It’s almost here!!

In T – 1 week, yes in just one week….Nordstrom will open in Vancouver!

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You could say I’m  everyone is pretty excited!  Ok, maybe not everyone (my husband doesn’t seem to care).  In just seven days, we will have access to the great brands, selection and fantastic service that up until now, we have had to drive 3 hours south of Vancouver for.  With the Canadian dollar doing poorly against the US, I’m wondering if my sister and her American neighbours and their wallets might venture north to check out our new store ?

I probably won’t go on opening day, but I’m hoping to shop the following week.

Can’t. wait.

Where I Went and What I Wore

Hub and I recently returned from a belated honeymoon in Bora Bora. If you’ve been you know that you can’t describe it in words or photos because it’s even better in person. Coming from Seattle, it’s a long way to go for six nights and I do not recommend drinking a bottle of wine before boarding the 8+ hour flight but that’s another story.

Chronic over-packers, we both decided to lay out our suitcases a week before departure and get started in hopes of avoiding our usual night before/morning of frantic routine of tossing things (too many things) in our bags and rushing out the door. What is it they say about best laid plans? So, needless to say we had to make a quick trip to Nordstrom just 7 hours before our plane was leaving and managed to get what we needed (wanted?) and get out…and did I mention my husband took advantage of 1-hour alterations? We crushed it. Before the packing began, however, I bought these cute mesh bags I found at Marshall’s.

These, along with some others I already owned, would be the key to my organization for this trip! Swimwear in one, underwear in another and things like phone and camera chargers went in the smaller ones My sister and I bought cute matching sun hats in Chelan, WA several years ago and though I still like it, the weave lets a lot of sun through and I am actively trying to fight the signs of aging so I  went in search of other options. I found this one at REI  

My head seems to be a little larger than average but this one fit perfectly. I’m also happy to report I wore it almost constantly during the day and my melasma stayed mostly at bay. I was sadly lacking in cute dresses until  my adorable salesperson, Albert, at Nordstrom brought me this one by Maison Scotch. LOVED it and felt good in it. Digging the tropical floral vibe. AND it has pockets.   

Another cute little item I picked up was a jumpsuit that I also found at Nordstrom. Sooo not my usual style but thought it might work for dinner around the resort. I was RIGHT! It worked so well I wore it for two dinners. The price was something like $68 which was outstanding. The brand is Roxy which I usually think of as a teenager or thirty-something-with-a-great-body brand but I’m neither and it worked.  

Finally, I invested in a pair of Tory Burch sandals/flip flops. My beloved Havaianas didn’t quite look right with my new purchases. Love these. Not much to them, in fact nothing in the way of support, but comfy.  

It’s been a month since we returned and I’m really looking for opportunities to wear my vacation clothes.

Would love to know what everyone has picked up for their holiday wardrobes!

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Gray…It’s Not Just Me

If you don’t know Melinda Maria you should get to know her. A jewelry designer from Spokane, WA Melinda lives in L.A. and has created some of the coolest pieces of jewelry I’ve ever seen. Her pieces are worn by celebrities and non-celebs (like me) and they go with everything…yes, even gray. In fact, I think they go especially nicely with gray. And that’s not the only cool thing about her! In a recent Instagram post, Melinda shared her fondness for my fave color while giving us a peek at a few of her gorgeous bangles. 2015/01/img_3950.png I first discovered her work in InStyle magazine YEARS ago when I ripped out a pic of a ring worn by Mila Kunis. I carried that page around with me for a couple of years until one day I spotted that same ring on a good friend of mine. Turns out, she went to school with Melinda and is still friendly with her today! I immediately bought that ring for myself and over the last few years have added to my MM collection. Thanks to my friend I got to meet her one day last year when she was in town for her launch at Nordstrom. It was pleasant, though not unexpected, to find out she is really cool…just like gray. linking up with: The Pleated PoppyGet Your Pretty OnBecause Shanna Said SoWhat Wives WearOn the Daily ExpressHappiness at Midlife

If You Make It They Will Buy It (at least I will)

In Europe and the United States, surveys show that grey is the color most commonly associated with conformity, boredom, uncertainty, old age, indifference, and modesty. Only one percent of respondents chose it as their favorite color. (source: Wikipedia)

Clearly, my sister and I beg to differ. My biggest problem with gray is sometimes confusing the difference in how Canadians and Americans spell the word. Other than that I’m all good.

Take these boots for example:

grey bootDo they scream conformist? Do you yawn with boredom looking at them? Is there anything old age-like about them? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions feel free to go surf elsewhere.

I found these boots at Nordstrom a few days ago. They are by KBR (Italian brand I’ve never heard of and more reasonably priced than I’d expect an Italian brand to be). Perfect for fall in my opinion!

Followed those up with a pair of Genetic denim dark gray skinnies. Sooo comfortable and on the clearance rack at Nordstrom, too! Because I’m happy (insert Pharrell Williams tune here).

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gray sweatThe picture isn’t flattering. I get that. But trust me, like your fave Lululemons only you can wear them out to dinner!

Anyways, long story short, for me gray is anything but boring. Thank you, thank you to those designers that keep churning it out. As long as they do, I’ll keep buying it.

 

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I love summer sales!

File this under “I’m So Happy I Can’t Stand It” or “Wow! I Love Summer Sales!”
Either way, I made a couple great finds this week and have to share!
First, strolling The Rack, I snagged these black gladiator-ish sandals from Cole Haan.

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Then, not even looking for shoes, I saw these neutral/metallic Franco Sarto sandals and realized I actually DID need them! I mean, you can’t wear black sandals with everything, right?

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Finally, doing a little summer shopping for my girls, I found this totally out-of-character crinkly shirt.

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Bet I don’t have to tell you why it’s out of character…(see the title of our blog for a hint!)

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City Top 10

This week on the Monday Listicles, Stasha has suggested we list our top 10 favourite things about our homes or our cities. Since my sister and I share this blog, we thought we would each do our City Top 10.

So, without further ado, and counting down in no particular order, here are my sister’s Seattle Top 10:

1. Fantastic restaurants – something for every palette and budget
2. Space Needle
3. View of Mt. Rainier on a clear day
4. Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish, Lake Union – all within 20 minutes of each other
5. Close proximity to Vancouver, B.C. where my family lives
6. Unlimited access to and choice of amazing Washington wines
7. Friendly people
8. Beautiful hiking trails a short drive away
9. Seattle legalized gay marriage
10. Hometown of Nordstrom
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My Vancouver Top 10 are:
1. Close to the ocean and beaches – only 10 minutes away!
2. Only 1.5 hours to Whistler, door to door
3. Dog friendly city (well, most places)
4. So many restaurants, so little time – we have great choices at great prices
5. Only 45 minutes to the US border enroute to visit my sister, and shop (of course)
6. The weather – we actually have 4 seasons (albeit a couple of them are pretty rainy)
7. The year round Farmers Markets – the Winter Market is just blocks from my house!
8. Easy access to our community centres for swimming, skating and other fun activities
9. The Vancouver Aquarium – it is probably the place my kids ask to go the most
10. The Canucks – love ’em or hate ’em, but they are our home team!
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Fun Finds

I found a few interesting things this week that I would like to share with you.

First up, this great new app called Think Dirty.  My sister loves her make up and personal care products, so I thought this app would help her find out what is actually in her makeup.  You can scan the barcode of your item and it will tell you if there are harsh chemicals or toxic ingredients in your products.  The app is free at the App Store and easy to use.  I thought I had been watching what kind of products I had been buying, but I think I may have been mislead by the words organic and natural.  I’m eager to start using this app the next time I head to the store.

Next, I found this seller on Etsy who sells original art for just $10!  What a great way to have some original pieces at an affordable price.  You choose the colours and style, and she creates it.  How cool is that?!

Check out her site Gallery Wall.  I really like this:

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Squares Style Fifteen

and this piece

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X O Style Sixteen

Lastly, I just heard of waxed jeans.

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This image is of the Eileen Fisher waxed jeans available at Nordstrom.

Not sure if this is a buy or a WTF ?  Apparently, they are expensive and you aren’t supposed to wash them ?  It is like wearing jeans with a candle wax coating, which sounds strange to me.  I get that it adds a bit of sheen, which makes them a little dressier than a regular jean.  But some reviews I read said they don’t have a lot of stretch and are quite stiff to wear.    I think I’ll be taking a pass on this type of jean.  If you have a pair, I’d be interested in knowing what you think.  Personally, I prefer something softer and more comfortable, which is maybe my age talking…

Hope you had a great weekend!

 

So, they say….

If you google something like, “does colour change your mood”, you will find hundreds of articles and links proving this to be true. There are colours to improve our moods, colours to relax by, colours to get us excited, etc, etc.  But do we really need a study to show this ?

If you read my American sister’s earlier post, you will see that by wearing a bright top and scarf, she felt more happy and confident. I think it is a no brainer. We feel happier when the sun shines, so why wouldn’t we feel lighter when we wear a great colour?

On my recent shopping trip to Seattle, I found this scarf and top at Nordstrom.

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I had found the scarf first and then the shirt, so when I realized how well they went together, I just had to get them both!   I have to admit, it was the colour of the scarf that first got my attention.  Then, the blue and grey stripes on the shirt, not the grey stripes that made me like the shirt.  Put them on with jeans and I have a combo that I like to wear!

Recently, a friend (who doesn’t know about our no grey challenge) commented that I seemed lighter and happier.  I am not sure if it is the recent sunny weather, or my new clothes, but like my sister said, “colour me happy!”

Success!

Last week, my sister issued us a joint challenge.  By the end of the weekend, we were to  buy something new to wear in the colour green, Pantone’s colour of the year.

Well, I have to say that I passed the challenge.  This green and white plaid boyfriend shirt from Nordstrom was my choice and I am really happy with it.

I wonder if my sister was as successful.   More on my weekend shopping trip in a later post 🙂

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