Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Top Picks

Early access is on for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (Nordstrom credit card holders), and full access begins next week on July 21. Even though the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale lasts for about three weeks (including the first week of early access), hot items definitely sell out quickly. The sale actually gets a lot of exposure during the early access period, with some items possibly selling out before public access even begins, so I wanted to share my favorites from the sale early on to give you the opportunity to shop early. All my favorites from the sale are under $135, and most are under $100.

Nordstrom markets their annual sale as “one of a kind,” and this couldn’t be more true. While many retailers are currently holding sales for summer inventory, trying to move product out to make way for fall styles coming next month, the Nordstrom sale is actually a sale on fall items. Pretty awesome, huh? Getting a discount on the season’s best pieces before the season even starts. This is a great time to stock up on key fall pieces, as these are really good discounts on the best brands. While it can be hard to think about fall styles in the middle of summer, I’d recommend shopping this sale over other sales since you’ll get so much use out of your pieces as you’ll have them at the beginning of the season.

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The Vintages Trailer Resort

The Vintages Trailer Resort is the perfect place for a fun and unique Oregon getaway. Open year round, The Vintages is located in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country, so it’s also the perfect place to stay when you’re wine tasting. It’s about an hour away from Portland between Dundee and McMinnville, so it’s an easy and accessible getaway. More than just a few airstreams, the Vintages include other quintessential mid-century names such as the Shasta, Kit Chateau, and Ideal. Their website offers specific historical information for each type of trailer. Most trailers are original, but a few are reissues (aka new trailers that look vintage).  More than that, the trailers all come equipped with locally roasted pour over coffee, two bikes to ride around wine country, and an outdoor grill to BBQ. There is a pool and hot tub onsite, as well as a nicely stocked general store where you can grab locally sourced treats and, of course, a bottle of Oregon wine to sip.

 

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5 Tips for Creating a Tablescape

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I love hosting dinner parties. Since buying my first home, this is something that has been a big priority and we’ve done quite a bit of. Having lived in studio apartments for so long in Portland, and also loving to cook, having a home where we could have a big table and a bunch of people over was like opening a floodgate. We host dinner parties often, both large and small. We have even hosted bigger holiday meals including a Friendsgiving.

That said, we hadn’t yet invested in quality dinnerware. Most of our plates were a collection of mis-match pieces I’d picked up at various sales and vintage stores over the years. I bought the set featured in this post earlier in the year, so we’d have something a little nicer for our dinner parties. It got me thinking more about tablescapes since it’s something I didn’t know much and have honestly been pretty intimidated by in the past.

Around the time I bought the plate set, my local Anthro store was hosting a free tablescape worshop, but it filled up so quickly I couldn’t get in the class. So instead, I turned to Pinterest and my favorite blogs to find tips and inspiration. From there and using my own creative instinct and boho styling, I’ve figured out a few easy go-to’s for putting together a lovely tablescape for your next dinner party. My theme was developed with a girls night in mind, but these tips can easily be applied to other themes as well.

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The Corset Trend

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Corsets are in. These definitely aren’t the corsets of the old days, but they still do the trick- emphasizing the feminine figure. I’m obsessed with this ultra flattering trend because it accentuates my curves. I have a naturally curvier figure, but I’ve seen leaner girls rock a corset belt and bring out their curves too. My style is definitely feminine which is why I’m attracted to the corset look- it highlights that feminine shape. If you’re style is more tomboyish, a corset could be a great way to incorporate a feminine look into your wardrobe this summer.

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Summer Day Trip Idea: Deschutes River

About an hour and forty-five minutes from Portland takes you to the gorgeous Deschutes River area and the town of Maupin. This is a great place to get away from the city to see a different side of Oregon- a more arid, desert-like landscape. Between the tan cliffs runs the Deschutes River which adds to the rich beauty of this scenic drive. There are lots of great places to pull off and enjoy views of the rapids the river is famous for. Between the breathtaking views and grabbing lunch in Maupin, this is the perfect day trip if you live in or visit Portland. Just take 26 and then take the 216 East.

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Top 5 Shoe Picks from Portland Shoe Boutique: Gild

gild shoes portland

If you live in Portland (or come to visit), make your next shopping excursion includes Gild on SE Division. They seriously have my favorite shoe selection in Portland. I’m in love with everything! Gild offers a curated, yet relatively large, selection of high-quality and stylish women’s footwear. Style offerings range from classic to trendy, so you’re sure to find something you love whether your personal style is fashion forward, comfy casual, or conservative. Best of all, shop owners Erinn and Nicole are there to help you find your perfect pair (or more!) of shoes. Today I’m sharing my top 5 shoes currently available at Gild.  Some of these products are also available to shop on their website, so I’ve added links to those.

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How to Nail the Set Trend

sezane

The set trend is going full force this spring and summer, and it’s all about matchy-matchy!  I’m really loving it, but I’ve been having trouble finding a set that works for me. Until I found these two matching Sezane pieces that are perfect for late spring and summer. The print is gorgeous, and each piece fits really well. Even better, each piece can work easily on it’s own. So both these pieces will work in future spring and summer seasons if the trend doesn’t stick around.

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Kauai Recap: Activities, Outfits, and More

kauai waterfall

My recent trip to Kauai felt more like a dream than reality. It was filled with magical places and moments. I’m really grateful for the things I experienced while visiting: waterfall hiking, swimming in the warm turquoise waters, and even feeding a friendly horse. Kauai is known as the “Garden Island” and for good reason. It’s luscious terrain and pristine beaches make it a truly perfect tropical getaway. As someone who’s travelled to multiple tropical getaway destinations, Kauai has become my new favorite. We went to visit friends that live on the island, so we got a few inside tips on places to check out.

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Detailed Embroidery by Free People

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Who else can’t get enough embroidery? I’m obsessed! I love the intricate embroidery details on this blouse by Free People. There are delicate beads woven into the embroidered flower pattern giving this blouse an authentic vintage vibe. I love that level of quality in a piece. So pretty!

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Reversible Bomber from Portland’s Shop Adorn

reversible bomber jacket

I’m so happy to have recently discovered an amazing local clothing store: Shop Adorn. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve been blowing up my feed with some of my favorite pieces from their Spring collection. They carry the best stuff! What I love most about their selection is that it captures the essence of the Portland girl style so well. From locally sourced jewelry to premium denim to on-trend items, they have nailed the shopping experience. I found this gorgeous bomber jacket there, and I am seriously getting so many compliments on it. It fits super well and the fabric is soft and gorgeous. Best of all, it’s reversible so it can be worn with a variety of different styles.

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