July 9, 2015

shop the season: nordstrom anniversary sale

Nothing sneaks up on me quite like the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The weather is just becoming consistently warm, and summer feels ripe when boom! Fall sale begins. For those of you not familiar, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the largest annual sale event of the year. For a limited time, customers can shop Pre-Fall 2015 products at discounted prices.

Starting today through July 16: Nordstrom Rewards Members get exclusive early access to the sale, an opportunity to purchase items before anyone else!

July 17 – August 2: Shop ’til you drop!

Here are some items I’m coveting at the moment…

Vince Sandal

Vince Adley Sandal ($284.90)

Assyemtrical

autumn cashmere Asymmetrical Cable Knit Sweater ($219.90)

Vince Sneakers

Vince Newlyn High Top Sneaker ($234.90)

Moto

Veda Jayne Suede Moto Jacket ($736.90)

And this printed shirtdress, car coat cardigan (whoa!) and amazing barn coat.

xKelsey

July 8, 2015

reading list

Reading-List

The Vacationers by Emma Straub. Everyone can use a little light reading, and The Vacationers sounds like the perfect fill. A novel about the secrets, joys and jealousies that arise over the course of a family’s Mediterranean holiday.

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. This is one that hits my reading list! Against the backdrop of a series of plane crashes in 1950s New Jersey, secrets are revealed and love stories play out.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. Not sure about dating books? I’d give this one a second look. One of today’s sharpest comedic voices enlists a sociologist to help him understand today’s dating scene.

The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand. Set in Nantucket, two friends work hard to create happy lives with beautiful kids, Sunday night double dates and devoted husbands, all to have it ripped apart by town gossip. “Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight–but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it.” (amazon.com)

What are you reading right now? Would love to hear!

xKelsey

July 7, 2015

flutter sleeves

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Dress: J.Crew (40% off with code LONGWEEKEND). Sandals: Sam Edelman (similar here). Sunnies: Celine. Jewelry: Cartier.

Oh hello! What has it been…three weeks? I’m sorry. Work got crazy, and then I took a trip to Europe and gallivanted around a bit. Hope everyone had a fantastic Fourth of July weekend! It was so nice to spend the weekend at home, hanging in my neighborhood and spending quality time with my honey.

I bought this dress with the holiday in mind, but also for many more warm days to follow. I love the ease of it, effortless with a simple pair of sandals or flats and small clutch. And these Sam Edelman sandals are irreplaceable – honestly and truly. I don’t know what I’ll do the day they finally decide to give out on me.

It’s nice to be back, chat soon.

xKelsey

June 26, 2015

5 can’t-miss events at feast portland

Feast Portland is less than three months away (where has the time gone?! summer! staaahhhp!). If you’re not familiar with Feast, it is a gigantic, three-day culinary whirlwind hosted at various venues and parks around town. (You may also remember Kelsey’s write-up from last year. Drooling.)

This year’s festival is shaping up to be more delicious than ever with chefs flying in from all corners of the USA to showcase their culinary accomplishments. Here are five can’t-miss events from this year’s lineup.

EVENT: USA Pears – Night Market

WHEN: Friday, 9/18, 6-9pm

WHERE: Zidell Yards

WHY: A lively culinary adventure under the stars. All you can eat/drink global street fare from the likes of John Gorham, Kyo Koo, and Johanna Ware, among many others. This is the most popular of Feast’s large events – for good reason!

EVENT: Widmer Brothers Brewing – Sandwich Invitational (presented by Dave’s Killer Bread)

WHEN: Thursday, 9/17, 6-9pm

WHERE: Director Park

WHY: Everything is better between two slices of bread… This is Feast Portland’s kick-off event, and a rowdy one at that! If you love wildly imaginative sandwiches, Eggslut, and/or Duff Goldman (guilty!), you do not want to miss this one.

EVENT: Bon Appétit – Hot Ten Dinner

WHEN: Thursday, 9/17, 7pm

WHERE: KitchenCru Culinary Prepspace

WHY: A dinner party to top all dinner parties. Those lucky enough to score tickets to this sold-out event (sadly, I am not one of them) will experience some of the nation’s best restaurants, hosted by Bon Appétit’s Andrew Knowlton and Adam Rapoport.

EVENT: Margarita’s Moment

WHEN: Friday, 9/18, 4-5pm

WHERE: Portland Art Museum Evans H. Roberts Sculpture Hall

WHY: Nothing beats a well-made Margarita on a hot day (except maybe a Paloma – what can I say, I’m a tequila girl). Cut out of work a little early and learn how to make a world-class Margarita from some major names in the cocktail game.

EVENT: Oregonian Media Group – Smoked!

WHEN: Saturday, 9/19, 6-9pm

WHERE: KitchenCru Culinary Prepspace

WHY: Closing out the weekend is a brand new marquee event featuring flame masters from the Portland area and beyond. The chef lineup for this one is pretty impressive. Can’t wait to see what sort of “smoked” delight Salt & Straw have dreamed up for us!

All images from FeastPortland.com

xNatalie

June 20, 2015

wedding bells

Dinner Seating
{Long tables in garden setting}

It’s true what they say, as soon as you get engaged, the barage of questions start flooding in – where will you have it? Do you have a date? Are you doing a honeymoon? How many bridesmaids? It’s a little overwhelming when you don’t have a clear idea of what you want yet, so I’ve put together some elements to help clarify our vision. We are getting married in July 2016, and planning a nontraditional wedding.

Family Style
{Family style dining}

Dress
{I haven’t made any decisions on my dress, but love the simplicity of this dress}

Champagne Fountain
{Champagne fountain – for the fun of it}

Thank-you
{Party favor}

images via Pinterest

xKelsey