Welcome to New York

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Let me just start off by saying I’m not sorry for my cheesy blog post title – New York has been waiting for me. There isn’t much I don’t love about this city – the people, the food, the weather (I forgot what anything less than 100% humidity felt like), and of course, the fashion. I’ve been having so much fun stepping outside of my style comfort zone and taking a break from all the sweet, southern clothes in my closet. Don’t get me wrong – I love bright colors, floral prints and girlie silhouettes as much as the next gal – but sometimes muted hues and edgy pieces just speak to me. Enter: this little outfit.

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Since I’ve been trying to avoid spending copious amounts of money during my month in the city (which is terrifyingly easy), I’ve been trying to focus on my cheap girl stores – Zara, Forever 21, the sale section at Topshop… you know how I do. I picked up this mock neck midi at Forever for less than $18 and decided that as much as I want to, I’ll never be able to raise my standards higher than good ole F21. You just can’t beat that, guys. This dress is chic, trendy, and SO comfortable – and when it goes out of style in a couple years, I won’t hate myself for spending too much money on it. Amirite?!

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To add to the edge (and let’s be real, to cover up my NYC pizza-induced FUPA), I tied my jean jacket around my waist – 90s girl at heart. I finished off the look with a burgundy hat, round sunnies, gold jewelz, and Stan Smiths. I’ll be honest, it took me a little while to get on board with these retro Adidas due to the fact that I had them in 7th grade (see also: the return of jean skirts), but now that I have them, I don’t know how I ever didn’t have them. Speaking of saving money, I also bought the kids ones which saved me about $30. If you have creepily small feet like I do, alwayzzzz try kids sizes first. #insidertip

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So here’s to cheap clothes that don’t look cheap, chillin in the kids department, and New York freaking City. Can I stay forever?

Dress: Forever 21 | Denim Jacket: Gap | Shoes: Adidas | Hat: Forever 21 | Sunnies: ASOS | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Bangles c/o Moon & Lola | Rings: H&M

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Okay, is anyone else a serious slave to Loft?! It’s the weirdest thing, guys – every time I go in the store, my last paycheck disappears. On (one of) my last excursions to my local Loft, this dainty little dress was calling my name. I love the contrast of the dark gray with the pale lavender, the midi length, and the flowing material of the skirt. It’s just so feminine and chic, not to mention comfortable! Loft, you’ve done it again.

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Styling this frock was pretty much foolproof. Simple accessories, a little bit of gold, and a pop of leopard – and I was good to go. As you probably know by now, my Clare V. clutch goes with pretty much everything (or at least I make it go with everything), and this dress was no exception. I just love how all these colors and textures go together! To tie together the neutral tan hues in the clutch, I finished off the look with my go-to wedges. Last but not least, simple gold jewelry, a statement necklace with peach, gray and lavender hues, and simple black aviators. The sweet jewelry adds to the pretty vibe of the outfit, and the aviators kind of offset it a bit and add to the coolness.

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Finishing touches: a loose low bun, subtle nude lips, and soft pink nails. Perfect for a romantic date night out, drinks with girlfriends, or even from work to happy hour. OR a baby shower, which is where I actually wore this, lolz.

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Which stores have you wrapped around their little overpriced fingers? Comment below!

Dress: Loft (similar) | Wedges: Jessica Simpson | Clutch: Clare V. | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Necklace: Loft | Bracelet c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: Maybelline (Nude Embrace) | Nails: OPI (Pink-ing Of You)

Photos: Smith Photos + Ink

Bon Voyage!

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Time for some exciting news, y’all. Next week, I’m leaving for New York City – for the entire MONTH of August! I’m so so excited and I would love to hear any suggestions of things to do, eat, and see while I’m there.

I decided to post this special announcement with my go-to airport outfit that has been on repeat this summer. I know it’s a little more fitting for a flight to the beach than NYC – but I live at the beach so you guys can just deal with it, k? Take a look at this chic yet comfy look below!

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When it comes to traveling, I’m all about a nice stretchy pair of distressed jeans. These Old Navy ones were super affordable, so I’m not worried about messing them up during my travels. Next, I usually go with a loose, flowy top. This blue and white striped one from Loft is perfect! It’s light enough to wear when it’s 10000 degrees when I’m leaving Charleston, but also keeps me warm on the chilly plane ride.

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Next on the list: easy sandals, a good hat (now I don’t have to worry about it getting smushed in my suitcase!), and a sturdy tote. I’m a huge fan of Madewell’s transport tote – it can hold so much and it’s durable AF but super soft. As for accessories – just some fun sunnies, minimal jewels, and my watch so I don’t miss my flight! Last but not least, my secret weapon to combat those early flight induced dark circles – bright pink lipstick. And a little coffee doesn’t hurt, either.

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See you in a few weeks, Charleston!

Top: Loft (50% off with code HEATWAVE) | Skinnies: Old Navy (similar and only $19!) | Sandals: Tory Burch | Panama Hat: J. Crew | Tote: Madewell | Sunnies: ASOS | Watch: Michael Kors | Bangles: Moon & Lola | Rings: H&M | Lips: NYX (Shocking Pink) | Nails: OPI (Pink-ing Of You)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

#SBScon Recap

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Time for my Southern Blog Society Conference recap, y’all! As I mentioned in last week’s #SBScon outfit posts, this fab weekend was one I’ll never forget. So what exactly did we do all weekend? Take a look at some of the highlights.

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On Friday we kicked off the weekend at Charleston Place with cocktails on the terrace, hosted by Swoozies. This gave us a chance to mingle with fellow blogger babes, sip & snack, and most importantly, play with selfie sticks. Check out my Instagram for the most epic selfie of the weekend!

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The sweethearts at Swoozies provided some adorable party decor, “blog star fuel” aka mini cookies, and endless amounts of confetti. Needless to say I felt right at home. As party favors, we all got personalized notepads with our blog names printed across the top. Perfect for day 2 notetaking!

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I started the conference right with my blogger bestie Miss Tara Belle by my side! Got to spend some maj quality time with this gal all weekend, which is always a fun time.

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Day 2 started with an early morning at Charleston Grill to fuel up for a long day of learning and networking! After breakfast, we walked across the street to the Riviera Theatre. Spotted: 1/2 of my body straggling behind in our sassy “strutting across the street” shot. Nailed it.

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The babes who made it all possible, Cathy of Poor Little It Girl and Jessica of My Style Vita, gave a little intro to the conference. Look at Tara and me in deep concentration and taking diligent notes! Model students, anyone?

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#SBScon gave us all the materials we needed to crush the conference. Not pictured: lots and lots of coffee. We were then ready to listen to the fabulous speakers, including The Fox & She, ShopStyle Collective, Amy Northard CPA, ESPNW, People StyleWatch, and Stupid Good Photography Tips. We learned things like web design tips, utilizing Google Analytics, how to monetize your blog, and accounting for creatives. The information was SO useful and I left feeling ~inspired~ and super excited to take the next steps with my blog. Stay tuned for some big thangs coming soon!

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Now that we got all the learning out of the way, it was time for the fun stuff – networking with the fabulous brands! There were tables set up all around the room with some amazing clothing, beauty, and accessory brands. We grabbed mimosas, made our way around the room, and networked our little hearts out. We even got our very own Vera Bradley tote (above, left) to put all the surcies that the brands oh-so generously gave us!

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Moon & Lola always knows the way to my heart. Their setup was decked out with balloons, pineapples, and lots of bright jewels, which everyone knows are total blogger magnets. The M&L girls even gave us all a dainty pineapple bangle (that I’ve been wearing nonstop ever since)!

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One of my favorites of the afternoon was My Kind of Lovely. Not only is everything from this boutique “totes adorbs” (to put it in their words), but I instantly fell in love with the sweethearts that own it. I’m sure they’ll make a lot of appearances on the blog soon, so look out for lots of cuteness to come.

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Did I mention Swoozies is the most fun company ever?! If you need party decor, favors, or just want to treat yourself to something fun, these are your peeps.

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Among my other faves of the day, DressUp, Hallmark Signature, and of course, Lilly Pulitzer. There were SO many more that I loved but I don’t want to bore you guys too much, so keep an eye out on my insta for more of the brands at the conference and the goodies they gave us!

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Missing #SBScon already! Can’t wait until next year!

Photos by Kim Graham

{If you missed my outfit recaps, take a peek at day 1, day 2, and day 3.}

#SBScon Day 3: The Dress

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For the #SBScon farewell breakfast, I decided to pull out this little baby – also known as “The Dress.” This pretty Topshop frock had been hanging in my closet waiting for the right moment since May, and finally we both knew it was time. What could be a better moment than breakfast at the beautiful Charleston Grill?

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I topped off this look with nude lace up heels (with tassels!) and my magenta GiGi clutch to pop against the royal blue in my dress. Next, I went with my precious new pair of M&L pineapple earrings from Swell Caroline that I’m pretty sure I’ve worn every day since they arrived. Sidenote: if you’re looking for upscale yet affordable accessories, y’all have to check them out. Their stuff is so fun, colorful and southern – so of course I had to rock some at #SBScon! For the rest of my jewelry, I put on a few delicate gold bangles, my everyday midi rings, and even a couple flash tats for added sassiness. Last but not least, bright pink lips and coral nails – because there’s no such thing as too much color in the summer (or ever?!).

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Since I usually wear my hair down and wavy, I decided to switch it up with milkmaid braids for this look. They were perfect for a Sunday morning brunch and most importantly, kept my hair out of my face while I was eating. Crucial.

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…Because you can’t not twirl in the middle of the street in this dress. That’s a wrap on my #SBScon outfits, y’all! Stay tuned for a full recap of this blogger babe weekend next week!

Cutout Dress: Topshop via Nordstrom (sold out, but similar here and here!) | Heels: Target | Clutch: GiGi New York (50% off!) | Sunnies: ASOS (similar) | Pineapple Studs c/o Swell Caroline | Bangles c/o Moon & Lola | Rings: H&M and Lilli & Tori | Lips: NYX (Shocking Pink) | Nails: Essie (Coral Reef) | Temporary Tats: Flash Tattoos

#SBScon Day 2: Rompin’ Around

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Day 2 of #SBScon involved a few presentations from some impressive creatives, a good amount of note-taking, and lots of networking with fabulous brands. After that we were free to play, so I wanted my outfit to be a pretty versatile. I decided to go with this colorful romper (again from the rockstars at Lily Rain), and topped it off with a white blazer for a more professional look. Best part? It was SO comfy! Check out some details below.

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I accessorized with simple white heels (which are such a great dupe of these btw), my go-to Clare V. clutch, and these amazing reflective tortoiseshell keyhole sunnies (that are now majorly on sale!). For my jewelry, Moon & Lola hooked me up with these fabulous drop earrings, and I finished off the look with gold bangles and a few midi rings.

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What do you think of my day 2 outfit?

Romper c/o Lily Rain | Blazer: H&M | Heels: Target (hellooo, incredible dupe of these babies) | Clutch: Clare V. | Sunnies: Loft (now 50% off!) | Earrings c/o Moon & Lola | Bangles c/o Moon & Lola and Bourbon & Boweties | Rings: H&M | Lips: Maybelline (Nude Embrace) | Nails: Essie (Coral Reef)

#SBScon Day 1: Matchy Blue

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If you follow me on insta, I’m sure you saw my many, many photos from the Southern Blog Society conference a couple weeks ago. Well, my looks from each day of the weekend are coming to the blog this week – finally! Don’t blame me, blame the blue wristbands from the conference that had to be edited out of my photos by my photoshop savvy friend who now hates my guts. But I digress… Take a peek at my first outfit from the welcome cocktail party, hosted by Swoozies!

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I was having the hardest time nailing down my outfits for the conference – that is, until I walked into Lily Rain. This boutique just opened up in Mt. Pleasant and there isn’t one thing in the whole store I didn’t love. When I saw this matching set, it was a no-brainer for the welcome cocktail. The combination of the cutouts, the nude underlay, and the unique fabric (seersucker’s edgy sister) had me at hello.

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When it came to my accessories, I kept things pretty neutral with my heels and clutch. I love how they kind of picked up the nude underlay of the matching set! I accessorized with minimal gold jewelry and my blue mirrored sunnies to keep up my blue theme. Last but not least, I couldn’t resist a pop of color with my coral lips and nails! Sometimes I just gotta go full on matchy-matchy, and I can’t say I hated it.

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What do you think of this summery southern look? Stay tuned for my Day 2 outfit!

Matching Set c/o Lily Rain | Heels: Shoemint | Clutch: GiGi New York | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Starfish Cuff: Finicky Filly | Bangle c/o Moon & Lola (similar) | Rings: H&M | Lips: NYX (Indie Flick) | Nails: Essie (Coral Reef)

Elephants + Blogger Brunches

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A few weeks ago (okay maybe it was longer than that but I’m a slowpoke), I attended the cutest little blogger brunch at local fave Old Village Post House. It was organized by blogger babes Sunflowers & Lace and Seven & Stitch, and we had so much fun sipping on mimosas and munching on (devouring) french toast. A few local boutiques were sweet enough to contribute to our fun, and Flowershop at Mixson even gave us little flower crowns to wear during brunch. Take a look at some highlights below, as well as my #bloggerswhobrunch outfit!

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Can you expect anything else from a table full of bloggers?! Gotta do it for the ‘gram! When it came to my brunch outfit, as you can see, the trend of the morning was colorful + patterned! I fit right in with my elephant print dress from Dandy Boutique and hot pink tassel necklace. I topped off the look with a neutral clutch and wedges, minimal jewelry, and a jean jacket. Last but not least, hot pink lips (aka my secret for looking awake in the morning).

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If you recognize this area, that’s because it’s in The Notebook. Remember this part? Basically, my blog has just become a behind-the-scenes tour of The Notebook set (i.e. this and this). Now all I need is Ryan…

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A huge thank you to Old Village Post House, Candlefish, Finicky Filly, Vestique, Pink Dot Beauty Bar, Luna, and Flowershop at Mixson for making our blogger brunch possible!

Dress: Dandy Boutique | Wedges: Jessica Simpson | Jean Jacket: Gap (now on sale!) | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Clutch: Jessica Simpson | Necklace: H&M (similar) | Cuff Bracelet: CUSP by Neiman Marcus | Rings: Stylexchange | Lips: Clinique Chubby Stick (Plushest Punch) | Nails: Essie (Blanc)

Brunch Photos: Katie Fiedler
Outfit Photos: Smith Photos + Ink

Born in the USA

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We all know I’m a serious sucker for a matching set, so when I stumbled across this eyelet top + shorts, it was all over. I actually bought this set back in the spring, but I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to style it, so it just hung in my closet. Finally I was ~inspired~ by the 4th of July and it all just flowed. Don’t ya just love when that happens?

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I think when it came to styling this, my problem was trying to avoid looking too cutesy. I mean it is white, eyelet, scalloped, and has tiny buttons down the front for crying out loud. If I read that description to you, you’d probably think I was talking about an infant’s baptism dress. See my problem? I recently bought this jean jacket on sale(!) at Gap, and ever since then I’ve been wearing it nonstop. This outfit was no exception. I love how it looks slung over the shoulders to make this outfit a *little* more modest, but it also looks too cool 4 skool when tied around the waist. To add to the edgy, I went with lots of black accessories: a black envelope clutch, lace-up heels, round sunglasses, and my Daniel Wellington watch.

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As always, I went a little overboard with my jewels. I’m talking major stack of bangles, fingers full of rings, and even a couple flash tattoos. Then, since I already had the white and blue, I added a pop of red with a precious pair of heart ear jackets and crimson lips.

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Happy 4th of July, y’all! Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s post for a little Independence Day outfit inspo, as well as the master list of holiday weekend sales <3

Matching Set: Stylexchange | Jean Jacket: Gap (now on sale!) | Heels: Shoemint | Envelope Clutch: Forever 21 | Sunglasses: ASOS | Ear Jackets: Forever 21 (similar) | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Bangles: Moon & Lola | Arrow Ring c/o Lilli & Tori | Chain Connector Ring: Stylexchange | Midi Rings: H&M | Lips: Revlon (Unapologetic) | Nails: Essie (Blanc + Saltwater Happy) | Temporary Tats: Flash Tattoos

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

What to Wear on July 4th {& Holiday Sales!}

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Okay, at the risk of being the epitome of #shitgirlssay, I really can’t believe the 4th of July is already here. Where is the time going?! P sure it was May like 5 min ago. Anyway, now it’s time for one of my favorite instances of situational dressing of the year – good ole Independence Day. It can be hard to balance festive with full-on Uncle Sam vibes, but I’m here with some last-minute ideas for both your daytime and nighttime looks. If you’ve already got an outfit in mind and are just here for the sales, scroll to the bottom.

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Whether you’re having a beach day, pool day, going to a backyard BBQ or heading out on the boat, this lil look will be perfect. Just start out with your favorite swimsuit (my pick is this sweet scalloped Marysia bikini) and slip into some high-waisted denim shorts, and you’re good to go! Any jorts will do but I like high-waisted so I can eat all da hot dogs, amirite? For an extra festive twist, DIY some flag cutoffs (as seen above) with my tutorial here! Top off the look with a Panama hat, blue mirrored clubmasters, some sporty slides, and a gold lariat necklace for a little sass. Last but not least, swipe on some tinted lip balm for a patriotic pop of red and load up your tote with lots of wine sunscreen!

Bikini: Marysia Swim | Denim Shorts: H&M | Slides: Target | Panama Hat: Target | Pom Pom Tote: Design Darling | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Panama Hat: Target | Lariat Necklace: Jules Smith | Lips: NYX Butter Lip Balm (Red Velvet)

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After showering off the saltwater (and let’s be real, taking a nap), it’s time for your night look. Maybe you’re going out with your pals, or perhaps you’re just watching fireworks with your boo, but this white hot outfit will work either way. I’m a huge fan of head-to-toe white on a normal summer night, but on the 4th of July it’s kind of a no-brainer. I’m also having a major moment with anything/everything off the shoulder right now, so you can imagine my feelings towards this little eyelet number. Pair with white distressed skinnies for that #whiteonwhiteonwhite look, then add some festive accessories to top it off. The Clare V. clutch above was pretty made for the 4th, and I just couldn’t help myself with these red Lisi Lerch tassel earrings. Not only will they look amazing against your summer whites, but dangly earrings and off shoulder necklines are kind of a match made in heaven. Top it off with neutral heels, gold jewels (this bracelet from Moon & Lola reminds me of fireworks!), and that red lip classic thing that you liiiiike. Last but not least, I went with Essie’s “Saltwater Happy” because a. I’m in love with the name, and b. I felt like the outfit needed a less obvious accent color to *kind of* offset the matchy-matchy feel. Now it’s a party (in the USA – too much?).

Off Shoulder Top: Chicwish | White Skinnies: Topshop | Heels: Aldo | Clutch: Clare V. | Tassel Earrings: Lisi Lerch | Bracelet: Moon & Lola | Rings: Moon & Lola | Lips: MAC (Russian Red) | Nails: Essie (Saltwater Happy)

Now for what you all came for – the 4th of July sales. Some are amazing (hi Loft) and others are like thaaaanks girlie how generous (lookin’ at you, Anthro), but check ’em out for yourself below!

Holiday Weekend Sales:

  • Aldo – 50% off the original price on all reduced styles
  • Anthropologie – extra 20% off all sale items
  • ASOS – up to 50% off
  • Banana Republic – 30% off the original price with the code BRTHIRTY AND an additional 50% off sale with code code BRGOBIG
  • Belk – up to 75% off clearance, up to 50% off summer must-haves (& more!)
  • Forever 21 – 30% off select summer styles (& more!)
  • Gap – up to 50% off
  • H&M – items up to 60% off and select merchandise on sale for just $4
  • J. Crew – 30% off select styles and an additional 30% off sale with code SUMMERSTYLE
  • J. Crew Factory – 50% off everything AND an extra 20% off with code HOTSALE
  • Joe’s Jeans – up to 50% off select styles
  • Kate Spade – extra 25% off sale with code SETSALE
  • Loft – 50% off everything with code GOFOURTH (& 60% off in stores today!)
  • Lulu’s – 10% off $50+, 15% off $100+, and 20% off $200+ (& free shipping!)
  • Milly – extra 20% off sale with code HAPPY4TH
  • Nasty Gal – extra 40% off all sale items
  • Nordstrom – under $100 sale
  • Old Navy – $2/$4/$6/$8 sale
  • Rebecca Minkoff – 60% off sale
  • Target – up to 30% off (& more!)
  • Trina Turk – extra 20% off sale and 20% off select swim products
  • Urban Outfitters – extra 30% off all sale items
  • Zara – sale starting at 50% off

Which sales will you be shopping this weekend? Did I forget any?! Comment below!