Wednesday, July 23

Let's sleep in

One of the things I'm looking forward to most when I get a new place of my own is getting to buy new furniture. I currently have some matching pieces, but they are fairly inexpensive and don't look as nice as I'd like. It's hard to avoid breaking the bank when buying furniture, but I always have IKEA as a go-to when I want to get a great look without spending a ton.

Right now, I'm totally obsessed with the gray-brown wood from IKEA. I like the soft color that looks a infinitely nicer than your generic birch. I think this is a welcoming, warm wood that would be great for a cozy bedroom.



BED
Bed Frame $179
Linen Lamp Shade $25 $13
Table Lamp $55 $39


DESK
Chair $95
Desk $279
Vase $75


DRESSER
Dresser $229


XO
Amanda

Tuesday, July 22

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has been going on, and now is the time when it really gets challenging. The obviously amazing deals are being snatched up, sizes are missing, and you're panicking! Well, now you don't have to. 

I wanted to round up my very favorite pieces that are still available, and are still amazing deals. Whether you're looking to splurge on a designer statement piece, or you just want to add to your fall wardrobe for less, you can find something at this sale!


SPLURGE

'Scotia' Lace Pencil Skirt  Leather Tote

'lottie' pump (Women)   'Marine' 59mm Sunglasses   'The 48-20' Chronograph Watch, 48mm
Burberry Brit 'Cobridge' Hooded Anorak with Detachable Liner $995 $660 34% off
Diane von Furstenberg 'Scotia' Lace Pencil Skirt $245 $164 33% off
Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Tote $528 $353 34% off
Kate Spade New York 'Lottie' Pump $350 $220 38% off
Jimmy Choo 'Marine' 59mm Sunglasses $370 $234 37% off
Nixon 'The 48-20' Chronograph Watch, 48mm $500 $335 33% off


SPEND

'Azalya' Mini Wedge Flat (Women)   Knit Nightshirt (Online Only)   Cutaway Wrap Back Shell (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Knit & Faux Leather Hooded Moto Jacket   Colorblock Herringbone Print Dress   'Bow' Clutch

Louise et Cie 'Azalya' Mini Wedge Flat $110 $70 37% off
Lauren Ralph Lauren Knit Nightshirt $66 $44 33% off
Topshop Cutaway Wrap Back Shell $68 $45 34% off
bebe Knit and Faux Leather Moto Jacket $128 $80 38% off
MICHAEL Michael Kors Colorblock Herringbone Print Dress $150 $100 33% off
Ted Baker London 'Bow' Clutch $120 $80 34% off


XO
Amanda

Monday, July 21

Time to update

August is coming, and I can't believe how quickly it is arriving. Back in the day, I looked forward to the end of summer with such anticipation; buying school supplies, a new pair of sneakers, and maybe even a cool new backpack. Nowadays, the changing of seasons merely causes a flutter of excitement for the prospect of a new season of fashion. 

Fall is one of the best seasons for clothing and accessories, in my opinion. After the hot days of summer have passed, you get to start in on sweaters, pants, and lots of layers! I'm ready for a few new pieces for the season to come, and there's no better time than the present to start shopping for it. I'm especially loving neutrals, the following included:


Michael Kors 'Bailey' Chronograph Bracelet Watch $250 $167
Kate Spade New York Bon Voyage Annabella $148 $103
Tory Burch 'Plaque' Zip Continental Wallet $225 $150
Banana Republic Carter Flat $118 $110 $66 code BRPICK3
Frye 'Molly' Gore Leather Boot $418 $280
J.Crew Cotton Twill Swing Trench $248 $180 $108 code SALEFUN
C. Wonder Silk Band Collar Shirt $98 $49
Topshop Fairisle Snood $36 $20


XO
Amanda

Sunday, July 20

The better things in life

After a two-week long vacation, I can honestly say that it is more important to me, now more than ever, to take some time off every now and again. Since starting my first job last Halloween, I have been working myself to death making sure to never miss a day and make myself as available as possible. After eight solid months of work, I was spent. My summer vacation couldn't have come at a better time!

Though it was amazing to save up all of my time off for this big break, it has made me appreciate the need to take personal days to catch up on life. I look forward to, in the next eight months, dispersing my time off so it will be more beneficial to me!

That being said... 

Vacation was amazing. I spent two weeks with Eric's family and family-friends in the Outer Banks in North Carolina. The weather was amazing, and I was so happy to be very close to the beach. We spent the entire time lounging, sunbathing and cooling down in the ocean (along with some amazing food and drinks!). I'll definitely be heading to the office with great memories and a bit of a tan. ;)





I even got a little outlet shopping in - and found some online steals while I was away:


The downtown field jacket
Skirt $35 | Chinos $40 | Field Jacket $148 (I got it for $64 on sale!)


xo
Amanda

Thursday, July 3

When did vacation get so stressful?

Does everyone else hate packing as much as I do? No matter how I roll my clothes, how I squish them into my bag, they never really fit like I want them to... That could be because I'm a chronic over-packer, but that's a story for another day.

I constantly feel like I'm forgetting something, even with my lists upon lists of day-to-day outfit planning. Despite the fact that I'll be at the beach, so probably living in a bikini the entire time, I still feel the need to pack every dress, pair of shorts and tank I own. I bring eight pairs of shoes, only to realize once I get there that all I really need are my flip flops. 

This year, I'm going to try to do it right. Keep it simple, pack light, and prepare to relax with the necessities!





Kate Spade New York Horseshoe Cove Magazine Tote $348 $170
I love this bag so much; I've been dreaming of taking it to the beach! The dipped bottom makes it more water-resistant, and it'll be perfect to carry my beach towel and a good book. (There's a similar one at Kate Spade right now: the Lott Street Francis. Only $80 with code MORESALE!)

J.Crew Textured Summer Straw Hat $35 $25 $15
I bought this a couple of summers ago from the Factory store, and it's such a staple on the beach. I'm all about sun protection, and this does a great job of covering up your face and shoulders when you need a break from the sunshine.

Lilly Pulitzer Lobstah Roll Koozie $6
Because who wants to get stuck on a hot beach with a lukewarm drink? These koozies are adorable and will help keep your drinks cool all day long.

Keeping your skin safe in the sun can be a bother, so I like to start my long days in the sun with a moisturizer with SPF so I start the day off right. (Though it's always good to reapply!)

Amazon Kindle $89
You can carry as many books as you can without adding to the weight of your bag! I love having this to be able to sit back and relax after some ocean time. 

J.Crew Sailor-Stripe Banded French Top $52 and Shrunken Lowrider $44
I'm in love with the cut of this suit. I bought it in the Liberty Katie Ann print (top and bottom), but they're selling out fast! I highly recommend getting it in another print, like this adorable sailor-stripe.


Oh, and don't forget shades:

  
Elizabeth and James $265 $53Warby Parker $95 | Sperry Top-Sider $119 $33



XO
Amanda

Make your room glam

Scrolling through Pinterest, I can't stop seeing gorgeous black, white and gold room inspiration. It looks so chic and pretty, but is extremely simple! I love how the walls are white in this image from Style Me Pretty, but the molding is black. It makes for very nice lines throughout the room. It's a great touch to have the blanket with sharp black and white on the bed. However, it isn't the simple white that makes this room so glam.

Let's not forget to mention that gorgeous light fixture. It looks like a light that you'd find in a huge foyer, but I love the juxtaposition of having it hung in the bedroom! For a place with high ceilings, this is a great alternative to a boring ceiling light. I love how the gold really pops in this room, whether it's the light fixture or the accent tables. Here's where you can find similar accessory pieces for a chic room of your own!



Fredrick Ramond Spectra 2 Light Foyer Light in Retro Brass FR37554RBR

SAVE $80 $17
SPEND $255
SPLURGE $429




SAVE $135
SPEND $139
SPLURGE $400

Threshold™ Bench - Gray Textured Weave      


SAVE $130
SPEND $208
SPLURGE $429



XO
Amanda

Wednesday, July 2

Red, white and blue


Not only does July mark the beginning of summer, but it also brings the Fourth of July along with it. I really look forward to the holiday every year – who doesn't love barbecues, fireworks and fun? I get to spend the holiday with my friends, and this year, it's the kick-off to my two-week summer vacation! I'm ready to do it up right, and that means being decked out in our nation's colors.

Of course, I still want to dress well while looking the part. Here are some fun July 4th outfit ideas!




Eight Sixty Spaghetti Cami $59 $40
J.Crew Factory Pleated Stripe Short $57 $23
Charles by Charles David Tapia $99 $40


Seersucker baseball cap

J.Crew Seersucker Baseball Cap $35 $25
Joie Rancher Silk Top $158 $100
Zara A-Line Mini Skirt $60 $40





Stripe knit shift dress
J.Crew Stripe Knit Shift Dress $98 $70
MIA Melonye $40 $25







Seersucker eyelet shift dress




J.Crew Factory Clare Cardigan $55 $25
J.Crew Seersucker Eyelet Shift Dress $138 $110
Loft Modern Flip Flops $20 $10



xo
Amanda

Tuesday, July 1

C.Wonder Semi-Annual Big Wonder Sale

C.Wonder is one of those stores that you can find everything you could ever want in. With clothing, shoes, home & decor, and other fun finds, you'll be sure to find a million pieces you love!

With the huge Semi-Annual Big Wonder Sale going on right now, you don't want to miss out. I love how classic the cuts of the tops are, and the simple colorful patterns are great to add to a summer ensemble. If you need a tote or a great new piece of jewelry, you won't be disappointed. See the deals you can score – and see my very favorite picks below.
 



xo
Amanda