Monday’s Bible Verse : Matthew 6:19-21

I am getting ready to do a huge closet clean-out because I need to minimalize my lifestyle. I fear that I have too many treasures on this earth and that I need to find people in need to gift my things. In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus warns us against earthly treasures. He says, “Where your treasures are, your heart shall be too.” To grow deeper in my faith, my treasures cannot be those hanging in my closet.

Nordstrom Sale Early Access Shopping Edit

I am SO thrilled to share with y’all what I found in the early access Nordstrom sale this year! I really tried to figure out just what I needed in my wardrobe this year instead of getting overwhelmed with the “deals” at the sale and going bonkers. (FYI the prices do go back up to full price in August!)

The early access sale starts now – Nordstrom gives card holders early access to the amazing sale starting  TODAY and access to everyone on July 20th. I shopped the sale yesterday and wanted to share what I found! Hope ya’ll find this N sale edit useful!

I’ve included the best sweaters, workout clothes, shoes, beauty and everything in between for fall…

CLiCK to SHoP

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adidas Running Shoe current price: $63.90 after sale: $85.00 // Rebecca Minkoff Mule current price: $99.00 after sale: $164.95

 

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Make + Model Too Cool Pullover current price: $22.90 after sale: $35.00 // Make + Model Too Cool Shorts current price: $22.90 after sale: $35.00 // Make + Model Too Cool Pullover current price: $22.90 after sale: $35.00 // Make + Model Good Vibes Jogger Pants current price: $29.90 after sale: $45.00

 

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Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan current price: $76.90 after sale: $116.00 // Halogen Belted Cashmere Kimono current price: $149.90 after sale: $225.00 // Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan current price: $76.90 after sale: $116.00

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Thread & Supply Fleece Pullover current price: $51.90 after sale: $78.00 // Zella Bomber Jacket current price: $58.90 after sale: $89.00 // The North Face Gotham Down Parka current price: $185.90 after sale: $249.00

 

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BP. Raw Edge Scoop Neck Tee current price: $18.90 after sale: $29.00 // TopShop Sweater current price: $25.90 after sale: $40.00 // Treasure & Bond Sporty Striped Sweater current price: $45.90 after sale: $69.00

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Le Specs Sunglasses current price: $58.90 after sale: $89.00 // Herschel Supply Co. Satin Duffel Bag current price: $52.90 after sale: $80.00

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Frame Le Skinny de Jeanne Ankle Jeans current price: $136.90 after sale: $205.00 // Articles of Society Sarah Skinny Jeans current price: $41.90 after sale: $64.00 // Articles of Society Sarah Skinny Jeans current price: $41.90 after sale: $64.00

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Caslon Tee current price: $17.90 after sale: $25.00 // BP. Lace Trim Cami current price: $22.90 after sale: $35.00

 

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Halogen Faux Leather Leggings current price: $49.90 after sale: $79.00 // Zella Live In High Waist Leggings current price: $35.90 after sale: $54.00 // Zeza B by Hue Metallic Cuff Leggings current price: $35.90 after sale: $54.00

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T3 Cura Hair Dryer current price: $134.00 retail value: $200.00 // Laura Mercier Essentials Eye & Cheek Palette current price: $65.00 retail value: $124.00 // AERIN Beauty Five-Piece Fragrance Discovery Set current price: $115.00

 

I picked up a ton of basic pieces as to mix and match throughout the fall and winter. *Please remember: so many things sell out fast, so shop while you can!

BIRTHDAY LIST: THIS IS 30

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  1. Lilly Pulitzer, Joy Dress in Resort White Toe In Engineered Dress, size XXS
  2. Lilly Pulitzer, 31″ Worth Skinny Jean-Sateen in Midnight Navy, size 00
  3. Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley
  4. Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley
  5. Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley
  6. David Yurman, “X Crossover” Ring with Diamonds, size 5
  7. Lilly Pulitzer, Marlowe Boatneck T-Shirt Dress in Beckon Blue Jungle Utopia, in XXS
  8. Lilly Pulitzer, Elsa Silk Top in High Tide Navy Via Amor Small, in XXS
  9. Lilly Pulitzer, 31″ Worth Skinny Jean-Sateen in Resort White, size 00
  10. Lilly Pulitzer, Sophiletta Dress in Blue Current Sea Sirens, XXS

THOUGHTS ON TURNING 30

THE BIG 3-0.

“Anytime before the age of 25, if someone mentioned turning 30, I felt truly sorry for them.

30’s. That’s like real adulthood. Gross.

Then something started happening, maybe around 28. I started looking forward to 30. And I wasn’t the only one. My friends were throwing huge 30th birthday bashes and going on expensive vacations to celebrate. Some were jumping out of airplanes for the first time. These people weren’t quietly turning 30 in hopes that they could still claim 29 for a couple more years without too many people calling their bluff. They were celebrating 30, confidently.

And so it is with confidence and thankfulness that on July 15th I, too, will join the ranks of 30-somethings. Thankfulness, because 30 is a privilege. Really, it is. (I’ll be the first to admit it’s a miracle I’m still here after all the things I thought were a good idea in my 20’s.)

I have no qualms about leaving my 20’s behind. I enjoyed them – I did some things right, I screwed up plenty of others, and I had a lot of fun in the process, but I won’t miss them. My 20’s, much like everyone else’s, were about growth and self-discovery. Some discoveries made me proud, others, not so much. But it is with this knowledge that I hope to be in my 30’s everything I wasn’t yet prepared to be in my 20’s.” ct. Sarah Sumate

 

SHOPPING NEWS: 5 UNDER $100

I love two things in the summer: anything that looks like the French Riviera and big statement earrings!

This sunscreen is just tops! It goes on totally invisible, it’s weightless, scentless, makeup gripping, and it has an SPF of 40! Also it has red algae in it which helps protect against blue light emitted by electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers. How cool is that?

I am in love with these linear drop earrings in this rose, tortoise shell, and white color. The acrylic hoops and thread-wrapped ovals are the perfect combination.

This is the only bag you’ll need for summer. It’s straw with contrast lining and woven straps, but the best thing about this classic bag is that it will go with all of your summer denim, dresses, and swimsuits.

These white espadrille mules are perfection. The top is cowhide and the bottom is braided jute. Bonus points: these are incredibly comfortable with their padded cork footbed. They literally go with everything!

I love these fun statement earrings! They are perfect for summer and they are a great tribute to the late Kate Spade who was a true gem of a person.

SHOPPING NEWS: 5 UNDER $100

5 things you need for your upcoming summer vacations…

  1. This adorable top will be perfect to throw on with white jeans for a casual beachfront dinner.
  2. This is such a fun summer dress. I can’t wait to wear this for a romantic dinner in West Palm Beach.
  3. This is the cutest sarong! I love using a scarf or sarong for a swimsuit coverup. You can also tying it differently to make it into a lightweight dress.
  4. This hat is pretty much everything. Those colorful balls are soo cute and it’s only $22!
  5. There is something to be said for a “goes with everything” clutch, and this Lilly Pulitzer cork clutch is AMAZING! I’m totally in love.

LIFESTYLE NEWS: 5 CANDLES with VACATION VIBES

I love candles: all candles. I especially love candles that have the ability to transport me back to places I’ve been or  forward to places I’m longing to go. These 5 candles have serious vacation vibes, and transformative powers that will make you happier, more relaxed, and ready to hit the slopes or take a walk on the beach.

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  1. Dreaming of the Hamptons? By lighting this TOCCA candle in Montauk, you start to experience a cucumber and salty air scent that will take you to the scenic seaside.
  2. Like the ideal ski vacation, this LAFCO Feu De Bois Ski House candle blends the crisp, crystal mountain air and the odor of a cedar log fire with just a hint of evergreen fir that takes you to your very own luxurious alpine lodge.
  3. Craving some west coast flavor? This Voluspa Vermeil Casa Pacifica Tin Candle delivers California driftwood, sea salt, and shore brush in the prettiest little light blue tin.
  4. Feeling a little more Joshua Tree, a little less Big Sur? This NEST candle in Sahara Spice has a creamy mixture of cardamom, sandalwood, and ginger with a dab of Madagascar vanilla bean.
  5. Itching for a campout in Estes Park, Colorado? This Diptyque candle in Feu De Bois has a very light scent that smells of evergreens and a nice campfire.

SHOPPING NEWS: 5 UNDER $100

5 things you need for your upcoming summer vacations…

  1. This cute peasant top doubles as a beach cover-up and the perfect dinner top…plus, you can never go wrong in classic blue and white stripes!

2. Okay, how cute are these flamingo earrings? I’m imagining them with an all white ensemble or to glam up jeans and a white tee.

3. This is the prettiest white top I’ve ever seen! I love the bell sleeves, and the gorgeous scalloped lace! It’s just perfect for vacation & a total must-have for summer.

4. I am a TOTAL sucker for lucite anything, and these fabulous lucite-looking earrings are dipped in 24k-gold! How FAB are these with every outfit? You won’t believe the price!

5. Every summer I gravitate towards gold shoes to wear with all of my Lilly Pulitzer clothing…and who better to get them from than the lady herself? These gold McKim sandals or a pair of Jack Rogers are my go-to summer shoes.

WEEKEND NOTES: 5 THINGS

Happy Friday Everyone! I hope you all had a great week. This weekend I am unfortunately going to a funeral for a friend who passed suddenly. Later tomorrow evening I am going to the Royal vs. Yankees game, and then we are finishing the weekend with a cool sermon at church re: what Jesus would say at commencement.

  1. Invited to the Royal Wedding? No, well you can look like you are with styles from here for the bride, groom, or guest.
  2. The Top 5 Best Sorbets for summer are right here.
  3. Just got this bathing suit and this bathing suit!
  4. Absolutely perfect white button-down.
  5. Been reading this and this book is up next.

FOOD NEWS: TOP 5 SORBETS

Let’s talk sorbets. I love sorbet, especially in the summer. I have gathered my top 5 favorite sorbets to share with you.

Cold Fusion

This is my absolute favorite sorbet! I love the key lime flavor the best, but if you’re not into key lime the blackberry merlot flavor is amazing!

 Whole Fruit

This stuff is fabulous! It’s light, it’s delicious and it satisfies even the pickiest of eaters. My favorite: STRAWBERRY.

Talenti

For quality and cost, it doesn’t get much better than Talenti. It’s going to taste like you went to an Italian Gelato shop without leaving your couch. It’s also a little healthier comparatively and has a wonderful creamy texture. My favorite: Roman Raspberry.

Sharon’s Sorbet

This sorbet is vegan, decadent, and very chocolatey without any dairy. Top this with fresh berries and you have a grand slam! My favorite: Dutch Chocolate.

Ciao Bella

Sweetened with organic, evaporated cane juice, this sorbet contains 25% of your daily intake of vitamin C. Ciao Bella is a great choice to satisfy your sweet tooth without being over the top sugary. It lends a fresh and delicious taste. My favorite: Blood Orange.