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The Best Black Friday Jewelry Sales

Shop the best Black Friday jewelry sales with my curated round-up. #blackfriday #cybermonday #jewelry #ringstack
image via @lemon_laine

Last year on Black Friday, I was just a month shy of completing my year of no shopping, and keeping tabs on all the incredible sales felt like more than my self-control could bear. This year, I like to think that I took into account the lessons I learned from that time of austerity and spent the weeks leading up to today thinking about the recurring things I wanted, doing research to find pieces I loved and then culling that list to the bare minimum. Rather than a feeding frenzy or a complete dearth of purchases, my spending today has felt very measured, and I’m super excited about the pieces I have coming my way!

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Business Cards from Basic Invite

Completely customize your business cards with @basicinvite // Get all the details at HomemadeBanana.com #ad #creative #colorsAs you may have noticed, I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging at the beginning of the year. I was feeling pretty burned out after the rush of the holiday season, both here and at my nine-to-five job, so a break felt overdue. After a few months off, I returned feeling refreshed and more creatively excited than ever.

Lately, I’ve been positively brimming with new ideas—I pop up at night to write them down, I scribble them on post-it notes at work and I record them, line by line, in my Notes app on the bus during my evening commute. And it feels great. I’ve been getting back into the swing of blogging, with ambitious goals to match my renewed creative inspiration. 

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12 of the Best Seascapes on Etsy

Combine vintage style and seaside charm with a collection of antique seascapes sourced from Etsy. #interiordesign #roundup #etsy #nautical
Image via Emily Henderson

Let me start by saying this: I blame Emily Henderson. I blame her for my sudden and unwavering obsession with all shades of the color blue. I blame her for my burgeoning menagerie of brass animal figurines. I blame her for my weirdly encyclopedic knowledge of artisan tile makers, but most of all I blame her for the private investigator-level of research I’ve achieved in my hunt for vintage seascape paintings.

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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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Trendspotting: Square Necklines

Tap into spring trends with a pretty square neck top or dress. See my full shopping round-up at HomemadeBanana.com
Image via Reformation

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