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editor’s picks: nordstrom anniversary sale 2017

Well, friends – it’s that time! Early Access (ie, for Nordstrom cardholders) to the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts right now! And though I’m a rare bird around here these days, I couldn’t dream of shopping the #NSale without you. And so! My Photoshop skillz may have faded, but my notoriously picky eye for bargains has not. So, please forgive my snooze-worthy autobot collage and just dive right on into my picks. 

As usual, the jackets are fantastic – I went in looking for statement layers to up my jeans-and-tees game, and made out like a bandit (see below). Once again, bags are lackluster, but your perennial fave Longchamp expandable Le Pliage tote is back. No Burberry trench this year, but there are some much more fashion-forward options from Burberry in its place. A few new excellent bras were added to the #NSale roster, but none of my favorite undies made the cut (sob!). And shoes…there are boots galore, the usual staples from AGL and Aquatalia, and more than a few slip-on sneakers that are well worth snagging at #NSale prices. 

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On top of these goodies, of course, I’ll be doing my annual stock-up on Smartwool socks, Hanky Panky thongs, Nordstrom’s awesome fragrance-free lingerie wash (and yeah, probably a new wash bag while I’m at it), and Zella yoga pants, which thankfully seem to be back to normal after last year’s icky fabric debacle.

What am I skipping? Shoes, for the most part – this one was a disappointment, as I really came to play this year. But other than those Blondo booties and a pair of Nike slip-ons, I mostly struck out on shoes this year. And, with the notable exception of that yummy Nordstrom Signature cashmere and the Vince elbow-sleeve tunic, no sweaters were really making my heart sing. I’m skipping denim this year due to a serious overstocking problem…well, except for a pair of those deep olive Rag & Bone Dre jeans, which are too perfect to pass up. 

What about you, friends? What couldn’t you resist? I’m dying to see what you’ve found so far

 

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the how-to: lounging in style

{Editor’s Note: Friends, I have such a treat for you today! My darling friend Mollie is the owner of byLangley, my all-time favorite spot for lingerie and loungewear picks. She’s here today to help you banish that sad pile of threadbare tank tops and mismatched lounge pants I know you’re reaching for every night, and transform it into something that’s guaranteed to turn heads and lift libidos. Turns out, a few key pieces will keep you cozy, comfy and…imagine this…sexy too! Trust me – this lady knows of what she speaks, so listen up!}

Mollie ~ My husband jokes that beginning sometime in October, he gets a lot more hugs from me –  not for affection’s sake, but purely out of necessity to keep warm! Once the temperature drops, there really is nothing I like more than warming up in perfect cozy pjs and curling up next to him on a date night in. But style, and a little sex appeal, should never be compromised, no matter how freezing I actually feel!

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welcome, sponsor: eberjey

When my newest sponsor reached out and told me they were SMC fans, my head nearly split open. They’re fans of mine? You see, I’ve been an Eberjey fan for…well, forever. I think they do a better job than just about anyone of making lingerie and sleepwear that’s sexy and feels amazing to wear. Not an easy feat. Every one of their pieces is a head-turner for the boudoir, and built to actually be worn (for more than the roughly 5 minutes most of us spend in the exotic stuff).

India retro bralet & boyshort, $48 & $34 / Orianna teddy, $83 / Giovanna chemise, $83 / Leonora chemise, $97

You guys. All of those sexy little numbers? Made of jersey. Stretch jersey. He’ll never even know you’re not miserably uncomfortable!

With Valentine’s Day coming, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Men don’t want flowers or chocolates, which makes gifting for V-Day tricky. But buy your man lingerie (for you, obviously…this isn’t that kind of site), and he’ll be putty in your hands. Plus, you’ll have something new and pretty to make you feel sexy. Everybody wins.

And if you’re spending the day solo (as I am this year…sniff!), you definitely need some of Eberjey’s amazingly comfy pajamas to wear for your Bridget Jones marathon. Which reminds me…I may need a second pair. You know it’s a testament when I put on my new Gisele PJs, and my hubs immediately asked where he could buy me another set. Can I get an “Amen”?

Show my friends at Eberjey some love, won’t you? With goodies this gorgeous, it should be easy to do!

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trend to try: sexy loungewear

Editor’s Note: Welcome back, Kim! I just finished reading this post (in my ratty white bathrobe, if I’m being honest)…and am now thoroughly inspired. At the very least, I’m hoping my bra and underwear will match today…and I owe it all to you, Kim.

If you’ve missed Kim’s earlier posts, you can catch up on all of her stylish Trends to Try right here.

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Ah, love is in the air – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! While there are countless options out there when it comes to spicing up the day for a special someone, I wanted to talk a bit about loungewear today. The line between lingerie and loungewear can be fairly fuzzy and thin. I think much of it is all about attitude.  A pair of sweats can be just as sexy as a teddy when worn right.

When I first started freelancing (and thus, spending most of my time working from home) I pictured myself investing all of my former ‘office clothing budget’ into subtly sexy loungewear. That I would just lay around the house in super comfy, beautifully made rompers, camis, and robes. Something I could step out my back door to take the dog out and not be mortified if I ran into the neighbors, but would still feel pretty in.

It was those beautiful Toast images that initially got me thinking this way…

In reality, this doesn’t usually happen.  I typically grab a pair of worn sweats, and head for the couch. But a girl can dream, right? I still hope that maybe someday I’ll become the kind of girl who effortlessly throws on one of these goodies and doesn’t even think twice. Since sometimes a little inspiration is all it takes, I thought I’d show off a few of my favorite finds of late.

I’ve been spotting more and more vintage-inspired loungewear pieces lately, and couldn’t be happier.  The whole Downton Abbey old-fashioned sexy thing can be done well when it comes to loungewear.

Pieces from Anthropologie, Aerie and Lille / top image via Karen Collins, Vogue UK 01.2003

Young, bright, flirty picks like these are always great for a sunny day…or maybe a rainy day that you want to feel sunny!

DKNY / H&M / Betsy Johnson

Of course, no loungewear post could be complete without a little shout out to the Mall Queen herself, Victoria’s Secret. If only we all could be Angels

Our wonderful editor, Becki, introduced me to byLangley when I was starting this round up, and I am in LOVE with so many pieces from their collection…

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely feeling it’s time to put the sweatpants back in the drawer for a while. If you are a girl who casually lounges around with effortless sex appeal (or who’s at least trying hard), I’m looking forward to your tips and trick in the comments!  ~Kim B.

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