nordstrom anniversary sale 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015 Details

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is my favorite sale of the whole year!!!  They do it every year in July.  As soon as I know the date I mark my calendar so I can shop it on the first day.

Why is it so amazing?  Nordstrom brings in brand new fall merchandise and it’s immediately on sale.  You are able to shop all the fall fashion early at a discount.  Included in the sale are brands and items that never ever go on sale, products like Clarisonic and your favorite brand of jeans.  When the sale is done all the prices go back up to full price.

Details of the sale:

  • July 9th-16th Early Access for Nordstrom Reward Member.
  • July 17th-August 2nd Sale is open to the public.
  • Prices go back up to full price on August 3rd.
  • “Reward Member” means you have a Nordstrom credit card or debit card, and you have to use that credit card/debit card at the time of your purchase during the Members only shopping days.  You can open a Nordstrom card at any store or online at
  • Nordstrom has “Members Only Exclusives”.  These are items that only Members will be allowed to purchased during the Members only shopping days (July 9th-16th).
  • Double Points for card holders July 9th-19th.
  • What’s on sale?  Brand new fall merchandise in every department of the store!
  • They also get special edition, exclusive to Nordstrom beauty products and kits.  Including: MAC, Clarisonic, Bobbi Brown, NARS and more!
  • All sale prices go back up to regular price on August 3rd (whatever isn’t sold out).
  • All stores open early on the first day of the sale.  Check your local store for what time.  All the sale items will be on the website at Midnight PST.  You better believe I am waiting up!!!

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summer white dress

Little White Dress

Dress: BB Dakota (on sale) / Denim Jacket: Hinge / Shoes: Sam Edelman, Obsessed with These / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

I love anything white for summer and this dress is so sweet.  I love the eyelet and the detail in the back and by the neckline.  Right now Urban Outfitters is doing an extra 30% off their sale items, which includes this dress!!  Also included is the scalloped hem dress I wore earlier this week here and the lace trim romper I wore last week here.  Sale ends July 5th.

For those of you who missed Champagne Pop yesterday, it is back in stock on Sephora.  You can read my full review here.
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Becca & Jaclyn Hill 'Champagne Pop' Highlighter

Becca & Jaclyn Hill ‘Champagne Pop’ Highlighter

I am so excited to finally talk about this product!!!  My sister, Jaclyn Hill, teamed up with Becca Cosmetics and made the most beautiful highlighter.  Champagne Pop will land tomorrow, July 2nd on at 9:00am PST and in stores July 16th.

This is a limited edition product and will only be available while supplies last.  I wouldn’t wait to get this if you really want it (hint hint ;) ) !
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casual weekend dress

Weekend Dress

Dress: Little White Lies (on sale, runs big) / Jacket: Loft / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Shoes: Similar / Sunglasses: DVF / Earrings: Swarovski, Similar for Less / Lip: MAC ‘Snob’ Lipstick + NARS ‘Turkish Delight’

I love putting on a simple comfortable dress on the weekends.  With a pair of flats it’s so easy to wear all day. This can take me to coffee to the farmer’s market to lunch and more.  The airiness of this dress makes it perfect for hot days, or add a jacket for some cooler weather.  And I’m obsessed with the detail on the bottom of this dress!!

We just got home last night from a long weekend family vacation.  We were celebrating my Grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary.  26 of my family members (only 1 of my cousins was missing) all went to the Northwoods and stayed on the lake.  There was no cell service, no wifi and no tv.  We ate, drank and celebrated!  Congrats to my Grandparents on 60 years!
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rachel barkules puppy

My Life on Instagram Lately…

So much has happened over the last month, time has just flown by.  I can’t believe it’s the end of June already!  I’ve had many fun and exciting things happen recently.  First being we got a new addition to our family, a Shih Tzu puppy we named Phoebe.

shih tzu puppy

She has been so much fun!  She is the fluffiest cutest puppy ever!  I flew down to Tampa to get her from a breeder.  My sister got Phoebe’s brother and my brother and his family got Phoebe’s cousin.  We all picked up our puppies on the same day.  It was so cute seeing them play together.  Both of my kids just adore her!

rachel barkules youtube

Another new and exciting adventure that has happened is I made my first YouTube video.  I have been thinking about the idea and wanting to do it for months.  I of course was really nervous and felt awkward.  Filming myself is something that is completely foreign to me.  But after doing it I really enjoyed it and plan on making more videos for you in the future.  You can check out my video here.
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happy sale shopping

Best of Summer Sales

Some of my favorite stores are having amazing sales right now!  Nordstrom is currently have their summer clearance sale, up to 40 % off.  This includes Men, Women’s and Kids.  Shopbop is taking an extra 25% off sale items with code 25MORE.  Anthropologie is having their summer tag sale, up to 50% off.  BCBG Maxazria is having their summer sale, up to 65% off with an additional 30% off.

This is a great time to get those summer pieces while there is still tons of summer left to wear them.  Check out my favorites of the sale below:
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rachel barkules

BCBG Wrap Dress

Dress: BCBG Maxazria / Shoes: Sold Out, Similar Here, Save / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Earrings: so similar Here / Lip: MAC ‘Snob’ Lipstick + NARS ‘Turkish Delight’ Lipgloss

On Thursday I had the pleasure of going to dinner with Kendra Scott.  (pictures of my outfit were obviously taken before I went to dinner.  My photographer had to watch our kids ;) ) They revealed their fall line and it’s beautiful!  I am so excited for you guys to see it!  More news I found out is they are opening a store here in Chicago!  Who else is so excited?!  Anyone in the Chicago area excited to visit a Kendra Scott store?
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clarisonic & exfoliation

Clarisonic & Exfoliation

Cleansing the skin properly and exfoliating are both extremely important steps in a skin care routine.  I’m going to be straight forward; using a clarisonic does not exfoliate the skin, and exfoliating does not cleanse the skin.

Let me explain why:

The purpose of a clarisonic is to deep clean the skin; removing all dirt, oil and makeup that may otherwise be left behind when using just your hands.  The slight vibration of the clarisonic softens the skin to allow a deep cleansing of the skin.  Any dirt, oil or makeup trapped in pores will more easily be cleansed away.  Clarisonic is just for deep cleansing, it in no way exfoliates the skin.

The purpose of exfoliating is to remove dead skin cells off the surface of the skin, revealing fresh new skin.  Skin cells have a life of 28-45 days (depending on age).  Once they reach the surface they are at the end of their life cycle and are not looking as plump.  If they are left to sit on the skin surface they will make the complexion look dull and drab; and can cause clogged pores and break outs.  Exfoliating these dead skin cells off is extremely important for a clear glowing complexion. When exfoliating, this does not cleanse the skin.  It just removes dead skin cells.
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family movie night

What We Do On a Rainy, Cloudy, Gloomy Day

On Friday we woke up and it was pouring rain.  What to do on a rainy summer day?  I was excited that I finally had an opportunity to play with the Makeup Geek eyeshadows I had recently gotten.  I’ve been so busy with the kids and running around, I haven’t really had a chance to play and have fun with all these beauties.
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