This + That // Sales + Steals

August 18, 2017

If you can't tell by my steal choices in the collage, it will be obvious when you see my picks from the sales this weekend that I'm keeping an eye out for pieces that can be worn now and later once fall finally rolls into Dallas. Chambray, black and white patterns, and leather accents seem to be an easy way to transition out of my light and bright summer wardrobe and into the more moody colors of the season! (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: The secrets of style event! 40% off everything with code PSST! (I’m dying to start purchasing some pieces for fall, particularly new tops for date nights with my husband. This one is SO cute with the balloon sleeves. This top is also adorable.)
  • Anthropologie: New styles added – extra 30% off sale. (Love the way they paired this over jeans. And how good is this? Another great styling job on the model.)
  • ASOS: Sale – final clearance! (Love, love gingham. Always.)
  • Banana Republic: 40% off regular priced items online and in stores with code BRFAMILY. (These work pants are absolutely adorable! Also love this.)
  • BaubleBar: Big summer sale! Up to 75% off. (So cute.)
  • Bloomingdales: Buy more, save more. Save up to 25% off. (I have and love these, but this darker wash is so good.)
  • Bluemercury: Free deluxe beauty treats with every order! (Absolutely obsessed with everything Tammy Fender that I’ve tried.)
  • Calypso St. Barth: Enjoy 25% off soleil and kids collections with code SOLEILKIDS25.
  • CB2: Up to 20% off bath makeover. (We have these in every bathroom and love them.)
  • Chicwish: Enjoy an extra 10% off orders over $50. (This is darling and such a good price!)
  • Club Monaco: Get 20% off when you buy two or more items! (So many pretty tops! And some great jeans, like these.)
  • Crate & Barrel: The annual upholstery sale – 15% off!
  • Gap: Get 40% off your purchase with code TOOGOOD. (This is cute and has great reviews. I’ve been needing some new workout tanks, too.)
  • H&M: Summer blowout sale – up to 80% off! And free shipping on orders over $40 with code 0040! (​Love this casual stripe dress for going into fall!)
  • Intermix: ​Extra 40% off all markdown styles!​ (Loving the cool button on these jeans and think this skirt will be ideal for fall)
  • J.Crew: 30% off select dress, shoes and ​jewelry AND 30% off men’s suiting with code SHOPNOW (Everyone needs a good python sandal heel in their closet – even better with a bit of metallic like these have! And I just love the neutral taupe color of these bold earrings)
  • J.Crew Factory: Get 40% off everything! (Great new arrivals and I can never say “no” to a classic pj set)
  • LOFT: Extra 60% off all sale styles!​ (Too many good things to list them all…crazy about the “bohemia” look of this dress and this light jacket and also adore the cut of this sweater tank)
  • Lou & Grey: Sale on sale! Take an extra 30% off all sale items!​ (This pullover has my name written all over it)
  • Lulu Frost: SS17 markdowns! Get up to 40% off select styles!​ (Molly has these earrings and they’re gorgeous)
  • Madewell: Get 15% off if you’re a Madewell Insider​ (Was just in the Dallas store today and couldn’t resist this shirt – it’s the perfect chambray)
  • Mango: ​Sale is on sale – get an extra 15% off with code EXTRA10 (​Love the bitty buttons and sleeves on this top)
  • Mignonne Gavigan: More styles recently added to the sale…(The Le Charlot Pearl is a forever favorite style – adore it in these bight hues AND they’re half the price!)​
  • Neiman Marcus: Sale on swim with pieces up to 65% off AND ​new clearance arrivals with items up to 70% off! (I adore this olive green color for fall)
  • Old Navy: ​All jeans and tops up to 50% off AND extra 10% off everything (no exclusions!) TODAY only with code SAVE (If you don’t have a pair of Rockstar Skinny jeans, now is the time to get a pair – they’re amazing!)​
  • Saks: Final sale items up to 70% off! 30% off select bedding and bath, online only, ends 8/20! ​(So many precious things on sale for little ones…give me all the Florence Eisman!)
  • Serena ​& Lily: Get 20% off all pillows with code NEWMIX​ (Love the textured whimsey of this guy)
  • Steve Madden: LAST chance on sale styles – up to 70% off AND free shipping on orders over $50 with code SMFREE50 (​What’s black and white with pearls all over? These fun mules.)
  • The Loveliest​: Get 20% off all online orders between 8/19-8/27 with code ADIOS!!!
  • Tuckernuck: The end of season sale still has tons of cute things! Get an extra 25% off all sale with code FINALSALE25!! (This top and thisskirt will both go into fall perfectly)​
  • West Elm: ​20-30% off sofas, sectionals and chairs (biggest seating sale EVER), up to 40% off furniture, and 20% off coffee and side tables!​
  • Williams Sonoma: For a limited time, get 20% off Williams Sonoma cookware!​ And extra 20% off the end of summer sale with code EXTRA

Some Steals:

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Satin Sandal Heels

A fantastic shoe can take you places – and we think that this Satin Colorbocked Sandal is capable of aiding in some fun times. J.Crew worked their color magic and married three complimentary coral hues, making these ankle-tie heels anything but wallflowers. We want them to pair with white jeans and a white tee. Statement = made.

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Smocked + Tasseled

August 17, 2017

Summertime in Dallas is hot, hot, hot. And its generally hot here through September. This means lots of dresses - for both ease and to wear the least amount of clothing as possible. As much as I love wearing dresses this time of year, it has become tricky this particular year with nursing. Most dresses I own aren't necessarily "nursing friendly", so I end up having to throw on a robe as soon as I get home, which ends up being a pain! While I was browsing the internet for Sales and Steals I came across this smocked frock on Anthropologie and was immediately drawn to the smocking and chambray.

 

I can’t get enough chambray – and this one has a distinctive “deep turquoise” tint – and I love it for the fact that it can easily go into the fall in Dallas. The straps are actually adjustable and button at the back, making it very easy for my current dress predicament (re: easy for nursing) and the smocked part pulls up and down with ease. I also can’t say no to a dress with pockets and find myself regularly slipping my phone and keys into them while I’m out and about. For any pregnant friends out there, this dress would also be perfect with a bump, too!

And let’s be honest…the Cynthia Cazort Collins tassel necklace takes this look up several notches. It’s the easiest and most light weight “statement” piece to throw on and I’ve been wearing it (and the other colors Molly and I share) non-stop!

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Cherry Checked Mini

This red and white gingham mini from Mango is so happy and playful. We’re dying for the itty bitty skinny straps and no-fuss flounce at the top and think it would be ideal to wear during the sweltering spring and summer months in Texas. Mango is a great place to find pieces like this one that have just a little something going on but aren’t full in-your-face trendy. They have so many dresses this season that are calling to us…loving this and this!

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Thank You!

Thanks to happy life moments and having dear friends that are truly talented gift givers, we’ve been happily writing more “thank you” notes than usual. No complaints – putting pen to paper is our favorite way to let someone know we care and gives us a great excuse to grab new stationery and note cards. These “Thank You So Much” folded letterpress cards by Sugar Paper are so dreamy with the gold foil, pale pink, and cobalt color combo!

The Great Giveaway

August 15, 2017

The Great Giveaway. Donations from 18 brands. 1 grand prize with a total value of up to $6,965. 1 winner. And all you have to do to enter is submit your email.

Do we have your attention? We hope so! The Great Giveaway is much more than just an incredible grand prize - it's a giveaway meant to inspire giving. Sally and I feel extremely passionate about supporting ALS and the charitable organizations that help fund research for the disease. This year we have created a fundraising team with #whatwouldyougive - a national campaign that builds awareness for ALS and helps raise funds for desperately needed research. Our desire to help the thousands of people afflicted with ALS runs so deep that we want to do MORE than just spread the word about donating to #whatwouldyougive...we want to leverage our readership and social media following by encouraging people to contribute and donate along side us.

What we know is that no matter how worthy the cause, getting people to donate by begging or “just because” isn’t enough. Our hope is that in telling you about our friend Sarah Coglianese and giving you the chance to win The Great Giveaway will be enough to inspire you to be generous - to donate to a severely underfunded cause that can change the lives of those diagnosed and living with the horrific disease that is ALS.

 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. And while every case is different, the disease attacks certain cells in the brain and spinal cord needed to keep our muscles moving. As the disease progresses, muscles become paralyzed. People with the disease often lose the ability to walk, move their arms, use their hands, speak, and so much more.

Here’s what you need to know about the lovely Sarah Coglianese: Sally met Sarah almost exactly two years ago when her daughter Scarlett was in Sally’s class in San Francisco. At that point Sarah had been living with ALS for three years – since Scarlett was just under two years old. As her daughter was learning to walk, Sarah was losing that very same ability…at the age of 33. Fast forward to 2017, Sarah has now been living with the disease for 5+ years; and with an average life expectancy of just 2-5 years for most ALS patients, Sarah has already beaten the odds. And she continues to do so as she courageously fights the disease that has taken so much from her and her family. This video shares even more of Sarah’s story.

Since meeting Scarlett and Sarah, Sally has been amazed and inspired by their strength, positivity, and the incredible empathy she witnessed in Scarlett each day in the classroom. We have both been following Sarah’s journey through her blog Speed 4 Sarah and as the #whatwouldyougive challenge and fundraiser was approaching, we knew that we wanted to use this blog to help, however we could.

Every 90 minutes another person is diagnosed with ALS. The good news is that the ALS Therapy Development Institue (TDI) is getting SO MUCH CLOSER to developing drugs that can end ALS or at the very least, slow down the progression of the muscular deterioration and extend the lives of those diagnosed.  ALS is not an incurable disease. It is an underfunded one.

Our initial thought was to run a giveaway where an entry would only count with a donation to #whatwouldyougive. After working with a great legal team on the logistics and laws surrounding sweepstakes, we’ve determined that this wouldn’t be an option. Because we are not a nonproffitt organization, having monetary donations count towards a giveaway entry is considered a raffle or lottery – both of which are illegal in Texas (and several other states). Learning this news was a bummer. We worried that our main goal of securing donations for ALS wasn’t going to be possible with a giveaway. But we believe in the goodness of people – in the generosity of others. We hope that in sharing Sarah’s story and our passion for ALS funding, along with giving you the opportunity to win The Great Giveaway, is enough incentive to ask you to please (please, please, please) make a donation to #whatwouldyougive.

While a donation will not increase your chances of winning (entry for The Great Giveaway will only be counted by entering your email in the Rafflecopter widget below) it will make a difference. Give a little, or give a lot. Maybe donate what you spend on your morning coffee, or your daily lunch. Maybe contribute the same amount you spent on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank. Enter to win The Great Giveaway – cross your fingers and your toes and tell all your friends to enter – then donate right here and we’ll be your best friends for life. It might be the quickest online transition you’ve done in a while and we guarantee you’ll feel amazing afterwards. We will also be matching our personal fundraising group’s final dollar amount of donations up to $2,500. So make sure you’re donating to our team page.

The Great Giveaway would be NOTHING without the support of some of our most beloved friends. Their generous, thoughtful, and loving donations have us speechless. And together, they make for one seriously incredibly grand prize. Listed alphabetically:

Giveaway starts today (August 15, 2017) and ends in one month (September 15, 2017). The winner will be selected at random and contacted on September 16, 2017. Entries are only valid via the Rafflecopter widget below. Must live in the United States to win. Spread the word. Be generous. And GOOD LUCK!

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Sorbet Stripes

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Summer Pairing with Rueda Verdejo

August 14, 2017

One of the things I love most about enjoying a bottle of wine is pairing it with some food. Snacking while sipping - it's one of my all time favorite activities. Lucky for me, I have some lovely friends and family that enjoy delicious food as much as they enjoy great wine and this activity is one I get to enjoy more often than not. And while there are various libations I like to drink during the summer, a chilled and crisp white wine seems to be the biggest crowd-pleaser and universally loved. After sampling a smattering of white wine varietals this summer I can say with certainty that I'm drawn to those with more of a acidic taste (versus the oak-aged or very sweet). Another thing I've come to find is that if a white wine was a Rueda Verdejo  - no matter which specific vineyard or year - it was always a winner in my book.

For anyone unfamiliar (and I was up until recently) Rueda Verdejo is a top selling white wine from Spain that's known for pairing well with just about anything...both foods and occasions! Similar in taste to a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, Verdejo from Rueda is a vibrant and complex white that has just the right amount of fruit, a hint of spice, and a crisp refreshing finish. In a few words: it's incredibly easy to drink. Even more pleasing than it's taste profile is its pricing - most Verdejo from Rueda bottles are under $20! 

 

Inspired by my frequent sipping of Rueda Verdejo I wanted to do a little offering of appetizers that pair well with white wine. As I mentioned earlier, snacking while sipping…it’s something I’m serious about. Of course Verdejo wine goes well along side just about any food – and sometimes I get lazy with my snacking choices (fact: popcorn, string cheese, and peanut butter cups do in fact go well with Rueda Verdejo) – but I wanted to educate myself on “true” white wine pairings. And I’m glad I did, because the three pairings below were next-level delicious with Verdejo!

Here’s what I put together:

  • Avocado + lime crostinis: lime is one of the dominant acidic flavors of Rueda Verdejo wines and because both the wine and limes pair so well with buttery avocado, this was a super satisfying “veggie” appetizer option. I just mashed one fresh avocado, added the juice from half a lime, spread on toasted baguette slices, and topped with a little lime zest and kosher salt. Kind of like a bite-sized version of avocado toast but super fresh tasting with the addition of lime.
  • Manchego cheese + serrano ham crackers: ohhemgee meat and cheese is my all time fave appetizer, especially with wine. I did a little research into specific cheese that pair best with Rueda Verdejo and manchego was one of them. And because serrano ham is a staple in Spanish cuisine and often served alongside manchego cheese as a tapa this seemed like an easy peasy app! I sliced up the manchego and folded some serrano ham slices on top of some thin crackers that were the perfect size and pain in flavor so as to not compete with the meat and cheese.
  • Mango + pecorino cheese bites: I think we all know that grapes are the easy out when it comes to building an appetizer board for wines. But in my aforementioned Rueda Verdejo cheese pairing research I found that pecorino cheese was also recommended. And what goes well with a salty cheese but a naturally sweet fruit. Verdejo’s dominant fruit flavors – in addition to lime – are green melon, grapefruit pith and white peach. Peaches would be the most natural go-to for me but I wanted to go outside my comfort zone and do fresh mango. After slicing bite-sized chunks of mango and cutting small pieces of pecorino cheese I skewered one of each together and the pairing was perfect.

Thirsty for some Rueda Verdejo wine and hungry for some complimentary appetizers? I’m not sure how you couldn’t be given this summer spread. Come over any time and I’ll treat you to a repeat. Or pick up your own bottle of Rueda Verdejo – just look for the Rueda logo when visiting your local store or find a great selection on wine.com – and get creative with pairings that sound delicious to you! AND, if you’re ordering Rueda via wine.com, use code “RUEDA” at checkout for 10% off!!

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