Your July 4th Sale Guide

Fourth of July weekend is HERE! Which means… sales on sales on sales! I have done these types of posts for past holidays but have kind of gotten away from doing them. I received a few requests to do a sale guide for July 4th, so here you go!

Below, I have summed up some of my favorite stores and additional stores that are having some MAJOR and amazing sales this weekend. When I post these sale guides, I always like to link back to my sale shopping guide that I posted last Fourth of July for tips. Fingers crossed for great weather, but if you are stuck inside or have a chance to get to the mall, below are some stores you definitely want to check out!

  • Ann Taylor: 50% off everything with code JUSTBEACHY
  • Anthropologie: Summer tag sale extra 30% off sale no code needed
  • ASOS: $50 off $200 code FREE50, $70 off $250 code FREE70, $100 off $350 code FREE100
  • Banana Republic: Extra 40% off regular priced items with code BRNEW and extra 50% off sale items
  • BaubleBar: Up to 75% off with 20% off all sale items
  • Belk: Extra $30 off $100 with code 94133800 –ends Tuesday, 7/4
  • Bloomingdales: Save 20-40% on sale items through 7/4
  • Coach: 50% off sale styles, no code needed
  • Dillards: Take an additional 30% off sale, no code needed
  • DSW: price drop clearance event with up to 70% off retail prices –no code needed
  • Express: 50% off tees, shorts, dresses and more through Tuesday, 7/4
  • Francesca’s: Buy one regular price item, get one 50% off, ends 7/5
  • Free People: 40% off select styles through 7/4, no code needed
  • Gap: – 40% off your purchase with code JULY through 7/2
  • Goodnight Macaroon
  • H&M: $4 deals with up to 70% off, no coupon needed
  • J. Crew: Extra 50% off sale styles with code SALETIME through 7/2
  • J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything with code FOURTHFUN
  • Jack Rodgers: Up to 60% off select styles through 7/4, no code needed
  • Kate Spade: Extra 40% off sale items with code SUNNY –ends 7/5
  • Kendra Scott: 15% off color bar with code COLOR through 7/4
  • Loft: 50% off everything with code SPARKLER
  • Lord and Taylor: 25% off clearance and 20% off regular price items with code FOURTH –ends 7/4
  • Lucky Brand: 40% off summer essentials –no code needed through 7/4
  • Lulus: Up to 20% off everything (spin to win) through 7/4
  • Macy’s: Take an extra 20% off with code FOURTH through 7/4
  • Nine West: Buy two and get 40% off, no code needed through 7/1
  • Off Broadway Shoes: $10 off on $65 and BOGO 50% off footwear with code FIREWORKS10
  • Old Navy: Entire store is on sale for up to 60% off, no code needed
  • Rebecca Minkoff: Summer sale up to 60% off select items, no code needed
  • Red Dress Boutique: Half price summer sale
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: Up to 70% off designer collections, no code needed
  • Steve Madden: 25% off and free shipping with code FIREWORKS –ends 7/4
  • Target: Up to 30% off home, patio and furniture with code AMERICA and 20% clothes, shoes and accessories
  • Tory Burch: Extra 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30 –ends 7/10
  • Urban Outfitters: 30% off all sale items, no code needed
  • Vera Bradley: 50% off sale, no code needed –ends July 4 PLUS free shipping and beach towel with purchases over $100
  • White House Black Market: Semi-annual sale, up to 70% off, no code needed

As usual, I will continue to update this when I see new sales pop up. I was a little disappointed to see some of my stores weren’t having any deals yet, so I will check back tomorrow and update as needed! I hope everyone has a happy and SAFE fourth of July holiday! Cheers ❤

Stay Chic,


Cali Trip – Days 3 and 4

It has been so long since I have posted about my trip to California, which seems like ages ago… probably because I have been super busy! I married off my little brother last weekend in Colorado (more to come on that) and work has been consuming a lot of my free time. If you missed the details on Day 1 and Day 2, make sure to click the links and catch up! This trip honestly went by so fast but we packed so many activities into these last few days!

Day 3 consisted of brunch at The Sunny Spot, walking around downtown Venice Beach, a trip to the skate park and muscle beach, the Santa Monica Pier and sunset at The Griffith Observatory. My favorite thing about The Sunny Spot was the bottomless mimosas, rum punch AND bloody marys = BEST brunch EVER! The food was really good too though 🙂



We were even able to sit outside under the fun tents. After brunch and a few cocktails, we walked around downtown Venice Beach and stopped by some fun wall paintings for a photo op. We also stopped into some fun boutique stores for souvenirs AND the original TOMS flagship store.



This outfit was so perfect for a day full of so many different activities. This romper is old (from last year) but it’s that soft cotton that’s so comfy AND it has pockets! The sandals were very comfortable as well -there was a lot of cushion in the soles, making them great for walking around. I also brought along my denim jacket for when it cooled off at night. See outfit details below:

Romper: Nordstrom, old (almost identical, similar)
Hat: Nordstrom (similar, also love this one)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators (similar only $4)
Sandals: Ash (similar, almost identical only $20)
Watch: Nixon, old (similar)
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, old (similar, similar for $24)
Necklace: Nordstrom, old (same, similar)
Earrings: Kendra Scott (similar only $9)

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Venice Beach was definitely a people watching place. There was so much to do and see! I went to my first actual skate park! And we walked by “muscle beach” where I guess they usually hold weight lifting competitions and the like, but unfortunately there was no one out there.


Next we made our way to the ever popular Santa Monica pier. It was extremely crowded (but it was Memorial Day weekend). Of course we had to do the ferris wheel going over the beach, which offered some beautiful views… see below!

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After sight-seeing at the pier and the beach, we drove back towards the city through Beverly Hills (Rodeo Dr.) and then on Hollywood Boulevard to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I must say, I was not overly impressed with the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (We didn’t even get out of the car)! I was more or less expecting some glamorous street, but it was quite the opposite. We were able to drive by and see the Chinese and Dolby Theatres where they hold a lot of awards and events, so I was excited to see that at least!

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We ended the night with a beautiful sunset at Griffith Observatory, which offered breathtaking views of downtown L.A. AND the Hollywood sign. It took us a while to get to the top of the mountain (there was a lot of traffic), but it was completely worth it.




We had another SUPER busy day as you can see. The next day was Memorial Day, so we had a more laid back day and just hung out at the beach all day. It ended up being beautiful! Weather was perfect –not too windy and I was able to get a little bit of sun.


We started out at Newport Beach, which is about an hour south of L.A. along the coast. This was SUCH a cool town. Seemed very laid back and the beach was HUGE! We stopped by Banzai Bowls to get acai bowls and it was honestly the best I’ve ever had! (Even better than the 3 Natives place I’ve raved about before)! We spent most of the day at the beach, but we left a little after lunch to go down and see Laguna Beach. We stopped at Sancho’s Tacos -a small Mexican place off the beach to grab a quick bite. They serve tacos a la carte, so I was able to try a few of them. I did like the tacos, but Katie got nachos and they were the most amazing nachos I’ve had! I would highly recommend them if you are ever out in Newport beach!

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Towards sunset, it started to get a little bit cloudy so we weren’t really able to see the sun set. However, we did find this cute little bungalow restaurant on Crystal Cove beach called Beachcomber, where we stopped in for appetizers and drinks.

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Overall, we had a successful and fun trip! We were so busy that it just went by way too fast. There were a few places we didn’t get to make it to so I guess I will just have to plan another trip back! 🙂

I hope you all are having a great week so far! If you have any questions about my trip, or suggestions for next time, feel free to send me a comment.


Cali Trip – Day 2

After an exciting, but long day 1… I woke up to the smell of bacon, eggs and muffins. My sweet friend Alison woke up early and made us all breakfast (now that’s a good friend)! We needed all the energy we could get for our morning hike out towards Santa Monica and Malibu. We hiked a trail near Pacific Palisades and it was the first time I ever got to see the Pacific Ocean!



We ended up hiking a little over 2.5 miles, so it was good exercise and definitely worth it for the views! The land in the distance of those pictures is Long Beach (which we will eventually get to tomorrow). I also found my casual dream home with an infinity pool on the side of the cliff… some of the houses we saw were just so breathtaking.

After our hike, we stopped by the Eames House in Pacific Palisades. This was one of several architecture case study houses done in the 1940’s through the 60’s. This house was actually built in 1949. My friends Alison and Katie are both architects, so they knew a little bit more about case study houses, but I was able to gain a new appreciation for architecture on my trip. Shortly after we got there, the sun came out, so we were able to see a more clear view of the beach and the ocean.

Next on our stop was lunch. By the time we got to the restaurant Cafe Vida, I was so hungry (hiking really takes a lot out of you)! Apparently this place is super popular because there was kind of a long wait. I got a fresh acai smoothie to hold me over. It had all natural ingredients with strawberries, blueberries and bananas and I was in heaven. All of their food was so fresh, I just wish I could go back once a week and try EVERYTHING on their menu!


Since we were out by Santa Monica, we HAD to stop by the beach after lunch. Unfortunately it was extremely windy, which made it a lot colder. But hey, this was my first time in California so I was determined to put my feet in the Pacific Ocean. If you can’t tell by my reaction below… it was FREEZING. (And of course the wind didn’t help).


It was cool to sit on the beach and have the mountains on one side and the Santa Monica Pier on the other side. It’s definitely not something you would see on the East Coast. We didn’t spend too much time at the beach (that was for Monday), so we headed out a little early to beat the infamous LA traffic.


Bathing Suit: Nordstrom (similar only $10!)
Hat: Nordstrom (similar only $7)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators (similar for $7)
Cover up: Nordstrom (similar for $19)
Bag: Nordstrom, old (similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom (only $16!)

Once we got home, we all showered and dressed up for our sunset tour of another famous house, followed by a night out on the town. This was another case study house, that many of you may have heard of, The Stahl House. It’s been in a lot of movies and quite a number of commercials. You can certainly see why… it’s a cliff side glass house that was built for $40,000 in 1960, just above Sunset Blvd and offers the most breath-taking views of LA.

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I am so glad we were able to see this! Truly one of my favorite things that I did while I was out in California. It was cool to see all of the older style decor and original cabinets, flooring, etc. Once our guide eventually kicked us out, we went towards downtown LA to El Compadre Mexican restaurant. I was really looking forward to being able to try authentic Mexican food and El Compadre did not disappoint! I had the most amazing, fresh strawberry margarita (made with REAL strawberries) and another margarita that our bartender lit on fire!

After dinner we went out to explore the bar scene. Any Vanderpump Rules fans? I was SO excited to see PUMP! I wanted to go in, but it was towards the end of the night. We spent the majority of the night at The Abbey in West Hollywood and I definitely got the full LA experience there. I also thought it was weird that there wasn’t a cover charge –but hey, I was not complaining.

We had another successful, fun and BUSY day but it was so worth it. Still a lot more on our list of things to do 🙂




Dress: Free People over 50% off! (similar)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar, similar)
Watch: Nixon (similar)
Earrings: Sole Society (similar)
Shoes: Sam Edelman (almost identical for $59)

I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start. Can’t wait to share the rest of my trip with you all! And also can’t wait to head back out west later this week for my brother’s wedding!


Cali Trip – Day 1

So last weekend I took my very FIRST trip to California! I went with my roommate Katie to visit our friend Alison who had moved out to LA a few months ago. We had originally planned our trip for February, but that happened to be the weekend with all of the rain and mudslides, so we switched it to go over memorial day. Thank goodness we did because the weather ended up being absolutely beautiful!


This was the view from my friend’s house in Miracle Mile. One of the coolest things I noticed out there were all of the different styles of houses. You would have a modern house right next to a mediterranean style house, next to a colonial house, etc.

We landed at LAX around 8 PM and after Alison picked us up, we immediately had to go to In n’ Out Burger. Unfortunately we went to the one right next to the airport, so everyone else flying in had the same idea and it was pretty crowded. I got their double burger and the best strawberry milkshake I have ever had! I was surprised at how CHEAP it was. Especially since everything else in California is so expensive, but it was the perfect first meal in California. Of course we stayed and chatted for about 3 hours before finally heading back to Alison’s place where we immediately passed out (I now know the feeling of jet lag)!

The next morning we went to visit Alison’s architecture company, then made our way to brunch in downtown LA at LA Chapter. They had a small menu selection (which is true for most of the places we went) but everything we got was melt in your mouth amazing.


After brunch, we walked up to their rooftop bar and terrace and I loved the ambiance! I felt like I was at an upscale boutique hotel in India. I absolutely fell in love with the bohemian decor AND the rooftop pool! I also learned that rooftop pools are a big thing in LA and anyone can go up and swim in them?!


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Next stop was The Broad Museum (pronounced br-ode). It’s a really big attraction in LA and it’s free! But, you have to register about 2 months in advance if you don’t want to wait hours in line. Luckily we had advanced tickets so we were able to go right in.


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Honestly, there were some disturbing, yet eye opening pieces there (not pictured), which gave me a new appreciation for art. They had a little Andy Warhol exhibit too, which was really cool! However my FAVORITE thing was the infinity mirror room. We had to wait a while to get in but it was so worth it. You walk out on this platform that’s surrounded by water and the entire room is covered in mirrors. How cool is that?!


After the museum we walked across the street to explore the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It’s a really strange shaped building but we had fun walking around. We didn’t get a chance to go in though… maybe that will be on the list for the next visit! We stopped into a beautiful cafe called Otium for a drink and then made our way to the Arts District.


We stopped in at the Arts District Brewery for some beer and bar food for lunch. Then we walked over to Angel City brewery. We were just killing some time until we were ready to leave for the Dodgers game! It’s been A WHILE since I’ve been to a baseball game and I forgot how fun they are (minus the $14 beers)! Of course I had to get myself a souvenir Dodgers hat and they came away with a 4-0 win over The Cubs.





We stayed after the game for fireworks… it was honestly the perfect night. We had such a busy day that by the time the game and fireworks were over, we were understandably exhausted! So we had a successful Day 1 in Cali, but there were still many more adventures to be had!

Hope you all enjoy your weekend! Check back next week for all the deets on day 2!


5 Dress Trends to Invest in This Summer


The summer season is practically here, which means dress season (my favorite)! There are so many different dress trends I’ve noticed, but I narrowed down the list to my top 5 favorites! Trust me, it was hard to narrow this list down because I could add so many more, so I added a few bonus ones at the end 🙂 you are welcome!

Florals are one of my favorite trends right now and there aren’t many cuter dresses out there than floral maxis! I have found so many cute ones (see below) it’s been hard to decide which to purchase! However, I did get this one from Express when they had their 30% off sale and I can’t wait for it to come in the mail! It’s also available in 3 other colors. I found this really cute and affordable dress from Red Dress Boutique I also ordered!


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This is a trend that was huge last summer and it looks like it’s here to stay for 2017. I did one of my first blog posts on chambray (denim) dresses, and I am loving the fact that I will be able to live in these dresses all summer long!


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There is something so elegant about wrap dresses that I am totally crushing on right now. These dresses pair perfectly with some strappy sandals or chic sneakers. And that’s what I love… that these dresses are so versatile AND they look great on ALL body types!


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It’s definitely safe to say that ruffles are totally in right now, however I feel like this trend may not stick around as long (but you never know). I tend to lean more toward the soft and subtle ruffles, but I have recently stepped out of my comfort zone by purchasing this dress from Asos. I also like the a-symmetrical ruffle trend, which is a fun variation.


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This is a trend that I just HAD to give in to. Midi dresses are so practical – they are long enough so you don’t have to worry about them riding up, but still short enough and breezy that you won’t sweat to death! You can also easily dress them down with flats or sneakers, or dress them up with a cute pair of wedges. I recently bought this one from Red Dress Boutique and I love that it also incorporates ruffles! It’s also the perfect style to wear to work because you never have to worry if it’s too short.


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3 Bonus dress trends I am also loving:

1. Tassels
2. Seersucker
3. T-shirt dresses

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I am trying to recover from my trip to California… I came back with a nasty head cold 😦 but I can’t wait to post all about it soon!