What We’re Into Right Now: Lake Life, Beauty Products, NSale, Kiehls Ride for Life

Lake Life
While the Midwest maintains the reputation of flyover country (whether we like it or not!) it’s hard to argue with the merits of of the region in summertime. Perfect temps paired with lake breezes and plenty of sunshine? Hard to top that!

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In order to soak up all of the fun & sun, we’ve been making the most of each and every weekend – whether hanging by the pool, jumping in the lake, or biking for miles on end.

We all scream for ice cream! Licks Unlimited | Excelsior, Minnesota.

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I don’t always run, but when I do, I stop to snap photos of Lake Life every half mile (at least!).

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Favorite brunch spot. CōV | Wayzata, Minnesota

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Another great patio (and those table-side spun salads are to die for!) Gianni’s | Wayzata, Minnesota

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House goals! | Minnetrista, Minnesota
I mean, who doesn’t want to spend Sundays sitting on a deck by the bay? …Complete with retractable screen for bug protection and Adirondacks with built-in wine glass holder? Too perfect.

Skincare
In addition to lake life, summer skincare has also been on our minds.
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We’ve been purifying ourselves in the waters of Lake Minnetonka AND with Amala Beauty Purify products.

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And blocking harmful UVA + UVB rays (basically a requirement for maintaining healthy, youthful skin) with COOLA Skincare’s Classic Sunscreen Trio. Find COOLA products at Anthropologie, Nordstrom, ULTA.

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We are new to the brand, but loving how a tiny drop of each #oleglow product goes a long way. Excited to try more from the Ole Henriksen lineup, let us know if you have suggestions! We are loving this kit so far – find it at Sephora.

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When I was little, I used to walk past the Estée Lauder counter at Marshall Fields (anyone else?) and admire all the pretty products and think “one day, I’ll be a fancy lady with legit beauty products.” Happy to report the day has come! Read more about these two products on Instagram. Also, you can purchase the Repair + Renew Set as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for a limited time!

Target Finds
These Merona Women’s Kona Backless Mule Loafers are perfect for the gal with Gucci style but a not-quite Gucci budget. Some reviewers noted ordering a size up, but I stuck with my typical size 8 and have no complaints! Target-Meron-a-Kona-Backless-Mule-Loafers-3 But, beware that these mules are not made of high-end materials (hence, $23.00 price tag), so I wouldn’t advise wearing them in the rain. You should also take caution when walking down stairs (if one slips off, well… that could cause a scene. Or worse, an injury!).

If you’re ready to make the leap to the real deal (I’m still waiting to pull the trigger personally, but…just look at these!), here’s the Gucci Princetown Leather Slippers in all their glory. For now, I’ll just practice my outfit pairings with my Target mules. Someday, someday….

Last Call: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Speaking of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (yes, I too, am so ready for this thing to be over!), I ended up buying a few more things since this initial post on Shopping the Sale – An Organized Approach, and second post rounding up our favorite Nordstrom Sale Selections.

Namely:

Kylie Faux Fur Trim Gloss Puffer Jacket 
While the model looks “not impressed,” let me tell you I’ve had the early version of this jacket (sans fur trim) and have worn it religiously for the past 3 winters. It’s the right hybrid of casual and elegant, and makes me feel like I’m ready to hit the slopes at a fancy mountainside Colorado resort. This new version comes with upgraded features, and the soft fleece “half gloves” (not sure what these are actually called) that are super helpful in instances where you:
A) forget your actual gloves
B) don’t need actual gloves, but don’t want cold air sneaking up your sleeves
C) still need to do important things like drive, text, type, etc., unencumbered

Back to Basics
When the sale first went live, I resisted the Hanky Panky lace thongs because… I compared the $14.90 price tag to last years’ $13.50 (I literally checked my purchase history on Nordstrom.com, ha!) and just wouldn’t have it. As the weeks went by it hit me, $14.90 is still better than $20, and after some Internet digging, this kind of is the best price outside of the occasional HankyPanky.com sale, so… added a couple of these to cart. Pro tip: This one is on sale (but not on ‘Anniversary Sale,’ if you know what I mean).

I also took the recommendation of Merritt Beck (aka The Style Scribe — give her a follow if you don’t already!) and ordered the Moving Comfort Juno Sports Bra. Wish I would’ve acted sooner as the black was already sold out in my size and I would’ve been nice to have one of each color. Went for my first run today and… it lives up to the hype!

To go with the sporty theme, I wanted to add another pair of Nike Dry Tempo Running Shorts to cart (was so pleased with my first purchase, and realized I wear these more than once per week!), but unfortunately they sold out, along with these Moonlight Short Pajamas. Better luck next year, I guess! …Is it going too far to set a calendar reminder for July 2018?

No? Ok, good, didn’t think so.

Kiehl’s LifeRide for AmfAR
Last but not least, is the Kiehls LifeRide for amfAR. It’s an 8-day multi-state motorcycle ride with celebrity activists and it kicks off at MallofAmerica in Minneapolis (our backyard!) tomorrow.

LifeRide raises money and awareness to help fight HIV/AIDS. If you’re in MN, join in the country-style sendoff tomorrow, July 31 @ 11:00am – Kiehls Store, Mall of America.

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You can also help by purchasing this Limited Edition Ultimate Hand Strength Salve as 💯% of the purchase price up to $25k will benefit amfAR. Our favorite Kiehl’s products are linked below. As Kiehl’s puts it – together, we can find a cure for HIV/AIDS. What’s more inspiring than that?!

Thanks for tuning into another post!

-MMK

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Early Access: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Selections

Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kicked off last week, and we won’t even blame you if you’re sick of hearing about it already! In an effort to hold your interest (and hopefully be helpful!), we’ll keep this short, sweet, and to the point. Below, find a roundup of picks from the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale [Early Access: July 13-20. Public Access: July 21 – August 6].



I mean, how fun is this Split Sleeve Tee? The best part — it’s only $28!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stop collecting candles. Especially when they are divine-smelling Diptyque Candles (they never go on sale… so seize the opportunity!)

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Treat yourself to Tory Burch boots, pumps or sandals (while they last!)


Ok, so the CALPAK Marble Luggage isn’t part of the Anniversary Sale (unfortunately), but they are just too fun, I couldn’t resist including them in the marble roundup. I did go a bit crazy on the DKNY Marble Bath Accessories though. Can’t wait until they arrive and everything is matching and streamlined.

That’s it! If you’re wondering what authority I have to report on the most anticipated sale of the season, the answer is… I’m really no expert. Just practical person who loves a highly anticipated sale.

P.S. Pajamas! I forgot the PJs! These Moonlight Pajamas by Nordstrom Lingerie are insanely comfortable. They come in your choice of 5 colors and there’s a short version, too.

Thanks for reading! Let us know what else you find in the comments below or on Instagram, @thejcrgirls.

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How to Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – An Organized Approach

Surely you’ve heard plenty about the much-anticipated Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by now. Maybe you even stayed/woke up until 3am EST to be the first to shop the sale. TBH, I wanted to wake up and shop, but when my alarm went off I just couldn’t bring myself out of bed. Turns out, it was fine because everything I wanted was still in stock 5 hours later. Phew.

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Here’s what I ended up purchasing from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale so far:

And here’s what I’m considering for Round II:

If I didn’t already own the following, I’d use this opportunity to buy new gear on sale:

And beauty products:

Want our secrets for navigating the chaos and finding the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale items that best suit your style? Here’s our organized approach:

Step 1: From the Nordstrom homepage, click on Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access (highlighted in the top navigation). Then, decide where to start. Choose between Women | Men | Kids | Home | Beauty Exclusives.

Step 2: We initially started with Beauty Exclusives (then sorted by price: from low to high), but for the sake of this tutorial, we’ll shop the Women’s Sale section.

Step 3: When you first click into the section, you’re inundated with 3,000+ items (currently 47 pages of product listings!). Kind of overwhelming, right? So, use the categories in the sidebar on the left to trim down the selection. From Instance, you can select just “Clothing” just “Shoes” or just “Handbags & Accessories.” For our search, we left the “Category” options alone and went straight to “Brand.”

Step 4: Scroll through the entire brand list, and select all the brands you like / are curious about. Once you’ve been through the entire list, you’ll have a pared down Women’s Sale section shopping list, featuring only the brands you have interest in. For us, that means selecting:
ASICS
Aveda
Badgley Mischka
Barbour
BCBGMAXAZRIA
bkr
BP.
Burberry (Dream Life!)
Caslon
Catherine Malandrino
Charles by Charles David
cupcakes and cashmere
Diane von Furstenberg
ED Ellen Degeneres (Most products aren’t on sale, but still so tempted!)
Elie Tahari
Eliza J
Frye
gorjana
Hanky Panky
Hudson Jeans
Hunter
Halogen
J Brand
J. CREW
Joie
kate spade new york (50 items!)
Lauren Ralph Lauren
Longchamp
Madewell
Maggy London
MICHAEL Michael Kors
Nike
Nordstrom
PAIGE
Patagonia
Pendleton
philosophy
rag & bone
Sam Edelman
Skagen
Sole Society
SPANX
Sperry (Honestly, the men’s section is so much better)
Sole Society
Sugarfina
Tahari
The North Face
Tibi
Tory Burch (24 items)
Tumi
Zella / Zella Body (72 items)

Step 5: Repeat this process for any other categories you find of interest. If shopping Beauty Exclusives, there are currently only 313 products in stock, so sifting through 5 pages of results really isn’t too taxing. I’d recommend checking them all out! We’re especially fond of the following:

Benefit Cosmetics
Bobbi Brown
CLARISONIC
diptyque
Estée Lauder
FRESH
Jo Malone London
Kate Somerville
Kiehl’s Since 1851
Mario Badescu
NARS
OUAI
Shiseido
Sigma Beauty
SPACE.NK.apothecary
stila
Supergoop!
WINKY Lux
Yves Saint Laurent

So…what have you found? Overall, are you more or less impressed with the selection than in previous years?

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Home Update: Master Bedroom Revamp Part II

If you tuned into Part I of this series, you know how much we love our new Lull mattress. After it arrived, we had to act quickly to get the rest of the room together (primarily the bed components so the old and new could be fully swapped out in one evening).
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Rather than purchasing an upholstered bed frame + headboard combo (because $$$$), we found a wood bed frame [Templeton Exceptional Platform Bed in Walnut from Wayfair] + separate headboard [Cora Upholstered Wingback Headboard by House of Hampton – also Wayfair], and we love the way they pair together! The big bonus of going this route was the ability to ditch the box spring (since the mattress fits right on top of the bed frame slats) and ditch the bed skirt.

Since we already owned this nuLOOM Handmade Casual Braided Wool Grey Rug, I wanted the wood frame and navy blue headboard to complement the existing rug vs. compete. This also guided our choices for sheets [Classic Percale Navy + White Stripe Sheet Set] and duvet + cover in classic white. For now, we are still using our Classic Down Full/Queen Duvet Insert from Crate & Barrel (it just covers the bed vs. hanging over the sides). We’ll probably end up upgrading to the King size for winter, but for now it gets the job done.

Since we don’t have king sized pillows or shams yet (suggestions welcome!), I’ve been borrowing throw pillows from other parts of the house to jazz up the bed in the interim. Love how these Oversized Banana Leaf Throw Pillows look on both the bed and our brown leather sectional (currently on clearance, grab ’em here), and the Navy Bird Throw Pillow is also a Target Threshold find.

The Target trend continues with the nightstands, and although assembly is required, we’ve been pleased with the pair of Campaign Nightstands in White. I’m also loving these Davenport Chests from Joss & Main (perhaps for our guest bedroom?). It complements this Agostino 6 Drawer Double Dresser so nicely!

For now, we’ve opted out of window treatments (aside from the wooden slat shutters that came with the place) and neglected to add a signature “end of bed bench” or pair of X-benches to the foot of the bed. Since the frame is visible, I don’t think we need ’em (but open to your ideas on finishing touches for the space, if you have any!).

Fun fact: the lamp is from a hotel furniture resale shop (when hotels redecorate they purge their bedroom collections and start fresh). The base of the lamp has two outlets – perfect for charging my husband’s work phone and personal cell phone at once, without cords stretching across the room.

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