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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | Accessories

Hi all!! Happy NSale Public Opening Day! (I kind of just made that title haha) Today is the day that the coveted Nordstrom Sale opens to the public! Over the next few days I will be sharing my favorite picks from the sale and today we are starting with accessories!

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What are you getting from the NSale this year?!

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

Good morning, y'all! I'm baaaack!! I'm officially done with my Spring Semester of classes (hallelujah) and I have just over a month til my summer classes start. I am very excited to pour myself into the blog this next month and really get back in the swing of things!

This weekend is our 2-year dating anniversary but I've been sick pretty much all week so I am looking forward to a simple, relaxing weekend with my man. We have some more exciting trips coming up this year which you'll have to stay tuned to find out where we're going. ;)

In case you haven't heard, Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale is going on and y'all, it is SO. GOOD!! This is just a little taste of what is to come with their anniversary sale at the end of the summer, but this sale is truly amazing as well. Below, I have shared some of my picks from the sale.


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Have you shopped the sale yet?! Let me know what good deals you found!

Friday Favorites | Vol. 2

Good morning & Happy Friday!! I won't chat your ear off this morning as it has been a long week and I am sure you are also ready to get this day over with so we can enjoy the weekend! So pour the rosé and let's get on to my Friday Favorites!!



FIVE BLOG POSTS

Hair Tutorial via Chronicles of Frivolity | If you want some gorgeous hair like Katey's, be sure to check out this post.
Scottsdale Travel Guide via The Sweetest Thing Blog | Emily shares her perfect outfits and travel guide from their trip to one of my favorite places! I love the dessert (I swear, I am not meant to live in the South..it is WAY too humid!).
One Year via What the Clique | My girl Erica just celebrated her blog's first birthday!
Best Spring/Summer Basics via Damsel in Dior | Jacey has the best style so whenever she gives her advice, I listen.
How I Organize Everything via Carly the Prepster | If you need help with organizing your life, Carly is your girl!

FIVE SWIMSUITS



FIVE SANDALS FOR SPRING



FIVE RUNNING FAVORITES




FIVE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS
@NICOLECARLSONXO | Nicole is gorgeous, has amazing style, and an incredible shop that you need to check out
@THESKINNYCONFIDENTIAL | follow Lauryn for amazing tips and tricks on literally anything and everything
@FASHION_JACKSON | oh em gee Amy has some seriously amazing style, follow her for inspo on how to style great basics
@BROOKE_DIAZ | Brooke is so much fun, her instagram is filled with fun outfits and bits and pieces of her life with her hubby in NYC
@JESSI_AFSHIN | Jessi is an adorable Texas girl with a huge heart and an incredible sense of fashion

HAPPY FRIDAY, LOVES!! FOR MORE WEEKEND CONTENT, BE SURE TO FOLLOW ALONG ON INSTAGRAM @RBHBLOG



Disney Princess Half Marathon | RACE DAY

Hello friends! Today I am sharing an in-depth post about my experience at the Disney Princess Half Marathon!! So grab a glass of rosé (or coffee depending on what time of day it is) and get ready because this is going to be a long one.



So the Disney races start early...and I'm not talking 7am early...the half marathon started at 5:30am. If you read my first post, you'll know that we stayed at a Disney resort. I cannot stress how important I think it is to stay at a Disney resort if you are running a Disney race.  They have race day transportation for all the runners staying at their specific resorts and let me tell you, it was perfect! There were over 20,000 runners so they suggested you get to Epcot early so you can get to your corral in time. The busses started leaving our hotel at 3am and you better believe that we were on that first bus. If you stay off-site, you either have to drive in and park (which I hear is not an easy task) or try to get a cab. Having the transportation provided by Disney was a total life saver!

I'm not going to lie, when my alarm went off at 2am, I did have a moment of "why did I think this was a good idea??" And you will probably have the same thoughts, but I promise you it is worth it!! We quickly got ready and headed to the bus to go to Epcot.


Something else I want to point out is make sure you eat before the race. We got to Epcot around 3:30am which meant we still had two more hours until the race began and our corral didn't start until 6am. I have a sensitive stomach and I have to be careful of what I eat before I run, or else I will be sick. I was so nervous that I was going to be sick during the half I ended up only eating about a half of a packet of oatmeal and a half of a banana...2 hours before I started running. Be sure to fuel up before the race because you don't want to lose steam during the race. I got tired a lot faster than normal and I know it is because of I didn't eat enough before the race. So be sure to eat enough and drink plenty of water!! They have food and drinks for sale and the pre-race party (there's a DJ who is WAY more awake than anyone else, but it really helps you get excited) but I also suggest to bring food with you on your trip so you can 1) save money & 2) start eating before you leave.

Getting ready to walk to our corrals! I think this was around 4am...

You end up walking about a mile to the start line so you definitely get your warmup in!

The starting line!!!

Since there are so many people who run this race, you are split up into corrals. I HIGHLY suggest running a local race in the summer or fall to submit a proof of time to Disney. This will help you get in a better corral and you won't have to wait forever before starting the race. We ran a 10k in October and honestly, I had barely trained for it so the time wasn't spectacular but I was still able to get in a good corral for the half! 

The farther back your corral, the more you will be zig-zagging throughout the race. Even though I was in a higher corral, I ended up running more than 13.1 miles. So I would highly suggest submitting a proof of time to Disney so you can get in a good corral!




The first few miles were honestly a blur to me. Almost immediately, we passed a marching band and I wanted them to follow me thought the race...they were SO motivating! The first 4-5 miles are pretty much all highway. There are characters and DJ's along the route which really help it go by quickly.

It was abnormally hot and humid that weekend. I checked my phone right before the race and it was 99% humidity....make sure you stay hydrated!! 

 This moment was beyond magical.

Running down Main Street USA was even more amazing than I had imagined it. The entrance to Magic Kingdom all down Main Street was flooded with crowds of people cheering you on, ringing cow bells, and making the experience absolutely incredible. On top of that, they had "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" blasting throughout the park. You all, I was completely overwhelmed with emotion. I have been dreaming of being healthy enough to run this race, and the fact that I was doing it, I was running a half marathon was just so overwhelming!

The love and support from your friends, family and total strangers is really what helps you get through the race. Everyone just cheers you on and supports you even when they don't know you. People were reading names off of the race bibs and cheering people on by name. There are some amazing signs there as well!! My favorite was at about mile 8 that said "5 more miles until mimosas!"


One misconception is that most of the race is through the parks...that's not true. You start and end in Epcot and run through Magic Kingdom but most of the race is on highways and back roads. You run past a gorgeous golf course at one point which is where I found these guys. This was around mile 9 and they were so funny! They were such troopers taking pictures with all of us sweaty racers. I of course had to get a picture with them and the glass slipper!



Look at all those people!! I was really struggling at this point in the race. We were about 2 miles out and my leg was really bothering me. The week before the race I had pulled a muscle in my left leg and it really started acting up towards the end of the race.


This moment was incredible. While this is not my most flattering angle, I am so glad this was captured! Crossing the finish line was a surreal moment and it made all the pain and training completely worth it! Also, I have now decided that I am not wearing printed pants while running ever again haha. We loved these Lilly Pulitzer leggings but they were not photo-friendly.




So in conclusion...

Would I run the Disney Princess Half Marathon again? HECK YES!! I already have the registration date saved in my calendar so I can register for next year.

Have you run a runDisney race before?! Tell me about it! Also, if you have any questions about this race, let me know in the comments below!!

Disney Princess Half Marathon | Travel Day & Expo

Hey all! I'm back! If you have been following along, you know that it's been just over a week since my first half marathon! I went down to Orlando, FL and ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon! Let me tell you, it was one of the most incredible experience's of my life. This race was so eye-opening and I can't wait to share more with you all later in another blog post!

For this post, I wanted to go over our travel day and our experience at the expo!

I apologize for the lack of edited photos. I only had my phone and honestly didn't take a ton of photos. It was nice to just be in the moments as they were happening.




We had a super early flight on Friday morning with a layover in NYC, so I am super thankful for the Delta Sky Club coming to the rescue with quiet, free wifi, food, and coffee! 

Once we landed in Orlando, we headed down to Disney's area of the airport. (I will do a whole blog post on our stay at Disney) I was super impressed with how Disney ran the whole process. Since we were staying at a Disney resort, we decided to take advantage of all of the free transportation they offer. A few days before we left, we had luggage tags arrive in the mail that we put on our suitcases. After we got off the plane in Orlando, we didn't have to worry about picking up our bags. Disney took care of everything for us! But more on that later.

We checked into our hotel and then headed over to Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports for the expos! Be sure to wear comfy shoes for the expos. I wore a pair of sandals and forgot that they give my feet blisters. I ended up switching shoes with my mom about half way through.



Our first stop was to pick up our bibs. This years theme was Snow White and it was so cute!!


Next, we headed over to the vendor's expo and OH-EM-GEE there was SO much to see!! We honestly just wandered around for a little bit. There were so many amazing vendors and most of them had really good sales for us and a ton of them were handing out freebies. I picked up a pair of running socks that I am now obsessed with! I will be sure to link them once I find them online.


JayBirds had a booth with a wall where you could write why you run. This run was super special to me, but that is a whole other blog post that I will post in the next few weeks. ;) 


I was SO excited at this point!! I couldn't believe it was finally here!!


So before even going to Florida, I knew I wanted to get a jacket from the Disney side of the expo. These jackets were a little pricey but 100% worth it (in my opinion). I was super proud of myself for accomplishing this half marathon so you better believe I've been wearing this jacket loud and proud ever since!! (My mom, my sister and I all wore them on our flights home lol).



So my advice for any future runDisney runners is to be ready to spend money at the race. You are going to want to buy stuff to commemorate the race, and there are SO many options to choose from. Wear comfy shoes for the expos, you are going to be doing a lot of walking and you don't want to give yourself any extra blisters right before the race.

That's all I have for you today! Be sure to keep checking back for more posts on my runDisney experience!!

Do you like to run? Are you interested in running a Disney marathon or half marathon? Leave your questions for me in the comment section below!

Friday Favorites | Vol. 1

Happy Friday, all!! You made it, it's the weekend! This week absolutely few by for me, and I am so happy that it's the weekend. I am heading up to DC after work today and I'm looking forward to relaxing with my man this weekend.

Today, I am starting a new series on the blog!! Welcome to Friday Favorites! Now, I have to give credit where credit is due. I did not come up with this idea on my own. One my favorite bloggers (who I have followed for years) does Friday Five. You all should go check out Alyson Haley's blog. Her series "Friday Five" gave me the idea to start Friday Favorites.


FIVE WEEKEND SALES

J.Crew | Extra 50% off sale styles (in store & online) with code SAVENOW)


Loft | 40% off regular priced items, extra 50% off sale styles, 60% off select full price winter favorites


Old Navy | Sooo many sales haha huge clearance event, jeans fleece and outerwear are on sale


Banana Republic | 40% off regular priced items, extra 60% off sale items


BaubleBar | Up to 75% off sale items plus an additional 15% off



FIVE FAVORITE BLOGGERS
Every Friday, I'm do Follow Friday on Instagram where I will be sharing some of my favorite bloggers every week. I will also be linking their Instagram accounts & blogs here!

Alyson Haley | I already mentioned this sweet blogger in the beginning of this post but be sure to check out her blog Sequins and Things. She has beautiful style and a huge heart. You can tell she loves what she does, loves her followers, and loves her Jesus. She goes on some amazing vacations as well!

Katey McFarlan Hellman | I adore Katey. She is major #goals. From her fabulous style to her family life in Texas, she is so much fun to follow! Be sure to check out her blog Chronicles of Frivolity where you can find everything from skin care to outfits to recipes and everything in between. Oh and she has THE CUTEST little family!

Dede Raad | Another Texas girl! Dede is absolutely adorable and has gorgeous style. She is also constantly traveling to amazing places! Be sure to check out her blog Dress Up Buttercup.

Hollie Woodward | Cute mama alert!! Hollie is gorgeous and her two little girls are so cute as well! She has killer style and they just got a little frenchie and named her Stella!! *insert heart eye emojis* Her blog Hollie Elizabeth is filled with great style and beauty posts.

Jean Wang | I love Jean, she's a fellow Boston girl (I will forever be a Boston girl) and I love following her! She posts the most beautiful pictures of the city, she has incredible style, and her and her husband are the cutest. Be sure to check out Extra Petite for some major fashion inspiration.

FIVE FAVORITE SKINCARE ITEMS




FIVE FAVORITE MAKEUP PRODUCTS




FIVE UNDER $50


So there you have it, the first installment of Friday Favorites! Let me know what categories you would like to see included in future Friday Favorite posts! 

xoxo,
Liz

New Arrivals Under $100

Happy Monday, friends!! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am a HUGE Patriots fan!! I spent yesterday afternoon cheering on my guys to another AFC victory and I am SO excited to watch them in the Super Bowl in two weeks!! My poor boyfriend is so patient and puts up with my yelling and jumping around haha (he is an LA fan).

Today I'm rounding up some of my favorites from Nordstrom's New Arrivals and the best part? They're all under $100! 


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