July Favorites

Amanda's OK July Favorites

Another month has come and gone - that means it's time for another monthly favorites roundup! I received a lot of goodies from different brands this month so I have quite the list for you! Blogging has turned me into a bit of a product junkie and I am A-OK with it. It is so fun to sample things and find new favorites to share.

Friday Favorites

friday favorites
Jumpsuit | Similar Hat | Similar Shoes

Hello hello!! Happy Friday, friends and family! We made it to the end of the week....aaaand the end of the month! Oklahoma has been in the midst of a heat wave lately (I'm talking 110+ degrees for days in a row) so I am glad that the months seem to be flying....your girl is ready to wear some of her fall N-Sale purchases, stat!

Though we didn't get to travel anywhere exciting in July, it was still a super busy month. You might remember I had gallbladder surgery at the end of June so I spent the first few weeks of the month taking it easy but I'm back in the swing of things and feeling a million times better! It's crazy to think that getting rid of an organ can make your body so much happier. Besides that, I've still been loving my new 4-Runner, teaching my Beyond 500 classes, working hard at my day job, working like crazy on growing the blog, doing a lot of fun collabs and gearing up for several exciting trips in the next few months. Though there hasn't been any specific huge events lately to share, life in general has just been hectic! I've been running around like a crazy person and am in need of a relaxing weekend!


My Workout Playlist

Amanda's OK Workout Playlist
Similar Workout Tank (get 20% off $100 with code AMANDAMARB20) | Crop Leggings | Earbuds, c/o Sudio, 15% off with code AMANDASOK | Nikes | Sunnies (only $14!) | Lips, color is Nude
Did anyone else used to spend hours upon hours listing to music and burning mix CDs back in the day? I know I certainly did. The iTunes app on my dad's old computer was fiiiiilllled with early 2000's jams and I'm pretty sure my brain is still 40% lyrics......how do I still know every word to every Hilary Duff song but I can't remember what day it is? That music phase lasted up through college and then all of a sudden music just became way less important to me. Maybe because school drama was over and I had found my now husband so I no longer felt a connection to T. Swift and Kelly Clarkson's heart felt breakup lyrics? I don't know! Either way, I hadn't made a playlist in ages.

When I started teaching Beyond 500, though, I all of a sudden had to get back in the saddle and start making playlists for class. It stressed me out at first, if we're being honest, but I've had so much fun with it! My taste in workout music has some throwbacks, a little rap, a lot of pop and always a good beat to keep you moving. I'm pretty picky with my workout songs in that they have to keep me excited....no slow stuff! I put together a huge playlist below with aaaaall my favorite workout songs that I like to shuffle whenever I workout on my own. 

N-Sale Outfit Inspo

nordstrom anniversary sale outfits
Button Neck Tee, $30 | Similar Shorts | Similar Hat | Tory Burch Miller Sandals

I got to road trip to Dallas a few days back with two of my favorite OKC blogger babes, Ashley and Courtney (plus we met up with the sweetest Dallas blogger, Hannah) to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in person! We don't have a Nordstrom in Oklahoma - it is truly a tragedy but probably a good thing for my wallet - and Dallas is the closest location. It made for such a fun girl's day.

Even though most of the items I was hoping to try on were already sold out, we still had a blast and found some really great deals! You can view my dressing room diaries post here. After shopping our booties off, we ate a delicious lunch at Bird Bakery in Highland Park and squeezed in a quick photo shoot before heading home. Let me tell you, shooting fall looks in the middle of a Texas July day is terrrrrribbbblllleee. We got a lot of weird looks and multiple comments but I just love how the photos turned out. Hopefully these outfits give you a little bit of N-Sale inspo - most everything in this post is still in stock (at least it is as a I type this)!

N-Sale Try On

nordstrom anniversary sale try on
Similar Tank | Tie Waist Shorts | Tory Burch Miller Sandals | Monogram Necklace

Good morning, friends and fellow Nordstrom Anniversary Sale fanatics! Friday, July 20, (well, actually Thursday in the middle of the night) the N-Sale opens to the public. I shopped the sale during public access the last two years - you can find my tips here from last year's experience. It is a bit on the crazy side, so definitely be prepared! If you're shopping online, I'd recommend you set your alarms and have your must-have items picked out and waiting for you in your wishlist so you can click add to cart and checkout as quickly as possible! Things will sell out in the blink of an eye....it is nuts!

I road tripped down to Nordstrom in Dallas over the weekend to shop the sale in person and tried on a TON of stuff + my order from opening day FINALLY arrived! The box was 15 pounds, ha! I'm sharing a little "dressing room diaries" for you below with size information. Some of this stuff is sold out currently but I'm hoping they will restock before the sale opens to the public on Friday. Let me know if you have any questions on any of these items!

Gigi's Cupcake Delivery

gigi's cupcake delivery
Plaid Shirt (Part of the N-Sale - see the rest of my picks here!) | Similar White Shorts

If I've had a horrible day and want to eat my feelings, or if I've had a fantastic, celebration-worthy type of day, I always jokingly tweet, "Someone send cupcakes, Attn: Amanda." or "Now accepting celebratory cupcakes." I 100% would always choose cupcakes over flowers......anyone else?!

Get this: you can actually make my silly little cupcake dreams a reality! Gigi's Cupcakes now has a shipping option, meaning they can deliver cupcakes to anywhere in the United States! Yup, you read that right. You can enjoy Gigi's Cupcakes and treats anywhere, anytime or send them to anyone you'd like. The cupcake delivery man is always welcome to knock on my front door.

My N-Sale Wish List

nordstrom anniversary sale wishlist

It's here it's here! My favorite sale of the entire year is here! I am literally still recovering from how much money I spent last year during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale but what can I say...........it was worth every penny! Full disclosure: my husband may not agree....

This sale is THE BEST for several reasons: 1) It is a sale on NEW merchandise for fall (my favorite season and my favorite style of clothes) 2) The markdowns are out of this world and you will find some crazy good deals 3) The sale items are so good I will literally want one of everything. The N-Sale prices are currently only for Nordstrom Card holders but the sale will open to the public on July 20.

Best of OKC Dog Friendly Spots

best dog friendly spots in okc
Buffalo Tee - only $12! | Shorts | Flip Flops | Lips

I was a little stumped this month when thinking of a topic for my Best of OKC series. I considered doing best patios, but it is just so dang hot out I thought I'd save that for the fall when patio season returns. Then, it hit me.......best places to go with your dog! I'm a HUGE crazy dog lady and love my dogs more than life so it seemed fitting!

Chloe and Kylo don't get out as much as they used to.....two dogs are a little harder to handle than one and Kylo's elbow dysplasia makes things difficult sometimes, but we still like to take them places with us whenever we can! I rounded up their favorite spots in town below!


Trade Coffee Co: Love at First Sip

morning coffee
Similar PJ Set Here & Here | Robe | Similar Warby Parker Glasses | Slippers | Mug | Lips, color is Honey

It is no secret that I'm a coffee lover. I'm kind of a coffee snob, too, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I hate work coffee, gas station coffee and church coffee that is brewed in bulk, watered down and tastes like dirt..... I prefer quality coffee that is filled with flavor and makes your taste buds dance. I don't use creamer because I genuinely love the flavor of the coffee I buy - just a splash of milk enhances it so well! Now, of course, I'm basic and love me some Starbucks BUT local coffee shops are always my first choice because they brew the best stuff. I'm literally such a coffee snob that I just bought THIS single serve coffee maker for my office because I hate work coffee so much haha. No shame.

Weekend mornings in our house are aaaaall about waking up slow with good coffee and couch time. While C cooks breakfast, I play barista. I grind coffee beans, prepare our morning brew and pick out our mugs of the day (I have quite the collection). We always buy craft coffee so I was super excited to discover Trade Coffee Co. They sell freshly roasted coffee from all the best roasters in the country and ship it directly to your doorstep.


Beauty Products for Travel

best beauty items for travel
Jumpsuit (white is sold out), available in Navy for $14 and very similar in Yellow! | Heels | Gucci Bag | Lips, color is Caramello

If you've been following along for long, you know that I've been doing a LOT of traveling this year. I've more or less got the whole packing thing down to a science (I didn't think I would ever say that). I still struggle with what outfits to bring sometimes, but I have specific go-to travel toiletries and beauty items that I never leave home without.

For those of you who don't travel frequently, I know packing can be daunting, so I rounded up a few of my favorite hair and beauty items for you. These are all proven (by your's truly) to work for gals on the go!


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Guide

nordstrom anniversary sale

I feel like I blinked and it was suddenly N-Sale Season! My favorite season! Strap in because every fashion blogger will be talking about this sale for weeks (and for good reason). It is seriously the best sale EVER - it totally trumps Black Friday in my opinion! This will be my third year shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale so I feel like I'm pretty much a pro by now. I included a few pictures below of items I've purchased in past years and still wear today (there are lots).
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