Wish List Wednesday: Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

May 27, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale

Michael Kors Anorak 

Sale alert! It’s that magical time of year when Nordstrom marks down a ton of their merchandise for their famous half-yearly sale.

This is huge for us thrifty gals because Nordstrom is awesome but our bank accounts don’t always feel the same way (seriously, the struggle is real. I need a raise). Sure, you can find great deals year-round at Nordstrom, but they’re often buried underneath pricier pieces. Exhibit A: these amaaazing shoes.

Enter the half-yearly sale and you’ll find 122 pages of women’s sale items. For you busy ladies, I thought I’d share a few steals currently on my wish list. Just hover or click on the photos for prices.

Shop Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale

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Love Your Curls

May 26, 2015

Love Your Curls // Style Me Thrifty

Embracing what my mama gave me. #LoveYourCurls

Some people are blessed with naturally cooperative hair. I am not one of those people.

Most days, I work very hard to tame this thick mane. I brush, I blow dry, I straighten, I curl, I hairspray, I primp, I obsess about my hair. Add that time up and I spend hours each month styling my hair. Eeep! That’s umm… a lot. Not to mention all the damage these heating tools are having on my hair.

Clearly, my hair routine has gotten out-of-hand. And I’m so used to it, that I frankly don’t even know what my natural hair is capable of anymore! I’d describe it as wildly wavy (see above). It frizzes, it curls unevenly, and is totally unpredictable. BUT it’s also my hair and I really need to embrace it, right? I recently read that only 10% of women in the U.S. with curly hair feel proud of their hair. Yikes, I’m part of the 90% right now…

So I decided to embark on a hair challenge: I’d go a week with natural hair. No straightening iron, no hours spent perfectly curling each lock. I would try to love my curls and document my journey along the way. I realize “a hair challenge” sounds a bit dramatic, but letting my curls go wild makes me feel totally vulnerable (yes, all the feels) so this is big for me! Here’s what happened & my lessons learned:

4 Curly Hair Lessons Learned

Love Your Curls

Hydrate in the shower: I started the great curly hair challenge off with a shampoo upgrade by trading my basic shampoo for Dove Quench Absolute Ultra Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner. It added some much-needed moisture and softness to my corse hair. After that, I let my locks run free and air dry overnight. My curls dried a little kinky (hence the half-up hairdo), so my next step was to tackle styling products.

Love Your Curls

Tame the mane: After washing it the next morning, I used a wide-tooth comb and lightly squeezed out a little moisture with a towel. Next I ran Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum through my hair. It’s creamy and lightweight, giving my curls a little bit more controlled definition.

Love Your Curls

Use a diffuser: Oh, hello perfect hair day! Today I decided to dig out the diffuser attachment for my hair dryer. Just a few quick minutes really sped up my drying time and helped make bouncy curls. I also used my curling wand to create a few more defined pieces. Maybe that’s cheating, but I consider it a win when I only have to curl a few pieces of hair to get this kind of curl!

Love Your Curls

Be confident: In addition to learning how to control my curls, my biggest lesson learned was: confidence can go a long way! All week, I fielded compliments from friends and coworkers who told me they loved my curls. Honestly, at first I felt shy and self conscious when they said it. And then I snapped out of it. My curls are special! They’re wild and beautiful and me. Sure, they sometimes have a mind of their own, but curly hair gals, I encourage you to join the Love Your Curls movement! Dove Hair launched this campaign to encourage women to celebrate their curls and inspire future generations to do the same.

My hair challenge reminded me that we all should be comfortable with what makes us unique and embrace what our mamas gave us. (Thanks for the crazy curls, mom!)

Love Your Curls

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Wish List Wednesday: Kortni Jeane Swimsuits

May 20, 2015

Kortni Jeane Swim // Sassy and classy swimsuits!

I want to squeal like a crazy girl about today’s Wish List Wednesday! If you like ruffles, girly details, and funky patterns, then listen up. And if you want to feel sassy and classy in a swimsuit, no matter your body type (that’s key!), then you are going to be wishing for a Kortni Jeane swimsuit just like me. Look at how freakin adorable these are!

Kortni Jeane swimsuits

After doing some thorough Internet research (hey Google, hey Instagram, hey an hour later), I am an even bigger fan of these sweet suits. Kortni Jeane is a 22-year-old designer who started off by creating custom suits on Etsy. Her business grew so quickly, she started manufacturing suits. And not just any suits — THE cutest peplum tankinis, ruffled boyshorts, and hide-your-pooch hight-waisted bottoms.

Kortni Jeane Swim

I’d like one in every shape and color, please! Check out the unique suits heretops are around $65 and bottoms are around $30.

Modest swimwear from Korni Jeane

All images via Kortni Jeane Facebook