Loft Try On

I had a lot of fun trying on the new fall clothes at Loft yesterday! I haven’t been shopping much because with this big belly, I can get easily frustrated with normal clothes not fitting right, and buying something that I would wear for only a few months is pretty hard for me to do. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how many great options there were for maternity, even in my normal size! Maybe it’s because oversized sweaters are in style! Check out these great pieces from my Loft try on session.

Lou & Grey Stitchy Blouson Sleeve Cardigan

Lou & Grey Stitchy Blouson Cardigan // White Tee // Skinny Jeans

This sweater was so cozy, and perfectly oversized. I love, love, love the color! I’m wearing a medium only because the store didn’t have a small in stock, but I think I’d go with my normal size. I picked up the basic white tee for purposes of the try-on, but it’s a great basic. This denim is also really great. I picked up my normal size 6, of course they didn’t button (LOL) but they were super soft and stretchy, with just the right amount of distressing.

Lou & Grey Seamed Poncho

Lou & Grey Seemed Poncho // Wool Hat // kinny Jeans

I had seen this poncho on several people and was so excited to try it on. I am wearing the XS/S and the length is sooo good, even with the bump! You don’t even need a top underneath it. I fell in love with this wool hat, too! It’s the M/L and fits my noggin just right.

Loft Ribbed Fringe Wrap

Loft Ribbed Fringe Wrap // White Tee // Wool Hat // Skinny Jeans

Maybe my favorite piece from the mini-try on, this wrap is so cozy and so versatile. It also comes in white! I styled it below with a dress that would be great for the office or on a date night. It’s also a great item to have when nursing!

Lou & Grey Zen Bounce Upstate Sweatpants

Lou & Grey Zen Bounce Upstate Sweatpants // White Tee

OMG these pants! They are technically jogger sweatpants, but I styled it with my denim jacket to prove that you could totally wear these out of the house. And they are soooo soooo sooo soft. I even made David feel them! LOL. They come in a cream color, too, but these navy ones are coming home with me!

Lou & Grey Striped Layering Tee

Lou & Grey Striped Layering Tee // Lou & Grey Zen Bounce Upstate Sweatpants

I also styled the sweatpants with this striped layering tee which is also so good. The length is great for leggings, or under cardigans, and a size small fit my 33 week bump just right. It’s stretchy, soft and a great basic. It’s a navy/white stripe.

Lou & Grey Houndstooth Sweatshirt Dress

Lou & Grey Houndstooth Sweatshirt Dress // Loft Ribbed Fringe Wrap // Wool Hat

I grabbed this sweater dress totally not expecting to like it with the bump, but the stretchy material was perfect! I sized up to a medium to account for length and it was perfect. It’s very stretchy and soft, and paired with the fringe wrap and maybe some OTK boots would be a great fall look.

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The Top Ten Items You Should Buy From the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s here! Finally, after all the hype, the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is upon us. Today marks the first day of early access shopping – meaning you must be in possession of a Nordstrom credit card to be able to shop. (Remember though – you do not need to use your Nordstrom credit card to purchase the items, you can use any form of payment you want. So if you are anti-credit card, just apply here and then cut it up when you get it in the mail! PS if you apply today, you get a $40 Nordstrom note to spend at the sale!)

I spent some time looking through the sale, and as overwhelming as it can be, I managed to narrow it down to my top ten picks from the sale. I think it’s really easy to buy all the things during this sale, and really, I don’t need all the things. (Plus all the things don’t fit this belly right now so let’s be realistic!) Anyway, many of these items are updated or similar versions from last year’s sale, others are items I’ve been stalking for a while now, others stuck out because of the quality of the brand, and still others are just things I need or think are super cute. I hope this is helpful in narrowing down the sale into a digestible amount. In the coming days, I’ll do my best to narrow it down by department – the best cardigans, the best kids clothes, the best shoes. For now, here are my top ten items from the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

top ten items from 2018 nordstrom anniversary sale

 

  1. Zella Live In High Waist Leggings – if you only buy one thing from this sale, these leggings should be it. They never go on sale besides during this sale. I bought a pair last year, and fully intend on buying another this year. They are the best leggings I have ever worn. They are thick, hold up well, can be worn to work out in, or even wear to the office as pants (I’ve done it!). These are the most versatile item on this list and you should absolutely scoop them up! They will go fast!
  2. BP Oversized Waffle Stitch Cardigan – BP always has the best cardigans during this sale. This one caught my eye because of the oversized fit and cute buttons down the front. Such a perfect cardigan for the fall and into winter. Plus it’s only $45 and comes in a plus size version!
  3. Free People January Tee – this is not a new item, but Free People is pricey, so buying during the sale is not only smart, but usually the only way I buy this brand. This tee is just a basic, but so great for layering, and can be worn with a baby bump. It comes in seven color options and is only $31!
  4. BP Raw Edge Scoop Neck Tee – BP always has the best basics as well. This tee is under $20 and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Another great option for layering. I have the striped tee version from the past two years, so I’m thinking I’ll scoop up a solid color or two this year.
  5. Blondo Lanka Waterproof Bootie – I got these booties in my Trunk Club a few months ago, but I had a tough time justifying the full price of them. However, they are now under $100 and I’ll definitely be grabbing them during the sale. Blondo makes the best waterproof boots and booties, plus these things are downright comfortable. You won’t regret this buy!
  6. BP Brice Notched Bootie – Probably the bootie of the sale right now, probably because the price is so good, but between the heel height and the color, I doubt there is a more classic fall bootie out there.
  7. Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover – GRAB THIS NOW! Don’t think twice about buying this Wubby Fleece pullover. This guy went so fast last fall and winter and was probably the most popular item from the season. The pullover and the zip up version are both under $60 and these will go quickly!
  8. TopShop Long Open Front Cardigan – I had my eye on this cardigan when I saw it in the catalog and I can’t wait to wear it all winter long! The color is literally my favorite shade of pink! It also comes in other color options if this one isn’t for you.
  9. Halogen Seamed Ponte Knit Leggings – I’m a ponte leggings girl. I wear them year round in the office. You really can’t beat the price of these ones and this brand is known for it’s quality. Grab two pairs if you are working girl!
  10. Herschel Supply Co Satin Duffel Bag– I had my eye on this form the catalog as well. I will be using this for my hospital bag, and for whatever else I can think of. I love the color and the size of the duffle – it’s so feminine yet so functional!

 

I hope this helps you narrow down the overwhelming sale. Be sure to check back for my top picks from each department over the next few days. In the meantime, be sure to shop the entire sale here!

 

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Everything You Need To Know About the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

2018 Nordstrom anniversary sale

We are officially one week away from the best sale of the year, the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I gotta say, it wasn’t until three years ago that I even knew what Nordstrom was. I didn’t grow up near a Nordstrom, and in reality, department stores kind of scare me. When I started blogging and thus following other bloggers, Nordstrom started popping up everywhere, and always had the cutest clothes!

I started shopping the anniversary sale three years ago and still wear some of the pieces that I purchased during that sale. If you have never shopped it before, or are wondering why I’m devoting an entire blog post to one silly sale, you’ll soon understand the greatness. I promise, if you shop one sale this year, this has got to be it.

What’s so special about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

For those of you wondering, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale offers huge markdowns on brand new clothes for the upcoming season. In other words, you are getting sale prices on items that have never been available before. Most of the time, sales happen at the end of a season so retailers can get rid of older merchandise and make room for the new stuff. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the opposite – essentially you can buy your entire fall wardrobe in July, and for 40% off!

Important dates for the sale

The sale officially runs from July 20th through August 5th… BUT if you are a Nordstrom Card Holder, you get early access starting July 12th. I suggest getting the credit card simply for the early access, because everything sells out quickly! The best part is, you don’t need to use your credit card for payment to get the early access. You simply have to have the credit card, so if you don’t like debt, no worries there!

Another perk about signing up for the card, if you use the card the day you sign up, you get a $40 note to use at Nordstrom. So here’s a little trick for you: Sign up for the card, then buy something cheap (anything on this page will qualify you), boom, you get $40 to use during the sale! You can sign up for the credit card here.

What to buy during the sale

As I mentioned before, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a great time to buy clothes for fall and into winter. The sale always carries great boots and booties for under $100. I suggest stocking up on basics as well – sweaters, cardigans, t-shirts and jeans are pretty much all I wear during the fall and into the winter, so it’s always what I try to grab.

The sale also incorporates men’s clothing, kids stuff, makeup and accessories, and items for your home.

What to expect on Simple & Inspired

Not only will I be shopping the sale myself, but I’ll be doing my best to roundup some of the best items to grab and the best deals from the sale. Unfortunately, a combination of being pregnant and lack of being near a Nordstrom store will prevent any sort of try on for at least the first week, but I’m going to try to get to Richmond before the sale ends to get in a dressing room.

I hope this post helps and gets you excited for the sale! I’m counting down the days myself!

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Things I’m Loving, Vol. 15

things i'm loving

Happy Tuesday! I’ve been online shopping like crazy for stuff for the new house, but I’m also looking for clothing that will help me survive the summer with a growing belly. All the items listed in this week’s Things I’m Loving would work if you are pregnant, but nothing is maternity! I’m also on the hunt for items that will work postpartum and specifically for nursing. Happy shopping!

Things I’m Loving:

ASOS Sleeveless Button Smock Dress

 

Sleeveless Button Smock Dress

I’ve been eye this cute dress for a while and will be buying it ASAP since ASOS is having a 20% off sale through 8am Wednesday! (Yes, everything is 20% off, so get shopping). I’ve seen this on a few other folks and it works well with a small bump, so hopefully this will get me through the summer months! I plan to size up one.

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Aria Stripe Cotton Midi Dress

 

Striped Midi Dress

Another non-maternity option that will work with a bump. I love the midi-length, and the empire waist will allow for a growing belly. But this will beautiful on anyone! I love the top detail and the buttons down the middle (nursing friendly, too!) Oh, did I mention it’s currently 50% off!

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BP Bow Mule

 

Bow Mule

These are my favorite shoes ever. They come in 11 colors and patterns and are currently on sale for under $50.

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Caslon Tate Sandal

 

Caslon Tate Sandal

These sandals came in my last Trunk from Trunk Club. They are super comfortable and really cute. I didn’t keep them because I a similar pair, but if you are looking for something like this (totally business casual appropriate), grab these up. They are currently 40% off and come in three colors.

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UO Truly Madly Deeply V-Neck Babydoll Tee

 

 

UO Peplum Tee

This pregnancy, I’m all about trying to find pieces that will work for the bump, postpartum and well after baby. And this shirt fits the bill for all three categories. It’s super cute, comes in several colors and is only $34.

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Old Navy Black One Piece Suit

 

Old Navy Off The Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit

I’m digging this one piece swimsuit for the summer. I’ve seen it work well with a small bump, so I’m hopeful! It’s currently on sale for just $25, so scoop it up!

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Things I’m Loving, Vol. 14

things i'm loving

Happy Tuesday! First of all, thank you so much for all the love and kind messages around yesterday’s post! We are so excited to be homeowners and so ready to tackle the decor. We are sans furniture right now since all of our old stuff was just that… old. So we decided to start fresh!

Secondly, I’ve been doing my fair share of online shopping the past month or so, and I love Things I’m Loving posts because I get to share my favorites from the week. Most of the time, these are things that I’ve already bought or have had in my cart for weeks. I’m loving blush pinks and corals this spring, and as a mom, comfy shoes and longer dresses are my go-tos. Happy Shopping!

Things I’m Loving:

Topshop Linen Button Paperbag shorts

 

Linen Paperbag Shorts

The color on these shorts are absolutely perfect. I love paperbag shorts because they are flowy and perfect for hot sticky summer days. Plus they are just downright adorable!

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Madewell Striped Midi Dress

 

Madewell Striped Midi Dress

I am in love with this dress. The perfect length, the perfect color, the perfect everything.

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Madewell Striped Midi Dress Blue

 

Madewell Blue Striped Midi Dress

This one too. Madewell does dresses right.

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Free People Mont Blanc Sandal

 

Free People Mont Blanc Sandal

These are a bit of an investment, but I absolutely love the look of them. I’ve heard they are very comfortable as well and take little to no time for breaking them in.

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Free People January Tee

 

 

Free People January Tee

This tee comes in a zillion colors and is so flattering. I may grab it in this pink, the white and maybe another color, too!

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Target Footbed Sandals

 

Target Footbed Sandal

I’m sure I’ve shared these before, but if you are looking for a pair of Birkenstocks but can’t justify the pricetag, I’ve found your shoes. These are so comfortable, super cute, and very very budget friendly!

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