KENDRA SCOTT COLOR BAR PARTY + MY FAVE PIECES

Jewelry + shopping + cocktails = the perfect girls night out!  I was in my local Kendra Scott store a few months ago and I randomly dropped my business card into the fish bowl for a chance to win a Color Bar Party.  Since I don’t normally win anything, I really didn’t think this time would be any different but to my surprise I was wrong! I won a party for a few of my girlfriends and I, complete with champagne, snacks, and all of the pretty baubles surrounding us!

What is the Color Bar?

The Kendra Scott Color Bar is an interactive tool that allows you to customize your own pieces in store AND online!  Choose from 50+ styles and 30+ stones to create pieces that are exactly what YOU want!  Maybe it’s the digital marketer in me, but I totally geek out over fun and interactive things like this.  I could spend hours playing with this tool and creating and recreating ideas.  I am kind of known for being indecisive, so with this many options we were bound to be there all night 😉

Kendra Scott Color Bar Party

DENIM JACKET

Kendra Scott Color Bar Party

What is a Color Bar Party?

A Color Bar Party allows you and your closest gal pals to have a fun night out playing with around with the interactive touchscreen, and putting together your own creations.  You can choose from earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings!  The store associates were so helpful in bringing out cases of stones and popping them in and out of various pieces for us.  If you want to host your very own party, call your local store to set up a time.  It’s a great idea for a girls night!

It’s fun to see what everyone creates and how it is unique to each individual.  Scroll on to see what I got, and what some of my gal pals chose!

Kendra Scott Color Bar

TURQUOISE EARRINGS (on sale for $40)…and what I designed at the Color Bar the last time!

color bar at Kendra Scott

 

Kendra Scott Color Bar Parties

 

color bar at Kendra Scott

STILL deciding…

Our Picks

Remember how I said I was super indecisive?  So instead of creating something from the Color Bar, I ended up going with a pre-made necklace!  I didn’t own any KS necklaces until now, and I love that this one will go with literally everything!

Kendra Scott Pendant Necklaces

PENDANT NECKLACE (available in multiple colors)

The last time I visited the Color Bar, I left with two pairs of earrings.  I wear both of these all of the time!  I am actually surprised at how often I come across things in my closet that the green stones go with.

Kendra Scott Stud Earrings

STUDS (with green stone)

Kendra Scott Alex Earrings

EARRINGS

 

One of my friends bought two of the Edie Rose Gold Cuff bracelets and has been layering them.  I wouldn’t have thought of doing this, but it’s such a cute look!

Kendra Scott Drusy stone bracelet

BRACELET

If you’re indecisive like me, the Shelia Earring is a great option because when you design your own you can choose a couple of different colored stones, or you can stick with all one color.  This is such a fun statement earring!  This cat’s eye blue with the gold looks so pretty!

Kendra Scott Shelia Earrings

EARRINGS

Insider tip, sign up for Kendra Scott emails if you haven’t already, and in your birthday month you will receive 50% off!  Now that is something to look forward to!  We had such a fun evening, I highly recommend having your next gals night at KS!

Kendra Scott Sale

 

Kendra Scott store near me

I rounded up my top picks from Kendra’s new Fall Line too!  What’s your go to KS piece?  Tell me below!

Photos by Liz Olson Photography

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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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5 white dresses you need in your closet this summer

Happy Monday friends!  I thought I’d kick off the week with a round up of five white dresses you need in your closet this summer as we near Memorial Day Weekend!  I popped into Nordstrom Rack recently to shop for a birthday present for my husband and walked out with something for him AND this adorable Spirit of Grace off white dress midi dress for myself and I just had to share it with you!  I’m struggling to find it online though, but I will continue to keep my eye out for it for you.  In the mean time, I’ve got you covered with a round up for five other fabulous white dresses for your closet this summer!

I love a good white dress because they are usually still very casual looking, but you can accessorize them in so many ways.  A white dress never goes out of style either.  It’s such a classic, timeless style that you know you will wear over and over again each summer.

I wore this particular dress to a local event with fellow bloggers, The Babbling Blondes yesterday.  The event featured tons of local vendors and boutiques and all ticket proceeds benefitted the Women’s Safe House here in Saint Louis, MO.

spirit of grace white midi dress

Cognac Espadrilles

Round Straw Bag (similar)

Rudy’s Flower Truck

Apparently great blonde minds think alike, and white dresses were the go to for this event!

ladies in white dresses

White Lace Midi Dress (right) similar

Rudy’s Flower Truck is the local mobile truck that carries fresh flowers and sets up all around town so everyone can enjoy the beauty of fresh flowers!  Isn’t this truck darling?  And the flowers smell great too!

summer midi white dress

 

midi white summer dress

Snag one of these white dresses below for your closet this summer!

Check out this great Topshop dress for Memorial Day and 4th of July BBQs!

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