This year’s Men’s Gift Guide is LIVE! This gift guide is always so fun for Michael and I to work on together. We always make this guide a mix of practical and fun things for any of the men in your life. Things range from tumblers, to decanters, golf accessories, to sunglasses, so there is truly something for everyone. I always love putting in some personalized pieces because I think it is so nice to add that extra touch of thoughtfulness. You can shop everything below and don’t forget to watch the youtube video too for more detail on each item!
I know we may have just gotten through Halloween, but the holidays are right around the corner now. I am doing all my shopping early this year and thought you all might be too. I put together a list of so many items that the women in your life will love! These items are pieces I love and would be such a special gift. I think personalized items always make it feel extra special as well so I included a couple of those from Mark and Graham. One of my favorite items is a new carry on suitcase from Calpak- it is so cute and chic. Shop everything linked below!
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale began this week! This sale will go from now through July 31st. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is a great time to shop for fall pieces and wardrobe staples at a great price. These are the best price points you will see on some of these items all year long. There are also always great deals on some of my favorite beauty brands like Charlotte Tilbury and T3. You will be able to shop the sale on a specific day, depending on your Nordstrom membership level. If you are unsure what your status is, just login in to your Nordstrom account on their website and it will tell you when you are able to start shopping the sale. Card holders are able to shop sooner than public access. Also, on Nordstrom.com you are able to view all the items in the sale before the day you are able to shop. That way, you can add items to your wishlist and when your day to shop comes, you can just add everything on your wishlist to your cart.
July 6- Icon status Nordstrom members can shop
July 7- Ambassador status members can shop
July 9-Influencer status members can shop
July 15- Sale opens to all shoppers
Below, I put together some of my favorite items from the sale this year and items I already have and love. You can easily add them to your wishlist from the links below!
Some new pieces I got…
Cute fall shoes…
Other Items I have and love…
Items on my wishlist…
I have been spending a lot of time revamping my wardrobe, not only just for summer but in general. I am trying to stick to a color palette of neutral pieces that can be mixed and matched. It is really fun to create a capsule wardrobe that will last! Most of the pieces are from stores like Nordstrom, Aritzia, Target, Mango, Zara and J Crew! Shop everything and see how I styled them below!
Father’s Day is right around the corner- which is so hard to believe! Dads can be so hard to shop for but it can also be fun! I did a lot of scoping at Home Depot, as well as Mark and Graham and Nordstrom. Home Depot has so many great finds for the home and yard. Since we just bought a new house we are going to be doing some home projects there! I thought Father’s Day would be a great time to find some home improvement tools for Michael. Mark and Graham is always one of my favorite gifting sites too. There are so many cool personalized gifts like wallets, golf gifts, bags, and more. I linked everything below!
I have been doing a lot of online shopping lately, and have found some really cute pieces at all different price points and retailers. I have been really loving stores like Mango, Petal and Pup, Target and Walmart. Such great pieces for summer that are good staples and don’t break the bank! I thought I would round up some of the outfits I have been wearing and linked everything below!
Button Up Shirts
I love dressing for Florida weather. It is nice being able to wear breezy dresses, cute shorts, tanks, and sandals- all year long! I have really been having fun with elevating my daily pieces I wear to give them a chic look. One of my favorite ways to do this is with an over shirt. I love wearing a silky, linen, or cotton button up, over a bodysuit or dress. It instantly gives the outfit and elevated look and is so easy for summer.
Fun Summer Looks
I am obsessed with these cute looks for summer! I have been wearing this knit brown dress and knit white dress on repeat. They are such a nice material and so flattering too. The midi length and knit pattern make it so chic and perfect for a summer happy hour. I paired a lot of these outfits with this cute pair of nude heels from Vince Camuto, that I will be wearing ALL summer. This cute white bag is my new favorite, and a great price point. I keep reaching for it with so many outfits. You can shop all these outfits below!
Getting my 10K Steps in
I have been trying to get 10K steps in every day this year! It is so good for you and I have found that it is such a great way to start my day, get some exercise, and be outside. I usually wear a tank, shorts and my favorite hokas linked below. If it is a little chillier, I love these other option from Lululemon.
In case you missed the announcement, our family moved to Florida full time! We have been loving spending the spring here in Florida and look forward to living here. The weather has been so beautiful and since it is almost summer, I have been so inspired with warm weather fashion. I have been putting together some fun looks at different price points for different activities (i.e. brunch, date night, happy hour etc.). All these outfits are pretty versatile too and can be worn day to night.
Wear to brunch…
I love this cute light blue outfit. It is so easy to thrown on while still looking cute and put together. This bodysuit, shorts, and bag are all from Abercrombie. They have so many cute pieces right now for summer. The blue bag just adds such a fun touch to the look. The shorts are a nice linen blend and perfect for the weather now that it is heating up.
Wear to happy hour…
I am obsessed with this dress! It is such a nice material and so flattering too. The midi length and knit pattern make it so chic and perfect for a summer happy hour. I paired it with this cute pair of nude heels that I will be wearing ALL summer. The bag is my new favorite, and a great price point. I keep reaching for this bag with so many outfits.
Wear to date night…
OK- this dress is a new date night fave!! It is a nice soft and stretchy material that looks polished but still comfortable. I love that it has a tie in the front that is adjustable. I again paired it with my fave heels and bag!
January is always one of my favorite months. I just turned 30 on January first, so I felt really motivated this month to form some new rituals, get organized, try new things and start the year on a good note! One of my favorite rituals I started this month was my morning meditation. I start each day, before everyone else wakes up with a cup of coffee, my journals, and my meditation book, Journey to the Heart. I also tried some new products, like my tea kettle and rotated in some old tried and true products like my favorite foundation! Another item new to me, were these wine glasses from Crate & Barrel! They are so pretty and I am loving them so far. I also found these wine wands that are supposed to remove sulfates from wine to help reduce face flush and headaches! All my favorites from January are linked below!
This year, I have been trying to stay really consistent with my self care routines. I start off each morning with a meditation and time outside. Then work and family time. I have also been consistent with my skincare and body care routine in the AM and PM. I finally found and have been sticking with some products that I really love. Dr. Babor has become one of my favorite skincare lines, and I have been using his calming line. I love what these products have been doing for my skin. In terms of body care, I have started consistently using things so that my skin stays hydrated especially in the winter! I linked all my favorites below!
Weeknights can be a little hectic for a family of four! We get so busy with work and the kids that it can be hard to come up with easy and quick meals. I found a few recipes online that I really enjoyed for a quick easy weeknight dinner!
Deconstructed Egg Roll
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 6 green onions sliced, green and white parts divided
- ½ cup red onion diced.
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1 8-ounce can water chestnuts chopped.
- 1 tablespoon sriracha or hot sauce
- 1 14-ounce bag coleslaw mix
- 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- ⅛ – ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- salt to taste
For the Creamy Chili Sauce
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1-2 tablespoons sriracha or hot sauce
- salt to taste
The How To’s
- Heat sesame oil in a large skillet and place over medium heat. Add white parts of green onions, diced red onion, and garlic and saute, stirring frequently, until the red onion begins to soften, about 5 min.
2. Add ground pork, grated ginger, water chestnuts, and 1 tablespoon sriracha hot sauce and cook until pork is browned, broken up, and cooked about 7-10 min.
3. Add coleslaw mix, coconut aminos, rice wine vinegar, white pepper, and salt, and stir until well combined. Cook, stirring regularly, about 5 min.
4. In a bowl whisk together 1/4 cup mayo and 1-2 tablespoons hot sauce. Add salt, to taste.
5. Spoon a hearty helping of the pork-cabbage mixture in a serving bowl. Garnish with sauce and green parts of the green onions and black sesame seeds.
This recipe was from https://40aprons.com/whole30-egg-roll-bowl-paleo/
Coconut Cauliflower Stir Fry
- 3 Cups cauliflower florets
- 2 cups of broccoli
- 5 small pattypan squash, quartered
- 2 tbs sesame oil
- 1/3 cup onions
- 2 tsp of ginger
- 1 garlic clove
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 tbs liquid aminos
- 1 tbs cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 2 tbs cilantro
The How To’s
1. Use the food processor to grate the cauliflower
2. On med high heat, In a large pan stir fry broccoli and squash in sesame oil for 4-5 minutes.
3. Add onions and stir fry 2 minutes. Transfer all veggies to a bowl.
4. In the pan add the ginger and garlic, cook for 30 seconds.
5. Add in coconut milk, aminos, vinegar, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper.
6. Bring that to boil
7. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 5 min.
8. In a new skillet, heat coconut oil, add in the cauliflower rice, remaining salt, remaining pepper, cook and stir frequently for 3-5 min.
9. Return veggies to pan, reheat for 1 min.
10. Mix all ingredients together.
This recipe is from Ketotarian by Dr. Will Cole
Easy Burger Recipe
- Burger patty
- Sautéed mushrooms
- Lettuce to replace bun
The How To’s
- Make your hamburger patty. Sauté some mushrooms, to put on top, and add mayo and mustard, guacamole. Use lettuce for a bun substitute.