JSD Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

JSD Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is upon us which means great deals on tons of beauty, shoes, clothing and more for the upcoming fall season! I'll be honest with you all, I'm just a lowly 'insider' when it comes to Nordstrom status which means I won't get access to shop the sale until August 13 but I did pop by our local store today to check out some of the items in person and even do a mini try-on haul for you. Below are a few outfit ideas using my favorite pieces from the sale. Fingers crossed some of these things are still in stock in two weeks!

Tulum Bachelorette Party Itinerary

Tulum Bachelorette Party Itinerary

As I mentioned in my earlier Tulum post, I instantly fell in love with this crunchy, eco-chic, boutique beach town located just south of Cancun. When it came time to pick a destination for my Bachelorette party, I couldn't shake visions of me and my besties sipping frozen beverages on Tulum's picturesque beaches or dancing the night away in a jungle bar under the stars. And so, we were off to Tulum!

Beach Style Guide: Summer 2020

Beach Style Guide: Summer 2020

Kicking off my first ever curated style guide with the Summer 2020 Beach edition! As most of you know, we recently got back from Emerald Isle, NC where we spent an entire week safely away from others lounging at the beach and cooking meals at home. I knew this would be our itinerary going into the trip but that still didn't stop me from ordering a whole slew of new swimsuits and outfits perfect for a week at the beach.

Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Like most people, we've had to cancel several trips due to COVID-19 and have been dying to get out of our city condo and travel somewhere - anywhere. Knowing the virus is still very much at large and airline travel is primarily for essential needs only, we needed to find somewhere within driving distance. Emerald Isle is a bit of stretch since it's a good 15 hour trip from Chicago but sun, sand and salt water were all trip requirements and geographically speaking, we weren't going to find anything much closer. Besides, Kevin and I never scare away from a good road trip.

Palmer’s Schedule: 3 – 7 months

Palmer’s Schedule: 3 – 7 months

As I mentioned in my post about Palmer's Schedule: 0 - 3 months, we took most of our cues from her natural circadian rhythms in order to determine her schedule moving forward. We were fortunate from the beginning because she never confused her days and nights and started sleeping through the night around seven weeks. I remember this vividly because we took her on her first trip to Chicago when she was just shy of two months and she slept the entire night each day we were there, I'm sure due in large part to the time change.

Capri, Italy

Capri, Italy

Never have I visited a spot that so many claim as their "favorite place EVER." It is for this sole reason that we elected to stay on the island of Capri for two days over the popular day trip alternative from one of the neighboring Amalfi Coast towns.

JSD May Book Review: Something in the Water

JSD May Book Review: Something in the Water

I'm reading this book as part of a book club with my girlfriends and it was super easy to get through. Interestingly enough, people had a better overall impression of this book before coming together as a group to discuss it, myself included. One of the things I really enjoyed in Something in the Water was Steadman's style of suspense writing. She has the ability to make even the most mundane acts bone chilling through words alone.