MADEWELL SALE ON SALE

Madewell is having their big sale on sale right now and this only happens twice a year!  I have rounded up the best things in the sale that caught my eye (i.e. I sifted thru 7 pages of sale stuff).  Be sure to use code BIGMOOD for an extra 30% off items that are already on sale! Shop early, the good stuff will go FAST.

Have a great weekend friends!

MY BEAUTY MUST HAVES FOR SUMMER

I will be the first to admit, I’m definitely not a “beauty blogger” but that doesn’t mean I don’t have my beauty must haves for summer.  A New Year’s Resolution that I made for myself this year was to start taking better care of my skin.  I’m trying to educate myself on the types of products I need, as well as making sure the ingredients in them are safe for my skin.  I have rounded up my beauty must haves for summer for you below!

Skincare

We all know sunscreen is important, and it’s definitely something I wish I would have been more diligent about in my younger years which is why I’m making sure my kids always have it on.  This summer I started using the thinkbaby Sunscreen because it contains non-harmful ingredients.  I love that it’s basically fragrance free, and it’s SPF 50!  It also comes in a nice little stick version too, which is perfect for applying to sweet little faces!

think baby sunscreen ingredients

thinkbaby Sunscreen 6oz.

thinkbaby Sunscreen Stick

Toddler swimmie

A co-worker of mine (she has an awesome IG account so go follow her…@theyouthfulglow) recently told me about Vermont Bag Balm and the crazy results she had seen while using it to treat her cracked feet.  I had actually heard about it from a friend awhile back when I was nursing, and even tried a little when I was desperate and in a lot of pain!  I grabbed a can of this stuff when I was on Amazon recently ($10) and put it to use.  This stuff has worked wonders after three uses!  I just put a little on my cracked heels before bed and throw a pair of socks on.  I promise in the morning, your feet will feel baby soft!

bag balm for cracked feet

Vermont Bag Balm

Next up is my Juice Beauty Brightening Moisturizer with SPF15.   I put this on every morning before putting on anything else.  I also have the Nutrient Moisturizer which I use before bed and have been loving it too.  The scent isn’t overpowering either.  The Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Cream is a bit of a splurge and I haven’t bought it yet, but I have sampled it and I’m a fan. #saynotowrinkles

Sum Bum chapstick is a recent purchase for the summer and it has kept my lips sunburn free so far!  It comes in a few scents too!

juice beauty reviews

Does anyone else hit up Whole Foods on their lunch break and browse the beauty aisle??  I recently came across these amazing make up remover cloths by Andalou (they also make a really great pumpkin face mask too), so I was already a fan of this brand.  These have a nice rose scent too!

If you haven’t tried any of the Drunk Elephant products, they are a must!  This Nightbright set is the perfect entry into some of their products!  You get the Glycolic Night Serum which I use on my forehead and neck.  It helps to dissolve dead skin cells.  The Murula oil is great for hydrating your skin.  I use this on areas that get really dry for me (nose, backs of hands, forehead). Drunk Elephant uses only clean ingredients in their products.  These two products are specifically vegan and gluten free!

drunk elephant glycolic serum review

Makeup

Who doesn’t love leaving the store with a new shade of Essie?  This is “Lighten the Mood” and it definitely does just that!  It’s the perfect neutral/pink shade for summer!

essie nailpolish target

This Pixi by Petra glow mist has been a fave of mine for a long time now.  I just spray it on after I’ve done my make up and it gives a great dewy finish.

pixi by petra glow mist review

Green One Piece Swimmie

Tory Burch Flip Flops (old, but similar linked here)

Haircare

Dry shampoo is a must for me.  I honestly haven’t tried that many, so if you have a fave I’d love to know about it.  I snagged this one from Target recently and so far so good!

Hotline hair ties are just too cute on your wrist and hold your hair back without causing tangles!  They come in so many colors too!

If you don’t own a Wet Brush yet, grab one here.  I use this on my daughter mostly because you can brush your hair while it’s wet without the fuss.  They come in a ton of colors, plus travel sized ones too!

dry shampoo reviews for blonde hair

I recently tried some samples of the Beauty Counter Kids body wash on my little ones and I loved it!  I loved it so much in fact I decided to buy their shampoo, conditioner and the body wash. The shampoo is great because it doesn’t burn their eyes (no crying what what)!  The conditioner has been great on my daughters hair after a day in the pool.  I love what this company stands for and their advocacy for stricter regulations by the FDA on skincare products.  Their products are formulated without harmful ingredients like bad chemicals and fillers, so you can feel good about using them on babies, kids, pregnant/nursing moms and everyone in between.

beauty county for kids

Beauty Counter Kids Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash

SUMMER FRIDAY FAVES UNDER $100

Happy Friday / Fourth of July Weekend!  It’s always the WORST when the 4th falls in the middle of the week am I right?  There are so many summer faves I have right now that are under $100 and I feel compelled to share them with you!  Grab a glass of wine and read on!

summer friday faves under $100

Embroidered Ruffle Hem Top

This embroidered ruffle hem top is a summer fave because you can pair it with white shorts now or with denim and a pair of booties in the fall!  Worth the price!

nordstrom topshop embroidered shirt

Embroidered Ruffle Hem Top

 

Striped Pajama Set

This set comes in two colors and is under$30!  Perfect for summer!

pinstripe pj set forever 21

Striped Cami and Pants Set

 

Nike Vintage Skirt

This is easily a summer fave because I love the vintage look to it.  So easy to throw on and go!

nike vintage athletic skirt

Nike Vintage Skirt

L’oreal Lumi Glotion

Ladies, this stuff is incredible!  I snagged it from Ulta the other day and have been applying it before my foundation or slightly mixing with my foundation.  It gives you the perfect summer dewy look!

summer dewy glotion by loreal

L’oreal Lumi Glotion

LeSpecs Sunnies

I’m loving the color of these frames and the shape!  Hoping they go on sale soon!

lespecs tortoise aviators

Sunnies

Fringe Earrings

I am stalking these to go on sale!  Love the colors.  Such a fun statement piece!

jcrew bead and raffia earrings

Bead & Raffia Earrings

Raffia Clutch

I’m on a raffia kick this week!  This cute little clutch is perfect for summer!  How cute would this be with a little black dress?!

colorful raffia clutch

Clutch

 

Striped One Piece Swimmie

I love that this swimmie covers you in all the places you want to be covered! I love the price too!

striped one shoulder one piece swimsuit

Striped One Piece / One Shoulder Swimmie

 

Chambray Tie Waist Shorts

Chambray heyyyy!  These are darling for summer and look so lightweight!  Perfect with your fave white tee!

chambray tie waist shorts under $30

Chambray Tie Waist Shorts

Striped Tie Front Shirt

This shirt legit looks like some sherbert ice cream and screams summer!  I want to wear this with some light colored denim!

striped madewell shirt

Striped Tie Front Shirt

What are you loving right now?!  Tell me below!

Don’t forget, you can always shop my latest looks right here!

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

2018 nordstrom anniversary sale

Christmas in July.  The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is literally just that.  This sale happens one time a year, and it’s always in July.  I’ve rounded up the top 5 things you need to know about it.  Read on so you’re ready to shop!

When is it?

Early Access:  7/12/18 – 7/19/18

The Nordstrom Card is KEY for early access!  Only Nordstrom card holders will be able to shop during this early access period.  Apply for a card today so you can get first dibs on all the great deals!  Anyone can view the sale during this time, card or no card, you just wont be able to buy anything at the sale price without a Nordstrom credit card.

Public Event: 7/20/18 – 8/5/18

The sale opens to the public at this time, and everyone can purchase from the sale regardless if you have a Nordstrom card or not!  Be sure to shop right away because popular items will sell out (if they haven’t already during the Early Access period).  Have no fear though, they usually do restock popular items prior to the public event starting.

What are the benefits of being a Nordstrom Cardholder?

  • Early access to the Anniversary Sale
  • $40 bonus Nordstrom Note when you make your first purchase with your card
  • Impeccable 24/7 customer service
  • No annual fees
  • 2 pts per dollar spent with Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Trunk Club or HauteLook
  • Discounts on alterations

What items are included in the sale?

Mostly fall and winter pieces.  Prior to the anniversary sale, Nordstrom will send out a catalog which will highlight many of the things that will be included so keep an eye on your snail mail!

What pieces should you plan to purchase during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

This is a great time to purchase higher priced items because they will be sold at the lowest prices of the season.  It’s the perfect time to buy things like that killer pair of boots or a great moto jacket.  Last year I grabbed my Sperry Duck Boots (similar) and they were about 25% off.  Bras are also on sale so I usually stock up on some during this time.  If you need a new bag for the fall/winter months this will be another area to scope out.  I remember last year there was a great deal on a classic looking Madewell tote.

How should you shop the sale?

The best way to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is to visit Emmy Lou Styles of course!  I will have an entire tab/section right here with links to all of the key items that are in the sale.  Basically, what I’m telling you is, I will be up at MIDNIGHT on 7/12 browsing the Nordstrom site and linking to items for you so you don’t have to do the digging.  With that being said, it takes a lot of time and effort for me to browse and link everything on my site but it’s something I truly enjoy doing (I’d probably be up shopping then anyways even if I wasn’t a blogger).  If you do plan to purchase something during the Anniversary Sale, I would love it if you shopped from my links.  Even if you don’t purchase the exact items that I post, as long as you click thru my links and purchase from a link that I’ve posted, then I will receive a small commission from your sale.  You can also click thru my links and buy online then pick up in store!

What are you hoping to snag during the sale?!  Tell me in the comments below.  Click here to see my most recent Nordstrom try on session!

Summer Wardrobe Must Haves

summer wardrobe staples

Happy First Day of Summer!  It has felt like summer here for awhile now, but the calendar officially turns to summer this week.  With that in mind, I took a look at my current wardrobe and the pieces that I’m wearing on repeat.  To be honest, these are items that are pretty timeless.  Enjoy!

A great pair of cutoffs

I’ve had these Levi’s for a few months now and I’ve been wearing them on repeat.  The color is perfect – goes with everything and they aren’t too short.

levi 501 silverlake cutoff shorts

Levi’s 501 Denim Shorts

The perfect white tee

A white tee pairs perfectly with denim cutoffs or you can wear it tucked into a skirt for a slightly dressier look.  I have been obsessed with these Madewell whisper tees for awhile now.  They hold up well and I love how they fit.  Order your true size.

madewell white whisper tee with pocket

Madewell Whisper Tee

A comfy t-shirt/tank dress

A casual and cute t-shirt dress that you can quickly throw on and go is a must.  I like this one because it isn’t too tight and it’s great quality that I know I’ll have for a few seasons so it’s a great investment piece!

madewell vneck pocket tank dress

Madewell Tank Dress

Straw tote

A straw tote is definitely something that screams summer.  There are literally so many options right now.  I snagged this one in the Spring and it kept selling out.  I have linked some others that I’m loving for you below!

gap crossbody straw bag

Dress

Shop similar bags below!

Espadrilles

These have really become popular this season, but they are another timeless piece when it comes to summer shoes.  This pair is a bit of a splurge, but can be worn with dresses, skirts, and denim!  Bonus, they’re comfy!

sam edelman espadrilles

Cognac Espadrilles

Little White Dress

Do you ever just stumble upon the PERFECT dress and have to have it??  Well that was me when I saw this dress.  It’s a timeless dress and perfect for so many summer occasions.  Sadly this exact one sold out, but I’ve linked several options for you below!

summer midi white dress

Straw Hat

For the longest time I didn’t wear hats.  I thought I didn’t look good in them and was too chicken to wear.  Fast forward and I’m older and wiser and wear hats ALL of the time.  I love this one because the top is flat and keeps its shape well.

straw boater hat

Straw Boater Hat

Red Swimsuit

White Denim

My office is pretty casual and denim is perfectly acceptable.  I love a great pair of white jeans that I can wear to work or transition into an outfit for a night out.  I’m on my second season with these and they have held up so well!

topshop jamie white distressed denim

White Distressed Denim

Tan Slides

Birkenstocks

You either love em’ or hate em’.  Birkenstocks.  They are so easy to style (just don’t wear with socks and you’re golden)!  They are comfortable and easy to throw on with most casual outfits.

white madrid birkenstocks

White Madrid Birks

What are you summer must haves?  I would love to know!  Tell me in the comments below!

Be sure to check out my latest try on session from Madewell while you’re here!