Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access Favorites

Get Early Access to The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | Shop my favorite fall essentials from the best sale of the year.

I had so much fun shopping the Nordstrom sale today. I picked up some great pieces and I can’t wait to share them with you this week. I have linked an assortment of my favorite fall staples from the sale below.

Want To Get Early Access To the Sale?

Sign up for a Nordstrom credit card or debit card to get access to the sale early! They will send you a physical copy of the card in about a week, but you can get a temporary card printed out in store so that you can shop the sale right now!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access Finds

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access Finds

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access Finds




The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Is Coming

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Strategy

July is the wonderful time of year that fashion and accessory lovers everywhere unite and rejoice. Why? Because the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 is finally here! In just a few days Nordstrom is opening their doors to the arguably the best sale of the year.

What is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

Once a year Nordstrom makes Christmas come early, and majorly marks down their BRAND NEW fall arrivals. Ya’ll it’s amazing. Nordstrom gives you the chance to stock up on all of your fall staples at rock bottom prices. These fall pieces will be marked down up to 40% off until the prices increase on August 8th, but you have to act fast! Make sure to sign up for a Nordstrom credit or debit card (I have a debit card) to gain access to the sale July 14th before the non- card holding public does.

How Do I Gain Early Access to the Sale?

To gain early access to the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, all you need to do is apply for a Nordstrom credit or debit card here. The physical card take 7-10 business days to arrive, but you can go into the actual store with a photo Id and they will print you a temporary one so that you can gain early access to the sale.

A lot of the most desirable items will sell out in popular sizes during early access, so apply for your card right now! It takes five minutes and you will be so glad that you did.

If you don’t want to apply for a Nordstrom card, no biggie. You can still shop the goodies when the sale goes public on July 22nd.

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What Should I Buy?

I’m so glad that you asked! Let’s talk strategy.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 is the perfect time to purchase fall staples that you will use all season. If you can swing it financially, I would take advantage of the rock bottom prices and purchase pricier pieces that you might not be able to easily afford later in the season. If this is not an option, focus on inexpensive staples that you will thank yourself for purchasing later.

As tempting as it might be to purchase a statement piece that you might not wear as often, think of all of those times that you have stood in front of your closet cursing yourself for not buying enough basics to style. Focus on what you NEED.

Here are some of my favorite items to stock up on:

Riding Boots | Shop early access, because riding boots are typically one of the first things to sell out in popular sizes.

Ankle Booties 

Fall Colored Purses and Crossbody Bags

Simple Blouses and Tops | Perfect for layering in the chillier months.

Fall Accessories | Think floppy hats, beanies, scarves, gloves, etc.

Comfy Sweaters

Outerwear | Vests, light jackets, and heavier coats are smart purchases that you will thank yourself later for.

Fall Dresses | To layer with tights of course.

Cozy Pajamas

Small Gifts | Shop ahead for the upcoming holidays!

Workout Gear | To stay ahead of all of the holiday eating that we will all be doing.

What Will I Be Purchasing?

To shop my favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks make sure and check back here in a few days. I will be sharing my favorite fall staples in each category as well as the items that I purchased for myself. I love fall, and even though it may be the middle of the summer, I am excited to start thinking about all of the cute outfits that the season has in store!

What do YOU have your eye on purchasing in the Nordstrom sale? Let me know in the comments below.





Fourth Of July Weekend Sales

Fourth Of July Clothing Sale Roundup

Summer’s favorite holiday has finally rolled around (wtf it was Christmas five seconds ago)! I love this holiday and all of the patriotism that it inspires. Plus the lake trips, cookouts, and fireworks are more than exciting! As if this holiday couldn’t be fun enough, there are a ton of great sales on many of my favorite websites to add to the festivities.


This preppy clothing retailer has tons of cute accessories, dresses, skirts, hats, and home decor items. Their Pool Party sale has everything that you need for a fun pool day including floaties, bathing suits, sandals, bar accessories, games and more!

Use Tuckernuck discount code SPLASH at checkout for 20% off

J Crew

No one does summer fashion like J Crew! Shop 40% off their summer styles and 40-60% off of their sale styles.

Use J Crew discount code COOLSTYLES at checkout for 40% off

Lilly Pulitzer

Live in Lilly this summer. Pick up a few of the pieces that you have had your eye on this season and get a gift with every purchase!

Banana Republic

Stock up on flirty summer styles and wardrobe essentials. Banana Republic is offering an additional 50% off of sale styles and 40% off of select summer pieces. No coupon code needed. 


Anthropologie is my favorite place to get unique gifts for others (and for myself hehe). They have a ton of unique tops, dresses, skirts, and home decor items on sale right now so shop away! 

Use Anthropologie discount code EVENBETTER to get an additional 30% off of sale items



3 Things I Learned From Tinder

The Three Things I Learned From using Tinder - Lessons every twenty something girl should learn! | Progression By Design

Three Things I Learned From Tinder - Lessons every twenty something should learn!

So chances are that if you are a twenty something in this day and age, you have heard of the popular dating app Tinder. If you by some odd chance haven’t, Tinder is an app that let’s you “speed date” through a series of matches provided for you based on your location and preferences. You can only see who matches with you if you “like” them as well. This prevents creepy strangers from harassing you via direct message.

Tinder? Erm – Sure I Guess

I started using the app a few months after a break up to get back onto the dating scene. I was a relatively late (and skeptical) adopter, and at that point, had heard several Tinder stories that weren’t exactly “promising” in the find-your-soulmate department. However, I pressed on in the hopes that I would have better luck than some of my friends.

I matched with a few people right off of the bat and I was in business! I quickly learned that there are both complete D-Bags on Tinder that would love for me to send them boob pictures in the first five minutes of our encounter, as well as super sweet gentleman that really did want to get to know me.

With Tinder you truly get them all, you just have to be good at weeding out the bad seeds.

Word of Advice: Go with your gut. If he sounds sketchy he probably is sketchy. DO NOT meet anyone at their homes for the first few dates or let them come to yours. I don’t care how charming they are. It’s just not worth it lady!

Did I Find a Relationship from Tinder?

Long story short, I have been on some amazing dates over the last two years and have even found a long term boyfriend from Tinder (we aren’t together anymore but still remain great friends). It can be a really great experience for you if you avoid trying to match with people just because they’re sexy. If you focus on their personality you are a lot more likely to find a great guy that is right for you!

All of this being said, there are a few things that I learned from Tinder that I think every twenty something girl should know:

1. You Are a Hot Commodity

Before Tinder, I was completely guilty of sometimes forgetting just how much of a catch I am. It can be easy to get caught up in the hotness of someone out in the real world that you feel is “out of your league” and forget about your own hotness. You ARE the complete package and don’t you forget it!

With Tinder you not only get the validation of matching with a multitude of sexy guys, but you get the sometimes needed reminder that people really are interested in you and think you’re pretty.

The Bottom Line

All too many times I have seen those close to me getting hung up on dating someone that well – at the end of the day isn’t that great. Why? Because my friends feel like decent guys are few and far between. Tinder shatters that false reality and proves that there SO many amazing people out there waiting to meet them and potentially fall in love.

When new potential relationships are a scarcity it makes sense to want to hold onto the less than stellar one that you have. Get rid of this mind set! When new potential relationships are abundant, there is nothing to stop you from finding the perfect one!

2. Go With Your Gut

When I got caught up talking to a cute guy on Tinder it was easy to overlook a few potential red flags here and there. Because I mean call me shallow, but who doesn’t want to date a sexy man that they would love to be seen with?

I used to have two speeds: overly critical, or let’s brush this under the rug for a few dates to see if it works out. Neither were particularly great. Tinder taught me to call a spade for a spade. If he talks about himself the entire first date, he will more than likely do that for the duration of the relationship *shudder*.

Be honest with yourself about what you like and don’t like. If your gut is telling you that something is off, there is. It doesn’t matter if you are able to point it out immediately or not.

The Bottom Line

Don’t ignore potential warning signs just because you have always wanted a hot boyfriend and one is currently interested in you. On the surface this sounds like a “duh Marie I’m not that shallow” no brainer, but when you’re out in the thick of it, it can be much easier to overlook than you think. Stay smart and stay true to yourself at all times!

3. You Are in Control of the Situation

I’m not sure if any of you have ever felt this way, but in dating it sometimes feels as if the other person is in control. It can be hard not to worry if the other person shares the same feelings as you, could see themselves dating you, etc.

While you can’t control what the other person is thinking and feeling, YOU are the one that is in control of the situation. Why should you worry about what they are thinking? They are wondering how YOU feel about dating THEM.

You are the complete package of amazing-ness. I’m not even kidding. If they can’t see how lucky they would be to date you, then kick their ass to the curb. I don’t care how cute they are, because trust me, you will find someone cuter that appreciates you!

The Bottom Line

If you adopt and keep this mind set, not only will you be in control of the situation, you will end up with someone that truly appreciates and cares about you. Aaaand as an added bonus you will be even MORE attractive to the other person. Confidence is sexy. End of story.


Who Knows? You Could Meet Your Husband.

Tinder gets a bad rep for being a hookup site. Tinder is what you make of it. If you want to use it to hook up with random hot guys, go for it. If you want to use it to go on fun casual dates that could lead to a potential relationship, do it.

Either way you want to play the field is fine. Just remember to follow your heart, keep your wits about you, and have fun! I have learned several great things about myself and dating in general from Tinder and with the right mind set, you can too!

Bonus anecdote that might give you even more hope: One of my best friends met her fiancee on Tinder last year and they’re getting married next summer! Stranger things have happened!



Weekly Picks 4/11


Weekly Interior Design and Fashion Picks | Progression By Design

I had so much fun rounding up the weekly picks for this week! I have a to-buy list 100 feet long and growing ya’ll this is really bad. However, if I buy anything else navy my friends are going to hold an intervention so I might just hold off on the shopping for a while. 😉 I will just shop vicariously through everyone else.

Note: If viewing this on your phone, switch to desktop view to be able to read the full commentary for each weekly pick! Click the three lines in the top right hand corner and select ‘switch to desktop version.’

Enjoy all of these super freaking cute weekly picks!

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Book List 2016

2016 Book List

Reading has always been such an important part of my life. The concept of having an adventure at your fingertips is such a neat thing! I kid you not when I tell you that I have re-read the entire Harry Potter series ten times. This being said, I am so bad about putting reading on the back burner and have really been missing it lately.  This year I really want to focus on carving time out of my day to unwind before bed and read. I have created a massive book list that I want to get and read this year. I love getting new book recommendations from people so I thought that it would be fun to share my book list with ya’ll!

Summer Book List

| Find Her | Lovely Bones | Uglies |

Find Her by Lisa Gardner

I have really been interested in thrillers lately, and Find Her looks soo good! This novel is about a girl that was kidnapped for over a year and is learning to assimilate back into society. She becomes involved in another kidnapping case, and it is up to a Boston detective to find her before she is lost forever.


How To Fall Asleep Quickly (And Stay Asleep)

How To Fall Asleep Quickly | Progression By DesignSleeping is an essential part of happiness. I don’t know about you, but I am a crazy person when I haven’t gotten my beauty rest. I take this moment to apologize to anyone that has crossed my path during this volatile time. This being said, learning how to all asleep quickly is a pretty useful skill to have.

My sleep pattern seems to ebb and flow pretty often. Sometimes I will be able to pass out as soon as my head hits the pillow and other times I turn into a complete insomniac. Because of my sporadic sleep patterns, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that always help to relax me and help me fall asleep:

Drink a Hot Beverage

Drink a cup of chamomile tea or a hot beverage like water with lemon before you get into bed. The ingredients in the tea will actually help to make you sleepy and start the relaxation process. If you aren’t a tea fan, try some hot water with lemon or warm milk!

Invest In Luxurious Bedding

A good night sleep starts with your bedding. Invest in a set of luxurious sheets to set the stage for a wonderful night’s rest. I like to keep my bed linens simple and polished looking.  If you are looking for a luxury linen set that not only looks beautiful but feels beautiful, I highly recommend Frette’s Atlantic collection. The sateen stripes add a polished look of luxury to a classic design. Essentially what this means is that I want a set in every color…

Oh goodness.

I normally wouldn’t suggest such a splurge, however, I truly love the look and feel of this bedding. While many think that bed linen quality is determined by thread count, it is in fact largely determined by the raw materials and the processes used to create the product. Frette truly is the couture of bedding and well worth the higher price tag. I promise.

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Get Clean and Cozy

Nothing satisfies me more than taking a hot relaxing bath and then slipping into a comfy satin nightgown. If that doesn’t get you ready for a luxurious night’s sleep, then I don’t know what does! Reading a book in the bathtub helps me to slowly unwind and focus my mind on something other than the day that I just had or the stuff that I need to complete tomorrow.

Unplug and Unwind

I am notoriously guilty of lying in bed with my phone and checking social media or reading interesting articles before I go to sleep. I have made a conscious effort to unplug from everything about an hour before bed lately and have seen such a difference in how quickly I am able to fall asleep.

Surround Yourself With Lavender

I love to give my sheets a spritz with lavender chamomile sheet spray. Not only does rolling around in lavender make my hair smell great, it envelopes me in the perfect lavender cloud to fall asleep on. Even just talking about falling asleep on a cloud is making me sleepy.

Listen to Relaxing Sounds

Gently falling rain and rumbling thunder in the distance is my favorite sound of all time to fall asleep to. Download a track that you like from iTunes and play it on repeat while you drift off to sleep!

Stretch By Candle Light

I don’t care if you are the least flexible person on the planet, lightly stretching before bed will relax you. Light a scented candle, dim the lights, and get down on your floor a few minutes before bedtime to do some stretching!

 Dim the Lights

Dim your lights about an hour or so before you go to sleep. This will act as a signal to your body and let it know that it is almost time to go to bed. If your lights don’t have any dimmers, keep your softest light on and turn off any overhead lights that produce harsh lighting.

Consciously Relax Your Body

If you are trying to learn how to fall asleep quickly, this tip is a must try! Once you are lying in bed with the lights off, start relaxing the tips of your toes. Slowly work your way up your entire body relaxing each part as you go. I usually can’t make it past my shoulders before I am fully asleep. Pair this relaxation routine with deep breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth and you will be asleep in no time!

What is your favorite trick to fall asleep quickly? I would love to know!



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How To Fall Asleep Quickly

Spring Outfit Wardrobe Essentials


Spring Outfit Wardrobe Essentials | Progression By Design

At every change of the season I find myself standing in front of my closet feeling like I have nothing to wear. Okay, let’s be real, I do that basically every day… But especially when we are on the cusp of a new season. I like to use the changing weather as a benchmark to asses the gaps that I have in my wardrobe.

I notoriously get distracted with bold prints and statement pieces and end up kicking myself when I don’t have enough basic staples to work with. This spring I want to determine what pieces are missing from my wardrobe (in my case basic staples) and fill in the gaps as needed. Having a strong wardrobe foundation allows me to get creative when styling outfits and gives me plenty to work with. Every season I try to stick with this shopping strategy:

  • Make a list of the pieces that you want
  • Asses what you already own
  • Fill in the remaining gaps with new pieces

I have compiled a list of the basic wardrobe essentials that I am on the hunt for this spring season for your viewing pleasure! I find that it is really helpful to keep a list in mind when I am shopping so that I don’t end up with twenty things that I don’t really need. Feel free to save this image to your phone to keep on hand next time that you are out shopping!

Spring Wardrobe Essentials Check List

SHOES | Block Heels, Sam Edelman | Wedges, Tory Burch | Sandals, Jack Rogers |TOPS | Halter Top, Kendall and Kylie (so in love) | Bell Sleeved Blouse, Revolve | Roll Tab Blouse, Lush (33% off right now)DRESSES | Black Lace Fit and Flare, Nordstrom | Striped Romper, MLM | Swing Dress, Old NavyBOTTOMS | White Toothpick Jeans, J Crew | Tie Front Slacks, J Crew (THAT BOW!) | Wide Leg Jeans, Frame DenimACCESSORIES | Statement Earrings, Bauble Bar | Sun Hat, Nordstrom | Crossbody, Kate Spade |

Spring Shoes

I love the new block heel trend this spring and have been embracing it wholeheartedly. Block heels are like the Ugg boot of heels because they are SO comfortable to walk in. I love fun statement heels as much as the next girl, but I find myself reaching for neutral colors so much more often for day to day use. I love this suede pair from Sam Edelman. The crisscross detailing and lace up ankle accent add such a fun element to these basic block heels!

In addition to a good pair of everyday heels, I like to have a pair of simple wedges and a pair of casual grab-and-go sandals like my Jack Rogers. In fact I try to purchase several pairs of casual sandals every year because I find that when I only have one pair, they get ruined so much faster because I am wearing them so much.

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Shirts and Blouses

If you’re going to buy one shirt this spring, buy this simple roll tab blouse (and it’s on sale!). The options are literally endless with this wardrobe essential and I highly recommend purchasing at least one. Shirts are where I start to veer off course when I am shopping. There are so many stunning tops with bold patterns and colors that I adore! But honestly how many times can I really wear a bright fuchsia shirt without people noticing? I find that I am so much happier with my wardrobe when I have a good selection of basic tops to accessorize with bold accessories.

Dresses and Rompers

Having a collection of simple but stylish dresses in your wardrobe arsenal is a must. They take so much less time to style than a full ensemble and you don’t have to wear pants. That’s a win win if I ever saw one. And wait, it gets better! Rompers are like dresses, except you don’t have to do everything with your legs clamped shut. Run, frolic, dance on a table at brunch; rompers give you that choice. I have really been loving the look of the off the shoulder romper trend, and this striped one is SO perfect I can’t even stand it.

Pants and Jeans

White pants make for some of my favorite spring outfits and are a complete wardrobe essential. I feel like you can throw anything over white jeans and it just looks good. I love the white toothpick jeans from J crew, but there are so many other options out there to try!

With all of the seventies inspired fashion that we have been seeing as of late, I have noticed a rise in the popularity of wide leg and flare jeans yet again. No jean is the same, but I feel that this rings especially true when it comes to wide leg jeans. If the beginning of the flare isn’t placed properly, it can make your legs appear much larger than they really are. Find a pair that subtly begins to taper down below the knee. When executed properly, wide leg jeans can be SO flattering.


While I have been advocating stocking up on your wardrobe basics, fun accessories and statement pieces are just as crucial to a well rounded wardrobe. Dress up the simple tops and dresses that you have picked out with statement jewelry or a fun hat!


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What spring essentials are on your shopping list? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to know what everyone is purchasing this season!



Weekly Picks (3/30)

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Instead of doing a normal Design Find post like I have been doing in the past, I thought that it would be fun to mix it up a little. From here on out I will be doing a weekly post with my favorite design finds as normal, but this time with my favorite fashion picks as well! Woohoo for more excuses to shop.

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I hope that everyone has a lovely week!



5 Reasons to Live Alone (At Some Point)

5 Reasons to Live Alone (At Some Point) | Progression By Design

When I graduated high school I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to move into an apartment with my best friend in downtown Dallas. Eighteen years old living downtown? Party time. It was so much fun getting to live with my best friend, but as much as I loved it, I craved a place that was all my own. (Sorry Haley, you know I love you). After living together for two years we decided to get our own respective bachelorette pads. Living alone was truly one of the best decisions that I have made.

I have prospered and grown so much faster since I have moved into my own apartment. This has nothing to do with Haley or our friendship, but more so to do with the level of independence that living alone forces you to embrace. Not having someone to come home to every night was weird at first, but I have SO learned to love it. I now crave me time and look forward to curling up in bed alone with a glass of wine literally all day. Like i’m still laying in bed in the morning and already thinking about said glass of wine.  This is just one of the many reasons that I wholeheartedly believe that everyone needs to live alone at some point in their lives.

These are the other reasons:

You Can Have a Dance Party at 3 am

When you live with someone you have to cater your needs to their needs. You can’t blast music and do Zumba in the middle of your living room at 8 am and stumble in at 3 am and have a dance party with five of your closest friends. If you do, chances are your roommate will want to stab your face in. Just saying. Just like when they decide to have people over and you have an exam the next day. There is no need for face stabbing when you live alone.

Your Groceries Will Stop Disappearing

There is nothing worse than looking forward to the last three bites of Ben and Jerry’s that you strategically left for yourself all day and coming home to an empty pint. WTF. “Well there was only three bites left so I ate it because I didn’t think that you would care?” Oh I care. IIIIIIIII care.

You Can Do Chores Naked

While doing more chores naked is not an activity that I often partake in, it is quite nice to have the option available to do so. The point here is that when you live alone, you can do whatever the hell your little heart desires. I underestimated how much I would enjoy this before I finally lived alone and I promise that you will LOVE it.

You Become More Accountable

It’s just you now. When you decide to let your dishes pile up for a week, you’re the one that is going to have to clean it up. When I had a roommate the person that cleaned the apartment was generally whoever got sick of it being dirty first. Now sadly I am the sole individual responsible for how clean my apartment remains. I make sure to deep clean my apartment once a week (if I’m feeling super adulty) on Tuesdays to make it easier to schedule.

You Get to Date Yourself

This brings me to my biggest reason that you need to live alone at some point in your life: While many of us will get married and find the person that we will share our lives with, at the end of the day we all walk this life alone. You are SO lucky that you get to spend this crazy life with the coolest person ever… YOU. Living alone lets you celebrate this fact every single day. Get a little crazy and have a Nikki Minaj dance party on your kitchen island (pfft I’ve never done that before what are you talking about?). Life is short. Date yourself.



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