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#NSale Favorites – Under $100

July 19, 2016

Categories: Fashion

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ONE.  TWO.  THREE.  FOUR.  FIVE.  SIX.  SEVEN.  EIGHT.  NINE.  TEN.  ELEVEN.  TWELVE.  THIRTEEN.  FOURTEEN.  FIFTEEN.  SIXTEEN.  SEVENTEEN.  EIGHTEEN.  NINETEEN.


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is my favorite of the year because I can get fall items at majorly discounted prices. I even use this sale to begin my Christmas shopping! I went through nearly a hundred pages of items to gather together my favorite items and categorize them for you in my first #NSale blog post this year: Nordstrom Early Access Favorites.

The sale is currently only open to Nordstrom card holders (you can sign up in minutes here) but the sale will open up to the public July 22nd – August 7th. However, items are already selling out so if you have your eye on something special, don’t hesitate! (I’m already regretting waiting a little too long on these spotted lace-up flats and now they’re out of my shoe size!)

I wanted to go through and gather my favorite #NSale items under $100 in an easy-to-shop collage format. I know the pages and pages of the sale can be really overwhelming, but I’ve done the legwork for you and linked my favorites above underneath the collage. I love a high-low mix when I style my outfits and am always on the lookout for inexpensive-yet-beautiful items and the pieces I’ve included in this post will mix-and-match easily with classic investment pieces from your closet to create a luxe look.

Keep your eye out for more Instagram and blog posts from me featuring #NSale items in the next few weeks!



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White Summer Dress + Hat

July 18, 2016

Categories: Fashion

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Summer is in full swing and in terms of style right now, I’m looking for inexpensive summer pieces to finish out the summer and mix with my investment pieces for a more luxe look. Backyard barbecue, anyone?!

We’ve been spending lots of time at the ranch this summer… It feels like our own private retreat, just a short drive away. The past few weeks have been full of cattle roundups, paddle boarding on local lakes, and barbecues with family friends. And speaking of barbecues, this outfit is one I’ve had on repeat for summer events.

If you’re shopping the dress I’m wearing, don’t hesitate… They’re selling out quickly. And the site is currently running a Mid-Summer Sale with an extra 15% off orders over $100 with code SS15. The dress runs pretty true to size, but if you’re between sizes I’d suggest going up a size because the style is airy and flowy and will look even cuter when it’s a bit loose.

Callanan Hats gave me a choice of their summer line and I chose this classic Safari Hat to pair with this look. I was intrigued by the fact the hat line was started by a former movie costume designer. And being designed by someone with a skilled eye for detail, it’s no surprise the hat is so well-made and beautiful. I think my favorite feature is the striped band… It gives the hat such a crisp feel.

Please be sure to check out my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites with details on how to get new fall fashion  on sale before items go back to their regular prices. We shopped the sale in store and I just did another round of online shopping from here at the ranch… I can’t believe how quickly items are selling out!! Have you gotten anything from the sale yet?



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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Early Access

July 14, 2016

Categories: Fashion

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Shop the Sale.


It’s that time of year!! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is on, and shoppers can get sale prices on brand new fall items that will go back up to regular pricing after the sale ends. I use the sale to get a head start on my fall pieces… And I always start Christmas shopping during this sale!! Literally Christmas in July… But I tuck it away, and it prevents me from feeling swamped during the holidays.

July 14th – July 21st is early access for Nordstrom cardholders only. If you don’t have a Nordstrom debit or credit card sign up here and get early access to sales, invites to exclusive events, and earn points toward cash back on purchases. I have the debit card and loves that it pulls directly from my checking… No payments, no hassle.

July 22nd – August 7th the sale will open to the public. Trust me, items will sell out… So if you have your eye on something, don’t wait too long!!

I’ve looked through every. single. page of the sale and I’ve gathered my favorites picks based on style and value for you down below. Click the arrows on either side of a photo slide to browse and if you see something you like, simply click on the photo to shop.


For Her…

TOPS

SWEATERS

SKIRTS + PANTS

DRESSES

OUTERWEAR


Jewelry…


Accessories…


Shoes…


Beauty…



For Him…

COMING SOON!!

 


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A Peek Into My Computer Bag

Categories: Fashion, Lifestyle

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Article written for Bond Twenty.

Tote Bag.  Marble Laptop Case.  Coffee Mug.  Wireless Ear Buds (Use Code CashmereGypsy for 15% off).  Electronic Wipes.  Phone Case.  External Battery.  Rings.  Sunnies.  Perfume.  Hair Band.  Dry Bar Gift Card.  Powder.  Lipstick #001.  SPF Hand Cream.  SPF Lip Gloss.  Highlighters.


Since I last posted, I visited family in Wyoming… Visited family in South Dakota… Learned to paddle board… And celebrated with friends at their beautiful wedding in Vail, Colorado. Summers for us are always busy, busy, busy and I love it, but also find myself craving the quiet moments just sipping iced tea in the backyard with our dogs running around. I know I get frustrated when my favorite bloggers miss a few posts and I want you to know I so appreciate being able to spend a little more time with family + friends and am thankful you return to check for my latest posts even when it’s been a week!!

Speaking of getting back into the swing of things, I’ve been wanting to do a post like this for a long time now.  I love the “What’s In My Bag” features in magazines and find something oddly satisfying about taking a peek into the essentials someone carries around with them. (Not to mention I usually end up discovering a few items I want to add to my own bag.) But I haven’t seen many posts or features on work/computer bags, so I’ve decided to share my picks and essentials with you.

This crisp white tote is my current computer bag and I almost always have it near me, whether I’m traveling or doing work at a local coffee shop. It’s the first tote bag I’ve ever seen with this kind of organization and storage inside, one of my favorite parts being the handy holder for coffee mugs or water bottles that snaps into the side of the bag. No more spilled water on the bottom of your bag! And it easily fits all my electronics – laptop, tablet, and phone – keeping them organized and within reach.

Office Supplies

I swear by using a paper agenda… I find it more reliable than electronic calendars and I have to admit, I feel more productive when I cross things off. I’m also a bit of an office supply addict (hello, Target One Spot) and I like to keep my bag stocked with highlighters and sticky notes for when I’m planning out my schedule and to-do’s.

I keep a envelope-style folder to hold any current documents I’m working on or need to sign. It keeps me organized and looks presentable if I need to bring something with me to a meeting.

I recently downloaded the app Genius Sign and I consider it an essential to have in your phone… It allows you to scan, sign, and annotate PDF documents easily from your phone. I just began using it and I’ve already saved myself hours with this handy app.

Electronics

Besides the usual suspects like my laptop and an extra USB stick, I’ve recently become addicted to keeping this slim external battery handy… It really is a lifesaver and can charge up any of my devices while on the go.

While I’m working I like to listen to Spotify or Pandora and these super-sleek wireless earbuds from Sudio make it easy for me to move around and get up to grab a coffee without getting tangled up in cords.

I’ve slowly become addicted to this pretty rose gold phone case that lights up like a miniature vanity and provides the most glowy, pretty selfies and Snapchats. If you’re into Instagram and Snapchat, this phone case will majorly improve your selfie game.

One thing I’ve become a little obsessive about is keeping my electronics clean, especially when I frequent coffee shops and cafes to work. These electronic wipes come in individual packets, so they’re easy to throw in my bag and go. And the hand sanitizers from Bath & Body Works are the best… They smell great and feel really clean without any sticky texture. Even my husband asks me to stock them in his car!

Cosmetics

I always have a little stash of beauty products in my computer bag… I don’t like to be out and about without them! I love getting blowouts at Dry Bar so there’s usually a Dry Bar gift card floating around… My hair has so much volume and bounce after one of their blowouts I can go days without washing it, convincing myself I’m saving time by getting them! And when I need to tie my hair back, I use one of these hair bands to secure my hair on top of my head without pulling it.

For makeup touchups throughout the day I keep a powder compact, versatile nude lipstick, and bottle of my favorite perfume. With Colorado’s high altitude, sun exposure is always a concern for me so I keep a bottle of Supergoop’s SPF hand cream and SPF lip gloss in my bag.

Did you know I’m a Summer Editor for Bond Twenty? Check out my previous blog post on a typical day in my life… Including links to resources for bloggers/freelancers like tips, sample schedules, and printable day planners! (Also posted on Bond Twenty here.)



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Wedding Guest Dress Options

July 2, 2016

Categories: Fashion

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Both of these Maggy London dresses are currently 30% off… As are all styles on MaggyLondon.com now through July 4th. This is the perfect time to grab a gorgeous dress at a great price for your upcoming summer events. Maggy London reached out to me and allowed me to choose two dresses for the events we have coming up and I’ve styled each one a bit differently…


Outdoor Summer Wedding: The Tanya Flare Dress

I initially noticed the texture and gorgeous coral-red color of this dress, but what really sold me is the beautiful tailoring. The ‘v’ neckline and the lines along the waist and top of the hips create the most flattering, feminine silhouette. The dress really creates flattering curves on the body that make it into such a statement piece.

I styled this dress for an outdoor summer wedding with pops of white in my bracelet and clutch. I love the texture and summery vibe a straw clutch adds… Mine is a Lilly Pulitzer from years ago, but I found a similar one here. When attending outdoor events, I usually try to wear wedges if possible. They elongate the leg, don’t sink into the grass, and I can dance in them all night long. Gold version of my wedges (I have them also) here but take a peek at the nude pair I’m currently eyeing here.

I have an event with Denver’s new Kendra Scott shop coming up, and I think this dress would be perfect for it. If you’re in Denver Thursday, July 14th from 5-7 pm I’d love for you to come say hello and have a drink and a sweet treat with me!! The event details can be found on my Facebook page.


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Semi-Formal Evening Wedding:  The Katie Full Skirt Dress

The sophisticated navy blue color and illusion neckline of this dress sold me immediately. I knew right away it would be elegant and feminine with its subtle floral pattern and flattering high-low hemline.

It’s such a dreamy dress and I felt like a princess while wearing it. I wanted to keep the focus on the color and texture in the dress, so I styled this with my go-to nude clutch and a pair of nude strappy heels. I added my new pearl and rose gold spike earrings that lend the most wonderful mix of ladylike edge to an outfit.


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3D Floral Skirt

June 30, 2016

Categories: Fashion

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I always suggest having a go-to full skirt like this in your spring and summer wardrobe. The style is flattering and it can be paired with so many different top + shoe combinations to create looks for virtually any event on your calendar.

This option I’m wearing has beautiful 3D blooms scattered across its structured mesh fabric and is an affordable $50, leaving you room to spend on luxe accessories or pieces to pair it with. I was really pleased with the quality of this skirt and I’ve been wearing it to events and date nights around Denver. I went one size up, as this runs a bit small.

Check out my styling suggestions below…

Work

Tuck a silky tank into this skirt, then top with a light colored blazer. Pair this look with classic flats or nude pumps to keep this look office appropriate.

Weekend

Whether you’re headed to brunch with friends or your local farmer’s market, a simple cotton tank will keep you cool in stifling temps. Pair with casual sandals.

Date Night

Keep the tee I’m wearing above (it can be worn off-shoulder as well) but add a moto jacket on top for a little edge. Wear my pumps for a pop of color or switch to booties as the temps cool down.



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A Typical Blogger’s Day + Planning Tips and Resources

June 28, 2016

Categories: Lifestyle

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Article written for Bond Twenty – Find it HERE.


I’m happy to tell you that I’ve partnered up with the Bond Twenty team as a Summer Editor to write a series of posts for their incredible online fashion and lifestyle community. I love their romantic, feminine aesthetic and I think it pairs perfectly with mine.

If you’re new to meeting me, I’d like to say hello and share a little about myself so you can get to know me better. I’m married to my best friend and love of my life and we live in Denver, Colorado with our three dogs. If you’re an animal person, I automatically love you because we treat like children too often for their own good – like the Easter treat hunt we had for them this year.

I began writing online while I was still in law school and am now blogging full-time after launching my fashion + lifestyle blog The Cashmere Gypsy in August 2015. On my site I document my personal style, create beauty tutorials and reviews, write about lifestyle topics like home decor and weddings, and share my travel experiences with my readers. The hard part? I’m a work in progress and am still seeking to achieve a work-life balance because “being your own boss” can be tricky. My favorite part? I love connecting with other women via my blog and social media and lifting each other up with positivity… I’m a girls’ girl through and through.

One of the questions I’m asked most about being a blogger is, “So what do you do all day?” Blogging is an untraditional job and can seem somewhat confusing to those with more traditional jobs and even to people in the blogging world. Over time and as I’ve transitioned from a hobby blogger to a professional one, my day-to-day activities have definitely changed. I hope this post answers some questions for those of you who are curious… And may even help bloggers out there who are wondering how to balance their day and organize their schedule.

At the bottom of this post, I’ve linked some great resources for you work-at-homers out there and I would love to hear any advice or tips you’re able to contribute. How do you stay focused? How do you stay organized? How do you manage the work + life balance? And how do you force yourself to “shut off” work at the end of the day?


6:30 AM

My alarm goes off a few times and I allow myself an hour or so to browse through my social media and interact with my readers and followers. I love chatting with my readers so much, I often spend this time responding to them and sometimes I don’t even get to my emails! Oops… We’ll handle those later.

7:30 AM

I check in with my photographer. We go over the outfits we’ll be shooting next and discuss upcoming projects and events. It’s important for us to be on the same page so my blog calendar stays up to date and I’m not late on any post deadlines.

8:00 AM

I like to start my day with a cup of coffee and head outdoors because working primarily at a computer can be stifling. I think it’s great to get a breath of fresh air and get moving in the morning. I rake leaves, shovel snow, or water flowers depending on the season. It may sound silly, but I really look forward to this time each morning.

8:45 AM

I head to the gym, where I take a ballet barre class. I’m getting back into a workout routine and I love the accountability group classes provide. (There’s no way for me to slack off or escape without embarrassing myself!) I grab a bouquet of fresh flowers on the way home.

11:00 AM

I get ready quickly and my photographer meets me to shoot two looks for next week’s blog posts. Since my work is mostly visual, I always set aside time for photography… Some days it may be a longer shoot with more outfits, some days my husband snaps some photos after he returns home from work, and some days I photograph things around my house.  The only exception is when I’m filming a makeup tutorial or beauty product review; I allow about four hours to film and edit, so I usually skip photos on those days.

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1:00 PM

I head to a lunch meeting with a local boutique owner and her marketing manager. We discuss my brand, their brand, and ways we could collaborate and work together. I make notes to follow-up on later.

1:45 PM

I return home and am distracted by my dogs for a solid ten minutes… I just can’t resist their sweet faces. Oops. Back to emails… I receive a lot of emails for the size of my little business. A majority of my email time is spent saying no to brands that aren’t a good fit, which is always difficult for me. I touch base with people on ongoing projects and confirm upcoming meetings. I get so excited when a new and exciting opportunity comes into my inbox… I think I’ll always get butterflies when that happens.

3:00 PM

I eat a cookie really healthy veggies as a snack. I’m constantly telling myself I’ll finish my posts a week or two before I publish them, but it rarely happens. So today I edit my photos, add product links, and write my blog post that will go up the next day.

5:00 PM

It’s planning time. And this particular day I use it to move some projects around, plan blog posts for next week, and plan out my Instagram posts for the next day. I prefer old school planners I can actually write in because if I don’t plan and write things down I am a total mess and never accomplish anything… Not kidding in the least.

My organization tips if you’re like me? I have one nice planner for my personal appointments and reminders, family events, and upcoming activities and special occasions. I keep another planner solely for work where I can scribble, cross out, and white-out things as my projects and tasks change. Instead of  writing a million to-do’s into my planner and feeling awful if I don’t get to them, I have a notebook of ongoing to-do’s and I just cross them off as I go.

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6:00 PM

I prepare and cook a Blue Apron dinner for my husband and myself. I am mildly concerned about the amount of garlic I used because we have an event to attend tonight. Husband does dishes.

7:30 PM

After dinner, we attend a charity event hosted by a local boutique in downtown Denver. It’s a great chance to meet people and network with local brands and business owners.

9:00 PM

Back home, I quickly browse through my emails to make sure I haven’t missed anything urgent and I prepare my Instagram post for the next morning. I do some laundry, respond to blog comments, and respond to Instagram comments while I watch Grace and Frankie on Netflix. (If you haven’t watched, it’s great!) I am an incurable night owl, so I read for 30 minutes before dozing off around 12:30 AM.


Are you a blogger, freelancer, or entrepreneur? Below I’ve linked some resources that might be helpful to you as you plan and organize your week. Feel free to link more down below in the comments!

Sample Schedules

Sample Week Schedule for Freelancers

Sample Day Schedule for Part-Time Bloggers

Sample Day Schedule for Work-at-Home Moms

Tips & Advice

Tips for Managing a Work-at-Home Schedule

Blogger Emily Schuman’s Tips for Working at Home

Printable Planning Sheets

Daily Planner and Routines Checklist

Daily Hour-by-Hour Schedule and Monthly Calendar

Weekly Blog Planner and Blog Post + Project Sheet


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Instagram Roundup

June 27, 2016

Categories: Fashion

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I posted this photo after a long day of blog photos. This pretty tote looks polished but still holds all the essentials!! I especially love the monogrammed hang tag it comes with and the bag tassel you can add on.

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White Off-Shoulder Top with Frills

June 24, 2016

Categories: Fashion

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I would probably live in dreamy sundresses and feminine skirts if I could. But sometimes it’s good to switch it up. When I saw this top, I just loved the interesting frill detail on the sleeves and I knew it would make a statement. If you’re ordering, go one size up as it’s a bit short in the length… I’m 5’7″ for reference.

I paired this top with my favorite navy pants (still available in crop version) for a meeting downtown. Now I know you ladies in conservative offices will say you can’t wear this top to work, but hear me out… How easy it would be to switch into this top after work with happy hour or date night?! So cute. I can’t be the only one who used to pack an evening top and heels in my work bag?

Lastly, I just featured this beige tote on my Instagram. It’s the perfect size to use as your handbag but still fits a laptop or file folder. I love the color and the cute little bag tassel you can add onto it.

If you want the back story on this incredible jewelry line, read this blog post. And if you want to know the back story on my orange pumps, read this blog post.

Happy Thursday, babes!!



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Pink Lace Pencil Skirt

June 21, 2016

Categories: Fashion

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It’s no secret I adore feminine fashion. Soft colors, silky fabrics, ruffles, and floral prints all make up a significant portion of my wardrobe. So when I saw this beautiful lace pencil skirt in such a bright peony-pink color, I had to have it. I think pencil skirts are flattering on nearly every body type, and I love the texture lace can add to an outfit.

My Tips for Styling:

  • Take a look at my post with tips on How to Wear Brights. In the post, I share my tips on how to wear bright colored pieces like this skirt anywhere by pairing them with the right accessories.
  • For work, I would add a neutral blazer, tote bag, and pumps to keep this look business casual… If your office is too conservative for pink during the daytime, it could really add some oomph to a work event or cocktail party at night instead.
  • A moto jacket like this one toughens up this lace skirt and gives it the perfect amount of edge for date night or girls’ night out.


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