Nothing says “celebrate” like the sound of a champagne cork popping and it is my firm belief that every celebration, big or small, merits a bottle of bubbly. Even if what you’re celebrating IS opening a bottle of champagne, on a Tuesday, because you’re an adult and you would like some champagne. If it is a truly special occasion, a new job, a birthday, or a dear friend’s engagement, there is one champagne that I always turn to and that is Veuve Cliquot.
It is finally here! The best sale of the year! Okay, to be fair it started on Friday and this post is clearly a few days later than it should be (since things are already selling out), but when I was putting my cart together I realized these deals were honestly too good not to share with you all!
So here is basically a snapshot of my shopping cart! I love using Nordstrom’s Annual sale to stock up on house warming/ birthday gifts. If you get one thing from the sale this year I HIGHLY recommend the Tobacco and Patchouli candle by Paddywax (Number 3 below). It is my all-time-favorite candle and currently on sale from $34.99 to only $19.90! Personally, I snagged a couple to have on hand as house warming gifts.
- Nap More Stress Less Pillow
- Two Tone Basket Bag
- Tobacco and Patchouli Paddywax candle
- Large Marble and Acacia Serving Board
- Plush Throw
- Booze Decanter
- Large Storage Basket
- Le Creuset Serving Bowl
As someone who shares her birthday with National Nap Day, the adorable Levtex pillow (a birthday gift from me to me) is probably the thing I am most excited about! What about you? What was your favorite find from this year’s Nordstrom sale?
Happy shopping, friends!
Daniel and I have a love-hate relationship with our garden shed in that he loves it and I absolutely hate it. For the majority of the past two years, I have held on to the hope that he would eventually see reason and let me burn it to the ground. After a valiant battle, I have accepted defeat, he wins this one.
Ever since we became homeowners I have been so impressed with how many projects Daniel has taken on. He has taught himself so much and become quite the handyman. As his carpentry skills have grown, so has his tool collection. This past Christmas, the only thing he asked for was a table saw. The spirit of the season got the better of me and with that gift, that massive piece of equipment of a gift, I officially put the shed in the safe zone because that saw can’t live in my house.
Two weeks ago we began the process of laying a new walkway and patio area in our back yard and I realized it was time. Time to have a heart to heart with that shed and find a way we could live with each other. The root of my distaste for our shed is that we have a very small backyard, maybe 600 square feet and the shed easily takes up a fifth of it. Since it’s here to stay, I have spent the past two weeks toying around with ways to make it more aesthetically pleasing. I have played around with everything from flipping it 90 degrees so it feels like it is taking up less yard to simpler ideas like covering it in lattice work so we can grow something that will cover it. Every idea I had was either too expensive/ complicated or didn’t feel like it was enough to neutralize the problem. However, thanks to a shopping trip to my favorite neighborhood gift shop last week, I think I have my solution!
Dear Neighbor is painted a bold matte black that I have absolutely loved since the day I attended their opening celebration (great party, by the way, guys!). As I was walking up to the store last week I had my eureka-shed-moment. Painting the shed black is the perfect solution and it is right in line with my complete obsession with Scandinavian decor! That evening I did what any girl in my position would do and started trolling Pinterest for inspiration photos.
My girls trip to Louisville was full of delicious beverages from being welcomed by Yllena’s mom with much-needed coffee after a full night of driving to the bourbon tastings we did at the Woodford distillery on the way home. My absolute top drink recommendation in Louisville is champagne by Wendy’s pool with Laura and Tara (Yllena’s mom and her friends) but if you can’t get in there, here are some of my favorite backup recommendations from our Derby Festival weekend in Kentucky!
Coffee at Press on Market
I loved every place we ate on our visit to Louisville and I could honestly write a post about all of them but for the sake of time and lack of photography, I will stick to highlighting my recommendations for the most important meal of the day and the most delicious treat in Kentucky.
Brunch at Toast on Market
Tomorrow is the Kentucky Derby, and I will be here in Richmond cheering on Irish War Cry with my good friend and Louisville native, Yllena. Two weekends ago, we took a road trip to her hometown in Kentucky where I finally met her parents and got to know this town she has been raving about for as long as I have known her. I have to admit, a huge part of me assumed she was mostly biased, as we all are about where we call home, but I truly fell in love with Louisville. There is something so delightfully personal about getting to know a new city by visiting with a good friend who calls it home. Of course, it also helped that we got to be there for the kickoff of the Kentucky Derby Festival and to witness Thunder Over Louisville, the biggest air and firework show in North America!
This girls’ trip of three was kicked off very similarly to our ski trip– iced lattes, loud music and an all-night road trip! We hopped in the car around midnight and arrived at Yllena’s parent’s beautiful home just before 9 am on Thursday. The long weekend was absolutely packed and I couldn’t fit it all into a single post if I tried. I will focus this first one on my top two recommendations for places to see, but make sure you check out my highlights of places to eat and drink for your next visit to Louisville!