College Survival Guide: The Five Pairs of Shoes You Need To Bring

Ladies, I totally understand the struggle when it comes to packing for college - especially when it comes to shoes! With limited space in a dorm room closet, it's a good idea to narrow down your shoe collection to your most essential pairs. To help you in your packing endeavors, I'm bringing you five pairs of shoes you need for college with lots of options - some with exciting discounts from the #NSale, marked with the * sign for amazing markdown prices and free shipping + returns. Here are my five recommendations on what to bring:

The Five Pairs of Shoes You Need for College | The Bella Insider

A classic black, floral-patterned, or sunny yellow colored pair of boots are perfect for those days when it's pouring outside, and you still need to walk to class. I like mine tall, so my legs stay protected and I'm free to splash in puddles, but shorter options are super chic and stylish! Pair 'em under jeans, with a fun skirt, or black leggings, and you're ready for a rainy day.

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Class presentations, future interviews, you name it! You're gonna need a pair. A conservative pointy toe black 2.5" pump is a safe choice, but I love interesting details like a sweet gold heel or fun tassels. I'm especially eyeing on these nude cutout pointy toe pumps. See below for more options!

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A versatile pair of sandals is my shoe of choice for transitioning from class to a coffee date with girlfriends or a dressier event after class. Simple nude sandals are sure to match with everything, but I also love metallic ones for a dressier alternative. Another great option is a colorful pair to dress up a plain tee + jeans for class or match a colorful dress for the weekend. 

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While some prefer skinny pumps, I live by wedges and chunkier heels for the weekend, because they give me extra height for nights out while still being comfortable. They're casual enough for breakfast, but also dressy enough for church or a dinner date. A true must-have!

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Sneakers are a college girl's most popular choice of shoes, because they're comfortable and practical. A good pair will bring you from workouts at the gym straight to your walk to class. I love a bright pair of shoes that make me feel just a bit better on those mornings I need a pick-me-up. Here are lots of deals down below:

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I hope you enjoyed reading my picks about the pairs of shoes every college girl needs! I had a blast finding these deals for you. Don't forget that any items marked with a * sign will raise in price on August 8th. Comment down below for any of your shoe suggestions on what to bring! On a more personal note, many apologies for the sudden hiatus on the site. With lots of things happening on my California trip, I'm taking a quick break and enjoying the sunshine! I can't wait to share more pictures from my trip under the hashtag #SawahInCali! Be sure to check back next week for some fun weekend wear. Have a wonderful day!

Candy Stripe Dress

There are few things better than a go-to piece in a girl's closet. This candy stripe dress is sweet, girly, and fun, which is exactly why it's been making appearances all summer long. Is anyone else guilty of not wanting to wear anything else? I can't seem to find another dress that I love just as much this summer!

Candy Stripe Dress | The Bella Insider

Candy Stripe Dress | The Bella Insider

Candy Stripe Dress | The Bella Insider

When I first saw this candy stripe dress online, I went back and forth wondering if I would even wear it. First, it's really pink. (Fun fact: I used to detest pink! Ironic, right?) Second, I haven't worn a dress in this shape for years. Something about the A-line cut with short sleeves reminded me of something my mom would force me to wear when I was five. But alas, I got over myself and got the dress.

And gee, I'm so glad I did!

This candy stripe dress has been my go-to for church and for summer parties. Petite gals, I've mentioned this website before, but seriously. They make dresses that are absolutely made just. for. you. This one fits perfectly, as do all the other dresses I have from them such as this yellow dress and this embroidery dress. If you love the idea of having cute clothes custom-made just for you, you're in luck, because eShakti is offering a special discount code for The Bella Insider readers. Choose whatever base design you want, enter in all your measurements, add your personal customizations, and enter the code "thebellainsider" for 10% off your order until 7/24. Shopping tip: don't worry too much about the cut of the dress. Focus on the type of fabric you want first. You can tweak your design afterwards!

Candy Stripe Dress | The Bella Insider

Candy Stripe Dress | The Bella Insider

Candy Stripe Dress | The Bella Insider

DRESS candy stripe dress (similar options linked below) | PURSE old | SHOES nude emmie flats (comes in lots of colors!) | SUNGLASSES sold out (similar linked here) | RINGS H&M gold + pink rings | POLISH hi maintenance (needs three coats)

So some bad news...unfortunately, this wonderful dress just went out of stock. *crying* But rest assured, I've found lots of colorful striped dress options that are absolutely perfect for summer for you to browse through in the meantime:

Thanks so much for reading today, y'all. Are you up to anything fun this weekend? I'll be packing up my things this weekend for my next adventure this summer! Keep up with me on Instagram @sarah_thebella for the latest updates, and have a wonderful, happy, colorful weekend!

Photography by Kelly Rice


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Guide

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 is coming up very soon on July 22nd! It's the absolute BEST sale of the year to shop brand-new fall arrivals at crazy sale prices, perfect for back-to-school shopping. Here's some information to know:

SALE DATES: July 22 - August 7 (with early access on July 14 - July 21)
The sale starts at the end of July on the 22nd and ends at the beginning of August on the 7th. That's only a little over two weeks to shop the sale! Trust me, you'll want to start early, because the best items will fly off the site!

Want early access to the sale? Sign up for a Nordstrom Rewards Card here with credit or debit card options. I love the debit option, because you don't have to worry about another credit card. You'll receive money back on your purchases, get an extra week to shop before everyone else, receive VIP access to in-store events, and much more!

You can bet that the in-store scene is gonna be pretty hectic! So, I recommend shopping online in the comfort of your home. The one thing I love about Nordstrom is free shipping and free returns, so there's no need to worry if something isn't exactly what you envisioned. Check back on The Bella Insider in the next few weeks for updates on the sale, my favorite picks, and the best deals!

LOOK OUT FOR: #NSale #LTKSaleAlert #TBIxNordstrom 
Are you on Instagram? Be sure to follow along with me @sarah_thebella + the above hashtags to be the first to find the best deals and lots of Nordstrom favorites in the next coming weeks. You won't want to miss it!

Such an exciting time! This post will be located under the "Shop" category of The Bella Insider's navigation bar for future reference along with some other exciting editions where you can search my makeup drawer, favorite closet items, dorm decor, and more. Happy shopping, y'all! 

Sarah's College Survival Guide: 20 Best Student Discounts

Being a student totally has its perks. To celebrate turning 20 today, I thought I'd round up 20 of my absolute favorite stores with student discounts! Everyone loves a good discount, right? Share this post with your shopping-loving friends, and make sure to present your valid student I.D. card at checkout! Enjoy, and keep scrolling for exciting information about the upcoming Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016:

20 Best Student Discounts | The Bella Insider


ASOS - 10% off online purchase. Register here.
Topshop - 10% off online purchase. Register here.
J. Crew + J. Crew Factory - 15% off in-store purchase with valid student I.D. More information here.
Madewell - 15% off in-store purchase with valid student I.D. More information here.
Banana Republic - 15% off in-store purchase with valid student I.D. More information here.
The Limited - 15% off in-store purchase with valid student I.D. More information here.
Kate Spade - 15% off in-store purchase with valid student I.D.
Ann Taylor - 15% off full-price items, in-store and online. Register here.
Club Monaco - 20% off full-price and sale items, in-store and online. Register here.
Urban Outfitters - 10% off online purchase. Register here.


Apple - View their full list of discounted products.
Adobe - Save 60% off Creative Cloud with a proof of enrollment.
Spotify - Use Spotify Premium for 50% off: $4.99/month.
Amazon - Free six-month trial of Amazon Prime, which offers free two-day shipping on lots of items. (An actual lifesaver, y'all.) Plus, you get $10 credit when you refer a friend.
AMC Theatres - Discounted movie tickets every Thursday. Check your local theatre for pricing.
Cinemark - Discounted movie tickets with valid student I.D., varies by location.

FOOD (These vary by location, so make sure to check!)

Chick-fil-A - free drink with a meal with a valid student I.D.
Subway - 10% off order with a valid student I.D.
Buffalo Wild Wings - 10% off order with a valid student I.D.
Chipotle - free drink with a valid student I.D.

Have you used any of these discounts? Know of any more you'd like to share with The Bella Insider readers? Let us know down below in the comments! So, more news...

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 | The Bella Insider

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 is coming up very soon on July 22nd! It's the absolute BEST sale of the year to shop brand-new fall arrivals at crazy sale prices, perfect for back-to-school shopping. I'll be posting everything you need to know about the sale tomorrow, so stay tuned! I'm feeling much better from my little cold scare a few days ago, so I'll be spending the day hanging out with family and celebrating my first year in my 20s. (That's so crazy to think about!) Have a wonderful day!

June Favorites

This month was a very special one for me. As you know from my last few posts, I spent my first time living by myself in my own space, and boy, was it an experience. I knocked a whole bunch of "firsts" out of the way this month, from locking myself out of my apartment and receiving my first parking ticket (I cried) to shooting my first summer tabletop + loungewear lookbook and driving back home to surprise my parents. June was one of the most exciting few weeks ever, and a month on my own allowed me to grow in ways I didn't expect. I'm glad I did it, but let's just say the thought of being a grown-up still makes me a bit nervous! I'm super excited to share a mix of photos of my favorite things in June. Keep reading for some announcements and fresh site updates!

June Favorites | The Bella Insider

Extensive wall hunting in Austin, TX: Love from Austin  

June Favorites | The Bella Insider

The gorgeous Katie Kime store is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. How pretty is this set-up?!

June Favorites | The Bella Insider

I'll just say I'm not ashamed of how often I wanted to go to Zocalo Cafe for quesadillas.

June Favorites | The Bella Insider

One of my favorite shots from OH! Fox Creative's feminine summer lookbook (more to come soon!)

June Favorites | The Bella Insider

I cooked dinner almost every day, and this roasted chicken and veggies with lemon and garlic orzo was my favorite dish out of everything I made. Another What I Eat In a Day post, maybe?

Thanks so much for reading today, y'all! There are a few new things around The Bella Insider that I'm excited to share with you. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (#NSale) is coming up on July 22nd, so stay tuned for my favorite deals and items on sale for back-to-school shopping! Yippee! My favorite addition on The Bella Insider is the "Bella Buys" category on the sidebar. There you'll find everything I'm loving, from beauty to clothing to apartment/dorm decor. The items in the carousel will be updated weekly, so browse through and let me know what you're loving. Have a wonderful day!