Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

It’s that time of year again!
One of the biggest summer events to look forward to is finally here:
the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

This sale is unlike any other. Why? Because everything that’s on sale is all the NEW products for fall. Most sales are full of products going out of season, but the NSale is the opposite.

It started on July 13 for early access (you bet I took a much needed bar prep study break to shop it). If you have a Nordstrom card then you get early access to shop all the amazing items before the sale opens to the public. Starting today, July 21, the sale is open to the public. So I thought I would share most of the things purchased and review them for you in case they’re on your wish list too! A lot has already sold out (so I didn’t include those items in this post) but if you have any questions, let me know!

Currently I am 35 weeks pregnant so I have quite the bump situation. That being said, I know I won’t be pregnant forever so I got my normal sizes in most things.
I’m 5’3″ and normally wear a Medium/Large in tops.
For shoes, I typically wear 8.5-9.5 (quite the range but I have a wide foot)

Some of my favorite things to purchase during the NSale are sweaters and cardigans. A lot of the cardigans I purchased are out of stock, but if it comes back in stock, the BP. one is my favorite!

Cold Shoulder Sweater

BP. Cold Shoulder Tunic Sweater
I love tunic sweaters because they can easily be worn with leggings or jeans. This one is adorable and perfect for fall!
Sizing: Medium (but runs large, I would have sized down)
ColorBurgundy Stem
Price: NSale $35.90 | After Sale $55

Plaid and Stripe Tops

BP. Plaid Shirt
I love a good plaid! Plaid shirts are so versatile and I love this years color options. I got several colors (some are out of stock now) but they are so worth it. These can be worn as a shirt or open over a tank and leggings.
Sizing: Large
ColorGreen Alpine Schy (this is a gorgeous color in person)
Price: NSale $31.90 | After Sale $49

BP. Pocket Tee
I love this years version more than last years. It’s comfortable and not too large. It does have a more oversized fit, but I find that my normal size works well with the bump. These tees are light and not too warm.
Sizing: Medium
Color: I got green, white stripes, and grey stripes
Price: NSale $18.90 | After Sale $29

Dreamers Sweater

Dreamers Forward Seam Tunic Sweater
This is, by far, the softest sweater I own. I put this on and immediately did not want to take it off (but forced myself to because it’s hot outside).
Sizing: Medium
Color: I got grey but am considering other colors
Price: NSale $29.90 | After Sale $45

Halogen Tank

Halogen Jersey Funnel Neck Top
I got these for work and wearing under cardigans in the fall. They are so stretchy and comfortable.
Sizing: Large, I sized up because it was just a tad more comfortable and they are skin tight, so I didn’t want all that hugging my post-pregnancy body.
Color: I got white, black, and green
Price: NSale $19.90 | After Sale $29

Pleione Sweater

Pleione Cold Shoulder Tie Sleeve Sweatshirt
I love cold shoulder tops and was sold on the tie detail. This sweatershirt (more like a sweater but with sweatshirt material) is so soft!
Sizing: Medium
Color: I got burgundy and green
Price: NSale $45.90 | After Sale $69

Zella High Waist Crop Leggings
This is my first of Zella leggings and I don’t know why I waited this long to try them. They are high waisted so they fit perfectly over the bump. I’ve also heard these are great for postpartum so I’m excited for that!
Sizing: XL, but I have a Large coming in the mail to see if those fit better
Color: Black
Price: NSale $33.90 | After Sale $52

My other favorite item to purchase are purses (I have a slight obsession over them)! I only have a couple listed here because the other ones I purchased are sold out (Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody and Kate Spade work tote).


Tory Burch Frida Swingpack
When I saw this in store, I knew I loved it. But then Bret said “that would be perfect for date night!” and I knew I had to have it. Any purse the boy likes is one I like! This bag looks small but holds a lot!
Color: I got light oak, but it also comes in black and french grey
Price: NSale $283.90 | After Sale $428

Green Tee Tory Bag

Tory Burch Frida Leather Satchel
I had an LV Speedy 35 and loved the size of it so I’ve been looking for a replacement of that one. This is it! The size is a good inbetween bag that’s not as small as a crossbody but not as big as a tote. This is going to my new go-to bag for everyday wear.
Color: I got light oak, but it also comes in black and french grey
Price: NSale $329.90 | After Sale $498

This year I found some great gems that can be paired with so many different outfits!

Adidas Gazelle sneakers
Online these don’t look like much, but in person? Holy smokes, they adorable! I wasn’t sure, at first, how I would like having colored sneakers (all mine are white or grey) but I must say, I really love these. They have arch support which is perfect for me, my back, and baby bump.
Sizing: I got my normal adidas size in 8.5
Color: I got Dust Purple, they also have White
Price: NSale $59.90 | After Sale $79.95

Adidas Tubular Viral 2 sneakers
Again, I wasn’t sure how I would like having colored sneakers but these go with everything! Not only that, but they are so comfortable. It feels like I’m not wearing any shoes at all!
Sizing: I got my normal size in 9
Color: Icey Pink/White
Price: NSale $74.90 | After Sale $99.95

Vince Camuto Fileana Split Shaft booties
I love booties, mainly because my calves are too wide for tall boots. So when I find a bootie I like, I snatch them up! I knew these would be a best seller of the sale because of the color selection, price, and design. They’re plain with a enough detail to not be boring. And, they’re really comfortable!
Sizing: I went half a size up and they fit perfectly!
Color: I got Greystone Suede, but they also come in Black and Taupe
Price: NSale $99.90 | After Sale $149.95

Halogen Corbin Slide Loafer
I have been wanting a pair of mules for a while and finally bit the bullet with these, and I’m glad I did! These are super cute and pair well with so many outfits. I wore them the day after I got them (my birthday) and was obsessed with how comfortable and fun they are. Also, as a pregnant woman who finds it difficult to bend down and put on shoes, these are perfect for pregnancy!
Sizing: I went a full size up due to pregnancy swelling but I think you’d be fine going up half a size, as they are a little narrow.
Color: Leopard! But there’s also Black, Silver, and Wheat/Nude HERE
Price: NSale $59.90 | After Sale $89.95

Let me know in the comments what you’re purchasing from the NSale!



Hello 25!

Yesterday I wrote about how this past year had significantly changed my life and what I hope God has in store for me for 25. Today I’d figure I’d tell you 25 things about myself, because let’s be real, I can’t do two emotional posts in a row (I think my mom would cry too much, haha).

1. I’m obsessed with all things Disney!
I’ve had a Disneyland pass since I was in middle school and it’s my favorite place to go, plus who doesn’t love Disney movies?!

2. My first (and only) car is a 1965 VW Bug.
My dad had a 1969 Bug since before my parents got married. Then his brother gave him my 1965 Bug before he passed away and my dad fixed it up. He taught me how to drive it and it’s been Blue & I ever since!

3. I have four tattoos.
My first are Roman numerals of the day my grandfather died. My second is my nieces signature from when she would write me letters while I was in college. My third is a matching tattoo with my best friend and it’s a Doctor Who quote. My fourth is a cross. My next one will most likely be for my dad.

4. Bret and I met in middle school.
My mom was his teacher for most of elementary and all of middle school, so I have known Bret’s whole family for a long time. I still remember that awkward day when our moms forced us to meet…so awkward. But, we had crushes on each other back then and they never really went away.

5. I love Pepsi and hate Coke.
The only person in my family who prefers Coke over Pepsi is my brother…
I suspect he was adopted…

6. I’m slightly addicted to Hot Cheetos.
And by slightly, I mean love them a lot.

7. Tulips are my favorite flower.
My dream is to go to a tulip festival somewhere in the world or U.S. because they literally bring a smile to my face.

8. I love going to open houses.
My dad and I used to spend our Sundays going to church, getting breakfast, then driving around San Diego County looking at houses. It’s easily one of my favorite things to do.

9. I will drive any distance for a good donut.
Bring on the devils food! If you live in SD or are visiting, go to VG’s in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. There, you have the best donut ever.

10. I get anxious when I don’t have control over a situation.
This drives Bret nuts but I’m a control freak. But it keeps our house running smoothly so is it really a bad thing?!

11. I hate tomatoes and Italian food but love salsa.
Anyone who has eaten a meal with me knows I despise pizza (despite it being one of my biggest pregnancy cravings) because I hate the red tomato sauce. But salsa, especially spicy salsa, is my all time favorite. My favorite is from Tony’s Jacal in Solana Beach (again, if you’re in SD, go!)

12. I have saved every card given to me since I was ten years old.
I have a box full of birthday, Christmas, graduation, theater, and random occasion cards. I love looking back and reading the things my family and friends had to say.

13. Survivor is my favorite reality show.
I remember my family was on a road trip for a family reunion and we watched an episode of the first season in Minnesota at my aunt’s lake cabin. After that, we were hooked. Everyone in my family watches it and we even talk about strategy and what a player’s best options are, haha.

14. I have never broken a bone.
I’m too cautious too even come close to breaking something.

15. I’m scared I’m going to mess up being a mom.
I’m sure every new mom has these fears but I feel like I’m going to mess up everything, haha. Because, let’s be real, your firstborn is the first thing you actually have to take care of. It’s not a house plant you can occasionally water that will eventually die. So I feel like I’m going to make so many mistakes and scar her for life if I don’t get her the right Christmas dress or use the right diaper. Ugh, she’s not even born yet and being a mom is already difficult.

16. I collect decks of playing cards.
I have so many from road trips, friends and family bringing me back cards from their trips, and super random ones. I’ve thought about getting rid of them but they’re all so unique and have a story that it’s hard to do.

17. I am a sexual assault survivor.
Read about my story HERE.

18. My parents are my role models.
My mom is the kindest, most understanding, God-loving person I know. I pray that I can be a great mom like her one day. My dad was the wisest, most talkative and passionate person. He was a force in his professional field and I aspire to be like him when I enter the legal field.

19. My past career goals were teacher, chef, and grocery bagger.
My mom and her family are all teachers so I figured I would’ve followed in her footsteps (but I’m not patient enough. My mom is a saint). I love cooking and baking but realized I just wasn’t passionate enough to be a chef. And, let’s be real, if grocery bagger was a career, I’d do it. I have a system and don’t like it when others bag my stuff when I shop.

20. Makeup is a slight obsession of mine.
I love being creative with eye shadows and trying new products! And I’m always on YouTube watching tutorials or reviews on new products.

21. I tell way too many stories.
I’m slowly starting to realize I’m becoming my dad….

22. I love baking and decorating cupcakes but hate eating them.
I don’t know why, but unless they’re German chocolate cupcakes, I’ll pass.

23. I’m terrified I won’t pass the bar exam.
Lord, help me!

24. I’ve only gone to one church my whole life.
My family has gone to our church since I was born and I absolutely love it. After my parents got divorced, it became my dads and my thing to go to the Early Bird service every Sunday (aka 7:30 am, ugh). But since he died, I basically refuse to go to that service because I have yet to make it through a service without crying. So now, if I go, I go to a different service. It’s a mega church so there are lots of options!

25. I would love to move away from California but I would miss my family too much.
I spend so much time with my family and I never get tired of it. I love just chilling in front of the tv with my mom, shopping with my sister and niece, and eating lunch at the place my brother works while he’s working. I love that my mom and grandpa live on the same street because my grandpa is one of the coolest guys you will ever meet and I love visiting him and hearing his stories. California is so expensive that it would make so much more sense to move anywhere else. But I would kick and scream if I had to actually leave my family (especially my mom). I love them too much!

I hope you enjoyed finding out a little bit more about me!

Now back to studying. I’ll see y’all again after the bar exam!


Tomorrow is my 25th birthday.
It seems like this year has flown by.

When I reflect on this past year, it’s crazy to think about all the things that have happened and how this past year has significantly changed my life.

Last year, I posted a picture on Instagram and said that I wanted 24 to be the year of happiness. I’d say that is partly what happened.

I started 24 with my third year of law school. I figured the most exciting thing I’d do while 24 was graduate law school. Shortly thereafter, my dad died unexpectedly. Then, two days after his funeral, I found out I was pregnant.

Since November 17, my life has been a crazy roller coaster of emotions.
Heartbroken over my dads death, joyful over my pregnancy, scared about telling the world about my struggles, and elated over graduating law school.

I never thought the things that happened this year would happen. I thought it would be a longggggg time until my dad died or I would have a baby. I thought I’d be looking at my dad in the crowd at graduation while getting hooded. I thought bar prep wouldn’t be this difficult or physically painful.

I am thankful to God every day that I am alive and healthy but I can’t help but wonder how my life would have been different had those events not happened.

Who knows, maybe I wouldn’t have posted a blog about my sexual assault story, I wouldn’t be wiggling around in pain from pregnancy because my ribs and back hurt all the time, and my apartment would still be cluttered because I wouldn’t be making room for a baby.

But, honestly, as much as it pains me that my dad isn’t here and won’t be present in my daughters life, I’m glad 24 turned out the way it did.

Don’t get me wrong, I am still heartbroken over my dads early departure and cry almost every day, but I love where I’m at right now.

Yes, I’m exhausted from bar prep and pregnancy and I can’t help but think bar prep would be soooo much easier had I not been pregnant, but I think God planned this because He knew I’d come out a stronger and better person on the other side.

I’ll be the first to admit I question Gods intentions all the time. Like, why did He call my dad home, why would He bless me with a baby knowing I’m taking the bar exam, what’s the purpose of it all?

I constantly ask why in every aspect of my life and I think a big part of 25 will be learning to let go and trust that God knows what He is doing with my life. I mean, I believe that in theory, but actually putting it into practice is a lot easier said than done.

I pray that 25 will be just as rewarding, demanding, and emotional as 24. Obviously it will be because I’ll have a baby to take care of, plus a newborn (jk Bret! haha). But I’m hoping God will continue to surprise me, good or bad, because I know, if I could make it through 24, I can make it through anything.

Here are some snapshots of things that happened over this past year!

One of the first things I did as a 24 year old was go to the San Diego Comic Con for the first time! I was part of a group that performed in Masquerade, which is a costume contest (we did Star Wars). It was so much fun to walk around the floor. Above is my sister-in-law and I with the TARDIS (our fave!) and me with Bae (aka Benedict Cumberbatch).


Before starting my 3L year, I headed over to the elementary school I went to because my mom transferred there! She’s back at teaching in the same grade as when she left the school 23ish years before! My niece and I ran around the playground playing on the jungle jim and playing tetherball (which I won every time, thank you very much).


When I walked into my dad’s house the day after we found out, I naturally gravitated towards this chair and blanket. This chair belonged to my grandpa who passed away when I was 10 and this chair holds a ton of memories. It currently is sitting in my living and I sit in it all the time. This blanket has been on my parents bed for forever. My dad used to take the tassels on the end and tickle my nose with them. It’s still weird to think I can’t call him up and talk to him about life. Miss you, dad!


Two days after my dad’s funeral we found out that I’m pregnant! I’m due mid-August so I’ll be 9 months pregnant while taking the bar exam. Fun stuff…. But in general, we are so excited (and I think our families are too!). It’s been 12 years since we’ve had a baby around and everyone has been itching for another, especially since both my siblings got married last year. Every day that she kicks I keep telling her to come out already…but to wait until after I take the bar, haha (it can be on the second day in the second session for all I care).


So this is Kaila and she is dating Bret’s brother Nic. One of the greatest things that’s happened is becoming friends with her this year. She is so nice and genuine and we like all the same stuff! The best part is she’s due with a baby just a couple months after me!! So my baby girl is going to have cousin she can actually grow up with! We don’t know if it’s a boy or girl but we are dead set that it’s a boy because all her cravings and pregnancy symptoms are soooo opposite to mine!


Last but not least, GRADUATION!! That day was so surreal. I had been waiting to graduate for so long. I had quite the bump at this point so my robe stuck out a little, it looked so funny, haha. As I was getting hooded I had to hold back tears, partly from the sun but mostly because I had wished my dad was there. But I knew that he, my grandparents, and uncles had the best seats in the house and had their own little cheering party going. He would’ve loved to have been there (I think he was more excited for me to graduate than I was, haha).

That’s it! That’s how I spent my 24th year!
Crazy how time flies!

Check back tomorrow as I share 25 things about myself and what I hope to accomplish this upcoming year!