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Happy Monday guys! Life has been a little crazy lately, with no sign of letting up anytime soon. We head to Vegas on Friday, to watch my bestie compete for Mrs. America (she currently holds the Mrs. Colorado title) so if you don't see me posting here as frequently, you can definitely catch all the fun over on Instagram

I wanted to do a quick round up of some of the looks I've been posting exclusively on Instagram.
This yellow top is perfect for summer! Comes in navy, too and is on sale for $15!

These fringe sandals are from last year, and so good that I have them in black too. They are perfect to transition from summer to fall, if you are looking for a non-bootie option. Denim is linked too, which I have been living in!

This dress is on sale for $34! 

One-piece swimwear is my favorite. Absolutely loving this one, and linked to several other options.

These pearl slides have been on heavy rotation. Plan on wearing them with all the things for NYFW.
This hasn't made it to IG yet, but will by the end of the week, so thought I would give you all a sneak peak. The highly coveted cardigan from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is back in stock in 6 colors! Shop it below, along with this $12 tank that has been on major repeat. 



I've been dying to take a Euro trip, but also have some big financial goals we are working on this year, with building an income property, so my Euro dreams have been put on hold. #adulting I, personally, want to go to Italy, well...because duh. Brandon, on the other hand, is hankering for a trip to the French county to partake in all things wine. Either way, you can guarantee that we plan on getting lost in the countryside, exploring all the vineyards, whenever we make the trip across the pond. Enter Vinebox. (aka our saving grace for backcountry European wines)

Vinebox is a monthly wine subscription that brings by-the-glass service, right to your door, for $25/month. (I mean, sometimes you just need a glass. Am I right?!) They use a very special technique to prevent the wines from coming in contact with oxygen, so they can package them individually (like you see here) without the wine spoiling. Best of all, you can't find any of theirs wines in your local store, because they aim to bring hidden gems from renowned vineyards, through their service.
wine by the glass service
 wine by the glass subscription
rose all day
 I am always a little reluctant to try a new European wine, because I hate to waste the whole bottle on trying something new, and risking that I may not like it. Because of that, I tend to stick to what I know, and that can get a little boring. That's why Vinebox is so genius!  It's been so fun tasting all the wines, and I have been really impressed with each of them. You can choose to receive reds, whites, or a mix of both. (I love the mix because it came with rosé, and well...rosé all day!) I think this would make for such a great gift for the wine lover in your life, or the parent that you can't seem to find anything for, because they have everything. Vinebox also comes with tasting notes for each glass, so you know exactly what it is, where it came from, and what it pairs well with.

You can learn more about Vinebox and their service here. They have extended a 10% discount to my readers, so you can check it out, too. Be sure to use the code EATPRAY10 at checkout.

How To Attend NYFW

It's hard to believe it's almost time for New York Fashion Week, again. I have taken the past few years off from going, but decided to make the trip this fall. Now, with NYFW just 3 weeks away, I'm in full on prep mode, and thought I would share my tips on how to attend fashion week. Truly, anyone can attend fashion week, but photographers, bloggers, writers and others with careers in media, are the perfect candidates for attending.

I've only ever attended NYFW in the Fall, as I honestly dread thinking about NYC in February. (brrr!) But I think Fall is the absolute dreamiest time in the city. It's truly enchanting, and all the buzz around the coming year's hottest trends, make it all that much more exciting. For those that don't know, Fashion Week is a glorious week where designers come together to showcase their  collections for the coming season. (Fall's shows highlight Spring/Summer's trends, and Spring's shows showcase garb for the coming Fall/Winter.) Fashion Week happens in major cities around the globe, but the one that is easiest to get into, if you are a blogger, is in New York. Buyers attend NYFW to see the upcoming lines, to make purchases for the coming season, but NYFW, in particular, has become more of a media event, in light of all the bloggers in attendance.
Tee with Ruffle Skirt

2-3 months before - book your hotel/flight. (Or, if you're like me, you probably booked this 4-5 months before. #overplanner) It's really hard to get comped rooms during NYFW, but there are plenty of hotels that are willing to give a media rate. And then there's always good 'ol AirBNB. I suggest finding a buddy to board with to split the costs. It's also more appealing to hotels you are trying to pitch to, if you have a great social reach, so pairing up with a fellow blogger can help improve your social score, making you more attractive in the hotel's/pr firm's mind. Currently, a lot of the shows are held at the Skylight Clarkson in Soho, so it's nice if you can stay around there, for ease of access to shows. There are shows, showrooms, and collections all over the city, though, so it's not absolutely essential to stay in Soho. (I personally wouldn't stay anywhere North of 72nd, though.)
graphic tee with jean jacket
1 month before - The schedule is released. This is the time to start thinking about which shows you want to see. It's impossible to go to all of them, and you don't want to book shows back-to-back because you'll never make it. Try to pick your faves, and then have a secondary list in case you don't get into your first choices. If you are a smaller blogger, you may find success reaching out to some of the lesser known brands. For some of these designers, it will be their first show at fashion week, and the PR firms are anxious to fill seats. You can find a pretty good list of PR Contacts and brand contacts here. If you aren't finding the one you want, you can always visit the brand's website and search for their PR contact there. There are also tons of parties happening during NYFW, such at Lulu*s, RewardStyle, and many others. Some of these are invitation only, but it doesn't hurt to email your rep and let them know you'll be in the area, so they can keep you on the short list.

At this point, I put all the shows I want to attend into a google calendar, so I can start to visualize my schedule. I also drop the contact information in the notes, so I can easily access them. This is also the time I start outfit planning. (I'll do a separate post on that.)
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ruffle skirt with graphic tee
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2-3 weeks before - start contacting PR companies. Fashion Week is a busy time for many reasons, so you don't want to start contacting brands too early. They likely won't be responding to requests until the week before NYFW, so don't be discouraged if you haven't heard back. You'll want a good pitch, but you also want to keep it short and simple. There is a lot of discussion on whether or not you should include your media kit in your pitch. I personally lean to the side of not including it. I keep my email short and sweet, and state that I would be happy to provide my media kit upon request. Don't say things like, "it's my dream to go to NYFW" because they don't care. (Sorry, but it's true.) Think about it from the brand's perspective, and why they would want you there. Again, be concise though, as they get tons of emails and don't have time to read lengthy messages.
ruffle skirt with sneakers
1 week before - ALL THE THINGS! There is so much to do the week before! For starters, you'll need to finalize your schedule. Start emailing the brands you haven't heard back from, and possibly start emailing your secondary options. Remember to put everything in your calendar!! You should have a pretty good idea of your schedule 5-7 days before. If you haven't already, you should download GPS Radar. This is the system/app most of the fashion events will use to disperse tickets. You should also start packing a week before, so you should make sure you don't forget anything! I'll do a full round up of items I'm bringing along with me.

Hopefully that answers some of your questions on how to attend NYFW. If you have any specific questions, feel free to post them in the comments below or reach out to me via Instagram. Also, if you are attending, let me know. I would love to meet you!

Top, here and here / Skirt, c/o / Shoes - similar / Jacket (only $39!) / Sunnies  / Gold Bracelet / Silver Bracelet / Watch / Ring


Yellow Eyelet Dress

Is there anything more summer than a yellow eyelet dress? Although, Colorado weather would have you think it's already fall, I'm still willing summer to stay. Seriously guys, it's been raining for like a week and isn't supposed to stop for another! Hello..Summer...where are you?! Literally, every peek of sun that comes out is an opportunity I'm taking to don summer dress, like this pretty yellow one from Chicwish.
yellow eyelet dress with boater hat
yellow eyelet dress with rattan picnic bag
cutest rattan round picnic bag! 
Round Rattan Picnic Bag
cutest yellow dress for summer
yellow eyelet dress with boater hat 
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If you have ever wondered about Chicwish, and the quality, they are actually one of my favorite online retailers. I know it's always a little hard when ordering overseas, and knowing what to expect, but the quality is there 9/10 with Chicwish. I only said 9/10 because sometimes their skirts don't fit me well, even when sizing up to a medium. But, I have a big bootie, so....we can blame it partly on genetics. I have honestly never been disappointed in a dress or top order from them, so if you are looking for pieces that look designer, but in a more budget friendly range, I highly suggest giving them a try.

Pairing this dress with some of my favorite summer accessories was effortless. This bag was a no brainer for this look, and I can't tell you guys enough how much I love it. Like I said in this post, it's by far my favorite purchase of the summer (and a bargain, compared to others like it, at just $60!)

Guys, now that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is coming to a close (just 4 more days to shop it!) I am struggling to create new content! I have a few collabs lined up, but want your opinion on what else you would like to see here. (Yes, I'm talking to you!) Please comment below and let me know what topics you would be interested in seeing lately. I'm even struggling to figure out where to make my next clothing purchases, so let me know where you like to shop and I can do a round up/review on items from that place. Thanks so much and have a great weekend!!

Dress, c/o Chicwish / Bag ($60!) / Shoes ($35!) / Hat (old) - love this / Sunnies

Restocked! The Best Items Still Available At The N Sale

Assuming some of us needed to wait til after the first of the month to get paid and be able to shop the Nordstrom anniversary sale, I decided to do a quick round up of the best items still in stock. You can check out all my previous posts on the N Sale here, as well. I have made a few new purchases since my last round up, including these $35 black leggings. Guys, these are a must! They are moisture wicking, so great for workouts, but I honestly see them being my go-to fall/winter leggings, to through on with cozy sweaters. If there is one piece you buy, I suggest these.

A rounded up a few other faves, including items I own and items I have my eye on, that are fully stocked, below. Prices go up in 5 days, so don't delay!


Embroidered OTS Top

Despite what the Nordstrom sale has all lead us believe, it's still summer. And I'm so excited because Summer is hands down my favorite time of year. (You can take the girl out of Cali, but you can't take the Cali out of the girl!) Colorado summers are among some of the most beautiful. Long hot days, and cool summer nights, sometimes make it necessary for several outfits changes per day, so I love finding tops that are diverse enough to transition through the ever changing weather here, like this one. I think OTS (off the shoulder) tops transition perfectly from warm to cooler temps, because they are breathable, yet add some arm coverage for when the temp drops.
This bag has been on major repeat, this summer. It's by far one of my best summer purchases, and priced well at just $60.

Guys - I'm going to NYFW again this year, and am working on a post with all my tips for attending. If you have any questions, let me know! Also, if you plan on attending this fall, please reach out. Would love to hear from you!

Top, c/o Chicwish / Bag / Jeans (old) - love these (only $59) / Sandals, c/o Sole Society (only $35!)

N Sale: The Best (and worst) OTK Boots For Fall

I know, it's only July. How are we already talking about Fall? But, with so many great OTK boots as part of the Nordstrom sale, I had to share some of my top picks. (So sorry some of these photos are a little blurry today. Not sure what happened!) 
As you can tell, I took every opportunity to snag these over-the-knee boots at the Nordstrom sale. I needed a new pair of black and gray boots for fall, and these fit the bill. At $75 off, I found it to be the perfect time to snag both. They don't have great reviews on the site, but that's because people expected them to be suede. As long as you know they are not actual suede, I don't think you'll be disappointed. I have slender calves and, as you can see, they fit nicely around the shaft. 

I had purchased these Vince Camuto OTK boots, as well, but am sending them back. I know a lot of bloggers have been swearing by them, as part of the sale, but I personally think they were not that comfortable and didn't want to keep something I wasn't in love with, just because they were a good price. I do, however, have my eyes on these Vince Camuto boots, in case they get restocked. So sad I didn't see them before they sold out!!

Also, have my eye on these riding boots. Reading the reviews, some swear these rival the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boot, but are about half the cost and currently $100, which makes them tempting. 

I linked to some other OTK hits from the Nordstrom sale below.