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25+ Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds for the Colorful Girl

Oh, hello! It’s me, your friendly Seattle Nordstrom shopper. I know, I know. Like every other blogger, their sister, Mom, AND grandma, I’m shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I’ve been shopping at Nordstrom since I was little. Once I graduated college and had more of an “adult” budget for shopping, I got wise and shopped for fall items every July during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, too.

Fall happens to be my favorite season for fashion, so it’s no wonder I get a little excited about the sale. If you’ve been shopping the sale for a while, too, you’ll start to notice a pattern of brands and products that come back every year in new colors, washes, patterns, and textures. It’s a great time to stock up on basics, but I personally prefer finding those standout, colorful pieces that really make a statement in my fall wardrobe.

Disclosure: While this post is not sponsored, it does contain affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, I may make a small commission similar to a sales associate at a department store. All opinions are my own!

While I love shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the blogging community goes a little hard. I promise to not overwhelm you with #NSale picks over and over again, but when I asked on Instagram if you wanted to see colorful picks, you said yes. So here we are.

​​​​​​​I’m shopping many of these pieces myself, so stay tuned on Instagram this weekend when I pick them up at my local store if you’d like to see them “live”. (Yes, I was the crazy person checking out at 9:30 am PST this morning when the sale went live to Nordstrom cardholders.)
In the meantime, read on for my top colorful picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019!

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How to Find the Best Maxi Dresses for Short Girls

When it comes to fashion advice, I’ve received a lot of it from so-called style experts. Especially as a petite person (I’m about 5’3″), these experts love to tell me what short people can and cannot pull off. I recently remembered the time I was told maxi dresses for petites was a style to be avoided. The reasoning? Maxi dresses were made for tall people, and the amount of fabric would swallow my frame.

Oh, okay.

Not only is this type of advice terribly confusing and often ends up contradicting what other “experts” say, but it’s also often pretty laughable. Why should my height dictate whether or not I try to wear a trend, or an entire category of clothing for that matter?

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As it turns out, of course, as the style has continued to be popular, there are many options when it comes to maxi dresses for short girls. In fact, some of these styles can actually make you look taller, not to mention they make a great wardrobe staple since they can be styled for year-round wear.

Today, I thought I’d dive deeper into this topic and share the best maxi dresses for petites, a few suggestions on how to wear long dresses when you’re short, and how to style a maxi dress for summer!

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10+ Fun Things to Do in Tacoma, WA // A Girl’s Weekend in the City

What does Carrie Underwood, pink cookies, a breakfast buffet, and glass art have in common? Four highlights of my recent weekend in Tacoma, Washington, of course! Just about 40 minutes south of Seattle proper is Washington’s third-largest city. A bustling area of shopping, food, art, and culture, there are so many fun things to do in Tacoma that our girl’s weekend flew by in a flash!

Disclosure: Thanks to Travel Tacoma for hosting us for an overnight stay, and to Dukes Spirits for providing us complimentary concert tickets. All opinions in this post are my own!

​​​​​​​Before I tell you about my fun girls trip to Tacoma, let me address the elephant in the room: Tacoma has a bad rap. I grew up thinking it was dangerous, seedy, and all-around unappealing. Most Seattle-area natives will probably tell you the same. And often, it’s because people haven’t been there in a while. Or they just have heard it from someone else.

The fact of the matter is that it’s just not true anymore. With Seattle’s crazy growth, people are moving away from the city and new areas are growing and changing at incredible speeds to accommodate. As Tacoma has grown in inhabitants, it’s also grown in new things to do, places to eat, and many of the neighborhoods are up and coming with fun new things. Or they’ve already come up and anyone that doesn’t know about it is just a little behind. ;)

Today, I thought I’d share what we did on a recent girl’s weekend, as well as my other favorite things to do in Tacoma! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed at what Tacoma has to offer.

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15+ Stylish Ways to Wear Red, White, & Blue for the 4th

Happy July! Who can believe the 4th of July is this week?! As usual, the holiday has snuck up on me and I’ve found myself scrambling around for cute 4th of July outfit ideas. Fortunately, after a quick scroll through my Instagram feed, I realized I actually wear red, white and blue outfits on a fairly regular basis. And hey, you might too!

That’s why I thought I’d round up 15+ of my favorite stylish red, white, and blue outfit ideas to give you some inspiration for your own in time for the 4th of July this week!

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Don’t worry; you won’t see any Flag tees, stars and stripes, or silly Americana slogan t-shirts here. Sorry not sorry, that’s just not my style. And if that’s not yours either, then read on for more than a dozen cute 4th of July outfit ideas. Just swap in your own pieces from your closet and take on your backyard BBQ, fireworks show, bonfire, or parade on in style this week!

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What to Pack in your Carry On for a “Summer of Sunshine” Trip

With a trip to New Orleans fresh in my mind, I can’t help but think about my next adventure. While I love traveling, the whole “getting there” part isn’t usually so much fun. Waiting in the airport, a noisy plane ride, spotty WiFi, and long layovers can make travel feel more like a chore than something enjoyable. If you’re flying across the country this summer, knowing what to pack in a carry on for long flight is the key to making long flights less stressful!

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Fortunately, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks over the years taking many trips and long plane rides that make it more enjoyable. It starts by planning ahead when packing so that you know exactly what to pack in a carry on and when you arrive at the airport, you know you have everything you need! From an exciting new summer book to all of the tech gear to make sure you’re charged and powered up, it’s pretty simple once you get the hang of the whole packing thing.

Today, I thought I’d share some of the tips and tricks I use to pack the perfect carry on bag for a long flight!

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