Fashion, Shopping Guides, Style

How to Shop The Best Deals At The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale + Everything You Need To Know About The Sale

July 12, 2021

How to Shop The Best Deals At The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale + Everything You Need To Know About The Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! But what is that about this Sale that everyone talks about? 

First things first, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a multi-week event with massive markdowns that has been happening every year for almost 3 decades. The sale is all about staples for the fall. The merchandise is all new, with pricing going up in August after the end of the event. 

Not everyone gets access to the Sale at the same time, but the majority of Nordstroms loyal members get access this week! 

Here’s the brake down: Nordstroms Rewards Icon Members have access first ONLINE, starting today, July 12th. The ambassador members access are starting on the 14th. Then, the influencer members access, aka all Nordstroms cardholders starts on July 16th. All the other shoppers will have access in-store or online of the sale starting July 28th, regardless if you are a new shopper or loyal customer. Sale ends on August 8th.

There are so many good options in all categories on this sale. However, not just because things are on sale it means you need to buy them. I talk with my clients about that all the time: if you can buy it, let’s buy things with intension. For example, if you have your eye on something, check if it matches with things you already own, or the item incorporates into your lifestyle and your best new version.

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How to Shop Efficiently And Get The Best Deals at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

  1. Make a list: check on things that you really need – this sale is good for stocking up for fall basics or for a fall wardrobe refresh. 
  2. If you have kept your eye on something, but you were hesitating because of budget, now it’s the time to look if the item is on sale – you can preview the items on sale here, regardless of your membership/shopping status.
  3. If you are not a member yet, sign up for The Nordy Club (Nordstroms rewards points program). After that, schedule a Personal Double Points Day to earn 2x points towards notes (kind of Nordstroms “cash rewards” that you can apply towards your purchase). 
  4. Shop Online – It’s faster and the inventory online is huge (sometimes not all the items are available in store).
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I know this sale can get overwhelming, so take advantage and use the shopping guides I have curated below with some of the best picks for a fall wardrobe refresh! From going back to work or staying cozy at home, I’ve put together and multiplied looks using items from many of my favorite brands included in this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. 

Bookmark this post for reference. I will be updating this post with more shopping guides from other categories as the sale goes. 

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Lastly, book a styling section with me and let me be your favorite friend to shop with 🙂 email me at lulupeartree@gmail.com for a complimentary styling discovery call and find out more about my services.

Follow me on Instagram and Liketoknow.it app for daily styling tips, lifestyle updates, and more shopping curations. 

Style

7 Quick & Easy Strategies To Pack Smart For Your Trip

July 1, 2021

As the world starts to reopen, travel season is back, and even better than that it’s Summer! I know you must be excited to show off outfits that you didn’t wear over a year now, but nobody likes to pay over the limit luggage fees or deal with heavy suitcases with clothes you are not going to wear in your trip. If you think about it, overpacking can turn into a waste of money and time, and it can take moments away from your travel experience, so I thought it would be nice to share my experience with a few quick, efficient and easy packing strategies I use for myself as well as for helping my clients. Here are 7 Quick & Easy Strategies To Pack Smart For Your Trip:

1. Check on the weather of your destination before you go.

The weather will help to determine what to pack. Usually you can check on the weather one week ahead on your smart phone. If you go for longer trips, check on the Weather Channel for estimates, for example, to get a forward outlook.

2. Try-on or lay-out outfits before you pack.

Go to your closet and mix items, take pictures of the outfits combinations you put together and save them on your phone’s album. Use this album as a resource both when you are packing and at your destination, so you don’t waste precious time running around trying to figure out what to wear in your trip.

3. Bring multipurpose pieces, so you pack less.

What you wear to your travel destination counts, so if you are wearing a jacket and certain shoes on the plane or in the car for example, multipurpose these items, and make sure they are part of your overall outfit planning. This is connected to Quick Tip number 2, versatility is key!

4. Forget about the “just in case” items.

If you really need it, buy it at your destination – You never know, you may find something unique and amazing, that might make that time memorable!

5. Organize in packing cubes

I usually put each outfit in a packing cube. Another way is to fold and roll each outfit together – specially with children this is so helpful. Get Rolling!

6. Start packing early.

As everything with travel, you should plan ahead, and that includes time for packing too. When you leave things for last minute, you just keep adding stuff in your luggage, meaning overpacking.

7. Most importantly, have fun in the process.

Keep positive thoughts and envision you at your destination fully enjoying the experience, and all of your hard work getting there. In conclusion, since your packing is more efficient now, you can save room for souvenirs, and new items that you might wanna go shopping for in your trip!

Short or long trip, what’s your next destination? 

Beauty, Lifestyle

8 Beauty Secrets To Get Flawless and Glowing Summer Skin

June 24, 2021

Everybody wants to look good at the beach, by the pool or at fun Summer events. I asked beauty expert and makeup artist Rita Fioritto how to get flawless and natural glowing skin in the Summer. Ready to take notes? Here are 8 valuable beauty secrets from Rita with products recommendations:

1. Up Your Water Intake

Get a water bottle and keep drinking plenty of water to flush out toxins from your body, while giving you healthier and hydrated skin.

Products recommendations: Self Cleaning 25 oz Water Bottle LARQ, Giotto Large 1 Gallon/128oz Motivational Water Bottle with Time Marker & Straw.

2. Exfoliate

For cleaner smoother skin and to better absorb hydration, Rita recommends gentle exfoliation twice a week to remove dead skin cells and leave your skin looking radiant. Do it in the morning after your cleanser and before toning your skin.

Products recommendations: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Pore Exfoliating Treatment, Gentle Facial Buffing Cream With Botanical Extracts. TIP: Makeup will last longer on exfoliated skin. 

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3. Apply a Mask Specific For Your Skin Type

Choose between hydrating, deep cleansing, detoxifying, clay, charcoal or overnight beauty sleep masks once or twice a week.

Products recommendations: Youth To The PeopleSuperberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask with Vitamin C, Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Hyaluronic Clay Pore-Tight Facial Mask, Glow Recipe Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask, Glam Glow Super Mud Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask, Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask to Purify and Nourish.

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4. Tone Your Skin 

Toning the skin is important and a must during the summer months to soothe and give a temporally tighter sensation to the skin. A good toner aids and helps the skin regaining moisture, besides removing oil and leftover makeup. Most importantly, it minimizes the appearance of pores.

Products recommendations: Laneige Essential Power Skin Toner for Combination to Oily Skin, Laneige Essential Power Skin Toner for Normal to Dry Skin.

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5. Wear a Serum

Serums are important to tackle so many skin concerns. It’s an extra step in your skin care routine that improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Some face serums contain nutrients that may help your skin in different things such as hydrating, brightening and preventing damage from ultraviolet (UV) light and pollution, just to name a few of the benefits.

Products recommendations: Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum, Estée LauderEstee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Serum, Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector, La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C Face Serum, Supergoop!Daily Dose Vitamin C + SPF 40 Sunscreen Serum PA+++.

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6. Eye Cream

The skin around your eyes is different from the rest of your face. It’s thinner, and the first area to show signs of aging. Eye creams are important to hydrate the eye area, to treat or prevent fine lines and puffiness. They make the eye area firmer and supple.

Products Recommendations: OriginsEye Doctor™ Moisture Care For Skin Around Eyes, Hada Labo Tokyo Age Correcting Eye Cream, A.G.E. Eye Complex for Dark Circles | Eye Cream | SkinCeuticals, Drunk Elephant C-Tango™ Vitamin C Eye Cream, Dr. Barbara SturmEye Cream, Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Firming Eye Gel-Cream, First Aid BeautyFAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid, Supergoop! Bright-Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream SPF 40 PA+++

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7. Pick a Moisturizer

Rita recommends to use a lighter moisturizer in the warmer months, different from the heavy moisturizer you used during the winter months. Pick a lightweight moisturizer, some already come with SPF for daytime use. 

Products Recommendations: Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream, Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Lightweight Firming Cashmere Moisturizer, Lancôme Hydra Zen Glow Liquid Lightweight Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid, Derma E Collagen Moisturizer, Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Cream SPF 30, Supergoop!Superscreen Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 PA+++, Vichy Aqualia Thermal UV Defense Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 30

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8. Sunscreen 

Rita says to apply sunscreen all year round, with a minimum of 30 SPF. A teaspoon is all you need for the face, and it should be applied every 2 hours after swimming or you been exposed in the sun. Sunscreen will help prevent discoloration and dark spots from sun damage. 

Products Recommendations: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Light Fluid Face Sunscreen SPF 60, Sunday RileyLight Hearted Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Daily Face Sunscreen, Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50+ Sunscreen, SkinCeuticals ACDDaily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30, Supergoop!Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++.

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Do you change your skincare routine in the Summer months? Feel free to share other tips with our community in the comments.

Disclosure: I link products and companies based on their quality, my personal opinion and experience. Some of the links in my posts are affiliated links, and I will earn a small commission if you decide to purchase them.

Style

Spring Must Have: The White Blazer

April 13, 2021

The White Blazer is a must have during the Spring/ Summer months. The trend keeps coming back year after year because of its versatility. In other words, it can be considered a Spring wardrobe staple and a great option for a work-smart outfit during the warmer months. As a result, you can make more serious outfits feel breezy and relaxed in the most crispy Spring days or Summer nights. 

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Get ready for this go-to piece you definitely want to be sporting in every lunch/ brunch date this spring or even at your zoom calls paired with comfy casual neutral trousers. 

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Disclosure: I link products and companies based on their quality, my personal opinion and my experience. Some of the links in my posts are affiliated links, and I will earn a small commission if you decide to purchase them.

Kids Activities, Motherhood

10 Spring Break Staycation Activities Ideas To Do With Young Kids

March 29, 2021

Things are starting to brighten up at the end of the tunnel, but staying away from crowds, masking up and social distancing are still the way to go this year. If you are staycation during Spring Break this year, here are 10 Spring Break staycation activities Ideas to do with young kids.

1 – Bake Easter Cookies or an Easter Cake Together
2 – Create a Fairy Garden Around Your House 
3 – Visit a Local Farm

If you are in Southeastern Michigan, Walcott Mill Metropark Farm Center, Kensington Park Farm Center and Blake Farms are great options. Check their website for Covid-19 Precautions.

4 – Get outside, observe and learn

As nature wakes up from a sleepy winter, now is a great time to get outside and train the kids scientific abilities. Put on your garden gear, get a couple of magnifying glasses and start exploring your yard or your local park showing your kid how plants, flowers and leaves are growing back. My girls love it! 

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5 – Go Birdwatching 

This is a great way to build a sense of wonder. All that you need are your eyes and ears. Get a pair of binoculars if you want to go to the next level. 

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6 – Visit a Cider Mill 

Yes! Many Cider Mills re-open on Spring, and around mid-April many of them serve ice-cream. If you are in Southeast Michigan Yates Cider Mill and Blake Farms are very good options. 

7 – Make My Award Winning Best Guacamole 

I love making easy cooking dishes with my kids, and everyday is a good day for tacos! Check this post with my guacamole recipe the entire family will love or check my Instagram IGTV for the video.

8 – Start a Rock Collection, and Rock Paint 
9 – Local Hiking

Pack the kids backpacks with trail mix, granola bars and their favorite treats. Include paper and crayons/pencils so the kids can keep track of their nature finds, as you walk around your neighborhood or on a hiking trail. As a result, that can be a great subject to talk about during dinner.

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10- Tourist in Your Own City 

It shouldn’t be far nor among a crowd of people, but getting out of the house to visit a park, a playground, watch the ducks at a nearby river/pond or by taking a walk in a different part of the city (always wearing a mask) can be a fun change of pace. 

Enjoy the outside. Spring is beautiful and you should enjoy it after a long winter. 

Please share in the comments below what are your favorite staycation activities. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more.

xoxo, beijos.

Disclosure: I link products and companies based on their quality, my personal opinion and my experience. Some of the links in my posts are affiliated links, and I will earn a small commission if you decide to purchase them.

Style

Trench Coat: The Best Transitional Piece for Spring

March 17, 2021

Spring showers are on the way, and a trench coat is the best transitional piece to have in your closet when Spring starts.

Spring like Fall is a transitional season, and one of the best times to wear a trench coat. 

Invented by two British luxury clothing manufactures Burberry and Aquascutum as a military garment in the 19th Century, a trench coat is timeless and tailored, which makes it a classic wardrobe staple that adds style and flair to any outfit. 

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A trench coat is also an excellent layering piece. The perfect combination of practical and stylish, especially as a transitional coat. It looks equally great styled casually or formally. 

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You can toss on a trench for a more casual but elegant look with jeans and a t-shirt or sweater paired with loafers, ballet flats, pumps, or ankle boots. If you want to go ultra-casual, wear a hoodie or sweatshirt and sneakers. To dress things up, and shift it to a more formal work dress code, you can wear it over a tailored dress, over blouses and pencil skirts, or even pantsuits. 

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Disclosure: I link products and companies based on their quality, my personal opinion and my experience. Some of the links in my posts are affiliated links, and I will earn a small commission if you decide to purchase them.

Kids Activities, Motherhood

8 Valentine’s Day At Home Ideas To Do With The Kids

February 12, 2021

It’s the weekend of love, and just because we are stuck at home, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t find ways to say I love you. My Valentine’s Day became even more special after having my little ones. Here are 8 Valentine’s Day at home ideas to make your day with the Kids extra special: 

  • Make a craft as simple as a card together, and gift each other. 
  • Decorate the house together with heart shapes. We did that at our house (pictured) with some colorful hardboard ones we got at Target.
  • Pick some flowers together at the market for around the house. My girls love this one, and it makes them feel so special. 
  • Make a Valentine’s Day treat together: cake, cookie, a banana split! Buy sprinkles, cake/ cookie mixes, chocolate, be creative and have fun. The kids will love it! 
  • Plan Valentine’s Day breakfast menu together: make heart shapes pancakes!
  • Watch a movie while eating chocolate ice cream. 
  • Play Spa at home. We do this one all the time on the weekends, and my girls get so excited. We give each other foot massages, have our nails paint, and relax.
  • Make a heart shape pizza.

Let me know in comments which idea you like best! The important here my love, is creating memories, that is what matters the most.

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend!!

xo, Luci.

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Disclosure: I link products and companies based on their quality, my personal opinion and my experience. Some of the links in my posts are affiliated links, and I will earn a small commission if you decide to purchase them.

Style

Valentine’s Day Outfits Ideas

February 11, 2021

Valentine’s Day Outfits Ideas. I love to make my looks more interesting and versatile, and I am always changing the styles of my outfits by adding some styling tricks for a little extra (or some “bossa” like we say it in Brazil).

With so many having our date night at home this Valentine’s Day, I put together two great outfits that are great if you either like to dress up or stay casual, but looking put together.

Look 1 – The AT Home Sophisticated Look

Styling Trick: I tied a knot in the front of my blazer to make it look almost like a bow. I love how it came together. 

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Look 2 – Casually Waiting For My Valentine Look

Styling Trick: Gave a turtle neck fitted dress that I usually dress it up with heels, a transformation into a more casual look. The sneakers in addition with the jean jacket, gives the cool vibe approach for a more casual atmosphere.

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Do you like to get creative with your outfits? Let me know in comments which style you like best.

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How To Incorporate Pantone’s Color Of The Year Into Your Outfit in 2021

January 6, 2021

How to Incorporate Pantone’s Color of the Year into your outfit in 2021.

I ran a pool on my Instagram Stories over the holidays, and my followers told me that they loved the combo of colors Gray (for resilience), and yellow (for vivacity), Pantone selected as the color of the year for 2021. 

Many people are afraid to wear colors during the winter:

  1. because they are just so used to wearing the same old black, or 
  2. because most of the time they don’t know how to match colors. 

No problem, I can help you with that and you will see much more of this topic coming from me here an on my social pages this year. 

But to begin with the Pantone colors combo gray and yellow, a quick way to start incorporating them into your outfit, is by browsing through your own closet to see what choices you have in these colors and start with that. You can consider shopping for pieces in those shades to compliment what you already have in either color.

The trick with the outfit I picked by just browsing my closet was the layering and accessories that compliment each other without looking bulky.  I used monochromatic shades of gray as a base in order to give contrast to the look and then added the bright yellow to my hat to add vivacity and fun.

But how this post can relate to you and your every day life?

Pantone’s Color of the Year reflects color trends in fashion, beauty, design and home decor, and since the beginning, the initiative has also served as a mood ring of sorts, capturing the spirit of the time. 

It means you will see much more of these colors throughout 2021 in your visuals while shopping and in creative society as a whole. It also means that you can think out of the box and mix them with other complementary colors too, following your style and what makes sense with your lifestyle.

The stores have already started putting out the new trend colors. Shop below my picks to get ready:

Do you wear colors during winter? Let me know in comments below, and give these colors a try!

Beijos

Well Being

New Year’s Eve Tradition

December 30, 2020

New Year’s tradition to ring in the New Year.

We all need a little more luck in the 2021. One New Year tradition I enjoy, that just so happens to have healthy benefits I remember celebrating while growing up, is eating 7 pomegranate arils to ring on the New Year in order to bring fortune and prosperity. 

The Young me, didn’t understand the symbolism behind pomegranates bringing fortune and prosperity. Older me, now understands why:

Pomegranate is rich in Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate and Fiber. It has wide-ranging benefits and may help reduce your risk of various serious illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, just to name a few.

I want Pomegranate every day in my life! 

What’s your favorite New Year’s Eve tradition that you celebrate where you are from ? Share below

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