How To Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Unless you have been living under a rock (just kidding) then you know that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts this week, eek! This is the biggest sale of the year in my opinion at least and I wait all year long for this sale to start. This sale is the best because all of my favorite Nordstrom items are on major sale. Everything from exclusive beauty kits, jeans, leather jackets, booties, basic tees, sunglasses, handbags, you name it. I save all of my fall shopping for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale because I find the best deals and don’t have to pay full price for everything. So let me jump right in and explain how it all works.

How it Works:

The sale technically starts today, if you are a level 4 cardholder that is. If you are a level 4 cardholder, you may walk into any Nordstrom sale and shop in person for exclusive deals and first access to the sale. The early access for all other cardholders begins on July 12th, which is when I will begin shopping. The early access shoppers will have from July 12th- July 19th before the sale opens to the general public. If you are really interested in the sale and know you want to purchase specific items, I highly recommend applying for a Nordstrom credit card because items sell out so fast and I’m not just saying that. If you add something to your cart, it definitely won’t be there for a day and might even be gone after an hour, it’s crazy. I applied for a card and was immediately approved and the process was so easy. If you get approved, you will not only gain early access to the sale, but you will also receive a $40 note, which is essentially a $40 Nordstrom gift card, which you may use towards the sale. After early access ends, the sale opens up to the public on July 20th and will be happening until August 5th, prices go up on August 6th.

How to Shop the Sale:

I personally enjoy shopping from the comfort of my home because during the sale, people get vicious and start pushing each other (not even joking) in the stores. It is an absolute mad house, which is why i would rather online shop. Nordstrom also has an amazing return policy so if you need to order two sizes or two colors and see which one works best for you, you can return the other item for free. I also think it is easier to shop online because everything is so much easier to find, versus running all over the store looking for what you need. With this being said, I will be doing a try on session with items I am loving from the sale so I will brave the store and let you all know how it goes this year. Last year, I said I would never go back during the sale, but here I am again attempting to brave the storm.

Tips for shopping the sale:

  1. Make a list of what you really want so that you aren’t wasting time and aimlessly browsing. If you know you just want to browse and see if you find anything you like, that it is more than okay, but if you know you 100% want certain items, make a list of those items before the sale starts.
  2. If you want something, don’t leave it in your cart for too long or it may be gone. Just because it is in your cart, doesn’t mean it is on hold for you until you actually purchase the item. It is so easy to checkout on Nordstrom.com so I would encourage making multiple orders instead of losing an item.
  3. Like I said before, all returns are free. If you absolutely love an item, but don’t know if it will fit you or not, buy two sizes. You can always return the one that doesn’t fit you so it is better to buy two than buy the wrong size and find out that it is sold out.

I will be adding a Nordstrom Sale tab on my blog and will be updating my favorite items for each category daily so stay tuned and check back in tomorrow to see all of my sale picks! Feel free to email me, leave a comment, or DM me on Instagram if you have any questions. I am also hosting a givesway for a $500 Nordstrom giveaway on my Instagram today, just in time for the sale! Head over to @sandytoesandsaltyhairblog to enter.

Happy shopping!

Xoxo,

Jonica

Cruise Review

Remember that cruise I went on back in April?! Well, I FINALLY have a post all about the cruise I went on. I am sorry to all of you who have been asking me cruise related questions and have been waiting for this post. I started graduate school the week after the cruise, have been going away every single weekend, while working full time, and taking care of a new puppy. It’s been a crazy few months, but I wouldn’t want it any other way!

In my defense, I did have this post typed and ready to publish last week, but I decided to re-type the entire post. The last post I had ready to publish was a day by day recap of the cruise, including every little detail we did and it was well… boring. I read it and was bored so I decided to delete it, start fresh, and spice it up a little. Instead, I am now sharing the highlights of the trip, why I love cruising, and more!

I also want to start by saying that this post is in no way sponsored by Royal Caribbean. This was a family vacation that was paid out of pocket and I was not given anything in return for this review. This was my third Royal Caribbean cruise and I am beyond hooked on cruising with Royal Caribbean. We have sailed on multiple ships with Royal Caribbean and all of the ships have exceeded my expectations. My family has sailed with multiple cruise lines and we all prefer and love Royal Caribbean. There is something fun for every single age group, the ships are kid friendly, the entertainment is amazing, and I LOVE all of the food. The staff is also so friendly and helpful, which makes cruising enjoyable.

This year, my parents went all out and booked a suite in the Sky Class, which was just unreal. We had a two-story room that we all shared and it was amazing! We all had upgraded amenities, private seating at all of the shows, a private restaurant, a private tanning deck with a bartender, complimentary wifi (which is huge, because it is very expensive onboard), and a separate line for all of the activities. We had a suite that faced the back of the ship and had beautiful views of the ocean and all of the activities below. We loved sitting on our giant balcony to people watch and we even watched the aquatic show from our balcony.

During the at sea days, we relaxed on the Sky Class tanning deck, played putt-putt golf, went ziplining on the ship, shopped, and I was even asked to walk in the onboard fashion show. The fashion show was hilarious and so fun! I met the sweetest girls and modeled jewlery for one of the stores onboard. There was a Kate Spade, Tiffany & Co, and Michael Kors onboard with fantastic deals! It was dangerous to stay inside and shop. I was proud of myself though, I only purchased an Alex & Ani bracelet on one of the islands and a couple of souvenirs on the islands. During the last day at sea, I treated myself to a spa day and got a facial and massage, which was the cherry on top of the trip. The onboard spa is a world class spa and they offer so many different treatments. I highly recommend spending time at the spa, especially if you book a seven day or longer cruise.

We loved all of the entertainment on the ship and didn’t miss any of the shows. My favorite was the ice skating show. It is so crazy to me how all of the skaters can be doing flips on the ice while the boat is rocking back and forth at sea. The skaters were all so talented and put on an amazing show. We also watched the aquatic show from our balcony and also loved watching all of the divers do tricks in the pool. We also went to a family comedy show that incorporated songs and jokes and the musician was incredible. He was so funny and it was the perfect mix of comedy and music. We also went to an adult game show and it was crazy. The crowd was broken into teams and was assigned tasks to complete and it was just wild to watch. I honestly can’t even explain it that well because it is one of those things you have to experience for yourself.

I absolutely loved all of the ports we went to, all of the islands were beyond gorgeous. The first port we went to was St. Maarten. We got off of the boat and spent the morning walking around the touristy area and shopped. We then bought a few chairs on the beach, a bucket of beer and swam in the ocean all day. The sand was so soft, the water was so clear and warm, I didn’t want to leave the beach. We then took a ferry back from the beach to the boat, which was so convenient. I absolutely loved St. Maarten and they have done such a wonderful job rebuilding the island after the devastating hurricane.

The second day we stopped in San Juan, Puerto Rico which I also LOVED. Old San Juan is so colorful and has so much history surrounding the city. I loved all of the brightly colored buildings, old cathedrals, and the historic forts. We first walked around the touristy shops, like always and took pictures in the streets. Charlie and I were also interviewed and were on the news within ten minutes of walking off of the ship! I still need to look it up and see how it turned out, I was dripping sweat from the humidity already haha. We then went to a restaurant called Raíces and had the traditional Puerto Rican dish, mofongo. We ordered the shrimp mofongo and I could have ate three more orders of it. I love plaintains and all of the seasonings tasted perfect with the dish, I highly recommend going. After eating, we went to the historic forts and walked around. The view from the top was amazing because you could see all of historic Puerto Rico and the ocean.

The third and last island we went to was Labadee, Haiti. Labadee is owned by Royal Caribbean and the company allows Haitians to apply and work on the island. All of the staff was so friendly and wanted to make our day the best experience. Since we stayed in the Sky Class, we had access to a private beach with cabanas, a private bbq, and a full bar. It was so relaxing to float in the crystal clear ocean. We also went ziplining on the longest zipline in the Western Hemisphere. The zipline started over the jungle and then we went over the ocean and landed on the beach. It was exhilirating and breathtaking. We also went on a roller coaster through the jungle, which was also SO fun! The roller coaster was so fast and had the most amazing views as well. i highly recommend doing both excursions, they are worth the extra expense. We also snorkeled around the cove we were in and found the most beautiful fish and underwater caves. Like I said, the water was crystal clear, which made perfect snorkeling conditions.

Overall, the cruise was absolutely amazing and went by so fast. We had the best time celebrating my mom’s 55th birthday and relaxing in the Caribbean. Before I go, I thought I would share my biggest tips with you in case you are planning a cruise soon.

Tips:

  1. Get your passport EARLY. Most cruises, unless you stay in the United States, will require you to have a passport. Don’t wait until the last minute to start the process because even if you pay to expedite it, you might not get it in time.
  2. Plan all of your outfits for the entire trip before you pack, don’t just aimlessly pack or you will forget things. I planned out all of my outfits for pool days, dinners, excursions, etc. beforehand and laid out all of my outfits for the trip before leaving. You can look up the itinerary and find out how many formal nights there will be on your cruise before you leave, which is helpful.
  3. Get to the port early. If you are in a suite, you get to board the ship before everyone else, but if you do not stay in a suite and have to stand in the line with everyone else, it gets very busy and everyone is trying to get on the ship at the same time. Get there early and be ready to check in right when you arrive.
  4. Plan your excursions and reserve them before your cruise. The major attractions, such as the zipline and catamarans book quick and might be sold out before you get the chance to book them so pick out what you want to do and book them beforehand.
  5. If you are going to the Caribbean, bring lots of sunscreen and bug spray to protect yourself from vector-borne (mosquito transmitting) diseases, such as zika, malaria, etc. I also encourage you to check your vaccine record and make sure your vaccines are up to date, along with receiving necessary travel vaccines.

Last but not least, have fun and take pictures! Cruising is my favorite and I know you will love it to. If you are interested in shopping any of my outfits from the cruise, visit the LIKEtoKNOW.it tab here

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Xoxo,

Jonica

Personalized Birthday Gifts from Greetabl

My best friend and I have always gifted each other with very personalized gifts, even when we have lived across the world from one another. Growing up, we always made each other cards with pictures of one another, scrap books, picture frames with letters, and videos. I absolutely love personalized gifts and Greetabl makes personalized gifting so easy and fun! I love all of the fun prints you can choose from, along with all of the gift choices. There are even bonus gifts you can include with your Greetabl.

To create your very own personalized Greetabl, you start by picking out the print you want for your card. I picked the cake print for my best friend’s birthday because we both love cake and the pink print was too cute to pass up.

You then choose the gift you want to add to your Greetabl, depending on who you are giving the card to. I chose the rosé gummies because we both love rosé and who doesn’t love gummies?! I absolutely love the Sugarfina gummies and chose to gift my bestie with the yummiest gummies.

The best part is, the gift comes inside of the Greetabl, which makes it such a fun surprise! The cards are very easy to open and the paper is stuck together with adhesive, but it does not tear the paper when you open it. I still have mine hanging on my bulletin board from Galentine’s day and I love looking at all of the pictures everyday. The gift is the perfect touch to the personalized gift.

Last but not least, when you open the Greetabl, you have the cutest personalized card. You are able to add three pictures from either your camera roll or Instagram. I chose three pictures from three of my favorite memories with my best friend and they are three memories that I will never forget. I wanted to put these pictures on the card because these memories mean so much to me and I know they mean so much to her as well.

If you are looking for the perfect go-to gift for birthdays, Greetabl has you covered. All you have to do is customize the print, gift, and message before Greetabl sends the gift straight to their front door. Use the code: sandytoesandsaltyhair at checkout for 15% off of your entire order. I hope you all love Greetabl as much as I do!

Xoxo,

Jonica

Summer Embroidery with Marley Lilly

Bright colors and fun prints make the world go ’round. Ever since I was a little girl, I loved pops of color and constantly wore bright colors in all of my outfits. When I saw this dress, and bag, I couldn’t help but fall in love. Both the bag and dress are part of the Marley Lilly Mexicali collection and I am a huge fan of the entire collection! I love the fun embroidered print along with the bright colors. The Mexicali collection is perfect for vacation or a weekend by the pool. If you recognize this dress, it might be from when I wore on our cruise last month. I wore it for the day in Puerto Rico and received SO many compliments. I know many of you fear wearing a white dress because it could potentially be see through, but this dress is not. It has a lining under the actual dress, which prevents it from being see through. I love how great the quality of the dress is, but it is still breathable and lightweight for hot summer days, especially if you live or are vacationing somewhere humid. I hope you all love this dress as much as I do!

Shop the look here:

Xoxo,

Jonica

Fresh Blooms and Liverpool Jeans

With the weather being as nice as it has been lately, it is hard not to want to spend every waking minute outdoors. I love the weather during the months of May and June, especially in Arizona because it is hot, but not miserably hot. I love spending all of my free time outdoors and have been going on more hikes, talking Ella on long walks, and doing my homework outside. Something about the warm weather just instantly makes my mood a million times better.

If you saw on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, I shared my new favorite cut-off jeans and I am not joking, they are my new favorite jeans. These cut-off jeans from Liverpool Jeans are so versatile and perfect for all seasons. Not only do they match with everything I own, but they are also so so comfy. I also love the ripped knee look because it adds so much character to the jeans. For spring and summer, I usually always cuff my jeans to create more of a capri pant look, which these jeans are perfect for. I also love how I didn’t even have to break in these jeans, they came ready to wear and were comfortable the second I put them on.

If you are interested in purchasing my new favorite pair of jeans, you can purchase them here. Use the code: JONICA25 at checkout for 25% off of your entire order!

Have a great rest of your week!

Xoxo,

Jonica