Public Access Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Try On's

Happy Friday! I landed in California last night to visit my family and this morning I got up to go to Nordstrom and see what I could find since today is the first day of the Anniversary Sale being open to the public. Here are my favorite finds with some fit tips!


1. Scoop neck sweater with fitted wrists-- TTS, size up if you want more loose/casual fit
2. AG jeans- TTS
3. Blondo Booties-- TTS (so comfortable, could walk forever without even breaking in! Waterproof!)

 1. Lace Midi Dress -- size up! Really comfortable lace. Perfect for weddings or showers.


1. Cozy lounge top-- I thought you could totally dress this up!
2. AG jeans- TTS
3. Blondo sneakers-- casual and cute and waterproof!


1. Barefoot Dreams Cardigan-- softest, most cozy thing I've ever put on my body!! Would live in this in the fall and winter.
2. STS Blue Jeans-- these were SO comfy and cute! And under $40. I love them! I would size down.
3. Blondo Booties-- waterproof, only .5-1" tall, come in 3 colors. SO comfy!



1. White tee-- everyone needs a basic white tee and this one is so good!
2. STS Blue Jeans-- these were SO comfy and cute! And under $40. I love them! I would size down.
3. Blondo Booties-- waterproof, only .5-1" tall, come in 3 colors. SO comfy!


3. Blondo Booties-- waterproof, only .5-1" tall, come in 3 colors. SO comfy!
 
1. BP Cardigan-- almost to your knee, such a classic and effortless look! Has pockets. $31 & 4 colors!
2. White tee-- everyone needs a basic white tee and this one is so good!
3. STS Blue Jeans-- these were SO comfy and cute! And under $40. I love them! I would size down.
4. Blondo Booties-- waterproof, only .5-1" tall, come in 3 colors. SO comfy!


1. Lounge tee
2. White denim
3. Blondo Booties-- TTS (so comfortable, could walk forever without even breaking in! Waterproof!)

1. Madewell Cardigan-- don't have the two toned online, but the gray is so pretty!

1. Topshop Sweater- so cozy, fun oversized look. TTS or size down if you want it a little more fitted.
2. White denim
3. Blondo Booties-- TTS (so comfortable, could walk forever without even breaking in! Waterproof!)


Those are the goodies I found at our store this morning!

Happy shopping!

xoxo





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Our New Dining Room Rug

I'm thrilled to be sharing a peek at our dining room with you! We have a long and narrow dining space, which is part of our kitchen. The previous owners put in a new vinyl tile flooring in here, and while it's not my favorite, we will keep it because it's too much to put into a house that we're not staying in forever. I knew we'd need a good sized rug to cover part of the floor right under our new dining table. You know me-- I wanted something light and because the flooring is a little darker and very gray, I knew it needed to be something that would pop off the floor. 

I was so excited to be working with a company I use ALL the time for my clients for our dining rug. If you haven't heard of Annie Selke before, let me introduce them to you now! My favorite line is their Dash & Albert collection. They have tons of beautiful cotton rugs, washable rugs, along with indoor / outdoor, more plush options, and natural fiber rugs. All my clients absolutely love them and I've had a rug of theirs in my kitchen for 3 years now which has been great! I tried a whole bunch of samples before deciding on "the one". For some reason, I was having a hard time landing on what style I wanted in here. I tried something with a lot of pattern, a completely solid rug with texture, and everything in between. When I stepped back and looked at the space though, they weren't right. I finally figured out what I needed. These were my priorities:

* Light
* Classic
* Pattern

And what do those things equal? STRIPES! When I saw this new La Mirada Cotton rug pop up on the website, I knew it was perfect. It reads very light, but has some contrast in the navy stripes. The stripes are so classic (how I want my home to feel!) and the navy will tie in with all the blue accents I have throughout the house. 


I love the tone of our table with the rug. It gives a slight coastal vibe, which I'm always okay with :)

Lincoln never used to lay under our table, but as soon as we rolled out the rug, it's become his new spot. It's so cute!

This rug isn't very thick, so it makes a nice transition from tile to rug and doesn't make chairs wobble too much if one leg is off. I do need to get a rug pad for it still, which always increases the life and quality of a rug. I also love that I can spot clean it with cold water and some thieves cleaner. If I really need it cleaned, I'll take it to the dry cleaner.


Mid tail-wag...such a happy guy!


Next to our table is our buffet and fiddle leaf (which is doing quite well!)


Rug / Table / Chandelier / Paint: Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore 


We're all so happy with the new rug. If I know anything, it's that a rug totally brings together a room and makes it feel more unified. Especially in a space with tile or hard surface flooring!
We still have a couple things to do in the dining room:
- New chairs for the other side of the table. 
- Art for behind the table (it's such a big space, I'm waiting on something large and special!)
- More permanent centerpiece
I'm so happy with how it's coming together, though! I'll you posted on more updates soon hopefully.
xoxo
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*This post was sponsored by Annie Selke, a company I've used and loved for years (both personally and for interior design clients). All thoughts and opinions are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting brands that keep MND doors open!*
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Summer Jewelry Finds + Favorite Shoes

Hope you're having a great Monday so far! I'm off teaching The Bloom Workshop today, which is such a joy for me. I can't wait to share about the workshop. You can follow along on Instagram if you'd like :) 

Today I'm sharing some of my favorite accessories-- necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and a couple bags-- from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. After today, you won't hear much more about the sale from me (though I'm heading to California on Thursday and might pop in the store to try on a few pieces. If I find some I love, I might share next week!) Hopefully these posts are helpful for you. With thousands of items in the sale, my hope is that I'm weeding through the items and only sharing what I love with you. There's something really exciting going on today, so head to the bottom of the post to find out!


SHOP:



*THIS necklace is almost just like one I have from years ago that I get asked a lot about anytime I wear it. It's so simple and classic. Goes with everything! You'll notice a couple Kendra Scott pieces, which are my favorite jewelry items ever. They're so classy and I just love them!!

I rounded up my favorite pairs of booties from the sale HERE. These are my favorite sandals, sneakers, flats and boots.

SHOP:




Alright-- here's the exciting announcement: I'm giving away a $200 Nordstrom gift card on Instagram today! It goes live at 10am EST, so click here to enter

Happy shopping
xoxo


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Nordstrom Sale Home Favorites

Rarely do I post on a weekend, but I'm back today with my home finds from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! If you missed my post yesterday, take a peek here. I found so many gems, but I only pulled together a couple items I would put in my own home. Enjoy!!




blue blanket-- the softest, coziest of all blankets. This never goes on sale! / marble coasters-- such a great way to elevate a coffee table! / pillow cover wood salad bowl -- simple and sweet / gold salad servers / blue pitcher -- in LOVE with this! Blue and white forever ;) / marble cutting board / paper towel holder / rug -- such pretty, soft colors/ metal serving tray / leather ottoman / white blanket with tassels -- getting another one of these for our sofa! Under $26 and one of the softest blankets I've ever felt.

Our shower curtain with navy stripes and tassels that I adore is also on sale!


SHOP:




On Monday I'll be sharing my favorite accessories and a couple more sweaters and shoes. You'll want to follow along on Instagram on Monday...just saying ;) Let me know what you get!

xoxo



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Early Access Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Happy Friday! Today is a fun day because it's the first day of the Early Access Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for cardholders.

First things first: If you're not already, the best way to shop the sale is by becoming a member! Becoming a Nordy's Club member was a no brainer. Becoming a member gets you 7 days early access to the Anniversary Sale, gets you a $60 Nordstrom Note (cash to spend at Nordstrom!) if you make a purchase on the first day of opening your card, and you earn 3 points per dollar to get you more Nordstrom Notes faster. So go sign up to become a member, then come back and look around.

I'm only showing you my favorite pieces-- ones I think will be sold out in no time. Things will be sold out by TODAY even, so if you like something, grab it and you can always return it later (free returns!) This Anniversary Sale has some insane deals and I don't want you to miss out. This sale is basically the release of the fall items and after the sale, they're all back up to their normal pricing (August 3rd), but you can still find summery pieces, too!

Next week I will go to Nordstrom when I'm in California to try on some of my favorite pieces, but since we have no Nordstrom here in Grand Rapids, I'm sharing my favorite picks in inspiration boards for those with early access. I'm only showing you pieces that I would actually wear myself. Most pieces are under $100.  Sound good?! Let's go!

I will link each item below the pictures and will list them top to bottom, left to right. I will also highlight pieces I think will sell out quickly and add any style notes.

DENIM:
top row: Donna Ankle Skinnies -- I love this brand and got a pair from the 2018 sale. I wear them all the time! I sized down one. / Farrah High Waist Ankle Skinny Jean-- this is my favorite designer brand by far. I have had my AG's for years because the quality is SO good! TTS

bottom row: Wit & Wisdom Skinnies -- love the wash on these & the mold and hold technology sounds amazing. / Frame Le High Skinnies -- fun faded, more casual wash. Another designer brand that's a fan favorite.
TOPS:
top: ruffle sleeve blouseyellow peasant top / white & blue plaid 
middle: pink gingham tie front / white high neck jersey
bottom: pintuck lace / blue stripe blouse / black & white textured peplum

CARDIGANS & COATS:
top: Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover -- this one sold out multiple times last year for a good reason! It's cozy, warm and SO cute! Throw on over work out pants or jeans and you're good to go. Comes in a couple colors. This is one I'm getting! / Thread & Supply Fleece Quilted Utility Jacket -- this looks like a must have for living where it gets very cold. Even if it's not warm enough for the winter, it'd take me all the way through fall. The pink color is precious!

middle: Madewell Stripe Cardigan-- love the color blocking! I order TTS because I don't like overly large items. There is some wool in this, but it's Merino, so I'm usually okay with that! Throw on over a white tee and jeans. / Leith Long Cardigan -- long cardi's are so in this year! This one is neutral, chunky and warm. 

bottom: Next Level Suede Moto Jacket -- perfect for fall, comes in a couple colors, love the zipper details. / Barefoot Dreams lite cardi-- so soft and cozy!


BOOTS, BOOTIES & OTHER SHOES:
top: Caslon Allie Wedge -- never thought I'd love a sneaker wedge, but I do! So effortless and I've heard this style is comfortable. /  Cole Haan Peeptoe -- Cole Haan is known for their comfort. This is a great heel height and has a cute ankle strap.

middle: Vince Peeptoe-- my mom loves Vince shoes for their comfort and these are so cute with the cutouts! Perfect way to dress up an outfit. / Vince Nethera -- this is a great simple neutral bootie. I have a similar pair to this from 2 years ago and love them! TTS.

bottom: Sole Society Caprica Peeptoe -- adorable buckle detail and easy to dress up or down. / Blondo Nina Waterproof bootie -- I sing Blondo's praises all the time! Waterproof in Michigan is almost a must ;) The braided detail on this year's style is so cute. Love the short heel height, too. I wear TTS on the flat booties but last year I sized up 1/2 size for the heel.


SPLURGE ITEMS:

Okay, that's it for now! Let me know if you're snagging anything. I will be sharing my Nordstrom home finds tomorrow, so come on back :)
xoxo
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** Just a note: I don't think you *need* any of this. You are not less than if you don't buy a single thing. I'm saying this because I need to hear this myself sometimes. Stuff doesn't satisfy us, okay?! But, if you love fashion and like to pick up a couple pieces for the year like me, I try to be a great resource for you!
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5 Ways to Age Gracefully

Today we're talking all about our skin and aging. Believe it or not, there are ways to age gracefully (and let's get real-- aging isn't bad, so why does our culture make it out to be a terrible thing?! Maybe we need to embrace the fact that we get better with time!) 

First we're going to dig into the 3 layers of our skin.


Epidermis: this is our outermost layer, is a waterproof barrier and what makes up our "skin tone"-- both color, feel and firmness.

Dermis: this is our middle layer of skin and has hair follicles, sweat glands, connective tissue, and oil glands. In this layer is the ECM full of proteins (stands for the extracellular matrix) and it contains collagenenzymes, and glycoproteins. This is what is responsible for our skin's elasticity.

Hypodermis: this is made of fat and connective tissue.

***

The reason we age is because over time, the dermis looses it's elasticity because of the breakdown of the ECM. And I was surprised to learn at what age! The Huff Post says "The body produces collagen naturally and it is in abundance when young, but unfortunately production starts to decline at about age 25, and continues. It decreases even more in women after menopause." 25?! This is crazy! The decrease of collagen leads to the unwanted wrinkles and loose skin.

25 is the age we should really start taking preventative measures like developing a skincare routine, using an eye cream, getting professional facials, wearing sunscreen religiously, and more that we'll talk about below. By menopause our top two layers of skin get even thinner and the production of hyaluronic acid, which is a gooey substance in your skin meant to keep your skin hydrated and moist (everyone's favorite word ;)), also decreases.


So, are we all doomed?! Of course not ;) But let's talk about why our skin could be aging more quickly and then I'll give you some ways to prevent it!

Why Our Skin Ages:

- SUN
This shouldn't be a surprise, since we've already talked about how any 5 sunburns can increase your chance of skin cancer by 50%. Sun rays are the culprit for many things-- skin cancer, irritation with certain products, fatigue, aging and more. Essentially, the UV light that penetrates our skin breaks down the ECM in the dermis.

- STRESS
- SMOKING
- ALCOHOL
- LACK OF PHYSICAL EXERCISE
- POOR DIET HABITS
- ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS:
The toxins we breathe in and out each day do affect our overall body's health. This is one reason why I have tried to cut out all harmful / harsh cleaning chemicals from our home. Breathing in ash from fires or lots of smog are also things to be aware of.

- FREE RADICALS:
WEB MD says "For instance, smoking can produce free radicals, once-healthy oxygen molecules that are now overactive and unstable. Free radicals damage cells, leading to, among other things, premature wrinkles." 

I think you get the picture! 

So what can you do to age more gracefully?! Here are some tips:

1. WEAR SUNSCREEN:
In case you're not picking up on this, it is super important to block harmful UV rays from our skin! I choose Mineral Sunscreen for a number of reasons I told you about here. I loved this instagram post from Beautycounter. Who's with me?!


2. GET YOUR SLEEP & DESTRESS:
Did you know that your skin produces collagen when you sleep?! It's part of the repair process, so make sure you're getting enough rest. Stress wreaks havoc on your body in many ways, and one of those ways is by weakening the integrity of your collagen since it is an inflammatory.

3. SUPPLEMENT:
Find a good collagen peptide supplement -- it's great for your hair, skin and nails.

4. DRINK WATER:
Water helps our digestion, circulation, absorption, and excretion (yep, just went there!) Our skin is made up of cells and cells are made up of water. Without enough water our skin will be dry and flaky, not glowing and radiant like we want!

5. STICK WITH A SKINCARE REGIMEN:
Yes, you probably knew we'd arrive here! I couldn't talk about our skin without addressing what we put directly on it. Just like what we put in our bodies effects the look and feel of our bodies, what we put on our skin effects the look and feel of our skin. A skincare routine (or regimen) is really important because using the same products in the right order can dramatically improve your skin!



Beautycounter has a couple different regimens (something for every skin type!) but I've been so excited to tell you about Beautycounter's newest collection called Countertime. Instead of using what most people consider anti-aging products holy grail (Retinol), Beautycounter developed our own Retinatural Complex, which is a blend of Bakuchiol and Swiss Alpine Rose. Bakuchiol repairs the skin without irritation and Swiss Alpine Rose protects the skin against dehydration and boosts skin's antioxidant defense.

I'll be back next week to tell you a little about each product in the regimen. 

If you have any tips for aging more gracefully, please share!!

xoxo


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Tips for Shopping the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Hi friends! Hope you had an amazing 4th of July weekend! Before I get to the point of this post-- shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale-- I have to share a couple pictures from our weekend! 

We went to the beach to visit McCann's grandparent's (they live on Lake Michigan!) It was a hot one, but being by the water was so refreshing. We watched fireworks, played some card games with them and grilled dinner. The rest of our weekend was spent working on our house projects, going to brunch with friends, taking the dog to the park and getting (way too much) ice cream!


I finally put up our gallery wall of wedding photos! I also found some knobs I had collected a while ago, so had my husband put them on a few of our builtins (not the living room ones, since I didn't have enough to do all 4 doors...but did have two so we did our other builtins in the hall and dining room). I also picked up this pretty lamp last week at HomeGoods. I just love it! It ties together a lot of the blue in my decor.

Okay, now for the main event of my post! July 12th is the start of the biggest shopping event of the year if you're a Nordstrom shopper, like me and my mom. This is the perfect sale to stock up on some pieces for fall. I know, it's 90 degrees out; you can't even fathom buying a coat...ha! I get it. But this is when all the best denim, bags, coats, boots and tops go on sale. I'm giving you a couple shopping tips below to be sure you get the most out of the sale, because it can be overwhelming.

1. Get Early Access to the Sale:

If you're not already, the best way to shop the sale is by becoming a member! I was hesitant about joining a couple years ago, because we only have one credit card and are adamant about paying it off each month. After looking into it, becoming a Nordy's Club member was a no brainer. I already shop at Nordstrom often and surely I can remember to login and pay my bill if it comes with so many perks! Becoming a member gets you 7 days early access to the Anniversary Sale, gets you a $60 Nordstrom Note (cash to spend at Nordstrom!) if you make a purchase on the first day of opening your card, and you earn 3 points per dollar to get you more Nordstrom Notes faster. Hooray!

If you don't want to be a cardholder, you can still become a member here, which will rack you up points, but you won't get early access to the sale without the card.

2. Check out the Catalogue Early:

Browse this look book before the sale starts July 12th so you can get an idea of what will be included!
3. Make a Game-Plan: 

Ask yourself what you need to stock up on for fall. Are there any specialty pieces you want to add to your wardrobe? Need a new winter coat or pair of jeans? Now, it's not just fall and winter items that will be on sale, so you can think about summer pieces as well like wedges, tops, etc. If you don't have a list, you will get overwhelmed and might even buy things you don't need. Everyone's going to be sharing their favorite items which is super fun, but I know I can get distracted by what everyone is sharing and forget about what would really be good investment pieces for the next season. 
The things I always look for are the following:

- Denim (I almost always buy one pair of jeans each sale-- for example, my AG brand jeans I love always go on sale from $225 down to $145! They're the BEST ever.)
- Bras (my favorite is this Natori style that goes on sale!)
- Underwear (perfect time to stock up on my favorite Hanky Panky brand)
- Fall / Winter Boots and Booties (this is when I buy a pair of the booties I swear by-- Blondo brand-- usually a couple pair go on sale for under $100.)
- Coats and Cardigans (this one was everyone's favorite last year!)
- Accessories (my fave Kendra Scott jewelry usually has a couple beautiful stand out pieces that go on sale)
- Leggings (these Zella Live In Leggings always go on sale and they're amazing!)

We also usually get a couple things for my husband. This is like the ONLY time he shops, ha ;) This year he needs jeans, a couple button ups for work, and shoes (like a pair of nice boots he can wear to work in fall/winter).

Don't forget about the home sale, too! This blanket is my all-time favorite (it's already a great price) and it always goes on sale! Maybe I'll get another color this year. 

These are my favorite AG jeans that I got a couple years ago. The frayed bottom is so cute! This is one of the pairs of Blondo waterproof booties I have as well. I just love them.


Important dates:

7/12-7/18: Early Access for Cardholders (become a member here!)
7/19-8/4: Open to Public 


Hopefully this is helpful. Get ready for Friday the 12th, friends! And tell me what's on your list! :)
xoxo
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The Best 4th of July Sales

Happy 4th of July, friends!! I'm beyond thankful to live in a country where we are free. If it weren't for those who fight to serve our country every day, we may have not our freedoms. I'm so grateful! It certainly is a day to celebrate! 

Hope you're having today and a great 4 day weekend! We're heading to the beach today and I can't wait :) Here are some of the best 4th of July Sales I found before we headed out!






I'm LOVING this headband trend right now. I wore headbands all the time in high school so this is really bringing me back ;)

gingham shorts / converse / white tank top / eyelet headband



Anthropologie: 50% extra off sale!



Beautycounter: spend $175, get a free skincare set! (Tip: for acne/oily prone skin: countercontrol set / all other skin types: countermatch set!)


LOFT: 50% off select styles, 40% off almost everything, extra 60% off of sale styles. Code: HBDUSA. See my favorite finds HERE!

J.Crew: 40% off regularly priced styles + 50% off extra off sale! Code: FIREWORKS

J.Crew Factory: 60-70% off! No code needed.

GAP: extra 50% off on sale. Code: MORE


HOME:

Serena & Lily: 20% off everything

Pottery Barn: Buy more, save more up to 30% off with code SAVEMORE

West Elm: 20% off + free shipping!

World Market: 20% off for members, 10% off nonmembers with code HAPPYJULY4

Lulu & Georgia: 20% off everything with code JULY4



See you next week!
xoxo

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