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Nov 11, 2019

Nordstrom Fall Sale: My Favorite Picks

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Hello and happy Monday! 
This week until November 17th Nordstrom is having their Fall Sales Event with prices reduced up to 40% and with Christmas just around the corner I decided to round up some of my favorites for a blog post today. I think some (if not all) of these will make great Christmas gifts as well.

Most of us don't have a Nordstrom store near us, but with Nordstrom's Free Shipping and Free Return Shipping (no minimum purchase) - not to forget their generous return policy - you can't go wrong with placing an order. In fact I've heard people order multiple sizes and then return what doesn't fit. I've only done that with a pair of shoes once as I usually know pretty well what size will fit me, but the option is there to order two sizes and keep the best fit.

So here are my favorite picks for several categories.

Women's Picks:
These are all pieces I wouldn't mind having in my own wardrobe.
See all women's sale items HERE.


1. Wubby Fleece Sweater
2. Double Breasted Peacoat (also available in Camel and Black)
3. Ab-Solution Skinny Ponte Pants (comes in a variety of prints and solid colors)
4. Fleece Lined Quilted Jacket (as I type this, only available in XS)
5. Diana Skinny Jeans (available in Regular and Petite Sizes)
6. Kenneth Cole Fur Trimmed Coat (available in several colors - I want it in black)
7. Madewell Eyelet Ruffle Sleeve Top (LOVE the burgundy, also comes in black)
8. Muse Robe

Men's Picks: (Like me, the rest of my family lives a pretty casual life as well. These are my favorite picks that I know either my husband or 17 year old son would like. 

Boots and Shoe Picks: 


1. Waterproof Winter Boots - Women 

Beauty Picks: My go-to make up look is natural, so these picks will reflect that. 

1. Clinique Even Better - this is my go-to foundation, I use the shade "buff" 
7. Bare Mineral Powder Blush -Glee is my favorite shade 

These random fall sale finds would make great gifts!

7. All-Clad Cookware Set (expensive...)

I didn't go through the handbags and jewelry section, but there are some great sales there as well. You can visit these links to see what 's on sale.

This layered necklace actually caught my eye and it's under $20 now!  

Hope these give you some ideas. Remember, Nordstrom's shipping and returns are always free with an excellent return policy!

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to visit my blog, I really appreciate it! I will be back again on Friday with a new Fashion Over Forty post and then a new handmade card on Saturday.

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Nov 9, 2019

Allsorts challenge 545: White on White

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It's Saturday again, that means it's time for a new theme at Allsorts challenge. Brenda is hosting this week and she picked the theme of "white on white". This one was definitely challenging to me, in fact I threw one card I was working on out (that hasn't happened to me in a loooooong time) and another one is sitting on the desk that was a reject as well ... it looked too "busy" to me so I made this one instead.

The dotted background paper was done with an old cuttlebug embossing folder. This one looks very similar but I'm not sure if it's the same. Everything else was die cut using Penny Black dies and my Big Shot machine (as I type this the  Big Shot Starter Kit it is marked to less than $80 which is a great deal if you're looking for a manual die cutting machine, but Amazon prices do tend to fluctuate so if you are interested, be sure to check the price), then adhered to the card using Scor TapePop Up Glue Dots (for the deer) and a Sakura  Quickie Glue Pen to adhere the words.

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The beautiful sentiment die set was a gift from dear Brenda (thank you Brenda!) I left too much space between the words (to make it work because of the deer) so I added a stickyback pearl. A snowflake might have been more appropriate but the size I had didn't fit into the space. No glitter because the "rejected" card sitting on my desk I covered in glitter and that was part of why I didn't like it so I kept it simple with only the pearl as an embellishment.

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Nov 8, 2019

Fashion Over Forty: Black Vest and Turquoise Turtleneck

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Hello and happy Friday! I so enjoyed the warmths of last week's turtleneck sweater that I decided to get out the other turtleneck sweater I own for today's fashion post. It definitely has gotten colder now that we had our first snow (which luckily is all melted now!!!) and it is November after all.

Everything I am wearing in today's post is old, most of you probably have similar items in your own closets as well. But I will add links to similar items for those of you interested. 

I was never a big fan of vests, but following fashion blogs over the years I've come to realize just how practical they can be, especially when I go shopping and don't want the bulk of a coat. So I decided it was time to add one to my closet. That was about two years ago, I now own two vests.

This black vest I picked up from Old Navy last year, but the identical vest is available this year as well (also available in plus sizes). Besides black it also comes in several other colors. I purchased the black because it goes with pretty much any color. This vest is a lighter weight, check out this Frost Free Puffer Vest for a warmer style.

                   >>>>Sale Alert: 30% Off Everything at Old Navy (ends 11/11)

The turquoise turtleneck I am wearing is another hand me down from my sister. It's by Esprit purchased in Germany probably several years ago and therefore I have no direct link. But I did find this beautiful mix stitch sweater at Nordstrom, and I also really love this lantern sleeve sweater. Both come in several beautiful colors. You might also like this cashmere sweater which is  more of a traditional classic style without the trendy sleeves. While searching for similar sweaters to link, I also came across this beautiful Snowflake Fair Isle SweaterRemember, with Nordstrom you do have free shipping and free return shipping, plus their return window is very generous.  

My jeans are J Crew skinny jeans a few years old so I have no link. If you're looking for a pair of skinny jeans, do check out these Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans from Old Navy. If you prefer premium denim , these Paige Ankle Skinny Jeans are currently 25% off and I've good things about them!

For jewelry I'm wearing a gold leaf necklace I purchased from Loft a couple of months ago. It's no longer available. Otherwise I'm wearing my small diamond studs which are what I am wearing pretty much every day. My prescription glasses frames are by Coach purchased at my local eye care clinic. 

My Moto inspired boots are old. I bought them at Bergners years before they went out of business. This pair from Macys looks similar and is marked down to under $40. Otherwise I really like these fur lined boots  but they are higher priced, and these leather moto boots look great as well. 

I wanted to bring a neutral besides black to this outfit so I carried a camel colored handbag. This bag was another Goodwill bag find and I can't find any similar style of bags online. I also have no idea who the maker is (there is no logo) but I really loved it and couldn't pass it up for less than $6. 

The picture below was taken by my dear daughter while we took these blog pictures. I loved the way this close up photo turned out with the bokeh in the background and wanted to share :-) 

Below are snippets of items I mentioned above. Each picture is click-able and will lead you to the shop for more info. Remember, most of these are affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links, as always at no cost to you. 




1. Mixed Stitch Turtleneck Sweater (runs large, order 1 size down)
3. Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater (runs large, order 1 size down)


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