Embroidered Shorts + Friday Four | On the Daily EXPRESS

7/13/18

Embroidered Shorts + Friday Four

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Well, after saying earlier this week I wasn't going to shop the Nordstrom Sale, I saw a few very tempting things once the sale launched. As much as I tried not to go browsing the sale, it's so hard to blog and engage with your blogging friends and avoid it entirely! But once I had them in my virtual shopping cart, the site wasn't letting me check out. I'm sure it was overloaded with traffic, but I took it as a sign that I should hold off on buying them right away. In the meantime, I have plenty of summer clothes to wear and share, like today's outfit with these embroidered pull-on shorts and my new favorite summer wedges.
Similar Navy Tank | Embroidered Shorts | Sandals (c/o) | Tory Burch Bag (c/o Shopbop) (Budget Option) | Necklace | Earrings | Charmed Stacks Bracelets

SHORTS: These embroidered pull-on shorts are comfortable and true to size. I first wrote that these had an interior lining, but I was remembering incorrectly or just thinking of the pockets. Anyway, apologies about that if you ordered and were disappointed that they aren't lined! However they are a pretty thick/sturdy fabric so I don't find them see through. Of course, since they are almost-white you'll still need to wear nude undergarments underneath them to avoid any show through.

TANK: My tank is a couple of years old from Target, but I couldn't find a current version in this color online. They're usually pretty good about re-issuing staples like this each year, but at least Old Navy has a similar version at a good price. 
Similar Navy Tank | Embroidered Shorts | Sandals (c/o) | Tory Burch Bag (c/o Shopbop) (Budget Option) | Necklace | Earrings | Charmed Stacks Bracelets

 SANDALS: I have been wearing these sandals a lot since I got them, and I can't say enough good things about them. The heel doesn't feel high at all since it has a platform in the front, and the soles are also light so I don't feel like I'm clomping around when I wear them. I've noticed that a lot with espadrilles -they have a very heavy sole and it's just not as comfortable walking around in those for me as it is with these. The blogger favorite Treasure & Bond wedges were that way for me. They look darling on everyone but the soles felt really heavy to me, plus I was between sizes and there was just no way around that. So I'm glad to have found these since they serve a similar purpose.

Here are three of the ways I've worn these wedges so far. They really do go with almost everything!

Here are my four random things for this Friday!

1. Coffee & Conversation: On Wednesday I attended another Hatched Collective "Coffee and Conversation" Event at Frost Me Gourmet in Little Italy. These are organized for female entrepreneurs of all kinds to connect and share in person. What I love about these events vs. more blogger-oriented events I've attended is that we dive in to deeper sharing on relevant topics with prompt questions that the host provides. I personally find this a lot more enjoyable than just making small talk with random bloggers or women that I'll probably never meet again. While I can't say I've made any new lasting connections (yet) in the two events I've attended, they were still worthwhile in and of themselves.

2. Instagram Polls Lately: I might be a little addicted to taking polls on Instagram lately. I can't help it - I just think it's fun to see how other people weigh-in on a particular topic. Here are the results of a couple of my recent polls:
Although I can't vote on my own polls, my vote for this one was with the 63% majority. In fact I made a goal not to buy any new swimwear this summer. All of my suits from past seasons are in good shape and I really don't need anything new. I often do better with my shopping budget when I strike out full categories like "Swimwear" or "Nordstrom Sale." Then I just don't go looking for trouble there!

This is one I did for my own benefit, really. I hesitate to post a lot of sale info on Instagram when I feel like soooo many bloggers have already posted about it. I thought it would be helpful to know how many who follow me are already following sooo many other bloggers as well or if they follow just a handful and might appreciate the sale alerts and such.
Well...it's practically a tie. For the most part I've just kept doing my usual thing and posting a sale mainly when there's something I own and recommend.

3. Speaking of Polls: I did take a blog-only poll a few weeks back regarding my posting schedule here and whether you all would prefer M/W/F posts or shorter, more frequent posts.  Here's how that ended up:
Thanks to your feedback, I'm sticking with the M/W/F schedule. I will still add an extra post here and there when it makes sense, like I do with my monthly book reviews.

4. Speaking of Extra Posts...I will definitely have an extra post next Monday evening or Tuesday morning (whenever I finish it) for Amazon Prime Day. I'm re-posting this segment from my Book Reviews post on Tuesday for those who missed it. In case you do not already have a Prime Membership, it's worth noting that you can sign up for a 30-Day free trial to see if it's worth it for you and take advantage of all the Prime Day deals.
I'm a huge fan of Amazon Prime. And yes, in full disclosure I have worked with them as a Fashion Influencer for about two years but I've been a Prime Member since 2006. So the love goes way back and this is a very organic brand partnership for me. That said, I still pay for my own Prime Membership, Kindle Unlimited, Audible Membership etc. and genuinely love and constantly use those services. Prime Day is coming up on July 16 and there will be all kinds of amazing deals for Prime Members across numerous categories. Even if you're on the Free Trial plan you'll be able to take advantage of those deals! I'll definitely be blogging some of my favorites on Prime Day, click here to sign up now and thank me later when you're scoring the best deals on Prime Day and enjoying the benefits of 2-Day Prime Shipping and free returns on all the things!

And that does it for today! I'm looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend. We have a few activities lined up for the kids and will most likely try to do a date night at a restaurant with some outdoor space to make the most of summer. Hope you all have a great weekend too!


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17 comments:

  1. I placed my orders from the sale and I'm not going back, lol! I shopped and now I wait, didn't go overboard - bought 5 things an dthat's it. At least one will go back because I bought two pair of leggings so I can decide which I prefer.
    I can see why you like the sandals so much. I'm the same way. The platform sole makes a big difference in the overall comfort of the shoe.
    You have inspired me to actively seek a group for female entrepreneurs. I would really love to find a group of bloggers locally but it seems the group here isn't very active, I think it would be nice to connect with others!
    Have a great weekend!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Oh that's great Kellyann! You can always try looking on Meetup.com or checking some different hashtags on Insta. It can be really tough to find a good group! Our local blogging group is not very engaged either and I've always wished that it could be since there are some great ladies in this area. And I've tried various things to get the group together more but no luck! Everyone just kind of does their own thing. Anyway...good luck with your group search!

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  2. I like Polls. I am a M/W/F girl too but I do add back in tasty Tuesday recipes in the Fall. I LOVE the shorts, the tassels just make them. Have a GREAT weekend beautiful!

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    1. Those tassels are fun, aren't they? I had to make sure my top didn't cover those up!

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  3. I love your embroidered shorts, they are so cute! I'm missing my embroidered shorts, witner has definitely taken hold here at the moment!

    I'm doing no buy July so trying to avoid the sales, but you're right there are so many people talking about the nordstrom sale at the moment!

    Hope you are having a great week so far :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Oh you're smart to do a no-buy July! I think I may do that for the last part of the month!

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  4. Gina, did you see the email I sent you?

    Emma

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    1. Hi Emma! Yes, sorry I forgot to write you back! I'll go do that now. :)

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  5. You look so cute in those shorts! I love that cobalt blue, I think it’s so fresh for summer.

    The sale is so hard to pass up! I have a pair of jeans, a bag, and a thermal top on my wishlist. I think I’m going to go to Nordstrom next week to try things on in store. Hopefully there’s a decent selection! I’ve been shopping the sale for ages but it’s been really tough to get the things I want because of all the hype now.

    And I’m glad you went to hatched collective again! I really enjoyed our first one :)

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    1. If you want to do another one I'd love to meet you there! It was a different topic and totally different group than last time, so it wasn't a redundant event at all. And there are some really cute things on sale (that can even be worn now!) so no shame in picking up what works for you!

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  6. It's so easy to get swept away by the temptation of something new, even when you've got more than enough already in your closet. Good for you for taking your check out hiccup as a sign to hold off. I tend to do the opposite, and probably would have wasted hours, suddenly determined not to let anything stand between me and my purchase.
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. Ha, believe me it's still tempting to go back and order! But now we're getting ready to leave on vacation and I don't want any packages arriving at my house while I'm out of town so that's keeping me in line. :)

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  7. It must've been super difficult for you to avoid all the Nordstrom fuss, I see it everyday everywhere for more than a week now. I think longer posts are always more interesting and they send more message.
    Dorota
    www.fetchcandle.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you Dorota! It is for sure tough to avoid the temptation!

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  8. Amazon prime is the best! Granted, I really don’t shop fashion stuff on Amazon BUT I basically buy everything else they have to offer. Like dog food. And random things like golf balls for a coworker, shoelaces, gumball machines, and really anything else that I’m impatient for! Ha! Those espadrilles do look like the perfect staple. I also agree that not all espadrilles are created equal and it’s all about finding one with a good sole as well as a good “frame” to support the sole! And I too love IG polls- seeing what the results are. I’m nosy like that!
    Caryl | http://morepiecesofme.com

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    1. Oh you are so good at breaking down the details of a shoe and what works vs. doesn't. I also love your list of things you buy on Prime! It's fun to see what other people get...file that under "nosy" too!

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  9. I might have to check in store for those tanks. I really like the relaxed fit. So many tanks I see are more fitted which is not what I want. I have some nice relaxed fit tees, but I'd like some more sleeveless options! Good to know Target might have some potential ones!

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