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July 2016

Beachside Reads

Since spending the last two weeks on two very different beaches on each side of our beautiful nation, I’m now considering myself a beach expert. Appointed by who you ask? Oh, just myself. I’ll be adding it to my newest business cards though. Troy, aspiring winemaker, beach expert. Nice ring to it, right? Anyways, in my endless hours spent cooking on the sand, I’ve been through quite a few books. Now, let me introduce this post by saying that I am in no way an avid reader. But get me on a beach, and I’m a glorified (and bronze, mind you) book worm. In my mind, there is nothing more relaxing than a beach, a good book (in one hand, a glass of wine in the other), and some freshly painted toes. Today, I wanted to share four of my favorite beach reads that I’ve had this summer. Stock up now so you’re fully prepared for beach bumming! 1. Here’s To Us by Elin Hilderbrand. This book provided three romance stories (all revolving around one man) that are revealed after the main character’s death. While each wife is different from the next, they all share the same love for their now-deceased husband. The […]

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Meet Me in St. Louis

As some of you may know, I just got back from a nice long (although not long enough IMO) visit to my hometown of St. Louis. I grew up there my entire life and left the birds nest 5 years ago to attend college in California, where I continue to Iive now. I was home just soaking up some quality Cragen time for a week, and then Zach came to visit! Having him come visit is so much fun because he’s never been, so I get to show him all the cool tourist things that I wouldn’t otherwise do by myself! In today’s post, I’m doing a big round-up of my Instagrams from our adventures! Friday: Airport & Dinner at Crown Candy || Top: Blue Life ‘Hayley’ Top || Shorts: Levi’s ‘501’ || Bralette: Wacoal ‘Halo’ Lace Bralette || Ring: BaubleBar ‘Mason’ Ring || I’ve posted a few times about this adorable tie-dye top from my favorite STL boutique, Blush. It has adorable bell sleeves, and a super flattering cut on the front. It’s shorter in length, so it pairs perfectly with jeans or shorts, without needing to be tucked in. The light blue is absolutely beautiful, it reminds me of the pool, perfect for summer! I’m smitten over this […]

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cold shoulder top

One of the hottest (or should I say coldest?!) trends this summer is a cold shoulder top! It show’s some shoulder but adds a little bit of flare with a half or full sleeve! I’m super picky about strapless tops, I have a lot of trouble keeping them up, and get so frustrated when I spend a whole night out just pulling up my top! Well fear no more because these tops give you that extra support (i.e. no more pulling at my top) while also letting you show some skin! Mine is another boutique find, but I’ve linked some others here, here, and here! Tops like these are super versatile, pair them with some short shorts or some jeans depending on what you’re doing. They’re a great day-to-night option. I’m not usually one to wear big animal prints, but these shoes were honestly way too cute to pass up. I got them last year, and they’re a perfect spring/summer/fall shoe! They’re super cute and comfy, and add a perfect pop to any outfit! They do stretch out a bit, but Sam Edelman runs a smidge small, so I recommend ordering true to size! This look is super fun and […]

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (Part 2)

As promised, here it is, my top picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I went into my nearest Nordstrom today and it was a zoo, so I highly recommend staying in bed and doing some serious online shopping for this sale. Wine glass in hand. Avoid the lines, bumping elbows with over-aggressive moms, and see EVERYTHING that’s on sale! But like I said in yesterday’s post, shop quickly, because these super great fall items won’t last long! Shoes Tory Burch ‘Ashlynn’ Riding Boot Each year, TB releases an adorable riding boot for the sale. And each year, like clockwork, it sells out in the first two days. These normally $495 boots are on sale for $299, and are a perfect fall staple. These little cuties will not last long, so my advice is to not think, just buy. You can always return them later if you’re not completely in love with them. Or just send them to me! 🙂 Tory Burch ‘Lacey’ Espadrille Flat This was my big purchase this year. I absolutely love shoes, so it’s no surprise that I splurged on an adorable pair of flats. For me, this pair is super realistic (in case you’re new here […]

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s heeeeeeeeere! Essentially the Super Bowl/World Series/World Cup/ Olympics of shopping, this sale is definitely the one you DO NOT want to miss! Today I’ve compiled a little guide of how to shop for the #NSale and what to look out for! So whether you’re racing to your nearest Nordy’s or shopping online from the comfort of your own home, the sale is a must-shop and is a great way to prep your wardrobe for fall! Here is a few FAQs about the sale: 1. What is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Only the best sale of the whole year. Honestly. Nordstrom doesn’t have sales a whole lot, so when they do, expect big things. The amazing thing about this sale is that instead of marking down items that didn’t sell well from the previous season, this sale marks down never-been-released fall merchandise. Anything from jackets to boots to cozy sweaters will be on sale before it’s hit the shelves yet. And now is your chance to grab it before it’s gone. In addition to the amazing sales, there’s a whole calendar of beauty days scheduled to show off some of our favorite beauty brands and their new goodies! 2. How do […]

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