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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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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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shorts | top | shoes

 

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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

 

Summer is practically here, and its arrival marks the return of sunnies, cute sandals and fun prints. I love this combination of stripes and polka dots—it’s nautical with a touch of whimsy. This outfit would be darling for a lunch date at a casual bistro or a day of window shopping with the girls.

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Happy Summer! :)

XOXO,
Alyssa

From here to the end of August, I’ll be trading in my Doc Martens and high-tops for sandals. Since I’ll be going on a big trip this summer (more on that later!), I was looking for sandals that are light and versatile, easy to wear every day with a different outfit.

Here are my top picks:

1. ‘Collective’ Sandal, $54.95
This minimalist sandal from Very Volatile is simple and comfortable. It’s like a modern take on the Roman sandal, and looks awesome with toga-esque summer dresses.

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‘Collective’ Sandal by Very Volatile

 

2. ‘Kroatia’ Sandal, $33.46 (on sale!)
I’ve always been a fan of the classic, strapped sandal—it’s reliable and works with everything. From early morning bike rides to evenings on the beach, you can wear these all day long.

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‘Kroatia’ Sandal by Steve Madden

 

3.  ‘Ybireri’ Sandal, $69.95
I love this black sandal, understated but definitely still trendy. The buckle at the top makes it more of a statement shoe, pairing nicely with a loose tank and skater skirt.

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‘Ybireri’ Sandal by Shellys London

4. ‘Clementine’ Sandal, $68.95
This is my absolute favorite sandal for this summer. I’m all about white these days, but this shoe comes in a ton of colors! It’s very ’50s, with the delicate weaving and pointed toe, wonderful for picnics and sightseeing.

 

 

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‘Clementine’ Sandal by G.H. Bass

And since each pair is less than $75, it’s that much easier to step stylishly into your summer adventures. :)

Stay golden,
Lily

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To me, a Springsteen-adoring consumer of Americana, there is nothing more beautiful, daunting or opportunistic than the American Road. It’s constantly alluded to as a symbol of freedom and passion, and the Interstate Highway sign has basically come to embody a pinnacle of American culture. As it is now summer, I again feel the pull of a spontaneous, cross-country road trip to experience my own cultural rite of passage like both Britney and Dean have done before me.

So here’s why I’m so excited: Nordstrom’s new Pop-In Shop, “Let’s Go!” is all about the Open Road!

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Let’s Go! has some amazing things to get you ready for a summer road trip, from camping supplies to journals to PJs.

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One of my favorite movies is It Happened One Night, where Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable take this hilarious and wonderful road trip through New York. These classic PJs remind me so much of Claudette that I can’t wait to throw them on before spending the night in some cheap Flamingo motel outside the Grand Canyon.

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Some things are just notable road trip essentials: playing cardsjournals and if camping, a comfy hammock. I am in love with these Field Notes journals—I mean, my road trip ramblings may not be as interesting as Hunter S. Thompson‘s, but they’ll be necessary to chronicle all of the embarrassing things I manage to do on the road.

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If your road trip leads you to a beach, this beautiful towel designed by photographer Ryan McGinley will enhance that feeling of freedom you get when your toes touch the sand! You’ll practically BE bird-woman when you reach the shores.

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This is a photo from one of my past road trips, on the top of a peak after an afternoon hike. Road trips are always to the peak of summer, the pinnacle moments of happiness and independence. So, put on “City of New Orleans“ and pack On The Road for inspiration and let’s go. :)

Stay golden,
Lily

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