Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Top Picks

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is basically Christmas in July for Nordstrom lovers and it’s definitely worth having a Nordstrom card to get early access to the sale before it’s open to the public. I use the Anniversary Sale as an opportunity to stock up on shoes for the kids that they can wear through Fall and Winter, as well as essentials for myself. I also keep my eye out for a few special items to add to my closet. Here are my top picks from the sale.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a great time to stock up on cozy sweaters and tops. After seeing this Barefoot Dreams sweater as a top pick on every blog last year, I finally broke down and got one. Rails makes great button down shirts, but they’re also pricey so it’s nice to get them on sale. The pink stripe shirt has a touch of linen making it perfect for Summer, while the black and white plaid is a classic for Fall. The Halogen Gathered Neck Blouse is clean and almost minimalist with an interesting ruffle neck.

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Denim and leggings are always popular items during the Anniversary Sale. I’ve been wanting a pair of Frame skinny jeans for a while, but most of the options have a raw hem or slit, which aren’t my cup of tea. This olive pair has the perfect high rise (9 1/2 inches) and would be great paired with burgundy pumps. I love the wash of this Good American pair, but I’m on the fence with the raw hem. I don’t really need another pair of leggings, but my sister says that Alo leggings are the best so I was happy to pick up a pair at a great price.

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Can you ever have too many workout clothes? I’m a big fan of Zella — the price to performance ratio beats every other high end athleisure brand out there. I bought the Live In Leggings in black last year and they’ve held up well so I chose this pretty pink cropped pair this year which is already sold out. Tip: if you find something you really love that’s sold out, keep checking back because things get restocked frequently. Another Zella favorite is their sports bras. This low impact sports bra looks comfortable and has a pretty back. I bought two sets of these Stance socks last year and I love them so I got this cute pink set to match my cute pink pants. These Zella Tab Back Socks are another great basic to stock up on. There are some great deals on Nike shoes at the moment. This purple Nike Free RN 2018 pair is amazingly comfortable and these Nike Free TR8 trainers will be great for my BBG workouts.

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I’ll have more top picks to share tomorrow for accessories and loungewear!

Blueberry Crumble Pie

I saw this recipe for Blueberry Crumble Pie from Epicurious and immediately went out the next day to get blueberries. We had a busy day so I got a late start on my pie and didn’t get it out of the oven until 1 AM, but it was worth it. It also gave me a chance to try out my new J.K. Adams rolling pin, which rolled the dough to a perfectly even 1/8 of an inch. The Lovely Rolling Pin Set comes with two pins: a 1/4″ and an 1/8″. These are game changing for anyone who frets about rolling out dough to an even thickness.

I used my favorite pie dough recipe from the fantastic Rustic Fruit Desserts by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson, owner of one of my favorite bakeries, Baker and Spice. Other than that modification, I followed the recipe as written. The filling sets up perfectly and the sweetness is balanced by the addition of lemon zest and juice, as well as the natural tartness of the blueberries. The crumble could’ve used a little more oomph and next time I’d consider adding some ginger and swapping out the flour for oats or almonds for a crisper, less sandy texture.

INGREDIENTS

Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus more for surface
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Filling and topping:

  • 2/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 cups (1 pound 10 ounces) fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly

PREPARATION

For crust:

Pulse 1 1/4 cups flour, butter, and salt in a food processor until mixture resembles coarse meal with some pea-size pieces remaining. Drizzle 3 tablespoons ice water over mixture. Pulse until moist clumps form, adding more water by teaspoonfuls if mixture is dry. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Divide into 4 equal pieces. Working with 1 piece at a time, use the heel of your hand to smear each portion of dough twice in a forward motion to distribute butter. Gather all 4 dough pieces into a ball. Flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic, and chill dough until firm, at least 1 hour.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a 13″ round. Transfer to pie dish, gently pressing dough onto bottom and up sides of dish. Fold overhang under and crimp edges decoratively. Pierce bottom of crust in several places with a fork, then chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

Line a large baking sheet with foil and place on a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 375°F. Line crust with parchment paper or foil and fill with pie weights. Bake until crust is set, about 20 minutes. Carefully remove parchment and pie weights. Bake until crust is pale golden, about 12 minutes longer. Transfer crust to a wire rack; let cool.

Filling and topping:

Whisk 2/3 cup sugar, cornstarch, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Add blueberries and lemon juice; toss gently to coat and evenly distribute. Let filling stand, tossing occasionally, until berries release their juices, 20-30 minutes.

Whisk flour, remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, light brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Add melted butter; mix topping with fingertips to blend.

Assembly:

Preheat oven to 375°. Spoon blueberry filling into crust, then sprinkle topping over. Bake pie until filling is bubbling and topping is golden, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Cover with foil after 30 minutes if browning too fast.

Let pie cool on a wire rack. Pie can be baked 8 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

20% off Anthropologie Beauty this weekend

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Have you checked out Anthropologie’s beauty section yet? They carry a great selection of unique brands that you usually only see in small boutiques. It’s fun to browse their beauty section and discover new products. I find myself trying new products frequently and rarely ever buy something twice. Here are a few products that I’ve bought more than once, or would buy again.

  • SuperGoop Forever Young Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn – I keep one of these minis in my bag at all times. It smells great, absorbs quickly, and the packaging is flat and thin so it fits easily in your back pocket or purse. The best part is the broad spectrum SPF 40 which protects against aging caused by photodamage.
  • Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser – I’m on my second bottle of this cleanser. It smells like fresh strawberries and it cleanses without drying my skin. I look forward to using it every morning.
  • Indie Lee COQ-10 Toner – This is a new addition to my routine. I’m generally skeptical of the benefit of toners, but I really like this one because it provides a nice layer of hydration thanks to the aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, and Coenzyme Q10, which my dry skin needs.
  • DermaDoctor KP Duty Scrub – This is a fantastic scrub that includes both chemical and physical exfoliation. It’s great for anyone who suffers from keratosis pilaris (those annoying bumps commonly found on the back of arms and legs), or rough skin in general. The KP Duty lotion is also great.
  • Herbivore Botanicals Glowing Hydration Oil in Citrine – I have no fewer than five different body oils in rotation at the moment, but the scent of this one is my favorite. I wish they’d make this into a perfume! If you like apricot, orange blossom and rose, this is the oil for you!
  • Albeit Lipstick – I love the colors in this line and have both Rosewood — a pink with brown undertones — and Claret — a deep red. This lipstick is highly pigmented so it gives a nice popsicle stain effect after all the actual lipstick is left on your coffee mug. I don’t find them drying either, like other matte lipsticks.

Additionally, here are a few products that I might just have to add to my collection.

  • Silk Slip Sleep Mask – I’ve been eyeing these Slip silk sleep masks for a while and love the idea of gifting them to a fellow beauty lover / jet setter.
  • Tonic Shower Cap – My current shower cap is from the last hotel I stayed at. Sad. How cute is this shower cap? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade.
  • Violets are Blue Body Cream – This was a line I’d never heard of before, but it drew me in with the name and packaging. This body cream is on the way and I can’t wait to try it out.
  • Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish – This is gorgeous to look at and I imagine it smells amazing like all Herbivore products.

Higher end beauty products rarely go on sale, so this is a great opportunity to stock up or try something new. What are some of your favorite beauty brands and products at Anthropologie?

An Easy Summer Outfit Formula

Despite the rain this weekend, I’m already thinking about my summer uniform. Here’s an easy formula that will make getting dressed this summer a breeze: pretty white blouse + distressed denim shorts + woven sandals + rattan bag + classic sunniessimple gold earrings. The blouse elevates the outfit above your standard t-shirt and shorts combo. Plus, it’s easy to swap out the denim shorts for a pretty skirt, like this one for the office, or this one for date night.

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