Top 10 Must-Have Items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

top 10 must-haves from nordstrom anniversary sale

button front dress | burgundy leggings (also available in black) | leopard mules | v-neck tunic | olive crossbody bag | rib cardigan | raw hem skinny jeans | riding boots | cozy robe | YSL lip set

The day is here! Early Access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, where you can shop fall pieces at discounted prices, begins today. Early Access allows Nordstrom Credit Card Holders to shop the sale early. Non-cardholders can browse the selection, but won’t be able to purchase until next Friday. If you aren’t already a cardholder, you can sign up for a Nordstrom Credit Card here.

The sale itself can be overwhelming: not only in the quantity of sale items but also in the publicizing of the event (especially in the blogging world). For a different take on the sale, I’m sharing my top 10 must-have items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale with you today. I’ve selected some of the best deals, closet staples and pieces that I already own so you can add them to your closet this fall. A few of these items are already in my cart! For those interested in a more comprehensive look at the sale and more details about the sale itself, check out the Nordstrom Anniversary tab I’ve created here.

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Red Hot July

Summer Red Outfit Inspiration @rachmccarthy7
Maybe it’s because the Fourth of July is next week, but I have been all about red lately. It’s a color that I like to wear, but don’t have a ton of it in my closet. Summer is the perfect time to break out this bright hue {or even add it to your closet!} especially with Fourth less than a week away!

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Top Summer Must-Haves Under $50

Top summer must-haves under $50 @rachmccarthy7
Happy Summer, friends! With the first official day of summer, I wanted to kick off the new season with a round-up of my top summer must-haves under $50! These are a few fun and trendy, yet staple pieces that you will be able to wear all summer long.
WHITE OFF THE SHOULDER DRESS ($29.99): A little white dress (LWD) is a closet essential each summer. But, since the off the shoulder style is so trendy this summer, you can kill two birds with one stone in this dress. And the best part: white dresses are super easy to style by changing out accessories. You can make it look like a different dress each time you wear it!

FLOPPY STRAW HAT ($29): Whether you have summer vacation plans or just spending time at the pool this summer, wordplay straw hats are all the rage! Straw hats are my go-to when I’m sitting by the pool. This hat will not only keep the sun off your face but will have you feeling oh so stylish, too!


TASSEL DROP EARRINGS ($38): It’s no secret I love a good statement earring. Typically, I’m partial to fringe so when I saw these tassel drop earrings in the beautiful shades of blue, I knew I had to share it with you. Tassel earrings are the perfect summer accessory and instantly add a layer of fun to your look. How cute would they look with THIS white off the shoulder dress?!


KNOTTED FLIP FLOPS & GOLD JELLY FLIP FLOPS (both $49.95): I live in flip flops during the summer {when I’m not at work} so I couldn’t help but share two styles for summer. I saw THESE knotted flip flops a few weeks ago and they are selling fast! They are such a fun twist on the standard flip flop, it’s no wonder they are from one of my favorite shoe designers! As for the jelly flip flops, I already have these in two colors {black and ivory} and I’m considering purchasing another. Perfect for a day by the pool, I even wear them around the house or when I’m running errands. I highly recommend these!
SWING CAMI ($25): This might just be the top item on my wish list for summer! We have been having some seriously warm temperatures already and I’ve been searching for cool tops. This cami comes in 15 colors {neutrals and brights!}, is priced at $25 and would be easy to wear by itself with shorts or jeans or under a sweater or jacket on cooler days. This is definitely a closet must-have!


COLD SHOULDER GINGHAM DRESS ($39.99): Gingham has always been one of my favorite patterns for spring and summer {last summer’s gingham dress HERE} and I love the added cold shoulder style on this one. Dress it up with sandals for date night or down with sneakers for a BBQ. This is one sundress you need for summer!


WHITE DENIM SKIRT ($34.99): I have been searching for a white denim skirt since the beginning of spring and have yet to find one I loved. That is until I spotted this one earlier this week! You can’t beat this price point, either. Pair this skirt with the swing cami from above or any other top for a cute summer outfit.

ANGULAR AVIATOR SUNGLASSES ($12): I always love finding cute, trendy sunglasses and when I spotted these for only $12, I knew I had to include them in today’s post. I love the designer look-alike style and of course the rose gold color. This updated aviator style is a fun shape to wear all summer long!



Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!


Red, White & Blue: Fourth of July Inspiration

Fourth of July Outfit Ideas @rachmccarthy7
Since the Fourth of July is less than three weeks away, I thought it was time to share more red, white and blue Fourth of July outfit inspiration. This patriotic color combo is one of my favorites to wear all summer long. As I like to say, there is nothing wrong with rocking that America pride all summer long!

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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding @rachmccarthy7
outfit three: red lace dress | geometric clutch | gold statement earrings | beige sandalsHappy Wednesday! With wedding season in full swing, I thought I would share some outfit inspiration for those who have one {or several!} weddings to attend this summer. Figuring out what to wear to a wedding can be challenging no matter what time of the year. But in the summer, it’s even more difficult. The warm temperatures have always been my first concern, so I opted for three cool dresses for today’s set. Can you believe each one of these is under $200? And believe it or not, the floral maxi in outfit two is under $50! Now, on to accessories…

  • Although this is not a huge surprise, accessories are by far my favorite part of an outfit. Whether it be accessorizing with jewelry, shoes or handbags, each of these items can really elevate a look.
  • I have been eyeing these hot pink sandals for months now, trying to find something in my closet to wear them with. Not only do I love the color but the criss-cross ankle style is one of my favorites. It’s also available in a few other colors and they are under $80.
  • Rounding up the accessories, these statement gold earrings would be easy to dress up or down all summer and I love this bright geometric clutch — only $20 and it really adds something fun and different to the solid color dress.
Do you have any weddings this summer that you are planning outfits for? Would love to hear in the comments below! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Summer Pink

Pink Summer Outfit Inspiration @rachmccarthy7

This might not be a newsflash, but I love pink year round. However, there is something about pink shades in the summer. And after being in California for the past week, I am ready to break out the bright colors for summer…especially all this fun pink!

I wore a similar pink dress out here in California {I will be sharing the post on the blog soon} and I can’t even tell you how much I love the style. There is something about pink and off the shoulder that makes my heart skip a beat!

As for accessories, I went with more statement pieces for this collage: these colorblock sandals would be the perfect accessory for a sundress and I love this floral statement necklace. Although the necklace is on the larger side, I think it would dress up a plain t-shirt or casual dress and give you a fun summer look. 

Lastly, a home item that I was so excited to see, I couldn’t help but share it with you! These adorable popsicle molds would be perfect for a party or just a summer treat. I haven’t made homemade popsicles since I was little so when I saw these, it brought back so many memories. And I love the fun shapes!

We are wrapping up our time in California on Friday so I will finally have some time to edit photos today so be sure to check back tomorrow for an all new outfit post! I have taken a serious break from social media and a lot of things associated with the blog. Although I was still posting a normal schedule for the past week, this is the first time since I started ABM in 2013 that I actually stepped away from social media. It was so wonderful to enjoy a vacation without constantly being on my phone trying to document each bit of our time away. Unplugging from social media and technology is truly a wonderful thing! And although it was great to step away, I’m so glad to be back! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends! Have a wonderful Wednesday!



Summer Essentials: Splurge vs. Save

Summer Essentials Splurge vs. Save @rachmccarthy7

With the unofficial start to summer less than a week away, I brought back the always popular splurge vs. save to round up a few summer essentials. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready to break out my summer clothes…and have them stay out! Here are a few of my favorite summer essentials, at both the splurge and save price points:
  • Summer wouldn’t be the same without off the shoulder dresses and tops. I love the color of both the splurge and save orange dresses, it’s the perfect bright shade for summer. Another trend that I have been loving all spring is the eyelet detail and both the splurge and save version of the eyelet off the shoulder top is such a pretty and feminine top that could be dressed up with a skirt or down with jeans. 
  • You can’t start summer without a new swimsuit! I have been lusting over this splurge scallop swimsuit for over a year — I can never say no to scallop edges! But when I spotted this save version at a fraction of a fraction of the price, I couldn’t wait to share it with you! I think a black one piece swimsuit is so chic. And add the fun scallop details and you have a sophisticated yet fun suit to spend a summer day at the pool.
I took the red eye flight from LA Monday evening and arrived back in DC early Tuesday morning. Unfortunately, not much sleep happened on the flight and I spent yesterday packing to head back to California today. I know, totally crazy, right?! I honestly have no idea how I’m still awake! 

Be sure to drop by tomorrow for an entire recap of a fun event I attended in LA on Monday! Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!



Memorial Day Outfit Inspiration

Memorial Day Outfit Ideas
A little Memorial Day outfit inspiration for today’s Wednesday Wishes — I’m on a real kick this week with Memorial Day-inspired posts {you can see yesterday’s healthy take on potato salad HERE}! Whether you are spending this Memorial Day by the pool or BBQ, here are a few of my favorite perfectly patriotic pieces!

I always get excited for this time of the year — red, white and blue is one of my favorite color combinations of the summer and we are getting close to the unofficial kickoff! I put together two different outfits for today’s post — one that would be festive for a cookout or picnic and the other if your Memorial Day plans include the beach or pool:
  • I have been eyeing these chambray bow shorts for awhile now — they are also available in other colors/prints — and when I saw this cute ruffle sleeve top, I knew they would look so cute together. I can’t resist the combination of ruffles and bows! 
  • To complete the red, white and blue look for a cookout, I’ve included these star beaded earrings {could they be more perfect for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day?!} and these ankle strap sandals. You have all the colors covered in this outfit without looking over the top.
  • As for a day at the beach or pool, I love this stripe swimsuit with the bow straps — I know, more bows! Paired with the embroidered pom pom cover up, this pool look was made for the patriotic holidays. And although this watermelon trinket tray isn’t totally applicable, I couldn’t help but share it given the recent news: Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s brand, is now available at NORDSTROM. Hold. The. Phone. You may remember I wore the cutest green green dress from Draper James for Easter {see post HERE} and I raved all about the print, details and style. You can see the entire Draper James collection at Nordstrom HERE
  • Lastly, I have include this sunscreen, a summertime essential. Given my recent experience with the sun at my cousin’s graduation last weekend {I swear, I may be burnt forever!} I picked up some of this sunscreen for our trip to California next week. I’ve heard so many great things about the Supergoop brand, I’m looking forward to trying it out. I will keep you posted!
What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend? I would love to hear in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!



Spring & Summer Whites

Summer White Outfit Inspiration @rachmccarthy7

Although this week has been chilly for us on the east coast, summer temperatures are just around the corner. Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer, is less than 3 weeks away which means it’s time to break out {if you haven’t already!} the spring and summer whites. Today, I’m rounding up a few of my favorites white pieces of the season. Of course, I couldn’t resist sharing two pieces that have a little color as well. I can never say no to fringe or pom poms!

I have had the opportunity to break out the white jeans {last seen in Monday’s post} but I will have to stick to mostly white accessories until I get some sun. But when that summer glow does arrive, I especially have my eye on this eyelet one shoulder top and these scallop shorts. Both are so fun for summer! Until then, here are a few of my favorite accessories:
  • Starting with two of the more colorful pieces, even though they are not pure white, I couldn’t resist include these fun summer pieces in the round up. The fringe sandals would be such a cute addition to your summer shoe collection and the pom poms on this panama hat are so different from the usual sunhats, and it’s under $45! 
  • Every summer, I seem to have this thing for fun clutches. Although this white bamboo clutch isn’t necessarily a statement maker, it is different and would be the perfect clutch to carry with your sundresses all summer long. If you are looking for a color, this clutch is also available in natural, blue and black.
Have you started incorporating white into your wardrobe yet? Do tell! As always, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday!



Graduation Gifts Under $200

Gift Ideas for Graduates @rachmccarthy7

High school and college graduations for the class of 2017 are just around the corner and today I’m rounding up a few of my favorite gifts for the graduate that are all under $200!

Graduation gifts can be tough. I think high school graduation can be a little easier since some people like to buy necessities for the graduate’s college dorm room. But when it comes to the college graduate, they will be heading into the real world and will definitely be in need of some adult essentials. Although money is always an option, some people {including me!} like to give a gift that will actually serve a purpose for the graduate down the road, so here are a few of my favorites:
  • Girls are a lot easier than guys, at least in my opinion. Jewelry is always a fantastic gift idea and something like these pearl studs or this initial necklace are a great way to remember the exciting day. Watches are also a great gift, especially for graduates that are heading to the 9-5 real world. And that works for both girls and guys!
  • Personalized gifts are some of my favorites — both to give and receive! — and I love the idea of these custom city cufflinks and custom city tie. Whether the graduate is off to a new city post-graduation or just to remember his college town, the cufflinks and/or tie would make a memorable gift.
  • Lastly, a work bag will be essential for the girls and guys that are heading to an office job. A spacious tote is perfect for the girls {and I love the name of this one!} and a sturdy briefcase for the guys.
  • And just one note about this perfume: I think perfume always makes for a special gift whether it be Mother’s Day, a birthday, anniversary or even a graduation gift. The reason I included this particular scent is because it’s my new obsession! I received a sample from Nordstrom and used it for the first time this weekend and absolutely fell in love. A citrusy, floral scent with a touch of basil makes for a great fresh spring and summer perfume. I’m not one to ever change up my perfume, but I could really see myself wearing this one!
Do you have any graduates to shop for this year? Thanks for dropping by and have a wonderful Wednesday!