Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Liebster Award

A big thanks to Kelsey of thekelseywolfblog for nominating me for the "Liebster Award."  Be sure to check out her adorable blog. "liebster" means "darling" in German, so essentially it is the "Darling Blog Award." I'll take that nomination! The "Liebster Award" is given to new bloggers who have less than 200 followers, and helps by allowing bloggers to get to know them better. It's kind of like a blogger chain letter but way cooler. Once you are nominated for this award, you must answer the questions posed by the blogger that nominated you and you must nominate 11 of your favorite new bloggers!

Here we go with my questions from Kelsey:

1. What’s your go-to staple piece?
 a great handbag (like this) - black leather with stylish hardware - hard for kids to dirty that one up
2. Favorite season to dress for?
3. Most expensive fashion item you’ve ever purchased?
Oh boy, probably one of my many handbags...the price will remain a secret in case my husband reads this blog post :)
4. What got you into blogging?
I was looking for an outlet away from the stay at home mom gig
5. How long have you been blogging?
a couple months
6. Blogging/fashion inspiration?
all of the many blogs i follow but a couple favorites are Brooklyn Blonde and I am Khatu - her style is just the cutest
7. How would you describe your style?
Classic with a dash of fun (at least that's how I envision it)
8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?)
The south of France or Charleston, S.C when I start to miss my family
9. What’s your favorite designer/store?
Rebecca Minkoff/Nordstrom
10. Favorite color?
11. Best piece of blogging advice?
blogging is supposed to be fun - if it's anything but you might need to reevaluate your blogger priorities

Here are my nominees with darling blogs: (I apologize in advance if you're not a "new" blogger or have more than 200 followers - please don't take offense)

Now for my questions....

1. What is your most treasured possession?
2. What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done?
3. What's your favorite food?
4. Where is your favorite place to be?
5. If you could only have one makeup item, what would it be?
6. What/who cheers you up when you're down?
7. Your favorite store to shop?
8. What's your most impressive talent?
9. What's your favorite ice cream?
10. Do you have any pets?/kids?
11. best advice you've ever received? (blogging or otherwise)

xo Ellen

Friday, July 12, 2013

Twas The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

When Nordstrom invited me to preview their anniversary sale over happy hour and share my experience with you, I jumped at the chance.

The Nordstrom annual Anniversary sale happens every July. For this sale, Nordstrom marks down a selection of fabulous new fall merchandise for a limited time before the season starts.

I woke up this past Wednesday like a kid on Christmas morning. I got up early and ran to my computer and hopped online to see what (discounted) presents awaited me.

I felt it was only fitting to write a little poem about my anniversary sale experience: (to the tune of Twas the Night Before Christmas of course)

Twas the Nordstrom anniversary sale
And outside the store
The parking lot was swarming with buyers galore.
I, with my latte, and my kids with their snack
Had just settled in to peruse the denim rack.

When from inside the grey tent
There arose such a clatter
I sprang from the Paige Jeans to see what was the matter.
Away to the tent we flew in a flash
Peeked in through the curtains
And threw up the sash.

The ooing and ahhing
From women, the squeals!
I knew in a moment it must be the deals.

The lights in the tent
Gave a luster below
To the fabulous finds lined up in a row.

Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Ray Ban, Tom Ford
Rebecca Minkoff, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and more!

The leather, so buttery
The animal prints, on trend!
Bracelets to stack
Great finds to no end!

I spoke not a word
But staying alert
Grabbed a few layering pieces and a great skater skirt.

Then making my way to accessories, I strolled
And grabbed a great crossbody bag in oxblood and gold.

After paying for my treasures and walking towards the door
I yelled back to the sales associate
See you tomorrow! I’ll be back for more!

Below are a few pictures from my preview tour. Be sure to shop your local Nordstrom's anniversary sale through August 4th. If you're in St. Louis it's going on at the St. Louis Galleria and West County locations.

Nordstrom's biggest sale of the year - the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - is held each July. This event has become legendary among Nordstrom Customers nationwide who enjoy outstanding savings on the most exciting new fall merchandise before the season starts.

Below are 4 items that I am loving and planning to purchase... (actually I've already purchased #1)

The sale dates are as follows:
7/10-7/18: Nordstrom Card Holders Only
7/19-8/4: All Nordstrom Customers

Thanks for reading!
xo Ellen

*Nordstrom invited me to preview their anniversary sale and to share my experience with my readers. As always, opinions are my own.