Weekend in Newport, RI (and one-piece swimsuits in petite sizing!)

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Gucci sunglasses, KJP pearl bracelet sz XS + pearl cuff, vintage bag

Even though Newport, RI is just a hop and a skip away from Boston, Nick and I have rarely visited! (save for bachelorettes and the Newport folk festival, which I associate with the one weekend each year when Nick comes home from camping looking and smelling like a wet dog) It's our goal to explore more locally in New England, so we recently drove down for a weekend getaway and to see some friends!
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The area must've been at peak hydrangea season. I had my camera out and mouth agape at literally every turn. I mean, how spectacular are these ombré ones!? I inadvertently matched in my summery madras plaid dress, which got quite a few compliments. It's probably my favorite find yet from Modcloth - it's adjustable at the shoulder straps, at the back tie, and is made in a very comfortable and lightweight 100% cotton with lining. I hope some of you were able to pick it up back when I first Instagram'ed it!
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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 // Favorite buys + more reviews (petite leather jackets, blazers, ponchos & tunics)

Happy happy Friday! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally open to the public, with always free domestic shipping and return shipping! I've rounded up several new reviews (including a fab petite leather jacket find!), along with some more pre-Fall outfit inspo. Please also refer to my first post of reviews - there's several work-appropriate designer deals like these beautiful, slender Tory Burch flats and Kate Spade leather tote (fits a laptop) still in stock! Also, this is not part of the Anniversary sale, but thanks to my helpful friend Laticia C. for letting us know that the classic Stuart Weitzman highland boots are a whopping 40% off in several classic suede colors with small sizes in stock! Here is my review (I take size 5.5), comparing them to the Lowlands.
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Tucker & Tate cardigan girls XL (similar here or here in adults sizing)

Onto this first look: you guys wanted more athleisure, and what better way to make a scrubby gym outfit look more publicly-acceptable than with a cute striped cardigan on top? I usually avoid the kids department - it's easy to be lured in by the lower prices and little sizes, but the proportions & details are rarely right for grown women! This cardigan actually worked because it's a slouchier fit with sloped shoulders, and wasn't cut as short and wide like most kids sweaters (on the other hand, a few other pieces I tried in the same brand and size were comically bad on me).

I'm wearing XL (14-16) in this cardigan which just got restocked, and found it to fit similar to a womens' XS. The material is nothing to write home about, but I loved the classic wide stripes, the length, and of course the pockets! Swap in a pair of mules or ballet flats for a more refined look, and you can also dress this cardigan up for work over a pencil skirt or pair of ankle pants. Here are here are two pretty similar and affordable striped cardigan options available in adult sizing.
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I'm lucky to have my cousin now living in Boston - although we're the same size, we tend to gravitate towards different looks (with hers being a little edgier). These slip-on mules are not my typical style, but I loved them on her with this tunic and wanted to share!

Halogen leopard loafers sz 5.5 (also in solid black or tan)
These run about half size small/short in length. My cousin's size 5.5 fit me well. I also tried on a 6 which were fine in length, but a little too wide on my feet.

Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan

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Barefoot Dreams cardigan xs/s (more colors at regular price), Gucci bagBP cami xxs 
*I've seen sold out items popping back in various sizes, so it doesn't hurt to check back*

I loved reading through all your comments in my Nordstrom Sale reviews post! It gave me a better idea of what types of pieces you guys are interested in (comfy athleisure and work-appropriate items for the win), and I'll definitely be sharing more reviews on those fronts. If you had left a question about something, I'm having some technical difficulties responding on my last post, so please just let me know again below!
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Amongst your comments, one of the most mentioned pieces by far was Barefoot Dreams cardigans. This brand has an avid following for their oh-so-cozy plush cardigans that "feel like you're wearing a hug," in the words of a reader! Their materials are more casual like loungewear, but you can dress it up a bit with jeans and a pretty cami. For our flight last weekend, I swapped in my trusty Zella live-in leggings and flat loafers, and got the workout of my life sprinting like a madwoman through the Amsterdam airport (the terminal transfer line there is no joke!). Another thing I love about the live-in leggings is that the knees do not stretch out on me, even after a long day of sitting. So many of my other, older leggings have baggy pouches around that area - never again!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access 2017: petite-friendly picks


It's that time of the year again! Early Access for Nordstrom's Anniversary sale has begun, and I'm here to help navigate and share some detailed reviews! I've combed through thousands of sale items for the best finds, from seasonal staples to shoes in small sizes and beauty must-haves.