Life seems to be settling into a little more of routine around here. And when I say “a little”, I really mean “a lot” – as in the I do laundry on Mondays and go to the grocery store on Tuesdays-kind of routine. And, at what comes to extreme shock to me, I am not complaining. The predictability is nice, for now.
Weekends leave room for a little more spontaneity. But they, too, are proving to be quite low-key. A dinner on a patio here, an afternoon dip in the pool there, followed by one ridiculously long and stressful trip to Costco. You don’t need to tell me. I knew going to Costco on the weekend was a bad idea. I ignored my own good judgement. Overall, life is feeling slower and simpler, just the balance I’ve been needing for a very long time.
On Mommy :: BCBG blouse (old) // LOFT pants (old) // Loeffler Randall sandals (old) // Bracelets from J.Crew, Madewell and Etsy.
On Bébé :: babyGap gingham flutter dress (old) // Little Crane Headbands
Macramé, the art of knotting string into decorative patterns, has made a huge comeback. This trend is all over the spring / summer fashion collections and interior designers are welcoming the 1970′s décor style with open arms. My Pinterest feed is covered with photographs of gorgeous fiber art tapestries, DIY hanging plant holders and other knotted inspiration. And I see why – It’s amazing how simple knots can create such beautiful texture and intricate designs!
(No. 1) Cory Lynn Calter Molly Oversized Tee at Anthropologie, $136; (No. 2) Lexington Macramé Sham at Amara, $131; (No. 3) Jessica Velez Osprey Earrings and Agami Necklace at Anthropologie, $38, $98; (No. 4) Macramé Plant Hanger from Pigment, $59; (No. 5) Juliska Macramé Napkin Ring, $24; (No. 6) Jamie Young Company Jute Chandelier at Bellacor, $682; (No. 7) House of Harlow macramé bracelets, $18-32; (No. 8) Tori Praver Wavecrest One-Piece at Haven in Dallas, $264 (I also love the Toledo high-waisted bikini); (No. 9) Shiraleah Noemi Macramé Bowl at Saks Off Fifth, $40; (No. 10) Belen Knotted Tote Bag by Monserat De Lucca (also at Calypso St. Barth), $95 (the Rafé New York Steffani Carryall is another great option); (No. 11) Knotted Melati Hanging Chair from Anthropologie, $598.
Several years ago, I remember stopping by the mall for a quick errand. As I walked through Nordstrom, I noticed several private curtained areas peppered around the store. I remember feeling instantly insecure (and slightly offended) that I was not privy to this exclusive shopping event. Hoards of women were gathering armfuls of clothing and trying on towering stacks of shoes. And although I was embarrassed to ask, I noticed something unique about the items these customers were purchasing. They were chunky knits, leather jackets, winter coats, boots, and scarves – all in a gorgeous fall colorway. And it was July.
I have since discovered the secret of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, a once-a-year heavily discounted event for the upcoming season’s best items. No clearance, no last’s years rejects, just absolutely gorgeous designer items from the new fall collections. And not random no-name designers either, we’re talking Tory Burch, Kate Spade New York, Rag & Bone, Vince, Equipment, Joie, Kendra Scott, J Brand, Loeffler Randall, Rebecca Minkoff…you get the idea.
The sale is a great opportunity to get started on your fall and winter wardrobe, stock up on some of your favorite items (this is the only time I see black and nude Hanky Pankys on sale), update your accessories (think sunglasses, wallets, etc…), or even get a head start on Christmas shopping. And don’t forget your husband and kiddos, there’s plenty of items for them, too!
There are so many good things, but narrowed down my favorites to this top ten list. Oh, and this tiny baby cardigan that I picked up for Beckett.
(No. 1) Black dress (No. 2) Clutch (No. 3) Open cuff (No. 4) Hanky Panky thongs (No. 5) Lace-up wedges (No. 6) Ankle strap pump (No. 7) Nike sneaker (No. 8) Oversized cable-knit sweater (No. 9) Cashmere sweater (No. 10) Drape neck leather jacket
Note: Nordstrom Rewards members get to shop the event before every one else (hence the private tents) from July 10-15th. The sale starts July 18th for everyone else; and then prices return to the full price on August 4th.
This spring was the first time I really thought about my seasonal clothing purchases in terms of a unified wardrobe collection. By picking a general theme and color palette, I’ve found that I am much more likely to buy pieces that can be worn multiple ways. It’s been such a rewarding exercise that I’ve decided to practice it every season.
I’m still wearing many of the items I found for spring, but would love to add a handful of true summer pieces to my wardrobe. And while I am still very happy with all the neutrals, my tanned skin is begging for some brighter tones. I can’t deny my love for classic black and white; and I’m loving it even more seeing it paired with fiery sunset shades.
This summer, oversized dresses are my go-to outfit to beat the daytime heat, while a slinky jumpsuit is my ideal look for date night. I’m also interested in introducing a couple of trends, like a kimono, a denim vest (that can go with me into fall) and some gladiator sandals (I actually bought this flat version). And of course, every summer wardrobe needs a swimsuit, cover-up, flip flops and sunnies!
(No. 1) Ruffle Cami (No. 2) Pom-pom Tank (No. 3) Silk Top (No. 4) Denim Vest (No. 5) Embroidered Kimono (No. 6) White Shorts (No. 7) Jumpsuit (No. 8) Tunic Shirt (No. 9) Poncho Dress (No. 10) Swim cover-up (No. 11) Neon Swimsuit (No. 12) Karen Walker Sunglasses (No. 13) Waterproof Beach Tote (No. 14) Fold-over Clutch (No. 15) Smartphone Wristlet (No. 16) Gladiator Wedges (No. 17) Avarca Sandals (No. 18) Flip Flops
What do you think of the capsule wardrobe idea? And what are you wearing this summer?
It’s couple weeks into summer and I’m already feeling itchy. Seriously, I’m like an ungrateful teen, complaining of boredom and bitter that her favorite TV shows are on hiatus. Summer used to be my favorite season, but then I moved to Dallas (hello, triple digits and mosquitos) and became paranoid about sun damage. While I love the idea of outdoor picnics and gathering friends for a game of bocce ball, I’m sadly dependent on my air conditioning right now. And life with a baby means our long summer nights end at an unsatisfying 7 pm.
But summer still has a lot to offer and I don’t intend on wasting it away at the mall or coveting my California friends’ instagrams. I decided to assemble a summer bucket list to make sure I don’t miss out on the fun. Here’s some things I hope to make happen from now until the end of August. Follow me on instagram (@moderneve) and see if I am able to check these items off my list!
Modern Eve‘s Summer Bucket List
Take a sunset boat ride
Practice yoga outside
Get barbecue from Pecan Lodge
Invite friends over for weeknight dinners
Send a letter to an old friend
Replace my plastic food storage with glass
Go to an outdoor concert
Travel to Colorado to escape the heat
Host a mommy and babies brunch
Update my spices
See a drive-in movie with my husband
Purge and organize my craft closet
Take swim lessons with Beckett
Bake blueberry muffins from scratch
Read a non-fiction book
Perfect my green juice recipe
Buy produce from a local farmer’s market
Plan a staycation with my girlfriends
Roast marshmallows for s’mores
Photography Credits: Alea Lovely and Brent Darby: Graphics by Modern Eve
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