Pinterest Lately...


I go in phases with Pinterest... I'll avidly pin recipes, fashion, decor ideas, DIY inspiration and more for a few months, and then get to the point where I feel like I'm seeing repetitive content and take some time off.  I'd been on an extended Pinterest hiatus shortly before my 3 week vegetarian experiment, but the search for creative meatless meal options reignited my Pin-thusiasm.  

One of my regular blog reads, Anne in Residence, shares regular Pinterest favorites.  I always love those posts, so I thought it would be fun to share a few of mine lately...

Leave your pinterest URL below and I'll follow along :)

PS- there's still a lot of great #Nsale goodies in stock!  Did you order anything from the sale?

See my advice on what's worth buying and picks here.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Alright you guys, I was a little torn about writing this post, because while I do enjoy the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, good grief is there SO much hype.  It just opened to non-card holders and I am so over collages on Instagram telling me what to buy.  Don't get me wrong, I love a good collage, but I want to know why I should buy something, the copy-and-paste stock photo is something I can find directly on Nordstrom's website... so uh I'll look there thanks.  

Just to backtrack quick, in case you are not familiar with Nordstrom's Anniversary Event.  Each year, they release brand new Fall merchandise, and mark it down.  After a couple weeks, the prices go back up.  So essentially, you're getting brand new Fall clothes on sale.  That being said, they are Fall, so it feels mighty early to be getting excited about over-the-knee boots and cashmere sweaters...

Last year, I wrote a detailed post about what deals are actually deals.  Having worked at Nordstrom through many Anniversary sales, I've narrowed down a handful of categories that are definitely worth buying, and some that your wallet would be better off if you waited.  I'm not going to dive into all of it within this post, but I will explain why I love all the pieces I've highlighted below.

One 'category' I always recommend during the #Nsale is 'wear-now' items.  Sandals, short sleeves, etc are always safe buys.  I was also excited to see some really gorg Kendra Scott pieces on sale this year, a brand which doesn't get marked down very often.  The AG denim is just such a great staple, and their fit is so, so flattering.

Items that return season after season are also worth investing in.  These BP Moto Leggings were stocked last year, and getting them early now at a discount is the best!  They are super versatile and comfy, and come in three colors.  I also just really loved this FP tunic... it could be worn now with shorts, and definitely into Fall and Winter.  It also comes in two more colors.

This jacket you guys.  I adore emerald green, and while this is definitely a Wintery item, it's also a sell-out risk, so those I lean towards picking up early.  (My rule of thumb: if it's a wintery basic by one of Nordstrom's private labels- think cashmere sweaters, long sleeve thick knits, etc... wait.  It will more than likely get marked down at a deeper discount before the climate calls for such.)  These jeans, ringing in at under $60, are also a great buy because they're a superb basic and thus just don't get marked down often.  I love this brand too- they're super stretchy but maintain their shape well.

Including these booties was a little bit of a conflict for me- they are a 'Nordstrom exclusive'.  While that can mean literally that- Nordstrom is the only place that carries them despite being a non-Nordstrom brand- I have also found with some items that the quality just isn't as good.  The 'Nordstrom exclusive' items were made especially for the Anniversary sale, and sometimes feel like outlet quality.  That being said, I do have a pair of Vince Camuto flats that were stocked for Anniversary last year, but I picked up on Black Friday (for a way deeper discount might I add...).  They're really well made shoes, and counteract my outlet quality apprehensions... So basically, having not tried these booties on, I can't vouch for the quality, but I love the style, had success with the same brand 'exclusives' last year, and you could start wearing them pretty early.

Every item in this look is under $60- most way under!  These jeans are a really similar wash to the jeans that every blogger in the entire world wears and loves, but I actually like it a little more (shh!).  This shirt is an awesome staple and on it's way to me now.  How cute are these Vans?  I love the metallic. 

Finally you guys, I can't share anything about the Anniversary Sale without RAVING about the best leggings ever.  Zella live-in leggings are truly the best.  They aren't see through, don't pill, wash well, don't ride up or down, are super comfortable and flattering, AND are fully reversible.  The black Zella leggings ONLY go on sale during this event, so now is the time to stock up!  I find they run true to size.  I also had to toss in these Nikes, because how fun are they?!  There are sort've two 'kinds' of Nikes... the ones you get at Kohls, DSW, etc, which are always marked down (no shade on this kind, I've got a few!), but then there's the Nordstrom, Net-a-Porter, Nike.com Nikes which don't get marked down often and sizes are usually gone by the time they do. 

A few more items that are definitely worthwhile things to pick up this sale: 
  • Nadri jewelry- they make my absolute fav bangles- and if a rhinestone ever falls out, you can take it into Nordstrom and they'll ship it out for repair.  It's seriously the best (that being said, I have 7 of their bangles and only one stone has ever fallen out, I'm impressed).
  • Patagonia- their half a full zip jackets have snuck up on North Face and are definitely a preppy 'staple' this Fall and Winter.  They don't get marked down often, so now is a great time to scoop one up at a discount.  
  • Natori bras and Hanky Panky panties- such worthwhile investments that aren't marked down often.  
  • Stan Smith sneakers on sale, what?  These are definitely the sneaker of the moment, and finding your size, let along marked down is a miracle.  
  • These high-top Ugg sneakers- I got a really similar pair last season and had so many questions on them, but they sold out super fast!  Definitely an item to get early.
What have you guys picked up at the sale?  Anything you're unsure about pulling the trigger on?  If you've got any questions, leave them below or on Instagram :)

Ps- Beauty buys will be a separate post because there are SO many good ones this year.  So dangerous.

Happy shopping!

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What I'm Wednesday (I know it's Thursday)

You guys.  I know it's not Wednesday.  But truly, I am concerned whether there is some external factor stopping me from writing this post.

I started writing it last week.  And then I lost power.  For FOUR days.


This week, I resumed.  Except I had to polish a few things in the post Tuesday night and lost power.  AGAIN.

Really.    REALLY!?

Power has returned, and all is right with the world, but if this isn't a sign we need to move, I dunno what is.  Thankfully, our lease ends in October and we are 100% moving.

Anyway.  On to What I'm Wednesday... from last week... on Thursday. 

Watching Limitless: Every time I think we've run out of Netflix shows to watch, a new one pops up and we get totally into it.  The latest is Limitless.  It's a spin-off of the movie Limitless with Bradley Cooper, but has a new protagonist.  It's essentially an FBI dramady, and I love that it doesn't take itself too seriously.  The plot has some really interesting twists, and the characters are super likable.  Overall, I'm definitely a fan.

Eyeing this under $40 peplum top:  I have a thing for peplums, and a bigger thing for the color olive, so this top is a win-win.  It also comes in black or white.  

Eating crock pot salsa verde chicken:  This is one of my absolute laziest, most delicious recipes.  Just pop frozen or fresh chicken breasts, a can of salsa, and salt and pepper into a crock pot.  Depending how your crockpot behaves without a lot of liquid, you can also add some chicken stock or water to ensure nothing on the bottom burns.  Once the crockpot is done doing its magic, shred the chicken, add some fresh lime juice and cilantro, and ta-da!  It's super yummy in tacos, over a sweet potato, with eggs, or in a rice/quinoa bowl.  Basically it can be used a gazillion ways.  I always make extra because it's such a versatile left over.

Over the Anniversary Sale: I know, I know.  There are aspects of the sale that excite me, but it is just such a hyped sale, and to me the product mix is good, but not spectacular.   On top of that, bloggers that literally never shop at Nordstrom are like OMG ANNIVERSARY.  Hint- bloggers can make a lot of money during the Anniversary sale.  Another hint- I don't make a lot of money during the Anniversary Sale.  I do have a recap post coming tomorrow, but if you caught my post last year that gives you a feel for why I'm not as crazed by the event.

Awaiting officially meeting my new nephew:  I have one sibling, a sister, and she had her first child just a couple weeks ago.  I get to go next week and finally see the family and I cannot wait!  He is so precious, and while no lie, babies generally intimidate me mucho, I'm hoping a family baby will help ease my baby anxiety. 

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Dresses with sneakers + Hello Monday Linkup

I'm not sure which I love more, a good t-shirt dress or a snazzy pair of sneakers.  

Trick question.  I love electricity and dang did I miss it last week.  A wicked bad, albeit brief thunder storm hit St. Louis last Wednesday, and we lost power.  It didn't come back until Saturday.  No power means no AC and no Interwebz, and good grief it was a rough couple days.  But I'm officially back on the grid and it is so great.  

Ruffle hem midi dress [exact under $50]  //  Denim jacket c/o [exact under $30]  //  Liberty floral sneakers [exact]  //  Vince cross body tote [exact]

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