Dressing Room Diaries – Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Hello and welcome to my little corner of the blog world, sharing my favorite picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale happening NOW! If you are a Nordstrom cardholder, you will totally know the deal – if not, I’ll fill you in. This time every year Nordstrom has its Anniversary Sale – which is a Fall preview for the new seasons style. They put the new Fall releases on sale for early access for Nordstrom cardholders and then release the sale to the public for a short time before it goes to full price for the new, back to school season – which is super smart and great to take advantage of if you can force yourself to shop for Fall clothes when its almost 100* out!

I like to take advantage every year because I love a good deal and I love Fall wardrobe pieces, so its not hard to get me to shop. I picked up some fabulous pieces to spruce up my wardrobe AND I picked up a bunch of stuff for Brooks for the Fall. He doesn’t have anything for the new season so he got some new jackets, pants, tops, shoes – and its all Nordstrom so if it doesn’t fit when he goes to wear it, we can always change it up and make it right.

Love that. Makes me a loyal customer – especially with the kid stuff!

Ok – now onto the SALE -> First up – SHOES!

These perforated cutaway booties are so gorgeous and insanely comfortable – on sale for $50 off the original price! They come in 6 colors and I honestly haven’t picked them up for myself yet because I can’t decide what color to get – they are all so gorgeous!

Wearing them here in Fog and they are really beautiful. Debating a darker brown for the Fall or the cappuccino color, which has a hint of yellow! What do you think?

Next up in the shoe department are these beauties.

Vince Camuto is literally my shoe spirit animal. I buy {or at the very least WANT to buy} all his shoes in every style and color. They fit my feet really well, are totally my vibe and even though they have a heel, its so comfortable I can walk around in them all day.

These come in 3 colors – Black, French Taupe {shown} and Greystone – I knew I needed to have them the second I saw them online. I was pleasantly surprised when they were just as awesome in person. I love the Western-inspired stitching, its really gorgeous.

I was happy I got to try them on in person because with the Vince Camuto shoes I’m usually a 7 or 7.5 depending on the style. These fit great but I ended up ordering the Greystone because I wanted something different and I have way too many taupe shoes in my wardrobe currently {but I love them all!}

Seriously, these shoes are amazing and I don’t think they will last long in the Anniversary Sale – add them to your list and scoop them up quick! Perfect for Summer, Spring + Fall outfits!

Next up – an unexpected find! These zip sneakers were just way too cool for me not to take home. If you know me in real life or follow along on Instagram, you have to know that these are totally me.

Perfect for Fall days frolicking around the city with the littles. These come in a black leather, a fabric pattern + navy velvet but I was immediately drawn to the cement leather – a sort of grey/brown mix that I love. Can’t wait to wear these all around town!

If you are a busy mom with kids, seriously add these to your cart – you will look adorable with the littles and feel cute too!

Next up a pair of heels I am obsessed with that are on sale, but not even part of the Anniversary Sale! WHAT? These black lace up, cut out block heels are perfection. Currently 35% off and come in 6 color options {I want them all}

So comfortable, super cute and my favorite brand. If you can believe it I was in desperate {seriously – DESPERATE} need of black heels. I didn’t have any! So I obviously had to fix that with these! Did I mention they are on SALE! Go get a pair, they feel fabulous!

Another try on not apart of the sale, but randomly – how cute are these?! Super soft {like incredibly soft} leather and I love the fun metallic + woven detail. A really cute flat to transition the seasons with! They come in a fun metallic pink too!

And I didn’t take a photo, but I also picked up these slip on Converse. They are in the kids section and on super sale + super cute, so I got a pair! I love the sparkle grey, super adorable and so comfortable. If you are a 7 in women’s shoes you can wear a size 5 in kids {and it goes down from there!} There are tons of shoes that are about the same and a fraction of the price! The ones I got are also in women’s sizing in a few other colors! Such a great deal for a classic shoe!

Now, onto the main event – THE CLOTHES!

I have to tell you that I did my research ahead of time, checked everything out online so I had an idea of what I would be seeing and what I wanted to try on. But its always so much more fun to go through the racks and see + feel everything in person and try lots on for fun {especially when you have the time for it!}

Also, shout out to the Nordstrom employees – how nice is it to walk into a dressing room all set up beautifully for you? Here’s a little look at some of my picks!

These adorable tie knot sweatshirts are really on trend this Fall season, so I had a few I wanted to check out and try on. I really love the Burgundy color of this one, so perfect for Fall!

The tie details is oh so cute. Can’t wait to cozy up on the couch with a glass of wine and watch The Bachelor in this! Ha! Comes in a really fun yellow color too and its under $30 on Sale!

ALSO – these high rise ripped skinny jeans. In LOVE!

Same sweatshirt in grey  – another great basic!

Another tie knot sweatshirt by a different brand. Obviously I had to try them all on! This one is a little more boat neck than crew and is a little oversized. I love the blush pink, comes in grey too!

I love this one almost as much as the Burgundy one, but because of the brand and the style – its almost $20 more for some reason. Really cute though!

Seriously, these high rise jeans!

This blue floral cold shoulder blouse is really gorgeous in person. Comes in a black pattern as well, but I love the light blue – and the draping on this top is really fun. Under $30 on sale!

I had my eye on this gorgeous forest green lightweight cardigan + I’m glad I was able to try it on because I love it even more in person. Comes in a few different colors and on sale for $31 {reg. $49} – such a great staple for fall, and how cute are the pockets!?

Loving the blush pink detail of this tank. The crochet detail is really fun too – comes in a white + black as well.

Paired with this ruched bell sleeve cardigan it’s pretty much fall perfection.

This cold shoulder tie top is another cute piece I was excited to try on! Comes in 7 colors online but I only saw grey in the store – the green online is GORGEOUS! Really cute piece that puts a fun, flirty spin on a sweatshirt!

Last year when the weather started to cool I was in need of some fun long sleeves that I could wear everyday. Love this one I picked up in green – its by Zella so I could wear to workout in as well. It has thumbholes + cute slits up the side. Love this.

I picked up this lightweight jacket in my travels around the store because I am thinking its time to update my Fall jacket collection and a nice, solid black one {on sale!} is just the thing. This piece is awesome because of how soft it is, I also love the contrasting grey trim and the pockets in the front are HUGE!

This jacket also has great coverage in the back, which is an added bonus! Will be on repeat this fall for sure! Came in a lighter, heathered grey which I was totally drawn to at first, but I figured as a #boymom its safer to get the black!

I tried on these Moto leggings because I wanted something fun to wear with all the fun sweaters in my dressing room. I tried them in black and olive, they come in Burgundy online as well! Only $25 and really fun detail – perfect for fall pairing with sweaters and all things cozy!

How fun is this striped bell sleeve tee? It’s a really sweet piece as the weather begins to cool. Comes in a Burgundy + black stripe and a teal + black stripe but I really love the ivory + black stripe! Only $25 on sale!

I was immediately drawn to the fun pattern of this tie sleeve top. It’s a lightweight blouse that comes in 4 patterns that are all really beautiful – love the vintage floral on this and the fun tie at the sleeves – really cute for the fall with skinny jeans and boots, maybe a cute vest too!

I grabbed this cute striped peplum to try on as well because its just so adorable. An easy piece to wear anyway and would be cute with a sweater, jacket or vest too! Comes in a light blue and Burgundy as well – great piece for any nursing mom!

Super random, but I wore these jeans to shop the sale because I bought them during the sale last year and they were so popular they brought them back! If you are into the whole distressed jeans thing {which I totally am!} add these to your cart – really great deal and SO comfortable to wear – I love the high waist!

Sooooo….officially, here’s what I ended up taking home with me {for round 1!}

this jacket / these jeans {black distressed} / this cardigan {in forest green} / that long sleeve / this sweatshirt 

Can’t forget about the shoes haul:

these block heels {in Greystone} / these sneakers {in cement} / these metallic kicks / black heels

Seriously, might go back for more – there is so much GOOD STUFF at a great deal! What was your favorite piece I tried on from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Style for a Steal: The Best Black Summer Maxi Dress {with Pockets!} – Under $23

So I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect summer maxi dress. I wanted something loose, with a little flow to it and a piece that had some interest to it – I love surprising details in a classic piece.

And that’s exactly what I got when I picked up this little black {maxi} dress for the summer!

Outfit Details: Maxi Dress {under $23} / Mirage Chandelier Necklace

Pikolino Sandals {similar} / Sunglasses / Fly Girl LipSense

This dress is all sorts of amazing that I decided it deserved its very own blog post – I had to share it with you guys! Not only because its comfortable + looks {not to mention feels!} great on, but for the price, under $23, it is a great staple piece to add to your wardrobe.

I purchased this dress on Amazon, and I wasn’t really sure if it would work out or not – purchasing a new brand online, you are always gambling if it will fit, but with free shipping + free returns, I figured I had nothing to lose!

I immediately loved the feel of the fabric of this dress – it’s thick, but not heavy. Definitely substantial fabric. I also am obsessed with the side slits – gives the dress a bit of a flow to it, with a feminine feel  – helps with air flow on a hot summer day to keep you cool, but covered from the sun!

The open back detail also caught my eye and was really fun to wear – could be cool to add a great lace or fun strapped bra  with detail + color to add a little pop of interest too!

I’m really happy with my Amazon Fashion find of this dress because it’s a great piece to wear as a cover-up to the beach or pool but it’s also a gorgeous + easy piece to wear with fun accessories + shoes to dress up for happy hour or a date night. It’s super easy to just throw on a go – love everything about that!

This dress is also super versatile for all seasons because of the color and because of the sleeves – easy to wear in the summer, but I also plan to wear it in the Fall + Spring months too! Would be super cute with a denim jacket or a cozy sweater and some fun booties – maybe even a chic hat too!

Have you had any great Amazon Fashion finds? I’d love to hear about it if you have!

Riding the Cape May – Lewes Ferry with Kids this Summer

Every summer the boys and I split our time between New Jersey + Delaware beaches.

I have to admit, its a pretty amazing way to spend May – August and a great excuse to leave the city behind for a bit and really enjoy the change of scenery during the hot summer months.

And let’s be honest – life is just better at the beach.

So I pack the boys up and we usually spend 2-3 weeks in New Jersey and then another week or two in Delaware before coming back to Philadelphia to unpack for a week or so, just to pack up and do it all again.

We’ve been gone almost 6 weeks already since before Memorial Day! It’s hard work but its also a lot of fun and these are the years where the kids are little enough that they don’t have a summer packed with camps or other activities so we can really just pick up and go.

It’s all sorts of awesome.

And because the Delaware Bay separates our vacation spots in NJ + DE, at least once a summer, you can find us on the Cape May – Lewes Ferry!

This summer I am excited to be a part of the Ferry’s Ambassador program! Like I said, we take the ferry every year and love it – only makes sense to share out experience on the blog!

I was very excited about our ferry ride this year because both boys were old enough to really enjoy the ride! What’s not to be SUPER EXCITED about getting on a boat when you are 3?

Captain Brooks was clearly pumped and wanted to take over steering the ferry!

We arrived for our 10am ride about 50 minutes early to get our car in line and get settled – as it can take a while with two littles. I was excited about the playground on the Cape May side of the ferry line – the boys were able to get some energy out and play before getting on the boat! So smart to have this there for the kids!

There are also tons of events, especially at the Cape May location, going on each week – live music, things for the kids, if you are in the area, its definitely a cool spot to check out because its right on the water!

Aside from the awesome playground {and a mini golf spot!} the boys loved watching and waiting for the ferry to come into view.

After the ferry arrived we got into our car and loaded up into the boat. It’s pretty amazing {and impressive} how many cars and trucks they can pack into one ferry ride. It seems effortless by the workers, but I’m sure its very calculated – but they loaded up our ferry to the max with cars and then we were on our way.

Time for a selfie!

Graham took his job of holding our ticket very seriously!

Once we were loaded up it was time to explore the boat! This is the best part about the ferry ride because the kids can be up, walking around and enjoying the trip – rather than stuck in the carseat for hours! For me, traveling from the NJ to DE beaches, the ferry cuts hours off my car travel time, and it’s a built in activity for the kids.

But even if I wasn’t actually traveling to the other side of the Delaware Bay, I would definitely recommend packing up the kids for a day trip on the ferry! I know fro experience there are TONS of great things for young kids to explore in Cape May, NJ and Lewes, DE – taking the ferry to change up your vacation scene is a great way to spend a day.

Seriously, what kid doesn’t love a boat ride?

Mine sure do!

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry has 2 levels aside from the bottom {which is where the cars are} – we spent the entire trip, which was just over an hour or so, going up and down and around the boat. Seeing everything there was so see, with the waves crashing along next to us.

Last year we saw dolphins, we were keeping our eyes out for them this year too!

Another fun fact – there’s a bar on the top of the ferry! How nice does that sound to just sit on the top of the boat, watch the waves go by with a mimosa in hand? Or a beer. Or a whatever.  I believe the bar addition is newer, maybe 2 years, but its a nice little spot to enjoy the trip with a view and a cocktail!

On the second level inside there is also tons of seating, tables, a little food court area and a gift shop. All with air conditioning, which is awesome on a hot summer day!

I think the boys favorite spot on the ferry ride was definitely the back of the ship. The could see through the rails, enjoyed watching the seagulls dip down into the wake of the ship and loved the waves crashing against the boat.

 

We hung out here the majority of our ride, which was fine by me!

Group shot, because #momlife

The 17-mile, 85-minute cruise between New Jersey and Delaware can cut miles off a trip along the Atlantic Coast and connects travelers to beautiful beach towns. The ferry runs continuously from Cape May, NJ and Lewes, DE – I’d suggest making a reservation online to secure your spot! You can also travel on the ferry by foot or with a bike, which is a great option for a day trip as well!

We had a wonderful trip and enjoyed the ride! Before we knew it, we were in Lewes, DE and ready to continue our journey to Bethany Beach – not to mention the boys were happy to get back into their carseats after running around the ferry for over an hour!

Can’t wait to be back next year to ride it again when the boys can enjoy the journey even more!

Have you ever been on a ferry ride with your kids? I’d love to hear about it if you have!

Thanks so much to the Cape May – Lewes Ferry for having us!

While this is a sponsored post with the Cape May – Lewes Ferry, all opinions are my own!

Thanks for reading!

 

Blueberry Picking at Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford, NJ

I interrupt my regular summer posting of life + style at the beach to bring you a little dose of summer fun we had when we were back in Philly two weeks ago!

We have gone Apple Picking as well as Pumpkin Picking + Hayrides at Johnson’s Corner Farm previously! It’s located in Medford, NJ for all my Philadelphia area friends – it’s a great little spot and we really love stopping by a few times a year for a fun day out with the kids!

After being at the beach for so long and being back in Philly, I wanted to do something fun and different with the kids. I love everything that the city has to offer – we have memberships all over {seriously, all over!} but sometimes it’s nice to get out of the city and spend the day on the farm!

I had never been blueberry picking before so that was an added bonus! The fun started with a hayride – which the boys obviously LOVED!

And then we were off on the hunt! I had to keep Graham from picking the green ones {not ripe!} but Brooks loves searching around for the blue ones.

Also, had to keep Graham from eating all his pickings! The little dude couldn’t stop chowing down on fresh blueberries, but who could blame him?

Our loot.

After picking blueberries we got back on the hayride to check out some sugar snap peas!

These were a little harder to search for, but if you are a {almost} 2 and 3.5 year old boy – you love the hunt! Especially if it involves searching through the farmland!

Again, Graham couldn’t wait to try some!

After we picked a few snap peas, we made our way back to the main Farm area on the hayride.

Aside from the hayride and fruit/vegetable picking – they have a little animal farm, a great {REALLY GREAT!} playground for the kids and always some sort of different event for the kids going on each weekend. I really love this little farm!

And new this year, which I had no idea about {hence, why my kids are in their underwear!} is a really cool little splash pad area. There are 3 different areas for different ages, perfect for my kids! It’s a great thing to have in the summer when its super hot and the littles want to cool off.

Can’t wait to come back in the fall and pick some apples! If you are in the south jersey area, be sure to check it out – we always have such a blast anytime we go!

Summer Beach Life – Avalon, NJ + Bethany Beach, DE

Hello & Happy July!

Can’t believe July 4th weekend has already come and gone. Summer feels like its simultaneously over and just starting at the same time. Our weekends are completely booked through September – its a little crazy, but lots of fun on the calendar and in the works so its all good.

After spending {just about} 5 weeks this summer in Avalon, we are off tomorrow to Bethany Beach to have some fun in Delaware.

Summer is always a little crazy for us as we are always on the go, but the boys love it and I enjoy the change of scenery – even though its always fabulous to come back to Philly and sleep in our own beds! But we won’t be doing that for another week or so!

If you have any suggestions or ideas of fun things for the boys and I to do next week in the Delaware Beaches area – let me know!

I hope everyone had a happy, fun-filled + safe July 4th and you are enjoying your summer so far!

Where to Sweat at the Beach – Avalon, NJ

Hello + Happy Summer! I cannot believe that its July 4th Weekend already! Where does the time go? It feels like this summer is flying by.

But you better believe I am going to soak it up while I can!

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to spend almost a month down in Avalon, NJ so far this summer. It’s been beautiful and so much fun – the littles love it too! And I’ve been able to work my schedule with the kids and family staying down here with us to be able to sneak out to some amazing classes while I’ve been at the beach as well!

So today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite places to sweat at the beach – keeping up with my Tone It Up results – going for another 5 lbs. lost!

First off, lets start with Island Aerobics. I have taken 3 classes there – spin, Cardio Barre and Strictly Strength/Body Pump. Let me just say that each class has been better than the last and they have all WAY exceeded my expectations.

In Short – They totally kicked my booty.

Hello, calorie burn.

I’ve taken a few spin classes there over the years each summer and they are really intense, in a good way. Great energy, great calorie burn too. Good vibes all around.

When I was here for Memorial Day I got to take a Cardio Barre class and it worked me out in crazy ways. I was sore for days after that class and it felt so good!

This week I took the Strictly Strength/Body Sculpt class and it was no joke. I’m still feeling the burn in my arms days later and this is after I’ve been working out consistently for 2+ months, so you know it means business!

I’ve been very impressed with the instructors, the variety of classes and the vibe at each one! Definitely one of my favorite places to sweat at the beach!

Next up, Ship Shape Bootcamp! I’ve been popping into the class for years, I know the owner, Jason from way back when. This is a great workout for anyone that wants to get their sweat on OUTSIDE in Avalon!

I love this workout because it really focuses on burning calories and increase lean muscle. Each class has a unique circuit style training format – resulting in a fun, cardio packed workout. No two workouts are the same and its just fun to be outside, changing things up!

I’m a yoga fan, especially after some intense workouts – so I love to change it up and get a good stretch in, with some added heat! I love hot  yoga at the beach and Anjali in Avalon is a perfect little spot to get in a great yoga class along with a great calorie burn {if thats what you are looking for!}

I love a good hot yoga class that gets you all sweaty and really reminds you that you seriously need to stretch WAY more!

And my final pick would have to be the Beach Bootcamp with Surfside Fitness. I took the class this morning and seriously, nothing is harder than a bootcamp in the sand!

It was a killer workout focusing on cardio, strength and circuit training – all of which kicked my booty! I’ll be feeling that tomorrow for sure!

So there are just a few of my favorite places I’ve got my sweat on this summer in Avalon! I’ll be down in Bethany Beach, DE later this summer with my family and I’ll be checking out workouts in that area too – I’d love to hear any recommendations for that area if you have any!

But let’s not forget – the best workout of all…

Hauling ALLLLL the things to and from the beach. With two littles who won’t carry a thing {but THEY want to be carried too!}

Mom life at the beach is all sort of exhausting, but it’s been all sorts of fun with these two. Can’t wait for the summer fun to continue!

Happy 4th of July Weekend, friends!

Turkey + Chickpea Lettuce Cups – a Healthy Summer Alternative

So I have had some amazing results on the Tone It Up plan this summer. I have been really happy with my results and want to continue on my journey to stay healthy and get even stronger! Part of the plan includes a solid workout plan and an equal part of getting results is nutrition.

I love the saying – ‘Abs are made in the gym and revealed in the kitchen’ because its true, right?

This summer I’ve cut out the majority of carbs out of my diet. It’s been good for me to make this change, and I’ve found I don’t really miss them because I’ve been able to make meals work for me without carbs!

 Like these turkey + chickpea lettuce cups!

I have to admit, at first I was attempting to make a burger patty, but it sort of transitioned its way into a scramble and it totally worked! The turkey + chickpea combination was flavored perfectly, just like a burger – so this is a perfect recipe to make to swap out a traditional hamburger during this busy grilling season, but you get a leaner, healthier meal!

1 – In a bowl, combine 1/2 lb. lean ground turkey, 1/4 cup chickpeas, 1/4 cup egg whites, 1/2 tsp. garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Stir well to combine {I used a masher on the chickpeas!}

2-  Cook in a heated pan.
3- Have lettuce cups ready + add a spoonful of Stonyfield greek yogurt to the bottom of the cup. Top with turkey + chickpea scramble and your favorite burger toppings! I added some tomatoes & avocado! 

The Stonyfield greek yogurt gives is a cool, refreshing + creamy taste. And avocado along with fresh summer tomatoes are the perfect topping too. Plus the lettuce wrap gives the meal a nice little crunch!

This made enough for two servings + took about 5 minutes! So quick and easy to make, will definitely be enjoying this all summer long!

Do you have a healthy BBQ alternative you love to make this summer? I’d love to hear about it! 

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield and Taylor Farms.

As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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