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Utilizing your “AND’s”

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How many of you have certain things or hobbies that peak your interests or are your passions?

Have you thought of those things? Keep that in the back of your mind.

We are all gifted in different areas with certain talents. These talents are unique to each and every one of us.

Growing up I had two main passions:

First was a curiosity for how things worked! As a little girl sitting on my bunkbed watching my father turn off the lights before going to sleep, I was always curious as to how the light was able to turn on and off.

How the television was able to display a picture. How the refrigerator kept things cold. How donuts were made, etc etc.

Did you ever wonder that? No… ok well moving on.

My Second passion was style and fashion. This is because I saw the way that personal style could transform a person. When a person was wearing their favorite outfit, their attitude shifted and you could see positive confidence radiating from them!

Throughout adolescence and into early adulthood, I learned very much about how things worked especially through engineering school.

During those years however, I was still neglecting one side of me, and that was the fashion and style side. I would look it up on the weekends, study different body shapes and always put outfits together but still that portion was not being fulfilled.

2011-2012 was when I really started to see social media platforms transform lives. From @mankofit who had about 4k followers at the time, to @thepatriciabright and her YouTube videos, I saw them doing what they loved and turning them into their passions. This was also when blogs were fairly new and my sister had one

It honestly didn’t hit me until I graduated college and thought “that’s it, I need to hop on this fashion train!” So I Googled literally every fashion show/event in my area and made it a thing to reach out to as many people as possible to try to get into the industry.

As I did that my “fashion network” began to grow and my passions were being fulfilled and I was starting to combing engineering with fashion and fashion with engineering. I like to bring my “Fashionista” to the office and with an office full of engineers….. let’s just say it is easy to stand out.

But see that is where the true problem lies. I love both, so why can’t I be both? At all times. Society has its way of keeping things separate. You can be this or that, not both.

Well society, FORGET YOU! Cause I am defying all odds and combining my passions.

When we combine our passions, these passions are our ANDS, as told by my dear friend Liz. When we utilize and combine our AND’s that is when those societal norms and barriers are broken. This is when we learn that it is ok to be many things and that being many things and utilizing many things makes us stronger.

So to you! Remember you’re talented, you’ve got gifts! Utilize your AND’s to tear down the societal walls!

Outfit Details:

Top @chicwish

Skirt @chicwish

Shoes: Angels in Flat Irons Mall

Bag: Urban Southern Use code VANESSA15 for 15% off your order!

Jewelry: Nordstrom

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What’s the big deal with The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

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If you’ve been scrolling through your social media feeds these past few days, you might notice that every person and their mama raving about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

So, what is the big deal?

For those of you who have been questioning this “Nordstrom Sale”, here’s the big idea!

Top Brands on Sale!

Nordstrom is one of the largest retailers for mid-tier and high-end tier clothing.  For many of us, we cannot just afford to spend $200 on a nice blouse! That is where the Nordstrom Sale comes in! Every year they do their Anniversary Sale where they have deeper discounts on their products. This way, you’re getting the top of the line clothing and products without breaking the bank!

When is the sale?

Early Access: (For Nordstrom Card Holders) – July 13- July 20th

Public Access: July 21- August 6th

Why would I want early access?

By signing up with the Nordstrom card, you can have early access to those deals before they become public! There are tons of great items in high demand, so they may sell out quickly. Sometimes, even before they’re open to the public, so by getting early access, that cute blouse that you’ve been eyeing, has a better chance of getting to you!

How do I get early access?

You can gain early access by applying for the Nordstrom credit card OR signing up for a Nordstrom debit card! Can I get an AMEN for the debit card option?! Amen!

What is shipping like?

Free! Oh that words rings like wedding church bells!

I can shop the #NSALE, now what?

It is time to be strategic about the Nordstrom Sale, although they have a great return policy, (free returns!), we still need to be intentional about shopping the sale! Here are a few things to keep in mind for your future wardrobe when shopping the #NSALE.

– Fall/Winter clothing (sweaters, hats, coats, boots, dresses, etc)

– Vacation: For any trips coming up soon that you want to look great for!

– Beauty and skin care Products: Been wanting to try out La Mer products? Here’s your chance! Also, is a great time to invest in a very good moisturizer!

Nordstrom plus* You can also do curbside pickup or in-store pick up!

Ok. Now that you know why the sale is a big deal! Let’s get into the fun part! SHOPPING!!! Below I have a list of some sale items!


Dresses and Clothing

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1. Satin Wrap Up Dress   2. Lizzie Bell Sleeve Sheath Dress  3. Vince Camuto Artwork Body-Con Dress

4. Eliza J Print Bell Sleeve Wrap Dress 5. Eliza J Ruffle Sleeve Crepe Jumpsuit 6. Velvet Wrap Dress

7. Natalie Stretch Bootleg Jeans 8. Ruffle Fit & Flare Dress 9. Open Back Ruffle Dress 10. Velvet Band Jacket

11. Betsey Johnson Asymmetrical Dress 12. Sheer Dot Blouse 13. Choker Lace Shift Dress

14. Ponte Sheath Dress 15. Pink Stretch Crepe Shift Dress 16. OTS Bell Sleeve Romper

17. Ruffle Hem Military Jacket 18. TOPSHOP Spot Jumpsuit 19. SWING top (M & L Only Left)

20. Patagoina Parka (xs and small left) 21. Ruffle Sleeve T-Shirt Dress



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1. Lailey Block Heel Mule  2. Ellison Block Heel Sandal 3. Weatherproof Tall Boot  4. Weatherproof Bootie

5. Cavell Loafer Mule 6. Steve Madden Pearl Embellished Mule 7. MAXX Pointy Toe Pump

8. Dolce Vita Sand Heel 9. Steve Madden Grand Bootie 10. VINCE Madolee OTK Boot 11. Shearling UGG Boot

12. Sam Edelman Pointy Toe Ballet Flat 13. TORY BURCH Adeline Boot 14. Stuart Weitzman Notazzie Bootie

15. Red Tale 2 Slide

Accessories and Misc!

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1. Evian Facial Spray 2. Sole Society Leather Backpack 3. Revita Brow 4. Revita Lash 5. Kiehl’s Favorites

6. Velvet and Chain Clutch 7. Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody 8. BP Faux Leather Tote 9. Sole Society Tote

10. BaubleBar Crispin Drop Earrings 11. Strisa Butterfly Print Clutch 12. Loren Hope Glen Fringe Earrings

13. Madewell Tiger’s- Eye Drop Earrings 14. Cigar Band Ring 15. NADRI Ear Crawlers



*All Photos From Nordstrom Site*
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