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    Top Picks for August | Wednesday Wishlist

    Hello August! It’s time to start thinking back-to-school and transitioning from summer to early fall. (I’m actually excited to start packing away my swimsuits.) I’ve gone through so many new arrivals and found some favorites including tops, pants and some sporty flats for running around this month. See below for some of my August Favorites!

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    Things I’m looking for this month:

    Everyday basics like this striped tee 

    Sleeveless sweaters like this one

    Easy flats for jeans like this woven style

    What are you shopping for this month? Let me know what you’re looking for, and I’ll include in next week’s Wednesday Wishlist!

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    The Biggest Misconceptions About Fashion Bloggers

    It’s been a while since I’ve shared some lessons behind the blog, but I’ve been wanting to bring this segment back. I know that so many of you are looking to embark on this adventure and it can be tricky to figure out when everything looks impeccable on Instagram – and the market is so saturated! You guys know that I always try to keep everything as real and candid as possible, which is why I started this segment in the first place. I recently spoke at the Create & Cultivate Style Summit and wanted to share a little more insight today by speaking to the biggest misconceptions about fashion bloggers.

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    1. Bloggers live perfect lives

    I confess that everything looks picture perfect on Instagram, but what you’re seeing is a creative lens of someone’s life – and not necessarily their actual life. I’m aware of how my feed looks. It’s vibrant and cheerful, but I can still assure you that it’s far from perfect. Sometimes, a fashion blogger’s feed is about a creating a very specific feeling or providing outfit or travel inspiration because it’s part of our business. And as a creative, I can honestly say that my feed is curated for creative purposes because I have a background in art and design. But that’s where this blog comes in! I share very real and personal stories here like this one!

    2. Bloggers don’t have real jobs

    This is probably the biggest misconception about bloggers – that we don’t have “real jobs”. Blogging is an all hours of the day, everyday of the week kind of gig. I work through weekends and vacations – I actually work more on vacation than when I’m at home! I’m also juggling multiple roles constantly from writing to managing my team, planning photoshoots, and delivering content for brands. It takes up a ton of time, and by the end of the day, there isn’t much time for anything else. (I would love to hear what you guys have to say about this, so chime in below!)

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    3. Bloggers don’t pay for anything

    When most people think of fashion bloggers, they think of fashionable getaways and free clothes. But the truth is, NOTHING is free. I am so lucky to be able to work with brands I love, and I do receive gifted items from time to time, BUT there’s always work associated with anything that comes for free! I don’t accept any free clothing that I do not personally pick out, and because of that, I do buy a lot of the items you see on my site myself. Running a blog also comes with large expenses like paying my team, paying for photos, planning my own trips so that I can create fresh content, and buying props to produce a set. There’s a lot that goes on behind-the-scenes when it comes to expenses and costs. (I also pay for a bookkeeper who keeps track of said expenses and taxes because there are so many!)

    4. Bloggers are dishonest about sponsorships

    While every blogger has their own concept of what it means to run a business and partner with brands, I pick my sponsorships carefully because authenticity is incredibly important to me. This means collaborating with brands I naturally wear and use – or new ones I’ve tried and love. It’s also about introducing new items that I think you guys would enjoy. Transparency is everything to me, so I always disclose my sponsored posts  by placing a very clear disclaimer at the bottom of every sponsored post. I feel that this is the best way to be honest about sponsored content!

    What are your thoughts on fashion influencers running their blogs as businesses? Is there anything else I can clarify for you?

    Photos by Lainey Reed

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    My Favorite Subscription Beauty Box | PLAY! by Sephora

    Buying beauty products has always been a tricky process for a few reasons. First, my skin can be fickle and sensitive, and then there’s the pressure of buying full size goodies that may not work. That’s where beauty boxes come into play. I recently subscribed to PLAY! by Sephora, so I can test out the best trending products before making a full commitment. And since doing so, I’ve been uber excited to see what’s coming each month. It’s seriously the best way to try new brands and products from skincare to makeup and fragrance to hair care.

    Scroll down to find out what makes Play! by Sephora so unique!

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    Best Transitional Dresses for the In-Between Months

    The months of August and September can be a little overwhelming to browse because you aren’t sure what season to buy for! Today, I’m chatting about the best transitional dresses to wear during these in-between months – one of my personal favorite pieces to wear daily. It’s easy to get caught up in fall sweaters, but don’t forget that we still have almost two full months of summer heat! Dresses are one of the best pieces to wear as we go from summer to fall because you can easily swap your sandals for booties and a scarf later.

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    See even more in today’s full post!

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    Best Jeans + Cardigans | Nordstrom Sale Round-Up

    With the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale going live to the public TODAY, things are sure to start selling out even faster. I wanted to go ahead and round up items in two BIG categories that tend to be stocked pretty heavily. The denim and cardigan options in this year’s sale are EXTENSIVE, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so I’m breaking them down one by one in this Nordstrom sale round-up below!

    Ps. Don’t miss my NSale try-on session post + my NSale shoe guide!

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    Cardigans on Sale

    If you love a good cozy cardi, then this year’s Nordstrom sale was made for you! SO many cardigans on sale in a rainbow of colors that it’s so hard to choose just one! Here’s a rundown of my favorites this year:

    • The Madewell Ryder cardigan is back this year + it’s always a bestseller. Super soft, runs TTS. Last year I got it in brown and the blush one this year has my name written all over it!

    • I think I’m the last one to jump on the Barefoot Dreams bandwagon, but omg it’s so good! I bought myself this ivory Barefoot Dreams cardigan + 2 more as gifts!

    • Another option worth looking at (and is still in stock) is this Free People chunky knit cardigan. This cardigan was so popular last fall,  I am so surprised that it’s included in the sale!

    Denim on Sale

    One main denim trend that I’m seeing this year is CROPPED denim. It’s everywhere in the form of skinny jeans, raw hem jeans, and even flare jeans. Other things to look for are high-waisted styles, distressed denim, and classic dark washes.

    • Obsessed with these button-front Madewell jeans! Run TTS

    • My pick for budget-friendly denim is this BlankNYC skinny jean. Run TTS

    • Best distressed goes to Free People. Note: the light wash runs TTS and the dark wash runs small.

    Are these Nordstrom Sale round-ups helpful? Let me know what you’re shopping for!