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Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Picks (ending Jan. 2, 2019)

Let’s talk Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale! Hey, it’s a good way to spend those gift cards you just got! Here are my picks — both designer & other brands! I saw a great mix of items that were 40% off! I have been really into scarves lately and found ones from Valentino, Rag & Bone and Burberry. There are also great choices for sunglasses like Burberry Aviators with Plum lenses! It is also a great opportunity to try your favorites in new colors or stock up on those favorites.

Here are my picks — both designer & other brands!

  1. Valentino Waves Silk Scarf 40% off
  2. Rag & Bone Starburst Cotton & Silk Bandana 40% off
  3. Burberry Color Fringe Bandana, Red 40% off
  4. Burberry Trench 61Mm Aviator Sunglasses 40% off
  5. Victoria Beckham Mini Vanity Top Handle Box Bag 60% off
  6. Nike Odyssey React Running Shoe 25% off
  7. Tory Burch Lina Slide 40% off (price matched)
  8. Longchamp Neo Le Pliage- Silver 40% off
  9. AG The Farrah Ankle Skinny Jeans 33% off
  10. J.crew Lodge Italian Stadium Cloth Wool Coat 40% off
  11. Rails Hunter Plaid Shirt 30% off

There is a lot more to choose from… have a great time shopping! These are just a few that caught my eye!

Thanks for reading! Hope you read again soon. Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram with the links on the left! XO, Dawn

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale — SAVE up to 50% on clothing, shoes and accessories for women, men and kids at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, now through January 2. Free shipping, free returns, no minimums.

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What I Wore- December 2018

December 2018

Let’s talk about what I wore…. This outfit was for work on a cold day in the Bay Area. The Madewell Dress is one of my favorites with the tie at the neck & long sleeves and I am obsessed with stars lately. I wore my Tory Burch boots with my favorite Boot socks from Bombas. The sweater is a cozy chunky knit from Banana Republic which is great for my chilly office. To top it off— my Chanel eyeglass frames with a clip on for sunnies. 

And then there is my lovely gray Diorama. I simply love this bag. It is perfect on shoulder and crossbody –which is important to me in most bags. The color is a great neutral that can be worn with anything. It just makes me smile.

Here are links to most of it if you are inspired: 

Thanks for reading lovelies and hope you come back soon. ūüėäūüėČ

XO, Dawn

Vintage Logo Trend

Logos are everywhere! We all remember logos from our favorite sporty brands like Nike and Adidas. Both women and men participate in this style trend.  This phenomenon has expanded to the fashion and luxury brands.  From the popular luxe brands like Gucci and Dior, tees and accessories, logos are showing up as part of the style lexicon.  You see logos all over Instagram and in fashion magazines and on your favorite You Tubers.  Brands are bringing back their old logos and patterns which is exciting to those who follow fashion and trends.  I will put links to some examples below! 

I have to admit, I do have some logo clothes and accessories in my closet.  I am not talking about having a logo from head to toe, but as an accent to your outfit. I love mixing logo t-shirts and accessories into my wardrobe for work, casual Fridays and weekends.  Tees and accessories with logos are easily found in-store and online or in vintage/second-hand shops.  The price difference between the luxe brands and other brands can be a cold splash of water, yet the trend lives on.  

One brand that has been very good at this trend is Gucci.  The Gucci logo is everywhere! From belts to t-shirts to handbags, Gucci has reinvented itself in its own vintage image.  The last few seasons have been full of the use of their own logo and fun images or patterns that the trend and fashion world has embraced. They have released new handbags with their vintage canvas logos and in vintage styles.  You can also find vintage and pre-loved bags, clothes and accessories on resale sites like The Real Real and Fashionphile.

One popular example is the logo tee trend. Brands from contemporary designers like Marc Jacobs as well as luxury brands like Gucci, Burberry and Balmain have t-shirts with their logos on them.¬† People love these tees.¬† I too have logo t-shirts in my wardrobe.¬† I mix them in with my outfits when appropriate for me. ¬†Imagine these shirts under a blazer with jeans and your favorite leather sneakers… that is my go-to casual-smart outfit!¬†

Maybe you will jump into logo mania with the rest of the fashion world.  Perhaps not from head to toe, but with a few fun pieces.

Links to Items:

  1. Gucci Rose Belt (Nordstrom)
  2. Gucci Black Belt (Nordstrom)
  3. Gucci Cocoa Belt (Neiman Marcus)
  4. Gucci-Print Cotton Tee (Neiman Marcus)
  5. Gucci Interlock Tee (Nordstrom)
  6. Gucci Embellished Graphic Tee (Nordstrom)
  7. Men’s Gucci Logo Tee (Nordstrom)
  8. Gucci Small Marmont Matelasse Shoulder Bag (Nordstrom)
  9. Gucci Marmont Fringe Flat Black (Nordstrom)
  10. Men’s Pierre Balmain Logo T-Shirt (Nordstrom)
  11. Men’s Fendi Mania Pullover Hoodie (Neiman Marcus)
  12. Men’s Fendi Slide(Neiman Marcus)
  13. Men’s Adidas Originals Cap (Nordstrom)
  14. Balmain Logo Tee (Nordstrom)
  15. Burberry Sandon Card Case (Nordstrom)
  16. New Ace Gucci Band Leather Sneaker (Neiman Marcus)
  17. Dior Bracelet

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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What I Wore… Doing my Civic Duty Fashionably (Oct. 2018)

Today our some of our Leadership Team went to local high schools to register students to vote! In 30 minutes we were able to register and pre-register many students! As a team, our office registered 787 students at 13 high schools! Something to be proud of for sure! To do this important work I wore (I will link as much as I can or similar below the pic):

1.2.3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Lady Dior lambskin bag - Lady Dior Dior9. 

  1. Tory Sport Ruffle Sneaker 
  2. Gorjana Power Gemstone Beaded Bracelet
  3. Gorjana Power Gemstone Beaded Bracelet
  4. Gorjana Compassion Gemstone Bracelet
  5. Similar (mine is grey)- J.crew Parke Blazer, Size 10 – Black
  6. Similar NYDJ Marilyn Trouser Tie Belt Jeans, Size 14 – Blue
  7. Tory Burch Vote T-Shirt
  8. Similar (mine is blue) Lady Dior Medium
  9. Bombas Socks

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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The Fear of Using Our Nice Things…

Hi Everyone-

I was thinking (on my traffic heavy ride home) about some videos and blogs that I have seen about people treating themselves to lovely things, but not using them because they are scared of “ruining” them. My friends and I have talked about this as well. I have suffered this affliction myself. Now that I have the means to actually get an item on my wish list, it has been a dilemma about wanting to use AND preserve my precious goods.

A prime example are my lovely pink suede loafers. I saved and consigned to buy them. I researched caring for the suede… I mean they are pink suede for goodness sakes! I ordered them and purchased suede protection spray & cleaning kit. When I finally got the box in the mail last year, I took them out of the box and tried them on again in my house and sprayed them with the protection spray. Then, I put them back in the dust bags and box and tucked them safely in my closet. A few months later after having my girlfriends ask about them several times and me lovingly describing them to a colleague, I put the shoes on for a day of work. I found myself constantly checking them to see if I got a mark on them….Like every time I sat at my desk! I had such anxiety all day, that upon arriving home that night I put them back into the dust bags and box and into my closet. This happened several times until ultimately I was able to overcome this (FINALLY!) and am wearing them right now as I type.

Gucci Marmont in blush pink suede 
Gucci Pink Suede GG Marmont Loafer Heels

 

Seriously! I am a grown, educated woman and I cannot escape the fear of messing up the stuff that I saved and planned for…. ugh. I felt the same way when I got my lovely Chanel Jumbo… that lovely thing stayed in the safety of its dust bag on the handbag shelf for way longer than it should have…

Jumbo in Caviar Navy with LGHW

 Making sure this lovely is in my rotation! 

I have read posts among my “friends” in handbag groups and I am not alone! I think my personal issue was that I want to take care of my nice stuff (clothes, shoes, handbags, home decor) because I spent my hard-earned money on it. I also think there is so much pressure to things to be in pristine condition if I later decide that it is no longer for me and want to sell it. Part if it is my own fault, because I too look for pre-loved items in excellent condition.

Then I remember that I bought those things because they caught my eye and I could not stop thinking about it… and when I use them it makes me happy, confident and happy. I have decided that I would use my fashion each week… so I can enjoy the things I worked so hard to get…. DON’T BE SCARED…. ENJOY YOUR LOVELY ITEMS!

Please share your thoughts and stories in the comments.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share with someone who might enjoy this!

XOXO, Dawn

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Summer Favorites & Tips for an Enjoyable Vacation

I thought I might try my hand at a favorites list.¬† Since I had so much plan on my trip this summer, I thought I’d do a round-up of my favorites.¬† I admit it… I am a chronic planner/list maker when it comes to travel.¬† So I will also include some of the tricks and tips to make planning a bit easier.¬†¬†

Tip #1- go where the food is!

Basically, due to my husband and my love of food — we plan our trips around where we can get good food and drink.¬† Call me crazy, but a girl’s got to eat! I often rely on my friends & family for referrals and they rarely disappoint! So tip #1 ask your people for ideas.¬† I make a list on my phone (that I share with my travel companions) for easy access on the road.¬†¬†

Tip #2- Packing

So as a person who loves fashion, this one is hard for me.¬† I have already written a post on packing tips, so I won’t go into that kind of detail here.¬† I will just touch on some of the items that I loved using this summer during our Europe travels.¬†

  • Suitcase: A good suitcase is a must! With size and weight requirements and cobble streets, you MUST have a case you can rely on.¬† I know there is some debate between the soft & hard shell camps, but I have found the hard shell to be lighter when empty which means I can bring more stuff. We picked a large Away Suitcase for our 2.5 week trip (of course mine is pink!).¬†
  • Packing support: Flight 001 makes my favorite packing/travel stuff. They are investments, but I have had some key pieces for several years and the cost per use¬† make them worth the cost.¬† My key pieces from Flight 001 are packing cubes, Clear 1 Quart bag and Seatpak (a zip pouch that organizes my carry-on accessories. Links are below.¬†

Tip #3 – Necessary Travel Supports

  • Travel essentials: You will definitely need a plug adapter.¬† Most power cords for our essential electronics are Europe dual voltage (all my Apple stuff), so I just needed the various adapters.¬† The Flight 001 5-in-1 was super handy.¬†
  • Don’t forget your cords for your electronics! If needed, bring an adapter with a converter if your plugs are not the correct voltage.¬†
  • Also, I always take an eye mask for long flights and Flight 001 makes cute ones. Links are below.¬†

Tip #3 The Right Shoes

  • This one was tricky for me of course. I am a shoe lover, but I have plantar faciitis so I know that I have to pick the right shoes when on vacation.¬† One pair are sneakers suggested by Oprah because of their supportive insoles. I got the Splendid Syra Leather model in white.¬† Oprah was right! I also brought a pair of Nike Running shoes. I also brought a pair of Dansko Sandals in pewter and Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats in black.¬† As a shoe girl, that is slim for me, but they covered all of our occasions and activities.¬†

Women’s Nike Air Presto Se Sneaker, Size 8 M – Grey
Women’s Tory Burch ‘Minnie’ Travel Ballet Flat, Size 8 M – Black
Women’s Dansko Vera Sandal – Metallic
Women’s Vionic Splendid Syra Sneaker- White

I will write about my travel wardrobe (including clothes, handbags and accessories) in a future post. Hope this was helpful! 

 

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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