Shopping | Best of 4th of July Sales

sales_roundup_shopping_weekend_holiday_independenceday_4thofjuly We all know that a holiday weekend means three things: sleeping in, hanging with your friends and family, and DEALS! Shop the best of the web below, and be sure to have a great 4th of July! We’ll be enjoying a nice cookout with our friends here in Savannah on a rooftop overlooking downtown, and wrapping up the weekend with shooting a fashion film for a project I’ve been working on. Everyone be safe out there and remember to honor those who have fought (and continue to fight) for our freedom!

Anthropologie – Extra 20% off all sale, including this top that I’ve had my eye on! (Code SALEAWAY)

Ann Taylor – Extra 50% off sale items, what an incredible deal! (Code HAPPY50)

Banana Republic – Extra 50% off all sale!! (Code BRGOBIG)

BaubleBar – 30% off site wide. I really want these gorgeous earrings and this statement-maker necklace.  (Code RSJULY)

Forever21 – Extra 30% all sale! (Code EXTRA30)

Kate Spade – Extra 25% off all sale items! A great time to purchase those designer pieces you’ve been eyeing! (Code SETSALE)

Madewell – Extra 20% off all sale items (Code Meta20)

Nasty Gal – Extra 40% off sale with up to 1,700 items!

Neiman Marcus – Extra 35% off sale items.

Nordstrom – Summer sale is up to 50% off.. But The Nordstrom Anniversary sale starts next Thursday for cardholders ONLY! Get information on how to become a cardholder to so you can shop the sale first HERE!

Old Navy – 30% off storewide (Code VERYGOOD)

Rebecca Minkoff – Up to 60% off in the 4th of July sale section!

Yumi Kim – Extra 30% sale. (Code FIREWORKS)

West Elm – Extra 20% off clearance items. (Code SPARKED)

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Outfit | My Sleeveless Top Fear

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outfit_tank_anthropologie_birks_summer_3 Guys, I’m slowly tackling my fear of spaghetti straps with you today!! I am completely guilty of having a long list of insecurities like most girls, but my arms are one of the biggest. In this Southern summer heat it’s kind of forced me to face this head on, haha. My BFF let me borrow this tank over my trip home last month, and it was a MVP (most valuable piece, learned from Hallie) because of how breezy it is. Worn here with jeans, hints of white, and of course a jacket for those cooler nights on the water, I think I’ve convinced  myself to make a pledge to be more daring when it comes to sleeveless/strapless tops. I have a ton in hiding, time to do some digging!

Top- old Anthropologie (similar here and hereSlipOns- Target and on sale! (legit version hereJacket- Old Navy  on sale! Crossbody Bag- Big Buddha, Shop more BB here  Sunnies- Identical Ear Jackets-  BaubleBar Ring- Stella & Dot (love the matching bracelet, too) 

Photos by Kelsey McCarthyShopbar

Taylor

Beach Essentials | The Beach Bag

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beachessentials2 It’s about time for another #LCCSummerEssentials post, don’t you think? Alright, let’s get down to the nitty gritty of beach essentials; your beach bag! I like keeping mine in the back of my car with everything ready that I can, and then I only have to worry about grabbing a few things from my house and I can hit the beach! Less to worry and think about in that moment the better. Here are my top 5 things you’ll find in my bag, but don’t forget to tag yours with #LCCSummerEssentials so I can see & repost!

1. I will never forget my beauty essentials.

2. Cold H2O.. And something to keep it cold! Isn’t this SWELL bottle amazing?! I’m obsessed with the ‘Wood Collection’ but they also come in solid colors (like gold!!) and super fun prints.

3. Cover up, sandals, & sunnies. I talked about it more here, but a versatile cover-up is key when you’re heading out from the beach!

4. Reading material. (More on that Friday.)

5. Wireless speaker.. We love our Bluetooth speaker so much that we even just bought a friend one for her birthday. We swear by our Sound Kick, but Nixon also makes a neon one, or if you’re looking to be more fashionable there’s this one. ;)

Beach Bag- c/o South Moon Under Hat- Hattack c/o Tuckernuck  Sunnies- c/o Tuckernuck (under $20!!)  Sandals- J.Crew Waterbottle- SWELL c/o South Moon Under

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Taylor

Outfit | Travel Style

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Traveling in style, yet comfortable, is key. Let me just tell you how many times I’ve felt so uncomfortable on a airplane or road trip because I had jeans on. They are just not made for sitting for extended periods of time, you feel me? Oh, but leggings are comfort’s middle name. I made a quick trip into my local Marshall’s before hitting the road and I’m so glad I did because this striped top caught my eye. It’s lightweight, and super flattering. Score! Many may have heard them before, but here a couple of my little packing/dressing for travel tricks that I like to keep up my sleeve:

1. Always wear a hat that you’re bringing and your jacket. Hats are easy to squish and flatten when put in a suitcase (unless you’ve found yourself the packable  and foldable hats, then you’re good to go!) Jackets are bulky, take up a lot of prime space in your suitcase, and also you might need it if the flight gets cold.

2. Rely on those accessories. Outfits are easily transformed with the touch of the perfect accessories. Keep this in mind when planning outfits for your trip and also packing; i.e. invest in a reliable jewelry travel case! I have a handmade one from a local artist back at home and it’s truly saved me from countless headaches trying to untangle that jumbled mess!

3. Decide whether you’re going to be a folder or a roller. Here’s the deal: rolling is better for any unstructured bags such as a duffel or carry on. It also can help protect breakables. You’re going to want to fold any pieces that are linen or cotton, or any fabrics that are easily wrinkled, as well as tailored garments. Just trust me on this one!

4. These foldable travel flats will change your life. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.. These babies stayed in my purse all weekend while I was in Charleston and were there when I felt like my feet just couldn’t walk any longer.

5. Last but not least, don’t forget a (cute) portable charger. This thing will be your new secret weapon, I promise.

Tank- Marshall’s (similar here for under $25 and here in a cute color!) Leggings- Hue Flats- c/o Tieks Hat- D&Y (identical) Jean Jacket- American Eagle Sunnies- Identical Ring- Stella & Dot (love the matching bracelet)

Photos by Kelsey McCarthy Shopbar

Taylor

Friday Five | 6.26.15

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 After a brief hiatus, Grace is back at it- this time bringing her favorites from the month!

WEB1.  What I Learned From Working At Lucky – Though they shuttered their business this week, there’s still a lot to be learned from the magazine about shopping. Rumaan Alam’s thoughtful piece about his ascent from assistant to smart and concise writer at the magazine shows the power of the written word.

2. Like Tumblr For Magazine Covers – Speaking of magazines, Cover Junkie is now in my arsenal- aka my “Design Bookmarks” folder on Chrome. Serious inspiration for designers, or really anyone who appreciates the power of a good cover. And the power of an aggregate of them to boot!

3. The Embattled Plus Size Industry Is Taking Matters Into Its Own Hands – Good news on this subject, finally! Many brands have started listening to fuller figured women who have money to burn for nice, stylish clothing that doesn’t resemble a potato sack. Obviously, they should have done this long ago. Can I get an Amen?

4. DIY Cardboard Cacti – Here’s a fun DIY perfect to celebrate the hot days of summer. They are upon us! Do this project with your kids/little cousins/nieces and nephews. Just don’t let them use the scissors, deal?

5. Two Ingredient Banana “Nice Cream” – These super simple recipes have my name all over them. I’ll be trying it this weekend with some fresh-from-the-farmers-market blueberries.LCC 1. It’s Summer! – We kicked off our mini-series #LCCSummerEssentials here on the blog! Check back in next week to read the next set of summer essentials, but don’t forget to use the hashtag so we can see yours as well!

2. We Celebrated Dad – Fathers Day has now come and gone, and we are on to the next one (4th of July is next weekend, duh!) but don’t miss out on this sweet post I dedicated to all of the men in my life.

3. Are You Optimizing Your Facebook Page? – LEARN posts are always a huge hit, but I really enjoyed sharing with you what I’ve learned about Facebook thus far!

4. Talked About The 2015 SCAD Fashion Show – Since this is a once-a-year event, the hype gets a little insane (and overwhelming if you ask me.) But getting to witness it first hand for the first time was an incredible experience!

5. Foldable Travel Flats – And last but not least, I shared my Tieks with you all! These are definitely in my bag as I make my way to Charleston today for the third annual #SBScon. I’m so excited! (Follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat @thelccblog).

Written and Curated for the LCC by Grace Toulotte, United by Love Design

Taylor