Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Wishlist

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Tis the season of the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale. Wooho! My summer wardrobe is pretty set, so I’ve found myself concentrating on shoes and accessories to get me through the four seasons. I love that the above pieces make a statement, but for the most part are pretty simple – they can definitely be re-worn often without losing their charm. I am dying over the Bottega Veneta sunnies and Karl Lagerfeld watch.

What made your Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale wishlist? Did any of my picks make the cut? Tell me in the comments below!

 

First Anniversary Dress

First Anniversary Outfit

first-anniversary-dress2first-anniversary-dress3white-dress-anniversary4Jacket: James Perse / Dress: Dolce Vita (similar & similar) / Shoes: Steven (similar) / Bag: Tory Burch / Bracelet: Tiffany & Co / Necklace: Noon (similar) / Earrings: Tory Burch / Lips: Sonia Kashuk in Raspberry Nude

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend! Jeff and I arrived back in Washington on Sunday, just in time to get back to our home renovation. Between Sunday and Monday we (with the help of family) got almost all of our hardwood floors installed. It’s so nice to see everything finally coming together. Even though we’re back to “real life,” I’m still a little vacation-hungover, and I can’t wait to share a few moments from our trip.

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After visiting Kauai for a few days, we flew to O’ahu the day of our first anniversary. After getting ready, we had just enough time to walk to dinner as the sun was setting. It was such a nice welcome to the island. There’s nothing like a Hawaiian sunset! We had a lovely dinner at Chuck’s Seafood & Steak and reminisced about our wedding and the insanity of our past year. In ways it seems like we just got married, and in other ways it feels like it has been years. When we made our way back to our hotel we enjoyed a bottle of wine from our wedding – Wagner Vineyards Riesling – in lieu of our one-year-old cake (it’s still in New Jersey) and it was the perfect ending to the night.

As dorky as it is, I love the idea of wearing a white dress for each anniversary, and this Dolce Vita lace dress I purchased last year is one of my favorites. I used to be obsessed with their clothing line, but sadly I think it has been discontinued. At least they still make cute shoes!

What do you think about wearing white on your anniversary? Cheesy or cute?

Scandinavian Home Goods

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1. Denmark – George Jensen  2. Finland – Iittala | 3. Denmark – Alessi | 4. Denmark – Georg Jensen | 5. Denmark – Menu | 6. Finland – Iittala | 7. Sweden – Kosta Boda

As Jeff and I begin the process of thinking about our new home’s decor, we can’t help but be drawn to Scandinavian designers. Give me all of the hygge. Scandinavian design is, for the most part, simple, beautiful, and functional. While in Denmark I feel in love with so many different Scandinavian brands, and I was excited to see a few of them in the United States. I have a feeling our home will have an obscene amount of candles. I brought home two candelabras while living overseas, and I seem to still want more. On a cold winter’s night it was common to have the lights off with a few lit candles, a glass of wine, and maybe a few flødebollers. It was so cozy, and I yearn to have that feeling back. Can you roast marshmallows over candlelight?

Are you a fan of Scandinavian design? Do you own any items from the designers above?

Mary Poppins Ain’t Got Nothin’ On This Big Yellow Tote

yellow-tote1Shirt: J. Crew Factory (old, similar) | Shorts: Lucy Love c/o SwimOutlet | Tote: Sunnylife c/o SwimOutlet | Flip Flops: Old Navy | Sunnies: Target | Bracelets: Unknown (similar) | Necklace: Noon (similar) | Earrings: Tory Burch

yellow-tote2 yellow-tote3 yellow-tote4High up on my “things to get for Hawaii” list was a bright, fun tote bag. Most bags I own are some shade of neutral and pretty tiny, so I knew I needed something that I could fit all of my (and Jeff’s) poolside essentials into. This yellow tote fit the bill. Not only do I love the bright yellow – it’s  a total step out of my comfort zone – but the subtle cockatoo pattern is adorable. It’s actually a Florence Broadhurst print, and I seem to love her work. Do you remember this Kate Spade collection from a few years ago? I went crazy for it. If you ever have the chance, I highly suggest looking up Florence Broadhurst as she created designs to die for.

Fast forward to a few days later – Jeff and I landed in Kauai on Friday morning and decided to hit the pool almost immediately. I pulled out my new tote and stuffed it with 2 large towels, an ipad, 2 sunglasses cases, and sunscreen. It was only about 1/2 full which means in the future I can also fit a change of clothes and a bottle of wine. That is a great success if I’ve ever seen one.

Do you have a go-to summer bag? What do you usually carry in yours? Tell me in the comments below!

Thank you to SwimOutlet.com for sponsoring this post.

Increase Your Blog Traffic With Coschedule

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If you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, you may have noticed my social media game has been elevated the past few weeks. I’m actually using Twitter to promote my recent material, and my Facebook posts are consistent. No, I have not gotten more organized. My trick has been Coschedule.

Coschedule is a blog and social media scheduling tool that allows you to schedule all of your social media updates at once. Once I’m finished writing my post, I scroll down and schedule Facebook and Twitter updates for the next days, weeks, and months – then I never have to worry or think about them again.

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I’ve tried using scheduling programs in the past without much success, so when I saw this post on Blog Brighter, I was skeptical, but signed up for a free 14 day trial anyway. What surprised me was how easy it is to use. As I mentioned, the Coschedule plugin installs right into WordPress and appears at the bottom of each post editing page.  Once scheduled, you can visit your calendar which shows an overview of posts and social media updates for you entire month. If you want to move something, all you have to do is drag it to the next date. I’ve always struggled with staying on top of my social media – especially Twitter – and Coschedule makes it super easy. The week I started using Coschedule my blog traffic increased by 45% from the previous week. That is a ridiculous number that you can’t make up.

Coschedule has really made blogging so much easier and enjoyable, and I highly suggest signing up for the 14 day trial.

How do you keep up with social posting? Do you use a scheduler?