Stocking Up at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale

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Have you shopped Nordstrom’s Annual Sale yet? This is a great time to stock up on any investment pieces you’ve been eyeing. Here are some of my favorite picks.

  1. Frye “Molly” Boots: A great investment at $280 – Frye boots last forever.
  2. Pleione Blouse: Comes in 12 colors – a great basic for $37. Short sleeve, printed version here for $29.
  3. Kate Spade Teardrop Stud Earrings: Comes in 5 colors, and would go with everything. $25.
  4. Trina Turk One-Piece: Gorgeous pattern and style. $89.
  5. Michael Kors Watch: This and other styles are included in the sale. This one is $75 off at $150. Take a look at the Kate Spade and Marc Jacobs options, too.
  6. Kate Spade Lottie Pump: Really wishing I could justify these! $219.
  7. Michael Kors Jet Set Tote: This line is the best for travel; comes in 5 colors. $152.

Grilled Feta with Oregano

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When Tim and I went to Greece a few years ago (mini-recap here, here, and here), we couldn’t get enough grilled, baked, and fried cheese. The cheeses were mostly halloumi and feta, but I never thought to try to recreate grilled feta at home until recently. Cheeses like these are perfect for grilling because they don’t melt. Instead, they soften and hold their shape. This makes for a unique vegetarian addition to a barbecue, and I recommend trying it out next time you fire up the grill.

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What to Wear this Weekend

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Forth of July independence day outfit red white blue

{pants, twist scarf, linen tee, bracelet, lobster loafers}

Happy Independence Day Weekend! I hope you eat lots of strawberry shortcake, spend time on the water, and enjoy the fireworks and an extra day off work with your loved ones. Here’s what to wear!

red white blue beach summer 2014

{flip flopsbikini, totescarf}

red white blue dress shoes evening casual

{silk dress, wedge, sandalstripe dress}

Apricot, Blue Cheese, and Arugula Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

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Sometimes it’s hard for me to commit to salad after a long day when all I really want to do is binge eat a comforting bowl of pasta, but I love a good stone fruit salad once summer rolls around. (Check out last year’s apricot and burrata deliciousness here). For this one, I used the Kirkland brand of blue cheese from Costco, which I was incredibly impressed with. The honey vinaigrette comes together in just a couple minutes, making this a low-maintenance dinner for a hot summer night.

Recipe after the jump!

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Five Piece French Wardrobe: June Update

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Five Piece French Wardrobe 2014 summer june

This is the halfway point of my year of the Five Piece French Wardrobe (take a look at all my posts here), and I’m honestly loving it. Putting actual thought into my purchases – and holding myself accountable via my blog – has been life-changing, especially when it comes to getting ready in the morning.

June:

  • Investment: I’m in love with my new Coach Utopia Flats (why yes, those are lobsters). They also come in gold, as mentioned here. (P.S. They’re on sale!)

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  • Basics: I’ve decided this year that linen tees are my favorite thing, and Madewell’s Linen Timeoff Tee is no exception. I also purchased these white jeans after a friend’s recommendation (Thanks, Kristen!). With all the time I spend in the kitchen – not to mention a lot of hands-on tasks at work – I’ve always been hesitant about dropping a lot of money on white jeans. This pair is really soft, the fit is great, and the best part is they’re on sale for only $32.40.
  • I totally cheated this month (shoes are supposed to count), with this pair of DV sandals that are on sale for $35 (50% off). Worth it – I absolutely love how they look, and they’re perfect for everyday.

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Take a look at all my Five Piece French Wardrobe posts here.

$1,000 Wish List and Summer Closet Swap

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My friend and coworker, Shannon, recently made a Pinterest board which I believe she described as her “if someone made me spend $1000 on clothes today” wish list. With that inspiration in mind, I created a $1000 wish list of my dream summer wardrobe.

Raise.com is a new site where you can buy and sell discounted gift cards to places you shop. The gift card options seem limitless, and include Sephora, Zappos, and Nordstrom. Raise.com recently reached out to me about “Closet Swap,” a summer inspiration series that they are hosting (swapping out your closet for summer – get it?), and this is my contribution! With gift cards purchased at a discount and my penchant for only buying things on sale, this $1000 wish list for summer would cost even less – perfect.

Links, Lately…

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links reading june 2014

  1. Thinking I might try a lob (long bob) for summer. I’m especially loving Kate Mara’s. (byrdie.com)
  2. The Pizza Cake Recipe – I definitely need to try this. (sogoodblog.com)
  3. One of my favorite apps, Postmates, is now in Austin and I couldn’t be happier. Get literally anything delivered in less than an hour. If you’re new to Postmates, you can receive $10 credit when you sign up with code zolnoski. (postmates.com)
  4. Why American Express Wants to Kill Credit Cards (wired.com)
  5. Men’s Illustrated Guide to Buying Flowers – very funny. (buzzfeed.com)
  6. 17 Books to Read Before the Movie Hits Theatres This Year - I’m currently reading This Is Where I Leave You. (hellogiggles.com)

Summer in Austin

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Since Saturday was the first day of summer, I decided to make a list of summer habits to create, goals to accomplish, and new-to-us ways to explore Austin. What do you hope to do this summer?

  1. Dine al fresco at least once a week.
  2. Develop our 2014 signature summer cocktail. (Past summer favorites: Pimm’s Cups and homemade Margaritas)
  3. Take walks after dinner.
  4. Make friends with someone who has a boat and explore Austin’s lakes.
  5. Take a weekend trip to Fredricksburg for wine tasting, and stay at a dog-friendly B&B.
  6. Tour the Texas State Capitol.
  7. Go out for soft serve….often.
  8. Make our own crudo/tartare/ceviche.
  9. Attend summer concerts – there’s no better city than Austin for this.
  10. Plan a fall vacation!

P.S. Since we attended our first concert of the summer on Friday night, I started a hashtag – because, why not? – to chronicle our summer adventures. Follow along on Instagram at #brehmersummerlist.

Heirloom Tomato Caprese Polenta Panzanella

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heirloom tomato caprese panzanella

I’ve found my favorite summer salad of the year! It makes use of the abundant tiny tomatoes our garden just started producing, contains mozzarella (a necessity, obviously), and is also gluten-free. I have been obsessed with polenta in all of its many forms this year, and this is a delicious way to use up leftovers. For this recipe, I make the polenta a day ahead so I don’t have to wait for it to cool.

heirloom tomato caprese polenta panzanella

Recipe after the jump!

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