Fall Feels

 

By no means am I wishing away summer, but we’ve had some chilly mornings lately where I had to throw on a sweater to take Potsie out and I LOVE IT. There’s nothing like the feeling of fall slowly rolling in that makes you feel like a refresh is coming. (It could also be the endless and adorable school supplies on display at Target that I want to hoard).

I’ve been pulling out some layering pieces to go along with the pre-fall vibes, including this perfect cropped ruffle sleeve jacket. This was a fun purchase from the Nordstrom Sale and luckily it’s still in stock, now also available in black and blush!

 

 

 

 

 

Jacket: Topshop
Blouse: J.Crew
Jeans: Madewell
Bag: J.Crew
Bracelet: Giles & Brother
Shoes: Madewell

 

Photos by Folchi Photography

 

5 Things I do on Sunday for an easier week

After a busy and fun weekend, often the last thing I want to do is think about my work schedule and to-do list. But I always try to find some time to tackle a few things on Sunday to make the start of my week a little easier.

 

 

One // Tidy up.
There’s nothing like getting up on Monday and having a clean home to wake up to. I don’t always like to tackle a full cleaning session on Sundays (kind of takes the fun out of a relaxing weekend, am I right?), but I definitely like to tackle the clutter and do some laundry. I typically clean up the kitchen, load the dishwasher, clean up any clothes in the closet, put away make-up on the bathroom counter and clean out my purse, which always seems to have receipts from the weekend spilling out.

Two // Look at my calendar.
I like to look ahead at my week on Sunday and mentally map out my schedule. I still love a good paper planner and I plot out meetings, my workout schedule, dinner dates, travel, etc. I also like to make a little to-do list for each day in case I have errands to run, phone dates to schedule or planning time devoted to developing blog content.

Three // A little meal prep.
I really try to avoid going to the grocery store on Sundays because it’s always such a zoo, but I do like to stock up a little over the weekend and plan out or prep a few meals for the week. Even if I just prep my Monday lunch and dinner, it helps so much.

Four // Read and relax.
Sometimes I have a hard time relaxing Sunday evening because I start worrying about my to-do list for the week. It’s always nice to do a little self-care, like a face mask or mini-pedicure on Sunday, plus I try to give myself 30 minutes or so before bed to read and wind down.

Five // Go to bed early.
Going to sleep early can really be a challenge if we get wrapped up into a Netflix binge sesh, but I find it so important to get sufficient sleep Sunday night to get my week off to a productive start.
 

What are your tricks for a seamless start to your week?
 

Last Five Days of the #NSale

Only 5 days left of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! (prices go up August 7th) Some days it seems like all the best pieces are sold out, other days it appears that everything has been restocked! So, I’ve listed my favorite purchases and finds below that (fingers crossed!) you can still snag before the sale ends.

 

 

One // My favorite purchase has been these boyfriend jeans. They are an awesome price and I sized down a full size to get a more snug fit.

Two // I know I’ve mentioned these before, but I bought two pairs of these Zella leggings. So good.

Three // Love this Halogen ribbed cardigan on sale for under $60. Perfect for cooler fall days.

Four // These super lightweight Nike sneaks are awesome to run in and under $90.

Five // The Madewell transport tote is an obvious favorite, especially at the killer sale price.

Six // I have this v-neck sweater in black. Under $25, stock up.

Seven // These Vince slip-on sneakers are the BEST. Platform and so comfortable.

Eight // Love these grey Paige ankle jeans.

Nine // This Rag & Bone long sleeve tee sweater is everything.

Ten // I’ve had these Gazelle sneakers forever and they are definitely part of my weekend uniform.

 


 

What have been your favorite #Nale purchases?

Friday Favorites

I’m definitely welcoming Friday with open arms after a completely whirlwind week. Moving has left us feeling like life is in shambles, but I’m hoping by the end of the weekend things will be a bit more organized. I’m looking forward to exploring our new neighborhood a bit more, checking out a few wedding venues (we are finally starting planning!) and going out for a friend’s birthday party. Hope your weekend is wonderful!

 

 

A few favorites from around the web…

If you’re still perusing the Nordstrom Sale, there are still some things on my wish list that are goooood. Prices go up August 7th! I love these Nike sneaks and these neutral mules. Anddd this long, cozy cardigan.

In the beauty area, I snagged this MAC lip set and this Kiehl’s travel kit. And I always recommend a Clarisonic when they are on sale!

In case you’re over the #NSale, J.Crew has some super cute new arrivals. I love this preppy sweatshirt and this embroidered top.

In case you need a reminder why being happy is healthy. (duh).

Moving & Shaking

 

Well, we moved. And I’m exhausted. I was at my last home for 7 years, so clearly I tucked any memory of moving back into the dark corners of my brain. Because holy moly I forgot how much work it is! Anyway, we are slowly but surely getting settled in and making the adjustment. I do really love our new neighborhood and that we can walk to all our favorite places. Namely, ice cream and coffee shops.

(Psst: If you’re still shopping the Nordstrom Sale, some of my favorites are still in stock! These Zella leggings are the best, love these boyfriend jeans and these Vince sneaks!)

 

 

 

 

Button down shirt: J.Crew
T-shirt: Club Monaco
Bag: Blair Ritchey
Pants: Anthropologie
Heels: Sam Edelman

 

Photos by Fleeting Fox Photography

Ch-Ch-Changes

 

I’ve been hinting lately at some big news and changes coming for Zak and I and I’m excited to finally share! We’re moving! We’ve kept it under wraps for quite some time while figuring out some logistical things, but we are very excited to be moving to Columbus! Zak was approached with a new job offer and we both have been wanting to live in a more urban, walkable area for a while now. So we decided this is the right time for us to take the leap and go for it!

We are moving this weekend and I thought I would be a bit more nostalgic leaving my first home, but so far I’ve been more excited about what lies ahead. I bought my townhouse when I was 23, before I understood it’s probably a good idea to change your furnace filter every other month and have a drain snake and plunger on-hand. 7 years later, I’ve really become more confident and secure in my “adulting” abilities and am proud of how much I’ve learned, accomplished and grown up in many ways.

Even though I don’t usually loooove big changes (ok ok, I’m sometimes adverse to change), Zak and I are both incredibly excited about this fresh chapter in a new, young and vibrant city. Because life is worth chasing dreams and taking a risk.

More to come soon on our decision to downsize in order to be in a perfect location, the moving process (hello purging closets!) and why I think this change will make me more open-minded and ready to try new things. Be patient with the blog content while we get settled into our new home and wish us luck! (New blog design update coming soon too!)

#NSale Tales from the Dressing Room

On Saturday I had the chance to shop the Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom Beachwood Place and let me tell you… It. Is. Good. I snatched up some of my favorites I had been eyeing online and wanted to share my dressing room haul and thoughts on sizing, fabrics and worthwhile pieces. Have you snagged anything yet during Early Access? Don’t worry, public access to the sale starts on Friday!

 


The first item that immediately came home with me are these AG Ex-Boyfriend distressed jeans. I sized down for a more snug fit since AG jeans typically stretch out for me. I’m typically a 27 and went with a 26.  Also quickly fell in love with these Halogen leopard mules, this oversized Leith sweater and perfect Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bag. Cute little t-shirt is Madewell.

 

Halogen Calf Hair Slides (Sale Price: $59. After Sale: $90)

 

I definitely went home with this Topshop bell-sleeve jacket. I love the navy color, statement sleeves and ruffles. I sized up to a 6, but I’m sure a 4 would have worked as well.  Again, AG jeans for the win.

 


I couldn’t pass up these high-waisted Zella leggings, because… perfect leggings for barre, yoga or just lounging. And this classic Adidas tank is just the perfect length and loose fit.  I’m wearing a small in both.

 


File this Barefoot Dreams sweater under the coziest thing I have ever put on. I’m obsessed and never taking it off. I’m wearing a medium for an oversized fit.

 

This Caslon knit cotton tunic sweater will be perfect for this fall and I love the side zipper detail.  I’m wearing a small, but it’s quite oversized.  I could have probably gone with an extra small for a more snug fit.

 

I love a neutral grey sweater so this Trouve bateau neck tunic was an easy choice.  And these Vince slip-on sneakers are just so perfect.  They are definitely a bit of a splurge, but I love the navy color and they are beyond comfortable.  And cool.

 

Vince Slip-On Sneakers (Sale Price: $129. After Sale: $195)

 

Sam Edelman Bow Flats (Sale Price: $79. After Sale: $120)

 

BP Slides (Sale Price: $49. After Sale: $80)

 

Rebecca Minkoff Embellish Slip-On Platform Sneakers (Sale Price: $99. After Sale: $150)

 

1.STATE Perforated Cutaway Bootie (Sale Price: $89. After Sale: $140)

 

1.STATE slip-on sneakers (Sale Price: $59. After Sale: $100)

 


 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – 15 Top Picks

It’s here! It’s here! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale early access for cardholders has started and I’ve been making a wish list of my favorites and those key pieces I know will sell out quickly. My strategy for shopping the sale is to stock up on those staple items and classic pieces I buy every year (ahem, new bras, running shoes, and a classic coat) and then those fun things at amazing price points! The sale opens up for public access on July 21st!  Below is my rundown of my top picks…

 

 

1. AG Ankle Skinny Jeans (Sale Price: $149. After Sale: $225)

2. BLANKNYC Moto Jacket (Sale Price: $64. After Sale $98)

3. Halogen Slide Loafers (Sale Price: $59. After Sale: $89)

4. Hunter Rain Boots (Sale Price: $129. After Sale: $195)

5. Madewell Transport Tote (Sale Price: $129. After Sale: $198)

6. Nike Free Focus Flyknit Sneaker (Sale Price: $89. After Sale: $120)

7. Pendleton Raincoat (Sale Price: $176. After Sale: $265)

8. Vince Camuto Bootie (Sale Price: $99. After Sale: $149)

9. Halogen Ruffle Hem Dress (Sale Price: $65. After Sale: $99)

10. Adidas Gazelle Sneaker (Sale Price: $59. After Sale: $79)

11. Barbour Quilted Jacket (Sale Price: $165. After Sale: $249)

12. Halogen Long Ribbed Cardigan (Sale Price: $59. After Sale: $89)

13. Zella Leggings (Sale Price: $38. After Sale: $59)

14. Halogen Long Sleeve Tunic (Sale Price: $24. After Sale: $39)

15. Sonix Sunglasses (Sale Price: $79. After Sale: $120)

 

I’ll be partnering with Nordstrom this weekend to shop and try on all my favorites. Follow along on Instagram to see all the best sale picks!

 

Life Lately

 

This past week was such a blur, but it really happened… Zak and I are engaged! The moment was lovely and spontaneous and emotional and we couldn’t be happier. Thanks to all the well wishes from those who follow along on Instagram, it really means so much! Last weekend couldn’t have been more fun as we celebrated with friends and family and I feel very fortunate as I think about what the future holds for us.

We’ve got some other life changes fast approaching, so I apologize if things have been a little light on the blog front lately. BUT, two exciting things coming up… One, I’m working on a blog design update and refresh! Really excited to make my little space on the internet a bit more user friendly and to update the aesthetic. Two, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts in a few days! (The most wonderful time of the year!) I’ll be partnering with Nordstrom to give you a peak at my favorite items during the Early Access time, July 13th – 21st. The easiest way to shop and follow along on social is to sign up with LIKEtoKNOW.it and ‘like’ my photos to get the item details straight to your inbox OR to shop using the app! I’ll provide more details as I select and share my favorites. In the meantime, have a fantastic week!

 

 

 

Chambray Top: Madewell (similar here!)
Bag: Madewell
Jeans: Mother Denim
Heels: Madewell (also love these!)

 

Photos by Fleeting Fox Photography