nordstrom anniversary sale guide 2019

It’s hereeeee! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is back, and if you don’t know what it is yet, it’s Nordstrom’s big summer sale where you can buy new things for the fall season at a discounted price. This is so much better than other sales because these things aren’t things that have been picked through on a clearance rack or unwearable because they’re last season’s trends — these are all new items (either completely brand new or re-released from previous Anniversary sales) so you can stock up your autumn/winter wardrobe. Some things are even great for the summer, so you can fill up your vacation wardrobe!

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top 3 summer essentials

This summer has been HOT (climate change crisis, anyone?) and I’ve been wearing a couple of things non-stop–partially because my brain shuts down and just gravitates towards what it knows when it’s too hot to think, and partially because I’ve simply fallen in love with these pieces. Keep reading to learn more about these key summer pieces from Balenciaga, Castañer, and Madewell!

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i love basic mall brands

I recently read a piece in the Atlantic called Ann Taylor and the Case for Boring Office Clothes and it got me thinking about how I still love basic mall brands of the Ann Taylor variety. If you peeked into my wardrobe, about 80% of my clothing comes from a store or brand you’d typically find at a mid-tier mall. I grew up in a mall town–King of Prussia–and shopping at mall brands has been a part of me ever since, even as I shop all the new and amazing brands crushing it in the boutique and e-commerce scene. For work clothing especially, I frequently shop Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, LOFT, and J.Crew.

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pleated midi skirts

Since I’m a petite gal, I usually wear shorter skirts to play with my proportions — the more of my legs your can see, the taller I’m supposed to look. Recently, I’ve opened up my wardrobe to longer skirts and more specifically discovered a love for pleated midi skirts. I’m 4’9” so most midi skirts, petite sizing or not, are pretty full-length on me, but I still love how feminine and flowy they feel. Even though being a woman was terrible back in the day (and sometimes still is) I do fantasize about the days when women wore long skirts all the time. I think pleated midi skirts get me pretty close to that fantasy without looking like a Game of Thrones extra.

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everyday beauty routine

There was a brief moment in time when I wore makeup every day just to go to work, but I quickly got to a point where I just wanted to sleep. In order to sleep in on weekdays, I’ve gotten my morning beauty routine down to a small handful of items that have been working pretty well for me. There isn’t a lot of makeup but there is a pretty consistent list of skincare items that I use every day. If you’re looking to fine-tune your own morning beauty routine or are looking for a few new products to try, I hope you can find inspiration from these products that I use every day!

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hello 2019

Hello! You wouldn’t know it by the fact that my Christmas tree is still up, but we’re well into the new year! I kind of dropped the ball on this blog in 2018, but please send thoughts and prayers for the success and growth of thisisyna.com in 2019. Besides the inconsistent blogging, 2018 had some rough patches and really sad moments (and the world fell apart a little bit more) — but I’d like to think that 2018 was still a really wonderful year. I travelled to new cities, I got a new job that I really like, I became an aunt, I saw Hamilton and a bunch of other amazing shows, and I moved in with Gerome!

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