Saturday, July 30, 2016

Five Favorites From the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Another lifetime ago, I worked at Nordstrom. It began as a college job and was lucrative enough that I kept it a few years after graduating. Nordstrom was a wonderful company to begin working for and I have only good memories of how well I was paid and the Nordstrom family who believed in treating customers and employees very well. As a young person their values really stuck with me. We worked hard, but they also believed in excellent compensation and more holidays than any other retailer had. 

Back in those days one of the most exciting times was when the Anniversary Sale came. It was the brainchild of the Nordstroms to counteract what used to be the very dead mid-summer. They asked their best vendors to come up with special pre-fall items priced lower just for a few weeks, exclusively for them. They eventually did the same with the beauty companies. It worked wonderfully as people came from all over to get to this once a year exclusive sale. I remember customers even flying in from Texas just for the sale! The sale has been copied by many other retailers, but still no one does it like Nordys. I eventually moved on to a job in advertising, but never forgot what I learned working for the Nordstroms (yes we did get to meet the family and often), and I also never miss a chance to check out the Anniversary Sale either.

My past week was crazy as we had college orientation for my oldest, but I got over to Nordstrom at Stanford (my favorite location) today and did some investigative shopping just for you all! There's so much to choose from, but I thought I'd share a few things that might be a good addition to the wardrobe, and not so trendy. The thing is, this sale is a good place to get a nicer item you might not normally spring for. In the past I've bought a Burberry trench, good boots and many nice bags as well as stocked up on my favorite bras and beauty items.

Some of the goodies I saw today...
Love this big ALLSAINTS tote. It's very lightweight and has the prettiest leather and can be worn snapped closed or open. For me this is a great everyday bag as I like to carry purchases and bottles of water along with my usual stuff. I also like the size of the strap which will easily fit on a shoulder when winter comes and we are wearing coats and bulkier items. Some of the hobos just don't have enough clearance for a coat and that makes me nuts.
There are a zillion cute booties and shoes at this sale. I was looking for something I'd wear a lot and would be new to my closet. I immediately liked these Reyanne shoes by Sam Edelman with their studs on the heel. A good selection of colors, but I love this berry color as a nice pop with fall neutrals and jeans. I have so many black and taupe winter shoes and sometimes it's nice to have a little color. Best thing about these shoes are they are very comfortable! They feel well made. I test drove them!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Staying Stylish and Cool at Bank of The West's Ladies Day

Just a quick post to share all the stylish ladies I saw today at the annual Bank of the West Classic Ladies Day. This lunch is held on two days and includes lunch, meeting one of the players, a raffle for prizes, swag bags and most importantly tennis! Many of the attendees are from tennis clubs far and wide that organize this and gather tables. Today we saw two matches and the weather was wonderful for July.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Wimbledon Chat 2016 and Fashions from The Royal Box

It's that time again tennis loving friends, grab your Pimm's Cup and let's chat about all things Wimbledon.

 I was thrilled to bits to see Andy Murray win and wow was he in top form. He so deserved it. Murray made virtually no mistakes in the final and there was almost nothing he couldn't return against the powerful Raonic, including a 146 mile and hour serve.

Andy is one of the most under-rated players and does not depend on his serve, but likes to hack away out there. He is so humble and normal you can't help but root for him. I'd like to see him get to world number one some day and it looks as if he's really on track to get there.

I think we may be on the cusp of a major shakeup in the hierarchy of tennis. Federer may be on his last years or so to win another after dominating for so long. I'm not sure if that's the case with Serena, who seems still so strong. Hers is a game that is overwhelmingly powered by her serve, strength and stamina.

Yet, Serena had yet to win a Grand Slam tournament this year after winning last years's Wimbledon. This was her 22nd Grand Slam win. Women however, have shown they can hang in for longer time than most men in tennis as in the case of Navratilova (with nine Wimbledon wins), Steffi Graff, Chris Evert and others.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Our Two Days in Munich

I wanted to share our twelve day family trip to Europe we did in early June. This was partly a trip for the our son Jackson, who just graduated from high school and also to retrace a trip my husband Max did at the same age more than 30 years ago.

We began in Munich where we checked in for two nights at the beautiful Charles Hotel. This gem was a great place to get our bearings, relax and see some of Munich before moving onto Salzburg, Lucerne and then London. We used our United miles and so were able to fly free. We stayed in hotels this time as we had more stops and only just planned this in early May. It actually worked out great. We had some adjoining rooms with our boys and a rooftop apartment at another. We took trains between all the cities except we flew from Zurich, Switzerland to London to save a travel day. 

The Charles is located in a perfect spot overlooking the botanical gardens and just a ten minute walk to the Marienplatz, and the old city center. It has a charming front courtyard where we checked in and had some cappuccinos which they served with a little dish of chocolates. Welcome to Germany!

I think I'm half asleep here!

In this pretty patio you can have lunch or just a drink and watch the bikes go by on the quiet little street that circles the park.