7.20.18 3

Link Love #102

What’s up, squad! Apologies I was MIA this week—it’s been a busy one around here and I didn’t have very many weeknights free to work on new posts. I’ve got a pretty chill weekend coming up though, so it will be a welcome change of pace.

A quick PSA that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public today, so even if you don’t have a Nordstrom card, you can access and shop the sale. I bought a lot less in the sale this year as compared to last since most of my basics and fall staples are still in good shape. I did order this Halogen pleated top in white to wear to work. The fit is great, and it’s lined so unlike most white blouses, it’s not see-through at all. I’ve linked all of my picks for the sale below or you can check them out in my original post on the sale here.

Then, on a housekeeping note, I’m going to try a different format for link love today. I love doing the bulleted lists of all the articles I’ve rounded up over the last two weeks because it’s easy to pull together, but I also would like to add a bit more context to what I’m sharing and break up that massive block of links some since I know it can be hard to read. So, I may play around with a few different formats in the next few link loves—let me know if you have any feedback! Read more “Link Love #102”

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7.16.18 3

Life Lately

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was a good one—a few of my girlfriends threw a house party on Saturday night and we had the best time drinking wine on their driveway. I’ve got a crazy busy week coming up with lots of work for my day job, a fun happy hour on Tuesday night that a lot of my blog squad is going to, and then on Wednesday, we’re celebrating Monica‘s birthday at Le Dip! Busy weeks are great because they fly by, but I’m exhausted by the end!

My family heads to Newport, Rhode Island next week for our summer family vacation. We’ve been once before, in 2005, but are so excited to get back to one of our favorite coastal towns. If you have any recommendations on where to eat / drink or what to do, definitely let me know! We’ve had a lot of fun putting together an itinerary!

MOVING TO DC /

You read that right—I am moving to DC! Ever since I returned from a trip to visit friends in New York City back in March, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about whether or not I wanted to stay in my apartment for another year. Truthfully, it’s been the best first solo apartment—the space is wonderful and I love walking to work everyday. But, I’m a little farther away from the action than I’d like to be and am really craving a more urban (hah) lifestyle. Instead of moving my entire life to a new city, I thought I’d try moving to the city I’m closest to and become a city gal that way. I’ve also found that not many of my friends live in Arlington anymore—they’ve either moved into DC or moved out to the suburbs. I’m not ready to do the latter, so it’ll be fun to be close to many of my friends again and not have to commute so far to social events.

That being said, I have loved living in Arlington and am definitely going to miss it! The good news is that my office is in Ballston, so I’ll still be here on workdays and am excited to take advantage of the newly renovated Ballston mall, if it ever opens. I moved to Arlington five years ago Labor Day Weekend, and am leaving it almost five years to the date. It’s bittersweet to close this chapter, but I’m excited for a new adventure. And hey, who knows, maybe I’ll be back one day!

While I was seriously considering moving to the Navy Yard because it’s so fun down there and I love the idea of living close to the water, I ultimately decided to move to Dupont Circle. It will make my commute to work a lot easier, and I was able to find an apartment that checked all my “must have” boxes—a separate sleeping area, washer-dryer in-unit, someone to sign for my (many online shopping) packages during the day. My new place is much smaller than my current space, but I’m excited to really edit down what I have and only keep the things I love. I’ll be sure to share the process with you! And, I am finally having a photographer come shoot my current apartment on Thursday, so I’ll be posting those pictures here soon.

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7.12.18 3

The 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s here y’all! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened to card holders today and opens to the general public on July 20.

I know if you’re a blog reader, you’re probably inundated with posts about the sale. I totally feel you on that one, and know that seeing posts about it over-and-over again can get old real quick. So, I promise I’ll only do this ONE post on the sale.

Last year was the first year I really personally shopped the sale seriously. I’ll be honest—I spent nearly $1,000 stocking up and refreshing my wardrobe, and even though that’s a huge chunk of money, I can honestly say a year later that I still use 90% of the items I bought. This year, I’m being a little more conservative, mostly because all those basics I stocked up on last year are in great shape.

I will also be upfront in that I put together a big post on this sale because it’s a great way for me to make some extra money off affiliate links for my blog. If you’re unfamiliar, if you click on one of my Nordstrom links below and then buy something from the sale, I make a small commission off your purchase. Last year, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale post I put together was the highest-grossing post I wrote all year, which helps me pay for things like hosting, site security, the domain name, paid plugins to enhance your time on my site, etc. I so appreciate all your support—and trust me when I say though, my day job pays my rent! If you have any questions about how affiliate links work, don’t hesitate to reach out.

A couple of quick tips before I share my favorites with you:

  • Nordstrom has free shipping and free returns. Use this to your advantage. You should have seen my cart yesterday. I bought my favorite items in multiple colors and sizes to try them on and see what I like—but also snag backups in case items sell out.
  • If something is sold out online, check back often! Nordstrom is known to restock items throughout the sale, especially right before it opens to the general public on July 20. And, if something is sold out online, it could still be in your local store.

Alright, enough chat, let’s get shopping! Read more “The 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale”

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