Category Archives for "Shopping Tips"

Spring and Summer Shoe Tips

This is an update from a post from a year ago. Things  sure are different this May 2020 aren't they? #understatement. 

But in reality, the shoe info I shared last May holds true again this year. So rather than do a new video, I'm updating this post. That way you don't have to see my gray, spray- painted roots. Sound good? 

 I've also updated the links to some new shoe suggestions. 

If I had to pick ONE shoe that we all "need", especially during this time, it would be hip white sneakers. They are a no-brainer because they are obviously comfortable and practical, but also cool, hip and youthful. Whether you are 20 or 95,  you can wear these and look great. I give lots of suggestions below. 

Here are ideas or sneakers, flats and heels. Yes they are neutral, and yes they are basic. AND if you have all three of these bases covered, yay for you...You are welcome to graduate to a statement shoe if you wish;) But, if you're looking for great-looking, comfortable shoes that will work with most spring/summer casual looks...here you go! 

Scroll below the collage to see shopping links and  click the tiny >arrow on the right and left of the picture to scroll through to see sneakers, flats and heels. 

You can also click HERE to see all my Spring/ Summer Shoe Picks - and I will be updating and adding to the collection all season.

I truly hope this helps! 

Head over to the free private #justgetdressed Facebook group to share your shoe woes and we will help; I promise!  

xo, Beth

Casual, Cool Alternatives to Shorts

As soon as spring and summer roll around (and she's dragging her feet here, unfortunately) I get asked for alternatives to shorts.  I'm not a huge shorts-wearer either thanks to varicose veins that I've had since my early 20's. But since hitting 50 I've come to peace with them and do wear shorts when it's hot out and my legs have the glow of a nice fake tan;) 

But I realize many of you don't like wearing shorts, and the good news is there are lots of alternatives that look great and will keep us looking and feeling cool.  My top picks are dresses and loose fitting pants. There are lots of options and styles that fall into those categories, so here are some tips. 

#1 DRESSES

The easiest alternative, and my personal favorite is the one-and-done dress.  There are basically 3 lengths of dresses, and I like to have at least one in each length for spring/summer:

KNEE LENGTH:

  The most universally flattering length, and or petites sometimes it's helpful to go an inch or two above the knee too.  My go-to dress on hot days that also double as a swim suit cover-up is a swingy tank dresss.  This versatile tank dress can be worn as is or without the hem tied. It can also be worn with the scoop neck in the front as shown in the 2nd picture.  Tying a chambray shirt around my normally undefined waist helps to give the illusion of a waist with a casual vibe. 

This dress (with pockets!) can also be worn with the scoop neckline in front as show in the  (blurry!) middle picture below. 


These looks show how a casual  tank dress can be dressed up or down. The black sandals on the right are ok,   but I think a neutral sandal would still be better as it would blend in with my legs.  This exact dress is old, but Old Navy comes out with them every year and they are very affordable.  I got this black and white stripe one this year and also really love this color.

MIDI-LENGTH:

The midi length dress is a great alternative to shorter lengths (read: varicose veins and pasty white legs). Many people (especially petites) have been told they "can't" wear midi-lengths. Here are some tips for how to wear them if you are so inclined: 

1. Select a length that is slightly above or below mid-calf:  FIRST - remember the cardinal  rule of dressing: never put a HORIZONTAL line across the widest part of your body - (unless you want it to appear wider).  

You don’t want the midi dress to end exactly at mid-calf, which is the thickest part of your leg. Look for a midi dress that is slightly above or below.

2. Consider Fabric:

For your midi dress look for a fabric that is light and doesn’t add much weight to your figure.  Look for light and floaty fabric, and if you are petite, or want to avoid making your legs look shorter consider a dress with an asymmetrical hem or generous slit. 

3. Opt for a solid color or same pattern from head to toe:

This is not a dress you want to color block. Look for a midi dress in a solid color or one that has the same pattern from top to bottom. If you do want a dress with a little bit of pattern look for a dress with a small pattern. By small pattern, I mean a small floral pattern, tiny polka dots or something along those lines.

4. Cinch in the waist :

You don’t want to wear a midi dress without giving your waist definition. If not, it's easy to look like rectangle of fabric. This is especially true for my hour glass and pear shapes.   Even if the midi dress you buy doesn’t come with a belt, you can still add one, unless you’re going for that easy, breezy summer look. The red floral target dress below has the appearance of a band around the middle, creating the illusion of shape while still being comfortable and "breezy".  For a casual, cool look, consider the chambray shirt trick I did above. 

5. SHOES:

Ahhh...the shoe question.  In a perfect world we'd wear nude colored strappy heels like these, and they really do look the best, and elongate the leg. But the reality is, especially these days, comfort is key.  Especially if you're petite, you will want to steer clear from clunky chunky shoes with midi-dresses. While I love the look of white sneakers with a midi, they can make short legs look even shorter.  Opt instead for SIMPLE and sleek skin-tone sandals for the best look. See below for some ideas. Here are two midi dresses from my closet...a floral from Target and a gray t-shirt dress from Amazon (that is technically a maxi, but I tied the hem to shorten it..It could be belted too!  And see how much better the nude shoes look vs. black??

My favorite layer to add to dresses is my black or white (also in navy) ponte blazer or my beloved jean jacket.

MAXI DRESS:

Last but definitely not least in the dress category is probably my favorite -- the maxi dress. It eliminates all leg issues (and shaving too;) and is usually more comfortable and cool than pants on warm days. Traditionally, petites have ben told to steer clear from the maxi and only wear dresses that hit at or above the knee. But I disagree, and here are some tips to help: 

1. Pick the Right Length: 

Contrary to popular belief, floor-length dresses will work better for petite women compared to ankle length ones, NOT the other way around.

Why? Well, once the hem of your dresses touches your ankles, whether or not you’re wearing heels, you will appear shorter because the hem is like a horizontal line cutting across. (Remember the cardinal rule about horizontal lines).

2. Go for Solid or Monochromatic:

Maxis in solid colors, especially darker ones, will definitely make a short person appear taller for the simple reason that it is slimming and elongating and it offers less distraction to the eyes.

If you prefer patterns and find them more fun and flattering, look for  prints that are proportionate to your size.  If you’re thin and short, pick maxi dresses that have small prints. Wearing a long dress with large prints will overwhelm your tiny frame.

If you’re medium built and short, you can go for medium sized prints. If you’re plus size and also a petite, just go with medium prints instead of large ones (large prints are most ideal if you’re tall and plus size). Pay attention to the seaming and lines in the pattern and remember that vertical lines lengthen and horizontal lines can cut off or shorten. 

3. AGAIN...Wear the Right Shoes:

With the maxi dress already covering most of your body, it’s best to keep the feet open and and as bare as possible. 

The best companion of a maxi dress is a pair of heeled strappy sandals, with wedges being the most practical and comfortable. If you want to wear flat sandals, go with thong sandals that show a lot of skin, ideally in nude or gold metallic.  See below for shoe ideas.  Here are some maxi dress ideas. 

#2 LOOSE FITTING PANTS

I don't know about you, but once summer and warm weather hits (please? soon? someday?) I pretty much stop wearing skinny jeans and leggings and opt for loose fitting and flowy pants. 

When it comes to looser fitting pans, remember another cardinal rule - BALANCE!  When your bottom is loose or flowing, your top is best more fitted. By fitted I don't necessarily mean tight or cropped, but consider doing a loose half tuck , or tying the shirt hem.  I use these little dittys when I can't tie a true knot. 

My go-to in this category are:

1. Girlfriend Jeans (love these from Target!) color: summer fling, TTS, I have size 4. 

(Red sweater)

2. Wide Leg Flowy Pants (my favorite are these from Old Navy) TTS, I have small, white. Also like the cream, olive and stripe!

Striped Button Down and Fun Necklace.

3. Shocking (not) - My beloved modern bohos in the light buttery fabric that makes me so happy and comfy. I especially love the gray.  And how about this cute $16 graphic tee? (used the clear rubber band trick).

4. Cropped Wide Leg Pants: Many are nervous to try these, and all I can say is that they are worth trying and snapping a pic and see what you think.  As with the midi dress, pay attention to where they hit on your calves,and go for a nude sandal for the most flattering look.  Mine below are from Peach, an old collection, but I also found these from Amazon and they are their way to me. Highly rated by Cassie from Sugarplum! 

Now for SHOES! Here is a collection of wearable, stylish and comfortable shoes that will work with most of these options.  I include flats, heels and sneakers with a focus on COMFORT brands and styles in basic neutrals for maximum versatility. Scroll under each collage to see the individual shoes and click to shop (hit the > arrow to scroll through).

Which non-shorts alternative is your go-to favorite? Or do you love wearing shorts? 

Head over the private, free facebook group B.Styled #justgetdressed VIP's and feel free to post questions, picture and get advice. I love hearing from you!

Stay tuned for the launch of my monthly membership program where you will get virtual styling help, outfit ideas and formulas, plus other content surrounding beauty, wellness and style to help us live our best lives. More to come, so stay tuned! 

xo, Beth

Mother’s Day Gift Picks

Mother's Day is in 10 days people, and this is NOT the year to drop the ball.    

There's no question it's going to be a different Mother’s Day this year. So many families will be  unable to be together, and I especially feel for those with parents in retirement and nursing homes and assisted living situations who can have no contact at all. We are so fortunate to have Mary living safely and happily under our roof.

I scoured the internet to come up with ideas that you can have delivered to the special woman in your life.  I got Mary this neck and shoulder heating pad and this wrap in her favorite color.   And If I were shopping for myself, this souped up coffee maker would be on my personal wish list. And I know cleaning equipment used to be considered a no-no, but given the state of my house right now, I would really love this ....It cleans and disinfects with just water, and the pad is machine washable. Who have I become???

For a more meaningful gift idea, I have a dear friend who is going through a very tough time right now, and I created a bracelet stack for her that includes a reversible,  engrave-able leather wrap bracelet.  I've been representing Stella & Dot for years now, but today was the first time I really looked at their KEEP COLLECTION, and I was blown away by all the options for gifting any special woman or girl in your life with a personalized message and gorgeous piece of jewelry.  Keep this in mind for graduations, confirmations, showers and more. 

Finally, if the special woman in your life is like me, and the way to her heart is through amazing food she doesn't have to make, consider handmade treats from my dear friend Karen Collins' business, Bisousweet Confections. You can order here for delivery directly to mom, and you'll instantly win Favorite Child Award.  Karen has generously extended a 10% discount to my readers with code #justgetdressed. (Note that the hearts for heroes are excluded from the discount). 

 

Fun fact::  Many of you saw this  self-portrait drawing done by Eddie Collins - my family's personal hero, and kidney donor to my husband, Bill.  Well, Karen and Eddie are husband and wife! Talk about a talented and amazing duo.

Here are some other Mother's Day ideas (scroll down and then use the right arrow). 

How do you plan to celebrate Mother's Day this year?  To all you special women out there, you are in my thoughts, and I appreciate you stopping by this little spot on the internet today. Take good care of yourself! 

What to Shop for (and what to skip) in January

A lot of us are all shopped out after the holidays and looking forward to the upcoming B.Styled Shopping Detox that starts February 1.  And maybe your spending freeze has already started.  👏🏼 But some of us (raises hand) are looking forward to taking advantage of the great sales going on right now. 

Now one thing we don't want to do is what my friends and I used to do in college just before Lent. Stay with me here; there is a connection. We'd decide on all the things we were going to give up (usually involving  junk food). Then for the days leading up to Lent, we'd gorge ourselves on all. the. things.  It was gross.  Can you relate?

So let's NOT look at the days/weeks leading up to February 1 as an excuse to hit add-to-cart for every shining object that grabs our attention this month.  Instead I'm here to help you focus your shopping efforts.  FOCUS is my Word of the Year, and God knows I need more of it in my life, so let's do this together: 

Three Things to Shop For in January: 

1.  Boots 

January is a great time to grab Winter boots if you need a new pair. There are sales going on and the selection is still pretty good.  Come February the selection will be pretty bleak (but you won't be shopping then anyway;) If you need a pair of boots, now is a great time to start hunting. And remember, the more basic, versatile and wearable the shoe, the more you want to invest in quality brands and styles that stand the test of time.  Here is a collection of some great boots on sale:

2.  Sweaters

The fashion world deemed this winter the Year of the Sweater (I thought every winter was the Year of the Sweater, but what do I know). Anyway, there were/are LOTS of great sweater options out there and many good sales. This is a great time to invest in a sweater that was too much of a splurge at full price earlier in the season.  A great source for fab and unique sweaters is  Anthropologie. They are a splurge but right now many are on sale including the gorgeous fair isle number shown below...going fast though!   The white and chartruese sweaters are 2 that I have and love and both are on sale now too!  And they are available in more colors as well. 

3. Ponte Pants and/or Joggers:

This time of year I spend much more time in ponte pants, leggings, and joggers and less time in jeans. Call it hibernation-mode, hygee, or just extra lbs., but it's a reality --and you can still #justgetdressed when you don't have a button on your pants. 😜

For leggings, I do still wear my old Hue leggings, especially when lounging at home, but when I'm taking my look up a notch, I go for my Peach moto leggings in thick (yet still stretchy) ponte. They are definitely more like pants than your basic leggings and make for a more sophisticated, polished look. I like them best with tall boots (black or tan, brown, etc) but they also look great with booties or even cool sneakers. 

Joggers have actually surpassed leggings as my favorite winter pant for lounging or casual-wear.  I do love my Peach bohos the most, but in the dead of winter in New England, they aren't quite warm enough. I've been reaching for the peach velvet joggers all season, wearing them to parties with booties as well as casually with sneakers.  I also live in my fleece joggers from Target...They are on my body at some point almost every day.  

A third option for non-denim pants are ponte pants.  I have three recommendations in this category.  

Click pictures to shop:

Peach Ponte Straight Leg

Peach Ponte Ankle Pants

Kut from the Kloth Ponte Skinny Fit Pant

Target Joggers

Peach Velvet Joggers

Peach Velvet Joggers

Peach Moto Leggings

Peach Moto Leggings

Three Things I'm Passing On in January:

1. Warm Weather Items:

Unless you're lucky enough to be going on vacation this winter and NEED warm-weather items, don't give into the temptation to buy things you can't wear right now. "Resort Wear" tends to be priced higher, so if you don't need it now, take a pass.  

EXCEPTION: You know one of my B.Styled mantras is #buythedress. So if you come across the perfect warm-weather dress that you love, that fits and flatters your figure today, and you can get a good deal on it - you have my blessing. For example, I wore this Isla dress in royal blue all summer long (over and over again). So when it went on sale, I grabbed it in white.

2.  Animal Print

Don't get made at me. I love my leopard print as much as the next girl, however animal prints (especially in clothing) are beginning to feel just a bit overdone (IMHO). So while I'm not telling you to stop wearing what you have (far from it!) I don't think it's necessary to get more this season. My guess is that leopard print will continue to be hot for many years to come (I think it has passed into the classic-neutral zone),  but zebra/tiger/snake will start to cool off. 

But again, I repeat...I am NOT saying to stop using/wearing the items you have and love.  It was awesome when you bought it and it's still awesome today. What I am saying is you probably don't need to add any more. Capiche?

3. Denim

You may not like this one either; sorry.   I'm not going to take a hard line on this, but I will say that I predict denim styles and cuts (that can be worn with a variety of  shoes) will start appearing as we approach spring - so I say, let's wait.  Plus, like I said above, right now I'm reaching for my joggers and ponte pants (and cookies) more than my denim. That said, if you need a pair of perfect-for-you jeans in a versatile, classic cut like skinny, straight or even boyfriend - and you can get a good deal -- who am I to stand in your way??  Below are some sale denim ideas.  If you don't have a go-to pair of perfect-for-you jeans (ideally in a sleek, simple, classic dark wash, keep an eye out for sales at Loft and try these (modern or curvy cut, petite, regular....size down!)

Loft Slim Pocket Skinny Jeans 

What are you shopping for this month? Or have you instituted your shopping freeze already? Let me know below, or head over to my private VIP Facebook Group and share over there. We can help you find just the right thing. 

And don't forget to sign up for the  FREE February Shopping Detox.  We'll hold each other accountable, get motivation and support - AND best of all, #justgetdressed in looks we love, while wearing what we already own. 

I hope you found this helpful and that you can use some of these shopping tips to save you time and money. As always, I'm here if you need any personalized help!

Thanks for reading. Now go #justgetdressed.

My Top Beautycounter Picks

I am excited to be partnering with one of my favorite brands,  Beautycounter.  I've been a long time customer and now I am also a consultant so I can share the products with you.

I always (naively) assumed that  "someone" was insuring that the stuff in the products our family puts on their skin and in their mouths were tested for safety. However, the amount of chemicals in some of the products  we use daily is shocking. Since learning more, I have made an effort to move my family over to  more safe products, especially the things I use on my skin daily, like these products.

Like many premium, high-quality brands, Beautycounter is not "discount-happy", meaning the price is the price, and the value is there, and you won't see a lot of crazy promotions.  When they do have a sale a couple times a year, I'll be sure to let you know!

Here are my favorites picks that I use religiously: 

OVERNIGHT RESURFACING PEEL –

This peel is a game changer.  You put it on before you head to bed and it helps bring your dull skin back to life and shows almost immediate results (unusual, I know, but true).  You will feel this peel when you put it on; I use it at least 3 to 4 times a week.  If I HAD to pick one item to get - this product would be it, hands down.  I'm using the sale to get more.

This new line was of interest to me because of my interest in retinol products to reduce lines and wrinkles. However retinol is an ingredient on the Beautycounter Never List

Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate)
Retinyl palmitate is an ingredient composed of palmitic acid and retinol (Vitamin A). Data from an FDA study indicate that retinyl palmitate, when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, may result in adverse health consequences like lesions and photosensitization. FDA, Norwegian and German health agencies have raised a concern that daily skin application of vitamin A creams may contribute to excessive vitamin A intake for pregnant women and other populations.

I started using the Countertime serum (am and pm) and the (amazing) Supreme Cream at night.

I have continued using the No.1 Facial Brightening Oil (see below) in the morning (before the serum), and the Resurfacing Peel (above) every other night (instead of the serum). 

 I love the results I've had from this routine.   I'm going to add the Countertime cleansing oil and hydrating essence as well. Unfortunately Countertime products are not included in the 15% off sale.

I’m a huge fan of using vitamin C on my face, and this stuff is so good! I use it every morning under my Countertime serum and daily moisturizer.

I've been using this now for almost a year and  I really love it.   I use it 2 to 3 times a week to deep-clean. It absorbs excess oil and draws out impurities. Even at my age I tend to have enlarged pores and even get zits and this has helped tremendously.  Activated charcoal minimizes the appearance of pores, giving skin a smooth, refined appearance, while salicylic acid stimulates exfoliation.

Lipsticks!

I'm obsessed with Beautycounter lipsticks.  The fact that something going so close to my mouth is safe is obviously important, and I also love the way they glide on, how they taste and smell, and the colors!   If I could only have one type of make-up, I'd pick lipstick.  I feel naked and washed out without it (and you an use it as blush in a pinch;)

 I use the lip gloss (love dahlia), the color intense duo (longer lasting, bolder color - 2 universally flattering colors that I layer or wear alone) and the Sheer Lipstick is what I have in my pocket and in my car at all times (usually in Rose), but I'm a lipstick fanatic so I have several shades.

These are just my standout favorites for today, but some other products that I use daily include the dew skin (shade 3 and 4 in summer) and tint skin (sand) - I use a dab of both and combine.  I also love the blush (sorbet), this eyeshadow palette (Romantic) and this brow pencil

The Romantic eyeshadow palette has 2 dark colors that can be used easily to line as well. I just dampen a thin, angled brush - slowly but surely am getting the hang of it! 

A new feature on the Beautycounter website is #betterbeauty School with easy-to-follow videos to help us with make-up application.  I just watched the brow tutoial...boy, was I doing it wrong!  Live and learn!  https://www.beautycounter.com/products/beauty-school

Again, if you're interested in trying Beautycounter or restocking your favorites, this Friends and Family Sale is the time to do it!  Let me know if you need any help or recommendations! 

Thanks for stopping by my corner of the internet.  I appreciate your time and support so much!  Cheers,

Beth

My Amazon Picks and Advice


My elevated Peach sweatshirt is still available - limited quantities though.

Click HERE to join my free #justgetdressed Facebook group and get tips and advice.

Now that you've heard my Amazon shopping lecture and tips, here's a preview of  some of my favorite finds that I've either read about and researched, or own myself.  

Click HERE to access the entire catalog of picks,  and bookmark it as I will update it frequently.

There are  five questions I recommend we  ask ourselves  before items from the Amazon box get put into our closet (or better yet, before we click "buy now":)

1. Do you LOVE it....I mean does it really resonate with you, or to quote Marie Kondo,, "does it spark joy?"

2. Do you have at a minimum of 3-4 ways to wear/style the item?  Think outside the box...dress it up, dress it down. 

3.  Are you sure you don't have anything just like this or similar in your closet?

4.  Would you really want to buy this item even before knowing the Amazon price on it? This is an important questions to ask...and it's the one I forgot in the video.  How often do we click "buy now" just because the price is so good...without enough thought??

5.  When you try it on, take a mirror selfie (I swear it's a better way to evaluate than just looking in the mirror).  Do you LOVE the way it makes you look and feel?

There you have it!  Just remember to buy with thought and  a plan, and eliminate the impulsive "buy now" clicking.  

And one last piece of advice...Take it from me, do not drink and Amazon shop. They do not mix 😉   

Cheers!

xo, Beth

Jeans – Spend vs. Splurge

This must be the biggest year yet for hype surrounding the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  If you’re new to this crazy phenomena…here’s a live video I made on the eve of Early Access for the sale.  In a nutshell, yes, it’s a special sale, there are great deals to be had on BRAND NEW styles, but you need to keep you wits about you;)

That said, this sale is a great time to save if you’ve been thinking of investing in a pair of premium denim jeans.    I’ve been lusting after a pair of (soon to be named) jeans, so when they popped up on the Early Access Sale (#NSALE), I decided to splurge.  I figured I’d try them and if they didn’t live up to all the hype, I’d just return them; no harm no foul.   Let me be clear….. these jeans are normally insanely expensive, and on the #NSALE they are only ridiculously expensive.  But in the interest of Market Research (and free returns) I clicked BUY (I even ordered 2 sizes to make sure I got it right).

I got my first #NSALE shipment today, including the jeans. I tried them on with my favorite, basic white t-shirt (also on the sale and I ordered another one since I am so rough on them).

As soon as I put the jeans on, yes, I LOVED them, but something felt strangely….familiar.  I went to my closet, and found a pair of budget-friendly jeans I own, tried them on, and decided to take side-by-side comparison photos.

The only thing I changed was my jewelry….gold vs. silver, just so I could keep the pictures straight.

 

So, you’re  dying to know which jean is the spend and which is the splurge, right?   Well just  to complicate things, I ask my unsuspecting, work-from-home husband to look at them both in person and decide which was which.  He, of all people, nailed it, noticing  a clear difference,  and thought the splurge pair looked considerably better.  Go figure.

So, here you have it:

  1.  Splurge:  AG The Legging, Raw Hem Skinny Jeans Retail $225, #NSALE $149.90
  2.  Save:  American Eagle Denim X Jegging  Sale $39.99, buy one get one 50{4459afbc2bae7cce36afa98505acda452d7cfe9eff579bae0d40077b3c526282} off

Both pairs are very stretchy and comfortable and with a slightly higher waist.  However…

I admit I do really LOVE the AG’s and there are some features that make them stand out to me.

  • They have the on-trend raw hem, but if I get sick of that I can cuff them.
  • I love the color of the wash…it’s the perfect shade of denim for me…not too light, not too dark. They could be worn very casually with flops or wedges, or dressed up with heeled booties.  The difference in color and fading is more obvious in person than in the pics. My husband noticed it immediately.
  • I admit I really love the small distressed detail at the hip.  I’ve tried more distressed jeans but just don’t feel like myself in them, although I love how they look on others.  These have just enough to make to me happy and feel slightly cool (which I’m not).
  • Another thing my husband noticed (being a man) is the rear view.  I think AG has pocket placement down –making for  more flattering hiney on the AG’s.

I’m going to hold on to them for now, and decide in September whether to keep them or send them back.  They are available to order on sale now, but with a backorder date of November, which is a drag.  But, if you think you want them, best to get them at the sale price and wait to receive them (you can always change your mind).

Here are some of the other #NSALE items I received this week.  Unfortunately sizes are limited on some of them, but there’s a good chance of restocking on Friday July 21st when the sale is open to the public –  and when all the Early Access returns start coming in.  Here’s a link to my complete catalog of picks.

My Verdict and Links:

Leith Circle Cardi – Got it last year in charcoal – love that one.  This new version is cut differently (slightly so) .  I like it a lot but don’t love it as much.    Update: Going to hold out for the barefoot dreams circle cardigan  in cream and hope that comes back in stock.  This one going back…

Caslon Hooded Cardi – This is really cute and soft…I don’t need another grey sweater though, so back it goes.

Mural Herringbone blazer – So torn on this (and it’s sold out). IF I worked outside the home I’d keep it in a heartbeat.  It’s such a great color, love the herringbone, love the tailored but “cool” fit, and love the navy lining when I fold the sleeves.  Plus, could wear it all year ’round.  What to do?  Update:  Decided I have enough blazers given my casual life style.  As sad as it makes me…back it goes…. Holding out for a really cool “statement blazer”.

Caslon Cowl neck Sweater Definitely keeping this baby.  I’ve been looking for a cozy cream sweater since last year’s Winter Style System.  I love this one…oversized, long slouchy sleeves, Love the neutral color that’s light and soft.

Free People Peplum Jacket This was the first thing I pulled the trigger on in the sale.  It’s still available too.  I do love it…but I’m on the fence whether I “need” it and can justify it.  Thinking if I lived in a more mild climate I’d keep it in a heartbeat.  It works really well with my casual lifestyle and is fun and different from any of my other jackets.  Update:  Having a hard time letting this one go….so versatile and so different at the same time.   Hmmmmm.

Caslon U-Neck T-shirt  My favorite tee is baaack,  and on sale  – too good not to stock up.  I already own 2 of these tees in white  (one is pretty ragged looking so I’ll retire it).  I like to have 2 of these tops on-hand all year long.  I also recommend the black, grey and navy/white or black/white stripe as essentials to stock up on at this great price ($17.50).  They even come in petite!  The neckline is open and flattering without being too low. Looks great with long and short necklaces.    It has great shape without clinging.  Can be worn out, tucked or half tucked.   I wear the white with a nude bra with no problem.

Blondo Booties  These are the booties I’m wearing in all the pics above…Got them last year and paid full price with NO regrets.  They are on-sale now with stock available.  They aren’t as fun as the perforated styles that I also love, but they are more practical (as you can wear them with socks in the winter).  They are waterproof and I think as comfortable as sneakers; no joke.  They are the perfect taupe/neutral color “mushroom suede”.   I highly recommend this color over black.

The last link is the AG Jeans  that I am still “sleeping on” –  but think I’ll  end up keeping.  I’m wearing them in all the pics above.  To justify the splurge,  I’m making a deal with myself to clear out my jean collection and sell the ones I don’t wear regularly.  I’ve had great luck selling on the  Poshmark app.  If you sign up, use my code HEANE and we’ll both get free money.

I hope this rundown has been helpful.  If you’ve been disappointed with out of stock situations at the Nordstrom Sale, hang in there — they will be restocking.  But remember,  popular items will sell out quickly…so don’t snooze, lest you lose;)

Again,  If you’re new to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale,  check out my live video about it here.

Finally, one important note.  I think most of you know this, but in the interest of total transparency, I wanted to make it clear that my links are “affiliate links” so if you do purchase from them, I get a tiny commission.  When I say tiny, I mean literally pennies.  My business model is not based on affiliate commissions but rather on my paid programs and consulting work, but every bit does help, so thank you for using my links when you shop.  Of course, you don’t pay a penny more to do so.  

Oh, and speaking of my programs…..I am working on Early Access to the Fall Style System…so make sure you are on my list and following me on Facebook, and in the private Facebook Group for all the information when it becomes available in the next few days.

The Fall Style System has some new and special highlights:

 

 

  • Integration with the Fall Essentials from the past so you aren’t reinventing the wheel if you’ve been following my programs.  I will be updating the list with new links and suggestions to fill in where you are missing items.
  • A new list of Fall Trends and Add-Ons.  These are mostly optional, but they are on-trend additions to add new life to your Fall Essentials.
  • An emphasis on ACCESSORIES, with inexpensive and high-impact ways to freshen up your Fall Essentials.
  • Tips, guides, videos and special guests to help you “get B.Styled” in more areas of you life besides just clothing:  make-up and beauty tips, hair tips, dressing your body tips, and even health and exercise tips!  You deserve to look and feel your best from the inside out, so let’s all work to do that together in this wonderful, supportive group of like-minded women.  Early access will include shopping catalogs so you can take advantage of the Nordstrom Sale and get started this summer.  The Fall Outfit Formulas and daily emails will start right after Labor Day.In the meantime, get back to enjoying SUMMER, #justgetdressed….and  no more talk of Fall for a little while;)

    Cheers!
    Beth