Happy Wednesday, loves!

This past weekend, some of my mom's best friends threw me the most beautiful bridal shower, which left me feeling both blessed and humbled. It was tea party themed, and they went out of their way to make it the most magical and extravagant shower imaginable. Each table had a teapot filled with various shades of pink, white and red roses, and to make it even better each teapot was stacked on top of books (I'm a book lover, after all). My mom's friend even made a flower crown for me to wear during the shower, and all of the guests wore formal dresses with fascinators to adorn their hair. The bridal games were a blast, and the food was delectable - there were even homemade scones for my British loving heart. So much work, planning and love went into this shower to make me feel special, so I just wanted to take a moment to share how thankful I am for all of their hard work, and how blessed I felt to have a room filled with the special ladies in my life. If you want a peak of some of the decor, head on down to the bottom of this post! I was only able to snap a few pictures because I wanted to be sure to stay in the moment and to give my attention to everyone that came to celebrate this special time in my life. Now, on to the dresses! 


White Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100
White Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100
White Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100
White Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100
White Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100
White Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100









Searching for the perfect white dress for your bridal shower can be overwhelming and daunting, because dresses that are white tend to either be way too expensive for the average gal, the material looks cheap, or the fit just isn't right. Because of these reasons, I decided to look for all of the current sales at my favorite stores to find a couple of quality white dresses to wear to all of my bridal events this fall and winter. Fortunately for all of us fall and winter brides, white dresses tend to go on sale this time of year as stores bring in the deeper colors of the season; however, white dresses are also scarce this time of year so you have to get them before they are gone. The long sleeved dress pictured above is probably my favorite, and I can't wait to bring it along with me to my bachelorette party this October. The details in this dress are so intricate and breathtaking, so it makes sense that it was originally $216. However, this dress is currently on sale for $54.99, which is even cheaper than it was two weeks ago when I ordered it! It is selling out fast friends, so if you love it, now is the time to buy it!


White Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100
White Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100
White Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100
White Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100



Off Shoulder Dress // Black Handbag // Nude Heels // Circle Pendant


This darling off-shoulder dress is both feminine and flattering, and gives you a good reason to show off your collarbone and shoulders. This is one of those dresses that you can't help but feel pretty in, and the fit and flare shape is so flattering on all body types. I wore it to my bridal shower this past weekend, which ended up being the perfect choice for that humid, 90 degree day! Even though we are all ready for fall, it is still summer here in Charlotte, North Carolina.





I hope you all liked the dresses I picked out for my bridal events. I have listed a few more of my favorite white dresses that are currently under $100 for those of you who are searching for a dress to wear to your bridal shower, or if you simply love a little white dress! I am also posting a couple of pictures of the decor at my bridal shower that I snapped on my cell phone. I hope you all are having a lovely week!






Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100
Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100
Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100
Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100

Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100
Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100
Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100
Bridal Shower Dresses Under $100


xoxo

Happy Thursday, Everyone!


With all of these warm summer days still upon us, I figured now is the perfect time to give you a little travel inspo featuring our trip to the Bahamas. Our trip last month to the Bahamas was nothing less than perfect. Each day was spent with a piña colada in hand and a view of the most stunning turquoise water, and for that reason I am convinced that it is impossible for anyone to be anything but happy while lounging on these tropical islands.  I wanted to share a few snippets of our trip to Nassau with you and provide you with travel advice on what to do (outside of lounging on the beach, of course) and where to stay while in the Bahamas.



Black Swimsuit // Sarong (sold out), similar Here // Sunglasses, similar Here // Rattan Bag // Sandals // Jewelry


Tropical Top (Use code 'RACHEL15' for 15% off of your order) // Rattan Bag // Shorts // Straw Hat // Raffia Mules // Jewelry




Tropical Top (Use code 'RACHEL15' for 15% off of your order) // Rattan Bag // Shorts // Straw Hat // Raffia Mules // Sunglasses // Jewelry





Where To Stay:


The SLS Baha Mar is a new, trendy hotel in Nassau, Bahamas, and let me tell you, it is quite possibly the most Instagrammable place I have ever been. Everything, and I mean everything, is picturesque, luxurious and stylish, so for all of you bloggers and Instagram lovers out there this one is for you. The majority of my photos shown above are taken on the hotel property. The hotel itself is pink and is surrounded by palm trees and is filled with modern decor. There are several pools with cabanas and even an aquarium tank. 





Swimsuit, similar Here and Here // Sarong (sold out), similar Here // Sunglasses



Dress (sold out), similar Here and Here // Jewelry 

Where To Eat:

There are several fine dining options on the property. They are actually quite pricy, so I would be prepared to save up for this one. The mediterranean restaurant, Cleo, was my favorite, so be sure to try it when you go! If you are looking for a more affordable option, I would be sure to check out Cafe Madelaine for breakfast and brunch. They have several breakfast and lunch options as well as pastries, crepes and coffee. Another affordable option is to head to the food trucks and the huts down by the beach. The food trucks are just as cute as the resort, and you get to enjoy your meal with a view of the crystal clear waters. Nachos with a view - it doesn't get much better than that!
If you are wanting to go off of the property, I would highly recommend giving Dune a try. The food is superb, and the atmosphere is relaxing.


Bahamas Travel Diaries Nassau Exuma SLS Baha Mar
Bahamas Travel Diaries Nassau Exuma SLS Baha Mar


What to do:

Relax - First off, for a vacation in the tropics I highly recommend spending as much time as you can relaxing on the beach and just taking in the sound and color of the water. Our mundane and busy day to day lives with the never ending to-do list can leave even the most resilient of people exhausted and burnt out. Turn off that phone, close your laptop, and just enjoy a moment of doing nothing. Trust me, we all need it. The resort has a beautiful pier and a long stretch of beach with chairs and umbrellas, which is perfect for those of you like me who prefer to relax in the shade. There is even a station set up on the beach where you can buy a coconut to sip on some fresh coconut water, and then go back to have a bahama mama or piña colada made in your coconut. The water is calm along the shore, so you can relax and work on that summer tan on the large mats and floats fixed to the ocean floor!


Have a Cabana Day - One of the days we stayed at the hotel, we decided to have a cabana day! Naturally, the cabanas are adorable with black and white stripes, and credit for food and drinks is included, as well as a gorgeous (and delicious) fruit bowl for snacking. However, If you are looking for more of a vegas pool scene, the "Privilege Pool" is the place for you. DJ Diesel (aka Shaq) performed at the pool while we were there, and naturally you have to pay money and be eighteen years or order to attend. We decided that we would rather rent a cabana than join the party scene, and the pool we hung out at was literally right next to the privilege pool so we could hear all of the music just as if we were there. For those of you traveling with families, there is a family friendly pool that also has a fish tank in it, which makes it fun for the kiddos!





Casino & Shopping - For all of you gamblers out there, there is a really nice casino in hotel where you can spend your evenings (or days - I'm not judging!) having a grand time. There are also a few shops, including a Tiffany's, near the casinos if you feel the need to do a bit of shopping. Go ahead, you deserve it.


Visit The Straw Market - Don't be afraid to venture into downtown Nassau to explore and pick up some souvenirs (I would recommend the rum cake) for all of your loved ones back home. While you're there, be sure to stop by the straw market to pick out a cute summer bag while also supporting some of the locals. I picked up the most gorgeous straw tote I have ever seen (dramatic, but true), and I know I will have to go back for more if we make a trip back to the Bahamas one day. 



Go On An Excurstion - Last, but not least, make an excursion to the Exuma islands. This was without a doubt my favorite day while in the Bahamas. You have the opportunity to feed iguanas and stingrays, swim with pigs, and go snorkeling all on the same day. They also provide you a lunch of freshly caught seafood, and make a conch salad (a Bahamian favorite) in front of you in the ocean. In order to get to the islands, you will take a boat with all of the other tourists, and I warn you - for those of you who get motion sick or have back problems, I would not recommend riding in the front of the boat to get there. They will warn you ahead of time, so you can stake your claim in the back of the boat, but I did not realize how rough it was actually going to be. My bum was airborne a couple of times, and I left feeling a little sore, but I must admit that it was actually quite fun - haha!


Bahamas Travel Diaries Nassau Exuma SLS Baha Mar
Bahamas Travel Diaries Nassau Exuma SLS Baha Mar
Bahamas Travel Diaries Nassau Exuma SLS Baha Mar


Bahamas Travel Diaries Nassau Exuma SLS Baha Mar


I hope you all enjoyed my travel diaries on our trip to the Bahamas last month. Nassau was kind to us, and our stay at the SLS Baha Mar was a dream. If any of you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments down below! 

Have a lovely week!

xoxo


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Good morning everyone, and happy Friday! This Friday is extra special to all of you shoppers out there, because the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally open to the public! That's right, you no longer have to be a Nordstrom cardmember to shop this sale! For those of you who missed my last post on what the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary sale is all about, you can check out more info on it and all of my favorite picks HERE. I have also added some more items I came across since I originally posted, so be sure to check it out. Today, I am going to do a little try-on with the items that I bought from my Nordstrom haul with multiple ways of styling them for fall. I love how versatile all of these items are, and there are definitely more ways of styling each of these items, but I figured ten mirror selfies would be enough - hehe! I also want to point out that there are mixed reviews about all of these items on the Nordstrom website, and I will definitely be giving you my honest opinions about the quality of all of these items. A lot of people seem to have complaints about sizing, so I will also tell you whether something runs larger or smaller than usual. Without further ado, let's take a look at some cute clothes!


2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul Try On






This has to be my favorite outfit out of the bunch. Pink has always been my favorite color, so I naturally gravitated towards these pieces!

Long Open Front Cardi - This chunky pink cardi is a must in my opinion! It is definitely oversized, so be sure to size down when ordering this one. Even though I was inside, I got quite warm while wearing this, so it would be perfect for someone living in a cooler region, or it would be nice for the winter for those of us living in the Carolinas!

Ruched Ribbed Body-Con Dress - This dress is seriously so flattering! I am always a bit nervous about figure hugging dresses, especially when they are more of a t-shirt material, but the ruching across the stomach area makes it so flattering! I would say this item is true to size, or you can size up if you want a little more wiggle room. You can go ahead and wear this piece during the summer and then layer it up with cardis for fall. It would look cute with any of the cardis I bought from this haul (see below).

Rose Corduroy Baker Boy Cap - There isn't much to say about this hat other than that it is adorable! baker boy hats have been on trend the past couple of seasons, and I am happy to see them stay! The rose corduroy fabric gives the basic baker boy look a fun and feminine twist, and I can definitely see me wearing this hat nonstop this fall. Bad hair day, not a problem! ;)

Blush Booties - I love these blush booties! They are so comfortable and a perfect everyday shoe because of the low heel. I saw a review online that said these were oversized, but I got my usual 7.5 shoe size and they fit perfectly.


2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul Try On






Same cardi, different outfit! I love this outfit for an everyday look!

Long Open Front Cardi - (see description above)

Thermal Henley Top - This thermal top does not feel like your typical thermal - it is so much softer! I wasn't expecting it to feel this cozy, so I will definitely be buying this in more colors!

High Waist Distressed Skinny Jeans - I LOVE these jeans! High waisted jeans are a must for me with my long torso, and these are so comfortable and flattering. I found these to be true to size!

Suede Booties - These suede booties are so cute and go with everything! They are the perfect brown shade and are perfect for fall!

2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul Try On





Same look, different cardi!

Ribbed Shawl Cocoon Sweater - This is my favorite cardi out of the bunch for comfort! It is so SOFT! Definitely size down in this one though - they are made quite large!

Thermal Henley Top - (see description above)

High Waist Distressed Skinny Jeans - (see description above)

Baker Boy Cap - (see description above)

Suede Booties - (see description above)

2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul Try On




The thermal top without a cardi, but the real star of the show is my best friend's dog, Harper! :)

Thermal Henley Top - (see description above)

High Waist Distressed Skinny Jeans - (see description above)

Suede Booties - (see description above)

Leopard Print Clutch - Leopard print is the thing for fall, and this clutch is an easy way to add the print into your fall wardrobe!

2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul Try On




I love this colorblocked sweater for fall! It looks so cute with a mini skirt or your favorite pair of jeans!

Mock Neck Colorblock Sweater - I love the colorblock look, as well as these colors for fall! This item is true to size and fits perfectly!

Black Denim Miniskirt - This black denim miniskirt has some stretch, which makes it both flattering and comfortable! It is true to size and fits like a glove!

Suede Booties - (see description above)

2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul Try On




Same skirt, different sweater!

Wrap Sweater - I love to wear this emerald green color during the fall and winter, so when I saw this wrap sweater I knew it was a must! I would size down in this one unless you need extra room for the girls!

Black Denim Miniskirt - (see description above)

Suede Booties - (see description above)

Leopard Print Clutch - (see description above)

2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul Try On




Same sweater, different outfit!

Wrap Sweater - (see above description)

High Waist Distressed Skinny Jeans - (see above description)

Baker Boy Cap - (see above description)

Blush Booties - (see above description)


2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul Try On




Same sweater, yet another outfit!

Wrap Sweater - (see description above)

High Waist Distressed Skinny Jeans - (see description above)

Leopard Print Clutch - (see description above)

Suede Booties - (see description above)



2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul Try On




The comfiest cardi with a striped tee!

Raw Edge V-Neck Tee - The perfect tee is a wardrobe staple! They are oversized, so be sure to size down on this one!

Shawl Cocoon Sweater - (see description above)

High Waist Distressed Skinny Jeans - (see description above)

Suede Booties - (see description above)

2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul Try On




Same outfit, different cardi!

Raw Edge V-Neck Tee - (see description above)

Curve Hem Cardigan - This cardigan isn't as soft as the other one, but I am in love with this color! Size down in this one, because they are certainly oversized!

High Waist Distressed Skinny Jeans - (see description above)

Suede Booties - (see description above)



I hope you all enjoyed some of these looks I created for fall from the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary sale! As you can see, it is so easy to create several outfits with just a few basics, so there is no need to buy an entire new wardrobe every season (unless you just want to :)). A lot of these items keep going out of stock, but keep your eyes open because they keep coming back in stock too! I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

xoxo



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