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I've been so busy with beauty and bridal posts lately it seems like ages since I've filled you in on what's happening with me personally. Here's a glimpse.

3 Long-lasting Nail Polishes

Three long-lasting nail polish systems put to the test: CND Vinylux, Essie Gel Couture, Sally Hansen Color Therapy

I adore the shine and chip resistance of a gel mani, but not the drawbacks: the expense, the weakened nails, the growth lines in two weeks, having to return to the salon to get it removed properly. The next best thing? A long-lasting formula that delivers gel-like shine and durability, but comes off with normal nail polish remover and is affordable to boot. I tested three such nail polish systems in the past few weeks—details after the jump!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favourites

Nordstrom anniversary sale 2016
1. Vince colorblock wool and cashmere knit car coat ($495 $329.90) | 2. Diane Von Furstenberg double-breasted walking coat ($598 $349.90) | 3. AG 'The Legging' ankle jeans ($245 163.90) | 4. Kate Spade New York 'Spencer Court - Lavinia' crossbody leather and suede bag ($298 $198.90) | 5. Vince 'Hallie' round-toe bootie ($395 $249.90) | 6. ALLSAINTS 'Paradise North/South' leather tote ($348 $229.90) | 7. Voluspa 'Maison Blanc' two-wick tin candle trio ($48 value for $40 $29.50) | 8. Hunter 'Original - Refined' rain boot ($195 $129.90) | 9. Diptyque scented candle set ($75 value at $55) | 10. Louise et Cie 'Adelise' oxford ($139.95 $89.90) | 11. Charlotte Tilbury 'Instant Beauty Palette - The Dolce Vita Look' 5 Minute Face On The Go ($147 value at $75) | 12. Drybar 'Beach in a Box' collection ($209 value at $140) | 13. MAC 'Look in a Box - Basic' brush kit ($52.50)

Happy Monday, dear readers! Here at Solo Lisa headquarters, things weren't too productive on the weekend: The boy and I were trying to take it easy before his upcoming work trip and we binge-watched Stranger Things on Netflix in a single sitting. (So good!) But I did get a chance to peruse the Nordstrom anniversary sale catalogue and pick out all of my favourites to share with you today. Read on for all the details, plus tips on how to shop the sale strategically!

Buy Now, Wear Now: 30+ Nordstrom Summer Sale Picks


Shopping sales as an aspiring minimalist is tricky business. My style strategy for avoiding missteps: I only buy something if it sparks that "I can't wait to wear it right away" sense of joy; it complements my casual denim- and neutrals-heavy wardrobe; and it might let a worn-out staple retire. In anticipation of the major Nordstrom anniversary sale starting in just a few days, I couldn't resist peeking at the Nordstrom women's summer sale where I found plenty of pieces that ticked all the boxes. These wear-all-the-time staples will take you through summer into fall and beyond.

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