Nordstrom Sale Picks

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Nordstrom Sale Picks

I’m sure you’ve heard, but it’s the Nordstrom Anniversary Sales Event right now! Early access is going on now through the 21st, and the sale opens to the public on Friday, the 22nd. However, if you’re not a card holder, you’re able to scope out the sweet deals ahead of time. And maybe you’ll get suckered into the Nordstrom credit card like so many others… cough cough.

I placed a rather large order already (whoops), so here are some of my top pics and purchases Рall priced affordably. I am not about paying $200 for a shirt. Nope.

Sigma Power Pair Set

This baby comes with the famous F80 foundation brush and their cleaning mat that goes in the sink for convenience.

Price: $34.50

Sigma Power Pair Set

Kate Spade Live Colorfully Perfume Set

AHHH I have been lusting after this for years now. Why haven’t I bought it already? Who knows. It smells so good. Of course, there are tons of other awesome perfume and cologne picks available.

Price: $95.00

Kate spade live colorfully

Zella “Fresh Tech” Tee

I envision myself being a super active mama, walking the baby around the neighborhood, etc. Hey, I do live in suburbia. Anyway, I don’t have many long sleeve “workout” type tops, so I figured I’d give this cute one a shot. I’m all about the cute active wear look. Did I just work out? Or did I just roll out of bed? You’ll never know.

Price: $37.90

Zella tee

Sole Society “Ellie” Backpack

I have had my eye on a black leather Kate Spade backpack purse for awhile now, unable to click the trigger, AKA the ‘buy’ button. This one is similar, but you know… about $200 less. ūüėČ I think it’s super cute and definitely convenient.

Price: $29.90

backpack

Free People Oversize Open Back Sweater

This will look super cute with leggings and boots this fall and it’s at a pretty good price point for Free People. I am excited to see if actually looks cute on my unknown post-baby body.

Price: $44.90

Free people sweater

Zella “Live In” Leggings

Well, these have been on my bookmarks bar for about a year and I finally purchased them! I can’t wait to wear them every day of my life once I can fit into normal people clothing again.

Price: $33.90

Zella Live In Leggings

KUT from the Kloth “Diana” Stretch Skinny Jeans

I have heard good things about this brand and I am always on a search for the perfect pair of skinnies. Fingers crossed that these are them!

Price: $59.90

kut from the kloth

Treasure&Bond Slub Knit Boot Socks

So I pretty much can’t wear anything I purchased until fall, but that’s ok. Can’t wait to pair these with some leggings (or jeans, I guess) and some cute boots!

Price: $9.90

boot socks

Treasure&Bond Striped Pull Over Sweater

It was too pretty. I had to. Longer in the back so it covers your tush when you wear.. you guessed it.. leggings.

Price: $49.90

striped sweater

BP Scarf

I love the bland colors in this scarf because I wear so many neutrals. I am boring, what can I say? But this scarf is not boring! Right? Right.

Price: $18.90

bp scarf

So, there are some of my wish list items/ purchases. Obviously these are all super appropriate for the 100 degree weather right now. Whoops!

As you can tell, I am not a designer kind of girl. It’s just not me. Probably never will be. where are my other bargain shoppers at?

XOXO

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Liebster Award

Connecting with more bloggers – The Liebster Award

I am pretty damn flattered to have been nominated for The Liebster Award from Brittany at Life in Lipstick (I love lipstick, hi) as well as Stargirl! Check them both out.

Ok, so what is this award? (I am stealing this from Brittany) In German, the word ‘Liebster’ means sweet or kind (aw!). The Liebster Award is passed around¬†amongst bloggers to provide support within the blogging community and of course I am going to participate because DUH.

liebster-award

RULES

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Nominate 10 new bloggers.
  3. Answer the 10 questions the person who nominated you asked you.
  4. Create 10 new questions to ask the bloggers you nominate.
  5. Notify the bloggers you have nominated by leaving them a comment on their blog.

QUESTIONS PASSED TO ME (LivingInLipstick)

  1. What is the best vacation you have ever taken?
    I haven’t actually been on many vacations, but I would have to say my honeymoon to Punta Cana because it was with my amazing hubby and the first time I’ve been out of the country!¬†
  2. Do you have any pets?
    Yes, my furbies (not the electronic ones). My two dogs, Lilly (black lab mix) and Axel (beagle). We rescued them both and will always rescue over and over again.
  3. What is your dream job, if you could do anything?
    I know this may be shocking, really, but a pro¬†makeup artist. But I have student loans for something else… so…
    Or a therapist. I know, polar opposites. I currently work in Marketing.
  4. Who is your celebrity lookalike?
    Good question. I have no idea. I used to get Britney Spears when I was much younger, but not anymore. Womp womp.
  5. Who is your celebrity crush?
    Where to start? Luke Bryan, Chris Hemsworth, the hottie from Divergent. Mmmm.
  6. What are you currently watching on Netflix?
    I am actually binging Orphan Black on Amazon Prime and waiting for the next season of The Black List to come on Netflix! Both are awesome shows.
  7. What is your favorite season?
    SUMMER
  8. Is there a story behind your name?
    My blog name? Yes, I love blush! Gimme all the blush ! It is also my name on YouTube and Instagram. 
  9. When did you start blogging?
    Like… two weeks ago. But it has been something I’ve been planning for a long time now.
  10. In which area of the world do you live?
    Chicagoland, IL, baby. 

QUESTIONS PASSED TO ME (Stargirl)

1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Greece, plz thx
2. What is your favorite food?
Watermelon with Tajin seasoning (current pregnancy craving)
3. If you could be in any movie, which one would you be in?
One where I can make out with Ryan Reynolds, obviously.
4. What super power would you want to have?
Teleportation for sure.
5. Who is your favorite celebrity?
I have so many spirit animals – Melissa McCarthy, Miranda Lambert, Tina Fey, etc. I love strong, sarcastic women.
6. What is your favorite makeup product?
Blush, of course
7. What type of hair do you have? (ex. Straight, curly..)
A ton of  thick, straight-ish hair
8. If you could be a musical instrument, what would you be?
I played trumpet in high school (ugh) but that’s kind of gross and spitty, so… Not sure.
9. What book did you most recently read?
I am in the middle of ‘Red Queen’ at the moment and I like it! Before that, I can’t remember which one was most recent.
10. When did you start blogging?
HA, like a few weeks ago. Hi.

MY NOMINATIONS

I’m really new at this, so bear with me if these bloggers have already done this. I’m working up my blogger follow list over here!

QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES

  1. What’s the story behind starting your blog?
  2. What is your guilty pleasure?
  3. What is your best quality?
  4. Favorite book?
  5. What inspires you?
  6. What is your ultimate life goal?
  7. What’s the last show you binge watched?
  8. If you had unlimited funds, where would you live?
  9. What is one thing you spend way too much money on?
  10. Favorite snack?

Looking forward to reading your responses should you choose to accept. ūüôā

And thanks again, Brittany with Life in Lipstick and Stargirl!

Working from home: pros & cons

working from homeI know what you’re thinking:¬†How¬†could there be ANY cons to working from home, in your PJs?

Well, allow me to elaborate.

I recently accepted a fabulous job that allows me to work from the comfort of my own home. The office is close-ish – two hours in traffic – so if I do need to go to the office, it’s totally doable. The job literally fell into my lap¬†and was a no brainer to accept after all of the benefits had been laid out (one of them being working from home).¬†Prior to this position, I had a traditional 9-5 desk job doing many¬†of the same types of tasks I am now.

I have been working from home for a little over one month now, and I think I have a good handle on all of the pros and cons of this work from home gig.

Let’s start with the good stuff, shall we?

Pros

  • I don’t have to wear pants. Or a bra!
  • I don’t have to commute or waste money on gas and tolls.
  • I can take breaks whenever I want to play with my dogs, go on random intense cleaning spurts, walk around outside for 10 minutes here and there, stare at the dirty dishes but not do them, etc.
  • My laundry piles never overflow anymore.
  • Once again, NO COMMUTE!
  • I have a lot of freedom and am able to crank work out in half the time as I would if I were in an office.
  • Flexibility for the win.
  • My boss trusts me a lot more.
  • Without the hours I wasted commuting, I have time for hobbies and crafts, such as this blog you’re reading right now.¬†You’re welcome.
  • I’m much more motivated to make plans on the weekends because I am now able to get some housework done during the week.
  • I cook sometimes now. Weird.
  • I eat healthier now since I’m not dining¬†out or eating the doughnuts someone brought in. So tasty, though.

These are some damn good pros, if I do say so myself. The fact that I no longer am wasting over 10 hours a week sitting in traffic is oh so lovely, really.

However, I knew there would be cons. Nothing deal-break-worthy, of course, but still worth noting.

Work from home

Cons

  • No social time. Dogs don’t converse with¬†me, sadly.
  • Lack of communication between my coworkers/boss and me.
  • I feel left out of a lot of projects/ not knowing what is going on.
  • Getting stuck on phone calls on the regular.
  • I barely ever leave the house. The entire week. Re: no pants or bra.
  • I wait all day for my husband to come home so I can speak to adults (is this how stay-at-home moms feel?). I drive him nuts by constantly asking “When will you be home? Are you almost here?” …my bad
  • It’s difficult to separate work time from non-work time.
  • It’s so easy to get distracted by something to clean, someone to call, something happening outside,¬†your beagle howling at nothing…
  • I still don’t know most of the people in my office.

Conclusion

If you are fortunate enough to get offered a job working from home, I would recommend that you take it. The pros most definitely outweigh the cons. That being said, you need to have some serious self discipline¬†to stay on task and get your work responsibilities done. Otherwise you won’t be working home for much longer. If you catch my drift.

If you are especially extroverted, working from home full-time may be tough. I am pretty much 50/50 introvert/extrovert, so it works well for me. It also pushes me to catch up with friends on the weekends because I crave that social time. Am I annoying them, too? Probably.

What are your thoughts on working from home? Would you do it? If you already do, what do you love/hate about it?