Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mothers Day Gift Guide

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KATE SPADE phone case…$40-$45

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SLIP FOR BEAUTY SLEEP silk sleep mask…$45

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CLARISONIC cleansing system…$129

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TREASURE & BOND wedges…$79.95

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KENNEBUNK HOME throw blanket…$39.99

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KENDRA SCOTT stud earrings…$75

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UGG pompom socks…$44.50

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KOPARI coconut rose face toner…$24

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KOPARI  coconut lip glossy…$12

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BED BATH & BEYOND bathtub caddy…$59.99

Casual Embroidered Top Under $40

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BP. Top // Articles of Society Jeans (similar here) // Tory Burch Sandals // Whitley V Necklace (similar here) // Target Hat (similar here and here)

And just like that, spring break is over. I am not ready to be back at school. But I’m trying to look on the bright side, because the fact that spring break is over means I am a little bit closer to being done with this semester. Since I got back to Charleston from spring break, I have been in a bit of a funk. Do you ever feel like you’re falling behind in several parts of your life? That’s how I’ve been feeling. I feel like schoolwork is reaching the point in the semester when it’s nothing but overwhelming and I just want to be finished with it all. Also, during the couple months before break, I had gotten into the habit of running multiple times per week, and it started to become a big part of my routine. But while I was gone for break I didn’t run or work out at all, and it has taken me few days to get back into the swing of my workout schedule since I’ve been home, and I think it’s been dragging me down emotionally. Same with eating healthy. I try to eat generally pretty healthy when I am in Charleston, but I love food, and it’s not hard for me to fall off the wagon when I am in Charlotte, or when my boyfriend comes to town. Anyways…the point of this whiny tangent was just to say that sometimes we all get in a funk, and that nobody’s life is perfect. When you look on social media, and read luxury style blogs everyday like I do, it’s easy to forget that everyone has bad days. I just want to be transparent on here, and I thought a realistic life update would be more refreshing to read than, “This top is great, you should buy it.” Or maybe it was a huge downer, I don’t know lol.

On a brighter note though, this top really is great…you should buy it (gotta get that plug in). Jokes aside, I really am very pleased with this top. Not only is it a good price, but it’s a very good quality (a thick t-shirt material), and very comfortable. I’m sure you will be seeing me wearing it a lot this spring and summer.

I hope you all are having a great week so far!! I know I will get out of my funk very soon, I think I just need to get back into my normal routine! Thanks for reading to the end, if you managed to make it!

-Hayley

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017!

Hello, friends! Today is a day of celebration…a day of rejoicing and happiness. No, it’s not my birthday, but it’s pretty close. It’s the first day of Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I woke up at 5:30 am for this. I can’t wake up at 7 to go to the gym, but I can wake up even earlier to shop? Yeah, that’s an issue I might have to address at some point. Anyways, I am so so so excited because I got some good stuff this year. For me, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the opportunity to buy anything I need for the coming fall, such as a certain pair boots, jacket, coat, etc. It’s a great sale for buying necessities and basics because you get them at a discounted price, but you are still getting something that you will get a lot of use out of for the approaching colder seasons, giving you a little more bang for your buck. Plus, fall is my favorite season, especially when it comes to the clothes, so I am always really excited to shop this sale. Don’t get me wrong, I love the bright colors of spring and summer, but I love the styling that goes into all of the layers and textures of fall clothing.

I pride myself on being a “smart impulse buyer” (I’m sure my dad isn’t too proud of this). I try to be as smart as one can possibly be when buying clothes at 6 o’clock in the morning from a sale that they have absolutely no idea what exactly will be featured in it. But hey, at least I try. Here’s how I strategize when I shop this sale:

I go into the sale knowing exactly what I need, and this year I needed a new pair of tan ankle boots. The ones I bought last year are really worn down from me wearing them so much, so it was time for a new pair. I also knew that I was looking for some sunglasses and a couple of sweaters that I can wear during the fall. So I go look at the boots section and sunglass section of the sale first, so I can get the most important (I use that term loosely in this context) items checked off first. I found a pair of ankle boots, but I did not find a pair of sunglasses that I felt were worth the price, or that I loved enough to buy anyway, so I kicked the sunglasses to the curb.

Then I look through (practically) every single page of the women’s part of the sale. And what I do (and I do this all the time when I’m bored and just online window shopping), is just take everything I see that I like, and add it to my cart. I don’t think about it, just add. We are trying to be efficient here, people. After I finish looking at everything, and feel satisfied that I have seen everything I am interested in, I go to my cart, and that is where I always narrow things down. What do I absolutely not need, and what are my least favorites? I don’t have tons o’cash that I can just throw around, so smart decisions have to be made. Any sweater that I want, I have to make sure that I can come up with at least three different ways I can wear it, and three different places I can wear it, in my head. I don’t want to buy something that I can only wear once, because than it’s not worth the price, even if it is marked down.

Finally, I narrow down my decision and make sure I have the budget for my final choices, and woohoo! I am all done! Am I cut off from spending for the next two months? Absolutely. But, am I happy? Yes, and that’s all that matters in the end, right? *attempts to muster a half-hearted smile as I calculate what groceries I won’t be getting this month*

I hope that my strategizing helps you when you shop this fantastic sale! I like to think of myself as a machine when I shop it, and my dream is that you will too (lol I crack myself up).

So, y’all want to see what I bought? Here it is!:

Trouvé Off the Shoulder Poplin Sweater  in ‘Burgundy-White Combo’ • Sale price: $58.90 • After sale: $89 •

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Vince Camuto Francia Bootie in ‘Foxy’ • Sale price: $99.90 • After sale: $149.95 •

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Caslon Swing Back Coat in ‘Grey’ • Sale price: $99.90 • After sale: $149 •

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BP. Cutout Neck Pullover in ‘Black’ • Sale price: $31.90 • After sale: $49 •

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Lush Raw Edge Side Slit Tee in ‘White” • Sale price: $15.90 • After sale: $24 •

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Now for some honorable mentions who didn’t quite make the cut…

Free People Electric City Pullover Sweater in ‘Blue’ • Sale price: $64.90 • After sale: $98 •

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BLANKNYC Life Changer Moto Jacket in ‘Just Pine’ • Sale price: $64.90 • After sale: $98 •

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BP. Tweed Baseball Cap • Sale price: $15.90 • After sale: $25 •

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Oliver Gal The Perfect Blue Pair Canvas Wall Art • Sale price: $76.90 • After sale: $115 •

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…to all of my fellow Sex and the City fans out there, you know why this canvas is amazing.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and that it was at least a little helpful to you! What do you think of my purchases? Leave a comment and let me know! Alright, now I’m going to go crawl into a hole for the rest of the day and try to forget about the money that I don’t have anymore.

-Hayley