Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks 2017

July 21, 2017  |  Fashion 1 comment

Move over Early Access members…the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is finally open to the public! Hurry and shop select items before they’re snapped up or the sale ends on August 6. Today I’m sharing my favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks for 2017.

Although some best sellers have already sold out, there are plenty of great deals still available. Plus new items have been introduced today and will continue to be throughout the duration of the sale. You’d be surprised what the most popular picks are. Last year, basics held the top three spots including: the AG Legging Ankle Jeans, the BP. Open Front Cardigan, and the Lush Deep V-Neck Tee. So be sure to stock up on high quality basics you’ll wear day in and day out. At these prices, you’ll want to get two or three of your favorites in different styles or colors.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks 2017

Here are some more of my favorites from the sale that you’ll love:


And don’t forget shoes for your outfit!


Pro Tips to Shop the Sale

  1. Shop the sale online and pick up your items in-store the same day (availability varies from store to store).
  2. If you’re going on a spree, Nordstrom Cardmembers should schedule their Triple Points Day when you shop the sale.

Bookmark this post to shop the sale through August 6 and visit my previous post on Early Access picks for more ideas. Additional shopping resources include: my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 shop and my Pinterest board for the Nordstrom Sale Items Under $100.

How to Make Your Anti Aging Skincare Regimen Work 6X Better

July 20, 2017  |  Beauty 5 comments

Jen Plus Ultrasonic Infuser Anti Aging Skincare Device

Looking to reverse the signs of aging, but hoping your anti aging products could work a bit faster? I tried the JeNu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser, an anti aging skincare device. It is clinically and user proven to maximize the absorption of any skincare product by 6X in one minute. Yup, that’s almost a week’s worth of results in just a day’s effort.

Jenu Anti Aging Skincare Regimen

Using the JeNu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser is Simple

  1. Apply the anti aging treatment product of your choice onto clean skin as recommended. (I used Blue Copper 5 Firming Eye Complex c/o Soft Surroundings.)
  2. Place the MicroSphere conducting gel on the tip of the Infuser. Use a pearl-sized amount for smaller treatment areas. (The gel is a required medium that transfers the ultrasound energy from the device to the skincare product.)
  3. Press the power button. Gently move the device in a circular motion over the areas you want to treat. 365,000 pulses of ultrasonic energy per second are emitted, pushing key ingredients into critical areas.

Note: The Infuser will automatically turn off after one minute. Repeat the above steps for each area you want to treat.

Jenu Microsphere Conducting Gel

Key Benefits

  1. Minimal Time Commitment: The JeNu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser promises to add only one minute to your regimen. This is a major plus because I like to keep my daily routine simple.
  2. Better Absorption: Using the Infuser helps absorb 6X more of your skincare product over using your fingers for faster results.
  3. Saves Money: By drawing up to 6X the strength from your skincare product, you get the power of 6 jars of product in one. That means you can save almost 6X the money by ultimately using less product.

Jenu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser on Bangles and Bungalows

Anti Aging Uses

Use the JeNu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser with any of your favorite anti aging and other skincare treatments such as retinol cream, peptide serum, antioxidant gel, and more. It only takes one minute a day to give your skincare routine an extra boost. The more you use it, the better the results for everything from frown lines, to dark spots, crow’s feet, fine lines, puffiness, and more.

You can purchase the JeNu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser here.

I was provided the JeNu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser and MicroSphere conducting gel to review on my blog. All opinions are my own.



Summer, Sand, & A Seashell Tiered Maxi

July 18, 2017  |  Fashion 21 comments

I’m continuing the parade of awesome summer dresses with this lovely seashell tiered maxi dress. It’s an extra 60% off and now only $28 — a total steal! The maxi is made from voile, a thin cotton weave. That makes it extra lightweight to help you stay fresh in the summer heat. Plus it’s got the cutest navy seashell print and criss cross back. Can you say she sells seashells by the seashore 10X fast?

Blogger Yasmin Hakim in Seashell Printed Maxi Dress

Close up Seashell Maxi Dress

Voile Maxi Dress on Bangles and Bungalows

The subtle navy print is dark enough that it almost looks black. I’ve paired the look with blush accessories for an extra feminine feel.

Rear view Seashell Maxi

Check out that adorable criss-cross strap!J.Crew Factory Voile Maxi Dress

Tiered Maxi Dresses

The tiered maxi dress is a beautiful silhouette for summer. Tiers give a dress shape and create a lovely ruffle effect. I adore the single tier at the bottom, which gives the dress a traditional feel. But the seashell print and criss cross back completely modernize the look. I’ve linked a few feminine and flirty tiered maxi dresses that will keep you cool for the summer.



Problems Women Know All Too Well that a Professional Bra Fitting Will Solve

July 14, 2017  |  Fashion 15 comments
Wacoal Yasmin's bra purchase

Checking out at the Wacoal St. Louis Outlet store

I talked to a few of my friends about their bra problems. And let me tell you…we shared many of the same ones from side spillage, to underwire digging in, to back bulge, and also overstretched bands. So why are we still living with these gripes when there’s a simple solution: get a regular bra fitting. I visited the experts at the Wacoal St. Louis outlet to learn how to overcome some of the most common bra fitting problems, and of course to receive a new bra fitting. Read on to discover why it’s a game changer.

Wacoal St. Louis Sign Closeup

Visiting Wacoal St. Louis for Your Bra Fitting

The Wacoal St. Louis Outlet is a fabulous place to get your regular bra fitting done. The women there are all super friendly and experts in sizing you correctly. I worked with Rhonda, whom I consider the “bra whisperer”. Going in confident about my bra size, I was skeptical that Rhonda would change my mind. She said you’d be surprised how many women don’t know their proper bra size. In fact 7/10 women are wearing the wring size bra. Soon I realized I was one of those women.

Wacoal St. Louis Outlet fitting rooms

Wacoal St. Louis Outlet fitting rooms

Five years ago I was fitted as a 32C and I was sure this hadn’t changed (more on why everyone changes later). It turns out I’m now a 32D/34C. To convince myself this could be true I tried on several different bras to get a feel for what a 32C feels like versus a 32D and a 34C. Believe me when I tell you, don’t just walk in and purchase a bra according to your size, especially if you haven’t been fitted in over a year. Take the time and try it on to ensure a comfortable fit.

Wacoal St. Louis Outlet Store Interior

The St. Louis Wacoal outlet is one of only two outlets in the country, the other one being in Miami. At Wacoal outlet stores, enjoy older styles at up to 30% off the regular price, bestselling basics at full price, special weekly promotions, and complimentary bra fittings. Wacoal sells a range of sizes. Bands go all the way up to a 44, while cups go all the way up to an I.

WACOAL PRO TIP: Always attach the bra on the outer most hooks (at the tail end of the band). Over time a bra loses its elasticity, stretching the band. If you start by attaching the bra on the tightest hooks (closest to the cups), the bra will stretch to a point where you can’t hook it anymore tightly.

How Do You Know When It’s Time for a New Bra Fitting?

It’s good practice to get refit every 6 months to a year. Our bodies (and breast size) change constantly from things like pregnancy, weight gain/loss, hormonal shifts, illness, and eventually menopause.

Wacoal St. Louis Outlet Bra Racks Closeup

An Expert Bra Fitting Can Solve the Most Common Fit Problems

But here are some of my favorite styles from Wacoal for some of the most common issues we face.

Wacoal full coverage bras

Wacoal full coverage bras

Problem 1: Cup or Side Spillage

A full coverage bra will provide extra support and coverage for your breast tissue and its side seam will prevent side spillage.

3 Full Coverage Bra Options I Love:

Wacoal full coverage bras

Problem 2: Too Much Space in the Cups

Skip the full coverage bra and go for a demi cup or push up bra. This type of bra offers those with smaller breasts greater lift and less coverage so you’re not swimming in your cups.

3 Push Up Bra Options I Love:

Wacoal Push Up Bras

Problem 3: Your Bra is Too Visible Through Your T-Shirt

Try a t-shirt bra. This will provide a smooth look under your clothes with no seams in the front.

3 T-shirt Bra Options I Love:

Wacoal T-Shirt Bras

Problem 4: Boob Sweat

Bralettes provide a more breathable option, especially without the wire, for those who encounter boob sweat.

3 Bralette Options I Love:

Wacoal Bralettes

WACOAL PRO TIP: Not every bra fits the same. You may differ in cup size or band size depending on the type of bra. Do yourself a favor and try your bras on before you buy. A fit specialist can recommend the right cup/band if you feel like the size isn’t up to par.

Wacoal St. Louis Outlet Bra Racks

Wacoal St. Louis Shopping Bag and Store Exterior

Visit the Wacoal St. Louis Outlet for a Professional Bra Fitting

Haven’t had a bra fitting in a long time? Feel like your current bras aren’t doing you any favors? The right bra can really make a huge impact when it comes to comfort and how well your clothes look on you. Visit the Wacoal St. Louis outlet for all your bra and bra fitting needs and up to 30% off the regular price of your bras. And say hi to Rhonda for me!

Wacoal St. Louis Outlet is located at the Taubman Prestige Outlets of Chesterfield, 17107 N. Outer 40 Road, Suite #145, Chesterfield, MO 63005. Call ahead to make your bra fitting appointment at (855) 216-5446. Store information available on their website.

This post is sponsored by Wacoal. All opinions are my own.





Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017: Early Access

July 13, 2017  |  Fashion 9 comments

It’s that time of year again! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 is finally here. Enjoy an opportunity to get deep discounts for the upcoming season, something Nordstrom offers exclusively. Here are the dates you need to know:

Early Access Begins: July 13
Public Access Begins: July 21
Last Day of the Sale: August 6

During early access (for Nordstrom cardmembers only), many favorites sell out. But when public access begins, new items are introduced. That way there’s an opportunity for everyone to find something they love. Just make sure you shop the items you want as soon as possible before they sell out. Shopper Perk: If you order online, you have the option to pick up in-store, even on the same day!

During last year’s sale, some of the best sellers included everyday basics like jeans, boots, and t-shirts. So be sure to stock up again this year. And save this post as your Official Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Shopping Guide and come back again for my Public Access picks on July 21. You can also shop all my picks anytime from my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Shop here.

No time to review all the inventory? Not to worry! I’ve browsed the entire Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 catalog so you don’t have to. Here are my favorite picks from shoes, to cute tops, beauty and more.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Shoe Picks

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Early Access

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A girl’s gotta have her shoes. I happen to be a sucker for booties. But perhaps I’ll step outside my comfort zone this year and try something new. Here are some more great shoes to choose from:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Under $100

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Affordable Picks

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I am loving the bright color options for fall. When summer ends, it doesn’t mean we have to switch to all earthy tones, right? Here are some more amazing choices from the sale:

Don’t forget to save this post as your Official Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Shopping Guide and return on July 21 for my Public Access picks.






10 Cute Summer Tank Tops Under $40

July 11, 2017  |  Fashion 5 comments

July is heating up! Living in St. Louis, we have a monopoly on humidity. While June was the most pleasant month ever (come back June weather!), July is its evil twin. Don’t get me wrong. I have much love for July — it is my birth month after all. But I don’t get out much when it’s THIS HOT. The only way the heat is at all bearable is when I’m baring my arms. This tank top (now only $23) is the perfect way to stay cool in these scorching temps. I’m sharing my love for cute summer tank tops today with several styles on sale for under $40.

Affordable and Cute Summer Tank Tops on Bangles & Bungalows

Simple and Cute Summer Tank Tops for Your Wardrobe

10 Cute Summer Tank Tops to Live In

Cute Summer Tank Tops Under $40

July is one of the best months to shop in the summer. With Prime Day, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Nasty Gal’s entire site at 50% off, Asos dresses 20% off, and more it seems stores are going nuts trying to get their inventory to fly off the shelves. That’s good news for us savvy shoppers. Personally, I have trouble buying anything unless I know there’s a big slash through the price. Why pay full price when you can wait just a little while for it to go on sale? So in the name of all things sale worthy, here’s 10 affordable and cute summer tank tops to live in this summer!



Outfit Inspiration: Gypsy Glam

July 8, 2017  |  Fashion 23 comments

Outfit Inspiration: Gypsy Glam


Outfit Inspiration — Gypsy Glam: I saw this pink velvet turban (only $16) and it got my stylist gears turning! Paired with an off-the-shoulder boho dress (60% off), lots of gold accents, and oversized sunnies, this rose hued topper will channel your inner gypsy queen. Let’s celebrate gypsy glam goddesses this summer and honor our eccentricities.






Where to Find Handcrafted Soap in St. Louis

July 6, 2017  |  Beauty 8 comments

Blogger Yasmin Hakim visits Provenance Soapworts in St. Charles

When I stepped into Provenance Soapworks, it felt like I was being whisked away to a French patisserie. But in this shop, handcrafted soap was the treat. Originally turned on to fancy bath soap after staying in a friend’s home, I could not get enough. I realized that handcrafted soap was a little luxury that I could afford. It was a simple way to make life a bit sweeter. Everything from the beautiful packaging, to the infinite scents, and how the soap softened my skin long after my shower made me a fan of handcrafted soap. So naturally I became giddy as soon as I stepped in to browse the soap selection at Provenance.

Bath Bombs Bar at Provenance Soapworks

Bath bombs at Provenance Soapworks

Inside Provenance Soapworks

The bright and charming space was a treat for the eyes. You could tell that shop owner Carolyn Holden had a way with décor. Peach accents and vases of lavender adorned the cream colored boutique. Bath bombs stored in glass trifle dishes were offered up like fluffy little marshmallow truffles. Clever little mason jars lined up under cute little awnings created a clean and soothing atmosphere. And a most calming scent enveloped the air, immediately putting me at ease. The best part — the store was an unexpected find. It’s always a treat when you shop and find a place you know you’ll love coming back to.

Yasmin Hakim samples handcrafted soap at Provenance Soapworks

Travel Inspired Handcrafted Soap

The bath and beauty items at Provenance are filled with simple and nourishing ingredients, inspired by owner Carolyn’s travels. After backpacking through Europe, many of the places she visited ended up influencing the bath and beauty products she went on to create. She hoped that each product would whisk the user away to a new world.

For example, the Santorini Sunset soap was inspired by the beautiful sunsets atop Oia, the Lavender & Cream blend by dried lavender found on the cobblestone streets of Paris, and the Limoncello Bath Bomb by the famous Italian drink often sipped on its piazzas.

Sugar Scrubs Bar at Provenance Soapworks

Handcrafted soap at Provenance Soapworks

Soap Details

Provenance Soapworks bath and beauty items, made with simple recipes of nourishing ingredients, are great for sensitive skin. No animal testing is used in devising these soap recipes. Many gluten free and vegan options are available as is biodegradable wrapping paper.

Visit Provenance Soapworks in person at 311 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301 or online at

Scented Oils at Provenance Soapworks

All photographs by Meredith Marquardt of L Photographie.








How to Style Wide Leg Cropped Pants

July 5, 2017  |  Fashion 17 comments

Hope everyone celebrating had a wonderful 4th of July! I took a few days off the blog for some R&R. But naturally, I’m not one to sit still and I ended up working on other projects. When I’m excited about something, I like to dive right in, don’t you? Back to the world of fashion…I am a sucker for printed pants, particularly when that print involves stripes. This pair of belted wide leg cropped pants was calling my name (and they’re only $30 now).

How to style a graphic tee with wide leg cropped pants

One of my favorite ways to style printed pants is with a graphic tee. Since this striped pair is pretty clean cut, I wore mine with a simple white graphic tee. A fabulous way to tie this look together is by adding another element of the print from the pants to the rest of the look. So I tied a striped skinny scarf to my tote. And voila! A cute summery way to style wide leg cropped pants.

How to wear wide leg cropped pants

Streets of St. Charles, MO

Banana Republic Graphic C'est Cool Tee

5 More Ways to Style Wide Leg Cropped Pants

  1. If your pants are printed, wear a top printed in a complementary color. Here’s a great example. Extra points if you top it off with a boyfriend blazer.
  2. Ankle boots go well with wide leg cropped pants. Peep toe booties are perfect for summer.
  3. Cinch them with a contrasting colored belt.
  4. If it’s chilly, wear a coat that hits a couple inches above your pants’ hem and throw your crossbody bag across the front.
  5. Try a pair that comes with a suit. The matching look will be office appropriate in the summer.

Lavender flower bush

Yasmin Hakim C'est Cool T-shirt

The Wisdom of Graphic Tees

Graphic tees are your secret style BFF. When you don’t quite know what to top your look off with, whether you’re wearing jeans, a maxi skirt, or a pair of wide leg pants, you can always count on a graphic tee. If I’m not working, most days I like a low maintenance casual look. Owning a slew of graphic tees comes in handy. I love a cheeky one like this because it sets a great tone for your day. A well fitting graphic tee is the perfect neutral item in your closet.

Flower boxes in St. Charles

Blogger Yasmin Hakim in St. Charles MO

Hope you enjoyed this casual, yet cheery way to style wide leg cropped pants. You can shop this look in the blog shop!