Thursday, July 21, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks 2016!

OKAY everyone! This week the Nordstrom Anniversary sale started for Nordstrom cardholders.  It opens to the general public tomorrow. As a card holder I already shopped the sale and grabbed all of my favorites... some of the things I purchased are already sold out! GAH! 
So, here's my guide to my favorite picks for this year!
The links for each item are below the picture.
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Favorite Picks
One  //  Two  //  Three  //  Four 
My Mother bought #1 which is PERFECT for traveling.
#2 is a really great bargain!
 We have a bag very similar to #3 and LOVE it... it is great for taking on the airplane.
 I *almost* purchased #4 but my glasses wouldn't fit in it.


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Favorite Picks
One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine
These Kate Spade earrings (#1) are a great buy!
The Jo Malone Perfume set (#2) is perfect)
The clarisonic brush head set (#3) is a great deal
I am loving the Burberry and Kate spade watches they have!
#6 is a great plaid blanket scarf for Fall and is under $20!! 
If you have been dying for a pair of So Real Dior Sunglasses (#7), they are on sale!
I bought #8 in turquoise but they come in lots of colors
Love #9, also love this bracelet too!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Favorite Picks

One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine
I bought the patagonia pullover for my upcoming trip to the Alps!
The Zella leggings (#2) are my favorite.
The dress (#3) Is SUPER CUTE
I must be digging plaid: #4 is a vest, #5 is a plaid shirt, and #6 is a plaid shirt dress! Get these out for your Fall photos!
#7 is a pretty denim shirt.
I own #8 in several colors.
I love this Vince sweater (#9)


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Favorite Picks

They have BARBOUR coats on sale! WHAT! (#1)
#2 is a beautiful Ralph Lauren Coat!
I love #3 for Winter and also am digging the over the knee boots of #4!

There were SO MANY CHOICES at the sale I could only feature some of them... 
Ok, maybe just a few more...

I LOVE these JEANS and these jeans (bought this second pair).
These stacking rings are so much fun!
I was *this close* to buying these penny loafers (but I recently bought these flats so I felt bad!)
I bought this exclusive eye and cheek set from Laura Mercier. It's great!
If you are looking to buy a Clarisonic, now is your chance! They are $40 off!
These Voluspa Candles are a great deal!
This Hermes mini set is super duper cute!
I LOOOOVE Antica Farmacista for my house reed diffusers! They are lovely and I totally stocked up!

You can also shop certain parts of the sale below...

Shop Women's Shoe Sale HERE.
Shop Women's Beauty Exclusives HERE.
Shop the Men's Sale HERE.
Shop Children's sale HERE.
Shop the Women's Anniversary Sale Here.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Thursday Favorite Things #247

Can you believe that we are already half way through July with August *just* around the corner??  Well, I've planted my pumpkin patch because Halloween really is only about 100 days away! In fact, the other day, I actually thought that it was starting to feel like Fall! WHAT! I know, August is coming with the 110 degree days, but it had me start planning for Fall decorating! Okay, enough talk, time to look at this week's features! 

Munchkin Time shared this delicious sounding blueberry peach nutella pavlova recipe!

Timeless Creations shared this French country lamp makeover using Annie Sloan. 

Nancy on the Home Front shared a cute trip about picking sour cherries.

Homemade Interest shared this Tex-mex coleslaw recipe - perfect for hot Summer days!

21st and Main shared 5 Do's and Dont's for wearing Maxi Dresses... Love these tips, I struggle with finding maxi dresses that look good on me!
Congratulations if you were featured! I have pinned your posts to our Thursday Favorite Things Pinterest Board! I would also like to thank everyone for linking up - I visit many of your posts but don't always comment because I have been super duper busy!
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Monday, July 18, 2016

In Love with Groin Vault Ceilings

First, before I start, for my regular blog readers, I'm cutting my posting back until the Fall... I will be posting Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays instead of Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. I have found that blog readership is way down right now because everyone is out keeping themselves busy right now in Summer... Myself included. Who wants to sit inside in front of a screen when it's so beautiful outside! I certainly don't!! Anyway on to the topic...
I fell in love with groin vault ceilings a little while ago. I think they are so interesting.  Below is a picture of a groin vault ceiling, as an example

If you don't know what a groin vault ceiling is, I thought this diagram below was really helpful in showing the different types of ceilings.  
I love the look of the groin vault ceiling down a hallway like this... with a pendant hanging down from the center of each one.  
I really really wanted my long hallway in my house to have groin vaults down the whole thing.  It would have looked so cool! Pendants down the center and all.  Like below.
Except, it's not going to work out.  For several reasons - one, by California law we have to have fire extinguishers installed in the ceiling in each one of the groin vaults - it is supposed to run down the center but since you would put a pendant there, you would have to cut an extra hole running down next to the pendants that is off center. This does not look pleasing to the eye. But I thought, okay, well I can live with that.

The other problems is that one area of the house the living room will be on the left and the dining on the right - both with tall ceilings.  If I want the groin vault, I would have to either significantly raise the height of the hallway or drop the living room or ceiling heights (reason - because the groin vault drops down several feet from the ceiling, as you can see below).  I am not going to be able to do this.
So no long hallway for me with pretty groin vaults. 
 But wait. Maybe I can work it somehow into the entry?
Hmm, I need to go back to the drawing board and measure around. Maybe that would work.

 I found this picture below pretty interesting - it shows how the groin vault is made!
 So long, dreams of long hallway with groin vaults.  Also don't want to have too many interesting architectural features - otherwise it will seem too over-the-top.
So, do you like the groin vault ceiling? Do you have one in your house?

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Five on Friday - Haute Couture Fall 2016 Edition

Happy Friday everyone! Today we are going to be daydreaming and pretending like we are shopping at the Paris Haute Couture Fall 2016 fashion shows!  You can pick out your favorite outfit (as you have unlimited fake internet money) and have them tailored so they look fabulous on you! See, DREAM COME TRUE! 

Let's pick out your favorite "every day" outfit first... 
#1
Dior
#2
Dior 
#3
Chanel
#4
Giambattista Valli
#5
Dior
#6
Giambattista Valli

Now let's pick out your stylish Winter Coat for this season!
#1
Chanel
#2
Chanel
#3
Chanel
#4
Dior
#5
Versace
#6
Giambattista Valli
#7 - this show was held in front of the Trevi fountain
Fendi
Giambattista Valli
Hiding under your fabulous Winter coat was a chic cocktail dress, pick it out...
#1 
#2( I would totally twirl like a snowflake in this!)
#3
Chanel
#4
Dior
#5
Giambattista Valli
 #6
Giambattista Valli
#7
Giambattista Valli
 #8
Giambattista Valli
And last but not least, you have a Winter Gala to attend, what are you going to wear??
#1
Dior
#2
Versace
#3
Giambattista Valli
#4
Schiaparelli 
#5
Elie Saab
#6
Armani Prive
#7
Armani Prive
#8
Elie Saab
#9 (love the matching little girl!!)
Elie Saab
#10
Elie Saab
#11
Giambattista Valli
#12
Giambattista Valli
If you're way into the whole fashion process, Paris on Four Months did a 3 part series of behind-the-scenes look at the design process for Chanel. I really enjoyed the close-up photographs as you really fail to see the fine details of the outfits in the images above. 

Alright readers, tell me which outfits you would choose! Here are my picks:

-"Everyday" Outfit: #4, love the crisp white outfit!
-Winter Coat- #1, love the double breasted coat with the fine details
-Cocktail Gown- #6, I wouldn't be daring enough to wear #5.
-Evening Gown- ummm YES to all??? I think #10, or...#8, or 3, 4, 5.... all so pretty.

As you can tell, Chanel, Dior, and Giambattasti Valli are my favorite haute couture designers that I will always dream about wearing but never will!
All pictures in this post are from Vogue.