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Complete Guide to the Nordstrom Sale

July 22, 2016

WELCOME TO THE PARTY!  Nordstrom opened up the sale to the public today so I'm here to help guide you through what's still available.  You'll notice many of my favorites from the past week are missing from today's post because they're completely sold out.  I've been hearing rumors about re-stocking so I'll keep you posted if I see this dress, this Turtleneck Poncho or this jacket back in stock.

The Legging Ankle Jeans || Space Dye Tunic Sweatshirt (still available in all sizes, I went with the Small) ||  || Split Hem Sweater || Cowl neck dress (comes in many colors + this stripe!  The small was the perfect length and I'm 5'9) || Flutter Sleeve Dress (hurry, very limited sizing) || cutout booties || Zella Capris Leggings (limited sizing in the capris but all sizes left in the full leggings) || side split turtleneck (only a few left!) || Tory Burch Boots ($200 off) || Tory Burch peep toe wedges || V-neck Sheath dress || V-neck ruched dress || skinny jeans (I know the cool kids are all wearing wide leg frayed edge crops but I just can't let go of a good slimming skinny jean) || window pane dress || Bow Detail color block dress || long sleeve tunic tee || Patagonia Jacket || pointy toe ballet flats || Mens No-Iron Button down || Mens Smart care pants || Patagonia Better Sweater || turkish towel || geo print pillow || Nars best cheek palate || Nars beauty survival kit || Tory Burch Wallet || Tory Burch Cross body bag  || Girls Pink Nike Shoes

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Creating A Coastal Feel

July 21, 2016

A few of you have asked what home goods items I like from the Nordstrom Sale and it's no surprise to see that I'm gravitating towards the blues and grays with a dose of warm tones thrown in from wood grain and metals.  I'm loving the more copper and brass colors right now as opposed to shiny golds.  What about you?

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Authentic Chinese Egg Roll Recipe

July 20, 2016

Last week one of my sweet neighbors welcomed a group of us into her home to teach us how to make authentic Chinese Egg Rolls.  I'm pretty sure I'll never be able to order them from take-out or buy frozen ones again.  The possibilities for fillings are endless, including several sweet options like bananas + cinnamon.  I always find it so fascinating to learn about other cultures and generations. On the surface we were all different ages and came from different places but at the end of the day we were all just a group of women sitting down laughing and cooking together.  I bet there will be lots of egg rolls at the next neighborhood party!


 6 cups cabbage shredded

1 cup of onion sliced fine (may increase to 2 cups according to taste)

1 cup of boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced very fine (filet and then filet again to cut into strips)

Salt to taste

2 Chicken bouillon cubes

Package of TYJ Spring Roll Pastry (If frozen remove and allow to thaw to room temperature)


Bring water to a boil and cook cabbage on medium high heat for 3 to 5 minutes.  Cabbage should be tender but not mushy.  Drain the cabbage and let cool while you cook the onion and chicken.

Pour a small amount of avocado oil into a skillet or wok and heat the oil.  Then add the onion and stir until onion is soft  Add the shredded chicken breast and stir it with the onion until done.  Chicken should be done but not brown.

Cabbage is now ready to put into a cheese cloth and squeeze out any remaining water.

Combine chicken, onion, cabbage together in a bowl and add 2 crushed chicken bouillon cubes, and salt to taste.  The mixture is now ready to be wrapped and sealed.

Separate the pastry wrap and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of mixture.  Fold inside the pastry and wrap tightly by spreading the mixture, folding each of the two ends and rolling tightly.  Only use one pastry sheet per egg roll.

The last step is to fry the spring roll and slightly brown it.  We used avocado oil but you may substitute.  Heat enough cooking oil in a pan to cover about 2/3 of the roll.  Heat the oil on high and then add the roll, seam side down.  Slightly lower the temperature to avoid charring the roll.  When both side of the roll are light brown, they are done.  Place the rolls on a paper towel and then serve and enjoy!

Local Richmond places to shop any needed ingredients:

1.     New Grand Mart, 7415 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23225, (804) 675-1425
2.     Tan-A Supermarket, 6221 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA  23230, (804) 285-5569
3.     Far East Supermarket, 6317 Rigsby Road, Richmond, VA (804) 286-5502
4.     Asia Market, 9503 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA (804) 346-0301
5.     Whole Foods and Wegmans may also sell the wraps


Don't forget to check out my favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale here and here and here!

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Highlights from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

July 19, 2016

My parents took the kids to Colonial Williamsburg today and our internet was out at the house all morning and it was hot as bejeesus outside so I figured the only rational thing to do was hit up the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and pretend it was fall.

I'm in love with these jeans and this Barbour jacket!  I wear my old barbour jacket all the time but this one has a hood and covers my butt!  It's a bit warmer than my other one as well.   It looks like it's sold out online but this our store had several in stock.  I snagged a size 6 for those curious on the British sizing.  I threw on the striped tunic underneath as a last minute addition and I'm so glad I did! It is so soft and comfy and a fantastic length for only $17.  I grabbed the XS and it fit perfectly. It also comes in four solid colors!

Big fan of this Layered Split Hem Sweater too!  It comes in three colors but y'all know the gray + light blue is my favorite by far!  Runs true to size so no ordering up needed to get the length.  It's fun on it's own but understated enough to work as a good layering piece under something else like this sweater.   I have on the M/L in the sweater because that's all they had in the store but I would size down if I order it.

I'm in love with the Jada Collared Shift Dress.  I didn't pay it much attention online but it looked so cute on the rack I knew I needed to try it on.  It was a standout favorite!  Just be careful because it runs super small.  I had to go up 2 sizes.

Another pretty work dress I found below.  I love the blue color but it also comes in black which is probably a smarter buy for me.

This sleeveless cowl neck dress is another steal at under $25 and has a good length and flow without sizing up.  I love it on it's own for September and October when I'm ready for fall clothes but it's still hot.  And with the plaid blanket scarf for chillier nights.  It comes in 10 colors including 2 stripes.  Did I mention it has pockets?  I know.

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Unicorn Birthday Party

July 18, 2016

In typical five year old fashion Wells has decided a few days before her 6th Birthday that she wants a unicorn party.  Awesome.  Thankfully a locally owned party goods shop, Grace Street Print Co., is working hard to make her little dreams come true.  Without the need to ship we're going to make the deadline!  The shop owner, Lauren, has a few things listed in her Etsy shop but mostly does completely custom creations.  She came up with some really pretty ideas for our colorful confetti splash theme from last week and quickly switched gears with me and sent over some awesome proofs for me last night with lots of pink and turquoise and glitter unicorns.

You can check my whole Birthday Board here.

Party Hats shaped like unicorn horns, glitter unicorn wands, star wands, mini unicorn pinatas,
cupcake toppers, tassel and glitter number 6 food picks, mini garland, large garland, confetti, Wells is Six cake topper, unicorn straws, confetti balloons, unicorn party bag tassels, Unicorn Fur take home treat (cotton candy), Unicorn Poop (jelly beans)

I've had my nephews with us the past few days so I still haven't had a chance to go to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in person.  All four kids are staying with my parents for the next few days so I'm thinking about sneaking over there before my date night tonight with Matthew.  There are a few things I really want to try on and see in person.  Anything in particular y'all would like me to show you?  I know dressing room diaries aren't for everyone but I think it's really helpful to see real people in the clothes.

Especially this tunic sweater.  I'm usually an XS or S but sometimes I need to go up to a Medium for length.  I want all the bits and pieces covered so I can throw this on with leggings.  Same thing with this one

And this flutter sleeve dress, it says it's true to size but it starts at 00 instead of a 0 or 2 so I'm not sure if the sizing is off all the way up.

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Where to Save and Where to Splurge at the Nordstrom Sale

July 16, 2016

I'm really firm on expecting a very low cost per wear of anything I buy.  The cost divided by the number of times it's worn.  So a thirty dollar pair of shoes that get's worn once is overall much higher than a pair of three hundred dollar boots that get worn at least twenty times a year for several years.

Matthew was actually a really good influence on me in that area.  Instead of buying dozens of things or more each year that only get put on once, how about pick just a few really nice pieces that I'll love for years and get excited about every time I put it on.  Slowly acquiring some larger ticket items and thoughtfully making updates to items to stay fresh.  I basically have created an accidental capsule wardrobe. I'll share more on that later but overall I realized I reach for the same few things each week and having more options didn't help me dress better or feel better.

The first time I hit the Nordstrom Anniversary sale I skipped over any sections with a higher price tag altogether because I was in deal mode.  I went to look something up last night and realized that I was missing a huge opportunity to snag a splurge item on amazing sale.  I don't want to miss out on a chance to buy a big ticket (for me) item that would make me feel like a million bucks in my old standby jeans and a cheap t-shirt or paired with an inexpensive on trend dress (one || two || three).

So many good things to create a fabulous high + low outfit!

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Men's Essentials

July 15, 2016

On the surface this post is going to be about Men's Fashion.  A few essentials every guy should have in their closet.  But I want it to be about a little bit more than that.  I don't want to lose sight of the fact that a man who absolutely hates to have his picture taken went outside with me in the 90something degree heat after a long day at work and posed for me so I could work with one of my favorite stores.  And when I didn't like any of the pictures I took he hopped in the car with me so we could do it all over again somewhere else.  That's love, y'all.

I know that movies and the media will tell you love is flowers and date nights but after 10 years together I can tell you it's not.  Date Night is fun and so important, don't get me wrong.  But honestly, I could have a fabulous night out with a slug so long as there was good food and my kids were at home with a sitter.  Real love is felt when he does the things you know he doesn't want to do all because you asked.

One thing I don't have to ask him to do is dress well.  Matthew has always had good style and I would say he actually has a better wardrobe than me. Which is mostly awesome because I never have to worry about what he'll show up in.  But, it's not always fun that I have to split our clothing budget with him!  If your guy needs a little help just send him to Nordstrom and rest assured he'll come out looking handsome.  If you don't have a store in person remind him that it's always free shipping and free returns so he can order away online and try things on at home.  That's probably your best bet when dressing a guy regardless.

We both dress pretty classic and preppy and where I go a little bo-ho he goes outdoorsy.  And now he wears a suit to work everyday and I'm pretty in love with that look too.  Man, there is just something about a man in a suit.  I can never decide which look I like better, the laid back southern preppy outdoorsman or the dapper in a suit look.  I think I actually just like the fact that he pulls off both effortlessly.  

I can't talk about men's clothes without mentioning that the best non-iron button downs are just over $30 right now.  Time to stock up!  They make great Christmas presents for my Dad, brother, brothers in law, and father in law.  I'd say for Matthew too but since he does his own shopping I'm pretty sure he's already helped himself to a few.

I've partnered with Nordstrom on this post but the selections and the hottie above are all mine. 

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Top Picks For Fall // #NSALE Early Access is OPEN!

July 14, 2016

Like all good bloggers this morning I'm ignoring my children and scouring through the many online pages of the #NSALE to bring you all my favorite picks at fab prices!  First up are my must have's for women because we all need to treat ourselves every now and again.  I'll be back soon with my favorites in the HOME and KIDS and MEN soon!


Zella Leggings || Paige Skinny Jeans || Rag & Bone Jean The Skinny || Flutter Sleeve Dress || Off The Shoulder Chambray Dress || Split Neck Shift Dress || Colorblock dress || Layered Split Hem Henley || Ruffle Front Cardigan || Cozy Knit Turtleneck Poncho || Side Slit TurtleNeck Tunic || Patagonia Pullover || Mixed Media Tunic || Tunic Sweatshirt || Cut out Booties || Tory Burch Allie Flat || Lace Up Pump || Tory Burch Tote || Oversized Scarf || Yummy Fleece Shawl || Clarisonic

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July 13, 2016

Man, y'all are awesome.  But you already knew that, right?  I really appreciate all of your questions, they're really good.  I probably should have clarified that when I said I had writer's block that it wasn't that I couldn't think of anything to say but rather I wanted something good to talk about with y'all that's lighter than the overwhelming sadness and chaos in our world right now but deeper than my favorite picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Although you better believe I'll be scoping that out tomorrow as soon it's live.  ha!  And of course y'all delivered! I can't wait to start writing about all of the topics you mentioned.  Except my worst hair cut.  I'm going to do it but I can't say I won't be hiding under my covers all day.  Maybe if that time in my life didn't coincide with excessive beer consumption and late night pizza deliveries (Gilroy's chicken & ranch anyone?) I wouldn't have to be quite so embarrassed.  Add in that the most designer items in my wardrobe at the time were a Coach pouch-let and Express Editor's Pants and it's an image you won't want to miss. Oh 1999-2000, you were a big time.  Ladies, get ready because once I start scanning those photos in there is no turning back!

I honestly am having a hard time focusing on anything within my own little world when there is so much fear and violence around us that only seems to be growing.  I treat this blog with the same rules I would a dinner party; religion and politics are off limits.  It's just too divisive and better left to small group chats in person.  But I can't say that I'm unfazed by the stories and images that flood my facebook page these days.  I used to turn to facebook because it was safe mindless scrolling when I needed a break from the aspiration I find on instagram.  Full of 30 second recipes involving pillsbury dough and cream cheese and uploaded albums from regular people doing regular people things; images of Birthdays and Baptisms and weddings.  Now it seems that the whole world is breaking and my heart is breaking too.   Horrific images of refugees and terrorist attacks.  GoFundMe pleas for a family of five who just lost their 33 year old mother to brain cancer.  Anti-this and Anti-that coming from all sides everywhere you turn.  I feel like covering my ears like the grinch to all the noise noise noise noise.  

So how do we tune out the negative without becoming numb or passive to it?  I don't know.  I'm just being nicer to everyone.  Smiling and looking directly in the eye of every person I encounter because we both showed up and are trying to make it work today.  I'm worried for my children and I'm worried for our world.  I'm praying for stronger faith.  Faith that our world will heal.  Faith that there is something more after this world.  Lord, please help my disbelief.

I don't want to end on a negative note or start a big heated discussion (see dinner party rules above). I'm going to focus on all the good around me and make a point to be a part of that good.

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July 12, 2016

Y'all know I've become a bit of an open book on here in the past few months.  I've always been that way in "real life" and I realized that raw realness was missing from my blog.  I'm so glad I've begun to correct that.  I don't share myself because I think my story is special.  But I do think the act of sharing our stories is special.  Storytelling.  Fables.  Myths. Narratives.  Tales.  These ways of connecting and weaving individuals together have been around forever and are a large part of what makes us human.  The versions we're all familiar with may have been written down and credited to one person, but they came about because many many people were telling their experiences to others.  And the collective response of "me too!" or "oh no!" was enough to keep telling.  Sharing our thoughts is important and I want us all to feel that our stories are worth sharing.

After that dramatic intro above it may surprise you to know that I've got writers block.  Ha!  I have a million things clogging up my head right now and not enough quiet alone time to sort them out.  If I'm really honest, it's too much alone time with my kids.  Not enough time with other adults.  Zero friend time.  Minimal husband time.  Summer can be hard for me because I feel a bit isolated and the lack of schedule is only fun for a while before I start feeling simultaneously overwhelmed and bored.

I thought it would be fun to turn the tables on you just a little today.  I'd really like for you to leave a comment or send me an email either sharing a little bit about yourself or asking me something you'd like to know about me.  Are there any follow-up questions you wish I would answer or any topics you hope I'll address.  I know you must be curious about something!  I plan to do a follow up post answering your questions so I'm counting on you to ask some good ones!  I don't want to have to pretend that a reader was sooooooooo desperate to know my favorite actress or what's in my purse.

Come on, what do y'all want to talk about?  Help me out!

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Summer Birthday Party

July 11, 2016

Six.  Man.  My girl is about to be six.  I can't even believe that it's been five years since I shared her First Birthday on here and here I am already planning her 6th.

Of course it's going to be full of color like our girl!  But only the "girl colors" according to Wells. Like in past years, we're going to have the party at our house.  She wants cake with ice cream and lots of water fun!  Usually the kids entertain themselves without any actual "party activities" but Wells has a few ideas up her sleeve this year for some competition.  I'm thinking water bucket relay races and water balloon fights.  Maybe a craft?

I'm tossing around the idea of renting a giant water slide contraption.  I know it would make her so so happy but besides the cost, I'm not sure I want to deal with the anxiety of worrying that someone will get hurt. Water + bounce house + slide seems like an ER trip waiting to happen.  Maybe I'm over thinking that.

I think we'll have less adults than usual now that the kids are in the drop off stage but I still plan on having something fun for the Moms who stay.  I'll probably serve popsicles in prosecco or some sort of fun cocktail that can mixed in a pitcher.  Or maybe just chilled rose´ if I run out of steam :)

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Currently Obsessed

July 10, 2016

Currently obsessed.  This weekend's round up of all the pretty things I could find on the internet.  Blues and pinks and gingham and stripes, oh my!  Is everyone having a good weekend?

The kids are finally totally healthy and I finished up my mini-sessions without any major glitches!  My last session last night was with a 7 & 8 year old brother sister pair who reminded me so much of Wells and Tagg I couldn't stop smiling thinking that my little duo will be this much fun and still be such good friends as they get older.  Today it's pool time and then editing pictures with a giant glass of wine for me!

Teil Duncan Print Beach II || Cannes Drop Earrings || Brighton table lamp || Kate Spade Bandeau Bow Swimsuit || Vineyard Vines Harbor Dress (40% off!) || striped sheath dress (40% off!) || floral print belted dress || Crepe Shift Dress (40% off and also comes in black) || Kate Spade iPhone wristlet || Gray Malin I am busy print || Madalyn Print || Tory Burch closed toe Wedges (on sale + extra 30% off with code:EXTRA30) || Dash & Albert indoor-outdoor rug || ceramic garden stool || Lake Pajamas (like kissykissy for adults) || Kate Spade somewhere watch (pricematched and on sale in white) || s'well water bottle

J.Crew // extra 40-60% off sale with code:SALETIME.  Perfect time to stock up on the Tippi Sweater and lots more great stuff on mega sale.

J.Crew Factory // extra 50% off clearance with code:CLEARIT

Tory Burch // extra 30% off sale styles with code:EXTRA30

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