day to get it done.
In the moment, not so much.
We left the airport and headed straight to our hotel to grab a quick bite. We had early reservations at Sur, so we didn’t want to ruin our appetites, but we were hungry.
We split a grilled cheese and fries. Yum.
We changed (well, I kind of changed…I changed jeans and shoes) and headed out to an early dinner.
This top is already a favorite of mine, and I just got it last week in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!
I wore it with my new vigoss jeans on the plane with flat cognac sandals (20% OFF right now!), and for dinner I changed to white jeans and wedges to dress it up a bit!
I’m not sure if you noticed in the above picture or not, but mama has a new crossbody bag!
I have a large one I got a couple of years ago from Rebecca Minkoff that I love (there are several Rebecca Minkoff bags in the sale HERE), but it has lots of hardware on it, and it’s quite heavy before anything is even in it.
I’ve been on the look out for a great neutral crossbody that wasn’t too big or too small.
This Michael Kors one fit the bill perfectly!
It’s a year round bag for sure because of the nice neutral color.
I love that the strap is a partial chain, it’s a great size (I was able to fit my makeup bag, a business card holder with my license and credit cards, my cell phone, and a small brush in it), and it can easily be dressed up or down. It’s a great bag!
And right now it’s $104.90, but will go back up to $158 after the sale is over.
If you want to get the look for yourself, click on the picture you are interested in:
And if you want some other crossbody options, check out these also!
Vince Camuto HERE / Rebecca Minkoff HERE / my Michael Kors HERE
similar leopard flats HERE and HERE (both with excellent reviews!)
To be honest, we weren’t that impressed with Sur (one of Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurants).
It was good, we just didn’t think it was amazing.
We did get the goat cheese balls that they talk about on the show, and they were awesome.
But the problem? The plate had 3 balls! THREE!
So, Shay and I each had a ball and a half.
I’m going to let that sink in.
We each ate a ball and a half. Each ball was about the size of a really large marble.
I needed at least at dozen (or 2!) for myself.
After Sur we walked down the street a bit to have a drink at Pump (another Vanderpump restaurant).
Pump was GORGEOUS,
Shay said hers tasted a bit like grass, and I was NOT jealous.
Mine tasted like vodka and fresh strawberries. You want a sip of mine don’t you?
It was great girl time and we had lots of laughs!
When we got back to the hotel, we both threw on our favorite pjs.
Find my camo ones HERE that are part of the anniversary sale (they come in plus sizes also…and solids and a floral as well).
One reader’s daughter paired the camo shorts with the pink sweatshirt top and it was DARLING!
For size reference, I’m wearing smalls in both the top and bottoms.
Saturday morning we got up, headed out to a quick brunch (think a crispy potato cake, eggs over easy, and chorizo!), and then went back to the room to start getting ready to go to the taping.
Let’s talk about our outfits for just a second.
Two days before we left we got an e-mail saying that it was recommended that the audience members not wear black or stripes.
Shay had planned to wear a black dress and I had planned to wear a striped dress.
But listen here, you gotta give a girl more notice if you want her to dress a certain way for t.v.!
So, I wore the dress I had planned on and just crossed my fingers they wouldn’t make me leave!
Because I LOVE the dress.
The colors are gorgeous and bright, I like that it’s short, and it has an orange full slip that you wear under it because the top layer is a bit sheer. I thought it was a really great dress, and I know I’ll wear it again and again.
The dress is fully stocked at Lord and Taylor HERE.
For size reference, I’m wearing a 4.
necklace HERE / similar wedges HERE / earrings HERE
*The earrings are part of the anniversary sale and $20 OFF right now!
If you notice, there is a difference in my dress and the the dress pictured online. I took the dress to a tailor and had her cut off the long ties and tassels. I felt they made the dress look too much like a beach cover-up, so I just got them taken off! I loved the end result.
(Sorry for the bad lighting.)
We took several pics trying to get a good one of the two of us.
AND LISTEN TO THIS.
We even tried to set a timer on Shay’s phone, and I thought it would be a great idea to use a glass that was sitting out to prop the phone up on top of my closed laptop.
So, I picked up the glass and turned it over on the laptop….
but wait for it……
the glass had water in it.
HORROR OF HORRORS.
I’m not sure, but I’m pretty certain that the universe might have stopped spinning for like a nanosecond.
I had just thrown water on my laptop.
I remained calm (that’s not really true), and Shay shot into action.
Luckily, the computer was okay.
I was of course feeling a little stupid for YOU KNOW, POURING A GLASS OF WATER ON TO MY COMPUTER, but I’m thinking I’ll get over it. Eventually.
After we cleaned up the water, we were able to snap a couple of pics!
I’m so thankful for this girl and our friendship.
Shay was the one who initially encouraged me to start blogging, and having her to do it with has made this experience so much more fun and so much sweeter.
I pretty much want to walk around with this filter on my face for the rest of my life.
I love a good filter.
The taping was SO. MUCH. FUN.
It was lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng…and I do mean long….but I’m so happy I had the opportunity to go. Thanks again Sean for making it happen!
So I obviously can’t talk about the show and what we saw, but I have to say,
IT WAS THE MOST DRAMATIC MEN TELL ALL EVER.
I’m so anxious to see what parts make it to air and what parts gets edited out.
I had to sign a contract that I wouldn’t talk, and to be honest, I’m a big ol’ scaredy cat….so that’s all I’m going to say about the taping at this point!
We did get to meet some girls from LH (my high school) that graduated with Chris Harrison and are still friends with him! Shout out girls!
They were such a fun group of girlfriends and it was fun connecting the dots with people we knew and teachers we had all had in high school.
I stole this (with permission) off of Lynn’s facebook page.
Jamie, Susybelle, Harrison, Lynn, Emily, and Maria
(Here’s a fun little tidbit! Look at Emily’s shoes! The MUST HAVE wedges!!!)
Also shout out to Angie, the girl who was sitting next to me who was nice enough to schedule an Uber for us for the way home since we didn’t have our phones. Thank you Angie!
I would have made sure to get pics with all of these girls BUT I DIDN’T HAVE MY PHONE.
So here we are after we got home.
We were seriously sore after sitting down for so long..making sure we had good posture so we didn’t look all frumpy and slumped over if we happened to be caught on film was really hard work.
We got back to the hotel, and this happened.
I was laughing so hard because I felt (my picture especially) like it looked like a crime scene.
We were dying because so many of you were concerned about our accommodations after seeing the above pictures on ig.
And when we looked at the pics, we totally could see why you were all worried for our well being!
Well, no need to worry, we were actually staying at The Line, a really nice hotel on Wilshire Blvd!
The rooms had a very industrial feel, which explains the unfinished concrete walls.
Here’s a pic of what our room looked like.
See? Not scary at all!
But the halls were another story.
I mean, seriously. Check out the halls.
We composed ourselves 🙂 and then headed to Commissary (one the hotel’s restaurants) for the 3rd time.
For those of you keeping track…yes…for the 3rd time in 2 days. 😉
Here’s a picture of it.
I spent more than several minutes wondering how the heck they watered all of those hanging plants without getting everything inside soaking wet!
Margaritas were just what we needed.
That, a shrimp po boy, a french drip, lots of french fries, and a spicy caramelized pecan mini bundt cake. And more girl talk.
Fast and furious, but so great to get to have lots of good time with a friend and get a little behind the scenes peek at a show I’ve watched for YEARS!
Thank you Shay for going with me!
Now, before you go, you know I had to give you a couple of more Anniversary Sale picks! I asked y’all on Monday night on facebook what else you wanted to see from the sale, and I basically got every answer in the book!
So, I will continue to put some more favorite finds and picks on the bottom of all of my posts right now. And remember, the sale goes live on Friday for everybody!
I will have a super comprehensive post on Friday that starts with NEW ITEMS, and then will give you a review of everything I’ve already talked about. It will make your shopping super easy!
I put this waterfall cardi on facebook over the weekend, but I realized it had never made it to the blog. It’s soft, it’s a great length, and I feel like it could be the blardigan’s cousin.
For size reference, I’m wearing a small….but I tried on an x-small afterwards, and I liked the fit of it even better. Just a personal preference.
cardi / jeans / cami / booties / earrings / necklace
Several of you asked for watches, so here are 4 of my favs available in the sale.
Starting counter clockwise from the top left:
dual tone Michael Kors / Gorjana bracelet
silver Michael Kors / Nadri bracelet*
Michele watch / Nadri bracelet*
man’s Michael Kors / beaded multi-cord bracelet
*I absolutely love the Nadri bracelets available in the sale this year, but if you don’t have a super slim wrist, I wouldn’t recommend them. They are quite hard to get off and on.
The Anniversary Sale is a GREAT time to be a watch!
And I’m more than a little in love with THIS Marc Jacobs bag.
And if you love Frye and fringe, then you are GOING TO DIE about this next option.
FRYE fringe bag
Seriously. Are you dying? Cause I’m dying.
During Sale Price: $305.90 / After Sale Price: $458
Click HERE for the bag.
This Rebecca Minkoff hobo with zipper detail is awesome!
The only color left right now is the Ash, but I think it’s a great year-round color!
During Sale Price:$216.90 / After Sale Price: $325
Click HERE for the bag.
If you want to see my comprehensive Anniversary Sale posts so far, then click HERE and scroll through!
And remember, I’ve got LOTS of new FAVORITE FINDS that will be on Friday’s post!!!!
See y’all back here tomorrow for Monday’s Bachelorette recap!
(You can thank Andrea for that little gem!)