Hi, my name is Emily. I was born and raised in Des Moines, IA. I graduated from Dowling Catholic High School in 2001, Iowa State University in 2005 and DePaul University in 2007. Tim and I got married in 2009; we have three kids, Clare, Cate, and Teddy, and one puppy, Yankee. I'm excited to share my favorite things with my lifelong friends and cousins!
Emma here! Saving myself from the miserable heat by dangerously online shopping with all these crazy summer deals! If there is one thing I love to make an outfit pop – it’s shoes – and Nordstrom’s got me covered!
I find myself daydreaming about my sweaters and flannels waiting for fall. My favorite fall accessory is booties, I love me a classic bootie for literally every occasion. These Nina Waterproof Suede Booties come in four different colors and are so cute! I can just see them with a cute cuffed jean and a comfy sweater! I also love these Nestel Knee High Boots and Uchee Knee High Boots because tall boots and leggings are the perfect comfy combo for a cold day.
There are so many fun colors and patterns to spice up any outfit! But being a California girl in the Midwest I have learned the importance of waterproof shoes – I highly recommend stocking up now! I have a version of these Sperry Saltwater Rain boots and they are my everything when the rain and snow come.
I love a good supportive heel but I have very flat feet which makes flats my best friend. These Toby Flats can be dressed up for work or dressed down for any day wear. I also love a good deal on VANS they are my favorite sneaker and I love them for game days and concerts. These Old Skool Suede Low Top Sneaker are super cute for…you guessed it the fall!
I got a head start on the weekend by kicking things off Wednesday with a pool day with my girlfriends & our little buddies! When I got home, the cutest early birthday surprise arrived in the mail from Nicole!
That night, I met my girls for dinner at Lucca & drinks at The Republic–a good excuse to wear a cute new dress & earrings!
Thursday, Clare got to have her girlfriend over for a playdate! Kids begged to go to Backyard Adventures & Rita’s!
After Tim got done with work, we took the kids to the ITAgroup Summer Celebration–the kids had a ball with inflatables, face painting, carnival games, pizza & popsicles! The big kids had fun too!!!
On Friday, Nicole, Lily & Maeve came from Omaha! We hit the pool for lunch & swimming, then had to take all 5 kids to HyVee. I think we’re both still recovering from all the kids wanting to push the little green grocery carts! HyVee, I’m begging you to make those disappear!
On Friday night, Clarebear had her dance team tryout! These cuties have been working hard and are so excited for the upcoming year of competition dance!
Friday night was also Tim’s favorite night of the year–when 80-35 kicks off in downtown Des Moines! This music festival is his first baby. He was on the board of directors for years and years as they founded the festival and we’ve had so much fun the past 12 years working on set-up, hospitality, tear-down, fundraising, and meeting incredible artists! We have so much hometown pride for this event which is hosted every summer by the Des Moines Music Coalition + over 500 community volunteers! Tim had a blast this year and took some highlight pictures from Friday night.
After yoga, it was time to load up the kids for swimming lessons and afterward we hit up LifeTime Poolapalooza for a little bit! Kids loved seeing the mermaids, playing with friends, and Clare even won a hula hoop contest!
After the pool, we all got cleaned up for a night out! I was getting dressed when the mailman came, and the kids ran up to me with a new outfit so I had to change!
Kids had big plans with Grandma and Grandpa while Tim and I attended a shower for our friends Nick & Amber! Their shower had the cutest golf theme and we got to catch up with so many dear friends!
After the shower, we met up with friends at the Iowa State Fairgrounds for the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon FoundationCorndog Kickoff! This was our first time at this event which features live entertainment, silent & live auction items, all your favorite Iowa State Fair foods & drinks, rides on the SkyGlider & fireworks! Tim & I couldn’t believe we’d been missing out on all this fun!
On Sunday, we got to sleep in a little until Teddy’s tball game! He is loving every second of it and its the cutest thing! This is his very first team and its so perfect that they’re the Giants–I had to get a picture of Teddy in Mollie’s favorite jersey.
After the game, we were all ready for some air conditioning and downtime! We watched some movies, played some Barbies & called it a wrap on a fun & busy summer weekend!
See you back here soon! xoxo, Emily
P.S. Just ordered this hairdryer for Prime Day! Only $39.28 at checkout and highly recommended by one of my favorite blogs, Somewhere Lately!
I’m ordering the Spanx bandeau too–my strapless bra is so so uncomfortable and I feel like the one-shoulder/strapless trend isn’t going anywhere soon, so hoping this will be much more comfy than the torture chamber of a strapless bra I’ve been wearing this summer!
Cardholder Early Access is Here!
Let’s do this, girls. Here’s our strategy:
Women’s Sale Items always go first. Shop for yourself before you shop Kids or Menswear.
Sweaters–so much animal print in sweaters, shoes and boots this year!
You asked. We answered! We loved hearing from YOU!! Thanks for helping us make some fun Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wish Lists!
Petunia Picklebottom–not part of the Anniversary Sale this year:(( but we’re putting together a big Baby post to share soon! I did see this really cute Freshly Picked baby bag, though! I love that it’s a backpack too and its a great olive color that dads wouldn’t mind carrying either.
Frye–yes! This was a great suggestion! I only wish there was going to be MORE! These are ALL the Frye options in the #Nsale this year. Really cute. These will all be offered in 2-3 colors and the boots will be in extended calf sizes too. I think I’m going to try on the Carly boot. Hope they fit, so I can head into fall with cute new tall boots, rather than scrambling around after Christmas for boots on sale after all the sizes and good colors have been picked over!
Ugg–the best deal all year on our favorite Scuffette Slipper!! I also like the long hooded cardigan–a nice change from the annual Barefoot Dreams cardigan options for something cozy. And this year, it looks like your best Ugg bargains are going to be for your kids or your home!
Hunter–These will all be included in tons of colors! And the kids options are so cute too!!
Burberry Sunglasses–3 great choices included in the sale! I think my favorite are the 57mm Vintage Check! These will never go out of style.
You guys were hoping to see all the Vineyard Vines in the #NSale this year, and guess what?! There isn’t anything included for Women or Girls in the sale! Bummer. But, I linked up all the VV for Men & Boys below:
Vineyard Vines–for boys:
Vineyard Vines–for men:
Stay tuned for more!! XOXO, Emily, Nicole, Annie & Emma
If you’ve been eyeing a new Tory Burch handbag–this is the time!
One of my very favorite pairs of sunglasses will also be included in the sale! These lasted me a good two summers, but are pretty scratched up and need to be replaced.
Don’t forget to check back on this earlier post which had a big preview of #Nsale items! You can click the heart next to your favorites so you can find them faster on the first day of the sale! Remember–items will sell out, so its smart to check out as you go to avoid missing out on a favorite–you can always take advantage of free shipping, returns and excellent Nordstrom customer service.
…But seriously, I spent $20 on these bottoms vs. $128 for what I typically wear to the gym & the matching bra is every bit as cute too — and you know I like the matchy bra & scrunchies! Not from Old Navy, but I also got so many compliments on my tank when I wore it to work out and afterwards when I was running a bunch of errands!
Have you checked out EllandEmm yet? They have such fun designs combined with your favorite cotton tees & sweatshirts — a perfect blend of cute & comfortable. I also love the 90’s nostalgia! I shared my Troop Beverly Hills tee on our Instagram in May & was so excited that my Vogue lightweight sweatshirt arrived this week. I’ll take a picture in it to post soon, but it’s 110 degrees here and I. JUST. CAN’T. The Vogue striped sweatshirt was sold out when I found it, but I signed up for an email alert & purchased when it was restocked. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t have to wait too long for it to be restocked or for shipping. If you find something you love, you can use code TAKE104U for 10% off your order.
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is Coming!
Cardholders Shop First! I’m truly not one to encourage friends to open up credit card accounts. I mean we’re not freshman in college & no one is giving us free tshirts for new accounts anymore amirite? BUT…this is one exception because you really can stock up on so many great items during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale’s Cardholder Early Access. This year, Nordstrom cardmembers shop Early Access seven days early, July 12—18! Some items will sell out during the Early Access portion of the sale, so non-cardholders risk having to wait for Black Friday to catch these sale prices again. Cardholders can also choose their own double-points day, so if you plan on shopping the Anniversary Sale, it pays to get organized ahead of time and really take advantage of those Nordy rewards.
I’ve had a Nordstrom card for several years to take advantage of Cardholder Early Access during this sale and I don’t think it’s any accident that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale takes place over my birthday! The Nordstrom Sale preview came in the mail the other day, and I put together some links to my favorite items. If you click the hearts near the items you like, you’ll have an easier time finding them when the sale begins! Most of my favorites come in lots of color options, but it’s only allowing me to show you certain images/colors while the sale is in preview mode–I’ll continue to update this post as the sale gets closer, so check back!! The links below might also look like an item is Sold Out, but that means Nordstrom hasn’t made it available for sale on their site just yet. There is so much more to come, but let’s start here:
My personal wish list before we head to Clear Lake!
Final Fave For Now!
My oldest girlfriend is putting the finishing touches on a new lake home at that other Iowa lake this month so I got her a fun doormat as a housewarming gift!
Check back this week for an in-depth Nordstrom Sale guide! We’ll have exclusive links to sale items that you can favorite so you’re ready to shop on Day One!