Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Part 3

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Part 3

Happy Friday everyone!! For the past week cardholders have been shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale but today is the first day non cardholders have access!

You can check out Part 1 for my shopping plan guide to help you stay in budget and get things you will love and Part 2 for a breakdown of the things I’ve been loving and what I’ve been shopping. Today with the final Part 3 I wanted to give you a little break down of what I got and what’s still in my cart.

I prefer to stock up on investment pieces when I shop the #NSale, quality over quantity you know, that I can pair with a lot of other items in my closet and this year I’m all about the neutrals.

Here is what I got so far:

I know, I know, I’ve only purchased 2 things which is like a blogger sin but I like to get items I wouldn’t ordinarily because of the price, like this bag, and these Steve Madden boots I’m so excited about. It’s basically the new version of last years “Gorgeous” OTK boots which I wore here, here, and here in black and obviously I adore them. I just had to have them in this beautiful tan suede that would go perfectly with this beautiful Rebecca Minkoff bag. Coincidence? Nope.

What I’m loving:

These first four items, the faux shearling vest, the shoulder bag, sweater, and these gorgeous boots are the top 4 on my radar. This Louise et Cie bag was just beaten out the Rebecca Minkoff above but the two tone snake print is to die for and it’s under $170 so it’s still in my basket.

This vest has caught my eye since day one and I’m kicking myself now because it sold out in my size #NSaleissues, but this cute sweater with the pockets is under $32!! Then there are these gorgeous boots that I think I know I definitely need. I already got the tan Steve Madden OTK boots but you can never have too many neutral suede boots right?

I hope this is helpful and thanks for reading! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Beauty Travel Essentials

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I’m so excited because today’s post is all about beauty essentials when traveling! I teamed up with Courtney from Barefoot in Blue Jeans Blog  and we put together our top 8 beauty essentials when you’re on vaca.

     Rachel’s Beauty Travel Essentials

1- St Tropez Gradual Tanner – I’ve been using this gradual tanner for almost 2 weeks now and it’s amazing. I actually love the smell, it’s not sticky, it soaks in fast and makes your skin feel nice and soft! I am fair skinned and I got the medium/dark shade and it has worked perfectly. It’s a nice gradual tan like you would expect but I saw results after the first use. I hate those ones that you have to use for months before you might think you see anything! I put it allover from my bust down (I like having a lighter chest, neck and face and I hate having to get darker make up!) after I shower and use it about 3-4 times a week. I took a before picture of my legs and stomach and when I leave for the Bahamas next month I’ll take an after photo and see how well it worked over the whole 6 weeks.

2- M.A.C. Strobe Cream – This moisturizing cream is amazing. It has a pearly finish to it so it illuminates your whole face and gives you that hydrated dewy look we all love. If you don’t want to do a full face of make up on your travels this with a little bronzer and mascara is all you need. I got the 1 ounce travel size for $10 and it will probably last me a good 4 months and at that price how can you say no?!

3- M.A.C Mineralize Skin Finish – This people, thiiiiisssss. This is everything when it comes to highlight. I put this above my cheek bones and on my cupids bow and it just makes your eyes and lips pop! This really helps brighten up your face whether you’re wearing other makeup or not. I have it in shade ‘soft & gentle’ and it comes in lots of shades so it will look perfect on your skin.

4- Lush Cosmetics Sea Spray – All these makeup items we can’t forget about hair! This is a great no muss no fuss salt spray that smells fantastic and has a bit of gel in it so it works great for taming fly-aways, adding body, or helping your hair dry smooth after a dip in the ocean. It’s an all-in-one miracle so it’s great for travel because you won’t need 3 different products.

5- It Cosmetics CC+ Illumination Cream – I got this CC cream because it’s been all the rage lately and I thought it would be perfect for vacation with the illuminating factor and high SPF. I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now and I love the coverage (it’s legit full coverage and I only use half a pump!), the SPF protection, and how amazing my skin feels when I take it off! I didn’t notice a lot of illumination, but with items #2 & 3 that’s a non issue, and it has a yellow tone to it vs pink which isn’t my personal fav (this might be perfect for some of you though!) but I still love this CC cream. Definitely a must for beauty travel essentials.

     Courtney’s Beauty Travel Essentials

Hi Everyone! It’s Courtney from lifestyle and beauty blog, Barefoot in Blue Jeans. I am compiling a list for a road trip that my family and I will be taking. This trip is actually to move me down to Florida. I am moving there for school. It has been my dream to move there for close to six years, and I am finally making it happen. While I do travel, I try my best to narrow down my packing list, but there are those essentials that a girl cannot travel without. These are a few items that make a great addition to any weekender bag.

6- Glory Boon Perfume – For about a year now, I have been searching for natural perfumes to replace the ones that have harsh chemicals. Well, I found one on this darling Etsy shop, and ladies, it is perfect for air travel. Yes! This TSA approved, little roller bottle can fit in a clear cosmetics bag that security can easily look at. Not only does it have that perk, but it also has this beautiful, dreamy fragrance. It is made with all natural essential oils, and fractionated coconut oil, so there is nothing in this perfume that will disturb any hormonal functions. Love that! Also, it smells so fresh, and so beachy. It smells like fallen rain, and glistening waters. This perfume is such a great find, and so perfect for traveling. It can even fit in your purse for everyday errands.

7- Younique Fiber Lash Mascara – This mascara has become Rachel’s and my favorite! I have been using this mascara exclusively for just about a year now, it makes my lashes thicker, longer, and far more visible. It is so easy to use, and it will be a fast addition to your travel makeup bag. The sleek packaging of this mascara makes it classy, and can easily fit into a TSA clear cosmetics bag, or even your purse! As you apply it, you will see your lashes become thicker, and longer. First, you put the transplanting gel on your lashes just like regular mascara; you then apply the fibers, and then seal them again with the transplanting gel. You will immediately see a positive difference in your lashes.

8- Younique BeachFront Bronzer – A Little Bit of Sun-kissed with Younique’s Beachfront Bronzer. This beautiful, glowy, facial bronzer is so pretty and it is a great essential to have when traveling. We all want light makeup while traveling, and this bronzer compact can do so many things for you. It can be a light powder to start your tan off right, you can use it as blusher, for contour, or even as a little bit of eye shadow. It is such a pretty bronzer, and it is one of my favorite, all time makeup items. It even has a little bit of shimmer and glow to make you look like a sun goddess.

BONUS!!

Next you need your go to accessories that go with everything. These gorgeous marbled earrings and necklace from Lulu’s are perfect for travel because you won’t have to pack much else. I mean, what doesn’t go with marble?

Lastly, the perfect sandal for looking super cute and staying super comfy walking all day. I love these Sam Edelman sandals. They are super versatile, comfy, go with everything, and I can’t say no to studs. They are almost out of stock though but these Demi sandals are very similar!

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you found this helpful and please let me know if you try any of these items and what you thought! Have a great rest of your week.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Part 2

It’s live! As of yesterday the early access potion of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale started for card holders (it would be worth it to become a card holder)!

As I mentioned in Part 1 I would recommend getting essentials and basics for your wardrobe and then adding investment pieces and items that a bit more bold you want to try. Above are some of my top picks and things I want to order. That suede bag and shearling vest are high on my list and the sales in beauty are awesome! I’ve been wanting to try the GlamGlow masks forever and they have sets under $70!

Happy shopping!

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Why I Blog

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We made it to Wednesday!  Let me start by saying thank you again for coming to One Pot Slop and taking a few minutes out of your day to hangout with me and support this blog. It means the world to me to watch my blog and readership grow and I can’t even express my gratitude. I can, however share this post about why I blog and why I wanted to start OPS.

Once upon a time, when I was 21 years old, something horrible happened. It was St Patrick’s day and I’ll leave the amount of drinking that occurred to your imagination. Late that night, my boyfriend  at the time, picked me up over his shoulder to carry me to the car, and slipped off the curb. My face caught us both, all 300+ pounds of us from about 3 feet up, on the concrete. I’ll spare you the gory details but according to the nurses, the fact that I can sit here and type this out is a miracle. I was very lucky.

Needless to say I have a scar now on the center of my face where my nose meets my forehead. This took over a year to completely heal and changed the way I viewed skin care forever. For a year I had to stay out of the sun, for a year I had a healing wound on my face, and for a long while after, I would look at old photos of myself and wish I had my old face again.

I was drawn towards blogging for years and years before I actually started OPS. I needed an outlet where I could document the beauty in my life and how beautiful I was, scar and all. Playing dress up made me feel beautiful, photography fed my soul, and writing was a budding passion I didn’t realize I needed yet. In short, One Pot Slop was born as a therapy tool for my healing self. I loved the inspired, motivated, and positive outlook on life the blogs I read gave me, and although I wasn’t considering anyone might be reading my blog in the beginning, I wanted to give others this feeling as well. A place they could visit and read and see things that inspired them to be motivated and positive in their lives no matter what they were struggling with.

After a while the blog evolved. It wasn’t just about me and pouring things I loved on the page that satisfied me and made me feel good, it was about the people who might find their way here as well. I began to think, “I had to change my entire view point, routine, and lifestyle with skin care after my accident, maybe someone else could benefit from what I learned and the products I use.” I wanted to do more than just inspire, I wanted OPS to be helpful, a resource, where you can come and get advise and recommendations that would save you time and money and make you feel like a beautiful person.

Every summer people say I have lotion on my face, or sunscreen I haven’t rubbed in, or ask what is on my face, or some guy at the gas station says I must wear sunglasses a lot because I have a tan line and honestly, for a moment, I’m shocked and shy, because this has been my face for years now, and I don’t think about it being there, then I have to say it’s a scar and endure the awkwardness as they feel bad for saying anything and I feel, for a fraction of a moment, like an ugly duckling again.

This is why I love OPS and all of you reading this, because we all have our “scar”, and I get to show you beautiful pictures of outfits that make me forget about my scars, and recommend beauty products that make your skin look healthy and amazing, and makeup items that make you feel like your prettiest self. I can be there for you in some small way to show you how beautiful you are and life can be with these products, and pictures, and words. I want to make your life easier, I want to make you feel beautiful, and I want to inspire you to make the people around you feel the same. If you have a “skin deep” problem that keeps you from being your best self, I want you to be able to come to One Pot Slop and find your solution and get back to being fabulous and enjoying life uninhibited.

This is why I blog. Because I’m flawed too, and I want to feel beautiful and inspired and motivated, and I want to share that feeling with all of you. Thank you so much from every corner of my heart if you read OPS and find it helpful or inspiring. You make this little blog go and you make me feel like my best self by allowing me to do something I truly love.

This one is dedicated to all of you. Always stay inspired, and don’t ever forget how beautiful you are.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Part 1

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It’s happening people. One of the biggest sales of the year starts July 22nd and it’s the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Shopping sales can be a bit overwhelming especially when things are going out of stock left and right and you’re not even sure what you’re looking for, so here are a few tips to make this sale a success and make sure you don’t feel like you ended up buying a bunch of random items.

1- Have a list of what you need: these are the items you wish you had stocked up on after the sale ends. This could be jeans, bras, white tshirts, ankle boots, whatever your style staples are or what needs to be replaced in your closet.

2- Set a budget: This is important, you don’t want to break the bank and then feel guilty so make sure you filter your search to only what you can afford before you start perusing. Don’t fall in love with a pair of $200 jeans, then none of the ones in your price range will measure up.

3- Shop for winter: The best thing about this sale versus other sales is that’s it’s not the clearance rejects going on super sale to move the last of the inventory. This is new stuff for the coming fall and winter season as well so it’s a great time to stock up on cozy sweaters and boots!

Fall trend alert: Velvet, yellow & pink, faux fur, chokers, one shoulder, tinsel & fringe

4- Shop for investment pieces: For me this is design handbags. I’m more of a shoe girl but when a Rebecca Minkoff goes on sale, how can I refuse? Check out the high ticket items you normally couldn’t afford and consider using a chunk of your budget on a nice quality handbag that will last you for years to come.

5- Go out of your comfort zone: I like the 75/25 rule. If you have 10 items in your cart, 7 should be things you need, wardrobe staples, and investment pieces, and the other 3 can be “for fun” items that you want to try but may not be your style. This way you love the majority of your purchase and if one of the “for fun” items doesn’t suit you it’s not a complete loss.

That’s it! It’s always a little less overwhelming to go in with a plan and I hope you find this helpful! ALSO if you are a Nordstrom cardholder you get early access to the sale on July 14th!

Have a great weekend!

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