The Nordstrom anniversary sale is now open to the public! Today I’m sharing my top anniversary sale picks in athletic wear, jewelry, accessories + more. You guys, there are SO many awesome pairs of Zella leggings on sale! I absolutely love Zella workout wear, it’s stylish, durable and just the best workout clothes for curvy women. Here are my top picks in workout clothes. I love EVERYTHING but I’m especially obsessed with number 6 and 9. In case you missed it, last week I shared my top picks in dresses, bottoms, and shoes. I also shared my top picks in tops, sweaters, and coats.
My Nordstrom anniversary sale picks in: activewear
My Nordstrom anniversary sale picks in: accessories + more
I love love love love pick #3. I’ve been looking for a pair of squared sunglasses similar to Celine’s “Tilda” sunglasses and these are it! Check out my instastories through out the week. I’ll be sharing what I bought and showing how it fits. Back to my picks in accessories and more. I linked two gorgeous handbags that are not only stylish but cruelty-free! (#veganleather weeeee!) Also, how freakin’ cute is that picknick basket? It comes with a cheese board and two hand-blown wine glasses! I need this in my life. If you’re looking for a gift idea for a loved one, this would be perfect! Last thing I need to mention, this pineapple drink holder pool floatie, it’s so cute and fun!
I LOVE every single one of these items. How gorgeous is that pendant necklace (#2) though? It’s totally stealing the spotlight. I love it because it’s convertible and can be worn two ways; layered or as one long piece.
A few years ago, my boyfriend at the time and I decided to try a vegetarian diet for 30 days. In my recollection, it was because we had hit a slump with our health. We were feeling tired and lethargic while eating all the normal healthy food people normally eat. According to the boyfriend, Marc, I asked him to watch Forks over Knives with me one day and that’s how it all started. It was very enlightening and we both had a prior interest in becoming vegetarian so it was an easy decision to try it. Marc stuck with it after the 30 days. I just reduced my consumption of animal protein. I began eating a more plant based diet for two reasons: 1) Marc and I lived together and it was more convenient to shop and cook the same meals for us, and 2) I felt better the less animal products I consumed.
A Gradual Shift to Becoming Vegan and Eliminating Thrush
My consumption of animal products became less and less. I ate meat about 1 or 2 times a month, I didn’t crave it or miss it like I thought I would. The same thing happened with dairy, I just started consuming less and less because I noticed how crappy I would feel after having it. We would drink a lot of almond milk but I would still have cow’s milk in my lattes. I knew it was impacting my ability to eliminate a mild case of thrush. I thought I could get rid of my candida infection (thrush) if I took all of my antibacterial and anti-fungal herbs diligently while still having milk. It wasn’t that much milk, after all. It was literally 16 ounces of milk every 2-3 days; that’s all the dairy I was consuming.
I kept having my lattes while dealing with thrush by taking coconut oil, garlic, barberry root, and probiotics. The thrush would seem to go away completely sometimes but it would come back the next day. I noticed that on the days I didn’t have a latte, the symptoms were more mild. Then, they would flare up within literally 10 minutes of me drinking milk. So I decided to switch my lattes to soy milk and voila, the thrush disappeared on its own within the week. Oh and I almost forgot to mention, I stopped taking all of my herbs about a month before switching to non-dairy milk. I just kept forgetting to take them. While the herbs did help, it was leaving the animal milk that helped rid me of thrush permanently.
Why I Became Vegan
The same week my daughter was born, I watched an undercover video of pigs at a slaughterhouse. One mama pig had given birth and her little piglets were running around the slaughterhouse lost, looking for her. She could barely fit in the space where she was being held, I hoped that’s not where she gave birth but in reality it probably was. One piglet fell into a stream, which was a mixture of fecal matter, urine, and other animal waste. The piglet squealed desperately trying to get out but it couldn’t. Its mother, squealing for her piglet, was crammed in her crate, completely helpless herself.
I couldn’t help but draw a parallel between that piglet and my baby; so helpless, crying, looking for his mama. I kept thinking of how it must feel to be that mama pig, pregnant for months, shoved in a crammed crate she can’t even turn around in. All to give birth to babies that she will never get to feed and nurture as her instincts tell her to but will instead die in a pool of waste. And she, herself, will be slaughtered so humans can eat her flesh. A life of pure torture and suffering from the moment of birth until the moment of death. It just didn’t make any sense to me. How can we treat a sentient being like this solely for the pleasure of our taste buds? It isn’t right.
That was the moment I decided to become vegan. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.
Like most trips to Marshall’s, this trip had no particular objective. I like to peruse the home goods isle, from time to time, just to see what I find. I typically never leave empty handed, which you’d think would be bad for the wallet but it’s surprisingly not. Case in point, these DW Home candles. Hand-poured, divinely scented, and chicly designed at $6 a piece (for the medium single wick); a total steal considering this size retails for $12. This particular size has a 33 hour burn time, but even so, I’ve already gone through several of them (yes, I’m addicted). I bought all of the “Peony Petals” I could find and a few of these scents:
They all range in size and price, from $3-$8 (at Marshalls) for the small and large double wick, respectively. If you can’t find them at your local Marshalls, you can find them online at DW Home or on Amazon, they retail from $12-$30. I’m currently obsessing over peony and gardenia scents. I’ve always liked and preferred natural scents so these candles are definitely a new favorite. They have a nice weight to them because of the heavy glass that they come in and even just leaving them with the lid off is enough to lightly scent the room with delicate florals. These would make great housewarming gifts, now that I think about it.
I’m figuratively swimming in unique Christmas gift ideas! Personally, I tend to want to keep every item I buy on Etsy that is actually intended to be a gift for others. There are just so many cool things! I’ve had my eye on number 5 for a while now. It comes from Etsy shop Pink Serissa, which was kind enough to send me one. It’s so beautiful and delicate. The aquarium includes Japanese moss balls, also known as marimo.
“These balls of algae are a Japanese natural treasure and are said to live up to 200 years.“
Marimo can be passed on as a family heirloom and they add an interesting touch to any room. I love the clean and delicate look of this aquarium. Keep in mind the glass of this aquarium is very thin and very delicate. It’s best placed in an area of your home where it won’t be touched very much. I accidentally broke mine after moving a glass vase next to the aquarium. In retrospect, I should have chosen a lower traffic area to display it, such as on a bookcase.
There are so many cool aquarium options in Pink Serissa’s shop. These would make a fun gift for the person that has everything. You can also find some unique terrariums in the shop. Click the links above to shop each item and follow Pink Serissa’s shop on Facebook.
I’m absolutely thrilled about today’s post. These spice jars and spices are hands down one of the best products I’ve found on Etsy. They come from Etsy shop Gneiss Spice, pronounced “nice”. The shop as a whole is in the top tier best of Etsy, in my opinion. There’s so much to love about this shop. The jars are high quality, the lids are handmade, you can customize a set for your needs, these jars allow for better organization of your spice cabinet and they make a beautiful display. If that isn’t enough to peak your interest, you may also be pleased to know that these spices are organic and come from Mountain Rose Herbs company. Mountain Rose Herbs has won a wide array of awards for their commitment to making environmentally and socially conscious business choices such as being a Zero Waste Company.
The shop as a whole is in the top tier best of Etsy, in my opinion.
I wholeheartedly believe one should purchase products that are both environmentally friendly and socially conscious. I strive to practice this with every single product I purchase from food to beauty products and everything in between. This is reason number one I love Gneiss Spice, I know I can trust their products. Another reason to love them- they donate a minimum of 5% of profits to charity. I wish every business would to this. Which could be a reality if we, as consumers, support businesses like Gneiss Spice so that they can thrive and lead by example for other businesses to follow suit.
Personally, I LOVE spices. Seasonings spices are the easiest way to add flavor to your meals. I hardly eat animal products so spices really come in handy when cooking vegetable-based meals. For meat-based meals a quick 5 spice rub can really elevate the natural flavors of chicken or steak. I love to cook and do so on a daily basis for all three meals. Every meal requires at least 3-5 spices. That’s a lot of reaching and searching for spice jars. This is where these hexagonal spice jars come in super handy. Each spice is labeled, easy to find, and at arms reach now. I love that I don’t even have to open a cabinet to find my basics. As soon as I discovered Gneiss Spice I decided all of my spices need to be on the wall. The filled jars look like a piece of art!
I’m looking forward to making the transition to all hexagonal jars. That’s why I purchased a large stainless steel plate, there’s so many more spices to add! Gneiss does sell empty jars so you can use your own favorite spices in their jars. See the empty jar sets here. If you’d like to order your spices from them, see this complete list of spices. They also have a few different styles of plates to choose from if you’d like to arrange your jars somewhere other than on your refrigerator. These sets are totally customizable, there are hexagonal jars, round jars, different colored lids, stamped lids, clear labels, DIY kits, and a long list of spices to choose from. Off the top of my head I just thought of 10 people this would make a great gift for. Christmas gift list: spice jars for everyone!
One last note. I purchased my metal plate from a craft store. I went to 3 different stores before I found it, it was the last one they had too. Then I had to buy a special drill bit that could go through metal so I could drill holes in it. Drilling the holes was NOT easy, the drill bit slides around on the metal plate resulting in a scratched surface. The drilled holes did not come out very clean, they were a bit crooked and had a sharp raised edge. All of this because I was not patient enough to order my plate and wait for it to arrive. Don’t put yourself through the stress of it and just order your wall plate along with your spices, you’ll be much happier, take my word for it.
For more details and to shop, visit Gneiss Spice’s Etsy shop and connect with them using the links below.
Coffee, for me, is something very special. It reminds me of great conversation and deeply cherished moments with loved ones. For this reason, setting up to have guests over for coffee is almost ritual-like. I’m always collecting mugs, tea cups, and tableware in general. I look for special pieces that I know my guest will like. Every piece must be like a piece of art, pleasing to the eye. Having a beautifully set table can really elevate the simple experience of drinking a cup of coffee. Tableware isn’t just something used to serve meals on, it’s an extension of your fashion sense. Each piece from the linens to the glassware is a reflection of your aesthetic.
“What was once a mere block of clay is now something sleek and beautiful, artfully created by a pair of supremely talented hands.”
This cream and sugar set comes from the studio of Julia E. Dean. I instantly became enamored with this set for two reasons: it’s stunning, and it comes from one of my favorite Etsy shops. I absolutely love handmade items, and these pieces are literally a work of art. What was once a mere block of clay is now something sleek and beautiful, artfully created by a pair of supremely talented hands. The lid of this sugar jar really got my attention. At first glance it seems like any ordinary sugar jar but a second look reveals the slightly avant-garde detail in the lid. I can’t wait to debut this set on Thanksgiving, I’m sure it will bring many positive comments.
Don’t let the delicate appearance of this creamer and sugar jar fool you. They’re made of porcelain but are quite sturdy and microwave and dishwasher safe. If you love these as much as I do, wash them by hand to help preserve them. With Christmas soon upon us, this creamer and sugar jar would make a fantastic hostess gift. The classic design is clean and elegant and pairs well with any kitchen.
There’s another version of this cream and sugar set that has a gorgeous rustic design with a lovely hand-pressed shell pattern.
One of the best things about this collection is that these items can be customized with a name or other details, they make such amazing gifts! You can shop these items and more on Julia’s website here. Read more about her work and follow her shop via any social media page below. Use promo code “EARLYBIRD” at checkout on the Etsy shop for 15% off your order until black Friday. Also, you can watch a short video to see how one of her mugs is created, but be warned, it’s hypnotic.
Big fluffy clouds and a light wind make outside look a bit overcast and refreshing, it’s like autumn is has arrive early. But it’s LIES! It’s hot and NOT refreshing. This is making me wonder why I am in the desert in the summer. My plan was to be in Hawaii but we’re getting ready to move so I’m stuck here for the foreseeable future. At least I have about 300 photos from our trip to Kauai that I can longingly look at to remind myself that the whole world in not a desert. While looking through them I realized I hadn’t shared them so here they are!
In my opinion, we picked THE best spot to stay. We rented a condo at Kuhio Shores and it was perfection. We were about 20 feet from the water and facing the ocean. Staying there was also perfect because we were only 6 minutes form Old Koloa Town, which has great food, shopping, a grocery store, a post office, and more. Even closer than Old Koloa Town is Poipu Shopping Village, only 3 minutes away. We went there for shopping, coffee, and dinner several times. There is also Kukui’ula Village Shopping Center about 6 minutes away, next to Poipu beach, which also has great dinning and shopping options as well as a grocery store and a farmers market.
A local told us about the secret beach which is near Kukui’ula Village Shopping Center. After what seemed like a half hour (it was much shorter) of driving straight through potholes, there was a very short hike, about 5 minutes, through a wooded area which takes you straight to the hidden beach. From the condo to the hidden beach it was probably 30 minutes at most. If you’re thinking about visiting Hawaii and you want a relaxing, low-key vacation, you need to check out Kaua’i, also known as the “Garden Isle”. If you need tips or recommendations, feel free to ask either here or on our Facebook page.
Nubes grandes, esponjadas y un viento ligero hacen que el clima aparezca un poco nublado y refrescante, es como que el otoño ha llegado temprano. Pero es MENTIRAS! Hace calor y NO esta refrescante. Esto me hace preguntarme por qué estoy en el desierto en el verano. Mi plan era estar en Hawaii, pero estamos a punto de movernos, así que estoy atorada aquí por el futuro previsible. Por lo menos tengo unas 300 fotos de nuestro viaje a Kauai que puedo mirar con nostalgia y recordarme a mí misma que no todo el mundo en un desierto. Mientras miraba estas fotos me di cuenta de que no las había compartido así que aquí están!
En mi opinión, elegimos el mejor lugar para quedarnos. Rentamos un condominio en Kuhio Shores y fue la perfección. Estábamos a unos 7 metros del agua y frente al mar. Nuestra estancia allí también era perfecta porque estábamos a sólo 6 minutos de Old Koloa Town, que tiene buena comida, tiendas, un supermercado, una oficina postal, y más. Incluso más cerca que Old Koloa Town, esta Poipu Shopping Village, a sólo 3 minutos. Fuimos allí para ir de compras, tomar café, y cenar en varias ocasiones. También esta Kukui’ula Village Shopping Center cerca de 6 minutos de distancia, junto a la playa de Poipu, que también cuenta con grandes opciones gastronómicas y comerciales, incluyendo un mercado y un farmer’s market.
Un habitante de Kaua’i nos contó de una playa secreta que está cerca de Kukui’ula Village Shopping Center. Tras lo que pareció una media hora (en realidad fue mucho más corto) de conducir directamente a través de hoyo tras hoyo, hubo una excursión a pie corta, alrededor de 5 minutos, a través de una zona boscosa, que te lleva directamente a la playa escondida. Desde el apartamento a la playa escondida era probablemente 30 minutos máximo. Si usted está pensando en visitar Hawai y quiere una vacación relajante, de bajo perfil, debe de visitar Kauai, también conocido como el “Jardín de la Isla”. Si necesita consejo o recomendaciones, no dude en preguntar, ya sea aquí o en nuestra página de Facebook.
Since the beginning of spring, I’ve been dreaming of dainty, delicate, and feminine pieces. We’re now on the brink of summer and my desire for all these stunning items stands strong and it’s not hard to see why. From stunning photography to uber delicate-looking jewelry pieces, Etsy has tons of professionally crafted items to choose from. Click on the listed item above to shop the respective item.
Desde el comienzo de la primavera, he estado soñando de piezas delicadas y femeninas. Ahora estamos a punto de comenzar el verano y aun deseo todos estos artículos y no es difícil ver por qué. De la fotografía a piezas de joyería delicadas y femeninas, Etsy tiene una gran cantidad de artículos hechos por artistas profesionales. Oprime cada articulo de la lista arriba para comprar ese artículo.
I’ve been addicted to Etsy for years now. They have some of the most amazing handmade goods and fascinating vintage finds from all over the world. Here are some of my current obsessions, all of which can be found on Etsy of course.
Dear readers, I have gone to live in the mountains indefinitely—jk. These past few days were spent in the magical weather that is Central California. While there we took a lovely drive to the Sequoia National Forest. If you’re not familiar with this awe-inspiring forest, here’s a small glimpse.
My dog Yvaine hesitantly posing for a picture. Even if you haven’t been, you may recognize it from Planet Earth. This park is famous for its giant redwood and sequoia trees. I used to go up to this forest twice a month when I lived in California. It’s such a stunning and serene place. Every day of the year this National Park receives international visitors by the dozens; a credit to it’s marvelous trees and atmosphere that is literally a breath of fresh air.
“Through sheer incredible volume, giant sequoias claim the largest tree in the world. Known as General Sherman, this most giant of sequoias weighs a staggering 2.7 million pounds and stands 275 feet tall from its base, which is more than 100 feet wide. Not only is General Sherman the largest living tree, it also owns the title of largest living organism on the planet.”