50 finds under $50- Fall Essentials

Happy Tuesday Ladies!

Is it just me or is this last part of summer seriously flying?!? I cannot believe we are already well into August! Our summer’s have been filled with weddings, yummy bbqs, and pool days but we would be lying if we said we weren’t ready to trade those in for college football, cozy knits, and pumpkin spiced errrrthang:) #basic Good thing there are so many good deals going on to help us stock up on Fall essentials while saving some $$$! We have gathered up our favorite fall essentials to bring you into the new season in style with another round of 50 finds under $50! Not ready to let summer go yet? There are plenty of pieces that can transition from summer into Fall as well like scarves, hats, tees, etc! Let us know in the comments below what you think of our Fall Finds and if any items made their way into your carts!

Tops/Sweaters

Outerwear

Bottoms

Shoes

Accessories

Hope you all have an amazing week!

XOXO Mikki & Julianna

Wedding Wear: Blush Cocktail Dress by Gianni Bini

Happy Friday!

I feel like its been a hot second since I’ve written a post. I was in Iowa last week/weekend for my sister’s wedding. It was SO nice to be home and have much family time, and of course all the celebrations surrounding the wedding meant lots of laughs and good wine:) It was the perfect weekend and I have never seen my sister so happy (and stunning!! such a gorgeous bride!) I am so sad all the festivities are over but like they say, all good things must come to and end.

I had purchased this blush cocktail dress by Gianni Bini Official (sold at Dillards) to wear to the rehearsal but ended up squeezing in a trip to the mall in the midst of all the last minute planning and bought two other options. Excessive? Yes. but hellooooo a girl needs options! lol! (does anyone else do that?!) I try to convince myself I’ll return the ones I don’t end up wearing but you can guess they made the journey home with me and found a spot in my closet. I ended up wearing a different maxi also by Gianni Bini because I wanted to be a bit more casual but will be wearing this one in a few weeks for another family wedding so I see it as a win/win. #weddingsonweddingsonweddings.


I love how flattering wrap dresses are. Room for aaaaaall the food and wine (okay, mostly wine) your tummy desires without feeling self conscious! #priorities I especially love the little bow detail and the cut outs on the sleeves.


This dress also comes in blue (the color I originally wanted) and a dark green but once I tried this blush dress on I fell love. Pink is so fun for summer and mixes up the typical LBD. For sizing reference, I ordered a Medium and the length was perfect (always such a toss up when ordering online with these chicken legs of mine, tall girl problems).


This cocktail dress is under $60 so it won’t break the bank if you are looking for a low cost option! I paired it with Aldo block heels – identical pair here which I also wore them with my bridesmaids dress.


I’ve linked some other favorite blush cocktail dresses (a few from Gianni Bini and also others) I have been crushing on lately that would be perfect for any dressy end of summer event!

Have a great weekend ladies!

Statement Sleeves: Must-Have Tops Under $30

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Happy humpday dolls! It’s been a crazy few weeks for us. Julianna’s sister got married last weekend back in Des Moines, so she’s been recovering from the celebrations. I feel like I’ve been traveling non-stop for work… In case you missed it, I was in Seattle for a week (travel tips + favorite Seattle spots coming soon!) I’m headed to Milwaukee at the end of the week, and then will be off to Atlanta next week. Oh, and last week during Macy’s Christmas in July sale, I bought a new headboard for my bedroom… which then turned into Ryan and I painting all of the trim in our house, replacing all the doors, and updating our staircase railing and 2nd floor loft bannisters. Let’s just say it’s a work in progress… I don’t think Joanna Gaines will be calling me anytime soon for DIY collabs. 😉 But I will be posting about the mini-renovation once all the work is complete! (If anyone has any DIY tips, send them on over.)

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Steals & Deals: Weekend Sales

Happy Sunday!

This weekend has been suuuper low key for us. Mikki just got back from a week-long trip to Seattle (soooo jealous!) and I am getting ready for my sister’s wedding next weekend! I am so excited to go home and see all my family in Iowa and of course celebrate the new Mr and Mrs! We are a family of four and Vanessa is my only sibling so it will be a special (and emotional, cue the happy tears) weekend for us all.

We wanted to put together a post of weekend sales for you ladies who are not shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale or are sick of hearing us talk about it:) haha! Many other retailers are running major sales in order to compete with the most talked about sale of the season. So take advantage and fill up your carts! Happy shopping!

Macy’s is discounting an extra 25% off all clearance items aaaand free shipping on orders over $49 as part of their “Black Friday in July” Sale! It doesn’t get better than that peeps!! This is a great chance to stock up on active wear and brands that rarely go on sale (Nike, addidas, Calvin Kline, Under Armour etc). These Nike leggings ($32) are in my cart along with this Calvin Klein grey & blush pair ($22) and this striped pair ($25). I’m obsessed with this Nike cape sweatshirt (hurry if you want it- almost sold out!) and this Nike tank.

Dillard’s  has a ton of great sweaters on super clearance. I love this tie one ($19!), this lace up piece and this 1 State mock neck sweater. #steal

Can we talk about these blush Lucky bootie beauties?!? Discounted at 25% off and also comes in black and tan. Definitely a fall must have. Another blush item FTW- These blush tennis shoes! #inmycart

These gold slides are permanently reduced to $30!!

All jeans are currently BOGO for $19.99 from Express! I own this black distressed pair and they are super comfy and have a ton of stretch. Also loving the zipper detail on this pair!

Take an extra 30% off all sale items at Anthopologie! Love this embroidered varsity jacket for fall.

H&M is having a sale of up to 80% off summer wear! Don’t let the title fool you, lots of good fall pieces on sale too like this bikers jacket ($25) and this army green jacket ($25).

One of my favorite tie tee’s is on sale at 40%off ($23)! This tie tee would be cute alone, or under a cardi  (this Free People one is so cute and also 40% off) when it begins to cool off. I also comes in a sweatshirt style, seen here priced at $40 and loving that blush color. Never too early to stock up for #sweaterweather!

This distressed tee was featured on Monday’s post. If you missed it you can read it here. Snag one for yourself for just $10!

These adorable pom pom sandals are on sale for just $16!!

I have been living in these slides on sale for under $20!

So many great items for amazing prices! We hope a few make their way to your closet! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Early Access Guide & Top Picks!

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Gooood Morning Ladies!

This morning we have a little extra “pep in our step” because the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here! By now you are probably well aware as it seems to be the latest internet craze, but with good reasoning of course! If you’re like us, shopping sales- especially such a large one- can be stressful. To help you shop the sale with ease, we have put together a Nordstrom Anniversary sale guide to help you get the hottest deals and maximize the most out of your wallet!

What is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and why are we so obsessed?
I know your probably asking yourself, what is all the hype?? This sale is unlike any other because Nordstrom discounts their NEW arrivals that have not yet hit the shelves up to 60% off. Think fall/winter sweaters, booties, jeans, leggings, jackets etc. Just talking about it is making me crave #sweaterweather. The sale will also include makeup and beauty products, home decor, and menswear so you are guaranteed to find something for the entire family.

When is it? How can I get early access?
If you are a Nordstrom card holder the sale starts early for you and begins today, July 13th. There is still time to sign up for a card if you would like- follow this link to for fast an easy approval and begin shopping immediately. Not to worry, if you don’t have the Nordstrom gold ticket in your wallet the sale becomes open to the public on July 21st. If you chose to forgo applying for the Nordstrom debit or credit card, we still recommend signing up for “Nordstrom Rewards”. This is a completely free program and you will get a $10 reward to use at the public sale just for signing up! The sale will end on August 6th, however all remaining available items will remain on the shelves but at their normal non-discounted rate.

What are some tips to shopping the sale?
The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is a great time to stock up on staple items that you can wear again and again. We recommend making a list and referencing the online catalog to pick out key pieces you are wanting to snag and setting a budget for yourself to avoid impulse purchases and overspending.  Trust us, if you walk into the sale without a clear idea of what you need/should pass on you will end up with a thousand and one items in your cart and be left feeling like a crazy lady running around (speaking from experience here) :). We also recommend focusing on Nordstrom’s affordable brands such as  BP., Lush, Leith, Free People, TopShop, Steve Madden, Sole Society, Madewell and Socialite to get the most bang for your buck. However, if there is a designer item that has been on your wish list for months, this is the time to buy! (Think about it, these Stuart Weitzman OTK boots for 50%, uhhh, yes please.)

What’s on our wish list?
Below we have included some of our top picks (all under $100). We have made it super easy for you to shop some of the many items that we will be checking out by creating a new Shop page titled “Nordstrom Anniversary Picks“. Head the Shop tab found at the top of this page for our full list! Happy Shopping!