nordstrom anniversary sale try on // no. 2

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally live to everyone, and I for one am so excited about it! If you’ve been waiting to join the party, get ready for some amazing steals.

DRESS   treasure & bond pleated mini dress (wearing XXS, size down one)   |   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops   |   NECKLACE   gold circle necklace   |   SHOES   sam edelam heels (old, not included in sale)

JUMPSUIT   surplice jumpsuit (wearing size XS)   |   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops   |   NECKLACE   gold circle necklace   |   SHOES   sam edelam heels (old, not included in sale)

DRESS   misty asymmetrical dress (wearing size XS)   |   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops   |   NECKLACE   gold circle necklace   |   SHOES   sam edelam heels (old, not included in sale)

TOP   bp raw edge v-neck (wearing XS)   |   LEGGINGS   spanx faux leather leggings (wearing size XS, true to size)   |   SHOES   nike tennis shoes (sized one full size up)   |   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops   |   NECKLACE   gold circle necklace

TOP   bp raw edge v-neck (wearing XS)   |   LEGGINGS   spanx faux leather leggings (wearing size XS, true to size)   |   SHOES   nike tennis shoes (sized one full size up)   |   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops   |   NECKLACE   gold circle necklace

TOP   bp raw edge v-neck (wearing XS)   |  JACKET   north face westborough jacket (wearing size XS regular)   |   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops   |   NECKLACE   gold circle necklace

TOP   socialite thermal henley top (wearing size XS)   |   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops   |   NECKLACE   gold circle necklace

TOP   j.crew ruffle popover shirt   (wearing size XS)   |   SCARF   tan scarf   |   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops   |   NECKLACE   gold circle necklace   |   JEANS   7 for all mankind skinny jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS   sam edelman caprice boot (true to size)

TOP   calson long sleeve crewneck tee (wearing size XS)   |   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops   |   NECKLACE   gold circle necklace   |   JEANS   7 for all mankind skinny jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS   sam edelman caprice boot (true to size)

TOP   vince camuto ruffle sleeve blouse   (true to size, wearing XS)   |   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops   |   NECKLACE   gold circle necklace   |   JEANS   7 for all mankind skinny jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS   sam edelman caprice boot (true to size)

TOP   vince camuto ruffle sleeve blouse   (true to size, wearing XS)   |   COAT   lauren ralph lauren quilted coat (true to size, wearing XS regular)   |   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops   |   NECKLACE   gold circle necklace   |   JEANS   7 for all mankind skinny jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS   sam edelman caprice boot (true to size)

TOP   navy stripe top (sold out)   |   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops   |   NECKLACE   gold circle necklace   |   JEANS   7 for all mankind skinny jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS   sam edelman caprice boot (true to size)

TOP   caslon plaid shirt (true to size, wearing XS)   |   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops   |   NECKLACE   gold circle necklace   |   JEANS   caslon skinny jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTIES   bp brice notched bootie (true to size)

TOP   cece scallop edge top (true to size, wearing XS)   |   CLUTCH   calf hair leopard print clutch (also a crossbody)   |   JEANS   old forever 21 white flare jeans   |   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops

TOP   cece scallop edge top (true to size, wearing XS)   |   CLUTCH   calf hair leopard print clutch (also a crossbody)   |   JEANS   old forever 21 white flare jeans   |   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops

TOP   cece scallop edge top (true to size, wearing XS)   |   JACKET   halogen tweed jacket (true to size, wearing XS Petite)   |   JEANS   old forever 21 white flare jeans   |   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops|   HOOPS   dean davidson medium tubular hoops

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally live to everyone, and I for one am so excited about it! If you’ve been waiting to join the party, get ready for some amazing steals.

Today, I’m sharing the second of my two Nordstrom Anniversary Sale try on posts. (Catch the first one here!) I stocked up on everything from jeans to jackets, and couldn’t be happier with what I received!

I will say, I’m definitely bummed to see that there weren’t very many restocks for the public access portion of the sale. If you had your eye on something that’s out of stock, my advice would be to bookmark it and keep checking back. We’ll start seeing returns trickle in now, and you’ll most likely be able to snag one of those!

One department that doesn’t sell out quickly? Home decor! Don’t forget, I’ve got a huge roundup of my favorite home finds HERE.

Finally, I’m so excited to announce the second of five winners of my $100 Nordstrom gift card giveaway, Morgan Ruff! (Morgan, check your email to claim your prize!) I’ll be announcing the remaining three winners over the weekend. Be sure to check back here to see if it’s you!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. In case you missed my first try on, I’m sharing those pics here:

basics

SWEATER   Leith Ribbed Shawl Cocoon Sweater (wearing size XXS, size down one)  |   TOP    Calson Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Cotton tee (true to sixe, wearing XS)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS   Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing 7)   |   BAG    Tory Burch Marsden Leather Crossbody Bag

SWEATER   Leith Ribbed Shawl Cocoon Sweater (wearing size XXS, size down one)  |   TOP    Calson Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Cotton tee   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS   Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing 7)  |   BAG   Tory Burch Marsden Leather Crossbody Bag

SWEATER   Leith Ribbed Shawl Cocoon Sweater (wearing size XXS, size down one)   |   SCARF   Shiraleah Ripley Scarf   |   TOP    Calson Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Cotton tee   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS   Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing 7)   |   BAG   Tory Burch Marsden Leather Crossbody Bag

SWEATER   Leith Ribbed Shawl Cocoon Sweater (wearing size XXS, size down one)   |   TOP    Calson Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Cotton tee   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS   Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing 7)

JACKET    BlankNYC Cloud Nine Drape Jacket (wearing size small)     |   TOP    BP Raw Edge V-Neck Tee (wearing size XS)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   SHOES   Tory Burch Benton Ballet Flat (true to size, wearing a 7)

sweaters

SWEATER   Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan (wearing size S)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS   Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing 7)

SWEATER   Leith Rib Wrap Sweater  |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)

SWEATER   Leith Rib Wrap Sweater (wearing size XS)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS   Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing 7)

SWEATER   Leith Rib Wrap Sweater (wearing size XS)    |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing 7)   |   SCARF   Halogen cashmere wrap

SWEATER   Topshop Colorblock Knit Pullover (wearing size US 4)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing 7)

SWEATER   BP Exposed Seam Sweater (wearing size XXS)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTIES   Kork-Ease Elfa Bootie

SCARF   Sole Society Mixed Plaid Scarf   |   TOP    Calson Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Cotton tee   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |  BOOTS   Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing 7)  |   BAG   Tory Burch Marsden Leather Crossbody Bag

SWEATER   BP Twist Front Sweater (wearing size XS)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTIES   BP Brice Notched Bootie

outerwear

JACKET   Hinge Feminine Leather Moto Jacket (wearing size XS)   |   TOP   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS    Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing size 7)

JACKET   Hinge Feminine Leather Moto Jacket (wearing size XS)   |   TOP      |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS   Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing size &

JACKET   Barbour Fairway Quilted Jacket (wearin gsize 8UK)  |   TOP   1901 Long Sleeve Ranger Tee (wearing size S)       |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTIES   BP Brice Notched Bootie

PULLOVER   Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover (wearing size S)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS   BP Brice Notched Bootie

basics

TOP   Free People January Tee (wearing size XS)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTIES   BP Brice Notched Bootie

TOP   1901 Long Sleeve Ranger Tee (wearing size S)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTIES   BP Brice Notched Bootie

TOP   BP Raw Edge V-Neck Tee (wearing size XS)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   SHOES   Tory Burch Benton Ballet Flat (true to size, wearing a 7)

TOP   Calson Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Cotton tee (wearing size XS)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS   Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing size 7)

TOP   Halogen Crewneck Top (wearing size XS)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing size 7)

blouses

TOP   1901 Baloon Sleeve Bow Neck Blouse (wearing size XS)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS    Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing size 7)

TOP   Hinge Ruffle V-Neck Blouse (wearing size XXS)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing size 7)

TOP   CeCe Scallop Edged Top (wearing size XXS, will return for my normal size XS)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   SHOES  Tory Burch Benton Ballet Flat (true to size, wearing a 7)

TOP   Vince Camuto Jacquard Striped Top (wearing size XS)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)

TOP   O’Neill Twirl Longline Shirt (wearing size XS)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTIES   Kork-Ease Elfa Bootie

TOP   1901 Ruffle Sleeve Top (weraing size XS)   |   JEANS   Calson Sierra Skinny Jeans (true to size, wearing 24)   |   BOOTS   Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing size 7)

dresses

DRESS   Rails Juliette Blouson Dress (true to size, I’m wearing a small because a XS wasn’t in stock)   |   BOOTS   Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot (fit true to size, wearing size 7)

DRESS   ASTR V-Neck Crepe Shift Dress (wearing size XS)   |   SHOES   Tory Burch Benton Ballet Flat

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best #nsale home decor

‘No matter how you feel, I think you’re going to love today’s post. These #NSale home decor finds haven’t been talked about very much in the blog-a-sphere, and I don’t know why! Because if you take a look below, you’ll see just how amazing these deals are.

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Hip, hip, hooray! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to everyone tomorrow, and with it comes the waning of #NSale content! I know some of you are so over it and others are so excited to finally shop… so thanks to all of you for your patience as I try to cater to whichever camp you fall in!

‘No matter how you feel, I think you’re going to love today’s post. These #NSale home decor finds haven’t been talked about very much in the blog-a-sphere, and I don’t know why! Because if you take a look below, you’ll see just how amazing these deals are.

My favorite thing? All of the gorgeously colorful rugs included in the sale! I couldn’t even fit them all on this collage. Since rugs are such a big-ticket purchase, this is an amazing time to grab one for your dorm room or apartment!

Happy browsing, y’all! Don’t forget, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale goes live tonight. Be sure to check back here for a new try-on post!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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#nsale tops to wear now and later

I adore the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as much as anyone else (and praise hands that it opens to everyone on Friday morning!) but there’s something so… sweaty… about buying winter pieces in the middle of a Texas summer, ya feel? ;)

I adore the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as much as anyone else (and praise hands that it opens to everyone on Friday morning!) but there’s something so… sweaty… about buying winter pieces in the middle of a Texas summer, ya feel? ;)

That’s why this year, I was on the lookout not only for winter coats and cozy sweaters but for tops I could start wearing now and continue styling into the late southern fall!

Let me just say, there are some fabulous transitional tops in the mix of this year’s sale selection. You’ll find two that I’ve been wearing non-stop this past week below, as well as a few I’ve had my eye on at the end of this post!

I also have to give a quick shoutout to these darling pink tasseled slides, that are currently part of the sale as well! They fit true to size as well and bring such fun to any outfit!

Blue Stripe Blouse

TOP   blue striped blouse (#NSALE, wearing size XS)   |   SHOES   pink tassel slides (#NSALE)   |   NECKLACE   gold circle necklace (#NSALE)   |   HOOPS   gold hoops (#NSALE)   |   JEANS   white vineyard vines jeans

There is something effortless, casual and perfectly classic about this sweet blue top. I picked it up because it’s one you can style with jean cutoff shorts and sandals or white jeans and wedges now, and transition into fall with dark-wash denim and flats or boots! (Don’t get me started on how cute this would look with cowboy boots!)

This is also a piece that looks great on every age, whether you’re in high school or have highschoolers yourself!

Ruffle Sleeve Blouse

TOP   ruffle sleeve top (wearing size XS)   |   SHOES   pink tassel slides (#NSALE)   |   NECKLACE   gold circle necklace (#NSALE)   |   HOOPS   gold hoops I#NSALE)   |   JEANS   white vineyard vines jeans

Let me go ahead and advise you to bookmark this top… it’s sold out in a few sizes now, but there’s a high chance it is fully restocked on Friday morning! This is a perfect every-day tee, that looks great paired with high-waisted shorts and skirts now, and will look oh-so-chic with dark jeans and riding boots this fall.

It comes in 6 color options, and I’m planning on purchasing the red and navy on Friday! This is another top that works amazingly on every age group!

As promised, here are five other summer styles that will transition beautifully into fall. I own the scalloped-sleeve blouse, and can’t wait to bring it on vacation this weekend!

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amazon prime day picks and #nsale restocks

Ok, ok, ok… am I the only one thinking this week seems to be the sale-extravaganza-fest of the year?! It seems like with every day that goes by, I’m learning of a new mega event.

Ok, ok, ok… am I the only one thinking this week seems to be the sale-extravaganza-fest of the year?! It seems like with every day that goes by, I’m learning of a new mega event.

One of those is, drumroll please, Amazon Prime Day! Now, I’ll be honest… I kept tabs on this sale over the past two years and was never really impressed. This year, however, my interest was sparked by all of the glitching that happened yesterday!

When I discovered everything was resolved and working this morning, I decided to take a scroll myself.  Ok y’all… I don’t know what it is this with this year in particular, but there are some amazing finds! Not only are there items I purchased this morning (cough cough, this toothbrush, haha) but there are some favorites I personally own and use as well! Use the links at the end of the collage to shop.

P.S. I did some research on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (see my first try-on post here) and found 10 pieces that are back and fully in-stock! You’ll find them after all of the Amazon Prime Day coverage.

1. Sonicare Toothbrush

I have wanted one of these for years. Every year I tell myself I’m going to ask for it for Christmas or my birthday… and then I always forget! It’s seriously at such a steal today and there’s one in PINK! Can you say, sold?!

2. Eagle Creek Packing Cubes

Did you catch my travel post yesterday?! I talked about these Eagle Creek Packing Cubes and how they’ve totally transformed my travel game! Keep in mind that this set has one slight difference… the biggest pouch is zippered, unlike the envelope version I have! Still great, I bet. Totally recommend, especially at this price!

3. Kindle Paperwhite

I never thought I’d make the move from paper to Kindle, but this price (and the endless raving reviews my friends give it) has me thinking I might change my mind!

4. Wet Brush Set

Each time I get out of the shower, these brushes are what I use to untangle my unruly hair! Hurry, they’re selling out quick!

5. Alexa

One of the truest joys of my day is getting to say “Alexa, turn off my bedroom lamp” each night instead of having to pull myself half-way out of bed to physically do it. (First world problems.) That feature (which you need to buy a wifi plug with, listed right below) alone makes the Alexa totally worth it in my book!

6. Wifi Plug

Like I mentioned above, in order to set up your lamp to work with an Alexa, you need one of these! This comes in a set of two, which is perfect if you have a lamp on either side of your bed like I do!

7. 23 & Me

Is anyone else thrilled to see this for $200 off?! I’m buying for SURE.

8. Crest White Strips

I oftentimes get questions as to how I keep my teeth, and Crest White Strips are my secret! I use these usually no more than once a year, and they make a dramatic difference. Worth every penny!

9. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

In yesterday’s post, I talked about my pair of Bose headphones and how much I love them! I don’t have this exact style, but the reviews are amazing!

10. Mini Steamer

Ok throwback y’all… this little steamer is the exact one I used all of college! If you have limited storage space or are just looking for a great, low-cost steamer, I give this one five stars!

11. Moroccan Rug

Decorating an apartment? Wanting to add some cozy to your space? This is a fabulous neutral rug at an even better price. All sizes are on sale, which makes the larger ones totally affordable!

12. Coravin Wine Preservation System

If there’s one thing you buy from Prime Day, let it be this! I bought this as a birthday present for myself and have loved it. It allows me to pour wine while still preserving the rest of the bottle, which is a game changer since I live alone!

13. Diffuser Set

I own this exact set, and love how minimalistic it looks without the colored lights on. I do enjoy the light blue colored light as well!

14. Glass Food Storage Containers

I don’t own these… but this seems like an amazing deal for quality glass storage pieces.

15. Clarisonic Mia 2

I started using a clarisonic my junior year of college, and it was a game changer for my skin. I was really struggling with breakouts, and this tool allowed my skin medicine to actually soak in and work incredibly quickly!

16. Black Platform Heel

17. Black Ankle Tie Heel

18. Black Jeweled Heel

19. Black Bow Heel

20. Papermate Colorful Pens

Question… will I ever outgrow fun school supplies? No. Way.

21. Supergoop Sunscreen

Best sunscreen on the market, hands down! And rarely ever on sale.

22. Instant Pot

This is something I’ve heard tons about. While I don’t have a huge use for it yet, I think it’s a great time to buy if you have multiple mouths to feed!

23. Roomba Vacuum

I kid you not… I was talking about the Roomba with my friend Hayley just the other week. She sets hers to vacuum when she’s off at work. Apparently it’s amaxing, especially for controlling dog hair!

24. Spiralizer

I mean… $20? I think I’m finally going to have to hop on the zoodle train!

Next up, here are 10 pieces from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that, at the time of posting this, are in stock in all sizes!

Well, friends… happy mega sale shopping week! ;) Hope you find some great pieces today! And don’t forget…. the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to everyone early Friday morning!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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9 things i can’t travel without

I’m heading off on a family trip at the end of this week (hint hint… we go every year) and in honor of that, I thought it would be fun to share my packing necessities. These are items I used for my recent trip to Italy, and I’m excited to share these little life-savers with you today!

SWEATER   leith ribbed shawl cardigan (#NSALE, size down one size, I’m wearing an XXS)   |   TOP   v-neck tee (#NSALE, wearing size XS)   |   JEANS   calson sierra skinny jeans (#NSALE, wearing size 24)   |   EARRINGS   dean davidson hoop earrings (#NSALE)   |   NECKLACE   gold pave circle necklace (#NSALE)   |   LUGGAGE   pink chevron luggage set (#NSALE)   |   BAG   barrington st. anne tote   |   SHOES   pink tassel slides (#NSALE, true to size)

Happy Monday, y’all! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I loved getting some downtime in Dallas, and am feeling ready for the week ahead!

I’m heading off on a family trip at the end of this week (hint hint… we go every year) and in honor of that, I thought it would be fun to share my packing necessities. These are items I used for my recent trip to Italy, and I’m excited to share these little life-savers with you today!

Let me know if you have questions on any of the things I’ve listed below. I hope they help you with your excursions!

And don’t forget… The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to EVERYONE this Thursday! Mark your calendars! Now… let’s get started!

1. Rolling Luggage Set (currently part of the #NSale)

If there’s one aspect concerning luggage sets that I recommend above all others, it’s that the set is able to roll upright! As in, you don’t have to drag it behind you but can push it along with you. This is seriously a game changer. Not only does this make luggage so much easier to lug around, but it also allows you to set your purse/jacket/anything else you may be bringing along right on top. (See the second and third photo in this post to see what I mean.)

For as much traveling as I do, I held off on purchasing a more expensive set of luggage until just last week. There are so many brands out there, and all so expensive, so I kept rebuying rolling bags from Target while I researched and waited to make a decision. When this pink chevron set went live as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I pulled the trigger immediately! It had everything I wanted… the ability to roll upright, the darling pink color, a hard shell and a built-in lock on both the checked and carry-on bag.

I can’t wait to keep y’all updated on how this set wears! It’s currently sold out, but will most likely be restocked in the coming week or two. I’ll notify y’all once it does!

2. Packing Cubes

I’ll be the first to admit that this is one packing accessory I thought was a total gimmick. That is until I went on a pre-Italy Container Store craze and came home with this set. Let me tell you… I will never travel without them again!

Why the change of heart? These cubes simultaneously organize and condense all of your clothing into compact, tidy compartments that make keeping up with (and finding) everything in your suitcase a breeze. I use the large envelope for dresses and blouses (and can fit over 10, folded!), the middle-sized bag for jeans and t-shirts and the smallest for socks and undergarments. Worth every penny!

3. Ostrich Pillow

Ahh, yes. The famous ostrich pillow! I decided to hop on this crazy train in preparation for my flight to Rome, and y’all I loved it. But not for the reasons I expected! Let me explain.

Yes, this pillow is soft, but my favorite thing about it was the light-blocking aspect! Unlike a small eyemask, I found that this pillow blocked out all light, muffled sound and made resting against the wall of the plane or my tray table so much more comfortable. Plus, you can wear it around your neck as you walk through the airport for easy transporting.

Now be warned… you will make friends with the flight attendants if you bring this on a flight. They find it hilarious! I don’t take this on shorter flights, but anytime I want to get some sleep in, this thing comes with me!

4. Bose Headphones

A few years ago, I received a pair of Beats headphones for Christmas. I was so excited about them… until I quickly realized they made my ears sore after about 30 minutes of wear!

Ever since, I’ve been saving and researching for a pair of headphones as a replacement. What were my criteria? Noise canceling. Wireless. Not heinous looking. Most importantly… comfortable.

After a lot of research, I finally landed on this pair of SoundLink II Around-Ear Bluetooth Headphones. Friends, I give them five out of five stars conservatively!

Let me start with the most important thing in my opinion, comfort. These headphones are so comfortable that I actually wore them the entire flight from Dallas to Rome even when I wasn’t listening to music! They canceled out all the noise (apparently there was a crying baby the whole time that my family had to listen to… not me! :) and didn’t hurt my ears at all. I was genuinely shocked at how long I wore them and how comfortable they were!

Next up, the battery lasts incredibly long, and the Bluetooth connection is super easy to set up. And aren’t they so cute? The white/tan color combination is always one I can get on board with.

If you can’t tell, I’m a huge fan of these babies. Totally changed my flying experience!

5. Makeup Organizer

I’ve tried many over the years, but have found that my favorite makeup organizer for traveling is the classic fold-up, hang-up version you can find almost anywhere! I found this one at Bed, Bath & Beyond a couple of years ago, and it has come with me on every trip since. I put my bigger makeup products (palettes, brushes, bronzers, etc) in the bottom pocket and smaller products (concealer, sponges, eyeliner and mascara, etc) in the middle pouch. The top zippered area is reserved for Q-tips and my razor!

6. Liquids Bag (sold out, similar linked)

Let me start off by saying this. I don’t ever pack liquids in my carry on. I just can’t handle the stress of it… making sure everything is the right size, remembering to pull them out before screening, no thank you. Instead, I just pack my normal-sized liquid and aerosol items in this nifty bag. (Sold out from Container Store, but found a similar here.) It’s remarkable how much I can fit in (my full hairspray, shampoo, dry shampoo and conditioner and more!) and it’s easy to rinse if anything spills. (I had a nasty experience with a sunless tanner bottle once… oops!)

To me, this really is the best way to keep anything that can leak or “explode” in-air isolated and organized. There are more expensive versions of this see-through container out there, but this one has served me so well!

7. Hair Tools

“What hair tools do you take abroad?” has probably been my most-asked question this summer! There are all sorts of converters/adapters out there, but if you want to be safe I recommend only bringing dual-voltage tools. American tools require a different amount of voltage than European outlets offer, so simply using a plug adapter to plug your American tool into a European adapter doesn’t mean it’s working. (I learned this the hard way by ruining a straightener a few years back!)

If you don’t have dual-voltage hair tools, I really recommend purchasing a less expensive dual-voltage appliance just to be safe. (Here’s a dual-voltage hairdryer, straightener and the curling wand I’ve used since college that I still love!)

Once you purchase a dual-voltage American device, make sure you have a plug adapter so you can actually fit it into a non-US plug! (And make sure the adapter you buy is for whichever country you’re going to!)

8. Barrington St. Anne Tote

I don’t think I could count how many times I’ve posted about my all-time favorite tote, the St. Anne from Barrington. It is hands-down the best (in my opinion) and the only tote I bring as my “purse” on plane trips. (Or any kind of trip, really.)

It fits my large laptop, my large agenda, a book, wallet, sunglasses, snacks and so much more. Plus, it is so durable and wears in beautifully with time.

Have I mentioned it’s customizable? Warning – you may spend the rest of your day designing your dream bag here.

9. Sweater

No matter what time of year or destination I’m flying to, I always bring along a sweater for the plane ride. First off, you never know how cold it will get and secondly, I find it makes me feel less germ-y. Haha! This one from the Nordstrom sale is so soft, a fabulous neutral color and on sale for $45! Heads up, I’m wearing an XXS. I’d recommend sizing down one!

Now I’m dying to know… what are some packing tips and tricks you can’t live without?!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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my personal online #nsale buys

I surprised myself by ending up with a lot of great, neutral basics. A new pair of tennis shoes (since mine have gotten so dirty), a great new winter coat (since Dallas was so cold this past winter!), a second of my favorite bra (literally the best), a set of no-show socks for my new booties, etc. I can’t wait to get them in and tuck them away for the cold months ahead!

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tennis shoes   |   cozy fall top   |   black jeans   |   leopard crossbody   |   my fave bra   |   no-show socks   |   winter coat   |   leather leggings   |   gold hoop earrings

Well, y’all, the craziness has begun! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, in all of it’s glory, has arrived in full force. Yippee!

I actually pulled an all-nighter on Thursday night to get everything linked and ready for y’all, so I didn’t even end up shopping the full sale online until last night after I had taken a few much-needed naps. :) And when I did, I was shocked to see that so many pieces were already sold and/or selling out.

Since I had already made a huge haul in-store, I focused on finding pieces online that I, personally, would plan on using and wearing all year long.

Y’all know I adore blogging, but one of the downsides is that shopping has, in a way, turned into more of a “job” than a “personal” thing for me. The vast majority of items I purchase these days has a pressure of “Is this piece something everyone would be interested in seeing?” So yesterday, I thought long and hard about what I, personally, wanted to have on-hand this fall/winter and went from there!

I surprised myself by ending up with a lot of great, neutral basics. A new pair of tennis shoes (since mine have gotten so dirty), a great new winter coat (since Dallas was so cold this past winter!), a second of my favorite bra (literally the best), a set of no-show socks for my new booties, etc. I can’t wait to get them in and tuck them away for the cold months ahead!

I’m so excited for (finally!) a weekend here in Dallas. I plan on sleeping in, catching up with a couple of friends and eating at my favorite restaurants. #priorities In the meantime, I’d love to know what type of content you’d like to see next week! More sale guides? Outfit posts? I’m all ears!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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