{third piece rule}

Have you ever heard of the third piece rule?  It’s totally new to me too.  I’ve been reading more and more about it and decided I need to put this rule in effect!  It’s basically a way to encourage more stylish outfits.

Your top + pants are your first + second pieces.  Shoes not included.  Your third piece must be an extra element.  For example: blazer + belt + hat + scarf + statement jewelry.

Does that make sense?

Basically the third piece promotes a more stylish outfit.  Making your run of the mill look more put together.  Polished.  Interesting.  Like you put a little extra effort into your look!

I’m going to incorporate the third piece rule this summer working with pieces I already have.  What do you think?  Are you down for the challenge?

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Tank // Denim // Heels // Earrings

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{10 summer closet staples}

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I love the simplicity of Summer clothing.  Summer attire is so basic + minimal compared to other seasons which involve lots of layers + footwear.  With a few basic pieces, you can mix and match your closet with endless options!

So, today I thought I’d share some of my tried + true summer closet staples.

You know, ALL THE THINGS I believe every girls needs!  And things that can be worn over and over throughout the Summer!

But, before we get started – Let’s chat about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  If you follow fashion bloggers on Instagram, then you’ve already been overloaded with so much info.  So, I’ll spare you the overwhelming shit and keep it simple with 3 quick tips to help you navigate the sale, if you’re into it!

  1. Shop early!  Meaning, you must become a Nordstrom Card Holder!!!  This will grant you “Early Access!”  As in 8 days before the public aka non card holders.  You get a $40 credit upon approval and lots of perks year round too!  Typically, once the Anniversary Sale opens to the public on the 20th, sizes + colors + top items are sold out or wayy picked over.  So, if there is something you HAVE TO HAVE, this is the way to insure you get your pretty little hands on it!
  2. Add to Cart!  You can preview the sale here: 2018 Anniversary Sale – Preview.  This is not everything that will be on sale, this is just a sample.  I like to do a closet clean-out and toss/sale everything I know for a fact that I will not be wearing come Fall.  Reminder – the Anni sale is mainly Fall New Arrivals.  Stick everything you LOVE in your shopping cart! And patiently wait.  The worst part!
  3. Shop online!  Grab a cup of coffee and sit down with your computer Thursday morning.  Don’t even think of messing with the crowds.  If you want it – BUY IT!  You can always return, but you legit gotta act fast.  Nordy’s offers FREE shipping + FREE returns.  Their website it super user-friendly.  OR you can always buy online and do an in-store pick-up.  Technically you don’t even have to get out of your car.  They will bring it out to you!

With these tips, you should be ready to shop till you drop!  Set your alarms for Thursday morning friends!!

 

And now for 10 summer closet staples……

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{summer tops under $40}

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I’m the self-proclaimed Queen of Summer Tops!  Ha!  Once you’ve got your key bottom pieces: black denim + white denim + the perfect fit denim + cut-off’s!  You’re set!  You can rotate your bottoms all year-long with a cute top.  I am always on the hunt for tee’s + tops + peplums + tanks….you name it.  Since I’m constantly adding tops, price tag is KEY!

So, today I’ve rounded up TWENTY SIX tops under $40.  Some I own.  Some are on their way to my doorstep.  Some are on the ol wish-list.

Let’s start with this Bow Tank Top I tried it on in the white.  Thought, nahhh – I need a color.  Spotted the navy.  SOLD!  At $19.50, you really can’t beat it!  And it looks great with white denim + cut-offs + my fave jeans.  You’ll be seeing this heavily rotated this summer!

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Top // Denim // Slides // Bag 

 

 

Top – $19.50 comes in white + navy!

Denim – GAP from last year.  To be honest, I no longer love these jeans.  I’ve spoiled myself with Madewell and can’t turn back.  So, I am currently on the hunt for THE PERFECT white denim.  If you’ve found them, holla at me K!!

Slides – Good old Target!  $22 with over 120 reviews.  They are so cute and actually go with wayyy more than I originally thought!

Bamboo Bag   – My $40 amazon knock-off is still coming out to play at least once a week.  So fun!  NOTHING falls out.  At least, I haven’t lost anything yet!  Did you see Target came out with one too?  A New Day Bamboo Clutch $34!  SCORE!

 

Here’s a better look at this top!  Best part – the straps on this top are so well designed!!  You can wear a regular bra without any bra straps peeing out!  Can I get a hell yeah?!?!  I will forever be team hate the strapless bra!

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And here are 25 super cute.  Super affordable.  And ALL under $40!  You can thank me later 🙂

J.Crew Factory //  You guys.  Factory has been on FIRE lately.  I’ve been frequenting the Vacaville store more than I’d like to admit.  New arrivals are all marked 50% off + FREE SHIPPING!!  I included some dressing room shots below for reference.  Here’s my top picks:

 

 

Striped Tie-Back Tee // Friday Tee // Tie-Front Tank // Eyelet Peplum Tank // Printed Tie-Shoulder Top // Embroidered Shell // Scalloped Cami // Tiered Tank Top // Tie-Shoulder Cami Top // Embroidered Tie-Sleeve Top

 

 

Madewell // Madewell rarely has a sale or a decent promo code.  Until today!  Use code SPARKLER for 20% off select Summer Must Haves.  Sign up as a Madewell Insider (which is FREE) and receive FREE SHIPPING with every single order!!

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{current closet faves}

Happy Thursday peeps.  I did another grocery store pick-up today.  Which allowed me to spend my lunch break doing more important things.  You know, like tan.  Go to the post office + bank.  And grab an iced coffee from Starbucks.  Try it out!  I’m telling you it’s so legit.  I was able to stock our house for next weeks meals + grab everything we need for our camping trip tomorrow.

I’ve been trying out Time Batching this week.  I can’t say too much, I really haven’t mastered this time-management hack just yet.  What I can say, is the time batching that I have done throughout the day has helped me focus and be productive AF.  Stay tuned though, I want to tell you all about it.  Once I’ve mastered the art of Time Batching.

But, what I’m really here to tell you all about today……

Current Closet Faves //  Denim that fits like a glove.  Colored top.  Sunnies, always sunnies.  Mustard Mules.  A neutral clutch to even out all that yellow.  And a cute little necklace on the side.

Too much?   Nahhh!

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You guys, I’m all about the burnt yellow.  Spicy Mustard.  Saffron.  Canary.  Like BIG TIME!  Yesterday was all the orangy hues, but what can I say…today is a new day!  I accidentally picked up two yellowy items this week, and I love them so much, that I’m gonna tell you all about them.

If wearing too much yellow is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right!

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Top // Denim // Shoes // Clutch // Necklace // Sunnies

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{spring fever}

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Tuesday would be a lot cuter if it were Friday!  Just saying!

The vacation hangover is a real thing.  I’m dying peeps.  I mean, not really.  Just a passenger on the struggle bus this week.  It just so happens to also be one of those weeks where there is something penciled in on every.single.day.  Whyyyy?  And it’s going to rain.  WTF Mother Nature?  Get it together.  I was in sandals (pictured below) and a short sleeve top yesterday.  Obvi Spring Fever is a real thing too!

Okay, enough bitching.  Maybe if we all bust out our cute spring outfits, the sun will come out + stay out?  It’s worth a shot 🙂

Here’s what I wish I was wearing/can’t wait to wear……

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Tank Top // Denim // Zapatos

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{friday 5}

Happy Friday 5!  I’m ready to jump up and down like the carpool girls!  The sun is shining and I cant wait to burn off from work and get the weekend started!  Even stuck my patron in the fridge to chill.  That means Skinny Skinny Margs asap!  Cheers!

It has been such a good week over here at xoxostacyb.  So many new followers…it makes my heart happy!  Next week I’m going to over share ALL THE THINGS Easter.  So brace yourself….this Holiday Whore is going all out lol.  In a good way!  I think.

 

Here are some things I’m currently diggin…..

ONE – Currently snacking on //  Why is it when I give up sugar, I crave apples?  I never, ever crave fruit.  And not just any apple, it has to be a honeycrisp.  Super thinly sliced.  Just how Bay requests her apples to be slices.  Topped with my homemade almond butter.  Then a dash of cinnamon.  Holy apples.  It’s so dang good.  Try it!

Since it’s better than what I was snacking on earlier this month (girl scout cookies) I’ve been going with it here and there to curb my GS cookie craving…lol.

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TWO – Currently obsessed with //  This eyelash separator.  I’d never even heard of such a thing till a couple of weeks ago.  I started following thebeyoutybureau and she pulled one out of her bag of tricks.  I was in awwww.  It worked so well.  So I went to Target and got myself one….Ha!  I use it before I put on my mascara.  Then right after I apply mascara.  It’s legit!  Too legit to quit!

JAPONESQUE Velvet Touch Eyelash Separator

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THREE – Bay’s currently diggin // Homemade granola.   Peanut Butter Granola to be exact.  She tops her morning yogurt.  Ice cream.  Over milk.  I try to not grab a handful every time she opens the jar.  It’s so good.  And so super easy.  We ran out of the TJ’s almond granola the other day.  So, I gathered ingredients from the pantry and gave it a shot.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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{chardonnay}

When your homegirl tells you J.Crew has the perfect T-shirt.  Not just any old T-shirt.  A T-shirt that represent you.

A fucking chardonnay T-shirt you guys!

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You buy that T-shirt.  And you wear that T-shirt with pride.  Well done J.Crew, well done.

CHEERS!!!

The only thing missing is a big glass of chard in my hand.  But this was taken at 7:30 am and that may have looked kinda funny?

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T-shirt // Blazer // Denim // Wedges

 

Chardonnay

Cortese

Sauvignon Blanc

Pinot Grigio

Chablis

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