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I recently had a black-tie event that I needed to go to and I couldn’t decide what to wear. My friend that was going with me suggested that I try Rent the Runway to help me decide what to wear. I had heard of this great service before but had never tried it but she assured me that she has used it many times.

If you’re not familiar with the dress rental site, let me give you the simple rundown….first you browse the thousands of styles by over 300 top designers, using the filters to help narrow down your choices. Read the reviews (with photos!) by real-life women to see how your favorites fit and wear before selecting your size…and if you’re still not sure, you get a free second size as back-up! I ended up choosing this Mignon dress.

Then select your timeframe (either 4 or 8 days), rent the dress for a fraction of the cost to buy it, and wait for gorgeousness to appear at your doorstep! They arrived perfectly laundered in a thick garment bag, complete with instructions for returning, and a pre-paid shipping label. They even cover the cleaning upon return!

The downside is that you do spend money for a dress that you do not get to keep but some of the dresses that I would buy for events, I wouldn’t end up wearing again anyway. Plus, with social media and all the pictures people take, you do not want to wear the same dress too frequently anyway. I’ve read stories of high school girls using the site for renting their homecoming and prom dresses and it made me wish that was an option when I was in high school

Some tips:

* Be realistic and familiar with what styles fit your body…and what shapes you’re comfortable wearing. The downside of the service is you don’t get to try the dress on weeks before your event. (Although, they guarantee you’ll love your dress or they’ll overnight you a new one!)

* Read the real-life reviews, and stylist notes, they are hugely helpful in determining what size you’ll wear. Since I am on the taller side, it was helpful to read whether the dresses ran short or long. It helped me to figure out if I needed to order the regular or long version.

* Get the free back-up size if available!

* If you’re looking for a specific event, filter the options by your date range so you don’t fall in love with something not available when you need it.

* If your event is out-of-town, have the dresses shipped to you there.

* Sign up for emails even if you don’t have any immediate events…they constantly offer sales and promotions.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has begun for all Nordstrom cardholders.  You can shop brand new fall merchandise at discounted prices before the items are made available to the public. The legendary sale will be running through August 7th!

I’ve created a list of essential items I want to stock my closet with for Fall/Winter 2016. Today i’m highlighting the bottoms that I have my eye on.

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WHEN IS THE ANNIVERSARY SALE?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will be July 22-August 7, 2016. Nordstrom credit and debit cardholders get exclusive access that began on July 14 to thousands of new items at reduced prices before the Anniversary Sale starts on July 22.

WHAT IS THE ANNIVERSARY SALE?

While Nordstrom holds half-yearly sales each spring and fall, the sale is legendary among Nordstrom customers because they can purchase exciting new fall merchandise at discounted prices before it becomes available to the public!

SNEAK PEAK: THE CATELOG

Visit Nordstrom to view their Anniversary Sale catalog for 2016. I’m so excited about their bag selection this year!!

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NO PROMO CODE NEEDED

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale doesn’t require a coupon code like other sales. The anniversary sale products will be categorized on the website, displaying both the discounted price as well as how much it will cost full-price after the sale. If you visit Nordstrom in-person, anniversary sale items will be separated from the other merchandise by curtained sections.

Check back all this week for more highlights!

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Hey everybody! I have a fun new post for everyone today.  I am teaming up with Bradley Leake(hair genius) to create a new youtube channel(Refine309) that is going to cover a variety of topics. Right now, we are focusing on doing hair related videos but we will definitely expand it to include a wider range. Last week’s topic was our favorite summer beauty products and this week we will be filming a fun hair tutorial that you can do at home for the 4th of July.

Thanks for all your continue support!