Nordstrom Fall Sale

YEESSSSS! It’s here, the Nordstrom Fall Sale!

Just a quick post to let y’all know that The Nordstrom Fall Sale is going on now through November 12th.  Have I said it enough yet? FALL SALE!!!! Ok, I’m done…

So here are some of my favorites so far…

These are all 35-40% off (1)  (2)  (3)  (4)  (5)  (6)  (7)  (8)

These fabulous coats are a little over 30% off  (1)  (2)  (3)  (4)

This Diane Von Furstenburg Coat is an honorable mention at 25% off!

Diane Von Furstenburg Wool  Coat with Piping

And these are what I snatched up out of my Wish List that was on sale!  (1)  (2)

**Keep checking back on Nordstrom’s website or App to see if more items are added from now until November 12th.

Until next time…xoxo Dawn :^)

A Hallmark Halloween

As I watch The Good Witch: Spellbound on the Hallmark Channel, I am reminded that Fall is here and Halloween fastly approaching (next week, eek!).  Our leaves have been less than impressive this year by falling green and dying on the ground instead of creating the normal Fall Splendor that I have become accustomed to for upper Tennessee. I cannot blame the weather because I have enjoyed the warmer temps as well.  Still due to the unseasonable actions of Mother Nature I have been slow getting into the swing of Fall.  Enter The Hallmark Channel!

My fave channel to watch for the Holidays used to be ABC Family until their evolution into Freeform and the constant Twilight series on replay.  So while surfing the TV line-up for family friendly programming earlier this year I came across The Hallmark Channel and some of the most enjoyable programming that I have enjoyed in a long while.  I am a very upbeat person and having had gone through some pretty tough struggles this past year (more on that later), I have found that I needed a feel good booster and found it on this channel!!!!! YAY!!!!  My husband, a non-believer in all things Hallmark, calls it the estrogen channel.  However, I have found him tuning in to some of the programming with me and laughing along! Proof that there is something for everyone.  Even my teenager and his girlfriend watch with me.

The Hallmark Channel also has a talk show titled Home & Family.  This is Hallmarks version of the Today Show with yummy recipes, crafts, and interviews with musicians and actors, heroes, health gurus, beauty snipits,  pet adoptee of the day through Hallmarks Pet Project (their goal is to rid the nations shelters of animals and find forever homes for these potential pets…awwweeee!!!!!), etc.  And if you have missed an episode during the week they have a replay of the weeks episodes following the most recent.

I wanted to share some of my favorite Hallmark shows as well as some Fall shopping finds I have found lately…Happy Fall Y’all!!!!!

Hallmark Shows to watch:

1. The Good Witch

2. When Calls The Heart

3. Chesapeake Shores

4. Home & Family

5. Last Man Standing (my favorite!!!!)

6. The Middle

Also in the twilight hours are past family favs such as I Love LucyGolden GirlsCheersFrasier, and Home Improvement.

Hallmarks Countdown to Christmas has started for those of you who need more Holiday Cheer so don’t miss those movies!!!!

Favorite Fall Finds:

DIY Terrarium Table

Maple Rosemary Popcorn & Harvest Love Cocktail

  1. Apple Cider Donuts  2. Anti-Aging Hand Treatment  3. Kate Spade Embellished iPhone 8 Plus Folio in Red Carpet  4. Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lip Shine in Rose Ravissant  5. Halogen Plaid Miniskirt  6. Vince Camuto Maita Pointy Toe Flat  7.Jeffery Campbell Ravis Faux Fur Mule  8. Cathys Concepts Monogram Plaid Throw  9. Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette  10. Diorific Vernis Nail Liner  11.  Madewell Stichmix Pullover  12. Wild & Wolf Tumbling Blocks Game

As you can see my tastes are varied :^) I could of course go on all day but instead find me on Instagram and Pinterest and let me know what some of your favs are!  Until then…

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Belated Post

Anytime I need inspiration for fashion or gifts I go to my Nordstrom Wish List. I keep a year round selection of needs and wants for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas, and any special occasion for myself, family and friends. This year during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I was able to pick up a few items for the ones on my Christmas List and made a purchase or two for myself to celebrate mine and my husbands Anniversary 😍 I Hope everyone had a blast shopping the Sale and got some really great deals!

Check out this super cute travel cup by Rosanna. It sold out quickly at Nordstrom but is still available here.  I have purchased several Rosanna items in the past and can always find cute gifts from the selections at Nordstrom.  Check out other Rosanna items here.   Purchased for $16.80.

The Kendra Scott Small Filigree Drop Earrings are gorgeous and more beautiful in person than the pics online can show. I purchased the gold ones and find that they go with absolutely everything casual and dressy and were $20 off at the Anniversary Sale. Cha-ching!  Purchased for $35.90.

The Zella Body Spark Sports Bra in Grey Graphite Space Dye was so cute online. In person and on my body a little less exciting…through no fault of the garment. !!!! I ordered an XL because normally I am in most tops, however, I believe I could have done a LG and hope to shrink it a bit in the wash.  Still, it makes me want to work out so it fills a purpose in the hopes it eventually looks cute on my body. Purchased for $28.90.

The Zella Live-In High Waist Leggings in Black Kinetic are soooo cute!!!!! They are super long and petite individuals will either need to wear them baggy at the ankle or get them altered. I am going to do the later if I cannot shrink them a bit.  They smooth out everything.  They are not as giving as other Live-In Leggings of the same brand. The material is a lot like that of compression hose or leotards so you want them to fit well without gathers.  I don’t want to return them because they are so precious! Because I got them on sale I am willing to alter them if necessary.  A petite version would have been a great option for these. I ordered a LG and am a 14 in pants and jeans.  Purchased for  $45.90.  Update: Drying the leggings worked perfectly and they shrank slightly.

The Nordstrom Two-Way Seamless Tank in Red Cerise was a beautiful color! I ordered a LG. When I pulled it out of the package it looked like it would only fit a Barbie Doll! So I sent it back without trying it on.  I had two others purchased last year and later saw they too looked small.  When you put them on they expand quite a bit (super stretchy). I regretted sending the other back so soon without giving it a chance so I will be looking to buy this color again.  Purchased for $20.90 and returned.

Well, I did enough damage at that sale!  I wanted to include a note saying that I have missed contributing to this blog.  This last year my mom had a major stroke and I have been her caregiver full-time since April 2017.  My siblings and I have been working together to take care of all the details involved  with getting her affairs in order.  She has come to TN to live with my family and we are trying to get settled and move into a daily routine.  Therefore, at first, my entries may seem sporadic until I get the hang of multitasking.  I am also going to be doing posts on Caregiving and the details that I have learned since begining this new role.  More on that at a later time.  Enjoy the upcoming Sales as we start gearing up for the Holidays and cyber chaos!

Until then, stay rooted in each other!

SIZE FANTABULOUS!

Size Matters! Let’s face it, most fashion these days cater to smaller sized women and men.  Most of the more popular fashion websites such as Revolve, H&M, and yes Shopbop do not have a variety of fashion for the more voluptuous individuals.  It can be heart wrenching sometimes.  Trying on clothes as a voluptuous woman has led me out of the dressing room in tears before, due to the fit and nonavailability of sizes above “10”.  So this is where I get down and dirty… I am 46 yrs. old, 172 lbs., 5’4″, and am shaped like an adorable apple!  I wear an XL in most clothing or Sz. 14 in pants and dresses, 16 in outer wear, 6 1/2 in shoes, Chest 36 DDD with broader shoulders than I would prefer but I have to have girth to hold those babies up in front!  I have even researched Smart Lipo (more on that in a later post) to trim my figure down, but I would really like to trim naturally as much as possible at a slower pace before going forward with any other alternatives.  Now knowing all those things about me, you can probably see how finding adorable fashion that does not look like a tent or moo moo, would be challenging.  Which brings me to my solution…

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When I visited my mom during Spring Break, I was looking for a Spring dress and my mom mentioned Belk’s.  Growing up she and I always went there for great fashion at affordable prices, and I found this to still be true when I went this past Spring as well.  So, why not look again for Fall?  That’s exactly what I did and let me tell you, I found SO many great deals!  Even the items that I ordered have gone down even more and all sizes are still available on my items with the exception of the Booties.  Do yourself a favor and go to Belk.com for some unbelievable deals and great fashion for every body shape…even Size Fantabulous like me!

  1. The Chevron Vest was org. $48 (I paid $32.99) Now $21.60, all sizes available. TTS, I wear XL.
  2. FP Tunic was org. $68 (I paid $48) Now $51.00, all sizes available.- Free People runs big, I wear L.
  3. Tassel Necklace was org. $32 (I paid $22.40) Now $16.00. Hangs to below chest.
  4. Booties were org. $90 (I paid $90) Now still $90 and worth it! Sz. 5M avail. Similar here in all sizes.

All the pieces that I ordered fit great, look fantastic, are made of quality material, and gives me a confident lilt in my step!  If you’re shopping online, use the code: 64130990 for $10 off of a purchase of $50. Also, subscribing to Belk’s emails will give you a coupon for $10 off of a $20 purchase.  Take your time and explore their website, you will be wondering where they have been all your life!

I have many more choices saved in my Wish List! I am looking forward to a Special Occasion so I can relish in many more steals and deals!

*I am not paid by anyone to research, try, and review anything on my website. My opinions are my own and I welcome others.

Until next time…Dawn

Sand & Sun & Sales!!!!

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I wanted to drop a quick post and found a smidgen of time while on vacation.  I just had to share some of these phenomenal views with y’all!  If you have not visited Panama City Beach, Fl., plan this in your future.  Everything you could possibly want is at your fingertips while on vacation, like fantastic restaurants, entertainment, temperate weather and , hello, the ocean! We rented a beach house from Book That Condo that was one block from our private entrance to the beach. No overcrowding and gorgeous views!  Our house had a pool in the back so whether on the beach or back at the house we had unlimited access to the cool, refreshing water.  The Bid-A-Wee Beach House was comfortable and spacious enough for our family of four and two friends with two bedrooms, a set of bunks, a sleeper sofa, and a twin futon.  Panama City Beach has some great deals in the Fall since its past their peak season, the air temp stays in the 80’s during the day/ 60’s in the evening, and yet the water temp is still around 80 degrees.  Win, win right?  This was our first time here during October as normally we have traveled here during the Summer when outside temps have soared to 100 degrees.  I would definitely come again in the Fall and recommend  this for those who love the Sand & Sun vacations without the higher temperatures.

Also I wanted to include my faves for the last day of the SHOPBOP EVENT OF THE SEASON! Shop responsibly…

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Belk Shopping Haul

BLOUSES, AND PANTS, AND SHORTS, OH MY…

Spring has sprung, right?  When we went on our Spring Break Trip the weather tipped the scale at 80 degrees during the day.  Back in TN it’s been the same but the evenings have been cooler.  I went to Belk while in SC and found so many versatile pieces.  I must confess that I usually shop at Dillard’s or Nordstrom but I found such cute choices that I now have to add Belk to my go to list of places to shop for great finds.  The pieces I chose are very breathable and suitable for warm days and/or cooler nights or mornings.  They can be layered and go from casual to dressy as well.

Belk Crown & Ivy Beach Tassel Hem Turtle Tunic

Belk New Directions Long Trench VestBelk's New Directions Lace Trim Tassel Tie Blouse Belk Crown & Ivy Nautical Knots Shorts Belk Crown & Ivy Beach Colored Tencel Shirt Belk Kaari Blue Cold Shoulder Tie Back Blouse Belk Sophie Max Printed Wide Leg Knit Pants  Belk New Directions Knot Front Lace Top

  1. Crown & Ivy Beach Petite Tassel Hem Turtle Tunic (on sale $42.99),  2. New Directions Long Trench Vest shown in Altas Ivory (on sale $32.99),  3. New Directions Lace Trim Tassel Tie Blouse (on sale $29.99),  4. Crown & Ivy Nautical Knots Shorts (on sale $29.99),  5. Crown & Ivy Beach Colored Tencel Shirt seen here in Green Lake ( on sale $36.99),  6. Kaari Blue Cold Shoulder Tie Back Blouse (Not available online),  7. Sophie Max Printed Wide Leg Knit Pants ($68),  8. New Directions Knot Front Lace Top (on sale $24.99),  9. Crown & Ivy Linen Short (on sale $29.99).

 

Belk Crown & Ivy Linen Short

 

Most of these items were on sale, and aren’t they just super cute!!!!!  The weather here in TN actually turned cooler the last few days, but I can’t wait to wear them.  All of these items are affordable and they feel luxurious against the skin.  They are quality items that I feel will last.  There are others that I would love to add, but sadly they will have to wait for now.  I have to get my oldest son’s condo the flooring I’ve promised him since May 2015.  And my youngest is finally getting a bedroom suit of his own (not a hand me down from bro).  Next on the agenda for Saturday is before pictures of The Office-To-Be so check back to see those.  I am turning a small, catch-all bedroom into my new Office.  I am on a strict budget and I will go over the design plan and budget in Mondays Post.  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope y’all will reaquaint yourselves with Belk Department Store like I did.  It had been a long time since I had been, however, it has become a fav after finding these gems and much, much more :^)

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Disclaimer: Even though I wish this was a promoted post, it is not.  And as always, all opinions are my own.  Until next time…shop responsibly!