Sale Finds of the Week

I’ve been a little radio silent over here on the blog the past couple of weeks, and that’s because I was out in Colorado visiting friends and celebrating my brother’s college graduation, which made for a great long weekend. But I’m back and today I’m sharing some of my favorite sale finds from my favorite stores and brands. Keeping this one short and sweet today – go ahead and shop the post using the links and widget below. Everything is at least 40% off! 

Sale Finds of the Week - 40% Off Nordstrom, Free People & More

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Floral Maxi Dress (other colors, too!) / Blue Earrings

Pink EarringsOff-Shoulder Top (also in light blue)

Gingham Yellow Dress / Off-Shoulder Floral Dress

Affordable One-Piece Swim Picks

I’m pretty new to the one-piece swimwear trend… last year was the first time I fully embraced it. I’m heading to Croatia and Cali this spring and have been on the hunt for a few more. But because I live in New England, my attitude about swimwear has always been to avoid spending too much $ on them. They only get so much use around here, so in my opinion, it’s not worth it unless I find one that has the most incredible fit, great quality and a timeless style.

This year, I noticed that lots of stores like Target and Aerie have been offering free shipping/free returns on swimwear, so I went ahead and took advantage of that by ordering a wholeeee bunch of one-piece options to try on. I was expecting to wind up with maybe 2 to keep, but now I’m having a hard time narrowing it down! Below are some of my favorites and more details on each, including other colors they come in and how they fit. Shop these affordable one-piece swim picks via the links!*

Affordable One-Piece Swimwear - Target Swim

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Green Palm PrintI love this print – it’s exactly what I had in mind when I started my one-piece hunt. This one also comes in under $30, so it’s a steal. It has a low scoop back with fun detailing – and while I do love this, I’ve found that this style isn’t the best option for my body type. Because this is from the Xhilaration line, I recommend sizing up (I got a medium but probably could have used a large).

Black/White Striped with LaceI was skeptical about the fit of this one but went ahead and ordered after seeing lots of positive reviews… one person said they even went back for the black version with white lace. It reminds me of THIS more expensive version that I had my eye on last year, and I like that it has a tie in the back that allows you to adjust the tightness at your waist. There’s a very similar style from the Sea Angel line that comes in black and navy and you can also grab it in maternity sizing in both solids and prints here, here & here.

Pink Floral/TropicalThis is probably my favorite out of the bunch when it comes to the print – and I also like the Tori Praver line because I know they’re high quality for the price. If you’re looking at someone wearing this one from the back, it looks like they’re wearing a two-piece bikini. The medium fit well, but I ultimately decided not to keep this one in favor of others, mainly because I didn’t think the low back was super flattering on me. It also comes in this fun floral print and this bright tropical print.

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Scalloped Black Floral: This option from the Vanilla Beach line is a pretty simple, low-back one-piece – but it has fun scalloped details that make it super flattering. If you’re looking for a solid color, it also comes in black, and here is another floral print option. I like that it has adjustable straps and the cut is a bit cheeky. Also got a medium in this one.

Green Floral/Birds of ParadiseAnother Tori Praver one-piece, this is in the running for my favorite this season. It can be worn/tied in two different ways and has a slight cutout on the sides. The bottom of it is cheeky, but also comes up the perfect amount so that you feel nice and sucked in in the right places. The medium was right for me on this one as well.

Gingham & Black: This is such a classic cut and I love that it has gingham on top (also available in stripes, solid black and a blue tropical/floral print). I had a similar style suit from J.Crew last year with the same ruching on the bottom half and knew this one would be good for my body type. Medium was good on this one – note that this one is less cheeky than some of the others but I still like it! If you’re looking for a gingham suit but this one isn’t for you, try this one, which also fit really well.

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Beach Vacation Outfits

OK peeps… who is so sick of winter that you’re ready just to skip ahead to summer?! I sure am – but here in New England, summer isn’t quite in sight because it doesn’t even feel like spring (it snowed today, ugh). But to hold myself over, I’ve been deep in vacation planning. We’re heading to Colorado in May for my brother’s graduation, Croatia for a family vacation in June and then San Diego/LA to visit friends and go to a family wedding in July. Lots to look forward to!

And with that, I’m on the hunt for the perfect vacation/summer staples without spending too much cash money. I just ordered a bunch of bathing suits to try on from Target & Aerie and waiting for some good sales to shop so I can grab things like these shortalls that I’ve had my eye on. In the meantime, I took a look back beach vacation outfits I do have via pics from 2017 trips to Portugal and Hawaii – I still love all of these outfits and most of the items are still available (or very similar versions). Shop them all via the links below!

Show Me Your Mumu Dress

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Dress (also herehere in blue, similar here)

Sandals (also similar here)

White Lace Romper

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White Romper (also similar here & here)

Sunglasses / Bag (larger version here)

 

Gingham Off Shoulder Tank

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Similar Gingham Tank (also here)

Sandals / Similar Bag & Hat

 

Pineapple Tank

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Pineapple Tank (also here, similar here for $17!)

Sunglasses / Similar Shorts

 

Show Me Your Mumu Crop Tank

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Top in similar prints here & here

Similar shorts here & hereSunglasses

Derby Day Outfits

Last year, one of my girlfriends had a Derby Day-themed bridal shower and we had so much fun getting dressed up for it. When I was looking for a fun outfit to wear, I put together a post with lots of Derby Day outfit ideas because I didn’t see much for inspiration online. That was one of my favorite posts of the year and I wanted to bring back the topic with my picks for this year. Shop some of my favorite dresses, fascinators and hats using the widgets below (just scroll through & click the pics!).

Derby Day Outfit Style

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Favorite Lace Midi Dress (& Lots of Similar Styles!)

Ever since our wedding, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect blue dress, similar to the color my bridesmaids wore. I found exactly that last summer – this lace midi dress, which was under $90. It’s a near-exact dupe for the popular Self Portrait Azaelea dress, minus over $200. I was tempted to grab another color when they launched fall colors… and now it’s back again with new colors for spring. They finally have the periwinkle color I’m wearing below back in stock, along with white (great for brides!), black and several new colors, eggplant, lilac, mint, navy and red.

This dress tends to sell out in various colors and sizes, but just keep checking back on Nordstrom until what you’re looking for is there. I’ve found that they are continually restocked and it just takes a bit of patience if you have a specific color in mind. But if you see the one you want, grab it before it’s gone! They are constantly launching and replacing colors, so you don’t want to miss your chance. I recommend you size up if you’re between sizes (I’m 5′ 8″ and got a medium). If you’re unsure of your size, you can easily order two thanks to Nordstrom’s free shipping & returns.

While I personally think the cut of this dress is flattering on anyone, if it’s not for you, try this one. It’s the same brand, same price, but an off-shoulder ruffle style that comes in pale yellow and white. It’s a strong contender for an early summer wedding I’m attending! Along with that dress, I also tracked down lots of similar options to shop via the links and widget below. Click through the links because many of them have several color options available and are at pretty low price points. If you find any others, leave them in the comments for everyone to see!

Lace Midi Dress - Wedding Style

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DressBag / Sandals

**& lots of similar versions below!**

Lace Midi Dress - Wedding Season

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Top: Navy / Yellow / Black / White

Bottom: Blue / Burgundy / Light Blue / Pink

**note that most of these come in lots of colors!**

Lace Midi Dress - Wedding Style

Floral Tank in Palm Springs

A few weeks ago, I was out in Palm Springs celebrating my mom’s birthday. We had a great long weekend exploring – hiking, eating and relaxing – away from the cold New England weather. More to come on my Palm Springs recommendations in an upcoming travel post, but in the meantime, I wanted to share an outfit I wore while I was there – mainly because I love the tank top and it’s on sale for $9.99 and available in all sizes. We got a taste of warm weather for two days last week and I cannot wait for spring to finally be here to stay!

This floral tank top is nice and lightweight and perfect for either wearing on its own with shorts or jeans or using as a layer underneath something like a jean or leather jacket. I love how flowy it is because it’s a loose-fitting top while still being flattering. I also picked up these sunglasses and cross body bag before the trip and they’ll both be staples in my spring wardrobe (& beyond!).

Floral Tank Top in Palm Springs

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Tank Top ($9.99!)Similar Shorts ($35!)

Sunglasses (under $100)

Bag (also black, blush & blue; larger version here)

Sandals (also black & similar in gold)

Floral Tank Top in Palm Springs

Floral Tank Top in Palm Springs

Memorial Day Weekend Nordstrom Sale! #Nsale

The official kick-off to summer – aka Memorial Day Weekend – is SO close… I’m counting down the hours til I can head down to the beach for a bachelorette weekend. It’s not exactly going to be beach weather, but it’s still good to get away – and it has me excited for summer weather whenever it decides to come back! Since I know people are getting ready to check out for the weekend, I’m keeping today’s post short and sweet… The Nordstrom Sale (#Nsale) is happening NOW and items are selling out fast. Below you can find my picks – shop them using the links below. They’re all 40% off!

Have a great long weekend!

xo,

Katy

 

Nsale

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Blue Dress / Black Dress / Left Shorts / Right Shorts

Left Jeans / Right Jeans / Black Tank / Purple Tank

Top Booties (also in black!) / Bottom Booties (lots of colors!)

4 Fun Derby Outfits

If you read my last post, you saw that I’ve been planning out what to wear to my girlfriend’s Kentucky Derby-themed bridal shower. I found that your best bet for finding lots of variety and price points for fascinators and hats is about a month out to now – head over to that post for lots of derby outfits, but today I’m sharing four of my favorites in more detail!

I have to say, I thought I would for sure like one of the fascinators best, but how fun is this pink hat?! The fascinators are also so cute. They stay put thanks to the headbands {that you can’t really see if you have your hair down} and come in lots of colors and styles. If you’re a bride, the white one below is so perfect. Shop these looks via the links below and scroll down or visit this post for way more options for dresses, fascinators and hats!

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Hat {also in ivory & blue} / Dress / Necklace {similar here, here} 

EarringsBraceletSimilar Bag

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Fascinator {also in black & red} / Dress {similar, same print here}

Earrings / Bracelet / Necklace {similar herehere}

Sandals / Similar Bag {also here, here}

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kentucky-derby-outfits

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Fascinator {also in black} / Similar Dress {also here}

Earrings / Bracelet / Necklace {similar herehere} / Similar Bag

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kentucky-derby-outfits

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Fascinator {also in blue} / Similar Dress {also here} 

Earrings / Bracelet / Similar Bag {also here}

Necklace {similar herehere}

More Fascinators:

More Fun Hats:

More Dresses:

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Kentucky Derby Day Style

It may have snowed here this past weekend, but spring is here and wedding season is coming. One of my girlfriends is having the funnest bridal shower… mainly because it’s not a traditional bridal shower, it’s a Derby Day party. And aside from horse betting and mint juleps, that means lots of fun outfits!

Every year when the Kentucky Derby comes around I wish I had a reason to get dressed up in a fun dress and hat, but just haven’t had a reason to do so. I’m on the hunt for the best outfit and wanted to share all of my finds so far in today’s post, all of which you can shop using the links below. No Derby Day party this year? These dresses are also perfect for weddings, bridal and baby showers, Easter, etc. Keep scrolling because today’s post has LOTS of options in the links and widgets!

Derby-Day-Style

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Top Fascinators/Hats: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Top Dresses: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Bottom Fascinators: 1 / 2 / 3 / 45

Bottom Dresses: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

The Dresses:

I love bright colors for Derby Day or other horse race activities – anything floral, lace or striped will work. You can also go preppy with seersucker fabrics in light pinks and blues. My favorite brand for fun floral dresses is Eliza J, which you can find at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack and ModCloth. Donna Morgan also makes pretty lace and striped dresses, along with floral options – I love this blue and white striped dress and this yellow lace midi dress. And of course J.Crew and J.Crew Factory have lots of choices when it comes to dresses in colorful prints. Here are even more options:

The Fascinators & Hats:

This is the fun part. When I first started looking, I thought I wanted a giant hat, but then I found about a million fascinator headbands in every color imaginable and think that’s the route I’m going now. It took some research, but I found options starting at just $10, but if you really want high quality, you can spend up to $100+. Whether you’re going with a fascinator or hat, go for one with a contrasting color to your dress or in a color that’s found within the pattern on your dress. If you have a colorful floral dress, I like the idea of picking a headpiece in a color that is more subtle in the print on the dress.

Etsy Fascinators for Derby Day

Etsy is a great place to find handmade fascinators. Caprilite is a shop that has them in any color combination you can imagine, all under $20 (shown above). They’re based in the UK but ship worldwide. Pippa & Pearl has fascinators, hats, gloves and more. I was also surprised to discover that at this time of year, big retail chains also have good options at affordable prices. Nordstrom’s selection has grown over the past few weeks and I even found some super inexpensive fascinators at Target and Amazon. Dillard’s, Lord & Taylor, Asos and a site called e4hats.com are also good stores to check out.

Derby-Day-Style

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4 Spring Wedding Dresses You Need

Spring is officially here and that means wedding season is riiiight around the corner. Every year I think we’re almost done with weddings and this year we have 7! No complaints here though – I love a reason to get dressed up and celebrate with friends and family. I’ve been seeing so many cute dresses online, so today I’m sharing four different wedding dresses for guests {too cold to try them on right now, so flat lays will have to do!}.

Any of these dresses would also work well for bridal or baby showers, rehearsal dinners, etc. Just swap out the shoes and accessories if you need to dress them up or down. Shop the looks using the links or images below each look!

1. Lace Midi Dress

Last year I was on the hunt for a less expensive version of the popular Self Portrait lace midi dress that was popping up all over Instagram, but anytime I found one that fit my budget and was still good quality, it would sell out in minutes. I actually love this one even more and it’s only $89. The colors it comes in are great too: black if you want something that can be worn for lots of occasions, periwinkle for a spring or summer event, or white that would be perfect for a bride or bride-to-be.

Spring Wedding Dress Style

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Dress {also in periwinkle & white; similar yellow dress here

Other affordable lace midi dresses: herehere, here & here

Bag {also similar} / Shoes / Earrings {similar} / Bracelets

2. Laser Cut Scalloped Dress:

This dress is definitely my favorite right now. I’d say it’s right up there with my yellow floral dress when it comes to versatility and it’s ability to be dresses up and down for any occasion. It’s admittedly much prettier in person – the laser cut detailing and fabric make it look like it costs much more than it does! I went with simple nude shoes and accessories here, but you could easily add color (I love bright pink or yellow paired with navy). Plus I love the fit – it’s nice and flowy but not so much that it makes you look like you have no figure. This would also be great for bridal or baby showers!

Spring Wedding Dress Style

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Dress / Bag {similar here, here}

Shoes {similar here; exact in white, metallic, black, glitter & pink}

3. Crushed Velvet Dress:

Can we go back to 90s style? Crushed velvet, chokers and Adidas shell toe sneaks may be as close as I get, but I’ll take it. There are so many options at different price points, and since it’s more of a trendy piece, I went on the lower end. What I love most about crushed velvet – especially when it’s in this dress style – is how soft and comfortable it is!

Spring Wedding Dress Style

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Dress {similar options here, here, here, here & here}

Bag {similar options here, here & here}

Shoes / Choker {under $20!}

4. Fun Floral Dress:

This exact dress is from last year, but the idea behind it still applies. Go for a dress with contrasting bright or bold colors in the floral print. Then you can have fun with accessorizing, whether it’s your shoes, bag or jewelry. In this case I went neutral with the shoes and played up two of the colors in the dress with the earrings and clutch. I personally loved this A-line style that I scored at Target, but any cut that works for you will do! And these tassel earrings are so fun and under $13!

Spring Wedding Dress Style

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Dress {similar here, here, here, here & here}

Shoes / Bag {similar} / Earrings / Bracelet {similar}