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…

WHAT I BOUGHT AT THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

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.

 

 

Fabulous Summer Fashion Finds { all under $50}

 

Summer Fashion Finds Under $50

I have a couple of trips planned in the coming months and needed a few new pieces of summer clothing.  I don’t like to spend a lot of money on summer clothing and try to get the most bang for my buck.  Good thing there are lots of great shopping options both in-store and online.  Rather than hit the stores, I decided to dome shopping online and came across some fabulous finds, all under $50.  From jewelry and dresses to tops and handbags, these pieces are ones you’ll want to check out.

Happy shopping!

Summer Fashion Finds Under $50

Summer Fashion Finds Under $50

SUMMER FASHION FINDS UNDER $50

One //  Straw bags are a summer staples and this Braided Tote Bag from Zara is perfect because it mixes a casual vibe with a refined shape.  And the pom poms just give it that special touch. $49.90  (fyi– this bag is generous it size so it’s perfect as an everyday handbag)

Two // Have you noticed that ruffled sleeves are the hottest fashion trend right now?  You can hardly find a piece of clothing without them for summer.  This Ruffled Sleeve Blouse with Lace is one of the cutest styles I’ve seen.  $39.90

Three //  Red and pink are my two favorite colors and when they are combined into something cute like this Striped Floppy Hat , I’m all in.  $25.90 (I’m going to add a monogram to the brim like I did with this hat)

Four //  I love these black and cream Lace Up Espadrilles.  They are the perfect flat to wear with shorts or sundresses.  $39.90

Five //  Causal summer dresses are my thing during the dog days of summer.  I’m loving this Embroidered Striped Dress because of its effortless style and boho vibe.  $49.90

Six //  This Animal Print Cross Strap Slide will be fun to wear with a sun dress, shorts or a romper. $35.00-$45.00

Seven //  One of my favorite color combos for summer is red and turquoise.  These Beaded Drop Earrings will add a pop of color to any summer outfit.  $34.00

Eight // The gorgeous color and the sleeves on this Frilled Sleeve Dress just might make it the perfect dress for summer parties.  $49.90

Nine // What’s not to love about this beautiful Coral Reef Necklace?  Nothing! The style and color just scream summer.  $48.00

Ten // I’m always looking for casual tops to wear with jeans and sneakers  during the summer. The Marled V-Neck Hoodie  is perfect for running errands or a walk in the park. $36.00

With so many great summer fashion finds under $50, you can get your shop on without breaking the bank.

 

 

Shopping Etsy | Tassel Jewelry & Accessories

We’re in for another day of clouds and rain here in Atlanta so I went on the hunt for something to brighten the day.  I headed over to Etsy and stumbled upon a couple of shops with a great selection of tassel items.  

When it comes to summer fashions, tassels appears to the be look of the season.  This fashion trend has been going strong for several years now and the selection of styles and colors just keeps getting better.  Etsy is a great source for tassel jewelry and decor so I rounded up a few of the amazing finds for you.  Let’s go shopping!

Tassel Jewelry and Accessories on Etsy

BEST OF ETSY:  TASSEL JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES

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STATEMENT NECKLACE:  A statement necklace is a great way to dress up a maxi dress or tee for summer and this Tiered Tassel Necklace is too cute for words. I love the colorful tassel charm and paired with the white glass beads.  This necklace is a statement piece and will only set you back $26.

BAG CHARM:   A great way to dress up a tote bag or clutch for summer is with one of these Tassel Bag Charms.  These cuties are just $12.00 and there are 13 bold and bright color combos to choose from.  tip:  these would be a cute embellishment on a gift 

Tiered Tassel Earrings

TIERED EARRINGS:  Beaded tassel jewelry is still popular but cotton tassels are what I’m seeing as the big trend for summer.  These adorable Tiered Tassel Earrings are from the Etsy shop TheKnottyTassel.  At just $20 per pair they are a great price.  And you have tons of colors to choose from including solids, ombre and multi-color combos.

Tiered Tassel Earrings

TASSEL KEY CHAIN: If your handbag needs a little more pop, the Pom Pom and Tassel Keychain will do the trick.  I love the 4 color combos and at just $13.90 you might want to pick up more than one.

MULTI-TASSEL NECKLACE:  This Blue Boho Tassel Necklace is a piece you’ll wear long after summer ends.  The royal blue is really pretty but I love, love, love the green color.  And if you want a more subdued statement there’s a grey option as well.  This is a great statement jewelry piece for just $38.00.

Statment Tassel Necklace

While we’re on the subject of shopping, the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is going on now thru June 4th.

Happy shopping!

Favorites Of The Week | Inspiration For Spring

Happy weekend friends.  Enjoy a few favorites from the week.

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FAVORITES POSTS

Have you ever wanted to try upholstering walls?  I love the idea and was this how-to tutorial on One Kings Lane.  They make it look easy and the end result is fabulous.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with Etsy, the marketplace for vintage and handmade item. Etsy just made the whole concept of handmade and DIY more fun with the introduction of  Etsy Studio.  Etsy Studio is a marketplace for DIY supplies and projects. All of the unique materials, parts and components you need to create one-of-a kind items will now be shopable at one place. I’m super excited and can’t wait to try some of the projects featured on their site like this gorgeous clutch.  And I’m going to make my own version of this tassel necklace–so cute!

Such a beautiful home tour.

FAVORITE PINS

Love how the Ikea Expedit bookshelf was used to create this simple but chic cocktail station.

If you follow me on Pinterest you may have noticed that I’ve been pinning lots of images of boxed flower arrangements like these.  I think this is such a unique gift giving idea.

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

A little something pretty for your kitchen from Anthropologie. 

Lots of cute new arrivals at H and M Home, including this blue and white bathroom rug.

And this round glass vase is another favorite.

These personalized necklaces are just some of the cute items I spotted in JillMakes Etsy shop.  

Single Initial Personalized Necklace

Round Acrylic Initial Necklace

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE–ONLY THE BEST FOR MOM!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and making sure mom feels loved and appreciated on her special day (and everyday) is top of my list.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really come to understand the courage, dedication and selflessness that it takes to be a mother.  My mom is one special lady and along with teaching me about life she instilled in me the power to dream big and reach for my goals. Priceless gifts.

To help you celebrate your mom on Mother’s Day I’ve curated a gift guide filled with special pieces from a few of my favorite stores and online shops.

 ♦ Amara.com is a new online shop I recently discovered and to say I love everything on their site is an understatement.  They sell a wide range of products from over 300 of the leading home decor, gift and fashion brands around.  p.s.  I’ll be sharing more about Amara in a couple of weeks along with a fun collaboration I’m doing with them!

♦  BaubleBar continues to be one of my favorite sources for fashion jewelry.  Not only are their prices good but their tassel earring collection is hard to beat.  I want one of everything.

 When we lived in Seattle, Nordstrom was a favorite shopping spot for clothing, handbags and shoes.  And now I love shopping their gift and home departments for unique items.  Mark you calendar for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which will take place July 21-August 6th.

Mark & Graham is my go-to source for high-quality leather goods, entertaining items and accessories for both men and women. And I love that so many of their items can be personalized with a monogram.

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The India Hicks Collection {Island Style}

I have long admired India Hicks model, style maven and lifestyle designer.

India first came on my radar with her first book entitled Island Life: Inspirational Interiors which she wrote with her father David Hicks, the famed English interior decorator and designer.

Since that time India has developed a lifestyle brand that has included home decor, bath & body products, accessories and jewelry.  After years of developing products in partnership with other companies, India’s newest business endeavor is a collection of products sold through networks of entrepreneurial women. In India’s words…

“the exclusive collections of well-crafted gifts, beauty and accessories are sold through networks of entrepreneurial women, creating a more meaningful shopping experience”.

Inspired by her British heritage and island life, each product is beautifully crafted with a classic design esthetic that will stand the test of time.

The India Hicks Collection

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The India Hicks Collection

The India Hicks Collection

Known for her bohemian vibe, many of the jewelry designs are fun, whimsical and casually chic.

The India Hicks Collection

The Free Spirit Necklace

The Komboloi Tassel Necklace (below) is a show stopper!  The history of the Komboloi dates back to a time when monks in Mount Athos began making strands of beads by tying knots in a string at regular intervals in order to say their prayers. #iwant

The India Hicks Collection

There is also a collection of gold-plated pieces that are sleek, polished and sophisticated.

The India Hicks Collection

 Leticia Bracelet // Leticia Ring // Pyramid Studs

The collection of gold and silver pendants are perfect for gift giving and as a treat to yourself.

The India Hicks Collection

The India Hicks Collection

India Pendants // Gold Ring

There are several tassel pieces within the collection that I just adore including this key fob and long tassel charm.

The India Hicks Collection

Junkanoo Tassel // Agra Tassel Key Fob

The handbags in the collection are built with style and function in mind, perfect for day-to-day use and business life.

The India Hicks Collection

The Duchess {named after the Duchess of Windsor} // Good Luck Beetle Pendant

The India Hicks Collection

Edwina Hobo {named after India’s sister}

The Maddison May crossbody bag is another favorite of mine.  The inside bag is removable giving your loads of flexibility in how you use this piece.  Watch the video below to see how it works…

The India Hicks Collection

Maddison May Crossbody {named after India’s niece}

In true Bohemian style, the Palm Collection is colorful and relaxed–perfect for an island getaway.

The India Hicks Collection
The Palm Collection:  Basket // Duffle // Tote // Wash Bag // Baby Palm

The India Hicks Collection

If you close your eyes and envision yourself sitting on the beach in the Bahama’s you’ll be able to imagine how wonderful the scents are in the India Hicks candle collection.  Available in 3 fragrances…

The Grove … earthy and reminiscent of our island palm grove
Casuarina … the simple, green fragrance of the tree
Black Hibiscus … England in the tropics, captures sea air, oranges and Earl Grey tea

The India Hicks Collection

India Hicks--Island Style

For even more insights into India Hicks lifestyle, you’ll want to check out her blog.  It’s filled with beautiful images of her daily life on the island and as she travels the world.

India Hicks Collection--Brand Ambassador

My good friend Leesa is one of the Brand Ambassadors for the India Hicks collection.  You can contact Leesa to view the collection in person and to place an order.

To learn more about India Hicks, head here. To view the entire catalogue, click here.

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers For Her

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Verdure Stocking from Anthropologie

I love finding unique stocking stuffers for Christmas gifts and today I’m sharing a few of my favorite stocking stuffer picks for women.  If you’re wondering what all of these items have in common well I’ll tell you…

Stocking Stuffer Check List

1) Something indulgent

2) Something practical

3) Something that pampers

4)  $40 or less

5) Something I’d love to have myself

GIFT GUIDE: Stocking Stuffers for Her

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This Peppermint Foot Soak is the perfect way to unwind during after a long day of shopping or when you want to simply pamper yourself. Pair this with a cute pair of slipper socks to UpStyle the gift.

As a tea drinker, this Art Of Tea Tasting set would be pure indulgence on a cold morning or in the evening while winding down.

These Diamond Dust Earrings  hare the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life. And at $9.99 you might want to pick up a pair for yourself.

Anthropologie’s signature candle scent, Capri Blue smells so good you know the Capri Blue Hand Cream has to be wonderful.

Beanies are the ‘it’ fashion statement right now and I adore the orange and pink color combo in this Midtown Beanie.

Every woman will love the Artist Atelier Eau De Parfum roll on fragrance and there are 4 artistic color combos to choose from. 

This Lucky Token Keychain is a great gift and a good reminder to live life to the fullest. Perfect for a special girlfriend.

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I’ll be back later in the week to share stocking stuffers for the men in your life because we all know that shopping for men can be a real challenge.

If you have a favorite stocking stuffer, leave me a comment and share it with me.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Girlfriends

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Girlfriends

Finding that perfect holiday gift for the special women in your life is both fun and challenging.  To make it easier, I’ve rounded up a great selection of items for my 2016 Girlfriends Gift Guide.  All of these items have attributes I think all women possess…style, sass and beauty!

 

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♦  2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Your Girlfriends ♦

Domino–Your Guide To A Stylish Home–The new Domino Home Decor book is packed with stylish inspiration, design tips and beautiful images.

You Are A Badass–I received this book from one of my favorite design clients and after just a few pages I’m hooked.  This is a must-read for any woman who wants to take life by the horns and soar to new levels.

Fluoro Crispin Drop Earrings–I can’t express enough love for these hot pink drop earrings.  They are adorable and a fun way to add a pop of style and color to an outfit.

Leather Monogram Pouch–The hunt for the perfect coin or lipstick case may be over now that I’ve found this chic monogram pouch with mini tassel.  

Leather Mini City Bag–The color of this handbag stopped me in my tracks. And I love the classic 50’s retro style too!

Paradise 2017 Calendar–Help you girlfriends usher in the new year with this beautiful Rifle Paper Co. calendar.  

Fur Pom Pom Keychain–Fur + Pom Pom…two of my favorite things.  This key chain is stylish and functional and is also a fun bag charm. 

Dalmatian Tray–A great tray for a cocktail bar or to sit on a vanity to hold perfume and jewelry.  

Hello Beautiful MugEvery girl needs a pretty mug that says Hello Beautiful to sip coffee or tea from in the morning.

 

Happy shopping!

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