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Its finally here! Welcome to the fresh new look of Elle Apparel! I am so excited to share this bright new space with you. My site has needed a face lift for…years. But manufacturing and selling my clothing line, the launch of The Modern Girls Guide to Sewing,...

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INSTAGRAM ROUNDUP: NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE EDITION

Happy Saturday you guys! This week I’ve rounded up all of my recent Instagram posts that have outfits where I’m wearing anything I purchased at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. There were a lot to keep up with, so I wanted to put them all in one place for everyone. And now that the sale is open to everyone, I know items are selling out fast so I want to make shopping as simple as possible. In case you missed it, I launched my new site on Wednesday and I have an entire section dedicated to the Anniversary Sale. You can shop that here.

I have been in touch with Nordstrom this morning, and I have an UPDATE on all of the sold out items! They are planning on restocking most of the items that sold out during the pre-sale. They don’t know what days they will restock, but it will be THIS WEEK. So here is the best solution to grab those hot items before they sell out for good:

Head to Nordstrom.com and throw all the things you want to purchase in their “wishlist” option. Then, check back frequently. You will only have to check your personal wish list to see what is in stock, rather than having to search each item individually. That way you can grab it as soon as its replenished! 

You can also go to my sale roundup post, where I pulled together all the best pieces from the sale in categories that are easy to shop from. I also did a post with all of my dressing rooms snaps, giving you sizing and fit information on some of my favorite items. And most recently, I did an entire post on some of mine (and Garrett’s) favorite men’s picks from the sale!

Roundup 7.23.16 - 1DISTRESSED JEANS | CARGO JACKET (sizes limited) SIMILAR HERE | GREY TOP |  BROWN LEATHER WATCH | SIMILAR FLATS | SIMILAR BAG

These jeans are so comfortable, and such a good price point. I would highly recommend getting a pair. If they don’t have your size left, put a pair in your wishlist because they should be restocked sometime next week! This shirt was also a huge score. It is so incredibly soft and goes with so many things. You’ll want a basic top this fall that you can wear under sweaters and layers. I know this cargo jacket went so fast, but I linked to a similar cargo jacket that has a cute draped look to it. A lot of things went really fast this year, but be on the lookout for restocking happening next week!

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.06.33 AMBLACK AND WHITE STRIPE TOP | BLACK PANTS | BROWN BAG | POINTED TOE FLATS (sizes limited) OTHER COLORS HERE | BROWN LEATHER WATCH | GOLD CLUSTER BRACELET

I love this stripe top so much. I know sizes were limited last time I looked, so if they don’t have your size I would opt for a bold patterned plaid top (there were so many cute ones this year). My flats are also one of the things selling out extremely fast, but I linked to the same shoe (just in other colors). They have some really cute burgundy ones that would be great for fall. My bag comes in brown and black, and it’s less than $30! You can’t beat that, especially if you like to change up your fall bags frequently. My black pants are going to be a great fall staple too. I love the distressing on them (not too much, and just on the knees).

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.06.50 AMBOOTIES

Okay, these booties. I love them. They are under $100, the perfect nude for so many fall looks, and have a great look (and cut out) to them. If they don’t have your size, these booties are very similar in style. They are also really comfortable and come in three different colors.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.07.06 AMBLUE MIDI DRESS | OPEN-TOE HEELS | KATE SPADE BAG | WOOL HAT | GOLD WATCH | BANGLE BRACELETS | LADDER CUFF

This blue dress is so comfortable, and it’s one of those items that you can get a lot of wear in right now, before fall. The same goes for open-toe heels. They are perfect for a transition from summer to fall, before we get into full on boot weather. My wool hat is another one of those fall staples you probably aren’t thinking about right now, but come fall you’ll be wishing you had it. But by the time fall comes, it’ll be back to full price! It comes in black too.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.07.20 AMPAJAMA SET

I could live in this pajama set. It’s so cozy. If you’re like me and you love a good set of pajamas to lounge in, these are them. They are soft and stretchy (they have some spandex in them), so they’re extra comfortable for relaxing in.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.07.47 AMPINK TOP | DISTRESSED JEANS | SIMILAR HEELS HERE AND HERE | BROWN LEATHER WATCH | LADDER CUFF | INITIAL NECKLACE

This top is a great basic that is really easy to dress up. Those are the best kinds of tops because you really can’t go wrong when you wear them. This one is soft, comfortable, not too revealing (the slit doesn’t go too low to where you have to pull it up constantly), and it comes in lots of colors. My heels are old, so they are no longer available, but I linked to similar Steve Madden sandals that are part of the Anniversary Sale. This one comes in black or taupe suede, and it has a nice cut out, lace-up look. This pair comes in nude or black leather, and it is an open-toe sandal without the cutout look.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.08.06 AMDISTRESSED JEANS | CARGO JACKET (sizes limited) SIMILAR HERE | TOP | KATE SPADE BAG | NUDE HEELS | SUNGLASSES | GOLD WATCH | SCREW CUFF | GOLD CLUSTER BRACELET | LADDER CUFF | INITIAL NECKLACE

Fall is the best time to add earth tones to your outfits. I love how the blue in jeans looks with the army green color in my cargo jacket. When you add some softer, neutral colors like nude heels and a grey top, you’ve got yourself a basics outfit ready for fall. You’re going to see a lot of this green color around this fall. There are lots of dresses, tops, and jackets in a really similar green all throughout the sale.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.08.17 AMWHITE DISTRESSED PANTS | PINK TOP | LACE UP HEELS

This top is such a must. It’s going to be your go-to top for fall, so if you haven’t gotten it… trust me, you’ll want to. It comes in lots of different colors, and it’s easy to wear casually with jeans and some booties, or dressed up with some heels. Speaking of heels… I’m so glad I got these. They are the prettiest cabernet color, which will be perfect for fall and the holidays. They also come in a black and nude suede. I love all the detail they add to a simple outfit.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.08.30 AMDISTRESSED JEANS | PLAID TOP | POINTED TOE FLATS (sizes limited) OTHER COLORS HERE | KATE SPADE BAG | GOLD WATCH | BANGLE BRACELETS | LADDER CUFF | INITIAL NECKLACE

This year there was such a good selection of plaid tops. This one is so buttery soft and comfortable. Plus, how many times have you loved a plaid top, but wanted it just a bit longer? This one definitely got the length right. You can wear it untucked or do a slight tuck to bring up the length. Either way, this top is a must for fall. My jeans aren’t part of the Anniversary Sale, but they are one of the most comfortable jeans I own. They are also under $100, and the distressing on them isn’t overdone.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.08.46 AMDISTRESSED JEANS | PINK BLAZER | WHITE TOP | NUDE HEELS | KATE SPADE BAG | GOLD WATCH | BANGLE BRACELETS | GOLD CLUSTER BRACELET | INITIAL NECKLACE

None of this outfit is part of the Anniversary Sale, but a lot of people were interested in my blazer, so I wanted to throw it in here. It’s a great alternative to a cardigan sweater because it’s nice and long but more dressy. I love that it’s not too oversized that it looks baggy, and it definitely doesn’t lose it’s feminine touch. My top is great for layering, adding something a little more than just your basic white tee would. It would actually be a great white top for fall, layered under long sweaters and jackets.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.09.01 AMWHITE DISTRESSED PANTS | STRIPED TOP | BROWN BAG | BROWN WEDGES | SUNGLASSES | LADDER CUFF | BANGLE BRACELETS | INITIAL NECKLACE

This striped top is another top I’m glad I grabbed. It’s one I have in white, and love. It’s a great basic top that is really versatile and flattering. I always like to get it one size bigger so that it fits a little looser. It goes with everything, and it comes in lots of different colors. It’s a favorite of mine. I also love how easy this bag is already fitting into my wardrobe… so glad I picked it up!

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.09.17 AMDISTRESSED JEANS | PLAID SHIRT | KATE SPADE BAG | SUNGLASSES | GOLD WATCH | GOLD CLUSTER BRACELET | LADDER CUFF | INITIAL NECKLACE

I couldn’t just choose one plaid top. I’m really glad I got this one because the coloring just reminds me of fall. It’s supposed to be oversized, and it is. It’s really comfortable, and so soft. You’ll want to wear it everywhere already. I love how much it stands out against my jeans, slightly tucked in. It would also go well with white pants and some booties.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.09.27 AMTED BAKER BAG (sold out) SIMILAR HERE, HERE, AND HERE

I’m so bummed that this bag is sold out because it’s just so pretty. It has such a classic, tailored look to it. But I linked to three other black bags that are similar and all part of the Anniversary Sale. This one is a crossbody with a similar envelope type look at the opening. This one has a really unique cut on the opening flap, with pretty gold hardware. This Kate Spade bag is the biggest of the three, and it’s also very classic looking, but it has more of a minimal looking design.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.09.39 AMDISTRESSED JEANS | PINK BLAZER | WHITE TOP | NUDE HEELS | KATE SPADE BAG | SUNGLASSES | GOLD WATCH | BANGLE BRACELETS | GOLD CLUSTER BRACELET | INITIAL NECKLACE

I love how this white top looks under a long blazer. The peplum adds detail and style to the look. It’s not part of the sale, but it’s less than $40 and comes in two other colors. The sleeves are elbow-length, which makes it an easy top to transition into fall too.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.09.55 AMDISTRESSED JEANS | GREY SWEATER | SIMILAR FLATS | SIMILAR BAG | BROWN LEATHER WATCH

This sweater is so comfortable. It’s really soft, and flattering too. Fall is all about sweaters, and I love having basic colored tops that I can use to layer, and add in to a variety of outfits. It works really well with jeans on it’s own, but I could just as easily throw a vest or cardigan over it when it gets cooler. My flats are older, so they are no longer available, but I linked to some similar ones that are part of the Anniversary Sale.

 

It’s been a busy week with my new site launch, so I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend with my family. I hope everyone has a great weekend!




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INSTAGRAM ROUNDUP: NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE EDITION

Happy Saturday you guys! This week I’ve rounded up all of my recent Instagram posts that have outfits where I’m wearing anything I purchased at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. There were a lot to keep up with, so I wanted to put them all in one place for everyone. And now that the sale is open to everyone, I know items are selling out fast so I want to make shopping as simple as possible. In case you missed it, I launched my new site on Wednesday and I have an entire section dedicated to the Anniversary Sale. You can shop that here.

I have been in touch with Nordstrom this morning, and I have an UPDATE on all of the sold out items! They are planning on restocking most of the items that sold out during the pre-sale. They don’t know what days they will restock, but it will be THIS WEEK. So here is the best solution to grab those hot items before they sell out for good:

Head to Nordstrom.com and throw all the things you want to purchase in their “wishlist” option. Then, check back frequently. You will only have to check your personal wish list to see what is in stock, rather than having to search each item individually. That way you can grab it as soon as its replenished! 

You can also go to my sale roundup post, where I pulled together all the best pieces from the sale in categories that are easy to shop from. I also did a post with all of my dressing rooms snaps, giving you sizing and fit information on some of my favorite items. And most recently, I did an entire post on some of mine (and Garrett’s) favorite men’s picks from the sale!

Roundup 7.23.16 - 1DISTRESSED JEANS | CARGO JACKET (sizes limited) SIMILAR HERE | GREY TOP |  BROWN LEATHER WATCH | SIMILAR FLATS | SIMILAR BAG

These jeans are so comfortable, and such a good price point. I would highly recommend getting a pair. If they don’t have your size left, put a pair in your wishlist because they should be restocked sometime next week! This shirt was also a huge score. It is so incredibly soft and goes with so many things. You’ll want a basic top this fall that you can wear under sweaters and layers. I know this cargo jacket went so fast, but I linked to a similar cargo jacket that has a cute draped look to it. A lot of things went really fast this year, but be on the lookout for restocking happening next week!

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.06.33 AMBLACK AND WHITE STRIPE TOP | BLACK PANTS | BROWN BAG | POINTED TOE FLATS (sizes limited) OTHER COLORS HERE | BROWN LEATHER WATCH | GOLD CLUSTER BRACELET

I love this stripe top so much. I know sizes were limited last time I looked, so if they don’t have your size I would opt for a bold patterned plaid top (there were so many cute ones this year). My flats are also one of the things selling out extremely fast, but I linked to the same shoe (just in other colors). They have some really cute burgundy ones that would be great for fall. My bag comes in brown and black, and it’s less than $30! You can’t beat that, especially if you like to change up your fall bags frequently. My black pants are going to be a great fall staple too. I love the distressing on them (not too much, and just on the knees).

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.06.50 AMBOOTIES

Okay, these booties. I love them. They are under $100, the perfect nude for so many fall looks, and have a great look (and cut out) to them. If they don’t have your size, these booties are very similar in style. They are also really comfortable and come in three different colors.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.07.06 AMBLUE MIDI DRESS | OPEN-TOE HEELS | KATE SPADE BAG | WOOL HAT | GOLD WATCH | BANGLE BRACELETS | LADDER CUFF

This blue dress is so comfortable, and it’s one of those items that you can get a lot of wear in right now, before fall. The same goes for open-toe heels. They are perfect for a transition from summer to fall, before we get into full on boot weather. My wool hat is another one of those fall staples you probably aren’t thinking about right now, but come fall you’ll be wishing you had it. But by the time fall comes, it’ll be back to full price! It comes in black too.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.07.20 AMPAJAMA SET

I could live in this pajama set. It’s so cozy. If you’re like me and you love a good set of pajamas to lounge in, these are them. They are soft and stretchy (they have some spandex in them), so they’re extra comfortable for relaxing in.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.07.47 AMPINK TOP | DISTRESSED JEANS | SIMILAR HEELS HERE AND HERE | BROWN LEATHER WATCH | LADDER CUFF | INITIAL NECKLACE

This top is a great basic that is really easy to dress up. Those are the best kinds of tops because you really can’t go wrong when you wear them. This one is soft, comfortable, not too revealing (the slit doesn’t go too low to where you have to pull it up constantly), and it comes in lots of colors. My heels are old, so they are no longer available, but I linked to similar Steve Madden sandals that are part of the Anniversary Sale. This one comes in black or taupe suede, and it has a nice cut out, lace-up look. This pair comes in nude or black leather, and it is an open-toe sandal without the cutout look.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.08.06 AMDISTRESSED JEANS | CARGO JACKET (sizes limited) SIMILAR HERE | TOP | KATE SPADE BAG | NUDE HEELS | SUNGLASSES | GOLD WATCH | SCREW CUFF | GOLD CLUSTER BRACELET | LADDER CUFF | INITIAL NECKLACE

Fall is the best time to add earth tones to your outfits. I love how the blue in jeans looks with the army green color in my cargo jacket. When you add some softer, neutral colors like nude heels and a grey top, you’ve got yourself a basics outfit ready for fall. You’re going to see a lot of this green color around this fall. There are lots of dresses, tops, and jackets in a really similar green all throughout the sale.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.08.17 AMWHITE DISTRESSED PANTS | PINK TOP | LACE UP HEELS

This top is such a must. It’s going to be your go-to top for fall, so if you haven’t gotten it… trust me, you’ll want to. It comes in lots of different colors, and it’s easy to wear casually with jeans and some booties, or dressed up with some heels. Speaking of heels… I’m so glad I got these. They are the prettiest cabernet color, which will be perfect for fall and the holidays. They also come in a black and nude suede. I love all the detail they add to a simple outfit.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.08.30 AMDISTRESSED JEANS | PLAID TOP | POINTED TOE FLATS (sizes limited) OTHER COLORS HERE | KATE SPADE BAG | GOLD WATCH | BANGLE BRACELETS | LADDER CUFF | INITIAL NECKLACE

This year there was such a good selection of plaid tops. This one is so buttery soft and comfortable. Plus, how many times have you loved a plaid top, but wanted it just a bit longer? This one definitely got the length right. You can wear it untucked or do a slight tuck to bring up the length. Either way, this top is a must for fall. My jeans aren’t part of the Anniversary Sale, but they are one of the most comfortable jeans I own. They are also under $100, and the distressing on them isn’t overdone.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.08.46 AMDISTRESSED JEANS | PINK BLAZER | WHITE TOP | NUDE HEELS | KATE SPADE BAG | GOLD WATCH | BANGLE BRACELETS | GOLD CLUSTER BRACELET | INITIAL NECKLACE

None of this outfit is part of the Anniversary Sale, but a lot of people were interested in my blazer, so I wanted to throw it in here. It’s a great alternative to a cardigan sweater because it’s nice and long but more dressy. I love that it’s not too oversized that it looks baggy, and it definitely doesn’t lose it’s feminine touch. My top is great for layering, adding something a little more than just your basic white tee would. It would actually be a great white top for fall, layered under long sweaters and jackets.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.09.01 AMWHITE DISTRESSED PANTS | STRIPED TOP | BROWN BAG | BROWN WEDGES | SUNGLASSES | LADDER CUFF | BANGLE BRACELETS | INITIAL NECKLACE

This striped top is another top I’m glad I grabbed. It’s one I have in white, and love. It’s a great basic top that is really versatile and flattering. I always like to get it one size bigger so that it fits a little looser. It goes with everything, and it comes in lots of different colors. It’s a favorite of mine. I also love how easy this bag is already fitting into my wardrobe… so glad I picked it up!

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.09.17 AMDISTRESSED JEANS | PLAID SHIRT | KATE SPADE BAG | SUNGLASSES | GOLD WATCH | GOLD CLUSTER BRACELET | LADDER CUFF | INITIAL NECKLACE

I couldn’t just choose one plaid top. I’m really glad I got this one because the coloring just reminds me of fall. It’s supposed to be oversized, and it is. It’s really comfortable, and so soft. You’ll want to wear it everywhere already. I love how much it stands out against my jeans, slightly tucked in. It would also go well with white pants and some booties.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.09.27 AMTED BAKER BAG (sold out) SIMILAR HERE, HERE, AND HERE

I’m so bummed that this bag is sold out because it’s just so pretty. It has such a classic, tailored look to it. But I linked to three other black bags that are similar and all part of the Anniversary Sale. This one is a crossbody with a similar envelope type look at the opening. This one has a really unique cut on the opening flap, with pretty gold hardware. This Kate Spade bag is the biggest of the three, and it’s also very classic looking, but it has more of a minimal looking design.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.09.39 AMDISTRESSED JEANS | PINK BLAZER | WHITE TOP | NUDE HEELS | KATE SPADE BAG | SUNGLASSES | GOLD WATCH | BANGLE BRACELETS | GOLD CLUSTER BRACELET | INITIAL NECKLACE

I love how this white top looks under a long blazer. The peplum adds detail and style to the look. It’s not part of the sale, but it’s less than $40 and comes in two other colors. The sleeves are elbow-length, which makes it an easy top to transition into fall too.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.09.55 AMDISTRESSED JEANS | GREY SWEATER | SIMILAR FLATS | SIMILAR BAG | BROWN LEATHER WATCH

This sweater is so comfortable. It’s really soft, and flattering too. Fall is all about sweaters, and I love having basic colored tops that I can use to layer, and add in to a variety of outfits. It works really well with jeans on it’s own, but I could just as easily throw a vest or cardigan over it when it gets cooler. My flats are older, so they are no longer available, but I linked to some similar ones that are part of the Anniversary Sale.

 

It’s been a busy week with my new site launch, so I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend with my family. I hope everyone has a great weekend!




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