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July 2018


Summer Staples featuring 8.28 Boutique

July 16, 2018

In the middle of summer, we’re all striving to look cute while staying cool! We want to find pieces that are still stylish, but won’t make us feel hotter than we already are.

This week we’re featuring two gorgeous pieces from 8.28 Boutique that will take you through the summer months and have people asking ‘where’d you get that?!’. Both of these items are staples for a summer wardrobe-a pretty maxi dress and a classic white top!

We’re looking for materials that are breathable and light, but still high quality!

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Nordstorm Anniversary SALE

Nordstrom Sale // Early Access Finds

July 12, 2018

It’s time!! The Nordstrom Sale is hereeee!

I went through the entire sale for you and picked out our must have picks. Now this is the time if you love something buy it!! It may not be there tomorrow-and Nordstrom’s return policy is amazing. So if doesn’t work out when you get it in the mail or pick it up in store, you can easily return it. (Don’t forget Nordstom allows you to buy online & pick up in store!)

We are all about affordability here at Fashion without the Fortune and the best bang for your buck, so our mission is to help you find the best buys from the sale!

We’d love to answer any questions you have about the sale, so don’t hesitate to reach out here on the blog or through Instagram!

Purchases // What we got so far

This B.P. cardi on sale: $31.90


We order this cardi in Oatmeal & Green Botanical and we highly recommend it! It’s super soft and the perfect length. This cardi will go up to $49 after the sale ends. If you get one thing from the sale-I say this is it!!

B.P. Tonya Open Toe Mule

on sale for $49.90 will go up to $79.95

Ok guys, I’m obsessed! I want them in allll the colors but they’re selling fast. The cutout detail makes them super leg lengthening and the heel is comfortable.  10/10 would recommend!

B.P. Remi Zip Combat Boots

on sale $59.90 will go up to $99.95

These are comfortable, slim-not a bulky combat boot! In my opinion they were a touch tight and I’m going to exchange them for a half size up. I tried them on with thinner socks and they still felt tight so I know in the Winter my socks will be thicker and I’ll definitely need more room in the shoe. Perfect if you’re looking for a basic black combat boot.

We have a couple more things coming and will definitely try them on for you and let you know our thoughts!

We’ve broken up everything by category so it’s easy to shop:

Our Must-Haves:

Across all categories these items are definitely our must haves and what we’re ordering for ourselves!


I’d say the shoes are my favorite category this year! SO many good picks!

Tops & Dresses






We’ll have a second post coming on our best buys for men & gifts for others!




Summer Favorite // Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

July 10, 2018

I love summer-schools out, beach days, summer drinks! One of my favorite summer drinks has always been frozen lemonade. When good old Mcds brought out frozen strawberry lemonade a couple years back we were obsessed! It was SO good. So when it disappeared from our lives we needed to figure out could it be recreated….

aaaand it can!

I really think the key to this strawberry lemonade is the strawberry simple syrup. It tastes so fresh and it’s super easy to make!

strawberry simple syrup

you need:

-one pound of strawberries

-two cups of water

-one cup of sugar

-small mesh strainer

(in the future I’m going to double this recipe to make more syrup, it was that good!)


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Nordstorm Anniversary SALE

Nordstrom Anniversary SALE!

July 7, 2018

Ok guys the sale everyoooone talks up is about to start! I really wanted to get feedback on how you all felt about this sale before we bombarded your feeds with Nordstrom Anniversary sale updates, tips, and tricks. Since we received a resounding yesss to share sale info, we are here for you!!!

On July 12 our sale picks will be LIVE so make sure you check back here!

Now this sale is super fun for a couple of reasons:

-You get new brand new merchandise at a discount before it’s sold at regular price

-You get excited for cooler temps, seeing all of the pretty fall & winter pieces

-You get to share in the experience of being a shopping addict like the rest of us

Now that last one miiiight be a stretch haha, but in all seriousness this sale is super fun to shop! There are sooo many pieces in every category you can think of that it can definitely get overwhelming though.

Luckily we’ll go through the sale for you, pick the must have pieces, the best bangs for your buck, and of course affordable finds!

Here are a couple of important dates for you to remember:


sale dates

Our tips for shopping the sale:

Tip #1

Keep checking back. If you love something and it sells out quickly there will most likely be more that come in stock or people will return items! I bookmark the page for the item I love and check back a couple times a day.

Tip #2

You can always return! One thing I love about ordering or shopping in Nordstrom is that the return process is so simple. So if you have doubts order the piece and make sure you return it if you don’t love it when it arrives.

Tip #3

Think ahead. Tee and I always shop for Fall and Winter pieces during the Summer regardless of the store. It is seriously the best time to scoop these types of items {cardigans, coats, boots, scarves} up because in a couple of months you’ll need them and they will be double or triple the price.

So don’t fret that you won’t wear it for a little while. Put it in your closet and you’ll be so happy to have the pieces in a couple of months.

Tip #4

Do not buy something just because it is on sale!!!

Now this can be very hard for us to even do but it is important. Just because something is on sale and there is the element of scarcity don’t buy it. Buy pieces you know you’ll wear and love. During sales like this it’s hard not to go crazy with all the hype.


We will continuously update this post throughout the sale! Under our shop tab we will have all Nordstrom Sale info so it’s easy to find. We can’t wait to shop with you throughout this sale!



How to be a successful Marshalls shopper

July 3, 2018

Our first ever blog post was our guide to shopping Marshalls. We knew when we started this blog we wanted to share with readers our tips and tricks for shopping the store. It was one of the biggest questions  we always got from friends, family, strangers-how are we successful at Marshalls? We were all about sharing our strategies and promoting Marshalls, and we still are!

Which is why we wanted to update our Guide to shopping Marshalls, especially since our reader base has grown over the past couple of years!

We absolutely love Marshalls and as two girls always on the hunt for the best deals on clothing, accessories, etc. we want you to be just as successful shopping there. It is so easy and doesn’t have to be a two hour stop haha.

Don’t ignore Marshalls as a pit stop

What we mean by this is that there are so many items you can just run in and grab at Marshalls. I think sometimes we think if we need a quick item we have to run into a drugstore or Target, Marshalls is too time consuming. False!!

Some items you should definitely be running into Marshalls for: 

Gift bags, any type of greeting card, soaps/lotions/body wash, small gifts (candy, gourmet chocolates), hair tools, nail polish, phone accessories, party supplies, and SO MUCH MORE!

You can get the cutest greeting cards & gift bags for UNDER $2! I refuse to pay almost $8 for a birthday card for someone when I can get an even cuter one at Marshalls.               

Hit Marshalls up before travelling

Every essential you need before a trip is at Marshalls for a fraction of the cost. Suitcases, packing cubes, backpacks, overnight bags, makeup and toiletry bags-are all there.

They have so many different hair care and body care products-and a ton of them in travel size. Their beauty products are high end, salon brands as well as drugstore brands. Sheet masks, sunscreen, makeup, beauty tools-they got you.

Phone accessories and headphones, cute PJs-they’re all there. So next time you’re grabbing some last minute items for a trip check Marshalls. Save yourself some mooooney!

Check every section of the store

Now if you have the time to shop, this is our number one rule. You never know what gem you’re gonna find when you go through the whole store! We check the boy’s shoe section (a huge tip when saving money on some cute Nikes or Adidas sneakers), men’s clothing (you can find some great T’s, flannels, and hoodies), and all the home decor and accessories.

Marshalls food aisles are a must! High end protein powders, Think Thin bars, items you would spend double or triple for at the grocery store line their shelves.


If you have a dog or cat and you’re not shopping at Marshalls you HAVE to start! Everything you could need for your pet (beds, toys, treats, bowls, collars, leashes) is there and it is cheeeap!

A couple other tips:

// Try everything on

Unless you’re good at bringing things home and returning them-try everything on! On our last trip I bought two different tops, one size xs and one size xl, and they both fit perfectly. There are so many different brands you can never assume your size at Marshalls.

// Check for multiples

Marshalls is not really the place you can wait on an item and hope it’s still there in a week. If you really like an item, but want to see if it will go on clearance, check and see if there are multiples. Sometimes they might be misplaced around the store, but if there are a couple of the item you’re interested in you have a better shot of it going on clearance and still being available when it does.

Don’t forget yellow tags mean final clearance!

We’d love to hear if you use any of these tips or tricks and if you were successful in your Marshalls shopping trips! Make sure you share your purchases with us-we’d love to see what you get!!