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!

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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!

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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

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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!

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Madewell Summer Try on

madewell summer dresses

 

Happy Saturday friends!  I think I’m fighting off some sort of some sort of bug, I haven’t felt 100% the last day or so.  Luckily the hubs took the kids to a birthday party and I have a few hours to chill so I thought I’d take the time to upload my latest summer try on session from Madewell.  Enjoy!

Tops

If you’ve followed me for a little bit now, you know my love for the Madewell Whisper Tees.  But, in general, Madewell has the best tops hands down.  I’m currently obsessing over these texture and thread tie front tanks!  They come in three colors and are under $40!

madewell black tie front tank top

Fit is true to size (wearing an XS)

madewell tie front tank top

This color went home with me!

I came across these tanks that are less expensive than the ones above and come in several colors so I wanted to link them for you here!

 

I always love a good embroidered top, so when I saw this one was on sale online for $20 I knew I had to try it on.  I wanted to love this one, however it was a no go for me.  Something about the fit seemed a tad bit off.  I’m sharing it though because perhaps it may work better on someone else.  I am wearing my true size here (XS).

madewell embroidered top

Madewell Embroidered Kimono Wrap Top

How cute is this bold stripe tank?!  They didn’t have my size so I’m wearing a Medium here, but I think a small would’ve fit (meaning go up one size from what you normally would wear).

madewell audio stripe tank top

Madewell Stripe Tank Top

Dresses / Skirts

One thing you can always count on Madewell for are classic dresses that you will have in your closet for years to come.  These two did not disappoint!  This dark gray little tank dress is perfect to throw on and go on the weekends.  It would be great with a pair of sandals or some casual sneakers.  I’m wearing an XS.

madewell vneck pocket tank dress

V-neck Pocket Tank Dress

Blogger try on fail. . . I only captured video of myself in this one.  However, I am happy to report that this dress is amazing!  Also fits true to size and would be perfect for the office too!  The quality is amazing!

madewell stripe button back dress

Madewell Stripe Button Back Dress

Next up in this Madewell Summer try on is a classic denim skirt.  Denim skirts are making a comeback this season.  This one runs a tad small so I would size up one. Also, this definitely covers the backside well too…not too short.

madewell denim skirt

Madewell A-Line Mini Skirt

Jeans

Lastly, you cannot go into Madewell and NOT try on some jeans.  I wanted to share this Denton wash with you guys because it’s lighter which means its a great option for summer!

madewell lightwash denim

Denton Wash 9″ raw hem

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Q + A (Momming, Working, Side Hustling)

Hey friends hey!  I have been wanting to do another Q + A post for awhile now since I know there are  some new faces around here.  I also think posts like this are fun to read!  Hopefully this helps you get your Monday off to a great start!

Do you work full time & what do you do?

Yes, I work full time for a shoe company as an ecommerce site experience specialist.  I manage a couple of different brands and make sure that these websites provide an easy and elevated shopping experience to all of our customers.  I have worked in digital marketing/ecommerce in some capacity for the last 10 years and it has been fun to watch this industry evolve.

ecommerce site experience specialist

Photo cred:  Woven Bone Photography

How, why & when did you start your blog?

Emmy Lou Styles is an idea that had been brewing in my mind for a couple of years, but sort of got put on hold once we had our kiddos.  However, in September 2017 ELS officially launched!

Back in 2012 I had a little blogspot account where I documented our home renovation and DIY projects.  I’ve had the blogging bug for awhile.

I started ELS because this “bug” didn’t go away.  I’m by no means the most creative or best dressed person out there, but I do have this side to me and my blog is my way of expressing those ideas.

emmy lou styles blog

How do you find time for your side hustle?

I believe that if you have a passion for something, then you find the time.  The time I put into my blog definitely ebbs and flows depending on what life has thrown my way at an given time, but for the most part, I spend a lot of my weeknights on my laptop / phone after the kids go to bed.  Even before ELS started, I spent a lot of time on my computer at night doing many of the same things (i.e. online retail browsing/shopping, reading other blogs, scrolling Pinterest, etc).  The hubs is usually on the couch next to me and we sometimes turn on our latest Netflix binge at the same time.

I believe in old school pen and paper too.  I use a paper planner to try and plan out my content for about 2 weeks at a time (I’d love to get better at this and plan further out), however I’m not quite there yet.  I try to write out most of my IG copy on Sunday nights using the notepad on my phone (I find copy/paste works best using this).

Who takes your IG & blog pics?

This is a question I get asked A LOT.  The majority of my pics are taken by my husband on my iPhone 8 Plus.  We also have an Olympus E-M10 Mark III camera which I love!  It has an awesome app for your phone which allows you to quickly transfer the pics from the camera onto your phone, plus it takes great photos.

I usually try to have the hubs take some shots on Sunday afternoons when our youngest is napping.  But I also take my own (selfies, mirror selfies).  Side note, prior to starting this blog, I could probably count on one hand the amount of selfies I took of myself and actually put out into the worldwide web.

I also occasionally use professional photographers depending on what I need shots of, and so far most of these cases have been pro bono.

Number 1 piece of advice for new moms?

Don’t take advice!  You have to not get bogged down in all the things people will tell you, and modify / adapt advice based your baby.  Trust your gut, afterall, mama knows best!

Where do you typically shop for yourself?

Target – usually my go to for casual/work appropriate dresses!

universal thread red dress with buttons

Red Dress

Madewell – the best jeans!  I can’t believe I only discovered these magical jeans in the last year!

ASOS – trendier / fun pieces for events or the occasional night out!  Accessories too!

straw boater hat

Straw Boater Hat

Red Swimmie

H&M – depends on the season, but I usually have a lot of luck with sweaters here!

Forever 21 – trendy pieces that I don’t plan on wearing for long!

Old Navy – basics!

Gap – you can always find quality tops that pair great with denim!

Where do you shop at the most for the kids?

Target – Cat and Jack basics!

Old Navy – I love their mix and match shorts and tees (or pants and tees) depending on the season!

H&M – super cute affordable swimwear!

Do you have a workout routine?

Not really.  I take barre classes at The Bar Method when I can and I really enjoy this, but I’m looking for more cardio lately.  I plan to sign up for Class Pass soon so I can try out some new things and figure out what I like.  Suggestions are welcomed!

How tall are you and what size do you wear?

5’3″, 24/25 in most denim brands, XS/S in tops and 0/2 in dresses.

How old are you?

Halfway to 70.  Do the math.  Ewwww.

Thanks for stopping by and please let me know if you guys like posts like this!  If you have more questions you want me to answer, please comment below!  Have a great week!

 

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