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My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Shop my picks from the best sale of the year: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.After months of hard work at my 9-to-5, I’m so happy to say that we’re a week into what has shaped up to be an exceptionally good #NSale. Since I write copy for the Nordstrom website, I’ve been scoping out things to add to my Wish List for awhile now, and it was so fun to pop over to a dressing room and finally try some of them on. This time of year, I always get a lot of requests from friends and family to share my picks, so I’ve gathered my own personal highlights below, along with a few tips on sizing.

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Shopping, Style

Trendspotting: Square Necklines

Tap into spring trends with a pretty square neck top or dress. See my full shopping round-up at HomemadeBanana.com
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We all know the tried-and-true crewneck, the elegant bateau neck and the wear-with-everything V-neck, but now it’s time to get acquainted with the square neckline. This of-the-moment silhouette conjures images of pure romance for me: Jane Austen’s girls in rich pastoral settings, crisp aprons layered over flour-sack prairie frocks and a pigtail-braided Brigitte Bardot strolling, carefree, in Italy.

And that’s why it feels just right as we slowly inch toward summer. I’ve been loading up my online shopping cart with sundry styles cut with the wide-slung neckline, so I figured I’d share my e-treasures with you all. Scroll down to shop some of my favorite square-neck styles.  Continue Reading


Crab Grilled Cheese Croutons + Tomato Bisque

Dress up a delicious bowl of tomato bisque with crab-filled grilled cheese cut into bite-size croutons. Get the full recipe at HomemadeBanana.comWhen I was a kid, I was a really picky eater, and there was virtually nothing I hated more than a bowl of tomato soup. The sound of a hand-cranked can opener inching around the rim of a Campbell’s can was my version of nails on a chalkboard. And although I shed most of my weird food proclivities as I aged, I never got fully on board with tomato soup—until about a year ago.

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DIY, Food

Wax-Dipped Infused Salts

Treat your holiday hosts to these wax-dipped infused salts. Get the DIY at HomemadeBanana.comAs of Monday, I finished my Christmas shopping, but I always like to have a few extra pretty or delicious things on hand to bring with me when I’m running out the door to the holiday parties that pepper the next week of my calendar. If these small hostess gifts end up being both pretty and delicious—well, that’s even better.

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DIY Embroidered Dog Bandana

Don't forget about your pup this holiday season! Place this pretty #DIY embroidered bandana under the tree for her. Get the full tutorial at HomemadeBanana.comDon't forget about your pup this holiday season! Place this pretty #DIY embroidered bandana under the tree for her. Get the full tutorial at HomemadeBanana.com
I love the ritual of giving and receiving gifts. Few things bring me as much joy as carefully picking out, wrapping and presenting something thoughtful and—more often than not—pretty. Simply put: gift giving is my love language.

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