My Take On The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale {and what I bought}

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Have you been reading the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale recaps that have been popping up on blogs lately?  For some, the Nordstrom sale is a big deal…a really big deal.

Nordstrom is based in Seattle and I lived and worked near their flagship store for 16 years. I’d anxiously await the first day of the sale and would take the day off from work to go shopping.  Back then the idea of buying pre-season items at discounted prices thrilled me.  Today…not so much.

Moving to Atlanta where summer temperatures can last well into September, I’m in no hurry to buy fall and winter items early.  So now I shop the Anniversary Sale in a different way.  I buy fashion accessories that I can wear year-round,  I stock up on basics like tees and  I take advantage of the deals on cosmetics.  And to keep my gift closet fully stocked, I buy a few gift items too.

I did spent some time on the Nordstrom website and spotted a few things I liked.  Then I made a visit to the store to see the items in person and make my purchases.  Wanna see what I bought? Check it out below…


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and What I Bought

I love a Long Open Front Cardigan and this one is a classic, light weight style that can be worn year round. During summer I’ll wear the cardigan with a tank and in the winter with a long sleeve tee. The cardigan is available in 7 colors and is a deal at just $49.90.

Every woman needs a basic cross body bag like this Pebbled Leather Crossbody Bag ($78.90).  It’s a great size of daily use or travel and I love the roomy interior and outside zip pocket.  Available in black and chino brown.

 What’s not to love about this black and white striped Monogram Stripe Tote?  Anything monogrammed is a winner in my book and the size of this tote makes is perfect for work or weekend.  It’s available in red, green, blue and black with white stripes.  $31.90

All of a sudden I’m into these modern necklace styles so I bought this Golden Crossing Necklace which is on sale for $35.90.  I think it will be perfect to wear with tees and sweaters and will also look great under a blazer.

I’m loving the ruffle sleeve trend that is happening right now so this Bell Sleeve Cozy Fleece Pullover was a must have.  The simple styling makes it easy to dress the top up or down and I loved the $39.90 price tag.  And there are 11 colors to choose from. I’d recommend picking up a basic color like black or grey along with a fashion color like olive or burgundy.

I always keep candles in my gift closet so I bought the Voluspa Maison Blanc Two-Wick Candle Set.  I’ve been a fan of Voluspa for year and for just $29.50 this is a great gift item.  p.s.  break the set up and you’ll have three gifts instead of one

These Floral Drop Earrings are so pretty in person and I just couldn’t resist them.  Their from Bauble Bar and the colors and 3-d detail are what makes them so special. $48.00.  Also available in a solid pink.

If I had to choose just one candle to live with for the rest of time it would be the Votivo Soziety Soy Wax Candle in Red Currant.  The scent of this candle is amazing and it is one of the cleanest burning candles on the market.  The Nordstrom sale is a great time to stock up and save. $21.90

I usually wear MAC eyeliner and buy my lip gloss at one of the big box stores but I wanted to try the Stila Stay All Day Liner & Lipstick  after spotting them online.  The eyeliner is fantastic and I love the tip which it easy for the eyeliner to glide on.  The lipstick has nice coverage and nude pink color is very wearable by lots of skin tones.  $20.00

You can shop the entire anniversary sale here.



Favorites Of The Week {Spring Inspiration}

Happy weekend!  Here’s my favorite links from the week.



How to find you niche and get paid for it.

These just might be the cutest garden markers I’ve ever seen.

Now this is a bathroom makeover!  #gorgeous



The wallpaper and mirror in this bathroom are just stunning.

How stinking’ cute and creative is this spring door arrangement?!



I need these monogrammed gift tags in my life STAT!!! And these and these.

The pattern and colors on this geometric clutch are so fun.

This might be my new favorite spring candle.  The White Camellia scent is heavenly!

I’ll see you back here next week.  Until then, have an amazing weekend!

DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Mason Jar Matches

DIY Mason Jar Matches by ConfettiStyle

During the holidays I always keep a couple of candles on hand for last-minute gift giving.  Candles are one of my favorite gifts to give but sometimes I want a little something extra to go along with the candle.

As I’ve been out and about Christmas shopping, I’ve seen lots of cute jars filled matches.  I immediately thought about what a great gift matches would be paired with a candle.  And then, like all crafters and DIYers the thought of making my own Mason jar matches popped into my head.

A quick trip to the store to gather supplies and in no time flat I had created this sweet candle gift set.

DIY Mason Jar Matches by ConfettiStyle

Here’s what you’ll need to create your own DIY Mason Jar Matches…


Mason jar (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
sandpaper (this will make lighting candles even more convenient)
strike-anywhere matches
hot glue gun
candle  (one of my favorite holiday scents)
gift tag or sticker
twine or ribbon


Take the lid off of your Mason jar, and use it to trace a circle on the sheet of sandpaper.
Using your hot glue gun, glue the sandpaper to the lid of the Mason jar.
Fill your jar with the matches, trimming down to size if necessary. Tip: It is important that the matches you use are labeled strike anywhere, or they will not ignite on the sandpaper.
Tie a bow on the Mason jar and add a decorative sticker or gift tag.

DIY Mason Jar Matches by ConfettiStyle

Merry Christmas Sticker

DIY Mason Jar Matches by ConfettiStyle

Since I like to stock up on hostess gifts to take me through the holiday season, I made a batch of these at one time. They’re adorable, inexpensive, and didn’t take much time at all.

DIY Mason Jar Matches by ConfettiStyle

What do you think? Are you going to give this DIY a try?

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Favorites Of The Week (things I’m loving, reading and shopping for)!


Happy Saturday friends.  I’ve got a great round-up of my weekly favorites for you to today.   I think you’re going to really love the products I’m highlighting–just in time to get your holiday shopping started.  Enjoy and I’ll see you back her on Monday.



Why we go all in at the holidays!


via At Home

Choosing Creativity over Criticism




I love this design space and everything in this design duo’s portfolio.


This pantry will put a smile on your face and make you want to bake something.  You can see the full kitchen tour here.


This grey and white bedroom set-up I spotted from Pottery Barn is just stunning.




It’s becoming harder and harder to find unique gifts for family and friends but with the help of Oprah and a few of my favorite stores, holiday shopping is going to be easy.

Oprah’s Favorite Things list is out and I’m loving this, this and this to name a few!


I think I need this candle just because of the gold jar.


These cute hobnail cocktail shakers are the perfect bar cart accessory for the holidays.


I’m loving Anthropologie’s new monogram mug.  What at great holiday gift!


This little red bucket from Ikea is inspiring all kinds of holiday decorating ideas.  It’s also available in black and its only $7.99.


Shelly Signature


Girlfriend Gifts

Feeling Groovy Trinket Tray

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had already begun doing some Christmas shopping.  I hate to wait until the last minute when the items have been picked over and store shelves are bare.  One category of gifts that I tend to buy early is girlfriend gifts.

Finding that special gift for a girlfriend can sometimes be challenging so my method for selecting the perfect gift is to tap into that persons style.  Think about the colors the person wears, the items they decorate their home with and their passions in life.  When you look for gifts that connect to a person’s lifestyle and soul, you’ll always find the perfect piece.

Here’s a round-up of gifts that I love and that I think my girlfriends would love too.

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Jardin Des Plantes Vase

Brass Pineapple Dish

Morocco Madness

Stone Stud Earrings

Voluspa Candle Collection

These Jardin Des Vases are ideal for that friend that has a crush on blue and white and loves to decorate.

I have a long list of friends that would love this Brass Pineapple Dish so I’m planning to add a few to my gift closet.

  If you have  friends who run their own businesses , the Morocco Madness Stationery will make them feel special and is a perfect way for them to personalize correspondence to their customers. 

A cute little Trinket Dish  like this one is great for all the stylish friends on your list. 

These chic Stone Stud Earrings  are for the fashionistas in your life.

My go-to gift for girlfriends or anyone for that matter is Candles and I just love this little collection from Voluspa.

Do you have a friend that needs to take a little more time for themselves?  Gift them this adorable Bird Teapot and encourage them to take a few minutes each day to do just that.

Now that you have some great gifts to consider, you’ll need a fun way to wrap them.  On Monday I’ll be sharing a chic and simple gift wrap idea with you so until then, enjoy your weekend and happy shopping.


Entertaining: Winter Entertaining Tips


Winter entertaining is tough. There are no patios to lounge on or pools to sit by, plus you’re wiped out from hosting countless holiday parties.  Despite the cold, planning a party during the winter can be just as easy as planning a party any other time of the year.  A winter party requires a warm and welcoming atmosphere, decor that fits the season and food that fuels the soul.   

  I’m here to inspire you with some tips (and resources) on pulling together a winter party that will make your guests feel warm, welcomed and at home.

Cranberry Ice Bucket

 Let the party planning begin…

TIP #1:  Serve Soothing Cocktails

To knock the chill out of the air, serve cocktails that provide a soothing feel for your guest.  Take advantage of winter foods like pomegranates and apples and blend drinks with flavors like caramel, mulled wine or grand marnier. You can also serve classic cold weather beverages like hot chocolate and irish coffee.  And when it comes to serving drinks, choose colored glasses over clear drinkware because it will add a sense of warmth and coziness to the cocktails and the decor.


Caramel Apple Martini / Ombre Stemless Wine Glasses 


TIP #2:  Plan Hearty Party Food

There’s nothing better than comfort food on a cold day to help you forget all about the sleet and snow swirling around outside.  A winter party calls for hearty party foods like a carving station, beef sliders, fall fruits and comfort soups.

 Use wood platters and cheese boards in a variety of sizes and styles to serve finger food and to add richness and texture to your buffet or dinner table.  I also suggest adding a natural touch to your food displays by using leaves and foliage from the yard (washed of course) to accent serving plates and platters.


Turkey Sliders / Copper Handle Serving Board 


TIP #3:  Decorate with Seasonal Colors and Textures

Two of the key components in creating beautiful decor for a winter party are texture and color.    Give flower arrangements a winter feel is by using different shades of a single color and mixing in different textures of greens and berry branches.   To save money, buy your flowers and then snip the greens and berries from the yard. And don’t forget to use flower vases that add texture and enhance the decor of your winter party theme.


Birch Flower Pots


TIP #4:  Create a Cozy Table

You know I always recommend layering your table for any party, but for winter entertaining this becomes even more important.  I recently discovered stainless steel charger plates and think they are the perfect cool accent to a winter table.  The silver finish will add a visual highlight to your table without making the table feel too cold and impersonal.  White plates are ideal for winter entertaining because the food you serve will look richer against the white surface.

And don’t forget to have a party favor for your guest.  A small plant in a burlap bag can be used as part of the decor and is a great way to add texture to the table decor.


Stainless Steel Charger / White DinnerwareBurlap Bag



The easiest way to create atmosphere for your winter party is through candlelight.  To make it easy when decorating, use a mix of candle holders in a variety of sizes, heights and finishes which will add to the layers within your tablescape or buffet setting.  Mix glass with metals and always keep scented candles in the gathering spaces and away from the food.

Don’t forget to place candles in the foyer and bathrooms to add warmth and ambience throughout your home.


Posit Tealight Holder / Vendome Pillar Holder

Finally, no party is complete without a sweet ending so set up a winter themed cake or dessert buffet to end your party in style.

Winter Cake Buffet

Winter Cake Buffet

Spring is just around the corner but until it arrives, why not celebrate winter with a party.


2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Home

Christmas Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

Welcome to the first installment of the 2014 ConfettiStyle Holiday Gift Guide.  

Today I’m bringing you some of my top home decor gift suggestions.  All of the items on the list are items that I know anyone would love find under the tree on Christmas morning.  While several of the items are from holiday collections, every item is versatile enough to be used as year-round decor.  And the fact that all but one items is priced under $65, theses are the perfect gifts in my book!

Enjoy and happy shopping!

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Tips for Styling a Coffee Table







Styling bookcases and table surfaces are two of my favorite things to do and that often results in constant changes with my personal décor.  My coffee table décor is a great example.  I change the look on a frequent basis, switching out decorative elements, moving books around, adding flowers and re-working the arrangement.  While there are no set rules for decorating a coffee table, there are certain types of items and a few design tips I use that have proven themselves time and time again.

1)  LAYERING is one of the most important elements in achieving a great layout for  your coffee table décor.  Stacking books and using decorative elements that are different heights and widths  are ways you can create layers. In my current coffee table arrangement I’ve layered the gold spike sphere, decorative jar and small silver urn on a tray which gives the smaller items more impact.

2) TRAYS are one of my go to coffee table décor items.  I am constantly collecting them and changing them out from season to season.  The animal print tray above is one of my all-time favorites and was an awesome find at a thrift store for only $7.00!  Using a tray in a contrasting shape from your table shape is another tip I like to use.  A round tray on a square table provides visual contrast.

3)  BOOKS are always a good thing!  I always have books on my coffee table, sometime several stacks at one time.  Use books that reflect your personal interest and stack graduating sizes together to create layers and to use as risers for other objects.

4)  When it comes to the DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES you use on your coffee table the only criteria I have is to use things I love or things that I use.  Candles are a must and I often place them in decorative jars which still allows me to use the candle but adds a decorative look to the table.  I almost always have a decorative box on my coffee table too.  It’s a great place to store the remotes, matches and coasters. A few other things to keep in mind with your coffee table accessories…use a variety of items, incorporate different finishes and texture and add something unique and interesting.  Your coffee table décor should be a reflection of you.

5)  FLOWERS are one of my other go-to coffee table accents.  They add volume, color, texture and visual movement while softening the entire table arrangement.

Like I said, there is not right or wrong way to decorate your coffee table. Spend a little time pulling together the items you want to decorate with and have fun creating an arrangement that speaks to you!


BOOKS:  Soiree, Vogue Living, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Inspired You, Decorate, Vintage Remix, The Perfectly Imperfect Home
Wood Slice–HomeGoods (similar HERE// Tray–thrifted (similar HERE// Magnifying Glass–HomeGoods (similar HERE) //  Z Gallerie Gold Sphere //  Silver Urn–thrifted (similar HERE) // Ceramic Jar–HobbyLobby (similar HERE// Cloche and Base–Smiths Home // Vintage Spool–(similar HERE) , Sheet Music–my vintage collection
Favorite Candles: 
Nouvelle Crepe Myrtle
Archipelago Eucalyptus
Votivo Red Currant

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