Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Giveaway

My favorite sale of the year is now open to the public, not just Nordies cardholders… But hurry, because the sale ends August 4th!!  You can check out my blog post on my favorite bargains from the sale for inspiration.

So… In honor of my favorite sale, I picked out a few goodies and am hosting a giveaway!!  Keep reading for giveaway rules and how to enter.  But first… The goodies.

$119 value, on sale for $49.50
A great-quality brush set with travel-sized handles and a sleek palette to carry them all in.  A foundation/concealer brush.  A bronzer/blush/contour brush.  And two fabulous eye shadow brushes.  

$72 value, on sale for $39.50 (SOLD OUT!!)
I am so glad I snapped this set up… It was the last set at my local Nordstrom and the sets are currently sold out online.  A beautiful neutral gold, sage, and charcoal eye shadow trio.  Nude lipstick in "Soft Savour".  Shimmering pink gloss in "Feeling Fine".  And smoky black eyeliner in "Graphblack". 

$38 value, on sale for $24.90
These stunning little earrings have been at the top of my list from the beginning of this sale.  I think they're at a great price point, and the shape is simple yet chic.

The handy little tool below will help show you how to enter.  There are lots of ways to rack up entries!!  Please enter with your email address… It will make it much easier for me to contact you if you win!!

Contest ends at midnight next Sunday night/Monday.  I will announce the winner on this blog and my Instagram and Twitter accounts on Monday morning!!  Stay tuned!!

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Summer Maxi

Maxi dresses are easily my favorite Summer outfit staple… They can go from errands to shopping to date night to a wedding.  Light, breezy, flattering, and chic; they scream Summer to me.  I love playing with the accessories and jewelry to take a maxi from casual to formal.

I'm wearing a few of my favorite Summer accessories in this look.  This Kate Spade cross body bag is the most perfect Tiffany blue and it brightens up all of my Summer outfits.  I just ran across these nude strappy heels at Nordstrom… They're cute and they are so comfortable to walk in.  

When I was visiting my mom, she introduced me to Waxing Poetic - a line of totally customizable jewelry.  I created a necklace with the letter "J" and a little bottle of love potion.  Everything is well made, and I love the look of mixed metals.

You can click on any of the photos below to shop this look.  Also… Make sure you're following @ShopTortsandaTiara on Instagram as I'll be posting a few items for sale!!


Nordstrom Early Access

When I moved to Denver I was introduced to the ins-and-outs of Nordstrom by two fellow bloggers.  They told me about the points you can rack up when you have a Nordstrom debit or credit card.  These points will be used to issue you "Nordstrom Notes" which is like cash toward your Nordstrom purchases.  There are things like Triple Points days or Bonus Points... These are events when your purchases will gain you more points than usual, which turns into more cash in your pocket!!

There are also "levels" of Nordstrom shoppers.  Yes, ladies, you are awarded for your bad behavior!!  Depending on what level you're at, you can get perks like free tailoring, early access to sales, and even free spa days at Nordstrom Spas.

It's surprisingly easy to pile up points... Shoes, clothes, jewelry, gifts, men's clothes and basics, home goods, fragrance, beauty.  I do most of my shopping for us, gifts, and our home at Nordstrom and when I'm strategic about doing it on Points Events it really adds up.  

So… If you don't have one, you all need the Nordstrom Debit or Credit card, and then you can shop the Early Access sale.  Major savings on Fall items that haven't even been released yet!!  New, next-season items that you can get on sale right now.  It's like Christmas.

If you don't have a Nordies card yet, you can shop the sale July 18th - August 4th.  Many pieces sell out, so keep your eye on your favorites and then make sure you get online or hustle over to your local Nordies first thing on July 18th to get what you want.

Example of Early Access Sale Heaven: these gorgeous Vince Camuto suede boots are priced at $164.90 but after the sale they'll shoot up to their regular price of $248.95

I've posted my favorite picks from the sale because it can be a bit overwhelming.  I've divided the categories below into: Women's Clothing, Women's Shoes & Accessories, and Men's.  I've also included little blurbs about why I picked each item.  Simply click on the photos below to shop!!

Did you shop the sale??  Any items I'm missing??

Enjoy.  Happy Shopping. 



South Dakota

I have been living in these Free People tanks lately... They are incredibly flattering and comfortable.  At $20 a pop, I bought them in several colors and I love pairing them with my favorite lacy cami-bras underneath.  I add a long tassel necklace and my outfit is complete.

These Citizen of Humanity Ava jeans are my favorite distressed pants.  I've had them for over a year now and they just keep getting better and better... The holes and tears separate a little more and get more stringy and vintage-looking.  

We went to my family's ranch in South Dakota for the Fourth... We really enjoyed the nice long weekend and spending some time in the great outdoors!!  After a long walk and new blisters our first morning there, I was thanking my lucky stars for my Birkenstocks!!  So many people hate them, but I have to say... My feet are thanking me.  My best Summer purchase.

We visited the wildlife park, Bear Country and it's more slithering neighbor, Reptile Gardens.  We went to all the little boutiques and shops in Hill City and Custer.  We went on crisp morning walks and got covered in dust racing the ATV through the dirt roads and forest.  We flew J's plane for a bird's-eye view of the Black Hills.  And we saw a musical at the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park.   

I never want to leave the sunshine and the tranquility of the Hills...


Fireworks and Sparklers

While you're waving flags and noshing on hot dogs and deviled eggs, you might as well add a little sparkle to the mix.  BaubleBar is holding a sale until July 6th (so hurry!!)

Receive $10 off orders of $30 or more when you use the code JULYRS

I'll be shopping too... We're all in this together, ladies.   Click on the photos below to shop the items.


Bond No. 9's Shelter Island

Bond No. 9 is an edgy ten-year-old perfumery located in downtown N.Y.C.  Bond creates artisanal luxury perfumes designed to evoke the spirit and character of New York neighborhoods.  By using 18-30% pure perfume oils in their fragrances, Bond has created some of the most pure and long-lasting scents on the market.  My favorite part??  I use 2/3 less than any other fragrance... And it lasts 24 hours on my skin!!  Finally... A fragrance I can enjoy smelling all day.

Bond's latest scent for Summer 2014 is Shelter Island - a beachy, crisp, unisex fragrance reminiscent of the garden by the sea that is Shelter Island, New York. 

Shelter Island is the world's first marine oud scent.  The scent's citrus zest and black pepper top notes create a crisp, clean effect.  Next, white lilies and algae extract mid notes lend a soft yet fresh and nautical aroma.  Shelter Island finishes with the sexy hardwood base notes of sandalwood, amber myrhh, musk, and oud.

What is "oud", you might ask??  Oud is a woody, sweet scent used in the Eastern world for centuries to give clothing lapels its beautiful fragrance for the purpose of traditional cheek-to-cheek greetings.  Its scent is slightly exotic, and definitely sexy.

You might be wondering, as I was, how a unisex scent like this works.  My fiancĂ© and I both tried out Shelter Island, and the scent developed beautifully with both our skin chemistry.  On me, Shelter Island was a bright citrus with soft white lilies and a hint of sexy hardwood.  On John, Shelter Island became a peppery marine scent with a handsome musk.

For a nautical look, I paired this crisp white Lilly Pulitzer Dress with lots of white and gold accessories: Lilly Pulitzer Bangles, Kate Spade Earrings (on sale!!), and Lilly Pulitzer Wedges.  I chose RED for my pop of color with this gorgeous Chanel lipstick and my Chanel bag.

If you'd like to know how to do a red lip... Along with some tips and tricks and where to get all my favorite red lip products, check out my video tutorial HERE.

Below are the items shown in this post... Click the photo to shop!!

Wishing you all a safe and happy Independence Day!!! 


Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

As most of you know, I'm usually hooked on a young adult supernatural/fantasy/dystopian series when it comes to books.  I love the way these books transport you, and thanks to post-Fifty Shades lit, often incorporate some steamy scenes to spice it up.

But... I've been feeling dissatisfied with the last few supernatural/fantasy books I've read, so I've moved around the bookstore a bit for my current reads.  I just finished this lovely piece of historical fiction, called Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.  

Therese Anne Fowler's understanding appreciation of the flapper who became a muse to one of the greatest American writers shows through as she explores Zelda's inner thoughts and emotions.  This book explores the love between the Gatsby writer and his wife, showing a picture different than the destructive, toxic relationship often portrayed.  Instead of a reckless flapper, Zelda is a Southern belle who finds herself caught up in the glitz of the roaring 20's and all the demons that come with it.  But Zelda isn't just a fluttering flapper... Z delves into her artistic and ambitious spirit, one that is often behind her husband's greatest works.

I love to share my books with you!!  I'll send my copy of Z to the first person who comments below.  Just let me know the address where you'd like me to ship by emailing it to tortsandatiara@gmail.com.  Be sure to pass along the read after you're done!!