Tube Tops Make A Comeback This Summer

There has been somewhat of a tube top revival this summer, and I’m not mad about that. I love the simplicity and versatility of a tube top. There’s also something quietly sophisticated about these strapless, tight-to-the-torso tops. If you embrace opportunities to put your shoulders on display, the tube tops trend is for you.

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What I’m wearing:

Tube top | Gucci bag | Pants (similar, similar) | Sandals (optionoption)

Ear Climbers (similar, similar) | Watch

For a recent outdoor festival, I envisioned a tube top worn with joggers, gladiators, and a belt bag. So, I shopped my closet, and today’s look is the result. Remember my polka dot joggers from this look?

Location: Grand Center

Want more tube-top style inspiration? See here, here, and here.

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Stock Up On Dresses For Every Occasion In This Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is great, but it isn’t the only sale you should be watching closely right now. The Mango dress sale I’m sharing today might be under the radar, but it is a must-shop. There are dresses marked down to as low as $15. Here are some of my favorites. See my complete list of faves in the widget at the end of the post.

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One of these dresses might look familiar. I have the geometric print dress and love it. I bought it as an alternative to a DVF dress I had been watching. This dress was much less than DVF of course, and it is now on sale for under $50!

For reference, I’m wearing it in a size 6, but I could easily wear a 4 because of the wrap style, which offers some size flexibility. Read more about this dress in my blog post.

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African-Inspired Fashion In The City

I’ve enjoyed watching the growing influence African textiles have had on the fashion industry in the last 10 years. I especially love that African-inspired fashion has proven to be more than a trend of the moment. Of course, I’m a longtime fan because Ankara fabrics feature some of the most fabulous prints and colors. So, I was thrilled to connect with Ako, a Lagos-based fashion line that creates modern designs using African fabrics.

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What I’m wearing:

Ako “Teni” top c/o | Shorts c/o (option, ) | Sandals (similar, option) |Earrings (option)

I’m wearing the Ako “Teni” top. It initially caught my eye because of its striking print and color combination. But, its details? They’re out-of-this-world fabulous.

The top features a comfortable, flattering, off-the-shoulder silhouette.

And, the sleeves? They are the most dramatic, statement sleeves.

When I wore my top around St. Louis last weekend, I was so extra with the hand movements. Sleeves like these need to be shown off, though, right?

Anyway, I wore my top with white shorts to create a fun, summer vibe. I also have plans to rock this top with skinnies, wide-leg pants, and pencil skirts. The styling possibilities are truly endless.

My top traveled a long-distance to get to me, but it arrived pretty quickly. If you’re interested in exploring Ako’s collection, see more here.

For more African-inspired fashion, see posts here, here, and here.

The Coolest Sales To Check Out Right Now

Happy Friday! I’m checking in with the two of the coolest sales right now. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the general public today! Planning to shop but don’t know where to begin? Here are my top 6 types of purchases in the sale. To see the activewear I actually purchased, go here. For a cool strategy for exploring the beauty deals, see here.

If you’ve been eying my favorite jumpsuits (all from Anthropologie) this summer, you might want to take advantage of the Anthro Day offer, which gives 20% off full-price items this weekend. A 20% off discount was just the encouragement I needed when I purchased this geometric print jumpsuit.

Coolest sales

What I’m Wearing:

Print jumpsuit | Sandals c/0 | Blazer (similar) | Hoops (option)

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How To Spot The Best Beauty Buys In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I shared my top 6 types of purchases in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and beauty buys weren’t on the list. Beauty would certainly make a top 10 list though. When strategic, we can land some amazing beauty products at low prices during the sale. What’s the best strategy? Browse only the brands that you love and use, and assess the offer during the Nordstrom beauty sale. If the deal makes sense, stock up.

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I did just that when I purchased the Anniversary Sale set of Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA liquid. An esthetician recommended that I use this as the toner in my skincare routine. She was so right because my skin loves this stuff. A bottle of this toner usually retails for $29, but during the sale, 2 bottles are $35.

I became hooked on Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner after using some PR samples. The product actually improves the appearance of my lashes. So, the chance to get 2 tubes of the conditioner (which is fairly expensive) for the price of one during the anniversary sale? That’s a great deal on a product I love.

What do you look for in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale on beauty?

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