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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Seven hacks for growing out your nails via The Zoe Report.

2. How to be a parent your child wants to talk to via The Huffington Post.

3. Unhealthy habits you probably don't know you have via Coveteur.
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7 Tips For A Terrific Family Road Trip

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Summer has well and truly arrived and it’s something special for families. School is out and the time that the children get over the long school vacation is perfect for being able to spend time together as a family. It doesn’t matter how old your kids are, everyone loves to go on vacation. The best part about the summer break is the fact it’s so long and the weather is beautiful; it makes packing in activities with the kids far easier!

You get to spend time putting together an fun and adventurous itinerary. Road trip planning doesn’t happen overnight. You have to figure out what you can afford, where you want to go, who is sitting where in the car, whether to hire a recreation vehicle to go alongside your trip or not. You also need to sit down with the kids and give them a chance to discuss what they would like to do and see on your trip. There are so many routes that you can take across the States for your road trip and it can truly be an educational experience for your children if you are seeing more than one historical site, landmark and even the beaches and theme parks for a little downtime.
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Weekend Dispatch


Last weekend was one of those rare summer weekends where we had almost no plans. It was sooo nice. I was able to finish a book and start a new one, catch up on a few podcast episodes, watch two movies, and hit the farmers' market on Saturday morning with my husband. The tomatoes here in Jersey are almost at their peak! Here are a few of the things I've been loving this week and some ideas for the weekend ahead.
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5 Ways To Make Family Mornings A Little Easier

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Mornings are a stressful time for most families. When one of your kids won’t get out of bed, another one spills milk down their shirt, and your husband can’t find his, it causes a huge amount of chaos and confusion, which makes getting to work and school incredibly difficult. As common as this situation is, it is far from unavoidable. Thankfully, there are ways you can make mornings a little easier for your family and get everyone where they need to go without the stress.
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What I Bought At The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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I know...you are probably sick and tired of hearing about this sale. It's pretty much the only thing most bloggers are talking about (and posting about) right now. But it's for good reason. It's an epic sale where you can score FALL 2018 apparel and accessories at up to 40% off. So, if you have a Nordstrom card, get on it. If you don't, you can apply for one HERE or wait for the Anniversary Sale to open to the general public on July 20th.

I honestly don't go crazy with this sale. I've seen and heard of people buying upwards of 50+ items. Not me. I buy a few things that I need for fall, and nothing I buy is crazy expensive. I love basics with a twist that I can find under $50. Today, I'm sharing the items I've purchased so far. I'm not sure I'll invest in anything else unless I see someone else with it, and I get the itch to buy it as well. But for now,  here's what I've purchased at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
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Coping With Curveballs: Strategies To Help You Deal With Life's Stressors

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The unpredictability of life is one of the most terrifying things to deal with. Even the most optimistic  of us may sometimes dwell on the fact that our lives could be turned upside down at any moment. Life can be incredibly exciting, but the fact that we never really know what’s coming can also be frightening. If you’re trying to cope with a curveball, here are some common causes of stress and upset, and some strategies I've used to help me pull through.
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What To Wear To A White Party

You've been invited to a white party this summer, and you're feeling overwhelmed by what to wear. I get it. The thought of dressing in all white can be daunting. But it doesn't have to be. We've been invited to a party this summer, and rather than stress about the attire, I've embraced the challenge. Here are some ideas for what to wear and some tips for how to put your outfit together when attending a white party.

  • Keep the key components of your outfit white, but use accessories to inject color and texture into your overall look.
  • Experiment with shades of white. Your whites don't need to be matchy-matchy. Mix and match cool shades of white (gray-ish) with warm shades (beige-ish).
  • Accessorize with metallics. Gold and silver work very well with whites and help to balance the strong, bright shade.
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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. How to take the ultimate California road trip via Travel and Leisure.

2. The songs that were popular the year you graduated from high school via iHeartRadio.

3. How to handle a disloyal or unfaithful friend via ManRepeller.
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Small Decor Changes That Make A Big Difference In Your Home

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When it comes to adding a new feel and look to your home, many of us assume that we need to embark on a massive redecoration process that's going to cost a fortune. This is certainly not the case. Sometimes it is the little, inexpensive changes that can make all of the difference. Here are some small changes you can make that will make a significant impact in your home.
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How To Prepare For The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


There'a a lot I love about summer, and this sale is one of them. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of the biggest sales of the year. It's unique in that it's not a clearance of merchandise leftover from previous seasons. But rather, the sale offers consumers the opportunity to score great deals on upcoming fall merchandise. Let's break it down and find out why you want to know about this sale.

What: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the biggest sale of the year. While most sales focus on liquidating end-of-season inventory, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale offers discounts on BRAND NEW FALL MERCHANDISE. Prices are discounted during the sale period and go back up to regular price at the close of the sale.
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Weekend Dispatch


Last week was a complete whirlwind (in all the good ways!). My husband's second cousin and his wife and 4 children were visiting from the Boston area. Although they didn't stay with us, we spent a lot of time with them at my husband's cousin's home in Bay Head, New Jersey. Our daughters and their daughters are very close in age and get along wonderfully. I was either dropping them off at my husband's cousin's home or picking them up or going back for a barbecue. This week's pace is definitely slower, and I have to say, I am missing the fast, hectic pace of last week and missing spending time with family.

But don't fret! I'm never one to sit idly for very long. Here's what I'll be up to this week:
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3 Tips For Living With A Senior Dog

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The times out in the park with your pet dog are some of the best moments of your life. It's simple, there’s not much going on, but you, nature and your dog are having a blast. The mere fact that dogs run like crazy and have such a happy smirk on their face as they bound around and release all their energy, puts a smile on our faces.

Maybe it's something philosophical that we humans and dogs share; the feeling of freedom. That’s why they’re called ‘man’s best friend’. They have many qualities that could be deemed human-like. One of them is getting old and not being that same feisty person you once were. Dogs live about a 13-15 year lifespan, so they get old quite quickly compared to us. Which is why there can be a bit of a bridge between us as we don’t understand how they could change so quickly. Take your time with them and help them adapt to their age with these 3 tips.
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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Twelve things you should never let your kids do at the pool via Redbook.

2. How to feel confident in a bathing suit when you have body issues via The Everymom.

3. Is Amazon Prime worth the cost of membership via Huffington Post.
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Fab Finds Under $50

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The search is over! If you're on a limited budget but always on the lookout for fun, inexpensive items that add flair to your home, your outfits, or your life, you've come to the right place. I've tracked down five items that you need in your life right now. From entertaining to your office to your outfit of the day, any one of these items is a welcome addition to your life.
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Weekend Dispatch


Weekend Dispatch is coming at you on Monday this week because it's a holiday weekend and there's a lot going on. So let's get right to it, shall we?
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5 Household Electronics You Can’t Live Without


This is the age of electronics. Every job today depends on one electronically run thing or another. We all have one thing in which our whole world lies: our phone. We can use it for its basic purpose which is calling and texting. Besides that emails, ordering food, making payments, transferring funds, getting a loan, and so much more can be done from your phone at your convenience. I could go on and on about what we can do with our phones. But how about those things we can't do with a phone?
Maintain our houses! Research shows tons of dust falls on the Earth's surface everyday from outer space. The means that dust is falling directly on each of our houses too. There is plenty of technology developed for the purpose or removing dirt, dust, and other pollutants from our homes so they are healthier and cleaner.
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Post-Workout Hydration and Recovery: Ensure Max Protein


Abbott partnered with influencers such as me for its Ensure Program. As part of this Program, I received compensation for my time. Abbott/Ensure believes that consumers and influencers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Abbott/Ensure policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

This post is sponsored by Ensure®, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.



I post frequently on Instagram Stories about my workout routine and what fuels me post-workout. I've recently gotten a lot of questions about what I like to eat and drink post-workout. Since I workout early in the morning, I generally don't eat prior to hitting the gym. But once my workout is over, I am in need of a solid source of protein that can aid in recovery and hydration. After a grueling workout and sweat sesh in the sauna, I drink a lot of water which fills me up too much for a full meal, but a high protein snack always helps to refuel me until lunch.


I was recently introduced to Ensure® Max Protein, a ready-to-drink nutrition shake that provides targeted nutrition to help you stay healthy, active, and energetic. Each 11 fl. oz. shake has 30 grams of high-quality protein, 150 calories, 22 essential vitamins and minerals, and 1 gram of sugar and is low in fat. You can't beat that kind of nutritional value for post-workout recovery.


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Now that I am 50, it's even more important for me to get the post-workout recovery nutrients that I need to keep me fueled for the remainder of my day. Otherwise, I tend to hit an afternoon slump because I haven't properly recovered and my protein levels are low. Drinking Ensure® Max Protein at the end of my workout ensures optimal performance for the rest of my day whether I'm at work or shuffling my kids from one activity to another.



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I purchase my Ensure® Max Protein shakes at Walmart where they are conveniently located in the Drug/Beauty section, which happens to be where I spend most of my time during the shopping excursions to Walmart. I love how they are packaged in bottles of four. They are super easy to throw into your gym bag or a small cooler for on the go.


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Actress Kate Walsh, best known for her roles on Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, is partnering with Abbott, the maker of Ensure to help inspire adults to join her in making simple nutritional changes to stay active and strong by incorporating Ensure® Max Protein shakes into their everyday diets. Kate Walsh knows the importance of protein and good nutrition for maintaining a healthy and active life, especially as we age and enter mid-life.


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To save $2.00 on your purchase of Ensure® Max Protein at your local Walmart store, use the offer available through the ibotta app.

Abbott partnered with influencers such as me for its Ensure Program. As part of this Program, I received compensation for my time. Abbott/Ensure believes that consumers and influencers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Abbott/Ensure policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.
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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Ways to make your resumé stand out via My Domaine.

2. Why toast is the best cure for a hangover via 3191 Miles Apart.

3. What your favorite classic rock band says about you via McSweeney's.
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Weekend Dispatch


Things are getting serious here at the Jersey shore. With all the schools officially out, and July 4th on our heels, the tourist season is about to go into high gear. While that's great for the local economy, it's an adjustment for us locals. Everywhere is bustling with people, and you need to allow twice as much time to get anywhere and do anything. But it's hard to complain when you live at the beach.

Here's are a few things to check out this weekend no matter where you live.
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Summer's "It" Cocktail: Aperol Spritz


Remember when expertly styled glasses of crisp rosé were all the rage on Instagram? It seemed every other picture on IG was a refreshing glass of rosé that made you want to crack open a bottle and pour a glass. Rosé has moved over and is being quickly replaced by the aperol spritz, a sunshine-hued cocktail. The year's most fashionable drink is blowing up Instagram and is a popular choice because it's not the kind of cocktail that knocks you over after just one. You could spend a few hours sipping a few over brunch and easily walk away unscathed.
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4 Important Things To Consider About Parenting


Being a parent in this day and age can be challenging. There are so many things to worry about and to monitor in addition to teaching your children how to be kind, good people as well as preparing them for a life independent of you. There are is so much that goes into being a good parent and raising a child that it can often be overwhelming. But if you are somewhat (we can never be fully) prepared for what's ahead, your job as a parent can be slightly easier.
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Summer Reading List


For me, summer is a great excuse to unplug, kick back and devour a great book. Carefree weekends spent lounging on your deck or patio, by the pool, or on the beach were made for reading. Since I can't devote as much time to reading as I once could, I tend to be very selective about the books I choose to read. Although I tend to lean towards psychological thrillers that have you on the edge of your set, I also love stories with happy endings, murder mysteries that keep you guessing until the last sentence, and heart wrenching dramas that require multiple boxes of tissues.

Here are the books I'll be reading this summer.
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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Easy edits to make in your life right now via Career Girl Daily.

2. The 5 super skills you need for jobs of the future via Fast Company.

3. How to politely express your dietary needs and restrictions via Real Simple.
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Currently Crushing: Rainbow

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June is Pride Month. In addition to attending parades, events, and celebrations, you can show your pride with all the rainbow things. Not only are these items fun, but some of them give back to charity, which is an added bonus (be sure to check out the J.Crew Love First tee).
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Weekend Dispatch


We are heading to Hershey, Pennsylvania this weekend to visit family and to have an at-home camp out, complete with a pop-up camper and a tent. We haven't been camping since we went two years ago, and since it's so hard to get everyone's schedule together these days to book a few days at a real campground, we are doing the next best thing. I can't wait! Other than that, we will be attending a graduation/send-off party for my niece's Brazilian exchange student and just enjoying some much needed time with my sisters and their families. Here's what else I'll be squeezing in over the weekend:

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Style Crush: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy


With 90s style making a resurgence, it felt only fitting to honor one of my favorite 90s style icons: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. To say that I was obsessed with her style would be a gross understatement. She had a classic style with a modern twist that even now, 20+ years later, still looks on trend. She could make a black tee and khakis look glamorous, so of course, everyone wanted to copy her.

It never mattered what she wore. Casual or special occasion, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy always looked fabulous. Here are a few of my many favorite looks:
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3 Reasons To Hire A Professional For A Bathroom Renovation

If you’re thinking about renovating one of the bathrooms in your home, it's likely that you'll want to seek out the the help of a professional. While this might inflate the cost of your project, it is the best way to guarantee you get the desired results without encountering hassle after hassle, especially if you are doing large-scale renovations rather than a few cosmetic upgrades. 

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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Handy uses for old pillowcases via Apartment Therapy.

2. Great travel destinations if you are a non-drinker via Huffington Post.

3. How to know if a mole might be cancer via Glamour.
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Splurge vs. Save: Slip-On Sneakers


I love the casual, on trend vibe of slip-on sneakers. When I recently went online to browse the incredibly wide selection (there are tons of options!), I was blown away by the range in price points. Boy, do these sneakers run the gamut in pricing. You can buy a pair for $20, a pair for $200, and all price points in between. It seemed like the natural choice for a Splurge vs. Save post.
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15 Fab Finds Under $20


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Over the weekend, I happened upon a stack of gift cards in my desk drawer. After diligently checking the balance on each and every one, I discovered that most had remaining balances that were less than $20. Rather than become frustrated by the lack of funds on the gifts cards, I was inspired to find items that were cute but inexpensive and could be purchased with the leftover gift cards. Just when you think you can't find anything functional or adorable under $20, think again!
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Hobbies To Calm Your Mind

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For most people, a typical hobby consists of doing something they love. Whether it's creating something, watching or reading something, or performing or playing something, a hobby is intended to be enjoyable. But sometimes we need to put in a relaxing frame of mind. And for those times, these are some of the best hobbies you can take up.
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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. How to clean 9 of the toughest spots around the house via InStyle.

2. Fun facts about NYC taxis via PureWow.

3. Take this quiz to find out which iconic TV show restaurant you should eat at via Buzzfeed.
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Weekend Dispatch


We are heading into a jam-packed weekend that includes a double graduation party on Saturday night. The Hubs' best friend's two daughters are celebrating graduating from college and graduating from veterinarian school, respectively. Major accomplishments that are worthy of a few cheers! On Sunday morning I'm meeting a friend for coffee to catch up. In between that, here's what else I'll be up to and a few suggestions for what you should do!
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Sweater Weather


June can be temperamental when it comes to the weather. Here in New Jersey, June typically brings days that are downright hot and other days where I literally have to check the calendar to make sure it's not March.

For this fickle month, I like to have a favorite sweater that I can fall back on during days when it starts brisk, turns warm, and ends chilly. This striped off-the-shoulder sweater has been a life saver this month. I've found myself reaching for it over and over again, and I get so many compliments on it when I wear it. It was perfect on a recent chilly, raining Sunday when I spent the afternoon browsing a local bookstore.
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Tips For Finding The Perfect Gift

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Although we think of December as prime gift giving season, late spring and summer offer plenty of opportunity for giving the perfect gift as well. With Father's Day, graduations, weddings, showers, birthdays, and more on the agenda, you're going to want to present the recipient with a special, unforgettable gift.

For some people, buying a gift for someone in their life is one of the most enjoyable things there is. It lets them get creative and search for a gift they will really love. Of course, for the others, it can be a serious source of stress and dread. Trying to find the right gift can often be enough to reduce many people to a puddle of anxiety. After all, what if you can't find something? What if you find something but they end up hating it or already owning it? Don't panic. The ideal gift for just about anyone in your life is out there waiting for you!
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Trendspotting: Gingham


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There isn't a print that's more quintessentially summer than gingham. It just seems to scream warm, sunny days. But if you have a mental block when it comes to wearing gingham because it conjures up images of our favorite Beverly Hillbillies Elly May and Jethro Clampett, it's time to revisit gingham.

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Best Online Reads


1. A guide to portable chargers via The Skimm.

2. The difference between a macaroon and a macaron via One Green Planet.

3. Five essential things to do post-workout via The Newsette.
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Tips For Imparting Healthy Gaming Habits On Your Children

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Video gaming is one of the most popular hobbies in the world, enjoyed by people of all ages. Just like mathematics, it seems to cross borders without anything in the way of difficulty. However, many people still regard gaming as an unhealthy habit. And often, it can be. Too-long gaming hours without much in the way of discipline, playing games too mature for young audiences and of course, the infamous micro-transactions fiasco that occurred late last year can sometimes contribute to a parent’s unwillingness to even bring a console in the home.

Gaming can be a wonderful, educational, extremely creative hobby if only you ensure that you impart healthy gaming attitudes on your children. Here are a few ways to do that.
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5 Fab Finds Under $50

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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Seven traits of super productive people via Harvard Business Review.

2. Bizarre royal etiquette rules via The Cut.

3. Ten beach reads for summer 2018 via The Everygirl.
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How To Create A Sleek, Comfortable, and Calming Home

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We all want our kids to grow up in a welcoming, warm and loving home. We spend years trying to make it a comfortable place for them to thrive and grow. At the same time, I want to find the balance between kid-friendly and super sophisticated. All too often my living room becomes cluttered with magazines, hand-held electronics, bottles of nail polish (#girlmom), and I'm always left wishing there were an easy solution. There are ways to make your home more relaxing and comfortable as well as a place the little ones will enjoy too. Inject a glimmer of luxury into your plush pad and you will soon be more content with your entire living space.
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8 Must-Haves From The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale


It happens twice a year, and when it does, you need to act fast. I'm talking about the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale that's happening today through June 3rd. During this sale, you can save up to 40% off regularly priced merchandise. As always, Nordstrom offers FREE shipping and FREE returns, so you have nothing to lose.

Here's what I am loving:

1. REBECCA MINKOFF LEO ENVELOPE CLUTCH
Price: $63.65 (Blossom - shown above) or $56.98 (Apricot/Light Gold)
Why you need it: This iconic clutch goes with everything...not kidding. You can pair with your favorite LBD or a pair of jeans and a tee. I have a Rebecca Minkoff satchel that I swear by. She makes quality leather good that are stylish and stand the test of time.

2. TORY BURCH MILLER FLIP FLOP
Price: $118.80 (only color available is Seltzer - shown)
Why you need it: This clean and polished flip flop is extremely comfortable and pairs nicely with jeans and shorts. It features a bold T logo across the instep. This flip flop doesn't go on sale very often, so grab it now before it's gone!

3. LACE TRIM PEASANT MINIDRESS
Price: $43.98
Why you need it: Because it's summer, and you need a dress that's light and airy, and white!

4. TORY BURCH FITBIT ALTA BRACELET
Price: $118.80
Why you need it: Let's agree. Fitness trackers are not known for being stylish. I wear my Fitbit Alta daily, and I am constantly reminded of how un-chic it is. If you own a Fitbit Alta, this bracelet is a nice way to elevate the style factor.

5. OFF THE SHOULDER TOP

Price: $47.40
Why you need it: Everyone has great shoulders, so show them off! This top is the perfect vehicle for doing just that. I love the bold stripes. For dinner, pair it with white jeans. For a concert, try a pair of cutoff white denim. You can't go wrong.

6. DIAMOND TASSEL THROW RUG
Price: $23.40
Why you need it: This sleek rug is a sophisticated addition to any space. Downside: it's available in 3'x5' only. It would fit perfectly in a small bathroom or buy two to flank both sides of the bed.

7. COTTON CHAMBRAY JUMPSUIT
Price: $70.80
Why you need it: Because it's super cute! Everyone needs a fun, fresh, and summery jumpsuit.

8. MULES


Price: $59.96
Why you need it: A stylish flat for summer is a must. Although this one is suede, it's the perfect shade for summer.

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