25 Favorites from Nordstrom Home

I’ve always loved Nordstrom for clothing, accessories, makeup and shoes but never really thought of them for home goods.  Well, they are adding a lot of great stuff to their e-commerce site for the home and they asked me to share some of my favorite items (most for under $200!)

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1. & 6 These black and cream Danby cookware pieces are SO CHIC. I’d happily trade my bright red Le Crueset for them!

2. Adore these polka dot stemless wine glasses form Kate Spade.

3. Cool branch candlesticks.

4. The prettiest packaging on these Monique Lhuillier candles (my wedding dress designer!)

5. LOVE this cutting board. Like, for reals.

7. A rustic woven throw perfect to add texture to any space.

8. Vintage cool alarm clock.

9. A crisp black bordered pillow.

10. OK, this little plate made me laugh because it reminds me of this one time my parents got a grill with a rotisserie and after working so hard to get the chicken on the thing and then actually roasted, my mom could notfigure out how to get it OFF the rotisserie. Cut to me walking outside to find her whacking at the chicken with a butcher knife in frustration, with all the dogs standing around her delighted as pieces of chicken rained down on them. I think she needs this.

11. A pretty, detailed quilt, great for layering on a bed.

12. Cool grey and white ikat chevron sheets.

13. Adore the little sayings on these Andrea Schroder candles, and Basil Lemongrass sound perfect to light in the kitchen!

14. Simple, pretty hem-stiched sheets.

15. Adore the emerald stitching on this accent pillow.

16. Yummy towels. I always need new towels and these have good reviews!

17. They sell the Westin Heavenly Bed line and I bet this comforter rocks (may have to order for my new bed!)

18. This stripe throw reminds me of my favorite striped shirts!

19. I’ve used these hobnail candles on a couple photoshoots. Love the texture, and you can use the glass to hold makeup brushes or pens when it’s burned down!

20. Adorable navy ikat polka dot shower curtain (paired with navy walls- adorbs.)

21. Velvet and tassel pillows in a few colors.

22. Another hilariously awesome gift- a wine holder for the bathtub or shower. I mean, if you drink wine in the shower you might have a problem, but in the tub is TOTALLY acceptable. And this keeps it from slipping off the edge of the tub and INTO your bath (which has totally never happened to me. Ever.)

23.  A petite Merci sign to remind one of Paris.

24. Adorable print tiny bowls perfect for sauces, snacks and the like.

25. I love the brass bathroom accessories from Waterworks Studio (also the marble ones!)

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* This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. All selections and opinions are my own.

Dream Destination: The Wild Rabbit

I saw this incredible inn mentioned in the weekend Wall Street Journal Magazine and had to look it up based on one little picture. I’m glad I did. The Wild Rabbit is in the Cotswolds (reminds me of The Holiday) in England and appears to me a PERFECT country getaway.  The images on the site are incredible and I had to share because there is just so much inspiration here:
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Terrace at the Wild Rabbit
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Fashion Friday: What Does One Wear to their own book party???

As you know this book has been a long process, which is finally ramping up to the release October 7th! So fair warning, you’ll be hearing A LOT about it, tour plans, parties, giveaways and signings in the next month and a half. Until I have a human baby to talk incessantly about, THIS is my baby (in fact, it took me exactly 9 months to write and shoot, oddly enough). Even though it’s a little early, I’ve started thinking about what to wear not only to the big launch in Boston, but to the other seven book parties across the country. No pressure (cue me breathing shallowly into a paper bag).  I’ve started bookmarking stuff and will be posting some outfit thoughts here…. starting with this one:
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1. Sleeveless black turtleneck sweater. Warm yet not dowdy for October evenings.

2. The Gates satchel- duh.

3.  I did get these crazy amazing shoes specifically for the tour.  I have to pack light so I figured one statement shoe and one pair of classic black pumps should get me through eight parties. Ok, maybe one other pair.

4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this sequin skirt! Paired with the chunky knit sweater it’s a fab mix of textures.

5. It’s not on their site yet, but the new Tiffany T Collection bangle is my new obsession. So classic, so lovely.

6. With turtlenecks it’s all about statement earrings. Love the vintage vibe of these.

7. The reason I’m doing all this.

8. When traveling I love a good eyeshadow palette- this one from Nars looks perfect for fall!

9. I smelled this new Armani fragrance the other day and love it for fall!

When the Laughter Stops.

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I, like most of you, was completely shocked not only by the news that Robin Williams had not only died, but that he did so by his own hand.  I’ve never cried over a celebrity passing before, but for some reason this was different.  I grew up on his movies, from Hook to Dead Poet’s, Mrs. Doubtfire to Good Will Hunting.  And there was something paternal in his persona that seemed warm, caring and loving. Yesterday morning I was reading tributes and watching clips and couldn’t stop crying. It’s unbelievably sad for his family, his children in particular, and sadder yet that someone so loved by so many felt that depressed. That alone. That hopeless.

If anything can be taken away from this loss it’s that mental illness is real, unrelenting and incredibly hard to manage.  Even those with access to the best care struggle to find ways to cope and those with the biggest, happiest, most perfect personalities may be dealing with demons inside.  I know nothing about Robin Williams’ personal life, but I know he had success,  kids who loved him and an adoring public. He could see the best doctors and seek help at rehabilitation centers. But even with all that he could not find the light, the reason to wake up and keep fighting.  Perhaps the medications that helped him also dampened the manic persona that made him so famous.  Maybe he was trying to find the right dose, the right pill, the right therapist, the right confidante. I don’t know, but what I do know, as someone who has struggled with depression, is that the scariest feeling in the world is hopelessness.  For some, a brief moment of it- akin to touching a hot stove- is enough to cause them to pull back and get help.  For others, they can’t pull themselves away from that darkness and stay in pain and dispair on a daily basis. It’s horrible to think that Robin Williams felt this way, it makes my heart hurt. And it makes me mad to hear people calling his decision to die selfish and cowardly. He was ill, and we should not blame those who struggle with with mental illness for their affliction, just as we would never blame someone for getting cancer.  He did not make this choice with sound mind and body, he made it in desperation. To free himself of his pain and those he loved of the burden of watching him suffer.

If anyone reading this is, or ever has, felt any form of depression know that you are not alone. Not even close. There are people who can help all around you. Ask for help, call a hotline, see your doctor. There is no shame in seeking treatment for mental distress and illness. I only hope that from all this sadness comes some awareness regarding this difficult, brutal, hard to understand disease.

Rest in peace, Robin.