Corduroy is BACK

I’ve always loved corduroy but it seems to go in an out of style. But it’s back for fall! I’ve gathered and linked a few pieces I’m loving right now – they give off such a retro 70s vibe.

 

 

These black flares are from AE, the brick pair from Magnolia Boutique and the gray pair also from AE.

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LOVE this jumper from Free People. It’s on sale too!

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Corduroy jacket from Free People – comes in a mauve color too!

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Can’t forget about your feet! These high top TOMS are SO CUTE.

How would you style your corduroy?

I’m Going to Iceland!

This October, my brother-in-law and I are going to Iceland! I’m stoked – Iceland has been on my must-see list for quite some time. We’ll also be going at a time when seeing the Northern Lights is highly likely and for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to see them.

October is the beginning of Iceland’s winter season, so I’m a little unsure exactly how the weather will be. After reading MANY blogs, I plan to dress in layers, take a water proof parka, hats, gloves, warm boots and scarves. Everyone says the weather can be unpredictable, even in summer, so I’m going to try to be as prepared as I can.

Here are a few things on my packing list.

Shoes

I already have a pair of Sperry Topsider duck boots that I wore in Alaska. They are insulated and great for hiking or rain, so I plan to take those. I also bought a pair of Sorel Emelie waterproof boots that are fur lined and super cute. Amazon has them on sale, but I’ve also linked a pair. I’ll also take my Hunter packable rain boots along and my fleece Hunter socks. Both of those came from Nordstrom Rack!

Coats

I plan on taking a lightweight thermoball jacket from North Face as well as a North Face water repellent parka. Both of these were purchased on Poshmark but you can still find the styles elsewhere. Also packing my Kate Spade rain jacket for city wear.

Accessories

Hats! Gloves! Scarves! And probably a fleece blanket. I’ve also read I need to buy a quick dry towel, so I’ll probably buy one of those on Amazon as well. I’m pretty well stocked in the accessory department already since Indiana winters can get really cold, but think I’ll invest in another pair of gloves.

 

Fleece and Thermals

The under layer is just as important as the outer layer. I plan to pack all my thermals – my Free People laguna thermals are my favorite because they also have thumb holes. This Socialite thermal was part of the Nordstrom sale and will also be a great layering piece.

I already have several fleece pullovers and plan to take them as well.

 

Base Layer

This is something I don’t have and need to purchase. Other bloggers suggest a wool base layer, so I’m going to buy these to wear under my denim and fleece lined leggings.

I cannot wait to go! If you’ve been to Iceland before, let me know in the comments!

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: