Dresses that Rock for Work & Play

Dress: Madewell | Sneakers: Johnston & Murphy | Purse: Johnston & Murphy | Sunglasses: Nordstrom

Photography by: Banavenue

Over the years working in a corporate job, I’ve accumulated a LOT of work clothes. Something that I have come to find as of recently is that I have far too many items hanging in my closet that only serve one purpose. Either they are strictly for the office or strictly for the weekend (aka there is no justifying making it office appropriate). I don’t have a happy medium of outfits that could swing both ways which is both annoying and not efficient. The solution? I’ve started buying items that can serve more than one function. I’ve found that a pretty safe bet to know if it passes the test, is if you know it can take you from work to happy hour without having to swing by the house for an outfit change.

After going on the hunt for items that could fit both of these scenarios, I had a couple of takeaways I think anyone looking for work wear should do as well. First off, you can make almost any sleeveless, strapless or even backless dress work appropriate by throwing on a cardigan or blazer (I list a few favorites here). If you do not have at least a few staple color cardigans, you are doing it wrong! I have cream and black colored cardigans in my car at all times. You know for emergencies and what not. This way depending on my outfit, I always have a sure source of coverage or an Antarctica (because what office isn’t?) protector if need be.

Secondly, shoes can totally change the occasion of any outfit and make it more wearable. My favorite way to take a dress from work to drinks is to throw on a strappy pair of heels. Want to wear the same outfit for a more casual look? Throw on a pair of sneakers. As long as you have at least one pair each of pumps, strappy heels, sneakers and maybe a pair of flats. You are set!

Don’t forget that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still going on and there are lots of items still in stock, including lots of work wear! The sale ends August 6th!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: In stock and Under $50

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SHOP THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE HERE

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially open to the public with no restrictions starting at 2am CST / 1 EST / 12 PST. The sale runs through August 6th but know that items tend to sell out very quickly. I’ve already shared several items from the Nordstrom Sale that I have bought or had my eye on here, but since I have a lot of fashionistas out there on a budget, first off I wanted to share the best picks under $50.

                        WORKWEAR UNDER $50                     

                               BASICS UNDER $50                             

                            SWEATERS UNDER $50                         

                            FITNESS UNDER $50                           

                 ACCESORIES & SHOES UNDER $50             

                             BEAUTY UNDER $50                          

                      HOME DECOR UNDER $50                   

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Dressing Room Diaries

Hi friends! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing. Early access lasts another 3 days before the sale opens up to the entire public on July 21st. Some items have already sold out and others are starting to so I wanted to get this post up sooner rather than later so that you can get an idea of my favorite picks, sizing tips and my overall take on some of the best sale items!

I shared a first look of these outfits on my Instagram Stories but since those only last 24 hours, I wanted to give all of those that didn’t get a chance to view them, a way to shop these items. Do make sure you are following me on Instagram though to ensure you are getting sale updates first! Now without further adieu I am styling 10 everyday + 10 work wear looks! PS don’t forget that I have rounded up all of my favorite picks from the sale for each of the categories below to make your shopping easier!

Tops & Sweaters // Pants & Jeans // Outerwear // Work Wear // Athletic Wear // Shoes

EVERYDAY STYLE

Lush Side Split Tee: $15 + comes in 6 colors // Runs true to size or size up if you want to knot it.

Topshop Strappy Jumpsuit: $52 // Runs big. I am wearing a size 4 here but needed a 2.

Y-Back halter tank: $38 + comes in 2 colors // Runs big. The XS was still roomy on me.

Deconstructed off the shoulder top: $45 + comes in 2 colors // Runs very big. I would have needed the XXS.

Topshop raw hem flare jeans: $49 // Hands down my fav jeans from the sale! // Size down. I am wearing a 24.

Tie front blouse: $31 + comes in 3 colors // Runs big, I needed an XXS

Off the shoulder poplin top: $58 + comes in 3 colors // This sweater/shirt combo is so much fun! // Runs true to size.

Lace-up bell sleeve top: $45 // Great top for now and later // Runs true to size.

Sincerely Jules sweatshirt: $79 + comes in 3 colors // Runs true to size. Size up for an oversized fit.

BP lace trim cami: $22 +comes in 3 colors // Runs true to size // One of my fav purchases!!

Circle cardigan: $49 + comes in 3 colors // My top cardigan pick. SO soft you guys and I love that it is longer in the back. Runs bigs, I am wearing an XS here.

Embroidered moto jacket: $110 // Literally my NUMBER ONE favorite purchase! // Runs true to size. I am wearing an XS.

Suede skirt: $64 + comes in 2 colors // One of my favorite purchases from the sale! // Runs true to size. I sized down for a little bit of a shorter fit.


WORK WEAR

Floral Shirtdress: $59 // Would be so cute with a pair of heels nor or boots when it gets cooler! // Runs true to size although I would suggest sizing up for anyone taller than 5’3” or for added length to make appropriate for the office.

Ruffle poplin top: $45 // Runs true to size.

Kick Flare Ankle Pants: $49 // Come in 4 colors + they have SO much stretch! // Fit true to size. I am wearing a 00.

Ruffle Sleeve sweater: $49 // Comes in 6 colors // Size down. I needed an XXS.

Asymmetrical jacket$98 // Black, grey and nude jackets are my favorite because they pair well with almost anything. Such a versatile and fun jacket! // Runs true to size.

J. Crew Reese Pant: $87 // Come in 3 colors and are the most comfortable work pant you could own! Have an elastic waist // Fit true to size.

Bell Sleeve blouse: $58 // Comes in 3 colors // Runs true to size.

Cashmere Drape vest: $98 // Such a good staple for any closet. Can be worn casually or to work // Comes in 4 colors // One size fits all.

Seamed back leggings: $31 / / These are thick enough to be worn to work and would be perfect to wear with boots // Comes in petite sizing and runs true to size although I suggest sizing up for work.

Button back ruffle hem dress: $65 // Love the buttons down the back and the drop hem waist. Would be so cute with heels now or booties for the cooler weather // Runs true to size.

Jersey funnel neck top$19 // If you are going to buy one thing from the sale, let this be it. Such a good piece to have in your closet for work or play. // runs true to size but I suggest sizing up for work for a less fitted look.

One button cardigan: $104 // The price point isn’t great on this but the quality and structure is. It has a slight bell sleeve to it. // Fits true to size

Kick Flare Ankle Pants$49 // Come in 4 colors + they have SO much stretch! // Fit true to size. I am wearing a 00.

J. Crew pleat leather mini: $95 // Worth every penny! I have a similar ones and get compliments ALL the time. // Comes in petite sizing and runs true to size.

Roll Sleeve Shirt: $58 // One of my favorite work wear tops because it is extremely functional. These are usually the first type of tops that I reach for in my closet // Comes in petite sizing and runs true to size. I’m wearing a PXS.

Bell sleeve top: $38 // Runs true to size.

Seamed back leggings$31 / / These are thick enough to be worn to work and would be perfect to wear with boots // Comes in petite sizing and runs true to size although I suggest sizing up for work.

Peplum shirt: $38 // My favorite top of the entire sale. Looks so cute with the sleeves rolled up as well // Comes in 3 colors // Size up.

Kick Flare Ankle Pants$49 // Come in 4 colors + they have SO much stretch! // Fit true to size. I am wearing a 00.

Jersey funnel neck top$19 // If you are going to buy one thing from the sale, let this be it. Such a good piece to have in your closet for work or play. // runs true to size but I suggest sizing up for work for a less fitted look.

Pleat midi skirt: $49 // Great price point and overall a crowd favorite! // runs true to size.

And for the grand finale…. here are my favorite work wear pieces included in the sale that are under $50!!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Wear Now & Later

The first day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for 2017 is here! If you are a Nordstrom cardholder, you are able to shop the sale early. If you do not have a Nordstrom card, the sale will open up to the rest of the public on July 21st, just one short week away!

I stayed up all night to find what I think to be the best deals out there so far. While the majority of the sale is geared towards Fall/Winter items, I successfully found several items that you can actually wear right now (Southerners- I got you!). I am headed into Nordstrom later this morning to try on items from the sale and share how everything fits and my honest review about each item. I will post about this on the blog over the next couple of days, but get a first look by following me on Instagram! Remember these items WILL sell out fast!

*SHOP THE BELOW COLLAGES BY CLICKING ON THE ITEM THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN*

Although most items are geared towards the cooler weather, I was still able to find a pretty large selection of swim suits, tank tops and dresses! See more of my “wear it now” picks below!

My favorite items to shop, especially during early access, are jeans, boots, designer purses, and coats! See more of my “wear it later” picks below!

I will be covering the Nordstrom Sale lots over the next 3 weeks so make sure to bookmark IACTM as Nordstrom will add new items to the sale each day! I’ve gone ahead and added a NSALE 2017 tab to the top of the blog with a drop down menu to categorize all of my favorite sale items. This is where you will find the most up to date items as I will also be updating this every day. Happy shopping friends 🙂

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017

 

What’s so special about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

If you have been around here long enough, you know I haunt sales like it’s my job. Unlike other sales that mark down old or last season’s trends, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has BRAND NEW items discounted by up to 70% from brands like Tory Burch, Top Shop, MAC, Stuart Weitzman, Free People, Rebecca Minkoff and SO many more! The sale runs for 3.5 weeks with new items added each day and at the end of the sale, everything goes back to full price.

When does the sale start?

July 13th– early access starts

July 21st– sale opens to the public

August 6th– last day to shop the sale

How do I get early access?

Only Nordstrom cardholders will gain access on July 13th- a full week before the rest of the world. The reason this matters is because most of the good stuff WILL sell out before public access opens. It happens every year. If you aren’t a fan of yet another credit card, Nordstrom also offers a debit card that you can hook up directly to your checking account. In fact you don’t even have to shop the early access sale with it, you just have to own it. You must apply for a card before July 9th in order to gain access. Apply here.

How to Shop it

I am not always a fan of online shopping, but when it comes to Nordstrom, they are one retailer that I always shop online verses going into the store. They offer free shipping and free returns so I don’t have to worry about things not working out. They also offer in store pick up if you want to bypass the sale crowds or curbside pickup! When it comes to this particular sale, each Nordstrom location will have items individual to that location whereas online will have thousands of the newest stock in more available sizing.

What to Shop For

The sale will bring out new items geared for Fall/Winter but there will also be items that you can wear now! While you might not be ready just yet to think about cold weather clothing, the deals that you will score now are well worth it later on. In years past my favorite items to shop for were leather boots, lightweight jackets, designer purses, jeans, everyday tops and beauty items. I highly suggest going through your closet now to see what items you actually need verses making impulse decisions when the sale comes.

How does IACTM cover the sale?

I will be shopping the sale in real time and will update you here and social media with all of the best items including those that I think will sell out super fast. To get an idea of how I will be covering the best items from the sale on my blog, check out last year’s sale round ups here. Make sure to follow along on my Instagram as well as I will be sharing sizing guides, favorite items, styling tips and giveaways!

This page is where I’ll be updating all my sale posts for you to browse as well as my giveaways, favorite picks and sale tricks. If you want to peruse a bit early check out the catalog here!

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