim trend at first because it seemed a little too edgy for me, but when I tried them on, I knew it would be easy to give them a feminine feel. What I loved about this pair of black skinny jeans from the Nordstrom Sale (besides the amazing price!) was the destroyed/ripped detail of the denim and the easy fit. The rips aren’t the kind that will eventually actually rip all the way through. In fact, they really only show when you walk or bend your legs.

To style the jeans, I started with what’s¬†easily my favorite tee I purchased in the Nordstrom Sale. This little high-low white t-shirt is the softest, coziest thing ever, comes in a naturally loose fit (this is an XS, for example!) and makes the half tuck trick a cinch! It’s perfect for wearing now with shorts and later with all your favorite skinnies like these black ones. It’s just $20 in the sale, come sin multiple colors, and is an absolutely must-have from the sale.

For accessories, I wanted to go for a fall look (even though it’s 100 degrees outside), so I started with these adorable little booties I got in the sale and this leopard scarf I also got in the sale (the leo scarf is sold out, but here’s a similar one in the sale). They’re already sold out in many sizes, but they come in other colors and I found some similar ones in the sale for you to shop below.

SHOP MORE NSALE BOOTIES

I finished the look with another amazing N Sale find – this grey carryall bag that’s just $35 in the sale and a statement necklace a la my favorite jewelry brand, BaubleBar. This is the perfect casual weekend look.

Fair-well xx,

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NORDSTROM SALE FITNESS FINDS

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SHOP THE LOOK

TANK: Socialite Strappy Rib Knit Tank  //  LEGGINGS: Alo High Rise Capris  //  SNEAKERS: Nike Juvenate Sneaker  //  BAG: Sole Society Ravin Tote  //  SUNNIES:  Ray Ban 58mm Aviator Polarized Sunglasses

Happy Sunday! I normally don’t post on the weekends, but since the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale items are selling out so quickly, I had to share this look featuring some of my favorite Nordstrom Sale fitness finds like these amazing ombre leggings and these oh-so-comfy floral print Nike sneakers.

Fitness and workout gear have become essential not just for exercising but also for lounging. There’s nothing more comfy than a good pair of leggings or yoga pants and a soft tank, topped off with some easy-to-walk-in sneakers for a casual day of shopping or hanging out at the house. This look can easily be worn for one of those days or to a yoga class, which is why I love it!

One of the first things that caught my eye in the fitness category of the Nordstrom Sale were these gorgeous ombre leggings. I absolutely adored the color and the light sheen the fabric let off. They’re definitely cute enough to wear as a casual day look and to your favorite fitness class. This was my first time to try a piece from the fitness brand Alo and I absolutely loved the quality of the fabric!¬†They’re currently marked down from $88 to $57 in the sale, available in every size (I’m wearing a size XS) and remember – prices go up on August 5th!

This little strappy tank wasn’t in the fitness category of the tank, but it could easily be worn for a workout class or paired with shorts for a casual weekend look. It’s marked down to only $19 in the sale, has a naturally oversized fit so you can easily tie it up like I did and is made from the softest fabric ever. Unfortunately, it’s sold out in this dusty pink hue, but it is available in several others and is a must-have from the sale in my opinion.

I finished off the look with what has become one of my fave Nsale purchases so far – these amazing icy blue Nike sneakers that are more comfortable than you could ever imagine. I absolutely love the feminine floral print the sneakers feature but I also love how lightweight they are. They’re also stretchy enough to take on an doff without having to untie and re-tie them (and that makes a difference when you’re on the go!)

SHOP MORE #NSALE ATHLEISURE FINDS

Fair-well xx,

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BEST FINDS IN THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

**To shop the image, simply click directly on the item(s) in the photo or click on the small icons below + scroll to the bottom of this post to shop by category.

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The day has finally come! At last, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open for everyone to shop online and in-stores. These deals are going away at mega-speed now, but the good news is, there’s still a lot of incredible items in-stock, so I’ve rounded up¬†the very best finds in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

I feel a bit like a broken record, but in case you haven’t been able to shop until today, I have to remind you why this sale is just too amazing to miss. Nordstrom releases brand new fall items from their most coveted brands at prices reduced up to 40% off. These prices will go back up to regular retail price on August 8th, so the time to shop is now! Last year I found some amazing deals, but I wished I would have ought more when the fall weather actually hit Texas and I had to buy the same coats, boots and sweaters that were in the sale for full-price. Yikes!

From essential, layerable dresses for under $45 and¬†jackets, coats and vests under $100 to boots under $150 and booties under $100, I’ve found the must-have items that are certain to sell out and the very best deals so you can get the best bang for your buck.

Now I’m off to do a little extra #Nsale shopping myself. This icy blue Northface vest that’s majorly marked down as well as my favorite Voluspa candles (they come as a set of three!) and these light pink Ilvesta Leonard sunnies are currently in my cart. Oh and a few of my fave panties ever by Hanky Panky.

Stay tuned to my instagram and Snapchat (username = laurenvandiver) today for more updates on my latest and favorite purchases.

SHOP ACCESSORIES

PANTIES  //  NECKLACE  //  EARRINGS  //  CUFF  //  CANDLES  //  MINKOFF BAG  //  TORY BAG  //  SUNNIES  //  WATCH  // BRACELETS  //  SCARF

SHOP DRESSES UNDER $45

OXBLOOD DRESS  //  OLIVE DRESS  //  BLACK DRESS  //  GREY DRESS  //  PLAID DRESS

SHOP BOOTIES UNDER $100

TAUPE BOOTIES  //  BLACK BOOTIES  //  COGNAC BOOTIES  //  GREY BOOTIES

SHOP BAGS UNDER $45

GREY CARRYALL  //  OXBLOOD CROSSBODY  //  BLACK TOTE  //  BROWN TASSEL CROSSBODY

SHOP OUTERWEAR UNDER $100

COGNAC TRENCH  //  BLACK LEATHER JACKET  //  ARMY GREEN JACKET  //  NORTHFACE VEST  //  BLACK PEACOAT

SHOP BOOTS UNDER $150

COGNAC BOOTS  //  GREY BOOTS  //  RIDING BOOTS  //  BLACK OTK BOOTS  //  HUNTER BOOTS

SHOP DENIM UNDER $50

RIPPED SKINNY JEANS  //  BLACK SKINNY JEANS  //  FADED SKINNIES  //  WHITE SKINNY JEANS

Fair-well xx,

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