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The Power of the Third Piece Rule

  third piece rule  

The third piece rule transforms your outfit and elevates your style.  Your pants and top are the first and second piece.  The third piece is an extra outfit element such as a blazer or a statement accessory.

Blazer / Vest / Cardigan / Jacket

These pieces elevate a basic t-shirt or blouse.

 

knit blazer

Old Navy ($40) – this burgundy knit blazer totally pulls this outfit together.  It could also be worn over a blouse for work.  I bought a similar version at the Nordstrom anniversary sale and love it.

 

faux suede vest

Nordstrom ($170) – this vest is pricey but I think it will instantly make an outfit look cooler and more put together.  It can be worn over a sweater, blouse, or tee.  I might have to put this one in the cart.

 

open front cardigan

Gap (on sale now for $49) – I love this cardigan.  The color is beautiful and it upgrades your outfit from a basic t-shirt and jeans.  Also going in the cart!

 

duster coat

Misguided ($60) – Duster coats can upgrade any outfit.  They can be worn with anything from jeans to dresses and make your look pulled together and fashionable.

 

Scarf / Wrap

Scarves add a pop of pizzaz to your outfit.

 

paisley scarf

Nordstrom ($29) – this scarf adds so much color to your face and interest to a plain white tee or blouse.

 

fringe wrap

Nordstrom ($39) – this can be worn as a wrap or a scarf.  The neutral color will go with so much and will look especially great with a cream sweater or long sleeve t-shirt and tall boots.

 

Bold Accessory

A bold accessory is something that draws your eye to it like a statement necklace or a bold cuff.

 

tassel pendant necklace

BaubleBar ($42) – I love this necklace.  It adds a lot of interest to your outfit and can be worn with a lot.

Vera cuff

Nordstrom ($78) – this cuff is so cool and different.  It will definitely draw the eye and add impact to your look.

 

Hat

A hat is another item that can add a ton of interest to your outfit.  Pairing a floppy hot with tall boots, especially OTK ones, is a great look.

 

floppy hat

Target ($25)

 

I hope this helped explain the third piece rule and inspires you to make amazing outfits.

XOXO Michelle

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2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul

2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

 

I came, I saw, I shopped the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I made a big order as soon as the sale opened Thursday morning.  Luckily it was right before the site crashed.  I might have been the reason for the crash – my bad.  Here is what I found on the front porch a couple days later:

I went to Nordstrom the next day with my friend to see some things in person and just have a fun girls day.  Seeing the items in person made me wish I would have ordered a few more things.  I did pick up some more things and am obsessed with a few more.  I already gave you my picks for the sale (see prior post).  This is my review of what I ordered, tried on, and saw at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Welcome to my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale haul.

Coats

Trina Turk Dawn Coat

Trina Turk Dawn Coat ($280) – this coat was awesome in person.  It was very soft and comfortable.  I loved it.

 

BLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket

 

BLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket ($126) – this is real suede and the quality is outstanding.  It’s a beautiful coat that runs small so size up.

 

Kensie Tweed Coat

Kensie Tweed Coat ($110) – a great fall/winter coat.  I love the color and the fit and had to take it home after I tried it on.  The sleeves are flared to accommodate bell sleeves.

 

Sweaters/Tops

BP cardigan

BP. Rib Stitch Cardigan ($32) – there are a lot of long cardigans in this sale but this is the least expensive.  It’s good quality for the price.  I got it in two colors and would size down.

BP. T-Strap Short Sleeve Tee ($15)

Blondo Waterproof Bootie ($100)

 

Halogen off the shoulder top

Halogen Off The Shoulder Top ($30) – this off the shoulder top is perfect for between seasons.  It looks great with this red bag from Mango and tucked into high-waisted jeans.

Mango Bag ($60)

 

Halogen ruffle sleeve sweater

Halogen Ruffle Sleeve Sweater ($50) – red is going to be huge this fall/winter so I definitely wanted to pick something up in that color

Argento Vivo Two-Tone Multistrand Necklace ($50) – this necklace and matching earrings are great finishing pieces

Argento Vivo Two-Tone Linear Fringe Earrings ($43)

 

Topshop cardigan

Topshop Colorblock Cardigan ($57) – I was so excited that they had this cardigan left in my store.  Size down on this one.  I will wear this with a white t-shirt, the below camel boots, and the below Kendall Scott Rae Pendant

Hinge bootie

Hinge Bootie ($80)

 

Kendra Scott Rae Necklace

Kendra Scott Rae Necklace ($50)

 

 

Halogen off the shoulder sweater

Halogen Off The Shoulder Sweater ($50)

Lysse’ Leggings ($59)

These are some of my favorite pieces from the Anniversary Sale.  This outfit is very figure flattering and runs TTS.

 

 

Gibson bell sleeve pullover

Gibson Bell Sleeve Cozy Fleece Pullover ($40) – I saw this at the store and I loved it.  It’s very soft and the sleeves are flared but not overly so.  It’s a great piece to have in your closet for fall/winter.

 

Leith shawl collar cardigan

Leith Shawl Collar Cardigan ($53) – I love the color of this cardigan.  It looks great with this nude/blush bag from Sole Society.  The Argento Vivo jewelry in the sale is great and really makes an outfit.

Korah Sole Society Bag ($60)

Argento Vivo Stick Ball Earrings ($30)

Jeans

Frame jeans

Frame Split Hem Jeans ($180) – I love the slit down the center of these jeans.  The loose fit is very on trend.

 

Wit and Wisdom split hem jeans

Wit & Wisdom Split Hem Jeans ($45) – I included these in my last post but I wanted to give you a review of them after I tried them on at the store.  I loved them.  They have mesh panels inside of them to hold in your stomach and lift your booty.  They run big so size down.

 

I think the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is awesome this year and hope you all find some great pieces – I sure did.  A lot of things are sold out in certain sizes and colors.  Nordstrom constantly re-stocks everything.  My advice if the color or size you want is out of stock is to save it to your wishlist in another color or size available.  Then check daily to see if your size and color is back in stock.  Don’t forget the sale is open to everyone starting this Friday.  XOXO Michelle

 

2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

I love waking up early on the first day of the sale.  It makes me feel like a kid again waking up early to see what Santa brought me.  So I write this while downing a huge cup of coffee and a huge smile on my face.  I’ve been shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for several years now and I feel that this year they have really outdone themselves.  Being that I’ve been shopping this sale for years I know what items to grab and grab fast because they will sell out.  Traditionally you can’t go wrong with anything cashmere, denim, leather coats, boots, and lingerie.

These are my top picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year.  The items with 3 stars in front of the name are the ones I believe will sell out fast.

Tops and Sweaters:

Chelsea 28 poplin top, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

***Chelsea 28 Bell Sleeve Striped Poplin Top ($59)

 

tie sweater

***Tie Sweater ($50)

 

Leith cardigan

Leith Easy Circle Cardigan ($50)

 

Halogen flare sleeve sweater

***Halogen Flare Sleeve Sweater ($50)

 

long sleeve knit tunic

Halogen Long Sleeve Knit Tunic ($25) – this is a great basic to have in your fall wardrobe.  It’s long enough to layer under a cardigan with leggings.

 

Off the shoulder top

Trouve Off The Shoulder Mixed Media Top ($59)

 

lightweight cardigan

BP. Lightweight Cardigan ($32)

 

off the shoulder sweater

Halogen Cotton Blend Off The Shoulder Sweater ($50) – this is long enough to wear with leggings

 

ruffle cold shoulder top

Socialite Ruffle Cold Shoulder Top ($26)

 

Coats:

Trina Turk dawn coat

***Trina Turk Dawn Coat ($280)

 

leather moto jacket

Halogen Leather Moto Jacket ($230)

 

teddy coat

Charles Gray London SuperSoft Teddy Coat ($240) – this is a great night out coat and the color is totally on trend for fall/winter

 

trumpet sleeve coat

Charles Gray London Trumpet Sleeve Coat ($199)

 

Jeans and Leggings:

split release flare jeans

***Wit and Wisdom Absolution Split Release ($45)

 

Two by Vince Camuto leggings

Two by Vince Camuto Seamed Leggings ($32) – these are the best leggings

 

angled step hem skinny jeans

SP Black Angled Step Hem High Waist Skinny Jeans ($39)

 

faux leather leggings

Trouve Faux Leather Leggings ($53) – I chose these because they are shorter which I think looks better than when they bunch at your ankles

 

raw hem straight leg jeans

Halogen Raw Hem Stretch Straight Leg Jeans ($50)

 

Mother high waist step jeans

***Mother The Insider High Waist Step Jeans ($150)

 

Wit & Wisdom straight leg ankle jeans

Wit and Wisdom Slim Straight Leg Ankle Jeans ($52)

 

Lysse seamed leggings

Lysse Seamed Leggings ($59) – plaid is going to be very big this fall.  This would be a great way to wear the trend.

 

Skirts and Dresses:

flounce back shift dress

***Halogen Flounce Back Shift Dress ($66) – you can wear this with a white shirt or turtleneck underneath or with a long cardigan over it

 

pleat midi skirt

Halogen Pleat Midi Skirt ($50)

 

pleat faux leather skirt

Halogen Pleat Faux Leather Skirt ($80)

 

Shoes:

zip bootie

Dolce Vita Zip Bootie ($106) – these look great with everything including skirts.  The zippers on both sides make them special compared to other booties.

 

Vans slip-on sneaker

Vans Classic Slip-On Sneaker ($40) – everyone needs a pair of black Vans in their closet

 

pearl embellished mule

Steve Madden Imitation Pearl Embellished Mule ($60)

 

Steve Madden velvet slip-on sneaker

Steve Madden Gema Slip-On Sneaker ($53) – burgundy and velvet which are two big fall/winter trends in one

 

Sorel bootie

Sorel After Hours Waterproof Bootie ($154) – fashionable winter boots

 

leather mule

BP. Milo Loafer Mule ($53) – a must have

 

platform loafer

Via Spiga Gallo Platform Loafer ($150)

 

Accessories:

faux suede womens cap

Brixton Fiddler Faux Suede Cap ($32)

 

Sonix sunglasses

***Sonix Parker Sunglasses ($80)

 

cashmere wrap

***Halogen Cashmere Wrap ($126) – must have

 

floral velvet skinny scarf

Hinge Floral Embroidred Velvet Skinny Scarf ($39) – this is great way to add some velvet to your wardrobe

 

Jewelry:

Argento Vivo drop earrings

Argento Vivo Stick Ball Earrings ($30)

 

Argento Vivo drop earrings

Argento Vivo Chain Ball Drop Earrings ($30)

 

Kendra Scott Rae pendant

***Kendra Scott Rae Long Pendant ($50) – must have

 

initial necklace

lulu dk Love Letters Initial Spinni ($45)

 

Mavado two-tone watch

Movado Bold Bracelet Watch ($360) – this is a beautiful watch that goes with everything

 

Handbags:

Longchamp Le Pliage

***Longchamp “Le Pliage” Expandable Tote ($130)

 

Tory Burch frida satchel

***Tory Burch Frida Stitched Suede Satchel ($350)

 

Madewell leather tote

Madewell Paintstripe Transport Leather Tote ($130)

 

velvet clutch

Chelsea 28 Velvet Clutch ($39)

 

Make-Up:

Bobbi Brown make-up palette

Bobbi Brown Eyes and Cheeks Palett ($98) – this will be great to take on trips

 

Clarisonic Mia

Clarisonic “Mia” Electric Pink ($86) – this is a really great price

 

Me Glow eye mask

Me Glow Eye Mask ($16) – if you are going to wear an eye mask to bed why not wear one that eliminates wrinkles

 

illuminage pillow case

illuminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillow Case ($40)

 

MAC brush kit

MAC Look In A Box Basic Brush Kit ($50)

 

Supergoop defense setting mist

Supergoop Defense Setting Mist ($28) – I love this stuff and with the mini I won’t have to carry the big bottle with me for touch-ups

 

MAC lip kit

MAC Look In A Box Lip Kit ($37)

 

Lingerie:

Natori feathers contour bra

Natori Feathers Contour Bra ($45)

 

Hanky Panky low rise thong

Hanky Panky Low Rise Thong ($15)

 

Spanx lace hipster

Spanx Undie-tectable Lace Hipster ($16)

 

So those are my picks for this years Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I’m going to the store on Friday to try on some things and take pictures so you guys can see what they look like on.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a Nordstrom card as everyone can shop next Friday July 21st.  Happy shopping!!!

XOXO Michelle

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

Nordstrom is now having it’s half yearly sale until June 4th.  A lot of their spring/summer clothes, shoes, and accessories are 30-40% off.  It’s their biggest sale other than the anniversary sale which starts July 14th and features their fall/winter clothes.  Here are my favorites picks for the current sale.

Tops:

Vince Camuto ($65) – this top comes in other colors but the blush pink is so pretty

 

Sanctuary ($41) – this cold shoulder top can be worn with shorts or jeans and will look great with a pair of espadrilles

 

Rebecca Minkoff ($59) – orange is a hot color for summer and I love the silhouette of this top

 

 Chelsea28 ($41) – this is one of the cutest blue and white striped shirts I’ve seen.  This is a must have.

 

Bobeau ($29) – this top also comes in black and pink.  I would wear it with white denim and the colorful espadrilles that will be shown later in this post.  I’ve seen this a lot on Instagram and it looks very cute on.

 

Caslon ($27) – the linen blend off the shoulder top comes in an array of colors and I appreciate the longer length

 

Bobeau ($35) – this great cold shoulder shirt comes in 1x to 3x

 

Vince Camuto ($59) – this floral top comes in 1x to 3x and will look great with light denim cropped jeans

 

Jeans: 

STS Blue ($29) – these are so on trend with the frayed hem and distressing

 

Treasure and Bond ($59) – the skinny boyfriend jeans have a step hem and lighter wash which is great for summer

 

Kut from the Kloth ($66) – these jeans are so cute and perfect for summer.  They come in 16w to 24w.

 

Dresses: 

Leith ($41) – white dresses are so perfect for summer and this one is simple yet chic.  You can dress it up or down.

 

Socialite ($27) – everyone needs a t-shirt dress in their wardrobe.  You can dress them up or down and are great to throw on when it’s really hot.  You can put a cardigan over them and wear them with boots into the fall.  I have given you three good options from this sale (one above and two below).

 

Socialite ($20)

 

Sejour ($59)

 

Jackets: 

Hinge ($53) – this jacket is beautiful and looks so cool with just a simple t-shirt and jeans or shorts

 

Zella ($77) – I’ve already shown you this jacket in my workout clothes blog post.  I love that it’s reversible and now it is on sale.

 

Shoes:

 

Sam Edelman ($80) – espadrilles are must haves for the summer.  The above and below are a couple of good choices that are on sale.

 

Kenneth Cole ($84) 

 

Tory Burch ($151) – these Tory Burch flats are so cool and can be worn with so much

 

Sam Edelman ($32) – I love the colors in these.  They will add a pop of color to a plain t-shirt and shorts outfit.

 

Vince Camuto ($70) – these sandals can be worn now and into the fall.  I love the color.

 

Accessories:

Tory Burch ($417) – rose gold and silver watch.  It’s beautiful and 40% off.  A great time to get this great piece.

 

Cluse ($59) – this is a great inexpensive watch.  I love the blush pink band for summer.

 

Chan Luu ($29) – this necklace will look great with an off the shoulder top.  It comes in other colors too.

 

This is a great sale with so much to choose from.  Items are going fast so if there is something you like grab it now.  If there is something that you like that is sold out in your size, I would put it in your wish list in a different size and check back to see if they have restocked it.  I stalk the site like this and sometimes it pays off.

Just a reminder the Nordstrom anniversary sale is a great time to stock up on fall/winter clothes and that starts on July 14th.  It is overwhelming but I will be here to help you find the best sale items.

XOXO Michelle

Hitting The Gym In Style

Trying on shorts and bathing suits has made me come to the realization that I need to hit the gym ASAP.  Nowadays you can go to and from the gym in style.  Here are some of my favorite workout gear finds.  They actually make me want to go to the gym so they must be cute.

Gap Fit ($60) – these leggings are so cool and I would wear them outside the gym too

 

 

Gap Fit ($30) – I love how this tank is open in the back to show off a colorful sports bra

 

Athleta ($49) – a strappy sports bra that would look great with the open back top above.  This also comes in bright colors.

 

Nordstrom ($129) – this Zella jacket is reversible and will look as good on the streets as it does at the gym

 

Nordstrom ($99) – backpacks are very on trend right now and once again can be worn in and out of the gym

 

Nordstrom ($19) – you need this after your workout when your hair is a hot mess

 

Some more great finds:

Nordstrom ($45)

 

Nordstrom ($45)

 

Nordstrom ($49)

 

Nordstrom ($65)

I’ll see you at the gym.  I’ll be the one in the cute outfit sitting at the cafe’ drinking my smoothie and watching the others work out.  XOXO Michelle

 

The Best Straw Bags to Carry You Through Summer

If you’re planning on going to the beach or just want to add a touch of summer to your wardrobe then it’s time to get your hands on a straw bag.  These are some of my favorites:

Target ($35) – I love the shape of this bag.  The pom poms and tassels are so on trend.

 

Amazon ($20) – This bag looks much more expensive than it is.  It reminds me of a Kate Spade bag.

 

ASOS ($54) – This bag has a great muted print that will go with anything in your summer wardrobe.

 

Amazon ($20) – Amazon has a great selection of straw bags.  This one is so cute and I love anything French inspired.

 

Shein ($29) – This is the bag that I bought for the summer.  I think the print is so pretty and colorful.  I can’t wait to carry it.

I hope you liked my picks.  Remember that there are multiple uses for these bags making them an affordable and fun addition to your summer wardrobe.  Hope you are enjoying your spring so far.  XOXO  Michelle

2017 Sunglass Trends

There’s several new styles of “sunnies” at the stores this season.  They are fun but since they are trendy I wouldn’t invest a lot of money in them.  Due to this, I have found some budget friendly options for you.

ROUND SUNGLASSES – these are most flattering on women with sharp, angular features with square or oblong shaped faces.  The round shape softens and balances your facial features.

ASOS ($16)

 

ASOS ($22) – I had to order these myself

 

COLORED LENSES – a big trend for spring/summer 2017.  They are a lot of fun but less versatile than traditional lenses so don’t invest a lot of money in them.  To make colored lenses a little more versatile you may want to stick with ones that have black rims.  I also think the black rims with the colored lenses is a very chic look.

Nordstrom ($24)

 

ASOS ($22)

 

CAT EYE SUNGLASSES – especially flattering on women who have pointy chins.  Women with heart and diamond shaped faces will get the most out of cat-eye sunglasses but they will also suit any face shape.

Nordstrom ($98)

 

ASOS ($19)

 

HAVANA SUNGLASSES  – another name for the classic tortoise shell pattern.  It’s a marbled effect, usually of two colors, but it can be more complex as in the case of the pink ones from Banana Republic below.

Nordstrom ($24)

 

Banana Republic ($98)

 

All of these sunglasses are so fun and at these prices you do not have to pick just one.  XOXO Michelle

 

 

Rufflemania

A  ruffle here – a ruffle there – ruffles are everywhere.  The styles to get a hold of are the ones that balance femininity with a little sleekness.  Think one shoulder tops, voluminous skirts, and asymmetrical dresses.  I found some great ruffled pieces to add to your spring/summer wardrobes including this beautiful dress above from ASOS ($68) that is begging to be worn for a special occasion.

TOPS:

Shein ($14)

 

Shein ($22)

 

Chicwish ($54)

 

SKIRTS:

ASOS ($58)

 

ASOS ($38)

 

Nordstrom ($99)

 

DRESSES:

Revolve ($85)

 

Nordstrom ($55)

 

Nordstrom ($108)

 

JUMPSUITS AND ROMPERS:

ASOS ($68)

 

ASOS ($77)

 

ASOS ($68)

 

Ruffles are one of the biggest trends this season.  As you can see above, I found many budget friendly options to help us get into Rufflemania.

XOXO Michelle

 

Fun New Spring Accessories

Accessories can take your look to the next level.  This spring there are many fun options to do that.

STATEMENT EARRINGS – these are a must have this spring.  They look great with off the shoulder tops.

BaubleBar ($34)

 

ANKLETS – a great option with shorts or rompers.

Express ($23 – now on sale for $14)

These earrings from BaubleBar ($32) would look cute with the above anklet.

 

NECK SCARVES – these look so cute worn with a light weight sweater or worn as a choker.  I found a couple good options at Banana Republic.  The first one is $38 and the second one is $32.  I also put below a couple examples of how to wear both looks.

      

                    

 

WRAP BELTS – not only are they fashionable but they also are figure flattering by defining your waist.  A win win in my book.  The first one below is from Nordstrom ($29) and I have also included an example of how to wear these.

 

There are so many great accessories to choose from this season.  I hope they inspire you to have fun with fashion this spring.  XOXO Michelle

 

 

The Season of Stripes

Me in my new favorite striped shirt from SheIn ($20)

This spring stripes are everywhere.  This print is trying to maneuver itself for some serious space in your closet.  And why not?  It’s one of the most wearable and figure flattering trends this season.  Below are some of my favorite striped looks:

Target ($30) – this dress is from the “Who What Wear” collection

 

Revolve ($160) – good causal look but could also be worn out on the town

 

Forever 21 ($38) – great casual dress featuring the on trend off the shoulder look

 

Nordstrom ($35) – the one shoulder trend is huge for spring/summer

 

Nordstrom ($60) – I love this shirt because the contrasting colors and tie in front make it very original

 

Nordstrom Bodysuit ($49) and Nordstrom Pants ($149) – I think this outfit is so chic

 

Forever 21 ($45) – loving this shirt with a cool matching choker

 

Nordstrom ($109) – this will look great with a pair of espadrille wedges

I hope you liked my favorite striped looks and it inspired you to try this very wearable trend.  XOXO Michelle