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Chronicles From the Dressing Room at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

Friday, July 21, 2017

So while everyone was shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Pre-sale, i was vacationing in Aruba! Don't get me wrong... Aruba was dreamy and i while i enjoyed 11 magical days there, part of me was having major FOMO over all the amazing deals going on at Nordstrom.  I have issues, clearly!  Last year i basically bought an entire Fall/Winter wardrobe considering I'd lost 70lbs and had absolutely nothing to wear.  This year, i don't necessarily need an entire wardrobe obviously! I wanted to add some key pieces to build on what i already have.  So this morning, i grabbed my laptop and began shopping the sale online.  Things go quickly... in fact, i received an email a half hour after placing an order telling me one of the tops i ordered was no longer available... weeeeep!  After ordering a couple of pieces, i decided to head to the store and check out the sale in person.  Well... let's just say i did not walk away empty handed... by any means!  Shhhhh don't tell hubs OK?

The first items i tried on were these jeans and top.  At first, i thought these jeans wouldn't fit but not only did they fit, but they're SO comfy! I love the ankle detail!  They're slightly frayed and are cut shorter in the front and longer in the back... love that!  Slipped on this top and fell instantly in love! Keep and keep!

I love yellow and i love bell sleeves so this top was initially a no brainer.  However, it runs quite big. The top picture is a size 10 and it's huge.  The bottom is a size 6 and it fits much better... however, i opted not to purchase it because it's open in the back.  It would be fine with a tank top underneath but i already own a similar top and decided to just leave it behind.  I hate that I'm second guessing my decision as i type this... uh!

This top threw me for a loop!  I ordered the Cumin color online earlier but decided try it on in store just to be sure i sized properly (i ordered a medium and it fit quite well).  I don't typically buy anything in the color shown above but truth be told i fell hard for the fit and the color.  Perhaps it's because i have a bit of a tan but WOW it's perfection!  Couldn't leave it behind!  So now I'll have it in two colors and that's OK!  The price is too good to pass up!

OK so this is a funny story!  When i first laid eyes on these bell sleeve cardis, i knew i needed them.  I wasn't sure which color to get and the only size available in store was an XS so i skipped in hopes that i could order it online in a small.  Well, it's sold out so i RAN back to Nordstrom so fast to pick up one of these beauties before someone else snatched them!  I ended up purchasing the gray because i thought I'd have more things to match but truth be told, looking at these pictures makes me wish i bought the other color too!  Ahhhh Nordstrom, what are you doing to me?!!! (Similar shorter version here).

I went into this sale knowing that i needed to add a few good cardis into my Fall/Winter wardrobe. With that in mind, i fell in love with this sweet camel number.  It's so so comfy!  I could see myself reaching for this often! (similar here)

I'm all about a good bohemian vibe so when i spotted this dress online (for $35 mind you), i fell hard! However, this was one item i knew I'd have to try on in person.  I'm so glad that i did because it's a lot more flattering than i thought it would be for my curvy body!  I got it in a medium and it fit like a gem!  The wonderful thing about this dress is that i don't have to wait 'til Fall to wear it! Yay!

I couldn't pass this fun adidas tank up!  It will be perfect for my morning jogs!  It was so well priced too!

OK so the store mirror obviously had a few specs of dust that sadly taint this sweet little v-neck sweater but can i just tell you how incredibly comfy it is!  It's under $25 and such a closet staple!  It runs big... this is a small!  Size down!

I love the sleeve detail on this slouchy cardi.  Truth be told, i was worried that it wouldn't be flattering.  But it's so comfy and feminine that i felt completely drawn to it.  It's available in black but i felt as though you could see the detail so much better in the lilac.  BTW i typically hate lilac but this has a neutral, grayish undertone that makes it lovely!

Not pictured here are a pair of booties i purchased in store.  They're so fun and so so comfy!  I sized half size up.  I also LOVE these! I ordered this top and this sweater online earlier today. The denim jacket in the first picture up top was a miss for me.  I love the idea of this majorly distressed jacket but it's suppose to be worn slouchy and baggy which i don't love.  If this were a bit more form fitting, i would have definitely bought it.  If you love the look, keep in mind it runs big so size down.

A couple of things we should chat about before you go shop the sale.  First, a few of these items have already sold out but keep checking.  Often times Nordstrom restocks so if you love something that's sold out, be sure to keep checking.  Also, i scored these awesome slides today for under $23... best part?  They're ridiculously comfortable!  Will wear them all Summer! Also, this bag (pictured above) is so perfect for my everyday errands and it's under $25!  It's also available in a pretty flesh color!

OK you're all set!  I know this sale can be a bit overwhelming as there are SO MANY items to choose from.  Hopefully this little dressing room showdown will help you narrow down your choices!  Happy Shopping! Xoxo, Carla - FMM


Perfect Summer Lips and Cheeks From Pixi

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I've been a Pixi fan for YEARS!  I absolutely love to try new products from the brand and of course always resort back to my favorites that i simply cannot let go of... hello Glow Tonic! When it comes to Summer Beauty faves, Pixi knows me well!  There is nothing better than a soft glossy lip and a great cheek gel to complete an easy summer look!  Toss in a little mascara and seriously, what more could you ask for!

Wearing Muted Clay here

If you love a gorgeous glossy lip but hate that they wear off quickly, i have the best news for you! Pixi's Get Tint and Silky Gloss is the answer to all of your long lasting lip needs without the discomfort of a matte lip!  One side provides your lips with a pretty flush of color in a stain formula that lasts... trust me!  When i swatched these initially, i had the stain swatch on my arms for over 24 hours (showered twice FYI)!  But the stain on the lips is quite natural looking a so so so beautiful. Top it off with the gloss on the other side and you'll instantly have the most gorgeous summer lips!  This trio is perfection and offers a gorgeous color range for any skin tone!

From left to right... First three are Cheek Gels in Flushed, Rosy and Natural.  The next three are the Gel/Tint and Silky Gloss Combos in Budding Orchid, Muted Clay and Hollywood Pink.

Pixi's Sheer Cheek Gel is your Summer cheek BFF... believe me!  If you love cream blushes as much as i do for summer time, you'll fall madly in love with these beauties particularly because of the formula.  These are a gel consistency that provide a natural flush of color but don't leave your cheeks feeling sticky at all.  This is so important especially on a scorching hot summer day!  Honestly, i have not been able to put these beauties down and i highly recommend you stock up!  They're so so beautiful and quite affordable!

You can pick up these beauties here, here and in store at your local Target!  I promise, you'll love them!  Thank you so much for reading! xoxo, Carla

* press sample - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these products.


When Life Hands You Lemons... Wear Them!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Yellow makes me happy!  In fact, it's one of my favorite colors!  So naturally, I'm all about the yummy citrus print trend happening right now!  Seriously cannot get enough lemon print anything these days!  A while back, while browsing through JCrew online, i came across this cardi and fell madly in love with the whimsical lemon print.  I quickly added it to my shopping cart and when it arrived, i loved it even more!  It's so comfy and adds so much brightness to any outfit.  A few weeks later, while shopping at my local TJ Maxx store, i found this adorable lemon shaped clutch on clearance for $6!!!  What?! I have been seriously loving it!  In fact, when i don't wear it as a clutch on it's own, i toss it in my daily tote as a makeup bag.  Every single time i pull it out, it just brings me so much happiness and cheer!  So for today's post, i thought I'd round up some of my favorite lemon print trends in hopes that you'll love them too!

Hope you are all enjoy this Summer!  Be sure to add a little yellow to your daily dose of fashion... believe me, it will make you smile!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla



Friday, July 7, 2017

I'm a sucker for great packaging!  Needless to say, when these Zoella beauties showed up at my doorstep, i fell madly in love with their ultra fun and ultra feminine packaging!  Seriously though, a soap bar shaped like an ice cream pop?! I'm all over that!  Well, the good news is... it doesn't stop at the packaging!  I'll break it all down for you!


Zoella's Beauty Soap on a Stick is nothing short of deliciousness!  With a calming fragrance and skin loving ingredients, it's sure to be your new favorite body cleanser!  Once you've lathered it all up, discover one of five secret messages from none other than Zoe herself written on the stick inside!  It's that kind of attention to detail that makes me fall more and more in love with a brand like this one!

Zoella Beauty Scooper Dooper Bath Soak is a wonderful addition to my 'bath' addiction!  It's so good in fact, that my girls are loving it just as much if not more!  This luxurious bubble bath has soothing floral notes that relax your senses while extracts of vitamin E, Aloe and Shea Butter soften and condition your skin.  It leaves my skin feeling seriously soft!

Zoella Beauty Blissful Mistful Women's Solid Fragrance is a most unique and delicious product. This is also my first experience with a solid fragrance and i have to say it's been quite a pleasant one.  Pop this heart shaped tin in your bag to ensure touch ups throughout the day as needed.  This fragrance is light and not overbearing at all.  In fact, it reminds me of one of my favorite hand creams that i purchased in Paris!  I seriously love it... and the packaging is perfection!  It's super travel friendly too... TSA approved!

Zoella Beauty Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Cream is an irresistable indulgence for super smooth and silky skin.  Refreshing and floral, Creamy Madly Deeply will pamper your skin like a gorgeous scented creamy cuddle.  It leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated!  I've already packed it in my vacation bag!

Check out these gorgeous Zoella products and more at Target!  Also, Zoella just launched an online only collection exclusive to Ulta Beauty!  You can check it out here! Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

*press samples - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these products.


Art Naturals Bluetooth Diffuser and Essential Oils

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Essential Oils are all the rage these days!  I'll be honest, I've been so curious about these because i truly believe in the powers of aromatherapy.  Naturally, when Art Naturals sent over their bluetooth diffuser and essential oils starter kit, i was excited to give it a try.

The bluetooth diffuser creates a relaxing atmosphere by releasing a cool mist of aromatherapy essential oils. It's light and portable, so you can essentially bring this baby anywhere!  It plays music, has an alarm/clock, 7 color LED lights encased in a beautiful natural wood case.  This diffuser is soundless unless you choose to play music of course! It's a wonderful way to set a relaxing mood, calms nerves, and sleep/breathe better.  Conveniently, you can run the diffuser from 1, 3 and 6 hour periods of time.

If you choose to purchase the set, you'll also get the top 8 essential oils.  This selective collection includes: Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sweet Orange and Tea Tree.  These oils have a multitude of therapeutic properties to enhance wellness, purify your home or office, and inspire positive emotions.

I have personally enjoyed this diffuser so much that i have since ordered another one to keep downstairs.  I have also picked up this book so that i could learn more about the therapeutic uses of essential oils.  It's so informative and has since prompted me to pick up a few more oils to add to my collection.  This has worked wonders on myself as well as my children.  I truly feel that a diffuser is an essential item to have in your home.  I think it makes a world of a difference.  You'll understand once you have one and can truly experience the benefits for yourself.

You can purchase this diffuser here and here.  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla

*press sample - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these products.