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I love reading posts about people’s Amazon purchases- especially the clothes and accessories they’ve scooped up. There’s so much on Amazon sometimes it’s hard to know what is going to be good quality, and what’s going to look like doll clothes from Asia.

Here are my recent Amazon purchases that I think are totally worth the money. Let me know what you think!

PS remember when you shop on Amazon, make sure to use “smile.amazon.com” to donate a percentage of your purchase to a charity of your choice.

1. Maxi print-wrap dress: This has been a hot seller on Amazon for a while and I finally caved and bought the red one. While I totally love it, beware this is a “true” wrap dress and isn’t sewn together! You might want to wear shorts or a slip under for coverage. I ended up returning mine because it didn’t fit, but I think the quality is good and the style is precious if you’re in the market for a cute maxi.

2. Beaded earrings: I’ve had these for a while, and love them so much. I actually am sitting here wondering why I haven’t worn them more. They come in a million colors and are identical to boutique versions that cost more than double. And they’re not too heavy!

3. David Yurman dupe: The BEST David Yurman dupe I have ever seen! All of this brand’s bracelets are around $20 and look so much like DY, I even got a compliment saying just that the other day. I don’t know how the longterm quality of these are because I haven’t had mine too long, but I have definitely been wearing mine daily for two weeks or so. I’m ordering another as we speak. (No, I have no real DYs. This is good enough for me)

4. SoundBot aux cord: My Jeep aux input is very finicky, and a co-worker told me this product is great for inputs like mine. I bought it and LOVE it. It has a bluetooth connection so if you’ve got an more basic car like me without connectivity, you can listen to your music/podcasts/phone conversations through your car radio without having to have your phone actually plugged in. It just connects when you get in the car! There are also extra ports for charging and a dial to control volume. While I still think I need to get my input replaced, this works better than any I’ve tried.

5. Pearl and velvet headband: The headband trend isn’t going anywhere, and these pearly ones are the latest blogger obsession. For good reason! They’re comfortable, perfect for fall, and the pearl detail makes it a little dressier than the average headband. I’m digging it and bought the nude color, but I can’t promise I won’t buy another.

6. Dolly Parton t-shirt: Dolly Parton, the queen herself, opened an Amazon store recently and I immediately knew it was going to take all my money. This “Vote Dolly” shirt was my first purchase and won’t be my last. My only regret is I should have bought a large (I got a men’s medium, because I hate the ‘women’s cut’ in t-shirts)

7. Wool wide-brim hat: Another dupe for the pricey Brixton hats from Nordstrom. I ordered the camel color and haven’t gotten it yet, but I have high hopes.

8. Golden Goose dupes: GG shoes are everywhere right now and I have to say that I am completely on that bandwagon. I think they’re adorable, but I also do not have $550 to drop on tennis shoes. I have tried a lot of dupes, including these– spoiler: I loveeeee them but couldn’t get the right size. I think my feet are just too wide unfortunately. But I still recommend them– just size up.

9. Full maxi skirt: Dede at Dress Up Buttercup wore this skirt all summer and I knew I had to have it. While they were sold out of her color, I bought the pink and I can’t wait for it to come in! I’m probably going to steal her look and pair it with a good graphic tee (like my Dolly one above) and some GG dupes. This skirt is also perfect in the fall with an off the shoulder sweater and booties!

This post was not sponsored; all opinions are my own.

XOXO

ivana

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By now you know, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here. If you are a cardholder, you’re shopping now or you’ve already stocked up. If you are not that fancy (AKA me), our time is coming.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about or you live under a rock, or both, the Nordstrom sale is a huge deal in the fashion world because you get early access to new fall pieces for sale prices. It’s pretty legit, and you can make out with some really good buys for a price you won’t get again this year! 

I feel like you have to have a plan going into this sale, like you have to do for Black Friday. While you will inevitably see things you want for a good price, you need to keep in mind what you need and go searching for those things— not get distracted by things you don’t need, already own, or will never actually wear even though its a good price.

Like on Black Friday, I make a wishlist of things I want/need before even approaching the site. While some things might be sold out by the time I can shop on Friday, I will at least have an idea of what I’m looking for and can hopefully find something similar.

I hope this wishlist inspires you for what to stock up on for fall, whether its N-Sale or not! 

My picks for the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

1 Brown teddy jacket: I have a fuzzy teddy jacket that I adore and have worn a million times, but it’s a little more casual than this one. I know this is something I already reach for in the winter, so I would definitely be okay with spending money on a similar one that’s more formal.

2 Leopard tennis shoes: Leopard is still a thing, and I am here for it. I am a comfy over cute kind of gal always and tennis shoes are some of my favorite things. A cute pair (over my nasty gym pair) means I can wear them to work or on a date and not feel like a slob.

3 Sam Edelman knee-high boots: Knee-high boots are a staple, and I always tend to go for brown over black boots. I could wear these to work or out and pair them with any color jeans!

4 Steve Madden snakeskin booties: Booties are my favorite thing and something I wear year round. These snakeskin ones would be so edgy with denim shorts and a sweater during transition weather, and with black jeans and a hat in the fall.

5 Wool hat: The Brixton one I wanted was totally sold out by day two of early access shopping, which is a bummer, but this one is similar and I am loving the color! This is another good transition piece that can be worn with shorts or jeans and a tank while it’s still hot out.

6 Plaid shirt: You can’t live in the south without a plaid shirt. I never pay more than $20 for one, but I also can see the point of a more expensive one for better quality and softer materials.

7 Ugg slippers: I have wanted a pair of these FOREVER and I think it’s finally time for me to pull the trigger!

8 Cashmere ruana: During the cool weather, I usually opt for things like this over thick sweaters. I would rather wear several layers of soft, thin material than wear one big cable-knit one. I get hot easily and the thought of not being able to shed a layer when I walk into a heated building is terrifying to me.

9 White flats: To me, there’s a fine line in white shoes to make them not look like nurses shoes. But, I love the pointed toes on these! I think these flats would be perfect work shoes– either with nice dresses or pants. While I don’t own one pair of closed toe flats, I would be fine with these being the first.

10 Fringe striped scarf: Again, this goes back to my layering thing. I love the fringe detail and the color blocking. I know I would use this as a wrap more than a scarf, though!

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Ya’ll, my hiatus is over! I finally got my computer back. If you don’t know, most 15 inch Macbook Pros between 2012-2015 have been recalled for a fire hazard in the battery (you can check your serial number on the Apple website here). I took it to the Apple Store and they had to ship it off to install a new battery.

Long story short, I finally have my laptop back and can catch up on my life! Since I missed the week of July 4th, I wanted to share some pictures from my family trip to the Exumas! 

Linking my outfit details (or similar options where the stuff isn’t new) in the caption underneath each folder. PS I got my soon to be sister-in-law hooked on Red Dress! Linking her precious white romper too.

Top/ Earrings / Shorts / Slides (and Jessie’s romper)
The cutest little local shop with jewelry, shells, and baskets

FYI if you want trip details, we stayed at the Sandals Emerald Bay in the Exumas (a chain of islands in the Bahamas). I can give you more info if you leave me a comment about what you want to know!

I hope ya’ll had an awesome holiday too!

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Summer is here and you know what that means- outfit ideas are revolving around the least restrictive, breeziest thing possible. Dresses usually fit that bill best!

I love a little black dress for all occasions, so this super casual number from H&M totally hits the mark. It’s loose fitting, which is a must for an Alabama summer, and has the cutest button detailing down the front to give it a little more pizazz. Best part is that it’s just $10!

Since the dress is so basic, it’s great to pair with fun summer accessories. I’m always and forever a hoops girl, but I’ve been loving these thick gold hoops this season. I’m also obsessed with the headband trend and this pink satin band was perfect with the basic dress and chunky earrings! 

I also paired this with one of my favorite dainty necklaces from The Sis Kiss and some simple slides from SheIn. 

I always love simple pieces paired with fun accessories— hence my forever white tee and jeans combo. It is so much simpler and cost efficient to invest in good basic pieces and then incorporate trendy details with each season. 

DRESS (SIMILAR) | HOOPS | NECKLACE| HEADBAND | SHOES (SIMILAR)

This is definitely a dress I’m taking on my vacay next week- I have a new adorable pink kimono from Sole Society that I think would be so cute with this dress for dinner, paired with leopard wedges!

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I hate it when you see these bloggers in totally amazing bathing suits and then when you click on them, they’re usually over $150. While I might be in love, I have a really hard time convincing myself to spend what could be a nice night out on a bathing suit that covers literally 12% of my body.

So after a little internet sleuthing (that’s what I’m here for, right?) I have found a whole bunch of cute & similar styles to the ones all the it girls are wearing, all for under $50. Yes, both pieces of two-piece sets are under fifty TOTAL. 

It’s time to stop spending an insane amount of money for a cute piece of spandex you wear for three months, amiright? 

Let me know if you buy any of these and what you think! 

1 AF seersucker one piece

2 Forever 21 chain and floral bikini

3 Target black one piece with cutout (buy this in your bra size for $49)

4 Amazon pom pom high-waisted bikini

5 Forever 21 watercolor bikini (comes as a set for $27)

6 Red Dress ruffle bikini (comes in black too!)

7 AF leopard one piece

PS: TJ Maxx is a great place to find well-made, department store bikinis for around $30 max. The stores have way more of a variety than online, so head there asap. One of the only stores I go to in person anymore!

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I’m not usually a huge LOFT person, but I have occasionally found some really good finds there. Especially when they have awesome sales! I recently saw they were having a 40 percent off sale & I thought I should check it out.

So I did, and found some really great pieces! Here are the items I bought, plus two not pictured that I ordered.

LOFT romper

Floral romper

I ordered a simple black high-neck tank and a long sleeve, chambray type dress shirt with a subtle polka dot print. Both are SO SO soft and both so versatile!

Yellow shorts/ black tank (old from Free People)

Everything I got is precious, but I have to say I think the romper and the basic black tank are my favorites. And I’ve already worn most everything I got!

LOFT shorts and shirt

Yellow shorts/ floral blouse

Do you like shopping at LOFT? Or are you a more trendy shopping kind of girl? Let me know where I should try!



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Red Dress is one of my favorite places to shop. No, I’m not sponsored by them or paid to say that, it just truly is one of my top places to find adorable, cute, and trendy pieces. Everything I have ordered from them is top-notch quality (kind of surprising for the prices, if I’m being honest) and I loooooove that they have a full-refund policy if your pieces don’t fit. I hate places that only let you return for store credit, especially when it’s an online store where you can’t try before you buy! That’s definitely one of the top reasons I buy from Red Dress again and again.

Here are some things I’ve bought lately from Red Dress! Some I kept, some I sent back for fit reasons, but there was nothing that was “bad” by any means.

Let me know if ya’ll try shopping at Red Dress and what you think of it!

Radius of Radiance Dress & 2. Castaway to Somewhere Dress

Both of these got returned. Not because I didn’t love the look or because they weren’t made well, just because the fit didn’t work for me. With the Radius dress, it was too small and also just didn’t flatter my body type. I’m 5’7″ and have an athletic build and this was definitely made for someone more petite. If you fit that bill, this is a precious little dress! Castaway was also precious, but way too short for me. If you are tall, again this may not work for you unless you’re looking for a swim coverup.

3. Hey Gorgeous Light Blue Multi Maxi Dress

This one hasn’t hit my doorstep yet but my gosh I am so excited. I was on the waitlist for this guy and I jumped on it as soon as I got the restock email. I bought the small and I know it’s going to be great for dinner dates or outdoor, summer-night parties.

4. The Perfect One Khaki Round Bag

I got this as a Mother’s Day present for my mom and I know she’s going to love it. It’s so cute and lightweight, I’ve had to stop myself from using it before I give it to her!

5. Weekends in the Hamptons Mint Multi Bikini Top & Bottoms

This bathing suit is gorgeous, and I wanted it to work so badly. Sadly, this was just a little too small for me! I could have returned for the large, but I wasn’t sure if the bottoms would work or not. If you are petite, this is a great pick. Every bathing suit they have though is adorable!

Red Dress maxi dress
Such a fun wedding & the best dress for a beach event!

6. Make It Magical Maxi Dress in Sweet Surprise

UGH why can’t I wear this dress every single day? I love it so much. I bought the medium and it’s perfect. I got so many compliments when I wore this to a recent beach wedding and I definitely already have plans to wear it to another reception coming up. It’s the best color for summer and the low cut top isn’t as revealing as I thought it would be. Sure, its low– but I definitely didn’t feel uncomfortable wearing it around my high school friends and their moms. This might be my favorite purchase of the site!

7. Be My Date Dress in Olive

I got this in the olive color and I love it so much. I bought the medium, but I def could have used the small… but it’s so cute, I don’t think it really matters. The material is silky and feels so expensive, and I love the smocked waistline that you can adjust to what works best for your waist/hips. It’s also a great length for this long-torso gal! I am planning to wear this to an upcoming rehearsal dinner and probably a (different) wedding too.

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I have an online shopping problem, but I also have a returning problem. I am so picky about my clothes and how they fit me, and one of my favorite things about online shopping is that I can try everything on at home and take time to decide what I truly love and will be able to work with other items in my closet.

I’ve gotten very particular about only buying clothes I know I will wear and get a lot of use out of. My typical week consists of work, the gym, time at home and a date night or girls dinner… so, I buy clothes that work for that. There’s no use in me buying pants suits or ball gowns, because that’s just not the life I live (right now!)

I thought it would be fun to show y’all what I recently purchased from Forever 21 and what I kept— and why I sent back what I did.

Here we go!

Keep in mind some things that I sent back were solely because they didn’t look like I wanted them to on my body. I’m sure they would work for hundreds of people, so don’t totally rule something out because it didn’t work for me!

For reference, I am 5’7″ and a 4-6 in pants, and I prefer an oversize fit with tops and sweaters.

Here’s a screenshot of what was in my order. I will link each item below!

forever 21 sweater, earrings
This is the poncho I ordered, paired with Spanx leather leggings & black booties. I’m also wearing my new hoops, but they’re a little hidden!

Earrings: Kept. If you know me, you know hoop earrings are basically my lifeline, and these are perfect to add into my rotation. They’re super lightweight, even though they’re huge! I love the colors for spring and summer, but I have also been loving the pop it’s been giving my neutral sweater looks for the winter.

Cowl Twist Front Sweater: Kept. This sweater is a dupe for so many expensive Nordstrom ones I have seen, so I knew I had to have it. The material isn’t top notch, but I didn’t pay top notch so I’m alright with that. I love the off-white color, and it fits pretty well. They also have this in gray!

Foldover Off the Shoulder Poncho: Returned. As much as I wanted this to work, it just didn’t do it for me. It was way too big, but that’s probably on me for ordering the bigger size, and just wasn’t flattering whatsoever. I also love the idea of off the shoulder things, but I find that I never seem to love them on my body.

Open-Knit Chenille Sweater: Kept. My mom actually bought this sweater last year and adored it, so when I saw it came back I knew I had to order one. This sweater is so soft and comfortable, it feels like you’re wearing pajamas. I probably should have gotten the medium, but I still love it. Sizing can be so tricky with Forever 21!

Brushed Knit Poncho: Kept. I was on the fence about this one but wound up keeping it, and I’ve already worn it several times. Again, this top is so soft! I dressed it up with a pair of leather leggings and black booties for a nice dinner (see pic), and I loved the way it looked. I think this is a great top to dress up or down, and can also take you into spring if you don’t wear a long sleeve shirt underneath.

Open-Knit Chenille Sweater: Kept. My mom actually bought this sweater last year and adored it, so when I saw it came back I knew I had to order one. This sweater is so soft and comfortable, it feels like you’re wearing pajamas. I probably should have gotten the medium, but I still love it. Sizing can be so tricky with Forever 21!

Leopard Print Skirt: Returned. Again, I love the idea of this skirt but it didn’t work for me. The sizing was too big, but I was afraid getting a too small size would look gaudy in the print. It just didn’t work for me, but I think it’s a super cute skirt.

Do you like this kind of post? If so, I was thinking about making it a regular addition! Let me know!

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It’s boot season ya’ll, and I love it so much!

While I typically opt for shorter, heeled booties, I went for something different recently and picked up these over the knee boots from Seven Dial. To be honest, the girl who did my makeup on my wedding day was wearing them, and I immediately asked her the brand and where she bought them because I knew I had to have them!

I only have one other pair of tall boots, and I knew I didn’t want to invest a lot of money in something I wasn’t sure how much I would wear, so I was so excited these boots were under $100.

 

I wanted to show ya’ll how I wore these shoes, since it seems like taller boots are so in season this year. I paired these studded OTK boots with my favorite leggings— the Spanx faux leather leggings. These are the BEST ya’ll and are worth every dime! My plaid surplice shirt is from beach lunch lounge. I love how loose it is, and how the shirt tail covers my back end. It’s easily one of my favorite tops for the cold weather, and I found mine at TJ Maxx!

Do you like tall boots better than booties? How are you styling yours this holiday season?

xoxo

ivana

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I am not usually a person that wakes up and says, “I need a new purse.” But I did that the other day, and it came in the form of a round, straw purse.

Normally, I typically carry big purses that can fit literally everything during the day. If I’m going out at night or on a trip somewhere, I’ll use a small card holder in place of my big Hobo wallet and swap into a small cross-body bag. During the summer I use these smaller purses more often, because I feel like I’m out more and doing more things where having my purse across my body and being hands-free is more important. And, it’s no secret that straw bags have always been a summer staple.

Now, I have plenty of these smaller bags for this… including several Kate Spades I am obsessed with. I often get purses as gifts from my mom or my future mother-in-law, so I don’t even remember the last time I bought one!

But lately, I have caught on to the round, cross-body bag trend. I thought they were cool, but when I saw a straw version, I knew I had to have it for summer. This is something I am limited to wearing in the warm weather months, but it’s worth it completely.

I love that they’re big enough to fit my phones (work and personal), my card holder, and a lipstick. These small bags are also good for summer events, because the security now at many places make you open your bag and show the contents. If you have a smaller bag with less things, you’ll move through the line faster!

Here’s my three favorites I have found— they’re similar in style, but some of the details differ.

Straw, straw purse, purse, Southern Style Diaries, Ivana Hrynkiw

From left to right:

Urban Outfitters Small Circle Straw Round Crossbody Bag

Sam Edelman Giuliana Round Straw Tote

Etsy: Round Circle Capri Crossbody Purse

Are you into this trend? Which is your favorite of the bags I listed?

 

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own. Photos are courtesy of sellers, and some links may be affiliate links.

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