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We love a good faux-leather skirt, and this Faux Leather Skirt from the Anniversary sale is no exception. It’s flirty and cute, and you can wear it all year long.

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Pleated Faux Leather Skirt | $31.90

Why we love this skirt:

The texture. Have you felt this skirt in real life? It’s so smooth and soft, not like a plastic faux-leather. Need we say more?

Wear it now. While technically the Anniversary sale is fall fashion, this skirt is great for wearing in the summer, too. Above, it’s styled with this floral print tank, which makes for a sweet warm-weather look with some faux-leather edge.

Back to school. You may be wearing this skirt for the rest of summer, but you’ll also wear it for the rest of the year! It’s so versatile. It isn’t too early to plan what you’re wearing on the first day back to school, is it? Here we have it with paired with a plaid shirt for a cute fall look that’s perfect for walking the halls on your first day back. Throw on some tights with that baby and you’re ready to face the winter cold.

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Bonus: It comes in Violet, too!

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July 22, 2014

Camp Blues

For any of you who, like me, have experienced the wonderful, magical world of summer camp, you are probably reminiscing about camp memories (and making new ones!) now that it’s summer vacation.

What’s strange is that this year I won’t be returning to camp, as my graduated-senior self is moving on to bigger ventures. It’s quite strange—I won’t be seeing old friends or counselors or making friendship bracelets or sneaking out of my room in the middle of the night. I have so many incredible memories from camp, I thought I should make my overwhelming nostalgia into something tangible, an homage to some of the greatest weeks of my teen life.

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My family-friends live on this Parent Trap camp-esque lake: a place for canoes and campfires, crushes and disappointments.

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Sitting on the dock, in my vintage denim jacket, daisy choker and Converse, I thought of myself  on the last night of camp, reflecting on my week, taking in the scene, ready to move on.

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For those of us who’ve fallen in love with camp, we know it’s more than just a week or two away. It’s a week or two that changes you, matures and immatures you, reminds you how to be yourself and put that true, honest self into the open. Camp is a safe haven of teenage beauty/angst and…secret twins.

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It’s easier to paddle away from high school. I’m ready to say goodbye to linoleum cafeterias and pep rallies. But camp, it’s harder to say goodbye to camp. I will forever love and laugh about my experiences there and always thank my friends and counselors who put up with me and my excessive Wet Hot American Summer references.

If you have any camp stories/poems/songs I would love to hear about them. I’m in that sad, happy, nostalgic zone. :)

Stay golden,
Lily

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here! My mother is twitching because she is aware of the Anniversary Sale’s affect on Lily’s sanity. There are dozens of wonderful things on sale that will breathe life into your fall closet: back-to-school (I know, it’s too early to mention it) pieces, scarves for chilly days, muted tones for fall makeup and tons more.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Anniversary Sale pieces. I’ve decided that this fall I am going to live and dress boldly, so all of my picks support that theme!

1. Faux Fur Coat

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Please tell me this isn’t the most fabulous coat you have ever seen. I am obsessed! If you’re looking for a statement piece to turn heads as you strut the city streets this fall, this leopard print coat is literally calling your name. Wear it, be brave!

2. Wingtip Oxford

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I adore these classic oxfords. They’re more feminine than some of the clunkier oxfords from last season, but they still communicate power and boldness. (Because what’s more powerful than femininity?) They’ll be perfect for fall nights out and city adventures.

3. Pleated Skirt

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I love the structured pleats and faded colors of this wonderful skirt. Since it gives a vintage school-girl sort of vibe, it’s excellent for those of us headed to high schools or universities. And nothing is better than being able to channel Cher and Dionne on a daily basis.

Start browsing the Anniversary Sale to see more adorable looks for fall, then tell me about your favorites. :)

Stay golden,
Lily

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A couple of days ago, we took a train to Boston and spent the day exploring the Freedom Trail. At first I had horrible flashbacks to AP U.S. History, but then I realized that history can be pretty cool when you’re not reading about it from a 20-year-old textbook.

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Since we planned to spend a lot of our day in the sun (Boston is really hot and humid this time of year), I decided to wear a loose floral dress, a comfy pair of sandals and some sunnies. My lovely sister is sitting next to me and wearing a similar outfit, but she went for less of a boho vibe and more of a girly feel.

Here are a few pictures I took around town (I snapped a couple hundred, but obviously I can’t share them all. :( )

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I fell in love with all the old architecture. Since I’m from the West Coast, I was also really impressed with the brick streets—I twisted my ankle a couple times, but oh well!

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The new part of Boston was also beautiful.

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Before we left, we had to get some REAL Italian food in Little Italy. Let me just say that this is the one kind of food the West Coast just can’t do right. We stopped at Mike’s Pastry and I got a delicious cannoli. I tried to tell myself that I had walked off all those calories during the day (I definitely didn’t), but who cares? Vacations are a great reason to eat a ton of yummy food and not feel bad about it.

Can’t wait to share more of my travels with you girls! I’m headed to New York soon. :)

XOXO,
Alyssa

 

After a month of sightseeing and eating and journaling on trains, my time abroad has come to an end. Tomorrow I’ll board a 747 and fly back to the ol’ U.S. of A. To wrap up the final days, my friend and I devoted ourselves to the beaches of the Riviera—soaking up the last salty sundrops of the Mediterranean. The beaches here are pure color, striped umbrellas and bold bikinis, like a mosaic of pastels and frills.

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I lay on the sand and wrote postcards and read Tender Is the Night and listened to “The Lucky One” by TSwift: it was all tres chic and bonne.

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My Mediterranean OOTD consisted of a crop-top lavender jersey and yellow-and-white striped shorts. I was inspired, of course, by the classic playfulness of the Riviera and old Hollywood color. Please also note that blue sky.

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Essential for the hot sand: black sunglasses and white sandals. The Riviera can be intimidating, with its miles of high-fashion stores, but once you embrace your happy, sunny style nothing can stop you from frolicking.

It’s been real, Europe, see you soon? Please comment about where your summer adventures have taken you!

Stay golden,
Lily

July 18, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday and happy Anniversary Sale! Today’s band is playing the Capitol Hill Block Party next weekend(!), and might be lending a little rock-star sparkle to a top-secret Nordstrom project in the near future.

We dare you to watch this video without running to the mirror immediately afterwards to practice your perfect cat eye and pouty red lip. (Lucky for all of us, there are some seriously sweet makeup deals in the beauty department right now.)

July 18, 2014

Candy-Colored Hair

So, something a little bit out of the ordinary happened this weekend. I may or may not have dyed my hair bright pink. Instead of adding lighter brown highlights or chopping my locks off, I decided to go big when changing up my look. It’s not permanent, which is good because sooner or later I’ll get sick of my hair looking like the mane of a My Little Pony. ;)

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Be bold, my friends.

xoxo,
Clare

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Currently, I’m blogging from the airport in Denver (we have a brief layover here on our way to Connecticut)!

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First of all, apologies for my washed out complexion and under eye bags—I have already been on a plane for three hours at this point, and I didn’t feel super jazzed to take pictures because I’m pretty worn down. However, I really wanted to do a traveling OOTD for my readers. Anyway, for my plane ride outfit, I wanted to feel relaxed without looking overly scrubby, so I decided to wear a distressed teeleggings, and a chambray shirt tied around my waist in case I got cold. For my accessories, I wore a printed headband (my hair gets super weird from the dry plane air) and a tribal backpack (to lug around my cameras and books). So far, I’ve been super comfortable, and more importantly, I haven’t been patted down going through security!

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To make up for the poor quality of the first shot, here’s a gorgeous sunset picture I took from the plane. You’ve probably seen a million of these on Instagram, but I still love an “above the clouds” shot.

Can’t wait to touch down in Hartford!

XOXO,
Alyssa

P.S. The dude in the background of the first picture is the reason I need to get a nice portrait lens with a shallow depth of field (like a 1/1.4). Any camera geniuses out there with lens suggestions (that aren’t over a thousand bucks)?

July 16, 2014

OOTD: Sunny-Day Sundress

Sometimes the sun makes me so happy I can’t contain it. I am deprived of that strange yellow ball for most of the year, so when it shines in the Pacific Northwest, I often choose to shine back!

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My sun OOTD consists of the happiest yellow polka-dot dress, white socks and white oxfords. I rarely wear accessories or carry a purse with this dress (pockets are wonderful) because it’s so bold on its own.

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I love sunny days on the boardwalk, flouncing happily in my detailed, vintage-y dress. Bright colors and vibrant outfits like these keep me smiling all day long. :)

Stay sunny and happy in bold dresses this summer!

Stay Golden,
Lily

July 15, 2014

Blogger on a Budget

With summer comes free time, and with free time comes…shopping. I’ll admit I have a slight shopping addiction, but just because I love to shop doesn’t mean I have to spend every cent in my bank account on new clothes to wear. In this post I’ll be showing you a few of my favorite inexpensive items and how I would wear them to get the most bang for my buck.

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This striped tank is only $12, such a bargain! You can never have too many basic tanks in your summer wardrobe. I would style this with high-waist shorts or a skirt, but this type of tank also works great under a sheer kimono or crochet top.

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I’m a fan of a classic denim short, but I’ve fallen head over heels for these soft printed shorts this season. I own at least five pairs! This pair is under $30, which is a steal in my opinion. Most days I style my woven shorts with a graphic tee and denim jacket, but I’ve also worn them in a more dressy way to a lunch date.

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A novelty piece like this printed jacket (currently on sale!) is something I try to incorporate into an outfit. This one is black and white, which is perfect for matching with a variety of different colors, plus it’s awesome for print mixing! I’m not going to lie: I throw on jackets like this over my Nike shorts and workout tees when I run out to do errands, but this can also be styled to perfection with a brightly colored sundress.

What are your favorite summer items for less? Leave me a comment or post a photo on Instagram with #NordstromBP so I can check out your fabulous looks!

xoxo,
Clare

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