Felt Hats for Under $100

Last week I chatted with our INSIDERS (our private membership group) and was THRILLED when they asked for some recommendations for felt hats.

It’s just another sign that more and more of us are getting back to pre-pandemic life and getting dressed for the occasion.

We often talk about the challenges of getting dressed in the warmer weather. With fewer layers to work with, we have to be thoughtful about using accessories as a layer to create depth and interest in our outfits.

Hats are at the top of your list of options. They take a basic outfit from boring to chic in seconds. 

Felt Hats Under $100

 

 

Four Felt Hats

Wear a hat with any casual outfit, like a tee-shirt and shorts, or a midi/maxi dress.

They are adorable for a day spent outside, so if you’re hitting up girls’ weekend somewhere fun this summer, visiting a winery, or just going to brunch on a sunny weekend morning, throw on a hat and elevate your look.

I wouldn’t spend too much here. For today’s post, I kept the price point under $100, with recommendations starting as low as only $18. You’ll get wear out of it this summer and straight into the fall.

Scroll down to see my top picks. 

H&M Under $20

H&M Felt Hat

 

H&M, $18 

Super cute, looks more expensive than it’s price tag, and available in camel (above) or black. 

Free People

Free People Felt Hat

Free People, $78 

Feminine and gorgeous, this Free People “Boater” hat comes in beige (above) or blush. 

Madewell

 

Madewell Felt Hat

Madewell, $84 

I bought this Madewell hat for our trip to Greece, because as much as I plan to sit on my backside for most of the trip, I know we’ll go exploring too. This is the most expensive of the round-up at $84 but it is incredible quality. 

Brixton

 

Brixton Black Felt Hat

Brixton, $78 

Finally, you can pick this Brixton hat up at Nordstrom in either black or tan. It’s seasonless and packable. 

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Sandal of the Summer

On Monday night Bri and I found ourselves with a few hours to ourselves. A rare treat these days. So we snuck out to dinner at one of our favorite local spots and … sat at the bar!

There was live music, a game on the TV, and a wait at the door.

It was the most normal night we had in a long time, and I was grateful for a few hours out of the house around other adults.

Hopefully, now that we’re vaccinated, it’s a sign of what’s to come.

With summer around the corner, we have a lot of plans on our calendar. Our oldest daughter is graduating from grade school; we have showers and weddings and nights out with friends scheduled.

We’re most looking forward to our trip to Greece this summer, initially planned for last June, but was obviously canceled.

With so much to look forward to, I need some new things. What’s hanging in my closet after a year of living in joggers and sweaters isn’t going to cut it. And, I’m ready to zhush things up.

One trend I jumped on is the woven block heel sandal.

I recently bought this version by Marc Fisher, and they work in so many outfits, it’s easy to see how they will be my go-to sandal of the summer.

Woven Nahea Slide Sandal by Marc Fisher

Nahea Slide Sandal by MARC FISHER LTD

Nahea Slide Sandal by Marc Fisher, $150

So what do you wear these with? Pretty much anything, like a long maxi dress if you need a little lift. Because of the block heel, these look great with wide leg summer bottoms, in either full or crop length. Pair them with white jeans, or slim cut light wash jeans with a little fray detail at the bottom for a beachy vibe. 

Available in cream (above), black, gold, and white. These run small so order a 1/2 size up. 

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Brand Spotlight: Gorjana

What a difference a year makes!

Last April, I was sitting at my desk wondering how I would keep my business going as we watched the world go into what felt like a free-fall.

Like everyone, I had a million daily thoughts, and my career felt so frivolous.

Who cares about any of this when we’re just trying to survive each day?

But then something extraordinary happened; in an endless cycle of bad news and professional roadblocks, I started to see our audience grow. Slowly, at first, and then more steadily.

It seems we were all looking for some sense of normalcy and a much-needed distraction. 

The community that has come out of last year is incredible. And thanks to you and your willingness to be open, we’ve been able to create several new programs and series, all based directly on your feedback, to serve your needs. 

So, from a year ago, when I had no idea what to write about to now as I’m bursting with ideas, I’m excited to launch Brand Spotlight. In this monthly series, I’ll highlight one brand that offers something our audience is looking for. 

As always, these posts are not sponsored.

Today, we’re starting with Gorjana, an affordable line of delicate, everyday jewelry you can incorporate into your classic style, with gold and silver-tone options. 

About Gorjana

Gorjana is a California-based jewelry company creating fresh and casual pieces you can layer or wear individually at affordable prices. I discovered them a few seasons ago and have collected several well-loved pieces for myself.

You’ve probably notice I use many Gorjana items in our outfit inspiration posts. I love mixing a little west coast style into my very east coast perspective. It helps keep my look relaxed and casual.  

These make a wonderful self purchase if you are looking to expand your jewelry capsule or a lovely gift for friends. Below I rounded up some of my favorite pieces for the spring and summer. 

* Pieces are 18K gold or silver plated. 

Necklaces

Gorgjana Necklaces

(1) Capri Layer Necklace, $39 | (2) Mini Long Necklace, $65 | (3) Palm Coin Pendant Necklace, $60 | (4) Power Gemstone  Pendant Necklace, $35 

If you are looking to create an elongated silhouette go for a necklace with length. Their Capri Necklace ($39) will help you easily created the popular layered look or go with the Mini Long Necklace, ($65) in either silver or gold for some movement and interest. 

I have both the Palm Coin Pendant Necklace, ($60) and the Power Gemstone  Pendant Necklace, ($35 ) and I wear them simply over white tee shirts or in the opening of my collared shirts. 

Earrings

Gorjana Earrings

(1) Jax Small Hoops, $60| (2) Alice Hoop Earrings, $50 | (3) Shimmer Huggies, $27 | (3) Taner Mini Hoop Earrings, $45  (4) Mosaic Coin Stud Earrings, $35 | (5) Madison Shimmer Huggie Hoop Earrings, $45 

What I appreciate the most about Gorjana earrings is how lightweight they are. You can wear them comfortably all day. And, as someone with sensitive ears, these don’t bother me at all. 

The size of all of these hoops works for casual or work. The Taner Mini Hoop Earrings ($45) are available in silver and gold. 

I ordered the Madison Shimmer Huggie Hoop Earrings ($45) as an alternative to my everyday studs. 

 

Bracelets 

Gorgjana Bracelets

(1) Nicole Delicate Bracelet, $50 | (2) Black Enamel Hinge Bracelet, $48 | (3) Crossover Cuff Bracelet, $55 | (4) Nico Link Bracelet, $65 

Finally, let’s talk about bracelets. If you want to create a stacked, layered look, Gorjana makes many options. The  Nicole Delicate Bracelet ($50) and the Nico Link Bracelet ($65) stand-alone or will work beautifully with pieces you already have. 

If you like a bangle, I love this Black Enamel Hinge Bracelet, marked down from $120 to under $50 at Nordstrom Rack. Or, go with this fun Crossover Cuff Bracelet, also on sale at Rack for $55, marked down from $125.

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Holidays at Home: Accessories to Make it Extra

Are you planning on staying in your pajamas this holiday? Go for it! I plan on wearing mine the entire day after Christmas, and the day after, and the day after that. 

For the week between Christmas and New Years, I’m going to jazz them up a bit, so it doesn’t feel like just any other day in 2020. 

Today, I’m wrapping up our Holidays at Home series with some ideas to make even a jammie day feel a little more special, and you probably have many of these ideas already in your closet.

Holidays at Home: Accessories to Make it Extra

 

Holidays at Home: Fun Accessories

This short series is all about giving you inspiration. I always recommend seeing what you have first before you bring anything new into your wardrobe. This week we featured cozy sweaters, festive pants, and at-home party dresses

As always, inventory is limited and prices are subject to change. 

 

Crystal Necklace 

Crystal Collar Necklace

Necklace, $68  

Take inspiration from our favorite TV Mom of 2020, Moria Rose, known for pairing her pajamas with silk vests and diamond brooches. Pull out some of your old costume jewelry pieces and layer them on. More, is more here.

Want something new? This crystal necklace from Baublebar is a fun option to wear under your collar.

 

Sequin Flats

Sequin Flats from LOFT

Sequin Flats, $18  

Swap out your beat up old slippers for a pair of blinged-out flats, like this sequin covered pair from LOFT that are only $18

Headband

Pearl Headband from White House Black Market

Pearl Headband, $20 

Headbands are the secret to turning a bad hair day around. Pull your hair into a big messy bun, add an embellished headband, and poof, you have yourself a chic up do. Give it a try over these next few weeks and see how pulled together you feel with zero effort. I love this faux pearl encrusted headband at WHBM for $20.

Feather Sleeve Blouse

Red Feather Sleeve Blouse

Feather Sleeve Blouse, $99 

Looking for some drama?  This feather sleeve blouse from Nordstrom is so fun. You can wear it with dark jeans, simple black trousers or velvet pull-on pants. Or, pair it with your favorite pair of cozy joggers and slippers. 

Silk Pajamas

Washable Silk Pajama Set

Silk Pajama Set, $110 

A holiday pajama day may call for a new pair, like this WASHABLE silk set from Bare Necessities. Order today, and you’ll get FREE two-day shipping. Then, layer on your accessories, pour yourself some hot cocoa or a glass of wine, and veg in front of the T.V. all day long.

These are also a lovely last-minute gift. 😉 

 


 

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What to Buy at the Nordstrom Sale: Accessories and Beauty

Continuing with the Nordstrom Sale, today, I’m highlighting the top Accessories and Beauty picks. Today’s post isn’t too involved, just the best of the best. 

Their inventory in these categories is hit or miss. To keep things simple and to save you time, I’m only featuring items I either personally use, know you are looking for and are in line with our Well Dressed Life style guidance. 

And speaking of inventory, this sale does always sells out, but I don’t remember a sale where things were selling out this quickly. 

I am “influencer” level, which means I was able to shop yesterday, and a quarter of what was in my cart was sold out by the time I got around to ordering. Of course, this is the least of our worries these days, but it is annoying since they make such a big deal about the sale. 

I’m not telling you this to create some sense of urgency. Just if you’re wondering what is going on, you’re not wrong in thinking it’s odd. In years past, they did a much better job replenishing fast selling items at least through cardholder access.  

Anyway, back to business! As I publish this post, all of these items are currently in stock. I picked up a few for myself, as you’ll see below. 

Nordstrom Sale: Accessories and Beauty 

 

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020

 

 

Accessories

 

 

 

 

Accessories

Tory Burch Crossbody, $150 – This chic Tory Crossbody is the only bag in the entire sale worth mentioning. I ordered it for myself, I think it’s gorgeous. 

Cubic Zirconia, $27 – Simple, everyday studs. 

Layered Chain Necklace, $59 – We talk a lot about long necklaces, this one, in silver or gold tone is perfect for over fall tops and sweaters.

Quay Australia Sunglasses, $36 – Oversized and glamorous sunnies for under $40, also in my cart 🙂 

Huggie Earrings, $23 – These are so pretty on, just a little sparkle but easy to wear all day long. Available in silver or gold tone.

Gold Hoops, $40 – Argento Vivo is a jewelry brand that offers modern yet classic styling at affordable prices. These hoops are gorgeous and a nice way to try the brand. 

Gorjana Collar Necklace, $42 – Perfect to layer or wear on its own, this Gorjana necklace as just the right amount of bling. 

Pearl Necklace, $40 – I also purchased this pretty pearl necklace, to sit under collared shirts or with a simple tee. 

 

Beauty

 

 

 

 

I use, love and personally recommend all of the products below. 

Beauty 

Personal Microderm, $133 – I featured this personal microderm tool just last month. You can read the full review here. I paid $200 for it on Amazon, so the savings is fantastic. 

T3 Curling Iron and T3 Hair Dryer, – These have been my go-tos for years. Using them together cuts my drying and styling time in half, and the heat from the iron really locks in the curls. To prevent damaging your hair, be sure to use a heat protecting product.  

Caviar Shampoo and Conditioner, $72 – An absolute splurge, but one I grab during every sale. 

Beauty Blender Set, $35  – These little guys make a huge difference in your make up application, and need to be replaced frequently. 

Bobbi Brown Lip Duo, $29 – I love a good lipstick and gloss combo and this color is the perfect pretty neutral for fall. 

Slip Pillowcase Set, $125 – I can’t sing the praises of these silk pillowcases enough. They stay cool at night, feel so indulgent, and have a ton of beauty benefits like reducing wrinkles and preventing hair breakage. I’m picking up a new set for myself because 2020 is the worst. 

What to Buy at The Nordstrom Sale: Reader Favs, Jeans, Coats and Shoes

Be sure to check out all our Reader Favorites, plus the best jeans, coats and shoes in the sale.


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STILL The BEST Purse Organizer for All of Your Totes

The BEST Purse Organizer for All of Your Totes

Are you looking for a better way to corral all your things in your tote bag?

Look no further than this purse organizer, a middle of the night Amazon discovery I’ve been using for years

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is, “Do you switch out your bag with your outfit?”

And, “How do you keep the inside of your bag organized?”

It comes up quite a bit, especially last week when I asked what YOU would like to see on TWDL for August

So much so that I thought it was time to update this post!

The answer is, yes! I change my bag depending on what I am wearing and where I am going.

But takes two seconds because (1) I carry somewhat neutral bags, and (2) I have this simple purse organizer. 

The Secret to Keeping Your Tote Bag Organized

The Best Tote Bags for the Office

St. Anne Tote from Barrington Gifts, fully customizable, $180

This summer, the bag I carry the most is the St. Anne Tote tote from Barrington Gifts. This baby fits everything, as you’ll see below. It’s super lightweight and easy to keep clean. I absolutely love it. 

It goes everywhere with me, from trips to Target, to afternoons working at the pool while my kids swim.

But because it’s open inside, it needs an organizer, or everything would be a mess. 

The BEST Purse Organizer for All of Your Bags

Organizer Insert: $22

Seriously, this organizer is a game changer. It’s one of the few things I can honestly say makes your life easier. At first, I was skeptical. I tend to buy things like this, and forget about them in a month. 

Now it’s been YEARS and I still use this every single day.

It fits perfectly inside any bag including the Street Level tote (I mention this specifically since so many of you have it), the LV Neverfull, or any other tote and gives you room to spare. 

As you can see, I lug around a lot, and all of my things have a place, making it easy to grab what I need quickly. 

When purchasing, be sure to check the measurements. I ordered the medium, but sizes tend to change, so measure your bag and see what will work best. 

I use it with all of my tote bags and my diaper bag.  Having everything neatly organized let’s me swap out bags without it feeling like a chore and gets me out of the house quickly. 

Now that we are headed into the fall and slowly returning to some kind of normal (maybe??), you may be in the market for a new handbag.

If what you are considering lacks organization, you need this purse organizer .

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5 Must Have Shoes for Summer

This summer is going to be different, depending on where you live in the US and around the globe. For me, after four extremely long months of some of the strictest stay at home orders, I’m grateful that my state is starting to reopen.

There is still not much to do.

But this experience has certainly made me appreciate the small luxuries we have more than ever before. The kids can play sports, the pool is open, and the weather has been so beautiful I’d want to eat outside regardless. 

Aside from a few drives to the beach, we’re staying close to home and supporting our local economy as much as possible.

Getting dressed also looks different. Many of us are going to be working from home for the rest of the year, so we likely don’t need a new pair of heels or dress shoes.

So for today’s roundup of must-have summer shoes, I focused on versatile pairs you can pick up and wear now to dress up small moments, and summers to come, when things get back to normal.

5 Must Have Shoes for Summer 2020

 

5 Must Have Shoes for Summer

I have all of these and can say with confidence that they have made getting dressed so easy. Think of this like a summer capsule collection. If you asked me what shoes you need so you can always put an outfit together, these would be it. 

Block Heel

Via Spiga Opal Leather Block Heel Sandal

Block Heel, $98.00

I paid full price for these, $275.00, a few summers ago. They are, by far, my most favorite pair of summer shoes. Right now they are on sale for under $100 at Nordstrom Rack. If you have the need and budget, scoop these up. Every time I slip into them, I’m so happy I have them. They are extremely comfortable and work with just about everything. The only thing I don’t wear them with is shorts, because I’m tall enough as it is. Other than that, they go with everything and if we’re traveling somewhere, they are the first shoe I pack. 

Available in limited sizes, in black, mink and tan. 

 

Flat Sandals

SAM EDELMAN Bay Cutout Slide SandalFlat Sandal, $100: 

A simple flat sandal is a great choice for everyday. They work with shorts, dresses, even summer jeans. Many of you already of this option by Sam Edelman, as they have been featured on the blog for the last few weeks. Sam Edelman just makes a solid, well priced, modern shoe. 

Available in almond, jute, black, white, and saddle. 

Strappy Sandal

Sam Edelman Women's Judy Strappy SandalsStrappy Sandal, $110

With so many breezy dresses trending, you need something equally lightweight to maintain balance. Look for a strappy sandal with a heel you can manage. These days, this 2.25″ heel (another Sam Edelman find) is about as high as I can handle. It’s slightly higher than a traditional kitten heel. Pair it with dresses or flowy pants for a dressed-up-but-still-casual look. 

“Better”Flip Flops

TKEES Lily metallic suede flip flops

“Better” Flip Flop, $55:

At my core I am a beach girl. I love the casualness and ease of every part of beach life. The truth is you can wear whatever kind of flip flop you want and it will make no difference. I do, however, love these TKEES. They are made of a gorgeous leather, with a rubber sole and are so comfortable. They feel like a grown up flops. You can certainly were these to the pool, but I save them for sun dresses and shorts while walking around our favorite beach town. 

Summer Sneakers

 

Superga 2750 COTU CLASSIC SNEAKERSummer Sneaker, $68

The fact that it is now acceptable to wear sneakers with anything is a win for all of us. But to pull it off remember you can’t just wear any sneaker. Keep your athletic sneakers for your work outs and go with a slim profile, crisp white option, like these by Superga. A favorite of classic style icon, Kate Middleton, they are affordable, well made, and comfortable. 


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