Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially here, and I'm excited to share a few of the things I've purchased as well as a few more things on my wish list. I'm enjoying summer right now but looking forward to having a few new fall things to pull out of my closet when the temperatures cool off later this year. I'm not purchasing a ton of things during this sale, but I am stocking up on a few pieces that I've been waiting on buying.

Because I now own my own clothing store, I try to wear mostly what we carry as it's the best form of advertising. That doesn't mean I don't still love shopping (man, oh, man, I do!), but it does mean that I'm a little more careful with what I spend on clothing as I know I need to focus on ZIA. Because of that, I had specifics I looked for.

What I looked for during the sale:
While shopping, I found all of the things I was looking for plus a couple of extras! I could've kept going, but check out what I purchased below. 
Ruffle Neck Sweater (sale $49.90, after sale $79.00) - I saw this cute sweater in the preview catalog for the sale and knew it would be on the list! So cute and loving the ruffle detail. Also loving the green it comes in.

Eberjey Pajama Set (sale $67.90, after sale $102.00) - I love Eberjey but it is a little bit pricey, so when I saw these PJs on sale, I decided to give them a try! I hope they are as soft as the romper I wore for my wedding. 

Alo High Waist Leggings (sale $72.90, after sale $110) - Alo is one of my favorite workout brands and I love that these have mesh insets and a high waist. 

Over-the-Knee Boots (sale $159.90, after sale $239.95) - I've been looking for really good over the knee boots for the last two years and have yet to find a pair that I love. I have tiny ankles so everything is either concave or not comfortable, and so here's to hoping these are the winners!

Sole Society Backpack (sale $39.90, after sale $59.95) - I don't have a cute little backpack for traveling, and this one looked so luxe for a lesser price. We'll see what I think when it comes in!

Leith Cardigan (sale $45.90, after sale $69.00) - I purchased a similar sweater two years ago and it continues to be my favorite sweater ever! I'm excited to get this one in - and if I end up loving nothing else that I purchased, I really think this will be a winner!

I also snagged a couple more things not pictured, so check out those below!


There were some other things that I really liked but either a). don't really need it b). we will have something like it at ZIA c). the sale isn't that great on it. But there were also a few things I was super tempted to purchase but ended up passing on. Check out those below!

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I've mentioned before how talented my friends are over at Gathered Group (check out my console styling session here). Principle designer Lindsey Cheek was most recently featured in Southern Living, so when she mentioned stopping by to style our outdoor set, I definitely couldn't say no!

I have long been in love with the pieces Gathered has to offer and the design style Lindsey displays in her work, so there's no question that I'm in love with how this area turned out! We often get questions as to where our patio furniture is from, and it was one we found on Wayfair. It's not the biggest set in the entire world, but it's great for our little patio area and to just hang out from time to time. Though the set is pretty, the pieces Lindsey and Morgan used really brought life to our area. I'm also quite proud of how well are potted palm is doing - it's grown so much this summer so I can't wait to see it's transformation over the next year!

Keep scrolling to see all of the necessities to truly transform your outdoor area into the perfect place for outdoor entertaining!

 
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I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend! It's back to reality over here - we've been at the beach house with my family for a staycation since last Tuesday, and it's been wonderful. Even though our home is right by the water and I see my parents at least a few times a week, it's always so fun to be together at the beach house. It was full of boat rides, too many hours in the sun, and fun with friends as well. I'm also quite confident that I ate my way through Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach this last week, so it's time for a majorrrr detox. It is nice to be back in our little house though as we prepare for a busy and productive week. 

When I ordered this set months ago for ZIA, I knew I was going to love it - so much so that I ordered myself a top and pair of shorts, which I try to resist doing. Sure enough, I can't get enough! It's perfect for summer but I love that you can easily pair the top with high-waisted denim going into fall and mix up outfits with the shorts as well. 

If you decide to #shopziaboutique, use code SS15 for 15% off at checkout!

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Happy 4th of July! I'm spending the next few days at the beach house and looking forward to a little bit of R&R. I'm in the store most days, but I'm taking the 4th off and then working from home on Thursday to get caught up on a few things! As much as I love being in the store, I find that I'm more productive on the computer/"business" side of the business when I work from home. 

I've also been taking advantage of a few good sales and snagged a couple of new things:
And in other news, in less than two short weeks, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kicks off! I actually first signed up for my Nordstrom credit card so I could take advantage of the sale early about 5 years ago and I've been shopping the Early Access sale ever since! 

The sale officially starts July 20th, but it's always worth it to become a cardholder to access it early - on July 12th! Some of my favorite pieces have come from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, like this perfect circle cardigan! I live in the South and the #NSALE is in the middle of the summer, so who would've thought that I could ever use this cardigan then... but my mid-August I had already used it quite a bit: vet trips with Sophie, on our vacation to cozy up in, etc.) My plan is to snag another from this year's sale if it's available!

These are a few of my faves as we approach the sale! That cozy ruffle neck sweater is a must-have for me!
Am I the only one saying, "Where in the world did June go?" Seriously though. I feel like I blinked and then this whole month was over. It's hard to believe that we're approaching 4th of July already. It's always a little weird of a schedule when a holiday is in the middle of the week, but it'll be fun to have a day in the sun celebrating our beautiful country!

Here's a quick look back at June:

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Reads:
  • Southern Living - you may have seen my post on Instagram about my friend Lindsey's feature in the latest issue of SL. If you haven't already, you need to check out this issue. So much good in this one! But if you can't wait to get to the store to pick up your copy, head over here to read this feature on Lindsey and her husband's home renovation. It gives me the heart eyes every time I look at it - and you should see it in person!

Travels:
Atlanta - in the middle of the month, my mom and I headed to Atlanta for apparel market. We decided to drive for this trip down to Georgia, so we piled in the car and headed down for a quick trip. I'm thinking of sharing a more detailed post that goes behind the scenes of apparel market soon!
Purchases:
  • This ottoman - we've been slowly changing out pieces of furniture and I'm excited to change from the glass coffee table from my first "grown-up" apartment to this ottoman! It hasn't come in yet but can't wait for it to arrive!
  • Medallion wedges - I've worn Jack Rogers off and on for years and while out shopping a few weeks ago, I came across these wedges. Aren't they so fun?! I've already worn them a couple of times and love them!
  • Ruffle strap tank - my favorite tank ever! Seriously though. And finally a post to get featured by LiketoKnow.it! That was a fun surprise
  • Comfiest maxi - I snagged this maxi after seeing it on a rep at market and it is seriously the best! If you love something a little on the preppy side but a dress that also feels like pajamas, check this one out. 

A few other snaps from June:
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dress via ZIA / similar shoes / clutch

Give me all the summer stripes! I hope everyone has had a great week so far. As we head into the weekend, mine is getting busier! We're having a fun event at ZIA on Friday evening + it's a Saturday in the shop for me. It's also supposed to be a beautiful weekend here so I'm hoping to snag a few hours in the sunshine as well. How about you?!

I'm loving this cute little striped dress. Sail to Sable is one of my favorite brands that we carry at ZIA, and when this little dress came in, I knew I had to share. It is so easy and comfortable and would make for a perfect summer date night look. It would even be cute paired with wedges or heels!

Cheers to a productive week and a laid-back weekend! 
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