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It’s not fun thinking about the coming cooler months, but these adorable infinity scarves sure make it easier. They’re part of our Anniversary Sale, so the price makes it easy to snatch yours up in one (or more) of the colors. (Prices go back up on Monday, August 4—that’s less than a week away!)

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Lace Print Infinity Scarf | $12.90

Why we love this scarf:

The lace print.  Lace is so pretty and feminine, but it can also be a hassle. It’s delicate and gets snagged on things, and it’s so disappointing when that happens to your favorite lacy top. But with this lace-printed scarf you get the girly look of lace without the worry. It’s the best of both worlds.

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The colors. We think you might have trouble deciding which to buy because we can’t even choose a favorite. The Taupe looks soft and creamy, the Black goes with everything, and the Berry is fun without being too bright. You can’t go wrong here.

The infinity. We know, we know, let’s still enjoy summer while we can. Trust us, we’re not in a hurry for fall to come, but we can’t help but think about how cozy these scarves will be when it starts to get nippy outside. It’s enough to start us thinking about boots and hot chocolate… Okay, enough is enough. Back to the sunshine!

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I’m kind of cringing at the thought of writing a back-to-school post this early in the summer, but I know that school starts early for some of you, so I decided to bite the bullet and just go for it. Lots of you are probably in the midst of shopping for the new school year and I thought it’d be great to share some of my favorite backpacks and totes:

1. Baggu Canvas Backpack

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I love printed backpacks, but sometimes they can be hard to pair with certain outfits. I love stripes because they match almost everything! The nautical vibe of this backpack is perfect for the fall and the canvas material is totally lightweight.

2. Herschel ‘Post’ Backpack

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If you’re looking for a good quality, versatile backpack, this is the one for you. I’ve had the same Nike backpack since my freshman year and it’s definitely seen better days. I’m thinking of investing in a Herschel backpack which will hopefully last me through my senior year and college! This is one of their more well-known styles, but Herschel has fun prints and other colors if you’re interested in a bag with more pizazz.

3. BP. Expandable Tote

 

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I’m a backpack kind of girl, but if you prefer carrying a tote at school, I would recommend this one. The zippers on the side allow it to expand, which is useful if you’ve got extra-large textbooks to carry. This particular bag is on sale as part of the Anniversary Sale, so snatch it up before it goes back to full price (August 4)!

4. Volcom Faux Leather Backpack

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This is one of my favorite backpacks that I’ve seen online so far. If you want to be extra fashion-forward for back to school, I would opt for this faux leather backpack. I love the outside pocket because it’s perfect for storing bobby pins, gum, extra pencils and other little bits and pieces.

xoxo,
Clare

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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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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here! My mother is twitching because she is aware of the Anniversary Sale’s effect 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. Because it gives a vintage schoolgirl 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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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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In a couple of days, I’m heading to the East Coast for my brother’s wedding and a little sightseeing adventure in New York. As I was packing up for the trip, I thought of a few last-minute must-haves for the journey:

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BIG OL’ SUNNIES: Regardless of whether your final destination is a sunny one, it’s nice to have a pair of shades (preferably large ones) to hide your puffy, dry eyes when you get off the plane.

FRINGED CROP TOP: Whenever I go on a trip, I like to bring at least one new “wow” item, be it a great necklace or a fabulous pair of printed pants. This trip’s “wow” piece is this boho chic crop top (I promise to post a better picture soon, so you can see what it looks like on). It may seem a little wild, but that’s what I was going for! I figured I could either try to dress like I live on the East Coast and risk looking like a “Gossip Girl” wannabe OR stick to my West Coast roots (but add a little polish). I decided to go with the latter.

OLD-SCHOOL INSTANT CAMERA: This is the last-minute find I am most excited about. I’m headed to a place with a bunch of great photo ops, so I figured why not buy an old-fashioned instant-film camera? (I’ve been thinking about getting one since I was, like, seven years old.) Instant pics just have a nostalgic feel to them, and they’ll be the perfect addition to my picture wall in my dorm room. (Nordstrom sold out of the Fujifilm pictured here, but they’ve got a Polaroid that’s pretty sweet.)

THE ADORABLE CHOCOLATE BOX: This is something I just found in my room. A family friend had already reused it to wrap a beautiful vintage necklace (a graduation gift), so I decided to re-purpose it once again, and use it keep my new pictures safe during travel. Eventually, I’ll get a little tin for my photos, but this does the trick for now. :)

The next time I write to you, it will be from either an airport or the other side of the United States! Hehe, I’m very excited to share my travels with y’all.

XOXO,
Alyssa

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July 11, 2014

Holograph Girl


In the words of the great Gwen Stefani, “I ain’t no hollaback girl.” I’m pretty sure she was just way ahead of the trends and really meant “I ain’t no holograph girl.” I’ve blogged about this before, and I’m blogging about it again: I love the holographic trend.* My best pal, Natalie, is a huge fan too. She offered to model her signature sunnies just for you, dear readers.

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This is my favorite picture that I think I’ve taken of these awesome sunnies. The reflection is just outta this world!

Take a peek at some of my favorite mirrored/holographic sunglasses. I can’t get enough:

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A.J. Morgan ‘Lunar’ [top left] | Le Specs ‘Rabbit Hole’ [top right] | Le Specs ‘Cheshire’ [bottom left] | Fantasize ‘FE NY’ [bottom right]

xoxo,
Clare

*I know these sunglasses are really just iridescent, but more than a few people call them holographic and that’s a lot more fun to say.

Whether I’m on the Oregon Coast, in Hawaii or somewhere in the Caribbean, I spend most of my summers at the beach. There’s just something about sand in my hair and salty air in my nose that makes me smile.

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As a beach lover, I usually keep a bag full of beach essentials at all times just in case I decide to go on a spontaneous trip to the coast (it also doubles as my pool and river floating survival kit). My friends are the kind of people that call five minutes beforehand with elaborate day trip plans, so I always have to be prepared. Here are a few of my favorite essentials you can find right here at Nordy’s (I’d probably bring some yummy snacks too):

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Towel | Sunglasses | Sunscreen | Flip-flops | Fedora | Backpack

Stay sunny!

XOXO,
Alyssa

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With 4th of July in a matter of days, I thought I’d share some of my favorite pieces to have for the holiday, plus some essentials for celebrating!

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A polaroid or some sort of camera is a must for documenting the Fourth of July festivities. If you’re headed off to a picnic, which is what my family does, I suggest going for a classic checkered blanket and bringing along some adorable mason jar mugs as well as a patriotic bikini if your picnic location is near a pool or ocean. I’ve been lusting after these sunnies for quite some time and think I might have to give in and purchase them one of these days! And my mom loves this Kate Spade wicker purse in the shape of a camera, a funky summer accessory.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Fourth!

xoxo,
Clare

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June 23, 2014

Bikini Mixer

I am beyond happy to see surf brands like RVCA, Rip Curl, and Volcom making an appearance in BP. swimwear. After all, swimsuits are what these brands do best! With oodles of fun prints, I couldn’t resist sharing a few ways I would mix up my bikini pieces.

I personally really struggle with finding a top that fits correctly and doesn’t leave me feeling vulnerable to sneaker waves (if you know what I mean), so when it comes to mixing and matching I like to find a couple of tops in solid colors—I like black and white because they’re extremely versatile—and then add a pop of fun with vibrant bottoms. Mixing your tops and bottoms is a great way to save a little cash, too, since you’re not buying both pieces with every swimwear purchase (which means money to spare for that cute pair of sunnies to complete your look)!

Here are a few of my favorite bikini bottom picks mixed with basic tops:
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Stay sunny!

XOXO,
Alyssa