Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

7.22.2014

I love a good sale! Don't you?! Every July Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale happens- it's the best sale of the year! Unlike most sales, it's a preview sale, as opposed to a clearance sale. Buy fall/winter merchandise on sale, ahead of the season, but prices go up to full price on August 4! I started making my list as soon art the Anniversary catalog came out. Anniversary Sale is the time to stock up on wardrobe basics: good denimleather jacket, fall accessories, and boots. Some basics like Hanky Panky rarely go on sale, so now is the time to purchase! I kind of splurged (oops!) and bought quite a few things. Below are some of my favorites that I purchased! I am really enjoying summer, but I can't wait for fall weather so I can wear my new goodies! Head over to Nordstrom before the prices go up on the new fall trends!

Birthday Celebration

7.14.2014

birthday party

The past week has been the busiest week since starting my new job, and most likely the busiest of my entire year- I've missed blogging! If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you already know that last Thursday was my birthday (I love birthdays!); I had the best night and want to share some things that made it extra special.

I knew that my birthday week would be a busy one at work, so instead of planning an epic party, I put off making birthday plans, because I didn't want to face the fact that I wouldn't be able to take any time off to celebrate. That was a mistake, but I recovered and was able to plan a memorable evening with my favorite people. There are only two things that I need my birthday celebrations to include: cake and fun pictures with friends. Everything else is extra. Planning a party on a Thursday night meant not staying out too late and that most people would only have time for dinner. I wanted to add something special to the night to make it memorable and knew that I wanted to spend some extra time with my favorite girls. After all, "girls just wanna have fun," right?

After finding a limo deal on Groupon, I decided last-minute to purchase it and have all of my girls meet at my house to start the evening with some fun in the limo. Best. Decision. Ever. Originally I thought it would be kind of silly to have a limo drive us around, but it ended up taking a lot of stress out of the evening- I didn't have to text addresses to 20 people, hunt for parking, or wait for people to arrive on time for dinner. The limo cost less than a house party would have. Yes, that cheap.



We had about an hour to kill before meeting up with the guys for dinner; I didn't have a limo destination picked out, but I did have a bag of confetti and some party poppers. We told the driver just to start driving anywhere and he headed south toward downtown. I just wanted to relax and not make any decisions after a long day of work, so my friends chose to go to Deep Ellum and found a solid black wall, the perfect backdrop for throwing confetti. We had so much fun throwing confetti, taking jumping pictures, and being silly. Our limo driver was so nice and took all of the pictures for us.


Tip: if you're trying to take an action shot, tell the iPhone photographer to hold down the photo button which will create "bursts" of photos. You can go back later and select favorites, or turn them into gifs like this one.

After throwing all of our confetti and taking countless silly photos with the girls, we rode to dinner. I picked a restaurant with a cool atmosphere and rooftop terrace that has a great view of downtown Dallas, HG Sply Co., which is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots in Dallas.

hg sply co.

It was such a relaxing evening; some people stood, some people sat… we all just talked and laughed together while we enjoyed amazing food and drinks at HG. My friend Kirk is a super talented photographer and joined us for dinner; he was kind enough to take a few photos for me. 

hg sply roof

Of course we ate cake from my favorite place, Society Bakery, to conclude the evening. Their cakes are huge and we always have leftovers, which I love to finish off with friends a few nights after the party :)

society bakery cake

The cake was delicious, the pictures turned out cute, but most of all, this night made me thankful for the wonderful people in my life. I have friends who love me well and my birthday was a celebration of those relationships. I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Lake Days

7.08.2014


It is always so tough to face Monday after a long holiday weekend. I had one of those weekends that makes you thankful for all of the people in your life, and every minute spent together seems perfect. Friday was pool and grill out with a small group of friends, then watching fireworks from a rooftop in downtown Dallas, complete with an impromptu dance party on the roof. Perfection.


Saturday was lake day! Our roadtrip to the lake started with a missed exit and a detour to Starbucks, but once we made it, I turned my phone off and was completely care free. For a few hours in the afternoon, we swam out to a buoy near the perimeter of the lake, tied our rafts to it, and floated and told stories. I love to swim, so I ended up treading water for about 3 hours and could barely pull myself up onto the dock when it was time to get out! I didn't realize how tired I was! 


Even though I enjoy fashion and getting dressed up, there is something so nice about wearing your swimsuit all day, a hat, and no makeup…which is exactly what I did on Saturday. I basically wore the above outfit for 2 days straight. ;) 





We watched fireworks over the lake on Saturday night, then played with sparklers and glow sticks using a really fun app that slows down your phone camera's shutter speed (so neat!). This was one of my favorite activities. Thanks to this post on Oh Happy Day, I learned how to take these fun pictures on my iPhone. Hope you had a great weekend! 

July 4th Wants

7.04.2014


Happy fourth of July! I'm so looking forward to a long weekend with friends to celebrate Independence Day. I love that wearing clothing to represent 'Merica is happening in fashion right now. There are plenty of ways to show your stars and stripes this July 4th! I especially love these sunnies from Nordstrom. Have a great weekend!  
4th of july, flag clothing

1. shorts // 2. glasses // 3. scarf // 4. tank // 5. toms // 6. crossbody 

Mini Apple Cobblers

7.03.2014


summer dessert
Just in time for the fourth of July: Apple Cobbler! I have made apple pie and apple crisp before, but never a cobbler, before this attempt; I used this recipe and was so pleased with the resulting fluffy crust and sweet cinnamon apples.


summer dessert
The recipe itself was easy to understand, and the most difficult part of the process was peeling the apples! The apples I used were unusually large, so I ended up with more than I needed, but I didn't want to waste them, so I just double the filling and topping recipe and made a large cobbler in my favorite pie plate in addition to the minis. 


summer dessert
The crust looked like cake batter when I spooned it on top of the apples and I was a little concerned that I had done something wrong, but it turned out so well. Of course, you have to serve apple cobbler a la mode- my favorite vanilla ice cream is Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla :)  


summer dessert
If you're looking for a dessert option to bring to your July 4th cookout, this is a winner (any much easier to make than pie!). Have a great holiday weekend! 

Summer Bucket List

7.01.2014

summer bucket list

I have one thing on my summer bucket list: Diner en Blanc. Have you heard of this beautiful secret dinner that happens once a year in Paris? Party organizers are each responsible for inviting a group of 10 people each to the event. The location is kept a secret until 15 minutes prior to the massive dinner party. This event, attended by 10,000 invitees is held in Paris's most iconic locations- a different one each year. Doesn't it sound magical?

I want to host my own Diner en Blanc in Dallas! Attendees are responsible for their own table and chairs, food, and all-white elegant ensemble. After dinner, at 11:00pm, guests light sparklers all at once to conclude the evening. It sounds so lovely! I have quite a few smaller goals for the summer, but this one is at the top of my list. I know I need to start organizing now if I plan on making it happen. Here's to Diner en Blanc Dallas!

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