Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! After a crazy couple months with lots of travel and also lots of family parties thanks to my brother being in town (he and his wife live in South Korea and just flew home on Wednesday :( but have been here visiting for the past month) this are finally starting to calm down. Looking forward to actually getting a few things done around the house and enjoying the city!!

Here are my finds for the week:

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - First Glance Picks

Oh hey there, in case you somehow haven't heard the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts today for cardholders (apply here if you want to shop the sale early - otherwise full access starts on July 20th). There's always a ton of hype around the sale, but I wasn't too excited for it from looking at the catalogue. However, now that I'm able to see everything that's available, I'm getting really pumped for all of the basics, as well as seeing a lot of my favorites from the sale last year come back.

Nordstrom has free shipping and free returns with an unlimited return policy (I seriously saw a woman return a pair of boots she had bought five years ago on a card that was now expired, and they gave her a full refund!) so my recommendation is, if you see something you think you'd want, just buy it now since you can easily return it later. Last year I tried to budget and only ended up keeping a few things from the sale, and ended up going back and buying a lot of the basics from the sale later at full price.

So, onto the good stuff!! Let's start with bottoms. These leggings are my absolute favorite and I buy a new pair every year (come in plus sizes too) because they're so comfortable, have a long enough inseam for me, and don't fall down. I also grabbed these faux leather leggings last year and love them (worn here) - they're also available in a moto style. I also bought these jeans last year and love them, they're perfect if you carry a little more weight around your middle.





Okay, now it's on to sweaters! I'm clearly dying to add a pink cardigan to my closet - I already ordered this one ;) But really, the thing I would snag now would be a poncho sweater - I have a feeling this plaid one is going to sell out ASAP!! 





There weren't a ton of coats and jackets that caught my eye, but if you've been loving the burgundy coat that I share all the time (including in our Paris photos!), there's a super similar one on sale now! This jacket is also really similar to the faux suede jacket I snagged last year (worn here). I'm also really strongly considering this zip-up casual jacket - Jeff has one like it and I was jealous of it all of last year!

OMG, shoes. Lol, did I wake up a little too early this morning? What I'm most exited about are sneakers in this sale, which may be a sign I'm getting old - how cute are these pink ones?! I'm also loving the idea of a waterproof boot for winter so I don't have to wear my snowboots every day like I did last year - either these heeled boots or the over the knee version.





As far as tops go, I'm mostly looking to stock up on tees like this one during the sale, but there are a few fun blouses out there too! I already have this tee in red (worn here), so I'm excited to see it in black and white stripes!





In case you aren't quite ready to shop for fall yet, there are a bunch of cute dresses included in the sale too - you know I'm loving this blue striped dress!





There weren't a ton of bags that caught my eye, but I have been wanting a new tote and the color of this one is gorgeous!!





Aaaaaand, we're done!! Here's hoping this post was helpful as you shop the sale - let me know what's your favorite!



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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Another Weekend in Wine Country


A few weeks ago we headed to Napa to celebrate our third wedding anniversary! I really can't believe it's been three years already, but it's easier to remember when I look at my three year old niece (she was born a week and a half after our wedding - my poor 9 month pregnant sister at the wedding!). I'm fortunate to be sent to San Francisco for work a lot, so Jeff and I decide every now and then to have him fly out to meet me for the weekend. This was our third trip to Napa Valley, and we basically copied our itinerary from the last trip, just with a hotel down the street and a few different dinner reservations.

We stayed at Napa Valley Lodge in Yountville, really only because we loved Yountville so much but Hotel Villagio (where we stayed on our last trip) was under construction! The Napa Valley Lodge was a little quieter because the pool didn't have a full-on bar, but really it was basically the same experience, with a champagne breakfast looking out into the vineyards in the morning and a pretty pool. The Napa Valley Lodge had prettier rooms than what we saw at the Villagio, but I assume the Villagio's rooms will be gorgeous when the remodel is finished!





Yountville is a great place to stay in Napa Valley for a couple of reasons - the first and most important being that it's really walkable with great restaurants, so after a long day of wine tasting you don't have to worry about driving! As city kids, that's really important to me and Jeff ;) Also, when I say great restaurants, I mean some of the best in the country! We still haven't made it to French Laundry (almost squeaked into a lunch reservation this trip!) but have loved Bistro Jeanty (omg the rabbit pasta!!), Bottega, and Brix for fancier dinners, and R+D Kitchen and Redd Wood for more casual meals. Yountville is also a really cute little town with little boutiques and parks - one night we were there they showed a movie in the park next to our hotel, and there were tons of people out enjoying their fancy bottles of wine.





As far as things to do, we went on another wine tour with Platypus. We love their tours because they take you around to smaller wineries you probably would never visit otherwise, and because it's usually a really fun group of people. This time we went on a weekday and it was a smaller group and more relaxed experience. Besides the wine tour, we visited Bennett Lane again and got the VIP experience since we're members there. They really have the prettiest gardens of any of the wineries I've been to in Napa! We grabbed sandwiches from Giugni on our drive up to the winery and sat on their back patio with a bottle of wine for a couple of hours - so beautiful and relaxing!

Besides drinking all of the wine, we also did some pool time and hammock time and played bocce at our hotel. I had just learned how to really play bocce earlier that week from a bocce national champion (which yes, is a real thing haha) at a work event and it turns out that training paid off, because I beat Jeff in both of our games! And that, my friends, is quite an achievement, because I don't think I've ever previously beaten Jeff at any sport ;)




(I told Jeff he should start his own Instagram, "Jeff Hearts Sandwiches")







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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Ruffled Seersucker


Dress - J.Crew Factory / Bag - Clare V / Earrings (also available here) - BaubleBar / Sandals (similar here and here) - Sole Society

It turns out, I still have photos from our trip down to Florida to share! I've been so busy since our trip at the beginning of June that it already feels like it was so long ago, when really we were just there last month.

Jeff's family trip to Florida is one of my favorites because it really is just a week of relaxing - we spent most days going back and forth between the pool and the beach! Everyone keeps it really casual all week, but I packed one nice dress for the fancy dinner out we would inevitably have. This striped one-shoulder dress definitely fit the bill - how cute is that ruffle?! The seersucker just screams vacation to me - in fact, I packed it for our trip to Napa too!

Luckily for you, I waited so long to share these pictures with you that this dress is now on clearance - just a few sizes are left but at a great price! It's definitely a cute one if you have any events coming up this summer!









 
Dress - J.Crew Factory / Bag - Clare V / Earrings (also available here) - BaubleBar / Sandals (similar here and here) - Sole Society






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Monday, July 9, 2018

This Weekend...


Oh hey there! I took an unexpected break last week - between throwing a baby shower for my sister in law and a Fourth of July party, plus squeezing in lots of family time while my brother is in town and, you know, working, I literally didn't have time! But now we're back, and I'm planning to have posts all week - or, at least through Wednesday ;)

This weekend I...

...Drove up to the suburbs to do some unexpected baby sitting for my niece Mae, and let me tell you, I blew an impressive number of bubbles during my hour of watching her ;) She wouldn't let me use the bubble gun. Rude.
...Had a birthday dinner for my dad with pizza from Silo, which is by far the best deep dish in the suburbs! We're a sausage pizza family but couldn't agree on what other toppings to get, so my mom got four different combinations!! Lollllllllll. I wasn't mad, because I got a little sausage, onion and peppers. Scientifically proven to be the best toppings.
...Went to my friend Marina's wedding on Saturday out at the Marriott Lincolnshire, which was so beautiful and one of the more amusing ceremonies I've witnessed. It was also so great to see all of my high school friends, they had me in hysterics all through dinner.
...Ended up snagging this fun retro rainbow striped tee and this pretty eyelet top in all of the weekend sales.
...Had our third annual "Family Day" at the Cubs game with my family and Jeff's, which included a lot of hot dogs and a lot of me holding Mae's popcorn so she could clap at every play hahaha. The Cubs ended up pulling out a W in extra innings, which was amazing because my brother claims he's never actually been in the stadium for the "Go Cubs Go" song before. Of course, in his words, "I've never heard this before, but it still doesn't need to go on for this long" ;)

Here's hoping you had a good one!



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Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday Finds: Red, White, and Blue

You guys, the Fourth of July is next week! I know, I know, say what?! We usually host a Fourth of July party and it totally snuck up on me this year - we just managed to invite people on Wednesday haha. So our friends and family who keep their plans loose will be coming ;) It's going to be a little more low key than usual this year since I have basically zero planning time - right now I'm completely focused on the baby shower I'm throwing for my sister-in-law Claire tomorrow. Omg it's tomorrow - cue the panic!

I haven't really planned any red, white, and blue outfits this year since we've been out of town so much, but I own so much blue and white I decided to just go get a red mani-pedi and call it a day. Oh, and I ordered this hat and this hat - let's see if either come on time!

Here are a few more red, white, and blue items in case you're doing any last minute shopping for the holiday:

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

June Budget

Every month I post about my clothing budget. My budget per month is $350, which may seem like a lot to some and a little to others, but feels just right for me. You can read my thoughts on my 2017 budget here.

I had completely convinced myself that I hadn't bought anything new in June and that there wouldn't be anything to share. I've basically been traveling the whole month so there wasn't even time to shop! Of course, I forgot about all of those purchases I made back at the end of May that didn't arrive in time to include in my May budget post. Duh. Don't worry, in the three days I've been home I've already ordered about a hundred things, so there should be lots to share for July!


LOFT Kimono - originally $49.50, on sale $29.70. I'm actually wearing it while I type this! I love the concept of the kimono, they're such a fun lightweight layer for summer, and easier to wear than a scarf. This particular style is sold out, but I also love this one and this one.
J.Crew Factory Embroidered Tee - originally $59.50, on sale $29.95. This tee is so cute I'm willing to forgive it for being super sheer - it's actually fine if you wear a nude bra underneath but just wanted to put that out there as a word of warning! The embroidery is really pretty, and it's nice and lightweight for those hot summer days.
LOFT Ruffle Shorts - originally $49.50, on sale $29.70. These have the look of a mini skirt thanks to the ruffle and are so cute in person - you can see me trying them on here. I love that they're a slightly dressier shorts option.
J.Crew Factory Sweater Blazer - originally $98.00, on sale $49.00. I tried this on in stores and fell in love - it's so comfy but slightly more dressed up than a regular sweater. Definitely perfect for chilly summer offices!
Lou & Grey Hoodie Tee - originally $59.50, on sale $35.70. I've been wearing this basically non-stop around the house (well, at least for the few days I've actually been home!) and it is SO soft and cozy without being too hot for summer. The sides have slits which makes it a little breezier, although I wear a tank underneath.
LOFT Summer Vibes Sweater - originally $59.50, on sale $35.70. How freaking cute is this sweater?! It's the perfect weight for chilly summer nights and has a great drape to it.

Total Spent: $209.75
Total Saved: $165.75


Waaaaaay under budget for the month - high five me! So far for July I've bought two hats and a bunch of shorts. These purchases feel very not me haha, but I realized with all of our travel that I was basically just wearing the same two pairs of shorts over and over. For the rest of summer, I'm looking for lightweight dresses that can work for the office or for the weekend. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will also be here in July so I'm probably going to start shopping for fall. I know, I know, I'm disgusted also. But if there's anything I've learned from shopping (or not shopping) the sale in the past, it's that I should buy the stuff now, because inevitably come September I'll want it and then have to pay full price. Want to shop the sale early? Be sure to sign up for a Nordstrom card now for early access!! Having the card last year was amazing because so much stuff sold out after the first couple of days and was never restocked.

Did you budget this month? How did you do?



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