my pass at navigating Nordstrom’s anniversary sale

Happy, happy Friday!

I hope you’ve had a good week and that you have lots to look forward to as you head into your weekend.  Last Friday Nordstrom launched their annual anniversary sale, which is the largest sale of the year for luxury department stores. They have an assortment of pre-fall items marked down and the sale runs through August 3rd after which these items will return to their original price.

While my head is not quite into shopping for Fall right now, I have been purging my closets and bureau drawers over the past week and think this would be a perfect time to take advantage of the sale to upgrade some pre-fall staples at a lower price. Truth be told, I am not generally a Nordstrom shopper, not because I don’t like them, but more because they do not have a location near my home and there are several other fabulous department stores very close to me. Once I learned of this sale, I was intrigued, so I really took the time to comb through it, and acquaint myself with their selection.  I found that it is really strong for some good quality wardrobe staples.  If you can get your head around pre-fall, it’s worth your time to score a few pieces now at a discount that will take you through the next few seasons.  For today I put together what I found to be some great scores from the shopping event.  Some of the pieces I selected simply because they are a really great item & value that I wasn’t looking for but am happy to have found, and others I seeked out knowing that they are on my fall list such as a new coat, a pair of booties and a desperate need to update my workout wardrobe.

Below are my picks from this year’s anniversary sale.  I’ve included prices with the links and rounded all of them {sale and original} to the nearest dollar.

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for the workweek
1 |  I love the look of this oversized double breasted wool & alpaca coat by Trina Turk.  So great for pairing with skinny silhouette pants.  Marked down to $399 from $625.
2 | Coated skinny jeans have been a staple in my closet for the past two years, they go are great for running around from meeting to meeting in the city while giving you a polished, sleek look.  This pair by Vigoss is marked down to $53 from $82.
3 | This pebble and crushed leather tote by Burberry is perfect for holding an i-pad, a portfolio, your cosmetics, phone and some files, I love how it can be transformed into a messenger bag for hands-free more casual style for the weekends – marked down to $1,000 from $1500.

for the weekend
1 | this down vest by James Perse is fabulous for its funnel neck, also available in military green and black.  You can’t go wrong with a Jamse Perse basic, they last forever and well designed.  They along with theory are my go-to for basics.  Marked down to $230 from $350.
2 | Bien means good in French.  Who wouldn’t love a dose of good added to their day?  love this shoulder zip sweater for a casual fall stroll – marked down to $45 from $68.
3 | This cashmere tunic-y length sweater by Velvet by Graham & Spencer is so great to wear over a skinny pant or legging.  I love the heather grey but it also comes in a pretty teal blue color.  Marked down to $220 from $330.
4 | I love a cream colored sweater, and this one by Vince is warm, and textured with a mini cable pattern.  Marked down to $190 from $285.

for date night
1 | I find a great date night look to be simple black and white or black with jeans.  This light pink top by theory is elegant and sexy and I love that it adds a bit of femininity with a light shade of pink.  Marked down to $87 from $130.
2 | This leather sleeved sweater jacket by Theory is just a great versatile pre-fall piece for layering both at night and during the day.  Marked down to $412 from $615.
3 | This suede bootie by Paul Green is a no brainer.  It goes with so many looks including skirts, skinny pants and leggings.  Also available in black and marked down to $255 from $385.
4 | Open toe during pre-fall is a great look.  This bootie by Joie is a really cute option marked down to $210 from $315.
5 |  This helmut lang sleeveless crepe top is adorable as is this one.
6 | These zip detail jeans by Rag & Bone are a flattering fit, and the dark wash is perfect for pre-fall.  Marked down to $160 from $253.

for the gym
1 | this ladder back camisole by beyond yoga is adorable for the gym.  Also available in venetian purple, it is marked down to $50 from $75. 
2 | not that I would consider these pretty little underthings a purchase for the gym, but buying lingerie on sale is the way to go so I had to include them.  These lace bloom detail thongs by Natori are rather pretty and marked down to $13 from $18.
3 | these flattering capri’s by Nike are marked down from $60 to $40.
4 | It’s time for a new gym sneaker.  Mine are over two years old!!  I love the this basic black style by Nike, it comes in other great colors and I am debating between the pink or the black.  Marked down to $67 from $100.
5 | These Nike no show dry-fit socks are great for working out.  Marked down to 3 for $13 from 3 for $18.

Happy shopping & Happy weekend!
~Emmanuelle
Xo

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marimekko x paperless post

By now you know I love a good collaboration and I’ve just learned of one that I thought was perfect to share today. Marimekko’s bright bold and fun patterns are gracing social stationery with a paperless post collaboration.  There are both electronic and printable stationery & invitation options, which range from styles that would be suitable for kids, to more general cocktail party & summer party designs.  I’ve selected a few different patters that stood out to me below along with pieces from the Marimekko line that have the patterns which informed these designs.

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kids party pants *on sale at Bloomingdale’s | cocktail napkin | baby boy pajama | bedding *on sale at nordstrom’s anniversary sale.

Have a beautiful day!
~Emmanuelle

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exquisite!

On July 7th the team at Dior hosted their 2014/15 couture fashion show at the Musée Rodin in Paris. The set-up and stage set was exquisite to say the least.  Guests walked through the museum’s stunning garden to enter the circular show space created specifically for the event.  The real wow factor here is the clean white space with black chairs and walls lined with white phalaenopsis orchids that came out through hidden openings – it created such a dramatic backdrop while still being really clean and stark to enable the garments to be the focus {as they should always be when showcasing a collection}.

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Images via Wallpaper* Magazine & DiorMag {click on image for link to source}

The circular structure was representative of a spaceship for guests to travel through time during the show with a collection incorporating architectural and historical silhouettes and more modern pieces.  You can view the video of the show here.  It is definitely worth watching; while the photos are stunning, the video with music really transports you to the event. You can see how the show went from old-world glamour to modern day designs and how the setting was on par with the equally exquisite collection – I am in awe with the execution.

Wishing you a great Monday and stay inspired!

~Emmanuelle
Xo

 

 

 

 

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fun in the sun!

Happy summer weekend lovelies!

It has been a pretty intense week for me and I can tell you that I am fully looking forward to some much needed downtime coming up.  Having a relatively new and growing business I am not taking any major trips this summer, however I am lucky {and grateful} to be taking some short local trips in the coming weeks.  Starting next week, I will be spending some time on the ocean with my childhood best friend and her beautiful 3 daughters {including one of my god daughters ♥♥♥} for a couple of days – I can’t wait to just stop, live in the moment and build a sandcastle with them.

Additionally one of my dear college friends organizes an annual summer weekend at her home on Cape Cod where she gathers our close knit group of friends together for some sun, sand and fun – I cannot wait to see them.  It is the one time of year we are together; and although all of us have different life paths {marriage, babies, divorce, re-marriage, career changes, etc…} It’s as if nothing has changed between us & no time has passed since college when we are re-united – isn’t that the best feeling?

As a result of these impending summer jaunts,  I am inspired by some fun in the sun along with some great, safe and healthy sun care products that I have been using, will be packing, and would recommend.  I’ve also sprinkled in a few great summer deals.

Wishing you, your friends and family,  a weekend filled with nothing but fun!

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a summer quinoa recipe

With the summer weather here, I have been looking for a quinoa salad recipe not only to make at home but to bring to a cookout or al fresco dinner party.  I have a favorite/go-to Fall quinoa salad, and I really like this blackberry farro salad {I substitute quinoa for the farro}, but I was looking for a dairy free, herb rich option to capitalize on all of the fresh herbs that are currently in season.

After scouring recipes and trying out a few, I officially have a go to summer quinoa recipe that I wanted to share with you.  I’ve adapted it from my absolutely FAVORITE cookbook, Raw Food Real World.  I can tell you not a week goes by where I don’t use a recipe from this cookbook.

What’s amazing about this salad is that it is incredibly light & refreshing {lime juice, basil, mint & cilantro} yet crunchy {chopped cashews, celery and fresh grapes} and the ratio of quinoa to vegetables/fruit is about 50/50, so it’s not too grain heavy.

The recipe can be made “raw” which means, you would use sprouted quinoa instead of cooking the quinoa, it will work either way.  If you opt for the raw version with sprouted quinoa, you would simply soak quinoa in water overnight, and then drain and rinse it in a colander {a fine one of course given the size of the quinoa}.  You would let it sit in the colander and drain over a covered bowl for a few hours and then prepare it.  The benefit of sprouting quinoa is that it breaks down the complex proteins in the quinoa which makes it easier for digestion, so if you have the time it’s worth it – it just takes some advanced planning.  You can also make your life easier by purchasing sprouted quinoa and all you need to do is simply let it soak for 30-45 minutes which is what I’ve been doing.

Grape Quinoa Salad

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net-a-sporter

One of my favorite places to shop and peruse fashion is NET-A-PORTER.  The site is well-curated, always evolving throughout the season and often I discover newer designers that  I would not have discovered elsewhere in Boston.  I also find a great deal of inspiration on the site the way they style pieces or enable you to shop by occasion.

Last week they launched NET-A-SPORTER!  A game changer for shopping athletic wear in my opinion.  It is again a well curated assortment of sport-style pieces for a variety of sports such as cross fit, yoga, tennis, ski, equestrian to name a few.  You can see how they’ve organized by sport.  I’ve observed that in the 1 week that they’ve launched it, they’ve added new pieces daily.

 

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a mastic moment

This weekend I came across Elizabeth Cordry and Charlie Schaffer’s wedding via Vogue.com and was inspired by the romantic garden details of the wedding.  It took place at the groom’s mother’s {Anna Wintour} home in Mastic Beach long island.

In terms of details, I loved the watercolor gardens on the menus, and the slightly rustic look of the cake, and I especially adore how the couple involved the groom’s cousin by having him offer J.Crew panama hats to guests to keep the sun out of their eyes during the ceremony.  Absolutely adorable, not to mention nice interactive, personal and fun alternative, rather than placing them on the ceremony chairs in advance or having them in a basket as guests enter.

photographed by Joshua Bright and Ali Smith

6/28/14 Photograph by Joshua Bright

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sailboat dinner party!

This weekend there was a stunning sailboat anchored in front of where I was staying.  It was white with light wood trim, and is pictured below on the right.  If I could have gotten closer to take a better photo, I would have.  However it would have required me to swim closer to it in really cold northshore waters, so I opted for this photo from the shore instead.

It got me thinking how wonderful it would be to host an intimate event on an elegant sailboat.  It’s lovely to be seaside but imagine being a bateau?  I think I need to add that to my list of goals…to design an event on a sailboat.  Here is my current thought on a tablescape concept – neutrals and blues with the perfect opportunity to embrace nautical details.

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1 | A neutral set of melamine white dinner or salad plates {currently on sale}

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a beach getaway

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and for those of you in the states, a wonderful fourth of July holiday!!  Minus a tropical storm that passed through, we had stunning weather in New England.   It made leaving the seaside very difficult for me because these days where the sun is shining and the temperatures are high with no humidity, and the warmth and daylight lasts past 8pm are such rare treasures – you want to enjoy every minute of them, be outside and do fun summer things – I find it to be so good for the soul.  As a result, my head is still seaside today despite the fact that I’ve returned to the city…

Appropriately enough, I came across interior designer Allesandra Branca’s Bahama getaway home via Architectural Digest and absolutely love her beach home style.  An emphasis on neutrals give it a laid back vibe with a brilliant dose of color and chic details such as coral and chinoiserie, add glamour and vibrancy to what I would imagine is already a very happy place {Harbour Island in the Bahamas}.  I can picture a fabulous cocktail party on this property.

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a few of my favorite things | july

Ahhh July!  A holiday month for many, where the summer days are longer, and the warm nights are reason enough to prolong time outside with friends and family.  It’s the time of year where we have an excuse to be a bit more casual & relaxed, get out of our element and enjoy the moment.

As such, this summer vibe has certainly influenced my round-up of favorite things for this month.

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1 | Save the date correspondence is definitely an added expense for a wedding but a really elegant way to announce your marriage date if you can find room for it in your budget.  I love the elegance of this one by Bernard Maisner via Vogue.  Doesn’t the Parisian address just seal this design with elegance?

2 | Good basics is where I prioritize my wardrobe budget, and these flattering cotton pajama pants by black label would fall into that category.  They are perfect paired with a simple tank top for lounging around the beach house with guests on cool summer nights.

3 | This is such lovely time of year to be outside, time on the seaside is one of my favorite ways to spend time during these warm summer months. {Image}

4 | I’ve been eyeing this photo from a 1960′s Glamour magazine photo, for my bathroom.  It would complement my neutral color palette nicely and add a bit of glamour.  It would also be a nice reminder of warm days at the beach during Boston’s dreadfully cold winters!!

5 + 6 | I happened to be at Neiman Marcus a few weeks ago and came across these glasses.  At first glance I thought they were crystal but when I picked them up, realized they are acrylic. They are modern & stylish enough to be formal from a design standpoint, yet practical enough for casual outdoor entertaining based on their composition – a lovely balance between style & function.

Wishing you an absolutely beautiful July,

~Emmanuelle
Xo

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