Transitioning to Fall

Fall is right around the corner so it’s probably time to start cleaning out your closet and taking a look at what you don’t wear anymore and what you might be lacking in your fall wardrobe. I just did a major closet purge myself and tend to do them right before each season starts.

Most of the pieces I buy for fall also transition with me into winter and things like basic v-neck tees get worn year round. I’ve rounded up a few favorites that I’m thinking about adding into my fall wardrobe, because it’s always good to freshen your closet up from time to time.

Striped Tops
You really can’t go wrong with a basic striped tee. I already have a long sleeve black and white version, but this tan and black version from Nordstrom would give some variety to what I already have in my closet.

I also really love this tie front button up top for work. It’s from Magnolia Boutique and fully stocked!


Overalls
I’m so excited this trend is back! I lived in overalls in high school and love how they are a little more feminine this time around. The shorter, skirt version on the left would look really cute paired with leggings and boots in the winter and the longer version on the right could even be worn into spring.

 


Military Inspired

 

In my opinion, camo never really goes out of style. I have these ankle zip leggings from Express that I got last year and love. They are super soft and have a frayed hem and just look really trendy. They’re still available, so be sure to snag you a pair! I also have the skirt version (linked).

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Also back from the 90s are cargo pants, but in a less baggy way. These super cute jeggings from Grace and Lace are on my fall must-have list.

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I also adore military inspired military jackets and hats.


Cardigans
Technically I wear cardigans year round because it gets cold at work, but I’ve been looking for a great mustard colored cardigan to add to my closet because I have next to nothing in that color and I’ve recently decided I really like it. This knit cardigan from Dottie Couture is perfect and I’m patiently waiting on them to restock it!

 

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Items Review

There’s still time to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! The sale ends on Aug. 5th and there are still things in stock and restocking. I finally got all my orders and here’s a review of the products I purchased, as well as the few that I returned.

Keepers

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BP Waffle Knit Cardigan.
This is probably my favorite item from the sale. It’s going to be great for fall and winter and I love the buttons! I can wear it to work or as a casual thrown on sweater. It does fit slightly oversized, but the small was a great fit for me.

Socialite Henley
This is a great layering piece that will look pretty by itself and then with a warmer outer later as it gets colder. Unfortunately, this sold out almost immediately. I bought the blush color but also wanted the camo pattern too. It might restock after the sale, so if you had your eye on it, keep checking!

Ugg Daley Tall Boot
I am not a fan of classic Uggs. I’ve always thought they were, well, ugly. My mom got me a super cute pair last year that look nothing like the classic style and they were so comfortable and warm, so I decided to invest in this black suede tall boot for winter. The fit is very true to size and I think they will still be comfortable with boot socks. Very well made and hit just below the knee, which is perfect for me.

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Cardigan
I ordered this fully expecting to return it. $70 for a cardigan…ON SALE? People raved so I gave it a chance and it’s probably the most luxurious cardigan I will own. I sized up to a medium and it fits great (reviews said the arms were tight in a small). I will most definitely wear it to work, but it would also be cozy for lounging around the house. An investment piece but sure to last for years to come.

Edwardian Ear Crawlers
This gives you the look of multiple holes in your ears without actually having to pierce them again. I’m wearing these today and they’re very pretty – just enough sparkle to jazz any outfit up.

Thread and Supply Brandon Fleece Jacket
I ordered this on day one and it sat in my pending orders for about a week, then promptly got canceled. On a whim, I checked a few days later and it had restocked in my size, so I tried again. It’s a heavy fleece jacket and will keep you toasty and warm in the winter. It does run big – I probably could have used an XS, but it doesn’t come in anything smaller than a S.

Misses

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1State Studded Bootie

This is a gorgeous bootie that gives off a rocker vibe. I ordered in the black and while I loved it, it was just too flashy for me. I really wanted to keep it but I couldn’t see myself wearing it much and at a $100 price point, felt it would be a waste of money. I do really like the gray version – it seems more subtle but since I bought the tall Ugg boots, I can’t really spend anymore on shoes or I will go over my budget that I set.

Madewell Jeans

All the bloggers were raving about these jeans but I sent mine back. They ran very large, bagged out in the legs and just weren’t flattering on me.

Things I Wasn’t Fast Enough to Snag

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Caslon Draped Front Jacket

This was in-stock for a few days and I just didn’t pull the trigger on it. I definitely regret that, because it would be a flattering fall staple. Oh well, can’t buy everything!

Lucky Brand Wedge Bootie

This one was  in my cart for a while, then sold out in the two colors I liked. I have other wedges, so I didn’t really need them but they were cute.

Caslon Cardigan

I didn’t see as part of the sale until it was sold out of my size. It never restocked in anything smaller than a medium and reviews said it was huge, so I didn’t want to chance it.

What items did you get? Let me know in the comments!

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

This is my second year shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks. I’m not rabid about it like a lot of people are, but I do like a good deal so I purchased a few things this morning to add to my fall/winter wardrobe.

The website was extra glitchy all morning, which was quite frustrating. In fact, I didn’t even think my order went through but then my items were showing up as “shipped” so I called to make sure it was processing and sure enough, customer service confirmed it had been placed.

Here are the items I picked up!

Socialite Thermal in soft rock. 
Depending on how this fits and availability, I might get this in the camo color too. Nordstrom does have free shipping/returns, but I didn’t want to go overboard and have to return a  bunch of stuff I didn’t like. Thermals are my favorite for fall, then layering under other pieces in the winter.

BP Oversized Waffle Knit Cardigan.
I really, really love this one and the price point is great! It says the small is sold out but sometimes inventory changes, so if that’s the size you need, keep checking!

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1.STATE Loka Studded Bootie.

This one was my splurge. I love the rocker edge and lower heel – most booties have higher heels and that’s just not my style. I bought these in black leather, but also really like the gray color. If I don’t like them in person, I may exchange for a different color!

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Thread and Supply Fleece Zip Up.

I wanted this last year but the price tag was just too hefty, even when it ran on sale at the end of the season. Luckily, it’s part of this year’s Anniversary Sale!

Things I’m considering:

 

You Can Never Go Wrong with a Band Tee

I’m a huge fan of vintage band tees and surprisingly enough, Target has a fantastic selection that changes quite frequently and they’re usually at pretty affordable price points. I’ve even found a few for my collection in the men’s section!

Here are a few of my favorites I’ve acquired over the years and links to similar products in case you want to build your collection up as well 🙂

Fleetwood Mac Tee by Free People. Sold Out but you can find it on Poshmark! (That’s where I got mine)

Guns N Roses baseball tee. Target – last season. Similar here.

Tom Petty muscle tank. Chaser brand. My style is sold out. Similar here and here.

AC/DC tee. Also from Target. Several seasons ago. Love this one instead!

Beach Boys tour tank. In stock at Target and comes in plus sizes too.

Aerosmith tour tee from Recycled Karma brands. On sale!

Eating My Way Through New Orleans

I just got back from my first national library conference in New Orleans. I had been to the Big Easy several years ago but only for a couple days, so I didn’t get to extensively try the food. I more than made up for that this time though! In my opinion, it doesn’t get much better than southern cooking and I was not disappointed.

My plane landed around noon, so I picked up my rental car then quickly dropped my bags off at my AirBnB, then swung by Johnny Sanchez for lunch. I had the empanadas, which were SO GOOD and filled with plantains and chorizo, covered in cotja cheese and served with a cilantro ranch dipping sauce. They were excellent, although the portions were more appetizer sized and the prices on the high side. It helped tide me over through the opening conference session and until dinner.

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The first amazing meal was technically not in New Orleans, but in the small town of Slidell, which is north of the city. I met up with a friend at The Blind Tiger and tried some of their mahi mahi fish tacos. I’ll be upfront with you here: I’ve never had a fish taco and I really don’t care much for fish unless it’s fried or mild, like tilapia or mahi mahi. So I went outside my comfort zone here and IT PAID OFF. These tacos were so delicious! I highly recommend stopping at this local joint if you find yourself in Slidell. I’m sad to say, I forgot to take a photo of my food, but here’s one I snagged off Trip Advisor.


This photo of The Blind Tiger is courtesy of TripAdvisor

For breakfast on Saturday morning, I got an Uber to Elizabeth’s which wasn’t open yet but already had a line forming outside. They’re noted for breakfast, especially the praline bacon. I opted for Bananas Foster French Toast and wow was it good. I couldn’t finish it all – the portions were huge. I was unprepared for the type of bread they used – it was more like a french bread and not the typical sandwich bread we all use here in the Midwest.

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Saturday night in New Orleans, I met up with my library director for dinner at Coop’s Place in the French Quarter. It was not what I expected! It was a tiny, hole in the wall bar but it had been highly recommended so we tried it anyway. I got red beans and rice and while it was good, I honestly think I’ve had better. It was still a fun experience and there are other things on the menu that look delicious too.

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Sunday I was way too busy to leave the convention center so I had pizza for lunch (boring) but Sunday night, I had my best meal of the whole trip at The Rum House on Magazine Street.

They specialize in Caribbean infused taco dishes and of course, rum drinks! I got two tacos with plantains and black beans. SO GOOD. The jerk chicken taco was topped with mango salsa and the Carolina BBQ taco was topped with corn relish and BBQ sauce. There were so many to choose from. I probably should have eaten here twice because the menu is so extensive and it was hard to choose what I wanted. I also indulged in a rum punch that really hit the spot and also went well with my dinner. I thought about key lime pie but was too full to eat anything else that night.

Monday was kind of my sleep in morning, so I skipped breakfast and once again ate lunch at the convention center because my afternoon was very busy with things to do. That evening, I decided to walk down to St. Roch Market, which was near my AirBnB. It was such a cute place and they also have a location in Miami. It’s located in an old factory that they’ve re-vamped and there are lots of different food vendors to order from and you can eat inside or out.

It seems I can’t stay away from Mexican food, because I ordered a burrito bowl with street corn on top. I got a mint lemonade from another vendor and it made for a really delicious dinner. Saint Roch area is an up an coming neighborhood, so if you’re ever looking to escape the French Quarter, I suggest checking it out.

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Tuesday was my last full day in the city and I was all finished with my conference, so I met up with my friend Shana who graciously showed me around and did all of the driving for the day. We started the morning at Cafe Du Monde for some glorious beignets.

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After breakfast, we walked around the French Quarter then headed to Oak Alley Plantation (more on that in another post). We spent a couple hours there, then headed back to New Orleans, where we walked through their unique cemeteries before having lunch and ice cream on Magazine Street.

I got chicken schwarma from Anatolia, which is a Turkish/Mediterranean restaurant along the main drag. The portions were huge! And there’s a really good variety to choose from.

Finally, we ended our day with a scoop of ice cream from Sucre, a fabulous sweet shop with ice cream, macaroons and other sweet treats. Also located on Magazine Street, all goodies are made in house.

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