Save or Splurge: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Edition

Save or Splurge? Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Edition ||

Steve Madden Gleemer Over the Knee Boots
Phase 3 Fedora
Vince Camuto Abril Shoulder Bag
BlankNYC Faux Leather Jacket

Save or Splurge is one of my favorite blog posts because finding a deal on a designer look-a-like (or even a designer good marked WAY down) is one of my favorite hobbies. I love hunting for a deal and sharing them with you! This is a mega-sized Save or Splurge in honor of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and I'm showing you the best accessories for fall, like felt fedora hats, leather jackets, and over-the-knee boots. Is it just me, or are these save OTN boots basically indistinguishable from the splurge?! I also got the save leather jacket (it was on back order, so I should be receiving it soon!), and it's the perfect option for the look for less. 

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The Look || Summer Favorites

Summer Favorites ||

Welcome to my summer dream board. I literally want every. single. piece. of this post. Did I mention they most items are under $100?! Yea, they are. When it's hot and humid all summer here in NC, the only thing I want to do is throw on one easy item that is breezy and cool and accessorize like crazy. This romper and this one shoulder dress are the perfect summer staples AND they are under $100 which is always a plus. Back to accessories - these red tassel sandals are bright and fun and these earrings add the perfect pop of color. Which is your fave? You can say all of them, because they are all my favorite. 

PS: I have officially learned how to use Photoshop Elements to make a collage. I know, what took me so long?! I don't know why, but I think I had a mental block. ANYWAYS. I taught myself how to do it, and while my skills are still evolving, I am really proud of myself! However, I was upset that this information was SO hard to find on the internet. Would you guys be interested in a how-to guide on this topic? Let me know in the comments! 

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Tassel Straw Tote // Quay Pink Cat Eye Sunnies // One Shoulder Dress // BaubleBar Bracelet Set // Free People OTS Top // Steve Madden Ghillie Sandals // J.Crew Floral OTS Dress // BaubleBar Pink Tassel Earrings // Straw Boater Hat // J.Crew Mint One Piece Bathing Suit // Steve Madden Fringe Sandal // MAC Matte Lip Gloss // BB Dakota Palm Romper // Rebecca Minkoff Clutch

A Peaceful Reading Corner

Reading Corner ||

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies (it totally is a hobby, by the way). I am always reading a book, and have a constant list of books to read once I'm done with one! (see my most recent summer reading list here). But when I try to read in bed, I fall asleep pretty quickly. So I decided to make a nice little reading corner in our living room with my favorite green leather chairs and these serene art prints of the sand and the ocean

Leather Chairs: Pottery Barn || Pillows: Etsy || Lamp: Target || Nesting Tables: Target (painted) || Art: Minted - top & bottom || Candle: Voluspa || Succulent: Target || Book: Humans of New York || Coasters: old, love these

Velvet Leopard Pillows ||
side table decor ||
Reading Corner ||
side table decor ||
minted art ||
Reading Corner ||

An overhanging lamp has has been on my wish list for a very long time, and I finally found one at Target! The price is so reasonable and it perfectly matches any decor because it is nice and neutral. I also obsessed over velvet leopard pillows for ages before I finally found a great, less-expensive version on Etsy. They pair perfectly with the green leather chairs (note: the chairs have been clawed to death by our cats, so I am going to have to get them recovered eventually!). 

It is absolutely necessary to have a peaceful and relaxing space in your home so you can wind down and just have some "me-time." My family makes fun of me because I always need to "recharge" after being out of the house for too long! But I'm just a homebody and would probably be fine spending my days reading at home (can you get paid to do that?!). Because we are currently house hunting, it is hard for me to invest time into decorating our apartment, but I know I will have a reading corner in our future home!

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Leather Chairs: Pottery Barn || Pillows: Etsy || Lamp: Target || Nesting Tables: Target (painted) || Art: Minted - top & bottom || Candle: Voluspa || Succulent: Target || Book: Humans of New York || Coasters: old, love these

The Perfect Cold Shoulder Top

the perfect cold shoulder top ||

Top: Pleione || Pants: 7 for All Mankind || Shoes: Steve Madden || Sunnies: Celine || Handbag: Saint Laurent, great save option here || Earrings: Vanessa Mooney || Choker: ASOS

the perfect cold shoulder top ||
the perfect cold shoulder top ||
YSL Sac de Jour in Black ||
Celine Cat Eye Sunglasses ||
the perfect cold shoulder top ||

Photos by Elli at Due West Photography

Top: Pleione || Pants: 7 for All Mankind || Shoes: Steve Madden || Sunnies: Celine || Handbag: Saint Laurent, great save option here || Earrings: Vanessa Mooney || Choker: ASOS

Cold shoulder tops are the perfect transitional piece from summer into fall. Off-the-shoulder tops are so popular right now, so think of cold shoulder tops as their fall cousin. I love this top because no only is it under $60, but it also comes in a few other colors. I think this top would also be perfect with a pair of over-the-knee boots and a leather jacket

Shop Ditto has become one of my favorite places to try and test out sunglasses! Sunglasses are an item that I don't indulge in often, so this is the perfect solution - I feel like I get a new pair and can switch them out monthly! If you want to receive a first month free, use code POLISHEDCLOSETS

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Top Picks Under $100

the best of the nordstrom sale 2016 under $100 ||

More from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! This time, all of my picks are UNDER $100! I don't know about you, but when I purchase more than a few items, I like to keep the price tag low so I feel better about it. And fortunately, the Nordstrom sale makes it so easy for you to stock up on quality fall pieces, like these shoes and this jacket - which I bought myself! - on a budget. I know it can be hard to think about fall in the middle of July, but once fall rolls around, you will be so glad you got the things you wanted at a deep discount. I also bought this pair of flat Chelsea boots and this pair of black heeled booties and I'm obsessed! They can absolutely be worn right now with a pair of shorts or a cute dress. 

I've divided up the pieces into two categories: items that are under $100 now AND after the sale and items that will only be under $100 during the sale. Because prices go up in August 8th, and because things sell out quickly, you will want to jump on these major deals. 

Under $100 After Sale: Hinge Cora Block Heel // B.P Open Front Cardigan // Wayf Lace Up Dress // Kate Spade Forever Cuff // Vigoss Chelasea Destroyed Denim // BP Drawstring Tote // Lush Lace Up Back Tee // BLANKNYC Easy Rider Faux Leather Jacket // Halogen Lace Up Flat

Under $100 Now: Vince Crewneck Tee // ELECTRIC Riot Sunglasses // Cupcakes and Cashmere Breck Moto Jacket // Kendra Scott Jake Lariat Necklace // Steve Madden Nylie Bootie // Hobo Snakeskin Clutch // Chelsea28 Sheath Dress // Free People Smooth Talker Tunic // Chelsea28 Faux Shearling Vest

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