Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly home sale is so. flipping. huge. this year! What an awesome post-Christmas gift! I edited it down to just my absolute faves which took a while but was a blast. I’m seeing major discounts on the best indoor/outdoor Dash & Albert rugs, Dwell bedding, cozy Barefoot Dreams throws and pillows and all kinds of fun stuff to warm up your house this winter.
Ahh, the post-holiday slump. I always get sad when Christmas is over…but, not this year. For many reasons, 2016 has really blown it as a year. I saw this quote the other day on Facebook…
Fellow Arrested Development fans, hear Ron Howard’s voice? Yeah, so, I do love Christmas lights and all, but let’s get on to 2017, shall we!!
Gang, we’re almost packed and ready for our trip tomorrow….but I wanted to quickly publish my post-holiday sale finds. I’ve been eyeing many of these pieces for months so YAY.
My fav pieces aren’t from any one retailer, rather these pieces have been curated (snort – so fancy, the post-holiday me) from a ton of different online shops: Shopbop, Revolve, Nordstrom, Gap, Boden, etc. Enjoy! (And please share any epic sale finds so we can all bask in each other’s shopping genius.)
NOW I’m off to finish packing. Mike keeps threatening to haul my suitcase downstairs and NO. NOT READY. Come say hi on IG (@shanachristine) – we’ll be carving it up in Colorado (and our Christmas morning scavenger hunt with the boys was a wild success. More later!).
Onto the (highly edited) sale edit….
Finding the perfect coat or shoes is one thing. Finding the perfect base is another. 9 times out of 10, as a reader pointed out recently, that coat comes off for work, dinner or parties and what you’re wearing underneath quickly becomes the star of the show.
So when Tamar – founder of TUXE Bodywear and a dear friend – sent over this gorgous dot mesh bodysuit, I knew this was a piece with starpower. Show off a little bit of dot for just a hint of fun….or layer over a longline bralette and go nuts. Truth be told, the bodysuit has enough pow to dress up a turtleneck – just roll the sleeves and let the dots shine.
Here are two ways I’m rocking the dots, both a little and a lot.
When the boys were really small, I had Christmas down. We did holiday-themed art projects, advent calendars, Christmas stories, and went to see Santa right after Thanksgiving. Their stockings were filled with carefully curated items, and Christmas cookies were baked.
For the last few years, Christmas seems to take us by surprise. Now it’s as much of a Christmas tradition to have Mike and I on Amazon at 1AM three days before Christmas chanting, ‘Prime shipping!! Filter on prime shipping!!”
So. If you are riding the crazytown train right into Christmas, turnaround and say hi. We’re sitting one row behind you.
Happily, Amazon does have some seriously amazing options. We’re talking really and truly special gifts with high levels of Morning-of-Excitement, and even some toy options that were included in this year’s STEM guide (available to newsletter subscribers), but are worth talking about again. (Also check last year’s STEM guide – most of the products featured come with prime shipping options.) Additionally, I found a few subscription-based gifts perfect for little (or teenage) engineers and artists.
Without further ado….here are a few last-minute gift options that will make it look like you’ve been planning this all along…
If you follow me on Instagram stories at all (@elletrain) you know I love to cook and bake. My grandmother was an amazing Southern food cook and baked the most delicious desserts. My stepmother is half Italian and has always cooked and baked fabulous holiday treats and special birthday meals. My youngest brother works in the food industry and is an avid fan and tester of all Alton Brown’s recipes. My mom is an incredible cook who has hosted international dinners in her home where she’s researched traditional foods from various countries to serve to complete strangers. (#brave) I think it’s in my blood.
I didn’t use to love to cook, but being surrounded by such wonderful foodies in my life, I had no choice but to take up interest. Once you spend a little time trying out recipes and building your repertoire of kitchen tools you learn the genuine satisfaction that comes with making a delicious meal or treat. I know many of you out there probably share my interest or know someone who does. For you or them, a great kitchen tool is really a priceless gift that will be used again and again.
Here, I’ve tried to gather useful, beautiful kitchen gifts that I would absolutely love to receive this Christmas. They’re also all available with Amazon Prime shipping, so you have time to get them ordered before next weekend. From mixers to cookbooks, there’s a little something here for every price point and every cook.
The holiday season has been extra exciting for us this year because we’re celebrating in our new house! We’ve been so busy with the seemingly unending tasks that come with settling in to a new home, that we haven’t had time to really decorate for the holidays.
It’s easy to tell which one’s our house at night though! We’re the completely dark home in between the two houses with all the festive Christmas lights! No biggie, we were doomed to be the designated neighborhood slacker couple from the get-go.
Inside though, it’s surprisingly cozy and Christmas-y despite our minimal decorating efforts, thanks to the snow that started falling over a week ago and hasn’t stopped since. I’m not even that mad about all of the snow because it convinced me it was time to buy the Minnetonka slipper booties I’ve wanted all year and I don’t know how I lived before having a pair of slippers like these, they became essential to my wardrobe and well-being overnight.
By the way, this is toootally what I look like when I wake up in the morning, minus the three layers of makeup and and any hint of life behind my eyes.
Happy Holidays, you guys!!! In honor of the season, Nordstorm asked me if I’d share my favorite gifts for the holidays. So I did: I rounded up the best, most foolproof gifts for girls, guys and kids. Not only is Nordstrom’s selection totally and completely amazing….but their shipping is fast, free, and their return policy unparalleled.
So yeah: these gifts are good. And coupled with Nordstrom’s return policy…
Totally and completely foolproof.
I’m beyond excited to share this list with you guys – it’s been a ton of work but it’s a fun one, and (hopefully) has something for everyone. Enjoy!!
On me (shana):
I’ve got cozy on the brain because this weekend we’re going to visit the in-laws in Minneapolis for an early Christmas. The kids think we’re going to the North Pole, but joke’s on us because it’s actually warmer in the arctic circle than the midwest right now! When we get back and thaw out, I’ll be wearing this fun sweatshirt and festive sweater leggings on repeat. Especially on Christmas morning and, if we’re being honest, the rest of the day since I’m not leaving the house! We make the rounds on Christmas Eve, then get to stay warm and cozy all day on the 25th – the benefit of having the only grandkids is that my parents come here for present opening and lots of food that seems to merge into one day long meal. This is a great outfit combo for staying in, but if you’ll be staying over with family or friends during the holidays, it’s guest-appropriate, too!
Okay, let’s play a quick game of The Mom Edit connect the dots: Jonathan, my other half, is the younger bro of Mike, Shana’s hubby. And as Shana can attest, Jonathan is probably the most difficult person in the family to shop for. Where I might say he’s “picky shopper”…he says he’s an “educated shopper.”
Jonathan agonizes and researches every. single. purchase. he makes, down to cutting boards and trash cans. Since there’s no way I can afford the only thing he truly wants this year for Christmas: a $10,000 golf simulator (shock, gasp, faint), I got him to sit down with me and pick out a few slightly more humble (but still kick-ass) gift options.
The theme? Golf and tech.
When I first asked him to help me create a gift guide that other guys might appreciate as well he said, “I’m not sure other guys would want the same stuff as I do,” to which Shana and I replied, “uhhh, I think that’s what most guys want for Christmas,” so without further ado, here is a Jonathan approved Holiday gift guide…