Holiday dress idea

by Shalice Noel

dress in size small (fit is tts) // bag // sandals //

Love this moroccan blue with gold dress for holiday events. I wore it when we were in Watercolor, FL, and it was so flowy and flattering. Are you invited to a holiday event? This one is perfect. Add a belt, or use the ribbon belt.

Happy November!

Today is the day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview! I noticed a lot of similar items from last year on the NSALE this year, so if you missed it, here’s your second chance! I have my eye on the Clare V tote, True and co. bras, this Free people sweater in beige, knit ruana for me and Barefoot dream blanket for gifts. I’ll round up some of my beauty and shoe faves on upcoming posts.

Click HERE to learn more about the closet renovation. When we aren’t dreaming up renovations, we’re watching a new show, The Durrells in Corfu, so good! As for the NSALE, here’s my tips to shopping below:


Tip #2 Once you can shop, order 2 sizes if you’re on the fence, see this post for more tips


Long Necklaces


T-shirt Dress $30! // Bag // Flip flops // Missoni Scarf similar

For just about 5 lattes, you can get a new look for summer. Enter the $30 dress. It’s a rose shade, I’m wearing the size small, and its just enough basic and pizzaz to take you from baseball to margarita night, you in?

1: Dress // scarf // bag

2: Dress // sweater // bag // hat // flip flops

3: Dress // denim jacket // bag // straw hat

4: Dress // hat // jacket // belt // valentino dupe sandals

Details below!

dress worn in xs // flap bag // bra I’m wearing // sunglasses // heels // similar turquoise ring // mascara // lash primer (game changer) // self tanner + mitt

I get asked SO many times what to wear to a wedding and what is appropriate. I found some really cute choices below! I love a good print like this dress with a neutral heel and blush bag

dress // Chloe Faye bag // heels // sunglasses // similar turquoise rings

What are your plans for the Fourth? The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. good food, friends, and a chilly evening watching the fireworks. And maybe a day to sleep in? Levi hasn’t been the greatest sleeper but maybe he too will get the hint that its a holiday weekend. 2 years ago we went to the San Marino fireworks display at Lacy Park. While it was beautiful, scenic and fun to be with friends, never again! One of our friend’s daughter went missing and it was too many people to keep track of our then 4 children. So since last year, we started a tradition of watching the fireworks at Lake Arrowhead. Some of you know we have an A Frame we renovated here that we rent out. This year, we look forward to 4 days of clean mountain air at Lake Arrowhead. We can’t wait! Let’s transition to an upcoming sale in 11 days!!

What is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

It is a HUGE sale on Fall new arrivals. Those who have the card, get “early access” because hot items always sell out first. Everything from booties to coats are up to 40% off. I still have these rag + bone booties I got from the sale 40% off retail that I still wear and LOVE. HERE is a sneak peek of the sale.

Don’t forget, my shop page is open 24/7, you can follow me on the free Liketoknow.it app “shalicenoel” for quick links, and you can always “shop my instagrams.”

Also, FYI start preparing now for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! 1. Become a cardholder. I did this 2 years ago just to enter the sale early access and I’m SO glad I did. Sign up now for a $60 note! That is basically free money and a gift card to spend on whatever. Like that La Mer lotion you’ve been eying. 2. This sale is on NEW ARRIVALS. That is why this sale is SUCH A BIG DEAL. I literally get butterflies in my stomach nervous happy just thinking about it. It begins July 12, and be sure to follow my newsletter, Instagram and blog. I will aim to publish my blog post will my favorites from the sale from beauty devices to best in sale heels, boots and flats, at 12:30am, July 12. I don’t sleep much that day, haha. But it’s worth it. I still love the rag + bone boots I bought from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale about 40% off retail. Now that’s worth a little loss of sleep.

slip dress // bow heels // necklace

Anthropologie is having their 20% off everything sale, so I’m making a rare weekend appearance here on the blog to tell you. Anthropologie has been a long time favorite of mine from unique shoes, to throws for the cabin, gorgeous couches, and perennial favorite dresses. Did you know, one of me and Reid’s first dates was at his roommate’s wedding? I was wearing a black Anthropologie dress and so beautiful. Amazing how a good dress can put you in a good mood. Ironically, I caught the bouquet that summer night and we were married the following spring. So, is Anthropologie a perennial favorite of mine for around 20 years? Absolutely. Scroll down for some of my hand picked favorites for 20% off today. Which are your favorites?

dress via ANINE BING :: Sandals Similar :: Bag via Salar Milano another red bag favorite :: Camel Blazer Similar on sale! :: Long necklace via Kendra Scott

I’m loving the ever versatile SLIP DRESS. It’s the answer to what to wear to a wedding, date night, concert, baby shower, birthday bash or you fill in the blank. I LOVE the fit. Here I’m wearing a small. It is a snug fit, flattering v-neck, and long flowy 100% silk material. After all, the dress is inspired by the Bar Silk Shirt. Did I mention it was super comfortable? Levi left his mark towards the end of the day and spit up on it. I wiped it clean and will take it to the dry cleaners on Monday. I should have it by humpday, just in time for the weekend to style it with a knotted graphic tee and sneakers. Because it’s all about versatility.

Here are 5 ways to style a slip dress:

  1. Knotted graphic tee
  2. Cropped sweater
  3. Blazer
  4. Knit cardigan
  5. Leather jacket under $200! or Vegan Leather Jacket (with cool moto details)

Click through to see more:

Don’t forget the studded boots

What are some of your favorite ways to wear a slip dress?

This is probably my favorite time of year. Even in California where we have year-round warm weather, everything just feels fresh and fun. It’s the perfect time to clean out your closet and add a few new spring-inspired dresses. There are so many colorful options available around Easter that it’s hard to pick just one, so I’ve pulled together five of my must-haves. One of my absolute favorites, though, is this yellow number.
First, the color yellow just screams spring and perfect for a wedding. If you’re debating between another color and yellow, I’d definitely go the colorful route this time around. Another color that’s super trendy right now is lavender, so that’s a great choice as well. Back to the yellow dress, though. Not only is the color spot on, the floral design and ruffled sleeves are the perfect details. Can you ever really go wrong with florals and ruffles for spring? I don’t think so.

You can spice up your dress even more, no matter the style or color, with some eye-catching accessories like this fun, round straw bag (another HUGE trend) and some cute pumps or espadrilles wedges. Now you’re set with an amazing wedding look and dresses that will take you all the way through spring and into summer!

What to Wear to a Wedding:
I also love these maxi dresses for an evening or outdoor wedding: 
Maternity Dresses:


Ruched Dress (under $60!) fits TTS imo // Over the Knee Boots (they’re “thighland”  but they’re sold out) SIMILAR BOOTS  and LOW HEEL VERSION // Hat // Jacket SIMILAR //

How was your Christmas? Reid and I enjoyed our slowest and sweetest Christmas yet. We were surrounded by my lovely in-laws and lots of LEGO’s. I would be lying if I said I haven’t stepped on them. But speaking of stepping, these boots are my fave and one of my wardrobe staples, and this dress is quickly a favorite for its flattering fit, tulip hem and under $60 price!

I’ve also included some of my favorites from around the web below:






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