Nordstrom Anniversary Sale/Try on reviews

Friday, July 22, 2016

Just in case you don't read any other blogs or possibly live under a rock, you may not have heard that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is going on right now and fashion bloggers are going ham (myself included). I figured that a good amount of my readers may not have heard about it, so I thought I'd share my favorite items today now that the sale is open to everyone and not just cardholders. If you've already read a million posts like this one then I won't be offended if you stop reading ;) there are some fit reviews too at the bottom of the post for items I ordered!

(this is the absolute best time to stock up on cashmere!)





Try on reviews
I apologize for the poor quality photos! I got home from work late and by then the lighting was terrible, but I still wanted to share because I think these are helpful.

This blush pink cardigan is all kinds of perfect. It's very similar to the one I blogged about earlier in the week, but I actually like it better! It's softer and less expensive :) fits TTS, I ordered a medium. I already wore it yesterday!

I wanted to love this blush pink cashmere turtleneck because it's the perfect color at a great price, but I just couldn't get over the asymmetrical cuts on the bottom. It's pretty sheer too. I don't think the pictures online truly reflect what this sweater looks like, so hopefully these pictures help you! I will be returning this item. The fit is TTS, I'm wearing a medium.

This BP camel cardigan is all kinds of amazing for only $32! I know these pictures are terrible, but this looks exactly like the pictures online. It fits TTS if you're looking for a looser fit (wearing a medium) and is extraordinarily soft for such an inexpensive item. I'm considering buying it in another color :) definitely keeping and I can't wait to wear this over a black turtleneck with a skirt and black tights in the fall!

I'm on the fence about this Eliza J ruffle hem fit and flare dress. Help me decide! I love the pictures online and it's nice quality, but I can't decide if I love it on me. It's a little tight in the stomach, which I don't love to show off. I would say it fits TTS, I'm wearing an 8. Can't decide whether to return or keep.

This black Halogen blouse was another case of misrepresentation on the Nordstrom website. You can't see that the sleeves are slit online, and I really didn't like this detail so I will be returning. Again, this fit TTS.

I bought these black Corso Como over the knee boots mostly just to try them on. I had never actually tried OTK boots and wanted to give it a shot with a pair that looked pretty similar to Stuart Wietzmans. I'm honestly torn. I think these are really cute, but I don't know if they're "me." What do you guys think, yay or nay? You can see a little more of these boots on Snapchat (myinnerfabulous) if you're so inclined to help a girl decide!

Will you be shopping the sale? Would love to know what you bought/are going to buy!

xo Catherine


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Dress: Nordstrom (similar). Trench coat: Ellen Tracy via Nordstrom (very similar). Shoes: Kohl's (similar). Clutch: Gap (similar). Sunglasses: Target (very similar). 
Looking at these pictures I'm realizing that I need to go get the sleeves of this coat hemmed😂 Oh well, let's talk about this coat. First I need to tell you a story about my current trench coat. I bought it just before I studied abroad in London circa 2013. Makes sense, right? Well it made so much sense that I ended up wearing it literally every single day that I was there and pretty much hated it by the time I got home because I'd over worn it. Fast forward to 2016 and I still have the same trench coat. It's kind of falling apart and I still harbor some of that hate from 2013. I've been thinking it was time to upgrade for about a year now, but couldn't find something I loved until I came across this faux suede trench coat. Now I know what you're thinking: that doesn't make sense, isn't it supposed to be waterproof? Well normally I would be right there with you, but I do live in California where it hardly ever rains, so I think I can swing it! I really love the unexpectedness of such a classic piece in a different material. I was worried it would look too '70's or kind of creepy, but it's perfect!

I hope your week is going well! Be sure to stop by on Friday as I'll be sharing my Nordstrom Anniversary sale picks (and some fitting tips on the items I bought)!

xo Catherine

The Perfect Cardigan to Pair With Dresses

Monday, July 18, 2016

If you follow me on Snapchat (myinnerfabulous) then you already got a little peak of this cardigan, but I thought it was too good not to share here as well. For a long time I had lamented that cardigans ruined cute dresses. I always hated when I had to put a cardi over my dress because I was never able to find ones that were the right length. That is until I struck gold with this Halogen cardigan from Nordstrom. I've styled it with three different dresses below for the full effect :) you can see that it pairs well with fit and flares as well as sheath dresses and I think it would look amazing with bodycon dresses too. It's honestly the perfect third piece!

Look one Dress: J. Crew Factory (similar). Cardigan: Halogen. Belt: Target. Purse: Tory Burch (similar). Shoes: Target. Sunglasses: Illesteva

Look two Dress: Gap Factory (similar). Cardigan: Halogen. Purse: Old Navy (similar). Shoes: Dolce Vita (similar). Sunglasses: Illesteva

Look three Dress: H&M (similar). Cardigan: Halogen. Belt: ASOS. Purse: Phillip Lim for Target (similar). Shoes: Banana Republic (similar). Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Necklace: Odette and Ophelia c/o. 
This cardigan is lightweight, which is perfect for the summer, and it's longer than most of my dresses, which ends up looking best. This particular cardigan comes in a couple colors, but there's actually a super similar one that's part of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and that's cheaper! I bought it in blush :)

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty much spent playing volleyball, a nine hour tournament on Saturday to be exact, and then recovering from said volleyball. 

Thanks for stopping by!
xo Catherine 

How to Wear Black During the Summer

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

If you're anything like me you reserve darker colors for the winter months. I honestly don't know why or where the association with certain seasons came from, but I want to try wearing more black during the summer. I don't have a huge amount of black in my wardrobe to begin with, but I feel like the chicest women are always donning black year round. So join me in my quest to be like them and wear black even during the summer! Here's how:

Opt for items that are made out of lighter materials like linen or denim. I think the easiest way to make black summery is via material. You wouldn't wear linen during the winter, so that alone makes it perfect for the hotter months!

Accessorize with black! Another great way to incorporate the darker hue is with summer accessories like a straw tote or strappy sandals.

Wear summery patterns in black. There are certain patterns like gingham or floral that are usually reserved for summertime, so that's another great way to look chic and summery all at once.

Don't wear all black. Yes, I agree that all black is no-fuss and pretty much always chic, but for summer I'd have to argue that you need at least one other color thrown into the mix. It doesn't have to be a vibrant hue, it could just be white, cognac, or even denim but all black is a little too heavy for summer. You'll thank me when you're in the sun!
xo Catherine 

Kimono is come from the Greek word himona

Monday, July 11, 2016

Palm print kimono: ASOS (similar from Boohoo). White lace shorts: Loft (similar from Macy's). White v-neck tank top: Topshop. Blue matte aviator sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Blue cross-body purse: Kate Spade. Gold and tan slide sandals: Loft (similar from Target). Tan Panama hat: Parc Boutique (similar from J. Crew). 
Please tell me you know what I'm quoting in the title of this post😂one of my all-time favorite movies and it's what I think of every time I wear this kimono! This super casual outfit was perfect for a day of running errands, but it did make me want to lounge by the pool with a drink in my hand. That's pretty much what the weekend consisted of though: errands and lounging. Nothing out of the ordinary to report!

Hope you have a fabulous Monday and thanks so much for stopping by!
xo Catherine 

The 2016 Project Update Two

Friday, July 8, 2016

Well damn it's already Q3 folks! Time for round two of The 2016 Project updates on months April-June. It's actually insanity that we're halfway through the year, and that I've kept up with my resolutions for this long. I can tell you that's never happened. Pretty proud of myself actually, but I had a feeling that blogging about it would definitely hold me accountable. 

April: go somewhere new. Okay, so I kind of failed at this one. But it wasn't a total fail. I never really went anywhere with the intention of it being counted as my April resolution, but I did go to new restaurants, parks and a new state. I think my original plan was to do something grander than those things, but there just wasn't enough time.

May: drink lemon water every morning. If you're interested in a full review of the lemon water thing you can read my post here. In short, I hated it, like irrationally so. I didn't really believe in it from the beginning so I don't think I ever expected it to stick, but now I can say I've tried it.

June: take a class. This was one of the ones I was most excited about and it did not disappoint. My friend Taryn and I took a croissant making class at Sur la Table and it was actually amazing. 1. It was really fun to learn how to bake something I would probably never otherwise make, and 2. We went home with a dozen delicious croissants. Probably the best I've ever had ;) this will definitely be something I want to do again. I really want to take a knife skills class because it's something I could definitely use some improvement on, but it wasn't as exciting as croissants. Hopefully soon!

You can keep up with all 2016 Project updates here if you'd like! If you've been following along since the beginning you may notice I made a few rearrangements, but nothing too drastic. Would love to know if you set a New Year's resolution and how it's going if you did!

xo Catherine 

Gingham Girl

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Skirt: J. Crew. Top: Banana Republic (similar). Purse: Coach (similar). Shoes: Target. Watch: Cartier. Sunglasses: Illesteva. Earrings: Odette and Ophelia c/o. 
The day after a long weekend is always kind of a b*tch, isn't it? I flew in last night and there was bad weather in MN so my flight was delayed and let's just say I'm not running on much sleep. Getting to see Lou tonight is getting me through the day though. Can't wait to snuggle that little guy!

My weekend was such a good one. Busy but really really good. There was a lot of family time which we don't get enough of, so I was just trying to soak it all in. I wore red white and blue for most of the weekend, including this outfit on the actual 4th. I'm a firm believer that red white and blue outfits are appropriate year round though, so I will definitely be re-wearing this one in the near future :)

Well, let's hope this short week flies by!

xo Catherine 
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