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Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

While the Memorial Day weekend is still two days away, the huge sales are already in swing. The most notable sale of all, the Nordstrom Half Yearly sale started today, and it is definitely a sale you don’t want to miss! The Half Yearly sale is different than the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that occurs in July. This sale features spring and summer items for women, men, kids, and home that you’ll want to use now. This is the perfect time to get those spring and summer items you need just to give it a little refresh. Now through June 2nd you can save up to 50% off thousands of great items. Keep scrolling to see my favorites from each of the five main categories. 

Women’s Clothing on Sale

My favorite category has to be the women’s clothing on sale! There are so many great spring and summer items on sale that it is hard to choose a favorite. Here I am wearing the iconic Leith Ruched Bodycon Tank Dress in black. With almost 300o 5 star reviews, you know you can’t go wrong with this dress! As for other great finds from the sale, his lace midi dress is perfect for a spring or summer wedding. I have and love this cozy twist-front pullover. It’s just what you need on a cooler spring day. And these super cute plaid shorts are already in my shopping cart! See below for more favorites:

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Women’s Bags and Accessories

There are hundreds of great bags and accessories that are a part of the sale. Notable favorites include this classic pink Kate Spade satchel and this Chloé leather card holder. If you like the functionality but not the look of a smart watch, then this Michele hybrid tracker watch is just what you need. And this Kate Spade scarf would be perfect accessory to wear with so many spring outfits! See below for more favorites: 

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Women’s Shoes

Although my classic See by Chloé Glyn sandals are not a part of the sale, lots of other great sshoes are. I could wear these Sam Edelman platform wedge sandals all summer long. And they come in four classic spring colors. Hunter boots rarely go on sale, so now is the time to snag these adorable pink ones. I’ve also been eyeing these metallic strappy Tory Burch sandals. And if you are headed for a glamorous night out, these Jimmy Choo glitter pumps will definitely turn some heads! 

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For the Home

I love shopping for my home just as much as I do my closet. There are lots of great home home items offered during the Nordstrom Half Yearly sale it’s hard to resist! This pretty blue glass vase is the perfect way to display fresh wildflowers. I use these All Clad nonstick frying pans on a daily basis, and they hold up well. And these pretty floral dessert plates would be perfect for tea time! 

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Vineyard Vines for Target

Vineyard Vines was started 20 years ago by brothers Shep and Ian, who grew up on Martha’s Vineyard. Over the years their brand, filled with fun and whimsical styles, has become wildly successful over the years. Their motto is simple: “Every day should feel this good.”  Their clothing definitely reflects this spirit! I’ve been anticipating the Vineyard Vines Target collaboration for months. So when I got the email on Saturday that it was finally time to shop I headed straight for my local Target to check out the collection.

I had no idea just how popular the new collection was going to be, as everything was practically sold out by noon! So my daughter and I drove a half an hour away to a different Target and I am so glad we did! There were so many cute styles that we got to see in person, and it was so nice to touch and feel everything. So many things are sold out now, but if you really want something, you can get it. You can either drive to a Target that has your item available, shop the few remaining items you can get online, or head to eBay as just about every piece from the collection can be found here (though expect to pay a premium). Honestly the quality is that good that I think the premium you will pay on eBay is worth it if you really want something!

Girls’ Hibiscus Whale Sleeveless Scoop Neck Romper

The kids styles for Vineyard Vines are nothing short of adorable! Here my daughter is wearing the Hibiscus Whale romper (also here). I can’t say enough nice things about it! The floral pattern has whales cleverly incorporated into it for a fun and whimsical print. It is cinched at the waist to add definition, and it even has pockets! She is wearing the girls XL (14-16) and it fits her well. And at $20 this romper is a steal!

Other favorites from the girls collection include this fun striped romper. The colorful red, white, and blue colors make it perfect for summer. This whale swimsuit is perfect for a day at the beach. And this pink patchwork whale pullover is perfect for all seasons! 

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Vineyard Vines Women’s Hibiscus Whale V-Neck Wrap Dress

This dress caught my eye as soon as I saw it as I knew it was just my style! I have to say that Vineyard Vines has not sacrificed any quality when it comes to this collaboration. This 100% cotton dress is thoughtfully designed. It has handy pockets at the waist. And it even has a button at the top of the v-neck, just to make sure there isn’t a wardrobe malfunction. And it has the same fun and whimsical hibiscus whale print that my daughter’s romper has. 

This is the perfect lightweight dress for summer vacations! I am wearing a small, though I could have sized down to an XS. And at $30 this dress is well-priced. 

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This post is sponsored by eBay. All opinions however are my own.

How I Buy Designer Bags

I get so many questions about my designer bags and how I buy them. So today I thought I would do a post on the designer bags I carry the most and why I like them. As I’ve said before, I’ve always had an interest in designer bags. When I was in college I certainly couldn’t afford one. It was after I got married and was in residency that I received my first Louis Vuitton bag from my husband as a gift. I was so excited to get that bag! And I carried that same bag for almost 9 years (it was still for sale I rationed, so I didn’t need a new one). I finally upgraded to a new Louis Vuitton in 2015, just before starting this blog. But as soon as I started blogging, I quickly realized that a single bag just would not do. Of course, I am always budget conscious, and I like to save money on bags wherever I can! So what is the easiest way to find designer bags at a discount – eBay! Almost every single bag I am showing you today I purchased on eBay. 

Choosing a Timeless Bag

When it comes to designer bags, I choose ones that I think will stand the test of time. A designer bag is an investment, and you want to be able to carry it for the next 10 years. I choose bags that are fairly simple in design, that coordinate with the outfit I am wearing. So that means I generally stick to bags in basic colors such as black, brown, grey, and white. Right now I am storing them on this etagere in my home office, which works out nicely until I finally finish my master closet. 

Bags For Carrying Everything

Most of the time I carry smaller bags, but I do have a few larger bags. I use my Prada Saffiano leather bag most often for work. It’s big enough to carry my iPad or MacBook Air and it looks professional. I decided to invest in the medium YSL Lou Lou bag in grey, after I saw haw well my Toy YSL Lou Lou bag was made. I love this bag because it works for both casual and office looks, and the leather holds up really well. The Goyard tote is great for going to the gym or for traveling, as it holds just about everything. And the same can be said for my Louis Vuitton Neverfull (my newest designer bag purchase!). With the spring and summer weather, I thought a lighter colored bag would be fun to carry. All of these bags look great, but I will tell you I didn’t buy any of them brand new, direct from the brands. Instead I bought them on eBay!

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I get asked about where I found this French style chair in the corner of my den. It actually is from Amazon! 

Bags for Fall and Winter

In the fall and winter I like to carry this Givenchy Antigona bag. I like it so much that I also got it in blue/grey. And this Celine Luggage bag was actually the very first designer bag I purchased on eBay (it was brand new with tags when I bought it). 

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Bags for Spring and Summer

When wearing pastel outfits for work, I like to carry this YSL Baby sac du jour. For dressier springtime outfits, this YSL wallet on chain is what I like to carry. These bags have been around for years, and I don’t see them going out of style anytime soon!

My Favorite Crossbody Bags

I will say that I did purchase my Chanel wallet on chain new at the store. But you can find the very same bag on eBay for hundreds less. And if you are ever concerned about purchasing a counterfeit bag, you can  shop eBay’s large collection of guaranteed authentic designer bags! More often than not I don’t do that, as I can usually tell by the price and the photos if a bag is the real deal. 

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This post is in partnership with Morning Lavender. All opinions however are my own.

Morning Lavender Summer Favorites

As a petite woman, I have been following other petite fashion bloggers for quite some time. One of my all time favorite petite fashion bloggers, is Kim Le Pham of Lace and Locks, I’ve always loved her classic yet feminine style (not to mention the beautiful photography on her site!). Five years ago she opened Morning Lavender Boutique. The shop’s focus is on offering stylish dresses, tops, bottoms and accessories—all with a feminine flair and sophisticated style. And the prices are definitely affordable, which is a plus! The clothing has always appealed to me, especially when I want to dress up just a bit on a warm summer day! So when Morning Lavender reached out to me for the opportunity to collaborate, I was thrilled!

Elena Mint Green Striped Midi Dress

If you are looking for a comfortable yet stylish dress for summer, look no further than the Elena striped midi dress. Mint green stripes and the prettiest fit and flare silhouette make this one of my favorite summer dresses! I love the soft mint green color. The button down details and the tie waist add such feminine touches too. Even though this is a midi dress, it still works on my petite frame. I am wearing a small and this dress fits perfectly.

I love that this dress has pockets too!

This is the kind of dress that you want to wear with your favorite straw bag. I found this adorable straw bucket bag at Target, and it is the perfect accessory for this dress! This bag is well made, and at under $30 it is a steal!

This is the perfect dress for a spring brunch or a day at the pier!

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 SHOP THE LOOK

Meredith Tie-Front Jumpsuit (c/o) | Alias Mae Sandals | Sea and Grass Straw Bag | Gucci Sunglasses (old – similar here) | Bobbi Brown Lipstick (Pink Buff)

Meredith Tie Front Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are definitely still in style this year, and I can definitely see why. They are great for so many situations, and they make deciding what to wear easy as pie. There is no need to agonize about what top to wear with what pants, as the jumpsuit is just one piece. Just put it on, zip it up (or tie it) and you are ready to go. And this is definitely true for the Meredith tie front jumpsuit.  This jumpsuit is perfect for those who like the idea of a romper but want to be more modest. And this one is lightweight enough that you can wear it on a warm sunny day! Even better this and all others jumpsuits are 20% off right now wth code JUMPFORJOY. So the Meredith jumpsuit is under $62, which is a really great price for the quality.

This jumpsuit is classy, feminine, and flattering all at the same time. The slight opening at the back is modest, yet still gives this jumpsuit visual interest. And the tie waist gives this jumpsuit a whimsical touch! 

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TIPS FOR BUYING DESIGNER JEWELRY AND WATCHES ON EBAY

As I mentioned in my last post about eBay I have a slight obsession with luxury items. I’ve always had expensive tastes, even before I went to college.  My obsession with designer bags, clothes, and jewelry definitely increased when I started this blog three years ago. Prior to starting this blog, I didn’t have nearly the designer collection I do now.  However, I never want to just burn cash away and I certainly don’t want to break the bank. So where do I shop for all things designer – eBay! I love shopping on eBay as I can usually find exactly what I want at a significant discount from retail. Not only do I buy most of my designer bags on eBay, but I also shop for authentic jewelry jewelry and watches on eBay too!  As a matter of fact, the outfit I am wearing in today’s post was purchased entirely on eBay!

LUXURY JEWELRY ON EBAY

I love buying designer jewelry on eBay. For classic pieces that never seem to go out of style, eBay is a wonderful resource. By, far I have found the best prices for designer jewelry to be on eBay. I can see why this is the case, as the commission charged is so much lower than other consignment sites (around 12% on eBbay compared to up to 55% on The Real Real). So if you are a small independent seller you are much better off selling your designer jewelry on eBay. And this is why the selection is so much better on eBay!

My classic David Yurman bracelet was purchased on eBay. I found the size and color I wanted very easily on the site. You can find designer brands such as Chanel, Van Kleef, and John Hardy too. This Chanel necklace would go with just about everything I wear. I love the timeless look of this onyx and gold Van Kleef pendant. And this John Hardy necklace has been on my wish list for quite some time!

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Designer Watches on eBay

eBay is a great resource for luxury watches too. My Michele Deco Diamond watch I wear all the time was purchased on eBay. It arrived brand new and in mint condition (and at a significant savings off of retail!). I also recently purchased this Michele watch on eBay too. If you have any concerns about authenticity, you can also shop eBay’s large collection of authentic watches. You can find brands such as Rolex, Cartier, and Longines, to name a few. And again you can often find them at a significant savings over retail! 

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FINAL SUGGESTIONS FOR BUYING LUXURY ITEMS ON EBAY

If I could offer any final tips, it would be to buy local (that is, in the United States). There are so many sellers in countries such as Germany and Japan, but they don’t usually offer returns, and there is little recourse for purchasing counterfeit jewelry or watches. With so many sellers in the United States, that I can usually find a pretty good selection. And definitely choose “Buy It Now” when you can. It takes less time and stress. By choosing a buy it now auction I know exactly what I am going to pay. Often times there is a “Make Offer” option, and I will make an offer that is usually $100-$150 lower..

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Holland Michigan Tulip Time Festival

Greetings from Holland, Michigan! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s day weekend. We took the time as a family to go on a small road trip to Holland, Michigan. I’ve always heard so much about the Tulip Time Festival, and we made it a point to take the 2 hour drive up there to see what it was all about. And, oh my gosh, this is a serious festival! People travel from all over the world to see the largest collection of tulips (outside of the Netherlands) and all the festivities to celebrate the spring bloom. There is so much to do at this festival, which typically is held during the first two weeks of May. There are concerts, parades, authentic food, a Dutch market, people in Dutch costumes, and even fireworks! But the star attraction is the 6+ million tulip blooms that are bursting with color this time of year. If you like flowers like I do, they are definitely a sight to see! 

DeZwann Windmill on Windmill Island

We were only there for the weekend, so we made sure to head to Windmill Island Gardens as soon as we arrived. We came here not only to see the 100,000 tulips, but also to see the DeZawann windmill. This is the only authentic, operational Dutch windmill in the United States. This windmill was thought to have been orignially built in 1761, then moved to the village of Vinkel in North Brabant, The Netherlands. It was here that it it produced flour for eighty years. Later on the windmill was dismantled, shipped to the United States, and reassembled in 1964.

Other Places to See Tulips in Holland, Michigan

Windmill Isand was beautiful, but it was definitely packed with people. There must have been at least 1000 people there when we came. It took some creative shooting and editing to get the shots that we did while here! The next time we go, I will definitely go on a Photo Walk, so that we can capture photos without masses of people in the pictures. But if you just want to see tulips, you can head to the Veldheer Tulip Farm. Here you will see the 6+million tulip bulls they plant each year. Or you can head downtown and tour the six miles of Tulip Lanes where you can see over 200,000 blooms and you walk along the streets. 

I knew with all the walking we would be doing that I wanted to dress casual for the day. So I decided to wear this comfy yet stylish J. Crew Factory striped dress. The day was definitely chilly (with highs in the mid 50’s) so I was glad to have this J. Crew white denim jacket. And these cherry red espadrilles from J. Crew factory are perfect for long walks through the city. 

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Holland Michigan Tulip Time Festival

Greetings from Holland, Michigan! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s day weekend. We took the time as a family to go on a small road trip to Holland, Michigan. I’ve always heard so much about the Tulip Time Festival, and we made it a point to take the 2 hour drive up there to see what it was all about. And, oh my gosh, this is a serious festival! People travel from all over the world to see the largest collection of tulips (outside of the Netherlands) and all the festivities to celebrate the spring bloom. There is so much to do at this festival, which typically is held during the first two weeks of May. There are concerts, parades, authentic food, a Dutch market, people in Dutch costumes, and even fireworks! But the star attraction is the 6+ million tulip blooms that are bursting with color this time of year. If you like flowers like I do, they are definitely a sight to see! 

DeZwann Windmill on Windmill Island

We were only there for the weekend, so we made sure to head to Windmill Island Gardens as soon as we arrived. We came here not only to see the 100,000 tulips, but also to see the DeZawann windmill. This is the only authentic, operational Dutch windmill in the United States. This windmill was thought to have been orignially built in 1761, then moved to the village of Vinkel in North Brabant, The Netherlands. It was here that it it produced flour for eighty years. Later on the windmill was dismantled, shipped to the United States, and reassembled in 1964.

Other Places to See Tulips in Holland, Michigan

Windmill Isand was beautiful, but it was definitely packed with people. There must have been at least 1000 people there when we came. It took some creative shooting and editing to get the shots that we did while here! The next time we go, I will definitely go on a Photo Walk, so that we can capture photos without masses of people in the pictures. But if you just want to see tulips, you can head to the Veldheer Tulip Farm. Here you will see the 6+million tulip bulls they plant each year. Or you can head downtown and tour the six miles of Tulip Lanes where you can see over 200,000 blooms and you walk along the streets. 

I knew with all the walking we would be doing that I wanted to dress casual for the day. So I decided to wear this comfy yet stylish J. Crew Factory striped dress. The day was definitely chilly (with highs in the mid 50’s) so I was glad to have this J. Crew white denim jacket. And these cherry red espadrilles from J. Crew factory are perfect for long walks through the city. 

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Even though my name is April, May actually is one of my favorite months of the year. Since I live in the upper Midwest, it seems like we are one of the last places to experience spring. But when it does, everything around here seems to come alive! For about two weeks in May the Magnolia, Dogwood, and even Cherry trees here sprout their flowers. And that means there is a beautiful spot for pictures everywhere you look! It’s like nature’s way of rewarding us for enduring a long, cold...

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas on Amazon Prime It is hard to believe that Mother’s Day is only 5 days away! If you are anything like me, there is nothing like waiting until the last minute to order gifts. We are definitely coming dow to the wire! It can be so hard to figure out what to do at the last minute. Thankfully there are lots of great ideas for  Mother’s Day gifts on Amazon. I thought today I would show you my top 20 favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas. And...

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Kitchen Remodel: Changing Overlay Cabinets to Inset  Today’s post is an exciting one! After months and months of waiting patiently for it to be complete, I am so happy to say that I finally have the kitchen of my dreams! We moved into our custom home five years ago. I was able to make all the design choices, and I have to say I instantly regretted the choices I made. We originally designed our kitchen in 2013 when I was 38 weeks pregnant with my son. I was sitting in...

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