A few months ago, I read a book called Paris Street Style: A Guide To Effortless Chic. And IT WAS SO GOOD! I’ve got it around and I pick it up almost daily to read a little tid-bit  from it to inspire me. What I got out of it was this: Do your own thing and enjoy yourself while doing it. Isn’t that refreshing? Then, the other day, I was reading The Neo-Traditionalist (a favorite of mine) I was pointed to an article about the French, which took a whole lot of pressure off me. It basically talked about how ageing is a beautiful process and to embrace it instead of fight it. I don’t know about you, but in our current culture, youth = beauty and that is a difficult thing to live up to because WE ALL GET OLD! And that’s ok. I’m just learning how to deal with the fact that children I used to baby sit are grown ups now. So weird. But now I realize that where I am in life is not only perfectly normal and OK, but it has so many of it’s own advantages! And in 10, 25, 50 years I should feel the same way.

Anyway, all that to say, I’m intrigued by the French culture and how they view style and beauty and I want to pull more of that into my life instead of working so hard to keep up with the Joneses. So when I went out with friends the other night (we were at this cool restaurant/bar on the top of a building overlooking Busch Stadium!), I decided to wear my husband’s t-shirt. I felt like it and I know almost no one else there would be doing it. :) It felt good. I’m not sure I felt completely amazing in it, but I felt proud of myself for doing something different and for seeing my wardrobe a little different. Next up, his jeans. Ha! I’ll let you know how that one goes.

Summer into Fall

Stella and Dot Arm Party

Summer into Fall


Jacket: Old Navy, Shorts: Gap (old, Similar), T-shirt: Bob’s, Shoes: Emerson Fry, Bracelets: Kate Spade/Stella&Dot/The Limited, Necklace: JCrew

Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale Preview

Nordstrom invited me (and a few other bloggers) to  preview their Anniversary sale this past Wednesday and blog about my experience. It was so fun! Maybe a little too much fun. I’m going to blame that on my friend Carol (she works at Nordstrom and has amazing style!). You’ll see her below.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Before we get started, let me share few fun facts about Nordstrom:

1: Nordstrom’s biggest sale of the year—the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale—is held each July. This event has become legendary among Nordstrom customers nationwide who enjoy outstanding savings on the most exciting new fall merchandise before the season starts.
2: The Anniversary sale is going on now through the 18th for Cardholders only (and if you’re not a cardholder, you can become one if you want early access!) and is open to the public from July 19 – August 4!
3: The Anniversary sale is NOT a clearance sale. It’s a sale for the upcoming season—Fall! So you can get a head start on what’s new!
4: The average price point in the Savvy department (which you know is my favorite—see here and here) is only $52!
5: Nordstrom has some of the best customer service I’ve ever seen.

Onto the details of the night!

First we all met and chatted at a happy hour in the legendary Nordstrom Bistro. Seriously, if you haven’t been there, you should go. And get the Tomato Bisque. I got to meet a few other STL bloggers and I to my surprise, one of my new favorite bloggers, Jacqueline was there! So great to meet them all. Nordstrom served us flat bread and some yummy desserts and gift bags. Oh the gift bags.

Nordstrom Goodie Bag

Nordstrom Gift Bag

Carol and Me Then, we took a guided tour through the “tents” (early access to the sales) where I got side tracked by so many pretty things. As we all know, purses seem to be my weakness. This one Carol is holding is under $65!

Nordstrom PurseCarol holding Nordstrom PurseThen, I got myself into real trouble when I realized they gave us a little gift card. Oh so fun. I couldn’t resist this jumpsuit! I’ve been looking for one and had to have it! Ah-mazing.

Nordstrom Jumpsuit

Stop it Carol. Leave some cute for the rest of us!!

Such an amazing night! Head on over to your local Nordstrom (at West County and the Galleria if you’re in StL) or check out the selection online and get ready for Fall—or at least grab some transitional pieces! :)

And now, I must begin saving up for a pair of Zella leggings (to go with this awesome Zella jacket Bobby just bought me! EEK!!), a new pair of Nikes, this leather wrap skirt (which Carol convinced me would spice up my wardrobe!),  and the awesomest freaking pair of boots—mark my words, they WILL be mine.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Steve Madden Motorcycle Boots

A Uniform

I’m so in love with the idea of having a uniform. Not a typical, starchy, scratchy, polyester uniform  But the kind where it makes your life easy to get dressed in the morning. The kind where every time you put it on, it makes you feel good about yourself. About life.

I get bored far too easily to actually do this, however, mine would possibly be something along the lines of what I talked about last week. A friend told me this would be hers. And I would be happy to join her in it. It’s all about simple and chic.

A daily uniformjeans, t-shirt, earrings, sandals, tote