Summer Reading List 2018

 

Well I am a little late to the game since June is almost over… how is June almost over?! Well I finally got my life together long enough to put together a few books that I’ve had on my list for months that I’ve wanted to start. I’ve got a few trips coming up and to me there is nothing better than a good book on vacation! Although I am a sucker for a good podcast, nothing compares to physically holding a real book. Here are a few picks for me for the summer:

 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up//Rising Strong 

 

Big Magic//Chasing Slow

 

As of right now I’ve started Big Magic but I’ll come back and update this blog post as I get through the books with some notes!

What books are on your summer reading list??

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Anthropologie Spring Favorites

If you don’t already know, I’m the Home Department Manager at my local Anthropologie. I’m constantly surrounded by so much inspiration and beautiful products, and I wanted to share some of my favorite spring favorites with y’all! Here we go –

 

Apparel

Some of my favorite staple spring pieces are jumpsuits, rompers and dresses. Living in the sunny state of Arizona it is HOT. Having a romper or dress to throw on that is lightweight is a saving grace, and it’s even better when it’s a done-for-you polished outfit. One easy step and you’re ready to go!

I’m also super into stripes (not just spring, pretty much year round)! The Paperbag-Waisted Striped Pants are like WOW. And of course you’ve got to add in some peasant blouses and tunics.

Farm Rio Lila Maxi Dress • $198
LAIA Germain Embroidered Tunic Dress • $188
Mes Demoiselles Nautical Peasant Top • Mes Demoiselles • $205
Cloth & Stone Juliana Jumper • Cloth & Stone • $138
Burning Torch Painterly Cactus Graphic Tee • Burning Torch • $128
Akemi + Kin Veria Peplum Tunic • $88
4OUR Dreamers Paperbag-Waisted Striped Pants • $118
Anthropologie Priscilla Striped Kimono • Anthropologie • $78
Maeve Breanna Polka Dot Wrap Dress • Maeve • $168

 

Home

For me, it’s hard to insert color into my home (and honestly my wardrobe)! I picked a few home products that are a little out of my comfort zone but that I am really into!

The Sabrina Indoor/Outdoor pillow is so great! It’s weather-resistant and has a great texture. I love weather-resistant pillows not only for outdoors, but because if you are using it in your living room it help protects from that occasional red wine spill… or is that just me? Ha!

I also wanted to highlight Anthropologies new melamine storage bowls!! Every year there is some form of melamine at Anthro but this year the new patterns are also featured on these storage bowls and I love it! These are so great for picnics or packing lunches to go to the pool – and they’ve got the best patterns to get you in the spring/summer mood.

Anthropologie Sabrina Indoor/Outdoor Pillow • Anthropologie • $128
Anthropologie Succulent Bookend • Anthropologie • $68
Blakely Made Sunscene Melamine Storage Bowl • $12
Anthropologie Elana Dinner Plate • Anthropologie • $18
Anthropologie Tasseled Araya Duvet Cover • Anthropologie • $268
Anthropologie Sun Porch Pot • Anthropologie • $26–88
Illume Knotwork LA Etched Ceramic Candle • $26
Anthropologie Antigua Hanging Basket • Anthropologie • $98
Anthropologie Ridged Pot • Anthropologie • $16

 

 

 Comment below your favorite Spring products!

Friday Favorites – Cookbooks

This Friday we’re kicking of  a new series of blogs… Friday Favorites! A weekly roundup of my current favorites from the past week. This Friday we’re talking about cookbooks!

I have always been a lover of cooking but I am by no means a chef… I always gravitate towards those beautifully curated cookbooks, but the problem with a lot of them is that they have 5 million ingredients that you can never find at the grocery store and it takes about 10 hours to cook one meal.

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I finally found a cookbook that is practical, beautiful and DELICIOUS – Healthyish! Not only does it have a lot of really yummy recipes, but it’s also packed full of sauce, butter and pickling ideas that are so fun and great staples to have around in your kitchen.

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  1. Spiced Chicken and Chickpea Flatbreads with Cucumber-Dill Tzatziki
  2. Prosciutto and Cucumber Tartine
  3. Lemon-Herb Butter
  4. Pork and Mushroom Stroganoff

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Get your own copy of Healthyish here! I got mine at my very own Anthropologie, but hurry! We sold out of it so fast at our store and haven’t received replenishment yet!

Gifting Guide // For Him

Are you struggling with last minute gifts for the men in your life? Well I definitely was today when I went out to get some last minute gifts. This gift guide is brought to you by a guy himself… my guy! Forcing my guy to help me with this gift guide not only helped me, but will hopefully help you as well!

Here are some super cozy gifts for any guy in your life. Four days left until Christmas… Happy Shopping!

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1. Fossil Q Explorist Gen 3 Leather-Strap Smart Watch • Fossil • $255

2. Amazon Echo Voice Command Smart Assistant Speaker • $74.95

3. Faux-suede slippers • Gap • $24

4. Fair isle shawl-collar cardigan • Gap • $40

5. French rib trouser sweatpant • J.Crew • $69.50

6. Slim broken-in henley • J.Crew • $39.50

7. Converse Men’s Chuck Taylor All Star Sneaker – Men’s’s • Converse • $49.99

8. Men’s Levi’s 511 Slim Fit Stretch Jean – 32″ Inseam • Levi’s • $44.95–69.50

9. Wusthof Gourmet 18-Piece Knife Block Set, Walnut • Wusthof • $299.99

10. Lodge Red 4.5 Quart Enameled Dutch Oven • World Market • $100

Gifting Guide // Hostess with the Mostess

Welcome to my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide! Yay!

This year I’ve decided to break up my gifting guides into a few different categories based off of the person that you’re shopping for! Today is for the Hostess with the Mostess. Is there someone in your life who LOVES hosting parties? Or are you headed to a Holiday party yourself and you need to grab a hostess gift to take with you? Either way  you can’t go wrong with any of these gift ideas!

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1. Marbled Monogram Cheese Board • Anthropologie • $26.60

2. Agate Bottle Opener • Anthropologie • $11.20

3. Nina Cheese Marker Set • Anthropologie • $19.60

4. Bertie Bottle Stopper • Anthropologie • $11.20

5. Reversible Prep & Serve Board • Anthropologie • $26.60

6. Gilded Monogram DOF Glass • Anthropologie • $12.60

7. Agate Cheese Board • Anthropologie • $54.60

8. Emily Isabella Holiday Spirit Platter • $40.60

9. Slivered Geode Coaster • Anthropologie • $9.80

**Disclaimer: You’ll notice that all of these products are from Anthropologie, but this post is in no way affiliated or sponsored by Anthropologie. Just one girl who loves all things Anthro (especially for hostess gifts)**

Sit.Stay.Love

Along with my duties as Home Department Manager at Anthropologie, I also get the privilege of being the event planner for the store! If you know anything about me I have a background in event planning and still love it very much. I was so excited when I was able to take over the events for the store! This was my first event that I was able to host… and oh my gosh it was the best.

Sit.Stay.Love is a pet adoption event that Anthropologie has been hosting for the last 8 years! Each store that participates partners with a local no-kill shelter to have them bring in pups for the event. Our goal is to help these little babes find great homes!

Our store partnered with Halo Animal Rescue who also partners with Almost There Foster Care who fosters these pups until they can find their FURever home! We had 7 puppies come to our event from two different litters. One litter was a lab mix and the other was a pittie mix.

This sweet baby is Ebony. I was IN LOVE with her! I battled many hours over the thought of taking her home but unfortunately a studio apartment, that already has one dog, is not the most ideal living situation for a growing puppy… but she still needs a great home! You can contact Almost There Foster Care to setup a time to go meet Ebony and all of the other wonderful puppies that are waiting to be adopted!

We had a total of 3 of the 7 puppies adopted during our 3 hour event. I wish that all the little babies could have gotten FURever homes, but I’m happy that we were able to playa  small role in changing some these puppies (and their humans) lives!

Contact Halo Animal Rescue & Almost There Foster Care for adoption inquires! Also, contact your local Anthropologie for upcoming events in your area!

Viva Las Vegas!

Back in August I went to Vegas for the first time with all of my best college girl friends! Not only was it an amazing trip because it was my first time in Vegas, but even better… it was the first time we got all of the girls together since we graduated and all left good old Lubbock, TX!

We stayed at Caesars Palace, which has the most beautiful rooms (and a GIANT bathtub)! We ate at some amazing restaurants, gambled our way through old Downtown Las Vegas, saw all the sites… but my favorite spot was the pool at Caesars! We rented a Cabana for the day, which by the way is the only way to enjoy a pool day.


This is the amazing view from our hotel room!

The best part of the pool was under that giant balcony. Nestled under there is not only a bar, but they also have card tables IN THE WATER! we played a few rounds and soaked up all the free drinks possible at the pool.

Our Cabana was at the main pool and included sodas, waters, chips, a fruit platter, towels and a waitress! Not only did we have this lovely indoor seating with fans and a TV, we also had outside seating and misters!

As far as I’m concerned Cabana’s are the only way to enjoy a pool day. This is what I want to do on every vacation that I have. Where are the best pools/cabanas that you’ve been to?? I’m on the hunt now!

 

XO, Natalie Alexandra