Today, we’re going to do something a little bit personal. I’m going to share my current summer 2015/beach playlist and my to-read list! Your playlist is SUPER personal. I don’t know about you, but I feel more self conscious about someone looking through my iPod than my iPhone! I feel like you can tell a lot about someone by what’s in their iTunes. I feel like my musical taste is a little bit all over… I love the 70s, 80s, 90s, 200s. I love pop, indie, hip hop. I’m pretty open to all genres of music.
I LOVE Spotify, I always have it on while I’m working. Well, that, or Songza… which is a million times better than Pandora, btw. Fair warning- my taste is a little bit all over the place! Check it out below:
I’ve been really bad about reading lately! I LOVE to read. I’ve always been a big reader. Lately, I feel like it’s been easier to just turn on Netflix than grab a book, and now? My reading list is CRAZY LONG. So, I’m going to share my IMMEDIATE must-reads. Check ’em out:
Now that I’m back from my vacation last week, I wanted to share a few of my favorite looks from the cruise! I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I would’ve liked to; I just felt like we were go go going the whole time! When I’d finally find a moment between activities and would think to snap a pic, the light would be horrible, or we’d be late somewhere, or something else would come up. Cruises are really high maintenance in terms of wardrobe- I feel like there are SO MANY OUTFIT CHANGES. I must’ve worn, like, 3 outfits a day! I love cruising though! If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. We’ve been on a few different cruiselines, but this time, we went Carnival. We decided we wanted to go somewhere we’d never been before, so we chose the Eastern Caribbean itinerary on the Carnival Victory. So much fun!!
If you follow along on Instagram, you may have already shopped these looks, but I wanted to share them on the blog and give a little more info on what I wore!
I already shared this look yesterday, but I also snapped a quick pic when we first got on the ship and sailed away! I think the Sailaway Party they always do on cruises is the best part- you have your whole vacay to look forward to! Kristen and I grabbed two Strawberry Daiquiris and a couple of deck chairs and watched Miami float by!
Ugh I miss these.
The first full day of the cruise, we stopped in Nassau… an island that, really, we’ve been to a million times. I love the waterpark at the Atlantis resort… it’s so much fun! The last few times, we’ve gone and done the waterpark day at the resort. In the high season (right now) Atlantis daypasses are $200!! CRAZY. We spent the day exploring the city instead and did a little duty-free shopping. I always try to buy my favorite Chanel perfume when we’re on at trip; it’s oftentimes way cheaper in the Bahamas than at home. Truth be told, we struck out in Nassau- the Chanel perfume was way less in Grand Turk! (I wear nothing but Coco Mademoiselle, my mom is a classic Chanel No 5, and my sisters both love Chance.)
I wore this ADORABLE romper I ordered online from LOFT. (It’s an online-only style!) Be warned- the romper is from a beach collection and thus is a bit on the sheer side. I felt fine with it; I’m not even wearing a bra. But just so you’re aware. I love it- it was light, cute, and fun. I love that it feels like a cute little set, but it’s attached in the back. (By the way- it’s ON SALE for $27.50 right now!! GET IT.)
The next stop on our trip was Carnival’s private island, Half Moon Cay. The private island is really just a beach day. We got off the ship and headed over to the beach and grabbed a cabana. (Thank goodness!) I seriouly was SO diligent this trip about spraying on the sunscreen- I was terrified of getting burned! I brought along my favorite Neutrogena Cooling Spray Sunscreen, but only brought it in a 45. I think next time, I need higher! (The Clear Faces sunscreen was GREAT. It felt light, not oily at all, and I didn’t break out even though I applied it 1,000 times.)
I wore this amazing coverup I scooped up from Romwe ON SALE FOR $23! I’m definitely planning on wearing it as a dress too, it just needs a slip because it’s a tad sheer. Throwing on a pair of wedges and a red lip would make it the perfect little summer dress for datenight, no? It’s a cool, linen-y shirtdress. I love it! I swapped out my beach bag for this little clutch to grab lunch… but I’m so crazy for my beach bag! It was a great buy and fit all of my stuff easily. And it has sequins. Super chic.
Coverup: Romwe (on sale for $23!)| Clutch: Target (I grabbed this clutch for lunch, here’s the beachbag I used on the trip that I’m IN LOVE with!) | Hat: J.Crew | Sunnies: Fantaseyes (Style name: Gamma Ray) | Flipflops: Target (they’re GLITTER!) |Bracelet hair tie: Nordstrom |Bathing Suit: Juicy Couture for Kohl’s, sold out.
Our next and last stop was Grand Turk! We hit the market to do a little shopping in the morning and then booked a snorkeling excursion for the afternoon. The snorkeling excursion was a total blast- we took a boat out to two different dive sites and swam with some beautiful fish and checked out the coral reefs. Honestly, I was a little disappointed by the coral reefs… I thought they were going to be these beautiful, colorful things and really… they were brown. We did actually snorkel at the famous 7.000 foot Dropoff, though… which really, just looked like a big black hole! AND… I pet a shark, guys! OK, fine, it was a nurse shark, but STILL. I pet a shark. We had to RUN from the boat to the ship because we were way later than we should’ve been! We all needed to be back onboard at 4:30 pm and at 4:20 we were still at the dive site!
I wore this great coverup from Target over my swimsuit. I actually wear it all the time as a normal dress! It’s jersey and really soft and comfy! I love it. It comes in white and lilac and has a removable little waist tie so you can cinch the waist if you want to. It’s SUPER CUTE and a fabulous color.
The next day we spent at sea. We got up late for brunch and then hit the pool deck to lay out and relax a little bit. I caught up on some of my favorite mags, listened to some music (I’ll share a playlist tomorrow!) and just worked on my tan.
Overall, we had a really nice trip! I enjoyed spending time with my sister and taking some time to relax. Getting off the ship and going back home was definitely a reality check. (What?? No lunch buffet on the Lido Deck?!)
Now, it’s back to the grind! I’m working on some cool projects I’ll be sharing soon, plus… a BIG SURPRISE that I’m hoping to debut SOON! Hope you enjoyed this little peak into my trip. Tell me in the comments: have you ever cruised? Do you like it? What did you take?
Since I’m sharing some of my cruise looks and a little bit about my vacay this week, I first wanted to share what I wore ONTO the ship and the first afternoon!
I popped into Target to scoop up toiletries for my trip at, no lie, 11pm on Saturday night after the Mara Hoffman Swim Show at the Versace Mansion. (Did you see my Snaps?? AMAZING.) While I was there, I spotted this black tassel dress that is a DEAD RINGER for my favorite (sold out) Fire tassel dress from Nordstrom that literally every blogger and their mother was wearing a couple of months ago. I had scooped up the navy version at Nordy, but never really posted it, because, well, you know… I figured you guys would be sick of seeing it everywhere. I stopped dead in my tracks at Target when I spotted the black dress… because I LOVE the navy version and was so sad when it was sold out. Plus, you can’t really go wrong with a black dress, right? I love the sleeves, the tassels, and the off the shoulder silhouette! It makes a really great bathing suit coverup, or can be worn as just a normal dress with a cute wedge or a flat sandal. SUPER VERSATILE, guys. (Styling note: no idea why they styled it on the site NOT as an off the shoulder?? I wore it as one, whatever.)
Tassel Hair Ties: Nordstrom (no longer available online, find them in store!) | Bracelet: Kendra Scott | Watch: Michael Kors | Ring: Country Dollar
I had my eye on these Sole Society wedges for awhile; I loved that the cork bottom felt summery but also makes the shoe way more comfortable… a definite must in a wedge. (I totally needed them to be- if you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know they make you stand on the deck for a lifeboat drill for, like, hours.)
Happy Monday, loves! Just got back from the cruise! It was SO much fun; so relaxing, such a nice week. I told you guys I was going to post on Thursday, but halfway through the cruise, the once-reliable wifi suddenly tanked and I could barely load Instagram, much less knock out a blog post from the middle of the ocean. One would think that paying $40 for wifi meant that you’d actually be able to use said wifi, but I guess not. In any case, I’m back, and excited to share some of my trip!
I thought I’d share what I packed today. Tomorrow, I’ll post a little recap of the trip and share some of my outfits. I hope you caught my ‘What’s in My Beach Bag’ post last week! If not, check it out. Every product I shared basically saved my life on the trip. I went on this cruise with my sister, Kristen, to celebrate her 24th bday. (Which actually, was in June, but whatever.) We went to Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk. Such a blast! So now… On to my suitcase!
When I pack for a trip, I try to keep it to one color palette so everything coordinates. This trip, I went with a lot of pinks, blacks, and whites. Mainly, I was trying to coordinate everything with my Talula Baublebar tassel earrings that are just TOO GOOD. I was also psyched to bring my J.Crew Panama hat, that I LIVED IN and wore every single day. Plus, my new white Instax camera that I can’t get enough of.
We had a super sassy lady sitting at our dinner table who asked me the last night if I was “a pink lady” as I basically wore my neon pink Nars lipstick in ‘Schiap’ or my Lorac ‘Alter Ego’ lippie in ‘Vixen’ and a hot pink pashmina every night. (Cruise ships are COLD.) I know a lot of people associate pashminas with old lady wraps, but I LOVE mine! I throw it in my bag and if I get cold, whip it out. I have one in a fun, bright pink that looks cute with every outfit and just looks youthful. (Answer: yes. Yes, I am, in fact, a pink lady,)
Packing for a cruise can be intense; you know that you need to change outfits at LEAST twice a day depending on your activities. There are formal nights, casual nights, pool days, beach days, excursions, shopping days… so much to plan for. I took the HUGEST suitcase you can imagine! Here are some recommendations on what to pack if you’re going on a cruise:
a pashmina wrap (to keep warm… it’s freezing! And you don’t want to ruin the look with a jacket)
a pair of great flat metallic sandals
a lace up gladiator
a comfy wedge
a basic pair of anklestrap heels
bathing suits for every day
cute coverups to wear to hit the beach
a kimono to throw on over your bikini if you want to head to the bar
a great hat (be careful it doesn’t blow away!)
hair ties and beach bag essentials
a pair of flowy printed pants
a great neutral blouse
jean shorts for casual days
cute sundresses for dinner
a formal look for the dress up night
curling iron, flat iron, blowdryer (I used my flat iron as a clothes iron… no lie)
Can’t wait to share some of my outfits tomorrow! In the meantime, get a sneak peek at what I brought below!
Hi hi from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, loves! In case you hadn’t heard, I’m on vacay this week, cruising in the Caribbean! I’m so bad… I didn’t schedule my posts ahead of time, so instead… I am paying $40 for onboard wi-fi and banging out a quick post to check in while wearing a robe in my stateroom. Ouch. But, that’s how much I love you! This week, there will be a Tuesday and Thursday post, only. Make sure you’re following along on the Snap (stephaniepernas) and Instagram for MORE. And, of course, next week I’ll be back in full force.
We’re headed to the beach, so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to share a few of my beach bag essentials.
An amazing hat. Skin protection is TOP PRIORITY. Sadly, the Physician Endorsed “Belize” hat that has been my go-to this summer died a sad and painful death after my Savannah/Charleston/Tallahassee trip and a slightly rowdy pool party at my bff’s two weeks ago. I replaced it with this gorgeous and classic Panama Hat from J.Crew. Best money I ever spent, I’m obsessed. Plus, the brim is wireless which means it can travel well without getting ruined. (Buying this hat also revealed to me that, apparently, I have a size M/L head. I had no idea.)
The bag. Obvi. I was totes obsessed with this cute sequin and fringe woven straw bag when I spotted it at Target. It looks really nice, holds tons of stuff, and, you know, has some sparkle on it, so… duh.
Cute sunnies. This one’s a no-brainer. If you’re hitting the beach, you need a great pair of shades. I am beyond obsessed with Fantaseyes sunglasses and the ‘Jazz Club’ style is just totally cool, flattering, and a GREAT price point. I’ve sort of given up on buying expensive glasses… what’s the point?! They’re always getting lost or ruined. Of course, splurging on an awesome luxe pair every now and then is totally fine and awesome, but I really like stocking up on a variety of cute styles and always having more options. Fantaseyes sunnies usually ring in under $25. Guilt-free shopping at its finest.
Hair ties. You NEED hair ties in your bag. Bobby pins too. I scooped up these adorable ones from Nordstrom’s BP section for $8… they have tassels and look like bracelets! Basically, I’m wearing a hair tie arm party on this trip and I love it! I’m a huge fan of accessories that can pull double duty. The pink were available online last week, but I just saw they’re no online anymore. Swing by your local Nordy to get your hands on a set. They’re LULU.
BB Cream with sunscreen. I am beyond obsessed with L’Occitane’s Immortelle Precious bb… it’s lightweight, smells so nice and clean, and offers amazing coverage! (Like… foundation quality coverage, but in a lightweight feel like a moisturizer.)
Facial sunscreen. Again, sun protection is the name of the game. Layer the sunscreen UNDER your BB. I like this Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen that prevents you from breaking out.
iPod loaded with great jams. A true must-have. I know a lot of people use their iPhones for music, but… come on! Don’t drain your battery. You need it for way more important things, like, Snapchat or Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. JK. I don’t have Kim K Hollywood on my phone. (I only play it on my iPad LOL.) I’ll be sharing a great Spotify playlist later this week!
Sunscreen. My fave sunscreen is the Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist spray sunscreen. It’s light and fresh, doesn’t feel heavy or sticky, and smells clean and absolutely NOTHING like a sunscreen.
Leave-in conditioner. One of my favorite things to do while at the beach is spray in some leave-in conditioner after jumping in the ocean. Combined with the heat and sun, it acts as a deep treatment and leaves your hair healthier than before. I love this one by L’Oreal, the EverCreme Nourishing Leave-in Spray that is also sulfate free, so it doesn’t dry out your hair.
Mags. Whereas many use beach time to read a book, I prefer to use the time to catch up on my favorite glossies. I much prefer focusing on a book for an extended period of time and I just feel like beach or pooltime, there’s so much happening usually, you can’t really focus 100% on the book. My favorite magazine is People Stylewatch. I just love celeb style!
A bold nail polish. I love a bold mani or pedi. I really gravitated towards this fab cobalt in the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel for my toes! (I always do a salon gel mani before heading out of town… it just lasts so much longer and I don’t have to worry about chipping!) I really like Sally Hanson polishes, mainly for the brush. The nail polish brush is FLAT which makes painting your nails a million times easier. Disclosure: for ME… I don’t really see a difference between the Miracle Gel and a non-gel nailpolish. But, I do love the brush.
Happy Friday! I have to be honest, this week has been nuts! I’ve been working on something really big for ASF which I will be sharing soon! (BIG CHANGES are coming!) And I’ve been trying to prep for my cruise next week on the Carnival Victory. Between planning outfits, packing, trying to put together some fun content for you to enjoy next week while I’m away, and SWIM WEEK kicking off here in Miami, it’s been a bit of a crazy week. I’ll be honest with you, I’m not that jazzed for Swim Week. I kind of just limited myself to events on Saturday in order to get everything done. (By the way, if you want to follow along, make sure you head over the snapchat: stephaniepernas for all the sneak peeks!)
Don’t forget that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially open to the public! It’s the BEST sale of the year, and you can shop brand new fall merch at a discount before it hits most other retailers’ sales floors! (Plus, double points if you’re a Nordy card holder. So get it on it and be even closer to your Nordstrom Note Rewards!) If you missed my roundups, make sure you peek at my roundup of the very best under $50 finds and my general recap of the sale. I’d love to hear what YOU got! Tell me in the comments.
On to the links and the rest of the sales! (assuming you can still shop after hitting the Anniversary sale 😉 LOL. Whatever, a girl needs options, right?)
Mona May’s Favorite Outfits from Clueless – Elle.com: What girl ISN’T obsessed with Clueless? I was in 5th grade and all I wanted to be was Cher. I definitely had some over the knee tights, a plaid skirt and some high heel Mary Janes. Totally loved this piece on Elle that gives us a behind the scenes look at some of the BEST outfits from the movie and how/why they came to be.
Wanted to call out the Shoedazzle Semi-Annual Sale! Become a VIP member and score shoes until Monday for $7.95, $13.95, $16.95. GET TO SHOPPING.
My ‘Obsessed’ series should really just be called the ‘Shoes Nine West Makes That I Love’ series. If you follow the blog, you know about my true love for Nine West. (You know THESE are still my faves. AND they still sell them!) Part of why I love 9W shoes are because they are great quality at a reasonable price point, and ALWAYS look way more expensive than they actually are.
While perusing the Nine West site, I spotted the ‘Ladyfinger’ style and fell in love. I’m always a sucker for a pump in a vibrant color, throw in an ankle strap and I’m SOLD. A colorful statement shoe is a great way to add a little pop of color to your summer whites or LBD. I’m loving every color way! (The black is a great classic and I’m loving the purple!) Check them out below and tell me which you prefer in the comments! Do you like Nine West shoes?
I’ll be honest, sometimes when there’s a REALLY good sale on, I get crazy overwhelmed, want EVERYTHING, and then end up buying NOTHING because I couldn’t make decisions. (Isn’t that sad?) An occupational hazard of being a fashion blogger and stylist is that you’re looking at beautiful things all day every day that you wouldn’t mind having in your own closet. Restraint is key, or else, hello bankruptcy. While perusing the Nordstrom Anniversary sale this year (on a budget) I found myself marveling at how many amazing under $50 finds there were to choose from! While a sale like this one is a great time to splurge on something you wouldn’t normally, (like maybe a super luxe bag… have my eye on this one!) it’s also a great time to stock up on great everyday basics and fun trend pieces without breaking the bank. I’ve rounded up the very best under $50 finds, and put together a little list of what I ACTUALLY bought from the sale. (CAN’T GET OVER HOW GOOD THE TOTE IS.)
Some housekeeping: remember: it’s still Early Access for Nordstrom Cardholders until FRIDAY, when the sale opens to the public. If you want to shop the sale early, head over to Nordy and get yourself a card ASAP. (If you’re not into credit cards, which I’M NOT, get the Debit Card… you get all the same perks, without having to open a credit card.) Also… it’s DOUBLE POINTS! So if you shop now, you’re ever closer to your rewards. Keep in mind that you can definitely BUY online and set it for store pickup. They’ll email you back in an hour or so that it’s ready to go and you can just swing by, grab your bag, and avoid the hassle! (There’s a lot of great stuff I DIDN’T see in-stores that were available online.)
What I Actually Bought From The #NSale
Best Under $50 Finds at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The day is finally here! Nordstrom‘s annual anniversary sale has arrived! If you’re not familiar with the sale, once a year, Nordstrom holds a BIG sale to celebrate their bday. Best part? All the merch is FALL. Meaning brand new, next season merch. Boots, fur vests, you name it. Anniversary is the perfect time to stock up on designer goodies, basics, and great trend pieces for the next season. I interned at Nordy in college and was always totally impressed by the sale; it’s truly unlike any other. Nordstrom works with their vendors to get a good price on the biggest fall trends, so you can get it at a discount before anyone else even has it in-stores. The only catch is you have to scoop it up DURING the sale… it goes back to full price at the end of the sale, August 3!
So. A little good news/bad news. The good news is that if you’re a NORDSTROM CARDHOLDER, you can officially shop the sale now. Bad news? If you’re NOT a cardholder, you have to wait until the 17th. Wah. (But really, you should totally have a card. If you’re all about NOT having store credit cards, get the debit card. It’s amazing. You get tons of rewards, alterations, gift certificates and… early access to the sale.)
And now… the reason we’re friends. I stayed up until the sale officially went live at 3am to scour every single page to pull together all the best goodies from the sale, so you don’t have to! (You’re welcome.)
Shop my faves below! Tell me in the comments: WHAT ARE YOU GETTING?!? UPDATE: Shopping on a budget? (Aren’t we all?) Make sure to check out my post on the BEST Under $50 finds at the sale! There are A LOT.)
Tassels are MAJORLY having a moment this summer. My fave jewelry retailer, Baublebar, is knocking it out of the park on the tassel front! While stalking the site this AM, I spotted THE most amazing dip dyed tassels… I seriously can’t even decide which color way I like best. ( OK that may be a lie, I am OBSESSED with the blush to pink Talula colorway, but the mint/cobalt Tropez colorway is so stunning, I need it too!) Shop my other faves below and in the comments, please, HELP ME DECIDE!! Which is your fave? Which should I get??