White Pom-Pom Top

Are any of you familiar with diy pom-poms? Fun fact: they've been one of my favorite crafts to make ever since I was a kid! I used to find any reason to cut out scrap pieces of cardboard lying around the house and hit up the yarn aisle of the craft store to make them for room decorations! But whoever thought to put pom-poms on clothes is a genius. Pom-poms are just so fun, don't you think? This white off-the-shoulder pom-pom top is so affordable and totally worth spending on for a fun summer night or even a beach cover-up!




I love me some white tops, because they're so summery and pair with almost any bottoms in your closet. This pom-pom top is especially fun with its bell sleeves and cute + colorful mini pom-poms! The flowy cut is seriously so airy and comfortable to wear. I paired it with my favorite pair of jeans and navy earrings for a sushi dinner at Maiko in Austin, but it would look just as cute with white capris, tucked into some jeans shorts, or even over a swimsuit for a fun little cover-up that can transition perfectly for dinner afterwards! Talk about versatility!





TOP pom pom off-the-shoulder (only $23!) | JEANS 7 for all mankind (similar here and here on sale!) | BAG h&m | SHOES nude emmie flats (comes in lots of colors!) | SUNGLASSES sold out (similar linked here) | EARRINGS kendra scott navy elle 

Whether it's a festive summer night, a tropical destination, or lazy day at the pool or beach, this pretty top is perfect for a just little more summer fun! Have you tried the pom-pom trend? If you have, let me know down below! I'd love to know your favorite way to wear them! I'm half way through my California vacation, so be sure to check back very soon for my regular postings on Tuesday and Thursday! Until then, follow along with #SawahInCali if you're interested in some travel inspiration of sunny skies and blue seas. Have a great week, y'all!


Photography by Kelly Rice

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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

RAIN BOOTS 
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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WORK HEELS / FLATS
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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CASUAL SANDALS
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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WEEKEND WEDGES
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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ACTIVE SHOES
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

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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!

BEST WAY TO SHOP: Online 
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

CLOTHING

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.

TECH + ENTERTAINMENT

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!