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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

Beauty

Shop the Sephora Beauty Insider Event

Shop the Sephora sale with my must-have beauty pics.Ever since I swore off clothes shopping for the year, I’ve gotten a bit more into beauty products (I had to funnel all that energy somewhere). So today, I’m giving you a peek inside my medicine cabinet so you can stock up on a few of my tried-and-true favorite products during the Sephora Beauty Insider Event.

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Lifestyle, Travel

One Year in Seattle

IMG_0576It’s official: I’ve lived in Seattle for a year. I arrived just in time for the bleakest winter on record—that’s over 44 inches of rain and only nine sunny days from October to March—and spent the first few months hunkering down, decorating my new apartment and DIYing well into the long night.

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Clothing, Lifestyle

A is for Apple Picking

Wear a colorful striped sweater to stay cozy for an apple picking trip this fall.It’s that time of year: time to pack away the breezy silk tank tops and unfold the cozy wool sweaters in an effort to stave off the nascent chill in the air. And the first sweater I aired out was this one. I snapped it up last year because of its similarity to a certain Gucci style, and its colorful stripes still make me smile. Last weekend, my striped sweater and I took a trip to an apple orchard to pick some Jonagolds that will soon find themselves baked into a pie.

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