Coffee Break N.6: Nordstrom Sale, Summer Cocktails & More

Another week and it’s time for another installment of my coffee break series! If you’re new to the series make sure to head back to my first post for a bit of an explanation on what these posts are about. 

This week there are a few things occupying my mind – namely the upcoming Nordstrom Sale and a visit from my mom. Right after arriving yesterday my mom went the grocery store and cooked me one of my favorite dinners. Aren’t moms the best?
NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE
Now onto the Nordstrom Sale – I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about it already, but seriously this is the BEST sale of the year! I’ll be back here bright and early tomorrow morning my favorite affordable pieces. While the sale is a great time to splurge it’s an even better time to stock up on high quality low price pieces to take you through the fall and winter.
There are so many great posts out there this week on tips for shopping the sale, so I thought I’d share my favorites with you. Liz (one of my favorite bloggers of all time!) has a great comprehensive guide about what to buy during the sale from the right pieces to look for to the best brands to search for. I especially love Shelby’s post with tips to prepare for the sale. The most important one is definitely to take stock of what you have and what you actually need.
Make sure to check out my Nordstrom Sale page (it’s linked in the navigation bar as well!) which will be updated daily throughout the sale with my favorite picks. 
 
SUMMER COCKTAILS
 
I’ve been itching to make fun summer cocktails at home for weeks and after having a particularly delicious cocktail at a graduation party this weekend I’m finally making it happen.
I’m all about light sangrias and they’re perfect to make in a big batch for a party. On the top of my list is this Watermelon & Pineapple Sangria and this Strawberry Sangria. My all time favorite drink is a spicy margarita, so when I found this easy Jalapeño Watermelon Margarita I knew I had to make it!
Do y’all have good summer cocktail recipes? I’m always looking for something easy and refreshing!
LEARNING HOW TO CONTOUR
When it comes to makeup I’m honestly pretty clueless. I wear the same BB cream, foundation, etc every day but I haven’t really updated my routine in years. Since I feel like my daily look has been especially lackluster lately I’ve made it a personal goal to learn how to contour by the end of the summer. I’m starting the journey with these videos from Refinery29 and I’ll definitely keep you all updated.
I’d love to know if you have any product and/or technique recommendations!

Instagram

  • Less than two weeks until Christmas 🎄 I have my list of go-to Christmas movies (The Holiday duh), but earlier this week @natalie_catalina inspired me to find some new ones with her holiday hit list! Are there any movies I have to watch this year? #whenwearholiday .
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  • Christmas reds ❤️ Linked my favorite festive nail polish via the @liketoknow.it app ✨ Or shop directly via this link 👉🏼 http://liketk.it/2yMni #liketkit #whenwearholiday
  • Made it through Monday 👊🏼 Been feeling a little run down lately, but the countdown to a Christmas is definitely getting me through 🎄#whenwearholiday .
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My festive striped scarf is under $20! Follow me in the @liketoknow.it app to shop! #liketkit http://liketk.it/2yKVA
  • Cozy Saturday morning at home ✨Plus, an important PSA for all the NYers 🗽 One of my favorite jewelry brands @mejuri just opened their first NYC store in Soho! Their dainty pieces are the perfect gifts this year 🎁 #sofinenyc #whenwearholiday #sponsored
  • Stopping by the Palace Hotel Christmas Tree has become a yearly tradition! 🎄Swipe 👉🏼 to see pictures from past years! Do you guys have Christmas spots you visit every year? #whenwearholiday .
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  • Fully in the Christmas spirit after this weekend 🎄Checked off the Palace Hotel tree from my bucket list, but I need go back to Rockefeller Center to see the tree lit up and grab another @ralphscoffee while the pop up is still there! #whenwearholiday

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