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!
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?
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.
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!
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.
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!)
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!
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.
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.
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…
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!