Wedding Season with Zola! #anythingforlove

Being a person whose been pretty adament throughout her college career about having a candle pass, I’ve definitely thought about a wedding a time or two. Now I’m not saying I have every detail planned out on a secret Pinterest board, nor do I have a long-term boyfriend to where this could even make a bit of sense, but the idea of one always sounded so precious in my crazy little head. 

Since there’s very little chance at that dream of mine ever playing out, for now I get to do the next best thing to actually getting married: live vicariously through my engaged friends and have a bit too much fun at their weddings  find the happy couple the ultimate gift. It’s no secret I love a good gift guide and when Zola reached out to me to let me know of their services, I can’t help but deny I got a smidge giddy. Weddings AND gift giving?? Right up my alley.  

 

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Despite me not getting married anytime soon, it doesn’t mean I’m going to leave y’all in the dust and not let you know of cool services! Zola is a full functioning, wedding planning supersite. Not only do they allow you to link your entire gift registry with anything you can imagine, ranging from physical gifts to fun experiences, but you can also do a whole lot more than that, including design a complete wedding website–and it’s free.

 

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By using Zola you can:

  • Register for gifts, experiences and funds
  • Choose from over over 450 brands ranging from KitchenAid, Parachute, Dyson, Tumi and SoulCycle
  • Use their highest-rated registry app on an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch to register at everyone’s convenience
  • Personalize everything with notes, images, and a welcome message
  • Ship your gifts now or later, or evem digitally exchange for something you love even more
  • Allow your guests to go in on an item using Group Gifting
  • Receive suggestions for the right number of gifts across different price points based on number of wedding guests using the Registry Planner
  • Export a list of who purchase which gift and when for easy thank you note writing
  • Get 10% off the entire site for a year to complete your list

 

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Zola Card 1 The Registry

 

The Registry

I’ve seen some registries that were detailed down to what color embroidery they would prefer but I’ve also seen some that just listed a general gist of what they could use but they didn’t necessarily care what they’d receive.

Personally I would avoid any cliché gifts that have like “Mr. and Mrs.” written on them, but that’s only because I think it’s cheesy and personally would never use them. Instead, I would do embroidered towels with their new couple monogram and some nice soap or wine/cocktail glasses with their initials etched in along with a bottle of wine or their favorite liquor. Both of those options would be very thoughtful and personal and show you took a bit more time and thought about what you think the couple would enjoy.

 

Zola Card 2 How Much To Give

How Much To Give?

This is definitely a touchy subject, especially for those in their twenties. I know my friends don’t have a ton of disposable income to be gifting out and I’m definitely on a college budget as well! The rule of thumb traditionally was to give a gift that would just about cover the price of your dinner plate, but times have definitely changed. Zola (and I agree) that gift prices should vary based on your relationship with the couple. Obviously if you’re attending their wedding, you probably have a pretty decent relationship with the couple so it’s truly up to you and what you’re willing to spend.

 

Zola Card 3 - When To Give

 

When to Give?

Typically a great time to give your wedding gift is at a shower or party beforehand. If you don’t live in the same city or won’t be attending any other event before the big day, you can always just have it shipped to their house so you (nor the couple) have to worry about lugging gifts around day of!

 

 

 

Brb while I go look at engagement rings on Instagram and of course cheers to the happy couples providing us with open bars everywhere!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Fall Wish List

Anytime I get on the sale, read a blog post, look at Instagram, etc., I find a new piece that I love from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and that was definitely the case with all of these! I’m trying to hold out on purchasing for the sake of not spending every dime I have to my name, but alas we shall see if I last until August 6th! 

 

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vc riding boots//suede skirt//olive moto jacket//pink peacoat//grey pullover//rm slip ons

 

 

What are you lusting over for this next season?

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What I Bought At The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

I’m sure everyone is more than over the Nordstrom Sale posts and I’m about getting there myself, but there is truly so many bargain finds this year that it’s hard to stop! I’m definitely not the only one who can attest to this, but one of the best parts of having a sister is getting to share majority of things and basically having two closets. That’s why I’m not only sharing what I purchased but what my sister, Bella, bought also! We’re both pretty similar when it comes to our likes and what not, so sales like this are extra fun for us because it’s double the purchases!

 

what i bought

replacement brushes//leggings//mb set//green tie sweatshirt//velvet top//grey leggings//cardigan

 

 

bellabought

 

nf jacket//zella moto leggings//madewell shirt//frye boots//embroidered jeans//pompom pillow//sigma brush cleaner//clarisonic

 

Sadly, short after I place this order, my debit card had to be closed due to it somehow being cloned. Now I’m not only waiting for my Nordstrom package but also my new card in the mail! Until then, I’ll be not so patiently waiting for the mail man but also taking a much needed break from shopping. Don’t forget the sale ends on August 6th!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017

I’ve shopped the Nordstrom sale off and on for a few years for some staple pieces but this is the first time I’ve ever really given it sincere thought and effort. I feel like riding boots and statement jewelry such as watches are definitely things many customers head towards, but beauty products should never be forgotten. So many of my favorite products that I use daily are majorly discounted right now and I’m surely going to be taking advantage of it and buying some back ups. Not to forget the awesome tops on sale currently! There’s a ton of super unique pieces and fun sleeves are definitely going to be major this season as far as I can tell. 

I’ve linked some great deals below and loved shopping the sale to score some awesome deals that everyone would enjoy! Definitely check consistently for your faves because new products are added at random to the sale and even restocked every few days.

 

BEAUTY

beauty

clairisonic//brush set//perfume//mb set//sugar lip set//glam glow//dry bar set//face palette//kiehls cream

 

TOPS

tops

pale pink shirt//black criss cross//blue wide sleeves//grey cold shoulder//white ruffle sleeves//mustard peplum

 

BOTTOMS

bottoms

rag & bone jeans//suede mini//black leggings//zella leggings//tempo shorts//jcrew pants

 

SHOES

shoesugg riding boot//tb gold flats//adidas sneakers//frye boots//rm sneakers//tb sandals//tan booties//bp mules

 

HOME

home

oaxaca pillow//“you got this” mug//rug//mirror//mimosa flutes//makeup bag//teal pillow//pom pom pillow//sheets//wall art

 

ACCESSORIES

accessories

ks earrings//tb watch//tortoise sunglasses//frye bag//ks watch//tb wallet//bb earrings//black sunglasses//gold hoops//chan luu wrap//black crossbody

 

 

Are you shopping the sale this year? Let me know your favorite finds below!

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Items I Already Own Featured in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

Today is super exciting for me for two reasons: it’s my birthday AND it’s the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Eve! Though it’s been available for a few days if you’re a card holder, to the public the sale opens on July 21st and runs through August 6th. I know I’m not the only one who’s post’s you’ve seen regarding this topic, so I’ll let everyone else explain why it’s a great sale and give you the reasons you should shop it while I get back to birthday shenanigans!

I’ve glanced through the sale for a bit and noticed that there’s a ton of item’s I already own and love available this year at bargain prices! I’ll be back tomorrow with a full on run down of other items, but as for today here’s what I already use pretty much daily that you should definitely consider picking up this year.

 

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clairisonic//longchamp//frye boots//perfume//mb duo//asics sneakers//quay sunglasses//benefit set

 

 

Catch me up at 3 am EST to shop the sale with the rest of the sale 🙂

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Life Lately

With my less than stellar record of keeping y’all informed with what I’m doing, I figured a post like this was the perfect way to fill everyone in! I love these sorts of posts because 1) they feel like the “survey’s” people used to make on MySpace (#tbt) back in the day and 2) they give readers a deeper glance into the writer’s lives because of how deep you have to go into detail for each category.

life lately

 

Eating… Belvita Blueberry breakfast biscuits! SO yummy and taste like crispy blueberry muffins. I’m also on a definite rice cake and watermelon kick again.

Drinking… carrot juice!! A new vegan restaurant just opened up near my house and I’m OBSESSED. They cold press their juices in front of you and I have been loving the carrot/cantaloupe/grapefruit/ginger concoction!

Wearing… my Adidas Superstars and any other cute sneaker! They’re so comfy but also the perfect shoe to wear when traveling or just walking around running errands.

Loving… the statement earring trend! I love the bright tassels and pom poms so much! A DIY is definitely in the future 🙂

Reading… I just recently finished reading Big Little Lies after watching the series on HBO! 

Watching… Riverdale! I watched this entire series in a couple of days and I’m not ashamed. It was so suspenseful but wonderfully done and I can not wait for Season 2!

Needing… to get back into a routine! My days have been all over the place and I’m definitely one to strive with a set daily schedule so once my new nanny job starts I will be very happy. 

Listening… to Taylor Swift on Spotify!! Her albums are officially back on streaming networks which will definitely be handy on road trips.

Excited… for next Fall! I don’t know why I’m so excited for school to start already, but I’m definitely ready to be back in Lubbock with all of my friends and finishing up my undergrad degree!

Wanting… to go somewhere tropical!! I’m not sure when I decided I loved the beach, but I have been totally craving some sun and sand between my toes! With flights to Puerto Rico being not too crazy in price, I’m about ready to pack my bags and jet off solo! Realistically that won’t be happening, but I definitely will be traveling to South Padre sometime soon!!

Hoping… for plans to fall into place! There’s so many loose ends in different areas of my life that need to get settled before I can officially relax and enjoy summer.

 

What have you been up to lately?! Let me know in the comments!

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May Favorites

Happy June! I’m so excited summer is finally here and even more happy to be home for a while! I originally intended to go back to Lubbock for summer, but ultimately decided to stay home for free home cooked meals and some much needed family time. As much as I love being at school and on my own, I definitely miss my family and hometown more and more as the years go by. I don’t have too much going on this summer other than an internship and a new nanny job, but nonetheless I’m excited for everything that summer brings.

For some reason picking favorites was extra hard this month, but I’m not entirely sure why! Maybe it’s because I haven’t posted a list in a few months so I felt the added pressure to make this one extra great?? Who knows! But I’m very excited to be back with yet another!

 

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Sneakers (similar)//Conditioner//Face Mask//Glasses//BookBook//Differin (c/o)//Foundation//Eyeliner//Bra//Toner//Tanner//Rice Cakes//Biscuits

Belvita Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits

The texture of these is almost like a crispy cookie, but they taste like blueberry muffins! They’re super filling making them the perfect on the go snack/breakfast.

Say Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask

I’m a sucker for sheet masks and randomly found this one in the checkout aisle at Target. I love how fresh this mask made my skin feel and even more so how it left my skin looking. It doesn’t have a strong smell at all and is very refreshing.

New Balance 574 

I jumped on the sneaker bandwagon a few months ago and I’ve loved every second of it since! I’ve always loved the New Balance sneakers but never found a pair that I was obsessed with. The detailing on this pair (pictured) is so cute and girly and they look adorable with t-shirt dresses or even leggings.

Differin

I’ve been using this product since January and it has changed the texture of my skin for the better! I use this once a day (maybe skipping a day depending on how my skin looks) after I use any serum I might need to. It does cause your skin to dry out a bit and there is a smidge of time where your face “purges”, but other than that I couldn’t recommend it more.

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation

After seeing this foundation all over Instagram, I decided to give it a go when I stumbled upon the display at Target. I’ve been using it for about a month now and I really like it!! A little goes a lonnnnggggg way with this product and the coverage really is buildable.

Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion

Love this toner and how easy it is to get the extra grime that a typical cleanser won’t get!

Garnier Whole Blend Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter Extracts Leave In Conditioner 

The new and improved version of my typical leave in conditioner. I love the coconut scent and how soft my hair feels when I use this product straight out of the shower. 

Lululemon Ta Ta Tamer II

I’ve used the same type of sports bra for 5ever and figured it might be time to switch things up a bit once Nike discontinued my favorite style. I ended up getting a fabulous deal on this one and have since bought 3 others because this bra is THAT. GOOD. It has awesome support and is super comfortable (the real selling point) when running or even just sitting in class. 

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Everyone and their mother has been talking about this book and I’m right there with them! After watching the HBO show based off of the book, I picked this up at Barnes and Noble and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. It’s definitely the perfect beach or pool book and I will definitely be reading more of Liane’s books as soon as time permits.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

I don’t typically use eyeliner, but after trying this one out on a whim I might be back on the bandwagon. This felt tip brush makes it so easy to do a tiny line or even a wing.

Jergens Natural Glow

I used this my freshman year of college in an effort to not be a ghost throughout winter and forgot about it. I have recently gravitated back towards it and am so sad I stopped using it way back when! It doesn’t make me orange like other self tanners but instead leaves me with nice color that is certainly buildable if used everyday.

Eye Buy Direct Frames in Anahi

Kind of a weird favorite, but I love my new glasses! I buy most of my pairs from Eye Buy Direct because of 1) how great the quality is and 2) how cheap they end up being! I have a couple pairs, but my current favs (and the ones pictured) are the Anahi’s.

 

 

What are your current favorites?

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