If you caught my Instagram stories you saw that I found some great looks at Tanger Outlet in Texas City, Texas this weekend! I found baby Weaver some really cute items plus mama snagged some stuff for herself too 🙂 Today I am sharing 2 outfits that would be equally perfect for work or date night!
Oh and also sharing where to get your additional 25% off coupons below!
Outfit One: Ann Taylor Factory Store
Dress can be found here and I’m wearing a size small.
Outfit Two: Loft Outlet
Shop the jumpsuit here (wearing a 4) and floral blazer (wearing a small) here.
How cute are both of these outfits? So cute right?!
Did you know that Tanger Outlets offered coupons for additional savings?! I had no idea! I thought because it was an outlet and the prices are already marked down that they didn’t do coupons. I was so excited to find out they did! You can snag yours here!
I linked my outfits to the Ann Taylor Factory and the Loft Outlet websites in case you wanted to shop them online but remember you won’t be able to use you Tanger coupons there so if you wanted to take advantage of allll the savings be sure to visit your nearest outlet!
Tanger Outlets was also so generous to give me a code for you to text in to get a $25 gift card! This giveaway begins on Thursday, August 9th. So be sure to come back to the blog on Thursday morning to get the code so that you can use yours to shop this tax free weekend, August 10th-12th.
A gift card, coupons and tax free! Who could pass up that deal? Not me!
Let me know if there is anything you guys are looking for. Items your little ones, outfits for work or back to school! I’d love to help you out!
Photos by Banavenue Photography
**Sponsored Post: Thank you Tanger Outlets for partnering with me on this post. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.
This is a topic that has been super heavy on my heart lately. I’ve been going back and forth on whether to share it or not but then one of my favorite influencers, Courtney from Color Me Courtney said something really great on her instastories the other day, “You’ll Never Shine Throwing Shade”. It really inspired me to write this because more than likely you guys feel this way too!
I’m not sure how many bloggers you guys personally follow. Maybe I should survey you all to get your feedback but since I am in the influencer realm, naturally I follow dozens and dozens of fellow bloggers. Fortunately, I have become really close friends with so many of them. Think of them like your coworkers that you meet in the workplace and then end up being life long friends with. It’s exactly like that. These are the girls you will see me share and you will see me hanging out with. To people on the outside it may seem that the community is all rainbows and sunshine. I wish it was but unfortunately just like the workplace there are those that are…well let’s just say people I wouldn’t want to associate myself with in the workplace. You feel me?
Being in the industry I’ve seen shade thrown left and right but the last few weeks I have seen it more than ever and personally it’s over the most petty of things.
I have seen too many bloggers throwing shade about how other bloggers are promoting certain things. Rule #1 You can’t be all “women supporting women” and at the same time be talking s#$@ about women doing their thing. That is shade, you guys. The shadiest of all shade. I am a super positive person but I can’t help but listen to these shade throwers thinking “are you jealous?”, “why are you even spending time talking ill about someone else when you should be worrying about your own business?”.
It’s okay to disagree with what someone else is doing and it’s okay to not want to do it yourself but leave it at that. Do you and let her do her. No reason to talk negatively about someone. Stay focused on growing your own brand.
I was following this influencer for the longest time and so many times I’ve heard her complaining about other influencers. At first I would just swipe through her stories thinking she was having a bad day (everyone is allowed bad days!) but then I started to realize the complaining was so constant but the icing on the cake was when I realized she was the co founder of a reasonably large influencer community. Like hold up! Are you empowering women or bringing them down?
I don’t want to get too heated on this platform where I try to stay positive 🙂 lol so I’ll leave you with a few things you can keep in mind. Good for those in the influencer world, good for those running a business and just as good for those trying to live a positive life.
Throwing Shade Won’t Make You Shine– spending time and energy speaking negatively about someone else is simply a waste of time. That time could be used productively building your brand.
There is room for everyone– the amazing thing about blogs and businesses are the individuals behind them. So essentially if someone is selling the “same” item, it is truly the person(s) behind the business that makes them different and you choose who you support. I can’t help but feel like the negativity from some people comes from a place of feeling competition. The amazing thing about you is that you are you and no one else is exactly like you. You can choose to be competitive or you can choose to be collaborative. You may get to the top either way but the collaborative route is just way more fun and you’ll have an amazing community to celebrate with in the end!
The number of followers doesn’t define you but the people you follow kind of does– Think about it. It’s like your group of friends. People you associate yourself with starts to define the way you view yourself. Choose a supportive group of women who uplift you not crush down your wildest dreams. Anything is possible when you put your mind to it, don’t let anyone make you feel otherwise.
Remember why you started your blog or your business and stay focused– You didn’t start it to get caught up in the drama. You started it for so many other reasons whether it be to inspire working Mom’s, spreading your personal story or simply because you wanted to bring in additional income for your family. You will not achieve any of those things as quickly as you want to if you get sucked into drama.
Why did I share this? I was beginning to get irritated and uninspired because all of this negativity that was floating around the social media world. As a influencer, you can’t log off. Social media is part of your business. If you were starting to feel the same way I just wanted to pop on to remind you that we have a choice not to fall into that negativity.
Choose your tribe wisely. People who support you. People who motivate you. People who inspire you.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well almost…Nordstrom Anniversary sale is literally right around the corner and would we even be friends if we didn’t talk about it and prepare for it together?!
First things first, WHAT”S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT THE ANNIVERSARY SALE?
Yes, my shopaholic self (yes, I said it!) talks about sales all the time but what makes the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale the mothership of all sales is that unlike regular sales where they are marking down “old” product, the Nordy’s Anniversary Sale gives us major markdowns on BRAND NEW products guys! And when I say major markdowns I’m talking about upwards of 70% off on brands like Vince Camuto, Tory Burch, Rebecca Minkoff, Adidas, Nike, Free People, Topshop and so many more! I mean yes it might seem crazy purchasing pre Fall and Winter items in the middle of summer, but if you are wanting a new pair of boots or know that your going to need a new coat and some denim this Fall, you want to take advantage of the anniversary sale.
WHEN DOES THE SALE START?
July 11th- Level 4 card members get to pre-shop the sale (in stores only)
July 12th- early access starts
July 20th- sale opens to the public
August 5th- sale ends and all items go back up to full price on August 6th
HOW TO SHOP SMARTER:
I don’t want you to spend all of that hard earned money on things you won’t wear so here are some tips on shopping the anniversary sale:
Nordstrom Rewards Membership– If you want early access to shop the sale, you need to have a Nordstrom credit or debit card. If signing up for another credit card doesn’t sound appealing to you, don’t worry! I feel you! You can get the Nordstrom debit card to gain early early access. This card is linked to your checking account and still gives you the early access perks the Nordstrom credit card gets you!
Scan Your Wardrobe & Make A Shopping List– The best way to keep yourself from buyers remorse is to know what items you need in your closet. It’s easy to get caught up in a sale so taking note of what you actually need is the best thing to do. You’ll actually walk out of the store with purchases you feel good about rather than buying 4 purses when you actually needed a leather jacket, boots or new denim.
ITEMS TO WATCH FOR:
Items to watch for is different for everyone, but I would recommend taking advantage of the great basic items like denim, shoes, coats, etc. that you know you will need for Fall and get a lot of wear out of them. Also, beauty items. These brands are very rarely on sale so snag them up at a discounted price when you can!
As you all know I just finished up my No Shop June challenge so I spent a lot of time scanning my closet and making a list of things I really needed. Here are the top 5 categories I will be shopping during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:
1- Work Wear
5- Baby’s Clothes (because duh!)
You can check out the rest of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog here.
We will actually be out of town the first day of early access (so sad!) but I will be adding my first round of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks here so be sure to check back in! Once those orders start arriving I’ll be adding and updating my favorite sale finds here on the blog and Instagram @style_lynn.
Also, be sure to check out Monday’s post here for a chance to win a Nordstrom gift card!
As always, thank you all so much for shopping my links and supporting this little blog of mine! I appreciate you!! Let me know if you guys have any questions!
This past weekend was a bit busy with work events and I was out of the office for a work/charity golf tournament yesterday so I apologize for the day late post! Today I am sharing another great work wear look plus 8 office rules that aren’t exactly written in your employee handbook but should definitely be followed!
Outfit Details: Dress: Loft| Heels: DSW | Handbag: Mine is so old but linking similar one from Sole Society| Sunglasses: Quay
8 Unwritten Office Rules
1- Use your inside voice – There is nothing more distracting than overhearing someone’s every phone call conversation. Be aware of your inside voice. Everyone doesn’t need to what you are ordering for lunch that day.
2- Clean up after yourself in the office kitchen or break room – I always hear people saying “I wonder what their house looks like if they leave a mess like this here”. Well, honestly that person’s house probably looks fine because they probably clean up after themselves at home! Clean up after yourself likes it’s your own kitchen. Just because a cleaning service comes to clean your office daily or even weekly doesn’t mean you leave your splattered soup all over the microwave. C’mon people, we are adults.
3- Silence your cell phone or at least have it on a low volume ringer– Look, I have a special place in my heart when I hear someone’s ringtone and it’s a song that I love but not everyone wants to hear “Call Me Maybe” every time you get a phone call. Be respectful of the shared office space
4- If you set up a meeting be cognizant of everyone’s time and the topic at hand – Draft and think about your talking points. Do you really need a full hour or can it be shortened to 30 minutes? Everyone is busy so just be sure you are sensitive to everyone’s valuable time.
5- Don’t take food out of the fridge that isn’t yours– why is this a thing at every office? And who are you food thief? I’ve actually had this happen to me and it’s the strangest thing! First of all it’s rude. Secondly, you don’t know if that person is sick or anything like that. Just don’t do this.
6- Keep your space clean– Whether you are in a cubicle or an office, no one wants to see a messy work space. It also may give people a bad impression of you as not only a messy but unorganized employee.
7- What you wear matters – This is so important you guys. First impressions are lasting impressions. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to look put together and clean. I try to share a lot of affordable work wear options here on the blog because dressing appropriately and professionally for work is so important. Dress codes vary from industry to industry so check out what your colleagues are wearing and take a cue from people you look up to.
8- Don’t hover over someone’s desk or stare at their computer screen when talking to them. – Helllooo nosey rosie! Even if you can’t read what is on their computer screen, it still makes you look nosey.
I know some of these unwritten rules seem silly to some but you’d be surprised how many times I wish I could just print and post this up at each of the offices I have worked at. Just a friendly reminder to not be that person 🙂
Business on top, party on the bottom with this blazer set 🙂 You all know I love a good blazer so pairing it with some shorts for summer is no surprise! I was bummed when this set sold out quickly after I shared it the first time but excited to share it with you today because I found an almost identical stripe blazer and shorts for a even better price!
Don’t tell baby Weaver I went to Kemah Boardwalk without him, lol. I can’t wait to take him back with us this summer. Did know that starting in June Kemah Boardwalk has a “rock the dock” event every Thursday evening and a firework show every Friday? He’s going to looooove that! Actually I hope he loves the fireworks. That is questionable. I was deathly afraid of them when I was little.
Okay, back to this set. So cute right?! Stripes are such a great classic print and both the blazer and the shorts are great on their own. I wore the blazer with a tee and skinny jeans and I’ll probably pair these stripe shorts with a cami and sandals. Such effortlessly cute pieces and you can grab them today for cheaper than I bought them for. YOU are winning! My blazer was $68 and I just found the identical option on sale for $24 here. Both pairs of shorts that I linked above are under $30. I am wearing medium in both the blazer and shorts for reference.
I hope you guys are having an amazing week so far. The days are flying by and I can’t believe summer is basically here. What do you guys have planned for the summer?!
Photos by Banavenue Photography
If you liked this post you blazer outfits here and here.
Faux Gucci Belt | I shared this on Monday’s post and it is so dang good girls! It is very hard to tell the difference between the real and this dupe. So glad you guys aren’t hating on the faux designer look because you are buying them up like crazy. I’m typically not a faux designer gal but this one was too good to pass up!
If you were wondering what the heck we were doing in Atlanta two weekends ago, we were actually celebrating our 4 year wedding anniversary! Every year we pick a state that we have never been to and we go celebrate there! It’s such a fun tradition because it typically takes us to a place we probably wouldn’t have gone otherwise. This long weekend of celebrating/exploring is supposed to be our gift to eachother but if you have been following me for some time now, you know that I love buying people gifts so naturally I always surprise Brandon with just a little something extra each year!
On our first anniversary I started using the traditional anniversary gift calendar to get creative on what to get Brandon every month. Year 4 is silk and it ended up being my favorite because I got to incorporate our little guy!
Brandon wears ties all the time so I decided to buy some silk fabric to get some custom ties made for him and matching bow ties for our son! Omg, I thought that was the cutest idea ever…until I saw how much silk was LOL. Anyway, I still bought it and our alterations place actually made them for me! She was like “this is going to be really expensive, you should try buying them already made”. Well one, I was having the hardest time finding a tie and bow tie set. It was either 2 bow ties for Dad and son or 2 reg ties for Dad and son. Brandon won’t wear a bow tie and baby looks so cute in them so having them custom made is what I decided to do. How cute are these?!
I want to get a matching scarf made now because I’m jelly LOL. I’ll let my bank account recover first!
If your 4 year wedding anniversary is approaching, I am linking some other fun silk gift ideas below!
Sleep Mask – Gift a sleep mask, make your spouse breakfast in bed and tell them they can sleep in.
Silk robe- Gift a silk robe with a spa day scheduled!
Silk Pillow Cases & Sheets- He may not appreciate what a silk pillow case does for your hair and skin but I’m sure you can think of a way to get him excited about silk sheets!
Clothing- Buy each other clothing like one of these ties for him or a silk dress for her and enjoy each other at a nice dinner.
So I haven’t published a post since Monday and that feels like a lifetime! Work has been really busy this week and I’m just trying to catch up on all the things! I hope you are having a wonderful week. I wanted to pop on today and give my Houston friends 3 new eateries you totally need to try and also talk about another adorable look with Amaryllis!