Midnight Lace with LUISAVIAROMA

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The whirlwind of weddings last year in our circle of friends has given way to a steady stream of babies this year. It's incredible how life events come in such close waves, and my fear is it all goes by too quickly! We're trying to take it slow and enjoy the few weddings we do have this year, including an upcoming one next month. I'll be wearing this dress, which has transitional midnight tones but is still heat-friendly with lace cutouts all around the torso.
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Today's post is in partnership with LUISAVIAROMA, an Italian-based retailer with a huge assortment of handbags, shoes, and apparel from top designers around the world. They offer free express shipping and return shipping internationally, plus cover all taxes / duties which can be significant on big purchases.self portrait blue lace dress fall wedding_extra petite blog
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Free Flowing

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Express shorts (old; similar - just ordered a pair), Gucci soho disco bag

It's been a sweltering few days (although I really can't complain compared to the triple digits elsewhere!) so I've been living in looser pieces that let air flow freely through. I hadn't heard of the brand Sun & Shadow until I tried their moto jacket on recently and liked the quality. This cotton-blend top is also good quality with small details like triangular mesh panels and a hook-and-eye front panel - it looks like something I'd find at Free People for double the price. This top is on the sheer side esp. at the little mesh panels, but I wore a bra close to my skin color and had no issues with it showing through.
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I also wanted to share two pieces I tried on at the Nordstrom sale from shoes & handbags. If you're looking for a medium-sized bag that can convert from a crossbody to shoulder bag to handheld tote, this Coach Crosby 24 Carryall is one of my favorites from the sale (currently $100 off!) and is slightly reminiscent to my Celine bag. This is about 1" bigger than the nano with similarities like the pebbled leather, winged shape, and zippered top. It comes a strap that is actually adjustable, a removable little hang tag, metal feet and two inner pockets. At under $200 I thought this was a good value for a classic & versatile Coach purse!

Pre-Fall Sale Reviews: Sweaters, Moto Jackets, Booties, Oh My

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Happy happy Friday! Nordstrom's pre-Fall Anniversary sale is now OPEN to the public - I've got a bunch of new reviews for you guys on pieces from cozy sweaters to supple leather jackets to chic ankle booties (be sure to check out my last round of reviews too!). This post includes items I already own & love that are now on sale, as well as "dupes" for closet favorites that I wanted to review for those interested. Sizes are going quickly, but I've been seeing pop-backs every day, so it doesn't hurt to bookmark something and check back! As always, there is free shipping & returns at any price, which is very helpful if you're unsure of how something will work on you.

AoS Sarah white skinny jeans (40% off) - my go-to affordable white jeans that I rotate around with my J.Brand ones. See them styled on me hereherehere, and here. Size down for a snug fit, and length may need a hem on shorter ladies. I have 2 pairs in both 23 and 24 and they fit similarly after being shrunken down in the machine dryer after each wash.

Thread & Supply twill moto jacket sz xs - not on sale, but under $60. A chic little find by my cousin. This is a cropped and drape-able version of the army / utility jackets that are ever-versatile during fall. It is shrunken fit and pretty petite-friendly as shown above. The twill-like outer is 100% cotton, and the lining and sleeves are also cotton in a stretchy knit sweatshirt-like material.

Celine Nano Bag Review + How to Clean & Care for Leather Purses

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outfit info (clockwise from top left): one // two (my top is on sale!)// three // four // five

The CĂ©line Luggage line has been out for over 5 years now, but I still get lots of questions on my nano so figured I'd do a video review! This bag quickly became one of my favorite and most-used ones, as I'm sure you guys can tell. Here are the sizes and current pricing on the Luggage line:
Nano: starts at $2700, 8" x 8" x 4." The 2015-2016 white nano is $3150
Micro: starts at $2900 for leather, 10" x 10" x 6"
Mini: starts at $3100 for leather, 12" x 12" x 8.5"

These totes have unfortunately gone through numerous price increases since they were launched. There are quite a few on the pre-owned market, which is where I looked for a while but couldn't find the color I wanted. Popular nano colors I saw on pre-owned bag sites were black, red and taupe - all of which are classic and were also top contenders for me.

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Whenever I wear this bag I inevitably get questions on how to keep a white bag clean. I wish there were a magical answer, but it's just preventative and regular care! I mention some steps in the video, but I've rounded up below what I do for my leather handbags, broken into 3 categories:
 
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