July 29, 2016

SARASOTA DIARY PT. 2

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Hi there! It's Friday and today I'm sharing part two of my Sarasota diary of what I wore and some of the things we did. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, Sarasota was a great place to unwind. Yes, there were times when we really had to come up with a plan for something to do other than the beach. And that's when the kickball games began, daytime excursions, dessert parties and catching up. There were thirty of us in total and we had a blast together. See my Sarasota Diary Pt. 1.

The first outfit I'm sharing today is definitely one I love wearing flat sandals with. I call it super casual dressy. It's the perfect little dress for a beach getaway. 


Outfit Details: Wrap Floral Dress ($52, I'm wearing a small) // Nordstrom Hat- sold out (see similar styles below) // Mar y Sol Straw Clutch (similar style) // J.Crew Rio Sandals (runs small, go up one size) // Essie Fiji Nail Polish // Celine Sunglasses (similar)(Similar #NSALE finds) // Convertible Strapless Bra

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floral-wrap-dress-under-50

Outfit Details: Wrap Floral Dress ($52, I'm wearing a small) // Nordstrom Hat- sold out (see similar styles below) // Mar y Sol Straw Clutch (similar style) // J.Crew Rio Sandals (runs small, go up one size) // Essie Fiji Nail Polish // Celine Sunglasses (similar)(Similar #NSALE finds) // Convertible Strapless Bra

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Attending a Catholic Sunday mass is always something we do on vacation and this is the dress I wore that day. I'm so happy it's back in stock in most sizes. I'm wearing a small.


Outfit Details: Striped High Neck Shift Dress (I'm wearing a small) // J.Crew Denim Bow Slides (on sale, they run small, so go up one full size) // J.Crew Mini Leather Bucket Bag // Essie Fiji Nail Polish // Michele Watch // Celine Sunglasses (similar) // Estee Lauder Lipstick (neon azalea) // Convertible Strapless Bra (best ever!)

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striped-shift-dress-under-50

Outfit Details: Striped High Neck Shift Dress (I'm wearing a small) // J.Crew Denim Bow Slides (on sale, they run small, so go up one full size) // J.Crew Mini Leather Bucket Bag // Essie Fiji Nail Polish // Michele Watch // Celine Sunglasses (similar) // Estee Lauder Lipstick (neon azalea) // Convertible Strapless Bra (best ever!)

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Coquina beach was just down the road from where we stayed and I love that it has bathrooms and a restaurant which made it easy for us to stay there all day.

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One of my favorite summer purchases was this white tie front dress. I wasn't sure how it would look on, however when it arrived, I was thrilled in how cute it was! It's the perfect vacation dress in my humble opinion. Right now you can buy it for $43.20, because it's 40% off! Keep checking back for your size to become available, if it's not available right now. I'm wearing a SMALL.


OUTFIT DETAILS: Leith Tie Front Dress (I'm wearing a small) (similar) (similar) // Mar y Sol Clutch // M.Gemi Suede Sandals c/o // Nordstrom Boater Hat (similar) (similar) // Celine Sunglasses (similar style) // Essie Fiji Nail Polish // Convertible Strapless Bra (Best ever! I could never wear this dress if it wasn't for this bra.) // Estee Lauder Lipstick in Neon Azalea

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white-summer-dress-under-50

OUTFIT DETAILS: Leith Tie Front Dress (I'm wearing a small) (similar) (similar) // Mar y Sol Clutch // M.Gemi Suede Sandals c/o // Nordstrom Boater Hat (similar) (similar) // Celine Sunglasses (similar style) // Essie Fiji Nail Polish // Convertible Strapless Bra (Best ever! I could never wear this dress if it wasn't for this bra.) // Estee Lauder Lipstick in Neon Azalea


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Since we rented a home in walking distance to St. Armand's Circle I would  like to share what we did near and around the home.


PLACES TO EAT IN SARASOTA

Columbia Restaurant located in St. Armand's Circle - they're famous for their white sangria.

Nancy's Barbecue - out of this world smoked ribs and everything else is amazing as well.

Venezia Italian Restaurant - My italian husband and kids can't go too many days without having pizza! Located in St. Armand's Circle

Starbucks - located right in St. Armand's Circle

Desserts & Treats - can be found throughout St. Armand's Circle


BEACHES & THINGS TO DO

Lido Beach - located adjacent to St. Armand's Circle

Coquina Beach - Located north of St. Armand's Circle. There's a restaurant and bathrooms on the beach. 

Shopping in St. Armand's Circle - many quaint little souvenir shops and brand shops such as Lily Pulitzer, and Tommy Bahama along with a few others.

Watch the Sunset - The gulf side of Florida has the best sunsets. We made sure to arrive at the beach at least a half hour before sunset.

Scenic Bike Rides - My husband insisted on bringing bikes to Sarasota and I'm so happy he did. My husband, dad, and the boys rode over the bridge and north to Longboat Key.


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Here I am in my beach gear, with coffee in hand! Ahhhh vacation!

Boaters Hat // Mar y Sol Caracas Beach Tote (on sale 50% off) // Havaianas Flip Flops // J.Crew Swim Suit-old (see similar) // Old Navy Pareo-old (similar) // Celine Sunglasses (similar) // Essie Fiji Nail Polish

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access launched while I was in Sarasota, so this catalog was my reading material on the beach one day. Check out my new favorite #NSALE finds below! They're all in stock! Which is great news!


Click on any of the styles to get the shopping details.


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Thank you so much for stopping by today! Make sure to check out the sales below and if you're still trying to purchase some styles that are sold out at Nordstrom just keep checking for availability. I was able to purchase a few more things this morning. I listed all my #NSALE dedicated posts below to help make shopping the sale easier for you. Stay tuned for more Nordstrom Anniversary Sale favorites finds this week! XO, Desiree


See all my #NSALE posts before prices go up on August 8th:


Save an extra 50% off final sale styles use code SALEONSALE

Save up an extra 60% off everything.

Take 20% off  desks, chairs, lighting, and more during the office event.

40% off tops and sweaters.

Shop the Anniversary Sale!

SERENA & LILY
Summer Tent Sale: Save 40-75% off the biggest sale of the year.

WILLIAMS SONOMA
Save 20% off one item with code UPICK.

WILLIAMS SONOMA HOME
Save 20% off all upholstered Furniture with code CUSTOM & 20% off one item with code UPICK


Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 
Psalm 37:4




July 28, 2016

SARASOTA DIARY PT. 1

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Hi everyone! I wanted to share a diary of my stay in Sarasota this summer. If you're looking for a quiet vacation or little weekend getaway, this is the place to visit. We met up with some of our family members from New York and rented two homes. The home our family rented was in walking distance to St. Armands Circle and Lido Beach. St. Armands Circle is a pretty area with quaint shops, ice cream parlors, restaurants, and a Starbucks. So when it came to location, our home was in the perfect spot! 

Today, I'm going to share what I wore while in Sarasota and tomorrow I'll share more of what I wore, including what we did and a few places to eat.


Outfit DetailsOff the Shoulder Top (I'm wearing a small, XS fit fine as well) // J.Crew Stretch Denim Shorts (tts) // M.Gemi Suede Sandals (available in 7 colors, follow fit guide, tts) // Mar y Sol Caracas Beach Tote (on sale 50% off) // Nordstrom Boaters Hat // Celine Sunglasses (similar) // Essie Fiji Nail Polish // Convertible Strapless Bra (best ever, tts)

best-off-the-shoulder-top
best-off-the-shoulder-top

Outfit DetailsOff the Shoulder Top (I'm wearing a small, XS fit fine as well) // J.Crew Stretch Denim Shorts (tts) // M.Gemi Suede Sandals (available in 7 colors, follow fit guide, tts) // Mar y Sol Caracas Beach Tote (on sale 50% off) // Nordstrom Boaters Hat // Celine Sunglasses (similar) // Essie Fiji Nail Polish // Convertible Strapless Bra (best ever, tts)

tropical-flowers

I always make sure to take pictures of all the pretty flowers wherever I am and these were at St. Armand's Circle.

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The home next to the one we rented had the cutest little garden, which ended up being a backdrop for many of my outfit photos.

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Here's the entrance to Lido Beach near St. Armand's Circle and the home we rented. I recommend getting there early for parking.  Plus, it has great access to all the restaurants and shops on St. Armand's Circle. 

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Having an beach umbrella is a must have for any beach. We picked up this cutie at the closest Walmart in Sarasota for under $10. I should have bought two of them for that price!


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I was so happy to have picked up this striped beach blanket the day before we left. I know I'll use it for many years. It's super comfortable.


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A few more things I packed for the beach were my new Tuckernuck off the shoulder cover-up, Havaiana flip flops that are so comfortable, and of course my Mar y Sol beach tote.


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I ended up buying this embroidered cami at full price and now it's on sale! I'm wearing an XS!

See original post.

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Outfit Details: J.Crew Swing Cami Top (it's on sale, I'm wearing an XS) // J.Crew White Denim Shorts // Nordstrom Boater Hat // Essie Fiji Nail Polish // Celine Sunglasses (similar style) // M.Gemi Suede Sandals c/o // Convertible  Strapless Bra (best ever)


Two of my boys checking out some coquina clams. To watch these cute critters, grab a handful of sand from the shore and you'll see them dig back in the sand.  

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Sunset on Lido Beach.

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Here I am heading to the beach again and this time I wore this comfortable t-shirt cover-up dress that's on sale at J.Crew. You can buy it now for under $20. I'm wearing an XS.


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We ventured out to the outlet mall and this what I wore that day.


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We decided to explore a few other towns just down the road from where we stayed and ended up finding this lovely harbor just south of Longboat Key. This location is also where I took the photo below, similar to what I shared on my Instagram


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Outfit Details: J.Crew Swing Cami Top (it's on sale, I'm wearing an XS) // J.Crew White Denim Shorts // Nordstrom Boater Hat // Essie Fiji Nail Polish // Celine Sunglasses (similar style) // M.Gemi Suede Sandals c/o // Convertible  Strapless Bra (best ever) // Mar y Sol Caracas Beach Tote (on sale 50% off) // Michele Watch (similar #NSALE find






Save an extra 50% off final sale styles use code SALEONSALE

Save up an extra 50% clearance.

Take 20% off  desks, chairs, lighting, and more during the office event.

40% off tops and sweaters.

Shop the Anniversary Sale!

SERENA & LILY
Summer Tent Sale: Save 40-75% off the biggest sale of the year.


Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 
Psalm 37:4




July 27, 2016

WEDNESDAY WISHLIST + #NSALE NEUTRAL BASICS



Good morning friends! This is probably one of my favorite 40 Best ever! I spent hours and hours searching for new summer and early fall styles that we can wear now. There are lots of great prices on most of these styles, except for the expensive Givenchy bag. I'm also loving this brand new Tory Burch leather bag with a similar shape as the Givenchy at only a fraction of the price.

You'll also notice that I branched out to more brands that I love in this 40 Best round-up! I added  this adorable strapless flounced top from H&M (hello $12.99), lots of fall goodies that we can wear now from Abercrombie, Banana Republic (check out this striped ruffle sleeve top!), and new styles from Old Navy that I have to order ASAP. There are lots of affordable price points for everyone's taste. I hope you enjoy my picks today! Let me know if there's anything you love! 

Click on any of the styles above to get the shopping details.

#NSALE UPDATE: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has been a big hit this year, because everything sold out so quickly. However, I wanted to let you know that it does take a little strategy at this point to buy those items you have on your wishlist. You'll need to check back often. By often, I mean a few times a day. That's what I'm doing and I was able to purchase a few things yesterday and the day before. Nordstrom is updating their #NSALE stock throughout the day and you should be able to order what you're looking for at some point. For example, I finally was able to order these ever so popular Marc Fisher espadrilles suede wedges (they're not part of the #NSALE) in my size this morning! I've been checking back everyday for the last week.

The best bet is to order everything online, now before the prices go up on August 8th. Remember that everything ships for free! Check out more of my #NSALE favorites posts below.

And because the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale prices are so fantastic, I gathered some neutral basics that are in stock and perfect closet staples that you'll wear year after year. Click on any of the product images below to get the shopping details.  


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I hope you have the most beautiful day everyone! God bless you always! XO, Desiree




Save an extra 50% off final sale styles use code SALEONSALE

Save up an extra 50% clearance.

Take 20% off  desks, chairs, lighting, and more during the office event.

40% off sunny-day styles.

Shop the Anniversary Sale!



Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 
Psalm 37:4





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