Best Of: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Several years ago, I remember stopping by the mall for a quick errand. As I walked through Nordstrom, I noticed several private curtained areas peppered around the store. I remember feeling instantly insecure (and slightly offended) that I was not privy to this exclusive shopping event. Hoards of women were gathering armfuls of clothing and trying on towering stacks of shoes. And although I was embarrassed to ask, I noticed something unique about the items these customers were purchasing. They were chunky knits, leather jackets, winter coats, boots, and scarves – all in a gorgeous fall colorway. And it was July.

I have since discovered the secret of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, a once-a-year heavily discounted event for the upcoming season’s best items. No clearance, no last’s years rejects, just absolutely gorgeous designer items from the new fall collections. And not random no-name designers either, we’re talking Tory Burch, Kate Spade New York, Rag & Bone, Vince, Equipment, Joie, Kendra Scott, J Brand, Loeffler Randall, Rebecca Minkoff…you get the idea.

The sale is a great opportunity to get started on your fall and winter wardrobe, stock up on some of your favorite items (this is the only time I see black and nude Hanky Pankys on sale), update your accessories (think sunglasses, wallets, etc…), or even get a head start on Christmas shopping. And don’t forget your husband and kiddos, there’s plenty of items for them, too!

There are so many good things, but narrowed down my favorites to this top ten list. Oh, and this tiny baby cardigan that I picked up for Beckett.

// Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014

(No. 1) Black dress (No. 2) Clutch  (No. 3) Open cuff  (No. 4) Hanky Panky thongs  (No. 5) Lace-up wedges  (No. 6) Ankle strap pump  (No. 7) Nike sneaker (No. 8) Oversized cable-knit sweater  (No. 9) Cashmere sweater  (No. 10) Drape neck leather jacket

Note: Nordstrom Rewards members get to shop the event before every one else (hence the private tents) from July 10-15th. The sale starts July 18th for everyone else; and then prices return to the full price on August 4th.

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Summer Capsule Wardrobe

// Capsule Wardrobe for SummerThis spring was the first time I really thought about my seasonal clothing purchases in terms of a unified wardrobe collection. By picking a general theme and color palette, I’ve found that I am much more likely to buy pieces that can be worn multiple ways. It’s been such a rewarding exercise that I’ve decided to practice it every season.

I’m still wearing many of the items I found for spring, but would love to add a handful of true summer pieces to my wardrobe. And while I am still very happy with all the neutrals, my tanned skin is begging for some brighter tones. I can’t deny my love for classic black and white; and I’m loving it even more seeing it paired with fiery sunset shades.

This summer, oversized dresses are my go-to outfit to beat the daytime heat, while a slinky jumpsuit is my ideal look for date night.  I’m also interested in introducing a couple of trends, like a kimono, a denim vest (that can go with me into fall) and some gladiator sandals (I actually bought this flat version). And of course, every summer wardrobe needs a swimsuit, cover-up, flip flops and sunnies!

(No. 1) Ruffle Cami  (No. 2) Pom-pom Tank  (No. 3) Silk Top  (No. 4) Denim Vest  (No. 5) Embroidered Kimono  (No. 6) White Shorts  (No. 7) Jumpsuit (No. 8) Tunic Shirt  (No. 9) Poncho Dress  (No. 10) Swim cover-up  (No. 11) Neon Swimsuit  (No. 12) Karen Walker Sunglasses  (No. 13) Waterproof Beach Tote  (No. 14) Fold-over Clutch  (No. 15) Smartphone Wristlet  (No. 16) Gladiator Wedges  (No. 17) Avarca Sandals  (No. 18) Flip Flops

What do you think of the capsule wardrobe idea? And what are you wearing this summer?

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Summer Bucket List


Modern Eve's Summer Bucket List

It’s couple weeks into summer and I’m already feeling itchy. Seriously, I’m like an ungrateful teen, complaining of boredom and bitter that her favorite TV shows are on hiatus. Summer used to be my favorite season, but then I moved to Dallas (hello, triple digits and mosquitos) and became paranoid about sun damage. While I love the idea of outdoor picnics and gathering friends for a game of bocce ball, I’m sadly dependent on my air conditioning right now. And life with a baby means our long summer nights end at an unsatisfying 7 pm.

But summer still has a lot to offer and I don’t intend on wasting it away at the mall or coveting my California friends’ instagrams. I decided to assemble a summer bucket list to make sure I don’t miss out on the fun. Here’s some things I hope to make happen from now until the end of August. Follow me on instagram (@moderneve) and see if I am able to check these items off my list!

Modern Eve‘s Summer Bucket List
Take a sunset boat ride
Practice yoga outside
Get barbecue from Pecan Lodge
Invite friends over for weeknight dinners
Send a letter to an old friend
Replace my plastic food storage with glass
Go to an outdoor concert
Travel to Colorado to escape the heat
Host a mommy and babies brunch
Update my spices
See a drive-in movie with my husband
Purge and organize my craft closet
Take swim lessons with Beckett
Go bowling
Bake blueberry muffins from scratch
Read a non-fiction book
Perfect my green juice recipe
Buy produce from a local farmer’s market
Plan a staycation with my girlfriends
Roast marshmallows for s’mores

Photography Credits: Alea Lovely and Brent Darby: Graphics by Modern Eve

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Mommy & Bébé Style: Embroidered Contrast

Mommy and Me StyleFor those of you that don’t have children, I didn’t think I’d be dressing like my daughter either. In fact, there’s a whole slew of things that fall into the category of “I didn’t think I’d do that”. Running out of the shower toward my daughter’s crib, soaking wet, naked at the sound of her cry, for one. Yes, that happened. But, to be fair, it was a blood-curdling scream.

Motherhood changes you, my friends. Exhibit A: Matching mother-daughter outfits.

Little Hip Squeaks HeadbandMommy and Me FashionBlack and White Embroidery TrendJ.Crew Pom-Pom TankMom and Baby OutfitsOld Navy Embroidered Top for Baby

 On Mommy :: J.Crew pom-pom tank // Gap leggings (old) // Vince Camuto stud earrings (similar) // H&M bracelet (old) // Loeffler Randall gladiator sandals // MARC by Marc Jacobs sunglasses

On Bébé :: Old Navy embroidered top // Little Hip Squeaks headband

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Mommy & Bébé Style: Floral Prints

Things may have been quiet over here for a while, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. Figuring out my new role as a mom is taking the majority of my attention, but I am also working on a site re-design set to launch this fall. The new site is going to feature the same great content – fashion roundups, décor inspiration, styled tablescapes and trend highlights – all from my new perspective as a modern mom. This summer, I’ll be giving you a couple sneak peaks. The first is the start of a new Mommy and Bébé Style series featuring my precious daughter, Beckett!

Freshly Picked Moccasins Style

In today’s post, I am sharing how I dress my best self, in collaboration with one of my favorite retailers, T.J.Maxx. As I’ve shared before, I love finding quality designer fashions at a great price. On one of my recent trips to T.J.Maxx, I found this silk blouse from Rebecca Taylor and chambray shorts from rag & bone. I also picked up this cute little floral outfit for Beckett by Ralph Lauren.

My personal style has evolved a lot in recent years. Today, I favor easy, comfortable looks and choose to invest in pieces that have a flattering fit made with quality fabrics. Since becoming a mom, wearability has become the single-most important factor when deciding on whether or not to add an item to closet. Stylish, yet comfortable pieces are key to an effortless wardrobe. Loose blouses and tailored shorts, like these, make for an ideal summer outfit, with my new favorite accessory, my daughter, of course!

>> Check out how other womens’ best self evolves in a lifetime through fashion.

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On Mommy :: Rebecca Taylor blouse c/o T.J.Maxx // rag & bone shorts c/o T.J.Maxx // Loeffler Randall sandals // Kate Spade New York earrings // Essie nail polish in Penny Talk

On Bébé :: Ralph Lauren dress and bloomers c/o T.J.Maxx // Gap headband // Freshly Picked moccasins


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