Happy Anniversary Sale! Today is the day we’ve been waiting for, girl. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens today for Early Access! I’ve been perusing the catalogue for weeks, but seriously set my alarm for 4am so I could be the first to peek at the sale. (And round up all the very best for you, of course!) I’ve picked out my very favorite pieces and let me tell you– there are some AMAZING FINDS. A few I wanted to call out:
Shop some of my favorites below. Hover over the plus sign for shopping details and click it to go straight to the product page!
I’m headed to the mall at 10am to shop ’til I drop. Make sure you follow along on Snapchat (username: stephaniepernas) to see! I’ll follow up with a little haul early next week. In the meantime, HELLO, are you signed up for a Nordy card?! Early Access is for cardholders only. If you don’t want a credit card, which I get, you should DEFINITELY sign up for the debit card. (I have the debit card!) You get all the same perks and benefits. You definitely want to shop early access, because by the time general access opens in August, all the best stuff is GONE. If you want more info on the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, what it is, how to shop it, make sure you check out this post. Shop my fave clothing here, fave accessories here, and fave beauty here. What do you think of the sale this year? What are you buying? I’d love to hear, tell me in the comments!
Dress: c/o Mint Julep Boutique || Shoes: Chinese Laundry || Bag: Kate Spade from the Kate Spade Outlet at Sawgrass Mills Mall, similar here and here || Necklace: Baublebar || Ring: Baublebar || Earrings: c/o Taudrey
It. Is. HOT. No kidding, I shot this look with my makeup melting off my face and sweat dripping down my back… TMI? In the dead of summer, I find myself gravitating towards loose, easy dresses. They’re really the best way to beat the heat! I don’t even want to think about how hot it’s going to be next week in Spain and Italy!! (EEK! I can’t believe our trip is almost here! SO MUCH TO DO…) I’m running around like crazy this week, shopping, packing, and basically getting everything in order for our trip next week. SO STRESSED OUT! Miami Swim Week also kicks off tomorrow and I haven’t quite decided what I’m going to check out yet… stay tuned!
My friends at the Mint Julep Boutique sent over this pretty little leopard number last week and it’s the perfect summer dress! (It even has POCKETS!) The print is just bold and fun… two of my favorite qualities in a print, let’s be real.
This Baublebar choker necklace is my new favorite! It’s so simple and chic… totally cool and girly at the same time. I’m loving it and it’s been on major repeat lately!
These block heel laceups are SO comfortable and I love them! I highly, highly recommend them! Check out my look below:
By the way– there’s a BIG giveaway running right now on Instagram! Check it out here. The prize? It’s GOOD, you want to enter!! Good luck.
Thanks for reading!
Happy Friday! This short week, for some reason, felt long and weird to me! Honestly, planning our trip to Spain and Italy has been totally stressing me out, but I’m so excited! It’s definitely no easy feat trying to find hotels and Airbnb’s for 5 people in Europe! We finally have all of our hotels booked, so that’s kind of a huge relief. Working on itineraries now, restaurants, etc. If you have any reco’s for Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Rome, or Venice, let me know! I can’t believe our trip is in less than 2 weeks! Did I mention how excited I am? LOL!
Going to spend this weekend trying to get organized… starting to pull together outfits, do some cleaning, work on blog stuff. I’d love to know what sort of content you’d like to see related to the trip! City guides? Travel diary? Travel essentials? Let me know in the comments!
Sharing all about eyelash extensions… my new obsession! Seriously, eyelash extensions have changed my LIFE.
Everything you need to know about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and how to get your strategy ready.
Picked up this $12.99 top at the opening of the new H&M at the Galleria Mall yesterday. Can’t wait to wear it in Italy! (By the way, did you see it all on Snapchat? It was so good to see my boo Kristin! We toured the store and did some private shopping before it opened, so much fun!)
Also had spotted this cute romper (very FSU, no?) but didn’t buy it… should I have?
For you blondies: I’ve been using this purple shampoo since I colored my hair a few weeks ago, and it’s been amazing! I highly recommend it to keep your blonde fresh.
Perusing espadrilles for Spain… currently on the hunt for the perfect shoes. I’ll keep you posted.
My favorite denim skirt is on mega sale for $28 at Saks, so I ordered the light wash as well!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! Thanks for reading!
I received a full set of eyelash extensions from Amazing Lash Studio in exchange for this post… all opinions and my enthusiasm are, as always, my own.
You know how every so often, you discover something that completely changes your entire beauty game? These discoveries are truly the reason WHY I started my blog. You know how much I love to share the things I love with you. And the newest thing I love? Eyelash extensions. I am OBSESSED.
My entire beauty routine has completely changed, for the better, and it’s all because of my newest “discovery”. A discovery which… to be honest… I sort of think other people have already discovered and been keeping to themselves! But you know I’d never do that to you! Now that I’m more aware of them, I’m aware of other people who apparently do it, and it’s a LOT more people than I thought! That gorgeous girl you think always has flawless makeup? Eyelash extensions. Kylie Jenner? Eyelash extensions. Your fave blogger? Eyelash extensions.
They look so natural and pretty, I look instantly awake and gorgeous… I’ve never in my life gotten so many compliments! I literally sat next to a lady on a bench at the mall yesterday who complimented me on them and asked me all about them. (She then also asked me in 5 minutes : 1) if I was married 2) but, why not? 3) how old am I? 4) did I have a boyfriend? 5) don’t worry I will soon, with those lashes! 6) what do I do? 7) what’s blogging?) But I digress– you had to have noticed how bomb my lashes look lately. I haven’t even been wearing any eye makeup in my last, like 10 outfits posts, which is truly life-changing. You may have also noticed that I’ve become quite the fan of the makeup-free selfie and Snap. (Something I would NEVER have done before!) Let’s be honest– if there’s a product that makes me look pretty enough to feel comfortable Snapchatting without makeup… I’m sold.
Speaking of, If you follow along on Snapchat, you’ve already heard me rave about how amazing I think they are and how much I love Amazing Lash Studio. When they reached out to me and invited me to come out and try a set, I was actually REALLY excited. I get emails all the time inviting me to try stuff out, and to be honest, 9 out of 10 times, I pass. When you’re invited to try something out as a blogger, there’s that expectation that you’re going to share about it, and I always tell people that, for me, I’m ONLY posting about something if 1) I really loved it and 2) I think it’s something you guys would want to know about. My blog is about the things I love and the things that I think YOU’D love, and I’m not interested in just posting something just to post. That said… lash extensions… YES. I have no qualms shouting from the rooftops about how much I love my new lash extensions and how much I love my new lash gal, Beatrice, at Amazing Lash Studio in Coral Gables. In fact, I was going to just include a little blurb in an outfit or beauty post about the lashes, but loved them so much, I decided to dedicate a full post to them, answering all your questions. (Because you guys have already asked questions!)
A full set of lash extensions lasts 2-4 weeks, depending on how well you take care of them and your activity level. Keep them clean, try not to sleep on your side or stomach, and stay away from oil free products around your eyes for best results!
Lash extensions can get pricey, but that’s what I really loved about Amazing Lash Studio, they were super affordable. Your first full set of lashes is $79.99. They offer a membership package that costs $59.99 per month and with it you get one eyelash refill and any additional services 25% off. (You can also shop their exclusive products at a 10% off discount!) If you choose not to become a member, refills are $79.99. Refer a friend and you get a $10 credit! (So if you go, tell everyone that I sent you 😉 ) Really, the $80 is a small price to pay for fab lashes all month long, and YOU DON’T HAVE TO BUY MASCARA EVER AGAIN.
It depends on your eye shape as well as what you’re going for. Amazing Lash studio offers 4 different styles that enhance different eyes. I did the Gorgeous lashes, which is an all-over thicker, fuller lash that’s major drama. (Granted, they still look really natural!) If you want something super subtle, you can go for the Natural, which follows your natural lash line. If you have smaller eyes, opt for the Cute style, which has longer lashes in the middle, making your eyes look larger. If you want to elongate the eye, you can do the Sexy style, which is longer on the outer corners.
There are also different lengths, I got the 13s. (You can do 15s! I definitely didn’t need the 15s, even with the 13s, I can’t really wear my glasses at night lol!)
Schedule an appointment ahead of time. You’ll get a reminder text confirming, which I love, because if you forget to make a note of the time or date, they’ll remind you! When you arrive, you’ll fill out your paperwork (nothing too serious!) and then be taken by your lash tech into a quiet, private room. They’ll turn off the lights, you’ll lay on what looks like a massage table and they’ll ask you to close your eyes. They’ll apply some soothing gel pad under your eyes during the process and they do put some tape down so you don’t open your eyes. (Don’t worry, it’s not weird!) Application takes approx 90 minutes.
By the way– my cousin was actually allergic to the gel pads, so make sure that if you have weird allergies, you let them know ahead of time!
If you have allergies or any sensitivities, let them know. They have both a regular glue and a sensitive glue, so if you need the sensitive, make sure you ask for it!
Clean them every day with a gentle cleanser (I use Cetaphil!) and keep them brushed out with a soft bristle spoolie. Stay away from any products containing oil, as well as waterproof mascara or eyeliner. Honestly, you don’t even need eyeliner. If you absolutely want to do a dramatic eye look, though, go for something oil free. I’m using Maybelline’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel liner.) Try to sleep on your back, which I’ve totally gotten used to btw. (Also, sleeping on your back is better for you, no wrinkles when you’re old.)
As I’ve said, Amazing Lash Studio is THE place. I love it, it’s pink and pretty, super girly, and it’s just a relaxing place. I go to the Coral Gables location, but if you’re not in Miami, there are locations all over the country! If you DO go to Coral Gables, ask for my gal Beatrice. I’ve heard wonderful things about Danielle and Roxy as well. Ask for one of them and you’ll be good to go!
Tell me in the comments: have you ever gotten lash extensions?? What do you think?
Thanks for reading!
If you’re an avid Nordstrom shopper like I am, you are no doubt aware of the fact that the BEST sale of the year is almost here! The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is merely WEEKS away, so we need so talk strategy. Oh, yes. SALE STRATEGY, girlfriend. With a sale this good, you need to be ready or else you’re going to miss out, big-time. (Learned that one the hard way.)
What is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is Nordy’s BIGGEST and best sale of the year, and truly one-of-a-kind. While most sales are clearance sales highlighting past season merch, the Anniversary Sale pushes new, NEXT SEASON product. Amazing, right?
When does the sale start?
Early Access starts for Nordstrom cardholders on July 14th. (July 13th if you’re a Level 4 Cardholder, aka my dream.) Cardholders get to shop the sale exclusively for a week and then the sale opens up to the general public on July 22nd. Prices go up on August 7th, but really, by then, all the best things are sold out anyway.
No more credit cards for me, thanks.
Same, girl. I refuse to get any more credit cards too, but there’s good news. You don’t need to get another credit card. You can get the Nordstrom Debit card, which links to your checking account, which is the same thing as using your debit card. Only it’s not the same thing, because you earn rewards! You get a $20 Nordstrom Note (gift card!) for every $1000 you spend. There are double points days throughout the year and once a year you get to choose your very own TRIPLE points day. The Rewards really add up. (I’m currently hoarding $120 in Nordstrom Notes.)
You also get a $100 alterations credit, which came in handy when I had my bridesmaid dress for Kristin’s wedding altered a few weeks ago. I got my dress altered for free, which is kind of amazing.
Read more about the card here. You can apply for a Nordstrom card here.
If you really, really don’t want a card, even a debit, you can still join the (new!) Nordstrom Rewards program, in which you will earn 1 point for every $1 spent (instead of the 2 points per $1 you get with the card) using cash or any card you want. You won’t get early access to the sale, but at least you’ll get some Notes. (Seriously, just get the card. It’s worth it, trust.)
If you want to sign up for Nordstrom Rewards, they’re currently running a promotion where you’ll get a $10 Nordstrom Note right away, just for signing up! Sign up for Rewards here.
What should I buy during the sale?
I’ll be doing an in-depth roundup the first day of early access and then sharing what I picked up throughout the sale, so stay tuned. Generally, it’s the best time to stock up on fall essentials and your splurge-worthy designer pieces like handbags, coats,and boots. They always do the BEST affordable over-the-knee boots and booties. There are always some great leather jackets, and it’s the PERFECT time to score a Tory Burch, Rebecca Minkoff, or Alexander Wang bag. Nordstrom also always does really good beauty buys, which is a total rarity in terms of sales, you know? Last year they did a great deal on the T-3 curling wand and there were a few really good Charlotte Tillbury sets.
For an idea of the types of things that were on sale last year, feel free to check out last year’s posts here, here, and here.
To check out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Catalogue, head here.
Prices go up after the sale is over, so it’s a definite case of get-it-while-you-can.
What else should I know?
Remember that Nordstrom always offers free shipping and returns, so you don’t have to be shy about shopping online and then returning what doesn’t work! Nordstrom has the best return policy in the game, hands down. You can also order online and pick up in store, which is a huge gamechanger if you a) don’t want to fight the crowds but b) don’t want to wait. Best of both worlds. I also love buying online and picking up in-store, because I don’t have to hunt down my favorite pieces, they’re just READY FOR ME, haha.
So, do you feel ready to tackle the sale?? What are you planning on scooping up? Tell me in the comments!
Happy Friday and Happy JULY! The beginning of July feels like the halfway point of summer, which is really a) insane and b) not even, because summer doesn’t even technically start until June 21. But it does, right? Especially here in Florida, where you always sort of judge the beginning of fall by when school starts. Here in Florida? August. So basically, in my head, July = middle of summer.
June was SO rainy here in Miami… basically, rain every day. The worst! I’m glad I got to see some of my girlfriends from New York a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed our little beach getaway for Kristen’s birthday! Definitely two highlights. It’s also really nice to have my sister Megan home for the summer!
July and August are going to be SO much fun and I have such great things in store! First up, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is right around the corner! Nordstrom Anniversary is truly the best time of year… it’s literally Christmas in July. I’m going to do an in-depth post for you soon, with everything you need to know, because… girls… this is one you have to prep for!
Mid-July is Miami Swim Week, so I’ll be checking out some of my favorite swimwear brands’ presentations and then we’re headed to Spain and Italy for two weeks of fun and exploring, which I can NOT wait for! Again, if you have any recommendations for things we must see/eat/do, or where we should stay, hit the comments and let me know! (We are doing: Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre, Pisa/Lucca.)
Right after that, I’m headed to Charleston for The Blog Societies conference! I can’t wait to catch up with some of my favorite blogger gal pals! If you’re going to be there, let me know! So… basically, a whirlwind summer, right??
It’s a loooong weekend, so I’m sure everyone is psyched! Monday I’m hoping we get some nice weather and can have a good old fashioned 4th of July BBQ. Fingers crossed. I’d love to hear what you’re up to! Let me know in the comments. I’m also going to be online shopping like crazy, prepping for Europe and Charleston! Thank goodness everyone’s doing massive sales this weekend, right?
Still working on (my 3rd time watching) Gossip Girl.
I’ve also been watching the new show Guilt, which is pretty interesting. Total Amanda Knox vibes.
Psyched that The Bachelorette is back! Who are you rooting for? My fave is Robby… but I’m sure Jordan will win! (Have you heard the awful press about him lately?! Woof.) I have a feeling Luke will be the next Bach, what do you think?
I’ve also been watching one of my fave summer shows, Mistresses. So irritated by April, always. Is she, like, the most annoying or what? I really like Harry’s sister Kate, glad they brought her on!
Can you believe that Game of Thrones ?!?!? CRAZY! I’m so #TeamDaenerys. Do we really have to wait a whole year for the next season???
Outlander finale is this week! I’m a week behind, so don’t spoil it for me lol. But, let’s be real, I know what happens anyway. I mean… I’m 3 books ahead of the series rn lol! Which reminds me, I still haven’t finished the 5th book eek.
Jungle Print Midi Dress // Embroidered Sundress // Cold Shoulder Romper
White Dress // Slinky Coral Dress // Blue Off The Shoulder Ruffle Blouse
Best Bathing Suits // Black Off The Shoulder Top + My Fave Jean Skirt // Embroidered Midi Dress
I tried a bunch of new products last month and fell in love… namely, the Amore Pacific Cushion Compact which is beyond amazing. I ordered the light with pink base, which I was apprehensive about at first, but it ended up being perfect for my skintone. I LOVE the smell, it’s so clean and light. Plus, I know it’s a little pricey, but it comes with TWO cushion refills, so you get a lot more bang for your buck. I don’t use the sponge it comes with, opting instead to you use my Real Techniques blending sponge.
I did some research on Youtube and it seemed like a lot of girls said that they’ve been using the Real Techniques sponges instead of the Beauty Blender and that they’re just as good if not better! Plus, at $10.99 for 2, I’m definitely more inclined to scoop one up. I really like the texture, it’s soft and light on my face. I also really, really like the shape– it has a flat side for getting in really close under your eyes and little nooks and crannies on your face.
I’m also loving the Makeup Revolution Redemption III palette, which is basically a $7 dupe for the Naked 3 palette… it’s SO good and has great color payoff, I highly recommend it.
The Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer has been such a hit, I hit pan weeks ago. (My sisters keep sneaking it out of my makeup bag and using it!!) The color is great, the texture is soft and silky, and the smell is yummy. I had never really understood what “soft and silky” meant in terms of a powder bronzer — because, how is a powder soft and silky– until I tried this one. I’m also not typically a fan of the coconut smell, unless you’re headed to the beach, but I actually do like this one and don’t mind it.
Honestly, my life has been completely changed my Amazing Lash Studio. I don’t know if you’ve noticed lately, but my lashes have looked BOMB, and all it’s all thanks to my girl Beatrice at Amazing Lash Studio Coral Gables.
I never realized how much of a difference your lashes make! I haven’t been wearing ANY eye makeup lately, even in shoots! In this pic to the left?? NO eyeliner, no mascara. Just lashes and some eyeshadow. It’s really changed my beauty game up in a huge way. And… I can Snapchat with #nomakeup #nofilter and look amaze. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what we all really want in life? LOL! I’m going to go more in-depth next week on a post about my experience with lash extensions, so stay tuned.
By the way– Amazing Lash Studio is EVERYWHERE, not just Miami, so make sure you check them out in your area.
My favorite shoes, the Sole Society Tiia, is back in stock for the THIRD time! These Valentino dupes are amazing, super comfy, and you’ve definitely seen them a million times on the blog! Most recently, I wore them here and here.
If you missed ’em the first two times, NOW IS THE TIME to finally score a pair before they’re gone again. Thinking I may need the black version…
Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend!
I really love the chic, casual ease of a babydoll dress. I just feel like the shape is really fresh and cool, plus crazy-comfortable, which you know I love. When I spotted this $78 Aqua embroidered babydoll dress at the Aventura Mall Bloomingdale’s before my trip, I knew it was perfect for my beach vacay. I love the pop of blue and the fun little tassel detail on the side! The style is really comfortable and it was perfect to run around all day in with a flat sandal and my favorite summer Panama hat.
I sort of got a Greek vibe from the whole look, so I basically dressed like I was sightseeing in Mykonos instead of Bonita Springs, FL haha! I brought along a jean jacket to throw on when I popped into a restaurant or a cold store. (Always be prepared!)
We had such a fun trip! It was really nice to just disconnect a little but and enjoy the sun and sand for Kristen’s birthday.
And now… SURPRISE… we’re headed to Spain and Italy in July! I am SO EXCITED. I can’t wait to see Rome and re-visit one of my favorite cities of all time– Barcelona! I’ve taken control of planning the whole trip (I’m going with my fam… 5 girls, yike!) Suffice it to say, booking hotels…. the struggle is real. Let me know if you have any recommendations of places we MUST go, things we MUST see, yummies I MUST eat, etc. Trying to figure out how I’ll cover it for the blog, so let me know what YOU’LL want to see! I really can’t wait for that trip… it’s going to be EPIC. Hit the comments and tell me your recommendations! (We’re doing: Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Cinque Terre, Florence, Venice.)
Check out my look below:
Dress: Aqua c/o Bloomingdale’s Aventura || Earrings: Baublebar || Bag: Rebecca Minkoff || Hat: J.Crew || Bracelets: Baublebar c/o Bloomingdale’s Aventura || Sandals: Aldo (from last summer, similar here) || Ring: Baublebar
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