Fall Floral & Fringe Booties [Jess Lea Boutique]

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Final Favorites [Under $100]

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Top Picks Under $50

Did you know this style board is shoppable? Just click on the item you like & you'll be taken directly to the website to purchase!

#NSALE Top Picks Under $50: Vegan Leather Tote, Kendra Scott Necklace, Leopard Flats, Striped Tee, Red Plaid, Toggle Coat, White Distressed Denim, Dark Blue Skinnies, Black Denim, Felt Floppy Hat, Black Quilted Crossbody, Kendra Scott Earrings, Zip Neck Sweater, Cowl Neck Sweater, Roll Tab Tunic, Grey Skinny Jeans, Camo Pants, Distressed Skinny Jeans

Happy Friday! Or should I say, Happy SHOP-THE-SALE Day! ;) Today's the day that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is available to everyone! If you've been turning green with envy listening to everyone talk about their new goods but you didn't have a card to shop too, fear no more! Everyone can now shop their little hearts out!!

Fair warning: Things sell out FAST! If you see something/anything you like, put it in your cart & checkout! Since there is free shipping on every order, you don't have to worry about multiple shipping charges.

Today I am rounding up my favorite #Nsale picks that are all under $50! You can score white distressed denim, staple dark blue skinnies, and camo jeans. The sale also includes a great toggle coat, turtleneck sweater & the perfect fall tunic. Lastly, Kendra Scott earrings + necklace are included along with leopard flats & the ideal everyday bag. ALL UNDER FIFTY BUCKS! {Can you tell this sale has me excited?!} Seriously so many great deals. While we are all shopping for ourselves, this is definitely the time to think about that Christmas list & if there is anyone you can check off your list early :) You might also check out my original Top Picks, my Home picks, & TONS of options broken down my category. And don't to read through this sizing guide to my favorite pieces too!

Happy Shopping! xox

|  Shop my Favorite Picks Over $100  |

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Try-On Size Guide

Hey girls! I finally received a few of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases in the mail! If you're like me & live no where near an actual Nordstrom store, then you understand my frustration of trying to decide what the quality, sizing, & color are like. So hopefully these pictures [I put together 5 outfits] & info will help guide you on sizing for some of my favorite sale pieces! If you have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to comment or shoot me an email :)

First up, this super comfy sweatshirt tunic! It comes in 4 colors & is just under $30. It is super soft! I am 5'7" and this would definitely work with leggings... Plenty of length! I ordered my regular size {small} and it is mostly fitted. I am debating ordering the medium for more of an oversized look. These ripped skinny jeans are a STEAL. They are $37 and have the perfect amount of destruction in the knees! They are currently sold out but I heard a rumor that when the sale goes live to everyone tomorrow they will restock the popular items! However, I will caution you that they are definitely more like a jegging than a jean, despite the product title. Also, you will want to size-up 2 full sizes. I am normally a 26/27 & the picture shows the 27. However, I can't even button these! Ooopps! I will definitely be waiting to order the 28! Lastly, these Vince Camuto booties are a dream! Available in 4 colors they will match everything this fall. I am always a very true size 7. However, I had to get the 7 1/2 in these. Definitely size up!

If you only buy 1 thing from the sale, order THIS tunic. It's $28, runs true to size, and is the PERFECT length for all of those great fall styles! I plan to wear it under this with this faux fur vest, with these faux leather leggings. I also have it in white! I promise, you'll love it! I paired it with these Joe's Skinny Ankle Jeans. They are a great length for tucking into booties since they're an ankle length! I love the dark denim, they are very soft, & super flattering. I also bought my regular size in these! I also purchased this Tory Burch crossbody bag. [It's $140 off it's normal price] The color will pair with so many outfits not just for fall & winter but also year-round. It's the perfect size and holds quite a bit for a cross body! Those are also the same Vince Camuto booties I mentioned above.

This striped tee is one of the best steals of the Nordstrom Sale at under $13. Yes, thirteen dollars! I decided to buy a medium {normal size is a small] because I wanted an oversized look. Well... The body part of the shirt is okay but the arms are still pretty tight! It is currently sold out in a large but I will be stalking the site tomorrow in hopes of grabbing a large to switch it out with! My jeans are the Paige Denim Skyline Skinny. I have never owned a pair of Paige denim but now I understand the raves everyone always has for this brand! HOLY softness. Seriously some of the best denim I've ever felt! They run very true to size, are a great middle-darkness color, and will constantly be worn this fall. Last but not least, Tory Burch riding boots! Last year during the #Nsale I purchased the cognac color & wore them all the time. I knew this year I wanted to snatch a black pair because of how much I loved them. Get your normal size in them! These are always one of the biggest hits of the sale & I can almost promise you that they will vanish quickly tomorrow when the sale goes public! They run true to size, have soft leather, and don't require tons of 'breaking-in' time to be comfy!

Next up is this marled oversized swing tee in navy! It comes in 5 colors, is $30, and runs true to size! This is a size small and is already the perfect amount of oversized! I think this will also be really cute with white denim & sandals as we transition from summer to fall. I am wearing the same Joe's jeans & Tory Burch boots posted above. Also, I grabbed this Kendra Scott necklace. I am a big fan of her jewels and have several pieces. I love how large this particular necklace is! It comes in 8 colors including my favorite fall colors... Emerald green, navy, and maroon! It's marked down from $60 to $39 during the sale. I plan to layer it with a few other Kendra pieces I own :)

I LOVE this zip sweater. It is a great length {can be worn with leggings}, has a side slit, and you can adjust how low the v-neck is with the zipper! I got my regular size in this and had a hard time choosing a color from the 7 options! I went with maroon because it's just the perfect fall color in my opinion :) I wore it with those amazing Paige skinnies, Vince Camuto booties, and Tory Burch bag! I can definitely see myself wearing this outfit in a few months! Also, this exact watch isn't part of the sale but there is a similar 2-tone option here

You can only make purchases at the sale prices if you have a Nordstrom debit OR credit card today. HOWEVER, the sale opens to the public tomorrow! So what you can do if you're unable to shop the sale now, is go ahead & stock up your cart with everything you have your eye on so all you have to do tomorrow is hit purchase :) You might think I'm crazy for even talking about jeans, sweaters & boots when it is 100+ degree outside. I get it. BUT with discounts this deep on brand new fall styles, you will be thanking me come October! Let me know if you have any questions :)  XOX

|  Favorite sale picks under $40  |

Nordstrom Anniversary #NSALE: Home Picks

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#NSALE Home Picks: Soy Wax Candle  |  Personalized Slate Coasters  |  Gold Foil Lip Print  |  Moscow Mule Copper Mugs  |  Quatrefoil Wool Rug  |  Marquee Letter Sign  |  Kate Spade Travel Mug  |  Flag Wall Art  |  'Pretty" Quote Art  |  Beverage Dispenser  |  Leopard Throw Pillow  |  Large Drum Basket  |  Ikat Pillow 
Hey girls! Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you are well aware of the amazing Nordstrom Anniversary Sale happening now! It is still only open to cardholders {more info on that here} until July 17th. I posted my favorite picks from the sale on Thursday and those included tops, jeans, bags, shoes, etc. So for today's post, I thought I would round of my favorites from the home section! There are some great deals to be found here too.
Whether you are looking for a few new things to add to your home, stashing away a Christmas present or two, or buying for an upcoming wedding gift, there are some great home buys! I LOVE this LED light up letter and at only $24, it's a steal. I plan on buying this for a few people on my holiday shopping list! Who can resist a polka dot Kate Spade mug for $12? I bought one for myself & one for a friend :) If you have a wedding you are attending later this summer or even this fall, this beverage dispenser would make the perfect gift! We received one at our wedding and have really gotten our use out of it! This one has a really cute design too. & A little splash of leopard in your home never did any harm either ;)
What home picks have caught your eye? Shop the rest of the sale items from the Home section here! xox


Nordstrom Anniversary #NSALE TOP Picks

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#NSALE Top Picks: Brown Tory Burch Riding Boots  |  Black Quilted Tory Burch Boots  |  Vince Camuto Bootie  |  Black Tory Burch Wristlet  |  Striped Tunic Tee  |  Faux Fur Vest  |  Sam Edelman Plaid Shirt  |  Michael Kors Chain Crossbody Bag  |  Michael Kors Slim Runway Watch  |  Hudson Camo Skinny Jeans  |  SP Black Ripped Knee Jeans  |  Paige Denim Skyline Skinny Jeans  |  Colorblock Blanket Scarf  |  Kendra Scott Dylan Necklace  |  Floppy Felt Hat  |  Halogen Studded T-Strap Flat  |  Tory Burch Plaque Tote

It's one of my favorite days of the year: The start of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I poured through hundreds of items & I've rounded up my Top Picks of the sale. SO many great things to choose from but for now... This is what I'm showcasing. Stay tuned for a breakdown of more favorites over the next week! NOW is the time to jump on scoring some of these deals. I promise if you wait too long, the very best deals will be gone. {Sadly, I know from personal experience!} You won't find discounts on new fall items like this anywhere else. I seriously love you, Nordstrom!

I wore my Tory Burch boots I purchased during last year's sale ALL. THE. TIME. This year's version is super cute & is marked down by over $150! Closet staple for sure. Faux fur vests & plaid tops are my favorite fall combo. This vest comes in 3 color options too! I got my favorite gold watch last year on during the Anniversary Sale & this year I LOVE this Michael Kors one that's almost $100 off! Floppy hats are my jam in the fall & winter. Especially under $20! I already scooped up these flats that look very similar to the $900 Rockstud pair {love this print even more though} and they are on sale for $60. And who can pass up a classic Tory Burch bag for $150 off? Not this girl ;) I'm already planning out outfits for these black distressed jeans that are $37! 

NOTE | If you want access to purchase these items, you must be a Nordstrom debit OR credit card holder. If you are unsure about signing up, read more of my review here. It's not open to the general public until July 17th. 

Happy Shopping!

 >> Shop the Sale <<

Current Sales + Prepping For The BIG One!

Hey girls! 
I can't believe we have hit the month of July already! I swear, my summer months out of school FLY by much faster than normal. Not fair. However, I am excited to celebrate the 4th of July this weekend! It always means lots of food, time with family, and a really good fireworks show. Of course, there is always a whole week of red, white, and blue fashion too! OH, and most importantly, sales galore!! All of my favorite retailers have great sales going on. I thought it was only right for me to share :)

Forever 21 accessories are 30% off + free shipping with code 'EXTRA30' {I scored this bag & these socks for only $27 shipped!!}

Gap has lots of summer favorites marked up to 50% off

J.Crew Factory has the entire site 50% off + score an extra 20% off with code 'HOTSALE'

Kate Spade is giving you an additional 25% off already marked down sale styles with code 'SETSALE'

Loft has an extra 60% off of already marked down sale styles

Old Navy is giving 30% off + free shipping  with code 'VERYGOOD'

Shopbop's sale section is drool worthy right now! They have just added lots of new goodies!

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Now for the good sale news! My absolute favorite retailer has their MASSIVE Anniversary Sale coming up on July 17th. They make huge markdowns on NEW fall styles as well as summer styles. Last year, I purchased Tory Burch boots for $200 off and a gold Kate Spade watch that was 40% off. Seriously good deals on the most popular designers and styles. 

Most of the time, big sales at department stores are on current season styles so that they can make space for the upcoming season's trends. However, this is where the Nordstrom sale is different. And WAY better. Lots of the newly released fall merchandise will be included in this killer sale!
Now, the sale opens to the public on July 17th. However, all Nordstrom card {debit & credit} holders get to access the sale early on July 9th! That is NINE whole days of shopping the biggest sale before the general public. Of course last year many of the best deals on new fall merchandise were sold out before the sale went public. 

So here is your chance to jump in early to score the best stuff! Sign up now for a Nordstrom card. If you aren't a big fan of credit cards like myself, you can do the debit card. SO easy and convenient. Your purchases will just be withdrawn from you bank account so you don't have to worry about making any payments or even more scary, missing a payment! It links up to your checking account just like your regular debit card. But the Nordstrom card has special powers.. Like getting you into a sale early ;) I promise it is SO worth it to have a Nordstrom card. Whichever kind you choose. There are several other perks to holding a Nordstrom card:

>> Earn Nordstrom Notes! For every $2,000 you spend {it can be less if you shop during double or triple points} you will get a $20 Note. It is basically a gift card that can be spent on anything you want! It's just a way they reward you for shopping.

>> Spend $100 the same day you sign up for a card and get a $20 Nordstrom Note

>> You can get reimburse for alterations made on Nordstrom purchases in the form of Nordstrom Notes

>> Personal Triple Point Days! Depending on your level {Your level will increase as your annual purchases reach the next level}, you will have anywhere from 1 to 4 days where you can choose to make it a triple point day! Let's say you are spending some birthday money and are buying quite a few more things and spending more than you normally would. At checkout, select it as your personal triple point day and you will earn 3 times the amount of points towards a Nordstrom Note!

>> Of course the best perk of a Nordstrom Card, in my opinion, is early access to the big Anniversary Sale!

I am not spilling my guts about the Nordstrom Card because I am getting paid for it {I wish!} or because I make money off of people signing up. I just really believe that it is a good card to have because it has such great benefits! If you're interested, make sure to sign up now so that you can access the sale from the very beginning!

And don't worry, I'll be up, scavenging for the best deals on my favorite items and will share them all with you ASAP when the sale starts!

Insta Lately & LiketoKnow.it

It's been a while since I rounded up my latest Instagram posts and shared them on the blog! Between vacation, trips home to Missouri, and a week at cheer camp, I haven't been around the social media world as much this month! 

If you follow along on Instagram, you have seen all of these looks already. If you were signed up with LiketoKnow.it, you've also been able to shop them since the second I posted them! Unfamiliar with this great service? See the end of this post to find out what you are missing out on :)

Celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary in downtown OKC!

Loving the off the shoulder trend this summer!

My OOTD for my 25th birthday! I got my hair done by BLO in OKC & I love the waterfall braid they did!

During the hot Oklahoma days, I am all for easy outfits that are cute but keep me cool!

Tank  |  Shorts {lots of color/pattern options!}  |  Crossbody {only $32!!}  |  Necklace  |  Watch  |  Bracelet 

Summer pool day essentials!

Bow bikini top {under $15!}  |  Distressed Denim Shorts  |  Jack Rogers Sandals  |  similar Clutch  |  Sunnies {under $10!}  |  Fedora

Seriously. I just want to travel ALL SUMMER LONG!!

Picking out my birthday jewels! Did you know Kendra Scott gives you 50% off 1 item during your birthday month?! LOVE it!

Denim Romper  |  Kimono  |  Sandals |  similar Bag  |  Cuff  |  Ring 

Blush pink is probably my favorite color this season! I am finding myself drawn to anything and everything in this color!

Top  |  Jeans  |  Sandals  |  similar Bow Bag  |  Necklace

I wasn't sure about this dress when I ordered it but when it came in the mail, I instantly fell in love!!

Kimono Dress {40% off!}  |  Wedges  

{You may notice that I am a big fan of white nail polish. It goes with everything and I think it is the perfect staple color for summer!}

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So... LiketoKnow.it. If you have followed along on Instagram for long, you have probably seen me talk about it several times. Many of my posts end with something like this: @liketoknow.it www.liketk.it/1wwbW #liketkit

I don't know how many times I have been perusing Instagram and I see something that I want to buy right then!! However, once you comment & ask someone it can take a while to get a reply. I know that I get questions in the comments of my pictures, and depending on the day, it can unfortunately take a while to get back to someone! Annoying... I know! & Even then, simply telling you my top is from J.Crew doesn't exactly help narrow it down since there are literally hundreds of pages. It can be a huge hassle & very time consuming trying to hunt items down! But the good news is, I save the links to things I buy so that I can easily link them to each Instagram photo.

Joining this free program is super easy!

Step 1: Sign up with LiketoKnow.it & link your email and Instagram account

Step 2: 'Like' any LiketoKnow.it enabled photo {look for something like this: @liketoknow.it www.liketk.it/1wwbW #liketkit}

Step 3: Open your email inbox a few moments later to get all of the direct links. Simply click on the item you are interested in & it will take you straight to the product! The emails {& your LiketoKnow.it page} will show all of your 'liked' photos just like this:

Not a big fan of constant emails? No big deal! You can change the email preferences however you want. I have mine set to send weekly! You can also choose instantly & daily. If there is an item I really want right then & there, I will just head over to the direct link posted with the picture!

LiketoKnow.it really is a great service for everyone! It makes shopping a breeze! In the same amount of time it takes you to write a comment asking where something is {not including the time it would take to try and hunt it down after that} you can get an email and click straight through to shop! Super easy-peasy. Be sure to sign up ASAP so that you can shop all of your favorite bloggers on Instagram!

Keep up with my latest LiketoKnow.it posts & shop my Instagram below:

Travel: What To Pack For An All Inclusive Vacation

I absolutely love to travel! My husband & I have been fortunate enough to explore nine countries together since we got married. However, our Dominican Republic vacation this summer was our first All-Inclusive experience & it was certainly a little bit different... In the BEST way possible! I don't know that I'll ever go on another beach vacay without going that route! We stayed at the Excellence Punta Cana & it was complete perfection. The location, food, service, & rooms were all right on point. However, packing was a bit of a challenge because I wasn't sure what to expect. So I thought I would share with you my thoughts, tips & tricks for successfully {& lightly} packing for an All-Inclusive getaway!

TIP #1: Pack AT LEAST 1 full day's worth of clothes in your carry on. I have heard this many times but didn't follow through. My luggage was lost the first 2 days of our vacation and I had nothing- no swim suit, face wash, clothes, etc. It was a miserable time in a tropical location with nothing but what I wore on the plane. Save yourself the headache & take what you might need in case the worst happens! 

Swimsuits: I would recommend taking 3! You will probably be on the beach more than three days but you can easily dry them overnight.  Try mixing up the styles you take: A 1 piece with fun cut-outs, a simple bikini, and a printed 2 piece for example. 

Cover-Ups: 3-4 options would be best. There are so many different styles of cover ups that it would be great to bring along a few different options to choose from! I packed a fun dress, a printed romper [this one is cute too!], and a couple of kimonos. {How cute is the OTHERWORLD one in today's pictures?!!} Keep in mind that if you are going to run & grab food from a restaurant for lunch, they will probably have a dress code that requires more than a swimsuit. The majority of ours required just a simple cover-up & all of the options I brought along worked!

Hats: I am hat obsessed! I would recommend bringing at least 2 hats! I brought along a smaller fedora as well as a large floppy hat {under $20!}. These are perfect for lounging by the pool & covering up crazy hair! I wore my fedora on the plane & packed my large floppy hat in my suitcase. {Tip: Put the hat in the middle of your suitcase and pack clothes & shoes around it. I did this & had no problems with lost shape!}

Sunglasses: We all have our Ray Ban, Kate Spade, or Prada sunnies that we love. However, keep these away from the ocean!! Reserve them for the pool area where you won't be battling waves. Bring along a few cheap options {like these under $10} so that you won't be heartbroken if they get washed away. I actually lost a cheap pair when a huge wave took me out but luckily, I didn't sweat it too much since they were under $10. 

Shoes: This was my biggest packing battle! I would suggest bringing 1 pair of good 'ol flippy flops to walk to the beach or around the pool in. I failed to think this through & had to wear a pretty nice pair around which made me nervous! You should also bring 2 pairs of nicer sandals. These can be worn to restaurants & evening shows. My Tory Burch sandals & Jack Rogers were perfect for this! Lastly, a pair of wedges would be good for the fancier dinners! We got really dressed up one night & I was glad I had these wedges to wear :)

Dresses: I would bring 4-5 dresses! A definite beach resort staple. I wore dresses for 95% of our trip. Whether pool side or to dinner, I wore several styles of dresses during our trip. I would recommend looking for light sundresses, a maxi dress, and a fun & flirty dress for dinner! Lilly Pulitzer dresses are ideal options in my opinion!

Shorts: 2 pairs of shorts should be sufficient for your trip. {These were my favorite!!} If you are doing any excursions {horse back riding, zip lining, etc.} you will certainly want a pair of shorts! They can also be great to throw on over a {dry} swimsuit to grab a bite to eat during the day. 

Tops: I brought along way too many tops! 3-4 should be more than enough to pack for your vacation! I would suggest light, airy tanks & tees that will dry easily if they get wet.

Bug Spray & Sunscreen: I applied sunscreen every hour and still ended up with a pretty good burn. The Dominican sun was much harsher than what I am used to in Oklahoma. Make sure you bring PLENTY because you will way overpay if you have to buy it at your hotel. The cheapest at our resort? $50. So yes, pack lots. Also, the mosquitos are crazy! If you eat dinner outside at all, you will want to bring bug spray with you to frequently reapply. At one of our beach side dinners we got chased inside by large swarms! Yikes!

Bags: I used this large weekender as my carry on and was able to fit a large amount of things in it for travel. I also brought along a crossbody that I used most nights. It was small enough to just stash a few necessities in {lip gloss, money, phone, room key} & it wasn't a pain to tote around. I also brought along this fun clutch for a night out ! Lastly, bring a pool bag. This should be something that is okay if it gets wet, sandy and potentially ruined. I was constantly throwing water bottles, sunscreen, shoes, coverups, books, etc. in it all day!

Random Extras:
>> Aloe Vera- For the inevitable burn
>> Light Jacket- If you are cold natured like I am, you might want this at night walking along the beach or catching a late show
>> First Aid- You never know when you might need a bandaid for a blister {my husband got one running on the beach}, Tylenol for a sun headache, etc.
>> Large Plastic Cup- I can't recommend this enough! At All-Inclusive resorts, your drinks will all be free! However, they have small cups and in the hot sun, the ice melts quickly. Have your drinks made in your cup so that you get more {fewer trips to the bar / tracking down the pool guys} and it will stay cold much longer! LOVE this Lilly one for $15!
>> Minimal Makeup- Show off your newly acquired glow! Wear small amounts of makeup to dinner because 1) you should have a new tan & 2) the incredibly high humidity can make your face of makeup feel like it's melting! If you bring mascara, make sure it is water proof.
>> Nail Polish: I got my fingers & toes done before we left. However, the sand & concrete can do a number on your fresh polish & I wish that I had brought along a bottle for a few touch ups!

The Obvious:
Sleep Clothes, Undergarments, Toiletries, Phone/Computer Chargers, Books

Overall, you should be able to pack everything in a small-ish suitcase & not have to worry about what you are missing from your closet at home. We will definitely be heading back to the Excellence Punta Cana in the future & I can't recommend it enough to anyone looking for an All-Inclusive getaway. Let me know if you can think of any other vacay necessities that I might have missed :)

Outfit 1: Nordstrom Bikini Top  |  Otherworld Kimono  |  identical Floppy Bow Hat  |  Sunglasses

Well friends, today is my birthday so I am off to enjoy the day with my husband! Have a great Tuesday! xox

Lace Details

SheIn Top c/o  |  J.Crew Factory Skirt  |  Kate Spade Bag c/o  |  similar Leopard Pumps  |  Michael Kors Watch  |  Bauble Bar Necklace  |  Bauble Bar Earrings  

Oh, Monday! The weekends are just never quite long enough! The good news? Tomorrow is my birthday!! :) And I leave Wednesday for cheer camp. 20 girls. 3 days. Just me. Pray for my sanity now ;)

But let's talk pretty, feminine details. I love the lace in this top! It is actually really comfortable- not the annoying scratchy lace I was afraid it might be. And the cutouts at the bottom of this skirt are to die for! Paired together, I think they are a match made in detail heaven!

Short & sweet today. I've got lots of packing to do! But come back tomorrow for a few beach pictures :)