Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Good Seattle Eats and a New Nordstrom Rack!

I often get asked about where to go, eat, see, etc... from readers visiting Seattle.  I usually end up giving a huge long list even though there is no way that people can do all that in one trip, I just love Seattle and all that there is to do and see here that I can't help but give out all my suggestions!

Seattle has some great restaurants and I could give you tons of recommendations but one of my favorite spots for a super simple but DELICIOUS meal is Serious Biscuit.  All they do is a breakfast sandwich but let me tell you that every single part of the sandwich is amazing.
 
If you are a Dahlia Lounge/bakery lover, they actually bake all their pastries here so they sell some of their yummy treats here too.
 
Serious Pie is their pizza restaurant that is upstairs and it's quite delish too!  The toppings they use aren't your usual pepperoni .  The combinations seem a little bit weird at first (soft egg and kale on a pizza?) but you gotta just try it out to know how good it is!
Piles of housemade biscuits just waiting to be turned into delightful sandwiches.
 
I went with the fennel sausage, egg, pepper relish, fontina biscuit.  It's my favorite!

If you want to do some shopping, make sure to hit up downtown Seattle and go to the flagship Nordstrom store (it's my favorite store ever!) and Pacific Place, the mall next to it with tons of shopping and eats.  I also love the Nordstrom Rack downtown, it's where I find most of my best designer bargains!  And what's even better is Nordstrom Rack is opening a new location in Northgate!  I often hit up the one in Bellevue since every store gets different variety, I like to see what goodies I can uncover at different locations.  I'm excited that they've finally opened up another location in Seattle!

For those of you in the area, here's the important details:

NORDSTROM RACK 111 NORTHGATE MALL – OPENING 11/8
414 Northgate Mall
Seattle, WA 98125
Directions: Right off 1-5 Exit 173.

Website (Pre-Opening): nordstrom.com/racknorthgate
Store Locator & Directions (Post-Opening): http://shop.nordstrom.com/st/111/directions
Twitter: @Northgate_Rack
Facebook Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/154858251304554

And if you go on their opening day, they're going to have a lot of fun events throughout the day!

GOLDEN HANGER:
Twenty golden hangers will be hidden throughout the new Nordstrom Rack at Northgate Mall. Customers who find the golden hangers can redeem them for $100 to spend inside the new store. (One hanger per customer). Be sure to follow them on Twitter @Northgate_Rack between 7-9 a.m. on opening morning to find clues!

RACE THROUGH THE RACK:
Race Through the Rack is a sweepstakes held before Nordstrom Rack store openings. Customers can enter a drawing to win a 90-second, $2,000 shopping spree. The winner’s name is drawn and announced at 8:30 a.m. before the store opens at 9 a.m. (Must be present to win).

COMPLIMENTARY TOTE:
The first 1,000 customers who make a purchase at the new Nordstrom Rack at Northgate Mall. will receive a complimentary Nordstrom Rack tote as a gift.

REFRESHMENTS AND MUSIC:
Complimentary breakfast and entertainment will be included.

WHAT’S INSIDE THE STORE:
+ Discounted apparel, shoes, accessories and cosmetics for men, women and kids
+ Premium denim for men and women
+ Tens and Thousands of pairs of shoes including designer shoes
+ Over 2,000 men’s ties + Over 1,000 handbags + Mobile check-out devices + On-site alterations



Nordstrom Rack is the off-price division of Nordstrom, Inc. offering on-trend clearance merchandise from Nordstrom stores as well as items purchased specially for Nordstrom Rack. The store offers significant savings on great brands with most at 30-70% off. For more information visit www.nordstromrack.com.

Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nordstromrack and follow the @Northgate_Rack to learn about merchandise arrivals, promotions and events.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nordstrom Rack via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nordstrom Rack.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Shopping with me: J Crew and Madewell Sale

Lots of great sales going on right now and I was very excited to see J Crew and Madewell running an additional 30% off sale promo!  Unfortunately it ended online but I wanted to post my faves from the sale as the sale prices in stores are often time better than online.  For the ones that I didn't mention the price, it's the same online but the ones that I noted the price, it's cheaper in stores.

Schoolboy Blazer - wearing size 00
Please excuse the fact that my pants are the exact same color as the blazer so it looks like I'm wearing a weird orange suit!  I do love the schoolboy blazer and own it in several colors.  This orange is perfect for the fall but I passed as I didn't need another blazer right now.

Dream V-Neck Sweater - ($49.99) not on sale online - wearing size Small
Tippi Sweater ($49.99) not on sale online - wearing XXS
I'm a fan of bright sweaters with jeans or dark cords so I loved the neon yellow sweater.  It's a cashmere blend and very soft.  I tend to size way up on sweaters as I don't really like tight fitting sweaters.  For the Tippi, I tend to get the XS or the Small (see the small on me here) but I do love the Tippi, it's one of my favorite styles.  I tried on the XXS just to see how it fit but yeah, too tight and a bit short on the length for my taste.

Click for the rest of my sale finds at J Crew and Madewell

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mariah Carey by OPI

So excited for the Mariah Carey by OPI collection!  I am a fan of both and love everything about this collection.  They are bringing a new texture as well called Liquid Sand which is a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle.

Stage Shades which all include the new textured finish are:
  • Stay the Night (Make it last in this matte black with red glints)
  • The Impossible (This matte fuchsia with star confetti will never give up)
  • Can’t Let Go (Hold onto this matte purple with dazzling sparkle)
  • Get Your Number (Wearing this matte blue with sparkles is a great call)
OPI Liquid Sand lacquers should always be worn without top coat.


Studio Shades include:
  • A Butterfly Moment (This sophisticated and frosty tan nude has us all a-flutter)
  • Pink Yet Lavender (This pink glitter with lavender shimmer has superstar shine!)
  • Anti-bleak (This deep, creamy purple will lift your spirits)
  •  Sprung (Fall hopelessly in love with this shimmery copper) 
There is not one shade that I don't like in this collection.  Can't wait to try it out!
Info from the press release:
Mariah Carey by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

This promotion will be available beginning January 2013 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

Lookbook: Tweed and Teal

What I'm Wearing
Zara Tweed Jacket - Tweed can be expensive but Zara has some great options.  I got this in the summer so it's now sold out but I'm eyeing this tweed top!  This tweed jacket is gorgeous and on sale for under $90.  Also in love with this tweed and leather jacket for a pretty reasonable price.
Romwe Top - sold out.  Cute pink blouse with cut outs.
Shop Sosie Letta Skirt (c/o) - I'm kind of obsessed with this color.  A few other options, adorable peplum skirt in the same color (under $20) and J Crew has a very similar shade in a pencil skirt.
Miu Miu Bow Bag - Love Miu Miu bags, I've got my eye on this jeweled crossbody bag next!
Prada wedges Similar here, or very similar  Miu Miu wedges,  or Jimmy Choo wedges.
t+j Designs Luxe Chain Link Drop Crystal Necklace, Gold Textured Chain Link Bracelet, 18K Gold Plated Pave Link Bracelet

I took this awhile ago, before my Mexico vacation so I promise I'm not alternating between being tan and pale.  haha!  I was just really pale before I left for Mexico.  After looking at the pics that I've been taking lately, I'm glad I finally got some color to my skin.  I needed it!  I feel a bit Easter-y in this outfit but I just really love this skirt that Shop Sosie sent me and wanted to pair it with something equally cheerful.

I've always been more of a pink and purple girl but lately have been gravitating towards these pretty greens and blues.  I wore my J Crew Jules dress for my mom's birthday dinner and just loved the color.  It's now on sale for 50% off.
As seen on my instagram.  With my sister and my nephew who is the cutest ever in his little hat!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Romwe Halloween Sale

I've ordered a few things from Romwe over the past few months and have been pretty pleased with the quality and the variety of styles.  Sometimes I get tired of looking at the same sites so have been shopping at a few different shops and Romwe is one of them.  They're having a Halloween Sale so wanted to share the code and some of my picks from the sale!

Loving the cape look and this color block cape looks perfect.  This is a perfect weekend outfit for me to grab drinks and dinner with friends.  Knowing me, I'd probably wear heels but I just thought those leopard spike loafers were fun!

Color Block Cape | Green Blouse | Pants | Leopard Flats

I would wear this to go shopping and lunch with my girls.  Cozy and comfy but cute!
Coat | Tote

A cute office look, just add tights and pumps and some simple gold jewelry.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Lookbook: Lipstick & Polka Dots

What I'm Wearing
Rag & Bone blouse worn as jacket - similar 
Romwe Lipstick Sweater - use code FALL15% to save 15% off $80 or more.  Also comes in blue, white and same print but a tank top.  I'm crazy about graphic prints this year, I love the lipstick print! 
Lisette L pants c/o (I'm wearing style #801 in B&W dots) - These pants are a bit different in that they are made with body shaping fabric and they are a pull on design so no zippers or buttons.  They are supposed to slim the lower abdomen, contour the hips and shape the behind.  I'm wearing the size 0 and to be honest, it didn't do much for me.  Trust me, I do need help in the abdomen area and I do love shapewear but these were still a bit baggy for me so wasn't able to do it's job.  If they made them in a smaller size, I think I would love them!  I definitely could feel the difference in the fabric and that it gave it a gentle squeeze in the areas that we most need them.  I just needed the right size but otherwise, I think the concept of the pants are fantastic!  Also, these are their cropped length but they are too long for me so I rolled them under twice.  haha, I'm so short!
Manolo Blahnik pumps - I'm all about the pointy toes now.  Loft has these pointy toe pumps in really fun colors for a great price.  I love the yellow ones!
OASAP Bow clutch - use code XMAS to save 25% off your order!  I like this bag, except for it has a strap on it that's not detachable.  So I crammed my stuff in it along with the strap which was annoying.  I'd rather carry it as a clutch so I might try cutting the strap out.  Hopefully it doesn't ruin it!  This bow bag is also really cute and this one I do like it with the strap.
t+j Designs jewelry - new chain designs coming to the store! We heard your feedback about wanting other colors in our best selling chain bracelet and necklace.  A lot of you requested more silver so we'll have some silver and black options soon! Also, we are introducing Fab Fifty Fridays where we offer 50% off one of our pieces!  This week is a new arrival and is a gorgeous necklace, perfect for the holidays.  It's originally $68 and with the code it's only $34!  Check it out here, it comes in gold and silver.  The code expires on Sunday so if you like it, get it now! :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday to the most fabulous mom ever!  My mom inspires me every day and I'm so thankful to live nearby my parents and see them as much as I do.  And if you can't tell, I pretty much get all my style and inspiration from her.  Whenever I see my mom, I want to steal whatever she's wearing!

My sister and her husband came in for the week to celebrate my mom's birthday and I was so happy to see her little guy.  I can't help but have the cheesiest grin around him, he's so darn cute!!   When I'm around him my already high pitched voice gets even higher pitched because all I can do is squeal about how cute he is and pinch his chubby little cheeks! :) 

Go to Jen's blog to see more pictures!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

How to Style: Cozy Cardigans

If you follow me on instagram you may have seen this recent outfit.  On those cold, gray and rainy days, this has become my uniform, a big cozy sweater, tee, leggings and booties.  It's such an easy formula and easy to change up!
 
My latest Chanel obsession. Would love to bring her home but yikes the price!


1. Chicwish Cardigan - this is one size only and it fits a bit big on me in the body and the sleeves.  I figure for big cardigans it's okay if it's a bit big though, it's kind of the look!
2. T by Alexander Wang
3. J Crew Pixie Pant - I told you about these pants before but I love them!  If you are a fan of Lululemon's Wunder Under pants (Big fan here!) I would compare them to those but "fancy" version of them.
5. Revlon Lip Butter - Strawberry Shortcake - I have several Lip Butters but I tend to wear this or Creme Brulee the most.
6. t+j Designs Gold Chain Link Bracelet | t+j Designs Gold Jewel Tone Crystal Bracelet | t+j Designs Gold Textured Chain Link Bracelet - get 30% off your order by claiming an offer on our Facebook!  Just like our page and the offer will be there for you to claim.
7. Stuart Weitzman Booties - mine are similar but the elastic part wraps around the front too.  They're really comfy!  I wore them all day long shopping and my feet didn't hurt at all.

Read more for another way to style and my picks!

Maison Martin Margiela with H&M

Another H&M Collaboration to get excited about! Although Margiela is not really my aesthetic I definitely appreciate it and love seeing pieces on other people.

One of my favorite looks from the collection

Read more to see my picks from the collection.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness: By the Numbers

I've loved Julep since I discovered it and if you've been reading for awhile, you'll know how much I love their polish.  They sent me this great infographic and I wanted to share.

To honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Julep has teamed up with The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. This October, not only are they contributing a donation to support the incredible foundation as a part of Powered By Girlfriends, but they also collaborated on this amazing infographic! Be sure to share with your girlfriends, because together we can make a difference in breast cancer prevention.
 
And if you missed it, make sure to get the Bloggers for Breast Cancer "Support the Cause" tee here (as seen on me in this lookbook) and 100% of the profits are donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

P.S. If you haven't signed up for the Julep Maven nail polish box yet, use code COLOR2012 to get your first box for one cent!

Same but Different: Valentino and Louboutin

It's been awhile since I've done a Same but Different post where I find cute looks for less of designer items that I love... Of course I'm always on the hunt for cute shoes and even though I have a lot of designer shoes, I very rarely pay retail for them.  I have only a handful of shoes that I've paid full price for.  So this always means a waiting game for me as to wait and see if they go on sale and hope they have my size.  Anyway, here are two that I've had my eye on for awhile now and happened to stumble upon a few cute "look for less" versions and thought I'd share.


And even though summer is over, I checked out their sandals and love these studded ones!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Lookbook: Bow Sweater

What I'm Wearing
Madewell Bow Sweater - It's currently on sale!  (and get 4% cash back on ebates)
Madewell Skirt - no longer available.  Cute striped skirt on sale.  LOVE this cute red skirt from ASOS.
Christian Louboutin Simple 100 pumps - also comes in the New Simple which has a platform in front.  Both fit true to size for me.
Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM - I was just at the Michael Kors store and spotted this tote that is the same size and shape.  Comes in a lot of cute colors too!  Or this one that has pockets on the outside.
t+j Designs Rose Gold Love Necklace, Pretty Baubles Bracelet, Gold Chain Link Bracelet, Orange Enamel Bangle to come soon. Champagne Pave Bow Ring - I love this ring! It's so blingy and is the perfect addition to all my outfits :)
Butter London Bluey (c/o Coterie) - Coterie is a new makeup/beauty site that has awesome deals on makeup that is only available for a limited time.  Kind of like Gilt but for makeup and it's only one product/set at a time.  Definitely check it out, right now they have a great Stila set for $28!
Chloe Sunglasses - still loving the cat eye sunglasses.  These House of Harlow ones are so cute!

This was taken the day after I got back from Cabo and I was so sunburned!  You can kinda tell on my knee how red my leg was.  I must've done a terrible job of applying sunscreen as I usually don't get sunburned but I sure did this time.  My leg was so burned it hurt just sitting!  Never again.  I'm upping my SPF and applying and re-applying like crazy next time!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sales not to miss!

Too many sales not to share with you right now.  I'm loving these sales as I'm getting my Christmas shopping done early!  Kate Spade has the best presents to give (and to keep for yourself too).  Take advantage of the 30% off, it's through this weekend only!  And don't forget to click through ebates, you'll get 7% cashback.

From top left clockwise:

Piperlime is having a great sale but it ends tonight.(2% cashback from Ebates)  I am crazy about blouses so I picked up a few.  They are such great work wear but transitions easily for casual wear.  I practically live in blouses these days.
 

Tarte is one of my favorite makeup brands and they are currently running 20% off everything! (Use code TREAT and get free shipping on orders $40+) Ends Sunday. And 4% cashback.


I've used their Amazonian clay foundation for awhile now and it's always worked really well on my skin.  I thought I'd try out their BB version, although I am biased and really prefer Asian BB creams but figured I'd see how this one works out.  If you don't use a primer before putting on your makeup, I highly recommend to start now.  You don't realize how much of a difference it makes until you start using one!  It makes my makeup last throughout the day.  The palette is super pretty and the colors are the ones that I tend to wear a lot anyway so I thought this would be a great palette for the winter and easy to pack and travel with.  Palettes make for great gifts so picking up another one and this great neutral shadows palette to give as gifts.  I haven't tried out their blush, only their cheek stains - which I love, so thought I'd try this color out for the winter.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Lookbook: Bloggers for Breast Cancer

What I'm Wearing
Zara Blazer - similar on sale, similar but pricey, similar for under $40
Bloggers for Breast Cancer tee - see details below
7 for All Mankind jeans - looks like they don't make my bell bottom jeans any more, they are the Rachel Zoe jeans but looks like she made a fab corduroy version for her own line.  Also this one is very similar for 65% off or these are cute for a smaller bell bottom look (or I guess you can just call them flares?).
B Brian Atwood pumps - don't forget 20% of at Saks right now + 5% cashback from Ebates
t+j Designs Pink Crystal Cuff (we are donating $6 for each of the Pink Crystal Cuffs sold in October to Susan G Komen for the cure) and 18K White Gold Plated Pave Link Bracelet
Gold Square Crystal Hoops and Pink Crystals iPhone case
Silver Bow Crystals Ring and Stainless Steel Heart Ring (see a better photo on our instagram)
Lori from Shortcuts To Fabulous asked me to be part of Bloggers for Breast Cancer which she started after she was inspired by Annie of The Fashion Poet who designed a shirt to be sold in local boutiques.  Lori wanted to make a difference on a larger scale and to use the voices from bloggers across the country to make a difference so she created this shirt for breast cancer awareness.  I'm so happy and proud to be a part of this and thank Lori for including me.  You can get the shirt here and 100% of the profits will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  It comes in white and the vintage black that I'm wearing and runs true to size. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Lookbook

I got the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Lookbook and I had to share as I fell in love with everything!  I can not wait until this line comes out.  Items range from $7.99 to $499.99, with most pieces less than $60, and will be available Dec. 1 at all Target and Neiman Marcus stores, as well as on Target.com and NeimanMarcus.com.

I love practically everything but put together a few of my favorites.  I'm going to be one of those crazies outside of Target waiting for it to open so I can get my paws on these!
 
Oscar de La Renta Tote
Oscar de La Renta dog collar and leash
 Brian Atwood leather gloves
Marc Jacobs Pouch

 

Rag & Bone flask and shot glasses
Altuzarra glasses, shaker and tray
  

 
Rag & Bone men's sweater (there's a boy's version too!)
Robert Rodriguez dress  
Tracy Reese blouse

 
Diane Von Furstenberg jewelry box
Tory Burch beverage container and lunch box 


 If you want more info, here's the press release of items and prices.

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