Every year, Nordstrom has their annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and it’s a huge event! The pre-sale event has been live for a little over a week so if you have the Nordstrom credit card you might have already gone crazy and shopped half the store, but if you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for the public event to start already. It’s finally here! It starts today, July 22nd.
The great thing about the Anniversary Sale is that it’s not only leftover summer styles that go on sale, it’s also pre-fall styles and so many great pieces. I made a little mental list of what I am looking for this fall season and some items I want to invest in quality wise, but let’s be real, a lower price for the same item is always better! The sale goes until August 7th, but things sell out pretty fast!
What are some pieces you’re getting for this fall season? Did you score big on the Nsale this year? Let me know if you found something good that I missed in the comments. I LOVE a good deal :)
I recently had to go to New York for work, but I was able to take an earlier flight so I had a little extra time to explore as well. In New York they have A LOT of delicious food so I made sure to do my research before we got there and had scouted out some restaurants to try out.
We stayed at the Eventi in Chelsea and it was a perfect location! They just remodeled the entire hotel and was such a great spot. You’re not too far from anything and in the heart of everything going on.
Someone recommended this Bagel spot called Brooklyn Bagel which surprisingly enough is not in Brooklyn at all, it’s in Chelsea. Huge Bagels with tons of cream cheese. I have a weird thing about too much cheese, so I had to scrape off at least half of it, but for some, this would be heaven!
Almost all of the places we visited during the trip had gluten free and non-dairy options, but Friedman’s is know for their gluten free menu. My coworker is gluten free and here we could both order pancakes! One set of pancakes came out on a square plate with a little flag on it that said gluten free and the other stack came out like this. They looked exactly the same and so delicious! There are a few different Friedman’s, but this one in Hells Kitchen is the only one with a gluten free menu so if you’re looking for a good gluten free option, this is it!
New York Lunch Spots
La Pecora Bianca
I wanted to meet up with Sherita from Busy Life Busy Wife and was able to squeeze in some time the first day. I met her during BlogHer in New York last year and she is the sweetest! We had lunch at La Pecora Bianca, in the Flatiron district and it was delicious. It’s a farm to table feel in the middle of the city with great food and cocktails.
I got Rosemary’s recommended by Ilana from Mommyshorts and it was so good! I had homemade pasta with burrata and anything that has burrata is basically approved in my book. It’s in the West Village and supposedly they have a rooftop garden that supplies the restaurant with fresh vegetables and herbs. I didn’t get to see it, but I believe it based on the food alone. Delicious and such a cool space. Just look at the uniforms!
The food itself might not be as instagrammable, but the sign outside the one in Midtown/Hell’s Kitchen is amazing. I’ve actually never had Shake Shack before, but I was told it’s a must have so I gave it a try. Supposedly it’s similar to In-and-Out here in California, and I thought it was ok, but nothing beats the organic mini combo at Super Duper when it comes to quick burgers.
L’Amico is the other restaurant at the hotel in Chelsea. The new remodel they just completed looks really good. It has American food with Italian influence, which might be my favorite combo. They have both lunch and dinner, but definitely more instagrammable during the day.
Sweetgreen is such a cool lunch spot! They have multiple locations, but this one is in the Flatiron district. You can build your own salad and they have the freshest ingredients. You should expect a line during lunch rush hour though, but it’s efficient.
New York Dinner Eats
The hotel we stayed at had three restaurants, a breakfast buffet and a juice bar! We had dinner at The Vine, one of the restaurants at the hotel one night and the food was amazing. The new interior is really interesting with this giant art instillation hanging from the ceiling. Half of the restaurant is inside and half is outside which is perfect during a New York summer night.
I had read about Cafe Habana before my trip, but my coworker also recommended it which is always a plus. It’s in the east village and is a fusion between Mexican and Cuban food. It’s one of those typical hole in the wall places that doesn’t look like much, but then the food is amazing! They have the best corn on the cob I have ver had.
Estiatorio Milos is quite the dining experience! It’s a greek place in Midtown with a fresh fish and seafood bar. You can order straight off the menu or you can go to the seafood bar, pick your fish and the chef will prepare it appropriately. Some of the fish was even still alive! We had some delicious white fish and soft shell crab and it was unbelievable!
New York Desserts
A while back our PR agency sent some treats from Milk Bar overnight and I have been thinking about those birthday truffles every since! There are a few different locations, but one of them was right by our hotel in Chelsea. They also have delicious “compost” cookies, birthday cakes and it’s definitely worth a visit.
Yes, it’s touristy, but I feel like you almost can’t go to New York without stopping by Magnolia Bakery. They are known for their cupcakes and banana pudding, but I quickly fell in love with their apple crumble. You also might recognize the name from The Sex and The City show. They have a few different locations and we just went to the one down at Penn station because it was the closest, but the Bleecker street one is definitely the cutest and less crowded one!
Rice to Riches
I first went to Rice to Riches in the east village last year when I went to New York for BlogHer and loved it. I mean, what’s not to love? It’s rice pudding in a million different flavors. You can add toppings too, but I really love rice pudding so I love it just as-is. You can taste any flavor before buying so that’s also fun in itself. My favorites are cinnamon and Oreo cookies.
A while back I did a big purge of my closet and realized that I have a LOT of jeans. They all fit, but they are all the same, just different washes. Mostly skinny jeans with a few boyfriend styles mixed in here and there. I basically wanted to get rid of half of them, but that would have been such a waste. So instead of throwing away or donating perfectly fine jeans, I decided to give a few of them a little old school DIY makeover for spring and summer. Continue reading →
It’s been so rainy and droopy in San Francisco for the past few weeks. In one way I am loving it because honestly having sunny weather every single day is not all what it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes I miss a good rainy day where you can just hang out inside with a cup of hot chocolate, a blanket and a good Netflix original.
Skillingsboller is one of my favorite Norwegian Recipes. I am a total sucker for baked goods, so delicious! There are lots of different types you can make, but today I’ll share the good old classic with you! I’ve shared Skoleboller in the past if you’re looking for something even sweeter with a little coconut kick. Continue reading →
Almost every year, I start off with a ton of new years resolutions that I think will make me happier. Some I have been able to keep and some, well let’s just say I’ve kept them for a month or so and then moved on. Right before I headed to California the first time, my mom gave me a book called “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin and it completely changed the way I look at resolutions and goals. Instead of setting new years resolutions, you set one goal each month and focus on that. It could be anything from increasing your energy levels to working on relationships etc. Don’t get me wrong, I still set out some resolutions that seem super important in January and not so much in March or June, but that’s ok and overall it’s been a better solution for me.
Since then, I’ve been following Gretchen Rubin’s work and a while back, she started a podcast with her sister, Elizabeth Craft. It’s called Happier and I love it! Continue reading →