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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul '19

Nordstrom haul:

The sale that everyone loves and hates is here! I've been shopping this sale even before I was a blogger, so although my posting schedule is sporadic, I can't not shop this sale! I live for this sale! It's really the only time (other than Black Friday) that I actually prefer to shop it in store vs. online! I'm ruining the ending by showing you everything that I bought in the photo above, but for those of you that want to see how I narrowed it down to those decisions, you can read on for the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

My home office makeover


A little over a month ago, I shared in this post that I left my job of 13 years and started a new job that allows me to work from home. We had a home office already, but it was pretty haphazard in terms of furniture and decor. It turned into a quasi storage space with a desk in it, and of course my infamous mirror I use for my outfit selfies. Since I'd be spending so much time in this room now, I really wanted to make it a space that I loved, a space that made me feel good, and a space that was more intentional. It took a few weeks of buying things here and there and painting, but it is officially done! I couldn't not share the transformation. Let's get started!


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Monday, July 1, 2019

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog 2019

You guys! Admittedly, I'm not on Instagram as much just because that's the way life goes and priorities change. But the one thing that does not change is that I still hoard ALL my Nordstrom Notes for the Anniversary Sale! And when you're not on Instagram, you don't realize until now that the Anniversary Sale is only two weeks away! Insert girlie squeals here! I ran to my mailbox to see if the catalog was waiting for me, but duh. There's this thing called the internet and the Anniversary Sale catalog is online. So here are all my picks! Let's get started!

Topshop Sweater Sale $44.90After sale $68
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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Europe recap day 4: Notre Dame, boat tour, dinner

Welp. Life has been extremely crazy since we got back from Europe. I never imagined it would take me this long to recap the trip, but alas, even if it takes me the rest of the year, I am determined to document everything from the trip! It's kind of nice because I'm able to relive it as I put these posts together. Putting together these posts also makes me realize how much we actually did and saw! I mean. I'm only on day 4. DAY FOUR! Yet this is post number 7! Each day could easily break down into 2-3 posts thanks to all the content. Anyway! Let's go ahead and move on to part two of day 4. If you want a refresher on how part one of day 4 went, you can get yourself caught up here first.

Notre Dame Paris, April 2019
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Sunday, May 19, 2019

My big life change

We interrupt the Europe recap posts to talk about my big life change. I'm sorry the vacation recap is taking me so long to get through! I ended up with so much content, and then in the middle of all of that, something big has been happening over the last 3 weeks that has left me a bit distracted. After 13 years, I decided it was time to leave my job for reasons I won't go into on the blog. But I will say that I made this decision in January, right after the new year. The ideal plan was that I would find a new job, put in my notice, go to Europe, then come home to a new life. Somehow I'm only about 4 weeks off that schedule and it happened really fast after Europe. It really is ironic when wishes come true the second you decide to let things go.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Europe recap day 4: Versailles

Palace of Versailles statues, the gardens
Palace of Versailles statues

Well, you have made it to day 4 of our Europe Trip! We covered a lot in day 4 as well, so this will be split up into two separate posts - this one covering our tour to Versailles and then our own visit to Notre Dame as well as a boat tour! This was the only day of our entire trip that our group split up. Half the group had already been to Europe together before so they were off to venture some new things for them. We debated on touring the Louvre or Versailles, and the consensus was Versailles. It was only a half day tour - the shuttle left at 8:45am (ish), and we planned to be back in Paris by 1-2pm.
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Friday, May 3, 2019

Europe recap day 3: Le Grand Colbert

le grand colbert
Photo credit here

Day 3 has already been a crazy full day! We started at 7am, took a 3 hour roadtrip to the beaches of Normandy, visited the small city called Bayeux, then traveled 3 hours back to our AirBNB, We had two organized dinners on our trip and this night was one of those two dinners. Our dinner reservations were at 8:30pm at Le Grand Colbert.

48 Avenue de New York, Paris, balcony view, airbnb
Top: Bailey 44 | Bottoms: American Eagle | Sandals: Sam Edelman

First, what I wore. I bought this top knowing I wanted to wear it in Paris. And sorry for the boys who might be reading this, but I knew I was going to start my period later in the trip, so I figured I would wear my white pants while I knew it was still safe! These sandals were the only heels I brought and I knew the chunky block heel would be way more practical than a stiletto. We were riding the subway to dinner, but we still had to walk a few blocks from the train station to the restaurant. I would say it was a solid 15-20 minute walk and it was rough. The block heel was better, yes, but the walking surfaces are just so precarious - uneven, uphill, downhill, construction, dodging cars in streets, plus it was dark/not well lit and difficult to see my footing... I was wishing I was in a flat - not even a wedge, a flat. And you know how much I love my heels! We took Ubers for the ride home, so I was relieved about that.

Le Terrasses de la Tour Eiffel AirBNB, view of eiffel tower
Balcony view at our Airbnb

You guys, this Eiffel Tower view is hands down my most favorite part of our Paris trip. It just never gets old, and why not have it as a prop for all your photos?! We couldn't resist a photo shoot on our balcony before dinner.

Le Terrasses de la Tour Eiffel AirBNB balcony view
Balcony view at our Airbnb

We managed to get a tripod set up so we could take a group pic with the Eiffel Tower as well! And this is not filtered. That is just the natural beauty of the sunset! Sigh. I just love this view.

Paris train station outfit photo
Paris train station

I had to take this photo in the train station. This is Courtney, our trip planner! She truly is amazing and did a wonderful job on our trip! It's not her day job, it's simply her hobby. She stalks Pinterest for travel ideas. She put together Power Points for us to get general consensus on how our trip would be structured. She put together binders with all of our travel itineraries included. Seriously, amazing. We wouldn't have gone to Europe had we had to plan it ourselves.

Reservations were at 8:30pm at Le Grand Colbert, and we arrived a little bit past our reservation time. Our table was ready, so we didn't have to wait long, however, service was pretty slow. That's not just specific to this restaurant though. We found service in most restaurants in Paris were slow, so our expectations were pretty low going into it. We also found that Parisians eat really late - they were still pretty full with new parties coming in at 11pm. We waited a shameful amount of time for our drinks and when we asked our server if we could order, he told us no and came back later. Alright then! Just be prepared to never be in any kind of hurry.

Scallops dinner at Le Grand Colbert, paris
Scallops at Le Grand Colbert

There is something magical about the bread and butter in Paris. I couldn't get enough of the butter specifically. I can't recall if I got any kind of appetizer or soup or salad before my main course, so I will just go right to what I had for dinner! I decided to get the scallops and they were amazing. I had no idea that scallops lived in these shells - that was certainly something new for me.

Scallop foot at Le Grand Colbert
Scallops at Le Grand Colbert

I also didn't know that scallops had a "foot" and that Europe is one of the very few regions of the world that eat it. At first, I thought they simply mixed in lobster meat with the scallops - it had the same consistency as the meat from a lobster claw. But, when I realized these pieces were actually attached to the scallop, I was completely confused. I still ate everything - it was all super delish, but then I decided to google what this was - thankfully after I finished my meal... I will leave it at that and let you do the research.

Anniversary celebration at Le Grand Colbert Paris

Another nice thing Courtney did when she booked things for us is let people know of our anniversary. 2019 marks our 10 year wedding anniversary (in September) and 5 years for Courtney and her husband. That's half the reason why the husband agreed to finally make it out to Europe this year since it was our big milestone anniversary year. We ordered creme brulee for dessert and they sang for us and gave us a little fireworks show, too! The husband ordered a coffee with his dessert and the server laughed at him. And never came with a coffee, so apparently that's not a thing in Paris? 

Even though service wasn't the best, the ambiance was great and the food really was delicious. Again, slow service was definitely the norm with every place we ate there, so we weren't surprised they were lackluster especially since the restaurant was packed and they were in the weeds!

That officially wraps up day 3 in Europe! Day 4 was the last day in Paris and consisted of Versailles, Notre Dame, and a boat tour. Stay tuned!

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